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Gibsonburg’s Andrew Schroeder claims first track title
Grand Rapids, Ohio’s Brandon Myers would take the lead on a daring move with three laps to go and went on to score his fourth win of the season in the Computer Man Sports Compacts. With his second place finish, Gibsonburg’s Andrew Schroeder would claim his first track championship.
“I seen an opening and I wasn’t sure but I thought what the hell and went for it. Had a lot of fun this year,” said Myers beside his BG Radiator/Mark Shultz Signs/R&R Repair backed No. 32.
“For my first year racing to get a championship is pretty awesome. I have to thank Matt Tille Enterprises, MRZ, Schroeder Outdoor Services, Willis Water Hauling, Gail’s Party Shop, Brian Sabo, Mom and Dad and Design Graphics Group,” said Schroeder.
In the 12-lap sports compact main, Brandon Leighton would shoot into the lead over Chevy Farmer, Schroeder, McKenzie Biddle and Myers. Myers would move into third on lap three. Leighton would continue to lead until lap 10 when Myers would use a lapped car to jump from third into the lead.
Myers would pull away for the win over Schroeder, Leighton, Amanda Shammo and Evan Patynko.
Woodville’s Dan Roepke Jr. would grab the lead in the dirt truck feature on lap two and would hold off Shawn Valenti to score his second win of the season and the eighth of his career.
“I got into both of the Wards there at the beginning and luckily didn’t get a flat tire. And Shawn was battling us there at the end. He raced us clean and I appreciate that,” said Roepke beside his Johnny’s Electric/Vision Quest/Village Inn backed No. 88.
Jeff Ward and Cory Ward brought the dirt truck field to the green for their 20-lap feature with Cory gaining the advantage as fourth starter Roepke jumped into second. Roepke would take the lead on lap two with Cory Ward, Brian Melnek, Valenti and Kent Brewer in tow. Jeff Ward would spin on lap three to bring the caution out. The restart order was Roepke, Cory Ward, Melnek, Valenti, Brewer and Ivy.
Valenti would grab third on lap five and closed on Roepke. The caution would fly on lap 8 for Willie Keegan and Eric Devanna spins. On the restart Ivy would jump into third with Cory Ward and Melnek rounding out the top five. Brewer would bring out the caution on lap 11 and after another lapped was scored Cory McCaughey would slow the pace as he stopped on the track.
The final eight laps would go caution free with Roepke and Valenti waging a tremendous battle for the lead while Ivy, Cory Ward and Art Ball gave chase. As they took the white flag a lapped machine spin into the infield and came out right in front of the leaders who had to react quickly to miss the machine.
Roepke would edge Valenti for the win with Ivy, Cory Ward and Ball rounding out the top five.