Chris Marek was victorious in a wild, three-wide finish to the ASA Midwest Tour Sportsman event at Elko Speedway.
The main event started out with local driver Scott King setting the pace from the pole position over outside front-row starter, Mike Homan. The caution flew on lap eight, as series point leader, Jay Kalbus, cut down a tire and went into the turn one wall. Kalbus would head pit side and return to action a lap down.
With the double-file restart, King took command of the race once again over Craig Bennett. Jeremy Wolff made his way to second position on lap ten and was looking to make a move on King. Lap thirteen saw Jack Paulson work by Wolff for second position. On lap fourteen, the caution flew again for an altercation in turn two involving Stephanie Losiniecki, Aaron Cain and Jason Thoma.
King paced the field for the next restart with 21 laps to go. Jack Paulson lined up on the outside front row and challenged King for the lead. Local favorite, Brent Kane, was looking for his 17th win of the season, and had made his way to third at this point. Kane worked his way past Paulson and King to take the lead on lap 19. Paulson held on to second, with fast-qualifier Marek, working his way to third. The top three ran in this order until two laps to go.
As Kane approached Kalbus, contact occurred, allowing Paulson to gain ground. With one to go, Kane again tried to pass the lapped car of Kalbus with Paulson in tow. Contact between all three drivers lead to an amazing finish coming out of turn four going for the checkered flag. Third place driver, Chris Marek, went to the high-side of all three cars, making a thrilling three-wide finish at the line. Marek beat Kane to the finish line by inches, with Paulson holding on for third.
With the win for the night, Marek takes over the series point lead, with just two events reaming on the schedule.
Earlier in the evening's action, Marek set fast time with a lap of 15.814. Heat race wins went to Brent "The Freight Train" Kane and Jack Paulson.
The next event for the Sportsman division is Saturday, September 11th at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells.
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# Driver Name Hometown
1 - 3 - Chris Marek
2 - 99 - Brent Kane
3 - 7J - Jack Paulson
4 - 1 - Conrad Jorgenson
5 - 29 - Scott King
6 - 15A - Steve Anderson
7 - 2K - Kyle Kirberger
8 - 8R - Ted Reuvers
9 - 12 - Craig Bennet
10 - 6 - Jason Thoma
11 - 28H - Michael Homan
12 - 46 - Michael Blaness
13 - 27 - Jay Kalbus
14 - 32W - Jeremy Wolf
15 - 5 - Aaron Cain
16 - 27L - Stephanie Losinecki