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Archive for July, 2016

Diemel Edges Redetzke in Rice Lake Challenge Series Late Model Event

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Rice Lake WI, – A.J. Diemel swept past pole sitter Jake Redetzke on lap seventeen and then held off a determined late race challenge by Redetzke to win the One Main Financial WISSOTA Challenge Series race Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway.

After scheduled pole sitter Jeff Wildung failed to show on the track for the green and the field was crisscrossed for the start, Redetzke and defending Challenge Series champion John Kaanta took the green side by side and that’s the way they raced around the track for the first two laps before Redetzke edged into the lead. Running the low line, Redetzke edged away from Kaanta while Diemel, who started fifth in the adjusted start, moved to the high side after just a couple of laps and quickly started to make time toward the front.

Also moving to the high side and finding it to his liking was Chad Mahder who had started ninth but was also on the move toward the front. Diemel moved past Jeff Provinzino and Scott Gilberts to take third and then, with another strong move around the rim, drove past Kaanta into second.

The yellow flew with thirteen laps complete for debris on the track and on the restart, Redetzke continued to lead but Diemel was right on him, looking to make the move for the lead as Mahder continued his charge on the top side, working past Gilberts and then setting his sights on Kaanta.

On lap seventeen, the second and final yellow flew for a Chuck Metzger spin in turn four and on the restart, Diemel got a great run off the top side and as the two leaders exited turn four, Diemel blasted into the lead.

Mahder soon followed past Kaanta into third and set off to catch the top two runners. Rick Hanestad found a good line in the middle of the track and he drove past Kaanta to take over the fourth spot.

The race stayed under the green the last twenty three laps of the contest and for most of that time, Diemel continued to hold about a six car length lead on Redetzke, who refused to give up in his chase.

As the race moved into the last ten laps, Redetzke found great traction coming low off the corners and he began to perceptibly cut into Diemel’s advantage. A.J made a slight line change of his own though, and the key move came with eight laps to go and Diemel’s lead cut to three car lengths.

A.J made an outstanding move as he split the tail of the field cars of Steve Isenberg and Nate Beyenhof and that gave him clear sailed for the last few laps. Diemel crossed the line with the two laps cars between himself and second running Redetzke. Mahder continued to pound the cushion for the rest of the contest and while he didn’t challenge the top two, he finished a solid second. Hanestad had a consistent run for fourth with Kaanta settling for fifth.

Key Notes: Diemel earned his first series victory of the season and twelfth career Challenge Series win. …The win was Diemel’s third ever victory at Rice Lake in the Late Models but first since 2006…This was the first time Rice Lake has hosted the Challenge Series since 2008 and the first Late Model race at the track since 2012…Jeff Wildung had redrawn the pole for the forty lap feature race but battery problems prevented him from taking the green flag. Wildung’s crew had trouble replacing the battery and Wildung missed the green with the field crisscrossing for the start…Diemel and Jimmy Mars raced back for the event after a scheduled Corn Belt Series race Saturday in Darlington Wisconsin was rained out. Diemel swapped cars and made the effort pay off with the $2,000 win while Mars opted to let his brother-in-law Scott Gilberts drive the Paul Gilberts owned car that Mars drives in WISSOTA races on occasion…The race, which also featured the five divisions that race weekly at the track drew one of the biggest crowds in recent years to the speedway.

On the move: Chad Mahder from Eau Claire Wisconsin charged from ninth to finish in the third position while Steve Laursen from Cumberland Wisconsin started fifteenth and moved up to eighth in the final order.

Car count: twenty five

Schott survives for USMTS win at Chateau Raceway

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

LANSING, Minn.– The tale of the tape was tires, and Lucas Schott had just a little more left than Zack VanderBeek Friday night at the Chateau Raceway.

The racing surface began to take rubber in the United States Modified Touring Series main event, and right rear tires began to feel the strain around lap 30 in the 42-lapper.

Front-runners Cade Dillard and Jesse Sobbing lost theirs on laps 31 and 35, respectively, but the biggest bang came with just two laps remaining when race-long leader Zack VanderBeek saw his hopes shredded less than a mile from the finish line.

Lucas Schott, who shadowed VanderBeek throughout the race, inherited the top spot for the final restart and held on over the final two trips around the 1/3-mile oval to score his first win of the 2016 campaign and pocket the $3,000 winners paycheck.

Ninth-starting Jason Hughes came home second with Brandon Davis, Steve Wetzstein and Clayton Wagamon finishing third, fourth and fifth.

Masen Big Eagle was slated to start on the pole but mechanical issues forced him to miss the parade lap and start the race from the tail of the field but the Canadian worked his way back up to sixth by the end.

Dillard rebounded in the final dozen laps to take seventh, Jason Cummins was eighth, Greg Pfeifer claimed the ninth spot and Mark Motl rounded out the top 10.,

With his runner-up finish, Hughes simply needs to see the green flag in his heat race on Saturday night to claim the RealTruck.com Northern Region points title, and thus sweep all three regions this year.

Defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes swept last years Featherlite Fall Jamboree and has won four of last five contests with a series-best 14 career victories at The Creek.

