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VanderBeek vindicated in USMTS return to Chateau Raceway

September 4th, 2016

LANSING, Minn. — Zack VanderBeek led the first 40 of 42 laps during the United States Modified Touring Series main event at the Chateau Raceway, only to have a right rear tire explode and force him out of the race.

That was Memorial Day Weekend.

On Friday night, the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental invaded 1/3-mile dirt oval in Lansing, Minn., for a second time this season and the results was nearly the same.

VanderBeek took the lead at the start of Fridays 42-lap feature and, just like back in May, the track took rubber early on.

But unlike the last trip here, VanderBeek and his tires were able to go the distance and the 32-year-old from New Sharon, Iowa, made the turn into Widow Wax Victory Lane to score his 36th career USMTS feature win.

Johnny Scott passed 10 cars en route to a second-place finish while Cade Dillard came from eighth on the grid to claim the third spot.

Rodney Sanders held off Brandon Davis for fourth with Steve Wetzstein, Travis Saurer, Jason Cummins, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Cody Bauman rounding out the top 10.

Points leader Jason Hughes could not outrun a bad draw in his heat race, started 22nd in the main event and climbed to 12th by the end of the race.

Thornton, for his efforts, leap-frogged both Brock Bauman and Mike Jergens to become the new leader in the Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year points standings.

On Saturday, the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup invades the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 11th Annual Barclay Landscaping Labor Day Dual.

This will be the 93rd feature race held at the popular high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval since Kelly Shryock won the first-ever race on May 25, 2002, this is the series first visit of the 2016 campaign.

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. Rain won the last attempt to race here in July.

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 3:30 p.m. for Saturdays blockbuster with hot laps at 5:30 racing at 6. The Iron Man Series featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will also be on the card, along with Wissota Street Stocks and Midwest Mods.

General admission spectator tickets are $20 and kids ages 12 and under get in for $5. Pit passes are $35. Race fans can find commemorative coupons good for $2 off adult tickets at Caseys General Stores locations in Lime Springs, Preston, Rochester and Stewartville.

Brock Bauman and his Sour Patch Kids USMTS Modified will be on hand for a meet n greet with fans at the Caseys General Store located at 605 S. Main St. in Stewartville (about 9 miles from the track) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. To find the Caseys General Store nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

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.

The four-night Labor Day Weekend swing wraps up on Sunday at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, for the 13th Annual USMTS Cresco and the next-to-last event in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

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.

Schott survives for USMTS win at Chateau Raceway

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.

Denison too wet, USMTS Memorial Day Weekend ramps up Thursday at Mason City

May 27th, 2016

DENISON, Iowa — The United States Modified Touring Series event slated for Wednesday, May 25, at the Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa, has been canceled due to rain and inclement weather.

Thursday brings the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental to the Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, for the first of two stops this season, and Friday will find the series at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn. The Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., will host the USMTS on Saturday with the swing climaxing Sunday, May 29, at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

All four events will pay $3,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to start. Points are up for grabs in the RealTruck.com Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

Four big shows now make up the annual Memorial Day Weekend swing, beginning with the long-awaited return of the Best of the Best to the Mason City Motor Speedway for the All-In 30 presented by Diamond Jo Casino.

The Iron Man Series featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will join the party with pits opening at 4 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5, hot laps begin at 6:30 and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Adult general admission tickets are $20, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 & under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Fans can save $2 off adult general admission by picking up a discount coupon at Caseys General Stores locations in Clear Lake, Manly, Mason City and Nora Springs. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Mason City Motor Speedway is a half-mile clay oval located 5.1 miles east of I-35 at exit 194 on SR 122 (at the North Iowa Fairgrounds). For more information, call (641) 424-6515 or check out www.masoncitymotorspeedway.com online.

The 9th Annual Guttormson Memorial takes place on Friday, May 27, at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn. WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and Pure Stocks will round Fridays card at the always-exciting semi-banked 1/3-mile gumbo clay oval.

Pits open at 5 p.m., grandstands open at 5:30 and hot laps begin at 6:30 with racing to follow.

Race fans can find discount coupons good for $2 off adult grandstand admission at Caseys General Stores locations in Austin, Blooming Prairie and Stewartville. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Chateau Raceway is a located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 (Lansing Exit), then 1.3 miles east on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east on 266th St. For more information, call 507-272-8906 or 507-440-3680 and check out www.chateauraceway.net online.

On Saturday, the fast fun moves to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 14th Annual Minnesota Spring Challenge presented by A&A Electrical & Underground.

A full night of racing is on tap with the Iron Man Series featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-pace USRA B-Mods in action, along with WISSOTA Street Stocks joining the stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series.

Pits open at 2 p.m., grandstands open at 3:30, hot laps begin at 5:30 and the green flag waves at 6 p.m.

Adult general admission tickets are $18 and kids ages 12 and under are $5.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Caseys General Stores locations in Lime Springs (Iowa), Preston, Rochester and Stewartville. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16) in Spring Valley, Minn. For more info, call 877-327-7223 or 507-346-2342 on race day or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

Then on Sunday the 9th Annual Donnybrook in Decorah takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway.

Presented by Weis Buick GMC, Sundays blockbuster event will also feature the Iron Man Series featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus USRA Hobby Stocks.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Caseys General Stores locations in Cresco, Decorah, Ossian and Waukon. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing to follow at 6:30.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a semi-banked quarter-mile dirt oval located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. (at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds). For more information, call 563-382-0711 or visit www.upperiowaspeedway.com online.

Defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., leads the RealTruck.com Northern Region points race on the strength of his two wins in both of the regional openers two weeks ago. Johnny Scott, Cade Dillard, Jacob Bleess and Stormy Scott round out the top five in the standings.

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.

Jason Hughes Wins at Chateau; Takes USMTS Hunt Point Lead

September 10th, 2015

Westville, Oklahoma – Jason Hughes claimed his third win of the 2015 Hunt for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Casey’s Cup in his #12 Red Tail Tackle/Hughes Chassis/ Mullins Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified over the holiday weekend. In doing so he also assumed control of the top spot in the standings.

Jason Hughes returned to action on Wednesday by visiting Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa) for the next round of the Hunt for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Casey’s Cup. Drawing twenty-two Open Wheel Modifieds, Jason cruised to a heat race win. Starting in 8th for the feature event, Hughes captured a 5th place finish behind Jesse Sobbing, Johnny Scott, Dan Ebert, and Cory Crapser.

The following night brought Hughes to Fairmont Raceway (Fairmont, Minnesota) to compete in the tenth night of action in the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. Bagging another heat race win in a solid field of thirty entries, Jason transferred into the feature with a 7th place starting position. Competing for a $3,000 payday, Hughes landed a runner-up finish to Jason Krohn with Jason Cummings, Jesse Sobbing, and Rodney Sanders rounding out the top five.

With thirty-three Open Wheel Modifieds signed in for battle on Friday night at Chateau Raceway (Lansing, Minnesota), Jason Hughes scored a heat race win, transferring him into the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup feature event. Coming from the 4th starting spot, Hughes bagged his 8th victory on the season. Capturing a $3,000 payday, Stormy Scott, Ryan Gustin, Daniel Hilsabeck, and Jason Cummins trailed Hughes to the finish line.

On Saturday night Jason made the trip to Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota) for night #12 of the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. Gaining three spots in his heat race, Jason scored a runner-up finish to Ben Kates. With a pole position starting spot for the feature, Jason led early before slipping to a 3rd place outing behind race winner, Jason Krohn, and Zack VanderBeek with Dereck Ramirez and Joe Duvall completing the top five.

Wrapping up the busy five-day stint in the USMTS, Jason Hughes headed to Cresco Speedway (Cresco, Iowa) on Sunday night. Logging a 2nd place finish in his heat, Hughes earned the 4th starting spot for the 35-lap feature. Battling for another $3,500 in the Casey’s General Stores A-Main, Hughes bagged a runner-up finish to Rodney Sanders with Casey Arneson, Jesse Sobbing, and Ryan Gustin trailing them to the finish line.

Jason has taken the lead in the latest USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup standings with just three events remaining on the docket. Complete results from these events and the latest series’ standings can be found at www.USMTS.com .

“The ball is definitely in our court now, and if we just perform our best each night, then we’ll have a good chance to win our second championship,” said Hughes. “Rodney (Sanders) had some bad luck there, and we have to do everything we can at the Fall Jamboree to make sure we don’t experience our own bad luck.”

While the USMTS will be idle this weekend, Hughes plans to race somewhere. However, he hasn’t locked his plans down yet, so please check www.JasonHughes12.com for the latest team plans.

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including Cates Recycling, Pig-N-Out, Red Tail Tackle, AFCO Brakes, West Siloam Pawn, Gressel Racing, Hughes Racing Chassis, Mullins Race Engines, D and G Directional Drilling, 45 Pipeline Services, JRI Shocks, Hanson Tire Service, Braka Operating, Sunoco Race Fuels, Mert’s Truck Center, SAEF Custom Finishing, Wheeler Metals Rainbow Graphics, Hooker Harness, Quarter Master, Beyea Custom Headers, Ultra-Shield Race Products, MB Machine & Tool, T&D Machine Products, Callies, Quick Car Racing Products, Dan Olson Racing Products, FSR Radiators & Racing Products, Tiger Rear Ends, Driven Racing Oil, Sweet Mfg, Real Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

Hughes notches third Hunt victory in wild USMTS show at Chateau Raceway

September 7th, 2015

LANSING, Minn.-There was no shortage of drama Friday night as the Chateau Raceway hosted Round 11 of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

Jason Hughes, who came into the event ranked second in the standings, bested Stormy Scott in a race-long battle at the front while points leader Rodney Sanders suffered a big blow to his advantage when his night ended with his race car on its roof.

Seeking his first victory at the 1/3-mile clay oval in Lansing, Minn., Scott won the drag race with polesitter Daniel Hilsabeck to lead the first lap of the 40-lap main event.

Hughes ran third for the first eight laps before finally getting around Hilsabeck as they completed the ninth circuit, and then set his sights on the leader while Hilsabeck battled for position with Ryan Gustin.

Meanwhile, Sanders, who started tenth but slid back to 17th when he was forced over the turn 2 embankment on the opening lap, found his way back into the top-10 by lap 13.

Sanders passed Johnny Scott for ninth as they completed lap 17, but as they entered the first turn Scotts machine shot up the track and collided with Sanders’s #20 mount.

The result was Sanders sailing over the turn-2 embankment for a second time, but this time his tires dug in and his race car rolled over to bring out the red flag. Although he was not injured in the incident, the damage was enough to sideline the two-time defending USMTS National Champion, leaving him with a 23rd-place finish and just his second DNF (did not finish) of the 2015 campaign.

After the restart, Hughes drove around the outside of Stormy Scott to take the lead for the first time on lap 20. Moments later, the red flag waved again this time for a roll-over by Jake Timm on the front-stretch in a melee which also saw Cade Dillards Snickers-sponsored ride battered.

The second half of the race was clean and green, with Hughes withstanding several challenges from Stormy Scott to score his third victory of The Hunt and pocket the $3,000 winners share of the prize money.

I could see (Stormy) down there, and then when we were coming up on the lapped cars and had to move around them, then I found that and thought it was a better line, said Hughes following his 128th career USMTS triumph. Kind of stayed with it there a little bit until it felt like it slowed down so moved down to the bottom and stayed hooked up on the top over in (turns) three and four, so I thought we had a pretty good line going.

After surviving a couple of wet, fast and rough racetracks the previous two nights, Hughes voiced his approval of the track on Friday.

“I’ve never really had much of a notebook here,” he said smiling. “The track was probably the best I’ve ever seen this place. We could race the top and the bottom so hats off to them guys, they done a good job.”

Gustin put two nights of struggles behind him with a solid third-place finish while Hilsabeck fended off hard-charging Jason Cummins for the fourth spot.

Zack VanderBeek, Keith Foss, Steve Wetzstein, Joe Duvall and Jesse Glenz completed the top 10.

Saturday night will find the ground-pounding USMTS goliaths back at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the last time before the 17th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-26.

The Holley Iron Man Series is back in action with the USRA B-Mods sharing the spotlight with Wissota Super Stocks, Midwest Mods and Street Stocks, plus Slingshots on the Button Buck Speedway.

The pits open at 2 p.m. and the spectator gates swing open at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 5:30 with the first green flag at 6 p.m.

Adults are $20 and kids ages 12 and under are $5. Pit passes are $30. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Preston, Rochester, Stewartville and Lime Springs in Iowa.

Cory Crapser and his No. 07 Oreos/Sour Patch Kids machine will be greeting fans at 605 S. Main St. in Stewartville from 12-2 p.m. Listen to KWWK 96.5 FM to hear live broadcasts from Crapsers appearance.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16). For more info, call toll-free 877-327-7223 or (507) 346-2342 on race day or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

The five-night swing wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, with the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods joining the USMTS Modifieds once again, plus USRA Hobby Stocks to round out the four-class card. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.

Tickets are $17 for adults 18 years old and up, $10 for youth ages 13-17 and admission is free for children 12 years of age and under. Pit passes are $30 per person. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Cresco, Decorah, Lime Springs, Ossian, New Hampton and Waukon.

Cade Dillard and his No. 97 Snickers machine will be greeting fans at 601 2nd Ave. SW in Cresco from 12-2 p.m. Listen to KCZE 95.1 FM to hear live broadcasts from Dillards appearance.

The Cresco Speedway is located 2 blocks north of SR 9 on SW 7th. Race day info is available by calling (563) 547-3400 or at www.mhcfair.com.

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 or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Hernandez & Krohnberg First Time Winners At Chateau

August 10th, 2015

Lansing, MN-A large field of 86-cars jammed the Chateau Raceway for a show presented by Midwest Repairables.com. Three drivers continued their domination, while two more scored their first wins and another had a triumphant return after a month on the shelf. There was plenty of excitement on the track and in post-race technical inspection.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks had Brady Krohnberg out front for the entire 15-lap race. It was far from easy for Krohnberg because Matt Brooks and Tyler Peterson were all over him trying to steal the lead. It was a dandy of a feature while the top three ran tight the entire race. Late in the going ninth starter Ross Spitzer made it a four car tussle up front.

Krohnberg fended off the pack to get his first win of the season while Brooks was a close second. Peterson was third but was tripped up in post-race tech for not having the proper restrictor plate on his engine. That moved Spitzer to third, Stacy Krohnberg to fourth and Jesse Stahl fifth.

A field of 20 KIK Graphics & Printing USRA B-Mods took the green flag for their main event. Kadden Kath jumped off of row one followed closely by A.J. Zvorak. Zvorak was back for the first time in a month after a grinder of a crash at Deer Creek. The leaders were held tight with a number of yellow flags throughout this race.

The yellows were an advantage for point leader Kylie Kath. Kath had problems in his heat race and started 18th on the grid and was in the top five on lap six. Kadden Kath continued to lead, but Zvorak was right there on the leader. Zvorak swept to the lead on lap nine and Kylie Kath was now third. Zvorak would hold on for his fourth win, while Kadden Kath held off his older brother Kylie for second. Jason Schlangen rebounded after a spin to finish fourth and Taylor Ausrud was fifth.

Fred Prudoehl led the Power 96 WISSOTA Street Stocks off of row one to start their feature. Brandon Vogt zipped past to take the lead away on lap three while Bernie Adams and Mike Blowers also got by Prudoehl. A caution would set up an exciting restart when the race resumed.

Adams and Blowers made it three wide with Vogt for the lead when they drove into turn one. Blowers made the high side work and grabbed the lead. Blowers drove on to his third win of the season and Kory Adams made a late race run to second. Zach Elward did the same to finish third with Vogt and Bernie Adams in the top five.

A four car crash on the front stretch halted the start for the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Then Tony Schill stalled in turn one to bring out the yellow on the restart. Bryan Hernandez took off from row one and left the field in his wake. Jared Boumeester worked to second and ninth starter Dan Wheeler would eventually get to third. A yellow on lap 14 for a piece of lead off of one of the cars slowed things and Hernandez’s lead was gone.

Boumeester drove by Hernandez and took the win but it turned out the piece of lead was off of his car and Boumeester’s car weighed light at the scales and he was disqualified. That gave Hernandez his first win of the year with Wheeler, Garitt Wytaske, Robbie Franklin and Schill in the top five.
Greg Jensen drove off of row one to lead the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Doug Hillson got to second but Jacob Dahle, Darwyn Karau and Jason Cummins all got by when Hillson got a little loose. They were three wide for fifth as Dahle challenged Jensen for the lead on lap four. Cummins and Karau were side-by-side for third and then all of a sudden in turn four they were four wide for the lead.

Dahle stormed to the lead with Karau, Cummins and Davis close behind. In a spectacular move out of turn four, Davis split between Karau and Cummins to take second on lap six. Cummins then drove by on the top side and took the lead with Davis in tow. Davis then took over on lap seven on the top side while Steve Wetzstein came from ninth and was up to third.

Davis ran the cushion with Cummins hanging with the leader. Davis had a few near misses as the cushion almost got him on several occasions. That would allow Cummins to make things interesting, but Davis was always able to gather his machine back up and hold the lead. Davis got to the checkered flag first for his sixth win of the year and 10th win overall. Cummins was second with Wetzstein, Karau and Dahle in the top five.

Blake Dorweiler survived a late race challenge from Dan Knish for his 10th win of the season for the Y-Waste Removal Hornets. It was Dorweiler’s fourth win in a row in the 12-lap feature.

Davis, Kath & Dorweiler Continue To Dominate Chateau

August 2nd, 2015

Lansing, MN-The Chateau Raceway roared back to life after a week off in a race program presented by Rolling Green Fencing of Austin. One driver would score his first win of the year while several added to their win total and the USRA Modifieds had another exciting main event.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets were the first up for the feature events. Blake Dorweiler continued his utter domination of the class when he won his ninth feature in eleven races. Dorweiler passed early leader Bobby Blowers just past the half-way point and easily won the 12-lap race.

A smaller than normal field of Misgen Auto Parts raced this week. Jason Newkirk took the lead off of row one and cruised to his third win of the season. Katie Elward had a fine run to finish in second while Jesse Stahl, Ryan Jacobsen and Anna Browers were in the top five. Dave Stevens finished fourth but was disqualified for not having a restrictor plate on his engine.

The KIK Graphics & Printing USRA B-Mods had another rough outing for their feature run. Only seven of the thirteen starters were around at the checkered flag. Kadden Kath was the early leader throughout all of the yellow flags. Five laps into the race Kylie Kath worked his way to second and challenged his younger brother for the lead.

Kylie would take the lead on lap six and went on for his fifth win in a row and sixth of the season. Kadden would finish in second with Josh Mattick third, Anthony Condit fourth and Jayden Larson finished in fifth.

Zach Elward took the lead in the Power 96 WISSOTA Street Stock feature with Kyle King and Bernie Adams in pursuit. King would take the lead on lap four but Elward fought back with Adams right there. Adams drove to second as the top three cycled around the speedway. Kory Adams spun on lap five to tighten the field even further.

On the restart, Adams challenged King for the lead and took over on lap seven. Adams would hold the lead but King and Noah Grinstead were all over him. Adams ran the high line on a treacherous cushion of dirt and he had issues with that a couple of times that just about cost him. Adams held on to win his first of the season and become the ninth winner in eleven nights of racing. King was second and Grinstead close behind in third at the checkered flag. Elward finished fourth and Kory Adams came back to finish fifth.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature had its share of excitement and controversy. The race started with a bang when Brayten Cisneros spun and Jeremy Misgen slowed to avoid and then was nailed by an oncoming Jesse Baer. Both Baer and Misgen would be eliminated in the hard contact crash.
It was Dustin Steinbrink out front being chased by Ryan Wetzstein and Robbie Franklin.

Then the controversy ensued when Steinbrink broke loose and Wetzstein got into him and spun to trigger the caution. Officials first ruled Steinbrink at fault then reversed the decision to Wetzstein being the cause. After more deliberation both Steinbrink and Wetzstein were awarded the positions back. When the race resumed, Franklin drove to second and Ryan Goergen got to third.

From there Franklin roared up to challenge Steinbrink for the lead. They had a great side-by-side race for about seven laps until Franklin finally edged out front. Franklin drove on for his fourth win of the year with Steinbrink second. Goergen would finish in third with Wetzstein and Darryl Hainka in the top five.

The French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds had another barn-burner of a main even again this week. Jason Cummins used his front row starting spot to take the early advantage. A yellow for debris on lap two would be the only yellow flag in the 25-lap race. Cummins held the lead with Darwyn Karau, Dustin Sorensen and Jacob Dahle not far behind.

Ninth starter Brandon Davis charged through traffic and entered the top five on lap four. Davis then zipped past Dahle for the fourth spot to conclude lap four. Davis was up on the top of the cushion and drove past Sorensen for third on lap five. Then Davis charged after second place Karau and bolted by him on lap seven.

At this time on lap eight, Cummins had a half a straightaway lead on Davis. Davis ran the treacherous top side and reeled in the leader on lap 13. Davis was right on Cummins but the cushion bit Davis on lap 14 and he just about got the wall in turn four. Davis gathered his machine back up and closed back in on Cummins.

They were side-by-side on lap 15 and Davis drove by for the lead to conclude that lap. From there Davis led the rest of the way for his fifth win of the season with Cummins in second. Karau ended up third while Dahle was fourth and Sorensen was fifth.

Davis Wins A Barnburner At Chateau

July 21st, 2015

Lansing, MN–It was a hot & sultry evening for stock car racing at Chateau Raceway this week. The program was presented by Auto Value Parts of Albert Lea & Austin along with R&S Racing of Albert Lea and Power 96.1FM. Several drivers continued their dominance this week and the Modifieds had another great feature race.

Ross Spitzer took off from row one in the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks and led the entire 15-lap distance to win his third feature of the year. Matt Brooks drove from fifth to second whiler Stacy Krohnberg was third. Brady Krohnberg and Jesse Stahl finished fourth and fifth.

The KIK Graphics & Printing USRA B-Mods had a much better race this week when compared to the last two shows. Just a couple of cautions would slow the pace and the last yellow flag would set up a two lap dash to the checkered flag.

Kylie Kath led from the drop of the green flag and held off younger brother Kadden to snare his fifth feature win and this was his fourth in a row. Scott Demmer finished in the third position with Mark Wytaske and Dan Tenold in the top five.

Brent Holland would lead lap one of the Power 96 WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Noah Grinstead would pass Holland on the next lap with Mike Blowers right with the leaders. Kory Adams, Keith Weber and Bernie Adams raced three wide for fourth. On lap five Blowers challenged Grinstead for the lead and they went door-to-door for the lead.

Blowers slid to the inside in turn four on the sixth circuit and he and Grinstead bounced off of each other. Blowers got the lead in turn two and drove away for his second win of the season. Grinstead finished in second with Kory Adams third. Bernie Adams ended up in fourth and Brandon Vogt was fifth in the final rundown.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds got off to a rocky start when three cars piled into each other on lap one. Jesse Hernandez would lead early in the race while Dan Wheeler, Jeremy Misgen and Jake Stark wheeled three wide for second. Wheeler got to second and went after Hernandez for the lead. Wheeler made the pass on lap five but a caution flag negated the pass as the lap was not completed.

It did not take Wheeler long to get by Hernandez to take the lead. From there Wheeler led the remainder of the race for his sixth win and 17th overall for 2015. Hernandez ended up in second with ninth starter Ryan Goergen third. Misgen had another top five run in fourth and Stark finished in fifth.

Nick Stroupe from Iron Station, North Carolina who is in the area for the big World show at Deer Creek next week started on the pole for the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Stroupe would leaf with Darwyn Karau and Jason Cummins closed behind. Cummins passed Karau and then challenged Stroupe. A couple of quick yellows would keep the field tight.

Meanwhile eyes watched Brandon Davis who had a flat tire in his heat race and rolled off in the eleventh spot. Davis was up to sixth on lap three and then in a spectacular move vaulted to fourth. Davis was far from done when he zipped past Karau for third on the eighth circuit. At this point Stroupe had a huge advantage over Cummins. But Greg Jensen had a breakdown on lap 15 to bring out the yellow and that extinguished Stroupe’s lead. On the restart Davis blasted the cushion on the top side of the track and passed Cummins for second. Davis then reeled in Stroupe on lap 17 and the battle was on. Davis ran the high line in turns one and two and the low groove in three and four.

Davis would get up alongside Stroupe but just could not quite get by. With five to go Davis got a little above the cushion and Stroupe opened the lead up. But Davis was undaunted and quickly closed back in on the leader. The white flag came out and Davis changed his line in turn one and drove to the inside of Stroupe. Davis took the lead in turn three and beat Stroupe to the checkered flag for his fourth win of the year.

Stroupe finished second but was disqualified in post-race tech for not having the mandated 8000-rpm chip in his ignition box. So that moved Cummins to second, Karau to third, Doug Hillson to fourth and Tommy Myer was fifth.

Blake Dorweiler continued his absolute dominance of the Y-Waste Removal Hornets. Dorweiler got by early leader Jeremy Wenzel to win for the eighth time in ten nights of racing.

Just a reminder that there is no racing this Friday, July 24 due to the World Modified Dirt Track Championships at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley. Racing will resume at Chateau Raceway on Friday, July 31 with racing at 7:00 p.m.

Schwebach First Repeat Winner In Chateau Street Stocks

July 14th, 2015

Lansing, MN –This week was the annual fireworks night at Chateau Raceway and a big crowd was on hand to watch the action in the sky and on the track. A good field of cars was on hand and once again they put on a good show for the fans.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets had enough cars to run two heat races and a feature with 10-cars on hand. But when the checkered flag flew after their 12-lap feature the story remains the same. Blake Dorweiler started seventh and took the lead on lap four from Dan Knish. Dorweiler led the rest of the race for his seventh win of the season.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks had a dandy 15-lap main event. Matt Brooks held the early lead with Dave Stevens and Jason Newkirk in pursuit. Newkirk took second on lap two and was right on Brooks when a caution came out on lap four. On the start, tenth starter Ross Spitzer, Stacy Krohnberg and Jesse Stahl drove three wide for fourth.

On lap nine, Newkirk again challenged Brooks up front with Spitzer now up to third with Stevens and Stahl close behind. Newkirk took the lead on lap 10, but Brooks fired right back to reclaim the lead on lap 12. Then were dead even to complete lap 13 and as the white flag flew Brooks lead at the stripe. Newkirk made a last ditch attempt in turn three and got even with Brooks.

With the dual checkered flags in the air Newkirk narrowly nipped Brooks at the line for his second win of the year. Spitzer ended up a close third while Stevens finished fourth and Stahl would round out the top five.

For the second week in a row the KIK Graphics & Printing USRA B-Mod feature was a caution riddled event. Josh Mattick would lead the race through all the yellow flags and tenth starter Kylie Kath would eventually get to second. One of the many yellows on lap seven would set up an interesting race for the lead.

Kath used the low groove and stormed to the lead on lap nine. Mattick then dove low in turn one made contact with Kath. They continued on and Mattick reclaimed the lead in three. Mattick was in the low groove and Kath was up top while they battled for the lead. Another yellow came out as Mattick hit one of the infield cones and was sent to the tail.

That yellow was the fifth and laps were cut to set up a two-lap dash to the finish and Kath made it three wins in a row. Kadden Kath would finish second with Mike Chisholm in third. Mitch Weiss would finish in fourth and Raey Hastings IV finished fifth. Of the 16-cars that started the race only five were around at the checkered flag.

The Power 96 WISSOTA Street Stocks came into the night with eight different winners in eight nights of racing. That incredible streak would come to an end tonight with the first repeat winner. Brent Holland, Noah Grinstead and Brandon Vogt cycled three wide for the lead right off the bat. Vogt and Grinstead would then take it two wide for the lead with Kory Adams and Nick Schewbach close behind. A yellow would come out on lap three to bunch the field back up.

Adams came alive on the restart and bolted to second and then took the lead on lap five. Grinstead challenged Vogt for second as the top were were really tight. Two quick cautions kept things interesting for the last five laps. Schwebach passed Grinstead for second and then went after Adams.

Schwebach made the pass on the final lap to score his second win at Chateau and sixth overall in 2015. Grinstead got to second while Mike Blowers got to third. Adams would finish in fourth and Vogt would round out the top five.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature had pole sitter Darryl Hainka take the lead. Jason Born slipped past on the first circuit to take the lead. A three car tangle in turn one triggered a caution on lap two. On the start Robbie Franklin stormed four wide to second while Jeremy Misgen and Ryan Goergen followed him through. Three cautions would slow the race in the early stages.

When the green flag came back out, Garitt Wytaske was on the fly when he drove to third going past Goergen and Misgen. Franklin dove low on lap seven and took the lead away from Born. Wytaske then bolted past Born for second on lap 12 but then Wytaske brought out the yellow when he tagged an infield cone and was sent to the back.

Franklin led the remainder of the race for his third win in a row. Mitch Weiss slipped past Born for second on lap 13 while Goergen ended up in fourth. Jesse Baer had another nice run with a top five finish.

Steve Wetzstein took the lead off of row one in the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Jason Cummins passed Todd Scharkey for second with Darwyn Karau behind them. The caution came out on lap two when Wetzstein hit a cone and was sent to the back. Cummins then had the lead with Scharkey and Karau racing for second. Brandon Davis entered the top five on lap three.

Karau took second on lap fourth while Davis was fourth and then got by Scharkey for third on lap six. Cummins had checked out up front, but a caution flag flew on lap eight when Karau hit it and that sent him to the back. Cummins and Davis then waged a pretty good battle for the lead and Jacob Dahle had now raced his way to third. Wetzstein was on the charge from the back and was back up to fourth on lap 11.

Wetzstein got by Dahle for third and set after the lead duo. Cummins and Davis had a good race going on but Wetzstein got called for another cone violation and since it was his second yellow he was sent to the pits. After that the race for the lead was tremendous. Cummins and Davis were side-by side on lap 20 with Davis scored the leader. They continued door-to-door on lap 21 and Cummins reclaimed the lead on lap 22.

Davis pressed hard on a treacherous cushion at the top of the track. Davis had just the slightest push on lap 23 and that was enough for Cummins to take his second win of the year. Davis followed in second with Dahle third and Karau rebounded to fourth. Greg Jensen finished in fifth for his second top five finish of the season.

Peterson Makes It 8 For 8 in Chateau Street Stocks

July 7th, 2015

Lansing, MN –Race fans kicked off the Fourth of July weekend in style with the racing at at Chateau Raceway on Friday. An excellent field of cars turned out to perform on Lewison Spray Foam Insulation night at the speedway. There was a new winner in the Hornet class and the Street Stocks continued their amazing streak of different winners.

In the Y-Waste Removal Hornet feature, Terry Blowers made his return to Chateau pay off when he scored the win in the 12-lap race. Blowers ended Blake Dorweiler’s three race win streak. Dorweiler did finish second with Bobby Blowers third followed by Adam Gransee and Nick Sillman.

Stacy Krohnberg took the initial lead in the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock main event. Jesse Stahl and Ross Spitzer were all over the leader and Matt Brooks added to the excitement when he caught the top three. Anna Brouwers erupted in smoke on lap four to bring out the caution flag.

Krohnberg and Spitzer raced side-by-side for the lead on laps seven and eight while Stahl and Brooks remained close. Stahl then drove to the inside of Krohnberg and stole the lead on lap 12. Stahl held on for his first win of the season while Brooks got to second. Krohnberg wound up third with Spitzer fourth and Ryan Jacobsen fifth.

The KIK Graphix & Printing USRA B-Mod feature was a caution filled event from the start. Seventeen cars took the green flag but yellow flag fever ensued. Josh Mattick led the race while Kylie Kath drove from 10th to second in two laps. With four laps completed the fifth caution flag flew and that cut five laps off the length of the race.

Kath took the lead on lap five and cruised to his third win of the season and second in a row. Mattick would finish second with Kadden Kath in third. Anthony Condit finished in the fourth spot and Jayden Larson would round out the top five.

The Power 96 WISSOTA Street Stocks have had seven different winners in seven nights of racing to start the season. Zach Elward took the lead but spun to trigger a four car melee on lap one. Another quick yellow slowed the pack on the restart. Durand Peterson made the long haul from Glenwood, MN and took the lead at the drop of the green flag.

Bernie Adams got by Fred Prudoehl for third and then zipped past Elward for second on lap three. Mike Blowers stormed from eighth to fourth and then got by Prudoehl for third. Meanwhile Peterson continued to lead but smoke was emanating from his machine. Brent Holland stalled on lap nine to bring out the yellow and group the field back up.

On the start, Adams, Prudoehl and Blowers raced three wide for second and Blowers took over. Adams would spin to bring out the yellow. Then while in second Blowers would spin to bring out another yellow. Despite the smoke and an engine that popped Peterson held on to become the eighth winner in eight nights as the incredible streak goes on. Blowers came back to finish second with Brandon Vogt, Noah Grinstead and Danny Hanson in the top five.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature started with a bang when Jimmy Patzner tagged the turn three wall very hard and folded up the right front corner of his car. Josh Ihlenfeld led at the start but pushed up the track to allow Garitt Wytaske and Jeremy Misgen to flash by. Robbie Franklin was up to fourth when a caution came out.

On the restart, Wytaske led followed by Misgen and Jason Born. Franklin slipped past Born for third and Misgen stole the lead from Wytaske. Franklin drove past Wytaske for second and the yellow came back out for a spun Luke Hainka. Franklin would take off on the start and took the lead on lap five. Ryan Goergen was on the move and he was fourth on lap seven.

A couple of more cautions would come out but Franklin went on for his second win in a row followed by Goergen in second. Born had another good run for third while Misgen finished fourth and Jesse Baer finished out the top five.

Darwyn Karau took off from the pole to lead the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Keith Tourville gave chase on the top side of the track and stayed close to Karau. Steve Wetzstein, Jacob Dahle and Dwaine Hanson raced the wide for third with Hanson getting the position. Wetzstein challenged Hanson on lap seven and got to third.

Up front Karau ran right on the bottom and Tourville rocketed around the top side. Karau drove away and opened up the lead to a half straightaway as Wetzstein now battled Tourville for second. They were even on lap 12, then Wetzstein got the spot on lap 15, but Tourville returned the favor. One lap later Tourville got too strong into turn one and spun to bring out the yellow.

The green flag came out and it was an epic battle for the lead. Karau continued to run the bottom and now it was Wetzstein’s turn to blast around on the top shelf. They were side-by-side on lap 17 and Wetzstein took the lead on lap 19. Karau drove past Wetzstein to lead lap 20 and edge back out front. Wetzstein reeled Karau back in on lap 23 to take the lead.

Karau gathered things back up and led Wetzstein when the white flag came out. The crowd loved this one when the leaders charged into turn one. Karau pushed ever so slightly and that was all Wetzstein needed to again assume the lead. Karau gave it one last effort but Wetzstein came across the line first for his second win of the season. Karau’s quest for his first ever win ended in second with Joe Horgdal third, Hanson was fourth and Jacob Dahle was fifth.

Racing will continue this Friday, July 10 with the ever popular fireworks night along with racing in all six divisions. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow.

Horgdal & Ludington Nab Career Firsts At Chateau

June 30th, 2015

Lansing, MN–More heavy rains hit the Lansing area earlier in the week and thunderstorms just missed the speedway on race day. Lake Chateau in the infield was higher this week as the Cedar River continues to run high just off the backstretch. This week’s racing was presented by Lake Geo Travel Plaza in Dexter.
Two drivers would score career first feature wins, another got his first win of the season and the rest added to their win totals.

Blake Dorweiler continues to be the dominant driver in the Y-Waste Removal Hornets. Patrick Wells led the first five laps until Dorweiler took over from there. It would be Dorweiler’s sixth win of the season and runs the win streak to three. Wells finished second with Ralph Hanks third and Cody Hyatt fourth. However both Hanks and Hyatt were disqualified for illegal tire sizes on their cars. That moved Bailey Wolff, Bobby Blowers and Dan Lewison up two spots.

Ross Spitzer led the entire 15-lap Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature after he started on the pole. Jason Newkirk and Brady Krohnberg had a race long battle for second while Matt Brooks tried to remain close to the top three. A late race caution set up a two lap race to the finish. Spitzer led but Newkirk had an amazing run on the final lap and got up alongside Spitzer as they raced towards the checkered flag out of turn four. Spitzer hung on for his second win with Newkirk second and Krohnberg was third. Brooks would finish in fourth and Jesse Stahl was fifth.

The KIK Graphics & Printing USRA B-Mod feature got off to a rough start with a couple of early cautions. On the start, Taylor Ovrebo and Blake Arndt bounced off each other and that allowed A.J. Zvorak to take the lead. Jason Schlangen vaulted to second while Ovrebo broke and came to rest for another yellow.

Schlangen zoomed past Zvorak for the lead on lap four while Arndt slipped past for second. Kylie Kath drove past Zvorak for third and then by Arndt for second. Kath continued his drive to the front and challenged Schlangen for the lead on lap 6. Kath worked the high groove and took the lead one lap later.
Kath led the rest of the way for his second win of the season. Schlangen was second with Zvorak Third, Arndt fourth and Kadden Kath fifth.

The Power 96 WISSOTA Street Stocks had another dandy of a main event. Zach Elward led the field being chased by Bernie Adams and Derek Ludington. Adams spun in turn one and triggered a six car melee. Adams went to the tail for the restart and Elward took off again. Ludington and Brent Holland raced side-by-side for second while Mike Blowers was up to fourth.

Elward got loose in turn two on lap three and that really tightened the back down the backstretch. In the scramble into turn three, Fred Prudoehl tagged Blowers and another five car incident was underway. Elward continued to lead with Ludington second and Blowers was right with the leaders. Kory Adams was fourth while Bernie Adams sliced his way back up from the tail.

Adams drove past Blowers for third as the top four were in a tight battle. Ludington now challenged Elward for the lead on lap five and drove by on lap five. Kory Adams got by Elward for second on lap eight while Ludington opened up the lead. Ludington would win his first ever feature event with Kory Adams second and Blowers was third. Bernie Adams would end up in fourth with Prudoehl in fifth.

There would be a different winner in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds this week. Dan Wheeler had won four in a row but was unable to make the feature with fuel pressure issues. Jesse Baer would lead the first three laps until he pushed up the track to allow Jeremy Misgen to snag the lead. Misgen would drive from the pack and was well out front for most of the race.

The race behind him was good with Robbie Franklin going to fourth by Garitt Wytaske and then zipped past Jason Born on lap 11 for third. Franklin then continued his drive from row four to pass Baer for second. At this point of the race Misgen had almost a straightaway lead on Franklin. Born, Baer and Wytaske had a great race for third while Franklin tried to chase down Misgen.

Misgen came up on Luke Hainka and tried to put him a lap down. Hainka held his line and Misgen just could not get past. Franklin quickly reeled in the leader and all of a sudden the race for the lead was on when the white flag flew. Franklin drove by Misgen to get his first win of the season. Born would finish third with Bryan Hernandez in fourth and Wytaske fifth.

Brandon Davis drew the pole position for the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. As the race came trackside it was reported that some fans came together and wanted to offer Davis a challenge. They wanted Davis to go to the rear of the field and if he could come through and win would receive a $300 bonus. Davis accepted the challenge and the put Joe Horgdal and Todd Scharkey in row one for the 25-lap race.

After a caution on lap one, Horgdal took the lead and Jason Cummins slipped past Scharkey for second. A lot of eyes were on Davis as he drove from 10th to fifth in two laps. Horgdal and Cummins stormed away from the field and Davis was now up to fourth on lap seven. Cummins was right on Horgdal for the lead on lap 10, but Horgdal fought him off.

Davis got by Darwyn Karau for third on lap 16 and the battle up front was tight between Horgdal and Cummins. Cummins could get close, but Horgdal maintained his advantage up front. Cummins would take to the top side of the speedway and got up to the leader once again. They were close on lap 21 burt Horgdal had the answer every time Cummins made a move.

At the checkered flag it was Horgdal who won his first ever feature race much to the delight of the crowd. Cummins was a close second and Davis’ run ended in a third place finish. Karau would finish the race in fourth with Doug Hillson fifth.

Racing will continue this Friday, July 3 with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing to follow. On July 10 the track will continue its tradition with the annual fireworks show plus a full night of racing.

Zvorak Wins A Thriller At Chateau

June 22nd, 2015

Lansing, MN-Even after almost four inches of rain fell at Chateau Raceway on Wednesday evening, the race program went on as scheduled despite the flooded infield. This week’s show was presented by Southern Minnesota Seamless and Albert Lea Steel.

Blake Dorweiler continued his dominance of the Y-Waste Removal Hornet division this week. Dorweiler took the lead from Cody Hyatt about half-way though the 12-lap race. It was Dorweiler’s fifth win in six programs this season. Hyatt would finish second with Patrick Wells in third.

Matt Brooks took the lead off of row one in the 15-lap Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature. He was chased by Stacy Krohnberg and Jason Newkirk early on. Ross Spitzer charged his way from 12th to fourth in one lap. Krohnberg got alongside Brooks to nab the lead in lap three and Newkirk followed along to second.

The top four ran in a tight pack and now Newkirk challenged for the lead eight laps into the race. Newkirk slipped past on lap nine while Sptizer raced Krohnberg for second. Spitzer got to second while Brady Krohnberg was now up to fourth place. A yellow for a stalled Ryan Jacobsen set up a two lap dash to the finish.

Newkirk held on to pick up his first win of the season while Spitzer was a close second. Stacy Krohnberg ended up in third with Brooks in fourth and Brady Krohnberg was fifth at the checkered flag.

The KIK Graphics & Printing USRA B-Mod feature got off to a rough start with three yellow flags before one lap could get in the books. After things settled down the race turned into an absolute classic. After destroying his car last week A.J. Zvorak was back in a car the Jerry Young had been racing. Zvorak took the lead off of row one and was followed closely by Ben Moudry.

Moudry took the lead on lap two while Alex Williamson stormed from eighth to third. Shaun Walski also put on a show as he drove from 15th to fifth on lap three. Zvorak ran the high line to the lead on lap four, but Moudry returned the favor and led lap five while Williamson hung right with the leaders. Kylie Kath who went to the pits with one of the early yellows had come all the way back up to sixth.

The top three ran close on lap seven as Zvorak once again got the lead. A caution for Mike Chisholm on lap eight slowed things down and tightened up the pack even further. On the restart, Zvorak and Moudry resumed their battle while Kath was all over Williamson for third. Moudry again stole the lead on lap 12, but Zvorak drove right back by on lap 14. A late race yellow would set up a great finish.

Zvorak took off with Moudry close on his tail while the race for second through fourth really heated up. Zvorak would hold on for the win but Kath robbed Moudry of second by eighteen one hundredths of a second at the checkered flag. Williamson would finish the race in fourth and Scott Demmer rebounded from an early spin to record a fifth place finish. During the course of the race Zvorak and Moudry exchanged the lead at the start-finish line seven times in an epic battle for the win.

Bernie Adams led the Power 96 WISSOTA Polydome Dirt Track Series Street Stocks with Brent Holland, Noah Grinstead and Fred Prudoehl in formation. Grinstead, Prudoehl and Derek Ludington went three wide for third on lap two. Holland made slight contact with Adams and spun to bring out the caution. Holland would go to the tail for the incident.

When the race resumed Adams held the lead with Grinstead and Ludington right behind him. Nick Schwebach closed on the top three and drove by both Ludington and Grinstead for second on the fifth circuit. Three laps later Schwebach made a bid for the lead right on the leader Adams. Adams got a touch loose on lap 11 and Schwebach took over the lead.

Adams would give it one last run on lap 17, but Schwebach became the sixth different winner in six night of racing in the division. Adams took second with Kory Adams in third Ludington ended up fourth and Prudoehl was fifth.

The question in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Polydome Dirt Track Series Midwest Modifieds was could anyone stop Dan Wheeler’s domination. At the end of 18-laps the answer was no as Wheeler won his fifth of the season and 12th feature win overall, but it was not easy. Garitt Wytaske led early on until David Swearingen got to the point on lap two.

Wheeler raced his way through traffic and was up to second on lap three. Wheeler quickly challenged for the lead as Robbie Franklin looked to join the race up front. Franklin would trigger a caution when he ran over a cone and was sent to the back of the field. Wheeler grabbed the lead on lap six. A couple of cautions kept things close and Jared Boumeester would eventually get to second.

Boumeester gave Wheeler a pretty good run for a few laps, but Wheeler drove away late to get yet another checkered flag. Boumeester was second with Swearingen in third place. Franklin rebounded from the back to finish fourth and Jeremy Misgen was fifth.

The largest field of French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modiifeds since August 24, 2012 took to the track with 17-cars on the speedway for their 25-lap feature. Brandon Davis took off from row one followed by Josh Angst. Brad Waits was on the charge from ninth and slipped by Keith Foss and Doug Hillson and found himself in third.

Davis had a half straightaway lead on lap five and Angst held a five car length advantage on Waits for second. Waits would reel in Angst on lap eight and make the pass one lap later. Davis entered lapped traffic on lap 14 while Waits tried to cut the deficit. Todd Scharkey stalled on lap 14 to bring out the caution and the crowd got fired up to see if Waits had anything for Davis.

The green flag came out and Davis again took off and pulled away. Joe Ludemann would bring out the final caution on lap 17 and bring the pack back to Davis’ rear bumper. This time Waits got a tremendous restart and hung right with Davis. Waits dove low on lap 20 and they were side-by-side for the lead.

Waits took the point on lap 20 and held off a last ditch effort from Davis on the final lap to win his first at Chateau and his sixth win of the season. Angst would come home in third with Darwyn Karau on fourth and Foss was fifth.

Grinstead & Peterson Dial In First Wins At Chateau

June 16th, 2015

Lansing, MN-Race fans that turned out to Chateau Raceway were treated to some really good racing this week. The show was presented by French’s Repair & Fabrication along with Misgen Auto Parts. Several youngsters won some neat prizes that were given away by the French’s. Again this week a couple of new faces graced victory lane while several others continued their terrific seasons.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets kicked off the feature races and it was a dandy. Ralph Hanks and Blake Dorweiler ran side-by-side for many of the 12-lap race as they battle for the lead. Bobby Blowers joined them up front as the laps wound down. Dorweiler would hang on to win his fourth race of the year with Hanks and Blowers second and third.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks always seem to have entertaining feature races and they did not disappoint this week. Tyler Peterson got behind the wheel of Adam Godeke’s car this week and led the race while Jason Newkirk along with Matt Brooks drove up to challenge. Newkirk applied heavy pressure on Peterson and would get up alongside of the leader on several occasions.

On the final lap Newkirk made one last effort but Peterson was up to the task and won the 15-lap race. Newkirk was a very close second with Brady Krohnberg to third. Brooks would finish fourth and Jesse Stahl would round out the top five.

Jayden Larson would lead the KIK Graphics & Printing USRA B-Mod feature after starting on the outside of row one. Cole Denner got to second with Parker Kessel on him and Kylie Kath was fourth. Denner drove to the inside of Larson and challenged for the lead. Denner had a slight push on lap eight and Kessel made a bid for second. Then Kath stalled with a flat tire on lap nine to trigger a caution.

Things got crazy on the restart when Anthony Condit and Terry Kohnert collided on the frontstretch. Kohnert slid backwards through the infield grass which was saturated from Thursday’s rain. Kohnert slid helplessly and crashed through the sponsor billboards on the infield and the yellow was quickly back out.

When the green flag came out, Denner whipped around the top side of the track and got the lead. Meanwhile Kath had replaced the flat tire and had stormed his way up into the top five. Kath got to the inside of Josh Mattick and then they went three wide with Kessel for third. Kath got to third and set after Larson in second.

Denner led the rest of the way for his second win of the season. Larson finished second, but was disqualified in post-race tech inspection and that handed second to Kath. Mattick was next in line but he too was disqualified in tech inspection. So Kessel would be awarded third with Kadden Kath and Taylor Ovrebo fifth.

Brent Holland would lead the Power 96 WISSOTA Street Stock feature while Noah Grinstead passed Fred Prudoehl for second. Mike Blowers sailed off the track in turn two and that brought out the caution. Grinstead snagged the lead on the restart as Kory Adams and Brandon Vogt sailed past Holland for second. Adams got to second on lap four while everyone watched Blowers storm his way back towards the top five.

Holland, Prudoehl, Blowers and Bernie Adams had a good race going until Blowers spun and Adams was sent to the rear on lap six. Blowers sailed past Prudoehl for fourth and then Blowers challenged Vogt for third. Blowers, Vogt and Prudoehl were then three wide on lap eight and Blowers found himself up to third.

Back up front, Kory Adams challenged Grinstead for the lead. They were door-to-door on lap 11 and Adams was scored the leader of that lap. Then Grinstead dove low, Blowers charged to the middle and Adams was up top. They went three wide for the lead for an entire lap until they all got together in turn two of the twelfth circuit. Adams was charged with the caution and was sent to the tail of the field.

Grinstead held off Blowers for his first win of the season and the fifth different winner in as many nights of racing so far. Vogt finished a strong third with Prudoehl in the fourth spot and Holland finished out the top five.

Ryan Wetzstein led the first three laps of the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Then Ryan Goergen took over the point with Robbie Franklin now in second. Dan Wheeler charged from eighth to fourth on lap four. Franklin blew by Goergen for the lead on lap six as Wheeler was now third.
Wheeler took over second on lap 12, but Franklin had a good sized lead.

Wheeler tried to reel in Franklin but it appeared he was not making much progress. Then Jesse Baer stalled on lap 13 and the caution came out. Another quick caution period happened on the restart to keep the pack tight. The final six laps were good with Franklin in the lead and Wheeler was right on the leader.

The white flag came out and Wheeler made his move in turn four to steal the lead. Wheeler pulled away on the final lap to win for the fourth time this season and it was also his 11th feature win of the season. Franklin was second with Wetzstein, Goergen and Garitt Wytaske third thought fifth respectively.

Of course you have to race the race, but when Brandon Davis drew the pole position for the 25-lap French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature it was pretty much over. Davis stormed off row one and led all 25-laps to easily score his third win of the season. Steve Wetzstein made things interesting for the fans when he drove from ninth to second.

A late race yellow got those fans fired up to see if Wetzstein would have anything for Davis. However Davis was unfazed and pulled away. Jacob Dahle would come home in third with Greg Jensen and Alex Hanson in the top five finishers.

New Winners Highlight Fan Appreciation Night At Chateau

June 9th, 2015

Lansing, MN-A beautiful night greeted a large crowd for Fan Appreciation Night at Chateau Raceway that feature free admission to the grandstand. Several new faces graced victory lane this week and the USRA Modifieds put on a show that will be talked about for quite some time.

Tralo Inc. of Owatonna sponsored the races and kicked in extra money for the drivers. The Modified winner received an extra $500 while second place got $300 and third took home an extra $200. The USRA B-Mod and WISSOTA Midwest Modified winner got and extra $200 while second and third received a $150 bonus. There was also a challenge issued for the Modifieds with a $1000 bonus to any of the top six drivers that would fall to the back. If they could come through and win the 25-lap race the bonus would be theirs.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets Were first up for feature action and Patrick Wells would lead from early on to nab his first win of the season. It was not easy however as Bobby Blowers and Blake Dorweiler put on heavy pressure in the late stages of the race.

Bob Schoenfelder would take the lead in the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature. Ross Spitzer would challenge and take the lead on lap three. There were a couple of cautions on lap nine and ten, but Spitzer was unfazed by the interruptions. Spitzer drove to his first win of the season followed by Matt Brooks who had his three race win streak broken. Brady Krohnberg finished third with Jesse Stahl and Jason Newkirk in the top five.

The KIK Signs and Printing USRA B-Mods got started with a wallop as Raey Hastings IV nailed the wall in turn four on the first lap. Hastings was uninjured, but his car suffered heavy damage. Kylie Kath led the race but A.J. Zvorak worked his way up from the 10th spot and drove to second on lap five.

Zvorak would get close on several occasions but just could not get by Kath for the lead. Kath sped on to his first win of the season with Zvorak a close second. Josh Mattick would finish third while Mike Chisholm was fourth and Terry Kohnert finished fifth.

Fred Prudoehl jumped off of row one to lead the Power 96 WISSOTA Polydome Dirt Track Series Street Stock main event. Brandon Vogt worked the top side of the track and quickly came to second and then went after Prudoehl. Kory Adams closed in on the lead dup and things got interesting up front.

Vogt wheeled the high side and stole the lead on lap nine. Mike Blowers raced from eighth and stormed up to Adams. Prudoehl drifted high on lap 10 and that allowed Adams and Blowers to shoot past. Vogt would reach the checkered flag first for his first win. Adams would out run Blowers for second with Prudoehl and Derek Ludington in the top five.

Garitt Wytaske led the opening laps of the Farm Boy BBQ while Bryan Hernandez and Robbie Franklin gave chase. Hernandez powered to the lead on lap three while Franklin rocketed by Wytaske for second on the top side. Eyes were peeled to Dan Wheeler who started eighth he was up to third on lap six and closed on the lead duo.

A caution for debris on lap nine would tighten up the pack further. Wheeler drove past Franklin for second and then used the low groove to steal the lead from Hernandez one lap later. Wheeler led the rest of the way for his third win here and eighth overall this season. Hernandez and Franklin finished second and third while Jeremy Misgen and Tony Schill rounded out the top five.

The French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified 25-lap feature was an absolute barn burner. Four drivers, Dennis Hillson, Doug Hillson, Jason Cummins and Brandon Davis took the challenge to drop to the tail for a possible $1000 bonus if they could win.

Rookie Modified pilot Dustin Sorensen jumped off of row one and drove away from the field in the early stages. Joe Horgdal and Steve Wetzstein raced for second on lap six while Sorensen was checked out. Cummins came from 13th and was sixth when the races first caution flag waved on lap six.

Wetzstein blew by Horgdal on the restart for second and got to the low side of Sorensen for the lead. Cummins got to fifth and Davis was right behind him in sixth. Wetzstein went side-by-side with Sorensen up front as Damon Haslip were three abreast with Cummins and Davis for fourth. Wetzstein suddenly slowed on lap nine and fell to the infield and Sorensen was again alone out front.

Cummins got by Haslip was now third and set after Horgdal for second. Cummins got by on lap 11 but the events second and final caution came out on lap 11. Sorensen was now under attack from Cummins for the lead when the green flag returned. Cummins got by to led lap 12 while Davis was up to third and reeled in the leaders. The rookie Sorensen was unfazed and blasted around the top side of the track and returned the favor to pass Cummins on lap 13 for the lead.

Sorensen led by a couple of car lengths, but Cummins once again drove up to challenge on lap 17. The large crowd went crazy while the leaders again were side-by-side and put on an absolute show for the lead. Cummins wheeled back to the lead on lap 20 and fended off Sorensen the final five laps for his first win this season. Cummins earned a cool $2000 for his win after all the bonus money was awarded. Sorensen finished second with Davis third. Horgdal and Haslip would round out the top five.

The Outlaw Mini Mods were also on the card and they had a strong field of 18-cars start their $500 to win main event. Buzz Pool would dominate the race and take home the win followed by Tyler Kaeter, Ben Sprung, Nathan Kilwine and Bruce Bennerotte.

Rodney Sanders Races to Chateau Raceway Cash with USMTS

May 30th, 2015

Happy, Texas – Rodney Sanders added another triumph to his 2015 win tally with a victory aboard his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified at Chateau Raceway (Lansing, Minnesota) on Friday evening.

The next stop on the schedule for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) was a race at Crawford County Speedway (Denison, Iowa) on Thursday evening. Rodney Sanders had plans to keep his successful month of May going and win the $3,000 paycheck. The night started well for Rodney as he won his heat race from the 8th starting spot. Starting in the 5th position in the Casey’s General Store A-Main, Rodney managed to gain three positions in the 35 lap feature to record a solid 2nd place finish behind race winner, Cade Dillard.

Following the second place finish at Crawford County Speedway, the next race on the schedule for Rodney Sanders was another USMTS event at Chateau Raceway (Lansing, Minnesota). Friday night’s event brought in 38 entries looking to capture the Casey’s General Stores $3,000 paycheck. In his heat Rodney won his heat race from 5th, setting him up for a 6th place starting spot in the A-Main. The rest of the night was history as Rodney continued his hot 2015 season with a victory and his second “W” in the month of May. Jesse Glenz, Dan Ebert, Brandon Davis, and Zack VanderBeek rounded out the top five finishers.

After the big win at Chateau Raceway, Rodney Sanders followed the USMTS Series to its next event at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota) on Saturday evening. Rodney recorded a 4th place finish in his heat, transferring him into the B-Main which he went on to win. From 13th place, Rodney was able to work his way through the field to achieve a 3rd place finish in 40-lap feature behind race winner, Brad Waits, and Lucas Schott.

“It was a great weekend for our team, and I have to thank all of my crew, sponsors, and fans for their great support,” commented Sanders.

Full results from the weekend are available at www.USMTS.com .

Rodney will take a break from Modified competition this weekend to resume action in his Super Late Model. He plans to enter a pair of Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) events at Park Jefferson International Speedway (Jefferson, South Dakota. A $2,000 top prize is on the line on Friday night, while Saturday will see $3,000 up for grabs. For more information on the events, please visit www.MLRARacing.com .

For the latest team plans. Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, S&S Fishing and Rental, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, Beyea Headers, Five Star Shop Service, McDonald Oil Field Services, KBC Graphics, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Club 29 Race Cars, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, Wehrs Machine, All-Star Performance, Wilwood Breaks, Driven Race Oils, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit www.RodneySandersRacing.net .

Sanders Snares Guttormson Memorial

May 27th, 2015

Lansing, MN –The weather conditions were perfect for the 18th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial Race at Chateau Raceway presented by A&A Electric & Underground Construction. The Casey’s General Store USMTS Modifieds were in town for their traditional Memorial Day weekend swing. A large field of 91-cars in four divisions would battle it out for supremecy.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks were the first feature on the track and this turned out to be a caution filled event. Matt Brooks took the lead off of row one and led the entire race which had the laps cut due to the many yellow flags. With the sixth yellow on lap seven it was a two lap dash to the finish. Brooks won his third in a row over Jason Newkirk, Brady Krohnberg, Jesse Stahl and Ross Spitzer.

The USMTS Modifieds would then hit the track for their 40-lap, $3000 to win race. There were 38-cars from nine states and Canada that were whittled down to the 26-car feature field. Dan Ebert took the lead on lap one, but Jesse Glenz stormed past him on lap 2. Rodney Sanders was on the move and took second from Ebert on lap five. Glenz was well out front at that point but it was clear that Sanders was gaining ground.

Sanders caught Glenz in lapped traffic on lap 19 and made the winning pass one lap later. Sanders controlled the race, but Glenz made one last attempt to pass on lap 37 to no avail. Sanders scored his first win at Chateau and his fourth of the season. Glenz finished second with Ebert third, Brandon Davis was fourth and Zack Vanderbeek finished fifth.

The KIK Graphics & Printing USRA B-Mods had a tough time on the slick track for their 18-lap feature. This one would also see plenty of yellow flags and eventually was cut a couple of laps with five caution flags. A.J. Zvorak would lead from start to finish but was pressured by Cory Crapser for most of the race. They would finish first and second and it was Zvorak’s second win of the season. Nate Chodur was third with Alex Williamson and Chris Weigert in the top five.

Garitt Wytaske led the first nine laps of the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Wytaske came up to lap Brayten Cisneros, but Cisneros spun and collected Wytaske to end his night. Dan Wheeler has been red hot so far this season and he stormed from eighth to take the lead. Wheeler won his second at Chateau and his fifth overall with Robbie Franklin second. Ryan Wetzstein had a great run in third while Bryan Hernandez and Jeremy Misgen were fourth and fifth.

Sanders adds Chateau Raceway to growing USMTS win list

May 24th, 2015

LANSING, Minn.–Rodney Sanders rocketed into victory lane Friday as the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental rolled into the Chateau Raceway for the 8th Annual Guttormson Memorial.

Rookie driver Dan Ebert led the first lap of the feature race but relinquished the top spot to another Rookie of the Year contender, Jesse Glenz, the second time around the semi-banked 1/3-mile clay oval.

Looking for his career-first win, Glenz led through lap 19 before Sanders spoiled his plans and slipped by to lead at the halfway mark.

Glenz kept the two-time defending USMTS National Champion within sight over the final 20 laps, but it was Sanders who earned the right to park his No. 20 Swan Energy machine in the winners circle.

The 49th win of his USMTS career and fourth of the season was worth $3,000 to the 25-year-old from Happy, Texas, as he extended his points lead in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

It was his first win at the Chateau Raceway.

Glenz and Ebert held on for the other two podium positions with Brand Davis and Zack VanderBeek rounding out the top five.

Kelly Shryock came out of a Real Racing Wheels B Main for the second straight night and was the races hard charger for the second straight night, finishing sixth after going off 15th on the 26-car grid.

Thursdays winner, Cade Dillard, secured the seventh spot, Lucas Schott started and finished eighth, Damon Haslip nabbed ninth and USMTS Rookie of the Year points leader Jesse Sobbing completed the top 10.

On Saturday, the fast fun moves to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 13th Annual Minnesota Spring Challenge presented by A&A Electrical & Underground.

A full night of racing is on tap with the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods in action, along with Super Stocks and Street Stocks joining the stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series.

Pits open at 2 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps begin at 5:30 and the green flag waves at 6 p.m. Fans are invited to come out early and enjoy Slingshot action on the Button Buck Speedway beginning at 3 p.m.

Adult grandstand tickets for the event are $18 and kids ages 12 and under are $5. Pit passes are $30.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Caseys General Stores locations in Lime Springs, Preston, Rochester and Stewartville. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16) in Spring Valley, Minn. For more info, call 877-327-7223 or 507-346-2342 on race day or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

The four-day Memorial Day Weekend wraps up on Sunday, May 24, the 13th Annual Stars & Stripes Shootout takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

Both events will pay $3,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to start.

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 or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Wetzstein, Denner & Richards Score Chateau Wins

May 16th, 2015

Lansing, MN –Race fans were greeted with great weather and the largest car count of the young season on GT Construction night at Chateau Raceway. Eighty racers performed for the crowd and some new faces visited victory lane while a couple of others added to their win totals.

Matt Brooks jumped off row one of the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature and led the entire way for his second win in a row. It was not as easy as it sounds though as Stacy Krohnberg dogged Brooks during the 15-lap race. Brooks survived a green, white, checkered finish to get the win. Ross Spitzer would finish third with Jesse Stahl and Brady Krohnberg in the top five.

Cole Denner accomplished the same feat as Brooks in the KIK Graphics & Printing USRA B-Mod feature. Denner started on the pole and led the entire 18-laps but again it was not an easy win. Josh Mattick put up a fierce challenge early on and raced door-to-door with Denner. Then it was Kylie Kath’s turn at the leader late in the race.

Kath got by Mattick and reeled in Denner with just a couple of laps to go. Denner had a close call with a couple of lapped cars but skated between them to maintain the lead. Kath would get loose on lap 16 and dropped back a couple of positions. Denner got his first win at Chateau with Mattick second, A.J. Zvorak third with Kath fourth and Anthony Condit fifth.

Kory Adams led the Power 96 WISSOTA Street Stock feature with Bernie Adams, Danny Richards and Mike Blowers in tow. The top three ran close as Richards snuck to second and then went after the leader. Richards stole the lead on lap eight and scored his first win at the speedway. Blowers finished second with Kory Adams, Noah Grinstead and Fred Prudoehl in the top five.

Bryan Hernandez would grab a huge lead in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. At the half way point he was checked out on the field. Behind him there was a great battle with Jason Born, Tony Schill and Robbie Franklin. Schill would pass Born for second on lap 12 and then started to reel in the leader.

The leaders got into lapped traffic with three laps to go and Hernandez got pinned behind a lapped car. Schill took advantage of that and worked the middle groove and snaked his way to the lead. Schill brought home his second win of the season at Chateau. Hernandez drove home second with Born in third with Robbie Franklin fourth and rookie Brayten Cisneros in fifth.

A season high 14 French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds took to the track for their 25-lap main event. Right off the bat Greg Jensen, Steve Wetzstein and Jason Cummins were three wide for the lead. Cummins edged out front with Wetzstein right on him as they had a great battle up front. The race hit a rough spot with three consecutive yellow flags on lap two.

Wetzstein would take the lead on lap 3 and walk away for the win. Cummins and Darwyn Karau had a tremendous race for second throughout the rest of the race. They back and forth, side-by-side until Cummins edged ahead on the final lap. Brandon Davis came back from a flat tire to finish fourth and Jacob Dahle was fifth.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets had enough cars this week to run two heat races and a feature event. The feature was a really good race up front between Nate Coopman and Blake Dorweiler. They were glued to each other with Coopman narrowly winning the 12-lap event, or so he thought. Coopman was disqualified in post race tech inspection so that handed Dorweiler his third consecutive win.

Next Friday, May 22 the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) invades the Chateau Raceway for the 18th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial Race. Along with the USMTS Modifieds, the USRA B-Mods, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks will be in action. Hot laps will be at 6:30pm with racing to follow.

Davis, Adams & Wheeler Dominate At Chateau

May 11th, 2015

Lansing, MN-Seventy-one race cars signed in for action for night two of racing at Chateau Raceway. The Y-Waste Removal Hornets got the features started. Blake Dorweiler dominated the 12-lap race for his second win in a row. Marissa Wolff would finish second with Cody Hyatt third, Tyler Christensen fourth and Patrick Wells fifth.

Brady Krohnberg led the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature for the first seven circuits. Matt Brooks took the lead on lap eight and never looked back to take the win. Jesse Stahl made a late race pass of Krohnberg to take second. Defending track champion Jason Newkirk finished in fourth with Ross Spitzer fifth.

Dan Tenold led the early stages of the 15-car, KIK Graphics & Printing USRA B-Mod main event. A.J. Zvorak zoomed up from the sixth starting spot to take the lead. Zvorak would lead the rest of the way to score the win followed by Kylie Kath, Anthony Condit, Tenold and Cole Denner.

The Power 96 WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next and three time defending track champion Mike Blowers was out on lap one with a flat tire. Kory Adams got the lead early and pulled away from the pack to dominate the 18-lap feature. Bernie Adams would finish a distant second with Noah Grinstead third. Brandon Vogt and Fred Prudoehl rounded out the top five.

Second year driver Brandon Dunbar got a rough ride at the start of the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. On lap one, Dunbar’s car turned suddenly to the right in turn three and pounded the wall. The impact sent him over on his roof, but fortunately Dunbar was not injured in the hard crash.

Dan Wheeler charged from row four to the lead and proceeded to speed away from the pack to grab the win. Robbie Franklin got to second followed by Jeremy Misgen, Jason Born and Bryan Hernandez finished fifth from row six.

The French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified 25-lap feature saw 12-cars take the green flag. Dennis and Doug Hillson battled for the lead until Brandon Davis took over on lap five. Davis drove away from the field for his second win in a row. Steve Wetzstein charged from tenth and passed Todd Scharkey for second on lap 16. Scharkey would finish third with Dennis Hillson and Doug Hillson in the top five.

Mother Nature Squashes Chateau Races

August 30th, 2014

Lansing, MN–The annual Labor Day weekend swing for the United States Modified Touring Series was on the card this week along with the final track point night for the other four classes. Storms skirted around the Lansing area during the afternoon and it looked good for a while.

But a storm popped up west of the speedway as drivers sign in and fans started to gather. The system blew in with thunder, lightning and heavy rains about an hour and a half before the scheduled start time. The rain pounded down and in a short period of time the grounds were swamped and that put an end to any thoughts of racing.

Last week Todd Scharkey of Kasson was crowned track champion in the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds for his second track title with his first in 2005. Bobby Blowers of Waseca earned the Y-Waste Removal Hornet title last week also.

There were a couple of close point battles that Mother Nature decided for the competitors. Jason Newkirk of Austin won his second Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock championship with his first in 2010. Josh Mattick of Rose Creek won his first track title in the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod division. Robbie Franklin of Shakopee successfully defended the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified title. Mike Blowers of Waseca made it three straight Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock titles for his fourth overall championship. Blowers was also the tracks Hornet champion in 2009.

The track will take a couple of weeks off until Friday, September 12. That will feature the annual Border Wars special for the Midwest Modifieds, B-Mods and Sport Mods. Other divisions will be racing that night also. There is also a possibility that the rained out USMTS show could be made up that night too. Keep updated on the final show of 2014 by monitoring www.chateauraceway.net for more announcement on the September 12 program.

Drivers Get Out The Brooms At Chateau

August 24th, 2014

Lansing, MN –This week was the final night of track points for the USRA Modified and Hornet divisions. Ninety-four cars signed in the back which included a huge field of 24-Hornets. The racing action was wild to say the least and several drivers scored clean sweeps. This week’s program was presented by Power 96.1 FM and Smitty’s Tavern of Austin.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks started the feature race action with 13-cars on the starting grid. Extra money was added to the purse when Tralo Inc. of Owatonna added $25 to each of the top 10 drivers pay.

Keith Weber smacked the turn four wall on lap one to bring out the caution. Brady Krohnberg got the early lead while a big pack of cars battled for second through fifth. Matt Brooks got to third but then his left rear wheel broke off his car and another yellow came out.

Cole Lonergan was on the move, he drove to second on lap 11 and then reeled in Krohnberg up front. Lonergan made his move in turn four when the white flag flew and stole the lead. Lonergan picked up his second win of the season and made it a sweep for the night. Brady Krohnberg was second with Stacy Krohnberg third. Jason Newkirk finished fourth on a flat right rear tire and Greg Lammers was fifth as only six cars finished.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Mod main event looked like a leftover from a county fair demolition derby. Only seven of the 17-starters were on the track at the checkered flag. A couple of multi-car accidents and several spin outs slowed this race down. The race fell under the five caution flag rule and five laps were chopped off the race which set up a green, white, checkered finish with 11-laps in.

Josh Mattick led from the start but A.J. Zvorak moved to second and they raced for the lead from there. Mattick was able to fend off Zvorak for his second win of the season and he also got the sweep as he won a heat race earlier in the night. Zvorak finished second with Jerry Young third. Ryan Stebbins and Raey Hastings IV rounded out the top five.

Jason Barber has been on a tear as of late in the Albert Lea Steel Street Stocks. Barber got his first career win a couple of weeks back then backed it up with his first win at the Deer Creek Speedway last Saturday. Tonight Barber just plain drove away from the pack to record his second win of the season. A big crash wiped out of couple of the frontrunners.

Point leader Mike Blowers got tangled up with Kory Adams and several cars made contact. Brent Holland had no escape route and blasted the front of Blowers machine and that knocked Blowers out of the race. Barber scored the popular win with Tyler Peterson in second. Bernie Adams finished third with Jim Connors and Kory Adams in the top five.

Jesse Hernandez led the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds until lap six when Tony Schill skated on past to steal the lead. Schill dominated from there to win his first at Chateau this season and added to the clean sweep parade on the night also. Dan Wheeler worked his way from ninth to finish second with Hernandez third. Ryan Goergen placed in the fourth position with Robbie Franklin fifth. Franklin has a big enough point lead that he will successfully defend his track championship from 2013.

Jason Cummins absolutely destroyed the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified field. Thirteen-cars took the green flag and Cummins stormed to the lead off of row one. Cummins ran away for his second win of the season and he also swept the action. Tommy Myer got to second on lap three with Darwyn Karau, Todd Scharkey and Jacob Dahle in the top five. Scharkey was crowned track champion for his second track title at Chateau with the first coming in 2005.

It was an awesome night for the Y-Waste Removal Hornet division. The class has had a bunch of different racers throughout the season but has struggled to get more than six to show up at any one race night. Midwest Modified driver Dan Wheeler decided to put some money into the purse if 16 or more cars showed up.

That idea snowballed from there when Grain Handlers USA put up $10 tow money for every driver that showed. Then Racefan123 Laura Ulman added money, then Jace Gasner, Miner’s Outdoor & Rec and French’s Repair & Fabrication. Greg Nelson of Action Builders along with Gary Stahl put up money challenging the fourth and fifth place drivers along with promoter Darin Toot and Chris Toot to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Twenty-four hornets from three states signed in and their 15-lap feature got off to a wild start. Jesse Baer and Ralph Hanks tangled on lap two and Baer’s car launched over the turn three wall and landed outside of the speedway. Baer was uninjured and actually drove the car back to the pit area.

The race was very good with two, three and sometimes four wide action. Jason McShane took the lead on a late race restart and took the win worth $340. Brian Adams finished second with Dan Melcher, Matthew Hershberger and Marissa Wolff in the top five. Wolff earned the hard charger award after she started 19th. Thirteen year old Bobby Blowers earned enough points to win the track title.

After the race, Dan Melcher and Matthew Hershberger accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge so they along with Darin and Chris Toot got doused in victory lane in front of a cheering crowd.

Next Friday the Casey’s General Stores USMTS Modifieds will be in action with 35-40 Modifieds expected to be on hand. The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, WISSOTA Street Stocks and Pure Stocks will also be in action for their final night of track points. Race time is 7:00 p.m. and visit www.chateauraceway.net for more information.

Steinberg Nails First Open Wheel Win

August 13th, 2014

Lansing, MN–It was a glorious night weather wise for racing at Chateau Raceway this past Friday. The show was presented by St. Ansgar Plumbing & Heating along with Albert Lea Steel. Several drivers added to their win totals and two would become first time winners.

The first of those occurred in the Y-Waste Removal Hornet division. Jason McShane led early on until a caution came out just past the halfway point of the 12-lap race. McShane had an issue getting back up to speed on the restart and dropped a few positions. Patrick Wells would drive past and hold on to win his first feature at Chateau. Bobby Blowers would finish in second and Marissa Wolff finished third.

Brady Krohnberg led lap one of the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature while Cole Lonergan, Stacy Krohnberg and Matt Brooks drove three wide for third. Jason Newkirk sat in second but not for long as he sped to the lead on lap four. Newkirk led the rest of the way for his fourth win of the season. He was followed by Lonergan in second, Brady Krohnberg in third with Brooks and Keith Weber in the top five.

Kylie Kath took the lead off of row one in the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod main event. Josh Mattick and A.J. Zvorak trailed while Charlie Steinberg charged to fourth from the ninth spot. Steinberg ran the high line to third when he zipped past Zvorak. A caution on lap nine would close the field back up.

Kath once again took off with Mattick trying to hang with him up front. The laps continued to fall and the leaders came up on lapped traffic with just a couple of laps to go. Kath got pinned behind the lapped car and had to slow briefly. Mattick powered to the low side and the two touched and Steinberg zoomed by both of them to steal the lead.

Steinberg took the win his first in the B-Mod division followed by Mattick and Kath. Kath got into Mattick on the cool down lap as they were exiting the track and things spilled over into the pit area. Kath was disqualified for the post-race incident which moved Zvorak to third, Kadden Kath to fourth and Mark Wytaske was fifth.

Derek Kilby led lap one of the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock feature. It did not take long for Noah Grinstead to enter the picture and he slid to the lead on lap two. Mike Blowers came from sixth and passed Kilby for third and then Jim Connors for second on lap five.

Grinstead led the remainder of the race to hold off a charge from Blowers for his third win of the season. Bernie Adams had another good run to finish in third with Kory Adams fourth and Connors would finish fifth.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds got off to a surprising start when point leader Robbie Franklin was pushed off the speedway before the green flag flew. Franklin had won the past three weeks and had to watch from the pit area. Rookie Kobie Kath took the lead followed by Jake Stark but a spin by Jason Born triggered a caution. Bryan Hernandez scooted past Stark for second while Dan Wheeler was up to fourth.

The top four ran in tight formation on lap four while Hernandez challenged Kath for the lead. Hernandez took over on lap five and Wheeler came along with him to second. Jason Born recovered from his first lap spin and was back up to sixth at this point. Then the lead duo checked out from the pack until a caution came out on lap nine.

Hernandez and Wheeler really heated things up on the restart as they went side-by-side with Wheeler scored the leader on lap 12. Born had charged all the way to third now as Hernandez was once again alongside Wheeler for the lead. Wheeler ran the low groove out of turn four while Hernandez wheeled his car in the top lane. They made contact just before the flagstand and Wheeler was again in front. Hernandez slowed on lap 16 with a flat tire and exited the speedway.

Wheeler held off Born’s great run for his third win of the season. Jayme Hiller collected another top five finish and Kobie Kath had his best run of the year in fourth. Jacob Toepper would round out the top five finishers.

Damon Haslip dominated the 25-lap French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified 25-lap finale. Haslip started outside of row one and drove away for his second win of the season. The race was slowed by two cautions one of which was a tangle between Dennis and Doug Hillson. Todd Scharkey slipped by Jacob Dahle for second on lap nine and they finished second and third. Darwyn Karau placed fourth and Doug Hillson was fifth.

There is no racing on Friday, August 15; but racing will resume on August 22 with the final car ride night for the kids. Kids will get an opportunity to ride in and on their favorite drivers race car before the program that evening.

