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June 9th, 2017
Join us Friday, June 9th for the Dacotah Super Show presented by Fetzer Electric. The fastest race cars in North Dakota will be flying around the high banks of Dacotah Speedway. Guaranteed to be a fantastic night of racing.
WISSOTA Late Models
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Pit Gates Open: 5:00pm
Draw Cutoff: 6:15pm
Racing Starts: 7:00pm
Kids 12 & Under: FREE
Advanced, discount tickets are available at select Cenex locations.
Kids Club Activity: Free bouncy balls & blow up balls sponsored by Bismarck Mandan Elks
Big Top Fireworks Candy Toss at Intermission
Dakota Star Gymnastics 50/50 Raffle
July 30th, 2016
For the first time in many years the Dacotah Speedway welcomes back sprint cars. A group of western North Dakota sprint car drivers have teamed up to bring sprint car racing to the west, a staple in the eastern part of the state. Along with the sprint cars on Saturday during the North Dakota Governor’s cup you will see full fields of IMCA Modifieds, Wissota Street Stocks, INEX Legends, Hobby Stocks, and IMCA Sport Compacts, on Friday Wissota Late Models headline the show.
Fan gates open Friday at 5:00pm with racing at 7:00pm, Saturday the fan gate opens at 4:00pm and racing starts at 6:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at Bismarck/Mandan/Lincoln Cenex locations (except the Cenex on Rosser Ave). Ticket prices at $17 at the gate and $16 in advanced both nights. Make sure to check out our social media feeds for more information.
July 13th, 2016
The Friday, July 15 Legendary 50 at Dacotah Speedway follows the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and pays $10,001 to win.
Pit passes will be sold beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday. The grandstand opens and hot laps start at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.
Pit passes are $25. Grandstand admission is $17 for ages 13 and up and free for 12 and under. Advance discount tickets are $16 and available at select Cenex locations in Mandan, Bismarck and Lincoln.
Drivers competing in the Dakota Tour at Mandan on Thursday can leave their rigs in the pit area and there will be overnight security.
More information about the Legendary, sponsored by Corrals Sales RV Superstore, is available from Dakota Classic Tour Director John Gartner at 701 202-6075.
The Legendary will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.com.
July 8th, 2016
Ladies’ Night and More!
This Friday, we are back in action at Dacotah Speedway with Ladies’ Night! Ladies can signed up for some awesome giveaways such as baskets from Tastefully Simple, Scentsy, and much more!
July 8th is a prelude to the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified, a six day racing tour that wraps up right here in Mandan. Topped off with a $10,001 to win 50 lap modified feature show called the Legendary 50, sponsored by Corral Sales.
Remember to use your coupon from the Independence Day Parade in Mandan, worth $3.00 off at the gate and a free box of popcorn, a $6.00 value!
This week’s races are sponsored by General Equipment, Starion Financial and Little Caesars Pizza. Fan gate opens at 6:00pm, Green flag flies at 7:00pm!
May 5th, 2016
** RACING IS HERE!
The Mandan Dirt Series fires up at Dacotah Speedway this Friday May 6th. We have something for everyone, families or maybe just a night out with the girls or the guys.
The first 500 mothers get a free flower, courtesy of Hirsch Floral of Mandan. Kids can sign up for our new Kid’s Club, membership includes a t-shirt, goodie bag and other great perks. Lastly, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with $3.00 (http://dacotahspeedway.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c741990c8a39d377cd9431c16&id=034f822fff&e=7c475a7202)
Bud Light Lime from the adult beverage stand.
Grandstand gates open at 6:00pm and the green flag waves at 7:00pm. Purchase
discount tickets at any Cenex location in Bismarck, Mandan and Lincoln.
Another great sponsor for opening night, if you need auto parts Hedahl’s has it.
Thank you Prairie Knights Casino for being a sponsor!
April 10th, 2016
Ticket packages can be purchased online and at Warren’s Locks and Keys until May 1st, these packages provide flexibility for families and groups planning to attend races this season!
Save money and get these while they last! Mandan Dirt Series ticket package is only $50, and gets you 5 adult admissions to any Mandan Dirt Series race. The special event package is $60, and gets you tickets to the 4 racing specials, includes both nights of the ND Governor’s Cup. Night one of the Governor’s Cup we will host Wissota Late Models, and the second night we host SPRINT Cars! Get those tickets soon!
Special Races Coming This Summer Kupper Dakota Modified Tour, Legendary 50, and Two Complete Shows Of The ND Governor’s Cup
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July 19th, 2015
MANDAN, N.D.– Three sanctioned divisions are on the race program for Dacotah Speedway’s 25th annual Governor’s Cup special.
Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $1,600 to win at Mandan on Friday and Saturday, July 24-25. Their feature is a 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.
Mach-1 Sport Compacts return to each evening’s program with a top prize of $200 at stake. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are new to the Friday card, racing for $400 to win.
IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded in all three divisions. Modified and Stock Car drivers also vie for regional points.
The Modified feature pays a minimum of $200 to start and $100 to non-qualifiers, with a $50 registration fee. Minimum start money for the Stock Cars is $90 with a $25 entry fee. Start money for the Sport Compacts is $50 with a $20 registration.
Pit gates and the grandstand at Mandan open at 5 p.m. and qualifying starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Spectator admission is $16 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $25.
More information is available at the www.dacotahspeedway.net website and on Facebook.
July 14th, 2015
MANDAN, N.D.– Jason Grimes became the fifth different Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified winner on another record-shattering night Thursday for the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour.
An all-time tour best 98 Modifieds saw action at Dacotah Speedway, five more than the previous mark set on opening night Sunday at Minot. One hundred and twenty-two of the best drivers in the division have converged on the tour thus far, two more than the previous record set in 2010 and equaled last year.
Grimes drew the pole but Jett Big Eagle rocketed into the lead from his outside row one start.
Seven circuits into the 30-lapper, Grimes was in front and found himself in a back-and-forth, slice-and-dice tussle with Mike Hansen.
“I’m not sure who was first every lap but I led the one that counted most,” said Grimes, $2,100 richer and new to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “Lapped traffic hurt me originally but I was able to use it to my advantage at the end.”
Lucas Schott worked his way up to second. Hansen, Big Eagle and defending tour champion Jeff Taylor completed the top five.
Taylor had qualified by winning his “B” feature and started 14th. Point leader Rick
Thornton Jr. took a provisional start and finished 14th. He leads 2013 champ Aaron Turnbull by eight points and Taylor by nine heading into the Friday finale at Jamestown Speedway.
Grimes is following the tour for the first time and had qualified for three of the first four main events.
“I’ve won a few big races before,” he said. “The fact that this one came in my own (GRS) chassis makes this one of my biggest wins.”
Elijah Zevenbergen became the first repeat IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winner adding to his points lead by taking the checkers ahead of Joe Flory and Andrew Altenburg.
Thursday was also a record-setting night for the Stocks with 37 entries at Mandan. Sixty-two drivers in that division have now competed over the course of the tour.
July 10th, 2015
Round 3 of the Dakota Classic Modified Tour kept the excitement rolling for the 2015 Tour.The previous record of 76 Mods, set in 2010 and equaled in 2014, was broken with a track record 87 Modifieds. 42 IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars also saw action Tuesday evening at Williston-Basin Speedway.The “bullring” of the Dakota Classic Mod Tour provided plenty of good racing, and some expected drama. Round 4 – Tonight from Southwest Speedway in Dickinson, ND – 8PM Central
Open Trailered Thorton Beats The Best
The Arizona speedster started seventh in the feature and used a low line, as he had ran all night, to make quick work of Williston-Basin Speedway. “This was the first time we’d ever even seen this track but it’s similar to Imperial in California. We used the same setup we did there and we were really good all night” said Thorton.Thornton caught pole starter Kelly Shryock for the lead with six circuits remaining in Tuesday’s 30-lap Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event. “I was waiting and hoping that he’d make some mistake and I jumped on it.” When Shryock go just a bit too high, Thornton shot by on the inside.“Our goal coming in was to make the show every night and maybe make the top 10 in points,” he added. “It would be great if we could pull it off and win the tour championship.”Jason Wolla, Justin O’Brien and Lucas Schott were next across the stripe at the end of a fast-paced feature that played out in front of another full house. Night two tour winner and defending champion Jeff Taylor was sixth and opening night winner Ryan Ruter was eighth.
Flory Wins Wild Feature, Points Leaders Struggle
Brandon Czarapata and Elijah Zevenbergen entered Round 3 of the Tour tied atop the standings. Each had a win and runner-up finish in the first two nights. Neither would find smooth sailing in Round 3.Czarapata exited early in the feature with a flat tire after making contact with the 421 of Chris Ellis while trying to pass for the lead. Zevenbergen later encountered the same flat-tire fate while leading, and some controversy ensued after he changed the tire and returned to the track under caution – a caution that could have been charged to the 66z.Joe Flory made the best of the others’ misfortune and took home the win. His son and 2014 champion Dalton was second and third went to Matt Speckman. Zevenbergen took sole possession of the point lead with his seventh place showing.
