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Princeton opens May 1 with IMCA Modifieds, Northern SportMods, Sport Compacts

April 26th, 2015

PRINCETON, Minn.– Three IMCA divisions will have another regular weekly home in central Minnesota, when Princeton Speedway opens for the season on May 1.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Com­pacts run on Fridays on the quarter-mile Mille Lacs County Fairgrounds dirt venue.

IMCA Eagle Motor Sports Sprint Cars join May 15, June 26, July 24 and Sept. 18 shows at Prince­ton. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly point season concludes with the Sept. 25 and 26 P-Town Showdown special.

“I really like the way IMCA programs are run,” said promoter and general manager Mary Beth Cripe. “IMCA puts the drivers first. Other sanctioning bodies don’t always do that.”

“The IMCA divisions are also very competitive,” she added. “You don’t have the same driver win­ning week after week.”

Like IMCA, NAPA Auto Parts will have a prominent role at Princeton Speedway this season.

In addition to taking over title sponsorship of victory lane, NAPA will give $25 gift cards to hard chargers in main events for each division every Friday night.

Modified points earned at Princeton figure toward IMCA’s Belleville Motorsports North Central Region standings. Modified, SportMod and Sport Compact track champions all earn bonus points; no bonus points will be awarded but a track champion will also be crowned in the Sprint Car divi­sion.

Other weekly classes include the mod-4s, street stocks and super stocks.

Pit gates open at noon for the 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 25 test and tune session. Car and driver is $30 while pit passes for crew members are $10.

Main grandstand admission for spectators is free.

Princeton Speedway – Showdown Night 2

September 24th, 2014

Princeton, MN – Mother Nature dropped a downpour on the Princeton Speedway Saturday night right as the second night of the 2nd Annual P-Town Showdown kicked off. However, after some track prep and a packing session by all drivers, the night was completed in its entirety.

Mike Blowers and Kyle Dykhoff battled for first as the green dropped for the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Jordan Tollakson moved up to battle three wide but Blowers pulled away. Soon the yellow flew and drivers were sorted with Blowers in control. Tollakson grabbed second while Jim Gullikson moved aside Dykhoff for third. Gullikson took the point and looked in the distance for the leaders. Blowers ran his line but Tollakson continued to work the #34. Tollakson then moved to Blowers’ side and they were door to door around the surface. Soon the yellow waved and the leaders slowed. Blowers was alone on the restart but Tollakson and Gullikson were on his
rear. They battled for second as the green flew with Tim Johnson looking for the chance to pass. Again Tollakson pulled ahead and grabbed Blowers’ side. Tollakson battled to the end, but “The Southern Sleeper” Mike Blowers took the checkers.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next on the agenda with Denis Czech and Nick Dalronco on the front row. Czech took the lead as the green waved with Dalronco and Tim Johnson as the top three. Johnson made the pass for second while Danny Vang challenged Dalronco. Vang took the point and looked ahead as Czech and Johnson spaced out. Dave Siercks’s car rolled to a stop in turn four and a caution was triggered. Czech remained in first on the restart but felt the heat of Johnson and Vang. Johnson retook second but Vang moved in. Vang drove to Johnson’s door and they were side by side for second. Vang pulled ahead but Johnson kept close. Vang slowly put space
between them as the race winded down. Denis Czech took the win in his Captain America #2.

Tim Johnson and Shane Sabraski led the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green, however a caution followed. On the restart, Johnson grabbed the lead and Sabraski kept close. Johnson and Sabraski soon pulled away while Denis Czech took third. Johnson ran the high groove and caught some loose clay as they rounded the curves. Sabraski took the opportunity and shot into the lead. Johnson moved back to Sabraski’s rear as the yellow waved. Four cautions kept the Supers at a stop and go pace, but with a couple laps to go, Johnson and Dave Mass remained close to Sabraski. Sabraski wasn’t bothered and took the checkers in his ATM Express Services #7a.

The WISSOTA Modifieds hit the clay with Jason Thoennes and Ken Hron on the front line. Thoennes took first and Mike Stearns moved into second. Hron held third but Brandon Aggen rocked the low groove and shot into third. The yellow then waved and drivers were reset. Thoennes remained in charge but Aggen worked the low side and moved into second. Aggen then moved aside Thoennes as the yellow lights flicked on. Thoennes was alone on the restart, but again Aggen moved low and took the lead. Thoennes moved back up for the point while Stearns and Scot Danzeisen battled for third. Thoennes reclaimed the lead and held Aggen back as debris laid on the track. Again the yellow stopped the battles and four more cautions followed. Thoennes held the lead through the cautions, and a last minute surge by Aggen didn’t slow him down. Thoennes took the win in his #52 Modified.

Kyle Thell took the lead as the WISSOTA Mod Four feature began. Keith Thell moved into second with Bryce Bjerken in third. Dean Larson and Jerry Esler battled for fourth as Keith Thell closed in on Kyle Thell. A couple cautions occurred, and on the restart, Keith Thell and Bjerken were on Kyle Thell’s rear. Keith Thell took second and the Thell brothers separated from the remaining cars. Keith Thell moved to Kyle Thell’s side but Kyle remained faster. Keith Thell kept close to the yellow #00 and tried to make a pass every lap, but Kyle Thell kept him back. The checkers were raised
and Kyle Thell took the win in his Wollak Construction sponsored Mod Four.

Erik Gruhlke drove the #46ssg tonight and he took the lead when the Hornet feature began. A caution soon reset the field, but when the green flew it was Gruhlke and Jake Bayerl for first. Bayerl took the position while Terry Blowers moved into second. Blowers then found Bayerl’s side and he moved into the lead. Tim Lavoi also moved aside Bayerl for the point as Drew Johnson took fourth. Lavoi took second and Bayerl held third while Bobby Blowers took fourth. B. Blowers then moved aside Johnson’s #35 with few laps to go. B. Blowers grabbed the low groove for third with Johnson at his side. The checkers were raised with Lavoi, Bayerl, Johnson, and B. Blowers in top points while Terry Blowers took the hardware.

The second night of the P-Town Showdown officially wrapped up the 2014 race season at the Princeton Speedway. Watch the facebook page and website at www.princetonspeedway.com for your banquet and 2015 race information.

P-Town Showdown, Night 1

September 23rd, 2014

Princeton, MN – Friday night was night #1 of the 2nd Annual P-Town Showdown at the Princeton Speedway. More than 130 drivers signed into the pits and put on a good show of racing. Justin Pogones, Bud Martini, Dave Mass, Eric Martini, Chad Funt and Dannie Burkholder claimed the first night’s hardware.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks kicked off the night with Justin Pogones and Justin Vogel on row one. Pogones took the lead with Vogel and Ryan Pommerer in tow. Pommerer and Aaron Johnson took the sides of Vogel and went three wide for second while Tim Johnson moved in. Pogones began to pull away from the back as they battled for top points. The first caution flew and ignited a long series of cautions. When the white flag was raised and caution 11 occurred, checkers were thrown to end the race. Pogones maintained his lead through the cautions and took the win in his Wollak Construction #01.

Travis Schulte and Bud Martini brought the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green however the yellow waved. Martini was alone on the restart with Shane Sabraski and Schulte in tow. Sabraski took second and Tim Johnson challenged Schulte for third. Sabraski began to close the gap Martini built as the yellow waved again. Sabraski and Johnson rode Martini’s rear as the green dropped and Sabraski kept pressure on Martini. Schulte retook third as Johnson fell to fourth. Mark Froehlich and Mack Estey battled back and forth for fifth as the leaders drove away. Martini rebuilt a margin between him and Sabraski, and drove his Plato’s Closet #42 into victory lane.

Dave Mass sped away as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature commenced. Dexton Koch took second and Tim Johnson grabbed third while Shane Sabraski and Chris Wark battled for fourth. Johnson dove to the inside of Koch for second but Koch kept him back. Sabraski then joined the fun and he, Johnson and Koch battled for second. As the battle heated up the yellow waved and drivers were aligned. Mass was still in command on the restart with Koch and Johnson in tow. Johnson slid past Koch to claim second but Sabraski moved to his side. Sabraski made the pass and looked towards Mass. Mass dominated the entire race and put his Lube-Tech sponsored #2 in victory lane.

Kelly Estey and Eric Martini brought the WISSOTA Modifieds on the track surface but as the green waved contact was made and the #9e of Don Eischens shot over the tracks edge and bounced down the embankment. The race went red while track and medical officials tended to Eischens. Eischens was ok as he and the car exited the track. Estey and Martini were back on row one as the green reappeared and Martini took the lead. Estey held second and Jason Thoennes took third as cars sat in turn two. Martini remained first on the restart while Estey and Thoennes battled for second and Scot Danzeisen battled Brandon Aggen for fourth. Drivers began to settle into points as another caution waved. Martini remained first on the restart and Thoennes moved into second. Estey held third but Shane Sabraski was on his rear. Sabraski made the pass for third and closed in on Thoennes, however fell off pace and Estey retook third. Estey rode Thoennes’ rear, but Thoennes held him off until the checkers flew. Martini took the win in his Martini Auto Parts #24.

A first lap caution kept the WISSOTA Mod Fours slow, but as the green reappeared Kyle Thell took the lead. Chad Funt and Dwight Gilyard took second and third while Keith Thell put pressure on Mitch Hribar for fourth. Kyle Thell tried to put distance between him and Funt, but Funt never backed down. As they pulled away from others, Hribar and Keith Thell closed in on Gilyard. Keith Thell went to pass for fourth but fell back. Keith Thell then moved back in and aside Hribar. This round Keith Thell made the pass and took over third. Kyle Thell and Funt caught slower cars and split high and low to make the pass. As they lapped the car, the low groove was faster and Funt pulled into the lead. Kyle Thell didn’t let Funt get away, but with the checkers in the air, Funt and Kyle Thell sped out of turn four. Funt remained faster and rolled his #21 into victory lane.

The Hornets closed out the night’s event with Drew Johnson and Justin Schelitzche in the lead. Johnson took first as the green waved with Schelitzche in second and Dannie Burkholder in third. Burkholder moved to Schelitzche’s side and they battled for second. Burkholder crept ahead and moved to Johnson’s side for first. Burkholder slid past Johnson and claimed the lead while Schelitzche grabbed Johnson’s door. Tim Lavoi moved into fourth and next to Johnson for third as the race winded down. Burkholder drove his #46ssg into victory lane and dedicated his win to his Dog Maizie.

Mother Nature Dampened the Crowning of the Track Champions at Princeton

August 31st, 2014

Princeton, MN – The final night of the Princeton Speedway Season came to an end by the hand of Mother Nature. Friday night’s WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was cancelled after a day of rain and less than ideal track conditions.

All track champions were based on points earned on August 22, and some points battles were close.

The Racer’s Exchange WISSOTA Street Stocks 2014 Track Champion is the driver of the #01 AJ’s Complete Automotive Streeter Justin Pogones. Pogones won a total of six features and finished the year with 626 points. Ryan Kostreba took second only ten points back from Pogones. Kris Peterson, Amanda Milbrandt and Russell Peterson rounded out the top five drivers.

Denis Czech won three features at the Princeton Speedway, but Czech finished the year with 661 points giving him the Championship title for the Minuteman Press WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Czech’s #2 finished 36 points ahead of Kyle Matuska who took the runner up position. Jason Hall, Shane Sabraski and Bud Martini were the top five in standings.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks finished closed the year with Mike Loomis on top of the podium. Loomis’s J&C Trucking didn’t visit victory lane, however Loomis finished 44 points ahead of his nearest competitor. The drivers in second and third finished only one point apart with 552 and 551 points. Chris Wark took second while Rookie Matthew Dibb got third. Shane Sabraski and Dexton Koch also took top positions.

The Thell brothers kept close all year and finished first and second in the Jacy Norgaard Photo WISSOTA Mod Fours. Keith Thell finished 73 points ahead of Kyle and put his #00t into victory lane five times. Brandon Linquist, Ross Mead and Mitch Hribar rounded out the top five positions.

The Crystal Cabinets/USP WISSOTA Modifieds were another tight battle for second and third with just one point of separation. Dustin Nelson took second with 533 points while Larry Zeller finished with 534. Shane Sabraski and Eric Martini took the final top points, while the #26 finished on top. Shawn Fletcher’s Sun Drop sponsored Modified closed the season out with a score of 546, awarding him the Championship.

The Princeton Speedway Hornets put on an entertaining season, and at the close of the year, also had the closest point battle. The champion finished with 633 points and visited victory lane eight times. The #46ssg of Dannie Burkholder took the Track Championship just a single point ahead of Erik Gruhlke. Jasmin Matthewman, Lexy Kastner and Jake Bayerl also took top positions in the Hornet class.

The regular season may have ended, but the invitational season is ready to begin. On September 19 and 20, the Princeton Speedway will host the 2nd Annual P-Town Showdown. The showdown will be two complete nights of race action and will feature WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and the Princeton Speedway Hornets.

The schedule features practice on Thursday night from 5:30-9:30 at night. Pits will open at 4:30 with admission of 15.00. The grandstands will also be open to the public to watch for free. Friday night the gates will open at 4pm, draw cut off is 6:30 and racing will begin at 7pm. Saturday night will be the last night of the showdown with gates opening at 2:30, draw cut off at 4:30 and racing at 5pm.

Both nights will be draw./redraw and if a driver races multiple cars, they will be required to purchase a pit pass for each car. There will also be no extra registration or draw fees for the event. Last year’s showdown was a big hit and this year will be as well!

The Siercks Family and other staff of the Princeton Speedway would like to sincerely thank anyone and everyone who helped make the 2014 season the success that it was. From the drivers and crews, fans and families, sponsors and all the staff we could not have the year we did without your continued support of local dirt track racing. We hope to see you all at the Showdown and again in 2015!

Remember, for all of your up to the minute racing information, check out www.princetonspeedway.com or like us on Facebook.

Kids Night at Priceton

August 27th, 2014

Princeton, MN – After Thursday’s heavy rain, the Princeton Speedway track crew worked the clay surface and a full night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action took place. The night was another Kid’s Night with a candy toss and also featured a Super Stock special that paid 1,000 to the winner. Chris Wark took the feature win along with Jason Hall, J.B. Stortz, Ryan Kostreba, Kyle Thell and Drew Johnson.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were first with a supply of Peterson’s in the front. Russell and Durrand Peterson led the drivers to the stand. D. Peterson took the lead while Kris Peterson moved into second. Justin Pogones then drove to K. Peterson’s side and grabbed the runner up point. Ryan Kostreba took third while Pogones closed in on D. Peterson. Pogones began to work D. Peterson for the lead and Kostreba caught them. They ran a single file line until Pogones made the pass. Pogones immediately drove away while Kostreba took second. With only two laps to go, Pogones caught slower traffic. Kostreba caught Pogones, and as they made their way around, Kostreba pulled into the lead. Kostreba led the final lap and took the win. Pogones settled for second with D. Peterson, Kurt Becken and Allen Gessell, Jr. in top positions.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the clay with Jason Hall and Shane Howell in the lead. Hall shot into first as the green flew and Kevin Schmidt took second. Howell held onto third but had Kyle Matuska at his side. The yellow then flew and drivers were slowed. Hall sped away as the green reappeared and Howell grabbed second. Bud Martini took over third, then second and chased after Hall. Hall continued to lead after another caution and felt the heat of Martini on this rear. Martini couldn’t make the pass as another yellow waved. Again Hall sped away while Denis Czech occupied Martini. Hall led the remaining laps and took his first win of the season. Martini, Denis Czech, Shane Sabraski and Shawn Fletcher were the top finishers.

Jerry Esler sped away as the green waved for the WISSOTA Mod Fours. Jess Geesey and Chad Funt were in tow, but soon Funt took second. Keith Thell came through the traffic and took third and then second. Thell chased after Esler as the yellow waved for Mitch Hribar suffering a mechanical problem. Esler was first on the restart but felt Thell close behind. Thell kept close to Esler as Kyle Thell took third. Soon both Thell brothers were on Esler’s bumper with laps to go. Kyle Thell made his move just in time to take the checkers in his Wollak Construction sponsored #00. Esler, Keith Thell, Funt and Brandon Linquist took the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next with Kyle Robideau and Matthew Dibb on the front row. As the green flew and positions changed, Chris Wark charged ahead and next to Robideau for first. After a short battle, Wark emerged as the leader. Robideau had Dave Mass to his side and Mass took the second point. Mass then chased after Wark as they separated from the group. Mass kept the pressure on Wark and tried to make the pass. Wark held his line and soon pulled away from Mass. Wark never looked back and pulled away with the win. This was Wark’s first win since 2010 as he proudly rolled his RCA Builder’s sponsored #24w into victory lane. The top five points went to Mass, Mike Loomis, Shane Sabraski and Josh Anderson.

Drew Johnson and Jake Bayerl battled door to door for the lead as the Hornet feature went green. Bayerl pulled into the lead while the #46SSG of Dannie Burkholder took second. Soon Burkholder took the lead but the race lights turned red. Bayerl’s car rolled on it’s roof and started on fire. Bayerl was ok as he jumped from the car. The drivers were realigned with Burkholder in first. Johnson took second as the green waved and closed in on Burkholder. With the white flag raised, Burkholder had the #35 of Johnson at his side and soon Johnson nosed ahead. Johnson took the lead in time to take the win.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night with 18 cars on the surface. J.B. Stortz took the lead as the green flew with Ryan Canon and Dustin Nelson as top drivers. Stortz immediately stretched his lead out while Nelson worked Canon for second. Stortz was ready to lap as Dave Cain found his groove. Cain passed Nelson, then Canon for second and chased down Stortz. Not many laps remained but Cain weaved his way around cars. Cain was out of time as the checkers were raised and J.B. Stortz took checkers for the first time this season. Cain, Canon, Eric Martini and Dustin Nelson were the top finishers.

Next Friday will wrap up the 2014 Princeton Speedway season. The flag will drop at 7pm and champions will be determined in all classes.

Winged and Traditional UMSS Sprints at Princeton Speedway

August 18th, 2014

Princeton, MN – After taking a week off, the Princeton Speedway was back in action with both the Winged and Traditional UMSS Sprint Cars rolling into the pits for the Kouba Memorial. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was very entertaining with great race action.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the clay for the night’s first feature. Corey Jones and Gino Fontecchio led the way but Kevin Schmidt grabbed the lead. Kyle Matuska and Jones battled for second as Schmidt fell back in the pack. Matuska took the lead while Bud Martini grabbed second. The yellow than waved and drivers slowed. Matuska was first on the restart with Martini and Denis Czech to his rear. Czech drove by Matuska for the lead and Martini took second as another caution occurred. Czech sped away on the restart as Shane Sabraski joined Matuska and Martini for second. After a three wide battle, Sabraski pulled away with the point. Sabraski sought after Czech, but Czech took the checkers. Sabraski, Martini, Matuska and Jason Hall were the top finishers.

The Traditional Sprints rolled out for their feature and Schafer took the lead with Kevin Bradwell in second. Bradwell then took the lead as Joseph Kouba moved into third. Kouba then passed Schafer for second but Schafer kept close. Schafer reclaimed second and pulled away while Mike Mueller moved into top points. Mueller moved past Kouba and Schafer for second as the yellow waved. On the restart Bradwell was first but he spun in turn two and drivers scattered to miss him. Mueller assumed the lead as the green waved and Kouba took second. Schafer kept close and soon moved aside Kouba. Schafer drove ahead to secure the second point and chased after Mueller. Schafer drove the high groove and went over the tracks edge along with another driver. The yellow flew one final time slowing the leader down. Mueller retained his lead on the restart and held it until the checkers flew putting his JDI Signs and Graphics #87 in victory lane.

Trever Roediger and Mitch Hribar brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the green and Hribar took the lead. Kyle Thell slid into second while Brandon Linquist took third. Thell moved aside Hribar and took the lead as Keith Thell took fourth. Keith Thell then passed Linquist for third and closed in on Hribar. Hribar, Keith Thell and Linquist all ran close and battled for the second point as Kyle Thell began to lap. Keith Thell locked in second and Hribar held third with few laps to go. Linquist kept the pressure on Hribar and tried to grab third, but Hribar kept him back until the checkers flew. Kyle Thell took the win with Keith Thell, Hribar, Linquist and Jerry Esler as the top five.

The Winged UMSS Sprint Cars were up with Gunner Cummings and Ryan Bowers on the front row. Cummings shot into the lead as the green flew but soon the red light appeared as Nick Lusk rolled on the front stretch. Lusk was ok and drivers were sorted. Cummings was first on the restart and Bowers took second. Chris Graf then took second, Brooke Tatnell took third and Bowers held onto fourth. Graf then moved next to Cummings and pulled away in the lead. Tatnell was on the move and took second as the yellow waved again. Graf drove away on restart but Tatnell passed Graf and began to drive away. Davey Heskin charged into third and began to close in on Graf as Tatnell lapped slower drivers. Tatnell kept passing drivers and lapped everyone up to the sixth point as the checkers flew. Tatnell put his #14 in victory lane with Graf, Heskin, Bowers and Cummings in the top five points.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks brought a lot of energy to the track for the next race. Matthew Dibb took the lead, Kyle Robideau took second and Chris Wark, Josh Anderson, Dave Mass and Tim Johnson battled four wide for third. They rounded turn four and contact was made amongst them and the yellow waved. Dibb was first on the restart with Robideau and Anderson in tow. Johnson grabbed the middle groove and took second as another yellow flew. Dibb was still first but Johnson moved to his door and took the lead as the green reappeared. Dibb maintained second but Anderson moved to his side. They battled side by side for second until Anderson broke away. Wark then moved to Dibb’s door for third with Shane Sabraski on their rears. Sabraski moved up and the three of them went three wide for third. With two laps to go, they were still three wide, but then Sabraski took the point. As the checkers were raised, Sabraski gave it one final charge and took second from Anderson by a margin of .04 seconds. Tim Johnson took the win by a straight away and rolled his Wollak Construction sponsored #1Jr. into victory lane. Sabraski, Anderson, Wark and Dibb finished as the top drivers.

Leslie Crow took the lead as the green flew for the hornets, but quickly lost it to Eric Pfundt. Crow and Jake Bayerl battled for second but Bayerl took the point. Jake Nicholson then moved into third and second as Bayerl took the lead. Nicholson slid by Bayerl for first while Dannie Burkholder came through the field. Burkholder took second and worked Nicholson for first. They bounced off each other a few times until Burkholder pulled ahead. Burkholder led the remaining laps and took the win.

Racing will resume next Friday at 7pm with all regular classes back in action

Race of Champions night at Princeton

August 4th, 2014

Princeton, MN – Friday night was the WISSOTA Race of Champions qualifier night at the Princeton Speedway and the Outlaw Mini Mods were also on hand for dirt flying action. Shane Sabraski, Jim Gullikson, Keith Thell, Dave Mass, Jake Bayerl and Nate Kiwine claimed wins during the night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were up first with Ashley Mehrwerth and Denis Czech on the front row. Immediately, Czech, Mehrwerth and Shane Sabraski drove away from others and Mehrwerth kept close to Czech. Sabraski then made the pass for second as the yellow waved. Czech led through the restarts with Sabraski close behind. Mehrwerth battled Bud Martini and Danny Vang for third as Martini made the pass. Sabraski and Czech continued their battle as they caught a slower driver. Sabraski took the opportunity and slid into first as another yellow occurred. Sabraski was first on the restart with Martini and Czech at it for second. Martini pulled away but Czech got back to his side. One final caution slowed Sabraski down, but Sabraski retook the green, white and checkered putting the #7a in victory lane. Czech, Martini, Ryan Putnam and Vang were the top finishers.

Kris Peterson and Justin Pogones led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green. Pogones grabbed the lead while Ryan Kostreba moved aside Peterson. Kostreba took second and Jim Gullikson grabbed third while Pogones pulled away. Gullikson moved into second and set eyes on Pogones as the yellow waved. Gullikson and Kostreba were on Pogones’ rear as the green reappeared. Gullikson drove to Pogones’ side, and as they rounded turn four contact was made and the #01 of Pogones was in the wall. Another yellow waved as Pogones was towed off the track. Gullikson assumed the lead on the restart and led the final laps to the win. Kostreba, Peterson, Kruchten and Brad Schmidt took top points.

The JNP WISSOTA Mod Fours rolled on the clay and Keith Thell took the lead. Kyle Thell moved next to Jerry Esler for second as the yellow waved. Keith Thell was first on the restart with Kyle Thell and Esler in tow. Esler and Kyle Thell battled side by side for second with Mitch Hribar close in 4ourth. The top three drivers stretched their lead out as Kyle Thell tookv second. Bryce Bjerken moved into in the third point as drivers settled into their positions. Keith Thell took the checkers in his Got Milk? Powered Mod
Four with Kyle Thell, Bjerken, Esler and Hribar as the top five.

James Trantina took the lead and Dave Mass, Josh Anderson and Shane Sabraski battled three wide for second as the WISSOTA Super Stocks took the green. Sabraski grabbed second and Mass took third as the yellow flew. Trantina was alone on the restart with Sabraski in second. Matthew Dibb moved into third as Mass’ car slid over the track edge. Mass kept his car going but then Trantina slid over in turn two. As Trantina retook the track, drivers scattered and contact was made forcing Josh Schmit to roll on his roof. Schmit was tended to by track personnel and drivers were sorted. Sabraski was the new leader with Anderson and Dibb in tow. Sabraski
drove away as the green waved and Dibb took second. Mike Loomis, Anderson and Mass went three wide for third with Mass getting the point. Loomis remained close to Mass as Sabraski took the checkers. Dibb, Mass, Loomis and Anderson took top points.

14 Mini Mods took the track next for their feature event with Jim Rich and Nate Kiwine on the front row. They battled for first as the green flew and Buzz Pool moved into third. Kiwine moved into the lead with Rich in a close second. The first of a series of yellow’s flew and slowed the drivers down. Four cautions kept the Mini Mods at bay with Kiwine in the lead. As the green waved, Rich moved aside Pool for second and took the point. Scott Johnson then moved to Pool’s side for third. Pool kept Johnson back as the checkers were raised. Nate Kiwine took the win in his #15 Mini Mod followed by Rich, Pool, Johnson and Dylan Kromschroeder.

A pair of #13’s led the Hornets to the green and Jake Bayerl put his #13 in first. Eric Pfundt’s #13f took second but Dannie Burkholder closed in. Pfundt held onto second with Lexy Kastner and Burkholder at it for third. Burkholder pulled away and took second while Matt Dibb moved aside Kastner. Dibb and Kastner battled for fourth on the bumper of Pfundt. Dibb nosed ahead and to Pfundt’s side as Burkholder reeled in Bayerl. With the white flag raised, Burkholder caught Bayerl, but Bayerl held his line and put his HyTech Automotive sponsored hornet in victory lane.

The final race of the night belonged to the WISSOTA Modifieds and Toby Patchen had the pole. A first lap caution would keep the drivers slow, but as the green reappeared Dave Mass took first. Dave Cain grabbed second and Patchen held third. Mass and Cain drove away from the competition while others battled for points. Jeremy Nelson then slid off the edge and the yellow flew again. Mass was alone on the restart with Shawn Fletcher and Cain behind him. Cain grabbed the low grove and moved next to Mass, but Mass pulled away. Eric Martini then took second while Cain moved to the high side. Martini drove behind Mass and moved low in the turns to pass him. The high groove was faster though and Mass drove away. Mass, Martini, Cain and Fletcher all drove close as they cruised around the high side of the track. They ran that order until the checkers flew and Mass rolled his McKay’s Dodge sponsored #2 into victory lane.

Next Friday, the Princeton Speedway will not be racing due to the Mille Lacs County Fair. Remember we will be back in action on Friday August 15 with the UMSS Sprint cars. WISSOTA Modifieds and Street Stocks will not race that night, but other classes will be in action. Races will resume at 7 pm.

Another Exciting Action Packed Night at Princeton

July 29th, 2014

Princeton, MN – The Princeton Speedway was in action Friday night with another exciting night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Ryan Kostreba, Denis Czech, Shane Sabraski, Kyle Thell, Dannie Burkholder and Dave Cain all took home the wins. It was also the 2nd Annual Car show and people displayed their cars and won awards based on Driver, Track and Fan votes.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were first on the agenda with Alex Gunderson and Amanda Milbrandt on the front row. Gunderson grabbed the lead while Kurt Becken challenged Milbrandt. Gunderson drifted high and Milbrandt charged into the lead. Ryan Kostreba pulled into second and worked Milbrandt, but she kept him back. Becken moved to Kostreba’s side while Justin Pogones closed in. Milbrandt continued to hold back her competitors until Kostreba moved to her side. Kostreba pulled into the lead and Pogones took second. Pogones slid aside but Kostreba was faster. Pogones kept after Kostreba and soon the checkers were raised. Side by side they crossed the line and the winner was determined by .001 seconds. Kostreba rolled his yellow #17 into victory lane with Pogones, Milbrandt, Becken and Gunderson as the top five.

Gino Fontecchio and Brandon Mehrwerth brought the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green, but after a caution, Kyle Matuska was the leader. Matuska drove away in first as Denis Czech took second and Shane Sabraski third. Czech moved to Matuska’s inside while they caught a slower driver. Czech pulled into first and Matuska battled Sabraski. Czech stretched out his lead as the leaders battled slower cars. Matuska held Sabraski back, but Bud Martini moved in. Martini made the pass on Matuska for second with few laps to go. Martini, Matuska, Sabraski and Mehrwerth took top points while Czech rolled his Captain America Midwest Modified in victory lane.

Matthew Dibb grabbed the lead and Mike Loomis, Jared Zimpel and Shane Sabraski went three wide for second as the green waved for the WISSOTA Super Stock feature. Sabraski took second, Dexton Koch grabbed third and they closed in on Dibb. Sabraski made the pass for first but Dibb remained closed to him. Dave Mass was closing in on Sabraski and Dibb as Koch stalled off turn two. The yellow flew and drivers slowed. Koch exited the race, and after another caution, Dibb also left with car issues. Sabraski was first on the restart with Dan Gullikson and Mass in tow. Mass took second while Chris Wark moved into third. Sabraski and Mass had a comfortable lead and Sabraski took the win. Mass, Wark, Gullikson and Josh Anderson were the top finishers.

The JNP WISSOTA Mod Fours rolled onto the clay with Jess Geesey and Ross Mead in the lead. Geesey grabbed the lead when the green dropped and Mead held second. As drivers closed in, Mead got loose and cars collided on the back stretch. After sorting the drivers out, the race resumed with Geesey in first. Kyle Thell went wide off turn two and slid into the lead. Geesey held second but felt the heat of Keith Thell behind him. Geesey held Keith Thell back as another caution occurred. Kyle Thell sped away on the restart and Keith Thell grabbed second. Geesey held third as the Thell brothers pulled away. Kyle led the remaining laps and took the checkers. Keith Thell, Geesey, Brandon Linquist and Jerry Esler were the top five.

The Hornets were next with Eric Pfundt and Brennan Gave as the front row. Dan Rick drove through the middle of them on the start, but Pfundt pulled away in first. Leslie Crow and Gave battled for third as Dannie Burkholder moved to their outside and stole the point. Rick went high on the track and took the lead while Burkholder moved aside Pfundt. Burkholder took second and chased after Rick. The yellow soon flew and Burkholder and Pfundt were on Rick’s rear. As the green flew, Crow’s #23c hit the wall, flew into the catch fence and landed in turn one. The lights turned red as medical and track officials tended to Crow. Crow was ok as she climbed from her car and was checked over. The fence was temporarily repaired as the drivers were realigned. Burkholder grabbed Rick’s side as the green flickered on and took the lead. Burkholder led the remaining laps and took the win.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night’s program and as the green flew, Dave Cain shot into the lead. Dustin Nelson took second and Eric Martini moved into third. Shane Sabraski moved aside Martini and took the point while Cain stretched out his lead. Drivers settled into their positions and rode the track’s middle groove while Sabraski closed in on Nelson. Sabraski was at his door in the turns, but Nelson was faster out of the curve. Nelson then went too high and Sabraski shot past him and Martini took third. Cain was well over a straight away ahead of the competition as the checkers were raised. Sabraski, Martini, Nelson and Dave Mass finished over four seconds behind Cain as Cain rolled his Bob Harris Enterprises sponsored #2c into victory lane.

Next Friday night will be the Race of Champions Qualifier at the Princeton Speedway. Racing will resume at 7pm.

Princeton Back in Action after a Week Off

July 21st, 2014

Princeton, MN – After a week off due to weather, the Princeton Speedway was in great condition for some WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing series action! It was meet the drivers nights and hundreds of kids covered the track to meet their favorite drivers. Marv’s True Valu of Princeton sponsored the night of fun and Justin Pogones, Bud Martini, Keith Thell, Dave Mass, Eric Martini and Quain Busitzky took the wins.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were first up for the night and Alex Gunderson and Amanda Milbrandt led the way. They raced side by side for first until Kris Peterson joined in. Milbrandt found her groove and pulled into the lead. Justin Pogones moved from seventh to second and drove to Milbrandt’s side. They were door to door until Pogones pulled ahead. Ryan Kostreba and Kurt Becken carried on their battle for third as they caught a slower car. They lapped the driver and continued driving side by side. Kostreba finally broke away and caught Milbrandt. Becken, Kostreba and Milbrandt caught a slower driver and all went for second as the race ended. Milbrandt took the second point with Becken, Kostreba and Peterson as the top five. Pogones rolled his Northway Sports #01 into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the green and Josh Paulson grabbed first. Brandon Mehrwerth kept close to him as the pair of 7′s pulled away from others. Denis Czech moved into third and Mehrwerth pulled into the lead as the yellow waved. Mehrwerth was alone on the restart and Czech took second. Bud Martini moved in and drove to Czech’s side. Martini took the point and chased down Mehrwerth. Martini soon passed Mehrwerth but Mehrwerth kept on his bumper. Another caution flew and Martini was slowed. Martini led through a couple more cautions and took the win. Mehrwerth, Czech, Jason Hall and Kyle Matuska were top finishers.

Ross Mead took the lead when the WISSOTA Mod Four feature commenced. Jerry Esler, Kyle Thell and Mitch Hribar battled three wide for second and Hribar pulled ahead. Hribar moved to Mead’s side for first and took the lead. Mead, Esler, Kyle and Keith Thell all battled for second. Keith Thell moved through the traffic and soon took the lead. The yellow flew and drivers were realigned. Keith Thell was alone on the restart but another restart occurred. Keith Thell maintained the lead with Esler, Hribar and Brandon Linquist at it for second. Esler took second this round with Hribar and Linquist on the chase. Another couple restarts kept the drivers slow, but Keith Thell led the remaining laps and put the Wollak Construction #00t in victory lane. Hribar, Esler, Linquist and Tommy Bawden took the top five points.

Mike Loomis and Chris Wark brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the stand and Loomis took the lead. Denis Czech, Dave Mass and Chris Wark were three wide for second as Czech pulled away. Dan Gullikson moved into third with Mass at his side. Mass took third and drove to Czech’s side. Mass and Czech ran side by side right behind Loomis. Mass moved to the outside of Loomis and took the lead. Mass kept the lead and took the win with Loomis, Gullikson, Czech and Matthew Dibb in top points.

Jasmin Matthewman and Leslie Crow headed the Princeton Speedway Hornets and Matthewman pulled into the lead. Lexy Kastner took second while Crow held onto third. Brennan Gave moved to Crow’s side and took third as Kastner closed in on Matthewman. Matthewman and Kastner had a good lead while Crow retook third. Gave and Matt Dibb kept close to Crow as Kastner and Matthewman prepared to lap. Ariel Mueller was holding her line while Matthewman and Kastner could not make the pass as the caution soon flew. Matthewman was first on the restart with Kastner and Quain Busitzky behind her. The final shootout to the finish put Busitzky in victory lane with Kastner and Dibb in the top three.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were the final race of the night with Toby Patchen and Andy Jones on the front row. They ran side by side but Andy Jones pulled into the lead. As Jones rounded turn two he drifted over the edge and suffered a mechanical problem. Jones exited the track and Patchen assumed the lead. Shawn Fletcher shot into the lead while Dave Mass took second. Eric Martini and Patchen battled for third and Martini drove low next to Mass. Mass and Martini ran parallel around the quarter-mile as the laps passed. Martini kept on the low groove and caught a slower car allowing Mass to pull ahead. Martini moved back to Mass’ door and they moved in on Fletcher. Fletcher, Mass and Martini were three wide for first but Fletcher held them. Martini kept low and again moved next to Fletcher. The final laps passed and Martini moved into the lead. Martini took the win with Fletcher, Mass, Larry Zeller and Jeremy Nelson as the top drivers.

Next Friday will be the second annual Car Show at the Princeton Speedway. Cars must be in the grandstand by 7pm, and the driver will receive a free grandstand admission. The Car Show is open to anyone who has a car they would like to show, so check out www.princetonspeedway.com for more information.

Mid Summer Mod 444 at Princeton on July 4th

July 8th, 2014

Princeton, MN – The Mid Summer Mod 444 kicked off Friday night at the Princeton Speedway. Night one of the special was a success with 23 Mod Fours signing into the pits along with many other drivers. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was sponsored by Lockstar Locksmith Services and Bud Martini, Justin Pogones, Dave Mass, Bryce Bjerken and Dannie Burkholder went home winners.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first up with Gino Fontecchio and Dave Siercks on the pole. Siercks grabbed the lead while Denis Czech took second. Czech moved to Siercks’ door as the yellow waved. On the restart, Siercks was first but Czech quickly moved past him for the lead. Another caution waved for debris and Martini moved in on Czech. Martini and Czech ran side by side as the green reappeared and Martini took the lead. The top drivers began to lap as Ashley Mehrwerth put the pressure on Brandon Hines. They battled the slower traffic and Mehrwerth slid into fourth with few laps to go. Martini put his Plato’s closet sponsored #42 into victory lane with Czech, Siercks, Mehrwerth and Hines as the top finishers.

Amanda Milbrandt and Kris Peterson led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green and Justin Pogones moved up. They went three wide for first and Peterson broke away. Ryan Kostreba moved to Pogones’ door for second, but they both grabbed Peterson’s sides. The battle for first was three wide again and this round Pogones pulled away. Aaron Johnson moved his #442 into second and next to Pogones. Johnson kept the Pressure on Pogones but Pogones kept him back. Kostreba moved in and challenged Johnson for second. After a multi lap battle, Kostreba took the point. Pogones had stretched out his lead when Kostreba found his groove and closed in. The white flag raised and Kostreba was at Pogones’ bumper in turn three and they came out of turn four with the pedals down and side by side. As the checkers flew and officials checked the transponder timing, Pogones was determined the winner by .041 seconds over Kostreba. Johnson, Kris Peterson and Russell Peterson rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up and Dave Mass wasted no time and took the lead. Chris Wark took second and Mike Loomis and Denis Czech battled for third. Czech and Loomis moved aside Wark and they ran three wide for second as the yellow flew. Mass was alone on the restart with Wark and Czech in tow. Mass immediately drove away from his competition while Wark Czech and Loomis went three wide again. Czech pulled away in second with Loomis and Wark behind him. Czech chased after Mass, but Mass led every lap and took the win. Czech, Loomis, Wark and Matthew Dibb took points two through five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds took the green and Jason Voigt took first. Shawn Fletcher moved to Voigt’s side and took the lead but Voigt came back and they ran side by side while Dave Mass took third. The yellow waved slowing the drivers down. Fletcher was first on the restart while Voigt and Mass battled for second. Mass dove low and made the pass for first as the yellow flew again. More cautions kept the mods at a slow pace, but Mass continued to lead. Mass led the remaining laps and took his second win of the night and second clean sweep of the night. Fletcher, Dustin Nelson, Zeller, Voigt and Ryan Canon were the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were up for their Mid Summer 444 race with Bryce Bjerken and Keith Thell on the front row. Bjerken took the lead and Thell got second while Shayne Laske and Chad Funt battled for third. Matt Halls kept close to them while Bjerken stretched his lead out. Funt moved into third and Halls and Brandon Linquist battled for fourth as Bjerken began to lap. Halls and Linquist were side by side as the yellow flew and drivers were sorted. Bjerken was alone on the restart with Thell and Funt in tow. Halls and Linquist kept close to Funt for third but Funt held them back. Linquist settled into fourth and began to work on Funt. Funt however closed in on Thell with two laps to go. Bjerken had a lead of five seconds over his competition and took the win and 444 payout in his #6j. Thell, Funt, Linquist and Dean Larson finished in top points.

The Princeton Speedway Hornets were the final race of the night with Matt Dibb and Lexy Kastner on the front row, however a first lap caution would send Dibb to the back and Kastner into the infield. Jake Bayerl took the lead on the restart and Dannie Burkholder moved in. Burkholder took the lead and Bayerl battled Erik Gruhlke for second. Dibb was back and next to Bayerl for third. Dibb took the point while Burkholder stretched his lead out. Dibb then moved aside Gruhlke for second but exited the track putting Bayerl next to Gruhlke. Bayerl took second as the yellow waved to let emergency vehicles out of the infield. Burkholder was first on the restart and took another win at the Princeton Speedway.

The night wrapped up with an excellent fireworks and music display presented by the Princeton Legion. Next week’s Friday Night Car Fight will resume at 7pm.

Advantage RV Modified Touring Series Headlined at Princeton Speedway

June 24th, 2014

Princeton, MN– After a week of rain, the weather was glorious Friday for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action.

The Advantage RV Modified Touring Series stopped by the Princeton Speedway for a night of their Minnesota Melee and 29 drivers signed into the pits.

