Win #2 for Mellenberndt!05/24/2010
Mellenberndt is off to a great start with the Heartland Racing Association traditional non-winged sprint cars putting the Sioux City Truck and Trailer Keizer Wheels #97 to victory lane for the second time of the year this past Friday at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa.
Starting out the evening, Bret took the lead coming out of turn two of the first lap of the heat race and never looked back. He kept the car up front with no one contesting, winning his third heat race of the year.
“Our car was just about perfect for the heat,” explains Bret. “We had to adjust our fueling after our hot lap session, but we made the right changes and the car was great.”
Bret had to start near the rear of the field at 12th for the start of the 15 lap main event, but following a red flag restart, Bret quickly began moving through the field. Mellenberndt moved into fourth pretty quickly running the high line of the speedway, which gave just enough time for the top three to get about a straightaway ahead of the Sioux City Truck and Trailer Keizer Wheels #97.
As Bret put his elbows up and began to reel in the top three to about a 5-6 car length gap, the caution flag flew bunching up the pack. After that it was all Mellenberndt, and with about 4 or 5 laps to go, Bret took the lead and kept the car up front, nailing down his second feature win of the year.
“The car was very close,” says Bret. “We were a little looser than anticipated due to the track slicking off a little more than we thought, but we just kept putting the car where the others weren’t and moved forward. We are very happy with how the night went; it is always good to make it to victory lane!”
Be sure to follow Mellenberndt through his website, www.bretmellenberndtracing.com and also be sure to sign the guestbook to let him know that you stopped by!
Special Thanks to: Bill Mellenberndt, Sioux City Truck and Trailer, Petersen Motors, Hoosier Racing Tire, Keizer Wheels, Bell Racing, DMI, ATL Fuel Cells, Ultra-Shield, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, RE Technologies, Dri-Bar, Schroeder Racing Components and Driver Websites.
Mellenberndt Wins at Rocky! First Win of 2010…05/17/2010
It was all Mellenberndt at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa this past Friday in the Heartland Racing Association traditional non-winged sprint series. The speedway had nearly 100 cars in the infield as they were holding their first 410 Outlaw Sprint show, but Sioux Falls native, Bret Mellenberndt was the one to watch from the stands.
He started on the pole of the heat race in which he was able to keep his Sioux City Truck and Trailer Keizer Wheels #97 at the front of the pack, taking the Rapid Speedway season opener heat race.
“The car was a little tight,” says the veteran non-wing driver. “But, we were still pretty quick and we gained a lot this past week working on the fueling system. The car was fast…I can’t complain about that at all!”
He started in the middle of the 19 car field on the inside of the sixth row for the beginning of the main event and quickly moved to the front of the field, taking the lead around lap five. After a long caution flag and restart, Bret kept the lead and capped off the Rapid Speedway season opener with his first win of the year.
“The long yellow was a little frustrating,” explains Bret. “But we were able to keep the lead and put the Sioux City Truck and Trailer Keizer Wheels back in victory lane once again. We have won at this place quite often and we were very confident going into tonight’s show. Then having this car working perfectly and the motor running the best it ever has, I knew right after the heat race that we were going to have a great night!”
Keep in tune with Bret throughout the 2010 season via his website, www.bretmellenberndtracing.com.
Special thanks to: Bill Mellenberndt, Sioux City Truck and Trailer, Petersen Motors, Hoosier Racing Tire, Keizer Wheels, Bell Racing, DMI, ATL Fuel Cells, Ultra-Shield, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, RE Technologies, Dri-Bar, Schroeder Racing Components and Driver Websites.
Bret Mellenberndt Sits Second with HRA Season Open05/10/2010
Non-wing Sprint Car driver Bret Mellenberndt out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota traveled the short distance to I-90 Speedway in Hartford this past Saturday for the Heartland Racing Association season opener.
The HRA season opener was scheduled for this past Friday, but due to the rain and cold weather, the race was canceled and moved to I-90.
Mellenberndt started on the pole for the heat race to start out the evening and lead the race from flag to flag, holding off the #25 of Dylan Peterson.
“The car felt pretty good,” says Bret. “We were just a touch tight, but we were still fast enough to hold off the second place driver. The track was very fast, and it was a lot of fun to get out there and be up front to start out the season!”
Starting on the inside of the third row for the 15 lap main event, Bret quickly made it to third behind Dylan Peterson. The track was fairly heavy, so it was all about momentum. Bret kept on the tail of the Peterson machine and it wasn’t until the very last corner in which Mellenberndt was able to overcome the second spot.
“Everyone was really fast tonight,” explains Mellenberndt. “It is good to see all of the cars show up here tonight and with the 17 cars that did, all of them were quick, and that’s fun to see! We will do our homework and be ready for next week at Rock Rapids’ we have been very successful at that place, so we feel pretty confident going into that event.”
Special thanks to: Bill Mellenberndt, Sioux City Truck and Trailer, Petersen Motors, Hoosier Racing Tire, Keizer Wheels, Bell Racing, DMI, ATL Fuel Cells, Ultra-Shield, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, and Driver Websites.
Mellenberndt Travels to Eldora, Race is Cancelled04/05/2010
Sioux Falls, South Dakota native Bret Mellenberndt was all geared up to race the USAC National Sprint Car event that was to be held this past Friday and Saturday at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, but once he and the team arrived, the track was not ready to be raced on.
He was able to have one hot lap session, but the track was just not ready for action; it was dry slick to a point in which you couldn’t see. The officials attempted to work the track in after the first session of hot laps, but after another hot lap session it just wasn’t going to work.
Despite extensive and lengthy track preparation effort’s the Friday’s “Coca-Cola Spring Classic” USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race was cancelled.
Saturday’s scheduled event was also cancelled due to weather.
“We love this racetrack,” explains Mellenberndt, “But it just wasn’t safe to race on and I am very glad the officials made the decision they did to cancel the Friday night show. We drove a long ways to race with the USAC cars, but I guess we’ll have to hit them up in a couple weeks in Gas City!”
If Bret makes the 13 hour travel to Indiana in 2 weeks you will see the Sioux City Truck & Trailer Keizer Wheels #97 at Gas City on the 16th followed by a Lawrenceburg event on Saturday finishing with Kokomo on Sunday.
Keep in tune with Bret this year through his website, www.bretmellenberndtracing.com for that latest news and schedule updates will be updated regularly.
Special thanks to: Bill Mellenberndt, Sioux City Truck and Trailer, Petersen Motors, Hoosier Racing Tire, Keizer Wheels, Bell Racing, DMI, ATL Fuel Cells, Ultra-Shield, WolfWeld Chassis, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Howe Racing and Driver Websites.