After a two year hiatus, WISSOTA racing returned to the Douglas County Fair and fans were treated to an action packed night with large car counts in every class. When the dust settled, Tyler Larson reigned supreme in the WISSOTA Mod Fours, claiming the Mike Commerford Memorial Feature win. Other drivers who made trips to Alexandria Motors Victory Lane included, Zach Johnson in the WISSOTA Late Models, Dave Cain in the WISSOTA Modifieds, Tim Johnson in the WISSOTA Super Stocks, Jordan Tollakson in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Jeremy Nelson in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifeds, and Jesse Waldorf in the Pure Stocks. The night’s Polydome Dirt Track Series Action was sponsored by Mark Lee Excavating, Integrity Title, Better Homes & Garden Reality-Shawn Reilly, and Martinson Insurance.
Twelve WISSOTA Late Models rumbled to the speedway for their twenty lap main event. Scott Lehn and Rick Nelson manned the front row and head flagman, Mike Blom, brought the field to life. New Richmond, WI visitor Pat Doar wasted no time as he raced from his number five starting spot to challenge Nelson for the lead on lap two. Doar raced past Nelson and stormed to the lead, while Zach Johnson raced up to challenge Nelson for the second spot. The lone caution of the event flew only a handful of laps into the event, when Shawn Meyer lost a motor on his machine and slowed on the back chute. With the field lined back up, Doar paced the pack to the green and Johnson ducked to the lowside of the speedway. Johnson was able to clear Doar for the lead and began to open up a nice margin as the laps continued to tick off the Shaw Trucking scoreboard. Johnson would go on for the win, Doar was second, Nelson third, Casey Meyer fourth, and Rick Schroeder rounded out the top five.
Brandon Aggen and Hayden Hanson manned the front row for the twenty five car Sower Power WISSOTA Modified feature. As the leaders exited turn two on the first circuit, Dave Cain powered to the lead on the high side of the track after starting in the number three spot. With Cain up front, Jason Thoennes moved into the second spot, while Brady Gerdes worked into the number three spot only a few laps into the event. While Cain continued to lead, Thoennes and Gerdes locked horns in a great battle for the second spot, while Tim Johnson looked to join the frey for the spot. A midrace caution bunched the pack back up and Cain was able to gain control once more on the restart, while Gerdes worked passed Thoennes into the number two spot. As the laps ticked down Cain continued to hold a nice lead over Gerdes and he raced to the win. Gerdes was second, Blake Jegtvig third, Thoennes fourth, and Johnson rounded out the top five.
Nineteen WISSOTA Super Stocks lined up for their fifteen lap main event, paced by Matt Miller and Don Shaw. Miller bolted into the lead in the early going of the race, while Shaw was locked in a battle with Denis Czech, Jeff Crouse, and Tim Johnson for the number two spot. As the group battled, Johnson found some stick on the bottom of the speedway and raced into the number two spot, with Miller under heavy pressure from Crouse and Czech for the number two spot. A number of cautions plauged the event near the midway point of the race, but each time, Johnson was able to race out to a healthy margin, while Czech, Miller, and Crouse battled behind him. Johnson would go on to win, Miller was second, Crouse third, Czech fourth, and Shaw rounded out the top five.
Fourteen of the scheduled fifteen starters rumbled to the track for the twelve lap Wayne’s Auto Repair WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Justin Vogel and Mark Blom sat on row one and at the drop of the green, Vogel moved to the low side of the track into the lead, while Blom and Jordan Tollakson raced on the top side of the track. Tollakson was able to gain the lead in turn three on the first lap, while Tim Johnson and Justin Tammen began to work their way to the front from deep in the field. Johnson moved into the number two spot and immediatly set his sights on Tollakson for the lead. Each lap, Tollakson continued to hold the top side of the track, while Johnson powered to the bottom in an effort to get by. With the fans on the edge of their seats, Tollakson took the white flag with Johnson working overtime in an effort to derail last year’s national champion. As the leaders exited turn four, coming for the checkered, Tollakson once again held of Johnson for the win. Johnson settled for second, Tammen third, Blom fourth, and Vogel claimed the fifth spot.
Pat Stepan and Dustin Bluhm sat on row one of the Villard Implement WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature event. With the green flag out, Bluhm blasted into the lead with Nick Bruder, Randy Laage, Jamie Thorstad, and Jeremy Nelson battling behind him. Nelson, who was making his first ever visit to Viking Speedway, worked into the number two spot only a handful of laps into the event and the caution would fly over the speedway, for Stepan, whose machine lost power in turn two, causing several drivers to go over the banking. With the field lined back up, Nelson powered to the bottom of the track and raced past Bluhm as the leaders raced down the back chute. Bluhm now found himself in a battle for the number two spot with Thorstad and thirteenth starter, Jon Stepan. Thorstad would move into the second spot a couple of laps later and set his sights on Nelson, while Bluhm and Stepan swapped the third and fourth spots, lap after lap. Up front it was all Nelson, as he raced to the win, Thorstad was second, Stepan third, Bluhm fourth, and Tim Kanten fifth.
Eight of the scheduled nine starters in the Mike Commerford Memorial Mod Four Special came to the speedway for their main event. Bob Holtquist and Tyler Larson manned row one for the special event and Larson jumped to the early lead with Laramie Peiker, Trever Roediger and Holtquist battling for the second spot. Peiker moved into the second spot just a couple of laps into the race, but up front it was all Larson as he continued to blister the track lap after lap. Larson would go on to claim the Commerford Memorial win, Peiker was second, Roediger third, Holtquist fourth, and Dean Larson was fifth.