July 9th, 2015
New series track records were set with 83 Modified and 39 Stock Car entries. As was the case on opening night at Nodak Speedway, drivers from 10 states and Canada filled out the Modified feature field.Round three moves to Williston-Basin Speedway, the bullring of the Tour.
Taylor’s Last Lap Pass Spoils Turnbull’s Night
First he raced from 19th to second in his “B” feature to advance to the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic main event at Estevan Motor Speedway. Then Jeff Taylor started 13th and won Monday’s Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA
Modified headliner in dramatic fashion with a last-turn pass of Aaron
Turnbull.“It was awesome,” the defending tour champion said from victory lane. “I had a good car and was able to get a line nobody else was running.”Home crowd favorite, Turnbull drew the pole while Taylor worked his way up from mid-pack. He shot inside Turnbull’s desperation slide-job coming out of the final turn to take the $2,100 win by not much more than a car length.
Zevenbergen Avenges Night One Loss to Czarapata
Zevenbergen, a series champion two years ago, kept Czarapata from repeating a late pass as he did in night one. They’re now tied atop the point standings for Stock Cars with a win each.
July 8th, 2015
The pits were full on night one of the Dakota Classic Modified and Stock Car Tour. 93 Modifieds and 42 Stock Cars entered the gates at Nodak Speedway in Minot, North Dakota.Round two moves to Estevan Motor Speedway.
Triple Nickel Beats ‘Em Up High The $2,100 checkers flew for Ruter as a series record 93 Modifieds were checked in for the Sunday show. That eclipsed by one the mark set last year at
Dacotah Speedway.Ten states and Canada were represented in the main event.
Jordan Grabouski, Hunter Marriott, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Robert Hellebust completed the top five.“We drew well but this was a win we had to earn,” said Ruter, who started the 30-lapper from outside row one. “The track was good and we had a good race with Hunter for a majority of the night.”
Czarapata Holds Off Zevenbergen
First-time series competitor Brandon Czarapata was the $800 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winner. That division also drew a record 42 entries, besting the previous mark of 36 established last July at Estevan.2013 tour champion Elijah Zevenbergen was a close second and defending champ Dalton Flory motored home in third.
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May 15th, 2015
Dacotah Speedway welcomes back Wissota Late Models for Friday night! Late Model’s have always been popular here in Mandan and the division is growing here in North Dakota. We have almost 20 Late Model drivers in Western and Central ND, so this show is going to be one you don’t want to miss. Supporting the Late Model’s this week will be IMCA Modifieds, Wissota Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, and IMCA Sport Compacts.
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Dacotah Speedway Hobby Stock Driver Nathan Messer first time feature winner! INEX Legend Car winner Steven Kuntz after his Feature win on Hirsch Floral/Starion Financial night.
Wissota Street Stock driver Jeremy Schmidt took command of his feature and brought home the W. IMCA Modified driver Jason (Big Show) Wolla of Williston ND had a awesome run in the Modified feature on Friday night.
May 8th, 2015
This week we have our Mother’s Day Special sponsored by Hirsch Floral and Starion Financial. First 500 moms through the gate get a free flower courtesy of Hirsch Floral. For those of you that missed last week, what a crowd, and show! Racing was some of the best ever, with 3 and 4 cars wide, the action never stopped. To see a full re-cap or get information on the upcoming race visit our website www.dacotahspeedway.net
July 31st, 2014
Headingly, Manitoba, Canada – Ricky Weiss entered a trio of events over the weekend with the WISSOTA Blaine Brothers Challenge Series in his #7 Derrick’s Sandblasting/Bloomquist/ Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model and came away with his first career win with the tour as well as his tenth win of 2014.
Action began on Thursday evening at Brown County Speedway (Aberdeen, South Dakota). Twenty-nine WISSOTA Late Models registered for the event, and a tenth to fourth run in his heat race earned Ricky a spot in the evenings redraw. Weiss drew the second starting spot to lock into the outside-front-row for the feature alongside Donny Schatz. In the main event Weiss ran second for much of the race before falling back to fourth late in the event. He managed a third place finish in the final rundown behind race winner, Jeff Wildung, and Donny Schatz. David McDonald and Zach Johnson rounded out the top five finishers.
On Friday night action shifted to Dacotah Speedway (Mandan, South Dakota) for the annual North Dakota Governor’s Cup, as twenty-nine entries converged on the oval. Ricky drew the eighth starting spot for his heat race, and despite starting in the back of the pack he advanced to a second place finish. In the redraw Weiss was the recipient of the sixth starting spot in the main event. During the course of the feature he raced his way up to the second spot when the caution flag waved with six laps remaining. On the restart Weiss slipped back to third where he would finish behind race winner, Zach Johnson, and John Kaanta. Jake Redetzke rounded out the top five finishers.
Round #2 of the Governor’s Cup was contested on Saturday night, which saw Ricky snare his first ever victory with the Blaine Brothers Challenge Series. Weiss won his heat race from the pole position, then drew the outside-front-row starting spot alongside Zach Johnson for the $2,000-to-win finale. Weiss outdueled Johnson for the race lead at the drop of the green flag, but Johnson would not give up easily. The duo swapped the lead several times throughout the course of the event, but it was Weiss who would go to Victory Lane over Johnson, Jake Redetzke, Jeff Wildung, and Eric Mass.
Full results from the events are available at www.WISSOTA.org .
Action with the WISSOTA Challenge Series continues this week with an event on Thursday night at Electric City Speedway (Great Falls, Montana) before moving to Gallatin Speedway (Bozeman, Montana) on Friday and BMP Speedway (Billings, Montana) on Saturday.
Ricky Weiss would like to thank his marketing partners and sponsors including Derrick’s Sandblasting. A.I.E. Bell Mobility, Hands On Excavating Inc., J&C Trucking, Turk Enterprises, Eibach Springs, Metalz In Motion, Speedworld Indoor Kart Track, New Vision Graphics, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For more information on Ricky Weiss please visit his website at www.WeissRacing7.com .
July 13th, 2014
MANDAN, N.D. – For a driver who’s never followed the series before, Jordan Grabouski is making himself right at home on the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Track Side Tour. With a mind-boggling and new series event record 92 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Dacotah Speedway, Grabouski sped to his second $2,000 feature win of the week Thursday night.
Of equal importance, Grabouski climbed to second in the standings going into Friday’s finale at Jamestown Speedway, 17 points behind Jeff Taylor. “The track was really racy,” said Grabouski, who started sixth and led the last 21 circuits of a 30-lapper that ran without caution. “I’ve never been to any of these tracks before but they’ve been a lot of fun. Mandan is a really cool place.”
He ran the top side early on, moving lower as the race progressed and he caught up with the back of the pack. “I got slowed down in traffic,” Grabouski said. “When I was running with lapped cars, I wanted to stay cautious and be smart.” Grabouski beat outside pole starter Masen Big Eagle to the finish line by half a straightaway.
Jeremy Keller, Darin Duffy and Justin O’Brien completed the top five. Ryan Ruter, winner of the Wednesday night feature at Dickinson that also ran non-stop, was sixth. Also a two-time winner over the course of the tour, Taylor started 25th and finished 14th Thursday night. Sixteen states and Saskatchewan were represented in the record field. The previous car count mark of 84 had been set on opening night July 6 at Nodak Speedway; Modified car count records have been broken or equaled all five nights of the tour thus far.
Joe Flory was the $800 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner, ahead of defending champion Elijah Zevenbergen. Dalton Flory, who’d won the Monday feature at Estevan, Greg Wichman and Perry Misner were next across the stripe.
Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Friday at Jamestown. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Title sponsor Kupper Chevrolet of Mandan provides the $2,000 Modified and $1,000 Stock Car point funds to be paid to the top 10 drivers in respective tour point standings.
July 5th, 2014
MANDAN, N.D. – Defending champions Aaron Turnbull and Elijah Zevenbergen are among the 89 drivers from 15 states and Canada already entered for the July 6-11 Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour.
Turnbull joins 63 other pre-registered IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified drivers who will contend for $2,000 to win each night of the 25th annual North Dakota and Saskatchewan-based series. Zevenbergen and 24 more pre-registered IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers vie for $800 to win on the same programs.
The series is at Nodak Speedway in Minot on July 6, at Estevan Motor Speedway on July 7, at Williston Basin Speedway on July 8, at Southwest Speedway on July 9, at Dacotah Speedway on July 10 and at Jamestown Speedway on July 11.
