By Ryan Schmitz All the Dirt Racing News
Current WISSOTA Late Model track point leader, Jeff Wildung, used a late race pass of Rick Nelson in order to claim the WISSOTA Late Model feature win on a beautiful Saturday evening at Viking Speedway. Other drivers who found their way into Alexandria Motors Victory Lane included, Blake Jegtvig in the WISSOTA Modifieds, Derrick Lemke in the WISSOTA Super Stocks, Brett Miller in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, and Jason Hoffman in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. In non WISSOTA support action, Benson’s Ben Johnson was victorious in the Viking Pure Stock class. The evening also marked the track’s annual Hall of Fame night and was sponsored by Winning Edge Graphics and Beck’s Radiator, both of Alexandria.
After long time track official and racer Tom Carlson and eight time Late Model track champion, Jeff Henkemeyer, were inducted into the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame during a nice intermission ceremony, fifteen WISSOTA Midwest Mods took to the track for their fifteen lap main event. Tyler Vanderby and Jason Hoffman paced the field to the green and at the start Hoffman jumped to the lead over Vanderby, as the rest of the field began to sort themselves out. Hoffman continued to build his advantage over Vanderby until the caution would fly over the speedway on lap two for Zach Hintermeister, whose car came to a stop in turn four. Hoffman paced the field to the green once more and rookie pilot Corey Storck wasted no time disposing of Vanderby and fell in line behind Hoffman. While Hoffman and Storck raced out front, all fan’s eyes were on Dusty Bitzan and Jamie Thorstad continued to work their way towards the front. The running order up front continued to be Hoffman, Storck, and Vanderby when the caution would come back out on two occasions with only three laps remaining, the first being a Tom Andring spin and the second for Josh Muzik who slid over the turn one banking. The field would be reset and Hoffman led the field to the green and jumped back to the lead and on the next lap Vanderby, who was running in the third spot, shot over the banking in turn three bringing out the final caution of the event. Hoffman would go on to lead the final two laps to claim his first win of the 2013 season followed by Storck in second, Thorstad third, Justin Froemming was fourth, and Andrew Bangsund rounded out the top five.
Vern Stewart and Brett Miller paced twelve WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green and Miller wasted no time jumping to the outside of the track to grab the lead with Mark Blom, Justin Tammen, and eighth starter Adam Burrows in tow. Miller would continue to work the high side of the track while Blom and Tammen raced for the second spot. Tammen was able to claim the spot with six laps remaining and quickly raced up to challenge Miller for the lead. With five laps to go, Tammen made a run to Miller’s outside in turn one and slipped over the banking, dropping him to the seventh spot. This left Miller up front while Blom raced hard to hold off Burrows for the second spot. Miller would cruise to the win, followed by Burrows in second, Blom third, WISSOTA rookie of the year contender Shane Kruger was fourth, and Dent’s Ryan Satter rounded out the top five.
Rocky Yeats and Dominic Baker paced a nice field of fifteen WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green for their twenty lap feature event. Yeats jumped out to an early lead only to see Derek Quinn power by on the low side of the track on lap one. With only one lap in the books, David Galbraith spun in turn two bringing out the first of many cautions in the event. With the field lined back up, Quinn jumped back to the lead, but before a lap could be completed, Jeff Crouse slipped over the banking in his Dairy Queen Grill & Chill machine bringing the caution back out. With order restored, Quinn once again raced to the lead, but this time Cory Tammen was able to work his way into second behind him and the pair began to race hard for the lead. Over the next four laps the field would be slowed three more times by yellows and Quinn continued to lead Tammen, Derrick Lemke, and Cody Lee. With thirteen laps remaining Tammen made a power move to the low side of the speedway and contact was made between Quinn and Tammen sending the pair spinning into the front chute wall. While track officials worked to clean up the mess, it was determined the Tammen was at fault and he tagged the rear of the field, while Quinn retired pit side with heavy damage. This put Lemke in the lead with Mike Peterson and Crouse behind him, for the final two lap shootout, after the laps were cut due to time constraints. On the restart, Lemke moved to the top of the speedway while Crouse went to the low side. Crouse was able to clear Peterson and made once last charge at Lemke, but to no avail. Lemke would hold on for this second win of the season, Crouse was second, Peterson third, Lee fourth, and Matt Miller rounded out the top five.
Former national champion, Blake Jegtvig and many time track champion Dennis Bitzan led a hungry field of fourteen WISSOTA Mods to the green and Jegtvig blasted to the lead in his MB Customs modified. Jegtvig had built up a nice lead when the lone caution of the event would come out for a Brady Gerdes and Brandon Aggen incident in turn four. Aggen would be able to continue, while Gerdes headed pit side for a tire change and eventually retired to the pits for the evening. Back up front Jegtvig jumped back to the lead on the restart while track point leader, Josh Thoennes moved around Jeff Wildung into the second spot. Thoennes continued to truck the bottom of the track while Jegtvig worked the cushion on the high side. With twelve laps remaining, Thoennes looked to the inside of Jegtvig, only to see Blake power back on the outside and on the following lap, Jegtvig moved to the low side of the track in order to gain the advantage over Thoennes. Jegtivg would continue to pull away during the final ten laps and cruised to the win ahead of Thoennes, Wildung was third, Dave Schroeder was fourth, and Jason Thoennes rounded out the top five.
