On a night where there were several different story lines for fans to follow along with a major announcement from the ownership of the track itself Saturday, Josh Schneiderman made his way to victory lane at 34 Raceway while Jon Agan captured his third Shottenkirk.com Sprint Invaders championship in the last four years.
Agan came into the night trailing point leader Jamie Ball by ten points, but when Ball got held up by a slow starting pole-sitter he dropped from third to sixth on the opening lap of heat race number one. Race leader John Schulz lost a motor with two to go though moving Ball up to the fifth and final transfer spot, a position he then lost on the final lap when Jarrod Schneiderman zipped around him on the outside of turns three and four coming to the checkers.
With Ball now headed to the B-Main, Agan felt better about drawing the fourth and final row of the third heat, a race that he would go on to win after three caution flags slowed the field. The win would pull Agan into a tie for the point lead, a tie that he knew that he would break by making the Budweiser King of Beers Shakeup Dash where he finished second to Josh Schneiderman. This would give Agan a five point adavantage heading into the feature where he would start fourth while Ball dominated the B-Main to earn the sixteenth starting spot and needing to now beat Agan by three positions to claim his first series championship.
Dave Getchell and Ryan Jamison would bring the field to green for the thirty lap season finale, but it would be the third starter Josh Schneiderman who would seize the advantage on the opening lap. The caution would wave after scoring lap two though when the fourth-place car of Paul Nienheiser went over the top of turn two and spun sending him to the back of the twenty-car field in the Midland Performance #50.
On the restart Schneiderman pulled away a bit as Jamison and Agan raced side-by-side for second with Jamison digging down low as Agan pounded the cushion. Just after Agan finally cleared Jamison for second he too would sail over the top of turn two and go for a spin forcing him to restart from the back of the field with twenty-two laps remaining. And, with Jamie Ball now running in the twelfth position Again would need to get back to within two spots of him in order to secure the title.
On the restart fans had to decide what to watch as Josh Schneiderman continued to lead while his younger brother Jarrod Schneiderman was closing quick after starting thirteenth. Or they could keep an eye on Agan as he gradually picked off positions until he was back to within three of Ball when suddenly, on lap twenty, Jamie slowed and pulled into the infield as his car had just shut off with apparent electrical issues.
With the championship now decided the focus went back to the front where Jarrod was doing his best to track down Josh until the caution waved one last time with three laps remaining as Tom Lenz spun in turn two.
On the restart the younger brother just did not have anything for the leader as Josh Schneiderman clicked off the final three laps to score his first win of 2017. Jarrod was officially the Hard Charger of the show coming from thirteenth to second, but the biggest charge of the night came from Paul Nienhesier who came back from twentieth after his lap two spin to finish in the third spot ahead of Cody Wehrle and Ryan Jamison. Tyler Groenendyk started tenth and finished sixth, Andy Krieger had a solid ride in seventh, Brayden Gaylord was eighth just ahead of the champion Agan while Tanner Gebhardt’s tenth place finish was enough to edge out Gaylord for the 2017 Rookie-of-the-Year title, just another story line for the fans to follow throughout the night.
Announced at the driver’s meeting earlier in the night and to the crowd at intermission, after eleven years of operating 34 Raceway the Laue, Parrish and Bowling families have sold the track to Brad Stevens. Stevens who along with his girlfriend Jessi Mynatt have headed up the the Brent Slocum Foundation and the presentation of the Annual Slocum 50 event here at 34 the past several years. In addition they will now takeover the operation of the high banked 3/8th-mile oval in 2018.
The Shottenkirk.com Sprint Invaders will celebrate a successful 2017 season that saw ten exciting nights of racing and no rain outs with the Awards Banquet on Saturday November 11th in Burlington.
Shottenkirk.com Sprint Invaders Results – Season Championship Night, September 23rd at 34 Raceway near Burlington, Iowa
Randall’s Performance Heat One – 1. Ryan Jamison, Mediapolis 2. Daniel Bergquist, Burlington 3. Damian Getchell, Sperry 4. Tyler Groenendyk, Oskaloosa 5. Jarrod Schneiderman, West Burlington 6. Jamie Ball, Knoxville 7. Justin Bucholz, Davenport 8. John Schulz, West Burlington
CenPeCo Lubricants Heat Two – 1. Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington 2. Paul Nienheiser, Chapin IL 3. Cody Wehrle, Burlington 4. Bob Weuve, Newton 5. Ben Wagoner, Emden IL 6. Tanner Gebhardt, Burlington 7. Dan Keltner, Grandview 8. John Greenwood, Woodward
Mohrfeld Electric Heat Three – 1. Jon Agan, Knoxville 2. Dave Getchell, Sperry 3. Andy Krieger, Burlington 4. Rob Weuve, Oakland Acres 5. Brayden Gaylord, Wever 6. Joe Laue, Morning Sun 7. Harold Pohren, Lowell 8. Tom Lenz, Marion
Golden Eagle Distributing Budweiser King of Beers Shake Up Dash – 1. Josh Schneiderman 2. Agan 3. Bergquist 4. Nienheiser 5. Dave Getchell 6. Jamison
B-Main – 1.Ball 2. Gebhardt 3. Bucholz 4. Pohren 5. Lenz 6. Keltner 7. Greenwood 8. Laue DNS: Schulz
A-Main – 1. Josh Schneiderman 2. Jarrod Schneiderman 3. Nienheiser 4. Wehrle 5. Jamison 6. Groenendyk 7. Krieger 8. Gaylord 9. Agan 10. Gebhardt 11. Bergquist 12. Wagoner 13. Bucholz 14. Pohren 15. Damian Getchell 16. R. Weuve 17. Lenz 18. B. Weuve 19. Ball 20. Dave Getchell