Insane Duane Wins 63rd Eldora Season Opener

Insane Duane Chamberlain won the Eldora ALMS Season Opener (Campbell Photo)

ROSSBURG, Ohio (April 16, 2016) – A brave move by “Insane” Duane Chamberlain to fend off fourth-place starter Jeep VanWormer enabled him to take control of the A-Feature and lead all 25 laps of the Late Model event in Eldora’s 63rd season opener.

VanWormer, from Pinconning, Michigan, tried a slide job as they entered turn three on the start, but glanced off the wall, which allowed Chamberlain, from Richmond, Indiana, to brazenly take the lead as the field completed the first lap.

“It was a big cushion and we were able to hold it wide open,” Chamberlain said. “I got in the wall a bit and it took some air off the car and I think it helped us out. I want to thank Bill Dues and the St. Henry Nite Club. I wouldn’t be here without them and hopefully this is the beginning of a really good season.”

Following a frenzied charge, Devin Moran, from Dresden, Ohio, started 10th and crossed the line second. But he was disqualified post-race by DIRTcar officials for a non-conforming tire. That moved pole sitter James Rice, from Verona, Kentucky, into second, while Steve Casebolt, Nick Latham and Rusty Schlenk rounded out the top-five. VanWormer ended up sixth.

David Mielke won the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds A-Feature as he pulled a slide job in turn four on Ryan Sutter with 14 laps to go. Mielke, from Gladwin, Michigan, started fifth, but didn’t stay there long as he moved toward to front to claim victory.

“It’s a nice win,” Mielke said. “It’s just me and my dad here this weekend. I was runner up in the Fall Nationals in 2012 and I’ve been here before, but it’s nice to finally get a win here.”

Evan Taylor, from Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, was second, while Jeff Koz, Nick Stroupe and Brian Post rounded out the top-five.

It was an eventful night for the Modifieds as Evan’s brother, Jonathan, was running second, but clipped the wall in turn three early in the race and was done for the night. Ryan Sutter was running third but was collected in a wreck involving Scott Williams taking him out of contention.

There was a five car pileup on the first lap in turns three and four and Collin Thirlby, from Traverse City, Michigan, flipped his car, but no drivers were injured. And in the third heat race earlier in the night, Jason Kenney, from Celina, Ohio, took a violent flip on the frontstetch. He was not injured.

Paul Pardo, who swept both feature races last August, won the Eldora Stock Car race.

“It’s pay off when you win,” Pardo said. “It was a nice field of drivers, too. We had some new guys who like to mix it up. I was just driving the heck out of it. Trying to keep it straight.”

Pardo, from New Paris, Ohio, started fifth, but took the lead in turn one from Donnie Jeschke and never looked back. Red Harvey Jr., crossed the line second, but was 10 pounds light post-race at the scales and disqualified. Rob Trent, who started seventh, was moved to second with Jeschke, Frank Paladino and Earnie Woodard rounding out the top-five.

The racing at Eldora continues on April 23 with the Saturday Night Speedfest featuring the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, a double-feature for the Eldora Stock Cars and Vore’s Compacts.

Admission gates will open at 2 pm, with hot laps 4:30 pm and a complete racing program beginning at 6 pm. Tickets can be bought at www.EldoraSpeedway.com, by phone at (937) 338-3815 or at the box office at the race track. It’s $12 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.

The complete schedule for Eldora’s 63nd consecutive season, including ticket and campsite information, is available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

RACE RESULTS
EVENT BOX SCORE
Sunoco American Late Models

Qualifying
1.C9-Steve Casebolt, 15.505; 2.49-Brian Ruhlman, 15.649; 3.11R-James Rice, 15.726; 4.ID=45292- , 15.726; 5.31-Nick Latham, 15.729; 6.11RS-Rusty Schlenk, 15.732; 7.5N-Dustin Nobbe, 15.837; 8.55-Jeep VanWormer, 15.852; 9.99M-Devin Moran, 15.875; 10.20C-Duane Chamberlain, 15.890; 11.95J-Jerry Bowersock, 15.899; 12.21-Robby Hensley, 15.960; 13.7B-Jeff Babcock, 16.001; 14.1N-Casey Noonan, 16.043; 15.M14-Brandon Thirlby, 16.234; 16.21B-Rich Bell, 16.385; 17.9N-Ted Nobbe, 16.522; 18.53-Hillard Miller, 16.546; 19.15A-Phil Ausra, 16.550; 20.4G-Kody Evans, 16.662; 21.76-Butch Kruckeberg, 16.807; 22.15H-Jon Henry, 16.831; 23.00-Mathew Chapman, 16.856; 24.8-Rob Anderzack, 16.929; 25.4-Jason Playter, 17.236; 26.11-Josh Rice, 99.991;