Franklin Scores Third Straight At Chateau

August 4th, 2014

Lansing, MN–Racing action returned to Chateau Raceway after a one week break under perfect conditions. This week’s program was presented by Midwest Repairables of New Richland and Rolling Green Fence of Austin. The second Gold Rush was held for the kids at intermission this week.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets had another exciting finish in their feature race. Ralph Hanks led the majority of the 12-lap race, but 12-year old Bobby Blowers passed him on the final lap to take his fourth win of the season.

Keith Weber led the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks out of the gate and was dogged by Brady Krohnberg early on. Krohnberg would keep things tight up front until he spun to the infield on lap six. That allowed Weber to speed away for his second win of the season. Brandon Shaner would fend off Matt Brooks for second while Stacy Krohnberg was fourth and Brady Kronhberg came back to finish fifth.

Josh Mattick took off from row one in the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature. Brad Minkse got turned into the backstretch wall on lap two and at the same time Mattick slowed in turn four to end his night. Taylor Ovrebo took the lead at that point with Mark Wytaske and A.J. Zvorak in pursuit. Everyone kept an eye on Kylie Kath who took the Brew Pub Pizza Challenge and drove from last to fifth in four laps.

A yellow on lap five would tighten up the field and Wytaske drove past Ovrebo to take the lead. Kath got by Zvorak for third on lap seven and then passed Ovrebo for second on the ninth circuit. Another caution came out and that put Kath on Wytaske’s bumper for the restart and it looked like the bonus might be claimed for the first time.

Kath gave a good drive to challenge Wytaske but spun on lap 15 and lost a lot of ground. Wytaske would win his second in a row with Ovrebo second. Kadden Kath finished in third while Ryan Stebbins was fourth and Taylor Ausrud rounded out the top five.

Tony Shaner led the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock feature, but it got off to a rough start when Derek Kilby spun on lap one and collected Brent Holland, Kory Adams, Jason Barber and Kyle King. The race resumed with Shaner being hounded by Noah Grinstead and Tyler Peterson. After a quick yellow, Grinstead started to apply heavy pressure on Shaner for the lead.

Jason Barber drove to third and while Grinstead battled Shaner for the lead and led lap five, Barber got into huge trouble on lap six. Going into turn three, Barber got into the wall and proceeded to climb it and launch high in the air and up and out of the racetrack while a stunned crowd looked on. The red flag came out and track officials quickly went to Barber’s aid outside of turn three. Barber escaped from his car and jumped up on the wall to let everyone know he was uninjured.

When the race got back underway, Grinstead led and Tyler Peterson got to second. Grinstead led the rest of the way despite Peterson’s persistent challenges for the lead. Grinstead’s win qualifies him for the AMSOIL Race Of Champions in Huron, South Dakota next month. Shaner would end up third with Kory Adams fourth and Kyle King in fifth.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds was the Robbie Franklin show once again this week. Jeremy Misgen led off of row one and led Franklin for quite a few laps. They had a tight battle from laps seven through twelve until Franklin made the pass in the low groove on lap 13. From there Franklin checked out for his third straight win and his fourth of the season.

Franklin is also the tracks qualifier for the AMSOIL Race Of Champions to be held at the Speedway Motors WISSOTA 100. Misgen’s fine run ended in a second place finish with Bryan Hernandez in third. Jayme Hiller came home in fourth and Jake Stark finished fifth.

Todd Scharkey absolutely dominated the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified 25-lap feature. Scharkey started outside of row one and led from start to finish for his fourth win of the season. Pat Graham ran second until he broke on lap 17. Jacob Dahle had a good late race run to finish second with Joe Horgdal, Darwyn Karau and Doug Hillson in the top five.

Perfect Evening of Picture Perfect Racing at Chateau Raceway

July 22nd, 2014

Lansing, MN-It was a picture perfect evening for racing on Auto Value Parts Stores along with R&S Racing night at Chateau Raceway. This week’s program also featured the candy drop for the kids at intermission along with a big number of prizes for the fans in attendance.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornet feature looked to be a lock for Ralph Hanks when he led every lap of the race. That was until the leaders encountered lapped traffic on the final lap. Hanks got pinned behind the slower car and Bobby Blowers vaulted by Patrick Wells and Hanks to win his third feature of the season. Polesitter Matt Miller led the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks with Jason Newkirk close by in second. Newkirk would steal the lead on lap three, but Miller reclaimed the lead in turn two on lap four. The top four cars ran in tight formation in a really good race. Miller pushed up the track on lap seven and that allowed Newkirk to take over from there. Newkirk’s car started to smoke late in the race, but he cruised to his third win of the season. Miller’s best run of the year ended in second with Stacy Krohnberg third and Matt Brooks fourth. Brady Krohnberg finished fifth after he started in the eleventh position.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature would see a speedway legend end a long dry spell. Tanner Johnston led lap one with Mark Wytaske and Chris Weigert in tow. After winning their heat races, Cory Crapser and Kylie Kath both accepted the Brew Pub Pizza Challenge and would start from the back. Crapser was up to eighth on lap two from the 15th spot. Wytaske drove past Johnston for the lead on lap three and Weigert went after Johnston for second. This race was marred by several cautions at this point. There were a couple of multi-car incidents and one for a cone violation that sent Crapser to the tail. That was the fifth yellow of the event and five laps were knocked off the 18-lap race to set up a green, white, checkered finish. Mark Wytaske would glide to the feature win his first win since June 20, 2003 when he won a WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Weigert ended up second while Josh Mattick got to third. Kadden Kath wound up fourth and older brother Kylie ended his run in fifth.

The nine car Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock feature would end up being cut also. There were three cautions in the first five laps while Mike Blowers led the field. Bobby Kilby and Kory Adams had a good battle for second as the fifth yellow came out on lap 10. Again, it would set up a two lap shootout to the finish. Another caution came out when Kilby and Adams collided and that would sen Kilby to the tail. Blowers would win his second feature in a row with Adams second. Bernie Adams would finish in third with Noah Grisntead fourth and Jim Connors would get his first top five finish.

Jason Born, Jake Stark and Jesse Hernandez got the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature off to a wild start with a three wide move into turn one. Hernandez would take the lead as Bryan Hernandez would move up and challenge Born for second. Cory Crapser hit one of the infield cones to trigger a yellow on lap three. On the restart, Bryan Hernandez went after his son Jesse for the lead and Robbie Franklin was up to fourth behind Born. The top four were tight on lap six and Franklin zipped past Born and then got by Bryan Hernandez for second. Jesse Hernandez led until lap nine when he got a little high in turn four and Franklin bolted by for the lead. The yellow came out on lap 15 for Crapser’s second cone violation that sent him to the pit. On the restart, Jesse Hernandez slipped high and that gave Bryan Hernandez and Dan Wheeler the chance to slip past. Then on the final lap Jesse Hernandez got a piece of Wheeler and sent him into a spin to bring out the yellow. Hernandez was sent to the tail and Wheeler got his spot back. Franklin would lead the final lap for his third win of the season. Bryan Hernandez would finish second with Wheeler in third. Jayme Hiller had a great run to finish fourth and Born would round out the top five.

Damon Haslip has had nothing but back luck so far in 2014 as mechanical issues have sidelined him twice this year. Tonight was his night however and he won the heat race and then dominated the 25-lap French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Haslip jumped to the lead from row one and kept Todd Scharkey at bay for the entire distance for his first win at the track. Scharkey was second with Doug Hillson in third. Darwyn Karau finished in fourth and Joe Horgdal was fifth.

Just a reminder that there is no racing at Chateau Raceway next Friday, July 25. Racing will resume on Friday, August 1 with racing in all six divisions along with the Gold Rush for the kids. It is also the AMSOIL Race Of Champions qualifier night for the WISSOTA Street Stocks and WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.

Lonergan Gets First Win In A Thriller

July 14th, 2014

Lansing, MN-It was an eye-opening, jaw dropping, ooh and ahh kind of night at Chateau Raceway this week. Not only did the racers provide excitement on the track, the always highly anticipated fireworks night was on tap. Dahle Enterprises of Morristown and Miner’s Outdoor & Rec helped present this week’s program. An extra treat for the fans was Justin Allgaier’s #51 Brandt Professional Agriculture NASCAR Sprint Cup show car which was on display.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets had their largest field of cars to date with nine in attendance. When their 12-lap feature was in the books Phillip West was the winner in his first time out for 2014. Bobby Blowers would finish in second with Ralph Hanks third.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks always bring plenty of excitement to the table when their feature rolls on to the track. Brady Krohnberg took the early lead, but point leader Jason Newkirk would have a tough night. Newkirk would spin and collect Mike Bartsch to bring out the yellow flag. On the start, Cole Lonergan would challenge Krohnberg for the lead while Stacy Krohnberg got to third.

Stacy Krohnberg passed Lonergan for second as he and Brady pulled away from the pack. Newkirk came from the back but was involved in another incident with Tom Kaiser and Matt Brooks. Newkirk got the caution and was sent to the pits for a second yellow on lap 11.

It was a four lap shootout as Lonergan darted past Stacy Krohnberg for second on lap 13. Another caution would set up a two lap dash to the checkered flag. Brady Krohnberg led the field to the green, but Lonergan went to the extreme high line in turn one and then bolted to the bottom of the track in turn two. They were side-by-side in turn three as the white flag came out.

Lonergan drove past to steal the win for his first triumph of the season. Brady Krohnberg was second with Stacy Krohnberg in third. Matt Brooks would finish in fourth and Mike Bartsch finished fifth in his first time back racing in six years.

Charlie Steinberg led the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature as Kylie Kath got to second on lap three. Steinberg was way out front early on while Josh Mattick moved to third and A.J. Zvorak slipped to fourth. Michael Wytaske got spun in turn three and he backed hard into the wall. Mark Wytaske had no place to turn and piled into him. Somehow Jesse Baer slipped between the two and narrowly missed the crash. The red flag was displayed as the track was nearly blocked.

When the green flag came back out, Kath threw a slick wicked slide job on Steinberg and took the lead. Mattick then passed Steinberg for second on lap 10 and set after Kath. The leaders got into lapped traffic on lap 15 and Mattick took the lead. Unfortunately for him the yellow came out for a spun car and the lap was negated to put Kath back out front.

There were three laps left and Kath held on for his second win of the season with Mattick second. Something let loose in Steinberg’s car on the final lap and the field scrambled to stay out of the moisture. Zvorak would finish third with Scott Demmer and Kadden Kath in the top five.

Kyle King led the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stocks until Mike Blowers took over on lap two. King would hang with Blowers throughout the 15-lap race and keep things interesting. A crash between Tony Shaner and Noah Grinstead would draw a caution on lap 6 and both drivers involved were disqualified for the incident.

Blowers led the rest of the way for his first win of the season, but King made him work for it as he applied pressure all the way to the checkered flag. Jason Barber would finish the race in third with Kory Adams and Bernie Adams fourth and fifth.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had yet another driver take the Brew Pub Pizza Challenge this week. Ryan Goergen won his heat and went to the tail in an attempt to claim the bonus cash. Casey Jane Trom would lead the first six laps with Mike Mehling on her tail in a tight race amongst the top five.

Mehling was door-to-door with Trom on lap five and six as Robbie Franklin raced from eighth to third. Trom, Mehling and Franklin cycled three wide for the lead on lap seven with Mehling going to the lead. Franklin came along to second while Trom, Dan Wheeler and Greg Pfeifer Jr. were now three wide for third. A three car pileup on lap eight would tighten the field even further.

Franklin blew by Mehling on the restart and drove away for his second win of the season. Mehling would suffer a flat right rear tire and would not finish, Wheeler broke out of a great battle to finish second and Pfeifer Jr. would end up third. Jason Born had a nice run in fourth and Goergen’s bid for the bonus netted him a fifth place finish after he started 19th.

The French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified 25-lap finale got going with Jacob Dahle, Tyler Clark and Todd Scharkey three wide for the lead in turn one. Scharkey darted to the lead but the yellow quickly came out. On the start, the leaders all got jumbled up and triggered a six car melee on the fronstretch. Joe Horgdal hit the wall and Doug Hillson got tied up with him.

Scharkey took off on the restart and led the rest of the way to earn his third win of the season. Brandon Davis took second on the restart finished a good distance behind Scharkey. Keith Foss would finish in the third position with Jason Cummins fourth and Clark was fifth.

Barber Scores Career First At Chateau

July 7th, 2014

Lansing, MN- This week S&S Auto Salvage & Repair along with State Farm Insurance presented a special Thursday night show to kick off the Fourth of July weekend at Chateau Raceway. A season high 100-drivers and their race cars checked in for racing action.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets had their highest car count of the year with eight cars. Ralph Hanks held off Bobby Blowers to record his third win of the season. Patrick Wells would finish third with Cody Hyatt and Nick Sillman in the top five.

Bob Schoenfelder led the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature with Cole Lonergan and Matt Brooks on the chase. Brooks would spin on lap two and trigger a five car pileup and was sent to the tail. Brady Krohnberg slipped past Lonergan and then drove alongside Schoenfelder in an attempt to steal the lead. Katie Elward’s car erupted in smoke and another yellow flag was displayed as she stalled on the inside of the track.

On the restart, Jason Newkirk made a three wide pass and drove to second. Meanwhile Brooks had stormed from the back of the field and was up to third on lap three. Schoenfelder broke on lap four and Newkirk found himself out front. Brooks continued his charge and zipped past Newkirk on lap five.

Attrition was a big factor as several cars dropped out during the 15-lap race. Brooks held off a tremendous effort from Krohnberg in the final laps to win his third feature of the season. Stacy Krohnberg finished in third with Lonergan and Newkirk in the top five. Only six of the 16-starters made it to the checkered flag.

A big field of 27-L&D Ag USRA B-Mods were whittled down to a 20-car field for their 18-lap feature. Unfortunately this race deteriorated quickly as the yellow flag got a workout. Jerry Young took off from row one with Kylie Kath in hot pursuit throughout the race. A nine car pileup on lap two put a halt to the action.

Young and Kath continued to pull away from the pack when on lap 13 Jesse Baer got turned sideways in turn two and his car snapped over on its roof. Baer crawled from the machine uninjured and the red flag was displayed. From that point on it was one of the most bizarre finishes to a race that some thought would never end.

The race came down to a green, white, checkered finish. There were four attempts to end the race under that situation. Kath made a big charge to the bottom and slid in front of Young to steal the lead on the third attempt. The race lasted almost 41-minutes and when the checkered flag finally flew it was Kath in victory lane for his first win of the season. Young was second with Kadden Kath, Josh Mattick and Justin McMahan in the top five with only eight cars left on the track at the end.

Jason Barber has led a lot of Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock features over the past several seasons only to have something go wrong or get passed at the end. Barber started on the pole this week and took off with Kory Adams right with him the entire 15-lap race. Barber held the lead but Adams was trying everything he could to get closer and make the pass.

As the laps wore down, Adams stayed right with Barber but just couldn’t quite get close enough. This race went without a single yellow flag and Barber got to the checkered flag first for his first ever win. He performed a victory donut in front of a very loud and supportive crowd. Kory Adams finished second with Bernie Adams third. Mike Blowers and Kyle King collided on the final lap and both were sent to the back. That moved Noah Grinstead to fourth and Tony Shaner was fifth.

Bryan Hernandez took the lead from Garitt Wytaske and Tony Schill followed him through to second on lap one of the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Wytaske broke loose to allow Jared Boumeester and Greg Pfeifer Jr. by on lap three. All eyes were on Robbie Franklin who accepted the Brew Pub Pizza Challenge and dropped to the tail and started 22nd.

Boumeester got to second on lap five and Franklin was already up to sixth. Hernandez was way out front as Schill again challenged Boumeester for second. Boumeester spun and lost a bunch of positions as Franklin continued his charge and was now third. Franklin screamed past Schill for second on lap 10, but Hernandez was gone out front.

Hernandez entered lapped traffic and all of a sudden Franklin was right there. A yellow flag on lap 14 got the leaders out of the traffic but Franklin would now be right on Hernandez’s bumper for the restart. Hernandez darted away, but Franklin went to the top and made a furious last ditch effort. Hernandez would win his 40th Midwest Modified feature at Chateau with Franklin a very close second. Schill was third with Pfiefer Jr. and Ryan Goergen in the top five.

Jason Cummins and Damon Haslip led the 17-car French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature to the green flag. A broken tie rod sent Cummins up and off the track in turn one on the first lap. Greg Jensen would lead until Damon Haslip stole it on lap four. Jensen returned the favor in turn four and was back up front. Keith Foss then got to second with Haslip and Brandon Davis close behind. A yellow for a run over cone came out on lap six.

Davis drove to second on the restart and Tommy Myer came along to third. Davis then slipped past Jensen for the lead on lap eight and it was over from there. Davis wheeled to his fourth win of the season with Myer second. Jensen had a great run in third while Josh Angst passed Foss for the fourth spot on the final lap.

Next week is the annual fireworks show along with the racing program. Justin Allgaier’s Brant Professional Agriculture #51 NASCAR Sprint Cup show car will also be on display. For more information please visit www.chateauraceway.net

Grinstead Gets Career First At Chateau

June 30th, 2014

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

Chateau Raceway Rained Out

June 23rd, 2014

Lansing, MN–With the five to seven inches of rain that fell in the area over this past week, the race program at the Chateau Raceway was cancelled on June 20. The infield and some of the back straightaway were underwater as of Friday morning.

Please join us this Friday, June 27 as it will be the second “Car Ride” night for the kids. Kids will be able to take a ride in their favorite driver’s car before the program gets underway. Racing will get started at 7:00 p.m. Visit www.chateauraceway.net for more information on the speedway and think sunny thoughts.

Crapser Scores 200th Win At Chateau

June 18th, 2014

Lansing, MN-The sun shone brightly over the Chateau Raceway this week and another good field of cars put on a great show once again. Several drivers added to their win totals, one drove to a career milestone and yet another earned his first victory at the speedway. It was French’s Repair & Fabrication along with Fastenal night with bike giveaways and the Gold Rush for the kids.

Ralph Hanks took over in the Y-Waste Removal Hornets when Bobby Blowers spun while he led the race. Hanks would win his second of the season with Jaiden Bastyr second and Blowers would recover to finish third at the checkered flag.

Bob Schoenfelder led the first lap of the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock 15-lap feature. Stacy Krohnberg and Keith Weber raced for second while Matt Brooks was in the mix with them. Krohnberg and Brooks both shot past Weber and then Brady Krohnberg got together with Weber. Weber came to rest in turn three to bring out the caution and Krohnberg was sent to the tail for the restart.

Brooks sped past Schoenfelder to the lead at the drop of the green flag. Krohnberg moved to second Weber was up to third. Brady Krohnberg had stormed back to sixth on lap four and Jason Newkirk was on the fly and up to third at this point. Brooks held off Stacy Krohnberg to take his second win of the season. Newkirk finished a strong third while Weber would up fourth. Brady Krohnberg’s run from the back ended up in fifth at the finish.

A big crash on lap two halted the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature with a red flag due to a blocked track. Seven cars were involved and that included Tanner Johnston whose car go up on two wheels and almost tipped over. Kylie Kath, Josh Mattick and Cory Crapser had a tremendous race for the lead through several caution flags.

On a lap six restart, Crapser picked off Mattick for second and was right on the leader Kath. Crapser applied heavy pressure on Kath as they ran an extreme high line on the track. Two more yellows slowed the pace on lap 10 and that would put the five caution rule into effect to set up a green, white, checkered dash to the finish.

Crapser got a good start and dove low in turn one and then slid to the lead in front of Kath. Kath returned the favor with a slide job of his own in turn four. The white flag came out and going into turn one Crapser went low and again slid up in front of Kath to steal the lead again. Kath gave it a valliant effort in turns three and four, but Crapser drove under the checkered flag first. It was Crapser’s second win of the season while Kath was a very close second. Mattick would finish third with Kadden Kath in fourth and Mark Wytaske in fifth.

After a caution marred B-Mod feature, the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock 15-lap main event went without a single caution flag. Bernie Adams took off from the pole with Kyle King and Tony Shaner behind him. Troy Voth was on the move and got by Shaner for third on lap three. Voth then passed King for the runner up spot on lap seven.

Meanwhile, Adams had checked out up front and was well ahead of Voth. Mike Blowers moved to third while 10th starter Kory Adams was now fourth. Kory Adams slipped past Blowers on lap 12 for third while his father Bernie continued to lead the pack .

Bernie Adams led the entire distance to score his first win at Chateau. Voth made a rare appearance here and came away with a second place finish. Kory Adams run from row five ended in third while Shaner got by Blowers for the fourth position and Blowers was fifth.

Jayme Hiller led the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature with Jared Boumeester and Jeremy Misgen close behind. Cory Crapser stormed from seventh to fourth and then passed Misgen for third on lap two. Crapser then worked past Boumeester for second as top three were in tight formation. Robbie Franklin got to fourth as he got by Misgen and closed in on the leaders. A yellow on lap four would tighten things up even further.

On the restart, Crapser and Boumeester were again side-by-side for second. Hiller slipped high to allow Crapser and Boumeester to slip by. Fortunately for Hiller a six-car pile-up triggered a red flag because the track was blocked. Hiller was restored as the race leader when the green flag came back out.

Hiller, Boumeester and Crapser cycled three wide for the lead on lap six. Crapser stole the lead on lap seven only to see Hiller reclaim the top spot one lap later. Crapser again bolted past Hiller this time for good on lap eight. Dan Wheeler, Tony Schill and Robbie Franklin battled for fourth as the laps wore down.

Crapser drove away for his second win of the season and second feature win of the night. For Crapser it was another career milestone for him as the win marked his 200th career feature win. Hiller’s excellent race ended in second with Boumeester in third. Wheeler won the duel for fourth and Franklin rounded out the top five.

The final race of the night was the 25-lap French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Darwyn Karau and Dwaine Hanson led the field to the green flag. Karau would jump to the lead and drive away from the field during the first half of the event.

Hanson and Jacob Dahle had a good race going for second as Todd Scharkey came along to fourth. Those three ran close and Scharkey stole third from Hanson on lap 10. Karau still led, but Dahle and Scharkey were narrowing the gap while the duked it out for second. Scharkey got by Dahle for second on lap 14 and then set his sights on Karau.

Scharkey caught Karau on lap 17 and the race was on for the lead. Karau ran the top of the track so Scharkey dove low on lap 19. Karau ran a high line the entire race and almost clipped the wall in turn four on lap 19. Scharkey darted to the low side and pulled alongside Karau for the lead. Scharkey and Karau made contact with Scharkey jumping over Karau’s left front.

Scharkey took the lead as Karau tried to keep pace with the new leader. Karau would get into turn one too strong on lap 23 and slipped over the banking to allow most of the pack to charge past. Scharkey would take his second win of the season with Dahle second and Hanson third. Joel Alberts and Doug Hillson would finish out the top five.

Chateau Jammed Packed At Fan Appreciation Night

June 10th, 2014

Lansing, MN –Race fans took advantage of free admission for Fan Appreciation Night at the Chateau Raceway as the facility was packed to the gills. The program was made possible with the help of Misgen Auto Parts, L&D Ag and Farm Boy BBQ and there were also many prize giveaways for the fans in attendance.

The feature races started off with the Y-Waste Removal Hornets 12-lap race. Bobby Blowers led pretty much the entire distance to win his first ever feature race. Ralph Hanks would pace second and Mark Lamont was third in the five car field.

Matt Miller led the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature, but Stacy Krohnberg would sneak by to complete lap one. Brady Krohnberg drove to second with Jason Newkirk in the mix. The Krohnberg’s and Newkirk went three wide for the lead with Brady Krohnberg at the point. Newkirk made his move on lap six to take the lead and get his first win of the season. Brady Krohnberg would finish second with Stacy Krohnberg, Brandon Shaner and Keith Weber in the top five.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature got off to a rocky start as four cars tangled on lap one. Jerry Young would hold the lead but on a restart after a lap two caution something happened to Young and he shot off the track in turn two and triggered another caution.

Michael Wytaske would take over from there and lead the rest of the way for his first ever USRA B-Mod win. Wytaske has had some good runs for far this year and it was a popular win for the driver who basically lives just a block away from the track. A.J. Zvorak took second after a great battle with Josh Mattick and Kadden Kath as those three went at it the entire race. Taylor Ausrud turned in a fine run to finish out the top five.

Jim Connors led lap one of the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Nathan Schumacher moved to second and Kory Adams got to third. Connors wiggled a bit and Schumacher shot past on lap three as they were stacked up three wide, two deep behind the leaders. Connors then stalled to bring out the caution on lap four.

On the restart, Kory Adams and Nick Schwebach collided and Mike Blowers took a blow on the right front for another yellow. Adams was done for the night, but the other two continued. Schumacher led as Schwebach took to the high side of the track. They were now side-by-side for the lead with Blowers close behind. Schwebach nabbed the lead on lap seven and Tony Shaner was fourth. Zach Elward tagged the turn two wall to slow the race again.

Schwebach continued to lead as Schumacher and Blowers battled for second. Kyle King entered the picture and he drove by for second on lap 13. Shaner and Blowers got together in turn four and that brought out another caution. Shaner was sent to the tail for hitting the infield cones and Blowers was restored in third.

Schwebach led the field to the checkered flag for his second win of the season. King drove a good race for second while Blowers finished third. Schumacher wound up in fourth and Jason Barber finished in the fifth position.

For the second week in a row Greg Pfeifer Jr. won a heat race and accepted the Brew Pub Pizza Challenge and went to the tail of the field to try and win the bonus money. Garrit Wytaske took off from the pole and would lead the race until lap 10. Robbie Franklin stormed his way from seventh and was second on lap eight.

Franklin reeled in Wytaske, drove by on lap 10 and led the last eight laps to record his first win of the season. Jason Born finished in third with Mike Mehling in fourth. Pfeifer Jr. had a great charge towards the front in the 15-car race and wound up fifth.

The French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified feature was a dandy 25-lap race. Joe Horgdal led early on with Todd Scharkey on the chase. Scharkey screamed past on lap five while Jason Cummins who started eighth was up to third on lap seven. Cummins reeled in Horgdal on lap 13 and then made the pass for second one circuit later.

Scharkey was checked out up front with a half a straightaway lead. Cummins and Horgdal slowly began to catch up with the leader. Cummins got to Scharkey on lap 16 and was making his move in the low groove. A yellow flag came out on lap 19 and that really tightened things up.

Cummins again drove to the bottom with Scharkey up on the top of the track. They went door-to-door on lap 22 as Cummins snuck past for the lead in turn four. There would be one more yellow to set off a two lap shootout to the checkered flag. Cummins held on for the win while Horgdal got by Scharkey for second at the line. Jacob Dahle and Doug Hillson finished fourth and fifth.

Adams Wins While Dad End Up On His Lid

June 2nd, 2014

Lansing, MN- Race fans witnessed another wild and wooly night of action at Chateau Raceway this week. Seventy-six cars signed in the back gate and several first time winners took the checkered flag. The WISSOTA Street Stocks feature a crazy double roll-over and a Modified driver hit a milestone in their feature.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornet division ran a 12-lap feature race with six cars in attendance. Ralph Hanks would take the checkered flag after several challenges from Mark Lamont. Bailey Wolff would finish in third and Bobby Blowers was fourth.

Cole Lonergan held the lead at the start of the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature. Brandon Shaner gave chase while Keith Weber and Matt Brooks battled it out for third. The top four ran in tight formation and ran side-by-side for position. Shaner drove past Lonergan on lap five for the lead and Brooks got to second one lap later.

Shaner and Brooks would eventually pull away to make it a two car race for the win. Shaner would hold on for the victory with Brooks second. Lonergan wound up third while Jason Newkirk finished fourth and Weber took fifth.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature got off to a rough start with two early yellow flags. Josh Mattick took off from the pole and the pack chased him throughout the 15-lap race. Kylie Kath and Dustin Sorensen had a spirited race for second as they swapped the spot several times. Kath would take over on lap seven and set off after the leader.

A yellow on lap eight would give Kath a chance at the leader Mattick. Kath got a good drive at the green and wheeled to the outside of Mattick but was unable to wrestle the lead away. Mattick would go on for the win with Kath second and Sorensen in third. Michael Wytaske had a great run to fourth while defending track champion Kadden Kath was fifth.

Derek Kilby led Nathan Schumacher at the start of the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Bernie Adams and Kory Adams were also in the mix up front. Kilby lost the handle in turn two, got hit and his car snapped to the left and rolled over. Bernie Adams then climbed up and over the rolling Kilby and Adams car also rolled over. It was a crazy incident but fortunately both drivers escaped uninjured.

When the race resumed, Schumacher assumed the lead with Kory Adams right there. Another yellow came out when Zach Elward slammed the turn three wall. Schumacher and Adams put on a great show for the lead. They went door-to-door until lap 11 when Adams nabbed the lead. Adams led the final four circuits to secure the win with Schumacher a close second. Mike Blowers ran third with Tony Shaner and Noah Grinstead fourth and fifth.

Polesitter Garitt Wytaske led the Farn Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds into turn one. Wytaske spun in turn two and stacked the field up. Dan Wheeler collided with Mike Mehling while drivers scrambled to get through the fracus and that ended Mehling’s night.

When the race got back underway way, Ryan Goergen led but Wheeler did not waste any time getting to the front. Wheeler drove past and took off as Don Schaefer and Robbie Franklin raced for third. Greg Pfeifer Jr. who had won a heat race earlier in the night and took the Brew Pub Pizza Challenge and started in the back was up to eighth at that point. Jesse Hernandez clipped an infield cone to trigger a caution.

Wheeler drove away for his second win of the season. There was a good battle behind him for second and Jason Born drove by Franklin and Goergen to finish in the runner up spot. Franklin finished third while Goergen was fourth and Jeremy Misgen had a good run in fifth.

Todd Scharkey drove off from row one and led the entire 25-lap French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Scharkey charged past pole-sitter Darwyn Karau and pulled away. Jason Cummins who was in Damon Haslip’s car after his car was damaged in heat race action erupted in a plume of smoke and set off a caution flag.

On the start Brandon Davis who was guest piloting Greg Jensen’s GRT chassied Modified snuck past Craig Shaw for second. Dennis Hillson then broke down on lap 19 to bring out the event’s final caution. Scharkey was unfazed by the two yellows and raced to his milestone 50th win at the speedway. Davis was a distant second with Shaw third. Joe Horgdal ran fourth and Karau rounded out the top five.

Racing resumes on Friday, June 6 with fan appreciation night. All spectators will be admitted free to the speedway this week thanks to Misgen Auto Parts, L&D Ag and Farm Boy BBQ. For more information please visit www.chateauraceway.net

Davis Wins A Thriller At Chateau

May 28th, 2014

Lansing, MN-An absolutely beautiful night for racing graced Chateau Raceway for the 17th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial race. A big crowd was on hand and a great field of cars checked into the pit area ready to put on a show.

After the preliminary heat races were completed the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks started the feature racing action. Defending track champion Matt Brooks jumped off the outside of row one and took the lead in the 15-lap race. Cole Lonergan got to second and was challenged by Jason Newkirk while Brady and Stacy Krohnberg battled for fourth.

Brooks was in command for the entire race and got his first win of the young season. Newkirk would take second on lap 13 and Brandon Shaner slipped past Lonergan for third on the final lap. Brady Krohnberg rounded out the top five at the checkered flag.

Dustin Sorensen held the early lead in the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature with A.J. Zvorak and Cory Crapser close at hand. They went three wide twice as they diced for the lead. Crapser shot out front while Sorensen and Zvorak continued their battle for second. Several cars dropped out in the 15-lap race with assorted maladies.

Crapser would lead the rest of the way and picked up the win. Sorensen finished in second with Zvorak in the third position. Kadden Kath raced from eighth to fourth and Michael Wytaske would finish out the top five. Only eight of the fourteen starters were around at the finish.

Jesse Hernandez led Don Schaefer and Jayme Hiller in the Farn Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Cory Crapser was on the fly from the ninth spot and he quickly zoomed up to second. Crapser made quick work of Hernandez on lap four and was now the leader. Jason Born was now third and Mike Mehling got to fourth.

Crapser checked out up front while Mehling moved to third on lap eight. Mehling then passed Hernandez for second on lap 9 and Born drove to third. A yellow would bring a green, white, checkered dash to the finish. Hernandez broke on the restart and that stacked some cars up for another attempt at the two lap shootout. Crapser would take his second win of the night with Mehling, Born, Greg Pfeifer Jr and Beau Lammers second through fifth.

In a nail-biting finish that had the fans on their feet, Brandon Davis edged Clayton Wagamon at the finish of a 40-lap classic USMTS Casey’s Cup feature. Davis, who has now won three of the last five United States Modified Touring Series main events at the 3/8-mile clay oval, stayed patient running the bottom of the racing surface while he closed in on Wagamon over the last 15 laps.

“I saw the bottom was getting clean so I figured guys were running there,” Davis said. “The top was really fast in (turns) one and two, and the top was really crappy in three and four, and that’s where I was gaining my time and I was losing some in one and two.” Wagamon was flawless since taking control at the drop of the green flag, but Davis snuck underneath Wagamon and a lapped car to pull off a three-wide pass out of the fourth turn to lead lap 35.
Two laps later, Wagamon was again the first to race past the flagstand, but a swarm of lapped cars were directly ahead of the leaders. The pair caught the back-markers and Davis again edged in front as the white flag waved. Wagamon fought back in the next corner, but was thwarted by slower traffic and was forced to tuck in behind Davis, who carried the momentum into the final corner and nipped Wagamon by two car-lengths at the finish line.

“It just worked out perfectly where the lapped cars slowed down the guys enough for me to get up to them,” Davis declared in victory lane. “From then it was a battle of who got the right line at the end of the race.“There’s no way I would have got him. The top was just a little bit faster, and if the traffic at the end there would’ve been on the bottom it would be Clayton standing here right now. He didn’t make any mistakes and drove a hell of a race.”

While Wagamon held on for a USMTS career-best runner-up finish, Thursday night’s Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region opener winner, Zack VanderBeek, made a late-race pass to edge Johnny Scott for third. VanderBeek was the fastest car on the track in the closing laps, cutting down a full straight-away separation from Scott in the last five laps. Daniel Hilsabeck fought an ill-handling racecar, but managed to hang on for a fifth-place finish

Davis nips Wagamon in USMTS shoot-out at Chateau Raceway

May 26th, 2014

LANSING, Minn. In a nail-biting finish that had the fans on their feet, Brandon Davis edged Clayton Wagamon at the finish of a 40-lap classic USMTS Caseys Cup feature Friday night at the Chateau Raceway.

Davis, who has now won three of the last five United States Modified Touring Series main events at the 3/8-mile clay oval, stayed patient running the bottom of the racing surface while he closed in on Wagamon over the last 15 laps.

I saw the bottom was getting clean so I figured guys were running there, Davis said. The top was really fast in (turns) one and two, and the top was really crappy in three and four, and thats where I was gaining my time and I was losing some in one and two.

Wagamon was flawless since taking control at the drop of the green flag, but Davis snuck underneath Wagamon and a lapped car to pull off a three-wide pass out of the fourth turn to lead lap 35.

Two laps later, Wagamon was again the first to race past the flagstand, but a swarm of lapped cars were directly ahead of the leaders.

The pair caught the back-markers and Davis again edged in front as the white flag waved.

Wagamon fought back in the next corner, but was thwarted by slower traffic and was forced to tuck in behind Davis, who carried the momentum into the final corner and nipped Wagamon by two car-lengths at the finish line.

It just worked out perfectly where the lapped cars slowed down the guys enough for me to get up to them, Davis declared in victory lane. From then it was a battle of who got the right line at the end of the race.

There’s no way I would have got him. The top was just a little bit faster, and if the traffic at the end there would’ve been on the bottom it would be Clayton standing here right now. He didn’t make any mistakes and drove a hell of a race.

While Wagamon held on for a USMTS career-best runner-up finish, Thursday nights Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region opener winner, Zack VanderBeek, made a late-race pass to edge Johnny Scott for third.

VanderBeek was the fastest car on the track in the closing laps, cutting down a full straight-away separation from Scott in the last five laps.

Polesitter Daniel Hilsabeck fought an ill-handling racecar, but managed to hang on for a fifth-place finish while Dereck Ramirez, Craig Thatcher, Stormy Scott, Jason Miller and Nate Wasmund rounded out the top ten finishers.

Stormy Scott had a rough start to the evening, but passed a dozen of his fellow drivers in the main event to earn the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

On Saturday, the 12th Annual A&A Electric Minnesota Spring Challenge will be staged at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., with the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods plus WISSOTA Super Stocks and Street Stocks to round out the program.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstand gates open at 4, hot laps begin at 5:30 and racing starts at 6 p.m. Adult tickets are $18, kids ages 12 and under are $5 and pit passes are $30.

The Memorial Day Weekend wraps up Sunday, May 25, at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

Comprising 12 events in 25 days, the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region will be a flurry of action with most of the top open wheel dirt modified pilots in the region, and from around the country, tackling some of the most prestigious now-thawed speedplants in America.

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 or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

USMTS set to embark on five-race Memorial Day Weekend swing through Iowa, Minnesota

May 23rd, 2014

TIPTON, Iowa-The rugged road warriors of the United States Modified Touring Series will travel to five unique dirt ovals in Iowa and Minnesota for their traditional Memorial Day Weekend swing this weekend.

Action kicks off with the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy returning to the Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, Iowa, on Wednesday, May 21, for some unfinished business. Originally rained out on April 24, it will be the only event of the weekend in the Major League Bowhunter Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

On Thursday, May 22, the Best of the Best descend upon the Buena Vista Raceway in Alta, Iowa, for the Battle at the Beaver and the first of four straight shows in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

Friday, May 23, finds the fenderless purveyors of fast at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., for the 7th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial, followed by the 12th Annual A&A Electric Minnesota Spring Challenge at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on Saturday, May 24.

The week to remember wraps up Sunday, May 25, at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

Comprising 12 events in 25 days, the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region will be a flurry of action with most of the top open wheel dirt modified pilots in the region, and from around the country, tackling some of the most prestigious now-thawed speedplants in America.

USMTS Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region Schedule:

Thursday, May 22 … Buena Vista Raceway Alta, IA
Friday, May 23 … Chateau Raceway Lansing, MN
Saturday, May 24 … Deer Creek Speedway Spring Valley, MN
Sunday, May 25 … Upper Iowa Speedway Decorah, IA
Tuesday, June 3 … Marshalltown Speedway Marshalltown, IA
Wednesday, June 4 … Hancock County Speedway Britt, IA
Thursday, June 5 … Fairmont Raceway Fairmont, MN
Friday, June 6 … Rapid Speedway Rock Rapids, IA
Saturday, June 7 … I-90 Speedway Hartford, SD
Friday-Saturday, June 13-14 … Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI
Sunday, June 15 … Eagle Valley Speedway Jim Falls, WI

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 or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Davis Tops Season Opener At Chateau

May 12th, 2014

Lansing, Mn- The sun finally came out on Friday after heavy rains missed the Chateau Raceway on Thursday. It was a nice night for the season opener which had been delayed four weeks by inclement weather. Seventy-five cars were on hand and the fans witnessed some good racing.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets were the first feature to hit the speedway. Travis Morris dominated the five car field for the win followed by Ralph Hanks and Bobby Blowers in their 10-lap main event.

Defending track champion Matt Brooks sat on the pole and Cole Lonergan was alongside to start the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature. Brooks jumped to the lead but his race was short lived when a flat tire knocked him out of the race on the second lap. Lonergan then tool over with Jason Newkirk and Keith Weber close behind.

Lonergan just slipped high on lap six and Weber made a slick move to steal the lead while Newkirk zipped to second. Weber drove away for the win and the clean sweep. Brady Krohnberg and Stacy Krohnberg both drove by Newkirk late in the race for second and third with Newkirk fourth and Lonergan fifth.

A.J. Zvorak held the early lead in the L&D Ag USRA B-Mods while Cory Crapser bolted from eighth to second. Zvorak had opened up a significant lead but Crapser was closing the gap rapidly. A caution on lap eight put Crapser right with Zvorak for the restart.

Crapser immediately challenged for the lead and worked the low groove. They raced side-by-side until Crapser stole the lead on lap 10. Zvorak caught a break as the caution flag waved for a spun car and that gave him the lead back as the lap was not completed.

The race really heated up after the green flag came back out. Again the lead duo was door-to-door on laps 10 thru 12. Contact was made between the two which tore Zvorak’s driver’s door loose and bent up Crapser’s right quarter panel. Undeterred Zvorak held off Crapser for his first B-Mod win at the speedway with Dustin Sorensen third. Blake Arndt finished in fourth and Taylor Ausrud rounded out the top five.

Nick Schwebach stormed off of row one to lead the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Two-time defending track champion Mike Blowers worked to second and tried to hang with the leader. Blowers could stay within a car length at time and made a couple of tries at the lead. Schwebach held tough throughout the 15-lap race. Schwebach would score his first win at the speedway with Blowers in second. Jason Barber ran third the entire way, Noah Grinstead finished fourth and Justin Pogones was fifth.

A great field of 20-Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the green flag for their 15-lap feature. Veteran driver Dan Wheeler redrew the number two pill and started outside of Jason Born in row one. Wheeler darted to the lead and never looked back for his second overall win this season. Bryan Hernandez held off Cory Crapser and Mike Mehling for second and Born finished fifth.

Jacob Dahle and Pat Graham sat in row one for the 25-lap French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. After an early yellow, Dahle took the lead with Brandon Davis and Tommy Myer close behind. Jacob Gallardo got to third on lap three while Davis challenged Dahle for the lead. Davis worked the low groove and got alongside the leader.

Gallardo made a big move on the outside and almost made it three wide for the lead. Davis saw that move and jumped up to the top of the track and drove by Dahle for the lead. A yellow on lap six slowed the field, but Davis again took off on the start. Graham got going on the top side and stormed back to third and brought Jason Cummins to fourth. Graham then got inside of Dahle for second and they made contact. Graham was sent to the tail as Dahle got his position back.

Davis drove away for his 40th career win at the track. Cummins and Gallardo both got by Dahle for second and third on lap nine. They had a good race with Cummins coming out on top while Dahle finished fourth. Todd Scharkey made a late race charge to enter the top five.

Racing will resume next Friday at 7:00 p.m. For more information make sure to visit the track’s website at www.chateauraceway.net

Chateau’s Border War special pays $1,000 to IMCA Stock Car winner

September 11th, 2013

LANSING, Minn. – The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner at Chateau Raceway’s Border War spe­cial earns $1,000 for their Friday, Sept. 13 efforts.

A minimum of $75 will be paid to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Arnold Motor Supply Northern Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.

Entry fee for the draw/redraw show is $25 and pit passes are $30. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

More information is available by calling 507 433-4578 or 507 391-2486.

Originally called the Spring Challenge, the event was postponed multiple times because of inclem­ent weather and ultimately rescheduled on the September date.

Hunt, 14, becomes youngest USMTS Rookie of the Year

September 3rd, 2013

LANSING, Minn. -With three points races still remaining in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, one title was decided Friday night as Trevor Hunt clinched the 2013 United States Modified Touring Series Rookie for the Year Award.

At 14 years of age he won’t be 15 until January of next year Hunt becomes the youngest to win the coveted award in the 15-year history of the series.

Last year, fans got to see a lot of the young gun from Kearney, Mo., as he captured the Iron Man Challenge crown while racing his USRA B-Mod in support of several USMTS shows through the Great Plains, and also competed in a handful of USMTS events in the latter half of 2012.

In the opening race of the 2013 campaign at the Royal Purple Raceway, Hunt emerged tied with Joey Galloway and Masen Big Eagle as none of the three qualified for the main event. The second night, however, Hunt made the A Main and finished 14th after starting 24th.

After taking the lead in the rookie standings on Feb. 23, he led the points battle after all but three of the 51 events to date.

Driving the #99h Snickers/Caseys General Stores GRT Chassis, Hunt expanded his advantage in the standings on the strength of four top-10 finishes during the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup. After starting from the pole for the first time this year on Thursday night, Hunt nine laps and garnered a seventh-place finish to virtually seal the deal on this years rookie battle.

In addition to putting some cold, hard cash in his pocket, Hunts Rookie of the Year Award also comes with a complete ED Series Dirt Series fuel cell from Fuel Safe plus valuable contingency awards from Beyea Custom Headers, Champ Pans, Dominator Race Products, FK Rod Ends, Genesis Racing Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing and more.

Galloway and teammate Masen Big Eagle have clinched the second- and third-place spots in the rookie standings. The Canadian duo will also earn cash and contingency awards for their accomplishments.

In addition to the accolades and honor that will stay with him throughout his career, the feat also puts Hunt in an elite class of very good company. Stormy Scott won last years rookie title while twin brother Johnny Scott won it in 2010. In between them, Jason Grimes earned the title in 2011.

Other former USMTS Rookie of the Year Award winners include Grant Junghans (2009), Brandon Kenny (2008), Scott Green (2007), Jay Poidinger (2006), Brad McEwan (2005), Zack VanderBeek (2004), Corey Dripps (2003), Justin Boney (2002), Jason Hughes (2001) and Kevin Peters (2000).

Rookie points are awarded for each eligible drivers best twenty-four (24) points-earning performances during the season. To be eligible for the USMTS Rookie of the Year Award, a driver may have participated in no more than twenty-four (24) USMTS events prior to the current year; not have won a USMTS c Main during a prior year; and not have previously won a similar award or championship title with any similar touring series or sanctioning body.

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 or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Jensen Win Mods, Jeff Born Gets First Career Win

September 2nd, 2013

Lansing, MN -The Casey’s General Store USMTS Modifieds invaded the Chateau Raceway for Round 15 of the Hunt. Also on the program sponsored by Yeager Machine and Y-Waste Removal were the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.

It was the final night of track points for the support divisions and there were two titles still up for grabs. When all was said and done there is no way you could have written a script with more drama and excitement that the Pure Stocks and Midwest Modifieds came up with.

The features kicked off with the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks 15-lap race. As they entered the final race, Matt Brooks held a five-point advantage after a tussle in the heat race with Cole Lonergan who was second. Stacy Krohnberg took the lead with Jason Newkirk, Brooks and Lonergan was up to fourth after he started at the tail.

Adam Godeke spun to set off the yellow early in the race. Then on the restart Lonergan tagged Brooks and sent him around for another caution. Lonergan was sent to the back on the restart. Krohnberg got a bit loose and Newkirk flashed by for the lead on lap six.

Brooks moved to second on lap 10 while Lonergan drover back to the top five. Lonergan slipped past Krohnberg for third on lap 10 and then got by Brooks for second. Newkirk went on for his second win of the season with Lonergan second and Brooks third. Krohnberg wound up fourth and Keith Weber was fifth. Brooks won the point championship by four pointsover Lonergan.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature started with a bang when Ryan Stebbins pounded the turn three wall and climbed on top of it before coming to rest in turn four. Scott Demmer led early but wiggled just a touch and allowed Cory Crapser and Josh Mattick to flash past.

Crapser would lead the rest of the way for his eighth USRA win this season. Jerry Young made a late race pass of Mattick for second while Demmer finished in fourth and Aaron Benson rounded out the top five.

Kyle King led the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stocks while Mike Blowers, Kory Adams and Jason Barber battled for second. They went three wide on lap three and Blowers got to second. Blowers made quick work of King and nabbed the led on lap six as Adams moved to second.

Blowers would score win number 10 at the track and his 14th overall this year. Add to that his second track title in a row and second title this season. Adams would finish second with Noah Grinstead, Nathan Schumacher and Barber in the top five.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified has the tightest point battle. After the heat races, Jason Born held a two point lead over Greg Pfeifer Jr. and a four point advantage over Robbie Franklin. The drama in this one was intense as only one of the three contenders was left on the tack at the end of 15-laps.

Jesse Hernandez led until lap three when Jeff Born shot past and brought Bryan Hernandez to second. The caution came out on lap four as Bryan Hernandez hit the infield cones and was sent to the back. Jason Born vaulted to second on the restart while Greg Pfeifer Jr. was up to fourth. A three-car tangle on lap six slowed the field and tightened the race up again.

Jeff Born led but Jason Born slid up the track and Pfeifer Jr. took second away. Jesse Hernandez got into Pfeifer Jr. and sent him around on lap eight. Tim Myhre had no place to go and blasted Pfeifer Jr. That ended Pfeifer’s night and his shot at a third consecutive title.

Things really got wild as Franklin looped his car and he went to the back on the restart on lap 10. That turned out to be the fifth caution flag and five laps were cut off. The race was far from over as Jeff Born led his brother Jason into turn one on the green, white, checkered finish. Jeff got off the gas just a touch going into turn two and Jason was on the gas and they made contact. The yellow came out and Jason went to the pits and then came back out but pulled into the infield with a broken tie-rod.

Yet another caution ensued on the next restart and that set up a third shot at the two-lap dash to the finish. Jeff Born held off a last ditch charge from Jayme Hiller to win his first career feature. Shawn Carlson finished third, Bryan Hernandez was fourth and Franklin finished fifth.

Jason Born was credited with a 10th place finish, which gave him five less points than Franklin. Franklin would win his first track championship by a mere one point in one of the most dramatic point title battles in the history of the speedway.
Joey Jensen took the lead from Stormy Scott with four laps to go and raced to his first USMTS win of the season. Mike Sorensen beat Jensen into turn one at the start of the 40-lap feature and led the first nine laps until Jensen got by on lap six. Jensen stayed out front for the next six laps before Scott took the lead.
Scott built a six-car-length advantage over the field until he saw his lead evaporate when the caution waved on lap 22. A wild restart saw Ryan Gustin towards the front while Todd Scharkey and Rodney Sanders made contact which caused Sanders to spin and that brought out the yellow flag.

Scharkey stole third from Sorensen on lap 28 while Scott and Jensen raced hard for the lead. The laps wound down Jensen began to narrow the gap and regained the lead on lap 37. Before the pack could find the finish line, a multi-car incident occurred on the white flag lap, which resulted in Jason Hughes suffering a flat tire.

Jensen, Scott and Sorensen waged a three-car battle during the green-white-checkered finish with Jensen beating Scott to the flagstand by a car length and Sorensen narrowly taking third. Scharkey raced from 16th to fourth and Gustin came from 13th to fifth.

Jensen shows the way at Chateau Raceway

September 1st, 2013

LANSING, Minn. – Joey Jensen took the lead from Stormy Scott with four laps to go and raced to his first United States Modified Touring Series win of the 2013 campaign Friday night as the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup invaded the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn.

Jensen, who rattled off four victories in 2012 including the Featherlite Fall Jamboree finale and a qualifying night win at the World Modified Dirt Track Championship, had to wait nearly a year before registering his fifth career USMTS win.

“Usually we aren’t very good here but the track kind of came to us at the end,” Jensen said in victory lane, clutching his $3,000 winners check. “It took a little bit of rubber there up on the top in (turns) one and two, and a just a little bit in three and four, and just cleaned off real nice and got by Stormy with a few to go there.”

Fellow front-row starter Mike Sorensen beat Jensen into the first turn at the start of the 40-lap Caseys General Stores A Main and led the first nine laps until Jensen got by on lap 6. Jensen remained in control for the next six laps before Scott snagged the top spot using the low line around the 1/4 mile bullring.

Scott built a six-car-length advantage over the field until he saw his cushion
evaporate when the caution waved on lap 22. A wild restart saw Ryan Gustin make a
charge at the leaders while Todd Scharkey and title contender Rodney Sanders made contact which resulted in Sanders spinning and bringing out another yellow flag.

Back under green, Scharkey stole third from Sorensen on lap 28 while Scott and Jensen raced hard for the lead. As the laps wound down Jensen began to narrow the gap and regained the lead on lap 37.

Before the pack could find the finish line, a multi-car incident occurred on the white flag lap which resulted in Jason Hughes suffering a flat tire.

Jensen, Scott and Sorensen waged a three-car battle during the green-white-checkered finish with Jensen beating Scott to the flagstand by a car length and Sorensen narrowly taking third.

“I was definitely getting going there on the top,” Jensen added. “Stormy tried it one time and I thought for sure he was going to be up there on the top and then he went back down to the bottom. I was kind of biting my teeth and ready to go.

Scharkey nipped Gustin for the fourth spot, with Lucas Schott, Dereck Ramirez, Jeremy Payne, Tommy Myer and Zack VanderBeek rounding out the top 10.

Scott blew an engine the previous night and had to swap powerplants with teammate Joey Galloway, who sat out the evenings events so the teams third entrant, Mason Big Eagle, could drive Galloways #01 GRT Chassis.

After scrambling to get the car ready, Scotts runner-up effort kept him alive and breathing in the points battle as the top three Johnny Scott, Sanders and Hughes each had their own struggles during the race. For Johnny Scott and Sanders, it was their first time in 14 Hunt races finishing outside of the top 10.

Johnny Scott continues to control his own destiny with a 10-point lead over Sanders and 30 over Hughes with just three shows remaining to crown the 2013 USMTS National Champion. Stormy Scott is a distant fourth and Jeremy Payne sits fifth as the final driver still mathematically alive in the title chase.

Although three races remain in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, two other titles found a home Friday night.

In the season-long race for the Rookie of the Year Award, 14-year-old Trevor Hunt clinched the rookie title to become the youngest driver to take the honor in the 15-year history of the series. Galloway and Big Eagle also cemented their second-
and third-place rankings in the rookie points.

After a back-and-forth battle between the USMTS power-brokers throughout the 2013 campaign, Pro Power Racing clinched their first-ever COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year crown Friday night with three-time defending EBotY Mullins Race Engines currently second ahead of Geddes Racing Engines, Roush Yates Engines and Sput’s Racing Engines. Just 75 points separate the top 5 engine builders.

On Saturday, the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., hosts the 8th Annual BP Labor Day Dual presented by Baudoin Oil. In addition to the high-speed heroics of the USMTS Modifieds, the action on the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval will also showcase the Iron Man Challenge for USRA Stock Cars plus Wissota Midwest Modifieds and Wissota Street Stocks.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m. and grandstand gates swing open at 4 with hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6 p.m. Adult general admission is $20 while kids ages 12 and under get in for $5. Pit passes are $30. Fans arriving early can catch the Slingshots racing on the Button Buck Speedway from 3-4 p.m. at no charge.

Fans can get their $2 discount coupons at Casey’s General Store locations in Preston and Stewartville or Cresco and Riceville in Iowa. Steve Whiteaker Jr. will have his Cheetos ride on display from 11:30 to 1:30 on Saturday at the Caseys General Store located at 605 S. Main St. in Stewartville.

Located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on SR 16, then 0.7 mile north on US 63, the Deer Creek Speedway sits on 60 acres of scenic rural rolling hills with one of Americas most popular state-of-the-art racing complexes and a busy modern campground, and more USMTS events have been staged here than anywhere else in the world. For more information call 507-754-6107 or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com.

Sunday will find the mud-slinging USMTS Modifieds at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, for the next-to-last race in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup.

The final USMTS points race during The Hunt will take place on the first night of the 15th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 19, back at the Deer Creek Speedway.

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 or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Huge Bonus Possible For USMTS Modifieds

August 28th, 2013

Lansing, MN -The Chateau Raceway in Lansing, MN and Brew Pub Pizza has enticed the USRA Modified drivers who redraw the front row for the feature events this season. The “Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge” was in effect every Friday night but the challenge has not been won.

The new bonus program, which was the brainchild of Bernatello’s sales representative Bob Braaten will have a new twist this Friday when the USMTS Modifieds invade the historic oval. It was announced that the top eight drivers in passing points after the USMTS Modified heat races are complete will have the option to start at the tail of the main event.

The challenge started at $500 and has risen by $100 each week. After this past Friday the Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge is now up to $1,800. With the tough field of Modifieds expected, Braaten thought $1,800 might not be enough to entice someone to take up the challenge. So Braaten has doubled the bonus and it will be whopping $3,600.
Add that to a $3,000 feature winner check, make that a possible $6,600 payday.

If the challenge is not won the bonus will return to $1,900 for the Border Wars program to be run on Friday, September 19.

Brew Pub Pizza is a product of Bernatello’s Pizza, which is based in Maple Lake, MN. Brew Pub Pizza is for the hungry man, you better be ready to man up! A serious pizza coma is in your future. Also try the new Brew Pub Lotzza Motzza pizza with over a half -pound of Wisconsin premium mozzarella cheese. Brew Pub Pizza is located at your favorite grocers freezer. For more information on Brew Pub Pizza, Bernatello’s other fine products and stores where you can purchase them please visit them at www.bernatellos.com/brands/brew-pub.

Franklin Tops Midwest Mods, Point Battle Tightens

August 27th, 2013

Lansing, MN-This week was the final point night for the USRA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Hornet divisions on Leroy-Southland Independent night at the speedway. The kids also enjoyed rides in their favorite racers car before the program got underway.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets ran their feature event first and it was Alan Schmidt who scored his second win of the season. Ralph Hanks would finish in second while Katie Elward was third.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock point championship will go down to the final night next week. Cole Lonergan took the lead from the drop of the green and led all 15-laps for his fifth win of the season. Jordan Everson would finish in second with Matt Brooks third and Jason Newkirk fourth. Brooks leads Lonergan by one point and Brady Krohnberg is 14-points behind in third.

It was yellow flag fever in the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod 15-lap feature. Josh Mattick and A.J. Zvorak exchanged the lead a couple of times early on until Mattick took over. Dustin Sorensen stormed to second and brought Rob Arnold along with him to third. A number of cautions would take place on laps six and seven, which halted the action.

On the restart, Sorensen drifted high and that allowed Arnold, Kadden Kath and Kylie Kath all to drive on past. Aaron Benson would scoot past Kylie Kath for fourth on lap nine. The race then fell apart with three more yellows, which put the five-caution flag rule into place and with 11-laps complete set up a green, white, checkered finish.

Mattick led the dash to the finish for his third win of the season. Arnold finished second in his first appearance this season and Kadden Kath was third. Benson would finish in third and Kylie Kath was fifth.

Nine Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stocks took the green for their feature event. Nathan Schumacher would lead until lap five when Kory Adams took the spot away. Tony Shaner was in the mix also and then on lap six, Schumacher would spin to trigger a yellow flag.

The next lap, Noah Grinstead would spin and colleted Schumacher for yet another caution. When the race resumed, Adams, Shaner and Bobby Kilby were three abreast for the lead. Kilby spun in turn three and was hit hard by another car and knocked him from contention. There would be one more caution when Shaner broke and pounded the wall in turn three.

Adams led the pack and survived a furious charge by Jason Barber in the final two circuits for his second win of the season. Barber came up just a bit short in second with Kyle King in third. Schumacher finished fourth and Brent Holland was fifth.

Jake Stark led the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds while Darryl Hainka, Robbie Franklin and Jeff Born pulled up and made it three wide for second. Born got to second while Greg Pfeifer Jr. flew up and drove to third and Franklin was shuffled to fourth.

Born, Pfeifer Jr. and Franklin were bunched tightly behind Stark on lap four. Franklin got a good run on the top and stormed to second. A yellow for debris on lap five slowed things down and set up a wild restart.

Franklin stormed to the lead at the drop of the green while Stark and Born battled for second. Born took the spot on lap 11 and Pfeifer Jr. also snuck past for third. Franklin drove on to his third win of the season with Born in second and Pfeifer Jr. third. Jayme Hiller would take fourth and Jason Born was fifth.

Going into the final night for points next Friday you cannot ask for a tighter battle for the track championship. Jason Born leads by one point over both Robbie Franklin and Greg Pfeifer Jr. so a tremendous season long fight will come down to the last race.

Travis Shipman had the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock car point title locked up when he started the feature. Ryan Goergen led early as the top five ran close together. Ned Kalis got to second and Blake Cole was third. Kalis led lap seven and then Goergen, Cole and Dan Mackenthun cycled three wide for second.

Mackenthun took second and then the lead on lap 11 to win his first of the season. Cole finished second as Shipman rallied to third. Kalis wound up fourth and Goergen finished out the top five.

Todd Scharkey led Brandon Davis by thirteen points as they started the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Tim Donlinger took the lead from outside of row one while Joel Alberts moved to second. Doug Hillson was third and Brandon Davis charged up to fourth.

Davis used the low groove to shoot past Hillson on lap four and then stole second from Alberts on lap six. Davis quickly moved to the inside of Donlinger and took the lead away on lap seven. Davis would open up a huge advantage up front while Scharkey ran mid-pack.

Donlinger then had his hands full with Jason Cummins for second. They had a tremendous race as they were even on laps 13 through 17. A couple of cautions would bring the field back to Davis but it did not matter. Davis would win his ninth of the season and Cummins finished second and Donlinger was third. Davis would win the track championship by three points for his second straight title.

Next Friday the Casey’s General Store USMTS Modifieds will invade the speedway in a Hunt For The National Championship show. The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods and Pure Stocks will all have their final night of track points.

Hanson & Schill Score ROC Wins At Chateau

August 18th, 2013

Lansing, MN -You could not ask for better weather this week at the Chateau Raceway. It was the WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series Race of Champions Qualifiers for the Street Stock and Midwest Modified divisions on St. Ansgar Plumbing & Heating night.

Two infrequent visitors, Danny Hanson and Tony Schill would lay claim to those feature wins. Jason Newkirk won his first Pure Stock feature and Jerry Young broke through as well. Brandon Davis and Travis Shipman continued their domination at the speedway.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets only had four cars this week but it had some wild action. Jeremy Wenzel led and then was spun by Ralph Hanks. Hanks was put to the tail, but made his way back to battle with Wenzel. Hanks’ then went for a wild ride off turn two and then eventually the right front wheel fell off his car. Wenzel would win his third feature of the season.

Kyle Nicoll led the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks until Brady Krohnberg turned him on lap two. Nicoll retained the top spot and then after a restart, Keith Weber made contact with Nicoll and Weber looped his car for another yellow.

Nicoll had Jason Newkirk to contend with as heavy pressure was being applied. Newkirk took over on lap four and brought along Matt Brooks and Brady Krohnberg who rallied from the tail of the pack. Those three had a great race up front and Brooks was all over Newkirk when Cole Lonergan spun to set up a two-lap dash to the finish.

Another yellow on the start reset things again. Newkirk survived for his first win since August 20, 2010 while Brooks was a close second. Krohnberg finished a solid third with Weber and Jim Briggs in the top five.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Mods had a new rule put into effect this week. With all of the issues they have had the past few weeks, if you caused a yellow in the feature, you were going to the pits. There was a total of one yellow on the very first lap, after that it went the rest of the 15-laps without a caution.

Jerry Young just returned last week after a lengthy layoff from a hard crash that wrecked his car. Young started outside of row one and basically checked out up front. Cory Crapser moved to second on lap three and closed on Young in the late stages of the race, but it was not enough.

Young scored the popular win, which was the first of the season, with Crapser in second. Ryan Stebbins had a very good run in third while Josh Mattick raced from 15th to fourth and Kadden Kath was fifth.

The Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next for their 15-lap AMSOIL Race Of Champions qualifier. Danny Hanson the 2010 national champion made his first
Visit to Chateau payoff for him. Hanson started on the outside of row one and survived a number of yellows to take the win.

Hanson drove to the win over Mike Blowers who came from eighth to finish in second. Noah Grinstead finished third with Nathan Schumacher and Jason Barber fourth and fifth. Hanson qualified himself for the special AMSOIL Race Of Champions event to be held in Huron, SD next month.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had the same scenario at the Street Stocks. The winner would be qualified for the AMSOIL Race of Champions as well. Tony Schill redrew the pole and got his car cranked up on the top of the speedway. Greg Pfeifer Jr. worked past Eric Condit for second on lap three and then challenged Schill.

Pfeifer Jr. applied pressure to Schill, but could not muster up enough to get by. Schill was up to the task and continued his break out season with another big win. Pfeifer Jr. finished second while Jason Born rallied after he did not finish his heat race. Born started 13th and charged up to third and Robbie Franklin raced from 12th to fourth. Eric Condit rounded out the top five.

Travis Shipman has pretty much ruled the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars this season. It was the same story this week as Shipman drove past Chris Adams on lap two and cruised to his eighth win of the year. Adams finished second with Ryan Goergen third in the six-car field.

Neither front row starter took the Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge so it will rise to $1700 next Friday. Joel Alberts led from the start with Jacob Dahle and Brandon Davis in tow. Alberts wiggled and Dale shot past on lap two while Todd Scharkey bolted around to second.

Davis got by Alberts for third then overhauled Scharkey for second on lap four. A yellow for debris slowed things down. On the restart, Davis bolted to second and then zipped past Dahle on lap six for the lead. Davis checked out from there, but the race for second would really heat up.

Jason Cummins was on the move from eighth and drove past Dahle and then challenged Scharkey. That duo put on a great show for second as they exchanged the position on several occasions. A caution would set up a two-lap dash to the finish.

Davis checked out for his seventh point night win and 17th overall. Scharkey held off Cummins to finish second at the checkered flag. Alberts would take home fourth and Greg Jensen was fifth.

It Is The Shipman, Blowers and Born Show at Chateau

August 11th, 2013

Lansing, MN–It was a picture perfect day for kid’s free night at the speedway. Three drivers continued their dominant seasons, while four more scored their first wins of the year. There were also some good prize giveaways from this week’s sponsors Rolling Green Fencing, Midwest Repairables and Power 96 Radio.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets had five cars in attendance and it was a wild affair for the lead. Ralph Hanks and Phillip West exchanged bumps and the lead until they came to the white flag Hanks turned West around and got charged for a caution. The cars got lined up for a green, white, checkered finish but some of the drivers thought the race was over and exited the speedway and that included the lead car of West. Race officials gave everyone the benefit of the doubt and West held on for his first win in his second outing.

Jordan Everson drove Keith Weber’s car to the early lead in the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks. Everson looked strong with Matt Brooks in second as the leader closed in on Katie Elward in an attempt to put her a lap down. Everson had trouble trying to pass and Brooks reeled him in very quick. Brooks stole the lead on lap eight, survived a late race caution and a heavy challenge from Cole Lonergan. Lonergan gave it a pretty good shot, but Brooks would win his first of the season. Brady Krohnberg finished in third with Stacy Krohnberg fourth and Jason Newkirk was fifth.

A field of 20 L&D Ag USRA B-Mods took the green for their 15-lap feature. It would not go the full distance however and numerous yellow flags would cut five laps off the race. It took the fifth attempt to get the first green flag lap in as the pack of cars had a very tough time of it. Dan Wheeler would come off of row two to dominate the race which ended up going 10-laps with another green, white, checkered finish. Cody Gardner came home in second with Josh Mattick third. Terry Kohnert ran a fine race to finish fourth and A.J. Zvorak would be awarded fifth. After the race fifth place finisher Jerry Young and Kylie Kath were disqualified for post-race unsportsmanlike conduct.

Derek Kilby used the pole position to lead the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock main. Jason Barber got to second while Mike Bloweers, Kory Adams and Brent Holland were three wide for third. Barber shot past Kilby for the lead on lap 2 as Tony Shaner broke and brought out a caution. Blowers wasted no time as he drove to second and then blew by Barber for the lead. Nathan Schumacher then connected with Barber and they went for a spin. Schumacher went to the back and Barber was still second. Blowers drove away from the pack, but one last yellow came out to set up a green, white, checkered finish. It was no problem for Blowers as he scooted to his ninth win at Lansing and 13th overall. Barber finished second and Kory Adams came back to third after an early flat tire. Noah Grinstead ran fourth and Kilby would round out the top five.

The point race in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds appears it will come down to the final night of racing. Jason Born, Robbie Franklin and Greg Pfeifer Jr. are at the top and once again they were the main combatants in the 15-lap feature. Franklin stuck his car in three wide with leader Luke Hainka and Pfeifer Jr. They split Hainka with Franklin out front. Don Schaefer slipped past Hainka for third and brought Born to fourth. Born slipped past Schaefer for third before a yellow came out to slow the race. The green came back out and Born continued his drive to the front. He got past Pfeifer Jr. for second on lap eight and then sought after Franklin. Franklin ran the top shelf and Born was down on the bottom. They had a good race on laps nine and ten, side-by-side for the lead. Born slipped past on lap 10 and drove off to his fifth win of the season. Pfeifer Jr. passed Franklin for second on lap 12, but Born was long gone at that point. Schaefer would ride home fourth and Jesse Hernandez was fifth. Born now leads Franklin by eight points and Pfeifer Jr. by 10-markers in the championship chase.

Travis Shipman passed Ryan Goergen on lap four in the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars and would score his seventh win of the season. Shipman did have to fight off Goergen towards the end of the race, but he managed to fend him off for the victory. Front row starters Damon Haslip and Jason Cummins both turned down the chance at the Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge, so the bonus will rise to $1,600 next week. Cummins blew off the outside of row one and dominated the 25-lap French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds. Haslip and Todd Scharkey went at it tooth and nail for quite a few laps before Scharkey took over. Cummins was way out front by then in the race that went without a single caution. It was Cummins first win of the season, as Scharkey would finish second. Brandon Davis raced from 10th to third with Jacob Dahle and Haslip in the top five.

The Northern Vintage cars were on hand this week and legendary Chateau Raceway veteran John “Sonny” Van Wilgen won the Stock Car portion much to the delight of the fans. Dennis Olson won the Super Modified feature race. Next Friday is the AMSOIL Race Of Champions qualifier night for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks. Those feature winners will be eligible for that race being held on September 13 at the Speedway Motors WISSOTA 100 in Huron, South Dakota.

Brew Pub Pizza Bonus Climbs to $1500

August 6th, 2013

Lansing, MN–The Chateau Raceway in Lansing, MN and Brew Pub Pizza have offered the USRA Modified drivers who redraw the front row for the feature events this season a shot at the “Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge.” There has also been a new twist added to that challenge.

The new bonus program is the brainchild of Bernatello’s sales representative Bob Braaten and it works this way. It gives the front row starters of the USRA Modified feature a choice to start at the back of the feature event. Then if a driver can race their way from the back and win the race, that driver will take home the bonus money.

Each week the front row starters of the USRA Modified will be given the chance to start in the final row and try to win from the back. If one of those two drivers accomplishes the feat, they will collect the bonus money from Brew Pub Pizza. If the drivers choose to keep their positions or are unsuccessful in the challenge the bonus will increase by $100 each week until it is claimed. When the bonus is collected, it will start over at $500 the following week.

A new twist was put into effect on July 19 to add a little more excitement to the challenge. If there are 16 or more USRA Modifieds in attendance, not only the drivers that redraw the front row have a shot, each heat race winner will have the option of starting at the back of the feature.

If the drivers choose to keep their positions or are unsuccessful in the challenge the bonus will increase by $100 each week until it is claimed. When the bonus is collected, it will start over at $500 the following week. The bonus climbs to $1500 this Friday, August 9 and when you add the $600 winner purse to that, it is a potential $2100 payday.

To date only three drivers have attempted the challenge. On July 19, Brandon Davis and Keith Foss gave it a shot. Davis raced from 15th and came up just short when he finished second to Todd Scharkey, while Foss finished fourth after he started 14th. Last Friday, two-time track champion Jason Cummins accepted the challenge and finished sixth at the checkered flag.

Brew Pub Pizza is a product of Bernatello’s Pizza, which is based in Maple Lake, MN. Brew Pub Pizza is for the hungry man, you better be ready to man up! A serious pizza coma is in your future. Also try the new Brew Pub Lotzza Motzza pizza with over a half -pound of Wisconsin premium mozzarella cheese. Brew Pub Pizza is located at your favorite grocers freezer. For more information on Brew Pub Pizza, Bernatello’s other fine products and stores where you can purchase them please visit them at www.bernatellos.com/brands/brew-pub.

Davis, Blowers & Pfeifer Jr. Sweep Chateau

August 5th, 2013

Lansing, MN -A few light showers passed over Chateau Raceway while drivers checked in and fans entered the front gates. It did not dampen things enough and racing returned after a week off. Brandon Davis, Mike Blowers and Greg Pfeifer Jr. all scored a clean sweep of their divisions and Ryan Goergen snapped Travis Shipman’s four-race win streak in the IMCA Stock Cars. It was also “Gold Rush” night for the kids on RS Auto Rebuilders night at the speedway.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets ran their feature event just before the Gold Rush. Ralph Hanks took home his second win of the season when he held off a late challenge from newcomer Phillip West.

Jason Newkirk took the lead on the start of the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature. Newkirk wiggled a bit and Brady Krohnberg shot past along with Keith Weber. Then there were three yellows, one for a three-car pile-up and then Anna Brouwers spun on the next start. Then it was Weber’s turn with only two laps in the books.

On the restart Stacy Krohnberg drove to second and brought Matt Brooks along for the ride to third. Brooks would then slip past for second on lap four. Cole Lonergan was involved in the first yellow and went to the pits for a tire change. Lonergan was on the move and cracked the top five on lap five. Another caution flag waved and closes the pack back up once again.

Brady Krohnberg still led the race while Stacy Krohnberg rebounded back to second around Brooks. Lonergan continued his charge and wheeled past Brooks for third. Lonergan was not done and stole second with two laps left. Brady Krohnberg would win his second feature of the season followed by Lonergan, Brooks, Stacy Krohnberg and Weber.

Josh Mattick and Brian Schrage opened the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature with a great race for the lead. Kadden Kath and Jesse Baer were side-by-side for third through the first seven laps. Rick Utley and Tanner Johnston got tangled up to bring out the caution on lap seven.

Mattick and Schrage bounced off each other on the start and Kadden Kath took over second while older brother Kylie moved up to fourth. Brad Minske would spin to trigger another caution flag on lap 11. The race broke down a bit at this point as Schrage got high and allowed Kylie Kath and Scott Demmer to zip past. Jesse Baer would stall and Taylor Ausrud spun for another yellow on lap 12. On the start, Demmer spun and collected six cars as the yellow flag got a workout.

When the green returned, Kylie Kath made a big move to second and diced with Mattick for the lead. Mattick tried a big move from the bottom to the top with two laps left as he tried to keep the lead, but lost momentum and both the Kath’s stormed past with Kylie now in the lead. Kylie led his brother Kadden to the checkered flag for his fifth win of the year. Mattick would end the race in third with Justin McMahan in fourth and Schrage fifth.

Mike Blowers had his seven-race win streak ended two weeks ago, but he came back with a vengeance this week in the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stocks. Blowers shot past Derek Kilby on lap two and set sail to his eighth win of the season. It was also a clean sweep after he topped the heat race earlier in the night.

A.J. Zvorak tried to make things interesting for Blowers but came up short to finish second. Kory Adams rallied after going to the tail on an early caution to finish third. Noah Grinstead placed fourth and Jason Barber rounded out the top five.

Going into this week’s program, Robbie Franklin and Jason Born were tied for the point lead in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified division. Greg Pfeifer Jr. was just a few points behind. At the end of the night it was Pfeifer Jr. in victory lane after he scored a clean sweep.

Jesse Hernandez led the action early with Beau Lammers and Pfeifer Jr. close on his heels. Robbie Franklin drove past Eric Condit to get to fourth as Jason Born moved into the top five on lap 4. The top five were very close and the race was excellent. Pfeifer Jr. scooted past Lammers for second and then took the lead on lap six.

Lammers, Franklin and Born were really going at it hard for third. Born moved past Franklin to fourth and then Lammers snuck past Hernandez for second on lap 10 and Born got to third one lap later. Born then challenged Lammers for second and took that position away on lap 14.

The race went green to checkered without a single caution flag as Pfeifer Jr. won his second of the season. Born would finish second with Lammers in third. Franklin wound up in fourth with Hernandez fifth.

Travis Shipman has been the class of the Power 96/KQAQ 970 AM IMCA Stock Cars this season. Shipman had a four race win streak going and had topped six of the last seven features. A silent donor put up a $300 bonus to any driver that could keep Shipman out of victory lane.

Two-time defending track champion Ryan Goergen picked a great night to put his car in victory lane for the first time this season. Goergen came from row two and took the lead on the first lap and never looked back for the win and the bonus money. Austin Curtin would finish second with Andy Altenburg third. Shipman would finish in fourth with Chris Adams in fifth.

The Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge Bonus was up to $1400 this week for the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds. With 16-cars on hand, once again the heat race winners had the option for the bonus. Jason Cummins won heat two and took the challenge of going to the tail of the 25-lap feature.

Damon Haslip took the early lead with Jacob Dahle close behind. Dahle charged past Haslip on lap three with Joe Horgdal in third. Brandon Davis had charged from row five and was up to fourth after four circuits. Davis bolted past Horgdal for third on lap five and then drove past Haslip for second one lap later.

Todd Scharkey got by Horgdal for fourth and then rallied past Haslip for third on lap eight. Davis had reeled in Dahle and the race was on for the lead. Davis drew side-by-side with the leader and took over the spot on lap nine. Scharkey and Haslip continued their good battle for third as they were right behind Dahle.

