Don Shaw put a cap on his great season at Viking Speedway on Sunday night, as he raced to his second straight WISSOTA NLRA Late Model feature win. Shaw used a late race pass on race long leader Dustin Strand in order to claim the win and complete the weekend sweep. Other drivers who visited Alexandria Motors Victory Lane on the second night of the Labor Day Doubleheader included Zach Johnson in the WISSOTA Modifieds, Eric Martini in the WISSOTA Super Stocks, Tim Johnson in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Jeremy Nelson in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, and Jesse Waldorf completed the weekend sweep in the Pure Stocks. The night’s Polydome Dirt Track Series action was sponsored by Minnewaska Abstract & Title, HPS Rental, Northland Dairy, and Marthaler Chevrolet.
A nice field of twenty three Late Models rumbled to the track for their twenty five lap main event. Dustin Strand and Don Shaw sat on row one for the event and Strand wasted no time putting his machine on the low side of the track as he moved to lead. Shaw settled into the second spot behind him, while Corey Nelson moved into the number three spot. Strand continued to lead Shaw, and back in traffic, Brad Seng and Zach Johnson moved to the middle groove of the track in an effort to reel in the leaders. As the laps continued to tick down, the leaders soon found themselves in lap traffic which caused Strand and Shaw to both change lines in an effort to get through. Near the midway point of the race, Seng raced past Nelson into the third spot and began to chase down Strand and Shaw. A caution would fly over the speedway, when Scott Lehn’s machine lost power in turn three. This put Shaw and Seng on Strand’s back bumper for the restart. With the green back out, Strand once again pulled away from Shaw and Seng with the duo battled for the second spot. With two laps remaining, Shaw found himself on Strand’s back bumper as the cars rocketed down the back chute. As Strand entered turn three, he pushed up the track and Shaw roared by on the inside into the lead. Shaw would go on to lead the final circuit and completed the weekend sweep. Strand settled for second, Seng third, Johnson fourth, and Nelson ended up in the number five spot.
Eighteen Sower Power WISSOTA Modifieds took to the track for their twenty lap feature. Brian Haben and Cody Skytland sat on row one and Haben quickly moved to the lead with Skytland coming under heavy pressure from Zach Johnson in a battle for the second spot. Before a lap could be completed, a multi car incident brought out the red flag for a Dusty Bitzan roll over in turn three. Bitzan emerged from the car uninjured and the field was lined back up with twenty laps still on the board. Haben once again raced out to a comfortable lead with Johnson moving into the second spot just a couple of laps into the event. With most drivers using the middle or bottom of the track, Johnson found the high groove and raced up to challenge Haben for the lead. Johnson cut into Haben’s lead lap after lap and moved to the lead on lap seven with a high side pass in turn four. From there it was all Johnson as he cruised to the win in his Corey Svor owned machine. Haben was second, Skytland third, Seth Brede fourth, and Jason Thoennes rounded out the top five.
Sixteen WISSOTA Super Stocks moved onto the speedway with Matt Fester and Jon Stepan leading the field to the green. Stepan, a long time Viking Speedway veteran, jumped to the early lead with Jeff Crouse, Tim Johnson, Cory Tammen, and Eric Martini battling behind him. Johnson was able to move into the second spot in the early going on the race, while Martini moved into third ahead of Crouse. With Stepan holding a nice advantage over Johnson, all eyes were on eleventh starting Matt Miller and fifteenth starter Don Shaw as the duo began to work their way through the field. With seven laps remaining, Johnson raced up along side of Stepan in turn one and completed the pass as the leaders exited turn two. Johnson then set sail and began to build up a nice lead over Stepan who was locked in a battle with Crouse and Martini for the second spot. With only five laps remaining, Johnson slowed on the back chute and pulled to the infield ending his night. This put Martini in the lead and from there he hit his marks and claimed his first Viking Speedway win of the season in his first visit. Miller raced up to finish second, Shaw third, Stepan fourth, and Trevor Saurer was fifth.
Tim Johnson and Justin Vogel manned the front row for the fifteen car Wayne’s Auto Repair WISSOTA Street Stock feature event. Johnson wasted no time jumping to the lead with wild racing action behind him. Vogel found himself in a nice battle with Brett Miller, Durand Peterson, Andrew Bangsund, and Mark Blom as the laps continued to tick down. With only a handful of laps left, Blom worked to the outside of Bangsund and moved into second, but out front it was all Johnson as he cruised to the win. Blom was second, Peterson third, Bangsund fourth, and Miller rounded out the top five.
Nick Bruder and Ron Saurer sat on the front row for the twenty two car Villard Implement Midwest Modified feature. With the green flag out, fourth starting Jeremy Nelson jumped to the low side of the track and blasted to the lead as the cars entered turn three on the opening circuit. Behind Nelson, a nice battle was shaping up with Shawn Fernkes, Saurer, Jason Hoffman, and Brock Gronwold. The four drivers and Bruder raced all over the high banked speedway in an effort to find a groove to reel in Nelson. A midrace caution would fly over the speedway for Bruder, who suffered a mechanical issue on the front chute, and gave Saurer and Fernkes a shot at Nelson. On the restart, Nelson once again jumped out to a big lead well Saurer moved into the second spot. With the laps ticking down, it was clear that no one had anything for Nelson as he raced to the win, his second of the season at Viking in two trips. Saurer was second, Hoffman third, Gronwold fourth, and Fernkes fifth.
