ALEXANDRIA, MN (July 20th) – Jared Mogard – Twitchy’s Racing Updates
Andrew Bangsund drove his Armstrong Skull Cleaning WISSOTA Midwest Modified all the way to the Alexandria Motor’s Victory Lane on a beautiful Saturday night at the -High Flying Half Mile- Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. Other drivers who found their way to Victory Lane on Glenwood Night were Adam Burrows in his Race Star WISSOTA Street Stock, Jon Stepan in his Angelina’s WISSOTA Super Stock, Zach Johnson in his Shaw Trucking WISSOTA Late Model and Cody Skytland took the extra purse for Beck’s Mod Night in his WISSOTA Modified. Greeley Plumbing and Pepsi joined Beck’s as the supporting sponsors of Saturday Night’s dirt track mud slinging fun at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
The features would kick off with Brandon Spanswick on the pole, leading the thirteen WISSOTA MidWest Modifieds in the 15 lap event. The action picked up very quickly when Kelly Haack and Dusty Bitzan went flying over the banking in the first turn of lap number one. Haack’s night ended with his car on it’s roof and Bitzan suffered a lot of body damage but would continue. After the restart the racers would go the entire 15 laps with no further cautions. The first driver to take the checkers was MidWest Modified Rookie, Andrew Bangsund, grabbing his first career MidWest Modified feature win. Bangsund held off a hard charging Josh Muzik who took the runner-up spot with Brandon Spanswick a close 3rd. Jason Hoffman came in 4th, and Jamie Thorstad worked his way through the pack all the way from his 13th starting spot to round out the top 5. Bitzan drove his car, missing half its sheet metal, to a 6th place finish.
Next up was the WISSOTA Street Stocks where rookie Durand Peterson from Glenwood started on the pole for the 12 lap feature event. The race would go flag to flag with no cautions and it looked like sophomore driver Ryan Satter of Dent, MN was on his way to his first ever feature win until the last lap when the hard charging point leader and defending champion, Adam Burrows caught Satter on the backstretch. The two battled side-by-side through turn four when Burrows would take the lead and his 3rd Viking Speedway feature win of the season. Satter would have to settle for second and the pole sitter, Peterson, third. Another rookie, Shane Kruger, was fourth and Glenwood pilot, Mark Blom, would round out the top 5. Brett Miller had engine trouble and was not going to make the race until he was able to make a last minute deal with Chuck Lundeen to borrow his #51L Streeter for the night. That deal got Miller a 6th place finish keeping him second in points and his championship hopes alive, just 11 points behind Burrows.
Next up was an eventful WISSOTA Super Stock feature that started with Cody Lee starting outside the pole-sitter Chris Winter. Early on, Jon Stepan would take the lead from his 4th starting position with Lee close behind. Jeff Crouse in the DQ #29* was the driver to watch as he moved through the pack and held the 4th position as the first caution flew over the track. With the field reset, Crouse made his move to third before another caution slowed the action again. On the restart, Crouse and Lee pressured Stepan for the lead but in turns 1-2, Crouse and Lee tangled and both cars went over the banking. Crouse would be charged for the caution and was sent to the back of the 11 car field while Lee was given his second place spot back. With eight laps remaining, Crouse would come off the restart and quickly battle his way back to fourth while Stepan kept a firm grip on the lead ahead of Lee. A late caution set up a green-white-checkered finish with Crouse moving past Matt Miller and Lee to capture second place behind Jon Stepan who took home his second Viking Speedway Feature Trophy of the season. Lee finished 3rd, Miller 4th and Derek Quinn grabbed the 5th spot.
Nineteen WISSOTA Modifieds took to the track for their 20 lap feature with Elrosa, MN pilot Danny Bayer on the pole. The 7-8-9 starters were the cars to watch as Josh Thoennes, Dave Schroeder and Cody Skytland moved through the pack. Skytland overtook Schroeder and Josh Thoennes while making quick work of the other six cars who started ahead of him. By the halfway point of the race, Skytland held a straightaway lead over Schroeder in the second spot but the one and only caution would bunch the field up with 10 laps to go. Skytland proved to have the best car on the night as he continued the “no repeat winner” streak in 2013 at the High Flying Half Mile becoming the 9th different driver to win out of 9 Modified main events this season. Schroeder was second, Josh Thoennes third, and Dave Cain who made a rare appearance at Viking took the 4th spot over Brady Gerdes who rounded out the top five.
Clarence Washburn lead 12 WISSOTA Late Models from the pole in the final event of the night. Glenwood Driver, Zach Johnson and Jeff Wildung would quickly move from the third row to lead the field that went flag to flag with no cautions. Johnson would end up in the Alexandria Motors Victory Lane for the second time this season and would get to meet some of the Glenwood Waterama Royalty who visit each year on Glenwood night to promote the Waterama festivities which take place the following week in Glenwood including a street dance on Friday July 26th and featuring the Waterama Grande Day Parade on Sunday the 28th at 1:00 PM. Jeff Wildung would finish 2nd and Jeremy Keller 3rd. Casey Meyers would make his first tech shed appearance of the year and Steven Grabow from Milbank, SD took the 5th spot.
The Viking Speedway is located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria, MN. The High Flyin’ Half Mile will be back in action next Saturday night for Jam the Stands with FREE GRANDSTAND ADMISSION FOR ALL FANS. All five WISSOTA divisions will be in action along with the Viking Pure Stocks, with racing action starting at 6:00 PM. For more information on the speedway, visit our website at http://www.vikingspeedway.net/ or ‘like’ the track at facebook.com/vikingspeedway.
[Scott Searcy contributed to this article]