Lansing, MN–Early morning thunderstorms failed to dampen the racing action at Chateau Raceway this week. A season high 85-cars signed in on GT Construction and Broadway Automotive night. Kids had their second “car ride” night of the season before the show began. One driver would race to a career first win, another would sweep two divisions and another would take a hard roll-over on the frontstretch.
Bobby Blowers would win his second Y-Waste Removal Hornet feature race. Ralph Hanks challenged Blowers early on, but then dropped out of contention. Blowers won in convincing fashion over Patrick Wells and Cody Hyatt.
The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks had some wild action in their always entertaining feature event. Greg Lammers led early on until Cole Lonergan stole the lead. Jason Newkirk was on the move and entered the top five on lap four. Lonergan pushed up the track on lap six and that allowed Matt Brooks to blow by for the lead.
Newkirk worked to third and then went three with Lonergan and Brooks for the lead. Brooks held the lead when a caution came out with six laps to go. On the restart, several cars collided on the frontstretch. Greg Lammers car snapped sideways, dug in and rolled several times just past the flagstand. Lammers escaped uninjured from his crumpled machine which brought out the red flag.
The last few laps were frantic with Brooks, Lonergan and Newkirk involved in a very tight race. Brooks held the lead until the final lap when Newkirk snuck underneath and beat Brooks to the checkered flag by a scant two feet. Lonergan came home third with Stacy Krohnberg fourth and Brady Krohnberg fifth.
Jacob Bleess moved to the outside of row one when Blake Arndt could not make the call for the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod 18-lap feature. Bleess stormed off of row one and dominated the entire way for his 10th feature win of the season. Michael Wytaske had another great drive to finish second with Kylie Kath third. A.J. Zvorak and Scott Demmer finished out the top five.
Nine cars took the green flag for the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock feature and it was a dandy. Noah Grinstead took off from row one while Kory Adams, Nathan Schumacher and Tony Shaner were in pursuit. Grinstead led but Adams and Shaner were right on him for the entire 15-lap event.
As the race wore down, Grinstead continued to lead while Adams applied heavy pressure on the leader. Shaner continued to run close to the lead duo as the white flag came out. Adams gave it a good run on the final lap, but Grinstead held on for his first career win. Shaner slipped past Adams at the line for second with Schumacher fourth and Mike Blowers rounded out the top five.
Jesse Hernandez led the first six laps of the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Jacob Bleess worked his way from sixth and took the top spot away from Hernandez. Everyone had an eye on Dan Wheeler who won a heat race and then took the Brew Pub Pizza Challenge which sent him to the tail and a possible run to a $400 bonus. Wheeler drove from seventeenth to fifth just past the halfway point.
A late yellow flag would close the pack up but Bleess was undeterred and swept his second division for the night. Robbie Franklin drove from eighth to second with Hernandez in third. Wheeler’s superb run got him to fourth and Greg Pfeifer Jr. was fifth.
Brandon Davis dominated the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Davis passed Todd Scharkey on lap one and led the rest of the way for his third win of the season. Scharkey would finish second while Josh Angst got to third. Tommy Myer and Darwyn Karau finished fourth and fifth.
Racing will take place with a special Thursday, July 3 show this week due to the Fourth of July holiday. Start time is the same with racing getting underway at 7:00 p.m. All six divisions will be in action for track points. There is no racing on Friday, July 4. For more information please visit www.chateauraceway.net