When the WISSOTA Modifieds took the track, the field was stacked with talent. Matt Gilbertson and Scot Danzeisen led them to the green and Gilbertson took first. Dave Mass and Don Eischens moved aside Danzeisen for second but Danzeisen pulled away. Mass took third and Jesse Glenz moved next to Eischens. The top drivers began to separate themselves from the pack as Mass worked Danzeisen. Again Danzeisen drove away and caught Gilbertson. Mods covered the full quarter mile and leaders prepared to lap. Danzeisen kept pressuring Gilbertson, but Gilberston continued to pull away. Mass was back and next to Danzeisen as Danzeisen began to fall back. Mass took second and Glenz and Eischens passed Danzeisen. The 40 lap main event went flag to flag and Gilbertson rolled his #23 into the Advantage RV Modified Touring Series victory lane. Mass, Glenz, Eischens and Jason Grimes were the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks kicked off their feature with Kris Peterson, Kurt Becken and Amanda Milbrandt going three wide for first. Justin Pogones moved into battle as contact was made and the #01 went sideways. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted as Pogones got his car checked out. Pogones was able to race with a bent left front so he lined up behind Kurt Becken. Becken sped off as the green reappeared while Peterson and Jim Gullikson worked Pogones for second. Pogones and Gullikson advanced ahead and took Becken’s sides. They went three wide for first but Gullikson slid back allowing Becken and Pogones to battle. Pogones pulled ahead and took the lead as Gullikson claimed second. Pogones put his foot down and rounded the curves with the left front at an angle. The checkers flew and Pogones took the win with Gullikson 2.13 seconds behind him. Allen Gessell, Jr., Kurt Becken and Ryan Kostreba took the top points.

Denis Czech grabbed the lead as the green waved for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, but a caution occurred. A few cautions kept the drivers at bay, but Czech continued to lead. Jeremy Nelson followed Czech and dove low to battle for first. Travis Sauer moved in as he and Nelson passed Czech. Nelson and Sauer battled for first and pulled away. The caution flew again and slowed Nelson and Sauer. Nelson was alone on the restart but Sauer moved aside him again. They remained close until the checkers were waived. Sauer’s #21x crossed the line first and took the win with Nelson, Michael Truscott, Czech and Sabraski as the top finishers.

Dave Mass drove away when the WISSOTA Super Stock feature commenced. James Trantina took second while Chris Wark, Matthew Dibb and Mike Loomis went three wide for third. Wark took third and chased down Trantina while Loomis rode in the fourth point. Dan Gullikson and Shane Sabraski moved into battle when Sabraski, who started last, moved into third and ahead towards Wark. Mass began to lap while Wark moved to Trantina’s side. Wark took the low groove and moved into second as Trantina came back. Wark held the point but Sabraski flew around the high side and took second. Mass took the win over seven seconds ahead of Sabraski in second. Wark, Trantina and Dan Gullikson took the top five points.

The JNP WISSOTA Mod Fours were next to race with Brandon Linquist and Mitch Hribar on the pole. Linquist moved into first with Hribar and Kyle Thell in tow. The yellow lights then flashed on and drivers slowed. Linquist was first on the restart and Thell took second. Thell moved into the lead, Hribar held second while Keith Thell took third. Keith Thell moved aside Hribar for second and claimed the point. The Thell brothers took positions one and two as the checkers flew with Hribar, Tommy Bawden and Ross Mead as the top drivers.

The Princeton Speedway Hornets capped off the nights events with a caution free feature. Erik Gruhlke took the lead with Lexy Kastner in second and Dannie Burkholder in third. Gruhlke sped away from the competition while Burkholder challenged Kastner. Burkholder and Kastner ran door to door for second, but Burkholder claimed the point. Burkholder then put his foot down and closed in on Gruhlke. Within laps, Burkholder was at Gruhlke’s side and they battled for the lead. Burkholder nosed ahead, took the lead and led the remaining laps to the checkers.

Next week’s Friday Night Car Fight will resume at 7pm.

Over 25 bikes Given Away At Kids Night at Princeton

June 16th, 2014

Princeton, MN – The first of two Kid’s Nights was Friday night at the Princeton Speedway and families filled the stands for some WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Over 25 bikes were given away and there were many activities for the kids during the night. Justin Pogones, Keith Thell, Shane Sabraski, Bud Martini, Dustin Nelson and Gabby Volkers took the wins.

Kris Peterson and Amanda Milbrandt brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the line and they battled as the green waved. Peterson nosed ahead into the lead while Allen Gessell, Jr. took second. Gessell, Jr. moved aside Peterson and took the lead while Pogones took second. Gessell, Jr. ran high and Pogones ran low as they battled for first. Gessell, Jr. pulled ahead but Pogones was persistent and came back. Pogones kept low and took the lead. Drivers began to spread out as the checkers were raised. Pogones rolled his Northway Sports Street Stock into victory lane. Gessell, Jr., Ryan Kostreba, Milbrandt and Peterson took the top points.

Danny Vang snagged the lead as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the green. Jeremy Nelson took second but Denis Czech was close. After a caution, Czech slid into second and Nelson took third. A few more cautions kept the drivers at a stop and go pace, but Vang continued to lead. On the final restart, Vang was first with Czech and Martini in tow. Martini grabbed the high side and took the lead. Martini sped away while Nelson and Czech kept the pressure on Vang. Vang held second and Nelson took third while Martini took the checkers. Czech and Shane Sabraski rounded out the top five drivers.

The JNP WISSOTA Mod Fours were next up with Abby Garin and Tommy Bawden on the front row. Bawden grabbed the lead and drove away while Jerry Esler and Brandon Linquist rode Garin’s bumper. The yellow waved and drivers slowed while Bawden took the lead. Keith Thell and Chad Funt battled side by side for second when the green reappeared. Thell took second, passed Bawden and pulled away as the yellow flew again. Thell was alone on the restart while Funt and Bawden ran door to door. Funt took second and looked ahead as Jess Geesey’s #32x went over the embankment. The yellow flew again and drivers were sorted. Thell sped away when the green dropped and led the final laps. Thell took the win with Bawden, Funt, Ross Mead and Esler as the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the clay next and Kyle Robideau claimed first. Mike Loomis moved into second and Shane Sabraski took third as they rounded the curves. Sabraski moved next to Loomis, took second and then caught Robideau. Sabraski passed Robideau’s #23 and took the lead as the yellow flew. Sabraski was alone on the restart while Loomis and Robideau went door to door for second. Dexton Koch waited patiently behind them until Loomis broke away. Koch then took third and grabbed the high groove next to Loomis. Koch settled into second and set his eyes on Sabraski. Sabraski however was a straight-away ahead and took the checkers in his West Metro Buick GMC #7a. Koch, Loomis, Robideau and Dan Gullikson were the top drivers.

The Princeton Speedway hornets were next with Jake Bayerl taking the lead. As they rounded turn four, hornets scattered all over the track bringing the yellow out. After being sorted, the restart was Jasmin Matthewman and Bayerl on the front row. Bayerl took first while Gabby Volkers took second. Matthewman, Brandon Opsahl and Dannie Burkholder kept close until Burkholder dove low and took third. Volkers worked on Bayerl for first and took the point. Matthewman and Opsahl continued to battle for fourth while Volkers began to lap. Opsahl moved away from Matthewman and caught Burkholder for third. Volkers kept her lead and took the win on her first night out of the season.

The final race on the agenda was for the WISSOTA Modifieds. Dustin Nelson and Jeremy Nelson brought the drivers to the stand and they battled side by side when the green flew. After a couple laps, Dustin Nelson broke away. J. Nelson kept second with Shane Sabraski at his side. J. Nelson pulled away in second while the top drivers pulled away. J. Nelson and Larry Zeller ran the cushion and kept going just over the track’s bank. The drivers kept their cars going but Sabraski took second and Zeller moved into third. With only two laps to go, Zeller was next to Sabraski but Sabraski’s low groove was faster. Dustin Nelson kept his lead and rolled his #46 into the Massman Geothermal & Mechanical Victory Lane. Sabraski, Zeller, J. Nelson and Shawn Fletcher were the finishers.

Next week’s Friday Night Car Fight will feature the Advantage RV Modified Touring Series. This series will bring some of the best Mod drivers to the Princeton Speedway, racing will resume at 7pm.

The “R” Word Stayed Away from Princeton for A Great Night Of Racing

June 8th, 2014

Princeton, MN – There was rain in every direction, however the Princeton Speedway had the UMSS Sprints in the pits and was ready for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The full night of racing was completed with some exciting action taking place.

The UMSS Sprint Cars stopped at Princeton for the 13th Annual Billy Anderson Memorial Race. Anderson was a long time racer who was injured in a sprint car accident on the track. After a long time battle with medical complications, Anderson passed away in 2001, and the Memorial race honors him every year. Chris Graf took the lead as the UMSS Sprint Cars took the green, but Brooke Tatnell quickly made the pass for first. Lee Grosz took third behind Graf and soon the leaders were lapping. Tatnell used the whole track surface to lap drivers when Davey Heskin went over the track’s edge. Heskin kept the gas down and the race stayed green. Soon thereafter Graf went over turn two, but came back and the race kept green. Graf gave up his second position but retained third. The Sprint 25 lap feature went flag to flag as Tatnell took the checkers. Tatnell celebrated by doing multiple burnouts and the crowd went wild. Lee Grosz, Graf, Heskin and Gunner Cummings were the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first regular feature of the night with Kris Peterson pulling into first. Durand Peterson and Davey Kruchten battled for second with Allen Gesell, Jr. in tow. Kruchten locked in second as the yellow flew. On the restart, K. Peterson reclaimed the lead and D. Peterson battled Kruchten for second. Kruchten again took the point but Jim Gullikson moved in. Gullikson went high to take second and then dove low next to the leader. Gullikson and K. Peterson were side by side for first, but Gullikson drove away. Gullikson led the remaining laps and took the feature in his Ray’s Auto Body sponsored #21. K. Peterson, Kruchten, Ryan Kostreba and Kurt Becken took top points.

23 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds filled the quarter mile for the next race. Kevin Schmidt quickly took the lead but the first caution happened. Three back to back cautions took place with Schmidt retaining the lead. Denis Czech and Jason Hall battled for second but soon took Schmidt’s sides. They went three wide for first as Hall pulled ahead. Another caution slowed the drivers down and Czech and Sabraski were on Hall’s bumper. The top three drivers pulled away as the green dropped but Sabraski made the pass for first. Sabraski pulled away but the yellow flew again. Sabraski held the competition back through the cautions and the remaining laps putting his #7a into victory lane. Hall, Bud Martini, Kyle Matuska and Mitch Weiss were the top finishers.

Jasmin Matthewman and Lexy Kastner brought the Princeton Speedway Hornets to the green and Matthewman took first. Dannie Burkholder came through the traffic and soon passed Matthewman for the lead. Matthewman held onto second with Kastner and Brandon Opsahl in a battle for third. The yellow flew for incidents on both ends of the track. Burkholder remained in the lead as the green flew and led the remaining laps. The #46ssg sponsored by Outdoor Authority rolled into victory lane for the third time this season.

The final race of the night belonged to the WISSOTA Modifieds. Toby Patchen and Larry Zeller brought the drivers to the green, and Zeller took the lead. Patchen moved back to Zeller’s side, but Zeller drove away. Shawn Fletcher passed Patchen for second and Justin Jones and Dustin Nelson challenged Patchen for third. Jones took third while the half way flags were displayed. Patchen then sat in turn two and the yellow flew. Zeller was alone on the restart with Fletcher and Jones behind him. Jones took second on the restart and started to close in on Zeller. Jones caught Zeller and moved to his side with two laps to go. Zeller nosed ahead out of turn two and re-secured his lead. Jones, Fletcher, Eric Martini and Andy Jones took points two through five while the Little Red Wagon Childcare sponsored #41 of Larry Zeller took the win.

Next week will be the first Kid’s Night of the season featuring activities and a bike giveaway. Next week’s Friday Night Car Fight will resume at 7pm.

Perfect Night of Racing at Princeton Speedway

June 1st, 2014

Princeton, MN- The weather couldn’t have been more perfect Friday night as another great night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action ran at the Princeton Speedway. Don Eischens, Dexton Koch, Shane Sabraski, Justin Pogones, Kyle Thell and Dannie Burkholder took home the wins.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks took the clay for the night’s first feature. Kris Peterson grabbed the lead while Ryan Kostreba and Justin Pogones moved in. Kostreba took the high side and the lead while Pogones stole second. Allen Gessell, Jr. also made the move on Peterson while Pogones put the pressure on Kostreba. Pogones, Kostreba and Gessell, Jr. all battled for the lead, but Pogones pulled ahead. Pogones led the remaining laps and rolled the Pogo Chicken Powered #01 into victory lane for the second week in a row. Gessell, Jr., Kostreba, Peterson and Amanda Milbrandt took the top five.

Mitchell Kittridge and Kyle Matuska led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green. Matuska took the lead with Jason Hall and Jeremy Nelson in tow. The leaders began to space out as Shane Sabraski took third. Sabraski then closed the gap, took second, and soon was aside Matuska. Sabraski made the pass and drove away with Hall and Matuska at it for second. Sabraski set the cruise and took the win with Hall, Matuska, Denis Czech and Jeremy Nelson as the top finishers.

Chad Funt grabbed the lead and Kyle Thell settled in second as the green dropped for the WISSOTA Mod Four feature. Thell moved next to Funt and took the lead with Keith Thell and Mitch Hribar battled for third. Hribar kept Keith Thell back, but eventually Thell got him. Keith Thell moved behind Funt and took second with two laps to go. Kyle Thell took the win with Keith Thell, Funt, Hribar and Jerry Esler as the top drivers.

Josh Schmit and Kyle Robideau brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks on the track, but the yellow waved a few times. After the Supers were sorted, it was Robideau in first with Dexton Koch and Mike Loomis behind him. Koch drove to Robideau’s side and took the lead. Gullikson slid low and took second while Shane Sabraski took third. Sabraski quickly passed Gullikson, but Gullikson came back to his side. Sabraski pulled away from Gullikson again and chased Koch. Koch however led the remaining laps and took the win. Sabraski, Gullikson, Dave Mass and Loomis took the top points.

The Princeton Hornets ran next with Trisan Coburn and Jake Bayerl on the front row. They battled for first and Jasmin Matthewman took third. Bayerl moved into first and Coburn got loose in turn four. Dannie Burkholder took advantage of this and drove into second. Burkholder closed in on Bayerl for first, and after a slight battle, Burkholder took the lead. Burkholder kept the lead until the checkers flew and took his second feature win at Princeton.

After a rough start to the WISSOTA Modified feature, the race got underway with Dustin Nelson in the lead. Don Eischens moved into second and Shawn Fletcher took third. Eischens began to work Nelson for the lead, but Nelson held him back. Again Eischens caught Nelson’s bumper and dove low. Eischens made the pass and drove away from the pack. With few laps to go Fletcher and Jeremy Nelson battled for third. As the checkers were raised, Fletcher went high and put his foot down. Fletcher passed D. Nelson at the line getting second. D. Nelson, J. Nelson and Sabraski took the top five while Don Eischens rolled his Richmond Tire and Auto #9e into victory lane.

Next Friday, the Super Stocks and Mod Fours will take the week off as the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) takes the quarter mile. Racing will resume at 7pm.

Sabraski, Gullikson, Czech, Pogones, Thell, and Gruhlke Bring Home Checkers at Princeton

May 26th, 2014

Princeton, MN – WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was back in full effect Friday night at the Princeton Speedway. It was the 2ndAnnual Don Roseen Memorial night with many members of the Roseen/Lofdahl family on hand. The Roseen/Lofdahl family shared many stories and memories of Don and had giveaways during the night, also James Trantina did a candy and shirts toss. The night was full of happiness, tears and support, but above all, great race action.

Justin Pogones and Kurt Becken brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks out for the night’s first feature. Pogones grabbed the lead as the green flew with Becken and Allen Gessell, Jr. in tow. Jim Gullikson made the pass on Gessell, Jr. for third but Gessell, Jr. came back and retook it. Gessell, Jr. worked Becken for second but Becken kept him back. The yellow then flew as contact was made between the two and Becken was charged with the caution. Gessell, Jr. was unable to race and exited the track as Pogones retook his lead. Gullikson ran close to Pogones as they pulled away in the lead. Gullikson kept the pressure on Pogones, but Pogones held his line and took the win. Gullikson, Ryan Kostreba, Durand Peterson and Becken were the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rolled on the track with Mitchell Kittridge and Jason Hall in the lead. A quick caution slowed the drivers down, but the race was soon green. Hall took the lead with Denis Czech and Chad Fouquette at it for second. Czech worked on Fouquette as Hall drove away. Czech made the pass for second and quickly chased down Hall. The top drivers were lapping slower cars as Czech caught Hall. Hall and Czech battled side by side and Czech took the lead. Hall held second with Shane Sabraski and Fouquette in tow. Sabraski took third and chased down Hall with minimal laps left. Czech took his Captain America themed car into victory lane with Hall, Sabraski, Fouquette and Jeremy Nelson finishing behind him.

Brandon Linquist and Ross Mead brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the green, but as soon as they crossed the line they piled up in turn one. The yellow waved and drivers were sorted. Keith and Kyle Thell assumed the lead positions as the green dropped. Keith Thell took the lead but Kyle Thell remained close. The Thell brothers drove away from others as the yellow flew again. Keith Thell maintained his leave over Kyle Thell while Mitch Hribar passed Mead for third. Only four cars remained on the track while Kyle Thell worked Keith Thell for the first. Keith was able to hold him off until the checkers flew and took the feature win with Kyle Thell, Hribar and Mead as the finishers.

After the WISSOTA Super Stocks did their Salute to Don Roseen led by Roseen’s grandson Donnie Lofdahl, they got back in line with Dan Gullikson and Dexton Koch in front. Gullikson grabbed the lead and Koch took second but soon thereafter the yellow flew. Gullikson was first on the restart with Koch and Mike Loomis behind him. Shane Sabraski took third, Loomis fell to fourth with Chris Wark at his door. Wark took fourth as the top three pulled away. Koch moved to Gullikson’s side but Gullikson kept him back. Koch then found Sabraski next to him and Sabraski took second. Gullikson drove away and was soon lapping as the white flag flew. Sabraski, Koch, Wark and James Trantina took the top points as Gullikson drove his French Lake Auto Parts #00x into victory lane.

Shawn Fletcher took the lead and Larry Zeller took second as the WISSOTA Modifieds went green. Shane Sabraski and Jeff Patchen moved into top points after a caution and Sabraski moved next to Fletcher. Sabraski took the lead, Fletcher held second as Andy Jones and Jeff Patchen battled for third. Another caution slowed the drivers, but Patchen made the move to second on the restart. Donnie Lofdahl was flying on the high side as he went a bit too high and went over the tracks edge and down the embankment. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted as Lofdahl retook the clay. Sabraski was still in the lead as the green reappeared and Patchen and Jones were back at it for second. Jones and Patchen went back and forth for second, rubbing panels every turn, and Patchen broke away for with the point. Jones kept close as the race came to a close. Sabraski rolled into victory lane with Patchen, Jones, Eric Martini and Fletcher as the top five.

The Princeton Speedway Hornets closed out the night with Erik Gruhlke and Jasmin Matthewman on the front row. Gruhlke took the lead while Lexy Kastner took second. Quain Busitzky moved next to Kastner but Kastner held him back. Dannie Burkholder moved in and went three wide with Kastner and Busitzky for second. Burkholder and Busitzky pulled away and Burkholder took second. Burkholder put his foot down and tried to catch Gruhlke but there weren’t many laps left. Gruhlke took his first ever feature win with Burkholder, Busitzky, Kastner and Matthewman as the top finishers.

Princeton Take the Green Flags on a Brisk May Night

May 22nd, 2014

Princeton, MN – It was a brisk night, but hearty fans took the stands and drivers filled the pits as the Princeton Speedway Season Opener kicked off. More than 70 drivers signed into the pits and even with the new clay surface being unstable, some great WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action took place.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first feature of the season with Kurt Becken and Amanda Milbrandt leading the way. Becken took the lead and Allen Gessell, Jr. made his way into second. Ryan Kostreba took third as Gessell, Jr. drove to Becken’s door. The top three drivers drove away from the competition as Justin Pogones began to close in. Gessell, Jr. passed Becken for the lead while Pogones took third. Pogones drove to Becken’s side for second but Becken held him off. Pogones was persistent and took second with few laps to go. Gessell, Jr. had a comfortable lead, but Pogones drove after him. Gessell, Jr. took the checkers with Pogones, Becken, Kostreba
and Kris Peterson as the top drivers.

Shane Sabraski and Travis Schulte brought the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green and Schulte grabbed the lead. Sabraski kept close in second while Kyle Matuska handled third. Sabraski worked Schulte for the lead as Matuksa, Bud Martini and Denis Czech went three wide for third. The yellow then flew and drivers were sorted. A series of cautions took place and cars dropped from the race. The final restart was green, white, checkered with Sabraski in first. Bud Martini and Tony Schill sat behind Sabraski as the green dropped. Martini quickly drove to Sabraski’s door and they were panel to panel in turn three. Sabraski and Martini shot out of four side by side and crossed the finish line. The crowd went crazy as the announcer said Sabraski took the win by a margin of .011 seconds. Martini settled for second with Schill, Brandon Mehrwerth and David Siercks as the top five.

Keith Thell took the lead as the WISSOTA Mod Four feature got underway. Troy Keuhl and Kyle Thell battled for second but Kyle took the point. Kyle began to challenge his younger brother Keith for the lead but Keith continued to pull away. The yellow flag flew slowing the Thell’s down. Keith remained first through the restarts, but Kyle kept close. As the white flew, Kyle drove to Keith’s inside and contact was made sending Keith wide off the turn. Kyle shot into the lead while Keith chased him. Kyle led the final curve and took the win with Ross Mead, Keith Thell, Brandon Linquist and Abby Garin as the top finishers.

After a couple of caution plagued features, the crowd was wowed by the WISSOTA Super Stocks and their caution free race. Chris Wark and Matthew Dibb took the green and Wark pulled into first. Shane Sabraski and Dibb raced for second but Dibb nosed ahead. Dibb then moved aside Wark and took the lead. Wark, Sabraski and James Trantina battled for second but Wark dropped to fourth. The feature was half over and Dibb continued to pull away. Sabraski and Trantina battled for second the duration of the race and slowly closed in on Dibb. Dibb however didn’t pay attention to them as he took the checkers and swept opening night as a Rookie in the Super Stock class. Trantina, Sabraski, Wark and Mike Loomis took the top five points.

Justin Jones and Eric Martini brought the WISSOTA Modifieds to the green and Martini took the lead. Jones held second while Shane Sabraski and Dave Cain fought for third. Sabraski took third and moved to Jones’ side. Jones held second but Sabraski kept close. Don Eischens passed Cain for fourth and Sabraski moved back to #69’s door. Jones again pulled away from Sabraski as Tony Proell went off the tracks edge and the yellow flew. Martini was first on the restart with Sabraski and Jones at it for second. Martini drove away and took the win with Jones, Sabraski, Eischens and Andy Jones as the top finishers.

The Hornets were the final race of the night with Lexy Kastner in the lead. Terry Romick and Drew Johnson battled for second as the yellow flew. Kastner continued to lead on the restart while Dannie Burkholder moved into top points. Johnson’s car got loose in turn two, bounced off of Burkholder, caught the tracks edge and rolled. The cars all stopped while Johnson was tipped back over. Kastner retook the lead as the green flew and Burkholder moved to her side. They ran side by side for first as Burkholder nosed ahead. Kastner kept on him as the #TR3 of Romick barrel rolled in turns one and two. Again the driver’s stopped and track officials rushed to Romick. With minimal laps remaining, and two rollovers, the race was called as a complete event and Burkholder was awarded the win.

Next Friday is the 2nd Annual Don Roseen Memorial Race. There is a higher payout for the Super Stocks, along with other cash prizes and awards donated by the Lofdahl Family and other great sponsors. This is a wonderful event to remember and honor a great man who helped build the sport of racing! Mark your calendar, you won’t want to miss this night!!

Princeton Speedway Ptown Showdown Night 2

September 25th, 2013

Princeton, MN – Night #2 of the P-Town Showdown was in full effect Saturday night with 135 cars rolling into the pits. The skies were clear and free of rain as the WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action got underway.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks kicked off the nights features with Justin Pogones and Ryan Kostreba on the front row. They battled for first when the green flew and Mike Blowers fought Justin Tammen for third. Kostreba nosed ahead of Pogones, but Pogones came back. As Pogones grabbed the lead the yellow flew.

Pogones was alone on the restart with Kostreba and Blowers in tow. The battle for second heated up as Kostreba locked in the point. Kostreba began to work Pogones for the lead when contact was made and the #01 turned sideways. Cars scattered and piled into each other as the yellow flew.

The Street stocks couldn’t get their race together as caution after caution kept them slow. At the end of the feature it was Jim Gullikson in his Ray’s Auto Body sponsored car who took the win. Gullikson won both nights of the Showdown getting the feature win bonus as well. Rod deBernardeaux, Ryan Pommerer, Dave Read and Adam Burrows finished as the top drivers.

Corry VanMil and Josh Abrahamson battled side by side for first as the WISSOTA Mod Four feature began. Laps ticked by and VanMil and Abrahamson continued to battle. Abrahamson finally broke away while VanMil settled in second. Tommy Sabraski had his hands full with Chad Funt, Brandon Linquist and Tyler Larson trying to take his third position. Larson and Funt grabbed Sabraski’s sides and Larson made the pass for third. Larson then crept up on VanMil for second as the yellow waved.

Abrahamson led through four cautions until a few laps were done. Kyle Thell moved up on Larson and VanMil and took third while Larson stole second. Thell then cruised aside Larson, took second and shot by Abrahamson for the lead. Thell stayed there until the checkers waved and since he won features both nights, he got the bonus pay. Abrahamson, Larson, VanMil and Sabraski took the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds feature was next on the list, and Travis Schulte grabbed the early lead. Tim Johnson and Shane Sabraski ran on Schulte’s rear as Johnson took the lead. Denis Czech grabbed the middle groove and went between Sabraski and Schulte for second but Czech fell back. Schulte took second with Jason Hall challenging Sabraski. Bud Martini joined the fun and grabbed the low groove to take fourth. Martini then drove past Sabraski and next to Schulte. Czech was back at Sabraski’s door as they battled close for top points. As they rounded the curves, Schulte’s car drifted over the track’s edge and the yellow flew.

Johnson was alone on the restart with Sabraski and Martini behind him. Martini drove to Johnson’s side but Johnson pulled ahead. Martini came back and assumed the lead with Johnson in second. Czech however grabbed the high side and moved next to Martini. Czech wasted no time and took the lead as the crowd roared with excitement. Czech held back the competition, took the checkers and celebrated on the front stretch by doing doughnuts all over the track surface. Johnson, Martini, Sabraski and Ryan Bowers took the top points.

Dan Gullikson took first, Dave Mass second and Tim Johnson, Shane Sabraski and Kevin Burdick ran three wide for third as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature began. Burdick and Sabraski pulled ahead of Johnson and Sabraski took third while Gullikson pulled away. Gullikson soon began to catch slower cars as the yellow flew.

Gullikson was in charge on the restart with Sabraski and Mass battling for second. Dave Read joined the battle for second and they ran three wide. Sabraski took the position as Mass suddenly spun in turn two and the yellow flew again. Sabraski now had Johnson at his side while Gullikson continued to lead. Gullikson rocked the high side with Sabraski and Johnson following his path with Read and Derek Vesel in the top five. They drove in that order until the checkers flew and Gullikson took the trophy.

Matthew Dibb and Jared Zimpel brought the Hornets to the green and Dibb took the lead. The caution lights flickered on a few times, but Dibb continued to lead. Zimpel moved to Dibb’s door after the final restart and they went door to door. Dannie Burkholder closed in on them and joined the fight. Zimpel nosed ahead into the lead with Burkholder moving to his side. Burkholder and Zimpel drove door to door for a few laps with Dibb on their rears. Burkholder finally broke away and took the lead. Zimpel moved back to Burkholder’s side but Burkholder pulled away. Staff Sargent Dannie Burkholder held Zimpel and Dibb and took the feature win.

The WISSOTA Modifieds feature not only closed out the show, but also wrapped up the 2013 racing season. Jamie Davis grabbed the lead and Justin Jones took second as the green flew. Dustin Nelson, Jason Thoennes, Jeremy Nelson and Scot Danzeisen battled for top points as the laps went by. Thoennes pulled away in third while Danzeisen took fourth. After a caution, Thoennes moved next to Davis but Davis pulled away in the lead. Thoennes and Jones ran close for second as the yellow waved.

The drivers were sorted with Davis in the lead. Thoennes took second but Danzeisen came on strong and moved to his side. Danzeisen took second and made the pass on Davis for first without a problem. Jones and Thoennes drove side by side for third with Shane Sabraski closing in. They all caught slower traffic and as Jones moved down to lap a car, he made contact and Thoennes spun out. Jones was charged with the caution with few laps to go.

Danzeisen was first on the restart and he kept the lead the remaining laps until the checkers dropped. Thoennes, Sabraski, Davis and Jeremy Nelson took the top five points as Danzeisen’s #5x rolled into victory lane.

The staff and management of the Princeton Speedway would like to send out a big and sincere thank you to everyone who helped make the 2013 race season the success that it was. Keep your eyes on the website at www.princetonspeedway.comand facebook by searching Princeton Speedway for all the up to date racing information. We look forward to seeing everyone back in 2014.

Princeton Speedway Ptown Showdown Night 1

September 24th, 2013

Princeton, MN – Friday night kicked off the first of two nights for the Princeton Speedway’s P-Town Showdown. This is the first ever WISSOTA two day show the track has ran, and it was a huge success with more than 140 drivers signing in. Even though Mother Nature gave the track multiple days of rain, Princeton did not cancel and put on a good night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks kicked off the night’s features, however the race was plagued with cautions. Amanda Milbrandt and Jim Gullikson brought the Streeters to the green, but the yellow quickly flew. A total of six cautions kept the streets in stop and go mode for many laps. Gullikson was able to hold his lead as the green continued to fly. Allen
Gessell Jr. kept close to Gullikson with Adam Soltis in third. Dave Read ran in sixth and move past Ryan Kostreba for fifth. Read then moved to Ryan Pommerer’s side and they ran close for laps. While they battled Gessell, Jr. put the pressure on Gullikson and they drove away. Gullikson and Gessell, Jr. began to lap slower cars as the laps ticked by. Gullikson made it to the end and took the checkers with Gessell, Jr., Soltis, Pommerer and Read as the top finishers.

Dean Larson and Kyle Thell led the WISSOTA Mod Fours on the track and Thell quickly grabbed the lead. Larson and Brandon Linquist took the top three as the yellow flew. Thell was alone on the restart with Larson and Linquist in a battle for second. Linquist secured second while Bryce Bjerken moved next to Larson. Bjerken quickly moved aside Linquist while Josh Abrahamson took fourth. Bjerken fell back while Abrahamson drove to Linquist’s door for second. Linquist kept him back as the yellow flew again.

Thell felt the heat of Linquist and Bjerken as the green reappeared. Linquist quickly took second, but Abrahamson was faster and took the point. Abrahamson then spun in turn four, however he kept the car going and kept second. Thell was again closing in on lapped cars, and made his way through traffic as the race came to a close. Thell took the win with Abrahamson, Bjerken, Linquist and Corry VanMil as the top finishers.

Tim Johnson was wheeling the #97c WISSOTA Midwest Modified and he started on the pole with Charlie Zander at his door. Johnson quickly grabbed the lead with Bud Martini and Shane Sabraski battling for second. Before you knew it, Sabraski and Martini were aside Johnson and they were three wide for first. Johnson quickly pulled away as the yellow flew.

Johnson kept first on the restart with Sabraski grabbing second. Martini moved back to Sabraski’s side but Sabraski held him back. A couple more restarts kept the field slow but Johnson kept the lead. Andy Jones, started in 17th, worked his way into fifth and then moved aside Martini for third. With only a few laps to go, Martini kept him back while Johnson took the checkers. Sabraski, Martini, Jones and Ryan Bowers took the top points in the feature.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the green with Seth Kramer in the lead. Dave Mass moved into second and drove to Kramer’s door while Shane Sabraski moved in. Mass pulled away in the lead while Sabraski slid under Kramer. Sabraski made the pass and drove next to Mass as the yellow flew. Sabraski and Mass battled side by side for the lead with Sabraski nosing ahead. Mass held onto second while Tim Johnson challenged Kramer for third. Johnson took the point and Kramer settled in fourth, but Dan Gullikson was on his rear.

One more caution slowed the Supers down, but Sabraski led the way. Johnson and Mass were door to door but Mass pulled ahead in second. Gullikson and Kramer were also nose to nose, but Gullikson broke away just in time for the race to end. Sabraski beat out the stiff competition and took the win with Mass, Johnson, Gullikson and Kramer as the top finishers.

The Hornets were the next race for the night with Dan Rick and Brandon Mehrwerth on the pole. Mehrwerth jumped into the lead with Rick and Erik Gruhlke in tow. Gruhlke moved into second but Dannie Burkholder was on the move and slid by Gruhlke. Burkholder took over second as the yellow flew.

Mehrwerth continued to lead with Gruhlke, Burkholder and Terry Blowers, who started last, in a fight for second. Blowers took the point and flew past Mehrwerth for the lead. Burkholder ran side by side with Adam Thompson for third but Burkholder suffered a flat and the yellow flew.

Blowers was first on the restart but Mehrwerth quickly grabbed his side. As they came down the back chute, Blowers suffered a flat allowing Mehrwerth to speed away. Mehrwerth led the final laps and took the feature win.

Jeff Patchen and Seth Brede led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the green for the night’s final feature. Brede quickly grabbed the lead with Scot Danzeisen in second. Dave Mass and Patchen battled for third with Patchen getting the point. Jeremy Nelson moved next to Mass for fourth but Mass pulled away while Patchen closed in on Danzeisen. The yellow then flew and drivers were realigned.

After back to back cautions, Brede was back in charge with the green waving. Danzeisen moved to Brede’s side, but Brede had the better line and drove away. Danzeisen remained closed with Patchen and Mass at it for third. Mass locked in third and closed in on Danzeisen with two laps remaining. Brede rounded turn four but he slipped a bit and Danzeisen took full advantage moving back to his door. Brede got it together and lead to finish, taking his first feature win in a Modified. Danzeisen finished close in second with Mass, Patchen and Sabraski as the top drivers.

Track Champions Announced at Princeton

September 1st, 2013

Princeton, MN – Friday night marked the end of the 2013 season at the Princeton Speedway. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was full of side by side racing action with Justin Pogones, Jason Hall, Kyle Thell and Matthew Dibb taking feature wins and Shane Sabraski taking home double.

The feature events of the night kicked off with the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Alec Nesbit grabbed the lead as the green flew with Jon Gunderson and Dave Read in a battle for second. Read moved aside Nesbit for first and they ran side by side with Justin Pogones behind them. Laps passed by and they still battled for the lead, however Read slowly broke away. Read
claimed the lead with Pogones next to Nesbit. Nesbit then retired to the infield putting Pogones in second.

Pogones grabbed the high line and drove passed Read for first. Pogones and Read drove away from the others and Pogones kept Read back long enough to take the checkers and roll his Lake State Recycling sponsored streeter into victory lane. Read, Jon Gunderson, Amanda Milbrandt and Becker took the top points.

Read and Pogones battled side by side all season, and Read ended up taking the Championship with a one point lead over Pogones.

Ryan Putnam and Gino Fontecchio led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds on the track, and Putnam took the lead. Fontecchio held second with Jason Hall and Dave Siercks at it for third. Hall took the low line, moved into second, and next to Putnam. Hall took the lead and Putnam fell to second while Denis Czech made his through the traffic. Hall stretched out his lead as Czech took over the second point. The Toepper’s of Jacob and Elizabeth then made contact in turn two brining the yellow out.

Hall was first on the restart with Czech and Putnam in tow. Bud Martini drove between Czech and Putnam for second, but Czech retained the point. Czech then drove to Hall’s door and they went side by side the remaining laps. As they came down the front chute, Hall had just enough of a lead to take the feature win in his Shooters Bar & Grill sponsored machine. Czech, Martini, Siercks and Putnam took the top points.

Martini took the Midwest Modified Track Championship.

Keith Thell claimed first as the WISSOTA Mod Fours took the green. Kyle Thell and Chad Funt battled for second but Kyle took the point and passed his brother to take the lead. Keith held second while Brandon Linquist and Funt battled for third and Mitch Hribar followed. Linquist took third and Hribar moved next to Funt, but Funt sped away from Hribar and retook third. The yellow quickly flew and the drivers were reset.

Kyle was first on the restart with Funt and Keith behind him. Keith grabbed second and Hribar and Linquist moved next to Funt. Linquist took third this round and with two laps to go everyone passed Funt who suffered a mechanical problem. Kyle Thell took the checkers and the Track Championship for 2013. Keith Thell, Linquist, Hribar and Abby Garin took the top points.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the clay next and Larry Fitzsimmons sped into the lead. James Trantina moved into second and next to Fitzsimmons for first while Sabraski took third. Sabraski moved to the low side and went three wide with Fitzsimmons and Trantina for first. Trantina slid up into the cushion allowing Sabraski to grab the lead. Trantina and Dexton Koch were next to Fitzsimmons for second as Koch took the point. Sabraski was ahead by a straightaway when the yellow flew for Joel Collins coasting of the tracks edge.

As the green reappeared Sabraski took first, Koch claimed second and Trantina, Loomis and Fitzsimmons battled three wide for third. Loomis took third, Trantina grabbed fourth and Chris Wark moved into fifth as Sabraski took the checkers for his second week in a row.

Brandon Opsahl took first and Erik Gruhlke settled for second as the Hornet feature began. Matthew Dibb took third and moved to Gruhlke for second but Gruhlke kept him back. Dibb came back, took the point, and moved next to Opsahl. Opsahl kept the lead but Dibb stayed close to him. Dibb pulled ahead and took the lead but Opsahl kept close. The top five drivers raced near each other while Dannie Burkholder moved into fourth and next to Gruhlke for third. Burkholder made the pass in time to take third while Dibb and Opsahl took the checkers. Dibb took the win in his Lube Tech sponsored Hornet, and he also took the Championship.

The final race of the 2013 regular season belonged to the WISSOTA Modifieds and Charlie Hillukka and Jeremy Nelson led the way. Nelson grabbed the lead and Hillukka held second while Shane Sabraski battled Dustin Nelson for third. Sabraski took third and moved aside Hillukka for second. Hillukka maintained a slight lead over Sabraski, but after a few laps, Sabraski made the pass. Hillukka settled in third as the leader Jeremy Nelson pulled into the infield with car problems. Sabraski then assumed the lead but Shawn Fletcher then spun in turn four and the yellow flew.

Sabraski was first on the restart with Jeff Patchen and Hillukka at it for second. Patchen took the point and raced close to Sabraski while Dustin Nelson and Larry Zeller ran door to door for fourth. They closed in on Hillukka for third and with the white waving, Nelson and Zeller moved next to Hillukka. Sabraski took the checkers in his West Metro Buick GMC sponsored #7a with Patchen, Hillukka, Nelson and Zeller in top points.

Sabraski was the Track Champion for the Super Stocks and the Modifieds.

The regular racing season has come and gone for 2013 at the Princeton Speedway, however there is one more event on the agenda. The first ever Ptown Showdown will take place September 19-21 and will feature all six of our regular classes. Thursday the 19 will be a practice night and two complete shows will take place on the 20 and 21 with racing starting at 7pm. Check out the website at www.princetonspeedway.comfor more information on this event.

Kids Night at Princetons adds to the Excitement of Wissota Racing at Princeton

August 25th, 2013

Princeton, MN – The Princeton Speedway had a stellar night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action Friday night with great finishes in every race. It was the track’s final kids night and 30 bikes were awarded to lucky kids along with Jr. Fans and Jr. Announcers participating in the nights events. Dave Read, Bud Martini, Kyle Thell, Shane Sabraski,
Matthew Dibb and J.B. Stortz took home the feature wins.

The first feature of the night was for the WISSOTA Street Stocks and Jon Gunderson and Amanda Milbrandt lead the way. Milbrandt shot into the lead with Rod deBernardeaux and Gunderson at it for second. Justin Pogones and Dave Read made their way into the top five and alongside Ben Rothstein for fourth. The yellow flew for Alec Nesbit sitting sideways in turn two and drivers were realigned.

Milbrandt was first on the restart with Gunderson in second. Read and Pogones charged into second and third as Read grabbed the high groove. Read passed Milbrandt for the lead and Pogones took second. Milbrandt held third as the yellow flew again.

Pogones chose the low groove and moved to Read’s door as the green reappeared. Read and Pogones drove door to door through the curves as checkers were in sight. Read nosed ahead and took win giving him a clean sweep in his Wollak Construction powered Street Stock. Pogones, Milbrandt, Gunderson and Rothstein took top points.

After a first lap restart, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were back to green with Jeremy Nelson in the lead. Kyle Matuska took second and Denis Czech grabbed third, but Matuska’s car began to smoke and he stalled exiting the track. The yellow flew and drivers were realigned.

Nelson was alone on the restart with Czech and Bud Martini in tow. Nelson drove away while Czech and Martini drove side by side. Czech began to pull away but Martini moved back to his door. They drove side by side for laps until Martini moved to the low line and slid next to Nelson. Nelson and Martini raced door to door and closed in on slower cars. With the white waving Nelson went between the slower cars and kept the lead with Martini still hot on his trail. Nelson drove into turn two but went too high catching the track’s edge. Martini took the opportunity and shot past Nelson for first.
Martini took the win with Czech, Nelson, Jason Hall and Shane Sabraski as the top drivers.

