WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (May 28, 2011) – Some drivers just seem due for a big win. While Frank Kreyer had to slice his way through a stout field of returning Super Late Model division, Larry Schotten led wire-to-wire while holding on for his first feature win in 18 years of trying on Saturday at Dells Raceway Park.
After setting fast time hometown driver Frank Kreyer was placed deep in the 17-car starting field for Round One of the Alive for Five Super Late Model Series presented by Advanced Engine Concepts.
Kreyer made his fateful pass on Troy Nelson with two laps remaining in the 55-lap feature event. Testing the new concrete line on several occasions, Kreyer muscled to the inside of Nelson and nosed ahead at the line. The two raced side-by-side to the white, with Kreyer securing the lead as he crossed the line for the final time.
“It was pretty cool. My spotter told me it was ten to go and I knew to be patient,” Kreyer said of his final approach to the front. “It’s one of those things where it’s better to be patient than try to bonsai it and make mistakes.”
Aside from working through traffic, Kreyer also had to avoid a pileup three laps into the main event. The melee started when Molly Rhoads and Dennis Prunty made contact entering turn three. Rhoads spun in front of the pack, sending cars scurrying in all directions. Tom Lichtfeld, Ken Reiser, Michael Gunderson, Terry Schoppenhorst and Max McNamara were involved. Only Reiser and Gunderman were able to continue.
“Molly was turned completely flat out across my nose and I thought here we go,” Kreyer said. “The guy that planted the grass down in three and four is probably going to be (mad) at me because I drove right through that stuff.”
Jeff Storm ran a solid race, placing in the top three. Prunty recovered for a fourth-place finish with Mike Egan rounding out the top five.
Kreyer and his Super Late Model compatriots had nothing but good things to say about the Alive for Five format.
“I think it’s going to be a really positive thing. It’s getting the racers involved,” Kreyer added. “This economical time that we’re in is really tough and I think now the racers are taking a look and understand what the promoters and track owners are dealing with. We’ve got the race drivers grouped together. I think it can only help.”