Scharkey finally got away from Haslip and went after Dahle. Meanwhile, Davis had checked out up front and was long gone. Davis won his sixth of the season by a nine second margin. Scharkey passed Dahle for second on lap 22 while Haslip finished fourth and Darwyn Karau was fifth. Cummins came from the tail of the 16-car field to finish sixth so the bonus will rise up to $1500 next Friday.

Brew Pub Pizza Bonus Almost Goes Down

July 22nd, 2013

Lansing, MN -The weather was perfect for R&S Racing Supply and Auto Value of Austin and Albert Lea night at Chateau Raceway. The kids participated in the second and final candy drop at intermission and set the stage for some great feature races.

Eight Y-Waste Removal Hornets ran their feature race just before intermission. David Hershberger drove the Misgen Auto Parts “house” car to the win. Hershberger was the fourth different driver in the car this season and the third to win a feature. Ralph Hanks finished second and Bob Carver Jr. was third.

Katie Elward led lap one of the Misgen Auto Part Pure Stock feature, but she spun in turn two of the second lap. Fortunately everyone missed her while Daniel Guttormson and Cole Lonergan stole first and second. Lonergan stalked the leader and when Guttormson wiggled just a bit on lap five Lonergan took over.

Stacy Krohnberg and Matt Brooks also worked past Guttormson for second and third after a lap nine restart. It was Lonergan who drove to his fourth feature win of the season with Krohnberg second and Brooks third. Guttormson finished fourth ahead of Jason Newkirk.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature took two attempts to get started. Once the green flew it stayed out until the final lap. Justin McMahan took off from row one while Josh Mattick got to second and Kylie Kath was third. Mark Motl and Scott Demmer both snuck past John Warrington and were in the top five.

Mattick challenged McMahan for the lead on lap five while Demmer skated to fourth. Mattick made the pass for the lead on lap seven, but McMahan drove right back by as Kylie Kath made it a three-car battle. Mattick got back out front with McMahan, Kath and Demmer three wide for second.

Kath took the runner up spot and Demmer hung right with him in third. Mattick took off but Demmer tried to make a move on Kath on the final lap as they came up on the lapped car of Tanner Johnston. Johnston got loose and Demmer had no place to and blasted into Johnston. The yellow came out Demmer was able to continue and got his position back. This incident set up a green, white, checkered dash.

Mattick took off for his second win this season, Kath finished in second with Demmer third. Mark Motl was fourth in his first appearance this season and Jesse Baer raced from 16th to fifth.

Seven Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stocks came out for their 15-lap feature. It was a wild start and Mike Blowers spun and brought out a caution. Right after that, Blowers touched Tony Shaner and Blowers spun to collect Brent Holland and the yellow was out again. The yellow was charged to Blowers and with his second caution was sent pitside and thus his seven-race win streak was halted.

On the restart, Noah Grinstead nudged race leader Jason Barber and turned him around for yet another caution. Barber led on the start but got loose and that allowed Kory Adams to streak past. Adams and Shaner opened up a half a lap lead on the remainder of the pack.

Shaner would spin on lap 12, but because they were so far out front, Shaner managed to keep his position. Adams won easily for his first win of the year with Shaner second. Grinstead finished in third with Holland and Barber fourth and fifth.

Beau Lammers held the lead to start the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified main event. Mike Mehling and Bryan Hernandez made it three wide with Lammes with Mehling on top after two laps. Jason Born quickly moved up from with ninth spot and was fourth on lap four.

Mehling continued to set the pace up front while Born bolted past Lammers for third on lap four Bill Stettner got to fourth as Greg Pfeifer Jr. battled Lammers for fifth. Jake Stark stalled on lap 10 and this brought a torrid restart and a lead change.

Bryan Hernandez got to the inside of Mehling and nabbed the lead. Another yellow slowed the race but not Hernandez. Born got a swift start and shot past Mehling for second while Stettner followed Born to third.

Hernandez scored his second win of the season and leads the division with 39-wins all-time. Born finished second while Stettner was third in his first run here this season. Newcomer Tony Schill made it fourth place and Mehling wound up fifth.

Kevin Vogt led the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars for a lap until Ryan Goergen made the pass. Travis Shipman moved to second on lap four and then passed Goergen for the lead on lap six. Shipman topped the four-car field for his sixth win.

The French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds had some added drama tonight. All season the Brew Pub Pizza Challenge had been offered to the front row starters. They had the option to start at the back of the pack and try to win from there. If they won they received the bonus plus the $600 feature winners purse. It started at $500 and up until this week no driver had even attempted the challenge, but that changed tonight.

With the bonus up to a whopping $1300, it was announced that if 16 or more cars were on hand, the heat winners along with the front row starters would have the opportunity to race for the bonus. Keith Foss won the first heat and opted to attempt the challenge. Then second heat race winner Brandon Davis also accepted the offer.

Doug Hillson and Tyler Clark opted to keep their front row spots while Foss fell back to 14th and Davis to 15th as the field formed up for their 25-lap race. Hillson led, but Clark drove by on the top-side to take the lead. Darwyn Karau came up and battled with Hillson for second. A yellow for debris on lap four slowed things down while Foss was up to seventh and Davis was ninth.

Todd Scharkey stormed from fourth to second on the top groove as Foss cracked the top five and Davis was now seventh. Clark led but slowed suddenly to trigger a caution on lap seven. This set up a wild restart as the pack really got cranked up.

The green returned and Tim Donlinger flew to second as Foss was up to third and Davis fourth and it appeared the big bonus was in trouble. Davis blew to the top shelf and snuck past Foss for third on lap 11. One circuit later and Davis shot past Donlinger for second. Davis reeled in Scharkey and was side-by-side with the leader when the caution came out as Joe Horgdal and Doug Hillson collided.

It was an unfortunate yellow for Davis as Scharkey now saw the preferred line. On the restart, Scharkey went to the top and while Davis stayed close to the leader, he could not make the pass. Scharkey won and thus the bonus will go to $1400 on August 2. Davis gave the crowd a show to finish second with Tommy Myer third. Foss’ great run ended in fourth while Donlinger was fifth.

There is no racing next Friday, July 26; as it is the speedway’s “bye” week. Racing will return on Friday, August 2 with the Gold Rush for the kids. Hopefully somebody will again take a shot at the Brew Pub bonus.

Blowers Takes Seventh Straight, Davis Dominates Chateau

July 14th, 2013

Lansing, MN–It was a picture perfect evening for racing at Chateau Raceway for State Farm Insurance and Broadway Automotive night. Mike Blowers captured his seventh straight Street Stock feature, while Brandon Davis dominated the USRA Modifieds for his fifth win. Another decent crowd was on hand for “Ice Cream: night for the kids.

Just before intermission the Y-Waste Removal Hornets ran their 12-lap feature. After he rolled over two weeks ago, Ralph Hanks brought out a different car and won his second feature in a row. Jeremy Wenzel finished second and Mark Lamont was third.

Stacy Krohnberg, Matt Brooks and Brady Krohnberg put on a very good show at the front of the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature. Brooks put all sorts of pressure on Stacy Krohnberg and got up alongside on a couple of occasions. Krohnberg was up to the task each time and held on to the lead.

On the final lap, Brooks got a little loose and Krohnberg drove to his first feature win of the season. Brady Krohnberg took advantage of Brooks’ problem and snuck by for second. Adam Godeke finished in third and Cole Lonergan was in the top five.

Kadden Kath led the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature from the drop of the green to the checkered flag for his second win of the season. There were a couple of yellows on lap nine and ten to keep things close, but Kath was strong out front. Josh Mattick made things a little exciting with two to go and got close to the leader. Mattick would spin to set up a green, white and checkered dash to the finish. Kath took the win ahead of Jesse Baer and Steven Amundson. Charlie Steinberg got another top five in fourth and John Warrington finished fifth.

Nathan Schumacher led the Albert Lea Steel Street Stocks with Kyle King a close second. Mike Blowers stormed from eighth and bolted past Noah Grinstead for third on lap three and then shot past King on lap five for second. Blowers made quick work of Schumacher and had the lead at the end of lap five.

Blowers checked out and his incredible win streak stays alive at seven in a row. Schumacher and Jason Barber had a really good tussle for second the final half of the race. Barber got by on lap 10 and then Schumacher took over on lap 11. Barber returned the favor on lap 12 before Schumacher took second for good one lap later. Barber did finish third with Noah Grinstead and Brandon Shaner in the top five.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature was the best race of the night. After the initial start was slowed with a caution, Jayme Hiller led lap one with Jeff Born right alongside. Greg Pfeifer Jr. spun to trigger another caution and he pulled to the pits thus ending his night.

Hiller, Born and Beau Lammers ran in tight formation with Born way up on the top shelf and Hiller on the bottom of the track. Born zoomed past and took the lead on lap two while Robbie Franklin flew up to third when he passed Lammers. Jason Born was on the fly from row four and zipped past Lammer for fourth.

Franklin continued his charge to the front when he passed Hiller for second and brought along Jason Born to third. Franklin then attacked Jeff Born for the lead on lap five and they raced side-by-side. Franklin got the lead, but Born returned the favor on lap 8. Jason Born entered the picture and the top three were very close.

Franklin got back up front and Jason Born then challenged his brother Jeff for second and stole the spot on lap 11. Jason then drove to the inside of Franklin and they duked it out for three laps. Franklin drove to his second win while Jason held off Jeff Born for second, Hiller raced to a fourth place finish and Lammers was fifth.

Only five Power 96/KQAQ 970 AM IMCA Stock Cars were in attendance this week. Travis Shipman continued his dominance with his fifth feature win over Austin Curtin and Ryan Goergen.

Front row starters Jacob Dahle and Jason Cummins declined the Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge for the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds. So next week the potential bonus goes to $1,300. Dahle led lap one with Cummins on the chase and Brandon Davis was quickly in third.

Cummins drove to the lead on lap two and Davis followed to second. Davis quickly challenged Cummins for the lead on lap five and drove away. Even a mid-race caution did not slow Davis who won by over seven seconds and scored his fifth point night win at Chateau this year. Mike Sorensen got by Dahle for third on lap 16, but Greg Jensen drove past both Dahle and Sorensen to finish third at the checkered flag. Todd Scharkey nipped Dahle at the checkered flag for fifth.

Blowers & Born Continue Red Hot At Chateau

July 9th, 2013

Lansing, MN-A huge crowd turned out for the annual fireworks night presented by Dahle Enterprises and Miner’s Outdoor & Rec. Mike Blowers and Jason Born are as hot as the July heat as Blowers won his sixth WISSOTA Street Stock feature in a row and Jason Born topped his fourth WISSOTA Midwest Modified main.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets started the feature action with nine cars in the race. After he got upside down last week Travis Morris returned with a different car and picked up his first career win this week with Jared Boumeester second and Jeremy Wenzel third.

Jason Newkirk led the first lap in the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock as Cole Lonergan wrestled with Daniel Guttormson for second. Lonergan made the pass on lap four and brought Adam Godeke with him to third. Lonergan then stalked Newkirk for the lead as Matt Brooks shot past Godeke for third on the seventh circuit.

Lonergan grabbed the lead on lap seven and drove to his third feature win of the season. Newkirk finished second and Stacy Krohnberg made a late race surge to wind up third. Brooks finished in the fourth position and Godeke was fifth.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature was another caution festival this week. Kadden Kath led early with Charlie Steinberg second. Josh Mattick was cranked up on the top of the track and entered the top five on lap three. All of this went on despite the yellow flag flying twice.

Kath broke on lap five and sent the field in a big scramble and the yellow was out again. Steinberg was the leader on the restart with Josh Mattick second. Kylie Kath made a big move on the inside from third as he tried to take the lead. Kath and Steinberg connected and the yellow came out yet again with Steinberg being sent to the tail. That was the fifth yellow on lap nine and five laps were cut from the 15-lap race to make it a green, white, checkered race to the finish.

Mattick was now the leader and he held on to take his first career USRA B-Mod feature win. Kath finished in second with Scott Demmer third. Dustin Sorensen was fourth and Ryan Stebbins was fifth. Stebbins also picked up a $99 bonus from Action Builders for being the ninth place car on lap nine in memory of the legendary Dick Trickle.

The Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock feature was a wild and wooly race that was also loaded with yellow flags. Right off the start Brandon Shaner got turned around and collected Mike Blowers, Allen Gessell Jr. and Kyle King. Kory Adams was sent to the back for the incident.

Nathan Schumacher led lap one as Andrew Lokenvitz snuck past Derek Kilby for second. Shaner made a move on Kilby for third and they made contact on the frontstretch and Blowers was once again collected in the mishap. On the restart, Lokenvitz bumped Schumacher and everyone stacked up. This allowed Lokenvitz to take over, but the pass was negated by another caution for a stalled Kelby Johnson. On the start Blowers, Gessell Jr. and Shaner were three wide for third. Shaner came out on top and also got Lokenvitz for second.

Blowers zoomed up to challenge Shaner for second and took the spot on lap three. Blowers then spun in turn two and dropped a number of positions. But before the lap was completed Kilby and Noah Grinstead collided in turn three to trigger the caution lights on again. It was a huge break for Blowers who was placed back in second behind Schumacher.

On the start, Shaner got past Blowers and tapped Schumacher as they both got loose. Blowers, Gessell Jr. and Lokenvitz all got by to the top three, but yet another caution came out one lap later as Kilby and Grinstead got together again for the fifth yellow flag of the event. Five laps were shaved of the race at that point. Blowers held on to win his sixth straight feature with Gessell Jr. second. Shaner rallied back to third as Jason Barber got to fourth and Kory Adams came back to finish fifth.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature was a dandy. Jayme Hiller led lap one with Robbie Franklin in second from the fifth spot. Jesse Hernandez spun on lap three and that set up a wild restart. Hiller, Franklin, Tim Myhre and Greg Pfeifer Jr. went into turn two four wide for the lead. Somehow they made it through and Pfeifer Jr. powered to the lead.

Jason Born quickly entered the picture from the eighth spot and was right on Franklin for second with Pfeifer Jr. slightly ahead of them. Born took second on lap six and a caution came out for Luke Hainka on lap six. This bunched the field back up and caused a three- car pileup on the restart.

Pfeifer Jr., Born and Franklin then put on a show up front. They remained very close on laps seven thru nine. Pfeifer Jr. pulled away, but then Born reeled him in as they battled for the lead. Born charged past for the lead on lap 12 and scored his fourth win of the season. Franklin also got by Pfeifer Jr. second as the right rear tire of Pfeifer Jr. was going flat in the final laps. Troy Dahle raced fourth and Jeff Born had a good run from 14th to fifth.

Seven Power 96/KQAQ 970 AM IMCA Stock Cars ran their 20-lap feature. Ryan Goergen led lap one but Travis Shipman took over on lap two. Shipman held off a couple of challenges from Goergen for his fourth win of the year. Norman Chesmore finished third.

Darwyn Karau and Todd Scharkey drew the front row and both turned down the chance at the Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge bonus. Scharkey and Karau drove hard upfront as Scharkey stormed to the lead. Scharkey checked out while Karau settled into second as Greg Jensen fended off Pat Graham for third. Mike Sorensen moved to fourth and Keith Foss was in the top five.

The races lone yellow flag came out on lap 18 and that tightened the pack for the restart. Scharkey held the lead, but Karau hung right on him. Foss came alive and passed Sorensen and then Greg Jensen for third. Foss then made things interesting and he got close to Karau.

Scharkey scored his first win of the season and his 47th career triumph at the speedway. Karau had another great run and held off Foss for second. Sorensen would finish in fourth and Jensen was fifth.

Next week the Brew Pub Front Row Challenge for the USRA Modifieds goes up to $1200. The drivers that draw the front row have the opportunity to give that spot up and go to the back. If they can race their way from the tail and win the feature, they take home the big bonus plus the $600 feature winner money. To date no driver has even attempted the challenge, but as the money increases someone will take the bait and give it a shot.

Blowers Hot, McMahan Takes Career First Win

June 30th, 2013

Lansing, MN–Mother Nature again tried in vain to end the race program early at Chateau Raceway. Rain fell just before the start of the USRA Modified feature, but it ended quickly and the program ran to its entirety. S&S Auto Salvage, Hormel Foods and Wrad’s Wrags and Awards sponsored the evening’s program.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets got the feature events underway with six cars they were back to a feature event only show. Alan Schmidt won his first main event with Chris Schumann and Jeremy Wenzel close behind in second and third.

A pair of rookie drivers Anna Brouwers and Zach Elward led the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks to the green flag. Brouwers gave the field a scare when she spun in turn one, but somehow the entire field missed her and the green flag stayed out.

Jason Newkirk led the race until Cole Lonergan snuck past Stacy Krohnberg after they made contact for second. Lonergan would drive to the lead on lap 12 on the top shelf after a stellar side-by-side battle for two laps. The leaders came up on Brouwers with two to go and Lonergan drifted high and that allowed Newkirk to squeeze past.

Newkirk took the checkered flag first, but in post race tech inspection was disqualified for illegal ignition parts. That handed the win to Lonergan for his second of the season. Brady Krohnberg was second with Matt Brooks, Adam Goedeke and Dylan Nelson in the top five.

Kylie Kath took off from row one in the L&D Ag USRA B-Mods and looked like he would streak to his fifth win of the season. But not so fast, Justin McMahan got by John Warrington for second, but at that time Kath had checked out. Warrington trigger a caution when his right rear tire blew and shreaded his right rear quarter panel and left debris on the backstretch.

Kath led, but McMahan found something on the topside of the track. McMahan tracked down Kath and then made the pass for the win on lap 12. McMahan held on for his first career feature win with Kath second. Kadden Kath finished third while Scott Demmer and Terry Kohnert were fourth and fifth.

Mike Blowers started eighth in the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stocks and made quick work to the front. On lap two he passed Jim Connors for the lead and just plain took off into the night. Blowers held the lead through a couple of yellow flags for his fifth clean sweep in a row in five nights of racing. Brandon Shaner finished in second with Nathan Schumacher, Kory Adams and Brent Holland third through fifth.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds went green to checkers in their 15-lap feature without a yellow flag. Bryan Hernandez turned his luck around as he lead every lap for his first feature win of the season. The battle behind him was intense with Robbie Franklin in second over Greg Pfeifer Jr., Beau Lammers and Jayme Hiller.

There were only five Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars but their 15-lap race was very good for the first 10-laps. Brandon Vogt led with Travis Shipman all over him for the first part of the feature. Shipman took the lead on lap five with a slide job, but Vogt returned the favor and reclaimed the lead. Shipman would take the lead for good on lap 10 for his third win of the season. Ryan Goergen got to second with Vogt third at the checkered flag.

Darwyn Karau and Greg Jensen redrew the front row for the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified main event. Neither driver accepted the Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge so that potential bonus rises to $1,100 next week. Jensen bolted to the lead at the start and had a fabulous battle with Brandon Davis on laps five through seven.

Davis was right on Jensen but Jensen was not fazed a bit as they went door-to-door for the lead. Davis would take over on lap 8 and led the rest of the 25-lap race for his fourth win of the season. Jensen’s excellent run ended in second while Todd Scharkey out dueled Doug Hillson for third and Damon Haslip was fifth.

Next Friday, July 5 is the annual fireworks night at Chateau. It features a full night of racing and then one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in southern Minnesota will take place. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and racing is at 7:00 p.m.

Blowers, Born, Kath Red Hot At Chateau

June 23rd, 2013

Lansing, MN–The race program went on despite heavy rains all around the Lansing area. A season high 101-cars signed in to race on Albert Lea Steel and The New Smitty’s Tavern night at the speedway. Three drivers continued their hot streaks with one of those getting some help in post race tech inspection. Brandon Davis’ streak was stopped at three and two more got their first wins of the year.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets kicked off the feature action and Jeremy Wenzel took his second win after a hard fought battle with Mitch Balik. They exchanged the lead several times in the 10-lap race before Wenzel took over late in the event

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks had another wild feature event. It started with a hard crash when Anna Brouwers hit the left rear of Adam Godeke and then he piled into Cole Lonergan who nailed the turn three wall very hard. Lonergan was done for the evening while Brouwers went pitside for repairs.

Brady Krohnberg survived a few caution flags to score his first win of the year with Stacy Krohnberg second. Matt Brooks wound up third with Keith Weber fourth and Katie Elward finished in fifth.

A season high 27-L&D Ag USRA B-Mods turned out this week and 20-of them took the green flag for their 15-lap feature. Unfortunately that was about the only action the green flag would see. Two quick yellows before lap two could be completed slowed things down. Then Scott Demmer got turned and collected six cars for another yellow flag.

Kadden Kath and Chad Dugan raced for the lead, but then Kath spun after contact by Dugan for yet another yellow on lap two. On the restart three cars piled up in turn one for the fifth yellow and that chopped five laps off the length of the race. The green stayed out long enough for Kylie Kath to take the lead on lap three and Jacob Bleess slipped to second. Demmer would stall on lap three for the sixth caution flag.

That brought a green, white, checkered finish for what would be a five-lap main event. Kath held on for his fourth win of the season with Bleess in second. Kadden Kath was third while Brian Schrage finished fourth and Dan Hovden was fifth.

Nathan Schumacher led at the start of the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock feature with Brent Holland second. Bobby Kilby, Kory Adams and Noah Grinstead were three abreast for third. Kilby took the spot while A.J. Zvorak zoomed to fourth.

Kilby drove past Holland for second and Zvorak followed to third and Mike Blowers was up to fourth on lap three. Kilby then zipped past Schumacher for the lead one lap later while Zvorak and Blowers kept up for second and third. Zvorak then challenged Kilby for the lead on lap five and they were side-by-side with Blowers close. Zvorak took the lead and one lap later Jim Connors lost his right rear wheel for the races first caution.

The top four ran close and another yellow slowed the pace as Noah Grinstead hit the turn three wall. Zvorak led while Blowers worked his way to second when he passed Kilby. Zvorak took the checkered flag first, but he along with fourth place finisher Bobby Kilby were disqualified in post race tech inspection for illegal bushings in the rear suspension So that moved Blowers to first and his win streak continues with four straight clean sweeps. Kory Adams was second with Jason Barber, Kyle King and Andrew Lokenvitz fifth.

Jason Born continues his early season tear in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Born started in eighth and was up to second on lap one. Born bolted past Jayme Hiller for the lead on lap two while Mike Mehling got to third. Beau Lammers stalled to bring out the caution flag.

On the restart Born took off while Mehling got by Tim Myhre for second. Greg Pfeifer Jr. moved by Myhre for third on lap three and then Myhre spun and collected Jeff Born along with Ryan Siegle. Jason Born took off and held off a brief challenge from Mehling to snare his third win of the season. Mehling was second and Lammers recovered to finish third. Pfeifer Jr. would wind up fourth with last week’s winner Robbie Franklin fifth.

Kevin Vogt took the lead early in the Power 96/KQAQ970 AM IMCA Stock Car main event. Austin Curtin nabbed the lead on lap two while Lynn Panos got to second. Panos drove to the inside of Curtin and made the pass for the win on lap three.

Panos drove away from there for his first win of the season. Dan Mackenthun made a late surge to finish second with Travis Shipman in third. Curtin would finish in fourth while Andrew Inman wound up fifth.

Darwyn Karau and Josh Angst drew the first row and both drivers rejected their shot at the Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge. So next week the potential bonus to race from the back to the front goes to $1000. The race was called back on the initially as it was a ragged start.

Darwyn Karau bolted off the front row for the lead. The race was slowed on lap two when Joe Wernecke and Josh Angst tangled to trigger a six-car pileup. Karau took off while Brad Waits moved to second. Waits challenged Karau on lap three and four as Brandon Davis was up to third.

Karau pulled away and was in command until a broken u-joint ended his tremendous run. Waits took over from there and drove smoothly through lapped traffic for his first win of the season and that ended Davis’ three race win streak. Davis would finish second with Kevin Stoa third, Don Shaw fourth and Damon Haslip was fifth.

Fan Appreciation Draws Huge Crowd At Chateau

June 19th, 2013

Lansing, MN–A beautiful day drew a huge crowd at Chateau Raceway for fan appreciation night. Every person that came out took advantage of the free front gate admission and they jammed the speedway full. L&D Ag of Hartland, Farm Boy BBQ of St. Ansgar, IA and Misgen Auto Parts of Ellendale sponsored the evening and made the fan appreciation night possible.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock had a wild 15-lap feature that saw only six of the 12-starters around at the finish. There were numerous yellow flags for crashes and spins that kept the race at slow pace. When the green flag was out the racing was intense as Adam Godeke led until Keith Weber passed him on lap six.

Jason Newkirk got to second and Matt Brooks was third on lap 10. Brooks would spin to trigger a caution on lap 11, then two laps later Brady Krohnberg and Dylan Nelson got together to stop the race and set up a two lap shootout. While the caution was out, Newkirk’s machine erupted in smoke and he headed pitside. A big fire then broke out in his car up in the work area. After a brief scare the fire was extinguished with no injuries.

Weber led the last two laps for his second win in a row. Dylan Nelson finished in second with Brooks third. Godeke would finish in fourth and Zach Elward rouneded out the top five.

Two cautions started the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature. Jerry Young led until lap two when Kylie Kath zipped by. Jerad Boumeester moved to third with Kadden Kath and Josh Mattick right on him. Mattick drove to third and then challenged Young for second on lap seven and eight. Kadden Kath moved to third past Boumeester as older brother Kylie still led the pack.

Kylie Kath led until he spun with a flat left rear tire to trigger a caution. Mattick was then the leader with Kadden Kath all over him for the lead. They ran close on laps 11 and 12 until Kath stole the lead. The 14-year old Kath led the pack to the checkered flag for his first career win. Mattick was second and Young placed third. Boumeester finished fourth and Charlie Steinberg had a great run in fifth.

Noah Grinstead led lap one of the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stock feature with Brandon Shaner along with Kory Adams on his tail. Adams would nab second after a second lap restart and then took the lead when Grinstead drifted high. Mike Blowers was now second with Shaner third.

Adams and Blowers raced close and after tow cautions on lap seven and nine got back to business for the lead. Blowers tried the low groove and then went to the top and made the pass on lap 10. Blowers scored his third consecutive win with Adams in second. Jason Barber had a good run in third with Grinstead fourth and Brent Holland fifth.
Jake Stark led Jesse Hernandez early in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified main. Hernandez stalled and Ryan Siegle had no place to go and tagged him. The caution came out but it was for Luke Hainka before the frontstretch incident took place.

Mike Mehling got to second on the restart, but everyone watched Robbie Franklin who was flying up on the top shelf. Franklin drove by two cars and then got Mehling for second and then bolted by Hernandez for the lead on lap six. Franklin checked out for his first win at Chateau, Greg Pfeifer Jr. out dueled Mehling for second with Jason Born and Hernandez in the top five.

Travis Shipman dominated the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars. Shipman came from fourth and took the lead from Kevin Vogt on lap two. Shipman then drove away from the pack even after a late restart. It would be Shipman’s second win while Vogt was second. Matt Speckman finished third with Andy Altenburg fourth and Brandon Vogt fifth.

The most dramatic race of the night was the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Front row starters Jacob Dahle and Todd Scharkey both declined the Brew Pub Pizza Challenge so that bonus will rise to $900 next week. Scharkey took off from row one and left the field in his wake while Dahle, Tommy Myer and Damon Haslip tried to keep up.

Brandon Davis slipped in the top five and then slipped past Haslip on lap five to take fourth. Myer was right on Dahle for second while Scharkey was long gone up front. Dahle and Myer continued their battle while Davis reeled them in. Myer got to second on lap nine and now Davis caught Dahle for third. Davis took over on lap 14 and Joe Horgdal worked his way to fourth.

Scharkey still held a big lead as Davis caught Myer for second on lap 23. Davis was really hooked up on the low side of the track and got Myer for second shortly before the white flag. Scharkey was seven car lengths ahead when Davis took second. Davis really cranked it up and as the white flag flew and was three cars lengths behind.

Scharkey ran the top groove the entire race and negotiated around Jeremy Misgen onm the final lap. Davis got an incredible run down the backstretch and zoomed to the inside of Scharkey as they entered turn four. Davis motored by Scharkey as the crowd went absolutely beserk as Davis crossed under the checkered flag first. Myer would finish third with Horgdal fourth and Haslip fifth.

For the first time in quite a while there were enough Y-Waste Removal Hornets to have heat races with 12-cars on hand this week. Chris Schumann would dominate the 10-lap feature for his first win. Jeremy Wenzel was second with Jason McShane third, Travis Morris fourth and Matthew Misgen fifth.

Free Admission At Chateau Raceway This Friday

June 12th, 2013

Lansing, MN –This Friday, June 14 is deemed “Fan Appreciation Night” at the Chateau Raceway. This year’s event will really be special to the fans as there is no admission charge at the front gate. That is correct, you read that right, this Friday’s race night is free admission to the speedway. Everyone that shows up will get in free to witness a great night of racing.

The Toot family that operates the facility wanted to do something special to show their gratitude for everyone’s support of the speedway since they took over the operation. This event will give everyone the opportunity to come out and watch some racing that may not have been to the speedway before.

Some great partners of the speedway have come together to make this event possible. Former racer Larry Nelson owns L&D Ag of Hartland, MN and they design, manufacture and install fertilizer and chemical application equipment for agriculture. Please visit their website at www.ld-ag.com for more information on their service and products.

The Misgen name has been involved at the speedway for a long time not only as a sponsor but as racers also. Misgen Auto Parts was formed in 1972 by Francis (L.B.) Misgen as a county clean-up project. People started calling on the search for parts and the company has grown from there. Customers can bring their own tools and pull their own parts from the u-pull section or have the Misgen crew perform a part search and have them remove the parts for you. You can visit their website at www.misgen.com for all the services they provide.

Farm Boy BBQ in St. Ansgar, IA have jumped into the motorsports spectrum in the past few years and have been a great addition to many racetracks and teams in this area. Farm Boy BBQ has won numerous awards across the United States in sauce, brisket, chicken, pork shoulder and rib contests. The Chateau Raceway features their sauce at the concession stand or you can purchase online at www.farmboybbq.com

The action on the track will feature with USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Hornets. Fans are reminded that front gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with the races to begin at 7:00 p.m.

More excitement will be added if a driver accepts the Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge. The drivers that redraw the front row for the USRA Modified feature race have a unique opportunity. Whoever pulls the number one or two pill can forfeit that spot and drop to the back of the lineup. If they come from the back and win they collect the bonus, which is now up to $800. Combine that with the $600 first place earnings and that would total $1,400 if a driver accomplishes the feat.

The Chateau Raceway is located just 5-miles north of Austin on Hwy 218, then take a right on County Road 2 for a 1.3 miles. Then turn right on County Road 25 and look for the signs on the left side of the road. Please visit www.chateauraceway.net for further information on the speedway.

Davis, Born & Blowers Hot At Chateau

June 10th, 2013

Lansing, MN–For the first time this season weather was not a factor at Chateau Raceway. It was a nice night for the kids “Gold Rush” night sponsored by French’s Repair and Fabrication along with Rent-N-Save. Three drivers continued their early season dominance and love was in the air after another drivers first win of the season.

Adam Godeke and Katie Elward led the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks to the green flag for their 15-lap feature. Godeke took the lead but Keith Weber stalked him until lap two. Weber shot past in turn four to take the lead away while Cole Lonergan cracked the top five. Stacy and Brady Krohnberg were side-by-side for third and the Lonergan stuck his car in three wide.

Lonergan made the move work and he was now third on the sixth circuit. Godeke got loose on lap 7 and both Lonergan and Brady Krohnberg zoomed past. The leaders found a little too much excitement as they closed in on Anna Brouwers. Weber scooted by as Brouwers spun her machine between Weber and Lonergan. No contact was made and the race continued.

Lonergan dove low on Weber on lap 12 and they made some contact. Lonergan took the lead, but a yellow came out for a stalled Brouwers to set up a green, white, checkered finish. Weber was back up front, as the lap was not scored complete. Weber held on for his first win of the season and then had an even bigger moment in victory lane. Weber proposed to his girlfriend and she responded with a very emotional yes. Lonergan finished second with Brady Krohnberg, Jason Newkirk and Dylan Nelson in the top five.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature had a terrible time just trying to get the first lap in. There were three consecutive yellows, the last of which for a five-car pile-up. A single file start was necessary to get things going. Kylie Kath redrew the pole and dominated the 15-lap race for his third win in a row. Jerry Young worked by Mike Yeager for third on lap seven to finish second. Brandon Hare also passed Yeager for third while Yeager finished fourth and Kadden Kath was fifth.

Brandon Shaner took the early lead in the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stocks while being followed by Jason Barber. Andrew Lokenvitz and Mike Blowers raced for third. Barber and Lokenvitz got by Shaner and now battled for the lead. The top five ran close with Lokenvitz now in front. Blowers worked past Barber on lap six for second and they were right on the leader. Shaner spun on lap nine to trigger a caution and that slowed the battle for the lead.

On the restart, Blowers drove past Lokenvitz and scored his second win in a row. Lokenvitz held off Kory Adams for second while Barber finished fourth. Kyle King got a top five finish in his first appearance at the speedway.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds got off to a wild start when Beau Lammers, Tim Myhre and Bryan Hernandez went three wide for the lead. Hernandez took the point while Myhre, Ryan Siegle and Jesse Hernandez were now three wide for third. Siegle snuck past for third and then by Lammer for second. Robbie Franklin was on the moved and he zoomed to third.

Franklin then got by Siegle for second and set after Bryan Hernandez for the lead. Jason Born started a charge and drove by Siegle for third as Greg Pfeifer Jr. made a big move past Mike Mehling and Siegle to fourth. Born tracked down Franklin and took second on lap 11.

Hernandez led by a good margin, but Born rapidly closed the gap. Born challenged and passed Hernandez for the lead and went on for his second win in a row. Franklin finished third with Pfeifer Jr. fourth and Siegle was fifth.

Travis Shipman was long gone up front in the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Car feature. Shipman started on the pole, took off and held a large advantage until a caution on lap 16 of the 20-lap race. Dan Mackenthun applied heavy pressure to Shipman but was unable to get by. Shipman would win while Mackenthun finished second. Brandon Vogt would finish third while Ryan Goergen was fourth and Kevin Vogt fifth.

Todd Scharkey and Darwyn Karau redrew the front row for the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified finale. They had the opportunity to forfeit their draw to start in the back. But neither driver was up to the Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge so they kept their front row spots. Scharkey would take off up front but Keith Foss was on the move.

Foss started eighth and drove past Greg Jensen for fourth on lap four. The next circuit Foss bolted past Joe Horgdal for third as Brandon Davis raced from 10th to fifth. Foss continued his assault towards the front and passed Karau for second on lap nine. Davis was now fourth while Foss took off after Scharkey.

Foss reeled in Scharkey on lap 14 and Davis was up to third at this point. Foss was all over Scharkey up front on laps 17-19 and Davis closed in on the lead duo. Joe Wernecke went off of turn two and the yellow flag came out in lap 19. On the restart, Davis slipped past Foss for second and then challenged Scharkey for the lead.

Davis then zipped past Scharkey for the lead on lap 20 and drove on for his second win in a row and three in a row with the USMTS win on Thursday. Foss would get by Scharkey for second with Horgdal fourth and Greg Jensen was fifth. The Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge now goes up to $800 next Friday which along with the feature win pay would total $1,400 it of is claimed.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets had an eight-car field that was topped by Jeremy Wenzel. Lance Parker got some unexpected excitement when his car stalled and then burst into flames. Parker was uninjured and the flames were quickly extinguished.

Next Friday, June 14 is Fan Appreciation Night at the speedway. All fans will receive free admission in a special event sponsored by L&D Ag, Farm Boy BBQ and Misgen Auto Parts. Fans are also reminded of the new 7:00 p.m. start time this season. For more information please visit www.chateauraceway.net

Davis, Schmitt & Crapser Top Chateau Special

June 9th, 2013

Lansing, MN–The story for much of the 2013 season has been the weather. Again on Thursday a steady drizzle threatened the show at Chateau Raceway. Fortunately it subsided and the program went on as scheduled. The USMTS Modifieds were back in town to finish up the 16th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial and the USRA Ironman Series made it’s first ever appearance at the facility.

The USRA B-Mod division rolled onto the speedway for their 25-lap main with Kyle Anderson and Troy Hovey in row one. Jared Timmerman broke on the start and drove off turn one to trigger a caution right off the bat. Hovey would hold the lead while Jerry Young and Kyle Anderson fought for second. Cory Crapser quickly moved from eighth to fourth when a stalled Scott Demmer brought out the yellow on lap two.

On the restart, Young drove by Anderson for second and Ben Moudry entered the picture along with Crapser. Brady Keefe went off turn two for another yellow and at that time Anderson went to the work area with and flat right rear tire. When the green returned, Moudry and Crapser both slipped past Young for second and third while Hovey continued to lead. Another caution on lap 10 would slow the pace and keep the field tight.

Crapser blew by Moudry for second on the start and Jacob Bleess also got by to third. Brandon Hare was on a tear from the 21st position to sixth and was right on Young for fifth. Crapser reeled in Hovey and challenged for the lead on laps 13 and 14. Crapser snuck past for the lead in turn two of lap 15. One last caution flag would fly on lap 16 but it did not deter Crapser.

The series point leader Crapser went on for his first Ironman win while Moudry finished in second. Bleess would come home in third with Hovey fourth and Young in the fifth position.

The USRA Stock Car feature was a 25-lap knockdown brawl that started when front row starters Brian Webb and Sean Johnson banged off each other just after the green flag flew. Both drivers suffered flat tires and the yellow was out right away. Webb and Johnson both went pitside but only Webb returned.

There was an issue to get green flag laps in as several cautions dominated lap three. The red flag came out after a four-car tangle sent Webb airborne and into the concrete barrier off of turn two. Webb was uninjured in the wreck but was done for the night. On the restart, the second place car of Steve Jackson got into the left rear of Tom Schmitt the leader. Jackson cut down his right front and in the scramble to get around him another big crash took place.

Jackson went pitside and Ryan Goergen along with Austin Curtin were also knocked from contention. The green came out again and things got intense up front. Schmitt led as Mitch Hoven was now second. Behind them Lynn Panos, Shay Curtin and Jake Ludeking were three abreast for third. Panos took the spot and then set after Hovden for second. Panos used the low groove and drove past Hovden on lap 10, but Schmitt was checked out up front at this point.

A Casey Sebastian spin on lap 13 triggered another yellow and Schmitt’s led evaporated. At that point race officials cut five laps off the distance to make it a 20-lap race. Hovden was all over Schmitt for the lead on the restart and Hovden narrowly had the lead on lap 15. Panos joined the fray and it was now a three-car race for the lead.

Panos ran the low groove while Hovden was in the middle and Schmitt up top as they circled three wide for the lead on lap 16. Again on lap 17, they were three abreast with Panos credited with the lead. The white flag came out and Schmitt made an incredible move to steal the point away from Panos.

Schmitt led the field to the checkered flag and the $750 payday. Panos was a close second with Hovden in third. Ned Kalis was in fourth at the checkered flag and Shay Curtin was in the top five.

The nightcap for the evening was the 40-lap USMTS Modified feature. It was the main event for the Mike Guttormson Memorial with local favorite Brandon Davis on the pole and Dereck Ramirez to the outside. Davis bolted to the lead at the drop of the green flag followed by Ramirez and Mike Sorensen.

Zack Vanderbeek drove past Jason Hughes to fourth on lap five while Hughes ha his hands full with Tommy Myer and Joey Jensen. Lucas Schott suffered a flat tire on lap 12 to bring out the yellow flag. Johnny Scott got a good restart and came from eighth to fifth. Vanderbeek worked past Sorensen for third and then went after Ramirez.

Davis continued to hold a big lead but it would be extinguished when Adam Hensel made contact with the turn four wall. Vanderbeek slipped past Ramirez for second on the restart, but Davis again stretched out the advantage. Davis got into lapped traffic on lap 30 and Vanderbeek slowly reeled in the leader.

Vanderbeek caught Davis on lap 33, but a yellow would get the leaders out of the heavy lapped traffic. Davis cruised from there for his second straight Guttormson Memorial win and picked a $2000 check for his efforts. Vanderbeek would finish second while Kelly Shryock made a late race surge to come home third. Ramirez would finish fourth and Johnny Scott was fifth.

Schmitt, Crapser capture Iron Man Challenge checkers at Chateau Raceway

June 8th, 2013

LANSING, Minn. – Tom Schmitt and Cory Crapser captured the wins Thursday night as the Iron Man Challenge made its debut at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn.

Schmitt led the first 14 laps of the USRA Stock Car main event, but relinquished the lead to points leader Mitch Hovden on lap 15. Two laps later, Lynn Panos snagged the top spot, but Schmitt wrestled it back with two laps to go and went on to claim the $750 top prize.

Panos, who started 15th, garnered his fifth straight runner-up finish in Iron Man Challenge events. In addition to the $100 Hard Charger Award, he also was one of four “mystery spots” that received a $50 bonus from Adams Racing Chassis.

Hovden held on for third, Ned Kalis was fourth and Shay Curtin rounded out the top 5 finishers.

Troy Hovey took charge at the start of the USRA B-Mod feature race, leading the first 14 of 25 laps around the 1/3-mil clay oval. With 10 to go, however, Cory Crapser slid by to take the lead and never gave it up the rest of the way.

The win was worth $500, and propelled Crapser into the Iron Man Challenge points lead for the USRA B-Mods.

Ben Moudry was second, Jacob Bleess took third, Hovey wound up in the fourth spot and Jerry Young finished fifth.

Up next for the Iron Man Challenge will be Friday night at the Rapid Speedway located at the Lyons County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids, Iowa. The pit gate opens at: 4:30 p.m., grandstand opens at: 5:30, hot laps start at 6:50 and the first heat race hits the track at 7:30 p.m.

This week’s action wraps up at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, on
Saturday. Pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstand opens at 5, hot laps happen at 6 and
racing begins at 6:30 p.m.

All three nights will also feature USMTS Modifieds on the racing card.

The entry fee each night for USRA Stock Cars is $25 for licensed drivers or $35 for non-licensed. The entry fee for USRA B-Mods is $20 and $30, respectively.

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.

Davis dominates rain-delayed USMTS main at Chateau Raceway

June 8th, 2013

LANSING, Minn. – With heat races in the books, the skies opened up above the Chateau Raceway on May 24 and forced United States Modified Touring Series officials to postpone the remainder of the 6th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial presented by Tiny’s Body Shop to Friday night.

With the top 8 in heat race passing points already qualified, Friday night’s draw saw defending USRA Modified national champion Brandon Davis select the pole and then proceed to lead all 40 laps of the main event.

From the outside of the front row, Dereck Ramirez stayed close to Davis early on, and then Zack VanderBeek gave it a shot but neither were able to seriously challenge the driver from Medford, Minn., who will celebrate his 22nd birthday on Monday with his sixth career USMTS winner’s trophy.

It was also Davis’ second straight wire-to-wire victory after snagging the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series event at the Deer Creek Speedway on May 25. He’s led all 80 laps of the last two races. Kelly Shryock used the top side of the racetrack to pass three cars in the final three laps and finish third behind VanderBeek. Ramirez held off Johnny Scott for fourth, with Stormy Scott, Joey Jensen, Tommy Myer, Mike Sorensen and Brad Waits completing the top 10.

The series heads to the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on Friday night for another contest in the tough-as-nails Farm Boy BBQ Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will round out the show.

The pit gate opens at: 4:30 p.m., grandstand opens at: 5:30, hot laps start at 6:50 and the first heat race hits the track at 7:30 p.m. Fans can pick up $2-off coupons at the Casey’s General Store located at 709 1st Ave. in Rock Rapids.

Then on Saturday, June 8, the haulers head back east on I-90 for the only appearance of the year at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa. Coupons good for $2 off adult grandstand admission are available at Casey’s General Stores locations in Decorah and Freeport.

To find the Casey’s General Store nearest you or your route to the racetrack, plus lots of great coupons and specials, visit www.caseys.com.

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 or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/USMTSTV.

Heavy Rain Stops Chateau Raceway Again

June 3rd, 2013

Lansing, MN-Early afternoon thunderstorms grazed the Austin area and the race program was on at least for a little while. A busy night was on tap as the first order of business was three make-up features that were rained out the previous week. A late arriving crowd came out for Radio Link Internet night at the races.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks were on the speedway first with Jason Newkirk and Jim Connors in row one. Newkirk took off and led until lap three when he drifted high in turn four. That brought Connors to his inside and they went door-to-door for the lead. Connors got a bit loose on lap five and Newkirk grabbed the lead back and brought Stacy Krohnberg to second. Krohnberg would drop out on lap eight with a flat right rear tire.

Cole Lonergan was on the fly from row four and moved to second and Dylan Nelson made some nice moves on the top of the track to third. A yellow on lap 12 slowed the field and set up a dramatic finish. Newkirk was under attack from Lonergan on the final lap and they crossed the finish line almost dead even. Lonergan won by inches while Nelson was right there in third. Brady Krohnberg finished in fourth and Matt Brooks was fifth.

Storm clouds were gathering to the west when the L&D Ag USRA B-Mods took to the track next for their 15-lap main. Pole sitter Dustin Sorensen led Jerry Young at the start while the pack went four wide for fourth. Sorensen slid up the track and Young shot by, but then Young’s car slowed and Sorensen was back on top. Kylie Kath moved through traffic and quickly challenged Sorensen for the lead. Kath would take the spot on lap five until a yellow stopped the race on lap nine.

On the restart, Sorensen’s car would not get up to speed and Dan Wheeler, Scott Demmer and Josh Mattick were three abreast for second. The race was then stopped several times for assorted spins and stoppages. Demmer and Mattick raced for second until they tangled on lap 11 to trigger the final caution.

The final four laps were cut to a green, white, checkered finish. Kath held on for his second win of the season with Wheeler second. Demmer would finish in third with Jerry Young in fourth and Max Anderson fifth.

Jason Born and Darryl Hainka led the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series Midwest Modifieds to the green flag of their feature. Right off the bat Hainka and Jesse Hernandez made contact and Hernandez went off the track with a flat tire. Jayme Hiller also dropped out at the same time.

Born led with Robbie Franklin second and Greg Pfeifer Jr. was with the leaders in third. Franklin drifted high on lap three and that allowed Pfeifer Jr. to take second. Mike Mehling also shot past Franklin one lap later for third. The sun was still out, but rain fell at the same time and made the track too slick to continue. The rain stopped and after about a 40-minute delay the track was packed back in and the race resumed.

Born led the entire race under darkening skies to score his first win at Chateau since August 19, 2011. Pfeifer Jr. followed in second with Mehling third. Franklin held on to fourth and Beau Lammers was fifth.

The regular program then got underway and one Pure Stock heat was complete before the next thunderstorm entered the picture. The skies were black to the southwest of the track and the intense storm hit quick with sheets of rain, wind and heavy lightning. That put an end to the program as the fans and participants ran for cover.

Ticket stubs and pit wristbands from this week’s rainout will be honored for next Friday, June 7 only. Weather permitting it will be a busy week at Chateau. On Thursday, June 6 the Ironman B-Mods and Stock Cars will run a full show along with the USMTS Modifieds that will run their B-mains and Feature that was rained out on May 24. Then on Friday, June 7 there will be a full show of weekly point racing. For more information please visit www.chateauraceway.net

Make-Up Dates Set For Guttormson Memorial

May 28th, 2013

Lansing, MN–The Chateau Raceway and USMTS announced plans to make-up the rained out events from Friday’s 16th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial Race.

The USRA B-Mod, WISSOTA Midwest Modified and Pure Stock features that wr washed out will be run this Friday, June 1 along with the weekly program. Racing will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The USMTS B-mains and A-Feature will take place on Thursday, June 6. Along with the USMTS make-up events the USRA Iron Man B-Mods and USRA Iron Man Stock cars will join the card. So to clarify, The Iron Man B-Mods and Stock cars will run a complete program. Meanwhile the USMTS cars will only run their make-up races. This will begin a three-race swing for both series. They will head to Rock Rapids, IA on Friday and Decorah, IA on Saturday.
Chateau Raceway’s Darin Toot also announced that the Friday night program for June 7 will run as scheduled. So it will be a big doubleheader at Chateau Raceway on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7.

More information will be released soon. Keep up to date at www.chateauraceway.net and www.usmts.com

Rain cuts short USMTS program at Chateau Raceway

May 27th, 2013

LANSING, Minn. – With heat races in the books, the skies opened up above Lansing, Minn., and forced United States Modified Touring Series officials to postpone the remainder of the 6th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial presented by Tiny’s Body Shop and Powder Werks Friday night at the Chateau Raceway. A make-up date will be determined after the Memorial Day Weekend. Tommy Myer, Mike Sorensen, Kelly Shryock and Dereck Ramirez captured he four heat race victories. Shryock scored the most passing points and will redraw with Joey Jensen, Myer, Sorensen, Ramirez, Brandon Davis, Zack VanderBeek and Jason Hughes when the USMTS Modifieds return to complete the program.

On race day, fans can pick up a discount card good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Preston and Stewartville, as well as Cresco and Riceville in Iowa. To find the Casey’s General Store nearest your route to the racetrack, visit www.caseys.com.

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 or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/USMTSTV.

Rain Stalls Guttormson Memorial

May 26th, 2013

Lansing, MN -For the sixth time in seven weeks weather put a halt to racing at Chateau Raceway. At least this week the program made it to just past the half-way mark before the rains came in earnest. It was the 16th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial with the USMTS Modifieds in town.

All the heat races were completed as sprinkles fell during the final two heat races in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. As the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks came out for their feature event a heavier rain began to fall and halted the rest of the program.

The USRA B-Mod, WISSOTA Midwest Modified and Pure Stock features will all be made up this coming Friday. The USMTS Modified B-Mains and Feature races will be made up at a date to be announced.

Heavy Rains Knock Out Chateau Raceway

May 21st, 2013

Lansing, MN–Heavy rains forced Chateau Raceway officials to cancel this weeks racing program. Over three inches of rain soaked the facility on Friday morning and afternoon.

Racing will continue this Friday, May 24 with the 17th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial. The United States Modified Touring Series will invade the speedway for the first of two appearances this season. Also on the card will be USRA B-Mods, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks.

Pit gates will open at 5:00 p.m., grandstands at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

For more information please visit www.chateauraceway.net.

Brew Pub Pizza Offers Extra Cheese to Modified Racers

May 16th, 2013

Lansing, MN –The Chateau Raceway in Lansing, MN and Brew Pub Pizza will entice the USRA Modified drivers who redraw the front row for the feature events this season. The “Brew Pub Pizza Front Row Challenge” will be in effect every Friday night and will also include the two United States Modified Touring Series shows on May 24 and August 30.

The new bonus program was the brainchild of Bernatello’s sales representative Bob Braaten and it works this way. It gives the front row starters of the USRA Modified feature a choice to start at the back of the feature event. Then if a driver can race their way from the back and win the race, that driver will take home the bonus money.

The challenge started last week and defending track champion and USRA Modified national champion Brandon Davis was offered the opportunity to start at the tail. Davis who redrew the pole position declined the offer for a possible $500 bonus on top of the $600 he would receive for winning the feature.

Each week the front row starters of the USRA Modified will be given the chance to start in the final row and try to win from the back. If one of those two drivers accomplishes the feat, they will collect the bonus money from Brew Pub Pizza. If the drivers choose to keep their positions or are unsuccessful in the challenge the bonus will increase by $100 each week until it is claimed. When the bonus is collected, it will start over at $500 the following week.

Brew Pub Pizza is a product of Bernatello’s Pizza, which is based in Maple Lake, MN. Brew Pub Pizza is for the hungry man, you better be ready to man up! A serious pizza coma is in your future. Also try the new Brew Pub Lotzza Motzza pizza with over a half -pound of Wisconsin premium mozzarella cheese. Brew Pub Pizza is located at your favorite grocers freezer. For more information on Brew Pub Pizza, Bernatello’s other fine products and stores where you can purchase them please visit them at www.bernatellos.com/brands/brew-pub.

Defending Champs Rock Opener At Chateau

May 14th, 2013

Lansing, MN-After a four-week delay due to the extended winter season, the racing season kicked off at Chateau Raceway on a beautiful Friday night. About 80-race teams competed in front of a decent sized crowd ready to see some racing. Three defending track champions got a great start in the defense of their titles with feature wins while two drivers claimed their first feature wins at the speedway.

The Y-Waste Removal Hornets were first up and Jim Misgen led from start to finish to win his first ever feature. Gary Stahl would finish in second with Jeremy Wenzel in third. The track had a few ripples in it due to heavy rain on Thursday and some time was spent to grade the track and then the rest of the features were up. During the break a candy drop was held to keep the kids entertained.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock 15-lap feature had Matt Brooks and defending track champion Stacy Krohnberg in row one. Brooks, Krohnberg and Dylan Nelson circled three wide on lap one and Brooks grabbed the advantage. Nelson would claim second on lap four and Jason Newkirk’s car dropped the driveshaft to bring out the caution flag.

Nelson set after Brooks on the restart on lap six and dogged the leader until lap 12. Nelson took the lead and held on for the win with Brooks second. Cole Lonergan took third with Stacy Krohnberg and Brady Krohnberg in the top five.

Fourteen L&D Ag USRA B-Mods took the green flag for their 15-lap feature race. Kylie Kath bolted off of row one and was never seriously challenged. Kath, the defending track champion was well ahead of his younger brother Kadden who would finish second. Scot Demmer finished in third while Dan Wheeler and Rick Utley rounded out the top five.
Kath also picked up an extra $50 from Action Engineering and Sunoco Race Fuels that will be given to each B-Mod winner this season.

Hawkeye state residents Kory Adams and Andrew Lokenvitz led the Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series Street Stocks to the green flag. Lokenvitz led early on but it did not take defending track champion Mike Blowers long to catch the leaders. Blowers started seventh and got to second and then reeled in Lokenvitz.

Blowers made quick work of things and snagged the lead on lap seven. From there Blowers led the pack to the checkered flag and a clean sweep for the night. Lokenvitz finished second and Jason Barber had a good run in third. Adams would finish in fourth with Brandon Shaner fifth.

A first lap incident in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds eliminated both Tim Myhre and Bryan Hernandez. Jesse Hernandez led early on while Greg Pfeifer Jr. slipped underneath Beau Lammers for second on lap one. Pfeifer Jr. then pressured Hernandez for the lead on laps four and five. Lammers car disposed of quite a few rear suspension componets to bring out the caution and keep the field tight. Pfeifer Jr. shot past Hernandez shortly after the restart and took the lead. Robbie Franklin moved to second and slowly reeled in Pfeifer Jr.

Franklin gave the leader a scare briefly, but Pfeifer Jr. took the win and got his championship defense off to an excellent start. Franklin had a strong run in second with Hernandez third. Darryl Hainka had an excellent run in fourth and Ryan Siegle closed out the top five finishers.

Lynn Panos and Matt Speckman put on a whale of a show in the Power 96/KQAQ 970 AM IMCA Stock Car feature. Those two exchanged the lead four times in four laps in an awesome display of driving. Travis Shipman moved to third but then broke on lap 12 to signal a caution. Speckman took over from there to secure his first win at Chateau. Panos was second with Austin Curtin in the third position. Dan Mackenthun would finish in fourth with Blake Cole in fifth.

Jermey Misgen and defending USRA Modified National and track champion Brandon Davis were in row one for the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified feature. The Brew Pub dangled a $500 bonus to Davis if he would start in the back and if he won would get the bonus money. Davis declined and stormed away to lead all 25-laps to claim the win.

USMTS star Rodney Sanders was in the area and dropped in on Chateau and raced from ninth to second with veteran racer Mike Sorensen in third. Joe Horgdal had a good run in the fourth spot and Joel Alberts would round out the top five.

Fans are reminded of Chateau’s new start time of 7:00 p.m. for the 2013 season. For more details go to www.chateauraceway.net.

Old Man Winter Hits Chateau

May 6th, 2013

Lansing, MN –For the fourth time this season, the season opener at the Chateau Raceway was cancelled and pushed back another week. Old man winter dumped over a foot of heavy, wet snow on the area on Thursday in a freak winter storm. That put a stop to any thoughts of racing this week.

The opener is now slated for Friday, May 10 with racing in seven classes. Pit gates open at 5:00 p.m., grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m.. Draw cut off for drivers is 6:45 p.m. with the first green flag at 7:00 p.m.

The practice session did finally take place on Sunday, May 5. About 65-cars and drivers took advantage of the test session to get their machines dialed in for the upcoming season. Work is nearly completed on the new decks at the speedway and the view from there is pretty spectacular.

To keep up to date on next week’s opener and speedway news please visit www.chateauraceway.net and check them out on Facebook as well.

Chateau Raceway Set To Open May 3

April 30th, 2013

Lansing, MN–The spring of 2013 has been non-existent and has set everyone back and that includes the racing community also. The Chateau Raceway was set to start it’s racing season on April 5, but snowy and cold weather the entire month of April has pushed things back one month. With warmer and more seasonable temperatures in the forecast, the season will kick off on Friday, May 3.

The biggest change for the program this season is the start time. The first green flag will wave at 7:00 p.m. this season, which is a half-hour earlier than previous years. The earlier start was put into place to get the program completed at an earlier hour. Hot laps will be at 6:30 p.m., but draw cut off for competitors will remain at 6:45 p.m. so racers will still be able to make the draw as in the years past. The pit gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and the front gates will be open to the fans at 5:30 p.m.

Race fans will notice an addition to the bleacher sections to the south of the scoring tower. Seven decks have been added to the top of the seating area and all seven have been rented out for the 2013 season. It will give those fans an excellent view of the speedway and will also be able to peer into the pit area. There is also a big deck that is available for rent that sits into front of the concession area, which offers another excellent view of the speedway.

Seven divisions will once again race on the weekly programs with the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds, Power 96/KQAQ 970 IMCA Stock Cars, Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, L&D Ag USRA B-Mods, Albert Lea Steel WISSOTA Street Stocks, Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks and Y-Waste Removal Hornets.

There are many exciting nights planned for the kids again this season. They include two bike giveaway nights on May 3 and June 21, candy drop on May 10 and July 19 and three- car ride nights will be on May 17, June 28 and August 23. The famous gold rush returns on June 7 and August 2, ice cream night will be July 12, and kids will be free on May 31 and on August 9.

The first special race event is on May 24 when the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) comes to town for the 16th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial Race. Then on June 14 it will be fan appreciation night with the Vintage Cars. The annual fireworks night is on July 5 and is a must not miss program that features one of the best displays in the area. WISSOTA Race of Champions night is on August 16 in which the Street Stock and Midwest Modified feature winner will qualify for the R.O.C. at the WISSOTA 100 in September.

The season concludes with two big specials that start on Labor Day weekend. On August 30 the USMTS makes another appearance in a Hunt race for the national championship. Then the Border Wars will end the season on September 13. The IMCA Stock Car special that was to be held on April 19 was postponed and a make-up date is still in the plans.

For more information on the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, MN please visit their website at www.chateauraceway.com and visit their facebook page as well.

Chateau’s Spring Challenge postponed again

April 24th, 2013

LANSING, Minn.– Getting the Spring Challenge in has been a challenge.

As a result, Chateau Raceway has postponed what was to be its $1,000 to win season-opening special for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars to a date yet to be determined.

Originally scheduled for April 19, the Spring Challenge was first bumped back to April 26. A practice session is now in plans for that evening with opening night on May 3.

More information is available at the www.chateauraceway.net website

Chateau postpones Spring Challenge for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars to April 26

April 19th, 2013

LANSING, Minn. – Chateau Raceway has postponed its season-opening Spring Challenge for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars to Friday, April 26. Promoter Darin Toot cited lack of track preparation time and continued cooler than normal forecasts in making the announcement.

The third annual special at Lansing will pay $1,000 to win and a minimum of $75 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Arnold Motor Supply Northern Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded for the draw/redraw show.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Entry fee and pit passes are both $25.

Spectator admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, with five and under free.

More information is available by calling Toot at 507 391-2486 or at the www.chateauraceway.net website.

The Spring Challenge was originally scheduled for April 19.

Sorensen soars at Chateau, becomes ninth winner in eleven Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup events

September 2nd, 2012

LANSING, Minn. – Mike Sorensen started first and finished first Friday night in winning the caution-free 40-lap Swan Energy “A” Main as the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup continued at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn.

Recently “un-retired” Tommy Myer – a two-time USMTS winner at the 1/3-mile bullring – chased the leader the entire distance and was able to cut the deficit in half near the end of the race when Sorensen encountered lapped cars, but it was too little too late as Sorensen took a six-car-length cushion to a $3,000 payday.

For Sorensen, it was his first USMTS victory at the Chateau Raceway just a half-hour from his home in Rochester, Minn., and made him the 11th different winner in 13 trips here for the United States Modified Touring Series.

The dominating win also made the 46-year-old the ninth different winner in eleven events during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup. Seven races remain, culminating with three nights during the Featherlite Fall Jamboree, Sept. 20-22. Behind Myer, local favorite Todd Scharkey took third while Adam “Dirt Track Hustle” Hensel finished fourth. Johnny Scott finished fifth while his twin brother, Stormy Scott, came from 14th on the grid to finish sixth. Dereck Ramirez was seventh Jeremy Payne grabbed eighth, Jason Hughes took ninth and Joey Jensen rounded out the top 10 in the main event.

Defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin and Rodney Sanders have swapped the top spot in the points standings four times during ‘The Hunt,’ but both drivers struggled Friday night on a track where passing was at a premium. Sanders finished 14th – one spot ahead of Gustin – and shaved two points off of Gustin’s points lead. The advantage is now a mere five markers with seven events remaining.

The recipient of the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award was a no-brainer. Competing in his first USMTS event, Damon Haslip of Waseca, Minn., rolled his Modified several times over the turn 2 embankment on the first lap of the second Real Racing Wheels “B” Main. After nearly 15 minutes of collective breath-holding, Haslip was able to climb out of the mangled racecar on his own power. He was transported by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin for further evaluation and was later released.

On Saturday, the USMTS Modifieds will tackle the popular Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 8th Annual BP Labor Day Duel presented by Baudoin Oil. The event will pit the Best of the Best Modified drivers in the nation against arguably the toughest field of weekly racers on the planet.

In addition, the Cornbelt Clash Late Models will be racing. Midwest Mods and Street Stocks will round out the racing card. Grandstands gates open at 3 p.m. with $1 beer, pop and hot dogs available from 3-4 p.m. The green flag flies at 5 p.m.

Fans can meet and greet Jason Cummins and see his #71 Cheetos Modified from 12-2 p.m. Saturday at the Casey’s General Store located at 875 Hwy. 52 N in Preston. Coupons good for $2 off admission can be found in Austin, Blooming Prairie, Owatonna, Rochester and Stewartville locations.

The Deer Creek Speedway is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16). For more info, call toll-free 877-DCS-RACE or 507-346-2342 on raceday or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

The five-race Labor Day Weekend wraps up Sunday at the Dodge County Speedway in Kasson, Minn., for the 11th Annual Kasson Klash.

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/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

Sorensen Scores Three Grand At Chateau

September 2nd, 2012

Lansing, MN –The Casey’s General Stores powered by Swan Energy USMTS Modified Series invaded Chateau Raceway this week. It was stop number 11 on the Hunt For The Caseys Cup Tour and 34-modifieds signed in to battle for the $3000 first place check. Also on the program were the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, IMCA Stock Cars and Pure Stocks. Those four classes had their final night of track points and there were several titles still up for grabs. This week’s show was sponsored by Miner’s Outdoor & Recreation along with French’s Repair and Fabrication. They spread out some extra cash to the drivers and there were several nice giveaways to the crowd also.

Going into the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature, Stacy Krohnberg held a four point lead over Brady Krohnberg with just a 15-lap feature to determine a champion. James Misgen led until Matt Brooks took over on lap two. Noah Grinstead slipped into second and then Cole Lonergan drove to third. Lonergan got by Grinstead for second on lap three and then set after Brooks. Brooks would spin on lap six to bring out the yellow. That left Lonergan in the lead with Grinstead second and then Brady Krohnberg and Stacy Krohnberg. Dylan Nelson would spin and got hit hard by Katie Elward. Nelson continued, but Elward was knocked out of the race. Lonergan would lead the remainder of the race for his third win of the season. Stacy Krohnberg finished second and locked up his first point title. Adam Godeke had a good late run to third with Matt Brooks and Brady Krohnberg in the top five.

Scott Demmer passed Pete Kiley for the lead on lap one of the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature and survived a challenge from Kylie Kath to win his seventh of the season. Kath got pressure from Jerry Young for second and they played a bit of tag, which resulted in Young spinning. They both were sent to the tail for the incident, which drew a yellow Demmer won easily with Terry Kohnert in second. John Warrington was third with Kath in fourth and Dan Mattick fifth. Kylie Kath will be crowned the first ever USRA B-Mod point champion at Chateau.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified division point battle ended up far less dramatic than hoped. Greg Pfeifer Jr. led Cody Gardner by five points to start the night. Pfeifer Jr. win his heat, but Gardner would suffer a night ending mechanical failure that gave Pfiefer Jr. his second consecutive track title. The race was a mess under the full “blue moon” and it took three tries to get it started. Jeff Born led until his brother Jason took the point on lap four. Pfeifer Jr. made some noise and was up to third and then second when he passed Jeff Born on lap seven. Pfeifer Jr. reeled in Jason Born and they were close when another yellow came out on lap 11. At that point the race reached its five caution flag rule and now it was a green, white, checkered finish. Pfeifer Jr. snuck to the inside of Born and they rubbed a bit. Pfeifer Jr. made the pass and scored his sixth win of the season. It was a good week for Pfeifer Jr. as his wife Sheila gave birth to their first child on Wednesday and now a feature win and track title also. Born finished second while Cory Eystad had a great run from eighth to third. Jay Clark was fourth and Jeff Born fifth.

Chris Adams and Lynn Panos put on a whale of a show in the Power 96/KQAQ970AM IMCA Stock Cars. Ryan Goergen and Austin Curtin started the feature tied for the point lead so whomever finished first would be the titleist. Curtin would lead lap one and held on until lap five when Panos took the lead. Then Chris Adams got to second and was right with the leader. Adams stole the lead on lap 15 while Curtin still lead Goergen for the title. Curtin’s car pushed in lap 17 and Goergen scooted by for third, Curtin then spun and the yellow came out. Curtin went to the tail and then on the restart got into Jesse Brown and Kellie Schmit for another yellow. Curtin was sent to the pits for his second yellow and that handed the title to Goergen. Panos reassumed the lead with two to go, but Adams was determined to get the win. Adams snuck by on the white flag lap and held on for his second win with Panos, Blake Cole and Ryan Goergen in the mix.

Then it was time for the 40-lap, $3000 USMTS Modified finale. Mike Sorensen redrew the pole with Todd Scharkey to his outside. Getting a good redraw was important and both drivers have a ton of laps at Chateau and would be tough to beat on the tricky track surface. Sorensen who has over 30-modified wins at the speedway and was the 1996 and 2008 Modified track champion at Chateau took off from the pole and never looked back. Sorensen led every circuit to record his fifth career USMTS win. Even lapped traffic did not deter the veteran driver as he led Tommy Myer and Todd Scharkey to the checkered flag. Myer recently came out of retirement to driver for car owner Tom Paulson. Adam Hensel would finish fourth and Johnny Scott was fifth.

The Chateau Raceway will sit idle until Friday, September 14 when the Border Wars event will take place. That will be the final event of the 2012 season and for more information please visit www.chateauraceway.net

Davis, Blowers Lock Down Chateau Championships

August 26th, 2012

Lansing, MN–It was the final night for track points in the USRA Modified, WISSOTA Street Stock and Hornet divisions this week. Brandon Davis, Mike Blowers and Gary Stahl all had their respective titles locked up going into the night. Davis and Blowers put an exclamation point on their stellar seasons with feature wins on Hi-Yield Products night.

Gary Stahl gave up his ride to Paul Kroneman for the S&S Auto Salvage Hornets and Kroneman proceeded to take the checkered flag. Kroneman and Greg Lammers battled through the early stages of the race and Lammers would finish second with Bailey Wolff third.

Matt Brooks took control of the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature from row one and never looked back. Brooks led from start to finish and recorded his third win of the season. Cole Lonergan raced from fifth to second with Brady Krohnberg, Daniel Guttormson and Dylan Nelson in the top five.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Mods suffered though a couple of early cautions, one for a five- car pileup in turn three. Jerry Young led until lap three when Ben Moudry scooted past for the lead. Young then had his hands full with Josh Mattick as they battled for the second spot.

Moudry would lead the rest of the way for his first win at Chateau. Mattick would get by Young on lap eight and finish second. Young finished third while Kylie Kath came from twelfth to fourth and John Warrington finished fifth.

Derek Ludington led the WISSOTA Street Stock 15-lap feature off of row one. Jason Barber gave chase while fourth row starter Mike Blowers charge to third. Kory Adams came from row six and was fifth on lap three.

Blowers stormed past Barber for second on lap six and then got by Ludington at the conclusion of lap six and was now the leader. Blowers drove away from the pack and left the field to battle it out for the positions behind him. Adams continued his charge to the front and passed Barber for third and then got Ludington for second.

Blowers scored the sweep and his seventh of the season and third win in a row. Adams’ great run ended in second and Jesse Stahl made a late race run to third. Nathan Schumacher finished fourth and Jason Newkirk ended up in the fifth position.

Darryl Hainka and Charlie Steinberg brought the sixteen-car pack to the green in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Cory Crapser was in third and made a slick move on the top two and stole the lead on lap two. Greg Pfeifer Jr. then zipped past Hainka for third and then dispensed Steinberg for second.

Crapser pulled away and even two cautions did not detere him. Crasper would cruise to the win and a clean sweep for his 31st win of the season. Pfeifer Jr. would be second with Bryan Hernandez third. Cody Gardner finished in the fourth spot and Jay Clark was fifth at the checkered flag.

Shay Curtin led the first two laps of the Power 96/KQAQ 970 AM IMCA Stock Car feature. Then Lynn Panos took over and dominated the remainder of the 20-lap race. Panos got his first win this year at Chateau with Austin Curtin, Shay Curtin, Chris Adams and Ryan Goergen in the top five.

The most cars of the season were on hand in French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds tonight. Several USMTS regulars joined the field to get some track time before next Fridays show. Twenty-one cars took the green flag for the 25-lap main event with Brandon Davis and Todd Scharkey in row one.

Scharkey would take off while Davis trailed and they quickly pulled away from the pack. Michael Wytaske and Dave Wytaske Jr. tangled and brought out a caution on lap four. Again Scharkey and Davis took off and left the pack in their wake while Jacob Dahle shot past Damon Haslip for third and Jeremy Payne entered the top five.

Scharkey and Davis rocketed around the top of the track and were extremely close on laps 10-11 when they entered lapped traffic. Billy Steinberg stalled in turn two on lap13 and brought the field back together. Jason Krohn shot to fourth and then looked low on Dahle. There was another caution for Steinberg and Brian Albrecht on lap later and set up another frantic restart.

Payne shot to third on the green as Mark Noble and Dahle collided on the frontstretch and both cars hit the wall hard. Joe Horgdal and Jeremy Misgen were also caught up in the melee and only Misgen was able to continue. On the start, Payne bounced his right rear off the wall and dropped back to fifth.

Meanwhile Scharkey and Davis continued their torrid battle up front. Krohn was really on the fly and up to third as the top three stretched away from the pack. Davis stepped up his challenge on Scharkey and stole the lead on lap 20. Scharkey then had to deal with Krohn with three to go. Davis cruised to his tenth win of the season here and Krohn managed to pass Scharkey on lap 23 for second. Rodney Sanders worked his way to fourth and Payne was fifth.

Next Friday the USMTS Modifieds will be in town for their annual Labor Day swing. The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, USRA B-Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Pure Stocks are also on the card for their final point night. Hot laps are at 7:00 p.m. and racing to follow.

Gardner & Blowers Nail Down R.O.C. Qualifiers

August 19th, 2012

Lansing, MN –It was autograph night at Chateau Raceway and about 50-drivers brought their cars on to the frontstretch for a meet-n-greet for the fans before the program. French’s Repair & Fabrication sponsored the program, which featured the AMSOIL Race Of Champion qualifying races for the Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks. Those feature winners would be qualified for that special race held at the Speedway Motors WISSOTA 100 in Huron, SD next month.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock point race is sure to be shaken up after this week. Defending champ Dylan Nelson suffered night ending mechanical woes in his heat and was unable to start the main event. Cole Lonergan led the race early on with Adam Godeke and Brady Krohnberg close.

The top five cars ran in close formation for most of the race. Krohnberg got by to second and challenged Lonergan for the lead. Krohnberg made the pass, but Lonergan would return the favor. Meanwhile Tyler Peterson zoomed up to third on a restart after starting in row four.

It was a good race throughout and Krohnberg made a late race pass of Lonergan to end a long dry streak to pick up his first win at the speedway since April 24, 2009. Lonergan was second with Peterson third, Stacy Krohnberg finished fourth and Noah Grinstead had a good run in fourth.

Terry Kohnert led the L&D Ag USRA B-Mods until lap six when Scott Demmer took over. Demmer rode a two race win streak into this week but had his hands full with Kylie Kath when he bolted to second also on lap six. Those two drivers have dominated the division this year so it was fitting they would battle it out for the win.

Kath took the lead on lap eight and held on for his fifth win of the season and 14th top five in as many shows. Demmer was a close second with Todd Borwege in third, Terry Kohnert in fourth and John Warrington finished out the top five.

The Best Disposal WISSOTA Street Stocks lined up for their 15-lap feature and after the redraw Tyler Peterson and Mike Blowers were in row one. Blowers drove away from the pack and left it up to them who would finish second. A late tangle between Tony Shaner and Jason Barber sent both to the tail and a green, white, checkered finish.

Blowers drove away for his second win in a row, sixth of the season and a clean sweep to boot along with being qualified for the Race of Champions at Huron. Tyler Peterson was second with Jason Newkirk third. Nathan Schumacher finished in fourth and Shaner rebounded to fifth.

Jeff Born led the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature from the start while Cody Gardner applied heavy pressure. Bryan Hernandez and Greg Pfeifer Jr. had a good race going for third while Cory Crasper cracked the top five. Gardner threw everything he had at Born, but just could not muster enough to make the pass.

Crapser snuck past Pfeifer Jr. for fourth on lap eight as the race up front was intense. While Born and Gardner duked it out, Hernandez and Crasper crept close to the lead duo. As the laps wound down the leader were getting close to the back of the field and things got wild.

On lap 13, the leaders were almost caught up to the tail end of the pack. Born just got a touch loose in turn four and that was all Gardner needed and shot to the lead. Born gathered his car up but then went on a wild spin up and over the bank in turn one to bring out the yellow.

On the restart, Crapser tried a move on Hernandez for second that did not pan out and Hernandez spun to bring out the yellow. Crapser was charged for the yellow and was place to the rear. From there Gardner held on for his fifth win of the season, a clean sweep also and is now qualified for the Race of Champions also. Hernandez was second with Pfeifer Jr. third, Anthony Condit was fourth and Jason Born fifth.

The Power 96/KQAQ 970 AM IMCA Stock Cars only had six in attendance tonight. Austin Curtin led until lap 14 when he spun while leading. That handed the lead to Chris Adams who led until a caution on the white flag lap slowed the pace. Track rules state the race must end under green but everyone thought the race was over and Adams pulled into the infield towards victory lane.

It was ruled the race had a green, white, checkered dash left to complete. In a bizarre turn of events, Adams car was broke in the infield and he could not continue. Blake Cole then inherited the lead and took his second win of the season. Only three cars finished with Travis Shipman and Ryan Goergen in second and third.

Jacob Dahle had his hands full with A.J. Wiste during the early stages of the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Wiste hung right with the leader for a bit but Dahle stretched things out. Wiste then had to fight off Todd Scharkey and fifth row starter Brandon Davis.

They had a really good three car race for second, Davis would get by on lap 17 and a yellow for debris would tighten things back up. Davis and Scharkey really raced hard for second and then Wiste just about lost his car in a spin that dropped him to the back on lap 21.

Dahle would take his second win of the season while Davis would spin on the final lap and Scharkey drove past for second. Davis was still able to finish third with Greg Jensen in fourth and Wiste finished fifth. Only six of the thirteen starters were around at the checkered flag.

In the S&S Auto Salvage Hornets, Gary Stahl scored his fifth win of the season over Braeden Allen and Travis Morris.

Next Friday will be the final track point night for the USRA Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks and Hornets. The rest of the divisions final point night will be on Friday, August 31.

Chad Simpson Dominates Corn Belt At Chateau

August 11th, 2012

Lansing, MN –It was a chamber of commerce type day for racing this week at Chateau Raceway. A good crowd turned out for the special event, which was supported by Yeager Machine, L&D Ag and Farm Boy BBQ.

