NEW RICHMOND, Wis. -- Polesitter Zack VanderBeek led the field to the green flag for the start of the 35-lap main event Saturday at the Cedar Lake Speedway, but it was outside front row starter Jason Krohn edging ahead to lead the first lap of the $2,000-to-win USMTS Caseyís Cup Series event.
Driving the familiar #7k Subway/Krohn Farms Hughes Chassis powered by Sputís Racing Engines, Krohn continued to set the pace for the next six laps with VanderBeek tucked in close behind until Steve Wetzsteinís spin on lap 6 brought out the raceís first caution flag.
Back under green, Krohn continued to lead the march with his first win of the 2012 campaign in his crosshairs. His advantage was five car-lengths by lap 17 when the second and final yellow flag waved for Stormy Scott as he came to a stop atop turn 2 with mechanical woes.
When the race resumed, Krohn shot to the high line while VanderBeek took the middle groove and Gustin hugged the low line. The trio exited turn 2 three wide but the 2007 USMTS National Champion was able to maintain the lead as they completed lap 18.
Rodney Sanders made his presence known the next time around, passing Ryan Gustin, Tesch and VanderBeek in one lap. Pulling alongside Krohn down the back-stretch, Sanders made his move in turns 3-4 the next time around and crossed beneath the flagstand with a half-car-length advantage to complete lap 21.
From there, the race was for second place as Sanders blistered the field over the final 15 laps en route to recording his eighth career USMTS victory. Krohn fended off the challenges of VanderBeek, and then comfortably rolled to a runner-up finish.
On Friday night, a flat tire ended Krohnís night while battling Sanders for the runner-up spot. He finished 26th after dropping out of the race on lap 12.
Next up is a USMTS National Championship Series doubleheader next Friday and Saturday, June 22-23. On Friday, the series returns to the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., for the first time since the King of America II Modified Nationals in March. Saturday will find the USMTS touring titans back at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., for the second $4,000-to-win race of the weekend.
Jason Krohn Racing is made possible by Adam Blume, Bill's Backhoe Service, Bose Farms, Crop Insurance Specialist, Haecherl Construction, Hughes Racing Chassis, Real Racing Wheels, Sput's Racing Engines, Subwa and Sybesma Graphics.
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