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GUSTIN, BAHR, KRAUSE, AND JUMBECK NIGHT 3 FEATURE WINNERS OF "7TH ANNUAL DAHL AUTO PLAZA MODIFIED NATIONALS" AT MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY!
By Dan Bailey
FOUNTAIN CITY, WI (Thursday September 8th, 2018) – Night #3 of the "7th Annual Dahl Auto Plaza Modified Nationals" at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY reminded
racers and race fans alike that this sport can be rough, tough and owes nobody anything!
As Kris Jackson's hopes of a $14,000 weekend, went away quickly with a 1st lap DNF in the evening's B-Mod feature, Tony Bahr raced around Troy Hovey to fill the
void and grab one of the two $7,000-To-Win payouts. Ryan Gustin backed up his Friday night speed at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY and grabbed his second
straight feature win $7,000-To-Win A-Modified feature and grab a $1000 bonus.
Travis Krause and Kyle Jumbeck returned to Victory Lane as well with USRA Hobby Stock and redbox+ 600 Mod feature wins, respectively!
GUSTIN POCKETS $1000 BONUS WITH NIGHT 3 WIN
Coming off a commanding run Friday evening, Marshalltown, IA's Ryan Gustin put together yet another finish that continues to show his prowess and mastery, not
only of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, but also Modified racing in general! And Boy-Howdy - did he put on a show for the fans!
Starting outside of the sixth row, Gustin had his work cut out for him - with a field full of fast competition ahead of his #19R.
Jake Timm quickly put the competition on notice, opening the 40-lap feature with the event's fastest lap - a blistering 16.061 second / 84.055 average lap speed
on his very first circuit of "The Big 1/3-Mile" was a 'shot across the bow' of his rivals; signalling that his #49 was ready to do business at the front of the
While Timm opened up a comfortable lead early, battles for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so-on were underway with the likes of Michael Truscott (#22T), Brad Waits (#24), R.C.
Whitwell (#96T), Lucas Schott (#69), & Rodney Sanders (#20) all battling for room near the front, in an effort to cement a hold on a position, find clear track, and
then put forth a challenge to Timm's lead.
But from near the back, Gustin was on a charge!
By lap 10 he'd moved his way forward, dispensed with the competition, and set up shop in second place. Then the fun really began! Chasing down the leader and
figuring out just how to make a move for the lead.
As Timm began closing in on, and then working through traffic at the tail end of the lead lap, Gusting used his time figuring out just the right line that would
work best when the challenge was available.
High, low, down the middle, diamonding the turns with a high entry and low exit - it was all under consideration and fans watched Gustin read the track and plan
With the final 10-12 laps ahead, Timm rolled into a pack of traffic still battling amongst themselves for positions; Timm began trying different lines, himself,
which to the casual observer never quite seemed to work. Gustin closed the gap and on lap 34 worked past for the lead and the eventual $6000 feature win - including a
$1000 bonus for winning two of the weekend's three feature events!
For the second time in three nights, Timm settled for a second place finish - ahead of Thursday night feature winner R.C. Whitwell in third, Sanders in fourth, &
Schott completing the top-5.
BAHR RACES TO CONVINCING $6000 B-MOD FEATURE WINNER
All the talk coming into Saturday's program was whether or not Kris Jackson could 'run the tables' and wrap up a $14000 weekend by adding a Saturday night feature
win to his checkered flags from Friday and Thursday.
It didn't take long to find out that it just wasn't meant to be; just one single lap, as a matter of fact.
An omen of things to come was uttered by Jackson himself during Victory Lane interviews following Friday night's feature win, "I don't know . . . we may have some
work to do yet; the car picked up some sort of a vibration late in the race. So, we'll have to figure that out."
Lap one of the Saturday evening B-Mod feature saw Jackson's #65 coast into the infield on the back straightaway, "We broke a driveshaft in lap 1 of the race,"
offered Jackson via social media later that evening.
Former USRA National Champion Troy Hovey took control of the event early, and looked like the odds on favorite to pocket the $6000 winner's pay check as his #476
lead the opening 30 laps!
But someone else had other plans . . . that someone was Haugen, WI's Tony Bahr. By lap 30 Bahr had strung together a hard charge of fast laps that had brought his
#QQ into challenging position with Hovey. Bahr raced past on his way to a 2 second margin of victory.
2018 Track Champion Shaun Walski followed Bahr past Hovey in the closing laps for his second second-place finish of the three-night weekend event.
Hovey, Taylor Skauge and Jason Vandekamp completed the top-5.
KRAUSE SURVIVES FOR SECOND HOBBY STOCK FEATURE WIN
Despite being swept into a lap 1 tangle that nearly ripped the right rear sheet metal off of his #X01, Travis Krause raced his way to a second Jailhouse Saloon
USRA Hobby Stock feature win!
Krause and Friday night feature winner Steve Dwyer resumed their battle for the win (which had been the story line both Thursday and Friday night) at the front of
the 21-car field after leader Dustin Gulbrandson cut down a rear tire on his #6 Malibu on lap 9.
Dwyer crossed the line second, behind Krause, with Levi Sand making a charge to third place finish.
JUMBECK RESPONDS WITH 600 MOD WIN
After a DNF in Friday night's feature - due to a scary crash that sent Kurt Kramer's #17 through a series of end-over-end & barrel-roll tumbles - 3-time Track
Champion Kyle Jumbeck returned with a straighted car and his ever-present smile, to lead the redbox+ 600 Mod field to the final evening's feature win.
Friday night winner Joe Provinzino turned in the event's fastest lap, but just couldn't quite find the way around Jumbeck.
At the end, it was Jumbeck's #01X followed by Provinzino's #89 and 2017 Track Champion Bruce Schmitt's #80 in third.
The 2018 Season at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY resumes Saturday September 15th with the "2nd Annual Redneck 200"!
MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or
visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.
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MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its "10th Anniversary Season" of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile
dark-clay oval has becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere Friday
nights throughout the racing season.
For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com
RESULTS - THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8th - "7th Annual Dahl Auto Plaza Modified Nationals" - Night 3
MTS results at MyLaps.com
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