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Archive for September, 2014

Final checkers fly this weekend for 2014 Deery Series

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – The final checkers fly this weekend for the 28th annual Deery Brothers Summer Series during Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4 Ideal Ready Mix Liberty 100 shows at West Liberty Raceway.

In addition to opening night qualifying races for touring IMCA Late Models, the Friday program boasts the 25-lap $1,000 to win Ideal Ready Mix Ironman Challenge race, open to all former series champions and to drivers with perfect attendance through the first 13 Deery events of the season.

A pair of 50-lap, $3,000 to win features are on the Saturday card. The first feature is the series finale; the second, non-points race will invert drivers who finished on the lead lap in the opener, adding those who didn’t finish at the tail.

Point leader Justin Kay of Wheatland leads all drivers with five feature wins thus far and takes a 30-point advantage over Andy Eckrich of Oxford to West Liberty.

Heat races for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are on Friday; last-chance races and features for those divisions are on Saturday.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults on Friday and $25 on Saturday. Students Ages 13-18 are $10 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. Kids 12 and under get in free both days when accompanying a paid adult.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps on Friday.

Gates open at 2:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. hot laps precede racing on Saturday.

More information is available at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website or by calling 563 744-3620.

300 drivers eligible for Race of Champions at inaugural USRA National Championships!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan.– With the kick-off of the inaugural USRA National Championships set for this Wednesday, Oct. 1, the list of those drivers eligible to compete in the Race of Champions stands at 300. The list includes 98 USRA Modified, 46 USRA Stock Car, 123 USRA B-Mod and 33 USRA Hobby Stock drivers.

In addition to more qualifying races and main events than you can shake a stick at, this year’s mega-event set for Oct. 1-4 at the Lakeside Speedway will feature a Race of Champions for any driver that has won a USRA-sanctioned feature race in 2014.

To be eligible, the driver must have possessed a USRA Competitor License and competed on American Racer tires at the time of the feature win. Any past USRA national champion or Iron Man Challenge champion is also eligible.

USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will compete in RoC qualifying heats on Wednesday and Thursday. All four Race of Champions main events will happen Friday night with 20 cars battling for 20 laps in each contest.

The following drivers are eligible to compete in the Race of Champions event during the inaugural USRA National Championships Oct. 1-4 at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City Mo.

The Race of Champions payouts are as follows:

USRA MODIFIEDS 1. $2000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $500, 8. $400, 9. $350, 10. $300, 11. $275, 12. $250, 13, 225, 14-20. $200.

USRA STOCK CARS 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $350, 7. $300, 8. $290, 9. $280, 10. $270, 11. $260, 12. $250, 13, 240, 14. $230, 15. $220, 16. $210, 17-20. $200.

USRA B-MODS 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $350, 7. $300, 8. $290, 9. $280, 10. $270, 11. $260, 12. $250, 13, 240, 14. $230, 15. $220, 16. $210, 17-20. $200.

USRA HOBBY STOCKS 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $250, 5. $200, 6. $175, 7. $150, 8. $140, 9. $130, 10. $120, 11. $110, 12. $100, 13. $90, 14. $80, 15-20. $75.

There will be a $25 entry fee per driver in each class for the Race of Champions (no entry fee for USRA Hobby Stocks). The entry fees collected will go right back into the purse. For example if there are 50 cars entered for the USRA Modified Race of Champions that is an additional $1,250 that will be added to the purse for the USRA Modified Race of Champions. This money will be split evenly between all drivers in the Race of Champions.

Competitors at the USRA National Championships will take part in heat races and main events each night with the top six A Main finishers on Wednesday Thursday and Friday being locked in to Saturdays championship features which will start three-wide in all four divisions.

On Saturday USRA Modifieds will be racing for $5,000 to win, USRA Stock Cars for $3,000 to win, USRA B-Mods for $3,000 to win and USRA Hobby Stocks for $1,000 to win. Thirty cars will start the main event three-wide and ten rows deep on Saturday for the top three divisions while 24 drivers will start the USRA Hobby Stock finale.

USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will all race every night with the USRA Hobby Stocks and special guest SLMR Late Models joining the party on Friday and Saturday.

There will be bonus awards and a feature race purse paid out each of the three qualifying nights The following A Main payouts are posted for each USRA division on qualifying nights: 1-6. $50 (advance to Saturdays finale), 7. $200, 8. $175, 9. $150, 10. $125, 11. $100, 12. $90, 13. $80, 14. $70, 15. $60, 16. $55, 17. $50, 18. $45, 19-30. $40.

