Tony Olson drove to the front from the starting 13th position in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event. Olson took the lead from his cousin Kyle, who later retired with an overheating engine. Olson went on to record the win ahead of Dylan VanWyk and Ben Chapman. Damon got inside of his son in turn four coming to the white flag but contact was made sending the younger Murty into a spin. Officials ruled the contact initiated by the elder Murty as rough driving sending him to the back for a green, white, checkered restart. Dallon went on to record the win over Jay Schmidt and Dustin Vis. The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks saw another classic battle between Kaden Reynolds, Nathan Ballard and Brett Vanous. Reynolds got to the front first and went on to record the 15-lap feature win. Tom Berry Jr. repeated his IMCA Modified winning ways Sunday at Benton County Speedway. (Photo by Jim Wittke) VINTON, Iowa (June 21) – Sunday night racing action was held at the Benton County Speedway despite afternoon showers that threatened the racing program. The rains stayed to the north allowing the racing to be held and a very fast program was held with the final checkered flag of the night waving at 7:52 pm. Tom Berry Jr. scored his second win of the season at The Bullring by topping a strong field of IMCA Modifieds in their 20-lap feature. Mark Schulte led the first half of the race until Berry was able to slide inside of him in turn four on lap 11. Berry cruised on to the win with Schulte holding off Ryan Duhme at the finish line. By Jerry Mackey The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature saw plenty of fireworks as the main event turned into a family battle between Dallon Murty and his dad Damon. The younger Murty took the lead near the halfway point of the race but was not able to shake several other contenders which included his dad. Sunday, June 28 will see another full night of racing at the Benton County Speedway plus kids will be treated to the World’s largest candy scramble with over 1,100 pounds of candy available for the grabbing. Hot laps will get underway at 4:30 p.m. with racing to follow.
Is it possible to find anything constructive in a dominating performance against two lackluster teams?For a poised men’s tennis team like Wisconsin, the answer no doubt is yes.Sunday’s doubleheader against No. 70 Illinois State and Western Illinois served as a perfect pick-me-up with Big Ten play beginning in six days against No. 10 Illinois.Winning 6-1, 6-0, the double feature allowed Wisconsin an opportunity to prepare for the tough conference season that lies ahead by building confidence and allowing younger players a chance at the action.But mostly, according to head coach Greg Van Emburgh, the team just needed to play a lot of tennis.“Overall, we got what we needed out of [the doubleheader],” he said. “I was hoping that guys in the second match would’ve been pushed a little harder… but they must have just played really well, they took care of business quickly.”“Overall I think we needed to play a lot of tennis today. Illinois is going to be a good team… and I feel like if we’re match sharp we’re going to win that match.”All eight Badgers on the active roster were able to participate in at least two matches on Sunday — five of which came away with a flawless record on the day.Confidence building was a big objective for the Badgers, and not just for the team’s less experienced players. Senior Moritz Baumann, ranked No. 13 nationally, hoped to improve in that facet of the game, as he sat with a 3-3 singles record before Sunday’s match arrived.With two singles victories as well as a win in doubles, Van Emburgh believed Baumann benefited from the opportunity.“We wanted to make sure Moritz was getting a bunch of matches so he could feel good about his game again, which I think we’re really close to doing with him,” he said. “The boy that he was playing (Jeff Cote of Western Illinois) was pretty strong — a good match for him to get some good points and to feel good about his game.”With three wins in one day, Baumann believes it can lead to better play in the future.“It’s all about confidence in tennis,” he said. “When you win, you play better automatically. When you lose, you lose confidence, so it’s good when you win those matches.”With a second chance provided by the doubleheader, freshman Billy Bertha was able to redeem a frustrating singles loss to Illinois State’s Matej Zlatkovic, in which Bertha was shutout in the last set.Paired against Francisco Ortiz of Western Illinois, Bertha didn’t let his last match haunt him, losing only two games en route to sweeping the match.Taking Baumann’s words into consideration, Bertha should be feeling good when thinking about his next match after bouncing back.For others, though, Sunday’s matches offered a chance to test the aspects of their game that have needed improvement.Freshman Chris Freeman made the development of his serve loud and clear, acing three consecutive against Western Illinois’ Rodrigo Azevedo.“We always practice different things and if it’s kind of a routine match you always try and focus on different aspects of your game, rather than just trying to get though the match,” he said. “So I worked on my serve this week and really tried to execute on that, so it helped out in the match today.”Despite the success seen on Sunday, Van Emburgh knows the team has yet to reach its summit in terms of performance. Next week’s match against Illinois will not be a litmus test of sorts like Sunday’s. And with that, Van Emburgh will continue to push the team closer to that summit.“We want to keep working on doubles to keep that sharp, make sure the teams that are out there are going to compliment each other really well – I think we’re really close to that,” he said. “I don’t think we’re peaking yet, we still have room for improvement.”
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