By: Ryan Schmitz All the Dirt Racing News
Jon Stepan used a front row starting spot in order to capture the 2013 Kluver Memorial WISSOTA Super Stock feature on a hot and windy evening at the Viking Speedway. Other drivers who found their way to Alexandria Motors victory lane included, Dusty Bitzan in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Adam Burrows in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, and Josh Thoennes in the WISSOTA Modifieds. In non WISSOTA action, Lee Grosz picked up the UMSS Sprint Car win and Lee Kramer wrapped up the 2013 Viking Pure Stock points title with a feature win. The night’s festivities were sponsored by Alexandria Technical College, Ziegler Cat, Alex Rubbish, and Mark Lee Excavating.
With all the heat race action in the books, Zach Hintermeister and Haley Lee led the WISSOTA Midwest modified feature to green. Before a lap could be completed, Hintermeister shot off the banking in turn one bringing out the caution for the first time in the event. Track officials lined the cars back up and Lee shot to the lead with veteran Ron Saurer in tow. Lee, who is a rookie in the class, continued to lead the Saurer over the course of the first five laps, and the caution would come back out for debris in turn two. Lee once again led the field to the green and as the leaders entered turn two, Lee’s #50 machine would spin to the inside of the track. Officials determined that Saurer made contact with Lee and he was sent to the tail of the field. Back up front Lee, once again led the pack to the green. On the drop of the green, Dusty Bitzan, looked to the inside of Lee and completed the pass entering the back chute. Bitzan brought Jason Hoffman and Jamie Thorstad with him and the top three cars broke away from the field. The running order would remain the same over the next eight laps until Dalton Johnson and Wyatt Ricks spun in turn two bringing out the final caution of the event. This gave Thorstad and Hoffman one last shot at Bitzan, but Dusty proved to be to strong and he picked up the win. Thorstad was second, Hoffman was third, Josh Muzik came home in the four spot, and Justin Froemming rounded out the top five.
Next up was the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, and pole sitter Jake Huston paced the field to the green. Outside pole sitter Durand Peterson wasted no time jumping to the high side and racing to the lead with Justin Tammen, Justin Vogel, and Adam Burrows in a tight battle for the second spot. Veteran Brett Miller also joined the party up front and the five cars continued to swap spots lap after lap, while Peterson continued to lead. The lone caution of the event would come out on lap five for an incident involving Miller and Tammen, which saw Tammen sent to the rear for causing the caution. Peterson led the pack back to the green and this time Burrows worked to the inside of him and completed the pass. Once our front, Burrows checked out on the field and added to his track point lead with the win. Peterson was second, Shane Kruger made a late race charge to third, Miller was fourth, and Vogel came across the line fifth.
Twelve WISSOTA Super Stocks lined up for the Kluver Memorial feature event, led by Trevor Saurer and Jon Stepan. With the green flag out, Stepan jumped to the lead over Saurer and raced ahead to a comfortable lead, while Saurer looked for a different line around the high banked track. Back in traffic, Jeff Crouse and Cory Tammen were on the move. Crouse worked his way into the number three spot with thirteen laps remaining and raced his way up to challenge Saurer. Three laps later, Crouse went to the inside of Saurer and completed the pass as the cars exited turn two. Crouse quickly worked his way up to challenge Stepan for the lead, while Saurer now had Tammen on his back bumper in the battle for the number three spot. Lap after lap Crouse closed the gap on Stepan, but was unable to find a groove around the race long leader. With three laps remaining Crouse made a move to the low side of turn one and lost the bite on his machine, bringing out the lone caution of the event. This put Crouse tail end, and Tammen and Saurer on Stepan’s back bumper for a three lap shoot out. With the green back out, Stepan continued to hit his marks over the final three laps to capture the win. Saurer was second, Tammen third, Mike Peterson was fourth, and Derrick Lemke was fifth.
The fourth feature of the night belonged to the UMSS Sprint Cars. Rick Kobs and Thomas Kennedy led the twenty car field to the green and at the drop of the green Kennedy moved to the lead over Kobs. Kennedy would go on to lead the first two laps, only to see Kobs fight back by on the top side of the speedway, and take over the lead on lap three. Kobs broke out to a nice lead and Kennedy was quickly joined by Lee Grosz in the battle for second. Grosz made quick work of Kennedy, as he almost slipped over the banking on two occasions, and Grosz raced up to challenge Kobs for the lead. On lap eight, Grosz pulled even with Kobs on the back stretch and completed the pass for the lead in turn three. From there Grosz would break away from the pack and raced to the $1000 win ahead of Kobs. Lou Kennedy Jr. came home third, current UMSS point leader Chris Graf was fourth, and Thomas Kennedy was fifth.
Craig Gardner and Brock Volker paced the eight car Viking Pure Stock to the green. Gardner quickly moved to the lead while Lee Kramer worked his way into the second spot. Kramer was locked in a nice battle with Morris driver, Eric Riley until Riley spun in turn four with six laps remaining. With the green back out, Kramer was joined by Travis Kunz and the duo set off the chase down Gardner. Kunz was able to get by Gardner first and assumed the lead while Kramer raced into the second spot. As the laps ticked down, Kunz and Kramer were side by side nearly the whole way around the speedway and on the final lap, the leaders entered turn four in a dead heat. Kunz went to the bottom and Kramer to the top and the drivers would have contact exiting the turn, which almost sent both drivers spinning, but in the end Kramer would go on to the win. Kunz was second, Gardner third, Riley fourth, and Volker rounded out the top five.
