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HEIN WINS ASA/NSRA CHAMPIONSHIP

Matt Hein rebounded from an off-night performance to capture the 2009 ASA/NSRA Sprint Car Championship.


Courtesy: Scott R. Cedergreen, ASA/NSRA Media Relations

 

 

Meridian, Idaho - September 25th and 26th - Both nights racing were dedicated to the memory of Tom Elliot, father of the #77 driver Matt Elliot, who had passed away just two weeks prior to the racing weekend.


22 cars unloaded for the first night of the Championship Weekend racing.  Three contenders for the crown of ASA/NSRA 2009 Champion were whittled down to just one at the end of the nights racing.  Matt Hein in the #98h had bad luck on lap two of the A Main being involved in a crash in turn one with the #7v of Cody Veenstra and the #05 of Jeff Russell.  Hein would return to the track under the caution to finish 14th ahead of 2nd place points contender Jeff Montgomery in the #33j but behind the 3rd place points contender Cory Lockwood in the #99.  Hein would earn enough points throughout the night however to make it impossible for Montgomery and Lockwood to catch him for the Championship.  Montgomery and Lockwood both had engine issues of their own preventing either from capitalizing on Hein’s misfortune.  


With the ASA/NSRA Championship tucked away for Hein the racing continued Saturday night.   Again twenty-two cars unloaded but with one change.  The #5 of Steve Freeman had packed up having engine issues determined to be to extensive to overcome.  In his place the #14j of Brandon Johnson unloaded to race.  Both Jeff Montgomery and Cory Lockwood had resolved their engine issues both relating to fuel delivery.  Hein started sixth, Lockwood started fourth, Montgomery was way back in the field starting fourteenth.  Hein and Lockwood worked their way to the top two spots, Hein leading over Lockwood with a spirited battle for the top position for a number of laps until Lockwood and Hein got together in turn two both spinning into the infield.  Both rejoined the field at the back.  Hein worked his way back up to seventh position, Lockwood moved forward to the ninth position, while Montgomery finished ahead of both in sixth position.


RACE RESULTS Friday September 25, 2009


22 cars


A-Main 6 car invert (40 laps): 1. 28 Drew Church, 2. 77 Matt Elliot, 3. 18 Chris Ratteree, 4. 91 Bryan Warf, 5. 14m Matt Mansell, 6. 22 Richie Larson, 7. 25j Sierra Jackson, 8. 4a Chris Adams, 9. 99 Cory Lockwood, 10. 76 Andy Alberding, 11. 44 Todd Coleman, 12. 17 Justin Mack, 13. 4m Greg Middendorf, 14. 98h Matt Hein, 15. 25z Greg Ochs, 16. 33j Jeff Montgomery, 17. 37 Jim Brock, 18. 26 Dave Parrie, 19.  5 Steve Freeman, 20.  7v Cody Veenstra, 21.  05 Jeff Russell.

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Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. 25z Greg Ochs, 2. 76 Andy Alberding, 3. 7v Cody Veenstra, 4. 14m Matt Mansell, 5. 17 Justin Mack, 6.  99 Cory Lockwood, 7.  33j Jeff Montgomery.

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Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. 4m Greg Middendorf, 2. 4a Chris Adams, 3. 18 Chris Ratteree, 4. 77 Matt Elliot, 5. 44 Todd Coleman, 6. 26 Dave Parrie, 7. 37 Jim Brock.


Heat 3 (8 laps):  1. 28 Drew Church, 2.  91 Bryan Warf, 3.  98h Matt Hein, 4.  22 Richie Larson, 5.  25j Sierra Jackson, 6.  05 Jeff Russell, 7. 5 Steve Freeman (DNS), 8.  14b Ronnie Larson (DNS).


B-Dash (4 laps): 1. 76 Andy Alberding, 2. 22 Richie Larson, 3. 4m Greg Middendorf, 4. 4a Chris Adams.

