Worthington, Ohio---Region II had another busy week, getting several races for berths in the 31st Enderle Memorial Pull-Off (Saturday, September 16 in Urbana, Ohio) to around or beyond their halfway marks. Meanwhile, Region V watched the sky sweat after three tractors went down the track in Monticello, making the upcoming festivities in Waverly this Saturday all the more urgent as those races conclude. And Region III spools back up again in a big way with three nights of action across Anoka and Menomonie.
LIGHT SUPER STOCK
A: George Everett and "Smokeless Alternative" clinched the Region II title at Logansport in a three-event, three-way point battle with Josh Hart and Jerry Yantes.
B: A quarter of the way along the Region III path (through Ellsworth), the Degenhardts' "Diggin' Hard" lead Marty Nelson by one and the Red Thunder Team by two. Menomonie is the next stop this Saturday.
C: At the same time the Cass County Fair was settling Berth A, Bryce Pichler and "Red Thunder" were wrapping up the Region V slot in New Hampton in a two-event, three-session, four-day span.
HEAVY SUPER STOCK
A: A third in Clermont County kept John Pfeiffer's top-three streak going through five appearances. "Pfeiffermax"'s lead is nine over Heath Weilnau with three Ohio hooks to go: Sandusky, Zanesville, and Wauseon. Erie County is Heath's home territory, but he's got some patching to do after kicking a rod in Owensville.
B: After Decorah, Ken Witt and "Mr. Yuk" have a one-point edge over David Henderson in this Region III/V open fuel berth. Three hooks remain, all in their native Minnesota.
C: The Region III/V diesel-only berth has had three hooks, and "Diggin' Hard" has won twice to carry a two-point lead into the Degenhardts' native Norwalk. But the second-place "Stray Horse Gone Wild" has won there two years in a row.
D: Marty Harrell and the "Pure Country" Massey Ferguson clinched this Region IV wraparound berth at Pinetops in May.
A: Last Tuesday's second place in Hartford extended Stan Warda's lead with "Hammerin' Hank" to 13 over the Caseys.
B: A seventh in Van Buren County put the "Whoopie Maker" ahead of Rob McTaggart in one of the season's more interesting back-and-forths. Eight hooks are left---next four in McTaggart's Michigan, then three in the Caseys' Ohio before the finale in Tipton, Indiana.
C: Reigning champ Trevan Rohde and "Somethin' Fierce" lead after Ellsworth. The Martyns' "Hustler" and the Hardys' "Gold Digger" stand second and third with five to go.
D: Chris Hales and "The Outlaw" staged a brilliant heist at Pinetops. They won Saturday's class to overcome a two-point deficit and surpass Phil Kelley by a single point.
E: But P.K. from PA loves IA most of all, and after Decorah the "Red-Blooded Binder" is in position for its third straight Region V championship. Dan Niemeyer (-2) and Dan Schulte (-3) are just behind, but losing the hook in Monticello means they must beat Phil outright in Waverly.
LIGHT PRO STOCK
A: Kendall Houk had a fine week, picking up two (Washington C.H.), two (winning in Lebanon), and five (Hilliard) points on the week's entering leader Kevin Smith before giving one back in Owensville. "Nothing Special" now leads the subregion by five.
B: Region II West was quiet this week. With nine hooks remaining, including this week's three in Hamilton and Fort Recovery, the "Red Avenger" of Mike Palmer has a 17-point advantage over Jason Fliehman.
C: Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" was victorious in Ellsworth to grab the lead over Justin Nagel and Dan Schullo. We'll have to wait until Labor Day weekend back in Wisconsin to see how this one turns out.
D: A second last fall in Raleigh and a win in Millers Tavern have given Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" the inside track over Mark Wiederhold and James Vanhoy (-5). Two more tough hooks await in Elizabeth City.
LIMITED PRO STOCK
A: Brad Boldry's "Smoke Fever" is undefeated through 40 percent of Region II's season. Jerry Shepherd (-2) and the Wisels (both -6) are the closest chasers with Fort coming up Friday and Saturday.
