Brady Gerdes worked his way to the front of the WISSOTA Modified feature and held off all challengers in route to a convincing win on Saturday night at Viking Speedway. Other drivers who found their way into Alexandria Motors Victory Lane included, Don Shaw in the WISSOTA Late Models, Trevor Saurer won the Kluver Memorial WISSOTA Super Stock feature, Nick Bruder in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Justin Tammen in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, and Nick McCleary reigned supreme in a caution filled Pure Stock main event. The night’s WISSOTA Polydome Dirt Track Series action was sponsored by Winning Edge Graphics and Alex Pro Firearms. The night was also the track’s annual Hall of Fame night, with legendary track voice, Ron Krog, being inducted into the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame.
Alexandria’s Rick Nelson and Montevideo driver, Rick Schroeder manned the front row for the eleven car WISSOTA Late Model feature event. With only one lap in the books, Don Shaw and Nelson hooked together on the exit to turn two, bringing out the yellow flag. After the track safety crew got the cars unhooked, the field was lined back up with Nelson tagging the rear of the field. Shaw wasted no time blasting to the top side of the speedway and raced into the lead, with Zach Johnson and Schroder battling for the second spot. Back up front, Shaw continued to build his lead, while Johnson slipped by into the number two spots. As the laps continued to tick off the Shaw Trucking scoreboard, Johnson continued to close the gap on Shaw. With the white flag out, Johnson raced to Shaw’s back bumper as the cars entered turn one. Johnson looked to the lowside of the track, but could not complete the pass and Shaw held on for the win. Johnson was second, Casey Meyer third, Schroeder fourth, and Jeff Wildung rounded out the top five.
Bob Gierke and Danny Bayer sat on row one for the Sower Power WISSOTA Modified feature event. Head flagman, Mike Blom, brought the field to life and Bayer was quickly joined by Josh Thoennes in a heated battle. Meanwhile, back in traffic, Brady Gerdes, Blake Jegtvig, and Tim Johnson started to look for a way towards the front. Gerdes began to use the lowside of the track as he picked cars off one by one. Gerdes found himself in the lead near the midway point of the race and while Jegtvig and Johnson battled with Bayer for the second through fourth spots. Gerdes would continue to hold a comfortable margin as he raced to the win ahead of Bayer in second, Johnson third, Jegtvig fourth, and Thoennes in fifth.
Fourteen of the scheduled fifteen starters rumbled to the track for the annual Kluver Memorial WISSOTA Super Stock feature event. Rookie driver, Jon Crouse, and Alan Johnson led the field to the green. As the leaders were getting ready to complete lap one, Crouse lost the bite on his machine and spun on the front chute, causing a multicar incident. Several cars were involved and Crouse along with Don Shaw, and Al Cleveland retired pitside with heavy damage. With the green back out, Derek Quinn jumped to the point and was joined by Trevor Saurer and national point leader, Tim Johnson in the battle for the lead. Near the midway point of the race, Saurer raced to the outside of the speedway and into the lead, with Johnson in tow. With Saurer in the lead, Johnson looked both inside and outside of Saurer to no avail as Saurer held on for win. Johnson was second, Quinn third, Jeff Crouse fourth, and Bryan Hellerman was fifth.
Bryan Crandall and Justin Tammen led the Wayne’s Auto Repair WISSOTA Street Stock feature to the green. Tammen wasted no time putting his machine on the cushion and raced to the lead, with Mark Blom, Andrew Bangsund, Tim Johnson, and Crandall locked in a tight battle for the number two through five spots. Johnson, Bangsund, and Blom were able to clear Crandall and began a nice three wide battle for the second spot, with Johnson taking the spot with four laps remaining on the board. Back up front it was all Tammen as he raced to the win, Johnson was second, Blom third, Crandall fourth, and Bangsund rounded out the top five.
