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BY CHARLIE SPRY
Columbus, WI. (Friday, July 18, 2014). Ron Bishofberger added to his already impressive list of accomplishments at the Columbus 151 Speedway Friday night, adding another feature win by making a late race pass to get the victory.

The main event started off with Tiffany Desjarlais taking the lead from polesitter Brad Knapp, with Knapp ultimately getting shuffled back in the pack early on. By the third lap, Desjarlais opened up a large lead, as the field was sorting itself out behind her. Jacob Vanoskey settled into second, and began trying to track down Desjarlais, but he was soon feeling his own pressure from Jerry Eckhardt and Don Gaserude. The caution flag was flown on lap 10, and on the restart, Desjarlais now had her hands full with the field on her bumper. Again, she established herself as the leader, as Vanoskey and Eckhardt got together, with the ensuing accordian effect bunching up those behind. With the caution again flown, the restart saw Vanoskey in the pits, and Gaserude and Ron Bishofberger right behind the leader Desjarlais. Brady Liddle was now up to the pack, as the four drivers began playing cat-and-mouse with each other, all vying for position. Desjarlais was able to keep up front until the 29th lap, when Bishofberger was able to work lapped traffic to his advantage, moving inside of Desjarlais to take the lead. The caution was once again displayed on lap 31, with cars spinning at both ends of the track, with Gaserude suddenly pulling from the event after he had slowed somewhat in the prior laps. Bishofberger then guided the field to the checkers, taking the win over Brady Liddle, who got by Desjarlais in the closing laps, with Desjarlais recording a third place feature finish, followed by Eckhardt and Lincoln Keeser. Liddle set fast time for the evening, with heat wins going to Desjarlais and Tory Adams.

Peter Gillis and Collin Tomlinson battled beside each other for the lead for several laps in the street stock feature, before Tomlinson was able to take the front position on lap 11. Randy Breunig wasted little time getting into the second spot, looking outside Tomlinson for the lead. Tomlinson repeatedly held off the advances of Breunig, as Steven Sauer began catching the leaders. Sauer slowed suddenly on lap 16, then dropped out of the event, leaving Tomlinson and Breunig to battle. Breunig finally found just a little opening and slid into the lead on lap 22, then held the lead the rest of the way, followed by Tomlinson, Dan Schmidt, Tim Belz, and Gillis. Sauer was the fastest qualifier, with Belz winning the heat race.

Boyd Eichelkraut took the lead at the start of the hobby stock feature from Eric Bennett, with Bennett fighting back. By the second lap, Eichelkraut had established himself as the leader, as Cody Buchs followed, and Chester Williams made his presence known in third. Buchs worked under Eichelkraut for the lead on lap 4, with Williams into second one lap later. Williams worked hard to find a way around Buchs, with Tony Ciano now into third and gaining on the pair. A two car spin brought out the caution on lap 17, with Buchs appearing to have overheating issues with his ride during the caution, as he tried to keep the car cool by making quicker laps around the track than his peers. On the restart, Williams was able to get by Buchs the following lap, as Buchs dropped back, then dropped out of the event, bringing Ciano into second. Williams had little trouble from that point on, as he drove off to the feature win, followed by Ciano, Eichelkraut, Bennett, and Justin Thomas. Williams also set fast time, with Jared Vike and Buchs winning the heat races

The Bandit feature started off with Randy Wilkinson and Kyle Dopkins racing hard from the front row, with Wilkinson claiming sole ownership of the top spot on lap 2. Keith Erickson wasted little time in blasting through the field, already up to fifth, as the caution flag was displayed on lap 2. On the restart, Craig Booth challenged the leaders, but Erickson worked the extreme outside and took over the top spot on lap 3, with Jeremy Bredeson also coming through. Brian Beale made his first appearance of the season tonight, and he showed that he hasn't forgotten how to get around the track, as he moved up, taking second from Bredeson on lap 5. Erickson began to pull away, until Beale cleared for the second spot and tried to chase him down. Jamie Kohn began moving toward the front, passing Josh Rusch for fourth on lap 11, but in the end, it was the Keith Erickson show, as he drove off to the win over Beale, Bredeson, Kohn, and Rusch. Erickson also set fast time, with Rusch and Jim Steinbach winning the heat races.

Ryan Oetzel took the lead at the start of the Backup car feature, with Zachary Smith second, and Nick Weiss third. The top cars all kept pace with one another, with George Wachuta moving into third by lap 5, and then Smith spun out. With Wachuta now running second, Oetzel was racing in his own time zone, as he checked out on his fellow competitors. When the dust settled, Oetzel was the easy winner over George Wachuta, Matt Wachuta, Andy Ward, and Rick Verdon.


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