Gharst wins night two of JSTS speed week at Redwood Speedway
By: Tom Svoboda - JSTS announcer
Redwood Falls, Minnesota (July 19, 2012) – After a great opening round of racing Wednesday at Sioux Speedway in Sioux Center, Iowa, the traveling warriors of the Forbes Meats Jackson Speedway Touring Series headed north to the Redwood Speedway in Redwood Falls MN. A field of 21 cars made the trip to Redwood Speedway and when the final checkered flag flew on the night it was Kaley Gharst of Decatur IL picking up the win the 20-lap $1,500 to win event.
The feature event had its fair share of trouble getting started. After an initial bad start, the race was brought back and restarted. On the restart the red flag was thrown when several cars got together in turn two, including Curt Lund, Redwood Falls MN, Casey Heser, Jackson MN, Justin Jacobsma, Hull IA, Randi Miller, Rapid City SD, and Dylan Peterson, Sioux Falls SD. Lund suffered the most damage as he got upside down. All the drivers were ok, but Lund, Miller, Peterson, and Jacobsma were done for the night. On the next restart, Thomas Kennedy, Winnipeg Canada, spun in turn two. The next restart was good and it was Kaley Gharst getting the early lead from his pole starting position. Gregg Bakker, Sioux Falls SD, would get the second spot with Derrick Lusk, Jackson MN, getting the third position. At the end of lap one another caution came out when Seth Brahmer, Wisner NE, spun his car in turn two. That would be races last caution flag and once again Gharst paced the field as Bakker and now Brain Brown, Grain Valley MO, would chase after Gharst. Brown was able to get by Lusk on the lap one restart. By the fifth lap the leaders would spread themselves out with Gharst up front followed by Bakker, Brown, Lusk, and Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield MN. By lap seven Brown had caught Bakker and on the next circuit Brown passed Bakker moving into the second position. At the halfway point Gharst maintained the lead followed by Brown, Bakker, Lusk and Prochaska. The leaders once again began to spread themselves around the speedway, but as the race was drawing to a close Brown and Bakker were gaining on Gharst and the top three were within five car lengths of one another. Fortunately for Kaley Gharst time ran out for Brown and Bakker and he picked up his first ever JSTS Sprint car feature event win. Brian Brown settled for second followed by Gregg Bakker, Derrick Lusk, and Skylar Prochaska.
Heat race wins went to Gregg Bakker, Dylan Peterson, and Skylar Prochaska.
The Jackson Speedway Touring Series now moves to the Fairmont Raceway in
for night three of the speed week, and will conclude on Saturday at the Jackson
Speedway with the 34th annual Jackson Sprint Car Nationals.
Jackson Speedway Touring Series – July 19, 2012 - Redwood Speedway, Redwood Falls MN
A Feature (20 laps) – 1. 6 Kaley Gharst, Decatur IL, 2. 21 Brian Brown, Grain Valley MO, 3. 11x Gregg Bakker, Sioux Falls SD, 4. 93 Derrick Lusk, Jackson MN, 5. 35 Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield MN, 6. 73 Andy Jones, Princeton MN, 7. 14R Jody Rosenboom, Rock Rapids IA, 8. 09 Matt Juhl, Estherville IA, 9. 20G Chris Graf, Glencoe MN, 10. 13v Seth Brahmer, Wisner NE, 11. 75c Casey Heser, Jackson MN, 12. 15 Joe Riedel, Ramona SD, 13. 20 Brodie McKeown, Heron Lake MN (DNF), 14. 98 Steve Yarns, Jackson MN (DNF), 15. 5M Troy Manteufel, St. Peter MN (DNF), 16. 20K Thomas Kennedy, Winnipeg Canada (DNF), 17. 10 Justin Jacobsma, Hull IA (DNF), 18. 25 Dylan Peterson, Sioux Falls SD (DNF), 19. 90 Randi Miller, Rapid City SD (DNF), 20. 87 Curt Lund, Redwood Falls MN (DNF); Did Not Start: 21K Lou Kennedy, Jr., Winnipeg Canada
Heat 1 (8 laps) – 1. 11x Bakker, 2. 93 Lusk, 3. 10 Jacobsma, 4. 90 Miller, 5. 75c Heser, 6. 09 Juhl, 7. 21K Kennedy
Heat 2 – 1. 25 Peterson, 2. 20K Kennedy, 3. 21 Brown, 4. 14R Rosenboom, 5. 20G Graf, 6. 15 Riedel, 7. Yarns
Heat 3 – 1. 35 Prochaska, 2. 6 Gharst, 3. 73 Jones, 4. 87 Lund, 5. 13v Brahmer, 6. 20 McKeown, 7. 5M Manteufel