Corry VanMil and Mike Rau brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the green, but VanMil spun in turn two and everyone scattered to miss him. The yellow flew and the field was reset with Chad Funt on the pole. Funt took the lead as the green flew with Brandon Linquist and Rau in a battle for second. Linquist took second and Landon Atkinson moved into third. Atkinson
slid aside Linquist but Linquist worked the high groove and drove past Funt for first. Atkinson also moved aside Funt as the yellow waved.

A couple restarts kept the drivers at a coast but Linquist continued to lead the way. Atkinson and Thell were on Linquist’s rear as Thell quickly took second and moved next to Linquist. Thell made the pass for first with two laps to go. Thell took the checkered flag and rolled into victory lane with Linquist, Atkinson, Funt and Mitch Hribar taking the top five points.

Joel Collins took the lead as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature began. Dave Read moved into second while Dexton Koch challenged Kyle Robideau for third. Read moved next to Collins for first and they battled for a few laps. Meanwhile Shane Sabraski took third from Koch and closed in on the leaders. Sabraski drove in the middle of Read and Collins, but they drove away. Read finally broke away from Collins for first and Sabraski moved into second. Sabraski then passed Read and took the lead while they caught a slower car. Sabraski passed the car and as they went through turn four Josh Schmidt spun and everyone dodged him. Sabraski was alone on the restart with Read and Koch behind him. Koch took second while Sabraski finished the final laps taking the win. Read, James Trantina and Mike Loomis rounded out the top cars.

Ariel Mueller and Jasmin Matthewman brought the hornets around the track and Matthewman took the lead as the green dropped. Erik Gruhlke took second and Matthew Dibb cruised into third. Gruhlke moved next to Matthewman for first and took the point. Gruhlke then drifted to the high side which allowed Dibb to shoot past him and Matthewman on the low side. Dibb took the lead and finished the feature in first putting his Bradford Garage sponsored #22 in victory lane.

The final feature of the night belonged to the WISSOTA Modifieds with Jeremy Nelson and Larry Zeller on the pole. Zeller sped away when the green flew with Nelson and Clayton Wagamon behind him. Nelson grabbed the low groove and moved next to Zeller. Nelson was a bit faster out of the turns but Zeller kept close. Nelson and Zeller pulled away from the others
while J.B. Stortz took third from Wagamon. Stortz closed the gap with the leaders while Nelson broke away. Stortz began to work Zeller for second as Eric Martini moved in. Stortz and Martini put the pressure on Zeller until they both passed him. The yellow then flew forcing Nelson to slow down.

Nelson drove away on the restart while Martini and Stortz bounced back and forth for second. Stortz secured the point and closed in on Nelson. With the race winding down, Stortz caught Nelson and made the pass as the checkers waved. Stortz took the win with Nelson, Martini, Wagamon and Shane Sabraski as the top drivers.

Next Friday night will be Season Championship night and with the regular season coming to an end its time for post season specials. The Princeton Speedway will host its first ever two day show on September 20 and 21! The Ptown Showdown will feature WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and hornets with two complete nights of racing and payout bonuses for racers who win each night. Racing will begin at 7 pm, see you at the bullring.

UMSS Sprints Visit at Princeton

August 18th, 2013

Princeton, MN – The Princeton Speedway welcomed the UMSS Sprint cars on Friday night for the Ethel Kouba Memorial race. More than 20 sprints signed into the pits along with many other drivers for a great night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Shane Sabraski, Jason Hall, Kurt Becken, Kyle Thell and Gabby Volkers took home the hardware with Brooke Tatnell winning in the Sprints.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks kicked off the nights races with Jon Gunderson pulling into the lead. Kurt Becken grabbed second while the #21’s of Dave Read and Jim Gullikson battled for third. Becken slid under Gunderson for the lead with Dave Read following him. Read pulled into second and Gullikson settled in third. Zerfas took the fourth point and worked on Gullikson for third. Read was on Becken’s rear for first while they drove away from the pack. Read put the pressure on Becken and took a couple shots at him, but Becken kept him back. Becken held his line and rolled his Tavis Metal and Fabrication sponsored streeter into victory lane with Read, Gullikson, Zerfas and Brad Schmidt in the top five.

David Mastell took the lead when the green dropped for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Jason Hall and Kyle Matuska battled for second as Matuska slid next to Mastell. They ran door to door for first until Matuska nosed ahead. Bud Martini made his way next to Hall for third and they drove right behind Matuska and Mastell. All four drivers went for the lead with
Mastell falling back. Matuska continued to lead the way but Martini grabbed the low line and moved past Matuska. Matuska and Hall were side by side as Martini began to drive away. Hall took second, moved to the high groove, rode the cushion
and began to reel in Martini. As the white flew Hall was on Martini’s rear and as they went down the back chute, Hall made the pass for first. Hall took the checkers and rolled his #6 into victory lane for the first time this season.
Martini, Matuska, Sabraski and Czech took the top points.

Back to back restarts kept the WISSOTA Mod Fours at a coast, but when the green reappeared it was Ross Mead in the lead. Mike Rau and Abby Garin battled for second with Kyle Thell on their trail. Rau moved into second and aside Mead for the lead and Thell took over third. Thell moved closed in and drove in between Mead and Rau for first. Thell took the lead
while Rau handled second. Keith Thell grabbed fourth and slid next to Mead for third. They battled slower drivers and Keith made the pass for third. Keith caught and began to work on Rau for second, but his brother Kyle grabbed the
checkers taking another feature win. Rau, Keith Thell, Mead and Hribar were the top five finishers.

The UMSS Sprint cars lined along the front stretch as they prepped for their feature event. Donovan Peterson and Cody Hahn brought the sprints to the green with Hahn in the lead. A quick yellow slowed Hahn down, but he was strong on the restart. Jerry Richert, Jr. moved into second with Tony Norem in third. Norem made the pass for second with Brooke Tatnell coming through the cars. Tatnell took third and passed Norem for second. Norem however sped up and retook the point.

Sprint cars covered the entire quarter-mile surface and Tatnell was racing three wide and just over the tracks edge to catch Norem. Tatnell’s plan worked as he quickly caught and passed Norem. Tatnell then caught Hahn for the lead as the yellow flew.

Back to back cautions kept the drivers slow, but Hahn was still in the lead. When the green dropped Tatnell pulled a slider on Hahn and took the lead. Norem also passed Hahn for second and was on Tatnell’s wing. Tatnell drove his car hard, got loose and went off the track’s backside allowing Norem to shoot into the lead. However, Dave Becker spun his car on the surface and the yellow flew for Becker. Tatnell was a lucky guy as he retook his place in the lead with one lap remaining. Tatnell didn’t flinch this round and took the checkers and the win. Norem, Hahn, Richert, Jr., and Chris Graf took the top five points.

Jeremy Nelson and Larry Zeller brought the WISSOTA Modifieds to the flag for their feature with Nelson taking the lead. Jeff Patchen and Zeller battled for second but Zeller cruised the high side and moved next to Nelson. The field of drivers was stacked door to door but again Nelson pulled away as the leader. Zeller held second but Patchen moved to his side. Patchen made the pass while Shane Sabraski moved into third.

The yellow flew slowing Nelson down and put Patchen and Sabraski on his rear. When the green dropped Sabraski grabbed the high groove and moved next to Nelson. They raced side by side for first until Sabraski broke away. Sabraski led through one more caution with Patchen in second. Eric Martini and Dave Cain moved to Nelson’s sides for a three way battle for third. Martini took third and after some work took second. Patchen and Dave Cain battled for third with the checkers raised. Sabraski took the win with Martini, Cain, Patchen and Nelson as the top drivers.

Erik Gruhlke’s 7g hornet took the lead as the final feature of the night began. Both Matthew Dibb and Brandon Opsahl retired to the infield with mechanical issues leaving just five drivers on the track. Jasmin Matthewman drove in second but found the yellow car of Gabby Volkers at her side. After a short battle, Volkers took the point and flew under Gruhlke taking the lead. Dan Rick also passed Matthewman and Gruhlke to claim second while the checkers were raised. Volkers had the cruise control set and took the win with Rick, Gruhlke, Zac Hribar and Matthewman as the finishing drivers.

With only two weeks left of the regular race season, The Princeton Speedway is offering one more kids night next Friday. All kids 12 and under will be free in the grandstands and there will be bike giveaways and fun activities for the kids including projects offered by the people from Home Depot. Stop by the Princeton Speedway next Friday, racing begins at 7pm.

Princeton Week off Gives Fans/Drivers To enjoy the Fair-Racing returns next week

August 11th, 2013
Princeton, MN – The Princeton Speedway took a week off from racing to host the Mille Lacs County Fair, however Friday the 16 will be jammed with great WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action.  The UMSS Winged Sprint Cars will be making their second appearance of the season at Princeton for the Kouba Memorial Race. Along with the sprint cars, the night will feature the WISSOTA Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and Hornets. 

Even with the added Sprint car entertainment, there will be no increase in Pit prices, and only a slight increase of 2.00 for adults and seniors in the grandstands. Fans can still use their free passes they have, but will have to pay the additional fee.
 
The regular race season is quickly coming to an end with only a few nights left. August 23 will feature another kid’s night with extra activities and prizes for kids. August 30 will be Season Championship night at the Princeton Speedway where we will crown our 2013 champions. A couple of classes have very close point battles, so championship night is sure to bring out the best in the drivers.
 
Even though the regular season will be wrapped up, the Princeton Speedway isn’t done and will host its first ever WISSOTA Racing two day show.

September 20 and 21 will be the inaugural P-Town Showdown. Friday and Saturday nights will feature two complete shows of racing action with WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and Hornets on the agenda.

Both nights will have increased payout and there will be a winner’s bonus. If you race and win both nights of the Showdown you will get the bonus. Also, there will not be any extra draw or entry fees for drivers, just a pit pass is all a driver will need.

The Princeton Speedway has plenty of space for racers, fans and camping. There is onsite room for people to camp at the track, so there’s no need to leave and no excuse not to race both nights.

For more information, check out the website at www.princetonspeedway.comor on facebook by searching Princeton Speedway.

With the racing season slowing coming to a close, there is still a lot going on at the Princeton Speedway, so head on out to the Bullring for some high flying dirt track race action.

Wissota Race Of Champions Night at Princeton

August 4th, 2013

Princeton, MN – Sunny skies welcomed racers and fans to the Princeton Speedway for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The night featured an antique car show along with driver “couples” interviews. It was also the Race of Champions qualifier night with Brad Schmidt, Dan Gullikson, Bud Martini, Dave Cain and Kyle Thell taking WISSOTA wins and Matthew Dibb took the hornet win.

Brad Schmidt and Pat Zerfas brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the line as the green flew. Schmidt grabbed the lead while Zerfas and Ben Rothstein battled for second. Rothstein took second while Justin Pogones moved to Zerfas’ door. Pogones took third and moved next to Rothstein. They ran door to door a few laps until Pogones took the point. Schmidt ran strong in the lead while Pogones began to chase him down. Schmidt held the lead and took the lead with Pogones, Rothstein, Rod deBernardeaux, and Kurt Becken in the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the track with Tyler English, Kevin Schmidt and Ryan Putnam three wide for first. Schmidt and English broke away and battled for first with Bud Martini moving in. Putnam rejoined the leaders and they battled for top points. Schmidt pulled away as the leader with Martini on his trail. Martini quickly stole the lead with Schmidt, Putnam, Dave Siercks and English as the top five. Putnam moved to Siercks’ side, took second, and quickly closed in on Martini. The white was waving as Flyin’ Ryan Putnam caught Martini. As they grabbed the checkers, Martini took the win with Putnam, Siercks, Schmidt and English as the top finishers.

Three cautions kept the WISSOTA Mod Fours at a coast, but Brandon Linquist was in charge when the green flew. Keith Thell and Chad Funt fought for second and Thell took the point. Funt didn’t back down and soon moved back to Thell’s door. Kyle Thell joined them and quickly took second with Funt and Keith behind him. Kyle caught Linquist for the lead, and made the pass. Keith and Funt were back at it for third and they battled lapped traffic. Keith took third but as the white flew Funt made the final pass. Linquist, Funt, Keith Thell, and Jess Geesey took the top positions while Kyle Thell took the win in his GOT MILK? sponsored machine.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the clay with Chris Wark and Mike Loomis on the pole. Loomis took the lead with Wark in second. Wark moved right behind Loomis for the lead while Dan Gullikson moved into third. Gullikson closed in on Wark and they ran side by side for second. Gullikson took the point and moved in on Loomis. Gullikson grabbed the high line, passed Loomis and took the lead as the yellow flew for Donnie Lofdahl going off the track’s edge. Gullikson was first on the restart with Loomis and Wark in tow. Loomis grabbed second while James Trantina battled Wark for third. Trantina took the point and slid behind Loomis but Loomis pulled away. Wark raced back to Trantina’s side and as Trantina tried to keep third, his car slid over the edge allowing Wark to retake third. Gullikson grabbed another win with Loomis, Wark, Tristan Labarge and Joel Collins as the top drivers.

Gabby Volkers shot into the lead as the hornets took the green. Brandon Opsahl moved into second and Lexy Kastner took third. Kastner grabbed the high line and moved next to Opsahl for second. Opsahl and Kastner ran door to door until Kastner took the point. Kastner then drove to Volkers’ door and they fought for first. Opsahl joined Kastner and Volkers for first as Opsahl grabbed the lead. Kastner moved back to Opsahl’s side, and as they rounded turn four Kastner drifted high and caught the tracks edge sending her into a roll. The drivers stopped and track personnel attended to Kastner. Kastner was ok and Opsahl retook the lead. Matthew Dibb moved into second and took over the lead with few laps to go. Dibb drove away getting a clean sweep for the night.

Jeff Patchen and Dustin Nelson brought the WISSOTA Modifieds on the track for the night’s final race. Nelson grabbed the lead with Patchen and Jeff Broking in tow. Dave Cain took fourth and quickly passed Broking for third. Patchen moved to Nelson’s side for first as Cain closed in behind them. While they battled for first Broking, J.B. Stortz and Eric Martini battled three wide for fourth. Patchen passed Nelson and took the lead while Cain ran aside Nelson. Stortz, Martini and Broking continued to battle for fourth as Stortz broke away from them. Patchen began to lap slower cars while Cain chased him down. Patchen held him off and with three laps to go, Cain was at Patchen’s door. Cain made the pass and took the lead with Patchen falling to second. Cain’s Tim’s Automotive sponsored car was unstoppable as he took the checkers and his second feature win at Princeton in a row. Patchen, Nelson, Stortz and Martini took top points.

The Princeton Speedway will take the night of August 9 off, but will be back on the 16 with the Kouba Memorial Race night. The night will feature the Winged Sprint cars along with the Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and hornets. Racing will resume at 7 pm.

Read, Martini, Thell, Sabraski, Cain, and Dibbs Bring Home the Features at Princeton

July 28th, 2013

Princeton, MN – Despite the random showers that occurred throughout the race evening, the Princeton Speedway was able to complete a full show of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Dave Read, Bud Martini, Kyle Thell, Shane Sabraski, Dave Cain and Matthew Dibb took the trophies home.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks kicked off the night’s features with Dave Read, John Adams and Brad Schmidt three wide for first. Read took the point with Schmidt in second. Mike Blowers moved next to Schmdit, but Schmidt held the point. Kyle Howland moved into fourth and on Blowers’ rear while Schmidt moved to Read’s door. Schmidt caught something and his nose cone began to wave in the air, but Schmidt kept racing and moved to Read’s side. They ran door to door as the caution waved. Read was first on the restart with Schmidt and Blowers in tow. Blowers grabbed second but Schmidt moved to his side. Blowers drove away and locked in second and Howland took third. Read took the checkers and swept the night with a heat win as well. Blowers, Howland, Schmidt and Ryan Kostreba took the top points.

Elizabeth and Jacob Toepper brought the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the line for their feature, and as the green flew Sabraski sped into the lead and Tyler English took second. Bud Martini took third and passed English. He then chased down Sabraski while Dave Siercks and Danny Vang crept into the top five. Vang Passed Siercks and English for third as the yellow flew. Sabraski was first on the restart but eager Martini and Vang were behind him. Martini moved to Sabraski’s door with Vang on their rears. The laps ticked by with Sabraski on the cushion and Martini on the tires. With two laps to go, Martini made the pass and secured the lead with Sabraski, Vang, Siercks and English in the top five. They finished in that order as the checkers flew with Martini wheeling his Plato’s Closet sponsored #42 into victory lane.

Mitch Hribar took the lead as the Green dropped for the WISSOTA Mod Fours. Ross Mead moved into second but Keith Thell passed him for the point. Thell then moved next to Hribar for the lead and passed him on the low groove. Kyle Thell went from tenth to third as he moved behind Hribar. Keith and Hribar took the high side as Kyle blew past them on the low. Kyle Thell took the lead with Hribar back at Keith’s door. Hribar took second, but Keith didn’t back down and moved back to his side. Kyle Thell began to lap slower drivers and soon Hribar and Keith were prepared to lap. As they drove through
the traffic, Hribar took second putting Keith in third. Kyle was ahead by a straight away and took the win with Hribar, Keith Thell, Andy Mayavski and Mike Rau in the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the track with Donnie Lofdahl and Mike Loomis leading the way. Loomis took the lead with Lofdahl and Mass behind him. Mass moved next to Lofdahl and took the point as Sabraski moved in. Sabraski took third and was next to Mass for second as they caught a slower driver. Loomis, Mass and Sabraski ran close with Loomis holding the lead. Sabraski moved to the low groove and made the pass on Loomis for first. Loomis and Mass battled for second as Dan Gullikson joined them. Gullikson took third and Loomis fell to fourth with few laps to go. Sabraski crossed the line for the win with Mass, Gullikson, Loomis and Dexton Koch as the top drivers.

The Princeton Hornets took the track next with Drew Johnson and Jasmin Matthewman on the pole. Erik Gruhlke passed them both for the lead with Matthewman in second. Matthew Dib moved next to Zac Hribar for third, but then Dibb fell back in the pack. Dibb straightened out and was back at Hribar’s door. Dibb took third, and then passed Matthewman for second. Dibb was at Gruhlke’s side as they took the white flag and Dibb took the lead. Dibb lead the final lap and took another Princeton Speedway feature win.

The WISSOTA Modifieds finished out the night in style by completing our fourth straight caution free feature. Erik Peterson took the lead as the green flew with Larry Zeller at his side. Jeff Patchen moved into third and Dave Cain battled Terry Hanson for fourth. Peterson pulled away from Zeller for the lead and Patchen also passed Zeller. J.B. Stortz moved into third with Cain at his door. Cain took third and ran a bit too high on the track’s edge. Cain slid over for a second but came back and retained third. Shane Sabraski then went under Cain for third, but Cain sped away and moved to Patchen’s side for second. Patchen and Cain ran door to door as they closed in on Peterson. With two laps to go Cain moved to Peterson’s side and they battled for first. The checkers waved as Cain shot underneath them. Cain took the win in his Outlaw Wraps sponsored Modified with Peterson, Patchen, Sabraski and Stortz in the top five.

Next week’s racing events will resume at 7pm and will be the Race of Champions Qualifying race night. There will also be a car show taking place before the races where drivers, fans and the public are encouraged to bring any old cars or trucks they have to display at the racetrack. Cars must be in the grandstand area by 5pm, and regular admission will still be charged for all participants. There will also be Race Fan’s choice, Speedway’s choice and WISSOTA Driver’s choice awards to be given out. Please contact the Princeton Speedway with any questions about this event.

Bike Night at Princeton

July 22nd, 2013

Princeton, MN – Bikes were given away, kids were Jr. announcers, fans and flag people, but above all the Kids night was jam packed with exciting WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Side by side battles filled each feature race, but in the end the Martini brothers Bud and Eric as well as Brad Schmidt, Landon Atkinson, James Trantina and Dannie
Burkholder took home trophies.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks kicked off the night’s features with Pat Zerfas and Ben Rothstein on the front row. Rothstein grabbed the lead while Zerfas, John Adams and Brad Schmidt battled three wide for second. The field was stacked three and four wide as the X3 of Rod deBernardeaux went off the tracks exit and caught the wall and sat at an angle. Track and safety crews rushed to deBernardeaux, he was ok but unable to race.

Rothstein was first on the restart with Schmidt and Adams in tow. Schmidt took second and moved to Rothstein’s bumper and quickly took the lead. Kurt Becken and Jim Gullikson were door to door for second as they moved to Rothstein’s sides. Becken was on the low groove when contact was made and Rothstein spun around. Becken was charged with the caution as Schmidt retook the green. Schmidt was in charge while Rothstein and Gullikson fought for the second point. Schmidt took the checkers and his first win at Princeton this season with Rothstein, Gullikson, Pogones and James Becker in the top points.

Chad Fouquette and Gino Fontecchio led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the line and Ryan Putnam joined them when the green flew. They ran three wide for first with Putnam taking the lead. Fouquette grabbed second while Shane Sabraski battled Mark Froehlich for third. The yellow flew for Brandon Hines taking on a track tire and the drivers were realigned.

Putnam was first on the restart but unfortunately he jumped it and was docked two points. Fouquette assumed the lead with Sabraski in second. Bud Martini moved next to Sabraski and quickly made the pass. Martini then took a look at Fouquette as they drove door to door. Martini was quicker and took the lead as the yellow flew. Martini was first on the restart and
Danny Vang moved into second. Vang tried to make a pass on Martini, but Martini drove away taking the checkers. Vang, Fouquette, Tyler English and Putnam took the top points.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were next up to race with Mitch Hribar leading the way. Hribar took first with Keith Thell in second. Brandon Linquist and Chad Funt battled for fourth and moved to Abby Garin’s sides for third. Funt made the pass while Landon Atkinson took fourth. Hribar ran the low groove and hit a track tire causing the yellow to fly.

Thell took the lead position on the restart and Atkinson grabbed the high line. Atkinson passed Funt and then Thell for the lead. Funt also passed Thell for second making Keith battle his brother Kyle Thell for third. The yellow flew again and Atkinson held the lead through three cautions. Atkinson took the win with Funt, Kyle Thell, Hribar and Linquist in the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks awed the crowd with a caution free feature. James Trantina and Mike Loomis took the green and Loomis sped into the lead. Trantina, Mike Frolik, Kyle Robideau and Dexton Koch battled for top points as Trantina broke away. Trantina locked in second while Shane Sabraski moved through the traffic. Sabraski took third and closed in on Trantina. Trantina however had his eyes set on Loomis as he slid next to him.

Loomis and Trantina ran door to door a couple laps until Trantina pulled away. Trantina became the leader as Sabraski passed Loomis for second. Sabraski closed in on Trantina, and they ran panel to panel the remaining laps. With the checkers raised, Trantina crossed the line first taking his first feature win ever. Sabraski, Dan Gullikson, Frolik and Loomis took the top points.

Erik Peterson and Larry Zeller led the WISSOTA Modifieds on the track, and as they green dropped they battled for first. Trent Follmer moved into third as Zeller took the lead. Follmer and Peterson battled for second with Eric Martini and Dustin Nelson at it for fourth. Martini took fourth and moved next to Peterson for third. Martini began to work all grooves of the track to catch Follmer as Peterson slid over the tracks edge bringing the yellow out.

Zeller pulled away when the green reappeared while Follmer and Martini fought for second. Follmer and Martini crept in on Zeller and they all went for first. Zeller and Martini pulled away and Martini took the lead. Zeller however did not back down and quickly moved to Martini’s door. Zeller ran high and Martini ran low as Zeller nosed ahead enough to take the
point. Zeller was too high on the track and slid off allowing Martini to blast off into the lead. Zeller came back keeping the race green and was in third. Zeller closed in on Follmer until the lack of cushion got him again and he went
over. The yellow flew and cars were realigned with Martini in front for the green white checkered restart. Martini led the final lap and took the win with Sabraski, Follmer, J.B. Stortz and Nelson as the top drivers.

Jasmin Matthewman and Dannie Burkholder brought the Hornets to the green for the final race of the night. Burkholder quickly grabbed the lead with Zac Hribar in second and Erik Gruhlke in third. Burkholder immediately sped away putting a lot of air between him and Hribar. Brandon Opsahl moved into third and closed in on Hribar while Matthew Dibb broke into the top five. Dibb and Gabby Volkers went three wide with Gruhlke and Dibb took the point. Dibb then moved to Opsahl’s door and they battled for third. Opsahl and Dibb moved in on Hribar for second with the white waving. Opsahl, Dibb and
Hribar ran three wide but as the checkers waved. Dibb took second with Hribar, Opsahl and Volkers behind him as Staff Sargent Dannie Burkholder drove his #21 into victory lane.

Racing will resume next Friday at 7 pm.

Pogones, VandeKamp, Thell, Gullikson, Martini, and Volker Take Home Wins at Princeton

July 15th, 2013

Princeton, MN (July 12) – Friday night WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was in full swing at the Princeton Speedway with some exciting yet tough battles taking place. Justin Pogones, Jason VandeKamp, Kyle Thell, Dan Gullikson, Eric Martini and Gabby Volkers won those battles and took home features wins.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks rolled on the track for the night’s first feature. John Adams and Justin Pogones led the way and Pogones shot into the lead as the green flew. Adams grabbed second and Kurt Becken took third while Adams raced to Pogones’ side. Pogones held off Adams keeping first and Becken passed Adams for second. Dave Read moved in and battled Adams for third as Becken chased down the #01. Becken rode Pogones’ bumper, but Pogones put his foot down and pulled away. Pogones and Becken had a good lead, but Read claimed third and closed in on them. Read was working on Becken for second as the checkers were waved. Pogones drove his Northway Sports sponsored streeter into victory lane for the third time at Princeton. Becken, Read, Jim Gullikson and Adams took the top points.

Cory Bauman took the lead when the green dropped for the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Gino Fontecchio grabbed second with Bud Martini, Ryan Putnam and Jason Hall going for third. Putnam moved to the high groove and passed everyone taking the lead. Martini moved into second but the yellow flew. The restart had Putnam in command, but Martini and Jason VandeKamp joined him going three wide for the point.

Putnam retained the lead but Martini and VandeKamp kept close battling for second. Martini took over second, but VandeKamp didn’t back down. VandeKamp was back at Martini’s door as they rounded the bullring. Putnam was three wheeling around turn two as he drifted high and went over the edge. The yellow flew and Putnam gave up is lead. VandeKamp was first on the restart with Martini moving to his door. VandeKamp pulled away this round and took the checkers with Martini, Chad Fouquette, Jason Hall and Dave Siercks as the top drivers.

Mitch Hribar drove away from the competition as the WISSOTA Mod Fours took the green. Tommy Bawden moved to Hribar’s door for the lead, but Hribar quickly pulled away. The Thell Brothers of Keith and Kyle moved next to Chad Funt for third and they ran three wide. Kyle Thell took the point and passed Bawden for second as the yellow waved.

Hribar lead through three cautions with Bawden and Kyle Thell behind him. Thell drove to Hribar’s side for the lead, but again Hribar sped away. Landon Atkinson joined Thell for second as the white flew. Hribar grabbed the white, and with two turns left, his car flew over the tracks edge bringing out a yellow. Hribar coasted to the back of the field with Thell and Atkinson going for first. Thell took the win with Atkinson, Bawden, Brandon Linquist and Keith Thell as the top finishers.

Kyle Robideau and Chris Wark brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks on the track for the next feature. Wark and Robideau battled for first with Dan Gullikson and Dave Mass joining in. Robideau, Wark, Mass and Gullikson ran their Supers four wide around the little Princeton Speedway. Gullikson broke away claiming the lead with Wark holding second. Mass took third and Shane Sabraski passed Robideau grabbing fourth. Mass moved to the high groove and ran parallel with Wark for second. Sabraski also took the high line and ran behind Mass. Mass, Wark and Sabraski all went for second, as Mass nosed ahead. The high line was faster as Sabraski took third and Wark fell to fourth. Sabraski began to make his move on Mass, but the checkers were flying for Gullikson who took the win. Mass, Sabraski, Wark and Robideau took the top five points.

Erik Gruhlke and Zac Hribar battled for first as the Hornets took the track. Gabby Volkers broke her way through the traffic and took the lead with Matthew Dibb following her lead. Dibb claimed second and Hribar held third, but Brandon Mehrwerth moved into fourth and took third from Hribar. Volkers drove away and put her bright yellow #24 into victory lane with Dibb, Mehrwerth and Hribar as the top four.

The WISSOTA Modifieds grabbed everyone’s attention as Toby Patchen, Dave Mass, Eric Martini and Mike Kyllonen went four wide as the green dropped. Three laps went by with all four drivers fighting for the lead when finally Kyllonen broke away. Martini took second and moved to Kyllonen’s side. Martini took the point as Mass and Shane Sabraski ran door to door for third and moved next to Kyllonen. They ran three wide for second as the yellow flew.

The drivers were sorted with Martini leading the way. Mass took second while Dave Cain joined Kyllonen and Sabraski for third. Kyllonen fell back giving Cain and Sabraski the chance to duke it out. Mass moved aside Martini for first while Cain and Sabraski battled for third. Mass just didn’t have the snuff as Martini pulled away again. Cain and Sabraski continued to run door to door until Cain finally broke away and locked in third with few laps to go. Mass gave it one more run at Martini, but Martini held him back and took the win. Mass, Cain, Sabraski and Trent Follmer took the top points.

Next Friday is Kids Night and Meet the Drivers night at the Princeton Speedway. The night will feature events for the kids as well as a prolonged intermission for kids to join drivers on the track for a night of fun. Racing will resume at 7pm.

Martini Wins The Wissota Modified Feature at Princeton

July 8th, 2013

Princeton, MN – Fans were treated to more than just a regular night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action Friday night at the Princeton Speedway. Among the regular scheduled program of all six classes, the track ran all four make-up features from June 21, making it a night of ten features. Dan Gullikson, Bud Martini and Kyle Thell all took home
double feature wins with Eric Martini, Andy Jones, Kurt Becken and Matthew Dibb all taking home singles.

The first feature of the night was the make-up feature for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Ryan Putnam and Dave Siercks brought the drivers to the line and they battled as the green flew. Putnam grabbed the lead with Bud Martini moving into second. Putnam cruised around the quarter mile bull ring leaving his left front at home, but he spun out and the yellow flew. Martini assumed the lead and led through a series of cautions. Martini held his lead with Siercks and Matuska behind him. Putnam made his way back into the top five and as the checkers flew. Martini took the win with Siercks, Matuska, Putnam and Jeffrey Lien, Jr. in the top positions.

After a first lap caution in the WISSOTA Mod Four make-up feature, Kyle Thell took the lead with Brandon Linquist in second and Mitch Hribar battling Dean Larson for third. Thell immediately stretched out a lead but the yellow flew for Dan Kastner spinning in turn two.

Thell was first on the restart with Larson taking over second. Landon Atkinson moved into fourth and took third from Hribar. Atkinson took second and moved right behind Thell. With the white flying Atkinson was giving Thell all he had, but Thell held the lead and took the win. Atkinson settled in second with Cory VanMil, Keith Thell and Brandon Linquist in the top five.

Donnie Lofdahl and Dan Gullikson brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green and Gullikson quickly took the lead. Dave Read moved into second with Lofdahl and Dexton Koch going for third. Read was on Gullikson’s bumper and he went to his side for first. Gullikson pulled away as Lofdahl’s car went off the tracks high side and the yellow waved.

Gullikson was first on the restart with Sabraski and Read in tow. Read again grabbed second with Sabraski getting third. Read and Sabraski followed Gullikson’s lead as they drove away from the competition. Read made a few pokes at Gullikson to try and take the lead, but Gullikson held the line. As the checkers were raised, Sabraski moved to Read’s door and they crossed the line side by side. Gullikson took the make-up feature win with Read in second and Sabraski, Kyle Robideau and Mike Loomis rounding out the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were the final make-up feature of the night with Andy Jones and Larry Zeller in charge. Jones, Zeller and Sabraski went three-wide for the lead as the green flew and Jones took the point. Jones began to pull away while Zeller took second and J.B. Stortz grabbed third. As the drivers went through turn three, Todd Lofgren went sideways tying up Dustin Nelson and Andy Gordon bringing the yellow out.

Jones was first on the restart with J.B. Stortz in second. Shane Sabraski moved into third while Jeffrey Lien, Jr. took fourth. Jones, Stortz and Sabraski began to pull away, but Sabraski went off the tracks edge. Jones kept the lead as the green reappeared with Stortz and Lien, Jr. behind him. Jones won the feature even with Stortz, Lien, Jr., Shawn Fletcher and Andy Gordon in the top five.

Lexy Kastner and Brennon Gave led the Hornets on the track for the next feature. Matthew Dibb quickly worked his way from fourth into the lead and didn’t look behind him. Zac Hribar ran in second with Dannie Burkholder and Erik Gruhlke behind him. With few laps to go, Burkholder was forced into the infield which he took advantage of and came back on the track maintaing fourth. Burkholder moved to Gruhlke’s side and battled for third while Dibb grabbed the win. Hribar finished in second with Burkholder, Gruhlke and Quain Bustizky in the top points.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks kicked off the nights regular features with Amanda Milbrandt and Kurt Becken in the lead. Becken grabbed first with Brad Schmidt taking second. Kyle Howland and Ryan Kostreba battled for third as the first yellow flew. The feature would host six cautions making it tough for drivers to make moves. Kurt Becken kept his lead through the cautions while Schmidt held second. Ryan Kostreba locked in third while Justin Pogones and Kyle Howland battled for fourth. Howland took the point and Pogones settled in fifth while the race progressed. Becken, Schmidt, Kostreba, Howland and Pogones ran that order the majority of the race and finished in those same positions with Kurt Becken taking the trophy home.

Kyle Thell, Andy Mayavski and Dean Larson all battled for first as the green dropped for the WISSOTA Mod Four Feature. Mayavski grabbed the lead with Thell holding close in second. Thell moved to Mayavski’s side and quickly took the lead with Luke Johnson, Larson and Corry VanMil battling for third. A caution slowed the drivers down and put Johnson and Mayavski on Thell’s rear. Thell quickly pulled away when the lights went green and Mayavski took second.

Landon Atkinson made his way into the top points, moved passed Larson and to Mayavki’s side. Atkinson took second and started to chase down Thell who was a straight-away away. Atkinson caught Thell with two laps to go, but Thell was able to hold him back and took his second feature win of the night. Atkinson, Johnson, VanMil and Mayavski took the top five points.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were up and they ran their feature flag to flag. 14 year old Jeffrey Lien, Jr. grabbed the lead when the green flew with Dave Siercks making his way into second. Siercks ran on Lien, Jr.’s rear and they pulled away from others. Kyle Matuska moved into third, but Bud Martini moved into fourth, and then third. Martini slid passed Siercks taking second and was soon at Lien, Jr.’s side. Lien, Jr. gave Martini a challenge, but Martini pulled away claiming the lead.

Siercks now moved next to Lien, Jr. and they ran door to door for second. The laps ticked by and Lien, Jr. and Siercks were still side by side. Two laps remained when Martini began to lap, but all eyes were glued on Lien, Jr. and Siercks fighting for that second point. As Martini took the checkered flag Lien, Jr. gave it all he had and crossed the finish line ahead of Siercks getting second. Todd Rizer and Kyle Matuska finished out the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks followed the Midwest Mod’s and also ran a caution free feature. Donnie Lofdahl claimed the lead when the green flew with Dan Gullikson, Josh Schmit and Chris Wark going three wide for second. Wark and Gullikson broke away from Schmit but they kept the fight for second going. Gullikson locked in second and Wark claimed third with Dexton Koch and Kevin Burdick battling for fourth. Gullikson moved to Lofdahl’s door for first and after a short battle he took the lead. Gullikson immediately drove away from the others as Wark began to work on Lofdahl. Koch and Shane Sabraski moved in on Wark’s rear and Wark turned his attention to them.

Koch ran the high side and Sabraski was sneaking down low as Wark tried to hold them back. Koch was first at making the pass taking third, and then Sabraski made his pass putting Wark back in fifth. Koch took second from Lofdahl and Sabraski followed also passing Lofdahl. Gullikson caught some slower cars, but weaved through them with one lap to go. Gullikson took the win with Koch, Sabraski, Lofdahl and Wark taking the top points.

Jeff Patchen and Jeffrey Lien, Jr. took first and second as the green flew for the final feature of the night. Andy Jones moved into third and next to Lien, Jr. for second but Lien, Jr. kept him back in third. Jones, Dustin Nelson and Eric Martini were three wide for third with Jones and Martini breaking away. Martini and Jones went door to door for a couple laps until Martini took the point. Martini then passed Lien, Jr. getting second with Jones following his path. The yellow flew for a few drivers going over the track’s edge and the drivers were realigned.

Patchen was still in the lead with Lien, Jr. and Martini behind him. Martini took over second and Lien, Jr. battled Shane Sabraski for third. Sabraski grabbed third while Martini was next to Patchen. Martini moved around Patchen taking the lead with Sabraski closing in. Jones and Lien, Jr. had been battling for fourth, but with few laps to go, Jones locked it in. The race came to an end with Martini taking the WISSOTA Modified feature win followed by Patchen, Sabraski, Jones and Lien, Jr.

Mother Nature held off for Princeton

June 23rd, 2013

Princeton, MN – After receiving three inches of rain Thursday night, and severe thunderstorms on the way, the Princeton Speedway took the risk and put on a show of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The streets were the only class to race their feature, but all heats were in and the show was considered complete. Justin Pogones took the lone feature win of the night as the lightning grew too close.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first class of the night to run their heats and Dave Read and John Adams led the way. Kris Peterson however jumped into the lead with Ryan Kostreba in second and Read falling to third. Read however, moved to the high groove and made the passes taking the lead and won the heat.

Pat Zerfas and Kurt Becken brought the streets out for the next heat. Zerfas pulled away in the lead as Justin Pogones ran the dangerously wet low groove and went from fifth to second before turn three. Amanda Milbrandt also took the low groove and ran three wide for third with Becken and Russell Peterson before she took the point. Pogones chased down Zerfas, but Zerfas was too far gone and he took the win.

Mitch Weiss jumped into first as the green dropped for the first WISSOTA Midwest Modified heat. Bud Martini and Denis Czech battled for second, but Martini’s car slid and Czech took the point. After a caution, Czech was on Weiss’s rear and he put the pressure on Weiss. Weiss however held him back took the checkers.

The second heat was up and Gino Fontecchio ran side by side with Tyler English for the first point. Fontecchio grabbed the low groove and took the lead but Travis Saurer was moving in. Saurer quickly closed the gap with Fontecchio and without hesitation took the lead. Saurer kept that lead as the checkers flew giving him the win.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were next to run their heats and Larry Zeller grabbed the lead. Andy Gordon ran on Zeller’s bumper and he left the left front at home and three-wheeled his way into the lead. Zeller fell to second with Travis Saurer and JB Stortz battling for third. A series of cautions kept the drivers slow, but as the green flew again Zeller was battling Saurer for second. Gordon lead as the checkers flew with Zeller grabbing second and Saurer getting third.

As the green flew for the second heat, drivers bunched up and Jeffrey Lien, Jr. was pushed up the track nearly missing the wall. The drivers were realigned with Andy Jones in the lead. Shane Sabraski took second with Jordan Foster in third. Sabraski caught Jones and with the white waving, and Sabraski started poking around his doors. As they rounded turn four, both drivers floored it, and Jones crossed the line first taking the win.

Dean Larson and Mitch Hribar were door to door as the WISSOTA Mod Four heats began. Kyle Thell took third while Larson broke away from Hribar. Landon Atkinson made his way through the traffic and took over fourth, third and moved next to Hribar. Atkinson took second and chased Larson, but he didn’t have enough laps as Larson took the win.

The second Mod Four heat rolled on the track with Abby Garin and Dan Kastner battling for first. Cory VanMil moved behind the leaders and ran between them taking the lead. Keith Thell took second and Brandon Linquist took third. VanMil led through a couple cautions and took the win.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were the final heats of the night and Mike Frolik and Dan Gullikson brought them on the track. Gullikson took the lead as Dave Read grabbed second and Frolik fell to third. Read moved next to Gullikson for the lead with two laps to go. Gullikson and Read were side by side, but Gullikson nosed ahead enough to cross the line first and take the win.

Shane Sabraski pulled away from Adam Ayotte in the second heat with Dexton Koch in third. Mike Loomis moved aside Koch, and they joined Ayotte to go three wide for second. Koch took over second and Loomis grabbed third. Loomis was at Koch’s door with a lapped car, Koch however pulled away keeping second. Sabraski never looked back and took the win.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the only completed feature of the night as they took the track with Kris and Russell Peterson in the lead. K. Peterson took the lead but Ryan Kostreba moved to his door and quickly stole the lead. Justin Pogones took over second and began to chase down Kostreba. The yellow lights flickered slowing the leaders down. Kostreba was alone on the restart with eager Pogones behind him. Pogones moved to Kostreba’s door for the lead, and after a short battle Pogones took the point. Dave Read claimed third and slid behind Kostreba for second. Read worked Kostreba but Kostreba held him back. Pogones stretched out is lead as the yellow flew again.

Pogones was first on the restart with Kostreba and Read in tow. Read and Kostreba went to Pogones’ doors and they ran three wide through the tracks saturated turns. Pogones kept the lead and Kostreba took second while Read fell back putting John Adams in third. As they made another lap, Kyle Howland’s car edged over the track, and the hit some clay forcing him to roll. The race went red, and Howland climbed out of his car.

