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Sabraski money in USMTS go at Ogilvie

August 15th, 2017

OGILVIE, Minn.–Although he’s no stranger to victory lane or the Ogilvie Raceway, Shane Sabraski notched his first United States Modified Touring Series win Saturday night in a highly entertaining event at ‘The Big O.’

Sabraski, who started third on the 24-car grid, drove underneath race-long leader R.C. Whitwell on lap 23 and then kept a swarm of USMTS chasers behind him for the final 17 laps.

The 40-minute commute from his home in Rice, Minn., was worth $3,000 to Sabraski, who has been strong in his infrequent hook-ups with the series. He finished fourth here in June and followed that up with a sixth-place finish at The Masters that same weekend.

Defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes, who led the first 35 of 40 laps here back in June, got by Whitwell in the late stages of the race but could not mount a serious challenge to Sabraski and had to settle for the runner-up paycheck.

The points leader in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, Stormy Scott outdueled Whitwell for third while Zack VanderBeek stopped the bleeding with a solid fifth-place finish from the ninth starting spot.

Clayton Wagamon, Cade Dillard, Ricky Thornton Jr., Jake Timm and Cory Crapser completed the top 10.

In sharp contrast to Friday’s rough-and-tumble show, Saturday’s feature race went 40 laps without a caution and all 24 starters took the checkered flag.

Timm took the win at Ogilvie on June 14 for his career-first USMTS triumph too. He and Sabraski join four other drivers-Mitch Keeter, Whitwell, Jon Mitchell and Tyler Wolff-as ones who picked up their first USMTS win in 2017. Wolff’s came nine days ago in the opening round of the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup.

The tireless touring titans continue their journey Sunday at the Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, for the 6th Annual Diamond Jo Casino Double Down 30s.

Fans will get to witness a complete five-class program with double features for the USMTS road warriors. The final race Sunday night will be the USMTS main event that was rained out on June 11.

This will be the seventh and eighth USMTS features held on the historic North Iowa Fairgrounds clay oval. A different driver won each of the first six, beginning with Ryan Ruter’s victory in 2009. Mike Steensma, Kelly Shryock and Jason Hughes all tasted USMTS glory when the track was still known as I-35 Speedway. Two events were staged last year with Rodney Sanders and Cade Dillard topping those shows.

Sunday’s blockbuster will also showcase the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks and Rookies Rockin’ USRA Tuners all running for increased prize money.

The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 and hot laps begin at 6 with racing to follow. Adult general admission tickets are $20. Seniors (65+), members of the military and first responders get in for $17. Juniors ages 11-16 are just $10 and kids 10 and under are free. A pit pass costs $35.

Coupons good for $2 off adult admission are available at Casey’s General Store locations in Clear Lake, Forest City, Garner, Lake Mills, Manly, Mason City, Nora Springs, Northwood, Osage, Sheffield and St. Ansgar.

Curt Myers and his Snickers-sponsored race car will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 6 Plaza Dr. in Clear Lake, Iowa, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans can get special $5 “Hot Ticket” coupons directly from the driver during his appearance.

The Mason City Motor Speedway is a semi-banked 1/2-mile clay oval located 5.1 miles east of I-35 at exit 194 on SR 122 (at the North Iowa Fairgrounds). For more information, call (641) 424-6515 or check out www.masoncitymotorspeedway.com. You can also like the track’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/masoncitymotorspeedway and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/racinmasoncity (@RacinMasonCity).

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

Timm takes down first USMTS win at Ogilvie

June 17th, 2017

OGILVIE, Minn. — Jake Timm has been patient over the last four years while he chases his first USMTS victory. Patience met opportunity Wednesday night at the Ogilvie Raceway and the 20-year-old from Winona, Minn., got the best of one of the best ever to win his first ever.

Three-time and defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes wrestled the lead away from polesitter Jacob Bleess at the drop of the green flag, and Timm followed into second one lap later.

With Hughes maintaining his advantage, the top three ran in that order until lap 15 when Zack VanderBeek and Ryan Gustin entered the picture and proceeded to give the fans a three-car battle with Bleess for ten laps before Gustin ran into mechanical trouble and exited the race.

Meanwhile, up front Hughes was fighting his way through lapped traffic while Timm continued to give chase. With eight laps to go, Hughes found himself in a struggle with a lapped car and that allowed Timm to erase the gap between himself and Hughes.

As Hughes completed lap 35 of 40, Timm saw an opening on the inside of Hughes and took advantage going into turn one. The pair raced side by side down the back-stretch and Timm crossed the stripe as the new leader on lap 36.

Timm never returned the favor to Hughes and held on to claim the win and $3,000 top prize.

“Our car has been really awesome all year and it was again tonight,” Timm said of his Sput’s-powered MB Customs machine. “Once I got to second I just wanted to not let Hughes get away. He would drive off and then we would catch up and then he would drive off again.

“A lapped car really gave him some trouble there late and we were able to get back up to him. I saw him slip up a little bit going into the turn and that allowed me to get to his inside. We just tried to keep it together from there. It feels really good to get a USMTS win.”

Making matters worse for Hughes, VanderBeek snuck by with three laps to go and secured the runner-up paycheck while Hughes wound up third at the finish line.

Ninth-starting Shane Sabraski climbed to fourth with Bleess scoring a top-five finish of his own. Jeremy Nelson, Stormy Scott, Austin Arneson, Dereck Ramirez and Dan Ebert completed the top ten.

With the victory, Timm became the third first-time USMTS feature winner in the last five events, joining R.C. Whitwell who won at Caney Valley Speedway last Tuesday and Wednesday’s winner at the 81 Speedway, Jon Mitchell.

Masters launches Thursday: The largest purse in the history of the USMTS happens in this week’s “Modified Masters” race at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond Wis. Known for hosting a number of national marquee events, this is the first time in track history they will pay out $50,000 to win a Modified event.

Set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 15-17, officials from the Cedar Lake Speedway and United States Modified Touring Series announced the change to the track’s annual Masters late last year with an event that will produce the biggest winner’s check in the history of the USMTS.

It all begins Thursday with a $3,000-to-win RHRSwag.com USMTS Northern Region event. Friday is qualifying night for the Modified Masters with each competitor running two 12-lap heat races with starting positions and drivers mixed. Last chance races and alphabet soup features on Saturday will lead up to the 70-lap, $50,000-to-win finale.

Points will be combined for the two heat races with the top 12 drivers locked into Saturday’s championship race. The next 12 in points (13th-24th) will be locked into Saturday’s “B” Main, the next 12 into the “C” Main and the remainder will run in “Last Chance” races on Saturday.

Saturday’s Modified Masters main event payout: 1. $50,000, 2. $20,000, 3. $10,000, 4. $6000, 5. $5000, 6. $4000, 7. $3500, 8. $3250, 9. $3000, 10. $2800, 11. $2650, 12. $2500, 13. $2400, 14. $2300, 15. $2200, 16. $2100, 17. $2075, 18. $2050, 19. $2040, 20. $2030, 21. $2025, 22. $2020, 23. $2015, 24. $2010, 25. $2005, 26. $2000.

Drivers not advancing out of the “B” Main are guaranteed a minimum of $500 to start. Drivers not advancing out of the “C” Main will get no less than $350 with a minimum of $200 for all non-qualifiers in the Last Chance Races.

TICKETS: Thursday – $25 Adults, $12 Students, $35 Pits; Friday – $30 Adults, $12 Students, $35 Pits; Saturday – $35 Adults, $15 Students, $45 Pits. All Weekend grandstands open at 5:00, hot laps at 6:30 with racing at 7:00. Advanced tickets and camping reservations are available by calling (612) 363-0479.

Join us after the races on Thursday and Friday in the arena for the post-race party, Apple River tubing, golf, shopping and lawnmower racing. Breakfast will be served Friday and Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 11:00.

If you are unable to attend, RacinDirt will have the entire production live on www.racindirt.com. This will be an explosive broadcast with a multi-camera production, a dedicated host, pre- and post-race interviews, FK Rod Ends Instant Replay and other video elements mixed in as time allows.

The Cedar Lake Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1.0 mile east of SR 35 on SR 64, then 4.2 miles north on CR C to CR CC, then left 1.8 miles. For more information, call (612) 363-0479 or (715) 248-7119 or check out www.cedarlakespeedway.com online.

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

Ogilvie’s Midweek Madness postponed to ‘Masters’ week in June

May 21st, 2017

OGILVIE, Minn.- The Casey’s USMTS National Tour powered by S&S Fishing & Rental was set to kick off the RHRSwag.com Northern Region this Thursday, May 18, at the Ogilvie Raceway but Mother Nature had other plans.

Following a downpour late Wednesday, officials at the Ogilvie, Minn., speedplant have pulled the plug on Thursday’s Chubbs Performance Midweek Modified Madness.

The race has been postponed to Wednesday, June 14-one day before action begins at the Cedar Lake Speedway for the $50,000-to-win Modified Masters event.

All systems are go for this Friday, May 19, at the I-94 Speedway and Saturday, May 20, for the first-ever visit by the USMTS to the Devils Lake Speedway in Crary, N.D.

On Friday, the series returns to the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minn., for the 3rd Annual Summersota Nationals presented by Barry Construction with Midwest Mods, Limited Late Models and Street Stocks also on the card. The pit gate opens at 3 p.m. and grandstands open at 5:30 with the first heat race going green at 7.

Rodney Sanders won at the I-94 Speedway in 2015 and Stormy Scott took home $10,000 after capturing last year’s Summersota victory here.

General admission tickets are $15 while kids ages 10 and under are admitted free with a paid general admission ticket. Tailgate vehicle entries are $20 and RV tailgate parking is $30. Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fergus Falls and Hoffman, plus the Wahpeton store just across the North Dakota border. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The I-94 Speedway is located off of I-94 at exit 54, then 0.9 mile east on SR 210 to North Tower Rd., then 1.3 miles north to stop sign, then 0.6 mile west. For more information, call (218) 998-2191 or check out www.i94speedways.com on the World Wide Web.

The Casey’s USMTS National Tour powered by S&S Fishing & Rental makes its maiden voyage to the Devils Lake Speedway on Saturday, May 20, for the inaugural USMTS event presented by Envision & Schill Construction.

Midwest Mods, Pure Stocks, Hornets and Circle Track Mini-Trucks will round out the five-division program. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and grandstands opening at 5 and racing action getting started at 7.

Early bird advance general admission tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-10 years old. Order tickets online any time up through May 20 at https://goo.gl/fsEu72 and save some money. Tickets are $25 at the gate or $10 for kids. Children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off general admission at the Casey’s General Store located at 309 N. U.S. Hwy. 281 in Carrington.

The Devils Lake Speedway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked clay oval located 1.3 miles east of Doyon on US 2 between mile markers 287 & 288, then south. For more information, call (701) 398-3577 or (218) 469-0576 or go to www.dlspeedway.com online.

This year’s RHRSwag.com Northern Region campaign consists of 13 races in Northern Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, with the regional champion earning a $6,000 payday. Every main event in the RHRSwag.com Northern Region will dole out no less than $3,000 to the winner and $300 to start for licensed drivers ($250 for non-licensed).

Any driver finishing in the top-15 in points or with perfect attendance in a region is qualified for The Hunt which will once again pay $25,000 to the series champ. The Hunt will be a 23-race journey which begins Aug. 3 and crowns the 2017 USMTS National Champion on opening night of the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Sept. 21. Every driver with perfect attendance in The Hunt is guaranteed no less than $2,000 in points fund money.

Drivers in each region will race for at least $3,000 to win a one-night show but even more is possible during The Hunt thanks to Rancho Milagro. Drivers qualifying for The Hunt through a single region will get a $1,000 bonus for winning a race during The Hunt (that’s $4,000 to win). If you qualify through two regions, the Rancho Milagro Bonus climbs to $1,500 and qualifying through all three regions earns you a $2,000 bonus, making a win during The Hunt worth $5,000.

Nineteen years ago, the USMTS debuted with a total points fund of $25,000. This year, the USMTS will dole out more than $200,000 in points fund money and contingency awards at the end of the season.

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

USMTS embarks on three-day swing to kick off RHRSwag.com Northern Region slate

May 17th, 2017

OGILVIE, Minn. — We’re not even to Memorial Day Weekend yet, and already the United States Modified Touring Series has 27 shows in the books, including the entire 21-race Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Region.

But now the snow is all but a memory and the earth is beginning to warm up farther north of the equator, so it’s time for the Best of the Best in the dirt modified world to help heat up the nation’s race tracks nearer our northern border with the kick off for the RHRSwag.com Northern Region this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 18-20.

The Casey’s USMTS National Tour powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will crack open the regional points battle on Thursday at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn. On Friday, the series scoots up north to the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minn., and then wraps up the tripleheader on Saturday with the first-ever visit to the Devils Lake Speedway in Crary, N.D.

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017
OGILVIE RACEWAY – OGILVIE, MINN.

The 2nd Annual Chubbs Performance Midweek Modified Madness presented by Victory Door Systems will take place at “The Big O” on Thursday, May 18, and will also feature an unsanctioned “outlaw” B-Mod special with a top paycheck of $3,001 to win. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 6:45 and racing starts at 7.

Stormy Scott is a three-time former winner at Ogilvie and Jason Hughes has two victories including last year’s Midweek Modified Madness. Other past USMTS winners here include Jeremy Payne, Jason Krohn and Zack VanderBeek.

Adult general admission tickets are $20. Seniors age 55 and older, students and members of the military get in for $18. Kids ages 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Fans can pick up $2-off discount coupons on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Cambridge, Foley, Milaca, North Branch, Ogilvie, Pine City, Princeton and Zimmerman. To find the location nearest you, go to www.caseys.com.

The Ogilvie Raceway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 2.0 miles east of Ogilvie on the south side of SR 23. For more information, call (763) 267-4572 or visit www.ogilvieraceway.com.

FRIAY, MAY 19, 2017
I-94 SPEEDWAY – FERGUS FALLS, MINN.

On Friday, May 19, the series returns to the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minn., for the 3rd Annual Summersota Nationals presented by Barry Construction with Midwest Mods, Limited Late Models and Street Stocks also on the card. The pit gate opens at 3 p.m. and grandstands open at 5:30 with the first heat race going green at 7.

Rodney Sanders won at the I-94 Speedway in 2015 and Stormy Scott took home $10,000 after capturing last year’s Summersota victory here.

General admission tickets are $15 while kids ages 10 and under are admitted free with a paid general admission ticket. Tailgate vehicle entries are $20 and RV tailgate parking is $30. Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fergus Falls and Hoffman, plus the Wahpeton store just across the North Dakota border. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The I-94 Speedway is located off of I-94 at exit 54, then 0.9 mile east on SR 210 to North Tower Rd., then 1.3 miles north to stop sign, then 0.6 mile west. For more information, call (218) 998-2191 or check out www.i94speedways.com on the World Wide Web.

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
DEVILS LAKE SPEEDWAY – CRARY, N.D.

The Casey’s USMTS National Tour powered by S&S Fishing & Rental makes its maiden voyage to the Devils Lake Speedway on Saturday, May 20, for the inaugural USMTS event presented by Envision & Schill Construction.

Midwest Mods, Pure Stocks, Hornets and Circle Track Mini-Trucks will round out the five-division program. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and grandstands opening at 5 and racing action getting started at 7.

Early bird advance general admission tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-10 years old. Order tickets online any time up through May 20 at https://goo.gl/fsEu72 and save some money. Tickets are $25 at the gate or $10 for kids. Children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off general admission at the Casey’s General Store located at 309 N. U.S. Hwy. 281 in Carrington.

The Devils Lake Speedway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked clay oval located 1.3 miles east of Doyon on US 2 between mile markers 287 & 288, then south. For more information, call (701) 398-3577 or (218) 469-0576 or go to www.dlspeedway.com online.

This year’s RHRSwag.com Northern Region campaign consists of 13 races in Northern Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, with the regional champion earning a $6,000 payday. On top of that, every driver who competes in every event in the region is guaranteed a minimum of $1,500 in points fund money at season’s end.

Every main event in the RHRSwag.com Northern Region will dole out no less than $3,000 to the winner and $300 to start for licensed drivers ($250 for non-licensed).

Any driver finishing in the top-15 in points or with perfect attendance in a region is qualified for The Hunt which will once again pay $25,000 to the series champ. The Hunt will be a 23-race journey which begins Aug. 3 and crowns the 2017 USMTS National Champion on opening night of the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Sept. 21. Every driver with perfect attendance in The Hunt is guaranteed no less than $2,000 in points fund money.

Drivers in each region will race for at least $3,000 to win a one-night show but even more is possible during The Hunt thanks to Rancho Milagro. Drivers qualifying for The Hunt through a single region will get a $1,000 bonus for winning a race during The Hunt (that’s $4,000 to win). If you qualify through two regions, the Rancho Milagro Bonus climbs to $1,500 and qualifying through all three regions earns you a $2,000 bonus, making a win during The Hunt worth $5,000.

Nineteen years ago, the USMTS debuted with a total points fund of $25,000. This year, the USMTS will dole out more than $200,000 in points fund money and contingency awards at the end of the season.

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

Justin Vogel, Jeremy Nelson, Jake Redetzke, Dave Cain, Dave Mass, Keith Thell, Michael Blevens and Joe Martin Earn Fall Classic Victories

October 11th, 2016

Ogilvie, MN – Saturday night at Wagamon’s Ogilvie Raceway featured night two of the FYE Motorsports Shaw Trucking Fall Classic presented by Allstate Peterbilt. The night began with a handful of B Features and then rolled into the main events. All eight WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series classes were in action and put on a fantastic night of race action.

Justin Pogones and Jay Kesan led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the first feature green of the night. Kesan jumped into the lead while others battled three and four wide for points. Pogones secured the second point and Sam Fankhauser took third. Kesan stretched his lead out as Brad Schmidt took third and then second. Jim Gullikson closed in on Schmidt for second as the first yellow waved. Kesan’s significant lead was gone as Schmidt and Gullikson lined up to his rear. As the race resumed, Gullikson worked Kesan’s inside line, but Kesan remained in command. Gullikson snuck by after a couple laps and Justin Vogel put pressure on Kesan, however another yellow was triggered. Gullikson was alone on the restart but Vogel moved to his door. They raced side by side for a few laps until Vogel nosed ahead. Vogel inched further away from the competition and soon took the checkers. Gullikson finished second with Davey Kruchten, Kesan and Schmidt as the top drivers.

Lance Schill and Travis Schulte brought the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green, but contact occurred in the turn and the leaders spun. Drivers scattered all over and as they were realigned with Cody Lee and Andy Miskowic on the front row. Lee slid into the lead and Miskowic took second with Skeeter Estey in third. Estey dove to Miskowic’s inside but Miskowic held the point. Estey kept after the runner up point, and soon claimed it. Jeremy Nelson moved to his favorite high line and took third, then he moved to Estey’s side for second. Estey pulled away and drove to Lee’s door instead. They were door to door a bit, but on the exit of turn two, Estey became the leader. Nelson closed in on Lee and the top three drivers remained close as they caught slower drivers. Nelson and Lee were door to door and on Estey’s rear when Nelson tried to make the pass. Estey held the lead, but Nelson was all over him. Estey and Nelson caught a slower driver and Nelson made the pass first. Estey slid up the track and tried to catch Nelson, but Nelson shot out of the turn with two laps to go. Nelson led the final laps and rolled his #06 into victory lane. Estey, Lee, Jason VandeKamp and Miskowic claimed to points.

The WISSOTA Late Models rolled on the track and prepared for a 40 lap feature race. As the race went green, Jake Redetzke shot into the lead. John Kaanta and Matt Gilbertson battled for second but Kaanta claimed the point. The top drivers began to spread as Jimmy Mars passed Gilbertson for third. Debris on the track triggered a caution, and Redetzke was in charge on the restart. He sped away when the green dropped, Kaanta retook second while Mars and Gilbertson ran door to door for third. Mars secured the point and set sights for Kaanta. Meanwhile, Redetzke began to lap slower cars which allowed Kaanta and Mars to close in. Kaanta tried to get by Redetzke but Redetzke made it through traffic first. Redetzke put some space between him and second place while Mars tried a different groove to pass Kaanta. Mars moved mid track and went three wide for the point but the yellow appeared. Redetzke was still in command and had an open track in front of him when the race resumed. Mars took second and worked Redetzke, but Redetzke held the lead. Mars went high and low to make the pass, but Redetzke drove away. Kaanta moved to Mars’s side and they battled for second as the race concluded. Redetzke took the win after leading all 40 circuits of the race while Mars, Kaanta, Nelson and Wildung grabbed top points.

Jason Thoennes claimed the lead in the WISSOTA Modified feature race, while Jake Hartung and Jody Bellefeuille battled for second. Bellefeuille took the point but Darrell Nelson worked his inside. Hartung came back to Bellefeuille’s side and flew by for the second point. Hartung continued to rock the high line and caught and passed Thoennes for the lead. Hartung pulled away from the field and the top five separated from the pack, however the yellow waved and drivers were regrouped. Hartung brought the drivers back to green but Bellefeuille moved to his door. Bellefeuille and Hartung were side by side for the lead when contact was made and Hartung spun. The yellow waved and field was reset with Hartung in the lead. Hartung, Dave Cain and Darrell Nelson went three wide for first as the race resumed and Hartung held the point. Hartung then went high on the track and Nelson shot by, but the yellow followed. As the field was realigned, Hartung was first but Nelson flew by when the green dropped. Cain, Hartung and Jeremy Nelson (06) went three wide for second and Cain snagged the point. Shane Sabraski took third and worked Cain as the yellow waved again. D. Nelson was in charge on the restart but Cain worked the low groove and moved to his side. With only three laps to go, D. Nelson and Cain were nose to nose at the line. Cain inched ahead down the back chute but D. Nelson was back in the turn. The checkers were raised and they both floored to the line, Cain was the faster driver and earned the victory. Darrell Nelson, Sabraski, Jeremy Nelson (06) and Thoennes were the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks began their feature with four cautions, but when the race resumed, Dave Mass showed the way. Shane Sabraski and Dustin Nelson snagged top points but Kevin Burdick worked Nelson’s inside. Burdick snuck by Nelson for third but Nelson kept close. After a few laps, the yellow appeared again and slowed the field, but Mass brought them back to green. Sabraski and Burdick battled for second as Dan Gullikson joined them. Sabraski retained second and Gullikson took third. The top drivers spaced out, but as laps went by, Sabraski closed the gap with Mass. With only four laps to go, the yellow showed again. Mass sped off on the restart but Sabraski and Gullikson stayed glued to one another. They were nose to nose the final laps and crossed the line side by side. Gullikson crossed first to snag second and Sabraski settled in third. Nelson and Burdick took other top points while the Dominator Dave Mass grabbed the win.

Jerry Esler and Dean Larson led the WISSOTA Mod Fours to green, but a few cautions kept them slow. After the restarts, Esler claimed first and Keith Thell slid into second. Thell moved low on the track and took Esler’s side. They were door to door a couple laps, but eventually, Thell made the pass. A total of three more cautions kept the drivers at a stop and go pace, but Thell continued to set the speed. Thell led most of the race and rolled his #00t into victory lane. Esler, Robert Holtquist, Dean Larson and Tyler Larson took top points.

Jamie Chlebecek grabbed first and Josh Kallas took second as the WISSOTA Pure Stock feature went green. Michael Blevens went from sixth to third within the first lap and closed in on the leaders. Kallas was all over Chlebecek for the lead as Blevens joined the battle. Blevens passed both Chlebecek and Kallas for the lead and drove away. Ashley Robinette moved into third but was far behind Kallas and Blevens. Blevens kept his cruise set and grabbed the checkers to claim the first ever Pure Stock Feature Win at the Ogilvie Raceway.

The WISSOTA Hornets wrapped up the night and the 2016 Shaw Trucking Fall Classic. Joe Martin and Paul George sped off as the race began, but Martin slid into the lead. George kept close to Martin, but Martin’s car began to smoke when he exited the turn. Martin kept his car going and kept the lead with George and Darrin Braaten in tow. Top drivers spaced out while Dustin Virkus and Erik Cleasby battled for fourth. Cleasby snagged the point but Virkus kept close in fifth. The smoke of Martin’s car stopped near the races end, and Martin took the win in his #2. George, Braaten, Cleasby and Virkus were the top finishers.

The Fall Classic was in the books, but the season is not over at Wagamon’s Ogilvie Raceway. On Friday and Saturday October 21 and 22, the Annual Topless Nationals will be at the Ogilvie Raceway. Practice will be on Thursday with heats on Friday night for Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks. The Hornets will run a complete show on Friday night. Saturday will feature B Features and remaining Features as well as a complete show for Traditional Sprints. Racing begins at 7pm on Friday and 5pm on Saturday. Check out www.ogilvieraceway.com or the Facebook page for the up to date Topless Nationals race information.

257 Impressive Drivers Raced at Night One of the Fall Classic

October 9th, 2016

Ogilvie, MN – 257 drivers signed into the Ogilvie Raceway Friday night for the Shaw Trucking Fall Classic. The night of PolyDome WISSOTA Dirt Track Race Series action was presented by Allstate Peterbilt and this was the first time the event was at Wagamon’s Ogilvie Raceway. Night one featured heat races for all eight WISSOTA classes, and even though the weather was quite brisk, the race action was hot.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks began the night’s action and featured four heats. Jay Kesan took the lead when the first green waved while Shawn Amundson held the second point throughout the race. Kesan built up a lead and took the win with Amundson and Kevin Schmidt in tow. Kolby Kiehl claimed the race lead in heat two but as the laps passed, Dykhoff and Brad Schmidt kept Kiehl on his toes. As they wrapped up the final lap, Kiehl, Dykhoff and Schmidt raced three wide, and as they crossed the finish line, Schmidt grabbed the win. Sam Fankhauser sped away when the third heat began, but all eyes were on Jim Gullikson’s #21g. Gullikson started eighth and passed cars each lap. As the white flew, Gullikson and Fankhauser were side by side for first and they remained glued to each other when the checkers flew. The margin was .002, and Fankhauser took the win. In the final Street heat, Davey Kruchten snagged the lead and never looked back. Kruchten led every lap and took the race win.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up with five heats of cars. Tyler English took first while Shane Howell, Tommy Bawden and Lance Schill raced three wide for second. Howell took the point but Schill passed Howell and caught English. After a side by side battle, Schill took the lead and then the win. Karl Kolek, Jordan Wahl and Travis Schulte began the second heat with a three wide battle for the first point. Schulte pulled ahead of his competitors and took the checkers. Shawn Olson sped away in the third heat, but Nick DaRonco rocked the high side and flew by Olson. DaRonco continued on and took the win. Mason McEvers and Andy Miskowic brought the next heat to green, and Miskowic snagged the lead. Justin Froemming and Matt Baker battled for second and challenged Miskowic for the first. Miskowic held the lead but as the white flew, Baker was on his rear. Miskowic and Baker put the pedal down as they crossed the line, and Miskowic claimed the win. Pat Stepan took the lead in the final Midwest Modified heat, but Scott Harrington stole the point. Cody Lee drove from seventh to third, and after a restart, Lee drove high for the lead. Jason VandeKamp weaved through traffic and caught Lee, but Lee held him off and took the win.

After a quick caution, the WISSOTA Late Models were back in action with the first of three heats. Blake Swenson was the early leader while Tim McMann and Marshall Fegers were door to door for second. Jimmy Mars joined the fight and they were three wide. Mars nosed ahead for second and then wheeled his way aside Swenson. Mars took the lead out of turn four and soon checked out. Mars took the win with Fegers and Swenson as top drivers. Lance Matthees and Jake Redetzke brought heat two to green, but Redetzke dominated the track, lapped a driver and took the checkers. Matt Gilbertson led the final Late Model heat, but Darrell Nelson was on his trail. Nelson and Gilbertson were door to door as they came down the front chute and Nelson claimed the lead. Gilbertson worked the track surface, but came upshort as Nelson crossed the finish line.

A stellar group of WISSOTA Modifieds filled seven heats with talent and action. Jeremy Nelson (4) took first in the first heat while Brandon Aggen, J.B. Stortz and Jeremy Nelson (06) ran three wide for second. Aggen dropped out of the battle while Nelson (06) claimed second. The pair of Jeremy Nelson’s raced one and two, but car #4 held the lead and took the win while #06 settled in second. Charlie Hillukka took first while Cory Bruggeman and Chris Mensen battled for second in the next heat. Bruggeman and Mensen raced very close to Hillukka and were three wide in the turn. As the cars came out of turn four, contact was made on the track and Josh Thoennes rolled. The emergency crew rushed to Thoennes, and he was ok. Bruggeman was alone on the restart but Jason Thoennes slid by on the low groove for the lead. Justin Oestreich came through the field, went from eighth to second and reeled in Thoennes. They were door to door in the turns, but Thoennes grabbed the win. Landon Atkinson, Travis Saurer and Darrell Nelson jockeyed for the top points in the third heat, but Nelson emerged as the top driver. Saurer rode the wall and remained close to Nelson, but Nelson remained in command and took the win. Jake Hartung, Dan Ebert, Matt Gilbertson and Shane Sabraski all claimed early leads in their heats and took the wins as well.

WISSOTA Super Stocks were next for the night and also had five great heats. Dylan Kromschroeder and Kurt Becken led the first heat to green, but Willie Johnsen made the battle three wide. Johnsen took the lead and after a caution, he stretched out his lead. Kevin Burdick however took second and caught Johnsen. Burdick made the pass on the final lap to take the win. After a fight for first, Ryan Kostreba broke away from the crew in the next Super heat. Chris Wark moved into second and reeled in Kostreba’s #17. Wark tried to make a pass, but Kostreba kept him back and grabbed the checkers. Dave Mass wasted no time and went from fourth to first in the first two laps of his heat. Drivers chased after Mass, but Mass took the victory. In the final two Super Stock heats, both Dustin Nelson and Andy Davey took the lead off lap one, and went on to win.

Three heats of WISSOTA Mod Fours were next after a quick intermission and Jerry Esler and Doug Frederick brought the first heat to green. Keith Thell joined the battle and Thell pulled away with the lead. Thell continued to take the win. Dean Larson got some pressure from Adam Prieve in the second heat, but Larson re-stretched his lead and took the win. Tyler Larson started fifth in the final Mod Four heat, and by the end of lap one, he was in second. Laramie Peiker ran first and saw Larson move to his outside, but Peiker held his line and took the checkers.

For the first time in Ogilvie Raceway history, the WISSOTA Pure Stocks took the 3/8 mile. Seven Pures made the trip to Ogilvie and they went green with Ashley Robinette and Michael Blevens on the front row. Blevens took first out of turn two and built an immediate lead. Blevens had such a significant lead, when the drivers were exiting turn four, he was in turn two. Blevens took the win.

Joe Martin took first and Erik Cleasby claimed second when the WISSOTA Hornet heats began. Paul George moved to Cleasby’s side and took the runner up point while Martin stretched out his lead and grabbed the checkers. Darrin Braaten sped away in the second heat, but Dustin Virkus closed the gap and made the pass on Braaten. Virkus took the checkers in his #60 Hornet.

The Hornets wrapped up Night One of the Shaw Trucking Fall Classic. Racing will resume at 5:00 on Saturday with B Features and Features.

The only ALL 8 WISSOTA Division event of 2016 is on tap this weekend at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, MN!

October 5th, 2016

The Fall Classic, which has been held during the first weekend of October annually at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minnesota for the past 12 seasons, will move to the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, MN for the 13th running of the event on October 6th, 7th and 8th of this year. The Ogilvie Raceway is a state-of-the-art, 3/8 mile clay oval located on Highway 23 just outside of Ogilvie, MN, which is just an easy 45 minute drive from the St Cloud and Twin Cities metro areas. The central location makes the Ogilvie Raceway a great new location for the year-ending event.

Stepan said ‘Viking has been a great host for the Fall Classic over the past 12 seasons, but after 12 years in the same location, it was time for a change of venue and in the fast paced world we live in, what better time than the present to move the event to a new home. The Wagamon family, Nate Fischer and I have been talking about having an FYE event at Ogilvie for the past couple of years and they have just recently installed a new wireless scoreboard, a go-kart track, a new VIP bar and lounge area and now has a VIP deck for patrons as well, so it seemed to be the perfect time to relocate the Fall Classic. The move to Ogilvie will also allow many racers and fans from the Twin Ports, Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Western Wisconsin the opportunity to attend the event and not have to travel as far to get there. Plus, its still just a quick drive down I-94 from Fargo and Grand Forks and pretty easy to get to Ogilvie from the Iron Range and Southern Minnesota as well.’

Viking Speedway Board of Directors President Ryan Schmitz said ‘after much discussion amongst the Viking Speedway Board and Chris at FYE Motorsports, we all felt that it was in the best interest of both groups and we have mutually agreed to move the Fall Classic this year. The speedway board hates to see the event go, but we wish to thank Chris and FYE for the many great shows over the past 12 years and we wish him and his promotions company nothing but success in the future.’The 13th annual year-ending Fall Classic is set to wrap up the 2016 racing season in grand style on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 6th, 7th and 8th 2016.

The event has quickly grown into one of the Midwest’s premier and must see events with car counts typically reaching near 300 throughout the course of the weekend. The venue switch should breathe new life into the event and should once again see 300+ cars in attendance as the season winds down. Stepan concluded by saying ‘I would like to give a huge thank you to the previous and current boards at Viking Speedway, our great sponsors, the employees, volunteers, racers, crews and the great fans of Central Minnesota for your support of our FYE events at Viking over the past 12 seasons. We have made some awesome memories at the ‘high flyin’ half mile’ and I want to give a heartfelt thank everyone for their support and we hope to see you all at the Big O for this year’s Fall Classic!’

Ogilvie Raceway Co-Owner Tom Wagamon said, ‘the entire Wagamon family could not be more thrilled to be the chosen location to host the new chapter of the Fall Classic here in Ogilvie. Since purchasing the track, we have always wanted to host an event of this magnitude and when the opportunity arose to partner with Chris and FYE Motorsports, we jumped at the chance to bring this incredible event to the Big O. We feel that this will be a great opportunity for us to show off our hard work. Hopefully the new fans will enjoy our facility and the new drivers will enjoy our track surface. We’re hoping that once they experience the Big O they will want to experience it again and again and again!!!’

This event, promoted by FYE Motorsports Promotions from nearby St. Cloud, Minnesota, will once again see Ham Lake, Minnesota’s Shaw Trucking Inc. as the title sponsor with associate sponsorship from Allstate Peterbilt Group and GRP Motorsports continues its support of the Fall Classic for the 13th straight year as well. Ogilvie Raceway Promoter Fischer stated about getting the chance to host such a big event, ‘we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Chris and FYE Motorsports and host the Fall Classic here in Ogilvie. An event of this caliber will be a great addition to our schedule and we are very much looking forward to the weekend.’

The 13th running of the Fall Classic will feature WISSOTA Late Models racing for a large purse of $4,000 to win; WISSOTA Modifieds, who will run for a top prize of $3,000 to win; WISSOTA Super Stocks running for $2,000 to win; WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds will run for $1,500 to win; the Street Stocks will be gunning for a whopping $1,000 to win and again the WISSOTA Mod Fours will be on the card, racing for a sizeable $500 to win payday, plus event organizers have added the WISSOTA Pure Stocks and Hornets to this year’s event, racing for $250 to win a piece, setting up the 13th annual Fall Classic to be the ONLY post season event featuring all 8 of WISSOTA’s divisions, making the 13th running of the Fall Classic the biggest all-WISSOTA event of the 2016 season. Event details will be much like in previous years and will feature an open practice session on Thursday night, October 6th from 6pm to 9pm for anyone interested in coming and testing prior to the event.

A social gathering will then take place after practice on Thursday night. Friday, October 7th will then see the grandstand and pit gates both open at 2pm with the draw cut off at 6:30pm with racing beginning at 7pm. All heat races will be run on Friday night. Saturday, October 8th will see the pits and grandstand gates both open at 3pm with racing beginning at 5pm. A Sunday, October 9th rain date has also been scheduled if needed. Passing points will be used in all eight divisions to qualify cars into the features. Log onto www.FYEMotorsports.com and www.OgilvieRaceway.com or call Chris at (715) 497-8916 for event details and updates throughout the coming weeks and months. Details on reserved seats, pit parking, lodging and camping will be available within the next several days as well. We hope to see you in Ogilvie for the 13th annual Fall Classic on October 6th, 7th and 8th, 2016.

Fans should keep in mind that the Ogilvie Raceway will still continue to host the Topless Nationals on Friday and Saturday, October 21st and 22nd as well to wrap up their 2016 racing season.

Contact Information
Visit www.FYEMotorsports.com or www.OgilvieRaceway.com

for more information or call Chris at (715) 497-8916 for tickets, times, etx. We hope to see you in Ogilvie this weekend!

Harvest Cup Night 2 from Ogilvie

September 12th, 2016

Ogilvie, MN – Napa Auto Parts and Dave’s Floor Sanding and Installation, Inc. sponsored night two of Wagamon’s Ogilvie Raceway’s Harvest Cup. The night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action featured 144 drivers making multiple circuits around the Big O trying to win a Golden Hoe.

Unlike night one, the second night of action welcomed the Hornets and featured them in the Layne Roberts’ WISSOTA 50. Roberts worked at tracks and raced a Hornet in his later years, however Roberts passed away this past year. Roberts is missed and remembered by everyone in the racing community.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were first on the night’s agenda and Hunter VanGilder and Ryan Satter led the drivers to green. Satter shot into the lead as the flag flew and VanGilder moved into second. Eric Olson and Jim Gullikson battled for third as Satter stretched his lead. Olson drove to VanGilder’s outside but VanGilder pulled away. Tim Johnson moved in to challenge Olson as the yellow appeared. The race resumed with Satter, VanGilder and Olson in a battle for first, but Satter retained the lead. Olson held second but Johnson, VanGilder and Gullikson fought for third. Johnson wheeled along the high side and drove to Satter’s door. They began side by side battle as cars collided on the front stretch. A series of cautions kept the drivers slow, but Johnson continued to lead. Satter and Olson raced for second as Satter got loose in the turn. Satter recovered while Olson moved into second. Another caution was triggered with two laps to go, but Johnson remained in the lead. Johnson led the final laps and rolled his Wollak Construction Streeter into victory lane. Satter, Olson, Gullikson and Blowers snagged the top five points.

Dustin Bluhm and Charlie Zander fought for first when the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds began their feature. Shane Howell joined the battle for first and they were almost three wide. Bluhm nosed ahead and secured the lead with Howell close to his rear. Jeremy Nelson, Charlie Zander, Shane Halopka and Travis Schulte raced four wide for third but Nelson moved to his favorite line along the wall and found a gap to move ahead. Nelson passed the top drivers and snagged the lead point. Nelson sped away from the pack while Halopka, Bluhm and Howell went three wide as they exited turn four. Nelson began to lap slower cars as did Howell when the white flew. The yellow flag interrupted the white and the first caution of the race occurred. Nelson led through the restart and pulled away to take the checkers for his 13th time in his D&N Trucking Midwest Modified. Howell finished second with Halopka, Schulte and Randy Laage as top drivers.

Adam Ayotte claimed the early lead when the WISSOTA Super Stocks sped off, but Dave Mass moved to his inside. Mass and Ayotte were door to for the lead but Mass drove ahead. Mass and Ayotte were secure in their positions while Dan Gullikson and Dexton Koch battled for third. As Gullikson snagged the point, the yellow waved. Mass was alone on the restart and Ayotte retook second. Tommy Richards and Gullikson moved to Ayotte’s door and they ran three wide. A couple laps passed while they remained three wide for second. Richards moved into the runner up point as Mass began to lap slower drivers. The battle for third heated up when Ayotte, Gullikson and Koch fought for third. The yellow however appeared again and put Mass back with traffic. Mass was alone on the restart with Richards and Ayotte in tow. Richards, Ayotte and Koch restarted their three way fight for second, but Ayotte nosed ahead on the exit. Two more cautions slowed the Supers, but Mass led the final laps after the restart and took the checkers in his Lube-Tech #2. Ayotte, Richards, Gullikson and Johnson rounded out the top five points.

Dwight Gilyard grabbed the lead and Robert Holtquist, Doug Frederick and Keith Thell battled three wide for second when the WISSOTA Mod Fours got the green. Thell took the point but contact was made and drivers spun all over. On the restart, Gilyard retook his position in first but Funt worked Gilyard for the lead. The yellow waved again and Gilyard was back with both Roediger and Funt on his rear. Funt chased down and passed Gilyard for the lead. Thell, who was charged with the earlier caution, grabbed third and slid by Gilyard for second. Thell closed in on Funt and they raced door to door for the lead until Thell took the point. Thell led the final laps and rolled his Halls Racing Engines machine into victory lane. Funt, Gilyard, Roediger and Dustin Zieske were the top finishers.

24 WISSOTA Hornets filled the track as a tribute to Layne Roberts took place on the track. As the drivers got into the starting formation, Paul George and Brandon Yamry brought them to green. Yamry claimed the lead on the start while George took second and Dan Rick grabbed third. As soon as they began, the yellow flew. Yamry was still in command on the restart and he pulled away as the race resumed. George, Rick and Joe Martin went three wide for second as contact occurred. The drivers all kept their cars going as Bobby Blowers drove by them and took second. George and Martin kept after Blowers and went three wide at the flag stand. Both Martin and George got around Blowers and battled door to door for second as Tim Thoennes rolled in turn two. Track crew rushed to Thoennes, and he was ok as the drivers were sorted. Once the race went back to green, Yamry was in command. Martin slid into second and George claimed third as the drivers spaced out. Yamry continued to lead until the checkers flew, and Yamry won the Layne Roberts WISSOTA 50 in his #22y. Martin, George, Blowers and Noah Nelson grabbed top points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds wrapped up the 8th Annual Harvest Cup. Jeffrey Lien, Jr. and Jeremy Nelson (4) brought the drivers to the flag stand and Nelson took the lead. Lien, Jr. and Dave Cain grabbed the top three points and Cain worked Lien, Jr. for second. They were door to door for a few laps but the yellow appeared. Nelson was alone on the restart but Cain jumped to the high side and challenged him for the point. Nelson kept Cain at bay, but Cain kept after the #4. Nelson began to stretch out his lead while Clayton Wagamon found the high groove. Wagamon caught Lien, Jr. for third and tried to make the pass but Lien, Jr. closed the door. The yellow waved as a driver spun and slowed the field. Nelson was alone on the restart but Cain drove to his door. Nelson and Cain drove away from the pack and battled for the lead point. Cain pulled ahead, built a slight lead and secured the lead point with few laps to go. Again Wagamon rode the wall and battled Lien, Jr. for third. Wagamon nosed ahead but Lien, Jr. came back to Wagamon’s side. Wagamon broke free of Lien, Jr. and secured third as Dan Ebert began to work Lien, Jr. The race came to a close and Cain took the checkers in his TRE Race Parts #2c. Nelson, Wagamon, Lien, Jr. and Ebert rounded out the top points.

The night became brisk as the races went on, but the Harvest Cup was completed with four of five drivers sweeping both nights while the Modifieds and Hornets featured new winners. The next event at Wagamon’s Ogilvie Raceway will be the Annual Fall Classic. The Classic will be held on October 6, 7 and 8 with practice on Thursday, heats on Friday and B-Features and Features on Saturday night. All WISSOTA Classes will be at the event and for more information, feel free to visit www.fyemotorsports.com.

Harvest Cup Night 1 at Ogilvie

September 11th, 2016

Ogilvie, MN – Friday night was the first night of the 8th Annual Harvest Cup at Wagamon’s Ogilvie Raceway. The night was sponsored by Dave’s Floor Sanding and Installing, Inc. and featured the best of WISSOTA battling to win a Golden Garden Hoe. At the end of the night, Jeremy Nelson, Tim Johnson, Dave Mass, Keith Thell and Dan Ebert went home with a Hoe from the Big O.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the green but the yellow soon followed while drivers collided in turn two. The drivers were tended to and sorted, and sent back to green. Unfortunately, the yellow waved and four cautions kept the drivers slow. When the race resumed, 19 laps remained with Jeremy Nelson in the lead. Nelson shot into the lead with Travis Schulte sliding into second. Matt Baker and Pete Sobolik battled for third until Baker took the point. Zach Benson grabbed fourth and closed in on Baker for third while Nelson began to lap slower drivers. Nelson weaved in and out of traffic while the laps went by. Nelson lapped the driver in tenth place, and then closed in on the driver in sixth. As the checkers waved, Nelson lapped 20 of the 26 starters and took his D&N Trucking #06 into victory lane for the 12th time of the season. Schulte, Baker, Benson and Elizabeth Toepper took the top points.

Davey Kruchten and Tim Johnson raced nose to nose, lap after lap, as the WISSOTA Street Stock feature began. After four laps, Kruchten and Johnson remained glued to one another, but the yellow waved. Kruchten was alone on the restart with Johnson and Eric Olson to his rear. Johnson drove to the high side when the race resumed and sped into the lead. Kruchten moved next to Johnson, but Johnson sped off and secured his lead. Kruchten held second while Jim Gullikson moved to Olson’s door for third. Gullikson slid into third but Olson rode his rear. Olson kept after Gullikson and rubbed his way by for the point. Gullikson kept the pressure on Olson, and as they came through the turn, contact was made and Olson spun. The yellow flew and regrouped Johnson with the pack of Streets. Johnson led through a couple restarts, but with four laps to go, Johnson, Kruchten and Olson were three wide for first. Johnson pulled ahead and grabbed the checkers in his Wollak Construction #1jr. Kruchten, Olson, Justin Pogones and Ryan Satter claimed the top five points.

Tommy Richards and Mike Loomis led the WISSOTA Super Stocks to green and Richards shot into the lead. Tim Johnson took second and kept close to Richards while Shane Sabraski, Loomis and Dave Mass raced three wide for third. Sabraski grabbed the high groove and flew into third. As Sabraski closed in on the leaders, the yellow waved. Richards sped off when the race resumed but Sabraski moved to his side. Sabraski and Richards remained door to door until Sabraski nosed ahead, however the yellow lights turned on. Sabraski was alone on the restart while Mass moved into second. Mass chased after Sabraski and dove low on the track to slide by for the lead. As they exited turn four, Sabraski suffered a mechanical problem and the yellow waved. Mass was in charge on the restart with Richards and Johnson in tow. Drivers were three and four wide on the start as Mass pulled away. Johnson secured second while Dan Gullikson moved to Richards’ side. They battled for third until the yellow flew again. Mass brought the drivers back to green and held the point the final laps to take the win. Gullikson, Johnson, Richards and Eric Olson rounded out the top five.

Trevor Roediger and Dwight Gilyard led the WISSOTA Mod Fours on the track for the next feature event, but Keith Thell grabbed the high side and flew by them for the lead. Thell sped off in first while Gilyard took second and Roediger held third. The top two drivers pulled away while Chad Funt worked Roediger. Funt nosed ahead for third while Roediger held fourth. Soon Roediger had a pair of 5’s on his rear as Robert Holtquist and Doug Frederick tried to take the point. Frederick moved forward, but Roediger came back to his side. Thell was checked out, over a straight away ahead of the competition, while Roediger and Frederick remained nose to nose for fourth. They remained glued to one another until they crossed the line. Frederick settled in fifth as Thell took the win in his Gold’n Plump #00t. Gilyard, Funt and Roediger took other top positions.

Dave Cain claimed the first point as the WISSOTA Modifieds went green, but at the end of lap one, a few cars collided and the yellow appeared. Cain was in command on the restart with J.B. Stortz and Kyle Thell to his rear. Cain drove off when the green waved while Stortz claimed second. Thell held third while Larry Zeller, Shane Sabraski and Clayton Wagamon raced three wide for fourth. Sabraski took the point and then snagged third. Cain and Stortz had a lead built up, but Sabraski closed the gap. The margin between drivers in points one, two and three grew slim as the laps went by. Soon, Sabraski was at Stortz’s side and they remained side by side as they caught the #2c of Cain. Sabraski latched onto Cain’s bumper as they caught slower cars. The top two pulled away while Dan Ebert moved next to Stortz. Ebert flew by Stortz and set his eyes on the leaders. Sabraski and Cain were door to door but Sabraski slid into the lead. Cain kept close while Ebert reeled them in. Ebert was ready to battle when Cain moved back to Sabraski’s door. Cain and Ebert took Sabraski’s sides and they squeezed out of turn two nearly three wide. Cain reclaimed first and Ebert took second while Sabraski fell to the infield. Ebert came back to Cain’s side and scrapped the wall as he made the pass for first out of turn four. Cain chased after Ebert but the checkers flew for Ebert and his Arctic Cat #60. Cain, Stortz, Zeller and Wagamon snagged the top five points.

Night one concluded with everyone at the edge of their seats, tomorrow night will resume at 6:30 and the Hornets will be included in the program.

Ogilvie Highlights from USMTS

August 19th, 2016

Ogilvie, MN – Rains poured on the town of Ogilvie throughout the work week, but Saturday night the track was prepped and ready for some WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action. The United States Modified Touring Series stopped by and put on some great racing with Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets also providing entertainment. Roseville Midway Ford sponsored the night and Jeremy Nelson, Dustin Virkus, Jim Gullikson and Jason Hughes all claimed trophies.

Dale Suomala, Jr. grabbed the lead as the green waved for the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. As they wrapped up the first lap, Jack Barta, Elizabeth Toepper and Ross Siiter made contact and Siiter was along the wall. Siiter’s #21Jr then rolled and the race went red. Siiter was ok and the track was cleared for racing to resume. Suomala, Jr. led through two more restarts but Matt Baker moved to his side. Eric Lamm and Jeremy Nelson also raced side by side as Baker pulled into the lead. Lamm and Nelson slid by Suomala, Jr. and the top three drivers drove away from the pack. Nelson moved to the high groove, passed Lamm and looked ahead at Baker. As they exited the curve, Nelson took the lead. Lamm passed Baker for second and set sights on Nelson, but Nelson took the checkers. Lamm finished second with Baker, Andy Miskowic and Andy ones as the top drivers.

A stacked field of United States Modified Touring Series drivers covered the 3/8 Mile surface and prepared for the night race. The 42 lap race featured 25 of the best drivers in the nation and started with Johnny Scott and Clayton Wagamon on the front row. Scott Drake jumped the start and slid into second while Scott drove away with the lead. Wagamon came back to Drake’s door but Drake held the point. Scott stretched his lead out as a caution occurred. Two restarts kept the drivers slow, but Scott remained in command. Jacob Bleess slid into second and Jason Hughes challenged Drake for third. Drake kept Hughes back, but Hughes made the pass and closed in on Bleess. Bleess pulled away from Hughes out of the curve but Hughes was again at his side. Scott was already in slower traffic when Bleess and Hughes closed in. Hughes worked the traffic and took second as the yellow waved. Scott brought the drivers back to green while Hughes and Bleess fought for second. Hughes broke free from Bleess and chased after Scott as Rodney Sanders and Jesse Sobbing went three wide with Bleess. Sobbing took the point when Hughes caught Scott. Hughes rode the low groove as they came out of turn four, Hughes shot into the lead. A yellow soon followed and a couple restarts occurred, but Hughes brought the drivers back to green. With few laps to go, Hughes kept the lead and took the checkers in his Murphy Oil Company #12. Sobbing, Scott, Sanders and Cade Dillard took the top five points.

