First Day of the Fall Spectacular Taken by Kelly & Swan
By Mary Langreck and Matt Panure
September 22, 2007; Marshfield, WI: – Kris Kelly finishing second in qualifying worked his way smoothly from an 11th place starting position and into the lead of the 40 lap limited late model feature. Brian Back took the early lead from him pole position start, holding off Mike Springstroh and Brandon Conrad. Rocky Breezer was holding his own in fourth position with Tyler Reedy and Kurt Clapper fighting over fifth. Jesse Oudenhoven overtook the fifth spot on lap four, and the first caution would fly before the next lap was completed.
Kelly was in sixth before the caution, using it to his advantage moved up into fourth by the next lap. Kelly steadily passed a car every few laps, and began to pressure Back for the lead. Lap 13, Kelly using the outside, passed Back for the lead. Two laps later, Conrad would find his way past Back for second. Cory Kemkes and Back would battled for ten laps over the third place position. Kemkes would take it and then set his sites on second. It would take Kemkes only five laps to place himself ahead of Conrad, but would be unable to take the lead from Kelly. Kelly won, Kemkes second, Conrad third, Back fourth and Clapper fifth.
By Matt Panure
(Marshfield WI), September 22 — This is more of what James Swan and his team had in mind when they pictured their 2007 campaign to defend the Mid-American Stock Car Series championship. Heading into the Faith’s Luxury Spas and Billiards Fall 40 at Marshfield, Swan was winless but had four second place finishes to keep his head above water in the points standings after several disappointing runs. Swan notched his first “W” of the season on Saturday night strengthening his point lead heading into Mid-American’s final two events. “This was excellent,” said Swan who had a crowd of sponsors on hand to witness the event. “I had never even seen this place before.” Swan took the lead on lap 33 after a three lap side-by side shootout with 2002 series champion Rod Brewe.
Hank Tews and Troy Shear Jr. paced a field of 23 cars to Dave Sankey’s green flag. The inside line immediately took off as Tews moved into the lead and Shear struggled on the outside line. Brewe, Lyle Nowak and Swan who started seventh, ninth and eleventh respectively used Shear’s misfortune on the outside line to move into fourth, fifth and sixth on the second lap. As those three moved through the field Tim Schmitt who started right behind Tews swiped the lead from him on lap 6. Schmitt had no time to try to build an advantage over the field as a spin by Louie Goss in turn four brought out the first caution of the event.
On the lap 8 restart after a Danny Powell spin Schmitt and Damrow, who had worked his way around Tews, broke away from Tews. While Damrow was looking for a line around Schmitt, Brewe, Nowak and Tews went three-wide for the third spot on lap eleven. Nowak wisely backed out as Brewe took third and Tews settled in fourth. The next lap Damrow finally seized his opportunity to work the inside line and nosed ahead of Schmitt at the line for the lead. At the same time Swan and Piontek worked their way around Nowak and Tews using the outside line.
In a preview of things to come, Swan and Brewe went side by side for the third spot. Brewe, who was trapped on the outside line shot past Schmitt and again Swan and Piontek did the same. Brewe then began to reel in Damrow. Brewe’s car was too strong on the outside line for Damrow to hold off his charges and on lap 20 Brewe was the new leader. That very same lap another caution flew for a Bobby Gutknecht spin. It was a rough night for Gutknecht who was fighting an ill-handling car all day long, he ended up 18th.
Three laps after the restart Swan and Piontek again stuck their machines on the outside line and both moved around Damrow into second and third. Brewe had built a strong advantage by that time, yet he was still running the outside line. “It wasn’t by choice,” said Brewe of his preferred line. “At first I thought I was going to get