latemodelamerica.com - May 30 - Eldora Speedway
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Kent Robinson - Rusty Schlenk - American Late Model Series

With a tremendous head of steam, Kent Robinson powers under Rusty Schlenk at Eldora, but the glory was short-lived, as suspension trouble sent him into the turn three wall and returned the lead to Schlenk. (Jim Denhamer)

Schlenk Conquers Eldora ALMS After 11th Hour Decision

Eldora Speedway

ROSSBURG, Ohio - May 30. Rusty Schlenk's decision to participate in Sunday's ALMS "Johnny Appleseed Classic" at Eldora Speedway came at the last minute, and it turned out to be a wise one.

In a chase for the UMP (United Midwestern Promoters) National Championship, Schlenk has been hand picking his locations to race, rather than chase a track or series title. The opportunity came to race closer to home, but the two-time ALMS champion opted for Eldora.

 


Rusty Schlenk after his second ALMS win of the weekend.

(Jim Denhamer)


 


Jeep Van Wormer races outside of Jon Henry en route to sixth place at Eldora.

(Jim Denhamer)

A re-draw at the completion of his heat-race found him with the number one draw, but that was hardly indicative of the race he ran. A cake-walk, it wasn't.

While Schlenk cruised out front in the early stages of the 25-lap chase, Curtis Roberts was dueling for runner-up honors with Frank Heckenast, Jr. and Josh Williams. Only six laps into the contest, Williams coasted to a stop after having battled his way into second.

That put Roberts back into second, with Brian Ruhlman his new nemesis, while Kent Robinson was making his move. Robinson, a Modified standout, was making his Eldora Late Model debut, and what a mark he was making.

 

Duane Chamberlain races under Lee Devasier works his way under Lee Devasier to ttake seventh place at Eldora.
(Jim Denhamer)

He shot by Ruhlman and then Roberts to take second spot on lap 16. Four laps later, he shocked Schlenk by powering past in turn one to take the lead.

The momentum that Robinson had was unbelievable, yet it all came to a halt with only one lap of glory, as something broke in the front-end and Robinson crashed into the turn three wall to end his hopes of a debut win. That gave Schlenk the lead back and he was able to hold off a hard charging Roberts for the win, with Ruhlman, Heckenast and Matt Miller in the top five.

ALMS - Eldora Speedway - May 31st
1. Rusty Schlenk; 2. Curtis Roberts; 3. Brian Ruhlman; 4. Frank Heckenast; 5. Matt Miller; 6. Jeep Van Wormer; 7. Duane Chamberlain; 8. Cruz Pedregon; 9. Jerry Bowersock; 10. Lee DeVasier; 11. Keith Berner; 12. Dusty Moore; 13. Rick DeLong; 14. Phil Ausra; 15. Scott Orr; 16. Richard Neiser; 17. Jon Henry; 18. Kent Robinson; 19. Tom Sprague; 20. J.R. Hotovy; 21. Josh Williams; 22. Ryan VanderVeen.

Heat Winners: Devasier, Williams, Pedregon, Robinson. Semi-Feature Winners: Orr, DeLong

Jim Denhamer photo 

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