Henderson, Madsen and Johnson win Knoxville Raceway mains

Knoxville RacewayBy Stacy Ervin

Justin Henderson of South Dakota and Ian Madsen of Australia won the feature events on 410 Twin Features Night and RJ Johnson of Florida won the companion 360 division main on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.

Henderson started on the pole for the first 20-lap 410 feature event and led every lap in a race that went green to checkered. That gave him his third career win at the Sprint Car Capital of the World.

He came into traffic on the third lap around and that allowed some of his competitors to close a bit. Outside front-row starter Terry McCarl stayed in second for the entire race, while behind him there was a good battle between Dusty Zomer, Davey Heskin and Mark Dobmeier.

A bobble behind a slower car allowed McCarl to close on Henderson briefly but by the end, Henderson had a half-straightaway lead and had lapped up to the 14th place finisher.

“I love my life. I love being back in the Midwest,” Henderson said in victory lane, noting he had a good run in Pennsylvania but was glad to have joined a new team recently. “Sprint car racing is awesome.”

Madsen started sixth in the inverted second 20-lap event and bided his time to get his second win at the speedway. The beginning of the race saw front-row starters Josh Schneiderman and Lynton Jeffrey throw slide jobs on each other for the point.

Madsen crept up patiently behind the pair until he was able to put on a slide job of his own and wrestle the lead from Schneiderman in the first turn of the 10th lap. As soon as he made the pass, the yellow flag came out for Randy Anderson, who had slowed to a stop. Madsen was a bit too anxious on the restart and it was called back when he got on the gas too soon. The next attempt was better and he stayed in the lead as Mark Dobmeier made a big move to second.

Dobmeier tried to close on Madsen as the laps wound down, but Ryan Bunton’s left rear tire blew out at lap 16 and Dobmeier’s left rear tire followed suit, bringing out another yellow. Madsen held on to get the win over a charging Dusty Zomer.

“It’s even better than the first time,” Madsen said of his second win here, as he noted he had come close to winning earlier this year. “I just knew I couldn’t make any mistakes.”

RJ Johnson started on the pole of the 18-lap 360 feature and led all the laps in a race that went caution-free. He came to traffic at the sixth lap but managed to stay far ahead of a torrid battle for second place between Ryan Anderson and Randy Martin.

Coming to the white flag, Johnson misjudged a slower car in front of him, got over the cushion and banged the wall in turn four. That allowed Anderson to run right up on him but Johnson held on by a slim margin for his first official win at Knoxville.

“I’ve been here one time before but it didn’t stick,” Johnson said in victory lane, referring to a race he won but was disqualified for afterward. He noted that the win on this night was a “definite testament” to the fact that hard work could beat money.

Four new inductees were welcomed into the Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame on this night. They were former track champion driver Skip Jackson, former track champion car owner Ken Hesmer, car owner Mike VanderEcken and longtime official and fair-board member Dwayne Robuck.
KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA
July 7, 2012
410 RESULTS

Time Trial, 1 laps,  1. Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls SD, 15.196;  2. Terry McCarl, Altoona IA, 15.258;  3. Dustin Selvage, Indianola IA, 15.345;  4. Davey Heskin, St. Michael MN, 15.412;  5. Austin Johnson, Shakopee MN, 15.423;  6. Don Droud Jr., Lincoln NE, 15.427;  7. Ryan Bunton, Morton IL, 15.441;  8. Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville IA, 15.454;  9. Ian Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust , 15.483;  10. Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks ND, 15.498;  11. Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City IA, 15.515;  12. Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls SD, 15.547;  13. Robby Wolfgang, Sioux Falls SD, 15.635;  14. Bryan Sebetto, Fremont OH, 15.642;  15. Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville IA, 15.687;  16. Jarrod Schneiderman, West Burlington IA, 15.704;  17. Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington IA, 15.724;  18. Randy Anderson, Clarion IA, 15.729;  19. Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust , 15.834;  20. Mike Moore, Des Moines IA, 15.989;  21. Rob Kubli, Milo IA, 16.014;  22. Terri OConnell, Memphis TN, 16.361;  23. Robert Bell, Colfax IA, 16.857;  24. Critter Malone, Speedway IN, 16.909;  25. Dustin Clark, Eldon IA, No Time;
Heat 1, 8 laps,2:09.31:  1. Robby Wolfgang, Sioux Falls SD;  2. Ryan Bunton, Morton IL;  3. Davey Heskin, St. Michael MN;  4. Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks ND;  5. Jarrod Schneiderman, West Burlington IA;  6. Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls SD;  7. Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust ;  8. Terri OConnell, Memphis TN;
Heat 2, 8 laps, 2:09.47:  1. Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington IA;  2. Bryan Sebetto, Fremont OH;  3. Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City IA;  4. Terry McCarl, Altoona IA;  5. Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville IA;  6. Austin Johnson, Shakopee MN;  7. Mike Moore, Des Moines IA;  8. Robert Bell, Colfax IA;
Heat 3, 8 laps, 2:09.17:  1. Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls SD;  2. Ian Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust ;  3. Randy Anderson, Clarion IA;  4. Don Droud Jr., Lincoln NE;  5. Dustin Selvage, Indianola IA;  6. Rob Kubli, Milo IA;  7. Critter Malone, Speedway IN;  8. Dustin Clark, Eldon IA;  9. Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville IA;
A Feature 1, 20 laps, 5:43.54:  1. Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls SD;  2. Terry McCarl, Altoona IA;  3. Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls SD;  4. Davey Heskin, St. Michael MN;  5. Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks ND;  6. Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville IA;  7. Dustin Selvage, Indianola IA;  8. Don Droud Jr., Lincoln NE;  9. Ian Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust ;  10. Ryan Bunton, Morton IL;  11. Austin Johnson, Shakopee MN;  12. Robby Wolfgang, Sioux Falls SD;  13. Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City IA;  14. Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington IA;  15. Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust ;  16. Rob Kubli, Milo IA;  17. Jarrod Schneiderman, West Burlington IA;  18. Bryan Sebetto, Fremont OH;  19. Randy Anderson, Clarion IA;  20. Critter Malone, Speedway IN;  21. Mike Moore, Des Moines IA;  22. Terri OConnell, Memphis TN;  23. Robert Bell, Colfax IA; Lap Leader:  Henderson 1-20
A Feature 2, 20 laps, No Time:  1. Ian Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust ;  2. Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls SD;  3. Davey Heskin, St. Michael MN;  4. Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington IA;  5. Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City IA;  6. Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls SD;  7. Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville IA;  8. Terry McCarl, Altoona IA;  9. Don Droud Jr., Lincoln NE;  10. Dustin Selvage, Indianola IA;  11. Bryan Sebetto, Fremont OH;  12. Robby Wolfgang, Sioux Falls SD;  13. Austin Johnson, Shakopee MN;  14. Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks ND;  15. Jarrod Schneiderman, West Burlington IA;  16. Rob Kubli, Milo IA;  17. Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust ;  18. Ryan Bunton, Morton IL;  19. Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville IA;  20. Critter Malone, Speedway IN;  21. Randy Anderson, Clarion IA;  22. Robert Bell, Colfax IA; Lap Leaders:  Schneiderman 1-9; Madsen 10-20

