AUDIO/QUALIFYING: Twice is Nice; Derek Bischak Rolls to Sweep of Rumble Quick Time Awards

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

Derek Bischak continued the “sweep” theme to qualifying for the 2015 Rumble in Fort Wayne on Saturday, blistering the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum floor and moving his career National Midget Quick Time Award total to three with the Rumble Racing Series.

Bischak, who took a victory at the prestigious event in 2012, clocked laps of 7.797 seconds (76.953 mph; Saturday) and 7.835 seconds (76.579 mph; Sunday) to top the field in the two-lap time trial session that set the heat race fields for both Saturday and Sunday’s racing action.

The run was one that Bischak, who went out 19th of 35 cars that took time, says gives him confidence despite relegating him to fourth in both of his heat races after the qualifying invert.

“It’s great to have fast time for both nights, and its a performance I’m really proud of,” Bischak said after qualifying. “This sets us up well for both nights. The car’s handling really well right now, and of course we may have to chase the track and make a few changes before the feature, but I’m confident. I like our chances tonight.”

With clocking his second and third career Quick Time Awards at the Rumble, Bischak now ties defending race winner Brandon Knupp as the second-most prolific qualifier in Rumble history.

Geoff Kaiser’s late run lifted him to second on the Saturday time sheets, with Chris Neuenschwander, the Munchkin of Cory Setser and Eldora Speedway track champion Matt Westfall as the rest of the ‘Fast Five’. They were followed by former Rumble winner Russ Gamester, Joe Ligouri, rookie Tyler Roahrig, Travis Welpott and Brad Greenup in the top 10.

For Sunday’s program, Neuenschwander posted the second-best lap behind Bischak, ahead of two-time Rumble winner Justin Peck, 2013 winner Russ Gamester and reigning series champion Bryan Nuckles. Kaiser, Ligouri, four-time winner Billy Wease, Stratton Briggs and Grant Galloway rounded out Sunday’s top 10 on the timesheets.

Heat races and feature action for the National Midgets, as well as the winged and non-winged 600cc midgets, kicks off just after 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 National Midget fast qualifier Derek Bischak:

 

Saturday Qualifying Results (First of two laps):

  1. #31 – Derek Bischak, 7.797
  2. #10 – Geoff Kaiser, 7.961
  3. #8N – Chris Neuenschwander, 7.977
  4. #24 – Cory Setser, 8.007
  5. #9 – Matt Westfall, 8.010
  6. #46 – Russ Gamester, 8.022
  7. #8UP – Joe Ligouri, 8.042
  8. #98 – Tyler Roahrig, 8.050
  9. #18 – Travis Welpott, 8.060
  10. #4 – Brad Greenup, 8.067
  11. #99 – Billy Wease, 8.086
  12. #26 – Aaron Pierce, 8.133
  13. #5XJustin Peck, 8.134
  14. #59 – Bryan Nuckles, 8.154
  15. #84 – Grant Galloway, 8.174
  16. #2 – Stratton Briggs, 8.219
  17. #36 – Jim Anderson, 8.264
  18. #27 – Kyle O’Gara, 8.276
  19. #67 – Lynsey Ligouri, 8.312
  20. #35 – Justin Grant, 8.324
  21. #1G – Bobby Santos III, 8.331
  22. #49 – Dave Darland, 8.394
  23. #15 – Rich Corson, 8.446
  24. #63 – JP Crabtree, 8.462
  25. #19 – Austin Nemire, 8.471
  26. #88 – Nick Landon, 8.484
  27. #28 – Damon Taylor, 8.602
  28. #32 – Chris Jagger Jr., 8.701
  29. #17 – Alex Watson, 8.720
  30. #27 – Taylor Jagger, 8.881
  31. #11 – Tony Main, 8.901
  32. #22 – Cory Guingrich, 9.017
  33. #61 – Nick Hamilton, 9.051
  34. #21H – Heath Roberts, 9.416
  35. #8 – Austin Prock, 9.567
  36. #01 – Nick Richards, NT
  37. #78 – Brandon Knupp, NT
  38. #97 – Mike Fedorcak, NT
  39. #92 – Brad Krause, NT

Sunday Qualifying Results (Second of two laps):

  1. #31 – Derek Bischak, 7.835
  2. #8N – Chris Neuenschwander, 7.857
  3. #5XJustin Peck, 7.894
  4. #46 – Russ Gamester, 7.955
  5. #59 – Bryan Nuckles, 7.956
  6. #10 – Geoff Kaiser, 7.969
  7. #8UP – Joe Ligouri, 7.972
  8. #99 – Billy Wease, 7.980
  9. #2 – Stratton Briggs, 7.987
  10. #84 – Grant Galloway, 8.002
  11. #78 – Brandon Knupp, 8.002
  12. #4 – Brad Greenup, 8.003
  13. #63 – JP Crabtree, 8.035
  14. #9 – Matt Westfall, 8.035
  15. #98 – Tyler Roahrig, 8.125
  16. #36 – Jim Anderson, 8.180
  17. #26 – Aaron Pierce, 8.209
  18. #35 – Justin Grant, 8.228
  19. #1G – Bobby Santos III, 8.232
  20. #67 – Lynsey Ligouri, 8.276
  21. #27 – Kyle O’Gara, 8.347
  22. #49 – Dave Darland, 8.359
  23. #88 – Nick Landon, 8.387
  24. #61 – Nick Hamilton, 8.442
  25. #8 – Austin Prock, 8.454
  26. #18 – Travis Welpott, 8.455
  27. #15 – Rich Corson, 8.616
  28. #21H – Heath Roberts, 8.626
  29. #19 – Austin Nemire, 8.649
  30. #32 – Chris Jagger Jr., 8.650
  31. #17 – Alex Watson, 8.652
  32. #24 – Cory Setser, 8.759
  33. #28 – Damon Taylor, 8.878
  34. #22 – Cory Guingrich, 8.912
  35. #11 – Tony Main, 8.918
  36. #27 – Taylor Jagger, 9.517
  37. #01 – Nick Richards, NT
  38. #97 – Mike Fedorcak, NT
  39. #92 – Brad Krause, NT

 

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