By: Ryan Schmitz All the Dirt Racing News
Villard, MN Modified pilot Brett Hoium held off late race charges by Jeff Wildung, Cody Skytland, and Jason Thoennes to claimed his first career modified win during Snap-On Tools and Bell State Bank & Trust night at the Viking Speedway. Other drivers who found their way to victory lane in WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series action included Jamie Thorstad, who pocketed an extra $250 for his Midwest Modified win thanks to Beck’s Radiator, Brett Miller in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Jon Stepan in the WISSOTA Super Stocks, and Shawn Kirwin in the WISSOTA Late Models. Lee Kramer won his first Pure Stock feature in non WISSOTA support action
Nineteen of the twenty one scheduled starters lined up to do battle in the fifteen lap Midwest Modified feature. Veteran drivers Ron Saurer and Jason Hoffman led the field to the green and Hoffman used his outside starting spot to jump to the lead. Hoffman continued to lead while fourth starter Jamie Thorstad, Casey Arneson, and Justin Froemming joined Saurer for the battle for the second spot. Hoffman would continue to lead the field and the caution would fly over the speedway on lap nine when Tim Mensen spun in turn two. Hoffman led the pack to the green once more with Thorstad and Froemming making up row two. Before a lap could be completed, Arneson made contact with Froemming causing him to spin across the speedway. Former WISSOTA national champion Travis Saurer was also collected in the melee. Saurer and Froemming headed into the work area to change tires and after the track was clear, Hoffman once again jumped to the lead. Hoffman would continue to lead the next three laps, but back in the pack the drivers on the move were Josh Muzik, Andrew Bangsund, and Shawn Olson. All three drivers cracked the top five with three to go With three laps to go when Hoffman slipped over the banking in turn two while leading. This then put Thorstad on the point for the final restart of the event. Thorstad powered his #34 to the high side of the track and raced unchallenged to the win. Ron Saurer turned in a solid second place finish, Muzik crossed the line in third, Olson continues to impress with a fourth place finish after starting twenty first, and Dusty Bitzan rounded out the top five.
Rookie WISSOTA Street Stock driver Durand Peterson and second year driver Ryan Satter paced the nine car feature to the green. At the drop of the green, second row starter Brett Miller quickly disposed of Peterson and raced up to challenge Satter. Satter continued to lead with heavy pressure from Miller, and as the leaders entered turn one on the second circuit, Satter’s car slipped off the banking bringing out the yellow. This put Miller on the point with Justin Tammen and Mark Blom in the second row. Miller was able to find the groove on the top of the speedway and raced up to a comfortable lead while Blom and Tammen battled for second. The duo was quickly joined by national point contender Adam Burrows and a nice three car battle ensued. As the cars entered turn one with three laps left on the board, Blom made contact with Tammen’s machine spinning him down the banking. It was determined that Blom was at fault and he was sent to the tail of the field. Unfortunately, Tammen’s car suffered some mechanical damage and he was towed from the track. Miller once again led the field to the green with Burrows and Shane Kruger on his bumper. With the green back out, Miller settled back in to the high groove and raced to the win. Burrows came home second after starting in the eighth spot, Satter raced back to third, Peterson was scored fourth, and Kruger was fifth.
Shawn Kirwin and Rick Nelson shared the front row for the twenty lap WISSOTA Late Model feature. Head flag man Layne Roberts brought the field to life and Kirwin wasted no time powering past Nelson to the lead. As Kirwin continued to lead, the battle behind him began to heat up. Ricky Weiss, Jeff Wildung, and Zach Johnson were locked in an epic battle for the second spot with each driver holding the position on numerous occasions. Six laps into the main event, the second caution of the race would come for Scott Lehn who jumped over the banking in turn three. Kirwin led Weiss and Wildung to the green once again and wasted no time powering to a comfortable lead over the duo. As the laps continued to click down, it was clear that no one had anything for Kirwin as he raced to his first Viking win of the season. Weiss worked his way back to second, Wildung was third, Johnson fourth, and Don Shaw completed the top five.
Jeff Flaten and Brandon Aggen sat on the front row of the twenty two car WISSOTA Modified feature. Flaten blasted to the lead and was quickly joined by fourth starter Brett Hoium. Hoium was able to work his way around Flaten on lap two, and began to pull away from the field briefly. The yellow would come out on lap two when Dave Schroeder, who was driving Todd Berg’s Modified after totaling his the week before, slipped over the banks in turn one. Hoium once again jumped out to a quick lead over Flaten and Aggen as they battled for the second spot. Fargo, ND driver Cody Skytland quickly moved into the battle for the second spot, along with teammate Austin Arneson. Both drivers were able to find their way around Flaten and Aggen, and Skytland raced up to challenge Hoium for the lead. With nine laps remaining, Arneson looked to the outside of Skytland and spun his machine in turn three bringing out the caution. This now put Skytland and Jeff Wildung on Hoium’s back bumper. Hoium was able to get a good start while Wildung and Sktyland battled for second. Wildung was able to clear Skytland the following lap and began to reel Hoium in until he drove his MB Customs modified too hard into turn three and dropped off the banking. Wildung would retire to the pits under the yellow ending his night. With the green back out, a new player entered the mix. Jason Thoennes was able to get around Skytland for the second spot, but up front Hoium continued to run his line and raced to his first career modified win. Thoennes was second, Skytland third, Bobby Gierke raced to fourth from thirteenth, and Kyle Koehntop came home fifth.
