Rusty Schlenk races ahead of Zach Olger in a flag-to-flag
rout of the ALMS field at Mt. Pleasant Speedway. (Steve Datema)
Schlenk Holds Off Jeep For Mt. Pleasant Win
Jeremy Dickman, track
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. — Rusty Schlenk grabbed an early lead and never looked back en route to
the win in Friday's third annual "Woof Classic" for the ALMS tour's first visit of the season. The race is run in
memory of Mt. Pleasant Speedway Promotional Director Bill Long’s father.
After the heat races were completed, the 22-car ALMS feature field was headed up by three-time
Mt. Pleasant Speedway champion Justin Robinson of Shepherd, Mich., and 1999 champion Jeff Kohn of Sheridan, but
Schlenk went to the front and pulled out to a sizeable lead. Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich. moved up to
Brian Ruhlman battles #0 Zack Olger for fourth position at Mt.
Pleasant Speedway. (Jim Denhamer)
Running in sixth place midway through the race, David Hilliker's car broke and came to a stop
up against the turn four wall, and later in the race, Dona Marcoullier's #6m got a bit off the track in turn four
while in third place and rolled his car. Marcoullier walked away from the rollover.
Jeep Van Wormer and #25 Jeff Kohn chased Rusty Schlenk to
the checkered flag in AMS action at Mt. Pleasant Speedway. (Jim Denhamer)
Jon Henry reels in #13 JR Hotovy on his way from a 21st starting
position to sixth at the wire. (Jim Denhamer)
Several laps later the checkered flag would fly and Schlenk would cap off his record-setting
night with the Sunoco American Late Model Series “Woof Classic” victory, holding off Van Wormer, Jeff Kohn, Brian
Ruhlman, and Zack Olger. Jon Henry of Ada, Ohio, made his way from a 21st starting spot to finish sixth ahead of
22nd starting Justin Robinson.
With 27 ALMS teams making the trip to the three-eighths mile dirt track, Schlenk blew around
the track in a scorching time of 14.04 seconds to set a new Mt. Pleasant Speedway track record, bettering the old
mark of 14.06 set in 2009 by Zack Olger.
Rusty Schlenk at Mt. Pleasant Speedway. (Jim
ALMS - Mt. Pleasant
1) Rusty Schlenk, 2) Jeep Van
Wormer, 3) Jeff Kohn, 4) Brian Ruhlman, 5) Zack Olger, 6) Jon Henry, 7) Justin Robinson, 8) Ryan
VanderVeen, 9) Eric Spangler, 10) Scott Baker, 11) Adam Thrush, 12) Mark Andersen, 13) Devin Shiels,
14) Kris Patterson, Jr., 15) Dona Marcoullier, 16) J.R. Hotovy, 17) David Hilliker, 18) Carl Ries, 19)
Brandon Thirlby, 20) Matt Miller, 21) Curtis Roberts, 22) Sam Epling
Fast Time (27 entries):
Sam Epling (14.04 - NTR); Heat winners: Sheridan, Van Wormer, Andersen; B-Main winner: Hotovy
Jim Denhamer photo