Randall rages to sprint Invader Glory


Chase Randall on the winning lane at 34 Raceway. (Sprint Invaders photo)

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – The 20th season for the Sprint Invaders couldn’t have started more excitingly than Sunday night at 34 Raceway.

Chase Randall emerged victorious after a crash in the heat race, a run from behind to win the B-main, and an incredible attack from row eight in the $2,000 to win feature event.

To start, the 25-lap main event was a two-horse race. Paul Nienhiser led early on over Ryan Jamison, Chris Martin, Jamie Ball and Josh Schneiderman. Martin would bypass Jamison early and was quick after the leader.

Nienhiser and Martin separated from the group and on lap eight on the three-eighth mile they were lapped by traffic. With Nienhiser deep behind an overlap, Martin used the high side to take a margin lead on lap 10.

Three laps later, an infield tire flew into turn three, earning the only warning. With almost all attention focused on the two in front, the crowd suddenly turned their sights on Chase Randall.

Randall, in his heat, had become a victim of circumstance and was flipped upside down after contact with another car. The crew spent the rest of the night preparing for the B, which he won from 10th on the grid.

Now he would start fifth (from 16th) behind Martin, Nienhiser, Jamison and Schneiderman. Randall was fourth on the restart from Schneiderman and then made a sensational move on the low side of turns one and two on lap 15 to pass both Jamison and Nienhiser for second place.

With five laps to go, Martin and Randall were back in traffic. Randall took advantage of Martin, who was picked by a lapper, and finally took the lead to claim his first feature win at the Sprint Invaders.

Nienhiser would recover for second place and pass Martin with two to go. After Randall, Nienhiser and Martin came Jamison and Schneiderman.

“We had to change almost everything on this race car,” said Randall. “We fought for the B and barely made it. We didn’t have a chance to build up much, I just went out and drove. Can’t thank the track enough for bringing the show in here with the wind. It turned out to be a good race. In the first part of the race I slowly picked them up one by one. We were able to move up to fifth place by the restart. They shot up the track at turn one and left a hole for me. That’s how we got the lead. It was just a good race.”

The end:
Feature (25 laps): 1st 9R, Chase Randall, Waco, TX (16) 2nd 50, Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, IL (1) 3rd 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (4) 4th 51J, Ryan Jamison, Mediapolis, IA (3) 5. 49, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (5) 6. 40, Cody Wehrle, Burlington, IA (9) 7. 35, Jamie Ball, Knoxville, IA (2) 8. 78, Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL (10) 9. 4, Cam Martin, Ankeny, IA (11) 10. 11, Colton Fisher, Mediapolis, IA (14) 11. 99, Bret Tripplett, Lincoln, IL (13) 12. 11T, Dugan Thye, Burlington, IA (17) 13. 28, Luke Verardi, Taylorsville, IL (6) 14. 21, Devin Wignall, Altoona, IA (15) 15. 7, Tyler Lee, Cedar Rapids, IA (12) 16. 81, Tanner Gebhardt, Burlington, IA (7) 17. 8L, Tom Lenz, Marion, IA (8) 18. 9, Daniel Bergquist, Burlington, IA (21, prov.) 19. 41, Noah Samuel, Burlington, IA (19) 20. 31, McClain Richards, Burlington, IA (20) 21. 2A, Austin Archdale, Brimfield, IL (18).

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