A crazy eight night at Grundy Speedway
BY TONY BARANEK firstname.lastname@example.org June 14, 2013 11:44PM
Updated: July 17, 2013 7:10AM
Eight features. Eight different winners.
Anthony Danta pretty much parroted what all of the others have been saying after capturing Friday night’s 30-lap late-model main at Grundy County Speedway.
“You know, the field is really close out here if you look at the times in qualifying,” Danta said. “Even racing, it’s really hard to get spots under green. A lot of the passes you’re making are on the restarts. It’s really good racing here.”
It was really rowdy racing during the early going, starting with a Lap 1 incident in Turns 3 and 4 that took out the front row of Jim Weber and Billy Knippenberg.
Danta and Chris Cooling were moved up to the front row for the next attempt, setting off a great side-by-side battle that Danta was able to win via the outside on lap 3.
On lap 4, still trying to make the bottom work, Cooling spun and had to restart in the back.
“This car is really good on the outside,” Danta said. “Cooling kept running into my door. I’m sure he’s mad at me, but when there is a guy outside of you… I need some room up there. We raced hard and I prevailed.”
While Danta set the pace in his Terry Laxton-owned No. 51, top contenders Eddie Hoffman, Ricky Baker and Tracy Schuler were involved in incidents that caused yellow flags and restarts at the back of the pack.
Eventually, it settled into a sprint to the finish between Danta and Boris Jurkovic. Jurkovic stayed within a few car-lengths, but got no closer.
“I think we were pretty evenly matched,” Jurkovic said. “We were a little tight in the middle and I think he was a little free off (the turns). But it was good racing. He did a heck of a job to stay up there.”
Danta crossed the finish line 0.580 seconds ahead of Jurkovic. Rich Bickle ran much of the way alone in third. Hoffman roared from the back to claim fourth, ahead of Cooling, Paul Shafer Jr., and Baker.
Street stock points leader John Senerchia eased by Matt Sisson on lap 15, and went on to claim the win over Sisson, Ryan Moore, Tony Scalpelli Jr., Tim Stewart and Renee Farren.
Apparent Mid-American feature winner John McMahon was disqualified after a post-race inspection along with fourth finishing Matt Clemens and fifth finishing Ron Vandermeir Jr. The win was awarded to points leader Tommy Knippenberg, with John Ventrello second.
Longtime Chicagoland racer Woody Pool passed Tony Doherty on lap 4, and went on to capture the Illinois Vintage Series feature. Shane Heaney was second, followed by Brad Carson, Fred Pitner and Dick Kath.