Joliet’s Sontag wins Grundy County Speedway’s late-model feature
MORRIS – Joliet’s Brett Sontag took the lead from Billy Knippenberg on lap eight and held off Boris Jurkovic the rest of the way to win the late-model feature last Friday night at Grundy County Speedway.
Defending track champion Ricky Baker won the battle for third place over Eddie Hoffman. Scott Koerner was fifth, while Larry Schuler held off Brandon Clubb for sixth.
Clubb, James Gregait, Dean Patterson and Ray Brackett rounded out the top 10.
Koerner won the first heat ahead of Hoffman, and Brackett beat out Patterson in the second heat. Baker set the fast time.
Tom Knippenberg won for the second time in three nights in the Mid-American feature. Kevin Murphy was second, Luke Baldwin third, John McMahon fourth and Matt Clemens fifth. Joe Vinachi, Cody Clubb, Kenny Benson Chuck Yuris and Jim Kachel rounded out the top 10.
Baldwin and Knippenberg finished 1-2 in the first heat, and Kachel and Yuris took those spots in the second heat. Clemens set the fast time.
Eddie Ligue passed Pete Odell late and went on to win the street-stock feature. Bill Serviss was third, Christy Pendrod fourth and Cheryl Hryn fifth, followed by Jake Bradley, Rob Scamen, Pete Morris, Renee Farren and Matt Sisson.
Sisson won the heat race ahead of Hryn. Ligue set the fast time.
Tom Kaminski won the first of two 4-cylinder features. Then came Ryan Lagestee, Rich Dearborn, Zach Sontag, Chris Mihalski, Spencer Leake, Dan Schmeissing, Chris Woodall, Joe Labombarbe and Steve Hespen.
Leake won the other 4-cylinder feature, followed by Mike Yuris, Austin Blackwell, Lagestee, Hespen, Schmeissing, Sontag, Justin Mikel, Tyler Wheaton and Will Shepherd.
Defending champion Tommy Knippenberg put on a power show in the 25-lap Mid-American main, grabbing the top spot on lap 12 and beating Murphy to the finish line by 3.245 seconds. It was Knippenberg’s second win in three nights of racing.
“I guess last year we were having a dream season to start out, but this is even better,” Knippenberg said. “I have never actually won two weeks in a row. That’s incredible. I’m so excited right now.”
Luke Baldwin checked in third, followed by John McMahon, Matt Clemens and Joe Vinachi.
Eddie Ligue chased down Pete Odell and made the winning pass on lap 18 of the 25-lap street stock feature. Once in front, he was able to extend his edge over Odell to 0.781 seconds. Bill Serviss was third, followed by Christy Penrod, Cheryl Hryn and Jake Bradley.
Tim Kaminski scored the first feature win of his career in the first of two 4-cylinder mains, doggedly holding on with Ryan Lagestee on his bumper.
Rich Dearborn finished third.
The second 4-cylinder main went to Spencer Leake over Mike Yuris and Austin Blackwell.
Fast Time: Ricky Baker
Heat Race 1: Scott Koerner, Eddie Hoffman
Heat Race 2: Ray Brackett, Dean Patterson
Feature: Brett Sontag, Boris Jurkovic, Baker, Hoffman, Koerner, Larry Schuler, Brandon Clubb, James Gregait, Patterson, Brackett
Mid American Sportsman
Fast Time: Matt Clemens
Heat Race 1: Luke Baldwin, Tom Knippenberg
Heat Race 2: Jim Kachel, Chuck Yuris
Feature: Knippenberg, Kevin Murphy, Baldwin, John McMahon, Clemens, Joe Vinachi, Cody Clubb, Kenny Benson, Yuris, Kachel
Fast Time: Eddie Ligue
Heat Race: Matt Sisson, Cheryl Hryn
Feature: Ligue, Pete Odell, Bill Serviss, Christy Penrod, Hryn, Jake Bradley, Rob Scamen, Pete Morris, Renee Farren, Sisson
Feature 1: Tom Kaminski, Ryan Lagestee, Rich Dearborn, Zach Sontag, Chris Mihalski, Spencer Leake, Dan Schmeissing, Chris Woodall, Joe Labombarbe, Steve Hespen
Feature 2: Leake, Mike Yuris, Austin Blackwell, Lagestee, Hespen, Schmeissing, Sontag, Justin Mikel, Tyler Wheaton, Will Shepherd