For Saturdays championship event the following cash awards for A Main competitors and non-qualifiers are posted:
USRA MODIFIEDS 1. $5000, 2. $3000, 3. $2200, 4. $1800, 5. $1600, 6. $1500, 7. $1400, 8. $1300, 9. $1200, 10. $1100, 11. $1000, 12. $950, 13. $925, 14. $900, 15. $875, 16. $850, 17. $825, 18. $800, 19. $790, 20. $780, 21. $770, 22. $760, 23. $750, 24. $740, 25. $730, 26. $720, 27. $710, 28-30. $700, Tow $250 (if raced all four nights).

USRA STOCK CARS – 1. $3000, 2. $2000, 3. $1500, 4. $1000, 5. $800, 6. $700, 7. $650, 8. $600, 9. $550, 10. $500, 11. $475, 12. $450, 13. $425, 14-30. $400, Tow $200 (if raced all four nights).

USRA B-MODS 1. $3000, 2. $2000, 3. $1500, 4. $1000, 5. $800, 6. $700, 7. $600, 8. $500, 9. $475, 10. $450, 11. $425, 12. $400, 13. $390, 14. $380, 15. $370, 16. $360, 17. $350, 18. $340, 19. $330, 20. $320, 21. $310, 22-30. $300, Tow $200 (if raced all four nights).

USRA HOBBY STOCKS 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $350, 7. $300, 8. $275, 9. $250, 10., $225, 11., $200, 12., $190, 13., $180, 14., $170, 15., $160, 16-24., $150, Tow $100 (if raced both nights).

All competitors at the USRA National Championships must have a USRA Competitor License (no temp licenses). USRA national points are up for grabs each night and this will be the only event anywhere from Oct. 1-4 that awards USRA track or national points.

Entry fees for the inaugural USRA Nationals will be $100 for USRA Modifieds, $50 for USRA Stock Cars, $50 for USRA B-Mods and $30 for USRA Hobby Stocks. USRA Hobby Stocks run Friday and Saturday only. You must compete all four days to be guaranteed tow money.

Drivers: Need another way to get paid? The USRA will be awarding 10 for each of your wins during the 2014 season through the end of September. In order to collect this bonus you must pre-enter the USRA National Championships. Again you must be there to receive this award and you must pre-enter.

The following tentative schedule of events has been posted for each day of the USRA National Championships:

WEDNESDAY USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod heat races and main events. Top 6 finishers in each A Main will be locked into the inside row of Saturday’s championship race; USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod RoC qualifying heats.

THURSDAY USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod heat races and main events. Top 6 finishers in each A Main will be locked into the middle row of Saturday’s championship race; USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car and USRA B-Mod RoC qualifying heats.

FRIDAY USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car, USRA B-Mod and USRA Hobby Stock heat races and main events. Top 6 finishers in each A Main will be locked into the outside row of Saturday’s championship race; USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car, USRA B-Mod and USRA Hobby Stocks RoC main events; Heats and main events for SLMR Late Models.

SATURDAY USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car, USRA B-Mod and USRA Hobby Stock last chance races and championship main events; Heats and main events for SLMR Late Models.

Every day every division and every lap of the USRA Nationals will be broadcast live by RacinDirt.com. Be sure to visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City Kan.). For more information call 913-299-9206 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Redetzke Nails Down Third RCC Title Glenz, Burdick, Truscott all first-time winners

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Ashland, WI– The 39th annual Red Clay Classic was held under absolutely perfect weather conditions at the ABC Raceway on Friday and Saturday, and Jake Redetzke of Eau Claire was absolutely dominant in winning his third WISSOTA Late Model feature at the northern Wisconsin track’s traditional season-ending special.

The three other A-feature winners on the weekend, however, were first-time Classic champions – Jesse Glenz of Cadott; Kevin Burdick of Proctor, MN; and Mike Truscott of Chippewa Falls. Well over 3,000 race fans filled the grandstands and pit area for the AmsOil Dirt Track Series event, presented by FastLane Motorsports & Custom Powdercoating and Tim’s Automotive Machine and supported by Lake Shore Cafe. A total of 177 competitors ran through 19 qualifying races on Friday and eight semi-features on Saturday to set the fields for Saturday night’s four championship features, as brilliant blue skies and temperatures near 80 greeted the crowds each day. Redetzke started the 50-lap Late Model headliner from the inside on the second row and followed outside front-row starter John Kaanta around polesitter Eric Pember into second. Brandon Jensen, making his first RCC start in a Late Model, slipped up to third quickly with Terry Lillo in tow as Pember was shuffled back.

