Jun 11, 2012 by Rick OSHKOSH, Wis. (June – Tracy Wassenberg earned his second straight victory at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway Friday night, pulling away from Joey Taycher and Rod Solem in the final laps of the contest.
Though the track surface took rubber early the wide racing groove was extremely smooth and gave drivers great control of their machines allowing for great side-by-side action.
Rookie Jordan Tulys sat on the pole for the start of the contest but it was fellow outside front row starter Mark Howe taking the opening lead.
Joey Taycher, Todd Wiese and Troy Jerovetz ran pack style, doing battle for the second spot. Further back, point leader Wassenberg was charging from his ninth position. Rod Solem, winner of the past two Fall Classic Sport Modified features, was also on the move advancing from his 12th starting spot.
Howe held steady out front while Wassenberg broke into the top five by lap five. The first slowdown of the contest occurred when Nick Furman rolled to a stop in turn one on lap six.
With the green flag waving, Howe resumed the lead of the event while the field spread out four-wide behind him. Wassenberg wrestled the runner-up spot away on lap nine before setting his sights on Howe.
Howe was turning in his best performance of the season but Wassenberg was able to run him down taking the lead with an slide move on lap 10.
From that point on all Wassenberg had to do was survive a restart on lap 14 which occurred when a tire got knocked onto the front stretch. Wassenberg pull awayed from the field after the restart to earn a convincing victory.
Taycher netted a second place finish after a later race battle with Solem. Solem took third. Jerovetz was fourth and Kelsy Hayes reached the top five when she completed a pass of Howe on the final lap.
Article Credit: Rick Fallon