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A-Dash (4 laps): 1. 77 Matt Elliot, 2. 25j Sierra Jackson, 3. 99 Cory Lockwood, 4. 18 Chris Ratteree.


Qualifying: 98h Matt Hein 11.844, 18 Chris Ratteree 11.903, 99 Cory Lockwood 11.970, 25j Sierra Jackson 12.058, 26 Dave Parrie 12.082, 14m Matt Mansell 12.124, 91 Bryan Warf 12.154, 77 Matt Elliot 12.202, 17 Justin Mack 12.204, 28 Drew Church 12.212, 44 Todd Coleman 12.271, 7v Cody Veenstra 12.279, 22 Richie Larson 12.283, 4a Chris Adams 12.306 , 76 Andy Alberding 12.308, 05 Jeff Russell 12.315, 4 Greg Middendorf 12.646, 25z Greg Ochs 12.655, 5 Steve Freeman 12.799, 33j Jeff Montgomery 13.961, 37 Jim Brock 14.450, 14b Ronnie Larson (DNQ).


RACE RESULTS Saturday September 26, 2009


22 cars


A-Main 6 car invert (50 laps): 1. 18 Chris Ratteree, 2.  76 Andy Alberding, 3. 25j Sierra Jackson, 4. 22 Richie Larson, 5. 14m Matt Mansell, 6. 33j Jeff Montgomery, 7. 98h Matt Hein, 8. 91 Bryan Warf, 9. 99 Cory Lockwood, 10. 25z Greg Ochs, 11. 14b Ronnie Larson, 12. 17 Justin Mack, 13. 7v Cody Veenstra, 14. 26 Dave Parrie, 15. 4m Greg Middendorf, 16. 77 Matt Elliot, 17. 37 Jim Brock, 18. 14j Brandon Johnson, 19.  05 Jeff Russell, 20.  28 Drew Church, 21.  44 Todd Coleman.

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Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. 14m Matt Mansell, 2. 22 Richie Larson, 3. 99 Cory Lockwood, 4. 91 Bryan Warf, 5. 7v Cody Veenstra, 6.  17 Justin Mack, 7.  4a Chris Adams (DNS).

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Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. 25z Greg Ochs, 2. 77 Matt Elliot, 3. 76 Andy Alberding, 4. 18 Chris Ratteree, 5. 28 Drew Church, 6. 33j Jeff Montgomery, 7. 4 Greg Middendorf.


Heat 3 (8 laps):  1. 14j Brandon Johnson, 2.  25j Sierra Jackson, 3.  76 Andy Alberding, 4.  98h Matt Hein, 5.  05 Jeff Russell, 6.  14b Ronnie Larson, 7.  44 Todd Coleman , 8.  37 Jim Brock.


B-Dash (4 laps): 1. 14m Matt Mansell, 2. 14j Brandon Johnson, 3. 4a Chris Adams, 4. 44 Todd Coleman.

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A-Dash (4 laps): 1. 33j Jeff Montgomery, 2. 99 Cory Lockwood, 3. 18 Chris Ratteree, 4. 05 Jeff Russell (DNF).


Qualifying: 98h Matt Hein 11.820, 18 Chris Ratteree 11.839, 99 Cory Lockwood 11.865, 05 Jeff Russell 11.997, 33j Jeff Montgomery 11.997, 17 Justin Mack 12.023, 76 Andy Alberding 12.054, 77 Matt Elliot 12.064, 22 Richie Larson 12.127, 14b Ronnie Larson 12.129, 28 Drew Church 12.130, 91 Bryan Warf 12.134, 14j Brandon Johnson 12.181, 25z Greg Ochs 12.189 , 4a Chris Adams 12.206, 25j Sierra Jackson 12.243, 26 Dave Parrie 12.244, 14m Matt Mansell 12.245, 44 Todd Coleman 12.275, 4m Greg Middendorf 12.402, 7v Cody Veenstra 12.492, 37 Jim Brock 14.110.


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