By Ray Beste
Alexandria, MN (May 29th, 2011) – Thunder Bay, Ontario native Joel Cryderman picked up a mighty impressive win during NLRA Late Model competition Sunday night at Viking Speedway. Joining Cryderman in victory lane was Cody Skytland (WISSOTA Modifieds), Don Eischens (WISSOTA Super Stocks), Jason Hoffman (WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds), and David Goulet (WISSOTA Street Stocks). Fans and drivers packed the Douglas County Fairgrounds once again for the second night of Viking Speedway’s annual NLRA Late Model double-header.
After mechanical demons claimed his run one night ago, Jason Hoffman got redemption scoring the WISSOTA Midwest Modified win in very impressive fashion. Row four starter Shane Sabraski did his best to spoil the party but was unable to get by Hoffman in the ladder stages of the event. Dustin Bitzan finished a strong run in the third spot ahead of Travis Saurer and Brian Haben. Randy Laage, William Lund, Chris Mensen, Derek Quinn, and Nick Bruder all turned in top ten performances, as well.
David Goulet continued his early season success taking the win from the pole in the WISSOTA Street Stock A-main. Oriska, ND driver Ryan Pommerer looked great in his first visit of the season to speedway coming from eighth to finish third with Andrew Bangsund and Zimmerman, MN driver James Becker rounding out the top five. The hard charger performance was by turned in by Alexandria’s own Brent Miller who started 17th and finished sixth.
In one of the most star studded fields you will ever see, Richmond, MN driver Don Eischens would take the win in impressive fashion. Eischens, who started sixth, had a racecar that worked anywhere on the speedway aiding in his run to the front. The story of the race, however, was turned in by Princeton, MN driver Devin Neske. Neske, who started the event in 23rd, charged all the way up to fifth at the line at the finish. In the end it was Eischens ahead of Larry Lund, Dave Mass, Shane Sabraski, and the aforementioned Neske.
Fargo, ND’s Cody Skytland continued his early season success taking the win in the WISSOTA Modified division. Skytland, who started sixth, looked to be the car to beat from the get go charging to the front from his row three starting position. Jason Thoennes made a bid for a three win week coming up one spot short finishing in the second spot with Travis Saurer third, Dennis Bitzan fourth, and Shane Sabraski fifth. Dave Cain, Don Eischens, JB Stortz, Kyle Koehntop, and Terry Engebretson all turned in top ten performances, as well for the WISSOTA Modifieds, who started 24 cars.
The final event of the evening belonged to Cryderman who blasted off from the outside of row one looking strong during the duration of the 25-lap event. Fellow Canadian Mike Balcaen of Winnipeg came home second with night one winner Pat Doar in third. Winona, MN legend Lance Mathees turned in a top five run in fourth with row six starter Jeff Wildung moving up to fifth. Zach Johnson, Rick Nelson, Steve Laursen, Brad Seng and Ricky Weiss rounded out the top ten running order for the NLRA Late Models.
Special thanks go out to all the fans, pit crew members, drivers, and sponsors that made the NLRA double-header a success. We hope to see you all again next Saturday night. For more information regarding Viking Speedway log onto the track website at vikingspeedway.net.
WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature- Joel Cryderman, Mike Balcaen, Pat Doar, Lance Mathees, Jeff Wildung, Zach Johnson, Rick Nelson, Steve Laursen, Brad Seng, Ricky Weiss, Scott Greer, John Kaanta, Shawn Kirwin, Seth Brede, Matt Aukland, Shaun Peterson, Mitch Johnson, Joey Ogston, Eric Breeschoten, Mike Johnson, Troy Schill, Cole Schill, Josh Johnson, Bill Mooney
Heat 1- Doar, Mathees, Zach Johnson, Weiss, Mitch Johnson, Thompson, Ogston, Josh Johnson, John Buchner
Heat 2- Laursen, Nelson, Greer, Aukland, Schroeder, Peterson, Schommer, Harold Schill, Clarence Washburn
Heat 3- Cryderman, Wildung, Breeschoten, Mooney, Atkinson, Mike Johnson, Cole Schill, Parson, Pedersen
Heat 4- Balcaen, Brede, Seng, Kirwin, Kaanta, Troy Schill, Lehn, Herrick
B-main- Kaanta, Peterson, Herrick, Schroeder, Troy Schill
Feature- Cody Skytland, Jason Thoennes, Travis Saurer, Dennis Bitzan, Shane Sabraski, Dave Cain, Don Eischens, JB Stortz, Kyle Koehntop, Terry Engebretson, Josh Thoennes, Jake Wildman, Cale Arneson, Brett Hoium, Mark Esala, Jason Blascyk, Tyler Sjoman, Dallas Gulbrandson, Brock Gronwold, Craig Christiansen, Kent Wilms, Dave Schroeder, Dwayne Clarke, Mike Storck, Luke Schilling
Heat 1- Gronwold, Cain, Eischens, Eischens, Schilling, Schroeder, Esala, Hoium, Wildman, Arneson, Vanklompenburg
Heat 2- Saurer, Bitzan, Koehntop, Stortz, Storck, Engebretson, Christiansen, Blascyk, Blood, Esler
Heat 3- Skytland, Sabraski, Thoennes, Wilms, Clarke, Josh Thoennes, Sjoman, Gulbrandson, Wieberdink, Houle
B-main- Blascyk, Wildman, Gulbrandson, Arneson, Wieberdink
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature- Don Eischens, Larry Lund, Dave Mass, Shane Sabraski, Devin Neske, Tim Johnson, Kevin Robertson, Mike Peterson, Todd Carter, Dominic Baker, Jon Stepan, Jason Vejtruba, Seth Kramer, Alan Johnson, Terry Merten, Jay Hedtke, Steve Weber, Jeff Crouse, Dave Read, Jeff Flaten, Cody Lee, Derrick Lemke, Erik Robertson, Cory Tammen
Heat 1- Kevin Robertson, Tim Johnson, Hedtke, Erik Robertson, Weber, Stepan, Neske, Kluver
Heat 2- Mass, Peterson, Lemke, Carter, Baker, Vejtruba, Yeats, Hellerman
Heat 3- Eischens, Crouse, Kramer, Sabraski, Alan Johnson, Tammen, Pellman, Dondelinger
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature- Jason Hoffman, Shane Sabraski, Dustin Bitzan, Travis Saurer, Brian Haben, Randy Laage, William Lund, Chris Mensen, Derek Quinn, Nick Bruder, Travis Vanderby, Brady Gerdes, Denis Czech, Ben Godbee, Jarrett Carter, Shawn Fernkes, Brandon Spanswick, Josh Muzik, Ryan Bowers, Wayne Klose, Dan Greeley, Jamie Thorstad, Shawn Olson, Levi Arneson
Heat 1- Quinn, Hoffman, Greeley, Godbee, Fernkes, Mensen, Hintermeister, Dropik, Ward
Heat 2- Arneson, Saurer, Mensen, Olson, Bowers, Klose, Berends, Carter
Heat 3- Haben, Sabraski, Laage, Bruder, Muzik, Schleusner, Czech, Haack
Heat 4- Lund, Bitzan, Vanderby, Gerdes, Spanswick, Johnson, Thorstad, Reents
B-main- Thorstad, Carter, Klose, Czech, J. Berends
WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature- David Goulet, Ryan Pommerer, Justin Vogel, Andrew Bangsund, James Becker, Brett Miller, Mark Voigt, Tiffany Maus-Krippner, Justin Tammen, Tim Jodsaas, Vernon Stewart, Kurt Deters, Russ Carlson, Chris Winter, Dexton Koch, Mark Blom, Adam Burrows
Heat 1- Goulet, Burrows, Bangsund, Pommerer, Maus-Krippner, Tammen, Blom, Koch, Stewart
Heat 2- Vogel, Deters, Voigt, Becker, Carlson, Winter, Jodsaas, Miller