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Laney holds his line, leads every lap in Dakota Tour feature win at Southwest

July 16th, 2016

In front of a packed grandstand at Southwest Speedway, Laney led all 30 laps in topping the $2,200 to win feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.

A track tour record 90 Modifieds saw action at Dickinson. Marriott had led from start to finish Tuesday at Williston Basin Speedway and challenged Laney in the late going before settling for second at Southwest.

Laney started outside the front row and held off Lucas Schott following a pair of early restarts. Marriott settled into second on lap 11 and tried high and low to get past Laney as the race ended with a long green flag run.

Laney held Marriott in check, gaining a little breathing room before taking the checkers.

Pole starter Dale Mathison ran near the front of the field all night and finished third. Schott and Ricky Thornton Jr. completed the top five.

Two-time and defending champion Elijah Zevenbergen outran 2014 tour king Dalton Flory in the $800 to win IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.

Zevenbergen caught Flory for the lead on lap eight and stayed in front the last 17 times around the track.

The final tour date is Thursday, July 14 at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens and hot laps start at 6 p.m., and racing gets underway at 7 p.m.

Dacotah Speedway also hosts the Friday, July 15 $10,001 Legendary for IMCA Modifieds. Racing starts at 7 p.m.

The Dakota Tour finale and Legendary will both be broadcast by

Heat winners were Hansen, Mathison, Laney, Schott, Thornton, Marriott, Ruter, Pfeifer, Dahl and Dotson.

Home state hero Wolla prevails in IMCA Dakota Classic Tour at Southwest Speedway

July 12th, 2015

DICKINSON, N.D.– The best of the best Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers converged at Southwest Speedway Wednesday night and this time a home state driver prevailed.

Jason Wolla ran second for most of the 30-lap Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour main event. He passed Spencer Wilson with seven circuits to go and held point leader Ricky Thornton Jr. and defending series champion Jeff Taylor at bay in a furious fight to the finish.

“This has to be my biggest win ever. The talent in this series is just so good.” Wolla said following the relatively close-to-home $2,100 checkers, his tour career first. “This is kind of a home track. All the fans packing the stands made it special for us.”

“It takes a good car, a good setup, everything down to the right draw,” he added. “All the things we needed to have happen fell into place.” Rounding out the top five were Strand, despite engine issues, and Aaron Turnbull, the 2013 tour champ. The first four tour vents have produced different winners from as many states.

Wolla took the initial green from outside row two; Thornton started seventh, Taylor ninth. Wolla’s lengthy pursuit of Strand was rewarded after the leader went to a higher line to get around a lapped car. Wolla ducked inside to pass both, then guarded the line against Thornton and Taylor.

“Ricky and Jeff were right there,” said Wolla, who had ventured to Iowa to win Frostbuster and Hawkeye Dirt Tour events and was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “Thank­fully I’d drawn ahead of them both.”

Defending champion and 10th starting Dalton Flory topped the $800 to win IMCA Sunoco Stock Car series event, ahead of his father Joe and point leader Elijah Zevenbergen.

Different drivers have also won each of the four Stock Car features.

New tour track records were set at Dickinson with 89 Modified and 37 Stock Cars. One hundred and thirteen different Modified drivers and an all-time best 61 different Stock Car drivers have com­peted through the first four series events this season.

Round five for both divisions is Thursday at Dacotah Speedway. The Dakota Tour concludes Fri­day, July 10 at Jamestown Speedway.

Heat winners were Wolla, Schott, Turnbull, Wilson, Lund, Dahl, Thornton and Strand.

Heat winners were Cody Nelson, Joe Flory, Czarapata and Kihle. “B” fea­ture winners were Wich­man and Daae.

Ruter outruns Dakota Tour Modified foes at Southwest

July 13th, 2014

DICKINSON, N.D. – Ryan Ruter proved to be fastest in a fast-paced feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, on another record-setting night for the
Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour. Ruter led every circuit of Wednesday’s main event at Southwest Speedway. The 30-lapper ran caution-free and Ruter held on for the $2,000 checkers ahead of Jeff Taylor after getting mired in slower traffic.A track record 79 Modifieds ran at Dickinson. Car count records for the division have been broken or equaled each of the first four nights of the 25th annual tour.

Taylor ended the night in second, just a car length off the pace. Jordan Grabouski, Jeremy Keller and Scott Drake were third through fifth, respectively. After drawing the outside row one start, Ruter ran the middle line until catching up with the back of the field near midway. His big lead disappeared in traffic but he held off the seventh starting Taylor for the win.

Ruter was already on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Defending champion Elijah Zevenbergen drove to his third $800 win in four IMCA Sunoco Stock Car series events, starting on the pole and leading start to finish in
a 25-lapper slowed by multiple cautions.

Eventual runner-up Perry Misner, Matt Speckman and Nathan Burke hounded Zevenbergen much of the distance. Burke was forced to exit after contact with the leader
following a late restart. Dalton Flory, Speckman and Justin Striefel completed the top five. Zevenbergen, who added another plug for family friends and sponsors, has now won eight of the last 10 Dakota Tour Stock Car events.