Series title sponsor Kupper Chevrolet of Mandan provides point funds of $2,000 for the Modifieds and $1,000 for the Stock Cars and a long list of contingency sponsors will award cash and prizes to the top drivers in series standings.
XSAN has agreed to pick up the extra payout to enhance the best talent to race for six consecutive nights and in addition, will be award three $500 bonus checks to new drivers of the “New Blood, Long Haul” promotion.
The internet-based network will cover all six nights of the tour on pay-per-view at www.xsan.tv. Modified features are qualifying events for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.
Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. on opening night at Minot. Estevan opens the gates at noon and the grandstand at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.
At Williston, pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. at Dickinson. Racing follows 6:45 p.m. hot laps.
Mandan opens the gates at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstand at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7 p.m. And at Jamestown, pit gates open at 1 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.
The updated list of pre-registered drivers in posted on the www.dakotaclassictour.com website.
More information is available from Tour Director John Gartner at 701 202-6075.
January 15th, 2012
MANDAN, N.D. – Opening night at Dacotah Speedway marks the North Dakota debut for IMCA’s Mach-1 Sport Compact division.
Weekly point races for the 4-cylinder class start Friday, May 4 and continue through Aug. 31.
“Having a sanctioned class like the Sport Compacts gives us an established set of rules to work with,” said Bismarck-Mandan Stock Car Association board member Herb Bargmann. “We want to get more younger drivers involved and expect to have 20-25 of these cars by the time we’re done.”
A thunder four class had been part of regular programs at Dacotah for several years.
IMCA Modifieds also return to the 3/8-mile dirt oval at Mandan for a 15th consecutive season in 2012.
A new guardrail and catch fence have already been installed around the upper pit area and the flagstand moved to a new infield location.
Modified points earned at Dacotah Speedway figure toward North Central Region standings for the class. Both Modified and Sport Compact points apply to IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national standings.
Tracks in eight states have already signed on to sanction Sport Compacts this season.
“Sport Compacts continue to be one of our fastest-growing classes. They’re a great way to attract new drivers and new fans,” said IMCA Director of Track Relations Jim Stannard. “”We’re very happy to see them join the sanctioned Modifieds at Mandan in 2012.”
July 11th, 2011
MANDAN, N.D.– Bookended by events at Dacotah Speedway, the Dakota Track Side Classic Tours will showcase the talents of IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers at four different North Dakota and Saskatchewan speedplants July 10-15.
Each Modified feature pays $1,200 to win while top money each night for the Stock Cars is $500. Title sponsor Dakota Track Side will provide the $2,000 point fund for Modifieds and the $1,000 point fund for the Stock Cars.
In addition to Sunday, July 10 and Friday, July 15 dates at Mandan, the two series
are at Estevan Motor Speed way on Monday, July 11; at Williston Basin Speedway on Tuesday, July 12; and at Southwest Speedway in Dickinson on Wednesday and Thursday, July 13 and 14.
Twenty-six cars will start and a Modified purse of nearly $10,000 will be paid each night. All Modified features are 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events. NASCAR’s Ken Schrader will join the tour for the Estevan show. Stock Cars run for a minimum of $100 to start if 30 or fewer cars are entered. Car counts of 31 or more put minimum start money at $125.
IMCA national, home region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded for both classes each night.
Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m. for the Mandan races. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Estevan opens the gates at 2 p.m. and the grandstand at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and the first heat is set for 7 p.m.
Race day schedules are identical at Williston and Dickinson: Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m.
Track registration fees are $30 for Modifieds and $25 for Stock Cars. RACEceivers and transponders are re quired at each track.
Opening night shows for both series were moved to Mandan because of flooding in Minot, which necessitated use of the Nodak Speedway dirt track as dike material to protect the new grandstand.
Drivers will go through the stands to pass their helmets and collect donations for the American Red Cross and its flood support teams at Minot and the Bismarck-Mandan area all six nights.
More information is available at the www.dakotaclassicmodtour.com website or from Tour Director John Gartner at 701 202-6075.
Gartner noted that pre-registration numbers have topped previous tour bests for both divisions and that drivers from at least 10 states and three Canadian provinces are expected to compete.
July 17th, 2010
MANDAN, N.D. – Opening night honors on a record-setting night for the Big Dog Chassis Dakota Classic Modified Tour went to a
veteran driver seeing his series career first action.
Jeff Taylor topped Sunday’s $1,200 to win feature for IMCA Modifieds at Dacotah Speedway. A series record 81 cars, representing 10 states and two Canadian provinces, were on hand for the first of six tour events this week.
“It was a real good race track. You could race high, low or in the middle,” said Taylor, who started ninth after winning his “B” race. “We kind of ran a little bit everywhere, then went to the high side when we got the lead.”
The Arkansas traveler looked to pull away from the rest of the field and put the race away, but a caution with four to go bunched everyone back up.
“I was wishing it was a 25-lap race. We had a pretty good lead then,” Taylor said. “It was pretty close there at the end, almost like you could have thrown a blanket over the top four cars.”
Brothers Matt and Will Brack, and Mark Elliott joined Taylor in the tightknit top four. Sean Jerovetz ran fifth. Defending champion Jay Noteboom also got in through his “B” and ended in 12th.
“I’m at the point now with my business where I can follow this series,” said Taylor, who builds chassis and welcomed the chance to try out a variety of setups at different tracks. “It’s neat that you can race every night for a week and be able to make changes from one night to the next instead of having to wait a week or two to do it.”
“I like being able to come up here and race against guys like Noteboom, Elliottt and the Brack boys,” he added. “I have a lot of
respect for them.”
The previous series car count record was 70, established at last year’s opening event at Nodak Speedway.
Steven Pfeifer topped Sunday’s $500 to win main event in the Dakota Track Side Classic Series, becoming the third different winner in as many IMCA Sunoco Stock Car tour events.
Both series are at Estevan, Sask., Motor Speedway on Monday
March 28th, 2009
The 2009 Dacotah Speedway mall show will be April 15th through April 19th at the Gateway Fashion Mall in Bismarck. Cars may enter the Gateway Mall beginning at 8pm on Wednesday, April 15th. Use the doors on the South side at the Rockin’ 50′s entrance. Cars will come out of the mall at 4pm on Sunday, April 19th.
August 1st, 2006
On both days, the track sealed over with rubber and cars began rounding the 3/8 mile high banked track at an increasing speed. However, keeping dust down in an area plagued by a season long drought was difficult, if not impossible, for track officials.
In the Late Model division it was a Bemidji, MN driver who had good shows both nights to take home the combined overall Governor’s Classic trophy. John Seitz is no stranger to victory lane at the Governor’s Classic, as he always seems to turn up the wick a bit when it comes to racing at Dacotah Speedway. On Saturday, he just blew the field away as he took advantage of his front row starting position to win by almost a full straightaway. Second place finisher Blaine Doppler of Menoken also looked strong as he handled lap traffic as well as Seitz, but he just couldn’t reel him in. Rounding out the top five on Saturday were Harold Schill of West Fargo in third, Edmore’s Dale Skytland in fourth and Mitch Johnson of Hickson in fifth.
On Sunday it was a young Matt Aukland of Fargo that led the most laps and cruised to the feature win despite a late race charge by Seitz, who finished in second. Third place was a father-son battle and it was the elder Skytland—Dale—who beat son Cody to the line. Rounding out the top five was Robbie Rice of Minot. Seitz, by virtue of his solid 1-2 finish was the Governor’s Classic Champion and Dale Skytland was Runner-up.
The IMCA Modifieds had a nice field on hand for some big money each night. On Saturday, Shawn Strand of Bismarck handled the dry, slick track by leading from green to checkered, but he had to duel it out with several drivers to get the win. Rusty Kollman of Carrignton had his WISSOTA Midwest Modified on hand and he looked good on the super dry track. He challenged Strand on a number of occasions, as did Bismarck’s Jeremy Keller. When the checkers flew it was Strand taking the win and Kollman right behind him in second . However, further inspection of his WISSOTA Hoosier tires led to his disqualification, as they do not meet rules for the IMCA sanctioned event. Even though the two different tires are manufactured by the same company, the IMCA tires are, by design, harder to gain traction to “level off” the racing playing field so that engines do not become the dominant force in the division. That moved Keller up to second and Troy Butz of Bismarck in third. Bismarck’s Mark Dahl was then elevated to fourth and Hank Berry of Sidney, MT taking fifth.
On Sunday, it was Strand again, but this time he held a commanding lead at races end, after dominating the feature. Mark Dahl had another good run for second and Marlyn Seidler of Underwood was third. Davin Emmel made the long tow from Estevan, SK worth the trip by taking fourth and Troy Butz finished in fifth. Strand was crowned the Governor’s Classic Champion and Dahl was Runner-up.
