On a night where Modified legends Dave Storck and Scott Hillig were inducted into the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame, the Alexandria Refrigeration WISSOTA Super Stocks took center stage as they battled for the a $1000 payday as part of the Jerry Kluver Memorial. When the dust settled Hancock, MN pilot Jeff Flaten reigned supreme and picked up the large payday along with the large traveling trophy. Other drivers finding thier ways to victory lane during WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track series action included: Travis Saurer in the Sower Power WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Justin Tammen in the Extreme Auto WISSOTA Street Stocks, Jason Thoennes in the Morris Auto Plaza WISSOTA Modifieds, and Todd Frank in the Marthaler Chevrolet WISSOTA Late Models. The night’s festivites were sponsored by Winning Edge Graphics, Pro Fab, and Alex Rubbish all off Alexandria. There were also extra money added to the purse by Beck’s Radiator of Alexandria.
Fargo’s Casey Arneson and Alexandria’s Tim Mensen led the seventeen car Midwest Mod feature to the green flag. Mensen was able to use his outside starting spot to jump to the lead, in search of his first career feature win. Mensen would continue to lead the first two circuits of the event until he suffered engine problems and his car came to rest under the flag stand bringing out the first caution of the race. During the caution, Mensen’s front row starting mate, Arneson would also retire pitside after his car spit out the driveshaft on the front chute. After a lenghthy delay, to clean up the fluid from Mensen’s car, the field would be reset with veteran Ron Saurer in the lead followed by his son Travis Saurer and Dusty Bitzan. Ron Saurer moved to the highside of the speedway to protect his lead while Travis, Bitzan, William Lund, and Jamie Thorstad continued to battle for the second through fifth spots lap after lap. Near the midway point of the race Travis was able to dispose of Bitzan and raced up hard to challenge Ron. Travis was able to get by Ron a short time after. Shortly after he dropped from the lead, Ron Saurer would expierience engine issues and head to the pits. The main event would be plauged by several other cautions, which caused officials to wave the checkered flag with only eleven of the fifteen laps in the books. Travis Saurer was declared the winner ahead of track point leader Lund, Bitzan, nineteeth starter Travis Vanderby came across the line in fourth, and Shawn Olson raced all the way back to fifth after going tailend due a tire issue early in the race. Heat race winners in the class were Ron Saurer, Lund, and Travis Saurer.
Local drivers Gary Reents and Tim Jodsaas sat on the front row for the WISSOTA Street Stock main event. Jodsaas was able to clear Reents on the start and race out to a lead, but not without heavy pressure from Reents. Meanwhile, near the middle of the pack, Justin Tammen began his march to the front picking off car after car on his way to challenge Reents and Jodsaas. With nine laps to go Tammen snuck around the outside of both drivers and bolted into the lead. Tammen would continue to run unchallenged to the win over a nice field of thirteen streeters. Reents, who has over 40 years of racing expirience, had his best run of the season and came home second. Oriska, ND traveler Ryan Pommerer crossed the line third after starting tenth, Mark Blom was fourth, and track point leader Adam Burrows was fifth. Heat race wins were collected by Jodsaas and Brett Miller.
Cory Tammen and the two time defending winner of the Kluver Memorial, Jeff Crouse, shared the front row for the twenty lap, $1000 to win WISSOTA Super Stock feature. Tammen was able to use his outside starting spot as he powered to the outside of the speedway to grab control early on in the event. Crouse settled into second with Larry Lund in third. Tammen would continue to lead over Crouse and Lund, until Crouse’s #29 machine began to slow, due to a flat rear tire. Shortly before Crouse’s car came to a stop on the back chute, Cody Lee would spin in turn two and bring out the caution. On the ensuing restart, Jeff Flaten was able to get a great jump and would get around Tammen for the lead. The race would be plauged by several yellows in a row near the midpoint of the race, but with each restart, Flaten would continue to hold off Tammen. The real action was near the back of the back as Crouse and Lund, each of whom were put in the rear for pit stops, picked off car after car on thier way toward the front. In the end no one would have anything for Flaten as he cruised to his second $1000 feature win of the month, he also picked up a $1000 for a win at Aberdeen, SD’s Brown County Speedway in July. Tammen held on for second, Crouse raced all the way back to third, Josh Anderson came home fourth in his first visit to Viking Speedway this season, and Trevor Saurer was fifth after starting in the number eleven spot. Winners of the three heat races for the class were Flaten, Crouse and Jon Stepan.