Pogones was still in the lead on the restart with three laps to go. Kostreba took second with Read moving to Kostreba’s side. Pogones went forward and beyond to take the feature win with Kostreba, Read, Adams and Becken taking the top five points.

Keep your eyes on the website at www.princetonspeedway.comfor make-up feature dates and information. Racing resumes next Friday at 7 pm.

Princeton Speedway Recap

June 17th, 2013

Princeton, MN – The Princeton Speedway started a new tradition on Friday night by hosting the Don Roseen Memorial Race. The race included increased payout for the Super stocks and other perks for the drivers. Sabraski won the memorial race and Eric Martini, Denis Czech, Rod DeBernardeaux, Landon Atkinson and Matthew Dibb took the regular feature wins with Tim Johnson and Rod DeBernardeaux taking the make-up wins.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks kicked the night off with their make-up feature from May 24. Kurt Becken and Kyle Howland brought the drivers to the green and they battled for the lead. Becken nosed ahead into first with Howland, Rod DeBernardeaux and Pat Zerfas driving away from the others. Jim Gullikson then made contact with Justin Pogones making Pogones stop dead on the track. The yellow flew and Gullikson was charged with the caution. Becken was first on the restart but DeBernardeaux took second and moved in on Becken. Pat Zerfas moved to Howland’s side for second, but Howland held him back. DeBernardeaux slid next to Becken again and this time took the point. DeBernardeaux stretched his lead out and took the checkers and his first feature win of the season. Kurt Becken, Kyle Howland, Pat Zerfas and Dave Read finished in the top points.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up to race with Donnie Lofdahl grabbing the lead. Adam Ayotte and Mike Loomis took second and third while Shane Sabraski battled Tim Johnson for fourth. Sabraski took fourth and cruised to Loomis’ door. They ran side by side and were on Ayotte’s bumper. Sabraski took third and moved below Ayotte as the yellow flew. Lofdahl continued to lead as the green reappeared but Sabraski moved to his low side. Sabraski and Lofdahl raced so close they made contact. Both drivers kept going, but Johnson took advantage of the situation and shot past them taking the lead. Sabraski kept close to Johnson for the lead but Johnson was faster. Johnson kept Sabraski in his dust as they crossed the finish line. Loomis, Chris Wark and Lofdahl were the top finishers.

The first regular feature of the night went to the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Tyler English battled Ryan Putnam for the lead. While they battled Denis Czech took third and watched them. When the time was right, Czech took the low groove and passed them both taking the lead. Bud Martini made his way through the traffic and battled with English for second while Justin Oestreich battled Putnam for fourth. Oestreich took the point and moved behind Martini and English. Martini took over second and Oestreich grabbed third putting English and Putnam back. Czech had a sizeable lead as Martini chased him down. Oestreich tried to close in on Martini, but Martini pulled away. Czech had two laps to go as Martini was closing in. Czech however was not worried and drove to the checkered flag. Martini, Oestreich, English and Alan Bohlman took the top points. Drew Johnson and Erik Gruhle brought the Hornets on the track but as the green flew the yellow flew too. After a couple early cautions, the hornets were off. Matthew Dibb didn’t waste a second and quickly shot into the lead. Dibb immediately pulled away with Gruhlke and Zac Hribar battling for second. Gruhlke kept second and Hribar remained in a close third. The white flew and Hribar moved to Gruhlke’s door. As they came down the front chute both drivers put their foot down, and Gruhlke took second with Hribar at this side in third. Dibb dominated the feature and got another clean sweep at Princeton.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks made their return to the racetrack with Jim Gullikson taking the lead. Kyle Howland took second and Ryan Kostreba grabbed third while Rod DeBernardeaux, Brad Schmidt and Gunderson went three wide for fourth. DeBernardeaux took fourth and then third by running the cushion. Gullikson looked strong in the lead, but Alec Nesbit’s drive shaft was laying in turn two brining the yellow out. Gullikson continued to lead with Howland and DeBernardeaux chasing him. DeBernardeaux took second and set eyes on Gullikson. DeBernardeaux closed the gap Gullikson had and got on his bumper. Dave Read made his way into third and joined the fun for first. Read was up high and made a swift move going between Gullikson and DeBernardeaux and grabbed the low groove. Read nosed ahead, but DeBernardeaux took the high side and passed him and Gullikson. DeBernardeaux drove off and took his second feature win of the night. The top five drivers were Read, Gullikson, Howland and Schmidt.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours rolled on the track with Andy Mayavski and Brandon Linquist on front row. Linquist took the lead and Keith Thell moved into second as the green waved. Mitch Hribar moved into third while Landon Atkinson came through the field. Atkinson took fourth and then flew past Hribar getting third. Atkinson drove to Thell’s door as the yellow flew. The restart order was Linquist with Thell and Atkinson in tow. Atkinson made his move to take the lead, but Linquist suffered a flat tire and went off the track. Atkinson took the lead on the restart and Hribar slid next to Thell. Thell and Hribar ran side by side until Hribar took the point. Atkinson held his lead with Hribar, Chad Funt, Thell and Nick Jelacie in the top five, and they ran that order until the checkers flew. Atkinson rolled his bright yellow #18a into victory lane for his second week in a row.

JT Johnson took the lead as the green dropped for the WISSOTA Modifieds. Jeremy Nelson moved into second with the field stacked three wide. Eric Martini made his way around Nelson and took second while JB Stortz drove to Nelson’s side. Martini and Johnson ran side by side for first while Stortz took third behind them. Martini and Stortz grabbed the low groove and blew past Johnson taking first and second. Sabraski claimed third and went to pass Stortz, but Stortz held him off as the yellow flew. A couple cautions kept the drivers slow, but when they were set free Martini and Stortz drove away. Stortz kept close to Martini as Sabraski was in a distant third. Martini and Stortz kept their speed up, and Martini kept the lead as they took the checkers. Sabraski, Dustin Nelson and Larry Zeller finished behind Stortz in the top points.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks closed out the program with the Don Roseen Memorial Race. Roseen’s grandson Donnie Lofdahl started on the pole with Jeff Frey at his door. Lofdahl took he lead and Dave Read grabbed the low line. Read moved next to Lofdahl, but Lofdahl held him off. Dave Mass decided to make his move on Lofdahl, he was successful stealing the lead with Read, Chris Wark and Shane Sabraski following his trail. Sabraski went from fifth to third and took second from Lofdahl. Mass hugged the tires and Sabraski ran the cushion as they battled for first. The high side was faster and Sabraski took the lead. Dexton Koch followed Sabraski’s plan and moved into third. A series of cautions plagued the super’s keeping them slow for many laps. Once the race was under way again not many laps remained. Sabraski pulled away as soon as the green lights clicked on and didn’t look back. Mass, Koch, Mike Frolik and Mike Loomis took the top five points and held them until the checkers flew. Sabraski took the win and the $600 payday.

Next Friday night will be a kid’s night featuring fun activities for the kids. Racing will resume at 7 pm.

The UMSS was in town at Princeton Speedway

June 10th, 2013

Princeton, MN –  The UMSS Sprint cars visited the Princeton Speedway Friday night for the Billy Anderson Memorial race, and the fans squished together filling the stands. Along with the sprints, all six regular classes were on hand and the
night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was full of excitement. Justin Pogones, Landon Atkinson, Jeremy Nelson, Shane Sabraski, Larry Zeller and Gabby Volkers took feature wins with Brooke Tatnell taking the sprint feature win.

21 UMSS Sprint cars signed into the Princeton Speedway and didn’t let the fans down. The feature was full of battles, quick passes and of course a fire and a roll over. Lee Grosz led the first half of the feature but Brooke Tatnell causally chased him down. With about eight laps to go, Tatnell shot through the curves and took the lead. Tatnell led the remaining laps with Grosz keeping close in second. Tatnell took the win and celebrated by doing multiple donuts in the infields grass. Lee Grosz, Cody Hahn, Chris Graf, and Tony Norem took the top five points.

Kurt Becken and Behn Mensen led the WISSOTA Street Stocks on the track for the night’s first feature. The track was slick after some maintenance, so three back to back cautions kept the drivers at a slow pace. Becken kept the lead as the green
reappeared with Justin Pogones and Dave Read dueling for second. Pogones however flew ahead and took the lead from Becken. Becken and Read battled for second but the yellow flew again as Becken spun into the infield.

The restart was Pogones with Tourville claiming second and Read in third. Read put the pressure on Tourville for second, but Read’s car hit a rut allowing Pat Zerfas to fly past him. Another caution allowed Read to move into third and get next to Tourville for second, but Tourville was faster keeping the point. Tourville closed in on Pogones as the checkered was raised. Pogones held his lead and took the win with Tourville in second. Zerfas made a last second pass finishing third with Read and Becken in the top five.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours entertained the fans with a caution free feature! As the green flew Andy Nelson grabbed the lead with Andy Mayavski and Brandon Linquist fighting for second. Linquist took second and Mayavski’s car was quite loose on the track giving Landon Atkinson and Kyle and Keith Thell the chance to pass him. Chad Funt slid next to Linquist for second, but Linquist held him off as Atkinson moved in. Atkinson went low and took third, scooted next to Linquist and grabbed second before the lap was over. Atkinson went back to the low groove and found Nelson with a slower car. Atkinson made the pass, took the lead and drove away while Linquist, Funt and Nelson all battled for second. Atkinson took the win with Funt, Linquist, A. Nelson and Ky. Thell taking top points.

Gino Fontecchio claimed the lead as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the track. Alan Bohlman, Jeremy Nelson and Denis Czech all went three wide for second with Nelson getting the point. Nelson flew around Fontecchio stealing the lead while
Bohlman and Czech moved next to Fontecchio. Fans then noticed an orange glow under the #F5 car, and soon Chad Fouquette’s car was up in flames. The red lights turned on as emergency crews went to Fouquette.

The drivers were sorted for the restart with Nelson in the lead. Bohlman, Czech, Mark Froehlich and Bud Martini took the top five with Nelson pulling away. Froehlich and Czech were side by side for third and they moved to Bohlman’s doors for second. Bohlman held them off, but the following lap Czech ran low and took the position. Froehlich followed in Czech’s path taking third and Bohlman fell to fourth. Nelson was far off in the lead but Czech and Froehlich were side by side for second. As Nelson took the win, Froehlich nosed ahead finishing second with Czech, Bohlman and Jon Frolik taking the top points.

Mike Frolik and Dave Read battled side by side for first and James Trantina and Dan Gullikson battled for third, the first five laps of the WISSOTA Super Stock feature. Frolik broke away from Read and took the lead with Gullikson grabbing third. Trantina and Mike Loomis battled for fourth with Shane Sabraski nosing his way in. Read ran the cushion and moved alongside Frolik again for the lead as Dave Mass was out of action in turn four.

The yellow flew, and according to the last fully scored lap, Read was first on the restart. Frolik and Gullikson were on his rear, but Read pulled away. Sabraski took third and moved next to Frolik for second, but Frolik ran the low side and was parallel to Read again. Sabraski wedged his way in between them and they all fought for first. With few laps left, Sabraski nudged Read in turn three allowing him to grab the lead. Read held second with Frolik, Gullikson and Loomis taking the top five with the checkers waving. Sabraski drove his #7a super stock in the Wagamon Brothers Victory Lane for the first time this season at Princeton.

The Modifieds rolled on the track for the last WISSOTA feature of the night. Larry Zeller took the early lead with Dave Mass in second. Andy Jones passed JB Stortz for third while Zeller drove away. Jones took second from Mass and Trent Follmer also made the pass getting third. Jones and Follmer were battling for second as contact was made. Between the contact and the track conditions, Jones’ car broke and Follmer suffered a flat causing both cars to exit.

Zeller was first on the restart with Stortz and Dustin Nelson in tow. Stortz grabbed second with Clayton Wagamon taking third. Wagamon ran the high side and moved next to Stortz for second, but Wagamon was a bit too high and went off the tracks edge. Zeller maintained the lead on the restart but Stortz was at his door. Zeller however ran the cushion, and crossed the line first taking his first feature win of the season. JB Stortz, JT Johnson, Dave Cain and Dustin Nelson rounded out the top five.

The Princeton Hornets completed the night of racing with Matthew Dibb and Erik Gruhlke on the front line. Dibb grabbed the early lead with Gabby Volkers and Gruhlke battling for second. Drew Johnson’s car was not handling well, and the yellow flew as his rear tires broke off. Dibb was first on the restart but Volkers was coming for him. Volkers made her way under Dibb in turn one and they ran side by side until Volkers made the pass. Dibb held onto second, and with two laps to go he caught Volkers. The checkers were raised and Volkers caught a rut on the track. Dibb gave it a final run, but Volkers held him off and took the win.

Six Classes run Plus Make up features at Princeton

June 3rd, 2013

Princeton, MN – Friday night was packed full of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Series racing action at the Princeton Speedway. All six classes’ regular features were completed, as well as three make-up features from the prior week. Curt Myers, Dave Read, Tim Johnson, Clayton Wagamon all took home feature wins with Bud Martini and Mitch Hribar taking home two trophies each.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds ran their make-up feature right away with Chad Fouquette taking the lead. Bud Martini and Ryan Putnam battled for second but Martini took the point and slid next to Fouquette for the lead. Fouquette held Martini off a few laps, but Martini grabbed the lead. Fouquette settled in second and noticed Jeremy Nelson and Denis Czech on his rear. Czech, Nelson and Fouquette went three wide for second, and Fouquette fell back allowing Nelson and Czech to pass.

A caution slowed the drivers down, but this gave Nelson and Czech a chance to get Martini. As the green flew, Martini took off like a bullet and Czech grabbed second and Nelson got third. They ran that order until the checkers and Martini drove into victory lane. , Denis Czech, Jeremy Nelson, Chad Fouquette and Travis Schulte took the top five.

Nick Jelacie and Brandon Lindquist brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the line for the next make-up feature. Lindquist took the early lead with Kyle Thell grabbing second. Mitch Hribar and Jelacie fought for third but Hribar took the point. Lindquist and Thell pulled away from the others while Dustin Zieske caught Hribar. Hribar and Zieske closed the gap with the leaders and soon the top drivers drove in line scouting out when to make their move.

Hribar then moved alongside Thell and took the point while sliding next to Lindquist. They began to lap drivers when Lindquist made contact with a slower car spinning them out. The yellow flew and Lindquist was charged with the caution. Hribar became the new leader with Zieske and Thell in tow. Hribar kept his foot down until the checkered flew, and he took his first career feature win in his Lockstar Locksmith Mod Four. Dustin Zieske, Kyle Thell, Troy Kuehl and Matt Staab were the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were the final make-up feature of the night and Erik Peterson jumped into the lead with Dave Cain grabbing second. Larry Zeller moved into third and challenged Cain for second, but Cain held him off.

By now, Peterson had a significant lead, but Cain set his eyes on him and within laps, Cain caught him. A couple of cautions slowed the mods down, but when the race got going, Peterson was still the one to beat.

Myers moved into second with Cain and Zeller on his rear when something broke on Peterson’s making him clip the wall. He continued off the track keeping the race green and Myers assumed the lead with few laps to go. Cain again closed in on the leader, but with two laps to go Myers pulled away. Myers kept that lead and took the win with Dave Cain, J.B. Stortz, Larry Zeller and Jeremy Nelson taking top points behind him.

Dannie Burkholder and Brennen Gave brought the Hornets onto the track for their feature, and Burkholder took the lead. Gave and Matthew Dibb moved to Burkholder’s sides and they went three wide for first. Dibb pulled ahead through the turn and took the lead with Burkholder and Gave going for second. Dibb kept on pulling away with Gave grabbing second and Justin Schelitzche moving into third. Schelitzche took second and closed in on Dibb for first. Dibb noticed the driver in second, and drove away taking another feature win in his 2013 season.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first regular feature of the night with Jon Gunderson and Kyle Howland in the front. Howland took the lead with Rod DeBernardeaux on his tail. DeBernardeaux tried to take the lead, but Howland pulled away. Pat Zerfas took third with Ryan Kostreba, Dave Read, Brad Schmidt, Gunderson, Ben Rothstein, and Justin Pogones all sticking close and wanting the fourth point. The drivers went three and even four wide while swapping positions until Read broke away.

Howland had a great lead but Read made his way into third, and then took second with Schmidt following his lead. Read and Schmidt caught Howland for first, but Howland didn’t let off. The three of them fought for first with slower traffic, but that gave Read the advantage and Read took the lead. With only two laps left, Read pulled away in first and Schmidt moved into second. Read kept the lead and wheeled his Wollak Construction #21R into victory lane. Brad Schmidt, Kyle Howland, Jim Gullikson and Justin Pogones were the top finishers.

Kyle Matuska took the lead when the green dropped for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Jason VandeKamp and Bud Martini battled for second and VandeKamp took the point. Ryan Bowers moved next to Martini for third but Martini kept it. Matuska was flying on the high side, but he got too high and lost control allowing VandeKamp and Martini to sling shot by on the low line. VandeKamp took the lead, but before the lap was done the yellow flew resetting the drivers.

A series of cautions kept the drivers running slow, but Matuska took the lead when the race resumed. Martini and Bowers moved to Mistake’s doors and they scrimmaged for first. Matuska pulled away and Martini moved to the tracks fast high groove and took the lead. Martini, Matuska and VandeKamp were close for the top points, and they made their way through slower drivers until the yellow flew. With only one lap to go, Martini was alone on the restart and didn’t look back taking his second feature win of the night. Top positions were taken by Jason VandeKamp, Kyle Matuska, Justin Oestreich and Ryan Bowers.

The Mod Fours’ feature was plagued with cautions but it was Matt Staab who led most of the race. Staab, Ross Mead and Mitch Hribar ran close for the top points and Staab held them off. Hribar looked at Mead’s rear for a while until he grabbed the low groove and took over second. A caution slowed the drivers down and the restart was Staab in first and Hribar and Mead in tow. Hribar and Mead went to Stab’s sides and they went three wide for first. Staab pulled away but Hribar got a good run and moved to his side.

As they went through turn four, Staab spun out and drivers scattered to miss him. Staab was charged with the caution and went to the rear giving up his lead to Hribar. On the restart, Hribar drove away and in turn two, Mead, Staab and Troy Kuehl all looped their cars on the tracks black surface. Hribar held the lead on the restart and with one lap to go, he drove away and took his second feature win of the night in his Mod Four. Dustin Zieske, Troy Kuehl, Keith Thell and Tom Hoeft were the top finishers.

Andy Davey took the lead as the green flew for the WISSOTA Super Stock feature. Dan Gullikson, Adam Ayotte and Tim Johnson all battled for second with Gullikson getting the point. Gullikson moved to Davey’s side and stole the lead but Davey remained close and Tim Johnson moved in. Gullikson stretched out his lead while Johnson tried to get second. Davey pulled away and Johnson hung out in third as James Trantina then flew off the tracks edge bringing the yellow out.

A series of cautions kept the drivers at a slow pace, but Gullikson kept the lead. With a few laps to go one more caution would slow the drivers down, as part of Gullikson’s car flew into the fence and he didn’t make it off the track. The final restart was Tim Johnson in first with Dave Mass and Shane Sabraski behind him. Sabraski and Mass kept close to Johnson but Johnson took the win. Sabraski, Mass, Mike Loomis and Dexton Koch topped the top five.

The night of nine features wrapped up with the WISSOTA Modifieds. Clayton Wagamon and JT Johnson brought the drivers to the line, and Wagamon grabbed the lead. Jeremy Nelson took second and Johnson, Sabraski and Andy Jones fought for third. Sabraski took third as the leaders began to space out. Wagamon and Nelson had already began to lap slower drivers when Sabraski caught Nelson. Sabraski and Nelson battled for second as the yellow flew.

Wagamon led the drivers through three cautions, and held off Sabraski as the green reappeared. Sabraski grabbed the low groove and ran parallel to Wagamon for first while Nelson, Eric Martini and Dave Cain went three wide for third. Wagamon and Sabraski were tied up as they went into turn three, and with the checkered in sight they floored it. Wagon’s trusty high line was faster and he put his car in the Wagamon Brothers Victory Lane. Sabraski, Martini, Nelson and Myers took the top points.

Next Friday the Princeton Speedway will host the Billy Anderson Memorial race featuring the UMSS Sprints and all six of our regular classes. Even with all the extra racing action, admission prices will not be raised at all! Regular admission for all fans in the stands and the pits as well!

Pogones, VandeKamp, Lindquist, Koch, and Sabraski Take Home Feature Wins at Princeton, MN

May 21st, 2013

Princeton, MN – The second week of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt track racing was in full action on Friday night, even though mother nature threatened with rain. The full night of racing was completed with Justin Pogones, Jason VandeKamp, Brandon Lindquist, Dexton Koch and Shane Sabraski taking feature wins.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first feature of the night with Jim Gullikson and James Becker leading the way. Gullikson grabbed the early lead with Becken, Becker and Rod DeBernardeaux going for second. Justin Pogones made his way from eighth to fifth, and then next to Becken for third. Pogones took third and drove alongside DeBernardeaux for second. Gullikson’s car then suffered mechanical issues and stalled exiting the track. The yellow flew and drivers were realigned.

DeBernardeaux was first on the restart with Pogones and Becken behind him. Pogones drove around DeBernardeaux and took the lead with Becken going to deBernardeaux’s door. Pogones kept the lead after a couple yellow’s and had Brad Schmidt on his rear. Pogones continued to lead, but Schmidt was close. Schmidt was gaining on Pogones, but Pogones took the checkers and won. Brad Schmidt, Behn Mensen, Dave Read and James Becker rounded out the top five.

Pat Zerfas and Rod DeBernardeaux won the Street Stock heats.

Jason VandeKamp brought the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the line for the next feature. VandeKamp immediately pulled away from the field with Jeremy Nelson and Ryan Bowers battling for second. Bowers took second and Nelson held Bud Martini off
for third. As Bowers chased down VandeKamp, multiple cars spun in turn two slowing the leaders down.

VandeKamp was first on the restart with Bowers and Nelson behind him. Bowers and Nelson raced for second again, and as the laps passed by, the battle continued. With less than ten laps remaining, Bowers finally pulled ahead of Nelson and clinched second. Nelson held onto third but Martini and Denis Czech were on his rear. They moved to his doors and the three of them went for third. Nelson grabbed the high line and clipped the front wall, allowing Martini and Czech to pass him.

Czech took over third and Martini settled in fourth, while Bowers caught VandeKamp with one to go. VandeKamp took the checkered flag and wheeled his FYE Motorsports sponsored car into victory lane.

Jeremy Nelson, Vince Corbin and Bud Martini won the Midwest Modified heats.

Brandon Lindquist took the lead when the flag flew for the WISSOTA Mod Fours, and he never looked back. Abby Garin and Mitch Hribar fought for second, and Hribar took the point. Lindquist already had a sizeable lead, so Hribar put his foot down. Kyle Thell made his way through the pack and took third from Chad Funt with the race half over. Hribar was closing the gap on Lindquist, but Thell quickly caught Hribar. Thell tried to take second, but Hribar pulled away and kept sight on Lindquist. Lindquist could feel Hribar getting close, but Lindquist saw the checkers and took the win. Mitch Hribar, Kyle Thell, Chad Funt and Ross Mead were the top finishers.

Ross Mead and Kyle Thell took the heat wins.

The Princeton Hornets took the track with Matthew Dibb and Dan Rick battling for first as the green flew. Dibb took the early lead with Rick and Tony Baker behind him. Dibb and Rick pulled away from the other drivers, but it was Dibb who was flying. Dibb lead every lap of the feature and took the win. Dan Rick, Zac Hribar, Trevor Rodiger and Brennon Gave were the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up to race with Chris Wark and Dexton Koch on the front line. Koch took the quick lead as the green flew with Shane Sabraski and Dave Mass moving to Wark’s side for second. Sabraski took second, Mass grabbed third and Dan Gullikson settled in fourth. Koch, Sabraski and Mass all ran the high line and pulled away from the other drivers. Sabraski moved to the low groove to take the lead from Koch, but Koch was faster and kept the lead. Sabraski then moved back high and retained second.

Koch, Sabraski and Mass flew along the top side in single file as the laps ticked away. With only two to go, Mass got a run out of three and went to the low groove to make a pass, but the high line was too fast and Mass kept third. Sabraski gave it a final push to get Koch, but Koch held his line and took the win.

Koch also won the heat for the night, giving him a clean sweep and his first feature win ever.

Erik Peterson and Dustin Nelson led the WISSOTA Modifieds through turn four as the green flew. Peterson pulled ahead, but J.B. Stortz and Nelson passed him and Nelson took the lead. Stortz however passed Nelson and took the first. Peterson was in third with Shane Sabraski and Larry Zeller next to him and they went three wide for third. Sabraski took third, then took second and set out for Stortz. Stortz and Sabraski had a good lead as Sabraski made the pass taking the point from Stortz.

A couple of cautions plagued the Modifieds, but Sabraski held the lead as the race got underway. Stortz and Nelson tried to make moves on Sabraski, but Sabraski pulled away and set the cruise. Sabraski took the win, making it two feature wins at the Princeton Speedway this season. J.B. Stortz, Dustin Nelson, Tim Alexander and J.T. Johnson took the top points.

Modified heat wins went to Andy Jones and Dustin Nelson.

Racing will resume next Friday at 7pm for the Princeton Speedway Memorial Weekend Race.

Three way Battles for Finishes at Princeton

August 26th, 2012

Princeton, MN – With only one night of racing left at the Princeton Speedway, many drivers and fans came out to see another night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. A lot of side by side action, three way battles and
close finishes filled the nights races, fans were not disappointed with the racing action. Bud Martini, Corry VanMil. Pat Zerfas, Shane Sabraski and Dave Cain all took home feature wins.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were the first feature of the night with Jason Meyer and Doug Frederick leading the way. Meyer grabbed the lead as the green flew with Frederick and Cory Bauman battling for second and Chad Fouquette and Denis behind them. Frederick’s car then went over the tracks edge bringing the yellow out. Meyer would lead through a couple restarts and keep first with Bauman and Fouquette battling for second. Bauman cruised past Meyer and took the lead with Dave Siercks moving to battle Meyer for second. Meyer held onto second and moved next to Bauman for the lead and reclaimed it. Siercks moved next to Bauman as the yellow flew again. When the green dropped Siercks moved to Meyer’s side And took the lead with Ryan BOwers following closely. Bowers and Meyer battled for second with Meyer keeping the point. Bowers held onto third but Bud Martini, Denis Czech and Jason VandeKamp were behind him. The four of them battled for third until Czech grabbed it and moved next to Meyer for second. Martini and Bowers kept the battle for fourth going until Czech took second. Martini locked in third and Meyers dropped to fourth with Bowers at his side. The yellow however flew again slowing the drivers down. Siercks was first on the restart with Czech and Martini in tow. Martini moved next to Siercks for first with Jeremy Nelson and Czech battling behind him. After a short battle, Martini took the lead with Siercks, Czech, Nelson and Bowers took the top five points. One more yellow flew as Nelson suffered mechanical problems and went to the infield. Martini was first on the restart and Czech grabbed second putting Siercks into third. Martini led the drivers the final laps and took another feature win.

Tommy Bawden took the early lead as the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours took the green flag. Tom and Brandon Kellen went three wide with Kyle Thell for second with Thell getting the point. Thell then moved next to Bawden for the lead and grabbed the point. The yellow flew slowing the drivers down with Thell in first. Corry VanMil flew ahead on the green and took the lead with Thell, Abrahamson and Bawden behind him. Rob VanMil however moved into fourth and took third from Thell as C. VanMil stretched out a lead. Abrahamson was running strong in second and slowly closed the gap as the laps passed on. Mitch Hribar was coming strong through the traffic and closed in on Dean Larson for fifth with a few laps to go. C. VanMil and Abrahamson began to lap other cars with two laps to go. Hribar and Larson were side by side for fifth as they took the white flag. Corry VanMil kept his foot down and took the checkered flag with Abrahamson, R. VanMil, Thell and Hribar getting the top five.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the next race up for the night with Brad Schmidt taking the immediate lead. Kyle Howland took second with Kevin Schmidt, Jon Gunderson, Kurt Becken, and Behn Mensen all battling for third. K. Schmidt took third and moved alongside Howland for second with Becken taking fourth behind them. K. Schmidt took second and moved in on the other Schmidt for the lead. Kevin Schmidt took the lead with Brad keeping close in second. Howland, Gunderson and Pat zerfas finished out the top five drivers as Justin Pogones moved to the low side of Zerfas for fifth. B. Schmidt’s car then spun around on the back stretch and the yellow flew. Schmidt climbed out of his car due to some flames under the car. His car was ok, but since he got out he was unable to continue racing. The drivers were realigned with K. Schmidt in the lead. Zerfas made his way into third and moved next to Howland for second with Behn Mensen joining the battle. Mensen took second with Zerfas and Howland battling Ryan Kostreba for third. Zerfas moved to the tracks high side and found some tack allowing him to take over third and then second. Kostreba moved into third and Mensen fell to fourth, but the yellow flew. Kevin Schmidt was still first on the restart with Zerfas and Mensen behind him. Mensen and Zerfas battled for second as the green flew with Kostreba and Pogones in the top points. With few laps remaining Zerfas again ran the high groove and took over second. Zerfas then ran next to Schmidt for the lead and as they came out of turn four Zerfas had a slight lead. The white flew with Zerfas ruling the high side and as the checkered flew, Zerfas took it first with Schmidt half a second behind him. Zerfas cruised to Victory Lane in his AJ’s Complete Automotive Street Stock for his first feature win ever.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up for the feature events. Dexton Koch and Adam Ayotte led the drivers to the line and as the green waved, Josh Anderson flew in between them and the race went three wide. Anderson and Ayotte broke away battling for first with Ayotte grabbing the point. Dave Mass moved into third and then took over second. Mass made a pass under Ayotte and took the lead with Ayotte holding second. Dan Gullikson and Koch battled for third with Mike
Loomis in fourth. Just then, Gullikson and Tim Patchen pulled into the infield putting Shane Sabraski into fourth. Sabraski passed Loomis and Koch and caught Ayotte. Sabraski quickly and passed Ayotte and set eyes on Mass. Loomis moved next to Ayotte for third and they began a battle as Sabraski chased down Mass. Within a few laps Sabraski caught Mass and Ayotte still battled Loomis for third. Loomis was able to pass Ayotte and take third while Sabraski and Mass ran door to
door for first. Sabraski took over the lead and Mass kept close to him as they had a half track lead over the others. Sabraski kept his lead and took the feature win with Mass, Looms, Ayotte and Chris Wark taking the top five.

The final feature of the night was for the Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds. Toby Patchen grabbed the lead as the green dropped with Clayton Wagamon, Erik Peterson and J.B. Stortz going three wide for second. Wagamon grabbed second with Peterson, Larry Zeller and Stortz behind him. Zeller, Peterson and Stortz again went three wide and Stortz took third with Zeller and Peterson on his rear. Stortz, Peterson and Zeller kept it close and battled for third as Dave Cain joined the party. Wagamon moved next to Patchen for the lead and grabbed it putting Patchen in second. Stortz and Zeller battled for third and slid next to Patchen for second. Stortz’s car backed off a little, but Cain moved in and joined Zeller in the battle with Patchen for second. Stortz and Shane Sabraski got together in turn one and the yellow flew slowing the drivers down. Wagamon was first on the restart with Zeller and Patchen behind him. Zeller took second on the restart with Cain in third and Sabraski battling Patchen for fourth. Zeller went low and Cain went high as they battled for second. Cain was faster up high and took second and he began to track down Wagamon. Sabraski moved next Zeller and took over third as Wagamon caught slower drivers. Wagamon began to work through the lapped traffic, which allowed Cain to catch him. With only one lap to go, Cain was on the rear bumper of Wagamon. Wagamon made it through the lapped cars but Cain was at his door as they entered the final turn. Cain and Wagamon were nose to nose as they exited four, but Cain was a bit faster and crossed the finish line first in a photo finish taking the win with Wagamon in a close second.

Next Friday is the final night of racing at the Princeton Speedway. ThE staff would like to send out a huge thank you to all of the drivers, pit crew, fans and families that came to the Princeton Speedway this season. We look forward to seeing everyone next Friday for the final night of the 2012 racing year.

Kids win Bikes at Princeton, Kostreba, VanMil, Sabraski and Johnson bring in Wins

August 19th, 2012

Princeton, MN – Friday Night was kids night at the Princeton Speedway and many fans filled the stands for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series Action. Kids registered to win bikes, for treats from the food stand, to be junior fan and they got to meet the drivers during intermission. Kids night is always a fun time and the kids enjoy every second of it. They also got to see some great racing action with Ryan Kostreba, Corry VanMil, Shane Sabraski take home feature wins with Tim Johnson getting two trophies.

Josh Beaulieu and Pat Zerfas led the WISSOTA Street Stocks out for the night’s first feature. Zerfas pulled into the lead with Ryan Kostreba and Tim Johnson moving behind him. Johnson and Kostreba moved to Zerfas’ sides and they battled three wide for the lead as the yellow they and they were slowed. The restart was Zerfas with Johnson and Kostreba in tow. Behn Mensen was running in fourth and tapped Kostreba’s rear end and Kostreba spun around. The yellow flew and Mensen was charged for the caution. Zerfas again was first on the restart with Kostreba and Johnson going for second. Brad Schmidt and Justin Pogones battled for fourth as Kostreba took over second. Kostreba moved to the door of Zerfas as Schmidt moved alongside Johnson. Pogones kept close to Schmidt as Kostreba made the pass on Zerfas and took the lead. Johnson slid next to Zerfas for second with Pogones following him. Johnson was able to take second and Pogones took third with Zerfas close in fourth. Pogones drove next to Johnson and they ran side by side for second until Pogones took the point. After another lap passed Johnson retired to the infield putting Zerfas into third. Birthday boy Kostreba held off the competition and took the feature win.

Brandon Lindquist and Mitch Hribar brought the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours out for the next feature. As the green flew, Corry VanMil cruised into the lead with Hribar grabbing second and Troy Kuehl battling Josh Abrahamson for third. Abrahamson took third with Rob VanMil moving next to him on the tracks high groove. R. VanMil and Abrahamson moved next to Hribar and battled three wide for second with Abrahamson taking the point. R. VanMil continued to run the high side and moved next to Abrahamson for second. They ran side by side for many laps battling for second until R. VanMil finally clinched the point. Abrahamson, Kuehl and Hribar filled points three though five with the VanMil’s battling for the lead. Lindquist then spun out in turn two and the yellow flew with one lap to go. C. VanMil led through the restart with R. VanMil and Abrahamson behind him. The VanMil’s raced to the checkered, but Corry kept his lead and took the feature win.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up to race with Kyle Matuska and George Sniezek leading the way. After four restarts without a lap in, the drivers were able to get a couple laps ran. Justin Oestreich flew to the tracks low groove and took the lead with Rob VanMil and Shane Sabraski behind him. Sabraski moved to the tracks high side and moved into the lead with Oestreich holding onto second. VanMil and Bud Martini battled for third with Ryan Bowers moving in behind them. The yellow again would fly and slow down the drivers with Sabraski running in first. As the green flew Martini stole second putting Oestreich in third trying to hold off Bowers for the point. Bowers however took third and as he ran the high side the #199 flew around turn three and off the track. Bowers continued to drive and reentered the track in turn four avoiding a caution, but the yellow flew for a different racer. The restart was single since they were on caution six, Sabraski was first with Martini and Oestreich behind him. Martini moved next to Sabraski for the lead and took it but Martini stayed close. Oestreich and Jeremy Nelson battled for third as the yellow fly again. Martini was first on the restart with Sabraski and Nelson behind him and as the green flew Sabraski was next to Martini. Sabraski retook the lead with Martini, Nelson, Oestreich and Mike Frolik behind him. The drivers exceeded the 20 laps or 20 minutes rule after 14 laps, so the white waved with Sabraski in the lead. Sabraski kept the lead and won the feature event.

After a first lap caution, the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks were in full action with Adam Ayotte and Josh Anderson racing for first. Anderson took the lead while Ayotte battled Tim Johnson for second and Chris Wark battled Devin Neske for fourth. Johnson was able to take second as Wark took fourth and moved next to Ayotte for third. Wark took third as Johnson chased down Anderson. Johnson moved next to Anderson for the lead and they began to fight for first. Mike Loomis took fourth and moved next to Wark for third. Wark kept a slight lead while Loomis, Ayotte, Neske and Shane Sabraski all battled for that fourth point. Loomis nosed ahead and took third from Wark, Neske took fourth and Wark, Sabraski and Ayotte ran three wide for fifth. Johnson and Anderson were still battling for the first, but Anderson continued to exit the curves quicker keeping a slight lead. The race was half over as Anderson and Johnson caught slower cars. They were still going back and forth for the lead as they began to work through slower drivers. Sabraski took over fourth and moved next to Loomis for third as they also caught the slower cars. Johnson and Anderson maneuvered their way through the slower pack of cars, and Johnson was able to take the lead with Anderson in a close second. With only five laps remaining, Anderson tried to retake the lead but Johnson held him back and took the feature win. Anderson, Loomis, Sabraski and Neske took the top five points.

Erik Peterson and Shawn Fletcher led the Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds to the green for the final race of the night. Peterson grabbed the lead with Fletcher, J.B. Stortz and Tim Johnson going three wide for second. Johnson took second with Stortz and Fletcher behind him. Fletcher moved next to Stortz for third as Johnson took the lead from Peterson. Fletcher took third and Stortz battled Dave Mass for fourth. The race was half way as Johnson continued to stretch out his lead running the track’s high groove. Fletcher also ran the high line and moved alongside Peterson for second. Fletcher grabbed second with Peterson, Mass and Curt Myers as the top drivers. Johnson began to lap slower cars as Dave Cain made his way into sixth, he started 13th, and caught Myers. Cain and Myers battled for fifth with lapped cars and just as Cain took the point the yellow flew. The restart was Johnson with Fletcher and Peterson behind him, but too many eager drivers jumped the start and they were slowed again. Johnson kept the lead as the green flew with Peterson taking second. Fletcher, Mass and Myers went three wide for third with one lap to go. Fletcher took third and Myers got fourth making Mass settle in fifth as they checkered dropped. Johnson took the win, his second feature win of the night.

With only two nights of racing left in the 2012 racing season, the staff and management of the Princeton Speedway would like to thank all the loyal fans and drivers that have made 2012 a success. We look forward to seeing you next Friday for races at 7pm.

Mille Lacs County Fair and Wissota Amsoil Auto Racing = Great Night of Racing

August 14th, 2012

Princeton, MN – The Mille Lacs County fair was in full swing as the night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action entertained many fans on Friday night. The track was in great shape as the drivers put on an excellent show of racing for the fans. Dave Read, Landon Atkinson and Bud Martini took home feature wins, with Shane Sabraski taking home a couple.

Dan Foss and Pat Zerfas led the WISSOTA Street Stocks onto the track for the first feature event. As the green flew Zerfas grabbed the lead and Brad Schmidt moved into second. Kurt Becken and Dave Read battled for third while Justin Pogones moved into fifth. Becken took over third, but Read kept close and soon was at his side again. Read took third this round and Becken took fourth with Pogones at his door. Pogones grabbed fourth and moved in on Read while Schmidt chased down Zerfas. Schmidt worked Zerfas for the lead, but Zerfas held it and sped off. Read caught Schmidt and they battled for second with Pogones moving in behind them. Read and Schmidt battled door to door for multiple laps, and on lap ten, Read edged ahead and took the point. Pogones moved next to Schmidt and they battled for third while Read closed in on Zerfas. Zerfas and Read battled for the lead, and Read was faster and took the lead with few laps to go. Pogones locked into third and slid next to Zerfas for second. Zerfas and Pogones’ noses were lined up as they crossed the finish line. The white flew and Pogones and Zerfas were still side by side for second. The checkered waved and Read took the win, with Zerfas getting second barely a thousandth of a second ahead of Pogones.

Ross Mead and Landon Atkinson battled for first as the green dropped for the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours. After a couple laps Atkinson was able to take the lead with Mead and Josh Abrahamson battling for second. Abrahamson took second while Larson challenged Mead. Larson quickly took third with Mead and Mitch Hribar in the top points. Abrahamson moved next to Atkinson for the lead as Mead moved next to Larson. Larson held onto third but this gave Hribar the chance to take fourth, and he did putting Mead into fifth. Atkinson and Abrahamson were still battling for the lead as they caught a slower car. As they made the pass, Atkinson was able to speed ahead and take over the lead. Atkinson held off the competition and won the feature race with Abrahamson, Larson, Hribar and Mead in tow.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up to race and as the green flew Rookie Ryan Putnam took the lead. Denis Czech moved to Putnam’s side, and took the lead as Martini moved in. Through turns one and two, Martini moved from third into the lead with Czech in second. Czech moved next to Martini for the lead and Jeremy Nelson joined as the yellow flew. The drivers were slowed and Martini was first on the restart. Czech took second and as Nelson moved in to battle, but the yellow flew again. Martini led the drivers until the green reappeared and Nelson grabbed second. Czech held third but Shane Sabraski moved to his side and Tim Siercks was in their rear view. Sabraski took over third as Nelson closed in on Martini. Nelson and Martini were neck and neck cruising around the track until Nelson got a slight lead on him. Martini moved back to Nelson’s side and Sabraski got on their rears. Martini retook the lead and Nelson kept second with
Sabraski in third. They began lapping cars and as the laps ticked away, Sabraski moved next to Nelson. Nelson held off Sabraski keeping second while Martini took the win.

