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CHARTER RACEWAY PARK
BEAVER DAM, WISCONSIN

TRACK SIZE:  1/3 MILE HIGH BANKED CLAY OVAL

RACE DAYS:   SATURDAY NIGHTS: MODIFIEDS, STREET STOCKS, DIRT DEVILS, INEX LEGENDS & GRAND NATIONALS

PHONE:  920-887-1600

WEBSITE:  WWW.WISMOTORSPORTS.NET

DIRECTIONS: US 151 TO EXIT 132, THEN 0.4 MILE EAST ON SR 33, THEN SOUTH ON RACEWAY ROAD

5/23/09 - Two In A Row For Priewe At Charter Raceway Park

 

 

 

 

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Two In A Row For Priewe At Charter Raceway Park
by John Wiedemann

Beaver Dam, WI - 5/23/09 - Craig Priewe distanced himself from the rest of the
Modified field, slicing through traffic to take his second win of the
season in as many races at Charter Raceway Park. 113 cars took to the
track in six divisions for the second regular season event at the
third mile oval on Saturday evening.

A caution on the second lap of the Modified feature was the only thing
that could slow down Priewe. Contact between Aaron Rake and Mike
Mueller at the front of the pack left Meuller up against the wall in
turn two and had the yellow flag flying. On the restart, Priewe lined
up in third having already gained seven positions. Dave Schoenberger
took control of the race but had to deal with Priewe following closely
behind at the top of the track. Six laps later, Priewe made a move
down low and took over the lead. When, a few laps later, the leaders
reached lap traffic, Priewe took advantage of the situation and
started to pull away. Driving through the traffic, Priewe continued
to put real estate between himself and Schoenberger. Even a spinning
Rob Schmid couldn?t deter the leader as Priewe worked his way through
the incident on his way to taking the checkers. Schoenberger didn?t
fare as well fading to fifth at the finish. John Stanton grabbed the
runner up spot followed to the finish line by Jeremy Christian and Jay
Schaufnagel.

The high groove was Jeff Steenbergen?s domain all evening. Starting
the Legend feature on the inside of the third row, Steenbergen quickly
moved to the top of the track and made his way to the front.
Steenbergen battled side by side on the straightaways with early race
leader Brad Weber for most of the middle portion of the race, which
was slowed seven times in the first thirteen laps. Steenbergen took
over the lead of the race at about the halfway point. On the restart
after the final caution, Weber made a final run at the lead diving
down as low as possible and inching past Steenbergen in the turns.
The straightaways were another matter though as Steenbergen would
power past Weber. With four laps remaining in the race, the handling
seemed to go away on Weber?s Legend allowing Eric Barth to take over
second and Greg Hartlaub to challenge for third. Steenbergen ran away
and took the checkers for his first win of 2009. Barth crossed the
line in second with Weber holding on to third. Hartlaub and Kevin
Brill rounded out the top five.

Starting the race in the pole position, Todd Ascherien led the first
four laps of the Grand National feature. Roger Lee started in eighth,
but wasted no time using the high groove to move into third on the
fourth lap. One lap later, Lee took over the lead passing Ascherien
at the flag stand. Four caution periods would bunch up the field and
allow Jeremy Christain to move into second and challenge for the top
spot. Lee was just too strong at the top of the track and was able to
hold off Christain?s challenge from the bottom groove to take the
feature win. Christain had to settle for his second runner up feature
finish in a row. Tommy Moore, Don Source and Will Source finished
third through fifth.

Jesse Kanas started seventh and charged through the Street Stock
feature field to take the lead away from Joseph Brenner by the fourth
lap. In the meantime, last week?s winner Jon Schultz worked his way
through the field methodically. Schultz arrived at the runner up spot
just prior to the midpoint of the race. The field was brought back
together under caution with seven laps remaining in the race. Two
laps after the restart, with Kanas running the inside line, Schultz
used the outside line to take the lead. Just after Schultz assumed
the point, the caution flag flew again to bunch up the field one more
time. When the race restarted Schultz and Kanas battled side by side
using their chosen lines. Schultz would prevail by about a car length
at the end to take the win. Kanas battled hard but would have to
settle for second with the top groove prevailing in yet another
feature race.

