Gentile Brings Home Appleton Memorial Win
Big Win is the Second of the Season for Gentile
Steve Bechtel, Grundy County Speedway PR
After years of trying Dave Gentile picked up his first Late Model feature win of his career at the Grundy County Speedway about a month ago. The second one didn’t take as long. Gentile was part of a 4 car battle that had the fans on their feet for the last 10 laps of the race. When everything was said and done, Gentile would win the George Appleton Memorial by a car length over point leader Eddie Hoffman.
Tony Brutti would assert himself as the leader when the green flag waved in the feature. Numerous cautions would bunch up the field and keep Brutti from running away from the field. Halfway through the race your top 4 would be Brutti, Gentile, John Nutley and Hoffman. On a restart with 12 to go Hoffman would choose the outside lane to restart in and moved around Nutley and Gentile. He would pull even with Brutti but could not make the pass.
While Hoffman was battling hard on the outside, Gentile was looking to the inside of Brutti and made the pass on lap 22. Nutley was glued to his back bumper and got by Hoffman and Brutti and moved up to second. Hoffman would duck to the inside of Brutti and drop down into 3rd spot and start working on Nutley. He made the pass 2 laps later and started to reel in Gentile but couldn’t get around him before the checker flag flew. Nutley, Brutti and Fast Qualifer Larry Schuler would round out the top 5.
Pat Broenneke, Scott Dunning and Billy Knippenberg all won heat races while Nutley won the Trophy Dash.
Dave Gentile picked up Grundy win number-two in the Appleton Memorial. (Brian Nolte/4th Turn Photos)