Joel Collins took the lead as the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stock feature began. Dave Read moved into second with Cale Berry in third. Mike Loomis, Dan Gullikson and Kyle Robideau battled three wide for fourth as the yellow flew. Collins was first on the restart with Read and Berry behind him. Gullikson wasted no time and moved into third and next to Read for second. Shane Sabraski took fourth with Mike Loomis behind him. Gullikson was able to take second after a lap, and he caught Collins for first. Gullikson took the lead putting Collins in second with Sabraski at his door. Sabraski grabbed second and Collins fell to third. Read and Loomis were in a tight battle for fourth as Loomis took the point and moved next to Collins. Loomis and Read moved to the sides of Collins and they went three wide for third as James
Tranting III went off turn two barely missing the wall. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted. Gullikson and Sabraski battled side by side for first as the green flew and Gullikson took the point. Read and Collins continued their battle for third with Loomis on their tails as Sabraski went to the tracks high side and put his foot down. Sabraski quickly took the lead, Gullikson got second and Read took third. Sabraski held off Gullikson until the checkered flew and took the feature win.

The Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds rolled onto the track for the final feature of the night with Clayton Wagamon and Larry Zeller on the front row. As the green flew Wagamon took the lead with Zeller in second and Jeff Patchen, Erik Peterson and Danny Staff going three wide for third. The drivers were going into turn two as Patchen’s car turned around and drivers scattered to miss him. The yellow flew with Dustin Nelson, Joey Jensen and Shawn Fletcher were caught in the curve. All drivers were ok to continue racing and lined up with Patchen being charged for the caution. Wagamon led the drivers to the green with Zeller and Staff battling for second. Dustin Nelson and Shane Sabraski battled for fourth with Nelson getting the point. Jensen then moved next to Sabraski and they ganged up on Nelson for fourth as the #20 of Patchen began to roll in turn two. The race went red as emergency crews fled to Patchen. His car rolled multiple times, and took a beating. Patchen was ok but was checked over by Fairview’s Ambulance crew. The drivers were sorted out and Wagamon was still in the lead. Zeller grabbed second and Sabraski, Staff, Jensen and Nelson all battled for top points. Sabraski took third and fought Zeller for second with Jensen on their rears. Sabraski took second and Jensen moved aside Zeller for third with Wagamon dominating in first. As Wagamon rounded turn one, he suddenly turned into the infield and the yellow flew. Wagamon’s drive shaft laid in turn one and Wagamon was unable to continue racing. The restart was now Sabraski with Zeller and Jensen behind him. Zeller and Jensen battled for second as the green flew with Staff in fourth behind them. Jensen took second followed by Zeller, Staff and Dan Wheeler. They ran that order until Sabraski took the checkered flag and his second feature win of the night.

Next Friday is Kids Night at the Princeton Speedway. Drivers don’t forget to get pictures printed, candy and items to give out as the kids will come on the track during intermission. Racing will resume at 7pm.

Read, VanMil, Nelson and Sabraski win at Princeton

August 5th, 2012

Princeton, MN – With clouds rolling in and rain on the way, The Princeton Speedway pushed the entire race show within three hours and finished in the nick of time. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was sponsored by
Moon Motor Sports and Dave Read, Rob VanMil, Jeremy Nelson took home feature wins with Shane Sabraski taking home two.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks rolled onto the track for the night’s first feature. Kurt Becken and Brad Schmidt led the drivers to the green and Becken grabbed the lead. Schmidt, Ryan Kostreba and Kyle Howland went three wide for second with Schmidt grabbing the point. Kostreba held onto third and moved next to Schmidt for second. Kostreba took second and Dave Read took third as the first caution flew. Becken was first on the restart with Kostreba and Read in tow. Kostreba took over second with Read holding back Howland and Schmidt for third. Schmidt tried to take third but Read held it making Schmidt battle Howland and Behn Mensen for fourth. Justin Pogones was on the move and grabbed the low groove. Pogones went from seventh to fifth as they rounded turn two. Pogones then moved in on Schmidt for fourth as Kostreba worked Becken for the lead. Becken held the lead and Read slid next to Kostreba. Pogones took over fourth and caught Read and Kostreba, who were still battling for second. One more caution slowed the drivers down, and the restart was Becken strong in the lead. Read took second this time and moved to the door of Becken. Kostreba was in third with the orange 01 of Pogones at his door. Pogones took over third and Kostreba went to fourth as Read put the move on Becken. Read nosed ahead and with two laps to go, Read had locked in the lead. Pogones moved next to Becken for second as Read took the checkered and another feature win for his 2012 season. Becken kept second with Pogones, Kostreba and Mensen as the top drivers.

Tommy Bawden and Landon Atkinson led the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours onto the track for the next feature of the night. As green flew the drivers came out of turn two all going for the lead. Contact was made and Kyle Thell went flying off the back stretch barely missing the wall, Mitch Hribar was sitting on the back stretch with a bent up front end and Landon Atkinson coasted to the infield as his tire rolled down the track. All three racers were unable to continue as the drivers were realigned. The restart was Bawden and Rob VanMil leading the way and VanMil grabbed the lead as the green waved. Troy Kuehl took second with Dean Larson, Josh Abrahamson and Bawden as the top five drivers. Abrahamson challenged Larson for third, but Larson kept the point. Abrahamson kept close behind him as Kuehl closed in on VanMil. VanMil put his
foot down and pulled away with Kuehl in a distant second. Kuehl’s car then spun around and the yellow flew. VanMil slowed
down and Abrahamson and Larson got behind him on the restart. VanMil again sped away as the green flew with Abrahamson getting second and Larson keeping third. They ran that order the remaining laps until VanMil took the crossed the finish
line taking the win.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up to race, and as the green dropped Jason Meyer, Jeremy Nelson and Denis Czech went three wide for the lead. Nelson and Czech moved ahead and kept the battle for first with Ryan Bowers moving into third. The yellow flew for Justin Oestreich going around in turn two. The restart was Nelson with Czech and Bowers behind him. Bowers took second and Czech held third with Rob VanMil and Meyer in the top five. Dave Siercks then took the fifth point and moved in on VanMil as Shane Sabraski followed his path. Sabraski took over fifth and quickly moved into fourth while Bowers caught Nelson for the lead. Bowers and Nelson ran side by side battling for the top point as the yellow flew again. The drivers were realigned according to the transponder system, and Bowers was first on the last fully scored lap so he was first on the restart with Nelson and Czech behind him. Nelson moved to Bowers’ side when the green flew and they continued their battle for first with Sabraski and Czech going for third. Bowers finally was fast enough to take over the lead and Nelson settled into second and Czech in third. Bud Martini took fourth from Sabraski and moved in on Czech for third as Bowers caught slower drivers. Bowers made it around a lapped car, and Nelson closed in on Bowers. Nelson caught Bowers as the white flag waved, and they both came into slower cars again. Bowers and Nelson went into three with lapped cars, and as they came out of four the checkered was in sight. Nelson put the pedal down and flew ahead of Bowers just in time to take the feature win. Bowers finished in second just a tenth of a second behind Nelson.

Joel Collins and Josh Anderson brought the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks onto the track for the next feature race. Anderson grabbed the lead as the green flew with Collins, Mike Loomis and Andy Davey taking top points. Loomis moved next to Collins for second with Davey, Devin Neske and Dave Read all going for fourth. Neske took fourth but Dan Gullikson moved next to him and they fought for fourth. Loomis and Collins were still battling for third while Anderson stretched out his lead. Collins edged ahead and took second with Loomis, Gullikson and Neske going for third. Neske took third and Loomis and Gullikson battled for fourth as the yellow flew. A series of cautions then took place over a few laps and when the race was going again, it was Neske in the lead with Gullikson and Sabraski behind him. Sabraski took second and tried to take the lead from Neske, but Neske held him off. With few laps to go, Sabraski moved next to Neske one more time, this time, Sabraski took the lead with Neske holding second. Sabraski led the remaining laps and took the feature win.

The Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds came on the track for the final feature of the night. Shawn Fletcher and Dustin Nelson took off as the green flew and Nelson took the early lead. Jeff Patchen and Shane Sabraski moved around Fletcher and battled for second with Fletcher back in fourth. Dave Cain quickly took fourth with Larry Zeller and Joey Jensen right behind him. Shane Sabraski took second and moved behind Nelson for the lead as the yellow flew. Nelson was first on the restart with Sabraski and Patchen behind him. Zeller went in between Patchen and Sabraski for second as Patchen grabbed the point. Sabraski however quickly took second and Patchen fell to third with Cain on his rear. Zeller was back in fifth and Jensen was at his side battling for the spot as Cain moved next to Patchen. Patchen held off Cain keeping third with Jensen moving to Cain’s door. Again the yellow flew and drivers were slowed down. Nelson was running strong in the lead with Sabraski and Patchen behind him. Sabraski took second with Patchen in third and as they came down the front stretch Patchen’s car went sideways and drivers scattered. Cain and Jensen slid by with no injury, however Zeller and Scott Splittstoesser got caught with Patchen. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted and towed off the track while Nelson resumed the lead. Sabraski and Cain battled for second as the green flew, they quickly joined Nelson and the three of them battled for first. Sabraski took the lead but Nelson didn’t back down and reclaimed the lead. Sabraski stayed next to Nelson, but Nelson was faster out of the turns and maintained his lead. Jensen was running in fourth, but suffered a mechanical issue and went into the infield that moved Dan Ebert into fourth. The sky began to sprinkle on the drivers as Ebert moved next to Cain for third and the leaders caught slower cars. With only two laps to go, Sabraski used the lapped traffic to take the lead from Nelson, Nelson kept close to Sabraski with only one lap to go. Nelson was close to Sabraski and Cain and Ebert were neck and neck for third as they all crossed the finish line. Sabraski took the checkered first and his second feature of the night. Nelson, Ebert, Cain and Curt Myers took the top points.

Next Friday is the Mille Lacs County Fair at the Princeton Speedway. Races will go on as regular, but fans will need to use the small gate near the 4H building when entering the fair to avoid buying a fair button. Drivers can enter the pit gates as normal, just remember to drive on the left side of the entrance so fair workers know you’re a racer. Racing resumes at 7pm.

Read, Staab, Martini, Sabraski and Cain Win at Princeton

July 29th, 2012

Princeton, MN – Clear skies and comfortable temperatures brought many racers and fans out to the Princeton Speedway for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series Action. Dave Read, Matt Staab, Bud Martini, Shane Sabraski and Dave Cain took home trophies after some very exciting feature races.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first to race with Brad Schmidt and Behn Mensen leading the way. Schmidt took the early lead with Mensen, Jon Gunderson and Pat Zerfas in tow. Within a couple laps Mensen looped his car in turn two bringing out the first caution. Schmidt was first on the restart with Gunderson and Zerfas behind him. Gunderson claimed second while Justin Pogones and Kurt Becken moved to the sides of Zerfas going three wide for third. Zerfas broke away and moved next to Gunderson for second while Dave Read joined the top drivers. Pogones, Zerfas, Becken, Ryan Kostreba and Read all raced close for top points, but Read was on the move and made his way quickly into second. Gunderson held onto third as Read chased down Schmidt. Read was ready to make his move for the lead as Dan Foss rolled around the track ready to lose his right front tire, the yellow flew. Schmidt was first on the restart with Kostreba and Read behind him. Read took second and Kostreba got third with Pogones on his rear. Pogones passed Kostreba taking third and slid next to Read for second. Read held onto second and quickly moved to the side of Schmidt. Read made the pass taking the lead with Pogones following grabbing second. Read and Pogones pulled away from the other drivers and Pogones closed the gap Read had. With two laps remaining Pogones caught Read, but Read held him off to the checkers taking another feature win at Princeton.

Matt Staab and Dean Larson brought the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours on the track for the next feature. Staab grabbed the lead as the green flew with Landon Atkinson battling Larson for second. Larson kept second while Josh Abrahamson moved behind Atkinson. Abrahamson took over third then second and set his eyes on Staab. Troy Kuehl moved into fifth and then slid next to Atkinson for fourth. Kuehl took the point and moved in on Larson. Kuehl and Larson battled side by side for third with Kuehl grabbing the point as the yellow flew. Staab was first on the restart with Abrahamson and Kuehl behind him. Abrahamson stayed on Staab’s rear as the laps counted down, but was unable to pass him. Staab kept the lead and took home his first feature win at the Princeton Speedway.

Justin Tanner and Cory Bauman brought the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds out for another feature, and as the green flew, it was Jeremy Nelson who shot into the lead. Nelson immediately drove away while Tanner took second and Bauman battled Mike Kyllonen for third. Bauman took third and Ryan Bowers moved next to Kyllonen for fourth. Bowers quickly moved to the tracks low groove and through turn two he went from fourth to second. Bauman and Bud Martini moved in on Bowers as the first yellow flew. Nelson was first on the restart with Bowers and Martini in tow. Bowers and Martini fought for second right behind Nelson as they split apart. Bowers went low, Martini went high and they moved to Nelson’s sides. Bowers again made his low groove move through the turn and took the lead putting Nelson into second. Nelson and
Martini battled for second as the yellow flew again. Bowers was alone in front on the restart with a very eager Nelson and Martini behind him. Nelson took second as the green flew with Martini on his rear. Nelson moved next to Bowers and retook the lead, but Bowers didn’t back down. Bowers got next to Nelson again and stole the lead back. Bowers, Nelson and Martini had a goodlead over the other drivers as they battled for that top point. Martini and Nelson were side by side again on Bowers’ rear as they closed in on slower drivers. They began to lap cars with few laps remaining. Bowers kept his lead but Martini was close behind him. As they lapped a couple more Martini made the pass on Bowers and the other cars and took the lead with two laps to go. Bowers sped up and tried to retake the lead, but Martini kept him back and took the checkered for the win.

Josh Anderson grabbed the lead as the green flew for the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stock feature. Kyle Robideau, Mike Loomis and Dexton Koch went three wide for second with Loomis grabbing the point and Koch took third. Dan Gullikson moved onto fourth and quickly took over third as Loomis moved next to Anderson for first. Loomis took the lead and Anderson fell to second with Gullikson at his side. Shane Sabraski was on the move and took over fourth, and as Gullikson took second Sabraski slid into third. Loomis, Gullikson, Sabraski and Anderson pulled away from Koch who was in fifth and the other drivers. Chris Wark then moved aside Koch and took fifth while Sabraski caught Loomis. Sabraski ran the high side of the track and took the lead putting Loomis in second. Sabraski wasted no time and pulled away from the others and within a few laps he was lapping slower cars. Gullikson began to work on Loomis for second, but Loomis was able to keep the point as the race came to an end. Sabraski took the win with Loomis, Guullikson, Anderson and Wark as the top five drivers.

Tony Proell and Shawn Fletcher brought the Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds onto the track for the final feature of the night. Proell took the lead as the green flew, but Fletcher moved back to his side. Fletcher took the lead and Jeff Patchen grabbed second putting Proell in third. Shane Sabraski took third while Dustin Nelson and Larry Zeller passed Proell in the battle for fourth. Nelson and Zeller began to work Sabraski for third as Patchen’s car went over the tracks edge bringing the yellow out. Fletcher was first on the restart with Nelson and Sabraski behind him. Sabraski took second and Zeller grabbed third while Dave Cain challenged Nelson for fourth. Cain grabbed the track’s low groove and took over fourth, then third, and finally moved next to Sabraski for second. Sabraski tried to hold second, but Cain was quicker and took the point. Cain then chased down Fletcher for the lead, and again Cain went to the low side of the track. Cain made the pass and took the lead with Fletcher, Sabraski and Zeller behind him. Sabraski moved next to Fletcher for second and took the point as Fletcher’s motor began making a loud knocking sound. The yellow then flew and the drivers were realigned with Cain alone in the lead and Fletcher and Sabraski behind him. As they green flew and the drivers sped off, Fletchers motor died and Zeller ended up plowing into him. The yellow flew and unfortunately Zeller and fletcher were unable to race. The restart order was Cain with Justin Jones and Sabraski behind him. Jones took second as the green flew with Sabraski, Brett Hoium and Patchen in top points. Cain continued to speed away and took the checkers with a comfortable lead of 1.58 seconds over Jones in second.

With only five nights of racing left at the Princeton Speedway, there are more fun nights to come. Next Friday night will be sponsored by Moon Motor Sports, then the following weekend is the Mille Lacs County fair, and Kids Night will be on August 17. Make sure you plan a night to come out to the Princeton Speedway before the 2012 season is done.

Cain, Johnson, VanMil, Ebert and Read Win the Race of Champions at Princeton

July 22nd, 2012

Princeton, MN – 87 WISSOTA race teams signed into the pits for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action at the Princeton Speedway. A total of seven features were ran including two make-up features from the July 6 rain out.
Bikes and scooters were given away to kids and fans got to see some very entertaining races. Friday night was also the WISSOTA Race of Champions Qualifier race with Dave Cain, Tim Johnson, Rob VanMil, Dan Ebert and Dave Read taking feature
wins.

The first feature of the night was the make-up feature for the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks. Tim Johnson and Justin Haehn lead the drivers to the green and Johnson quickly assumed the lead. Dave Read took second and Chris Wark went from sixth to third before the first lap was done. Mike Loomis moved into fourth and got behind Wark for third but Wark held him off. Dan Gullikson took over fifth and soon took fourth from Loomis. Gullikson then moved to Wark’s side and took third while Loomis moved next to Wark. Wark continued to hold off Loomis as the drivers began to space out. Johnson began to lap slower cars and soon all the leaders were lapping. Loomis caught Wark again for fourth in the lapped traffic, but Wark held him until the checkers flew. Johnson won the make-up feature with Read, Gullikson, Wark and Loomis as the top drivers.

Next up were the Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds. Shawn Fletcher grabbed the lead as the green dropped with Jeff Patchen, Don Eischens, Tim Johnson and Dave Mass battling for top points. Mass took fourth and moved in behind Eischens for third as Johnson moved next to Mass. Johnson took fourth but within a lap he went up and over the side of the track bringing out a yellow. Fletcher was first on the restart with Eischens and Patchen battling for second. Patchen grabbed second and Eischens held third as Mass moved behind him. Mass moved next to Eischens but Eischens held him off keeping third. Eischens then moved in on Patchen for second while Fletcher stretched his lead out. Eischens continued to work Patchen for second while Patchen kept him back. Fletcher had a straightaway lead and as he came around for the checkers Mass flew off the side of the track hitting a retaining wall. The race was scored as a complete race with Fletcher getting a big win
followed by Patchen, Eischens, Dustin Nelson and Erik Peterson as the top five.

Pat Zerfas and Dave Read brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks through turn four for their feature race. Read grabbed the lead when the green flew with Zerfas and Kurt Becken in tow. Becken then took second and Justin Pogones moved into fourth behind Zerfas. Pogones quickly took third with Tim Johnson and Ryan Kostreba grabbing fourth and fifth. Read began to stretch out his lead as Pogones moved next to Becken for second. Pogones moved to the low side and he and Becken made contact as they came down the front stretch. They both kept going until Pogones coasted to a stop in turn two, he suffered a flat and left the race. Read was first on the restart with Becken and Johnson behind him. Johnson took second and Becken held third with Kostreba and Behn Mensen behind him. Mensen and Kostreba went to the sides of Becken making the battle for third three-wide. Mensen and Kostreba pulled ahead and battled for third with Becken close behind them. Mensen took third and moved in on Johnson for second while Kostreba remained close. Mensen’s car then went sideways trapping Kostreba and the yellow flew. Mensen was charged with caution as the drivers were realigned. Read was still in the lead with Becken and Johnson battling for second. Brad Schmidt’s car then spun around and the yellow flew. Mensen had made contact with Schmidt resulting in the caution, and since that was Mensen’s second caution, he was sent off the track. Read continued to lead on the restart with Johnson and Becken battling side by side for second. Becken moved
into second and Kostreba moved next to Johnson. As another yellow flew Johnson suffered a flat and exited the track. The final restart was Read with Becken and Kostreba going for second. Becken and Kostreba battled for second until the white
flew and Kostreba took the point. Read took the checkers and won another feature race at Princeton.

Bud Martini and Mark Blood led the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds as the green dropped. Martini took the lead with Gino Fontecchio grabbing second with Tim Siercks and Blood battling for third. Blood took third and moved next to Fontecchio for second. Fontecchio kept second as the first yellow flew. A series of cautions then took place and narrowed the field of cars down from 21 to 13. Martini was still leading after all the restarts with Dan Ebert and Tim Siercks behind him in a single file restart. Ebert wasted no time and moved next to Martini for the lead. Ebert nosed ahead and took the lead but Martini stayed next to him. Martini moved to the side of Ebert, but Ebert was faster and kept the lead. Ebert began to pull away putting space between him and Martini and within a few laps Ebert was lapping slower drivers. That gave Martini the chance to catch him as he also began to lap drivers, but Ebert pulled away again. Tim Siercks still ran in third with Doug Frederick in fourth. Dave Siercks moved into and slid by Frederick and took fourth. Frederick fell to fifth with few laps to go. Ebert held off Martini and as he took the checkered the crowd cheered with excitement.

The Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours were next up to race their feature. Josh Abrahamson took the early lead with Kyle Thell, Rob VanMil and Mitch Hribar grabbing top points. VanMil then moved into second and got right behind Abrahamson. VanMil quickly took the lead and on the next lap the yellow flew. VanMil was first on the restart with Abrahamson and Thell behind him. Thell took second and Abrahamson settled for third while Corry VanMil took fourth. Abrahamson moved next to Thell for second and took the point while R. VanMil had a good lead for first. Thell again moved next to Abrahamson for second, but Abrahamson was a little bit faster and he kept the point. R. VanMil continued with the cruise control set and took the win followed by Abrahamson, Thell, C. VanMil and Hribar.

Tim Johnson and Tim Patchen brought the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks onto the track for their regular feature of the night. Johnson took the lead when the green flew with Dave Mass taking second, Josh Anderson moving into third. As they went down the back stretch Dan Gullikson went sideways tying him up with Loomis, Kyle Robideau and Chris Wark. The yellow flew and the cars were sorted. Gullikson and Loomis were both unable to race but Robideau and Wark were both able to race with their mangled machines. Johnson was first on the restart with Anderson and Mass behind him. Anderson then had car problems and went to the infield putting Mass into second. Patchen’s car then went around in turn four with Dave Read and Wark again getting tangled up. Read exited the track with car problems, but miraculously Wark’s car was holding up and he was able to race. The restart was Johnson with Mass and Patchen. Mass moved next to Johnson for first and all
eyes went to them as they flew around the track battling side by side for first. Wark moved into third with Robideau and Adam Ayotte behind him. Mass and Johnson were running side by side as Mass rubbed Johnson and Mass spun around. Mass was
charged with the caution and the restart was Johnson with Wark and Robideau. Wark moved next to Johnson for the lead, but Johnson pulled away and kept the lead. Wark held second but Ayotte and Mass were on his rear. Wark’s car got a bit loose on the back stretch allowing Mass and Ayotte to pass him taking second and third. Mass retook second and Ayotte took third with Wark in a close fourth. Wark moved next to Ayotte for third but Ayotte kept the point while Johnson had the cruise set with a half-track lead. As the white flew Wark gave it one more shot at Ayotte but Ayotte kept third as they crossed the finish line. Tim Johnson took the feature win making it two in one night at Princeton.

The Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds were the final feature of the night with Don Eischens and Clayton Wagamon leading the way. As the green flew they battled for first but Wagamon quickly grabbed the lead coming out of turn two. As they went through turn four Wagamon’s car hit the cushion and spun him around. The yellow flew and the restart was Eischens and Dave Cain. Eischens and Cain battled for the lead but Cain took the point and Eischens, Larry Zeller, Erik Peterson and Dan Ebert took top points. Cain immediately began to stretch out his lead as Zeller moved next to Eischens for second. Eischens kept second but Zeller stayed on his rear. Jason Voigt moved next to Ebert for fifth and they moved next to Peterson for fourth making the battle three-wide. Peterson kept fourth with Voigt and Ebert still going for fifth. Zeller continued to challenge Eischens for second but Eischens kept the point and Zeller remained in third. Peterson moved up on Zeller for third while Cain was ahead and lapping. Within a lap all the top drivers were lapping with Voigt and Ebert still fighting for fifth. Voigt ran a bit too high and went off the track bringing out a yellow. The restart was Cain in front with Zeller and Eischens behind him. Eischens again moved next to Cain and tried to take the lead, but Cain held him off and sped away. Zeller and Eischens battled for second and Eischens kept the point. With two laps to go, Ebert and Peterson fought for fourth and they moved next to Zeller. Zeller, Ebert and Peterson battled for third and Zeller kept it. Ebert took fourth and Peterson fell to fifth as Ebert moved next to Zeller. Zeller held him off as Cain took the checkers and won the race by more than 2.5 seconds.

Czech, Kuehl, and Read Take Home Feature at Princeton

July 9th, 2012

Princeton, MN – Sweltering heat, then winds and cool air, and finally rain showers is what brave Princeton Speedway fans and drivers battled Friday ight to watch some WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The night was cut short due to the heavy rain that lasted 20 minutes, but no one went home unhappy especially Denis Czech, Troy Kuehl, and Dave Read who took home feature wins.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first up for the night with Doug Frederick and Alan Bohlman leading the way. As the green dropped Frederick cruised out into the lead with Bohlman and Dave Siercks battling for second. Siercks then moved to the low groove and took over the lead with Bohlman and Frederick at it for second. Frederick took second and Bohlman fell to third with Jeremy Nelson at his side. Nelson took over third and slid next to Frederick for second as the yellow flew. The restart order was Siercks with Nelson and Frederick in tow. Siercks and Nelson took points one and two and began to speed away as Nelson moved next to Siercks for the lead. Frederick was running fourth and noticed Justin Oestreich and Denis Czech on his rear. They ran three wide but another caution would fly. Siercks took off as the green flew again, with Nelson following him in second. Frederick, Bohlman and Czech went three wide for third and Czech took the point. Bohlman and Frederick continued the battle for the fourth point with Bud Martini moving in. Frederick took fourth, but Martini quickly stole the point putting Frederick in fifth. Czech was on the move and closed the gap on Nelson for second as Oestreich made it back into the top five. Another restart slowed the drivers down but this put Czech next to Nelson for second. As the green flew Czech took second and moved next to Siercks for the lead. Oestreich was working the high side and went from fifth to third as they went through a curve putting Martini in fourth. Martini moved to Oestreich’s side while Czech made the pass on Siercks and took the lead. Oestreich held off Martini keeping third and moved in on Siercks for second. One more restart slowed the drivers down and lined them up side by side. Czech was alone in front with Oestreich and Siercks behind him. Czech sped away as the green flew and Oestreich locked into second. Martini then passed Siercks and took third putting Siercks into fourth. Nelson took fifth, then moved next to Siercks for fourth and after a short battle, Nelson took the spot. Nelson began to close in on Martini for third, but time was out as Czech took the checkered flag and won. Oestreich, Martini, Nelson and Siercks took the top points.

Ross Mead and Mitch Hribar brought the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours onto the track for the next feature. As the green flew side by side battles took place throughout the field. As the first lap was completed Hribar nudged his way ahead of everyone and took the lead with Troy Kuehl taking second. As they went through turn one Ross Mead and Josh Abrahamson made contact resulting in Abrahamson going around. The yellow flew and Mead was charged with the caution. Hribar was first on the restart with Kuehl and Dean Larson behind him. Kuehl took second and kept close to Hribar as Larson and Thell battled for third. Hribar and Kuehl pulled away from the competition and Kuehl started to work Hribar for first. Hribar kept the lead while the battle for third heated up. Matt Halls took over third with Larson and Thell behind him. Thell moved next to Halls for third while Kuehl made his pass on Hribar and took the lead. Kuehl put his foot down and began to pull away as Thell took third from Halls. Thell then began to close in on Hribar for second with the laps winding down. As the white flew Thell was right behind Hribar, and as the checkered was in sight he gave it one last push. Kuehl took the checkered and won the feature with Hribar keeping second and Thell in a close third.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were next up to race with Kyle Howland and Behn Mensen on the front line. When the green flew Howland and Mensen battled for first with Brad Schmidt and Justin Pogones battling for third. Mensen broke away from Howland and took the lead with Howland holding second. Pogones and Schmidt were on Howland’s rear as Schmidt moved to his door. Schmidt took over second and Dave Read moved into third. Howland fell to fourth and had Pogones at his side. Pogones took fourth while Read slid next to Schmidt for second. Read took second with Schmidt and Pogones behind him. The top drivers began to spread out as the yellow flew and slowed them down. Mensen was first on the restart with Read on his rear, Pogones was in third with Scott Baron and Jack Peterson were in the top five. Read went to the high groove and in no time passed Mensen taking the lead. Mensen kept second as Pogones moved in on him. The sprinkles that had been falling turned into bigger rain drops and drivers began to slide around on the track. Pogones continued to work Mensen for second as the rain unleashed forcing the race to be called. With 15 of the 20 laps complete the race was considered finished awarding Dave Read another Street Stock feature win. Mensen, Pogones, Baron and Peterson took top points.

Keep your eyes on the website www.princetonspeedway.com or Facebook for make-up feature information for Modifieds and Super Stocks. Racing will resume next Friday night at 7pm.

VanMil, Becken, Bowers, Gullikson and Peterson take Home Feature Wins Princeton

July 2nd, 2012

Princeton, MN– Temps in the upper 80’s welcomed many fans to the Princeton Speedway for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The car count was lower than average, but fans were not disappointed with the great racing action. Corry VanMil, Kurt Becken, Ryan Bowers, Dan Gullikson and Erik Peterson took home feature wins.

The Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours were up first to race with Corry VanMil and Troy Kuehl leading the way. VanMil took the lead as the green dropped with Kuehl, Kyle Thell and Dean Larson behind him. Thell moved next to Kuehl for second and they
closed in on VanMil. Kuehl took over second and within the lap Thell went off the edge of the track bringing the yellow out. The drivers were slowed down with VanMil still in first. Kuehl took second and Larson took third as the green flew. Josh Abrahamson moved into fourth and then slid next to Larson. Abrahamson took third and moved up on Kuehl. Kuehl was riding VanMil’s bumper, but VanMil was able to pull away and lead until the checkers flew taking the win.

Pat Zerfas and Kurt Beck led the WISSOTA Street Stocks for the next feature. Zerfas grabbed the lead with Becken, Justin Pogones, Ryan Kostreba and Becken in tow. Becken moved next to Zerfas for the lead but Zerfas held him off. Pogones then moved next to Becken for second but Becken kept the point. Zerfas’ car then got loose on the track and he got into the side of Becken. Everyone kept going and Becken was able to take the lead. Becken drove away as Kostreba took second and Pogones took third. Zerfas and Behn Mensen battled for fourth as Mensen pulled into the infield with smoke rolling from his car. Becken, Kostreba and Pogones pulled away from their competitors as Pogones began to work Kostreba for second. Pogones tried to take over second, but Kostreba held him off until the checkers flew and Becken took home another feature win.

Mike Kyllonen and Jon Frolik brought the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds onto the track for their feature. Kyllonen took the lead Dave Siercks took second with Frolik in third. Siercks moved next to Kyllonen for the lead and Denis Czech moved into third. Siercks took over the lead and Czech moved next to Kyllonen for second. Ryan Bowers, who was driving Corey Bauman’s after his roll last week, took over fourth and had Shane Sabraski and Bud Martini on his rear. Sabraski moved next to Frolik for fourth while Bowers took third. Czech drove to Siercks’ side for the lead, but Siercks kept held him. Czech moved back into second and found Bowers at his side. Bowers and Czech battled for second as they moved to the sides of Siercks for first. As they went through turn one they caught a lapped car, and as they exited turn two they were four wide. Bowers came through the turn with a slight edge over the others and took over the lead. Bowers then pulled
away as Czech took second and Siercks held third. Sabraski moved next to Siercks for third but Siercks held him off keeping Sabraski in fourth. Bowers continued to lead and made his way through lapped traffic while Czech slowly chased him down. Sabraski moved next to Siercks again for third with Sabraski taking the point this round. Martini also made his way around Siercks taking fourth. Bowers held his line and took the checkered putting the #13 in victory lane. This was Bowers’ first feature win ever at the Princeton Speedway.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up to race and Adam Ayotte took the lead as the green waved. Dan Gullikson took second and went low and taking the lead within a lap. Ayotte took second with Kyle Robideau, Dexton Koch and Mike Loomis taking top points. Shane Sabraski and Cale Berry moved next to Loomis and they went three wide for fifth. Sabraski took the point while Gullikson pulled away from the others. Sabraski was making his way through the pack taking over fourth and third and moving next to Ayotte for second. Sabraski took second and Ayotte fell to third. Loomis passed Koch and took fourth while Josh Anderson moved next to Koch. Anderson took over fifth as Sabraski began to close the gap on Gullikson. Gullikson had a straightaway lead over Sabraski as Loomis and Anderson passed Ayotte taking third and fourth. Gullikson began to lap slower cars which gave Sabraski the chance to close in on him. With two laps to go Sabraski was within a car length of Gullikson. As the white flew Sabraski caught Gullikson forcing Gullikson to race hard to keep the lead. Sabraski tried to take the lead but Gullikson was faster and took the feature win with Sabraski half a second behind him.

The Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds were the closing feature of the night with Erik Peterson and Jeff Patchen on the front row. As the green flew and they went through turn four J.T. Johnson’s car went sideways with Tony Proell and Kris Peterson
getting caught with him. Kris Peterson suffered a flat and was out of the race as Erik Peterson and Patchen retook the lead. When the green flew Peterson and Patchen battled for first with Dustin Nelson taking third behind them. Shane Sabraski, Shawn Fletcher and Larry Zeller went three wide for fourth with Zeller taking the point.

Peterson was able to break away from Patchen and lock in the lead as Nelson moved next to Patchen. Patchen kept second with Nelson, Sabraski and Zeller on his rear. Sabraski, Zeller and Nelson moved in on Patchen for second and they went four wide a few times and Nelson was able to take the point. They continued to swap positions as Peterson was putting distance between him and the others. Zeller and Sabraski battled for fourth but Sabraski nudged ahead and moved next to Patchen for third. Sabraski and Patchen moved next to Nelson for second and they went three wide. Peterson otherwise known as the “Flyin’ Swede” was doing just that, he was flying with a half-track lead over everyone else. Nelson, Zeller, Fletcher and Sabraski continued to battle and swap positions while Peterson kept on cruising. Nelson was able to hold onto second with Patchen, Fletcher and Zeller grabbing top points as the race came to a close. Peterson grabbed the checkered and dominated the race with a lead of 7.34 seconds over the competition and the fans stood on their feet cheering for his huge win. Peterson took the last two years off of racing, and this was only his second night out this season.

Kostreba, Abrahamson, VanMil, Sabraski and Nelson Bring Home Wins at Princeton

June 27th, 2012

Princeton, MN – If you are a race fan that enjoys side by side racing and exciting crashes, then the Princeton Speedway was the place to be Friday Night. Princeton Auto Center sponsored the night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series
action and fans sure got a great show.  Ryan Kostreba, Josh Abrahamson, Rob VanMil, Shane Sabraski and Dustin Nelson all went home as feature winners.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first class to race for the night with Ben Rothstein and Amanda Milbrandt leading the way. Rothstein jumped into the lead while Kyle Howland took second and Brad Schmidt, Ryan Kostreba, Justin Pogones and
Milbrandt all battled for top points. As they went through turns one and two Kostreba was just behind Milbrandt and Schmidt, Kostreba took the center line and passed them both in one shot locking in the third point. Rothstein was in the lead when he went around in turn two and the yellow flew. Rothstein was charged with the caution and sent to the back while Howland took the lead. Kostreba and Schmidt ran behind Howland as the green waved and Kostreba went low and quickly took the lead. Howland and Schmidt kept behind him with Mensen and Pogones close as well. While the cars when though turn four contact was made between Milbrandt and Mensen and Pogones ended up going around in four. Pogones suffered some mechanical issues and was unable to continue racing. The restart was Kostreba in first with Schmidt and Howland in tow. Schmidt took second with Mensen taking over third. Howland settled into fourth with Milbrandt grabbing fifth. Pat Zerfas moved in behind Milbrandt for fifth and after a couple of laps he took the point. Kostreba continued to run strong in the lead and soon was passing everyone. Kostreba set the cruise and took the checkered for the first time this season.

The Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours were next up to race. Andy Mayavski and Thomas Kellen led the drivers, but Kellen went sideways and drivers scattered. The restart was  Mayavski and Kyle Thell. Thell took the lead when the green flew with Josh Abrahamson battling Mayavski for second. Mitch Hribar took fourth and Dean Larson grabbed fifth as all eyes went to turn three. Brandon Lindquist’s car went off the edge of the track and rolled landing on its wheels, the red flew and drivers stopped. Lindquist was OK as the drivers were realigned. Thell was first with Abrahamson and Mayavski going for second. Abrahamson took second, Larson took the third point and Hribar, Ross Mead and Mayavski went three wide for fourth. Mead moved next to Larson for fourth and Hribar kept close behind while Abrahamson slid to Thell’s door. The battles went for a couple laps until Abrahamson was able to take the lead and Thell, Larson and Mead settled into positions. Larson had pulled away from Mead, but Mead quickly chased him down. Mead however had Rob VanMil on his rear and battled him for fourth. VanMil took fourth and was next to Larson as the white flew. Abrahamson kept the lead and won the feature with Thell, VanMil, Larson and Mead as the top finishers.

Cory Bauman led the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds onto the track for their feature. Bauman took the lead when the green flew with Ryan Bowers and Rob VanMil battling for second. VanMil went to the tracks low side and quickly took the lead with Bowers and Bauman keeping close behind. Bowers was able to lock into second and he and VanMil pulled away from the others. Alan Bohlman, Jeremy Nelson and Mark Froehlich battled for fourth as Bohlman had a car problem and slowly fell back through the pack. A yellow came out and the drivers slowed. As the green flew VanMil continued to lead with Nelson and Bowers behind him. As they went through turn four the bright green #199 of Bowers suddenly rolled through the curve and stopped on the roof. The race went red as emergency workers went to Bowers. After rolling the car over, Bowers got out and was OK. The restart order was VanMil alone in front with Nelson and Denis Czech behind him. Danny Vang moved next to Czech for third as the green flew and Vang took the point. Czech however moved back to Vang’s side and they battled again. This round went to Czech as Nelson moved next to VanMil. VanMil kept the lead with Nelson in second while Vang again moved next to Czech. Vang took third, Bud Martini moved into fourth and Czech fell to fifth. Martini moved in on Vang’s bumper and then went low to take the point. Vang held onto third until they caught lapped cars. Martini was able to make the pass and take third with Vang settling for fourth. VanMil held off Nelson until the checkered flag flew and won his first feature ever in his Midwest Modified.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks rolled on the track with Joel Collins and Adam Ayotte leading the way. As the green flew Ayotte, Collins and Dexton Koch went three wide for first with Rookie Koch taking the lead. Ayotte took second with Collins, Josh Anderson and Dan Gullikson battled for third. Gullikson got the point and moved in on the leaders. Ayotte was able to take the lead from Koch, and Gullikson battled Koch for second while the yellow flew for Dan Tocheri having mechanical issues in turn one. Ayotte was first on the restart but Gullikson quickly stole the lead putting Ayotte into second. Anderson moved into third and Koch was stuck battling Shane Sabraski for fourth. Sabraski took fourth and quickly grabbed third while Mike Loomis took fourth. Gullikson had the cruise set as he pulled away from everyone and Sabraski moved next to Ayotte for second. Gullikson caught slower cars and began to lap them when a lapped car made contact with him. Gullikson’s car went around in turn two and Ayotte and Collins went off the track to avoid him. The yellow flew and Gullikson’s car was too damaged so he was unable to race along with Ayotte and Collins. Shane Sabraski assumed the lead on the restart with Anderson and Loomis behind him. Loomis took second and Anderson grabbed third while Sabraski cruised away in first. Sabraski led the remaining laps and won the race.

Dustin Nelson and J.T. Johnson led the Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds onto the track for the last feature. As the green flew Nelson shot out of turn four like a canon and took the lead. Clayton Wagamon challenged Johnson for second with took the point with J.B. Stortz grabbing fourth. Stortz moved next to Johnson for third while Nelson continued to put space between him and Wagamon. Stortz tried to take third but got loose and went back a couple points. This gave Larry Zeller the opportunity to take over third and start to chase down Wagamon. Stortz was battling Johnson for fourth when he spun out in turn four. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted. Nelson was in the lead on the restart with Zeller and Wagamon on his bumper. Nelson again sped away while Wagamon and Zeller battled. Wagamon and Zeller moved next to Nelson for first and they went to his sides making it three wide. Nelson continued to pull out of the curves faster and kept the lead. Zeller took second and Wagamon got third with Johnson and Erik Peterson behind him. Just then something broke on Wagamon’s car and he slowed on the back stretch forcing Peterson to make contact with him. Wagamon went off the track and the yellow flew.  A couple more cautions occurred but that didn’t slow down Nelson as he continued to run strong in first. The final restart was Nelson with Zeller and Johnson behind him. Zeller moved next to Nelson for first and Justin Jones moved into third. Nelson was a bit faster out of turn four and kept the lead with Jones moving next to Zeller. The two laps remaining flag waved with Jones, Zeller, Johnson and Jeff Patchen all running on Nelson’s rear. As the white flew Nelson was giving it all he had to hold off the competition. As they came through turn four, Nelson again put his foot down and pulled away grabbing the checkers and his first feature win in many years. Jones, Patchen, Zeller and Johnson finished in the top points. 