The high-powered open late models of the Corn Belt Clash series invaded the speedway for it’s third annual appearance. Chad Simpson of Mount Vernon, IA became the third different winner in the late models. In support class action Don Schaefer won his first feature and Tyler Peterson did the same. Mike Blowers returned to victory lane and Scott Demmer along with Brandon Davis continued to dominate.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks rolled on to the speedway for the first main event of the night. It was a wild and wooly affair with many cautions that halted the race. Jim Connors led when Brady Krohnberg and James Weber made it three wide with the leader on lap three. Krohnberg shot out to the lead when point leader Dylan Nelson spun and was sent to the back. Tyler Peterson stole second on the restart as then Stacy Krohnberg collided with Connors for another yellow. Yet another yellow came out for debris and there were only four laps in. Nelson rebounded from the back and charged back to sixth in two laps. Meanwhile Peterson drove alongside of Brady Krohnberg for the lead. Peterson took the top spot on lap 10 while Nelson had stormed to third on lap 11. Then Nelson got into Krohnberg and sent him around for another caution. This time Nelson was sent to the pits for his second yellow flag of the race. From there Peterson roared to his first win in the Pure Stocks in the Wayne Nelson owned machine, Brady Krohnberg was second with James Weber in a fine third place run. Connors finished fourth and Adam Godeke came from thirteenth to fifth in the final rundown.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Mod 15-lap feature went green to checkered without a single caution. Scott Demmer stormed off the outside of row one and dominated the race for his sixth win of the season and second in a row. Jerry Young finished in second and Kylie Kath came from tenth to third. Josh Mattick and Todd Borwege finished fourth and fifth.

Jesse Stahl shot out of a three wide battle up front for the early lead in the Best Disposal WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Mike Blowers passed Jason Barber for second and then set after Stahl. It did not take long as Blowers stole the lead on lap three and pulled away. Blowers won his fifth of the season and 11th overall with Stahl in second. Barber had a good race in third with Kory Adams fourth and Tony Shaner fifth.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds got off to a very rough start. Four cars piled up on the frontstretch at the drop of the green. Luke Hainka, Darrly Hainka, Casey Trom and Alan Schmidt all suffered too much damage to continue. Don Schaefer led this one with Jake Stark and Jesse Hernandez right with him. Cody Gardner was on the move and passed Jason Born for fourth on lap four and Tyler Clark slid to fifth. Schaefer was gone out front but the racing behind him was good. A lap seven caution brought the field to a halt and wiped out Schaefer’s lead. On the restart, Clark charged to third and Gardner was now fourth. Another three-car tangle forced another caution on lap eight. Clark again took advantage of the restart and got by Hernandez for second. Clark stayed right with Schaefer and got alongside a couple of times but just couldn’t quite muster enough to get by. Schaefer held on for his first win at Chateau with Clark a close second. Gardner took third with Pfeifer Jr. fourth and Hernandez fifth.

The French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified 25-lap main was an absolute drive off by Brandon Davis. Davis stormed past Jacob Dahle on lap one and obliterated the field in the caution free race. Davis lapped the sixth place car and was close to the remainder of the top five when the checkered flag flew. It was Davis’ ninth win of the season at Chateau. Dahle had his hands full with A.J. Wiste, Mark Noble and Todd Scharkey. They had a superb race for the top five as they shuffled positions throughout the race. Dahle finished second with Wiste, Noble and Scharkey in the top five.

Then it was time for the 30-lap, $3000 to win Corn Belt Clash Late Model feature. After the four wide parade lap, two-time defending series champion Chad Simpson started on the pole with Dave Eckrich to his outside. Simpson bolted off of row one with Eckrich, Jason Rauen and Chris Simpson in tow. Chris Simpson drove by Rauen for third and then was right on Eckrich for second. Chad Simpson had a five-car length lead at that point. Rauen had a wild excursion down through the frontstretch infield and Charlie McKenna took over the fourth spot. Chad Simpson was in lapped traffic on lap seven and that allowed Eckrich and Chris Simpson to reel in the leader.

Chris Simpson used the lappers to his advantage and got by Eckrich for second. The lead pack was in heavy lapped traffic and the halfway point as Chris Simpson looked to the inside of Chad Simpson but to no avail. The race went without a yellow and Chad Simpson would break away to win his third Corn Belt Clash race of the season. Chris Simpson was second with Eckrich third and McKenna fourth. In a wild three-car scramble at the checkered flag Rauen edged Nick Nerrick and Jake Meier for fifth.

Pfeifer Jr. & Adams Continue Winning Ways At Chateau

August 6th, 2012

Lansing, MN–The Chateau Raceway fired back up after its “bye week” last Friday for RS Auto Rebuilders night along with the kids Gold Rush. Greg Pfeifer Jr., Kory Adams and Dylan Nelson continued their winning ways while Todd Scharkey topped his first feature of the season.

The S&S Auto Salvage Hornets kicked off the action in their feature only format with five cars on hand. Gary Stahl dominated the feature for his fourth win of the season and second in a row.

Noah Grinstead led lap one of the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature. Defending track champion and current point leader Dylan Nelson wasted little time and took over on lap two. Brandon Vogt also slipped past Grinstead for second and Cole Lonergan was on the move from eleventh to fifth.

Lonergan continued his charge to the front and on a mid-race restart bolted by Keith Weber and Grinstead to third. Nelson still led, but now Lonergan pressured Vogt for second and got by on lap 12. Nelson took his fifth win of the season with Lonergan second. Vogt would spin with two to go and Weber ended up third with Matt Brooks and Stacy Krohnberg in the top five.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Mods got off to a wild start when Todd Borwege went over the bank in turn one. At the same time Justin McMahan spun and John Warrington had no room and hit McMahan to bring out the yellow. From there the race went without a caution and Scott Demmer won his fifth of the season after a hard fought battle with Kylie Kath.

Kory Adams led from green to checkered in the Best Disposal WISSOTA Street Stock 15-lapper. Adams pretty much had the field covered for his fifth win of the year and third in a row. The action was pretty good behind him with several three wide maneuvers the norm. Jason Barber got turned around on lap nine and Derek Ludington made hard contact that knocked him out of the race. Adams crossed the line first with Tyler Peterson second. Jesse Stahl ran in third with Mike Blowers fourth and Tony Shaner fifth.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified main event started off going three wide for the lead with Anthony Condit, Kadden Kath and Johnny Magnum. The field got bunched up and Cody Gardner spun to bring out the caution and then went to the tail.

The restart was wild when Kath, Jake Stark, Jesse Hernandez and Bryan Hernandez attempted to go four wide out of corner four. It worked until they got to the flagstand and the mayhem ensued. They all came together with Bryan Hernandez getting the outside wall, while Kath along with Stark slid into the infield. Stark was tagged with the yellow and Bryan Hernandez was done for the night.
The race up front was good with Kath, Condit and Magnum. Greg Pfeifer Jr. entered the picture in fourth while Magnum now was the leader. Pfeifer Jr. got by Kath for third and then Condit for second on lap four. It did not take Pfeifer Jr. to steal the lead from Magnum when he snuck by on lap five.

Meanwhile Gardner who went to the tail put on a show when he sliced through traffic. Gardner was up to seventh on lap nine when another caution came out. On the restart, Gardner blasted off and passed both Darwyn Karau and Jesse Hernandez to take fourth.

Pfeifer Jr. controlled the rest of the race for his fifth win of the season. Condit had a good run in second while Gardner’s run took him to third. Magnum finished a solid fourth and Hernandez was fifth.

The class that is dubbed “To Tough To Tame” the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars once again lived up to their billing tonight. With only seven cars their 20-lap feature was again the best race of the night. Blake Cole led early with Austin Curtin right with him. Curtin took the lead on lap four and led until Travis Shipman got to second and then closed in on the leader at the halfway point.

Curtin and Shipman raced tooth and nail for the lead. Shipman ran the high groove and Curtin low while they were side-by-side. Shipman stole the lead on lap 11 and then Curtin attempted to pass in turn one on lap 12. Curtin made hard contact with Shipman and they both spun which resulted in Curtin being placed to the tail. Shipman then fended off Ryan Goergen for his third win of the season. Jesse Olson was third with Jesse Baer fourth and Cole fifth.

Veteran driver Todd Scharkey has run well in the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds this season with seven top five finishes. But he had yet to visit victory lane until this week. Scharkey got a good redraw which put on the outside of row one and that was all he needed.

Scharkey put on a good old-fashioned whooping on the field when he led all 25-laps for his first win of the year. Scharkey was never seriously challenged in the dominating drive to the checkered flag. Jeremy Misgen who finished second was the other big story as that completed his first top five finish since his move to the modified class. Joe Horgdal was third with Jason Cummins and Jacob Dahle in the top five.

Next Friday the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series makes it’s third annual appearance. The USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks.

Adams Sweeps Chateau Street Stocks

July 22nd, 2012

Lansing, MN -Race fans got their monies worth this week with six features from last week’s rainout plus a full regular show on tap. The 27-race program saw Kory Adams and Kylie Kath sweep the WISSOTA Street Stocks and USRA B-Mods, while the other classes all saw different winners.

The first order of business was the make-up features that were rained out the week prior. The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks were up first and Wayne Nelson held the early lead over Brandon Vogt and Cole Lonergan. Vogt would take the lead but that move was erased by a caution flag.

On the restart, Vogt and Lonergan zipped Nelson for the lead and then Dylan Nelson got to third and then by Vogt for second. Lonergan led but now Dylan Nelson challenged Vogt for second. Matt Brooks slapped the backstretch wall to bring out the yellow.
Lonergan would hold back the challenges of Dylan Nelson for his second win with Stacy Krohnberg third. Brady Krohnberg was fourth and Noah Gronstead fifth.

Terry Kohnert jumped out and led the first six laps of the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature. Then Kylie Kath put up a strong challenge and made the pass on lap seven. Kath would hold on even with a couple of yellows for his third win of the season. Josh Mattick was second with Scott Demmer and Terry Kohnert the only cars left of the eight-car field.

The Best Disposal WISSOTA Street Stock feature ran green-to-checkered without a single caution. Kory Adams led the entire 15-lap race for his third win of the season, Jason Newkirk, Mike Blowers, Jason Barber and Nathan Schumacher finished out the top five.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature had a wild start. Several cars got stacked up in turn three and Mike Yeager hit the wall. Yeager proceeded to climb the wall and went out of the ballpark and hit a fence outside the track. Yeager was uninjured in the spectacular crash and would return later in the evening.

Anthony Condit led until lap 11 when things got wild again. Bryan Hernandez went low on Condit with Greg Pfeifer Jr. close behind. The lead duo came together and got loose and Condit spun to bring out the yellow. Hernandez left with a flat tire and Condit got his position back.

After a four-car pileup brought out another caution, Pfeifer Jr. drove past Condit for the lead. Another yellow set up a two-lap dash to the checkered, which Pfeifer Jr. held on for his fourth win of the year. Condit was second with Cody Gardner Jeff Born and Jay Clark in the top five.

The Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Car feature had a three wide battle for the lead. Ryan Goergen, Jesse Baer and Austin Curtin pulled off the trick with Goergen the leader. Goergen would lead the rest of the way for his second win of the year with Dan Mackenthun, Travis Shipman, Blake Cole and Chris Adams in the top five.

Jason Cummins looked like he was going to run away and hide during the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Cummins had a big advantage while Doug Hillson worked past A.J. Wiste for second. A late race yellow would bring the pack back to Cummins.

Hillson gave Cummins a couple of scares, but Cummins held off his charge to win his first of the season with Hillson right on the doorstep at the end. Joel Alberts finished third with Brandon Davis fourth and Wiste was fifth.

After preliminary heat races were run and the candy drop for the kids was handled it was time to crank up the remainder of the program. The Pure Stocks started things off and Matt Brooks led from green to checkered for his second win of the season. Dylan Nelson finished second but was place to the end of the running order for rough driving. That moved Tyler Peterson to second with Stacy Krohnberg, Adam Godeke and Brandon Vogt in the top five.

Kylie Kath won his second main event of the night and fourth of the season in the USRA B-Mod feature. Scott Demmer made a late race pass of Josh Mattick for second while Justin McMahan was third, John Warrington fourth and Terry Kohnert fifth.

Kevin Vogt led the first three laps of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature until Kory Adams drove by on lap four. Vogt got into Adams and sent him around for a yellow flag and Vogt was sent to the tail. Adams would lead the rest of the way for his second win of the night and fourth of the season. Tony Shaner had a good drive to second with Jason Barber, Tyler Peterson and Jesse Stahl third through fifth.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had a good feature event with Jake Stark up front through the early stages. Jay Clark and Jeff Born hung right with the leader while Cody Gardner entered the top five from row four on lap five. Jason Born zoomed up to take second and then the caution came out for Jeff Born who stalled.

The restart was wild as Stark, Clark and Jason Born three wide for the lead with Cody Gardner close behind them. Clark stole the lead on lap 10 and Gardner was now second on lap 11. Then Gardner challenged Clark for the lead and they made some contact. Now Bryan Hernandez entered the picture in third. Gardner stole the lead on lap 12 and held of Hernandez at the end for his fourth win. Clark had a great run in third with Stark fourth and Greg Pfeifer Jr. fifth.

The IMCA Stock Cars had another incredible feature run. Chris Adams led from the start with Dan Mackenthun and Austin Curtin close through the first five laps. Curtin took over on lap six, but Adams led lap seven. Curtin returned the favor on lap later and now Adams, Mackenthun and Travis Shipman were three wide for second and Shipman took over on lap nine.

The intensity picked up in the closing laps as Curtin and Shipman ran the low line and Mackenthun worked the topside. Mackenthun was second on lap 16 and the top three were still close. Mackenthun got a whale of a run on the final lap and drove to the outside of Shipman for second. With the checkered flags out, Mackenthun drove off the top of turn four and beat Curtin to the line by only a few inches. Shipman was third with Adams and Ryan Goergen in the top five.

Jason Cummins and Greg Jensen led the 17-car field to the green in the USRA Modified feature. Cummins took off with Todd Scharkey and Bobby Swanson second and third. Jensen dinged off the wall and brought out the yellow flag. Ninth starter Brandon Davis took off on the restart and got by Scharkey and Swanson for second on lap three.

Cummins was seven car lengths out front when Davis got to second. Swanson and Scharkey had a good battle going for third. Davis reeled in Cummins and on lap seven was within a car length. Cummins ran the bottom and Davis took to the top and the race for the lead was on.

They went side-by-side on laps 12 and 13, but Cummins held on. Davis regrouped and again pulled even with the leader on lap 16. Davis drove past and pulled away until the leaders entered heavy lapped traffic with just a couple of laps left.

Cummins gave it one last run on the final lap, but Davis held on for eighth win and made it five in a row. Swanson’s good run ended in third while Scharkey was fourth and Josh Mattick finished fifth.

There is no racing at Chateau Raceway next Friday, July 27. Racing will resume on Friday, August 3.

Storms Defeat Chateau Racers

July 15th, 2012

Lansing, MN–A rain shower during the first Pure Stock heat race delayed the show for about a half an hour, but racing continued at the Chateau Raceway. Eleven heat races and one feature were run off in just over an hour with only one caution flag. There was continuous lightning to the north and west of the facility and a few sprinkles throughout the show.

Braeden Allen won his first S&S Auto Salvage Hornet feature while a light shower fell and lightning lit up the skies. During that race a drivers meeting was held and it was voted to postpone the rest of the program.

It was a very good decision as severe thunderstorm warnings were issued and shortly thereafter a huge deluge hit the area. So next Friday’s show will have double features for the rest of the classes plus the regular program.

Davis Scores Win In Guttormson Memorial

July 9th, 2012

LANSING, Minn. –It was a hot and sultry evening at Chateau Raceway for the 15th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial race. This race is held annually in memory of the former track champion and 1991 WISSOTA 100 champion who passed away shortly after winning the modified feature on May 30, 1997. The program was rained out on its original date of May 25

The USMTS Modifieds were in town along with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks and Pure Stocks. A huge crowd turned out for the program that also featured the tracks spectacular fireworks display. After a delay due to a power outage at the speedway, the program got underway. A big thanks to Dahle Enterprises, Miner’s Outdoor & Rec, Tiny’s Body Shop along with A&A Electric & Underground that sponsored the evenings festivities. The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks kicked off the feature action and it was fitting that Mike Guttormson’s nephew Daniel Guttormson would lead lap one. A couple of quick cautions slowed the pace while the battle heated up for the lead. Defending track champion Dylan Nelson was on the move and drove by James Weber for second on lap two and Brandon Vogt was now up to third. Nelson was all over Guttormson for the lead when Cole Lonergan spun to bring out another caution flag. On the restart, Nelson stole the lead and then Guttormson got loose and Vogt was now second. Guttormson returned the favor to get second back while Lonergan screamed back to fifth after going to the tail. Guttormson almost spun out and lost several positions on lap five. Nelson checked out, but a caution for debris with three laps to go stacked the field back up. On the restart, Lonergan and Vogt tangled to bring out the caution. Nelson would take his fourth win of the season and a stainless steel grill for his efforts. Tyler Peterson finished second and was awarded a 32” flat screen television for the races hard charger. Matt Brooks, Stacy Krohnberg and Guttormson rounded out the top five.

Kory Adams led the Best Disposal WISSOTA Street Stock main from the outside of row one. Fourth row starter Mike Blowers sliced through the field and was up to third on lap two. Blowers then got by Jason Barber for second and the yellow flew for a stalled Kevin Vogt.

On the restart, Barber, Tony Shaner and Jason Newkirk wheeled three wide for third. Meanwhile Blowers took the lead from Adams on lap three. Tyler Peterson joined the fray and was now third. Barber and Shaner got together and Dan Holland also got involved on lap four and Barber went to the tail.

Tyler Peterson snuck past Adams for second on the start as Adams now had his hands full with Shaner and Newkirk. Shaner took the third position and then battled Peterson for second in the late stages of the 15-lap race.

Blowers checked out to score his fourth win of the season and he also won both the grill and the television for being the hard charger of the race. Shaner finished second and Peterson was third. Adams ended up in fourth and last weeks winner Jesse Stahl was fifth.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rolled on to the track and Mike Yeager along with Darryl Hainka paced the large 21-car field from row one. Yeager snagged the lead with Roger Bentzin quickly to second. Cody Gardner bolted from seventh to third on lap one.

Gardner got by Bentzin and then challenged Yeager for the lead. Gardner drove past on lap six as Bryan Hernandez was up to third. Hernandez then slipped past Yeager for second and on the next lap Yeager would bring out the races lone caution when he spun.

Hernandez would apply some serious pressure on Gardner in the waning stages of the event and Greg Pfeifer Jr. who was up to third made it a three car party up front. Gardner held on for his third win of the season and also claimed a grill for his efforts. Hernandez finished second with Pfeifer Jr. third. Jason Born and Steven Amundson were fourth and fifth. Anthony Condit won the flat screen television when he passed the most cars to earn the hardcharger award.

In his own backyard where he has won six of nine USRA Modified features this season, Brandon Davis successfully defended his home turf Friday night as he captured the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series in the 40-lap caution free race.
Jacob Dahle took the lead from row one, but Stormy Scott used the high groove to drive past on lap two. Davis took second on lap four and at that time Scott was ahead by a half a straightaway. Jason Cummins moved to fourth and then got by Dahle for third on lap eight,

Davis reeled in the leader Scott and the duo was close on lap 10. Davis took the lead from Stormy Scott with 11 laps in the books and then paced the final 29 laps en route to a $2,000 payday.
For Davis, who turned 21 last month, it was his third USMTS win of the season in his Southern Minnesota stomping grounds. He also captured back-to-back victories at the Deer Creek Speedway and Dodge County Speedway over Labor Day Weekend.
Defending Chateau Raceway track champion Jason Cummins finished in the runner-up spot while Scott held on for a third-place finish. Jon Tesch moved up four spots to garner fourth at the finish while Jacob Dahle, who led the first lap of the race, rounded out the top 5. A.J. Wiste earned the hardcharger award for the race.

Thanks to Sears of Austin, Farm Boy BBQ, Yeager Machine, Greg Jensen Auctioneering, Powder Werks and Bernatello’s Pizza for their help with all of the contingency prizes that were handed out.

Davis cops caution-free USMTS Casey’s Cup Series checkers at Chateau Raceway

July 9th, 2012

LANSING, Minn. – In his own backyard where he has won six of nine USRA Modified features this season, Brandon Davis successfully defended his home turf Friday night as he captured the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series main event at the Chateau Raceway.

Davis started third in the 40-lap Swan Energy “A” Main, took the lead from Stormy Scott with 11 laps in the books and then paced the final 29 laps en route to a $2,000 payday.

For Davis, who turned 21 last month, it was his third USMTS win of the season in his Southern Minnesota stomping grounds. He also captured back-to-back victories at the Deer Creek Speedway and Dodge County Speedway over Labor Day Weekend.

Defending Chateau Raceway track champion Jason Cummins finished in the runner-up spot while Scott held on for a third-place finish. Jon Tesch moved up four spots to garner fourth at the finish while Jacob Dahle, who led the first lap of the race, rounded out the top 5.

Sixth through tenth went to Todd Scharkey, Andrew Wiste, Jason Miller, Bobby Swanson and Brandon Beckendorf.

On Saturday night, the horsepower explodes as the USMTS Modifieds share the spotlight with the World of Outlaws Late Models at the Deer Creek Speedway for the 33rd Annual NAPA Gopher 50. Gates swing open at 3 p.m. and the first heat race is scheduled to take the track at 6:30.

USMTS drivers will be battling for $2,000 to win again, but there is also a $1,000 bonus to the winner if that driver is sporting the NAPA decal. The track will also host a post-race bon-fire following the races, courtesy of NAPA Auto Parts.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16). Order your tickets now on-line at www.deercreekspeedway.com or call 877-DCS-RACE.

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 and follow us on Twitter.

Fireworks continue for USMTS Modifieds Friday-Saturday at Chateau Raceway, Deer Creek Speedway

July 8th, 2012

AUSTIN, Minn. – The fireworks keep happening in Southern Minnesota this weekend as two big events are on tap for the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series this Friday, July 6, at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing and Saturday, July 7, at the Deer Creek
Speedway in Spring Valley.

The stage set for a star-spangled, star-studded, fireworks-blasting night of racing at Chateau Raceway to celebrate the Fourth of July as Dahle Enterprises of Morristown, Miner’s Outdoor & Rec of Blooming Prairie, A&A Electric and Underground
of Kasson and Tiny’s Body Shop of Austin present the 15th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial Race.

This event was rained out on May 25 and rescheduled for Friday, July 6.

Past USMTS winners at the Chateau Raceway include 2012 USMTS National Champion Jason
Hughes, 2008 USMTS National Champion Tim Donlinger, 2007 USMTS National Champion
Jason Krohn, Tommy Myer, Jon Tesch, nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock,
defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin and Mike Chasteen.

Defending track champ Jason Cummins along with current track points leader Brandon
Davis, Todd Scharkey, A.J. Wiste, Doug Hillson and Jacob Dahle will try to defend
their home turf against the touring pros.

The fireworks will not only be on the track but in the sky as well. The speedway
already boasts one of the area’s top fireworks shows that draws a big crowd, but
Dahle Enterprises has added to that this year for even more aerial beauty above the
speedway.

And if that wasn’t enough … from the time the gates open at 5:30 until hot laps
begin at 7 p.m., fans can get $1 Farm Boy BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and $1 beers.

Thanks to Sears of Austin, Yeager Machine and Farm Boy BBQ, the hard charger in
Friday night’s main event will get a new 32-inch flat screen TV. Plus, the first
non-qualifiers in the Real Racing Wheels “B” Mains will receive a new stainless
steel grill.

Other classes on the racing card include Midwest Mods, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.

The Chateau Raceway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked clay oval located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 to the Lansing exit, then 1.3 miles east on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east. For more info, call 507-391-2486 or 507-433-4578 on race day or visit www.chateauraceway.net.

On Saturday night, the horsepower explodes as the USMTS Modifieds share the spotlight with the World of Outlaws Late Models at the Deer Creek Speedway for the 33rd Annual NAPA Gopher 50.

The Deer Creek Speedway sits on 60 acres with one of America’s most popular state-of-the-art racing complexes, including the all-new high-rise Fan Zone. More USMTS main events have been staged here than any other racetrack, and Saturday’s feature race will be the 57th here in the 14-year history of the United States Modified Touring Series.

The day starts off at 12 noon with a bean bag tourney before the gates swing open at 3 p.m. The first heat race is scheduled to take the track at 6:30.

USMTS drivers in both Friday and Saturday night main events will be battling for $2,000 to win, but there is also a $1,000 bonus to the Deer Creek Speedway winner if that driver is sporting the NAPA decal. The track will also host a post-race bon-fire following the races, courtesy of NAPA Auto Parts.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16). Order your tickets now on-line at www.deercreekspeedway.com or call 877-DCS-RACE.

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 and follow us on Twitter.

Stahl Nabs First Win At Chateau

July 1st, 2012

Lansing, MN -It was a birthday celebration at Chateau Raceway on Friday. The track celebrated its 56th birthday this week. The first race was held on June 30, 1956 and the racing continues to attract fans to the track that lies along the Cedar River. The 50/50 drawing this week was to benefit the American Heart Association in memory of longtime track sponsor Maynard Swanson.

Several drivers continued to pile on the wins while one driver cracked victory lane at the Chateau Raceway this week. Power 96 and Broadway Automotive of Albert Lea sponsored the show, which featured kid’s rides before the show got underway. Kids in attendance had the chance to get a ride around the track in their favorite drivers car.

Chris Schumann took the lead around the half way mark and drove off to his second win in the S&S Auto Salvage Hornets. Braeden Allen leapfrogged Gary Stahl in the final corner to take second with Stahl in third.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks were relatively calm this week. Ten cars took the green flag with Wayne Nelson in the lead. He slid high and his son Dylan and Matt Brooks snuck past. Dylan would lead the rest of the 15-lap feature for his third win of the season. Brooks would finish second while Brady Krohnberg was third, Keith Weber finished fourth and Cole Lonergan was fifth.

Jesse Stahl stormed off the outside of row one and led from green to checkered in the non-stop Best Disposal WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Tony Shaner closed the gap late, but Stahl was virtually unchallenged the entire way as he won his first feature of the season. Shaner won a torrid battle with Mike Blowers for second with Jason Newkirk fourth and Nathan Schumacher rounded out the top five.

Eight cars took the green flag for the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature. After two quick yellow flags to start the race, this one went the rest of the way without another slowdown. Scott Demmer drove off the pole and dominated the race for his third win in a row and fourth of the year. Kylie Kath held off Jerry Young for second with Justin McMahan and Terry Kohnert in the top five.

Johnny Magnum took the lead right off the bat in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Magnum slid high in turn one of the second lap and Kadden Kath got by. Greg Pfeifer Jr. cracked the top five as Anthony Condit passed Magnum for second. Condit then slipped past Kath for the lead Pfeifer Jr. continued his assault to the front when he drove by Jason Born for fourth and then zoomed past Magnum for third. Magnum spun his car to bring out the yellow flag on lap four.

On the restart, Pfeifer Jr. bolted past Kath to second and then zipped past Condit for the lead. Pfeifer Jr. opened up a large lead that a late race caution eliminated. It did not stop Pfeifer Jr. when he drove away for his third win of the season. Steven Amundson drover another good race to finish second with Cody Gardner racing from eighth to third. Born was fourth and Condit was fifth.

The Power 96/KQAQ 970 AM IMCA Stock Car feature was a wild and wooly affair. Clay Steele led the field when they went four wide for second. That did not work out when they tangled and Shay Curtin went to the pits with a flat tire. Then a three-car tangle in turn one sent the field scrambling on the next start.

Steele still led with intense racing going on behind him. They were two and three wide as they swapped lanes and positions. Shay Curtin was driving through traffic and tangled with Travis Shipman and got sent to the back again. Steele, Jesse Anderson and Shipman went three wide for the lead twice on lap 10. Shipman skated to the lead while Steele got loose and there was Curtin back up to the front and now second.

Shipman drove away from a green, white, checkered dash to win his second of the season. Curtin finished second with Anderson third. Christopher Wiltse was fourth and Steele finished fifth.

One of the best races of the season so far took place in the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified 25-lap feature. A.J. Wiste took the lead off row one and Jason Cummins quickly challenged Todd Scharkey for second. Josh Mattick powered hard into the low side of turn three and he along with Jacob Dahle slid up the track. That allowed fifth row starter Brandon Davis to storm up to fourth.
Cummins snagged second from Scharkey and then moved to the top of the track. Meanwhile, Davis challenged Scharkey for third. Nine laps into the race and Cummins was close to Wiste for the lead. That duo put on a show up front. Now the lead duo was side-by-side as was Davis and Scharkey for third not too far off the leaders.

Davis got to third on lap 12 while Cummins and Wiste raced two wide on laps 10-12. Davis closed in on the lead duo and it was a three-car tussle up front on lap 15. The top three were very close as Davis looked to the low side of Cummins and they were right on the bumper of Wiste. You could have thrown a blanket over the trio on laps 16-19 as they cycled around the track in tight formation.

Davis was scored second on lap 19 and then he went to the top of the track. Davis drove to the outside of Wiste in turn four and just then it appeared Wiste’s car jumped out and the two hit in a pure racing incident. Wiste’s quarter panel was torn off, Davis’ drivers door was crumpled and a yellow for debris slowed things down on lap 21.

On the restart, again Davis took to the outside of Wiste and once again they were door-to-door. Davis drove past with two to go and led Wiste and Cummins to the checkered flag. It was Davis’ third in a row, sixth of the season and fourth in his last five starts. Scharkey and Jacob Dahle completed the top five.

Next Friday is the 15th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial when the USMTS Modifieds roll into town. Also on the card are the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks and Pure Stocks. It is also the track’s annual fireworks display, which is one of the best in the region. Come join the pre-race party with $1.00 Farm Boy BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and $1.00 beer from gate opening right up to hot laps. Please go to www.chateauraceway.net for more information.

Tatnell Tops UMSS Sprints At Chateau

June 24th, 2012

Lansing, MN–It was a picture perfect evening along the Cedar River for the second annual appearance for the UMSS Sprint Cars. Former World Of Outlaw pilot Brooke Tatnell scored his third win of the year in the sprint cars in a very entertaining race. In other action Bryan Hernandez returned to win the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds as did WISSOTA Street Stock national point contender Mike Blowers. There were two first time winners as Blake Cole won his first IMCA Stock Car feature and Matt Brooks topped the Pure Stocks.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks got off to a rough start when four cars tangled in turn one and that sent Dylan Nelson to the tail. Adam Godeke led the field with Matt Brooks right on his heels. Brooks took the lead on lap three while Cole Lonergan was on the move. Lonergan got to fourth and then passed Stacy Krohnberg for third. He was not done yet as he bolted by Godeke for second on lap five. Brady Krohnberg tapped Tyler Peterson and sent him around to draw the yellow flag. On the restart, Nelson was flying through the pack and now was in the top five. Brooks still led with Lonergan and Godeke close behind on lap nine. Two more yellows stalled the pace on laps 10 and 11. When racing resumed, Lonergan took a peek to the inside of Brooks and lost the handle and spun for another yellow. Then on the restart Nelson and Godeke tangled while racing for third. Nelson was sent pitside for his second caution of the race. Brooks drove on for his first win of the year in the caution filled affair. Godeke finished in second with Peterson in third. Stacy Krohnberg finished fourth and James Weber missed all the melees and came from 14th to fifth at the checkered flag.

Six L&D Ag USRA B-Mods took the green flag for their 15-lap main event. Scott Demmer led comfortably until the late stages of the race. That was when Kylie Kath closed the gap and made a run on the final lap. Demmer would take win number three, but Kath was right up alongside at the checkered flag.

The Best Disposal WISSOTA Street Stocks went three wide on lap one when Tyler Peterson, Kevin Vogt and Jason Newkirk danced through turn two. Newkirk took the lead and Kory Adams got by Vogt for third. Mike Blowers followed along for fourth and Tony Shaner entered the top five. The top four ran in tight formation as Blowers challenged Adams for third. Newkirk held the lead with Peterson right in his tire tracks. Adams and Blowers got even closer to the lead duo and Blowers then passed Adams for third. Blowers then got around Peterson for second and challenged Newkirk for the lead. Blowers took the low line and they were door-to-door with two laps to go. Newkirk led lap 13 but Blowers again got alongside the leader and made the pass as the white flag waved. Blowers won his third of the season with Newkirk second. Peterson finished third with Adams and Shaner in the top five.

The start of the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature was a sign of things to come. Roger Bentzin jumped from the pole to the lead, outside front row starter Tim Myhre spun in turn three and collected eight cars and that completely blocked the track. Amazingly Jason Born was the only car not able to continue after the wreck. Anthony Condit and Bryan Hernandez put on a good show while the green flag was out. Steven Amundson got to third but his night would end on lap eight when his driveshaft left his car. The race was marred with yellow flags and kept the pace slow. Condit led but drifted high in turn four and caught a piece of the wall and that allowed Hernandez to pass. Condit got way high in turns one and two and coasted to a stop for another caution. That was the fifth yellow flag and five laps were slashed off the race. This set up a green, white, checkered race to the finish. Hernandez drove away for his second win in his return after being gone the past couple of weeks. Cody Gardner finished second with Greg Pfeifer Jr., Bobby Sorensen and Bentzin in the top five.

The Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars had its seventh different winner in eight nights of racing. Blake Cole a 15-year old rookie scored his first win in the division when he led all 20-laps of the feature. Again the racing was really good behind the leader as Dan Mackenthun had a late race charge to second with Jesse Anderson, Travis Shipman and Ryan Goergen in the top five.

After a botched start, Jacob Dahle led the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds with Josh Mattick and Todd Scharkey in tow. Two-time defending track champion Jason Cummins bolted to fourth and brought Brandon Davis to fifth. Cummins drove past Mattick for third and Davis wasted no time and took fourth. Up front Dahle, Scharkey and Cummins were in close formation. Cummins dove low on Scharkey and was second on lap six and was right on Dahle. Cummins again used the low line and stole the lead on lap seven. Davis continued his charge when he got by Scharkey for third on lap nine and then passed Dahle for second on lap 11. Cummins who is looking for his first win here this year was checked out and gone up front until lap 15 when something let loose and he coasted off the track. Davis took over and led the rest of the way for his fifth win of the season and second in a row. Scharkey finished second with Dahle, A.J. Wiste and Darwyn Karau third through fifth.

The final race of the night was left to the UMSS Sprint Cars and their 20-lap feature. After a three wide salute to the fans it was time to get down to business. Jerry Richert Jr. and Scott Broty led the 14-car pack to the green. Broty would snag the lead with Richert Jr. and Jason Tostenson close behind. Brooke Tatnell worked to fourth as Tostenson challenged Richert Jr. for third. Tostenson got by and then Tatnell swept past Richert Jr. for fourth. Sye Anderson spun on lap six to bring out the caution. On the restart a tremendous battle for the lead enused when Broty and Tostenson exchanged several slide jobs and the lead went back and forth. Tatnell was third and then in a great move picked his spot and screamed past the two leaders to take the point on lap eight. A couple of cautions for spins kept things close, but Tatnell would not be stopped. Tatnell drove off for his third win of the year and picked up a $1000 to the win, which included a $200 bonus from GRP Motorsports. Tostenson finished second and Broty was third. Austin Johnson would finish in fourth with Richert Jr. fifth.

Davis Continues To Sizzle At Chateau

June 17th, 2012

Lansing, MN–The threat of rain held the car count down a bit this week but the racing was still top notch at Chateau Raceway. A couple of third generation drivers topped their divisions this week and the IMCA Stock Cars saw their first repeat winner on the seventh night of racing.

The S&S Auto Salvage Hornets kicked off the feature races with a five-car field. Gary Stahl quickly passed Braeden Allen and stormed to his second win in a row. Allen would finish second and Zach Elward was third.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks were not up to their usual wild antics this week. Their feature was relatively calm as Keith Weber drove off from row one and led the entire 15-lap feature. Weber was challenged by Cole Lonergan briefly in the late stages of the race. Weber brought home his second win in a row with Lonergan second, Brady Krohnberg finished third with Stacy Krohnberg fourth and Brandon Vogt fifth.

Austin Schrage led the L&D Ag USRA B-Mods with Scott Demmer and Kylie Kath in close pursuit. They had a dandy race up front and a caution on lap seven kept them that way. On the restart, Kath went high, scraped the frontstretch wall and then attempted to split Schrage and Demmer. Kath made contact with Schrage in turn two while Demmer stole the lead. Schrage continued but then spun on the backstretch and was sent to the tail.

Demmer and Kath then continued a hot battle up front. Kath challenged for the lead several times but was unable to get past Demmer. Demmer held on for his second win of the season. Kath was second and Schrage rebounded for third while Todd Borwege and John Warrington were in the top five.

Kevin Vogt took the lead off row one in the Best Disposal WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Vogt then got turned around by Brent Holland and that collected Kory Adams and Jason Newkirk. Adams went to the pits minus his right door and his crew changed the left rear tire. Newkirk also continued with right front damage to his car.

Mike Blowers was on the fly from fifth and was right on Vogt for the lead. Nathan Schumacher and Jesse Stahl were side-by-side for third with Tony Shaner right behind them. Blowers took command on lap four and then Vogt drifted high on the next circuit and dropped out of the top five. Blowers would drive away for his second win at Chateau with Schumacher in second. Shaner finished third while Adams got back to fourth and Stahl finished fifth.

Don Schaefer took the lead off row one in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. He was chased by Steven Amundson and Anthony Condit with Troy Dahle fourth. Schaefer jumped the cushion in turn three on lap three and Amundson stole the lead. A caution on lap six kept everyone tight for the restart.

Condit bolted by Schaefer for second on the start and Greg Pfeifer Jr. came to third and Cody Gardner also moved to fourth. Another yellow flag flew for a two-car tangle and this was a turning point in the race.

Condit chose the low groove behind Amundson and put Pfeifer Jr. to the outside. Pfeifer Jr. rode the high groove to second at the drop of the green flag. Then Pfeifer Jr. took after Amundson up front and they had a great race for the lead. They started to come up on lapped traffic with a few laps left.

Pfeifer Jr. nabbed the lead on lap 13 and the third generation driver took his second win of the season. Amundson had another good finish in second with Cody Gardner third. Condit ended up fourth and Jason Born finished fifth.

The Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars has eight cars start their 20-lap feature. Blake Cole had the advantage right off the bat, but Cole was fiercely challenged by Dan Mackenthun. Those two drivers put on a great show up front when they dueled door-to-door for several laps.

Mackenthun took the lead on lap 10 while Austin Curtin moved up to third. Andrew Inman pounded the turn three wall on lap 16 and ended up on top of the barrier to bring out the yellow. From there Mackenthun led the final four laps for his second win with Travis Shipman in second. Curtin was third with Cole fourth and Ryan Goergen in the top five.

Joe Horgdal and Joel Alberts paced the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified 25-lapper. Horgdal led until lap three when Alberts made the pass with Brandon Davis third. Davis quickly worked past Horgdal and then drove up alongside Alberts for the lead.

Alberts and Davis were even until lap six when Davis took over. Horgdal was third until lap seven when he dropped out and gave that spot to Jason Cummins. Cummins then raced Alberts for second and took that spot away on lap nine. Davis stormed away for his fourth win at Chateau with Cummins second. Alberts finished in third with last week’s winner Jacob Dahle fourth and A.J. Wiste fifth.

Next Friday, June 22 the UMSS Winged Sprint Cars invade Chateau Raceway for their 2nd annual appearance. Front gates open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7:00 p.m. and racing to follow. For more information go to www.chateauraceway.net

Star Spangled Shootout Set For Chateau July 6

June 15th, 2012

(Lansing, MN)–The stage set for a star spangled, star studded, fireworks blasting night of racing at Chateau Raceway to celebrate the Fourth of July week. On Friday, July 6, Dahle Enterprises of Morristown, Miner’s Outdoor & Rec of Blooming Prairie, A&A Electric & Underground of Kasson and Tiny’s Body Shop of Austin will present the 15th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial Race. This event was rained out on May 25 and rescheduled for this date.

The “Baddest Modifieds On The Planet” will invade the Chateau Raceway, as the Casey’s General Stores United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) powered by Swan Energy will highlight the event. Drivers entering the USMTS portion of the show will receive some help from Powder Werks of Lake Crystal and Greg Jensen of Greg Jensen Auctioneering in Albert Lea.

Because of the help from these two businesses, the car entry fee for the USMTS Modified drivers will be free for this event, which is a $110 savings. Drivers that wish to take advantage of this offer need to contact the USMTS office at (515) 832-7944 to enter. This free car entry will be limited to the first 40-drivers that contact the USMTS office.

Past USMTS winners at the Chateau Raceway include Jason Hughes, Tim Donlinger, Jason Krohn, Tommy Myer, Jon Tesch, Kelly Shryock, Ryan Gustin and Mike Chasteen. Defending track champ Jason Cummins along with Brandon Davis, Todd Scharkey, A.J. Wiste, Doug Hillson, Todd Scharkey and Jacob Dahle will try to defend their home turf against the touring pros.

This race honors the memory of modified great Mike Guttormson who passed away on May 30, 1997 shortly after winning the feature race at Chateau. Todd Scharkey holds five Guttormson Memorial wins and Jimmy Davis holds two titles. Other winners include Jason Sleigh, Neil Eckhart, Brad Waits, Mike Sorensen, Jason Krohn, Jason Cummins and defending champion Ryan Gustin.

The fireworks will not only be on the track but in the sky as well. The speedway already boasts one of the areas top firework shows that draws a big crowd. But Dahle Enterprises has added to that this year for even more aerial beauty above the speedway.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7:00 p.m. and racing to follow. Also racing on that night will be the WISSOTA Midwest Mods for $300 to win, WISSOTA Street Stocks for $200 to win and Pure Stocks racing for $100 to win.

The Chateau Raceway is located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 to the Lansing exit, then 1.3 miles east on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east. For more info, call 507-391-2486 or 507-433-4578 on race day or visit www.chateauraceway.net. To follow the Casey’s General Store USMTS Modifieds powered by Swan Energy check them out at www.usmts.com

Amundson Takes Career First At Chateau

June 11th, 2012

Lansing, MN –It was a picture perfect evening for racing at Chateau Raceway for I-35 auto Recycling and Wrad’s Rags & Awards night. There were four first time winners this week including a first ever win and one division now has six different winners in six nights of competition.

The S&S Auto Salvage Hornets were up first and things got off to a wild start. Zach Elward’s car bicycled up on two wheels in turn two and dug in. Elward took a soft roll and ended up driver’s side down in the dirt. Elward was shaken but otherwise al right as he walked away from the crash. Gary Stahl would cruise to his first feature win of the season.

Keith Weber would snap up the lead from row one in the Misgen Auto Parts
Pure Stock 15-lap feature race. Cole Lonergan would take the lead on lap three, but a caution would negate the pass. Weber was back out front but now Dylan Nelson got to second and applied pressure on the leader.

Weber would hold his ground as Nelson continued his attempts to take the lead. Weber drove a very good race and fended off Nelson for his first win of the season. Nelson was second with Lonergan third. Stacy Krohnberg would finish fourth and Brady Krohnberg was fifth.

Kylie Kath and Scott Demmer put on a good show during the opening stages of the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature. Kath led from the pole, but Demmer would take the high road to the lead. After a quick caution period, Kath drove low on Demmer and they raced close for the next couple of laps.

Kath changed his line and went to the topside and drove past Demmer for the lead on lap six. The second and final yellow flew on lap seven when Pete Kiley lost his left rear wheel. From there Kath dominated for his second win of the year with Demmer second. Nate Chodur was third with John Warrington and Todd Borwege in the top five.

Nathan Schumacher led Jason Newkirk and Kory Adams to start the Best Disposal WISSOTA Street Stock finale. Adams quickly got to second and then drove past Schumacher for the lead. Mike Blowers scooted past Newkirk for third and then past Schumacher for second on lap three.

After a yellow on lap five, Blowers put some pressure on Adams for the lead while Schumacher was third. Behind them Newkirk, Jesse Stahl and Tyler Peterson were three abreast racing for fourth. Another yellow came out for a three-car tangle on lap five.

When the race resumed Adams led, but Blowers was right there. Schumacher, Stahl, Peterson and Tony Shaner ran in tight formation behind the leaders. Peterson and Shaner tangled on lap eight and the yellow flag returned and Shaner went to the pits with a flat tire. On the restart, Stahl drove to the outside of Blowers and the race was on for second.

The top three were close at this point, while Shaner was flying back towards the front. Stahll got to second and shortly after Schumacher looped his car to bring out the yellow on lap 12. A three-car incident with one lap to go set up a green, white, checkered finish. Adams cruised from there to become the first two-time winner in the division. Blowers got back by Stahl for second with Shaner back to fourth and Jason Barber was fifth.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature was a caution filled affair. After a spin on the first lap, Jeff Born took the early advantage with Steven Amundson close behind him. Cody Gardner, Troy Dahle and Jacob Stark were three wide for third while a three-car pile-up forced the races second caution.

When the green came back out, Amundson bolted past Born for the lead, Gardner was now third after another three wide maneuver and now it was Greg Pfeifer Jr. and Dahle duking it out for fourth. Gardner zoomed past Born for second and set after Amundson. Another caution for a two-car tangle on lap four tightened things up. Shortly thereafter another yellow for debris slowed the pace.

When the race resumed, Gardner was right on Amundson up front while Pfeifer got past Born for third. Gardner threw everything he had at the rookie driver Amundson but to no avail. Then Kadden Kath lost his right front wheel and collected Casey Trom for the final yellow of the race.

Amundson ran the cushion like a pro and held off Gardner’s challenges for his first career win. Pfeifer Jr. was third while Dahle ended up fourth and Jason Born got to fifth in the late stages of the race.

Ryan Goergen led from start to finish in the 20-lap Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Car feature. Goergen started on the outside of row one and drove to a very comfortable win. Goergen became the sixth different winner in six nights this season. Travis Shipman held off Dan Mackenthun for second with Blake Cole and Austin Curtin in the top five.

Jacob Dahle dominated the 25-lap French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified main event. Dahle started on the pole and plain and simply drove away from the 16-car field. Dahle was never really challenged in this one for his first win this season. Darwyn Karau had a great finish in second with Doug Hillson, Brandon Davis and Jason Cummins in the top five.

Shaner Ends Six-Year Drought At Chateau

June 2nd, 2012

Lansing, MN –It was an absolutely beautiful night for racing at Chateau Raceway on Best Disposal and Rent-N-Save night at the track. The crowd witnessed some of the best feature racing so far this season. Several divisions kept up their different streaks, one driver ended a long victory lane drought and another continued to dominate.

The first feature to run was the S&S Auto Salvage Hornet 12-lap race. Chris Schumann in his second night out scored the win over Gary Stahl and Marissa Wolff. Braeden Allen finished in fourth with Zach Elward in the fifth spot.

Keith Weber and Matt Brooks led the 14-car field to the green in the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks. Brooks led until Brandon Vogt stole the lead on lap two. Dylan Nelson swept past Tyler Peterson for fourth while Stacy Krohnberg ran third. Cole Lonergan entered the top five on lap seven.

Brooks rallied close to Vogt on lap eight while Nelson passed Krohnberg for third. Kaitlyn Stark’s car stalled and brought out the yellow on lap nine. On the restart, Lonergan stormed to third and then quickly challenged Brooks for second. Nelson then challenged Brooks for third while Lonergan now was on Vogt for the lead with two to go.

Vogt, Lonergan and Nelson were close and went three wide for the lead and Nelson took over with one lap left. Nelson would take his second win of the season with Lonergan second. However Lonergan was light at the scales and disqualified. That moved Vogt to second, Brooks ended up third with Brady Krohnberg and Keith Weber in the top five.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature started with a bang when five cars tangled in turn one. Ben Moudry suffered the worst damage and was done for the night. Trevor Hunt also went pitside with a flat tire, but would return about a half lap behind the field.

The race up front was great when Austin Schrage held off Kylie Kath for many laps. Pete Kiley and Scott Demmer had a good race of their own going for third. Kath was right on Schrage, but could not find a way to get past the leader. Finally on lap eight Kath took to the high side and bolted past Schrage while Demmer was now third.

Kath went on for his first win at Chateau and became the fifth different winner. Schrage was second with Demmer third. Kiley ended up in fourth and Hunt made up a lot of ground to rebound for an excellent fifth place finish.

The Best Disposal WISSOTA Street Stock feature had a pair of sevens up front with Andrew Lokenvitz and Tyler Peterson in row one. Peterson took the lead from the start with Brent Holland and Tony Shaner trailing. A three-car tangle with Jason Barber, Kory Adams and Nathan Schumacher brought out the yellow on lap three.

On the restart, Shaner challenged Holland for second and made the pass. Mike Blowers was up to fourth after starting in the fourth row. Shaner then drove up alongside the leader Peterson and the race was on. Blowers stole third from Holland on lap six and kept up with the lead duo.

Peterson and Shaner remained close through the middle part of the race. Blowers closed in and made it a three-car tussle. They ran nose to tail for a few laps and then the white flag came out. Shaner pulled to the inside of Peterson in turn two and they were now door-to-door for the lead.

Shaner got alongside Peterson coming into turn four with the checkered flags in the air. The two traded paint coming out of four and Shaner took the win by about a foot. It was Shaner’s first feature win at Chateau since September 1, 2006. It was also the fifth different feature winner so far this season. Blowers finished third with Holland fourth and Kory Adams fifth.

Johnny Magnum led the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature from the drop of the green flag. Greg Pfeifer Jr. soared from the eighth position to fourth on lap one. Steven Amundson ran second with Taylor Ovrebo third until Ovrebo got a bit loose on lap three and most of the pack shot past. Ovrebo’s problems continued when he stalled on lap later.

On the restart, Pfeifer Jr. stormed to second and challenged Magnum for the lead. On lap five Pfeifer Jr. was scored the race leader. Amundson spun in turn three and Tim Myhre made hard contact and that brought out the caution. On the restart, Cody Gardner was now up to second while Anthony Condit, Ryan Stebbins and Magnum raced three with for third.

Gardner zoomed past Pfeifer Jr. for the lead on lap seven, but they remained close. Another yellow for debris on lap eight brought things to a halt once again. Jason Born made a slick move on the start and split Condit and Stebbins for third. Back up front Pfeifer Jr. was right on Gardner for the lead but that was broken up when Kadden Kath’s stalled car signaled another yellow.

It looked like Gardner had things in control until the final lap. Pfeifer Jr. made a big run into turn four and got alongside Gardner. They touched and Gardner got to the finish line first in another close finish. Born was third with Condit fourth and Stebbins was fifth. Gardner was the first repeat winner in the division this season.

There might have been only eight Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars, but their feature was pretty good for most of the 20-lap distance. This one had all sorts of two and even three wide racing up front.

Austin Curtin had the lead and had his hands full with Travis Shipman. They had a good skirmish up front while they traded paint. Curtin held the lead until lap 12 when Shipman made the pass. Shipman would win and become the fifth different winner this year. Curtin was second with Jesse Anderson, Jesse Olson and Dan Mackenthun in the top five.

The final race of the night was the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified 25-lap feature. Fresh off his two USMTS wins last weekend Brandon Davis redrew the pole position with Josh Mattick alongside.

Davis stormed off the pole and led every lap of the caution-free race for his third win of the season. Davis has also won six of his last seven starts at area tracks. Jason Cummins would take second on lap four and remain there. A.J. Wiste passed Josh Mattick on lap 12 for third while Mattick would wind up fourth and Todd Scharkey was fifth.

Rain Postpone Guttormson Memorial

May 27th, 2012

Lansing, MN –The 15th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial Race was postponed when thunderstorms hit the Chateau Raceway around 5:00pm on Friday. Chateau Raceway and USMTS officials met and rescheduled the event for Friday, July 6th.

This rescheduled event will also coincide with the annual fireworks night at Chateau. The fireworks display alone is worth the price of admission. Now with the USMTS Modifieds it will be a “must see” event at Chateau. For more information on the speedway please visit www.chateauraceway.net

Wiste Scores First Modified Win At Chateau

May 21st, 2012

Lansing, MN –It was Hormel Foods night at Chateau Raceway that feature the first of three car ride nights for the kids. Before the races the young race fans had the opportunity to take a ride in their favorite drivers car. After the heat races were completed a special auction was held to raise money for the Brett Grunklee family of Owatonna. Brett suffered a brain aneurysm on April 11 and Troy Lembke donated a Mark Noble door panel to auction. Mark told the crowd that the door was from 1999-2000 and was on the car when he raced at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Larry Nelson was the high bidder and bought the door for $575.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks usually put on a wild show and this one was no exception and it was not complete until post-race inspection was done. James Connors took the lead while Cole Lonergan made a three wide pass to third and then drove by Stacy Krohnberg for second. The first caution of the entire evening flew on lap four. There was another yellow after Brandon Vogt and Lonergan got tied up with Krohnberg. On the restart, Matt Brooks took the second position while Lonergan, Brady Krohnberg and Tyler Peterson were three abreast for third. Connors led, but Brooks was on his tail and challenged for the lead. The top five ran close and then Lonergan scooted to second and then dove low on Connors for the lead. Lonergan secured the top spot on lap nine while Brandon Vogt was now back up to third. Peterson and Connors tangled and that brought out the final caution. Lonergan drove to the win but was tripped up in post race tech inspection with an illegal restrictor plate. That handed the win to Vogt with Dylan Nelson, Brooks, Stacy Krohnberg and Brady Krohnberg in the top five.

Brian Schrage led the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature with Jerry Young along for the ride in second. A couple of early caution flags kept the 10-car field tight. Kylie Kath got by Young for second on lap four and then charged past Schrage on lap five for the lead. Schrage fired right back at Kath and they were side-by-side for the lead. Schrage stole the lead back on lap seven, but Kath returned the favor in turn four. Young then came alive and raced with Schrage for second. Young took the spot on lap 12 and then set after Kath for the lead. They raced door-to-door for two laps until Young snagged the lead on lap 14. Young took the win, his first in the B-Mod division, with Kath second. Brian Schrage was third with Austin Schrage fourth and Scott Demmer fifth.

Jesse Stahl took the lead from the pole in the Best Disposal WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Stahl was being hunted by Tyler Peterson and Kory Adams while Mike Blowers was fourth. Peterson challenged Stahl and then Adams bolted past Peterson for second. Stahl slide high in turn four and Adams drove past for the lead. After a quick yellow, Mike Blowers went to the high side and was now to third as Tony Shaner now cracked the top five. Shaner then took fourth on lap seven while Blowers raced with Peterson for second. Peterson spun his car and the yellow flew again. Adams led on the restart and Shaner got to the inside of Blowers as they rubbed down the frontstretch. Shaner took the spot and then Nathan Schumacher spun and Jason Newkirk collided with him and out came the yellow. When the race resumed, Blowers and Shaner tangled again with Blowers going to the rear. This was the fifth caution and five laps were cut. That set up a two-lap dash to the finish in which Adams held on for the win. Shaner ended up second with Stahl third. Jason Barber finished in fourth and Newkirk rebounded for a fifth place run.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had pole sitter Jeff Born up front early on. Jesse Hernandez, Anthony Condit and Jason Born were three abreast for second with Steven Amundson in the mix. Jeff Born slid high and Amundson along with Hernandez streaked by. Amundson had the lead, but slipped over the bank in turn two. Johnny Magnum spun to bring out the yellow and that saved Amundson as the lap was not complete. Greg Pfeifer Jr., Bryan Hernandez and Cody Gardner soon entered the top five after the restart while Amundson continued to lead. Jeff Born popped the frontstretch wall to bring out the yellow on lap six. It was a wild restart when Amundson, Jesse Hernandez and Pfeifer Jr. were three wide for the lead. Amundson held on but Pfeifer Jr. was challenging when Magnum and Taylor Ovrebo tangled up to cause a caution and the restart would be problematic for the leader. The green came out and Amundson’s machine would not turn and he pushed way up the track. Half the field would bolt past and now Pfeifer Jr. was the leader with Cody Gardner on Bryan Hernandez for second. Pfeifer Jr. would take the win with Gardner and Bryan Hernandez second and third. Jesse Hernandez finished fourth and Anthony Condit was fifth.

Eight cars took the green flag for the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Car feature. Travis Shipman led until lap three when Austin Curtin took over. It was a pretty good race the entire way as the top three cars of Curtin, Shipman and Dan Mackenthun went nose to tail and beat on each other a bit. It would be Curtin to the checkered flag first with Shipman and Mackenthun right on his heels. Blake Cole would finish fourth and Jesse Anderson was fifth.

The 25-lap French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified main event was another dandy for the second week in a row. Darwyn Karau took off from the pole and checked out through the first eleven laps. Karau was hooked up on the top and he was gone when they started to enter the back of the field. Karau came up fast on Michael Wytaske and made contact that sent both cars for a spin. Karau was sent to the back and that put A.J. Wiste in the lead. Wiste was being followed by Todd Scharkey and Brandon Davis right behind them. Davis stole second on lap 12 and Jason Cummins also got by Scharkey for third.

Wiste continued to set a torrid pace with Davis and Cummins locked in battle for second. Cummins snuck by on lap 14 an then went after Wiste. Davis was right behind them and it was a three-horse race up front. Wiste and Cummins were up on the cushion while Davis ran the low line. Cummins then took the low line and challenged Wiste on laps 20-21. The top three were close to the end in a very good race. Wiste won his first career Modified feature and his first at Chateau since July 10, 2009 in his Midwest Modified. Cummins was a close second with Scharkey and Mark Noble in the top five.

Terry Blowers once again topped the S&S Auto Salvage Hornet feature. It was not easy though as Blowers made a late racer pass of Chris Schumann for the win.

The Northern Vintage Stock Cars were on the car this week. Much to the fans delight, Chateau Raceway legend John “Sonny” VanWilgen won the full-bodied feature. Ken Sabby was the winner of the Super Modified class.

Next week the Casey’s General Store USMTS Modifieds invade the speedway for their first of two visits in 2012. Hot laps are at 7:00 p.m. with racing to follow. For more information go to www.chateauraceway.net

Blowers, Demmer & Godeke Sweep Chateau

May 13th, 2012

Lansing, MN–After losing three of the last four shows to Mother Nature, the Chateau Raceway was finally able to get some racing done this week. It was $5 Pack The Stands night and a good crowd was on hand. Tonight’s racing presented by French’s Repair & Fabrication along with S&S Auto Salvage and Repair.

After the heat races were completed the S&S Auto Salvage Hornets kicked off the feature action. Terry Blowers led from start to finish in the 12-lap main for his second win in a row.

The 15-lap Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks were led to the green by Matt Brooks and Adam Godeke who sat in row one. The top five ran in tight formation early on and Godeke assumed the point. Tyler Peterson snuck to second and Dylan Nelson was up to third. Nelson’s car slowed and dropped from competition on lap three. Godeke would lead the entire distance for his first win of the season. Peterson finished second with Stacy Krohnberg, Brady Krohnberg and Brooks finished out the top five.

Scott Demmer zipped to the lead in the 10-car L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature with Ben Moudry and Nate Chodur in pursuit. A couple of cautions early on kept everyone bunched up tight. Demmer was in control but the race heated up behind him when Kylie Kath entered the picture. Kath drove past Chodur for third and then went after Moudry for second. Kath would make the pass on lap 7, but Moudry put pressure on after that. Demmer was strong out front and took his first win of the season and a sweep to boot. Kath would finish second and Chodur got by Moudry for third and John Warrington finished fifth.

You would have thought it was county fair time for the Best Disposal WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Unfortunately it looked more like a demolition derby than a stock car race at times. It all started on lap one when Brent Holland spun and collected Kory Adams. Adams went pitside to change a tire and the field was restarted. Nathan Schumacher took the lead with Kevin Vogt and Jason Newkirk in tow. Mike Blowers quickly zoomed forward from eighth and challenged Newkirk for third. Behind that race Bernie Adams, Jason Barber and Tony Shaner were three wide for fifth. Then Tyler Peterson entered the fray one lap later and they were four abreast. Shaner came out of it in fifth while Blowers drove to second. Schumacher and Blowers had a good race going on for the lead when Nick Roemhildt who was being passed by the lead cars spun. He slid down the track and Shaner had no place to go and blasted Roemhildt. Shaner’s car suffered extensive damage on the right side and was done for the night. When the green flag came out, Blowers had the lead while Vogt now looked to take second from Schumacher. Then Kory Adams and Bernie Adams collided in turn four with the yellow back out. Kory was knocked out in this one and his father Bernie had heavy body damage, but was able to continue. Blowers controlled the field up front and Schumacher was solidly in second. The race for third was pretty good with Vogt, Newkirk and Tyler Peterson. Vogt would got through the infield and lose several spots while Peterson and Newkirk exchanged third. Blowers would take the win and the clean sweep after he won his heat race earlier. Schumacher’s fine run ended in second while Peterson took the third position. Newkirk was fourth and Holland rebounded back to a fifth place finish. Only seven of the thirteen starters were around at the checkered flag.

Two heartbreaking last corner passes have denied Bryan Hernandez trips to victory lane to start the year and he left nothing to chance tonight. Hernandez started eighth and was quickly up to third on lap two. Then with a slick move on lap three, Hernandez bolted by both Kadden Kath and Anthony Condit for the lead. Hernandez took off from there and put some distance on the field to win his 36th career Midwest Modified feature at Chateau. Greg Pfeifer Jr. would work his way to a second place finish with Condit, Jason Born and Jesse Hernandez in the top five.

Shay Curtin would survive several challenges from Travis Shipman to win his first Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Car feature. Curtin led all 20-laps with Shipman glued to his rear bumper. Shipman was able to get inside Curtin’s quarter panel on several occasions, but was unable to slip past. The race for second on back was pretty wild with Jesse Anderson, Dan Mackenthun and Ryan Goergen. They swapped paint and positions all the way to the end. At the checkered flag it was Curtin followed by Shipman, Anderson, Mackenthun and Goergen.

The best race of the evening was saved for last with the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified 25-lap finale. Todd Scharkey took the lead from the pole, but it was Doug Hillson’s power move on the low side of turn four that took the lead at the completion of lap one. Brandon Davis was right on the led duo as Mark Noble, Bobby Swanson and Jason Cummins were locked in a good race for the top five. Davis snuck past Scharkey for second and Cummins was up to fourth on lap three. Cummins maneuvered low on Scharkey to steal third. Hillson led but Davis and Cummins snarled behind him for second. Davis took to the top of turns three and four as Hillson ran the bottom. Scharkey rebounded back by Cummins, but Darwyn Karau slowed and collected Joel Alberts to bring out a caution flag.On the restart, Cummins got back to third and now the race was on up front. Noble, Swanson and A.J. Wiste were three wide for fifth when Noble’s rear suspension broke forcing him out and the field took evasive action to miss the slowing car when Noble limped off the track. The race up front was a classic, Hillson, Davis and Cummins put on a great show for the fans. Davis took the lead on lap 17 and Cummins moved to second. Davis slowed a tad and Cummins bolted by for the lead on lap 20. They exchanged the lead a couple of times each lap. Cummins was the leader on lap 20, Davis on lap 21 and 22. Cummins again took the lead on lap 23, but Davis returned the favor in turn two of the lap 24. Cummins made once last ditch charge on the final lap as the crowd went wild. Davis held him off for his second win of the season. Hillson finished third while Scharkey was fourth and Bobby Swanson rounded out the top five.

This Friday, May 18 will be the first “Car Ride” night for the kids at 7:00 p.m. Bring the kids out to get a ride in their favorite drivers car before the races get underway. For more information please go to www.chateauraceway.net

Storms Knock Out Chateau Raceway

May 7th, 2012

Lansing, MN–Mother Nature reared her ugly head again this week at Chateau Raceway. With severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings just to the west of the Lansing area, the races were cancelled late Friday afternoon. This was the second straight week the races were weathered out and the third time in four weeks.

Next Friday, May 11 is $5.00 “Pack The Stands” night at Chateau. Everyone will be admitted into the grandstand for five dollars. If you have never been to the speedway or it has been several years, come out next Friday to witness some great racing at a very affordable price. The night is sponsored by French’s Repair & Fabrication of Dodge Center and S&S Auto Salvage & Repair of Hayfield.

In action will be the USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with hot laps at 7:00 p.m. with racing to follow. For more information please go to www.chateauraceway.net. Race day track phone number is (507) 433-4578.

Chateau Raceway & Mother Nature Tied

April 28th, 2012

Lansing, MN –Mother Nature evened the score at two on Friday. Cold temperatures, wind and a bleak weather forecast forced the cancellation of the races for the second time this year at Chateau Raceway in Lansing, MN on Friday.

Racing will hopefully resume next Friday with a bike giveaway for the kids in attendance. In action will be the USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Hornets. Gates open at 5:00pm with hot laps at 7:00pm with racing to follow. For more information go to www.chateauraceway.net and also find them on Facebook.

Irvine Tops Stock Car Challenge Again

April 23rd, 2012

Lansing, MN–One hundred four cars packed the pit area at Chateau Raceway this week part of the IMCA Stock Car Spring Challenge. Racing got underway a few minutes late due to a large influx of new drivers that needed to be registered.

Twenty-four Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars checked in for their $1000 to win feature event. A yellow right off the bat brought a complete restart and at the drop of the green pole sitter Jesse Olson took the lead. Olson was being followed by Tom Schmitt and Derek Green when another yellow slowed the pace.

Green challenged Olson on the restart while Brian Irvine jumped to third. Irvine went after Green for second, but another caution flew when Olson spun and was clipped by Jesse Baer. Green led the pack to the green flag, but it was Irvine who stole the show. Irvine put an incredible move on Schmitt and Green and stormed to the lead. Randy Brands got to fourth while Schmitt and Green now raced for second.

Several caution periods plagued the race in the middle stages and made it hard to get any rhythm going. The race behind the leader got pretty physical and Brands moved to second and Green was now challenged by Travis Shipman for third. Jason Deshaw made a bold move to the inside and tagged Shipman sending him up the track. Shipman came back and rapped DeShaw’s rear bumper and Shipman’s car quit running and brought out the yellow.

The race was now a green, white, checkered finish with all of the caution periods. Irvine drove away for his second straight Spring Challenge win and the big payday along with a huge trophy. Brands finished second with Green, DeShaw and Ryan Goergen in the top five.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series Midwest Modifieds had the most dramatic end for the second week in a row. Jason Born took off from row one with Cody Gardner in pursuit. Greg Pfeifer Jr. got to third pretty quick with Bryan Hernandez on his tail. Gardner challenged Born for the lead but was unable to pass until a debris caution on lap seven changed things.

Garnder drove past Born for the lead and now Pfeifer Jr. moved up to try and steal second. Pfeifer Jr. and Born jumped wheels in turn two and Born’s machine flew off of turn two. Born’s car went in the air and collided with the water truck that protects cars from going into the Cedar River. Born was uninjured in the crash but was done for the night.

Gardner continued to lead, but now Hernandez passed Pfiefer Jr. for second and set off after the leader. Hernandez made the pass for the lead in turn one with two to go. On the white flag lap and checkered flags in the air, Hernandez came up off the low side and Gardner streaked to the bottom and beat Hernandez to the line by a hundreth of a second for the win. Pfeifer Jr. was third while Anthony Condit finished fourth and Steven Amundson finished fifth.

Tyler Peterson led the Best Disposal WISSOTA Street Stock feature at the drop of the green flag with Kevin Vogt right with him. They collided in turn two and Peterson spun in front of the field to bring out the yellow. Both drivers were sent to the tail when the race resumed.

Rookie Andrew Lokenvitz then took over while Kory Adams and Mike Blowers ran in tight formation behind him. They had a good three-car tussle for the entire race while eyes watched Peterson as he charged from the tail. Blowers snuck past Adams on lap 13 and Peterson was now fourth. Lokenvitz held his line and drove to his first career Street Stock win. Blowers finished in second with Adams in third. Peterson finished his drive in fourth and Jason Barber finished fifth.

The L&D Ag USRA B-Modified feature event was a mess from start to finish. It started off badly as Mike Yeager got pinched to the top off the track and went off the end of turn one and two. His car dug in a rolled over several times, fortunately Yeager was unhurt in the crash. It took three attempts to get the first lap completed and when they got it in Brian Schrage and Scott Demmer were up front.

There were five yellow flags in the first four laps and five laps were knocked off the scheduled 18-lap race. The race finally ended up going to a green, white, checkered finish and Schrage took the win with Jacob Bleess second. Kylie Kath, Leon Mulder and Ben Moudry finished out the top five.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks saw their fair share of excitement also. Adam Godeke had the early lead and as stalked by Brady Krohnberg and Dylan Nelson. Nelson took the lead on lap five as week number one winner Cole Longeran cracked the top five. Lonergan got to fourth and then third on lap eight. Lonergan continued to charge by Godeke for second.

Nelson got loose in turn four and Lonergan was now the leader. On the next lap they made contact in turn two with Lonergan spinning to the right and his car rode up on two wheels. Lonergan’s machine came back to earth without rolling over and the green flag stayed out. Nelson led the remainder of the race for the win with Godeke second. Krohnberg finished third with James Connors fourth and Tyler Peteron fifth.

Lucas Schott dominated the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified 25-lapper. Schott started on the pole and led all 25-laps for his first win at Chateau. Even a late race yellow on lap 23 did not faze “Cool Hand Luke”. Schott took off and finished first in front of Todd Scharkey and Jason Cummins. Brandon Davis and Brandon Aggen rounded out the top five.

Terry Blowers topped the S&S Auto Salvage Hornet feature over Jeremy Wenzel and Gary Stahl. The division again ran just a feature race with six cars in attendance this week.

Chateau Rained Out, Stock Car Shootout Up Next

April 17th, 2012

Lansing, MN –A cold morning rain followed with cold temperatures and wind forced the cancellation of the races at Chateau Raceway in Lansing, MN on Friday.

Next up on Friday, April 20 is the 2nd Annual IMCA Stock Car Spring Shootout that will pay a cool $1,000 to the winner. This event should draw a good field in the ultra-competitive division that always provides plenty of excitement. Last years event drew 26-cars and Brian Irvine of Oelwein, IA is the defending champion.

Also in action will be the USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Hornets. Gates open at 5:00pm with hot laps at 7:00pm with racing to follow. For more information go to www.chateauraceway.net and also find them on Facebook.

Chateau gets Opener Underway

April 7th, 2012

Lansing, MN –The Chateau Raceway opened its 56th season with a large crowd and a packed pit area on a nice, albeit cool spring evening. Ninety-nine cars were set to do battle to see who would be the first winners of the season.

The S&S Auto Salvage Hornets are running a “feature” only format until car counts improve. They were first up for their 12-lap feature. Terry Blowers led early on until Nate Coopman made the winning pass about half way through. Coopman took the victory over Blowers and Gary Stahl.

The debut of the USRA B-Modified class had 11-cars take the green flag for their 15-lap finale. It was a good race up front with Scott Demmer the leader and Nate Chodur along with Kylie Kath dueling for second. A caution on lap 9 for a stalled Jacob Bleess would be the undoing for Demmer. On the restart, Demmer’s machine pushed up the track allowing both Chodur and Kath to flash past in turn one. Chodur held off a couple of attempts from Kath to become the first ever USRA B-Modified winner. Kath finished a close second with Demmer third. Brian Mahlstedt and Austin Schrage rounded out the top five.

Danny Richards and Tony Shaner led the Best Disposal WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series Street Stocks to the green flag. Richards bolted out front and Shaner was under attack from Mike Blowers. They made contact on the backstretch and then in turn three Blowers looped his car to bring out the yellow and would go to the tail of the field. A couple of yellows kept the pack close for several restarts. When racing resumed, Richards along with Shaner and Dave Read went three abreast for the lead, but Richards maintained the point. Read moved to second and continued to apply pressure on the leader. Mike Blowers was on the fly from the tail and was back in the top five. Two more caution periods made it five yellows that knocked five laps off and made it a green, white, checkered finish. Richards held back a charging Read for the victory while Jason Newkirk had a great run in third. Blowers run from the tail ended in fourth with Shaner fifth.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds put on a great show in their 15-lap main event. Rookie Jeff Klopstein Jr. took the initial lead with another rookie Steven Amundson close behind. Amundson would spin on lap one and all the other drivers did a masterful job to avoid him. Bryan Hernandez zoomed past Klopstein Jr. on lap three to assume the lead while Greg Pfeifer Jr. also got past for second. Cory Crapser and Jesse Hernandez were side-by-side for third, but Crapser made the pass on lap 5 and brought Cody Gardner along for fourth. Crapser drove to the topside of the track and zipped past Pfiefer Jr. for second as Shane Sabraski entered the top five on lap 6. Brian Hernandez had his hands full with Crapser and they had a great battle for the lead. Curtis Wilson popped the wall in turn three of the ninth lap to bring out the yellow. When the green came back out, Sabraski made a superb move driving to third. On lap 12, Crapser was scored the leader as he edged Brian Hernandez at the line. Hernandez drove back past him for the lead in turn two. The top four ran in tight formation as Hernandez skated up the track Crapser and Sabraski snuck in to make it three wide for the lead. Sabraski was now second with the laps winding down. The white flag came out with Sabraski planted on Hernandez’s bumper. Sabraski ran to the top of turn three and the entrance to turn four. Hernandez drifted up off the bottom in turn four with the checkered flag waving. Sabraski drove off the top to the bottom of the track and turn four and nipped Hernandez at the line by a couple of feet to steal the win. Cody Gardner got by Pfeifer Jr. for third and Jason Born was fifth.

Dan Mackenthun is off to a hot start in the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars. Fresh off his Frostbuster win the night before at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Mackenthun dominated the feature race here. Mackenthun led all 20-laps for the win over Travis Shipman and Lynn Panos. Ned Kalis was fourth and Austin Curtin fifth. Shay Curtin rolled over in turn three on the final lap, but he escaped uninjured.

The final race of the evening featured the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified 25-lapper. Brandon Davis took off from the pole position and dominated the field to take the checkered flag. Davis was in his own zip code and even a couple of yellow flags did nothing to slow him down. Josh Angst would wind up in second with Doug Hillson third. Lucas Schott and defending tack champion Jason Cummins finished out the top five.

Chateau Raceway Opener Set For April 7

April 1st, 2012

Lansing, MN –The 2012 stock car racing season at the Chateau Raceway will start on Thursday, April 5 with a practice from 6:00-9:30pm. That will give drivers and their crews a chance to shake down their cars. It will also be a preview of what fans will get to see in action on Friday nights this summer at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing.

The very next night on Friday, April 6 the racing action will kick off. Fans will see a few changes this season. Each night will feature the USRA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Wissota Midwest Modifieds, Wissota Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets. This year will see the addition of the USRA B-Modified class, which has become popular at several area tracks. The Hornets will also go to a feature only format until the number of participants increase. Hot laps will get underway at 7:00pm with racing to follow.

Fans will also notice some changes to the facility throughout the season. The north deck off of turn four will be moved in front of the concession stand and is available for rent. Also there will be four decks built at the top of the main grandstand. Two of them will be 16’x8’ and the others will be 12’x8’. Also new in 2012 will be waitress service for the deck areas. Victory lane is also being revamped with a raised concrete pad along with some added greenery to spruce things up.

This year’s schedule features twenty-three dates and the Friday night programs are once again full of specials. The first of which is right out of the gates on April 20 when the IMCA Stock Cars will battle it out for $1000 to win. Last year’s show was incredible with Brian Irvine of Oelwein, IA the winner.

Another big show is planned for May 11 that will be a $5 pack the stands night at the speedway. The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) makes the first of two stops on May 25, which is the 15th annual Mike Guttormson Memorial race.

The UMSS Sprint Cars make their second appearance on June 22. Last year’s show featured great racing in which Andy Jones of Princeton, MN topped a stout 20-car field. The annual fireworks display will take place on July 6 this year. Chateau Raceway boasts one of the finest fireworks displays in southern Minnesota so you do not want to miss that night. There will be no racing on Friday, July 27 due to the World Modified Dirt Track Championship at Deer Creek.

The Corn Belt Clash Late Models return on August 10 and should draw a good field and an exciting night of racing. Chris Simpson of Oxford, IA is the defending champion and Brad Waits of Rochester was the inaugural winner in 2010. The USMTS Modifieds will again invade the track on August 31 and it will again be a part of the Casey’s General Store Hunt For the National Championship. Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate this year after last years event was rained out.

The 3rd Annual Border Wars will end the season this year and will take place on Friday, September 14, which will feature a mix of area b-modifieds racing for a bigger purse. There will also be other classes on the program as well.

