Menomonie, Wisconsin–The Red Cedar Speedway presented Kid’s Club Night sponsored by Thunderhill Speedway, Trail Dodge, and Tri-Mart DBA Midwest Food and Tobacco Group. Additionally, Bus Night from Westside Bar and Grill transportation was provided by Right Way Shuttle. The WISSOTA Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Late Models, and EVS Hornets were all on the card. Feature winners included Kevin Adams, Tommy Richards, Shane Halopka, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Jeremy Johnson. The Late Model feature was postponed due to time constraints.
The WISSOTA Modified heats were won by Kevin Adams and Ashley Anderson as Adams started outside of Cory Williams at feature time. It was Adams into the lead early as he eventually drove to the sweep on the night. However, it was certainly no easy task as third starting Ashley Anderson hounded him the entire distance. The two swapped the lead on multiple occasions and put on a show which will be hard to top. The win certainly was hard earned as the crowd was entertained as the two modified aces plied their crafts.
Details of the race included a lap one yellow for mechanical issues for Steve Hallquist. Adams was scored the leader as Williams sat in second with Anderson in third of the restart. Anderson moved to the highline on the restart and overtook second as Jeremy Nelson moved to the low side and into third. Initially Adams tried to drive away in the lead, but Anderson closed the gap and caught him on lap five.
A caution flag reset the field and Anderson used the opportunity to drive under Adams for the point. Adams fought back and was able to pull even as the two charged side by side for the lead. It was Adams using the low groove to retake the position, but Anderson applied very heavy pressure. A Cooper Berlin caution in turns three and four again reset the field. The restart was aborted on lap 12 of 15 which was called on Mike Knopps.
The three-lap dash to the finish saw Adams in the lead on the restart as Anderson challenged him the entire remaining distance to the checkered flag. Nelson finished a strong third over Brandon Jensen and Clayton Wagamon who used a late charge to finish fifth.
The WISSOTA Super Stock heats were bested by Tommy Richards, Ben Hillman, and Jesse Redetzke. Rick Hallquist and Chad Gullixson paced the feature and after an initial attempt at a start was thwarted by a caution, the second attempt saw Chad Gullixson in the lead at the end of lap one. Bart Steffen overtook second position as Dan Gullikson moved into third. It looked to be Stephan’s night early as he moved to the outside of the leader, raced him side by side, and moved out into the front. Unfortunately for him, a caution flag flew before the lap was completed and Chad Gullixson was relegated back as the leader.
On the restart, Stephan chose to start on the outside of Dan Gullikson and it was Dan Gullikson who used the low line to drive under the leader and take control. However, ninth starting Tommy Richards moved into second position and it was becoming clear he was certainly a threat for the win. A caution flag flew resetting the field and a green, white, checkered finish was in store. On the restart, Richards completed his journey as he drove under the leader for the point and quickly stretched an advantage on the remaining field. As Richards scorched the pack, Dan Gullikson came home in second over Stephen in third. A late charging Ben Hillman bested Chad Gullixson as the two rounded out the top five.
Dan Larson, Nick Koehler, Jake Smith, and Kevin Adams, won the WISSOTA Midwest Modified heats as Karl Kolek led cover to cover, winning the B Feature. It was Josh Wahlstrom and Dan Larson leading the group to green in the feature as Wahlstrom took the early lead. Shane Halopka immediately moved into the runner up spot, and on lap two, he drove under Wahlstrom for the top position. On lap three, Adams had moved from his eighth starting position into the runner up spot but he struggled to catch the leader. A lap six restart was followed up by yet another caution, but once under green, they raced to the checkered flag thereafter. It was Halopka in charge as he stretched his advantage over Adams who himself drove was from third. Tommy Richards moved through the pack late to take the third position as Nick Koehler overtook Wahlstrom for fourth before the checkered flag flew.
It was Mike Knudtson over Danny Richards in the heat as Richards bested Knudtson in the feature. Ashley Wahlstrom started inside of Knudtson at feature time as she moved into the lead on lap one. It was Richards moving into second position as Hunter VanGilder drove to third. A lap two caution slowed the pace and the restart saw three wide racing as VanGilder moved to the top and Richards below Wahlstrom. It looked as if VanGilder would overtake the lead but Richards clawed hard at the bottom groove and himself claimed the position. As they raced one, two, three, a turn two spin saw heavy contact between Wahlstrom and VanGilder, ending both driver’s evening.
The restart saw Richards in control with Knudtson in second and Braden Brauer in third. As the top two sped away, Brauer found himself in a battle for position with Kolby Kiehl. Brauer was able to secure the position and close the gap on the leaders, but it was Richards, Knudtson, then Brauer at the line. Kiehl held off a hard charging Ron Hanestad with a side by side finish for fourth.
The WISSOTA Pure Stocks saw George Richards sweep the night as he started outside of the polesitter, Krysta Doughty in the feature. A three car crash on the opening lap forced a complete restart. The second attempt saw Richards drop back into the crowd as Doughty lead early and Kent Harmon moved into the runner up position. Kyle Copp looked strong as he moved into third but as Richards found his preferred low groove, he began to move forward. Richards drove under Copp as a yellow flag once again slowed the action.
Under green, Harmon moved to the lead below Doughty as Richards made the same pass into the runner up position. Tucker Quinn and Copp began to race side by side for the fourth position as Richards made a bid for the point down the backstretch, overtaking the lead below Harmon. Harmon wasn’t done however, as he inched back to the front at the white flag. Richards used a good run off turn two to once again get under Harmon and take the lead on the backstretch, this time making it stick. Richards raced under the checkered flag first over Harmon who was hot on his tail. Doughty finished in third as Quinn nipped Copp at the line for fourth.
The RCS Hornet heats were won by Jeremy Johnson and Lucas Brackin as Brackin started outside of Dean Butler in the feature. Butler lead early as Jordan Langer moved to second but it only took two laps for Johnson to move from eighth at the start to the third position. Butler slipped up the track and Langer overtook the lead on lap four. A series of cautions kept the race cars under pace speed but an eventual green white checkered restart saw Johnson on the point and driving home to the win. It was Langer in second over Butler as Sean Svee raced to fourth over Brackin.
The Red Cedar Speedway will be taking some time off and not returning to action until Friday, June 01, 2018, as DKS Construction, E.O. Johnson Business Technologies, and Fairmount Santrol sponsor the Open A Mod Special and Kid’s Club Night. The open motored modifieds will be in action with the Late Models, Super Stocks, and Midwest Mods. There will be no Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, or Hornets. As the name implies, the modifieds will be in action, but it will not be a WISSOTA sanctioned race.