Brett Hoium and Danny Bayer led the thirteen car WISSOTA Modified feature to the green and Bayer jumped to the early lead with Josh Thoennes settling into the second spot. Four laps into the feature, Thoennes looked to the inside of Bayer in turn two and completed the pass down the back chute, while Bayer settled into second. The first caution of the event would fly on lap eight for Jake Wildman who went off the banking in turn two. Thoennes once again blasted to the lead ahead of Bayer and Brandon Aggen, while Jason Thoennes and Cody Skytland battled for the fourth spot. Skytland would move around Thoennes on lap ten and set his sights on Josh as the laps continued to tick down. The final caution of the event would fly with seven laps remaining, when Aggen suffered mechanical issues on the back stretch. This put Skytland and Bayer on Josh’s back bumper for the final restart of the event. Thoennes bolted to the lead, while Skytland looked to the low side of the track, but Josh would hold on for the final seven laps. Skytland was second, Hoium third, Jason Thoennes fourth, and Brady Gerdes was fifth.
The high flyin’ half mile speedplant, located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, will be back in action next Saturday and Sunday for it’s annual Labor Day doubleheader. Both nights will feature the NLRA Late Models and all WISSOTA classes will crown their point champions over the long weekend. Sunday night’s event will feature the 4444 Late Model special as well. For more information on the speedway, visit them online at http://www.vikingspeedway.net/ or like the track on Facebook.
Feature: Josh Thoennes, Cody Skytland, Brett Hoium, Jason Thoennes, Brady Gerdes, Jay Richardson, Danny Bayer, Dave Schroeder, Dennis Bitzan, Mike Storck, Brandon Aggen, Todd Berg, Jake Wildman
Heat 1: Jo. Thoennes, Hoium, Ja. Thoennes, Richardson, Gerdes, Storck, Berg
Heat 2: Skytland, Bayer, Aggen, Bitzan, Wildman, Schroeder
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature: Jon Stepan, Trevor Saurer, Cory Tammen, Mike Peterson, Derrick Lemke, Cody Lee, Jeff Crouse, Derek Quinn, Rocky Yeats, Matt Miller, Jeff Kluver, Chris Winter
Heat 1: Lemke, Lee, Saurer, Peterson, Kluver, Winter
Heat 2: Tammen, Stepan, Crouse, Yeats, Quinn, Miller
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature: Dusty Bitzan, Jamie Thorstad, Jason Hoffman, Josh Muzik, Justin Froemming, Shawn Olson, Ron Saurer, Dennis Kuhnau, Tyler Vanderby, Andrew Bangsund, Haley Lee, Dalton Johnson, Wyatt Ricks, Zach Hintermeister, Tim Kanten
Heat 1: Bitzan, Muzik, Kanten, Saurer, Vanderby, Froemming, Ricks, Bangsund
Heat 2: Thorstad, Hoffman, Hintermeister, Lee, Kuhnau, Johnson, Olson
WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature: Adam Burrows, Durand Peterson, Shane Kruger, Brett Miller, Justin Vogel, Justin Tammen, Mark Blom, Ryan Satter, Jake Huston, Jimmy Williams, Tim Rhode, Tim Jodsaas, Vern Stewart
Heat 1: Kruger, Tammen, Peterson, Huston, Rhode, Stewart
Heat 2: Burrows, Vogel, Miller, Satter, Williams, Blom
Viking Pure Stocks:
Feature: Lee Kramer, Travis Kunz, Craig Gardner, Eric Riley, Brock Volker, Tony Volker, Chad Andersen, David Larson
Heat: Kramer, Gardner, Riley, B. Volker, Andersen, Kunz, T. Volker, Larson
UMSS Sprint Cars:
Feature: Lee Grosz, Rick Kobs, Lou Kennedy Jr., Chris Graf, Thomas Kennedy, Leigh Thomas, Tony Norem, Jason Tostenson, Jerry Richert Jr., Cody Hahn, Jennifer Eriksen, Tony Kaus, Neal Matuska, James Broty, Joseph Kouba, Mike Young, Jared Goerges, Sye Anderson, Joe Kouba, Cam Schafer
Challenge Race 1: T. Kennedy, L. Kennedy Jr., Grosz, Anderson, Hahn, Eriksen, Graf, Richert Jr., Kaus, Broty
Challenge Race 2: Norem, Kobs, Thomas, Tostenson, Matuska, Young, Joseph Kouba, Schafer, Goerges, Joe Kouba
Heat 1: Graf, Goerges, T. Kennedy, Thomas, Hahn, Young, Broty
Heat 2: Kobs, Grosz, Schafer, L. Kennedy Jr, Tostenson, Kaus, Joe Kouba
Heat 3: Richert Jr, Norem, Eriksen, Matuska, Anderson, Joseph Kouba