Czech, Pogones, Sabraski, Larson and Zeller Score wins at Princeton

June 17th, 2012

Princeton, MN – Friday night’s races at the Princeton Speedway did not disappoint with a night of thrilling WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The night and its entirety was completed in just over two hours with minimal
cautions and exciting features. Denis Czech, Justin Pogones, Shane Sabraski, Dean Larson and Larry Zeller all took home wins.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were the first feature of the night. As the green flew Cory Bauman and Mike Kyllonen were leading the drivers through the curves. While they came through turn two Bauman went around and drivers scattered to miss him. The drivers were realigned with Tim Siercks and Kyllonen leading the pack. Siercks quickly claimed the lead with Matuska and Kyllonen behind him. Denis Czech moved up and went three wide for second with Matuska and Kyllonen. Czech took second and Jeremy Nelson took over third. Bud Martini took over fourth and Matuska held onto fifth. Shane Sabraski and Ryan Bowers moved in on Matuska as Czech moved next to Siercks for the lead. Siercks held the lead but Nelson and Czech were right on his rear. Czech and Nelson went to Siercks’ sides and went three wide for the lead. Siercks kept a slight lead with Czech, Nelson and Martini going for second. Nelson then went to the high side of the track and put his foot down. He flew past Siercks and took the lead with Martini following him and moving into second. Czech held third with Siercks falling to fourth. Sabraski and Bowers ran on Siercks’ tail while Bowers moved to his side. Bowers took fourth and Sabraski took fifth while Nelson and Martini started to lap slower cars. Martini and Czech stayed close to Nelson while they made their way through the slower cars. Martini moved next to Nelson and battled for the lead with Czech on their bumpers. As the white was in sight, Martini and Nelson were fighting for first while in heavy lapped traffic, contact was made between the two of them and they both got loose. Everyone kept going, including Czech who had flown past Nelson and Martini on the low side and took over the lead. Nelson and Martini continued to battle not knowing Czech had passed them for the lead. Czech took the checkers and won the race with Nelson, Martini, Bowers and Sabraski as the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were next up to race their feature. Jim Gullikson took the lead as the green flew with Jon Gunderson in second and Amanda Milbrandt battled Brad Schmidt for third. Schmidt took third and Milbrandt settled in fourth with Justin Pogones in fifth behind her. Pogones quickly took over fourth and moved next to Schmidt for third. Pogones took third and started in on Gunderson while Kurt Becken broke into the top five. Pogones and Gunderson battled for second with Pogones taking the point. Gullikson had a half track lead over the remaining cars, so Pogones started to chase him down. Schmidt moved next to Gunderson for third with Becken right behind them. Schmidt took third and Becken took fourth while Ryan Kostreba took over fifth and Gunderson fell to sixth. Kostreba moved next to Becken for fourth and they had a multiple lap side by side battle for the point. While others were battling Gullikson had the cruise set in the lead, however Pogones was closing in on him. Gullikson began to catch slower cars while Pogones moved behind him. Gunderson then suffered a mechanical issue and didn’t make it all the way off the track bringing the yellow out. The restart put Pogones and Schmidt right on Gullikson’s rear for first. The green flew and Pogones and Schmidt battled for second. Gullikson ran in the lead but Pogones, Schmidt and Kostreba were right behind him. As the drivers came through turn four and the white was ready to fly, Schmidt was low and Gullikson was high, Pogones went from the high side and drove right in between his two competitors. As they crossed the line Pogones had taken over the lead with one lap to go. Pogones led that final lap and took the checkers after a very exciting pass. The crowd cheered in excitement as Pogones took victory lane.

Joel Collins and Adam Ayotte led the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks onto the track for the next feature. Collins took the lead as the green waved and Shane Sabraski took second. Sabraski wasted no time and took the lead putting Collins into second. Ayotte and Collins battled for second with Dan Gullikson and Chris Wark behind them. The yellow flew and slowed down drivers with Sabraski in the lead. Sabraski took off as the green flew with Mike Loomis taking second with Gullikson and Wark behind them. Gullikson moved next to Loomis for second as Sabraski sped away. Loomis and Gullikson kept up the battle for second with Wark behind them. Gullikson took second after a few laps of battling but Loomis kept next to him keeping the battle active. Josh Anderson made his way from the back of the pack up behind Wark for fourth and with a few laps to go Anderson took the point and Wark settled into fifth. Sabraski had a full straightaway lead over the other drivers as he claimed the checkered flag and won. Loomis took second with Gullikson, Anderson and Wark as the top five.

The Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours were up next to race with Dwight Gilyard and Dean Larson on the front line. Larson took the lead with Gilyard, Mitch Hribar, Landon Atkinson and Kyle Thell taking top points. Josh Abrahamson and Troy Kuehl moved next to Thell for fifth with Abrahamson taking the point. Hribar was working Gilyard for second and Hribar took the point putting Gilyard in third. Abrahamson then took fourth from Atkinson and quickly took third from Abrahamson. Larson was running strong in front with a lot of open space behind him. Kuehl moved into firth and then took fourth and started to catch Abrahamson while Abrahamson moved in on Hribar. Hribar held off Abrahamson for a bit, but Abrahamson took over putting Hribar in third. With two laps to go, Hribar had Kuehl on his rear and they battled for third. Larson kept the cruise on and won the feature with Abrahamson in second. Hribar held off Kuehl and took third with Gilyard taking fifth.
Larson did his traditional victory dance by climbing the fence, which the fans loved, this was Larson’s first win at Princeton this season.

The Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds were the last feature of the night with Kris Peterson and Tony Proell leading the drivers. Proell took first when the green flew with Dustin Nelson grabbing second. As they completed the second lap Brett Johnson got turned on the backstretch and the drivers went all over to avoid him. Shawn Fletcher however had nowhere to go and hit the side of Johnson’s car. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted with Johnson and Fletcher no longer able to race. The restart was Proell with Nelson and J.T. Johnson behind him. Nelson took the lead with Proell and Johnson going for second. Johnson took second while Shane Sabraski took fourth and then third. J.B. Stortz and Proell moved next to Sabraski to take back third and Stortz took the point. Proell took fourth and Sabraski was back to fifth. Stortz moved next to Johnson for second while Larry Zeller made it into fifth. Zeller then took fourth leaving Proell and Sabraski going for fifth. Stortz was running so fast around the track that he ended up losing it in turn two and the yellow flew. Nelson was first on the restart with Johnson and Zeller behind him. Zeller put the pedal down and went to the high side of the track. Zeller quickly passed Johnson and Nelson becoming the leader. Zeller ran strong in the lead, but with three laps to go Sabraski made it into second and caught Zeller. Sabraski ran on Zeller’s rear, left side and right side but Zeller pulled out of turn four faster and kept the lead. As the checkered waved Zeller had a .43 second lead over Sabraski and took the win. Sabraski, Stortz, Nelson and Johnson finished in the top five.

Races next week are sponsored by Princeton Auto Center and will resume at 7pm.

Sunny Skies Bring Cars out at Princeton

June 10th, 2012

Princeton, MN – Sunny skies and temps in the high 80’s brought many fans out to the Princeton Speedway for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The night was sponsored by United Surface Prep and Crystal Cabinets and they donated bikes that were given away to some lucky kids.

Rick Nelson took the early lead as the WISSOTA Street Stocks began their feature event. Jon Gunderson and Kurt Becken moved into the second and third points with Dave Read close behind. The yellow flew and after a couple of cautions the race was underway with Becken in first. Read and Ryan Kostreba battled for second with Read getting the point. Read then slid next to Becken for first and took the point while Becken and Kostreba battled for second. Behn Mensen moved in to battle with Becken and Kostreba for second while Read stretched out a lead. Becken was able to take second with Kostreba keeping close. Kostreba went to the side of Becken and they fought for second again. This round, Kostreba took the point and Becken moved into third.  Kevin Schmidt was running in the top five all night and he moved next to Becken as the yellow flew. During the caution, Becken moved into the infield with some tin issues and was unable to complete the race. The restart was Read with Kostreba and Schmidt behind him. Kostreba moved quickly into second followed by Schmidt and Mensen. They drove in that order until the checkered flew and Read took the feature win.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rolled onto the track for their next feature with Kyle Matuska and George Sniezek heading the pack. Matuska took the lead as the green flew with Sniezek battling Denis Czech for second. Czech took second and moved in on Matuska for first as Jeremy Nelson took third. Czech and Nelson moved to the sides of Matuska and went three wide for first. Czech came out in front with Nelson and Matuska behind him. The yellow flag flew slowing down the drivers. After a couple of restarts, Czech continued to lead with Nelson and Shane Sabraski behind him. Sabraski took second and moved in on Czech for first while Nelson took third with Ryan Bowers and Bud Martini behind him. Sabraski moved next to Czech for first and Jason VandeKamp moved next to Nelson for third. Sabraski was able to take the lead with Czech, Nelson, VandeKamp and Martini in tow. The leaders began lapping slower cars allowing Martini to take fourth from
VandeKamp. Just then the yellow flew because Nelson’s front tire was flat and broken forcing him to leave the track. The restart was Sabraski with Czech and VandeKamp behind him. Martini, Czech and VandeKamp went three wide for second with VandeKamp getting the point. Martini took third with Czech and Matuska as the top drivers. VandeKamp chased down Sabraski but didn’t have enough time as the checkered flew. Sabraski took the win with VandeKamp, Martini, Matuska and Czech as the top five.

Ross Mead and Tom Kellen led the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod fours through turn four as the green flew. Mead took the early lead and kept it through a series of early cautions. As the race got going, Mead still led with Kyle Thell and Josh Abrahamson behind him. Abrahamson moved next to Mead for first with Thell in third. Troy Kuehl was in fourth and slid next to Thell for third. Abrahamson was able to pass Mead and take the lead but Mead kept close on his bumper. Thell kept third with Kuehl and Mitch Hribar battling for fourth. Kuehl again moved next to Thell for third and they both passed Mead for second. Kuehl and Thell continued to battle for second as they closed in on Abrahamson for first. The yellow flew slowing the drivers down but the restart was Abrahamson with Kuehl and Thell behind him. Abrahamson sped away in first with Kuehl grabbing second and Thell getting third. Mead found himself battling Hribar and Dean Larson for fourth. Larson took fourth and Hribar took fifth putting Mead back into sixth as the race wined down. Abrahamson kept his lead and won the feature race.

Josh Anderson and Adam Ayotte took off as the green flew for the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks. Anderson took the lead with Chris Wark challenging Ayotte for second. Shane Sabraski moved into fourth and Dave Mass took fifth. Wark and Ayotte went to the sides of Anderson going three wide for first as Tim Patchen spun out and the yellow flew. The restart was Anderson with Wark and Ayotte behind him. Sabraski moved through the traffic, took second, and got behind Anderson for first. Sabraski took the lead from Anderson and Dave Mass moved into third. Mass and Anderson battled for second and Mass took the point while Dan Gullikson grabbed third. Sabraski and Mass pulled away from the competition and Mass began to close the gap with Sabraski. Sabraski and Mass began to lap slower cars and so did Gullikson. Wark moved into the fifth position and slid next to Ayotte for fourth. Wark and Ayotte caught slower cars giving Wark the opportunity to take
fourth. Wark took fourth and Anderson took fifth while Mass caught Sabraski. Ayotte went around in turn four bringing out the yellow with only two laps to go. The restart was Sabraski with Mass and Gullikson behind him in single file. Mass chased down Sabraski and tried to take the lead, but Sabraski was too fast and he took the checkered and his second feature win of the night.

The Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds came onto the track for the last feature of the night. Wayne Troseth and J.T. Johnson lined up the drivers as the green dropped. Troseth took the early lead with Mass, Dustin Nelson and Johnson going for second. Mass took second and slid next to Troseth for first. Mass took the lead with Troseth in second and Johnson in third. Sabraski, Justin Jones, Nelson and Dave Cain all battled for top positions with Sabraski grabbing fourth and Cain and Nelson going for fifth. Cain took fifth and quickly took fourth form Sabraski. Cain moved in on Johnson and Troseth for second as the yellow flew. The restart order was Mass followed by Johnson and Troseth. Sabraski went high on the restart and moved into third with Troseth taking second. Cain however moved next to Sabraski and they both went to the sides of Troseth. Cain and Sabraski both passed Troseth and Cain took second while Sabraski settled for third. Johnson held onto fourth and Larry Zeller, who started back in 15th, took over fifth. Cain then passed Mass and took the lead putting Mass in second and Sabraski in third. Zeller and Johnson battled for fourth while JB Stortz joined them. Johnson held onto fourth but Stortz and Zeller rode his bumper. Cain continued to dominate the race as he lapped slower cars. Zeller took over fourth, Johnson went to fifth with Stortz staying on his bumper. Cain had the checkers in sight and took the feature win with a lead of 2.95 seconds over Mass in second. Sabraski, Zeller and Johnson took the top five points.

Becken Wins Streets at Princeton

June 2nd, 2012

Princeton, MN– The 11th Annual Billy Anderson Memorial race night was held at the Princeton Speedway on Friday night. The Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series winged Sprint Cars were on hand to entertain the race fans with heats, challenge races and a 25 lap feature on the quarter-mile bullring. Moon Motorsports of Monticello, MN sponsored the night of racing and the pits and grandstands were packed with race fans.

The UMSS sprints made their 2nd Annual trip to Princeton and put on an excellent 25 lap feature with only one caution. Cody Hahn of Oak Grove, MN held of the competition and drove his #23 Sprint into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first feature of the night, and they had a rather exciting race. Chad Weyer and Amanda Milbrandt led the drivers as the green flew. Weyer took the lead with Pat Zerfas and Kurt Becken moving behind him. Zerfas and Becken went to Weyer’s sides and went three wide for first. Becken took the lead with Zerfas, Brad Schmidt, Justin Pogones and Ryan Kostreba taking top points. Schmidt moved next to Zerfas for second and Pogones also moved up. Schmidt took over second and Pogones took third putting Zerfas into fourth. Pogones quickly took over second from Schmidt while Kostreba took fourth and challenged Schmidt for third. Schmidt and Kostreba made contact while battling and Schmidt spun out. The yellow flew and drivers were realigned with Becken in first. Kostreba and Pogones battled for second when the green waved. Pogones took second and moved in on Becken while Behn Mensen moved in behind Kostreba. Pogones slid next to Becken for first, but Pogones’ car went around in turn four bringing the yellow out again. The restart was Becken with Kostreba and Mensen on his rear. Kostreba and Mensen went to the sides of Becken and they went three wide for first. Mensen and Kostreba moved ahead of Becken and continued to battle for first as the white waved. As the drivers came through turn four, the checkered was in sight and theyall floored it. Kostreba and Mensen made contact coming to the line forcing their cars sideways. Becken and Zerfas moved quickly to the low side of the track and sped to the flag stand while the other drivers created a mess on the front stretch. Becken crossed the finish line first taking the feature win. Zerfas took second followed by Kostreba, Mensen, and Schmidt.

Jeffrey Lien Jr. and Jeremy Nelson led the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds onto the track for the next feature. As the green flew Nelson took the lead with Lien in second and Denis Czech in third. Czech took over second and moved in on
Nelson for the lead. Ryan Bowers took third with Justin Oestreich and Lien Jr. going for fourth. Oestreich took fourth while Czech went to the side of Nelson for first. Czech ran high and Nelson ran low as they raced for first. Czech had a slight lead as they came down the front stretch, but the yellow flew for Chad Fouquette going around in turn one. The restart was lined up according to the last fully completed lap putting Nelson back in first. Bowers and Czech battled for second when the green waved but Czech quickly claimed it. Czech ran right behind Nelson for the lead while Bud Martini took fourth and moved in on Bowers for third. Just then Bowers suffered a mechanical issue and excited the track putting
Martini into third. Nelson continued to run strong in the lead as the laps were counted down. As the checkered flew Czech gave it one last shot, but Nelson was too strong and Nelson held the lead taking his first feature win ever.

Brandon Kellen took the early lead as the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours began their feature. Dean Larson took second with Mitch Hribar battling Kyle Thell for third. Kellen ran the high side and got a bit loose allowing Larson to shoot by him taking the lead. Hribar and Josh Abrahamson also passed Kellen and they battled for second with Abrahamson getting the point. Hribar held third with Thell and Troy Kuehl in the top five. Abrahamson moved next to Larson for first while Hribar tried to hold off Kuehl. Larson held the lead but Abrahamson kept close to him. Abrahamson moved next to Larson again and as they battled they made contact. Both drivers kept going, but Abrahamson was able to take over the lead putting Larson in second. Kuehl was still working on passing Hribar for third, and with two to go he took the point. Kuehl then sped off and caught Larson for second, but it was too late to make a move as Abrahamson crossed the finish line and took another feature win. Larson, Kuehl, Hribar and Thell took the top points.

The Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds made their way onto the track for their feature with Wayne Troseth and J.B. Stortz on the pole. Troseth, Stortz and Dano Ostrander went three wide for first as the green flew and Ostrander came out with the point. Stortz and Troseth battled for second with Dustin Nelson and Larry Zeller behind them. Stortz took second and moved next to Ostrander for first. Ostrander kept the lead but back to back cautions would slow him down. As the green flew again Stortz and Ostrander continued to battle for first and Zeller battled Shane Sabraski for third. Zeller kept third and Stortz went to the high side of the track. Stortz ran the cushion on the high side and took the lead from Ostrander. Joey Jensen took third from Zeller and moved in on Ostrander while Stortz began to pull away. Stortz, Ostrander, Jensen and Zeller ran that same order for many laps, while they lapped slower drivers. As the white flew Ostrander had closed in on Stortz. Ostrander gave it a shot and tried to take the lead but Stortz held his line and took his first feature win of the season at Princeton.

Races will resume next Friday at 7pm and it will be a regular night of WISSOTA racing with all our regular classes back in action.

Jones Wins Wissota Modified at Princeton

May 28th, 2012

Princeton, MN – As families traveled north for the holiday weekend, almost 100 drivers took the exit for the Princeton Speedway and put on another great show of WISSOTA Amsoil dirt track racing series action. Fans filled the stands and as the features were completed they noticed a trend, it was a good night to be named Justin. Justin Oestreich, Justin Pogones, and Justin Jones all took home feature wins with Shane Sabraski and Troy Kuehl also being winners.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were the first feature of the night with David Siercks and John Nelson on the front row. Siercks took the lead and Ryan Bowers battled Nelson when the green waved. Justin Oestreich took over fourth and quickly made a pass moving into second. Oestreich then moved by Siercks and took the lead. Bowers and Jeremy Nelson battled for third when Oestreich began to lap slower cars. Bowers and Je. Nelson continued the fight for third, but now they also battled lapped cars. Bowers pulled ahead enough to take third while Denis Czech and Je. Nelson stayed on his bumper. Czech and Je. Nelson moved to the sides of Bowers and as they came down the front stretch contact was made and Nelson spun out. Nelson suffered a flat from the incident and was out of the race. Oestreich was first on the restart with Siercks and Bowers behind him. Bud Martini made his way through the traffic and moved into second. As another caution slowed the drivers down Martini was on Oestreich’s bumper. Oestreich and Martini sped away as the green flew and Martini went to Oestreich’s sides. Oestreich and Martini were neck and neck coming down the straight away, but Oestreich was faster out of the turns. Oestreich locked in his lead and didn’t look back cruising in first all the way to the checkered. Martini, Bowers, Mark Froehlich and Alan Bohlman took top points.

Tommy McGough took the lead as the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours came out for their feature. Kyle Thell Josh Abrahamson, Corry VanMil and Mitch Hribar took the top five as lap one was complete. Abrahamson and Thell battled for second but the ellow flew and slowed them down. McGough led the drivers through three more restarts before he was challenged. Troy Kuehl moved next to McGough as the green appeared again and they battled for first. McGough was holding the lead, but Kuehl was at his door and running strong. As the yellow flew again drivers were lined up according to the electronic transponder system. Kuehl had a minimal lead over McGough the last lap when they crossed the line, so Kuehl was now first on the restart. Kuehl took off as the green flew and he had McGough and Rob VanMil in his dust. R. VanMil moved to Kuehl’s door and they battled for first with McGough staying close behind. Kuehl was slightly faster and took the lead but R. VanMil
raced at his bumper. Thell was closing in on McGough for third as R. VanMil made another move on Kuehl. Again, Kuehl held the lead but they were coming to slower cars. Kuehl and R. VanMil began to lap and again VanMil tried to take the lead. Kuehl kept first as the race was coming to an end. Kuehl and VanMil were close as the checkered flew, Kuehl crossed the line first and took the win with VanMil .267 seconds behind him.

Pat Zerfas and Kyle Howland led the WISSOTA Street Stocks onto the track for the next feature. Howland took the lead when the green flew with Ryan Kostreba grabbing second and Dave Read in third. Kostreba moved next to Howland for the lead and
Justin Pogones slid next to Read for third just as the yellow would fly. The restart order was Howland, Kostreba and Read and Kostreba quickly took the lead when the green flew. Read moved into second, Pogones into third and Howland fell to fourth. Kostreba began to pull away while Pogones moved to the side of Read. Read pulled away from Pogones keeping second, but Pogones didn’t back down and moved aside him again. The yellow then flew again and drivers were realigned as Read left the track with a mechanical issue. The restart was Kostreba in first and now Pogones was in second. Behn Mensen was in third and battled Pogones for second as the green flew. Pogones held onto second and looked ahead at Kostreba.

Kostreba had a comfortable lead, but Pogones slowly chased him down. With only two laps to go Pogones caught Kostreba and moved to his side. Kostreba and Pogones went door to door until the white flew when Pogones nosed ahead into the lead. Pogones held the lead and took the checkers winning his first feature at Princeton in over a year.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up to race and Kyle Robideau and Chris Wark led the drivers through turn four. Wark quickly moved into the lead as the green flew with Robideau in second. Jake Goetze and Mike Mueller battled for third with Shane Sabraski and Max Dondelinger going for fifth. The first yellow of the race flew slowing down the drivers, and that would be the first of many yellows. Kyle Robideau led for two laps and two cautions until Shane Sabraski made his from third to first taking the lead. Sabraski then led the drivers through a few more cautions including a five car pile up in turn one. The cars were given a limit of 20 minutes but they were only able to complete eight laps. The race was called and Sabraski took the win with Robideau, Loomis, Gullikson and Goetze in the top five.

The Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds were the last feature of the night with Wayne Troseth and Jeff Patchen on the front row. As the green flew, Patchen, Troseth and Justin Jones went three wide for the lead. Jones and Patchen broke away but still battled for first as J.B. Stortz took third and Larry Zeller grabbed fourth. Patchen was able to sneak ahead of Jones and take the lead but Jones sped next to him again. Scott Splittstoesser had taken over fourth and he had Zeller and Clayton Wagamon on his bumper. Wagamon, Zeller and Splittstoesser all went for fourth with Wagamon
getting the point. Jones moved next to Patchen again for the lead as the yellow flew and slowed him down. During the yellow, Stortz left the track with smoke coming from his car and that put Wagamon into third. Patchen was first on the restart and Jones again was at his side. Jones had more speed this round and took the lead with Patchen in second. Patchen moved next to Jones to take the lead, but Jones held it. Dustin Nelson, Tony Proell, and Shane Sabraski got
together in turn one bringing out a yellow. Jones was first on the restart with Wagamon and Patchen behind him. Jones took the lead but Wagamon took second and was on Jones’ rear. Wagamon gave it a shot to take the lead, but Jones held it and drove away. Jones kept the lead and won the feature with Wagamon, Patchen, J.T. Johnson and Splittstoesser in the top five points.

Next Friday night the Upper Midwest Sprint car Series (UMSS) will be making a stop at the Princeton Speedway. The night will feature the UMSS Sprints as well as the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Mod Fours, Modifieds and Princeton
Hornets. Adult and Senior prices in the grandstands will be raised by $2.00, all other admission will remain the same. Racing will start at 7pm.

Bohlman Wins Midwest Modifieds at Princeton

May 12th, 2012

Princeton, MN – Thunder, lightning, rain and strong winds didn’t stop thenight of WISSOTA Amsoil dirt track racing series action Friday night at the Princeton Speedway. The fans toughed out the rain delay and Armed forces night sponsored by Auto Value was in full effect by 8pm. The track was in excellent condition allowing for some good racing filled with exciting battles.

The first race of the night was for the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Kyle Matuska and John Nelson led the cars as the green waved. Nelson and Matuska battled for the lead with Matuska grabbing it. Within a lap, Ryan Bowers went from sixth to third and made his way next to Nelson for second as the yellow flew. The restart was Matuska with Bowers and Nelson behind him. Bowers took second and slid by Matuska taking first with Alan Bohlman, Bud Martini and Shane Sabraski grabbing top points. Bohlman moved into second and challenged Bowers for first. Sabraski and Justin Oestreich both passed Matuska and battled for fourth with Oestreich getting it. Bowers and Bohlman continued the back and forth battle for first while Martini closed in on them. With half the race over, Bohlman took over the lead and Bowers and Martini battled for second. Oestreich moved behind Martini and Bowers when the yellow flew. Bohlman was alone on the restart with Martini and Bowers fighting for second. Martini took second as the green flew and moved next to Bohlman for first. With four laps to go Martini took the lead and Bohlman held second. Sabraski took over fourth and went after Bowers for third. The checkered flew and Martini crossed the line taking the win with Bohlman, Sabraski, Bowers and Oestreich as the top finishers.

Ryan Kostreba took the lead as the green dropped for the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Brad Schmidt and Rick Nelson battled for second with Dave Read behind them. Read didn’t waste time and moved into second while Schmidt took third. After a caution, Read got right behind Kostreba for the lead and took the point. Read began to pull away while Kostreba and Schmidt battled for second. Justin Pogones made his way into fourth and was right behind Kostreba and Schmidt. Schmidt took over second and Pogones moved into third while Kostreba fell to fourth. Read set the cruise and had a straightaway lead over the others while Pogones moved next to Schmidt. Pogones took second and put his foot down to try and get some ground on Read. Kostreba took over third from Schmidt as the race wined down. Read took the win with a lead of 3.4 seconds over his competitors.

The Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours were next up to run with Ross Mead taking the early lead. Brandon Kellen took second and moved next to Mead for first. Mead held onto the lead while Troy Kuehl and Dean Larson battled for third behind Kellen. Kellen again slid next to Mead and he took the lead this round. Kuehl, Larson and Mead all went for second with Kuehl taking the point. Mead had third and Larson had fourth with Corry VanMil moving in behind Larson. Kuehl caught up to Kellen for first as the yellow flag flew. The restart order was Kellen with Kuehl and Larson in tow. Kuehl took over second while Larson tried to hold off VanMil. VanMil however took over third and Larson battled Mitch Hribar for fourth. Hribar took over fourth and sped to catch the other leaders. Kuehl moved next to Kellen for first and VanMil followed as the yellow flew. Kellen was first on the restart but anxious Kuehl and VanMil were behind him. Kuehl took the lead when the green flew and VanMil took second. Hribar moved next to Kellen and quickly took third leaving Kellen and Larson battling for fourth. One final yellow flew and the restart was a green, white, checkered flag start. Kuehl was first with VanMil and Hribar behind him. Kuehl sped away and gave himself a good lead over VanMil while Hribar ran close to VanMil. The checkered flew with Kuehl taking the win. VanMil, Hribar, Abrahamson and Larson took the top five points.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks rolled onto the track for the next feature. Josh Anderson took the lead as the green flew with Dexton Koch, Jake Goetze and Chris Wark behind him. Wark and Shane Sabraski moved in on Goetze for third with Wark taking the point. Sabraski then moved to Wark’s side and took third. Sabraski sped away and took over second from Koch as Mike Loomis made his way into fourth and then took third. Sabraski caught Anderson for the lead as the yellow appeared. Anderson was first on the restart with Sabraski on his rear. Sabraski began to work Anderson for the lead, but Anderson continued to pull out of turns faster keeping the lead. Dan Gullikson and Dave Read moved up on Loomis for third while the battle for first kept on. Sabraski was able to make his move and take over the lead putting Anderson in second. Loomis was still holding third but Gullikson raced at his side for multiple laps. With five to go, Gullikson locked into third with Loomis and Read in the top five. Read slid next to Loomis for fourth and Gullikson challenged Anderson for second. Read took over fourth, but Anderson held onto second as Sabraski crossed the finish line and took the win.

The Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds were last up for their feature and J.T. Johnson took the lead as the green flew. As the drivers came through turn four, everyone was fighting for points and they all were hitting each other. Dave Cain got pushed under Dustin Nelson’s car and Cain coasted to a stop in turn one. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted as Cain was towed off the track. Johnson was first on the restart with Shane Sabraski and Kris Peterson behind him. Sabraski took the lead and Johnson held onto second while Larry Zeller quickly took third. Nelson and Joey Jensen battled for fourth as Jensen made his way up into second. Zeller, Nelson and Tim Alexander took top points as the yellow flew again. Sabraski was still in first but Jensen was on his rear as the green flew. Zeller moved next to Jensen for second and they battled on the bumper of Sabraski. Sabraski could feel the heat from Zeller and Jensen as Zeller went to the high side and moved
to Sabraski’s door. Sabraski was able to pull away out of the turns but Zeller didn’t back down. One last caution slowed down the leaders, but the green flew and they were back at it. Jensen put the pedal down and was able to pass Sabraski and
took over the lead. The crowd went wild as the leaders battled for the top points. Zeller then moved next to Sabraski again. Jensen was able to pull away as Sabraski and Zeller battled for second. As the white flew Sabraski had the point, but as they went through turn four, Zeller didn’t let off the gas and they crossed the finish line neck and neck. Jensen took the win and Zeller took second with a lead of .039 over Sabraski.

Racing will resume next Friday night at 7pm.

Jensen, Davey, Czech, Rosen,& Thell Get Their Wins at Princeton

May 13th, 2012

Princeton, MN – 119 drivers signed into the Princeton Speedway Friday night for some WISSOTA Amsoil dirt track racing series action. The WISSOTA Modified feature from two weeks ago was ran along with the entire regular race night
schedule.

The first feature of the night was the make up feature for the WISSOTA Modifieds. Shane Sabraski and Dustin Nelson led the drivers as the green flew. Sabraski claimed the early lead with J.B. Stortz taking second and Nelson battled Joey Jensen for third. Jensen took over third but a caution appeared and the drivers slowed down. The restart was Sabraski followed by Jensen and Stortz. Jensen took over second and Stortz battled Don Eischens for third. The battle for fifth heated up with Dave Cain, Larry Zeller and Nelson all going for the point. Zeller took the point while Sabraski and Jensen began to catch slower drivers. One more yellow flew slowing the leaders down and the drivers were realigned. As the green flew Jensen moved next to Sabraski for the lead. Jensen tried to take the lead but Sabraski kept it with Jensen, Eischens, Stortz and Zeller as the top drivers. Cain then made a swift pass on Zeller and took over fifth. Cain caught Stortz for fourth and they began to battle. Stortz and Cain battled for fourth until the checkered flew. Sabraski took the win with Jensen, Eischens, Cain and Stortz as the top five finishers.

The first regular feature for the night was for the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Cory Rosen and Ryan Kostreba battled for the lead when the green dropped. The side by side battles continued through the field until drivers began to take positions. Rosen took the lead with Kostreba holding onto second. Behn Mensen moved into fifth and challenged Kurt Becken for fourth. Becken and Mensen then moved to the sides of Dave Read and they went three-wide for third. Mensen took third but Read stayed at his door as Justin Pogones slid next to Becken for fifth and took the point. Mensen and Read continued to battle for third as they closed in on Kostreba for second. Kostreba kept second while the yellow flew and Read left the track with mechanical issues. The restart was Rosen in front with Kostreba and Mensen in tow. Rosen left the left front tire at home and cruised away from the competition while Mensen claimed second. Kostreba held third with Pogones and Becken going for fourth. Pogones held onto fourth and moved next to Kostreba. Mensen finally caught Rosen and he put the pressure on the leader. The white flew with Rosen and Mensen going for the lead. Pogones took over third and Kostreba slid to fourth while the checkered flew. Rosen kept Mensen off long enough to take the feature win.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up for their feature, and the drivers had some issues. As the green flew Justin Oestreich took the early lead with Bud Martini and Denis Czech battling for second. As they went through turn two, Mike Kyllonen got loose and there were eight drivers tangled on the track. The restart was Oestreich with Marini and Czech behind him. Martini and Czech battled for second with Shane Sabraski moving into fourth. Mike Froehlich and Jason VandeKamp battled for fifth as the leader, Oestreich’s car completely died on the front stretch. Cars scattered and the yellow flew. The restart order was now Czech with Martini and Froehlich behind him. Martini went to the high side and once again as they rounded turn two, Martini’s car went sideways and drivers were all over. More cautions followed for the Midwest Modifieds until they reached their time limit of 20 minutes. Czech was still first on the final restart and he was able to hold off the others for the green, white, checkered finish and won the feature.

Ross Mead and Nick Jelacie took off as the green waved for the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours feature race. Mead took the lead and Jelacie battled Dean Larson for second. Larson took second and Kyle Thell moved into third. Thell took over second too, and he and Larson moved in on Mead for the lead. Thell moved to the high line and tried to take the lead. Mead held him for a few laps, but Thell moved into first and Mead had to fight with Larson for second. Matt Halls took over fourth with Mitch Hribar in fifth. Brandon Kellen tried to take over fifth form Hribar, but Hribar checked out leaving Kellen in sixth. After a five laps battle, Larson took second and Mead fell to third. With only two laps to go, Halls took over third from Mead and started to track down Larson. The checkered flew with Thell taking the win with a good lead of 3.4 seconds. Larson, Halls, Mead and Hribar took the top five points.

Next up were the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks. Dexton Koch, Andy Davey and Josh Anderson went for first as the green lights turned on. Davey pulled ahead and took the lead with Anderson and Koch battling for second. Gullikson took fourth and moved in on Koch who was in third. Gullikson took third and Koch held onto fourth, but Shane Sabraski moved next to him for the point. Sabraski took fourth while Koch was stuck battling three-wide with Chris Wark and Dave Mass for fifth. Mass and Wark continued to battle for fifth as Davey began lapping drivers. Gullikson was able to catch Davey and the lapped traffic as the yellow flew. Anderson had gone around in turn one and he and Sabraski suffered car issues and were out of the race. Drivers were sorted and Davey was first on the restart. Gullikson was in second and Mike Loomis and Dave Read fought for third. Davey continued to run strong in the lead with Gullikson on his rear. They caught slower drivers again allowing Read to catch them as well. Davey was still in the lead but with the checkered in sight Gullikson gave it one last shot. Davey crossed the line first with less then half a second lead over Gullikson.

The last race of the night was for the Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds, and it was another exciting race. J.T. Johnson, Justin Jones and J.B. Stortz went three wide for first with Dave Mass and Clayton Wagamon going for fourth as the green flew. Jones was able to pull ahead and take the lead while Johnson took second and Stortz held third. Joey Jensen moved next to Wagamon for fifth as Stortz and Mass moved in on Jones. Mass took second while Stortz exited the track with car complications. Wagamon moved into third with Jensen and Larry Zeller as the top five drivers. Jones was still leading and caught slower cars which allowed Mass to catch him. Wagamon and Jensen also began to close in on the leaders while battling for third. Jensen took third and challenged Mass for second. Jensen took the point and moved next to Jones for first. Jensen and Jones battled for first with Mass and Wagamon behind them. Dave Cain had moved his way into fifth and battled

Wagamon for fourth. Jensen took the lead with Jones, Mass, Wagamon and Cain behind him. Cain raced next to Wagamon for fourth as smoke started to roll out of his engine. Cain and Wagamon continued to battle as the white flew. Cain took over fourth and Wagamon held fifth while Jensen took the checkered. Jones finished in second less then a second behind Jensen, Mass, Cain and Wagamon finished out the top five.

Races will resume next Friday night at the quarter-mile bullring at 7pm.

Princeton Die Hard Fans Get a Treat with Great Racing Action

April 29th, 2012

Princeton, MN — Around 100 drivers signed into the pits Friday night at the Princeton Speedway for a night of WISSOTA Amosoil Dirt Track Racing series action. The radar was not in the tracks favor, and the low temps really proved who the die hard racers and fans were, but with the exception of the WISSOTA Modifieds, the rest of the nights races were completed with some exciting racing action.

Brad Schmidt and John Adams led the WISSOTA Street Stocks onto the track for the first feature of the night. As the Green waved Schmidt spun around in turn two and drivers scattered to miss him. They were all sorted and realigned with Ryan Kostreba and Jon Gunderson taking over the front row. Kostreba took the lead as the race began and Justin Pogones challenged Gunderson for second. Dave Read joined Pogones and Gunderson for second and the battle went three-wide. Read was faster out of the turns and took second with Behn Mensen sliding next to Gunderson for third. Mehnsen took third and Pogones took over fourth. Kostreba ran strong in first with Read, Mehnsen and Pogones in the top four, and they were putting distance between them and Gunderson in fifth. Read then moved next to Kostreba for first and took the point
putting Kostreba into second. John Adams then went around in turn one and the yellow flew. Read was first on the restart with Kostreba and Mensen in tow. Read and Kostreba pulled away on the restart as Pogones battled Mensen for the third point. The yellow however flew again and slowed down the drivers. As they drivers lined up Kostreba went to the infield with a mechanical issue moving Mensen into second and Pogones into third. Read was still the leader when the green flew with Mensen and Pogones right behind him. Gunderson moved next to Pogones for third but Pogones held him off and kept the point as the checkered was in sight. Read took the Street Stock feature win making it two in a row for the 2012 season.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up to race with Justin Oestreich and Tim Siercks on the front line. Oestreich took the lead with Bud Martini and Alan Bohlman moving in behind him as the green flew. Martini moved next to Oestreich for the lead and after a short battle Martini took the lead. Oestreich held onto second with Dan Ebert, Denis Czech and Bohlman going three-wide behind him. Oestreich pulled away as Ebert grabbed third and Czech took fourth. Shane Sabraski and Jason VandeKamp battled for fourth as Ebert began to close in on Oestreich. Jacob Putnam went off the side of the track in turn two bringing out the yellow. The restart was Martini with Oestreich and Ebert side by side. Oestreich and Ebert battled for second with VandeKamp on their rears when the yellow flew again. As the green waved for the restart Ebert took over second and moved next to Martini for the lead. Martini, Ebert, Oestreich, VandeKamp and Sabraski all ran close together in points one through five. They started to space out with Martini still in the lead. Ebert continued to work Martini for first while Oestreich battled off VandeKamp and Sabraski. As the checkered flew Martini took the win and Ebert got second. Sabraski and VandeKamp both passed Oestreich taking third and fourth with Oestreich finishing fifth.

The Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours were next up to race with Jason Bloch and Dustin Zieske leading the cars. Zieske took first when the green flew with Dean Larson taking second. Mitch Hribar and Bloch battled for third with Matt Halls moving in. Halls took third and moved next to Larson for second as Hribar locked in fourth and Tyler Larson took fifth. Zieske wasted no time and began to stretch out a lead on other drivers while Hribar closed in on D. Larson for third as a caution came out. Zieske was alone in front on the restart with Halls and D. Larson behind him. D. Larson and Halls battled for second when the green flew while Kyle Thell took fourth from Hribar. Thell moved next to D. Larson for third and took the point. D. Larson was now in fourth with Hribar on his bumper. The sprinkles began to fall as the leaders began to lap other drivers. Thell was able to catch Halls for second with two laps to go. Halls and Thell were side by side as the race came to a close. Zieske took the win with Thell, Halls, D. Larson and Hribar taking the top five points.

Mother Nature wasn’t sure what she was doing as the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks rolled onto the track. After a couple of laps around the track, the sprinkles were light enough that the Supers decided to race. Mike Mueller and Chris Wark took off as the race began and Mueller took the lead. Wark and Donnie Lofdahl battled for second with Mike Loomis, Dan Gullikson, and Dave Mass battling three-wide for fourth. Mass moved into third and battled Lofdahl for second. Mass took the point and Loomis moved in on Lofdahl. Gullikson and Wark were battling for fifth as Mass took the lead from Mueller. Loomis took over second and Gullikson took third, but Gullikson moved next to Loomis for second and took the spot. Mass had a good lead by now but Kyle Robideau then went off the track and the yellow flew. A few more cautions would follow that one until the drivers finally got it together. Mass was still in the lead with Loomis and Gullikson behind him. Gullikson took second and Loomis kept third while Shane Sabraski and Lofdahl battled for fourth. Sabraski took fourth and Lofdahl held onto fifth the final laps as Mass took the checkered flags and the win.

The Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds came onto the track, but the sprinkles became more of a rain and the track started to get slick. The drivers were pulled off the track and the night was called as completed. Racing will resume next Friday night at 7pm. Make sure to watch the website and facebook page for feature make up information, we hope to see you all next week at the Bullring.

Princeton Gets First Night In

April 23rd, 2012

Princeton, MN – There was a chill in the air Friday night in Princeton, but that didn’t stop drivers and hearty fans from filling the pits and stands at the Princeton Speedway for the 2012 WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track racing series season opener. The night was full of side by side action, close finishes and exciting racing action. Dave Read, Jason Vande Kamp, Josh Abrahamson, Shane Sabraski and Dave Cain took home feature wins.

