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Pat Doar Declares Victory in Thrilling 30 Lap, Caution Free, Late Model Feature.

October 21st, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – Over 130 drivers packed the pits at the Granite City Speedway for the first night of the WISSOTA National Championship Weekend Double Header. There was plenty of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race series door to door racing and good battles during the night, but in the end, Tim Johnson, Brandon Linquist, Pat Doar and Eric Martini took wins while Shane Sabraski took two.

27 WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rolled onto the track for the night’s first feature and Tommy Bawden grabbed the early lead. Drivers ran three and four wide on the surface as Lance Schill secured second. Jeremy Nelson (06) went from 10th to 3rd and tucked in behind Schill. Shane Sabraski joined the battle for second and they were almost three wide. Sabraski shot by them on the high side for second and Nelson continued in third as the yellow flew. A couple cautions kept the drivers slow, but Bawden was in command when the green reappeared. Sabraski moved to Bawden’s door and took the lead. Bawden held second with Schill, Nelson and Travis Schulte three wide for third.Nelson sped away and passed Bawden to claim the runner up point. Top drivers began to space out and soon lapped slower drivers. Schulte reeled
in Bawden for third and after a side by s ide battle, Bawden held the point. The laps went by and Sabraski was deep in traffic as the white flew and contact occurred on the track. All drivers kept going and Sabraski squeezed through to keep the race green. Sabraski took the checkers in his Express ATM Services #7a.

A hearty group of WISSOTA Street Stocks were the next feature with Jake Huston and Sam Fankhauser on the front row. Fankhauser took first as the green flew with Huston in second. Jim Gullikson and Tim Johnson took Huston’s sides and they were three wide for second. Contact was then made and drivers scattered in turn two. The yellow waved and drivers were realigned. As the green dropped, Fankhauser was in first. Johnson wasted no time and nosed under Fankhauser for the lead. Johnson took the lead while Justin Pogones moved into third. The top three spaced out while Shawn Teunis and Davey Kruchten rode Huston’s rear for fourth. Teunis, Kruchten and Huston ran three wide for fourth and Kruchten grabbed the position. The yellow however waved again and the drivers were sorted. Johnson was alone
on the restart with Fankhauser and Pogones in tow. Pogones took second when the green flew and Teunis moved to Fankhauser’s door. Teunis moved to Pogones’s side, but Pogones pulled away and retained second. Fankhauser moved back to Teunis’s door and they ran door to door the remaineder of the race. As they took the checkers, Teunis nosed ahead enough to secure the third point. Pogones finished second while Johnson rolled his Wollak Construction sponsored streeter into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours took the clay with Brandon Linquist and Tyler Larson on the front row. Linquist claimed the early lead with Larson in second. Dustin Holtquist passed Larson to take the runner up point. Larson kept close to Holtquist and soon they were side by side for second. Holtquist held the position while Larson settled for third. Linquist had a significant lead built up but as laps went by, Holtquist closed in on him. Linquist caught a slower driver which slowed Linquist down. Holtquist was within a couple car lengths, but Linquist kept the lead and took win.

After some minor track maintenance, the WISSOTA Late Models lined up for their feature. 23 Late Mods filled the track with Cole Schill and Dusty Peterson on the front row. Schill took the lead when the green dropped while Pat Doar slid into second and John Kaanta worked the high side to take third. Kaanta secured third and Doar began to work Schill for first. Schill pulled away with the lead but Doar dove low and moved back to Schill’s door. Again Schill pulled away in first as they caught slower drivers. Seven laps of 30 were complete as they started to lap. Schill remained in command but Doar kept him on a tight leash. Doar slid by Schill on the front stretch and secured the lead. Schill soon retook Doar’s side and they were three wide with slower drivers. Doar pulled ahead and pu t acouple car lengths between himself and Schill. Doar began to weave by drivers while Schill found Brad Seng on his rear. As Seng prepared to make the pass, he turned left into the infield. Schill was back on his own but Kaanta closed in. Kaanta caught Schill and slid by for second. Schill came back to Kaanta’s door but Kaanta drove away. Doar was over a straight away and many lapped cars ahead of the driver in second as he took the checkers.

Denis Czech claimed the early lead as the WISSOTA Super Stocks went green. Dexton Koch and James Trantina battled for second with Shane Sabraski to their rears. Koch grabbed second while Sabraski slid into third. The top three drivers kept close and Sabraski worked Koch. Sabraski moved low on the track surface and took over second. Sabraski started to chase Czech as the yellow waved. As the drivers were aligned Czech remained alone with Koch and Sabraski to his bumper. Sabraski moved under Czech for the lead, but Czech closed the door. Sabraski kept close and retook his side. They came down the front stretch and Sabraski clinched first at the line. Sabraski continued to pull away and took the checkers in his West Metro Buick GMC sponsored Super Stock.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night’s program and Mike Stearns and Jayson Good led the way. Stearns took the lead, Eric Martini took second and Dave Cain grabbed third. Martini moved to Stearns’ outside and slid by for first while Cain rode the track wall. Cain flew by Stearns for second and tried to pass Martini as the yellow flew. A couple cautions kept the drivers at a stop and go pace, but Martini remained first. Martini drove away from the field while Jeremy Nelson took second. Stearns and Cain battled for third and Stearns claimed the point. Stearns dove low to Nelson’s door and retook the second position. Cain moved into third and chased after Stearns. Cain and Stearns ran side by side while Shane Sabraski and Nelson also ran door to door for fourth. Cain broke free from Stearns for second and began to chase after Martini. Sabraski secured fourth and worked the low groove to Stearns’ side. Sabraski took the point with few laps to go. As the two lap remaining flags waved, Cain caught Martini. With Checkers in sight, Cain gave it a final push out of the turn, but Martini crossed the line and took the win. Cain finished second with Sabraski, Stearns and Nelson as the top finishers.

Levi Voss Becomes First WISSOTA Hornet National Champion at the Granite City Speedway

October 19th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN– Nearly 50 drivers rolled into the pits Friday night for a practice session at the Granite City Speedway. Besides multiple practice opportunities, the night featured the final point race of the year for the WISSOTA Hornets.

This season was the first year the Hornet class became WISSOTA sanctioned and they put on an excellent show each and every night. Levi Voss made history on Saturday April 25, by taking the first ever WISSOTA Hornet feature win at the Ogilvie Raceway. Joe Martin also made history and earned the final Feature of the season at the Granite City Speedway.

Levi Voss and Joe Martin redrew the best numbers and lined the first row in the final WISSOTA Hornet Feature event. Voss grabbed the lead when the checkers flew but Martin kept close. Martin moved back to Voss’s side and they were side by side out of turn four. Martin slid by Voss to claim the lead while Quain Busitzky and Ashton Schulte ran door to door for third. Schulte grabbed third as the top drivers spaced out. Other drivers bunched up behind Jeremy Jutz with Ashley Bell and Tim Lavoi on his rear. Bell and Lavoi moved to Jutz’s side and they were three wide for fourth. Lavoi moved ahead and claimed fourth while Schulte closed the gap with Voss. Schulte and Voss had a quick battle, but Schulte made the pass for second. Martin had a significant lead built up while Voss remained close to Schulte. Voss
and Schulte were almost side by side in the turns with a couple laps to go. Martin continued to build his lead and took the checkers in his #2 Hornet. Martin took the final feature of the 2015 season for the WISSOTA Hornets with Schulte, Voss, Bell and Busitzky as the top five drivers.

The Hornet driver’s season came to close, but they had a great first season and took home an increased payout Friday night. Races will resume Saturday night with WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and Late Models racing their final point’s races of the season.

Tim Johnson Jetted his Street Stock into Victory Lane All 3 Nights of the Gold Cup Tripleheader

October 6th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – Sunday night marked the close of the Granite City Speedway Gold Cup Tripleheader. Drivers again put on a great show of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action and Shane Sabraski, Tim Johnson, Levi Voss, Dustin Holtquist, Dexton Koch, Roman Siltman and Dave Cain took the wins.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds commenced the features of the night and Jeremy Nelson and Jason VandeKamp brought the drivers to green. Nelson claimed the lead point while VandeKamp rode his rear. Danny Vang and Eric Lamm battled for third but Vang slid to VandeKamp’s door. Vang stole the point but Lamm and VandeKamp kept close. Nelson began to stretch out his lead as the yellow waved. As the race resumed, Nelson was up front. Vang retook second but Sabraski and Lamm were on his rear. Sabraski nosed under Vang and slid by for the point. Nelson was ready to lap and Sabraski chased after him. Sabraski closed the gap and with two laps to go, Nelson went high and Sabraski dove low as they lapped a car. Sabraski drove through the curve first and took the lead. Sabraski led the remaining lap and put his West Metro Buick GMC Midwest Modified into victory lane.

Tim Johnson took the early lead in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature event. Jay Kesan grabbed second and Kori Richter took third as the first lap completed. Drivers began to space out and Johnson drove away as the yellow waved. Johnson was alone on the restart but Richter kept close to his bumper. Johnson slowly pulled away from field while Richter had Kevin Schmidt to his rear. Richter pulled away from Schmidt and chased after Johnson. Johnson was slowed by a lapped driver, but still had a solid lead over the pack. Johnson kept his foot down took the checkers in his Wollak Construction streeter.

The WISSOTA Hornets were next on the agenda and Levi Voss jumped into the lead. Ashley Bell grabbed second with Ashton Schulte and Joe Martini to her rear. Martin and Schulte remained door to door in a battle for third as they caught a slower car. Martin secured third as they lapped the driver but Schulte kept close. Voss stretched out his lead and soon took the win.

Brandon Linquist cruised away with the lead in the WISSOTA Mod Four feature. Tyler Larson grabbed second and Chad Funt took third. Robert Holtquist and Keith Thell took Funt’s sides and went three wide for third. Holtquist grabbed the point and moved to Larson’s door. Holtquist took over second as Dustin Holtquist also passed Larson. Linquist had a significant lead built up as the yellow waved. Linquist was alone on the restart but Dustin and Robert Holtquist were on his rear. D. Holtquist moved into second and Thell moved aside R. Holtquist. They battled for third but R. Holtquist turned into the infield and Thell assumed third. D. Holtquist and Thell kept close to Linquist as the top three drivers drove away from the field. D. Holtquist moved behind Linquist and tried to make the pass. As the white flag waved, the drivers caught a slower car and with the checkers in sight, Dustin Holtquist and Linquist floored it to the finish line. They crossed the line three wide, and D. Holtquist crossed first and claimed the win.

Dexton Koch and Jeremy Nelson battled side by side the first couple laps of the WISSOTA Super Stock feature, but Koch broke fee and took the lead. Sabraski ran third and Jason Forehand moved to his side. Sabraski however moved forward and took second from Nelson. Forehand also tried to pass Nelson but Nelson held him back. Forehand wiggled his way by Nelson’s #06, but Nelson came back and retook third. Koch ran solid in first but Sabraski closed the gap and rode Koch’s rear. The yellow soon flew and drivers were aligned with Koch in command. Koch maintained his lead the final three laps and took the win in his Express ATM Services sponsored Super.

David Dosh, Roman Siltman and Charlie Shiek started their Pure Stock feature three wide and they remained that way the first lap. Siltman broke away with the lead but Shiek moved to his door. Dosh fell back out of battle while Siltman and Shiek raced door to door. Laps went by and Siltman and Shiek remained side by side and swapped the lead point each circuit. They continued to go door to door until the checkers flew and Siltman broke away and took the win. Siltman earned his first feature win of the season with Shiek and Dosh to his rear.

After some track prep, the WISSOTA Modifieds rolled on the track for the weekend’s final race. Aaron Johnson and Dave Cain brought the drivers to green and Jeremy Nelson moved to their side. They were three wide for first as they entered the turn, but on the exit, Dave Cain took the lead. Nelson held second and Jason VandeKamp took third. The drivers began to space out while Cain pulled away. Drivers covered the entire track as Cain prepared to lap drivers. Nelson then made contact with the wall the yellow waved. Cain was first on the restart with VandeKamp and Denis Czech to his rear. Cain sped off when the green waved and Czech took second. VandeKamp moved back to Czech’s side but Czech pulled away with the point. Sabraski fle by VandeKamp and snagged third as the drivers spaced out. Sabraski slowly reeled in Czech as the yellow waved again. The restart went green, white checkered and Cain was still in charge. Czech gave it a final push and moved to Cain’s side, but Cain drove away. Cain crossed the line and rolled his Champion Racing Oil #2c into victory lane.

The final checkers flew and closed out the weekends Tripleheader race event. The Granite City Speedway will be off next week, but races will resume the weekend of October 16. National Championship weekend will once again occur at Granite with three nights of racing. Friday will feature practice for all classes and the WISSOTA Hornets will race for the Championship title. Saturday and Sunday’s races will feature WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and Late Models. Both of those nights are set to start at 5pm and the National Champs will all be determined Sunday night. We’ll see you at the Granite City Speedway Friday Night Under the Lights.

Dean Larson Snags Mod Four Win Just .022 Seconds Over Mitch Hribar.

October 6th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – The second night of the 4th Annual Gold Cup Tripleheader once again featured many great WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Racing Series drivers. The nigh was sponsored by Lube-Tech and Shane Sabraski, Tim Johnson, Tim Lavoi, Charlie Shiek, Dean Larson and Jeremy Nelson took the wins.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the clay for the night’s first feature. Shane Sabraski and Travis Schulte brought the drivers to green and they remained door to door the first lap. Schulte drifted high in the turn and Sabraski sped off in first. Brandon Mehrwerth moved aside Schulte and took second while Jason Vandekamp took third. Sabraski was ahead by a straightaway as VandeKamp closed in on Mehrwerth. VandeKamp and Mehrwerth battled side by side and closed in on slower drivers until VandeKamp slid by Mehrwerth to snag second. Sabraski had a significant lead built up and was deep in traffic as the yellow waved. Sabraski was alone on the restart but Mehrwerth and VandeKamp were on his rear. Sabraski sped away on the start and VandeKamp nosed ahead to take second. Mehrwerth and Shane Halopka closed in on VandeKamp and they were nearly three wide. Halopka kept close to VandeKamp as the checkers were raised. They crossed nose to nose and VandeKamp took the second point. Sabraski took the win and rolled his West Metro GMC Midwest Modified into victory lane.

Teammates Tim Johnson and Justin Pogones led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to green and Pogones jumped into the lead. Johnson held second and Jim Gullikson took third. Jay Kesan, Sam Fankhauser and Kori Richter battled for fourth and Kesan took the point. Laps passed with Pogones still in command but Johnson was hot on his tail. Johnson worked the high side and moved aside Pogones for the lead. Pogones held the point, but then went wide in turn four and Johnson flew into first. Pogones remained in second while Johnson stretched the lead to over a straightaway. Johnson kept up the momentum and took the checkers in his Wollak Construction #1jr.

The WISSOTA Hornets were next up to race and Ashton Schulte grabbed the lead. Levi Voss took second with Joe Martin in third. Tim Lavoi slid by Martin for third but Martin kept on his rear. Lavoi moved forward and rode Voss’s rear. Lavoi moved low and passed the #08 for second. Lavoi closed the gap with Schulte and moved to the low groove. Lavoi made the pass for first and Schulte fell to second. Voss moved aside Schulte and they battled side by side for the point. Voss made the pass but Schulte kept close. Lavoi led the final laps and took the win.

Jerry Esler and Andy Mayavski led the WISSOTA Mod Fours to green and Mayavski took the point. Esler, Dean Larson and Mitch Hribar battled for second as Larson drove to Mayavski’s door. Larson took the lead but Mayavski kept close. Hribar took third and closed in on Mayavski. Hribar slid to the low line and made the pass for second. Mayavski held third but Dustin Holtquist soon passed him. Hribar slowly reeled in Larson and as the white flag waved, Hribar was on Larson’s rear. Hribar moved low and gave it a final push to the finish and he and Larson crossed side by side. The difference between the drivers was .022 seconds, and Larson claimed the win.

Jared Zimpel and Dexton Koch sped off as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature began. Koch claimed the first point while Zimpel held second. Tim Johnson grabbed Zimpel’s side and slid into second. Zimpel then spun in turn four and drivers scattered to miss him. The yellow waved and drivers were sorted with Koch alone on the restart. Johnson moved to his side and they battled. Dave Mass, Jeremy Nelson, Shane Sabraski and Denis Czech also battled side by side for top points as Johnson pulled into the lead. Koch kept close to Johnson while Mass and Nelson continued to fight for third. Sabraski nosed into the battle for the third point as the laps went by. Mass broke away and locked in third as the yellow waved. A few cautions occurred and kept the drivers slow, but as the green dropped, Johnson was in control. Sabraski, Koch and Mass went three wide for second. Koch fell out of battle and Mass and Sabraski continued the fight. They swapped for the point as the yellow flew again. Johnson was alone on the restart but Mass and Sabraski were on his rear. Mass fell to third and Sabraski rode Johnson’s bumper. Sabraski worked Johnson and nosed his was under the #1jr with two laps to go. They shot down the backstretch door to door and through the turn. As they white flew and they exited turn two, Sabraski pulled ahead. Sabraski took the lead just in time for the checkers and rolled his Express ATM Services sponsored Super into victory lane.

The Pure Stocks began their feature in a three wide format with Charlie Shiek, David Dosh and Roman Siltman across the track. Dosh took first when the green dropped but Shiek and Siltman kept on his bumper. Siltman and Shiek moved to Dosh’s doors and they were three wide again. Siltman nosed ahead for the lead but Shiek retook his side. Shiek raced ahead and took the lead. Siltman kept close and Dosh held third as Shiek took the checkers.

Chuck Olson and Denis Czech led the WISSOTA Modifieds around the track for the night’s final event. Czech moved into the lead position while Jeremy Nelson slid next to Olson for second. Nelson made the pass and took second while Olson held third. Nelson worked the low groove and reeled in Czech. Nelson and Czech battled for the lead and Czech held the point. Nelson and Czech remained side by side in the turns and Czech continued to pull out first. Nelson then got a great run and moved into the lead point. Nelson stretched out his lead and began to lap slower drivers. Cars covered the whole track and slower drivers were mixed in with lead cars. Nelson continued to run his groove and took the checkers in his D&N Trucking #06 Modified.

Dave Cain Cruises to His 250th Feature Win on Night 1 of the Gold Cup.

October 5th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – Friday night under the lights kicked off the first of three straight nights of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Racing Series action at the Granite City Speedway. The Gold Cup attracted some great drivers from WISSOTA Nation, and at the end of the night, Jason VandeKamp, Tim Lavoi, Brandon Linquist, Charlie Shiek and Dave Cain claimed wins while Tim Johnson earned two.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the track first, but a quick caution slowed them down. As the green reappeared, Brandon Mehrwerth claimed the lead. Shane Halopka moved into second while Jason VandeKamp challenged Ryan Studanski for third. Halopka moved aside Mehrwerth and as he made the pass, the yellow flew. Mehrwerth was alone on the restart but Halopka and VandeKamp were on his rear. VandeKamp moved aside Mehrwerth and claimed the lead. Halopka also drove by Mehrwerth while Eric Lamm moved to Mehrwerth’s door. Shane Sabraski joined the battle and they were three wide for third. Sabraski broke away from the pack and secured third. VandeKamp began to lap slower cars while Sabraski passed Halopka. Sabraski also lapped traffic and tried to catch the #16, but VandeKamp took the checkers and rolled his FYE
Motorsports sponsored machine into victory lane.

Justin Pogones grabbed first and Davey Kruchten, Sam Fankhauser and Adam Burrows battled three wide for second when the WISSOTA Street Stocks went green. Fankhauser claimed the second point while Burrows, Kruchten, Tim Johnson and Jay Kesan fought for third. Johnson broke away from the group and moved into second. Johnson quickly reeled in Pogones as the yellow appeared. Pogones was alone on the restart but an eager Johnson and Fankhauser sat to his rear. Johnson moved to Pogones’s door and took the lead as the green dropped. Pogones held second while Kesan challenged Fankhauser for third. Kesan claimed the point and again Fankhauser was in battle with Kevin Schmidt and Kruchten. Johnson and Pogones sat in a solid first and second point, but Kesan had Schmidt at his door. With two laps to go, Kesan and Schmidt were side by side as they rounded the track. As the white waved, Schmidt nosed again and took third. Johnson drove away with the win in his Wollak Construction #1jr.

Ashton Schulte, Ashley Bell, Joe Martin and Tim Lavoi all battled two by two for top points as the green flew for the WISSOTA Hornets. Bell pulled ahead with the lead but Schulte dove low and back to her side. They were side by side in the turns as Lavoi joined the battle. The drivers were nearly three wide as Bell pulled ahead. Lavoi kept close to Bell with Schulte and Levi Voss in top points. The top drivers remained close as Lavoi switched from the high groove to the low. Lavoi moved inside of Bell and made the pass for first. Lavoi led the remaining laps and won the feature.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours rolled onto the track with Keith Thell and Matt Halls on the front row. They battled door to door when the green flew until Thell nosed ahead. Andy Mayavski moved to Halls’ door and slid into second. Halls held third but soon the yellow waved. Thell immediately stretched out his lead on the restart while Mayavski kept Halls at bay. Brandon Linquist moved along the track and took fourth. Linquist dove low to pass Halls and began to work Mayavski. Thell was ahead by a straightaway as the yellow waved. Thell was in command on the restart but Linquist kept close behind him. Linquist chased after Thell and moved to his outside. Linquist and Thell were door to door with two laps to go as Thell turned into the infield. Linquist assumed the lead and took the win.

Dave Mass and Tim Johnson filled the front row of the WISSOTA Super Stock feature, and they battled as the race commenced. Johnson nosed ahead and took the lead while Mass kept close. Jeremy Nelson ran in third but James Trantina slowly tracked him down. Shane Sabraski also closed in on Trantina and they moved aside Nelson. They were nearly three wide for third as Trantina worked the low line and pulled ahead. Nelson ran high, Sabraski ran mid track and they came back to battle Trantina. Johnson and Mass prepared to lap while Sabraski, Nelson and Trantina continued to battle for the third position. As they encountered slower traffic, Sabraski broke away and secured third with few laps to go. Johnson claimed the checkers for the second time of the night.

Charlie Shiek, David Dosh and Roman Siltman started their Pure Stock feature once again in three wide format. They remained three wide the first lap until Dosh broke away with the lead. Shiek and Siltman battled for second but Shiek moved to Doshes door. They raced door to door for first a few laps, but Shiek pulled away and took the checkers. Dosh finished second while Siltman got third.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the program with a stacked field of drivers. Larry Zeller and Matt Weisman led the drivers to green and Zeller took the point. A caution soon occurred and drivers were sorted. Zeller drove away on the restart while Weisman and Shane Sabraski battled for second. Sabraski took the point and moved low to Zeller’s side. Zeller maintained the lead with Sabraski and Weisman in top points. Dave Cain and Dale Mathison rode Weisman’s rear while Cain passed them and grabbed third. Sabraski moved aside Zeller again for first and snuck by for the point.
Just then the yellow waved and drivers slowed. After two restarts, Sabraski was in first with Cain in second. Cain worked the high groove and moved next to Sabraski’s #7a. They drove door to door down the straightaway but Sabraski nosed ahead on the turn’s exit. Cain came back to Sabraski’s door and pulled ahead. Cain secured the top point but Sabraski kept close. Cain led the final laps and rolled his KS Engineering #2c into victory lane.

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Tim Johnson Juggles three cars, Takes three feature wins and Earns his 100th win of the Season!

September 29th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – The Granite City Speedway was back under the lights on Sunday evening after a couple weeks off. The night featured a bike give away, the Northern Vintage Stock Cars and some great WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action. It was the WISSOTA Modified special and Tim Johnson took the payday. Johnson won a total of three features while Dave Mass, Ashley Bell and Brandon Linquist also claimed trophies.

A good showing of Northern Vintage Stock Car Racers entertained the crowd with battles and a couple spin outs. Gary Whipple took the Full Body Stock Car heat win and Terry Bartick claimed the feature. When the Vintage Super Mods were done, Mike Bjorklund won the heat and Ken Sabby grabbed the feature.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first up for the night with Dave Mass and Chad Fouquette on the front row. Mass took the lead while Fouquette, Shane Sabraski and Ryan Studanski went three wide for second. Mass was in control on the restart and Sabraski took second. Sabraski kept close to Mass and as cars covered the track, they began to lap. Mass utilized the entire surface to put space between him and Sabraski as another caution occurred. Sabraski remained close to Mass, but Mass held the lead and took the feature win. Sabraski settled in second with Eric Lamm, Danny Vang and Studanski as the top drivers.

Sam Fankhauser and Kevin Schmidt led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to green and Schmidt grabbed the lead. Fankhauser made contact with the wall and Tim Johnson and Christina Studanski flew by. Justin Pogones and Fankhauser battled for fourth as Johnson passed Schmidt. Schmidt held second as Pogones took third from Studanski. The top three spaced out as Studanski had Davey Kruchten to her rear. Kruchten slid up a groove and they were side by side for fourth. Kruchten snuck ahead of Studanski as Johnson grabbed the checkers. Schmidt, Pogones, Kruchten and Studanski took top points.

Levi Voss claimed the lead as the WISSOTA Hornets went green, however Kayla Larsen moved back to his door. Voss pulled away to secure first while Larsen held second. Joe Martin kept close to Larsen while Ashton Schulte and Ashley Bell closed in. Bell worked the low groove and slid past Martin. Bell continued on her way and moved aside Larsen. Bell took second and closed in on Voss. Bell hugged the tires and caught Voss with three laps to go. They were side by side, but Bell nosed ahead and locked in the lead. Bell grabbed the checkers and rolled her #41 into victory lane. Voss, Larsen, Schulte and Brendon Yamry took the top five points.

The WISSOTA Mod Four feature began and Keith Thell shot into the lead. Trever Roediger moved to his side but as they entered turn one, Roediger’s car coasted to a stop. The yellow waved and the remaining drivers were aligned. Thell and Brandon Linquist battled for the lead as the green reappeared and Linquist slowly pulled away. Linquist broke free from Thell and took the checkers in his Sell’s Automotive #3. Keith Thell, Dustin Holtquist and Andy Mayavski finished out the field.

Jared Zimpel and Alex Wolff brought the WISSOTA Supers Stocks to the green, but Zimpel suffered a mechanical problem off the start and drivers split to miss him. The yellow flew and cars were lined up with Tim Johnson at Wolff’s door. Johnson took the lead on the restart while Sabraski and Dave Mass claimed second and third. James Trantina, Denis Czech and Wolff went three wide for fourth and Czech took the point. Trantina and Wolff continued to fight for fifth as others spread out. As the laps went by, Mass’s #2 was closing the gap with Sabraski. Soon Mass was on Sabraski’s rear, but Sabraski kept Mass back. Mass continued to follow Sabraski closely and with the white flag in sight, Mass dove low. Sabraski kept high and as they exited turn four, Mass nosed ahead. Johnson took the checkers for his second time of the night with Mass, Sabraski, Czech and Trantina in the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night with Tim Johnson and Chuck Olson on the front row. Johnson took first and Olson held second as the race commenced. Matt Weisman battled Kevin Adams for third, but Adams kept the point. Olson kept glued to Johnson’s #1jr as they rounded the track. Olson nosed under Johnson, but Johnson pulled away when they’d exit the turns. Johnson and Olson stretched out their lead as they yellow waved for debris. Johnson remained in command when the race resumed but Olson, Adams and Don Eischens chased after him. Eischens settled in fourth while Adams challenged Olson for second. Adams then went wide in the turn and Olson snagged second. Olson went after Johnson as Eischens worked Adams. Eischens worked the low groove and made the pass for third as Olson nudged Johnson. Johnson kept his car straight and pulled away with checkers in sight. Johnson crossed the line in his Wollak Construction Modified and took the win and his 100th feature win of the 2015 season. Olson, Eischens, Adams and Landon Atkinson took the top five points.

Next weekend, the Granite City Speedway will have its annual, Gold Cup Triple Header weekend. Races will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Races will start at 7 on Friday and at 5 on both Saturday and Sunday. Each night will be a complete show and will feature increased payouts for classes. Check out the website at www.gcspeedway.com for complete information and we’ll see you next weekend Under the Lights.

Czech, Pogones, Voss, Thell, Sabraski and Shiek claim 2015 Track Championships

September 7th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN- Friday night’s races under the lights concluded the regular race season at the Granite City Speedway. The night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action was sponsored by Auto value and also featured mechanics races. Kris Berg, Mark Jacobs and Brandon Kellen won the mechanics races while Shane Sabraski, Justin Pogones, Tim Lavoi, Keith Thell, Dave Mass, Jake Hagemann and Jeremy Nelson grabbed feature wins.

The night also determined the track champions with some close points battles going into the night. As the night concluded, Denis Czech, Justin Pogones, Levi Voss, Keith Thell and Charlie Shiek were crowned champions and Shane Sabraski took two.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were the first feature of the night and began with Tom Gill and Randy Laage on the front row. Gill, Laage and Denis Czech went three wide as the green flew and Czech broke away with the point. Laage kept close as Travis Schulte, Ryan Studanski and Gill went three wide for third. Laage worked the high groove and flew by Czech for first. Studanski grabbed third while Shane Sabraski moved to his door. Sabraski moved into third and closed in on Czech. Sabraski rode Czech’s bumper before he dropped to the low side. Sabraski passed Czech and slid to the high groove. Czech kept close, but Sabraski pulled away. Sabraski continued in his forward motion and was aside Laage with two laps to go. Laage and Sabraski caught slower traffic and Sabraski drove the low groove and took the lead. Sabraski led the final lap and took the checkers in his West Metro Buick GMC #7a.

Aaron Johnson and Jim Gullikson brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the stand and Gullikson grabbed the lead when the green waved. Johnson moved into second but Justin Pogones moved to his side. They battled side by side for second as the laps went by. Pogones nosed ahead on the exit of turn four, but Johnson moved back to his door. Pogones pulled ahead in turn two and secured second with Johnson to his rear. Pogones closed in on Gullikson and ducked down to his side. Gullikson was faster on the exit to hold first, but Pogones came back. Pogones kept aside Gullikson’s door, but Pogones slid by and took the lead. Gullikson and Johnson grabbed Pogones’s bumper, but Pogones stretched out his lead. Johnson moved into second and Gullikson settled in third. Pogones led the final laps and rolled his Joes Racing Products #01 into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Hornets started their feature with a quick caution, but when they resumed, Jeremy Jutz, Tim Lavoi and Ashley Bell were three wide for first. Lavoi pulled ahead with the point while Bell took second. Lavoi stretched out his lead while Joe Martin took Bell’s side. Martin took second and began to chase Lavoi as Lavoi battled slower traffic. Drivers covered the entire track as Ashton Schulte kept after Martin for second. They also battled lapped traffic as Schulte rode Martin’s rear. Schulte and Martin went three wide with a slower car for second with the checkers in sight. Lavoi took the checkers and rolled into victory lane.

Rod Berg shot by the front row and grabbed first as the WISSOTA Mod Fours went green. Matt Halls and Mike Rau battled for second and Halls took the point. Halls rode the rear of Berg and soon Halls and Andy Mayavski moved passed him. Halls assumed the lead with Mayavski and Dustin Holtquist in top points. Keith Thell moved into the third point and caught Mayavski for second. Mayavski and Thell battled side by side for second as they weaved in traffic. Thell took second and chased after Halls. Within laps, Thell was outside of Halls’ #5e. Thell and Halls battled door to door, but with two laps to go, Thell grabbed the lead. Thell took the feature win in his Wollak Construction #00t.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up on the agenda with Kurt Becken and James Trantina on the front row. Trantina claimed the early lead with Jason Forehand and Dexton Koch in tow. Shane Sabraski moved aside Dexton Koch for third and remained low on the track. Sabraski passed Forehand for second while Dave Mass grabbed third. Mass chased down Sabraski and they ran side by side down the chute. They joined a slower driver and went three wide for second. Sabraski held second but Mass didn’t budge from his side. Mass grabbed the high groove and drove aside Sabraski. Mass pulled ahead and secured the second point. Mass caught and worked Trantina for first while Sabraski closed in. Mass kept true to the low side and slid by Trantina for first. Sabraski also passed Trantina as Mass pulled away. Mass never looked back as he began to lap drivers. Mass started eighth in the feature and dominated his way into victory lane.

Jake Hagemann took first and drove away as the Pure Stock feature commenced. Roman Siltman took second while David Dosh and Charlie Shiek battled for third. Shiek broke away from Dosh and passed Siltman. Shiek looked towards Hagemann for first and began to reel him in. Laps went by with Hagemann in a solid lead, but Shiek closed the gap. With four laps to go, Shiek and Hagemann were door to door for first. Hagemann kept his foot down and broke free from Shiek. Hagemann had two car lengths on Shiek as the checkers waved and he rolled into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Modifieds took the clay with J.T. Johnson and Jeremy Nelson on the front row. Nelson moved into first and Johnson held second while Clayton Wagamon took third. Wagamon passed Johnson on the high side then down low to secure his point. Shane Sabraski, Johnson and Don Eischens were nearly three wide in the turns as Sabraski took second. The top three drivers pulled away from the pack with Nelson in a solid lead. Sabraski kept pressure on Wagamon but Wagamon continued to hold second. Dave Mass closed the gap the leaders built up as Nelson stretched out his lead. Sabraski again moved aside Wagamon for second and took the point. Nelson continued to put space between him and the other drivers and took the checkers. Nelson rolled his D&N Trucking #06 into victory lane.

The mechanics race’s wrapped up the night with three races. Kris Berg and Greg Thell entertained the crowd in the first race with side by side action to the end. As the checkers were in sight, Berg broke free of Thell and took the win in Brandon Linquist’s #3 Mod Four. The second race took the clay and was dominated by Mark Jacobs in Denis Czech’s #2. Jacobs grabbed the lead shortly into the race and flew around the surface. Jacobs lapped a couple drivers before taking the checkers. One final mechanics race wowed the fans and Eric Cleasby grabbed the lead. Brandon Kellen made his way around the low groove and took the lead. A caution slowed the drivers down but Kellen remained in control. Shane Patrin moved into second but drifted high in the curve and Logan Atkinson moved back to his door. Patrin pulled away and closed in on Kellen. Kellen put his foot down and took the win in Dalton Landwehr’s #2x.

The Granite City Speedway will take the next couple weeks off, but will be back in action on Sunday September 27th. The night will feature a WISSOTA Modified special as well as the Northern Vintage Stock Car racers. Races will resume that day at 5:30pm.

Davey Kruchten Gets His First Feature Win of the Season on Street Stock Special.

August 30th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – Drivers filled the pits Friday night under the lights for some WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Racing Series. The night was sponsored by Burski Excavating and featured Powder Puff Races and a Street Stock special with extra money added to the purse. Angie Anderson and Jessie Peterson won the Powder Puff races and Davey Kruchten won the Street Stock feature. Joe Martin, Keith Thell and Don Eischens also took home feature wins while Shane Sabraski took two.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds kicked off the night with Randy Laage and Kyle Wehking on the front row. Laage shot into the lead when the green dropped and Wehking drifted high in turn four. Shane Howell pulled into second with Ryan Studanski in third. Studanski dropped low next to Howell for second and Studanski took the point. Shane Sabraski passed Howell for third and moved aside Studanski. Studanski and Sabraski rode Laage’s rear as the yellow waved. Laage was alone on the restart but Sabraski grabbed the high groove and took the lead. Laage then moved to the high side and Studanski drove to his door. Studanski and Laage ran parallel in the turns as they battled for second. Studanski took second and Laage settled for third. Howell and Jeremy Nelson battled for fourth and caught Laage’s rear.Howell ran low and grabbed Laage’s side. Laage held the point while Sabraski took the checkers.

Durrand Peterson and Aaron Johnson brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to green but Johnson and Davey Kruchten moved forward and battled for first. Johnson claimed the lead while Kruchten held second. Jim Gullikson and battled Justin Pogones for third and Gullikson took the point. Gullikson then worked Kruchten, but suffered a flat and dropped to the infield. Kruchten moved forward and passed Johnson as other drivers suffered flats. The yellow flag flew and slowed Kruchten down. A series of cautions slowed the drivers down, but when the race resumed, Pogones was in the lead. Kruchten and Johnson battled for second on Pogones’s rear. Kruchten took second and kept glued to Pogones. As the white waved, Kruchten moved to Pogones’s side and pulled into first. Pogones didn’t allow Kruchten get away, but Kruchten took the checkers and his first win of the season.

Jeremy Jutz, Joe Martin and Levi Voss went three wide for first when the green dropped for the WISSOTA Hornets. Martin pulled into first with Voss in second. Jutz and Ashley Bell fought for third as the laps passed by. Quain Busitzky put pressure on Bell and Jutz, but they continued to battle for third. Bell broke away and took third while Jutz, Busitzky and Tim Lavoi battled for fourth. Lavoi moved forward and grabbed Bell’s door for third. They remained side by side for a few laps until Lavoi broke free. The top drivers spaced out and soon began to lap. Martin kept his foot down and took the checkers for his first feature win.

