Dave Trute Trumps Madison GNSS Field
By John Wells MIS staff
Dave Trute won the 25 lap feature for the Great Northern Sportsman Series presented by Dean’s Satellite and Security when he took the lead with four laps to go.
Jamie Dummer and Mark DePorter brought the seventeen car field to the green flag. DePorter took the early advantage from his outside starting position but only by half a car length over Dummer. The first caution flag of the race came out on lap 4 for a spin on the backstretch.
DePorter maintained his lead on the restart with Rick Shermerhorn in second. But it was Dave Trute on the move as he was up to challenge for the lead and looked about to take it just before the caution flag waved when the cars of Jamie Dummer and Chad Smith tangled in turn four bringing out the second caution flag and ending both driver’s nights prematurely.
Following the restart, DePorter and Shermerhorn ran side by side with Trute in close pursuit with Scott Luck and Jason Thoma rounding out the top five. On lap 9 Luck moved past Trute for third and then powered his way past Shermerhorn. One lap later, Chris Weber raced his way past Shermerhorn for fourth followed by Paul Neisus.
On lap 15 Luck worked his way to the outside of DePorter before taking the lead on lap 16. Trute overtook DePorter for second on lap 17, but it was Luck still out front by a car length as the two checked away from the field. Would Luck be able to do something that not many drivers have done this year…hold off Dave Trute.
On lap 21 Trute found the room he needed and pulled to the inside of Luck to take the lead coming out of turn two and quickly checked away from the field. Luck finished second followed by DePorter, Paul Neisus, and Chris Weber.
Dave Trute set a new GNSS track record at Madison with a lap of 19.960. Shawn Evans won the eight lap heat race. Dash wins went to Paul Neisus and Randy Humfeld.
The Great Northern Sportsman Series presented by Dean’s Satellite and Security will be in action again on July 29 at Madison Int. Speedway.
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Trute wins Inaugural Cranberry Cup at Tomah-Sparta
Tomah, Wisconsin (June 17,2016) – The Great Northern Sportsman Series presented by Dean’s Satellite and Security returned to Tomah-Sparta Raceway after a two year absence for the Inaugural Cranberry Cup. After a caution filled 40 lap feature, Dave Trute of New Lisbon took home the win.
Mark DePorter and Jason Thoma brought the field of 17 cars to the green flag. At the drop of starter Steve Vettore’s green flag, DePorter jumped into the lead. The field was reset on lap 4 when Scott Asher and Andy Buhrow tangled and again on lap 7 for a spin by Dusty Mann.
After the cone was placed on the front straight, all the car in front of Trute chose the inside line and Trute jumped to the outside lane to restart third.
On the restart Trute moved up alongside of DePorter to battle for the lead. 2 laps later another spin by Mann would put the battle for the lead on hold.
When racing resumed Trute stalked DePorter’s El Camino until finally taking the lead for good on lap 16. While Trute would lead the rest of the way, there was plenty of good hard racing behind him. On lap 18, Devin Schmidt and Chris Weber would tangle fighting for position. Three laps later DePorter and Michael Gilomen would spin fighting for the second position. DePorter would retire from the race while Gilomen would fight back to 7th.
Rounding out the top five where 2nd Jason Thoma, 3rd Ted Ruevers, 4th Paul Neisus, and 5th Shawn Evans.
Gilomen lead all qualifiers, breaking the old GNSS track record of 16.759 with a lap of 16.534. The top 6 qualifiers all broke the old GNSS track record.
The Great Northern Sportsman Series presented by Dean’s Satellite and Security will be back in action Friday June 24 at Wisconsin’s fastest half-mile, the Madison International Speedway. The Midwest’s best sportsman racers will compete in a 25 lap feature as part of Madison’s Salute to America Night. Along with the Great Northern Sportsman will be the Big 8 Late Models and Midwest Dash Series. Concluding the night will be a huge fireworks display.
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TRUTE OUSTS INVADERS IN GNSS ICEBREAKER
By: Matt Panure and Zach Onan
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (April 18, 2016) – Defending Great Northern Sportsman Series presented by Dean's Satellite and Security Champion Dave Trute wasn’t going to let a win at his home track escape him again. After coming up just shy of a win last year, Trute left no doubt in the series’ season opener at Dells Raceway Park Sunday.
“This is our home,” Trute said. “We protected our home turf today.”
A pair of invaders from Minnesota provided the best tests for Trute at the front of the field. Former GNSS Champion Devin Schmidt and Dusty Mann did their best to hold off the Dells Raceway Park Champion, but could not stall his charge from his 12th Place starting spot in the 40-lap feature.
Last season Trute rallied through the field in the inaugural Icebreaker only to finish in the runner-up spot to another former DRP Champion – Randy Breunig. This season Trute wasted no time, securing Second by lap 19 and grabbing the lead from Mann just two laps after a lap 20 restart.
Schmidt engaged in a tight battle at the outset with pole-sitter Mark Deporter. After two laps of jousting, Schmidt cleared Deporter to solidify the lead. Before Schmidt could strengthen his advantage, a caution flew on lap seven for a stalled Chris Weber.
On the restart Mann followed in the tire tracks of Schmidt, which allowed the pair of Minnesotans to separate from the pack. As the duo stepped away from the rest of the field, Trute continued to pick his way through traffic. Thanks to some early moves in the race Trute was able to take Fourth by lap ten and Third on lap 12. By this time Schmidt and Mann had gained nearly half a straightaway on the pack.
Mann presented his challenge to Schmidt on lap 16. Two laps later he slid to the inside of Schmidt and took the lead by lap 19. A caution on that lap brought Trute and the rest of the field back into the battle.
Trute and Schmidt were side-by-side in the second row behind Mann when the field returned to green. After one botched start, Trute capitalized on a second opportunity. He charged past Schmidt on the outside and set his sights on Mann. Mann did his best to protect the bottom line, but Trute eventually found the lane. On lap 26, Trute swept to the lead and built a comfortable edge over Mann.
Try as he might, Mann could not muster enough to hold off Trute or pose another challenge. “Hats off to Dusty, he ran a heck of a race,” Trute said. “I could see him trying really hard behind me.”
“[Trute] was the last car I wanted to see in my rear view mirror,” Mann said. “It seems like he’s in another league the past couple of years. I was up to the challenge to hold him off, but there’s nothing left in this car.”
Mann settled for Second, Schmidt was Third, Paul Neisius made a late run to Fourth and Jason Thoma rounded out the Top Five.
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