Przybylski gets first ABC career win
After several years of trying to reach the winner's circle in super stocks and big modifieds, Rick Przybylski of Ashland finally landed that elusive first feature win Saturday night in the WISSOTA Midwest modified feature as the ABC Raceway presented its third AMSOIL Dirt Track Series event of the season.
In the fast-paced six-division program, sponsored by Fast Lane Motorsports, 93 racers took to the track under sunny skies and comfortable temperatures.
Przybylski, who started the 15-lap Midwest modified main event inside on the third row, put himself quickly into the mix after two early restarts for spun cars. Mickey Nosser, who won the track's first-ever feature in the class in August 2006, set a scorching early pace until George Dalbeck stalled and nearly collected first-nighter Jacob Morinville as he tried to exit the track off turn 3.
From lap 2 on, the race was uninterrupted. Steve Stuart slipped past Pat Cook into second, and Przybylski followed into third with points leader Greg Chesley in tow. Przybylski continued to march to the front by passing Stuart near the race's midpoint, and with six laps left, he made the winning pass with an inside move.
Przybylski opened up a seven-car advantage, which he carried to the checkered flag, with Nosser a similar distance ahead of Chesley for runner-up honors. Stuart and Cook, two WISSOTA rookies after successful careers in the ABC six-cylinder ranks, were impressive in their strong fourth- and fifth-place runs.
"This has been a long time coming," Przybylski said in Victory Lane. With the win, he pulls within eight points of leader Chesley in the division's title chase.
Strong runs were the norm throughout the other features as well. In the WISSOTA modified event, Bill Byholm dominated the field for the second straight week, then told the fans from Victory Lane, "the car was a little better than it was last week."
Byholm was untouchable over the final seven laps and recorded his twentieth career win at Ashland, with Jeff Spacek holding off a fast-charging Robby Bunkelman for second. Dean Yrjanainen and Hudack picked up valuable ground after a crash left three other cars badly damaged and finished fourth and fifth. Byholm also took over the points lead with his heat-and-feature sweep.
Randy Spacek made up for the one that may have gotten away last week by charging to the WISSOTA super stock feature win Saturday. Spacek was in position to possibly take the lead from Scott Lawrence in last week's feature race before slowing for a spun car.
Saturday Spacek started from the fourth row but was already in fourth place within the first four laps, as Brian Mikkonen shot to the early lead. Spacek moved up the field and gained the lead for good on lap 17. Mikkonen held off Scott Lawrence's challenges for second-place money, while Curt Myers ended in fourth, just ahead of Joe Oliver.
Just eight cars made up the field in the WISSOTA street stock main event. Tim Baum took the initial lead of the 15-lap race over Cory Casari and held the point over the first five laps. But as Baum's car began to emit trails of smoke, Larry Haderly made an inside move to take over the pace.
Two laps later Steve Anderson's car was turned around for the race's only slowdown, but Haderly held on from there to record his second feature win of the season and 15th of his career at Ashland.
Greg Jaeger, who lost the track's opening-night six-cylinder main event due to an illegal tire, but like Spacek, came on strong Saturday to earn his eleventh career feature win.
Jaeger took advantage of an outside front-row start and the rest of the field's struggles, getting past rookie polesitter Neil Adamczak to build a quick early lead of nearly a straightaway. Shawn McFadden Jr. worked past Adamczak into second on lap 6. By then Jaeger and a win looked to be out of reach, but he eventually crossed the stripe not much more than a car-length ahead to win.
The pure stocks struggled in their 10-lap main event, as they came out with only seven of their nine entrants. One of the did-not-starters was Roland Gordon, whose night got off on the wrong foot during hot laps when his car's driveshaft broke off, ripping away the entire rear axle intact and turing the car onto its side in turn 3. Gordon was uninjured.
The other driver not able to start was polesitter Nathan Dees, which put Tammie Bretting on the front row for the start of the main. In the very first corner of the race Bretting turned her car sideways in front of the field, forcing a complete restart. On the next attempt Tim Carlson, whose car also gave him headaches during warm-ups, looped his ride before a lap was scored and needed a push to the pits. Finally Tim Carbon took command and led the field for all ten green-flag laps -- and a couple more yellow-flag ones -- for his second feature win this summer and sixth ever at Ashland.
ABC Raceway results
Heat 1: Bill Byholm, Glidden; Jody Bellefeuille, Duluth; Jeff Spacek, Phillips; Scott Hudack, Ashland; Shawn Kreyer, Hayward; Duane Dale, Aurora, Minn.; Rick Rivord, Superior; Al Uotinen, Superior.