Rod Berg grabbed the lead and Dwight Gillyard took second when the WISSOTA Mod fours went green. Gillyard worked the high side and moved next to Berg. Berg however was faster on the exit and held first. Gillyard kept close to Berg as the first yellow waved. A series of three cautions kept the drivers slow, but when the race resumed, Gillyard was in the lead. Brandon Linquist and Matt Halls took Gillyard’s sides and they went three wide for first. Linquist pulled out of the turn in the lead but Halls, Gillyard and Andy Mayavski kept close. Halls secured second and slid in behind Linquist as smoke rolled from Linquist’s car. Another yellow was triggered and drivers were slowed. On the restart, Halls was in control with Mayavski and Keith Thell to his bumper. The top drivers pulled away as Mayavski moved to Halls’ door. Halls retained the lead but Thell passed Mayavski and then tracked down Halls. Soon Thell was in the lead and led the remaining laps to put his #00t into victory lane again.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up with Ryan Kostreba and Alex Wolff on the front row. As the green flew, contact was made and the yellow followed. On the restart, Kostreba snagged the lead with Sabraski, Dexton Koch and Kurt Becken in a three wide for second. Sabraski took second as Denis Czech slid to his inside. Sabraski moved to the high side and passed Kostreba for first, but the yellow soon flew. Sabraski was alone on the restart with Czech and Koch to his rear. Sabraski stretched out his lead off the start while Koch and Czech battled for second. Czech grabbed the runner up point and Koch settled in third. Dave Mass, who started 13th, passed Jake Goetze for fourth. Mass slowly reeled in Koch and he took third. Mass kept his foot down and closed the gap with Czech. With three laps to go, Mass was on Czech’s rear. Czech prepared to lap a slower car and Mass grabbed the middle groove. They went three wide until Mass took second. The white waved and Mass looked towards Sabraski, but Sabraski was too far ahead as he took the checkers for the second time tonight.

The WISSOTA Modifieds took the clay and J.T. Johnson and Don Eischens led the way. Eischens pulled away as the green flew but Mass and Johnson stayed close. They were almost three wide as Eischens separated himself. Johnson took second but Mass retook his side and they raced door to door. After five laps passed, Mass pulled away with the second point. Landon Atkinson grabbed Johnson’s side and Atkinson claimed third. Eischens had a solid lead built up as Atkinson caught Mass. Atkinson drove by Mass and began to chase down Eischens. Top drivers lapped slower cars while Atkinson close in on Eischens. As the white flag waved, Atkinson was within a car length of Eischens, but Eischens crossed the line and rolled his Richmond Tire and Auto #9e into victory lane.

The Powder Puff races capped off the night’s events with a good handful of ladies signing up to drive. Two races entertained the crowd with Angie Anderson dominating the first race. Anderson shot into the lead as the green flew and drove away from the field. Anderson successfully lapped a majority of field until she took the checkers. The second Powder Puff race took the track and Jessie Peterson grabbed the lead. Sonja Sabraski kept close to Peterson and revved up to make her pass. As Sabraski prepared to pass, contact was made and she spun. The drivers were realigned and Peterson sped away as the green flew. Peterson went on to take the win in Howell’s #L1.

Next Friday night will be the 2015 Season Championship at the Granite City Speedway. Racing resumes at 7pm.

Keith Thell Claims 12th Straight Mod Four Feature Win.

August 23rd, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – Drivers filled the pits and put on a great show of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action Friday night at the Granite City Speedway. Gilleland Chevrolet sponsored the night and 20 bikes were awarded to some lucky kids while the perfect track conditions made for some great racing battles. Jeremy Nelson, Justin Pogones, Josh Zimpel, Keith Thell, Denis Czech, Jake Hagemann and Dave Cain reigned victorious.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first up for the night, but three quick cautions kept them slow. As the race resumed, Denis Czech was in command. Ryan Studanski took second and moved inside Czech. They slowly broke away from the pack and Studanski slid into first. Czech drove the high side and moved back to Studanski’s door. While they battled, Jeremy Nelson claimed third and reeled in the leaders. Czech retook the lead while Nelson moved aside Studanski. Studanski slid aside Czech again and Nelson came through the middle. The leaders were nearly three wide but Czech was faster on the exit. Studanski and Nelson remained glued to Czech’s rear and they entered the turn three wide. Nelson shot out of the turn and grabbed the lead with only three laps to go. Nelson stretched out his lead and took the checkers in his D&N Trucking sponsored #06. Czech, Studanski, Eric Lamm, and Shane Sabraski took top points.

Durrand Peterson and Russell Kostreba led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to green and they battled side by side for first. After a restart, Kostreba moved into the lead point with Justin Pogones and Peterson to his rear. Pogones drove away from Peterson and aside Kostreba for first. Pogones took the point as another caution occurred. Two restarts kept the drivers slow, but Pogones was in charge with Aaron Johnson and Jim Gullikson to his rear. Johnson and Gullikson raced door to door for second and kept close to Pogones. Gullikson dropped to third while Johnson worked Pogones’s 01. Johnson kept after Pogones and Gullikson followed but Pogones began to stretch out a lead. The race came to a close and Pogones rolled his Joes Racing Products streeter into victory lane while Johnson, Gullikson, Davey Kruchten and Christina Studanski took top points.

Josh Zimpel grabbed first while Ashton Schulte and Ashley Bell grabbed second and third as the WISSOTA Hornets went green. Those top three drivers separated from the others while Schulte moved aside Zimpel. Schulte nosed ahead but Carrie Sell came out of turn four, turned sideways and slammed into the front wall head on. The race went red while Sell was tended too by the EMT service. When the race resumed, Zimpel was in first. Schulte came back to battle and they fought for first. Tim Lavoi and Bell battled for third and Lavoi took the spot. Lavoi drove to Schulte’s door and Zimpel was able to pull away with the checkers in sight. Contact then occurred between Schulte and Lavoi out of turn four. Lavoi almost spun but recovered and kept his car straight. Schulte took the checkers in second with Lavoi, Levi Voss and Bell also in top points. Zimpel took the win in his Isle Automotive #5.

Dwight Gillyard snagged first as the WISSOTA Mod Four feature began. Matt Halls took second and moved to Gillyard’s door. Gillyard held the lead but Halls kept after him. The top two drivers drove away from the field as Keith Thell moved into third. Thell began to chase Halls and Gillyard, but had a steering malfunction and dropped back with traffic. Rod Berg and Brandon Linquist were aside Thell when Thell figured out how to wheel his car. Thell retook third and sped after the leaders. Gillyard still had Halls at his side as they rounded the turns. Gillyard was faster on the exit, but Halls nosed ahead with three laps to go. Thell caught the top two and moved to Gillyard’s side. Thell took second and drove to Halls’ door. The checkers were raised, and as they came off of turn four, Thell gave it a final push. Thell inched ahead and took the win in his Wollak Construction #00t. Halls settled for a close second with Gillyard, Dustin Holtquist and Berg as the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks also began their race with a couple cautions, but as the race resumed Shane Sabraski was in first. Jake Goetze and Denis Czech moved aside Sabraski and they were three wide for first. Sabraski and Czech battled for first while Goetze, Dave Mass and James Trantina battled three wide for third. Czech pulled away to secure first with Sabraski to his rear. Mass closed in on Sabraski and moved to his inside. Mass took second and looked towards Czech. Czech began to lap slower cars and kept his Captain America car on route to the checkers. Czech took the win with Mass, Sabraski, Goetze and Mark Blood as the top finishers.

David Dosh and Jake Hagemann brought the Pure Stocks to green and they battled for first. Hagemann pulled away with the point while Charlie Shiek took second. Shiek drove to Hagemann’s door and they were side by side for first. Just as Shiek pulled into the lead, a tire flew off his car and brought him to a halt. Shiek was towed off the track and lost his chance at an undefeated this season. Hagemann was first on the restart with Dosh and Roman Siltman to his rear. Hagemann drove away and lead until the checkers flew.

The WISSOTA Modifieds concluded the night’s action with J.B. Stortz and Dave Mass on the front row. Mass claimed first as the green dropped and Landon Atkinson moved aside Stortz for second. Atkinson took the point and Clayton Wagamon grabbed Stortz’s side as the yellow waved. Back to back cautions kept the drivers slow, but when the race resumed, drivers battled side by side. Mass remained in first and Atkinson retook second. Dave Cain grabbed the high side and slid into second. Cain closed the gap with Mass and rode his bumper for a lap. Cain dove low and flew by Mass to take the lead. Cain immediately stretched out his lead while Wagamon challenged Mass for second. Mass held the point with Wagamon, Atkinson and Dan Ebert as the top drivers. Cain claimed the checkers and cruised into victory lane in his TRE Race Parts #2c.

Next week’s Friday Night Under the Lights will be a regular night of racing with Track Championship night the following week on September 4. Races will resume at 7pm.

John Kaanta Clinches Late Model Challenge Series Champion Title by a Minimal Single Point.

August 18th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – The Granite City Speedway was back in action Sunday night as the WISSOTA OneMain Financial Late Model Challenge Series stopped by for their series finale. They entered the night with a marginal difference in points, and after the night was complete, FYE Motorsports sponsored driver, John Kaanta, was announced series champ with a lead of just one point.

The night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action kicked off with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Ashley Mehrwerth claimed the early lead while Tommy Bawden moved aside Eric Lamm for second. Lamm pulled ahead to secure second and kept close to Mehrwerth. The top two drivers put space between them and the field with Mehrwerth strong in first. Lamm remained close to the leader and soon moved to her side. Lamm dove low and passed Mehrwerth, then slid high to lock in the point. Lamm took the lead and maintained it until the checkers waved. Lamm rolled his JDI Signs & Graphics #88 into victory lane with Mehrwerth, Bawden, Tom Gill and Chad Fouquette to his rear.

Kayla Larsen and Brendon Yamry led the WISSOTA Hornets to the green and Yamry grabbed the lead. Larsen ran second with Tim Lavoi and Levi Voss to her rear. Voss worked the low groove and drove aside Larsen. Voss moved into second as the yellow waved. Yamry was alone on the restart while Voss and Ashely Bell battled door to door. Bell broke away and Voss had Tyler Berry at his side. They battled side by side for third while Yamry stretched out his lead. Bell, Voss, Berry and Larsen settled in points two through five while Yamry took the checkers.

Dwight Gillyard claimed first and Keith Thell battled Dustin Holtquist for second when the WISSOTA Mod Fours went green. Thell took second and began to work Gillyard for first when the yellow waved. Gillyard was in command on the restart, but Thell drove by on the high side and stole the lead. Holtquist moved into battle Gillyard and so did Tyler Larson. They were three wide for second as Holtquist took the point. Gillyard came back and door to door the Mod fours raced for second. Holtquist and Gillyard swapped for second until Holtquist clinched the spot. Larson then passed Gillyard on the low groove but the yellow waved for Holtquist. Thell was wrangled up with the other drivers, but on the restart, he drove away. Thell took the win and put his #00t into the Napa Victory Lane. Larson finished in second with Gillyard, Robert Holtquist and Brandon Linquist as the top drivers.

Justin Pogones and Jim Gullikson started on the front row of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, and as the green dropped, Aaron Johnson moved to their side. Pogones, Gullikson and Johnson were three wide for first as they rounded the turns. Gullikson pulled ahead but Pogones and Johnson came back. They battled for the lead point until Pogones nosed ahead. Gullikson took second and dove to the inside of Pogones. They raced side by side for first and Johnson, Jordan Tollakson and Ben Albertson went three wide for third. Gullikson broke free from Pogones but Pogones kept on his bumper. Albertson, Tollakson and Davey Kruchten grabbed points three through five, and they remained there until the race was complete. Gullikson took the win in his KB Properties sponsored #21.

The WISSOTA Late Models concluded the night and Jeff Provinzino and Don Shaw brought the drivers to the green. Shaw shot into the lead while John Kaanta challenged Provinzino for second. Provinzino held the position as Shaw built up his lead. Kaanta again moved to Provinzino’s door and they battled for second. Kaanta took the point and began to chase Shaw. Shaw already caught slower drivers and prepared to lap as Adam Hensel worked Provinzino. Provinzino pulled away from Hensel while Eric Breeschoten moved to Hensel’s side. Hensel held his position but Breeschoten kept close. Kaanta continued to close the gap with Shaw as Jeff Wildung’s #50 spun and the yellow waved. Drivers were sorted with Shaw in command. Kaanta and Provinzino were side by side, and when the green waved, Provinzino retook second. Shaw resumed his line and stretched out his lead while the drivers drove in a single file format. Shaw led the race from start to finish and took the checkers in his Shaw Trucking sponsored machine. Provinzino, Kaanta, Jeffrey Massingill and Pat Doar claimed top points.

Next week, the Granite City Speedway will be back in action Friday Night Under the Lights. The night will feature a bike giveaway for kids and free admission for those 12 & under. Racing will resume at 7pm.

Brandon Linquist wins AllStar Driver at Friday Night’s One-of-a-kind Event.

August 17th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – The heat and humidity were cranked up Friday night, and so was the WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action at the Granite City Speedway. The stands and parking lot were over filled with people as they watched Shane Sabraski, Dave Mass, Jim Gullikson, Keith Thell, Charlie Shiek and Ashton Schulte take home trophies.

Friday night was the speedway’s first Fan, Driver, Sponsor appreciation night and it was a huge success. Drivers had multiple incentives to give out free passes including a chance at a set of Hoosier tires, and at the AllStar Driver award which includes three free pit passes. For each promotion, Shane Sabraski, Matt Weisman and Brandon Linquist were the top drivers. Brandon Linquist won both with over 260 free passes being returned and over 125 votes for AllStar Driver.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first for the night with Shane Howell and Tommy Bawden on the front row. Howell took first as the green waved and Sabraski slid aside Bawden. After a quick restart, Sabraski moved low on the track and took the lead. Ryan Studanski passed Howell and claimed second. Denis Czech moved into third and began to close in on Studanski. With three laps to go, Czech was riding the rear of Studanski and moved to his side. Studanski however pulled away and took the checkers. Studanski finished second with Czech, Tommy Bawden and Travis Schulte in tow. Sabraski rolled his West Metro Buick GMC sponsored ride into victory lane.

Ashton Schulte snagged the lead as the WISSOTA Hornets went green. Levi Voss, Gavin Rowland and Tim Lavoi battled for second as Rowland secured the point. Voss and Lavoi continued to battle for third until Lavoi locked it in. Schulte pulled away from the pack and soon began to lap other drivers. Schulte took the win and entered the Napa Victory Lane for his first time at Granite City. Rowland, Lavoi, Voss and Ashley Bell took top points.

Jim Gullikson and Davey Kruchten led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the stand, but when the green dropped, Gullikson shot into the lead. Christina Studanski moved aside Kruchten for second but Kruchten drove off with the point. Studanski came back to battle Kruchten while Aaron Johnson and Justin Pogones went door to door. Pogones slid in front of Johnson for fourth and then worked Studanski. Pogones moved low and slid by Studanski in the turn. Pogones closed in on Kruchten and soon they were side by side for second. Pogones made the pass and chased after Gullikson, but the checkers flew and Gullikson took the win in his Ray’s Auto Body #21. Pogones settled for second with Kruchten, Johnson and Studanski as the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were next on the clay and Rod Berg claimed the lead. Trever Roediger took second while Brandon Linquist, Dustin Holtquist and Andy Mayavski were nearly three wide for third. Roediger drove the high line and aside Berg for first, but Berg spun in the turn and drivers scattered. As the race resumed, Roediger was in command. Linquist moved low and past Roediger, then sped away from the field. Weekly winner, Keith Thell, made his way through the traffic and drove to Roediger’s side. Thell moved into second as the battles continued. Just then, contact was made and Roediger’s #23 hit the front wall. The yellow again waved and drivers were sorted. Linquist was alone on the restart, but Thell moved to his side. Thell took the lead and sped away. Thell went on to take his tenth feature win while Linquist, Holtquist, Dean Larson and Mayavski rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the green and remained double file the first couple laps. At the end of lap two, Jared Zimpel broke into the lead and left Jake Goetze, Dave Mass, Shane Sabraski and Alex Wolff in a battle for second. Goetze took the point and worked his way aside Zimpel. Just then, Mass rolled up on the high side and they were three wide for first. As they exited the turn, Mass took the lead and Goetze continued in second. Denis Czech worked his way into third and then moved low to Goetze’s door. After a battle, Czech put his #2 in second. Czech began to close the gap Mass had built up and as they approached slower drivers, Czech was on Mass’s rear. Mass however put his foot down and pulled away from Czech. The Dominator Dave Mass rolled his Shaw Trucking #2 into victory lane while Czech, Goetze, James Trantina and Sabraski finished in top points.

As the Pure Stocks rolled on the track, two of the five cars were a scratch and were unable to race. Therefore, as the race began, Roman Siltman, David Dosh and Charlie Shiek started three wide. They remained three wide in the turns, broke apart, and regrouped to the three wide formation. A couple laps passed as David Dosh fell back. Shiek and Siltman remained door to door as the laps went by. Shiek nosed ahead but Siltman remained close. As they rounded the final curve with checkers in sight, Siltman gave a final charge and they came down the chute side by side. Shiek crossed the line first and took another feature win.

The WISSOTA Modifieds finished off the night with Kyle Thell and Matt Weisman on the front row. Weisman drove away in first while Chuck Olson moved aside Thell. Dustin Nelson drove low on the track and passed Olson and Thell to take second with Shane Sabraski in third. Sabraski closed in on Nelson and moved high to make the pass. Sabraski reeled in Weisman’s #11w and they were door to door in the turns. Weisman was faster on the exit, but Sabraski kept close to his side. As they rounded another turn, Sabraski pulled ahead as the white flag waved. Sabraski drove his Express ATM Services #7a into victory lane while Weisman, Nelson, Olson and Charlie Hillukka took top points.

Sabraski, Mass, Nelson and Thell Clean-Up with Clean Sweeps on Saturday Night’s Special.

August 10th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – There was rain in the vicinity on Saturday Night, however the Granite City Speedway was able to complete their second night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action. Tim Lavoi took another Hornet win while Shane Sabraski, Dave Mass, Jeremy Nelson and Keith Thell had clean sweeps.

Jason VandeKamp drove his car into first when the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the green. Jeremy Nelson grabbed second while Shane Sabraski and Nick Castellino battled for third. Sabraski took the point as the first yellow
flew. VandeKamp was alone on the restart but when the green dropped, Nelson moved to his side. Nelson and VandeKamp raced down the chute door to door as another yellow waved. The drivers were realigned according the transponder system, and Nelson was put in the lead point. Nelson sped away when the green reappeared but VandeKamp retook his side. Nelson however was faster out of the turn and secured the point. One more caution slowed the drivers, but Nelson remained in control. Denis Czech pulled into second while VandeKamp, Ryan Studanski and Sabraski went three wide for third. Sabraski took the point and drove to Czech’s door to battle for second. Czech held Sabraski’s 7a back as the laps went by. The checkers waved and Nelson took the win in his D&N Trucking #06. Czech took second with Sabraski, Studanski and VandeKamp in top points.

Ashton Schulte and Levi Voss brought the WISSOTA Hornets to green and Voss took the lead. Schulte kept second while Tim Lavoi grabbed third. Schulte rode the rear of Voss but soon Lavoi was at his door. Lavoi worked the low groove and squeezed by Schulte for second. Schulte came back and retook the runner up point, but again Lavoi moved to his side. Lavoi made the pass and secured his second position. Lavoi continued on the low line and moved aside Voss for first. They drove side by side a couple laps, but eventually, Lavoi nosed ahead. Lavoi drove away and lapped slower cars before the race ended. Lavoi rolled his #40 into victory lane with Voss, Schulte, Carrie Sell and Joe Martini as the top five finishers.

Five mighty WISSOTA Mod Fours took the clay for the next feature with Keith Thell and Dustin Holtquist on the front row. As the green waved, Thell and Holtquist drove side by side for first. Three laps in, Holtquist had a slight lead over Thell, but Thell sped up. Thell passed Holtquist for first and drove away. Holtquist ran second with Laramie Peiker, Tommy Manning and Forest Foster driving to his rear. The drivers remained in that order the whole race as Thell took another Granite City Speedway feature win.

Dave Mass and Donnie Lofdahl raced door to door as the green flew for the WISSOTA Super Stocks. Mass pulled into the lead with Lofdahl and Sabraski to his rear. Sabraski caught Lofdahl, and after a short battle, Sabraski took second. Sabraski began to chase after Mass, but Mass was almost a straight-away away. Mass began to lap slower drivers, and Sabraski kept closing in. Sabraski was within three car lengths when he acquired traffic. Mass re-stretched his lead and took the win. Sabraski settled in second with Dexton Koch, Lofdahl and Ryan Schaufler in top points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds wrapped up the night and Jeremy Nelson snagged first when the green appeared. Shane Sabraski and Jason Voigt fought for second as Sabraski inched forward. Sabraski moved to Nelson’s door as the yellow waved. Back to back cautions kept the drivers slow, but when the race resumed, Nelson was in charge. Sabraski moved to the high side and took first. Nelson held second while Voigt and Dan Ebert battled for third. Ebert and Voigt closed in on Nelson and soon they were three wide in the turn. Ebert pulled out first to claim second while Voigt grabbed third. Sabraski began to lap and with few laps to go, and Sabraski took the checkers. Ebert, Voigt, Mass and Nelson took top positions.

Next weekend, the Granite City Speedway will race twice and host a fan and sponsor appreciation night. Friday night will be a one of kind night with free and discounted admission for fans, as well as VIP tickets and free passes for driver’s sponsors. The night will feature WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours, Hornets and Pure Stocks however the Midwest Modifieds will not run for track points. Once the dust settles from Friday, the Speedway will be back in action on Sunday. The OneMain Financial WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series will swing by for their series Finale. The Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and Hornets will also race on Sunday night, however the Midwest Modifieds will not race for track points. For complete event information, check out www.gcspeedway.com.

Night 1 of double header at Granite City

August 10th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN– After mother nature dowsed the Granite City Speedway with water, the track crew worked hard and a night of Friday Night Racing Under the Lights was completed in full. The night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race series action featured the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Mod Fours and Hornets and also included increased payout for each class, Dan Ebert, Keith Thell and Tim Lavoi allclaimed wins while Shane Sabraski took two.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first up for the night with Tyler English and Ryan Studanski on the front row. Studanski took the lead as the green dropped and Sabraski moved up to battle English. English pulled away with the second point, but Sabraski kept close. Sabraski drove the low groove and passed English and then closed in on Studanski. Sabraski tried the high and low grooves, but Studanski remained first. Sabraski and Jeremy Nelson kept close to Studanski as the yellow flew. When the green reappeared, Sabraski moved aside Studanski, and this time, Sabraski nosed ahead. Sabraski stretched out his lead while Nelson slid by Studanski. Chad Fouquette and Denis Czech kept close to Studanski as the yellow waved again. Sabraski remained in control on the restart, and led the final laps to take the win. Nelson finished second with Studanski, Fouquette and Czech in the top points.

Quain Busitzky jumped into first as the WISSOTA Hornets went green. Levi Voss and Gavin Rowland battled for second, but Tim Lavoi nosed his way in and they went three wide. Lavoi took the second point and Rowland held third. Lavoi rode Busitzky’s rear and soon drove by him for first. Rowland kept pressure on Busitzky for second while Tyler Berry closed in. Rowland moved low on the track to Busitzky’s door as Busitzky hit some loose clay and allowed Rowland to fly by. Berry also moved forward and took the side of Rowland’s #18. The checkers were soon in sight, and as the top drivers crossed the line, Busitzky lost a tire and caused his car to roll. Busitzky was ok and tended too by track officials while Lavoi entered victory lane. Rowland, Berry, Ashton Schulte and Ashley Bell rounded out the top five.

Tommy Manning and Dustin Holtquist, both drivers from out of state, led the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the line for the next feature. Holtquist claimed the lead while Manning held second. Dwight Gillyard and Matt Halls battled for third and Halls took the point. The yellow soon waved, but the on the restart, Holtquist was in command. Manning retook second while Keith Thell and Robert Holtquist kept pressure on Halls. Halls then fell off pace and Thell took third. Thell soon moved into second and closed the gap with D. Holtquist. Thell caught D. Holtquist in no time and rode his rear as action occurred on the front stretch. R. Holtquist and Brandon Linquist made contact and both cars turned sideways. They then hit the front wall and Robert Holtquist rolled on the front chute. The lights turned red while the drivers were examined. Both drivers were ok as they were assisted off the track. As the race resumed, Thell grabbed the lead and led the couple remaining laps to take the win. D. Holtquist, Manning, Gillyard and Doug Frederick claimed top points.

James Trantina and Eric Martini sped off as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature began. Trantina slid into first as Martini and Shane Sabraski battled for second. Sabraski took the point and drove to Trantina’s side. They were door to door in the turn, but Trantina pulled away in the lead. Sabraski remained close with Martini and Denis Czech following his trail. The top drivers kept close in line as Sabraski again moved to Trantina’s door. Contact was then made amongst drivers and Sabraski sat in turn two which triggered a caution. Trantina was alone on the restart with Sabraski and Czech to his rear. Sabraski and Czech battled for second as the green flew but Sabraski continued to work the low groove and passed Trantina. Trantina charged out of the turn to try and retake the lead, but Sabraski led the final lap and took the checkers. Trantina settled for second with Czech, Dexton Koch and Alex Wolff in top points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night’s program with Dan Ebert and Pete Loecken on the front row. When the green dropped, Ebert sped away in first. Sabraski took second while Landon Atkinson moved by Loecken for third. Ebert continued to stretch out his lead as the laps went by. Drivers covered the whole track surface as they rounded the turns. Ebert caught slower drivers and began to pass while Sabraski, Atkinson, Clayton Wagamon and Jeremy Nelson kept close for points two through five. They also caught slower drivers and flew by them on the low groove with only three laps to go. Ebert led the race from start to finish and took the win in his Arctic Cat Sponsored #60. Sabraski took second with, Atkinson, Wagamon and Nelson as the top five.

Tony Norem Navigates his way to Victory Lane on UMSS Sprint Car Night.

August 5th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN- The Granite City Speedway had a full night of racing on Sunday August 2 with six classes in competition. The WISSOTA Street Stocks, Hornets and Pure Stocks raced for track points while the UMSS Winged and Traditional Sprints and the Outlaw Mini Mods also entertained the crowd. Christina Studanski, Carrie Sell and Charlie Shiek claimed track wins while Jayden Larson, Tony Norem and Jimmy Kouba took the remaining trophies.

Davey Kruchten and Christina Studanski led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to green, and Kruchten claimed first when the flag flew. Studanski took second while Aaron Johnson and Brad Schmidt battled for third. Studanski came through turn two on the low groove and moved to Kruchten’s door. Studanski made the pass for first and Johnson slid aside Kruchten. Johnson claimed second and rode the rear of Studanski. Johnson kept pressure on her, but Studanski didn’t stray from her line and took the win. Studanski rolled her Wollak Construction sponsored Streeter into victory lane for the second time this season. Johnson settled in second with Kruchten, Schmidt and Justin Pogones as top drivers.

The UMSS Traditional Sprint Cars took the clay with Chase Viebrock and Jimmy Kouba on the front row. Viebrock shot into first and Kouba battled Mike Mueller for second. Kouba moved forward to the side of Viebrock’s #50. They ran side for side for first until Kouba emerged as the leader. Jake Kouba broke into top points and slid aside Viebrock for second. Jake Kouba took the point and chased after Jimmy Kouba. Within a couple laps, Jake was behind Jimmy’s #2k. They had a solid lead but as they caught slower drivers, Viebrock and Rob Caho, Jr. closed in. Viebrock moved low to Jake Kouba’s door but Kouba pulled away. Viebrock and Caho, Jr. rode Jake Kouba’s rear as the checkers were in sight. Caho, Jr. gave it a final push and took second followed by Jake Kouba, Viebrock and James Giossi. Jimmy Kouba took a victory lap and rolled into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Hornets were up next, and a caution right away slowed them down. The restart had Devin Fouquette and Carrie Sell side by side, and Sell claimed the lead. Ashton Schulte took second and Tim Lavoi grabbed third. Lavoi moved to Schulte’s door and squeezed by for the position. Sell remained in charge while Schulte tried to retake second. Schulte moved low, but Lavoi was faster. Schulte didn’t back down and returned to Lavoi’s side, however Schulte had a mechanical issue and moved to the infield. Ashley Bell and Tyler Berry made their moves and worked Sell for first. Sell kept her eyes forward and held the competition back. Sell took the checkers and her first feature win ever in her West Metro Buick GMC sponsored #14. Bell finished second with Berry, Lavoi and Levi Voss in top points.

The Outlaw Mini Mods rolled on the track with Jayden Larson and Bodhy Monserud on the front row. Larson shot into the lead when the green waved with Monserud and Kelly Steel in tow. Just a couple laps in, Larson had a significant lead built up while others battled. Tyler Kaeter and Nathan Kilwine battled for fourth and closed in on Steel for third. Kaeter passed Steel on the high grove and closed the gap with Monserud. Kaeter slid by Monserud on the low side and took second. Kaeter looked ahead but Larson was over a straight away ahead and ready to lap. 10 year old Jayden Larson had the cruise set and took the checkers in his #36k Mini Mod. Kaeter, Kilwine, Monserud and Steel rounded out the top five.

David Dosh grabbed the lead as the Pure Stock feature commenced. Charlie Shiek moved low on the track and aside Kyle Froehlich for second. Shiek took the point and closed in on Dosh for first. Roman Siltman moved to Froehlich’s door for third as Shiek moved aside Dosh. Shiek made the pass and became the leader while Siltman drove to Dosh’s side. The white waved with Siltman and Dosh nose to nose. Contact was made between the drivers but they kept on the green and Dosh retook second. Siltman settled for third with Wyatt Hooper and Froehlich to his rear. Meanwhile, Shiek rolled his #19c into victory lane for the seventh week in a row.

The UMSS Winged Sprint Cars lined the clay for the night’s final race. Brooke Tatnell and Ryan Bowers led the winged warriors to green and Tatnell took first. Bowers and Tony Norem had a quick battle for second and Bowers grabbed the point. Lou Kennedy, Jr. moved aside Norem for third, but Norem sped away to keep his position. With eight laps in, the leaders began to lap, and the yellow waved. On the restart Tatnell was in command. Bowers and Norem followed Tatnell as the green dropped and Norem took second. Norem then dove low in the curve and slid high on the exit. This move allowed him to pass Tatnell and secure the lead point. Norem put his foot down and drove away from Tatnell while cars covered the whole track surface. The laps went by and soon the checkers flew and Norem took the win. Tatnell finished second with Bowers, Kennedy, Jr. and Thomas Kennedy as the top five.

Next weekend the Granite City Speedway will feature a double header with races on both Friday and Saturday nights. Both nights will feature WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Mod Fours and Hornets. Feature winner bonuses have been added for each night and for each class. Races will begin at 7pm each night. We’ll see you next Friday Night Under The Lights.

Dave Cain Captures Victory in Thrilling Modified Feature

July 27th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – The Granite City Speedway was back Friday night under the lights after a week off due to wet conditions. The night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action was also the AFCO Race of Champions qualifier and Dave Cain, Dave Mass, Shane Sabraski, Justin Pogones, Keith Thell took the qualifying wins while Tyler Berry and Charlie Shiek also took trophies.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds kicked off the nights races with Jason VandeKamp and Shane Howell on the front row. VandeKamp took the early lead while Shane Sabraski swooped under Howell for second. Sabraski then worked VandeKamp for the lead and flew by him on the high side. Sabraski began to stretch out his lead as Denis Czech moved into battle Howell for third. After a few laps, Czech made the pass and claimed the point. Sabraski and VandeKamp prepared to lap traffic as drivers spaced out. Sabraski led the remaining laps and rolled his West Metro #7a into victory lane. VandeKamp finished second with Czech, Howell and Skyler Smith as the top drivers.

Ashton Schulte grabbed the lead as the WISSOTA Hornets went green. Tim Lavoi and Tyler Berry battled for second as Berry nosed ahead. Berry moved to Schulte’s inside and took the lead. Justin Schelitzche moved into second while Lavoi, Schulte and Ashley Bell were nearly three wide for third. Lavoi took the point as the yellow waved. Berry was still in command when the green reappeared and Schelitzche took second. Lavoi and Bell resumed the battle for third as Bell broke away. Lavoi was back at her side within the lap, but again Bell pulled away. Schelitzche kept his nose close to Berry the final laps, but Berry held his line and took the checkers. Schelitzche settled for second with Bell, Lavoi and Levi Voss in the top five.

Keith Thell and Dean Larson battled door to door for first when the green dropped for the WISSOTA Mod Fours. Thell claimed the point while Larson kept close. The top drivers began to pull away as the yellow waved. Thell was alone on the restart with Larson and Matt Halls to his rear. Halls moved to Thell’s side and challenged him for first. Thell broke away but Halls kept the pressure on him. Again the yellow flew and drivers were slowed. On the restart, Thell didn’t mess around and sped away from the competition. Larson reclaimed second while Halls settled in third. Thell continued to drive away and took the win over a straight away ahead of the drivers. Larson, Halls, Brandon Linquist and Andy Mayavski took the top
five points.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks took the clay with Davey Kruchten and Justin Pogones on the front row. However when the green flew, contact was made in turn two and Kruchten, Christina Studanski and Kyle Laney sat tangled. After the crew from Collins Brothers Towing separated the drivers, only Aaron Johnson, Pogones and Kruchten remained runnable. Johnson and Pogones took the green with Kruchten to their rears and Pogones grabbed first. Johnson and Kruchten had a quick battle for second, but Johnson took the point and Kruchten third. They ran that order the remainder of the race until Pogones took the win and rolled his Wollak Construction sponsored #01 into victory lane.

Shane Sabraski and Dave Mass brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green, and Mass claimed the lead off the start. A caution slowed the drivers down, but Mass continued to lead. Sabraski retained second but Denis Czech ran close to his bumper. Czech moved low to challenge Sabraski, but Sabraski was faster on the turn’s exit. Mass was over a straight away ahead when the #2x of Dalton Landwehr caught fire and the yellow waved. After he was tended too, and another caution, the race was back on. Sabraski and Czech battled for second as James Trantina crept his way into fourth. Sabraski and Czech were still side by side as the white waved and Sabraski took secured the point. Czech settled for third with Trantina and Dexton Koch in top points. Dave Mass dominated the competition and rolled his Shaw Trucking #2m into victory Lane.

The speedway’s loyal three Pure Stocks were up next with Charlie Shiek, David Dosh and Kyle Froehlich on the track. As the green flew, Shiek and Dosh were door to door for first. Froehlich followed them in third while Shiek pulled away. Dosh moved back to Shiek’s side, but again Shiek drove away. The yellow soon waved for debris, but as the green flew, Dosh jumped into the lead. Shiek came forward and aside Dosh. Shiek then broke away from Dosh and took another feature win.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night with an exciting feature race. Dave Cain and Chuck Olson led the cars to green, and Olson took first. Cain kept close with Sabraski hot on his trail. Cain dove low in the curves to pass Olson, but Olson was faster on the exit. Olson then bobbled in the next turn and Cain took the opportunity and passed him. Cain then slid to the high side and pulled away in first. The yellow however flew and slowed Cain down while drivers were aligned. Sabraski claimed second while Clayton Wagamon challenged Olson for third on the restart. Dave Mass ran the middle groove and drove between Wagamon and Olson to steal third. Wagamon drove to Mass’s door, but Mass pulled away with the point. Cain looked strong in first with a gap of three car lengths, but Sabraski closed in. Soon Sabraski was within a car length of Cain, and with two laps to go, they were side by side. Sabraski nosed ahead as they exited turn two, but Cain was back at his side. They were door to door in the curves, and out of turn four, Cain pulled ahead. Cain took the checkers in his Tim’s Automotive Machine #2c. Sabraski, Mass, Wagamon and Olson were the top finishers.

The Granite City Speedway will take next Friday night off, however Sunday August 2nd will feature the Winged and Non-Winged Sprint Cars. The WISSOTA Street Stocks, Hornets and Pure Stocks will also run on Sunday with races starting at 5:30pm. Well see you next Sunday.

Keith Thell claims 6th Straight Mod Four Feature Win

July 13th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN– The Granite City Speedway was back under the lights Friday with Meet the Drivers night for kids. Families enjoyed an extended intermission and received photos and treats from drivers. However, at the end of the night it was Denis Czech, Tyler Berry, Keith Thell, Aaron Johnson, Dexton Koch, Charlie Shiek and Landon Atkinson who went home as winners.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first up with Ashely Mehrwerth and Tom Gill on the front row. The drivers hit a couple snags that sparked cautions, but as the race resumed, Gill was in control. Tommy Bawden moved into second while Denis Czech came through traffic. Czech and Mehrwerth battled for third to the rear of Bawden. Czech moved aside Bawden and took second. Czech closed the gap with Gill and drove to his inside. They were side by side as they caught a slower driver. Czech made the pass first and Gill settled for second. The drivers spaced out and raced until the checkers flew. Gill, Bawden, Mehrwerth and Brandon Mehrwerth rounded out the top five while Denis Czech rolled his Minnesota Truck Headquarters sponsored #2 into victory lane.

Jessica Stransky and Jeremy Jutz brought the WISSOTA Hornets to green and Jutz claimed the lead. Gavin Rowland moved into second while Tyler Berry flew to his door. They rode Jutz’s rear while Ashton Schulte closed in. The top drivers raced close as Berry passed Jutz on the high side. Berry stretched out his lead while Rowland, Schulte, Justin Schelitzche, Ashley Bell and Tim Lavoi bunched up behind Jutz. Some contact and bumping occurred, but the pack split up as Schulte moved into second. Schelitzche, Lavoi and Bell took top points while Berry went on to take the win.

Rod Berg grabbed the lead as the green dropped for the WISSOTA Mod Fours. Trever Roediger and Brandon Linquist battled for second and Linquist took the point. Keith Thell passed Roediger for third and moved to Linquist’s inside. They were door to door for second when they caught Berg. Thell and Linquist split and the drivers were three wide for the lead. Thell pulled away with the point and held it until the checkers flew for this sixth straight feature win at Granite City. Linquist, Berg, Roediger and Dwight Gillyard were the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were next with Billy Kendall and Aaron Johnson on the front row. The green waved and Johnson shot into the lead. Kendall took second with Justin Pogones and Davey Kruchten in tow. Pogones moved low on the track and aside Kendall for second. Pogones took the point and began to chase after Johnson. Kruchten also moved to Kendall’s side and made pass for third while Pogones reeled in Johnson. With only a lap to go, Pogones was within a car length, but the 442 was faster and Johnson took the win. Pogones settled for second with Kruchten and Kendall to his rear.