The first feature event of the night was for the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Justin Pogones and Jon Gunderson led the drivers as the green dropped. Pogones quickly took the lead with Gunderson, Ryan Kostreba and Behn Mensen going three-wide for second. Mensen took the second point with Gunderson, Dave Read, and Kostreba taking top points. Read began to work Gunderson for third and quickly took the point. Pogones had stretched out a comfortable lead, but Mensen began to close in on him. Mensen and Read had just about caught Pogones as the yellow flew and drivers were realigned. Pogones was alone in front with Read and Mensen on his rear as the green flew. Mensen and Read battled for second with Read taking the point. Read moved next to Pogones for the lead but Pogones kept it. As the drivers came across the back stretch, Kostreba and John Adams were turned around and the yellow flew. Pogones was first on the restart with Mensen and Read battling for second. Read took second and moved next to Pogones for the lead. Pogones and Read fought side by side the remaining laps and as they rounded turn four they both floored it. Read came out ahead of Pogones and took the feature win. The crowd went crazy with cheers from the exciting finish and Read climbed to the top of his car in excitement.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up to race their feature with Jeremy Nelson and Gabe Kennedy on the front line. Nelson took the lead with Justin Oestreich moving into second. Dan Ebert and Bud Martini battled for third while Oestreich moved next to Nelson for first. Ebert took third and slid behind Nelson and Oestreich while Martini took fourth and Jason Vande Kamp moved into fifth. Nelson and Oestreich continued their battle for first with Ebert joining them. Nelson pulled ahead and took the lead while Ebert and Oestreich went at second. The leaders were beginning to lap slower drivers while Ebert caught up to Nelson. The yellow came out and the cars were sorted with Nelson being in first. When the green flew Martini took second and Vande Kamp took third putting Ebert into fourth and Oestreich in fifth. Just then Oestreich’s drive shaft broke and he coasted to a stop on the front stretch. The drivers were slowed and lined up.
Nelson, Vande Kamp and Martini went three-wide for first as the green reappeared. Vande Kamp took over the lead and Ebert and Nelson battled for second as Martini left the track with car problems. Ebert took over second and moved in on Vande Kamp. As the checkered waved Vande kamp held his lead and won the feature race.

Dean Larson and Kyle Thell led the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours through turn four as the green flew. Thell shot out of turn four like a rocket and took the early lead. Josh Abrahamson moved into second and Larson held onto third. Abrahamson put his foot down and quickly closed in Thell for the lead. Thell and Abrahamson began lapping slower cars and they began to battle for first. Abrahamson ran the low line and Thell ran high around the track. As they crossed the front stretch, Abrahamson had a slight lead over Thell but a yellow flew and slowed the leaders down. The restart was Abrahamson in the lead with Larson and Thell behind him. As they went through the turns Abrahamson clipped a track tire and got loose also making Larson swerve on the track. They both kept going and the race stayed green. Thell took this opportunity to take the lead back and pulled away, but another yellow slowed him down. The restart was Thell with Abrahamson and Landon
Atkinson behind him. Thell and Abrahamson continued their battle for first but Thell was able to hold him. As the two laps remaining flag waved Thell and Abrahamson were side by side. When the checkered flew it was Abrahamson who had the
slight lead and took the feature win. Thell finished second with Atkinson, Larson and Mitch Hribar taking the top five points.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up to race and Adam Ayotte and Shane Sabraski lined up row one. They battled for first and Dan Gullikson moved into third as the race began. The yellow appeared for the first time quite quickly as Cory Tammen, Tim Johnson, Chris Johnson and Ryan Meneley all had issues in turn two. The restart order was Sabraski with Ayotte and Gullikson behind him. Sabraski took the lead with Ayotte taking second but the third point was up for grabs. Tammen and Chris Wark battled for third with Dave Mass and Gullikson joining. Mass, Gullikson, Tammen and Wark went four-wide through turn four for third with Gullikson coming out as the winner. Mass claimed fourth while Gullikson moved behind Ayotte for second. The yellow flew and the drivers were slowed down. On the restart, Sabraski, Ayotte and Gullikson all battled for the lead. They went three-wide but Sabraski kept the lead and pulled away. It was still Ayotte and Gullikson going for second as Mass joined them. Mass and Gullikson went to the sides of Ayotte going three wide for second. Gullikson took second and Mass took third. Ayotte then had mechanical issues and the yellow flew. Sabraski was first on the restart with Gullikson and Mass trying to take the lead. Mass was able to pass Sabraski and take over the lead, the crowd went wild, but just then Ryan Meneley went off the track in turn two and hit the concrete wall bringing out a yellow. The restart put Sabraski back in first since he was first on the last fully completed lap. Sabraski held onto the lead through the restart and took the win with Mass, Gullikson, Mike Loomis and Tammen in the top points.

The final feature of the night was for the Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds, and it was another exciting race. Tim Alexander and Dave Cain led the drivers as the green waved. Cain took the lead with Alexander in second and Sabraski taking third. Don Eischens took fourth and moved next to Sabraski for third. Joey Jensen took fifth and moved in on Eischens, but Eischens went around in turn four and the yellow flew.

The restart was Cain with Sabraski and Alexander behind him. Alexander, Sabraski and Larry Zeller battled three-wide for second and Alexander took the point. Zeller kept third as Jensen moved in behind him. Jensen took third and went to the low side of the track and took over second from Alexander as the yellow flew again. Cain was first on the restart with Jensen and Alexander behind him. Jensen slid next to Cain for the lead. Jensen nudged ahead just enough to take the lead, but another caution would keep him in second. After a couple more cautions, the restart went to single file style and Cain was in first followed by Jensen. Cain and Jensen continued there battle for the lead and as they came through turn four, Jensen went under Cain and contact was made between them. Cain’s car slowed on the front stretch and the yellow came out. After being checked out, Cain was able to race and took his place in the lead as Jensen was charged with the caution. The final restart was Cain, Zeller and Eischens. Zeller and Eischens battled for second but Zeller grabbed it. Zeller began to make his way next to Cain for the lead with few laps left. Zeller gave it a good push, but Cain held him off and took the feature win.

Racing will resume next Friday at 7pm. Make sure to check out the website at www.princetonspeedway.com for the latest track information and full 2012 racing schedule. You an also find us on facebook by searching Princeton Speedway.

Princeton Crowns Season Champions

September 6th, 2011

Princeton, MN (September 2) – Friday night concluded the 2011 racing season and the season ended with some great WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action and close points battles.

The Aircare Heating and Air WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first feature of the night with Amanda Milbrandt and Rodney deBernardeaux leading the cars. As the green flew deBernardeaux took the lead with Ryan Kostreba and Christina Wollak battling Milbrandt for second. Kostreba took second with Wollak grabbing third and Milbrandt, Ben Rothstein and Kurt Becken all went for fourth. Milbrandt held onto fourth while Kostreba moved in on deBernardeaux for first. deBernardeaux held onto first and began to pull away from Kostreba while Becken took over fourth and slid next to Wollak for third. Becken took third while Tom Hovind made his way into fourth. deBernardeaux had caught slower drivers and prepared to lap as Becken had a car problem and left the track. Hovind took his third place with Keith Tourville moving into fourth behind him. Kostreba closed in on deBernardeaux for the lead again with Hovind and Tourville closing in. With the checkered in sight, deBernardeaux, Kostreba, Hovind and Tourville all had the win in sight and flew over the finish line. deBernardeaux kept his lead and won the feature with the other three drivers within half a second of him. deBernardeaux took the feature win and Justin Pogones was crowned track champion with a lead of only four points over Christina Wollak.

The next feature of the night was for the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Mike Frolik took the lead as the green dropped with Ryan Studanski and Jeremy Nelson taking other top points. Nelson and Studanski fought over third with Bud Martini and Scott Atkinson going for fourth. Nelson took second while Martini moved in on Studanski for third. The yellow flew for Atkinson whose car stalled not quite making it into the infield. The restart order was Frolik with Studanski and Nelson in tow. Nelson moved in on Frolik for the lead as Studanski settled into third. Ryan Bowers moved into fourth with Martini close behind him. Martini, Bowers and Jason Vande Kamp all went for fourth with Bowers coming out in front. The yellow again slowed the drivers down and a few more cautions would make the drivers restart in single file form. Frolik was first on the restart and Nelson remained in that close second. Studanski tried to hold off Martini but Martini took third and closed in on Nelson. Nelson was working Frolik for the lead as they caught slower traffic and started to lap. Frolik ran strong in the lead with Nelson .58 seconds behind him as they crossed the finish line. Bud Martini took the third point and the track championship for the Midwest Modifieds.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks made their way onto the track for the next feature. Kyle Robideau and Jake Goetze took off as the green flew and Goetze jumped out as the early leader. Chris Wark, Robideau and Josh Anderson went three-wide for second with Anderson getting the point and moving next to Goetze for first. Anderson took the lead, Goetze ran second with Wark in a close third. Goetze’s car then looped around in turn two with Wark making a swift move barely missing the nose of the #26 of Goetze. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted with Anderson out in front. Wark and Devin Neske sat side by side in row one as the green flew. Wark took second and Dave Mass moved into third on Wark’s rear. Mass took over second and caught Anderson for the lead. As they went through turn four Mass made contact with Anderson. Anderson’s car went sideways and with Wark was right there catching the side of Anderson. Wark’s car bounced on the
track and Anderson’s car rolled onto the roof. The red flew and track officials attended to Anderson. Anderson was ok, but unable to race, as Wark joined the drivers in line. Mass was charged with the caution and Wark was first on the restart with Devin Neske and Robideau behind him. Wark’s mangled car took off as the green flew as Dave Read made his way into second. Read moved next to Wark and took over the lead while John Remington made his way into third and onto Wark for second. Wark held onto second while Read stretched out a lead and began to lap. Remington moved next to Wark again for the second point and they ran side by side until Wark again pulled ahead getting the point. Dave Mass made his way back into fourth and took over third. Mass then slid next to Wark for second as they crossed
the line under the white flag. Read continued to lead and took the feature win while Mass grabbed second and Wark got third, one-thousandths of a second behind Mass. Mass was crowned Super Stock champion for the 2011 racing season.

Brandon Lindquist and Ross Mead battled for first when the green flew for the Viking Coke Speedway Motors Mod Fours feature. Lindquist took the lead with Mead moving to his side for the point. Mitch Hribar and Mead went to the sides of Lindquist for first, with Mead taking the point. Hribar battled Tommy McGough for second when McGough went ahead and took the lead putting Mead into second and Hribar in third. Landon Atkinson then had a car issue in turn two and a few drivers got bunched up. The yellow flew and drivers were realigned with McGough in first. Mead took second and Hribar kept third with Corry VanMil moving in behind him. McGough started to stretch out a lead while Hribar held off VanMil for third. Hribar moved in on Mead for second and with one pass took the point. VanMil was on Mead’s bumper for third while Hribar tried to pull away. VanMil took over third and moved next to Hribar for second. Rookie Hribar battled side by side with VanMil for second with only two laps to go. VanMil took over second and Hribar was fighting Aaron Wetterlin for third. As they crossed the finish line Hribar had a slight lead over Wetterlin and took the third point while VanMil got second and McGough took the win. Kyle Thell was the first time season champion for the Mod Fours at the Princeton Speedway.

The final race of the night was for the Ground Support, Inc. WISSOTA Modifieds. Chuck Cooper and Chad Banks led the drivers as the green waved. Banks took the early lead with Cooper in second and Dave Mass taking third. Larry Zeller and Mass battled three-wide with Cooper for second with Zeller and Mass pulling ahead. Just then the #14w car of Clayton Wagamon flew off the north side of the track and rolled a few times. The red came and emergency workers went to Wagamon. Wagamon was ok and drivers were sorted. Banks was first on the restart with Mass and Zeller in tow. Mass and Zeller battled for second with Mass getting the point. Mass then took the lead from Banks and Zeller took second putting Banks in third. Justin Jones took over third while Zeller moved next to Mass for first. Mass kept first but Zeller and Jones ran in a close two and three. J.B. Stortz took over fourth and ran the high line on the track. Within a couple laps Stortz caught Jones for third. Zeller again tried to take the lead from Mass, but Mass was faster out of the curves and kept the lead. Stortz took over third and began to close in on Zeller for second. The points battle for Track champion was between Stortz and Zeller, and Stortz caught Zeller at the white line. Mass raced ahead and took the feature win with Zeller keeping second and Stortz getting third. Stortz still had the points though and took the 2011 Modifieds track champion crown and is the Rookie of the Year as well.

A HUGE thank you goes out to the drivers, fans, employees, sponsors and everyone else that made the 2011 season the success that it was. With six rain outs and many nights with rain delays, it’s the die-hards that come to the Princeton Speedway every Friday that made the 2011 season so great and memorable. Thank you again everyone, keep your eyes on facebook and the website at www.princetonspeedway.com for banquet information.

Dave Cain Wins Wissota Modified at Princeton

August 31st, 2011

Princeton, MN– Friday night at the Princeton Speedway was jam packed of fun and WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. There were two make up features from the prior week’s rain out, as well as a full regular show of racing.
It was the Race of Champions night and Ryan Kostreba, Bud Martini, Shane Sabraski, Corry VanMil, and Dave Cain all took home feature wins.

The first Make-up feature of the night was for the Viking Coke Speedway Motors Mod Fours. Mike Rau and Cody Fox led the drivers and fought for first as the green flew. Rau took the lead with Ross Mead and Fox going for second. Fox made contact with Mead and Mead was pushed into the infield bringing out a caution and Fox got charged for it. Rau was first on the restart with Mead and Tommy Sabraski in tow. Kyle Thell and Sabraski battled for second with Thell grabbing the point and Sabraski getting third. Tom Silver, Dean Larson and Mitch Hribar went three-wide for fourth with Larson taking it as Thell moved next to Rau for first. Thell quickly took the lead and didn’t look back. Silver moved next to Larson for fourth but Larson pulled away
keeping the point. Sabraski then suffered a flat and pulled off the track moving Larson into third and Silver into fourth. Larson and Silver battled for third and closed in on Rau for second. Larson stole second, Silver got third and Rau fell to fourth as the race came to an end. Thell took the make-up feature win.

Clayton Wagamon and Larry Zeller lead the Ground Support, Inc. WISSOTA Modifieds on the track for the second make-up feature. The green flew and the battle for first began. Wagamon took the lead with Zeller and Dave Mass behind him. The yellow flew and the drivers were sorted. Wagamon was first on the restart with Mass and Zeller behind him. Mass took second, Zeller took third while J.B. Stortz and Dave Cain battled for fourth. Stortz slid next to Zeller for third and took the point with Cain doing the same move. Wagamon and Mass began to stretch out a lead as Cain suffered car problems and Chuck Olson spun in turn two. Cain left the track as the green flew for Wagamon, Stortz and Mass battled for second with Mass taking the point. Wagamon lead the remaining laps and won the race with Mass, Stortz, Zeller, and J.T. Johnson finishing as the top five drivers.

The first regular feature for the night was for the Aircare Heating and Air WISSOTA
Street Stocks. Keith Tourville and Justin Pogones led the drivers through turn four as the green flew. Tourville took the early lead with Pogones and Rod deBernardeaux battling for second. deBernardeaux took second and moved next to Tourville for first. deBernardeaux became the new leader with Jon Gunderson taking second, Pogones in third and Tourville in fourth, smoking through the turns. The yellow then flew and drivers were sorted with deBernardeaux in the lead. Pogones and Gunderson battled for second with Tourville and Ben Rothstein battling side by side for fourth. Just then contact was made on the tracks backstretch leaving Amanda Milbrandt, Christina Wollak, Dan Foss and Jacob Engler unable to continue racing. The restart order was deBernardeaux with Pogones and Gunderson going for second. Rothstein took fourth and moved in behind Pogones and Gunderson. After another restart Tourville made his way back into second and raced door to door with deBernardeaux for first. Ryan Kostreba made his way into fourth and challenged Pogones for third when Tourville’s car went around in corner four. The restart was deBernardeaux with Kostreba and Pogones in tow. Kostreba went to the side of deBernardeaux for the lead while Tom Hovind made his way back into fourth from the rear of the field. deBernardeaux held the lead but Kostreba didn’t back off. Kostreba moved up again and this round he took the lead putting deBernardeaux into second. Hovind took third and moved next to deBernardeaux for second and took the point while Kostreba pulled away. Kostreba took the white and checkered flags winning the feature race.

Jeremy Nelson and Ryan Bowers took off as the green flew for the Coors Light WISSOTA Modifieds feature event. Nelson took the lead with Bowers and Bud Martini going for second and Jason Hall in a close fourth. Martini took second but the yellow flew for Elizabeth Toepper in turn two. The restart was Nelson alone with Martini and Bowers behind him. Bowers and Martini battled for second again and Martini got a bit loose on the track. Hall dodged him, ended up in the infield, and kept going avoiding a caution. Martini ended up in second with Bowers, Sabraski and Scott Bintz as the top five. Sabraski took third from Bowers and tried to catch Martini who was closing in on Nelson. Martini moved next to Nelson for first as the yellow flew again. After two restarts Martini took the lead with Nelson and Sabraski battling for second. Sabraski took second and put the pedal down to catch Martini. As the laps winded down Sabraski wasn’t too far behind Martini, when they both gunned it for the checkered. Martini took the win with Sabraski in second 0.33 seconds behind him.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up to race. Josh Anderson and Dave Read took off as the green flew with Read taking the lead. Anderson and Devin Neske battled for second with Mike Loomis right on their rears. Anderson took second, Neske took third with Shane Sabraski taking fourth. Sabraski then took third, second, and in no time was in first. Sabraski pulled away and soon caught a slower driver while Dave Mass took third from Anderson and moved forward to catch Read for second. Mass and Read battled for second with lapped cars allowing Mass to take the point. Read held onto third with Anderson and Neske in a distant fourth and fifth. The race went flag to flag and was over in 5:13 with Sabraski getting the win.

Corry VanMil took the lead as the green dropped in the Viking Coke Speedway Motors Mod Four’s feature. Rob VanMil and Aaron Wetterlin battled for second with Kyle Thell in fourth. R. VanMil took over second as battles continued through the 22 car field. The yellow flew and drivers were realigned with C. VanMil in first. The VanMil’s took the top two points with Thell in third and Dean Larson battling Troy Kuehl for fourth, Kuehl took the point. Corry and Rob VanMil began to pull away putting space between them and Thell. Kuehl moved next to Thell for third while the VanMil’s began to lap cars. Thell and Kuehl kept battling for third as they prepared to lap as well. Kuehl took over third putting Thell into fourth. As the laps passed Wetterlin caught Thell for fourth, but Thell kept the point as the checkered was in sight for C. VanMil. Corry VanMil took the win with R. VanMil, Kuehl, Thell, and Wetterlin as the top finishers.

The final feature of the night was for the Ground Support, Inc. WISSOTA Modifieds. Shane Sabraski and Ryan Canon led the drivers as the green flew. Canon and Sabraski battled for first with Dave Cain and Dave Mass battling for third. Sabraski took the lead with Canon battling Mass for second and Cain rode their bumpers. Cain, Mass and Canon went three-wide for second with Mass pulling ahead as the winner. Mass moved in on Sabraski for the lead with Cain taking third and moving in on Mass. Mass and Cain put the pressure on Sabraski for first. Mass went high next to Sabraski as Cain pushed him through the turns. The yellow then flew for Charlie Hillukka, who flew over the north side of the track hitting a concrete barrier. Hillukka was able to continue racing and lined back up as Sabraski took first. The green flew with Sabraski running low and Mass and Cain running high. Sabraski began to pull away as Cain took over second and Mass battled J.B. Stortz for third. Cain went to the high line and raced at Sabraski’s side for the lead. Cain had a slight lead as they came out of turn four, but got loose on the track allowing Sabraski to move back up. Cain still ran strong nose to nose with Sabraski as the yellow flew. As the drivers were lined up the transponders showed Cain in first on the last completed lap so he took the lead with Sabraski and Stortz behind him. Cain pulled away as the green flew while Stortz took second from Sabraski. Cain kept the lead the final laps and took home another Princeton Speedway feature win.

Next Friday will be the final night of the 2011 racing season at Princeton Speedway, season championship night. Racing will resume at 7pm.

Princeton Gave One Last Attempt for Kids Night, and Cut Short Again by Rain

August 23rd, 2011

Princeton, MN– Some say “the third times the charm”, that phrase was not the case Friday Night at the Princeton Speedway. Princeton gave one more attempt at Kids Night, but once again, the rain moved in and the night as cut short. The night of racing was sponsored by Auto Valu of Princeton and more than 40 bikes were given away to kids along with model racecars, pillow pets, as well as t-shirts for the first 100 kids in the gates. Three features were completed during the night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action with Kurt Becken, Jason Hall and Joel Collins taking home the feature trophies.

The first feature of the night was for the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Justin Oestreich and Jason Hall led the drivers through turn four as the green flew. Oestreich grabbed the early lead with Hall in second and Stan Thom battling Ryan Bowers for third. Thom took third as Jeremy Nelson moved next to Bowers for fourth. Bowers and Nelson moved in on Thom for third but Thom held them off. Oestreich began to put some space between himself and Hall as Nelson made contact with Thom and Thom shot into the infield. The yellow flew and Nelson was charged with the caution. Oestreich was first on the restart with Thom and Hall behind him. Bowers, Thom and Bud Martini went three-wide for third while Hall and Oestreich battled for the lead. Martini moved next to the leaders, but the yellow came back and they were slowed. Oestreich was first when the green waved but Hall moved to his side and took the point. Oestreich held second with Martini and Bowers on his rear. Bowers had a slight lead over Martini but one more caution flew. Hall was first on the restart this round with Oestreich and Bowers in tow. Bowers, Martini and Oestreich all went for the second point and Oestreich grabbed it. Bowers and Martini battled for third with Bowers sliding ahead out of the turns. The laps went by and Bowers remained faster out of the turns and kept the third point giving Martini the fourth position. The checkered flew with Hall taking his first feature win this season and Oestreich taking second.

Dexton Koch and Kurt Becken led the Aircare Heating and Air WISSOTA Street Stocks onto the track for the next feature. As the green waved Becken, Koch and Rod deBernardeaux all went for the lead. Justin Pogones and Christina Wollak ran side by side behind the three leaders until Becken broke away taking the lead. Koch took second while Pogones challenged deBernardeaux for third. Becken’s car was a bit loose coming out of two, which allowed Koch to move to his side. Koch and Becken battled for first while the battled for fourth went three wide with Pogones, Christina Wollak and Keith Tourville going for it. Becken again moved into the lead with Koch holding second. deBernardeaux went low and Pogones went high at Koch’s
sides and they fought for the second point. The battle for points two through six were at anyone’s grab with top drivers going for them. Pogones moved to the high line and made his way into second with Tourville taking over third. Tourville took second and Pogones fell to third battling with Wollak for the spot. Wollak took third, Pogones took fourth and deBernardeaux settled into fifth. Becken was in first with a straight-away lead over Tourville in second as the race came to an end. Becken took the checkered and drove his #70 Streeter into victory lane for the first time this season.

With the rain falling more consistently, the final feature of the night belonged to the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks. Kevin Hager and Jake Goetze led the drivers but as the green dropped Josh Anderson joined the battle for first. Goetze pulled ahead and took the lead, Joel Collins moved into second and Anderson battled Hager for third. Anderson took third but Chris Wark and Hager moved next to him going three-wide for the point. Anderson again claimed third, Wark took fourth with Loomis grabbing fifth. Collins made his way next to Goetze for the lead and they pulled away from the competitors. Collins and Goetze battled door to door for first with Goetze having a slight lead over Collins. Loomis made his way around Anderson stealing third and making him battle Wark for the fourth point. Mike Frolik filed in behind them as Collins went high and took the lead from Goetze. Goetze’s car got a little loose on the track allowing Collins to pull away. Anderson moved next to Loomis for third as Wark, Frolik and Mass battled for fifth. As contact was made and sparks flew off Wark’s car, Frolik took fifth followed by Wark and Mass getting seventh. Anderson took over third and closed in on Goetze with only two laps to go. Anderson tried to take second but Goetze held the point. Collins cruised his way to a big win of 3.7 seconds over second place.

The Princeton Speedway would like to thank the many race teams and local businesses who donated the bikes and other give-aways for Kids Night, as well as Ray’s Auto Body for sponsoring other nightly events. Also, a HUGE thank you goes to the loyal fans of the Princeton Speedway who toughed out another wet night, we sincerely appreciate your dedication to the sport of racing.

Next Friday will be one of two nights left of racing at the Princeton Speedway and it’s also Race of Champions night. Watch the website www.princetonspeedway.com for information the make up features and other events. Racing resumes Friday at 7.

Mille Lacs County Fair Fans saw Side by Side Racing at Princeton Speedway

August 14th, 2011

Princeton, MN – Fans packed the stands Friday night for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing series action as the Mille Lacs county fair was in full swing. Fans got to see side by side racing action, great finishes with the bright lights of the fair at the south side of the track. Keith Tourville, Jason Vande Kamp, Dave Mass, Kyle Thell, and Dave Cain took the feature trophies.

Dave Mastell and Dexton Koch led the Aircare Heating and Air WISSOTA Street Stocks onto the track for the first feature of the night. As the green dropped Koch pulled ahead into the lead with Justin Pogones hot on his trail. Pogones moved next to Koch for first with Ryan Kostreba behind them. Pogones went low and took the lead with Kostreba moving into second. Koch kept third with Ben Rothstein and Keith Tourville battling behind him. Tourville moved ahead and took over third but Koch kept close. Kostreba began working Pogones for first, but Pogones kept the point. Kostreba went to the side of Pogones for first and as the battle began, the yellow flew. The restart order was Pogones with Kostreba and Tourville in tow. Tourville went high and Kostreba ran low and they battled on Pogones’ rear. Tourville had a good run and took the lead from Pogones putting him into second. The yellow flew again and drivers lined up. Tourville was the leader with Kostreba moving into second and Pogones in third. Kostreba moved next to Tourville for first but experienced a car problem and began to fall back in the pack. Pogones retook second with Rothstein taking third. One more yellow flew slowing Tourville down, but on the restart Tourville kept the lead. Rothstein challenged Pogones for second and took the point with few laps to go. Tourville kept first and took the feature win. Rothstein, Pogones, Christina Wollak, and Koch took the top points.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up to race. Denis Czech and Justin Oestreich led the drivers as the green flew. Czech took first with Oestreich in second and Jason Vande Kamp in third. Dan Ebert, Ryan Bowers and Jason all battled for fourth with Ebert and Hall breaking away a bit. Oestreich moved next to Czech for the lead with Hall challenging Vande Kamp for third. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted with Czech in first. Oestreich, Vande Kamp and Ebert battled for second right behind Czech when Oestreich and Vande Kamp moved to Czech’s sides. Oesreich and Vande Kamp both passed Czech and kept the battle for first going. Just then the yellow flew and drivers were slowed. Czech was still first on the last completed lap so he was first on the restart. Oestreich moved next to Czech for first and took the point making Czech battle Vande Kamp and Ebert for second. Vande Kamp took second and Ebert took third. Oestreich, Vande Kamp and Ebert began to pull away as the race was half over. Ebert and Vande Kamp battled for second with Vande Kamp holding Ebert back. Cory Bauman then spun in turn four and the yellow flew. After four more cautions Vande Kamp took over the lead with Oestreich and Ebert in tow. Oestreich and Ebert went three-wide with Vande Kamp for first with a couple laps left. Vande Kamp again pulled out in front taking first with Oestreich grabbing second and Ebert settling into third. Ebert floored it with the checked in view taking over second and Oestreich getting third. Vande Kamp took the win making it two in a row at Princeton.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up to race. Joel Collins took the lead as the Green flew but a first lap caution reset the field. Collins and Jake Goetze sat side by side as the green flew and battled for first. Devin Neske joined the battle and Goetze got the slight lead taking first. Neske and Josh Anderson battled for second with Mike Frolik behind them. Anderson took second with Neske in third. Collins and Frolik battled for fourth as Neske challenged Anderson again. Anderson went high and slid next to Goetze for first. Anderson’s car then got loose in turn four allowing Neske to move next to Goetze for first. Neske took the lead with Dave Mass moving in on Goetze as the yellow flew. Neske was first on the restart with Mass and Goetze in row two. Neske took the lead with Mass moving into second. Frolik and Goetze battled for third as Mass moved next to Neske. Goetze’s car then flew off the track bringing out a yellow. Three restarts later the race was going again with Mass in the lead. Neske and Frolik battled for second with Frolik getting a slight lead out of the corners. Joel Collins and Dave Read battled for fourth behind Neske while Frolik tried to catch Mass. Mass and Frolik drove away as Collins closed in on Neske for third. Mass drove to the checkered taking the win with Frolik, Neske, Collins and Read as the top five.

Cody Fox and Mitch Hribar took the front line as the Viking Coke Speedway Motors Mod Fours took the track for the next feature. As the green flew Fox and Hribar battled for first with Chris Pearson and Ross Mead behind them. Rookie and 16 year old Hribar took the lead with Mead moving into second. The battle for third went three-wide between Jamie Flickinger, Fox and Pearson. They went three-wide a few laps for third until Flickinger and Fox broke away. Corry VanMil and Kyle Thell battled for fifth with Hribar still going strong in first. Thomas Kellen and Landon Atkinson got tied up in turn two bringing out a caution. Hribar was first on the restart with Mead and Fox right behind him. Hribar sped away in his #M16 car, while Mead took second and Fox battled Flickinger for third. Thell and VanMil battled for fifth as Mead began to catch Hribar for the lead. Thell then found his groove and took fourth, moved around Fox for third and moved next to Mead for second, but the yellow flew again. Hribar was alone in front on the restart with Mead and Thell behind him. Thell went high, Mead went low, as they moved to the
sides of Hribar. They battled three-wide for first with Thell taking the lead. Hribar held onto second and Mead took third. The checkered flag flew with Thell taking the win with Hribar and Mead as the top three drivers.

The last feature of the night was for the Ground Support Inc. WISSOTA Modifieds. Tim Alexander and J.T. Johnson lead the drivers through turn four as the green waved. As the cars came through turns three and four Johnson and Patchen went around and eight cars sat in the curve and the yellow flew. Drivers were untangled and sorted with Alexander and Johnson in front. Alexander took the lead when the green flew. Johnson and Dustin Nelson battled for second and Dave Cain battled J.B. Stortz for fourth. Johnson took second, Cain took third and Stortz, Nelson and Larry Zeller battled for fourth. Alexander ran strong in first stretching out a lead as Dan Ebert joined the battle for fourth. Cain moved next to Johnson for second and took the point with Johnson falling to third with Zeller behind him in fourth. Alexander and Cain had a good gap between them and their competition while Cain tried to catch Alexander. Alexander soon came up on slower cars and prepared to start lapping. Zeller and Ebert were on the rear of Johnson for third with Ebert going to Johnson’s side. Ebert took over third with Johnson and Zeller battling for fourth. Leader Alexander was driving with lapped cars as Cain caught up to him. Alexander and Cain began to battle for first while making their way through some lapped cars. Cain was able to take the lead in the lapped traffic and as they cleared the cars he pulled away. Alexander made it through and kept second as Ebert began to catch the lapped cars. Cars were all over the track, but Cain ran strong in the lead until the checkered flew. Cain took the feature win making it two in a row at the Princeton Speedway.

Thank you to all the fans that came out Friday night for some dirt track racing action. Next Friday will be the 3rd attempt at Kid’s Night at the Princeton Speedway. Kids 12 and under will be free in the Grandstands and there will be activities for the kids through out the night. There are three nights of racing left at Princeton this season, including the Race of Champions on August 26, and Season championship on September 2 so mark your calendars. Racing resumes next Friday at 7pm.

VandeKamp Wins at Princeton

August 7th, 2011

Princeton, MN – Storms were making there way north towards the Princeton Speedway, but they didn’t make it and many fans enjoyed a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The night was sponsored by United Surface Prep and Crystal Cabinets and they gave away bikes to four lucky kids.

The first feature of the night belonged to the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. John Remington and George Sniezek took off as the green dropped. Remington took the lead with Ryan Studanski and Remington going for second. Justin Oestreich went in between Studanski and Remington going three-wide for second. Oestreich’s car then suffered a flat as cars went all over while he swerved down the front stretch. The yellow flew and drivers were realigned. Remington was alone in front with Sniezek and Ryan Bowers behind him. Remington took first with Bowers and Jason Vande Kamp in tow. Bowers moved in on Remington for first as the yellow reappeared. Remington was first on the restart with eager Bowers and Vande Kamp behind him. The green flew and Bowers jumped out into first with Remington in second and Vande Kamp battling Tim Grams for third. Vande Kamp moved next to Remington for second and took the point. Vande Kamp sped up and caught Bowers for first. Vande Kamp moved next to Bowers for first but Bowers held him back. Vande Kamp moved back up for the challenge as they caught slower traffic. Bowers and Vande Kamp battled for first with a few lapped cars allowing Vande Kamp to pull ahead and take the lead. Bowers remained in a close second but it was Vande Kamp that drove away the winner. Remington got third with Grams and Bud Martini as top finishers.

The Aircare Heating and Air WISSOTA Street Stocks were next up to race with John Yilek and Dexton Koch on the pole. After a quick yellow, Yilek took the lead with deBernardeaux grabbing the second point. Christina Wollak, Koch, Ben Rothstein and
Tom Hovind all battled for the third point with Wollak taking it. Hovind took fourth as deBernardeaux and Wollak went around Yilek for the lead. Wollak and deBernardeaux battled for first but a yellow would slow them down. The restart was deBernardeaux with Wollak and Yilek in tow. Wollak took second with Hovind and Yilek going for third. Wollak moved next to deBernardeaux for the lead again as the yellow flew for #90’s nosecone laying in turn two. deBernardeaux took his place in first as the green flew and Wollak moved to his side. deBernardeaux held Wollak off as Hovind slid next to Wollak. Hovind and Wollak moved next to deBernardeaux for first and Hovind had the slight lead. Hovind pulled away in first while Wollak and deBernardeaux battled for the second point. The checkered was in sight with Hovind taking the win, but deBernardeaux and Wollak came out of turn four together. Wollak had enough of a lead to take second with deBernardeaux settling for third.

Landon Atkinson and Cody Fox led the Viking Coke Speedway Motors Mod Fours onto the track for their feature. The green flew and Atkinson battled Jamie Flickinger for first. Flickinger took the point and Atkinson battled Tommy Sabraski for second. The first yellow flew and drivers were realigned with Flickinger in front. Sabraski and Atkinson were in row two as the green flew Rob VanMil and Dean Larson battled them for second. Atkinson and Sabraski pulled away still going for the second point, but this round Sabraski took it. VanMil then took third from Atkinson as the yellow flew for Fox going around on the track. After two more yellows the race was green with Flickinger in first. VanMil took second, Sabraski took third and Kyle Thell battled Larson for fourth. VanMil took over the lead and Flickinger fell to second as another yellow flew. Two restarts later, VanMil was running strong in first with Flickinger and Sabraski in tow. Thell took fourth and moved next to Sabraski for third. Thell took the point as Brandon Kellen made his way into fourth. Flickinger, Thell, Kellen and Sabraski finished in points two through five, while VanMil took the win.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up to race with Kevin Hager and Joel Collins hitting the gas on the green. Hager took the lead with Mike Frolik battling Collins for second. Frolik settled for third with Josh Anderson and John Remington battling for fourth. Devin Neske, Dave Mass and Mike Loomis went three-wide for sixth, but Neske nosed ahead and moved into fifth. Frolik moved next to Collins for second and took the point. Frolik then moved in on Hager for the lead and Collins followed. Hager, Collins and Frolik were swapping the lead point when Justin Haehn spun brining the yellow out. Frolik was first on the last scored lap, so he was first on the restart with Collins and Hager behind him. Frolik immediately began to pull away with Collins, Anderson, Remington and Mass taking the top five spots. Mass challenged Remington for fourth, but Remington held the point. Collins was flying and caught Frolik for the lead. Collins moved next to Frolik for first but Collins’ car went off the track and the yellow flew. Collins suffered a mechanical issue and was not able to finish the race. Frolik was first on the restart with Remington and Anderson behind him. Anderson took second with Mass, Loomis, and Remington all going for third. Loomis pulled into third with Mass and Remington going for fourth. Mass took fourth as Frolik crossed the finish line taking the win.

Joey Jenson and J. B. Stortz brought the Ground Support Inc. WISSOTA Modifieds onto the track for the final feature of the night and as the green flew the battles started. Jenson and Stortz went for first, Justin Jones took second and Dustin Nelson, Larry Zeller and Clayton Wagamon raced for third. The battle for third went three-wide with Nelson’s car getting squished in the middle and Wagamon getting turned on the track. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted. Jenson was first on the restart with Jones and Stortz on row two. Stortz grabbed second, Jones took third and Dave Cain battled Larry Zeller for fourth. Jenson, Stortz and Jones began to space out while Zeller held Cain off. Cain and Zeller moved in on Jones’ rear, but Jones pulled away keeping third. Cain stayed on Zeller’s rear for fourth and moved to his side again. This round, Cain took the spot and moved in on Jones for third. The yellow flew again and drivers were realigned. Jenson was first and he kept the lead but Cain moved around the competition and took over second. Stortz and Jones battled for third with Stortz taking the point. It didn’t take long for Cain to catch Jenson for first. Jenson and Cain raced hard for first when Jenson’s tire went flat and Jenson’s car went off the track. The yellow flew and Cain was the new leader with Stortz and Jones behind him. They ran that order when the green flew and with two laps remaining Cain stretched his lead out. Cain soon slowed down as the yellow waved for Chuck Olson around in turn two. With two laps left the restart was single file with Cain in front and Stortz and Jones behind him. J.T. Johnson took fourth and Dave Mass took fifth as Cain drove through the checkered and took another 2011 season feature win.

Next weekend is the Mille Lacs County Fair and races will resume at 7pm Friday Night. If you want to attend the races and not pay fair admission as well, make sure you enter the track from the parking lot outside the track, and through the small gate next to the food building. There will be a ticket booth there for the grandstands and you won’t have to pay fair admission.

Remington Wins Over Mass in the Wissota Super Stock

August 1st, 2011

Princeton, MN (July 29) – Friday Night was Seniors Night at the Princeton speedway and many people found seats under the sun in the stands for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt track racing series action. It was an eventful night with many battles,
close finishes and roll over’s. The Crowd definitely got a full show of racing.

The first feature of the night was for the Aircare Heating and Air WISSOTA Street Stocks. Three restarts before a lap was completed is how the class decided to start the race. Dexton Koch and Christina Wollak were on the pole as the third restart
began. Wollak took the early lead with Justin Pogones grabbing second and Ryan Kostreba sliding into third. Kostreba moved next to Pogones for second while Ben Rothstein, Mike Blowers, Rod deBernardeaux and Tom Hovind battled for points four through seven and those top drivers began to pull away. Kostreba took over second and others began taking points as the yellow flew again. Wollak was first on the restart with Pogones and Kostreba behind her. The battles for second though seven
heated up again with Pogones and Kostreba battling hard right behind Wollak. They went three-wide for first with Kostreba and Wollak pulling ahead still going for the lead. Mike Blowers moved next to Pogones for third and took the point. Pogones, Rothstein and Hovind fought for fourth while Blowers moved next to Wollak for second as Kostreba locked in the lead. Blowers however moved next to Kostreba and quickly snagged the lead. Rothstein took third from Wollak and slid next to Kostreba for second as the yellow flew. Blowers was first on the restart with Kostreba and Rothstein on the first row. Kostreba took second with Rothstein in a close third. Wollak and Pogones battled for fourth with deBernardeaux and Hovind battling behind them. Rothstein took over second as the race came to a close. Blowers took the checkered and the win, and it was his first time at the Princeton Speedway. Rothstein, Kostreba, Wollak and deBernardeaux took the remaining top points.

John Remington and Cory Bauman lead the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds onto the track for the next feature. After two quick restarts the race was underway with Martini moving into the lead and Remington battling Jason Vande Kamp for second. Vande Kamp took second and Remington battled Tim Grams third. Ryan Bowers moved into fifth as Grams took third. Vande Kamp put his foot down and took the lead from Martini putting Martini into second. Bowers moved into fourth and Jason hall moved into fifth but soon the yellow would fly. The restart was Vande Kamp in the lead with Martini and Grams behind him. Martini moved next to Vande Kamp for the lead and took the point. As the laps passed Vande Kamp made his way next to Martini for first and they battled for the lead with lapped cars. Martini held onto the lead with Vande Kamp in a close second. The drivers were scattered all over the track with lapped drivers, but Vande Kamp and Grams managed to remain close to Martini. Marini held them off as the checkered flew and took the feature win.

Mike Rau and Brandon Kellen led the Viking Coke Speedway Motors Mod Fours onto the track for their feature. As the green dropped Rau, Kellen and Troy Kuehl went three-wide for first. Kuehl took the lead with Brandon Lindquist taking second and
Dwight Gilyard battling Rau for third. Kuehl began to pull away from the others while Dean Larson, Gilyard, and Kellen battled for fourth. The battle for fourth carried on a few laps as Kyle Thell joined the battle. Kellen broke away from the competitors and moved next to Rau for third. Kellen took the point with Thell and Rau going for fourth behind him. The yellow came out for Corey Nehk spinning out and the drivers were sorted. The restart was Kuehl with Lindquist and Kellen behind him. Lindquist and Kellen battled for the second and third points while Thell took fourth and Rau battled Larson for fifth. Kellen took second and Thell took over third as Kuehl continued to stretch out his lead. Thell and Kellen battled for second with Larson and Lindquist right behind them. With two laps to go Thell took second. Kellen got loose in turns three and four and his car darted to the infield. Kellen recovered and came right back only loosing three points and getting sixth. Kuehl drove that race with the cruise on taking home the big win. Thell, Lindquist, Larson and Chad Funt took the top five.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up to run their feature. John Remington and Chris Wark were on the front line as the green dropped. Remington quickly took the lead as side by side battles through the seventh position began. Toby Patchen took second and moved next to Remington for the lead while Dave Mass took third and Wark took fourth. Mike Loomis and Mike Frolik battled for fifth while Remington and Patchen kept at it for first. Remington took a slight lead for first with Patchen and Mass battling for second. Mass took second followed by Patchen, Wark and Loomis. Mass moved next to Remington for first and Wark challenged Patchen for third. Patchen held onto third but Mass ran the low line and took the lead. The yellow flew for Adam Ayotte in turn four and drivers were realigned. Remington got the lead back since he was leading on the last completed lap, with Mass and Patchen behind him. Mass and Remington battled for first and Wark and Patchen battled for third. Mike Loomis went to the high side and made one fast swift move and took over third. Wark held onto fourth with Patchen falling to fifth. Loomis caught Mass for second and they battled while Patchen and Dave Read battled for fifth. Patchen held onto fifth but the #21’s of Read and Jim Gullikson were riding his bumper. Patchen continued to hold fifth as Mass moved next to Remington for first again. The white flew with Mass and Remington nose to nose for first. The checkered flew and Mass and Remington both wanted it. Remington crossed the line just ahead of Mass and took the feature win.