Two driver looking for thier first Viking Speedway wins, Jake Wildman and Bobby Gierke, led the seventeen car WISSOTA Modified feature to the green. At the start Wildman was able to jump to an early lead as he pilot his Sidebiter chassis to the low groove. Wildman would continue to lead for a handful of laps until other driver in search of his first win at Viking, Dave Schroeder raced around Wildman on the low side of the track. Schroeder would continue to stretch his lead as Wildman now had Brady Gerdes and Jason Thoennes to contend with for the second spot. Thoennes would find his way around Gerdes and Wildman near the midway point of the twenty lap event. Up front Schroeder would continue to lead until the caution would fly with only one lap remaining for a Logan Atkinson spin in turn three. This put Thoennes and Gerdes back on Schroeders back bumper for a two lap shootout. Schroeder jumped back to the lead and would lead the next lap and a half. As the leaders entered turn three on the final lap, Thoennes made his move to the outside. The duo would drag race to the finish and Thoennes would nip Schroeder at the line by less than one second. Schroeder settled for second, Wildman was third, Josh Thoennes was fourth, and Gerdes was fifth. Heat race wins were collected by Gerdes and Josh Thoennes earlier in the night.
The final event of the night featured the WISSOTA Late Models. After a wild start, where both front row cars spun thier tires, Todd Frank and Jeremy Keller found themselves in the front two spots before a lap could be completed. Frank and Keller would race away from the field and wage a good two car battle for the lead until caution flew on lap five when Billy Michealsohn lost an engine on his #8 machine. The field would be reset with Frank leading Keller, Brad Parson, and Jeff Wildung. Once again on the start Frank and Keller moved out to a nice advantage as they battled for the lead. Caution would fly again on lap nine for Matt Jarvis, as he slipped over the bank in turn two. This time Wildung had moved to third and would start directly behind Frank. Again the duo of Frank and Keller would get away from the field and continue to do battle for the lead spot. The final caution would fly with only two laps remaining when Zach Johnson’s car began smoking and came to rest in turn two. Frank was able to hold off Keller once more and he claimed his second straight win at Viking Speedway. Keller was second, track point leader Wildung was third, Shaun Peterson was fourth, and Brad Parson turned in an impressive fifth place run.
Next week will be a busy one at the high banked half mile track located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria, MN. The track will host two nights of demo derby action on Thursday and Friday, as part of the Douglas County Fair. On Saturday night all five WISSOTA divisions will be back in action with the races beginning at 6pm. For more information on any of the events please visit the track at www.vikingspeedway.net or you may “like” the track on facebook.
WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature: Todd Frank, Jeremy Keller, Jeff Wildung, Shaun Peterson, Brad Parson, Scott Lehn, Rick Nelson, Clarence Washburn, Matt Jarvis, Zach Johnson, Billy Michealsohn, Mike Balcaen
Heat 1: Wildung, Peterson, Keller, Parson, Nelson, Michealsohn
Heat 2: Johnson, Frank, Lehn, Washburn, Jarvis, Balcaen
Feature: Jason Thoennes, Dave Schroeder, Jake Wildman, Josh Thoennes, Brady Gerdes, Dennis Bitzan, Blake Jegtvig, Travis Saurer, Austin Arneson, Mike Storck, Dwayne Clarke, Kyle Koehntop, Bobby Gierke, Dallas Gulbrandson, Logan Atkinson, Peter Loecken, Jason Blascyk
Heat 1: Jo. Thoennes, Gierke, Wildman, Storck, Clarke, Bitzan, Loecken, Koehntop, Blascyk
Heat 2: Gerdes, Arneson, Ja. Thoennes, Schroeder, Jegtvig, Gulbrandson, Atkinson, Saurer
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature: Jeff Flaten, Cory Tammen, Jeff Crouse, Josh Anderson, Trevor Saurer, Larry Lund, Gunnar Watkins, Matt Miller, Jon Stepan, Jeff Kluver, Dominic Baker, Derrick Lemke, Mike Peterson, Nick Schipke, Cody Lee, Alan Johnson, Scott Horn, Aaron Leininger
Heat 1: Stepan, Kluver, Lund, Lemke, Schipke, Watkins
Heat 2: Crouse, Johnson, Tammen, Saurer, Miller, Leininger
Heat 3: Flaten, Lee, Peterson, Anderson, Horn, Baker
WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature: Justin Tammen, Gary Reents, Ryan Pommerer, Mark Blom, Adam Burrows, Andrew Bangsund, Chris Winter, Tiffany Maus-Krippner, Ryan Satter, Tim Jodsaas, Preston Fryer, Tyler Spanswick, Brett Miller
Heat 1: Miller, Blom, Tammen, Bangsund, Spanswick, Fryer, Winter
Heat 2: Jodsaas, Maus-Krippner, Reents, Burrows, Pommerer, Satter
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature: Travis Saurer, William Lund, Dusty Bitzan, Travis Vanderby, Shawn Olson, Ryan Schluesner, Zach Hintermeister, Tyler Vanderby, Justin Froemming, Randy Laage, Ron Saurer, Chris Mensen, Jamie Thorstad, Kyle Schmidt, Dan Rice, Tim Mensen, Casey Arneson, Kelly Haack, Todd Berg, Dustin Karl
Heat 1: T. Saurer, Olson, Bitzan, Schleusner, Schmidt, Rice, C. Mensen
Heat 2: Lund, Thorstad, Hintermeister, Berg, Karl, Tr. Vanderby, Laage
Heat 3: R. Saurer, T. Mensen, Arneson, Froemming, Haack, Ty. Vanderby