By: Ryan Schmitz All the Dirt Racing News
Don Shaw dominated a strong field of twenty WISSOTA Modifieds to claim his first Viking Speedway Modified win of the season. Other drivers finding their way to Alexandria Motors Victory Lane during Jam the Stands night included, Justin Vogel in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Travis Saurer in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Cody Lee in the WISSOTA Super Stocks, Jeff Wildung in the WISSOTA Late Models, and Lee Kramer in the Viking Pure Stocks. The MN Corn Growers Association sponsored the free grandstand admission night and the evening was co sponsored by Wildman Seeds, Denco 2, and Robert R. Schroeder Construction.
With all the heat race action in the books, sixteen WISSOTA Street Stocks made their way to the track for their twelve lap main event. National rookie of the year contender Durand Peterson and Benson, MN veteran driver Scott Huston led the field to the green. Peterson was able to use his outside starting spot to jump to the lead while Huston settled into the number two spot. Behind the top two the racing was three and four wide as the remaining drivers jockeyed for position. Peterson continued to lead the field when the first caution of the event would fly on lap six. This put Huston and Brett Miller on the back bumper of Peterson for the restart, and once again Peterson was able to get away from the field. The main battle on the track at this point was for the number four through six spot, as sixteenth starting Justin Vogel, and current WISSOTA national point leader Ryan Pommerer began to move their way to the front. Vogel was able to move himself into the number two spot when yellow would fly once more for Adam Burrows, who slipped off the banking in turn two. Peterson now found Vogel and Huston behind him on the restart. As the cars entered turn two, Peterson’s car got loose on the high side of the track and Huston made contact with him allowing Vogel and Pommerer to make their way by. Vogel began to stretch his lead over Pommerer, but a scary situation brought the field to a stop with two laps left. Miller, Ryan Satter, and John Adams spun on the front stretch only to see Adams be hit in the drivers door by Mark Blom, who had no place to go. After being attended too by medical staff, Adams was able to leave the track on his own power. This set up a two lap shoot out with Vogel and Pommerer. Vogel would go on to win the feature after starting in the final starting spot in the event. Pommerer was second, Brad Schmidt was third, Huston finished in the four spot, and WISSOTA Street Stock rookie of the year leader, Shane Kruger finished in fifth after starting thirteenth.
Nineteen WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were paced to the green by Jamie Thorstad and Justin Froemming for their fifteen lap feature event. At the drop of the green Thorstad planted his #34 machine on the high side and raced away from Froemming. Thorstad would lead lap one and as the leaders entered turn two on the second circuit, Froemming slipped over the banking. Froemming stayed in the gas and was able to make his way back onto the track, but taking him out of contention for the night. This left Thorstad up front with Andrew Bangsund and Travis Saurer battling for the second spot. Saurer was able to clear Bangsund on lap four and made his way up to challenge Thorstad for the lead. With eight laps remaining, Saurer ducked to the lowside of Thorstad and was able to complete the pass for the lead. From there Saurer would stretch his lead and went on to claim the win. Thorstad came across the line second, Bangsund was third, Cory Storck was fourth, and Shawn Olson rounded out the top five.
Cody Lee and Dominic Baker led a nice field of fourteen WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green and Lee was able to use a power move to gain the lead on Baker as the drivers jockeyed for position for their twenty lap event. The first of many cautions would fly on lap two for a David Galbraith spin in turn four. This put Lee back on the point with Saurer and Baker in tow. Lee would continue to lead the next four laps until a Derrick Lemke and Derek Quinn incident on the front chute, brought out the yellow once more. Lemke was forced to retire pit side with damage, while Quinn tagged the end of the field for the restart. Lee began to stretch his lead once more with Baker running the high side and Saurer the low line in an effort to catch Lee. As the leaders entered turn two, with fourteen laps remaining, Baker’s car would get loose causing fourth place running Jason Cook to get into the back of Baker, and Jeff Crouse made contact with Cook. On the following lap, Cook would go to the low side of Crouse and the drivers would make contact. Cook shot off the banking and Crouse spun to the bottom of turn three. Cook’s car suffered some rear end damage and he was towed to the pits, while Crouse jumped back into his number four spot. Lee paced the field back to the green once more and jumped back to the lead with Baker completing the pass of Saurer for second. On the following lap, Baker’s car began to spew white smoke before his engine would expire on the back stretch. This put Crouse and Saurer on Lee’s bumper with twelve laps to go, but Lee would not waver and he raced to the win ahead of Crouse in second, Jon Stepan was third, Saurer fourth, and Quinn raced back to claim the fifth spot after the early race incident.
A great field of twenty WISSOTA Modifieds came to the track next for their twenty lap main event. Montevideo, MN driver quickly moved to the lead in front of outside pole sitter Jake Wildman. Don Shaw quickly moved from his fifth starting spot, and raced up to challenge Gilbertson for the lead on lap four. For a handful of laps the duo would race side by side with Shaw completing the pass on lap seven. With Shaw at the point, Gilbertson quickly came under siege from Jason Thoennes who blasted by Gilbertson on the high side of the track and moved into second. On the following lap, Dave Schroeder found his way around Gilbertson and he raced up to challenge Thoennes for the second spot. Up front Shaw continued to lead, with Thoennes and Schroeder locked in a great battle for the second spot. As the laps ticked down, Shaw continued to dominate and he raced to the win ahead of Schroeder, who made a last corner pass on Thoennes for second, Thoennes was scored third, Cody Skytland was fourth after starting eighth, and Gilbertson rounded out the top five.