The final event of the evening belonged to the WISSOTA Late Models and Clarence Washburn and Brad Parson led the eleven car field to the green. Washburn moved to the early lead while Rick Nelson worked into the second spot as the cars exited turn two on the first lap. As Washburn entered turn three, Nelson was able to get to the inside of him to capture the lead. Once up front, Nelson moved to a large advantage over Washburn and Jeff Wildung who had worked his way around Aberdeen, SD driver Curt Gelling into the number three spot. Wildung moved to the low side of the track and raced by Washburn with twelve laps remaining. Once in second, Wildung set his sights on Nelson and began to chip away at his large lead. With seven laps remaining, Wildung looked to the inside of Nelson in turn two only to see Nelson fight back on the high side down the back chute. Wildung would complete the pass on Nelson in turn three on that lap and moved to the high side of the track. Wildung continued to build his lead over the final six laps and cruised to the win ahead of Nelson, who came home second, Montevideo’s Rick Schroeder turned in a solid third place run, Gelling was fourth, and Casey Meyer rounded out the top five.
The “high flyin’ half mile”, Viking Speedway, located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, has a busy week in store with four straight nights of events will take place in conjunction with Douglas County Fair. Thursday and Friday the track will host demo derbies, Saturday WISSOTA racing action will resume, and Sunday a truck and tractor pull is scheduled. Saturday’s racing action will also feature free grandstand admission for all fans who purchase a ticket into the fair. All five WISSOTA classes will be in action, as well as the Viking Pure Stocks. For more information on all the events this coming week, please visit the track online at http://www.vikingspeedway.net/ or like the track on Facebook.
WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature: Jeff Wildung, Rick Nelson, Rick Schroeder, Curt Gelling, Casey Meyer, Clarence Washburn, Eric Breeschoten, Steven Grabow, Shawn Meyer, Scott Lehn, Brad Parson, Jason Grabow
Heat 1: Wildung, C. Meyer, Washburn, Parson S. Meyer, Lehn
Heat 2: Nelson, Gelling, Breeschoten, Schroeder, S. Grabow, J. Grabow
Feature: Blake Jegtvig, Josh Thoennes, Jeff Wildung, Dave Schroeder, Jason Thoennes, Dennis Bitzan, Jeremy Nelson, Bob Gierke, Brandon Aggen, Mike Storck, Gary Reents, Todd Berg, Dallas Gulbrandson, Brady Gerdes
Heat 1: Jegtvig, Ja. Thoennes, Gierke, Gerdes, Nelson, Reents, Storck
Heat 2: Jo. Thoennes, Wildung, Aggen, Bitzan, Schroeder, Gulbrandson, Berg
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature: Derrick Lemke, Jeff Crouse, Mike Peterson, Cody Lee, Matt Miller, Jon Stepan, Cory Tammen, Rocky Yeats, Bryan Hellerman, Rob Lynch, Derek Quinn, Jeff Kluver, Dominic Baker, Chris Winter, David Galbraith
Heat 1: Crouse, Baker, Quinn, Lee, Kluver, Hellerman, Lynch, Winter
Heat 2: Miller, Tammen, Yeats, Lemke, Peterson, Stepan, Galbraith
WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature: Brett Miller, Adam Burrows, Mark Blom, Shane Kruger, Ryan Satter, Ryan Pommerer, Justin Tammen, Luke Lick, Durand Peterson, Tim Jodsaas, Tiffany Maus-Krippner, Vern Stewart
Heat 1: Blom, Tammen, Miller, Burrows, Pommerer, Maus-Krippner
Heat 2: Satter, Peterson, Kruger, Stewart, Lick
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature: Jason Hoffman, Corey Storck, Jamie Thorstad, Justin Froemming, Andrew Bangsund, Tim Kanten, Shawn Olson, Terry Merten, Zach Hintermeister, Dusty Bitzan, Dalton Johnson, Tyler Vanderby, Josh Muzik, Tom Andring, Brooke Hellerman
Heat 1: Thorstad, Bitzan, Muzik, Hoffman, Andring, Olson, Hintermeister, Hellerman
Heat 2: Bangsund, Kanten, Vanderby, Storck, Froemming, Merten, Johnson
Viking Pure Stocks:
Feature: Ben Johnson, Travis Kunz, Brock Volker, Craig Gardner, Lee Kramer
Heat 1: Johnson, Kunz, Kramer, Gardner, Volker