Redetzke and Kaanta separated themselves from the field as the early laps clicked off quickly on the smooth, fast three-eighths-mile oval, and on lap 8 Redetzke made what turned out to be the winning move with an outside pass of Kaanta just prior to Trevor Wilson’s spin, which slowed the field for the first time. An Adam Hensel spin on the restart held things up for a moment, but Redetzke was able to pull to a 1.15-second lead over the next few circuits before Doug Blashe’s spin brought the field back to him on lap 13. Darrell Nelson, who had grabbed fifth just prior to the caution, worked outside on Lillo for fourth just after the green came back out. During the next 14 laps Redetzke again built up a lead of over a second and eventually caught the tail of the field as the race settled into a quick, comfortable pace. Deep in the pack, however, plenty of side-by-side and three-wide racing provided some tense moments, one of which resulted in a Todd Gehl spin on lap 27 to stop the action, and two laps later Zach Wohlers’ ride was looped. Redetzke again sped away after the restart and caught the backmarkers, but another yellow flag brought everyone around to his trunklid – this time for Wilson’s second spin on lap 38.

Nelson had gained another spot during the green-flag stretch and, restarting alongside Kaanta in third, tried to edge into second on the lap 38 restart. Kaanta used a strong low-side move to hold off the challenge before the next lap was scored, but this allowed Redetzke to scoot away. Defending RCC champ Nick Anvelink, who had started 15th, made a strong charge on the restart to pass as many as five cars in one lap, driving into fifth behind Jensen. Redetzke’s lead was 2.5 seconds when Jeff Massingill spun with five laps to go, but he had enought time to run to a 1.5-second advantage at the final stripe for his fourth career win at ABC and his first RCC win since going back-to-back in 2011-’12. Bolstered by a fast-lap bonus awarded by Northern Clearing, Inc, of Ashland, for his lap of 16.581 seconds, Redetzke took home a $4,150 winner’s check. Kaanta held off Nelson’s strong charges for second-place money, and Anvelink got by Jensen in the final laps for forth. Jeff Provinzino, who won his semi-feature to get in the show and started 21st, clawed his way to an impressive sixth-place run, ahead of Steve Laursen, Harry Hanson, Wohlers, and 20th-starting Mike Goodremote.

Glenz, who has had an incredible breakthrough season, started on the pole of the WISSOTA Modified feature, led every one of the 35 laps, and set the race’s fastest lap (17.399 seconds) to take home a first-place check of $3,150. A huge wreck that collected as many as nine cars marred the start, but over the first eight scored laps Glenz proved to be the man to beat, flying to a 2.9-second lead while ABC Raceway track champ Steve Stuart raced with Jay Richardson for second just ahead of a tight pack of cars. Mike Anderson’s car, slowed by a flat tire, brought out the first yellow flag of the race on lap 8, and Neil Balduc’s spin a lap after the restart kept things close, but from there the balance of the race ran off non-stop, giving Glenz the chance to run away and hide. On that lap 9 restart four-time RCC winner Joey Jensen worked the outside to take third from Richardson, and then he and Stuart began a side-by-side duel for second, allowing Glenz to quickly build a lead of over a second. Kelly Estey and Al Uotinen moved up to fourth and fifth as Richardson’s car fell back. On lap 19 Glenz held a 2.7-second lead, and two laps later he began weaving his way through slower traffic, which didn’t seem to hinder him. His advantage grew to nearly 3.8 seconds – nearly the length of a straightaway – before Stuart and Jensen even began their trek through the backmarkers.

Once he had some clear race track to work with Glenz put the game away, streaking to a final advantage of over 5.6 seconds for his first-ever feature win at ABC. Stuart eventually won the dogfight for second over Jensen, while Estey and the 12th-starting Uotinen completed the top five. Nelson and defending race champ Ashley Anderson took sixth and seventh, while eighth through tenth went to drivers who came from deep in the field – Jody Bellefeuille (started 22nd), Destin Lorimor (16th), and Rick Niemi (23rd). Burdick grabbed the lead early in the 30-lap WISSOTA Super Stock main event and held on for his first-ever feature win in Ashland, worth $2,150 after the bonus for posting the fastest lap of the run (18.017 seconds). Burdick, who started inside on row 2, worked past front-row starter Wayne Stricker into second behind former RCC winner Shane Kisling before defending race winner Curt Myers spun with one lap in the books.

