Friday, March 27, 2009

Midwest Racing Archives (This week in history - 1999)

March 27 - Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., picked up the feature win in the Northern All Star's 2nd Annual Indiana Icebreaker at Brownstown Speedway. A record 64 cars representing six states were in attendance for the 30-lap $2,000 to win event. O'Neal took command at the green and led flag to flag in grabbing his 21st career NALMS win. Dion Deason took runner-up honors with Jim Curry, Marty O'Neal and Scott James rounding out the top-five.

March 28 - Ronnie Wallace of North Platte started on the pole and led all 40 laps in winning the IMCA modified feature at the 6th Annual Spring Nationals at Beatrice Speedway. Wallace earned $5,000 for the victory. Dan Mueller of Griswold, Iowa took home second while Scott Hogan of Vinton finished third. Joren Boyce of Minot, N.D., and Johnny Saathoff of Beatrice rounded out the top five.

March 28 - Steve Carlson began defense of his Re/Max Challenge Series championship by winning the Coca-Cola 200 Classic at Rockford Speedway. Carlson took the lead on lap 181 with an inside move of Travis Kvapil as the pair raced off of turn two. Carlson averaged 56.63 mph on his way to the win. Al Schill Jr., Larry Middleton, J.R. Roahrig and Kvapil chased Carlson to the finish line.

March 29 - Hours after competing in the Re/Max Challenge Series event at Rockford Speedway, Al Schill Jr. of Franklin, Wis., was found dead in his garage from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning. He was 24 years old.

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