By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio -- Rusty Schlenk nervously paced around Fremont Speedway prior to Saturday's True Value Hardware of Woodville American Late Model Series (ALMS) Late Model feature.
He knew he had a fast car, but he was afraid the track was going to be a one-lane affair, and starting 16th, he wouldn't be able to get to the front. However, he carefully picked his way forward and grabbed the lead on a restart with 10 laps remaining and went on to score his first career ALMS victory.
JOHNNY APPLESEED CLASSIC
Sunoco American Late Model Series - 62 cars
Fast Time: Brad Neat (15.457)
Heat 1: Aaron Scott, Brad Neat, Dustin Neat, Jeep VanWormer, Ky Harper, Blake Chinn, Dujstin Moore, Brad Eitinear, Randy Scott, Scott Ehlert
Zack Olger, Rusty Schlenk and Kevin Reeve raced three-wide for the lead on the first lap with Olger having a slight advantage. Eventually Reeve slipped back leaving Olger and Schlenk to battle with the 55 car of Jeep Van Wormer closing in.
In the 25-lap ALMS feature, VanWormer would jump into the lead from his pole-starting position and would never be challenged. Rusty Schlenk would run second the entire race, with the real action taking place from third through 10th.
At the checkered, VanWormer would take the win followed by Schlenk, eighth starting Duane Chamberlain, Doug Drown and current ALMS point leader Brian Ruhlman rounding out the top five.