Blake Boelens and Nick Bruder sat on the front row for the Villard Implement WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature event. Bruder moved into the lead on the opening circuit with Boelens battling with Justin Froemming, Josh Muzik, and Shawn Olson for the second spot. Only a handful of laps into the event, Boelens and Froemming made contact in turn four, sending Boelens over the banking into the fence. Boelens retired pitside with heavy rear end damage while Froemming tagged the end of the field. Bruder once again blasted to the lead, with Muzik now under heavy pressure from Jason Hoffman and Jamie Thorstad for the second spot. Hoffman was able to move into the second spot on the following lap, but back up front Bruder continued to blister the track and hold his advantage. Bruder would hold on for the win with Hoffman second, Thorstad third, Muzik fourth, and Olson rounding out the top five.
Track point leader, Nick McCleary, held on to win the Cenex of Alexandria Pure Stock feature from his eighth starting spot. The race which was marred by two rollovers saw McCleary race to the lead and hold off Craig Gardner for the win.
Next Saturday, August 13th, the track will play host to the 2nd Annual Modified Race for Fallen Lineman. The show will feature a $2000 to win, $300 to start WISSOTA Modified feature along with all classes in action. For more information on the speedway, please visit their website at www.vikingspeedway.net or “like” the track on Facebook.
WISSOTA Late Models
Feature: Don Shaw, Zach Johnson, Casey Meyer, Rick Schroeder, Jeff Wildung, Kevin Robertson, Shawn Meyer, Greg Meyer, Erik Robertson, Rick Nelson, Scott Lehn
Heat 1: Johnson, Robertson, S. Meyer, Schroeder, G. Meyer, E. Robertson
Heat 2: Wildung, Shaw, Meyer, Nelson, Lehn
Feature: Brady Gerdes, Danny Bayer, Tim Johnson, Blake Jegtvig, Josh Thoennes, Zach Johnson, Jason Thoennes, Dusty Bitzan, Bob Gierke, Mike Storck, Cory Tammen, Brett Hoium, Jason Blascyk, Chris Mensen, Jake Wildman, Nathan Sletto
Heat 1: Z. Johnson, Gerdes, Jegtvig, Jo. Thoennes, T. Johnson, Mensen, Hoium, Sletto
Heat 2: Bayer, Ja. Thoennes, Bitzan, Gierke, Storck, Wildman, Blascyk, Tammen
WISSOTA Super Stocks
Feature: Trevor Saurer, Tim Johnson, Derek Quinn, Jeff Crouse, Bryan Hellerman, Jason Cook, Matt Miller, Tyler Vanderby, Christopher Lynch, Alan Johnson, Jon Stepan, Al Cleveland, Don Shaw, Jon Crouse, Jeff Kluver
Heat 1: Shaw, T. Johnson, Quinn, Saurer, Stepan, Miller, Cook, Kluver
Heat 2: Je. Crouse, A. Johnson, Cleveland, Jo. Crouse, Lynch, Vanderby, Hellerman
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Feature: Justin Tammen, Tim Johnson, Mark Blom, Bryan Crandall, Andrew Bangsund, Travis Scott, David Deters, Scott Horn, Brandon Fah
Heat 1: Tammen, Johnson, Blom, Bangsund, Crandall, Horn, Scott, Fah, Deters
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature: Nick Bruder, Jason Hoffman, Jamie Thorstad, Josh Muzik, Shawn Olson, Matt Thoennes, Justin Froemming, Corey Storck, Pat Stepan, Brandon Dolman, Brooke Hellerman, McKenzie Gerdes, Abby Gierke, Blake Boelens, Ron Saurer, Scott Zimmerman, Jason Thimmesh
Heat 1: Thoennes, Saurer, Froemming, Hoffman, Zimmerman, Gerdes, Dolman, Gierke, Thimmesh
Heat 2: Olson, Muzik, Boelens, Bruder, Storck, Thorstad, Hellerman, Stepan
Feature: Nick McCleary, Craig Gardner, Tanner Horn, Dustin Karl, Megan Arvidson, Tyler Klugman, Richard Hasse, Coty Friedrichs, Jesse Waldorf, Warren Osterman, Brock Volker, Tony Arneson
Heat 1: McCleary, Gardner, Volker, Klugman, Friedrichs, Hasse
Heat 2: Waldorf, Karl, Arvidson, Horn, Arneson, Osterman