By: Ryan Schmitz All the Dirt Racing News
Zach Johnson held off Saturday’s NLRA Late Model feature winner Pat Doar, to claim his first WISSOTA Late Model feature win of 2013. In other action, Travis Saurer claimed both the WISSOTA Modified & WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, Jeff Crouse posted his first 2013 WISSOTA Super Stock win, and Justin Tammen raced to the WISSOTA Street Stock feature win. The nights action, at the high flying half mile speed plant, were sponsored by Apol’s Harley Davidson, Marthaler Chevrolet, Cash Wise Liquor, and Cinema 9.
Seventeen WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took to the track for the first of five main events on night two of the doubleheader weekend. Local drivers Shawn Olson and Justin Froemming led the field to the green and at the drop of the green Froemming moved to the high side of the speedway to gain the early advantage. As the cars entered turn one, on the opening circuit, contact was made and Travis Saurer spun to a stop in turn 2. Villard, MN driver Jason Hoffman and rookie Corey Storck suffered the most damage in the ensuing wreck and both drivers retired pit side with heavy damage. Froemming led the field back to the green and once again jumped to the advantage. The field would begin to shake out until lap two when Tim Mensen lost the bite on his machine and slipped off in turn one. Mensen was able to continue, and up front Froemming once again moved up to the top line and regained the lead. While Froemming continued to lead, former national champion Travis Saurer began his march to the front. Saurer moved into third with ten laps to go. Froemming still led when the caution came out once more for Mensen as he spun in turn two once again. Rookie driver Andrew Bangsund was collected in the spin, but was able to continue and Mensen was forced to the pits after causing his second yellow of the event. Froemming once again jumped out to a lead over second running Saurer and Tim Ims. With six laps remaining Saurer was able to complete the pass and moved into the lead. He would continue to lead the remainder of the event and cruised to the win. Froemming posted a career best second place finish, Tim Ims continued to impress with a third place finish, Olson ended up fourth, and Jamie Thorstad was fifth. Saurer, Josh Muzik and Ryan Schluesner were victorious in heat race action.
Justin Tammen and Brett Miller led the fifteen car WISSOTA Street Stock featuring to the green and Tammen wasted no time finding his groove and blasted to the lead. Tammen continued to work the high side of the speedway with Miller, Jordan Tollakson, Adam Burrows, and Brandon Jacobson battled for the second spot. Tammen’s lead grew lap after lap, as Adam Burrows worked his way up from his eighth starting spot to third. Burrows and Miller continued to battle as the laps ticked out, until Burrows was able to clear Miller and set his sights on Tammen. In the end Tammen proved to be the class of the field as he picked up his first win of the season. Burrows was second, Tollakson third, Miller finished in the number four spot, and Jacobson rounded out the top five. Heat race wins were claimed by Tammen and Burrows.
Milbank, SD pilot Bob Holtquist and rookie super stock driver Derek Quinn sat on the front row for the twenty lap super stock feature. Quinn used his outside front row starting spot to blast to the lead. Before a lap could be completed, Cody Lee spun his machine in turn one collecting Cory Tammen and Jeff Kluver. Lee was able to continue, but Tammen and Kluver’s nights were over. Quinn once again bolted to the lead when the green came back out with Jon Stepan, Jeff Crouse, and Alan Johnson locked in a battle with Holtquist for the second through fourth spot. Crouse was able to clear the other three drivers and raced up to challenge Quinn for the lead. Lap after lap Crouse looked for a groove to get around Quinn and with a handful of laps remaining Crouse made his car stick on the bottom of the speedway and cleared Quinn for the lead. From there it was all Crouse as he dominated the remaining laps for his first win of 2013. Stepan was second, eleventh starter Dave Shipley was third, Lee rebounded from the early spin to finish fourth, and Quinn posted a hard fought fifth place finish. Alan Johnson and Lee claimed heat wins earlier in the program.
Twenty seven WISSOTA Modifieds lined up to do battle on the speedway lead by modified rookie Seth Brede and veteran Mike Storck. Storck was able to get the early lead until third starter Dave Schroeder found the bite on the bottom of the speedway and raced to the lead. Schroeder continued to build his advantage as the rest of the field raced three and four wide behind him. As the laps continued to tick down, twelfth starter Travis Saurer put his car on the high side of the speedway in search of a way around the field. The field would complete the first fourteen laps of the feature caution free until rookie Todd Berg’s car began to smoke exiting turn four and slowed on the front chute. At this point Schroeder led Storck, Dale Mathison, Brady Gerdes, and Blake Jegtvig. With the green flag back out the field raced into turn one. Jegtvig slipped over the banking bringing the caution back out. On the caution period Blake retired to the infield. Head flagman Layne Roberts once again brought the field to life and before a lap could be completed Bobby Gierke spun exiting turn two, bringing out the final caution of the event. With the green back out, Saurer made a daring top side pass of Storck and Mathison and raced up to challenge Schroeder for the lead. Saurer would eventually get around him and raced to the win, a night after blowing his primary motor in Jamestown,ND. Mathison was able to get around Schroeder and came home second, Schroeder finished a solid third, Storck was fourth, and Saturday night’s winner Josh Thoennes was fifth.
