By: Ryan Schmitz All the Dirt Racing News
Justin Tammen led flag to flag and won the Florian Sprinzel Moemorial Street Stock special on a warm and windy evening at the high flying half mile, Viking Speedway. Other drivers who found their way to victory lane on Pederson Ag Equipment, Beck’s Radiator, and French Lake Auto Parts night at the speedway included, Craig Gardner in the Viking Pure Stocks,Travis Saurer in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Derrick Lemke in the WISSOTA Super Stocks, and Jeff Wildung reigned supreme in both the WISSOTA Modifieds and Late Models.
Nineteen WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were led to the green by local driver Tim Mensen and Fargo, ND’s Casey “Duece” Arneson. Head flagman Layne Roberts waved the green flag high in the air and as the leaders entered turn one, third starter Andrew Bangsund got high going into the corner and slipped over the banking brining out the caution before a lap could be completed. With order restored, and Bangsund at the tail of the field, Mensen and Arneson led the field to the green once more. This time, third starter Jason Hoffman made a power move to the bottom of the speedway and vaulted to the early lead over Arneson and Ron Saurer. Hoffman would lead the first three circuits until Mensen slipped off turn one and brought out the caution once more. Hoffman once again bolted to the lead and the battle was on behind on. Ninth starter, Travis Saurer, and eighth starter Jamie Thorstad, quickly picked their way through traffic and raced to third and fourth respectively. The duo was quickly joined by Arneson and the trio began to battle for the second through fourth spots. Saurer was able to clear Arneson with six laps remaining and began to chip away at Hoffman’s large lead. With two laps left up on the scoreboard, Saurer was on Hoffman’s back bumper as the leaders encountered lap traffic heading into turn one. Saurer was able to sneak to the low side of Hoffman, who was held up by a lapped car, and jumped to the lead. From there it was all Saurer as he cruised to his third Viking Speedway win of the season. Hoffman held on for second, Arneson finished a strong third, Thorstad continued his strong season with a fourth place finish, and Ron Saurer was fifth. After the race it was announced that Ron Saurer failed to go across the scale after the race resulting in a disqualification putting Dusty Bitzan in the number five spot.
After outside pole sitter Shane Kruger was unable to make the start for the fifteen lap WISSOTA Street stock feature, Justin Tammen and Mark Blom led the field to the green. Tammen wasted no time jumping to the high side of the speedway and raced to grab the early lead. Adam Burrows wasted no time jumping up to battle with Tammen and the two lead drivers began to pull away from Blom and Brett Miller who were locked in a battle for the number three spot. Tammen would continue to lead Burrows and the first caution of the event would fly on lap five for Rosholt, SD driver Luke Lick lost the bite on his machine and spun to the inside of turn four. Tammen once again led Burrows and Blom to the green and this time Burrows looked to the bottom of the speedway in an effort to overtake Tammen, but Burrows quickly abandoned that plan and settled in behind Tammen. Tammen would continue to flat foot his machine on the cushion with Burrows on his rear bumper until lap eight when Burrows slipped off the high side of the speedway brining out the yellow once more. This put a new contender on Tammen’s back bumper as Oriska, ND’s Ryan Pommerer shared row two with Blom. With the green back out Tammen left no doubt that he was the car to beat and led the remaining seven laps for the win. Blom settled for the runner up spot, Pommerer was third, Dent’s Ryan Satter was fourth, and last week’s winner Miller was fifth.
Fourteen high powered WISSOTA Late Models were next on the grid, with Scott Lehn and Mike Balcaen leading the group to the inintial green flag. Balcaen wasted no time and disposed of Lehn as the cars entered the back chute on lap one. As Balcaen was moving by on the outside of the track, Lehn’s car got a bit loose and Dustin Strand made contact with Lehn sending both drivers, along with Mandan, ND driver Jeremy Keller spinning off the back of the speedway. Track officials determined that Strand was at fault for the incident and he was sent to the rear of the field. Once again Lehn and Balcaen led the pack to the green and once again Balcaen moved to the lead. Jeff Wildung was also able to clear Lehn down the back stretch and quickly moved up to battle with Balcaen as lap one was completed. As the leaders entered turn one on the second lap WIldung was able to work his way around Balcaen and began to build an advantage over the field. As Wildung continued to add to his lead, Balcaen was quickly joined by former WISSOTA national champions Zach Johnson and John Kaanta in the race for second. With eleven laps remaining, Johnson was able to get by Balcaen on the low side of the track and began the task of trying to track down Wildung. As the laps continued to tick down, Johnson began to close the gap on Wildung on each lap, but in the end Wildung was never seriously challenged and he picked up the win. Johnson ran second, Kaanta third, Balcaen fourth, and Rick Schroeder was fifth.
