NASCAR Star Kyle Busch Wins At WIR With Experience
Today's Biggest Star Beats One Of SLM's Biggest Stars
Kyle Busch made his third visit to Wisconsin International Raceway, his second visit in three weeks. He used what he learned a few weeks ago tonight to collect the Factory Motor Parts 150 ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Equipment event
Steve Carlson and Dan Fredrickson led the field to Tom White’s green flag where it was Fredrickson getting the jump on the outside.
Fredrickson’s lead only lasted one lap as Brian Johnson Jr. went on the inside of Fredrickson going down the backstretch to take over the top spot on lap 2.
Johnson continued to lead but Fredrickson was looking to take back the top spot. Fredrickson got on the inside of Johnson on lap 12 going into turn three and took back the top spot. Carlson followed Fredrickson to take over the second spot.
Steve Holzhausen entered into the top three on lap 15 as he and Jeff VanOudenhoven moved past Johnson, sending Johnson back to fifth.
Kyle Busch burns them down after winning at Wisconsin International on Tuesday night. (Doug Hornickel photos)
Kyle Busch’s car was sticking on the outside as he moved his way from his 10th starting position to sixth by lap 20. Two laps later, he was challenging Johnson for the fifth spot.
The first caution flew on lap 23 when Mark Kraus’s appeared to have lost his motor going into turn one. Kraus almost spun in his own fluid, but was able to save it and he went to the pits.
Fredrickson continued to lead on the re-start. While behind him, Kyle Busch easily got by Johnson to take over the fifth spot.
Busch continued his march to the front as he went on the outside of VanOudenhoven on lap 25 to move into the fourth spot.
Holzhausen would be Busch’s next victim as Busch would go on the outside going into turn three and move into the third spot on lap 27.
It took Busch only seven laps to catch up to Carlson’s rear bumper. It was a battle between the veteran and the young NASCAR star. Busch patiently looked at which way he could get around the former ARTGO champion. On lap 38, Busch made his move on the outside going into turn one. It took about a lap, but Busch moved into the second spot with VanOudenhoven right behind him.
The second caution flew on lap 39 as Jonathan Eilen spun going into turn three. Jason Vandenberg and Nick Mahlik spun to avoid. All were able to continue.
Busch (#51) chased down Fredrickson for the lead.
On the re-start, Busch launched to the outside of Fredrickson and the battle was on for the lead. The two raced side-by-side for a lap until Busch put his #51 to the top of the scoring pylon on lap 40.
Busch’s lead didn’t last long as Fredrickson went on the inside of Busch to re-gain the lead on lap 45. Fredrickson pulled out to a five car length lead.
At the 50 lap mark, it was Fredrickson in the lead with Busch in second. VanOudenhoven was third with Carlson in fourth. Monday rounded out the top five.
The third caution flew on lap 55 when Jason Vandenberg and Rob Vanderloop made contact on the frontstretch causing Vandenberg to spin going into turn one. Both were sent to the rear.
At the halfway mark, it was Fredrickson holding on to the lead over Busch. VanOudenhoven was in third with Carlson in fourth. Haseleu rounded out the top five.
Jamie Iverson was having a great run in sixth with Monday in seventh. Holzhausen was in eighth, Dave Feiler in ninth and Ron Hornaday Jr. in tenth.
At the 100 lap mark of the event, Fredrickson and Busch moved out to a half of a straightaway lead over VanOudenhoven.
The caution flew once again when Doug Mahlik blew his engine going into turn one.
Busch looked to the outside of Fredrickson for the lead on lap 115, but Fredrickson was
Steve Carlson (#66) and Brian Johnson Jr. (#38) were two others that were very strong all race long.
able to hold on to the top spot. It began to appear that the battle for the win was going to come down the short track veteran and the NASCAR star.
John Meidam and Hornaday got together in turns one and two causing both to spin and bring out another caution.
Fredrickson and Busch continued their battle when the caution flew again on lap 126 when Dick Trickle and Travis Sauter got together in turn two causing Sauter to spin. Both were sent to the rear.
On the re-start, Busch got to the inside of Fredrickson going into turn three. Fredrickson appeared to give the spot to Busch, as Fredrickson slowed going into three, VanOudenhoven and Monday made contact causing both to spin. Holzhausen was also collected in the melee. Fredrickson re-gain the lead as he was scored the leader on the last completed leader. Both VanOudenhoven and Monday refused to go to the rear and were no longer being scored.
With 20 laps to go, Busch got on the inside of Fredrickson coming off of turn two and took over the top spot. Busch started to pull away from the rest of the field.
Busch would put his car in cruise control and take home his first ASA Midwest Tour win.
“Great race, I really enjoyed racing with Dan Fredrickson and the rest of the guys in this series. It was an awesome race,” an exhausted Busch stated in victory lane. “The guys in this series like Fredrickson, Nate Haseleu and the rest of the boys make it awesome and it is what it is.”
Busch didn’t have any cooling system in his car and enjoyed the ice cold water shower that his crew gave him as he exited his Hamke Chassis Chevrolet Monte Carlo prepared by Ritchie Wauters. “That was a lot harder than a Sunday drive; I will tell you that that was tough.” Busch stated. “Dan is such a good racer, I raced with him in ASA (National Tour) and he is always fast. Man he had that car hooked up.”
For Busch, a win is a win, “You never know when the next will come or when it will ever be and you don’t know if this will be your last one, so you cherish them all.”
Fredrickson held on for second. “It was nice racing with Busch,” Fredrickson stated after the race. “I used my stuff up. I think we were OK until those cars blew their motors in turn two. It got slippery up there and he (Busch) was OK. Once he got by me I just settled for second. I tried to stay ahead of him as long as I could.”
Haseleu came home third, “The Swiss Colony Ford wasn’t that good,” Haseleu said. “We’ll take 3rd and keep marching on. It was a good points day for us. We’re real happy with third.”
Ken Schrader came home fourth with Jamie Iverson in fifth.
The battle for the points lead will be a tight one as Dave Feiler finished one spot ahead of Donnie Reuvers as they finished eighth and ninth respectively.
Busch climbs out of his #51 ride.
Dick Trickle finished 15th, Ron Hornaday Jr. had a broken hub late in the race and finished 23rd. Rich Bickle Jr. was 31st after falling out with ignition problems. Johnny Sauter was involved in a wreck during the first qualifying race and didn’t start.
Rich Bickle Jr. and Rob Vanderloop won the qualifying races to make it into the 150-lap main event.
Andy Monday won the odd heat and Dan Fredrickson won even heat races. Doug Mahlik won the last chance race.
Haseleu set the fast time of the day with a lap of 19.422 seconds (92.678 mph). Kyle Busch was second with a time of 19.487 seconds (92.369 mph).
The ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment next event will be this Sunday night at Raceway Park in Shakopee, MN for a 100-lap feature event. The ASA Touring Stars and competitors will be on hand to challenge the ¼ mile oval.