The next 13 laps featured several thrilling battles for position among the top ten runners, including Kisling fending off Burdick for the lead and Eric Olson fighting his way by Rich Bishop and track champ Scott Lawrence to fourth behind Stricker. On lap 4 Olson got by Stricker, and at the same time Burdick began his move for the lead, although it took two laps to complete the race-winning pass. Burdick took advantage of the open track ahead of him and ran off to a 1.6-second lead over the new battle for second between the high-side-running Kisling and Olson hugging the low groove, which continued for several laps. Burdick’s lead grew to nearly four full seconds as he had backmarkers in his sights, but a spun Wayne Harris slowed the pace. Prior to the restart Kisling’s car would not refire and required a push-start, and Olson took advantage by stealing second, bringing Stricker along to third as Kisling fell out of the top five. Brian Mikkonen threatened to take third on lap 19, but Lawrence had a similar plan and displaced Stricker a lap later and then overtook Mikkonen on lap 21. The shuffling came to a stop on lap 23 for a Dave Flynn spinout, and things got hairy after that when, on the restart, the cars of Lawrence, Mikkonen and Ken Truscott became stacked together after hard contact, with another half-dozen cars collected in the aftermath. It took some time to clean up the mess, and although Lawrence could continue he was no longer a factor, while Mikkonen’s night was done.

Burdick ran off to a one-second lead with four laps to go, while Kisling’s car came back to life and threatened to take second from Olson’s. With two laps left Stricker, Steve Thomas and Shawn McFadden got together to force a green-white-checkered finish, but Burdick again sped away for his landmark win. Olson held second with Kisling in tow, while 21st-starting Mike Anderson took advantage of the carnage ahead of him to earn fourth-place money, ahead of Stricker. Finishing sixth through tenth were Bishop, Jeff Spacek (driving his brother Randy’s car), Nick Oreskovich, Flynn and McFadden, who started last on the 24-car grid. Truscott capped off a very memorable season at ABC in the only way that was fitting. After earning his first career track championship here and in the midst of a battle for a national championship, he battled with two other Red Clay Classic champs through three green-white-checkered finishes for his first-ever event win.

The drama started before the green flag ever dropped in the 25-lap WISSOTA Midwest Modified finale, as right after driver introductions pole-starter Cole Spacek’s car would not start, and it was pushed from the track. Two-time defending event champ Shane Halopka assumed the pole and immediately paced the field at the green ahead of Travis Anderson. but after just one lap front-row starter Mickey Nosser got caught up with Nick Koehler and others to bring out the first caution. Koehler bobbled on the restart, allowing Jeff Klopstein to claim third ahead of Tyler Luger and the fast-moving Jeremie Hedrich, who started 12th. Halopka ran off to a 1.7-second lead on Anderson, but everyone caught up with the leader after a multi-car incident on the front straight stopped the race on lap 6.

After Luger’s car spun on the restart, Klopstein threatened to take second from Anderson, while Hedrich made contact with Skeeter Estey’s car while battling for fourth and faded back. Halopka was up by over two seconds by lap 8, and when Anderson and Klopstein slipped up in a corner Estey, the 2010 RCC winner, took over second.

Nathan Thums spun deep in the field to slow things up on lap 14, and on the restart Truscott – who had started the race inside on row 7 – was shown in fifth. Anderson slowed when the race went under green, giving Truscott fourth, and on lap 16 he took third from Klopstein. Estey hustled inside to edge past Halopka for the lead on lap 21, and Truscott worked around the high side to take second.

Truscott continued to run the higher line to gain a slight edge on Estey with two laps remaining, but Klopstein, Grant Southworth and Mack Estey, running fourth, fifth and sixth, got together to bring out the yellow flag. On the restart Truscott again edged ahead of Skeeter Estey, but Stuart slowed with damage, forcing a second green-white-checkered attempt. Again Truscott gained a thin lead, and again the pass was negated by a caution, this time for Dave Shackleton’s spin.