The WISSOTA Hornets got off to a rough start with a couple restarts, but as they began again, Drew Johnson was in the lead. Dustin Virkus flew from seventh next to Erik Cleasby in second within a lap and Virkus took the point. Virkus worked Johnson for the lead while Cleasby, Joe Martin, Paul George, Brittany Smith and Jacob Aarhus raced close for other top points. Cleasby and Martin broke away and were side by side for second as Virkus dove to Johnson’s door. They ran door to door for the lead, Martin took third while Cleasby, Smith and Aarhus were three wide for fourth. Virkus and Johnson remained stuck at eachother’s side when Martin closed in. Virkus and Martin pulled ahead of Johnson but Virkus saw Martin’s #2 to his left. Virkus finally broke free and secured the lead, but Martin kept after him. Smith made up some ground and slid aside Martin with a lap to go. Martin and Smith were panel to panel as they crossed the line, and Martin took the point. Smith, Johnson and Aarhus rounded out top points while Virkus rolled into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks wrapped up the night of race action and as the green waved, Jim Gullikson sped into the lead. Chris Johnson took second and Davey Kruchten snagged third. Ryan Satter and Kyle Dykhoff battled for fourth when they took Kruchten’s door. Kruchten, Satter and Dykhoff were three wide for third as they rode Johnson’s rear. Satter pulled out of battle and flew by Johnson to grab second. Gullikson had a significant lead built up but the gap got smaller each lap Satter drove. Satter however ran short on laps as Gullikson took the checkers for his first win at the Big O this season. Satter, Dykhoff, Justin Pogones and Kevin Schmidt were the top finishers.

Next Saturday, the UMSS Traditional and Winged Sprint Cars will roll into the Ogilvie Raceway. The Northern Vintage Stock Car and Super Stocks will also be in attendance with racing beginning at 6:30 pm.

Patience, new engine power Hughes to USMTS win at Ogilvie

August 17th, 2016

OGILVIE, Minn — With four straight rain-outs heading into Saturday’s United States Modified Touring Series event at the Ogilvie Raceway, the drivers were patient as they waited to return to racing. Jason Hughes had a little more patience left in the tank Saturday night as he overcame some salty competition and a sour engine to claim his first win in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

“It was a little choppy in places, but with all the rain they’ve had up here the track was in pretty good shape,” Hughes said in Widow Wax Victory Lane. “It’s a real nice place and we love coming here to race.” Hughes earned the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award by earning the most passing points among the 32 entries, but the cost was a broken engine and his team had to scramble to replace the powerplant before feature time.

The defending USMTS national champ and current points leader drew the seventh starting spot for the 42-lap main event, and had to deal with some serious challenges on his way to the front of the field. He dropped back to eighth at the end of the first lap while polesitter Johnny Scott shot out to the lead. Hughes regained that spot one lap later and was fourth by lap eight.

Meanwhile, Scott continued to hold serve but sixth-starting Jacob Bleess had passed four cars to move ahead of Scott Drake for the second position while Rodney Sanders shadowed Hughes in fifth. Hughes got around Drake on lap 12 and, after several attempts, moved ahead of Bleess for second on the 21st go-around.

But Bleess did not go away quietly. The rookie Modified racer regained the spot and held Hughes at bay until he was able to get by for good four laps later. Setting his sights on the leader, Hughes closed in quickly on Scott and snagged the top spot away with 31 laps in the books.

Tenth-starting Jesse Sobbing followed into second two laps later and narrowed the gap between himself and the leader, but Hughes was flawless over the final eight circuits and held on to claim his 11th USMTS feature win of the 2016 campaign. The win was worth $3,000 to Hughes as he notched his 144th career win and third at the high-banked Ogilvie Raceway.

Sobbing and Scott remained second and third while Sanders claimed the fourth spot ahead of Cade Dillard, who earned the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award by coming from the 16th starting spot. Bleess, Drake, Zack VanderBeek, Dereck Ramirez and Jody Bellefeuille rounded out the top 10.

Hughes padded his points lead in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup, but not my much. Sobbing holds down the second spot, 30 points behind Hughes, while Dillard (-44), Sanders (-65) and VanderBeek (-100) complete the top five in the rankings. On Sunday, the Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, hosts the next round of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

Sunday’s show will also feature USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks and Rookies Rockin Tuners tackling the legendary speedplant. The pit gate opens at 4:00, spectator gates open at 5:00, hot laps kick off at 6:30 and racing gets underway at 7:00.

General admission tickets are $20, juniors and seniors are just $15 and kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons at Caseys General Stores locations in Clear Lake, Manly, Mason City and Nora Springs on race day.

The Mason City Motor Speedway is a semi-banked 1/2-mile clay oval located 5.1 miles east of I-35 at exit 194 on SR 122 (at the North Iowa Fairgrounds). For more information, check out www.masoncitymotorspeedway.com online.

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Kids Bike Night at Ogilvie Raceway

August 11th, 2016

Ogilvie, MN– After a couple week’s off, the pits and stands were packed at Ogilvie Raceway for a night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action. The night was sponsored by Anytime Fitness and Mora Chevrolet and Buick and was a Kid’s Night where nearly 60 bikes were awarded to some lucky kids.

A solid field of 17 WISSOTA Street Stocks began the night’s features with Jim Gullikson and Charlie Shiek on the front row. Gullikson sped into the lead when the green dropped followed by Shiek. Kyle Laney, Ryan Satter andChris Johnson battled three wide for third until the yellow waved. Gullikson remained in charge on the restart as Satter slid into second. Gullikson and Satter built up a lead and Satter kept after Gullikson but
another caution slowed the Streets. As the green reappeared, Satter kept pressure on Gullikson. Both Shiek and Justin Pogones passed Laney for third and Pogones dove low to secure the third point. As Pogones closed in on the leaders, Satter rode Gullikson’s rear. With two laps to go, Satter nosed ahead at the line and took the lead. Satter led the final lap and took the win with Pogones, Gullikson, Shiek and Laney as the top finishers.

A quick restart kept the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds slow, but as the race resumed, Rookie Tyler Kaeter snagged the lead. Corey Jones slid by Nick Castellino for second as the yellow waved. On the restart, Kaeter continued to lead the way. Jones grabbed second and Jeremy Nelson took third. Nelson moved low to challenge Jones, and after a lap, Nelson was in second. Nels ondrifted high on the track and passed Kaeter for the lead. Nelson began tolap slower drivers and Kaeter also caught traffic. As Kaeter prepared to lap, Jones closed in. Jones caught Kaeter for second, but Kaeter got by the drivers and sped away. Jones however got held up in the traffic and Matt Baker slid by for third. Nelson took the checkers and rolled his D&N Trucking #06 into victory lane with Kaeter, Baker, Jones and Brandon Hines in the top five.

Drew Johnson claimed the lead and Paul George, Teale Kraft and Matt Dittman battled three wide for second as the WISSOTA Hornets went green. Kraft fell out of battle but Dittman and George remained side by side for the runner up point. George broke free and chased after Johnson while Dustin Virkus grabbed fourth and worked Dittman for third. Dittman held Virkus back, but Virkus later made the pass. Virkus slowly reeled in George for second and as the white flew they were side by side. George held his line and finished ahead of Virkus as Johnson took the win. However after tech inspection, Johnson was disqualified and George was awarded the win. Virkus got second with Joe Martin, Dittman and Erik Cleasby as the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up, but a bad start off the curve sparked a caution. As the green flew Kurt Becken took the lead and Josh Zimpel grabbed second. Shane Sabraski rode the low groove and took the lead from Becken while Dave Mass followed. Mass slid into second and then cruised by Sabraski on the low line. Sabraski sped back to Mass’s rear, but Mass pulled away. A couple restarts slowed the Super’s but Mass kept in charge. Sabraski chased after Mass in a solid second as Brett Johnson, Dustin Nelson and Denis Czech raced three wide for third. Johnson nosed ahead out of the curve, but Nelson and Czech were back at his door. After a couple laps of the three wide battle, Czech emerged with the point. Mass took the checkers and rolled his #2 into victory lane followed by Sabraski, Czech, Nelson and Johnson.

Gerry Nohner and Doug Frederick led the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the start, and as the green dropped Adam Prieve, Frederick and Trevor Roediger sped away. However cars collided in turn four and the yellow appeared. Nohner and Prieve were on the front line as the race resumed, and Prieve took the lead. Keith Thell cruised by Prieve on the bottom groove and led the remaining laps to take the win. Prieve, Roediger, Nohner and Frederick took top points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds wrapped up the night with a 24 car field that went flag to flag. Tony Schill snagged the early lead while J.T. Johnson, Tim Patchen and Landon Atkinson went three wide for second. Johnson took the point and Dave Cain slid into third. Cain rode the wall and drove by Johnson and Schill for the lead. Cain sped away in first while drivers in points two through five kept close. Clayton Wagamon rode the wall as well and moved into second. Drivers began to space out on the track, but Wagamon closed the gap with Cain. After a couple laps, Wagamon was at the #2c’s door. Wagamon moved mid track to take the lead, but Cain sped off. Wagamon moved back to the high line as Cain tried the low groove. They entered the front stretch door to door, but in the turn, Wagamon nosed ahead with the lead. Cain kept close as they caught slower cars. Wagamon held the lead and took the win in his Wagamon Bros #14w. Cain finished second with Johnson, Jeremy Nelson and Shane Sabraski in the top five.

Next Saturday the USMTS Modifieds will return to the Ogilvie Raceway in the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. The Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets will join the Modifieds and will be a great night of race action. The Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30 pm.

Five-night, five-track, three-state swing ahead in Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup

August 11th, 2016

MONETT, Mo. — The Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental embarks on a five-night, five-track swing through Wisconsin, Minnesota and Northern Iowa this Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 10-14.

All three events will carry a $3,000 top prize with a minimum of $250 to start the Caseys General Stores A Main each night.

On Wednesday, the Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wis., hosts the stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series with hot laps beginning at 6:30 and racing at 7:00. Wissota Super Stocks, Wissota Midwest Mods and Wissota Pure Stocks will also be on the card.

The Amsoil Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located three miles south of Superior on Tower Ave. (SR 35), at the Head of the Lake Fairgrounds in Superior, Wis. For more information, visit www.amsoilspeedway.com.

Thursday, Aug, 11, is highlighted by a trip to the Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wis., for the third straight year. The pit gate opens at 4:00, grandstands open at 5:00, hot laps begin at 7:00 and the green flag waves at 7:30. Midwest Mods and Liquid Nitro Mod Lites will also be racing.

Spectator admission is $20, youth ages 11 to 16 are $10 and kids 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

The Red Cedar Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located on the east side of Menomonie, Wis., on SR 29 (at the Dunn County Fairgrounds). For more information, check out www.redcedarspeedway.com online.

The Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., will welcome the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing on Friday, Aug. 12, presented by Coke Bottling Company of Winona.

For fans arriving early, Slingshots will be racing on the smaller infield track beginning at 5:45. Green flag action begins at 6:45 with USRA Late Models, USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks, Wissota Super Stocks and Hornets rounding out the program.

Adult spectator admission is $20 and seniors are just $18. Kids and students under 23 get in for free with proper i.d. Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons at Caseys General Stores locations in Preston and Rochester, Minn., on race day.

The Mississippi Thunder Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located three miles north of Fountain City, Wis., on SR 35. For more information, visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, the tireless touring titans of the USMTS make their second stop of the season at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn.

Presented by Roseville Midway Ford, gates open at 4:00, hot laps start at 6:15 and racing begins at 6:30. In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, the program will also feature Midwest Mods, Street Stocks and Hornets.

Adult general admission tickets are $20. Seniors, students and members of the military get in for $18, and kids ages 12 and under are free. Trackside parking is an additional $25. V.I.P. suites are also available for $150. Pit passes are $35. Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons at Caseys General Stores locations in Cambridge, Milaca, Ogilvie and Princeton on race day.

The Ogilvie Raceway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located less than one hour north of the Twin Cities on SR 23. For more information, point your browser to www.ogilvieraceway.com.

Then on Sunday, Aug. 14, the Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, hosts the eighth round of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup.

Sunday’s show will also feature USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks and Rookies Rockin Runers tackling the legendary speedplant. The pit gate opens at 4:00, spectator gates open at 5:00, hot laps kick off at 6:30 and racing gets underway at 7:00.

General admission tickets are $20, juniors and seniors are just $15 and kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons at Caseys General Stores locations in Clear Lake, Manly, Mason City and Nora Springs on race day.

The Mason City Motor Speedway is a semi-banked 1/2-mile clay oval located 5.1 miles east of I-35 at exit 194 on SR 122 (at the North Iowa Fairgrounds). For more information, check out www.masoncitymotorspeedway.com online.

Defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes leads the points battle after three rounds as he seeks his third title and a sweep of all three regions and The Hunt in 2016.

Each of the title hunters have a legitimate shot to pocket the $25,000 prize that goes with being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the dirt modified world.

Ogilvie Gets Races in before the “R” Starts!

July 18th, 2016

Ogilvie, MN – The dark clouds slowly neared the track, however the Ogilvie Raceway was able to complete the night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action as the drops began to fall. The night of race action was sponsored by Pine Technical & Community College as well as Jobbers Warehouse Supply and featured some exciting racing. Justin Vogel, Shane Sabraski, Trever Reding and Keith Thell all took wins while Jeremy Nelson grabbed two.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks took the clay for the first feature of the evening. A quick first lap caution kept the drivers slow, but as they restarted, Kyle Laney and Kyle Howland led the way. Laney pulled into the lead while others battled for points. Ryan Satter and Kevin Schmidt went three wide with Howland for second and Schmidt took the point. Satter moved to the low groove and slid by Schmidt for the position and Justin Vogel followed in third. Laney built up a significant lead, however the yellow waved. When the race resumed, Satter hugged the tires and slid by Laney for the lead. Justin Pogones and Vogel raced three wide with Laney and took second and third. After a final caution, Vogel worked Satter for the lead. Satter pulled ahead but Vogel was back at his side in the turns. Vogel gained a slight lead and soon broke free from Satter. Vogel took the win with Satter, Pogones, Kevin Schmidt and Ben Rothstein as top drivers.

Eric Lamm shot into the lead when the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds went green, however the yellow waved and they were back to the original lineup. Brandon Hines and Zach Benson brought the drivers back to green and Hines took the lead. Benson worked the high side and snuck by Hines for first. Lamm took second and dropped to the low groove to battle Benson. They were parallel for first in the turns when Jeremy Nelson joined in. They went three wide in the turn, but the yellow flew. Benson was still in command when the green reappeared but Lamm and Nelson made the fight three wide again. As they exited turn four, Lamm claimed the lead and Nelson took second. Nelson rode Lamm’s rear until he took the high groove and slid by. Lamm kept close to Nelson, but after a couple laps, Nelson pulled away and took the checkers. Lamm settled in second with Benson, Travis Schulte and Andy Miskowic in the top five.

Teale Kraft and Chris McClain brought the WISSOTA Hornets to green, however Trever Reding and Erik Cleasby flew by the leaders and fought for first. Dustin Virkus moved into third and raced to the middle of Reding and Cleasby. They ran three wide for first until Reding claimed the point, however a caution soon followed. On the restart, Virkus took second and kept close to Reding. With only a couple laps to go, Virkus dove to Reding’s door but Kraft lost a tire and the yellow waved. As the race resumed, Seth Lindberg also lost a tire and another caution was sparked. The Hornets were sorted and let loose with Reding in command. Reding and Virkus drove away from the pack while Joe Martin, Cleasby and Paul George went three wide for third. George snagged the point but Cleasby and Martin came back to his side. They remained three wide until the checkers few. Reding took the win with Martin, George and Cleasby in top points.

Levi Voss and John Adams sped off as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature commenced, but Shane Sabraski rocked the high side and flew from eighth to first within a lap. A quick caution slowed the drivers, but Sabraski sped off when the race resumed. Dustin Nelson moved into second while John Adams found Kurt Becken at his door. They battled side by side in the turns until Becken secured the point. Sabraski and Nelson were spaced out, however they had a commanding over the battle for third. Larry Fitzsimmons closed in on Becken and raced door to door for third as the laps went by. The white waved and the battle for third was still neck and neck between the #70x and #73 of Becken and Fitzsimmons. Sabraski took the win in his #7a, Nelson took second and Becken nosed ahead just enough to claim third. Fitzsimmons finished fourth and John Adams capped off the top five points.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours rolled out for the next feature race with Zach Gaslin and Nick Jelacie on the front row. When the green dropped, Jelacie moved into the lead and Trevor Roediger took second. Roediger slid by Jelacie for the lead and Adam Prieve took second. Jelacie and Gaslin battled for third when Keith Thell drove through the middle of them and took third. Thell closed in on the leaders and moved low on the track surface. Thell skated to Roediger’s side for the lead, and took the point. Just then, Prieve had mechanical issues and the yellow waved. Thell was alone on the restart and led the final laps to take the win. Roediger, Jelacie, Ryan Lind and Gaslin rounded out top points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds finished up the night and Denis Czech showed the way as the race began. Jeremy Nelson moved into second and dove to Czech’s door, but Czech pulled away. Nelson continued in second while Kyle Thell, Dave Cain and Clayton Wagamon battled for third. Wagamon rode the wall and claimed the runner up point. As the drivers came down the front stretch, Jeffrey Lien, Jr. tried to enter the infield, but a driver made contact and went over Lien’s #24jr. The yellow waved as Lien’s crunched car was assisted off the track. A couple more cautions occurred, but when the race resumed, Czech was still in charge. Nelson, Wagamon, Cain and Justin Oestreich battled close for points two through five until Wagamon clinched second. Wagamon closed in on Czech and Nelson followed. Wagamon scrapped the wall as he rounded the curve and Nelson shot by. Nelson slid by Czech and claimed the lead while Dave Cain took third. Cain worked Czech for second as the white flew. The simple sprinkles became solid rain drops and the race was cut a few laps short. Nelson took the win and rolled his D&N Trucking #06 Modified into victory lane. Czech, Cain, Shane Sabraski and Oestreich were the top finishers.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will be a regular race night featuring our regular classes with racing at 6:30 pm. Also next Saturday, the brand new “Little O” Go-Kart Track will open! Races will be at 1:00 pm, visit www.ogilvieraceway.com for more information on both the “Big O” and “Little O”

Jones-Fleischer Memorial Race at Ogilvie

July 12th, 2016

Ogilvie, MN – The 5th Annual Ron Jones Sr. / Ron Fleischer Memorial Race was held at Wagamon’s Ogilvie Raceway Saturday night and an impressive field of cars. The night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action was sponsored by Spire Credit Union and featured and increased payout for both Midwest Modifieds and Modifieds as well as an extraordinary Fireworks display. Jeremy Nelson and Darrell Nelson claimed those desired wins and earned a 73 inch trophy while Sam Fankhauser, Shane Sabraski, Mitch Hribar and Dannie Burkholder also took wins.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks began the night’s events with an exciting feature. Kyle Laney and Durand Peterson led the drivers to green and Laney took the front point. Peterson took second and worked Laney for the lead but Laney pulled away. Kevin Schmidt and Peterson took Laney’s side and they raced three wide for the lead. Schmidt snagged the point and Justin Pogones moved to Laney’s inside line. Laney and Pogones ran door to door for laps and swapped for the second point with Sam Fankhauser to their rear. Laney nosed ahead for the runner up positon and Fankhauser took Pogones’s side. Laney, Pogones and Fankhauser raced close and closed in on Schmidt. The top four drivers were impressively close as Fankhauser rode the tires and slid to Schmidt’s door. Fankhauser pulled out of the curve to secure the lead while Pogones and Schmidt remained side by side. The checkers flew with Pogones in second and Schmidt, Laney and Brad Schmidt as top drivers while Fankhauser took the win.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up with the first of two Memorial races of the night. Landon Atkinson and Jason VandeKamp pulled away as the green appeared and battled for first but soon the yellow waved. VandeKamp was alone on the restart with Atkinson and Eric Lamm in tow. Lamm slid into second but Jeremy Nelson worked the high side and moved into second and then to VandeKamp’s side. Nelson swooped into the lead and Lamm dove to VandeKamp’s door. They fought for second but VandeKamp was faster of the curve and held the point. Nelson stretched his lead and closed in on slower drivers as the yellow waved again. A few more cautions occurred and both VandeKamp and Lamm attempted to steal the lead on each restart, but Nelson kept the point. On the final restart, Nelson had VandeKamp and Mark Froehlich to his rear, but Nelson continued to run his line and took the checkers in his D&N Trucking #06. VandeKamp took second with Mark Froehlich, Corey Jones and Shane Howell as the top five.

Devin Fouquette and Lexi Voss brought the WISSOTA Hornets to green, but Erik Cleasby and Paul George shot by them out of the turn and George took the lead. Cleasby grabbed second while Dannie Burkholder moved into third. Burkholder moved into second while Fouquette and Trever Reding went three wide with Cleasby for third. Dustin Virkus and Joe Martin joined the battle for third and as they exited the turn, Reding took the point. Burkholder made his way to George’s door and they began to fight for first. Laps went by with Burkholder and George door to door until Burkholder broke away with the point. Just as the #46SSG moved into the lead the yellow waved. Back to back cautions kept the drivers slow, but Burkholder held the lead and took the win. Reding, Virkus, George, Martin were the top finishers.

Rookie Dylan Kromschroeder started pole and sped off as the WISSOTA Super Stocks went green. Brett Johnson slid to Kromschroeder’s side and took the lead. Kromschroeder held second but Dustin Nelson and Dave Mass moved in and they went three wide. Shane Sabraski joined the battle and they were nearly four wide as Mass and Sabraski moved forward. Mass took the mid groove and snagged the lead, but Mass slid high on the track and Sabraski moved to his door. They remained side by side in the turns, but Mass nosed ahead on the exit. Then the Super’s had three cautions in a row, but when the race resumed, Mass was in command. Sabraski continued on the low groove and restarted the fight for first. Mass and Sabraski pulled away from the pack and caught a slower car. As the white waved, Mass and the slower driver ran the same line which allowed Sabraski to pull ahead. Mass caught Sabraski and as they went through turn four, Mass tagged the wall and Sabraski shot away and took the checkers. Mass settled for second with Nelson, Gullikson and Tommy Richards as the top five.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours started their feature with an immediate caution as Nick Jelacie, Adam Prieve, Larry Harp and Adam Olson got tangled in turn three. Neither Harp nor Olson were able to race after the incident so drivers were sorted and aligned. Brennan Gave and Nick Jelacie brought the drivers back to green and Gave took the lead. Prieve moved into second and slid to Gave’s door. Gave, Prieve, Keith Thell and Mitch Hribar drove two by two for top points until Prieve nosed ahead with the lead. Thell challenged Gave for second with Hribar to their rears. Hribar moved by Gave for third and Thell for second but Thell kept after Hribar. Thell worked Hribar lap after lap but Hribar held the runner up point. With two laps to go, there was another caution as Prieve spun. The drivers were regrouped and Hribar was in the lead point. Hribar led the final laps and took the win in his Lockstar Locksmith sponsored #M16 while Thell, Gave, Trevor Roediger and Prieve rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds wrapped up the night with the second Memorial race of the evening. Darrell Nelson and Cory Bruggeman brought the drivers to green and Nelson took the lead. Bruggeman and Justin Oestreich grabbed second and third and broke away from the pack. Oestreich moved low on the track and slid by Bruggeman for second while Nelson continued to drive away. Shane Sabraski moved into fourth and closed the gap with Bruggeman for third. Sabraski made the pass and looked towards Oestreich as the yellow waved. Back to back cautions kept the drivers slow, but Nelson remained in control. Nelson stretched his lead out again while Sabraski and Oestreich settled in second and third. Dave Cain and Jody Bellefeuille raced side by side for fourth for a few laps until the white flag flew and Cain broke free from Bellefeuille to secure the point. Nelson led the entire race and rolled his Amsoil sponsored #44 into victory lane. Sabraski, Oestreich, Cain and Bruggeman were the top finishers.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30 pm.

Ogilvie Raceway – June 18 – Kids Night/ROC race

June 22nd, 2016

Ogilvie, MN – There was an abundance of action both on the track and in the stands Saturday night at the Ogilvie Raceway. The night of WISSOTA PolyDome Race Series action was sponsored by First National Bank of Milaca and featured giveaway’s for kids, two-seater rides in celebration of father’s day and an extended intermission for Kids meet the Drivers Night. It was also the Race of Champions qualifier night and Justin Pogones, Mark Froehlich, Trever Roediger, Dannie Burkholder, Shane Sabraski and Jody Bellefeuille took home wins.

Brian Motz and Jim Gullikson brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks out for the first feature and Gullikson shot into the lead. After an immediate caution, Gullikson kept in charge on the restart. As he entered turn one, he suffered a mechanical problem and Gullikson’s car took a sharp right collecting a couple cars. The drivers were realigned with Justin Pogones in the lead. A few more cautions kept the Streets slow, but Pogones remained in command. Chris Johnson and Kyle Howland battled for second and Johnson took the point. Howland held onto third as the top three drivers spaced out. The yellow #14 of Russell Kostreba restarted at the rear in an earlier caution, but he weaved his way into fourth and slid by Howland for third. Kostreba looked towards Johnson for second but Howland retook his side and snagged third as the white flew. Pogones stretched his lead out and took the checkers in his Joes Racing #01. Johnson, Howland, Kostreba and Motz were the top finishers.

Jeremy Nelson claimed the lead when the green flew for the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Tony Schill and Brandon Hines battled for second as Nelson stretched out his lead. They were still side by side for second as the yellow appeared. As the green reappeared, Nelson sped off with Mark Froehlich on his heels. Nelson cruised down the backstretch as smoke rolled from his car, he coasted to a stop and the yellow appeared. Froehlich assumed the lead on the restart with Dustin Nelson and Schill to his rear. D. Nelson also had a mechanical problem and the yellow waved. Froehlich was alone on the restart and Jake Smith Slid into second. Matt Baker held third but Eric Lamm moved to his side and kept pressure on him. Froehlich and Smith built up a lead while Lamm continued to challenge Baker. Lamm moved to Baker’s inside and finally made the pass for third as the race came to a close. Froehlich rolled into victory lane while Smith, Lamm, Atkinson and Andy Miskowic rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Hornets were next and Dannie Burkholder claimed the lead. Erik Cleasby, Joe Martin and Terry Romick went three wide for second and Martin took the position. Cleasby moved to Romick’s side for third but Romick kept the point. Cleasby and Trevor Reding took Romick’s sides and they were three wide for third. As they came down the front chute, contact was made and Cleasby’s car whipped around. The yellow flew and three more cautions followed. When the race resumed, Burkholder pulled away from the crowd. Cleasby took second while Romick, Martin and Reding battled for third. Cleasby closed the gap with Burkholder when his tire flew off and he spun. Martin went airborne as he drove over the loose tire and the red light turned on. After drivers were sorted, the race resumed with Burkholder in first. The Hornets remained feisty as Martin, Chris McClain and Paul George raced to Burkholder’s door. They were four wide for first, but Burkholder pulled away in the lead. Burkholder lead the remaining laps and took the win with Dan Rick, Martin, McClain and George as the top drivers.

After a three caution filled features, the WISSOTA Super Stocks wowed the crowd going flag to flag. Shane Sabraski and Dexton Koch led the drivers to the stand and Sabraski took the lead. Koch took second but Dave Mass slid by for the point. Drivers began to space out but Mass chased after Sabraski. Sabraski was ready to lap a slower driver as Mass caught the #7a. Sabraski held the lead and sped away with Mass after him. Mass dropped a groove and drove to Sabraski’s door, however he got sideways in the turn. Mass recovered and kept going, keeping second and the race green, but Sabraski’s lead grew. Mass tried to catch Sabraski, but Sabraski took the checkers in his West Metro Buick GMC sponsored machine. Mass finished second with Koch, Jeremy Nelson and Mike Loomis as top drivers.

A solid field of WISSOTA Mod Fours took the clay and Trever Roediger snagged the lead. Dustin Holtquist and Matt Halls took top points while Mitch Hribar and Brennan Gave fought for fourth. Halls then looped his car and the yellow waved. Roediger was in command on the restart but Hribar and Holtquist took his sides to go three wide. Roediger drifted high in the turn and Hribar took the opening and grabbed the lead. Holtquist took second and Roediger battled Keith Thell for third. Hribar stretched out his lead as the yellow appeared, and with only five laps to go, three more cautions occurred. As the race resumed, Thell was in command and Hribar moved to his inside to battle. Hribar clipped a track tire in the turn and spun which triggered a caution. Thell was alone on the restart but Holtquist moved to his door and they battled side by side. The Mod Fours dropped like flies from the race as Thell moved to the infield with a mechanical problem. Holtquist assumed the lead and took the checkers. However after Tech inspection, the win was awarded to Roediger with Funt, Adam Olson, Larry Harp and Payton English as the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds wrapped up the night of race action with J.T. Johnson and Shane Sabraski on the front row. Sabraski grabbed the lead but a caution soon followed. After drivers were aligned, Sabraski was in charge with Johnson and Josh Smith to his rear. Jody Bellefeuille drove to Johnson’s door for second while Smith and Landon Atkinson battled for fourth. Bellefeuille snagged second and chased after Sabraski as the yellow appeared. On the restart, Bellefeuille retook second and Johnson, Atkinson and Kyle Thell went three wide for third. Bellefeuille kept after Sabraski and they were side by side in the turns. Sabraski worked the high groove and was faster out of the turn to keep the lead. A final caution slowed the Mods, but as the green dropped, Bellefeuille and Thell went three wide with Sabraski. Sabraski and Bellefeuille broke away but continued to fight for first. They remained parallel in the turns and with only two laps to go, Bellefeuille made the critical pass for the lead. Sabraski kept close to Bellefeuille while Thell found Justin Oestreich on his rear. Oestreich took the charge for an earlier caution, and worked his way by Thell to take third. Bellefeuille took the checkers and his first win of the 2016 season while top points went to, Sabraski, Oestreich, Thell and Toby Patchen

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30 pm.

Sabraski Takes Two at Ogilvie

June 15th, 2016

Ogilvie, MN- Saturday night was Jam the Stands night at Wagamon’s Ogilvie Raceway and the night was sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. The night featured free admission for all as well as some bike giveaways for kids. There was some great WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action and Kolby Kiehl, Jeremy Nelson, Dustin Virkus and Adam Prieve took feature wins while Shane Sabraski took two.

Chris Johnson snagged the early lead in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature and Ben Rothstein and Kevin Schmidt settled in behind him. The yellow soon flew and the drivers were aligned. Johnson remained in command while Rothstein and Schmidt battled for second. Schmidt claimed the point and rode Johnson for the lead. Another caution slowed the drivers, but Johnson was still in charge. The battles for second and fourth got hot as Schmidt, Rothstein, Davey Kruchten and Kolby Kiehl fought for the points. Rothstein worked the high line, slid by Schmidt and moved to Johnson’s door. They raced side by side for the lead as the yellow flew. As they were lined up, Rothstein took his spot in first with Johnson and Schmidt to his rear. When the green dropped, they were three wide for first and Johnson retook the position. Russell Kostreba continued to ride the high groove and moved into second. Kostreba passed Johnson for first while Kolby Kiehl challenged Johnson. One final yellow occurred and Kostreba sped off on the restart but Kiehl moved to his inside. They raced side by side until they entered the final turn. Kiehl nosed ahead and took the checkers for his first Street Stock feature win. Kostreba finished in a close second with Chris Johnson, Sam Fankhauser and Ashley Wahlstrom as the other top finishers.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the green with Tyler Kaeter and Shane Sabraski on the front line. Kaeter grabbed the lead as Sabraski, Travis Schulte, Shane Howell and Andy Miskowic raced four wide for second. Sabraski and Howell broke away and Sabraski slid to Kaeter’s door. Sabraski pulled ahead while top drivers spaced out. Soon the yellow flew and drivers were aligned with Sabraski in first. Howell dove low on the track surface and took second while Jeremy Nelson took third. As the drivers came through turns three and four, contact was made and cars spun and scattered on the front stretch. On the restart, Nelson took second and drove to Sabraski’s door. The battles for first and third were door to door as the yellow flew. Sabraski was still in command as the race resumed but Nelson moved in to challenge. Nelson and Sabraski were nose to nose as Nelson broke away. A final restart slowed the drivers, but Nelson remained in charge and took his sixth straight feature win in his #06 D&N Trucking Midwest Modified. Sabraski, Lamm, Schulte and Miskowic rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Hornets had a couple quick restarts as the green flew, but as the race resumed, Seth Lindberg, Lexi Voss and Trever Reding were three wide for first. Reding grabbed the point and Voss held second. Erik Cleasby moved to Voss’s side and Dustin Virkus joined the battle. They were three wide in the turn but Cleasby emerged with the point. Virkus drove to Cleasby’s side, took second and closed in on Reding. Virkus grabbed the inside of Reding and they raced for the lead. Laps passed with them door to door and Cleasby closed the gap they had. Virkus nosed ahead to secure the lead while Cleasby took Reding’s side. Reding held Cleasby off until Virkus took the checkers. Reding earned second with Cleasby, Joe Martin and Paul George as the top drivers.

Ronnie Malecki and Josh Zimpel battled for first and Larry Fitzsimmons took third as the WISSOTA Super Stocks went green. Zimpel broke away with the point as the yellow waved. Zimpel was alone on the restart with Malecki and Fitzsimmons to his rear. Fitzsimmons moved to Zimpel’s side and took the lead while Jeremy Nelson took third. Zimpel and Nelson began to battle for second as Shane Sabraski joined in. They were three wide for the point and Nelson claimed it. Nelson moved low and worked Fitzsimmons for third but Fitzsimmons was faster out of the curve. Nelson kept after the leader and soon made the pass. Fitzsimmons remained in second but Sabraski tucked-in to his rear. The yellow few again and regrouped the drivers, but Nelson continued to show the way. Sabraski moved to Nelson’s side and took the lead with only five laps to go. One more caution occurred, but Sabraski kept the lead and rolled his #7a into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours took the clay with Trevor Roediger and Doug Frederick brought the drivers to green, however Keith Thell and Adam Prieve jumped to their sides and were nearly four wide. Prieve moved into, Thell took second and Frederick held third. Thell worked Prieve for the lead but Prieve held him off lap after lap. As the drivers came down the front chute the final time, Thell rubbed Prieve and Prieve’s car bobbled, however Prieve kept his foot down and took the win. Thell, Frederick, Roediger and Adam Olson were the top drivers.

Kyle Thell, Clayton Wagamon and Toby Patchen began the WISSOTA Modified feature with a three wide battle for first. Wagamon pulled away with the lead but Patchen kept close. Patchen worked the low groove and raced parallel with Wagamon for the lead. Wagamon broke away as the yellow flew. On the restart, Sabraski moved to Wagamon’s side but Wagamon held the point. Sabraski worked the middle groove and slid by Wagamon. Sabraski drove away from the field as drivers began to space out. Dave Cain worked his way by Jeremy Nelson and Patchen for third and chased after Wagamon. Sabraski had a straight-away lead built up as he took the checkers for the second time of the night. Wagamon finished second with Cain, Jody Bellefeuille and Patchen as the top five.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout is a Meet the Drivers Kids Night. All kids 12 & under will have free grandstand admission and the night will feature an extended intermission where kids can meet their favorite drivers. Races resume at 6:30 pm.

Ogilvie Back in Action after the Weekend Off

June 7th, 2016

Ogilvie, MN – After taking the holiday weekend off, the Ogilvie Raceway was back in action with some WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Racing. The night featured the UMSS Winged and Traditional Sprint Cars, Full Body and Super Mod Northern Vintage Stock Cars as well as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.

The Full Bodied Northern Vintage Stock Cars began the night’s events and Paul Dolphy took the lead. Tom Godfrey moved into second while Al Keske and Tom Ahrndt battled for third. Dolphy got a bit loose and allowed Godfrey to make into the lead point. Keske secured third and then caught and passed Dolphy for second. Godfrey had a solid lead built up as he took the checkers in his #20.

Dennis Olson and Denny Frederickson brought the Super Mod Vintage cars to reen and Olson shot into the lead. Frederickson took second but slowly fell back in the pack. Ken Sabby rolled his #32 into second and John Bethke
took third. Sabby put his foot down and slowly closed the cap with Olson. Sabby made some significant progress in catching Olson, but Olson took the win.

A strong field of 21 Traditional Sprints covered the track surface and ran a few warm up laps. The drivers aligned for the start with Jeremy Kerzman and Scott Brandt on the front row, but when the green waved, James Giossi moved into the lead. Kerzman, Brandt and Brian VanMeveren went three wide for second. VanMeveren snagged the point and Kerzman held third. Rick Kobs worked the high groove and flew by Kerzman and VanMeveren for second. Kobs chased after Giossi as Jake Kouba made his way through the field. Kouba took third, caught Kobs and took the runner up point. Kouba sped away from Kobs as Giossi was slowed by traffic. Kouba closed the gap and followed in Giossi’s trail. As they made their way through the traffic, Giossi rebuilt his lead, pulled away from Kouba and took the checkers.

Dan Wheeler and Andy Miskowic led the stacked field of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the stand and Miskowic snuck away with the lead. Eric Lamm, Wheeler and Jeremy Nelson went three wide for second and Nelson claimed the point. Nelson moved aside Miskowic for the lead and snagged the position. Just as the lead change occurred so did a caution. To restarts kept the drivers slow, but Nelson remained in command. Lamm slid into second and Grant Southworth took third as the top three drivers spaced out. Lamm circled the track, reeled in Nelson’s #06, and ad Lamm dove low to Nelson’s side in the turn, Corey Jones had a mechanical problem and the yellow flew. Nelson was alone on the restart but Lamm and Southworth were on his rear. Nelson sped away as the green flew and soon took the checkers in his D&N Trucking sponsored machine. Lamm finished second with Southworth, David Swearingen and Wheeler in tow.

The UMSS Winged Sprint Cars wrapped up the night and Tony Norem took first as the green dropped. Cam Schafer took second while Cody Hahn and Jamey Ogston fought for third. Ogston took he point and then grabbed second. Chris Graf slid into third and moved to Ogston’s door. As they came down the front chute, contact was made and Graf’s car flipped in the air and then sat right side up on the track. The drivers were attended too as others were sorted. Norem remained in charge on the restart but Ryan Bowers and Jerry Richert, Jr. were at his rear. Norem sped away when the green waved and Richert, Jr. worked Bowers for second. Richert, Jr. dove low to Bowers’ side and they raced door to door. Bowers held second but Richert, Jr. came back. Richert, Jr. slid in front of Bowers in the turn but the next curve, Bowers got him back with a slider. Bowers locked in second as the yellow flew again. Norem’s half-track lead was gone as the race resumed. Bowers didn’t let Norem get away and Bowers dove low in the turns. Norem kept the lead but Bowers caught the #b1st. Bowers pulled a text book slid job in turns one and two and snuck into the lead. Norem drove to his side in turns three and four and exited with the lead. Bowers kept after Norem, but with one lap to, Norem took the win.

Next weekend at the Ogilvie Raceway, there will be back to back nights of family fun. Friday night will feature the Mud Rhythm Mud Truck Racing Series, the event will start at 7pm. Saturday Night’s Saturday Night Shootout is Jam the Stands night were Grandstand admissions will be free. Racing will resume at 6:30. We’ll see you at the Big O.

Warm Night of Racing after a Weekend of Cold

May 25th, 2016

After a cancelled week due to weather, the Ogilvie Raceway was ready to rock with lot of great WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action. Every race had great side by side racing as well as a few shootouts to the finish. At the end of the night, Justin Pogones, Jeremy Nelson, Joe Martin, Shane Sabraski, Keith Thell and Dustin Nelson claimed victory.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks started the action with Quain Busitzky and Gary Beardslee on the front row. Chris Johnson dove low off the start and moved into the lead while Kevin Schmidt took second. Schmidt moved to Johnson’s door and took the lead while Ben Rothstein slid by Kyle Laney for third. Justin Pogones drove to Laney’s door and snuck by him and Rothstein for third. The yellow than waved and slowed the streets. Schmidt was in command on the restart and Pogones took second. Schmidt and Pogones drove away from the pack with Johnson in third. Davey Kruchten, who started in the 13th point, passed Johnson and chased after the leaders. Pogones put pressure on Schmidt for the lead but Schmidt blocked Pogones from passing. Another caution occurred, and on the restart, Schmidt, Pogones and Kruchten were almost three wide. Pogones moved into first but Schmidt and Kruchten kept on his bumper. Kruchten secured the second point and remained glued to Pogones, but Pogones took the checkers and rolled his Wollak Construction sponsored #01 into victory lane. Kruchten, Schmidt, Rothstein and Charlie Shiek were the top finishers.

Dan Flowers and Charlie Zander led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green and Zander claimed the lead. Shawn Howell ran the low groove and slid into second. Howell kept that line and moved to Zander’s door the first. Howell made the pass but Zander kept on his rear while Jeremy Nelson, Andy Miskowic and Brandon Hines battled three wide for third. Zander retook Howell’s side and the first three rows of cars raced side by side for top points. Again Howell moved into the lead but soon the yellow waved. Back to back cautions kept the drivers slow, but as the race went green, Howell sped away. Nelson, Zander and Mark Froehlich went three wide for second and Froehlich grabbed the spot. Froehlich worked the track wall and raced to Howell’s door. Froehlich flew by Howell for the lead and Nelson claimed second. Nelson and Froehlich ran the highest line possible and Nelson closed in on Froehlich. With only two laps to go, Nelson moved down and used the whole track to pass Froehlich. Nelson slid by Froehlich out of turn two, but Froehlich dropped to Nelson’s side. They drag raced to the finish, and Nelson crossed the line first for the win. Froehlich settled in second with Howell, Eric Lamm and Charlie Zander as the top five.

Chris McClain and Terry Romick were on the front row, but as the green dropped, Erik Cleasby snuck by in first. The WISSOTA Hornets buzzed around the track and Trever Reding drove past Cleasby for the lead. However, Joe Martin grabbed second, slid to Reding’s door, and took the lead. Dustin Virkus and Cleasby took Reding’s doors and they ran three wide for second. Cleasby and Virkus broke away but kept the fight for second active. Virkus pulled away with the point and Cleasby settled in third. The top drivers separated from the pack and Virkus caught the leader. Martin held Virkus off as Cleasby found Paul George at his side. George took the third point with only two laps to go. Romick then blew a tire in turn four and the yellow waved. With only a lap left, Martin sped away as Virkus, Cleasby, George and Reding went four wide for second into turn one. Virkus emerged with the point but Cleasby moved to his side and they drag raced down the front chute to the checkers. The margin was minimal, but Cleasby snagged second with Virkus, George and Reding in point two through five and Martin put his #2 into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks went green with Levi Voss and Ronnie Malecki door to door for first. Malecki broke away but Voss came back to his side. As they fought for first, Dave Mass, Shane Sabraski and Jeremy Nelson battled for third. The first yellow waved and sparked a series of restarts. As the race resumed, Mass was in charge. Sabraski, Nelson and Malecki went three wide for second Nelson snagged the point. Sabraski held third and moved to the low groove. Nelson and Sabraski were parallel in the turns but on the exit, Sabraski was faster. Sabraski remained on the low groove and caught Mass. They also raced the low and high lines, but Mass remained in charge. They caught slower drivers and Sabraski remained glued to Mass and did all he could to pass him. As they entered turns three and four on the final lap, Sabraski slid by Mass. Mass gave it his all to retake the lead, but Sabraski took the checkers. Mass finished second followed by Dustin Nelson, Jeremy Nelson and Malecki.

Doug Frederick and Dean Larson raced side by side for the lead as the WISSOTA Mod Four feature commenced. Larson pulled away in the lead with Frederick and Laramie Peiker in tow. Peiker moved into second and dove low to Larson’s door. Peiker made the pass and pulled away from the field while Keith Thell and Adam Prieve battled for third. Thell took third, then second, and began to close the gap with Peiker. Just as Thell closed in, the yellow waved. Peiker was alone on the restart with Larson and Thell to his rear. Only one lap remained in the race and Thell moved to Peiker’s door. Thell clinched the lead point the final lap but Peiker gave one final push on the front chute. Thell crossed the line first for the win with Peiker in a close second. Prieve, Andy Mayavski and Tyler Larson were the top finishers.

At the end of lap one, Dustin Nelson claimed the lead in the WISSOTA Modified feature. Shane Sabraski took second and J.T. Johnson grabbed third. Sabraski moved high on the track next to Nelson, but Nelson held the lead. The top three drivers separated from the pack as Sabraski worked Nelson. Sabraski nosed under Nelson in turn four and made contact. As a result, Nelson spun and drivers scattered. Sabraski was charged for the caution and Nelson retook the lead. Jody Bellefeuille took second on the restart and Johnson battled Jeremy Nelson for third. Nelson and Johnson moved up to battle Bellefeuille as Bellefeuille drifted high and then rolled into the infield with a mechanical problem. Johnson took second and Nelson assumed third. One more restart later slowed the field, but Nelson led the remaining laps and rolled his Nelson Auto Crushing #46 into victory lane. Johnson, Nelson, J. B. Stortz and Landon Atkinson took top points.

The Ogilvie Raceway will take Memorial Day weekend off, but will be back in action on Saturday June 4 with a UMSS Sprint Car Saturday Night Shootout. The night will feature Sprints, Traditional Sprints as well as the Northern Vintage Stock Cars and the Midwest Modifieds. Racing resumes at 6:30pm.

Hughes trucks to RealTruck.com Northern Region triumph at Ogilvie

May 16th, 2016

OGILVIE, Minn. — Jason Hughes picked up his fifth United States Modified Touring Series victory of the year Thursday at the Ogilvie Raceway as the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental lifted the lid on the RealTruck.com Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

From the third starting spot, the defending USMTS National Champion snatched the lead away polesitter Johnny Scott on the second lap and then paced the final 41 circuits to pocket the $3,000 top prize.

Cade Dillard was third, Stormy Scott a three-time former winner at Ogilvie came from the 13th starting spot to finish fourth and Zack VanderBeek passed six competitors to garner the fifth position

Chatfield, Minn., pals Lucas Schott and Jacob Bleess nabbed sixth and seventh, Jake Timm went from 19th to eighth to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award, Dan Ebert recovered from a lap-30 flat tire to get ninth and Jason Thoennes rounded out the top 10.

On Friday, the series returns to the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minn., for the second straight year with Midwest Mods and Street Stocks also on the card.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m., spectator gates open at 5:30 and racing begins at 7.

Tickets are $15 while kids 10 and under are admitted free with a paid general admission ticket. Tailgate vehicle entries are $30 and RV tailgate parking is $40.

Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fergus Falls. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The I-94 Speedway is located off of I-94 at exit 54, then 0.9 mile east on SR 210 to North Tower Rd., then 1.3 miles north to stop sign, then 0.6 mile west. For more information, call (218) 998-2191 or check out www.i94speedways.com on the World Wide Web.

Capping the three-race weekend, the high-flying half-mile touted as the fastest dirt track in Minnesota Viking Speedway in Alexandria hosts the USMTS road warriors for a second straight season on Saturday night.

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

USMTS opens RealTruck.com Northern Region with Gopher State threesome

May 12th, 2016

OGILVIE, Minn.- After three months of tearing up dirt tracks in the southern half of America, the United States Modified Touring Series will be trucking into the Gopher State this week to kick off action in the RealTruck.com Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

Coming on board as a USMTS marketing partner in 2016, RealTruck.com is a successful online retailer specializing in aftermarket pickup truck accessories. The growing e-commerce enterprise has made the Inc. 5000 list for the past three years and ranked No. 406 on the Internet Retailers Top 500 list in 2015.

RealTruck currently has over 90 employees and offers over 500,000 accessories for all of the top pickup truck and sports utility vehicle makes and models on the market today. If it goes on a truck, they have it.

For more information, visit www.RealTruck.com/usmts, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RealTruck and follow @RealTruck on Twitter.

On Thursday, May 12, the invades the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn., for Midweek Modified Madness, which will feature the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental sharing the soil with unsanctioned outlaw B-Mods special.

In addition to a $3,000 top prize for the USMTS stars and cars, a paycheck of $3,001 will be awarded to the B-Mod winner.

Stormy Scott is a three-time former winner at Ogilvie, including both stops in 2015. Other past winners include Jason Hughes, Jeremy Payne, Jason Krohn and Zack VanderBeek.

Gates opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7. Adult general admission tickets are $20 while seniors, students and military personnel get in for $18. Kids ages 12 and under are free and pit passes are $35. Special trackside parking and V.I.P. suites are also available.

Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Cambridge, Milaca and Princeton. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Ogilvie Raceway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 2.0 miles east of Ogilvie on the south side of SR 23. For more information, call (763) 267-4572 or visit www.ogilvieraceway.com.

On Friday, May 13, the series returns to the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minn., for the second straight year with Midwest Mods and Street Stocks also on the card.

Rodney Sanders is the defending race winner.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m., spectator gates open at 5:30 and racing begins at 7.

Tickets are $15 while kids 10 and under are admitted free with a paid general admission ticket. Tailgate vehicle entries are $30 and RV tailgate parking is $40.

Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fergus Falls on race day. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The I-94 Speedway is located off of I-94 at exit 54, then 0.9 mile east on SR 210 to North Tower Rd., then 1.3 miles north to stop sign, then 0.6 mile west. For more information, call (218) 998-2191 or check out www.i94speedways.com on the World Wide Web.

On Saturday, May 14, the high-flying half-mile touted as the fastest dirt track in Minnesota–Viking Speedway in Alexandria hosts the USMTS road warriors for a second straight season.

In the tours inaugural visit in 2015, Viking Speedway regular Brady Gerdes found himself in Widow Wax Victory Lane in what was the biggest win of his young career.

Celebrating 51 years of operation in 2016, the tracks grandstands hold close to 2,300 fans with several VIP suites too. For traveling fans, camping is available with water and a dumping station on site.

The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 and the races start at 6:45. Midwest Mods, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks will also compete.

On race day, fans can grab discount coupons good for $2 off an adult admission at Caseys General Stores locations in Alexandria, Glenwood, Long Prairie and Sauk Centre. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Viking Speedway is a semi-banked 1/2-mile clay oval located I-94 to exit 103, then 1.0 mile north on SR 29, then 0.8 mile west on CR 82 (at the Douglas County Fairgrounds). For more information, call (320) 762-1559 or visit www.vikingspeedway.net online.

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

Mother’s Day Special at Ogilvie

May 11th, 2016

Ogilvie, MN – The Ogilvie Raceway had a Mother’s Day Special race event on Saturday night where driver’s gave their mother’s roses and mothers were treated to wine, ice-cream and a chance to ride in the Big O two-seater modified. The track was smooth, fast and perfect for some WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action and Jeremy Nelson, Justin Pogones, Adam Prieve and Joe Martin took trophies and Shane Sabraski claimed two.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were first for the night with Brian Motz and Chris Johnson on the front line. Kevin Schmidt and Charlie Shiek joined the front row as the green flew and they all fought for first. Schmidt nosed ahead with the point and Johnson grabbed second. Davey Kruchten moved to Johnson’s side for second but contact occurred and drivers scattered to miss the cars. Schmidt was in command on the restart but Shiek and Justin Pogones sat to his rear. Pogones and Shiek battled for second while Laney moved between them to go three wide. Pogones pulled ahead and worked Schmidt for the lead. Another caution occurred and drivers were regrouped. Pogones jumped to Schmidt’s outside on the restart and they raced door to door for the lead. Laney kept close to the leader but soon Pogones broke away. Laney kept after Schmidt for second but Schmidt drove away and caught Pogones. The yellow waved one final time, but Pogones led to the checkers and took the win. Kruchten, Schmidt, Laney and Shiek were the top finishers.

Jacob Toepper and Tyler Kintner brought the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to green but Shane Howell stuck to the low groove and moved into the lead. As the drivers came to finish lap one, Toepper got squirrelly in turn four and drivers scattered on the track. The drivers were sorted and reset with Kintner and Howell on the front row. Kintner grabbed first while Nick DaRonco, Howell and Eric Lamm battled for second. Lamm snagged the point but DaRonco moved back to his side. They fought for second as Jeremy Nelson and Skeeter Estey closed in. Lamm secured the runner up point and DaRonco battled three wide for third. Another restart slowed the drivers, but Kintner remained in charge. Lamm and Nelson battled for second but Nelson found some traction out of turn two and flew to Kintner’s side. They were door to door for the lead as Nelson scrapped the wall and lost some momentum. Kintner drove away but Nelson re-found his groove and raced to Kintner’s side. They cruised around the track and fought for first as they checkers were raised. Nelson crossed the line first in his D&N Trucking #06 and Kintner finished in a close second. Lamm, Howell and DaRonco rounded out top points.

