By Ray Beste
Alexandria, MN (July 9th, 2011) – Alexandria’s own Shaun Peterson scored his first Viking Speedway WISSOTA Late Model Feature of the season Saturday night at the high flying 1/2 mile. Dennis Bitzan joined Peterson as a first time winner reigning victorious in the WISSOTA Modified division while Jeff Crouse tallied yet another win in the WISSOTA Super Stock finale. Brian Haben (WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds), and Travis Berends (WISSOTA Street Stocks) each tallied memorable wins as well during Amsoil Dirt track series racing Saturday night at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Holloway, MN driver accomplished what few have this year holding off Travis Saurer to take home the WISSOTA Midwest Modified A-main. Chris Mensen continued his string of consistent finishes coming home third ahead of Derek Quinn and Brady Gerdes. Haben’s win was his second in as many nights after scoring the win Friday night at Fiesta City Speedway.
Travis Berends once again proved why he is one of the best in the business steadily moving forward taking the win from his sixth starting spot. Justin Vogel, who has been consistent all season long came home second ahead of Mark Blom. Tiffany Maus-Krippner and Tim Jodsaas each turned in top five performances as well for the WISSOTA Street Stocks.
The 2011 season has been a dream one thus far for Alexandria’s Jeff Crouse. The early season success continued Saturday night with Crouse scoring yet another win from his eighth starting spot. Cody Lee, one week after collecting his first career win, drove a great race coming home second ahead of Montevideo’s Jeremy Jerve. Mike Peterson and 10th starter Jon Stepan rounded out the top five finishing order for the WISSOTA Supers, who drew 15 entries.
Multi-time Viking Speedway Track Champion Dennis Bitzan piloted his #10x Shaw Chassis to victory for the first time this season with a great performance in the WISSOTA Modified A-main. Cody Skytland made some great moves advancing six spots up into second ahead of ninth starter Jason Thoennes in third. Josh Thoennes looked very strong during the 20-lap affair finishing fourth in front of row six starter Mike Storck, who rounded out the top five.
Shaun Peterson scored his third win in his last three starts with an impressive run in the WISSOTA Late Model main event. Shawn Kirwin and Ricky Weiss tried everything in their power to overtake Peterson but were forced to finish second and third respectively. Scott Atkinson turned in his best run to date finishing fourth with Seth Brede fifth.
Join us once again this Saturday night for some great Amsoil Dirt Track Series Racing, Viking Speedway style. Races start each and every Saturday night at 6:00. For more information regarding Viking Speedway log onto the track’s website at vikingspeedway.net.
WISSOTA Late Models: Feature- Shaun Peterson, Shawn Kirwin, Ricky Weiss, Scott Atkinson, Seth Brede, Joey Ogston, Clarence Washburn, Rick Nelson, Scott Lehn, Jake Bitker, Logan Atkinson, Jeff Schommer Heat 1- Brede, Weiss, Ogston, Washburn, Schommer, Bitker Heat 2- Peterson, Lehn, Kirwin, S. Atkinson, Nelson, L. Atkinson
WISSOTA Modifieds: Feature- Dennis Bitzan, Cody Skytland, Jason Thoennes, Josh Thoennes, Mike Storck, Travis Saurer, Brett Hoium, Jason Blascyk, Dallas Gulbrandson, Kyle Wieberdink, Dave Schroeder, Mark Esala, Scott Werk, Brock Gronwold, Terry Engebretson, Jake Wildman Heat 1- Skytland, Esala, Gronwold, Bitzan, Ja. Thoennes, Storck, Hoium, Werk Heat 2- Wildman, Schroeder, Saurer, Blascyk, Jo. Thoennes, Engebretson, Gulbrandson, Wieberdink
WISSOTA Super Stocks: Feature- Jeff Crouse, Cody Lee, Jeremy Jerve, Mike Peterson, Jon Stepan, Jeff Flaten, Jeff Kluver, Alan Johnson, Terry Merten, Matt Miller, Bryan Hellerman, Cory Tammen, Derrick Lemke, Larry Lund, Jason Vejtruba Heat 1- Lee, Lemke, Crouse, Flaten, Hellerman, Miller, Lund, Kluver Heat 2- Johnson, Jerve, Vejtruba, Peterson, Stepan, Merten, Tammen
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds: Feature- Brian Haben, Travis Saurer, Chris Mensen, Derek Quinn, Brady Gerdes, Jason Hoffman, Josh Muzik, William Lund, Dustin Bitzan, Travis Vanderby, Todd Berg, Brooke Hellerman, Dan Greeley, Zach Hintermeister, Randy Laage, Shawn Olson, Darrin Braaten, Brett Johnson, Kyle Reents Heat 1- Gerdes, Muzik, Berg, Hoffman, Bitzan, Vanderby, Johnson, Reents, Greeley, Braaten Heat 2- Saurer, Haben, Mensen, Quinn, Laage, Lund, Hellerman, Hintermeister, Olson
WISSOTA Street Stocks: Feature- Troy Berends, Justin Vogel, Mark Blom, Tiffany Maus-Krippner, Tim Jodsaas, Brett Miller, Jake Huston, Matt Kometz, Chris Winter, Andrew Bangsund, Gary Reents, Vern Stewart Heat 1- Blom, Bangsund, Berends, Miller, Jodsaas, Winter Heat 2- Vogel, Maus-Krippner, Huston, Kometz, Stewart, Reents