WISSOTA Street Stocks are a staple of the Governor’s Classic and they put on a good show once again for the fans. David Rohweder has been unstoppable this year, but a former three-time WISSOTA national champ was on hand to see if someone from the east could wrest the Wishek driver’s hold on winning features. On Saturday, Scott Paulson from Kimball, MN almost snapped Rohweder’s streak, but the #13 driver just had that little extra to secure yet another win. Paulson was second, followed by Rusty Kollman of Carrington for third and Jamestown’s Spencer Johnson who took fourth. Barrett Berg of Lincoln wrapped up the top five by coming in fifth.
On Sunday, it was just another day at the office for Rohweder, who won the feature again, despite a race long battle with Kollman, who finished second. Paulson was third and Randy Meyer came back from a nasty looking crash on Saturday to finish fourth. Johnson had another good run by taking fifth. Rohweder adds another win to his 2006 “Dream Season” by taking the Governor’s Classic Championship. Kollman was Runner-up.
The Legends were back at Dacotah Speedway and their two day run had familiar faces up front. Steven Kuntz of Elgin won one of the closest features on Saturday by taking the feature over Garrison’s Robert Huettl, who was having his own battle with uncle Glen, who lives just down the road. Kuntz snuck by for the win and Robert had to settle for second. Glen took third and Spencer Wilson of Minot came in fourth. Cam Schafer from Glenwood, MN rounded out the top five on Saturday.
On Sunday, the Huettl’s sandwiched Kuntz in the finishing order. This time it was Glen taking the win, with Kuntz coming in second. Robert had another good run for third. Wilson matched his Saturday performance by again taking fourth and Bill Hultberg of Bismarck came across the line in fifth.
Kuntz was overall Points Champion for the two days with Glen Huettl taking Runner-up.
The Hobby Stocks ran just one program over the two days but they definitely took home the largest amount of bent up sheet metal. On Saturday during the trophy dash, James Lawson nailed the front stretch concrete barrier so hard it severely bent his frame. That sidelined his effort to win so he borrowed another car. On Sunday, a dust filled collision during the feature had the look of a highway multiple car “stack’em up” accident, as Bismarck’s Devin Keigley spun in turn #4 and collected fellow Bismarck drivers Paul Schuh and once again Lawson. The crash was so hard that Shuh’s broken axle was pounded deep into the ground with the flange sticking straight up into the air.
After the resulting lengthy red flag, the race was re-started with Chad Hausauer of Bismarck taking the win in the “Grey Ghost.” Jamestown driver Ryan Mikkelson came in second and Bryan Bohrer of Baldwin was third. Points leader Ron Joern of Bismarck was fourth and Matt Brendel, also of Bismarck, finished in fifth. Hausauer was name Champion and Mikkelson was Runner-up.
The Thunder Fours are really starting to come together as a class. Earlier in the year they were good for at least one roll-over each nigh,t but the division made up of rookie drivers have made major progress. Nate Keena of Baldwin won his first Thunder Four Governor’s Classic championship by winning the feature. Bismarck’s Cory Lang was Runner-up Champ by virtue of his second place finish in the feature. Ron Arth of Bismarck was third and Mandan’s Wes Schmidt was fourth. Nathan Mundahl of Bismarck finished in fifth.
July 26th, 2006
To be fair, the driver of the #33 IMCA Modified doesn’t look like an elderly driver. Herb eats healthy, exercises playing tennis and lives a lifestyle any minister would be proud of. He protects his real age closer than Hugh Hefner at his Playboy mansion. Even after a win he is one of the first drivers out of the pits because he has no need for traditional racing celebrations after a hard fought contest. He is conservative and has patience in racing and in life. All of these attributes are again rare in racing, but they served him well on a smooth and ultra slick track this past Friday night.
Bargmann started on the front row on a track he has learned to use that conservative and patient style to his advantage because he led each and every lap for his second win of the year. This time it was a drive that made a talented field rise up and take notice that the #33 may have the dry slick set-up, along with the skill to use it, that just blitzed the competition. Each lap he extended his lead by keeping his rear wheels from spinning, using a patient right foot that made him smooth and fast. Those drivers behind him were all trying valiantly to catch him, but they all spun their wheels and Bargmann just extended his lead. By races end that lead was more than a full straightaway, as the race stayed caution free.
When the checkers flew after 25 laps, it was Bargmann first, with Bismarck’s Jeremy Keller, Shawn Strand, Troy Butz and Mark Dahl taking the top five in order. All will admit there was no catching Bargmann, no matter what his age. And, you can bet all wondered if they will be able to do what Herb had just done when they reach his age. Don’t look to see Bargmann any time soon in the early bird senior buffet line on Friday nights because he’s tough when he’s out front.
The Hobby Stocks were the headline act for the evening as they kicked off the Bomber Tour in three North Dakota Cities. Cautions, spins, wrecks and other associated bedlam was the order of the day as all 24 drivers were trying to win the feature from the first lap. Bargmann’s patience was in short supply as the race had to be called for the time limit. James Lawson of Bismarck didn’t care as he led all 14 laps before the show was called. Ryan Mikkelson of Jamestown moved up from his sixth row starting spot to nab the runner-up position. Jamestown’s Ryan Carr was third and Matt Brendel of Bismarck took fourth. Lincoln’s Brad Hanson had a nice run, as well as he went from last place in the order to finish fifth. The Tour continues on in Jamestown and Lisbon on successive nights.
WISSOTA Street Stocks were on hand to try to break David Rohweeder’s win streak, but it appears no one can beat the #13 car from Wishek. He started this week in the third row and it only took him six laps to find the point position and then everybody started racing for second. Rusty Kollman of Carrington claimed that prize, with Randy Meyer taking third. Spencer Johnson of Jamestown was fourth and Lincoln’s Barrett Berg took over fifth. Only one caution period slowed the Street car feature.
The “Big Crash” of the night happened in the Legends division. Early in the race a try for a five wide pass on the front straight caused young Anthony Kopp to hit the concrete barrier protecting the flag stand. The collision was so hard a scary looking fire developed, but the Mandan and Rural Fire Departments were only a stone’s throw away and they put out the fire and Anthony got out of the care shaken, but in one piece. At the end of the straightaway was a gaggle of Legend cars all tangled together from another part of the incident.
After a red flag the race resumed missing several cars, but another Huettl won the race. This time it was Garrison’s Glenn who claimed the prize after a short battle with Spencer Wilson of Minot. Wilson did hang on for second with Tracy Domagala of Bismarck taking third. Elgin’s Steven Kuntz and Ivan Sailer of Bismarck rounded out the top five.
The Thunder Fours did another good job as the four cylinder front wheel drive cars had a fairly caution free race. Nate Keena of Baldwin started in the second row and he wasted little time getting to the front and led all 10 laps for the win. Matt Gross of Bismarck took second and James Hellman of Mandan had another good run for third. Cory Lang of Bismarck was fourth and Baldwin’s Shawn Keena claimed the fifth place prize.
Racing resumes next Saturday and Sunday with the annual Governor’s Classic Race. Late Models will join the regular line-up with many out of town entries expected in the six division special. Complete programs will be run in the top divisions each night.
July 18th, 2006
When the Tour came to Championship Night on yet another new track Cordes found himself in an enviable on top of the point standings due to super consistent qualifying efforts and good finishes. No wins, but outstanding efforts considering he had not raced here before and he stayed out of trouble and kept his equipment in great shape.
Ten points behind Cordes were two veterans of the modified wars in North Dakota for many years. Hank Berry of of Sidney MT, would need a truck to take home all the money he has won on the Tour over the years.
He seems to always do exceptionally well at Dacotah Speedway when money is on the line. Tied with the #25 driver was the current points leader of Dacotah
Speedway Marlyn Seidler and he had a good starting position in his heat– something he hadn’t had all week. Both of these drivers were hungry for a win and had to hope Cordes would either not qualify, break down early in the feature or finish 11 positions lower in the finishing order.
With Cordes clearly in the catbird’s seat,the qualifying heats only created more pressure. Seidler did what he had to do by winning his heat and ending
his bad luck with drawing positions by pulling the #1 position out of the bucket and putting the #7 on the pole for the feature. Berry qualified in his heat third–good enough to make the feature but putting him way back in the 18th starting position. Cordes won his heat and started right behind Seidler in the third position on the starting grid. All he had to do was stay out of trouble and stay within 10 spots of Seidler or Berry if he could get up that far.
When the green flag flew Seidler immediately took command of the race by driving straight to the front with Kenmare’s Robert Hellebust right on his rear bumper. Cordes starting slipping back to third, then fourth as other drivers started their own charge to the front. By lap seven Berry had already passed half the field, including Cortes and he was hot on Seidlers rear bumper. On lap eight the #25 passed Seidler and set sail that extended his lead each and every lap.
