MORRIS – Brett Sontag was more than happy to have fellow competitor John Nutley roll the dice to decide the invert for the third and final segment of Friday’s Frank Welch Memorial at Grundy County Speedway.
Nutley rolled a seven, which happened to be where Sontag finished in the second segment. Sontag took the pole position and ran with it, leading all 34 laps of the final segment to claim the overall title.
The third feature wasn’t much of a battle, although Sontag did have Larry Schuler lurking relatively close behind during the final half.
Schuler held on for second, while Ricky Baker, Eddie Hoffman, Chris Cooling and Dave Gentile Jr. completed the top six.
The first feature, lined up with the fastest qualifier on the pole, saw Baker lead all 30 laps. There was a brief battle for second between Paul Shafer Jr. and Anthony Danta, but Shafer eventually settled in to claim the spot. Third went to Sontag, ahead of Hoffman, Danta and Gentile.
In the second feature, lined up with the Baker starting in the 19th position, Nutley erased a season full of feature frustration by taking the lead from James Gregait on lap seven and beating Gregait by 0.71 seconds.
There was a yellow flag with nine laps remaining, but Gregait was unable to use it to make a passing attempt on Nutley. Third went to Schuler, followed by Hoffman, Brandon Clubb, Cooling and Sontag.
Johnny Senerchia ruled in the street stocks feature, holding off continual taps from behind by Jake Bradley. John Ventrello, Bob Davis, Logan Love and Timmy Stewart followed.
Cirk Lindemuth won the pure stocks feature over Robert Johler, Dan Schmeissing, Ryan Lagestee and Austin Blackwell.