Chris McClain claimed the lead in the WISSOTA Hornets while Teale Kraft, Terry Romick and Trever Reding went three wide for second. Dannie Burkholder joined the battle and the drivers were nearly four wide, but Reding moved high and flew by McClain for first. Reding maintained the lead through a restart and Burkholder took second. The top two separated themselves from the pack while Erik Cleasby came through the middle and took third. Reding continued on the high side, Burkholder ran low and they raced parallel for the lead. Reding held the point but Cleasby, Burkholder and Joe Martin kept pressure on him. Burkholder and Martin went three wide with Reding and Martin moved into the lead. Burkholder kept second and Cleasby took third. Cleasby moved to Burkholder’s door, and with few laps to go, they remained side by side until the checkers waved. Burkholder crossed first to earn second with Cleasby, Reding and Paul George as the top finishers. Martin rolled into #2 into victory lane.

Ronnie Malecki and Josh Schmit brought the WISSOTA Super Stock to green, but James Trantina snuck by on the tires and took the lead. Malecki grabbed second while Chris Wark and Schmit battled for third. Schmit ran high and moved to Malecki’s door and Shane Sabraski drove through the middle making the battle three wide. Sabraski took the point and Wark moved back aside Malecki. Wark took third and the top drivers spaced out as the yellow appeared. Three cautions kept the Supers at a coast, but Trantina remained in command. Sabraski drifted high on the restart and passed Trantina and Wark tucked in behind the #19x. Trantina pulled away from Wark as Dave Mass slid to Wark’s door. Wark and Mass remained side by side until Sabraski took the checkers. Trantina took second with Wark, Mass and Dustin Nelson as top finishers.

Robert Holtquist took first, Adam Prieve moved into second and Tyler Larson snagged third before lap one was complete of the WISSOTA Mod Four feature. Prieve worked the low side and challenged Holtquist for the lead. Holtquist and Prieve remained side by side for first as Keith Thell closed in on Larson for third. Prieve nosed ahead of Holtquist but they closed in on a slower driver. Prieve passed the car and stretched out his lead while Holtquist trailed in second. Larson and Thell caught and passed Holtquist to take second and third while Prieve continued to cruise. Prieve grabbed another Mod Four feature win with Larson, Thell, R. Holtquist and Dustin Holtquist as the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Modifieds wrapped up the night and Dustin Nelson claimed the early lead. Shane Sabraski ran second with J.T. Johnson in third. Kelly Estey and Jody Bellefeuille took Johnson’s doors and they raced three wide. Johnson fell out of the battle but Bellefeuille and Estey continued on. They jockeyed for the point until Bellefeuille locked it in. Sabraski reeled in Nelson and as they battled for the lead, Bellefeuille closed in on them. Sabraski dove low on the track and slid into first but Nelson came back to his door. Sabraski nosed ahead and Bellefeuille moved to Nelson’s side. They battled for second which allowed Sabraski to build up a lead. Bellefeuille claimed second and Nelson settled in third. Dave Cain ran fourth for a while, but drove to Nelson’s side. With few laps to go, Cain made the pass for third and chased after Bellefeuille. Sabraski kept his foot down and took his second win of the night in his Express Tech Services Modified. Bellefeuille, Cain, Nelson and Johnson took the top points.

The Ogilvie Raceway will host a Midweek Modified Madness on Thursday May 12 and will feature the USMTS Modifieds as well as an Un-sanctioned Midwest Modified event. Check out the website at www.ogilvieraceway.com for more information. Next week’s regular Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30pm.

132 Cars at Ogilvie on Saturday Night

May 3rd, 2016

Ogilvie, MN – A stunning field of 132 cars overfilled the Ogilvie Raceway Saturday night for some WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action. Drivers battled amongst the best of WISSOTA, and at the end of the night, Tim Johnson, Dustin Virkus, Adam Prieve and Dave Cain took wins while Jeremy Nelson snagged two.

Nick DaRonco claimed the lead as the first green flew of the night. The stacked field of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds raced around the turns with Shane Sabraski, Skeeter Estey and Travis Schulte three wide for second. Just as Schulte grabbed the point the yellow waved. DaRonco was alone on the restart with Sabraski and Schulte to his rear. DaRonco pulled away from the drivers while Sabraski and Schulte ran door to door for second. After another caution, Schulte and Sabraski moved aside DaRonco and battled for first. DaRonco held the lead but Schulte, Sabraski, Jeremy Nelson and Estey kept close. Nelson moved aside the wall and put his foot to the floor. As they came out of turn two, Nelson moved into the lead, but another caution occurred. Nelson was in command on the restart and DaRonco took second. Estey passed DaRonco as Sabraski and Mack Estey joined the top three. Sabraski, DaRonco and M. Estey were three wide for third while Nelson stretched his lead to a straight-away. M. Estey nosed ahead to take third and moved in on S. Estey. They Estey boys battled back and forth for second until the checkers waved. Jeremy Nelson rolled his D&N Trucking #06 into victory lane for the second time this season while Mack Estey, Skeeter Estey, DaRonco and Eric Lamm took top points.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks took the clay with Davey Kruchten and Kevin Schmidt on the front row. The drivers battled for points as they green flew, however contact was made on the backstretch and Brian Motz rolled. Motz was tended too while the drivers stopped and soon were realigned. Kruchten and Schmidt retook their positions and battled for first when the green dropped. Tim Johnson, Eric Riley and Kyle Laney battled three wide for third and Riley and Johnson broke away. Kruchten and Schmidt continued to fight for first as Johnson squeezed between them. Johnson moved into the lead and Kruchten took second. A couple of restarts slowed the drivers but Johnson remained in charge. Johnson took the checkers in this Wollak Construction Street Stock with Kruchten, Riley, Ben Rothstein and Laney as the top finishers.

Erik Cleasby took the lead as the WISSOTA Hornet feature began. Terry Romick and Dustin Virkus however moved to Cleasby’s doors and they ran three wide for first. Virkus snagged the lead with Cleasby, Romick and Joe Martin at it for second. Martin took the runner up point while Cleasby held third. Martin closed the gap with Virkus and moved low on the track. Martin and Virkus raced door to door around the big 3/8 mile and soon the white waved. Virkus and Martin bounced off each other the final lap and as they came down the front chute, contact was made and Virkus was against the wall as they crossed the line. Virkus was awarded the win with his car in victory lane on the tow truck hook. Martin took second with Cleasby, Jeremy Jutz and Drew Johnson as the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks went green with Ryan Kostreba and Dexton Koch on the front line. Koch lifted and then dove low to slide by Kostreba for the lead. Jeremy Nelson moved into second and Dave Mass stole third after starting eighth. Koch continued to work the low groove while Nelson rode the wall. They were parallel in the turns as they battled for first. Mass closed in on the leaders as the yellow waved. On the restart, Nelson again moved to the high side and battled Koch for the lead while Mass and Tim Johnson fought behind them. As the drivers came out of turn four, a few got together on the front stretch and the yellow flew. When the race resumed, it was back to the battle for first. Koch and Nelson remained nose to nose in their black, yellow and blue cars until another caution occurred. The drivers were realigned and Nelson was the new leader with Koch and Mass to his rear. Nelson sped off on the restart but felt the heat of the competition. Two final restarts had the fans at the edge of their seats as Nelson tried to hold off Koch, Sabraski, Mass and Johnson. Mass, Koch and Sabraski went three wide for second and Nelson gained a slight lead. The checkers flew and Nelson took his second feature win of the night and first in his Super Stock. Sabraski, Koch, Johnson and Mass grabbed top points.

Adam Prieve sped away from the other WISSOTA Mod Four drivers as their feature commenced. Robert Holtquist and Tyler Larson battled for second but the yellow waved. Prieve remained in charge on the restart and Larson took second. Holtquist and Keith Thell battled for third and moved to Larson’s doors. The drivers raced three wide for second and Larson held the point. Thell kept after Larson and slid by on the low side to claim position. Larson and Holtquist continued the battle for third as Mitch Hribar joined the mix. The yellow waved again and Prieve drove off as the green waved but Thell followed. Thell rode Prieve’s #9 and prepped to pass, but suffered a mechanical problem and the yellow waved. Thell was out of the race which put Hribar and Holtquist to Prieve’s rear. Prieve and Hribar separated themselves from the field as the race resumed and Hribar kept pressure on Prieve. Prieve however held his line and took his first win in a Mod Four. Hribar, Larson, Andy Mayavski and Laramie Peiker rounded out the top points.

Shane Sabraski and Kelly Estey led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the final start of the night. The drivers battled side by side for first as Dave Cain went to the high side. Cain and Estey moved ahead of Sabraski and Cain grabbed the lead. Estey held second while Jody Bellefeuille challenged Sabraski for third. Bellefeuille took the point and closed in on Estey for second. Justin Oestreich cleared Sabraski for fourth and closed the gap with Bellefeuille and Estey while Cain lapped slower traffic. Bellefeuille rode Estey’s #37 in the curve, but Estey pulled away on the turns exit. The yellow then appeared and the drivers were sorted. Cain remained in command with Estey and Bellefeuille door to door behind him. Cain sped away and Estey retook second when the green appeared. Oestreich and Landon Atkinson battled Bellefeuille for third as the yellow light flickered on. Estey and Bellefeuille were back side by side with Cain in the lead. Cain drove away from the field and Bellefeuille and Estey battled. This round, Bellefeuille snagged the runner up point and Estey settled in third as the white waved. Cain took the checkers and rolled his KS Engineering #2c into victory lane.

Next weekend the Big O will back in action on Saturday night for a special Mother’s Day Shootout and races will begin at 6:30. The following Thursday, May 12, The Ogilvie Raceway will host a “Midweek Modified Madness” event. The night will feature the USMTS Modifieds as well as an unsanctioned outlaw B-Mod special. Check out Ogilvie Raceway’s facebook page or website, www.ogilvieraceway.com, for more information, racing will begin at 7pm.

Ogilvie Was Fouled by Mother Nature

April 25th, 2016

Ogilvie, MN – The Ogilvie Raceway was prepped and ready to go Saturday night, but Mother Nature through the yellow flag before the drivers were suited up. More than 110 drivers made their way into the pits but as the driver’s meeting began, two separate bands of rain put a delay in the program. After track officials tried to roll the track in, it was apparent that races needed to be cancelled. Racing will resume next Saturday night at 6:30pm and wristbands from Saturday will be honored then.

Ogilvie Gets Opener in the Books

April 19th, 2016

Ogilvie, MN – The pits, stands, track-side parking and parking lot were packed and it was easy to tell, it was the 2016 race season opener at Wagamon’s Ogilvie Raceway. 143 drivers signed into the pits and put on hours of racing entertainment. At the end of the night, Jeremy Nelson, Keith Tourville, Dave Mass, Mitch Hribar, Cory Bruggeman and Grady Shearer went home as champions.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds kicked off the night with Jeremy Nelson and Tim Kanten on the front row. Nelson slid high in the curve and Kanten claimed the lead. Nelson and Nick DaRonco drove by Kanten and Nelson claimed first. Nelson pulled away as the yellow flew. Nelson was alone on the restart with Kanten and DaRonco in tow. Kanten snagged second while DaRonco, Travis Schulte and Dan Wheeler battled for third. Wheeler took the
point as another yellow waved. A few more caution occurred through the race but Nelson remained in command. On the final restart, Kanten and Mike Nichols battled for second and Nichols took the point. Kanten held third
but Schulte and Skeeter Estey rode his bumper. Nelson remained in lead and took the first checkers of the season in his D&N Trucking #06. Nichols. Kanten, Schulte and Estey took the top points.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks went three wide for first as the green flag flew, but contact was made and the yellow followed. On the restart, Chris Johnson and Kevin Schmidt led the way. Russell Kostreba and Davey Kruchten moved into battle and they were nearly four wide for first. Kruchten worked the low groove and pulled out of the curve in first. Schmidt and Johnson fought for second with Ben Rothstein on their tails. Kostreba moved into battle as Schmidt and Kris Peterson sat hooked in turn three. The yellow waved and slowed the Streets. Kruchten brought the drivers back to green as Rothstein, Johnson and Justin Pogones ran three wide for second. Pogones grabbed second and closed in on Kruchten as Kruchten had a mechanical issue and drivers scattered to get by. Pogones assumed the lead on the restart but Johnson, Rothstein and Cory Dykhoff kept close. Rothstein and Johnson moved into challenge Pogones but Pogones pulled away. Dykhoff passed both Johnson and Rothstein for second as Keith Tourville moved into third. Again the yellow flew and regrouped the drivers. Pogones was alone on the restart but Tourville moved to his door as the green dropped. Pogones and Tourville
drove side by side until Tourville drove away in first. Rothstein also passed Pogones, but Pogones came back and retook the point with few laps to go. Tourville took the checkers and rolled his We Rock Landscaping #111jr
into victory lane. Pogones took second with Bo Gregor, Ryan Nelson and Russell Kostreba as the top drivers.

James Trantina and Justin Nelson battled for first when the WISSOTA Super Stocks went green. Trantina took the lead while Dave Mass took second. Mass remained glued to Trantina but Trantina held him back. A few drivers made contact in turn one and John Adams sat along with wall and fuel spilled from his car. The race went red as track crew safely burned off the fuel. Trantina led the drivers back to green with Mass and Jeremy Nelson on his rear. Nelson went low and Mass went high and they took Trantina’s sides. Nelson moved into the lead and drove away, but then had a mechanical failure and the yellow flew. Trantina was back in first with Dustin Nelson and Mass to his rear. Shane Sabraski worked the higher groove and moved into second and then to Trantina’s door. The top drivers kept close, but Trantina kept his lead. Mass and Sabraski battled for second and moved aside Trantina. They were three wide for first, but again Trantina came out of the curve first. D. Nelson joined the battle up front and the drivers entered the turn nearly four wide. Mass nosed ahead out of turn four and led the few remaining laps to take the win. D. Nelson took second with Trantina, Sabraski and Josh Schmit as the top finishers.

After a few races with cautions, the WISSOTA Hornets came out and ran a caution free event. Dustin Virkus and Teale Kraft brought the Hornets to green and as the flag flew drivers covered the track surface to advance
their positions. Virkus grabbed first while Brendon Yamry took second and Curt Derichs claimed third. Grady Shearer came through the field and made his way into second and then first. Virkus held second while the battle for fourth got hot. Andrew Thoennes, Joe Martin and Derichs ran three wide for the point and Martin claimed it. Thoennes however came back to Martin’s side and they swapped for the positon. Martin broke away from Thoennes and secured the point and closed in on Yamry for third. Martin passed Yamry and chased after Virkus. Shearer had a solid lead built up as the white and then checkers waved. Virkus came in second with Martin, Lexi Voss and Yamry in the top points.

Andy Mayavski and Dwight Gilyard brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the stand for the next feature. Mitch Hribar went low on the track and moved aside Mayavski for the lead. Hribar slid by and took the lead while Laramie Peiker and Keith Thell battled for second. Peiker pulled away with the point but Thell soon came back and reclaimed it. Tyler Larson also passed Peiker and took third while Hribar continued to build up his lead. Back to back cautions slowed the drivers down, but Hribar was in charge on the restart. Hribar led the final laps and rolled his Lockstar Lock Smith #M16 into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Modifieds finished off the night with a 28 car field. Tyler Peterson and Cory Bruggeman started on the front row, but as the green flew Jeffrey Lien, Jr. slid by for the lead. Soon thereafter the yellow waved and the drivers were slowed. Lien, Jr. was alone on the restart with Bruggeman and Jeremy Nelson to his rear. Bruggeman kept close to Lien, Jr. but Lien, Jr. was secure in first. Lien, Jr. and Bruggeman began to separate from the pack and Bruggeman kept glued to Lien, Jr. Bruggeman nosed under Lien, Jr. and slid by on the low groove for the lead. Bruggeman pulled away and began to lap slower drivers as the laps ticked by. Bruggeman took the checkers and earned a clean sweep in his first night out in his Modified. Lien, Jr. Jeremy Nelson, Don Eischens and Dustin Strand took the top points.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30.

Ogilvie – Topless Nationals

November 15th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – After a full day of soaking rain, the Ogilvie Raceway was able to fully complete its 2015 Topless Nationals event. Over 190 drivers signed into the pits and parking lot Saturday night as fans fill the stands. The race action was full of side by side action and slid jobs, but at the end of the night, Jeremy Nelson, Dave Cain, Mitch Hribar, Don Shaw and Joe Martin took feature wins while Tim Johnson took two.

Jeremy Nelson grabbed the early lead in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature and pulled away from the pack. Eric Lamm, Travis Schulte and Tyler Kintner battled for second as the first yellow appeared. Nelson retained his lead point on the restart and Kintner claimed second. Schulte slid aside Kintner and nosed ahead for the second position. Schulte’s #3t then broke and the yellow flew. Nelson was alone on the restart with Kintner and Lamm in tow. Kintner and Lamm battled for second, but Lamm broke away with the point. The top drivers stretched out their lead while Shane Sabraski worked the track’s high side and took third. Kintner moved back to Sabraski’s door but Sabraski pulled away with third. The top drivers continued to space out but Skeeter Estey closed in and challenged Sabraski. Estey soon took third and chased after Lamm. Nelson weaved his way around slower drivers and took the checkers in his D&N Trucking #06.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks rolled on the clay with Tim Johnson and Chris Johnson on the front row. T. Johnson sped away with the lead while C. Johnson, Brad Schmidt, Ben Rothstein and Jim Gullikson went four wide for second. Gullikson grabbed the point and Justin Pogones snuck into third as the yellow waved. Three straight cautions kept the drivers, but as they resumed, T. Johnson was in command. Gullikson and Pogones battled for second with Schmidt to their rears. Schmidt moved next to Pogones, but Pogones pulled away to hold third. Rothstein’s #50r then rolled on the track and the red flag flew. Rothstein was ok, and the drivers were sorted. T. Johnson remained in first with Pogones and Gullikson at it for second. T. Johnson stretched out his lead while Pogones and Gullikson remained door to door for second. As they exited the curve, Pogones pulled away with second, but again the yellow waved. Pogones, Gullikson and Davey Kruchten went three wide for second on the restart and again, Pogones drove away with the position. Tim Johnson led through one more caution and the remainder of the race to take the win in his Wollak Construction sponsored Street Stock.

The UMSS Sprint Cars were next on the agenda, and Mike Mueller shot into first as the green appeared. Mike Walters moved into second but Jeremy Kerzman took the point. Kerman closed the gap Mueller had built up and moved to Mueller’s outside. They battled side by side for first and Kerzman nosed ahead. Mueller was back at his side in the curves, but Kerzman drove out faster. Mueller kept close to Kerzman, but Kerzman took the win his #3k.

J.B. Stortz and Jeremy Nelson brought the WISSOTA Modifieds to green and Nelson claimed the lead. Stortz and Jesse Glenz battled for second but the yellow waved before the lap was complete. The restart was Stortz and Nelson door to door and again, Nelson took the lead. Nelson’s car however veered towards the wall and the yellow flew again. Stortz was alone on the restart and sped off with the lead. Drivers bunched up but kept going and Andy Jones slid into second. Glenz rode Jones’s rear and soon moved to his door. They battled and slid by another for the point as contact was made. They continued to race but Jones made contact with Glenz and Glenz spun out. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted. Stortz was in command on the restart with Jody Bellefeuille and Dave Cain to his rear. Cain glued himself to Stortz, but Stortz pulled away from the #2c. Bellefeuille moved up to challenge Cain and they ran panel to panel for second. After a couple laps, Bellefeuille nosed ahead of Cain. Stortz had a solid lead built up as the yellow appeared. Stortz was alone on the restart but Cain and Bellefeuille were back on his tail. Cain dove low as they entered the turn, drove ahead of Stortz and then slid in front of him to secure the point. Cain took the lead point but the yellow waved. Cain was alone on the restart, and with a lap to go, Cain took the win and rolled his Speedwerx sponsored machine into victory lane.

Dave Slovick and Chad Funt brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the stand and Funt pulled into the lead. Funt drove away from the field but the yellow soon waved. Funt was alone on the restart as Dean Larson grabbed second. Larson dove low next to Funt for first, but Funt drove away. Larson kept after the first point but Funt held the position. Mitch Hribar made his way through the traffic and moved aside Troy Jordan for third. Hribar took the point and challenged Larson. Again the yellow appeared and the drivers were slowed. As the green flew, Hribar drove low and slid to Funt’s door. Hribar made the pass and locked in first, but the yellow flew. Three cautions kept the drivers slow to the end, but Hribar claimed the checkers for the win.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks rolled on the clay for the next feature event. Brandon Duellman and Joey Jensen led the drivers. The green waved and Jensen grabbed the lead. Duellman held second while Dustin Nelson, Tim Johnson, Jeremy Nelson and Eric Martini battled for third. However the yellow flew and drivers were sorted. Jensen remained first when the race resumed while Martini slid to his door. Martini made the pass for first but Jensen came back to battle. Jensen reclaimed first and pulled away while Martini and Johnson battled for second. Martini drove to Jensen’s door, Jensen drove high and Martini shot by. The yellow waved and the field was slowed. Martini was alone on the restart with Jensen and Johnson to his rear. Johnson nosed ahead on the start but Martini flew by him on the high side. Johnson and Jeremy Nelson grabbed Martini’s side and they were three wide for first. Martini edged away with the point. Johnson and J. Nelson kept close but J. Nelson had mechanical issues and the yellow waved. Martini was in command on the restart with Don Shaw and Johnson on his tail. Johnson and Shaw made the battle three wide and again Martini pulled ahead. Johnson however dove low in the turn and slid ahead of Martini on the exit. Johnson became the leader as Martini moved into pass again but Martini went sideways and drivers scattered. The drivers were realigned with Johnson in first. There were only two laps to go and Johnson held the point until the checkers waved.

Jeffrey Massingill grabbed first as the WISSOTA Late Models took the green. Massingill drove away from the field while Lance Matthees took second. John Kaanta and Brent Larson battled for third and Kaanta took the point. Kaanta slowly closed the gap with Matthees while Don Shaw caught Kaanta. Kaanta and Shaw took Matthees’ doors and they were three wide for second. Matthees held the competition, but then fell back in the pack and Shaw took second. Kaanta held third while Massingill lapped slower drivers. Shaw also moved into slow traffic as he reeled in Massingill. Shaw caught Massingill and nosed under the #6m. Massingill pulled away and Shaw slid to the high side. Shaw passed Massingill and became the leader with three laps to go. Shaw led the final laps and took the win.

The WISSOTA Hornets wrapped up the night and the 2015 season at the Ogilvie Raceway with Justin Schelitzche and Ashton Schulte on the pole. Schulte sped away as the race began and Schelitzche held second. Mark Deering and Zach Gaslin battled for third while Deering took the point. Deering nosed under Schelitzche for second as the yellow waved. A couple of cautions kept the drivers slow, but Schulte remained in first. Deering slid by Schulte for first, but Schulte came back and retook the spot. Deering drove back to Schulte’s door and made contact. Both drivers kept on the gas and Schulte retook the lead. Joe Martin took advantage of the slow down and grabbed second. Martin worked Schulte for first with Deering to their rears. Martin and Schulte were side by side as the white flag flew. As they excited turn two, Martin nosed ahead into the lead. Martin led through the final turn and took the checkers.

The Topless Nationals officially concluded the 2015 race season at the Ogilvie Raceway. The Wagamon Family, track management and staff would like to thank the drivers, families and fans for your support of the Ogilvie Raceway this season. 2015 was a great success and we look forward to 2016!

Harvest Cup VII – Night 2 at Ogilvie

September 15th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – Ogilvie Raceway’s Saturday Night Shootout also conclude Harvest Cup VII. The night was packed with WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action and featured 106 of the best drivers in the region. Travis Schulte, Jim Gullikson, Jason Forshand, Levi Voss, Robert Holtquist and Larry Zeller all claimed trophies during the night.

Eric Lamm, Kyle Matuska and Shane Halopka battled three wide for first as the WISOSTA Midwest Modifieds kicked off the night. Halopka snagged the lead but Matuska and Lamm kept close to his rear. Matuska moved to Halopka’s door in the turns as the first yellow waved. A total of six cautions kept the drivers at a stop and go pace, as the race resumed, Halopka was in charge. Travis Schulte moved to the high groove and aside Halopka for first. Halopka closed the door but Schulte came back to his side. Halopka and Schulte raced side by side until Schulte drove away. Jeremy Nelson also worked the high groove and moved into second. Nelson began to close the gap with Schulte as the yellow appeared. Schulte was first on the restart but Halopka dove low and retook Schulte’s side. Halopka slid high to secure the lead, but Schulte pulled the same trick and reclaimed first. Schulte again stretched out his lead while Lamm moved aside Halopka. The checkers were in sight, and Schulte took the win in his Victory Door System #3t.

Kyle King and Davey Kruchten brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to green and Kruchten nosed ahead of the drivers. Jim Gullikson however drove past King and to Kruchten’s side. Gullikson took the lead and drove away as the yellow waved. Gullikson drove away from the pack on the restart while Allen Gessell, Jr. took second. Brad Schmidt and Kruchten battled for third but Schmidt moved to Gessell, Jr.’s door. Schmidt took second as the top drivers spaced out. Kruchten ran fourth but Adam Soltis and Justin Pogones rode his rear. Soltis made the pass and so did Pogones. Pogones rode Soltis until he moved up a groove and made the pass. Pogones began to chase after Gessell, Jr. for third while Schmidt also closed the gap with Gullikson. The white flag waved with Schmidt at Gullikson’s quarter panel. Gullikson pulled ahead and clinched the win.

Kurt Becken started pole and took first when the WISSOTA Super Stocks took the green. Eric Olson however came through the middle of the pack and took first from Becken. Jason Forshand moved aside Becken’s 70x and claimed second. Forshand chased down Olson and grabbed the low line. Forshand and Olson ran side by side for first as Forshand nosed ahead. Olson kept close while Patrick Beeksma took third. The top drivers spaced out and Forshand began to lap drivers. Beeksma caught Olson and worked him for the second point. Olson held the position even in lapped traffic. Beeksma kept after Olson as Donnie Lofdahl, Dave Mass, Mike Loomis and Dexton Koch battled for fourth. They were nearly four wide as they approached slower drivers. Lofdahl claimed fourth in the traffic but Loomis was after him. Lofdahl pulled away with the point as Koch took Loomis’s side. They battled the remainder of the race as Forshand took the checkers.

Kyle LeDoux and Quain Busitzky led the WISSOTA Hornets onto the clay, and as the race began, Busitzky took the lead. LeDoux, Ashton Schulte and Travis Swanson battled for second as they joined Busitzky. All four drivers battled for the coveted first position as Schulte broke away. Levi Voss came through the traffic and moved to Schulte’s door. They battled for first with Busitzky to their rears. The half way flags were displayed as Schulte and Voss still battled. Voss broke free from Schulte but in the curve, Schulte retook his side. Voss pulled ahead again as Jenna Kraft rolled on her hood and the red flew. Kraft was ok as the track officials tended to her. The drivers were sent back to green with Voss in command. Schulte worked the high side and resumed the fight for first. Swanson also moved aside Bustizky and the drivers were door to door for top points. As the white waved, Voss pulled away enough to secure first. Voss took the win and his second of the weekend.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours began their feature with a caution in turn one, but once it was cleared, Robert Holtquist took the lead. Brandon Linquist grabbed second with Rod Berg and Trever Roediger at it for third. Dustin Holtquist came through the middle of Roediger and Berg as they went three wide. D. Holtquist pulled away and closed in on Linquist. D. Holtquist moved aside Linquist as they put the pressure on R. Holtquist for first. D. Holtquist moved forward and passed R. Holtquist for the lead. R. Holtquist and Linquist followed D. Holtquist and Linquist tried to make the pass. The yellow soon flew and slowed the leaders down. D. Holtquist was alone on the restart with few laps to go. Linquist moved to D. Holtquist’s door and they were side by side to the finish. Dustin Holtquist crossed the line first and took his first feature win ever at the Big O.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the weekend and Larry Zeller and Dan Ebert led the way. Ebert claimed first while Zeller and Jason Gross took top points. The leaders began to space out, but Zeller reeled in Ebert. Zeller moved low on the track and took Ebert’s door. They were side by side out of the turn and Zeller nosed ahead. Ebert kept on Zeller’s rear, but Zeller secured the point. Zeller began to pass slower drivers as the yellow waved for debris. Zeller drove away on the restart with Ebert in second. Gross, Scot Danzeisen and Landon Atkinson went three wide for third and Atkinson claimed it. Atkinson chased after Ebert but Danzeisen was on the move. Danzeisen passed Atkinson before they reached Ebert to steal third. Zeller again began to lap as the yellow flew. The drivers were eager on the restart which triggered a chain reaction and drivers sat in turn four. The drivers were realigned again with Ebert and Danzeisen on Zeller’s tail. Zeller again drove away from the competition while Danzeisen took second and Ebert held third. Zeller stretched out his lead and took the win his in Little Red Wagon #41.

Harvest Cup VII officially ended, but the Ogilvie Raceway is not done for the 2015 season. Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24 will feature the Topless Nationals and will be another great two day special. We’ll see you next month at the Big O

Harvest Cup Night 1 at Ogilvie

September 13th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – Just over 100 drivers signed into the Ogilvie Raceway pits Friday night for the first night of Harvest Cup VII. The night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action featured many side by side battles and close finishes. Shane Halopka, Sam Fankhauser, Dave Mass, Levi Voss, Keith Thell and Dave Cain conquered the competition and went home victorious.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds began the night with Justin Froemming and Jeremy Nelson on the front row. Nelson jumped into the lead, Froemming took second with Travis Schulte to his rear. Schulte moved to Froemming’s outside to steal second but Froemming closed the door. Schulte worked Froemming and soon took the point. Shane Halopka also passed Froemming for third as the top drivers prepared to lap. The leader, Nelson, then suffered a mechanical problem and the yellow waved. A couple cautions kept the drivers slow, but when the green reappeared, Schulte was in command. Halopka moved to Schulte’s door and Kyle Matuska joined them. The battle for first was three wide, but Schulte nosed ahead. Another yellow waved and drivers were aligned. On the restart, Halopka retook Schulte’s side and they battled for first. The laps went by and Schulte pulled ahead every turn exit, but Halopka moved right back to his door. They were still neck and neck with two laps to go. Schulte and Halopka encountered slower drivers and Schulte ran high and Halopka grabbed the low groove. They drove in traffic as the checkers were in sight. Both drivers pushed out of turn four and Halopka exited first. Schulte gave it his all as they came down the front chute. Halopka crossed the line first to take the win with Schulte, Eric Lamm, Matuska and Denis Czech in top points.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were next and Kris Peterson and Sam Fankhauser led the way. Brad Schmidt joined the front row and they were three wide off the start. Fankhauser and Schmidt broke away and battled for first as Jim Gullikson came through the middle groove. Schmidt pulled away while Gullikson moved aside Fankhauser. Fankhauser however moved forward and battled Schmidt. Gullikson joined the battle and nosed ahead. Fankhauser again moved aside the leader to battle and Fankhauser broke away with the lead. Gullikson kept close as the yellow flag appeared. The restart wasFankhauser with Gullikson and Schmidt to his rear. Gullikson rode Fankhauser and moved to his door. Sparks flew as the drivers battled hard for the lead, but Fankhauser held the point. Gullikson remained glued to Fankhauser, but Fankhauser took the checkers in his #11. Gullikson settled for second with Schmidt, Justin Pogones and Adam Soltis in the top points.

Dave Mass and Jason Forshand battled for first as the WISSOTA Super Stocks went green. Mass nosed ahead but Forshand came back to his door. They were side by side but Forshand swerved in the turn and Mass drove away. Eric Martini moved into second and Forshand held third. The yellow flew and drivers were slowed. Mass was in charge on the restart with Forshand and Martini to his rear. Mass immediately drove away while Forshand and Martini battled for second. Martini pulled away while Donnie Lofdahl moved aside Forshand. Lofdahl took the point but Forshand came back to his side. Forshand made the pass and reclaimed third, but Lofdahl and Mike Loomis were on his tail. Loomis worked the low groove and took Forshand’s side. As they drifted apart, Lofdahl took the middle line and they were three wide. Forshand was shuffled back in the battle while Lofdahl and Loomis continued on. Loomis pulled ahead and clinched the point as the race concluded. Mass dominated the feature and rolled his Shaw Trucking #2 into victory lane with Martini, Loomis, Lofdahl and Denis Czech as the top five.

Levi Voss and Ashton Schulte drove away from the competition as the WISSOTA Hornet feature began. Jeremy Jutz held off the rest of the pack but Chris McClain and Quain Busitzky snuck by him. Voss and Schulte continued to separate themselves from the pack, but Schulte kept glued to Voss. Soon the leaders began to lap, but Voss couldn’t shake Schulte. The race came to a close and Voss took the win. Schulte finished in a close second with McClain, Busitzky and Travis Swanson as the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours rolled on the clay with Matt Halls and Keith Thell in the front. As the green dropped, Thell shot into the lead, Halls took second and Brandon Linquist took third. Robert Holtquist chased down Linquist for third, and within laps, he caught him. Holtquist moved to Linquist’s outside and took third. Linquist came back to battle as they caught slower drivers. Holtquist made it through the traffic first to secure third, but Linquist followed closely. Linquist moved back to Holtquist’s door with a couple laps to go. They remained door to door as they crossed the line. Thell took the win in his Got Milk? #00t while Halls, Holtquist, Linquist, and Dustin Holtquist took top positions.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out night one of the Harvest Cup with a 25 car field. An early caution slowed the drivers, but J. B. Stortz, Dave Mass and Larry Zeller went three wide as the race resumed. Stortz took the lead while Mass and Zeller battled for second. Mass took the point but Zeller came back to his door. Stortz slowly stretched out his lead, but the yellow appeared. Stortz was alone on the restart while Zeller and Mass continued to fight for second. Dave Cain, Dan Ebert, Scot Danzeisen and J.T. Johnson battled for the fourth point nearly four wide in the curve. Cain moved forward and took Zeller’s side. Cain claimed third as another caution occurred. On the restart, Stortz, Mass and Cain went three wide and Stortz drove away. Cain slid by Mass for second and went after Stortz but one final yellow appeared. Cain moved next to Stortz as the race resumed and Danzeisen moved aside Mass. Danzeisen grabbed third and tucked in behind Stortz and Cain. The top drivers caught slower traffic and began to pass. Stortz passed the traffic first as Danzeisen slid aside Cain. Cain held onto second and set sights on Stortz. They entered the final turn of the race and were deep in traffic. Stortz drove high and Cain dove low as they weaved in the curve. Cain’s low groove plan worked well as he moved ahead of Stortz. Cain grabbed the checkers and took the win in his Mastersbilt by JMR Modified. Stortz settled for second with Danzeisen, Ebert and Mass as the top drivers.

A Night of Checkers at Ogilvie

September 4th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – Saturday Night marked the close of the 2015 regular race season at the Ogilvie Raceway. Some point’s battles were close, but at the end of the night, Justin Pogones, Travis Schulte, L vi Voss, Jared Zimpel, Keith Thell and Clayton Wagamon were crowned the champions. The night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Racing Series action was packed with action as Pogones, Schulte, Josh Zimpel, Denis Czech, Thell and Mark Blood declared themselves victorious.

The Peterson brothers, Russell and Kris, led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green, however the yellow quickly followed. Kris Peterson was alone on the restart but Dannie Burkholder grabbed his left side to battle. Burkholder nosed ahead of the group as Jim Gullikson went three wide with Peterson and Dan McCain. Gullikson took second and passed Burkholder for the lead. A caution slowed the drivers, but Gullikson remained in control. On the restart, Justin Pogones and Burkholder grabbed Gullikson’s side and they were three wide for first. Gullikson pulled ahead but Pogones passed Burkholder and closed the gap with Gullikson. Pogones and Gullikson were parallel in the turns as another caution was triggered. Pogones charged to Gullikson’s side on the restart and claimed the lead with two laps to go. As the white waved, Brandon Belsheim’s car shot flames from the underside. The red light came on and Belsheim was tended too. The final restart was single file style as Pogones pulled away and took the checkers in his Wollak Construction #01. Gullikson, Burkholder, Davey Kruchten and Peterson claimed top points.

Jeffrey Lien, Jr. grabbed the lead as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds went green. Shane Howell took second and Travis Schulte moved to Howell’s side. Schulte took second, moved to the high groove and took the lead. Howell moved to Lien, Jr.’s side and took second. Mark Froehlich hustled the high side and moved into third. Froehlich then passed Howell and began to chase Schulte. Froehlich slowly closed the gap as Lien, Jr.’s car began to smoke. The yellow waved and Schulte had Froehlich and Jeremy Nelson on his rear. As the green waved, Nelson grabbed second but Froehlich kept close. Froehlich went high in turn one and scrapped the wall, but kept going. Schulte continued to pull away and took the checkers in his Victory Garage Door sponsored machine. Nelson finished second with Denis Czech, Howell and David Swearingen as the top finishers.

Seth Lindberg and Chris McClain brought the WISSOTA Hornets to the stand for next feature and McClain took the lead. Levi Voss, Quain Busitzky and Josh Zimpel rode McClain’s rear as they raced two-by-two for top points. Busitzky pulled into the lead as Lindberg’s tire flew in the turn. The yellow waved and drivers were sorted with Busitzky in command. Busitzky drove away on the green and Voss grabbed second. Zimpel tucked in behind Voss and slid to his outside. Zimpel grabbed second and closed in on Busitzky. Zimpel dove to the low groove to make the pass but Busitzky held him back. With only two laps to go, Zimpel came back and took Busitzky’s door. Zimpel nosed ahead as they drove the back chute and secured the lead. Zimpel took the checkers with Bustizky, Voss, McClain and Noah Nelson as the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks rolled onto the clay, but a quick caution kept them slow. Jared Zimpel and Ryan Kostreba brought them back to green and Kostreba took first. Brett Johnson and Zimpel battled for second but Johnson drove the middle groove and took first. Zimpel and Kostreba picked up the battle for second as Johnson drove away. Zimpel claimed second while James Trantina moved into third. Denis Czech passed Trantina and began to work Zimpel for second. Czech moved to the high groove and took second as the yellow waved again. A couple cautions kept the drivers slow, but Johnson remained the leader. Czech moved to Johnson’s side and they battled in the curves. Czech was faster on the exit and took first as Donnie Lofdahl came from last to fourth. Another caution occurred and drivers were realigned with Czech alone on the pole. Trantina took second and worked his teammate for first. Czech pulled away and took the checkers in his Collins Brother’s Towing #2. Trantina, Johnson, Lofdahl and Zimpel rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours came into the feature with the point’s leaders separated by four points each. As the race began, Matt Halls and Trever Roediger battled for first. Halls took the point while Roediger fought Brandon Linquist for second. Linquist took the position and glued himself to Halls. Linquist moved low on the clay and ran side by side with Halls. They closed in on slower traffic and Linquist snagged the lead. Halls and Keith Thell also passed slower drivers while Thell took second. Thell was all over Linquist’s rear, but Linquist held the lead. Thell hugged the tires and flew by Linquist and slower cars to secure first. Linquist and Tyler Larson were nearly four wide with slower drivers as they came through the turn. Linquist held second with Larson, Halls and Dustin Holtquist in points two through five. They finished in that order as Thell took the checkers in his Got Milk? #00t.

The WISSOTA Modifieds finished off the night and the regular race season with Mark Blood and J.T. Johnson on the front row. Blood shot into the lead as the green flew with Johnson in second. Jeremy Nelson and Clayton Wagamon battled for third as Nelson moved aside Johnson. Wagamon kept close as the yellow waved again. Blood was alone on the restart with Nelson and Johnson to his rear. Blood again sped away with the lead while others battled on the track. Nelson ran along the wall and flew by Blood for first, unfortunately the yellow waved and Nelson was reset to second. Blood was first on the restart and Wagamon took second. Nelson, Johnson and Landon Atkinson went three wide for third as Nelson shot back into second. The top drivers pulled away and all ran along the wall. Blood remained in first but Nelson and Wagamon kept close. Wagamon dove low in the turns to pass Nelson, but the high groove was faster and Nelson kept the point. With only two laps to go, the yellow waved and drivers were slowed. The restart was single file with Blood in command. Nelson and Wagamon both tried to work the low groove in the turn, but Blood pulled ahead and took the checkers. Nelson, Wagamon, Dustin Nelson and Atkinson took top points.

Saturday night closed out the regular race season, but next weekend the Ogilvie Raceway will feature a double header. Races will occur on both Saturday and Sunday with all six regular classes in action. We’ll see you next weekend at the Big O.

USMTS Visits Ogilvie

August 18th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN– The USMTS drivers rolled into the Ogilvie Raceway Saturday night for some WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action. They ran 40 laps with only 1 caution for debris and Stormy Scott took the win. Jim Gullikson, Dan Wheeler and Ashton Schulte also took home trophies.

Russell Peterson and Dan McCain brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green for the night’s first feature. McCain drove away from the field as the race began, but Jim Gullikson moved to his door. Gullikson made the pass for first with McCain in second. Peterson and Davey Kruchten put pressure on McCain while Justin Pogones moved into battle. Pogones, Kruchten and Peterson were three wide for third but Kruchten and Pogones moved forward. They went three wide with McCain and Pogones nosed ahead. Pogones secured the second point and chased after Gullikson. Russell Kostreba drove the low groove and moved aside McCain. McCain and Kostreba then found Kruchten’s sides and again drivers were nearly three wide. Kostreba’s line was faster and he moved into third. The laps went by and Pogones slowly reeled in Gullikson. With two laps to go, Pogones was within a car length of the 21, and as the white waved, Pogones moved to his side. They came out of turn four and had a shoot out to the checkers. Gullikson got to the stand first and took the win. Pogones took second with Kostreba, Kruchten and McCain as the top drivers.

Chad VanDuker clinched first when the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds went green. Drivers ran two and three wide around Ogilvie’s 3/8 Mile, but Travis Schulte moved to VanDuker’s side. Schulte drove by VanDuker for the lead but VanDuker kept close. Jeremy Nelson drove along the wall, flew by a couple drivers and took second, but then had a mechanical issue and the yellow waved. Schulte was alone on the restart and Dan Wheeler took second. VanDuker held third but felt the heat of Denis Czech and Shane Howell behind him. Czech moved high, took third and then drove to Wheeler’s door. As they exited the turn, Czech grabbed second and closed in on Schulte. Czech caught Schulte and they were door to door for a couple laps. The only thing that slowed them down was the yellow flag. Schulte was alone on the restart with Wheeler and Czech to his rear. Wheeler moved to Schulte’s door and they battled for the lead. Wheeler nosed ahead out of the turn and secured the point with few laps to go. Wheeler took the checkers and rolled the RED1 into victory lane. Schulte, Czech, Mark Froehlich and Howell took top points.

David Beckwith, Gavin Rowland, Quain Busitzky and Levi Voss came out of turn four four-wide for the WISSOTA Hornet feature. Unfortunately, contact was made and the yellow waved. The restart had Beckwith and Busitzky on the front, but Voss drove by them and took the lead. Busitzky held second while Beckwith, Seth Lindberg and Ashton Schulte three-wide for third. Schulte took third and slid to Busitzky’s side for second. Schulte moved forward and passed Voss for first. The yellow soon flew as Lindberg’s tire bounced in turn one. After the restart, another caution occurred as Voss’s tire also came off. With only a few Hornets left, Schulte drove away from the field. Schulte stretched out his lead to over a straight away and took the win. Teale Kraft, Beckwith, Lexi Voss and Jenna Kraft were the remaining cars and finished as the top five.

The mighty USMTS Modifieds covered the track as they prepared for the final race of the night. Ben Kates and Rodney Sanders led the drivers to the green and Kates sped off. Stormy Scott challenged Sanders for second while Dan Ebert and Jason Hughes battled for fourth. Drivers were two and three wide all over, but Kates remained strong in first. Scott pulled ahead of Sanders for second, but Sanders retook his side. Their battle continued as the yellow appeared for debris. The restart had Kates on his own with Sanders and Scott to his rear. Sanders and Scott took Kates’s sides and they were three wide for first. Kates pulled ahead to retain his position but Scott edged his way by. Scott drove away as the new commander with Kates in second. Sanders followed in third and Hughes remained glued to Sanders. As the laps went by, Hughes worked a couple of grooves but could not get by Sanders. Scott formulated a plan to lap traffic, but Kates went by his side. Scott drove back to Kates’s door and they battled for first. Scott broke away from Kates as they lapped. Sanders and Hughes also closed in on slower drivers and Hughes was finally able to get around Sanders and then Kates as well. Zach VanderBeek, who started in the back half of the field, grabbed fifth and then passed Sanders for fourth. VanderBeek chased after Kates while Scott went three wide with slower drivers. Scott utilized the whole track to maneuver his way through traffic, and he took the double checkers in his #2s. Hughes, Kates, VanderBeek and Sanders were the top five finishers.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will feature the UMSS Sprint Cars. Racing will resume at 6:30.

Stormy Scott completes USMTS season sweep of Ogilvie Saturday

August 17th, 2015

OGILVIE, Minn. -Stormy Scott outdueled Ben Kates early and held off Jason Hughes late to score his third United States Modified Touring Series victory of the season Saturday as the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental descended on the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn.

Wrapping up a three-day swing that saw The New Mexico Nightmare fail to crack the top 10 in the previous two features of the weekend, Scott came from the fifth starting position to claim his first win since the last USMTS visit to Ogilvie on May 16.

We just regrouped today, Scott said. We knew we’ve had a good car, just haven’t had much luck the last few weeks and raced on our standard deal and was good all night tonight.

USMTS rookie Ben Kates beat fellow front row starter Rodney Sanders to the first corner to start the race and held off the two-time defending USMTS National Champion for two circuits before Scott moved by to take over the second spot.

After shadowing Kates for the next seven laps, Scott scooted past the Kansas young gun to lead for the first time on lap 10.

Lapped traffic played havoc with the leaders past the halfway point in the 40-lapper and Kates was able to use that to his advantage to reclaim the lead on lap 30, but Scott battled back and regained control for good two laps later.

I knew if I could show him my nose maybe I could get him to start driving harder and maybe mess up and he did one time and we got by him, Scott added. Then when I was out front I knew my car was good but when we got to lapped traffic my line got dirty and I couldnt steer.

I started sliding around and pushing and he drove back by me. When that happened I just told myself to pick up the pace and he slid off the bottom so once I got by him I picked my pace.

The win, worth $3,000, was the 35th of Scotts career and first for the 25-year-old during the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup. It was also the first-ever win in USMTS competition for a Mark Bush Racing chassis.

Meanwhile, Hughes registered his third straight runner-up finish of the week while Kates held on for a USMTS career-best third-place finish.

Friday nights winner, Zack VanderBeek, started 15 spots farther back than he did on Friday but only finished three spots lower as he got by Sanders in the late stages to claim the fourth-place paycheck.

Dan Ebert was sixth, Clayton Wagamon crossed the finish line seventh, Brent Larson earned the eighth spot, Dereck Ramirez bettered himself by five positions to claim ninth and Landon Atkinson rounded out the top 10.

Sanders continues atop the points standings in the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup, but Hughes was able to trim the margin tonight to just 36 points (727 to 691). Sobbing maintained the third spot with 649 markers, followed by Stormy Scott (639), VanderBeek (636), Ramirez (596), Johnny Scott (514), Cade Dillard (512), Larson (510) and Casey Arneson (475).

Rounds 8 and 9 of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental happen next Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21-22, with trips to the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., and the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla.

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

Plunkett’s Pest Control night at Ogilvie

August 4th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – Plunkett’s Pest Control and Princeton Chevrolet Buick sponsored the night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race action Saturday night at the Ogilvie Raceway and over 50 bikes were awarded to kids. The raceway also debuted their new two seater Modified and gave rides during the night. It was a fun night for all, but especially for Clayton Wagamon, Dave Mass, Jeremy Nelson, Justin Pogones, Keith Thell and Jared Zimpel who claimed wins.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks commenced the night’s features, and after a quick caution, Kyle Laney grabbed the lead. Dan McCain, Russell Kostreba and Justin Pogones went three wide for second and Pogones took the point. Pogones then moved forward to Laney’s door. Pogones took the lead but soon drivers spun and sat on the front chute. The yellow waved, and drivers remained slow through cautions. As the race resumed, Pogones was still in command. McCain took second but Davey Kruchten moved to McCain’s side. McCain held the point but Kruchten kept the pressure on. Kruchten moved low and passed McCain but then slid high and McCain retook his door. Kruchten still pulled away and secured second. McCain held third but Kostreba inched closer with few laps to go. Pogones had the cruise set as he took the checkers in this Wollak Construction powered #01. Kruchten, McCain, Kostreba and Adam Fuchs took top points.

Ryan Putnam drove away as the green flew for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Tyler English, Elizabeth Toepper and Jeremy Nelson ran three wide for second as Toepper dropped back. English and Nelson moved up and aside Putnam. Putnam pulled away with the lead as Nelson moved to his side. Nelson passed the 46r and took the lead. Eric Lamm and Travis Schulte battled for third and closed in on Putnam. Lamm dove low to Putnam’s door but Putnam sped off. With the half way flags displayed, Nelson had a great lead built up with Putnam in second. Lamm continued to challenge Putnam as Schulte joined them. Lamm, Putnam and Schulte were three wide out of turn four and they caught slower drivers. Schulte made the pass first and claimed second. With only two laps to go, Nelson weaved by slower drivers and grabbed the checkers. He rolled his D&N Trucking sponsored machine into victory lane with Schulte, Lamm, Putnam and English in top points.

The WISSOTA Hornets took the green with Ashton Schulte, Teale Kraft and Quain Busitzky in a three wide battle for first. Schulte took the point with Busitzky and Kraft in tow. Levi Voss, Gavin Rowland and Lexi Voss went three wide for fourth and Levi Voss pulled ahead. Levi Voss went under Kraft for third and was aside Busitzky for second. As the battle heated up, Lexi Voss lost a tire and the yellow waved. Schulte was first on the restart and Levi Voss took second. Jared Zimpel grabbed Busitzky’s door for third and they closed in on Levi Voss. The drivers were almost three wide when Levi Voss also lost a tire and sparked a caution. As the green reappeared, Zimpel worked Schulte for the lead but Schulte held him off. With only two laps to go, Zimpel and Schulte were nose to tail for first. As they rounded turn four, Schulte’s #11 bobbled and Zimpel flew past him. Zimpel crossed the line and took the win. Schulte finished second with Busitzky, Chris McClain and Jenna Kraft as the top five.

Ronnie Malecki pulled away when the WISSOTA Super Stocks went green, but Dave Mass was on the move. Mass took second and flew by Malecki first. Malecki held second but found Kurt Becken to his rear. Becken moved to Malecki’s inside, and after a short battle, Becken took the point. Mass hustled the high side and continued to drive away from the pack. Over a straight away separated him from the others as he passed drivers. The checkers waved and the Dominator Dave Mass rolled into victory lane. Becken, Malecki, Donna Schmidt and Ryan Kostreba claimed top points.

