Fortunately the racing for the night was hot enough to keep a nice crowd of spectators glued to their seats, some of us to the bitter end! It also had to be very cold in the race cars for the 98 drivers who blazed their way around the track.
Feature racing action began in the WISSOTA/Amsoil Midwest Modified division with Reid Tiegs (1a) and Josh Smith (21j) on the front row. With the drop of the green flag everyone was fighting for position with Josh Smith leading the pack. As the cars were coming out of turn three, Smith lost a rear wheel sending it careening toward turn four. Fortunately, the wheel caused no major problems and Smith pulled off the track, his night done. With Smith in the infield, there was a total restart with Michael Truscott (22), who had
started third, inheriting the pole. Truscott was off and running, taking advantage of his new starting postion and led with challenges from Ronnie Rihn (29), heat winner of heat four, who had started fifth and ran second for the first ten laps. By the end of lap eleven, winner of heat three, Shane Halopka (3jr), who had started eighth, and had been picking off cars during the first ten laps, moved into second and gave chase to Truscott. Truscott, though, had
two things going in his favor-a substantial lead and momentum. Halopka’s best efforts were not enough, as Truscott went on to take the win.
With a field of fourteen cars, the WISSOTA/Amsoil Super Stocks were next to the starting line for their feature race with Paul Erikson (4) and Jeff Dregney (44D) in the front row. At the drop of the green, Erickson was off to a quick lead, with Dregney following closely behind. Two laps into the feature, Chad Zastrow (28z), who was running seventh, spun coming out of turn one, causing the first caution. In an attempt to avoid Zastrow, Mike Keller (31), who was running eighth at the time, made a defensive move to the infield,
damaging his car and ending his night. On the restart, Eriksonagain jumped out to the lead with Eric Olson (1e), who had started sixth, in pursuit. Olson did pass Erikson at the end of lap four, but Erikson reclaimed the lead for laps five through eight and Olson had to settle back to second. Meanwhile, back in the pack, heat winner, Curt Myers (91), who had started eighth, was working his way up and by lap eight had passed Olson for second. By the end of lap nine, Myers had passed Erikson. With a restart, after a brief delay for an incident between Mark Stender (27) and Jeff Dregney, which
sent Dregney to the back, Myers again dominated, taking the lead, with heat winner, Shane Kisling (6), moving up to second from his fourth-place starting position, but Erikson and Olson had not yet given up and reclaimed their spots to give chase to Myers. Myers proved to be too much for the rest of the field and took the win.
Up next, the mighty WISSOTA/Amsoil Modifieds with Jay Richardson (R1) and Jake Hartung (05) in the front row. Hartung shot to an early lead with Richardson threatening. By lap two, Richardson had passed Richardson, but Richardson was not to be denied and made the pass by lap three, leading the next two laps. Not to be outdone, Hartung again passed Richardson and led for the next three laps. Back in the pack, Ryan Aho (33) was working his way up from his sixth-place starting spot and had worked up to third. A caution for
a spinning Cory Crapser (07) gave Aho the opportunity he was looking for and by the end of lap eight, Aho had taken the lead with Hartung and Mike Anderson, who had started fifth, at his heels. Aho continued to lead with Anderson picking up second by lap sixteen. Anderson passed Aho for one lap during lap seventeen, but Aho regained the lead, with Anderson seemingly going to have to settle for second. With just one lap left to go and Aho in the lead, Anderson gave it one last try and screamed past Aho, coming out of
turn four for the win.
The WISSOTA/Amsoil Street Stocks were up next for their feature, with Scott VonHaden (14) and heat winner, Jay Kesan (12) on the front row. Kesan was off to a quick lead with Von Haden dropping back to fourth and heat winner, Mike Conrad (M76), moving up to second. The order remained the same for the top two spots, with Kesan showing the way and Conrad right on his bumper. Clark Swartz (18), who had started third was still running third, Von Haden was
running fourth and Adam Soltis (9), who had started eighth, was running fourth. A caution just prior to the completion of lap nine for Conrad, whose car stopped coming out of turn one after losing a wheel, changed the running order a bit with Kesan still in the lead, Swartz in second, VonHaden in third, Soltis in fourth and Butch Kummer, who had started sixth, in fifth. Kesan continued to lead, Kummer dropped out of the top five to be replaced with Gary Kasperek (2) moving up to fifth. Kesan led the remainder of the race with
the exception of the one lap that really counts, when he was passed by Swartz.
The Eagle Valley Pure Stocks were up next with what could be best explained as self-inflicted mayhem. This feature was plagued with cautions, not caused so much by accidents, but by cars spinning and other one car incidents. By this time the temperatures were extremely cold and the attention span of the drivers may have been affected?
One more Hornet joined the ranks for Eagle Valley Hornets this week for their feature.. Travis Anderson (37) again dominated the Hornet feature, easily taking the win with Brittany Olson (08) having to settle for second.
Be sure to keep Sunday, June 1 on your schedule is when the races will be sponsored by B.D. Roycraft Excavating featuring WISSOTA Modifieds, WISSOTA Super Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, EVS Pure Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Pits open at 4:00 PM with a cut off time of 5:30 PM. Hot laps begin at 5:30 PM with Racing at 6:00 PM.