By Ray Beste
Alexandria, MN (June 18th, 2011) – Alexandria’s own Kyle Wieberdink led flag to flag picking up his first career WISSOTA Modified feature win Saturday night at Viking Speedway. Zach Johnson held off a late race surge from Jeff Wildung to take top honors in the WISSOTA Late Model division while Jeff Flaten tallied his first Viking Speedway feature win of the season in the WISSOTA Super Stock finale. Travis Saurer (WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds) and Chris Winter (WISSOTA Street Stocks) each took home mighty impressive wins as well during Amsoil Dirt Track Series action at the big ½ mile.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were the first to get the feature festivities underway with Ron Saurer and Levi Arneson manning the front row starting duties. Arneson blasted off to the early lead while the field stacked up two by two behind. A couple early yellows halted action before order was restored on lap six. Arneson continued to lead until lap eight when he took the point from Arneson exiting turn two. Row six starters Darrin Braaten and Brady Gerdes steadily worked their way to the front during the 15-lap affair finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. Dustin Bitzan moved up five positions from his seventh starting spot to finish second at the line. Out front it was all Saurer turning in another dominating performance taking home the win. Bitzan, Derek Quinn, Josh Muzik, and Ron Saurer each garnered top five finishes as well for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, who boasted 27 entries.
Chris Winter took the lead on lap one of the 20-lap, $500 to win “Florian Sprinzel Memorial” WISSOTA Street Stock A-main. Winter looked strong out front early on despite heavy pressure from fifth starter Justin Vogel. Winter continued to run his high line while Vogel rolled through the middle. While the two battled out front, Travis Berends joined the party bringing Brett Miller and Justin Tammen with him. As the laps clicked off, Winter continued to lead with the final yellow of the event waving with three laps remaining. When the green dropped, Winter held the lead once again while Berends, Vogel, Tammen and Andrew Bangsund were locked in a battle for second. On the final trip around, Winter made no mistakes, going on to take the biggest win of his career. Berends moved up five positions to finish second with Vogel third, Miller fourth, and Tammen fifth. Adam Burrows, Tiffany Maus-Krippner, James Wall, Andrew Bangsund, and Scott Huston all turned in top 10 performances for the WISSOTA Street Stocks with 18 entries in attendance.
Despite an early challenge from Cody Lee, Jeff Flaten dominated the WISSOTA Super Stock finale in impressive fashion. Jon Stepan looked very strong during the 20-lap event starting seventh and closing in on the backside of Lee for the second spot when the final checkers waved. In the end it was all Flaten scoring the win ahead of Lee and Stepan. Derrick Lemke and Alan Johnson each grabbed finished in the top five as well for the WISSOTA Super Stocks. Mike Peterson took top honors in heat race one with Flaten completing his 56-pt evening with a victory in heat race two.
Although it was an eventful night with great battles taking place in each division, the story of the evening took place during the 20-lap WISSOTA Modified A-main. In a race that went without a caution, Kyle Wieberdink tallied his first WISSOTA Modified feature win leading all 20-laps in the process. The best battle on the speedway was for the second spot between Jason and Josh Thoennes. Coming to the white flag, Jason was able to dispose of Josh taking home the second spot behind Wieberdink. Tenth starter Cale Arneson made the last five laps of the event count as he cracked the top five with just three laps remaining. On the final trip around Wieberdink made zero mistakes picking up a mighty impressive win. Jason Thoennes came home a close second with Josh Thoennes third, Jake Wildman fourth, and Arneson fifth. Josh Thoennes, Jason Thoennes, and Jason Blascyk all took home heat race wins earlier in the program for the WISSOTA Modifieds. The win for Wieberdink was a popular one as the Viking speedway faithful gave him a standing ovation in victory lane!