Danny Brown and Nick Jelacie brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the stand and Jelacie took the lead. Trever Roediger moved to Jelacie’s door and claimed the lead. Meanwhile, Keith Thell went from sixth to second and tucked in behind Roediger. Thell moved to Roediger’s door and broke away with the lead. Roediger held second but Brandon Linquist closed in. Linquist took the runner up point and Roediger battled Tyler Larson to keep third. Larson took the point as the laps went by. Linquist began to reel in Thell as Thell lapped slower drivers. Linquist kept after Thell but ran out of laps as Thell took the checkers. Linquist settled for second with Larson, Roediger, and Matt Halls as the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night with Jeffrey Lien, Jr. and Clayton Wagamon on the front row. Wagamon grabbed the lead as the green waved and Justin Oestreich took second. Dave Cain, Dave Mass and Lien, Jr. went three wide for third and Cain snagged the point. Wagamon continued to lead the way as top drivers spread out as the yellow waved. Wagamon was alone on the restart with Cain and Oestreich to his rear. They were nearly three wide for first as they rounded the curve, but Wagamon pulled away in command. Cain and Oestreich kept close and were almost three wide again, but Wagamon drove away. Cain moved into second this round and used the whole track surface to challenge Wagamon. Wagamon kept true to the high side and remained faster out of the turns. Cain rode Wagamon’s rear and they were door to door through the turns. They remained side by side as they came down the front chute the final time. Wagamon crossed the line first and took the win in his Wagamon Brothers sponsored #14w. Cain settled for second with Oestreich, Landon Atkinson and Dave Mass as the top five.

There will be NO races next weekend at the Ogilvie Raceway, however Saturday August 15, the USMTS will drop by the track for a Hunt for the Casey’s Cup race. WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Hornets will also race that night. We’ll see you at the next Saturday Night Shootout.

Voss, Swearingen, Johnson, and Cain Win atOgilvie

July 28th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – The Ogilvie Raceway held their AFCO Race of Champions Qualifier Saturday night with a great show of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race action. Jim Gullikson, David Swearingen, Willie Johnsen, and Dave Cain squeezed out qualifying wins while Levi Voss claimed Hornet victory.

Davey Kruchten shot into first as the green waved for the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Other drivers battled side by side for points while Jim Gullikson closed in on Kruchten. Gullikson claimed the lead as he passed the flag stand. Justin Pogones drove by Dan McCain on the high side, then dove low and slid by Kruchten for second. Pogones chased after Gullikson and as he caught the 21, the yellow waved. Back to back cautions kept the drivers slow, but Gullikson remained in charge. Pogones challenged Gullikson for first, but Gullikson pulled away and took the checkers in his Ray’s Auto Body sponsored #21.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up and Shane Howell grabbed the lead. Jeremy Nelson moved low on the track and aside Howell, but Howell nosed ahead. Nelson and David Swearingen moved to Howell’s doors and they ran three wide when the yellow waved. Howell was alone on the restart, but as the green flew, Nelson went high aside Howell. Denis Czech and Mark Froehlich went three wide with Swearingen as Nelson took the lead. Howell kept second but Froehlich drove by him. Nelson had a significant lead built up as the yellow waved. Nelson brought the drivers back to green but suffered a mechanical problem and fell to the infield. Froehlich became the leader with Swearingen in second. Swearingen worked the high groove and caught Froehlich’s side. Swearingen locked in first with two laps to go. The yellow however waved and Swearingen was slowed. The restart was green, white, checkered with Swearingen in the front. Froehlich sped to Swearingen’s side but Swearingen drove away. The checkers rose and fell and Swearingen earned his first ever feature win. Froehlich settled for second with Czech, Howell and Brandon Hines in top points.

The WISSOTA Hornets took the clay, and as the race began, Jessica Stransky, Teale Kraft and Levi Voss were three wide for first. Voss snagged the point while Kraft took second. The battle for third got hot as Stransky went three wide with Craig Lofdahl and Quain Bustizky. Stransky held the point as they yellow waved. Voss drove away as the green flew while Kraft and Stransky resumed their battled. The girls were in a nose to nose fight as contact was made between them. The yellow flew and both drivers retired for the night. Voss remained in control with Lofdahl in second. Seth Lindberg and Gavin Rowland went three wide with Lofdahl, but Lofdahl retained the point. Busitzky, remade his way into top points as he took third and then second. Busitzky chased after Voss, but Voss’s lead was strong and he took the checkers. Busitzky, Rowland, Lofdahl and Lindberg were the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next, and they put on a spectacular feature. Jared Zimpel and Donna Schmidt brought the drivers to the green and Schmidt pulled away in first. Zimpel, James Trantina and Willie Johnsen ran three wide for second with Ogilvie Raceway first-timer Johnsen in the point. Johnsen grabbed the low groove and was aside Schmidt in the turns. Schmidt was faster on the exit but Johnsen and Trantina latched onto her bumper. The top three drivers kept close while Johnsen worked Schmidt. Schmidt continued to hold her line as Trantina and Johnsen moved to her sides. They were three wide for first and once again, Schmidt nosed ahead. The guys didn’t back down and took her sides to run three wide. Johnsen pulled ahead and claimed the lead, but Schmidt and Trantina returned. Again a three wide battle occurred, but this round, Johnsen broke away and didn’t look back. Schmidt and Trantina kept the battle for second alive as they raced door to door. Johnsen put space between himself and the other drivers, and soon the checkers dropped. Johnsen took the win with Schmidt, Trantina, Czech and Brett Johnson as the top drivers.

Dano Ostrander and Mark Blood led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the green for the night’s final race. Blood claimed first while Ostrander, Jeremy Nelson and Dave Cain ran nearly three wide for second. Cain took the runner up point and Nelson snagged third. The top three drivers separated from the pack as they rounded the curves. Cain slowly closed in on Blood and soon was at his door. Cain ran low and Blood was high on the track as they raced door to door. After a couple laps, the 2c of Cain broke away and secured the lead. Cain began to lap slower traffic soon thereafter and maintained his lead until the checkers flew. Blood finished second with J. Nelson, Dustin Nelson and Jody Bellefeuille as the top drivers while Cain rolled his AFCO sponsored #2c into victory lane.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will be Kids Bike Night and will feature a bike giveaway sponsored by Princeton Auto Center. All six regular classes will be in action with races starting at 6:30. We’ll see you at the Big O.

Jam the Stands night at Ogilvie

July 21st, 2015

Ogilvie, MN– The Ogilvie Raceway was busy Saturday night as the MN Corn Growers Association hosted their Jam The Stands event. People flocked to the track and saw nothing short of exciting WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action. Justin Pogones, Dustin Scott, Levi Voss, Donnie Lofdahl, Matt Halls and J.T. Johnson all claimed wins.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks kicked off the nights features with an action filled race. Kyle Laney and John Adams brought the cars to the green and Adams nosed into the lead. Contact was made amongst the drivers, and even though they slowed, the race remained green. Dan McCain found his way into first with Adams and Sam Fankhauser in tow. Jim Gullikson worked Fankhauser for third as they took Adams’s sides. Fankhauser made the high groove work and took second. The yellow then waved and drivers were sorted. McCain was first on the restart, but Gullikson and Adams moved to his door and they were three wide. The top five drivers fought for the lead point as Gullikson pulled away. Gullikson then felt a nudge and scrapped the wall. A chain effect occurred and drivers scattered while Adams’s #69 rear ended the concrete wall. Drivers were sorted and realigned while Adams was tended too. When the race resumed, McCain was still in charge. Side by side battles began between Adams and Davey Kruchten and Justin Pogones and Dannie Burkholder. Drivers remained close, too close for comfort, and again contact was made. Another yellow was triggered followed by a final yellow. As the race resumed, Kruchten was first. Gullikson moved to Kruchten’s side for first with Pogones to their rears. Pogones joined them and they were three wide. Pogones and Gullikson pulled away and battled for first. Both Pogones and Gullikson battled from the rear to the front, and they were nose to nose for first. Pogones broke free of Gullikson and stretched out his lead. The checkers were in sight as Pogones rolled his #01 into the Jobbers Parts Warehouse Victory Lane. Gullikson finished second with Kruchten, McCain and Russell Kostreba as the top five.

Jacob Toepper and Austin Ellis sped off as the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature began. The drivers were racing for an increased purse made possible by Valley Motorsports. Toepper took the early lead but Ellis and Ryan Putnam took his sides and Putnam took the lead. David Swearingen moved into second and Shane Howell grabbed third as the yellow waved. Putnam was alone on the restart but Howell was on the move and slid aside Putnam. Putnam held first but Howell kept after him. Howell and Putnam were side by side again when Howell took first. The yellow then waved and the drivers were slowed. Howell was in control on the restart, but as the green flew, contact was made between him and Putnam, which sparked a chain reaction. The yellow flew again followed by a couple more. When the race resumed, Dustin Scott was the leader. Jeremy Nelson tucked in behind Scott for first while Travis Schulte took third. Denis Czech drove to Schulte’s door, and after a battle, Czech took the point. Scott remained in first until the race concluded and claimed the win. Nelson, Czech, Eric Lamm, and Schulte also took top points.

Levi Voss shot into the lead and Ashton Schulte followed in the WISSOTA Hornets. Quain Busitzky, who started eighth, was in third before the driver’s exited turn two. Voss immediately pulled away from the pack while Busitzky reeled in Schulte. Laps went by and Busitzky continued to close in, until he clipped a track tire and spun. The yellow waved and Busitzky fell to the rear. The drivers were regrouped with Schulte and Gavin Rowland behind Voss. Schulte moved to Voss’ door on the restart, but Voss pulled away as they exited the curve. Voss grabbed the checkers with Schulte, Rowland, Teale Kraft and Bustizky in tow.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the green with Ryan Kostreba and Donna Schmidt in a door to door battle for first. Donnie Lofdahl followed them closely as Denis Czech moved to his side. The top drivers circled the track two by two as Jason Forshand went three wide with Czech and Lofdahl. The top five drivers kept glued to each other as Kostreba broke free. Lofdahl, Forshand and Schmidt remained three wide for second while Rookie Kostreba remained in command. Lofdahl took the high groove and slid aside Kostreba for the lead. Lofdahl was successful and Kostreba settled for second. Lofdahl began to pull away as the yellow appeared. On the restart, Kostreba and Forshand followed Lofdahl to the green. Forshand drove to Lofdahl’s driver side and they were side by side in the turns. Lofdahl was faster on the exit, but Forshand retook his side. They were nose to nose in turn two as Forshand dove to the infield. Lofdahl drove away and secured his lead. Kostreba and Schmidt were in a classic side by side battle for second as the laps went by. When the white flew, Schmidt broke free and took the point. Czech then grabbed Kostreba’s side when the checkers waved. Lofdahl drove his #7JV into victory lane with Schmidt, Czech, Kostreba and Wheeler Blood as the top drivers.

Matt Halls took the immediate lead when the green waved for the WISSOTA Mod Fours. Nick Jelacie took second and Trever Roediger grabbed third. Roediger worked Jelacie for second while Halls stretched out his lead. Dean Larson and Keith Thell moved aside Jelacie and Roediger as they battled panel to panel for points. Larson took second while Roediger held third. Halls had a significant lead built up, but Dean Larson was closing it. The white flag flew as Brandon Linquist was tagged and he skidded along the front stretch. The yellow waved and Halls saw his lead disappear. Larson and Thell were on his rear as the race resumed, however Halls sped away and still took the checkers. D. Larson, Thell, Tyler Larson and Roediger rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night with J.T. Johnson and Toby Patchen on the front row. They ran side by side as the green flew as Patchen broke away. Johnson moved back to his side but Patchen was faster out of the curve. Johnson didn’t back down as he again moved aside Patchen. This round, Johnson was faster on the exit and took the lead. Patchen and Jeremy Nelson grabbed top points as drivers spaced out. As the laps went by, drivers formed a single file line and rounded the big 3/8 mile. One caution slowed them down, but Johnson kept the lead when the green reappeared. Again, Patchen took second, Nelson third with Kevin Adams and Justin Oestreich in the top five. The drivers finished in that same format as Johnson took the win and rolled his Johnson Auto Sales and Service #89jr into victory lane.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30pm. We’ll see you at the Big O.

Fireworks on the Track and In the Sky at Ogilvie

July 7th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – The Ogilvie Raceway celebrated the 4th of July with some great WISSOTA PolyDome Racing Series action along with an awesome fireworks display. The stands were packed as fans watched Justin Pogones, Tyler Larson, Josh Zimpel, Jason Forshand and Travis Schulte take home trophies.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks took the green with Quentin Busitzky and Dannie Burkholder on the front row. Burkholder took the lead while Adam Burrows moved into second. Kyle Dykhoff took third and moved aside Burrows. They battled and rode Burkholder’s rear as Dykhoff moved to his side. Dykhoff took over first while Burkholder, Burrows and Jim Gullikson ran three wide. Gullikson took the point and tucked in behind Dykhoff. Justin Pogones slid into third and looked ahead as Gullikson challenged Dykhoff. Gullikson moved to Dykhoff’s outside and moved into the lead. Pogones also passed Dykhoff to claim second. Pogones closed the gap with Gullikson as the yellow flew. Gullikson was alone on the restart but an eager Pogones and Dykhoff were behind him. As the green flew, Pogones moved to Gullikson’s side and took the lead. A couple more restarts occurred, but Pogones remained in command. Gullikson and Dykhoff battled for second while Davey Kruchten and Kris Peterson fought for fourth. Dykhoff broke away from Gullikson, but as the white waved, Gullikson was back at his side. Gullikson and Dykhoff remained side by side as the checkers flew. Dykhoff crossed first to take second while Gullikson, Kruchten and Peterson took the top five. Pogones rolled his Wollak Construction sponsored #01 into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were nearly four wide as the green waved, however the yellow waved and drivers slowed. On the restart, Trever Roediger and Ross Mead drove away and battled for first. Tyler Larson joined the debate and they were three wide. Roediger pulled ahead with the point but Larson and Mead retook his sides. Three wide they were in the turn as Larson nosed ahead. Roediger and Mead continued to battle for second with Brandon Linquist to their tails. Linquist moved low, Mead ran high and they both passed Roediger. Linquist broke free from Mead and secured second. Larson had a good lead built up as the yellow flew. The restart went green, white checkered and Larson rolled his #7L into victory lane. The remaining top five drivers were Linquist, Mead, Roediger and Gerry Nohner.

Levi Voss shot into the lead when WISSOTA Hornets took the green. Teale Kraft and Gavin Rowland battled for second and Rowland took the point. Josh Zimpel closed in on Rowland for second as Rowland’s tire came off and bounced on the track. The yellow waved and drivers were sorted. Voss was alone on the restart with Zimpel and Busitzky behind him. As the green flew, the top three drivers separated from the pack. Zimpel moved aside Voss and pulled away as they exited turn two. Voss however moved back to Zimpel’s door in turn three. Zimpel drove away on the exit and secured first as the yellow appeared. Zimpel sped away as the green dropped and maintained the lead to take the win. Busitzky, Voss, Seth Lindberg and Kraft rounded out the top five.

Andy Grymala and Jared Zimpel brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the stand and Grymala grabbed the lead. Zimpel took second and Brett Johnson took third as the yellow waved. Grymala was in charge on the restart and Johnson took second. Zimpel and Jason Forshand battled for third as Johnson went sideways in the turn. The yellow flew and Johnson was assisted off the track. Grymala remained in first but Forshand moved to his side as the green reappeared. Grymala and Forshand remained side by side as they pulled away from the pack. Forshand broke free to secure first as Tristan LaBarge closed in on the leaders. LaBarge caught Grymala and prepared to battle. LaBarge moved to the outside of Grymala, but on the turn’s exit Grymala closed the door. LaBarge again moved to Grymala’s side and they remained door to door with two laps to go. LaBarge made the pass and claimed second. Forshand began to lap as the checkers flew and he took the win. LaBarge, Grymala, Zimpel and Jeff Klopstein, Jr. were the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds wrapped up the night’s races with a four wide salute to the fans. As they realigned, Ryan Johnson and Bill Yonke were on the front row. Johnson moved into first and Yonke took second, but Eric Lamm stole the point. Yonke, Charlie Zander and Travis Schulte went three wide for third as the yellow flew. Johnson was still in charge but Schulte, Yonke and Lamm went three wide for second. Contact was made between the drivers and Zander spun. The yellow again flew and drivers were sorted. The green reappeared and Lamm shot into the lead. Johnson kept close to Lamm but Schulte moved to Johnson’s side and claimed the position. Clayton Wagamon, David Swearingen and Yonke went three wide for fourth and Swearingen pulled ahead. Swearingen and Johnson battled for third with Wagamon on their rears. Again the yellow waved, and on the restart, Schulte moved to Lamm’s side. Lamm held the lead, but Schulte worked the high groove and took first. Lamm and Wagamon ran high behind Schulte when the yellow waved. Schulte was in command while Wagamon, Lamm and Mark Froehlich battled for second. Wagamon and Lamm were parallel in the turns and Lamm pulled away. Wagamon and Froehlich continued to fight for third when Swearingen joined them. Three wide for third and Swearingen grabbed the point. One final caution slowed the drivers, but with few laps to go, Schulte kept his lead and rolled his Victory Garage Door sponsored #3t into victory lane for the first time this season. Lamm finished second with Swearingen, Froehlich and Wagamon in the top five.

Next weekend the Ogilvie Raceway will have a double header with races on Saturday and Sunday nights. The Saturday Night Shootout will feature the WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series as well as our WISSOTA Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds and Hornets. The Sunday Night Shootout will feature all six of our regular WISSOTA classes. We’ll see you next weekend at the Big O.

Jones/Fleischer Memorial at Ogilvie

July 1st, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – The 4th Annual Ron Jones Sr. / Ron Fleischer Memorial Race was at the Ogilvie Raceway Saturday night. The WISSOTA PolyDome Race night featured contingency prizes for drivers, giveaways for fans and an increased payout for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Modifieds. Memorial race winners were Shane Sabraski and J.B. Stortz while Jim Gullikson, Keith Thell, Donnie Lofdahl and Josh Zimpel claimed other wins.

Russell Kostreba and Kris Peterson led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green, but Jim Gullikson joined them. They were three wide for first as Gullikson grabbed the point. Peterson moved into second while Davey Kruchten took third. Gullikson stretched out a lead while Justin Pogones moved aside Kruchten. Pogones drove the low groove, took third and then second. Drivers spaced out on the track while Pogones chased after Gullikson. Gullikson however had a good lead took the checkers in his Ray’s Auto Body sponsored 21. Pogones settled for second with Kruchten, Peterson
and Kevin Schmidt as the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were next up and as the green dropped, Keith Thell took the lead. Tyler Larson and Matt Halls moved aside Thell and they were three wide for the lead. Halls pulled away in first with Thell and Larson to his rear. Halls shot through the infield grass and re-entered the track as Larson and Thell battled for first. The yellow soon waved and the drivers were reset. Thell was first as the green waved and Brandon Linquist took second. Larson moved to Linquist’s side and retook second. Halls challenged Linquist for third as they caught slower drivers. The lapped traffic ran high and low on the track so the leaders drove through the center groove. Thell maintained his lead and rolled his Got Milk? #00t into victory lane. Top finishers were Larson, Linquist, Gerry Nohner and Joey
Brown.

It was time for the night’s first Memorial Race, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Shane Sabraski grabbed first as the race began and Levi Atkinson battled Charlie Zander for second. Atkinson took the point, Zander held third with Mark Froehlich and Eric Lamm at it for fourth. Sabraski already built up a lead as the first yellow flew. Sabraski drove away on the restart and Zander moved into second. Atkinson, Lamm and Travis Schulte went three wide for third as debris laid on the surface. The yellow waved again to slow the drivers. On the restart, drivers were three and four wide in the turns and as result eight cars sat in turn four. The lights turned red and track officials helped drivers from their cars. Fuel spilled onto the surface and cars were carefully removed. After the burn off, drivers were sorted and again the green flew. Sabraski remained in command with Schulte in second. Schulte kept close to Sabraski while Froehlich moved aside Zander for third. Lamm joined them and again drivers were three wide. The yellow waved one final time and slowed the field. Sabraski sped off on the restart but Schulte again kept close. Lamm and Froehlich battled for third and pulled away from the pack. Sabraski and Schulte closed in on traffic with two laps to go. Sabraski kept his lead and took the win. Schulte finished second with Froehlich, Lamm and Zander as the top five.

Ashton Schulte took first and Quain Busitzky moved into second when the WISSOTA Hornets took the green. Gavin Rowland moved low next to Busitzky with Josh Zimpel to their rears. Schulte began to stretch out his lead and the yellow waved. Busitzky, Rowland and Zimpel remained close for second as the green reappeared. Rowland nosed ahead for second and Zimpel took third. Zimpel moved to Rowland’s door as the yellow flew again. Schulte was still in charge on the restart, but Zimpel drove low and passed Schulte. Zimpel became the leader and drove away from the competition. Zimpel took the win with Rowland, Busitzky, McClain and Schulte in top points.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks approached the track with Ryan Kostreba and Donna Schmidt on the front row. As the green waved, Kurt Becken moved low and they were three wide for first. Contact was made throughout the field and Ronnie Malecki was turned. The yellow waved and Kostreba and Schmidt resumed their beginning positions. Again, as the green flew, Becken and Donnie Lofdahl moved forward and the Supers were four wide. Becken took the lead but Lofdahl moved to his side. Dave Mass grabbed the middle groove and they were three wide for first. Mass pulled into the lead but James Trantina clipped a track tire and the yellow waved. Becken was first on the restart but Mass drove past him to take the point. Lofdahl moved into second while Brett Johnson battled Becken for third. Johnson took the point
and joined Lofdahl in the chase after Mass. The white waved and Mass’s #2 had slowed, but he still held the lead. Lofdahl grabbed the high side and Johnson kept close as they caught Mass. They charged out of turn four to the checkers and the crowd jumped to their feet. Lofdahl crossed the line first for the win. Mass finished second with Johnson, Trantina and Kostreba as the top five.

The second Memorial Race and final race of the night went to the WISSOTA Modifieds. Shane Sabraski and J.B. Stortz led the drivers to green, and Stortz took the lead. Sabraski held second while Justin Oestreich battled Jeremy Nelson for third. Oestreich took the point while Dave Mass took fourth. Nelson moved back to Mass’s side for fourth as the yellow waved for debris. Stortz was alone on the restart and Sabraski took second. Oestreich, Mass and Nelson were three wide for third and Oestreich again took the point. Sabraski got a great run out of the turn and moved low aside Stortz. Stortz put his foot down and pulled away as the yellow flew. As the green reappeared, Sabraski, Oestreich and Nelson went three wide for second. Again Sabraski took second and Oestreich held third. Stortz continued to stretch out his lead while Mass, Nelson and Jody Bellefeuille battled for fourth. Mass claimed the point with few laps to go. Stortz had a substantial lead and took the checkers. Sabraski, Oestreich, Mass and Nelson rounded out the top five finished.

Next weekend will feature our regular Saturday Night Shootout alone with a fireworks show right after the races. There will be no races on Friday night, but the Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and Hornets will be in action Saturday night. Racing resumes at 6:30.

Ogilvie Gets Races in while other tracks Cancel

June 24th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – LeFebvre Companies sponsored the night of racing at the Ogilvie Raceway Saturday night, and with multiple tracks canceling, more than 100 drivers signed into the pits. The night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race series action was full of battles but it was Justin Pogones, Denis Czech, Tyler Larson, Gavin Rowland, Jason Forshand and Jody Bellefeuille that took home hardware.

Dannie Burkholder and Davey Kruchten led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the reen for the night’s first feature, but the yellow quickly followed. Burkholder claimed the lead on the restart while Kruchten kept close. Tim Johnson moved aside Brandon Fah for third and took the point. Johnson grabbed the high line and drove by Kruchten and Burkholder to take first. Burkholder held second but Justin Pogones passed Kruchten and then moved to Burkholder’s side. They ran door to door until Pogones took the point. Sam Fankhauser also worked his way around Kruchten and then found Burkholder as the yellow waved. The leader, Johnson, suffered a flat and exited to change it and Pogones assumed the lead. Pogones had Burkholder and Fankhauser to his rear as the green waved, but Pogones drove away and took the checkers. Fankhauser took second with Burkholder, Kruchten and John Adams as the top finishers.

Charlie Zander and Eric Lamm battled side by side for first as the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature began. Travis Schulte kept tucked behind them as Lamm nosed ahead in first. Lamm began to pull away as Schulte and Zander battled for second. Schulte took the point and closed the gap with Lamm.Lamm and Schulte had a good lead built up while Skeeter Estey and Tyler Kintner battled behind Zander. The yellow then waved and regrouped the cars with Lamm still in charge. Estey and Schulte battled for second on the restart and Estey took the point. Denis Czech broke into top points and grabbed Estey’s door for second. Estey however moved up the track and passed Lamm for the lead. Lamm held second as Estey suddenly turned into the infield. Lamm resumed the lead with two laps to go. The white flag waved and Lamm was ready for his first win, but Lamm also coasted into the infield and Czech assumed the lead. Czech drove to the checkers and rolled into victory lane. Schulte, Mark Froehlich, Jeremy Nelson and Kintner took top points.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were next with Danny Brown and Ross Mead on the front row. As the green flew, Andy Mayavski, Tyler Larson, Keith Thell and Mead all moved forward to battle but the yellow waved. The field was reset with Brown and Mead back in front. The green waved again and Mayavski, Larson and Trever Roediger moved forward to fight for first. Larson claimed the point and drove away from Mayavski in second. Dean Larson moved aside Roediger for third and took the point. D. Larson then flew by Mayavski for second as another yellow waved. T. Larson was alone on the restart with Mayavski and D. Larson in tow. T. Larson pulled away as the green reappeared and D. Larson took second. They finished that way with Mayavski, Mead and Nick Jelacie as the top five.

Jenna Kraft and Seth Lindberg brought the WISSOTA Hornets to the green, but as the green flew, Jessica Stransky took the lead. Ashton Schulte weaved through traffic and took second while Lindberg held third. Josh Zimpel and Levi Voss were right behind Lindberg as Zimpel took third. Schulte moved to Stransky’s outside and slid into the lead and Zimpel took second. Stransky held third as Zimpel chased after Schulte. Schulte’s #11 began to go sideways and Zimpel also went sideways. They both spun and Voss hit Zimpel head on. Zimpel and Voss climbed out of their cars as flames grew under Voss’s hood. The race went red as the drivers were assisted. As the race resumed, Stransky was back in charge. Quain Busitzky drove by Stransky for first and Gavin Rowland moved to Stransky’s door. Rowland took second and reeled in Busitzky. Rowland rode Busitzky’s rear and soon they were door to door. They made a couple laps side by side, but Rowland eventually nosed ahead with two laps to go. Rowland took checkers for his first time this season. Busitzky finished second with Chris McClain, Lindberg and Teale Kraft in the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the track and Donna Schmidt and Jared Zimpel led the way. The green dropped and Schmidt and Zimpel battled for first. Zimpel broke away and Denis Czech took second. The Supers cruised around track but the yellow soon followed. Zimpel was alone on the restart with Czech and Brett Johnson to his rear. Zimpel pulled away as Czech, Johnson, Tim Johnson and Jason Forshand battled nearly four wide for second. Forshand took the point as the yellow waved again. Zimpel was still in command as the race resumed, but Czech grabbed his outside and took the lead. Forshand moved aside Zimpel, but Zimpel sped back to Czech’s side. Forshand ran mid track and drove between Zimpel and Czech. They were three wide for first but Zimpel kept it. Czech’s car then fell off pace and the yellow waved. Zimpel led the drivers back to green and Forshand moved to his door. They were side by side for first and Forshand nosed ahead. Forshand drove away to secure his position and Zimpel settled for second. Tim Johnson moved into third and aside Zimpel. T. Johnson took the point and put his foot down to catch Forshand. Forshand however took the checkers and rolled his #02 into victory lane.

Dustin Nelson took the lead for the final race of the night. The WISSOTA Modifieds filled the track and Jeremy Nelson, Jody Bellefeuille and Jeffrey Lien, Jr. were three wide for second. J. Nelson and Bellefeuille moved forward and battled while Dave Cain and Lien, Jr. went side by side. The drivers settled into points with Bellefeuille second and J. Nelson and Cain in tow. Cain moved low in the turn and ran parallel with J. Nelson. J. Nelson was faster out of the curve to keep third, but Cain kept after him. Bellefeuille moved in on D. Nelson for first and soon they were side by side. Again top drivers were door to door for points as Cain moved into third. Bellefeuille and Nelson continued to battle as they caught slower cars. Bellefeuille took the lead as Cain caught D. Nelson. Again, Cain went low and moved into second as the yellow flew. Bellefeuille was in control on the restart with Cain and D. Nelson to his rear. Cain worked the low groove and D. Nelson ran high as they raced for second. Bellefeuille stretched his lead out as Cain and D. Nelson continued their race. J.B. Stortz closed in on Cain and D. Nelson. The checkers flew with D. Nelson in second, Cain, Stortz and Kevin Adams in top points while Bellefeuille took the win.

Next Saturday will be the 4th Annual Ron Jones Sr. /Ron Fleischer Memorial Race. Modifieds and Midwest Modifieds will race for increased payouts as well as contingency prizes throughout the field. It will be a great night of racing honoring two great guys. We’ll see you at the Big O, racing resumes at 6:30.

Linquist Wins Mod 4 Feature at Ogilvie

June 16th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – The skies were cloudy, but the rain stayed away and the Ogilvie Raceway completed another full night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race series action. Dave Mass, Jeremy Nelson, Justin Pogones, Jared Zimpel and Brandon Linquist all claimed another feature win while Dustin Nelson took home his first piece of hardware of the season.

John Adams and Dan McCain battled side by side for first as the green flag dropped. The WISSOTA Street Stocks were off with drivers three and four wide around the track. Adams grabbed the lead but McCain retook his side for battle. McCain snagged the lead while Justin Pogones moved from eighth to third and aside Adams for second. Pogones moved low and to the side of McCain while Adams, Cody Kummer and Sam Fankhauser battled three wide for third. Pogones and McCain and Kummer and Fankhauser remained side by side for points as Pogones pulled into the lead. Kummer and Fankhauser worked McCain for second but McCain held them back. Kummer moved low on the track and claimed second and Fankhauser took third. McCain held onto fourth and Kris Peterson took fifth as Pogones took the checkers for his sixth win of the season.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up to race with Charlie Zander and Eric Lamm on the front row. Lamm sped away as the green flew with Zander and Shane Halopka in tow. Shane Howell and David Swearingen kept close to Halopka and Swearingen took the point. Swearingen then moved to Zander’s side and claimed the second. Lamm had a considerable lead built up as Halopka moved back into third. Halopka took the low groove and ran parallel with Swearingen in the turns. Swearingen retained second as the yellow flew. Lamm was slowed and realigned with the rest of the drivers as the race resumed. Halopka took the lead point from Lamm while Jeremy Nelson, who started in 16th, flew around the high side and took third. Nelson then slid to the low groove and passed Lamm for second. Nelson closed in on Halopka for first with two laps to go. Nelson and Halopka were side by side as they cruised down the back chute, and as they exited turn four, Nelson was faster. Nelson claimed the lead just in time and took the win. Halopka, Swearingen, Lamm and Shane Sabraski took top points.

Danny Brown and Gerry Nohner led the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the green, but as the flag flew, drivers flew past them and Brandon Linquist took the lead. Andy Mayavski moved into second Tyler Larson and Matt Halls battled for third. Larson moved forward and aside Mayavski for second as the yellow flew. A series of three cautions kept the drivers slow, but as the race resumed, Linquist was still in command. Keith Thell drove by Mayavski for second and Halls took third. Larson moved back into top points and passed Halls for third. Thell chased after Linquist, but Linquist held his line and rolled his #3 into victory lane. Thell, Larson, Halls and Mayavski were the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the clay with Ryan Kostreba and Kurt Becken on the front row. Becken took the lead as the green flew while Kostreba, Dave Mass, Shane Sabraski, Dexton Koch and Brett Johnson battled for top points. They were four wide at one point but Mass and Sabraski pulled away with second and third. Soon thereafter, the yellow flew and drivers were slowed down. Becken was alone on the restart but Mass and Sabraski were on his bumper. As the green flew, Mass shot into the lead. Jason Forshand moved to Becken’s side for second with Sabraski to their rears. Forshand took the point and Sabraski passed Becken for third as Mass continued to drive away. Sabraski’s #7a fell off pace and surrendered to the infield putting Dexton Koch in the third point. Mass dominated the remainder of the race and wheeled his Racefan123 sponsored #2 into victory lane. Forshand, Koch, Becken, and Kostreba took the top points.

Ryan Lind grabbed the lead as the WISSOTA Hornet feature began. Ashton Schulte however made the pass and took first while Josh Zimpel took second. Lind held third but Gavin Rowland and Levi Voss were on his bumper. Voss moved low and took third while Zimpel worked Schulte for first. Zimpel moved low, but Schulte held him back. Zimpel tried it again but Schulte retained the lead. Voss closed the gap between him and the leaders and he and Zimpel moved to Schulte’s sides. They ran three wide as Schulte dropped back to third. Zimpel and Voss remained door to door for first as the laps went by. They caught a slower car and went three wide, still Voss and Zimpel remained side by side on the exit. The white flew and as they exited turn four, Zimpel had a slight lead and took the win. Voss settled for second with Rowland, Dan Rick and Schulte as the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds concluded the night’s races and it was a great race. Dustin Nelson grabbed the early lead and Andy Miskowic took second when the green dropped. Jason Voigt, Jeremy Nelson, Shane Sabraski and Dave Mass battled for top points as J. Nelson grabbed the high side. J. Nelson moved into second and closed in on D. Nelson. Sabraski moved into third and then down a groove to run aside J. Nelson in the turns. J. Nelson however pulled ahead and also moved to the low groove. The Nelson’s ran parallel in the turns but D. Nelson continued to be faster on the exit. J. Nelson came back and this round he took the lead. Sabraski and D. Nelson battled for second while Mass and Jody Bellefeuille fought for fourth. D. Nelson kept second as Sabraski, Bellefeuille and Mass went three wide for third. Mass took the point and chased D. Nelson. D. Nelson held Mass off as the yellow waved. Sabraski’s right rear tire shredded and debris was scattered. Sabraski left the track as did Mass with a flat tire. As the drivers were reset, J. Nelson was in first with D. Nelson and Bellefeuille to his rear. As the green flew, D. Nelson got a great run and retook the lead. J. Nelson moved to his side and again they were door to door. Bellefeuille joined the fun and the battle was three wide for first. As the white flag waved they entered turns one and two three wide and again in turns three and four. As they prepared to exit the curve for the checkers, Bellefeuille made contact with D. Nelson and Bellefeuille spun. The race remained green as D. Nelson took the checkers in his Nelson Auto Crushing #46. J. Nelson took second with J.B. Stortz, Clayton Wagamon and Voigt as the top finishers.

Next Saturday’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30.

Ogilvie gets 2nd night In

June 11th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – The Ogilvie Raceway geared up for their second night of WISSOTA PolyDome Racing Series action Sunday night, and after a down pour before race start, the full night of action was completed.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were first of the night with Brennan Gave and Keith Thell on the front row. Thell grabbed the lead as the checkers flew while Gave and Tyler Larson battled for second. Larson took the point as the yellow waved. The drivers were sorted with Thell in control of the field. Larson retook second and Mitch Hribar claimed third as the green flew. Hribar worked Larson for second with Matt Halls to their rear. Thell was ahead by a straight away as Hribar made the pass for second. Halls worked Larson for third but spun on his own and another yellow was triggered. Thell was first on the restart with three laps to go as Hribar moved to his outside. Hribar made a quick pass and snagged the lead as a final caution slowed the drivers. Hribar maintained his lead the final laps and took the win with Thell, Dean Larson, T. Larson and Brandon Linquist as the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the clay next with Skeeter Estey and Jim Larkin in the lead. Travis Schulte moved aside Estey for first and they raced side by side with Larkin in third. Estey pulled ahead to claim first as the top drivers spaced out. After a couple short laps, Estey was ready to lap but Eric Lamm spun and the yellow waved. A multiple caution series began, but Estey continued to lead. Schulte and Jeremy Nelson were behind Estey on a restart when Estey bobbled off the wall and the yellow flew. Estey got assistance off the track and Travis Schulte assumed the lead. As the green reappeared, Schulte, Shane Sabraski, Dan Wheeler and Nelson were four wide for the lead. Schulte pulled away with the point but Wheeler and Nelson kept close. Wheeler worked the low groove and was parallel with Schulte in the turns. Wheeler slowly nosed ahead and took the lead just in time for the checkers to fly. Wheeler rolled the RED1 into victory lane while Schulte, Nelson, Sabraski and Shane Howell claimed top points.

Dan McCain and Aaron Johnson brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green and McCain pulled into the lead. Johnson and Justin Pogones however both passed McCain and Pogones moved into first. Johnson held second and Jim Gullikson grabbed third as the yellow waved. Pogones was alone on the restart and Gullikson took second. Pogones and Gullikson drove away from the competition while Gullikson tried to get by Pogones. Johnson sat comfortably in third while Davey Kruchten and McCain battled for fourth. McCain held off Kruchten’s #11k as the laps went by. Pogones slowly broke free from Gullikson and took the checkers in his Lake State Recycling #01. Gullikson finished second with Johnson, McCain and Kruchten in the top five.

James Trantina took charge as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature began. Dexton Koch moved past Brett Johnson for second but a caution occurred. Trantina was alone on the restart with Koch, Johnson, Shane Sabraski and Dave Mass in a battle for points two through five. Johnson went a bit high and hit the wall, but he kept going and went three wide for third with Sabraski and Mass. The yellow then waved for debris and the drivers slowed. Again, Trantina sped away as the green waved and Koch, Johnson, Mass and Sabraski battled for second. Koch took the point but Mass moved to his door. They ran side by side until Mass claimed second. Mass closed the gap with Trantina and they were panel to panel for first. Trantina held Mass off, but Mass moved back to his side. Trantina remained in first as Mass tried different grooves on the track. The white flag flew and Trantina retained a slight lead, but as they rounded turn four, Mass went high and shot out of the curve. Trantina led 19 of 20 laps, but Mass crossed the line first for the win. Sabraski, Koch and Johnson took remaining top points.

The WISSOTA Hornets took the clay with Levi Voss and Quain Bustizky in a battle for first. They remained side by side as well as Jesse Gray and Ashton Schulte for third. Voss moved into the lead while Schulte moved aside Bustizky. Gray remained close as Busitzky retook second. Josh Zimpel, who started in the 12th point, moved past Jessica Stransky for fourth and then aside Gray for fourth. As the battle heated up, Seth Lindberg lost a tire and the yellow waved. Voss was alone on the restart with Busitzky and Schulte in tow. Voss sped away while Schulte, Busitzky, Zimpel and Gray nearly went four wide for second. Busitzky grabbed the point, Zimpel took third and moved to Busitzky’s door. Zimpel took second as the white waved, he put his foot down but Voss was too far away. Voss took the checkers in his #08. Zimpel settled for second with Busitzky, Schulte and Gray as the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Modifieds wrapped up the nights events with Seth Brede and Don Eischens on the front row. Eischens took the lead with Brede and Kelly Estey behind him as the green flew. J.B. Stortz drove to Estey’s door and took third. Sabraski also moved up to challenge Estey and they kept close to Stortz. Sabraski, Estey and Stortz were almost three wide in the turns, but Stortz retained third. Brede began to close the gap with Eischens when Andy Miskowic made contact with the wall. The yellow waved and triggered three more cautions. As the dust settled, Eischens was still in charge with Brede and Stortz side by side for second and Dave Cain and Dave Mass for fourth. Stortz moved into second but Brede moved back to his side. They were side parallel in the curve and Brede moved forward to retake second. Eischens continued to cruise around the 3/8 mile until the checkers flew. Eischens rolled his Wollak Construction #9e into victory lane with Brede, Stortz, Mass and J.T. Johnson as the top drivers.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will feature all six of our regular WISSOTA classes. Racing will resume at 6:30.

Ogilvie Beats Mother Nature

June 9th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN -Mother nature truly put Wagamon’s Ogilvie Raceway to the test Saturday night, but the track crew kept on top of things and a full night of racing was completed. The night was sponsored by Mastell Brothers Trailer Sales & Service and featured the UMSS Sprint Cars. Ryan Bowers won the Sprint Car feature and Jeremy Nelson, Denis Czech and Josh Zimpel also took home hardware.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first for the night and Shane Howell and Charlie Zander brought the drivers to the green. Zander grabbed first but Howell and Travis Schulte moved up and they were three wide for the point. David Mastell moved low and joined the battle as Howell and Mastell moved into first and second. Mastell then prepared to make a move on Howell as smoke rolled from his car. The yellow waved as Mastell resigned to the infield. Howell was alone on the restart with Denis Czech and Zander in tow. Czech took the lead and Howell battled Nelson and Zander for the runner up spot. Nelson took second and moved aside Czech as the rain began.

After a rain delay, the drivers retook the clay to finish off their feature. Czech was in command as the green waved but Nelson moved to his side. Nelson took the lead as the yellow waved. A couple cautions kept the drivers slow and as the race returned to green, contact was made and the #26b of Jeff Born barrel rolled, hit the wall and caught the fence in turn three. Born was ok and walked off the track as officials repaired the fence. When everything was race ready, the green reappeared. Nelson remained in first while Czech and Mark Froehlich battled for second. Czech claimed the point, but Froehlich and Howell challenged him again. Czech prevailed and finished second with Froehlich, Howell and David Swearingen in second through fifth while Nelson rolled his D&N Trucking #06 into victory lane.

The UMSS Sprint Cars took the clay next for their 25 lap feature. Ryan Bowers and Jamey Ogston took off as the green flag dropped and Bowers took the lead. Ogston took second and Chris Graf grabbed third, but Graf flew past Ogston and stole second. Ogston held third while Cody Hahn and Lou Kennedy, Jr. battled behind him. Hahn broke away and slid by Ogston for third. Bowers was already ahead by a straight away and ready to lap traffic. Kennedy, Jr. moved aside again Ogston for third, but Ogston remained in charge and held the point. Bowers was in slower traffic and Graf began to close in on Bowers as Jerry Richert, Jr. spun and Jared Goerges barely missed him. The yellow flew and the sprints were realigned. Bowers took off like a bullet as the green flew with Graf and Kennedy, Jr. in tow. Within laps, Bowers flew by slower cars with Graf on this trail. Graf got caught in the traffic and Bowers again stretched out his lead as the white and checkered flags flew. Bowers rolled his Mastell Brothers Sprint into victory lane.

Jessica Stransky nosed ahead of the competition as the green waved for the WISSOTA Hornets. Josh Zimpel, Chris McClain and Ashton Schulte went three wide for second, but Zimpel broke away and took first. Stransky claimed second but Schulte and McClain moved to her sides. Again the point battle was three wide as McClain took second. Schulte and Stransky continued to fight for third as Levi Voss joined them. Schulte however held them back and secured third. Schulte began to close the gap with McClain for second as the race came to an end. Zimpel remained in charge and took the feature win. McClain, Schulte, Voss and Gavin Rowland took the top points.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks wrapped up the night’s events with Donna Jo Schmidt and Jared Zimpel on the front row. Schmidt grabbed the lead as the green light appeared but found James Trantina at her side. Schmidt pulled away from Trantina and remained in command as Zimpel moved to Trantina’s door. Denis Czech kept close behind Trantina and Zimpel as he and Trantina moved forward. Czech then moved into second and to Schmidt’s left side. Schmidt again pulled away from Czech but he and Trantina kept on Schmidt’s bumper. Trantina and Czech both worked Schmidt for the lead, and soon they both passed her. Czech moved into first, Trantina took second and Schmidt held third as the drivers spaced out. Zimpel closed in on Schmidt for third and took the point with a couple laps to go. Czech held his lead and took the win his in Minnesota Truck Headquarters sponsored #2. Trantina, Zimpel, Schmidt and Brett Johnson were the top finishers.

Voss, Linquist, Pogones, Wheeler, Czech and Atkinson Bring home Wins at Oligivie

June 1st, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – Over 100 drivers signed into the pits Saturday night for some WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race action. Dan Wheeler, Justin Pogones and Levi Voss claimed another win while Brandon Linquist, Denis Czech and Landon Atkinson took home their first hardware of the season.

Travis Schulte snagged first as the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature commenced. David Swearingen remained close in second while Dan Wheeler, Shane Sabraski and Jeremy Nelson went three wide for third. A caution slowed them down and reset the drivers. Schulte remained in charge but Wheeler moved low and aside Schulte. They went side by side for the lead until Wheeler nosed ahead. Schulte continued on the high side and moved back to Wheeler’s door. They began to battle again while Nelson and Swearingen remained door to door for third. Just as Wheeler broke free of Schulte the yellow flew again. As the green reappeared, the side by side battles resumed with Schulte, Wheeler and Nelson after the top point. Once again, a caution slowed the drivers down, but Wheeler retained the lead. Nelson took second while Schulte, Sabraski and Denis Czech battled three wide for third. Sabraski and Schulte moved forward and went three wide with Nelson. Wheeler began to pull away from the competition while the three continued to fight for second. Sabraski pulled ahead and secured the point as the white flag flew. Sabraski, Nelson, Schulte and Czech took top points while Wheeler took the checkers.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks took the clay, and after a quick caution, Dan McCain took the lead. Kyle Laney moved into second as Simon Wahlstrom moved to his side. Justin Pogones drove between Wahlstrom and Laney for second and took the point. Pogones then moved low and passed McCain for the lead. McCain held second but Laney, Wahlstrom and Jim Gullikson were three wide behind him. Laney retained third but Gullikson and Wahlstrom moved aside him again. Laney again pulled away and drove to McCain’s door. They were side by side for second and Wahlstrom and Gullikson also remained side by side. Laney nosed ahead into second and McCain joined the Wahlstrom, Gullikson battle. Gullikson took third, Wahlstrom fourth and McCain settled
for fifth as the race came to an end. Pogones was checked out and rolled his Northway Sports sponsored Street Stock into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours had a caution as the green dropped, but as the race resumed Trever Roediger and Brandon Linquist battled for first. Linquist took the lead as another caution occurred and smoke rolled from Maekaela Lindgren’s car. The drivers were realigned with Linquist in front alone. Matt Halls moved into second and Roediger held onto third. Tyler Larson and Keith Thell battled for fourth and rode Roediger for third. They kept Roediger on his toes as Larson claimed third. Larson closed the gap with Halls for second and took the point. Thell was also on the move and slid low and by Larson for second. Thell then looked ahead at Linquist who was with slower traffic. Thell began chased after Linquist, but Linquist took the checkers in this Andy’s Towing sponsored #3. Thell settled for second with Halls, Larson and Andy Mayavski as the top drivers.

Mike Loomis and Denis Czech brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green, and they battled for the lead. Loomis pulled into the lead but slid up in the turn and Czech was back at his side. James Trantina closed in as Czech took the lead. Trantina then passed Loomis while Larry Fitzsimmons, Dexton Koch and Dave Mass battled three wide for fourth. Contact was made between the drivers and the yellow waved. Czech was alone on the restart with Trantina and Loomis in tow. They battled for second but again Trantina took the point. Mass moved into third and worked Trantina for second. Trantina kept Mass back as Sabraski closed in. Trantina, Mass and Sabraski ran close for points two through four, but they remained in that order as Denis “The Menace” Czech took the win.

Lexi Voss and Teal Kraft led the WISSOTA Hornets to the stand, and as the green flew, drivers were three and four wide all over the track. Kraft nosed ahead in first, but Levi Voss made his way through the traffic and next to Kraft. Levi Voss took the lead, Kraft held second with Quain Busitzky, Gavin Rowland and Chris McClain three wide for third. McClain dropped out of battle, coasted high, and hit the wall. The yellow waved as McClain was assisted off the track. Levi Voss was in charge on the restart as Kraft, Busitzky and Rowland battled for second. Kraft held off the boys and kept second but Busitzky moved back and claimed the point. Kraft however came back and retook her position. Busitzky was back at her side, and with two laps to go, they remained door to door. All eyes were on Kraft and Busitzky as they crossed the line on the final lap. Kraft crossed first and earned second place while Busitzky, Ashton Schulte and Rowland rounded out the top five. Levi Voss won the feature and rolled into victory lane for the fourth time this season.

The WISSOTA Modifieds wrapped up the night with Jeremy Nelson and Landon Atkinson on the front row. They battled side by side as the green flew with Clayton Wagamon and J.B. Stortz in a battle for third. Nelson moved into first but Atkinson kept close and moved to his side. Atkinson claimed first his round while Nelson and Stortz fought over second. As they battled, Wagamon and J.T. Johnson began a side by side battle for fourth. Stortz broke away from Nelson to secure second as Wagamon moved in to battle. Top drivers began to lap as Jody Bellefeuille joined Nelson and Johnson for fourth. Bellefeuille took the point and looked towards Wagamon. Wagamon worked Stortz for second as Bellefeuille closed in on them. Atkinson was in charge and well ahead of the competition with two laps to go. Wagamon passed Stortz for second and Bellefeuille took third, then Bellefeuille closed in on Wagamon. Time however ran out as Atkinson took the checkers in his Hilmerson RV sponsored #18a. Wagamon, Bellefeuille, Stortz and Johnson were the top five.

Next weekend the Ogilvie Raceway will have a double header with shootouts on Saturday and Sunday Nights. Saturday night, the UMSS Sprint Cars will stop by the track and will be joined by the Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mod Fours and Hornets. Sunday night will be a regular show featuring all six of our WISSOTA Classes. Races will start at 6:30 on Saturday and at 5:00 on Sunday. We’ll see you next weekend at the Big O!

Voss, Larson, Pogones, Froehlich, Mass, and Sabraski Take Home Wins at Ogilvie

May 26th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – The Ogilvie Raceway was back in action Saturday night with some great door to door WISSOTA PolyDome Racing Series action. A couple finishes were close, but in the end, Tyler Larson, Justin Pogones, Dave Mass, Mark Froehlich, Levi Voss and Shane Sabraski went home victorious.

Brandon Linquist and Andy Mayavski led the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the green for the night’s first feature. Linquist took the lead, Tyler Larson grabbed second while Matt Halls and Keith Thell battled for third. They continued to race side by side for the third point as Larson and Thell moved past Linquist for the lead. Larson took over first as he and Thell drove away from the competition. Halls worked Linquist for third and took the point as Dean Larson made his way into fifth. D. Larson closed the gap with Linquist and moved to his side for fourth. Only two laps remained as D. Larson secured the fourth point. T. Larson took the checkers and rolled his #7L into victory lane. Thell, Halls, D. Larson and Linquist took the top five.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks took the clay next with Dan McCain and Kyle Laney on the front row. They battled door to door as the green dropped and Laney took the point. McCain held onto second as Davey Kruchten saw Justin Pogones at his side. Pogones passed Kruchten and moved aside McCain for second. They raced side by side right behind Laney as Pogones nosed ahead. Pogones kept low and drove to Laney’s side with McCain and Kruchten on their rears. The top four drivers were very close as Pogones broke away. Laney moved back to Pogones’ side, but Pogones drove away. Kruchten went to take second but he and Laney battled for the point with McCain on their tails. Laney, McCain and Kruchten remained close but Kruchten got the break away and began to reel in Pogones. With the white flag flying, Kruchten was at Pogones’ side and they came towards the flag stand. They crossed with a difference of .037 seconds, and it was Pogones and his Joes Racing Products #01 that claimed the win. Kruchten finished second with Laney, McCain and Kris Peterson as the top finishers.

After a quick caution, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were back under green with Mark Froehlich in command. Mitch Weiss took second and Jeff Born held third as drivers were three wide on the track. Froehlich stretched out his lead as Born moved under Weiss for second. Weiss retained the point while Travis Schulte challenged Born. Schulte took the point and slid aside Weiss for second. Froehlich began lapping slower drivers as Schulte secured second. The yellow soon flew and the field was reset with Froehlich alone in front. Schulte latched onto Froehlich and Czech battled Weiss as Schulte coasted to a stop on the high side. Schulte retired to the infield while Froehlich retook the lead. Drivers again battled side by side, but the #44FX of Froehlich remained the fastest and took the checkers. The top five drivers were Czech, Weiss, David Swearingen and Eric Lamm.