To receive text messages of track announcements and weather updates, send a text to (507) 391-2486 with your name and you will be added to the list. For more information on the Chateau Raceway, go to their website at www.chateauraceway.net

By: Todd Narveson

Twenty-eight dates in 2012 for USRA Iron Man Challenge

January 31st, 2012

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Officials from the United States Racing Association have released the 2012 schedule for the popular USRA Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars and USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods.

The third season for the Iron Man Challenge campaign will see 28 dates – up from 17 last year – at 14 of the finest dirt ovals in six different states. On the calendar are 26 shows for B-Mods and 18 for Stock Cars. Both classes will race together on 16 nights while B-Mods will have 10 solo nights and Stock Cars will have 2 nights to themselves.

Last season 367 tough-as-nails drivers took part in the Iron Man Challenge, including 130 Stock Car and 237 B-Mod competitors.

The 2012 season for the B-Mods will kick off with a doubleheader at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., on Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, in conjunction with the USMTS Modifieds. Both the Stock Cars and B-Mods are featured the following weekend at the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., and the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo.

In all but six of the events, the Iron Man Challenge will join the USMTS Modifieds on the racing card. All USRA-sanctioned classes will be featured April 7 at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and for the pair of season-ending doubleheaders at the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, and Mineral City Speedway in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Stock Car drivers will enjoy the spotlight during the Clash at The Creek featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Sept. 15 at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

New venues on the calendar include the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo.; Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn.; Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.; Interstate Speedway in Jefferson, S.D.; and Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D.

USRA IRON MAN CHALLENGE 2012 SCHEDULE:
Fri Mar 16 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, KS (B-Mods)
Sat Mar 17 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, KS (B-Mods)
Fri Mar 23 … LA Raceway, La Monte, MO (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Mar 24 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, MO (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Apr 7 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Thu May 24 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Fri May 25 … Chateau Raceway, Lansing, MN (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat May 26 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Wed Jun 27 … Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Thu Jun 28 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, MN (B-Mods)
Fri Jun 29 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods)
Sat Jun 30 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, IA (B-Mods)
Thu Jul 12 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, MO (B-Mods)
Fri Jul 13 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, KS (B-Mods)
Thu Jul 19 … Interstate Speedway, Jefferson, SD (B-Mods)
Sun Jul 22 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, MN (B-Mods)
Thu Jul 26 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN (Stock Cars)
Fri Aug 17 … Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, WI (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Aug 18 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sun Aug 19 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, MN (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sun Aug 26 … Huset’s Speedway, Brandon, SD (B-Mods)
Wed Aug 29 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, MN (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Thu Aug 30 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Sep 15 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN (Stock Cars)
Fri Oct 5 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Oct 6 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Fri Oct 12 … Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Oct 13 … Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)

Points will be determined by the best 12 finishes for B-Mods while Stock Cars will count their best 10 nights. To be eligible for points funds, drivers must possess a valid USRA license, utilize the American Racer KK704 racing tire on all four wheels and compete in at least half of the events for their division. Mike Van Genderen of Newton, Iowa, is the defending Iron Man Challenge Stock Car champion. Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa, Iowa, is the defending B-Mod champ.

There is no requirement to purchase a USRA license to compete in the Iron Man Challenge, but benefits enjoyed by licensed drivers include higher event purses, a piece-of-mind $100,000 insurance policy and an unmatched points fund from the organization that puts it’s money where it’s mouth is and gives more back to the drivers who give their all. The cost of a USRA Competitor License is $100 for Stock Cars and $90 for B-Mods.

The USRA was founded in 2002 with the sanctioning of Modifieds and Stock Cars. Hobby Stocks were added in 2003 and the organization grew steadily over the next three years with 14 tracks hosting USRA events in 2005. The B-Mod division arrived on the scene in 2006 and since then, USRA Weekly Racing Series national champions have been crowned in all four premier divisions.

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 or follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter.

Champions Honored At Chateau Raceway Banquet

January 15th, 2012

Austin, MN–The 2011 racing season at Chateau Raceway in Lansing, MN was celebrated at the Holiday Inn Conference Center on Friday. Close to 200 people attended the event that honored the top five in point standings in each of the six classes.

The evening started with a moment of silence for Maynard Swanson. Swanson along with his brother Bernie operated S&S Auto Salvage & Repair and they were sponsors of the Hornet class. Swanson was heavily involved in the sport and will be missed by everyone.

Racers For Christ Chaplain Dustin Steinbrink gave the invocation before the meal was served.

After the meal was completed, track owner Darin Toot addressed the crowd to thank everyone for a good season. He also recognized sponsors that were in attendance. Toot then gave some updates for 2012.

The biggest changes will be that Racecievers will be mandatory in all classes with the exception of the hornets. Toot commented that the addition of the one-way communication to the driver will not only speed line-up formation but will help with on-track safety.

The other change will be the addition of the USRA B-Modified class for 2012. The other divisions remain the same with WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, IMCA Stock Cars, USRA Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Hornets. The Hornets will see a change in their format, as they will run a feature race only. That could change if car counts dictate the need for heat races.

Then it was time for the awards portion of the banquet. The S&S Auto Salvage & Repair Hornets champion was Andrew Lokenvitz of Charles City, IA. Lokenvitz won eight times with fourteen top five finishes and four heat race wins. Finishing second thru fifth were Terry Blowers, Kaitlyn Stark, Gary Stahl and Noah Grinstead.

Next up was the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock division. Dylan Nelson of Freeborn, MN won four times, had fifteen top fives and won seven heat races to win the title. Stacy Krohnberg finished second with Brady Krohnberg third, Adam Godeke was fourth and Aaron Sletten finished fifth.

A.J. Zvorak of Blooming Prairie won his fourth straight RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock title. Zvorak posted four wins with fifteen top fives and scored eight heat race wins in 2011. Jesse Stahl was second in points with Tyler Peterson, Jason Barber and Mike Blowers in the top five.

Third generation driver Greg Pfeifer Jr. from Austin won the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified crown for the second time. Pfeifer Jr. who also was the champion in 2005, won two features, finished in the top five fourteen times and won ten heat races. Jason Born finished second just nine points back. Cody Gardner finished third with Jesse Hernandez and Casey Trom rounding out the top five.

Ryan Goergen of Stacyville, IA may not have won a feature in the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars, but he won the season long war. Goergen was consitent with seven top five finishes in the ultra competitive class. Goergen won his first track title by just nine makers ahead of David Moriarty. Finishing in the top five were Jesse Baer, Chris Adams and Jesse Olson.

In the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds it was Jason Cummins of New Richland who took home top honors for the second year in a row. Cummins scored seven feature wins, sixteen top fives and won seven heat races to win the track title. Rookie Brandon Davis was second with A.J. Wiste, Todd Scharkey and Jacob Dahle third thru fifth.

The 2011 Rookie Of The Year awards were also handed out. Greg Lammers was the Hornet winner with a sixth place point finish. Brandon Vogt finished seventh in points and was the Pure Stock rookie. Jason Newkirk won the Street Stock honors and Casey Jane Trom was the WISSOTA Midwest Modified top rookie. Track champion Ryan Goergen also won the Stock Car rookie award and Brandon Davis was the top Modified rookie.

There were a couple of new awards for the 2011 banquet. First was a Facebook fan voted most improved driver for 2011. There were 25-drivers nominated through the tracks Facebook page. The top five were Casey Jane Trom, Brandon Vogt, Jesse Hernandez, Mike Blowers and Keith Weber. Hernandez received the most votes and was honored as most improved.

To round out the program was the Hard Luck Award. Cole Lonergan was voted the hard luck driver of 2011 with the award for most fires in a season. His family told us he had a least 12-fires in his car during the 2011 season.

There were excellent prizes that were given away thru ticket drawings. A big thank you to Miner’s Outdoor & Rec, Power 96, Action Engineering, R&S Racing, Fast Company Performance, Reinertson’s Embroidery and Dawn Toot for the prizes.

The 2012 season is tentatively scheduled to open on Friday, April 6. Other special dates scheduled to note are a $1000 to win IMCA Stock Car show in April. The USMTS Modifieds on May 25, the return of the UMSS Sprint Cars on June 22 and the annual Fireworks on July 6. There will be no races on July 27, the USMTS returns on August 31 and the season concludes on September 14 with the Border Wars.

The Toot’s would like to thank all of the sponsors, drivers, crews, fans and employees for a great 2011 season. Keep an eye on www.chateauraceway.net for more news on the fast approaching 2012 season.

Crasper Sweeps Midwest Modified Fall Nationals

October 3rd, 2011

Lansing, MN–The final race program of the season at Chateau Raceway was night number two of the WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series Midwest Modified Fall Nationals. It was another great night for racing to close out the 2011 season.

Cory Crapser took a cool grand back home to Chippewa Falls, WI after he swept the weekend in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds worth $500 each night. Tim Johnson won again in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, but was unable to sweep tonight.

The S&S Auto Salvage Hornets were first up for their 10-lap feature. Terry Blowers and Chris Schumann battled for the lead until Blowers took over. It was Blowers’ sixth win of the season with Schumann and Gary Stahl second and third.

The always wild and wooly Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks once again provided a lot of action and quite a few yellows for their finale. Matt Brooks led from the drop of the green and survived five caution flags to win his third feature of the season. Stacy Krohnberg finished second with Brady Krohnberg, Dustin Sletten and Cole Lonergan in the top five.

Ryan Henderson led the RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock 15-lap feature after a great start. Tim Johnson and Danny Hanson were on the move with Johnson quickly to third and Hanson followed to fourth. Johnson challenged A.J. Zvorak for second and took the position on lap two. A caution for Ben Goldsmith’s stalled car slowed the pace down.

Johnson went to the low side of Henderson for the lead on the restart. There was a scramble behind the leaders and Hanson got shuffled back to sixth. Johnson was all over Henderson up front in a very good race. They ran side-by-side for three laps as Johnson would pull alongside and then Henderson would take the edge.

Behind the lead duo, Zvorak and Mike Blowers also had a dandy race for third. They were door-to-door and went back and forth themselves. Henderson drifted a little higher than he had been in turn four on lap 11 and Johnson drove past for the lead.

Johnson led the rest of the way for his second win of the weekend. Henderson’s fine run ended with a second place finish. Zvorak edged Blowers for third with Hanson in the top five at the checkered flag.

The Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Car feature saw Chad Schroeder, Steve Meyer and Ken Tietz in a tight race up front. Schroeder led, but Meyer got alongside and they raced for the lead. On lap seven when Meyer took the lead in turn two. Schroeder was better in turns three and four and returned the favor.

They did the same thing for several laps until Meyer took the lead on lap 10. Jesse Baer brought out the only caution when his drivetrain came apart and that dropped parts and fluids on the track.

Meyer led the remainder of the laps for his first win at Chateau. Meyer was the 12th different winner in seventeen shows this season. Schroeder finished second with Chuck Winter, Tietz and Matt Speckman in the top five.

Jason Cummins won the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified point title for the second year in a row. So, when he drew the number one pill for the feature everyone pretty much knew it was going to be a tough task to defeat him.

Cummins bolted away from row one and led all 25-laps for his seventh win of the season. It was a pretty good race behind him as Doug Hillson first fended off Brandon Aggen, then Darwyn Karau and then Aggen at the end to finish second. Aggen finished third with Karau and Mike Sorensen in the top five.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rounded out the season with their 25-lap, $500 to win main event. Cody Gardner and Kylie Kath led the field to Chris Toot’s green flag. The first start was deemed bad and another start was in order.

Kath took to the top spot while Greg Pfeifer Jr. shot past Gardner for second. Dan Wheeler took fourth and eighth starter Cory Crapser was sixth. Gardner and Pfeifer Jr. went side-by-side for second as Crapser cracked the top five on lap three. Gardner got by for second while Kath put on some distance up front.

Crapser continued his assault to the front when he drove past Wheeler for fourth on lap four. Kath had a half straightaway lead at this point and pulled away from the pack. Crasper then zipped past Pfeifer Jr. for third on lap five and when Gardner drifted high one lap later, Crapser was second.

Crapser closed the gap on Kath and then got some help when Deven Sutter’s rear suspension broke and he stalled on the track to bring out the yellow on lap eight. Crapser wasted little time and bolted past Kath for the lead on lap nine. Crapser pulled away to open up a big advantage.

Then it was Gardner and Kath in a good race for second with Pfeifer Jr. really close. Garnder and Kath made contact and Kath stalled to bring out the yellow. Gardner was tagged with the yellow and sent to the tail. Crapser once again took off and opened up a big advantage. Crapser cruised for his second straight clean sweep of the Fall Nationals. Kath finished second with Wheeler in third. Pfeifer Jr. wound up in fourth with Born in the top five.

With the end of this show it was the conclusion of the 2011 race season. Darin and Dawn Toot would like to thank all of the track workers, racers, crews, sponsors and the fans that supported the speedway this summer. Keep an eye on www.chateauraceway.net for news on the awards banquet most likely to be held in early December.

Crapser & Johnson Sweep At Chateau’s Nationals

October 1st, 2011

Lansing, MN–Friday night started the final weekend of racing for the 2011 season at Chateau Raceway. Action Engineering of Rochester presented the first of two days for the Midwest Modified Fall Nationals that featured a $500 to win payoff for that division.

Before the show a moment of silence was offered in memory of George Rhoe and Dave Geerdes who both passed away this week. Both were vital members of the racing community and will be sorely missed.

The WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series RS Auto Rebuilders Street Stocks feature had national point title implications. Danny Hanson and Tim Johnson were separated by only three points going into tonights action. Both drivers won their heat races with Johnson starting third and Hanson eighth in the feature. .

A couple of cautions right off the bat kept things at a snails pace. When things got underway, Ryan Henderson had the lead with Bobby Kilby, Jason Newkirk and Johnson in tow. A.J. Zvorak entered the fray and things were tight up front. Kilby got turned in turn two and the yellow came out. Kilby was sent to the tail when racing resumed.

On the restart, Johnson bolted to second and Hanson zoomed to third while they were three wide for fifth. Johnson drove low on Henderson on lap three and snapped up the lead. Hanson followed along to second and Zvorak now challenged for third. Zvorak made the pass one lap later.

Johnson maintained a two-car length lead until a late race caution set up a green, white, checkered finish. Hanson gave it a shot, but it Johnson with his 23rd win of the season and the all-important sweep. Hanson was a close second with Zvorak, Henderson and Tyler Peterson in the top five.

Fourteen year-old Brady Keefe and Mike Mueller lead the 17-car Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified field to the green. Right off the bat Kylie Kath, Dan Wheeler and Cody Gardner were three-wide for third. Wheeler bolted by Keefe for second and Greg Pfeifer Jr. got to third.

Mueller led, but Wheeler closed in before the first caution came out on lap four. When the green returned, Pfeifer Jr. blew past Wheeler for second. Then Jason Born looked to the outside of Wheeler for third. Pfeifer Jr. nabbed the lead on lap five and then another yellow came out for a stalled car.

Born got rolling on the top and now was second on lap six while Wheeler took third and that knocked Mueller back to fourth. Cory Crapser entered the picture and dove low on Wheeler and Mueller and they were three wide for third with Gardner right there. Wheeler closed in on Born and stole second on lap 12.
Wheeler then took after Pfeifer Jr. for the lead but a caution for a spun Gardner negated that move. Gardner was sent tailside, but was not done in the final rundown. On the restart, Crapser again took to the low groove and drove to the inside of Wheeler and Born and they went three abreast for second on lap 16. Another yellow quickly came out for Eric Condit and things got stacked up for another restart.

Crapser blew to second and then dove low on Pfeifer Jr. for the lead. That duo went door-to-door for three laps until Crapser made the pass on lap 18. Two more yellows on lap 19 and 20 kept things tense for a bit. Crapser would lead the final five laps for the win with Pfeifer Jr. second. Gardner rebounded all the way back up to third. Wheeler wound up fourth and Born finished fifth.

Josh Angst took off from the pole position and led early in the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds. Nick Herrick and Doug Hillson had a fierce battle for second with Todd Scharkey in the mix. Brian Shaw spun and was hit hard by Greg Jensen and they collected Chris Gilbertson on lap two. Both Jensen and Shaw were eliminated in the wreck.

Angst had a good lead as Herrick got past Hillson for second. Scharkey, Jason Cummins and Ben Mattick went three wide for fourth as Hillson again pulled alongside Herrick for second. Two quick yellows on lap 8 slowed the field.

Cummins went to the top of the speedway and did he take off. Cummins drove to fourth on lap nine and Hillson was again second. Cummins them dispatched Herrick on lap 13 for third. Cummins then wasted no time and closed in on Hillson for second. The top three were very close at this point.

Cummins zoomed past Hillson on lap 16 and then drove past Angst on lap 17 for the lead. Cummins checked out from there for his sixth win of the season. Angst finished second with Hillson third. Herrick ran in fourth with Ben Mattick in the top five.

In the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars, Dennis Dettman led until lap three when Ken Tietz took over. Jesse Baer got to second on lap four, but Tietz drove away for his first win at Chateau. Baer was second with Chad Schroeder, Dustin Wannarka and Ryan Goergen in the top five.

Matt Edwards led the first laps of the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature. But it was the 2011 points champion Dylan Nelson that stole the show. Nelson started eighth and by lap five was in third. Nelson passed Edwards on lap eight and drove away for his fourth win of the season.

Chris Schumann purchased the championship car of Andrew Lokenvitz and it was a smart move. Schumann won the first night out in the S&S Auto Salvage Hornets. Schumann fended off Terry Blowers for the win.

USMTS rained out at Chateau Raceway, headed for Deer Creek Speedway on Saturday

September 4th, 2011

LANSING, Minn. – Persistent rain on Friday forced officials at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., to cancel the 6th Annual Cedar River Race at the 1/3-mile clay oval.

The event will not be rescheduled this season.

On Saturday, the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy heads to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 7th Annual BP Labor Day Dual presented by Baudoin Oil.

‘The Creek’ has hosted more USMTS events than any other racetrack, and Saturday’s feature race will be the 54th here in the 13-year history of the United States Modified Touring Series.

Cornbelt Clash Late Models, WISSOTA Super Stocks and WISSOTA Street Stocks will round out the action Saturday night. Grandstands gates open at 3 p.m. with $1 beer, pop and hot dogs available from 3-4 p.m. Races start at 5 p.m. sharp.

The Deer Creek Speedway is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16). For more info, call toll-free 877-DCS-RACE or 507-346-2342 on raceday or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

Rick Beebe and his #22 SLAP Energy Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 605 S. Main St. in Stewartville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the event to meet and greet fans.

Discount coupons good for $2 off adult grandstand admission will be available all day at Casey’s in Austin, Stewartville, Rochester and Owatonna.

To find the Casey’s General Store nearest you, visit www.caseys.com online.

The Labor Day Weekend swing wraps up on Sunday at the Dodge County Speedway in Kasson, Minn.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

Point Champions Crowed At Chateau Raceway

August 29th, 2011

Lansing, MN–The 2011 regular season came to a conclusion with the final night of track points on Friday night. Several point battles came down to the wire on the final night. One driver claimed his fourth straight title, another made it two in a row, one driver added another championship and three new champions were crowned. It was also the third and final “kid’s ride” night as children in attendance had the opportunity to ride in their favorite racecar before the races began. There was a pretty good throng of young racers that took advantage of that chance.

The S&S Auto Salvage Hornet division was first up for their feature event. Terry Blowers fended off challenges from Andrew Lokenvitz to win his fifth feature of the season. Lokenvitz won the track title and celebrated with a very cool series of front wheel drive donuts on the infield much to the delight of the crowd.

Going into the Misgen Auto Part Pure Stock finale, Dylan Nelson held a slim eight-point advantage over Stacy Krohnberg and was ten points up on Brady Krohnberg. At the start, Brandon Vogt and Jacob Stark battled for the lead. Stacy Krohnberg charged from the ninth spot and was in third.

Stark held the lead as Krohnberg got by Vogt for second and the top three ran in close formation. Vogt rebounded back by Krohnberg and then made a move for the lead by Stark on lap five. A caution came out on lap five that slowed the field down.

On the restart, Dylan Nelson got by Krohnberg and then Stark for second. Brady Krohnberg was on the fly and was in the top five after starting twelfth. Vogt led the rest of the way for his second victory of the season. Nelson was second and crowned champion. Stacy Krohnberg was third with Brady Krohnberg fourth and Matt Brooks finished fifth.

A.J. Zvorak had a lock on his fourth straight RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock title when he started the night. Tyler Peterson took off from row one while Jason Barber trailed. Barber got a little high and Mike Blowers shot past for second. Zvorak zipped to third and the top three were close. Peterson led up until lap eight when Blowers got a little loose and collected Zvorak. Blowers was charged at fault and then dropped out a couple of laps later. That left Peterson and Zvorak to duke it out for the win. Zvorak threw everything he had at Peterson, but for every challenge Peterson was up to the task. After a few weeks of frustration of leading but no winning, Peterson led the field to the checkered flag. It was his first street stock triumph at Lansing and his first win since July 18, 2008 in a pure stock. Zvorak was second with Jason Newkirk, Jesse Stahl and Kory Adams in the top five.

The other tight point battle was in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. When the cars rolled on to the speedway for their 20-lap main event, Greg Pfeifer Jr. had a scant four-point lead over Jason Born. Anthony Condit took off from row one while Jesse Hernandez was second. Pfeifer Jr. raced for third with Bryan Hernandez and Born was in the top five. Condit looked good out front, but on lap four spun to the infield and lost five positions. Now it was a Hernandez party up front with Jesse in the lead and his father Bryan behind him. Johnny Magnum’s machine erupted in smoke and he came to rest in turn two to bring out the caution. Pfeifer Jr. made a slick move on the restart for second and then zoomed past Jesse Hernandez for the lead one lap later. Then the Hernandez’s along with Cody Gardner went three wide for second on the ninth lap. Garnder took over the runner up spot one circuit later. Pfeifer Jr. cruised from there for his second win of the season and also won his second track championship, the other was in 2005. Gardner finished second while Condit rebounded from his spin to finish third with Jesse Hernandez and Jason Born in the top five.

Laura Curry led the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Car feature race for the first ten laps. She held off Jesse Olson in the early stages and then Dan Mackenthun got to second on lap seven and turned the pressure up even more. Mackenthun made the pass on the high side of turn four to complete lap 11. Mackenthun went on for his third win at the track this season. Greg Haman made a late move to second with Curry third. Olson finished fourth with Chuck Winter fifth. Ryan Goergen finished twelfth, but it was enough to secure his first track title at Chateau.

A.J. Wiste stormed off the outside of row one for the lead in the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Mark Teske, Jason Cummins and Brandon Davis were right on Wiste. In turn four, Teske went below Wiste, Davis stuck it in the middle and Cummins drove to the top. They were four wide for the lead down the frontstretch and into turn one. Contact was made amongst the four and cars spun. Teske was charge with the yellow and went to the tail. Cummins quickly bolted to second and then blew to the lead on lap three. Davis came along for the ride to second and they took off. Joe Horgdal, Todd Scharkey and Darwyn Karau were now three wide for fourth and Scharkey took the spot. A yellow slowed the pace and calmed things down. Cummins and Davis again took off when the green flag returned. Wiste was attacked by Scharkey and Horgdal with both able to make the pass. A four-car tangle in turn three brought out another caution flag. On the yellow Davis exited the speedway with mechanical issues. Cummins dominated from there for his fifth win of the year. Cummins also claimed his second straight track championship. Scharkey had another strong run in second with Horgdal third. Doug Hillson and Mark Noble finished out the top five spots.

There are still three race programs on the schedule at Chateau. The first is this Friday, September 2. The touring USMTS Modifieds will invade the speedway with a stop on the Casey’s General Store Hunt For The National Championship. Also on the cars will be WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks and Pure Stocks. Hot laps are at 7:00 p.m. with racing to follow. Check out www.chateauraceway.net for all the details and upcoming schedule.

Stahl Steals Win In Chateau Street Stocks

August 22nd, 2011

Lansing, MN –Going into this weeks action there were only two nights for drivers to earn points towards track championships. A few will go right to the last checkered flag on August 27 and track championship night

The RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock feature started with a bang. James Weber and James Connors connected on the backstretch. Connors’ machine climbed the wall caught some big air and started to roll. After a couple of hard rollovers, the car came to rest on all four wheels and the red flag was displayed. Fortunately both drivers walked away from the crash.
Tyler Peterson has been snakebit while he tries to get his first Street Stock win. Peterson has led on several occasions, but things have not worked out for him so far. Tonight looked like his night though when he lead the majority of the race. Jesse Stahl applied pressure on the leader with Mike Blowers close by. They put on a great show up front when they ran in tight formation throughout the 15-lap feature. Peterson led until lap 14 when he slid a little high and that allowed Stahl and Blowers to bolt on past. Stahl won his first feature of the season with Blowers and Peterson close behind. Tony Shaner finished fourth and A.J. Zvorak was fifth.

In the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, the caution was displayed numerous times. Anthony Condit led lap one but Jesse Hernandez took over on the next lap. Hernandez jumped over the cushion and Kylie Kath along with Jason Born took first and second. Cody Gardner zoomed up to third when he passed Condit for position. Kath and Born battled for the lead and then Gardner made it a three-car race. Greg Pfeifer Jr. got into the back of Gardner and the yellow came out with Pfeifer Jr. to the tail. Another yellow flew immediately on the restart. When the green returned, Gardner took over second but the top three were really tight. Gardner took the lead on lap 12 but Kath returned the favor one lap later. Gardner was scored the leader on lap 15 when they came out of turn four. Then Gardner and Kath touched and they ran out of room. Kath pounded the frontstretch wall and his night was done. Gardner was sent to the tail and that put Born in the lead.

Born led the rest of the way for his second win in a row. Johnny Magnum stayed out of trouble to finish second with Deven Sutter, Gardner and Casey Trom in the top five. Only seven of the thirteen starters were around at the end of the race. Austin Curtin led from start to finish in the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars. It was not an easy win however because he had several challengers in the 20-lap race. First Jesse Olson made a bid for the lead on lap five, then Chris Adams took those two three wide for the lead on lap six. Adams got to second and put pressure on Curtin to the end. Curtin was able to keep momentum going on the topside and all Adams could do was get close. Curtin got his first win with Adams a close second. Jake Ludeking finished third with Olson and Chad Schroeder in fifth.

A.J. Wiste took off from row one in the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds. Greg Jensen and Brandon Davis ran close with Todd Scharkey in the mix. Scharkey used the top groove to pass Davis for fourth on lap six. Jason Cummins cracked the top five just before the caution came out for a spun car on lap 14. On the restart, Jensen and Wiste banged together and Scharkey took advantage to nab the lead. From there Scharkey had the field covered for his first win of 2011. Cummins eventually got to second, but had nothing for Scharkey despite a late restart. Wiste ran third with Jacob Dahle and Jensen fourth and fifth. The saying goes that the first win is always the hardest to get, then they seem to come easier.

That certainly applies to Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock driver Matt Brooks. Brooks won his first ever feature last Friday and then back it up again this week. The race was another wild one with close racing along with a few tangles. Brooks was solid up front after being challenged early by Keith Weber. That is how they finished with Stacy Krohnberg in third, Adam Godeke was fourth and Aaron Sletten fifth.

Terry Blowers won his fourth S&S Auto Salvage Hornet feature. Blowers ended Andrew Lokenvitz’s win streak at two in a row. Lokenvitz was second with Jesse Miller third.

The Northern Vintage Stock Car Racers (NVSR) was on hand this week. Fans got a good idea what racecars from yesterday looked like. Ken Varing of Hastings won the full-body division and Butch Bethke of Oakdale topped the Super Modified class.

New week is the final night for track points to decide the 2011 track championships. The final car ride night for the kids will take place at 7:00 p.m. sharp and racing to follow. There are several tight point battles that will come down to the final lap.

The Pure Stocks have Dylan Nelson the leader but the top four are just 22-points apart. The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds have Greg Pfeifer Jr. with a six-marker lead over Jason Born. Ryan Goergen has a scant 11-point lead over David Moriarty in the IMCA Stock Cars.

Chris Simpson Tops Corn Belt At Chateau

August 18th, 2011

Lansing, MN –Mother Nature gleamed sunshine down on the Chateau Raceway for the Dart Corn Belt Late Model Series special on Friday night. It was the second annual appearance of the high-powered late model series. The show was also highlighted when two drivers won their first features of the season in the Pure Stock and IMCA Stock car divisions.

The S&S Auto Salvage Hornets started off the feature lineup. Andrew Lokenvitz took the early lead until Terry Blowers stole it on lap six. Lokenvitz drove back by on lap seven and Blowers came right back to challenge. Lokenvitz took the lead and went on for his eighth win of the season.

Matt Brooks jumped to the lead in the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature. A caution early on kept the pack of cars tight. Cole Lonergan vaulted from fifth to second on the restart while Aaron Sletten and Stacy Krohnberg battled for third. Lonergan reeled in Brooks while Krohnberg was determined to make it a three-car battle for the lead. Krohnberg slipped to the low side and took second from Lonergan on lap seven. One more caution for debris on lap seven slowed the pace. Brooks fended off a couple of challenges from Krohnberg for his first Pure Stock feature win at the track. Lonergan finished third with Brady Krohnberg fourth and Dylan Nelson finished fifth.

The RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stocks had a fantastic finish. James Weber headed the field on lap one with Tyler Peterson right on him. Mike Blowers stormed to third and A.J. Zvorak was fourth at the end of lap one. Peterson slipped to the lead, while Blowers took second from Weber on lap three. Zvorak then got by Weber for third two laps later. Peterson and Blowers were close up front while they pulled away from Zvorak and had a half straightaway advantage. Blowers went low on Peterson and they were door-to-door for the lead on laps seven, eight and nine. Zvorak reeled in the leaders and was just a couple of car lengths back. Meanwhile, the race for the fourth spot was incredible. Five cars ran in a tight pack around the speedway and swapped the position several times. Back up front, Blowers led lap 10, but Peterson returned the favor on lap 11. The battle for fourth raged on with Jason Barber, Kory Adams, Weber, Jesse Stahl and Jason Newkirk all in the mix. Peterson led the pack to the white flag with Blowers and now Zvorak right there. Blowers looked to the inside in turn three. Peterson drifted up ever so slightly in turn four and Blowers charged to the inside. Blowers won by a scant couple of feet over Peterson and Zvorak. It was Blowers’ fourth win at Chateau this season. Adams won the race for fourth with Barber fifth.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds has issues with the start of their 20-lap feature. Two five-car pile-ups in turn one on the initial starts eliminated a couple of competitors. Casey Trom led lap one with Greg Pfeifer Jr. and Anthony Condit on the chase. Jason Born zoomed past Condit for third and closed on the top two. Trom wiggled a bit and Pfeifer Jr. drove past for the lead. Then Born took to the low groove and passed Trom for second. Cody Gardner was on the fly and he nabbed third one lap later. The top three ran very close on lap seven. Born went to the cushion on lap eight and made the pass on Pfeifer Jr. for the lead in turn four. Pfeifer Jr. then had his hands full with Gardner and they were side-by-side for several laps until Gardner finally got by on lap 17. Born drove away for win number two this season with Gardner second. Pfeifer Jr. was third while Bryan Hernandez finished fourth and Deven Sutter was fifth.

David Moriarty led from start to finish in the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars. Moriarty and Austin Curtin had a good race early on until Moriarty took over. The race behind them was pretty good also when four cars dueled for third. Ryan Goergen challenged Curtin for second and then Travis Shipman made it a three-car race. Goergen and Curtin glanced off each other on lap 11 and that allowed Shipman to get by Goergen. Shipman then passed Curtin for the second position on lap 14. Moriarty cruised for his first ever win at Chateau with Shipman second. Goergen was third with Curtin and Dan Mackenthun in the top five.

Joe Horgdal vaulted to the lead from row one in the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Doug Hillson and Dustin Steinbrink raced for second, but Jason Cummins was on the fly. Cummins snapped past Hillson and then got by Steinbrink for second on lap two. Cummins reeled in Horgdal and went to the low groove on lap six. Cummins pulled even with Horgdal and then made the pass in turn two on the seventh circuit. Cummins streaked away from the pack while Joe Wernecke worked his way by Hillson for third on lap 9. Steve Wetzstein got into Dustin Steinbrink on the frontstretch and then they spun in turn one and collected A.J. Wiste. Wetzstein was placed to the rear of the field for the yellow. During the caution period, Wetzstein protested the call and almost made contact with the turn one official. He was immediately disqualified and pointed to the pits. It was not over at that point as Wetzstein then drove over Steinbrink’s car in turn two. Wetzstein then exited the speedway for the night. When the race continued it was the Jason Cummins show when he won his third in a row by a half of a lap. Horgdal had a great run in second with Brandon Davis, Joe Wernecke and Doug Hillson in the top five.

The Corn Belt Clash Late Models were the final race of the night. Polesitter Brad Waits took the early lead of the 35-lap race. Justin Mitchell made the pass for the lead on lap two while Jason Utter was third. Tim Isenberg got past Utter for third on lap three. Mitchell and Waits ran close up front while Chris Simpson entered the top five on lap four. Isenberg then slipped past Waits for second as Chris Simpson challenged Chad Simpson for the fourth position. Chris Simpson made the pass on lap nine while Mitchell and Isenberg pulled away up front. A yellow for debris on lap 11 slowed the pack down. Waits stormed past Isenberg on the restart and reclaimed second. Chris Simpson then drove past Isenberg for third. Waits, Simpson and Isenberg were real tight on lap 13. Simpson snuck past Isenberg two laps later and then took second from Waits on lap 16. Simpson reeled in Mitchell and had caught up to him on lap 20. Simpson started his challenge on lap 23 and made quick work of it when he made the pass in turn four to complete lap 23. Despite a lap 32 yellow flag, Simpson was undeterred when he lead the remainder of the race to score the win. Mitchell finished second with Isneberg third. Jason Rauen made a late race charge to fourth and Waits finished fifth.

Hanson Sweeps Chateau Street Stocks

August 8th, 2011

Lansing, MN –The WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series RS Auto Rebuilders Street Stocks were the focus this week at Chateau Raceway. They were racing for $500 to win this week along with the other five classes in action.

The Street Stocks were the final race of the night this week for their 25-lap feature. Fourteen cars answered the bell with Donny Ganz on the pole in James Weber’s car and three-time defending track champion A.J. Zvorak to the outside. Zvorak took the lead with Kory Adams in hot pursuit.

Behind them Ganz was challenged by Bobby Kilby and Tony Shaner. Danny Hanson zoomed to fourth from the eighth spot. Zvorak and Adams touched and Kilby stormed to the lead, but the pass was negated by a yellow flag. Kilby stormed back to second on lap four while Tony Shaner was fourth and Hanson along with Mike Blowers raced for fifth.

Shaner got to third by Adams while Blowers continued his charge towards the front when he passed Hanson for fifth. Blowers bolted past Adams for fourth and then went side-by-side with Shaner for third on lap seven. Zvorak led until lap seven when Kilby made the pass.

Blowers finally got by Shaner on lap nine while Hanson slipped past Shaner for fourth on lap 10. Blowers drove to the low side of Zvorak and got second on the next circuit and took off after Kilby. Zvorak was now being challenged by Hanson for third and Blowers had caught up to the leader.

Kilby held off the charge from Blowers for several laps and Hanson got to third. On lap 22, Blowers applied pressure to the inside, but Kilby maintained the lead through turns one and two. In turn four Kilby slipped sideways and with no place to go Blowers clipped him and the both spun and out came the yellow.

Kilby was sent to the back and Blowers car shut off and would not restart. That sent Blowers pitside and now all of a sudden Danny Hanson was the leader. Hanson held on the final three laps for his 22nd win and third clean sweep at Chateau in as many tries. Zvorak was second, Adams finished third with Jesse Stahl and Jason Barber in the top five.

Curtis Wilson took the lead from row one in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. It did not last long however, when on lap two Jerry Young blew by and brought Deven Sutter to second. A yellow on the next lap slowed the pack.

On the restart, Cody Gardner took off from fourth and zipped to second. Gardner quickly got to Young and took the lead on lap four. Gardner took off from there and led the pack to his fourth win of the season and a clean sweep to boot. Young had a good run in his first run of 2011 in second. Greg Pfeifer Jr. finished third with Jason Born and Ryan Stebbins in the top five.

Jesse Baer led the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Car feature for the first five laps. Travis Shipman closed the gap and passed Baer on lap five and drove away for his first win of 2011 at Chateau. Ryan Goergen finished third with David Moriarty fourth and Laura Curry fifth.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks once again showed their rough and tumble ways this week. Cole Lonergan led the 14-car pack with Adam Godeke and Dylan Nelson close behind. Keith Weber, Stacy Krohnberg and Aaron Sletten charged three wide for fourth while the top three remained close.

Matt Brooks had a scary ride in turn two on lap five. Brook’s right rear wheel snapped off and his car almost tumbled over. Fortunately it came to rest right side up, but his wheel and tire bounded into the Cedar River off turn two.

On the restart, Godeke and Nelson tagged each other in turn one. They clanked together again in turn three and that forced everyone to scramble. Sletten spun and collected four cars in the melee. Both Godeke and Nelson were sent to the tail for rough driving.

From there Lonergan led the rest of the way for win number two. Stacy Krohnberg finished second with Brandon Vogt third. Nelson rebounded to fourth and Sletten was fifth. Race results remained unofficial at press time pending technical inspection.

Jacob Dahle led the first two laps of the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified feature. That was until Jason Cummins took over when he made the pass for the lead on lap three. Cummins drove away and was into lapped traffic in no time. Cummins had lapped up to the fifth place car when the yellow flag came out on lap 22.

Cummins was unchallenged for his third win of the season and second in a row. Brandon Davis got past Todd Scharkey for second when the received the white flag. Dahle finished in third and Joe Horgdal was fifth.

Andrew Lokenvitz won his seventh S&S Auto Salvage Hornet feature of the season. Both Terry Blowers and Gary Stahl who are the other feature winners this season dropped out with mechanical issues. Stahl’s ride exited the speedway in flames, but he was uninjured.

This Friday, August 12 the Dart Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series Presented by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants will make their second annual appearance. Along with the Late Models all of the speedways regular divisions will be racing. Hot laps are at 7:00 p.m. with racing to follow. Please visit www.chateauraceway.net for more information.

Pfeifer Jr. Ends Long Dry Streak At Chateau

July 25th, 2011

Lansing, MN –It was a hot and steamy night both on and off the track this week at Chateau Raceway. After a brief passing sprinkle, the sun returned and made it a hot and sticky late afternoon. The action was hot on the track also and a few tempers flared also.

The story of the night occurred in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature event. Greg Pfeifer Jr. ended a long winless streak in exciting fashion. Jason Born quickly took the lead from row two while Greg Pfeifer Jr. worked his way from sixth to second. Pfeifer Jr. then attacked the leader but a caution on lap six broke up the battle.

Born and Pfeifer Jr. took off on the restart and were determined to settle this race all by themselves. Born pulled away just a bit, but Pfeifer Jr. reeled him back in. On laps 12 and 13 they were very close and Pfeifer Jr. took a couple of looks to the inside of Born.

The white flag waved and the leaders stormed into turn one, Born got up just a little too high and that was all Pfeifer Jr. needed to steal the lead. Pfeifer Jr. led the rest of the final lap to score his first win at Chateau since July 18, 2008. Since his last win, Pfeifer Jr. had 31-top five’s and 13 of those were second place finishes. Bryan Hernandez was third with Cody Gardner and Kylie Kath in the top five.

The RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock 15-lap feature was a rough and tumble affair that saw quite a few cars attain some battle scars. It started on lap one when Tony Shaner got loose and A.J. Zvorak along with Jason Barber piled in. All three cars continued but had cosmetic damage.

Then shortly after the green, Jason Newkirk broke loose and that collected five cars and Zvorak ended up on top of Bobby Kilby. After the clean-up things got going and front row starter Briana Grinstead led the pack. Grinstead was being followed closely by Kory Adams, but another yellow came out when Samantha Stark got turned to the right and Kilby made hard contact. Kilby was done for the night, but Stark continued on.

On the restart, Zvorak split between Adams and Jesse Stahl for second and then challenged Grinstead for the lead. Zvorak zipped past on lap five and then Adams drove to second on lap seven. Another caution for debris slowed the field and the mayhem continued on the start.

Adams snuck to the inside of Zvorak and they made contact when Adams took the lead on lap 11. Tony Shaner then got contact from Grinstead that sent him around and another caution flag came out. At that time, Adams was docked two spots for was what deemed rough driving on the pass for the lead. That put Zvorak back out front Tyler Peterson second.

Zvorak who was back behind the wheel of his primary car for the first time since the season opener, drove on for his fourth win of the season. Peterson finished second and Adams was third with Shaner and Barber in the top five.

Jason Cummins dominated the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified 25-lapper. Cummins got past early leader Joe Horgdal on lap two but Horgdal had some resistance and tried to get back by. Cummins quickly drove away and left Horgdal in his wake.

Horgdal then eventually had to deal with Todd Scharkey and Steve Wetzstein. Those three ran close on the top line on laps 15 and 16. Wetzstein squeezed past Scharkey for third, but Scharkey fired back in the next corner. Scharkey then just got over the bermin turn one and Wetzstein stormed past on lap 20.

Wetzstein then attempted a slider on Horgdal and they made contact with Wetzstein now second. Then is was Scharkey’s turn on the final lap in turn one when he tried the same maneuver but did not have quite enough room. They bumped and Scharkey took third while Cummins was alone at the checkered with Wetzstein a distant second. Horgdal finished fourth and showed his displeasure with Scharkey on the cool down lap. Darwyn Karau finished in the fifth position

Adam Godeke took the lead just before the halfway point of the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock main event. Godeke would lead the rest of the way for his third win of the season. Aaron Sletten gave the leader a run but finished second. Jacob Stark had another nice finish in third with Dylan Nelson fourth and Brady Krohnberg in fifth.

Jesse Baer led the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Car feature and the action behind him was intense. They were trading paint and smashing bumpers when the battle heated up. Baer led until late in the race when Dan Mackenthun made the pass and then proceeded to check out. It was Mackenthun’s second win of the year at Chateau. Baer was second while Davis Moriarty finished third, John Wiemann was fourth and Jesse Olson fifth.

Gary Stahl won his first feature of the season in the S&S Auto Salvage Hornet class. Stahl had his hands full with Andrew Lokenvitz in the early stages, but Stahl pulled away late for the win.

A reminder to race fans that there will be no racing next Friday, July 29 at the Chateau Raceway. It is the tracks “bye” week so to speak as the Deer Creek Speedway hosts the World Modified Dirt Track Championship. Racing will return on Friday, August 5 with a $500 to win WISSOTA Street Stock special. For more info please visit www.chateauraceway.net

Kath holds off Hare, wires Iron Man Challenge B-Mods at Chateau Raceway

July 17th, 2011

LANSING, Minn. — After early morning showers fell in the area, it turned out to be a beautiful night as the Iron Man Challenge for USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods joined the USMTS Modifieds for a special Thursday night race program at Chateau Raceway.

Kylie Kath inherited the outside pole of the B-Mod main event when Parker Hale was unable to make the call. Hale’s misfortune became Kath’s celebration at the end of the 20-lap feature.

Kath bolted to the lead and pulled away from the pack as Jacob Bleess and Jake Timm had a dandy battle for second while defending USRA B-Mod National Champion Brandon Hare was fourth.

Kath was gone up front when Hare challenged Timm for third and they were right on Bleess for second.

Hare zipped past Timm on lap 13 and was close to Bleess but Michael Wytaske brought out the caution on lap 14 and that took care of Kath’s huge advantage.

Hare made a slick move on the restart and zoomed past Bleess for second. Timm then spun on lap 16 and the caution returned over the field.

Kath took off again, but this time Hare remained close to the leader. On the final lap, Hare took a stab at Kath but came up just short at the line.

Bleess had a strong run in third with points leader Matt Lettow fourth for his eighth top-5 finish in eight Iron Man Challenge starts. Josh Bonnstetter finished fifth after starting 16th.

The Iron Man Challenge will be back in action on Wednesday, July 20, for the series’ third stop in two weeks at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and then on Thursday, July 21, for the only appearance of the season at the Bloomfield Speedway in Bloomfield, Iowa.

USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars and USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods will share the spotlight at both events in conjunction with the USMTS Modifieds.

Sixteen dates at eleven dirt ovals comprise the 2011 schedule for the second season of the Iron Man Challenge. Points for both classes will be awarded based on a driver’s 10 best nights. Licensed USRA drivers in both classes will also earn national points in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series.

The points fund for the Stock Cars carries a $2,000 top prize with the tenth-place finisher earning $200. In the B-Mod class, the points champion will earn $700 with tenth-place taking home $100.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook, join us on MySpace or follow us on Twitter.

Myer Scores Big Win At Chateau

July 17th, 2011

Lansing, MN After early morning showers fell in the area, it turned out to be a beautiful night for a special Thursday night race program at Chateau Raceway. The Casey’s General Stores USMTS Modifieds Powered By Swan Energy were on hand along with the first appearance of the USRA B-Modified Ironman Series and Chateau Pure Stocks.

At intermission there was an auction of a door and quarter panel off of Zack Vanderbeek’s USMTS modified that was sporting a pink graphics scheme to raise money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day For The Cure. The effort was headed up by race fan Chris Brown and the Vanderbeek team this season.

Tonight with the help of the racing auctioneer Greg Jensen and drivers Zack Vanderbeek, Kevin Stoa and Joe Wernecke over $2100 was raised through the auction and the passing of the helmets through the crowd.

Matt Brooks was the early leader in the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature with Brandon Vogt and Keith Weber along for the ride. Adam Godeke spun on lap three and collected Dylan Nelson and that sent both drivers to the work area. Weber would eventually work his way past Vogt and then went after Brooks.

Weber and Brooks were side-by-sdie on laps seven and eight. They remained close while Weber tried to find the answer to pass the leader. Weber used the high groove to take the lead. Brooks got shuffled back through the pack in the later stages.

Weber took his second win of the year, but his car erupted in a huge smoke cloud on the cool down lap and needed an assist to victory lane. Stacy Krohnberg was second with Vogt, Nelson and Cole Lonergan in the top five.

Kylie Kath inherited the outside pole of the USRA B-Modified main event when Parker Hale was unable to make the call. Hale’s misfortune became Kath’s celebration at the end of the 20-lap feature.

Kath bolted to the lead and pulled away from the pack Jacob Bleess and Jake Timm had a dandy battle for second while Brandon Hare was fourth. Kath was gone up front when Hare challenged Timm for third and they were right on Bleess for second. Hare zipped past Timm on lap 13 and was close to Bleess. Michael Wytaske brought out the caution on lap 14 and that took care of Kath’s huge advantage.

Hare made a slick move on the restart and zoomed past Bleess for second. Timm then spun on lap 16 and the caution returned over the field. Kath took off again, but this time Hare remained close to the leader. On the final lap, Hare took a stab at Kath but came up just short at the line. Bleess had a strong run in third with Matt Lettow fourth and Josh Bonnstetter in fifth after starting sixteenth.

After out of car introductions and the redraw of the top eight passing point drivers, the stage was set for the 40-lap, $2000 to win Wix Filters A-Main for the USMTS Modifieds. Zack Vanderbeek and Tommy Myer led the 25-car pack to the green flag.

Myer tore off from the outside of row one and made it a one-car party up front. Myer was a half-straightaway out front on lap seven. Vanderbeek settled in to second while Corey Dripps was third and Rodney Sanders along with Keith Foss filled out the top five.

Myer was into lapped traffic on lap fifteen, but behind him Dripps was putting pressure on Vanderbeek for second. The races lone caution flew on lap 18 for debris. Myer stormed away again and had a full straightaway advantage when he again entered lapped traffic.

Behind him the battle for second raged on when Dripps really got after Vanderbeek. With five to go, Dripps got to second and pulled away from Vanderbeek. Meanwhile Myer was being held up a bit by the lapped traffic. Dripps closed the gap on the leader when the white flag flew.

Dripps made a dramatic last lap charge but came up a half a car length short at the checkered flag. It was Myer’s first USMTS win for 2011 at one of the tracks where he cut his teeth early in his career. Vanderbeek was third with Rodney Sanders and Keith Foss fourth and fifth.

Racing returns to Friday next week with action in all six classes. There will also be kids rides in their favorite race-cars beginning at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Twelve Features, Twelve Winners at Chateau

July 11th, 2011

Lansing, MN –It was a jammed packed night of excitement Friday night at Chateau Raceway. There were six feature races to be made up from the previous week along with the entire show for this week. Add to that the spectacular fireworks display after the show and fans got their moneys worth this week. Mother Nature again gave everyone a scare with rain that fell within a few miles of the speedway, but skies cleared and things went off without a hitch. The 24-race program was clicked off in just a touch over four hours when things went fairly smooth on track. After an exciting opening ceremonies complete with the Sons Of American Legion Post 149 of Morristown color guard and the invocation from Dustin Steinbrink. There was a beautiful performance of our national anthem by Cindy Lindahl complete with the rockets red glare and bombs that bursted in mid-air the program was underway.

The first order of business was the make-up features from July 1. The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks saw their race picked up from lap seven. Rookie driver Cole Lonergan did a great job and survived a green, white, checkered dash to the finish to score his first win. Brady Krohnberg finished second with Dylan Nelson, Aaron Sletten and Jacob Stark in the top five.

The RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next to run their feature from last week. Mike Blowers stormed out front in this one while they went three wide behind him for second. A.J. Zvorak worked his way to the runner up spot and challenged Blowers for the lead. Blowers had pressure from Zvorak for most of the way, but held on for his third win of the season. The win also qualified Blowers for the AMSOIL Race Of Champions to be held in September at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron, SD. during the Speedway Motors WISSOTA 100. Zvorak finished second with Tony Shaner, Jesse Stahl and Jason Barber in the top five.

Dan Wheeler took the lead right off the bat in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified make-up feature. Wheeler had a firm grip on the lead for the entire feature while the race for second thru fourth was good. Wheeler led the entire way for his second win at Chateau and like Blowers is now qualified for the Race Of Champions. Cody Gardner finished second, Greg Pfeifer Jr. was third while Jason Born and Kylie Kath rounded out the top five.

The Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars once again showed why they are billed the class “Too Tough To Tame”. What a dynamite 20-lap race they put on for the fans. Larry Portis led early with Chris Adams and Dan Mackenthun close behind. After a couple of early cautions the intensity picked up. Mackenthun stole second after a lap five restart. Then Mackenthun, Adams and Lynn Panos were three wide for position. The top eight cars ran in tight formation two and three wide at times. Mackenthun got shuffled back to fifth, while Adams attacked Portis for the lead. Adams dove low and then Panos rocketed by Adams for second. Panos then looked to steal the lead but another caution slowed the pace. The close racing continued when Panos tried to find a way around the leader. On the final lap, Panos drove to the inside of Portis and they made slight contact in turn two. Panos slid past for the lead and hung on for his second win of the season. Portis was a close second while Jesse Baer had his best run yet in third. Ryan Goergen and Adams rounded out the top five.

A.J. Wiste held the lead to start the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified make-up feature. Brandon Davis gave chase with Joe Wernecke close behind them. Steve Wetzstein got to fourth and put pressure on Wernecke. Wiste was in control with a steady lead on Davis until a lap 13 caution flag closed up the pack. On the restart, Jason Cummins took fourth away from Wernecke and then passed Wetzstein for third on lap 14. Cummins then closed in on Davis who was right on Wiste for the lead. Cummins and Davis both snuck past Wiste one lap later and Cummins was now the leader. Davis challenged Cummins and made his move on lap 16 and took command. Davis led the rest of the way for his second win at Chateau. Cummins was second with Wiste a strong third. Wetzstein finished fourth while Doug Hillson rounded out the top five.

The final make-up event was the S&S Auto Salvage & Repair Hornets. Andrew Lokenvitz won his fifth feature in a row over Terry Blowers and Greg Lammers.

With the events from July 1 completed, this week’s program was up next. After all of the preliminary heat races were run for all six classes it was time for six more feature events. Miner’s Outdoor & Rec put an extra $50 in each class features the recipient to be decided by a draw of finishing positions one through six.

Seventeen cars answered the bell for the 15-lap Pure Stock feature. Katie Elward and James Connors led the field to the green flag. The race had a lot of attrition in it, but it was more a wear and tear issue than collisions on the track. Dylan Nelson stood on top of the heap at the checkered flag for his second win. Keith Weber had a nice run in second while Jacob Stark had a great race and finished third. Stacy Krohnberg was fourth and Brady Krohnberg finished fifth and got the $50 Miner’s Outdoor & Rec bonus.

The WISSOTA Street Stock feature had Jason Barber up front and a wild scramble went on behind him. Kory Adams got to second and a caution on lap three calmed things down. On the restart, Mike Blowers bolted to second and then stole the lead on lap four and looked to sweep the nights features. The race behind the leaders was good with several cars going at it. Adams slipped past Barber for second on lap six, but Blowers had extended his lead. A.J. Zvorak entered the picture when he passed Barber for third on lap seven. Blowers still led, but it was apparent that Adams was reeling in the leader. The laps winded down and now Adams was right on the back bumper of Blowers. The white flag waved and Adams took the high line in turn one. Adams drove right around the top and stormed to the lead. Adams recorded his first ever win with Blowers a close second. Zvorak was third and also got the $50 bonus. with Bobby Kilby and Jesse Stahl fourth and fifth.

Deven Sutter took the lead from row one to start the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Troy Dahle and Jason Born kept pace in the early stages and Born took second on lap two. Cody Gardner zoomed up and made the pass of Dahle for third and then set after the leaders. Sutter ran the high line while Gardner challenged Born for second. Sutter slid high and Born charged low but the caution flew and broke up the battle. When the green flag returned, Born and Gardner ran inside of Sutter and they went three wide for the lead. Born ran low, Sutter high and Gardner split them for the lead on lap five. After a yellow, Gardner still held the point, but Dan Wheeler was now second and applied pressure to Gardner. Wheeler was able to get alongside of Gardner late in the going, but Gardner held on for his third win. Wheeler finished a close second ahead of Kylie Kath who was third. Sutter’s fine run ended in fourth with Greg Pfeifer Jr. fifth. Cody Gardner received the extra $50 bonus from Miner’s Outdoor & Rec.

The second IMCA Stock Car feature was just as good as the first one earlier in the night. Dan Mackenthun took the lead from row one with Chad Schroeder in tow. The race behind them was a dandy with six cars going at it for third. Ryan Goergen got to third and Chris Adams was fourth. Mackenthun and Schroeder pulled away from the pack and were a straightaway ahead. That race for third was super as eight cars were now in tight formation in two and three wide formation. On lap 17, Adams slowed and Matt Speckman took advantage of the stack up and took third. Lynn Panos and Ryan Goergen tangled and that brought the yellow out. Mackenthun led the rest of the way for his first win a Chateau. Schroeder was a close second with Larry Portis, Speckman and Goergen in the top five. Speckman received the additional $50 from Miner’s.

Jacob Dahle completed a storybook night in the USRA Modifieds. His families business Dahle Enterprises was the title sponsor of the evening’s races. There was a big contingent of family and friends in attendance tonight also. It would also be his last race in this area for a while because Dahle has accepted a new job in Omaha, Nebraska. The luck of the draw put Dahle on the pole for the 25-lap feature. Dahle stormed off the point to the lead with Steve Wetzstein in second. Wetzstein was all over Dahle as he looked for room to pass. They were door-to-door on lap five, but Dahle was up to the challenge. Jason Cummins worked his way to third when he passed A.J. Wiste. Dahle and Wetzstein remained close throughout the first part of the race. A yellow for a stalled Jeremy Misgen closed up the pack. The break did not faze Dahle and he continued to lead. Behind him Cummins snagged second from Wetzstein, but Wetzstein drove back by. Dahle pulled away from there for his second win in front of a fired up crowd. The fans went nuts when Dahle celebrated the win with several victory doughnuts on the frontstretch. Wetzstein held second and Brandon Davis made a late race charge to third and also picked up the extra $50. Cummins wound up fourth with Wiste in fifth.

Terry Blowers finally put a stop to Andrew Lokenvitz’s five-race win streak in the Hornet feature. Blowers passed Lokenvitz around the halfway point for his third win of the season. Chad Olson was the lucky winner of the Miner’s $50 bonus. In some amazing statistics, after all of the action was said and done, there were 12-feature races run and 12-different drivers that visited the Miner’s Outdoor & Rec victory lane. There were also 20-different winners in the 24-races run tonight.

Racing will continue on Thursday, July 14 when the United States Modified Touring Series returns to Chateau for a special event. Also on the cars will be the Ironman Challenge Series for the USRA B-Modifieds and Pure Stocks. Hot laps will be at 7:00 p.m. with racing to follow. There will be no racing on Friday, July 15, for more information please visit www.chateauraceway.net.

Storms Knock Out Chateau Feature Races

July 4th, 2011

Lansing, MN –It has been more often that not that Mother Nature has tried to crash the party at Chateau Raceway this season. The party was not only crashed, but the doors were blown open just when the night’s first feature race was on the speedway.

The heat races clicked off in a hurry and after a very brief break to give away some prizes, the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks rolled out. The skies grew darker by the second and lightning bolts shot across the western skies.

A wreck on lap one that involved Keith Weber and Adam Godeke brought things to a halt. Severe weather warnings were issued for the area and a huge gust front came through and that sent the crowd scrambling for cover. With the predictions of high winds and large hail possible, the program was postponed at that point. Shortly after the cancellation the storm sirens wailed to warn of the incoming weather.

So next Friday, July 8 race fans will literally get a big bang for their dollar at Chateau. Already on the schedule will be the annual fireworks, which are pretty incredible in its own right. After Friday’s storms there will be double features in all six divisions also which will make for a busy night.

Hot laps will get underway at 7:00 p.m. with racing action to follow. Please visit www.chateauraceway.net for more information.

Wet & Wild Night At Chateau Raceway

June 12th, 2011

Lansing, MN–After heavy overnight and early morning rains of over an inch fell, it was amazing that the Chateau Raceway got a program started this week. Seventy-seven race teams turned out and did a great job to squeeze in a racing program.

During the preliminary heat races a few sprinkles fell, but that part of the program ran off without many caution flags at all. The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks continued that trend in their 15-lap feature when they went green to checkered without a single yellow flag. Aaron Sletten led early on until he slid high on lap two and rookie Cole Lonergan snuck closer. Lonergan was able to make the pass on lap five while Brady Krohnberg grabbed second and Dylan Nelson slid to third. The top three ran tight on laps eight, nine and ten when Krohnberg slid up and allowed Nelson to steal second. Nelson zoomed in on Lonergan and they had a good battle going on for the lead. That lasted for two laps until Lonergan drifted up in turn four and Nelson shot past for the lead. Nelson stormed on for his first win of the season and a clean sweep. Krohnberg got past Lonergan for second at the finish and soon after the checkered flag Lonergan’s car erupted in smoke and a quick flash fire. Brandon Vogt nailed a fourth place finish and Sletten finished fifth.

The RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stocks were up next and what a wild start it was. Right off the bat, Tyler Peterson stuck it in three wide with front row starters Brent Holland and Jason Barber. Peterson slid up the banking in turn two and things got wild. The pack charged out of that corner four wide and contact was made. Cars were spinning everywhere and it was amazing that only Tony Shaner was knocked from the race as it could have been really ugly. On the complete restart, the front row remained side-by-side but right behind them Peterson was again three wide, but this time with Kory Adams and A.J. Zvorak. Zvorak tore to third on lap two and then quickly reeled in Holland for second on lap four. A quick yellow for a stalled car set up another restart. Jason Barber led, but Zvorak blew past Holland for second, then proceeded to the inside of Barber and to the lead on lap five. Zvorak quickly pulled away and the race ended under a yellow, checkered scenario when the sprinkles became a steady rain. Barber had a great run in second as did Kory Adams whom finished third. Holland wound up fourth with Peterson in the top five.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rolled on to the track with a steady rain coming down. They were quickly sent pitside while race officials looked at the radar. The rain left as fast as it came and the drivers decided they wanted to complete the program. So after a 30-minute delay to repack the track, the Midwest Modifieds came back out for their feature race. Taylor Ovrebo led from the start with Deven Sutter persuing him. Bryan Hernandez made a very slick move on the top of the speedway and screamed by both of them for the lead on lap three. From there the veteran driver stormed away from the pack for his second win of the season. Bryan’s son Jesse Hernandez had another good run and finished second. Cody Gardner ran third while Jason Born and Sutter finished out the top five.

Lynn Panos and Larry Portis had a tremendous race in the early laps of the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM Stock Car main event. Panos led but Portis was all over him until lap six. That is when Portis made the pass and was able to pull away for his first win of 2011. Chad Palmer drove from the eighth spot and had a nice late race charge to finish second. Panos finished in third with David Moriarty and Chris Adams in fourth and fifth respectively.

A.J. Wiste took off from row one in the French’s Repair & Fabrication Modified 25-lap feature. Wiste held off Joe Wernecke from the start, but Wernecke soon had his hands full with Brandon Davis. Davis had worked past Jacob Dahle for third and reeled in Wernecke. Davis scooted by for second on lap nine and closed in on Wiste. Wiste and Davis put on a good show for several laps when they ran side-by-side. Wiste ran the top and Davis was right on the bottom. Wiste got up a little off his line in turn two on lap 13 and that was all Davis needed to take over. From there Davis dominated for his first win at Chateau on his 20th birthday. Todd Scharkey put on an excellent show when he drove from row five to second. Wiste finished third with Dahle fourth and Jason Cummins fifth.

In the S&S Auto Salvage & Repair Hornet division, Andrew Lokenvitz topped a five car field for his third win of the season.

By: Todd Narveson

Chateau Raceway Gets a Steamy Night Of Racing In

June 4th, 2011

Lansing, MN — It finally felt more like early summer this week at Chateau Raceway with steamy temperatures in the low 90’s. Racing resumed with action in all six divisions this week and some new winners added their names to the record books.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks came out with fourteen cars on the speedway for their 15-lap feature. Dylan Nelson and Keith Weber had a great race up front early on. They swapped the lead back and forth until lap four when Nelson slid up the track in turn four a Weber took the point.  Weber took off from there to score his first win of 2011 in a race that went without a single caution flag. Nelson finished second and Brandon Vogt was third. James Connors had a good run in the fourth spot and Stacy Krohneberg finished out the top five.

Tyler Peterson and Mike Blowers led the RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green flag for their feature. Peterson took the early advantage with Blowers Jesse Stahl and Danny Hanson close behind. Hanson slipped past Stahl for third on lap two then set after Blowers. Hanson stormed to second and then set his sights on Peterson. Hanson caught Peterson on lap eight and then Peterson drifted high in turn four. Hanson blew by and was now the leader as Blowers spun to bring out the yellow flag. Hanson was in control from there, but the race behind him was tight. Stahl got to second on lap 10 while Peterson and A.J. Zvorak battled for third. Hanson got his first win at Lansing in a rare appearance while Stahl was second. Zvorak slipped past Peterson for third with Dan Holland in the top five.

Twelve cars would start the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, but only six would finish. Mike Paulson took off from the pole position to lead the early laps while Cody Gardner dogged him. Jeff Born was third until he slid up the track and that let Kylie Kath, Greg Pfeifer Jr. and Bryan Hernandez by on lap three. After a quick yellow to unlock Jason Born and Jesse Hernandez, Paulson and Gardner were close up front as was Kath and Hernandez for third. Gardner blew to the lead and then Bryan Hernandez locked up with Kylie Kath. Kath spun and then turned back to the left and took the car up on two wheels. Fortunately it set back down without going over and Hernandez went to the back. After the restart, third place runner Jeffrey Lien Jr. spun in turn for and collected Jason Born. Casey Trom had no place to go and piled into the back of Born sending him high into the air. All three cars were eliminated in the wreck. Meanwhile in another incident, Kath was black flagged for rough driving on Bryan Hernandez. Gardner walked away from the field and scored his second straight victory at Chateau. Pfeifer Jr. put a late move on Paulson for second. Bryan Hernandez finished fourth with Jesse Hernandez fifth.

David Moriarty took the lead from the start of the Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Car main event. Ryan Goergen would nab the lead but then got loose and spun to the low side of the track. That allowed Moriarty to regain the point with Chris Adams second. Adams would steal the top spot on lap four and lead the rest of the way for his first win of 2011. There were some late race fireworks when third place runner Larry Portis made hard contact with Moriarty with two to go. Portis was tagged with the yellow but retired to the pits with a broken right front.

Jacob Dahle used the inside of row one to bolt out front in the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified main event. Joel Alberts ran second on the top-side of the track while Jason Cummins tried to track down the top two. Alberts and Cummins dueled it out on laps two through four until Cummins snuck past. Cummins then reeled in Dahle and they had a good race for a few laps. They went side-by-side until Cummins used the high groove to take over on lap 11. Cummins then pulled away for his first win at Chateau this season. Dahle was a solid second while Alberts good run ended in third. Todd Scharkey raced to a fourth place finish while Doug Hillson was fifth.

Andrew Lokenvitz won his second S&S Auto Salvage Hornet feature. Lokenvitz got by race leader Gary Stahl and pulled away for the easy win.

The IMCA Old Timers were also on the program and Chateau Raceway legend John Van Wilgen won the stock car portion while Skip Reineke won the open wheel division.

Gustin wires USMTS field at Lansing, sweeps Memorial Day doubleheader

June 2nd, 2011

(LANSING, Minn.) – After an afternoon show at the Dodge County Speedway in Kasson, Minn., the teams of the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy loaded up and headed 35 miles south to the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., for an Memorial Day evening program on Monday.

A windy day robbed the 3/8-mile clay oval of moisture, but the racing was not without plenty of action and a little controversy.

For the second time today, Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region points leader Ryan Gustin drew the pole position for the start of the 40-lap WIX Filters “A” Main, but unlike the previous feature race earlier in the day Gustin went out and led every lap of Monday night’s main event.

He did not go unchallenged, however, as rookie Brandon Davis ran down the leader near the halfway point of the race and with 24 laps complete made a move to the inside of Gustin for the lead.

Gustin slid up out of the fast lane exiting turn 2 and opened the door for Davis to sneak underneath. The two drag-raced down the back-stretch with Davis nosing ahead, but Gustin drove deeper into turn 3 and fought back for the spot.

Door to door, the two made contact which caused Gustin’s machine to bounce through the turn but he was able to keep his car going forward. Davis was not as fortunate, however, as he spun to a stop at the top of the turn to bring out the race’s second and final caution, and ended his bid for his career-first USMTS victory.

Gustin went unchallenged the rest of the way and took the checkered flag more than five seconds ahead of runner-up Dereck Ramirez, who turned in his best performance of the season driving a new Hughes Chassis he debuted Saturday night.

Corey Dripps finished third, Keith Foss was fourth and Steve Wetzstein took the fifth spot. Sixth through tenth positions went to 21st-starting Todd Scharkey, Lucas Schott, Jon Tesch, Mark Noble and Zack VanderBeek.

The USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy returns to action next weekend with a trek to the Cornhusker State on Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, for the 8th Annual Nebraska Spring Thaw at the Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb.

The event will be the first points race in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Great Plains Region with Friday’s feature winner getting $2,000 while a top prize of $3,000 is set aside for the driver visiting victory lane on Saturday.

Race time is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday and the first heat race on Saturday takes the green flag at 7 p.m.

Camelot Inn and Suites is located just five minutes north of the racetrack and is offering a special rate for USMTS fans. To book your reservation, call 402-362-6885 or visit www.camelotyork.com online.

Located five miles south of I-80 on US 81, the Junction Motor Speedway is a state-of-the-art facility entering its eighth year of operation. The track is a super-fast, 3/8-mile clay oval boasting 80-foot-wide straight-aways, making for a lot of racing room for the drivers and a lot of wheel-to-wheel action for fans. For more information, call 402-773-5538 or check out www.junctionmotorspeedway.com.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

Gustin Scores 11th USMTS Win at Chateau

June 1st, 2011

(Lansing, Mn) It was a hot, humid and extremely windy day as the Chateau Raceway ran on Monday afternoon and evening to make up the rained out program from Friday. It was the 14th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial Race that honors the memory of the popular driver from Austin.

The USMTS Modifieds rolled into town with 36-cars on hand for their $2000-to win feature event. Also on the card were Pure Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks. The track prep crew was kept busy all day with the hot and windy conditions, but the racing was good for most of the night.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks were brought to the green flag by Cole Lonergan and Daniel Guttormson. It took three tries to get this race going as several spins and crashes hindered the progress of this race.

Lonergan led early, but dropped out with mechanical issues. Adam Godeke took over the reigns up front for a bit until Stacy Krohnberg took over on lap six. Krohnberg cruised from there for his second win of 2011. Godeke took second with Aaron Sletten, Keith Weber and Brady Krohnberg in the top five.

The USMTS Modified feature was moved up in the order and after out of car driver intros and the redraw the drivers got strapped in for 40-laps of action. After the field gave a missing man formation in memory of Mike Guttormson and their four-wide salute to the fans, everyone was ready to go. Ryan Gustin and Dereck Ramirez brought the field to the green flag.

Gustin would take off in the early stages with Ramirez second. Kelly Shryock and Brandon Davis wrestled for third while Corey Dripps and Josh Angst dueled for fifth. Davis got past Shryock and then reeled in Ramirez to make a bid for second. Mark Noble and Rodney Sanders tangled on the backstretch and out came the caution on lap eight.

Gustin again took off at the start while Ramirez led Davis for second. Corey Dripps got to fourth when he passed Shryock and closed in on Davis. On lap 18, Davis stole second from Ramirez while Gustin had a good-sized lead.

Davis was slowly chasing down Gustin and on lap 25 had caught him Davis made a bid for the lead and were side-by-side for the top spot. On lap 26, the pair made contact in turn three and Davis shot to the wall with a flat tire and the caution came out. Davis was ruled at fault much to the chagrin of the fans.

From there Gustin cruised for his 11th win of the season, third of the weekend and second of the day after he won at Kasson earlier in the afternoon. Ramirez finished second with Corey Dripps, Keith Foss and Steve Wetzstein in the top five.

Rain Knocks Out Chateau, USMTS Invades The Friday

May 24th, 2011

(Lansing, MN) Mother Nature put a stop to any thought of racing on Friday, May 20 at the Chateau Raceway. Morning rains and a good chance for rain forced the third cancellation of the 2011 season. But race fans need not fret as this coming Friday it will be showtime on the Cedar River.

This Friday, May 27; the stars and cars of the Casey’s General Stores United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) powered by Swan Energy will invade the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, MN. This year the USMTS will be a part of the is 14th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial Race It is also the first event for the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region.

Past winners at the Chateau Raceway include Jason Hughes, Tim Donlinger, Jason Krohn, Tommy Myer, Jon Tesch, Kelly Shryock and Mike Chasteen. Tesch was the winner last September and is the only driver able to win two USMTS main events at the speedway.

So far this season Ryan Gustin has eight wins to lead the tour and Jason Hughes has six feature triumphs. Nine-time national champion Kelly Shryock won the last two USMTS shows this past weekend in Oklahoma and Texas.

Chateau Raceway modified pilots such as Jason Cummins, Todd Scharkey, Brandon Davis, Steve Wetzstein and Doug Hillson will try to defend their home turf when the touring stars come to town.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 with hot laps at 7 and racing to follow. Also racing on Friday will be the WISSOTA Midwest Mods, Wissota Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.

The Chateau Raceway is located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 to the Lansing exit, then 1.3 miles east on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east. For more info, call 507-391-2486 or 507-433-4578 on raceday or visit www.chateauraceway.net. To follow the Casey’s General Store USMTS Modifieds powered by Swan Energy check them out at www.usmts.com

Jones Scores First Career Sprint Car Win

May 16th, 2011

(Lansing, MN) It was another cool and windy night at the Chateau Raceway on Friday the 13th. But it was historic also as the sprint car division returned to the speedway for the first time since June 5, 1975. The UMSS Sprint Car Series invaded the speedway with a stellar 20-car field.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks came on to the speedway first for their 15-lap main event. Daniel Guttormson and Stacy Krohnberg led the 15-car pack to the green flag. Guttormson jumped to the early lead while last week’s winner Brandon Vogt battled with Aaron Sletten for second. Guttormson had his hands full with Vogt while Stacy Krohnberg and Dylan Nelson both passed by Sletten. Vogt stole the lead, but a caution on lap six for Katie Elward’s driveshaft on the speedway negated the pass. On the restart, Stacy Krohnberg worked the top side and made a great move to zoom past and take the lead away from Guttormson on lap seven. Guttormson’s car slowed two laps later and that ended his night. Krohnberg cruised from there for his first win of the season. Vogt finished second with Keith Weber a solid third. Brady Krohnberg raced to the fourth spot while Dylan Nelson finished out the top five.

Jason Barber and Kevin Vogt led the field to the green for the RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Barber and Vogt cycled around the track side-by-side on the first lap. Kory Adams joined the fray and made it a three-car tussle. Meanwhile, A.J. Zvorak, Jesse Stahl and Mike Blowers were on the move forward. On lap four, Barber pushed up the track and that allowed Adams to take the lead while the rest of the field closed in. Vogt got a little high and Zvorak quickly drove past. Zvorak continued his charge and blew to the lead on lap four. Zvorak cruised from there for his second win in a row. Adams was second and Blowers scored another top five in third place. Barber ended the 15-lap race in fourth and Stahl was fifth.

Steve Wetzstein took advantage of his outside front row start in the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds. Polesitter Doug Hillson settled into second while Jason Cummins quickly moved to third. Cummins challenged Hillson for position and they had a dandy race for awhile. A caution on lap two slowed the pace, but it did not take Wetzstein long to get cranked up once again. Wetzstein pulled away from the pack when Jason Cummins finally dispatched Hillson on lap five. Brandon Davis moved to fifth and then challenged Todd Scharkey for fourth. Scharkey and Davis closed in on Hillson for third as Wetzstein continued to lead. Darwyn Karau’s car stalled on lap 11 and another caution brought the field together once again. On the restart, things got wild quickly as Scharkey along with Davis stuck it in three wide with Hillson for the third spot. Both Scharkey and Davis slipped past Hillson for third and fourth. Back up front it was still Wetzstein up front, but Cummins made up ground and shrunk the lead considerably. Cummins continued to reel in the leader and was now less than a car length behind with a couple of laps left. On the final circuit, Cummins made a last ditch effort when the leaders came off of turn four. At the line Wetzstein edged Cummins by just a couple of feet. Scharkey finished in third with Davis and Hillson in the top five.

Terry Blowers won his second S&S Auto Salvage & Repair Hornet feature. Blowers got the lead from Gary Stahl in another good race. Andrew Lokenvitz got by Stahl for second late in the race.

Friday the 13th can be an unlucky day for some, but for young Andy Jones it proved to be a fortunate and memorable evening of racing action. Race fans know that on any given night, they can witness history being made. Such was the case for those hearty fans who braved the cool and windy conditions to watch modified and sprint car racer Andy Jones race to a thrilling feature victory over a strong field of 20 cars to earn the $1,000 top prize. With the usual double round of UMSS qualifying races in the books, high point driver Brad Barickman drew the #6 pill for the feature invert. A couple of young guns, Cody Hahn and Andy Jones, found themselves on the front row for the 20-lap UMSS feature event. On the initial start, Jesse Smith got upside down off of turn two and the race was under the red flag immediately. Smith was okay but out of the race. When the race went green on the second attempt, Cody Hahn bolted into the lead with Jones, fifth starter Graf, and fourth starter Richert in close pursuit. Just five laps into the race, the leaders caught up to lapped traffic on the 1/3-mile semi-banked oval. Jones got around Hahn for the lead and shortly thereafter Richert, who had slipped under Graf for third on lap two, moved by Hahn for second. The caution blinked on for a spin in turn two by rookie driver Mark Yetter with six laps scored. On the restart, third place runner Cody Hahn slipped off turn two and stalled to bring out a quick yellow and a trip to the tail end of the field. A swift two laps after the green replaced the yellow saw Graf move to second ahead of Richert with Brad Barickman and Billy Johnson in the top five. Johnson moved to fourth a lap later and with nine laps in the yellow waved again for a spin in turn two by 2010 UMSS Rookie of the Year Jared Goerges. At the halfway mark, under the green once again, it was Jones, Graf, Johnson, Richert and Alan Gilbertson occupying the first five spots. Another caution after twelve laps when the cars of Danny Lee and John Franzen got turned around in turn two had Jones still leading over Graf, Richert, Gilbertson and Scott Broty. Billy Johnson had slipped back several spots with an off-track excursion in turns one and two. The final caution of the race flew for a Danny Lee spin with fourteen laps completed. The top four remained the same, but Barickman had moved past Broty for fifth. During the final six-lap green flag sprint to the checkers, Jones made the right decision to move down one lane off the cushion and was able to hold off Graf and Richert. Gilbertson beat Barickman by a nose for fourth and Jimmy Kouba was fifth. Jones earned an extra $200 feature winner bonus from GRP Motorsports, an additional $100 Retro Rookie bonus from GRP, and a free rear Hoosier racing tire. Jimmy Kouba took home the $100 GRP Hardcharger Award, advancing six positions from his 12th starting spot. Cody Hahn, by virtue of a top ten finish, earned the $100 GRP Past Champions bonus.

