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Knoxville Raceway 2005 Season Opener 4-23-05

410 & 360 Sprints

Colin Northway Randy Martin's Hauler Randy Martin
Mural on side of Randy Martin's Hauler Mark Dobmeier Brian Brown
Rusty Egan Brian Brown's Butler Built Professional Seat Mike Reinke
Dusty Zomer Josh Higday Frankie Heimbaugh
Troy Meyer Mike Kertscher Kim Mock
Justin Henderson Larry Neighbors Greg Jones
Seth Brahmer Chad Meyer Jesse Gianetto
Kaley Gharst Kerry Madsen Ricky Logan
Eric Vanderploeg Frank Brown Tracy Nichols
Mike Chadd Jon Corbin Chadd Humston
Eddie Leavitt Jr. Nate Mosher Eric Mason
View of the pits Alan Zoutte David Hesmer
Eric Jobe Brett Mather Joe Beaver
John Kearney Josh Schultz Rob Edwards
Tim St. Arnold Ryan Anderson Wayne Johnson
Bobby Mincer View of the pits Victory Lane, Center of Infield Hall of Fame
View of turns 3 & 4 View of the pits View of the pits
View of the pits View of turns 1 & 2 Calvin Landis
Driver Meeting Randy Hannagan Calvin Landis
Kerry Madsen Wayne Johnson Kim Mock
Kerry Madsen Brian Brown Kim Mock
Jesse Gianetto Turns 3 & 4 & new Scoreboard 410's ready to push off
Ty Bartz Don Droud Jr. Randy Hannagan
Brian Brown Mike Moore & Wayne Johnson Calvin Landis
Chadd Meyer Matt Moro Mike Kertscher
Mike Reinke Tyler Houseman Randy Martin
Jerad Smith & Johnny Anderson David Hesmer Skip Jackson
DJ Heskin John Schultz  

Results Courtesy of Bill Wright

35 410s & 52 360s

410s

Calvin Landis (2nd car out to time) set a blistering pace with a lap of 15.081 seconds for quick time, a tick off Don Droud Jr.'s track record. Randy Hannagan (11th car out) was second quick, followed by Droud (1st), Kerry Madsen (12th), Wayne Johnson (5th), Justin Henderson (21st), Skip Jackson (30th), Brian Brown (6th), Jon Agan (22nd) and Ricky Logan (16th). Rusty Egan backed it into the wall in hot laps and scratched for the night. Chris Walraven had motor problems and also scratched for the night before TT. Robert Bell got one lap in with a sour motor and also retired for the night. Greg Jones and Eric Vanderploeg were only able to get one lap in the books.

Heat one (started): 1. Seth Brahmer 13x (2) 2. Agan 4 (4) 3. W. Johnson 14AJ (5) 4. Mark Dobmeier 13 (1) 5. Landis 70 (6) / 6. Kaley Gharst 44G (8) 7. Matt Moro 47 (3) 8. Ty Bartz 75 (7) DNS - Bell 71

Brahmer led flag to flag in a nice run on a tacky track. W. Johnson looked particularly strong in battling by Moro and then Dobmeier.

Heat two (started): 1. Mike Reinke 02 (1) 2. Logan 10 (4) 3. Hannagan 1x (6) 4. Henderson 11 (5) 5. Jesse Giannetto D1 (3) / 6. Chad Meyer 1w (7) 7. G. Jones 35 (8) 8. Ryan Anderson 71R (2) DNS - Egan 50x

Reinke led the distance. The lone yellow flag came on lap five for debris off of Meyer's car. Hannagan looked particularly strong, running the bottom side.

Heat three (started): 1. Mike Moore 69 (1) 2. Droud 17G (6) 3. Jackson 2 (5) 4. Larry Neighbors F5 (2) 5. Kim Mock 1m (4) / 6. Tim St. Arnold 7w (3) 7. Vanderploeg 7x (7) 8. Tyler Houseman 50 (8) DNS - Walraven 56

Neighbors took the early advantage, but Moore took the point on lap two and never looked back. Droud was strong running the cushion, while subbing for an injured Jeff Mitrisin, who hopes to be back in about four weeks. Jackson stuck well to the bottom on a very fast track. The best battle on the track was for the final transfer with Mock and St. Arnold exchanging the spot. Mock moved under St. Arnold with two to go and held on to fifth.

