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7/17/2012 7:30:00 AM
Spacek and Van Dusen win again at Tomahawk
Gene Harmelink
For Tomahawk Speedway

It was another night of exciting and caution-free racing at Tomahawk Speedway Friday as rookie Cole Spacek scored his second win in as many weeks in his WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series Midwest Modified. Veteran driver Ron Van Dusen also repeated in his WISSOTA/AMSOIL Street Stock.

Randy Conner picked up his third win in a row in the Tomahawk Pure Stocks and Kasey Gross won his third feature of the season in his Tomahawk Four Cylinder Bandit.

Hurley's John Kallas and Duane Dunbar of Marenisco, Mich. lined up on the front row to begin the WISSOTA/AMSOIL Midwest Modified feature. Dunbar grabbed the early advantage, leading the first three laps.

Spacek, from Phillips, moved to second with Kallas in the third spot.

It was evident early on that Spacek still had the taste of last week's win in his mouth and was hungry for another victory.

On lap four, Spacek moved to the inside of Dunbar as the cars rounded turn four. It was a risky move, but Spacek pulled it off and he shot to the lead.

With 10 laps complete, Spacek had stretched his lead to seven or eight car lengths as Dunbar did his best to keep up.

Meanwhile battles heated up elsewhere on the track. Kallas and Jeff Klopstein Jr. of Tomahawk had a spirited battle for third.

Just a few feet back, Eric Klafka of Wisconsin Rapids had his hands full with Merrill's Jimmy Barttelt Sr. and Travis Friske of Tomahawk.

Spacek went on to earn a second win in a row in his Three Mile Corner Bar-sponsored car. Dunbar, Kallas, Klopstein Jr. and Klafka completed the top five.

Chetek's Heidi Karshbaum, and Eagle River's Ron Van Dusen led the WISSOTA/AMSOIL Street Stocks to the green flag to begin their feature. Van Dusen shot to an early lead as Karshbaum settled in second, followed by her husband, Steve.

Van Dusen dominated the 20-laps feature but, when the checkered flag flew, it appeared that his car had mechanical issues as it slowed dramatically passing the flag stand.

Despite the trouble, Van Dusen won the feature in his Super 8 of Eagle River and Tomahawk-sponsored car. Derek Eberl of Tomahawk, Kelly Knutson of Osceola, Heidi Karshbaum and Steve Karshbaum rounded out the top five.

Gunar Hoogland of Catawba and Steve Brown of Tomahawk were first to accept the green flag for the start of the Tomahawk Pure Stock feature. Brown, coming off a convincing heat win, left no doubt that he wanted a repeat in the feature as he motored to an early lead.

With five laps complete, Brown continued to lead as Michael Brown of Tomahawk, Randy Conner of Hayward, Hoogland, and Tad Brown of Tomahawk did their best to get to the top spot.

As the 20-lap race moved past the halfway point, Steve Brown felt a challenge from Conner who, after repeated attempts in the backstretch, made the pass for the lead.

Conner won again in his Link Brothers Ford of Minong-sponsored car. Steve Brown, Michael Brown, Tad Brown, and Hoogland completed the top five.

Tim Holleran and Louis Malluege lined up on the front row for the start of the Four Cylinder Bandit feature with Malluege grabbing the early lead as Holleran ran second.

Gross moved up to second by lap five after starting fifth. On lap six that Gross made a power move on Malluege, passing in turn three for the lead.

Gross picked up his third win of the year in his T&P Tree Farm-sponsored car. Malluege, Brandon Langbecker, Rory Radtke and Holleran in the top five.

Racing resumes Friday when Tomahawk Speedway invites racers and fans alike to come join in the exciting action.

As always, hot laps start at 7 p.m. with racing at 7:30.

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