By: Ryan Schmitz All the Dirt Racing News
New Richmond, WI driver Pat Doar used a front row starting spot, and held off a hard charging Dustin Strand, to claim his fifth career NLRA tour win. Doar bested a field of 24 WISSOTA Late Models. Other drivers who found their way to victory lane on a cool & windy evening included, Dusty Bitzan in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Adam Burrows in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Dave Shipley in the WISSOTA Super Stocks, and Josh Thoennes in the WISSOTA Modifieds. In non WISSOTA support action, Ben Johnson claimed the Pure Stock feature win. The program was sponsored by Apol’s Harley Davidson, HPS Rental, and Marthaler Chevrolet.
With all the heat race action in the books, nineteen WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took to the track for the first feature event of 2013 at the famed half mile track. Local favorite Dusty Bitzan and Granite Falls, MN traveler Tim Ims led the field to the green. Head flagman Layne Roberts brought the field to life and Ims quickly jumped to the early advantage. Ims would continue to lead the pack for the first handful of laps, as eleventh starter Jeremy Kerzman and eighth starter Josh Muzik began their move to the front. The first yellow of the event would fly with ten laps remaining when rookie pilot Andrew Bangsund’s car suffered mechanical issues and was forced to retire pit side during the caution period. Ims once again led the field to the green and Kerzman put his #14k machine on the high side of the speedway and bolted to the lead. Behind Kerzman, Bitzan was able to race by Ims and settled into the runner up spot. A couple laps after getting the lead, Kerzman’s car lost power and he fell out of the race. This would give the lead to Bitzan while Ims, Jason Vejtruba and Muzik battled for the second spot. The caution would fly over the speedway once again with five laps remaining when Tyler Vanderby slid over the banking in turn two after suffering a flat right front tire. When the field was restarted Bitzan flexed his muscle and held on for the win. He was followed across the line by Ims, Vejtruba, Muzik, and twentieth start Jamie Thirsted rounded out the top five. Vertebra, Muzak, and Shawn Olson claimed heat race wins earlier in the program.
WISSOTA national point contender, Adam Burrows and young Jordan Tollakson paced the seventeen car WISSOTA Street Stock feature to the drop of the green. Burrows wasted no time jumping out to the lead over Tollakson, Mark Blom, and Brandon Jacobson. The running order would remain the same for the first handful of laps until the third place running Jacobson lost the bite on his machine and spun to a stop in turn two. Burrows once again wasted no time, and jumped to the high side of the track. Burrows would continue to lead while a fierce battle in-sued between Blom and Tollakson for the second spot. Lap after lap the duo would continue to battle as Burrows raced unchallenged in the lead. A caution would fly over the speedway with three laps remaining when Brett Miller’s car stopped on the entry to turn four with front end issues. This gave Blom and Tollakson one last shot at Burrows, but neither driver had anything for him. Burrows raced his 18b machine to his third win of the 2013 season, Tollakson was able to get around Blom for second, Blom was scared third, Ryan Satter was fourth, and James Becker rounded out the top five. Tollakson, Jacobson, and Satter were heat race winners in the division.
A pair of Fargo, ND drivers shared the front row for the thirteen car WISSOTA Super Stock feature. Cory Tammen and Dave Shipley paced the field and Layne Roberts brought the field to life. Shipley jumped to the lead with Tammen in tow. Shipley had his #72 machine dialed in and he continued to stretch his lead lap after lap with Tammen comfortably in second. The best racing on the speedway was between Jon Stepan, Jeff Crouse and Trevor Saurer for the third spot. Crouse was able to slip by Saurer and began to reel the third place running Stepan in lap after lap. With six to go Crouse was able to get by Stepan, but out front Shipley still held a comfortable margin over Tammen. As the laps ticked down it was clear that Shipley was the dominate car of the evening and he cruised to his first career Viking Speedway feature win. Tammen came in second, Crouse third, Stepan was fourth, and Saurer was fifth. Tammen and Cody Lee picked up the two heat race wins in the class.
Seventeen of the eighteen scheduled starters in the WISSOTA Modified feature made their way to the track led by Josh Thoennes and rookie modified pilot Jeff Flaten. Thoennes used his inside starting spot to jump to the lead with the rookie Flaten keeping pace with him. Up front Thoennes and Flaten kept up a torrid pace with Thoennes stretching his advantage over Flaten lap after lap. As the leader entered lap traffic, Dennis Bitzan, Danny Bayer, and Bobby Gierke closed in on Flaten. The group of four cars quickly became engaged in a heated battle as Thoennes continued to lead. With a handful of laps remaining, Flaten went to the low side in order to clear a lap car and lost the bite and spun in turn two bringing out the caution. Track officials concluded that Flaten spun on his own and he was relegated to the back of the field. With the green flag back out, Thoennes once again blasted to the high side of the track and raced to a large lead. Bitzan and Bayer continued to battle for the second spot, but with three laps remaining Bayer was able to power by Bitzan, but up front it was all Thoennes as he raced unchallenged to the win. Bayer was second after starting in the number eight spot, Bitzan was third, Gierke turned in a solid fourth place run, and Villard, MN driver Brady Gerdes was fifth. Gierke, Bitzan and Dave Schroeder posted heat race wins earlier in the program.