The WISSOTA Hornets were up next and Quain Busitzky grabbed the high side and went from fourth into first before the lap was done. Josh Zimpel and Levi Voss moved up from sixth and eighth respectively and battled for second. Voss took the point and passed Busitzky to claim the lead. Voss set his cruise and took the checkers for the fourth time this season. Zimpel, Busitzky, Travis Swanson and Gavin Rowland rounded out the top five.

Kurt Becken took the lead as the green dropped for the WISSOTA Super Stocks. James Trantina ran the high side and moved aside Becken for first. Becken, Trantina, Dave Mass and Shane Sabraski battled close for first as Trantina and Mass broke away. They continued to race side by side as did Sabraski and Becken. Sabraski joined Trantina and Mass and they were three wide in the turns. Mass finally broke away and claimed first while Trantina retained second. Sabraski worked Trantina but Trantina kept the point. Sabraski again took a shot at Trantina and moved low this round to take second. Mass utilized the whole track surface and drove between cars as he made his way through the traffic. Mass kept his foot down until the checkers flew for his Lube-Tech sponsored #2. Sabraski, Trantina, Larry Fitzsimmons and Dexton Koch took top points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the program with another action filled feature. Charlie Hillukka and Landon Atkinson sped off as the race commenced. Shane Sabraski joined them and they went three wide for first. Atkinson took the lead while Hillukka and Sabraski raced door to door. Sabraski pulled away and glued onto Atkinson’s rear, but Atkinson kept Sabraski back. The leaders already closed in on slower cars as J.B. Stortz and J.T. Johnson went three wide with Hillukka. Stortz moved into third as the yellow waved. On the restart, Sabraski took the lead with Atkinson in second. Jody Bellefeuille moved to Stortz’s door and took third. Bellefeuille, who started in seventh, closed in on Atkinson. Bellefeuille and Atkinson drove panel to panel and Bellefeuille snagged second. Bellefeuille looked towards Sabraski as laps winded down. Sabraski wasn’t fazed by Bellefeuille as he took the checkers and rolled into victory lane. Bellefeuille settled for second with Atkinson, Clayton Wagamon and J.B. Stortz as the top drivers.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30.

Ogilvie Sneaks Night through Sketchy Weather

May 18th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – The weather looked sketchy, but the Ogilvie Raceway completed an entire night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Racing Series action. The USMTS Modifieds filled the pits and put on an excellent show of dirt throwing action. Stormy Scott beat the competition and took the modified win while Tim Johnson, Dan Wheeler and Chris McClain also took home hardware.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks entered the track with Quentin Busitzky and Dannie Burkholder on the front row. As the green dropped, Kris Peterson, Aaron Johnson and Tim Johnson moved forward and all six of them battled for top points. Within the end of the lap, Peterson moved into the lead while T. Johnson grabbed the low groove, took second and slid aside him. T. Johnson pulled ahead and claimed the lead but soon the yellow flew. The restart was T. Johnson with A. Johnson and Peterson in tow. Peterson and A. Johnson battled for second as Justin Pogones joined them. A. Johnson pulled into second but Pogones passed Peterson and drove to A. Johnson’s door. They battled side by side but Pogones drove away with the point. Pogones looked ahead at T. Johnson while the top drivers spaced out. Laps ticked by and T. Johnson remained in charge as he took the checkers in his Wollak Construction sponsored #1jr. Pogones finished second with A. Johnson, Peterson and Kruchten as the top drivers.

Dan Ebert and Stormy Scott led the way as the USMTS Modifieds lined up. As the green dropped, Scott claimed first and Ebert took second. J.B. Stortz beat Cory Crapser for third and closed in on Ebert. The first yellow flew of the race and soon the second flew as well. The 40 lap feature continued on with Scott in command. Ebert maintained second and Jesse Glenz ran third but Tim Johnson moved low and aside Glenz. Casey Arneson joined Glenz and Johnson for third but Glenz heldthem off. Arneson moved to the high grove and gave Glenz another shot but Glenz again kept the point. Another try made Arneson successful as he took third. Glenz, Johnson and Rodney Sanders ran three wide for fourth while Arneson closed the gap with Ebert and Scott. Scott was ready to lap slower cars as Dereck Ramirez moved through the field.

Ramirez took fifth and then fourth as Arneson scrapped the wall. Ramirez shot into third and Arneson held fourth as the yellow waved for debris. Scott, Ebert and Ramirez realigned for the restart, but contact was made and cars spun. The yellow again waved and Ramirez was charged with the caution. Scott was first on the restart and Sanders moved aside Ebert for second. Ebert held of Sanders, but Sanders kept close to his door. Johnson ran in fourth again but Jesse Sobbing moved to his side in the turns. Ebert, Sanders, Johnson and Sobbing ran side by side in pairs with few laps left of the race. The storms were rolling in as Stormy Scott controlled the field and took the checkers in his #2s. Dan Ebert retained second in his Arctic Cat #60 while Sanders, Johnson and Sobbing rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were up next, but a first lap caution kept the drivers slow. As the drivers retook the green, Mark Froehlich and Ryan Putnam were side by side for first. They continued to battle as Travis Schulte closed in. Froehlich pulled into first just in time for the yellow to fly. The drivers were reset and as the green flew, the excitement began. Froehlich took the lead while Putnam, Dan Wheeler and Schulte battled three wide for second. Wheeler, who started ninth, took second. Wheeler moved low aside Froehlich for first but Froehlich held him off. Wheeler remained close as Schulte drove high at Wheeler’s side. Schulte was flying on the high side and was aside Froehlich in the turns. Froehlich was faster on the exit and kept first. Schulte and Wheeler kept close to Froehlich and they took his sides. They were three wide for first, but again Froehlich prevailed. Schulte and Wheeler tried it again as they both passed Froehlich. Froehlich remained on their bumpers, but they battled for first. Schulte and Wheeler ran side by side and caught slower traffic. Schulte made the pass first and snagged the lead, but it was short
lived as Wheeler was back at his side. They resumed their door to door battle as the checkers were raised. They crossed the line together and fans jumped to their feet to see the winner. Schulte and Wheeler drove around the track awaiting the official winner announcement, and it was the #RED1 of Wheeler who took the title. Schulte settled for second with Grant Southworth, Froehlich and Denis Czech in the top five.

The WISSOTA Hornets closed out the nights events with Seth Lindberg and Lexi Voss on the front row. As the green flew, Chris McClain flew past them and took the lead. Voss held onto second while Gavin Rowland took third. Rowland moved into second while defending feature winner Levi Voss moved into third. Levi Voss passed Rowland for second and
looked towards McClain. The half-way flags were displayed as Voss reeled in McClain. With the white flag in sight, Voss was within a car length of McClain, but Voss ran out of time. McClain broke Voss’ winning streak and took the checkers.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30 and will feature all of our regular classes. We’ll see you at the Big O.

Scott from start to finish in Ogilvie USMTS score

May 17th, 2015

OGILVIE, Minn.-Stormy Scott made the most of a good draw Saturday at the Ogilvie Raceway, leading all 40 laps of the main event for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

Heat race passing points set the line-up for the feature race with the top eight efforts redrawing for their starting spots in the first four rows.

At the last two events, Scott had the misfortune of pulling the eighth position but reversed his fortunes Saturday night by selecting the outside slot in the front row.

The 25-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., led the field into the first turn and led the field out of the final corner, never relinquishing his lead and scoring a $3,000 payday for his 34th career United States Modified Touring Series win.

Scotts performance also made him the first two-time winner in the six events held at the high-banked 3/8-mile oval in Ogilvie, Minn.

Polesitter Dan Ebert pressured Scott throughout the first half of the race and stayed within striking distance, but Scott was able to start adding to his advantage just past the halfway point.

After a caution on lap 27, contact between Ebert and hard-charging Dereck Ramirez resulted in Ramirez going to the tail of the field. Ebert held on to finish in the runner-up position while Ramirez climbed his way back to 12th in the final 13 orbits.

Rodney Sanders, who won the night before at the I-94 Speedway, challenged Ebert in the late going but settled for third with Tim Johnson and 18th-starting Jesse Sobbing finishing in the fourth and fifth spots.

Casey Arneson, Don Eischens, Jesse Glenz, Jody Bellefeuille and Clayton Wagamon completed the top 10.

The series rolls back into action this Thursday, May 21, as Malvern Trust & Savings Bank presents the USMTS Caseys Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental at the Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa.

In addition to being the Official Bank of the USMTS, Malvern Trust & Savings Bank is also adding more than $2,500 to the prize money pool for Thursday nights blow-out. Its been nearly 10 years since the USMTS last visited the facility, and the first time since the track was shortened to 3/8 mile in length.

Kelly Shryock left with the win in 2005 the last time the series competed at former half-mile configuration. Mike Chasteen won there in 2000 and a pair of shows during the inaugural USMTS season in 1999 went to Ron Jones and Steve Kosiski.

Thursdays show will also find the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods sharing the spotlight.

The pits will open at 4 p.m. with spectator gates swinging open one hour later. Hot laps start at 6:45 and the first heat race takes the green flag at 7:15.

Adult grandstand tickets are $18, kids ages 6-12 are just $5 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Race fans can find discount coupons good for $2 off adult grandstand admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Carroll, Denison, Harlan, Manning, Sac City and Woodbine. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

Three more big shows cap off the annual Memorial Day Weekend swing, beginning with the 8th Annual Guttormson Memorial on Friday, May 22, at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn.

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

Then on Sunday, May 24, the 13th Annual Stars & Stripes Shootout takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

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

Hot Wissota Action at Ogilvie

May 12th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – It was another chilly night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Series action at the Ogilvie Raceway, but the race action kept the fans warm. Clayton Wagamon, Shane Sabraski, Denis Czech and Kris Peterson all took home clean sweeps Saturday night while Levi Voss took his third straight victory and Dean Larson climbed the fence.

Before the features began, Dave Mass organized a candy toss for all the kids at the track, Mass however had another surprise for everyone. Mass and girlfriend, Sami Kendle, climbed the flag stand to perform the toss, but Mass took the microphone and shared a story. At the end of the story, he proposed to Kendle in front of the crowd and she
gladly accepted with tears in her eyes. The whole crowd cheered for the happy couple as they began to toss candy to the kids. Congratulations to Mass and Kendle.

After the intermission excitement, the features got underway with the WISSOTA Mod Fours. Nick Jelacie and Ross Mead led the drivers to the green, but Dean Larson moved to the high side and took the lead. Keith Thell claimed second and closed the gap with Larson. Soon, Thell and Larson were side by side for first as the yellow appeared. Larson was alone on the restart with Thell and Tyler Larson in tow. D. Larson pulled away and Thell retook second and remained close to D. Larson. The leaders stretched out a lead and prepared to lap cars with D. Larson still in charge. With only two laps to go, Thell rode Larson’s bumper with hopes to pass. D. Larson however maintained his lead and the Silver Bullet took the win. Thell, Tyler Larson, Matt Halls and Andy Mayavski were the top five drivers.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds began their feature with a couple cautions including fuel spillage on the track. Ogilvie Fire and Rescue tended to the spill and burned the surface clean while drivers sat under read. As the drivers restarted and realigned, Charlie Zander and Jeremy Nelson were on the front row. The green flag dropped and Zander, Nelson and Travis Schulte went three wide for first. Schulte pulled away with the point with Nelson and Denis Czech behind him. Czech moved into second while Skeeter Estey took third. Estey worked the high groove and moved next to Czech. They closed in on Schulte for first and Czech made the pass. Estey kept aside Schulte as they caught slower drivers and the yellow waved. Czech was alone on the restart while Estey slid in front of Schulte to secure second. Estey chased after Czech while Mack Estey took third. Again the yellow waved and regrouped the drivers. Czech remained in charge with Mack and Skeeter Estey to his rear. The Estey’s battled for second while Czech drove away. Denis “The Menace” Czech kept his lead and took the checkers with M. Estey, S. Estey, Tyler Kintner and Schulte in the top five.

Brad Schmidt and Kris Peterson brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green and Schmidt took the lead. Davey Kruchten challenged Peterson for second as the yellow appeared. A couple cautions kept the drivers slow, but when green flew, Schmidt was first. Peterson took second, Kruchten took third while Justin Pogones moved aside Kyle Laney for fourth. Peterson closed in on Schmidt and soon they were side by side for first. They battled around the track while Pogones moved forward and aside Kruchten for third. Pogones took the point while Peterson cleared Schmidt for first. Schmidt remained close to Peterson but Peterson held him back and took the win. Schmidt settled for second with Pogones, Kruchten and Laney as the top drivers.

Donna Schmidt and Jared Zimpel were on the front row as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature commenced. James Trantina grabbed the high side and flew past them for first. Schmidt, Dave Mass, and Dexton Koch went three wide for third with Zimpel ahead of them. Mass, Koch and Shane Sabraski ran close for second as Mass took the point. Sabraski took third as he and Mass chased after Trantina. Trantina was flying around the high side but within a few laps, Dave Mass was at his side. Trantina held Mass off as Sabraski caught them. Mass moved lower on the track and as they exited the curve he slid up and took the lead from Trantina. However, the yellow waved and the field was reset with Trantina back in first. Trantina sped off as the green dropped but Mass again tried his slider move, but this round Sabraski and Trantina moved forward with Sabraski in first. Trantina made contact with the wall and the yellow flew. Trantina’s night was over as Sabraski retook the green. Mass took second and tried every move he had to pass Sabraski, but Sabraski’s groove was faster and he took the win in his Express ATM Services sponsored 7a. Mass, Denis Czech, Adam Ayotte and
Koch were the top drivers.

Next up were the WISSOTA Hornets, and they had another exciting race. Chris McClain and Gavin Rowland brought them to the green but Ryan Lind moved to the inside and took second. Ashton Schulte was also on the move and joined Lind, Levis Voss and Jay Barta all for lead points. Schulte and Lind pushed their way to the lead and soon the yellow waved. The drivers came down the front stretch to find the flagman, Brian Riedemann, on the front stretch. Riedemann had the black flag in his hand and waved it at both Schulte and Lind. Both drivers exited the raceway and drivers were realigned. Voss was now in first with Jay Barta and Zach Gaslin behind him. Gaslin took second and chased after Voss while Josh Zimpel moved past traffic. Zimpel moved into fourth, then passed Barta for third and set after Gaslin. The yellow then waved again and the leaders were slowed. Voss was in control on the restart with just two laps to go. Zimpel moved high on the track and drove aside Gaslin for second but Gaslin retained the point as Voss took the checkers.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night’s events with a caution free feature. Matt Weisman and Clayton Wagamon took the green and Weisman nosed ahead into the lead. J.T. Johnson and Wagamon battled for second but Wagamon worked the high side and shot into the lead. Weisman held second while Johnson and Kelly Estey battled for third. Estey also drove the high side and moved past Weisman for second. Johnson held third and Andy Jones took fourth while Jody Bellefeuille, J.B. Stortz, Weisman, Shane Sabraski and Dave Cain ran close for points. The pack of cars began to break up with drivers settling in points. Wagamon continued to lead as the laps went by. The green, white and checkers flew with Wagamon taking the win. Wagamon rolled his Wagamon Brother’s sponsored 14w into victory lane for the first time this season. Estey, Johnson, Jones and Bellefeuille were the top five drivers.

Next weekend will be an exciting one at the Big O. On Saturday, the USMTS stops by for the night and the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornet will accompany the USMTS mods for a lot of racing entertainment. But the fun doesn’t end on Saturday, Sunday the dirt will fly again with a full night of racing featuring all six of our regular classes. Both nights of racing will start at 6:30.

Ogilvie Gets in a Shining night of Racing

May 7th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – The sun was shining and it was nearly 80 degrees Saturday night, as another great night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Series action occurred at the Ogilvie Raceway. Justin Pogones and Levi Voss took their second straight clean sweeps while Shane Sabraski, Dave Mass, Jeremy Nelson and Keith Thell all took wins.

Davey Kruchten and Dan McCain sped off as the green waved for the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Kruchten snagged the lead while Kris Peterson moved into second. Justin Pogones and McCain moved aside Peterson and they ran three wide for second. Pogones and Peterson pulled ahead and Pogones took the point. Pogones began to work Kruchten for first and soon they were side by side. Pogones’ 01 nosed ahead of Kruchten’s 11k, but Kruchten kept close. Pogones held off the competition and took the checkers in his Wollak Construction sponsored street stock. Kruchten, Laney, Peterson and McCain rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next on the agenda with Jeremy Nelson and Charlie Zander on the front row. Travis Schulte joined them as the green dropped and they were three wide for first. Nelson broke away but Schulte grabbed the low groove and was back at his door. They ran side by side for first while Zander and Mack Estey battled for third. Nelson broke away from Schulte as Estey locked in third. The top drivers began to space out while Estey caught Schulte and took second. The yellow waved and the field was reset with Nelson in the lead. Again Schulte and Estey moved aside Nelson and the battle for first was three wide. Nelson again prevailed as the leader and Estey took second. Schulte remained in third but felt the heat of Tyler Kintner and Jason VandeKamp. Drivers in points three through six raced close while the leaders drove away. Kintner claimed third in time for the checkers to fly. Nelson rolled his D&N Trucking #06 into victory lane while Estey, Kintner, Schulte and Shane Sabraski took top points.

Kurt Becken took the lead as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature began. Larry Fitzsimmons and Shane Sabraski battled for second as Dave Mass joined the fun. Sabraski took second but Mass moved high on the track and flew past him and Becken for the lead. Mass immediately drove away from others, but the yellow appeared. Mass was alone on the restart with Sabraski and Becken behind him. The green waved and Mass drove away. Sabraski moved into second and Fitzsimmons took third. Denis Czech, who started last, moved aside Dexton Koch for fourth as the yellow reappeared. Mass remained in charge as the race resumed while Czech took third and chased after Sabraski the remainder of the race. As the checkers were raised, and they rounded the final turn, Czech put his foot down and passed Sabraski as they passed the stand. Czech took second and Sabraski, Fitzsimmons and James Trantina took the top points while the dominator Dave Mass went to victory lane.

Keith Thell and Matt Halls brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the green, and they battled for the lead. Thell took the lead but Halls kept close. After a quick caution, Halls had Tyler Larson after him for third. Larson took the point, but Halls moved back to his side. Dean Larson also moved in to battle but T. Larson held them off. Thell never looked back and took the win with T. Larson, Halls, D. Larson and Brandon Linquist as the top five.

The WISSOTA Hornets got off to a rough start, but once the green reappeared Teale Kraft and Zach Gaslin were side by side for first. Gaslin moved into the lead while Dan Rick moved aside Kraft. Levi Voss and Ashton Schulte raced for fourth as another yellow waved. Gaslin remained in control as the race resumed but Rick moved to his door. Gaslin maintained the lead but last week’s winner, Levi Voss, worked the low groove and moved inside Gaslin. Voss nosed ahead of Gaslin’s #3 and Rick kept on their bumpers. Curt Derichs moved back into top points after being charged for an earlier caution. Voss, Gaslin, Derichs and Rick battled close for top points when Voss finally broke away from the pack. Voss locked in the lead position with only two laps remaining and held it until the checkers flew. Derichs finished second with Josh Zimpel, Schulte and Rick as the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night with J.T. Johnson and Shane Sabraski on the front row. Sabraski grabbed the lead, Johnson held second and Jody Bellefeuille took third as the race began. Sabraski built up a commendable lead right away while others spaced out. Bellefeuille slowly reeled in Johnson for second as the laps went by and Andy Jones closed the gap with Bellefeuille. Sabraski prepared to lap while Johnson, Bellefeuille and Jones came closer together. Johnson, Bellefeuille and Jones caught slower traffic and as Johnson went to lap, Bellefeuille went high and made it three wide. Johnson still came out of the corner faster and held second. With only two laps to go, Sabraski set the cruise control and took the win in his West Metro #7a. Johnson, Bellefeuille, Jones and John Broking took the top five points.

Next week will feature a regular race night, but the following Saturday, the USMTS will stop by Wagamon’s Ogilvie Raceway for some dirt throwing action. Racing resumes at 6:30.

Ogilvie Gets Season Operner under a Brisk Night

April 29th, 2015

Ogilvie, MN – It was a brisk night, but the Ogilvie Raceway was prepped and ready for the 2015 season opener. The track is under new ownership this season, and the Wagamon family has already made improvements to the facility with many more great changes to come.

The night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Series action began with the WISSOTA Mod Fours. Matt Halls and Mitch Hribar led the drivers to the green and battled side by side for first. Keith Thell kept close to their bumpers as Hribar nosed ahead. Halls however moved back to Hribar’s door and claimed the lead. Hribar remained close but Halls maintained his lead to take the win. Hribar, Thell, Rod Berg and Trevor Roediger took top points.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks took the clay with Justin Pogones and Davey Kruchten on the front row. Pogones drove away as the green flew while Tim Johnson slid aside Kruchten. Johnson and Kruchten moved forward and put pressure on Pogones, but Pogones kept his cool. Pogones and Johnson separated from the other drivers and drove door to door. Again Pogones pulled away from Johnson as they caught slower drivers. Pogones cleared the traffic and kept the pedal to the metal until the checkers flew. Pogones rolled his Joes Racing Products sponsored 01 into victory lane with Johnson, Aaron Johnson, Kyle Dykhoff and Justin Vogel as the top five.

Dan Wheeler grabbed first as the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature kicked off. Shane Sabraski grabbed second while David Swearingen and Tim Kanten battled for third. Swearingen took the point as the yellow waved. Wheeler was in command as the green reappeared with Sabraski and Swearingen at it for second. Swearingen took the point but Sabraski kept close. Wheeler pulled away from his competitors as Sabraski flew by Swearingen. Denis Czech moved in to challenge Swearingen while the Estey’s of Mack and Skeeter broke the top five. Swearingen had his hands full with Czech and the Estey’s on his bumper for third. S. Estey made his move and took third while M. Estey took fourth. Sabraski chased down Wheeler, and with the checkers in sight Wheeler suffered a break and coasted down the front stretch. Sabraski came in strong, but Wheeler had enough of a lead to take the win. Sabraski settled for second with S. Estey, M. Estey and Swearingen as the top finishers.

Shane Sabraski was back out in the WISSOTA Super Stocks and claimed first, but a quick caution slowed him down. As the field was reset to original line up, Sabraski again pulled away as the green dropped. Dave Mass moved into second and Tim Johnson took third. Mass and Johnson didn’t waste time and chased the 7a of Sabraski. Mass slowly reeled in Sabraski, and as the half way flags displayed, Mass was at his door. Sabraski and Mass caught slower traffic and they were three wide in the turns. Mass pulled ahead but Sabraski remained glued to his rear. Mass began to put air between them as Johnson closed in. Mass continued to swerve around slower cars and maintain his momentum as he took the season opener win. Sabraski, Johnson, Jared Zimpel and Dexton Koch were the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Hornets were up for their very first WISSOTA sanctioned event. Curt Derichs and Ashton Schulte brought the Hornets to green and Schulte took the lead. Levi Voss moved into second and moved past Schulte for the lead while Derichs stole second. Derichs dove low and aside Voss, but Voss held the lead. Josh Zimpel moved next to Schulte for third while Derichs and Voss kept up the battle for first. As the white waved, Derichs was a slower out of the curve which allowed Voss to pull away and take the win. Derichs finished in second with Zimpel, Schulte and Dan Rick as the top five.

John Broking and Dave Cain led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the line for the night’s final race, but Cain pulled away as the green waved. Broking took second and Kelly Estey grabbed third as top drivers spaced out. A couple cautions kept the drivers slow, but as the green waved, Cain, Broking and Estey were three wide for first. Cain triumphed and drove away while Jeffrey Lien, Jr. shot into top points. Lien, Jr. moved past Broking for third and set eyes on Estey. Cain flew around the 3/8 mile and was ahead by a straight-away as other battles heated up. Lien, Jr. chased down Estey but Clayton Wagamon moved aside Lien, Jr. Lien, Jr. maintained his position but soon made contact with the backstretch wall and the yellow flew. Lien, Jr. suffered damage and was removed from the track with one lap to go. Cain was alone on the restart with Estey and Wagamon single file behind him. Cain drove away from the pack and into victory lane in his Bob Harris Enterprises sponsored #2c. Estey, Wagamon, Jody Bellefeuille and Broking were the top finishers.

Racing will resume next Saturday at 6:30.

Ogilvie Raceway Harvest Cup – Night 2

September 9th, 2014

Ogilvie, MN – It was a picture perfect fall day as people returned for the second night of Harvest Cup VI. It was an exciting night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action with lots of quality racing occurring on the track. Scot Danzeisen and Jeremy Nelson won their features both nights of the cup, along with Brandon Linquist, Justin Pogones, Dave Mass, Dan Rick, Matt Halls, Allen Gessell, Jr., Brett Johnson and Teale Kraft getting the hardware over the two night special.

Harvest Cup VI was presented by Ray’s Auto Body, D&N Trucking, Northern Maintenance Free Exteriors, Wagamon Bros and Natco Transmissions. Matt Halls and Kyle Thell brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours out for the first race for the cup. As the green dropped, they battled side by side for first. Halls nosed ahead with Thell close by. The top two drove away from others and Halls soon put distance between him and Thell. Chad Funt sat comfortably in third, but soon felt the heat of Brandon Linquist on his rear. Linquist moved aside Funt and took the point but Funt didn’t back off. With only two laps to go, Linquist broke free of Funt and secured third. Halls took the checkers in his #5e with Thell, Linquist, Funt and Ross Mead as the top five.

Jay Kesan and Ryan Kostreba kicked off the WISSOTA Street Stock feature with a door to door race for first. Before the lap was complete, Justin Pogones and Kyle Laney spun and the yellow flew. Pogones was charge d with the caution as Kesan and Kostreba retook the front line. The green reappeared and top drivers battled side by side. Kesan pulled away in first, but the yellow #17 of Kostreba was back at his door. Again Kesan got a slight lead built as Allen Gessell, Jr. took Kostreba’s side. Gessell, Jr. claimed second and slid aside Kesan. They ran parallel through the turns but Kesan was faster out of the curve. They remained door to door until Gessell, Jr. finally broke free of Kesan. Gessell, Jr. then went on to win the feature in his DM Motors, Inc. sponsored #32x. Kesan, Kostreba, Brad Schmidt and Pogones took top points.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up with Kyle Wehking in first. Shane Gerwing and Travis Schulte battled for second and they both grabbed the high groove. Gerwing shot into the lead and Schulte took second as the yellow waved. Gerwing was first on the restart but Schulte quickly took the point. Gerwing and Charlie Zander battled for second with Jeremy Nelson in tow. Nelson, Gerwing and Zander went three wide for second as the yellow lights turned on. Nelson moved inside of Schulte when the green flew and took the lead. Schulte remained close in second as the race came to an end. Nelson took the win in his D&N Trucking #06. Schulte, Joe Voigt, Zander and Jeffrey Lien, Jr were the top five drivers.

James Trantina took the lead and Brett Johnson, Matthew Dibb and Tommy Richards battled three wide for second as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature got underway. Johnson pulled into second but Dibb kept pressure on Johnson. Trantina was ahead by a few car lengths as Dave Mass rode Dibb’s rear. Johnson, Dibb and Mass remained close as the drive shaft of Mass’s car fell in turn four and the yellow waved. Trantina lost his substantial lead as the cars were realigned. Johnson moved to Trantina’s door on the restart and soon took the lead. Trantina held second while Dibb, Mike Loomis and Kevin Burdick battled three wide for third. Loomis ran the high groove and Dibb drove lower as they were side by side in the turns. Loomis scrapped the wall as he rounded turn four and Dibb shot into third. Trantina, Dibb, Eric Olson and Loomis took points two through five as the checkers flew and Brett Johnson drove his #89j into victory lane.

The Hornet tires hit the clay for the next feature with Teale Kraft and Dave Rick on the front line. Rick grabbed the lead while Brandon Bombardo took second. Jordan Fischer tracked down Bombardo’s #13b and soon they were after Rick. Fischer moved past Rick for the lead and Bombardo took second. Bombardo moved to Fischer’s side for first as the yellow waved. Bombardo was first on the restart with Rick and Fischer on his rear. Bombardo pulled away but Fischer kept him on his toes. Fischer and Bombardo went door to door, and swapped positions as the white waved. Fischer nosed ahead into the lead, but in turn four, Bombardo pulled ahead and took the checkers. However, after the top drivers went for Tech Inspections, many were disqualified and Teale Kraft was determined the winner. Josh Zimpel, Gavin Rowland Levi Voss and Leslie Jackson as the top five drivers.

24 of the best WISSOTA Modifieds rolled on the track for the night’s final feature event. Jeremy Nelson and Scot Danzeisen brought them to the green and Danzeisen took the lead. Nelson held second while J.T. Johnson and Dave Cain battled for third. A couple of laps were complete and Danzeisen already built up a considerable lead. Cain moved into third and soon took second while he set after the #5x. The yellow waved a couple times, but as the race resumed Cain kept close to Danzeisen. Danzeisen remained in control as he and Cain pulled away from others. After one more restart, Danzeisen continued to reign as leader and took the checkered flags. Cain was close in second with Eric Martini, Nelson and Johnson in the top five.

The Ogilvie raceway will sit idle for a few weeks, but will be ready to go October 17 and 18 for the 5th Annual Topless Nationals. Keep your eyes on the website at www.ogilvieraceway.com and facebook for the up to the minute news and information for this great event. We’ll see you at the Big O.

Ogilvie Raceway Harvest Cup VI Night 1

September 8th, 2014

Ogilvie, MN – It was brisk night at the Ogilvie Raceway, but the racing on the track was hot and full of action. The first night of Harvest Cup VI and more than 110 drivers filled the pits for some of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action.

Ross Mead and Brandon Linquist led the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the green for the nights first feature event. Linquist pulled in the lead while Andy Mayavski drove to Mead’s door. Matt Halls joined Mayavski and Mead for second as Mayavski pulled ahead. Halls kept close and soon took the point with Keith Thell in third. Halls quickly closed the gap with Linquist as the half way markers were displayed. Linquist kept his lead while Kyle Thell moved aside Keith. Kyle Thell took third with two laps to go. Halls saw the white fly and gave it one final push to take the lead, but Linquist held his line and rolled his #3 into victory lane. Halls, Kyle Thell, Keith Thell and Chad Funt were the top drivers.

Jay Kesan and Allen Gessell, Jr. brought the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green and Gessell, Jr. grabbed the lead. Justin Pogones moved aside Kesan for second as Jim Gullikson joined them. They were three wide for the point as Pogones dropped back. Gullikson and Kesan continued the battle until Gullikson pulled ahead. Pogones retook Kesan’s door as they moved towards Gullikson. The three wide battle resumed, but this round Pogones took the point. Pogones then moved to Gessell, Jr.’s door. Pogones tried different grooves, but made the pass on the outside. Pogones stretched his lead out but soon the yellow waved. Gessell, Jr. and Gullikson rode Pogones’ rear as the green reappeared and they battled for second. Pogones felt the pressure of his competitors as Gessell, Jr. moved to his side. Pogones held the lead as contact was made. Drivers scattered and Kesan scrapped the wall, however everyone continued to race and the green remained in effect. Pogones led the final laps and rolled his Wollak Construction #01 into Victory lane. Gessell, Jr. Danny Richards, Adam Soltis and Kesan took the top points.

Travis Schulte and Bud Martini battled side by side the first laps of the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature and Martini pulled away victorious. Schulte held second as Denis Czech and Jeremy Nelson battled for third. Nelson made the pass and took over second as the top drivers caught slower traffic. Martini and Nelson had a big lead as Nelson reeled the #42 in. Nelson moved to Maritni’s door as the first yellow flew. Back to back cautions kept the drivers at a slower pace, but on the third restart Nelson grabbed the high side and took the lead. Martini held second and Czech took third but as they rounded turn three, Ryan Putnam sat high on the track and Tony Schill caught him. Mike Schnider and Paul Suzik then rolled in the turn and other drivers scattered. The race went red as drivers were tended too. All drivers were ok, unfortnatley none were able to continue racing. With four laps to go, a final restart would shake up the finish as an antsy Martini took off and made contact with Nelson. Leader Jeremy Nelson went sideways and drivers stacked up behind him. Martini was given the black flag and the race was determined a complete event with Nelson as the winner. The top drivers were scored as Eric Martini, Czech, Schulte and Shane Gerwing.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the clay for the next feature with Chris Wark and Ben Hanke on the front row. Hanke grabbed first and Wark kept close in second. Dave Mass moved to the outside and passed Wark and Hanke for the lead. Wark then took second and Gullikson took third as the yellow waved. Mass was alone on the restart and as they hit turn three, Hanke, Mike Loomis, Donna Jo Schmidt, Marcus Simonson, Kyle Robideau and Kyle Oman sat on the track. The yellow waved and cars were sorted and realigned. Mass was in control on the restart as Curt Myers took second. Gullikson held third with Tommy Richards on his rear. Richards moved to Gullikson’s door and as the white waved he took the point. Dave Mass took the win in his Lube-Tech sponsored #2. Myers, Richards, Kevin Burdick and Gullikson were the top finishers.

The Hornets were up next with Brandon Bombardo and Dan Rick on the front row. Rick grabbed the lead and Bombardo kept second while Layne Roberts and Brandon Opsahl battled for third. As they shot out of turn two, Roberts clipped a track tire and rolled his #0. Track officials went to Roberts and drivers were sorted. Rick remained in charge on the restart with Bombardo and Opsahl in tow. Bombardo turned into the infield and Dexter Robyn moved into second. Chris McClain moved into second while Robyn and Opsahl battled for third. Opsahl moved forward and aside McCalin for second as the race winded down. Rick rolled his blue #63 across the line and took the win.

The WISSOTA Modifieds wrapped up the nights events with Larry Zeller and J.B. Stortz on the front row. Zeller pulled in the lead and Stortz battled Scot Danzeisen for second. Danzeisen took second and chased down Zeller. Zeller then drifted high in turn two and Danzeisen shot into the lead. Dave Cain moved into second as the yellow flew. Danzeisen was alone on the restart with Cain and Stortz side by side. Danzeisen continued to lead but Stortz and Cain never backed down. They kept close to Danzeisen as Stortz broke away from the #2c. Stortz tried to take the lead, but Danzeisen pulled away. The top drivers caught slower cars and began to weave as Cain pulled into second. Cain was a couple car lengths behind Danzeisen, and soon Cain was on his rear. Danzeisen pulled away as they entered heavy traffic. Cain kept close with the white waving. They rounded turn four and Cain was caught with a slower driver and spun. Danzeisen held his lead and took the checkers in his #5x modified. Stortz, Dave Mass, Jody Bellefeuille and Justin Oestreich took the top points.

Martini, Myers, Nelson, Gullikson, Thell and Rowland Scores Features at Ogilvie

September 4th, 2014

Ogilvie, MN – More than 90 drivers filled the Ogilvie Raceway pits Saturday night for the final night of the regular race season. The night was packed with WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action and Eric Martini, Curt Myers, Jeremy Nelson, Jim Gullikson, Keith Thell and Gavin Rowland went home victorious.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours commenced the nights features with Crist Pittenger and Matt Halls on the front row. Halls grabbed the lead and Keith Thell took over second. Thell kept close to Halls and tried to make the pass. Halls held Thell back but Thell moved to his door. They were side by side with the race half over as Thell pulled into the lead. Thell led the remaining laps and rolled his #00t into victory lane.

Andy Miskowic and Josh Laney brought the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green and Miskowic jumped into the lead. Laney, Jim Gullikson and Sam Fankhauser went three wide for second as Gullikson moved forward. Gullikson grabbed Miskowic’s door and after a quick battle, Gullikson took the lead. Durand Peterson moved into third while Fankhauser and Laney continued the fight for fourth. Gullikson was weaving through slower traffic as Fankhauser moved aside Peterson. They caught a slower car and were side by side. Fankhauser pulled into third as they white flag waved. Gullikson took the checkers with Miskowic, Fankhauser, Peterson and Laney in the top five.

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds covered the track surface, and as the green waved, Jeffrey Lien, Jr. took the middle line and shot into the lead, but the yellow waved. On the restart, Jeremy Nelson pulled away in first and Lien, Jr. took second. Travis Schulte challenged Lien, Jr. as the yellow flew again. A few cautions kept the drivers slow, but as the green flew, Schulte took second. Bud Martini put pressure on the young Lien, Jr. as he took third. Lien, Jr. however didn’t back down and soon retook his side. Lien, Jr. made the pass and pulled away. Nelson continued to drive away as Shane Howell came charging into top points. Howell took fifth and as the checkers flew, he locked in fourth. Lien, Jr. took third and Schulte took second has Nelson took the trophy.

Gavin Rowland took the lead and Brandon Bombardo made his way into second as the Hornet feature began. Bombardo was out for the first time in a Hornet, and he kept close to Rowland. Bombardo prepared to make his move, but Rowland continued to pull away. Brandon Opsahl and Levi Voss were in a battle for third as they caught Bombardo. The top four drivers kept close as they caught a slower car. They made the pass while continuing to battle. On the final lap, Opsahl broke away and pulled into second putting Bombardo, Voss and Dan Rick in the top five points. Rowland led the whole race and put his #18 in victory lane.

Adam Ayotte grabbed the lead and Curt Myers took second as the WISSOTA Super Stocks took the green. Myers got a run on Ayotte and made the pass for first. Ayotte held second while Matthew Dibb took third. Dibb began to reel in the #04jr of Ayotte and soon they were side by side. Myers had a substantial lead by this time, but Dibb and Ayotte battled. Dibb pulled ahead of Ayotte for second and with few laps to go, Myers began to lap. The black #33 led until the checkers flew and Myers rolled into victory lane. Dibb, Ayotte, Dan Gullikson and Donna Jo Schmidt rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the regular season with John Schuelke and Jeffrey Lien, Jr. on the front row. Schuelke pulled ahead and Justin Oestreich moved to his side but the yellow flew. The restart was Lien, Jr. and Oestreich, and this round, Oestreich took the lead. Jeremy Nelson moved to Oestreich’s side and took the lead while Jeffrey Lien, Jr. moved into second. After a caution, Eric Martini took third and smoke rolled from the rear of Lien, Jr.’s #24jr. The yellow light turned on and drivers were sorted. Nelson was alone on the restart but he drifted high and Martini passed him on the low side. Jody Bellefeuille also passed Nelson and took
second but Nelson kept close. Bellefeuille felt the heat of Nelson as Nelson rode his rear around the track. As Bellefeuille and Nelson prepared to lap, contact was made amongst drivers and Bellefeuille sat on the track. The yellow waved as drivers were tended too. Martini was in control on the restart and Nelson took second. Larry Zeller, who was in the back earlier, moved into third and next to Nelson. Zeller tried to make the pass, but the checkers were flying. Martini won the feature with Nelson, Zeller, Oestreich and Zack Drews as the top finishers.

Saturday Night closed out the regular race season and all six champions were crowned. WISSOTA Champions were: Jody Bellefeuille in the Modifieds, Dan Gullikson in the Super Stocks, Bud Martini in the Midwest Modifieds, Justin Pogones in the Street Stocks and Kyle Thell in the Mod Fours. The Hornet champion is Brandon Opsahl. Congratulations to all track champions and all drivers on the great season.

Next weekend is the Annual Harvest Cup VI. Racing will take place on Friday and Saturday nights with racing at 7pm and 6:30 pm.

One Quick Shower and the USMTS and WISSOTA Modifieds Took the Track

August 19th, 2014

Ogilvie, MN – Rain showers threatened the Ogilvie Raceway Saturday night, but after one quick shower, the track was ready for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. A mixture of 30 USMTS and WISSOTA Modifieds filled the pits and put on a great feature event. Zack VanderBeek took the Modified win while Dave mass, Jeremy Nelson, Justin Pogones and Zach Gaslin also took trophies.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the track, and after a quick caution, Jeremy Nelson moved into the lead while Travis Schulte took second and Bud Martini third. After another caution, Nelson, Schulte and Martini went three wide for first and Nelson retained the point. Martini ran the low groove and chased after Nelson, but Nelson kept his lead. Drivers began to space out as the laps ticked by. Nelson stretched his lead out to a straight away while Shane Howell and Wade Skindelien closed in on Martini. Nelson had a comfortable lead of 8.5 seconds as he rolled his D&N Trucking Midwest Modified across the finish line for the win. Martini, Howell, Skindelien and Charlie Zander took top points.

The JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks were next with Anita Hillebregt and Kyle Laney on the front row. Kurt Becken moved forward and took first as drivers battled for points. Contact was made amongst drivers and the #43 of Brian Friez took a sharp right towards the wall but caught Quentin Busitzky’s car. The race went red as the drivers were checked over. Both drivers were ok but unable to race. The remaining cars were sorted with Kurt Becken in the lead. Justin Pogones moved aside Kris Peterson for second as the green waved. Pogones took the point and followed Becken. Pogones began to work both sides of Becken while Dan McCain battled Peterson. Pogones kept after Becken as they pulled away from the competition. Pogones got under Becken in turn four and made the pass. Pogones led the remaining laps and put his Lake State Recycling, Inc. sponsored #01 in victory lane. Becken, Peterson, McCain and Josh Laney were the top drivers.

26 USMTS and WISSOTA Modifieds covered the Ogilvie Raceway for their 40 lap main event. Clayton Wagamon and Jason Krohn led the drivers to the green and Wagamon pulled into the lead. Krohn made the move into first and Zack VanderBeek moved to Wagamon’s door. Wagamon held VanderBeek back but remained close as the yellow waved. Krohn was alone on the restart with Wagamon, VanderBeek and Rodney Sanders going three wide for second. Sanders took the point while Wagamon and VanderBeek jockeyed for third. Soon enough, Krohn was ready to lap drivers as mods covered the track. Krohn weaved his way through traffic and Sanders closed in. Krohn’s lead had dissipated as he was in heavy traffic and Sanders slid past him for first. Out of nowhere, VanderBeek caught the leaders and moved aside Krohn. VanderBeek took second as the yellow waved again. Drivers were sorted and realigned with Sanders in the lead. VanderBeek and Krohn took Sanders’ sides as the green flew and they went three wide for first. VanderBeek and Krohn pulled away and Sanders settled in third. VanderBeek pulled ahead of Krohn for the lead with Jeremy Nelson and Wagamon also in top points. With three laps remaining another caution occurred and slowed drivers down. As the green flew, Sanders took second and Krohn fell to third. VanderBeek kept his foot down and took the checkers. Sanders, Krohn, Wagamon and Stormy Scott took the top five as VanderBeek put his Casey’s General Store sponsored #33z in victory lane.

Payton English nosed ahead in first as the Hornet feature commenced, but Dan Rick and Drew Johnson grabbed her sides and made the pass. Rick took the lead while Johnson took second. Zach Gaslin moved to Johnson’s side and took second, and then first. The yellow flew a couple times, but Gaslin maintained his lead. Dexter Robyn, Rick and Brandon Opsahl battled for second and Robyn took the point. With the checkers in sight, Robyn gave it one final push to take the win, but Gaslin was a car length ahead and took the trophy.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks wrapped up the night’s action with Jared Zimpel on the pole and Ronnie Malecki at his side. Josh Anderson dove low and moved next to the leaders, but as they all drifted up in turn two, Dan Gullikson shot passed them for the lead. Dave Mass weaved through the cars and took second and rode Gullikson’s rear. Gullikson and Mass drove away from the pack and Mass grabbed a higher groove. Mass claimed the lead and drove away from Gullikson. Mass never looked back and dominated the feature by finishing almost 9 seconds ahead of Gullikson. Mass rolled his McKay’s Dodge sponsored #2 in victory lane with Gullikson Malecki, Andy Grymala and Matthew Dibb in tow.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will feature all six regular classes as we finish out the final two weeks of the regular season. Racing will resume 0630pm

VanderBeek finds success in Ogilvie

August 19th, 2014

OGILVIE, Minn.-Zack VanderBeek got around Jason Krohn with six laps to go, and then held off Rodney Sanders in the closing laps to win the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup main event Saturday at the Ogilvie Raceway.

It was the first trip to victory lane for The Z-Man since June 18 in Grain Valley, Mo., and the 27th of his United States Modified Touring Series career.

Krohn beat fellow front-row starter Clayton Wagamon into the first corner to take command of the race at the start with Sanders following into second at the completion of the first lap.

Sanders chased Krohn around the high-banked 3/8-mile track for the next 27 laps before finally making the pass for the lead on lap 29. Krohn, however, did not relent and regained control of the race on lap 32.

VanderBeek, who followed the lead duo for most of the race, pounced on the opportunity to get by Krohn on lap 34, but a caution slowed the pace on lap 37 and set up a three-lap dash to the finish.

Sanders disposed of Krohn on the restart, but VanderBeek pulled away over the final laps to score the win and snap Sanders’s three-race win streak.

Krohn held on for third for the second straight night while Wagamon took the fourth spot. Stormy Scott was fifth, and the rest of the top 10 finishing positions went to Brent Larson, Zack Drews, Jody Bellefeuille, Jeremy Nelson and Dave Mass, who passed eleven cars from his 21st starting spot.

With ten down and nine to go, Round 11 in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup takes place next Friday, Aug. 22, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. On Saturday, the series returns to the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., and then wraps up the weekend tripleheader on Sunday at the Outlaw Motorsports Park near Wainwright, Okla.

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

Wissota Late Models and UMSS Sprints at Ogilvie

August 13th, 2014

Ogilvie, MN – The Ogilvie Raceway had the best of both worlds on Saturday Night as it hosted the WISSOTA Late Models and the UMSS Sprint Cars. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was sponsored by Mastell Brothers Trailer Service, Inc and was full of excitement.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds commenced the feature races with Dave Siercks and Jesse Ogston on the front row. However, Charlie Zander came from row two and grabbed the lead. Ogston moved to Zander’s side and they battled for first while Shane Howell moved into third. Ogston nosed ahead of Zander and Howell moved up. Howell took over second and dove low to take the lead. Bud Martini took third and grabbed Ogston’s side as he claimed second. Martini then slid high aside Howell for first and they went side by side. The yellow then flew and as the field was set, Martini assumed the lead. A couple more cautions kept the drivers slow and Travis Schulte moved into second. Martini led the final laps and took the win in his Plato’s Closet #42. Schulte, Howell, Ogston and Ryan Putnam were the top finishers.

Kurt Becken grabbed the lead as the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks took the green. Dan McCain and Brian Friez battled for second and McCain took the point. Jim Gullikson rolled next to McCain with Justin Pogones in his path. Gullikson then fell off the pace and entered the infield putting Pogones in third. Pogones took second from McCain and set eyes on Becken. Pogones chased down Becken and soon they were door to door. Pogones nosed ahead for the lead and then drove away. The yellow waved some laps later and slowed the drivers down with few laps to go. Pogones was alone on the restart with Becken and McCain in tow. The battle for second heated up as McCain emerged with the point. Becken moved back to McCain’s side and reclaimed the position as the checkers flew. Pogones rolled his Wollak Construction sponsored #01 into victory lane with Becken, McCain, Josh Laney and Ryan Kostreba in top points.

The UMSS Sprint Cars took the clay for their feature and Ryan Bowers and Jamey Ogston led the way. As the green dropped, Bowers shot into the lead. Chris Graf moved to Ogston’s side but Ogston kept second. Tony Norem then took third, second and closed in on Bowers. As Norem caught Bowers, he made his move for the lead, but his car suddenly bounced on the surface and caught the fence. The race went red as officials tended to Norem and fixed the catch fence. On the restart, Bowers was in front with Ogston and Graf in tow. Bowers immediately pulled away while Graf moved to Ogston’s side. Again Ogston held him off but soon Graf slid by. Graf and Ogston swapped the second point the remainder of the race while Bowers drove away. The checkers were raised and with smoke rolling from his car, Bowers took the win. This was Bowers’ first win ever in a Sprint Car as he rolled his Mastell Brothers Racing #199 in victory lane. Graf, Ogston, Jerry Richert, Jr., and Anna Kouba took top points.

The Hornets rolled on the track, and after a four wide salute, they sped off. Dexter Robyn pulled into the lead with Quain Busitzky and Zach Gaslin in tow. Gaslin moved to Busitzky’s side, took second, and closed in on Robyn. The top drivers began to lap slower cars as the white flag raised. The yellow flag soon followed the white and drivers were slowed. Robyn was first on the restart with Gaslin in second. Levi Voss battled Bustizky for third as the #18 of Gavin Rowland rolled on his side bringing the yellow out. Rowland’s car naturally tipped back on its wheels and Rowland drove it off the track. The drivers were realigned with Robyn in control. Robyn led the final lap and took the win.

The Blaine Brothers Challenge Series WISSOTA Late Models closed out the night’s program with a 40 lap caution free feature. Zach Johnson and Brady Smith brought the drivers to the green and Smith pulled away. Ricky Weiss and John Kaanta battled for third as Don Shaw moved in behind them. Kaanta nosed ahead of Weiss and moved next to Johnson for second. They began a side by side battle that would go on for laps. Adam Hensel started in 15th and drove to fourth. Johnson finally broke away from Kaanta for second while Hensel closed in. Smith was already a straight away ahead of the competition and continued to drive away and lap slower cars. Hensel caught Kaanta and moved to his side. Kaanta held him back but Hensel moved forward. Hensel made the pass for third and moved to Johnson’s side. Hensel and Johnson battled for second as they caught slower cars. Johnson was able to pull away in the lapped traffic but Hensel was in his rear view. As they cleared the traffic, Hensel made the pass and took second. Smith continued to cruise around the three-eighths mile and lapped every driver up to the fourth position. The flagman held two flags at once, the white flag and the checkered as Brady Smith crossed the line. Smith rolled his Michaletz Trucking sponsored #2 into victory lane with Hensel, Johnson, Kaanta and Jake Redetzke in the top five positions.

Next week the USMTS Modifieds stop by the Ogilvie Raceway for some dirt flying action. WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Hornets will run with the mods. The Saturday Night Shootout will begin at 6:30pm.

Kids Night at the Ogilvie Raceway

August 5th, 2014

Ogilvie, MN – Saturday night was Kids Night at the Ogilvie Raceway and more than 50 bikes were awarded to kids in the stands. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was also the Race of Champions Qualifier with Keith Thell, Jim Gullikson, Bud Martini, Dave Mass, Jody Bellefeuille and Gavin Rowland taking the wins.

Trever Roediger and Keith Thell brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the track and Thell quickly took the lead. Matt Halls moved into second and Kyle Thell took third as they rounded the three-eighth’s mile Drivers spaced out as the laps went by, but Halls began to close in on Keith Thell. Halls was within a couple car lengths of Keith Thell as the checkers waved. Keith Thell took the win with Halls, Kyle Thell, Roediger, Nick Jelacie and Gerry Nohner finishing behind him.

Allen Gessell, Jr. grabbed the lead as the WISSOTA Street Stock feature commenced. Jim Gullikson moved aside Dan McCain for second and took the point while the #01 of Justin Pogones took fourth. Gullikson drove to Gessell, Jr.’s door for third while Pogones moved aside McCain. The battles heated up as Gullikson made the pass for first in slower traffic. Gessell, Jr. held second and Pogones took third. Jesse Pederson moved to McCain’s side for fourth and they ran side by side for laps. They caught slower cars and soon the yellow waved. Gullikson was alone on the restart with Gessell, Jr. and Pogones in tow. Gullikson pulled away but Gessell, Jr. and Pogones kept after him. Gessell, Jr., Pogones, Pederson and Kurt Becken took the top five points while Gullikson rolled his #21 into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rolled on the track with Mark Froehlich and Jesse Ogston on the front row. They battled for first as the green waved and Bud Martini rolled into third. Froehlich grabbed first, but after a caution Martini was at his door. Martini pulled into first but again the yellow flew. Shane Gerwing, Travis Schulte, Froehlich and Jeffrey Lien, Jr. went four wide for second as the green reappeared. Schulte took the point and Froehlich grabbed third while Martini drove away. Froehlich worked Schulte for second but Schulte held him off. David Mastell, Lien, Jr. and Gerwing all battled for fourth as Froehlich took a turn into the infield. Gerwing assumed the third position as the yellow waved. There were two laps remaining as the green dropped and Gerwing and Schulte battled for second. Schulte took the point but as the checkers flew a last second surge from Ryan Putnam put Putnam in the runner up spot. Martini took the win with Putnam, Schulte, Gerwing and Lien, Jr. as the top finishers.

