Riedel places 14th in ASCS main event
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
The big names of the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) paid a visit to I-90 Speedway near Hartford on Saturday night.|
Thirty-five of the best 360-sprint car drivers were on hand, including Ramona's Ryan Bickett and Joe Riedel, along with Madison's Jordan Opdahl.
Other classes on hand Saturday were the USRA B-modifieds, hobby stocks and super chargers.
Riedel was the only local driver to make it to the 25-lap ASCS "A" Feature. He started the race on the outside of the fifth row. Battling a super-slick track and avoiding the two yellow flags and a red flag, Riedel finished 14th.
Earlier in the program, Riedel placed fourth in his heat race to automatically qualify for the "A" Feature.
Both Bickett and Opdahl narrowly missed out in transferring straight to the "A" Feature. Bickett placed sixth in his heat race and Opdahl, after running in second most of his heat race, placed fifth.
Both drivers were in the "B" Feature as they tried one more time to qualify for the "A" Feature. Nineteen cars took the green flag to start the "B" Feature. Opdahl started on the outside of the fifth row while Bickett started on the outside of the seventh row. Bickett was able to move into the top 10 and finish ninth while Opdahl finished 13th. Neither driver moved on to the "A" Feature.
Winning the "A" Feature was Logan Forler, who led from start to finish. Following Forler were Jeff Swindell, Jason Johnson, Johnny Herrera and Tony Bruce, Jr. rounding out the top five.
It was an extremely hard night for Nick and Nate Barger in their respective feature races. Nick Barger, competing in the USRA B-modified class, was caught up in a first-lap accident and finished 21st. In his heat race, he placed third.
Nate Barger, competing in the hobby stock division, was caught up in a five-car incident and placed 16th in the "A" Feature. Earlier, he placed sixth in his heat race.
Doug Wallis of Madison was also competing in the USRA B-modified class and finished 19th in the "A" Feature and seventh in his heat race.
Action at I-90 will resume on Saturday at 7 p.m. There will be a special Powder Puff race on Saturday night.