Heat 1, Group A – (8 Laps)
1. 11R-James Rice[2] ; 2. 55-Jeep VanWormer[1] ; 3. C9-Steve Casebolt[4] ; 4. 99M-Devin Moran[5] ; 5. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[6] ; 6. 49-Brian Ruhlman[3] ; 7. M14-Brandon Thirlby[8] ; 8. 8-Rob Anderzack[9] ; 9. 7B-Jeff Babcock[7]

Heat 2, Group B – (8 Laps)
1. 20C-Duane Chamberlain[2] ; 2. 31-Nick Latham[4] ; 3. 11RS-Rusty Schlenk[3] ; 4. 15H-Jon Henry[6] ; 5. 15A-Phil Ausra[5] ; 6. 00-Mathew Chapman[7] ; 7. 11-Josh Rice[8] ; 8. 53-Hillard Miller[1]

Heat 3, Group C – (8 Laps)
1. 1N-Casey Noonan[2] ; 2. 21B-Rich Bell[1] ; 3. 21-Robby Hensley[3] ; 4. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[4] ; 5. 4G-Kody Evans[6] ; 6. 9N-Ted Nobbe[5] ; 7. 4-Jason Playter[8] ; 8. 76-Butch Kruckeberg[7]

B-Feature – (12 Laps)
1. 11-Josh Rice[5] ; 2. 49-Brian Ruhlman[1] ; 3. M14-Brandon Thirlby[4] ; 4. 7B-Jeff Babcock[10] ; 5. 9N-Ted Nobbe[3] ; 6. 4-Jason Playter[6] ; 7. 00-Mathew Chapman[2] ; 8. 76-Butch Kruckeberg[9] ; 9. 8-Rob Anderzack[7] ; 10. 53-Hillard Miller[8]

A-Feature – (25 Laps)
1. 20C-Duane Chamberlain[2] ; 2. 11R-James Rice[1] ; 3. C9-Steve Casebolt[7] ; 4. 31-Nick Latham[5] ; 5. 11RS-Rusty Schlenk[8] ; 6. 55-Jeep VanWormer[4] ; 7. 15H-Jon Henry[11] ; 8. 21B-Rich Bell[6] ; 9. 11-Josh Rice[16] ; 10. 7B-Jeff Babcock[19] ; 11. 49-Brian Ruhlman[17] ; 12. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[13] ; 13. 21-Robby Hensley[9] ; 14. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[12] ; 15. M14-Brandon Thirlby[18] ; 16. 1N-Casey Noonan[3] ; 17. 15A-Phil Ausra[14] ; 18. 4G-Kody Evans[15] ; 19. 9N-Ted Nobbe[20] ; 20. 4-Jason Playter[22] ; 21. 8-Rob Anderzack[21] ; 22. 99M-Devin Moran[10]

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Eldora Stock Cars

Heat 1 – (8 Laps)
1. 82-Chris Douglas[5] ; 2. 410-Paul Pardo[7] ; 3. 5G-Anthony Goode[3] ; 4. 17H-Red Harvey Jr.[8] ; 5. 67-Eddie Shaner[4] ; 6. 07D-Dan Dippman[9] ; 7. 55-Brandon Archey[2] ; 8. 99-Andy King[1] ; 9. 20-Robbie Phlipot[6]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps)
1. 17-Jeremy Creech[4] ; 2. 71C-Barney Craig[1] ; 3. 91-Ed Hounshell[5] ; 4. 00D-David Daughtery[6] ; 5. 00P-Dean Pitts[8] ; 6. 54-Dan Wooten[7] ; 7. 14-Ronnie Bloomfield[3] ; 8. 36-Adam Schaeff[2]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps)
1. 7-Jordan Conover[1] ; 2. 99J-Donnie Jeschke[2] ; 3. 27-Frank Paladino[4] ; 4. 01-Earnie Woodard[6] ; 5. 97-Shaun Smith[3] ; 6. 74D-Craig Dippman[8] ; 7. 11-T.J Smith[7] ; 8. 00-Corey Wooten[5]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps)
1. 69-Rob Trent[1] ; 2. 23-Casey Barr[8] ; 3. J1-Jeff Matheny[6] ; 4. 47-John Leach[3] ; 5. 19-Wayne Williams[4] ; 6. 5-Ricky Ray Dillon[5] ; 7. 5T-Dwayne Treon[7] ; 8. 01X-Erik Skaggs[2]

B-Feature – (8 Laps)
1. 74D-Craig Dippman[7] ; 2. 36-Adam Schaeff[14] ; 3. 55-Brandon Archey[9] ; 4. 00P-Dean Pitts[2] ; 5. 11-T.J Smith[11] ; 6. 14-Ronnie Bloomfield[10] ; 7. 97-Shaun Smith[3] ; 8. 00-Corey Wooten[15] ; 9. 54-Dan Wooten[6]