Matthew Dibb and Andy Grymala led the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green and Dibb took the lead. Dave Mass and Dan Gullikson moved up and Mass moved aside Dibb. Mass and Dibb drove panel to panel for the lead, but Mass pulled ahead. The top drivers began to space out and Mass stretched out his lead. Mass had a lead of a straightaway and began to weave around slower drivers as the yellow waved. With only three laps to go, Mass had Dibb and Gullikson on his rear. Mass immediately drove away while Dibb and Gullikson battled for second. Gullikson went wide off of turn four allowing Dibb and Grymala to fly past him. Mass dominated the feature and put the Racefan 123 sponsored #2 in victory lane with Dibb, Grymala, Brett Johnson and Gullikson as the top finishers.

Next on the agenda were the hornets with Zach Gaslin and Gavin Rowland on the front row. Rowland grabbed the lead and Quain Busitzky took second while Jake Bayerl, Levi Voss and Gaslin battled for third. The top two drivers pulled away as Bayerl took third. Gaslin and Voss kept close to Bayerl as Voss moved to his side. Bustizky moved to Rowland’s side and they ran side by side for the lead. Voss, Bayerl and Gaslin were back at it going three wide for third as the battle for first kept on. Soon the yellow flew and drivers were sorted. Rowland was in the lead with Bayerl and Voss at Busitzky’s sides. They were three wide for second and Voss moved ahead. Rowland kept his foot down and but his #18 in victory lane for a second week in a row.

Clayton Wagamon, J.T. Johnson, Jody Bellefeuille and Dave Mass all wanted the first point when the WISSOTA Modifieds took the green. Wagamon and Bellefeuille pulled ahead as the yellow flew. Wagamon was first on the restart and grabbed the high groove while Bellefeuille kept close a line lower. Dave Mass took the third position and set sights on Bellefeuille while drivers spread out. Wagamon had a good lead, but lap after lap, Bellefeuille closed in. Bellefeuille dove to Wagamon’s sides as they rounded the turns, but Wagamon was faster out. As the White flew, Bellefeuille moved to Wagamon’s side again and this round Bellefeuille got his car to stick. Bellefeuille took the lead and the checkers with Wagamon, Mass, Dave Cain and Larry Zeller as the top finishers.

Next Saturday the UMSS Sprints and the Late Model Challenge Series will fill the pits at the Ogilvie Raceway. WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets will also run but there will be no Modifieds, Super Stocks or Mod Fours. Racing resumes at 6:30.

Ron Fleischer Memorial Race at Ogilvie Raceway

July 30th, 2014

Ogilvie, MN– It was the 3rd Annual Ron Jones Sr. / Ron Fleischer Memorial Race at the Ogilvie Raceway, and drivers filled the pits for some WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Members of the families were present and both WISSOTA Modifieds and Midwest Modifieds raced for increased pay. Bud Martini won in the Midwest Modifieds for the 3rd consecutive time, and Jones’ grandson, Andy Jones, won in the Modifieds.

Evan Neumann and Brian Friez brought the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks out for the night’s first event. Friez grabbed the lead while Neumann and Josh Laney followed. Friez then got loose and Laney, Neumann, Allen Gessell, Jr. and Jim Gullikson flew by him. Laney assumed the lead as the yellow waved. As the drivers rounded turn two on the restart, Neumann’s car fell off the pace and drivers made contact. Neumann’s car then flipped in the air and the race stopped. Neumann was ok, and the drivers were sorted. Gessell, Jr. moved into the lead after another restart with Gullikson and Pogones in tow. Pogones shot to Gessell, Jr.’s outside for first and they drove side by side. Pogones nosed ahead into the lead but Gessell, Jr. kept on his rear. Pogones slowed pulled away and took the checkers in his Lake State Recycling sponsored #01. Gessell, Jr., Gullikson, Dan McCain and Kyle Laney took the top points.

There were only five WISSOTA Mod Fours on the track, but they put on a great feature. Gerry Nohner and Nick Jelacie led the drivers to the stand but Matt Halls went low and Keith Thell went high to move ahead of them. Thell moved into first with Halls on his trail. Halls moved aside Thell but Thell pulled away. Halls never backed down and was next to Thell in the curves. Thell retained the lead but Halls kept after him. With few laps to go, Halls got a run into turn one and moved to Thell’s side. They were door to door the remaining laps and as the checkers raised, Thell crossed the line first and took the win. Halls finished in a close second followed by
Kyle Thell, Jelacie and Nohner.

Jake Bayerl grabbed the lead as the Hornets went green. Gavin Rowland moved aside Dan Rick for second and Quain Busitzky joined them. The three way battle ended quick as Busitzky moved into second. Busitzky slid past Bayerl for the lead and Brandon Opsahl took second. Opsahl began to work on Busitzky as the yellow waved. Busitzky was first on the restart with Rowland and Opsahl on his bumper. Rowland dove low and drove next to Busitzky on the final lap. Rowland took the lead in turn three and held it to the finish line. Rowland took his first feature win as his family celebrated in victory lane with him.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were up for the first race of the Jones/Fleischer memorial. Justin Oestreich and Charlie Zander took their positions on the front row and Zander took the lead as the green flew. Oestreich went low and stole first while Bud Martini made his way next to Zander for second. Mack Estey took third and Martini moved next to Oestreich for the lead. Martini made the pass and began to pull away as top drivers spaced out. Martini began to lap slower cars while race action covered the whole surface. Martini was weaving through traffic but soon the yellow flickered on and drivers were sorted. Back to back cautions kept the drivers slow, but Martini was alone on the restart with four laps to go. Estey and Oestreich battled for second as the green dropped and Estey took the point. Martini drove away and took the double checkers, the six-foot trophy and the check. Estey, Oestreich, Shane Howell and Jeremy Nelson were the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks hit the clay with Mike Loomis and Brett Johnson on the front row. Dan Gullikson grabbed the high side and went from sixth to second before they left turn two. Gullikson moved next to Johnson for first and took the point. Matthew Dibb and Dave Mass moved to Johnson’s side and they were three wide for second. Dibb took the point and chased down Gullikson. Mass took third and closed in on the leaders as Dibb moved to Gullikson’s door. They ran side by side for first as Dibb pulled ahead. Mass passed Gullikson for second and reeled in Dibb. Mass kept the pressure on Dibb lap after lap, but the Rookie stayed ahead of him. With two laps to go, Mass nosed ahead, but Dibb was faster out of the turn and retook the lead. Mass moved back to his side, and with the checkers in sight, they came to the finish line panel to panel. With a difference of just .035 seconds, Matthew Dibb took the win. Mass settled in second with Gullikson, Johnson and Loomis as the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds finished out the night’s races, and was the second race of the Jones/Fleischer Memorial. Jeff Patchen and Andy Jones led the drivers around the clay surface, and Jones sped away as the green flew. Patchen took second and set after Jones, but Jones was already stretching his lead out. Jody Bellefeuille made his way into third and soon caught Patchen’s side. Bellefeuille took second and set eyes on Jones. Jones was off in the distance but Bellefeuille was on a mission. Dave Mass worked the high side and moved into third and Dave Cain moved into fourth. Cain kept close to Mass with few laps to go. The white waved and Bellefeuille was a couple car lengths from Jones, but Jones ran his line and took the win. Jones and his family celebrated in victory lane and Jones dedicated his win to his grandpa, Ron Jones, Sr. Bellefeuille, Mass, Cain and Patchen were the top drivers.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will also be the WISSOTA Race of Champions qualifier. It will also be Kid’s night featuring a bike giveaway and kids 14 and under will be free. Racing will resume at 6:30.

Pogones, Thell, Schulte, Mass, Nelson and Burkholder Took Home the Hardware at Ogilvie

July 23rd, 2014

Ogilvie, MN – WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was in full effect Saturday night at the Ogilvie Raceway. It was Meet the Drivers night and kids were able to meet all their favorite drivers and participate in a candy toss sponsored by D&N Trucking of Princeton. Justin Pogones, Kyle Thell, Travis Schulte, Dave Mass, Jeremy Nelson and Dannie Burkholder took home the hardware.

The JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks were first up and Dan McCain took the lead. Brian Friez, Allen Gessell, Jr. and Justin Pogones ran three wide for second. Pogones took second but Gessell, Jr. moved to his door. They moved aside McCain and were three wide for first. Gessell, Jr. and Pogones pulled away for the lead but the caution waved. Gessell, Jr. led through a couple restarts with Pogones on his bumper. Pogones went low and moved to Gessell Jr.’s side. They were side by side for first along with Andy Miskowic and McCain for third. Pogones pulled into the lead as the yellow waved again. Three more cautions occurred and Gessell, Jr. kept the pressure on Pogones. Pogones took the checkers in his JNP sponsored Street Stock. McCain, Josh Laney, Kurt Becken and Allen Gessell, Jr. were the top finishers.

Ryan Buer took the lead as the WISSOTA Mod Four feature began. Kyle Thell grabbed the high side and moved next to Buer. Buer fell to second and Thell took the lead while Keith Thell took third. Keith Thell moved into third, drove next to Buer, and then spun out causing a caution. Kyle Thell was first on the restart with Mitch Hribar and Buer in tow. Hribar took second but Buer retook the point. Keith Thell was back in fourth and next to Hribar. Keith Thell took third and chased down Buer. Kyle Thell was checked out as Keith Thell battled Buer. Keith Thell, Buer, Hribar, Nick Jelacie took top points while Kyle Thell drove into victory lane.

Shane Gerwing, Jeffrey Lien, Jr. and Jeremy Nelson went three wide for first as the green flew in the 26 car deep WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Lien, Jr. and Nelson pulled away and battled for first as Nelson took the point. Bud Martini moved into second and Travis Schulte drove to Lien’s side. Nelson drove away and soon began to lap as the yellow flew. Nelson was alone on the restart but Martini went to his door. Nelson nosed ahead but scrapped the wall and fell back. Martini drove into the lead as the yellow waved. As the drivers were aligned, Martini was docked two points for jumping the previous restart, therefore Schulte took the lead. Martini and Lien, Jr. battled for second as the white waved. One more caution slowed the drivers and put Martini on Schulte’s bumper. Schulte sped away as the green flew but Martini moved to his side. Schulte held off Martini enough to take the win, Martini, Lien, Jr. Nelson and Mark Froehlich were the top five.

The Hornets were up next and Chris McClain took the lead. Dannie Burkholder moved into second as the yellow appeared and McClain exited with a flat. Burkholder assumed the lead and Levi Voss pulled into second. Gavin Rowland took third and rode Voss’s bumper. Voss pulled away as the battle for fourth heated up. Quain Busitzky, Brandon Opsahl and Zach Gaslin went three wide for fourth, started to break up, then back to three wide. After many laps, Opsahl took fourth and closed in on Rowland. They were side by side for third and moved in on Voss. Burkholder held off the competition for the win with Opsahl, Voss, Rowland and Gaslin as the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the clay with Donna Jo Schmdit, Brett Johnson, Andy Grymala, and Matthew Dibb four wide for third. Grymala pulled into the lead but the yellow soon flew. Grymala was first on the restart, Johnson went high and Dibb grabbed the middle but Johnson pulled away in the lead. Dave Mass grabbed the high side, took second and moved to Johnson’s side. Mass and Johnson were door to door but Mass drove away. The leaders spaced out and Mass began to lap. Mass led the remaining laps and rolled into victory lane. Johnson, Grymala, Chris Wark and Dan Gullikson rounded out the top points.

J.T. Johnson and Jeremy Nelson led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the green for the night’s final feature. Nelson moved into first and Jeff Patchen took second. The yellow light flickered as Tim Swanson spun in turn two. Nelson was first on the restart and sped away while Patchen and Johnson battled for second. Jody Bellefeuille kept close and joined them in a three way battle. Patchen and Johnson again pulled away as the yellow reappeared. Jeremy Nelson grabbed the high groove and drove away and Johnson locked in second as the green dropped. Bellefeuille and Patchen battled for third and Dave Mass joined them. Mass took third and soon passed Johnson for second. A final restart slowed Nelson down, but he sped away as the race resumed. Mass took second but Bellefeuille moved to his side. Mass and Bellefeuille battled side by side until the checkers flew. Mass, Bellefeuille, Andy Jones and Johnson finished in the top five as Nelson drove his D&N Trucking sponsored #06 into victory lane.

Next week is the 3rd Annual Ron Jones Sr./ Ron Fleischer memorial race at the Ogilvie Raceway. WISSOTA Midwest will race for a payout of $773.00 and WISSOTA Modifieds will race for $1073.00. All regular classes will race with added pay for the two classes. Racing will resume at 6:30 pm.

Cain Claims Victory After Close Modified Feature

July 15th, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – Sunday night was Meet the Drivers Night at the Granite City Speedway and people filled the stands for some WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Kids and adults enjoyed meeting drivers during the extended intermission and then were treated to some great race action.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first up and Josh Paulson led the way. Tom Gill rolled into the lead with Paulson and Ashely Mehrwerth in tow. As Bud Martini moved into battled the yellow flew. Gill was alone on the restart and Shane Sabraski grabbed the high side and moved aside Mehrwerth for second. Sabraski took the point and soon became the leader. Mehrwerth moved to Gill’s door as Joe Voigt spun on the front stretch. Drivers were sorted while Sabraski led them back to green. Sabraski led the remainder of the race and took the win. Gill, Johnson, Martini and Brandon Hines were the top finishers.

Kyle Laney and Jake Huston brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green, but Justin Pogones moved in and they were three wide. Before the lap was complete the yellow flew and Huston was charged for the caution. Laney and Pogones were side by side on the restart and Pogones took the lead. Tim Johnson came flying around the top side and took second and passed Pogones for first. T. Johnson immediately pulled away while Aaron Johnson closed in on Pogones. T. Johnson was half a track ahead as the yellow flickered on. T. Johnson again sped away as the green flew and Pogones battled A. Johnson for second. A. Johnson pulled ahead but as the white flew, A. Johnson scrapped the wall. He was able to continue racing while Pogones retook second. Tim Johnson dominated the feature and rolled his Wollak Construction #1jr into victory lane.

Gavin Rowland and Dana Voigt raced door to door as the green dropped for the Hornet feature. Rowland took the lead but soon Opsahl and Voigt then sat together on the backstretch and drivers scattered. The yellow waved and both drivers were unable to race. Rowland led through a couple restarts but Lexi Gallagher moved to his side. Gallagher nosed ahead and soon pulled away as Darin Lenk closed the gap with the top drivers. The yellow flew again and Gallagher was alone on the restart. She sped away when the green appeared and Levi Voss took second. Voss began to chase down Gallagher, but Gallagher kept her lead and put her green #13 in victory lane.

After a quick caution, the WISSOTA Mod Fours were in high gear with Jamie Flickinger and Tommy Bawden on the front row. Flickinger took the lead but Matt Halls grabbed second and then took first while Zieske challenged Flickinger. Keith Thell moved into third and tried to take second but Zieske kept him back. Thell gave it another run and they jockeyed for the second point as the yellow appeared. Halls was first on the restart, but Thell moved to his side. Four laps passed before a leader was determined, and it was Thell who nosed ahead. Halls kept close and they ran side by side in the turns. Thell pulled away out of four and took the checkers in this #00t. Halls, Brandon Linquist, Zieske and Kyle Thell were the top five drivers.

The Pure Stocks took the green with Brandon Fah and Corey Hill fighting for first. Fah nosed ahead on lap two, but Hill was back in a snap. Hill and Fah continued to drive side by side for first while David Dosh, Jake Hagemann and Charlie Sheik went three wide behind them. Hill pulled into the lead this round and Dosh took second. Sheik moved aside Dosh and then next to Hill. Sheik and Hill rounded the curves together and Sheik began to pull ahead. The top drivers all remained close as the Hill kept at Sheik’s side. Sheik beat the competition and took the win with Hill and Dosh as the top three.

Dexton Koch grabbed the lead and Jake Goetze sprinted to Jared Zimpel’s side when the WISSOTA Super Stock feature began. Shane Sabraski joined the battle for second as he and Goetze moved aside Koch. They were three wide for first as Sabraski pulled away. Dave Mass worked the high groove and moved to Sabraski’s side. They ran parallel around the track until the yellow flew. Sabraski was first on the restart with Mass and Goetze behind him. Sabraski pulled away when the green flew but Mass quickly caught him. Mass and Sabraski continued to drive side by side as the laps went by. With three laps to go, Mass finally pulled ahead to secure the first point. Mass took the win in his Bradford Garage sponsored #2. Sabraski, Goetze, Tim Johnson and Dan Gullikson took top points.

The Hobby Stocks took the clay, and after an early caution, Jeff Ahlquist took the lead. Darin Lenk and Matt Fester battled for second as Fester drove to Ahlquist’s door. Ahlquist retained the lead while Fester found Lenk at his side. Lenk cleared Fester for second and moved next to Ahlquist. Lenk and Ahlquist battled for first as Lenk took the point. Lenk led the race in his Hornet with the Hobby Stocks on his tail. Lenk got loose and kept his car going as the yellow waved. Lenk was alone on the restart but Fester drove to his side. Lenk pulled away and Fester got on his rear. Fester rubbed Lenk and pulled away as Lenk controlled his car. Fester took the win in his #6f Hobby Stock.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night with Andy Simonson and Jeremy Nelson (4) on the front row. Simonson, Nelson and Cain ran three wide for first as Cain took the point as the race commenced. Nelson took second while Mass took third. Mass soon took second as the leaders spaced out. Mass closed the gap Cain had and put the pressure on him. Mass kept on Cain’s bumper but Cain maintained the lead. Mass then tried different lines, but was unsuccessful as Cain began to stretch out his lead. Mass kept Cain on his toes, but as the checkers flew, Cain rolled his Brandl Motors sponsored machine into victory lane. Mass, Nelson, Shane Sabraski and Martini were the top five.

Next week will feature both the UMSS Winged and Wingless Sprint Cars at the Granite City Speedway. Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours, Hobby Stocks, Hornets and Pure Stocks will accompany the Sprints. Gates open at 4 with racing at 5:30.

Afternoon Showers Didn’t Stop the Ogilvie Raceway from Getting their night in!

July 15th, 2014

Ogilvie, MN – Afternoon showers didn’t stop the Ogilvie Raceway from a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action with more
than 65 drivers signing into the pits. The night was completed in just over two hours with only four cautions throughout the features. Jim and Dan Gullikson, Keith Thell and Quain Busitzky took wins along with Jeffrey Lien, Jr. winning his first WISSOTA Modified feature ever.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours took the track for the night’s first feature. Tommy Bawden quickly took the lead while Keith Thell and Matt Halls followed.
Thell moved aside Bawden for the lead as the first yellow waved. Bawden was alone on the restart with Halls and Thell keeping close. Thell again moved
aside Bawden and took the lead as the green reappeared. Ryan Buer and Halls raced right behind Bawden as Kyle Thell moved in. Buer grabbed the high
side and moved aside Bawden for second as Bawden fell back into traffic. Kyle Thell moved into second while Halls and Buer continued to jockey for
third. With one lap to go, Kyle Thell closed the gap and moved to Keith Thell’s side. Keith kept his #00t ahead of Kyle and took the win. Halls,
Buer and Crist Pittenger took the top points.

Brandon Belsheim and Dan McCain led the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green and McCain grabbed the lead. Kris Peterson and Jim Gullikson moved aside Belsheim and they went three wide for second. Gullikson and Peterson drove ahead and Gullikson moved aside McCain. Gullikson took the lead, McCain held second but Peterson and Jim Randall moved to his sides and they were three wide. A caution slowed Gullikson down and put Peterson and Randall on his rear. Randall and Peterson battled for second as Gullikson drove away. Randall secured the second point and chased after Gullikson. Gullikson was soon in lapped traffic and Randall was on his bumper. They came down the front chute together with the checkers raised. Gullikson crossed the line and put his Ray’s Auto Body #21 in victory lane. Randall settled in second with Peterson, Justin Pogones, and McCain as the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the green with Brett Johnson in first. Dan Gullikson went from eighth to second before lap one was complete and moved in on Johnson. Chris Wark, Josh Schmit and Donna Schmidt battled three wide for third and Wark took the point. Gullikson made the pass for first and soon thereafter, the yellow flew. Wark and Johnson were side by side on the restart as Gullikson drove away. Wark pulled into second as Matthew Dibb worked his way into fourth. Dibb took third from Johnson and went after Wark. Drivers spaced out on the track but Dibb closed the gap. Dibb caught Wark and kept the pressure on him until the checkers flew. Wark held onto second with Dibb, Johnson and Andy Grymala as the top finishers while Dan Gullikson rolled into victory lane.

After the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds did their four wide parade lap, Jeffrey Lien, Jr. took his place on the pole with Tyler English to his side. As the green waved Lien, Jr. sped away and never looked back. English took second while Travis Schulte, Kyle Wehking and Charlie Zander went three wide for third. Schulte grabbed the low groove and moved next to English. Schulte took second while English battled Zander and Mark Froehlich for third. Froehlich took the point and chased down Schulte. Lien, Jr. was far off in the lead and soon began to lap drivers. Schulte and Froehlich soon caught slower drivers and began to lap while side by side. Froehlich and Schulte went back and forth but Froehlich finally grabbed the point. Lien, Jr. was ahead by a straightaway as he took the checkers and his first feature win ever in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified. Froehlich, Schulte, Bud Martini and Jeremy Nelson took the top five.

The Hornets concluded the night’s racing events and Levi Voss, Nick Axelsen and Jenna Kraft went three wide at the start. Axelsen and Voss pulled away but continued to battle for first. Quain Busitzky moved into third and moved in on the leaders. Voss had a slight lead but Axelsen kept moving to his side. Voss finally locked in the lead and Busitzky moved into second as the yellow flew. Busitzky and Voss were side by side for first when the green reappeared. After a battle, Busitzky broke away from Voss as the race winded down. Busitzky led the remaining laps and took the win with Voss, Brandon Opsahl, Gavin Rowland and Axelsen as the top finishers.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30 and will be Kid’s Night Meet the Drivers Night. All kids aged 14 and under will be free, so bring the family out to the Ogilvie Raceway for some great race action.

Mid Summer Mod Night #2

July 9th, 2014

Ogilvie, MN – The Ogilvie Raceway was back in action Saturday night with night number two of the Mid Summer Mod 444. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was sponsored by Benton-Sherburne Corn Growers and Kyle Thell took the Mod Four Pay day. All feature winners had clean sweeps including Dave Mass with two classes as well as Travis Schulte, Jim Gullikson and Kyle Thell.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first on the agenda and Tyler English took the lead. Travis Schulte grabbed second with Dan Flowers to his side. Schulte then slid high next to English as the yellow waved. Flowers and Schulte were on English’s rear as the green reappeared and Schulte drove the high side into first. English and Flowers battled for second with Bud Martini close. The top drivers began to spread out while Schulte remained in control. One more restart slowed the drivers and put Schulte back with traffic. As the green dropped, Schulte drove away and led the final laps to his first feature win. Martini Flowers, Siercks and English were the top drivers.

Quentin Busitzky and Brian Friez led the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green for the next event. As drivers entered turn one, Justin Pogones grabbed the high groove and went from eighth to second before they exited turn two. Pogones quickly caught and passed Friez for first while Kris Peterson took second. The drivers ran the high groove as Sean Becken spun and the yellow flew. Pogones was alone on the restart with Peterson and Dan McCain to his rear. McCain, Peterson and Gullikson ran three wide for second as Gullikson pulled away. Gullikson worked the low groove and passed Pogones for first. After another caution, Gullikson had a comfortable lead, but Pogones slowly reeled him in. Gullikson kept his lead and put his Ray’s Auto Body sponsored #21 into victory lane. Pogones, Peterson, Evan Neumann and Kurt Becken took the top points.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks had a couple quick cautions, but when the green reappeared Andy Grymala took the lead. Dave Mass moved in and by lap two, the #2 was in the lead. Grymala kept close to Mass while Dan Gullikson took third and closed in. Mass pulled away from others as Gullikson took second. Mass worked the lapped traffic and came upon a pack of slower cars. He worked through the traffic without issue and drove away. Mass was over four seconds ahead of Gullikson as he took the win in his Racefan 123 sponsored Super Stock. Gullikson, Grymala, Tyler Kintwer and Matthew Dibb took the top five points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds took the clay with J.T. Johnson and Toby Patchen on the front line. Patchen took first as the green dropped but Johnson moved to his side. Johnson took the lead, Jody Bellefeuille took second and moved aside Johnson. Bellefeuille made the pass for first and drove the high groove. Bellefeuille was flying and soon lapped cars and scraped the wall in in the first curve. He kept his car going while Johnson and Zach Drews also began to lap. Drews took second in the traffic and Dustin Nelson worked the high side and took third. With two laps to go the yellow waved and drivers were sorted. Bellefeuille was alone on the restart with Drews and Johnson in tow. As the green waved Dave Mass joined the lead cars and he, Bellefeuille and Drews went three wide for first. Bellefeuille kept the point but Mass was at his door. Mass shot into the lead as the race came to an end. Mass started in the ninth point and drove his McKay’s Dodge sponsored Mod into victory lane. Bellefeuille finished second with Drews, Nelson and Johnson as the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were next for their Mid Summer Mod 444 special event. Kyle Thell and Tyler Larson started on the front row and Thell took the lead. Larson grabbed second with Bryce Bjerken and Tommy Bawden in a battle for third. Bjerken took the point as the first caution occurred. Thell was alone on the restart while Bjerken battled Larson for second. Larson retained the point as Shayne Laske moved to Bjerken’s door. Laske then pulled away and took the second position. Drivers began to settle in their spots while Laske chased down Thell. Laske caught Thell as Thell began to lap. Laske and Thell lapped a few drivers but Thell continued to lead. Laske kept close as Chad Funt and Dustin Holtquist’s bumpers tangled and they spun. Thell was alone on the restart with Laske and Bjerken on his bumper. Bjerken pulled into second and kept on Thell’s rear but Laske came back to Bjerken’s side. The top three drivers pulled away as the checkers were soon raised. Kyle Thell took the win in his Wollak Construction sponsored car followed by Laske, Bjerken, Dustin Zieske and Tyler Larson.

The Hornets closed out the night’s program with multiple cautions right out of the gate. A couple drivers made contact and required medical care and a driver barrel rolled his car as well. All drivers were ok as the race resumed. Dan Rick led the Hornets but Quain Busitzky drove high and took the lead. Rick maintained second with Levi Voss and Dannie Burkholder behind him. Burkholder grabbed the high side and shot past the others taking second. Voss and Rick battled for third while Brandon Opsahl and Gavin Rowland kept close. Voss took third moved aside Rick. Rick and Voss then grabbed Burkholder’s sides and they went three wide for second. Burkholder maintained the point while the others went three wide for third. The checkers flew with Busitzky taking the feature win.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30 pm.

Modified Touring Series at Ogilvie

June 25th, 2014

Ogilvie, MN – After a solid month of rain outs, the Ogilvie Raceway was prepped and ready for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The Advantage RV Modified Touring series was on hand for their Minnesota Melee, and 36 Modifieds signed into the pits.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds kicked off the nights features with Charlie Zander and Shane Howell on the front row. Zander took the lead, Howell took second and Jeremy Nelson claimed third. Howell moved to Zander’s side and they battled for first. Nelson joined in as Howell nosed ahead and they caught slower cars. Nelson caught Howell in the traffic and grabbed the lead as the yellow waved. Nelson was alone on the restart with Howell and Travis Saurer in tow. Howell and Nelson resumed the battle for first as Saurer joined. Saurer pulled ahead for the lead with two laps remaining. Saurer took the checkers rolling his #21x into victory lane. Nelson, Justin Froemming, Howell and Zach Laquen took the top points.

Dan McCain and Allen Gessell, Jr. brought the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green. Gessell, Jr. took the lead and Jim Gullikson moved aside McCain for second. McCain and Gullikson rubbed fenders, but Gullikson pulled away in second. Gullikson began to chase Gessell, Jr. as the yellow flew. Gessell, Jr. was first on the restart but Gullikson kept pressure on him. Gullikson worked Gessell, Jr. but Gessell, Jr. continued to lead. As the checkers were raised, Gullikson was at Gessell, Jr.’s door and they crossed the line. Gessell, Jr. maintained his lead and rolled his Racefan 123 sponsored #32x into victory lane. Gullikson, Justin Pogones, Jordan Tollakson and Kurt Becken were the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next for the night and Dave Mass sped off. Dan Gullikson took second from Ronnie Malecki and put his foot down. Mass and Gullikson drove away from the others but Mass kept pulling away. The drivers began to spread out as the yellow flew. Mass was slowed and Gullikson and Matthew Dibb were on his bumper when the green reappeared. Mass again sped away and Gullikson took second. Chris Wark passed Dibb for third as drivers again spread out. Mass took the win by a straight away with Gullikson, Wark, Dibb and Kyle Robideau as the top drivers.

The Advantage RV Modified Touring Series WISSOTA Modifieds were up next with 24 cars on track. John Broking took the lead as the green flew with Dave Cain and Dustin Nelson in tow. Dale Mathison challenged Nelson for third but Nelson kept the point. Cain worked Broking for first as they drove away from the others. Cain moved next to Broking, but Broking was faster out of the curves. Cain remained close as they caught slower drivers. Broking weaved through the traffic, but Cain was back at his door soon enough. Cain grabbed the high groove and made the pass but soon the yellow flew.

Cain was alone on the restart with Broking and Jesse Glenz in tow. Glenz took second and moved to Cain’s side. They came down the front shoot side by side and the yellow waved. The leaders were slowed and Glenz was first on the restart with Cain and Dave Mass behind him. Mass took second as the green flew and Cain battled Danzeisen for third. Mass moved to Glenz’ side and they went back and forth for first, but again the yellow flew.

Mass took the lead on the restart but Mass went wide off turn two and Glenz dove low. They were panel to panel again and as they exited four, Glenz got loose and flew to the high side. Glenz recovered but the yellow flew for Schroeder spinning. Mass retook his first position, and as the race resumed, Glenz bobbled off the wall causing cars to dodge him bringing the yellow back. A few drivers got tangled and exited the race with seven laps to go.

On the restart it was still Mass with Cain and Danzeisen behind him. Mass drove away while Cain and Danzeisen battled for second. Danzeisen held the #2c back in third as the checkers were waved. Mass earned a clean sweep as he took the checkers. Danzeisen, Cain, Jody Bellefeuille and Jeff Patchen were the top five drivers.

Chris McClain took the lead in his #89 Hornet for the night’s final race. Quain Busitzky took third and then second while McClain continued to lead. Brandon Opsahl moved into the top three as Busitzky moved to McClain’s side. With two laps to go, Opsahl joined in the battle for first. Busitzky the got loose and made contact with McClain. The yellow flew and when the green waved, there was one lap remaining. As drivers went into turn two more contact was made and the yellow flew again. The race was called as a completed event with Brandon Opsahl getting the win.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30 pm.

Nelson, Dibb, Nelson, Friez, Thell, and Opsahl

May 28th, 2014

Ogilvie, MN – Clear skies and warm temps welcomed drivers and fans to the Ogilvie Raceway for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The Memorial Weekend races were full of action and close finishes as Kyle Thell, Jeremy Nelson, Brian Friez, Matthew Dibb, Dustin Nelson and Brandon Opsahl took home the hardware.

Jamie Flickinger grabbed the lead as the WISSOTA Mod Four feature began. Kyle and Keith Thell however drove through the pack into second and third before they rounded turn two. Kyle Thell moved aside Flickinger and took first as Matt Halls moved into top points. Halls took second and set eyes on Thell with the race half over. Halls kept the pressure on Thell and kept grabbing his side, but Thell continued to drive away. As the checkers were raised, Thell and Halls were door to door as they came to the line. A difference of .032 seconds separated them as Kyle Thell took the win. Halls settled for second with Flickinger, Ryan Buer and Keith Thell in the top points.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up and Bud Martini took the lead. Dave Siercks moved into second with Travis Schulte in third. Jeremy Nelson passed Schulte and began to work Siercks for second as Shane Howell took fourth. A caution would slow the drivers down and put Martini back with traffic. Nelson took second as the green reappeared and kept with Martini. Martini held Nelson back as the battles heated up through the field. Howell worked Siercks for third and took the point with few laps to go. Howell began to chase the leaders while Nelson continued work Martini. As the white flag was raised, Nelson grabbed a higher groove and passed Martini on the outside. Nelson drove away and took the win in his D&N Trucking sponsored #06. Martini finished second with Howell, Siercks and Kevin Schmidt as the top drivers.

The Jacy Norgaard Photo WISSOTA Street Stocks were next on the agenda with Brian Friez and Kurt Becken on the front row. They battled for first as the green flew with Justin Pogones in third. Friez nosed ahead into the lead as Pogones moved next to Becken. Becken held onto second but Pogones kept after him. Pogones and Becken went back and forth for second while Friez drove away. The leaders caught slower cars and Friez began to lap. Pogones then grabbed the high side and made the pass on Becken. Pogones kept the highline and began to chase down Friez. The checkers flew with Pogones, Becken, Jimmy Gullikson and Josh Laney finishing second through fifth while Friez took his first feature win ever.

Matthew Dibb and Donna Jo Schmidt brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks on the track and Dibb took the lead when the green dropped. Chris Wark and Dan Gullikson moved next to Schmidt and they went three wide for second. Gullikson and Wark pulled ahead in second and third, while Dibb stretched his lead. Gullikson slowly reeled Dibb in but Dibb had a solid lead. Dibb led every lap of the feature, and the rookie rolled his Bradford Garage #22 into victory lane. Gullikson finished second with Wark, James Trantina and Schmidt in the top five.

Dustin Nelson took the lead when the WISSOTA Modified feature began. Jody Bellefeuille and Toby Patchen battled for second, but Jeff Patchen made contact with the wall and the yellow waved. Nelson remained in first with Toby Patchen and Bellefeuille in tow. Patchen took second and moved in on Nelson, but Nelson drove away. Bellefeuille moved back to Patchen’s side and took the second point. Bellefeuille put his foot down and slowly closed in on Nelson. However Nelson’s lead was too grand and Nelson took the checkers rolling his #46 Nelson Recycling Modified into victory lane. Bellefeuille, Toby Patchen, Larry Zeller and Jeremy Nelson took the top points.

Jenna and Teale Kraft led the Hornets to the green for the final feature, but Brandon Opsahl and Chris McClain quickly passed them. Opsahl took the lead and McClain battled Quain Busitzky for second. Busitzky took second while McClain caught a track tire. Everyone continued racing with Opsahl cruising around the 3/8 mile. Gavin Rowland quickly caught Busitzky for second as Jesse Anderson went sideways down the front stretch and almost into the wall. The yellow waved and as the green reappeared, Opsahl drove away. Rowland kept the pressure on Busitzky for second, and with the final laps passing Rowland took the point. With a lead the length of the straightaway, Opsahl took the win.

Next Saturday night will be Kid’s Night – Meet the Driver’s night at the Ogilvie raceway. Kids get in for free and will enjoy an extended intermission to meet the drivers on the track. The Saturday Night Shootout kicks off at 6:30.

Ogilvie Gets its Opener in with An Exciting Night of Racing

May 20th, 2014

Ogilvie, MN– Season opener at the Ogilvie Raceway kicked off on Armed forces night with some exciting WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The patriot car was on display and doubled as the pace car as Matt Halls, Jeremy Nelson, Justin Pogones, Dan Gullikson, Eric Martini and Quain Bustizky took home the trophies.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours launched the night’s features with Kyle Thell and Ross Mead on the front row. Thell quickly grabbed the lead and Matt Halls took second. Keith Thell also passed Mead and moved in behind Halls. Kyle Thell had a good lead, but Halls closed in and was soon at his door. Halls made the pass for first while Keith Thell caught his brother Kyle. The top drivers began to spread out and Halls remained strong in the lead. Halls took the checkers and won the first feature of 2014 with Kyle Thell, Keith Thell, Ryan Buer and Trevor Roediger in the top spots.

Jeremy Nelson and Tony Schill took the green as the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature began. Nelson took the lead and drove away but the yellow appeared. Nelson was first on the restart with Wade Skindelien and Charlie Zander in tow. The battle for second heated up but Skindelien rubbed the wall and the yellow flew. Zander and Bud Martini were on Nelson’s rear and Martini drove right behind Nelson. Martini put the pressure on Nelson, but Nelson held the lead. Schill worked his way back into top points and next to Martini. Martini then turned into the infield and Schill assumed second. One more caution slowed the drivers down, but Nelson remained in the top position. Nelson took the win with Dave Siercks, Schill, Kyle Wehking and Skindelien in the top five.

Kris Peterson and Justin Pogones brought the Jacy Norgaard Photo WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green. Peterson jumped into first with Pogones and Allen Gessell, Jr. in tow. Kurt Becken and Dan McCain battled for fourth while Gessell, Jr. moved to Pogones’ side. Gessell, Jr. and Pogones cruised behind Peterson and almost went three wide as Pogones made the pass for first. Gessell, Jr. took second and Peterson fell to third. Gessell, Jr. was on Pogones’ rear as they rounded the 3/8 mile. Pogones nosed ahead but Gessell, Jr. kept on him. Becken and McCain still battled for the fourth point as Pogones again stretched his lead out. With few laps to go, Pogones caught slower traffic and Gessell, Jr. was onto Pogones. They swerved through the slower cars and Pogones held first, the checkers were raised and Gessell, Jr. was back at Pogones side. Gessell, Jr. settled for second as Pogones took the win. Peterson, Becken and McCain took the top points.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the track with Donna Jo Schmidt and Kyle Robideau in the lead. As the green flew Dan Gullikson drove between them for first. Matthew Dibb came from fifth, took second, and challenged Gullikson. Dibb made the pass and took first, but Gullikson kept on him. The 1/2 way flags were displayed and Gullikson moved to Dibb’s side. Gullikson retook the lead and Dibb began to fall back. Dibb’s #22 got loose, then rubbed the wall, but Dibb got it straight and chased Gullikson. Dibb tried to catch Gullikson but took second as the checkers waved. Robideau, Schmidt and Ronnie Malecki took the top points while Gullikson rolled his J&C Trucking Super Stock into victory lane.

Don Eischens claimed the lead as the WISSOTA Modifieds feature commenced. Andy Jones grabbed second and Eric Martini took third. Eischens drove away as Martini closed in on Jones. The yellow then flew and Jones flew passed Eischens on the restart. Eischens and Martini remained close but Eischens then caught a track rut and Martini took second. Martini then drove to Jones’ side but Jones also fell victim to a track rut and Martini grabbed the lead. Eischens got around Jones for second and Don Shaw took third. The leaders began to space out as Shaw caught Eischens. Eischens and Shaw battled for second as Shaw’s car caught the clay and went sideways. Eischens sped into second but Shaw recovered and was back at his door. After another caution, the restart was Martini with Eischens and Shaw in tow. Shaw took second and Clayton Wagamon drove next to Eischens. Martini took the win with Shaw in second. Wagamon and Eischens came to the line door to door and Wagamon claimed third. Eischens finished fourth and Justin Jones took the final top spot.

The Hornets capped off the nights features with Zach Gaslin and Sam Lungstrom in the lead. Lungstrom took the lead but Levi Voss moved to his side. Voss claimed the lead with Gaslin, Gavin Rowland and Quain Busitzky as the top four. The top four drivers raced side by side for top points while Bustizky made his move into first. Bustizky drove away and began to lap others while Rowland and Voss battled for second. As they joined lapped traffic Brandon Opsahl passed them all and took second. The yellow then waved and slowed Busitzky down. Two laps remained as Opsahl put the pressure on Bustizky. Busitzky kept his foot down and took the win with Opsahl, Rowland, Voss and Chris McClain as the top finishers.

Races will resume next Saturday at 6:30 for a Memorial Day Special.

Ogilvie Raceway Harvest Cup Night 1

September 8th, 2013

Ogilvie, MN – Ogilvie Raceway kicked off its first special of the season with the two day Harvest Cup V event. Harvest Cup V was presented by Wagamon Brother’s and drivers and fans were treated to some great WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Kyle Thell, Allen Gessell, Jr., Bud Martini, Dan Gullikson, and Dave Cain took the WISSOTA wins with Quain Busitzky winning the hornets.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours kicked off the nights features with Corry VanMil and Keith Thell on the pole. VanMil sped into the lead while Brandon Linquist took second. Thell and Landon Atkinson battled for third as Linquist made the pass for first. Atkinson also passed VanMil for second and moved in on Linquist. As Atkinson worked Linquist for first, Kyle Thell came
from seventh and moved aside Atkinson. Thell hugged the tires, passed Atkinson and Linquist and assumed the lead. Atkinson retained second while the drivers began to spread out. Kyle Thell and others lapped a few cars, but Thell drove
away and took the checkers 1.5 seconds ahead of Atkinson. Linquist, VanMil and Andy Nelson took the top five points.

Jim Gullikson grabbed the early lead as the WISSOTA Street Stock feature began. Kyle Howland took second while Adam Soltis moved next to Kris Peterson, Peterson however drifted high and Soltis took third. Mike Blowers passed Soltis and moved next to Howland for second. Blowers took second and set eyes on Gullikson with Howland, Soltis and Allen Gessell, Jr. in a three way battled for third. They soon slowed down for a car out of action, and the field was reset.

Gullikson was alone on the restart with Blowers and Gessell, Jr. behind him. Blowers and Gessell, Jr. both grabbed a door and went three wide for first. Gullikson kept the lead but Gessell, Jr. was on his rear and soon made the pass for first. Gullikson fell to second with Blowers and Justin Pogones behind him. Pogones and Blowers battled side by side for third as Brad Schmidt nosed his way in. They ran three wide until Schmidt took the point. Schmidt then drove to Gullikson’s door and they were nose to nose as the white waved. Gessell, Jr. drove his #32x into victory lane while Schmidt, Gullikson, Pogones and Blowers finished in the top five.

Travis Swanson and Quain Busitzky battled side by side for first and Brandon Opsahl fought Dan Rick for third when the green dropped for the Hornets. Opsahl took third but Swanson and Bustizky still battled for first. Bustizky finally broke away from Swanson for the lead while Opsahl took second. Swanson fell to third with Zach Gaslin at his side. Gaslin made the pass and quickly passed Opsahl. Gaslin put his foot down and chased down Bustizky. Gaslin was on Bustizky’s bumper ready to make a move when his car made a pop sound and he coasted to the infield. With two laps to go, Busitzky took a breather and drove the checkers.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were the next feature and Tim Siercks battled Justin Oestreich for the lead. While they drove side by side Bud Martini closed in and drove in between the #19 and #46. Martini took the lead and Oestreich grabbed second. Tony Schill passed Siercks for third as Oestreich worked on Martini. Martini however drove away putting Oestreich back a few car lengths. Dave Siercks passed his son Tim for fourth while everyone began to settle in points. As the half way flags were displayed, the yellow soon followed for debris and Martini was forced to slow.

Martini was first on the restart with Oestreich and Schill in tow. Oestreich grabbed second and Schill got third while D. Siercks, Travis Schulte and Kyle Matuska ran three wide for fourth. Siercks took fourth, Schulte fifth while Martini took the win.

Ronnie Malecki, Brandon Englund, Mike Loomis and Dan Gullikson all battled for third as Adam Ayotte took the lead in the WISSOTA Super Stock feature. Loomis grabbed third while Tommy Richards moved next to Ayotte. Richards nosed ahead in the lead as Gullikson came through the field. Gullikson drove in the middle of Ayotte and Richards for the lead. Chris Wark
and Mike Loomis passed Malecki and battled for fourth as Loomis broke away. Loomis moved next to Ayotte for third as the yellow flew.

Gullikson was in charge on the restart with Richards in second. Loomis took third and Ayotte battled Wark for fourth. Wark cleared Ayotte for the point with few laps to go. Gullikson took the Super Stock win with Richards, Loomis, Wark and Ayotte as the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were the final event of the night with Jeremy Nelson and Zach Drews leading the way. Nelson grabbed the lead and Drews took second while Dale Mathison, Eric Martini and Dave Cain battled for third. Mathison pulled away but Cain sped back to his side. Cain was on the verge of passing Mathison as Brett Hoium drifted into the wall and the yellow flew. Hoium was unable to continue racing and Eric Martini also exited the track.

Nelson was first on the restart with Drews in second and Cain in third. Jeff Patchen moved next to Mathison for fourth as Charlie Hillukka came flying on the high side. Hillukka shot past Mathison and Patchen to take fourth while Drews and Cain passed Nelson and Drews took the lead. Cain grabbed the low groove and passed Drews, Cain then slid high and Drews moved to the low side. Drews and Cain battled for the lead but Cain quickly drove away. Cain caught slower cars and began to lap as the checkers were raised. Cain took the win with Drews, Nelson, Patchen and Hillukka in the top points.

Mother Nature Foiled Plans at Ogilvie

September 2nd, 2013

Ogilvie, MN (August 31) – Mother Nature had different plans for the Ogilvie Raceway’s final Saturday Night Shootout with dark clouds and rain taking place as soon as the heats began. The Season Championship night was sponsored by Federated Co-ops and was cancelled due to weather after only completing heats for a couple classes.

With the night’s events being a washout, the points were calculated from the previous weeks finishes and Champions were announced.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks had a great year with Jim Gullikson taking the first feature win of the season. Gullikson went on to win five feature wins at Ogilvie and took the championship with a 40 point lead over defending track champion Justin Pogones.

Justin Oestreich took the WISSOTA Midwest Modified 2012 Track Championship at the Ogilvie Raceway, and he did it again in 2013. Oestreich won his first feature on June 1, and went onto win three in a row after that. Oestreich also won two more in August totaling five for the season with many heat wins as well. Oestreich takes the championship over Travis Schulte with a lead of just 18 points.

The black and orange #00x of Dan Gullikson was no stranger to victory lane this season with a total of seven feature wins from June through August. Gullikson takes the championship in the WISSOTA Super Stocks for the second year in a row.

Kyle Thell led the way to the checkers three straight times in his Wollak Construction sponsored #00 WISSOTA Mod Four and took a total of six trophies home. Thell raced side by side with some tough Mod Fours, including his younger brother Keith, but Kyle was crowned champ by nearly 100 points giving him his first Ogilvie Raceway Track Championship.

Even though the Champion of the WISSOTA Modifieds only won one feature event, J.B. Stortz’s weekly attendance and countless top five finishes gave him the lead he needed to take the Championship over last year’s champion Dustin Nelson.

The champion of the Hornet division won more feature events than any other at the Ogilvie Raceway. The #22 hornet is driven by Matthew Dibb and Dibb rolled the Bradford Garage, Lube Tech and AJ’s Complete Automotive sponsored machine into victory lane ten times. The hornet class is always packed with tough competitors, but Dibb took the championship with a seven point lead over Jared Zimpel.

The regular season may have ended on a wet note, but the Fifth Annual Harvest Cup is just a weekend away. The Harvest Cup, presented by Wagamon Bro’s Racing Engines, will be two complete shows on September 6 and 7. WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and the Hornets will race each night with Modifieds getting 1,000 to win. All classes will receive increased payout including Hornets with 150 to win.

Gates will open at 4pm each night with draw cut off at 6 and racing at 6:30.

So come on out for the Harvest Cup and kick off the post-race season at the Ogilvie Raceway.

Ron Fleischer Memorial Race Saturday at Ogilvie

August 29th, 2013

Ogilvie, MN- Ogilvie Raceway hosted the 2nd Annual Ron Jones Sr. – Ron Fleischer Memorial Race Saturday night featuring increased payouts for the Modifieds and Midwest Modifieds. The WISSOTA Late Models were also on the night’s program, and with it being the Season Finale of the Blaine Brothers Late Model Challenge Series, the drivers put on a good show.

The JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks kicked off the nights feature events with Brian Friez in the lead. Kyle Howland, Kris Peterson and Alec Nesbit went three wide for second with Howland getting the point. Justin Pogones and Jim Gullikson moved to Peterson’s doors for third and Gullikson took the point. Gullikson then moved next to Friez and Howland for first as the yellow waved.

Friez was first on the restart but Gullikson and Pogones drove the high line and passed Friez taking top points. Gullikson became the leader with Pogones putting on the pressure. Another caution slowed the leaders and put Pogones right behind Gullikson. Pogones took the low groove and moved aside Gullikson. Gullikson held Pogones off but they drove close for laps. Pogones moved to Gullikson’s side and nosed ahead enough to lock in the lead. Gullikson kept close to Pogones and as the white flew they were door to door. Pogones kept the lead and took the checkers putting his Northway Sports sponsored car into victory lane. Gullikson, Allen Gessell, Jr., Kurt Becken and Nesbit took the top points.

Dan Rick took the lead as the Hornets began their feature. Brandon Opsahl drove on Rick’s rear with Gavin Rowland in third. Jared Zimpel and Quain Busitzky moved next to Rowland for third as Rowland dropped back. Zimpel took third while Opsahl passed Rick for the lead. Opsahl began to lap slower cars as the caution flew. Opsahl was alone on the restart with Zimpel and Rick in tow. Zimpel moved next to Opsahl but Opsahl drove away. Matthew Dibb moved into third and worked on Zimpel but Zimpel kept second as Opsahl took the win.

The Blaine Brothers Challenge Series WISSOTA Late Models took the clay for their 40 lap feature race. John Kaanta and Don Shaw led the drivers to the green and Shaw grabbed the early lead. Kaanta and Brady Smith battled for second as Smith got loose and Kaanta shot into second. Smith was quickly back at Kaanta’s side as the yellow flew.

Shaw was first on the restart with Kaanta and Smith in tow. Kaanta drove to Shaw’s side for first but Shaw held him back. Kaanta and Smith were back at it for second with Pat Doar and Adam Hensel in a battle for fourth. Kaanta again drove away from Smith and began to chase Shaw for first but Smith was on his trail and grabbed the low groove to move aside him. Shaw lapped slower cars with Kaanta and Smith still at it for second. Kaanta began to lap cars first, but in the midst of the traffic, Smith made the pass for second. Kaanta settled in third as the yellow flew for Clarence Washburn suffering a mechanical issue.

The drivers were sorted with Shaw alone on the restart. Kaanta and Smith moved to Shaw’s side and they ran three wide for first, but Shaw sped away in the lead. Smith kept hold of second and moved next to Shaw. Zach Johnson made his way around Kaanta for third and set eyes on Smith and Shaw as they were side by side in the turns.

One final restart gave Smith the chance he needed to take the lead, but Shaw again drove away making Smith chase him. Shaw kept his lead and drove his #42s into victory lane with Smith, Johnson, Kaanta and Eric Breeschoten rounding out the top five.

Zach Johnson also rolled his #73 onto the race track and took the 2013 Blaine Brothers Challenge Series championship.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the track with Charlie Zander and Jesse Ogston on the pole. Zander took the lead with Tyler English in second. English then moved next to Zander for first and took the lead. Ryan Bowers moved into third and next to Zander as the yellow flew. English was first on the restart but Martini and Bowers were on his rear. Martini took the high side and shot into the lead with Bowers and English at it for second. Jeremy Nelson, Ogston and Travis Schulte battled three wide for fourth while English and Bowers battled for second. Justin Oestreich made his way into the top five and moved next to Schulte for fourth as Bowers finally locked in second. Martini was still in charge with two laps to go while Oestreich drove next to English. As they crossed the line, Bowers was second with English, Oestreich and Schulte taking the top five while Bud Martini took the Memorial race win for the second year in a row.