Justin Jones and Tim Alexander led the Ground Support Inc. WISSOTA Modifieds onto the track for the final feature of the night. The green flew and Jones took the lead while Alexander, J.B. Stortz, and Dustin Nelson battled for second. Alexander took the point and Nelson and Stortz battled for third. Dave Mass, Dave Cain and Jeff Patchen were right on the tails of Nelson and Stortz with Mass taking the fifth point. Jones began to pull away from traffic as Mass challenged Nelson for third. Cain kept on their bumpers as the #1 of Pat Hardy went over the top of the track and rolled down the banking. The race went red and workers tended to Hardy. Hardy was ok and the drivers were realigned. Jones was first on the restart with Stortz and Alexander behind him. The track was black and very slick as the drivers ran the high and low lines. Alexander was running the high line as his tires caught some loose clay and he rolled landing on the driver’s side of his car. The race went red again and workers rushed to Alexander. The car was tipped back onto the track and Alexander was able to climb out ok and walked around. The drivers were sorted again with Jones in first. Stortz and Mass were on the first row and Mass took second as the green flew. Stortz took third, Nelson took fourth with Cain and Patchen on Nelson’s bumper. Nelson moved next to Stortz for third and Cain and Patchen joined. They all went for the third point with Stortz taking it. Nelson held onto fourth with Cain and Patchen still working him for it. Cain then got to business and moved next to Nelson. Cain took fourth and caught Stortz for third. Cain also took third and began to chase down Mass. The race was coming to an end with Jones still in the lead. Jones took the win with Mass, Cain, Stortz and Nelson as the top five finishers.

Since the first two Kid’s Nights at Princeton rained out this season, a third Kid’s Night has been planned for August 19. Watch the website at www.princetonspeedway.com or on facebook by searching Princeton Speedway for more updated information. Racing will resume next Friday at 7pm.

Larson Wins Mod 4s at Princeton

July 25th, 2011

Princeton, MN – Friday night racing action marked the 7th Annual Ryan’s Race Night. Ryan Thom was a lover of Motorsports and died at the age of 15 in a car accident. Every year his family and close friends host the event of the summer at the Princeton Speedway in memorial of Ryan and the short but full life he lived. Along with the regular features, there was an additional race just for Midwest Modifieds, and the night was full of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt track racing action from start to finish.

The first feature of the night was for the Aircare Heating and Air WISSOTA Street Stocks with Brian Friez and Brandon Englund leading the pack. Friez took the early lead with Keith Tourville battling Englund for second and Kris Peterson battling Christina Wollak for fourth. Tourville moved into second and Peterson moved next to Englund for third. Peterson took third and Englund and Wollak battled for fourth with Tom Hovind moving into the mix. Tourville took the lead from Friez and Hovind moved into second with Friez falling to third. Hovind moved next to Tourville for first with Wollak moving into third. Peterson and Justin Pogones went to the sides of Friez and took fourth and fifth while Tourville tried to hold Hovind back. Tourville got ahead for first as the yellow flew. The restart was Tourville with Wollak and Hovind behind him. The battle for fourth went three-wide between Peterson, Pogones and Friez with Pogones getting the point. Ryan Kostreba made his way into the fifth spot as the yellow reappeared. The restart was Tourville with Hovind on his tail. Kostreba and Wollak battled for fourth and fifth as Justin Pogones went around in turn two and the yellow flew. After one more restart the race went green with Tourville running in first. Hovind again took second with Kostreba in third. Wollak, Ben Rothstein and Peterson all went for fourth as Englund’s car went off the track and the yellow came back. Tourville took off on the restart with Hovind and Kostreba going for second. Kostreba moved to Tourville’s side but Tourville again pulled ahead. Hovind and Kostreba ran on Tourville’s rear with a lap to go. Kostreba gunned it and ran next to Tourville as the checkered flew. Tourville held Kostreba off and won the feature race.

Tim Grams and Tim Siercks led the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds onto the track for their feature. Grams took first with Justin Oestreich and Siercks battling for second when the green flew. Oestreich took second and Bud Martini moved into
third while Jason Vande Kamp joined the mix. Martini and Grams battled for first as Vande Kamp took third and Oestreich battled Alan Bohlman for fourth. Martini took the lead as Oestreich and Bohlman got on Vande Kamp’s rear. Vande Kamp and Oestreich batteld for third but Vande Kamp moved up and took second from Grams. Oestreich took third but then spun out in turn two bringing out a yellow. The restart was Martini with Grams and Vande Kamp behind him. Grams, Vane Kamp and Dan Ebert went three-wide for second and Alan Bohlman was right behind them. The yellow flew for Tommy Schulte going off the track and the drivers were sorted out. The restart was Martini if first and Vande Kamp grabbed second with Grams in third. Bohlman moved next to Grams for third and got up on his tire taking off some of Grams’ metal. The yellow flew for debris on the track. Martini took the lead while Grams and Vande Kamp went at it for second. Vande Kamp took second and Ebert
passed Grams taking second. Grams was stuck battling Bohlman again while Martini, Vande Kamp and Ebert pulled away. Martini led the drivers the final laps taking the win with Ebert, Vande Kamp, Bohlman and Grams taking the top five points.

The Viking Coke Speedway Motors Mod fours were next up to race. Chad Funt and Ross Mead took off as the green flew but Mead went sideways in turn two and cars scattered so the yellow came out. The restart was Funt and Kyle Thell on the front
line. Thell took first with Funt in second. Tommy Sabraski and Dwight Gilyard battled for third with Sabraski grabbing the point. Gilyard and Jamie Flickinger battled for fourth and they both went to the sides of Sabraski for third. Flickinger took third and moved in on Funt for second as Thell began to stretch out his lead. Flickinger took second with Funt and Sabraski staying on his rear. Flickinger then suffered a mechanical issue, as well as Sabraski and they were both out of the race. The yellow came out and the drivers were lined up with Thell alone in front with Dean Larson and Funt behind him. Larson moved next to Thell for first with Funt and Gilyard battling for third. Larson took first but Thell kept close as the yellow flew. The restart was single file style with Larson, Thell and Funt as the leaders. Gilyard took over third but Funt didn’t back down and moved next to Gilyard again. Gilyard took third and Funt fell to fourth with Mitch Hribar grabbing fifth. Larson held the lead and took another feature win at Princeton. He also did his signature move and climbed the fence, which the fans loved.

Kevin Kraemer and Joel Collins battled for first as the green dropped in the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stock feature. Mike Loomis moved into second and challenged Collins for first with Dave Mass, and Mike Folik fighting Kraemer for third. Loomis
took the lead with Collins and Mass going for second. Collins’s car got loose on the track and he gave up second to Mass, but he kept it together and retained third. Frolik then took third and Josh Anderson and Collins went for fourth with Dave Reed
and Chris Wark behind them. Loomis and Mass began to pull away while Anderson took fourth and Wark took fifth. Anderson moved in on Frolik for third and moved to his side as Loomis and Mass began to lap drivers. Anderson took third, Frolik fell to
fourth while Wark ran strong in fifth. Mass caught Loomis while they battled lapped cars. Mass worked Loomis for first and Loomis continued to lead. Frolik retook third from Anderson as Reed caught Wark for fifth. Reed took fifth, Anderson took third and Frolik settled for fourth as they crossed the checkered line. The race went flag to flag and Loomis drove away as the winner with a marginal lead over Dave Mass.

The next race of the night was Ryan’s Race. 18 Midwest Modifieds were randomly drawn by fans and their starting position was also random. The winner of the race received 1000.00 and the fan that drew that drivers name received 500.00. The total payout for the night was 6,000.00 and there was over 4,000.00 worth of raffles and prizes given away. Every driver that participated in the race received a Hoosier tire and a case of oil. Dan Ebert, Jason Hall, Kris Macko, Tim Grams, Bud Martini, Dan Wheeler, Tim Siercks, Ryan Studanski, Doug Frederick, Mike Mueller, Alan Bohlman, Kevin Newgard, Jason Vande Kamp, Steve Alsacker, John Remington, Marc Miller, Justin Oestreich, and Corey Bauman were the lucky drivers who got to race Ryan’s Race. Dan Ebert took the lead when the green flew, he lead every lap and through four cautions and won the race and big payout.

The final race of the night was for the Ground Support Inc. WISSOTA Modifieds. Justin Jones and Joey Jensen battled for first as the green flew with Pat Hardy in third and Dustin Nelson fighting Dan Ebert for fourth. Three back to back cautions within the first few laps got the feature off to a rough start. Jones was first on the third restart with Jensen and Hardy behind him. Jensen and Jones battled for first with J.B. Stortz taking third, Ebert took fourth, and Hardy battled Larry Zeller for fifth. Jensen and Stortz ran the high line while Jones ran low. Jensen took a slight lead over Jones as Stortz ran a little too high on the track. Stortz went over the track and came back in turn two right into Tim Alexander’s side. The yellow flew and Stortz was charged with the caution. Jensen was first on the restart with Hardy and Jones behind him. Hardy, Jones and Zeller went three-wide for second on the black surfaced track. The yellow came back as Brandon Lampert’s car was caught in a track tire. Jensen was still first with Hardy and Jones behind him as the green waved. Jones took second with Hardy, Zeller and Ebert battling for third. Ebert took third and moved next to Jones for second. Jensen began to pull away as Ebert took second. Stortz’s car then stopped in turn four and the yellow came back. Drivers ran a few laps to dry up the liquid from the #22JB car and were sorted with Jensen in first. Jones, Ebert and Zeller went three-wide for second with Ebert again taking the point. Jones, Zeller and Jason Voigt took the top five points as more cautions came out. The final restart order was Jensen with Jones and Ebert behind him. Ebert moved next to Jensen for first as Zeller, Jones and Voigt went three-wide for third. Jensen and Ebert were neck and neck as they rounded turn four. Jensen led every lap of the race and as they crossed the line Jensen floored his car. Jensen was going so fast he flew off the end of the track too slow down, but according to the transponders, Ebert had a lead of .014 over Jensen, so Ebert was the winner of the feature.

A HUGE thank you goes out to all the fans that packed the stands on Friday night, as well as Stan Thom, Steve Alsacker and their families for putting on another successful Ryan’s Race Night. The races were full of side by side action and intense finishes. Next Friday will be Seniors night at Princeton and anyone over 60 years of age gets in for free. Racing will resume at 7pm.

Princeton Returns Racing after Last Week’s Rainout

July 12th, 2011

Princeton, MN– After another week of rain-outs thanks to Mother Nature, the Princeton Speedway was able to complete a full show of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series Action. It was a steamy night with fans baking in the sun’s hot rays, but the night was action packed with Ryan Kostreba, Dave Mass, Tom Silver taking home feature wins and Shane Sabraski taking home two.

The Aircare Heating and Air WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first feature of the night and the race was more like a demo derby. Dan Allord and Jon Gunderson led the drivers as the green flew. Allord took early lead with Gunderson battling Ben Rothstein for second. Justin Pogones slid next to Christina Wollak for the fourth point when the yellow came out with Jakob Engler going around in turn four. The restart was Allord with Gunderson and Rothstein on the first row. Eager drivers went for top points through turn four and Dexton Koch’s car got crunched up and Ryan Kostreba was rolled into a tire. The yellow flew again and drivers were realigned. Allord took the lead as Rothstein made contact with Gunderson for second. Gunderson’s car skimmed the wall and lost control, but Gunderson kept it going and no caution came out. Koch however looped his car and the drivers were slowed. Cars were sorted with Allord in first and Gunderson got his spot back next to Rothstein. As the green flew and drivers rounded turn four there was a huge BOOM and fans looked to turn four to see the #01 car of Justin Pogones rolling on the track. The race was stopped as emergency workers tended to Pogones. They rolled the car over and got Pogones out, he was ok and fans applauded. The drivers were sorted with only eight drivers remaining the race went green again. Allord held strong in first but Gunderson and Kostreba battled for second behind him. Rod deBernardeaux and Rothstein battled for fourth as Kostreba took second. Kostreba got right on Allord’s bumper and went to his side. Kostreba took the lead with Allord holding second. Rothstein moved next to Gunderson for third with deBernardeaux behind them. Kostreba stretched out a comfortable lead with Allord also putting distance between and deBernardeaux and Rothstein. deBernardeaux took over third as the race came to an end with Allord getting second and Kostreba taking the win.

Denis Czech and Tim Siercks led the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the track for the feature. As the green Jeremy Nelson got into the back of Siercks and Siercks went sliding across the track with everyone behind him. The yellow flew and Nelson was charged for the caution. Czech and Siercks battled for first as the green flew with Czech taking a slight lead. Tim Grams and Siercks battled for second with Siercks holding the point. Shane Sabraski, Bud Martini and Stan Thom went three-wide for fourth while Grams joined the battle for first. Czech, Siercks and Grams battled side by side for first when they all crunched together and the yellow flew. As a result of the contact, Czech got a flat, Grams left with mechanical issues, and Siercks went to the back for causing the wreck. The restart order was Sabraski in front with Thom and Martini behind him. Sabraski pulled away in the lead with Martini grabbing second. Thom took third with Justin Oestreich and Jason Hall on his bumper. Hall moved next to Thom for third when the yellow flew again. After three more restarted the race got going with Sabraski still in first. Thom and Martini were in tow with Martini taking second. Thom and Oestreich battled for third while Martini got next to Sabraski for first. Sabraski held the lead and put the pedal down with Martini and Oestreich on his trail. They drove in that order the remainder of the race with Sabraski continuing to pull away and took the checkereds.

The Viking Coke Speedway Motor Mod fours were next up to race their feature with Landon Atkinson and Brandon Lindquist in the lead. The Mod Fours had four back to back cautions completing minimal laps. With only seven laps in the field was reset
and the race finally got rolling. Lindquist was in first with Tom Silver and Dean Larson behind him. Silver moved next to Lindquist for first with Ross Mead sliding next to Larson for fourth. Dwight Gilyard moved into third with Lindquist holding Silver back keeping the lead. Larson left the track with a flat as Silver gave it another go for first. Silver took first this round but Lindquist stayed close and they both pulled away. Mike Rau and Mead battled for fourth with mead holding the point. Kyle Thell moved next to Rau for fifth and took the point. Rau then took fourth and caught Gilyard for third. Rau took third and Gilyard settled for fourth while Silver and Lindquist lapped other drivers. The race came to an end with Silver taking the checkered and trophy. Lindquist, Thell, Tommy Sabraski and Gilyard took the top points.

The next feature for the night was for the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks. Joel Collins and Kyle Robideau led the drives as the green flew. Robideau’s car was loose and the drivers scattered to miss him all over the track, miraculously everyone kept going and no yellow came out. Collins took the lead with Dave Mass in a close second. Mass took the lead with Collins falling to second but Robideau’s car got the best of him as he looped it and the yellow flew. Collins got his place back
in first with Devin Neske and Mass behind him. Mass moved next to Collins for first and Mass took the point. Collins stayed close in second as the yellow flew again. The restart was Mass with Neske and Collins in row one. Collins, Neske, Mike Loomis
and Shane Sabraski raced side by side for points two through five. As they began to get settled the yellow flew and they line back up. Mass was still in the lead with Collins in that close second. Neske and Loomis battled for third with Loomis grabbing the point. Josh Anderson and Sabraski battled for fifth while Loomis moved next to Collins for second. Sabraski slid behind Collins and Loomis as Collins held them all keeping second. Sabraski and Loomis went to the sides of Collins and they ran three-wide for second. Sabraski and Collins edged forward still battling for second as the race got dicey with lapped traffic. Justin Haehn was being lapped as he came down the track and got into the side of Collins. The yellow flew with few laps to go. Collins pulled on the front stretch and fans could see his mangled metal. Track officials removed the metal, but as Collins made a lap on the track it didn’t feel right and he went to the infield. The restart was Mass, Sabraski and Loomis in single file order. Josh Anderson moved next to Loomis for third and as they lapped Greg Mueller, Mueller got loose and hit the front of Loomis’s car. Loomis’s front tire went flat and then shredded on the track as the white flew. Loomis kept his car together
finishing fourth with Anderson and Sabraski ahead of him. Mass took the feature win.

Pat Hardy and Tony Proell led the Ground Support Inc. WISSOTA Modifieds to the track for the final feature of the night. Hardy took the lead with Sabraski and Proell battling for second when the green flew. Larry Zeller and Jeff Patchen battled for fourth when J.T. Johnson spun out and the yellow flew. The restart was Hardy followed by Sabraski and Proell. Zeller moved into third this round and Sabraski took second. Sabraski didn’t hesitate and took over first putting Hardy in second battling Zeller. Patchen was in fourth with Clayton Wagamon behind in. Wagamon moved next to Patchen for fourth but Patchen kept him back. Zeller and Hardy continued a fierce battle for second as Keith Tourville’s drive shaft laid in turn two and Tourville sat on the track. After two restarts Sabraski was strong in first with Zeller grabbing second. Hardy was in third but Patchen and Wagamon passed him putting him in fifth. Patchen moved next to Zeller for second and he took the point as the race came to an end. Sabraski took home his second feature win of the night with Patchen, Zeller, Wagamon and Hardy taking the top points.

The next few weeks at the Princeton Speedway are full of fun events. Friday July 15 will be the second Kids Night of the season. All kids 12 and under will be free in the grandstands. We will also be running races on Wednesday July 20 as part of the Ethanol Challenge Series. Midwest Modifieds, Mod fours and Supers will be running that night. Then on July 22 will be the annual Ryan’s Race Night. There will be many drawings for fans and drivers and a special Ryan’s Race for the Midwest modifieds. Keep your eyes on the website at www.princetonspeedway.com to get all the racing information.

Hovind Wins Wissota Street Stock at Princeton

June 20th, 2011

Princeton, MN – Many drivers and fans chanced the weather and made their way to the Princeton Speedway for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Series action Friday evening. It was Mid Season championship night at Princeton with Tom Hovind, Jason Vande Kamp, Dean Larson, Don Eischens and Eric Martini going home as champions. The weather did put a damper on the WISSOTA Modified feature and cut the feature short, but other than that a full show was completed.

Brian Friez and Dave Mastell led the Aircare Heating and Air WISSOTA Street Stocks onto the track for the first feature. Friez grabbed the lead as the green dropped with Kris Peterson in second and Tom Hovind and Mastell fighting for third. Hovind moved up and took second while Ryan Kostreba and Peterson battled for third. Mastell and Rod deBernardeaux fought for fifth as Hovind took the lead and Friez slid back in the pack. Kostreba took second with deBernardeaux and Rosen battling for third and fourth. Justin Pogones moved into fifth, while the top four pulled away. As the laps passed by, Mastell and Ben Rothstein both left with car issues and Hovind and Kostreba began lapping cars. Kostreba followed Hovind’s rear closely as the white flag was in sight. They battled lapped cars and when the checkered flew Hovind took it with Kostreba in a close second. deBernardeaux, Rosen and Pogones took the top points.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up for their feature with Tim Grams and Ryan Studanski on the pole. Grams took the lead with Studanski right next to him. As they entered turn three Grams came down the track making contact with Studanski and pushing him into Ryan Bowers. The yellow flew with Studanski and Bowers on tow trucks being taking off the track. Grams also exited the track and the new line-up was Shane Sabraski and Steve Alsacker on the pole. Sabraski took the lead with Alsacker and Jason Vande Kamp battling for second. Vande Kamp took second with Bud Martini challenging Alsacker for third. Vande Kamp pulled next to Sabraski for the lead with Martini right behind them. Vande Kamp nosed ahead and took the lead with Sabraski remaining close. Martini and Sabraski battled for second with Jeremy Nelson, Jason Hall and Skyler Smith going for fourth with Hall grabbing the point. Martini locked in second, but Elizabeth Toepper spun in turn two and the yellow came out. Vande Kamp was in front on the restart with Martini and Sabraski behind him. Sabraski moved next to Vande Kamp for first, but once again Vande Kamp pulled away. Sabraski and Martini battled side by side for second with Hall, Nelson and Smith again battling for fourth. Martini took second with Sabraski, Hall, Nelson and Smith in tow. Hall moved next to Sabraski for third while Vande Kamp and Martini began lapping cars. With two laps remaining Martini caught Vande Kamp and challenged him for the lead. Vande Kamp held off Martini and won the feature race.

Landon Atkinson and Brandon Lindquist led the Viking Coke Speedway Motors Mod fours through turn four as the green flew. Atkinson’s car was wiggling down the front stretch and he hit a track tire bringing out an immediate yellow. Atkinson was out
of the race with Ross Mead and Lindquist as the new leaders. Mead took first on the restart with Lindquist behind him. Mike Rau and Dean Larson battled for third with Tommy Sabraski in a close fifth. Brandon Kellen was on the move and moved into fourth and next to Larson for third. Sabraski and Rau were turned in turn two and the yellow flew. After two more restarts the race was back on. Mead remained the leader with Larson and Kellen behind him. Larson moved next to Mead for first and took the point while Kellen also moved past Mead taking second. Mead kept third with Kyle Thell in fourth. Larson began to pull away from Kellen while Thell challenged Mead for third. Thell took third with two laps to go. Dean Larson took the checkered flag with Kellen, Thell, Mead and Lindquist taking the top five. Larson pulled into victory lane, climbed out of his car, jumped off the wall, ran across the track, and the 54 year old driver climbed the spectator fence and cheered with excitement. The fans went crazy and cheered right along with him. It was a very exciting win for Larson.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super stocks were up next for their feature. Toby Patchen took the lead as the green flew with Shane Sabraski and Mike Loomis battling for second. Sabraski took second and moved in on Patchen for first and took the point. Josh Anderson and Patchen battled for second as Dave Mass and Don Eischens made contact on the track and the yellow flew. Mass was charged with the caution and Eischens got his spot back. Another caution would slow the drivers down but Sabraski remained in front with Anderson and Patchen going for second. Anderson took second while Patchen held onto third. Loomis and Eischens battled for fourth with Eischens taking the spot. Eischens continued his mission and took third from Patchen as the yellow flew again and drivers were aligned. Sabraski was in front with Anderson and Eischens behind him. Anderson and Eischens battled for second and third with Dave Read, Loomis and Patchen fighting for fourth. Eischens took second but Anderson stayed on his bumper as they closed in on Sabraski. Eischens moved to the side of Sabraski and they battled for first. Eischens had the faster car and took the lead. Sabraski held second while Patchen moved back into third. Anderson and Patchen batted for third with Read moving in on their rears. Anderson pulled ahead of Patchen retaking third while Patchen and Read battled for fourth. The yellow flew one more time, allowing Sabraski and Anderson to give Eischens a run for first on the restart. The green flew and Eischens took off leaving Sabraski and Anderson fighting for second. Anderson took second, Sabraski in third and Dave Read took fourth. Patchen moved in on Read one final time for fourth but Read held him giving Patchen the fifth point. Eischens held the lead the final laps and won the feature race. This was Eischens’ first run at Princeton this season.

The clouds began to let a few sprinkles drop as the Ground Support Inc. WISSOTA Modifieds rolled on the track. Justin Jones and Tim Alexander led the drivers as the green flew. Jones took first with Sabraski and Alexander going for second and Eric Martini and J.T. Johnson battling for fourth. Sabraski took second with Alexander, Martini and Johnson battling for third. Jones’ car then flew over turn three and the yellow flew. Jones suffered a mechanical problem and left the track. The restart was Sabraski with Alexander and Martini behind him. Pat Hardy ran high and lost control of his car and came down the track with Chuck Cooper being caught. Cooper spun out along with Eric Bjorklund and Chad Fouquette also being involved, the three of them would end up leaving the race with car problems. When the green waved, Sabraski and Martini battled for first with Alexander, Johnson, and Larry Zeller going three-wide for third. Zeller took third while Johnson and J.B. Stortz battled for fourth with Alexander behind them. Martini moved into first with Sabraski in second. Johnson and Stortz battled for fourth as Martini began to stretch his lead out. By now the rain was falling at a good rate and fans began to flee from the stands. Stortz moved into third while Alexander, Johnson, Jeff Patchen, and Eischens were all racing for fourth. The cars were loosing grip and sliding all over as the yellow flew due to the rain and slick track surface. With the radar looking iffy, the race was called with Martini getting the win. Sabraski, Stortz, Alexander and Johnson took the top five points.

The Princeton Speedway will NOT be racing next Friday night. The World of Outlaw Sprint Cars will run at Princeton next Saturday and therefore we are taking Friday night off. However, there will be the 4th Annual Fireman’s Dance at the racetrack and Craig Dollansky will be present from 6-8pm hosting a meet and greet. For WoO ticket information check out www.princetonspeedway.com or call the speedway office at 763-389-3135. Racing will resume Friday July 1 at 7pm.

Zellerk Makes it to Victory Lane At Princeton

June 13th, 2011

Princeton, MN – Weather made racing at the Princeton Speedway a bit of a challenge on Friday night, but despite the dark gray clouds all over, rain to the south and west, and the hour intermission rain delay, a full show of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing action was completed.

It was the first of two kids nights this season at Princeton and there were drawings for kids and adults during the night. There was a candy toss that Manager Nikki and friend Shilice conducted during the rainy intermission. AJ’s Complete Automotive of Elk River, MN was the sponsor of the night. Justin Pogones, driver of the #01 WISSOTA Street Stock and co-owner of AJ’s Complete Automotive joined his family and employee’s in the stands, as they handed out can coolers to fans. They also donated four IPod’s for Kids Night drawings. Also the Princeton Fire department donated four bikes for Kids Night and were on hand handing out plastic fire hats and educating kids on fire and bike safety. The fire department also assisted with launching t-shirts into the stands. Even with the weather looking sketchy, it was a very fun night, and was full of action packed racing.

The order of features was altered a bit and the Aircare Heating and Air WISSOTA Street Stocks were moved into first for features. Their cars were chosen because they would be best for drying and packing the track after the rain, rather than racing Mod Fours first. Keith Tourville and Kris Peterson took the front row as the green flew. Tourville grabbed the early lead with Peterson and Ben Rothstein battling for second. Peterson took second with Rothstein in third. Christina Wollak and Kurt Becken battled for fourth with Wollak getting the point. Becken was in fifth, but saw Rod deBernardeaux and Cory Rosen to his sides. They went three-wide for fifth as the yellow flew. The re-order was Tourville in front and Peterson and Rothstein fought for second. Wollak moved into the mix and the three of them went for second. Rosen moved in as well and the battle for second was in high gear. Rothstein pulled ahead taking second with Peterson and Wollak side by side for third. Peterson held onto third as trouble in turn four brought another yellow. The restart was Tourville with Rothstein and Peterson behind him. Wollak, Peterson, and Rosen battled for third as Peterson’s #44 wagon bodied Street stock bounced along the high line. Peterson recovered but Wollak took third, Rosen took fourth and deBernardeaux stole fifth. The battle for third between Rosen and Wollak got hot, as Rosen’s car neared the concrete wall and flames were shooting out the side. Rosen left the track as the race went red and the fire fighters assisted Rosen. The drivers were realigned with Tourville still in first. Rothstein took second again and Tom Hovind, who started back in 12th and was out for the first time this season, made his way into fourth and challenged Wollak for third. Wollak held Hovind off as Rothstein slid next to Tourville for first. Rothstein took first with Tourville, Wollak and Hovind going three-wide for second. Hovind came out in front, took third and had three laps left to catch Rothstein. Rothstein stayed in front and drove to the checkers. Hovind, Wollak, deBernardeaux, and Tourville finished as the top five.

The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next to race. Stan Thom and Tim Grams led the drivers through turn four as the green dropped. Thom and Grams battled for the lead as Ryan Bowers, Steve Alsacker and Mike Mueller fought for third. Grams took the lead with Thom keeping second as Bud Martini moved up and joined the battle for third. Martini and Mueller broke away from the others and Martini took third. Justin Oestreich moved next to Mueller for fourth as the yellow flew. Grams was first on the restart with Thom and Martini to his rear. Martini slid next to Grams for first and took the lead with Grams and Thom behind him. Oestreich challenged Thom for third as Allen Gessell Jr. raced in fifth with Sabraski and Mueller on his bumper. Sabraski then made contact with the rear of Gessell Jr’s car, and suffered a break. The yellow flew as Sabraski made his way off the track. The restart was Martini with Grams and Oestreich in tow. Oestreich took second and moved in on Martini for the lead. The yellow flew again, and after two final restarts, the race was going again. Only 10 of the 17 starters were still running on the track and Martini was still strong as the leader. Oestreich ran close behind Martini as Jason Hall took fourth and slid by Grams for third. Martini kept his lead with Oestreich, Hall, Grams, and Thom behind him. They ran in that order the final laps until the checkered flew and Martini took the win.

The Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours were next up to race with Brandon Lindquist and Chris Pearson on the pole. Pearson took the lead with Tommy Sabraski, Lindquist and Tommy McGough battling for second. McGough made a swift move and took second and passed Pearson taking the lead with only two laps completed. McGough began to pull away from the others as Sabraski took second and Josh Abrahamson took third. Abrahamson moved next to Sabraski for second while Corry VanMil and Dean Larson battled for fourth. Abrahamson took second with Sabraski in third and Larson and VanMil still going for fourth. VanMil took fourth and quickly took third from Sabraski, while McGough and Abrahamson began lapping slower drivers. Abrahamson closed the gap with McGough while McGough worked on lapping. The white flew and Abrahamson caught McGough, and at the checkered they were side by side. McGough had a lead of .075 seconds over Abrahamson. It was a photo finished between the top two with VanMil, Sabraski and Larson also taking top points.

Kyle Robideau and Joel Collins lead the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks onto the track for the next feature. Collins pulled ahead as the green flew but Devin Neske slid next to him and Dave Mass moved in behind them. Collins, Neske and Mass
went three-wide for first. The laps went by and all eyes were on the leaders. Collins, Neske and Mass continued on racing three-wide, three Super Stocks on our ¼ mile track, going three-wide for the lead was very exciting and fans were loving it.
They continued going three-wide as they caught Justin Haehn and they all passed him and continued back in their three-wide format. Josh Anderson was able to make his way through traffic and took over fourth, and moved in on the three leaders. Shane Sabraski took fifth and began to move in on Anderson, while Collins, Neske, and Mass were still fighting for first. As lap nine was completed, Mass finally got a slight lead and was able to take over first. Neske took second and Collins took third. The race was half over, and we finally had a leader. Mass began to pull away as Anderson took over third and started to close in on Neske for second. Sabraski challenged Collins for fourth and took the point with only two laps to go. Sabraski tried to catch Anderson for second but would settle for third with Anderson taking second at the checkers. Mass battled hard and held his lead to win the very exciting feature race.

The Ground Support Inc. WISSOTA Modifieds were the final feature of the night and another exciting race. J.T. Johnson and Mark Blood took off as the green waved. J.B. Stortz, a Modified Rookie this year, made a quick move and became the leader with Blood taking second and Johnson battling Larry Zeller for third. Zeller took third with Johnson in fourth and Keith Tourville in fifth. Tourville, Jeff Patchen and Clayton Wagamon went three-wide for fifth while Zeller moved next to Blood for second. Tourville moved into fourth with Johnson and Wagamon battling for fifth. Just then Shane Sabraski was spun out high in turn two, Chad Banks spun out low in turn two, and somehow Charlie Hillukka made a swift move and missed both of them. The yellow flew and Sabraski was unable to continue racing. The restart was Stortz with Zeller and Blood behind him. Drivers scattered all over the track but it was Zeller that closed in on Stortz. Dave Cain made his way through the traffic and went three-wide with Wagamon and Blood for third. Zeller and Stortz were neck and neck for first, but Stortz pulled ahead just enough to keep the lead. Zeller didn’t give in and slid next to Stortz for first, while Cain took third and started to catch Stortz and Zeller. Stortz ran the high groove and hit some loose clay, however Stortz recovered and his #22JB Modified was so fast, he moved next to Zeller to continue their battle. The yellow flew one final time for the night and the reorder was Stortz with Zeller and Cain behind him. The green flew and the three drivers went three-wide for first. Once again Stortz and Zeller pulled ahead and fought for the lead. Cain remained close behind when Zeller struck it right and pulled ahead of Stortz and took the lead. Stortz now found Cain at his side and with two laps to go Cain took second and chased down Zeller. As the white flew Cain ran close behind Zeller, but Zeller held him and won the feature race. It’s been a while since Zeller was in victory lane and he celebrated by climbing on top of his car and cheering with joy. Cain, Stortz, Wagamon and Blood took the top five points.

We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the racers and fans of the Princeton Speedway once again. Thank you for coming to the races with the risky weather, for waiting out the rain delay, and for being so dedicated to this sport. Without all of you, we wouldn’t be able to race every Friday like we do. Thank you again to the Princeton Fire Department for your donations and to AJ’s Complete Automotive for sponsoring and donating to Kids Night at the track.

Next Friday is Mid Season Championship at the Princeton Speedway and racing will begin at 7pm. Also a reminder, we will NOT be racing on Friday June 24, we will be hosting the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on Saturday June 25 and we hope to see you all there.

By: Tami Jo Kuehn

Princeton Races after Weeks of Rainouts

June 6th, 2011

Princeton, MN – After back to back weeks of rain outs, mother nature finally was on our side allowing the Princeton Speedway to complete a full show of WISSOTA Amsoil dirt track racing. Fans and drivers really had the itch to get back to the track, the warm sticky weather didn’t keep anyone away as drivers filled the pits and fans packed the grandstands. The night was sponsored by Riddles Jewelry of St. Cloud, MN.

The Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) was at the track for a full night of racing. They ran heats, challenge races, and feature race. Their feature was called the 10th Annual Billy Anderson Feature race. Billy Anderson was a long time racer who raced weekly in Princeton and then went on to race Sprint cars. Anderson was in a racing accident on the track, and after a medical battle it took his life. Billy Anderson is forever loved and missed by many in the racing community.

The first feature of the night was for the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours. Brady Lavoi and Brandon Lindquist led the mods until the green flew. Lavoi took the lead with Lindquist and Chad Funt behind him. Funt, Lindquist and Mike Rau went three-wide for second with Funt taking the point. Rau then stole second as Brandon Kellen moved into fourth and quickly moved around Funt taking third. Lindquist and Tommy Sabraski were tangled in turn two and the yellow flew. The drivers were sorted out with Lavoi in front. Rau, Kellen and Kyle Thell went three-wide for second with Kellen grabbing the spot. Thell took third as Kellen went to the inside of Lavoi and took the lead. Lavoi and Thell were riding the bumper of Kellen when Funt and Dean Larson moved up to join the battle for positions second through fifth. Thell took second with Lavoi in third. Thell closed in on Kellen for first and moved next to him, the battle began. As the white flew Thell took a slight lead over Kellen and held on until the checkered flew. Kellen took second with Larson, Funt and Sabraski taking the top points.

Tim Grams and Mark Van Ort were on the front line as the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds began their feature. Grams took an early lead with Justin Oestreich and Jeremy Nelson battling for second. Oestreich took the point while Nelson and Jason
Vande Kamp fought for third. Oestreich moved up on Grams for the lead and in no time, he was the new leader. Grams held onto second as Vande Kamp took third. Vande Kamp and Grams geared up for a battle for second as Gino Fontecchio and Doug
Frederick were turned in turn four. The yellow came out and drivers were realigned with Oestreich in the lead. Vande Kamp took second but another caution soon flew. After two more restarts the race began to move again. Oestreich was still the strong leader as Vande Kamp moved into second. Vande Kamp moved in on Oestreich for the lead and made contact with Oestreich in turn two. Oestreich went spinning and the yellow flew, Vande Kamp was charged with the caution and went to
the back of the field. Oestreich retook his position in front as the green flew again. Jason Hall made his way through the traffic and took over second with Skyler Smith taking third. Bud Martini found himself spun in turn two and his car suffered some rear-end damage and the yellow came out again. Martini as no longer able to race as the cars were sorted again. Oestreich remained in the lead with Hall and Smith behind him. Grams took third, Stan Thom took fourth, and Smith fell back to fifth with the race almost completed. One last caution flew for Vande Kamp and Ryan
Bowers in turn four. The restart was single file order of Oestreich, Hall and grams. Oestreich held off the others the final couple laps and took the feature win. Hall, Grams, Smith and Tim Siercks rounded out the top five finishers.

The Aircare Heating and Air WISSOTA Street Stocks were next up for the night. Ryan Kostreba started on the pole with Kurt Becken at his side as the green flew. Kostreba took the lead with Ben Rothstein, Rod deBernardeaux and Becken going three- wide for second. Becken took second with deBernardeaux and Rothstein on his bumper. Christina Wollak, Jon Gunderson and Cory Rosen raced three-wide for fifth with Justin Pogones right behind them. Rosen and Wollak continued the battle for
fifth as four drivers got tangled in turn four brining the yellow out. The restart was Kostreba in front with deBernardeaux and Becken in row two. Rosen took the high line and moved into the battle for third. deBernardeaux moved into second, Rosen took third while Kostreba remained strong in the lead. Gunderson and John Yilek spun in turn four bringing a yellow back out. Kostreba remained in front, but deBernardeaux and Rosen were on his bumper and eager for the lead. As the green flew Rosen took second with deBernardeaux and Rothstein staying close. Pogones then found his groove and took fifth, then moved next to Rothstein for fourth. Pogones and Rothstein battled for fourth when Rothstein made contact with Pogones and Pogones spun out. The drivers were sorted with Kostreba in front, Rosen and deBernardeaux behind him, and Rothstein was charged with the caution and sent to the back. Kostreba was still in the lead with Rosen and deBernardeaux still fighting for the lead points. Rosen took second with deBernardeaux in third and Pogones moving in to battle. Rosen began making Kostreba work for the lead. Rosen was behind, next to, behind and then back next to Kostreba for the lead but Kostreba held him off. With two laps remaining one more caution was bound to happen. The restart was single file with Kostreba, Rosen and Pogones as the top three. The green flew with Kostreba taking off, Rosen and Pogones followed closely but Kostreba
held them off and took the checkered and the win.

The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks rolled on the track to race with Jake Goetze and Mike Loomis in the front. They battled for first as the green flew with Goetze grabbing the point. Loomis remained in second with Chris Wark and Dan Gullikson battling for third. Gullikson took the spot with Dave Mass moving around Wark taking fourth. Mass slid next to Gullikson for third and pulled ahead and took the spot. Goetze, Loomis, Mass, Gullikson and Shane Sabraski were the top five drivers with the race half over. Gullikson remained close to Mass while Loomis caught Goetze for the lead. The leaders were lapping slower cars, tightening up the battles and allowing Gullikson to move up on Mass. Gullikson challenged Mass for third when Mass made contact with Gullikson. Gullikson spun in turn two, and managed to get his car on top of a track tire. The yellow flew as the tow trucks went to Gullikson. They lifted Gullikson’s car, took the tire out from under him, and he was good to race. The drivers were lined up with Mass going to the back for causing the caution. Goetze took his spot on the pole with Loomis and Gullikson behind him and three laps remaining. Gullikson went low on the restart and passed Loomis and Goetze and took the lead before they made it through turn two. Gullikson drove to the checkered and took the feature with Loomis, Goetze, Sabraski and Josh Anderson taking the top points.

The final feature of the night was for the Ground Support Inc. WISSOTA Modifieds. J.T. Johnson and J.B. Stortz took off as the green dropped and Stortz took the early lead. Johnson took second with Larry Zeller and Dustin Nelson battling for third.
Zeller took third as Dave Cain moved past drivers and took fourth. Brandon Lampert spun in turn two and the yellow flew. Stortz took his place in front with Johnson and Zeller behind him. Zeller took second this round with Johnson not giving up.

They battled for second as Cain moved into fourth and got next to Johnson for third. Stortz began to pull away with another caution flew for Lonny Loeschke and Lampert tangled up. After two restarts Stortz kept the lead with Johnson and Zeller still behind him. Trent Follmer and Cain moved next to Zeller and Johnson as they all bought for points two through five. Johnson took second with Zeller and Cain battling for third. Cain took third and made a quick pass on Johnson taking over second. Johnson and Zeller continued to battle for third as Cain closed in on Stortz. Cain caught and quickly passed Stortz becoming the new leader. Stortz held second with Zeller and Nelson fighting for third. Nelson took over third just in time for the checkered to fly. Cain held off the competition and took the feature win. Stortz, Nelson, Zeller and Johnson finished in the top five.

Next Friday is the first of two Kids Nights we are having at the Princeton Speedway. Kids 12 and under get in for free for the grandstands. There will be fun activities for the kids and lots of fun things going on. Racing will begin at 7pm.