IRA Sprints: Bill Balog Untouchable in Seymour Victory

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SEYMOUR, Wis. – official release — Though the start of the program at Seymour Speedway was slightly delayed as the track staff worked to create ideal racing conditions on the banked third-mile oval, fans were rewarded with that effort by being able to witness two amazing achievements.

First off the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw sprints lowered the track’ all-time record for the fastest lap on the third-mile banked oval, and later came back to run the 30 lap main event without interruption from green to checkered in less than seven minutes.

Fans also saw six-time series champion Bill Balog on a passing clinic. First he would work his way to the front of the pack, taking the lead from talented rookie Scotty Thiel. He then skillfully worked his way past lapped cars, seemingly unhindered, to outrun the field, and collect the victory. It was his ninth win of the 2014 season.

Balog explained his proficiency in the lapped traffic.

“It’s always pretty much survival. You have to make a concrete decision (on the pass) and don’t change it. You also kind of look where the leader is and go where he isn’t, to stay out of his dirty air,” explained Balog. “The track was nice, I knew after the heat and I knew we were fast. The car was awesome.”

Thiel’s runner-up performance this evening was somewhat bittersweet. Though a big improvement over his efforts at Wilmot, it was obvious he felt he had a shot at the victory this evening.

“Seymour is a fun racetrack, I think we had the thing won but lapped cars sucked tonight,” said Thiel. “But you have to race them all. Bill (Balog) got lucky, unfortunately I got pinched behind a lapper. It was kind of frustrating.”

Still the second place effort was an obvious improvement on an otherwise frustrating weekend for the young charger who had difficulties at Wilmot the prior two evenings, which had resulted in DNF’s.

“Hopefully we can capitalize next weekend,” Thiel concluded.

Mike Reinke, fresh off his first victory in two years on Saturday, was third Sunday evening. Jeremy Schultz and Steve Meyer completed the top five.

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