Heat four (started): 1. Brown 21 (5) 2. Colin Northway 60 (2) 3. Madsen 55 (6) 4. Mike Kertscher 80K (1) 5. Jerrel Slinkard 15s (3) / 6. Lynton Jeffrey 4AU (4) 7. Michael Jones 1a (7) 8. Brent Antill 1 (8)

Brown exploded to the point from row three on the first circuit and led throughout, pulling away. Antill exited on lap five.

B main (started): 1. Moro (2) 2. Jeffrey (1) 3. Anderson (4) 4. Meyer (6) / 5. Vanderploeg (7) 6. M. Jones (8) 7. Bartz (5) 8. Houseman (9) 9. G. Jones (10) 10. St. Arnold (3) DNS - Gharst, Antill, Bell, Egan, Walraven

Moro led the 10 lap, non-stop affair throughout, beating Jeffrey to the line by 3/4 of a lap. St. Arnold pulled out on lap six while running a strong second.

A main (started): 1. W. Johnson (4) 2. Jackson (2) 3. Brown (1) 4. Madsen (5) 5. Meyer (24) 6. Droud (6) 7. Logan (10) 8. Landis (8) 9. Giannetto (12) 10. Moro (21) 11. Northway (16) 12. Agan (9) 13. Neighbors (15) 14. Brahmer (14) 15. Mock (11) 16. Anderson (23) 17. Jeffrey (22) 18. Dobmeier (17) 19. Moore (19) 20. Kertscher (20) 21. Henderson (3) 22. Slinkard (13) 23. Hannagan (7) 24. Reinke (18)

Giannetto elected to start at the rear of the 20 lapper. Jackson outdueled Brown for the early advantage. Brown took control on lap four and was pulling away on lap five, when Reinke went up in smoke with an apparent oil filter problem, bringing a caution. Hannagan was up to fourth, but retired under caution with apparent motor woes. The restart saw Brown leading Jackson, W. Johnson, Madsen and Droud back to green flag racing. Jackson got by Brown on lap six, regaining the lead, and W. Johnson followed him into the runner-up position. W. Johnson made his winning pass, as he rode the cushion around Jackson, who was on the bottom behind a slower car on lap 13. Three laps later, Moore spun in turn one, and Kertscher retired with mechanical problems. Now W. Johnson led Jackson, Brown, Madsen, Droud, Logan and surging Meyer, from the tail. W. Johnson held on the final four circuits to take his third Knoxville win and $3000. Meyer finished his fine run by getting by Logan and Droud for fifth and earning the $300 hard-charger bonus. Moro also moved up nicely after his dominating B main performance.

360s

Heat one (started, *qualified for feature): 1. Brett Mather 54 (1*) 2. Gregg Bakker 11x (2*) 3. Johnny Anderson 7a (6*) 4. Randy Martin 14 (7*) 5. Jarod Smith 48 (8) 6. Terry Alexander 77 (8) 7. Troy Meyer 11m (3) 8. Toby Chapman 20x (5) 9. Tom Lenz 8L (9) 10. Nate Van Haaften 3 (11) 11. Dan Thornburg 57T (4)

Mather led flag to flag. Thornburg exited on lap five. Anderson and Martin turned in great runs, moving up enough to earn spots in the A. Anderson fell just short of passing Bakker for second at the line.

Heat two (started, *qualified for feature): 1. Mike Chadd 4 (1*) 2. David Hesmer 1 (5*) 3. Mitchell Alexander 6 (2) 4. Frankie Heimbaugh 04 (9*) 5. Ryan Voss 2H (4) 6. Rager Phillips 9 (7) 7. Nick Eastin 25 (3) 8. Dave Heskin 84 (6) 9. David Brown 43 (10) 10. Dustin Selvage 7 (11) 11. Rob Edwards 22 (8)

Chadd led throughout, but got a late challenge from Hesmer who was coming on strong. Heimbaugh was the prime mover, picking off five spots from row five to earn a transfer.

Heat three (started, *qualified for feature): 1. David Hall 51 (2*) 2. DJ Heskin 56 (1*) 3. Joe Beaver 53 (8*) 4. John Schulz 2 (6) 5. Larry Ball Jr. 5J (10) 6. Dusty Zomer 1z (9) 7. Tracy Nichols 19 (7) 8. Jerry Crabb 12x (4) 9. Eddie Leavitt Jr. F4 (5) 10. Jason Danley 82 (3)

Heskin led early and battled with D. Hall, for what proved would be the entire seven lap distance. D. Hall took the win in dramatic fashion on the final circuit. Beaver was the man on the move, picking off five spots. Danley exited on lap three with a severely ill handling machine.