Finally Truscott got by Estey as the leaders came to the white flag, and this time it held up for the $1,000 win – his sixth of the year here and division-leading 13th of his career at ABC. Halopka settled for third plus earned the fast-lap bonus with a 17.501-second circuit, while Klopstein and the 17th-starting Southworth completed the top five. Paul Niznik came from 15th to finish sixth, followed by Koehler, 23rd-starter Mark Kangas, Kerry Halopka and Hedrich.

Mod racer Kevin Eder of Ashland collected $1,200 from drivers and fans and challenged each of the second-place finishers in the features to wear a formal gown during their post-race interviews in Victory Lane as part of a “bridesmaid’s challenge.” While the younger Stuart, Olson and Estey participated in the spirit of the challenge and shared the cash, the veteran Kaanta took a more dignified approach and passed on the offer.

Late Model racer Rich Thomas of Aberdeen, SD, was awarded a $500 “long-haul” bonus for making the 450-plus-mile trip to compete at the ABC Raceway for the first time. The veteran driver qualified for the feature with a fifth-place run in his heat, and he finished the feature in 18th. The four feature races included out-of-car introductions of the drivers, four-wide salutes to the huge crowds and fireworks exploding in Victory Lane over the top three finishers.

The Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association will hold it annual awards banquet in January 2015 to close out its 50th anniversary season. More information will be made available on the Raceway’s website, www.abcraceway.com.

Waterford Speedbowl 9/27 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Waterford, CT – The final Saturday night race event of the season was held at Waterford Speedbowl with a seven division race program on the card. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing Keith Rocco of Berlin won the SK Modified® feature while Jason Palmer, also from Berlin, won the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race. Ed Gertsch Jr. of East Haven returned to Victory Lane after a long hiatus in the Street Stocks, Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon took the night’s Mini Stock race and Paul Buzel of Trumbull continued a hot streak in the SK Light Modifieds. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won another INEX Legend Cars feature and set a track record, while Taylor Bowser of Taunton, MA won in the visiting Mini Cup series event. The final event of the year takes place next Saturday and Sunday when the track hosts Finale Weekend headlined by the Valenti Modified Racing Series. A Friday practice session precedes the big event, which sees thirteen race divisions in action.

Rocco found the winner’s circle for the eleventh time of the year in SK Modified® racing. He checkered a fast paced and non-stop 35-lap race that took under nine minutes to complete from start to finish. Rob Janovic Jr. used the outside lane to grab the lead from pole position starter Jeff Gallup when the race began. He was pulling out to a comfortable advantage while Ted Christopher applied pressure to Gallup for second.

Rocco started in ninth position and quickly moved into contention, already in sixth on lap-3. He jumped to the outside lane to move into the top-five, and rocketed under Christopher out of turn two on lap-9. The following lap, Rocco made the move on Gallup and took second as they raced to turn three.

Rocco ran down Janovic’s lead by lap-16 and immediately began to apply pressure with a determined drive to the front. He darted outside Janovic in turn three on lap-20, attempting a crossover move out of turn four that Janovic held off. The following lap, Rocco made the same move stick and was able to find room to Janovic’s inside down the front chute. As they raced to turn one he completed the move and became the new leader for lap-22.

Once clear of Janovic, Rocco had smooth sailing through the finish. Janovic wound up second and Joe Gada used the outside lane to climb to third. Rocco already secured the division’s 2014 championship, his second in a row and fourth overall. Palmer turned in an impressive performance in the 30-lap Valenti Auto MallLate Model feature. He won for the third time of the year, beating back all challenges over the duration of the race. He took the lead on lap-10 from Anthony Ryan Jr., winner the previous Saturday. Once out front, Palmer retained his lead over three restarts in the second half of the race including the final two over Keith Rocco. Rocco finished second and unofficially clinched his second consecutive division championship. Bruce Thomas Jr. finished third.

The 25-lap Street Stock race got off to a rocky start but Gertsch shined during a closing eighteen lap run. Patience and perseverance paid off in the beginning for Gertsch, the 2003 division champion, as eight caution flags and attrition piled up. Gertsch was near the front throughout, inheriting the lead when Dwayne Dorr exited the race with a flat tire following a lap-3 restart. Once racing settled in, Gertsch cruised to record his first win since 2004. Gertsch is in his first full season competing in the division since 2004. Chris Meyer was second and Chris “Moose” Douton finished third. Josh Galvin survived a rough race but was able to salvage a tenth place finish, good enough to unofficially secure his first track championship.

