13 August 2017
Category: News
13 August 2017,

For the third straight season, Viking Speedway played host to a special event as it hosted the third annual Race for Fallen Lineman Modified Special, with the Advantage RV Modified tour joining the race for the first time this season. When the dust settled at the end of the thirty lap main event, Little Falls pilot, Landon Atkinson reigned supreme over twenty four other drivers. For his efforts, Atkinson took home a custom made trophy and a check for $2500. Other drivers who visited Marthaler Chevrolet Victory Lane included, Don Shaw in the WISSOTA Late Models, Jeff Crouse in the WISSOTA Super Stocks, Bryan Crandall in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Tim Ims in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, and Brock Volker in the Pure Stocks.

The night’s racing action was part of the Polydome Dirt Track Series and was sponsored by Robert R. Schroeder Construction, Minnewaska Abstract & Title, and Viking Coca-Cola.

Casey Meyer and Don Shaw paced the nine car Greeley Plumbing & Heating WISSOTA Late Model feature event to the green. As the duo raced into turn on on the first lap, Meyer looked to move towards to the top of the speedway, and Shaw slid over the banking in turn one, bringing out the caution. Track officials determined that Meyer was at fault, and he was sent to the tail, with Shaw rejoining the field in his front row spot. On the second start, Shaw planted his car on the high side of the track and began to open up a nice lead over Greg Meyer and Zach Johnson who sat in second and third. A couple of cautions would fly over the speedway over the course of the twenty lap event, with Shaw continuing to pace the field on each restart. On the last restart, Johnson settled into the second spot, but would have nothing for Shaw as he raced to the win, his eighteenth feature win of the season. Johnson was second, Shawn Meyer third, Canadian visitor Mike Balcaen fourth, and C. Meyer raced his way back up to finish in the number five spot.

After three ten lap heat races and a redraw for the top nine drivers, Landon Atkinson and Ken Hron brought the twenty five car Fallen Lineman feature to the green. Atkinson, who has shown speed at Viking in his visits earlier this season, wasted no time jumping into the lead. With Atkinson up front, Dusty Bitzan raced into the second spot and settled into the spot. A myriad of cautions would slow the main event during the first five laps, including one for fourth starting Zach Johnson, who lost a drive shaft in turn two, ending his night. The field lined back up and restarted with twenty eight laps remaining and Atkinson jumped back into the lead, with Bitzan hot on his heels, as the duo blistered the high side of the speedway. With the top two comfortable locked into their spots, Josh Thoennes, Jason Thoennes, and Jeremy Nelson began to race to the front. Nelson, who is the current Advantage RV Mod Tour point leader, raced up to challenge Andy Jones for the fourth spot near the midway point of the race. The field would once again be slowed for several cautions with around ten laps to go, but each time Atkinson showed the way. As the laps continued to tick down, Atkinson seemed to be getting stronger as he raced to the win. Bitzan held on for second, Nelson was third, Jo. Thoennes fourth, and Andy Jones rounded out the top five.

Rookie driver, Jon Crouse and veteran Bryan Hellerman paced the eleven car Greeley Plumbing & Heating WISSOTA Stock feature to the green. As the leaders entered turn two, Hellerman slipped off the banking bringing out the first of many cautions in the event. With the green back out, Crouse jumped into the lead, as he looked for his first feature win of his career. Behind Jon, the ususal suspects, Tim Johnson and Jeff Crouse began to search for a way to the front of the field. Jeff was able to work his way into second and began to look for a way around his cousin Jon. Jeff was able to work his way around Jon and raced into the lead, with Matt Miller making a charge on the lower side of the track. Miller raced into second, but back out front it was all Crouse as he cruised to the win. Miller came from tenth to second, Trevor Saurer third, Jon Crouse fourth, and Jon Stepan was fifth.

Gary Reents and Bryan Crandall rolled off from row one in the ten car Wayne’s Auto Repair WISSOTA Street Stock feature event. On the initial start, Tyler Erdman, who started fourth, jumped over the banking in turn two, bringing out the yellow. With the field reset, Crandall jumped to the early lead on the high side of the track, with good racing action throughout the field behind him. On the final restart, with nine to go, Crandall lead Tim Johnson and Justin Vogel to the green. Johnson looked to the bottom of Crandall in turn one, but Crandall fought him off down the back chute. With the laps ticking down, Crandall continued to lead, and would race to his first career Viking Speedway win. Johnson was second, Vogel third, Mark Blom came from ninth to fourth and Eric Riley from tenth to fifth.

Tim Ims and Pat Stepan showed the way from the front row in the Villard Implement WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. At the drop of the green, Ims jumped to the lead with Brandon Dolman and Nick Bruder battling for the second spot. Only a couple of laps into the race, Bruder raced into the second spot, while Randy Laage moved into the fourth spot, behind Dolman. With Ims continuing to lead, Laage moved into the second spot with four laps remaining and quickly raced up to challenge Ims for the lead. With two laps up on the board, the lead pack began to enter lap traffic, with both drivers looking for a way around the lapped cars. With the white flag out, Laage mounted one last charge as the leaders exited turn two, to no avail. Ims raced to his first Viking win of the season, Laage was second, Justin Froemming third, Dolman fourth, and track point leader Shawn Olson was fifth.