Dustin Nelson and Dave Cain led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the line for the nights final feature, however a mess in turn two brought the drivers to a quick halt. Nelson and Cain resumed the lead as the drivers were sorted and Cain took first when the green flew. Dave Mass grabbed the low line and moved next to Nelson for second with Andy Jones in fourth. Nelson held onto second, but Mass was quickly back at his side. Mass stole second and Jones moved into third putting Nelson back in fourth. Mass cruised to Cain’s side for the lead, but Cain drove away.

Mass remained on Cain’s bumper while Jones rode the wall and chased them down. Mass gave it another shot at Cain with two laps remaining but the yellow flew as Jones drove his car in the infield with smoke rolling from the motor.

Cain drove away on the restart but all eyes were on second as Mass, Jeremy Nelson, Don Shaw, Clayton Wagamon and Jeff Patchen drove five wide through turn two. Mass pulled away from the pack keeping second with Wagamon in third. Mass put his foot down to catch Cain, but Cain took the checkers wining the Ron Jones Sr. – Ron Fleischer Memorial race for the second year in a row. Mass, Wagamon, Patchen and Nelson took the top points.

Next Saturday will be the 2013 Season Championship night at the Ogilvie Raceway. Even though the regular season is coming at an end, the 5th Annual Harvest Cup is just around the corner. The Harvest Cup is on September 6 and 7 and will feature two complete shows of WISSOTA racing action. So mark your calendars and we will see you at the Big O, racing resumes at 6:30 pm.

USMTS arrives at Ogilvie

August 21st, 2013

Ogilvie, MN – The United States Modified Touring Series swung through Ogilvie Saturday night for some WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The Modifieds ran a 40 lap feature full of lapped cars and side by side fights, but it was Jason Krohn who took the win. Brad Schmidt, Justin Oestreich and Matthew Dibb also took wins.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds kicked off the night’s features with Jesse Ogston and Wade Skindelien leading the way. Skindelien moved into the lead with Ogston and Justin Oestreich in tow. Bud Martini moved to Oestreich’s door and they moved alongside Ogston. Oestreich made the pass and took second as the yellow waved.

Skindelien was first on the restart with Oestreich moving to his side. They battled for the lead but Oestreich couldn’t make the pass. Martini moved took second from Oestreich and slid next to Skindelien for first. They ran door to door a few laps until Martini drove away as the leader. Oestreich moved back to Skindelien’s side while the ninth place starter Nick Koehler quickly closed in. Oestreich broke away from Skindelien for second and Koehler moved next to Skindelien.

Oestreich used the entire track surface to close the gap on Martini as they caught slower drivers. Oestreich backed off while they made their way through the traffic and drove back to Martini’s door. Martini and Oestreich were side by side as the white flag waved. They went into turn three and Oestreich pulled ahead of Martini and grabbed the checkers in his Moon Motorsports sponsored Midwest Modified. Martini, Koehler, Tyler English and Ogston were the top finishers.

Quentin Bustizky and Brandon Belsheim led the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks to the line for their feature. Justin Pogones jumped to the high side going three wide for first. Pogones shot into the lead with Brad Schmidt in second and Jim Gullikson in third. Schmidt moved next to Pogones and flew past him taking first. The yellow then flew slowing the new leader down.

Schmidt was first on the restart but Gullikson grabbed the low groove and passed Schmidt. Schmidt rode Gullikson’s rear with Kurt Becken and Pogones behind them. Gullikson and Schmidt cruised along the high side and closed in on slower cars. Gullikson and Schmidt split ways to lap cars and Schmidt had the better line as he passed the drivers and took the lead. Gullikson moved back to Schmidt’s side and they ran door to door as the yellow flew.

Three back to back cautions kept slowing the leaders down, but each restart was the similar. Gullikson was alone in the lead with Schmidt and Pogones in tow. Gullikson went high, Pogones took the middle and Schmidt ran low and they ran three with through the curves. Gullikson and Schmidt broke away from Pogones and Schmidt made the pass for first. Schmidt held off the competition long enough to take the win. Gullikson, Pogones, McCain and Becken took the top five points.

The hornets took the track for their feature with Zach Gaslin in the lead. Quain Busitzky took second with Brandon Opsahl moving to his door. Opsahl took second making Bustizky battled Levi Voss for third. Matthew Dibb ran the high line and passed Voss, Opsahl and Bustizky for second. Dibb closed in on Gaslin and soon they were side by side. Gaslin ran hard to keep Dibb back and they caught slower cars. Gaslin made the pass but Dibb was stuck with nowhere to go and braked to safely pass. Gaslin was able to pull away but the caution flew.

Gaslin was first on the restart, however he jumped the start and was docked two positions giving Dibb the lead. Dibb pulled away from the competition and took the win with Jared Zimpel, Gaslin, Tyler Troupe and Gavin Rowland as the top drivers.

The USMTS finished off the night with a 24 car field featuring many WISSOTA Modifieds. Jason Krohn took the lead with Dave Mass in second. Dave Cain and Steve Whiteaker joined Mass for second and Mass kept the point. Krohn stretched out his lead but the yellow waved slowing him down.

Krohn was alone on the restart with Cain and Mass behind him. Mass pulled into second while Johnny Scott took fourth and moved next to Cain. Cain Kept third while Mass moved aside Krohn. Laps went by while Krohn and Mass battled side by side, back and forth for the lead. Mass broke away from Krohn and sped off putting Krohn in second. Ryan Gustin was working on Dave Cain for third while Krohn chased Mass. Krohn was back at Mass’ side in the turns but Mass pulled away on the straightaway.

Mass and Krohn soon were lapping drivers giving Krohn the chance to get back at Mass. Krohn was at Mass’ side with slower cars when Krohn retook the lead. Mass fell to second with Ryan Gustin and Jason Hughes moving in. Gustin was lapping a driver when contact was made and they spun. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted.

Krohn was first on the restart with Hughes and Mass behind him. Mass and Hughes went door to door for second with Jeremy Payne in tow. The top four drivers pulled away from the competition with Hughes sliding past Mass for second. Payne also made the pass on Mass for third but Mass kept close.

Krohn drove to the checkers taking the win with Hughes, Payne, Mass and Scott as the top drivers.

Next Saturday will be the 2nd Annual Ron Jones Sr./Ron Fleischer Memorial Race. The night will feature hornets and the WISSOTA Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Late Models as part of the Dart Model Challenge Series. It’s also the final points night for the challenge series so many drivers will come. Modifieds and Midwest Modifieds will receive a higher payout but there will be prizes for drivers and fans. This is a great event to honor the lives of a couple men who loved and supported dirt track racing. The Saturday Night Shootout will begin at 6:30, we will see you there!

Krohn captures second Hunt win in dramatic duel at Ogilvie

August 20th, 2013

OGILVIE, Minn.- Jason Krohn found his groove just in time and emerged with the victory Saturday night at the Ogilvie Raceway in one of the most dramatic feature races of the 2013 Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup. Krohn, who won the Hunt opener at the Batesville Motor Speedway two weeks ago, battled with fellow Gopher State standout Dave Mass for the majority of the race before he found some traction on the low side of the racing surface and pulled away over the final six laps to take the win.

After a quick caution on the first lap that sent Lucas Schott and Stormy Scott to the back of the 24-car field, polesitter Krohn beat Mass to the first turn and grabbed the lead at the onset of the 40-lapper. Mass followed close behind and used the high line around the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval to power into the lead as they completed the seventh lap.

Krohn quickly jumped up to follow in Mass’s tire tracks. Meanwhile, two-time defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin was charging through the field. After starting 12th, he was fighting Dave Cain for the third spot by lap 7 and finally secured the spot on lap 19. With lapped traffic now in play, Krohn was able to slide up in front of Mass and
took control of the race with 23 laps in the books. One lap later, Real Racing Wheels B Main winner Jason Hughes drove underneath Cain to move up to fourth from his seventh-row starting position.

While Krohn and Mass ran nose-to-tail with their right rear tires polishing the outside wall, Gustin ran the middle of the track and Hughes hugged the lowest line around the track. For the next ten laps it looked like any of the four could take home the trophy. Hughes edged ahead of Gustin at the flagstand on lap 30 and then added Mass to his victim list one lap later. Seeing the blue #12 Hughes Chassis beneath him, Krohn steered his #7k MB Customs machine down to the low line on the 32nd lap. Racing into turn 3, Krohn and Mass went high around the lapped car of Daniel Hilsabeck while Hughes and Gustin tried to pass underneath. The result was Gustin and Hilsabeck making contact, with Gustin nearly getting airborne as he skidded to a stop in between turns 3 and 4 to bring out the races second and final caution.

Frustrated with what had just transpired, Gustin tagged and turned Hilsabecks car while the race was under caution, eliciting an ejection from the race director. On the restart, Krohn remained on the low side of the track to thwart the advances of Hughes. He was able to pull away from there while the high-flying Mass charged back ahead of Hughes for second.

While the long way around the track was running out of steam, the shortest route was gathering rubber and gaining speed. Hughes slipped back into second on lap 36 and Jeremy Payne was able to maneuver into the third spot with three laps to go.

Krohn drove away in the end to score a $5,000 paycheck. It was the 29th career USMTS win for the 41-year-old from Slayton, Minn.

Hughes, Payne and Mass finished second, third and fourth while Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup points leader Johnny Scott rounded out the top five finishers. Sixth through tenth, respectively, were Dereck Ramirez, Zack VanderBeek, Rodney Sanders, Jon Tesch and Stormy Scott, who rebounded nicely from his first-lap skirmish.

In addition to a cool $2,000 for his runner-up effort, Hughes pocketed an additional $100 through the USMTS loyalty program and another $100 for earning the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award after passing 11 competitors in the 40-lapper.

Johnny Scott continues to lead the points and, just like one night earlier, the top four are separated by a mere 30 markers. Hughes is second in the standings and just 19 behind Johnny Scott (784 to 765). Stormy Scott sits third with 760 and Sanders is fourth with 754. The rest of the top 10 spots are held by Payne (677), VanderBeek (645), Kelly Shryock (596), Chris Brown (590), Ramirez (575) and Schott (568).

The five-day work week for the rugged USMTS road warriors wraps up on Sunday, Aug. 18, with an encore performance at the Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn. Midwest Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Hornets, Street Stocks and Mod Fours will also be on the racing card presented by Viking Coca-Cola and Luther Honda.

Doors open at 3:00 with races getting underway at 5:30. Also, fans don’t forget that the track will be giving away a trip to the NASCAR race at the Chicagoland Speedway courtesy of Viking Coca-Cola tonight. Come and get registered and maybe win a trip to Chicago in September.

Adult grandstand tickets are $17, seniors and military personnel are $15, students ages 7-17 are $5 and children ages 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

On race day, race fans can find coupons good for $2 off adult admission at the Casey’s General Stores locations in Foley, St. Cloud, St. Joseph and Waite Park. Steve Whiteaker Jr. and his Cheetos car will be hanging around the Casey’s located at 656 Lincoln Ave. SE in St. Cloud from 12:00-2:00 on Sunday.

The Granite City Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 2.5 miles north of SR 23 on US 10, then 2 miles east on Golden Spike Rd. (CR 3). For more information, call 715-497-8916 or check out www.gcspeedway.com online.

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

Exciting Battles for the Win at Ogilvie!

August 14th, 2013

Ogilvie, MN– The Tower Bar and Lounge sponsored the night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Action Saturday night at the Ogilvie Raceway. Justin Oestreich, Kyle Thell, Matthew Dibb, Dave Cain and Jim and Dan
Gullikson took home the hardware after some exciting race battles.

Cory Bauman and Kevin Schmidt brought the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the track and when the green flew Schmidt took the lead. Justin Oestreich moved into second and next to Schmidt. Travis Schulte moved into third with Bud Martini following his dust. Schmidt was doing all he could to keep Oestreich back, but Oestreich moved back to his side and took the lead.
Martini grabbed third and moved to Schmidt’s door as the yellow flew.

Oestreich pulled away from the competition on the restart with Martini in second. Schmidt claimed third while drivers battled behind him. Martini grabbed the low grooved and slid next to Oestreich. They ran door to door for the lead until Oestreich slowly pulled away. Oestreich kept Martini behind him and took the win in his Ace-Laser Technologies sponsored #46. Martini, Schulte, English and Charlie Zander took the top five positions.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were the second feature of the night with Tyler Larson grabbing first. Ryan Buer took second but Kyle Thell moved to his door. Buer however pulled away and moved next to Larson for the lead. Thell joined Buer and Larson as they went three wide for first. Buer nosed ahead and took the lead with Thell on his tail. Thell took the lead and the yellow waved.

Thell was first on the restart and he drove away as the green flew. Larson and Buer battled side by side for second and neither driver would budge. As Thell took the checkers, Larson and Buer came to the line still side by side. Larson had enough of a lead and took the point with Buer, Keith Thell and Jesse Ouren as the top five.

Dan McCain took the lead as the green waved for the JNP WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Kris Peterson took second while Kurt Becken and Justin Pogones battled for third. Becken broke away and joined Peterson for second as Pogones took the high side. They raced three wide with Becken getting the point. Peterson and Pogones fell to fourth as Gullikson passed them in third. Becken and Gullikson began to work McCain for the lead as the yellow
waved.

McCain was first on the restart, however he jumped the start and surrendered his lead to Becken. Becken lead the drivers through the curves when Pogones’ car took a hard right after the ball joint broke. Drivers scattered and piled into Pogones. The yellow flew and five drivers exited the track due to car issues, including Pogones.

Becken was first on the restart with McCain and Gullikson on his rear. McCain and Gullikson gave Becken all they had and Ben Rothstein joined the fun. Gullikson moved aside Becken and took the lead while McCain and Rothstein stuck with Becken. They went three wide for second and McCain claimed the point. Becken moved back to McCain’s side but McCain held him to the end. Gullikson took the trophy with McCain, Chad Claassen, Becken and Rothstein as the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were the next feature of the night with James Trantina and Ronnie Malecki battling side by side for first. Trantina nosed ahead to take the lead but Malecki was back at his door. Dan Gullikson closed in on the leaders as Trantina pulled away in first. Gullikson drove past Malecki and caught Trantina for the lead. Gullikson and Trantina ran door to door a short distance as Gullikson took the lead. Gullikson and Trantina had a significant lead over the other drivers as the yellow flew.

Gullikson was first on the restart with Trantina and Malecki behind him. Trantina and Malecki ran panel to panel for second with Joe Oliver behind them. Trantina again took second and Oliver took third. Oliver put the pressure on Trantina as he poked at his sides, but Trantina held his line and kept the point. The #00x of Dan Gullikson crossed the finish line two second ahead of the competition and took the win. Trantina, Oliver, Tristan LaBarge and Joel Collins took the top points.

Dannie Burkholder shot into the lead as the Hornets took the green and Brandon Opsahl was hot on his trail. Opsahl flew past Burkholder taking the lead with Matthew Dibb and Quain Busitzky battling for third. Dibb then put his right foot down and passed Busitzky and Burkholder for second. Jared Zimpel was also coming through the field as he drove between Busitzky and Burkholder to take third. Opsahl was checked out and lapping drivers as the yellow flew slowing him down.

Dibb and Zimpel were on Opshal’s bumper as the green flew and Dibb weaseled his way into first. Opsahl and Zimpel took second and third but all eyes were on Zach Gaslin. Gaslin started in the 16 position, made the pass for fifth, and quickly took fourth. Gaslin began to close in on Zimpel as the checkers flew. Dibb took another feature win with Opsahl, Zimpel, Gaslin and Rowland as the top drivers.

The final feature of the night was for the WISSOTA Modifieds and Toby Patchen took the green. Dustin Nelson took second with J.T. Johnson and Clayton Wagamon in a battle for third. Nelson moved to Patchen’s side for first and Wagamon followed. Patchen held Nelson off as Wagamon was next to Nelson. Wagamon moved to Patchen’s door and they battled for first. Dave Cain grabbed the high side, took third, and closed in on Patchen and Wagamon.

Wagamon pulled away and took the lead while Cain made the pass for second. Patchen fell back in the pack while Cain moved to the high groove. Cain flew to Wagamon’s side and they were tire to tire for first. Cain however pulled away and secured the lead with flew laps to go. Cain beat the other drivers and took his third straight feature win at the Big O. Jeff Patchen, Wagamon, Stortz and Nelson took the top five points.

Next week, The Ogilvie Raceway will host the USMTS in the Hunt for Casey’s Cup. There will be no Mod Fours or Super Stocks on Saturday night, but the Modifieds are welcome to race with the USMTS drivers. The Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30 pm.

Advantage RV Modified Touring Series spends a night at Ogilvie

August 12th, 2013

Ogilvie, MN – The Advantage RV Modified Touring Series rolled into the Ogilvie Raceway Thursday for the first night of their August Ambush tour. Dave Cain took the Modified win with Skeeter Estey, Dave Read and Zach Gaslin taking the other feature wins.

The first feature of the night was for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Gino Fontecchio and Justin Oestreich led the drivers to the green and Oestreich jumped into the lead. Travis Saurer moved to Oestreich’s side and they battled for first with Skeeter Estey in third. Saurer pulled into the lead but Oestreich kept on his bumper as they pulled away from the drivers. A caution slowed the pack down and cut a few cars from the track as Saurer led the field.

Saurer, Oestreich and Estey drove close for first as the green dropped but Saurer kept the lead. Estey and Oestreich ran door to door with Grant Sourthworth behind them. Estey broke away from Oestreich and took the lead while Bud Martini moved into the top five. Estey caught Saurer for first and they began to lap slower drivers as the yellow flew again.

Estey was first on the restart with Saurer back at his door. They battled for first while Southworth, Oestreich and Martini went three wide for third. The checkered flag was raised and they all came out of turn four in a battle. Estey crossed the line first for the win with Saurer, Martini, Oestreich and Southworth taking the top five points.

Dave Read and Brad Schmidt brought the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks on the clay for the next feature. Read jumped out in the lead with Schmidt, Justin Pogones and Kurt Becken in a battle for second. Schmidt took the point while Jim Gullikson moved to Pogones’ door. Gullikson made contact with Pogones and both drivers kept racing, but the yellow flew for debris.

Read was first on the restart with Pogones in second. Allen Gessell, Jr. moved to Gullikon’s side for third and Gessell, Jr. took the point. Pogones began to reel in Read for the lead while Gessell, Jr. battled with Gullikson. Pogones moved to Read’s side, moved half way up his door, but fell back. Read kept his foot down and rolled into victory lane with his Wollak Construction sponsored machine. Pogones, Gessell, Jr., Gullikson and Schmidt were the top five drivers.

The final race of the night was the 40 lap WISSOTA Modified event. Dave Cain and Scot Danzeisen battled for first as the green flew with Matt Gilbertson in third. J. B. Stortz moved to GIlberson’s door and Stortz took the point. Cain and Danseisen were still side by side for first but Danzeisen nosed ahead and grabbed the lead. Cain, Stortz, Gilbertson and Jay Richardson ran in top points while Stortz closed in on Cain. The yellow flew for Brent Dutenhoffer spinning in turn two and the drivers were reset.

Danzeisen was first on the restart but Stortz and Cain moved to his sides to go three wide. Danzeisen again claimed the lead but Cain shot by him and stole it. Danzeisen kept close to Cain while Kelly Estey moved next to Stortz. Cain drove away from the competitors but was forced to slow down for another caution.

On the restart, Cain shot out of four like a bullet giving Danzeisen no chance to catch him. Estey slid by Danzeisen and they battled for second with Mike Stearns joining in. Gilbertson made the pass on Stearns and retook fourth while Stortz moved back in. Cain was dominating and lapping drivers while Estey and Danzeisen continued to battle for second. Danzeisen broke away from Estey, but Danzeisen drove too high and nicked the wall. Estey flew by him and Danzeisen maintained third. Stearns moved aside Danzeisen and they closed in on Estey. Stearns ran low and Danzeisen drove high while they hugged Estey’s back end. The checkers had already flown for Cain, more than half a lap ahead, when the battle for second rounded turn four. Danzeisen flew out of four and took second as they crossed the finish line. Estey, Stortz and Stearns rounded out the top five while Dave Cain drove his Mountain Manufacturing Technologies sponsored Modified into victory lane.

Kids Celebrate along with Schmidt, Mass, Martini, Thell, Cain, and Dibb on Kids Night at Ogilvie

August 7th, 2013

Ogilvie, MN– The Ogilvie Raceway hosted it annual Kids Night on Saturday night with more than 50 bikes being given away to
lucky kids. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was also the Race of Champions qualifier for Ogilvie and contained side by side battles and last lap passes. However it was Brad Schmidt, Dave Mass, Bud Martini, Kyle Thell, Dave Cain and Matthew Dibb who took home the wins.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the green with Tim Siercks and Tony Schill in the lead. Schill grabbed first with Siercks and Bud Martini at it for second. Martini took second and moved in on Schill for the lead. Schill held Martini back as they cruised through the curves. Travis Schulte took third from Siercks and Jason VandeKamp moved into fourth. Martini was back at Schill’s door as the yellow waved.

Martini made the pass on Schill for the lead on the restart. VandeKamp and Danny Vang joined Schill and they ran three wide for second. VandeKamp took the point and began to chase down Martini. Martini continued with the cruise set and rolled the #42 into victory lane. VandeKamp, Schill, Vang and Shane Gering took the top points.

Dustin Zieske claimed the lead as the WISSOTA Mod Four feature began. Matt Halls and Dean Larson battled for second as Halls took the point. Kyle Thell moved into third and quickly passed Halls for second with Zieske next on his list. Thell closed in on Zieske, made the pass, and drove away as the leader. Andy Nelson and Keith Thell battled for fifth on Larson’s rear while Kyle caught slower cars. Nelson and Keith swapped the fifth point a few times until Keith locked it in. Kyle and Zieske lapped slower drivers until the checkers few. Kyle Thell took the win with Zieske, Halls, Larson and Keith Thell as the top drivers.

Allen Gessell, Jr. and Brad Schmidt led the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks through turn four and Schmidt shot into the lead. Gessell Jr. secured second while everyone else ran three and four wide. Kurt Becken broke away in the third position as the yellow flew.

Schmidt was alone on the restart as Gessell, Jr. and Jim Gullikson battled for second. Becken, Justin Pogones and Dave Read battled three wide for fourth. Becken took fourth and Pogones geared up to make his move as the yellow reappeared.

Schmidt took off as the green dropped and Gullikson took second. Gessell, Jr. ran third and Becken took fourth with Pogones and Read on his rear. Pogones and Read ran door to door for many laps until Read moved high and passed Becken. Read then caught Gessell, Jr. for third as the white flew. Schmidt drove away and took the win with Gullikson, Read, Gessell, Jr. and Becken as the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the track with Mike Loomis leading the way. Joe Oliver grabbed second but Kyle Robideau and Dave Mass were on his trail. They battled for second as Mass fell back and Dan Gullikson moved in. Robideau broke away and took second while Mass and Gullikson fought Oliver. Gullikson took third and moved to Robideau’s side for second. Robideau pulled away and Mass drove aside Gullikson.

One final caution would slow down Loomis and put Robideau and Gullikson on his bumper. Gullikson took second as the green waved and Mass took third. Loomis and Gullikson ran a bit too high and both made contact with the wall. Loomis and Gullikson kept going while Mass moved to Loomis’ door. Mass worked Loomis until the white waved. Mass drove past Loomis and took the checkers with Gullikson, Tommy Richards and Chris Wark as the top finishers.

The Hornets sped away as the green flew and Brandon Opsahl took the lead. Travis Swanson, Levi Voss and Quain Busitzky battled three wide for third while Matthew Dibb joined in. Opsahl drove away while others battled for top points. Bustizky grabbed second and Dibb took third. Dibb moved to the low groove, Bustizky took the high line and they went three
wide with Opsahl for first. Dibb pulled away as the leader with Busitzky in second. Dibb lead through a restart and the final laps taking the win in his Lube Tech sponsored #22 Hornet.

Matt Gilberston shot out of turn four with Eric Martini in second when the WISSOTA Modifieds took the green. Nick Musel grabbed third with Jeff Patchen and Dave Cain in a battle for fourth. Gilbertson and Martini were ahead by a straight-away and where prepping to lap as the yellow flew. Gilbertson was first on the restart with Cain and Martini side by side for second. Martini took second with Cain, Wagamon and Dave Mass in a battle.

The third and final restart slowed Gilbertson down and put Martini and Cain on his bumper. Cain took second and ran on Gilbertson’s rear. With three laps remaining, Gilbertson and Cain caught a slower driver. Cain shot to the low groove and Gilbertson made his move with the lapped car in the middle. They drove through turn four, and with checkers waving, it was Cain who crossed the line first for the win. Gilbertson, Mass, Martini and Jeremy Nelson took the top five points.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30.

Rain cancels Ogilvie’s Race Program

July 30th, 2013

Ogilvie, MN – After a full day of constant showers, the Ogilvie Raceway was forced to cancel their night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. However, looking forward to the next month, there are many big events taking place at the Ogilvie Raceway.

Racing will resume Saturday August 3 with all six regular classes in action. It will also be Kids night with a prolonged intermission for kids to meet the drivers along with bikes to be awarded to kids.

Thursday August 8, the Advantage RV Modified Touring Series will be making their second stop of the season at the Big O. The night will feature Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and the Hornets.

Saturday August 17, the USMTS will swing through Ogilvie in their Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and hornets are also in the show while the WISSOTA Modifieds join the USMTS drivers.

The second Annual Ron Jones, Sr. and Ron Fleischer Memorial Race night will take place on August 24. The Blaine Brothers Late Models Challenge Series will be added to the program along with Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and hornets. The night will feature increased payouts for the Modifieds and Midwest Modifieds as well as prizes fans and drivers in all classes.

Saturday August 31 will be Track Championship Night at the Ogilvie Raceway, and the following week will be the Sixth Annual Harvest cup on Friday and Saturday Nights. The weekend will feature all six regular classes and will be two complete shows.

August will be a busy month at the Ogilvie Raceway, mark your calendars for these events and we’ll see you at the Big O for the Saturday Night Shootout.

Shirts and Trophies at Ogilvie

July 22nd, 2013

Ogilvie, MN – Saturday night’s WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was in full effect at the Ogilvie Raceway. The night was sponsored by Ray’s Auto Body of Princeton and they gave away shirts and other items to fans. Allen Gessell, Jr., Dan Gullikson and Matthew Dibb won trophies. J.B. Stortz and Matt Halls took their first wins of the season and Shane Gerwing got his first feature win ever in a Midwest Modified.

The JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks were first up and Dan McCain took the lead. McCain then slid high and Kurt Becken sped by claiming the first. Pat Zerfas took second with Kyle Howland and Jim Gullikson in tow. Gullikson took third and moved aside Zerfas but Zerfas held him back. With the race half over, Gullikson continued to work Zerfas for second when contact was made and Zerfas flew into the infield. The yellow flew and Gullikson got charged with the caution.

Becken was first on the restart and Zerfas, Brad Schmidt and Allen Gessell, Jr. were three wide for second. Zerfas fell back allowing Gessell, Jr. to take second and Schmidt third. Gessell, Jr. caught Becken for the lead but Becken looped his car and the yellow flew.

Gessell, Jr. was first on the restart with few laps to go. Justin Pogones moved next to Zerfas for third and Gullikson joined in. Gessell, Jr. took the checkers with Schmidt in second as Zerfas, Gullikson and Pogones came three wide. Gullikson crossed the line getting third with Zerfas and Pogones in the top five.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours took the track with Chad Funt and Matt Halls on the front row. Halls grabbed the lead while Kyle Thell passed Funt for second. Thell moved to Halls’ door and made the pass taking first with Rob VanMil on the move. VanMil closed the gap for second and passed Halls taking the point. VanMil began to chase down Thell who was a straight-away away. As Thell went into turn two, he spun bringing the yellow out. VanMil assumed the lead and finished the remaining two laps to take the win. After tech inspections however, both VanMil’s were disqualified and Halls was awarded the win with Andy Nelson, Kyle Thell, Chad Funt and Keith Thell getting top points.

Shane Gerwing led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green and Tyler English battled Kevin Schmidt for second. English took the point as the first caution flew with Travis Schulte and a flat tire. The green reappeared but more cautions kept the drivers in slow motion. Shane Gerwing continued to lead with English and Charlie Zander behind him. Zander took second but English kept close. Ryan Putnam moved into fourth and moved aside English. English and Putnam joined Zander and went three wide for second. Zander pulled ahead in second while Rob VanMil joined English and Putnam. Putnam, English and VanMil ran three wide with VanMil skidding along the wall. VanMil kept his car in gear and retained fifth while Putnam got third. Zander was at Gerwing’s side as the checkers were raised. Gerwing took the win and rolled his #17 into victory lane for the first time in his Midwest Modified. Zander, Putnam, English and VanMil were the top five finishers.

The Hornets took the track next with Travis Swanson in the lead. Dannie Burkholder took second and moved to Swanson’s side. Swanson pulled away as Matthew Dibb passed Burkholder. The yellow flew and Burkholder retired to the infield with smoke rolling out the car’s rear. Swanson was first on the restart with Dibb on the move. Dibb grabbed the middle groove and took the lead with Quain Busitzky and Jared Zimpel coming on strong. Bustizky and Zimpel drove door to door while they battled for second. Dibb cruised with the laps going away while Zimpel and Bustizky still fought for the runner up spot. Zimpel finally took second and moved next to Dibb. Dibb and Zimpel were side by side out of four, but Dibb was able to hold him back and took the feature win. Zimpel, Bustizky, Gavin Rowland and Tyler Troupe took the top points.

Eric Berg and Donna Schmidt brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the line for the next feature. Schmidt shot into the lead as the green flew and Berg battled Joe Oliver for second. Oliver took the point as Dan Gullikson moved into third. Gullikson cruised by Oliver and began to chase Schmidt. After a few laps Gullikson caught Schmidt and took the low groove. Gullikson drove under Schmidt for first. Gullikson drove away and took the win with Schmidt, Oliver, Ronnie Malecki and Berg in the top points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were the final race of the night, and even though there were only 11 cars that started, they put on a great race. The Flying Swede Erik Peterson sped away as the green waved with J.T. Johnson in second. J.B. Stortz took third and moved to Johnson’s door. Stortz took second while Jeff Patchen cruised to Johnson’s side. Patchen took third as Stortz caught Peterson. Stortz ran along the tires and Peterson hugged the wall as they ran panel to panel for many laps. Both drivers took their turns in the lead but neither one backed down. All heads in the stands watched them raced side by side until Peterson broke away. Within a lap, Stortz was back at his door and took the lead. Peterson surrendered to second but a lapped car slowed him down and Patchen flew past him taking the point. Stortz held his line and took the win with Patchen, Peterson, Jeremy Nelson and Johnson in the top points.

Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume at 6:30 pm.

Gullikson Gets the Win at Ogilvie

July 15th, 2013

Ogilvie, MN – Ogilvie Raceway’s Saturday Night Shootout was sponsored by Thomas Sno Sports and more than 80 drivers signed into the pits. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was full of side by side action with Kyle Thell, Allen Gessell, Jr., Dan Gullikson, Charlie Zander and Dave Cain taking the WISSOTA wins and Quain Busitzky getting the hornet win.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours kicked of the night with Kyle Thell moving next to Gerry Nohner for first. Thell took the point while Tyler Larson and Landon Atkinson battled for second. Atkinson grabbed second while Andy Nelson moved to Larson’s door. Larson and Nelson made contact and Nelson’s tin bent up. Nelson kept driving and took third, however Nelson then clipped a track tire and the yellow flew. Kyle Thell was first on the restart with Atkinson continued to chase him. Thell held his line and took the win with Atkinson, Keith Thell, Larson and Ryan Buer taking the top points.

Doug Wojcik, Brad Schmidt and Kurt Becken took the top points as the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks took the green. Jim Gullikson and Justin Pogones battled for fourth as Gullikson got the point. Gullikson then moved in on Becken for third and Pogones and Allen Gessell, Jr. followed. The four of them battled closely for points three through six until Gessell, Jr. broke away.

After a quick caution, Gessell, Jr. moved into second and right behind Wojcik. Wojcik pulled away from Gessell, Jr. but Gessell, Jr. was back at his door. With the race half over, Gessell, Jr. locked in the lead with Gullikson moving into second. Schmidt, Pogones and Wojcik went three wide for third with Wojcik getting the point. Wojcik closed in on Gullikson, but the laps were complete and Gessell, Jr. took his third straight Feature win at the Big O. Gullikson, Wojcik, Schmidt and Pogones took the top points.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks rolled out for the next feature with Brandon Englund and Chris Wark leading the way. Wark grabbed the lead as the green flew with Englund holding second. Dan Gullikson, Donna Schmidt, and Kyle Robideau went three wide for third with Gullikson taking the point. Gullikson then grabbed the low groove and passed Englund and Wark taking the lead. Dave Mass came through the field and slid next to Wark for second. Mass quickly took the point and began to chase Gullikson, who was car lengths away.

Englund took a couple stabs at Wark for third, but Wark drove away as Mass was finally closing in on Gullikson. Just as Mass was on his rear, the yellow flew. Gullikson as first on the restart with Mass and Wark in tow. Mass kept working Gullikson for the lead and with the checkers raised they both went for it. Gullikson took the win with Mass, Wark, Englund and Oliver taking the top five.

Ricky Davis and Charlie Zander took the Green for the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Davis took the early lead, but Zander moved to his door and after a short battle, Zander took the lead. Eric Oestreich moved into second with Ryan Bowers challenging Davis for third. Oestreich was at Zander’s door and Oestreich became the leader. However, as they came outta turn four the yellow flew. A series of four cautions kept the drivers slow and slimmed down the field. Zander continued to lead with Oestreich and Bowers going for second. Bowers took over second with Travis Schulte passing Oestreich getting third. Bowers was closing in on Zander, but Zander held his lead and took his first feature win ever at the Ogilvie Raceway. Bowers, Schulte, Eric Oestreich and Tim Siercks took top points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds entered the track with Larry Zeller and Dustin Nelson on the front row. They battled for first as the green flew with Dave Cain moving into third. Nelson grabbed the lead and Cain took over second. Cain moved next to Nelson for first and they ran door to door for a couple laps. Cain was faster out of the curve and took the lead as the yellow flew.

Cain was first on the restart with Jody Bellefeuille and Nelson behind him. Nelson took second while Clayton Wagamon and Bellefeuille went for third. Back to back cautions kept the drivers at a coast and incidentley, both Nelson and Wagamon fell out of the race. Cain was in charge on the final restart with Bellefeuille and Dave Mass going for second. Cain kept his foot down and drove away while Mass and Bellefeuille ran door to door. Bellefeuille took second and Mass settled for third as Cain drove his A. Ruppert Well, Inc. sponsored Modified to the checkers getting the win. Charlie Hillukka and Jeffrey Lien, Jr. rounded out the top five.

Dannie Burkholder took the lead as the hornets took the track. Travis Swanson and Matthew Dibb battled for second as Quain Busitzky joined the battle. Bustizky took the point and then moved next to Burkholder. They went door to door until Busitzky made the pass becoming the new leader. Dibb and Jared Zimpel passed Burkholder and kept the battle for second going. Zimpel broke away from Dibb and moved alongside Bustizky as the checkers were raised. Busitzky and Zimpel crossed the finish line nose to nose, and it was Bustizky who crossed the line first getting the win. Zimpel, Dibb, Burkholder and Dan Rick took the top points.

Racing resumes next Saturday at 6:30 pm, with gates opening at 4.

Rain Stays Away at Ogilvie

July 8th, 2013

Ogilvie, MN – The radar was lit up with rain activity, however the Ogilvie Raceway completed a full show of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Allen Gessell, Jr., Landon Atkinson, Ryan Bowers, Dan Gullikson and Eric Martini took home WISSOTA wins with Matthew Dibb taking the hornet win.

Kris Peterson and Quentin Busitzky sped away as the green waved for the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks. Peterson grabbed the lead with Dan McCain moving into second. Jim Gullikson moved aside McCain and took over second. Gullikson then slid by Peterson and stole the lead. McCain and Peterson battled for second with tight battles going throughout the field. Doug Wojcik moved into second and Allen Gessell, Jr. followed his lead taking third. Just then Wheeler Blood spun around tying up Wojcik, and Gessell, Jr. The yellow flew with Blood and Wojcik exited the track with car issues and the drivers were
sorted.

Gullikson continued to lead with Gessell, Jr. grabbing second. Gessell, Jr. flew below Gullikson and took the lead but Gullikson kept close. Gessell, Jr. lead through a caution and pulled away from the competition, took the checkers and his second feature in a row at the Big O. Kurt Becken, Gullikson, Schmidt and McCain took the top points.

The WISSOTA Mod Four’s rolled on the track for the night’s next feature with Keith Thell and Tyler Larson led the way. Thell grabbed first with Matt Halls in second as Kyle Thell and Landon Atkinson joined Larson for third. Atkinson grabbed third while Halls took the lead from Keith Thell. Atkinson sped up, passed Halls and became the new leader. Halls held second with Kyle Thell in third. Kyle moved next to Halls for second, and as they battled, Halls suffered a mechanical issue and coasted to a stop. Atkinson was first on the restart and took the win with Ky. Thell, Larson, Ke. Thell and Gerry Nohner took the top points.

Jesse Ogston took the lead as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the green. Dave Mastell, Tim Siercks and Ryan Bowers went three wide for second with Mastell taking the point. Bowers passed Mastell and began to chase down Ogston. Back to back cautions kept the drivers at a coast.

As the green reappeared Siercks stole the lead, but Ogston flew past him reclaiming it. Ryan Putnam, Siercks and Bowers went for second with Putnam taking the point. Putnam, and Bowers moved to Ogston’s doors and they ran three wide for the lead. Bowers took the lead and pulled away with Ogston holding second. Siercks fell back into third as the yellow flew. Bowers held the lead through the back to back cautions and the new dad celebrated the feature win in victory lane with his wife and their son Nolan. Ogston, Zander, Siercks, Bud Martini took the top points.

Eric Berg took the lead as the WISSOTA Super Stocks began their feature. Ronnie Malecki moved into second and Joel Oliver moved next to Malecki. Gullikson went to the high groove and passed Malecki and Oliver taking second. Gullikson then flew past Berg taking the lead. Malecki, Berg and Oliver went three wide for second with Oliver grabbing the point. Malecki moved to Oliver’s side again but Oliver drove away keeping the point. Gullikson set the cruise and took the win with a lead of more than six seconds over Oliver, Malecki, Joel Collins and Berg who took the top five points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds took the track and Larry Zeller grabbed the lead. Terry Hanson moved next to Zeller, but Zeller pulled away. Hanson and Stortz were on Zeller’s rear and they grabbed the high line and made the pass. Hanson became the leader with Stortz and Dustin Nelson in tow.

On a restart, Nelson shot into the lead with Hanson holding second. Jody Bellefeuille took over second with Eric Martini moving to his side. Hanson’s car then hit the wall in turn three and the yellow flew.

Nelson was first on the restart but Bellefeuille and Martini took his sides. Nelson emerged as the leader again but Martini kept close. Martini moved to Nelson’s side as smoke rolled from Nelson’s rear. Martini was able to pass Nelson and took the win. Bellefeuille, Stortz and Patchen finished in the top five.

The final feature of the night was for the Hornets and Dannie Burkholder and Jared Zimpel battled for the lead. Zimpel nosed ahead as Burkholder suffered a car problem and hit the tire. Zimpel was first on the restart with Matthew Dibb in second and Quain Busitzky battled Gavin Rowland for third. Dibb moved next to Zimpel for the lead and they ran side by side. Dibb took the lead with Zimpel and Bustizky taking top points. Dibb pulled away and took the checkers with Zimpel, Busitzky, Zach Gaslin and Brandon Opsahl in the top points.

Ogilvie Raceway’s Saturday Night Shootout resumes next week at 6:30 and is being sponsored by Thomas Sno Sports.

Mass win Modified at Ogilvie

July 2nd, 2013

Ogilvie, MN – After days of rain the track was tacky and slick, but the Ogilvie Raceway pulled off an exciting night of
WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Allen Gessell, Jr. won the Street Stock feature on his first night out at the Big O, and Bud Martini, Landon Atkinson, Dan Gullikson, Dave Mass also took feature wins.

The JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first feature of the night with Quentin Bustizky and Andrew Hedtke leading the way. As the green flew Busitzky’s car went sideways causing drivers to scatter. The field was realigned putting Brad Schmidt on the pole and Hedtke at his side. Schmidt grabbed the lead as the green dropped with Allen Gessell, Jr. taking second.

The leaders pulled away and Gessell, Jr. was quickly at Schmidt’s side. Gessell, Jr. made the pass and took the lead while Kurt Becken closed in on Schmidt. Becken moved into second while Schmidt held off Ben Rothstein, Justin Pogones and Jim Gullikson for third. Rothstein cruised around Schmidt stealing third and Pogones and Gullikson kept up the battle for fourth. Pogones and Gullikson jockeyed for the point until Pogones took it over. Just then orange flames were under the hood of Alec Nesbit’s #18 slowing the drivers down with few laps to go.

Gessell, Jr. was still first when the green flew with Becken and Rothstein going for second and Pogones and Gullikson back at it for fourth. Becken grabbed second with Rothstein, Pogones and Gullikson rounding out the top five while Gessell, Jr. cruised to the checkers for his first feature win of the season and his first night out at the track.

Dave Siercks grabbed the lead as the green flew for the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Gino Fontecchio, David Swearingen and Tim Siercks all battled for second with Swearingen taking the point. After an early caution, Siercks continued to lead with T. Siercks and Swearingen going for second. All of a sudden Fontecchio’s car collided and rode the front wall bringing out a caution.

A few more cautions kept the drivers at a slow pace, but as the green reappeared it was T. Siercks in the lead. Bud Martini had his way into second with Swearingen holding onto third. Martini moved to T. Siercks’s side and they went for the lead. Martini took over the lead after another caution grouped the drivers together. Swearingen was in third but Justin Oestreich was moving in. Oestreich moved to Swearingen’s door, but Swearingen held the position. Swearingen was on T. Siercks’s bumper and contact was made sending Siercks spinning. The yellow flew again slowing Martini down.

Oestreich moved in on Martini when the green dropped and they ran side for side for first. Martini and Oestreich were door to door for the remaining laps and as the checkers dropped, Martini had the lead enough to take the win. Oestreich, Hines, Travis Schulte and Kyle Matuska took the top points.

Keith Thell took the lead for the WISSOTA Mod Four Feature with Ryan Buer and Gerry Nohner in tow. Landon Atkinson was on the move and took over third as the yellow flew. Thell would continue to lead through two more cautions, but Atkinson was chomping at the bit. Thell was still first as the green flew for the final time with Atkinson and Buer behind him. Atkinson took the high side and flew around the drivers taking the lead. Atkinson won the feature with Keith Thell, Ryan Buer, Tyler Larson and Gerry Nohner as the top five finishers.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks rolled on the track for the next feature with Ronnie Malecki and Chris Wark leading the way. Wark grabbed the early lead with Malecki and Andy Grymala going for second. Grymala took the point while Dave Mass and Dan Gullikson made their way into three and four. Mass moved next to Grymala and took second. Mass then slid next to Wark for the lead. Mass grabbed the low groove and took the lead. Gullikson soon caught Wark and they were side but side for second. After a short battle, Gullikson took the point and Wark was in third.

Gullikson began to close the gap Mass had while the #24’s of Wark and Grymala battled for third. Grymala gave it all he had, but Wark was holding him back. Just as Grymala made the pass taking third, the yellow flew.

Mass was first on the restart but Gullikson and Wark were right behind him. As the green flew, Gullikson shot next to Mass and stole the lead. Mass kept on Gullikson’s bumper while Grymala, Wark and Tyler Kintwer went three wide for third. The checkers were raised and Gullikson and Mass were still door to door. Gullikson passed the line first taking the win with Mass, Kintwer, Wark and Grymala as the top drivers.

Levi Voss and Jared Zimpel led the hornets to the green and for the next feature. Travis Swanson and Zimpel battled for the lead while Brandon Opsahl moved into third. After a few laps, Zimpel broke away taking the lead with Swanson and Opsahl going for second. Swanson then retired to the infield with sparks flying off his tire giving Opsahl the lead. Zimpel, Quain Busitzky and Matthew Dibb were chasing Opsahl as Bustizky took over second. Dibb was working Zimpel for third as he hit a track tire and also went to the infield. Opsahl held the lead and took the win with Bustizky, Zimpel, Zach Gaslin and Voss as the top finishers.

Dustin Nelson claimed the lead when the green flew for the WISSOTA Modified feature race. Larry Zeller grabbed second while Toby Patchen and JB Stortz battled for third. Stortz took over third and quickly passed Zeller grabbing second. Stortz closed in on Nelson for the lead while others battled three wide for points. Patchen, Zeller and Dave Mass were all battling for third with Jody Bellefeuille joining the fun. Patchen grabbed third with Mass and Bellefeuille going for fourth. By this time, Stortz was next to Nelson and Nelson did what he could to keep the lead, but Stortz took the lead putting Nelson in second.

A caution slowed the drivers down, and put Mass and Nelson on Stortz’s rear bumper. Mass and Stortz were door to door as the green flew and Nelson was back in third. Stortz and Mass ran side by side, both eagerly wanting the lead. As they rounded turn four, Mass was finally able to break away and take the lead, but Stortz remained close. The yellow flew again
keeping Mass at a coast. Back to back green, white checkered restarts kept the drivers in single file, but Mass kept the lead and took the win with Stortz, Eric Martini, Zach Drews and Bellefeuille as the top drivers.

Ogilvie Raceway’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume next Saturday at 6:30pm.

Ogilvie Beats the Radar for some Great Racing Action

June 25th, 2013

Ogilvie, MN – Drivers and fans made their way to the Ogilvie Raceway for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The radar was unstable, but it turned out to be a sunny evening with temps keeping the track smooth and tacky. Dave Cain, Dave Mass, Dan Gullikson, Jim Gullikson and Landon Atkinson took home the WISSOTA wins with Brandon Opsahl getting the hornet win.

Quentin Busitzky and Dan McCain brought the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks to the line for the night’s first feature and McCain took the lead. Busitzky held second but Jim Gullikson made his way into third and grabbed second while Bustizky, Rod DeBernardeaux and Kyle Howland went three wide for third. Gullikson cruised next to McCain and quickly took the lead while Howland getting third. The yellow flew for some debris and the drivers were realigned. Gullikson was first on the restart with Howland and McCain in tow. Justin Pogones, who started in the 14 position, joined McCain and DeBernardeaux for third. DeBernardeaux and Pogones pulled away from McCain and while Howland chased down Gullikson. Pogones locked in third while Howland moved to Gullikson’s door. Howland made Gullikson work for the lead as the laps ticked away. With the race ending, Gullikson and Howland rounded turn four and Howland was at Gullikson’s door. They came to the line side by side, and Gullikson had a slight lead taking the win. Howland, Pogones, DeBernardeaux and McCain took the top points.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up to race with Tyler English grabbing the lead. Brandon Hines took second and Charlie Zander claimed third as English’s car got loose on the track. Everyone scattered but kept going and Hines assumed the lead. A lap later the yellow flew slowing the drivers down. Hines was first on the restart with Zander and Ricky Davis behind him. As they went down the back chute drivers were four wide and Justin Oestreich was down low. The drivers were close and contact was made pinching Oestreich down the track. A tire caught Oestreich’s car and Oestreich rolled. The red lights turned on and Oestreich climbed out of the car ok.

Hines was first on the restart with Zander and Davis going for second. Zander took second while Davis, Dan Gullikson and Travis Schulte went for third. Gullikson and Davis both grabbed the high side and passed Zander, and soon Hines. Davis became the leader but Gullikson was cruising. Gullikson claimed the lead and Davis fell to second. Hines caught Davis for second with few laps to go, and Davis held him until the checkers flew. Gullikson took the win, not in his normal Super Stock, but in the Midwest Modifieds. Davis, Hines, Schulte and Jason Veitruba took the top five points.

Keith Thell and Matt Halls sped off as the green dropped for the WISSOTA Mod Fours feature. Halls grabbed the lead but Landon Atkinson was coming up quick. Atkinson passed Kyle and Keith Thell claiming second and moved in on Halls. Atkinson passed Halls becoming the leader and Kyle Thell was in third. Thell passed Halls grabbing second but Halls kept close to him. Thell put some air between him and Halls as Atkinson was lapping. Atkinson had the cruise set and won the feature with Ky. Thell, Halls, Tyler Larson and Ke. Thell in the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were now up with Ronnie Malecki in the lead. Donna Schmidt, Andy Grymala, and Joel Collins battled for second with Schmidt taking the point. Joe Oliver moved into third and moved next to Schmidt for second while Dave Mass came through the pack. Oliver and Mass passed Schmidt and ran on Malecki’s bumper. Mass jumped to the high side and quickly passed Malecki taking the lead. Gullikson was also on the move as he moved behind Malecki and Oliver for second. Oliver and Malecki split and Gullikson took the chance running between them getting second. Mass had quite the lead as Gullikson began the chase. With six laps to go the yellow lights turned on with Malecki’s tire bouncing across the track. Three cautions would keep the drivers at a coast, but Mass was first on the final restart. Oliver took second, which didn’t sit well with Gullikson as he shot low on the track into second. Gullikson moved in on Mass, but the checkers flew and Mass took the win. Gullikson, Oliver, Grymala and Schmidt took the top five points.

The hornets rolled on the track for the next feature with Jared Zimpel, Dannie Burkholder, Levi Voss and Matthew Dibb all going for the lead. Zimpel grabbed first with Voss in second and Quain Busitzky moving into third. Bustizky and Voss moved next to Zimpel for first with Dibb and Brandon Opsahl behind them. Opsahl jumped into the battle for first making it four wide. Opsahl and Busitzky broke away for the lead and Opsahl took it. The yellow flew for debris slowing the hornets down. Opsahl led through two restarts and held the lead with Zimpel and Busitzky behind him. Bustizky moved into the second point and Zimpel fell to third and Dan Rick and Dibb on his rear. Opsahl stayed in the front until the checkers flew and took the win.

Dustin Nelson and Charlie Hillukka brought the WISSOTA Modifieds to the line for the night’s final race. Hillukka shot into the lead with Nelson and JB Stortz going for second. Stortz took second but Nelson moved back to his side. Stortz again pulled away keeping the point while the Dave’s of Mass and Cain moved in on Nelson. Stortz began to chase down Hillukka who had a good lead. Stortz caught Hillukka and took the lead. Dave Mass moved into third, but Dave Cain moved to his side and took the point. Hillukka kept close to Stortz, and moved under Stortz. They ran door to door for a few laps until Hillukka made the pass reclaiming the lead. Hillukka immediately pulled away from Stortz as Cain closed in.

Cain passed Stortz and began to chase down Hillukka. The laps ticked by and with four laps to go, Cain was at Hillukka’s side. Hillukka and Cain were door to door for a lap, but Cain was faster out of the curve and took the lead. Hillukka kept close, but Cain was faster and rolled his Bob Harris Enterprises sponsored #2c into victory lane for the first time in 2013. Hillukka, Stortz, Eric Martini and Jody Bellefeuille took the top five points.

Ogilvie Raceway’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume next Saturday at 6:30pm.

Advantage RV Modified Tour Make First Stop at Ogilvie

June 22nd, 2013

Ogilvie, MN– The Advantage RV Modified Touring Series made its first stop of their Minnesota Melee at the Ogilvie Raceway for some WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. 37 Mods were on hand for the night with a good showing of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks too. Kelly and Skeeter Estey both won the Mod features and Kyle Howland took the Street stock feature and his first ever feature win.