Berry was clearly in command but all eyes were on the #71 of Cordes to see if he could stay close enough in position to Berry to take his first ever Tour points title.
Lap after lap Berry extended his lead with Seidler still holding onto second with Hellebust giving the #7 driver fits to hold onto the #2 spot. Cordes watched the battle from his fourth spot knowing he could not be beat for the title even if Berry lapped the entire field. He had to play it cool as he couldn’t get into a crash with two drivers ahead of him that were starting to rub bumpers and paint with each other.
With three laps to go Joren Boyce of Minot spun in the #4 turn bringing out a yellow flag and bunching up the field. Berry was in the lone front row position and Seidler and Hellebust were side by side in the second row. Cordes took his third row restart position knowing there was going to be fireworks ahead of him as three drivers all thought they could win the race and all three are not afraid of bending a bumper or two to get that win.
Berry shot out to the lead again but Seidler and Hellebust started getting into it for the runner-up spot. Berry wasn’t looking back but the contact
between Seidler and Hellebust caused the #7’s front tire to go flat and Cordes went around both of them for second. Hellebust moved to third and Jeremy Keller of Bismarck moved into fourth.
Berry shot across the line for the win and the honor of being the only double winner on the Tour. Cordes’ wise patience and ability to stay out of a pushing
match on the track gave him second place and the overall series points title–nine points ahead of Berry. Hellebust finished in third and Keller fourth.
Rodney Scheuermann of Scranton, Iowa was fifth.
Seidler kept his car on the track but had to settle for a 10th place finish and third in overall points.
Overall, the Tour raced six consecutive night with 31 drivers racing in all events. This beats last year’s record. Average car counts for the Tour were also records with Dickinson having the largest car count with 55 IMCA race cars on hand for their first night of racing.
Randy Artz of Battle Mountain, Nevada won the longest tow award and Tony Steward of Belgrade. Montana was the winner of the hard luck award.
Dacotah Speedway also raced the Hobby Stocks and the Thunder Fours with two new winners coming out of the two support divisions. Chad Hausauer of Bismarck raced the “Gray Ghost” to victory by starting on the pole and keeping the lead for the entire 15 lap race.
Bismarck drivers James Lawson and Ron Joern were second and third with Baldwin’s Bryan Bohrer taking fourth. Wayne Jahner of Mandan rounded out the top five.
Wes Schmidt of Mandan followed Hausauer’s lead in the Thunder Fours by leading his entire 10 lap feature from start to finish. Nate Keena of Baldwin grabbed
the runner-up spot with Bismarck’s Kyle Hagen taking third. James Hellman of Mandan was fourth and Matt Gross of Bismarck was fifth.
Next Friday night is the Hobby Stock Special with many Bomber drivers from Jamestown and Lisbon joining the regulars of Dacotah Speedway.
June 27th, 2006
All features, on all six nights pay $1,200 to win, take 24 cars for the feature event, with a minimum of $200 paid to start the 30 lap feature event. The point fund winner will get a check for $500, with second taking home $300, $200 for third and $150 to the fifth place finisher. Fifth through eighth places pay $100, while ninth through tenth are both worth $75. In addition, Dakota Trackside of Minot will contribute $3.00 per gallon of fuel and $3.00 per wheel and Hoosier tire sold throughout the event. This should net a conservative estimate of another $500 to be added to the points fund, to be distributed, using the same mathematical formula, to the top ten in points.
“The combination of nightly purses and the Tour points fund makes this the richest six days of IMCA racing during the regular point season,” said IMCA Vice president of Operations Brett Root. “The purse is very fair and the point fund will reward drivers who run consistently well throughout the Tour.” Entries have already been received from nine states and two Canadian provinces.
Over 25 IMCA and Tour Corporate Sponsors have pooled together an impressive list of over $8,000 worth of contingency prizes for the top 10 in series points. These sponsors include: (Corporate) Dakota Trackside, Keith Black Racing Pistons, Schoenfeld Headers, AFCO Racing Shocks, Intercomp, Four Bears Casino, Corral Sales, (IMCA) Belleville Motorsports, Big Dog Chassis, Brinn Transmissions, Design 500 Racewear, DJ Safety, Finish Line Racewear, Hawk Performance, Impact Racing, Isky Racing Cams, KSE Racing Products, Larson Racing Specialists, Midwest Motorsports, Quarter Master, Racemart, Racing Optics, Real Racing Wheels, and Ringers Gloves.
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June 25th, 2006
With statistics like these, the #21 driver was the guy to beat, even if he hadn’t yet tasted the dirt of Dacotah Speedway. Saurer is used to going to new places that pay nice purses for specials, and there was $500 to win for this special event. That buys a lot of gas to get him on down the road to the next event. He’s got a budget or he would already be in a “A” mod that cost a whole lot more money to race. And, just like that rodeo competitor he once was, the big money goes to the winner.
Lined up in the 2nd row was a man who knows the nuances of Dacotah Speedway well. Rusty Kollman has raced with good success here over the years in his WISSOTA Street Stock. The Carrington driver knows when the track starts to dry, there will usually be a low and a high groove to race, and the only place to be is on the point. Kollman did just that as he got to the lead right away, but right on his rear bumper was Saurer, who had put the track learning curve in overdrive. Saurer watched Kollman’s every move and decided to take the high line, while Kollman kept the low. Lap after lap they raced with Kollman keeping the advantage, sometimes by a bumper at the flag stand. With five to go Saurer decided school was over and he had the track figured out. He passed Kollman, but Kollman pressed him hard for the remainder of the race.
When the checkers flew it was Saurer who received the diploma, attached to a $500 check, that is most likely already spent to make him go fast at another new track in a new town. Kollman held on for second and Jeremy Schmidt of Bismarck made his debut back home a success by taking third. Jason Grimes of Valley City was fourth and Casselton’s Rich Pavlicek was credited taking fifth.
The IMCA Modified feature was last on the program and the track was getting dry in the late June sun. All that was left of any moisture was on the very bottom of the track where no one races unless they absolutely have to. That groove held moisture, but the only fast way around it is to go low, than lower and when that inside of the front bumper starts to flash sparks from the guardrail, the driver knows he’s going to be hard to beat if he is out front.
Troy Butz has no trouble being a “bottom-feeder” when he is out front. He got the lead from fellow Bismarck driver Daryn Schuler by driving that line on only the fifth lap. He knew no one was going to pass him unless he made a mistake or somebody punted him out of the way. Butz doesn’t make a lot of mistakes driving the low line and everybody behind him was lined up freight train-like trying to find an edge. There was none.
Hot on Butz’ rear bumper was Drew Christianson of Minot ,and all over Christianson was Underwood’s Marlyn Seidler. Lap after lap they raced hard this way and it became apparent Butz just wasn’t going to give, so Seidler decided to move up on the outside, hoping his #7 had the bite on the dry-slick stuff. With two to go and Seidler showing his hand, it was time to go for broke. Christianson now knew Seidler was pressing Butz for a win on the outside, so Butz moved up going into corner #4 , maybe half the width of his car. Christianson took advantage of that half width and moved hard on the low side and the guard rail pinching him on the inside. Contact was made into Butz, just enough to make Butz lose his throttle to gain control of his car, and the three went side by side across the start -finish line in a dead heat. Seidler on the outside digging hard, Christianson on the inside petal to the metal, and Butz–still recovering from the punt–hard on the gas with tires spinning all around him. The proverbial “meat” in the sandwich. How the lap counters knew that Seidler was credited withleading the next to last lap is anybody’s guess, they were in a dead heat. But this race was 25 laps, not 24 so someone had to shake out of that three-wide bang-scramble-pass shootout.
Going into turn #1 on that last lap, all three drivers were committed to their respective lanes. Seidler on top was on the driest part of the track, Butz was in the middle and Christianson on the low side that still held the moisture. Christianson could also squeeze Butz if the #29 could just make it there first and Butz would have to slow down, as he still was in the unenviable position of being the meat and not being able to control the movements of the two hard chargers beside him. Butz was forced to brake when he didn’t want to and Christianson and Seidler got around him. Christianson, having control of the low side, maintained that line and came across the line the winner, with Seidler right on his quarter panel and now Mark Dahl right behind Seidler. A super close finish but “the move” was made the lap before. The official finishing order was Christianson, for yet another first time winner, taking the checkers and Seidler in second. Mark Dahl of Bismarck was third and Butz came across in fourth. Daryn Schuler rounded out the top five.