A week after wrecking his car, Brock Volker parked Craig Gardner’s back up Cenex of Alexandria Pure Stock in victory lane. Volker used his outside row one starting spot and held off all chargers in route to the win. Dustin Karl was secon, Tanner Horn third, Megan Arvidson fourth, and Jesse Waldorf came home in the number five spot.

Next week will be a busy week for the speedway as it will play host to a couple of events over the course of the Douglas County Fair. The ever popular demo derby is on the schedule for Friday night, along with WISSOTA racing on Saturday night. For more information on the track, please visit them online at www.vikingspeedway.net or “like” the track on Facebook.

WISSOTA Modifieds
A Feature 1: 1. 18A-Landon Atkinson, [1]; 2. 10X-Dustin Bitzan, [3]; 3. 4-Jeremy Nelson, [13]; 4. 51-Josh Thoennes, [9]; 5. 73-Andy Jones, [8]; 6. 52-Jason Thoennes, [14]; 7. 2X-Brady Gerdes, [5]; 8. 9E-Don Eischens, [12]; 9. 46H-Ken Hron, [2]; 10. 1JR-Tim Johnson, [7]; 11. 22-Jb Stortz, [15]; 12. 75-Mike Storck, [11]; 13. 5P-Ryan Pommerer, [23]; 14. 2C-Dave Cain, [18]; 15. 1B-Jason Blascyk, [17]; 16. 97-Peter Loecken, [24]; 17. 20B-Todd Berg, [19]; 18. (DNF) 7J-Richard Jacobson, [20]; 19. (DNF) 99-Jake Wildman, [21]; 20. (DNF) 53-Chris Mensen, [10]; 21. (DNF) 5H-Brett Hoium, [6]; 22. (DNF) 91-Phil Braun, [16]; 23. (DNF) 26-Robert Gierke, [22]; 24. (DNF) 79-Billie Christ, [25]; 25. (DNF) 6X-Zach Johnson, [4]
Heat 1: 1. 10X-Dustin Bitzan, [2]; 2. 18A-Landon Atkinson, [6]; 3. 46H-Ken Hron, [1]; 4. 53-Chris Mensen, [4]; 5. 4-Jeremy Nelson, [9]; 6. 91-Phil Braun, [7]; 7. 20B-Todd Berg, [8]; 8. 26-Robert Gierke, [5]; 9. 79-Billie Christ, [3]
Heat 2: 1. 2X-Brady Gerdes, [3]; 2. 1JR-Tim Johnson, [5]; 3. 51-Josh Thoennes, [4]; 4. 75-Mike Storck, [1]; 5. 52-Jason Thoennes, [7]; 6. 1B-Jason Blascyk, [2]; 7. 7J-Richard Jacobson, [8]; 8. 5P-Ryan Pommerer, [6]
Heat 3: 1. 5H-Brett Hoium, [2]; 2. 6X-Zach Johnson, [5]; 3. 73-Andy Jones, [3]; 4. 9E-Don Eischens, [6]; 5. 22-Jb Stortz, [4]; 6. 2C-Dave Cain, [8]; 7. 99-Jake Wildman, [1]; 8. 97-Peter Loecken, [7]

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
A Feature 1: 1. 58-Tim Ims, [1]; 2. EZ-1-Randy Laage, [6]; 3. 33X-Justin Froemming, [4]; 4. 24-Brandon Dolman, [3]; 5. 32-Shawn Olson, [8]; 6. 7-Pat Stepan, [2]; 7. 42-Ron Saurer, [10]; 8. 13X-McKenzie Gerdes, [11]; 9. 7S-Sam Zender, [13]; 10. 17-Joseph Thomas, [15]; 11. 2H-Brooke Hellerman, [22]; 12. 5C-Justin Bjorklund, [19]; 13. 28-Josh Backman, [14]; 14. 15X-Blake Boelens, [5]; 15. 21R-Ryan McCleary, [12]; 16. 85-Jason Thimmesh, [18]; 17. 26-Abby Gierke, [16]; 18. 80-Brian Tomford, [21]; 19. 57-Corey Storck, [9]; 20. 31X-Ryan Kobliska, [20]; 21. (DNF) 07-Jason Hoffman, [17]; (DNS) 52-Matt Thoennes, ; (DQ) 092-Nick Bruder, [7]
Heat 1: 1. 092-Nick Bruder, [1]; 2. 7-Pat Stepan, [3]; 3. 32-Shawn Olson, [8]; 4. 42-Ron Saurer, [7]; 5. 7S-Sam Zender, [2]; 6. 26-Abby Gierke, [5]; 7. 5C-Justin Bjorklund, [4]; 8. 80-Brian Tomford, [6]
Heat 2: 1. 15X-Blake Boelens, [2]; 2. 57-Corey Storck, [5]; 3. 33X-Justin Froemming, [8]; 4. 13X-McKenzie Gerdes, [4]; 5. 28-Josh Backman, [3]; 6. 07-Jason Hoffman, [1]; 7. 31X-Ryan Kobliska, [7]; 8. (DNF) 52-Matt Thoennes, [6]
Heat 3: 1. EZ-1-Randy Laage, [2]; 2. 24-Brandon Dolman, [5]; 3. 58-Tim Ims, [3]; 4. 21R-Ryan McCleary, [6]; 5. 17-Joseph Thomas, [4]; 6. 85-Jason Thimmesh, [7]; 7. (DNF) 2H-Brooke Hellerman, [1]