Shane Sabraski took first when the WISSOTA Super Stock feature began. Jared Zimpel and Denis Czech battled for second and Zimpel kept the point. Czech however nosed under Zimpel and made the pass for the position. The yellow soon waved and drivers were slowed. Sabraski was alone on the restart while Dexton Koch, Czech and Jake Goetze went three wide for second. Goetze took the point with Czech to his rear. Czech worked on Goetze’s #26, but Goetze held him off. Czech again moved to the inside line as the yellow flew. Zimpel’s nose cone was dragging and Sabraski suffered a flat. Zimpel retired to the infield while Sabraski returned with a replaced tire. Sabraski however had to restart at the tail, so Goetze assumed the lead point. As the green dropped, Goetze pulled off the track and Koch took the lead. Koch led the remaining laps and took the win. Czech, James Trantina, Alex Wolff and Craig Hiemstra took the top five points.

Three mighty Pure Stocks rolled on the track for their feature. David Dosh, Charlie Shiek and Kyle Froehlich took the green and Dosh battled Shiek for first. They were side by side until Shiek pulled into first. Dosh closed in on Shiek as Froehlich pulled into the infield. The yellow soon waved as fire was spotted under Froehlich’s car. The race resumed with Dosh and Shiek door to door. Shiek took the lead and the checkers.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night, and Landon Atkinson claimed first. Shane Sabraski took second and Clayton Wagamon held third as drivers spaced out. As the laps went by, Atkinson caught a slower car and made the pass. Sabraski and Wagamon also passed the slower driver while Don Eischens drove by drivers. Eischens started tenth and caught Dustin Nelson for fifth. Wagamon also closed the gap with Sabraski with few laps to go. Atkinson dominated the feature and took the win by over one-second. Sabraski took second with Wagamon, Matt Weisman and Nelson in the top five.

Next Friday’s night under the lights will feature the Mod Four Special and will resume at 7pm.

Dale Mathison Defeats the Modifieds on DM Motors Night.

July 1st, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – – The Granite City Speedway was back in action Sunday Night for a night of WISSOTA PolyDome Racing Series action. The night was sponsored by DM Motors and 20 bikes were given away to lucky kids in the crowd. Dale Mathison, Dave Mass, Jason VandeKamp, Justin Pogones, Keith Thell, Tyler Berry and Charlie Shiek all took home hardware.

Tom Gill and Jason VandeKamp led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds for the nght’s first feature. Travis Schulte jumped to their sides to go three wide but the yellow waved. Schulte was charged for the jump and docked accordingly. Gill and VandeKamp resumed the front line as the green flew. VandeKamp took the lead and Gill grabbed second while Ryan Studanski claimed third. VandeKamp put space between him and the drivers while everyone followed Gill. Denis Czech tried a higher line and moved past Schulte for fourth. Czech then took third and chased after Gill for second. Czech however ran out of laps as VandeKamp took the checkers in his FYE Motorsports #16. Gill, Czech, Studanski and Schulte were the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Hornets were next on the program and Tyler Berry grabbed the lead. Gavin Rowland took second while Ashely Bell and Brandon Yamry battled for third. Bell took the point while Tim Lavoi and Justin Schelitzche battled for fourth. Lavoi broke free, passed Bell and drove to Rowland’s side. They battled door to door for second and Lavoi took the point. The race came to a close with Berry in victory lane. Lavoi, Rowland, Bell and Schelitzche were the top drivers.

Trever Roediger took the lead when the WISSOTA Mod Four feature began. Brandon Linquist and Jamie Flickinger battled for second and Linquist took the point. Roediger slowly stretched his lead out as Keith Thell moved through the pack. Thell took fourth, then third, and closed the gap with Linquist. Thell moved low on the track and slid into the runner up position. Roediger looked good in first, but Thell began to reel him in. With a few laps to go, Roediger’s #23 spun in turn two and the yellow waved. Thell assumed the lead point on the restart with Linquist and Flickinger to his rear. Thell led the remaining laps and rolled his Wollak Construction sponsored car into Victory Lane. Linquist took second with Flickinger, Andy Mayavski and Mitch Hribar as the top five.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks took the clay with Jason Goedker and Aaron Johnson on the front row. Johnson took the lead as the green waved and Goedker held second. Justin Pogones moved high on the track and grabbed second. Pogones got behind Johnson for first and moved to the low groove. Pogones passed Johnson for the lead, but in turn two, Pogones slid high and Johnson moved to Pogones’ side. Pogones kept high on the track and pulled into the lead. Drivers spaced out and finished the race with Pogones’ Pogo Chicken Powered #01 going into victory lane. Johnson, Davey Kruchten,
Goedker and Russell Kostreba finished out the field of Streeters.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the green, but the yellow soon followed. As the green reappeared, Dalton Landwehr and Jake Goetze were on the front row. Goetze moved into the lead as drivers were all over three and four wide in places. Landwehr’s #2x jumped the wall and drivers scattered bringing out the red flag. After everything was sorted, drivers were realigned with Goetze and Kurt Becken in front. Goetze sped into the lead and Dave Mass battled James Trantina for second. Trantina took the point but Mass kept close to his bumper. Mass moved back to Trantina’s side, but Trantina managed to keep second. Trantina then clipped a track tire and spun with three laps to go. The yellow waved and drivers were realigned. Goetze was alone on the restart but Mass moved to his side. As the white flag flew, Mass moved into first. Mass led the final lap to take the win. Goetze finished second with Denis Czech, Dexton Koch and Trantina as the top five.

David Dosh and Charlie Shiek may have only been two drivers, but they put on a show in the Pure Stock feature. As the green flew, Dosh and Shiek were side by side for first. The laps went by and they remained glued to each other’s sides. Shiek got a run out of the curve and took the lead, but Dosh came right back. They remained side by side until the checkers flew when Shiek pulled off the win.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night and Matt Weisman and Shane Sabraski brought the drivers to the green. Sabraski took the lead while Dale Mathison moved to Weisman’s side. Mathison took second and settled behind Sabraski. Sabraski and Mathison distanced themselves from the pack as Mathison put pressure on the #7a. Sabraski maintained the lead but the yellow soon flew. A couple of cautions kept the Mods slow, but on the restarts, Sabraski was in command. Mathison moved to Sabraski’s door and they were side by side for first. Mathison was faster this round and claimed the lead. Drivers began to space out as another yellow waved. Few laps remained as the green dropped and Sabraski and Dave Mass followed Mathison. Mathison however wasn’t fazed and took the checkers in his DM Motors #9m. Sabraski, Mass, Don Eischens and Shaun Peterson took top points.

The Granite City Speedway will take next weekend off, but will be in full swing on Friday July 10th. That night will be another Kids Night and will feature a prolonged intermission where kids can meet the drivers. Granite City Speedway’s Friday night under the lights will resume at 7pm.

Tony Schill Secures Mystery Payout Night in the Midwest Modifieds

June 29th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – After a heavy afternoon rain, the crew at the Granite City Speedway worked the clay surface and a full night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Racing series action was completed. It was Mystery Payout Night with the class with the most cars receiving an increased payout, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds received the bonus with Tony Schill claiming the payday. Keith Thell, Don Eischens and Ashton Schulte also claimed trophies while Tim Johnson took two.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds started the night with Ryan Studanski and Tony Schill on the front row. Schill took command with Studanski and Travis Schulte in tow. Studanski moved to Schill’s side to battle for first, but Schill was faster out of the turns and kept the point. The top three drivers drove away from the competition while Denis Czech worked Shane Howell for fourth. Howell broke away from Czech but Czech soon moved back into battle. Czech rode the bumper of Howell’s #L1, but Howell retained the point. Schill put space between him and the others as he took the checkers and the increased payout. Studanski, Schulte, Howell and Czech were the top finishers.

Gavin Rowland and Ashton Schulte battled door to door as the WISSOTA Hornet feature began. Tim Lavoi kept close as Schulte nosed ahead. Rowland remained near Schulte but Lavoi moved to his side. Rowland pulled ahead but Lavoi moved to his outside. Again, Rowland broke away from Lavoi to keep second. Lavoi stayed close to Rowland while Schulte continued to lead. Lavoi again moved aside Rowland and this round, Lavoi took the point. Lavoi then caught Schulte and applied pressure as they caught slower cars. They made the pass but soon the yellow waved. Schulte was alone on the restart with three laps to go. Lavoi reclaimed second while Rowland and Justin Schelitzche battled for third. Lavoi worked the high side and the low side, but Schulte kept him back and Schulte took the checkers for his first time ever. Lavoi finished second with Rowland, Ashley Bell and Schelitzche in the top five.

Andy Mayavski took the lead and Dwight Gillyard grabbed second when the WISSOTA Mod Fours went green. Keith Thell and Matt Halls battled side by side for third and Thell took the point. Thell then made his move past Gillyard for second, and closed the gap with Mayavski. Thell caught Mayavski’s #29 and followed his trail. Thell moved to Mayavski’s outside, but Mayavski held him off. Thell regrouped and again moved to the outside and passed Mayavski for first. The yellow then flew a couple times, but Thell was in control on the restart. Halls moved into second and Gillyard took third. Brandon Linquist flew by Gillyard on the low groove as the laps ticked by. Halls, Linquist, Gillyard and Jamie Flickinger took points two through five as Thell grabbed the checkers.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks took the track with Davey Kruchten and Christina Studanski in the front. Studanski grabbed the lead and Justin Pogones moved to Kruchten’s side as the green dropped. Pogones moved into second but Kruchten remained close. Pogones pulled away and secured the point as Tim Johnson took third. Johnson moved aside Pogones for second and they raced behind Studanski. Team Wollak Drivers, Studanski, Johnson and Pogones drove in points one, two three as they separated from the pack. Johnson moved low and aside Studanski for first. Johnson made the pass and so did Pogones to take first and second. The yellow then waved and two restarts kept the drivers slow. Johnson was first when the race resumed while Pogones and Studanski battled. Johnson went on to win the race with Pogones, Studanski, Kruchten and Jacob Knapper as the top five.

Denis Czech took first and Dexton Koch held second when the WISSOTA Super Stock feature commenced. Tim Johnson drove by Shane Sabraski for third and rode Koch’s rear for second. Koch kept Johnson behind him as the yellow waved. Czech was alone on the restart while Johnson and Koch fought for second. Johnson took the point and tucked in behind Czech. Johnson put the pressure on Czech and continuously moved to his side in the turns. Czech’s exit was faster and he retained the lead. Johnson though was relentless and tried to pass every lap. As the checkers were raised, Czech and Johnson were side by side out of turn four. They crossed the line door to door and a margin of .001 seconds separated the drivers. The #1jr rolled into victory lane while Czech settled for a photo finish second place. Koch, Sabraski and James Trantina took top points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds wrapped up the night and Matt Weisman shot into first as the race began. Don Eischens took second while other drivers were side by side. Eischens closed the gap with Weisman and moved low on the track. Eischens and Weisman drove side by side for first, but Eischens pulled away. Tim Johnson worked his way from seventh into fourth and worked Dustin Nelson for third. After a quick door to door race, Johnson took third and caught Weisman. Johnson took the second point and looked ahead at Eischens. Eischens had a good lead but as the white waved, Kyle Thell’s car slowed to a stop and the yellow flew. Eischens was first on the restart but felt the head of Johnson and Weisman to his rear. Johnson retook second and slid next to Eischens. Johnson tried to make a move, but Eischens remained in charge and took his Kandi Water Conditioning sponsored #9e into victory lane for the third week in a row. Johnson settled for second with Weisman, Nelson and Chuck Olson in the top five.

Tommy Bawden takes his first career feature win Friday night under the lights.

June 21st, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – Granite City Speedway’s Friday night under the lights was full of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race series action. Mathison Motor’s sponsored the night and gave away a Monte Carlo to lucky fan. James Trantina, Don Eischens, Tim Johnson, Keith Thell, Charlie Shiek and Levi Voss all took wins while Tommy Bawden took his first feature win ever.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds began the night’s features with Ryan Studanski and Tom Gill on the front row. Studanski claimed the lead when the green flew with Gill and Eric Lamm side by side for second. Lamm took second but Tommy Bawden began to work him. Bawden then took second and Shane Sabraski took third. Sabraski attempted to pass Bawden, but Bawden kept the point. Bawden and Sabraski both moved past Studanski and Bawden took the lead. Sabraski moved low on the track to steal the lead, but again Bawden kept him back. Randy Laage moved into third and moved near Sabraski. They both kept the pressure on Bawden as they caught slower traffic. Bawden, Sabraski and Laage made their way past slower cars and Laage claimed second. Sabraski moved back to Laage’s door and they battled for second. Bawden developed a lead and took the checkers for the first time in his racing career. As Bawden climbed from his car, the crowd roared with excitement and other racecar drivers moved to the fence line to applaud Bawden’s success. Sabraski, Laage, Jeremy Nelson and Denis Czech took top points.

Jeremy Jutz grabbed the lead as the WISSOTA Hornet feature went green. Jessica Stransky, Ashton Schulte and Josh Zimpel went three wide for second and Schulte took the point. Schulte moved to Jutz’s outside for first, but Jutz kept the point. Levi Voss moved into third and soon took second from Schulte. Voss challenged Jutz for first, but Jutz retained the lead. Voss then got a good run out of the curve and moved to Jutz’s door with two laps to go. Voss was successful and took the lead and the win. Jutz, Zimpel, Schulte and Justin Schelitzche rounded out the top five

The WISSOTA Mod Fours took the clay with Rod Berg and Andy Mayavski in command. Mayavski and Keith Thell moved forward and battled side by side for first as the race began. Thell took the point with Mayavski and Brandon Linquist in tow. Berg ran fourth and held Matt Halls and Dwight Gillyard back as the laps went by. Halls moved aside Berg, but Berg kept his point. Thell was more than a straight-away away as the checkers flew. Thell rolled his JT Electric sponsored #00t into victory lane while Mayavski, Linquist, Berg, Halls and Gillyard completed the race.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were next on the agenda and Christina Studanski took first when the green dropped. Tim Johnson, Aaron Johnson and Davey Kruchten ran three wide for second and T. Johnson took the point. T. Johnson then moved low and passed Studanski for first as Justin Pogones worked the low groove. Pogones took third and continued on the low line to Studanski’s side. Studanski held Pogones back as A. Johnson’s #442 hit the front wall. A. Johnson kept his car rolling and entered the infield as Pogones claimed second. T. Johnson had a solid lead and took the checkers in his Wollak Construction sponsored Street Stock. Pogones came in second with Studanski and Kruchten behind him.

Kurt Becken and Jared Zimpel led the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the stand, but after a quick restart, Zimpel took the lead. Jake Goetze took second and James Trantina claimed third while Becken moved to his side. Trantina pulled away while Becken, Shane Sabraski and Dexton went three wide for fourth. Goetze remained close to Zimpel for first and moved to his outside. Goetze flew by Zimpel and took first, but Zimpel kept close to the #26. The yellow then waved and drivers were reset. Goetze was alone on the restart, but as the green flew, Trantina and Zimpel moved up and they were three wide. Goetze and Trantina broke away, but Zimpel soon came back and they were three wide again. Goetze pulled away and secured first, but Trantina stayed close. Goetze and Trantina were parallel in the turns, but Goetze was faster on the exit to keep the first point. Dave Mass made his way through traffic and took third with Sabraski, Denis Czech, Tim Johnson and Zimpel right behind him. Johnson took fourth and closed in on Mass while Goetze and Trantina continued their race. Trantina ran low and Goetze ran higher, when Goetze fell off pace and Trantina took the lead. Mass then took second and Johnson grabbed third. Johnson was at Mass’s door when the white flew and Johnson took second. Trantina however took the checkers and rolled into the Napa Auto Parts victory lane. Johnson, Mass, Czech, Sabraski took the top points.

David Dosh took first when the Pure Stock feature went green. Charlie Shiek took second and moved aside Dosh. Sheik took the point as Jake Hagemann moved to Dosh’s right side. Hagemann and Dosh ran side by side for second as Hagemann scrapped the wall. Dosh took the point but Hagemann kept his car going and came back to Dosh’s side. Dosh held the point but Hagemann made the pass the next lap. Shiek took the checkers in his #19c while Dosh, Froehlich and Hagemann took the remaining points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night’s program, and as the green appeared, Dustin Nelson took the lead. Don Eischens took second and moved aside Nelson for first. Eischens took the point with Nelson in second. Shaun Peterson ran third but Chuck Olson moved to his side. Olson took the point as Peterson battled Jeremy Nelson. Peterson, J. Nelson, Shane Sabraski and Wagamon ran side by side for points as Eischens remained in control. Eischens and D. Nelson began to catch slower cars with few laps to go. Eischens made his way by the slower cars and took the checkers in his Wollak Construction #9e. D. Nelson took second while Peterson, Olson and J. Nelson rounded out the top five.

Next weekend the Granite City Speedway will be in action both Friday and Sunday night’s. Friday Night will be the popular Mystery Payout night where all WISSOTA classes will race for Modified payout and Mods will race for an increased payout. Also, Sunday night will be Kids Night with a bike giveaway and activities. Races will resume at 7 on Friday and 5:30 on Sunday.

Denis Czech Dazzles Crowd and Claims Two Features

June 8th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – Granite Speedway’s races under the lights was excellent Friday night with lots of WISSOTA PolyDome Race Series side by side action and last lap passes. Justin Pogones, Keith Thell, Ashely Bell and Don Eischens took features wins while Denis Czech took two.

Davey Kruchten and Aaron Johnson led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green for the first feature of the night, and Kruchten grabbed the early lead. Justin Pogones moved low and aside Kruchten as Tim Johnson moved up. They were three wide for first as Pogones shot into the lead. T. Johnson took second and Kruchten settled for third. Christina Studanski and A. Johnson battled for fourth on the heel of Kruchten as Pogones and T. Johnson pulled away. Wollak Construction Teammates Pogones and T. Johnson kept close as they continued to stretch out their lead. T. Johnson rode Pogones’ bumper, but Pogones didn’t budge from his line and kept Johnson back. The checkers flew with Pogones taking the win followed by T. Johnson, Kruchten, A. Johnson and Gullikson as the top five.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours ran next and Keith Thell claimed the lead. Brandon Linquist moved past Rod Berg for second while Matt Halls took third. The yellow than flew and the drivers were reset. Thell remained in first but Halls drove under Linquist and took second. Dwight Gillyard also passed Linquist and began to chase down Halls. Thell had a good lead over his competition as Gillyard prepared to pass. Gillyard secured the second point with few laps to go. Thell took the win with Gillyard, Halls, Berg and Roediger as the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Hornets had a quick caution off the green, but as the race resumed Ashley Bell and Levi Voss battled for first. Brendon Yamry and Gavin Rowland also battled door to door for third as Bell broke away in first. Voss held second with Yamry and Rowland in tow. As the leaders spaced out, Jeremy Jutz’s tire fell off and the yellow waved. Bell was alone on the restart and drivers were three wide as the green dropped. Bell retook the lead while Tyler Berry, who started in the 11th position, moved into third. Voss and Berry battled for second on the bumper of Bell as Voss took the point. Bell, Voss, Berry, Justin Schelitzche and Tim Lavoi claimed points one through five, and all raced close as they pulled away from the others. Schelitzche moved next to Berry for third and took the point. Berry moved back and made contact with the 14, Schelitzche however kept his car straight as Ashton Schulte coasted to a stop and triggered a yellow. Bell was still in command as the race went green while Schelitzche and Voss battled for second. The top five drivers again pulled away from the pack, but Bell let them battle as she drove her #41 into victory lane. Schelitzche, Voss, Berry and Lavoi took top points.

Ryan Studanski claimed the lead as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds went green, but Tommy Bawden moved to his side. Studanski nosed ahead but again Bawden came back to the challenge. Bawden did not back down as he continued to move aside Studanski, but then Studanski suffered a mechanical issue and pulled off the track. Bawden claimed the lead with Travis Schulte and Shane Howell in tow. Howell moved past Schulte for second and chased after Bawden. Soon Howell and Bawden were side by side for the lead. Howell was faster out of the curve and took first. Denis Czech ran low, passed Bawden, and closed in on Howell. Howell prepared to lap slower cars and found Czech on his bumper. Howell continued to lead but an eager Czech patiently awaited his move. As they came to the white flag, Czech nosed under Howell and took the lead. Czech led the final lap and took the win in his Collins Brother’s Towing #2. Howell finished second with Billy Kendall, Shane Sabraski and Bawden in the top five.

Denis Czech and Tim Johnson were back on the track for the WISSOTA Super Stock feature, and Czech grabbed first. Johnson took second while Dave Mass challenged Jake Goetze for third. Mass took the point and chased after the top two drivers. Czech and Johnson already built up a commendable lead, but Johnson kept glued to Czech’s bumper. Eric Martini chose to try the high groove and Martini made the line work. Martini took fifth and then fourth while Czech and Johnson caught slower traffic. Johnson worked Czech each lap, but Czech held his line and took his second back-to-back win of the night. Johnson settled for second with Mass, Sabraski, Martini and Goetze as the top drivers.

David Dosh grabbed the lead in his #12 Pure Stock and Charlie Shiek took second. Shiek moved aside Dosh and claimed the lead. Dosh retained second but a couple laps later, Jake Hagemann moved to his left side. Hagemann made the pass but Dosh kept close. Dosh rode Hagemann’s bumper, but Hagemann held second until the checkers flew. Dosh finished third and Kyle Froehlich took fourth while Shiek rolled into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Modifieds finished off the nights program with an exciting feature race. Don Eischens and Clayton Wagamon led the drivers to the green and battled for first. Chuck Olson took third and Shane Sabraski took fourth as Wagamon nosed ahead of Eischens. Eischens and Wagamon remained side by side in the turns but Wagamon was faster on the exit. After six laps of first place battles, Wagamon broke away from Eischens to secure the lead. Tim Johnson, who started in eighth, worked the high side and took fifth. Johnson continued to hustle the high side and flew past drivers for fourth and third. Johnson got comfy in third as Wagamon and Eischens caught slower cars. Wagamon was slowed enough that Eischens moved to his side again. Wagamon made it by traffic first to retain the lead but Eischens kept after him. Eischens took the low groove and Eischens slid into the lead. Eischens led the final lap and took the checkers in this Richmond Tire and Auto #9e. Wagamon finished second with Johnson, Olson and Mass as the top five.

Due to the number of rain outs already this season, the Granite City Speedway has added Friday June 12th to the race schedule. Races will resume next Friday at 7 and will feature the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and Hornets. Also, the World of Outlaw’s Sprint Cars will be at the Granite City Speedway on Tuesday June 16 th! Don’t forget to buy your tickets and guarantee you will be able to see this great show. Visit www.gcspeedway.com for more information and to order your tickets.

Shane Sabraski sweeps both Midwest Modifieds and Modifieds on Midwest Modified Special night.

May 24th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – After a couple weeks of rain cancellations, the Granite City was prepped and ready for a night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Series action. The night was sponsored by Minnesota Truck Headquarters and was the Midwest Modified Special where drivers raced for an increased payout. Also on the night’s agenda were the Outlaw Mini Mods. The Mini Mods made their first ever trip to the speedway and put on a great show. The Mini Mods portion of the program was sponsored by Accurate Hearing Services.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first feature of night with Christina Studanski and Aaron Johnson on the front row. Studanski nosed ahead as the green dropped and Johnson battled Justin Pogones and Tim Johnson three wide for second. T. Johnson took the second point and worked Studanski for first as Pogones and A. Johnson battled. Side by side the drivers were for first and third as the yellow flew. Studanski was alone on the restart with the Johnson’s in tow. Studanski, T. Johnson, A. Johnson and Pogones remained close for top points while T. Johnson gave Studanski every move he had. Studanski continued to hold off her competitors as the white flag raised. T. Johnson drove to her side and Pogones drove to A. Johnson’s door, they all crossed the finish line with minimal space between. Team Wollak took points one through three with Studanski taking the win. T. Johnson took second with Pogones, A. Johnson and Durrand Peterson as the top five.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were up next with Keith Thell and Brandon Linquist on the front row. Thell immediately jumped into the lead while Linquist kept close. Linquist’s #3 then spun and drivers scattered. The yellow waved and drivers were realigned with Linquist at the charge. Thell was alone on the restart and Matt Halls took second. Drivers spaced out as laps went by, but Rod Berg closed the gap with Dwight Gillyard for third. Berg took the point and pulled ahead while Linquist moved into fourth. Linquist looked towards Berg with few laps to go. Thell never took his foot off the gas and took the checkers in his JT Electric #00t. Halls, Berg, Linquist and Gillyard also took top points.

Charlie Shiek and Jake Hagemann led the Pure Stocks to the stand and they remained side by side as the race began. Tami Naslund and David Dosh also battled door to door as Shiek claimed the lead. Naslund drove aside Hagemann for second but Hagemann pulled away. Naslund and Dosh rejoined Hagemann and they were three wide for second. This round Dosh took the point, but got squirrelly thereafter and Naslund grabbed the runner up spot. Shiek stretched out his lead while Dosh pulled into the infield with smoke rolling from under the hood. Naslund held onto second and Jake Hagemann settled for third as Shiek took the win.

Tim Lavoi, Travis Swanson and Carrie Sell entered the track for the Hobby Stock feature, and as the green flew Lavoi took the lead. Swanson grabbed second and as Lavoi drifted high in turn four, Swanson stole the lead. Swanson drove away from Lavoi and Sell as fast as he could, but Lavoi reeled him back in. Just as Lavoi caught Swanson, Sell’s car stalled in turn three and the yellow flew. Swanson was alone on the restart but Lavoi moved to his side and took the lead. Swanson kept close but Lavoi took the checkers and rolled his #40 into victory lane.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were up next for their special event race. Shane Sabraski and Ryan Studanski brought the drivers to the green but a yellow soon followed. Sabraski was alone on the restart with Studanski and Denis Czech to his rear. Drivers battled side by side as Sabraski pulled away. Studanski grabbed with while Czech held third and Randy Laage claimed fourth. Czech remained close to Studanski while Sabraski was ready to lap. Studanski and Czech began to battle for second as they too caught slower drivers. Czech made the pass first and took second, but Studanski moved back to his door. They again caught slower cars and Czech locked in second as the yellow flew. On the restart, Studanski suffered a mechanical problem and the yellow reappeared. Sabraski remained in command with Czech and Laage in tow with few laps to go. Czech secured second and Laage held onto third as Sabraski went to win the feature in his ATM Express Services sponsored #7a.

Tim Johnson and James Trantina battled door to door for first as the green waved for the WISSOTA Super Stock feature. Johnson pulled into first and Dexton Koch moved aside Trantina, but the yellow waved. A couple restarts kept the Supers slow, but Trantina was first as the green flew. Johnson retook second while Shane Sabraski and Koch battled for third. Sabraski took the point while Johnson worked Trantina. Trantina held Johnson back so Johnson moved up a groove. The low line was much faster and Johnson quickly dove back to the low groove to hold second. Trantina passed a slower car and kept his foot down until the checkers were in sight. James “The Tarantula” Trantina took the feature win in his Collins Brother’s Towing super stock. Johnson finished second Sabraski, Koch and Dave Mass as the top five.

The Outlaw Mini Mods gave a four-wide salute to the fans as they lined up for their feature event. Andy Zimmerman and Anthony Kramer brought the field to the green and they battled for the lead position. Zimmerman moved into first while Nathan Kilwine drove to Kramer’s side for second. Kilwine took second while Kramer, Buzz Pool and Tyler Kaeter battled three wide for third. Kaeter snagged the point while Zimmerman prepared to lap. Kaeter closed in on Kilwine for second as they caught slower cars. Mini Mods covered the whole track surface with two laps to go. Mark Harmon then suffered motor problems and the yellow flew. The drivers were realigned and only one lap remained. The green flew but Kramer and Adam Fuchs’ cars got hooked so the yellow waved. Again drivers were realigned, and the green flew. This round Zimmerman, the race long leader, did a couple 360’s on the back stretch and the yellow waved. Kilwine assumed the lead on the final restart and held it the final lap to take the win in his #15 mini mod. Kaeter, Pool, Fuchs and Dylan Kromschroeder were the top five drivers.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night with Clayton Wagamon and Shane Sabraski on the front row. Sabraski grabbed the lead with Wagamon and Dustin Nelson in the top three. Sabraski drove away from the pack while Tim Johnson began to move forward. Johnson moved high on the track and aside Chuck Olson for fourth. The low side was faster and Olson pulled away. Johnson then nosed under Olson and moved into fourth. Sabraski was a straight-away ahead of his competitors as Johnson moved onto his next victim. Johnson caught Nelson for third and again moved high on the track. Johnson made the pass and closed in on Wagamon. Wagamon ran higher on the track so Johnson moved low and took over second. Johnson put his foot down but Sabraski was far off in the distance. Sabraski took the checkers and went to victory lane for his second time of the night.

Next Friday will be the Super Stocks turn to have their class special and will also feature the WISSOTA Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and Hornets. Also in just a couple short weeks, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars will make their first ever stop at the Granite City Speedway on Tuesday June 16. Make sure to mark your calendars, buy your tickets and keep up with all the latest racing news by visiting www.gcspeedway.com.

Tim Johnson Takes Double Feature Wins at Granite City Speedway Opener

May 4th, 2015

Sauk Rapids, MN – The 2015 race season officially kicked off Friday night with 70 drivers signing into the pits for a night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Series action. The Granite City Speedway track staff made some improvements over the off season by installing more lights on the front stretch and truck loads of clay were added to the racing surface. Denis Czech, Justin Schelitzche, Dave Mass, Tim Johnson and Dean Larson took advantage of those improvements and snagged the season’s first feature wins.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds started the night’s features with 18 drivers taking the clay. Skeeter Estey grabbed the lead with Jeremy Nelson in second and Mack Estey in third. M. Estey put the pressure on Nelson for second as the first caution occurred. S. Estey was first on the restart and M. Estey took second. Denis Czech claimed third while
the Estey’s battled for first. Czech closed in on the leaders as the yellowed waved again. A series of cautions kept the drives at a stop and go pace, but Czech continued to work towards the lead. As the green reappeared with two laps to go, Czech slid past S. Estey and took the lead. Czech led through the final caution and took the first feature win of the season and earned himself a clean sweep. Nelson, S. Estey, Travis Schulte and Shane Howell rounded out the top five.

After a quick caution, the WISSOTA Hornet feature was underway with Ashton Schulte and Brendon Yamry on the front row. Schulte took the lead but Justin Schelitzche took second and rode Schulte’s bumper. Schulte held Schelitzche off for a bit, but Schelitzche moved aside him and took the lead. Schelitzche immediately stretched out his lead and soon lapped slower cars. Schelitzche was ahead by a straight-away as the checkers flew and he took the win. Top finishers were Schulte, Yamry, Gavin Rowland and Jeremy Jutz.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks wowed the crowd with a fast caution free feature. Jake Goetze quickly took the lead as the green flew and Dave Mass moved into second. Shane Sabraski took third and moved in on the leaders. Mass moved low and made the pass for first as Sabraski moved aside Goetze. Sabraski took second and while Tim Johnson kept pressure on Goetze. Johnson continued to work Goetze for third as Mass and Sabraski began to lap. As Goetze and Johnson caught the slower car, Johnson dove low and secured the third point. Goetze settled for fourth, but Johnson soon retired to the infield and Goetze assumed third. Mass flew around the track’s surface and dominated the competition as he rolled his #2 into victory lane. Sabraski, Goetze, Dexton Koch and Denis Czech took the top points.

Rod Berg and Matt Halls led the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the green, and Halls grabbed the lead. Dwight Gillyard took second while Robert Holtquist took third. Brandon Linquist worked Holtquist for third, but Holtquist kept him back. Holtquist then went wide in turn four and Linquist shot past him for the point. The yellow then waved and drivers were sorted with Halls in command. Gillyard moved next to Halls as the green dropped, but Halls sped away. Linquist then spun out of turn four and the yellow waved again. The restart was Halls with Gilyard and Dean Larson in tow. Larson cruised to Halls’ side and they battled door to door for first. Four laps went by and Halls and Larson were still side by side. With the checkers in sight, Larson was slightly faster out of turn four and took the win. Halls finished second with Gillyard, Andy Mayavski, and Berg as the top five.

Billy Kendall and Davey Kruchten were on the front row as the WISSOTA Street Stock feature began. Tim Johnson however drove the low line and took first out of the curve. Kendall took second and Aaron Johnson grabbed third. T. Johnson built up a big lead while others chased him. Justin Pogones, who fell to sixth, moved into fourth and then passed A. Johnson and Kendall on the high side. Pogones claimed the second point and set eyes on T. Johnson. The 1jr of T. Johnson was ahead by over a straight-away and was lapping drivers. The checkers flew and the Wollak Construction Street Stock rolled into victory lane. Pogones finished second with Kendall, A. Johnson and Kruchten in top points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds finished the night’s events with another great race. Shane Sabraski and Tim Johnson sped away as the green waved but Sabraski took first. Johnson jumped to the high side and flew around the track, but Sabraski maintained the point. Jeremy Nelson ran steady in third but Dave Cain was creeping in. Cain took the point from Nelson as a caution occurred. Sabraski was still in charge as the green flew but Johnson and Cain were after him. They all battled for the top point as Sabraski drifted high and fell off pace. Johnson took the lead and Cain dove low to take second but Dale Mathison soon passed him. Johnson was car lengths ahead of the competition but he caught slower cars and Mathison closed in. Mathison rode Johnson’s bumper as they cleared the lapped traffic. Mathison worked every angle of Johnson, but Johnson was faster out of the turns. As the white flag waved, Johnson rebuilt a lead of two car lengths and kept it until the checkers flew. Johnson reentered victory lane in his Miller Auto & Marine modified. Mathison finished in second with Cain, Nelson and Dustin Nelson as the top five.

Races will resume next Friday night and will feature the Pure Stocks as well.

Granite City Speedway in Minnesota Hosts World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series in 2015

December 3rd, 2014

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. — History will be made at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota on Tuesday, June 16,
2015, as the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series visits the track for the first time. The event will also mark the first-ever 410-winged sprint car race at the track in the St. Cloud metro area.

Granite City Speedway, a semi-banked three-eighths-mile, formerly was Golden Spike Speedway, which changed names prior to the 2013 season when a new group assumed ownership of the track. Numerous improvements have been made to the facility over the last couple of years, with more in the works, including the installation of new light towers in the spring of 2015.

“We have upgraded the facility from the old Golden Spike Speedway and are very excited to take it to the next level with the World of Outlaws,” said Denny Niess, one of the owners of Granite City Speedway. “Our goal is to be a premier facility and to have premier races. The community and all of our advertisers have been very supportive of the track and that is why we are bringing in the best of the best with the World of Outlaws.”

Granite City Speedway joins Crawford County Speedway in Iowa, and Dakota State Fair Speedway in South Dakota, as tracks in the upper Midwest hosting inaugural World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series events in 2015.

“Fans are going to see a phenomenal race track at Granite City Speedway,” said Niess. “The drivers will have a great surface to race on as well. The World of Outlaws put on an amazing show, and I believe this is going to grow and get even bigger in the future. I look forward to this being an annual event in St. Cloud, Minnesota.”

Last season, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series raced three times in Minnesota, with veterans Paul McMahan and Joey Saldana picking up wins, as well as first-time winner Roger Crockett. The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series has raced at seven different tracks in the state of Minnesota, dating back to 1979, the second year of the series.

Minnesota native Craig Dollansky, who is 10th on the World of Outlaws all-time win list with 59 A-Feature triumphs, and who will return to the tour full-time in 2015, is a former winner in his home state with the series. Donny Schatz, who won his sixth series title this past season, also is a past winner in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, as is Daryn Pittman, the 2013 series titlist. David Gravel, one of the young guns on the circuit, won in Minnesota in 2013. Kraig Kinser, son of 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, has also been victorious in Minnesota with the series.

Additional information on tickets for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series inaugural event at Granite City Speedway on June 16, 2015, will be available at a later date at www.slspromotions.com -http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ShortTrackRacingPR/8552084e14/84def2fbf4/66b8c0ac3e .

Tim Johnson takes two feature wins on National Championship Night two.

October 16th, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – It was the second night of National Championship weekend and the final night for WISSOTA drivers to earn national points. The battles on the track were close, the point battles were close and some great WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action occurred during the night.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first and Danny Vang grabbed the lead. Shane Sabraski ran second while Jeremy Nelson and Skeeter Estey battled for third. Vang and Sabraski stretched out their lead as the yellow flew. Back to back cautions kept the drivers slow but Vang kept the lead. Sabraski moved to Vang’s outside and took the lead. Vang kept second with Czech and Nelson in tow. Again the yellow waved and drivers were aligned. Sabraski took the green and Czech pulled into second. Nelson grabbed third but Vang reclaimed the point. Sabraski and Czech had a good lead over the competition as the checkers flew. Sabraski took the win in his Metro Buick GMC #7a with Czech, Vang, Nelson and Carey LePage as the top drivers.