After a nice start to the season, one can say Jesse Waldorf’s season has been a roller coaster for the past couple months. Waldorf, who has blown engines, rolled on the front chute, and had nothing but bad luck, found his way back into victory lane in the Cenex of Alexandria Pure Stock feature, much to the delight of the crowd and fellow competitors. Dustin Karl was second, Craig Gardner third, Megan Arvidson fourth, and Abby Hacker fifth.
The high flyin’ half mile speedplant will be back in action next Saturday night, August 27th, as it host’s the make up of the 2nd Annual Fallen Lineman Modified special. The race, which pays $2000 to win and $300 to start of the WISSOTA Modifieds will headline the night and all six regular classes will be in action, with the green flag flying at 6:45. For more information on the speedway, please visit them online at www.vikingspeedway.net or “like” the track on Facebook.
WISSOTA Late Models
Feature: Zach Johnson, Pat Doar, Rick Nelson, Casey Meyer, Rich Schroeder, Clarence Washburn, Greg Meyer, Erik Robertson, Scott Lehn, Shawn Meyer, Kevin Robertson, Don Shaw
Heat 1: C. Meyer, Johnson, Doar, S. Meyer, G. Meyer, K. Robertson
Heat 2: Shaw, Nelson, Schroeder, Lehn, E. Robertson, Washburn
Feature: Dave Cain, Brady Gerdes, Blake Jegtvig, Jason Thoennes, Tim Johnson, Dusty Bitzan, Zach Johnson, Brandon Aggen, Brian Haben, Dan Ebert, Mike Stearns, Danny Bayer, Kyle Koehntop, Josh Thoennes, Shaun Peterson, Jake Wildman, Chris Mensen, Jason Blascyk, Mike Storck, Bob Gierke, Ryan Pommerer, Gary Reents, Nathan Sletto, Hayden Hanson, Brett Hoium, Denis Czech
Heat 1: Haben, Gerdes, Aggen, Peterson, Koehntop, Hoium, Mensen, Pommerer, Czech
Heat 2: T. Johnson, Bitzan, Cain, Stearns, Z. Johnson, Bayer, Ebert, Storck, Reents
Heat 3: Hanson, Ja. Thoennes, Jegtvig, Gierke, Wildman, Jo. Thoennes, Blascyk, Sletto
WISSOTA Super Stocks
Feature: Tim Johnson, Matt Miller, Jeff Crouse, Denis Czech, Don Shaw, Derek Quinn, Jon Stepan, Cory Tammen, Bryan Hellerman, John Adams, Trevor Saurer, Allan Cleveland, Matt Fester, Jeff Kluver, Christopher Lynch, Travis Vanderby, Jon Crouse, Jeremy Tyson, Alan Johnson
Heat 1: Shaw, Czech, Je. Crouse, Miller, A. Johnson, Quinn, Cleveland, Adams, Jo. Crouse, Tyson
Heat 2: T. Johnson, Stepan, Tammen, Saurer, Hellerman, Kluver, Fester, Lynch, Vanderby
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Feature: Jordan Tollakson, Tim Johnson, Justin Tammen, Mark Blom, Justin Vogel, Jim Gullikson, Scott Witkowski, Durand Peterson, David Deters, Scott Horn, Kolton Luepke, Russell Carlson, Bryan Crandall, Travis Scott, Ryan Satter
Heat 1: Tollakson, Blom, Satter, Gullikson, Deters, Scott, Horn, Luepke
Heat 2: Tammen, Johnson, Vogel, Witkowski, Peterson, Crandall, Carlson
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature: Jeremy Nelson, Jamie Thorstad, Jon Stepan, Dustin Bluhm, Tim Kanten, Nick Bruder, Jason Hoffman, Corey Storck, Shawn Olson, Kelly Haack, Blake Boelens, McKenzie Gerdes, Josh Muzik, Brooke Hellerman, Travis Schulte, Matt Thoennes, Pat Stepan, Ron Saurer, Ryan McCleary, Abby Gierke, Nick McCleary, Alexius Gallagher, Chad VanOverbeke, Randy Laage, Jason Thimmesh
Heat 1: Muzik, Stepan, Storck, Kanten, Stepan, Thoennes, Schulte, Thimmesh, Gallagher
Heat 2: Laage, Bluhm, Hoffman, Saurer, Boelens, Hellerman, Gierke, VanOverbeke
Heat 3: Thorstad, Nelson, Bruder, Olson, Gerdes, Haack, R. McCleary, N. McCleary
WISSOTA Mod Fours
Feature: Tyler Larson, Laramie Peiker, Trever Roediger, Bob Holtquist, Dean Larson, Forrest Foster, Brennan Gave, Dallas Buchholz, Jamie Flickinger
Heat 1: D. Larson, T. Larson, Peiker, Holtquist, Roediger, Foster, Gave, Buchholz, Flickinger
Feature: Jesse Waldorf, Dustin Karl, Craig Gardner, Megan Arvidson, Abby Hacker, Bryce Wilson, Nick McCleary, Tyler Klugman, Brock Volker, Tami Naslund, Colton Satter, Scott Lonneman, Tanner Horn, Tony Arneson
Heat 1: McCleary, Horn, Klugman, Wilson, Satter, Gardner, Naslund
Heat 2: Waldorf, Karl, Volker, Arvidson, Lonneman, Hacker, Arneson