WISSOTA Late Models
A Feature 1: 1. 42S-Don Shaw, [2]; 2. 73-Zach Johnson, [4]; 3. 18X-Shawn Meyer, [6]; 4. 10-Mike Balcaen, [5]; 5. 03-Casey Meyer, [1]; 6. 12N-Rick Nelson, [7]; 7. 3-Clarence Washburn, [8]; 8. (DNF) 15*-Ryan Mikkelson, [9]; 9. (DNF) 3M-Greg Meyer, [3]
Heat 1: 1. 3M-Greg Meyer, [3]; 2. 03-Casey Meyer, [1]; 3. 73-Zach Johnson, [8]; 4. 10-Mike Balcaen, [4]; 5. 42S-Don Shaw, [5]; 6. 18X-Shawn Meyer, [9]; 7. 12N-Rick Nelson, [2]; 8. 3-Clarence Washburn, [7]; 9. (DNF) 15*-Ryan Mikkelson, [6]

Pure Stocks
A Feature 1: 1. 81X-Brock Volker, [2]; 2. 00-Dustin Karl, [4]; 3. 4X-Tanner Horn, [6]; 4. 44-Megan Arvidson, [1]; 5. 7W-Jesse Waldorf, [5]; 6. 38-Tyler Kunz, [3]; 7. 4K-Travis Kunz, [8]; 8. 8X-Craig Gardner, [7]; 9. 77-Carson Miller, [9]; 10. 25-Warren Osterman, [10]; 11. (DNF) 9-Aiden Kluver, [11]
Heat 1: 1. 8X-Craig Gardner, [2]; 2. 38-Tyler Kunz, [3]; 3. 00-Dustin Karl, [5]; 4. 4K-Travis Kunz, [4]; 5. 77-Carson Miller, [6]; 6. 9-Aiden Kluver, [1]
Heat 2: 1. 81X-Brock Volker, [4]; 2. 44-Megan Arvidson, [1]; 3. 4X-Tanner Horn, [5]; 4. 7W-Jesse Waldorf, [2]; 5. 25-Warren Osterman, [3]

WISSOTA Street Stocks
A Feature 1: 1. 69-Bryan Crandall, [2]; 2. 1JR-Tim Johnson, [8]; 3. 10-Justin Vogel, [5]; 4. 6X-Mark Blom, [9]; 5. 51-Eric Riley, [10]; 6. 29-Jeff Crouse, [7]; 7. 1-Gary Reents, [1]; 8. 71X-Brendon Scott, [6]; 9. (DNF) 17-Tyler Erdman, [4]; 10. (DNF) 70-Andrew Bangsund, [3]
Heat 1: 1. 1JR-Tim Johnson, [3]; 2. 29-Jeff Crouse, [1]; 3. 17-Tyler Erdman, [4]; 4. 69-Bryan Crandall, [5]; 5. 6X-Mark Blom, [2]
Heat 2: 1. 10-Justin Vogel, [4]; 2. 70-Andrew Bangsund, [1]; 3. 1-Gary Reents, [3]; 4. 71X-Brendon Scott, [5]; 5. (DNF) 51-Eric Riley, [2]

WISSOTA Super Stocks
A Feature 1: 1. 29*-Jeff Crouse, [6]; 2. 13M-Matt Miller, [10]; 3. 21-Trevor Saurer, [7]; 4. 29-Jon Crouse, [1]; 5. 3S-Jon Stepan, [5]; 6. 70X-Kurt Becken, [4]; 7. 79-Jason Cook, [3]; 8. 1JR-Tim Johnson, [8]; 9. 2H-Bryan Hellerman, [2]; 10. (DNF) 50-Roger Host, [9]; 11. (DNF) 15-Travis Vanderby, [11]
Heat 1: 1. 29*-Jeff Crouse, [2]; 2. 29-Jon Crouse, [4]; 3. 3S-Jon Stepan, [6]; 4. 79-Jason Cook, [1]; 5. (DNF) 13M-Matt Miller, [5]; 6. (DNF) 15-Travis Vanderby, [3]
Heat 2: 1. 1JR-Tim Johnson, [2]; 2. 2H-Bryan Hellerman, [1]; 3. 70X-Kurt Becken, [4]; 4. 21-Trevor Saurer, [5]; 5. 50-Roger Host, [3]

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