Kelly Shryock is second on the all-time list with 10 wins here while Rodney Sanders has collected seven checkered flags. Tim Donlinger and Terry Phillips have five wins each; Ryan Gustin, Jason Cummins and Brad Waits have four apiece; and Zack VanderBeek, Joey Jensen and Brandon Davis have each won three times.

Two-time winners include Corey Dripps, Jason Krohn, Ryan Ruter and Stormy Scott. Drivers who have visited Widow Wax Victory Lane at the Deer Creek Speedway once include Mark Noble, Steve Wetzstein, Darin Walker, Tony Fraise, Dan Daniels, Chad Kinder, Mark Burgtorf, Brad McEwan, Randy Timms, Dean Mahlstedt, Tommy Myer, Mike Sorensen, Mike Spaulding, Dan Chapman, Les Duellman, Mike Hejna, Steve Arpin, Jon Tesch, Jordan Grabouski, Jeremy Payne, Craig Thatcher and Lucas Schott.

Gates open at 4 p.m. for Saturdays blockbuster with racing at 6 p.m. Wissota Midwest Mods, Wissota Street Stocks and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will round out the four-division program.

The Deer Creek Speedway is located of off I-90 at exit 209, then 11.3 miles south on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16). For more information, call toll-free 877-327-7223 and check out www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Truscott Wins Mid Mod Special at Fair

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin- Thursday, July 28, 2016, the Red Cedar Speedway hosted the Dunn County Fair Night Racing Event night one, featuring a Midwest Modified Special and the N.V.S.R. Vintage Sprint Cars presented by Mid-West Family Broadcasting.

28 Midwest Modified were in attendance to battle for the $750 payday. The feature line ups was set through four heats and a B-feature with passing points deciding the final order. Three heats were won from the pole position as Grant Southworth, Gunnar Watkins, and Karl Kolek each were successful. The fourth heat was won by Michael Truscott from the sixth starting position. Other notable drivers in passing points included Jake Smith racing from seventh to second in heat one. Travis Anderson moved from fifth to second in heat three as David Swearingen started seventh and finished second in heat four. The B-Feature was won by Robbie Johnson as Brent Voeltz, Jonathan Olmscheid, and Andrea Keeney all raced their way into the main event.

The A-Feature was won by Michael Truscott as he led the entire distance to the checkered flag after earning the pole position. Fifth starting Grant Southworth was able to mount a late charge for the victory but fell short at the line as Truscott was just too strong. Third starting David Swearingen had a fine run to finish in the third position. Travis Anderson started fourth, faded to near mid pack, and made a charge back to finish fourth. Karl Koleck raced from seventh to fifth at the checkers making him the only car in the top five who didn’t start in the top five.

Austin Ellis, Gunnar Watkins, Joe Chaplin, Jake Smith, and Kyle Johnson finished in the top ten. Johnson started 13th on the grid, otherwise, nine of the top ten finishers started in the top ten. Johnathan Olmscheld drove from 23rd on the grid having come through the B-Feature to finish 16th, making him the hard charger.

Thomas Returns to Victory Lane

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Menomonie, Wisconsin- Friday, July 29, 2016, the Red Cedar Speedway hosted the Dunn County Fair Night Racing Event night two, featuring $5 Grandstand Admission presented by Tractor Central. A very large crowd enjoyed a replay of meet the drivers on the track before the races and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks and WAYY 790 Hornets were all in action. Feature winners included Mike Prochnow, Mark Gerth, Ben Hillman, Mark Thomas, Ron Hanestad, Dustin Doughty, and Jeremy Johnson.

The Tractor Central Late Model Feature was led every lap by pole sitter Mike Prochnow; however, Jesse Glenz hounded him the entire distance. Prochnow was fast in the upper to middle groove as Glenz dove hard down low
lap after lap. Glenz nearly made the pass on separate occasions, but Prochnow was just too good driving on to the win. Rick Hanestad followed in the leader’s footsteps but could not mount a charge to overtake them. Buddy
“The Bomb” Hanestad had a fine run in fourth position as Steve Isenberg rounded out the top five.

The Tim’s Automotive and Machine Modified feature was slowed only once as Cory Mahder found the turn two wall on the second circuit. The restart saw Steve Hallquist in the lead but he was overtaken by Mark Gerth soon after. Mike Anderson made a very bold move to overtake Hallquist and move to second. Gerth drove very well on the high side as he maintained a cushion over Anderson to the checkered flag. Anderson, who was closing the gap late in the event, hunted the track for a way to catch the leader and had a strong run in his own right as he moved well away from third. Cory Bruggeman led the remainder of the pack to the finish line over Dave Cain
and Hallquist in fifth.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks saw another son of a Red Cedar Speedway racer from yesteryear in victory lane as Jan Hillman’s son, Ben led every lap from the outside of the front row. However, it took a perfect final
corner to make it happen as Adam Soltis race a fantastic race down low and made a serious bid for the win on the final circuit. Hillman’s “Checkers or Wreckers” style which makes him a fan favorite came into play for the win as Soltis looked to steal away the victory. Hillman drove into turn three and through the final set of corners as a high side ace, hitting the final turns perfectly tight against the wall. Hillman won excitingly over Soltis.