Eric Breeschoten beat Jeremy Keller to turn one taking the lead on the opening lap of the WISSOTA Late Model feature event. Breeschoten utilized the high side of the speedway early on and was scored the leader at the conclusion of the first lap. The laps clicked off the board with Breeschoten out front while fellow row four starters Zach Johnson and Jeff Wildung made their move to the front. Johnson closed in on Breeschoten with eight laps remaining while Wildung battled with Keller for the third spot. With five laps to go, Johnson blasted by Breeschoten for the lead entering turn three. The final yellow of the event waved with two laps remaining with Wildung and Breeschoten lined up side by side behind Johnson. When the green flag dropped, Wildung made a power move to the inside of Johnson taking the lead momentarily exiting turn two. Johnson, however, rolled his #73 machine downhill using the high side momentum to retain the lead. Johnson looked strong on the final trip around and went on to take the victory. Wildung settled for a hard fought second with Keller in third, Seymour, Wisconsin traveler Todd Frank in fourth, and Breeschoten in fifth. Corey Seckerson, Joey Ogston, Kyle Gavel, Rick Nelson, and Scott Lehn all turned in top 10 performances for the WISSOTA Late Models, which ended the evening.
Join us once again this Saturday night for another regular racing event. Races start each and every Saturday night at 6:00. For more information regarding Viking Speedway log onto vikingspeedway.net.
WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature- Zach Johnson, Jeff Wildung, Jeremy Keller, Todd Frank, Eric Breeschoten, Corey Seckerson, Joey Ogston, Kyle Gavel, Rick Nelson, Scott Lehn, Jeff Schommer, Brad Parson, Shaun Peterson, John Henkemeyer
Heat 1- Breeschoten, Wildung, Ogston, Parson, Seckerson, Gavel, Schommer
Heat 2- Johnson, Frank, Nelson, Keller, Lehn, Henkemeyer, Peterson
Feature- Kyle Wieberdink, Jason Thoennes, Josh Thoennes, Jake Wildman, Cale Arneson, Travis Saurer, Brock Gronwold, Jason Blascyk, Terry Engebretson, Dallas Gulbrandson, Mark Esala, Kyle Koehntop, Nate Heinrich, Brett Hoium, Dave Schroeder, Tyler Sjoman, Matt Smith, Curt Lund, Dwayne Clarke, Dennis Bitzan
Heat 1- Josh Thoennes, Schroeder, Wildman, Esala, Hoium, Sjoman, Smith
Heat 2- Jason Thoennes, Saurer, Gronwold, Arneson, Engebretson, Gulbrandson, Koehntop
Heat 3- Blascyk, Wieberdink, Heinrich, Clarke, Lund, Bitzan
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature- Jeff Flaten, Cody Lee, Jon Stepan, Derrick Lemke, Alan Johnson, Larry Lund, Jeff Crouse, Mike Peterson, Matt Miller, Terry Merten, Bryan Hellerman, Jeff Kluver, Cory Tammen, Jason Vejtruba
Heat 1- Peterson, Miller, Lund, Johnson, Crouse, Kluver, Merten
Heat 2- Flaten, Lemke, Stepan, Lee, Hellerman, Vejtruba, Tammen
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature- Travis Saurer, Dustin Bitzan, Derek Quinn, Josh Muzik, Ron Saurer, Darrin Braaten, Brady Gerdes, Brandon Spanswick, Jason Hoffman, Todd Berg, Zach Hintermeister, Jayden Berends, Rick Spanswick, Hayden Hanson, Shawn Olson, Levi Arneson, Milo Ward, Kelly Haack, William Lund, Ryan Schleusner, Brooke Hellerman, Brett Johnson, Dan Greeley, Randy Laage, Nick Bruder, Travis Vanderby, Brian Haben
Heat 1- Olson, Saurer, Quinn, Bruder, Berg, Hanson, Hintermeister, R. Spanswick, Ward
Heat 2- Hoffman, T. Saurer, Bitzan, Braaten, Greeley, Haben, Johnson, Haack, Vanderby
Heat 3- Muzik, Arneson, Lund, Gerdes, Laage, B. Spanswick, Schleusner, Berends, Hellerman
WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature- Chris Winter, Travis Berends, Justin Vogel, Brett Miller, Justin Tammen, Adam Burrows, Tiffany Maus-Krippner, James Wall, Andrew Bangsund, Scott Huston, Russ Carlson, Vernon Stewart, Mark Blom, Jake Huston, Scott Horn, Mark Voigt, Kurt Deters, Jim Williams
Heat 1- Tammen, Berends, Vogel, Maus-Krippner, Burrows, Bangsund, Blom, S. Huston, Deters
Heat 2- Miller, Wall, Winter, J. Huston, Voigt, Stewart, Carlson, Williams, Horn