WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (July 1, 2011) – With the heat index reaching over 100 degrees at Dells Raceway Park, Daytona Beach, Fla. Native Dalton Zehr barely broke a sweat. Looking at home in the heat and humidity, Zehr looked like a born-natural behind the wheel of his Super Late Model Friday night.
Zehr swiped the lead from his teammate Troy Nelson just 14 laps into the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series presented by Advanced Engine Concepts North American Cup Feature and pulled away in the late stages from Round One Winner Frank Kreyer. The win was Zehr’s first in select visits to Dells Raceway Park.
Starting 12th in the 21-car field after setting fast time, Zehr’s journey to the front started early thanks to a caution and restart. Utilizing the decision cone after a first-lap caution, Zehr took his mount to the outside line and moved up four spots on the outside line. He later moved up to the fifth spot on a lap-seven restart.
“The car was just amazing on the outside,” Zehr said.
After the lap-seven restart Zehr picked off three cars in succession. Zehr raced to the outside of John Zimmerman on the restart, Dennis Prunty one lap later then moved around Dave Trute into second on lap 10.
With Nelson in his sights, Zehr left Trute and Prunty to battle furiously for the third spot. Zehr caught Nelson by lap 13, but could not complete the pass using his preferred outside line. On lap 14 Zehr took a new line on his teammate and took the lead away.
“I couldn’t quite get it done on the outside with (Nelson) but I was able to get the bottom. After that he was right on my tail.”
Nelson was in hot pursuit of Zehr up until an incident on lap 26. Landry Potter rejoined the field from the pit area in an inopportune situation. Zehr was able to take evasive action, but Nelson was not as he made hard contact with Potter’s machine. Potter drove away, but Nelson’s night came to an abrupt end. Both drivers were unharmed.
The restart saw Zehr pull away from the disputing duo of Trute and Prunty. Prunty secured second after the restart on the outside line, but was unable to chase down Zehr.
Zehr looked to be in complete control of the feature until Round One Winner Frank Kreyer tore into the top five. Kreyer took second on lap 38 and initially chewed away two tenths of a second away a lap. However, as the run continued, Zehr maintained and refurbished his lead.
“He was chasing me down,” Zehr said. “Our car was better on the longer run, it really showed and I was able to pull away from him.”
Kreyer was credited with second, but did not pass post-race inspection. Dennis Prunty finished third, defending DRP Late Model Champion Corey Jankowski made a late surge to finish fourth and Jeff Storm finished fifth.