Not even father time can keep Ross Kenseth down these days, as the 16-year-old rising star claimed his second consecutive BRP Big 8 Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet feature victory tonight at the Madison International Speedway, claiming the rain-delayed “Rockweiler Insulation 38” a month and a half after he set fast time for the event. Kenseth used a late race restart with three laps remaining to jump past Andrew Kulka on the outside and drive to his third Big 8 Series feature victory of the season with four races down. Kulka put up a challenge but couldn’t find the grip he needed on the inside lane, allowing Kenseth to complete his charge from deep in the field, starting on the sixth row, to the front.
After a six week wait, it was Kyle Shear who jumped out front when the green flag finally waved on the BRP Big 8 Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet “Rockweiler Insulation 38” at the Madison International Speedway. Shear built up a solid cushion over second place Casey Johnson while Zach Riddle worked his way up to fourth place eight laps into the main event.
The first caution came 11 laps in for a Kyle Jarlsberg spin exiting turn four, erasing Shear’s margin over Johnson. The Goodyear tires had barely heated back up when the second caution of the race came after Michael Bilderback helped turn MIS veteran Scott Broughton around on the backstretch, relegating both drivers to the back of the pack.
The battle on the restart was for second as Andrew Kulka and Casey Johnson went side-by-side, with Kulka completing the pass halfway into the 38-lap event, as Riddle and Bobby Wilberg jumped on board the inside lane while Johnson dropped to fifth. Kulka immediately began to cut into Shear’s margin, setting up a move for the lead entering turn one and grabbing the top spot with thirteen laps remaining.
Riddle and Shear dueled for second over the next three laps until the grip on the bottom of the track took hold, shooting Riddle up to the bridesmaid’s position and Wilberg to third while Shear dropped to fourth. Riddle closed the gap on Kulka, turning up the heat on the young driver as Wilberg joined the fray to make it a three-way battle for the win.
A four-lap shootout was born after the third caution of the night came for a Brady Liddle spin on the frontstretch. With just three laps remaining, a fast Michael Bacchus, looking to move into second place, turned around Riddle setting off a chain reaction pileup that collected several cars including points leader Ross Kenseth, Bobby Wilberg, Jesse Saunders, Tyler Kelley and Chad Stevens.
Kenseth was allowed to get his spot back, claiming the second position, right behind Kulka, after Riddle and Bacchus were sent to the back for their involvement in the incident. Wilberg and Stevens would see their nights end in disappointing fashion while two-time defending Big 8 Series champion Jeremy Miller took advantage to move up to fourth.
Kenseth had the great restart that he needed, using the outside line to fly by Kulka in turns one and two for the lead and holding on over the final two laps for his third BRP Big 8 Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet feature victory of the season in the fourth race of the year for the series. In the process, Kenseth padded his points lead over Jeremy Miller with just three races remaining on the year.
Kenseth started in twelfth, slowly but steadily maneuvering his way through the field before making his late race move for the win.
Kulka, Shear, Miller and Skylar Holzhausen rounded out the top five.
The next race for the BRP Big 8 Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet is the 29th annual Pepsi Wisconsin State Championships at "Wisconsin's Action Track", the Jefferson Speedway in Cambridge, Wisconsin. The Big 8 Series will headline the weekend, racing on both Friday and Saturday night at the quarter-mile before running twin 50-lap features.
For more information on the BRP Big 8 Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet, please visit the series website at www.big8series.com.
Big 8 Series Limited Late Models
A-Main 01 -- 1. Ross Kenseth, Spring Valley; 2. Andrew Kulka, Deerfield, Wis; 3. Kyle Shear, Roscoe; 4. Jeremy Miller, Rockton; 5. Skylar Holzhausen, Bangor, Wis; 6. John Ovadal, Jr., Watertown, Wis; 7. John Baumeister, Jr., Lake Geneva, Wis; 8. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 9. Scott Broughton, Stoughton, Wis; 10. Kyle Jarlsberg, Cambridge, Wis; 11. Tyler Kelley, Oregon, Wis; 12. Brady Liddle, Oregon, Wis; 13. Zach Riddle, Brooklyn, Wis; 14. Ed Szelagowski Jr, Westfield, Wis; 15. Michael Bachaus, Milton, Wis; 16. Nathan Oppliger, Oregon, Wis; 17. Bob Wilberg, Town of Beloit, Wis; 18. Jesse Saunders, Sun Prairie, Wis; 19. Chad Stevens, Orfordville, Wis; 20. Vern Fagerberg, Bloomingdale; 21. Casey Johnson, Stoughton, Wis; 22. A.J. Henriksen, Mooresville, N.C.; 23. James Swan, Lake Geneva, Wis.