Sievert, Deckard, Ruddick take First Races of 2002 Season
Brownstown, IN-March 30, 2002- The long trip south for Brett "The Jet" Sievert payed off as the New Berlin, WI native took the $1,000 paycheck in the Brownstown Speedway season opener. Sievert, driving the Central Services, Color Ink, Braxair, Rocket Chassis entry started on the outside front row beside polesitter Ryan Dauber, and joined defending track champion, Mark Barber in a three wide fight for the lead at the very outset. The action would stay three wide until the caution flew for the first time on lap two when Greg Ault stalled his ride in turn two. Barber would lead the field to the green for the restart, pulling away from the second place running Sievert. Barber would lengthen his lead to about six car lengths on lap eight. Bad luck would intervene on lap 11 when Barber would all of a sudden slow coming out of turn two, allowing Sievert to close the gap. The caution would fly for the second time on lap 12, due to Scott Smith stalling his mount. Barber would once again lead the field to the green, this time with Sievert all over his back bumper. Sievert, running heads up the entire race, would occasionally jump the inside berm in turn four trying to get underneath Barber for the point. The two would ride side by side all the way up to lap 15 when, going into turn one, they made contact allowing Barber to get loose. Sievert would crawl under Barber for the lead and ultimately go on to victory followed by Barber, Dauber, Brad Barrow, Dan Sturgeon, Doug McCammon, Jim Curry, Jason Setser, Tim Prince and, James Huff would round out the top ten. Sieverts victory was his first ever at the Brownstown Speedway.
Brownstown, IN resident Jay Deckard rode the rim to victory in the 20 lap Super Stock feature. Starting from the seventh position on the grid, Deckard took advantage of a poor start by the front couple of rows by advancing three spots by the time the field reached turn one. Unfortunately the effort was voided by a spin involving Rick Wolsifer and Kyle Edwards. Restart number two was also nullified due to a spin involving C.J. Allen and Mike Vest. The third time would be the charm as Trent Niflis would lead the field to the green. Niflis started to inch away from the field lap by lap until the caution flew for the second time on lap four because of a David Woolston spin. During that four lap stretch of green flag racing, Deckard had moved into the thrid position. They would go green for another four lap stretch up to lap eight when Edwards spun for the second time. At this point, Deckard had moved into the second spot. Niflis would take the field back to the green on the restart and lead the next two laps while trying to fend off Deckards challenges. Deckard would make the high side work on lap 11, flying by Niflis coming out of turn two. Deckard would lead the rest of the way en route to his first ever victory in the Super Stock division at Brownstown. Niflis, Rick Hines, Jerry Adams and, Doug McCullough rounded out the top five.
The 15 lap Bomber feature would go to Jim Ruddick of Seymour, IN. Ruddick shot into the lead at the start of the race. Ruddick had to fight off challenges from Robert Walters throughout the race but all of Walters efforts were for naught as he finished in the runner up position. Ruddick, driving the KMI Engines, C & O Auto Parts, Night Crawler Chassis entry said his key for winning was obviously to be "faster than everyone else." Ray Godsey, Matt Cummings, and Ervin Turner completed the top five.
Up next on the schedule will be the Indiana Icebreaker on April 6th, paying $2,000 to win for Late Models. UMP Modifieds and Bombers will also be on the card.
Ryan Dauber, Brad Barrow, James Huff, Tim Prince, Dennis Boknecht, Brian Wilhite, Shannon Reed, Tom Coglianese, Darrell Bex, Dan Bronson, Rodney Bruce
Brett Sievert, Greg Ault, Jason Setser, Jim Curry, Mike Bechelli, AJ Bingham, Greg Kendall, Scott Smith, Cody Mahoney, John Combs
Mark Barber, Dan Sturgeon, Doug McCammon, Todd McKinney, Dustin Neat, Brad Cummings, John Finn, Mike Ruble, Mark Shaefer, Steve Godsey,
FEATURE Brett Sievert, Mark Barber, Ryan Dauber, Brad Barrow, Dan Sturgeon, Doug McCammon, Jim Curry, Jason Setser, Tim Prince, James Huff, Brad Cummings, Dustin Neat, Mike Bechelli, AJ Bingham, Greg Kendall, Todd McKinney, Dennis Boknecht, Scott Smith, Cody Mahoney, Greg Ault
Trent Niflis, Tim Clark, Rick Wolsifer, Mike Vest, Mickey Hines, Mel Bigham, David Brewer, Deb Friesner, David Smith
Rick Hines, Randy Moore, Kyle Edwards, Matt Smallwood, Wendell Wadsworth, Jennifer Johnson, Jason Knight, Todd Gilpin, Barry Gerkin
Jerry Adams, Jay Deckard, CJ Allen, Troy Clark, David Woolston, Paul Seymour, Tony Arthur Sr., Carl Adrianson, Greg Kendall
Chris DeWease, Mike Cawood, Doug McCullough, Dennis Reynoll, Randy Newport, Keith Deppe, Jeff Davidson, Ray Weston, Ben Dubois, Joe Jefferies
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Jay Deckard, Trent Niflis, Rick Hines, Jerry Adams, Doug McCullough, Mike Vest, CJ Allen, Mickey Hines, Rick Wolsifer, David Smith
Jim Ruddick, Robert Walters, Ray Godsey, Jr., Matt Cummings, E. Turner, Kevin Applegate, Donnie Pifer, Roger Reichenbacker, Rusty Smiley, Glenn Woods