Tim Isenberg’s bridesmaid status with the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series is now over. The Marshfield, Wisconsin driver who had nine runner-up place finishes last season, broke through into CBC victory lane last night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin as he led a bulk of the event and held off a hard charging Jimmy Mars in the process to capture the $3,000 pay day and bring home his first career Corn Belt Clash Series win.
Nick Herrick and Isenberg made-up the front row of Friday night’s 35-lap A-Main and battled side-by-side over the opening laps before Isenberg powered away on the high-side to take the early lead. Herrick battled with Chris Simpson, Chad Simpson and Jimmy Mars in the early stages of the event while leader Isenberg worked heavy lapped traffic on lap 13.
The event’s only caution flag flew on lap 21 for a slowing Justin Hirt, ending Isenberg’s advantage. On the restart, it was Isenberg out front with Chris Simpson and a hard-charging Jimmy Mars behind him on the Delaware double file restart. Isenberg shot back out to the lead on the restart with Mars working his way past Chris Simpson to the runner-up spot and put his target on Isenberg’s #9t machine. Mars closed to within a car length on lap 24 and for the remaining 11 laps, the two cars battled with Isenberg running the middle to top groove and the ‘Iceman’ utilizing the bottom groove on the racy Bob Timm prepared surface.
Lapped traffic allowed Mars to pull even through turns 1 and 2 but it was Isenberg who had the fast way around Mississippi Thunder on the top in turns 3 and 4 that allowed the Wisconsin driver to pull away to a car length victory over DLM Hall of Famer Mars for his first career Corn Belt Clash Series victory. In victory lane, a very humble Isenberg recounted battling his car builder for the win. “I love racing with the series and to get my first series win over my car builder made it even sweeter,” stated Isenberg. Isenberg’s #9t MB Customs II machine is powered by a Roush Yates engine and is sponsored by Don Nikolai Construction, McMillan Electric and Chase Graphics. “The series has some great competition and strong talent and this was a great win on a great track.” Isenberg and Mars were to the checkers by Chris Simpson, Chad Simpson and A.J. Diemel. The remainder of the top-10 was Jason Rauen, Andrew McKay, Kyle Jumbeck, Nick Herrick with ‘Chargin’ Charlie McKenna coming home in 10th place and also capturing the Hooker Harness Hard Charger of the Race Award by advancing 7 positions from his ninth-row starting position. The Kindl LLC Business Solutions Quick Six was won by A.J. Diemel over Jimmy Mars. Diemel drew the 6 pill on the dash re-draw to start the A-Main from the third row.
The next event on tap for the Corn Belt Clash Series will be Sunday’s Bohlander Tribute make-up at Peoria Speedway. With heat races already being competed on the original date, two B-Mains, the $500-to-win Kindl LLC Business Solutions Quick Six and the $4,000-to-win A-Main are on tap along with supporting classes.
Isky Racing Cams Heat Race #1 Winner: A.J. Diemel
Comp Cams Heat Race #2 Winner: Chris Simpson
JE Pistons Heat Race #3 Winner: Tim Isenberg
KindlLLC.com Business Solutions Quick Six Winner: A.J. Diemel
35-lap CBC A-Main Finish:
1. Tim Isenberg
2. Jimmy Mars
3. Chris Simpson
4. Chad Simpson
5. A.J. Diemel
6. Jason Rauen
7. Andrew McKay
8. Kyle Jumbeck
9. Nick Herrick
10. Charlie McKenna
11. Terry Casey
12. Jake Meier
13. Mike Fryer
14. Rick Wendling
15. Doug Herrick
16. Joe Ludemann
17. Rob Moss
18. Jim Rychtik
19. Jon Rogers
20. Justin Hirt
21. Jeff ‘Bone’ Larson
Hooker Custom Harness Hard Charger Award: Charlie McKenna
AllStar Performance Performer of the Race Award: Tim Isenberg
QuickCar Racing Products Award: Jeff ‘Bone’ Larson
Landrum Performance Springs Award: Jim Rychtik
Comp Cams Award: Jeff ‘Bone’ Larson
CV Products Award: Tim Isenberg
Hoosier WRS D-55 Tire Draw Winner: Chris Simpson
Contingency Connection Awards: $50 JE Pistons Award: Terry Casey; $25 Comp Cams Certificate: Tim Isenberg; $50 JE Pistons Award: Jimmy Mars; $25 Hawk Performance Award: Tim Isenberg; $25 Comp Cams certificate: Charlie McKenna; $25 Edelbrock Award: Jim Rychtik; $25 Lunati Cams Award: Jeff Larson; $25 Taylor Wires Award: Chad Simpson; $25 QuickFuel Technologies Award: Chris Simpson; $25 RJS Award: Rob Moss and $20 Raceiver Award: Jake Meier
Corn Belt Clash Official Series Sponsors: JE Pistons, R.A.C.E, Comp Cams, Hoosier Racing Tire, Manley Performance, Isky Racing Cams and Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
Corn Belt Clash Participating Sponsors: AllStar Performance, QuickCar Racing Products, Callies Performance Products, Wrap’d by Dynamic Decals and Two Buff Dudes Inc.
Corn Belt Clash Contingency Sponsors: CV Products, Intercomp Racing Scales, Tiger Rear Ends, Landrum Performance Springs, Hooker Custom Harness, KindlLLC.com Business Solutions, Pro Power Racing Engines, Grove Automotive, OutPace Racing Products, Signs by Design, The Contingency Connection, Countryside Creations, Dirt Late Model Magazine, JD Photography, Bully Dog and Karsyn’s Krusaders
Intercomp Racing Scales are the Official Scales of the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series.
Dirt Late Model Magazine is the Official Publication of the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series.
Karsyn’s Krusaders is the Official Non-Profit Organization of the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series.