Now racing is alone in sports as having rules that change when it comes down to the end of a contest. The rule book doesn’t say that, but in reality turn on any NASCAR race and when the race is on the line on that last lap–there’s gonna be some trading of paint. It would be easy to blame Christianson because he initiated contact, but this is why fans love the IMCA Modifieds–they do this week in and week out. If Butz was put in the reverse position with one to go, would he have done the same thing for a win? Rest assured he most likely would have and Seidler would have too. No harm–no foul, bent sheet metal and some rub bars, and probably a bit of pride. All three know this and next time the roles may reverse.
The WISSOTA Street Stocks were also on the program and a nice field showed up to see if anyone could beat David Rohweder. They tried ,and for a time it looked like Rusty Kollman is his “other” car may have had what it takes with Rohweder starting way back in the 6th row due to his win streak, but Rohweder hunted him down and the Wishek driver passed him on the sixth lap. With Rohweder in the lead, the fat lady better start her warm-ups, as the show is gonna be over soon. Rohweder won yet another feature, Kollman was second-again, Spencer Wilson of Jamestown was third and Valley City’s Luke Nelson was fourth. Rounding out the top 15 was Dave Weigum of Bismarck.
The Legends were in town with a nice field of 20 race cars and once again, it was a battle between the Huettl’s to see who had the fastest car in the family. Paul Huettl of Bismarck got the action going by leading the first four laps in his #41 machine that flashes the numbers of yet another now retired Huettl who drove modifieds for many years. Paul was relegated to the back of the pack after a long caution period, so Robert Huettl decided he better keep the family name out front on lap five with a pass from third to first. A la Rohweder, the lights are out when Robert gets to the front an he won another feature going away. Spencer Wilson from Minot had another good run by taking second and Elgin’s Steven Kuntz was third. Cam Schafer of Glenwood, MN was fourth and Bismarck’s Tracy Domagala got himself a top five finish by taking fifth.
Hobby Stocks are Dacotah Speedway’s training ground for future racers moving up with experience and two young drivers looked good driving race cars with little experience. Young Ryan Mikkelson in the #15 may have picked that number because it looks like his age, somehow found the lead on the very first lap, despite starting from the sixth row. The Jamestown driver held on through nine laps before another young driver from the racing town of Baldwin–Bryan Bohrer–took over the lead on lap #10. Bohrer kept that lead the rest of the way for his first win. Ron Joern of Bismarck was second and Nate Jenrich of Valley City was third in his first appearance at the track. Matt Brendel of Bismarck took fourth and Mandan’s Wayne Jahner came across fifth.
The highlight of the hobby stock feature happened when Brad Hanson’s car blew a huge plume of fire out from underneath his car when the #11′s oil filter either came off, or was knocked off. Cars scattered, there was a yellow flag, and the crew screwed another filter on the car, put in a lot of oil and fired the power plant back to life. However, Brad didn’t finish the race.
Dacotah Speedway will now become the Mandan Rodeo grounds for two weeks until racing resumes on July 7.
June 11th, 2006
Not enough rain to cancel, yet bad enough to scare away a lot of fans. And, lots of drivers all looking for the big payday who were driving hard no matter what skies looked like. The fans that stayed home missed some great racing in all classes, as nearly every division had season high car counts and the track was super fast.
The Late Models only come to Dacotah Speedway for special events and a nice field of 22 cars were on hand to see who was the best. Since the Lates were the premier division of the night, they would normally run last on the program. However, with threatening skies and a light mist in the air, track officials rightly decided to run the full-bodied cars first on the feature line-up to ensure their race would be run before the skies emptied and Mother Nature had her way.
Eric Mass started on the front row on a track the Rapid City driver has never seen before. While this is common with Late Model drivers who often time run mini-tours at tracks that only see them a time or two during the season, it’s very rare that a first time driver takes a feature away from one who had raced at the track many times before.
Maas got the early lead driving hard on a surface that could turn from traction to slime in one lap due to the threatening weather. But, everyone knows if a race is called because of rain it’s the leader who is declared the winner. Early laps that normally become a sorting out process were transferred into four-wide scrambles as everyone was racing hard in case it rained. Hard on Mass’ tail were two veterans who had piled up impressive records over the years at Dacotah Speedway. Menoken’s Blaine Doppler cut his racing teeth at Dacotah Speedway early in its history after starting out as a bomber driver at the old Bismarck Speedway. He knows the track. John Seitz has taken a truckload of cash home to Bemidji, MN over the years at Dacotah Speedway specials. He’s aggressive and knows the changing lines of the track. So, on paper, the young Mass didn’t look like he stood much of a chance against the more experienced veterans.
Mass led the first 10 laps until Doppler got around him running the high cushion. After a short caution Mass demanded, and got, the lead back with a clean pass on the next lap. Seitz then challenged for the lead ,but was put to the back of the pack for casing a caution with 10 laps to go. Doppler again tried everything to get around the smooth Maas, but it just didn’t work. Meanwhile, Seitz was busy putting on a driving display going through the pack, and for a time, it looked like the #92 driver might just challenge again, despite going to the rear just a few laps before. Time and laps were not in Seitz’ favor, so Mass kept on the gas and won the feature with the big paycheck. Doppler settled for second and Eddie Kirchoff from Gillette, WY was third. Mike Balcaen made the long trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba worthwhile by finishing fourth and Jess Anderson from Gillette, WY was fifth. Seitz finished in sixth.
After the race Eric Maas was asked his age, as he appeared to be the youngest Late Model pilot in the field. Eric had to ask his mother and father helping him load the car before he said “he was 24.” This was the “fifth of sixth” win of the young season for the #44 driver after a season opening win in Fort Morgan, Colorado, racing for another sanctioning body. Expect to see this young man in victory lane many more times in the years ahead, as he appears to have a strong family operation that knows how to win.
The IMCA Modifieds were the last race of the night after night long continued cold drizzle that made it feel like late October instead of the middle of June. The track became very fast as the wider tires and low slung exhaust kept moisture from becoming an issue. Kenny Klaudt was on the outside pole in a car that had every disadvantage running against the IMCA mods for one reason–his car is a legal WISSOTA Midwest Mod–running a two barrel carburetor on gas against the alcohol burning, high compression Amod guys. The rookie driver has been running at Dacotah Speedway this year to get seat time because it’s right here at home next door in Bismarck. Once again, on paper, the #9 car didn’t have a prayer running a low compression Dodge when he had to spot the Chevy guys at least 100 horsepower. Amazingly, Klaudt got the lead and kept it for seven laps, until a caution flew for two spun cars. On the restart, fellow Bismarck driver Troy Butz seized the opportunity, but so did Underwood’s Marlyn Seidler, who was hot for another feature win. With seven laps to go it appeared Seidler actually passed Butz, but a yellow flew for Varion Hetle of Underwood. At that point flagman Myron Steier called the race due to track conditions and both Butz and Seidler went to the flag stand to get one feature trophy. Butz was declared the winner because the lap sheets showed him as the leader for the previous lap.
Controversy continued in the pits, as nearly all the drivers wanted to continue to race for the remaining seven laps. Even Butz the winner, who is usually the one in favor of a called race, wanted to keep racing, but the event was history. A disappointed Seidler was second, followed by Bismarck driver Mark Dahl. Klaudt held on for fourth and Wyatt Olson of Minot was fifth. A total of 23 IMCA mods were on hand for the race.
Randy Meyer of Bismarck won his second feature of the year in the WISSOTA Street Stock division by finding a way to beat Wishek’s David Rohweder. He used a line on the track that helped him win a heat earlier in the evening–high into the corners and then shooting down low coming out of the turn. Rohweder tried to pass Meyer on several occasions, but the #91car was clearly in control of the entire feature event. Meyer held on for the win and Rohweder had to settle for second, with Jamestown’s Spencer Johnson a strong third. Dave Weigum of Bismarck had his best effort of the year by finishing fourth. Lincoln’s John Feist led the first three laps and finished in fifth.
The Legends were the second to last race to run and they struggled with an ever increasing wet track due to the drizzle and their light weight. Their feature had the most lead changes of any class, as five cars held the point position at one time or another during their 12 lap feature event. Gregg Pelton of Bismarck led the first lap before giving up the lead to Wilton’s Nathan Speten just one lap later. Spencer Wilson of Minot then took command for four laps before Bismarck’s Bill Hultberg decided he might want to go for a win. Steven Kuntz of Elgin smelled an opportunity in the tight field, so he promptly passed Hultberg with only three to go. Hultberg would not be denied, however, as he passed Kuntz at just the right time and the #8 driver sped across the line for the win. Kuntz kept his runner-up spot just in front of Pelton, who had his best effort of the year. Garrison’s Robert Huettl took fourth and Al Kraft from Washburn rounded out the top five.