Bryce Bjerken and Dean Larson brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the green for the night’s second feature. Keith Thell and Chad Funt however moved forward and took first and second. Bjerken moved to Funt’s side and retook second and Larson also challenged Funt. The yellow waved and after a couple restarts, the Mod Fours were back to green. Thell continued to lead with Bjerken in second. Brandon Linquist moved through the pack and drove the high side to take second. Linquist closed in on Thell and soon they were side by side with five laps to go. The laps went by and Thell and Linquist remained door to door. As they came down the front chute for the final time, both drivers gave their all and took the checkers. The difference between them was .004 seconds and the win went to Keith Thell and his #00t. Brandon Linquist took second with Bjerken, Larson and Matt Everts grabbed top points.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks rolled on the clay with Matthew Dibb and Dave Mass on the front row. Dave Mass and Tim Johnson entered the night tied for National Points and this race was the deciding factor. As the green waved Dibb and Mass battled for first. Mass pulled away with the lead and Tim Johnson moved to Dibb’s door. Johnson then took the high groove, passed Dibb and closed in on Mass. Johnson continued to run high as he passed Mass for the lead. Johnson began to pull away as the yellow waved. Mass and Dibb were back on his bumper as drivers were sorted. Two more restarts occurred, but Johnson kept his lead. Mass again took second as the green flew while Shane Sabraski and Dibb battled for third. Johnson ran his line the remaining laps and took the win in his Wollak Construction #1jr. Mass, Sabraski, Andy Davey and Dibb took the top positions.

Shawn Wageman and Andy Rossow brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks around the track as they began their caution free feature. Wageman took the lead and Ryan Pommerer battled Justin Vogel for second. Pommerer drove next to Wageman for first and took the point while Vogel moved aside Wageman. Wageman however moved back to Pommerer’s side and they battled for first. Tim Johnson grabbed Vogel’s door and the top four ran close for points. Wageman again pulled into first but Johnson slid into second and grabbed Wageman’s side. Johnson and Wageman remained side by side until five laps remained and Johnson took first. Justin Pogones, who started ninth, broke into the top five and challenged Pommerer for fourth. Pogones took fourth and chased after Vogel. The checkers flew with Johnson rolling his Wollak Construction Street stock into victory lane for second win of the night and 49th win of the season. Wageman, Vogel, Pogones and Pommerer were the top five.

Lance Matthees and Brad Seng were side by side the first couple laps of the WISSOTA Late Model feature, but soon Seng broke away with the lead. Dan Ebert moved into third and Scott Ward kept close to Ebert. The top drivers began to space out as Seng prepared to lap. Dave Fieber and Brent Larson battled side by side for fifth and Larson grabbed the point. Larson then caught slower drivers and began to lap as Seng continued to pull away from Matthees. Larson was slowed by the lapped cars and John Kaanta closed in on him. Kaanta moved to Larson’s side and they drove behind Ward. Ward held them back while Matthees closed in on Seng. Kaanta finally made the pass for fifth and then passed Ward to take fourth. The yellow then flew with few laps to go. Seng was alone when the green reappeared with Matthees and Ebert in tow. Matthees, Ebert, Kaanta and Darrell Nelson took points two through five while Seng took the checkers in his #12s.

The final race of the night and of the 2014 race season went to the WISSOTA Modifieds. Dan Ebert and Dustin Nelson brought the Mods to the green and they went side by side for first. Ebert pulled away with the point while Dave Mass moved aside Nelson. Nelson held Mass back, but Mass moved back to his door. Mass took second this round and looked towards Ebert. Ebert had a significant lead built up as the yellow flew. Ebert was alone on the restart with Mass and Mike Stearns to his rear. Ebert immediately drove away while Mass took second and Nelson retook third. Stearns and Cain battled for fourth and Cain got the point. Stearns kept close to Cain while they put pressure on Nelson. Ebert began to lap slower cars and soon the checkers were raised. Dan Ebert returned to Minnesota to race the weekend, and took the WISSOTA Modified win in his Arctic Cat machine. Mass, Nelson, Stearns and Cain took the top five points.

The 2014 season came to a close as the final checkers flew. Thank you to all drivers, families, fans and sponsors for making the 2014 season a great one at the Granite City Speedway. Keep your eyes on the website, www.gcspeedway.com, facebook and twitter for banquet information and 2015 race season updates.

Wildung wins Late Model feature after late caution creates shootout finish.

October 15th, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – The final weekend of the 2014 race season got underway Saturday Night with more than 130 drivers filling the Granite City Speedway pits. Some great WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action took place with close battles and great finishes to end night one of National Championship weekend.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first on the agenda, but a quick caution slowed them down. Tyler Peterson took the lead when the green reappeared but Dave Siercks flew past him on the back stretch. Peterson was back at his side as they entered turn three and retook the lead. Bud Martini moved low and made the pass for first and Denis Czech moved aside Peterson. Czech and Peterson moved to Martini’s sides and they were three wide for first. Peterson scrapped the wall as they battled and Martini took first and Czech got second. Sabraski passed Peterson for third as the top drivers spaced out. Sabraski closed the gap with Czech and took second with few laps to go. Martini took the checkers and put his Plato’s Closet sponsored #42 in victory lane. Sabraski, Czech, Peterson and Mack Estey took top points.

After a restart, the WISSOTA Street Stocks took the green with Andy Rossow and Shawn Wageman on the front row. Justin Pogones joined them and went three wide for first. Wageman pulled ahead of the competition but Pogones moved to his side. Rossow, Dan McCain and Justin Vogel went three wide for third as Pogones took the lead. Vogel and Wageman battled for second but Wageman pulled away. Vogel came back, passed Wageman, and closed in on Pogones. Vogel was all over the rear of Pogones’ #01 and then moved to his side. They ran door to door for first and Vogel pulled away with the lead, but Pogones remained close. The yellow then flew and Vogel had Pogones and Wageman on his rear. When the green reappeared, there were three laps to go. Vogel drove away while Pogones and Wageman battled for second. Aaron Johnson grabbed the middle groove and they ran three wide to the finish. Vogel took the win while Wageman, Johnson, Pogones and Ryan Pommerer took the top points.

Forest Foster and Chad Funt brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the green and Funt took the lead. Shayne Laske took second and chased after Funt. Laske then took the lead as the yellow waved. Laske was alone on the restart while Keith Thell took second. Thell ran Laske’s bumper and moved to his door. They ran side by side for first as the yellow waved. Thell was first on the restart but Laske moved to his side. Again they were door to door for the lead, but Laske pulled ahead. Thell settled into second as the battle for third heated up. Funt, Dean Larson, Josh Abrahamson and Dwight Gillyard battled for third and were nearly four wide as they made the turns. Larson broke away with the point while Abrahamson moved in. Abrahamson and Larson were side by side as the white waved. Laske kept his #30 in the front and took the win. Thell, Larson, Abrahamson and Funt were the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Late Models were next and rolled onto the track for their 30 lap event. Scott Ward and Mike Balcaen brought the drivers to the green and Ward took the lead. Balcaen took second with Adam Hensel in third. Lance Matthees ran fourth but Don Shaw and Jeff Wildung rod his rear. Hensel moved into second and soon closed the gap with Ward. The top drivers began to lap and Hensel kept close to Ward. Hensel moved aside Ward and took the lead but Ward didn’t let Hensel out of his sight. Wildung moved into third with Balcaen and Shaw in the top five. Top drivers continued to lap while Hensel weaved and stretched out his lead. 28 of 30 laps were complete as the caution flag waved. Drivers were realigned with Hensel in the lead. Ward and Wildung were on his rear as the green waved. Hensel sped away but Wildung was on the move. With the white flag raised, Wildung and Hensel were side by side. Wildung pulled away as they exited turn four and rolled his VEIT sponsored #50 into victory lane. Hensel, Ward, Brad Seng and Balcaen took the top points.

Eric Martini and Shane Sabraski led the WISSOTA Modifieds around the track, and Martini took first when the green flew. Sabraski held second while Zach Schultz and Jason Thoennes battled for third. Sabraski kept the pressure on Martini as he moved to Martini’s side. Sabraski pulled into the lead while Dave Cain took third and moved aside Martini with ten laps to go. The yellow flag waved a few times and kept the drivers slow, but Sabraski remained in charge. Cain took second on the final restart and Darrell Nelson took third. Martini held fourth but Don Eischens, who started in position 11, was close. Eischens took fourth and began to work Nelson for third as the checkers waved. Sabraski rolled his new SSR Mod into victory lane for the first time. Cain, Nelson, Eischens and Martini were the top drivers.

James Trantina and Shane Sabraski brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green for the nights final race. Sabraski took the lead while Trantina held second. With only a few laps completed, Sabraski was ready to lap slower drivers and the caution light turned on. A couple cautions occurred, but Sabraski was still first as the green flew. Dexton Koch moved into second while Trantina and Dave Read battled for third. Trantina held Read back, but the yellow flew again. Sabraski and Koch pulled away on the restart while Trantina, Read and Matthew Dibb went three wide for third. Dibb backed off but Read kept aside Trantina. Read took third this time and Dibb moved into fourth. One final time the yellow waved, and only two laps remained for the Supers. Sabraski took the green, white and checkers as he put his ATM Express Service #7a into victory lane. Koch, Dibb, Read and Tristan Labarge claimed the top points.

Tim Johnson, Dave Mass, Dave Cain and Devin Larson earn three-peat title after sweeping the weekends features.

October 1st, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – Sunday night wrapped up the 3rd Annual Gold Cup Triple Header and for the third night in a row great car counts and weather made for an enjoyable night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Last year, one driver won all three nights feature races, this year Tim Johnson, Dave Mass, Dave Cain and Devin Larson were all three-peat winners taking the feature win each night. Shane Sabraski, Shayne Laske and Josh Zimpel also claimed Sunday night’s hardware.

Travis Schulte took the lead when the green flew for the first feature. Shane Howell grabbed second while other WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds battled. Shane Sabraski moved up a groove and drove past Howell and to Schulte’s door. Sabraski took the lead and soon the yellow waved. Sabraski remained in front and Schulte took second as the race resumed. Howell kept close to Schulte but Bud Martini and Denis Czech moved to his sides. They were three wide as Czech took the point and took second. Czech started the race back in the 14 point, and chased after Sabraski. Schulte remained in third but Martini and Tyler Peterson were ready to move. Peterson made his move first and took third while Martini and Schulte drove door to door. Martini took fourth and Schulte settled in fifth as Sabraski took the checkers in his Express ATM Services #7a.

Jim Gullikson and Justin Pogones led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green and Gullikson pulled into the lead. Pogones kept second but Justin Vogel moved to his side. After a caution, Vogel and Pogones were side by side for second. Tim Johnson rocked the high side and made the battle three wide. Johnson took the point and tracked down Gullikson. Johnson dove to the low side and flew by Gullikson’s #21 for first. Pogones and Vogel continued to battle for third as they caught Gullikson. The fight for third never let up as Pogones and Vogel remained door to door and tried to get around Gullikson. As the checkers were raised, Vogel made the pass and took second with Gullikson, Pogones and Aaron Johnson as top finishers. Tim Johnson was off in the distance as his Wollak Construction #1jr took the win and his third win of the weekend.

The Hornet and Hobby Stocks took the clay for their race, and Dana Voigt was in first. Brennan Gave made his move around Voigt for first, but the yellow flew and drivers were reset. A couple restarts kept the drivers slow, but Voigt was still in charge. Jordan Fisher moved aside Gave for second and they closed in on Voigt. Gave pulled ahead and took the lead while Tyler Berry, Voigt and Fisher went three wide for second. Berry put his foot down and passed Gave for first. Again the yellow waved and the drivers were sorted. Berry was in the lead but Fisher slid by him as the green flew. Fisher then went wide in the turn and Berry flew by for first. Gave and Josh Zimpel move aside Fisher for second as Berry spun in turn two. Drivers scattered and realigned with Zimpel in the lead. Fisher moved to Zimpel’s side and took the lead, but Zimpel came right back. As they came out of turn four and to the finish, Fisher’s car took a sharp left and hit the infield while Zimpel cruised to take the win.

Brandon Linquist took the lead as the WISSOTA Mod Four Feature began. Dustin Zieske took second while Shayne Laske and Keith Thell battled for third as the yellow flew. Linquist was alone on the restart with Thell and Laske in tow. Thell moved inside of Linquist for the lead but Linquist sped away. Laske moved next to Thell, took second and chased after Linquist. The yellow waved again and Linquist had Laske and Thell on his bumper. Laske took the green and passed Linquist for first. Linquist came back and they were door to door for the lead. Another couple cautions occurred and as the green reappeared, Laske was in control. Laske led the remaining laps and took the win in his JDP Electric sponsored #30. Thell, Linquist, Kyle Thell and Bryce Bjerken took the top points.

Dave Mass moved into first as the green waved for the WISSOTA Super Stocks. James Trantina grabbed second while Tim Johnson battled Gary Hussman. The yellow soon flew and two cautions kept the super’s slow, but the Dominator Dave Mass was in control as the green waved. Johnson took second while Don Eischens moved aside Matthew Dibb for third. Dibb and Eischens kept close to Johnson’s rear and Dibb made the pass for second. Dibb looked in the distance to see Mass while Johnson, Trantina and Eischens ran close for points. The leader board hit 20 laps as Mass crossed the finish line with his Lube-Tech sponsored #2. Mass swept the weekend winning all three nights of the cup. Dibb, Johnson, Trantina and Eischens were the top five drivers.

Devin Larson took first and Jake Hagemann latched onto to his bumper as the Pure Stock feature commenced. They immediately drove away from the competition while David Dosh moved into third. Hagemann didn’t let Larson get out of sight as his rolled his #33 around the same line Larson drove. Hagemann kept so close he rubbed Larson’s rear as they went through the turn. Hagemann recovered and kept second but Larson stretched his lead out. Larson remained in charge from the green to the checkers and took his third feature win of the weekend.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were the final race of the weekend with 21 drivers on the track. Justin Oestreich grabbed first as the green dropped and Dave Cain moved into second. Oestreich ran the tracks lower side and Cain ran high as Cain moved to Oestreich’s side. Cain pulled ahead as the yellow lights came on. Cain was alone on the start with Oestreich and Clayton Wagamon in tow. Oestreich retook second but Wagamon kept close. Dave Mass drove in fourth while Joe Voigt had heavy traffic to his rear. Voigt’s car spun in turn four and drivers scattered brining out the yellow flag. Drivers were realigned with Cain in the lead, Oestreich second and Mass moved aside Wagamon for third. They battled close to Oestreich, but Oestreich put some space between them as Mass took third. Cain was flying around the track with the cruise control set as Keith Tourville and Shane Sabraski sat on the front chute. Again the yellow flew with only three laps to go. Cain was alone on the restart with Oestreich and Mass to his rear. As they made the final lap, Oestreich moved up Cain’s side, however Cain pulled away and took the checkers in his Bob Harris Enterprises sponsored #2c for the third time. Oestreich, Mass, Mike Stearns and Wagamon took the top points.

The 2014 Gold Cup Triple Header wrapped up as a very successful weekend. A new track time was set by Dave Cain, the all-time car count record was broke Saturday night, Shane Sabraski took his 500th career feature win and four drivers won all three nights of the Cup.

The next and final event of the season will be National Championship weekend at the Granite City Speedway. Practice will be held Friday October 10th with races on Saturday and Sunday October 11 and 12 at 5:30 and 3:30. We’ll see you at the Granite City Speedway for the final chance for drivers to earn WISSOTA National Points.

Cain, Mass, Johnson and Larson double up their wins on Night 2 of the Gold Cup.

October 1st, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – A record breaking 166 drivers filled the pits and overflowed into the parking lot Saturday for night two of the Gold Cup Triple Header. The night featured some great side by side WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action with three features caution free and only seven total feature cautions. Keith Thell, Shane Sabraski, and Tyler Berry took their first features of the weekend while Dave Cain, Dave Mass, Tim Johnson, and Devin Larson grabbed their second.

Shane Sabraski and Danny Vang led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green for the night’s first event. Sabraski and Vang battled door to door for first while Bud Martini moved into third. The top three drivers separated from the pack while Vang pulled into first. Sabraski kept close to Vang and soon he pulled ahead. The top three continued to build their lead as they ran the tracks top edge. Sabraski pulled away from Vang and prepared to lap as the yellow waved. Sabraski was alone on the restart but Martini and Vang moved to his sides and they were three wide. Sabraski and Martini broke away when Vang scrapped the upper wall and the yellow flew. Sabraski remained in charge as he took the green. Tim Johnson moved aside Martini. Travis Schulte followed the top drivers as Johnson took second. Sabraski led the remaining laps and rolled his Metro Buick GMC sponsored #7a into victory lane and celebrated his 500th career feature win with family and crew members. Top positions went too Johnson, Martini, Schulte and Jason VandeKamp.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks took the clay with Sam Fankhauser and Jordan Tollakson on the front row. Fankhauser moved into the lead and Justin Vogel took second. Jim Gullikson and Tollakson battled for third as Vogel moved to Fankhauser’s outside. Fankhauser kept Vogel at bay as Tim Johnson joined Gullikson and Tollakson for third. Gullikson pulled ahead to battle Vogel and they grabbed Fankhauser’s sides. The top drivers kept close as Vogel took the lead. Fankhauser, Gullikson, Johnson and Tollakson kept close and went three wide for second. Johnson tried the low groove and slid past Gullikson and Vogel for the lead. Johnson immediately drove away in his Wollak Construction streeter and led until the checkers flew. The remaining top points went to Gullikson, Vogel, Fankhauser and Tollakson

After a first lap restart, Dana Voigt pulled ahead in the Hornet/Hobby Stock feature. Brennan Gave moved into second while Jordan Fisher worked the low groove. Gave made his way around Voigt and took the lead and Josh Zimpel took second. Tyler Berry’s #500 was cruising as he took second and chased down Gave. Gave lapped slower drivers, but soon Berry was on his rear. A final restart slowed the drivers and put Zimpel and Berry on Gave’s bumper. Berry moved aside Gave but contact was made. Gave pulled ahead but Berry was back at his side. Berry took the lead and won the feature with Gave, Zimpel and Voigt in tow.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours rolled on the track with Matt Halls on the pole. Kyle Thell drove into first and Dustin Zieske battled Halls for second. Zieske took second while drivers battled side by side. Halls locked in third but Keith Thell took fourth. Keith Thell moved into third but the yellow waved. Kyle Thell was alone on the restart with Halls and Zieske in tow. Zieske took second while Halls, Keith Thell and Bryce Bjerken battled three wide for third. Keith Thell took third, second and looked ahead at Kyle Thell. Within a lap, Keith Thell was at Kyle’s side with nine laps to go. They continued to run side by side as the laps ticked away. Bjerken pulled into third and Brandon Linquist took fourth while Zieske fell to fifth. The Thell brothers remained in a battle for first with four laps to go. Keith Thell was faster out of the turns and he locked in the lead point in time to take the checkers. Kyle Thell finished in second while Linquist, Bjerken and Zieske took top points.

Tim Johnson took the lead and Don Eischens battled Dexton Koch for second as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature began. Eischens pulled into second while Sabraski challenged Koch. The yellow then flew as the #1e of Eischens spun in turn four. Back to back restarts kept the supers at a coast, but Johnson remained in charge. Dave Mass moved through the traffic as the green waved and he took second. Mass chased down Johnson and soon they were panel to panel. Four laps passed and Johnson still battled Mass for the top point. As they caught slower drivers, Mass made a pass first and pulled into the lead. Johnson was caught behind a string of slower cars and Mass pulled away. The dominator Dave Mass kept driving away from Johnson, but Johnson gave it a final push as the checkers flew. Mass took the win in his McKay’s Dodge #2 with Johnson, Koch, Don Shaw and James Trantina as the top five.

Devin Larsen took the lead as the green waved for the Pure Stocks. David Dosh took second and Jake Hagemann moved into third. Jack Barta moved asi de Hagemann for third while Jacob Jordan rode their rears. Barta and Jordan moved aside Hagemann and they were three wide for third. Barta fell back and Jordan and Hagemann pulled away. Hagemann broke away from Jordan with two to go but Jordan moved back to his side. Larsen took the checkers in his #96 Pure Stock with Dosh, Hagemann, Jordan and Barta as the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds finished the evening’s races with Keith Tourville and Shaun Peterson on the front row. They battled for first as they green waved, but Peterson took the high groove and claimed the point. Tourville held second and Don Shaw took third while Don Eischens, Dave Cain, Brian Haben and Mark Trautner battled four wide for fourth. Haben took the position, but Cain found his groove and stole it. Cain then worked his way aside Shaw for third and chased down Tourville. Cain took second and quickly closed in on Peterson. Don Eischens followed in Cain’s tracks as he took fifth, fourth and reeled in Tourville. Cain moved to Peterson’s side and after a short battle took the lead. Cain was ready to lap slower cars with Peterson on his bumper. Cain and Peterson worked their way through traffic as Eischens took third. Eischens slid past cars and caught Peterson for second with few laps to go. Eischens took the runner up position and kept weaving his way towards Cain. The laps came to a close and although Eischens was gaining, Cain took the checkers in his Eibach Springs sponsored #2c. Eischens, Peterson, Justin Oestreich and Tourville took top points.

Granite City Speedway – Gold Cup – Night 1

September 28th, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – 145 packed the pits of the Granite City Speedway for night one of the 3rd Annual Gold Cup Triple Header weekend. All races were full of action, had side by side racing and even some last second leader battles. At the end of the night, Jason VandeKamp, Tim Johnson, Kyle Thell, Dave Mass, Dave Cain, Jordan Fisher and Devin Larson went home with trophies.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds hit the clay with Tom Gill and Jeremy Nelson on the front tow. Tim Johnson joined them and they were three wide for the lead. Johnson and Nelson pulled ahead but Johnson suffered a mechanical problem and the yellow waved. Nelson was alone on the restart with Jason VandeKamp and Cory Crapser in tow. VandeKamp grabbed Nelson’s side for first and Crapser joined them. Crapser took over the lead but VandeKamp retook his door. Nelson remained on their bumpers as the top three pulled away. Crapser continued to hold his competitors, but again VandeKamp moved to his side. With five laps to go, VandeKamp made the pass for the first and maintained it until the checkers flew. VandeKamps’s F.Y.E. Motorsports #16 rolled into victory lane with Crapser, Nelson, Danny Vang and Denis Czech in the top five.

Justin Pogones and Jordan Tollakson led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green and Pogones pulled into first. Tollakson, Sam Fankhauser and Tom Anderson battled for second as Tollakson broke away. Tollakson moved to Pogones side and took the lead. Fankhauser moved aside Pogones for second with Tim Johnson on their rears. Johnson took the high groove and passed them both. The yellow then waved and drivers were sorted with Tollakson in control. Johnson moved outside Tollakson and took the lead as Jim Gullikson took third. Gullikson moved aside Tollakson for second and they ran door to door as the race came to an end. Gullikson, Tollakson, Justin Vogel and Fankhauser were the top drivers while Johnson’s Wollak Construction streeter took the win.

Bobby Blowers and Tyler Berry brought the Hornet and Hobby Stocks to the green, but as they rounded turn two, Berry’s car spun and Blowers was caught. Berry and Blowers were unable to continue racing while Jordan Fisher and Dan Kastner took the front row. Fisher grabbed first when the green waved and Justin Schelitzche took second. Fisher built up a commendable lead, but Schelitzche put his foot down and chased him. Lexi Gallagher moved into the third point and Kastner fell to fourth. Kastner took a turn into the infield leaving five cars left on the track. Fisher led the entire race and took the win with Schelitzche, Gallagher, Bob Gave and Derek Stanoch as the finishing cars.

Dustin Zieske and Josh Abrahamson battled door to door as the WISSOTA Mod Four feature commenced. Four laps were completed and still there was no definite leader as they battled nose to nose. Kyle Thell moved aside Keith Thell for third as Abrahamson had a mechanical failure and the yellow waved. Zieske was alone on the restart but had Keith and Kyle Thell on his tail. The Thell brothers kept close to Zieske while Shayne took fourth. Zieske continued to hold Keith and Kyle Thell back, but Keith moved to his side. Keith Thell made the pass for first and Kyle Thell continued to work Zieske. Kyle Thell took second and moved to his younger brother’s side. They battled door to door while Laske and Zieske fought. Kyle Thell took the top point with five laps to go. A final caution slowed the Mod Fours, but Kyle Thell remained in the lead and rolled his yellow Wollak Construction car into victory lane. Keith Thell, Laske, Brandon Linquist and Zieske were the top five drivers.

Cale Berry climbed back into a WISSOTA Super Stock and started aside Dave Mass for the feature. Mass took the lead as the green waved and Berry held second. The yellow quickly appeared and drivers were slowed. Mass was alone on the restart with Berry and James Trantina in tow. Mass immediately drove away from the pack while Trantina, Berry and Tim Johnson ran three wide for second. Johnson took the point and chased after Mass while Shane Sabraski took third. Top drivers began to space out while Don Eischens moved into fourth. The race was half over as Mass began to lap drivers. Mass weaved between cars as Johnson reeled him in. Mass however wasn’t concerned as he dominated the competition and took the checkers in his Bradford Garage sponsored #2. Johnson, Sabraski, Eischens and Trantina were the top finishers.

The Pure Stocks were next with Devin Larson and David Dosh on the pole. They battled door to door for first as Dosh’s #12 coasted to a stop on the high side. Dosh got his #12 fired back up and the green light remained on while Larson took the lead. Charlie Shiek and Jake Hagemann battled for second and Shiek took the point. Shiek looked towards Larson, but soon smoke rolled from his black #19c and he took the infield. Larson led from start to finish and took the win.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night with Zach Johnson and Don Eischens on the front row. Johnson took the lead as the green flew and Dave Cain battled Eischens for second. Eischens held second and moved aside Johnson for first. Eischens took the lead but Cain moved to the high side to challenge the #9e.Cain moved back to Eischens’ door and made the pass for first. The yellow soon flew and drivers were realigned, but Cain remained in charge. Eischens retook second and Johnson held third while Mike Stearns moved into fourth. Top drivers began to space out while Cain built up his lead. Cain began to lap slower cars, and as he weaved through the traffic, Eischens closed in. Cain was in heavy traffic and saw Eischens at his door. With two laps to go they were door to door in traffic. Cain and Eischens were four wide with Jeremy Nelson and Shaun Peterson as they entered the final turn. Eischens nosed into the lead, but as they exited turn four Cain moved forward. The checkers were raised as they came down the front chute. Eischens gave it one final push but Cain crossed the line first and took the win in his Cain Farms sponsored modified. Eischens finished in a close second with Stearns, Dave Mass and Johnson as the top drivers.

Martini Masters the Mod’s in Granite City Modified Special

September 26th, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – Sunday night was the Granite City Speedway Modified Special night and more than 20 Mod drivers signed into the pits.
The night featured a bike give away sponsored by Collins Brothers towing and the Northern Vintage Stock Cars.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modified strolled onto the track for the night’s first feature. Travis Schulte grabbed the lead as the green waved with Jason Hoffman and Bud Martini in a fight for second. Martini took second but Hoffman moved back to his door. The yellow flag waved and drivers were sorted with Schulte in command. Martini took second as the race resumed and Jeremy Nelson and Jason VandeKamp challenged Hoffman for third. VandeKamp took the point and Denis Czech pulled aside Hoffman. Martini kept close to Schulte and tried to intimidate him, but Schulte kept his line and slowly broke away. With only two laps to go, Schulte was in lapped traffic and Martini caught him. The checkers were raised as Schulte and Martini flew to the line. With a margin of .09 seconds, the #3t of Schulte went to Victory lane while Martini settled in a close second.

The next race were the WISSOTA Street Stocks with Shawn Wageman and Ryan Pommerer on the front row. As the green waved, Kurt Becken joined them and they were three wide. Pommerer nosed ahead while Tim Johnson joined Becken and Wageman. Becken claimed second and chased after Pommerer. Johnson, Wageman and Justin Vogel battled for third while Becken and Pommerer drove side by side. As the battles got hotter, the #87 of Lance Ennenga rolled in turn two and the race stopped. Ennenga was tended to by track personnel and the drivers were sorted. Pommerer was alone on the restart with Becken and Johnson in tow. Johnson rocked the high side and took the lead while the #01 of Justin Pogones ran low. Pogones and Pommerer batted side by side until Pogones pulled ahead. However, with two to go, Pommerer was back at his door. Pommerer got on the gas and crossed the line first to take second and Pogones settled for third as Johnson’s rolled his Wollak Construction street stock into victory lane.

The combined Hornet and Hobby Stock class took the green with Jordan Fisher in first. Tim Lavoi moved to second and Matt Fester grabbed third. Fisher already had a big lead while Fester chased Lavoi. Soon Tyler Berry was at Fester’s side and Mark Stahl joined them. Lavoi, Berry, Stahl and Fester all battled very close for points Fisher began to lap. Berry, Lavoi and Fester were three wide for second as Fisher got caught in heavy traffic. Fisher couldn’t get through the traffic and Berry, Lavoi and Fester caught him. The checkers were raised and Fisher gave the gas a final push and secured the win in his #39.

After a first lap caution for the WISSOTA Mod Fours, Dustin Zieske pulled ahead in the lead. Josh Abrahamson kept close while Mitch Hribar took third. Keith Thell was on the move and took third, second and chased down Zieske. Soon they were side by side for first but the yellow waved. Zieskewas alone on the restart, but Thell and Abrahamson made it three wide. Zieske dropped to third while Thell and Abrahamson battled. Bryce Bjerken and Kyle Thell went three wide with Zieske for third and Keith Thell broke away with the lead. The yellow appeared and back to back cautions kept the Mod Fours at a slower rate, but soon they were back in action. Keith Thell remained in charge while Bryce Bjerken took second. Bjerken kept close and as they exited turn four on the final lap, Bjerken put his foot down. Keith Thell still crossed the line first and took the win in his Got Milk? #00t.

The Northern Vintage Stock Cars ran their features next. The winner of the Vintage Full Body cars was Gary Whipple and the Vintage Super Modified winner was Butch Bethke.

As the Vintage cars exited the track, the WISSOTA Super Stocks rolled out. Larry Lund and Shane Sabraski brought the drivers to the green, but contact was made and the yellow flew. Unfortunately, Sabraski was done for this race and Lund and Dexton Koch assumed the front row. Lund, Koch, Curt Myers, Tim Johnson and Dave Mass all battled for the top position until Mass stole the point. Johnson moved into second and chased after Mass. Matthew Dibb and Myers battled door to door for third while Johnson remained behind Mass. Johnson and Mass were in an intense battle for first as Mass spun into the infield. The yellow waved and Johnson was charged for the incident. The restart was Mass with Myers and Dibb in tow. Mass immediately drove away from the others and dominated the remaining laps to take the win in his McKay’s sponsored #2. Myers, Dibb, Johnson and Eric Martini took the top five points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds ended the night with their special event. Zach Schultz and Zach Johnson led the drivers to the stand and Johnson took the lead. Schultz grabbed second with Dave Cain and Justin Oestreich on his rear. Oestreich grabbed the high groove and shot into second. Oestreich began to creep in on Johnson but Cain and Eric Martini moved to his sides. Johnson then had mechanical and he coasted to a stop. The yellow waved and drivers were realigned. Martini was alone as the green dropped and Cain moved to his side. Martini slid to the high side and pulled away from Cain. Mike Stearns took third and Dale Mathison broke into top points. Mathison grabbed third and closed in on the leaders as the yellow saved. Martini was in charge when the green flew but Cain and Mathison were close. Mathison took second and Cain moved to his side. Cain slid past Mathison’s nose, Mathison dove to his door and retook second. Cain didn’t back down as another yellow slowed them down. Cain and Mathison kept Martini on his toes as they shot out of turn four with three laps to go. Martini remained the guy to beat as he led the final laps for the win and big payday. Mathison, Cain, Shane Sabraski and Stearns were the top drivers.

Next week will be the 3rd Annual Granite City Speedway Gold Cup Triple Header weekend. Races will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights starting at 7:00, 5:30 and 3:30. The weekend will feature three compete shows and all of our regular classes with Hornets and Hobby Stocks running together. We’ll see you next weekend at Granite City, were Sunday Nights Rock!

Season Wrapped up for Granite City Speedway

August 28th, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – The 2014 Granite City Speedway season wrapped up Sunday night with some superb WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Jeremy Nelson, Tim Johnson, Shane Sabraski, Aaron Johnson, Kyle Thell, Devin Larson, Alex Wolff and Dannie Burkholder took home the feature wins.

Also, four Mechanics Races took place at the end of the night for three classes. The WISSOTA Open Wheel class had two races with Scott Atkinson and Shane Patrin taking the wins. The other winners were Ashton Schulte and Zach Haakenson for Non-WISSOTA and WISSOTA Non-Open wheel classes

The night’s features began with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Tim Johnson and Denis Czech went into the night tied for the championship and this race decided who would win it. Bud Martini jumped into the lead as the green flew while Danny Vang, Travis Schulte and Ryan Studanski went three wide for second. Schulte and Vang pulled away as the first yellow occurred. On the restart, Martini was alone and contact between Schulte and Vang brought another yellow out. Schulte got the charge and Vang exited the track. Martini continued to lead as the green reappeared but Shane Sabraski moved to his side. Sabraski pulled into the lead and Czech moved into third. After a couple more restarts, Jeremy Nelson and Tim Johnson moved into top points. Johnson took third from Nelson and began to reel in Czech. With few laps left, Johnson and Czech were side by side. Czech pulled ahead and locked in second while Sabraski took the checkers. Johnson, Nelson and Tom Gill rounded out the top five.

It was a close point battle, but Denis “the menace” Czech was victorious and took the Track Championship.

Christina Studanski and Aaron Johnson brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green and Johnson shot into the lead. Brad Schmidt and Justin Pogones moved aside Studanski and they went three wide for second. Tim Johnson joined the fun and soon they were four wide. Pogones claimed second and T. Johnson took third. T. Johnson moved next to Pogones and they were side by side for second. Pogones held T. Johnson back as they closed in on A. Johnson. The laps ticked by and Aaron Johnson took the win in his #442 street stock. Pogones, T. Johnson, Schmidt and Studanski took top points.

Tim Johnson took the Street Stock championship.

The Hornets were next and Brandon Opsahl took the lead but soon the yellow flew. Opsahl was first on the restart with Dannie Burkholder and Darin Lenk in tow. Burkholder kept close to Opsahl and moved to his side. Opsahl and Burkholder ran side by side while Justin Schelitzche challenged Lenk. Burkholder slid into first with Opsahl, Lenk and Schelitzche as the top four. They ran that order the remaining laps as Burkholder took the win.

Justin Schelitzche took the Hornet Track Championship.

Jamie Flickinger passed the front row and took first as the green waved for the WISSOTA Mod Four feature. Kyle Thell moved low and aside Flickinger as the yellow waved. Flickinger was alone on the restart with Thell and Dustin Zieske on his rear. Thell made the pass for first, Zieske took second, and Matt Halls and Keith Thell passed Flickinger. Halls and Keith Thell battled for third but a lapped car gave Keith Thell the advantage to take the point. Keith Thell claimed second after another caution and soon caught his brother Kyle Thell. The Thell boys were side by side as the white flag waved. They came upon a lapped car and split ways to pass him. They remained side by side until they crossed the line and Kyle Thell took the win. Keith Thell, Zieske, Chad Funt and Jerry Esler were the top finishers in the feature.

Kyle Thell may have won the feature, but the younger Keith Thell was the Track Champion.

Seven mighty Pure Stocks rolled out for their feature with Brandon Fah and David Dosh in a battle for first. Charlie Shiek closed in and they were almost three wide through the turns. Dosh pulled ahead in the lead but Shiek and Fah kept close. Shiek broke away from Fah and next to Dosh as a caution slowed him. Dosh and Shiek resumed the quarrel for first on the restart but as they went through one and two, Jake Hagemann passed them for the lead. Devin Larson also moved up and aside Shiek for second. Larson dove low and passed Hagemann for first. Larson led the final laps and took the win.

Charlie Shiek was the Track Champion.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next and James Trantina took the lead. Jake Goetze and Dexton Koch were door to door for second and Goetze got the point. Shane Sabraski moved into third with Tim Johnson in tow. Johnson and Sabraski moved up to Goetze and they were three wide for second. Johnson took the point while Goetze retained third. Johnson chased down Trantina and applied the pressure. They were side by side as Johnson pulled away, but soon the yellow would fly. Trantina was unfortunately unable to continue racing, so Johnson had Goetze and Dave Mass on his rear. Mass claimed second and kept close to Johnson as Johnson took the checkers in this Wollak Construction #1jr. Mass, Goetze, Sabraski and Koch were the top finishers.

The Hobby Stocks and Hornet combo sped off as the green appeared and Dana Voigt took the lead. Tyler Berry grabbed second and soon took first. The yellow flew as Brandon Opsahl, Alex Wolff and Voigt sat together on the back stretch. Opsahl and Voigt were unable to race as Wolff rejoined the pack. Berry remained in charge on the restart as Wolff took second. Wolff began to reel in Berry for first, and as they prepped to lap, they were side by side. Berry and Wolff remained door to door until they rounded turn four of the final lap. Wolff pulled ahead to claim the win with Berry in a close second. The Track Champion for the Hobby Stocks was also Wolff.

The WISSOTA Modifieds wrapped up the nights feature events as Landon Atkinson took the lead. Jeremy Nelson settled in second with Don Eischens and Eric Martini in a battle for third. Eischens then moved to Nelson’s door and took second, but Nelson and Martini came back and they were three wide. The yellow waved and drivers were realigned with Atkinson still in control. Nelson again took second on the restart and Martini battled Eischens. Nelson passed Atkinson for first and Eischens slid to Atkinson’s side. Atkinson held Eischens back but Eischens kept after him. Out of nowhere the #2c of Dave Cain came through the traffic and took third from Eischens. Cain then caught and passed Atkinson for second as the white flew. Cain kept his foot down to catch Nelson, but Nelson was too far ahead as he took the checkers. Nelson rolled his D&N Trucking #06 into victory lane with Cain, Atkinson, Eischens and Sabraski in the top five.

Shane Sabraski took the Track Championship for both the Super Stock and the Modified.

The regular season maybe over, but the Granite City Speedway will be back next week on Monday for our Annual Labor Day Special. The day will also double up as a Kids Night and will feature powder puff races. It’s going to be a great night with race action starting at 5:30.

