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|Johnny 'The Jet' flys to Stateline Speedway record, feature win|| Rate Topic
|Posted: Monday Jul 23rd, 2012 10:36 PM||
|By BZ Zeller
POST FALLS, IDAHO – Johnny Geisler finished Saturday what he intended to do Friday night, win a Super Shoe Main Event. Johnny ‘the Jet’ repeated as fast qualifier and drove a flawless race en route to the 50-Lap victory at Stateline Speedway. The American Speed Association feature was co-sanctioned by the Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association and Western Winged Sprints.
Friday’s Main winner, Bryan Warf earned second place honors and Andy Alberding duplicated his Friday showing with another third place trophy. Alberding captured the weekend Shoe points with 119, barely notching both Sierra Jackson and Warf with 118 each. Giesler was fourth with 112 points.
Warf, of Meridian, Idaho, seemed poised for a weekend sweep after battling pole sitter Matt Hein, also of Roseburg, side-by-side for the first three laps. After Warf assumed the lead, he gradually pulled away from the 15-car field. The white No. 91 maintained a half-lap advantage over fellow Meridian driver Giesler, when the race’s only caution came out on Lap 33 and spoiled Warf’s hopes.
Two-time ASA/NSRA champion Hein had been working for several laps to pass the lapped car of Robert Beck, Redmond, Wash. Beck came off the bottom of Turn 4 with Hein alongside and shot toward the top of the front stretch causing a collision that took both Beck and Roseburg, Oregon’s Hein out of the race. The yellow flag also meant Warf’s huge lead was no longer as he and the faster No. 12 of Gielser would return to green, side by side.
“The caution was a total heartbreaker,” Warf said. “I could see him (Giesler) on the other side of the track and I knew he couldn’t catch us under green in 17 laps.”
What Warf experienced in frustration, Giesler felt in joy.
“I was definitely happy when I saw the yellow,” Giesler said with a smile. “He (Warf) had a huge lead.”
Warf was able to hold off his hometown friend until Lap 42 when a patient Giesler darted quickly high on the back shoot and then passed the leader on the outside coming around the turns. Once he emerged the leader, ‘the jet’ took off and cruised the final eight circuits to victory.
“I knew he (Warf) was going to protect the bottom of the track,” Giesler said. “When I was able to pull alongside him, I squeezed and kept him down. After that, it was all about hitting my marks and keeping the hammer down.”
Jackson, the defending ASA/NSRA champ, finished fourth. She was second Friday night.
Alberding, Chris Schmelzle and Randy DuBois all won their respective Heat races. Jackson took home her second A Dash trophy in as many nights and Guy Barrett won the B Dash.
The ASA/NSRA Tour returns to action Saturday for the annual Rory Price Memorial at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington.
You can reach ASA/NSRA publicist BZ Zeller at Stock23@aol.com
Results: Super Shoe Main Event – 1. Giesler; 2. Warf; 3. Alberding; 4. Jackson; 5. Ron Larson; 6. Rick Brown; 7. Schmelzle; 8. Ryan Burdett; 9. Barrett; 10. DuBois; 11. Greg Ochs, 11. Scott Aumen; 13. Hein; 14. Beck; 15. Don Williams.
Heat 1 – Alberding, Beck, Larson, Hein, Williams
Heat 2 – Schmelzle, Warf, Ochs, Barrett, Aumen
Heat 3 – DuBois, Jackson, Giesler, Brown, Burdett
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