The American Speed Association® Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and grandstay.net made its third stop of the season at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, IA tonight for the 38th Annual Keith Fleck/Miller 100. Steve Carlson made history once again taking home his seventh and fourth consecutive Miller 100.
Carlson started in the twelfth position after the invert and taking the "Echo Chain Saws and OREGON Chains Quick Cut Qualifier presented by VDL Fuel Systems and B&B Racing Engines" award. The driver of the #66 was up to third by lap 15 and continued to move through the field, taking the lead on lap 22 over Jeff Storm. Storm was having the best night of his season, running strong in the top five all night long.
Dan Frederickson was was the only driver who was able to close in on Carlson. By lap 31, Carlson and Frederickson pulled away from the field by a full straight-away ahead of third place, Jeff Storm. Frederickson had a strong car all day and felt that he had something for Steve in the end. "I had a great car and I was on the inside of Steve on the backstretch, but could not complete the pass," said Frederickson.
Half-way into the event the battle for third through sixth was heating up. ASA Midwest Tour Swiss Colony Touring Stars, Chris Wimmer, Tim Schendel, Nathan Haseleu, and Nick Murgic were catching the #25 of Storm. The battle continued until the caution on lap 75.
At the restart, all lapped traffic was sent to the rear and once again, Carlson and Frederickson pulled away from the field. Wimmer was looking to the inside of Storm and they raced side-by-side until Wimmer took the position with five laps remaining. "This is the best I have ever run here and I hope to take some of what I learned to Illiana next weekend," added Wimmer.
WIth four laps to go, the #77E of Jonathan Eilen spun coming out of turn two and the #56 of Justin Jennings and #5D of Brad Dvorak got collected and piled up on the backstretch. Carlson was able to hold off Frederickson at the checkered with Wimmer, Murgic and Storm rounding out the top five. "I had a good car all day. When your hot, your hot and today I am really hot," Carlson said of his fourth consecutive victory and in reference of today's extreme heat and humidity. Last week's winner, Rookie contender Ross Kenseth, struggled in the late stages of the race finishing 14th in the 100 lap event.
The next stop for the ASA Midwest Tour is Saturday, June 19th at Illiana Motor Speedway for the 9th Annual Elmer Musgrave Memorial 100L presented by Texas Corral Grill and Saloon.
# Driver Name Hometown
1 - 66 - Steve Carlson (TS) - West Salem, WI
2 - 36 - Dan Fredrickson (TS) - Lakeville, MN
3 - 52 - Chris Wimmer (TS) - Wausau, WI
4 - 12 - Nick Murgic (TS) - Rosemount, MN
5 - 25S - Jeff Storm (TS) - East Troy, WI
6 - 21S - Tim Schendel (TS) - Sparta, WI
7 - 87 - Nathan Haseleu (TS) - Pardeeville, WI
8 - 71E - Mark Eswein - Wisconsin Rapids, WI
9 - 64 - Griffin McGrath (R) - Cedar Rapids, IA
10 - 72 - Jacob Goede (TS) - Shakopee, MN
11 - 74 - Dudley Fleck - Cedar Rapids, IA
12 - 4 - Thor Anderson - Bondurant, IA
13 - 78 - Skylar Holzhausen - Nekoosa, WI
14 - 97I - Jamie Iverson (TS) - Escanaba, MI
15 - 25K - Ross Kenseth (R) - Spring Valley, IL
16 - 35 - Joey Gase - Cedar Rapids, IA
17 - 71B - Blake Brown (TS) - Franskville, WI
18 - 50 - Mike Carlson - West Salem, WI
19 - 14 - Eugene Gregorich Jr - Amhurst, WI
20 - 22 - Nick Panitzke (TS) - Sauk Centre, MN
21 - 77E - Jonathan Eilen (TS) - Hampton, MN
22 - 56 - Justin Jennings - LaGrange, MO
23 - 5D - Brad Dvorak - Lisbon, IA
24 - 2 - Michael Bilderback (R) - Rockton, IL
25 - 5 - Travis Sauter - Necedah, WI
26 - 39 - Andrew Morrissey (TS) - De Forest, WI