3 September 2017
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3 September 2017,
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A nice field of 120 race cars checked in to do battle at Viking Speedway, for the first night of the track’s annual Labor Day Doubleheader. The show featured the Diamond Buick GMC Modified Series along with the Northern Metal Summer Series for the WISSOTA Late Models. When the dust settled, the top prizes of the night went to Canadian traveler, Ricky Weiss, in the WISSOTA Late Models, and Zach Johnson in the WISSOTA Modifieds. Joining the duo in victory lane included, Tim Johnson in the WISSOTA Street Stocks and Super Stocks, Brock Gronwold in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, and Jesse Waldorf in the Pure Stocks.

The nights racing action, part of the Polydome Dirt Track Series, was sponsored by Northern Metal Recycling, Shaw Trucking, Karl Performance, Sure Step, Diamond Buick GMC, and Allstate Peterbilt Group.

After five heat races and two b mains, 27 WISSOTA/NLRA late models rumbled onto the speedway for their twenty five lap main event. At the drop of the green, pole sitter, Ricky Weiss slid up the track to the high side of the speedway in front of outside front row starter, Don Shaw. Weiss jumped took off and began to open up a small margin over Shaw, as he looked for the fastest line to catch up to Weiss. Several cautions plauged the main event during beginning and the middle of the feature, but each time Weiss was able to fight off Shaw. A restart, with 15 laps remaining, put Shaw and Dustin Bluhm on Ricky’s back bumper for the restart. This time, Shaw drove in hard on the bottom of the speedway and was able to claim the lead, only to see a caution negate the restart. On the ensuing restart, Weiss jumped back to the lead and worked to open up a nice margin over Shaw. Meanwhile, back in traffic, all eyes were on Mike Prochnow and Brad Seng, who were working their way up from the eleventh and thirteenth starting spots. As the leaders entered lap traffic, Weiss was able to navigate through them, and raced to the win and the $2000 pay day. Shaw was second, fellow Canadian Shane Edginton third, Bluhm fourth, and Prochnow fifth.

After a touching, four wide, missing man formation, in honor of Bob Gierke, twenty six WISSOTA Modifieds came to life. Zach Johnson and Blake Jegtvig sat on the front row of the star studded field, and Johnson was able to jump out to the lead with Jegtvig in tow. Josh Thoennes settled into the third spot and began to battle with Brady Gerdes for position early on in the twenty six lap race. With Johnson blisterin the track up front, and Jegtvig comfortably in second, the main race on the track was a good one between Darrell Nelson, Dustin Strand, Matt Gilbertson, and Jason Thoennes for the fifth through eighth spots. Lap after lap the positions would change. Gerdes worked his way into third, after passing Jo. Thoennes and looked to catch up to the lead duo. As the leaders entered lap traffic, Johnson stuck his machine on the high side of the track and raced to the Diamond Buick GMC Modified feature win. Jegtvig was second, Gerdes third, Jo. Thoennes fourth, and Nelson fifth.

Thirteen WISSOTA Super Stocks rolled onto the speedway for a fifteen lap shootout, with Jason Cook and Jon Crouse manning the front row. Third starter, Cory Tammen jumped into the mix early in the race and was quickly challenged by Tim Johnson, as he raced his way up from his seventh starting spot. With Johnson up front, the main race on the speedway was between Jeff Crouse and Cook for the third spot. Cook continued to work the bottom of the track, while Crouse looked to the outside. Lap after lap the pair came across the line in a dead heat. Back up front it was all Johnson as he added to his 2017 win total. Tammen was second, Cook third, Crouse fourth, and Jon Stepan rounded out the top five.

Jeff Crouse and Justin Vogel paced a nice field of tweleve WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green, with Crouse taking the early lead. With Crouse up front, Tim Johnson began to work his way up from seventh and raced up to challenge Crouse for the lead and completed the pass, leaving Crouse to fend with Vogel for the second spot. A early race caution, for a multicar incident in turn three, bunched the field back up for a restart. Johnson jumped to the lead and never looked back as he raced to the win. Crouse was second, Vogel third, Ryan Nelson fourth, and Brett Miller was fifth.

Twenty one WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds came to the speedway for their fifteen lap main event. Front row starters, Brock Gronwold and Tim Ims lead the field to the green and Gronwold wasted no time getting up to his prefered high line and raced into the lead with Ims looking to the bottom. Last week’s winner, Justin Froemming worked his way into the mix, as he raced up to challenge Ims for the second spot, as the pair looked to gain any ground on Gronwold. Froemming, who looked poised to make a charge at Gronwold, pulled to the infield near the midway point of the race with an electrical problem, ending his night. Back up front, Gronwold continued to build his lead as he raced to the win. Ims was second, Jason Hoffman third, Nick Bruder fourth, and Corey Storck was fifth. Ron Saurer, who passed eight cars to finish sixth, was the night’s hard charger, earning him an extra $50 at the pay window.

