JOE REBMAN TOPS IN HOSS WINGED SPRINTS AT HAWKEYE DOWNS
By Brad Grupe
Cedar Rapids, IA 7/2/2004—The ‘Winged Kings of Pavement’ returned to Hawkeye Downs Speedway Friday night for their annual visit to Iowa’s only asphalt speedway. The Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series is one of a just a couple touring series that run winged sprint cars on pavement.
The fast qualifier for the night was Denny England of Warsaw, IN who turned a lap of 15.626 seconds. That time was just shy of the track record of 15.539 seconds. England’s time translates to a lap average of 115 mph.
After the four-wide salute the HOSS drivers got down to business and for teenager Joe Rebman of Mansfield, OH that business was to stay in front of the other 17 drivers in the field, which indeed he did. Rebman started outside row two and quickly bolted into the lead where he stayed until the drop of the checkers. Rebman, in just his third year in a sprint car, held off the charges of Doug Berryman and later Jim McCune while navigating through slower cars, but extended his lead when clear of traffic.
The win was the first career win for Rebman in this type of car and was the fourth different driver to win races in the series this season.
“The car was great. It started out loose, but from there is was very fast,” Rebman stated in Coca-Cola Victory Lane. “This is just my third year in a sprint car and my teams fourth year.”
Chasing Rebman to the checkers were McCune, Berryman, Tim Cox, and Greg Wheeler.
There was also action in the ASA Papa Johns Cup I- Wireless Stock Car Championships Friday night. Scott Wennermark of Cedar Rapids picked up his second win of the season in Budweiser Late Model Sportsmen. Wennermark started the 25-lap feature in 8th and was up to 5th with 5 laps in the books. He continued the charge to the front taking command of the race on lap 10 after passing early leader Brian Franks. Wennermark dominated the balance of the event with Franks finishing second. Craig Bender finished third after starting on the pole.
Jeff Selfridge of Marion found victory lane for the third time this season, winning the 15 lap feature for the Marines.com IMCA Hobby Stocks. Selfridge started the feature event in the sixth row and despite a couple cautions was able to use the outside groove to motor through the field, taking the lead with 6 laps to go. Matt Poduska, Brandon Herb, Ron Dighton, and Roland Bohnsack rounded out the top five.
The Miller Time Modified feature win went to Brian Allen of Hiawatha who posted a flag-to-flag run to the checkers. The feature was slowed by a handful of cautions but no one was able to catch Allen. Bob Gase of Cedar Rapids, last years’ season champion, finished in second. Landon Cassill of Fairfax ran third with Arlo Becker fourth, and Tim Plummer fifth.
Also on hand Friday night were the Barron Motor Supply Super Stocks. Dave McCalla of Cedar Rapids picked up his second win of the season. Kevin Franks crossed the stripe in second with Paul Walder in third. McCalla started deep in the field and moved steadily through the pack during the 25 lap feature which was slowed by a couple cautions.
The Junge Automotive Group Mid-Season Championships are next on tap with all six divisions in action next week.
FEATURE (30 laps)
1. 777- Joe Rebman, Mansfield, OH; 2. 19-Jim McCune, Toledo, OH; 3. 1-Doug Berryman, Fremont, OH; 4.40-Tim Cox, Park City, IL; 5. 7-Greg Wheeler, Columbia City, IN; 6. 84-Denny England, Warsaw, IN; 7. 10-Ron Koehler, South Bend, IN; 8. 4b-Rick Baker, Camby, IN; 9. 75c-Jerry Caryer, Ney, OH; 10. 9-Mike Tarlton, Albion, IN; 11. 6-Sondi Eden, Crawfordsville, IN; 12. 28-John Witter, Mishawaka, IN; 13. 27-Chris Jaeger, Leesburg, IN; 14. 11-Tom Patterson, Argos, IN; 15. 46-Dale Woods, Warsaw, IN; 16. 35-Ed Kenens, Auburn, IN; 17.17-Roger Anderson, Indianapolis, IN; 18. 38-Ted McKibben, Indianapolis, IN
FAST Time- 15.626 Denny England
FEATURE (25 laps)
1. Scott Wennermark, Cedar Rapids; 2. Brian Franks, Central City; 3. Craig Bender, Cedar Rapids; 4. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids; 5. Mel Schappert, Cedar Rapids; 6. John Henecke, Hiawatha; 7. Johnny Mudd, Cedar Rapids; 8. Chris Sevey, Waterloo 9. Gene Peterson, Des Moines; 10. Martin Ballard, Marengo; 11. Andy Duggan, Marion; 12. Art Christoffersen, Toddville; 13. Robb Keeney, Cedar Rapids
FEATURE (15 laps)
1. Jeff Selfridge, Marion; 2. Matt Poduska, Cedar Rapids; 3. Brandon Herb, Marion; 4. Ron Dighton, Cedar Rapids; 5. Roland Bohnsack, Cedar Rapids; 6. Terry Shaffar, State Center; 7. Matt Drottz, Ft. Worth Texas; 8. Chad Vozenilek, Fairfax, IA; 9. Bryce Mitchell, Cedar Rapids; 10. Steve Snyder, Cedar Rapids; 11. Kevin Karr, Marion; 12. Matt Lacoursiere, Cedar Rapids; 13. Scott Siems, Mt. Auburn; 14. Mark Hauder, Dubuque; 15. Perry Thomsen, Cedar Rapids; 16. Dave Gleason, Atkins; 17. Deb Mefford, Cedar Rapids; 18. Mike Desotel, Cedar Rapids; 19. Scott Strauss, Cedar Rapids; 20. Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids; DNS-Shawn Carnahan, Cedar Rapids
FEATURE (25 laps)
1. Dave McCalla, Cedar Rapids; 2. Kevin Franks, Cedar Rapids; 3. Paul Walder, Cedar Rapids; 4. Kurt Bohnsack, Iowa City; 5. Brad Dvorak, Cedar Rapids; 6. Randy Filling, Toddville; 7. Chad Siems, Mt. Auburn; 8. Doug Simon, Marion; 9. Cory Houdek, Anamosa; 10. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids; 11. Greg Hentrich, Hiawatha; 12. Wendy Carnahan, Cedar Rapids; 13. Logan Hale, Cedar Rapids; 14. Jason Block, Mt. Vernon; 15. Jim Hanson, Cedar Rapids; 16. Jayson Scott, Cedar Rapids; 17. Norman Chesmore, Rowley; 18. Terry Clayton, Brooklyn
FEATURE (25 laps)
1. Brian Allen, Hiawatha; 2. Bob Gase, Cedar Rapids; 3. Landon Cassill, Fairfax; 4. Arlo Becker, Atkins; 5. Tim Plummer, Norway; 6. Larry Clausen, Cedar Rapids; 7. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 8. Rodney Rocarek, Cedar Rapids; 9. Randy Coghlan, Toddville; 10. Aric Becker, Cedar Rapids; 11. Chad Willett, Cedar Rapids; 12. Darrell Long, Cedar Rapids; 13. John Baker, Cedar Rapids; 14. Jody Lana, Cedar Rapids