Kruseman Takes Sprint Bandits TNT
Tuesday Night Cap at East Bay
Lonnie Wheatley, TAMPA, Fla. (January 31, 2006) – Cory
Kruseman put the wraps on a full day of O’Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour ‘N
Topless wingless 410-ci Sprint Car action by capturing victory honors in
Tuesday night’s 25-lap feature at East Bay Raceway Park.
The checkered flag flew none too soon for the Ventura,
CA, ace though, as 57-year-old Minnesota veteran racer Roger Rager was
on the charge in classic rim-riding style, blasting past Bryan Clauson
and Jason Sides on the final lap to finish a close second after starting
“I could tell someone was coming on the high side because
you could see the top was getting run in pretty good,” Kruseman
commented from victory lane. “But we were good on the bottom and until
someone actually passes ya’, you can’t really leave your line.”
Kruseman, who charged from 16th to fifth in
the daytime portion of the Tuesday TNT double, earned the pole position
for the nightcap by making a last corner pass of Casey Shuman to win his
heat then finishing a close second to Charles Davis, Jr., in his
“The Kruser” outgunned young gun and fellow front row
starter Bryan Clauson for the point at the drop of the green flag and
set the early pace in front of Clauson and Jon Stanbrough, with
ninth-starter Jason Sides advancing to fourth by the third lap.
Sides disposed of Stanbrough for third following a lap
seven caution for Davis, who came to a halt in turn four, while Bud
Kaeding and Terry McCarl diced for position behind Kruseman, Clauson,
Sides and Stanbrough. Kaeding and McCarl swapped positions several
times before McCarl looped his mount in turn four at the race’s midway
point. McCarl tagged the field at the rear.
After a restart tangle that eliminated Davis, Justin
Marvel, Darren Hagen and Brandon Petty, Kruseman continued to set the
pace while Rager had cracked the top ten after starting in the eleventh
Riding the rim in dazzling fashion, Rager blasted by a
host of competitors to advance to sixth by the 17th lap. By
the time the red flag flew after 20 laps for Daron Clayton’s turn two
tumble, Rager had bypassed Kaeding to crack the top five.
Set for a five-lap dash to the checkered flag, Kruseman
stuck to his preferred low line in front of Clauson, Sides, Stanbrough
and Rager. Rager made quick work of Stanbrough for fourth, then after
Sides briefly slowed his charge on the 22nd lap, Rager edged
ahead of the Tennessee racer for third as the white flag flew.
While Kruseman flashed under the checkered flag with a
five car-length advantage aboard Glenn Crossno’s Downing-powered No. 38
Bullet, the final lap featured Clauson, Rager and Sides battling in
spirited fashion for the runner-up slot. On the extreme high side
through the final corners, Rager’s momentum carried him both past Sides
and Clauson to snare the runner-up position by little more than a foot.
Clauson settled for the show position, with Sides and
Stanbrough rounding out the top five. Kaeding earned a sixth place
finish, with Danny Smith, 16th-starter Dickie Gaines, Kevin
Briscoe and 19th-starter Dave Darland completing the top ten.
Stanbrough, Clauson, Kenny Carmichael, Kruseman and Shane
Cottle topped heat race action for Tuesday night’s 48-car field, with
Davis, Kaeding, Petty, Clauson and Sides victorious in qualifying races.
Mat Neely won the first 12-lap “B” Main, with Clayton
winning the second “B” Main.
Florida’s Joe Melnick flipped violently down the
backstretch during the third qualifying race. Melnick was transported
to a local hospital for observation, complaining of possible rib
Ed Hassler, who finished third in the afternoon event,
was leading his qualifying race when his driveline woes ended his
night. Afternoon winner Brady Short missed the night feature when he
fell two positions short of the final transfer in the second “B” Main.
The top six in total points from Tuesday’s Sprint Bandits
TNT double are locked into Wednesday night’s $10,000 to win finale.
Drivers locked in include Kruseman, Stanbrough, Danny Smith, Clauson,
Kaeding and Zach Chappell.
The balance of the 50-car field will line up according to
accumulated points in four heat races, with the top three finishers in
each heat race advancing to Wednesday’s “A” Main. The rest will go to
Twin “B” Mains, with the top three from each rounding out the 24-car
Sprint Bandits Tour ‘N Topless Tuesday Night Results:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 53-Jon Stanbrough, 2. 11d-Derek
O’Dell, 3. 56-Kevin Briscoe, 4. 24-Terry McCarl, 5. 16-Nick Adams, 6.
1T-Tim Shaffer, 7. 5-Donnie Maxwell, 8. 34-Luke Hall, 9. 69x-Mark Cole.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 67-Bryan Clauson, 2. 85-Greg
Leonard, 3. 2b-Bud Kaeding, 4. 81-Justin Marvel, 5. 21x-Dickie Gaines,
6. 3b-Scott Bonnell, 7. 36-Brady Short, 8. 88-Steven King, 9. 92x-Daron
Clayton, 10. 51x-Harley Slotten.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 92-Kenny Carmichael, 2. 4-Danny
Smith, 3. 10-Mat Neely, 4. 66h-Ed Hassler, 5. 29p-Terry Pletch, 6.
