Courtney Captures Huset’s Hustle Prelim Night to Kick Off BillionAuto.com Huset’s High Bank Nationals Presented by MENARDS Week at Huset’s Speedway

Tyler Courtney topped a field of 55 elite sprint car drivers on Wednesday evening at Huset’s Speedway, which hosted the preliminary night of the $100,000-to-win Huset’s Hustle.

The six-figure finale of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ newest crown jewel event is slated for Thursday with the main gates opening at 4 p.m. and hot laps at 7 p.m.

Courtney was the third of three different leaders during the $20,000-to-win main event that kicked off the four-night BillionAuto.com Huset’s High Bank Nationals presented by MENARDS. The spectacle features two six-figure payouts with Thursday’s $100,000 Huset’s Hustle finale and the $250,000-to-win – tying a World of Outlaws record – Huset’s High Bank Nationals finale on Saturday.

“Hopefully we can be in the same spot tomorrow with a bigger check,” Courtney said. “We put ourselves in a good spot for tomorrow. That’s what tonight was all about.”

The original start of Wednesday’s 35-lap feature was called back after officials deemed leader Aaron Reutzel left early. That moved Ryan Timms to the outside of the front row for the complete restart and he took advantage, quickly powering into the top spot. Timms entered traffic on Lap 7 and held onto the lead until Sheldon Haudenschild slid in front of him in turns three and four on Lap 15.

Timms rallied right back one lap later, driving into the lead with a pass in turns three and four, before Haudenschild regained the lead on Lap 17 with a diamond move to exit turn four on the bottom.

Courtney, who started sixth, climbed into the top three by the midpoint of the feature and he passed Timms for second place on Lap 19. A red flag for a crash in front of the leaders on Lap 21 set up a restart. Courtney threw a slide job on Haudenschild in turns one and two, but Haudenschild drove around it. He stayed in front until Lap 28 when Courtney took the lead on the bottom in turn one. Seconds later, Haudenschild’s right rear tire went flat in turns three and four.

That was the final caution of the race as Courtney executed a strong restart and cruised to his first career World of Outlaws win at Huset’s Speedway.

“I just knew I was going to have to go somewhere else to beat Sheldon,” he said. “I think he cut a tire. That’s sucks because I really wanted to have a race with our NOS Energy Drink teammate.”

Timms finished in the runner-up position.

“I felt really good early on,” he said. “We had a really good initial start and took the lead there. Twenty laps went by super quick. When that caution came out and Haud and Courtney got by me I knew I had to figure something out. I’m happy with the run. I felt we had a really good car. We’ll just take this night and go on to the rest of the week and hopefully get better.”

Reutzel rounded out the podium as he edged Carson Macedo in a spirited battle for third place.

“I was struggling a little bit early,” he said. “(With) a full fuel load I wasn’t very good. There at the end, when the fuel started coming off, my car came to life.”

Macedo placed fourth and Tim Kaeding drove to fifth.

Cory Eliason and Haudenschild were the quickest qualifiers in their groups. Austin McCarl, Rico Abreu, Macedo, Brad Sweet, Brock Zearfoss and Spencer Bayston were the heat race winners. Tyler Drueke captured the C Main and Eliason won the Last Chance Showdown.

Courtney leads the standings by three points over Macedo entering Thursday’s program. Timms, Reutzel, Kaeding, Sweet, Giovanni Scelzi, Abreu, Buddy Kofoid and McCarl round out the top 10, respectively.

Event tickets for the remainder of the crown jewel event can be purchased online at https://mpv.tickets.com/schedule/?agency=JKMV_PL_MPV&orgid=55369#/?view=list&includePackages=true .

