Jon Agan picked up the Sprint Invaders win Thursday night at Bloomfield Speedway (Danny Howk Photo)
(Bill W) Bloomfield, IA, July 19, 2018 – Jon Agan has always been strong at the Bloomfield Speedway, and Thursday was no exception. The Knoxville, Iowa native drove his Dee Zee Manufacturing #4 to a wire to wire victory, collecting $1,500 during festivities at the Davis County Fair. It was Agan’s second career Sprint Invaders win in Bloomfield, and his eighth overall.
A number of incidents and mechanical breakdowns plagued the 26-car field. Dominic Scelzi (in Scott Bonar’s #50) and Ryan Jamison suffered early mechanical difficulties. Brayden Gaylord crashed into the turns one and two wall during the Shake-Up Dash ending his night. In the end, six cars scratched before a B main that officials called off due to everyone transferring to the main event.
The 25-lap feature saw Agan shoot out from the pole, ahead of Randy Martin, Cody Wehrle, Jarrod Schneiderman and Dustin Clark. Agan entered lapped traffic on the fourth circuit. Clark moved by Wehrle on lap nine, but Wehrle battled back by two laps later.
Soon, the leader had lapped up to tenth and then ninth. Agan would tag the lapped machine of eighth place running Sawyer Phillips, sending the Pleasantville, Iowa native upside down. It would prove to be the only stoppage of the event with fifteen laps down. Agan led Martin, Schneiderman, Daneil and Wehrle back to green.
Jamie Ball would take fifth on the restart, while Daniel worked over Schneiderman, gaining the third spot with two to go. Agan was gone, however, and won over Martin, Daniel, Schneiderman and Ball. Wehrle, Sammy Walsh, John Schulz, Clark and Evan Martin rounded out the top ten. Wehrle, Schneiderman and Agan were heat winners, and Daniel took the Dash.
“You never know how far out you are,” said Agan in Victory Lane. “You feel fast. You don’t known who’s behind you and lapped traffic was really hairy tonight. Obviously, we didn’t mean to do what we did down there (Phillips incident). There was a little bit of a gap and he was up for a second. I shot it and he came down. I thought we were done too. No one wants to do that. No one wants to take themselves out. I love this place and this racetrack. It was fast tonight. It was fun.”
“As much as we’ve struggled the last two months…we won the first race of the year,” said Randy Martin. “We had a new car and fought it and fought it. This is the car we won seven or eight races with last year. I put it together this week, and it actually felt pretty decent. There wasn’t no catching Jon. Hat’s off to those guys. We should have been a little tighter, but we’ve had that problem the last few weeks. At least it was drivable tonight.”
“I’m still trying to figure out this whole Sprint Invaders (Dash) draw,” said Daniel, who drew a five after his Dash win. “We started fifth and we had to chase those guys down. We were able to pass a couple cars and get to third. The track was kind of narrow. If we started up front, we could have had the car to win. My car was really sticking well to the bottom of three and four, and some of those guys were sailing around on the top.”
The Sprint Invaders head to the Dubuque Speedway and the Dubuque County Fair on Tuesday, July 24. For more information on the Sprint Invaders, visit www.SprintInvaders.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Sprint Invaders A main (started), 25 laps: 1. 4, Jon Agan, Knoxville, IA (1) 2. 14, Randy Martin, California, MO (2) 3. 33m, Mason Daniel, Springville, CA (5) 4. 88, Jarrod Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (3) 5. 5J, Jamie Ball, Knoxville, IA (7) 6. 40c, Cody Wehrle, Burlington, IA (4) 7. 5H, Sammy Walsh, Orangeville, NSW, Aust. (10) 8. 99, John Schulz, West Burlington, IA (12) 9. 16, Dustin Clark, Agency, IA (6) 10. 4m, Evan Martin, Lohman, MO (9) 11. 3, Ayrton Gennetten, Gravois Mills, MO (20) 12. 81, Tanner Gebhardt, Burlington, IA (13) 13. 69, Justin Buchholz, Davenport, IA (18) 14. 50P, Harold Pohren, Lowell, IA (17) 15. 83, Dave Getchell, Sperry, IA (14) 16. 1st, John Greenwood, Woodward, IA (16) 17. 3P, Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (11) 18. 12, Doug Sylvester, Ottumwa, IA (15) 19. 4*, Bailey Goldesberry, Springfield, IL (8) 20. 9, Daniel Bergquist, Burlington, IA (19) DNS – 13, Brayden Gaylord, Wever, IA, 50, Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, CA, 25, Kelly Graham, Hedrick, IA, 51J, Ryan Jamison, Mediapolis, IA, 2D, Dave Keperling, Hannibal, MO, 19, Rob Weuve, Oakland Acres, IA. Lap Leader: Agan 1-25. Hard-charger: Gennetten. KSE Hard-charger: Buchholz.
Randall’s Performance Heat one (started), 8 laps: 1. Cody Wehrle (1) 2. Mason Daniel (7) 3. Randy Martin (8) 4. John Schulz (2) 5. Tanner Gebhardt (5) 6. John Greenwood (3) 7. Doug Sylvester (9) 8. Ayrton Gennetten (4) 9. Dave Keperling (6)
CenPeCo Lubricants Heat two (started), 8 laps: 1. Jarrod Schneiderman (1) 2. Brayden Gaylord (4) 3. Jamie Ball (5) 4. Sammy Walsh (6) 5. Sawyer Phillips (7) 6. Harold Pohren (2) 7. Kelly Graham (8) 8. Rob Weuve (3) DNS – Ryan Jamison
Mohrfeld Electric Heat three (started), 8 laps: 1. Jon Agan (2) 2. Bailey Goldesberry (1) 3. Evan Martin (3) 4. Dustin Clark (6) 5. Dave Getchell (4) 6. Dominic Scelzi (5) DNS – Justin Buchholz, Daniel Bergquist
Budweiser King of Beers – Golden Eagle Distributors Shake-up Dash (started), 6 laps: 1. Mason Daniel (1) 2. Jon Agan (3) 3. Randy Martin (2) 4. Jarrod Schneiderman (6) 5. Cody Wehrle (5) 6. Brayden Gaylord (4)
Pyrotec – Harold Pohren
Saldana Racing Products – Tanner Gebhardt
Kreitz Oval Track Products – John Greenwood