The Thunder Fours had 22 cars on tap for the evening and once again one of the 4 cylinder cars decided to go upside down. On the very first lap the #3 driven by Mandan’s Josh Gerhardt brought out the red flag, and once again the driver was not seriously hurt. Once racing was re-started Terry Davenport of Mandan took control of the event and never looked back, as he led all 10 laps in the #8 machine. Behind him though was a real cat fight, as Shawn Volk, Kyle Hagen and Cody Arth, all of Bismarck, were all after the second spot at one time or another. Arth held on for second with Hagen finishing in third. Nate Keena of Baldwin was next in fourth and Volk wound up in fifth. Expect to see even more cars next week as some return after early season crashes and some new cars enter an already crowded field of mostly young drivers.
June 4th, 2006
Two modified drivers raced hard for a feature win this past Friday night from different generations. Jeremy Keller represents “new school” in his approach to racing, when a much older Marlyn Seidler typifies what many call “old school.”
The 11K driver from Bismarck is in his 20’s, with crew members the same age making chassis set-up decisions cooperatively by consensus with everyone giving input. His operation is super clean, well organized and well financed with sponsor’s adorned across his immaculate machine. His crew is not afraid of change and they live or die on the decisions they make, often times using the very latest in technology. Record keeping of changes in set-ups are recorded and consulted often. It’s obvious they are technology smart and they love to play with the latest “make us fast” gadgets. Jeremy as a driver is super aggressive when his set-up is right, will sometimes pull when its not, and he doesn’t crash or bang his way to the front. He has raced his entire career at good facilities racing among drivers who generally respect each other’s big investment.
Marlyn Seidler is a complete contrast to Keller in the way he conducts business at the track. Like Keller he spends a huge time working on his cars off the track using pit crew members who are in their 20’s. But after his crew suggests a change, its clearly the elder Seidler who is in command of every aspect of his car. His car has no sponsors with a body that has clearly been through a lot of races and a visible scuffle or two that is fixed time and again by a big hammer at his farm shop in Underwood. He approaches racing like he does his 10,000 plus acre farming operation—it must be functional and he’ll outwork whatever competition comes his way the old fashioned way. Marlyn has computers, but he’d much rather let his wife Kristy fool with the darn things. He doesn’t need a bunch of notes, as 30 plus years of experience and hundreds of wins replaces any computer. Unlike Keller, he’ll take on anybody who tries to get rough with him at the track. In short, if you give the #7 driver a bumper in the rear be prepared to get one back in spades. He doesn’t race for money because he doesn’t need it. He’ll tell you in no uncertain terms, he comes to race every night for only one reason—to win.
The modified feature was a great example of two very different drivers. Keller, took off like a rocket to get the lead and he stretched it out quickly. His car came out of the corners twisting, turning with the left front tire well off the ground. He had the low groove that had a hint of moisture left and he looked fast. Seidler was also another driver coming through the pack fast and he looked determined and very focused.
While Keller was sailing out front Seidler passed five cars on the second lap alone. Still, Keller was way out front and Seidler couldn’t wait for a yellow flag to make up the distance. Each lap Seidler reeled in Keller until the two were nose to tail, with Kellerstill unwilling to give up that low groove. Seidler moved up the high bank to the portion that was dry and slick—normally a groove on the track that eats up tires from big horsepower engines and makes a car go slower through the turns. For several laps the two were side by side racing hard, yet clean. The contrasting styles for a time were equal—Keller low, engine screaming, rear tires spinning with the left front in the air and Seidler in the dry slick, all four tires on the ground and super smooth off the corner.
Seidler got the lead but he didn’t block Keller’s low groove going into the corner. Seidler knew less was more and he just kept his same line the rest of the race, making him the winner with ease. Keller took second again, but rest assured he learned a valuable lesson from a fast old guy who prefers field boots to racing shoes. “Old School” won the race Friday night.
Rounding out the top five were Daryn Schuler of Bismarck in third, Minot’s Drew Christianson took fourth and last week’s feature winner, Shawn Strand of Bismarck, who finished fifth.
A broken valve train part last week kept David Rohweder from being undefeated in the WISSOTA Street Stock class. This Friday the Wishek driver started way back in the fifth row, so it took him 13 laps before he took over the lead in the feature. He did it much like Seidler did while chasing a swift Spencer Johnson from Jamestown, patient off the corner, taking care not to spin his tires and finding a groove he felt was fast. Fast he was, as he passed Johnson quickly and set sail for yet another feature win for the #13 driver. Johnson held on for second. with Rusty Kollman of Carrington a strong third. Fellow Carrington driver Kelly Hagel finished fourth and Lincoln’s Barrett Berg coming across the line in fifth, after leading the first four laps of the feature.
The Legends came to town with a season high 23 cars. A 13 year old young man from Glenwood, MN did a great job leading the first eight laps before turning the lead over to another youngster from Elgin—Steven Kuntz. Kuntz took advantage of a hard fought race between yet one more young driver who wheels the #25 Legend from Washburn—Dylan Barnhardt and Garrison’s Glenn Huettl. The two exchanged positions, allowing Kuntz to speed ahead for his second feature win of the season. Huettl beat Barnhardt across the line for second and third respectively. Taking fourth was another Huettl from Garrison—Robert. Pete Kvein kept his streak of top fives alive by finishing in fifth.
Ron Joern of Bismarck won his second Hobby Stock feature of the year after taking over the lead from the Hanson’s—Jamie and Brad—who led the first 12 laps of the 15 lap feature. Joern took the checkered flag by leading the remaining 3 laps, with Brad Hanson of Lincoln holding on to the runner-up spot. Bismarck’s Devin Keigley has been consistent so far this season by taking third, with fellow Bismarck driver Matt Brendel finishing in fourth. Bryan Bohrer of Balwin claimed the fifth spot.
The feature race in the Thunder Four division was pure mayhem, as two front wheel drive cars driven by Shawn’s—Shawn Keena and Shawn Volk—rolled in spectacular fashion in separate incidents. These were not simple side-to-side, one round and back on the wheels types of rolls, these were Daytona-like, multiple flip, violent end-over-end type rolls that always make officials and the crowd uneasy as to the condition of the driver. Both drivers were OK and signaled their condition to the crowd in hero fashion as the wreckers brought their badly damaged cars back to the pit area next to the grandstand. The finishing order in the feature seemed anti-climatic after all the carnage, but Kyle Hagen of Bismarck did keep his four-banger on all for wheels for the feature win. Coming in second was Mandan’s Terry Davenport, with fellow Mandan driver Wes Schmidt taking third. Matt Gross of Bismarck took fourth place and Nate Keena of Baldwin was fifth.
May 28th, 2006
In three feature races, three different winners have thrilled the crowd, with close competition in a field that has many cars capable of winning each and every week. Shawn Strand’s name now joins the group, but his win was far from easy.
The #99 driver from Bismarck started in the fourth row with good cars ahead of him and more good cars biting at his rear bumper that would challenge him in his run towards the front. But, before the charge could start, everyone had to hope for yellow flags, as Bismarck’s Jeremy Keller was looking like he was going to check out with the lead. Keller’s #11K machine has had so many rear suspension adjustments over the first few weeks that his crew was running out of options. They obviously hit the right setup Friday night, as Keller was on a tear the first 10 laps of the race. He had a straightaway plus lead on Washburn’s’ Paul Schulz, who was running second the entire time. But then the inevitable happened that only happens in the sport of racing–a yellow flew–and Keller’s lead was just a memory, as the field bunched up again for the restart.
After the restart Bismarck’s Mark Dahl challenged Keller and actually took the lead for part of a lap before he spun in corner #3 and pandemonium broke out. Several cars smashed into Dahl, or collected one another trying to avoid the spun car, going the wrong way in the middle of the corner. Several cars had to go to the pits for repairs, causing a lengthy delay in the race. Strand gained several positions, as the cars in front of him either dropped out or had to go tail end because they went into the pits.
Keller reclaimed the lead, but now Strand was on Keller’s tail and hungry for his first win at his home track this year. With 10 laps to go Strand passed Keller, but a series of cautions had pitmen wondering if they had enough methanol in their tanks to go the distance in the 25 lap race. That decision was made by the track, as they called the race due to length and the fact the #4 turn was rutting up and probably tearing up fragile race cars. Strand was declared the winner of the now 20 lap race, as he was leading at the time the race was called. Keller finished second–right on Strand’s rear bumper–and he wanted to go the remaining 5 laps for sure. Finishing third was last week’s winner, Wyatt Olson of Minot. Fourth was opening night’s winner Marlyn Seidler of Underwood. Taking fifth was Turtle Lake’s Troy Kittler, who got involved in the Dahl accident midway through the race. As in any called race, the winner is usually happy and those behind him question the call.