With the track title on the line, Jesse Waldorf held off a late charge from Craig Gardner to claim his eighth win of the season in the Pure Stocks. The pair came into the night tied in points, giving the season track championship to Waldorf.

The high flying half mile speedway is set to host the second day of the Labor Day NLRA special and then will sit idle for a few weeks. The next event for the speedway will be the 2017 Karl Performance Viking Fall Classic presented by Shaw Trucking. The event, which will feature two full WISSOTA National point shows is set to kick off on Friday October 6, with racing starting at 5pm. For more information on the events, please visit the speedway online at www.vikingspeedway.net or “like” the track on Facebook.

WISSOTA Modifieds
A Feature 1: 1. 6X-Zach Johnson, [1]; 2. 2J-Blake Jegtvig, [2]; 3. 2X-Brady Gerdes, [4]; 4. 51-Josh Thoennes, [3]; 5. 44-Darrell Nelson, [6]; 6. 71-Dustin Strand, [5]; 7. 23-Matt Gilbertson, [7]; 8. 52-Jason Thoennes, [8]; 9. 1JR-Tim Johnson, [9]; 10. 9-Kent Arment, [10]; 11. 10X-Dustin Bitzan, [16]; 12. 60-Dan Ebert, [15]; 13. 73-Andy Jones, [11]; 14. 36-Danny Bayer, [27]; 15. 6*-Brian Haben, [12]; 16. 75-Mike Storck, [14]; 17. 99-Jake Wildman, [17]; 18. 53-Chris Mensen, [19]; 19. 5-Luke Lick, [18]; 20. 5H-Brett Hoium, [21]; 21. 97-Peter Loecken, [23]; 22. 1B-Jason Blascyk, [13]; 23. 20B-Todd Berg, [24]; 24. 30-Adam Fischer, [25]; 25. 51T-Tim Thomas, [22]; 26. (DNF) 32-Shaun Peterson, [20]; (DNS) 6T-Corky Thomas,
Heat 1: 1. 23-Matt Gilbertson, [3]; 2. 71-Dustin Strand, [7]; 3. 2J-Blake Jegtvig, [8]; 4. 1B-Jason Blascyk, [5]; 5. 75-Mike Storck, [1]; 6. 5-Luke Lick, [6]; 7. 32-Shaun Peterson, [4]; 8. 51T-Tim Thomas, [9]; 9. (DNF) 6T-Corky Thomas, [2]
Heat 2: 1. 44-Darrell Nelson, [6]; 2. 9-Kent Arment, [1]; 3. 52-Jason Thoennes, [7]; 4. 51-Josh Thoennes, [9]; 5. 6*-Brian Haben, [8]; 6. 10X-Dustin Bitzan, [4]; 7. 53-Chris Mensen, [2]; 8. 97-Peter Loecken, [5]; 9. (DNF) 36-Danny Bayer, [3]
Heat 3: 1. 2X-Brady Gerdes, [7]; 2. 1JR-Tim Johnson, [3]; 3. 73-Andy Jones, [2]; 4. 6X-Zach Johnson, [9]; 5. 60-Dan Ebert, [5]; 6. 99-Jake Wildman, [4]; 7. 5H-Brett Hoium, [6]; 8. 20B-Todd Berg, [8]; 9. 30-Adam Fischer, [1]
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
A Feature 1: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold, [2]; 2. 58-Tim Ims, [1]; 3. 07-Jason Hoffman, [6]; 4. 092-Nick Bruder, [4]; 5. 57-Corey Storck, [9]; 6. 42-Ron Saurer, [14]; 7. 52-Matt Thoennes, [7]; 8. 24-Brandon Dolman, [12]; 9. 13X-McKenzie Gerdes, [5]; 10. 23-Josh Muzik, [10]; 11. 7T-Joseph Thomas, [19]; 12. 32-Shawn Olson, [8]; 13. 00Z-Scott Zimmerman, [15]; 14. 7-Pat Stepan, [13]; 15. 28-Josh Backman, [16]; 16. 1X-Travis Engebretson, [21]; 17. 21R-Ryan McCleary, [17]; 18. 9B-Brendan Blascyk, [20]; 19. (DNF) 20-Mason Lesmeister, [18]; 20. (DNF) 33X-Justin Froemming, [3]; 21. (DNF) 34-Jamie Thorstad, [11]
