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Show-Me Driver Shows the Way at Hillbilly Hustle

By: Rocky Ragusa

Lake Village, In. (10/11/09) 43 drivers from 10 states and Canada converged Sunday afternoon at the Lake Village Speedway in Lake Village, Indiana for the 8th annual Hillbilly Hustle. In qualifying, the top 8 karters were locked in for the 50 lap feature.



Bryan Cataldi of Rockton, Illinois was one of 2 drivers to break the 12 second barrier at an 11.959 on the 1/5 mile dirt oval. 4 heat races were held with the winner securing a spot in the main event. The remainder of the drivers had to advance thru various semi features. Torin Mettile of Cullom, Illinois, Mike Halliburton of Columbia, Missouri, Nick Jackson of Coulterville, Illinois, and former track champion Adam Pockrus of Lowell, Indiana claimed the heat wins. Drivers that finished in the 7th -9th spots in the heats ran an E main with the top 2 finishers moving to the next round. Mitch Weiss (Scandia, Mn.) and Justin Overfelt (Jamestown, In.) finished 1 and 2 to move to the back of the D main. C J Hulsey (El Paso, Texas) and 10th starter Overfelt finished 1-2 to advance.

Defending race winner Dustin Heath (Gardner,Ill.), Lindsey Povelones Long (Danville,Ill.), Hulsey, and Eric Askren (Fowler, In.) were the top 4 finishers of the C main and moved to the B main. Allen Gauthier (Munster,In.), Hulsey kept his dream alive with a 2nd, Brandon Cavanaugh (Braidwood,Ill.) and Heath moved to main event. Polesitter Cataldi led the first 3 laps before Skylar Prochaska (Lakefield, Mn.) moved to the front. Dustin Lundgren (Bristol, In.) got by Prochaska in the 3rd turn on the 15th lap and led until the halfway break.

Following the break with 14 of the 16 karters still in the hunt, Lundgren led with Prochaska, Halliburton, Tommy Knight (Morresville,In.),and Cataldi in tight formation. The next 10 laps was a classic battle among some of the best karters in the Midwest. Halliburton,Prochaska, Knight, and Cataldi each led a lap before Halliburton moved to the front with 12 laps to go. Cataldi's day ended on the 39th circuit when his kart cut a left rear tire. Several late race cautions would not deny Halliburton, as he beat Prochaska by 2 kart lengths to take the $2100 first place prize. Hulsey had a memorable day with a 3rd, followed by Mettile , Zach Axlen ( Sheboygan, Wis.), Lundgren, Knight, Cavanaugh, Heath, and the last kart running Gauthier. The rest of the drivers in the finishing position were Cataldi, Andy Keller (Connersville,In.), Luke Gher (Evansville, In.),Pockrus, Jackson, and Kyle Heitz (Sherrill,Iowa). The race concluded the 2009 season for the Lake Village Speedway. For more information go to

Key-Lynn Krahn from Canada attempted to be
the first female to make the Hillbilly Hustle

CJ Hulsey from El Paso, Texas interviewed by track announcer, Dave Alger