Rain out/End of season Preview at Granite City

August 20th, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – The Granite City Speedway surrendered to Mother Nature Sunday afternoon, canceling the WISSOTA Late Model special.
The cancellation was unfortunate with the season coming to an end, but there’s still many opportunities to see the tires hit the clay.

Sunday August 24 will be season championship night. All eight classes will be in combat with some great dirt flying action. Many classes have tight points battles, but none closer than the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds.

Tim Johnson and Denis Czech are currently tied for the track championship with 470 points in the Midwest Mods. Shane Sabraski sits behind them and down 24 points. However Sabraski is currently leading the WISSOTA Super Stocks and Modifieds. The Modifieds are also in a close quarrel with Don Eischens back a measly six points from Sabraski and Eric Martini one point behind Eischens. Any of the top three could still take the Modified championship. Tim Johnson leads the WISSOTA Street Stock points 28 degrees over Justin Pogones. The Thell brothers of Keith and Kyle have kept the WISSOTA Mod Fours on their feet this season and they currently run in positions one and two respectively.

Charlie Shiek leads the Pure Stocks with Jake Hagemann 17 points behind him. Alex Wolff is only seven points ahead of Matt Fester in the Hobby Stock’s and Hornet driver Darin Lenk is 20 points behind Fester. Lenk also runs second in the Hornet class just 11 points shy of Justin Schelitzche.

Track championship night will be a fantastic night of racing and will settle some very close point battles.

After the regular season wraps up, the Granite City Speedway will host their Annual Labor Day Special including Powder Puff races. WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and Pure stocks will run along with the Hornets and Hobbies running as one combined class.

The track will then sit idle a couple weeks, but on Sunday September 21, the Modifieds will get the chance to run their Modified special of the year. The Northern Vintage Stock Cars will be on hand that night along with all regular classes.

The following weekend will be the Gold Cup Triple Header weekend with races Friday through Sunday, September 26, 27, 28. All three nights will be complete shows with all car classes in action and it will be a great chance for drivers to earn three nights worth of national points.

The final race nights of the year will be on Saturday and Sunday October 11 and 12 for National Championship weekend. These dates are the last chance for drivers to earn and secure their WISSOTA National Points positions. There’s no better place to race this weekend than the Granite City Speedway.

Many talented drivers will be at each of the mentioned happenings, you’ll want to be at the Granite City Speedway for all of these events.

Make sure you stay in the loop with all the racing news and updates by checking out www.gcspeedway.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We hope to see you at the Granite City Speedway, where Sunday nights Rock!

Keith Thell Captures Win in Granite City Mod Four Special

August 6th, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – After a two hour rain delay, WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series got underway with many drivers visiting the Granite City Speedway. Sunday night was the WISSOTA Mod Four special with the winner getting a higher payout and randomly drawn drivers getting extra pay. Keith Thell took the Mod Four win, Don Eischens, Devin Larson, Alex Wolff and Justin Schelitzche grabbed a win while Tim Johnson took three.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rolled onto the clay and Mitch Weiss grabbed the lead. Brandon Mehrwerth took third and then second while Travis Schulte took third. Shane Sabraski, Denis Czech and Corey Bruggeman went three wide for fourth as the yellow waved. Weiss took the lead on the restart and Schulte moved into second. Sabraski moved to Schulte’s side as the top drivers pulled away. Sabraski flew by Schulte and Weiss for the lead but the yellow flickered back on. After another restart, Tim Johnson made his way into the top points and ran aside Schulte. Johnson kept on Sabraski and as Sabraski came around turn four, he nicked a tire and Johnson flew by. Johnson assumed the lead as a final caution occurred. Johnson led the remaining laps and put the #97c in victory lane. Martini, Sabraski, Czech and Schulte were the top five drivers.

The WISSOTA Street Stock feature began with Aaron Johnson and Davey Kruchten on the front row. Johnson took first while Brad Schmidt grabbed second and Justin Pogones took third. Tim Johnson followed Pogones and moved past him and next to Schmidt. Schmidt kept T. Johnson back and moved in on A. Johnson. A. Johnson and Schmidt rubbed allowing Schmidt to grab the lead. T. Johnson assumed second and kept the pressure on Schmidt. A few laps passed before T. Johnson made the pass for first, but once he did, he drove away. Tim Johnson took the win with his Wollak Construction sponsored Street Stock for the eighth time this season. The top finishers were Schmidt, A. Johnson, Shawn Teunis and Christina Studanski.

Alex Wolff took the lead when the Hobby Stocks feature started. Jeff Ahlquist took second and Ashley Bell grabbed third. The top drivers began to pull away while Justin Schelitzche closed in on Bell. The yellow flew and Wolff was slowed. As the green reappeared, Wolff drove away with Ahlquist and Bell in tow. Matt Fester closed in on Tim Lavoi and took fourth, but after another caution Lavoi reclaimed the point. Lavoi kept close to Bell for third but the checkers waved and Wolff took another feature win.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were up for their Special Race Night. 21 Mod Fours took the green and Keith Thell took the lead. Brandon Linquist took second and Trever Roediger battled Shayne Laske for third. Mitch Hribar moved up and took third as drivers rounded the curves. Laske then got loose in turn four and spun. Drivers dodged him but a couple got tangled and the yellow waved. The drivers were sorted and Thell was back in front. The battle for second heated up between Hribar and Linquist as the #6-Six went up in the air and rolled into turn one. The race went red as track and medical officials tended to Forest Foster. Foster was ok and his car was removed from the track as drivers were realigned. This round Linquist took second immediately and Hribar settled for third. Dustin Zieske and Matt Halls battled behind Hribar as Halls fell back in the pack. Zieske moved aside Hribar and took third, but as they caught slower drivers, Hribar moved to his aside. One final caution would slow the leaders, but Thell sped away on the restart. Zieske moved to Linquist’s side for second but Linquist kept him back. Linquist then closed in on Thell, but Thell kept his foot down and put his Wollak Construction #00t into victory lane. Linquist, Kyle Thell, Zieske and Hribar were the top finishers.

Brandon Fah and Devin Larson led the Pure Stocks to green. Larson took the lead and Fah battled Hagemann for second. Hagemann took the point as Charlie Sheik took third. Sheik worked on Hagemann for second, but Hagemann dropped into the infield and Sheik assumed the point. Larson led the whole feature and took the win.

Matthew Dibb and Jake Goetze brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks on the clay, and as the green flew, Tim Johnson grabbed the high side and took the lead. Johnson drove away from the competition while Dibb grabbed second. Shane Sabraski moved high on the track, passed Dibb, and started to chase Johnson. Dibb and Dave Mass battled side by side but Mass took third. Sabraski continued to track down Johnson, but Johnson as too far gone and took the feature win. Sabraski, Mass, Dibb and Goetze took the top five points.

The Hornet tires hit the clay next and Brandon Opsahl moved into first. Justin Schelitzche moved into second while Jeremy Jutz took third. Schelitzche ran close to Opsahl, moved to his side, and took the lead while Opsahl fell back on the track. Jutz moved into second and Gavin Rowland took third. Schelitzche soon was lapping slower cars and kept his lead until the checkers flew. Schelitzche put his #14 in victory lane with Jutz and Rowland as the top three.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the night’s events with Clayton Wagamon and Don Eischens on the front row. Eischens grabbed the lead with Dave Mass and Wagamon on his trail. Eric Martini, Landon Atkinson and Shane Sabraski battled for fourth and Martini pulled ahead. Eischens already built a comfortable lead as Martini worked on Wagamon. Wagamon held Martini off, but Martini was back. Martini moved low on the track and battled side by side with Wagamon. Martini made the pass for third and looked ahead at Mass. Eischens had the cruise control set as he took the win over a straight away ahead of the others. Mass, Martini, Wagamon and Landon Atkinson took top positions.

Next Sunday will be Scout and Bike Giveaway night at the Granite City Speedway. All Scout kids 17 and under will be free and all kids will have a chance to win a bike. We’ll see you next Sunday, where Sunday Nights Rock!

Cain, Dibb, Sabraski, Johnson and Linquist Qualify for Race Of Champions

July 31st, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – There was rain in every direction, but the Granite City Speedway dodged the weather and completed a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. It was also Race of Champions qualifier night and Dave Cain, Matthew Dibb, Shane Sabraski, Tim Johnson and Brandon Linquist took the WISSOTA wins along with Alex Wolff, Charlie Sheik and Dan Larsen taking the others.

Shane Sabraski and Tim Johnson brought the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the clay for the first feature. They green waved and they drove side by side. Three laps passed and they were still door to door as the yellow flew for debris. Johnson was alone on the restart but Sabraski moved back to his side. Danny Vang pulled into third as they leaders drove off. Another yellow appeared as Bud Martini spun and exited the track. Drivers were grouped together again and the battle for first continued. Johnson ran the high groove and Sabraski ran to his left. Sabraski pulled a slider on Johnson securing his lead position. Sabraski led the remaining laps and took the checkers. Johnson, Danny Vang, Denis Czech and Jason VandeKamp took top points.

The WISSOTA Street Stock feature was next with a pair of Justin’s on the front row. Justin Vogel and Justin Pogones sped off as the green waved and Vogel took the lead. Pogones grabbed second but Tim Johnson moved to his side. Johnson took second and caught Vogel. They ran parallel in the turns and Johnson took a slight lead. The yellow then waved and drivers were realigned. Johnson was first on the restart with Vogel and Pogones in tow. Johnson immediately drove away while Pogones worked Vogel for second. Pogones made the pass while everyone settled into their positions. Johnson continued to stretch out his lead and took the win in his Wollak Construction #1jr. Pogones, Vogel, Davey Kruchten and Brad Schmidt were the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours drove to the green with Matt Halls and Keith Thell in a battle for first. Thell nosed ahead of Halls as the yellow flew. On the restart, Brandon Linquist flew around the high side and next to Thell as Kyle Thell followed him. Kyle Thell tried to move past Linquist but Linquist shut the door. Just then, the yellow waved as drivers collided in turn four. The cars were sorted and Keith Thell was back in front on the restart. Linquist took second and was at Keith Thell’s side in the track’s curves. Keith Thell was faster but Linquist was close and Halls also closed in. With three laps to go, the #3 of Linquist finally made the pass for first. Linquist led through one more caution, but kept his lead and took the win. Keith Thell, Halls, Dustin Zieske and Kyle Thell were the top five.

After a couple of quick cautions, the Hobby Stocks were in full force with Alex Wolff in the lead. Tyler Berry grabbed second and Ashley Bell took third while Justin Schelitzche, Matt Fester and Jeff Ahlquist went three wide for fourth. Drivers in points two through five battled close as Wolff stretched out his lead. Schelitzche maneuvered his way into second and began to chase down Wolff. Lap by lap Schelitzche grew closer to Wolff, but Wolff took the checkers for the win.

Charlie Sheik claimed the lead when the Pure Stocks took the green. Devin Larson and David Dosh took second and third while Jake Hagemann and Brandon Fah battled for fourth. The #10 of Fah then spun and the yellow flew. Dosh retired to the infield as Sheik retook the green. Larson and Hagemann battled for second and Larson took the point as Hagemann also rolled into the infield. Sheik, Larson and Fah were the only drivers left and they finished in that order.

Matthew Dibb and Tim Johnson drove side by side for first as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature commenced. Dave Mass moved in behind them while they battled. Not until seven laps in did a leader break out, and it was Rookie Dibb. Dibb pulled ahead while Mass latched onto his bumper. Johnson moved to Mass’ side and Shane Sabraski joined the action. Mass drove higher in the groove and moved to Dibb’s side. Sabraski followed Mass and took the second point while Dibb kept on the low groove. Sabraski squeezed in behind Dibb and kept him on his toes, but Dibb didn’t let the heat from Sabraski bother him. Dibb held his line and took the checkers in his Bradford Garage #22. Sabraski, Mass, Johnson and Andy Davey took top points.

The Hornets hit the track with Darin Lenk in first. Brandon Opsahl took second and Jeremy Jutz settled in third as Dana Voigt was on the move. Voigt took third and then second but Dan Larsen was on his way. Larsen took over second while Justin Schelitzche battled Voigt. The yellow waved and drivers slowed with Lenk in the lead. Larsen retook second and moved aside Lenk. Larsen made the pass for first and held the position as the race winded down. Larsen and his #7k drove into victory lane with Lenk, Schelitzche, Voigt and Brennan Gave as the top drivers.

Shane Sabraski drove off as the green waved for the WISSOTA Modifieds. Dave Cain, Larry Zeller and Clayton Wagamon went three wide for second and Zeller dropped to fourth. Cain and Wagamon kept at it for second and Cain took the point. Cain then chased down Sabraski and moved to his side. Cain made the pass for first but Sabraski remained close. Cain and Sabraski had a good lead over the others as Dave Mass and Larry Zeller battled for third. Mass took the point and set eyes on the leaders, but not many laps remained. Cain retained the lead and put his Wehrs Machine sponsored #2c in victory lane. The top five drivers were Sabraski, Mass, Zeller and Don Eischens

Next Sunday will feature all regular classes in action, but it will be the WISSOTA Mod Four Special. Mod Four drivers will get to race for increased payout as well as bonus pay for a couple random drawn names. Gates will open at 4 pm and racing will begin at 5:30.

Tatnell and Mueller reign victorious on Sprint Car night.

July 23rd, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – Both winged and wingless Sprint Cars stopped by the Granite City Speedway Sunday night for some WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The night of action was sponsored by Mathison Motors and Kyle Thell, Brandon Opsahl, Brooke Tatnell and Mike Mueller took home the hardware while Tim Johnson took home double.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first up for the night’s features and Billy Kendall battled Tom Gill for first. Tim Johnson, Bud Martini and Ashley Mehrwerth went three wide for third while Gill locked in first. Johnson moved into second as the yellow waved. Gill was first on the restart but Johnson moved to his outside and soon took the lead. Martini drove to Gill’s door and took second and Denis Czech stole third. Czech made the move into second after another restart and Travis Schulte challenged Martini. Czech moved low and battled Johnson for first. Johnson broke away from Czech, and with one lap to go, the yellow flew again. The green, white, checkered restart kept Johnson on his toes, but he drove to the checkers and put the #97c in victory lane. Czech, Martini, Schulte and Gill were the top drivers.

Anita Hillebregt and Davey Kruchten brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks on the clay for the next event. Justin Pogones jumped to the high side as the green flew and quickly took first. Kruchten, Aaron Johnson and Tim Johnson battled for second as T. Johnson pulled ahead. T. Johnson caught Pogones for first, and after a quick battle, T. Johnson took the point. Pogones held onto second as the leaders drove away. A. Johnson finally locked in third and began to chase Pogones while Brad Schmidt and Andy Miskowic fought over the third point. After a couple laps, Schmidt broke away but Miskowic found his way back with four laps to go. They remained side by side until the checkers flew. Pogones, A. Johnson, Schmidt and Miskowic rounded out the top five while Tim Johnson put his Wollak Construction streeter into victory lane.

Jamie Flickinger took the lead as the WISSOTA Mod Four race began. Tommy Bawden moved high and passed Flickinger for first. Matt Halls took second while Kyle Thell, Brandon Linquist and Flickinger went three wide for third. Halls made the pass on Bawden for first and Thell took second. Thell chased after Halls and moved to his side. Thell took the lead and Halls fell to second. Linquist also passed Halls for second and Dustin Zieske moved to Halls’ side. Thell led the final laps and took the win with Linquist, Zieske, Halls and Flickinger as top drivers.

The Wingless Sprints rolled on the track for their feature with Mike Walters and Rob Caho, Jr. on the front row. Caho, Jr. grabbed the lead as the green flew with Walters and Brian VanMeveren in tow. Caho, Jr. immediately stretched out his lead as Chase Viebrock came in strong. Viebrok took over second and started towards Caho, jr., but Mike Mueller was on his trail. Mueller took third, then moved to Viebrok’s side, and took second. Caho, Jr. was in lapped traffic while Mueller slowly reeled him in. With two laps to go, Mueller was at Caho, Jr.’s side. Mueller made the pass for the lead and took the checkers. Wingless Sprint heat wins went to Cam Schafer and his #54 and Chase Viebrock and his #50.

The Hornets were up next and Dana Voigt took the lead. Brandon Opsahl moved into second and then to Voigt’s door. Opsahl took the lead and Justin Schelitzche took second. Opsahl and Schelitzche drove away from others while Jeff Ahlquist moved from ninth to fourth. Ahlquist and Ashley Bell battled Voigt for third and Ahlquist took the position. Opsahl and Schelitzche continued to drive away as the laps dissipated. Opsahl took the win with Schelitzche, Ahlquist, Voigt and Bell as the top drivers.

The UMSS Winged Sprint Cars wrapped up the nights events with Jerry Richert, Jr. and Sye Anderson leading the way. As the green dropped Davey Reskin moved into first. Brooke Tatnell and Richert, Jr. took second and third as Ryan Bowers put pressure on Richert, Jr. Bowers moved to Richert, Jr.’s side and after a short battle, Bowers took the point. Tatnell kept close to Heskin but got a great run out of the curve and shot into the lead. Tatnell was lapping drivers as the half way flags waved. Tony Norem moved into third and chased down Heskin for second. Tatnell had a big lead as Norem took the runner up spot. Bowers also reeled in Heskin and took third with a lap to go. Tatnell took the win with Norem, Bowers, Heskin and Jamey Ogston in the top points.

The UMSS winged Sprint Car heat winners were Davey Heskin and Sye Anderson. The challenge race winners were Tony Norem and Jerry Richert, Jr.

Next Sunday, all eight of our regular classes will be back in action for the Race of Champions Qualifier. Gates open at 4 and tires will hit the clay at 5:30.

Shane Sabraski takes the Midwest Modified win on Mystery Payout Night.

July 1st, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – Sunday was Mystery Payout Night at the Granite City Speedway, and 110 drivers signed in for some WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. McKay’s Dodge sponsored the night and the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds got the increased payout for their car count.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were the opening feature race and Travis Schulte took the lead. Tim Johnson moved aside Schulte and took the lead as the yellow waved. Johnson was first on the restart and Schulte took second. Sabraski moved to his side, took the point and chased down Johnson. Sabraski tailgated Johnson until the yellow flew again. Sabraski kept close to Johnson as Schulte grabbed the high line and moved in. Sabraski moved up a groove and took the lead from Johnson. Denis Czech, who was sent to the rear, flew around the high side and grabbed second. Sabraski led the final laps and took the Mystery Payout win. Czech, Johnson, Lilly Kendall and Schulte were the top drivers.

Josh Laney and Davey Kruchten brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the stand and Laney drove away. Kruchten, Justin Vogel and Aaron Johnson went three wide for second and Johnson got the point. Johnson then drove to Laney’s side and took first while drivers battled three wide for second. Kruchten maintained second and began to close the gap with Johnson. Top drivers began to lap when the yellow appeared. Johnson was alone on the restart with Kruchten and Tim Johnson behind him. T. Johnson ran high and Kruchten went low as they challenged A. Johnson for first. They rounded the track three wide and T. Johnson took the lead. T. Johnson led the remaining laps and rolled his Wollak Construction streeter into victory lane. Davey Kruchten, Aaron Johnson, Justin Pogones and Justin Vogel took the top points.

As the Hornets fired at the cone, Brennan Gave, Jessica Stransky and Brandon Opsahl went three wide for first. Gave pulled into the point with Stransky in second. Justin Schelitzche moved next to Stransky, took second and moved next to Gave. Schelitzche took the lead while Darin Lenk came through traffic. Lenk settled into second and chased down Schelitzche. Lenk remained close but Schelitzche was able to hold him back and Schelitzche put his #14 into victory lane.

Tommy Sabraski and Mitch Hribar battled side by side for first when the green dropped for the WISSOTA Mod Fours. Hribar pulled into the lead with Keith Thell and Sabraski close behind. A caution slowed the drivers down, but when the green reappeared, Thell moved aside Hribar. Thell took the lead and Sabraski pulled into second. Dustin Zieske made the pass for third and chased down Sabraski. Zieske and Sabraski ran side by side and Sabraski pulled away. Brandon Linquist moved towards Zieske with two laps left. Thell drove to the checkers and took the win in his #00t with Sabraski, Linquist, Zieske and Kyle Thell as the top five.

David Dosh took first as the Pure Stocks took the clay, but Charlie Sheik took the high line and ran side by side with Dosh. Laps ticked by when Sheik finally pulled ahead. Brandon Fah and Jack Barta battled for third, when Barta’s car suddenly swerved into the wall. The yellow waved and Barta was tended too. Sheik was first on the restart and Dosh took second. Devin Larson, Jake Hagemann and Brandon Fah finished behind Dosh while Sheik took the checkers.

Dan Gullikson and Jake Goetze brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green and Goetze took the lead. Gullikson held second while Dave Mass, Matthew Dibb and Dexton Koch went three wide for third. Gullikson ran the high side and moved next to Goetze for the lead. Gullikson pulled away with the point as Mass moved in. After a restart, Mass and Gullikson raced side by side for first. Gullikson held him, but Mass kept close. Mass was persistent and moved back to Gullikson’s side. Mass made the pass this round putting Gullikson into second. Mass led the remaining laps and celebrated his birthday with the victory. Gullikson, Johnson, Goetze and Sabraski finished in the top five.

Megan Liams took first while Ashley Bell and Darin Lenk battled for second in the Hobby Stock Feature. Lenk took second and moved low next to Liams for first. Lenk took the point as the yellow lights came on. Lenk was alone on the restart and Matt Fester took second. Justin Schelitzche and Lexi Gallagher battled for third and Schelitzche took the point. Liams was back into top points and closed in on Schelitzche for third. They ran side by side but Liams took the point. Liams then drove to Fester’s door and the checkers were waving. Liams’ car got loose as she crossed the line and she finished in fourth. Lenk took the win with Fester and Justin Schelitzche in top points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the program with Chuck Olson and Don Eischens on the pole. Olson took the lead and Eischens had Shane Sabraski at his door. Sabraski and Eischens moved in on Olson and they were three wide for first. Sabraski pulled ahead with the lead with Olson and Eischens after him. Landon Atkinson took third from Eischens and moved in on Olson. As Olson drifted up, Atkinson made the pass for second. Sabraski had a healthy lead, but Atkinson kept after him. Sabraski was lapping drivers as the yellow flew. Atkinson spun in turn two and was sent to the rear with few laps to go. Sabraski was alone on the restart and sped away as the green waved. Sabraski took the win with J.T. Johnson, Eischens, Eric Martini and Olson in the top five.

There will be no races next week at the Granite City Speedway, however we will be back on Sunday July 13 for Kids Night, meet the drivers night. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 5:30 pm.

Tim Johnson Victorious in Granite City Street Stock Special

June 26th, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN -Sunday night WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action at the Granite City Speedway featured the Annual Street Stock Special. Streets Stocks were able to raise for an increased payout and three names were drawn at random for cash awards. Tim Johnson took the payday for the Street Stocks and Darin Lenk, Jake Hagemann, Tim Lavoi, Kyle Thell, Ryan Johnson, Dan Gullikson and Landon Atkinson went homevictorious.

The Hornets were first up for the night with Rod Berg and Jeremy Jutz side by side for first. Battles heated up throughout the field as Darin Lenk pulled into the lead. Lexi Gallagher moved into second and Ashely Bell took third. Justin Schelitzche kept close to Bell while they closed in on Gallagher. Schelitzche went high and Bell went low and they went three wide for second. Schelitzche took the point as the right front tire shot off Markia Smith’s #11 and the yellow flew. Lenk was first on the restart with Schelitzche and Bell in tow. Lenk pulled away and put his #39 in victory lane.

Brandon Fah and Jake Hagemann brought the Pure Stocks to the green and Hagemann quickly pulled away. Fah however took the lead away as the yellow soon appeared. Fah was alone on the restart with David Dosh and Hagemann in tow. Hagemann took the low groove and pulled aside Fah. Hagemann took the point and Charlie Sheik moved into second. Fah settled in third while Hagemann led the remaining laps and took the win.

Justin Schelitzche was back in action as the Hobby Stocks took the green. Schelitzche took the lead while Tim Lavoi and Megan Liams moved to his sides. Lavoi made the pass for first and Schelitzche grabbed second while Liams and Alex Wolff battled for third. Wolff took third and chased down Schelitzche while Lavoi pulled away. Wolff began to work Schelitzche but was unable to make the pass as Lavoi grabbed the checkers.

Adam Fuchs and Keith Thell led the WISSOTA Mod Fours through the curves and Keith Thell took the lead. Kyle Thell moved into second while Fuchs and Tommy Bawden battled for third. Bawden took the point and sped off while The Thell brothers drove away. Kyle Thell moved passed Keith Thell for the lead as Brandon Linquist took fourth. Linquist slowly chased down Bawden and was on his bumper with two laps to go. Kyle Thell crossed the line for the win followed by Keith Thell, Bawden, Linquist and Mitch Hribar.

The WISSOTA Street Stock Special was next on the list with Ryan Kostreba and Justin Pogones showing the way. Pogones pulled into the lead with Kostreba in second. Tim Johnson, Kurt Becken and Justin Vogel went three wide for third as Johnson pulled next to Kostreba. Johnson took second and soon caught Pogones. The yellow waved putting Johnson and Vogel on Pogones’ rear. Johnson drove to Pogones’ door as the green reappeared. Johnson took the lead and Vogel moved in as the yellow waved again. Johnson retained the lead and Vogel grabbed second while Pogones held third. Jim Gullikson, Aaron Johsnon, Becken and Kostreba went four wide for fourth and A. Johnson took it. A. Johnson then caught Pogones and they ran side by side with few laps to go. Tim Johnson took the checkers more than a straight away ahead of the competition putting his Wollak Construction Streeter into Victory Lane. Vogel, Pogones, A. Johnson and Kostreba took the top points.

Additional cash prizes were awarded randomly to drivers by the winner, Tim Johnson, drawing names. Jake Huston and Davey Kruchten both won 200.00 and Jim Gullikson won 100.00. Thank you Ray’s Auto Body for the sponsorship of this special.

Brandon Mehrwerth grabbed the lead as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds feature began. Ryan Johnson moved into second and took the high line. Johnson passed Mehrwerth for the lead but soon the yellow flew. Johnson was alone on the restart with Mehrwerth and Shane Sabraski in tow. Sabraski took second and he and Johnson pulled away. Johnson retained the lead but Sabraski kept close. Denis Czech worked Mehrwerth and drove high to take the point. Czech chased down the leaders as they ran together around the track’s upper edge. The leaders caught slower traffic and made their way through as the checkers were raised. Ryan Johnson took the win on his first night at the track. Sabraski, Czech, Fouquette and Bud Martini were the top drivers.

Dan Gullikson, Jake Goetze and Dexton Koch took the top points when the WISSOTA Super Stock feature commenced. Tim Johnson took over third and moved low next to Goetze. Goetze kept the point while Gullikson drove away. Johnson continued to work Goetze as the yellow flew. Gullikson was first on the Delaware style restart and Johnson moved aside him when the green dropped. Gullikson’s line was faster as he pulled away. Dave Mass kept working the low groove and was next to Johnson with two laps to go. They rounded turn two and Mass turned into the infield with mechanical issues. Gullikson led the entire race and took the win in his J&C Trucking #00x. Johnson Goetze, Sabraski and Koch finished as the top five.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were the final race of the night with Landon Atkinson and Don Eischens on the front row. As they took the green, Atkinson slid to the high groove and secured first while Eischens and Eric Martini battled for second. Eischens took second while drivers settled into positions. Everyone flew around the high side and soon Atkinson was ready to lap. Atkinson, Eischens and Martini lapped traffic without a hiccup and retook the high side. Atkinson took the feature win for his second week in a row at Granite City. Eischens, Martini, Sabraski and Mass were the top drivers.

Next week is Mystery Payout Night at Granite City. Whichever class has the highest car count will receive a higher payout. So plan to come to the Granite City Speedway where Sunday Night’s ROCK.

Kid’s Night at Granite City

June 11th, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN– Sunday night’s WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action attracted more than 110 cars to sign into the pits Sunday afternoon at the Granite City Speedway. It was Kid’s Night at the track and Collin’s Brothers Towing sponsored the night by donating 20 bikes for the kid’s. There was also a candy toss and other fun activities through the night complimented by exciting race action.

Tim Thoennes and Tyler Laney led the Hornets to the green, but Darin Lenk quickly took the lead. Ashley Bell claimed second while Dannie Burkholder closed in. Lenk and Bell drove away from the competition as Burkholder kept the traffic back. Justin Schelitzche made it past Burkholder for third as the leaders began to lap. The hornet hive covered the whole track while laps counted down. Lenk took the checkers and put his #39 into victory lane.

When the Pure Stocks took the track, Brandon Fah grabbed the lead. Devin Larson and Charlie Sheik battled for second but Larson took the point. David Dosh moved to Sheik’s side but Sheik pulled away. Sheik moved back to Larson’s door and they battled behind Fah. Sheik moved to the high line and made the pass on Fah with few laps to go. Sheik took the win Fah, Larson, Dosh, Mike Nelson and Jake Hagemann as the finishers.

The Hobby Stocks Hornet mix took the track for their feature with Megan Liams and Brandon Opsahl on the front row. Opsahl took the lead and Justin Schelitzche moved next to Liams. Schelitzche took second but soon Darin Lenk passed him for the point. Alex Wolff came through the traffic and took second from Lenk. Wolff then chased down Opsahl and put on the pressure. Wolff made the pass and led until the checkers flew. Opsahl, Lenk, Jeff Ahlquist and Schelitzche took the top points.

Forest Foster sped away as the green waved for the WISSOTA Mod Four feature, but Tommy Sabraski chased him down. Sabraski dove low for first as Chad Funt took second. Sabraski was pulling away while Kyle Thell and Dustin Zieske moved to Funt’s sides. Thell broke away and chased down Sabraski. As he prepared to pass, the yellow flew and drivers were sorted. Thell suffered a mechanical problem and retired to the infield as Sabraski took his place in first. Funt took second and moved to Sabraski’s side as the white flew. They rounded turn four and Funt was faster out of the curve taking the checkers. Funt rolled his #21 into victory lane with Sabraski,
Zieske, Brandon Linquist and Tommy Bawden as the top five drivers.

Kurt Becken grabbed first in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, but Allen Gessell, Jr., Aaron Johnson and Kyle Laney moved aside him to go four wide in turn four. Becken maintained his lead but the yellow waved. Becken was alone on the restart with Johnson and Gessell, Jr. in tow. Tim Johnson, who started in sixth, moved to the low groove and weaved his way into first. Drivers settled into their positions and rode the low groove. Tim Johnson had his cruise set as he took the win in his Wollak Construction #1jr. Aaron Johnson, Kruchten, Gessell, Jr. and Josh Laney took the top five points.

The full field of Midwest Modifieds were next with Travis Schulte and Ashley Mehrwerth on the front row. They battled for first with Tim Johnson right behind them. Johnson moved high and made the fight for first go three wide. Schulte pulled ahead in the lead but Johnson came back. Johnson took the lead this time and drove away. Shane Sabraski worked on Schulte for second, and this round Sabraski took the point. Sabraski ran the low line and quickly caught Johnson. Sabraski and Johnson ran parallel through the curve, but the low groove was faster and Sabraski took the lead. Sabraski led the remaining laps and took the win in his Express ATM Services #7a.
Schulte, Johnson, Denis Czech and Mehrwerth were the top finishers.

Rookie Matthew Dibb took the lead as the WISSOTA Super Stock feature commenced. Dan Gullikson took second while James Trantina and John Sertich battled for third. A couple of cautions slowed the leader down, but Dibb sped away as the green reappeared. Gullikson again took second and Trantina took third while Tim Johnson and others battled for points. Dibb continued to lead through a couple more cautions with Shane Sabraski and Johnson on his rear. Dibb sped away again as the green flew and Sabraski took second. Sabraski worked Dibb, but couldn’t get the line right to make the pass. Sabraski, Dave Mass, Johnson and Jake Goetze rounded out the top five as Dibb put his Lube Tech sponsored #22 into victory lane.

Landon Atkinson noticed how fast the low groove was and as he led the drivers to the green he held his line. Eric Martini and Shane Sabraski took second and third as Atkinson sped away. Atkinson led by almost a straightaway as the yellow flew. Martini and Sabraski were back on Atkinson’s rear, but as the green flew, Atkinson put his foot down. Atkinson led the entire race and took the checkers for his first ever feature win in his Modified. Martini, Sabraski, Dave Mass and Jason Voigt were the top finishers.

Next week, the WISSOTA Late Models swing by the Granite City Speedway for the Father’s Day Special. Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours, Pure Stocks and Hornets will accompany the Late Models for the night and racing will resume at 5:30.

Martini, Sabraski, VandeKamp, Pogones, Thell, Sheik, Wolff, and Lenk

May 28th, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – Sunday Night’s Midwest Modified Special was sponsored by Bristow’s of St. Cloud and many drivers signed in for some
WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. All eight features were completed with only four cautions, and the action was superb!

Darin Lenk and Ashley Bell brought the Hornets to the green and Lenk took the lead. Gavin Rowland moved to Lenk’s outside for first but Lenk kept the point. Rowland kept on Lenk and moved back to his side, but again Lenk drove away. Dan Larsen made his way from sixth to third and challenged Rowland for second. Larsen took second and Rowland fell to third while Lenk drove away. Lenk took the checkers and the first feature win of the night.

The Hobby Stocks took the clay next and were joined by some fellow Hornet drivers. Darin Lenk and Matt Fester sped away as the green flew and Fester took the lead. Alex Wolff moved into second and next to Fester’s door. They ran side by side for first and Wolff pulled away with the point. Brandon Opsahl then suffered a flat and drifted high bringing the yellow out. Wolff was first on the restart with Fester and Jeff Ahlquist in tow. Wolff led the remaining two laps and won the feature for the second week in a row.

Jake Hagemann snagged the lead and Charlie Sheik, Brandon Fah and David Dosh went three wide for second as the Pure Stock feature commenced. Dosh and Fah broke away for second with Dosh grabbing the point. Dosh moved behind Hagemann but Sheik came to Dosh’s door. Sheik took second and then first, but Hagemann kept close. Mike Nelson moved his #10jr into third and then second with two laps remaining. Sheik kept his lead and took the win with Nelson, Hagemann, Dosh and Fah as the top drivers.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were next up with Matt Everts and Keith Thell on the front row. Thell quickly claimed the lead while Kyle Thell moved into second. Kyle moved to Keith’s side and made the pass for first. Matt Halls was chasing after the Thell brothers as he suddenly spun on the tracks surface. Halls recovered and kept driving without causing a caution. Dustin Zieske assumed the third point as drivers spaced out. Kyle Thell led the remaining laps and rolled his yellow #00 into victory lane with Keith Thell, Zieske, Chad Funt and Halls as the top finishers.

As the green waved for the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Tim Johnson grabbed the high groove and took first. Davey Kruchten held second and Justin Pogones moved into third. Pogones moved to Kruchten’s outside and took second while Johnson pulled away from the pack. Ryan Kostreba raced to Kruchten’s side and they battled for third. Laps ticked by and Kostreba and Kruchten continued to battle for third. They caught slower cars and Kruchten was able to pull away. Pogones was closing in on Johnson, and with less than two to go, Johnson pulled into the infield with a flat tire. Pogones assumed the lead as the white waved. Pogones led the final lap and rolled his Northway Sports #01 into victory lane. Kostreba, Kruchten, Kurt Becken and Jason Goedker were the top five drivers.

Jason VandeKamp and Corey Eystad brought the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green for their special event. VandeKamp took the lead, Eystad grabbed second and Denis Czech, Shane Sabraski and Chad Fouquette battled three wide for third. Fouquette took the point but was quickly passed by Sabraski, Czech and Tim Johnson. VandeKamp lapped slower cars as the yellow flew. VandeKamp was alone on the restart with Sabraski and Eystad in tow. Eystad claimed second while Sabraski, Johnson and Czech battled three wide for third. The top drivers kept close and soon they all wanted the second point. Again the battles went three wide and then four wide as a lapped car
joined in. Johnson made it through the traffic first and took second with few laps to go. VandeKamp dominated the race and rolled his F.Y.E. Motorsports #16 into victory lane. Johnson, Sabraski, Czech and Fouquette were the top five drivers.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up and James Trantina took the lead. After a quick caution, Trantina was still on the pole but Dexton Koch was at his side. Koch took first and Trantina battled Shane Sabraski for second. Sabraski made the pass and chased down Koch. Koch was caught in lapped traffic but kept the #7a behind him. As the white flag waved, Sabraski was at Koch’s door and they rounded out the final lap. Sabraski took the lead and the win with Koch, Tim Johnson, Trantina and Mike Loomis in the top five.

The Final race of the night was for the WISSOTA Modifieds. Dano Ostrander and Eric Martini brought the drivers to the green and Martini took the lead. Ostrander took second while Don Eischens battled Shane Sabraski for third. Eischens won the point as drivers settled into their positions. All drivers ran the high line while Martini set the pace. Martini led until the checkers flew with Ostrander, Eischens, Sabraski and Don Saw as the top finishers.

Next Sunday the Granite City Speedway welcomes the UMSS Winged Sprint Cars. WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Mod Fours will support the Sprint cars along with Pure Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Hornets. Races begin at 5:30.

Exciting Wissota Action at Granite City’s Opener

May 21st, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN – The Granite City Speedway launched it’s 2014 Season on Sunday night with some excellent WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The track was smooth and generated a great surface for lots of side by side racing with close finishes.

The Hornets were first on the agenda with and Brandon Opsahl took the lead while Tyler Laney and Justin Schelitzche battled for second. Schelitzche took the point and drove aside Opsahl as Derek Stanoch had flames rolling from his car. The drivers halted as fire crews tended to Stanoch. Drivers were sorted with Schelitzche back in the lead. Dana Voigt took second, Opsahl third while Dannie Burkholder battled Lexi Gallagher for fourth. Burkholder took fourth, then third as Voigt caught Schelitzche. Schelitzche held the lead and took the win with Voigt, Burkholder, Gallagher and Gavin Rowland in the top five.