Tim Sheppard grabbed the lead at the drop of the green and dominated
the first fourteen laps of the fifteen lap Dirt Devil feature. The
top five cars ran in a tight pack for the entire race, which never saw
a yellow flag. Moving slowly forward from the fourth and fifth
starting positions were Tim Draheim and Matt Janke. Janke used the
inside lane to move into second on the seventh lap and Draheim
followed suit a few laps later to grab the third position. On the
final lap, with Sheppard still in the lead, Janke dove to the bottom
of turns three and four. Sheppard and Janke exited turn four side by
side and drag raced to the finish line. With the checkers flying,
Janke pulled ahead and crossed the finish line just three hundredths
of a second ahead of Sheppard. Draheim followed just another seven
tenths of a second later, taking third in the closest finish of the
night.

In the Sport Mod feature, Jeff Schmule wrestled the point away from
early leader Ray Keyser on the second lap and went on to lead the rest
of the caution free race. Keyser crossed the finish line in second
with Marc Miller following in third.

Sunday, May 24th the World Of Outlaws Late Models featuring Kenny
Schrader, and Modifieds challenge the high-banked third mile clay
oval. On Tuesday June 2nd, NASCAR Star Kasey Kahne, along with Joey
Saldana and Craig Dollansky, will take on the Bumper to Bumper IRA
Sprint Car drivers. For more information, visit the Charter Raceway
Park website at www.wismotorsports.com

Next Saturday night, May 30th is another Charter 6-division night.
Pits open at 3:30 and the main gates open at 4:30. Racing is scheduled
to start promptly at 6:30. Contact the track office for more
information at 920-382-7858.

Charter Raceway Park
May 23, 2009
RESULTS
GRAND NATIONALS
HEATS Todd Ascheriern, Alex Stumpf, Don Sorce
A MAIN Roger Lee, Jeremy Christain, Tommy Moore, Don Sorce, Will
Sorce, Dan Schumacher, Todd Ascheriern, Steve Schneider, Craig
Boettcher, Larry Zirbel

LEGENDS
HEAT WINNERS Jeff Steenbergen, Brad Weber, Brandon Schmitt
A MAIN Jeff Steenbergen, Eric Barth, Brad Weber, Greg Hartlaub,
Kevin Brill, Joe Johnson, Brandon Schmitt, Brian Peterson, Grant
Greenfield, Aaron Muhle

MODIFIEDS
HEAT WINNERS Mike Mueller, Mitch McGrath, Frank Firari, Jay
Schaufnagel, Craig Priewe
B MAIN 1 Eddie Lemay, Steve Mueller, Ryan Marshall, Chris Johnson,
Ryan Horst
B MAIN 2 Ben Godlewski, Zach Drews, Scott Crowbridge, Ralph
Schneider, Jason Enoch
B MAIN 3 Joe McGrath, Daniel Tafelski, Shawn Fralich, Jim Zdroik,
Kris Peterson
A MAIN Craig Priewe, Jim Stanton, Jeremy Christian, Jay
Schaufnagel, Dave Schoenberger, Mike Sandholm, Frank Firari, Aaron
Rake, Don Scheffler, Mitch McGrath

STREET STOCKS
HEAT WINNERS Brandon Riedner, Jesse Kanas
A MAIN Jon Schultz, Jesse Kanas, Roger Frank, Brandon Riedner,
Joseph Brenner, Andrew Araco, Matt Bedker, Craig Lepple, Noah Shepp,
Brandon Paitrick

SPORT MODS
HEAT WINNER Jeff Schmule
A MAIN Jeff Schmule, Ray Keyser, Marc Miller

DIRT DEVILS
HEAT WINNER Matt Janke
A MAIN Matt Janke, Tim Sheppard, Tim Draheim, Jim Merkel, Jim
Rhode, Robert Nelson, Dylan Reinhard, Mike Fralich

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