Heat four (started, *qualified for feature): 1. John Kearney 83B (2*) 2. Jake Peters 57x (1*) 3. Mike Trent 41 (6*) 4. Doug Wilson 86 (4) 5. Bronson Maeschen 96 (5) 6. Jon Corbin 33c (3) 7. Mike Houseman Y2 (7) 8. Stevie Walsh 20 (8) 9. John Hall 7H (10) 10. Nate Mosher 22N (9)

Kearney led the distance in a mostly single-file affair.

Heat five (started, *qualified for feature): 1. Pete Crall 11 (1*) 2. Eric Jobe 23 (3*) 3. Josh Higday 4T (10*) 4. Bobby Mincer 10 (2) 5. Chad Humston 23c (7) 6. Alan Zoutte 33 (4) 7. Mike Przyborski 27 (8) 8. Eric Mason B29 (9) 9. Mike Houseman Jr. Y5 (5) DNS - Curtis Boyer 72 (6)

Crall led the distance. All eyes were on Higday who went from the tail to challenge Jobe at the line for second at the checkered flag.

C main (started): 1. Houseman (2) 2. Nichols (1) / 3. Mason (4) 4. J. Hall (9) 5. Mosher (17) 6. Danley (16) 7. Crabb (7) 8. Przyborski (3) 9. Lenz (10) 10. Houseman Jr. (13) 11. Walsh (8) 12. Selvage (15) 13. Leavitt (12) 14. Chapman (5) 15. Dave Heskin (6) 16. Brown (11) 17. Van Haaften (14) DNS - Thornburg, Edwards, Boyer

Nichols led the six lapper up to taking the white flag, when Chapman slowed and dumped fluid down the frontstretch, bringing out the caution. Walsh spun on the restart before things could get underway again, but Houseman took the point from Nichols and held on the last two circuits. Great charges were put on by Mosher and Danley, but both had to load up for the night after one of the stoutest C mains you're going to see.

B main (started): 1. Ball (1) 2. Schulz (3) 3. Zomer (8) 4. Wilson (4) / 5. Humston (6) 6. Maeschen (11) 7. Mincer (5) 8. Phillips (12) 9. Meyer (15) 10. T. Alexander (9) 11. Smith (7) 12. Houseman (17) 13. M. Alexander (2) 14. Corbin (13) 15. Nichols (18) 16. Voss (10) 17. Eastin (16) 18. Zoutte (14)

Ball led the way in the non-stop 10 lapper, pulling away from the rest of the field in convincing fashion. Zomer ran strong from row four, while Humston and Maeschen passed a slowing Mincer on the last lap, falling just short of the final transfer.

A main (started): 1. Kearney (5) 2. Chadd (2) 3. Beaver (6) 4. D. Hall (7) 5. Anderson (15) 6. Mather (3) 7. Bakker (12) 8. Ball (17) 9. Heimbaugh (9) 10. Schulz (18) 11. Martin (16) 12. Wilson (20) 13. Jobe (11) 14. DJ Heskin (13) 15. Higday (4) 16. Peters (14) 17. Crall (1) 18. Hesmer (8) 19. Trent (10) 20. Zomer (19)

Chadd, looking for his 11th win at Knoxville took the early lead in the 15 lapper. Kearney got by before a lap three caution for Crall, who got upside down, collecting Hesmer. Both were done, as were Zomer and Trent who lost use of their brakes. The restart saw Kearney leading Chadd, Higday, D. Hall and Mather. Five laps later, Beaver got into Peters, sending the 57x upside down in turn four in a battle for fifth. He was uninjured but done for the night. Now Kearney led an impressive D. Hall, Higday, Chadd and Beaver back to green flag racing. Higday's great run came to a halt on lap 12 when his mount started to miss and he came to a rest in turn two. With a three lap dash in front of him, Kearney led Chadd, D. Hall, Beaver and Anderson back to green flag racing. Kearney held on for his 18th career 360 win at Knoxville, tying him with Dean Chadd for second on the all-time feature winners list. Kearney, who added a "B" to his number in honor of his late father, "Bub", took an emotional victory lap for his dad. Anderson earned hard-charger honors and $100 by moving forward ten spots in the event.

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