July 2, 2011
Racing action continued this Saturday night with racing in all five divisions. There were repeat winners, first time winners, a King of the Hill for the modifieds, and even the youngsters got in on the action with some bike racing.
The King of the Hill in the modified class pitted Jimmy Gustin, Mike VanGenderen, Jake Durbin, Craig Carlson and Joel Bushore. Gustin won the “king” title over Durbin in the final go around.
Feature racing started with the Dwarf/Mod Lite 15-lap A main. The race was dominated by winner Jeff Stensland who led all but the first lap of the race. Stensland came from row five to take the win over challenger Mike Kennedy who came from starting in row six. Point leader, Josh May finished in third place, followed by Colby Oberembt and Bryan Zehm in fourth and fifth.
In the IMCA Northern SportMod feature, Ty Luellen took his first win of the year. Luellen held off the challenges of Randy Roberts in a green-white-checkered sprint to the finish. Roberts finished in second and Rick Ringgenberg out ran Jason Purvis as they finished third and fourth respectively. Cody Hennings rounded out the top five.
Mike VanGenderen took his third win of the year, leading all of the 20-lap modified feature. Jake Durbin challenged early, but VanGenderen pulled away in the late laps to take the comfortable win. Durbin took the runner up spot, followed by Josh Gilman, in third, Cale Sponsler in fourth and Joel Bushore was fifth.
The 18-lap IMCA stock cars ran their usual action-packed race with cars running three-wide and in bunches of five at the front. Eric Brown led the entire race until the final lap when cars were battling for positions constantly. Andy Bryant surged ahead of a five-car pack by the final lap and into the lead to take his first win at the track this year. Finishing closely behind him were Trent Murphy, Eric Brown, Wayne Gifford and Robert Stofer—second through fifth in that order.
The IMCA hobby stocks capped off the night’s feature events with their 12-lap main. John Watson took his third regular season win of 2011, after starting tenth. Eric Stanton worked his way up to grab a second place finish after starting back in row six. Aaron Rudolph finished third, followed by Jesse Hopkins in fourth and Curt Reed in fifth.
Monday, the 4th of July Eve of Destruction special will have the IMCA Northern SportMods running for track points along with Monster trucks and school bus, trailer and motorcross races. The action starts at 7:30 and a spectacular fireworks show will follow. Then it will be back to regular season points racing in all divisions on Saturday, July 9th.
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