Next Friday will feature car rides for the kids at 7:00 p.m. All six classes of cars will be back in action. For more information and a look at what is coming to the speedway go to www.chateauraceway.net

Sprint Cars Make Long Awaited Return To Chateau

May 10th, 2011

(Lansing, MN) It has been 35-years since racing fan have witnessed the high-flying sprint car division at the Chateau Raceway. They will get their chance coming up this Friday, May 13 when the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) makes its first ever appearance at the speedway.

Beginning its third season in 2011, Twin Cities based series has grown in popularity and is gaining momentum by establishing reasonable rules for the participants, an economical purse structure for the racetracks, and an affordable race ticket and fan-friendly program for the race fans.

These are “open wheel” 1550-lb., 84-inch wheelbase racecars powered by up to a 360-cu.in.engine. There are also wings mounted on the top of the roll cages to provide downforce on the car and provide maximum traction. The UMSS will entertain race fans with our brand of wild-looking racecars and very fast, and sometimes very volatile, racing action.

This will be the second tour stop on the 2011 UMSS schedule. Around 15-20 drivers are expected to compete at Lansing. Some of the drivers expected are Jerry Richert, Jr., Brad Barickman, Chris Graf, 2010 UMSS Champion Cody Hahn, 2010 UMSS Rookie of the Year Jared Goerges, Andy Jones, Scott Brody, Jesse Smith, Charly Cropp, Chad Patterson.

Also racing will be the USRA Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets. Pit gates open at 5:00 p.m., grandstands at 6:00 p.m., hot laps are at 7:00 p.m. and racing will follow.

By: Todd Narveson

For more information on the racetrack, visit their website at www.chateauraceway.net . To follow the UMSS Sprint Cars click on their website at www.umsprints.com.

By: Todd Narveson

New Winners Highlight Chateau Raceway

May 8th, 2011

(Lansing, MN) Just like last week’s season opener, light sprinkles fell throughout the evening at Chateau Raceway. There were no delays in the racing and was just a slight nuisance for the fans in attendance.

Brandon Vogt and Matt Brooks were in row one for the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature. Vogt jumped to the early lead with Matt Brooks applying pressure. Mike Kohn and Adam Godeke fought for fourth and then Kohn bolted to third on lap three.
The leaders were already working through the back of the field on lap six and that spread out the lead pack. Vogt had a three-quarter straightaway lead on Brooks by lap seven. Brady Krohnberg worked by Kohn to take third on lap nine. Vogt was gone up front but his lead evaporated when Dylan Nelson and Adam Godeke tangled on the frontstretch and brought out the yellow with three laps to go. Vogt held on for his first pure stock win in his second night out. Brooks was second, Krohnberg finished third with Kohn and Aaron Sletten in the top five.

In the RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock 15-lap feature, front row starters Tyler Peterson and A.J. Zvorak waged a great battle for the lead. Behind them, Kory Adams, Dan Holland and Jason Barber raced for third. Zvorak stole the lead on lap two and one lap later the race slowed for a four car tangle. On the restart, Zvorak took off while Holland snagged second from Peterson. Adams and Barber had a very good race for fourth when another caution came out for a two-car spin in turn four. Zvorak again took off from the start while things heated up behind him. Barber, Peterson and Adams drove three wide for third on lap eight. Adams slid to the spot while Zvorak and Holland pulled away. Zvorak went on for the win in his backup car while Holland was second. Adams finished third as Mike Blowers had a good run late to the fourth spot and Peterson was fifth.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had a wild and messy feature that ended up being cut five laps and ended with a green, white, checkered finish. Greg Pfeifer Jr. made a slick move on the initial start from row two and took the lead in turn one of the first lap. Jason Born moved to second while Pfeifer Jr. extended his lead. Bryan Hernandez quickly moved to third on lap four. A caution on lap six slowed the pace and on the restart Hernandez zoomed past Born for second. Hernandez was putting pressure on Pfeifer Jr. when another caution came out. Yet another yellow came out on the restart and when thing settled down the race resumed. Born went to the middle part of the track and found something when he got back by Hernandez for second and then pulled even with Pfeifer Jr. Born took the led on lap 11 and the top three were close. Hernandez got too high in turn three on lap 14 and spun and again the yellow came out. Then on the restart, Dave Bjorge Jr. got into Pfeifer Jr. and again yellow reigned supreme. At that point the laps were cut to a two-lap dash to the checkered. Born held off a last lap challenge from Pfeifer Jr. to take the win. Jesse Hernandez had a career best third place finish while Bryan Hernandez rebounded to fourth. Bjorge also came back to score a top five finish.

The Power 96/KQAQ 970 AM IMCA Stock Cars saved the best for the last lap tonight. David Moriarty rocketed off of row one and pulled away early on. Lynn Panos and Austin Curtain dueled for second. After a quick caution, Moriarty again pulled away while Curtain and Panos were locked in battle for second. Matt Speckman also entered the fray when he took over fourth. Panos finally rid himself of the pesky Curtain on lap eight and slowly reeled in the leader. With three laps to go, Panos was within one car length of Moriarty. They went door-to-door on the final lap. Panos slid low while Moriarty’s car just slightly got loose in turn four while the checkered flag waved. Panos got to the line first and stole the win over Moriarty. Curtain was third, Speckman fourth and Chris Adams finished fifth.

Tim Donlinger took the lead from Jacob Dahle on lap one of the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified feature and never looked back. Greg Jensen was third and Jason Cummins charged to fourth. Jensen got a little sideways and Cummins had to get hard on the brakes and dropped back five spots. Then the crowd watched when Cummins methodically worked through traffic the rest of the way. Donlinger checked out and brought home the win after he finished second last week. Cummins made a late race charge on Dahle while they negotiated a lapped car on the final lap. Dahle got caught up and spun to the infield while Cummins was able to keep going. Officials gave Dahle the second spot with Cummins third. Jensen was fourth and Brandon Davis fifth.

The S&S Auto Salvage & Repair Hornets entertained the crowd in both their heat and feature race. Andrew Lokenvitz outdueled Gary Stahl and Terry Blowers for a very hard fought win.

Next Friday the UMSS Sprint Car Series makes its first appearance to the speedway. It is the first time in 35-years that sprint cars have run at Chateau. The USRA Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets will also be racing. Grandstands open at 6:00 p.m., hot laps are at 7:00 p.m. and racing is to follow.

Wild & Wooly Season Opener At Chateau

May 3rd, 2011

(Lansing, MN) It was a brisk and sometimes wet night for the 2011 season opener at the Chateau Raceway. A big field of 92-cars filed into the pit area and a group of devoted fans turned out. The show was highlighted by the $1000 to win IMCA Stock Car Spring Challenge presented by Adams Racing Chassis of Stacyville, IA.

The heat races were completed with an occasional light rain that fell. It was not enough to deter racing but it did make it miserable for those in attendance. After a brief break to touch up the racetrack, it was main event time.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks were first up for their 15-lap feature. Adam Godeke and James Connors led the pack to the green flag. Godeke took the lead but several cautions would slow the pace early on. Godeke was pretty much in command the entire way. Dylan Nelson got to third but he tangled with Connors on lap four and triggered a three-car pileup. Nelson was sent to the tail, but was not done. Godeke led the entire distance for the win, Brady Krohnberg finished second with Stacy Krohnberg third. Nelson rebounded to fourth with Keith Weber in the fifth spot at the checkered flag.

Sprinkles started to fall when the WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series RS Auto Rebuilders Street Stocks rolled on to the speedway. Kory Adams took off from the outside of row one for the early lead with Jesse Stahl and Kevin Vogt in tow. Mike Blowers spun and collected Tyler Peterson on lap one and a complete restart was in order. Again it was Adams who nabbed the lead but the madness continued behind him. Briana Grinstead made slight contact with A.J. Zvorak and they spun. Blowers had no place to go and piled into Grinstead. Blowers was able to continue, but Grinstead was done with heavy front end damage. On the restart, Zvorak made some progress when he got to fourth and then passed Vogt on lap three for third. Adams led with Stahl and Zvorak in close formation behind him. Blowers cracked the top five on lap four. Then Adams spun in turn two and fortunately everyone avoided him and the caution flag returned. Stahl then led on the restart and things got wild soon after the green returned. Blowers challenged Zvorak for third on lap five and then they went three wide with Vogt for second. They came out of turn four three abreast and ran out of room. Blowers and Zvorak made contact and that forced Zvorak into Vogt and then hard into the outside wall while Vogt spun to the inside. Zvorak’s car suffered severe front-end damage and was eliminated in the incident. Stahl still led the pack until lap nine when Blowers made a move low on the track. Blowers snuck past and stole the lead, but Stahl made another challenge on the next lap using that same low groove. Blowers held Stahl off and took the win. Jason Barber finished in the third spot with Brent Holland fourth and street stock rookie Jason Newkirk in fifth.

Rookie Casey Trom and veteran Bryan Hernandez sat on the front row for the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified main event. After a couple of early yellows, Bryan Hernandez and Cory Crapser split Trom and bolted to first and second. Hernandez led until lap four when he spun to the infield and kept going. That allowed Crapser to take the lead. Cody Gardner stalled on the frontstretch and brought out the yellow on lap six. Hernandez had worked back to second and now challenged Crapser for the lead. They were side-by-side on lap 11 and then Hernandez snagged the lead for good on lap 12. Crapser clipped an infield tire and tore up his left front on lap 13. Hernandez survived a late race charge from Jason Born to win his second consecutive season opener. Born was second with Adam Stowell in third, Trom was fourth and Jeff Born was fifth in his first night out.

The 26-car Power 96/KQAQ 970 AM IMCA Stock field was whittled down to a 22-car field for their $1000 to win, 25-lap feature. Jesse Anderson and Ned Kalis led the field to Chris Toot’s green flag to kick things off. Justin Temeyer made quick work of Anderson for the early lead. Brian Irvine quickly zoomed to second on lap one. Tom Schmitt cracked the top five on lap two as now Temeyer and Irvine cranked up the intensity up front. On lap five, Irvine put heavy pressure on Temeyer for the lead. Irvine tried to wrestle the low groove away, but Temeyer had nothing to do with that. Then Irvine turned his car to the top side of the track and tried that. They went door-to-door for the lead while Ned Kalis worked his way to third and closed in on the top two. Irvine abandoned the top groove, but now was under attack from Kalis. A caution flew on lap 12 and closed up the field. The race heated back up in the front on lap 16 as Irvine again took to the top side and pulled even with Temeyer. Irvine made the pass in turn four to complete lap 16. A four car incident on lap 21 set up a four lap shootout for the loot. Irvine remained in control and scored the big payday with Temeyer second. Tom Schmitt finished third with Ken Tietz and Phil Holtz in the top five.

When the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds entered the track sprinkles again fell. Darwyn Karau bolted off of row one for the early lead with Brandon Davis close behind. Jason Krohn got by Tim Donlinger for third and then quickly challenged Davis for second. Krohn snapped up second on lap four and then took after Karau. Krohn flew to the low side as Karau was up top. Krohn stormed to the lead in turn four on lap six while Davis now battled Karau for the runner up spot.
Davis and Karau continued to race for second and Davis got by on lap 13 and brought Donlinger along for the ride to third. Todd Scharkey stalled in turn three and the caution came back out. With that another heavier shower hit the speedway and slicked up the track. The shower quickly abated and after a few laps of packing and a few hot laps things were back in shape. Krohn stormed away from the field and picked up the win. Donlinger got by Davis to finish second. Doug Hillson was the fourth place finisher and Karau was fifth.

The S&S Auto Salvage & Repair Hornet class rounded out the action. Terry Blowers picked up where he left off in 2010 and took the checkered flag. Nate Coopman was second with Andrew Lokenvitz, Gary Stahl and Trey Anderson in the top five.

Racing action will continue on Friday, May 6 with the grandstands opening at 6:00 p.m., hot laps at 7:00 p.m and the races will follow. For more information visit the tracks website at www.chateauraceway.net.

Chateau Season Opener Pushed Back Again

April 22nd, 2011

(Lansing, MN) Stock car racing fans will have to wait one more week to get their fix. The 2011 season opener at the Chateau Raceway was postponed for the second week in a row. With cold temperatures, persistent drizzle, fog and forecast for rain, the show was canceled.

The season opener is now scheduled for Friday, April 29. It is also the rescheduled date for the $1000 to win IMCA Stock Car Spring Challenge presented by Adams Racing Chassis of Stacyville, IA. A big turnout of stock cars was expected this past week and most of the drivers plan on being here next week.

Spectator and pit gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with hot laps at 7:00 p.m. and racing to follow. For more information on the Chateau Raceway please visit the tracks website at www.chateauraceway.net

Chateau’s Spring Challenge pays $1,000 to IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner

April 20th, 2011

(LANSING, Minn) – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars will battle for a top prize of $1,000 at Chateau Raceway’s season opening Spring Challenge.

The Friday, April 22 special is sponsored by Adams Racing Chassis and pays a minimum of $75 to start. IMCA national, Probe Industries Northern Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.

Pit gates at Lansing open at 5:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and the draw closes at 6:45 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $25.

Camping is available but should be arranged for in advance. More information is available by calling 507 391-2486 and at the www.chateauraceway.net website.

Chateau Raceway Opener Set For April 15

April 7th, 2011

(Lansing, MN)–The 2011 stock car racing season at the Chateau Raceway will start on Saturday, April 9. That day will mark an open practice for any racer who would like to test out their car. It will also be a preview of what fans will get to see in action on Friday nights this summer at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing.

The 2011 season opener is also set for Friday, April 15. Fans will see the same divisions in action as they did last season. Hot laps will get underway at 7:00pm with racing to follow. Each night will feature the USRA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Wissota Midwest Modifieds, Wissota Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets.

This year’s schedule features twenty-five dates and is once again full of specials. The first of which is right out of the gates on April 22 when the IMCA Stock Cars will battle it out for $1000 to win. This should draw a good field in this highly competitive class.

Another big show is planned for May 13 that will mark the first appearance of the high-flying sprint car class since 1975. The winged warriors of the UMSS Sprint Cars will invade Chateau and will bring the race fans something new and different to the speedway.

The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) makes three stops on May 27, a special Thursday night show on July 14 and September 2. The 14th annual Mike Guttormson Memorial will be held in conjunction with the May 27 USMTS show. The Thursday, July 14 show was added recently and there will be no racing on Friday, July 15. The September show will once again be a part of the USMTS Casey’s General Stores Hunt For The National Championship.

On July 1, it will be the Wissota Race of Champions qualifier night. The winners in the Wissota sanctioned divisions that evening will be qualified for the Race of Champions to be held at the Wissota 100 at Huron, South Dakota in September. The following week on July 8, it is the highly anticipated fireworks show that is one of the best in the area.

There was another change in the schedule this past week due to mother-nature. With the recent postponing of the World Modified Dirt Track Championship show at Deer Creek and the need for the July 27-30 rain date, Chateau will take Friday, July 29 off.

The speedway fires back up on August 5, the Wissota Street Stocks will get a crack at more prize money with a special planned that night. The Corn Belt Clash Late Models return on August 12 and should draw a good field and an exciting night of racing.

The 2nd Annual Border Wars will commence on September 15 & 16, which will feature a mix of area b-modifieds racing for a bigger purse. The season will conclude on September 30 and October 1 with the Midwest Modified Fall Nationals.

Chateau Concludes Season With “Buzz Fest”

October 8th, 2010

Lansing, MN -It felt more like hockey weather than stock car racing this Saturday at Chateau Raceway. Nonetheless, 75-race teams and a group of diehard fans took advantage of the final show of the season at the speedway dubbed the “Buzz Fest”.

Two probable WISSOTA National champions shined on this night when Brandon Davis along with Danny Hanson scored wins. Dylan Nelson finished off an impressive season in the pure stocks. Josh Angst topped the USRA Modifieds while Troy Hovey won the B-Modifieds. Tim Blowers won his first career hornet feature in the finale.

Ten cars started the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stock feature for their 20-lap main event. Dylan Nelson led from the start with Dustin Sletten close behind. Adam Godeke and Brady Krohnberg closed in on the leader a couple of laps in.

The caution came out when the lead pack tangled with Nelson and Krohnberg stalled. Nelson was placed back in his spot and continued to lead. Godeke would slip back to seventh on lap two when he slid high.

Nelson led the rest of the race for his eighth win of the season. Sletten finished second, with Keith Weber third. Godeke rebounded for fourth and Stacy Krohnberg was in the top five.

The B-Modified division was up next and this one had issues from the beginning. Thirteen cars started the 20-lap feature, but only five were around at the end. The race was cut five laps when the fifth caution flag flew.

Scott Demmer and Troy Hovey battled for the lead early on until Hovey took control. Kylie Kath got to second and put pressure on the leader. There really never got to be much rhythm in this race as the yellow flag ruled supreme.

It came down to a green, white, checkered dash to the finish. Kath drove into turn one hard, but slid up a bit and that allowed Hovey to drive away a bit. Kath gave it one last charge, but Hovey held on for the win. Demmer was third with Michael Wytaske and Paul Neisius in the top five.

Dan Severson and A.J. Zvorak paced the field for the RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock 20-lapper. Severson took the lead while Danny Hanson quickly challenged Zvorak for second. Zvorak then bolted to the inside of Severson and they went side-by-side for the lead.

Severson edged back out front and Hanson again drove alongside Zvorak for second. Hanson stole the spot in turn two of lap three. Severson checked up a bit in turn four on lap four and the leaders all found themselves playing bumper tag. Hanson was right on the leader when they started lap five.

By the end of that lap Hanson was outside of Severson and Hanson nabbed the lead on lap six. Zvorak swept by Severson on the high side for second on lap seven. Severson then had Bobby Kilby and Mike Blowers to deal with. Those three went at it for several laps and things came to a head on lap 15.

They went three wide for third and Kilby touched Severson and all three tangled. Kilby was sent to the back and Severson along with Blowers were put back in their spots. The last five laps took awhile when two cautions slowed things up.

This one also came down to a two-lap shootout for the win. Hanson still led, but Zvorak was glued to Hanson’s rear bumper. Zvorak made a last lap challenge out of turn four on the outside of Hanson. They made contact right before the finish line and both got into the wall in a shower of sparks.

The national point leader Hanson held on for his 30th win of the season. Zvorak was a very close second with Severson third and Blowers fourth. Kilby crossed the line fifth, but was penalized two spots when he jumped a restart. That moved Tyler Peterson into the top five.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified class was dominated by Brandon Davis all season long. Nothing would change on the final night of the season. David Swearingen took the lead from the start while Tyron Friese and Paul Neisius trailed. Friese and Neisius went three wide with Greg Pfeifer Jr. on lap two.

Davis entered the picture and methodically worked by Friese, Pfeifer Jr. and Neisius for second on lap six. Davis then tracked down Swearingen and used the topside of the speedway to make the pass for the lead on lap eight. A caution on lap 13 closed everyone back up on Davis.

Davis pulled away from there for his 12th win at Lansing and 44th triumph in 2010. Swearingen ended up second with Neisius third. However Neisius was disqualified in post-race tech and that moved Billy Steinberg to third. Nathan Finley was fourth and Friese was fifth.

The French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds were staged and ready to go for their final race of the season. Right off the bat, Darwyn Karau got turned and Jacob Dahle along with Doug Hillson had no where to go. The resulting crash heavily damaged Dahle’s car and forced Hillson pitside for repairs.

Joe Wernecke led until Josh Angst bolted by in turn four on lap two. Joel Alberts was moving up fast from the ninth slot. Brian Shaw and Brandon Hare got locked together briefly and Alberts pounced on the chance and was now third.

Alberts then closed in on Wernecke and stole second on lap six. Angst was well out in front, but Alberts kept closing the gap as the laps wore on. Jason Cummins got to third but was well back from the leaders.

Alberts was now right on Angst up front while they worked through lapped traffic. Angest was able to hang on for the win with Alberts second. Cummins was third, Wernecke fourth and Todd Scharkey was fifth.

The S&S Auto Salvage & Repair Hornets were combined into one class and fourteen cars answered the bell for their feature. Things got off to a rough start when Scott Ehmke nailed the wall in turn two. The red flag came out and fortunately after several minutes, Ehmke walked away from the mangled car.

Tim Blowers would win his first career hornet feature in his popular “Scooby Snax” car. Gary Stahl was second with Jason McShane, Paul Kroneman and Cole Lonergan in the top five.

That concluded racing portion of the 2010 season. Look for details on the 2010 awards banquet to come soon. Darin and Dawn Toot and the staff of the Chateau Raceway would like to thank all of the drivers, crews, sponsors and fans for a fun season. For more information on the awards banquet and the upcoming 2011 season visit the track’s website at www.chateauraceway.net

Tesch Pockets Three Grand At Chateau

September 6th, 2010

Lansing, MN–The road warriors of the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) rolled into the Chateau Raceway on Friday. A field of 41-drivers filled the pits for stop number twelve on the Casey’s General Store Hunt For The National Championship presented by Bad Boy Mowers.

It was a cool & crisp late summer evening, but that did not stop race fans from witnessing the red-hot action on the track. Miner’s Outdoor and Recreation of Blooming Prairie sponsored the event, that also feature the final point night for the WISSOTA Street Stock and Pure Stock divisions.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks were first up for their feature event. James Connors led from the pole position for most of the 15-lap feature. There were several cautions during the event that kept things tight up front.

Connors was looking good and primed to win his first feature at the speedway. But late in the race Adam Godeke made a serious bid for the lead. Godeke got close to Connors with two laps to go.

When the white flag flew, so did Godeke as he stole the lead from Connors. Godeke led the pack back to the checkered flag for his fourth win of the season. Brady Krohnberg also slipped past Connors for second while Connors was third. Jason Newkirk finished fifth and claimed the track championship.

Brent Holland and Kory Adams brought the field to the green at the start of the RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Adams took the lead while Holland and Tony Shaner trailed. Tyler Peterson broke on the first lap and dropped to the infield.

A.J. Zvorak and national point leader Danny Hanson were on the fly and cracked the top five on their way to the front. Zvorak worked his way through traffic and was in the lead on lap eight. Hanson then got to second and from there is was a two horse race.

Hanson challenged, but Zvorak held him at bay and won the race. It was Zvoraks’ sixth win of the year and Zvorak also brought home his third straight track championship. Hanson was a close second with Dan Holland, Adams and Shaner in the top five.

Then it was time for the 26-car, 40-lap, $3000 to win USMTS main event. After out of car introductions, redraw for the top eight drivers, the command to start engines and the four abreast salute to the fans, it was time to get down to business.

Local start Josh Angst drew the pole with Jon Tesch alongside as the field came to life under Ryne Staley’s green flag. Angst and Tesch circled the speedway side-by-side with Tommy Myer close behind the lead duo.
Myer took to the outside of Angst and stole the lead on lap two. The top three remained close in formation on laps three and four. Meanwhile, Jason Hughes was on the prowl and entered the top five on lap six.

Tesch made his move and zipped past Angst for second as Hughes dispatched Mike Steensma for the fourth spot. On lap 10, Tesch had reeled in Myer up front and the battle for the lead was on.

Myer wheeled his car around the top, while Tesch worked over the low groove. The pair was door-to-door on lap 12 and Tesch was scored the leader at the line. Hughes had closed in on Angst for third and was now trying to wrestle that spot away.

Tesch opened up a small lead on Myer as Hughes managed to get past Angst on lap 17. The leaders entered lapped traffic on lap 19, but Tesch and Myer sliced through it like a hot knife through butter.

Tesch and Myer continued to put traffic a lap down as Hughes closed in on Myer. Stormy Scott was now in the top five and making his presence felt chasing down Angst. Now Hughes had caught Myer in lapped traffic and the battle was now for second.

Hughes used the low groove to snag second away from Myer on lap 22. Scott passed Angst for fourth and then went after Myer in the late stages of the race for third. The leaders continued to work through traffic as Hughes tried to gain ground on Tesch.

Tesch worked the lapped cars to perfection and drove to the checkered flag first in the green to checkered feature. Tesch continues his hot streak after nabbing another $3000 check and his first win of 2010 at Marshalltown earlier in the week. Hughes finished second and Scott passed Myer for third. Angst rounded out the top five.

There will be no racing this coming weekend of September 10-11 as that show has been cancelled. The Chateau Raceway will roar back to life on Friday, September 17 with Border Wars for the B-mods along with USRA Modifieds and Pure Stocks. For more information, please got to www.chateauraceway.net

Rain Stops Chateau Races

August 16th, 2010

Lansing, MN -Heavy thunderstorms and rain that lasted into Friday morning forced the cancellation of the Corn Belt Clash late model special at Chateau Raceway. This was the sixth racing program that has been rained out this season.

With the distance the late model teams had to travel and with the bad weather forecasted officials with the Chateau Raceway and Corn Belt Clash made the tough decision to postpone the event.

It did turn out to be the right call as severe thunderstorms and tornadoes formed over southeast Minnesota in the afternoon. Late model fans need not fret though as it was announced the race will be rescheduled.

The race will take place on Friday, August 27 and will end a three-day swing for the Corn Belt Clash. They will race at the Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, IA on August 25 to start the tour. Then they will travel to the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, IA on August 26 before heading to Lansing.

Racing will continue next Friday, August 20 at Chateau with hot laps at 7:00pm and racing to follow in all seven classes.

Beautiful Night of Racing for Zvorak, Davis, Adams, Cummins and Blowers

August 10th, 2010

Lansing, MN–It was an absolutely picture perfect night for stock car racing at Chateau Raceway on Friday night. Several of the point leaders continued their quest for a track championship when they scored feature wins.

A.J. Zvorak, Brandon Davis, Chris Adams, Jason Cummins and Terry Blowers all added to their point leads after this week’s action. This week’s sponsor was RS Auto Rebuilders of Blooming Prairie. They had a huge number of prize giveaways for the lucky fans in attendance.

The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks were first up for their 15-lap feature run. Keith Weber led until Dylan Nelson took over in turn two of the third lap. The top five shuffled up quite a bit throughout.

Nelson would pull away after a lap nine caution to win his fifth feature of the season, which leads the class. Adam Godeke had another solid run in second with Randy Rauen in third. Stacy Krohnberg and Jason Newkirk finished out the top five.

Tyler Peterson looked very strong early on in the RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Peterson started on the pole and pulled away from A.J. Zvorak and Ross Spitzer.

Peterson’s luck soured dramatically on lap six when his right rear tire went flat and forced him to the pits. That handed the lead to Zvorak with Spitzer in tow and a caution bunched up the field on lap eight.

Spitzer slipped high in turn two on the restart and lost several positions. Ryan Goergen and Jason Barber both bolted by for second and third. Jesse Stahl and Dan Holland had a good tussle for the fourth spot.

Zvorak would cruise from there for his fourth win of 2010. Zvorak was behind the wheel of Matt Eustice’s car tonight. Zvorak’s car was heavily damaged last weekend and was not ready for Lansing. Eustice joined Zvorak in victory lane to help celebrate the big win.

Goergen finished in second with Barber’s great run in third. Holland slipped past Stahl late in the race and finished fourth.

Nineteen cars answered the bell for the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. It was a dandy when polesitter Troy Dahle vaulted out in front with Beau Lammers and Nathan Finley close behind.

Dahle and Lammers were close up front on lap three and Finley was not too far behind. Lammers challenged low on lap four while Mike Paulson nabbed third. Greg Pfeifer Jr. was on the move and also got by Finley for fourth before the yellow flew on lap five.

After another caution on lap eight, things heated up at the front with Dahle under attack. Lammers slipped back a bit when Paulson and Pfeifer Jr. Shot past. Pfeifer Jr. then blew to second and brought Lammers back with him on lap nine.

Pfeifer Jr. stole the lead on lap 11 in turn four, but Dahle returned the favor in turn two. Meanwhile, Brandon Davis had charged to third from the ninth slot. Davis was now all over the top two and things were tight up front.

On lap 15, Pfeifer Jr. almost spun out in turn two, but kept going and everyone got on the binders. That allowed Dahle to stretch out the lead to a full straightaway. Lammers run ended on lap 16 when he stalled on the backstretch. That eliminated the huge lead that Dahle had just acquired.

On the restart, Dahle had his hands full with Davis. Davis tried the low side a couple of times, but Dahle was up to the task. With two to go, Davis again pulled even with the leader. Davis stole the lead in turn four when the white flag was being displayed.

Davis took it from there and won his swept his way to the tenth win of the season, twenty-ninth overall and seventh in a row. Dahle’s fine run ended in second, Pfeifer Jr. was third with Cody Gardner and Mike Paulson in the top five.

The Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars were again light in numbers with six in attendance this week. Chris Adams and Dan Mackenthun had a good battle for the lead early on with Mackenthun in the lead.

Adams would challenge on lap five and took the point. Mackenthun would give it one last shot on laps 16 and 17 and got alongside Adams, but that was all. Adams won his fifth of the year with Mackenthun second and David Moriarty third.

Doug Hillson drove from row two and took the lead on lap one of the French’s Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified main. Jason Cummins scooted by Brian Shaw on lap six for second and then chased after Hillson. Todd Scharkey got by Shaw for third on lap nine.

Cummins worked the high groove to perfection and zoomed past Hillson on lap 10. From there Cummins checked out in the caution free event for his fourth win at Lansing this year. Hillson finished second with Scharkey, Shaw and Darwyn Karau in the top five.

In the S&S Auto Salvage Hornets, Casey Trom took home her fifth win of the season in the Junior class. Terry Blowers picked up his sixth win of the year in the Senior class.

Fan Appreciation This Week At Chateau Raceway

August 3rd, 2010

Lansing, MN -This coming Friday, August 6 will be Fan Apprecation Night at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing. Adult ticket prices will be $2.00 off for this Friday only.

The show will also feature Trick-Or-Treat Night for the kids. All seven classes of cars will be in action as the track point battles heat up. Hot laps will get underway at 7:00 P.M. with racing to follow.

Then on Friday, August 13, the Late Model division will make its first appearance in almost 30-years at the Chateau Raceway. The Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series will make an appearance at the track for a $2000 to win show. USRA Modifieds and Pure Stocks will be racing that night also.

For more information on the Chateau Raceway please got to the speedway’s official website at www.chateauraceway.net

Rains Scores Knockout At Chateau

July 22nd, 2010

Lansing, MN -Late afternoon thunderstorms dropped enough rain to knockout any chance of racing this week at Chateau Raceway. Although the heaviest of the weather went to the north and south of the facility, a persistent showery pattern made it too wet to race.

The action will resume this Friday, July 23 with racing in all seven classes. It will also be the WISSOTA Race Of Champions Qualifier Night. The feature winners in the WISSOTA Street Stock and Midwest Modified divisions will qualify for the Race Of Champions.

That event will be a part of the Speedway Motors WISSOTA 100 to be held at the Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron, SD during the weekend of September 15-18.
Those races will pit the qualifiers from all over WISSOTA to vie for the Race Of Champions title and a pretty big check too.

The July 23 program will get underway with hot laps at 7:00 P.M. and racing will follow.
For more information on the Chateau Raceway please go to the speedway’s website at www.chateauraceway.net To find out more about the WISSOTA 100 go to www.wissota100.com

Hillson Shocks USMTS Crowd At Lansing

May 31st, 2010

Lansing, MN-It was an absolutely amazing day for racing to kick off the Memorial Day weekend at the Chateau Raceway. The Casey’s General Stores USMTS Modifieds invaded the facility for their first of two appearances this season. The pit area was jammed packed with a season high one-hundred fifteen race cars. Race fans turned out in droves to pack the facility and veteran modified driver Doug Hillson had them on their feet screaming during the modified feature.

In the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks, Jason Newkirk put everything together tonight and claimed his first win of 2010. Newkirk drove from the outside of row four, took the lead just before half-way and cruised to the win. Newkirk also recorded the clean sweep after winning his heat race earlier in the evening. Stacy Krohnberg had another solid run in second with Brandon Shaner third. Dustin Sletten came from tenth to finish fourth and Brady Krohnberg was fifth.

As the Wissota Amsoil Dirt Track Series, RS Auto Rebuilders Street Stocks rolled on to the track for their feature, an eerie full moon was rising over turn two. The demons and gremlins crept to the surface in this race. Mike Blowers led from the start, but this race had issues right from the start. Numerous yellow flags for spins and crashes put a damper on things as green flags laps were in the minority. Blowers led until Bobby Kilby took the lead on lap seven. Right after that, Blowers was contacted by Dan Holland sending Blowers spinning. Several cars got caught up in the melee and a couple were knocked out. The race was eventually cut to a green, white, checkered dash to the finish after the sixth green flag yellow. Kilby held on the last two laps to record his first win of 2010 and a clean sweep to make it more memorable.

A.J. Zvorak finished second as Jesse Stahl was third. Matt Eustice and Tony Shaner finished out the top five that saw less than half of the nineteen-car field around at race end.

Billy Steinberg and Beau Lammers led the field to the green for the Wissota Amsoil Dirt Track Series Farm Boy BBQ Wissota Midwest Modified feature. Lammers would break on lap one ending his night. Jason Born quickly moved from row two up to the lead as he was being chased by Greg Pfeifer Jr. and then Brandon Davis. Born would see some challenges from those two drivers, but was up to the task this evening. Born was able to lengthen his lead at times, but a yellow flag flew with two to go and put everyone back to his rear bumper. It did not matter as Born was on a mission and got to the checkered flag first. Born was the third driver to get out  the broom for the clean sweep and it was also his first win this season. Pfeifer Jr. had another great run in second with Davis third. Scott Clobes and Bill Stettner finished off the top five.

The Power 96/KQAQ970 AM IMCA Stock Cars were gunning for $500 to win tonight. Seventeen cars began their 20-lap main event. Sean Johnson led from the drop of the green flag. David Moriarty rolled his car on lap seven bringing out the red flag. He was uninjured in the crash, but was done for the evening. Johnson drove a superb race as Justin Temeyer challenged until dropping out of contention. Merlyn Hegland also tried to wrestle the top position away, but Johnson held a steady line.
Johnson led the entire distance to score the win. Hegland was second with Phil Holtz third. Dan Mackenthun and Randy Brands were also in the top five at the checkered flag.

Doug Hillson has been a steady fixture on the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour with more than 100 career starts during the eleven-year history of America’s premier dirt Modified series.

Hillson’s white and orange #72 home-made chassis is a familiar fixture on the race track and his face familiar in the pit area. But Friday night the 53-year-old from Blooming Prairie, Minn., ventured into unfamiliar territory: victory lane.

Hillson’s career-first USMTS feature win came on familiar ground, however, as the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour invaded the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., where Hillson notched his career-first track championship last year. With each of the 26 starters in Friday night’s WIX Filters “A” Main fighting for every inch of real estate around the clay-covered 1/3-mile bullring, four cautions slowed the pace throughout the main event. Jason Cummins earned the AFCO Pole Award then redrew the pole position for the main event with Hillson starting on the outside of the front row. At the drop of the green flag, Cummins beat Hillson into the first turn and powered into the lead down the back-stretch. Farther back in the field, a six-car pile-up brought out the race’s first yellow flag before the opening lap could be completed, so the drivers realigned in their original starting spots for a complete restart. This time, however, Hillson gained the advantage entering the first corner and muscled his way past Cummins to lead lap 1. “I wasn’t sure what that line would be like going in the first time, so I took it kind of easy and Jason was able to get a run on me,” Hillson said. “When the caution came out, I said ‘Man, this ain’t gonna happen again’ and I was able to make it stick in the turn.”

It proved to be the only pass Hillson had to make as he led the final 39 laps and crossed beneath the checkered flags in front of a packed house of racing fans standing and cheering on their local favorite. The win was worth $2,000. After the first-lap do-over, Cummins kept the pressure on the leader throughout the first 15 circuits but tagged a tire barrier on lap 16. The contact sent Cummins’ racecar into a spin that collected Jon Tesch and sent both drivers spinning into the infield.

Nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock inherited the second spot, but could never mount a strong challenge for Hillson’s position over the remaining 24 orbits. Shryock settled for the runner-up paycheck while Mike Sorensen took third after starting the race in the 14th position. Steve Wetzstein garnered fourth, while Tim Donlinger came from 17th to finish fifth ahead of Bumper Jones who started 22nd and seized PBM Performance Products Hard Charger Award. Steve Holzkamper, Tommy Myer, Johnny Scott and Ryan Ruter rounded out the top ten.

Racing will resume at the Chateau Raceway next Friday, June 4 with the 13th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial Race. The event will pay $1000 to win USRA Modifieds with hot laps at 7:00 P.M. and racing to follow. Go to www.chateauraceway.net for more information.

Hillson shines in USMTS showdown at Chateau

May 31st, 2010

LANSING, MINN. – Doug Hillson has been a steady fixture on the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour with more than 100 career starts during the eleven-year history of America’s premier dirt Modified series.

Hillson’s white and orange #72 home-made chassis is a familiar fixture on the race track and his face familiar in the pit area.

But Friday night the 53-year-old from Blooming Prairie, Minn., ventured into unfamiliar territory: victory lane.

Hillson’s career-first USMTS feature win came on familiar ground, however, as the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour invaded the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., where Hillson notched his career-first track championship last year.

With each of the 26 starters in Friday night’s WIX Filters “A” Main fighting for every inch of real estate around the clay-covered 1/3-mile bullring, four cautions slowed the pace throughout the main event.

Jason Cummins earned the AFCO Pole Award then redrew the pole position for the main event with Hillson starting on the outside of the front row. At the drop of the green flag, Cummins beat Hillson into the first turn and powered into the lead down the back-stretch.

Farther back in the field, a six-car pile-up brought out the race’s first yellow flag before the opening lap could be completed, so the drivers realigned in their original starting spots for a complete restart.

This time, however, Hillson gained the advantage entering the first corner and muscled his way past Cummins to lead lap 1.

“I wasn’t sure what that line would be like going in the first time, so I took it kind of easy and Jason was able to get a run on
me,” Hillson said. “When the caution came out, I said ‘Man, this ain’t gonna happen again’ and I was able to make it stick in the turn.”

It proved to be the only pass Hillson had to make as he led the final 39 laps and crossed beneath the checkered flags in front of a packed house of racing fans standing and cheering on their local favorite.

The win was worth $2,000.

After the first-lap do-over, Cummins kept the pressure on the leader throughout the first 15 circuits but tagged a tire barrier on lap 16. The contact sent Cummins’ racecar into a spin that collected Jon Tesch and sent both drivers spinning into the infield.

Nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock inherited the second spot, but could never mount a strong challenge for Hillson’s position over the remaining 24 orbits. Shryock settled for the runner-up paycheck while Mike Sorensen took third after starting the race in the 14th position.

Steve Wetzstein garnered fourth, while Tim Donlinger came from 17th to finish fifth ahead of Bumper Jones who started 22nd and seized PBM Performance Products Hard Charger Award. Steve Holzkamper, Tommy Myer, Johnny Scott and Ryan Ruter rounded out the top ten.

Scharkey Tops Stout Chateau Mod Field

April 18th, 2010

Lansing, MN -Another nice, but rather brisk spring day greeted race fans and competitors for the second night of racing at the Chateau Raceway. Again this week there were competitors from four states making some long hauls to get some racing in before their home tracks open.

The first feature on the track was in the Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks. Brady Krohnberg and Matt Miller paced the field to Chris Toot’s green flag and they were off on their 15-lap affair.

Brandon Shaner quickly swept to the lead from row two as Adam Godeke challenged Krohnberg for second. Jason Newkirk, James Connors and Dustin Sletten went three wide in turn two on lap two.

Godeke blew to second and now Sletten battled his was up to third. Sletten would then spin on lap four bringing out the caution. Shaner and Godeke had an excellent race for the lead as they kept it close.

Godeke stormed past Shaner and took the top spot on lap 12 as they raced out of turn four. Godeke glided to the win with Shaner second. Newkirk finished third with Dylan Nelson and Stacy Krohnberg in the top five.

The RS Auto Rebuilders Wissota Amsoil Dirt Track Series Street Stocks were on the track next. Tim Johnson and Dan Holland went back and forth in the early stages of this one. Holland stole the lead in turn one on lap two, but Johnson repaid the favor in tirn two and was back on top.

Ryan Goergen got to third and challenged Holland for second. They got together on lap six and Goergen was sent to the tail for the incident. From there is was Tim Johnson leading the rest of the way.

Johnson scored the clean sweep also winning his heat race earlier in the evening. Holland was second with AJ Zvorak third after running with a bent left front ball joint. Jesse Stahl wound up fourth and rookie Kevin Vogt had a great run in fifth.

A slim field of nine Farm Boy BBQ Wissota Amsoil Dirt Track Series Midwest Modifieds were in the pits this week. In the end, a monster scared off the rest of his competitors.

Brandon Davis dubbed the “Medford Monster” dominated the 20-lap feature event. Davis started outside of row one and won by well over a straightaway. Davis also picked up a clean sweep winning the heat race also.

Dan Wheeler finished a distant second with Greg Pfeifer Jr. winding up in the third slot. Last week’s winner Bryan Hernandez was third and Jerry Young rounded out the top five.

Eight Power 96 IMCA Stock Cars rolled onto the speedway for their feature run. Merlyn Hegland took the lead off the start, but Elijah Zevenbergen applied pressure immediately. Zevenbergen snagged the point in turn four of the fourth circuit.

Zevenbergen led the rest of the way to take the win. Travis Shipman slipped past Dan Mackenthun on lap 12 to finish second. Mackenthun was third with Hegland and Dais Bouche fifth.

Sixteen cars answered the bell for the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified feature. Veteran driver Todd Scharkey has had a rough past couple of seasons with bad luck plaguing him. If this early season start is any indication, everyone might be looking at Scharkey’s rear bumper.

It took four tries to get things rolling for minor spins and scrapes. After that Scharkey took full advantage of his front row starting spot. Scharkey led from the drop of the green flag and held off a late challenge from Mike Sorensen for the win.

It was Scharkey’s second win overall as he also won at another track a couple of weeks ago. Rookie AJ Wiste continues to impress finishing a solid third. Jacob Dahle was fourth and Josh Mattick was fifth.

In the S&S Hornet divisions, Nia Gardner won her first career feature in her third start holding off fellow female driver Casey Trom. In the Senior Hornets it was Gary Stahl leading the way to the feature win.

Racing contines at the Chateau Raceway next Friday with hot laps at 7:00pm and racing to follow. For more information go to the speedways official website www.chateauraceway.net

By: Todd Narveson

Chateau Raceway hosts “Midwest Modified Fall Nationals” Friday and Saturday Night

September 15th, 2009

(Lansing, MN)Its was big weekend of AMSOIL Dirt Track Racing Series action at Chateau Raceway in Lansing, powered by Miners Outdoor Power and Recreation.   Chateau is hosting the “Fourth Annual Midwest Modified Fall Nationals” Friday and Saturday Night with two great nights of racing action.  The weekends action was sponosred by “L and D Ag and Manufacturing of Hartland” with Larry Nelson President.  Associate Sponsors for the weekends racing were Tiny’s Body Shop of Austin, Olympic Fire Protection, and Yeager Machine.   Both nights action featured the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stocks, Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Super Stocks, Frenches Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds as well as the Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks.   It was a great opportunity for the top drivers in the three points chases for the National WISSOTA Championships as well as the Natiional USRA Modified Champion contenders to go head to head.

Friday Nights action saw some of those drivers in some of the tight races make up ground, or in the case of others maintain there advantage.   Among those trying to maintain there advantage was current WISSOTA Super Stock National Points Leader Dave Maas of Princeton.  Maas, making his first visit of the year to Lansing, came home with the feature win for the class.   The race opened with Jeff Brauer of Rochester coming off the pole to lead the first lap only to fall to third on lap two when Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow and Maas swept around him for first and second.  Dave pulled along side Cole on lap three and the two ran a pair of laps side by side with Maas getting the lead on lap four.   As Maas cleared Cole he wasted no time in stretching out a lead.  He held a half a straight away lead in just a couple laps only to see a couple mid race cautions wipe his advantage out.  Queensland did a nice job on the restarts trying to make things interesting for a lap or two but each time Maas would pull away after a few laps.  Cole held on for second ahead of Brett Dulas of Waseca, Brauer and another first time visitor to the track Paul Erickson of Abbotsford Wisconsin.  Erickson had a nice start to the night in his first trip to the track as he scored the classes lone heat win.

In WISSOTA Street Stock action A.J. Zvorak of Blooming Prairie who has won the Track Championship the last two years put on a great show racing from row three up towards the front where he had a great battle with Bobby Kilby of Austin.  Kilby started on the pole for the race and wasted no time in getting the lead off the drop of the green.  Jimmy Patzner of St Charles who started outside the front row fell in line second ahead of Danny Hansen of Alma Wisconsin who currently sits second in the National Points Race.    Side by side battles turned in to three wide scrambles as Zvorak worked his way up to third ahead of Hanson.  Just past the halfway point of the race Zvorak got to the inside of Pratzner and the two ran side by side a couple laps before A.J. took control of the spot and set his sights on Kilby.   With four to go the two were nose to tail.  With three to go Zvorak got to the inside of Bobby in turn three and the two crossed the strip side by side with A.J. ahead by a nose.  Zvorak finished the pass only to have Kilby do a nice cross over and come back to the inside of him.  The two stayed paired up all the way around to the white flag with Kilby getting the advantage.   A.J. tried to cross back over on Bobby and went back to the inside out of turn two.  The two raced to the checkers with Kilby holding off  Zvorak for his first feature win of the season.  Hanson passed Patzner for third with Ben Goldsmith of Chatfield rounding out the top five after he started tail end in the race.   Heat winners on the night for the Street Stock class were Zvorak and Dan Holland of Brownsdale.  Holland had a good run going in the feature until mechanical problems sent him out.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds featured a nice field of twenty-seven cars vying for the top prize on the opening night of there “Fall Nationals”.  Four very spirited heat races were won by A.J. Wiste of Adams, Dan Wheeler of Columbia Heights, Kenny Wytaske of Lansing, and Brandon Davis of Medford.   Wiste’s win was the most impressive as he started third row in his heat and cleared the entire field in one lap as he shot to the front and never looked back.   The class also featured one “B Feature” before the main event and that was claimed by Jerry Young of Blooming Prairie who lead flag to flag from the outside of the front row.  Despite a barrage of cautions during the “A Main” there was some very good racing.  Ben Anderson of Winona outdueled Jason Born of Medford for the lead on lap one.  Davis came out of row two to move into third.  Four cautions in the races first five laps slowed the early pace of the race.  After the restart after caution four the field ran eleven good laps of racing before the next caution.  During that run Davis made his way to the front and was able to open up a lead while Wiste and Anderson put on quite a show for the crowd.  Lap after lap they went side by side swapping the lead at all points around the track.  Finally Anderson nosed ahead to take control of the spot only to have the next caution negate his pass and put him back behind Wiste.  Off the double wide restart behind Davis, A.J. got a great jump and pulled ahead of Anderson and went side by side with Brandon for the lead.  That battle was short lived as the sixth and final caution of the race came out putting him back behind Anderson.  The track called for a single file restart to try and get the laps in and Anderson was able to keep Wiste behind him while he himself put the pressure on Davis over the final eight laps of the race.  Davis was up to the challenge as he claimed his third Chateau Feature win of the season and completed his second sweep of the year as well.   Davis is currently in a good battle for the National WISSOTA Midwest Modified Points Title.  He currently sits third in a battle where the top three are separated by just six points.   His good night should have helped him take a couple points off that deficit depending on how the other top two drivers did if they were racing elsewhere on Friday Night.  Just the drivers top thirty shows count toward there final total in the WISSOTA Classes  Other drivers finishing in the top five were Bryan Hernandez of Blooming Prairie third, followed by Wiste and Young.

In USRA Modified action, National Points Leader Steve Wetzstein of West Concord, despite finishing second in the feature, should of added to his points lead in that race.  With a nineteen car field and passing seven cars in the feature for bonus points he certainly should have been able to eliminate a lower point total night from his top twenty shows of the year which decides the Championship under USRA rules.   In the main event it was Bob Timm of Rolling Stone who set the pace on lap one only to see Shawn Peterson of Cottage Grove go by him on lap two.  The lead would change four times in the races first seven laps as Todd Scharkey of Kasson went to the point on lap four only to see Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie use the high line to his advantage to take over the lead on lap seven.   Once Myer got to the front he streaked away from the field leaving a wild scramble for positions behind him.   Much of the field was two and three wide through out the race.  Wetzstein worked his way from his row five starting spot up to fifth by lap five and to fourth two laps after that.  He followed Myers line around the top of the track and swung around Timm for third on lap eleven.  He stayed on that top line and skirted by Scharkey for second a lap later.  He was having no luck reeling in Tommy but a late caution put him right on his back bumper.  Despite the restart after that yellow with six laps to go Steve had nothing for Myer and simply chased him home for the runner up finish.  For Myer it was his second feature win of the year at Lansing, and after also taking home a heat win gave him a sweep on the night at the track for the first time this season.  Scharkey held onto third followed by Timm and Josh Angst of Winona.   Peterson and Jay Ihrke of Dover claimed the classes other two heat wins.

Also on the program for the night were the Pure Stocks with 2009 Track Champion Kylie Kath of Owatonna picking up his sixth feature win of the season at Chateau.  Kath took advantage of a late caution that wiped out a solid lead by Ryan Henderson of Holmen Wisconsin.  Henderson had lead a good share of the race.  Kevin Vogt of Rose Creek lead the opening three laps of the race before Henderson went by for the top spot.  Ryan stretched out a nice advantage but a late caution put Kath on his back bumper and Kylie was able to make the late pass for the win.  Henderson tried hard to come back and put appeared to over drive the car into turn four coming to the checkers spinning out.   He ended up falling all the way back to a tenth place finish.  Jason Newkirk of Austin took second followed by Dylan Nelson of Freeborn, Wayne Bellrichard of Albert Lea and Stacy Krohnberg of Walters.  The finishes by Nelson and Krohnberg were impressive since both drivers, who had run in the top five early in the race, went tail end after cautions and spins during the running of the race.  Both fought there way back through the field for solid runs.   The classes heat wins on the night went to Nelson and Vogt.

Saturday Night the stakes were higher.  Both the WISSOTA Midwest Modified and USRA Modified feature drivers were gunning for a $1500 first place paycheck.  Second place in each of the races would be for a cool $1000 and with both classes also paying $100 just to start the feature it made for some very exciting heat and consy races as well.   Two drivers, Brandon Davis in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified class and Tommy Myer in the USRA Modified had extra incentives as there was a $500 bonus waiting if either of Friday Nights Modified Feature winners could double up on the weekend.  Other classes had big money on the line as well with WISSOTA Super Stocks and Street Stocks each chasing $400 first prize money, while the Pure Stocks were looking for a $300 pay day.

The “Midwest Modified Fall Nationals” 30 lap main event was a fitting finale to the night and the weekend as there were plenty of lead changes and passing going on through out the twenty car starting field.   Kenny Wytaske out dueled Brandon Davis for the early lead after the two were paired up on the front row.   Davis dropped from his outside starting spot to an inside line and went to the lead on lap five.  Brandon survived several restarts and would open a nice lead each time however as the race went into the final ten laps Kenny closed back up on Davis and the two went side by side for several laps until Wytaske went back to the lead on lap twenty-four.  Davis fought back but a lap later he suddenly slowed with mechanical problems and pulled to the infield ending his night.  Two drivers starting deep in the field were putting on quite a show moving toward the front.   Ben Anderson backed up his Friday Night showing with another good run on Saturday night as he picked his way from a row five spot up to third with just five laps to go.   Jerry Young who was buried back in row eight at the start of the race moved into the top five about the same time.   A caution paired Anderson on the outside of Greg Pfeifer JR and off the restart he moved around Greg to take over second and pulled right up along side Kenny as the two circled the track the next two laps side by side with Anderson taking over the lead just before another caution came out with three laps to go.  Off the final restart Ben pulled away as he came home with the win.  Pfeifer JR took second with Young coming up to third at the checkers ahead of Dan Wheeler and Chris Gilbertson of Trempuleau Wiscosnin.   Heat winners on the night for the class were Davis, Darran Jonsgaard of Winona, Bryan Hernandez, and Wytaske.  Joe Horgdahl of Kasson picked up a win as well with a win in the classes Consy event.   The “Hard Charger Award” went to Young who advanced twelve spots in the feature from fifteenth to third.

In the USRA Modified feature Jay Ihrke and Jacob Dahle of Morristown lead the field to the green.  Dahle lead the field on lap one with Todd Scharkey slipping by Ihrke for second.  Todd stayed tucked up behind Dahle, taking a peak outside for a lap or two before swinging way wide out of turn four coming to the line to complete lap three to take over the lead.  Friday Nights feature winner Tommy Myer followed Todd forward as he moved up to second looking for that extra $500 bonus money for taking both nights feature wins.  Myer could close right up on Todd going into turns one and three but each time Todd would out pull him coming out of turns two and four to maintain his lead.  The field ran the first twenty laps of the main event caution free and that first caution was a killer for Myer.  He was making his move coming out of turn four to the inside of Todd to take over the lead when the caution came out for a mess behind them in the middle of the turn.  The caution wiped out his pass for the lead and put him back behind Todd for the restart.  A couple more quick cautions slowed the finish of the race but when it finally went back green for the final time with two to go Scharkey got a good jump on the drop of the green and was able to drive off to his second feature win of the season at Lansing.  Myer had his hands full holding onto second as Steve Wetzstein pulled along side him for the final dash to the checkers.  Myer, who took a heat win on the night held onto the spot followed by Wetzstein, Dahle, and Bob Timm of Rolling Stone.  Jay Ihrke who also picked up one of the heat wins on the night took sixth.  Scharkey also had a heat win on the night giving him his first sweep of the season at Chateau.

The WISSOTA Super Stock class was the only group to run a caution free feature on the weekend.   Paul Erickson lead the opening laps of the twenty lap main event before Cole Queensland came up to challenge him and take the lead away from him on lap four.  From there Cole pulled away from the field for his seventh Chateau feature win of the season.  Brett Dulas came home in second followed by Brauer, Greg Mattick of Hayfield, and Mark Wytaske of Austin.  The classes heat win went to Brauer.

There was just one caution flag in the WISSOTA Street Stock Main Event.  Tyler Peterson of Hollandale held the lead on the first lap before giving way to Dan Holland.   Holland lead until just before the halfway mark of the twenty lap feature.  AJ Zvorak worked his way up to third on lap two and moved up to second a lap later.  The races only caution flew on lap four.   Holland and Zvorak put on a good show over the next several laps as they raced hard for the lead.  AJ got the better of the battle on lap nine taking over the top spot.  Once he got to the point he wasted no time stretching out his advantage and racing off to his seventh feature win of the year and his fourth sweep as he also picked up a heat win on the night.  Holland meanwhile had his hands full with Friday nights feature winner Bobby Kilby.  Dan held on for the spot.  Donny Ganz of Alma Wisconsin who was not there on Friday night put on a nice showing as he came from a row four starting spot to finish in fourth just ahead of Danny Hanson.   Ganz won the “Hard Charger Award” for advancing the most positions in the feature from eighth to fourth.  Also picking up a heat win in the class for the night was Kilby.

Ryan Henderson, who lead much of the Pure Stock Feature on Friday Night before it got away from him was looking for better things on Saturday Night as he started on the pole for the fifteen lap main event.   Jason Newkirk of Austin, who started alongside Ryan took the lead off the outside line at the drop of the green.  Henderson fell in line second and after a lap four caution he got a good run on the restart and went to the lead.  Newkirk stayed with in striking distance for much of the remainder of the race but Henderson drove his line and came home with his third feature win of the season at Lansing.  He also had a heat win on the night giving him a sweep for the first time this year.  Newkirk took second followed by Kevin Vogt, Dylan Nelson and Stacy Krohnberg.   Newkirk had the classes other heat win on the night.

The track will host one more weekend special in three weeks before wrapping up the 2009 Season.  The opening weekend of October, Friday and Saturday the 2nd and 3rd, the track will host the “Third Annual Buzz Festival”.  All classes that were on hand for this last weeks show will be on hand as well as the “S and S Auto Salvage Hornet classes” which are the host class for the “Buzz Festival”.    The top drivers chasing there various National Points Championships will get another go at each other will two more full shows over the two nights.

Chateau Raceway Rained Out

August 11th, 2009

Chateau Raceway in Lansing, powered by Miners Outdoor Power and Recreation, lost another one to Mother Nature Friday Night.

The cancellation of the scheduled night of AMSOIL Dirt Track Racing Series action leaves just three points nights left in the regular season to determine Track Championships. Several fall specials are on the schedule after the season championship night August 28. The Annual Cedar River races featuring the USMTS Modifieds is on the schedule for Labor Day weekend, Friday September 4th, with the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modified Fall Nationals two night special the following weekend, Friday Night September 11th and Saturday Night September 12th. The Labor Day weekend show will include the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds as well as the Pure Stocks and Hornet classes in support of the USRA Modifieds. The Fall Nationals will be two complete shows featuring the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Super Stocks as well as the Frenches Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds and the Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks. Also on the fall schedule is the 3rd Annual “Buzz Festival” which highlights the S and S Auto Salvage Hornet Class. All classes who ran during the 2009 Season run the “Festival” to give everybody one more chance to run before concluding the 2009 racing season. The Festival Nights are Friday Night October 2nd and Saturday Night October 3rd. Again like the Fall Nationals the Festival will be a complete show each night with a full lineup of heats and features.

Guttormson Memorial run Friday Night at Chateau Raceway.

June 2nd, 2009

Despite a few sprinkles at the end of the evening its was a perfect Friday night for AMSOIL Dirt Track Racing Series Action Racing at Chateau Raceway in Lansing, powered by Miners Outdoor Power and Recreation, as the track rolled out the red carpet for the 12th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial Races. The night that remembers the life of the former driver who had multiple track championships at Lansing and was a former WISSOTA 100 Champion. Mike started racing in the early 70′s at Chateau and worked his way up through several classes before finally settling into the Modified Division over the final years of his life. Guttormson passed away shortly after collapsing after winning his final feature that Friday night, the last Friday of May in 1997 (May 30th). Heart issues were something he had dealt with but he raced right up till the checkers fell twice for him on the same night, one for the feature race on the track and again for the race of life. Mike was a gutty driver and one of the friendliest people you could sit down in the pits and chat with and that’s why ever driver who straps up the harness’s and pulls on their helmet on this night each year goes a little harder to have there name associated with his as a “Guttormson Memorial Champion”,
no matter what class there running in. You talk to any of the drivers, pit crew members or fans, and they all be able to share
there favorite “Mike” story with you and a lot of them were being shared this weekend as the track once again saluted one of the most loyal drivers the track ever had. Over his career he missed very few shows at his home track, heading out to, as he referred to it, as “going out to heaven for the night”, as you got the feeling he lived for being at the track with his car, his crew, his family, and the fans.

A nice field of cars rolled in for the nights action with eighteen cars entered for the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds. Mike Sorensen of Rochester who had picked up one of the classes three heat wins earlier in the night drew the pole for the 12th Annual Guttormson Memorial Feature Event. On the parade lap Mike fell back into the second row leaving the pole vacant in memory of Guttormson. However when the field regrouped for the start of the race he wasted no time in going straight to the point and stayed there all the way to the end as he stretched his lead out to almost a full straightaway in between the few yellows that fell during the race. The final caution set things up for a wild finish. A spinning car with just two laps to go brought out the caution just as a light rain started to fall. Officials quickly reset the field and turned the cars loose for the two lap shoot out. Todd Scharkey of Kasson, who had run second since lap four made a run to the inside of Sorensen on the restart but Mike was up to the challenge and opened up a lead again and left Todd in the middle of a six car swarm for second on back. Scharkey held on for second as Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie and Tyler Clark of Rochester ran side by side right on his back bumper all the way to the checkers. Hillson nosed out Clark for third with Tim Donlinger picking up a couple spots over the final few laps to finish fifth after starting back in row five. Claiming heat wins for the class along with Sorensen were Steve Wetzstein of West Concord and Donlinger.

In the Pizza Ranch Pure Stock feature nineteen cars took the green flag but just ten of them were around when the checkers fell. With the track full of cars the field raced through the first nine laps of the fifteen lap event clean and green. However three cautions, two in the final three laps made the finish a bit sloppy. Kevin Vogt of Rose Creek and Brandon Shaner of Owatonna were having a good race for second but they were involved in some of the late cautions and both of them ended up in the pits relegated to disappointing finishes. Kylie Kath of Owatonna started in row three and took advantage of the restart on the first yellow on lap nine to slip by Vogt, who had the early lead off the drop of the green to take over the top spot. He was able to stay out ahead of the carnage over the final laps to score his first feature win of the season and put together a sweep on the night as well after also claiming his heat win. Vogt also had a heat win on the night as well as Brady Krohnberg of Walters.

The broom also came out in the RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock class as Dan Holland of Brownsdale put together a pair of wins taking his heat and the nights feature for the class. After working out of row two to take the lead on lap three of his heat he started on the pole for the feature and lead flag to flag in the caution free main event. AJ Zvorak of Blooming Prairie put on the nice show coming from row three up to second to claim the runer up spot ahead of Jesse Stahl of Austin. The two along with Tyler Peterson of Hollandale provided some excitement on lap two as they battled for second. They went three wide with Zvorak in the middle, Peterson on the outside and Stahl on the bottom. AJ completed the pass on the inside of Peterson for second as they came around to complete lap three and than dropped back down to the inside of Stahl to take away second on lap four. He was then able to close up a bit on Holland during the race but never threatened to challenge for the win. Peterson ended up falling to fifth behind Stahl and Mitch Thomson of New Richland. Thompson picked up the tracks other heat win in his first appearance at the track this season.

Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Super Stocks have been struggling in there cars counts and had just nine cars on hand for the nights program. Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow took advantage of a pair of front row starting spots to run away with a pair of wins. Jeff Brauer put some pressure on Queensland getting a fender up along side him a couple times during the feature but Cole had what it took to stay up front as he picked up his second feature win of the year at Lansing. Ryan Siegle of Grand Meadow, Josh Bartel of Kasson, and Dave Moffit of Austin rounded out the top five.

Bryan Hernandez of Blooming Prairie has been close a couple times this year to scoring a feature win in the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and on Friday night he was finally able to seal the deal. Bryan lined up second row outside and after Bobby Kilby of Austin, who started just in front of him slid up into the wall on the initial start he inherited a front row spot for the restart. There were three cautions before a lap was completed making for a slow start to the race. When the green finally was able to get out there Beau Lammers of Owatonna grabbed the early lead with Hernandez falling in line second. On lap four Bryan found his line all the way down to the bottom of the track and pulled along side Lammers and took over the lead. Greg Pfeifer Jr of Austin won a wild four car battle for second as he outdueled Brandon Davis of Medford, AJ Wiste of Adams and Albert Wytaske of Lansing for the spot. The group raced side by side throughout the race and swapped spots a number of times before coming home in that order. In the classes heat races it was Davis and Dave Stevens of Albert Lea who claimed the checkers.

S and S Auto Salvage Hornets had a pair of familiar faces in victory lane. In the Junior Division Michael Wytaske of Lansing completed his fifth sweep in six weeks of racing action with yet another night of taking home the wins in both his heat and the feature. The only race heat or feature he has not won this year was the feature on week two when his car broke and he fell out of the race. It was announced at the end of the night Michael will be asked to move up to the Senior Division next week to try and make the Junior Divison more competitive and making it more challenging for him as well. He has lead most laps of each of his races being able to jump to the front from the middle of the field in very few laps each week. Jacob Stark of Austin came out of row two to take second over Brandon Vogt of Rose Creek. Pole sitter Cole Lonergan of Dexter took fourth followed by Matt Brooks of Austin. In the Senior Hornet division things have been just about as one sided with Mike Blowers of Waseca scoring his fifth feature win in six weeks of racing to match the five heat wins he has as well. The only other driver to take a win in the class has been Gary Stahl of Kasson who has a heat and a feature win on the year now after picking up the heat win on Friday Night. He scored the classes only feature win that Blowers doesn’t own last week. That stopped Blowers undefeated run to start the year.

Another big night or racing action is set for next Friday Night at Chateau Raceway with the Northern Vintage Race Car Drivers joining the show for the night. Race time is set for 7:30.

Mathew Gage

Hughes leads every lap in earning Lansing laurels

May 25th, 2009

LANSING, MINN. – The Chateau Raceway powered by Miner’s Outdoor & Rec was coming off two straight weekends of rain-outs coming into Friday night’s big Memorial Day Weekend Blowout featuring the big guns of the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour. Cloudy skies and light sprinkles off and on during the day had everybody hoping that the weather would cooperate and allow the fans and drivers to enjoy an exciting night of racing action.

As the clock rolled around to race time, all eyes turned from the sky to the track as Mother Nature kept the rain to the south, allowing the show to go on.

Thirty-four cars and drivers from eight states checked in for the show with Wednesday night’s winner at the Marshalltown (Iowa) Speedway, Jon Tesch, drawing the pole position for the 40-lap Sunoco “A” Main with the eighth and final draw among the inverted qualifiers.

Jason Hughes drew the second spot but came from the outside of the front row to lead Tesch, Dereck Ramirez, Kelly Shryock and Scott Green around the 1/3-mile semi-banked clay oval for the first lap.

Back in the field, defending USMTS National Champion Tim Donlinger was trying to move forward from his eighth row starting spot, picking up four spots in two laps and moving into tenth on the fourth lap.

With Hughes holding back challenges from Tesch and Ramirez, Donlinger was up to eighth by lap 11 as the second caution of the race came out when Al Hejna went off in turn 1. Another quick caution followed one lap later, but afterward the action started to pick up.

Donlinger jumped up to sixth on the restart while Tesch and Ramirez hooked up in some exciting side-by-side action for second, swapping the spot several times before Tesch took control.

Another caution came out on lap 16 when Mike Sorensen and Mark Noble got together in turn 4, then again three laps later for a car sitting sideways in turn 1.

That was the last time the field would see the dreaded yellow flag as the remaining 21 laps ran caution-free.

Hughes maintained a slim lead throughout, but held it all the way to the finish with Tesch holding off Steve Wetzstein for second and Donlinger snagging the fourth spot and earning the PBM Performance Products Hard Charger Award. The three swapped positions several times during the second half of the race with Wetzstein moving up to second a couple of times only to have Tesch come back on him.

Donlinger was able to get alongside Wetzstein on three occasions but never was able to finish off the pass.

Ramirez took fifth, followed by Zack VanderBeek, Shryock, Green, Ryan Gustin and Corey Dripps rounding out the top-10 in the second of five Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region main events in a row this Memorial Day Weekend.

Hughes also led wire to wire in the Isky Cams First Heat Race to make it a perfect night in grabbing his series-leading fourth win of 2009. The Westville, Okla., chassis builder also has four victories this season in the USMTS Southern Series.

In the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region points, VanderBeek and Donlinger are tied at the top of the rankings with 194 points each, with Wetzstein just three markers back in third. Fourth is Ramirez with 165 points, followed by Shryock (159), Hughes (154), Dripps (144), Green (140) and Dan Bohr (138).

Chateau Raceway dodges rain and powers through big USMTS Show on Special Breast Cancer Awareness Night

May 25th, 2009

(Lansing, MN)- Chateau Raceway in Lansing, powered by Miners Outdoor Power and Recreation, was coming off two straight weeks of rainouts coming into the big Memorial Day Weekend Blowout Races Featuring the United States Modified Touring Series Big Guns. Cloudy skies and light sprinkles off and on during the day had everyone hoping that Mother Nature would cooperate and allow the fans and drivers to enjoy an esciting night of racing action. With big money on the line cars started filing in early hopeful that the trip would be worth while. Many of the drivers had already raced much of the week on the series having been in Oskaloosa Iowa on Tuesday Night, Marshalltown Iowa on Wednesday Night, and coming off a big night of action the night before in Cresco Iowa. From Lansing on Friday Night the series was scheduled to move on to Racine on Saturday Night, Kasson on Sunday Night and then to Fountain City Wisconsin on Monday Night. That making for seven straight nights of action. As the grandstands were opened about 5:30 light sprinkles were still in the area and radar was showing a large area of rain that was pretty much running right along the I-90 corridor just five miles south of the track. With extra money on the line for the special, drivers wanted to get the show in. The USMTS Modifieds were running for a $2000 to win paycheck, the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were hunting a $400 first prize check, Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks had there minds on what could be there
biggest payday of the year, $200 to win. The S and S Auto Salvage Hornet Divisions had extra money on the line as well with the Senior Class gunning for a $125 win, and the Juniors a $75 to win payout. As the clock rolled around to race time the watching turned from the sky to the track for a full night of exciting action as Mother Nature kept the rains south allowing the
show to go on.

A special moment occurred right at the start of the night featuring Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie who had his “Special Pink 3 Day Race Car” which he is running over the Memorial Day Weekend in the USMTS Shows. The car is part of a fund raiser for the “Breast Cancer 3 Day Susan G. Komen race for the cure event this year. The fund raising effort was put on by “Team Jolene” who will be walking in the 60 mile three day walk later this year with the goal of raising $5000 dollars. The non profit 50/50 drawing on the night was used to raise money for the cause as well with the winner kicking back a share of his winnings. There were Pink T Shirts for the cause sold as well and anyone in attendance with one of these shirts went down on the track before the show into Victory Lane and gathered around the car and Mark for a special picture. On the track Noble was able to race the car to a second place finish in his heat but struggled to a twelfth place finish in the feature. He started in row three but was involved in an early caution and ended up restarting in twenty-first and had to work the rest of the night to try to salvage a good finish.

Thirty-Four cars from eight states checked in for the USMTS portion of the show with one of those being scratched before the nights action got started because of mechanical issues. The remainder of the cars put on a solid show led off by four very exciting heats. In the first heat of the night Jason Hughes of Westville Oklahoma used his front row starting spot to put together a flag to flag win. In fact all four heat winners used front row starting spots to their advantage for wins. Kelly Shryock of Fertile Iowa held off Rodney Sanders of Happy Texas for the win in heat two. Todd Scharkey of Kasson walked away from the field on his way to taking home the win in heat three, while Scott Green of Derby Kansas took home the win in heat four. Two Consys were run with Al Hejna of Clear Lake Iowa holding off a hard charging Tim Donlinger of Rochester for the win in Consy number one. Donlinger had some tough luck in his heat forcing him to try and make the feature through the consys. Donlinger had moved from deep in the field in his heat up to third but he was the victim of somebody elses accident on the last lap of his heat which dumped him to the back of the field and forced him to the consy. Starting back in row four of the consy he quickly picked his way through the field jumping to fifth on the first lap and up to third on lap three. One lap alter he was up to second where he battled Hejna down the stretch but Al was able to hold him off for the win. Consy number two went to Corey Dripps of Waterloo Iowa who held off Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon Iowa to take the checkers.

In the lead up to the main event the top eight drivers from the heats based on passing points redrew on the front straight away for positions. As driver after driver stepped up to draw nobody picked up the pole. The last driver of the eight, Jon Tesch of Watertown South Dakota ended up with the pole as it was the only position not drawn. Jason Hughes drew the second spot with Derek Ramirez of Woodward Oklahoma and Kelly Shryock getting the second row starting spots. Steve Wetzstein of West Concord and Scott Green got the third row positions with Mark Noble and Todd Scharkey getting the row four spots. Scharkey actually made the first of the redraws and drew the eighth and final spot right off the bat. So with the field all set it was time to fire the cars up for the forty lap finale. Hughes came off the outside of the front row and lead Tesch, Ramirez, Shryock, and Green around for the first lap. Back in the field Donlinger was trying to move forward from his row eight starting spot, fifteenth on the grid. He picked up four spots in two laps and moved into the top ten on lap four. He made it up to eighth on lap eleven just as the second caution of the race came out when Al Hejna went off turn one. Another quick caution followed a lap later and after that third restart the action started to pick up. Donlinger jumped up to sixth off the restart while Tesch and Ramirez hooked up in some exciting side by side action for second swapping the spot several times before Tesch took control of it. Another caution on lap sixteen, the third of the race, came out when Mike Sorensen of Rochester and Mark Noble got together in turn four. It was starting to look like the yellow flag was going to dominate the race when three laps later it waved again for a car sitting sideways in turn one. But as it would turn out that would be the last time the yellow would be out for the night as the next twenty-one laps of the forty lap main event ran off caution free. Hughes maintained his lead all the way to the
finish with Tesch holding off Wetzstein and Donlinger for second. The three swapped positions several times over the second half of the race with Wetzstein moving up to second a couple times only to have Tesch come back on him. Donlinger was able to get along side Wetzstein for third a time or two but never was able to finish off the pass. Derek Ramirez took fifth folllowed by Kelly Shryock, Scott Green, Ryan Gustin of Marshaltown Iowa, and Corey Dripps rounding out the top ten.

In other AMSOIL Dirt Track Racing Series Action the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds saw a first time winner on the year as Jerry Young of Blooming Prairie took advantage of an early restart to put himself in the lead. Eric Condit of Austin took the lead off the drop of the green. A spinning car on lap two brought out the first of three cautions in the race. it was a wild
restart with Young going to the inside of Condit while Greg Pfeifer JR of Austin went to the outside of him and they crossed the line three wide heading to turn one. Young came out of the scramble with the lead and Pfeifer fell in line second. Condit fell back to fourth as Bryan Hernandez of Blooming Prairie moved up a spot as well. Hernandez would move up to second on the restart after the races second caution. Pfeifer fell back to third where it looked like he would finish until Bryan slide up high in turn four coming to the checkers. Pfeifer went under him to take second with Brandon Davis of Medford and Albert Wytaske of Lansing moving by for third and forth shuffling Hernandez back to fifth at the finish. The class ran two heats on the night with Dan Wheeler of Columbia Heights taking home the nights first heat win for the class. Albert Wytaske took the win in heat two.

The Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks had a solid twenty car field on hand. Kevin Vogt of Rose Creek took the lead at the start of the race ahead of Jake Siemers of Dexter and Jason Newkirk of Austin. Vogt was looking strong out front but once again it would be a restart that would make a change in the running order. A caution on lap eight worked to Newkirk’s advantage has he
jumped from third to first when the green flag came out and set sail for his first feature win of the season at Lansing. Vogt ended up in second ahead of Brady and Stacy Krohnberg of Walters who finished third and fourth. Siemers had some mechanical problems over the course of the second half of the race and ended up dropping out with a disapointing seventeenth place finish. The class ran three heats with Brandon Shaner of Owatonna, Tom Kasier of Waseca, and Siemers taking those wins.

The S and S Auto Salvage Junior and Senior Hornets also ran on the night. In the Junior Division Michael Wytaske of Lansing took his fourth feature win in five weeks of action at the track. It looked like Brandon Vogt of Rose Creek who had the early lead might have been able to hold off Wytaske but a slower car boxed him in as he was trying to put him down a lap and Michael was able to take advantage to go to the front. Wytaske also took the classes heat win. In the Senior Division it was a thrilling finish
that stopped the dominating run of Mike Blowers of Waseca. Blowers was undefeated at the track on the season having scored four sweeps in the first four weeks of racing action and that added to a heat win earlier in the night had him nine for nine on the season in combined heats and features at the track to open the season. He was in position to make it ten for ten as he jumped from the inside of row three to the front on the first lap of the feature. Gary Stahl of Kasson meanwhile who started outside row two ran third on lap one. After a second lap caution for a lost tire off one of the cars Gary moved up to second following the restart. From there he patiently reeled in Mike and the two came to the white flag side by side with Blowers still in the lead at the line. Things changed in turn one as Stahl hugged the bottom of the track and nosed to the lead. Blowers tried to cross back
over in turn two and came back along side as they headed throug turns three and four heading for the checkers. Stahl was up to the challenge as he scored his first feature win of the season. Jim Briggs of Waseca took third ahead of Briana Grinstead of Austin and Jamie Tapp of Austin.

Next week Chateau Raceway will run there 12th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial race. Another big night of racing action with all seven of the tracks classes back in action for the Memorial and the extra purse money and trophys on the line. Race time next Friday Night for the Guttormson Memorial will be 7:30.

5/15 rainout at Chateau Raceway

May 20th, 2009

Lansing, MN –Mother Nature was the big winner for the second week in a row as Chateau Raceway in Lansing, powered by Miners Outdoor Power and Recreation, cancelled races because of rain Friday Night. The day started out with beautiful blue skies, but clouds moved in during the afternoon and turned to a misty fog late in the afternoon. By evening light rain moved in and the nights show was cancelled. It’s the third show the track has lost to weather this year having also lost the season opener because of cold and snow. Next Friday Night Chateau Raceway will kick off the Memorial Day weekend with first of two appearances by the USMTS Modified touring series stopping at the track with its $2000 to win opportunity for the Big Mods. Also running on the
night will be the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, S and S Auto Salvage Junior and Senior Hornets and the Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks. The RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stocks and Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Super Stocks will have the night off but all classes will return the following week for the 12th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial Race and the extra purse money. That
will make for two big back to back weeks of racing action at the one-third mile oval north of Austin five miles. Racing time each week will be 7:30.