The Hobby Stocks were next up with four drivers taking the track. Mark Stahl and Alex Wolff led the drivers and Wolff took the lead. Matt Fester then spun in turn four knocking a track tire and the yellow flew. Wolff was first on the restart as Stahl and Fester battled for second. Fester took second but Stahl was back at his door in the curves. Stahl and Fester went back and forth until Stahl took the point. Wolff claimed the win when the checkers flew with Fester, Stahl and Darin Lenk behind him.

Devin Larson and Jake Hagemann brought the Pure Stocks out for their feature event. Larson snagged the lead while David Dosh took second with Hagemann in third. Dosh began to chase down Larson for first, but Larson kept going. The top drivers pulled away as Hagemann caught Dosh. Dosh kept Hagemann in check as the race came to a close. Larson led the entire race and took the win as Dosh, Hagemann, Charlie Sheik and Brandon Fah followed him across the line.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours entered the track with Matt Everts and Brandon Linquist on the front row. Linquist took the lead when the green dropped and Everts took second. Chad Funt and Dean Larson duked it out for third as Linquist drove away. Funt took third and then second as Kyle Thell moved into the top three. Funt caught Linquist and made the pass for first as Thell came up quick. Thell drove to Funt’s door as the yellow waved. Thell grabbed the high line on the restart and cruised next to Funt. Thell took the lead and Funt and Linquist battled side by side while the laps ticked by. Thell set his cruise and took the win with Funt, Linquist, Larson and Matt Halls as the top finishers.

Tim and Aaron Johnson led the WISSOTA Street Stocks on the track and Tim Johnson took the lead. Allen Gessell, Jr. grabbed second while Justin Pogones and A. Johnson fought for third. Pogones took third while Gessell, Jr. moved behind T. Johnson. Gessell, Jr. began to work the track’s grooves to get passed the #1jr, but T. Johnson kept pulling away. As they rounded turn four, Gessell, Jr. made contact with T. Johnson causing them to spin. Cars scattered as the yellow flew. Gessell, Jr. was charged with the caution as T. Johnson retook the lead. Pogones took second but Cookie A. Johnson was on his trail. T. Johnson led the remaining laps and won the feature with Aaron Johnson, Pogones, Davey Kruchten and Gessell, Jr. as the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next with Shane Sabraski and Denis Czech in the lead. Sabraski took second but Czech kept close. Bud Martini and Tim Johnson battled for second and Martini took the point. Czech continued to chase Sabraski as they pulled farther away from the competition. Within laps, Sabraski and Czech were lapping and weaving their way through traffic. Cars scattered across the entire track surface and Sabraski continued to lead. Sabraski used all available grooves, and although Czech kept close, Sabraski took the checkers. Czech, Martini, Johnson and Jeremy Nelson finished in the top five.

Dave Mass took the lead and Jake Goetze battled Dave Read for second as the green flew for the WISSOTA Super Stocks. A couple of cautions quickly slowed the leaders down, but Mass remained on top. Read took second and rode Mass’s bumper but Mass held him off, but again the yellow waved. Mass cruised away on the restart while Goetze took second. Read took the high side and moved next to Goetze to reclaim the point. Shane Sabraski moved aside Goetze, took third, and set his sights on Read. Sabraski went low, Read drove high as they ran door to door in the curves. They jockeyed for second until Sabraski finally broke away. Sabraski then caught Mass’s #2 with few laps to go. Mass and Sabraski were panel to panel as they rounded turn four. The checkered flag was in sight, and as they crossed the line together, Sabraski had the edge and took the win. Mass finished second with Read, Goetze and Dexton Koch as the top five finishers.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were the final event of the night with Landon Atkinson and Jason Voigt setting the pace. Voigt took the lead and Atkinson, Don Eischens and Sabraski went three wide for second. Eischens took the point but Sabraski moved to his door. Eischens however drove next to Voigt and they went side by side. Eischens made the pass for the lead while Sabraski battled Voigt. Sabraski took second, Voigt held third while Dave Cain moved into fourth. The laps ticked by and Eischens ran strong in first. With only 5 laps to go, Eischens and other top drivers were lapping cars. Sabraski continued to chase Eischens but the laps ran out and Eischens grabbed the win. Sabraski, Voigt, Cain and Dale Mathison were the top finishers.

Next Sunday is the Midwest Modified Special race night were the Midwest Modifieds get to race for a higher payout. All regular classes will run as well with gates opening at 3:00 and races at 5:30.

Granite City Speedway 2013 Season Banquet

January 7th, 2014

Sauk Rapids, MN –  Drivers, families, staff and fans filled the tables at Henry’s in Foley for the 2013 Granite City Speedway banquet.  Track Promoter Chris Stepan emceed the event and kicked off the night by thanking all track staff, Wollak Construction, pit crews, families and finally all the drivers for the great race season.

The Granite City Speedway had 469 drivers race at least once in 2013, and 65 different drivers made it to Victory Lane during the season. In addition to the eight classes the track runs, Granite City also featured the Traditional Sprint Cars, UMSS Sprint Cars, WISSOTA Late Models and the Northern Vintage Stock cars as well as Mechanics and Powder Puff Races. 23 events were completed in 2013 giving drivers the chance to finish in the top. The top 10 drivers in each class were recognized for their accomplishments and were awarded with a trophy. Also, all the champions were given an 11×14 custom made photo by Shawn Swanstrom.

Hornets were the first class up with Matthew Dibb taking the Championship, four heat wins and visited victory lane twice during the season. Brandon Mehrwerth finished second as Dana Voigt, Jake Hagemann, Tyler Laney, Lexi Gallagher, Darin Lenk, Chris Keeney, Brendon Scott and Brandon Opsahl rounded out the top 10.

The Hobby Stocks received their trophies next with Taylor Willms and Matt Fester standing together. Willms and Fester both finished the season with 457 points, both won two features, three heats, and in the end not one point separated them, giving them a tie for first. Adam Thompson, Reed Matthies, Mike Flickinger, Jeff Ahlquist, Christian Roth, Cody Buchheit, Tyler Berry and Forest Foster took the top points for the Hobby Stocks.

Even though Billy Kendall and Aaron Johnson both won three features in the Pure Stock class, Jason Goedker and his #55 Monster Energy Pure earned the title of Track Champion. Goedker won one heat and just one feature, but his consistent top five finishes made him the champ. Tami Naslund finished in second falling just three points shy of Goedker’s lead. The remaining top positions went to; David Dosh, Billy Kendall, Aaron Johnson, Neal Biermaier, Charlie Shiek, Jake Biermaier, Ross Nygren and Chris Minor.

The WISSOTA Mod Four Champion had 17 starts, 12 top ten finishes and had seven feature wins. Kyle Thell wheeled his #00 to the championship at Granite City Speedway with Dustin Zieske, Tommy Sabraski, Chad Funt, Dean Larson, Brandon Linquist, Keith Thell, Adam Fuchs, Matt Halls and Dwight Gilyard in the top 10 points.

Brad Schmidt had 13 starts, including 10 top five finishes and feature wins. Schmidt’s impressive driving made him the WISSOTA Street Stock track Champion for 2013. Justin Pogones took second with Kurt Becken, Christina Studanski, Dave Read, Josh Laney, Davey Kruchten, Kyle Laney, Allen Gessell, Jr., and Durrand Peterson as the top drivers.

Bud Martini topped the WISSOTA Midwest Modified class with seven feature wins in 18 starts. Second place went to Travis Schulte with Ashely Mehrwerth, Shane Sabraski, Ryan Putnam, Christopher Zenner, Denis Czech, Jason VandeKamp, Matt Hendrickson and Tom Gill took the top 10 points for the Midwest Mods.

Dexton Koch, James Trantina, Dave Mass, Dan Gullikson, Jake Goetze, Don Eischens, Tyler Mecl, Dave Read and Gary Hussman took points two through ten in the WISSOTA Super Stocks, but the #7a took first. Shane Sabraski started 15 races, finished in the top 10 in all those starts and won nine heats. Sabraski rolled his super stock into victory lane seven times and clinched the Track Championship.

Sabraski also took the championship in the WISSOTA Modifieds after winning three features, four heats and finishing all 15 races in the top ten points. Eric Martini took second to Sabraski, just 10 points behind the leader. Dave Cain took third with Jeremy Nelson, Clayton Wagamon, Dave Mass, Curly Williams, Jeffrey Lien, Jr., Dale Mathison and Charlie Hillukka as the top ten finishers.

Next was each classes’ Rookie of the Year would be honored and each got a plaque to congratulate them. Tyler Laney, Christian Roth, Tami Naslund, Keith Thell, Davey Kruchten, Kyle Wehking, Tyler Mecl and Jeremy Nelson were all rookies of their respective classes this season.

Sportsman of the Year is, for most, the best award to receive. Sportsman of the Year was voted on this year by drivers and fans and after the votes were tallied, Dana Voigt, Matt Fester, David Dosh, Chad Funt, Christina Studanski, and Dave Read all took the award with Shane Sabraski getting the award in both the Midwest Modified and Modified.

This season was great, however 2014 is coming together nicely. 23 events are scheduled from May to September with an open practice on Sunday April 27 and opening day on May 4. The track will welcome back the WISSOTA Late Models, UMSS winged and wingless Sprint Cars and the Northern Vintage Stock Cars. The Mechanics and Powder Puff races will return again along with Kids Nights and Mystery Payout Night.

There will be specials for the Mod Fours and Street Stocks with $500 to win along with a $1500 to win Modified special. The Gold Cup Triple Header will make its return on September 26, 27 and 28 along with a Double Header on National Championship Weekend October 11 and 12.

In May, The Granite City Speedway will host a Battle of the Allstars event between the XL600 Modifieds and the Outlaw Mini Mods. This will be their first trip to the speedway and will surely be a great show.

Keep up to date on the latest information by checking us out on Facebook, Twitter or at www.gcspeedway.com.

Final Points Race Completed at Granite City Speedway

October 16th, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN (October 13) – After a short race night Friday, and hours of rain on Saturday, the Granite City Speedway was prepped and ready to race the final night of National Points weekend. With more than 155 drivers in the pits, back stretch and the parking lot, needless to say, the night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was going to be mint.

The Hornets and Hobby Stocks were the first Make-Up feature of the night with Megan Liams leading the way. Alex Wolff took over second with Forest Foster in third. Wolff moved low and aside Liams but Liams pulled away. Foster and Darin Lenk battled for third while Wolff almost hit the wall. Wolff kept the car going as Lenk took second. Liams held back the drivers and took the win with Lenk and Dan Thell in the top three.

Bryce Bjerken and Kyle Thell brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the green and Bjerken took the lead. Chad Funt and Jamie Flickinger battled for second as Flickinger took the point. Funt moved back aside Flickinger but Flickinger pulled away. Brandon Linquist battled with Thell but moved ahead and took third from Funt. Linquist then joined the top three drivers as they pulled away from the others. Linquist was next to Flickinger as the yellow waved.

Bjerken was first on the restart but Linquist quickly jumped to his door. Linquist made contact with Bjerken and Bjerken fell out of the lead. Linquist drove away and took the checkers with Flickinger, Luke Johnson, Bjerken and Andy Mayavski as the top finishers.

Dave Read and Doug Wojcik were tied in National Points as they took the track for the WISSOTA Street Stock Make-Up feature. Shawn Wageman and Chris Serr led the Streets around the track to roll in the fresh water. However, during the hot laps, Serr got into the wall and exited the track.

The drivers prepared to take the green with Wageman and Dave Read on the pole. Read pulled into the lead and Wageman battled Sam Fankhauser for second as the yellow flew. Doug Wojcik suffered a flat and pulled off the track while Read continued in the lead. Fankhauser and Wageman drove up to Read and a quick three wide battle took place. Read continued to
pull away while Fankhauser took second. Mike Blowers and Jim Gullikson challenged Wageman for third and Blowers took the point. Fankhauser worked his way behind Read and tried to make the pass. Read however held his line and raced to the checkers to take the win. Fankhauser, Gullikson, Blowers and Wageman rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up with their Make-Up Features and Denis Czech battled Tim Johnson for the lead. Johnson broke away with the point while Mack Estey took third and Jason VandeKamp fourth. Johnson had quite the lead on Czech, but Czech also stretched out his lead on Estey. VandeKamp grabbed the low grove, took third, and started to catch Czech. Johnson was preparing to lap slower cars while Czech and VandeKamp drove panel to panel.

Johnson was weaving through slower cars when he tagged a driver and the yellow flew. Johnson was charged with the caution surrendering the lead to VandeKamp. VandeKamp was alone on the restart but Czech drove to his side. Czech dropped behind the #16 of VandeKamp and wasn’t able to make the pass as VandeKamp took the checkers. Czech, Bud Martini, Estey and Danny Vang took the top points.

Shane Sabraski took the lead, Gary Husmann grabbed second and Donnie Lofdahl battled Dan Gullikson as the green dropped for the WISSOTA Super Stocks. Gullikson quickly drove away from Lofdahl and next to Husmann for second. Gullikson took second and Lofdahl grabbed third while Gullikson chased down Sabraski. Sabraski kept his lead, but the yellow would fly.
Gullikson and Lofdahl were on Sabraski’s rear as the green flew. Lofdahl battled with Gullikson but Lofdahl pulled away in second. Dave Mass took fourth, third and moved next to Lofdahl for second as Lofdahl spun. The yellow flew again slowing Sabraski down.

Sabraski was first on the restart with Mass and Gullikson in tow. Andy Davey, Husmann and Tim Johnson all battled for fourth and Johnson took the point. Johnson then began to chase down the top three drivers, but the laps ran out. Mass, Gullikson, Johnson and Andy Davey settled for top points as Sabraski took the checkered flags.

Brandon Fah took the lead as the Pure Stock Make-Up Feature began, but he spun in turn two and Charlie Shiek took the lead. Fah kept his car going while Margo Butcher and Jake Hagemann took top points. Butcher was chasing Shiek for the lead but Jake Hagemann was on her rear. The yellow waved and Butcher went the rear while Shiek retook the lead. Shiek led the remaining laps and took the win with Fah, Hagemann, David Dosh and Roman Siltman as the top drivers.

Don Eischens grabbed the high groove and took the lead as the WISSOTA Modifieds began their Make-Up Feature. Shane Sabraski and Seth Brede took second and third while Eric Martini and Brian Haben battled for fourth. Martini took fourth and began to work Brede as the yellow flew.

Eischens was first on the restart with Sabraski and Brede behind him. Martini, Cody Skytland and Brian Haben went three wide for fourth with Martini taking it. Martini then cruised next to Brede but Haben shot past them and took third. Martini went low and passed Brede and Haben for third while Sabraski caught Eischens. Eischens held Sabraski back and prepared to lap slower cars. Martini moved next to Sabraski for second but Sabraski closed door on him with two laps to go. Eischens put his Richmond Tire and Auto sponsored #9e into Victory lane with Sabraski, Martini, Skytland and Brede taking the top points behind him.

After the sun went down and many more races were completed, it was time for the nights feature events. Again the Hornets and Hobby Stocks commenced the features with Dan Larsen and Jared Zimpel leading the way. A few cautions kept the drivers slow, but as they got going Larsen took the lead. Larsen had a big lead over everyone but Zimpel slowly closed in. Matthew Dibb took third after a battle with Tim Lavoi, Gavin Rowland and Dan Thell and set sights on Zimpel.

Larsen was first on the restart but Zimpel shot to his side and they went door to door for first. Larsen’s car spun and he kept driving as Zimpel became the leader. Dibb was close in second as the #40 of Lavoi made the pass on Dibb. Zimpel kept his lead the remaining laps and took his first feature win at the Granite City Speedway.

Tommy Bawden and Jess Geesey brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours out for their feature, but the Mod Fours had some issues getting going. Bawden took the lead but Josh Abrahamson quickly passed him and pulled away. Luke Johnson took second while Kyle Thell passed Bawden and Bryce Bjerken for third. Abrahamson was flying around the oval, but the yellow flew forcing him to slow.

Back to back cautions kept the drivers slow, but Thell was on a mission. As the green reappeared he flew to Abrahamson’s side. At first Abrahamson held him off, but Thell was working the high side and he took the lead. Thell lead the remaining laps and took the win. Abrahamson, Johnson, Jamie Flickinger and Bawden were the top finishers of the night.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks rolled on the track and Adam Burrows took the lead. Chris Serr was in second while Jim Gullikson and Sam Fankhauser battled for third. Fankhauser kept third as they were slowed for Allen Gessell, Jr. sitting on the front stretch.

Burrows was first on the restart, however the #21r was ready to move. Dave Read sat in sixth but took the high side, put his foot down and took second before they hit turn three. Read moved behind Burrows for the lead as the yellow waved.

Burrows could feel the heat of Read as the green flew and Read took the lead. Danny Richards ran in third but moved next to Burrows and Mike Blowers followed. Laps passed with Burrows finally reclaiming second. Blowers began to work on Richards as he also made the pass. Gullikson moved next to Blowers and they moved to Burrows’ sides. As they went into two, contact was made and the yellow flew. Burrows was unable to continue racing and Blowers was charged with the caution.

Read was still first on the restart with Gullikson and Justin Pogones in tow. They went three wide into turn one but Read kept the lead. Pogones kept next to Gullikson as the white was waving. They crossed the finish line nose to nose, but Pogones crossed first getting second. Gullikson, Fankhauser and Kyle Dykhoff took the remaining top points as Dave Read parked along the wall and filled the stands with smoke and rubber with a burnout. Read swept the whole weekend in his Wollak Construction Streeter, and also claimed the title, National Champion.

Justin Oestreich and Denis Czech sped away as the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the green. Czech pulled into the lead with Oestreich in second. Jason VandeKamp, Tim Johnson and Justin Froemming battled for third and Johnson took the point. Johnson then took second and VandeKamp moved next to Oestreich for third. Czech pulled away from everyone while VandeKamp and Oestreich ran parallel around the track. VandeKamp broke away and passed Johnson for second.

As VandeKamp began to close on Czech the yellow flew slowing Czech down. Czech was first on the restart with Vandekamp on his rear. Bud Martini however took second and moved next to Czech. The white flag waved and Martini and Czech were side by side. They raced out of turn four and the crowd rose to their feet as they crossed the line together. The transponder
reading saved the day and put Czech across the line first giving him the win. Czech celebrated but doing a burn out before entering victory lane. Martini, VandeKamp, Oestreich and Johnson took the top points.

Butch Butcher returned in a WISSOTA Super Stock for National Points Weekend, and he battled side by side with Dave Mass when the green flew. Mass took first while Butcher and Dexton Koch battled for second. Dan Gullikson moved into fourth, third and soon took second from Butcher over the course of a couple laps. Gullikson began to chase down Mass as Mas caught lapped cars. The traffic slowed Mass down and Gullikson was soon on his rear. Gullikson moved next to Mass and took the lead as the yellow flew.

Gullikson was first on the restart with Mass close in second. Mass moved next to Gullikson and with two laps to go, Mass nosed ahead. Mass didn’t slow down and pulled away while Dave Read moved next to Gullikson. Gullikson and Read were door to door as they crossed the finish line and Read had enough of a lead to take the position. Gullikson, Mike Frolik and Tim Johnson rounded out the top five while Dave Mass put the Lube Tech sponsored #2 in victory Lane.

David Dosh took the lead as the Pure Stock feature went green. Margo Butcher took second and moved next to Dosh. Butcher made the pass for first as Charlie Shiek and Dosh battled for second. Butcher began to pull away from the others while the battle for second continued. Shiek broke away and took second as Brandon Fah moved aside Dosh. Dosh held onto third as Butcher took the checkers and the win after being out of a racecar for over a year.

Don Eischens and Cody Skytland led the WISSOTA Modifieds through the turns for the final race of the night and for the race season. Skytland took the lead as the green flew but Dave Cain wasted no time and took second. Skytland pulled away from Cain, but Cain kept close. Eric Martini and Eischens battled for third but Martini pulled away and slid next to Cain. Cain drove away but Martini continued to work him in the turns. Martini pulled ahead into second, but the yellow flew.

Skytland was first on the restart with Martini and Cain on his bumper. Cain got an amazing run out of turn two and was next to Skytland. They came down the front stretch and Skytland made contact with Cain forcing Cain to scrape the wall. Cain kept his car going but the yellow flew and Skytland was charged with the caution.

Cain was alone on the restart with Martini and Shane Sabraski behind him. Martini took second and began to chase Cain, but Cain put distance between them. Eischens was back in the top four and closed in on Sabraski while Martini caught Cain. Martini was next to Cain in the curves, but Cain was faster on the exit. With the checkers raised, Cain held his form and took the win. Martini, Eischens, Sabraski and J.T. Johnson were the top finishers as Cain put the white and red #2c into victory lane.

The night came to an end after 33 races were completed. Drivers made their way out of the pits and home to different states and countries. Fans slowly exited the stands and made their way home as the 2013 racing season came to an official end. The staff and management of the Granite City Speedway would like to extend the biggest thank you to all the racers, fans and everyone else who made 2013 the great season that it was.

Racing Resumes Sunday for Last Weekend of Points for Wissota at Granite City

October 13th, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – The final weekend to earn WISSOTA National points was here, and the Granite City Speedway was ready to roll with two complete race shows. Friday night was the first night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track racing series action and more than 100 drivers signed into the pits.

The skies were clear, the winds were strong but there was some rain moving in from the west. The racers and staff of Granite City were able to push through all the heats before the sprinkles began.

After a short rain stoppage, the big storm rolled in and everyone scattered. The races were called off for the night, but because all heats were in, the show was considered complete.

Sunday is the second night of racing at the Granite City Speedway, and the FINAL day to earn National Points. The regular show will be ran in its entirety, along with all make-up features from Friday Night. Sunday afternoon will feature the WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours along with the Pure Stocks and the Hornets and Hobby Stocks will run together. Doors open at 1:00 and racing will resume at 3:30 pm.

Granite City Speedway – Gold Cup Night 3

October 3rd, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – There was no better place to be on Sunday afternoon than at the Granite City Speedway for the Gold
Cup Triple Header’s final race night. The skies were clear and sunny as drivers took the clay for another exciting night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action.

Dave Read, Dave Cain, Josh Abramson and Dan Larsen took their first wins of the weekend, Dave Mass took his second, however it was Jason VandeKamp who came away the big winner with his third straight win of the weekend in his FYE Motorsports Midwest Modified.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were the first feature on the agenda with Jason VandeKamp grabbing the lead. Danny Vang took second and raced to VandeKamp’s side. VandeKamp pulled away from Vang as Tim Johnson and Eric Martini joined Vang. Martini and Vang battled for second with Johnson on their bumpers. Five laps passed and Vang and Martini still drove door to door, however Martini grabbed the point and Johnson took third. Johnson then grabbed the higher groove and stole second as VandeKamp began to lap.

The lead drivers weaved between slower cars, and Johnson slowly closed in on the #16. With 15 laps complete, Johnson was riding VandeKamp’s bumper. Johnson worked on VandeKamp as Martini quickly caught them. VandeKamp however had a goal in mind and he took the checkers, the win, and a full sweep of the Gold Cup weekend. VandeKamp’s motor was later protested and ruled legal allowing him to keep the win and his prestigious title. Johnson, Martini, Vang and Justin Oestreich were the top five finishers.

Allen Gessell, Jr. and Dave Read claimed the first row of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature and they battled as the green flew. Kurt Becken slid into third while Justin Pogones, Sam Fankhauser and Christina Studanski battled three wide for fourth. Pogones took fourth and drove to Becken’s fender for third while Gessell, Jr. and Read still drove door to door. Pogones and Becken went into turn one as contact was made and the #01 spun around. The caution waved and both Pogones and Taylor Willms left the track on tow trucks.

Gessell, Jr. was in first on the last scored lap and took his place up front on the restart. Read kept close and worked Gessell, Jr. for first as Fankhauser moved in on Read.

Another caution slowed the drivers as Gessell, Jr. exited the track with rear end issues. Read was first on the restart and teammate Studanski took second. Mike Blowers was charging through the field and took fourth, then third and quickly caught Studanski. Blowers and Studanski ran side by side, but Blowers made the pass. Blowers looked ahead at Read, but the race came to a
close before he could catch him. Read took the win and the Wollak Construction sponsored #21R rolled into victory lane.

Josh Abrahamson and Kyle Thell raced panel to panel as the green flew for the WISSOTA Mod Four drivers. Abrahamson took the lead, Thell grabbed second with Luke Johnson and Aaron Wetterlin in a fight for third. Johnson took third with Brandon Linquist and Dustin Zieske behind him as top drivers while Abrahamson continued to dominate. Abrahamson was checked out and took the win with Thell, Johnson, Linquist and Zieske remaining the top five.

The Hornets and Hobby Stocks raced together again on Sunday night and Brandon Mehrwerth was in first. Matthew Dibb took second and drove next to Mehrwerth but Mehrwerth pulled away. Dan Larsen then came through the field and passed Dibb and then Mehrwerth for first. Mehrwerth fell back in the pack while Dannie Burkholder and Jared Zimpel challenged Dibb. Dibb held second as Larsen cruised away. Zimpel got a good run at the end and took second from Dibb while Larsen took the win in his #7k. Zimpel, Dibb, Tim Lavoi and Megan Liams took the top five points.

After some track prep, the WISSOTA Super Stocks took the track with Dan Gullikson in first. Dave Mass took the low groove and moved next to Gullikson but Gullikson kept the lead. Mass remained close to Gullikson as they pulled away from others. Mass was not slowing down as he moved to the outside of Gullikson and made the pass. Tim Johnson and Shane Sabraski began a side by side battle for third as Mass prepared to lap cars. Mass weaved through traffic and drove further away from Gullikson while Sabraski and Johnson continued the fight for third. As they caught slower cars, Sabraski began to lap first and Johnson fell to fourth. As soon as Johnson was cleared of traffic, he moved back to Sabraski’s side. Sabraski broke free from Johnson as the checkers were raised. Mass took the win and made his second trip into victory lane for the weekend with Gullikson, Sabraski, Johnson and James Trantina as the top five finishers.

The WISSOTA Modifieds rolled on the track for their event with Clayton Wagamon and Matt Gilbertson in first. Gilbertson shot into the lead as the green flew and Wagamon battled with Jeremy Nelson (06) and Dave Cain. Nelson took second, Cain took third and Dave Mass took fourth. The drivers formed a single file line as they ran the tracks high side, but Cain decided to change it up. Cain shot to the low side and moved next to Nelson, but didn’t have the traction as Nelson drove away. Cain didn’t give in and tried it again grabbing the middle lane. Cain made the car stick and took second. Cain began utilizing more of the track surface as he caught Gilbertson. Cain kept working the lower half of the track and took the lead.

Eric Martini also hugged the tires and kept his car low as he took fifth. Martini and others went four wide into turn one and Martini soon spun around. The yellow flew and Martini exited the track. Cain kept his lead through back to back cautions with only one lap remaining. Wagamon and Shane Sabraski joined Gilbertson for second as Cain flew across the finish line and took the win in his Cain Farms #2c. Gilbertson kept second with Wagamon, Dale Mathison and Sabraski as the top five drivers.

The 2nd Annual Gold Cup Triple Header was officially in the books with three nights of complete shows featuring the top drivers in the WISSOTA Nation.

Granite City Speedway will host two more race events to wrap up the National Points Weekend on Friday October 11 and Sunday the 13. Races will start at 7pm on Friday with gates opening at 4, and Sunday has a start time of 3:30 with gates at 1 pm. See you at the GC Speedway!

Granite City Spedway – Gold Cup Triple Header Night 2

October 1st, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – The forecast was grim and the rain fell all morning, however the Granite City Speedway staff was on a
mission and the second night of the Gold Cup Triple Header was completed. Another great field of cars filled the pits and the drivers put on a very exciting night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action.

The night featured the same WISSOTA classes as Friday, however, the Hornets and Hobby Stocks were added in addition to two classes of Vintage cars. Doug Wojcik, Tim Johnson, Dale Mathison and Forest Foster all took feature wins along with Jason VandeKamp and Landon Atkinson taking their second win of the weekend.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds kicked off the night’s features with Danny Vang and Jason VandeKamp in a door to door battle. VandeKamp sped away as the leader with Vang and Shane Sabraski in tow. Denis Czech moved behind and next to Sabraski and made the pass as the yellow flew.

The Midwest Mods fought through a few cautions with VandeKamp in charge. Czech moved into the second point and Vang settled in third while Tom Gill locked in fourth. Sabraski was in fifth and took fourth while Gill found Justin Oestreich aside him. Czech soon caught VandeKamp and began to work him for the lead as the yellow waved again.

VandeKamp was first on the restart and Czech grabbed second. Vang moved to Czech’s door and they ran side by side until Vang took the point. The finals laps were completed and for the second night in a row, VandeKamp topped the competition and took the feature win. Vang, Czech, Sabraski and Justin Oestreich took the top five points.

Mike Blowers took the early lead as the WISSOTA Street Stock feature began. Kurt Becken took second as Ryan Pommerer and Sam Fankhauser battled for third. Fankhauser got loose giving Pommerer third, but Jim Gullikson moved in and stole the point. Gullikson then cruised to Becken’s side and took second. Doug Wojcik raced three wide with Pommerer and Fankhauser,
but Wojcik was faster and took fourth. Wojcik then passed Becken while Gullikson caught Blowers. Gullikson worked on Blowers for first but made contact and Blowers spun around. Gullikson was charged with the caution and Blowers retook the lead.

Becken took second but Wojcik came back and they were door to door. Wojcik grabbed second and Fankhauser moved into third as they closed in on Blowers. Wojcik drove to Blowers’ door, and even though they rubbed each other, they kept racing and Wojcik took the lead. Blowers kept close in second, but Wojcik kept him back and took the win. Fankhauser, Becken and Gessell, Jr. took the remaining top points.

Landon Atkinson pulled away as the green flew for the WISSOTA Mod Fours, but Brandon Linquist moved back to his side. Atkinson and Linquist ran panel to panel with Matt Halls in third. Atkinson broke away from Linquist while Josh Abrahamson moved in. Abrahamson grabbed third, then passed Linquist and set his eyes on Atkinson. Laps ticked by and as the half-way flags were crossed, Abrahamson was next to Atkinson. Atkinson didn’t like the #6J at his side so he pulled away with Abrahamson on his rear. They soon caught slower traffic and began to lap. Atkinson kept the lead, but with one lap to go, Abramson was ready to move. They battled the lapped cars and Atkinson held Abrahamson back and took his second feature win of the weekend. The remaining top points were claimed by Linquist, Aaron Wetterlin and Bryce Bjerken.

The Hornets and Hobby Stocks raced together for the weekend and rolled on the track for their feature. Jared Zimpel took the lead with Dannie Burkholder in second. Forest Foster and Tim Lavoi battled for third as Foster took the point. Foster then moved next to Burkholder and took second. Matthew Dibb and Lavoi were side by side for fourth while Foster caught Zimpel. Foster made the pass for first and Zimpel dropped to second. Dibb and Foster joined Burkholder and they battled for third with Lavoi getting the point. Burkholder and Dibb battled for fourth and Burkholder kept the point. Foster kept the lead and took the win in his #6Six Hobby Stock.

Dan Gullikson and Shane Sabraski battled for first and Tim Johnson, Donnie Lofdahl and Dexton Koch were three wide for third when the WISSOTA Super Stocks took the green. Gullikson pulled ahead in first but Sabraski moved back. They raced side by side as Tim Johnson moved in. Gullikson again nosed ahead and Sabraski settled in second with Johnson at his side. Johnson took second and sped to Gullikson’s door as the yellow flew.

Gullikson was first on the restart but Sabraski and Johnson were eagerly waiting for the green. As the green flew, they went three wide and Johnson took the middle. Johnson pulled away as the leader while Dave Mass challenged Sabraski and Gullikson. Mass grabbed second and closed in on Johnson as the yellow flew again.

Johnson was alone on the restart but he felt the heat of Gullikson and Mass. Mass drove to Johnson’s side with two laps to go. Johnson however was faster out the turns and took the checkers with Mass, Gullikson, Koch and James Trantina as the top drivers.

Tim Johnson was soon back out in his WISSOTA Modified and started outside Matt Weisman for first. Johnson took the lead as the green dropped and Weisman battled Dale Mathison. Mathison however pulled ahead and next to Johnson for first. Mathison quickly became the new leader with Johnson in second and Don Eischens in third. Eischens moved higher on the track and battled Johnson for second while Mathison prepared to laps cars. Nine of 25 laps were complete as Mathison was lapping. Eischens took second from Johnson and slowly began to reel in Mathison. Eischens caught Mathison after a few laps and they drove right into slower traffic. Johnson was still in third as his car began to smoke. Mathison and Eischens continued to weave through traffic as the race came to an end. When the checkers flew, Johnson spun the #1jr in turn four taking Mass around with him. Mass was awarded the third point with Dave Cain and Matt Gilbertson behind him. Eischens gave Mathison all he had, but settled for second as Mathison rolled his #9m into victory lane.

Granite City Speedway – Gold Cup Night 1

September 29th, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – More than 120 drivers signed into the Granite City Speedway pits on Friday for Night one of the Gold Cup Triple Header Event. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was sponsored by Foley Lumber and Jason VandeKamp, Allen Gessell, Jr., Landon Atkinson, Dave Mass, Eric Martini and Brandon Fah took home the hardware.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds initiated the night’s features with Tony Schill and Mike Brenny on the pole. Jason VandeKamp grabbed the low groove, slid by Schill and took the lead while Shane Sabraski battled Schill. Sabraski took second and Travis Schulte moved into third as the yellow waved.

VandeKamp was alone on the restart with Schulte and Sabraski in tow as the green dropped. Schulte drove aside VandeKamp for first, but VandeKamp pulled away and Sabraski moved in. VandeKamp quickly put about six car lengths between him and the competition as the laps went by. While the leaders began to space out, Tim Johnson grabbed the low groove and moved into fourth. Johnson then continued on and slid aside Sabraski for third. Johnson took third without an issue and began to close in on Schulte but the laps came to an end. VandeKamp rolled his FYE Motorsports #16 into victory lane with Schulte, Johnson, Sabraski and Denis Czech in the top five points.

Kurt Becken and Allen Gessell, Jr. battled for first as the WISSOTA Street Stocks took the green. Sam Fankhauser took third with Mike Blowers next to him. Blowers took third and began to work Becken for second as Gessell, Jr. drove away. Mike Jans drove behind Blowers and Becken as Dave Read was coming strong on the high side. Blowers took second while Read grabbed third. Read continued his high side hustle and took second. Read then focused on Gessell, Jr. as the yellow flew.

Gessell, Jr. was alone on the restart but Read moved to his side. They drove through turn four but Read caught the track wall and sparks were flying. Read however, kept his car going and held second. Gessell, Jr. kept the lead and took the checkers in his #32x machine. Read, Fankhauser, Justin Pogones and Jimmy Randall.

Landon Atkinson cruised into the lead when the WISSOTA Mod Four feature began. Dwight Gilyard took second with Brandon Linquist in third. Linquist moved to Gilyard’s door, took second and set sight on Atkinson. Josh Abrahamson passed Gilyard and began to close in on Linquist and Atkinson. Just as Linquist was within a car length of Atkinson, the yellow flew. Atkinson was first on the restart with Linquist and Abrahamson in tow. Linquist moved next to Atkinson for first with Abrahamson close. With only two laps to go, Atkinson broke away, secured the lead and took the win. Linquist, Abrahamson, Chad Funt and Gilyard took the top five points.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the clay with Shane Sabraski in first while Dan Gullikson and Dexton Koch battled for second. James Trantina joined the fight and they went three wide into turn one. Gullikson pulled way in second while Trantina and Koch battled for third. Dave Mass moved along the low side and took fourth. Tim Johnson followed Mass as they worked their way into third and fourth. Johnson then moved aside Mass but Johnson’s car came to a stop on the front stretch and the yellow flew.

Sabraski was first on the restart with Mass down low. They ran parallel for first until Mass broke away. Mass led the remaining laps and took the feature win. Sabraski, Gullikson, Koch and Gary Husmann claimed the top five positions.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were the next feature with Dale Mathison and Eric Martini on the front row. As the drivers battled for points, contact was made and seven drivers sat piled in turn four. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted.

Mathison and Martini were side by side on the restart and Martini took the lead. Mathison moved aside Martini, but Martini pulled away. Zach Schultz took third but Don Eischens moved next to him and they battled side by side for a few laps until Eischens grabbed the point. The #4 and #06 both wheeled by drivers named Jeremy Nelson battled for sixth along with Tim Johnson. The leaders began to lap slower cars and Schultz was back at Eischens’s side. They battled in traffic as Schultz took third and Sabraski took fourth. After being charged with the caution, Cain went from 24thup to seventh. Cain then passed Johnson for sixth and closed in on Eischens.

Martini crossed the line and took win with Mathison, Schultz, Sabraski and Eischens as the top five amongst the lapped cars.

The Pure Stocks wrapped up the nights features with Charlie Sheik and Aaron Johnson in charge. After a couple laps Sheik pulled away from Johnson but Johnson got into a track tire and Jake Hagemann moved to his side. Hagemann took second, however spun thereafter and the yellow flew.

Sheik was alone on the restart but Brandon Fah moved to his side. Fah nosed ahead but Sheik was back at his side. Johnson joined them by grabbing the low groove but Johnson spun. Sheik retook the lead as the green flew but Fah was at his door. Fah pulled ahead and held the lead until the checkers flew taking the win with Sheik, Devin Larson, Johnson and David Dosh as the top finishers.