Heat 1: 1. 092-Nick Bruder, [2]; 2. 07-Jason Hoffman, [1]; 3. 32-Shawn Olson, [6]; 4. 23-Josh Muzik, [7]; 5. 7-Pat Stepan, [5]; 6. 28-Josh Backman, [3]; 7. (DNF) 9B-Brendan Blascyk, [4]
Heat 2: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold, [1]; 2. 57-Corey Storck, [3]; 3. 52-Matt Thoennes, [4]; 4. 34-Jamie Thorstad, [7]; 5. 42-Ron Saurer, [6]; 6. 21R-Ryan McCleary, [2]; 7. 7T-Joseph Thomas, [5]
Heat 3: 1. 33X-Justin Froemming, [2]; 2. 58-Tim Ims, [4]; 3. 13X-McKenzie Gerdes, [3]; 4. 24-Brandon Dolman, [5]; 5. 00Z-Scott Zimmerman, [1]; 6. 20-Mason Lesmeister, [7]; 7. (DNF) 1X-Travis Engebretson, [6]
NLRA/WISSOTA Late Models
A Feature 1: 1. 7W-Ricky Weiss, [1]; 2. 42S-Don Shaw, [2]; 3. 4-Shane Edginton, [4]; 4. 45-Dustin Bluhm, [5]; 5. 68-Mike Prochnow, [13]; 6. 12S-Brad Seng, [11]; 7. 18X-Shawn Meyer, [7]; 8. 66-Dan Ebert, [17]; 9. 9X-Kent Arment, [16]; 10. 73-Zach Johnson, [19]; 11. 16S-Jeff Hapala, [21]; 12. 10-Mike Balcaen, [3]; 13. 44X-Cole Schill, [18]; 14. 11-Pat Doar, [6]; 15. 42H-Dustin Hapka, [27]; 16. 9-Steve Anderson, [22]; 17. 2-Bill Mooney, [15]; 18. 1R-Travis Robertson, [23]; 19. 06-David Smith, [24]; 20. 14-Brody Troftgruben, [25]; 21. 12N-Rick Nelson, [26]; 22. (DNF) 4C-Ryan Corbett, [9]; 23. (DNF) 44-Darrell Nelson, [10]; 24. (DNF) 10K-Shawn Kirwin, [8]; 25. (DNF) 15*-Ryan Mikkelson, [20]; 26. (DNF) 3M-Greg Meyer, [12]; (DNS) T-1-Tom Corcoran,
B Feature 1: 1. 9X-Kent Arment, [1]; 2. 44X-Cole Schill, [2]; 3. 15*-Ryan Mikkelson, [5]; 4. 03-Casey Meyer, [7]; 5. 1R-Travis Robertson, [4]; 6. 9-Steve Anderson, [3]; 7. 06-David Smith, [6]; 8. 30-Adam Fischer, [10]; 9. 7L-Scott Lehn, [11]; 10. 44H-Brett Hoium, [8]; (DNS) 71-Dustin Strand,
B Feature 2: 1. 66-Dan Ebert, [2]; 2. 73-Zach Johnson, [10]; 3. 16S-Jeff Hapala, [4]; 4. 71S-Steffen Snare, [3]; 5. 14-Brody Troftgruben, [5]; 6. 86-Matthew Smith, [7]; 7. 12N-Rick Nelson, [6]; 8. 3-Clarence Washburn, [8]; 9. 1S-Scott (Rebel) Bintz, [9]; (DQ) 42H-Dustin Hapka, [1]
Heat 1: 1. 42S-Don Shaw, [8]; 2. 18X-Shawn Meyer, [7]; 3. 12S-Brad Seng, [5]; 4. 9X-Kent Arment, [4]; 5. 71S-Steffen Snare, [6]; 6. 06-David Smith, [1]; 7. 44H-Brett Hoium, [2]; 8. (DNF) 7L-Scott Lehn, [3]
Heat 2: 1. 45-Dustin Bluhm, [2]; 2. 4C-Ryan Corbett, [1]; 3. 3M-Greg Meyer, [7]; 4. 42H-Dustin Hapka, [5]; 5. 1R-Travis Robertson, [3]; 6. 12N-Rick Nelson, [6]; 7. (DNF) 1S-Scott (Rebel) Bintz, [4]