In any event, round #4 of a very competitive IMCA modified class will battle it out next Friday night.
Someone had to beat Wishek’s Dave Rohweder this year in the WISSOTA Street Stock division, as he had won every feature race so far this season. Early in the 15 lap feature it looked like Barrett Berg of Lincoln might be the man to break the streak of Rohweder. Berg started on the front row and Rohweder was all the way back in row #5, so it looked like tonight could be the night for the #44 driver. Bismarck’s John Feist was having his best run of the year and fellow Bismarck driver Randy Meyer had his foot planted firmly on the floor of his #91 machine.
Coming through the pack was a determined Rohweder, who was already in fourth by the fifth lap. One lap later he passed everyone in front of him–including Berg–to take the lead and many in the pits were scratching their heads thinking how fast that #13 car really was this night. In racing, however, Lady Luck smiles and sometimes she frowns, as Rohweder coasted with an obvious mechanical malfunction that led him to the pits. Frowns were now replaced with smiles, as Berg reassumed the lead, but Meyer was not to be denied as he passed Berg three laps later with only six to go. Meyer sped away for the win with Berg taking second. Feist took home third, with Carrington’s’ Kelly Hagel finishing in fourth. Rounding out the top five was Eric Paul of Dickinson in fifth.
Cam Schafer was looking like the long tow from Glenwood, MN was going to be worth it, as she led the first seven laps of the Legends feature race before Washburn’s Wes Doepke took it from her on lap eight. Schafer took it right back on the next lap and then Doepke did the same a lap later. This time Schafer faded back and Robert Huettl of Garrison got himself into a challenging position. However, Doepke was just too strong and the #68 driver held on the last three laps for his first win at the speedway this year. Huettl came across the line in second, followed by Bismarck driver Pete Kvien, who got another high finish by taking the third spot. Schafer was fourth and Bismarck’s Tracy Domagala rounded out the top five in the feature race. Twenty one Legend cars entered the program, the largest car count of all the divisions at the track.
Another nice field of Hobby Stocks were on hand and once again it was a Hanson that won the feature, but this time it was the #10 car driven by Jamie Hanson of Bismarck, as he led all laps for his first feature win. Brad Hanson in the #11 look alike car to Jamie won the first feature of the year two weeks ago. This time it was Jamie’s turn, as he dominated the 15 lap race. Ryan Mikkelson from Jamestown got the second place finish on the last lap by virtue of the late race pass of Bismarck’s Chad Hausauer, who had to settle for third. Matt Brendel of Bismarck finished in fourth and Dickinson’s Justin Decker captured fifth.
The Thunder Four’s run the fewest laps of any class by racing only 10 circuits, yet the front wheel drive cars had the most lead changes of the night. Matt Gross of Bismarck led the first lap before fellow Bismarck driver Shawn Volk decided he would lead take the lead for five laps. Another Bismarck driver–Kyle Hagen –then assumed the point, but he was passed by Nate Keena of Baldwin. Keena held on for the win with Hagen keeping the runner-up spot. Volk was third, followed by Mandan’s Wes Schmidt in fourth. Gross crossed the finish line in fifth position. Twenty Thunder Fours entered the races, with a vast majority of the drivers coming from the younger generation. This bodes well for the division in the future, and for racing in general, as these drivers move up the ranks in the years to come.
May 24th, 2006
Wyatt Olson has been paying his dues in the IMCA Stock Car division for several years while racing against good drivers in his hometown of Minot, ND. He has won quite a few features in that same support division, good enough that his supporters felt it was time to move up and take on the best. They did it the right way with tried and true equipment that others have seen success, complete with all the bells and whistles that makes a race car go fast. In short, they gave him the best with high expectations for the 24 year old this season.
With any first win, there needs to be that magical combination of events to happen, along with a driver who has the confidence to do what it takes to seal the deal. The #57 driver had that magic charm twice this past Friday night, drawing first a front row start in his heat that garnered him a second place finish. Lady luck smiled on him again in the re-draw that put him on the front row of the feature as well. The track also helped Olson as it turned dry except for a high cushion that is perfect for only the driver out front in a short race with no cautions. Olson had seen these track conditions many times driving his lower division stock car, so he knew exactly what he had to do. That
meant get the lead as soon as possible, stay on the cushion, don’t make a mistake and drive away from those who are fighting for second place. A tall order for a young man when many of those behind him were winning races before he was even born.
Olson beat a fast Troy Kittler by the second lap to get the lead just like was in the plan. Now it was a time to go to stage #2–use that good equipment to power off the corners and dare his competitors to pass him down on the slick stuff. Aggressive, but in control and using the track to his advantage. If there was a caution or the top turned dry, the plan would have to change. But, if the race went caution free, he was in the catbird’s seat for his first ever Modified feature win.
That plan worked to perfection as that caution flag never fell and the #57 driver shook his fist going across the start-finish line because he knew he had dominated the race. His lead over runner-up Kittler from Turtle Lake was a full straightaway–lapping some fast cars in the process. Bismarck’s Shawn Strand was third, Hank Berry of Sidney, MT was fourth and Bismarck driver Daryn Schuler picked up the 5th spot.
A happy Wyatt Olson accepted the congratulations from the veteran group of drivers who surrounded him. Rest assured this young man will win many more races in his career, but this win he will never forget.
Winning is getting to be a habit for David Rohweder in the WISSOTA Street Stock division. The Wishek driver is now 2 for 2 in feature wins at Dacotah Speedway. This time the #13 driver had to do it the hard way by coming from the fifth row to win the feature.
Barret Berg of Lincoln led the first four laps before Rohweder passed him on lap #5 and never looked back for the win. Berg held on for second after battling eventual third place finisher Dave Weigum of Bismarck and Jamestown’s Spencer Johnson-who took fourth. Rounding out the top five was Chris Michaelsohn of Wishek.
The Legends race looked like a start to finish win for Garrison’s Glen Huettl. He led the first 14 laps, but on the last lap another Huettl from Garrison–Robert–nabbed the lead and went on to win the 15 lap race. Glen had to settle for second, Bill Hultberg from Bismarck took third, fourth went to Minot’s Spencer Wilson and Pete Kvien of Bismarck claimed the fifth spot.
The Hobby Stocks had a nice field of cars on hand with Bismarck’s Matt Brendel leading the first five laps before being passed by another Bismarck driver–Ron Joern on lap #6. Joern wouldn’t be denied the remaining 9 laps as he sped to his first feature win of the year. Last weeks winner Brad Hanson of Lincoln got by Brendel for second and the #35 had to settle for third place. Jamestown’s Ryan Mikkelson took fourth and Devin Keigley of Bismarck got himself another top five finish by placing fifth.
Fifteen Thunder Fours lined up for the feature event with three lead changes in the 10 lap feature race. Nick Keena of Baldwin led the first official lap before being passed on the second circuit by Bismarck’s Richard Feist. Feist could hold the lead for only three laps before another Bismarck driver Kyle Hagen, took over the point about midway through the race.
Hagen held on despite some pressure by Nate Keena of Baldwin for the win. Nate Keena was second followed by Bismarck’s Matt Gross in third. Cory Lang of Bismarck was fourth and another Keena from Baldwin–Shawn–grabbed the fifth spot in the order.
February 15th, 2006
The Tour starts in Minot, ND on Sunday, July 9, at the 3/8 mile Nodak Speedway, located on the ND State Fairgrounds. On Monday, July 10, the series next heads north of the border to Estevan, SK and the 3/8 mile Estevan Motor Speedway. Tuesday, July 11, its back to North Dakota at Williston and the Williston Basin Speedway’s 1/3 mile track. On Wednesday-Thursday, July 12/13, the ¼ mile Southwest Speedway in Dickinson, hosts it’s first ever two day show at their new track.
The Tour wraps up at the 3/8 mile Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, ND for Championship Night on Friday, July 14. Over $8,000 in prize money will be paid out each night, including $1,200 to win and $200 to start the 24 car feature at each track.
Sponsors for the 2005 Tour include; Schoenfeld Racing Headers-Van Buren, AR, Real Racing Wheels-Independence, IA, Keith Black Racing Pistons-Carson City, NV, Intercomp Scales-Plymouth-MN, Lou Fegers Racing Equipment-Delano, MN, AFCO Racing Shocks-Boonville, IN, Four Bears Casino & Lodge-Newtown, Corral Sales-Mandan, ND, Thunder Alley Motorsports-Surrey, ND and Simes Graphic Designs-Mandan, ND. With IMCA’s extensive sponsor network it is anticipated the contingency prize package will more than double in 2006. The series champion will be honored at the IMCA National Awards Banquet at the end of the season.
John Gartner of Mandan, ND is the Tour Director again this year. If you have any questions you can contact him at (701)-667-2053.