Brooks Wins Howie Lettow Memorial 150



The RB Performance Super Late Model series returned to The Milwaukee Mile tonight to run the longest race of the Summer Season, the Howie Lettow Memorial 150. The historic track provided plenty of racing action in last season’s race, and tonight’s race would be no different with 6 different leaders and 7 lead changes on the night, in addition to all of the tight racing throughout the field.  This week the series would move away from their heat race qualifying system, and would time trial for qualifying which saw Kenny Lindsley take the pole with a time of 28.943 seconds, just .002 seconds ahead of Justin Brooks.

25 drivers would take the green flag, led to the line by Lindsley as the field headed off into turn 1. Trey Jarrell quickly moved into 2nd followed by Fred Moreau in the early laps, while Brooks fell back to 4th in front of Matt Rolfe in 5th. These 5 drivers looked to pretty content early on running near the front, while the field behind them was still trying to settle in with a few quick cautions in the early laps.

With the race being 150 laps on the large one-mile oval, fuel mileage would be key, and a few of the leaders would duck in the pits early to get some gas on the lap 33 caution. Lindsley would give up the lead and Brooks, Brian Tedeschi and a few others would follow him in. This handed the lead over to Jacob Linkiewicz with Rolfe starting to his outside. Linkiewicz would lead the next 17 laps, but Rolfe would reel in the leader and took over the top spot on lap 51.

Rolfe would pull out to the lead up front, but at the same time some of the drivers who had just pitted were already making their way up through the top 5. Brooks and Lindsley picked their way up through, getting by some fast cars in the top 5 of both James and Jacob Linkiewicz, Moreau and Ricky Arbeau. The run would continue on for 33 laps and thru the halfway mark, before the next caution would come out. This time Rolfe would bring the field down pit road after leading 30 laps, handing the lead over to Cody Leland who decided not to pit and stayed out for the lead.

Leland would bring the field to the green, but Brooks would make quick work of him with the newer tires and took over the top spot on lap 85. Brooks would pull away out front with Lindsley not too far behind, as Jacob Linkiewicz looked to hold off Rolfe for 3rd. Tedeschi was able to get by Moreau for the 5th spot as the run went on, while drivers such as James Linkiewicz, Arbeau, Matt Eddy, Mike Belanger and Jonathan Mawhinney were all battling within the top 10 as well.

A restart on lap 129 would set up the final run to the finish, and Brooks would be the fastest he had been all night and pulled out to 3.5 second lead as he would come around to take the victory in the Howie Lettow Memorial 150. This win moves Brooks up into a tie for the most wins in SARA competition, with former SARA champions Derek Robinson and Chris Roberts with 19 wins. Lindsley finished off his very strong run to finish in the 2nd spot after leading 32 laps early in the race. Jacob Linkiewicz raced up in the top 5 all race long and he would finish in the 3rd spot. Brian Tedeschi finished off the night in 4th while James Linkiewicz rounded out the top 5. With Jacob Linkiewicz’s 3rd place finish, he extends his points lead to 58 points as we head into the final 3 weeks of the season.

  1. Justin Brooks
  2. Kenny Lindsley
  3. Jacob Linkiewicz
  4. Brian Tedeschi
  5. James Linkiewicz
  6. Jonathan Mawhinney
  7. Fred Moreau
  8. Rick Arbeau
  9. Mike Belanger
  10. Matthew Eddy
  11. Matt Rolfe
  12. Cody Leland
  13. Dale Owen
  14. Scott Dunlap
  15. Joshua Gayman
  16. Ty Spearman
  17. Trey Jarrell
  18. Stan Bragg
  19. Michael Rennebu
  20. Scott Blaney
  21. R Trent Brown
  22. Ken Belanger
  23. Sam Clark
  24. Kenny Smith
  25. Andre Beaudoin

Next week, all four divisions will travel together to South Boston, before finishing off the season at IRP and NHMS.

For the full results and standings, click HERE.