360 RESULTS

Time Trial,  1. Larry Ball Jr., Knoxville IA, 16.436;  2. Matt Moro, Polk City IA, 16.461;  3. Clint Garner, Sioux Falls SD, 16.555;  4. Nate Van Haaften, Otley IA, 16.666;  5. Randy Martin, California MO, 16.763;  6. Ryan Anderson, Deloit IA, 16.768;  7. Joe Beaver, Knoxville IA, 16.824;  8. RJ Johnson, Tampa FL, 16.852;  9. Casey Friedrichsen, Arthur IA, 16.883;  10. Tom Lenz, Marion IA, 16.919;  11. Russ Hall, Pleasant Hill IA, 16.978;  12. David Hall, Des Moines IA, 16.981;  13. Rager Phillips, Pleasantville IA, 16.994;  14. Carson McCarl, Altoona IA, 16.999;  15. Alan Ambers, Knoxville IA, 17.01;  16. Tony Shilling, Knoxville IA, 17.01;  17. Jonathan Cornell, Sedalia MO, 17.035;  18. Blake Feese, Charlotte NC, 17.059;  19. Josh Riggins, Newton IA, 17.085;  20. Josh Hodges, Tijeras NM, 17.089;  21. Jon Agan, Knoxville IA, 17.118;  22. Dennis Moore Jr., Grinnell IA, 17.195;  23. Tyler Blank, California MO, 17.198;  24. Darren Orth, Jacksonville FL, 17.307;  25. John Hall, Marion IA, 17.371;  26. Kyle Bellm, Nixa MO, 17.459;
Heat 1, 7 laps, 1:56.06:  1. Tony Shilling, Knoxville IA;  2. Rager Phillips, Pleasantville IA;  3. Joe Beaver, Knoxville IA;  4. Nate Van Haaften, Otley IA;  5. Larry Ball Jr., Knoxville IA;  6. Dennis Moore Jr., Grinnell IA;  7. John Hall, Marion IA;  8. Tom Lenz, Marion IA;  9. Josh Riggins, Newton IA;
Heat 2, 7 laps, 1:59.5:  1. Jonathan Cornell, Sedalia MO;  2. RJ Johnson, Tampa FL;  3. Carson McCarl, Altoona IA;  4. Russ Hall, Pleasant Hill IA;  5. Randy Martin, California MO;  6. Matt Moro, Polk City IA;  7. Josh Hodges, Tijeras NM;  8. Kyle Bellm, Nixa MO;  9. Tyler Blank, California MO;
Heat 3, 7 laps,2:00.26:  1. Alan Ambers, Knoxville IA;  2. Clint Garner, Sioux Falls SD;  3. Casey Friedrichsen, Arthur IA;  4. David Hall, Des Moines IA;  5. Jon Agan, Knoxville IA;  6. Ryan Anderson, Deloit IA;  7. Blake Feese, Charlotte NC;  8. Darren Orth, Jacksonville FL;
A Feature, 18 laps, 5:22.98:  1. RJ Johnson, Tampa FL;  2. Ryan Anderson, Deloit IA;  3. Randy Martin, California MO;  4. Clint Garner, Sioux Falls SD;  5. Nate Van Haaften, Otley IA;  6. Matt Moro, Polk City IA;  7. Joe Beaver, Knoxville IA;  8. Larry Ball Jr., Knoxville IA;  9. Jonathan Cornell, Sedalia MO;  10. Rager Phillips, Pleasantville IA;  11. Dennis Moore Jr., Grinnell IA;  12. Casey Friedrichsen, Arthur IA;  13. Tony Shilling, Knoxville IA;  14. Russ Hall, Pleasant Hill IA;  15. David Hall, Des Moines IA;  16. Carson McCarl, Altoona IA;  17. Josh Hodges, Tijeras NM;  18. Kyle Bellm, Nixa MO;  19. Alan Ambers, Knoxville IA;  20. Tyler Blank, California MO;  21. John Hall, Marion IA;  22. Darren Orth, Jacksonville FL;  23. Jon Agan, Knoxville IA; Lap Leader:  1-18

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