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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.
The Great Northern Sportsman Series presented by Dean's Satellite is headed to Tomah-Sparta Raceway Friday night June 17. Tomah-Sparta hosted the inaugural Great Northern Sportsman Series event in 2013.The series then travels to Madison International Speedway Friday night June 24.
Great Northern Sportsman Series schedule change at Tomah Sparta Raceway March 17, 2016 Tomah, WI – Tomah Sparta Raceway (TSR) and The Great Northern Sportsman Series presented by Dean's Satellite and Security (GNSS) will modify the schedule for return of GNSS to TSR. The original show scheduled for Friday night June 10th will be moved to Friday night June 17th. TSR is looking forward to welcoming back GO Racing Promotions and the GNSS drivers. The June 17th show will culminate with a 40 lap feature. For those familiar with TSR, 40 laps can be a challenge for the best drivers and their cars as TSR's asymmetric 1/3 mile oval truly makes the track a drivers track.
Along with GNSS, Tomah will also be hosting the GO Racing Promotions' Midwest Dash (MWD) Series August 5th with a 30 lap feature. The new Midwest Dash was unveiled at last years Oktoberfest Race Weekend at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
The Great Northern Sportsman Series will kick off its 2016 season at Dells Raceway Park as part of the second annual Icebreaker. The Great Northern Sportsman will battle in a 40 lap feature on Sunday April 17.
TSR will open the 2016 race season on Sunday May 8th with it's annual Rust Buster. This years Rust Buster will include the Kim Parson Memorial Trophy Tour. The tour currently is slotted for 51 events during the 2016 season. The tour is setup to promote organ and tissue donation in remeberance of Steve Parson's daughter Kim who passed away at age 21 in 2008.
TSR will race Sundays in May with the gates opening at noon and racing starting a 3pm. Racing action switches to Friday nights starting June 3rd with the Dog Days of Summer.
2016 Great Northern Sportsman Schedule announced.
The snow may still be falling and cold weather nipping at our noses, but the 2016 Great Northern Sportsman Series presented by Dean’s Satellite and Security race season is less than 3 months away. As the race teams are busy in the shops getting their racing machines ready for another exciting season come the 2016 Great Northern Sportsman Series schedule.
Once again the Great Northern Sportsman will open the season at Dells Raceway Park on Sunday, April 17, with a 40 lap feature as part of the Icebreaker Season Opener. In 2015, Randy Breunig held off a furious late race charge by eventual series champion Dave Trute to take home the trophy.
The series then returns to the site of the inaugural Great Northern Series event in 2013. The Tomah-Sparta Raceway will host the GNSS drivers on Friday, June 10 with a 40 lap main event.
Next will come 2 events at “Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile”, the Madison International Speedway. The first visit will be Friday June 24 as part of the Salute to America nite. Drivers will compete in a 25 lap feature. Last year’s event was won by Dave Trute after a hard fought battle with Devin Schmidt and Jason Thoma.
The second event at Madison Int. Speedway will be on July 29. In 2015, the Great Northern Sportsman contested double features on their second visit to MIS with Jason Thoma and Dave Trute each taking a checkered flag. On that evening, Jason Thoma was declared the overall event winner and awarded the winners’ check.
After a short break to allow the competitors to finish their local race schedules the Great Northern Sportsman will hit two of the biggest short track events in the Midwest at Rockford Speedway for the National Short Track Championships and then to the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway for the Oktoberfest Race Weekend.
On Friday night September 30 the Series will hit the high banks of Rockford Speedway for the longest race on the schedule, a 50 lap primetime feature. Minnesota’s Michael Gilomen took home his first GNSS feature at Rockford in 2015 at Rockford’s National Short Track Championship.
Finally, the Sportsman will crown the 2016 Champion at the Oktoberfest Race Weekend on Friday Night, October 7 at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway. 2015 saw hometown racer Randy Humfeld hold off the field to claim his first Great Northern Sportsman Series checkered flag.
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