WISSOTA Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds Dazzle with excellent features at Chateau Raceway Friday Night

May 5th, 2009

Beautiful blue skies greeted cars and drivers for week four of AMSOIL DIRT TRACK RACING SERIES ACTION at Chateau Raceway in Lansing powered by Miners Outdoor Power and Recreation. A nice field of cars but on a great show with two of the classes in particular having two of the best feature races of the young season. RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock driver Tony Konold of Clear Lake South Dakota and Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modified driver Dan Wheeler of Columbia Heights put on a great display of patience and great driving as they drove up through there respective fields to claim what were basically caution free feature wins.

Konold started inside of row three in his main event and ran fourth after lap one. Jason Barber of New Richland lead the first lap off the outside of the front row while A. J. Zvorak of Blooming Prairie moved from row two up to second followed by Ryan Goergen of Stacyville Iowa. On lap two Zvorak swept by Barber as the two came out of turn two. By the time Konold worked his way to second on lap six Zvorak had a half a straight away lead. Tony immediately went to work cutting into the lead and by lap eleven, with four laps to go, he had it cut down to three car lengths. With two to go Konold worked alongside A.J. and the
two took the white flag side by side with Tony holding a slight advantage. The two worked the final lap side by side with Tony still holding the advantage. Coming through turn four to the checkers A.J. drove the car hard to the bottom of turn four and got him self crossed up spinning sideways as Konold took home the feature win for the second week in a row. By the time Zvorak straightened himself out he was only able to salvage a fourth place finish behind Barber and Goergen. What made those final laps even better was the fact the two drivers gave each other plenty of room and raced a clean exciting finish in a race that
went caution free. Zvorak claimed the classes only heat win.

If you through out the initial false start in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified Main event there race was basically caution free as they ran all twenty of there green flag laps without any yellows to slow the action. Greg Pfeifer JR of Austin started on the outside of row one and grabbed the first lap lead. On lap three he slipped up a bit high in turn two and opened the door for Bobby Kilby of Austin to slip by to take over the lead spot. Kilbys lead lasted just two laps as Brandon Davis of Medford, who followed Kilby under Pfeifer to move into second, went to the bottom of Bobby in turn two on lap five and the two came around side by side with Bobby still holding the advantage at the line. On lap six they stayed side by side and this time as they crossed the line it was Davis by the nose of his car with the lead. Dan Wheeler meanwhile, who started in row four, had worked his way up to third behind the two leaders. While Davis pushed out in front of Kilby, Wheeler moved up on Bobby and took over second on lap nine, about five car lengths back of Davis. It took him just two laps to close up Brandon’s bumper. They ran nose to tail until lap fourteen when Dan dove to the bottom of turn four and slid by to take over the lead. Brandon tried to stay close but it would be Wheeler who would claim his second feature win of the season. Wheelers car was really hooking up on the night as he was one of three drivers on the night who posted the fasted lap of the season for there respective classes. A.J. Wiste of Adams came home in third follwed by Bryan Hernandez of Blooming Prairie and Kilby. Wheeler also took the win in his heat giving him a sweep on the night. Hernandez also claimed a heat win for the class on the night.

The Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks lead all classes with twenty-one cars on hand for there portion of the show. Twenty of the cars made the call for the feature. Rookie driver Kylie Kath of Owatonna, after taking the first checkered flag of his rookie season in his heat, started on the pole. He went to the front on the first lap with James Weber of Austin and Ryan Henderson of Holmen Wisconsin pulling up to second and third. The three of them started on the inside of rows one-two and three and shot out in front of the entire outside row. Henderson worked around Weber on lap two and set his sights on Kath. Ryan moved to the outside of Kath and they ran side by side on lap five with Henderson taking the lead at the line. Over the rest of the race Kath stayed right with Henderson taking several shots at him getting up along side him but Ryan was able to drive home to his first feature win of the year. This is Ryan’s first season in the class after running in the Hornet Division last season. Adam Godeke of Hollandale outran Brandon Shaner of Owatonna for third with Stacy Kronhnberg of Walters rounding out the top five.

Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow got a bit of redemption in the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Super Stock Feature event. Last week Cole was in a side by side battle with Ryan Siegle of Grand Meadow in the final laps of the feature when his steering wheel came off putting him into the wall and costing him a shot at the win. This week he ended up with a front row starting spot and left no doubt as he ran away from the field for his first feature win of the year. Cole also posted the fastest lap recorded this season in the class by the electronic scoring system used by the track. Jeff Brauer of Rochester ran second ahead of Jay Kintner of Hibbing who outdueled Siegle for third. Kintner normally drives at a track up north on Friday Nights but snow and cold has been indering his attempts to get any racing in, as has been the case with many of the travelers that have been visiting Lansing in the early weeks of the season. The nights heat winner was Brauer.

Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie blitzed the field in the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified feature but was lucky the race wasn’t one lap longer. Myer jumped from row two to the front with a nice little three wide move down the back straightaway and through turns three and four on lap one. Myer went right up the middle of the front row of Dustin Steinbrink of Austin and Ben Mattick of Hayfield. He never looked back as he stretched out he lead over Mike Sorensen of Rochester. The hard charger of the race was Tom Paulson of Kasson who started tail end in the race in wound up in third. Paulson started back there after a disastrous heat event. He started on the pole in his heat and coming out of turn four to the green the car snapped to the right and into Josh Mattick of Austin. Both cars were heavily damaged and went to the pits on the end of the wreckers. Both must have great crews in the pits as they both got there cars put back together and were out for the start of the feature. Paulson used the first eight laps of the race to pick his way up to sixth where he ran into a wild four car battle for third. Doug Hillson of Blooming Praiire, and Ben Mattick were side by side for third and right behind them Paulson and Joel Alberts of Mantorville were side by side running fifth and sixth. The four made for some exciting racing to watch for several laps. Over the next hand full of laps Hillson took over control of third and Paulson grabbed fourth. Ben was still dueling with Tom for the spot when the group came into lapped traffic with just a couple laps left. Hillson had to lift and Paulson swept through the confusion to take third. Doug held on for fourth follewed by Ben and Joel. Sorensen and Ben Mattick took the classes heat wins. Ben turned the fastest lap of the season for the class in the process of taking home that heat win.  Meanwhile after the checkers fell to conclude the race while making his way back around the track Myer’s car broke down. When he pulled to victory lane the driver side front tire was tipped way in with some obvious suspension problem. He left victory lane on the end of the wrecker with his trophy and the spring out of the left front of his car laying inside. Sorensen and Ben Mattick took the
classes heat wins. Ben turned the fastest lap of the season for the class in the process of taking home that heat win.

In S and S Auto Salvage Hornet action two drivers have dominated the action in the early going this year. Coming into the night Michael Wytaske of Lansing had taken every checkered flag in the Junior Division while Mike Blowers of Waseca had all the wins in the Senior Division. One streak continued on the night while one ended. The class had two extra races to run on the night from last weeks show. There feature races from a week ago never got ran because of the rain that moved in so they had to make those up early in the night before there regular scheduled races. Each of those drivers took home yet another feature win giving them six straight wins (three heats and three features) open the year. They moved that to seven each after taking the eat wins for each division. The first driver to try to make it eight straight checkers was Michael Wytaske. He wasted little time going t o the front as he went outside of Jake Bigelow of Hayfield to take second and than swept to the inside of Garitt Wytaske of Lansing to take the lead. While battling for second Garitt and Bigelow tangled bringing out a caution with Bigelow being sent tail end. Off the restart Michael took control again quickly but a lap later he was suddenly slowing and pulling to the infield with a flag tire ending his run. Garitt moved by to the front and proceeded to claim his first win of the season as he out ran Bigelow for the feature win. Bigelow did a nice job of coming back up from the back of the field to take second ahead of Jacob Stark
of Austin. Cole Lonergan of Dexter and Brandon Vogt of Rose Creek rounded out the top five. In the Senior Division Blower made a perfect four sweeps in four weeks for him as he outran Paul Kroneman of Austin and Gary Stahl of Kasson in the main event for the class.

Racing action continues next Friday Night at 7:30 with more exciting racing action at Chateau Raceway, just five miles north of Austin.

Fresh Faces In Victory Lane At Chateau Raceway Friday Night

April 27th, 2009

Lansing, MN– Week three of AMSOIL Dirt Track Racing Series Action at Chateau Raceway in Lansing, powered by Miners Outdoor and Recreation of Blooming Prairie, saw plenty of fresh faces in victory lane with four of the five feature winners on the night picking up there first wins of the season. Four other drivers also saw the checkers fly for them for the first time this season in the nights opening heat events. For the third week in a row the car count was over ninety setting up a night with lots of action to be spread out over the seven different classes. Mother Nature was on everybodys mind as welll as rain was heading in and the question wasn’t if it was going to rain, but rather when it would hit. Drivers did a good job of moving things right along in the heats with a minimum number of cautions. The track did not take much of an intermission as they only took enough time to get the line ups out before sending out the first features of the night shortly after eight-thirty.

Things went pretty smooth until the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rolled onto the track and proceeded to stumble through a half a dozen yellow flags which resulted in there feature being cut by five laps to speed things along. The front row was eliminated in the first two cautions before one lap could be completed. That moved AJ Wiste of Adams up from row two to the pole for the third attempt to start the race and he immediately went to the front and maintained a lead for the entire race surviving multiple restarts to take home his first feature win of the season. Jerry Young of Blooming Prairie who started in row two after the early cautions came out of a wild three car battle to take second ahead of Albert Wytaske of Lansing. Brandon Davis of Medford was the third driver in that mix for most of the race until he was tabbed with one of the cautions about midway
through the race and was sent tail end. Davis eventually came back to finish seventh. Also finishing in the top five were Jason Born of Medford and Greg Pfeifeir JR of Austin. Heat wins in the class went to Wytaske, Bryan Hernandez of Blooming Prairie and Davis. Hernadnez had a good run going in the feature and was in the top five before he broke down causing one of the cautions that slowed the pace of the race.

Jesse Stahl of Austin had the crowd a little concerned in the main event of the RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock class. In turn two right off the start Matt Paczkowski of Hollandale who had sat on the pole got turned around. As the first half of the field was clearing him Stahl, who was coming from the back half of the pack, did not see him and ran square into him. Matt drove his car away but Jesse sat in his car for quite awhile while the ambulance crew talked to him. Several minutes passed before he finally crawled out of his car to the cheers of the crowd. He waved and slowly made his way into the ambulance to get checked out, apparently OK but sure to be very sore for several days. When the field restarted Tony Konold, who has made the long trip from Clear Lake South Dakota for each of the first three weeks of the season, put his machine out front. AJ Zvorak
of Blooming Prairie moved up from a row behind him to pull up to second. Tony stretched out a pretty nice lead during the first few laps before AJ started reeling him back in. Zvorak had it down to a couple car lenths as they hit lapped traffic with less than a hand full of laps to go. That traffic had them bumper to bumper until the final lap when Tony cleared the last of the cars in front of him and was able to come home with this first feature win of the 2009 season. Dan Holland of Brownsdale took third
followed by Jesse Baer of Minnesota Lake and Ryan Goergen of Stacyville Iowa. Stahl and Zvorak took home the classes wins in the two heats.

The Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks also saw a driver claim his first feature win of the year. Brady Krohnberg of Walters worked his way from row four to the front at the midpoint of the race and proceeded to pull away from the field for the win. Adam Godeke of Hollandale startred on the outside of the front row and he and poll sitter Jake Siemers of Hayfield ran one-two for much of the early stages of the race before Brady came up on them. Krohnberg was up to third on lap six and from there jumped to the front with a nice move to the bottom of turn two which shot him past Godeke and into the lead. Adams held on for second ahead of Brandon Shaner of Owatonna who had won the first two features of the season in the class. Siemers came home in fourth followed by Dylan Nelson of Freeborn. Sammie Fromm of Owatonna, Shaner and Godeke claimed heat wins for the class. It was Godeke’s first win of the year in his heat.

Josh Reisch of Luverne made the trip to Lansing for the second week in a row and came away with a pair of wins for his effort. Reisch lead flag to flag in both of his races as he used front row starting spots to his advantage both times. He jumped out to a nice lead in the main event leaving the rest of the field to battle behind him. Steve Wetzstein of West Concord out dueled Mike Sorensen of Rochester for second while Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie held off Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie for fourth. The race ended up being cut short as the rains that had been expected showed up as the race just made it past the halfway mark. A caution slowed the field just past halfway and as they were lining up for the restart light rain started to fall and with the drivers being asked to give a thumbs up or thumbs down on trying to restart the consensus was thumbs down and the caution and checkers flew together to end the race and the night. Along with Reisch, also taking heat wins were Myer and Alan Mondus of Lakeville. Myer and Mondus were also first time winners on the season with there heat wins.

The only class that did not see a new winner in victory lane at the end of there feature was the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Super Stocks. Ryan Siegle of Grand Meadow visited victory lane for the second week in a row in the class after he and Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow had a spirited battle in there feature. Siegle passed early leader Brett Dulas of Waseca on lap two with Queensland following him and moving up into second. Cole kept the heat on as Ryan kept protecting the bottom line. Queensland eventually went to the high line and ran side by side with Ryan for much of the middle section of the race. He eventaully pulled to the lead on lap twelve but Ryan stayed tight inside him trying to work his way back to the front. With less than two laps to go they came out of turn two side by side with Queensland on the outside knowing they would be coming to the white flag. Coles car ended up jumping high toward the wall as they went down the back straightaway and as he got into the wall Ryan pulled away to the win and Cole turned his damaged machine into the infield as the race wound down. Brett Dulas who claimed a heat win earlier in the night, his first checkers of the season, came home in third ahead of Josh Bartel of Kasson and Dave Moffit of Austin.

The rains left two races to be run at the end of the night. The S and S Auto Salvage Junior and Senior Hornet features will be made up at the start of next Friday Nights show. Michael Wytaske of Lansing in the Junior Divison and Mike Blowers of Waseca in the Senior Division will be trying to continue there domination in there respective divisions. Both claimed there heat wins on the night and are a perfect five for five on the season so far with three heat wins and two feature wins. They will each see the track three times next week with make up features and the nights regular heat and feature to try and continue there run. Racing action next friday night will get underway at 7:30 at Chateau Raceway in Lansing, just five miles north of Austin.

The Chase for Wissota’s National Points Started at Chateau’s Opener!

April 13th, 2009

Chateau Raceway in Lansing, powered by Miners Outdoor and Recreation, kicked off the 2009 racing season Friday Night with a solid field of over ninety cars on hand. Domination was the theme of the night as six of the seven feature winners on the night also claimed heat wins thus kicking off there season with clean sweeps. Starting the parade of drivers coming home with a
pair of wins on the night was Pizza Ranch Pure Stock driver Brandon Shaner of Owatonna. Brandon lead flag to flag in claiming his heat win at the start of the night after coming off the outside of the front row. He drew the outside front row for the feature as well and with the help of a quick caution was able to lead that race flag to flag as well for the win. On the initial start Samantha Stark of Austin got a nice jump from the pole and was on her way to leading the first lap, however a group of cars near the tail end of the field got twisted up bringing out a caution and setting up a complete restart. Off the second attempt at starting the race Shaner got the better jump and got to the point with Stark falling in line second. Samantha chased him all the way to the checkers as she ended up settling for second. Dylan Nelson of Freeborn made a nice run from a starting spot in
row six to come home in third ahead of Brady Korhnberg of Walters and James Connors of Waseca. Connors picked up the classes other heat win on the night.

In the RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock class the top dog was Tim Johnson was made the long haul down from Brainerd. Johnson also took advantage of a pair of front row starts in both his events to lead all but one lap of racing action. He lead flag to flag in claiming the win in the classes only heat. In the feature he trailed Jesse Stahl of Austin for the first lap before making his move to the front. A.J. Zvorak of Blooming Prairie worked his way to second while Cory Crapser of Eau Claire Wisconsin came from the tail end of the field to take third. Tony Konold who traveled all the way from Clear Lake South Dakota took fourth ahead of Stahl.

Dan Wheeler of Columbia Heights showed the way in Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modified action. Dan made a nice run from back in row three in his heat to work his way to a win, them followed that up with a flag to flag win in the feature. Despite leading every lap in the main event he had his hands full for all twenty laps. Ronnie Rihn of Bloomer Wisconsin put the pressure on
early before Bryan Hernandez of Blooming Prairie came forward from row three to menace Dan over the races final laps. Hernadez, who is actually driving the car Wheeler ran last year, moved past Rihn on lap fourteen for second bringing Brandon Davis of Medford with him. Hernadez made several runs up alongside Wheeler over the races final laps before having to settle for a runner up finish. Davis ended up third ahead of Rihn and Joe Horgdahl of Kasson. Hernadez claimed the classes other heat win.

The Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Super Stocks were the only class to not have a clean sweeper on the night. Dan Gullickson of Stacy lead flag to flag in the classes heat race after starting on the pole but in the main event it was Don Eischens of Richmond Wisconsin who would pull into victory lane. Eischens had the advantage of the front row in the feature while Gullickson started in row two. Off the drop of the green Eischens shot to the point while Gullikson moved up to second. The field ran caution free for the entire eighteen laps of the race with Dan hanging just a few car lengths back off Eischens back bumper. He was never able to really make a serious run at Don as he claimed the season opening feature win in the class.

Brad Waits of Zumbrota, who has won the National USRA Modified Championship the past two years, got a good start on trying to make it three in a row as he posted a pair of wins in the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified Division. Waits was front row in his heat and was able to lead flag to flag to claim that win. In the feature he started in row two and ran second behind Josh Reisch of Luverne on lap one. A caution while the field was working lap two set up a restart with Waits lined up behind Reisch. With the double wide restart behind the leader Brad took the outside line for the restart. Off the drop of the green he pulled up on Reisch going into turn one and quickly shot to the bottom of the track and swept to the lead. While he was working on trying to open up a lead Mike Sorensen of Rochester was working on moving toward the front. Starting back
in row five Mike moved up to fourth in just three laps, was up to third on lap five, and made the move to second on lap seven. As the race came to midway Sorensen was able to get with in a car length of two in the corners but Waits was able to stretch it back out a bit down the straightaways. After about four laps of Mike getting those good runs on him Brad turned it up a notch and stretched his lead back out just as the field caught the tail end of the field and started lapping cars. After that early yellow the field ran caution free the rest of the way with Waits and Sorensen finishing one-two. Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie came home third followed by Steve Wetstein of West Conocrd and Resich. Sorensen picked up the classes other heat win.

In the S and S Auto Salvage Hornet classes it was Michael Wytaske of Lansing sweeping the Junior Division while Mike Blowers of Waseca took the Senior Division.

Racing action continues next Friday Night with race time set for 7:30

Chateau Raceway

September 29th, 2008
Chateau Raceway in Lansing, powered by Miners Outdoor Power and
Recreation, hosted there third annual "Midwest Modified Fall Nationals"
this past weekend.  Two full shows featuring all six of the tracks
regular classes over two nights, Friday night and Saturday night,
provided plenty of action as the 2008 Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Season
came to a close.
Drivers kept the show moving along Friday night as the heats were run off in just
over an hour and four of the seven features were run caution free with a fifth
feature being slowed by just one yellow flag.   Times were also fast on the night,
and while no track records were set in any class on the night, two classes did see
there fastest times of the season run.
There were plenty of fantastic finishes on the night as well with the
Affordable Portables WISSOTA Street Stock feature providing one of
them.   Jesse Stahl of Austin paced the field for the first lap of the
main event before Mike Jans of Clarkfield, who had picked up a heat win
earlier in the night, snuck by for the lead on lap two.   Allen Gessell
Junior of Big Lake, who also scored a heat win on the night, followed
him up to second and the two went bumper to bumper and side by side for
the rest of the caution free fifteen lap event.  Mike was doing a good
job of holding his line and not giving Allen to much of an openning.
Gessell got his fender along side a couple times but had to keep
falling back in line until the two were coming to the white flag.
Allen got a fender below Jans in turn three and held it there all the
way through turn four and they came by the flag stand to take the white
flag side by side.  They stayed that way until they came out of turn
two where Gessell was able to clear Mike for the lead and come around
for his fourth feature win of the season at Lansing in six visits.  It
was also the fourth time he has swept his heat and feature races in the
same night.  2008 Track Champion AJ Zvorak of Blooming Prairie came
home third ahead of Danny Hanson of Elma Wisconsin and Stahl.
Not to be outdone in the area of fantastic finishes were the Triple J
Disposal WISSOTA Super Stocks.   While there race was far from caution
free as they brought out the yellow flag six times in the races first
seven laps they did put on a good show in the stretch run of the race.
 Dustin Nelson of Ogilvie started on the pole and wasted no time in
taking control of the race early.  Curt Myers of Cameron Wisconsin
moved up to second ahead of Dan Gullikson of Stacy on lap two.  The two
swapped positions several times during the early cautions with
Gullikson taking control of the spot on lap seven as the drivers run a
strong mid section of the race.  While racing each other they also took
turns pulling up along side Nelson and challenging him for the lead.
One final caution came out on lap thirteen of the twenty lapper when
Tony Shaner of Owatonna pulled up in turn three near the wall and
stopped.  During the caution Myers suddenly went to the pits with some
sort of mechanical problems leaving just Nelson and Gullickson to
continue the battle.   Nelson did a good job of holding off Dan's
challenges down the stretch until the pair were heading to the white
flag.  Gullickson swung to the outside and took the lead at the white.
Nelson stayed on his low line and used it to come back under Dan and
come around for his first feature win of the season at Lansing.  Shawn
Nolan of Annandale drove a nice race coming out of the middle of the
field to take home third ahead of 2008 Track Champion Cole Queensland
of Grand Meadow and Jeff Brauer of Rochester.  Myers and Queensland
took the classes heat wins on the night.
The final lap also provided a wild finish in the Pizza Ranch Pure Stock
feature which went caution free.   Mark Wolff of Janesville and Craig
Hansen of Dodge Center started on the front row.   Wolff took the early
lead off the pole while Hansen fell in line second right on the bumper
of Mark.   Tyler Peterson of Hollandale worked from row four up to third
on lap five with Stacy Krohnberg of Walters coming to fourth behind him.
The top four ran some tight close laps through the middle of the race
with Krohnberg picking his way up to second with just a couple laps to
go.   As the field took the white flag and headed into turn one Korhberg
tried to make a strong move to the bottom of Wolff.  Stacy got hard into
Wolff who suddenly slowed out of turn two with a flat tire.   Krohnberg
looked to be on his way to the win when he had a tire go down as well as
he came through turns three and four.  Hansen and Peterson lined up and
shot around him as they came to the checkers with Craig picking up his
first feature win of the season.  Korhnberg and Wolff limped home on
flat tires holding on to third and fourth.  Hansens win capped a sweep
for him on then night after he also picked up a heat win on the night.
Dan Klingfus of Rose Creek saw victory lane for the first time on the
season as he also took home one of the classes heat wins.
The two S and S Auto Salvage Hornet Features also went caution free on
the night.  In the Junior Hornet Division Ryan Henderson of Holmen
Wisconsin used a front row starting spot to his advantage as he lead
flag to flag for his first feature win of the year at Lansing in four
visits.  Michael Wytaske of Lansing came home in second out dueling
cousin Garitt Wytaske of Lansing for that spot.  Matt Brooks and Jacob
Stark, both of Austin, rounded out the top five.  Michael took the
classes heat win.   Mike Blowers of Waseca added to his win total in the
Senior Hornet Divison as swept the class for the third time this year on
his way to his seventh feature win of the season.   His two team mates
from Waseca Jason McShane and Terry Blowers made it a sweep of the top
three positions for the trio.   Jared Boumeester of Waseca looked like
he had something for Mike as he took the lead away from him for a few
laps early in the race before he suddenly pulled to the pits ending his
night early.
French's Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds put on a nice feature
race with just one caution slowing the pace.   Mark Noble of Blooming
Prairie flew off the front row and stretched out a big lead right off
the drop of the green.  However apparently his fuel cap flew off too and
fluids were spewing out the back of his car.  The black flag was put out
for Mark but before he pulled from the track the races only yellow flag
came out.  That allowed track officials to pull him over and tell him
the problem and he headed to the pits to get it taken care of.   When he
came back out he restarted at the back of the field and was flying
around cars after the restart.  Several laps later however just past
halfway he coasted down the front straightaway and into the pits with
transmission problems.  Todd Scharkey of Kason inherited the lead when
Noble went to the pits, but he also had 2008 Track Champion Mike
Sorensen of Rochester on his back bumper.   Todd was trying to use the
low wide of the track to make time but Mike found the top line to his
liking and worked his way around Todd on lap eleven of the twenty four
lap race.  From there it was clear sailing as Mike was able to stretch
out his lead and go on to claim his third feature win of the year at
Chateau Racewy.
The final feature event of the opening night was the Power 96 WISSOTA
Midwest Modified main event.   After all it is the "Midwest Modified
Fall Nationals" so they were not about to let all the other classes have
all the fun with those great battles.   Greg Pfeifer Junior of Austin
and AJ Wiste of Adams started on the front row and Pfeifer was able to
use the inside line to his advantage as he lead the field around on lap
one.  The two stayed side by side through lap two with Wiste getting to
the front on lap three.   Brandon Davis of Medford who started right
behind Greg in row two took control of third and watched all the action
right in front of him and wasted no time getting into the mix.   He
moved past Pfeifer for second and on lap ten of the twenty five lap main
event he found his way to the inside of Wiste and the two put on a good
battle for the lead.  On lap sixteen Pfeifer had a big run to the bottom
of the track out of turn four and went to the point.   Greg withstood a
couple late restarts to capture his second feature win of the season at
Lansing.  Wiste came home in second ahead of Kenny Wytaske of Lansing,
Jim Arnold of Dodge Center and Pfeifer.   Davis also took his heat win
giving him a sweep for the night.  The other heat winners were Wiste and
Arnold.
The perfect fall weather that greeted fans and drivers on Friday
continued right into Saturday for night two of the "Fall Nationals" .
With Brandon Davis's Feature win on Friday night it set him up for a
possible big pay day for Saturday Night.   Davis captured $1000 dollars
for his win on the first night of the Nationals and night twos winner
was going to be shooting for a $2000 payday, except for Davis.
Contingency sponsors had an extra $2000 check set aside if the same
driver could capture both nights of the Midwest Modified Fall Nationals
and the only one with that chance would be Brandon.   A tough redraw
after the heats had him starting outside of row five, along way from the
front, but it was going to be a long thirty lap race.  On the drop of
the green pole sitter Albert Wytaske of Lansing, the 2008 Track Champion
in the class, had his car push up high and off of turn two bringing out
the first caution of the race and moving him to the tail end of the
field for the restart.   Dan Wheeler of Columbia Heights inherited the
pole and after yet another caution on the second attempt to start the
race, he took off on the third start and pulled out in front of AJ Wiste
with Pfeifer JR settling into third.   There was lots of tight racing up
front as the leaders went side by side lap after lap but Wheeler kept a
hold of the lead.  Davis meanwhile was picking his way toward the front.
 He moved up to eighth on lap three and was up to sixth on lap nine.
He was still running sixth when the third caution of the race came out
for a spinning car near the tail end of the field.  Davis used the first
couple laps off the restart to pick up three more spots as the top cars
were all bunched up.  Bobby Swanson of Kasson made a big move shooting
from third to second on the restart and continued up the outside taking
the lead away from Wheeler on lap seventeen.  Wheeler got the lead back
a lap later when Swanson slowed with mechanical problems.   The big
winner off the restart though came from the driver who had started back
on the outside of row seven, in the fourteenth starting position.  Bryan
Herandez of Blooming Prairie was having trouble getting through traffic
when that lap fourteen caution came out.  He was stuck back in ninth
when they restarted them and in two laps he jumped into the top five.
As the leaders were swapping positions he moved up to third on lap
twenty bringing Davis with him up to fourth.  Two more laps went in the
books and Hernadez went by Wiste for second and set his sights on
Wheeler.   While everyone else was staying between the middle of the
track and the bottom Bryan went top shelf and set sail.  Two more laps
and as the field completed lap twenty-four Bryan was side by side with
Wheeler at the line and had the lead by a nose.  Over the final laps
Bryan kept flying around the top and went on to score a $2000 payday and
his third feature win of the year.  Greg Pfefier JR who had back slide a
bit during the middle of the race came home in second on a big last lap
move when he jumped around Wheeler and Davis to claim the runnerup
check.   Heat winners for the class were Wiste, Kenny Wytaske, and
Dustin Steinbrink of Austin.   A Consy event was won by Jeff McDonald
from Rhinelander Wisconsin.
While Davis did not pick up the bonus money for back to back feature
wins there was a driver on the weekend who did claim a pair of feature
wins.   Although there was no extra money on the line Ryan Henderson of
Holmen Wisconsin backed up his feature win on Friday Night with another
on Saturday night in the S and S Auto Salvage Junior Hornets.  He also
set the track record for the class in doing so as he became the first
hornet driver to turn a lap under twenty seconds. (19.55 - 61.38 mph
avg).   Ryan also took the heat win giving him a sweep on the night.
Runnerup in the race was Garitt Wytaske followed by Zach Sauer of
Austin.  A bit of a scary moment just past halfway in the race when
Michael Wytaske got his car high off turn two and rolled it with the car
ending up on its side.  Michael crawled out of the car quickly and waved
to the crowd before seeing his car towed back to the pits.  It was just
the fourth rollover at the track this season with all of them coming in
the Hornet class.   In the Senior Division Jesse Harang of Northwood
Iowa swept his way to a pair of wins on the final night of racing.
Briana Grinstead of Austin lead the first lap of the feature before
Harang went around the outside of her on lap two to go to the front.
Brad Wilson of Austin came home in second with Grinstead holding on for
third.  Harangs feature win was his first feature win of the season.
After coming up just short in his bid for a win the night before in the
Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks, Stacy Krohnberg used a front row starring spot
to his advantage as he took home his first feature win of the season.
Adam Godeke of Hollandale actually lead the first several laps with
Stacy falling back to third behind Matt Stark of Austin.  Stark took the
lead briefly on lap seven only to have Krohnberg come up to second and
challenge him for the lead right away.  The two went at it for several
laps before Krohberg got the lead on lap nine.   Tyler Peterson came up
to take second away from Stark off a late restart and put the pressure
on Krohnberg but for the second night in a row Tyler had to settle for
second place.   Stark was third ahead of Dylan Nelson of Freeborn and
Sammie Fromm of Owatonna.  Krohnberg also took home a heat win on the
night giving him a sweep for the final night of the year.  The other
heat win belonged to Brandon Shaner of Owatonna who got to taste victory
for the first time this season.
A short field of Affordable Portable WISSOTA Street Stocks put on an
exciting feature.   Mike Jans who had finished second on Friday night
started on the pole and went straight to the front out running AJ Zvorak
for the early lead.  The two along with Devin Neske of Princeton, Jesse
Stahl, Danny Hanson and Allen Gessell Junior stayed in a tight six car
pack swapping positions and lanes lap after lap.  The close quarter
racing resulted in just one caution in the fifteen lap feature and
Gessell was tagged for the yellow and taken out of contention for the
win.  Jans ended up leading every lap on his way to his first Lansing
feature win while Neske outdueld Zvorak for second.  Hansen took fourth
ahead of Stahl.   The classes lone heat win went to Zvorak.
After a caution filled feature race on Friday night the Triple J
Disposal WISSOTA Super Stocks ran a much cleaner race on Saturday night
with just three cautions slowing the action.  Two of those came in the
races first two laps and from there it went pretty smooth.  Curt Myers
jumped out of row two to the front on the drop of the green with Ryan
Siegle of Grand Meadow moving into second ahead of Wyatt Wolf Junior of
LaCrosse Wisconsin.  Wolf moved to second on lap six only to have Siegle
come back for the spot on lap nine.  Ryan than went outside of Myers on
lap fourteen to claim the lead only to have Myers take it back a lap
later.   With just over two laps to go and Myers in the lead Siegle and
Wolf made it three wide going into turn three.  Myers ended up getting
loose and when the caution flew they tagged him for the yellow and put
him to the tail.   Siegle inherited the lead and held off Wolf for the
win with Dan Gullikson worked his way to third.   Heat wins went to Dan
Nissalke of Winona and Cole Queensland.
The Frenchs Repair and USRA Modifieds ran a near perfect feature for the
second night in a row.  Just like Friday night they had just one caution
slow there action.  Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie started on the pole
and lead flag to flag for his third feature win of the season.   Steve
Wetzstein of West Conocrd worked from row four up to second and was
right up to Myer over the races final laps trying to find a way by but
had to settle for the runner up spot.  Friday Nights feature winner Mike
Sorensen came home third ahead of Todd Scharkey and Mark Noble.
Scharkey and Jacob Dahle of Morristown took the classes heat wins.
With the 2008 racing season now in the books the track is in the process
of planning its end of season awards banquet.  Information will be
available on the tracks website in the near future.  Than planning will
begin for the annual spring car show and the 2009 racing season.
by Matthew Grage

Chateau Raceway

September 9th, 2008

However rainy weather shortened the weekends schedule to just one night of AMSOIL Dirt Track Racing Series Action on Saturday Night. A great field of 119 cars filled the pits for the action in seven classes with lots of new faces as several drivers were in town for the latest fall special. The racing was hotly contested all night but it was the Affordable Portables WISSOTA Street Stock Class that may have taken the honors for the best show of the night. Five of the top six finishers in the feature were all making there first visit to the track this season and they put on some
thrilling side by side action. Devin Neske of Princeton started on the pole and quickly jumped to the front with Ron Hansestad from Glenwood City Wisconsin moving to second on lap two. They were joined a lap later by Tommy Richards of Mondovi and Jim Randall out of Rice Lake Wisconsin. The four of them grouped up with Hanestad pulling up alongside Neske to challenge for the lead while Richards and Randall put the pressure on him and each other. Hansestad worked to the outside on laps six and seven and took the lead by a fender at the stripe on lap seven only to have Neske take the lead back on lap nine. On lap ten Ron was schuffled back to fourth as Randall went to second
and Richards pulled up for third. A caution on lap thirteen slowed the action for just a moment as when the green came back out for a two lap sprint to the finish the race was on again. Randall tucked in behind Neske for the restart and than as soon as the green was in the air he was looking for his line again. He found one to the high side in turn three and swung around Neske to take the lead as the field took the white flag. Devin challenged back on the final lap but came up just short as Randall picked up his first feature win of the season at Chateau in his first visit. Richards ended up in third while Allen Gessell Junior of Big Lake, who started dead last in the race came all the way forward to finish in fourth just ahead of Danny Hanson of Elma Wisconsin and Hansestad who ended up backsliding to sixth. 2008 Track
Champion A.J. Zvorak of Blooming Prairie took home one of the heat wins with the other going to Tommy Richards.

Despite the abundance of yellow flags waving all night the S and S Auto Salvage Senior Hornet class managed to run the nights only caution free feature. Terry Blowers of Waseca started on the pole and lead the first lap before Ryan Happel of Holmen Wisconsin slid by him for the lead. Mike Blowers of Waseca, who had six feature wins during the regular point season was looking for number seven as he worked out of row four. Each lap he worked his way forward but ran out of laps as he made it up to second just ahead of Jared Boumeester of Waseca. Terry Blowers ended up fourth just ahead of Gary Stahl of Kasson. Happel also took home a win in his heat giving him a sweep
for the night. The other heat win went to Jason McShane of Waseca.

In the Junior Hornet class it was Michael Wytaske of Lansing taking home his fifth feature win of the season. Michael went around Garritt Wytaske of Lansing on lap two to take over the lead and never looked back. Garritt held off the classes heat winner Ryan Henderson of Holmen Wisconsin for second with Matt Brooks of Austin just behind them.

Tyler Peterson of Hollandale made a nice run to take home the feature win in the Pizza Ranch Pure Stock class. Peterson stared row four and with the help of some early caution was up to third on lap four behind Wayne Nelson of Freeborn and Wayne Bellrichard of Albert Lea. Nelson was able to open a bit of a lead off the restart on the lap four caution while Peterson had to work to get around Bellrichard for second. A lap nine caution regrouped the
field. Off that restart Peterson kept the pressure on Wayne and on lap twelve he dove to the bottom of the track in turn two and made his wining move for the lead. Stacy Krohnberg of Walters worked his way up from row five to finish third just ahead of Bellrichard. Sammie Fromm of Owatonna rounded out the top five. Heat wins in the class went to Nelson and Adam Godeke of Hollandale.

The front row was the place to be Saturday Night and Dan Wheeler of Columbia Heights used it to his advantage in the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modified Feature. Dan rocketed off the pole and lead flag to flag for his third feature win of the season at Lansing. Dan did have some company up front as he felt the pressure from Joel Alberts of Kasson for much of the race. Alberts kept pretty tight to Wheeler until he slipped back to third when Brandon Davis of Medford came by him for second. The battle between the two of them allowed Wheeler to stretch out his lead some and by the time Davis closed up on him there were just two laps to go and Dan was able to hold him
off for the win. Jerry Young came home in fourth ahead of a hard charging Bobby Swanson of Kasson. Swanson started all the way back in row nine and came home with a solid top five finish. The class also featured an exciting Consy event. Bob Fisher of Lyle took advantage of some early cautions to come out of a schedule row three starting spot to take the lead skirting three cars on the restart that would actually see the completion of lap one. Eric Condit of Austin meanwhile, starting last in the field, picked his way forward
moving up to second about midrace. From there he wasted no time finishing off his charge to the front as he went by Fisher for the lead and cruised onto the win. Harland Morehart of Eyota took third ahead of Jared Happel of Galesville Wisconsin and John Rishavy of Owatonna. The heat wins on the night belonged to Ronnie Rihn of Bloomer Wisconsin, Albert Wytaske of Lansing, and Kenny Wytaske of Lanisng. All three of them had problems in the feature however as
they finished thirteenth, twentieth, and eighteenth respectively.

The Triple J Disposal WISSOTA Super Stock feature saw a big third to first move that provided the winning moment for Dan Gullickson of Stacy. Ryan Siegle of Grand Meadow came off the pole to led early with Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow working his way up to second. Gullickson, who stated back in row three, ran fifth on lap one and from there starting picking up a spot each lap. He went to fourth on lap two, third on lap three and was passing Queensland for second on lap four when the caution came out. Sitting third for the restart Gullickson went straight to the top of turns one and two on
the restart and went straight to the front and set sail for his second feature win of the season at Chateau. Siegle held on for second ahead of Dustin Nelson of Ogilvie who went around Queensland for third. Cole took fourth holding back Chris Klinger of Austin for that spot. Gullickson also took home a heat win giving him a sweep for the night. Queensland grabbed the classes other heat win.

The Frenchs Repair and USRA Modified Feature saw another driver take advantage of a front row starting spot to grab a flag to flag win. Jacob Dahle of Morristown got to the front on the drop of the green and than hugged the bottom of a dry slick track to hold off all challengers for his second feature win of the season. Todd Scharkey of Kasson worked hard lap after lap trying to get below Dahle but would have driven over the tires that rim the infield corners to get any lower. Todd than tried some shots to the outside which opened the door to the inside for Mike Sorensen of Rochester and Steve
Wetzstein of West Concord to slip underneath him. Despite losing two positions at the end Scharkey was working for the win and not just settling for running second. Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie, who started outside front row, came home in fifth. In another good Consy event on the night Jay Ihrke of Dover made a late pass on Josh Angst of Winona to grab a win. Darwyn Karau of Kasson actually lead much of the race before mechanical problems took him out of the event. Heat winners were Scharkey, Les Duellman of Winona and Dahle who ended up being the third driver on the night to
get a sweep.

The 2008 racing season will wrap up in three weeks at Chateau Raceway with the Third Annual Midwest Modified Fall Nationals Friday Night September 26th and Saturday Night September 27th. Despite the name all classes will be competing that night but it will be the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds that will be taking center stage that weekend. One driver in the class could go home with $5000 at the end of the two full nights of racing action. Both nights will be complete shows with heats and features and Friday Nights Midwest
Modified winner will be gunning for a $1000 to win first prize, while Saturday Nights feature will be a $2000 to win event. And if one driver can take home the top prize both nights there will be a $2000 bonus check that will be awarded to that driver. That Sunday afternoon, September 28th, has been reserved as a possible rain date in the event weather cuts into either nights program to try to ensure that possibility. Extra money will also be on the line in the other classes as well assuring the pits will be very full for
all classes for the 2008 season finale.

Chateau Raceway and USMTS put on a Great Night of Racing

August 31st, 2008

Joining the USMTS cars, which featured several local drivers, the track also featured three other classes. The Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks, Affordable Portables sponsored WISSOTA Street Stocks, and Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.

The USMTS drivers lead the way with a nice field of thirty-seven cars on hand to run a five heat, two consy set of preliminaries to set up a twenty-four car, forty lap main event. From the drop of the green flag in the first heat, right through to the checkered flag in the feature the field put on some of the most exciting racing of the season. In heat one Zach VanderBeek of New Sharon Iowa jumped from the outside of the front row to the front and held
off Joe Wernecke of Dodge Center to grab the win. Donovan Lodge of Moline Illinois made an early move out of row two to second but on lap two he went to high in turn two and slipped all the way back to eighth. That was just the start of his bad luck on the night as it got even worse for him later in the night in his consy. He stated deep in the field in that one and had just about worked his way into a transfer spot to the “A” Main when he drove into somebody else’s mess. The right front suspension was torn up and left him waiting for the next stop on the tour. Meanwhile in heat two Todd Scharkey
of Kasson out drove Jon Tesch of Watertown South Dakota in a classic side by side duel. Todd ran the top side while Jon stuck to the bottom. Tesch could get a good run into turns one and two lap after lap getting along side Scharkey down the back straightaway and into turn three. But each time Todd would out pull him out of four and win the race back to the line. The two ran six laps of that action and never once touched. Heat three went to Scott Green of Derby Kansas who got out in front of Steve Wetzstein of West Concord and was able to hold him off as the two duplicated the action of heat two over the second half of the race with Green staying to the top and making it work for the win. Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie ran down early leader Dan Bohr of Decorah Iowa on lap two to got to the front in heat four. Bohr would eventually have problems and fall back to the tail end of the field. Kelly Schryock of Fertile Iowa came up to second and put some pressure on Noble but could not get by him. The final heat belonged to Brandon Kenny of Woodward
Oklahoma who out ran Mike Sorensen of Rochester for the lead on the drop of the green as the two came off the front row. It became a three car battle late as Tim Donlinger of Rochester worked his way from row three up to Sorensens back bumper. Tim made several runs and finally made the pass for second coming to the checkers out of turn four beating Mike to the line by the nose of the car.

Losing that race for second ended up costing Sorensen a spot in the feature. He ended up having to run one of the Consys to try and earn a spot in the feature which he actually did as he held off Dereck Ramirez of Woodward Oklahoma to win his Consy. Unfortunately his car was smoking badly over the latter stages of the race and it proved to be terminal as it was announced he’d put a hole in a piston in the engine and he would be a no show for the feature. The other Consy event featured a flag to flag win for Ryan Gustin of
Marshalltown Iowa. Gustin rocketed from the outside of the front row to the front and than held off Tommy Weder Junior of Woodward Oklahoma who worked out of row two to finish second. Jake Neal of Omaha Nebraska had a nice run in that race as he started back in row five and worked his way all the way up to third.

With the twenty-four car field lined up on the track according to passing points and there finishes in the consys, the top eight drivers had to step forward to redraw for their starting spots in the first four rows. After the first six stepped up and pulled there starting spots the final two numbers left to be pulled were one and eight. Tim Donlinger and Kelly Schryock were the two left to draw. One would start on the pole and the other back outside of row four. Donlinger drew first and pulled number eight leaving Schryock to start on the pole for the $2000 to win main event. For Donlinger its been an interesting year at Lansing, in five previous stops at the track this season he had finished second in the feature each time. It seemed the dirt oval was against him, or least wanted to see him work harder that coming off of the front row if he was going to break his streak of runner up finishes.

As the field lined up it was Brandon Kenny who would start outside of Schryock. The two brought the field to the green for the forty lap feature and it was Kenny off the outside who took the early advantage with Kelly falling in line second ahead of VanderBeek, Tesch, Noble and Scharkey. Donlingers tough draw got worse as he was forced up high on the first lap and fell completely out of the top ten. Up front the leaders were picking there lines. Kenny went to the top with Kelly worked down low and the two spent several laps dueling side by side. Schryock lead lap eleven in one of those side by side battles but Kenny went back to point one lap later. Behind those two Tesch moved ahead of VanderBeek for third and closed up on the top two to make it a three way battle. Steve Wetzstein cracked the top five on lap sixteen as he was picking his way forward from a row six starting spot and Donlinger was trying to move back forward as he came up to sixth behind Steve. The caution flag came out just short of halfway on lap nineteen when Mark Noble had mechanical problems and his car stalled at the top of turn four. Off the restart Schryock dug down low again on Kenny and finally on lap
twenty-one he got a gun run off the bottom of turn two and slide up in front of Brandon to take over the lead. Behind the top two Wetzstein and Donlinger were still trying to pick there way forward and with twelve laps to go they moved up to third and fourth behind Kelly and Brandon. The third and final caution of the race came out on lap thirty-two when a slow car was unable to clear the track. Schryock got a good jump on the restart and the trio behind him fanned out three wide to duel for second. Kenny was eventually
schuffled back to fourth with Donlinger getting by Wetzstein for second. With just seven laps remaining and Schryock off to a nice lead it looked like it would be six visits – six second place finishes for Donlinger this season at Lansing. But Tim went out and in just three laps pulled up on Kelly and as they completed lap thirty-six they were side by side, with Donlinger on the bottom of the track. It was lining up for a fantastic finish. The two were
still running side by side as they crossed the line with two to go but as they came out of turn two and headed around for the white flag Donlinger got some good bite and pulled to the front and took the lead away from Kelly. Donlinger took the white with a couple car lengths between him and Schryock and finally got that first feature win of 2008 at Chateau and it came in one of the biggest races of the season that the track hosts. Wetzstein held on for
third ahead of Tesch, Kenny and VanderBeek.

Meanwhile in the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifeids Kenny Wytaske of Lansing put together a couple of nice runs as he took his heat and the feature for the sweep. Both races he had the benefit of starting on the front row. That along with a set of races that ran caution free he was able to get out to a lead and run and hide leaving the field to duke it out over second. Dustin Steinbrink of Austin ran second early in the race before falling to third behind AJ Wiste of Adams. Albert Wytaske of Lansing finished fourth ahead
of Greg Pfeifer Junior of Austin and Brandon Davis of Medford. Davis, who won the classes other heat event earlier in the night, had worked his way into the top three until mechanical problems slowed him on the races final lap dropping him back to his sixth place finishing spot. For Wytaske it was his third feature win of the season.

AJ Zvorak of Blooming Prairie picked up his sixth feature win of the year as he lead flag to flag in a very short field of Affordable Portables WISSOTA Street Stocks. Just six cars showed up for the class with Jesse Stahl finishing second in the feature after picking up the classes lone heat win.

Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks had a field of twelve cars on hand with Billy Steinberg of Kasson scoring his fourth feature win of the year. He also picked up a heat win giving him a sweep for the first time this season as well. Stacy Krohnberg of Walters lead the first two laps of the feature after starting on the pole. Billy was able to use a restart on lap three to his advantage as he jumped to the front when the green came back out. Tyler Peterson of Hollandale moved past Krohnberg for second. The classes other heat winner was Wayne Nelson of Freeborn.

The Fall Specials Continue next Friday and Saturday Night at Lansing with the “2nd Annual Buzz Festival”. Full shows both nights with the tracks full complement of six classes on hand for both nights of action. The track will also host a pair of specials the last weekend of September with the “3rd Annual Midwest Modified Fall Nationals”. Friday and Saturday Night, September 26 and 27 will be another full two nights of racing action with all six of the tracks regular classes participating in that weekends activities as well.

Chateau Raceway Run Down

August 24th, 2008

However some light rain before the racing began pushed back the start time about ten minutes and another pair of showers in the middle of the heats ended up using up more than an hour of time to rework the track so the season championships could be determined on the track.

The first two classes ran there heats off with no trouble but as the green went out for the third heat in the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modified light rain started to fall sending the cars to the pits at about eight o’clock. The rain lasted just a few minutes and cars filed onto the track to repack it and get it ready to go. Just as they were finishing another light rain started
sending eveyone back to the pits again. A quick meeting was called with the drivers and the decision was made to try one more time before packing it in for the night. So out came all the cars again and about nine-thirty the green flag went out once again for the nights racng action. When the night was done one hundred and twelve drivers ran off twenty-four very exciting races with seven drivers picking up there first wins of the seaon. With the final
features still be run out just after midnight the decision was made to cancel the Powder Puff and Mechanics races because of the late hour.

The rain falling in the middle of the Midwest Modified heats was just one of the many strange twists in that classes night of racing. Heat wins went to Troy Dahle of Morristown, Kenny Wytaske of Lansing, and Eric Condit of Austin with Erics being his first win of the season. Wytaske’s heat win increased his point lead in the class to six over his brother Albert Wytaske of Lansing for the Points Championship. All eyes were on the two as they started side
by side in row four in the main event. Pete Bushman of Dover grabbed the early lead jumping from the outside of row two to the front on the first lap. Albert made the first move in the battle for the points title as he darted to sixth while Kenny got hung up in traffic. On lap two a scramble at the front of the field schuffled Albert back to sixth and Kenny up to fourth but a caution on the same lap put them back to where they ran on lap one. Albert
was making the better progress and on lap he passed Bushman for the lead, while Kenny was in a battle for fifth. After a debris caution a big pile up ensued on the following restart. Several cars jumped on top of each other as Bob Fisher of Lyle ended up with the nose of his car up on the hoods of both Kenny Wytaske and Ryan Stebbins of Blooming Prairie. Kenny caught a break when he was able to get back on the track and be put back in his position, but got an even bigger break when Albert was called for causing the yellow and
sent tail end. It was looking like it was going to be Kennys night but two laps later on yet another caution a fire flared up under his hood sending him to the pits and as it would turn out down to second in the final point stanidngs behind his brother. Albert did a nice job of coming back thorugh the field to finish third behind Jim Arnold of Dodge Center and Greg Pfeifer JR of Austin. Arnold picked up the lead just past the middle of the race after coming out of a three wide scramble with Bushman and Pfeifer. Arnolds win was his first feature win of the season at Lansing.

In another very tight points battle that had several strange twists to it Brandon Skalciky managed to win his first Track Championship in the Pizza Ranch Pure Stock Class. Skalciky was up five points on Tyler Peterson of Hollandale heading to the feature with the two of them also having to start side by side in row four, just like the Wytaske’s in there battle for there title. Brandon got the better jump on the drop of the green moving up to fourth on the first lap but there was contact on his way past some cars and he cut down a tire. As he slowed he was hit by another car and pushed into some
of the sloppy mud on the infield apron where he got hung up. With the caution out, after he got the car moving again, he had time to change his tire and get back in the race. On the restart he took off fifteenth while Peterson was in the top five. A run of cautions and restarts had him up to eighth on lap four. He moved up two spots to fifth on lap seven and that’s where he was sitting when the checkers fell with Peterson in third. The difference was not enough for Tyler as Brandon was able to claim his first Track Championship.
Ross Spitzer of Dodge Center who lead flag to flag after jumping out of row two to the front right off the drop of the green ran into some problems in the Tech-Line and ended up being disqualified. That turned the win over to Billy Steinberg of Kasson who was credited with his third feature win of the year. Heat winners in the class were Skalicky and Aaron Sletten of Owatonna.

The only other class that would have a track championship decided by more than just pulling onto the track to secure some feature points was in the Affordable Portables WISSOTA Street Stock class. A strange turn of events in the heat races ended up stretching Blooming Prairies AJ Zvoraks lead from five to nine after the heats. Zvorak won his heat while his challenger for the title Ryan Goergen of Stacyville Iowa ended up losing a top two finish on the
last lap of his heat. He was leading his heat when Mike Kohn of Hollandale came along to challenge him as they raced to the white flag, The two went after each other to aggressively down the front straightaway for the officials and when Ryan spun in turn one a caution-checker finish ended the race leaving both drivers at fault for the caution putting them tailend and handing the win over to Jason Barber of New Richland. It was Barbers first win of the
season. In the feature Matt Paczkowski of Hollandale bolted from the pole to the front and lead the fist couple laps before Mitch Thomson of New Richland took a turn at riding out on the point. Zvorak out drove them both however over the races final laps to score his fifth feature win of the year and his fourth sweep. Thompson held off Goergen for second. AJ became the third driver on the night to pick up his first Track Championship at Chateau.

The trend of first time Track Champions continued as the Triple J Disposal WISSOTA Super Stocks pulled onto the track for there feature. Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow needed just to pull out for the feature to wrap up his Championship. In the chase for the win Josh Bartel of Kasson worked from the outside of row two to the front to hold onto the early lead. Bartel along with Ryan Siegle of Grand Meadow ran some exciting side by side laps with Bartel able to hold the lead lap after lap. Chris Klinger of Austin made it a
three way battle about lap four with some three wide racing. Siegle dropped back leaving Bartel and Klinger to go at it. Throughout the middle of the race Bartel was able to hold off Chris until Klinger got down low enough on lap eleven to clear him down the back straightaway. Jeff Brauer was able to move up to second and close in on Klinger. Jeff was not only looking for the win, but if he could get past Chris he could take over second place in the final point standings. Klinger was up to the challenge and held on for
his second feature win of the season. Heat winners were Brauer and Brett Dulas of Waseca. For Dulas it was his first checkered flag of the season at Lansing.

In Frenchs Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified action Mike Sorensen added another Track Championship to his list by claiming the 2008 crown. Mike was also the 1988, 1989 and 1996 WISSOTA Modified Champion at Lansing. On the track Mike could manage just a fifth place finish in his heat and a sixth place finish in the feature as there was plenty of firepower spread around the nineteen car field of cars for the class. After a first lap caution in the feature the field lined up for the restart and proceeded to run straight through the twenty-four lap main event. Steve Wetzstein used a pole
position starting position to his advantage as he built a lead and ran away for his first feature win of the season. Todd Scharkey of Kasson, who started back in row three worked his way up to third in three laps and moved to second on lap nine but by than Wetzstein had a full straighaway lead. Todd had cut the deficiet in half in then next five laps and it looked like he might be able to chase Wetzstein down until he jumped the cushion in two a lap later and
gave Steve his big lead back. By then the two were lapping cars and Scharkey was going to have to settle for second. Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie came home in third ahead of Brad Bakken of Garner Iowa. Hillson and Bakken took the classes two heat wins.

A couple more first time Track Champions were crowned in the S and S Auto Salvage Hornet classes. Michael Wytaske of Lansing wrapped up the Junior Hornet division with his fourth feature win of the season. Garitt Wytaske of Lansing, who ended up second in points, has running second late in the feature when he lost a tire off his car. Ryan Henderson of Holmen Wisconsin ended up finishing second ahead of Jacob Stark of Austin. Garitt was the divisions heat
winner. In the Senior Hornets Division Randy Rauen of Austin, who ended up second in points last year, wrapped up his first Track Title. Randy claimed a heat win on the night and almost scored a sweep as he lead early in the classes feature. Gary Stahl of Kasson out ran Rauen down the stretch to claim his sixth feature win of the year. Briana Grinstead of Austin posted her best feature finish of the year as she out dueled Ben Sprung of Rose Creek for third as they came past the checkers side by side to wrap up the feature.

The track was visited by the Northern Vintage Stock Car Drives who bring there older model cars by the track for some exciting racing action in two classes, the Full Body cars, and the Super Modified. In Full Body racing action a former Track Champion John Van Willigen of Hollandale showed he still knows his way around the track as he scored wins in both the heat and feature in his 1949 Dodge. Rick Heber of Red Wing came home second in the feature in his 1966 Dodge Charger, and Dan Herold of Nelson Wisconsin wheeled his 1968 Camaro
to a third place finish. In the Super Modified class Ricci Lepinski of New Richmond Wisconsin drove his 1932 Ford Victoria to a feature win ahead of Dennis Olson of Braham in his 1934 Vicki Ford. Butch Bethke of Oakdale came home third in his Homemade Super Modified in the feature after winning the heat for the division.

Next Friday Night kicks off the start of the Fall Specials at Lansing. The United States Modified Touring Series will be on hand for the “3rd Annual Cedar River Races” Also on the show will be the Pure Stocks, WISSOTA Street Stocks, and WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Even though track points are over National Points will still be awarded. The following week there will be two nights of racing Friday Night and Saturday Night September 5th and 6th for the
Annual “Buzz Festival”. While the two night show is named for the Hornet class, all classes will be competing both nights with two full shows. The track will than take a few weeks off and come back the end of September, the 26th and 27th, for the “3rd Annual Midwest Modified Fall Nationals”. Again all classes are scheduled to take part in both nights of that weekends racing with both nights featuring there own separate complete shows. A rain date has been reserved for that weekend, if necessary it would be on that Sunday
the 28th. So plenty of good racing action yet to come this season at Chateau Raceway starting next Friday night at 7:30.

Chateau Raceway

August 17th, 2008

Friday nights Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action set the table for what should be a very exciting Season Championship night next Friday Night. None of the classes has had their championships decided yet, and while a couple could be decided by drivers just running there heats and features next week there are still those that will not be determined until the checkers fall on there final features.

One of the most interesting battles will be in the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modified Class where brothers Kenny and Albert Wytaske of Lansing will battle for the season points Championship. Albert has been leading the points most of the season with Kenny right behind. Entering this weeks show Albert lead Kenny by eight points and increased that to ten when he took home the win in his heat while Kenny managed just a third place finish. It looked like that point total was going to go up in the feature when Albert moved up into the top five and Kenny was struggling back around tenth to get out of traffic. With just two laps to go Kenny had moved up to fifth and Albert was running second when all of a sudden his engine went up in smoke taking his points lead with it. Kenny took home a fourth place finish and with Albert falling all the way back to a nineteenth place finish the points lead changed hands with Kenny taking a five point lead to Championship night next Friday night. Meanwhile in the race for the win it was Austin’s Dustin Steinbrink driving the best race of his season as he scored his first feature win. Dustin started inside row three and with a good first lap jumped to fourth. On lap two he took advantage of the two cars ahead of him making contact in there battle for second and went by both of them to move up behind the early leader Bobby Swanson of Kasson. Steinbrink was looking inside and outside on Bobby and finally drew alongside him as they completed lap five. As the two went through lap six Dustin was able to finish off the pass and take the lead. Once in front he set sail and stretched out his lead as the race ran caution free for twenty laps after one bad initial start. AJ Wiste of Adams came home in second ahead of Swanson. The classes other heat winners were Dave Stevens of Albert Lea and Greg Pfeifer JR of Austin.

Another driver had what he thought was his first feature win of the season in the Pizza Ranch Pure Stock Class until he got to the tech line. Adam Godeke of Hollandale, who picked up his first win of the season earlier in the night in his heat lead flag to flag for an apparent win in the feature only to have his car fail inspection after the race. Brandon Skalicky of Claremont who ended up tail end earlier in the race came all the way back through the field to cross in second place. However after the disqualification of Adams car he was awarded his fifth feature win of the year. Brandon entered the night tied with Tyler Peterson of Hollandale in the points battle. Peterson ended up being credited with a second place finish and finds himself four points back of Brandon going to the final points night next week. Sammie Fromm of Owatonna scored her first top three feature finish of the year behind the two points leaders. Also picking up aheat win in the class was James Weber of
Austin. It was Weber’s first win of the year.

Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow continues to rack up the feature wins in Triple J Disposal WISSOTA Super Stock action. Cole visited Husqvarna victory lane for the eighth time this year after another nice run in the main event for the class. Ryan Siegle of Grand Meadow grabbed the early lead as Queensland slowly worked his way forward from a row four starting spot. Cole jumped to fourth on the first lap, picked up another spot two laps later and was up to second by lap five. From there he slowly cut into Siegles early
lead until he caught and passed him with five laps to go. Ryan held on for second ahead of Chris Klinger of Austin and Wyatt Wolf JR of LaCrosse Wisconsin who was making his first appearance at the track this season. Queensland also grabbed one of the two heat wins with the other going to Jeff Brauer of Rochester.

Also racking up the feature wins this year is AJ Zvorak of Blooming Prairie in the Affordable Portables WISSOTA Street Stock class. Friday nights feature was a wild event with early leader Nathan Schumacher of Blooming Prairie being Disqualified about midrace. Schumacher was being challenged for the lead by Dave Stevens of Albert Lea as the two came out of turn four was they locked up side by side. With Dave to the inside the two ended up driving down to
the bottom of the track with Stevens car going sideways at the end of the front straightaway. The car slide into the infield and up over the tractor tire that is suppose to protect the traffic light that displays the green, yellow and red displays for the drivers to see. The car went up over the tire and took out the light tree sending parts flying all over. Officials felt Nathan was over aggressive in trying to protect his lead and showed him the black flag, sending him to the pits. Stevens was not able to continue
either which handed the lead over to Dan Holland of Brownsdale. He held the lead for four laps until Zvorak reeled him in and went by for the lead and the win. Holland held on for second ahead of Ryan Goergen of Stacyville Iowa. Goergen was one point back of Zvorak in a very tight points race entering the night, but now finds himself five back going to next week. Zvorak also had a heat win on the night giving him a sweep for the third time this year. Mike Kohn of Hollandale saw victory lane for the first time this year as he
scored the classes other heat win.

Brad Waits of Zumbrota put on another dominating show in the Frenchs Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified class. Brad was making just his third appearance at the track this season. In his previous two stops by Lansing he had not been beat scoring sweeps on both of those occasions. It was the more of the same Friday night as he worked out of row two in his heat to the front in just two laps to go five for five at Chateau. In the Feature he started back in row three and was in the front in just four laps. Jacob Dahle of
Morristown took the lead off the outside of the front row on the drop of the green while Waits jumped to fourth on the first lap. He was side by side with Mike Sorensen of Rochester at the end of lap two and solidly in second on lap three. In one lap he closed the gap on Dahle and set sail around him to take the lead. A caution came out on lap seven when Richie Gustin JR of Gillman Iowa, who had a nice run going and was up to third had mechanical problems and
stalled on the track. When they restated the twenty four lap event the race stayed green the rest of the way and by the time it was over Waits had almost a half a track lead on the second place car. Steve Arpin of Fort Francis Ontario Canada worked his way from row four up to second over the long stretch of green flag racing. The classes other heat win went to Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie. Waits just missed the track record for the second time this year. Earlier this year he ran a 15.952 second lap, Friday night he went
just a bit faster at 15.940, less than a tenth of a second off the track record of 15.861 set by Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie in August of 2006.

The S and S Auto Salvage Hornet Features saw familiar faces in victory lane once again. In Junior Hornet action Michael Wytaske scored his third feature win of the season as he out ran Trae Diaz of Austin. Mike Blowers of Waseca took home his sixth feature win of the season in the Senior Hornets division. Heat winners were Randy Rauen of Austin in Senior action and Garrit Wytaske of Lanisng in the Junior Division.

Season Championship Races get underway at 7:30 next Friday Night at Chateau Raceway located just north of Austin in Lansing. That will be followed up by three big specials scheduled for this fall. Labor Day weekend the track will host one of the nights of the “Race for the O’Reilly USMTS Championship” races. Than the first weekend of September will be a two night show as all classes will be on hand for the Second Annual Hornet Buzz Festival. The tracks season will conclude the final weekend of September with the Third Annual Midwest Modified Fall Nationals. That will also be a two night, two
complete shows special with all classes schedule to participate as
well.

Chateau Raceway

August 11th, 2008

The “Affordable Portables” WISSOTA Street Stock feature had the top two drivers bumper to bumper to the finish. Dave Stevens of Albert Lea was able to jump from the inside of row two to the front in the first lap with Dan Holland of Brownsdale, also starting in row two moving up to second . Behind them the next four drivers swapped positions lap after lap moving ahead and falling back. Eventually A.J. Zvorak of Blooming Prairie worked his way up to third and made it a three way battle for the win. The only caution of the race came just before mid-race and and while Holland was having no luck in getting past Stevens for the lead he was able to use that restart to his advantage. Off the drop of the green he pulled right alongside Dave and worked his way to the point. Stevens fell in line and pressured him the rest of the race while at the same time trying to hold off Zvorak. The three put on a good show right up to the checkers as Holland picked up his first feature win of the season. Stevens held off Zvorak for second with Matt Eustice of Hartland coming home fourth ahead of Ryan Goergen of Stacyville Iowa. Heat winners in the class on the night were Eustice and Jesse Stahl of Austin. With his third place finish Zvorak was able to take over the points lead over Goergen by one point with just two nights of point racing left before Track
Champions are decided.

Another tight points battle that is going to go down to the wire is in the “Pizza Ranch” Pure Stock class where Brandon Skalicky of Claremont and Tyler Peterson of Hollandale came in to the night tied for the top spot. After Peterson took third in his heat, which Skalicky won, Brandon lead the points by two. In the feature however things were ugly early for Skalicky. He was involved in a first lap incident where he was tabbed for causing the yellow putting him to the back instead of restarting in row three. It got
worse as he was involved in a lap two caution that sent him to the pits to have his car checked, he made it back out in time for the restart only to have another incident happen in front of him that he got a piece of. Again he went to the pits to get checked and again he was back out for the restart still setting at the tail end of the line. Peterson meanwhile had made a big move on the initial start and had jumped to the front only to get passed by Billy Steinberg of Kasson on lap two. Still he was running towards the front and
Skalicky was in the back and it was looking like the points swing could be big as there was a question as to how bad Brandons car was damaged. It became clear over the last twelve laps, which ran caution free, that it wasn’t that bad. Skalicky came back up through the field all the way back up fourth. Peterson held on for second behind Steinberg and just ahead of Ross Spitzer of Dodge Center. The two point swing went the other way this time and the two sit tied again atop the standings going to next week. For Steinberg it was his second feature win of the season. The classes other heat win went to Wayne Bellrichard of Albert Lea who saw victory lane for the first time this season.

The “Power 96″ WISSOTA Midwest Modified Feature event saw a driver lead from flag to flag for the win but it was anything but an easy drive. A.J. Wiste of Adams lined up outside front row for the feature and was able to lead the twenty-one car field around to lead lap one. He held off several different drivers over the course of the race. Troy Dahle of Morristown dogged him early before he spun while running third on lap six. Dustin Steinbrink of Austin who moved up to second pulled up on him and made him feel his heat,
followed by Bryan Hernandez of Blooming Prairie, who than moved up to second and put the pressure on him for several laps. Just past the mid-point of the race Albert Wytaske of Lansing took over second and took his shot at trying to move Wiste off the lead but it wasn’t going to happen as A.J. chalked up his first feature win of the year at Lansing. Wiste also scored a heat win on the night giving him a sweep for the evening. The other two heat wins went to Greg Pfeifer JR of Austin and Kenny Wytaske of Lansing who trails Albert by just eight points in another very tight points battle.

A small field of eight cars competed in the “Triple J Disposal” WISSOTA Super Stock class. Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow took his track leading seventh feature win of the season. Cole started in the back and slowly worked his way toward the front. Josh Bartel of Kasson took the early lead before giving it up to Jeff Brauer of Rochester. Brauer stretched out a pretty good lead as the race ran caution free. Queensland slowly cut into his lead and the two ran
side by side for a lap about mid-race before Cole took over the lead and held off Brauer for the win. Chris Klinger of Austin took home the classes heat win.

There was plenty of excitement in the “French’s Repair and Fabrication” USRA Modified main event. Mike Sorensen of Rochester jumped out of row two on the drop of the green and pulled to the inside of front row starters Greg Jensen of Albert Lea and Todd Scharkey of Kasson. The three wide race sorted out down the back straightaway with Mike taking the early lead. Behind him drivers
were swapping spots lap after lap with Scharkey coming to second than falling back to fourth, only to race back up to second again. Brad Baken of Garner Iowa would bounce back and forth in the top five as well as others. With twelve laps to go Brad had moved back past Todd for second. A lap later a caution put the two side by side behind Sorensen who had been trying to stretch out a lead. The two ran side by side a few laps before Scharkey got control of the spot again. The race ran green for several laps and the leaders
started lapping the back of the field. With Scharkey pulling away from Bakken and reeeling in Sorensen it was setting up another great finish. Both drivers were running the bottom half of the track and with Todd trying to make his move inside Mike kept his car down low and despite a late caution Sorensen was up to the task and collected his second feature win of the year at Chateau. Tom Paulson of Kasson and Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie took the classes two heat wins. Noble had a good run going in the feature and was up in the top five battling when he pitted on that late caution with two laps
to go.

The “S and S Auto Salvage” Hornet classes saw a pair of drivers bring out the brooms and complete sweeps with wins in both there heats and features. In the Junior Division Garrit Wytaske of Lansing inherited the lead of his feature when some tough luck struck Brandon Vogt of Rose Creek. Vogt had taken advantage of starting on the pole to take the early lead. About two laps in however a small fire developed under the rear of the car and
officials through the caution and pulled him into the infield to put out the fire. That ended his night and Wytaske, who had won a flag to flag victory in his heat, was the benefactor as he raced to his second Junior Hornet feature win of the year. In the Senior Division Gary Stahl of Kasson held off Mike Blowers of Waseca for his fifth feature win of the season. Jason McShane of Waseca lead the field of the drop of the green but Stahl wasted little time in
getting to the front. When he got there he brought Blowers with him up through the field and he to drive a perfect race to keep him behind him.

Racing action continues next Friday night with the “Box Car” Races for the kids. Kids are encouraged to take a box this next week and design it to look like a stock car. Take the top and bottom out of the box and put some straps in in so it can hang over there shoulders and than get ready to race next Friday Night during the nights racing program. Racing action is scheduled to hit the track next Friday night at 7:30 with another night of exciting racing
action.

Chateau Raceway 8/1

August 4th, 2008

In Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modified action the feature winner had to be determined by spotters. This may seem normal procedure for most tracks but at Lansing the cars are equipped with transponders and there is an electronic scoring loop buried in the track at the start finish line to eliminate the human element in close scoring situations. But on this night the electronic scoring loop showed identical times for both the first and second place cars leaving the human element to decide a very exciting race.

Twenty cars took the green for the twenty lap main event with Craig Shaw of Dexter taking the early lead off the outside of the front row. Current point leader in the class, Albert Wytaske of Lansing worked his way from row four up to second on lap five with Greg Pfeifer JR of Austin, who also started in row four following him up to third. A caution on lap six grouped the field up for a restart and Wytaske took advantage as he went to the bottom of the track and moved to the point. Pfeifer followed to second a few laps later but by the time he made his move past Shaw he was better than a half a straightaway behind. He caught a break when a debris caution came out with four laps to go. On the restart Greg went to the outside and moved to the lead with Albert staying on the inside line keeping things tight. As they were coming to the white Wytaske was in the process of retaking the lead when one more caution came out putting him back in line behind Pfeifer. The two lap spring to the finish was two laps of great racing with Albert sticking to his low line and Pfeifer to his outside line. As they came out of turn four Albert got a good bite on the bottom and appeared to win the race but the scoreboard still showed the 00 of Pfeifer as the leader and winner. The computer showed both times the same and all eyes saw it the same way with the 1 car of Wytaske winning by less than the length of his nerf bar.

This wasn’t the first time this had happened as several years back when the
system was first installed at the track Albert actually came out on the short end of the exact same call. The one “Loophole” if you will in the system is the fact that the transponders for the car are tucked back under the hood of the car and not on the nose of the car. So the finishing order is actually recorded a few feet back from the nose of the car which actually hits the finish line first. Since its impractical to put an expensive transponder out on the nose of a car where it would get destroyed on a weekly basis close finishes like these which have only happened twice now in the eight years or so the system has been in place will have to be dealt with as fairly as it was dealt with Friday night. Both competitors showed great sportsmanship as Albert drove to the pits without protest when Pfeifer was waved to victory lane after the race, and after the correction was made Pfeifer just noted it was a “good race” to officials in the infield and waved to the crowd and headed to his trailer as Albert came back out to accept the trophy for his third feature win of the season. Both drivers also scored heat wins on the night with Alberts giving him a sweep for the night. Other heat wins went to Kenny Wytaske of Lansing and Bobby Swanson of Kasson.

The Affordable Portables WISSOTA Street Stock Feature saw some great action
among the leaders as the top five positions were swapped lap after lap with
four drivers exchanging the lead through out the race. Ryan Goergen of
Stacyville Iowa held the lead for the first two laps before Jesse Stahl of
Austin got under him to take the lead on lap three. His time at the front
lasted just four laps before Bobby Kilby came to the front on lap seven.
Through all these lead changes positions two though five were switching even
faster lap after lap. Allen Gessell JR of Big Lake took over the lad on
lap nine only to have Kilby take it back two laps later as they came into
slower traffic and Gessell picked the wrong line behind the car he was
attempting to lap. A caution a lap later looked to be setting up an
exciting four lap sprint to the finish when some extra curricular activities
during the yellow flag brought out the black flag sending Kilby to the pits
ending his night. Than moved AJ Zvorak of Blooming Prairie up to second and
off the restart he put the head on Gessell but Allen was up to the challenge
and scored his third feature win of the season in four trips to Lansing. He
also picked up a heat win on the night giving him a sweep. The classes
other heat win went to Zvorak who now trails Goergen by just one point in
the Championship Points battle. Matt Eustice of Hartland sits just seven
markers back with three regular points nights left before the falls specials
start up.

A pair of drivers picked up there first career feature wins on the night.
The first to do so was Aaron Sletten of Owatonna in the Pizza Ranch Pure
Stocks. Aaron, a second year driver at the track, started on the pole of
the feature and lead flag to flag to capture the victory. Sletten had a
big lead through out the race but there was plenty of good racing action
behind him as Wayne Nelson of Freeborn held off Tyler Peterson of Hollandale
for second with Brandon Skalicky of Claremont taking fourth. Peterson put
himself in a hole early in the race when he got loose and ended up in the
infield. By the time he pulled back on the track he was back in twelfth
place. He had the help of one caution along the way but for the most part
he just used some good driving to get his way back toward the front.
Peterson entered the night leading Skalicky in the points battle but after
finishing fourth in his heat and with Brandon’s winning his, he found him
self trailing by one entering the feature. Ending up one position ahead of
him in the finishing order of the feature leaves the two in a tie heading to
next week atop the standings. Billy Steinberg of Kasson also took home a
heat win in the class.

In Frenchs Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds Jacob Dahle of Morristown
picked up his first career feature win. Jacob started on the front row and
jumped to the front and built up a big lead as the race ran green for the
first twenty-one of twenty-four laps. Tim Donlinger of Rochester, starting
back in row four, was the driver to watch in this one. He methodically
worked his way forward, making his way to fifth on lap six, fourth on lap
seven, three laps later he was up to third and on lap fifteen he found
himself up to second almost a full straightaway behind Dahle. Using a high
line around the track he carved up the deficient and pulled up side by side
with Jacob as they completed lap twenty-one. Tim stayed on the outside and
took the lead coming out of turn two only to have a caution come out before
he made it back around the track to complete another lap. That put him back
into second for a three lap sprint to the finish. Donlinger did not get a
very strong restart and slipped back into a side by side battle with Mike
Sorensen of Rochester for second. Tim got back on his line and pulled back
up behind Dahle out of turn two on the final lap. He put on one hard push
through turns three and four but came up just short in his bid to take the
win on the final lap. Sorensen along with Doug Hillson of Blooming
Prairie, who came home in fourth in the feature, scored heat wins for the
class.

Cole Queensland chalked up his sixth feature win of the season in the Triple
J Disposal WISSOTA Super Stocks. Cole lead all but the first two laps of
the race in route to the win. Chris Klinger of Austin took second in a
spirited battle with Jeff Brauer of Rochester for that position.
Queensland and Klinger were the heat winners.

Also adding to his feature wins total was Mike Blowers of Waseca in the S
and S Auto Salvage Horner class. Blowers out dueled Gary Stahl of Kasson
and Jason McShane of Waseca for his fifth feature win of the year. Mike
also won the groups heat race. In the Junior Hornet Division Michael
Wytaske of Lansing picked up his second feature win as he out ran Ryan
Henderson of Holmen Wisconsin to the checkers. Garitt Wytaske of Lansing
picked up that groups heat win.

Racing action continues next Friday Night at Chateau Raceway with action
getting underway at 7:30. Next week there will be a chance for some lucky
youngsters to win a bike among the weekly giveaways.