Granite City Speedway – Specials Article

September 22nd, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN– While racetracks around the region are wrapping up their seasons and specials, the Granite City Speedway is gearing up for more. The 2nd Annual Gold Cup Tripleheader will take place the weekend of September 27 consisting of three complete shows of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action.

2012 was the track’s inaugural year and the Gold Cup drew many racers and fans who stayed the weekend. Dave Cain and Brad Schmidt both took home double wins in the Modifieds and Street Stocks while Dave Mass, Dan Ebert, Dave Read, Kyle Thell, Rob VanMil and Landon Atkinson all claimed single wins. Shane Sabraski on the other hand was the big winner of the weekend claiming a total of five trophies in the Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds. 2013 will be another great year for the Gold Cup with more classes being raced.

Friday September 27 will kick off the weekends racing with gates opening at 4, and racing at 7 pm. WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Mod Fours will run the program along with the Pure Stocks.

Gates will open at 3 and races will begin at 5:30 on Saturday night. Hornets and Hobby Stocks will be running together on Saturday, however any Short Trackers and Mini Stocks will also be allowed to run with
them, as long as you fit into the tracks rules. WISSOTA Classes will remain the same as Friday night.

Sunday afternoon will wrap up the Gold Cup Tripleheader and will feature the same car classes as Saturday night. Sunday will also be Customer Appreciation Night at the Speedway. Fans who bring in their ticket Stub from Friday OR Saturday’s races will receive a 5.00 discount on their admission. Gates will open at 1 with racing starting at 3:30.

Saturday and Sunday nights will also feature the Vintage Cars for ultimate fan entertainment.

Even though the GC Speedway is pumped for the Gold Cup, we are not done racing yet!

Sunday October 13 will be the final race night at Granite City with gates opening at 1 and races starting at 3:30. WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Mod Fours will be on hand as well as Pure Stocks and the Hobby Stocks and Hornets will run together. Not only will this be one of the final nights of the 2013 race season, but this is THE FINAL opportunity for WISSOTA drivers to earn National Points.

We’ll see you at the Granite City Speedway for these final four nights of Dirt Track Racing Action!!

Track Champions Announced at Granite City

August 30th, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN– It was a sunny, hot and humid day however fans and drivers came to the Granite City Speedway for a
night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The night was sponsored by Gillman Co-op and McKay’s as drivers ran side by side and fought for Season Championship titles.

The night also featured Mechanic’s Races which were broke down into three classes. The Non-WISSOTA race winner was Erik Cleasby, the WISSOTA Midwest Mod/Mod Four/Street Stock race winner was Tom Schulte, and the final race winner was DJ Bluhm in the WISSOTA Super Stock/Modified class.

The Hornets were the first feature event of the night and Jake Hagemann took the early lead. Dan Larsen moved into second and Matthew Dibb moved to his side. Dibb moved next to Hagemann after a restart and took the lead. Hagemann and Larsen battled for second with Larsen getting the point. Larsen then slid next to Dibb, made the pass, and became the new leader. Dibb kept close to Larsen but Brandon Mehrwerth closed in. Mehrwerth passed Dibb for second as the race winded down. Larsen held off the competition and took the win with Mehrwerth, Dibb, Jared Zimpel and Hagemann in the top five.

Matthew Dibb took home the track championship.

Mike Flickinger and Jeff Ahlquist brought the Hobby Stocks to the line for the next feature. Flickinger grabbed first with Ahlquist moving to his side. Ahlquist took over the lead as Adam Thompson went in between drivers to grab second. Taylor Willms moved aside Flickinger for third and took the point while Thompson was next to Ahlquist. Ahlquist and Thompson drove door to door with few laps remaining. The checkers were raised and Ahlquist and Thompson took them side by side. The crowd rose to their feet to see the finish as Ahlquist was announced the winner. Thompson, Willms, Matt Fester and Reed Matthies took the top points.

The Hobby Stocks started off the night with Taylor Willms and Matt Fester being one point apart, they ended the night in a tie and both were awarded 2013 Track Champions.

David Dosh took the lead as the green dropped for the Pure Stocks but Tami Naslund moved to his door. They ran side by side for first with Aaron Johnson behind them. Naslund secured the lead and Johnson battled Dosh. Johnson took second and cruised to Naslund’s door. They battled side by side for laps while Brandon Fah drove his yellow #10 to Dosh’s door. Johnson pulled away from Naslund and led the remaining laps to take the feature win. Naslund, Fah, Dosh and Rob Mueller finished out the top five drivers.

Jason Goedker took the Track Championship in his #55 Monster Energy Pure Stock.

A first lap caution slowed the WISSOTA Mod Fours down, but as the green reappeared Keith Thell raced to Brandon Linquist’s door for first. Thell took the lead and immediately pulled away while Dustin Zieske took second. Kyle Thell moved to Linquist’s side but Linquist moved back up with Zieske. Kyle Thell and Zieske both passed Linquist and Kyle grabbed the low groove to pass his brother Keith for first. Zieske and Keith battled for second as Linquist spun to the infield. Linquist was charged with the caution and the drivers were reset.

Kyle continued to lead on the restart with Zieske in second. Landon Atkinson made his way into the top five after starting in the 17 position, and was at Andy Nelson’s side for fourth. Atkinson made his way into third after a caution and took second from Zieske. With four laps left, Atkinson was chasing down Kyle for first. Kyle however was checked out and took the checkers and the Track Championship for his second year in a row. Atkinson, Zieske, Keith Thell and Andy Nelson took the top points.

Davey Kruchten and Brad Schmidt brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green and Schmidt grabbed the lead while Kruchten dove into the infield with motor problems. Allen Gessell, Jr. moved next to Schmidt but Schmidt pulled away in the lead. Gessell, Jr. kept close while Kurt Becken and Christina Studanski battled for third. Becken took third but found Justin Pogones at his side. Becken pulled ahead of Pogones but Pogones kept after him.

Laps passed and Pogones and Becken were still in a battle for third when Dave Read joined the fun. Becken again held onto the point with Read and Pogones in tow. Schmidt took the checkers first giving himself a clean sweep for the night and he was also awarded the Track Championship. Gessell, Jr., Becken, Read and Pogones finished as the top five drivers.

Ryan Putnam and Tom Gill battled for first and Jason VandeKamp, Brand Hines and Denis Czech battled three wide for third as the green waved for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Gill pulled into the lead and Czech grabbed second while Hines, VandeKamp and Putnam battled for third. Czech then took the high road and took the lead while VandeKamp grabbed second. Shane Sabraski pulled into third while Bud Martini and Gill battled for fourth. Martini locked in fourth as all cars began to space out. Czech closed in on slower cars and began to lap with two laps to go. Czech had no worries as he
took the win with VandeKamp, Sabraski, Martini and Gill as the top drivers.

Bud Martini was awarded the 2013 Track Championship title for the second consecutive year.

Jake Goetze and Dexton Koch brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green, but Dan Gullikson drove between them and took the lead. Koch held onto second but Shane Sabraski took the point and slid next to Gullikson. Gullikson pulled away from Sabraski but Sabraski sped up. Sabraski ran low and Gullikson drove high as they rounded the curves. Gullikson slowly
pulled away from Sabraski putting air between their nose cones. James Trantina worked on Koch for third, but Koch held him back. Gullikson dominated the feature and drove his French Lake Auto Parts #00x into victory lane. The remaining drivers finished as Sabraski, Koch, Trantina and Goetze.

Shane Sabraski took the Super Stock Track Champion award for his second year in a row.

Clayton Wagamon and Jeremy Nelson led the WISSOTA Modifieds to the green for the night’s final feature. Nelson took the lead with Wagamon and Sabraski in a battle for second. Sabraski took second and passed Nelson for first but Nelson kept close. Dave Cain was on the move and took second from Nelson. Cain began to chase down Sabraski who already had a good lead. Cain was reeling in Sabraski as they caught a slower car. Sabraski made the pass and drove away as Cain also lapped the car. Dave Mass and Eric Martini fought for fifth and they closed in Wagamon. Martini and Mass went three wide with Wagamon, but Wagamon kept the point. Mass broke away from Martini and again took a shot at Wagamon. Wagamon continued to hold him back as Sabraski took the double checkered flags. Cain, Nelson, Wagamon and Mass claimed top points.

Sabraski and Martini began the feature tied for the lead, but after the race, Shane Sabraski was declared the Champion taking home two track championships for 2013.

The Granite City Speedway will not be race on Sunday September 1, however will run on Monday the 2 and will feature UMSS Sprint Cars along with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours, Hornets and Hobby Stocks. Also the 2nd Annual Gold Cup Triple Header is just around the corner on September 27, 28 and 29. So mark your calendars for these fun events, gates open at 3 and races will begin at 5:30.

Coca Cola night at Granite City

August 20th, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – Fans filled the stands Sunday night at the Granite City Speedway for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Viking Coca Cola and St. Cloud Toyota Scion sponsored the night which also featured the United State Modified Touring Series. The USMTS drivers were accompanied by our Modifieds and the night also featured WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours, Hobby Stocks and Hornets.

The Hornets kicked off the nights feature races with Jake Hagemann and Brandon Opsahl in a battle for first. Drivers drove door to door until Opsahl took the lead and they spaced out. Hagemann held onto second with Erik Gruhlke and Brandon Mehrwerth on his bumper. Mehrwerth slid by Hagemann for second but Hagemann kept close and they moved in on Opsahl. Mehrwerth made the pass for the lead while Matthew Dibb took into third and slid aside Hageman. Dibb and Hagemann were door to door for second with a lap remaining, however the Yellow flew.

Mehrwerth lead through two more restarts with Dibb chomping at the bit. Dibb pulled into second and with the checkers waving Jared Zimpel and Hagemann were side by side. Zimpel crossed the line first to get third with Hagemann and Opsahl in the top five while Mehrwerth rolled into victory lane.

Matt Everts and Tommy Bawden brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours to the green and Bawden took the lead. Drivers were three and four wide as they rounded the turns and Mike Rau moved into the second point. Dustin Zieske then moved aside Rau but Rau pulled away. Rau then took the high line, moved to Bawden’s door and took the lead. Kyle Thell made his way in to the top points and ran three wide with Bawden and Zieske for second.

Thell worked on Rau but the yellow flew and back to back restarts kept the drivers slow. The second restart was caused by Rau spinning and drivers piled up behind him. Once everyone was sorted, Thell was the leader with an eager Zieske behind him. Zieske drove the low groove and went back and forth with Thell for the lead, however Thell kept nosing ahead. Thell broke away from Zieske and drove to the checkers taking another feature win. Zieske, Linquist, Matt Halls and Dwight Gillyard took the top points.

Adam Thompson, Reed Matthies and Matt Fester battled three wide for second as the Hobby Stocks took the track. Cody Buchheit however cruised away in first not looking back. Fester claimed second, caught Buchheit and passed him on the low side. The yellow flew for debris and the drivers were sorted.

Fester was first on the restart with Buchheit in second. Forest Foster, Reed Matthies and Thompson all battled for top points as Thompson spun in turn four. The yellow flew and Fester led through three restarts with Matthies and Buchheit behind him. They ran that order until the checkers flew and Fester took the trophy home.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the track with Ashley Mehrwerth grabbing the early lead. Joe Voigt took second while Christopher Zenner and Corey Eystad battled for third. Zenner moved next to Voigt and took second with Eystad following. Travis Schulte and Nick Koehler moved next to Voigt and they all battled for third as Jason VandeKamp looped his car and the yellow flew.

Mehrwerth was alone on the restart with Zenner and Schulte behind her. Schulte grabbed second and moved next to Mehrwerth but Mehrwerth pulled away. Koehler took the fourth point and quickly passed Schulte for third, but another caution slowed down the drivers.

Mehrwerth was still in the lead with Zenner and Koehler on her rear. Koehler moved drove to Mehrwerth’s side and they came down the front chute door to door. Koehler was faster when they entered the turn and took the lead. Koehler led the remaining laps and rolled his #13 into victory lane. Mehrwerth, Zenner, Martini and Eystad finished in top points.

Christina Studanski took the lead as the WISSOTA Street Stocks began their feature. Justin Pogones sped to her side and quickly took the lead while Brad Schmidt drove the #50r into third. Schmidt however spun around and the yellow waved sending himself to the back.

Pogones was first on the restart with Jordan Tollakson and Dave Read behind him. Read and Tollakson battled for second with Studasnki behind them. Read ran a bit too high in turn four allowing Tollakson to shoot past him for second. Tollakson set eyes on Pogones, but Pogones was checked out and closed in on slower cars. Pogones began to lap drivers with two laps to go. Pogones had the cruise set and put his new black colored #01 into victory lane for the first time since it’s debut. Tollakson, Read, Studanski and Schmidt were the top five finishers.

It was now time the for USMTS feature featuring 24 Modifieds. Rodney Sanders and Jason Krohn were on the pole and battled door to door as the green flew. Krohn pulled into first with Sanders holding second. Dave Cain and Daniel Hilsabeck battled for third as Johnny Scott joined them. Cain drove away from the others while Ryan Gustin took fourth. Gustin cruised next to Cain for third while Sanders moved to Krohn’s side. Sanders made the pass for the lead but Krohn kept close. Gustin was chasing down the leaders while all drivers spaced out and rode the bottom groove.

With the race half over, Dale Mathison suffered a mechanical problem and coasted to a stop on the high side bringing out the yellow. Mathison was escorted off the track while Sanders, Krohn and Gustin lined up. The top drivers sped away as the green flew and kept in that order. Sanders slowly pulled away from the others while Gustin worked Krohn for second. With only two laps to go Krohn’s right rear went flat and he moved to the high side letting everyone fly past him. The race remained under green, and with only a lap remaining, Sanders took the checkers and the win. Gustin, Scott, Chris Brown and Hilsabeck were the top five finishers.

Next Sunday concludes the regular season at the Granite City Speedway with Season Championship night. There will not be races on Sunday September 1, however there will be on Monday with a Labor Day Sprint Car Special. WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours, Hornets and Hobby Stocks will accompany the Sprint Cars for a night of dirt flying action. Races will begin at 5:30 with gates opening at 3 pm.

Wagamon, Sabraski, Martini, Read, Halls, Nygren, Willms and Mehrwerth Bring Home Trophies at Granite City

August 15th, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – Granite City Speedway hosted their final Bike Give Away night on Sunday with more than 20 bikes and helmets being awarded to kids. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was sponsored by Don Robinson Motors with Clayton Wagamon, Shane Sabraski, Bud Martini, Dave Read, Matt Halls, Ross Nygren, Taylor Willms and Brandon Mehrwerth taking trophies.

Tyler Laney grabbed the lead with Brandon Opsahl and Darin Lenk in the top three as the Hornets kicked off the night’s races. Matthew Dibb and Jared Zimpel moved to Lenk’s sides for third but Lenk pulled away and next to Opsahl. Brandon Mehrwerth moved in and joined Zimpel, Dibb and Lenk in the battle for third but Mehrwerth got loose allowing the others to drive away. Lenk took third while Opsahl slid by Laney. Laney drifted high and Opsahl took the lead while Mehrwerth stole third. Mehrwerth moved next to Laney, claimed second and closed the gap with Opsahl. Mehrwerth drove around Opsahl and led the remaining laps to the checkers. Opsahl, Dibb, Zimpel and Lenk rounded out the top five drivers.

Reed Matthies and Cody Buchheit battled side by side for first as the green waved for the Hobby Stocks. Three laps went by and Matthies and Buchheit were still in a battle. Buchheit was able to break away while Taylor Willms and Matt Fester joined Matthies. Fester took second and moved in on the #47 of Buchheit. Fester made the pass becoming the leader while the yellow waved. Fester was first on the restart with Buchheit in second. Willms passed Buchheit for second and soon passed Fester for the lead. Buchheit then spun around and the yellow waved again slowing the new leader down. Willms was first on the restart with Adam Thompson pressuring Fester. Thompson and Fester were door to door while Willms crossed the finish line. Thompson nosed ahead for second while Fester, Buchheit and Matthies took top points.

The Pure Stocks took the clay with Ross Nygren and Tami Naslund on the front row. Nygren took the lead with Billy Kendall in second. Kendal moved to Nygren’s side and Kendall took first. Kendall sped away until the yellow flew forcing him to slow. Kendall was alone on the restart with Nygren and Aaron Johnson behind him. Johnson shot next to Kendall for the lead while Nygren moved in. They ran three wide for the lead with Kendall taking it. Kendall held the drivers off and took the win, however after tech he was disqualified therefore surrendered the trophy to Nygren.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours made their way on the track and Matt Halls took the lead. Dwight Gilyard took second and Dean Larson got third while Ryan Buer, Tommy Sabraski, Kyle Thell and Chad Funt drove four wide into turn one. Thell dropped back as they others kept on Larson’s rear for third. The yellow flew and the drivers were sorted with Halls in the lead. Gilyard took second and Dean Larson moved to his side. Gilyard however kept the point while Funt moved aside Larson. Funt passed Larson and moved next to Gilyard with the race winding down. Halls took the checkers without hesitation while Gilyard, Sabraski and Funt came to the line three wide. Sabraski crossed the line in second with Funt, Gilyard and Dustin Zieske as the top finishers.

Josh Lainey claimed the lead as the WISSOTA Street Stock feature began. Christina Studanski and Brad Schmidt battled for second with Dave Read behind them. Studanski, Schmidt and Read moved in on Lainey and they all battled for the top point. Schmidt took the lead with Dave Read in second. Lainey and Studanski ran door to door while Read closed in on Schmidt. Read slid to Schmidt’s side and they raced side by side for first and caught a slower car. Read drove around Schmidt and took the lead, but Schmidt’s car suffered a mechanical issue and coasted to a stop. The yellow flew and drivers were reset as Read retook the green. Read held off the competition and took the win with Studanski, Laney, Davey Kruchten and Kurt Becken in the top five.

Corey Esytad shot into the lead as the green waved for the WISSOTA Midwest Modified race. Travis Schulte and Joe Voigt battled for second with Bud Martini in fourth. Schulte took second, grabbed the low groove and quickly moved to Eystad’s door. Schulte made the pass for the lead with Eystad, Martini and Sabraski behind him. Schulte drove away from the others while Martini moved in on Eystad. Eystad and Martini were panel to panel while Denis Czech cruised to their rear’s. Martini took second and Czech was aside Eystad when Corey Koenig spun and the yellow flew unfortunately forcing Schulte to slow down. Schulte was first on the restart with an eager Martini and Czech in tow. Martini moved next to Schulte and after a short battle, took the lead. Czech moved next to Schulte but Schulte didn’t back down. Martini took the win in his Plato’s Closet sponsored #42 car with Czech Schulte, Eystad, and Ashley Mehrwerth as the top five drivers.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next on the agenda with Jake Goetze grabbing the lead. James Trantina moved into second and Dexton Koch battled Shane Sabraski for third. Sabraski took third and worked Trantina for second. Trantina and Sabraski were door to door for second as they moved in on Goetze’s rear. Trantina and Sabraski both grabbed a side and went three wide with Goetze for first. Sabraski sped away in the lead with Goetze close in second. Goetze ran Sabraski’s line, but Sabraski held the lead until the checkers flew taking the feature win. Goetze, Trantina, Koch and Pete Loftis took the top points.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed out the show with a caution free feature event. Charlie Hillukka and Clayton Wagamon brought the drivers to the line and Jeremy Nelson moved to Hillukka’s door. They ran three wide for first with Wagamon taking the point. Hillukka held second with Nelson in third. Nelson worked on Hillukka for second, but Hillukka kept the point. Shane Sabraski and Eric Martini were in a battle for fourth as Nelson shot past Hillukka. Hillukka didn’t like that and quickly repassed him. Hillukka kept Nelson back but Martini moved to the high side and next to Hillukka. Martini took second and Nelson took third while Hillukka fell to fourth. Martini began to reel in Wagamon for the lead while Sabraski moved to Hillukka’s door. Sabraski took fourth, Dave Cain took fifth and they moved in on Nelson. Sabraski passed Nelson for third and Cain moved to his door. Wagamon led the race from flag to flag and rolled his Wagamon Bro’s sponsored mod into victory lane while Martini, Sabraski, Cain and Nelson took the top five points.

Next Sunday the USMTS drivers roll into the Granite City Speedway in the Hunt For Casey’s Cup. WISSOTA Modifieds will be able to race with the USMTS drivers and the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Mod Fours will also race as well as the Hornets and Hobby Stocks. Gates open at 3:00 with racing starting at 5:30.

A night of Great Wins at Granite City

August 6th, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – As always, the Granite City Speedway’s night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was full of side by side battles and close finishes. The night was sponsored by NAPA and Dana Voigt, Tyler Berry, Aaron Johnson, Kyle Thell, Brad Schmidt, Justin Oestreich, Shane Sabraski and Dave Cain all took feature wins.

The speedway also featured two powder puff races. Open wheeled and non-open wheeled classes were established and each got a feature race. Ashley Zieske and Jazlyn Lenarz took the wins.

Chris Keeney and Tyler Laney brought the Hornets to the green for the night’s first feature. Laney took the lead with Dana Voigt and Jared Zimpel behind him. The drivers were three wide as Voigt moved to Laney’s door. Voigt took the lead and drove away while Zimpel and Matthew Dibb battled with Laney. Dibb made the pass for second while they caught slower drivers. Laney held back Zimpel and Brandon Mehrwerth as they weaved through lapped traffic. Voigt maintained the lead and took the win with Dibb, Laney, Mehrwerth and Zimpel as the top finishers.

The Hobby Stocks were second for the night with Forest Foster taking the lead. Tyler Berry moved to Foster’s side but Foster pulled away. Adam Thompson slid next to Foster as Berry stole the lead. Thompson took second and chased Berry with Foster and Tim Lavoi battling for third. The top drivers spaced out as Taylor Willms broke into the top five. Willms passed Foster and soon took third from Lavoi. Thompson was now on Berry’s rear for first, but the checkers were waving. Berry took the trophy with Thompson, Willms, Lavoi and Foster as the top five.

Although, there were only six Pure Stocks, when the green dropped they took off. David Dosh and Jason Goedker battled door to door for first with Aaron Johnson, Tami Naslund and Charlie Shiek three wide behind them. Dosh nosed ahead into the lead but young Johnson grabbed the low groove and the lead. Johnson drove away and Goedker took second. Billy Kendall moved into second while Johnson was a straight-away away. Johnson took the checkers without breaking a sweat while Kendall, Goedker, Naslund and Dosh took the top points.

The #32’s of Jess Geesey and Dwight Gillyard led the WISSOTA Mod Fours on the track with Geesey taking the lead. Gillyard, Keith Thell and Dean Larson went three wide for second as Kyle Thell joined them. Geesey’s car then spun in turn one and the yellow flew with Geesey getting the charge.

Keith Thell was first on the restart with his brother Kyle at his door. Kyle made the pass for first with Keith in second. Larson took third while Dustin Zieske and Chad Funt moved in. Funt took a stab at Larson for third, but Larson drove away. Zieske drove to Larson’s door for third as the checkers flew. The Thell brothers of Kyle and Keith took first and second with Larson, Zieske and Funt as the top five.

Christina Studanski drove to the front when the WISSOTA Street Stocks took the track. Brad Schmidt took second while Justin Pogones, Dave Read and Davey Kruchten battled for third. Read took third but the yellow flew. Studanski was first on the restart but Schmidt and Read moved to her sides and they ran three wide. A full lap was completed before Schmidt broke away in the lead. Studanski held second as Pogones challenged Read. Read and Pogones moved to Studanski’s sides and Pogones took second.

Read took third and raced to Pogones’ side. Read took second and set eyes on Schmidt. Read put the pressure on Schmidt, but Schmidt held his lead and took the feature win in his K.B. Properties sponsored machine. Read, Pogones, Studasnki and Kurt Becken in the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next on the agenda and Justin Oestreich shot into the lead. Ryan Putnam took second and Corey Koenig settled in third. Shane Sabraski then flew under Koenig and moved aside Putnam for second. Bud Martini moved next to Travis Schulte for fourth as Sabraski took second and began to chase down Oestreich. Martini took third and put the pedal down to catch Sabraski. Sabraski and Martini closed in on Oestreich with only four laps to go. With three remaining, Sabraski and Martini were on Oestreich’s rear. Oestreich, Sabraski and Martini had their right foot to the floor as they closed in on slower traffic. Oestreich was fast enough to maintain the lead as the checkers flew. Oestreich crossed the line first and got the win with Sabraski, Martini, Matt Weisman and Ryan Putnam in the top five.

James Trantina brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks onto the clay and took the lead as the green light flicked on. Shane Sabraski, Dexton Koch and Don Eischens went three wide for second and Sabraski took the point. Koch followed Sabraski’s lead as they grabbed the high groove. Sabaski and Koch closed in on Trantina and Sabraski quickly took the lead. Sabraski drove away while Eischens took third. Eischens flew to Trantina’s door and they caught a lapped car. They passed passed the driver and Trantina nosed ahead into second. Sabraski dominated the feature and took the win with Trantina and Eischens door to door for second. Trantina took the runner up position and Eischens, Koch and Dave Mass rounded out the top five.

The final feature event of the night was for the WISSOTA Modifieds. Andy Simonson shot into the lead with Seth Brede in second. Dave Mass and Jeffrey Lien, Jr. battled for third while Dave Cain joined them. Drivers grabbed the high and low grooves, but Cain shot through the middle of everyone and went from fifth to first within a lap. Mass grabbed second while Eric Martini moved into third.

One caution would slow the drivers down, and on the restart Cain sped away. Martini took second with Mass and Jeremy Nelson in tow. Martini hugged the wall as he rounded the track’s curves and Mass moved to his side. Martini and Mass ran door to door and they closed in on Cain. Martini got too close the wall as contact was made and sparks flew. Martini however kept the car moving and retained the second point. With Martini rubbing the wall, Cain was able to pull away and secure his lead. The laps ticked away and the checkers flew for Cain in the Eibach Springs sponsored Modified. Martini, Mass, Nelson and Sabraski took the top points.

Next Sunday night will be the final bike night of the race season with 22 bikes being given away. Racing will resume at 5:30 pm with doors opening at 3.

Jam the Stands at Granite City

July 31st, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – 118 drivers signed into the pits Sunday Night while fans overfilled the grandstands for Jam the Stands night. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was sponsored by Mimbach Fleet and Farm Bureau along with the Minnesota Crown Growers Association. Brendon Scott, Billy Kendall, Matt Fester, Brad Schmidt, Bud Martini and Matt Halls took home feature wins with Shane Sabraski taking two home.

The Hornets kicked off the night’s features with Brandon Opsahl, Jared Zimpel and Brendon Scott three wide for first. Zimpel and Scott drove away and Scott took the lead. Brandon Mehrwerth moved into third and then took second with Dana Voigt on his tail. Mehrwerth closed in on Scott and soon was at his door. Scott drifted high and made contact with Mehrwerth, however Mehrwerth made the pass for first. Quickly Scott was back at his side and they battled with a lapped car. Scott and Mehrwerth were door to door at the finish line and Scott was enough ahead to take the win. Mehrwerth, Voigt, Zimpel and Matthew Dibb took the top points.

Mike Flickinger took the early lead as the Hobby Stocks began their feature. Reed Matthies grabbed second with Matt Fester and Adam Thompson at it for third. Matthies moved next to Flickinger for first but Flickinger drove away. Fester moved into second and then next to Flickinger for first and took the point. Flickinger kept close but Tayler Willms took third and moved to Flickinger’s door. Willms took second as Christian Roth spun in turn four catching the front of Flickinger. Flickinger retired to the infield with a flat as the drivers were realigned. Fester was first on the restart and held the lead until the checkers flew. Willms, Jeff Ahlquist, Thompson and Tyler Berry claimed the top five spots.

After back to back cautions, the WISSOTA Mod Fours were in high gear with Tommy Bawden in the lead. Brandon Linquist took second while Dustin Zieske battled Tommy Sabraski for third. Kyle Thell joined the battle for third but Zieske pulled away. Zieske and Linquist moved to Bawden’s door as they went three wide for first. Zieske took over the lead and Linquist settled in second. Chad Funt moved into the top four after starting in ninth and passed Linquist for second. Thell also passed Linquist and moved to Funt’s door. Thell and Funt ran door to door a few laps until Thell pulled away. Zieske worked through slower traffic which gave Thell the chance to catch him. Zieske however had a strong lead and took the win with Thell, Funt, Linquist and Sabraski as the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the next feature on the agenda with Durrand Peterson and Behn Mensen on the front row. Brad Schmidt joined the battle for first and took the point. Mensen took second but Peterson and Allen Gessell, Jr. joined him. Gessell, Jr. took second with Mensen got third.

After a restart, Dave Read, Mensen and Gessell, Jr. were three wide for second with Gessell, Jr. keeping the position. Mensen held third with Justin Pogones and Read going for fourth. Mike Blowers was on their rears as Read and Pogones shifted to the high groove aside Mensen. Read passed Mensen and Pogones followed as Mensen spun in turn four bringing out the yellow.

Schmidt was still in the lead on the restart with Gessell, Jr. in second and Read in third. Blowers moved into the fourth position and Pogones battled Chad Claassen for fifth. Schmidt took the win and Gessell, Jr., Read, Blowers and Claasen took the top points.

Jonathan Olmscheid and Chad Fouquette battled for first as the green dropped for the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Ryan Putnam moved into third with Jason VandeKamp and Travis Schulte in tow. Fouquette finally locked in the lead, Schulte took second, while Putnam and VandeKamp moved to Olmscheid’s sides.

Bud Martini started in ninth and moved into fourth. Martini took over third and slid next to Schulte for second. Schulte and Martini moved to Fouquette’s doors and they were three wide for first. Martini broke away as the leader and Fouquette took second. Putnam, Shane Sabraski and Schulte ran three wide for third with lapped cars in the mix. Putnam took third at the finish line with one lap to go. Martini took the checkers and another feature win. Fouquette took second but after tech was disqualified, therefore Putnam, Schulte, Sabraski and VandeKamp rounded out the top five drivers.

Tyler Mecl and Dan Gullikson brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks on the track and as the green flew Gullikson and Shane Sabraski sped around Mecl. Sabraski and Gullikson ran panel to panel while Mass cruised under Mecl for third. Sabraski was finally able to break away from Gullikson and he immediately stretched out a lead. The yellow soon flew as Dave Read coasted to a stop on the track. Read was pushed off the track as Sabraski retook the lead.

Sabraski drove away and Gullikson battled Mass for second. The laps went by and Gullikson and Mass were still side by side. Mass finally secured second with two laps two go with Gullikson, Dexton Koch and Mecl behind him. Sabraski cruised to the checkers and took his second Super Stock feature win a row at the Granite City Speedway.

Don Eischens took the lead as the WISSOTA Modified feature began. Seth Brede took second while Charlie Hillukka and Dave Cain battled for third. Brede moved to Eischens’ side and Sabraski joined Cain and Hillukka. Eischens kept the lead but Brede remained close. Brede moved back to Eischens’ side while Cain and Sabraski moved in. Eischens, Brede, Cain and Sabraski all ran close and wanted the first position. Eischens again pulled away with Brede, Cain and Sabraski three wide. Cain and Sabraski kept the battle up for second while Brede dropped to fourth. Sabraski nosed ahead of Cain and moved past Eischens. Sabraski claimed the lead and sped away with Cain in second. Cain started to chase Sabraski with five laps remaining. Sabraski took the win with Cain, Eischens, Eric Martini and Scot Danzeisen as the top drivers.

The Pure Stocks closed the night of racing with Tami Naslund and Billy Kendall on the front row. Kendall took the lead with Naslund and Aaron Johnson in a battle for second. Naslund took the point while Charlie Shiek grabbed the low groove. Shiek took second and Johnson claimed third. Naslund and Mike Nelson began a multiple lap battle for fourth while Johnson worked Shiek for second. Naslund and Nelson were still in a battle for fourth when Naslund’s car spun around. She kept going to avoid a caution but fell to seventh. Kendall was in charge as the two lap warning displayed and Johnson was still working on Shiek. As Kendall took the checkers, Johnson passed Shiek in turn four finishing second with Shiek, Nelson and Jason Goedker as the top five drivers.

Since the original Scout Night was a rain out, the night will be offered again to all boy and girl scouts next Sunday. All scouts in uniform ages 17 and under will receive FREE grandstand admission, scout leaders are encouraged to wear their uniforms but will have to pay regular admission. Racing resumes at 5:30 pm.

UMSS Makes a Stop at Granite City

July 23rd, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – Granite City Speedway’s night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was sponsored by RDO Equipment and Gilleland Chevrolet and the Upper Midwest Sprint car Series made a stop at the track. 14 Traditional Sprint Cars signed into the pits and Mike Mueller took his first feature win in a sprint car. Both Eric and Bud Martini got feature wins along with Shane Sabraski, Allen Gessell, Jr., Kyle Thell and Cody Buchheit.

The Hobby Stocks kicked off the night’s features with Tyler Berry and Mike Flickinger battling for first. Flickinger took the lead with Berry and Cody Buchheit in a battle for second. Buchheit fell back and battled Adam Thompson for third but Buchheit spun out. Flickinger was first on the restart with Berry and Thompson in tow. Jeff Ahlquist moved to Berry’s
side but Thompson went through the middle and took second. Thompson then moved to Flickinger’s side, and after a restart, Thompson made the pass taking the lead. Thompson led through four more cautions with Flickinger jumping at his side. Buchheit made his way back into the top three and drove three wide with Thompson and Flickinger. The checkers flew with Flickinger crossing the line barely ahead of Buchheit. However, since Flickinger jumped the restart, he was docked two points giving the win to Buchheit. Thompson, Flickinger, Tim Lavoi and Taylor Willms claimed top positions.

Christina Studanski took the lead in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Davey Kruchten, Justin Pogones and Kurt Becken went three wide for second but Kruchten fell back. Pogones and Becken kept the battle alive until Becken spun out. Becken kept his car going while Pogones took second. Pogones moved to Studanski’s rear for the lead as Shane Kruger hit the front
wall. The yellow flew slowing the drivers down.

Studanski was in front on the restart with Pogones in second. Allen Gessell, Jr. battled Josh Laney for third as Dave Read joined in. Laney and Read moved to Pogones’ doors with but Pogones kept the runner up spot. Gessell, Jr. took third from Read and then caught Pogones for second and
they battled. Studanski felt the heat from Pogones and Gessell, Jr., but she kept her line and drove away. After a final restart Gessell, Jr. made his move and took the lead from Studanski and took the feature win. Studasnki, Pogones, Becken and Chad Claassen took the top points.

Adam Olson and Tommy Bawden brought the WISSOTA Mod Fours on the track and Olson took the lead. Bawden took second while Mike Rau and Tommy Sabraski fought for third. Kyle Thell moved past them for third and closed in on the leaders. Bawden worked the high line and took the lead from Olson, but Thell stole the low groove and the lead. Thell then led through
three cautions with Olson and Bawden in tow. Dustin Zieske and Sabraski took over second and third with Matt Halls and Chad Funt behind them. Sabraski’s car began to swerve which allowed Halls and Funt to make the pass. Thell was half a
track ahead and lapping as the checkers waved. Thell took another feature win with Halls, Funt, Zieske and Sabraski as the top drivers.

The UMSS Sprints took the track with Brian VanMeveren in the lead. Johnny Parsons claimed second with Robert Caho, Jr. in third. Mike Mueller and Kevin Bradwell battled for fourth and Mueller took the point. VanMeveren drove away from the competition as Caho, Jr. moved to Parson’s door. They ran side by side and Mueller closed in. Caho, Jr. was able to take second and Mueller took third. VanMeveren was lapping slower cars when Muller raced to Caho, Jr.’s door. Caho, Jr. and Mueller drove panel to panel and closed in on VanMeveren for first. Mueller grabbed the low groove and passed VanMevern for first with three laps to go. Mueller drove away and took the checkers and his first feature win in a sprint car. Caho, Jr., VanMeveren, Parsons, Cam Schafer and Bradwell took the top points.

Kevin Schmidt and Ryan Putnam brought the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green and Putnam drove away. Travis Schulte moved into second and Jason VandeKamp followed in third. Bud Martini came through the traffic and passed VandeKamp. Martini then cruised by Schulte for second and caught Putnam for first. Martini and Putnam ran door to door but Martini pulled away in the lead.

Schulte moved to Putnam’s side for second but Putnam kept the point. Jon Frolik was next to Schulte and he began to work him, but the laps ran out as Martini grabbed the win. Putnam, Schulte, Frolik and Christopher Zenner took the top five points.

Four WISSOTA Super Stocks took the track for their feature event. James Trantina and Tyler Mecl sped away as the green dropped and Mecl took the lead. Trantina and Dexton Koch battled for second while Mecl continued to pull away. Trantina, Koch and Shane Sabraski went three wide for second as Trantina’s car spun in turn two. Mecl was forced to slow down as the cars were aligned.

Mecl pulled away as the green reappeared but Sabraski and Koch went to his sides. They ran three wide until Sabraski broke away. Trantina made the pass on Koch for third as Koch retired to the infield. Sabraski took the win with Mecl and Trantina in tow.

The WISSOTA Modifieds closed the night’s program with J.T. Johnson and Seth Brede leading the way. Brede took the lead and Jeremy Nelson battled Johnson for second. Nelson and Johnson moved to Brede’s sides and they ran three wide for first. Brede held the point with Nelson close behind. Dave Cain and Eric Martini moved in on Nelson’s rear but Nelson drove away. Cain left Martini’s side and cruised next to Nelson. Nelson ran the high line and brushed the wall. Nelson kept going with Cain and Martini to his left. Martini made the pass for second and moved next to Brede. Cain closed in behind the leaders as Martini took the lead. Cain also passed Brede and began to chase Martini with five laps to go. Shane Sabraski closed in on Cain for second with the white in the air. Cain kept Sabraski back while Eric Martini took the win. Johnson and Brede rounded out the top five.