The final event of the evening belonged to the WISSOTA super stocks. Rocky Yeats and Derek Quinn led the field to the green and Yeats quickly jumped to the lead in search of his first career win. Yeats would begin to build his advantage over Quinn and Mike Peterson. The front pack was quickly joined by former track champions Jeff Crouse and Jon Stepan. Peterson was able to work his way around Quinn and Yeats to get the lead on lap six, but was quickly joined by Stepan. Stepan was able to find his way around Peterson the following lap and raced to a large lead while Crouse worked his way into the third spot. Two laps later Crouse worked his way around Peterson and set his sights on Stepan. With three laps remaining it appeared that Stepan had things well in hand until Yeats blew and engine while running in the fourth spot. This tightened things back up with Crouse and Peterson now on Stepan’s back bumper. Stepan jumped back to the high side of the track while Crouse searched for a way around. As the duo raced to the white flag, Crouse was able to sneak around Stepan on the outside and the duo raced side by side into turn one. Crouse emerged as the leader as the cars made their final trip down the back stretch. As the cars entered turn three Stepan went to the outside and was able to get back around Crouse and held on at the line. Crouse settled for second, Peterson was third, Trevor Saurer raced from 11th to fourth, and Cody Lee worked back up to fifth after an early race spin.
The Viking Speedway, located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, will be back in action next Saturday, June 15th with all six classes back in action. The night is also the annual Florian Sprinzel WISSOTA Street Stock special with an increased purse for the street stocks. For the latest information, news, and results please visit the track online at www.vikingspeedway.net or “like” the track on Facebook.
WISSOTA Late Models
Feature: Shawn Kirwin, Ricky Weiss, Jeff Wildung, Zach Johnson, Don Shaw, Rick Nelson, Billy Michaelsohn, Scott Lehn, Coard Allard
Heat: Nelson, Kirwin, Johnson, Weiss, Shaw, Wildung, Michaelsohn, Allard, Lehn
Feature: Brett Hoium, Jason Thoennes, Cody Skytland, Bobby Gierke, Kyle Koehntop, Brandon Aggen, Jeff Flaten, Brian Haben, Mike Storck, Brady Gerdes, Josh Thoennes, Terry Engebretson, Travis Saurer, Danny Bayer, Jake Wildman, Jeremy Nelson, Austin Arneson, Dennis Bitzan, Jeff Wildung, Tom Silver, Jeffery Lien Jr., Dave Schroeder
Heat 1: Arneson, Ja. Thoennes, Flaten, Wildung, Gierke, Lien Jr, Wildman, Nelson
Heat 2: Hoium, Engrebretson, Aggen, Koenhtop, Silver, Haben, Schroeder
Heat 3: Jo. Thoennes, Saurer, Skytland, Bayer, Gerdes, Storck, Bitzan
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature: Jon Stepan, Jeff Crouse, Mike Peterson, Trevor Saurer, Cody Lee, Matt Miller, Derek Quinn, Derrick Lemke, Jeff Kluver, Alan Johnson, Rocky Yeats, Chris Winter, Bryan Hellerman, Dominic Baker
Heat 1: Stepan, Peterson, Quinn, Johnson, Miller, Baker, Winter
Heat 2: Lee, Hellerman, Yeats, Crouse, Lemke, Saurer, Kluver
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Feature: Brett Miller, Adam Burrows, Ryan Satter, Durand Peterson, Shane Kruger, Mark Blom, Vern Stewart, Luke Lick, Justin Tammen
Heat: Tammen, Blom, Satter, Peterson, Miller, Kruger, Lick, Burrows, Stewart
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature: Jamie Thorstad, Ron Saurer, Josh Muzik, Shawn Olson, Dusty Bitzan, Andrew Bangsund, Travis Saurer, Tim Ims, Cory Storck, Justin Froemming, Jason Hoffman, Jamie Winterquist, Nick James, Casey Arneson, Haley Lee, Kelly Haack, Tim Mensen, Tyler Vanderby, Chad Vanoverbeke, Brock Gronwold, Zach Hintermeister
Heat 1: Thorstad, R. Saurer, Froemming, Gronwold, Vanoverbeke, Mensen, Vanderby
Heat 2: T. Saurer, Arneson, James, Bitzan, Bangsund, Haack, Lee
Heat 3: Muzik, Hoffman, Winterquist, Ims, Storck, Hintermeister, Olson
Feature: Lee Kramer, Craig Gardner, Bryan Crandall
Heat: Kramer, Gardner, Crandall