Schlieper makes his voice heard

August 02, 2010|By C.J. LOVELACE/Staff Correspondent
  • Dan Schlieper celebrates his first Lucas Oil Late Model Series victory of the season Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway.
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Dan Schlieper did something Saturday night he hadn't done for a couple years.

Schlieper, a driver from Sullivan, Wisc., climbed out of his Rockstar Energy Drink-sponsored racecar, pounded on the roof and yelled "boo-yah!" in victory lane.

He calls it his victory catch phrase.

"Every time I win, it's a boo-yah," said Schlieper.

Ending a winless streak dating back to 2008, Schlieper overtook leader and top qualifier Don O'Neal on lap 16 and never looked back to notch a $10,000 pay day in Lucas Oil Late Model action at Hagerstown Speedway.

"It's been quite a while," said Schlieper, who started on the pole after winning his heat race. "We were close a lot of times, but gremlins bit us a couple times... It definitely feels good."

Schlieper finished by a wide margin ahead of second-place driver O'Neal. Dan Stone came across third, followed by series points leader Scott Bloomquist and John Blankenship to round out the top five.


O'Neal, who set a quick lap of 19.721 during time trials, jumped out in front at the drop of the green flag and began to pull away from the field by lap 10.

Starting to pick their way through soon-to-be lapped traffic, a caution on lap 15 allowed Schlieper, running in third, a chance to make his move.

On the restart, Schlieper quickly overtook Stone for second then pulled door-to-door with O'Neal. A lap later, Schlieper zipped by O'Neal to take the lead on lap 16.

"I moved down on that restart to block the bottom then Schlieper rode us on the outside," said Martinsville, Ind., native O'Neal, adding that he felt like a "sitting duck, either way."

"We had a decent racecar, but not good enough to win."

One more caution waved on lap 41 for a Brian Booze spinout, but nobody could catch Schlieper the rest of the way.

"My car kept getting better and better as the race went on," said Schlieper. "We started getting into lapped traffic and that's when my car really started to shine."

The winner said he was more worried about the third- and fourth-place drivers Stone, who checked out on everybody in his heat race, and the sneaky Scott Bloomquist, who extended his points lead on Jimmy Owens, who finished 11th.

Earl Pearson Jr., Jason Covert, Ray Cook, Eric Wells and Dale McDowell rounded out the top 10.

Jamie Lathroum was the top finishing local driver, coming home in 13th place. Other Hagerstown regulars who qualified for the race were J.T. Spence, Alan Sagi, Frankie Plessinger, Booze, Gary Stuhler, Roy Deese Jr. and Ronnie DeHaven Jr.

The top four feature finishers all won their respective heats. B-main winners were Lucas Oil Late Model regulars Tim Isenberg and Owens.

In Ernie's Pure Stock action, Mike Warrenfeltz took home the 12-lap feature win -- his 80th career victory -- by passing second-place finisher Kevin Koontz on lap 10.

"It took a long time to get here; 80 wins is a lot," said the 49-year-old Warrenfeltz. "I'm getting older and I want to win this championship; this will make five."

Rounding out the top five were Drew Fitzsimmons, Darrin Younker and Charlie Pensinger.

After this week's AMA Motorcycle event at the speedway, regular racing will return to Hagerstown on Aug. 14.

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