Zeitner & Timms share Husets Gold

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Justin Zeitner on the winning track at Huset Speedway. (Tylan Porath photo)

BRANDON, SD — Justin Zeitner and Ryan Timms scored thrilling wins Sunday night at Huset’s Speedway during the opening lap of a Memorial Day Weekend doubleheader.

Zeitner won the Tri-State Late Models action and captured the Ben Nothdurft Memorial with a $5,000 prize presented by the Bargain Barn Tire Center, while Timms used a last-lap pass to secure the triumph during the Buffalo Wild Wings Northern Outlaw Sprint Association and Casey’s achieve 410 Sprint Cars presented by Big Frig.

Zeitner was fastest in qualifying and won a heat race before leading all 40 laps of the A Main to cap a stellar night.

“It’s pretty awesome,” he said. “A few years ago I didn’t know the Nothdurfts here very well. Last year we beat them up and down the street with them. They are top notch people to run up and down the street with and just goof around the pits during the day. You were just being nice to me. If Blair (Nothdurft) can’t win this deal, I want to win it. Thank you for providing the money. I thank Huset’s for this deal. My grandfather used to race here. To come here to South Dakota and win a race is very special to me.”

The only thing that slowed Zeitner was a handful of warnings, but the last one came at a good time as Don Shaw and Dave Mass had caught up within a few car lengths with seven laps to go. Zeitner quickly built up a lead at the final restart and maintained the lead to victory by 1.065 seconds.

Shaw held the fair for second place, Lance Schill was fourth and Nate Beyenhof was fifth.

Kerry Madsen had the dominant car of the entire Buffalo Wild Wings Northern Outlaw Sprint Association and Casey’s 410 Sprint Cars presented by Big Frig were part of the race program. He set a fast time in qualifying, moved up to second place in a heat race and led all but the final lap of the main event.

Timms ran the first 24 laps in second before making the winning move with a slide job on turns three and four that took the checkered flag. The lone caution of the race came with nine laps to go, and Timms stayed within striking distance, diamond-cutting the exit of each corner, as Madsen pulled into traffic with five laps to go.

Madsen mostly ran the cushion around the Dirt Oval with Timms in tow as the white flag was waved. Timms closed in at turns one and two before diving down at turn three and sliding up in front of Madsen, who spun under Timms. The Drag Race duo sped out of turn four and towards the checkered flag, with Timms winning by four hundredths of a second.

“Right before that last warning I started doing that on the lapped cars and I might see him again somehow,” said Timms of the diamonds in the corners. “When I saw the white (flag) I got a little concerned, but I just threw it in as hard as I could and it stuck. I’m really just shocked. I can’t believe this happened. I didn’t know I’d won until I stepped on the scale.

“It’s pretty awesome to beat someone like him who’s done a million rounds here.”

Timms finished as the fourth different winner in the division in four races this season.

Madsen’s second place marked his best outing on the track to date.

“I’m disappointed for the team,” he said. “Traffic is simply part of motorsport. I was beaten. It’s as simple as that. Everything was fine. I just got hit.”
Brooke Tatnell rounded out the podium with his best result of the season at Huset’s Speedway.

“It’s always disappointing not to have a good run on your sponsor’s night and that’s exactly what happened last week,” he said. “It’s to Doug’s credit that he’s kept trying and kept trying.”

Thomas Kennedy was fourth and Austin McCarl was fifth.

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