BILLIONAUTO.COM HUSET’S HIGH BANK NATIONALS PRESENTED BY MENARDS NIGHT 1 RESULTS AT HUSET’S SPEEDWAY (June 19, 2024) –

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 7BC-Tyler Courtney (6); 2. 5T-Ryan Timms (3); 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel (2); 4. 41-Carson Macedo (4); 5. 3K-Tim Kaeding (9); 6. 49-Brad Sweet (12); 7. 83-Michael Kofoid (22); 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi (8); 9. 2-David Gravel (20); 10. 24-Rico Abreu (7); 11. 88-Austin McCarl (5); 12. 15-Donny Schatz (17); 13. 5-Spencer Bayston (14); 14. 8R-Cory Eliason (21); 15. 17B-Bill Balog (23); 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild (1); 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss (16); 18. 39M-Anthony Macri (15); 19. 2KS-Chase Randall (10); 20. 45-Landon Brooks (18); 21. 23-Garet Williamson (24); 22. 7S-Landon Crawley (19); 23. 25-Daison Pursley (11); 24. (DNS) 22K-Kaleb Johnson.

MicroLite Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 8R-Cory Eliason (1); 2. 83-Michael Kofoid (5); 3. 17B-Bill Balog (3); 4. 23-Garet Williamson (4); 5. 83SR-James McFadden (8); 6. 3J-Dusty Zomer (2); 7. 83H-Justin Henderson (6); 8. 57-Kyle Larson (10); 9. 9-Kasey Kahne (9); 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart (12); 11. 24T-Christopher Thram (7); 12. 21-Brian Brown (11); 13. 8-Jacob Hughes (14); 14. 13-Mark Dobmeier (13); 15. 09-Matt Juhl (17); 16. 42-Sye Lynch (16); 17. 11M-Brendan Mullen (20); 18. 23W-Scott Winters (18); 19. 10-Scott Bogucki (19); 20. 14T-Tim Estenson (22); 21. 95-Tyler Drueke (21); 22. 19-Paige Polyak (15).

C Feature (10 Laps): 1. 95-Tyler Drueke (2); 2. 14T-Tim Estenson (3); 3. 16-Skylar Prochaska (1); 4. 10J-Justin Jacobsma (4); 5. 22-Riley Goodno (6); 6. 70-Kraig Kinser (5); 7. 5AU-Brock Hallett (11); 8. G5-Gage Pulkrabek (7); 9. 64-Andy Pake (9); 10. 44-Chris Martin (8); 11. 83S-Sam Henderson (13); 12. 33-Scott Broty (12); 13. 2K-Kevin Ingle (15); 14. 8B-Jack Croaker (10); 15. 55-Kerry Madsen (14).

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 88-Austin McCarl (2); 2. 17B-Bill Balog (1); 3. 22K-Kaleb Johnson (3); 4. 15-Donny Schatz (4); 5. 83-Michael Kofoid (5); 6. 8R-Cory Eliason (6); 7. 09-Matt Juhl (7); 8. 14T-Tim Estenson (8); 9. 83S-Sam Henderson (9); 10. 2K-Kevin Ingle (10).

Milton Hershey School Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 24-Rico Abreu (5); 2. 3K-Tim Kaeding (3); 3. 24T-Christopher Thram (2); 4. 5T-Ryan Timms (6); 5. 9-Kasey Kahne (4); 6. 13-Mark Dobmeier (7); 7. 10-Scott Bogucki (8); 8. 5AU-Brock Hallett (9); 9. 16-Skylar Prochaska (1).

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo (6); 2. 7S-Landon Crawley (2); 3. 25-Daison Pursley (4); 4. 39M-Anthony Macri (5); 5. 21-Brian Brown (3); 6. 19-Paige Polyak (7); 7. 70-Kraig Kinser (9); 8. 64-Andy Pake (8); 9. G5-Gage Pulkrabek (1).

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet (2); 2. 45-Landon Brooks (1); 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild (6); 4. 23-Garet Williamson (3); 5. 2-David Gravel (5); 6. 57-Kyle Larson (4); 7. 23W-Scott Winters (7); 8. 10J-Justin Jacobsma (8); 9. 33-Scott Broty (9).