21-Charles Davis, Jr., 7. 11x-Dave Darland, 8. 11-Brent Beauchamp, 9.
5a-Arin McIntosh, 10. 51-John Sauermilch.
Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 38-Cory Kruseman, 2. 53x-Casey
Shuman, 3. 71-Darren Hagen, 4. 1-Jake Scott, 5. 7s-Jason Sides, 6.
57-John Heydenreich, 7. 2k-Roger Rager, 8. 29T-Travis Rilat, 9. 4b-Tom
Busch, 10. 20-Frank Carlsson.
Fifth Heat (8 Laps): 1.
5g-Shane Cottle, 2. 50z-Zach Chappell, 3. 29-Kyle Nicholas, 4.
3R-Brandon Petty, 5. 8m-Joe Melnick, 6. 52-Mark Broughman, 7. 71c-Jack
Helget, 8. 22-Mark Weber, 9. 93-Scott Townsend.
Qualifying Races – Top 16 in
Combined Passing Points from Heats & Qualifiers to “A” Feature; Balance
of field to Twin “B” Mains
First Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 21-Charles Davis, Jr., 2.
38-Cory Kruseman, 3. 21x-Dickie Gaines, 4. 10-Mat Neely, 5. 56-Kevin
Briscoe, 6. 57-John Heydenreich, 7. 88-Steven King, 8. 51x-Harley
Slotten, 9. 69x-Mark Cole, 10. 85-Greg Leonard.
Second Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 2b-Bud Kaeding, 2. 53-Jon
Stanbrough, 3. 92-Kenny Carmichael, 4. 92x-Daron Clayton, 5. 1T-Tim
Shaffer, 6. 1-Jake Scott, 7. 29-Kyle Nicholas, 8. 34-Luke Hall, 9.
52-Mark Broughman, 10. 51-John Sauermilch.
Third Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 3R-Brandon Petty, 2.
50z-Zach Chappell, 3. 11d-Derek O’Dell, 4. 53x-Casey Shuman, 5. 11-Brent
Beauchamp, 6. 20-Frank Carlsson, 7. 5m-Arin McIntosh, 8. 5-Donnie
Maxwell, 9. 71c-Jack Helget, 10. 8m-Joe Melnick.
Fourth Qualifier (8 Laps): 1. 67-Bryan Clauson, 2.
3b-Scott Bonnell, 3. 4-Danny Smith, 4. 29T-Travis Rilat, 5. 71-Darren
Hagen, 6. 36-Brady Short, 7. 4b-Tom Busch, 8. 16-Nick Adams, 9. 66h-Ed
Fifth Qualifier (8 Laps): 1.
7s-Jason Sides, 2. 24-Terry McCarl, 3. 11x-Dave Darland, 4. 29p-Terry
Pletch, 5. 5g-Shane Cottle, 6. 81-Justin Marvel, 7. 2k-Roger Rager, 8.
93-Scott Townsend, 9. 22-Mark Weber.
“B” Mains – Top 4 from Each to “A”
First “B” Main (12 Laps): 1. 10-Mat Neely, 2. 11x-Dave
Darland, 3. 2k-Roger Rager, 4. 29-Kyle Nicholas, 5. 11-Brent Beauchamp,
6. 3b-Scott Bonnell, 7. 29T-Travis Rilat, 8. 34-Luke Hall, 9. 69x-Mark
Cole, 10. 52-Mark Broughman, 11. 20-Frank Carlsson, 12. 51x-Harley
Slotten, 13. 16-Nick Adams. DNS: 1T-Tim Shaffer, 66h-Ed Hassler,
Second “B” Main (12 Laps): 1. 92x-Daron Clayton, 2.
81-Justin Marvel, 3. 71-Darren Hagen, 4. 1-Jake Scott, 5. 57-John
Heydenreich, 6. 36-Brady Short, 7. 29p-Terry Pletch, 8. 88-Steven King,
9. 4b-Tom Busch, 10. 93-Scott Townsend, 11. 5-Donnie Maxwell, 12.
5m-Arin McIntosh, 13. 22-Mark Weber, 14. 51-John Sauermilch. DNS:
85-Greg Leonard, 8m-Joe Melnick.
“A” Main (25 Laps): 1. 38-Cory
Kruseman, 2. 2k-Roger Rager, 3. 67-Bryan Clauson, 4. 7s-Jason Sides, 5.
53-Jon Stanbrough, 6. 2b-Bud Kaeding, 7. 4-Danny Smith, 8. 21x-Dickie
Gaines, 9. 56-Kevin Briscoe, 10. 11x-Dave Darland, 11. 11d-Derek O’Dell,
12. 50z-Zach Chappell, 13. 5g-Shane Cottle, 14. 24-Terry McCarl, 15.
10-Mat Neely, 16. 53x-Casey Shuman, 17. 92-Kenny Carmichael, 18. 29-Kyle
Nicholas, 19. 1-Jake Scott, 20. 92x-Daron Clayton, 21. 21-Charles Davis,
Jr., 22. 81-Justin Marvel, 23. 71-Darren Hagen, 24. 3R-Brandon Petty.