Austin Hartmann earns first IRA B-main win, Jerry Richert Memorial A-main start in Cedar Lake Speedway debut
(PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS) September 14, 2022 – After a week filled with long hours spent putting together the team’s back-up car to close out the 2022 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association 410 Sprint Car Series campaign, Austin Hartmann and the 87A Hartmann Racing team turned in a solid debut appearance at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. during the 22nd Jerry Richert Memorial on Saturday, Sept. 10.
One week after a hard accident at The Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wis. resulted in heavy damage to the team’s primary car, Hartmann returned to action in the 87A Hartmann Racing backup machine to face off against a stout field filled with 30 IRA regulars and top-notch Midwestern competitors at the vaunted high-banked three-eighths-mile Cedar Lake Speedway clay oval.
Hartmann opened the night by clicking off the 18th fastest qualifying lap in 12.384 seconds. After starting sixth in the third eight-lap IRA heat race, Hartmann finished ninth to move into the B main field needing to finish in the top six to advance to the evening’s 30-lap headliner.
The third-year Sprint Car competitor and 2022 Bumper to Bumper IRA Series rookie lined up on the pole of the 12-lap IRA B main and outdueled Dave Uttech in the opening laps on the way to his first IRA B-main triumph to earn his first-career Jerry Richert Memorial A-main start.
After starting 19th in the 24-car IRA A-main field, Hartmann drove a steady race to come home 21st in the 30-lap, $6,000-to-win Jerry Richert Memorial main event, which was won by Aaron Reutzel.
“I have to thank the crew for all the work they put in during the week in getting our XXX chassis back-up car together,” Hartmann said. “Hunter [Annis], Eric [Bergschultz] and Andy [Shufflebotham] spent every night in the shop last week to get the car ready for Cedar Lake. All their efforts are greatly appreciated.
“For our first time at Cedar Lake, racing went pretty well I'd say, after putting together a new car over the week,” he said. “We battled with a couple small gremlins throughout the night, but finished well with a B-main win and a 21st-place feature finish with a bad vibration, which I believe was the u-joint.”
With three races remaining in the 2022 Bumper to Bumper IRA season, Hartmann sits 10th in the point standings.
The 87A Hartmann Racing team’s rookie 2022 IRA campaign continues this Saturday, Sept. 17 at Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wis. for the annual Scott Semmelman Memorial.
Those unable to make it to track can follow all of the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association 410 Sprint Car Series action throughout the 2022 campaign via FloRacing by visiting https://www.floracing.com.
Additional information on the 87A Hartmann Racing team can be found by visiting the team’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/87Ahartmannracing.
The 87A Hartmann Racing team has assembled a strong group of partners in support of the team's maiden voyage with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Series, including Kristine Hartmann of Pleasant View Realty, Shufflebotham Tree Service, Call Girls Motorsports, PalletWorks LLC, AF Inc., Bennett Transport Inc., SCA Inc., Gretchen Tillman New American Funding, Classic Title Services, CP Services, Cobblestone Landscaping, Jensen Sales & Services, Lee’s Color Studio, Dave’s Fabrication, Racer’s Hall Sports Bar and Grill, Feldmann Sales & Service, RC Custom Design, Hepfner Racing Products, Pit Road Apparel, the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association 410 Sprint Car Series and Sage Fruit.
The 87A Hartmann Racing team consists of Hunter Annis, Eric Bergschultz, Karlee Hartmann, Andrew Shufflebotham, Jarrett Neese, Caitlin Shaw and Kristine Hartmann.
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Austin Hartmann 87A Hartmann Racing
By The Numbers
Total Events – 23
IRA Events – 21
World of Outlaws Events – 2
A Main Victories – 0
B Main Victories – 1
Top Five A Main Finishes – 0
Top 10 A Main Finishes – 0
Top 15 A Main Finishes – 6
Top 20 A Main Finishes – 14
Heat Race Victories – 1
Dash Appearances – 5
Dash Victories – 0
Fast Qualifier Awards – 1
Austin Hartmann 87A Hartmann Racing
Upcoming 2022 Schedule
Saturday, September 17 – Beaver Dam Raceway, Beaver Dam, Wis. (IRA)
Friday, September 23 – Dodge County Fairgrounds, Beaver, Dam Wis. (IRA)
Saturday, September 24 – Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, Wis. (IRA)
Article Credit: Jeff Pederson-Pedal Down Promotions
Submitted By: Jeff Pederson