Along with the added purse money which included $1000 to win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified Feature, $500 to win in the WISSOTA Street Stock Feature, $125 to win in the Classic Dwarf Feature and $100 to win for the Chateau Pure Stock Feature winner there were plenty of other contingency sponsors for the nights participants. Powder Works of Lake Crystal put up a Free Powder Coating Certificate for the WISSOTA Midwest Modified Feature winner along with $225 dollar certificates towards a powder coating for the second through fifth place finishers. Thunderbolt Racing Products of Waseca held random drawings after the features in WISSOTA Midwest Modified, WISSOTA Street Stock and Chateau Pure Stock for $100 parts or labor certificates. Bushore Racing of Boone Iowa put up $100 certificates for parts or labor in another random drawing for feature qualifiers in the WISSOTA Street Stock and Midwest Modified divisions. Intercomps scales had a nice air gauge for the sixth place finishers in the two WISSOTA class features. Aero Race Wheels put up $40 certicates for the tenth place finishers in the WISSOTA class features. And Kevco Oil Pans was on hand to award a free oil pan to the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature winner.
The nights program got off to a slow start when a light shower rolled into the area about an hour and a half before race time. The rain continued for a little better than an hour before moving off. Track officials made the decision to blade the track and pack it back in to get the show in and with the cooperation of all the drivers the show was delayed less than an hour. When racing did start the show was run off in just about two and a half hours wiht lots of exciting racing action.
A nice field of cars were on hand including the top three drivers in the National Points Race for WISSOTA Street Stocks, Cory Rosen of Milaca, Cory Crasper of Eau Claire Wisconsin and David Rohweder of Wishek North Dakota all were looking to improve there standing as the racing season is in its stretch run. Those three were seperated by just ten points in the lastest point standings released this week. Rohweder started outside front row in heat number one and did a nice job as he followed Mark Zvorak of Blooming Prairie for the races first four laps before making the move to the front and scoring the win. Zvorak took second ahead of Rosen who worked his way up from row three. In the second heat event it was Bobby Kilby of Austin who lead flag to flag holding off Tony Shaner of Owatonna for the win. The twenty lap feature race was lined up by redraw with Jason Augustin of Hollandale drawng the pole and Dave Stevens of Albert Lea sitting outside front row. However it was the drivers who started in row two, Scott Nelson of Owatonna and Rohweder who put on the show. Augustin’s time up front lasted less than a lap as he slid off the track on the initial start bringing out the races only caution flag. Augustin went tail end moving Nelson up to the front row along side Stevens. Nelson lead lap one followed by Stevens and Rohweder. Rohweder moved to second on lap two but was already several car lengths behind Nelson. Dave quickly chewed that up and pulled up on Nelsons back bumper by lap six. From there he took several looks inside and outside and even pulled along side Scott several times but struggled to complete the pass as the laps for the twenty lap event were quicky clicking off. As the two came out of turn four to the white flag Rowheder made a strong run to the bottom pulling even with Nelson as the two took the white flag side by side. The two stayed even into turn one and than as they came out of turn two Dave pulled ahead and came around to score the feature win leading just the races final lap. Rosen had a nice run after drawing a row five starting spot he worked his way up to third. Crasper meanwhile did little to improve his standings in the National Points race as he fell out early in both his heat and in the feature. Depending on Rohweders lowest one night point total his fifth-seven point night will surely move him a little closer to those top two.
In the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modfied portion of the Fall Nationals event just nine of the top fifty drivers in the latest National Points totals were on hand for the nights show with Brandon Nelson of New London, currently eleventh in the points being the highest ranked driver on hand. The class ran four heat events with the top three from each qualifying for the feature. Two consys were also run with the top four out of each of those advancing as well to the twenty car – twenty five lap -$1000 to win main event. In heat number one Jimmy Davis of Medford turned a front row starting spot in a flag to flag victory holding off Chris Adams of Stacyville Iowa for the win. Heat two saw Tyler Clark of Rochester make a mid race pass to score a win ahead of Eric Condit of Austin. Jim Arnold of Grand Meadow took the third heat of the night ahead of Nelson. Heat four saw Austins Craig Bentzin come home first ahead of Bryan Hernandez of Blooming Prairie. In the first of the classes two consys George Sniezek of St Joe jumped off the outside of the front row and lead flag to flag for the win ahead of pole sitter Dustin Johanneck of Litchfield. David Siercks of Princeton and Sam Siskow of Ostrander picked up the other two transfer spots. The second consy saw another driver who sat on the outside of the front row lead flag to flag for the win. Albert Wytaske of Lansing outran Dustin Steinbrink of Austin for the top spot. The other two transfer spots went to Tim Siskow of Ostrander and Matt Larson of Owatonna. The Feature line up saw Bryan Hernadez and Craig Bentzin sit on the front row. The race got off to a slow start as three cautions flew before the first lap was officially recorded. When they finally did get racing however the field put on a nice show with just one more caution slowing the field late in the race. Hernadez and Bentzin jumped out first and second when the race stayed green on the fourth attempt to get racing. Adams moved to third ahead of Nelson and Condit. Hernandez moved off to a big lead but second on back stayed tight with cars swapping positions back and forth lap after lap. The tight racing lead to the races final caution on lap ninteen when Nelson went around in the middle of turn two. Adams ended up being tagged for the caution as it was ruled he got into Nelson turning him sideways. The caution took away Hernadez’s big lead and put Bentzin and Arnold back on his back bumper. Arnold who was running third before the caution made a pass on Bentzin for second off the restart and set his sights on Hernandez. Jim stayed on Bryans back bumper but could do nothing but follow him to the checkers as Bryan scored his first Lansing feature win of the season. Bentzin held on for third ahead of Nelson with Condit rounding out the top five. Hernadez entered the night thirty-third in the latest WISSOTA point totals. With only each drivers best thirty shows being used for the National Points and Herndez shown with just thirty shows in his fifty-six point night will surely throw out a much lower total. In fact at Lansing alone this year his lowest total was a forty-one point night meaning he gains at least fifteen points on the night moving him up at least into the top thirty.