Chateau Raceway

July 29th, 2008

In the Pizza Ranch Pure Stock class six drivers were with in fifty points of each other entering the night with the top three separated by just twelve markers, with Tyler Peterson of Hollandale up two on Brandon Skalicky of
Claremont. Ross Spitzer of Dodge Center sat in third entering the night. Just fourteen points separated the top three in Triple J Disposal WISSOTA Super Stocks entering the night, as Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow led
Chris Klinger of Austin by twelve with Jeff Brauer of Rochester another two back. Likewise the top three Affordable Portables WISSOTA Street Stocks started the night with four drivers within twenty-one points of each
other. Ryan Goergen of Stacyville Iowa led Matt Eustice of Hartland by eight entering the night with AJ Zvorak of Blooming Prairie thirteen back and Jesse Stahl of Austin sitting in fourth. Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds at
the beginning of the night had three drivers at the top separated by only fifteen points with Albert Wytaske of Lansing leading brother Kenny, also of Lansing, by three points and Brandon Davis of Medford sat third. In the two
S and S Auto Salvage Hornet points races Trae Diaz of Austin, who picked up his first career feature win a week ago led Michael Wytaske of Lansing by four points in the Junior Division and Gary Stahl of Kasson went into the night up twenty markers on Randy Rauen of Austin in the Senior Class. In Frenchs Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds Mike Sorensen of Rochester started the nights program up thirty-one points on Brad Bakken of Garner Iowa and eight-three up on Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie. So with the points races that tight entering the night the expectations were some very exciting close hard racing and the drivers did not disapoint as the points races continue to go back and forth.

One change did occur at the top of one the classes point chases. In S and S Auto Salvage Hornet action Rauen took over the top spot by default as Stahl, who was leading the points did not show up for the nights program and thus Randy was able to use a pair a second place finishein his heat and a third in his feature to take over the points lead by a considerable margin. The one person he couldn’t overtake on the night was Mike Blowers of Waseca who scored his fourth straight feature win in the class. Blowers started on the pole and lead flag to flag to win his heat and after starting in row three in his feature he took just four laps to get to the front to score that win. In the Junior Hornet Division of drivers sixteen and under Garrit Wytaske of Lanisng picked up his first career feature win as he made a last lap pass on Matt Brooks of Austin. Coming out of turn four to the checkers Wytaske scooted to the inside of Brooks to take home the win. Wytaske also had a sweep on the night as he was awarded the heat win earlier in the night when he was sent sailing off of turn two on the final lap. The caution-checker finish went back to the white flag order where he was the leader. In the points race
meanwhile Diaz padded his lead over Michael Wytaske increasing it to seven points by the end of the night. A wild moment just past halfway in the feature occurred when Brianna Grinstead of Austin, who will be a high school
senior this fall, got her car high off of turn two and rolled it off the end of the track. The car landed on it wheels and she climbed out quickly, later saying her neck was a little sore from the accident. It the second year in
a row she has had the opportunity to see the world upside down as she rolled in the season finale last year.

Things tightened up considerably in the Affordable Portables WISSOTA Street Stock Class where A.J. Zvorak moved into second place behind Ryan Goergen just five points back. A.J. won a thrilling duel with Bobby Kilby of Austin to win
his third feature win of the season as well as scoring a sweep after winning his heat earlier in the night. Zvorak started row four and thanks to a first lap cautiion moved up to row three for a restart. On that start he jumped
straight to second behind pole sitter Mike Kohn of Hollandale. As the cars spread out three wide Kilby jumped from fifth to first on lap two and A.J.. was schuffled back to third. Zvorak came right back a lap later and went to
the outside of the field and nosed to the lead out of turn two only to get schuffled back again by the time they came around to complete the next lap. Zvorak set his sights back on coming towards the front and was back in second two laps later. A few later cautions slowed the pace of the race and eventually set up a two lap dash to the finish. As Kilby brought the field to the green and took the lead down towards turn one A.J. shot high into turn one and than sling shot to the bottom of two and swept past Bobby to take the
lead. Zvorak lead the final two laps to score an impressive win. The classes other heat win went to Goergen. Despite falling to third in points Eustice did pick up one point on Ryan to sit just seven points out with
the four points shows remaining.

Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had a frustrating night as yellow fever struck. At one point four straight cautions fell without the field completing a lap. Eventually Bryan Hernandez of Blooming Prairie scored his second feature win of the season at Lansing. Bryan started outside of row two in the feature and swept to the lead quickly. He spent most of the race keeping current point leader Albert Wytaske behind him. Greg Pfeifer JR of Austin had a nice run as he worked from row five all the way up to a third place finish. Heat wins in the class went to Albert, Greg, and Kenny Wytaske. Albert’s night allowed him to pad his lead over brother Kenny to six points.

Cole Queensland added to his points lead as he is now up sixteen but its Brauer who is now in second with Klinger falling to third now seventeen points back. Despite his gains in the points races on the track he was second best on the night as Curt Myers of Cameron Wisconsin rolled in for a visit on the night and took care of business with a pair of thrilling late race wins. In his heat he patiently worked on Brauer eventually passing him for the lead with just one lap to go. In the main event he had a back and forth race
working forward and falling back before eventually getting to the front with just two laps remaining. Jason Gabrielson of Austin started on the outside of row two and after trailing Josh Bartel of Kasson on lap one took the lead on
lap two. Myers came out of a three wide battle on lap four to take the lead for a lap but a lap later was schuffled back to fourth as Queensland went to the point. A couple short laps later Curt was back up to second and spent
several laps reeling is the Queensland. The two had several side by side laps between laps thirteen and sixteen before Curt went to the point and scored a feature win at the track in his first visit. Cole did pick up a heat win on the night however.

In Frenchs Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified action Brad Bakken, who has been very consistent all year, drove one of the finest races of the year to pick up first feature win of the year. Bakken started inside row two and moved to the front immediately. Mike Sorensen, coming out of row three
worked to second on lap three and the race was on. Mike pulled up on Brad and the two were side by side just before the midpoint of the race. Bakken shook him off and opened up a couple car length lead only to have the two come up on the tail end of the field and as they worked lap traffic Sorensen took a few more looks at getting along side Brad for the lead. Brad met every challenge and as the race went caution free from green to checkers he posted a very impressive win with a great display of driving. The heat winners on the night were Todd Scharkey of Kasson and Jacob Dahle of Morristown. Bakkens win moved him to within twenty-six markers of Sorensen.

Ross Spitzer made his bid to show he’s ready to move up in the Pizza Ranch Pure Stock point standings. Spitzer and current point leader Brandon Skalicky ran two side by side laps up front to starte the feature before Ross took
control. Skalicky settled into second and despite several late restats had nothing for Ross as he finished second behind him. Tyler Peterson came home third and was able to maintain his two point edge on Skalciky after he picked up one of the heat wins, however Spitzer took two points off his deficit now sitting in third ten points back. The classes other heat win went to Jason Newkirk of Austin.

The race for the Championships as well as the weekly wins continues next Friday Night at Lansing with racing action getting underway at 7:30. Next
weeks kids promotion is listed as a Frisbee Night after kids were treated
to car rides this week before the racing program began.

Chateau Raceway

July 21st, 2008

Leading the way with nineteen cars were the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. After winning one of the three heats earlier in the night Dustin Steinbrink of Austin started outside front row for the feature. He quickly used that spot to his advantage as he jumped to the front to lead early. Dustin survived a couple of early restarts after caution flags but off of the third caution of the race on lap five his car didn’t seem to get going right away and he faded to fifth in one lap as Bryan Hernadez of Blooming Prairie and Greg Pfeifer JR of Austin took over the battle for the lead. Hernadnez held the lead for about three laps until Greg got side by side with him out of turn four on lap nine and took over the lead. Herandez spun about three laps later and pulled into the infield, a couple laps after that Steinbirnk pulled his ailing car off the track putting both of the early leaders out. Brandon Davis of Medford made a nice run from row four up to challenge Pfefier down the stretch but had to settle for second as Greg scored his first feature win of the season at Lansing. Current point leader Albert Wytaske of Lansing started back in row eight and worked his way up to third ahead of Troy Dahle of Morristown, Dahle and Pfeier had the classes other two heat wins.

A nice group of “French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds’ put on three exciting and face passed heats with Jacob Dahle of Morristown, Tom Paulson of Kasson, and Tim Donlinger of Rochester taking home those heat wins. However mechanical problems cut the field down to just fourteen cars able to pull
out for the feature event. Todd Scharkey of Kasson started second row inside and wasted no time finding the inside line on the first lap as he shot to the lead out of turn two. Donlinger, who stated outside row two, dove down through the middle to move to second on lap two. Tommy Myer of Blooming
Prairie worked from row three to third just about as fast and some wild side by side racing unfolded over the next few laps. Myers race was short lived however as he had a spring pop out on the track and his suspension was a bit twisted as he headed to the pits early. Mike Sorensen of Rochester took his spot to keep things interesting up front. Donlinger was able to get a run inside of Todd a few times during the middle stages of the race but as the race wound down Scharkey was able to stretch out a comfortable lead and cruise to his first feature win of the year at Chateau. Sorensen settled into third ahead of Brad Bakken of Garner Iowa.

For the first time in a couple weeks there were enough “Triple J Disposal WISSOTA Super Stocks” on hand to run two heats. Ryan Siegle of Grand Meadow and Chris Klinger of Ausitn put together a pair of flag to flag wins in those heats to leave them hunting a sweep come feature time. Siegle had the best shot as he inherited a front row starting spot when an early caution on a
bad first start left him restarting outside pole. Ryan used it and jumped right to the front ahead of Klinger who started right behind him. On lap three Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow made his way around Klinger for second and proceeded to put the heat on Siegle. Ryan was doing his job well until with just two laps to go his car developed mechanical problems and he slowed and stopped on the track. Queensland inherited the lead and held it the final few laps as he scored his fifth feature win of the year at Chateau. Jeff Brauer of Rochester out dueled Klinger for second with Jason Gabrielson of Austin and Harlan Morehart of Eyota rounding out the top five.

One of the most exciting featues of the night came in the “Affordable Portables WISSOTA Street Stock” class where AJ Zvorak came up with the big move at about mid race. Chad Schtrop of Alden started on pole and lead the field around to lead the early laps. Zvorak worked his way to third behind
Jesse Stahl of Austin as the top three were bumper to bumper at mid race. Coming around to complete lap eight the three fanned out three wide with Zvorak shooting from third all the way to first and leaving Stahl getting schuffled back to fifth. Zvorak was able to stetch out his lead over the final laps of the race to take his second feature win of the season at Lansing. Schutop held off Matt Eustice of Hartland for second ahead of Stahl who worked his way back to fourth. Bobby Kilby of Austin, who scored one of the heat wins for the class, rounded out the top five. Ryan Goergen of Stacyville Iowa took the nights other heat win for the class.

Tyler Peterson of Hollandale was the class of the field in the main event for the “Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks”. Peterson ran second after the first lap behind Jason Newkirk of Austin. Peterson stayed tight to Jason and on lap six found the line to put him in front. From there he stretched out his lead over
Newkirk and won going away. Ross Spitzer took third ahead after claiming one of the classes two heat wins. Brandon Skalicky of Claremont, who fell out early in the feature, took home the other heat win.

The “S and S Auto Salvage” Hornets had there second week of running a split class divided into a Senior and Junior Division. In the Junior Division Trae Diaz of Austin grabbed his first career feature win as he lead flag to flag for the victory. It was far from an easy win however as Garitt Wytaske of Lansing had the pressure on lap after lap making Trae earn his trip to
victory lane. Last weeks feature winner MIchael Wytaske of Lansing was third. He heat win went to Garitt Wytaske. In the Senior Division Mike Blowers of Waseca took his third feature win in the past five weeks. Jesse Harang of Northwood Iowa lead the races first lap before Blowers moved to the point. Jared Boumeester of Waseca worked his way up to second and put up a
good battle dueling with Blowers for the win but in the end he had to settle for second. Harang held on for third. Randy Rauen of Austin became another of the drivers who scored a heat win but fell out early in the feature with mechanical problems. In Randys case it was a flat tire that did him in after he was running near the front early.

Next week fans will want to get the kids out to the track early. The tracks kids friendly promotion for the week will be rides in stock cars for the kids starting somewhere around seven-o-clock. Racing action will get under way at 7:30 with another full night of action on the schedule.

Chateau Raceway

July 13th, 2008

With temperatures around the ninety degree mark and the heat index up there as well it was more than just the action on the track that was hot. Add to that, it was the night for the annual “Flashing Thunder” Fireworks show that track brings in around the fourth of July weekend. With all the other Fireworks displays around the area last weekend the track decided to hold off a week on there show to kind of put a cap on a week long celebration. A great crowd was on hand as a nice field of cars put on there own fireworks on the track to keep the excitement level up all night long. Mother Nature added her own flashing thunder as the fireworks and final races were ran off as radar was showing rain less than fifteen miles away as fans headed to there cars to head home for the weekend shortly after ten’-o’clock after a quickly paced show and a dynamite fireworks presentation which culminated once again this year with those huge thirty feet high balls of flame coming from the infield. After a couple weeks of excessive cautions in several races the seven feature races friday night had a combined total of just seven yellow flags with two features running caution free. The first half of the program was just as smooth as the eleven heats were run in just over an hour with only a hand full of cautions in those races.

Among the caution free features was the “Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds”. Troy Dahle of Morristown started on the outside of the front row and he went straight to the point leading A.J. Wiste of Adams down into turn one. Wiste made a few runs on him early in the race but had nothing for him as Dahle claimed his first career Chateau Feature Win. Wiste held on for second over Greg Pfeifer Jr of Austin who put on a good show working out of row four to come up to third. Pfefier out dueled Brandon Davis of Medford for the spot over the races final laps. Current point leader Albert Wytaske of Lanisng out ran brother Kenny Wytaske of Lansing for fifth. Albert entered the night with a six point lead on Kenny but lost three of those back in the heat after Kenny won his heat and Albert could manage just a fourth. However by out
runing him in the feature he put his advantage back to four heading to next week. Wiste took the classes other heat win.

Also running caution free were the “”Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks”. Daniel Klingfus of Rose Creek held the early lead until lap six when things got wild. Klingfus lead Brandon Skalicky of Claremont and Tyler Peterson of Hollandale in a very tight battle which saw three different leaders on that one lap. Going into turn one Skalicky got the jump on Klingfus and went to the lead coming out of turn two, but heading down the back straightaway Peterson got a run under both of them and took over the lead as the trio came through turn three. Peterson than had to hold off Skalicky over the races final laps. Ross Spitzer made a good run after starting back in row four coming up to third just ahead of
Klingfus as the checkers. Jason Newkirk of Austin rounded out the races top five. Heat winners in the class for the night were Spitzer and Peterson giving Tyler a sweep for the night as he picked up his first wins of the season in convincing fashion.

The track made an adjustment to its “S and S Auto Salvage Hornet Class.” With so many young drivers entering the class it was decided to divide the class with those age sixteen and under moving to a Junior Hornet division and those above that age into Senior Hornet. The idea is to keep encouraging the new young drivers and not putting them in a situation where they get frustrated by being run over by the older more experienced drivers. The status of the drivers in the classes will be at the tracks discretion if somebody needs to be moved up or down. This moved allowed a couple of the younger drivers to pick up their first career wins. In the heat race Garitt Wytaske of Lansing lead flag to flag for his first checker. He was looking for a sweep on the night when he lead the field to the green in the feature, and in fact held the
early lead until they got around to turn four when he spun the car bringing out the races only caution flag. Cousin Michael Wytaske of Lansing lead the field in for the restart and proceeded to stay there the whole race as he claimed not only his first career win but first career feature win as well. Matt Brooks of Austin came home second ahead of Garitt who worked his way back forward to finish just ahead of Trae Diaz of Austin and Jacob Stark, also of Austin. The Senior Hornets also ran a pretty clean feature with just one yellow slowing there event. Jesse Harang of Northwood Iowa started on the pole and grabbed the early lead ahead of Gary Stahl of Kasson. Last weeks
feature winner Mike Blowers of Waseca was fourth on that first lap but made some nice moves in the next two laps as he quickly sprinted to the front as the field completed lap three. Stahl the current point leader for the class stuck with Mike the rest of the way but had to settle for a second place finish ahead of Jason McShane of Waseca, Randy Rauen of Austin, and Harang. The only caution of the race came out just after halfway when a wheel came off the car of Ben Sprung of Rose Creek. Stahl was the classes heat winner.

In “Triple J Disposal WISSOTA Super Stock” action Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow added to his points lead as he took his fourth feature win of the season. Josh Bartel lead lap one before he went sideways in turn four bringing out the first of three cautions in the race. Queensland inherited the lead and never looked back as he cruised to the win. Jeff Brauer of Rochester outdueled Jason Gabrielson of Austin for second with Bartel making a nice run back up to fourth ahead of Chris Klinger of Austin. Gabrielson grabbed the classes heat win in a tight finish with Brauer.

You could almost of added the “Affordable Portables WISSOTA Street Stocks” to the list of caution free features. They had one spin on the opening lap before a lap was completed but on the ensuing restart they ran clean the entire fifteen lap distance. Jesse Stahl of Austin, last years track champion in the Pure Stock Class, had the early lead but was being pressured by Bobby Kilby of Austin. Kilby finally made the pass for the lead on lap nine as he got to the inside of Stahl out of turn two. Stahl than engaged in a three car battle for second with Allen Gessell Jr of Big Lake and A.J. Zvorak of Blooming Prairie. The three went three wide on lap eleven through turn three with Stahl being shuffled back to fourth. Zvorak and Gessell than went side by side a few laps before A.J. slipped up high in turns three and four coming to the white. Gessell took control of second and Stahl came back through to take third. Ryan Goergen of Stacyville Iowa who took one of the heat wins rounded out the top five. The other heat winner was Matt Eustice
of Hartland who had a nice battle with Zvorak down the stretch of that race.

The “Frenchs Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds” ran a nice feature as well with just one early caution slowing that event. Jacob Dahle of Morristown started on the pole and used it to grab the lead at the drop of the green. Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie worked from row two to second on lap two right before the only caution of the race came out when a chain reaction incident in turn one brought out the yellow. On the restated Jacob pulled off to a nice lead again as Myer stated looking for a line on the hard dry slick track. He finally settled on a line around the top of the cushion and slowly started pulling up on the leader. The only place he seemed to have trouble was coming through turn two when the care seemed to slide a bit more. Tommy got that under control after a few short laps and on lap eight he made the pace for the
lead and proceeded to walk away for his second feature win at Lansing this season. Dahle, who scored a win in his heat, held on for second ahead of a hard charging Mike Sorensen of Rochester who drove two different lines at each end of the track to charge from a row seven starting spot to take third. In turns three and four he would run way up on the cushion like Myer was doing but at the south end of the track in turns one and two he would cut all the way down to the bottom of the track. Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie took fourth ahead of the nights other heat winner Brad Bakken of Garner Iowa.

Next Friday Nights Kids Promotion is being billed as “Christmas in July” with some treats in store for all the kids. After the heat friday night folks may be hoping if the jolly old elf shows up for the night hemaybe brings a little cooler air with him from the north pole. Racing action scheduled to get underway again next Friday night at 7:30 at Chateau Raceway in Lansing, just five miles north of Austin.

Chateau Raceway

July 6th, 2008

With the fourth falling on a friday the track opted for a Thursday night special and over one-hundred cars filled the pits for the first time in a couple seasons setting up a twenty-three race program.

On top of the racing there was also a pair of very thrilling but dangerous stunts put on by a pair of stuntmen from Texas. Rocky Hardcore, or “Master Fire the Human Torch” as he is called performed the “Human Torch Car Explosion” where he climbed into a car with ten gallons of gas and five sticks of Dynomite and had it blown up with him in it. He emerged with his fire suit on fire, several seconds after the explosion slowly walking onto the track and laying down to have fire officials put out the flames. Later in the evening “Dr. Danger” performed his “Suicide Car Jump”. He sped around the track at over fifty miles an hour, in a car that was supplied by the track, hitting a ramp sending him hurtling into a stack of four cars as exposives were set off underneath him. He climbed from the wreckage and spoke to the fans briefly before heading off for the night. The Track will continue the Fourth-of-July Celebration into next Friday Nights show when they will present the thrilling annual “Flashing Thunder” Fireworks show which has been an annual event for several years.

On the track the action was very exciting as well with all six classes putting on some good racing throughout the night. Some of the best racing was displayed by the “Triple J Disposal WISSOTA Super Stocks” who ran a caution free feature. Ryan Siegle of Grand Meadow grabbed the early lead in the main event jumping off the pole and outdueling Jason Gabielson of Austin and Harlan Morehart of Eyota in a three wide battle for the lead on the first lap. Gabielson took the top spot on lap two only to lose it back to Siegle after another side by side duel on lap six. Jason backslid a bit after that duel which opened the door for Chris Klinger of Austin to get up there with Siegle and thrill the fans with more side by side racing. On lap nine Dan Gullickson of Stacy, who had started back in row four, made it a three way battle for the lead and the trio went three wide with Dan on the Bottom, Ryan in the middle, and Klinger on the top. Dan used the lower line to his advantage as he took over the lead a lap later and than held off Klinger for a feature win at Lansing in his first visit to the track this season. In the classes heat events wins went to Klinger and Jeff Brauer of Rochester.

The “French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified” field looked like they were on there way to a caution free race as they blazed through the first fifteen laps of the race before a series of three cautions slowed the pace of the race. But that was all that was slowed as the racing action was very fast. Brad Waits of Zumbrota was doing his best to make a shambles of the race early. Waits jumped from the pole at the drop of the green and rocketed off to half a straightaway lead in just two laps, and started lapping the back of the field in just seven laps. At mid-race he had seven cars down a lap and was about to put a few more away when the first caution came out. Each restart he would quickly get his half a straightaway lead on the first lap and leave the rest of the field to battle for second. Todd Scharkey of Kasson was holding down second much of the race as he held off Brad Bakken of Garner Iowa early and than Mike Sorensen of Rochester during the middle stages of the race, However late in the race Tim Donlinger of Rochester, who had worked his way up to third from a row six starting spot, started applying the pressure. Todd would go way to the top of the track and Tim would ride the bottom with Scharkey able to out pull him off turns two and four. However with two laps to go Donlinger was able to make the pass stick and took over the second place finish. Joe Wernecke of Dodge Center did a nice job of staying in the top five to come in fourth behind Scharkey. Tommy Myer who started in row three rounded out the top five. Waits also won his heat giving him a sweep in the class for the second week in a row. Myer and Sorensen also took home heat wins.

“Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds” have been having a hard time with
excessive cautions the last few weeks. Things seemed headed the same way as
two cautions waved before even one lap could be completed with four cars in the pits. From there however they put together a pretty nice run for the next sixteen laps. Bobby Swanson of Kasson took the early lead off the pole before Dan Wheeler of Columbia Heights outdueled him in a three lap side by side battle taking over the lead on lap six. Wheeler got deep inside Swanson in turn two and after a drag race down the back straight slid by for the lead out of turn four. Dan survived another pair of late cautions to take home his second feature win of the season at Chateau. Brandon Davis of Medford out gunned Swanson for second with Albert Wytaske of Lansing and AJ Wiste of Adams rounding out the top five. Eric Condit of Austin who won the consy event for the class started at the back of the feature and made a strong showing as he came forward all the way to sixth at the checkers. Wheeler also scored a heat win on the night giving him his second sweep of the year. Other heat winners were Dustin Steinbrink of Austin, Wytaske, and Jim Arnold of Dodge Center. Arnold earned his win in the tech line when Troy Dahle of Morristown who actually took the checkers first was disqualified.

Allen Gessell Jr of Big Lake made his second appearance of the season at the
track in the “Affordable Portables WISSOTA Street Stock” class and the result was the same as his first visit, a sweep. Allen lead flag to flag in his heat for a win in the first half of the night but had to work a little harder in the main event. Matt Eustice of Hartland ook th early lead while Gessell picked his way forward from row four. It actually took just two laps for Gessell to get there as a couple early cautions moved some cars out of his way. Eustice was doing a good job of keeping his car wide and keeping the door shut to keep Allen back but on lap seven Gessell got along side and the two ran a couple side by side laps before he pulled to the lead on lap nine and chalked up another win. Eustice held onto second ahed of AJ Zvorak of Blooming Prairie. Eustice did pick up a heat win on the night in the class.

The “Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks” were lead by Ross Spitzer of Dodge Center who was one of four drivers who scored sweeps at the track on the night. In the
feature Dan Klingfus of Rose Creek ahd the early lead before Spitzer and Billy Steinberg of Kasson went inside and outside on him on lap four to schuffle him back in the field. Spitzer than out ran Steinberg for the win with Tyler Peterson of Hollandale coming home third ahead of Wayne Nelson of Freeborn and Aaron Sletten of Owatonna. Steinberg was the classes other heat winner.

The “S and S Auto Salvage Hornets” had a season high twenty-one cars on hand
making for a very crowded track at feature time. The race was slowed by just one caution when current point leader Gary Stahl of Kasson spun out. Mike Blowers of Waseca debuted a new car on the night and he performed quite well as he racked up a feature win in its first night. Blowers started row two on the outside and on the drop of the green he went to the outside of Jesse Harang of Northwood who was on the outside of the front row and headed for the front. Randy Rauen of Austin, who started inside row two, did just the opposite dropping to the inside of the front row cars and pulling into a side by side battle with Blowers for the lead down the back straightaway. Blowers won the duel and stretched out his lead as he won going away. Rauen held on for second ahead of Matt Baker of Lake Crystal Iowa and Harang. Kevin Vogt of Rose Creek, who started on the pole, held on for fifth. Heat winners for the class on the night were Rauen, Stahl, and Nathan Gessell of Princeton.

Racing action continues next Friday Night at 7:30 with the gigantic Fireworks Display scheduled for sometime after dark but not completely at the end of the show.

Chateau Raceway

June 30th, 2008

Instead the track was able to run just its sixth race of the season with a nice field of cars on hand despite the threatening conditions. Rain hit the area shortly after 5:00 but not enough to call the show off and while cars were checking it at the pit gate a few sprinkles would fall but again not enough to scare anyone off. Finally as the National Anthem was played the sun broke through the clouds for a moment and shone down on the track giving a positive sign the nights action, despite the clouds and threat of more rain, would be run. For the most part the drivers did a good job of keeping the show moving along all night with cautions held to a minimum with the exception of the “Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds” who for the second week in a row had laps cut from there feature race because of excessive cautions.

It started right off on the first green flag start in corner number one when
they bunched up and two cars turned sideways. Five cautions in the races first three laps caused an immediate cut of five laps from the scheduled twenty lap main event. They also lost there double wide restarts and had to
go single file. Finally after a couple more cautions they were able to run
the last ten laps of there race clean and put on a good show for the fans.
Bryan Hernandez had lead the opening lap after shooting out of the second row to the front on the first lap only to have outside pole sitter Bobby Swanson of Kasson come back by him on lap two for the lead. Swanson maintained the lead until lap eight when he got out of shape and Hernadez, who had fallen back to third, made a big move back to the front where he stayed the rest of the race for his first feature win of the season. Pfefier Jr held on for second ahead of Kenny Wytaske of Lansing and Albert Wytaske of Lansing. Hernadez also scored a heat win on the night to give him a sweep. Albert Wytaske and Brandon Davis of Medford also took home heat wins in the class.

Also picking up his first feature win of the season was Jason Gabrielson of
Austin in the “Triple J Disposal WISSOTA Super Stocks”. Gabrielson took advantage of starting on the pole for the race and lead flag for flag for the win. Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow worked his way from a third row starting spot up to second on lap six only to come up with mechanical problems a lap later that put him in the pits for the night. Jeff Brauer of Rochester outdueled last weeks feature winner Chris Klinger of Austin for second. Brauer claimed the nights heat win in the class. Queensland did run the fastest lap of the season for the class however on Friday night with a lap of 17.159, just a tick faster than his mark from earlier this month which was 17.226 .

Ross Spitzer of Dodge Center was the third of four drivers who became a first time feature winner this season at Lansing. Spitzer drove his “Pizza Ranch Pure Stock” to a pair of wins as he swept the class. Spitzer lead flag to flag in the main event as he jumped off the first row to the front and never looked back as he pulled away from runner up Jason Newkirk of Austin. Brandon Skalicky of Claremont who had the classes other heat win came home third in the feature.

In “Affordable Portable WISSOTA Street Stock” action AJ Zvorak of Blooming Prairie looked like he was on his way to a sweep on the night until late in
his feature. After winning his heat AJ started in row two of the feature and moved up to second on the first lap behind Mike Kohn of Hollandale. Zvorak moved to the lead in turn two and started to stretch out his lead as the race moved into its final hand full of laps. Coming off turn four with three laps to go Zvoraks car snapped around suddenly putting him crossways in front of the field and bringing out a late caution. Things just got worse for him on the restart. Starting tail end he charged down towards turn one on the restart and a tire went down sending him to the pits and ending his night. Bobby Kilby of Austin who inherited the lead held off Matt Eustice of Hartland for his second feature win of the season. Rick Lisowki of Dodge Center came home third ahead of Kohn. The nights other heat win went to Jesse Stahl of Austin who fell out early in the feature with mechanical problems.

In “Frenchs Repair and Fabrication of Dodge Center USRA Modified” action Brad Waits of Zumbrota made his first appearance of the year at the track and lit things up just missing out on the track record for the class. Waits started outside row two in his heat and went straight to the front on the drop of the green and sailed to the win. Along the way he turned a lap that was less than a tenth of a second slower than the track record held by Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie. Marks fast lap in 2006 was 15.861, Brads fast lap on friday night was 15.952, just .091slower, When you figure the length of the track that comes out to a difference of less than ten feet, or about half a car length difference between the two laps. The time was however the fastest lap so far this season. Waits may not of taken over the record but he did take home the big prize at the end of the night as he followed up his heat win with a dominating flag to flag win the the classes feature event. Waits started on the outside of Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie. The two took the green and headed into turn one with Myer having a bit of an advantage into turn one, however as they came through turn two Brad stuck his car on the top of the track and powered past Myer coming out of turn two and took control of the top spot. Behind the two Mike Sorensen of Rochester and Brad Bakken of Garner Iowa put on a good show for third racing side by side and going back and forth a few times before Bakken took control of the spot on lap five. Brad reeled in Myer on lap ten and those two than went at it for second for several laps with lots of good side by side racing action. Bakken eventually made the pass for second on lap thirteen but there was not catching Waits as he had to settle for second ahead of Myer and Sorensen. Jacob Dahle, who scored the classes other heat win, came home in fifth.

In “S and S Auto Salvage Hornet” Feature action things got a little wild on the first lap. Sixteen Hornets took the green flag and the front of the field immediately tried to go three wide. As the field came into turn three there was some bumping and grinding and suddenly Dan Weckworth of Albert Lea, who started on the outside of the front row, was upside down. He ended up rolling one and a half times ending up with all four wheels straight in the air. Officials rushed to him and with a half a dozen cars sitting spun out all around him worked on getting him free from his belts so he could crawl out of the car. After climbing out he sat on the track for a moment talking with the EMT’s before heading back to his pit with his car. In all five cars went out on the first incident. The bumping and grinding took its toll on the field as three more cars were in the pits by midway and less than half the field was still around when the checkers flew. In the end it was Gary Stahl of Kasson who took home the feature win, his fourth of the year. Kevin Vogt of Rose Creek took second ahead of Garitt Wytaske of Lansing, Matt Brooks of Austin, Michael Wytaske of Lansing, and Cole Lonergan of Dexter, the only six cars running at the end. The classes heat winners were Mike Blowers of Waseca and Trae Diaz of Austin.

Chateau Raceway reminds everybody that they will run Thursday Night next week instead of Friday Night with the Fourth of July Holiday falling on Friday. The track will feature a special Dare Devil show as part of the Thursday Night special. “Dr Danger, a family thrilling stuntman, will entertain at some point during the nights program. In case of rain a possible rain date of Sunday July Sixth will be considered. Fans are to watch for a confirmation on that date if it becomes necessary. The tracks annual “Fireworks Spectacular” will be saved for a week until after the Fourth of July Weekend, with that event scheduled for Friday Night July 11th.

Chateau Raceway

June 23rd, 2008

A good field of near ninety cars filled the pits for the nights action in six classes with the “Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds” leading the way with twenty-two cars on hand. While the car count for the class was nice it was a number that didn’t call for a Consy event and with everybody surviving there heats all twenty-two cars lined up for the twenty lap feature event which on this night turned out to be to many. Caution after caution slowed the pace of the main event which was eventually cut five laps as the race was dragging on. When they were racing the action was actually good. AJ Wiste of Adams lead the first lap by a nose over Dustin Steinbrink of Austin as the two front row starters put on an exciting first few laps. Steinbrink took over the lead on lap two and lead it through the first few cautions before Greg Pfeifer Jr of Austin used a good run off a restart on lap six to go to the point. Pfefier held the top spot until Albert Wytaske of Lansing went by on lap eleven for a lead he would not give up. Alberts feature win was his second straight at Lansing. Pfefier held on for second ahead of the classes current point leader Kenny Wytaske of Lansing. Steinbrink held on for fourth. The classes three heat winners were Pfeifer, Kenny Wytaske and Dan Wheeler of Columbia Heights.

While the Midwest Modifieds had there troubles two classes were able to run
clean caution free feature events. The first to do so was the “Affordable
Portables WISSOTA Street Stock” Class. AJ Zvorak of Blooming Prairie darted out of row two to the front on the first lap and lead flag to flag for his first feature win of the season at Lansing. Zvorak had built up a pretty comfortable lead, possibly to comfortable as with just two laps to go he almost gave the race away. Coming through turn four he got the car crossways and ended up in the infield. He straightened the car back up and pulled back on the track about six car lengths ahead of a hard charging Bobby Kilby of Austin. AJ was able to maintain that advantage of the last couple laps to secure the win and a sweep on the night as he also took home one of the classes two heat wins. The other heat win went to Ryan Goergen of Stacyville Iowa.

Also running a clean caution free main event were the big boys, the “Frenchs Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds”. Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie took advantage of front row starting spot to make quick work of getting to the point. After running second for the first lap he went to the front and proceed to walk away from the field for his first feature win of the season at Chateau. Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie, who started along side Myer on the front row came home in second ahead of the two second row starters, Brandy and Shawn Peterson of Cottage Grove. Heat winners were Shawn Peterson and Jacob Dahle of Morristown.

The “Triple J Disposal WISSOTA Super Stocks” had a short field of cars but a large amount of action. Jason Gabrielson of Austin started on the pole and took the learly lead. Jason was working on stretching out his lead when a caution put two hard chargers side by side on his back bumper. Cole Queensland and Ryan Siegle, both of Grand Meadow, however had there hands full with each other as Gabrielson stated to build a lead back up. The two ran side by side for several laps before Siegle slid up into Queensland in turn one. Queensland spun and gathered up Nick Herrick of West Concord whos car slid up onto Coles hood. On the restart Siegle went tail end for causing the yellow and Queensland put the heat on Jason. The two ended up side by side in turn three and some contact between the two seemed to mess up Gabielsons car as he slowed to a halt on the track, requiring a lift from the wrecker to get him back to his trailer. With Queensland now on point Chris Klinger of Austin
was working his way toward the front and he caught Cole with just a couple laps to go. Klinger took a few looks inside and outside on Cole and eventually found the inside line to his liking and went low in turns three and four and slipped into the lead as the two came to the white flag. Klinger than held on to join the list of drivers who picked up there first feature win of the year on the night. The classes lone heat win went to Siegle.

In The “Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks” it was yet another drivers getting his first feature win of the season. Billy Steinberg of Kasson won the war of attrition to claim the nights main event. Less than half the cars that started the feature were still around when the checkers fell with about one-third of them going out on a lap nine restart. Leader Tyler Peterson of Hollandale spun in turn four and while the first couple cars missed him after that cars were wrecking all over the corner with Peterson finally getting slammed pretty hard as well as he sat sideways in the corner. Steinberg inherited the lead on the restart and held it the rest of the way as he out distanced Dyland Nelsen of Freeborn for the win. Aaron Sletten of Owatonna took home a third ahead of Samantha Stark of Austin, who lead the first lap of the race, and Dan Klingfus of Rose Creek. Heat winners for the class were Adam Goedeke of Hollandale
and Brandon Skalciky of Claremont.

The final feature of the night was the “S and S Auto Salvage Hornet” Main Event. Cody Boverhuis of Geneva drew the pole position for the race and jumped staright to the lead followed by Garitt Wytaske of Lansing. The two were doing a nice job of pulling away from the field until a late caution. The top two were joined by the top two drivers in the point standings Gary Stahl of Kasson and Randy Rauen of Austin. With three to go the group restarted the race with everybody fanning out as they went into turn one. Coming out of two some slight contact ended up sending Boverhuis hard into the wall ending his best run of the season. Off the next restart it was Rauen who would get the good job and go to the point where he went on to score his second feature win of the year. Trae Diaz of Austin outdrove Stahl for second while Michael Wytaske of Lanisng came home in fourth with Dan Weckworth of Albert Lea rounding out the top five. Rauen also took one of the classes two heat wins giving him his second sweep of the season. The other heat went to
Jesse Harang of Northwood Iowa.

Racing action in six classes gets under way once again next Friday Night
with Hot Laps at 7:15 and Racing at 7:30.

Weather Takes Another Night from Chateau

June 15th, 2008

The loss of racing was a minor inconvenience of the third largest flood in the history of the area.

With several business and home owners dealing with much greater problems from Lansing on down through Austin the two two losses just don’t compare, and with the water continuing downstream into Iowa causing more problems down towards Charles City and on along the Cedar River through out the weekend. The track is looking forward to getting back on schedule next Friday Night at 7:30 and even though its not going to be as quick for others along the river they hope others can get there lives back on schedule just as quick as possible

Another Rain Out Chateau

June 2nd, 2008

Mother Nature has gotten the best of the racing season so far with more rainouts than racing through the first two months of the season and it looked like she added another notch in her belt this week. The day was a promoters nightmare as it rained most of Thursday and some heavy rains overnight had things pretty soggy when officials showed up to try and get things in shape not knowing if there efforts would pay off. It went back and forth as the weather turned every couple hours. A little blue sky early in the morning looked promising, but than mid-morning saw more rain, and misty drizzly weather through the late morning and into the noon hour made It look rather iffy. Early afternoon brought back the blue sky with some patchy clouds and all looked good for another night of exciting action. One last twist however a little after five-o-clock put an end to any hopes of racing as rain clouds moved back in and showered the area with some more rain. Sunshine returned again just before six-o-clock but it was to late at that point. Racing action will resume next Friday Night with six classes of cars hitting the one-third mile oval at 7:30.

USMTS Rolls in to Chateau!

May 25th, 2008

Mike, a former track champion at Chateau as well as a former WISSOTA 100
Champion suffered a heart attack shortly after winning what would be his final
feature in Lansing eleven years ago and this yearly Memorial Race is held each
year to salute the love and passion he had for the sport of stock car racing.
He rarely missed a night at Lansing over his racing career which had started in
the early 70′s. After each night of racing he could usually be found sitting
on the edge of his trailer taking time to visit with anyone who stopped by,
enjoying all that came with a night at the track. Mike ended his career racing his WISSOTA Modified, and although the track still runs three WISSOTA sanctioned classes (Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds) the big Modifieds are now USRA sponsored and on this night that class was joined with the USMTS Modified Touring Series for a special night of racing. Although the WISSOTA Street Stocks and Super Stocks were given the night off the Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds did run along with the S and S Auto Salvage Hornets and Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks. Ninety Four cars filled the pits for the show with the Big USMTS Modifieds leading the way with a solid field of thirty-eight cars on hand.

The field put on a nice show with four very exciting heat races leading off the
nights program. All four heat winners picked up there first wins of the season
at Chateau with only one of them being a first time visitor to the track this
year. Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie took heat one leading flag to flag after
starting on the pole. Josh Reisch of Luverne made a nice run from row three to
finish second. Heat two saw Dan Bohr of Decorah IA work from row three to the
front in just three laps and than hold off Corey Dripps of Waterloo IA who
worked from row four up to second. Kelly Shryock of Fertile IA scored the win
in heat three winning a tight battle with Dereck Ramirez of Woodward Oklahoma.
Ramirez had the early lead after starting on the pole with Shryock right behind
him in row two. The two moved to the front at the drop of the green flag with
Kelly keeping the pressure on until he made to the move to the front on lap
six. Nate Wasmund matched Reisch run from row three in heat two with a run
from the same starting spot in heat four to score a victory. Nate made a big
move on lap one to move to second behind pole sitter Garry Oskerson of
Fairmont. Wasmund ran a nice race and made to the wining move on lap six that
put him in front and gave him the win.

With the big field of cars two B Main events were needed to pair down the
field. B main number one was dominated by Jake Neal of Omaha Nebraska. Jake
started row two and after running third on lap one he pulled up into a side by
side battle with pole sitter Shawn Peterson of Cottage Grove for the lead. The
two ran two laps of side by side action before Neal pulled to the point and
proceeded to pull away to a convincing win. Unfortunately a reported problem
with oil pressure after the win kept him from taking his spot in the feature.
B main number two was lead early by Garry Oskerson of Fairmont but Tim
Donlinger of Rochester would eventually get the win. Donlinger ran several
thrilling side by side laps with Jason Krohn of Slayton behind Oskerson before
shaking both of them off and going to the point on lap seven and holding off
Krohn for the win.

The “11th Annual Guttormson Memorial” Feature event provided forty laps of wild
action as several of the top finishers came from deep in the field. Josh
Reisch came off the pole on the drop of the green to take the early lead and
proceeded to put a hurt on the field as he pulled off to a full staightaway
lead before starting to lap cars on lap thirteen. Behind him Doug Hillson of
Blooming Prairie was having a wild race with Tim Donlinger of Rochester.
Donlinger, who started in row seven, wasted no time coming toward the front.
He rocketed to sixth in just four laps and two laps later moved into fourth.
On lap nine he was third and he and Hillson raced several laps side by side
with Doug doing a great job of holding him off. Meanwhile coming forward just
as fast was Jason Krohn who started back in row eight after qualifying with his
second place run to Donlinger in there B main. Krohn cracked the top five on
lap eleven and while Donlinger and Hillson were battling for second he made it
a three way battle a couple laps later and on lap twenty at the midpoint of the
race he finished moving past both of them to take over second behind Reisch.
A caution regrouped the field and Jason took just three laps to take over the
lead. If losing the lead wasn’t bad enough for Reisch after dominating the
first half of the race on lap twenty-six he went to the infield with what
appeared to be a flat left rear tire. Hillsons luck was just as bad. After
running so strong early he slowed and stopped on the track three laps later as
track officails picked up pieces of driveshaft in turn four. There would be
one more restart after that as with ten laps to go some close racing in turns
three and four lead to Nate Wasmund slowing in the middle of turn four with
Mark Noble getting into him and hooking the cars together pretty tight. After
the wreckers pulled the two them apart the field regrouped for one final sprint
to the finish. Krohn was on point but had Donlinger and Kelly Shryock paired
up right behind him. Shryock had been doing a nice job of hanging around the
top five looking for an opportunity and this looked like a possibility for him.

However Krohn got away clean on the restart and Donlinger took over control
of second. Krohn was unable to stretch his lead back out and as the final two
laps ran off Tim stayed with in a car length or two but Jason had what it took
to come home with the big feature win. Behind Donlinger and Shryock it was
Steve Wetzstien of West Concord and Zack Vanderbeek of New Sharon Iowa. Both
made nice runs from back in the field as Steve started back in row five and
Zach was back in row nine when the grid was lined up. Shryock had the best
starting position of all of the top five after starting in row three.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds ran a very exciting set of races on the night as
well. Jerry Young of Blooming Prairie and Kenny Wytaske of Lansing used front
row starting spots in their heats for flag to flag wins but Dan Wheeler of
Columbia Heights did an outstanding job of driving out of row four to the front
in just three laps on his way to claiming heat number two for the class. That
was just as sign of things to come on the night for Wheeler as after lining up
outside of row five for the twenty lap feature he took just five laps to get to
the front. Bryan Hernadez of Blooming Prairie took the early lead with Jerry
Young, also from Blooming Prairie right behind him. Wheeler came to third on
lap three,and with Young trying to make his move on Hernadez, Wheeler shot
outside of both of them and went from third to first on lap five and never
looked back as he went on to score his first feature win of the season at
Lansing and cap off a sweep on the night. Young ended up taking second ahead of Brandon Davis of Medford, Kenny Wytaske and Hernadez.

The Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks ran a nice feature with Brandon Skalciky of
Claremont once again dominating the class. Skalciky started in row five and
made his way to second on lap five behind Jake Siemers of Hayfield. On lap
later he went to the front and scored his third staight feature win at the
track to start the season. Ross Spitzer of Dodge Center and Dylan Nelson of
Freeborn scored there first wins of the season in two of the three heats. The
third heat winner was Billy Steinberg of Kasson.

In S and S Auto Salvage Hornet racing action Randy Rauen of Austin scored his
first feature win of the season having to hold of Gary Stahl of Kasson to get
the victory. Stahl had been unstoppable so far this season. He was yet to
lose a race after scoring sweeps in the first two weeks of the season and
scoring a win again Friday night in his heat. However in the feature it was
Rauen who made the bigger first lap move. Randy, starting outside of row
three, jumped to the outside on the drop of the green and shot straight to the
front. Stahl, working from inside of row four needed two laps just to get
into the top five. On lap four he moved up to third but by than Rauen and
Elijah Zevenbergen of Oceyeda Iowa were out in front by some distance. A late
caution played into his favor however and gave him a shot at keeping his
string alive. While Elijah and Gary battled for second Rauen tried to stretch
his lead back out. He got out just far enough as after Gary made the pass
for second he had just enough time to catch Randy but not enough time to pass
him. Rauen also had a heat win on the night giving him a sweep for the
evening. Zevenbergen scored his first win of the season by taking a heat win
as well.

Racing action will continue next Friday Night at Chateau Raceway with all
six classes of cars back in action, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds-Street Stocks
and Super Stocks, The Pure Stocks, Hornets and USRA Modifieds all ready to
do battle on the one-third mile oval. Hot laps scheduled for 7:15 with
racing action at 7:30.

Chateau Raceway

May 18th, 2008

It was Hormel Foods Night at the track and the night started out with a special treat for the kids as the drivers pulled out onto the track before the nights racing program and gave the kids rides around the one-third mile oval. Just two nights into the season the track exceeded last season high car count as ninety-eight cars filled the pits for the nights racing action with all classes showing increases in the number of cars from opening night a week earlier.

Leading the way with a twenty-three car field were the “WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds sponsored by Power 96 – The Classic Rock Station”. Kenny Wytaske of Lansing picked up where he left off the week before as the opening night feature winner put together a pair exciting wins on the night as he scored the win in his heat as well as his second straight feature win. Wytaske made a nice move on the drop of the green flag as the front row of Bobby Swanson of Kasson and Dan Wheeler of Columbia Heights brought the field a bit high out of turn four to the green. As the field passed the start cone and the green came out Kenny dropped to the bottom of the track from his inside second row starting spot and shot to the front as the field went into turn one. Swanson fell in line second while Wheelr got shuffled back to sixth. Albert Wytaske of Lansing moved up to second. Coming off a restart off a quick lap two caution Swanson tried to get to the inside of Kenny as the field came through turn four to complete lap two, but he got in to hot and clipped Wytaske and turned him around bringing out a second caution and sending him to the back of the field. That moved Albert Wytaske up to second where he proceeded to put the heat on his brother until he finally made the move for the lead on lap eighteen. Albert was bringing the field to the white flag when the leaders hit heavy lapped traffic and big snarl put Kenny back in the lead but another caution put him back behind Albert for a two lap dash to the finish. That bumping and grinding that occurred would come back to haunt Albert as off the restart Kenny was able to get by him to regain the lead as the field came to the white. Heading down the back straightaway the right front A-Frame and tie rods came loose and Albert was forced to pull to the side and let the field file by. However the tail end of the field as they came into turns one and two had another group of cars tangle and forced a caution-checker finish as everyone had taken the white flag. The final finishing order was set according to the white flag lap putting Albert back into second behind Kenny. Brandon Davis of Medford who also appeared to receive some damage from those final two laps was awarded third with Wheeler fourth and AJ Wiste of Adams in fifth. The classes heat winners along with Kenny were Swanson and Wheeler.

There was plenty of excitement provided by the “WISSOTA Street Stocks sponsored by Affordable Portables of Kasson”. Matt Eustice of Hartland and
Ryan Goergen of Stacyville Iowas were looking for a sweep on the night when
they lined up on the front row for the classes feature event after each won
there heats earlier in the night. Eustice got the early lead with Ryan falling in line second ahead of Bobby Kilby of Austin. Scott Olson of Rochester, who started back in row five made some nice early moves to move
into the top five in just five short laps. On lap seven he caught and passed Kilby for third and put the pressure on the top two. On lap eleven Eustice got loose in turn two and Goergen made the move to the lead while Kilby jumped to second with Eustice falling back to third and Olson dropping to fourth. Goergen proceeded to distance him self from the other three as they battled for position. Coming to the white the cars tangled in turn three with Kilby getting the worse of it. After climbing from his car Bobby tossed his helmet at another one of the cars on the track and was quicky DQ’d losing all points and pay for the night. The two lap sprint to the finish ended with Goergen getting the win ahead of Eustice while Wheeler made a nice late recovery to come back for third ahead of Mitch Thomson of New Richland and Olson.

The return of the “WISSOTA Super Stocks sponsored by Triple J Disposal” added one car to its car count in it second week back at the track however the results were the same as the week before as Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow captured his second straight feature win. Cole lead flag to flag after coming off the outside of the front row and taking charge of the main event. Chris Klinger of Austin raced from row two up to a second place finish ahead of heat winner Josh Bartel of Kasson.

The first rollover of the season came in the “S and S Auto Salvage Hornet” Feature event. Cody Boverhuis of Geneva got twisted up in a bad restart coming out of turn four and ended up on his lid. Cody pulled him self from the car quickly and began surveying the damage to see what had to be done to be ready for next week. Meanwhile Gary Stahl of Kasson became yet another driver to start off the year with two quick feature wins. Starting on the pole Gary went right to the front and fought off the challenges of Elijan Zevenbergen of Ocheyeden Iowa and Randy Rauen of Austin for the win. Elijan actually caught and passed Gary about mid race only to have it wiped out by a caution. Elijah almost won the battle of becoming the first car to roll over on the season as on a restart earlier in the race he had the car up on two
wheels as he went through turn four. Finishing behind Zevenbergen and Rauen were Kevin Vogt of Rose Creek and Jesse Harang of Northwood Iowa. Stahl and Rauen took the classes heat wins.

Brandon Skalicky of Claremont became another driver to start the year off two for two in feature wins as he captured the “Albert Lea Pizza Ranch sponosred Pure Stock” Feature event. Skalicky started on the pole along with Myles Moreno of Hayfield who each won there heats on the night. Brandon jumped straight to point with Ross Spitzer of Dodge Center jumping out of row two to second. Spitzer kept the pressure on all race long but could do nothing but chase the entire race and settle for second. Daniel Klingfus of Rose Creek did a nice job of working from row four up to third. Wayne Nelson of Freeborn and Sammie Fromm of Owatonna rounded out the top five.

With lightning flashing in the sky off the back straightaway the Big Thunder was on the Track as the “USRA Modifieds sponosred by French’s Repair and Fabrication of Dodge Center” rolled onto the track for there main event. Fifteen of the seventeen cars on hand made the call for the start of the race with Alan Mondus of Lakeville drawing the pole for the race. Mondus went right to the front with Tim Donlinger of Rocheter, who started right behind him in row two staying tight on his back bumper. About six laps in Donlinger had his best run of the race on Mondus as they went side by side for a lap before Alan shook him off and went back out to the point. Donlinger kept the pressure on but this was Mondus’s night and he lead flag to flag for his first feature win of the year. Mike Sorensen of Rochester who took the feature win a week ago came home third followed by Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie and Nate
Wasmund of Rochester. Heat winners were Donlinger and Wasmund.

Next Friday Night it’s the 11th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial which will feature one of two highlighted stops by the USMTS Open Modifieds. The USMTS Tour will be in the middle of a six race swing through the area so an excellent field of Modifieds is expected to fill the pits along with the other support classes which will be on hand for the nights activities. Hot laps will be about 7:15 with the racing action set to get underway at 7:30. The special kids friendly promotion for next friday night will be “Kids are Free if they are wearing a Chateau Raceway T Shirt”.

Chateau Raceway – Season Opener 5/9/08

May 11th, 2008

After five weeks of rain, snow, and generally cold miserable weather wiped out the first month of racing it was great to see the cars take to the 1/3 mile oval and its fresh new layer of clay that was laid down last fall. The track was able to sneak a test and tune session in early in April to give drivers a chance to see how the new surface ran and gave track promoters a chance to see how well they did laying it in last fall and preparing it this spring. As expected there was some
rough spots in the track by the end of the first full night of racing but the prospects for some very fast racing looked real good as cars were turning some very fast laps on the new surface.

Also included in the category of fresh things for the new season was the return of the WISSOTA Super Stock Class. The class was dropped a few years back but the decision was made during the offseason to give them another try this year. The car count wasn’t as high as it could have been but it is hoped the class will go and drivers will start making Lansing there Friday night
stop on the weekend for “Triple J Disposal WISSOTA Super Stock” racing. Seven cars made the show for the opening night with Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow leading the way with a pair of wins. Chris Klinger of Austin came home second in the main event as he worked his way through the field to put some pressure on Cole over the final laps. Josh Bartel of Kasson was
third followed by Tony Shaner of Owatonna and Jason Gabrielson of Austin.

Lots of fresh faces took to the speedway on the night. That’s was most evident in the “S and S Auto Salvage of Hayfield Hornet Class” where seven rookie drivers started there racing careers. It was veteran driver Gary Stahl of Kasson however who lead the way with a pair of wins. Randy Rauen of Austin finished runner up to Stahl in both events but the two put on a good show in both races. In the heat the two swapped the lead several times before Stahl eventually took the checker. Than in the featue the two got out first and
second rather quickly and lead the field from start to finish. Rounding out the top five in the feature were Bob Weber of Waltham who took third, followed by Jesse Harang of Northwood IA, and Kevin Vogt of Rose Creek who was the highest placing rookie on the night. Harang took the classes other heat win.

In “Affordable Portable WISSOTA Street Stock” action the first feature win of the 2008 season went to Bobby Kilby of Austin. Kilby started inside second row and moved past pole sitter Scott Olson of Rochester on the first lap and lead flag to flag for the win. Ryan Goergen of Stacyville IA who started outside front row outdueled Olson for second with Dave Stevens of Albert Lea and AJ Zvorak of Blooming Prairie completing the top five. Olson and Goergen took the heat wins for the class.

“Albert Lea Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks” saw a handful of drivers debut in the class for the start of the new season but once again it was one of the drivers with a couple years of racing under his belt that lead the way. Brandon Skalicky of Claremont who picked up a pair of feature wins last season started off the new year by picking up the opening night trophy in victory lane. Skalicky got a good jump on Billy Steinberg of Kasson and jumped out of the second row to the front on the first lap. Skalciky went on to lead the whole race while Tyler Peterson of Hollandale worked his way toward the front and out raced Peterson for second. Jason Newkirk of Austin who took one of the heat wins on the night came home fourth followed by Dylan Nelson of Freeborn picked up a top five finish in his first night of racing at Lansing. Steinberg did pick up a heat win on the night.

Leading the way with a field of twenty-one cars was the “Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modified’ field. Defending Track Champion Kenny Wytaske of Lansing picked up where he left off last season by heading to victory lane after a wild feature win over Dan Wheeler of Columbia Heights and Jerry Young of Blooming Prairie. Young came off the pole to lead the race early and in fact lead it up until lap sixteen. A caution regrouped the field with four laps to go when Wheeler was clipped as he was working lapped cars. Wheeler was
given his spot back in third behind Wytaske and off the restart Kenny made the move to the front and he slipped past Young. Jerry came right back on the next lap to take the lead back on lap eighteen. Coming to the white flag however Wytaske went back past Young to regain the lead which he would not give back. Young made a hard charge in turn four down low trying to get back past Kenny as they came to the checkers but it didn’t work out for him and in fact it cost him a spot as Wheeler went around him to take the second spot. Albert Wytaske of Lansing and AJ Wiste of Adams rounded out the top five. Heat winners for the class were Young, Dustin Steinbrink of Austin, and Greg Pfeifer JR of Austin.

The final feature event of the night with the “Frenchs Repair and Fabrication of Dodge Center USRA Modifieds” was one of the wildest feature races of the night. An excellent field of drivers put on a great display of racing as they not only raced each other but a track which was showing the signs of not having been run on much yet. A rut formed in the bottom grove in turn one and a bit of a hole in turn four had the drivers racing each other as much as the
track. However it seemed they were more into racing each other as they rather ignored the two rough spots and bounced through them instead of going around them as they drove hard for the win. Mike Sorensen of Rochester started on the pole and went to the lead off the drop of the green flag. Row three starters Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie and Kelly Shryock wasted little time moving toward the front and along with Sorensen made it a three car show as they swapped positions and sent there cars flying in the air at times as
they bounced across the rough spots. On lap five Shryock moved to second and Noble came to third a couple laps later and than the fun began. On lap ten Noble went to the outside of Shryock to take second. He than pulled along side Sorensen and on lap twelve went to the lead down the back stretch with Shryock following him past Sorensen to take second. Bobby kept on charging and on the next lap went past Noble to take the lead and Sorensen followed him as they shifted Noble back to third. Mike kept on coming and he puled
along side Shryock and the two ran side by side for the most part for the next couple laps with Sorensen going back to the front as they completed lap eighteen. Kelly made a few more runs back at Mike as the laps wound down by Sorensen had the lead back and he wasn’t about to give it up again. Kelly held off Noble for second while Brad Bakken of Garner Iowa came home in fourth with Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie rounding out the top five. Heat winners
were Hillson, Shryock and Sorenson.

Week two of racing next Friday night will feature car rides for the kids on the raceway before the start of racing so everyone is encourage to get the kids out there early next week for the excitement. Than in two weeks, May 23rd, it will be the 11th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial. The Memorial event this year will once again be a USMTS Special so there should be plenty of great action ahead as all the rainouts to start the year has everyone
geared up for some exciting racing action.

Super Stocks for 2008

December 26th, 2007

Along with the awards there was plenty of discussion of the the past season as well as what sort of things they would like to see for next year. Among the items discussed was the possible changes for next season in regards to the classes of cars that would be run. It was announced at that time that the Classic Dwarf cars would not return next year but they were looking at adding a different class to take there place next year. With the calendar year winding down the track has made the decision in
regard to that.

The 2008 season will see the return of the WISSOTA Super Stocks at Chateau. The raceway made the decision to bring back the Super Stocks after plenty of feedback from the drivers and fans. Track officials expressed there deep thanks for all those who took the time to give there input into the decision making process. The addition of the class will help make the venue at the raceway even more appealing to the race fans.

Co-promoter Darin Toot said “We are hoping with the return of the Supers, that we will see an improved race program in 2008…Our hopes are that the class will grow through the season, as the class grows, the drivers will see a better purse to race for.” Initially they will start with a three-step purse, based on car count. As the car counts improve, the purse will to. Toot added “We know this will take time for the class to grow, so we will be reviewing the progress throughout the season.” The Supers will be eligible for the WISSOTA track point fund, as they will be on the weekly venue. Along with local points available, some of the area drivers will very possibly be eligible to chase after the national points. Those National Points races will also surely bring in several drivers who travel through out the midwest chasing the National Points Title.

Along with the WISSOTA Super Stocks Chateau will once again feature, USRA Open Modifieds, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, Chateau Pure Stocks and the Hornets. The track will once again feature Friday Night racing action with a 7:30 race time. The final touches are being put on the schedule but several specials are being planned again for next year including the “11th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial”, visits from the “USMTS Modifieds”, and more including the fall invitationals they have added the past few years.

Toot added “Chateau Raceway wishes all a Happy Holiday Season and we will be looking forward to seeing everyone all at the annual car show at the Oak Park Mall in Austin with a tentative date of March 22nd and 23rd.” The track also announced the annual Test and Tune date will be March 29th, with the Season Opener Scheduled for April 4th.

Chateau Raceway

October 1st, 2007

Solid purses were on the line as well with the Noble RV USRA Modifieds running for $750 to win plus $250 bonus from “Fast Company of Mason City Iowa” making its actually $1000 to win. The Power 96 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were hunting a $750 to win payday. The WISSOTA Super Stocks and “Affordable Portables
WISSOTA Street Stocks” meanwhile were each looking for the $400 paycheck that awaited there winners. The Albert Lea Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks purse featured a $100 to win prize and the S and S Auto Salvage Hornets were looking for the $75 to win paycheck awaiting them. Several other business were chipping in as well with several contingency awards from Aero Wheels, Fast Company, Bushore Transmissions, Sputts Racing Engines, JR Motorsports, Premiere Machine, Budweiser Beer, Pepsi Company, Powder Works, Thunderbolt Racing, Intercomp, and Action Engineering.

In Friday nights WISSOTA Midwest Modified Fall Nationals Main event Dan Wheeler of Columbia Heights did a nice job of pulling from the middle of the field to the front patiently picking his way through the cars. Derek Bernstein of Enderlin North Dakota who had a heat win earlier in the night took the early lead after starting on the pole. Shane Halupka of Medford Wisconsin made a big move early jumpng from row four to second in the
first lap with three more of the nights heat winners falling in line third thru fifth, Dustin Steinbrink of Austin, Jerry Young of Blooming Prairie and Troy Dahle of Morristown. On lap two Dahle spun bringing out the races only caution. Off the restart Wheeler made some quick moves and as the field completed lap four he was up to third behind Bernstein and Halupka. A lap
later Berstein slowed a bit in turn four and Halupka shot to the bottom to take over the lead. Wheeler put the pressure on Bernstein for second and three laps later was up to second setting his sights on the leader. The two were nose to tail just past halfway and spent several laps running side by side
before Wheeler got his first lead on lap seventeen. Bernstein came backside alongside to challenge but Wheeler was able to shake him off and cruise on to the win. Bernstein meanwhile fell into a wild four car scramble for second on back. Halupka came back to take that spot with Kenny Wytaske of Lansing moving
up to third ahead of Brandon Davis of Medford who was the nights other heat winner, Bernstein rounded out the top five. Fourty-three WISSOTA Midwest Mods were on hand for the first nights action.

The classes two consy winners were Greg Pfeifer Jr of Austin and Chris Adams of Stacyville Iowa. It was a tough night for the current National Points leader Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls who lead a big group of drivers hunting national points with eight of the top eleven drivers in the WISSOTA Natiional Points race on hand. Brocks problems started in his heat where he was scored with just a seventh place finish which forced him to try to make the feature through one of the consys. That low finish put him deep in the field of his consy where mechanical problems did him in. After getting drawn into a couple of the cautions in that event he eventually ended up in the pits with a DNF.
Halupka, second in points, had to have made up some ground on him on the night with his two second place finishes.

The track which has been questioned several times about the possibility of bringing back WISSOTA Super Stocks to the track invited the class to the fall specials this year and so far the car counts have not been good. Earlier in the month just eight cars came in for that show and Friday night just ten cars made it to the track. Dan Nissalke of Winona ended up taking home the
feature win when Dan Gullickson of Stacy had mechanical problems in the main event. Gullickson, who reset the track record for the class in his heat win dropped out less than half way through the feature while leading. The evidence of his problem was left in turn one where track officials picked his drive shaft up off the track. Chris Klinger of Austin came home second behind
Nissalke. Dustin Nelson of Ogilvie, Adam Stockhausen of Minnesota City, and Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow rounded out the top five. The nights other heat win went to Josh Bartel of Kasson who also had problems and fell out of the feature early. Gullicksons new track record for WISSOTA Super Stocks was 16.925 seconds for an average lap of 70.9 miles per hour around the one-third mile track. The old record had been set by Jason Gabrielson of Austin at the classes appearance at the track Labor Day Weekend.

WISSOTA Street Stocks also saw some of the top names in the latest National Points Race on hand. Cory Crasper of Eau Claire Wisconsin, who’s name was atop the latest list released the previous week came out strong taking home one of the early heat wins along with Scott Nelson of Owatonna and Dave Stevens
of Albert Lea. In the nights feature however it would be Jason Vande Kamp of Forest Lake who would take home the big prize as he took advantage of starting on the pole to lead flag to flag for the feature win. Jason is not even listed as having his thirty shows in yet this season but made some noise on Friday night. Allen Gessell Jr of Big Lake came home in second followed by Bobby Kilby of Austin, Crasper, and Nathan Finley of Brownsdale.

A nice field of twenty-seven USRA Modifieds filled the track for some exciting action as well Friday night with Tim Donlinger of Rochester making the most noise as he scored a sweep with heat and feature wins. Ryan York of Racine had the early lead in the main event after drawing the pole position for the race. Donlinger started right behind him on the inside of row two and
they immediately stepped out first and second. While York was setting the pace early Tim had his hands full with Bob Timm of Winona and Richie Gustin of Gillman Iowa. The ran several laps taking turns running two and three wide. Donlinger finally took control of the spot and than on lap nine Timm had his night come to a quick halt when he hit the wall in turn four. Donlinger
took advantage of the restart and on lap ten slipped past York for the lead and checked out on the field for his second feature win of the season. York held on to take second ahead of a hard charging Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie. Gustin took fourth ahead of Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie who worked his way all the way to the top five from a sixth row starting spot. The
nights other heat wins went to Al Mondus of Lakeville, Noble, and Myer.

The Albert Lea Pizza Ranch sponsored Pure Stocks were lead by the 2006 Track Champion in the class Craig Hansen of Ellendale. Hansen had moved up to WISSOTA Street Stock this season but after wrecking his car earlier this month pulled his Pure Stock out to run the weekend. He scored a sweep as he lead flag to flag in both of his events for the wins. Sammie Fromm of Owatonna had her best feature finish of the season coming home in second ahead of Billy Steinberg of Kasson and Brandon Skalicky of Claremont. The three high school
students from the area a part of the twenty-five or so teenagers that have run at the track this season showing the future of racing is in some good hands.

The S and S Auto Salvage Hornets were lead by Chad Ritter of Faribault who picked up his tenth feature win of the year. Jason McShane of Waseca took the lead on lap one off the outside of the front row only to have Elijah Zevenberger of Ocheyedan Iowa jumped past him on lap two. Elijah started in row two and had made a quick move to second. Ritter meanwile who started on the inside of row ran fourth after the first lap picked off one car a lap until he had the lead on lap four. Elijah was running second until he went up in smoke on lap seven ending a good run for him after he took home one of the heats two heat wins. The other heat win was awarded to Gary Stahl of Kasson after the first and second place cars were black flagged for over agressive driving with two laps to go. Mike Blowers of Waseca and Denny Johnson of Madelia had been trading paint through out the race in there back and forth battle for the lead and eventually the flagman had enough of it. The two ignored the black and finished the race in front of Stahl but were informed
they were not going to be scored that way.

With the 2007 season now officially in the books Chateau Raceway is now focused on an even bigger and better 2008 season which will kick off in the spring with its annual “Chateau Raceway Car Show”. That will be followed by the start of another exciting year of “Thunder in the Dirt” as soon as the spring weather allows. The track has scheduled an awards banquet which will be
held in November. Ticket information and more will be made available at the tracks website www.chateauraceway.net The track concluds its season thanking all the drivers, fans and sponsors who came out and supported the track over the course of the year because without them they would just be out there
playing in the dirt.

Chateau Raceway/ Buzz Festival 9/14/07

September 15th, 2007

“Albert Lea Pizza Ranch” Pure Stocks and the “Noble RV” USRA Modifieds were also on the program which despite featuring just three classes of cars provided plenty of heated excitement on a cool evening. As well as all of the side by side racing all night each of the three features at the end of the night featured rollovers.

The first feature of the night was the “Albert Lea Pizza Ranch Pure Stocks”. On lap six of the fifteen lap feature event Dan Klingfus of Rose Creek was being challenged for fourth place going into turn one. As he was giving room to the challenging driver his car pushed up the track and as he tried to correct he slid high off of turn one and rolled one time with the car landing back on its wheels. Dan got out of the car and rode up into the pits to get checked out by the ambulance staff. That incident was the only caution of the race as Tyler Peterson of Hollandale lead flag to flag for his first feature win of the season. Tyler was racing his new car for the first time this season. After finishing ninth in points this season in his original car he bought the car of 2007 Pure Stock Track Champion Jesse Stahl of Austin to race out this falls specials and run next year. If he plans on running the car in two weeks for the next set of specials Peterson will have some work to do. As he was coming to the checkers out of turn four a big blast of smoke
and steam could be seen coming out of the car. As he pulled to victory lane and shut the car off a loud pop was heard and he left victory lane being pushed by the tow truck. Stahl meanwhile will be moving up to the “Affordable Portables WISSOTA Street Stock” class for next year. He had his new car out at the track Friday night to hot lap it in hopes of having it ready for the two nights of racing coming up later this month at Chateau Raceway. Brandon Skalicky took home the classes lone heat win and followed that up with a second place finish in the feature.

The “Buzz Festival” featured class of “S and S Auto Salvage Hornets” were up next with there feature and had several early cautions slow the pace of the race. On the initial start of the race Alex Houston of Kasson started on the front row outside of Jeremy Cornwell of Osage Iowa. Houston got up high coming through turn two and had his car riding on two wheels before he
got into the wall coming out of the turn ending his night. Three cautions later off a restart on lap seven Briana Grinstead of Austin went up high in turn three and got hard into the wall. The back end of the car came around and she rolled one time landing back on her wheels. The Austin High School Junior complained of a sore neck and had a neck brace put on before
exiting her car. She rode back to the pits in the Ambulance where she was checked out by the EMT’s. Her family eventually took her to the hospital where she was told she would wear the brace for a few days until the swelling and stiffness ease up. The race was eventully cut five laps because of all the cautions which didn’t bother Cornwell who withstood each and every restart to lead flag to flag for his first Lansing Feature win of the year. Denny Johnson of Madelia came home second ahead of Mike Blowers of Waseca and Randy Rauen of Austin. Randy meanwhile did win another sort of race, he got engaged before the races. After taking the American Flag around the track during the National Anthem Rauen got out of his car on the front straightaway and came up into the grandstand and proposed to his girlfriend. She said yes and than had to sit and watch him race all night before getting to spend anymore time with him. Randy picked up one of the classes three heat wins in celebration of
their big night. Other heat wins went to Jesse Harang of Northwood Iowa and Johnson.

In the “Noble RV USRA Modified” action Tim Donlinger of Rochester picked up his first Feature win of the season at Chateau Raceway. Donlinger started on the outsdie of Darwyn Karau of Kasson on the front row. On the drop of the green Tim shot to the front with Karau fallling in line second. Coming out of turn two however Karau got loose or lost power and got into the wall with the rest of the eighteen car field coming hard out of the corner behind him. Jim Arnold of Dodge Center who started midpack on the inside line had just swung to the outside when he saw Karau slowing in front of him. Arnold through his car sideways and the left side (passenger) of his car slammed hard into the right rear (driver side) of Darwyns car about halfway down the back straightaway. Jim never got out of his car and rode back to the pits on the back of the wrecker while Darwyn rode back up to the pits in the ambulance
adding himself to the list of drivers getting checked out by the medical staff at the track. That was followed by a couple more cautions as drivers were having a hard time keeping there cars straight. On lap seven Josh Mattick of Austin went sideways going into turn one and rolled his car and like the
nights previous two rollovers he went one time and landed on his wheels. It than became his turn to ride back to the pits with the ambulance crew to be sure he was OK. Through all the cautions Donlinger held off the challenges of Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie who lined up behind him each time but could do nothing but watch him pull off to a nice lead each time. Myer ended up with his hands full down the stretch with Bob Timm of Winona but was able to hold him off for second. Myer, Jacob Dahle of Morristown and Steve Wetzstein of West Conocred took home honors in the heats. In the second of the three heats which was won by Wetstein, Neil Eckhart of Rochester was cruising to the win when his car went up in smoke. The engine compartment bust into flames several times on his car. Each time track crews would seem to have the fire out it would flare up again. Plenty of drivers have plenty of work to do if they are going to get in anymore action at any of the fall specials yet to come.

The track will wrap up its 2007 season with a two night special in two weeks. The “2nd Annual Fall Midwest Modified Fall Nationals” is scheduled for Friday night September 28th and Saturday night September 29th with two full shows. If either night gets rained out Sunday Afternoon has been reserved for a make up date for either show. Race time on Friday Night will be 7:30 with the start time 7:00, a half hour earlier on Saturday Night. (Sundays show would be 2:00 in the afternoon if needed) The big weekend of racing will feature chances for three of the WISSOTA Classes to run for National Points. The “Power 96″ sponosred WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds,
“Affordable Portables” spoonosred WISSOTA Street Stocks as well as the WISSOTA Super Stocks will be among the classes being run on the weekend. This will be the second chance the WISSOTA Super Stocks have had to run this fall at Lansing, they were also part of the “2nd Annual Cedar River Races” back on Labor Day Weekend. Along with the three WISSOTA Classes the special will also include three of the tracks other regular classes, the “S and S Auto Salvage” sponosred Hornets, the “Albert Lea Pizza Ranch” sponsored Pure
Stocks and the “Noble RV” sponosred USRA Modifieds.

MYER GOES WIRE TO WIRE FOR O’REILLY USMTS WIN AT CHATEAU RACEWAY

September 3rd, 2007

The top-8 drivers in Home Pride Passing Points drew for their starting positions in the 40-lap Holley “A” Main, with AFCO Pole Award winner Zack
VanderBeek drawing first and Myer, who was eighth in Home Pride Passing
Points, getting whatever was left over. After the other seven had drawn,
Myer was left with the pole position, and he made them pay for it.

Myer rocketed straight to the lead, and despite a lot of pressure and side
by side racing throughout the main event, led every lap en route to his
second O’Reilly USMTS win of the season — his sixth feature win this year at
the 1/3-mile Lansing oval.

In the early going, O’Reilly USMTS points leader Jason Hughes hugged Myer’s
rear bumper and tried to take the lead away several times, but Myer held his
ground each lap. Meanwhile, Hughes had to fend off Richie Gustin Jr. to
maintain his runner-up position.

Despite four cautions in the first half of the race, just three of the
starters had fallen out of the race. The fifth caution of the race came out
on lap 30 when Ryan York of Racine got into the turn 3 wall. On the restart,
Kelly Shryock, who had moved up to third from a fifth row starting spot, got
a good jump and moved past Hughes for second.

As the field was completing lap 35, Gustin had problems and was moving slow
down the front straight away heading toward the pits when he was rear-ended
by Josh Mattick. Both drivers exited their cars and during the red flag
while Hughes also pulled to a stop, climbed out of his machine and signaled
for a wrecker. As his No. 12 Modified was pushed away, a large oil spill was
left behind under the car showing exactly what the problem was that ended
his night.

The race restarted and the final five laps were wild as Shryock pulled up
alongside Myer. However, Tim Donlinger had moved to third after starting
13th, and was darting inside and outside on both of the top two runners,
making the action three wide for the win.

Myer held his line and took the win with Donlinger nosing out Shryock for
second as they raced to the checkers.

Greg Skaggs and VanderBeek rounded out the top-5 finishers. The Olympic Fire
Protection Hard Charger honors went to Jon Tesch, who started 24th and
finished eighth after barely making the call to start the feature.

With his runner-up finish, Shryock closed the gap on Hughes and Jason Krohn
in The Hunt for the O’Reilly USMTS National Championship. Hughes garnered
just an 18th-place paycheck after failing to finish while Krohn held on for
a ninth-place finish and overtook Hughes in the points battle (950 to 947)
with just four events remaining. Shryock is third with 908 points, followed
by Tesch (867), Myer (814), Tommy Weder Jr. (807), VanderBeek (800), Skaggs
(799), Steve Holzkamper (682) and Scott Green (667).

On Saturday night, the Masters of Fast invade the Deer Creek Speedway in
Spring Valley, Minn., for the 3rd Annual Labor Day Dual, and 11th race in
The Hunt for the O’Reilly USMTS National Championship. A top prize of $2,000
is up for grabs, with all main event starters earning at least $250. Joining
the rugged O’Reilly USMTS road warriors will be the WDRL Late Models.

No license is required to compete with the O’Reilly USMTS, but licensed
drivers enjoy such benefits as pay scale bonuses, increased tow money,
points fund eligibility and contingency awards. The superior American Racer
KK-704 racing tire is the Official Tire of the O’Reilly USMTS, but
top-flight drivers who simply want to chase the cash and the glory (no
points) are welcome to utilize the Hoosier G60 tire.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with the first green flag waving at 7:30. For more
information, call the track at (507) 433-4578 or visit them online at
www.chateauraceway.net. The Chateau Raceway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked clay
oval located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 to the Lansing exit, then
1.3 miles eat on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east.

To learn more about the O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring
Series, call (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com online.

Chateau Raceway