Chester Ace picked up the win in the 30 lap feature for the Midwest Truck Series at Madison International Speedway on Sunday by holding off Jeremy Lepak.
“We’re glad to be here starting off the season right,” said Ace from victory lane. “It was a tough race today.”
Michael Raskovic and Nick Egan brought the field of twelve trucks to the green flag. Egan pulled off the track before completing a lap giving the lead to Raskovic with Jerry Wood and Ace moving up to second and third.
On lap 5, Ace pulled to the inside of Wood and one lap later took the second position with Raskovic still five truck lengths in front. Jeremy Lepak raced his way past Mike Corvo on lap 8 to move into fourth.
Raskovic continued to lead with Ace quickly closing the gap and by lap 10 was on his tailgate. Two laps later Ace made contact with Raskovic while going for the lead while Lepak moved into third. One lap later as Ace and Raskovic were battling it out for the lead Lepak was able to power his way into the lead.
Ace was not about to be left behind as the two broke away from the pack with Ace putting heavy pressure on the leader trying to find room on the inside for the pass. The race’s only caution flag came out on lap 21 when a small fire broke out under the Rick Corso truck.
Following the restart Ace and Lepak continued their side by side battle closing followed by Corvo and Raskovic. With five laps to go Ace put a truck length between himself and Lepak and kept that advantage all the way to the checkered flag. Raskovic would finish third followed by Corvo and Dave Edwards.
Nick Egan held off Michael Raskovic to win the first 8-lap heat. Chester Ace took the lead from Rick Corso on lap 4 and cruised to the win in the second heat race.
Fast qualifier for the Midwest Trucks was Kevin Knuese with a lap of 18.551
Kenny Joosten Wins Mid American 30
Kenny Joosten took home the checkered flag in the 30 lap feature for the Mid American Stock Car Series.
“I’ve had some struggles on half mile tracks…I’ve never done real well on the big tracks. This is great and I have to thank Scott Dunning for helping me get this car to where it is today,” said Joosten from victory lane.
Rick Tackman Jr. and Bobby Gutknecht brought the field of nine cars to the stripe. Gutknecht drifted up the track on the first lap giving the lead to Tackman Jr. The caution flag came out on lap 7 for debris on the backstretch.
Gutknecht regained the lead after the restart followed by Tackman Jr., Rick Corso, Kenny Joosten, and Scott Dunning. On lap 10 Corso snuck by Tackman Jr. for second but drifted up the speedway in turn two giving the second position back to Tackman Jr. This allowed Gutknecht to build a big lead out front. On lap 13 Corso took back second place while Joosten was up to battle it out with Tackman Jr. for third. After taking third, Joosten flew by Corso for second on lap 17. Fast qualifier Dan Gilster who started ninth was up to fourth on lap 18.
With ten laps to go Joosten was closing the gap and on lap 21 moved to the inside of Gutknecht for the lead but got too low coming into turn four and was unable to make the pass. On lap 23 Joosten squeezed his way to the inside of Gutknecht for the lead before giving it back one lap later.
It was Joosten on the inside and Gutknecht on the outside for two more laps before Joosten was able to take the lead for good and check away from the field and take home the checkered flag. Gutknecht held off Gilster for second place with Corso and Dunning rounding out the top five.
Bobby Gutknecht picked up the win in the 8 lap heat race. Rick Tackman Jr. and Gutknecht raced side by side for the early lead before Gutknecht grabbed the top spot and built a big lead over the field. Tackman finished in second with Ryan Gutknecht in third.
The fastest lap in qualifying went to Dan Gilster with a circuit of 19.255.
The NASCAR Whelen All American weekly racing program begins on Friday, May 13th with the Late Models, Sportsman, and Bandits all in action. Qualifying begins at 6:15 with racing at 7:30 with a free Pepsi Racing poster to the first 1,000 fans as part of the Pepsi Season Opener.
-Madison International Speedway Press Release
-Photo Credit: Wisconsin Auto Racing Museum