The final event of the evening belonged to the NLRA WISSOTA Late Models. After a nice four wide salute to the fans, Pat Doar and Cole Schill led the twenty four car field to the green. Doar wasted no time showing why he is one of the best in the business and he jumped to the lead as the cars exited turn two on the first lap. Third starting Dustin Strand was able to work his way around Schill and raced up to challenge Doar. Meanwhile, back in traffic, Viking Speedway regulars Jeff Wildung and Zach Johnson began to move their way to the front along with Eric Breeschoten. Doar quickly worked his way into lap traffic and Joey Pedersen had raced up to challenge Strand for second. Pedersen was able to get around Strand in lap traffic and settled into the second spot. The first caution of the main event came out for Clarence Washburn when his machine slowed on the back chute. Under the yellow flag, the second running Pedersen and fifth running Lance Matthees both retired to the pits with issues. This left Doar up front with Stand, Wildung, Johnson, and Breeschoten in the top five. With the green back out, Doar once again raced to a large lead as Strand battled to keep the second spot. Wildung moved up to the top of the track in pursuit of Strand, but got too high and slipped over the bank in turn two bringing out the caution flag. Doar once again led the field to the green and bolted out to the lead with Strand now in a battle with Johnson for the second spot. Strand was able to hang on to the spot, but had nothing for Doar as he raced to his fifth career NLRA tour win. Strand crossed the stripe in second, Johnson was third after starting in the fifteenth spot, Breeschoten was fourth after starting twelfth, and 2012 NLRA tour champion, Brad Seng, wound up fifth after starting in the number eighteen spot. Doar, Strand, and Schill posted the heat race wins in the division.
Viking Speedway is located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria, MN. The speedway will be back in action on Sunday May 26th, with the second half of the track’s annual Memorial Day doubleheader. For up to date speedway information, photos, and results visit the track online at www.vikingspeedway.net or “like” the speedway on Facebook.
NLRA WISSOTA Late Models
Feature- Pat Doar, Dustin Strand, Zach Johnson, Eric Breeschoten, Brad Seng, Mike Balcaen, Jeff Wildung, Bill Mooney, Steve Anderson, Troy Schill, Shawn Kirwin, Dusty Peterson, Rick Nelson, Billy Michaelsohn, Jeff Sayler, Norm Olson, Jeff Hapala, Joey Pedersen, Lance Matthees, Scott Lehn, Shane Edginton, Clarence Washburn, Cole Schill, Scott Greer
Heat 1- C. Schill, Matthees, Balcaen, Greer, Kirwin, Olson, Lehn, Sayler
Heat 2- Strand, T. Schill, Anderson, Nelson, Hapala, Mooney, Edginton, Washburn
Heat 3- Doar, Pedersen, Wildung, Breeschoten, Johnson, Seng, Peterson, Michaelsohn
Feature- Josh Thoennes, Danny Bayer, Dennis Bitzan, Bobby Gierke, Brady Gerdes, Mike Storck, Mark Esala, Jason Thoennes, Dave Schroeder, Brett Hoium, Brandon Aggen, Jeremy Nelson, Jeff Flaten, Jake Wildman, Todd Berg, Seth Brede, Kyle Koehntop, Brain Haben
Heat 1- Schroeder, Flaten, Bayer, Koehntop, Wildman, Berg
Heat 2- Bitzan, Jo. Thoennes, Ja. Thoennes, Brede, Aggen, Nelson
Heat 3- Gierke, Esala, Gerdes, Hoium, Storck, Haben
WISSOTA Super Stocks
Feature- Dave Shipley, Cory Tammen, Jeff Crouse, Jon Stepan, Trevor Saurer, Alan Johnson, Cody Lee, Rocky Yeats, Dominic Baker, Derek Quinn, Chris Winter, Jay Hedtke, Bob Holtquist, Jeff Kluver, Matt Miller, Derrick Lemke
Heat 1- Tammen, Stepan, Shipley, Johnson, Holtquist, Winter, Yeats, Baker
Heat 2- Lee, Saurer, Crouse, Kluver, Hedtke, Quinn, Miller, Lemke
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Feature- Adam Burrows, Jordan Tollakson, Mark Blom, Ryan Satter, James Becker, Brandon Jacobson, Jason McCoy, Shane Kruger, Chris Winter, Durand Peterson, Andrew Hedtke, Tiffany Maus-Krippner, Brett Miller, Vern Stewart, Justin Tammen, Greg Umlauf, Jake Huston, Rick Nelson
Heat 1- Satter, Becker, Kruger, Umlauf, Maus-Krippner, Stewart
Heat 2- Jacobson, Burrows, Blom, Tammen, Nelson, Peterson
Heat 3- Tollakson, Huston, Miller, Hedtke, McCoy, Winter
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature- Dusty Bitzan, Tim Ims, Jason Vejtruba, Josh Muzik, Jamie Thorstad, Jason Hoffman, Ryan Schleusner, Ron Saurer, Justin Froemming, Tim Mensen, Dustin Bluhm, Shawn Olson, Chad Vanoverbrke, Tyler Vanderby, Patrick Brejcha, Cory Storck, Zach Hintermeister, Jeremy Kerzman, Andrew Bansgund, Haley Lee
Heat 1- Vejtruba, Saurer, Bitzan, Bluhm, Storck, Brejcha, Vanderby
Heat 2- Muzik, Schleusner, Ims, Kerzman, Mensen, Bangsund, Thorstad
Heat 3- Olson, Hoffman, Hintermeister, Froemming, Vanoverbrke, Lee