Heat 5 (10 Laps): 1. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss (1); 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel (4); 3. 18-Giovanni Scelzi (6); 4. 83H-Justin Henderson (3); 5. 42-Sye Lynch (2); 6. 3J-Dusty Zomer (5); 7. 95-Tyler Drueke (9); 8. 22-Riley Goodno (8); 9. 44-Chris Martin (7).

Heat 6 (10 Laps): 1. 5-Spencer Bayston (2); 2. 2KS-Chase Randall (4); 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney (6); 4. 8-Jacob Hughes (1); 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart (3); 6. 83SR-James McFadden (5); 7. 55-Kerry Madsen (9); 8. 11M-Brendan Mullen (7); 9. 8B-Jack Croaker (8).

Sea Foam Qualifying A (2 Laps): 1. 8R-Cory Eliason, 00:10.627 (1); 2. 5T-Ryan Timms, 00:10.635 (7); 3. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:10.691 (18); 4. 83-Michael Kofoid, 00:10.695 (4); 5. 24-Rico Abreu, 00:10.716 (3); 6. 39M-Anthony Macri, 00:10.725 (12); 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:10.731 (13); 8. 9-Kasey Kahne, 00:10.737 (27); 9. 25-Daison Pursley, 00:10.765 (8); 10. 22K-Kaleb Johnson, 00:10.770 (6); 11. 3K-Tim Kaeding, 00:10.785 (5); 12. 21-Brian Brown, 00:10.802 (14); 13. 88-Austin McCarl, 00:10.803 (16); 14. 24T-Christopher Thram, 00:10.811 (10); 15. 7S-Landon Crawley, 00:10.812 (15); 16. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:10.827 (22); 17. 16-Skylar Prochaska, 00:10.850 (25); 18. G5-Gage Pulkrabek, 00:10.868 (17); 19. 09-Matt Juhl, 00:10.869 (19); 20. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 00:10.904 (26); 21. 19-Paige Polyak, 00:10.912 (9); 22. 14T-Tim Estenson, 00:10.925 (21); 23. 10-Scott Bogucki, 00:10.942 (23); 24. 64-Andy Pake, 00:10.958 (2); 25. 83S-Sam Henderson, 00:11.048 (20); 26. 5AU-Brock Hallett, 00:11.054 (11); 27. 70-Kraig Kinser, 00:11.139 (24); 28. 2K-Kevin Ingle, 00:11.787 (28).

Sea Foam Qualifying B (2 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:10.793 (25); 2. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:10.869 (9); 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 00:10.874 (21); 4. 2-David Gravel, 00:10.888 (11); 5. 3J-Dusty Zomer, 00:10.939 (13); 6. 83SR-James McFadden, 00:10.971 (5); 7. 57-Kyle Larson, 00:10.996 (15); 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 00:11.009 (10); 9. 2KS-Chase Randall, 00:11.014 (20); 10. 23-Garet Williamson, 00:11.022 (17); 11. 83H-Justin Henderson, 00:11.075 (27); 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:11.086 (7); 13. 49-Brad Sweet, 00:11.108 (6); 14. 42-Sye Lynch, 00:11.120 (4); 15. 5-Spencer Bayston, 00:11.125 (14); 16. 45-Landon Brooks, 00:11.148 (23); 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:11.152 (12); 18. 8-Jacob Hughes, 00:11.249 (18); 19. 23W-Scott Winters, 00:11.275 (8); 20. 44-Chris Martin, 00:11.284 (16); 21. 11M-Brendan Mullen, 00:11.317 (2); 22. 10J-Justin Jacobsma, 00:11.375 (3); 23. 22-Riley Goodno, 00:11.424 (22); 24. 8B-Jack Croaker, 00:11.453 (26); 25. 33-Scott Broty, 00:11.541 (19); 26. 95-Tyler Drueke, 00:11.779 (24); 27. 55-Kerry Madsen (1).

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