B: A win by Scott Nordby's "Intense Headache" in Pierce County has him up one on class rookie Kevin Lindstrom and two on Jason Rosenquist. Anoka awaits on Thursday.
C: But Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester" is tied with Jeremy Ploetz' "Big One" after the former's win Saturday night in New Hampton. It's down to Saturday at Waverly, head-to-head, winner-take-all.
TWO WHEEL DRIVE
A: A four-hook week has brought this subregion's path to its two-thirds point, across which Jeff Writsel's "At It Again" has three wins, two thirds, and a fifth. His win in Lebanon last Wednesday has helped him build a 16-point lead over Jacob Shephard.
B: Between his two trucks, Randy Petro has wins in six of seven Western subregion hooks including the Greentown partial washout. His regional entry, "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint," is up one on Brent Secrest and Petro team truck "2 Timin'" after an off week for the West.
C: Dustin Amundson won the Showdown in Curdtown with "Bottoms Up," the first of an eight-class schedule. Tony Fleming (Hi! Maintenance) and Kim Moore (Pack Rat VII) are the next two in line as Anoka approaches.
D: Two hooks in Betsytown over August's first weekend will settle this berth. Steve Wilson (Running Bear) leads wife Crystal by one and John Pickler by four.
E: With W's in Decorah and New Hampton, Amundson's bucket is "Up" in Region V as well with a five- and 13-point bulge over Rockwell winners A.J. Riedl and Troy Warschkow, respectively. Dustin just needs to avoid disaster in Bremer County.
FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A: A second in Hilliard has extended the lead of Steve Elchinger's "Jus' Passin' Thru" to nine and 11 over Daves Moore and Bos, respectively. Starting with Hamilton, three of the last four FWD hooks are in Ohio; the exception: the new one in Mason, Michigan.
B: A second in Curdtown netted David O'Connor 30 points. His "Nasty Habit" is up on Rich Thomsen (-1) and Matthew Davis (-2) with Anoka's Miller Lite edition the next Showdown to come.
C: Co-leaders John T. Davis' "The Legend" and Kevin Schools' "Jus' Rutt'n" will wage a battle of former Grand National rides at Morgan's Corner in just a week and a half. But don't count out two-time champ Randy Brann (-4).
D: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck" averaged 28 points over Rockwell and New Hampton in his native North Iowa to punch his ticket to Urbana.
A: Missing a five-way pull-off in Hartford ate into the lead of David Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing," but it remains one up on Ken Bultemeier and four up on his own "Unchained."
B: But "Double" (-5) won and "Unchained" (leader) finished second in Hilliard on Friday, and now the gap is eight back to third-place "Flip Side" and "Whomp Ass."
C: Donnie Reeve's "California Mule" kicked into high gear in Ellsworth and thus leads Chad Timmerman and Nathan Hoffman by place points for Region III's first Enderle berth of its own.
D: With "Unchained," Lacey's already secured the real "South" berth: The one awarded by Region IV dating to Raleigh and ending in Pinetops. (Remember, if the same vehicle wins more than one berth, we combine the points and invite the runner up, third place, etc.)
E: Hoffman found his four-leaf clover in New Hampton and had a brilliant performance with "Shakin' Shamrock" to win the two-hook shootout by three and become Region V's first MINI invitee.
A: In the Northwest Region II berth, Ryan Writsel is perfect through two hooks plus Arcola's rainout. His 75 points lead Don Deane by three and Alan Judy by five.
B. Four hooks were scheduled for this week in the Southeast Region II berth. Around the Springfield rainout, Ryan and Jeff Writsel won in Washington Court House and Lebanon, then took second to Ken Miller in Owensville. Miller is a point back of Don Deane (-7) for second with just three hooks left.
C: Anoka will start and finish the Enderle chase in Region III.
D: Sporting a new sized-up powerplant, Chip Street's "Wildfire" scored two fifth places at its former home track in Pinetops to claim the Region IV berth. Interestingly four of the six point-earning vehicles were turbine-powered.
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