Heat 2: Robby Bunkelman, Abbotsford; Dean Yrjanainen, Lake Nebagamon; Kelly Checkalski, Poplar; Jerry Hartman, Marenisco, Mich.; Steve Lavasseur, River Falls; Wayne Stricker, Highbridge; Kent Baxter, Dorchester; Ross Lightner, Washburn.
Feature: Byholm; Spacek; Bunkelman; Yrjanainen; Hudack; Hartman; Uotinen; Bellefeuille; Kreyer; Stricker; Checkalski; Rivord; Lightner; Dale; Baxter; Lavasseur.
WISSOTA Super Stocks
Heat 1: Trevor Wilson, Superior; Curt Myers, Cameron; Ken Truscott, Greenland, Mich.; Randy Spacek, Phillips; Ron Hmielewski, Marengo; Kevin Eder, Ashland; Joe Oliver, Superior; Destin Lorimor, Superior.
Heat 2: Scott Lawrence, Superior; Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Brian Mikkonen, Iron River; Dave Elliott, Minocqua; Paul Erikson, Abbotsford; Don Koivisto, Saxon; Roy Pumala, Mason; Chuck Hawkinson, Mellen.
Feature: Spacek; Mikkonen; Lawrence; Myers; Oliver; Oreskovich; Hmielewski; Eder; Erikson; Wilson; Lorimor; Truscott; Koivisto; Hawkinson; Pumala; Elliott.
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Heat: Steve Anderson, Ironwood, Mich.; Greg Kuklinski, Ironwood, Mich.; Larry Haderly, Marengo; Cory Casari, Montreal; Tim Baum, Superior; John Kallas, Hurley; Rob Weber, Washburn; Paul Milanowski, Ashland.
Feature: Haderly; Kuklinski; Anderson; Baum; Casari; Weber; Kallas; Milanowski.
WISSOTA Midwest modifieds
Heat 1: Shane Halopka, Medford; Mickey Nosser, Phillips; Rick Przybylski, Ashland; George Dalbeck, Wakefield, Mich.; Willie Thompson, Eveleth, Minn.; Jacob Morinville, Duluth; Pete Paulus, Phillips.
Heat 2: Pat Cook, Washburn; Greg Chesley, Duluth; Steve Stuart, Ashland; Rob Weber, Washburn; Mike Truscott, Chippewa Falls; Travis Nye, Ashland; Glenn Dammer, Duluth.
Heat 3: Duane Dunbar, Marenisco, Mich.; Deven Van House, Silver Bay, Minn.; Jim Latvala, Solon Springs; Nate Thums, Dorchester; Shawn Rivord, Superior; Joe Olson, Superior; Roland Gordon, Bayfield.
Feature: Przybylski; Nosser; Chesley; Stuart; Cook; Dunbar; Van House; Truscott; Weber; Thums; Thompson; Latvala; Morinville; Paulus; Olson; Dammer; Nye; Rivord; Halopka; Dalbeck.
Heat 1: Ken Tyykila, Iron River; Shawn McFadden Jr., Ashland; Neil Adamzak, Ashland; Jim Anderson, Mason; Adam Traaholt, Ashland; Myron Basina, Bayfield; Jacob Melin, Barnes; Jonathon Popp, Iron River.
Heat 2: Dale Coddington, Hayward; Greg Jaeger, Mellen; Don Muzzy, Ironwood, Mich.; Zach Pagels, Marengo; Dan Moncher, Hurley; Tyler Luger, Iron River; Forrest Schultz, Ashland; DeJay Mihalek, Ashland.
Heat 3: Pat Beeksma, Ironwood, Mich.; Scott Ovaska, Marengo; Jim Pelto, Ashland; Don Livingston, Bayfield; Aaron Mashlan, Ashland; Travis Swanson, Ashland.
Feature: Jaeger; Beeksma; McFadden; Coddington; Ovaska; Pelto; Muzzy; Adamczak; Pagels; Livingston; Luger; Tyykila; Mihalek; Traaholt; Mashlan; Schultz; Popp; Melin; Anderson; Basina; Moncher.
Heat: Tim Carbon, Highbridge; Tammie Bretting, Washburn; Zene Anderson, Superior; Chad Carlson, Superior; Nathan Dees, Ironwood, Mich.; Dustin Follett, Cloquet, Minn.; Matt Deragon, Ashland.
Feature: Carbon; C Carlson; Bretting; Follett; Anderson; Tim Carlson, Superior; Deragon.