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Reuvers and Schmitt lead winners at Elko Speedway

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"Dundas Donny" Reuvers and Shakopee's Luke Schmitt both had reason to smile, as the duo led the "winners parade" at Elko Speedway as fans were treated to a special 4th of July edition of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series.

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The holiday festivities began as current point leader Adam Royle of Farmington led the Yellow Tail Qualifying session, timing in at 13.874 seconds (97.304 mph) to edge Reuvers (13.900), "Racin Jason" Schneider of New Market (13.947) and a surprising Matt Goede of New Germany (13.959) who continues to shine in his rookie season.

In the 40 lap main, it was Goede on the point through the inversion and the young hot shoe edged under two-time Elko champ Schneider for the lead, with Reuvers and Royle joining in the hunt by lap five. Once in second, Reuvers filled Goede's mirror for a few laps before sliding by to take the lead on lap eight and he started to pull away, before the field was bunched up for a 23rd lap restart after Janesville, IA's Brad Osborn (who had earlier held off Joey Miller in winning the 2nd Semi Feature) lost the handle and slammed into the turn three wall.

Following the cleanup, the green flew resuming the action and despite a determined effort from Goede, Reuvers pulled away over the final 17 laps, scoring a .636 second victory for his second straight trip to victory lane. An ecstatic Goede was followed by Adam Royle who admitted that the set-up they used for qualifying made him "way too tight", Jake Ryan and Jason Schneider.

Another happy victor on the holiday card came in the Power Stocks as Shakopee's Luke Schmitt made a bold 13th lap pass of race leader Jay Seiler on his way to an emotional victory lane. The victory for Schmitt and his brother Jason came on the 4th anniversary of the passing of Minnesota's first casualty of the Iraq war, a family member of the brothers who was honored with a moment of silence in the opening ceremonies. Following the fist pumping Schmitt across the line were Lakeville's Jim Seiler, Elko's Rob Schnickels, Shakopee's Matt Wiebusch and Lakeville's Dan Streiff.

In the Thunder Car 25, Dundas' Ted Reuvers and Faribault's Jack Paulson diced back and forth over the opening seven laps, battling for the lead with Elko's Daryl Bloom ducking under Lonsdale's Brent Kane and Lakeville's Joe Garafalo to join the battle on lap 11. By lap 13, Bloom had passed Paulson and was closing on Reuvers before Lakeville's Chris Marek cut a tire on lap 15 bringing out the only caution. On the restart, Bloom roared past Reuvers for the lead and then the fans roared as Paulson appeared to "punt" Garafalo, who hooked Dustin Mann opening the bottom lane as Farmington's Dan Ryan, Jr. roared into the top five. Over the final 10 laps, Bloom pulled away to an impressive win, with Kane roaring home second, edging Reuvers, with Ryan fourth and a fast closing Adam Simon edging Mann for the top five.

In the NASCAR Sportsman 30, it might be a real good thing for his fellow drivers that Jordan's Greg Bieber is only running "part time"...at least if Friday the Fourth was any indication. Bieber not only took the lead at the drop of the green, but just five laps in had already built a seven car advantage of Lakeville's Kevin Lutz. Over the final 25 markers, things didn't get any better as Bieber roared to a remarkable 4.268 second win, with Prior Lake's Robbie Hazelton edging Lutz, with Savage's Doug Brown fourth and Eagan's Justin Neisius fifth.

The Great North Legends 20, Sauk Center's Dirk Henry and Underwood's Beau Berry diced high and low through the early stages, with Henry assuming the lead on lap 3. Once at the point, Henry held Berry at bay to score the win, with Lakeville's Casey Traxler driving a great race in taking third by holding off the always determined Tim Brockhouse of Webster and Jon Lemke of Shakopee.

Topping off the action were the Super Hornets and the fans "felt the buzz" as Shakopee's Jason Miner wrestled the early lead from Montgomery's Nick Grimm, who then was bypassed by Northfield's Mark Berg. Grimm wasn't through battling as he not only reclaimed second from Berg, but pulled even with Miner for the lead on lap six. The charge wouldn't continue as Miner "slammed the door" and reclaimed a lead he wouldn't relinquish, enroute to the win, with Berg able to slip by Grimm for second, with Lakeville's Richard Thake fourth and Montgomery's Jason Trnka fifth.

The NASCAR Whelen All American Series at Elko Speedway continues on Saturday July 12, 2008, with the ever popular "Date Night". For directions, or ticket information call (952) 461-RACE (7223) or visit www.ElkoSpeedway.com

Results from the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at Elko Speedway Friday July 4, 2008

NASCAR Super Late Models

Yellow Tail Fast Qualifier Adam Royle Farmington, MN 13.874 seconds (97.304 mph)

Semi Feature #1 15 laps

1. Chad Walen Prior Lake 2. Heath Herman Jordan 3.Jake Ryan Farmington

Semi Feature #2 15 laps

1. Brad Osborn Janesville, IA 2. Joey Miller Lakeville 3. Jamie Farrell New Prague

Feature 40 laps

1. Donny Reuvers Dundas 2. Matt Goede New Germany 3. Adam Royle Farmington 4. Jake Ryan Farmington 5. Jason Schneider New Market 6. Chad Walen Prior Lake 7. Ryan Johnson Eagan 8. Billy Mohn Lakeville 9. Jamie Farrell New Prague 10. Zac Davids Apple Valley

NASCAR Sportsman

Semi Feature 10 laps

1. Nick Crawford New Prague 2. Kevin Lutz Lakeville 3. Greg Bieber Jordan

Feature 30 laps

1. Greg Bieber Jordan 2. Robbie Hazelton Prior Lake 3. Kevin Lutz Lakeville 4. Doug Brown Savage 5. Justin Neisius Eagan

Thunder Cars

Heat 1 8 laps Heat 2 8 laps

Adam Simon Veseli Brent Kane Lonsdale

Feature 25 laps

1. Daryl Bloom Elko 2. Brent Kane Lonsdale 3. Ted Reuvers Dundas 4. Dan Ryan, Jr. Farmington 5. Adam Simon Veseli

Great North Legends

Heat 1 8 laps Heat 2 8 laps

Tim Brockhouse Webster Beau Berry Underwood

Feature 20 laps

1. Dirk Henry Sauk Center 2. Beau Berry Underwood 3. Casey Traxler Lakeville 4. Tim Brockhouse Webster 5. Jon Lemke Shakopee

Power Stocks

Heat 1 8 laps Heat 2 8 laps

Jim Seiler Lakeville Greg Lamont Elko

Feature 20 laps

1. Luke Schmitt Shakopee 2. Jim Seiler Lakeville 3. Rob Schnickels Elko 4. Matt Wiebusch Shakopee 5. Dan Streiff Lakeville

Super Hornets

Heat 1 6 laps Heat 2 6 laps

Mark Berg Northfield Robin Roth Faribault

Feature 12 laps

1. Jason Miner Shakopee 2. Mark Berg Northfield 3. Nick Grimm Montgomery 4. Richard Thake Lakeville 5. Jason Trnka Montgomery

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