After parking his Late Model in the tech shed, Wildung quickly was back to work as he and Roger’s MN rookie Jeremy Nelson led twenty one their modified friends to the green. Once again Wildung wasted no time jumping to the high side of the speedway to grab the lead. Nelson also looked to find the high groove and fell in line behind Wildung, as Dave Schroeder and Cody Skytland worked the low side of the speedway in an effort to get by Nelson. On lap three, Skytland made the bottom line work and he worked his way by Nelson into the second spot. Wilduing and Skytland would continue to lead the field and the caution would come out on lap four for Austin Arneson, who made contact with the front stretch wall. On the restart Skytland chose the bottom of row two and Nelson the top as each driver searched for a way around Wildung's MB Customs machine. Lap after lap saw Skytland try to use the low side of the speedway to gain an advantage and he was able to pull even with Wildung on lap ten, but each time he would get alongside his 75jr machine couldn’t get off the corners. Wildung would go on to lead the remaining ten laps for his second win of the night. Skytland was second, Nelson had a career best third finish, Bobby Gierke turned in another strong run to finish fourth, and Jason Thoennes rounded out the top five.
The final event of the evening was the twenty lap WISSOTA Super Stock feature and fourteen cars lined up to do battle on the speedway. Derrick Lemke and Cody Lee wasted no time moving to the high side of the track to battle for the lead. Lemke was able to find the preferred groove first and got the advantage over Lee as the cars completed lap one. As the cars entered turn one on lap two, Jeff Crouse slid over the banking in turn two bringing out the yellow for the first time. Lemke led Lee and Trevor Saurer to the green this time and once again Lemke moved to the super high side of the speedway and kept Lee and Saurer behind him for the time being. The running order would remain the same until last week’s feature winner Jon Stepan went sailing off turn four with two laps remaining bringing out the yellow. Track officials determined that contact was made between Stepan and Cory Tammen and Tammen was sent to the tail for yellow. Back up front, Lemke was able to hold on to the lead for the final two laps and he raced to his first Viking win of the season. Lee was second, Saurer third, Derek Quinn came home fourth, and Stepan was scored fifth.
The Viking Speedway is a high banked half mile speedway located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria, MN. The track will not be in action next Saturday night, June 22nd as they take the night off. The west central speedplant will be back in action on Saturday June 29th with all six classes competing in midseason championship night. For the latest Viking Speedway news, information, standings, and photos please visit the track online at www.vikingspeedway.net or like the track on facebook.
WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature: Jeff Wildung, Zach Johnson, John Kaanta, Mike Balcaen, Rick Schroeder, Jeremy Keller, Rick Nelson, Steve Anderson, Casey Meyer, Scott Lehn, Billy Michealsohn, Shawn Meyer, Matt Jarvis, Dustin Strand
Heat 1: Johnson, Wildung, Balcaen, Schroeder, Anderson, Nelson, S, Meyer
Heat 2: Kaanta, Strand, Lehn, Keller, C. Meyer, Michealsohn, Jarvis
Feature: Jeff Wildung, Cody Skytland, Jeremy Nelson, Bobby Gierke, Jason Thoennes, Josh Thoennes, Dave Schroeder, Brady Gerdes, Travis Saurer, Mike Storck, Kyle Koehntop, Danny Bayer, Brett Hoium, Jake Wildman, Matt Smith, Todd Berg, Jeff Flaten, Blake Jegtvig, Tom Silver, Austin Arneson, Dennis Bitzan
Heat 1: Ja. Thoennes, Gierke, Saurer, Wildman, Jegtvig, Flaten, Storck
Heat 2: Skytland, Jo. Thoennes, Nelson, Koehntop, Arneson, Bayer, Silver
Heat 3: Gerdes, Schroeder, Wildung, Hoium, Smith, Bitzan, Berg
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature: Derrick Lemke, Cody Lee, Trevor Saurer, Derek Quinn, Jon Stepan, Jeff Crouse, Matt Miller, Mike Peterson, Rocky Yeats, Chris Winter, Cory Tammen, Jeff Kluver, Dominic Baker, David Galbraith
Heat 1: Tammen, Crouse, Saurer, Quinn, Baker, Kluver, Yeats
Heat 2: Stepan, Lemke, Peterson, Lee, Miller, Winter, Galbraith
WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature: Justin Tammen, Mark Blom, Ryan Pommerer, Ryan Satter, Brett Miller, John Adams, Tiffany Maus-Krippner, Greg Umlauf, Jake Huston, Scott Huston, Durand Peterson, Adam Burrows, Luke Lick, Jason McCoy, Vern Stewart, Chuck Lundeen, Shane Kruger, Justin Vogel
Heat 1: Tammen, Pommerer, S. Huston, Adams, Umlauf, J. Huston
Heat 2: Satter, Blome, Kruger, Peterson, Lick, Vogel
Heat 3: Burrows, Miller, McCoy, Maus-Krippner, Stewart, Lundeen
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature: Travis Saurer, Jason Hoffman, Casey Arneson, Jamie Thorstad, Dusty Bitzan, Shawn Olson, Ryan Schleusner, Josh Muzik, Jamie Winterquist, Andrew Bangsund, Corey Storck, Justin Froemming, Kelly Haack, Tyler Vanderby, Haley Lee, Zach Hintermeister, Tim Mensen, Wes Drake, Ron Saurer
Heat 1: R. Saurer, Bitzan, Bangsund, Olson, Winterquist, Storck, Lee
Heat 2: Thorstad, Arneson, Mensen, Haack, Hintermeister, Drake
Heat 3: T. Saurer, Schleusner, Hoffman, Muzik, Froemming, Vanderby
Feature: Craig Gardner, Derrick Kading
Heat: Gardner, Kading