Sunday, July 10, 2011

Holzhausen wins at Elko

Rookie driver Skyler Holzhausen (photo below with Jason Searcy) won the ASA Midwest tour Grandstay Summer Clash 250 lap race at Elko Speedway (MN) on Saturday night.  He took home the trophy and $10,000 in prize money, this is his first win of his ASA Midwest tour career.
Holzhausen passed point leader Andrew Morrissey with a bump and run move with fifty laps to go, "we got into him a little bit, I feel bad for that, it was just tight racing in lapped traffic," said Skyler after the race. 

The first 125 lap segment of the race saw numerous spins and many cars suffering overheating problems.   Morrissey dominated the first half of the race up front but because of the cautions didnt put any car a lap down until the 116th lap of the race.

Holzhausen spent most of the race near the front, but it wasn't easy.  He had to maneuver through traffic and nearly spun out mid-race after catching a tire on the apron coming out of corner number two.  The second segment of the race saw 100 consecutive green flag conditions and only one caution with 25 laps to go.  "I'm glad," said Holzhausen, "this was a long-run car, the longer we ran the faster we got and the more consistent we stayed."

Skyler sang the National Anthem for the crowd on Friday night and it seemed to be good luck for him, when asked if he will do that again he said "I think maybe I should, I will if they need me to!"  Skyler's father Steve won an ASA Midwest tour race at Elko Speedway in 2009 and won a bar of gold.
2011 three time ASA Midwest tour winner Ross Kenseth had a tough night, he started 7th row inside and struggled with overheating problems (photo above), he pitted early in the first segment and never made up the track position, finishing 11th.

Minnesota drivers qualified great, taking 5 of the top 6 positions.  They didnt race quite as well, the top Minnesota finisher was Nick Murgic in 5th followed by Danny Fredrickson in 6th.

Chris Weinkauf won "fast time" in qualifying with a lap of 13.745, but finished one lap down in 16th position.  Friday night "dash for cash" winner Tim Schendel had mechanical problems and did not finish the race.

Unofficial results:
1-Skyler Holzhausen
2-Andrew Morrissey
3-Nathan Haseleu
4-Chris Wimmer
5-Nick Murgic
6-Dan Fredrickson
7-Jacob Goede
8-Donny Reuvers
Jerry Wood won the ASA Midwest Truck series race, just edging local hero Andy Jirek (photo above).

Ted Reuvers (video above) won the ASA Midwest Sportsmen race, sneaking past Brent Kane on the high-side with one lap to go.

For full results go to

"Speedtalk on 1360" radio will broadcast interviews with Skyler Holzhausen, Andrew Morrissey, Nathan Haseleu, Jerry Wood and Ted Reuvers Saturday morning 10-11am on KRWC 1360am radio and

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