Ross Kenseth Wins His First ASA Midwest Race
Captures Rain-Delayed Elko Event
Series PR Report


Ross Kenseth (#25) leads Chris Wimmer (#52).  (Doug Hornickel Photos)
After getting rained out on Saturday, the American Speed Association® Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and grandstay.net had a full day of racing today. Ross Kenseth, driver of the #25 Blain's Farm & Fleet Ford Fusion took home the checkered flag for his first ever ASAMT victory.

The 26 car field took the green flag led by Bloomington, MN driver Dean Cornelius and Sparta, WI driver Tim Schendel. An early caution on lap four for Joel Theisen bunched up the field and Kenseth challenged Schendel at the restart. On lap 12, Kenseth took the lead on the outside and quickly caught lapped traffic. Chris Wimmer and Jonathan Eilen had a great battle going for third position. Eilen took over the second spot from front-row starter, Tim Schendel and Wimmer followed for third.

The second and third cautions of the day came out for Dean Cornelius and Jeff Storm both spinning on separate occasions in turn two. 2009 ASAMT Champion and last year's Elko winner, Steve Carlson broke an a-frame on lap 44 ending his day. Eilen wasted no time at the restart challenging Kenseth for the lead, but was unable to take the top spot. Wimmer took the opportunity and got by Eilen for second and Schendel followed through for the third spot. Several laps later Eilen slowed in turns three and four and was off the track with an ignition problem.

Wausa, WI native, Chris Wimmer started challenging Kenseth on the inside for the lead on lap 67. They fought side-by-side until lap 73 when the fourth caution of the day came out for Jeff Storm spinning in turn two. When the green flag dropped, Wimmer dove to the inside of Kenseth and took the top-spot with ten to go but Kenseth powered back on the outside to take it back.

As Wimmer and Kenseth continued to battle, Jacob Goede was methodically moving through the field and caught up to the leaders with five laps remaining but did not have enough to get by them. "If we would have had a little bit better starting spot, I think we could have challenged them a little bit better. They were running side-by-side and I was running all over the track so, if they would have gotten together, maybe I could have gotten by them," said Goede. Goede did not have enough for either of them and Kenseth took home the victory over Wimmer and Goede.

Wimmer dropped a cylinder with 15 laps to go, but it did not hurt him and he continued to fight for the top spot. "He ran me real clean and I ran him hard. I was waiting for him to screw up but he didn't, Wimmer said with a smile. "I dropped a cylinder with 15 laps to go but it didn't hurt me too much."

This was Kenseth's second victory at Elko Speedway. He won a weekly Saturday night event on May 22nd. The 17-year-old was able to maintain his lead in the outside groove and knew that Wimmer would not be able to take his groove away. "He ran us down pretty good. I wanted it to stay green. I pinched him down a bit and I appreciate him running me clean and not wrecking me," added Kenseth.

Be sure to catch the broadcast of today's race on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin on Saturday, June 19th at 11:30AM CDT.

The next stop for the ASA Midwest Tour is next Friday, June 11th at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, IA for the Keith Fleck Miller 100. The ASA OREGON Midwest Truck division and the ASA Midwest Sportsman Tour will also be competing at the event.

To learn more about the American Speed Association® Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and GrandStay Residential Suites Hotels and Crossings by GrandStay Inn & Suites, log on to www.asamidwesttour.com or call the ASA Midwest Tour office at (262) 514-3880 or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@asamidwesttour.com or Steve Einhaus at steve@asamidwesttour.com.

If you would like to learn more about the ASAMT series sponsors, please visit their websites: Kwik Trip, Inc. (www.kwiktrip.com), ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment (www.echo-usa.com), and GrandStay Residential Suites Hotels and Crossings by GrandStay Inn & Suites (www.grandstay.net).

To learn more about the Midwest Sportsman Tour log on to www.asamidwestsportsman.com.

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Elko 100 Presented by grandstay.net Feature Results

#     Driver Name     Hometown

1     - 25K     - Ross Kenseth (R) - Spring Valley, IL
2     - 52     - Chris Wimmer (TS)     - Wausau, WI
3     - 72     - Jacob Goede (TS)     - Shakopee, MN
4     - 41     - Donny Reuvers     - Dundas, MN
5     - 87     - Nathan Haseleu (TS)     - Pardeeville, WI
6     - 89     - Adam Royle     - Lonsdale, MN
7     - 21S     - Tim Schendel (TS)     - Sparta, WI
8     - 64     - Griffin McGrath (R)     - Cedar Rapids, IA
9     - 36     - Dan Fredrickson (TS)     - Lakeville, MN
10     - 9DC     - Dean Cornelius     - Chaska, MN
11     - 12     - Nick Murgic (TS)     - Rosemount, MN
12     - 28     - Matt Goede     - Shakopee, MN
13     - 39     - Andrew Morrissey (TS)  - De Forest, WI
14     - 71E     - Mark Eswein     - Wisconsin Rapids, WI
15     - 97I     - Jamie Iverson (TS)     - Escanaba, MI
16     - 71B     - Blake Brown (TS)     - Franskville, WI
17     - 2     - Michael Bilderback (R)     - Rockton, IL
18     - 9K     - Mark Kraus (TS)     - Stratford, WI
19     - 50A     - Steve Anderson     - Lakeville, MN
20     - 43P     - Paul Paine     - Mound, MN
21     - 25S     - Jeff Storm (TS)     - East Troy, WI
22     - 77E     - Jonathan Eilen (TS)     - Hampon, MN
23     - 22     - Nick Panitzke (TS)     - Sauk Centre, MN
24     - 66     - Steve Carlson (TS)     - West Salem, WI
25     - 5     - Travis Sauter     - Necedah, WI
26     - 75     - Joel Thiessen (R)     - Maple Grove, MN



Ross Kenseth in victory lane.