The final event of the doubleheader belonged to the WISSOTA Late Models. Former WISSOTA national champion Zach Johnson and late model legend Lance Matthees led the twenty two car field to the green. Johnson ducked to the low side of the speedway to get the early advantage as Matthees struggled to find the handling on his 90 machine and slipped back to sixth. This put former World of Outlaws rookie of year Pat Doar on Johnson’s back bumper and the duo raced to a large advantage over Jeff Wildung who sat third. The top three cars continued to pull away from the field as Brad Seng and Eric Breeschoten locked horns in a battle for fourth. The first caution of the twenty five lap main event came out when Selkirk, Manitoba driver Bill Mooney flew off entering turn three. With order reset Johnson led Doar and Wildung to the green. Before a lap could be completed, Morris, MN driver Shawn Kirwin’s machine slowed bringing out the caution flag once more. Once again Johnson bolted to an advantage and Doar settled into second. Seng was able to sneak around Breeschoten into fourth and the field raced under green until lap eighteen when Fargo, ND rookie Jeff Hapala shot off turn one bringing out the final yellow of the event. Johnson once again used the low side of the speedway to get the advantage over Doar and raced to his first feature win of the season. Doar settled for second, Wildung finished third, Seng crossed the stripe fourth, and Breeschoten was fifth. Johnson, Doar, and Matthees were winners of the three NLRA heat races.
The Viking Speedway, located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, will be back in action on Saturday June 1st. The WISSOTA Late Models have the night off, but the program will feature a full show of WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds. The Viking Speedway Pure Stocks are also scheduled to resume their season. For the latest speedway news, results, standings, photos, and much more please visit the track online at www.vikingspeedway.net or like the track on Facebook.
NLRA WISSOTA Late Models
Feature- Zach Johnson, Pat Doar, Jeff Wildung, Brad Seng, Eric Breeschoten, Dustin Strand, Lance Matthees, Mike Balcaen, Joey Pedersen, Rick Nelson, Scott Greer, Troy Schill, Steve Anderson, Bill Mooney, Cole Schill, Norm Olson, Shane Edginton, Jeff Hapala, Billy Michaelsohn, Shawn Kirwin, Scott Lehn, Dusty Peterson
Heat 1- Matthees, Seng, Pedersen, Strand, Greer, Nelson, Mooney, Peterson
Heat 2- Doar, Balcaen, Olson, Edginton, T. Schill, C. Schill, Lehn
Heat 3- Johnson, Breeschoten, Wildung, Kirwin, Anderson, Hapala, Michaelsohn
Feature- Travis Saurer, Dale Mathison, Dave Schroeder, Mike Storck, Josh Thoennes, Brady Gerdes, Danny Bayer, Cody Skytland, Matt Gilbertson, Terry Engebretson, Jason Thoennes, Kyle Koehntop, Mark Esala, Jeremy Nelson, Brain Haben, Jeffery Lein Jr, Dennis Bitzan, Jake Wildman, Phil Braun, Brandon Aggen, Jeff Flaten, Brett Hoium, Seth Brede, Bobby Gierke, Blake Jegtivg, Todd Berg, Aaron Olson
Heat 1- Brede, Storck, Hoium, Esala, Engebretson, Ja. Thoennes, Berg
Heat 2- Mathison, Jegtvig, Lein Jr, Bitzan, Skytland, Nelson, Wildman
Heat 3- Schroeder, Bayer, Koehntop, Jo. Thoennes, Olson, Braun, Gilbertson
Heat 4- Gierke, Gerdes, Saurer, Aggen, Haben, Flaten
WISSOTA Super Stocks
Feature- Jeff Crouse, Jon Stepan, Dave Shipley, Cody Lee, Derek Quinn, Alan Johnson, Robert Holtquist, Rocky Yeats, Jeff Flaten, Cory Tammen, Jeff Kluver, Dominic Baker
Heat 1- Lee, Yeats, Stepan, Holtquist, Baker, Shipley
Heat 2- Johnson, Crouse, Tammen, Quinn, Flaten
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Feature- Justin Tammen, Adam Burrows, Jordan Tollakson, Brett Miller, Brandon Jacobson, James Becker, Shane Kruger, Durand Peterson, Chris Winter, Jake Huston, Tiffany Maus-Krippner, Rick Nelson, Vern Stewart, Andrew Hedtke, Mark Blom
Heat 1- Burrows, Jacobson, Winter, Becker, Maus-Krippner, Huston, Kruger, Nelson
Heat 2- Tammen, Miller, Tollakson, Hedtke, Peterson, Stewart, Blom
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds-
Feature- Travis Saurer, Justin Froemming, Tim Ims, Shawn Olson, Jamie Thorstad, Dustin Bluhm, Josh Muzik, Ryan Schluesner, Ron Saurer, Dusty Bitzan, Andrew Bangsund, Tyler Vanderby, Tim Mensen, Jason Hoffman, Corey Storck, Chad Vanoverbreke, Kelly Haack
Heat 1- Schlusener, Olson, Froemming, Vanoverbreke, Haack, Vanderby
Heat 2- Muzik, Thorstad, R. Saurer, Bluhm, Bangsund, Mensen
Heat 3- T. Saurer, Ims, Hoffman, Bitzan, Storck