Kyle Howland and Jim Gullikson brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the line for the night’s first feature. Howland leaped out into the lead with Justin Pogones battling Gullikson for second. Pogones took over second while Gullikson and Brad Schmidt went for third. Schmidt locked in third and moved behind Pogones who was closing in on Howland. Pogones moved to Howland’s door and they were side by side for first. Pogones was ready to make his move as the yellow flew.

Howland was alone on the restart with Pogones and Schmidt behind him. Howland was able to put some air between him and Pogones while Schmidt ran in third. Gullikson got a good run out of the turn and moved next to Pogones for second. Gullikson took the point and moved aside Howland. Gullikson went under Howland, but Howland didn’t give an inch and kept the lead. Gullikson continued to work Howland, but Howland saw the checkers and took his first feature win. Gullikson, Pogones, K. Becken and Schmidt took the top points.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the green with Travis Schulte and Grant Southworth batting for first. Skeeter Estey moved in and joined the battle for first. Schulte, Southworth and Estey all pulled away from the others while they jockeyed for the lead. Southworth and Estey kept up the battle for first while Schulte fell to third as the yellow waved overhead.

Southward was first on the restart with Schulte and Estey in tow. Schulte used the low groove to move next to Southward and they went three wide for first. Schulte took the lead this round and Estey took over second. Southward and Danny Vang battled for third while Estey worked the high groove. Estey was parallel with Schulte for the lead as the yellow flew for smoke rolling from Alan Bohlman’s car.

It was time for the nights feature event, the 40 lap Modified feature race. Kelly Estey and Matt Gilbertson brought the field of cars to the line and Estey quickly took the lead. Jason Grimes, Gilbertson and Jacob Hartung went three wide for second with Gilbertson grabbing the point. Gilbertson then moved next to Estey for first with Grimes settling in third. Laps went by and Gilbertson stayed at Estey’s side.

Estey was able to slowly pull away from Gilbertson, and finally lock in the lead. Gilbertson and Grimes kept close while the other drivers were in the distance. Gilbertson fell to third while Grimes took second and tucked in behind Estey, but Estey put his foot down and drove away. Eric Martini made his way into the top five and moved next to Gilbertson for third. Gilbertson didn’t like the #24 at his door and quickly put some space between them.

With half of the race in the books, Grimes was back at Estey’s side. Estey maintained the lead, but Grimes kept close. As the drivers worked their way through the slower traffic, Estey was able to break free of Grimes. Estey continued to lead and weave through traffic and took the checkered flag with Grimes, Gilbertson, Dave Mass and Jacob Hartung behind him.

Mark you calendars! The Advantage RV tour will revisit the Ogilvie Raceway on Thursday August 8 and are sure to put on another great night of race action.

Gullikson and Gullikson Score Wins at Ogilvie

June 18th, 2013

Ogilvie, MN – Three and four wide racing is what fans witnessed Saturday night at Ogilvie Raceway’s Saturday Night Shootout. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was sponsored by Mora Chevrolet and Buick and the stands and trackside parking were filled with fans. Landon Atkinson, Jim Gullikson, Dan Gullikson, Justin Oestreich, Matthew Dibb all took feature wins with JT Johnson getting his first feature win ever in the Mods.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours kicked off the night with Chad Funt and Andy Nelson leading the way. Funt jumped into the lead but Ryan Buer quickly stole it. Landon Atkinson was coming for them and passed them both becoming the leader. Funt and Buer battled for second as Atkinson pulled away. Buer took second and the laps counted down. Tyler Larson grabbed third and worked Buer for second with Matt Halls closing in. Buer however pulled away from Larson keeping second while Atkinson took the checkers. Atkinson also won the heat giving himself a clean sweep for the night.

Pat Zerfas and Dan McCain battled for first as the green dropped for the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks. Cars were stacked three and four wide allover causing a few cautions. As the race began again, Zerfas claimed the lead with Keith Tourville on his bumper. Tourville moved around Zerfas and took the lead.

Tourville lead through a few more cautions with Ryan Kostreba, Zerfas, Jim Gullikson and Kyle Howland on this trail. Gullikson and Kostreba moved next to Tourville for first and Gullikson took the point. Howland, Tourville and Schmidt kept close to Gullikson and Howland got a run at him. Howland was at Gullikson’s door and as he was ready to make his move something went wrong and Howland fell back. The yellow flew and drivers were realigned.

Gullikson was first on the restart with Schmidt grabbing second and Tourville in third. Kurt Becken and Justin Pogones went three wide with Tourville for third with Becken taking the point. Gullikson kept his lead and celebrated in victory lane with his son at his side. Sch midt, Becken, Tourville and Pogones took the top five points.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were the next feature of the night with Clark Perry grabbing the lead. Alan Bohlman and Brandon Bombardo battled for second while Dave and Tim Siercks went three wide with Travis Schulte. Schulte went to the high side and passed Bombardo and Bohlman taking second, but the yellow flew.

The field was reset with Perry alone on the restart. Justin Oestreich was back a few cars as he grabbed the high groove and quickly moved next to Bombardo for second. Jason VandeKamp moved next to Oestreich and Bombardo and they ran three wide for second. Oestreich pulled away and quickly took the lead with Perry keeping close in second. Oestreich stretched his lead out while VandeKamp worked Perry for second. VandeKamp nosed ahead of Perry, but after another restart, Perry and VandeKamp were door to door. VandeKamp again pulled ahead and took second with Perry, Schulte and Dave Siercks in the top five. Oestreich set the cruise control and took the checkers and another 2013 clean sweep.

Levi Voss grabbed the lead as the green waved for the Hornets with Zach Gaslin and Travis Swanson fighting for second. A loud bang made the red lights turn on and drivers scattered and stopped. Clay Blosberg’s car swerved to the right and Jasmin Matthewman was stuck and struck Blosberg’s side. Both drivers were ok, but both exited the track.

Voss kept his lead on the restart and Matthew Dibb joined Gaslin and Swanson for second. Dibb grabbed the low groove and rubbed tires with Swanson. Gaslin pulled away in second with Dibb holding third. Dibb then passed Gaslin and moved to Voss’ side for the lead. Dibb quickly made the pass and set the cruise control. Gaslin and Swanson went for third and Quain Busitzky was coming for them. They battled three wide for third with Busitzky taking the point. Busitzky then took second from Voss and Gaslin and Swanson went to Voss’ sides. Gaslin took third as Busitzky suffered a mechanical issue and went back in points. Dibb took the checkers with Swanson, Gaslin, Dan Rick and Gavin Rowland finishing behind him. Dibb also won the heat getting a clean sweep.

Larry Fitzsimmons and Ronnie Malecki lead the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the line, but when the green flew Chris Wark passed them and took the lead. Malecki, Fitzsimmons and Joel Collins went three wide for second with Fitzsimmons getting the point. Dan Gullikson charged through the field and took second. Collins settled in third as Gullikson closed the gap Wark had. Gullikson was at Wark’s side as the yellow flew.

Wark was alone on the restart but could feel the heat of Gullikson and Dave Mass on his rear. Gullikson moved next to Wark and took first with Wark in second and Mass in third. Gullikson put some air between him and the competition while Wark and Mass ran door to door. Mass nosed ahead and took second as Wark held third.

The Supers had back to back cautions and with not many laps to go Gullikson just had to hold on. Mass, Joe Oliver, Larry Fitzsimmons and Joel Collins took the top five points behind Gullikson and they finished in that same order.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were the final race of the night with father son team JT and Brett Johnson leading the way. JT grabbed the lead with Brett and Dustin Nelson going for second. Nelson took second and B. Johnson held off Dave Mass and Dave Cain who fought for fourth. Mass took fourth and worked B. Johnson for third, but Johnson pulled away. JT was enjoying his straight-away lead but Nelson grew closer and closer to JT as the laps went by. With four laps to go Nelson was on JT’s bumper. JT’s car slipped in turn two allowing Nelson to shoot under him and took the lead. JT didn’t slow down and kept close to Nelson.

Nelson’s car started to slow and JT flew past him. Nelson’s right rear tire was slowly going flat taking away his control. Nelson caught Zach Drews’ car and bounced over his tire. The yellow flew and drivers were reset with Nelson and Drews both out.

JT took off as the green flew and Johnson held off Mass and Jody Bellefeuille. As the checkered waved JT shot across the line taking his first feature win ever with his dad Brett in second. Bellefeuille, Mass and Cain finished out the top five as father and son celebrated the victory.

The Ogilvie Raceway welcomes the Advantage RV Modified Series Wednesday night and regular races will be ran on Saturday night with all races starting at 6:30 pm.

UMSS Joined Wissota Sanctioned classes at Ogilvie

June 11th, 2013

Ogilvie, MN – The UMSS Sprint cars and Vintage racecars joined the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and hornets Saturday night for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. More than 20 sprints were on hand along with eight full body and open wheeled vintage cars. Justin Pogones, Justin Oestreich and Sam Lungstrom took feature wins along with Tony Norem getting the Sprint feature.

The UMSS Sprint cars entertained the fans with some fast paced racing. Tony Norem and Chris Graf led the drivers to the line, but Norem grabbed the early lead. Norem lead through a handful of cautions, but every lap Graf kept close to him. Norem kept his tires glued to the high groove and took the feature win. Chris Graf, Joseph Kouba, James Broty and Jason Tostenson finished as the top five.

Geoff Akason and Kris Peterson brought the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks on the track for the evening’s first feature. Akason, Peterson and Keith Tourville went three wide for the lead with Tourville getting the point. Brad Schmidt took over second with Justin Pogones following his trail. Tourville, Schmidt and Pogones pulled away while Akason held off Kyle Howland, Jim Gullikson and Kurt Becken for fourth as the yellow flew.

Tourville was first on the restart with Pogones and Schmidt in tow. Pogones worked the low groove and moved past Tourville taking the lead. Tourville kept close in second with Schmidt and Gullikson closing in. Gullikson moved next to Tourville and took second while Kyle Howland moved into third. Pogones began to put air between him and Gullikson while Howland moved in. Howland flew around Gullikson taking second while Schmidt moved next to him. The leaders came up on a slower driver, and contact was made forcing him to spin. The yellow waved and drivers were realigned with Pogones in the lead.

Howland took over second and was glued to Pogones’ bumper with few laps to go. Howland nosed under Pogones as they took the white flag, and Pogones knew he had to go. Pogones held Howland off long enough to take the win. Howland, Gullikson, Becken and Wojcik took the top points.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rolled on the track for the next feature and Kyle Matuska took the lead. Justin Oestreich, who started in sixth, made his way around Charlie Zander taking second and focused on Matuska. Oestreich moved to Matuska’s door and they ran side by side for first. Oestreich pulled ahead and took the lead while Matuska found Jeremy Nelson and Bud Martini on his rear. Martini and Nelson moved under Matuska and forcing him up the track while they battled for second.

The race was half over with Oestreich in first and Martini and Nelson still battling for second. Nelson nosed ahead for second, but as soon as he took the point the yellow flew. Oestreich was holding strong with seven laps remaining. Martini and Nelson moved to Oestreich’s doors for the first but Oestreich drove away. With two laps to go Martini and Nelson were still door to door and the checkered waved with Nelson taking the point. Martini, Bowers and Ryan Schleusner took the top five behind the #46 of Oestreich who rolled into victory lane.

The hornets closed the show down with Noah Olson and Gavin Rowland leading the way. As the green flew it appeared that all 20 drivers went for the lead creating three and four wide racing all over. Olson took the lead with Brandon Opsahl and Quain Bustizky behind him. Opsahl made the pass on Olson and Busitzky claimed second. Just then the orange #48 of Jessica Dunn came rolling out of turn four. The race went red and crews rushed to Dunn. Dunn climbed out of her hornet and was ok as the drivers lined up.

Opsahl was first on the restart with Olson and Busitzky behind him. Sam Lungstrom made his way around Olson and Busitzky and took over second as Levi Voss pushed Jared Zimpel almost into a roll and down the straight away. The yellow flew and Voss was forced to exit the track. Opsahl continued to lead on the restart but Lungstrom took the lead away. Lungstrom lead the remaining laps and took the feature with Opsahl, Busitzky, Rick and Rowland in the top five.

Next Saturday’s Shoot Out will feature all of our regular classes again and racing will resume at 6:30.

Ogilvie’s Saturday Night Shoot Out Full of Action

June 4th, 2013

Ogilvie, MN – Ogilvie Raceway’s Saturday Night Shootout was full of side by side action and close finishes. It was a brisk night, but many drivers and fans came out for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Series racing action. Kyle Thell, Justin Oestreich, Kelly Estey and both Dan and Jim Gullikson all went home as the nights winners.

Keith Tourville and Alec Nesbit brought the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks out for the night’s first feature. Tourville took the lead as the green flew with Kyle Dykhoff and Nesbit behind him. Kyle Howland stole third with Jim Gullikson taking fourth. Gullikson moved next to Howland for third and they crept up on Dykhoff. They raced with slower drivers as Gullikson passed Howland and Dykhoff taking second. Gullikson then closed in on Tourville, and in no time, took the lead.

A few cautions kept the drivers at a slower pace, but Gullikson continued to lead the way. Howland and Dykhoff battled for second with Dave Read behind them. Read moved around Dykhoff taking third and moved in on Howland. One More caution slowed the field, but it gave Read the chance to take second. Gullikson continued in the lead until the checkered waved and took the win. Dave Read, Kyle Howland, Justin Pogones and Kyle Dykhoff took the top points.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were next on the agenda with Chad Funt and Tyler Larson battling for the lead. Larson grabbed first but Kyle Thell moved into second and was at Larson’s door. The ll went to the track’s high side and stole the lead.

Thell had a huge lead as Landon Atkinson went from fourth to second through the track’s curve. Atkinson immediately worked on closing the gap with Thell. The laps ticked by and Atkinson grew closer to Thell but he needed a couple more laps to catch him. As the race ended, Thell still had the lead and took the win. Landon Atkinson, Dean Larson, Tyler Larson and Dustin Zieske finished as the top five.

Quain Bustizky took the lead as the green flew for the Hornets, but Matthew Dibb went from eighth to second before the first lap was complete. Dibb moved to Busitzky’s door and quickly stole the lead. Bustizky settled in second as they drove away from Levi Voss in third. Dibb lead the entire feature without an issue and took the win with Quain Bustizky, Levi Voss, Travis Swanson and Brandon Opsahl in the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rolled on the track with Brandon Bombardo and Mark Froehlich showing the way. Froehlich took the lead with Estey getting second. Justin Oestreich, who started in ninth, moved into the third position while Estey moved alongside Froehlich for the lead.

The yellow flew grouping the drivers together with Froehlich in the lead. Estey went to the high side and flew past Froehlich taking the lead. Oestreich also moved to the high side with Froehlich running the low groove. Oestreich locked in second and started to close the gap with Estey.

Estey led the drivers through another caution with VandeKamp, Oestreich and Froehlich fighting three wide for second. Oestreich shot in between them and took the point. Oestreich closed the gap on Estey with few laps to go. Oestreich caught Estey, but Estey was faster out of turn four keeping first. Oestreich however, didn’t back down. As the checkered was raised, Oestreich gave it all he had and the crowd rose to their feet as he and Estey came to the line. Oestreich crossed the line five one-thousandths faster than Estey giving Oestreich and his Ace-Laser sponsored Midwest Modified the win. Estey, Jeremy Nelson, VandeKamp and Froehlich rounded the top five.

Donnie Lofdahl drove his Super One Foods WISSOTA Super Stock to the line with Ronnie Malecki at his side for the next feature. Lofdahl grabbed the early lead, but Joe Oliver and Malecki moved to Lofdahl’s sides. Lofdahl was quicker out of turn four and kept the lead with Oliver in second. Oliver then passed Lofdahl becoming the leader with Dan Gullikson taking second. Dave Read and Lofdahl battled side by side for multiple laps until Read made the pass and took third. Gullikson was chasing Oliver for the lead when the yellow slowed them down.

Oliver was first on the restart with Read taking second. Gullikson moved next to Read and retook the point while casting eyes on Oliver. Gullikson moved next to Oliver on the following restart and they ran door to door for many laps. With few laps left, Gullikson locked in the lead with Oliver holding second. Gullikson took the win with Oliver, Read, Dave Mass and Tristan Labarge as the top finishers.

The final feature of the night was for the WISSOTA Modifieds, and Erik Peterson quickly shot into the lead. JT Johnson and Jody Bellefeuille battled for second with Bellefeuille taking the point. Johnson, Clayton Wagamon and Jeff Broking went three wide for third with Johnson keeping the point. Broking then spun on the front stretch and the yellow flew. Peterson was alone on the restart with Johnson and Bellefeuille in tow. Kelly Estey and Wagamon kept on Johnson’s rear for third while Peterson and Bellefeuille drove away.

Estey took third and began to chase down the leaders who were a straight-away away. Just as Estey moved to Bellefeuille’s door, the yellow flew. Peterson was still in the lead but had eager drivers on his bumper. As the green waved Bellefeuille and Estey went to Peterson’s sides and they raced for first. Estey had the faster car and took the lead with Bellefeuille grabbing second. Peterson ran in third but Wagamon and Dave Mass both passed him at the white putting him in fifth. Bellefeuille gave it his all to take the lead but Estey was still faster, holding the lead and taking the win.

Next week the Ogilvie Raceway welcomes the UMSS Sprint cars and the track will not be running WISSOTA Modifieds, Mod Fours or Super stocks to make room for the sprint. Next week’s Saturday Night Shootout resumes at 6:30.

Pogones, Martini, Oliver, Nelson, Dibb, Thell Take Home wins at Ogilvie!

May 29th, 2013

Ogilvie, MN – The Ogilvie Raceway was back in action Saturday night with more than 70 drivers signing into the pits. The night was sponsored by NATCO Transmission and owner Tim Swanson had his patriot car on hand to honor all Minnesota’s fallen soldiers. Justin Pogones, Bud Martini, Joe Oliver and Jeremy Nelson took feature wins with Matthew Dibb and Kyle Thell taking their second feature wins at the Big O.

Geoff Akason and Alec Nesbit led the JNP WISSOTA Street Stocks to the line for the nights first feature. Akason, Nesbit, Kyle Howland and Kris Peterson all battled for top points but it was Rod DeBernardeaux who rode the high side and took the lead. Jim Gullikson and Justin Pogones made their ways from eighth and sixth into second and third closing in on DeBernardeaux. Gullikson and DeBernardeaux pulled away from Pogones for the lead, but Pogones kept his foot down and quickly caught them.

Gullikson and Pogones passed DeBernardeaux the lead and second. DeBernardeaux held third for bit, but suffered mechanical issues and retired to the infield. Pogones moved to Gullikson’s door and they went side by side for the lead.

With three laps remaining, Pogones made a low pass on Gullikson and took the lead. Pogones didn’t slow down until he wheeled his JNP Sponsored Street Stock into victory lane. Jim Gullikson, Kyle Howland, Kurt Becken and Kris Peterson took the top points.

Gullikson and Howland won the Street Stock heats.

Chad Funt and Landon Atkinson led the WISSOTA Mod Fours onto the track for the next feature. Atkinson took the early lead with Kyle Thell grabbing second with Funt and Andy Nelson going for third. Atkinson immediately pulled away putting Thell in a distant second. Within laps Thell caught Atkinson and as they came around the front stretch, Atkinson’s car made some rough sounds. Atkinson fell back and Thell shot ahead.

Just then Ryan Buer caught the front wall and the yellow flew. A full lap had not been completed since Atkinson lost the lead, so Atkinson was first on the restart. Atkinson and Thell took off with the others in their dust. With only a few laps to go, Thell moved under Atkinson in turn two and took the lead. Thell held the lead until the checkered flew taking his second feature at the Big O. Landon Atkinson, Chad Funt, Andy Nelson and Tyler Larson took the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rolled on the track for the next feature with Jason VandeKamp taking the early lead. VandeKamp pulled away from everyone else with Tim Siercks grabbing second. Drivers scrambled as they settled into positions, and they all went after Siercks. Bud Martini and Charlie Zander worked Siercks for a while, and they both passed him.

The race was half over with VandeKamp dominating the field. Martini however found his groove and chased VandeKamp down. Martini caught VandeKamp just as the yellow flew. VandeKamp took the lead on the restart with Martini on his rear. VandeKamp and Marini drove away and Martini utilized the whole track to make a move on VandeKamp. Martini slide next to VandeKamp and with only two laps left, Martini made the pass taking the lead. Martini pulled away and took the checkers with VandeKamp, Zander, Kyle Matuska, and Brandon Hines in the top points.

Heat wins went to Justin Oestreich, Dave Siercks and Bud Martini.

Donnie Lofdahl took the lead as the WISSOTA Super Stocks took the green flag with Joe Oliver taking second. Chris Wark and Dan Gullikson battled for third while Oliver took the lead. Oliver didn’t look back while others battled. Gullikson took second from Lofdahl and Wark moved next to Lofdahl. Wark took over third and began to chase Gullikson. While all other drivers settled for their positions, Wark kept his foot down and caught Gullikson. With the white waving, Wark ran next to Gullikson the whole lap. As they crossed the line Gullikson crossed with a .07 lead over Wark. Oliver never had an issue and rolled his #5x into victory lane. Earlier he won the heat giving himself a clean sweep. Gullikson, Wark, Lofdahl and Donna Jo Schmidt took the top points.

JT Johnson and JB Stortz led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the green, and Stortz took the lead. Jeremy Nelson grabbed second and Dustin Nelson took third. Jeremy Nelson went to the tracks high side and took the lead making Stortz battle with D. Nelson. J. Nelson continued to pull away while D. Nelson and Stortz kept the fight for second going. Eric Martini moved in behind them, but Stortz broke away maintaining second. Martini locked in third and moved alongside Stortz. Stortz nosed ahead to keep the point, but Martini again went to his door. This round Martini moved ahead and stole the point. Martini then started to chase down J. Nelson, but Nelson was comfortable and grabbed the checkers and took his first feature win and clean sweep in his D&N Trucking WISSOTA Modified. The remainder of the top five were Eric Martini, J.B. Stortz, Dustin Nelson and Jody Bellefeuille.

Both Jeremy and Dustin Nelson took home a heat win.

Dannie Burkholder and Quain Busitzky brought the Hornets around the track for the nights last feature and Burkholder grabbed the lead. Busitzky and Brandon Opsahl kept close to Burkholder, and Bustizky moved to his door. Opsahl went to the other door and they battled three wide for first.

While they battled, Matthew Dibb made his way into fourth right behind them, and a yellow slowed them down. On the restart, Dibb didn’t wait a minute and drove around them taking over the lead. Burkholder and Busitzky did some battling for second, but Burkholder took the point and started to close in on Dibb. With the laps running out, Dibb kept the lead and took the win.

Ogilvie Raceway’s Saturday Night Shootout will resume next Saturday at 6:30 pm.

Payne wins USMTS National Championship Series finale at Ogilvie Raceway

September 11th, 2012

OGILVIE, Minn. – Does Jeremy Payne know how to throw a party or what? Celebrating his 27th birthday on Saturday, the speedster from Springfield, Mo., celebrated his first USMTS National Championship Series main event win at the Ogilvie Raceway in the final race for the series in 2012.

Looking for his second win of the campaign, nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock used his pole position to set the pace in the 40-lap Swan Energy “A” Main for 34 laps. Payne, however, tracked down Shryock to take the lead with six laps to go and never looked back.

Shryock settled for the runner-up paycheck in his Skyrocket Chassis while Dereck Ramirez, Jason Hughes, Ryan Gustin, Rodney Sanders, Zack VanderBeek and Johnny Scott filled the next six spots driving a Hughes Racing Chassis.

Fifteenth-starting Jason Thoennes wound up ninth and Jon Tesch rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Driving the #186 GRT Chassis sponsored by SLAP Energy Drinks, Payne’s eighth career USMTS triumph was worth $4,000 and left him with an 11th-place finish in the final points standings.

The Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award went to Bryan Rowland who started 23rd and finished 12th.

In claiming his second straight USMTS national title and the $30,000 that goes with it, Gustin left little to chance. With the points counting each driver’s best 20 results in the 27 races, ‘The Reaper’ notched 10 wins and an additional 10 top-five finishes.

Hughes wound up second in the final rankings with Sanders third, Chris Brown fourth and Shryock fifth. In addition to clinching the Rookie of the Year Award tonight, Stormy Scott bested his younger twin brother, Johnny, by a mere eight points for the sixth position. Ramirez, VanderBeek and Terry Phillips completed the top 10.

On Sunday, the USMTS Modifieds make their maiden voyage to the Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn. The show was originally scheduled to be a qualifying event for the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series but was rained out June 14 and is now the final ‘Hunt’ race before the 14th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree, Sept. 20-22.

The track got a new owner during the off-season and the new leadership has made many improvements to the former Golden Spike Speedway, including remodeled VIP suites and a new restaurant area for fans.

Fans will notice immediate improvements to the facility including a completely new racing surface, newly remodeled restaurant building, renovated Wild Country press building plus general clean up, beautification and modernization to the overall facility.

Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and Hornets will also be on the racing card. Sponsored by Lubrication Technologies, pit and grandstand gates will open at 2 p.m., hot laps will be at 4 and racing begins at 5 p.m.

The Granite City Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 2.5 miles north of SR 23 on US 10, then 2 miles east on Golden Spike Rd. (CR 3). For more information, call 715-497-8916 or check out www.gcspeedway.com online.

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Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup point race tightens as Stormy Scott tops Ogilvie make-up main; Gustin grabs tenth USMTS National Championship win

September 10th, 2012

OGILVIE, Minn. – Thanks to a downpour that stopped the action just before the main event on Aug. 15, USMTS Modified fans got to see two 40-lap features Friday night at the Ogilvie Raceway.

The night started off with the make-up race in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup. Jeremy Payne took the lead from Jason Miller on lap 4 and led the next 18 laps before Stormy Scott snagged the top spot.

Scott paced Payne the rest of the distance to the checkered flag and the $3,000 paycheck. Ryan Gustin finished third, Jason Cummins collected a fourth-place finish and Joey Jensen raced from 14th on the starting grid to take fifth at the finish line.

Jason Hughes, Kelly Shryock, Rodney Sanders, Johnny Scott and Jon Tesch rounded out the top 10 finishers. With the win, Stormy Scott placed himself squarely in the battle for the USMTS Casey’s Cup title. Just seven points separate the top three of Gustin, Stormy Scott and Sanders, who came into the event as the points leader. Jason Hughes is fourth in the standings, followed by Johnny Scott, Payne, Shryock, Zack VanderBeek, Cummins and Dereck Ramirez.

A few hours later, the drivers rolled out onto the 3/8-mile oval for their second Swan Energy “A” Main of the program – a $4,000-to-win USMTS National Championship Series event.

Although he had already clinched his second straight USMTS national title prior to taking the green flag, Gustin put an exclamation point on his season with his tenth win of the campaign.

Tesch, looking for his fourth win in as many weeks, took the lead from the pole position and led the first 18 laps before Gustin took charge and went on to capture his 61st career USMTS victory.

2010 USMTS national champion Jason Hughes came on strong late to take the runner-up spot away from Tesch while Sanders held off Scot Danzeisen for fourth.

Sixth through tenth, respectively, were Payne, Stormy Scott, VanderBeek, Ramirez and Jason Thoennes.

Saturday will be another complete program featuring the final race of the USMTS National Championship Series campaign and another $4,000-to-win main event.

Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks will also compete both nights of the Harvest Cup presented by Wagamon Bros. Racing Engines. Races start at 6:30 p.m. both nights.

The Ogilvie Raceway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 2 miles east of Ogilvie on the south side of Hwy. 23. For more information call 763-267-4572 or check out www.ogilvieraceway.com online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

USMTS action at Ogilvie cut short by rain

August 17th, 2012

OGILVIE, Minn.- The main event field was set Thursday night at the Ogilvie Raceway, but an untimely rain shower forced the postponement of the feature race for round 5 of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

With heat races and both Real Racing Wheels “B” Mains complete, the Swan Energy “A” Main will be made up on either Friday, Sept. 7, or Saturday, Sept. 8, when the USMTS Modifieds return to Ogilvie for the season finale of the USMTS National Championship Series.

The exact date and order of events will be announced in the coming days.

Meanwhile, a field of 42 drivers was on hand Wednesday night for the first race in a five-day swing through Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Heat race wins went to Kelly Estey, Kelly Shryock, Stormy Scott, Ryan Gustin and Jason Miller. Don Eischens and Dereck Ramirez were winners in the two Real Racing Wheels “B” Mains.

The top 8 drivers in passing points from the heats redrew for their starting spots, and Johnny Scott will start on the pole when the make-up feature takes the green flag. Miller will start on the outside of the front row with Stormy Scott, Jeremy Payne, Gustin, Shryock, Estey and Jason Hughes completing the first four rows in the line-up.

Seven advanced from each last chance race and two provisional starters – Al Hejna and Austin Siebert – will also start the main event from the last row on the 28-car grid.

On a wet Wisconsin night, the teams headed down the road to the Rice Lake Speedway where the stars and cars of the USMTS make their second voyage this season on Thursday night.

Jason Cummins and his Cheetos-sponsored #71 Modified will meet ‘n’ greet fans from 12-2 p.m. at the Casey’s General Store located at 6162 Main St. in North Branch, Minn. Fans can pick up $2-off coupons throughout the day at Casey’s locations in
North Branch and Wyoming, Minn.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and the first heat race at 7 p.m. Super Stocks and Pure Stocks will also run a complete program.

Rice Lake Speedway is a high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval located 1 mile north of Rice Lake, between Hwy. 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and more information can be obtained by calling 715-205-2861 or by checking the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net.

Friday will find the series at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., while Saturday’s action takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa. The fifth and final event of the week happens Sunday at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup marches on with five nights at five tracks in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin

August 15th, 2012

OGILVIE, Minn. – After a four-race opening weekend, drivers competing in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup get two days off before resuming their epic battle for the $15,000 champion’s check with five events at five dirt ovals in Iowa,
Minnesota and Wisconsin this Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 15-19.

Each event will pay $3,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to start.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15 – OGILVIE RACEWAY, OGILVIE, MN
The Best of the Best kick it all off on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn. Built in 2009, the Ogilvie Raceway has grown to be a favorite destination for both drivers and fans. The track hosted its first USMTS event last year with Jason Hughes getting the win at the 3/8-mile dirt oval. A big field is expected to be on hand as the track will also host the USMTS National Championship Series finale on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8. Plus, fans will get to
see NASCAR star Kenny Wallace in action taking on the USMTS Modifieds Wednesday night. Al Hejna and his #7 Snickers Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 110 Central Ave. North in Milaca, Minn., from 12-2 p.m. prior to the USMTS event Wednesday night. Coupons worth $2 off adult admission will be available all day at Casey’s locations in Cambridge, Milaca and Princeton. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:10 and racing at 6:30. Midwest Mods and Street Stocks will also be racing. The Ogilvie Raceway is located approximately 2 miles east of Ogilvie on the south side of Hwy. 23. For more information call
763-267-4572 or check out www.ogilvieraceway.com online.

THURSDAY, AUG. 16 – RICE LAKE SPEEDWAY, RICE LAKE, WI
Now in its 55th season, the longest-running racetrack in Northern Wisconsin – Rice Lake Speedway – will play host to the stars and cars of the USMTS for the second time this season. Texan Chris Brown won the USMTS National Championship Series event at Rick Lake back in April while current USMTS Casey’s Cup Series points leader Ryan Gustin captured the win last August in the USMTS debut at the high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval. The top drivers battling in this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup are expected to face a stiff challenge from local and area drivers such as Kevin “Buzzy” Adams, Mike Anderson, Dave Cain, Craig Thatcher and others. Jason Cummins and his Cheetos-sponsored #71 Modified will meet ‘n’ greet fans from 12-2 p.m. at the Casey’s General Store located at 6162 Main St. in North Branch, Minn. Fans can pick up $2-off coupons throughout the day at Casey’s locations in North Branch and Wyoming, Minn.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and the first heat race at 7 p.m.
Super Stocks and Pure Stocks will also run a complete program.

Rice Lake Speedway is located 1 mile north of Rice Lake, between Hwy. 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and more information can be obtained by calling 715-205-2861 or by checking the speedway website at
www.ricelakespeedway.net.

FRIDAY, AUG. 17 – MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, FOUNTAIN CITY, WI

The drivers load ‘em up and head two hours south on Friday for another blockbuster battle presented by NAPA of Winona and Fastenal at Bob Timm’s Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis. After 40 years of racing under the name Tri-Oval Speedway, Timm assumed ownership and opened Mississippi Thunder Speedway for on-track action in 2009 with a completely remodeled, state-of-the-art racing facility. One of the oldest and most picturesque towns in Southern Wisconsin, the track is located along the Mississippi River right down Hwy. 35. Take a day and enjoy the hillsides, bluffs and magnificent river views plus many attractions nearby.

Todd Scharkey, Kelly Shryock, Brad Waits and Al Hejna were all winners at the former Tri-Oval Speedway. Since then, Tommy Myer, Tim Donlinger and Jon Tesch have each scored a victory at the new Mississippi Thunder Speedway while Ryan Gustin has three wins and Waits another on the current configuration. Terry Phillips won the most recent event this past April.

Al Hejna and his #7 Snickers machine will make an appearance at the Casey’s General Store located at 1600 Eastwood Rd. SE in Rochester, Minn., on Friday from 12-2 p.m. In addition to each Rochester store, fans can find $2-off coupons at all Casey’s locations Sparta and Tomah, Wis.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7 p.m. In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, action will include USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.

The Mississippi Thunder Speedway is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on SR 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

SATURDAY, AUG. 18 – UPPER IOWA SPEEDWAY, DECORAH, IA

Ryan Gustin looks to make it two in a row at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, when the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup invades the action-packed 1/4-mile clay oval on Saturday, Aug. 18. The grandstands are always full at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds when the USMTS comes to town, and for good reason. The short track offers some of the wildest and close competition on the campaign. Zack VanderBeek captured his career-first USMTS victory at the Upper Iowa Speedway in 2005, and added another win here three years later. Al Hejna is also a two-time winner along with Ryan Gustin, who has taken two of the last three including a 40-lap thriller this past June. Jason Hughes and Jon Tesch have also visited victory lane at the Upper Iowa Speedway.

Jason Cummins and the #71 Cheetos Modified will be in person at the Casey’s General Store located at 1807 Old Stage Rd. in Decorah on Saturday from 12-2 p.m. Fans can pick up $2-off coupons throughout the day at Casey’s locations in Cresco, Decorah and Waukon.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and hot laps begin at 6:30 with racing to follow. Also on the racing card will be the Iron Man Challenge for USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods. The Upper Iowa Speedway is located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. (at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds). For day-of-race information, call the track hotline at 563-382-9984 or check out www.upperiowaspeedway.com online.

SUNDAY, AUG. 19 – NOBLES COUNTY SPEEDWAY, WORTHINGTON, MN

The five-night, five-track trek concludes Sunday, Aug. 19, with a return trip to the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., where Ryan Gustin picked up a win last month during a USMTS National Championship Series contest. It was his second career win at the track and made him the only repeat winner in six USMTS events since 2007. Other winners include Jason Krohn and Rodney Sanders, who each took wins last year, plus Jon Tesch and Kelly Shryock. Jeremy Payne and his #186 SLAP Energy Drinks Modified will appear at the Casey’s General Stores located at 1704 Oxford in Worthington on Sunday from 12-2 p.m. Discount coupons good for $2 off adult admission are available at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fulda, Sibley and Worthington all day Sunday.

Sponsored by the Grain Exchange and Hickory Lodge Bar, gates open at 4 p.m. and hot laps begin at 5:30 with racing at 6 p.m. Also on the racing card will be the Iron Man Challenge for USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods, plus USRA Hobby Stocks and Micro-Sprints.

The Nobles County Speedway is a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay oval located off of I-90 at Exit 43, then 0.4 mile south on SR 59, then 0.4 mile west on Oxford St., then 0.2 mile north on McMullan (Pioneer Village). For more information, call the track hotline at 507-360-3825 or check out www.noblescountyspeedway.net online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

Gustin gets USMTS Glory

August 15th, 2012

MONETT, Mo. – The United States Modified Touring Series rolled into the Monett Speedway for the 7th Annual USMTS Summer Shootout and the fourth round of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup. And for the 61st time in four years, Ryan Gustin rolled out with the winner’s share of the prize money.

After winning his heat race on the fast 3/8-mile red clay oval, Gustin drew the pole position for the main event and led every lap en route to his second win of ‘The Hunt’ and 14th win overall this season. Stormy Scott challenged Gustin in the late stages of the race, but was unable to make the pass and had to settle for his second runner-up finish in as many nights.

Rodney Sanders was third, Jeremy Payne finished fourth and multi-time track champion Johnny Bone Jr. rounded out the top 5. Sixth through tenth, respectively, were Zack VanderBeek, Johnny Scott, Jason Hughes, Stephen Muilenburg and Jesse Stovall. With four races in the books, Gustin sits atop the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series points standings with a 42-point cushion over Stormy Scott while Sanders is just an additional seven markers behind Scott. The rest of the top 10 spots are held by Johnny Scott, Hughes, Payne, Bryan Rowland, VanderBeek, Terry Phillips and Randy Timms.

NO REST FOR THE WICKED .

After a four-race opening weekend for the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, the tireless touring titans get two days off before resuming their battle for the $15,000 champion’s check with five races in five nights.

The Best of the Best kick it all off on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn. A big field is expectd to be on hand as the USMTS National Championship Series will return to this same venue Sept. 7-8 for the fnale for that series.

On Thursday, it’s on to the Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wis., and then a few miles south on Friday for another blockbuster battle at Bob Timm’s Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis. Saturday will find the the USMTS sultans of speed at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and the weekend wraps up Sunday with a second visit to the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn.

Each event will pay $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

Jason Hughes Claims First USMTS Hunt Win of 2011 at Ogilvie Raceway

August 25th, 2011

Westville, Oklahoma – Jason Hughes powered his #12 West Siloam Pawn/Gressel Racing/Hughes/Mullins Race Engines Open Wheel Modified to his first victory in the 2011 Casey’s General USMTS Hunt Title last Wednesday at Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, Minnesota).

Below is a blog-style recap of Jason’s recent events:

August 17th, 2011 – Jason scored his first win of the 2011 Casey’s General USMTS Hunt on Wednesday night at Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, Minnesota). With 37 entries on hand Hughes advanced from the fourth starting spot to claim his heat race win, which locked him into the redraw for the 40 lap, $2,000-to-win feature.

After receiving the fourth starting spot for the main event in the redraw, Hughes would move past Corey Dripps for the second spot on lap 13, and by lap 23 he was pressuring Jon Tesch for the lead as the front runners encountered lap traffic. The 28th circuit would see Hughes move to the top spot with Gustin soon moving into the second spot to pressure the leader. Jason would fend away the advances of Gustin to claim the win. Gustin, Tesch, Kelly Shryock, and Jason Jensen rounded out the top five at the checkered flag. The win was eleventh overall on the 2011 season.

August 18th, 2011 – The Casey’s General USMTS Hunt rolled into Rice Lake Speedway (Rice Lake, Wisconsin) on Thursday night for another $2,000-to-win event. The night started well for Hughes as he charged from the back of his heat race to finish second, which locked him into the redraw for the feature. Unfortunately he would receive the 8th starting spot for the feature from the redraw, which put several good cars between him and the front of the pack. In the main event he would only manage to advance a single position to a seventh place finish.

August 19th, 2011 – On Friday night Jason Hughes took part in the Casey’s General USMTS Hunt event at Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin) as 42 entries registered for action. It would prove to be a long, frustrating night for Hughes as he saw mechanical issues in his heat race force him to a last place finish in the heat and a scratch from the b-main. He would utilize a series’ provisional to start 27th on the grid for the 40 lap, $2,000-to-win feature. Despite starting last in the field, Jason would pass thirteen cars in the feature on his way to a 14th place finish, which earned him the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

August 20th, 2011 – The ultra-busy weekend for the Casey’s General USMTS competitors continued on Saturday evening at Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa). With 28 Open Wheel Modifieds entered into the $2,000-to-win event Jason started the night by finishing second in his heat race to earn the ninth starting spot for the 40 lap feature. In the main event he would methodically work his way through the pack, and by the time that the checkered flag fell he had registered a second place finish behind race winner, Kelly Shryock.

August 21st, 2011 – Jason wrapped up a five day stretch of action with the Casey’s General USMTS tour on Sunday night at Noble County Speedway (Worthington, Minnesota) in what would prove to be a rough night for the team. Twenty-six competitors registered for the program, and after finishing second in his heat race, Jason locked into the redraw for the feature, where he received the fifth starting spot. Hughes would battle in the top ten for the first half of the feature before mechanical issues brought his feature to an end on lap 30 in the 20th position.

Hughes is now third in the national standings behind Ryan Gustin and Shryock, and Hughes Race Cars leads the Tiger Rear Ends Manufacturer’s Championship points. Full results and the latest tour standings are available at www.USMTS.com.

This weekend, August 25th-27th, Jason will have the opportunity to make up ground in the point’s battle as he will resume action with the Casey’s General USMTS Hunt with a trio of events. On Thursday night the tour will invade I-35 Speedway (Winston, Missouri) before moving onto Cedar County Speedway (Tipton, Iowa) on Friday night and will conclude on Saturday night at Upper Iowa Speedway (Decorah, Iowa). For more information, please visit www.USMTS.com .

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including West Siloam Pawn, Gressel Racing, Hughes Racing Chassis, Road Runner Trucking, LLC, Mullins Race Engines, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Hanson Tire Service, Braka Operating, Sunoco Race Fuels, Mert’s Truck Center, SAEF Custom Finishing, Wheeler Metals Rainbow Graphics, Hooker Harness, Quarter Master, Beyea Custom Headers, Ultra-Shield Race Products, MB Machine & Tool, T&D Machine Products, Callies, Quick Car Racing Products, Dan Olson Racing Products, FSR Radiators & Racing Products, Tiger Rear Ends, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, Sweet Mfg, Real Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Jason Hughes, please visit www.JasonHughes12.com .

Hughes takes home USMTS hardware at Ogilvie

August 20th, 2011

OGILVIE, Minn.- Jason Hughes took the lead from Jon Tesch in the late stages of the main event Wednesday night at the Ogilvie Raceway, and then held off Ryan Gustin over the final 10 laps to score his first win during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy.

It was the first victory for the defending USMTS National Champion since claiming his 100th career checkered flag at the West Siloam Speedway on April 30, and it ended Gustin’s win streak during ‘The Hunt’ at three.

After racing from last to first in his heat race, Tesch was the first to redraw and snagged the pole position for the 40-lap WIX Filters “A” Main. At the drop of the green flag, Tesch immediately began to pull away from the pack and extended his advantage to nearly a full straight-away by lap 10.

On lap 13, Hughes slipped by Corey Dripps to take over second place while Kelly Shryock, Trent Follmer, Gustin, Al Hejna, Rodney Sanders, Keith Foss and Lucas Schott filled out the top 10 runners. One lap later, Dripps exited the contest with
his second blown engine in the last three shows.

Tesch caught the rear of the field on lap 15 and, slowly but surely, Hughes began to reel him in. Meanwhile, Gustin snuck underneath Shryock on lap 18 and began to close the distance between himself and Hughes.

By the 23rd lap, Hughes was on Tesch’s rear bumper as they diced in and out of heavy lapped traffic around the wide and smooth 3/8-mile oval. Three laps later, Gustin joined the party and the trio ran nose to tail.

Just after completing lap 27, Hughes made the pass beneath Tesch in turn 1 and Gustin followed into second two laps later and began to pressure Hughes for the top spot. Gustin was able to show Hughes the nose of his racecar on lap 30, but Hughes
slammed the door shut and retained the position.

Gustin tried high and low over the final 10 laps, but Hughes was flawless as he raced to a $2,000 payday and his eighth USMTS triumph of the 2011 season.

Tesch held off Shryock for the third spot, while Joey Jensen came home in fifth after starting 12. Follmer, Hejna, Sanders, Foss and Zack VanderBeek rounded out the top 10 finishers.

On Thursday, the Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wis., plays host to the stars and cars of the USMTS for the first time in the track’s 54-year history. Pure Stocks and WISSOTA Super Stocks are also scheduled to compete with race time slated for 7 p.m. Rice Lake Speedway is a high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval located 1 mile north of Rice Lake, between Hwy. 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and more information can be obtained by calling 715-205-2861 or by checking the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net.

The top drivers battling in this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy are expected to face a stiff challenge from local and area drivers. Kevin Adams and Mike Anderson, the top local drivers in 2011, will be primed to take on the national driving stars and other area drivers such as Dave Cain, Darrell Nelson, Joey Jensen, Kelly Estey, Jason Thoennes and Craig Thatcher are also expected to compete.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

New frontiers ahead as USMTS treks to Ogilvie, Rice Lake for first time this week

August 17th, 2011

OGILVIE, Minn. — The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy continues with a five-night swing through Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin this week as drivers look to stake their claim to the $20,000 paycheck awaiting this year’s USMTS National Champion.

On Wednesday, Aug. 17, the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn., plays host to the United States Modified Touring Series for the first time ever, followed by the series’ debut appearance on Thursday at the Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wis.

The inaugural event at “The Big O” will see a 6:30 p.m. start time at the new 3/8-mile dirt oval that opened in 2009. Along with the USMTS Modifieds, Wednesday night’s show will also feature Midwest Mods, Street Stocks and Hornets.

Ogilvie Raceway is located approximately 2 miles east of Ogilvie on the south side of Hwy. 23. The grandstands have a seating capacity of nearly 2,000 and also features reserved track-side parking for people to view the race from turns 1 and 2 from their vehicles.

For more information, call 763-267-4572 or check out www.ogilvieraceway.com online.

The longest-running racetrack in Northern Wisconsin, Rice Lake Speedway will play host to the stars and cars of the USMTS for the first time in its 54-year history. Pure Stocks and WISSOTA Super Stocks are also scheduled to compete with race time
slated for 7 p.m.

Rice Lake Speedway is a high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval located 1 mile north of Rice Lake, between Hwy. 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and more information can be obtained by calling 715-205-2861 or by checking the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net.

The top drivers battling in this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy are expected to face a stiff challenge from local and area drivers. Kevin Adams and Mike Anderson, the top local drivers in 2011, will be primed to take on the national driving stars and other area drivers such as Dave Cain, Darrell Nelson, Joey Jensen, Kelly Estey, Jason Thoennes and Craig Thatcher are also expected to compete.

With three wins in three ‘Hunt’ races so far, 20-year-old Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, is in the driver’s seat to capture this year’s USMTS title, but hot on his heels is nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Iowa, who has nine wins of his own this season.

Other drivers in the USMTS “hunting party” expected this weekend include defending USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla.; last year’s Rookie of the Year Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, N.M.; New Sharon, Iowa’s Zack VanderBeek; Keith Foss of Winona, Minn.; Jon Tesch of Watertown, S.D.; 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn of Slayton, Minn.; Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie, Minn.; Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas; and Dustin Boney of Platte City, Mo.

Friday finds the USMTS Modifieds back at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., and then the tireless touring titans trek to the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, on Saturday. The weekend wraps up on Sunday,
Aug. 21, at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., to put the first one-third of ‘The Hunt’ in the books.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

Snazzy new Casey’s Crew autograph cards available during USMTS ‘Hunt’ races

August 14th, 2011

OGILVIE, Minn. – During this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy, fans can get a signed autograph card from any or all of the three members of this year’s Casey’s Crew: Rick Beebe,
Dustin Boney and Tommy Myer.

Get ‘em at their hauler in the pits after the races, or at one of their raceday appearances at local Casey’s General Stores locations. All appearances will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day of the race. While you’re there, pick up a coupon good
for $2 off adult grandstand admission at the races that night.

Coupons are available now. Autograph cards will debut at the Ogilvie Speedway in Ogilvie, Minn., next Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Upcoming Casey’s Crew appearances:

SUNDAY, AUG. 14 … Dustin Boney and his #22 Snickers Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 728 Hwy. 60 West in Monett, Mo., prior to the USMTS event that night at the Monett Speedway. Coupons will be available at both Casey’s
locations in Monett.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17 … Tommy Myer and his #65 Cheetos Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 110 Central Ave. North in Milaca, Minn., prior to the USMTS event that night at the Ogilvie Raceway. Coupons will also be available at Casey’s in Cambridge and Princeton.

FRIDAY, AUG. 19 … Rick Beebe and his #22 SLAP Energy Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 1600 Eastwood Rd. SE in Rochester, Minn., prior to the USMTS event that night at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Coupons will also be available at Casey’s in Sparta and Tomah, Wis.

SATURDAY, AUG. 20 … Dustin Boney and his #22 Snickers Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 1515 Superior St. in Webster City, Iowa, while Tommy Myer and his #65 Cheetos Modified will be at the 1300 2nd St. location in
Webster City prior to the USMTS event that night at the Hamilton County Speedway.

SUNDAY, AUG. 21 … Rick Beebe and his #22 SLAP Energy Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 1007 Oxford St. in Worthington, Minn., prior to the USMTS event that night at the Nobles County Speedway. Coupons will be available at
both Casey’s locations in Worthington.

THURSDAY, AUG. 25 … Rick Beebe and his #22 SLAP Energy Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 405 Grand Ave. in Cameron, Mo., while Dustin Boney and his #22 Snickers Modified will be at the 305 E. Evergreen location in Cameron prior to the USMTS event that night at the I-35 Speedway. Coupons will also be available at Casey’s in Gallatin.

FRIDAY, AUG. 26 … Tommy Myer and his #65 Cheetos Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 1107 Cedar St. in Tipton, Iowa, prior to the USMTS event that night at the Cedar County Raceway. Coupons will also be available at Casey’s in Mechanicsville, Muscatine and West Liberty.

SATURDAY, AUG. 27 … Dustin Boney and his #22 Snickers Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 401 College Dr. in Decorah, Iowa, prior to the USMTS event that night at the Upper Iowa Speedway. Coupons will be available at both
Casey’s locations in Decorah plus Cresco and Waukon.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31 … Rick Beebe and his #22 SLAP Energy Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 202 E. Blue Earth in Fairmont, Minn., while Tommy Myer and his #65 Cheetos Modified will be at the 2237 N. State St. location in
Fairmont prior to the USMTS event that night at the Fairmont Raceway. Coupons will be available at both Casey’s locations in Fairmont.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1 … Dustin Boney and his #22 Snickers Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 100 Cherry St. in Allison, Iowa, prior to the USMTS event that night at the Highway 3 Raceway. Coupons will also be available at Casey’s
in Cedar Falls, Nashua and Waverly.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 … Tommy Myer and his #65 Cheetos Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 1702 12th St. SW in Austin, Minn., prior to the USMTS event that night at the Chateau Raceway. Coupons will also be available at Casey’s in
Blooming Prairie, Mantorville and Northwood.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 3 … Rick Beebe and his #22 SLAP Energy Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 605 S. Main St. in Stewartville, Minn., prior to the USMTS event that night at the Deer Creek Speedway.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4 … Tommy Myer and his #65 Cheetos Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 320 N. Main St. in Mantorville, Minn., prior to the USMTS event that night at the Dodge County Speedway. Coupons will also be available at Casey’s in Owatonna, West Concord and Zumbrota.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 18 … Dustin Boney and his #22 Snickers Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 403 W. Broadway in West Plains, Mo., prior to the USMTS event that night at the West Plains Motor Speedway. Coupons will be available at all three Casey’s locations in West Plains.

To learn more about Casey’s General Stores or find the location nearest you, check out www.caseys.com on the World Wide Web.

Special thanks to Jason Engen at Forty9 Designs for the great autograph card designs. Check out more of his work at www.forty9designs.com.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.