Sparta, WI's, Tim Schendel took home the victory in the ASAMT Scag Dixieland 100 presented by Gandrud Chevrolet at Wisconsin International Speedway this afternoon.
Twenty-nine of the areas top super late model drivers took the green. Joel Theissen and Tom Gee, Jr. lead the field to the green. Only three laps into the race, Jeff Storm and Jamie Iverson made contact causing Iverson to spin coming out of turn four. Both drivers were sent to restart at the rear of the field.
The field was set to restart with Joel Theissen remaining on the point, followed by youngster, Skylar Holzhausen and Tom Gee Jr. On lap five Holzhausen took the lead while Ross Kenseth was busy getting under Nick Paniztke for the third spot
As the field began to spread out, eventual winner, Tim Schendel was charging to the front and closing in on Gee Jr. and Kenseth. Meanwhile, Holzhausen continued to spread out his lead to about 12 car-lengths. Second through sixth were nose to tail.
As the top six were settling in, Steve Carlson, who took his first ever provisional and Chris Wimmer, who raced in through the last chance race, were making their way to the front of the field. Quick qualifier, Andrew Morrissey was up to the fifth spot after starting 12th due to the invert.
Schendel continued to work his way up and was in second spot with 65 laps to go. The second caution of the day came when Chris Weinkauf spun by himself in turn two. Holzhausen led the field to green once again. Panitzke choose the outside line as the field doubled up for the restart, while Schendel choose the inside right behind Holzhausen.
Once back to green, the action heated up once again. Kenseth got under the #22 of Nick Panitzke and took over the third spot. Schendel stayed right on the bumper of Holzhausen and Nathan Haseleu and Jacob Goede showed up out of nowhere to challenge for fifth.
As the field crossed the start-finish line at the half-way mark, Schendel passed Holzhausen at the line and stretched his lead out to seven car-lengths. Kenseth and Morrissey got under Holzhausen as he unfortunately fell off the pace with a flat tire.
Meanwhile, Carlson and Wimmer continued to move through the field behind local star, Jeff VanOudenHoven. In the closing laps, Jacob Goede and Nick Panitzke battled side-by-side, lap after lap for fifth, but Panitzke came out ahead in the end.
Schendel took home his first victory of the 2011 season, followed by MIS winner, Ross Kenseth, and Andrew Morrissey. Nathan Haseleu and Nick Panitzke rounded out the top five.
"I've raced at WIR for 11 years and I've never won, so this is pretty awesome," said a happy Schendel from victory lane. This was Schendel's first win since his win at Dells Raceway Park in 2010.
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