Auto Racing: Campbell dominates in Bettenhausen Memorial
By Tony Baranek Sun-Times Media September 14, 2013 11:02PM
Jack Kalwasinski (83) takes the bottom groove past Michael Martin Jr. (12) en route to victory in a late-model qualifying race for the 52nd annual Tony Bettenhausen Memorial Saturday night at Illiana Speedway. | Goodaker Photography
Fast time: Boris Jurkovic (19.135). 1st qualifier: 1. Jack Kalwasinski, 2. Michael Martin Jr., 3. Billy Knippenberg. 2nd heat: 1. John Nutley, 2. Len Nowosel, 3. Dylan Harmon. 100-lap feature: 1. Brian Campbell, 2. Jurkovic, 3. Eddie Hoffman, 4. Anthony Danta, 5. Matt Kocourek, 6. Jeff Cannon, 7. Mike White, 8. Brett Sontag, 9. Larry Schuler, 10. Paul Shafer Jr.
Fast time: Timmy Stewart (23.161). 1st heat: 1. Rita Fields, 2. Chery Hryn, 3. Bill Serviss. 2nd heat: 1. Darrell Gay, 2. Mark Ross, Jr., 3. Matt Arvia. 20-lap feature: 1. John Senerchia, 2. Mark Ross Jr., 3. Timmy Stewart, 4. Gay, 5. Cheryl Hryn, 6. Serviss.
1st heat: 1. Tom Crawford, 2. Trevor DeVries, 3. Mark Toney. 2nd heat: 1. Ryan Gilliam, 2. Tyler Wheaton, 3. Jeff Van Beek. 3rd heat: 1. Matt Baikie, 2. Dan Schmeissing, 3. William Panshyn. 15-lap feature: 1. Ricky Wilson, 2. Alex Treptow, 3. Tom Crawford, 4. Dan Schmeissing.
Updated: October 16, 2013 7:02AM
SCHERERVILLE, Ind. — Boris Jurkovic broke the track record.
Brian Campbell? He broke the bank Saturday night at Illiana Speedway, capturing the season-ending $3,000-to-win 100-lap Tony Bettenhausen Memorial.
Campbell didn’t just win it. He dominated it, leading the final 65 laps and making it look easy.
“Yeah, it was pretty good,” Campbell said. “This car is always good. We take this car all around the country. This car is our baby. All it knows how to do is win.”
Campbell beat Jurkovic by several car-lengths. Earlier in the night, Jurkovic set a new track record for late-model qualifying with a lap of 19.135 seconds, dislodging the former record holder, Jeff Cannon, after just one week.
Campbell took the lead the first time from Ricky Baker on lap nine. He took off in his No. 20 and was commanding the field on lap 27 when Phil Splant spun on the backstretch, bringing out a yellow.
The double-file restart brought Campbell’s only misstep, in which he was shuffled back to fourth on the drop of the green by Eddie Hoffman, Jeff Cannon and Jurkovic.
Once he regained his balance, Campbell’s response was to throw his No. 20 to the high side and rocket past all three of them.
“I didn’t know what to do on that restart,” Campbell said. “Frankly, it (ticked) me off. So I had to go back and get it done. The outside was working for me, so I knew where I had to start.”
From there, it was lights out. Jurkovic was able to work his way past both Cannon and Hoffman, but had nothing for Campbell.
“Brian was good,” Jurkovic said. “We were a little tight in the center and I just couldn’t hit it. I thought if we had a restart at the end it would be interesting, but Brian really had a good race car tonight.”
The rest of the top 10 at the finish was Hoffman, Anthony Danta, Matt Kocourek, Cannon, Mike White, Brett Sontag, Larry Schuler and track champion Paul Shafer Jr.
The third leg of the North Grand Auto Parts Street Stock Challenge went to Illiana and Grundy County Speedway champion John Senerchia. Senerchia took the lead from Mark Ross Jr. on a restart two laps from the finish. Third went to Timmy Stewart, ahead of Darrell Gay, Cheryl Hryn and Bill Serviss.
The overall challenge title went to Ryan Moore., who finished seventh in the feature but was able to edge out Senerchia for the crown by two points — those points being provided when Chris Woodall, while running third, pulled to the infield on the white-flag lap with motor problems.