AUDIO/QUALIFYING: Larry Joe Sroufe Sweeps Non-Winged 600 Drills; Nearly Sets New Track Record

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Audio, story and photo by Race Chaser Online Managing Editor Jacob Seelman —

Just like in the winged 600cc midget class, qualifying for the non-winged 600cc midget class on Saturday afternoon at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and Expo Center was swept by one driver.

In the case of the 25-car non-winged field, that driver was veteran and former Rumble in Fort Wayne winner Larry Joe Sroufe.

Sroufe, who scored the trophy on finale night in 2014, stormed around the one-sixth mile indoor concrete oval in 8.282 seconds (72.446 mph) on his first lap and while he slowed to 8.341 seconds (71.934 mph) on his second trip around, the times were good enough to top the timesheets for both Saturday and Sunday drills ahead of the 18th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne.

Lap one of two-lap qualifications set the heat race lineups for Saturday night and lap two did the same for Sunday afternoon’s matinee event.

“It felt really good on my run — drove nice and smooth,” Sroufe said of his time trial effort. “I just need to make it a little bit faster for tonight and we’ll be set. I think it’s warm enough that there might be two grooves, and if I end up starting towards the back of the field you’re going to see me try it for sure.”

The top five drivers were the same across both Saturday’s and Sunday’s results, with Mike Fedorcak and Russ Gamester notching the second and third-fastest laps, respectively, in both groups.

Clay Sanders (fourth for Saturday, fifth for Sunday) and Jason Ormsby (fifth for Saturday, fourth for Sunday) rounded out the ‘Fast Five’ in qualifying.

Heat races and feature action for the winged and non-winged 600cc midgets, as well as the headlining National Midgets, kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the 18th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne, including ticket pricing and the schedule of events, visit www.rumbleseries.com.

 

Audio with double non-winged 600cc dirt outlaw midget fast qualifier Larry Joe Sroufe:

 

Saturday Qualifying Results (first of two laps):

  1. #21L – Larry Joe Sroufe, 8.282
  2. #9 – Mike Fedorcak, 8.453
  3. #49 – Russ Gamester, 8.463
  4. #21CS – Clay Sanders, 8.490
  5. #51 – Jason Ormsby, 8.552
  6. #24 – Jonathan Lesiecki, 8.772
  7. #34 – Blane Culp, 8.785
  8. #6 – Kim Hughes, 8.856
  9. #91L – Ryan Ruhl, 8.896
  10. #3L – Michael Landis, 8.964
  11. #7 – Joe Swanson, 9.010
  12. #31 – Phil Bozell, 9.025
  13. #67 – Jason Hentrich, 9.116
  14. #35 – Justin Harper, 9.134
  15. #15 – Chris Miller, 9.198
  16. #69 – Blake Lamb, 9.339
  17. #48 – Jeremy Howe, 9.468
  18. #10R – Ryan Ball, 9.509
  19. #88 – Steve Myers Sr., 9.861
  20. #2 – Rusty Strausbaugh, 10.128
  21. #54 – Mark Yearling, 10.386
  22. #36 – Adam Schaeff, 10.561
  23. #26 – Cody Williams, 10.641
  24. #29A – Steve Allen, 11.719
  25. #48D – Kyle Dager, NT

Sunday Qualifying Results (second of two laps):

  1. #21L – Larry Joe Sroufe, 8.341
  2. #9 – Mike Fedorcak, 8.412
  3. #49 – Russ Gamester, 8.415
  4. #51 – Jason Ormsby, 8.483
  5. #21CS – Clay Sanders, 8.489
  6. #34 – Blane Culp, 8.676
  7. #3L – Michael Landis, 8.729
  8. #91L – Ryan Ruhl, 8.738
  9. #67 – Jason Hentrich, 8.769
  10. #24 – Jonathan Lesiecki, 8.867
  11. #15 – Chris Miller, 8.922
  12. #7 – Joe Swanson, 8.964
  13. #31 – Phil Bozell, 9.047
  14. #35 – Justin Harper, 9.123
  15. #10R – Ryan Ball, 9.175
  16. #69 – Blake Lamb, 9.184
  17. #6 – Kim Hughes, 9.382
  18. #48 – Jeremy Howe, 9.439
  19. #2 – Rusty Strausbaugh, 10.171
  20. #88 – Steve Myers Sr., 10.490
  21. #54 – Mark Yearling, 10.715
  22. #29A – Steve Allen, 10.748
  23. #36 – Adam Schaeff, 10.927
  24. #26 – Cody Williams, 11.149
  25. #48D – Kyle Dager, NT

 

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Jacob Seelman is the Managing Editor of Race Chaser Online and creator of the Motorsports Madness radio show, airing at 7 p.m. Eastern every Monday on the Performance Motorsports Network. Seelman grew up in the sport, watching his grandparents co-own the RaDiUs Motorsports NASCAR Cup Series team in the 1990s.

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