Next Sunday is Jam The Stands night at the Granite City Speedway. Regular grandstand admission will be free for all fans with racing resuming at 5:30 pm.

Meet the Driver night a Hit at Granite City

July 17th, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – After a week off, the Granite City Speedway was back in full effect with an exciting night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Not only was the night full of great racing, but it was also Meet the Drivers Night. Kids were able to meet the drivers, participate in two candy tosses, and 22 bikes and helmets were given away. Lube Tech and DM Motors sponsored the night’s events with Bradshaw and Bryant and AJ’s Complete Automotive also contributing.

The night’s features kicked off with the WISSOTA Street Stocks taking the clay. Davey Kruchten started on the pole and shot into the lead. However, he spun in turn four causing drivers to scatter. The yellow flew and Christina Studanski and Josh Laney led the drivers as the green waved. Studanski grabbed the lead with Dave Read, Allen Gessell, Jr. and Josh Laney three wide for second. Read took the top groove and slid next to Studanski for first. Laney joined the battle for the lead point, but Read sped away. Read stretched out his lead as Gessell Jr. took over second. Brad Schmidt and Kurt
Becken moved passed Studanski and Schmidt moved alongside Gessell, Jr.

Read was flying high around the track and started lapping drivers as Schmidt took second. Read snagged the checkers without breaking a sweat and rolled his Wollak Construction #21R into victory lane. Schmidt, Becken, Gessell, Jr. and Justin Pogones took top points.

The Hornets were the next feature with Chris Keeney, Dan Larsen and Dana Voigt going three wide for the lead. Larsen took the lead with Voigt and Dannie Burkholder in top positions. Brandon Mehrwerth and Brendon Scott moved to Burkholder’s doors and they went three wide for third. Mehrwerth took the point and moved in on Voigt. Voigt then suffered a mechanical issue and coasted to a stop on the track.

The restart order was Larsen with Mehrwerth and Scott in tow. Larsen kept his lead but Mehrwerth was closing in. With two laps to go, Mehrwerth rubbed Larsen’s bumper and Larsen spun around. The yellow flew again and Mehrwerth took the blame. Larsen held his lead the final laps and took the win with Matthew Dibb, Scott, Burkholder and Mehrwerth in the top five.

Cody Buchheit claimed the lead when the green dropped for the Hobby Stocks and Mike Flickinger took second. Jeff Ahlquist and Dan Thell battled for third, but as they came through turn four, Adam Thompson and Thell’s cars stopped and Tyler Berry spun out. The yellow few and drivers were sorted. Buchheit was first on the restart with Flickinger and Ahlquist going for second. Matt Fester joined the fight for second but Flickinger pulled away. Fester raced to Flickinger’s side, and slowly passed Flickinger taking the point in time for the checkers to fly. Buchheit took the win with Fester, Flickinger, Taylor Willms and Ahlquist in top positions.

The Pure Stocks entered the track with Neal Biermaier grabbing the lead. David Dosh, Jason Goedker and Aaron Johnson battled for second as Biermaier drifted high in the corners. Dosh, Goedker and Johnson cruised by Biermaier giving Goedker the lead. Johnson moved around Dosh, then next to Goedker, and soon made the pass becoming the new leader. Johnson sped away while Charlie Shiek took third. Sheik grabbed the high side and took second, but Johnson was in charge and closed in on the win. Johnson’s bright orange #442 rolled into victory lane with Shiek, Goedker, Dosh and Tami Naslund behind him.

After a quick caution, the WISSOTA Mod Fours were in action with Matt Halls in the lead. Dustin Zieske took second but Keith Thell was at his door. Kyle Thell moved in behind Keith and they both passed Zieske for second. The yellow flew again, and Kyle Thell retired to the infield.

Halls was first on the restart with Zieske in second. Landon Atkinson moved into third after starting in ninth and moved to Zieske’s side. The leaders started lapping slower drivers allowing Atkinson to speed around Zieske. Atkinson caught Halls and quickly stole the lead. Atkinson led the remaining laps and took the win with Halls, Zieske, Chad Funt and Dean Larson as the top five drivers.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next on the agenda but back to back cautions kept the drivers slow. As the green reappeared Tom Gill was in command. Ashley Mehrwerth took second and Corey Koenig attempted to hold back Jason VandeKamp. VandeKamp however took over third and passed Mehrwerth for second. VandeKamp chased down Gill and they drove side by side. After a couple laps VandeKamp nosed ahead and took the lead and Gill fell to second. VandeKamp pulled away from the competition with Gill, Mehrwerth and Ryan Studanski racing close for second through fourth. They finished in that order as VandeKamp took the checkers in his FYE Motorsports sponsored machine.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the track with James Trantina’s #19x taking the lead. Dan Gullikson moved into second and slid next to Trantina. Gullikson made the pass but Trantina and Dave Mass rejoined him. Gullikson again drove away and Trantina held second. Shane Sabraski and Dexton Koch put the pressure on Mass for third, but Mass grabbed the high groove and moved to Trantina’s door. Mass claimed second and began to close in on Gullikson. With five laps left, Mass and Gullikson were side by side. All eyes watched them cruise around the track in formation. The checkers were raised and Gullikson and Mass were still side by side. The crowd watched them cross the line and looked at the score board. Gullikson, Trantina, Koch and Sabraski took top points while Mass drove his Lube Tech sponsored Super Stock into victory lane.

Dave Mass and Eric Martini battled for first as the WISSOTA Modifieds began the night’s final race. Shane Sabraski moved into third with Dave Cain grabbing fourth. Martini broke away from Mass for the lead with Sabraski moving in. Sabraski took over second and tried to close in on Martini. Cain was still in fourth, but he began to utilize the entire track to gain ground on Mass. After laps passed by, Cain was at Mass’s door and they went back and forth for third. Cain locked in third and set eyes on Sabraski. Martini dominated the race and took the win with Sabraski, Cain, Mass and Dale Mathison in top points.

Races will resume next Sunday night at 5:30 and will feature the UMSS Wingless Sprint Cars.

Wissota Midwest Modifieds win the Mystery Payout night at Granite City

July 3rd, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – The Granite City Speedway hosted its second annual Mystery Payout Night Sunday night with nearly 100
drivers signing in the pits. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was sponsored by Automotive Parts Headquarters (APH) and Bee Line Sports Center and was packed with battles and close finishes. Landon Atkinson, Kurt
Becken, Dave Mass and Bud Martini took the WISSOTA wins with Dan Larsen and Billy Kendall getting the Hornet and Pure Stock trophies.

The Hornets started off the night’s features and Dana Voigt claimed the early lead. Tyler Laney, Brendon Scott and Jake Hagemann took the top points while Voigt drove away. Brandon Mehrwerth made his way into fourth and quickly was next to Laney for second. Laney drifted high allowing Mehrwerth to fly by, but Mehrwerth’s car suddenly coasted to a stop bringing out the yellow.

Voigt was still in command on the restart with Hagemann grabbing second. Dan Larsen made his way from the 16starting position into third with Matthew Dibb taking fourth. Larsen moved next to Hagemann for second and they ran door to door until Larsen took the point. Larsen then cruised to Voigt’s side as the white was raised. Larsen took over the lead on the final lap and took the win with Voigt, Hagemann, Dibb and Laney as the top finishers.

David Dosh and Tami Naslund brought the Pure Stocks to the green for the next feature. Dosh grabbed the lead while Aaron Johnson took second. Naslund, Billy Kendall and Jason Goedker went three wide for third as Johnson moved to Dosh’s side. This round Johnson took the lead and began to pull away. Kendall now moved to Dosh’s side and took over second as the yellow flew for debris. Johnson was first on the restart with Kendall and Dosh behind him. Kendall took second and moved in on Johnson. Johnson held Kendall back but with two laps remaining, they were door to door. Kendall locked in the lead as the white dropped and took the checkers with Johnson, Charlie Shiek, Naslund and Dosh in tow.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were next on the agenda, and as drivers rounded turn four, Matt Halls was turned sideways and everyone bunched up. The drivers were sorted with Andy Mayavski and Chad Funt in the lead. Mayavski grabbed first with Funt in second and Dean and Tyler Larson going for third. Landon Atkinson joined the battle for third going three wide for the point. Atkinson ran next to the wall and took the point as Funt went under Mayavski taking the lead. Atkinson quickly took over second and caught Funt. Funt and Atkinson closed in on a slower driver, and Funt got held up allowing Atkinson to shoot into the lead. Matt Halls and Dustin Zieske made contact in turn four forcing both cars to hit the wall and the yellow flew.

Atkinson was first on the restart with Funt in second and Dean Larson grabbing third. Kyle Thell moved in and took over third and closed in on Funt as the race came to an end. Atkinson took another feature win with Funt, Thell, Larson and Tommy Sabraski in the top points.

Josh Laney took the lead when the green waved for the WISSOTA Street Stocks. Behn Mensen and Kurt Becken battled for second with the field of drivers going side by side. Brad Schmidt moved to Laney’s side for second while Ryan Kostreba took fourth. Laney and Schmidt kept the battle for second going a few laps until Laney nosed ahead. A caution slowed the leaders down, but on the restart Schmidt was able to take second. Becken kept his lead and Laney battled Justin Pogones for third. Pogones took third with Allen Gessell, Jr. grabbing fourth.

Another caution gave Gessell, Jr. the chance he needed to move up and he quickly took second from Schmidt. Gessell, Jr. then sent eyes on Becken and he started poking at his sides. Becken held Gessell, Jr. back while Schmidt rejoined. Becken kept the lead and took the win with Gessell, Jr., Schmidt, Pogones and Christina Studanski as the top finishers.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks entered the track with Dan Gullikson, Dave Mass, Shane Sabraski and Dexton Koch going four wide for the lead. Mass and Sabraski broke away from the pack as Gullikson took third and Koch got fourth. Mass and Sabraski continued a side by side fight for first as five laps were complete. Before you knew it, ten laps were down, and they were still door to door. As the eleventh lap was completed Mass pulled away from Sabraski. Sabraski didn’t back off, but remained on Mass’s bumper. Sabraski tried a couple moves, but Mass finally pulled away and locked in the lead with only two laps to go. Mass took the checkers after a clean, side by side battle with Sabraski who took second with Gullikson, Koch and Husmann in top points.

Dave Mass and Jeffrey Lien, Jr. brough the WISSOTA Modifieds to the green and Mass took the lead. Lien, Jr. and Dale Mathison battled for second with Eric Martini in fourth. Mathison took second and moved to Mass’s door for the lead. Mathison pulled ahead enough to lead a lap, but Mass was back at his side. Martini and Lien, Jr. were battling for third as Dave Cain joined in. Cain took over third with Sabraski and Martini on his hear. Mass and Mathison continued to swap for the lead position while Sabraski, Martini and Cain were three wide. Sabraski took third this round while Mass and Mathison kept at it.

With three laps remaining, Mathison broke away grabbing the lead, but Mass wasn’t done. The checkers were raised and Mass was back at Mathison’s door. They crossed the finish line and it was the #2 of Mass who crossed the line first taking his second win of the night. Mathison, Sabraski, Cain and Martini were the top finishers.

The final race of the night was for the winning Mystery Payout class the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Ryan Studanski and Brandon Hines took off as the green flew and Bud Martini moved into third. Studanski took the lead, but Martini grabbed the high side. Martini moved next to Hines, and then alongside Studanski quickly claiming the lead. Denis Czech also grabbed the high groove and made his way into second. Studanski held third while Hines battled Travis Schulte for fourth.

A caution slowed the drivers down and put Czech right on Martini’s bumper. As the green waved Czech went low and was next to Martini, however Martini held the lead. Czech than ran high and kept close to Martini while Studanski and Shane Sabraski battled for third. Sabraski took third and started in on Czech, but the race was coming to an end. Martini held off the competition, took the win, and the Modified payday. Czech, Sabraski, Studanski and Schulte took the top points.

Next Sunday July 7, the Granite City Speedway will NOT host races. However, the following Sunday, July 14, is the Meet the Drivers Kids Night. So drivers please remember photos, candy and other give-aways for kids that night. Gates open at 3 with races starting at 5:30.

Mother Nature wins at Granite City

June 24th, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN– The Granite City Speedway fell victim to Mother Nature again on Sunday with inches of rain falling on the track. Track management was forced to cancel Sunday night’s WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action, but the track is always looking forward to upcoming events.

Sunday June 30 is Mystery Payout Night at the Granite City Speedway. Whichever WISSOTA class shows up with the highest car count, at draw cut off, will receive Modified payout. If the Modifieds have the highest car count, they will also receive a higher payout.

So tell your friends, and rally to get as many cars there you can for your class, so you can take advantage of the bigger payday. Racing will resume at 5:30pm with gates opening at 3.

Wissota Classes in Action at Granite City

June 20th, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – The stands were packed, the pits were over flowing and the rain kept to the south allowing the Granite City Speedway to put on a great night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing series action. The night was sponsored by Hjort Chiropractic and Dale Mathison Motors, who gave away a free car to a lucky fan. Nineteen WISSOTA Late Models made their first track appearance in over 30 years and Pat Doar took the feature win after leading every lap. Jeff Ahlquist, Landon
Atkinson, Brad Schmidt, Bud Martini, Billy Kendall and Matthew Dibb took home features.

The Hobby Stocks were the first feature of the night and as the green flew cars spun and scattered in turn two. The restart order Reed Matthies alone with Jeff Ahlquist and Forest Foster going for second. Ahlquist took second while Taylor Willms moved next to Foster. Willms took third and sped to Ahlquist’s door. Ahlquist and Willms both passed Matthies taking over first and second as Adam Thompson grabbed third. Willms moved to Ahlquist’s side for first but Ahlquist pulled away. Willms didn’t back down and as they came down the front chute, Ahlquist’s car swerved and Willms went for the lead. Ahlquist however straightened the car out and retained the lead. Willms gave it one last shot to take the win, but Ahlquist was faster he got it. Willms, Thompson, Matthies and Matt Foster took the top points.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours were next up and they had a caution free feature. Brandon Linquist and Ryan Buer led the drivers to the green and battled for first when the flag flew. Chad Funt moved into third with Tyler Larson and Dustin Zieske battling for fourth. Linquist broke away from Buer taking the lead while Larson moved into third and found Buer. Larson and Buer ran door to door for second until Larson took the point.

Buer and Zieske fought for third when Landon Atkinson joined in. Atkinson went low and took third, drifted high and took second. Linquist was lapping but Atkinson quickly was on his rear. Linquist held Atkinson back for a bit, but Atkinson took the lead and eventually the win. Linquist, Zieske, Matt Halls and Tyler Larson took the top five points.

Durrand Peterson and Davey Kruchten brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the line for the next feature. Peterson took the lead with Kruchten and Brad Schmidt going for second. Schmidt took the high groove and quickly took the lead. The field was stacked three and four wide with Kurt Becken making his way to the front. Becken took over second and Mike Blowers moved into third. However, the yellow flew and a series of cautions kept the Streets at a coast.

On the final restart Schmidt was still leading with Becken and Blowers in tow. Blowers grabbed second and Justin Pogones, who started in the 16 position, moved into fourth. Pogones moved to Becken’s outside and they battled for third. Pogones took the point and Becken held fourth, but found Dave Read creeping in. Read made the pass on Becken taking fourth and slid next to Pogones. Pogones decided to drive away and chase down Blowers. Pogones slowly reeled Blowers in, but the laps came to an end. Schmidt took the win with Blowers, Pogones, Read and Becken in the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds rolled on the track with Travis Schulte grabbing the lead. Ashely Mehrwerth took second and Joe Voigt battled Chad Fouquette for third. Bud Martini joined Voigt and Fouquette for third and he took the point. Martini then caught Mehrwerth for second but she wasn’t going to give up her point easily. Mehrwerth held Martini back for a few laps, but Martini found his groove and took over second. Jason VandeKamp and Denis Czech were working their way into top points and they closed in on Mehrwerth.

Mehrwerth again defended her position as she battled Czech, VandeKamp and lapped traffic. Czech was able to take over third with VandeKamp and Mehrwerth in fourth and fifth. Martini had caught Schulte, and after some work, Martini took the lead. Czech moved to Schulte’s door and they ran side by side for second. The green flew warning two laps remained, and Czech and Schulte were still nose to nose. Czech pulled ahead, but Schulte was faster out of the turn and has Martini took the checkers, Schulte held second and Czech finished in third.

The premier race of the night was up next on the agenda featuring nineteen WISSOTA Late Models going 35 laps on the 3/8 mile track. Jake Redetzke and Pat Doar battled for first as the green flew with Eric Breeschoten grabbing third and Jeff Provinzino fighting Don Shaw for fourth. Doar pulled away locking in first while Redetzke settled in second. Jeff Wildung, Provinzino, Shaw and John Kaanta all wanted the fourth point as they swapped positions for it. Wildung grabbed the low line and got fourth and Shaw took over fifth.

The top drivers began to space out, and before you know it, Doar was lapping slower traffic. Redetzke also began to lap slower cars as Kaanta closed in on Shaw. Shaw was strong in fifth and kept Kaanta back in sixth. As leaders began to lap more and more cars, Redetzke closed the gap with Doar. Wildung moved next to Eric Breeschoten for third while Kaanta gave it another shot at Shaw.

Redetzke ran close to Doar for first, and as they entered the curve they were door to door. Doar however was faster out of the turns pulling away from Redetzke. Wildung and Breeschoten were still fighting over third, and they ran door to door for laps. After a multiple lap battle, Wildung pulled away and locked in third.

Doar was still leading the way with Redetzke, Wildung, Breeschoten and Shaw as the top five with five laps to go. Lapped cars filled the empty spaces, and even though Redetzke gave it one more shot, he again just came up short as Doar took the checkers and the win. The feature was caution free and only took just over nine minutes for the 35 laps to be completed. Redetzke, Wildung, Breeschoten and Shaw took the top five points.

Neal Biermaier and Chris Minor led the Pure Stocks through the curves for the next feature. They battled for the lead, but Billy Kendall took third, and moved up to the lead. Kendall cruised ahead in first with Minor and Tami Naslund going for second. Naslund settled in third and found Jason Goedker at her side. Naslund held third and slid next to Minor again for second. Jake Biermaier was getting lapped and Naslund ended up spun around in turn two. The restart order was Kendall with Naslund and Goedker behind him. Naslund kept on Kendall’s rear bumper and tried to make her move for first. Kendall kept her back and took the win.

The Hornets wrapped up the nights racing action and they didn’t disappoint. Gavin Rowland grabbed the lead when the green flew with Dan Larson and Brendon Scott battling for second. Rowland’s car then flew across the track and hit a sponsor billboard. Larson was charged with the caution and Rowland took his position back up front.

Jake Hagemann moved to Rowland’s door and they battled for first, but Hagemann lost a tire and lost control on the front stretch forcing cars to scatter all over to miss him. Rowland was still first on the restart with Scott and Matthew Dibb in tow. Dibb moved to the high side and flew past the drivers claiming the lead. Brandon Mehrwerth followed Dibb’s path and took second. Dibb and Mehrwerth pulled away and Mehrwerth began to make Dibb work. For a series of laps, Mehrwerth threw every move he could think of at Dibb, but Dibb was able to hold him back. As the checkered flag was raised, Dibb and Mehrwerth split up as they came up on a lapped car. They both had their foot to the ground, and it was Dibb who crossed the line first. Mehrwerth finished in a close second with Larson, Eric Cleasby and Rowland in the top five.

Next Sunday is Scout Night at the track. All boy and girl scouts, ages 17 and under who are in uniform, can get into the grandstands for free on Sunday. Scout leaders are encouraged to wear their uniforms as well, but will have to pay regular admission. Racing will resume at 5:30 pm.

Mother Nature Wins out at Granite City

June 12th, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – Mother Nature showed the Granite City Speedway her strength on Sunday with hours of constant rain. The Speedway cancelled the night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action, but is forward to next weeks action.

On Sunday June 16th, the WISSOTA Late Models will roll into Sauk Rapids for the first time in over 30 years! The late Mods are the biggest, loudest and fastest cars WISSOTA has to offer and are well known to put on a good show.

Sunday is also father’s day, and there’s no better way to spend the day than with your dad at the racetrack.

So head out to the Granite City Speedway Sunday night and watch the dirt fly with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours, Hornets, Pure stocks, Hobby Stocks and Late Models. Doors open at 3pm with racing at 5:30!

Granite City Speedway Celebrated First Kids Night

June 5th, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – Sunday night marked the first of three kids nights at the Granite City Speedway with 20 bikes and helmets being given away to kids. 108 drivers signed into the pits and showed off their race skills throughout the night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. Justin Pogones, Landon Atkinson, Bud Martini, Dexton Koch and Jeremy Nelson took the WISSOTA features with Brandon Mehrwerth and Jason Goedker winning in the hornets and pure stocks.

Darin Lenk and Brendon Scott brought the hornets to the flag for the night’s first feature. Lenk grabbed the lead, but Brandon Mehrwerth moved to his side and quickly took the lead. Lenk held onto second but Jared Zimpel, Jake Hagemann and Matthew Dibb were going three wide for third. Dibb took over third and moved to Lenk’s door. Dibb took second and set the course for Mehrwerth. Mehrwerth had a good lead and was lapping drivers, but Dibb slowly closed the gap. Mehrwerth wasn’t worried and took the checkered flag winning the feature.

The Pure Stocks rolled on the track for the next feature with David Dosh and Tami Naslund on the front row. Dosh grabbed the lead as the green dropped and Naslund, Billy Kendall, Corey Dykhoff and Jason Goedker went four wide for second. Kendall grabbed second and took the lead from Dosh.

A caution would slow the drivers down but as the green flew, and the leaders came through turn four, Kendall’s car spun around and drivers scattered. The yellow flew and Dykhoff and Kendall both left the track with car issues giving Dosh the lead. Goedker claimed second and then moved next to Dosh for the lead. The final laps ticked away with Goedker and Dosh driving door to door in the curves. The checkered was raised and they crossed the line with Goedker getting the win.

Brandon Linquist grabbed the lead as the green waved for the WISSOTA Mod Fours. Dean Larson, Tommy Sabraski and Dustin Zieske battled three wide for second with Larson taking the point. Landon Atkinson moved into third and slid under Larson for second. Atkinson got second and within a lap, flew around Linquist taking the lead. Kyle Thell started in eighth, made his way into third, and chased down Linquist for second. Thell took the point from Linquist and tried to catch Atkinson. Atkinson however was too far gone and took the win without breaking a sweat. Kyle Thell, Brandon Linquist, Dustin Zieske and Dean Larson took the top points.

Josh Laney and Kurt Becken brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the line for their feature and Laney took the lead. Christina Studanski moved next to Becken for second with Behn Mensen and Justin Pogones battling for fourth. Studanski nosed ahead of Becken and moved to Laney’s side for the lead. Laney pulled away though and Studanski found Becken back at her door. Becken took second and Studanski settled in third.

Pogones ran in fourth and quickly took third from Studanski. Pogones worked the whole track and moved to the high side next to Becken. Laney, Pogones and Becken pulled away from the other drivers, but a track tire rolled into turn four bringing a caution out. Laney was first on the restart but felt the pressure from Becken and Pogones. As the green waved, Pogones grabbed the high groove and drove past Laney taking the lead. Pogones led the remaining laps and took the checkered flag with his fist pumping in excitement! Josh Laney, Kurt Becken, Behn Mensen and Brad Schmidt rounded out the top five.

The field of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds was stacked with 24 drivers and Matt Weisman and Bud Martini led the way. As the green dropped Martini bolted into first, Jason VandeKamp moved into second with Weisman, Shane Sabraski and Denis Czech battling for third. Czech grabbed third but Sabraski moved to his side. Czech and Sabraski battled for third, but Czech was faster and left Sabraski in fourth. Czech was cruising and caught VandeKamp as they began to lap slower drivers. Czech maneuvered his way through the traffic and took second with VandeKamp holding third. Czech began to chase down Martini, but the white flew and Czech didn’t have the laps he needed. Martini kept is foot down and took the feature win making it his second feature win at the track.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up to race with James Trantina and Don Eischens in the lead. Trantina and Eischens battled for first with Dexton Koch moving into third. Trantina pulled away grabbing the lead while Koch and Eischens fought for second. Koch stole second and began to work Trantina for first. Koch got a good run and went under Trantina on the low side and took the lead. Trantina stayed in second with Eischens and Shane Sabraski on his rear. Trantina then spun around in turn two forcing the drivers to slow.

Koch was first on the restart with Eischens and Sabraski behind him. Koch drove away as Larry Lund joined Eischens and Sabraski for second. Sabraski took second and glued himself to Koch’s rear. Koch kept ahead of Sabraski the final laps and took the win. Koch rolled the #78K into victory lane with Shane Sabraski, Don Eischens, Larry Lund and Dave Mass finishing as the top drivers.

Flying Ryan Canon took the lead when the WISSOTA Modifieds began the night’s final feature. Don Eischens, Clayton Wagamon and Jeremy Nelson ran close to Canon for the lead, but Eischens was at Canon’s door. Eischens made the pass and took the lead with Wagamon taking second and Nelson grabbing third. Nelson went to Wagamon’s side and the battled for second. Nelson sped up and moved next to Eischens for the lead. Eischens didn’t like that move and pulled away as the yellow flew.

Eischens was first on the restart, but Nelson and Wagamon teamed up on him making it a three wide battle for first. Nelson shot out ahead of them and took the lead and Wagamon grabbed second. Eric Martini made his way through the traffic and was next to Wagamon with few laps to go. Martini grabbed second and chased Nelson. Nelson set the cruise and kept his lead until the checkered dropped. Nelson drove his D&N Trucking Modified into victory lane with Eric Martini, Clayton Wagamon, Don Eischens and Shane Sabraski finishing behind him.

The upcoming weeks present some great racing opportunities for drivers and fans. Next week will be the WISSOTA Race of Champions Qualifier race for the WISSOTA 100 in September. Also on June 16, not only is it father’s day, but the WISSOTA Late Models will race for the first time in over 30 years! You will not want to miss this show, so grab your dad and head out to the Granite City Speedway for some racing action! Racing will resume at 5:30 with doors opening at 3 p.m.

Granite City Filled The Stands for another Exciting Night

May 30th, 2013

Sauk Rapids, MN – The 2013 Memorial Day Special was in full effect Monday night at the Granite City Speedway with 100 drivers signing into the pits. Fans braved the weather and filled the stands in excitement for the night of WISSOTA
Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action to begin.

Dana Voigt took the early lead as the green flew for the Hornet feature. Trever Roediger grabbed second but Dan Larson made his way passed him taking the point. Larson moved alongside Voigt for first and just as he claimed the lead, Chris Keeney clipped the front wall brining the yellow out. Larson settled in second behind Voigt as the green reappeared. Matthew Dibb and Larson challenged Voigt for the lead, and Larson was able to take it. Dibb and Larson battled for second, but Brandon Mehrwerth made a mad charge on the low groove and took the position. Mehrwerth caught Larson with four laps remaining, but Larson was faster out of four and took the win with Mehrwerth in a close second. Matthew Dibb, Dana Voigt and Trever Roediger finished out the top five.

The Hobby Stocks rolled on the track for the next feature and it was the battle of the 15’s. Taylor Willms took his 15x into the lead with Dan Thell’s 15 grabbing second. Matt Fester took second and began to pull away from the others while Forest Foster swerved his way from ninth into fourth. Foster was going for third when he lost control in turn two forcing others to scramble. Willms lead the drivers back to green with Fester in second and Nick Simar in third. Simar tried to take second, but Fester kept it. Willms cruised away from the competition and took the checkers and the first Hobby Stock Feature of the 2013 season. Matt Fester, Nick Simar, Adam Thompson and Dan Thell top the top points.

The WISSOTA Mod Fours rolled on the track with Chad Funt and Tommy Sabraski leading the way. Sabraski moved into the lead with Dustin Zieske taking second. Kyle Thell moved next to Zieske for second. They both moved next to Sabraski, but Sabraski pulled away leaving them to duke it out.

After the flags were crossed showing the half way mark, Zieske and Thell were still dueling for second. After a caution slowed the drivers down, Zieske was able to take the lead and Sabraski fell to second. Thell however, moved to the high side and flew around them both grabbing the lead. Thell drove away and took the win with Dustin Zieske, Landon Atkinson, Tommy Sabraski and Aaron Wetterlin finishing in his dust.

Kyle and Josh Laney led the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green, but as they rounded turn two contact was made and Kurt Becken, Keith Tourville and the Laney’s were bunched up. Becken was charged with the caution, and Josh Laney exited the race with car issues. On the restart Behn Mensen took the lead with Dave Read, Brad Schmidt, and Kyle Laney going three wide for second. Schmidt took second but Read was glued to his bumper. Read sped ahead and took the lead putting Mensen in second.

Mensen and Schmidt battled for second and Justin Pogones went to the high side making it three wide. Schmdit took the point while Keith Tourville joined Mensen and Pogones for third. Mensen took third while Schmidt caught Read for the lead. Schmidt worked Read the remaining laps but Read held his line and took the win with Schmidt, Becken, Mensen and Pogones in Tow.

Ashley Mehrwerth and Chad Fouquette brought the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds on the track, and as the green flew Shane Sabraski took the lead. Travis Schulte and Fouquette battled for second while Bud Martini came from ninth and joined them.
Fouquette, Schulte and Martini went three wide for second but Schulte suffered mechanical issues and dropped to the infield. Martini and Fouquette continued the battle until Martini took the point.

Sabraski was beginning to lap cars as a couple of cautions slowed him down. Once the race was back under way Martini was next to Sabraski for the lead. They ran side by side when all of a sudden Martini pulled into the infield and the yellow flew.

Sabraski was alone on the restart with Jeremy Nelson and Denis Czech behind him. Sabraski continued to lead but Nelson and Czech kept on him. Czech and Nelson took a couple shots at Sabraski, but Sabraski held them off until the checkers flew. Sabraski won with Jeremy Nelson, Denis Czech, Jason VandeKamp, and Tom Andring taking top points.

James Trantina, Don Eischens and Shane Sabraski started the WISSOTA Super Stocks out with a three wide battle for first. Trantina dropped out of the battle but Eischens and Sabraski ran strong. After a hard four lap fight, Sabraski pulled ahead and took the lead. Eischens held onto second, but with only five laps remaining he pulled off with car problems. Sabraski dominated the race and took the win by half a track with Dexton Koch, James Trantina, Gary Husmann and Josh Schmit finishing behind him.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were the final feature of the night with Jeffrey Lien, Jr. and Don Eischens leading the way. Lien Jr. shot into the lead as green dropped with Eischens, Dale Mathison and Jason Voigt going for second. Before the lap was
finished the yellow flew for multiple drivers sitting in turn four. Lien Jr. drove off the track during the caution with an oil pressure issue giving up his pole position to Voigt.

Voigt continued to lead through a series of cautions and found Sabraski on his rear every time. As the race picked up, Dale Mathison flew passed Sabraski for second and chased down Voigt. Mathison took the lead and Voigt held second while Sabraski fought off Eric Martini. Martini however took third, and moved alongside Voigt. Martini grabbed second and set his eyes on Mathison. However with few laps to go, Mathison sat comfortably in the lead. Mathison took the win and his first feature win of the season in his #9m Modified. Martini, Voigt, Sabraski and Nelson took the top points.

Granite City Rainsout out

May 22nd, 2013

Granite City – Mother Nature got a clean sweep Sunday night at the Granite City Speedway. Her persistent down pours soaked the grounds, forcing the track to cancel the night of racing.

Next Sunday, the Granite City Speedway will not be racing since its Memorial Day weekend. However, the track will be in full force on Monday night at 5:30. All five WISSOTA classes will be racing, along with the Hornets and the Hobby Stocks will make their first 2013 appearance.

We hope to see everyone on Monday for some WISSOTA Amsoil dirt track racing series action.

Stormy Scott takes points lead in Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup with win at Granite City Speedway

September 12th, 2012

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. – After clinching the USMTS Rookie of the Year title one night earlier, Stormy Scott captured the win Sunday at the Granite City Speedway and moved into the top spot in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup standings.

Scott started on the pole for the 40-lap Swan Energy “A” Main, but it was local favorite Clayton Wagamon taking charge at the start of the race from the outside of the front row.

Wagamon built a comfortable lead early in the contest, but the winner of the feature race two weeks ago at the 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval had his cushion disappear when caution slowed the action on lap 16.

On the restart, Wagamon dove into the first turn but slowed quickly with engine problems. Third-running Jeremy Payne made contact with the leader and suffered a flat tire, and hopes of a victory came to an end for both drivers.

Scott inherited the lead for the next green flag, and never relinquished it over the final 24 go-arounds.

Ryan Gustin, who came into the event as the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series points leader, narrowed the gap between himself and Scott during the late stages of the race but had to settle for a second-place finish.

Jason Hughes, Dereck Ramirez and Johnny Scott finished third through fifth, respectively, while Rodney Sanders, Jon Tesch, Eric Martini, Zack VanderBeek and Jason Cummins rounded out the top 10 at the checkered flag.

When the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup began last month, Stormy Scott came into the 18-race campaign as the points leader. He fell back to third after the first event, but with his $3,000 triumph – his eighth overall during the 2012 season – Scott is back atop the standings with three big shows remaining to decide whose name goes on the $15,000 paycheck.

Gustin slipped to second in the standings, but is just five points back while Sanders is only 26 points out of first-place. The trio made up the top 3 when ‘The Hunt’ began 15 races ago, and the title will almost certainly land in one of their laps.

Hughes is fourth, but more than 100 points behind the leader. Johnny Scott is fifth, followed by Payne, Kelly Shryock, VanderBeek, Ramirez and Cummins.

While Ryan Gustin locked up his second straight USMTS National Championship on Friday night and Stormy Scott clinched the rookie crown on Saturday, two more season-ending awards were locked up Sunday.

In the COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year contest, Mullins Race Engines of Mt. Olive, Ill., has sealed the deal for the third year in a row and in the Tiger Rear Ends Manufacturers Championship points, Hughes Racing Chassis has mathematically
eliminated the competition for the second straight season.

Eleven days from now, the 14th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree will kick off for the final three rounds of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup. Slated for Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 19-22, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.,
the Featherlite Fall Jamboree is America’s undisputed marquee event for open-wheel dirt modified racing.

Thursday will pay $,3000 to win and Friday’s feature winner gets $4,000. On Saturday, the winner of the 50-lap main event will pocket $6,000 while the winner of the Non-Qualifiers Race will earn $2,000.

Nearly $200,000 in cash awards has been posted for this year’s blockbuster. USRA B-Mods will also join the racing card all three nights. An open practice is set for Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 6-9 p.m.

To keep up with everything happening at this year’s Featherlite Fall Jamboree, check out the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/falljamboree.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located off of I-90 at Exit 209, then 11.3 miles south on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16). Fan may purchase tickets online at www.deercreekspeedway.com or by calling toll-free 877-DCS-RACE. For track or campground info, call 507-346-2342 or email info@deercreekspeedway.com.

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

USMTS treks to Ogilvie for ‘Harvest Cup’ Friday-Saturday, debut at Granite City Speedway Sunday

September 7th, 2012

OGILVIE, Minn.- Race fans have three big nights to witness the nation’s elite open-wheel dirt Modified drivers this weekend as the United States Modified Touring Series invades the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn., for a doubleheader this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, before invading the Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 3.

While it may be three nights of racing, fans will get to see four main events, and drivers will not only be battling for up to $14,000 to win over about a 50-hour period but will also be jockeying for spots in the final rankings of the USMTS National Championship Series. Cut short by rain on Aug. 15, the Hunt for the USMTS Casey Cup make-up feature at Ogilvie will be completed on Friday prior to the running of the first night of the ‘Harvest Cup’ and USMTS National Finals.

Make-Up “A” Main Starting Line-up: Row 1 – Johnny Scott, Jason Miller; Row 2 – Stormy Scott, Jeremy Payne; Row 3 – Ryan Gustin, Kelly Shryock; Row 4 – Kelly Estey, Jason Hughes; Row 5 – Zack VanderBeek, Doug Hillson; Row 6 – Jason Cummins, Jon Tesch; Row 7 – Don Eischens, Dereck Ramirez; Row 8 – Joey Jensen, Rodney Sanders; Row 9 – Adam Hensel, Eric Pember; Row 10 – Bryan Rowland, Tony Bahr; Row 11 – Corey Dripps, Kenny Wallace; Row 12 – Scot Danzeisen, Ryan Ruter; Row 13 – Jason Voigt, Mark Noble; Row 14 – Al Hejna, Austin Siebert.

Saturday will be another complete program featuring the final race of the USMTS National Championship Series campaign and the crowning of Ryan Gustin, who has locked up his second straight title and the $30,000 payoff that it accompanies. 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. Then on Sunday, the USMTS Modifieds make their maiden voyage to the Granite City Speedway. 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 held at 4 and racing will begin 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.

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.

VandeKamp Victorious In Becomming First Ever Winner at Granite City

May 19th, 2012

History was made tonight as the Granite City Speedway opened its gates for the 2012 season opener. The stands were filled to almost capacity as dirt track racing came back to life in Sauk Rapids. Excellent racing in all divisions was the order as at least 104 race teams signed in at the pit gates. As the first cars entered the track for hot laps the crowd welcomed the drivers with a huge applause. From that point forward they were all treated to an event that they will remember for a long time.

The WISSOTA Dirt Track Racing Series Modifieds boasted a very strong field. Heat race victories went to Dave Cain and Shane Sabraski. Lined up on the front row for the Feature were main event were Dave Mass and Brett Hoium. Mass wasted no time at all as he shot into the race lead on lap one. He blazed a trail in his Shaw Trucking rocket by leading every lap and winning his second trip to victory lane for his efforts. He was followed by Cain, Jason Voigt, Danny Bayer and Shane Sabraski.