A-Feature – (15 Laps)
1. 410-Paul Pardo[6] ; 2. 69-Rob Trent[7] ; 3. 99J-Donnie Jeschke[4] ; 4. 27-Frank Paladino[11] ; 5. 01-Earnie Woodard[15] ; 6. 36-Adam Schaeff[18] ; 7. 17-Jeremy Creech[9] ; 8. 00D-David Daughtery[14] ; 9. 23-Casey Barr[3] ; 10. 91-Ed Hounshell[1] ; 11. 71C-Barney Craig[5] ; 12. 55-Brandon Archey[19] ; 13. 47-John Leach[16] ; 14. 00P-Dean Pitts[20] ; 15. 11-T.J Smith[21] ; 16. J1-Jeff Matheny[12] ; 17. 82-Chris Douglas[10] ; 18. 97-Shaun Smith[23] ; 19. 00-Corey Wooten[24] ; 20. 74D-Craig Dippman[17] ; 21. 17H-Red Harvey Jr.[13]

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DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

Heat 1 – (8 Laps)
1. 28-Chad Rosenbeck[2] ; 2. 5-Jonathan Taylor[9] ; 3. 47-Collin Thirlby[6] ; 4. 71D-Anthony Davis[1] ; 5. 10B-Scott Bowersock[3] ; 6. 1-Scott Williams[8] ; 7. 26-Jared Spalding[5] ; 8. 34X-Andy Bibler[4] ; 9. 20M-Josh Morton[7]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps)
1. 5X-Tim Richardson[2] ; 2. 16-Jeff Koz[6] ; 3. 05-David Smith[4] ; 4. 3W-Dylan Woodling[5] ; 5. 4L-Mike Learman[3] ; 6. 0%-Derrick Austin[8] ; 7. 96-Peter Wormcastle[1] ; 8. 555-Justin Coulter[7] ; 9. 45-Nick Stroupe[9]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps)
1. 87-David Mielke[8] ; 2. 18-Ryan Sutter[2] ; 3. 17-Brandon Ramsey[7] ; 4. 188-Aaron Orr[9] ; 5. 36D-Tom Conrad[1] ; 6. 52-Weasel Phlipot[3] ; 7. 4K-Jason Kinney[4] ; 8. 5H-Jason Hoogerhyde[6] ; 9. 58P-James Post[5]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps)
1. 7-Evan Taylor[8] ; 2. 45P-Brian Post[3] ; 3. 12-Jeremy Rayburn[1] ; 4. 09D-Joel Dick[4] ; 5. 11H-Mike Hohlbein[2] ; 6. 21-Drew Charlson[6] ; 7. 10L-Nathon Loney[5] ; 8. 36-Brandon Vaughan[7] ; 9. 88-Scott Orr[9]

B-Feature 1 – (8 Laps)
1. 52-Weasel Phlipot[4] ; 2. 10B-Scott Bowersock[1] ; 3. 26-Jared Spalding[5] ; 4. 1-Scott Williams[3] ; 5. 34X-Andy Bibler[7] ; 6. 58P-James Post[10] ; 7. 36D-Tom Conrad[2] ; 8. 5H-Jason Hoogerhyde[8] ; 9. 20M-Josh Morton[9] ; 10. 4K-Jason Kinney[6]

B-Feature 2 – (8 Laps)
1. 45-Nick Stroupe[9] ; 2. 0%-Derrick Austin[3] ; 3. 4L-Mike Learman[1] ; 4. 11H-Mike Hohlbein[2] ; 5. 21-Drew Charlson[4] ; 6. 96-Peter Wormcastle[5] ; 7. 88-Scott Orr[10] ; 8. 10L-Nathon Loney[6] ; 9. 555-Justin Coulter[7] ; 10. 36-Brandon Vaughan[8]

A-Feature – (20 Laps)
1. 87-David Mielke[5] ; 2. 7-Evan Taylor[4] ; 3. 16-Jeff Koz[2] ; 4. 45-Nick Stroupe[18] ; 5. 45P-Brian Post[8] ; 6. 09D-Joel Dick[16] ; 7. 17-Brandon Ramsey[11] ; 8. 5X-Tim Richardson[6] ; 9. 12-Jeremy Rayburn[12] ; 10. 28-Chad Rosenbeck[7] ; 11. 26-Jared Spalding[21] ; 12. 11H-Mike Hohlbein[24] ; 13. 4L-Mike Learman[22] ; 14. 18-Ryan Sutter[1] ; 15. 1-Scott Williams[23] ; 16. 3W-Dylan Woodling[14] ; 17. 52-Weasel Phlipot[17] ; 18. 5-Jonathan Taylor[3] ; 19. 47-Collin Thirlby[9] ; 20. 188-Aaron Orr[15] ; 21. 0%-Derrick Austin[20] ; 22. 10B-Scott Bowersock[19] ; 23. 34X-Andy Bibler[25] ; 24. 71D-Anthony Davis[13]

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