One yellow flag slowed Cassidy’s romp to victory in the night’s 25-lap Mini Stock race. He took the lead following the only restart of the race which came on lap-4 and never looked back, taking his seventh win of the year. Ray Christian III was second and Garrett Denton, the division point leader, was third after starting the race in last. Denton leads Cassidy by 29-points in the title chase, which will be decided in next Sunday’s feature for the division, part of the track’s two-day Finale Weekend event.

Buzel won for the third straight time in SK Light Modified action. He marched his way to the front in the opening circuits of the 25-lapper, using a power move to take command from leader and first-year driver Calvin Therrien. Buzel led comfortably until he faltered on a lap-18 restart and missed a shift. He briefly lost the lead to Corey Barry before rallying, reclaiming the position on lap-20. Barry wound up finishing second and Randy Chuchill Jr. was third. Barry takes a 39-point bulge over Churchill to next Saturday’s Finale Weekend race.

Christopher won for the 25th time of the year in the INEX Legend Cars division, claiming the 25-lap race. The victory set a new single season record for wins at the track in its 64-year history. Christopher surpassed the previous record of 24 wins, set by Keith Rocco last year. Christopher is the division champion for the year.

The 20-lap race for the Mini Cup series was checkered by Bowser, who turned in a dominating performance. She was chased to the finish by Luke LeBrun. The youth division competes regularly at Seekonk Speedway.

Elko Speedway 2014 Finale

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Elko, MN–The final three Champions of 2014 were crowned in front of a full house on a beautiful September night during Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway.

Michael Ostdiek from Lakeville (MN) won the Great North Legends feature event after a furious battle with Tim Brockhouse. Benny Van Cleve held the early lead until Ostdiek, the 2013 Elko Speedway driver of the year, took over on lap 3 of the 20 lap main event. Ostdiek spent the rest of the race battling with Brockhouse for the win, eventually winning by .203 seconds.

The Great North Legends point Championship was up for grabs all night long. Derek Lemke held an 8 point lead coming into the race night, Brady Fox-Rhode cut that margain to 4pts after setting a new track record time in qualifying of 15.682 seconds or 86.086 mph. Lemke then beat Fox-Rhode in the heat race and increased his lead to 11 points going into the feature event. Fox-Rhode was making his way from his mid-pack starting spot to the front when the engine let loose and ending his chance for the Championship. With the pressure off, Lemke raced up to the 5th position and won the Championship by 23 points. “It was a great year, it was decorated with some wins and some wrecks and some mechanical failures,” said Lemke “I’m glad we won the Championship, I’ve always wanted a banner hanging up in Champions.”

The Mini Stock feature event saw Julie Davis from Bloomington (MN) lead early, then Ridge Oien from Bloomington (MN) took the top spot on lap 7. Oien fought off Matt Suhl who came from the 9th starting position all the way up to second. Oien won the 15 lap race by .218 seconds for his second consecutive win in the Mini Stock division.

The Point Championship went to Brian Adams from Shakopee (MN), Adam scored 6 feature wins this season and he only had to start the heat and feature to secure enough points to clinch the title. “To make this happen you have to be consistent each week and take it one race at a time,” said Adams “I did my best and it came to my favor.” Adams won the title by 52 points.

The runner-up in points ended up being a tie between Michael Wachs Jr and Brandon Plekkenpol both from Shakopee (MN), Wachs got the position on the tie-breaker with his two feature wins in 2014.

Owen Giles from New Market (MN) won the Bandoleros feature race but Brody Wulf from Lakeville (MN) won the point title over Giles by 6 points. After the main event Brody saluted his recently passed Grandfather by wearing a driving suit his Grandfather wore when he raced at Elko Speedway many years ago. “It feels like I accomplished something really big, it helps me get through not having my grandfather here, it helps a lot” said Wulf.

Many other special Eve of Destruction events were held on the last race night of the year including a Flag Pole race that was won by Ashley Bell from Lester Prairie (MN).

To get full results and points go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS.

The crowd was also entertained by School bus races, a motorcycle stunt team, spectator drags and a wild figure 8 trailer race. Doug Rose melted a car with his Green Mamba Jet car and the night was capped with a fireworks display.

Next up at Elko Speedway is the Champions Banquet that will be at Champions Event Center on Saturday night October 18th with music by Johnny Holm. 2015 will mark the 50th year of operation at Elko Speedway.

Get more information at www.ElkoSpeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-RACE.