Veteran Kalbus Wins Inaugural ASA MW Sportsman Race
Full Invert Meant Kalbus Had to Go From Last to First
By Kari Shear-Carlson, Series PR Report
After being rained out at Dells Raceway Park last weekend, the ASA Midwest Sportsman Tour kicked off their inaugural event at Madison International Speedway on Sunday for the 2nd Annual "Joe Shear Classic" presented by ECHO Chain Saws. Thirteen of some of the most talented sportsman drivers around the Midwest entered the event. After a full invert, fast qualifier Jay Kalbus started in thirteenth position. The #62 of Tom Wutke and #36 of Scott Lawver led the field to the green flag.

In his, Joe Shear inspired red, white, and blue #36; Lawver took the early lead over the #4 of Mike Taylor. Pole sitter Tom Wutke had a flat right rear tire and spun on the front stretch in the early laps. Unfortunately, Lawver was unable hold onto his lead and the #22 of Jerry Thomsen slipped into the top spot.
While the battle was taking place at the front of the field, two-time MIS ASA Late Model champion and seven-time Rockford Speedway champion, Bobby Wilberg was making a hard charge to the front after starting in 10th. Wilberg blew his motor in practice on Saturday and did not intend to come back on Sunday. "I got killed in baseball today, so I said, I'm going to go race," stated Wilberg. His crew got him a motor; they loaded up and got to the track just in time to qualify.

The driver of the #28 was able to hold off fast qualifier, Jay Kalbus to become the first ever ASA Midwest Sportsman Tour winner. Jay Kalbus fell one position short of sweeping the day's events for the Sportsman Tour. "Bobby was fast, I just didn't have anything for him. I was just looking at his rear bumper all day," added Kalbus.

Scott "Chico" Reidner came home with a third place podium finish, and just did not have enough to challenge for the top position. "I was hoping I had something for them. I am a little rusty out here on the ½-mile. I gave everything I got. I am proud of third," Reidner stated.

This is just the first of what will be a growing series with great potential for sportsman drivers all over the Midwest. The ASA Midwest Sportsman Tour will join the American Speed Association® Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and grandstay.net again on Friday June 11th at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, IA for the 38th Annual Keith Fleck/Miller 100.

To learn more about the American Speed Association® Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and grandstay.net, 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 title 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.

To learn more about the ASA OREGON® Midwest Truck Tour log on to www.asamidwesttrucks.com.

To learn more about the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed Association® Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed Association®, visit www.asaracing.com.

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Feature FInish
#     Driver Name

1     - 28     - Bobby Wilberg 
2     - 27     - Jay Kalbus
3     - 26     - Scott Reidner 
4     - 3     - Chris Marek
5     - 22     - Jerry Thompson
6     - 5     - Aaron Cain     -
7     - 4     - Mike Taylor
8     - 81     - TJ Goldade Jr
9     - 7     - Don Wickstrum
10     - 6     - Jason Thoma
11     - 36     - Scott Lawver
12     - 2     - Shawn Upthall
13     - 62     - Tom Wutke