The race itself saw plenty of other action too as an initial caution flew for a spinning Tony Falkner. The restart was aborted for a bad start, followed up by another caution on the next attempt charged to Eric Schultz. The field was relegated to a single file attempt which was successful as Hillman led and James Harris race very well down low. Again, the yellow flag was raised for a spinning Kyle Helling. The restart saw Soltis make his move to second as Lucas Plank moved to third. A final caution set up the great finish on a green, white checkered run. Plank, Harris, and Gunnar Watkins filled out the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds saw pole sitter Karl Kolek lead the first lap as the outside front row starter, Mark Thomas took the lead on lap two by pounding the cushion on the high side. Clark Schwartz moved into second and set chase after the very fast leader. At the halfway point, it was still Thomas over Schwartz as Austin Ellis moved to third and Shane Halopka and Grant Southworth found their way into the top five with hard racing.

The first of a series of cautions flew for Mitchell Booth spinning in turn four, dissolving a comfortable lead for Thomas. On the restart, Thomas held the point as Southworth picked up the pace in the highline and moved to
third. Schwartz was fast down low as he battled inside Thomas for the lead and got the better hand coming off turn two but the yellow flew again for Brent Voeltz with four laps remaining. Thomas was scored as the leader as the field returned to green. Again, Southworth had a terrific restart running the highline and overtook second from Schwartz.

The final caution flew when Gunnar Watkins was turned into the wall resulting in very hard contact and extensive damage to his SSR Chassis racecar. The restart was relegated to single file as Thomas got a great
start and gave himself a little breathing room over Southworth. Southworth recovered, closed the gap, and made a last corner attempt to drive by for the win, Thomas held strong as Southworth raced beside him along the front stretch wall to the checkers. It was Thomas by a nose as Southworth settled for second on consecutive nights in the same fashion. Schwartz finished a strong third over eighth starting Nick Koehler. Austin Ellis looked good rounding out the top five after having won his heat race with a last corner pass earlier in the evening.

The Conrad’s Auto Salvage Street Stock feature did not hold the same drama as the week prior, but was still a fine race, nonetheless. Ron Hanestad moved to the front early as Cody Kummer followed into second. A caution flag flew as Hunter VanGilder spun at the hand of Sam Fankhauser and the field was reset. Again, it was Hanestad as Fankhauser blasted from eleventh to fifth in the first lap and a half. A spinning Warren Hanson drew the caution as the field had settled in. The restart saw Hanestad in control as Mike Knudtson raced to second after a side by side battle with Kummer. The final slowdown occurred as Fankhauser broke down and couldn’t clear the racing surface. The single file restart saw Hanestad drive to victory lane as Knudtson followed him home. Kummer finished third over VanGilder and Ashley Wahlstrom.

The Kadinger Auto Salvage Pure Stocks saw the Outlaw Chassis duo of Dustin Doughty and George Richards move to the front and never look back. The two drove on to finish one and two in a caution free event. Kent Harmon won a nice battle for position over Lucas Kallenbach and went on to claim third. Cole Varsho and Brett Myers rounded out the top five as Kallenbach faded late.

The WAYY 790 Hornets saw William Voeltz take the initial lead and look good out front when a three car spin in turn two brought out the only caution of the event. On the restart, Derrick Johnson moved side by side with the leader as the two raced door to door for the point. It was Johnson moving to first as Armond Love followed into second. Voeltz wasn’t ready to give up though as he retook second and tried to run Johnson back down. The top three settled in and raced the remainder to the event without drama as Jake Halterman and Bradley York raced hard against each other to claim fourth.

The Red Cedar Speedway is not racing next week. They will return to racing action on Friday, August 11, 2016 for the Open Wheel Extravaganza featuring United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS), Midwest Modifieds, and Liquid Nitro Mini Mods.

Aikey holds off Bruening, scores Deery Series win in Des Moines

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The current point leader in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models rolled off from the pole but was pressured throughout most of the 40-lapper by Tyler Bruening. Aikey, also the 2016 track champion in Des Moines, led the field through a pair of early cautions on laps three and nine, the only two stoppages of the event.

Bruening, who started outside of row three, took advantage of the lap nine restart and stole second from Matt Ryan before running down the race leader. The lead pair built a near straightaway lead over the field while they battled for the top spot. Bruening remained within a couple car lengths throughout the rest of the first half of the event and pulled alongside Aikey when they encountered slower traffic just shy of midway.

Although Bruening drew even on numerous occasions, Aikey held him at bay as they sliced through traffic. Exiting turn four on the final lap, Bruening tried a crossover move and dropped to the low side of the leader, however Aikey led the distance and held on at the checkers to take the win by less than a car length.

Ray Guss Jr. finished third, less than a half straightaway behind the leaders, after a hard-fought battle with Jake Neal. Charlie McKenna and Darrel DeFrance each advanced seven positions.

Joel Callahan won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing. Next up for the Deery Series is another $2,000 to win event at Cedar County Raceway next Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The Hawkeye Dirt Tour for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds is also on the card at Tipton. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.