BRANDON, S.D. — Chase Randall and Brooke Tatnell produced victories at Huset’s Speedway on Saturday evening during the opening night of the Bull Haulers Brawl presented by Folkens Brothers Trucking.
Both drivers set themselves up for a potential $10,000 bonus if one of them can sweep both sprint car main events on Sunday during the event finale, giving them three wins in the four sprint car A Mains.
Randall became the winningest driver at the track this season with his fourth feature triumph during the Cressman Sanitation 410 Outlaw Sprint Cars A Main on Saturday. He ran fifth for almost the first half of the race before climbing to fourth on lap 11, to third on lap 14, to second on lap 16 and into the lead on lap 18.
The only caution of the 25-lap main event occurred on lap 24 to set up a green-white-checkered restart as fourth-running Mark Dobmeier stopped in turn four. Randall was strong on the restart to win by 1.405 seconds.
“That was kind of the deciding factor,” he said of traffic. “In lapped traffic I wasn’t waiting one lap when I was behind them. I was just going to go as soon as I got to them. We did and made the moves stick. We had an unbelievable car to keep it out front and maneuver around the track well. I wasn’t too good to start the race, but I felt like I was driving 110 percent every lap to run them down and pick off the win.”
Scott Bogucki captured a runner-up result despite losing his brakes.
“Halfway through it was on the firewall so I was plugging it into the curb,” he said. “When I got to Justin (Henderson) and the lapped cars I started backpedaling because I was like you know what a second is better than on the hook. I got stuck with them longer than I should have.”
Henderson, who led the first 17 laps before getting over the cushion in turn two behind a driver he was trying to lap, rounded out the podium.
“It was really unfortunate, but lapped cars are lapped cars,” he said. “I’ve been a lapped car before and I have to find a way to get around them.”
Aaron Reutzel garnered a fourth-place result and Brendan Mullen was fifth.
Randell set quick time during qualifying to kick off the action before Henderson, Jake Blackhurst and Reutzel powered to heat race wins.
Feature Finish (25 Laps)
1. 9-Chase Randall (3); 2. 10-Scott Bogucki (4); 3. 83-Justin Henderson (2); 4. 8-Aaron Reutzel (8); 5. 11M-Brendan Mullen (1); 6. 16-Brooke Tatnell (7); 7. 3J-Dusty Zomer (9); 8. 6-Jake Blackhurst (6); 9. 4-Cody Hansen (14); 10. 22K-Kaleb Johnson (10); 11. 22-Riley Goodno (13); 12. 1K-Kelby Watt (15); 13. 14H-Carson McCarl (12); 14. 13-Mark Dobmeier (5); 15. 10J-Justin Jacobsma (11); 16. 17B-Ryan Bickett (18); 17. 5G-Gage Pulkrabek (17); 18. 7B-Ben Brown (22); 19. 98-Nate Barger (19); 20. (DNF) 23W-Scott Winters (16); 21. (DNF) 14T-Tim Estenson (23); 22. (DNF) 111-Chad Frewaldt (20); 23. (DNS) 35-Skylar Prochaska.
360 Sprint Car
Tatnell led the distance of the 25-lap 360 sprint car main event featuring the Gunderson Racing Inc. Midwest Sprint Touring Series and QualityFreightRate.com Midwest Power Series. The triumph extended his sprint car winning streak to 36 straight years.
“I’ve driven for some great car owners over the years and I’ve had some great crew chiefs,” he said. “The best teams are the ones that feel like family and both these race teams I’m running for feel like family.”
Tatnell entered traffic on lap 5 and mostly picked his way through without trouble, only being slowed one time that allowed his competitors to close. Other than that moment, he maintained a comfortable lead until the field was bunched together following the lone caution on Lap 18. Tatnell rocketed away from his competitors during the restart en route to a victory by 2.046 seconds.
“We probably don’t run 120 (miles per hour) like some of these young kids, but that’s why we finish races,” he said. “That’s why we put ourselves in these positions to win points and do that sort of stuff. Lapped traffic is usually where we dominate.”
Carson McCarl was the runner up with Sam Henderson finishing third. Christopher Thram placed fourth and Blaine Stegenga ended fifth.
Feature Finish (25 Laps)
1. 14-Brooke Tatnell (1); 2. 27-Carson McCarl (4); 3. 83H-Sam Henderson (3); 4. 24T-Christopher Thram (11); 5. 96-Blaine Stegenga (6); 6. 22K-Kaleb Johnson (7); 7. 40-Clint Garner (9); 8. 36-Justin Henderson (14); 9. 18-Tyler Rabenberg (2); 10. 4C-Cameron Martin (13); 11. 35L-Cody Ledger (12); 12. 53-Jack Dover (19); 13. 20-Brant O’Banion (23); 14. 10J-Justin Jacobsma (8); 15. 22-Riley Goodno (18); 16. 2-Chase Porter (22); 17. 8-Micah Slendy (15); 18. 12-Troy Schreurs (24); 19. 54-Brett Wanner (16); 20. 17B-Ryan Bickett (10); 21. 83-Kurt Mueller (17); 22. 83A-Austin Miller (20); 23. (DNF) 8R-Aaron Reutzel (5); 24. (DNF) 4-Cody Hansen (21).