Gharst tops Brown, Horejsi scores a grand during JSTS Showdown at the Redhouse (July 19th, 2012)
Gharst tops Brown, Horejsi scores a grand during JSTS Showdown at the Redhouse
Redwood Falls, MN (July 19th, 2012) – Decatur, Illinois 360 Sprint Car ace Kaley Gharst made his first ever Redwood Speedway appearance a memorable one scoring the Jackson Speedway Touring Series (JSTS) victory Thursday night at the Redwood County Fairgrounds. While Gharst reigned victorious in the Winged Warrior A-main, Echo, MN IMCA Modified track regular Jim Horejsi topped a very strong field of 18 Modifieds to score the $1,000 payday during Redwood Speedway’s first ever addition of “Thursday Night Thunder.” Fans from all over the Upper Midwest converged to the moderately banked ½ mile oval to witness some tremendous Open-Wheel Action, Redwood Speedway style.
The IMCA Modified division got the night’s feature festivities underway with Horejsi and Justin Anderson sharing the front row starting duties. Horejsi beat Anderson to turn one and stole the opening lap advantage. Sixth starter Tyler Limoges used an early restart to move into the third spot while Clint Hatlestad rode in fourth. A couple yellow flags halted action during the middle stages of the event bunching up the field behind Horejsi. In the end, however, it was Horejsi leading all 20 circuits taking home a very emotional win in the process. Limoges was able to dispose of Anderson for the second spot while IMCA Modified rookie Tom Silver rebounded to finish in third spot ahead of Clint Hatlestad and 11th starter Brandon Beckendorf. Dan Mackenthun picked up the hard charger award starting the event in 17th and finishing ninth. The 18 cars on hand were split into three heat races with Hatlestad, Horejsi and Curt Lund all scoring victories.
The JSTS 360 Sprint Car A-main was led flag to flag by Illinois traveler, Kaley Gharst. Gharst blasted off from the pole and took the early lead while Gregg Bakker settled into second. “Blackjack” Brian Brown quickly moved from seventh to second and began the long process of tracking down Gharst out front. With two laps remaining, Brown had successfully caught Gharst for the lead. Bakker joined the fray as the trio ran up on the backside of lap car, Casey Heser. On the final trip around Brown and Bakker looked for an opening around Gharst, an opening that never presented itself as the young Illinois veteran took home $1,500 payday in his first ever visit to the Speedway. Jackson Speedway regulars Derrik Lusk and Skylar Prochaska rounded out the top five running order for the 360’s, who boasted 21 entries. Bakker, Dylan Peterson and Prochaska took heat race wins earlier in the show for the 360’s who put on a tremendous show for the fans on hand.
JSTS 360 Sprints:
Feature – Kaley Gharst, Brian Brown, Gregg Bakker, Derrik Lusk, Skylar Prochaska, Andy Jones, Jody Rosenboom, Matt Juhl, Chris Graf, Seth Brahmer, Casey Heser, Joe Riedel, Brodie Mckeown, Steve Yarns, Troy Manteufel, Thomas Kennedy, Justin Jacobsma, Curt Lund, Randi Miller, Dylan Peterson, Lou Kennedy Jr
Heat 1 – Bakker, Lusk, Jacobsma, Miller, Heser, Juhl, Kennedy Jr
Heat 2 – Peterson, Thomas Kennedy, Brown, Rosenboom, Graf, Riedel, Yarns,
Heat 3 – Prochaska, Gharst, Jones, Lund, Brahmer, Mckeown, Manteufel
Feature – Jim Horejsi, Tyler Limoges, Tom Silver, Clint Hatlestad, Brandon Beckendorf, Justin Anderson, Jerry Wren, Michael Gregg, Dan Mackenthun, Josh Rogotzke, Ben Panitzke, Jeff Maasch, Dan Menk, Trent Loverude, Dalton Magers, Curt Lund, Chad Porter, Justin Bjorklund
Heat 1 – Hatlestad, Limoges, Gregg, Rogotzke, Menk, Maasch
Heat 2 – Horejsi, Beckendorf, Porter, Bjorklund, Panitzke, Mackenthun
Heat 3 – Lund, Anderson, Wren, Silver, Loverude, Magers