White victorious for second time in two weeks
By Tony Baranek email@example.com May 25, 2013 10:34PM
Updated: June 27, 2013 7:11AM
SCHERERVILLE, Ind. — It seemed for a while that it would be a simple 30-lap jaunt for Tracy Schuler.
Saturday night’s late-model feature at Illiana Speedway, however, turned out to be anything but, as Mike White won for the second time in as many weeks.
The twists and turns began on lap 21 when Schuler, who led from lap 1, suddenly slowed in his No. 61 and pulled off the track.
As the race continued, D.J. Weltmeyer inherited the lead, with Anthony Danta in hot pursuit. Behind Danta, White was charging. Soon, they were a three-car triangle going around the track, with Danta on the extreme bottom, Weltmeyer slightly up in the groove and White on the high side.
On lap 28, contact in Turn 2 between Danta and Weltmeyer resulted in Weltmeyer’s No. 16 going around. Weltmeyer left the speedway, while Danta was sent to the back for the restart.
“I saw Anthony working the bottom on D.J.,” White said. “I was able to sneak up on them on the outside. Then he (Weltmeyer) started using a little bit of a defense line going in, which kept putting me up and up and up.
“Actually, they ran me in the wall one time down the front straightaway. I wasn’t really happy with that. But racing at the end, you can expect that kind of stuff. I was on the outside of the rear quarter panel of the 16 (Weltmeyer), and the next thing you know I saw it lift up when 51 (Danta) got into the back of him.”
The two-lap dash to the finish saw Eddie Hoffman, who was caught up in a heat race crash and had to go to his backup No. 8, sitting in second behind White. Hoffman tapped him on the restart, but White was able to keep his Ray Wroblewski-owned No. 14 steady and claim the win.
“Two in a row feels great,” a smiling White said. “Lately we’ve been getting one per year, so two in two weeks is pretty nice.”
Fast qualifier Paul Shafer Jr. finished third behind Hoffman. Phil Splant, Jack Kalwasinski and Mark Ross Jr. completed the top six.
In the Turbostox feature, John Senerchia caught an early break when Bill Serviss made contact with leader Bobbie Jean Wall and turned her around. Inheriting the lead, Senerchia went on to score the victory in the Pat Ligue-owned No. 43, over Ryan Moore, Eddie Wolf and Jacob McKown.
“We’re starting to get the hang of it,” Senerchia said. “We had a couple of bad nights where we had to pull off, and another one where we fell back. But we’re starting to get the issues figured out.”
Chris King continued his dominance in the Legends division by capturing his third feature of the season. The points leader took the top spot from Paul Shafer Sr. on lap six and eased away by several car-lengths. Shafer held on for second, ahead of Brian Tedeschi, Ben Fidone, Jacob Melvin and Jeremy Banning.
The pure stocks main went to Dan Schmeissing in a “second-place wins” event. Jim Gross, who crossed the line first, was credited with second.