By: Gary Jacob|
Where: Rapid City, SD
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Rapid City, SD -- Veteran dirt late model racer Steve Neumiller from Black Hawk SD got his first feature win of 2004 in the weekly Friday night action at Black Hills Speedway. The 46 year old Neumiller was the 2002 track champion and ranked as the NAPA-MDA Series titlest in 2003 when he finished second in track points. He drove his Warrior Chassis sponsored by Neumiller's Body Shop to the $800 win and moved to sixth in track points in 2004. Gillette WY's Troy Leiker wheeled his Fegers mount to a $675 second and Quinn SD's Nathan Kjerstad was a $550 third in his Warrior. Kjerstad is second in points, just 6 behind point leader Eddie Kirchoff from Gillette WY. Shad Karna from Custer SD put his GRT in the $475 fourth spot. The dirt late models have a $6000 purse weekly at the 3/8 mile clay oval.
The 18 car turnout was divided into three heat races and Wes McKenney won the first ahead of Neumiller and Leiker. John Bey from Deadwood SD took heat 2 over dirt modified star Eric Mass. Point leader Kirchoff won heat 3 ahead of Chris Larsen and Kjerstad. It was a tough main event as only 13 of the 18 starters finished with dirt modified feature winner Chris Johnson the first to exit. Doug Amick escaped unhurt, but destroyed his car in a wild series of flips. Neumiller got the win over Leiker, Kjerstad, Karna, Tim Richter, Kirchoff, McKenney, Bey, Larsen and Morris Oberle. The track championship fight remains a tight four way battle with Kirchoff 6 points ahead of Kjerstad and the tied duo of Leiker and Bey are just 8 points out of first. Karna is 7 points ahead of Neumiller and 14 in front of Oberle in the 5th place fight.
Summary Heat 1-Wes McKenney, Steve Neumiller, Troy Leiker, Tim Richter, Morris Oberle. Heat 2-John Bey, Eric Mass, Jess Beckett, Chris Johnson, Jason Fritzsche. Heat 3-Eddie Kirchoff, Chris Larsen, Nathan Kjerstad, Shad Karna, Tom Sires. Main-Neumiller, Leiker, Kjerstad, Karna, Richter, Kirchoff, McKenney, Bey, Larsen, Oberle, Sires, Les Stadel, Fritzsche, Beckett, Doug Amick, John Jager, Mass, Johnson.