Heat 3: 1. 7W-Ricky Weiss, [1]; 2. 44-Darrell Nelson, [2]; 3. 68-Mike Prochnow, [5]; 4. 44X-Cole Schill, [7]; 5. 16S-Jeff Hapala, [6]; 6. 03-Casey Meyer, [3]; 7. (DNF) 30-Adam Fischer, [4]
Heat 4: 1. 10-Mike Balcaen, [3]; 2. 11-Pat Doar, [5]; 3. T-1-Tom Corcoran, [7]; 4. 66-Dan Ebert, [6]; 5. 15*-Ryan Mikkelson, [2]; 6. (DNF) 71-Dustin Strand, [1]; 7. (DNF) 73-Zach Johnson, [4]
Heat 5: 1. 4-Shane Edginton, [3]; 2. 10K-Shawn Kirwin, [1]; 3. 2-Bill Mooney, [5]; 4. 9-Steve Anderson, [2]; 5. 14-Brody Troftgruben, [4]; 6. 86-Matthew Smith, [7]; 7. 3-Clarence Washburn, [6]
Pure Stocks
A Feature 1: 1. 7W-Jesse Waldorf, [4]; 2. 8X-Craig Gardner, [7]; 3. 4X-Tanner Horn, [8]; 4. 00-Dustin Karl, [6]; 5. 25-Warren Osterman, [3]; 6. 44-Megan Arvidson, [10]; 7. 81X-Brock Volker, [9]; 8. 38-Tyler Kunz, [5]; (DNS) 4JRX-Rick Hasse, ; (DQ) 77-Carson Miller, [2]
Heat 1: 1. 7W-Jesse Waldorf, [2]; 2. 00-Dustin Karl, [4]; 3. 77-Carson Miller, [5]; 4. 4JRX-Rick Hasse, [3]; 5. (DNF) 81X-Brock Volker, [1]
Heat 2: 1. 8X-Craig Gardner, [5]; 2. 4X-Tanner Horn, [1]; 3. 25-Warren Osterman, [2]; 4. 38-Tyler Kunz, [3]; 5. (DNF) 44-Megan Arvidson, [4]
WISSOTA Street Stocks
A Feature 1: 1. 1JR-Tim Johnson, [7]; 2. 29-Jeff Crouse, [1]; 3. 10-Justin Vogel, [2]; 4. 73-Ryan Nelson, [6]; 5. 3-Brett Miller, [5]; 6. 6X-Mark Blom, [4]; 7. 92-Richard Chasteen, [12]; 8. (DNF) 71-Justin Tammen, [3]; 9. (DNF) 1-Gary Reents, [11]; 10. (DNF) 44-Dylan Arndt, [9]; 11. (DNF) 69-Bryan Crandall, [10]; 12. (DNF) 24X-Scott Horn, [8]
Heat 1: 1. 1JR-Tim Johnson, [2]; 2. 10-Justin Vogel, [3]; 3. 29-Jeff Crouse, [5]; 4. 24X-Scott Horn, [1]; 5. 44-Dylan Arndt, [6]; 6. 1-Gary Reents, [4]
Heat 2: 1. 71-Justin Tammen, [1]; 2. 6X-Mark Blom, [3]; 3. 73-Ryan Nelson, [2]; 4. 3-Brett Miller, [6]; 5. 69-Bryan Crandall, [5]; 6. 92-Richard Chasteen, [4]
WISSOTA Super Stocks
A Feature 1: 1. 1JR-Tim Johnson, [7]; 2. 71X-Cory Tammen, [3]; 3. 79-Jason Cook, [1]; 4. 29*-Jeff Crouse, [8]; 5. 3S-Jon Stepan, [6]; 6. 50-Roger Host, [5]; 7. 13M-Matt Miller, [12]; 8. 44XX-Jeff Flaten, [13]; 9. 15X-Travis Vanderby, [11]; 10. 15-Ryan Flaten, [4]; 11. 9-Scott Baker, [10]; 12. 29-Jon Crouse, [2]; 13. (DNF) 70-Charles Tvedt, [9]
Heat 1: 1. 1JR-Tim Johnson, [6]; 2. 71X-Cory Tammen, [2]; 3. 3S-Jon Stepan, [5]; 4. 15-Ryan Flaten, [1]; 5. 70-Charles Tvedt, [7]; 6. (DNF) 13M-Matt Miller, [4]; 7. (DNF) 44XX-Jeff Flaten, [3]
Heat 2: 1. 29*-Jeff Crouse, [3]; 2. 50-Roger Host, [2]; 3. 79-Jason Cook, [4]; 4. 29-Jon Crouse, [6]; 5. 9-Scott Baker, [1]; 6. 15X-Travis Vanderby, [5]

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