In non WISSOTA support division, seven Cenex of Alexandria Pure Stocks took to the track for their eight lap main event. Tanner Horn jumped to the early lead, with Jesse Waldorf hot on his heels. With two laps remaining, Waldorf worked to the inside of Horn in turn one and raced to the lead as the duo exited turn two. Waldorf would go on to claim the win, his fourth in a row, Dustin Karl was second, Horn third, Megan Arvidson fourth, and Rick Hasse was fifth.
The board of directors at the speedway would like to thank everyone who supported the track throughout the 2016 season. With the racing season coming to a close, the speedway will play host to it’s 2nd Annual Fall Demo Derby on Saturday September 10th at 6pm, with gates opening at 4pm. To keep updated on the track in the offseason, please visit them online at www.vikingspeedway.net.
WISSOTA Late Models
Feature: Don Shaw, Dustin Strand, Brad Seng, Zach Johnson, Corey Nelson, Shane Edginton, Cole Schill, Mike Balcaen, Shawn Meyer, Matt Smith, Greg Meyer, Rick Schroeder, Casey Meyer, Steffan Snare, Jeff Hapala, Clarence Washburn, Jon Samuelson, Scott Lehn, Tom Corcoran, Matt Aukland, Dave Smith, Rick Nelson, Ryan Corbett
Heat 1: Strand, Johnson, S. Meyer, Balcaen, Snare, Schill, Corbett, C. Meyer
Heat 2: Shaw, Edginton, G. Meyer, D. Smith, Schroeder, Corcoran, Lehn, Samuelson
Heat 3: C. Nelson, Seng, M. Smith, Hapala, Aukland, Washburn, R. Nelson
Feature: Zach Johnson, Brian Haben, Cody Skytland, Seth Brede, Jason Thoennes, Brady Gerdes, Shaun Peterson, Bob Gierke, Brett Hoium, Jake Wildman, Don Eischesn, Troy Berends, Mike Storck, Tim Johnson, Peter Loecken, Josh Thoennes, Dusty Bitzan, Jason Blascyk
Heat 1: Gerdes, Ja. Thoennes, Skytland, Hoium, Wildman, Eischens
Heat 2: Bitzan, Jo. Thoennes, Haben, Berends, Blascyk, Loecken
Heat 3: Z. Johnson, Brede, T. Johnson, Peterson, Gierke, Storck
WISSOTA Super Stocks
Feature: Eric Martini, Matt Miller, Don Shaw, Jon Stepan, Trevor Saurer, Al Cleveland, Cory Tammen, Jeff Crouse, Tyler Vanderby, Jeff Kluver, Chris Lynch, Matt Fester, Derek Quinn, Ryan Flaten, Tim Johnson, Jeremy Tyson
Heat 1: Crouse, Johnson, Cleveland, Fester, Flaten, Miller, Tyson, Shaw
Heat 2: Stepan, Saurer, Martini, Tammen, Kluver, Vanderby, Lynch, Quinn
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Feature: Tim Johnson, Mark Blom, Durand Peterson, Andrew Bangsund, Brett Miller, Bryan Crandall, Scott Huston, Derek Rieck, Dylan Arndt, Ryan Nelson, Justin Vogel, Craig Gardner, Russell Carlson, Travis Scott, Justin Tammen
Heat 1: Peterson, Vogel, Bangsund, Miller, Huston, Crandall, Nelson, Gardner
Heat 2: Rieck, Blom, Johnson, Tammen, Arndt, Scott, Carlson
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature: Jeremy Nelson, Ron Saurer, Jason Hoffman, Brock Gronwold, Shawn Fernkes, Josh Muzik, Tim Ims, Corey Storck, Jon Stepan, Shawn Olson, Abby Gierke, Matt Thoennes, Sam Zender, Jamie Thorstad, McKenzie Gerdes, Blake Boelens, Brandon Dolman, Chad VanOverbeke, Josh Backman, Jason Thimmesh, Zach Benson, Nick Bruder
Heat 1: Fernkes, Muzik, Storck, Stepan, Ims, Gierke, Thimmesh, VanOverbeke
Heat 2: Nelson, Saurer, Bruder, Benson, Boelens, Dolman, Zender
Heat 3: Gronwold, Hoffman, Thoennes, Olson, Gerdes, Backman, Thorstad
Feature: Jesse Waldorf, Dustin Karl, Tanner Horn, Megan Arvidson, Rick Hasse, Eric Gardner, Brock Volker
Heat 1: Horn, Gardner, Arvidson, Waldorf, Karl, Hasse, Volker