Road to the Enderle: Week 19 RN Report

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Roanoke, Tipton, and Old Washington are in the books, and so are all 37 Enderle qualifiers. Watch this space this week for changes to the invitation list.

LIGHT SUPER STOCK
A: George Everett and "Smokeless Alternative" clinched the Region II title at Logansport in a three-event, three-way point battle with Josh Hart and Jerry Yantes.
B: Kevin Lynn, entering the Marshfield-Ridgeland double down by a point, won the weekend with a pair of seconds to launch his "504 Rocket" into the Enderle to make it a red, blue, and green class. Update: Lynn declined his invitation, so the Spiegelbergs' "Detonator Black" will stand in the Rocket's stead.
C: Bryce Pichler and "Red Thunder" were wrapped up the Region V slot in New Hampton in a two-event, three-session, four-day span.

HEAVY SUPER STOCK
A: After leading from wire to wire, John Pfeiffer and "Pfeiffermax" made it official in Wauseon.
B: Ken Witt never got the chance to celebrate at Owatonna, so let's bid congratulations in this space to him and his "Mr. Yuk" on capturing the Region III/V open-fuel berth.
C: David Henderson's "Stray Horse Gone Wild" is your Enderle invitee after a strange day at Norwalk in which only two tractors---teammate Justin Nagel's "Stray Horse" and Duane Bauer's "Beaver Hunter Reloaded"---were healthy enough to make both hooks. Update: The "Horse" is staying in the barn next weekend, so the Degenhardts' "Diggin' Hard" is set to take its place. Upperdate: Bauer's McCormick is heading east after the Degenhardts didn't like their engine's sound while loading up.
D: Marty Harrell and the "Pure Country" Massey Ferguson clinched this Region IV wraparound berth at Pinetops in May. Update: The Massey's under the weather, so Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" gets the nod.

SUPER FARM
A: Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" captured the wraparound Region II berth in Tipton reserved for the top point-earner. He'll be looking to clinch the overall title in Allegan on Wednesday; those points go in the bank toward the 2018 Pull-Off.
B: The Caseys' "Whoopie Maker" also won its invitation (the Region II second overall point-earner dating to Allegan 2016) officially at the Brodbeck Seed Fall Nationals. Matt will get the call to drive.
C: Jeff Larson and "Hot Wire" won on Saturday in Marshfield, and then Kyle hung on in Ridgeland to earn the Larsons' first trip to Urbana.
D: Chris Hales and "The Outlaw" staged a brilliant heist at Pinetops. They won Saturday's class to overcome a two-point deficit and surpass Phil Kelley by a single point.
E: But having been victorious in Decorah and Waverly around the rainout in Monticello, Kelley and the "Red-Blooded Binder" cruised to the Region V title and the Pull-Off berth.

LIGHT PRO STOCK
A: Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" has won the first-ever Region II Eastern Light Pro Stock championship; his second title in as many years.
B: Mike Palmer's "Red Avenger" won its Region II Western title in absentia in Tipton when the top three in points were not in attendance. No matter; welcome to the Enderle, Mike.
C: A year after winning the Wisconsin State title in his first season in Light Pro, Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" will make the Enderle on the strength of two wins and a third place.
D: Elizabeth City wasn't kind to Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" in the finish order (third and fourth out of four participants), but its lead was sufficient to send it to the Enderle for a second time as a Light Pro.

LIMITED PRO STOCK
A: Brad Boldry is your Region II champion. His "Smoke Fever" won twice and was never out of the top four in five hooks.
B: A down-the-order finish on Saturday in Central Wisconsin jeopardized Kevin Lindstrom's berth, but "Hyper Harvester"'s third in Ridgeland won him Region III and the invitation that goes with it.
C: Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" won the head-to-head with Lindstrom in Waverly, taking third to "Hyper"'s eighth and capturing the division, which had seven scheduled hooks in 23 days, by five.

TWO WHEEL DRIVE
A: The first Region II Eastern Two Wheel Drive title now officially belongs to Jeff Writsel's "At It Again."
B: It was a battle to the last hook in Tipton in the Western half of Region II, but Randy Petro's "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" escaped with a one-point margin over Brent Secrest's "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It."
C: Dustin Amundson clinched the Region III championship, his second of the season, in Sandwich with "Bottoms Up."
D: With his weekend sweep at Morgan's Corner, Steve Willson clinched his second straight Pull-Off berth with "Running Bear." Wife Crystal and "Her Dirty Money" finished four points back. Update: This invitation will go unclaimed, as Willson and every other Region IV point-earner were unable to attend.
E: With "Bottoms Up" having qualified twice, Rick Austin's "Dirt Flirt" gets the at-large bid as the second-highest point-earner across Regions III and V.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A: Coming off wins in his last two hooks (including a GN W in Wauseon), Steve Elchinger's momentum stalled in Findlay. But his eighth-place finish there was jus' enough to clinch the Region II title and berth for "Jus' Passin' Thru" by one point.
B: Matthew Davis' "Outrage" held on in DeKalb County to win the Region III invitation.
C: Who "Seen" this coming? With a fourth and second and 58 points in Betsytown, Bunky Davis' "Seldom Seen" vaulted over three trucks to claim Region IV's berth.
D: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck" averaged 28 points over Rockwell and New Hampton in his native northern Iowa to punch his ticket to Urbana.

MODIFIED MINI
A: Whew, that's a load off: The Bultmans' "Stress Relief" took the Region II Northern berth by two to return to the Enderle as the event's reigning champion.
B: David Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained" claimed its second berth as the rain was falling on Marietta. Check out Berth D for the implications.
C: Chad Timmerman's "Wild Fire" earned its second trip to the Enderle with its second second of the season in Marshfield.
D: As the runner-up in combined points across Region II South and Region IV, Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" now gets the at-large nod.
E: Hoffman found his four-leaf clover in New Hampton and had a brilliant performance with "Shakin' Shamrock" to win the two-hook shootout by three and become Region V's first MINI invitee.

MODIFIED
A: Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" captured the Region II Northwest berth with a third-place finish at Roanoke Park.
B. Old Washington on Monday saw Writsel crowned as the region's overall champion. Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare," the runner up in combined points, got the invitation by a scant 2.5-point margin over Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special" in the last close race of 2017.
C: The Kielmeyer Team will return to the Enderle regional ranks this year as the Region III MOD representative. Corey Kielmeyer and Dustin Amundson piloted "Double Trouble" to a second and first in Anoka; word is, Corey gets the driver's seat.
D: Sporting a new sized-up powerplant, Chip Street's "Wildfire" scored two fifth places at its former home track in Pinetops to claim the Region IV berth. Update: Chip can't come, so "Wildfire" will be replaced with the fellow single-turbine "Sly, Slick & Wicked" of Brent Adkins.

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