Scott Lehn and Casey Meyer brought the eleven car WISSOTA Late Model feature to the green. Meyer quickly jumped to the lead, but was joined by fourth place starter Don Shaw in a battle for the lead. Shaw quickly moved by Meyer and began to stretch his lead over Meyer and Eric Breeschoten. As Shaw continued to lead, the yellow would fly on lap five, when Mellen, WI driver Todd Frank shot off the banking in turn two. Shaw once again moved out to a big lead and with ten laps remaining, Jeff Wildung was able to move into the second spot. At that point Shaw held nearly a full straight away lead over Wildung, but lap after lap Wildung cut into the lead. As Shaw came to the flag stand on lap eighteen, Wildung was right on his bumper and as the duo entered turn two, Shaw’s machine got loose, allowing Wildung to lookg to the inside of him. Shaw was able to fight Wildung off and Shaw led as the white flag came out. As the drivers raced down the back stretch, it was clear that lap traffic was going to be an issue. Shaw choose the outside of the track and Wildung the bottom, and as the cars exited turn four, Wildung was able to get by Shaw for the win. Shaw was second, Meyer third, Breeschoten fourth, and Rick Schroeder was fifth.
The High Flyin’ Half Mile, Viking Speedway is located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria, MN. The west central Minnesota speed plant will be back in action next Saturday night. All five WISSOTA classes, along with the Viking Pure Stocks will be in action starting at 6pm. For more information on the speedway, please visit them online at http://www.vikingspeedway.net/, or “like” the track on facebook.
WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature: Jeff Wildung, Don Shaw, Casey Meyer, Eric Breeschoten, Rick Schroeder, Corey Nelson, Scott Lehn, Todd Frank, Shawn Meyer, Billy Michealsohn, Clarence Washburn
Heat 1: Shaw, C. Meyer, Lehn, Nelson, Washburn, Michaelsohn
Heat 2: Breeschoten, Wildung, Schroeder, Frank, S. Meyer
Feature: Don Shaw, Dave Schroeder, Jason Thoennes, Cody Skytland, Matt Gilbertson, Brady Gerdes, Travis Saurer, Dennis Bitzan, Josh Thoennes, Jake Wildman, Brandon Aggen, Mark Esala, Mike Storck, Jeremy Nelson, Kyle Koehntop, Brett Hoium, Dallas Gulbrandson, Gary Reents, Chris Wolden, Todd Berg
Heat 1: Schroeder, Skytland, Gerdes, Esala, Hoium, Nelson, Berg
Heat 2: Ja. Thoennes, Jo. Thoennes, Wildman, Aggen, Wolden, Gulbrandson, Reents
Heat 3: Saurer, Shaw, Gilbertson, Storck, Bitzan, Koehntop
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature: Cody Lee, Jeff Crouse, Jon Stepan, Trevor Saurer, Derek Quinn, Matt Miller, Jeff Kluver, Jeremy Tyson, Dominic Baker, Derrick Lemke, Jason Cook, Rocky Yeats, David Galbraith, Chris Winter
Heat 1: Crouse, Lemke, Miller, Stepan, Kluver, Winter, Tyson
Heat 2: Baker, Quinn, Saurer, Lee, Yeats, Galbraith, Cook
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature: Travis Saurer, Jamie Thorstad, Andrew Bangsund, Corey Storck, Shawn Olson, Ryan Schleusner, Dustin Bitzan, Justin Froemming, Josh Muzik, Jason Hoffman, Kyle Reents, Ron Saurer, Tyler Vanderby, Jonathon Olmscheid, Wyatt Ricks, Tyler Spanswick, Randy Laage, Haley Lee, Terry Merten
Heat 1: Storck, Olson, Froemming, Laage, Reents, Merten, Ricks
Heat 2: Hoffman, T. Saurer, Bangsund, Muzik, R. Saurer, Olmscheid
Heat 3: Thorstad, Bitzan, Schleusner, Lee, Spanswick, Vanderby
WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature: Justin Vogel, Ryan Pommerer, Brad Schmidt, Scott Huston, Shane Kruger, Luke Lick, Ryan Satter, Tiffany Maus-Krippner, Chuck Lundeen, Adam Burrows, Durand Peterson, Jake Huston, Vern Stewart, Brett Miller, Mark Blom, John Adams
Heat 1: Satter, Burrows, Peterson, Schmidt, Adams, J. Huston, Kruger, Stewart
Heat 2: S. Huston, Blom, Miller, Pommerer, Maus-Krippner, Lick, Lundeen, Vogel
Viking Pure Stocks:
Feature: Lee Kramer, Brock Volker, Craig Gardner, Tony Volker, Travis Kunz
Heat: Kramer, Gardner, T. Volker, B. Volker, Kunz