TRUTE OUSTS INVADERS IN GNSS ICEBREAKER
       

Sunday, April 17, 2016


By: Matt Panure and Zach Onan

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (April 18, 2016)Defending Great Northern Sportsman Series Champion Dave Trute wasnt going to let a win at his home track escape him again. After coming up just shy of a win last year, Trute left no doubt in the series season opener at Dells Raceway Park Sunday.

This is our home, Trute said. We protected our home turf today.

A pair of invaders from Minnesota provided the best tests for Trute at the front of the field. Former GNSS Champion Devin Schmidt and Dusty Mann did their best to hold off the Dells Raceway Park Champion, but could not stall his charge from his 12th Place starting spot in the 40-lap feature.

Last season Trute rallied through the field in the inaugural Icebreaker only to finish in the runner-up spot to another former DRP Champion Randy Breunig. This season Trute wasted no time, securing Second by lap 19 and grabbing the lead from Mann just two laps after a lap 20 restart.

Schmidt engaged in a tight battle at the outset with pole-sitter Mark Deporter. After two laps of jousting, Schmidt cleared Deporter to solidify the lead. Before Schmidt could strengthen his advantage, a caution flew on lap seven for a stalled Chris Weber.

On the restart Mann followed in the tire tracks of Schmidt, which allowed the pair of Minnesotans to separate from the pack. As the duo stepped away from the rest of the field, Trute continued to pick his way through traffic. Thanks to some early moves in the race Trute was able to take Fourth by lap ten and Third on lap 12. By this time Schmidt and Mann had gained nearly half a straightaway on the pack.

Mann presented his challenge to Schmidt on lap 16. Two laps later he slid to the inside of Schmidt and took the lead by lap 19. A caution on that lap brought Trute and the rest of the field back into the battle.

Trute and Schmidt were side-by-side in the second row behind Mann when the field returned to green. After one botched start, Trute capitalized on a second opportunity. He charged past Schmidt on the outside and set his sights on Mann. Mann did his best to protect the bottom line, but Trute eventually found the lane. On lap 26, Trute swept to the lead and built a comfortable edge over Mann.

Try as he might, Mann could not muster enough to hold off Trute or pose another challenge. Hats off to Dusty, he ran a heck of a race, Trute said. I could see him trying really hard behind me.
[Trute] was the last car I wanted to see in my rear view mirror, Mann said. It seems like he is in another league the past couple of years. I was up to the challenge to hold him off, but there is nothing left in this car.
Mann settled for Second, Schmidt was Third, Paul Neisius made a late run to Fourth and Jason Thoma rounded out the Top Five.

Sportsman - Qual
0 No. Name Time
1 2 Dave Trute 14.832 (NTR GNSS S-800)
2 15 Michael Giloman 14.980
3 12 Scott Luck 15.002
4 32 Jeremy Wolff 15.048
5 6 Jason Thoma 15.107
6 15 Paul Neisand 15.128
7 18 Chris Weber 15.147
8 21 Mitch Lyden 15.185
9 10 Dustin Mann 15.213
10 20 Devin Schmidt 15.247
11 07 Dillon Sellner 15.250
12 28 Mark Deporter 15.320
13 51 Bret Bray 15.337
14 27 Jim Tate Jr. 15.346
15 8 Ted Ruevers 15.383
16 23 Brandon Birdsill 15.418
17 25 Adam Oxborough 15.436
18 51 Shawn Evans 15.444
19 99 Brent Kane 15.464
20 08 Mahlon Borntreger 15.467
21 4 Nathon Borchardt 15.547
22 7 Rick Coppernoll 15.597
23 9 Adam Wiebusch 15.626
24 16 Kyle Genett 15.634
25 86 Jamie Dummer 15.651
26 99 Mark Hawes 15.797
27 71 Jamie Tate 16.813

Sportsman - Even Dash
0 No. Name Time
1 15N Paul Neisand
2 20 Devin Schmidt
3 15G Michael Giloman
4 28 Mark Deporter
5 21 Mitch Lyden
6 32 Jeremy Wolff

Sportsman - Odd Dash
0 No. Name Time
1 18 Chris Weber
2 10 Dustin Mann
3 12 Scott Luck
4 6 Jason Thoma
5 2 Dave Trute

Sportsman - Heat 1
0 No. Name Time
1 99 Brent Kane
2 8 Ted Ruevers
3 25 Adam Oxborough
4 51 Bret Bray
5 9 Adam Wiebusch
6 4 Nathon Borchardt
7 86 Jamie Dummer
8 71 Jamie Tate

Sportsman - Heat 2
0 No. Name Time
1 51 Shawn Evans
2 23 Brandon Birdsill
3 08 Mahlon Borntreger
4 27 Jim Tate Jr.
5 7 Rick Coppernoll
6 99 Mark Hawes
7 16 Kyle Genett

Sportsman - B-Feature
0 No. Name Time
1 51 Bret Bray
2 27 Jim Tate Jr.
3 99 Mark Hawes
4 9 Adam Wiebusch
5 16 Kyle Genett
6 4 Nathon Borchardt
7 86 Jamie Dummer
8 71 Jamie Tate
9 7 Rick Coppernoll
10 08 Mahlon Borntreger
11 25 Adam Oxborough

Sportsman - Feature
0 No. Name Time
1 2 Dave Trute
2 10 Dustin Mann
3 20 Devin Schmidt
4 15 Paul Neisand
5 6 Jason Thoma
6 99 Brent Kane
7 12 Scott Luck
8 32 Jeremy Wolff
9 8 Ted Ruevers
10 28 Mark Deporter
11 27 Jim Tate Jr.
12 9 Adam Wiebusch
13 51 Bret Bray
14 15 Michael Giloman
15 23 Brandon Birdsill
16 51 Shawn Evans
17 99 Mark Hawes
18 08 Mahlon Borntreger
19 18 Chris Weber
20 21 Mitch Lyden
 
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