Two support classes also ran with the WISSOTA Sanctioned classes. The Chateau Pure Stocks ran one heat event with Craig Hansen of Ellendale picking up right where he left off during the regular season as he scored his twenty-third checkered flag of the year. At feature time Craig was looking to sweep the class for the eighth time this season and he wasted no time jumping from row three on the start to second place on the first lap of the race. Jesse Stahl of Austin who sat on the pole was the driver Craig was going to have to chase down. He moved up on Jesse rather quickly and started looking for room to move ahead but Stahl did a nice job of holding his line leaving little room for Hansen to move by. The caution free event moved along quickly and as the final laps wound down Hansen suddenly started to slow and fall back through the field eventually having to drop out. Stahl went on to record the win follwed by Ross Spitzer of Dodge Center and Tom Kaiser of Waseca.
Also on hand for a support class were the Classic Dward drivers. In heat one Matt Goodin of Des Moines Iowa, making his first appearance at the track this season took advantage of some late race misfortune for Kevin Bigalk of Austin to snag a win. Bigalk spun on lap seven but got the car going again as he tried to save a good finishing spot. As he continued another spin occured in another corner and that driver could not keep going which brought out a caution. That saved Kevin as he got his spot back as they went back to the last completed lap which meant he would lead the field in for the restart. However as they came in for the green something else went wrong with Kevins car and he pulled to the pits handing the lead over to Goodin who drove home to the win. In heat two Drew Jech of Austin came off the outside of the front row to lead flag to flag for the win. In the classes main event things got pretty wild. As the field came in to take the green the front of the field bunched up as they came to the flag stand and Curt Luhman of Rushford wheel hopped over the left side of Harmonys Tate Bestors car. The car jumped up on two wheels showing its under carriage to the grandstand. It appeared he was going to roll but the car settled back down onto all four wheels. Both Luhmans and Bestors cars were two damaged from the contact however to continue. Corey Whalen of Harmony and Goodin were the from row starters and it was Goodin who took the early lead with Whalen falling in line third behind Jech who jumped from row three to second on the races first lap. The two set a very fast pace and were lapping cars on lap five. On lap six as they tried to work traffic out of turn two Goodin was blocked by a slower car and Jech skirted to the outside to take the lead as they went down the back straightaway. As they came through turn three another slower car spun right in front of Goodin and he drove right up on to the hood of the car. Everybody watched as the wrecker lifted his front end up so they could back the other car out from under him wondering if he was going to be able to continue. When they got him free he was indeed able to continue and with the race going back to the last completed lap he was back on point. Off the drop of the green Goodins car responded well and he continued to maintain the lead. Jech meanwhile made a few attempts to pass but had his hands full iwth Rick Utley of Byron. Goodin used that to his advantage and drove off to the win and a sweep on the night. Utley made the late pass to take second over Jech.
Those contingency awards on the night were passed out with the free powder coating from Powder Werks of Lake Crystal going to WISSOTA Midwest Modified Feature winner Bryan Hernadez, the certificates for use towards powder coating went to Arnold, Bentzin, Nelson and Condit. The $100 parts of Labor Certificates from Thunderbolt Racing Products of Waseca went to Billy Steinberg of Kasson in Chateau Pure Stocks, Corey Rosen in WISSOTA Street Stock and Dan Wheeler of Columbia Heights in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified. Bushore Racing of Boone Iowas $100 certificates went to Dan Menk of Franklin inthe WISSOTA Midwest Modified and Chanda Fjorden Nord of Luck Wisconsin in the WISSOTA Street Stock. The Air Gauges from Intercomp Scales went to Mark Zvorak in WISSOTA Street Stock and Tyler Clark in WISSOTA Midwest Modified. $40 certificates from Aero Race Wheels went to Chris Adams in WISSOTA Midwest Modified and Andy Miskowic of Milaca in WISSOTA Street Stock. The free oil pan from Kevko Oil Pans went to Hernadez in WISSOTA Midwest Modified.
Chateau Raceway now looks forward to its annual Car Show next March and a return to racing come April or as soon as mother nature will allow it next spring as the track looks forward to its 51st year of racing action in Lansing.