Lots of action for weekend, some of it wild
BOX; This week's history comes from July 1, 1985 from Dodge County. A breaker on the track's transformer caused the lights to go out in turns three and four during the bomber feature. What was the solution? They got cars and trucks to line the infield with headlights pointed towards the track to provide lighting. The show continued with the hobby stock and limited late model features. Then the figure-eight class ran in the dark!
Winners that night included Al Reidel (Bombers), Dan Spillman (Hobby Stock), Dick Collins (Limited Lates) and Scott Singfiel (Figure Eight).
There is a lot of action to talk about in this week's notebook. The racing was superb all weekend at both the Deer Creek and Dodge County Speedways and the fans got their moneys worth.
Saturday night at Deer Creek, Tony Horsman of Chatfield was in search of his first career Wissota Street Stock win. Horsman led the entire distance until the final lap when Rochester's Scott Olson scooted under Horsman in turn four and scored a very exciting win.
The Wissota Late Model feature was just as good. Blooming Prairie's Dennis Hillson had checked out up front until a caution put young phenom Adam Hensel of Barron, Wis. on his bumper. Hensel quickly worked by Hillson and pulled away and looked like he would win feature number three.
However, Mark Teske of Spring Valley who started 18th worked his way to second and then got a caution late in the race to put himself on Hensel's rear bumper. Hensel and Teske duked it out and Teske made the pass on the final lap to score the popular win.
Tim Donlinger of Rochester parked his regular car and got behind the wheel of Les Duellman's car on Saturday. It paid off huge as Donlinger started fourteenth and won his first feature of the season.
After disappointment two weeks ago at Kasson when he was run into the wall by a slower car, Austin's Chris Klinger got redemption on Saturday night. Klinger won his first feature of the season as he led most of the way and also got a bigger paycheck to boot.
Rochester's Shawn Hemker won his first career Wissota Midwest Modified feature on Saturday. Hemker made a return to racing late last season after hot lapping a friend's car and the bug bit him again.
Tempers flare at Kasson
Sunday night at Kasson, fans witnessed a wild night of racing. The heat must have had an effect on the drivers as some of the races looked like a preview of the upcoming fair demo derbies and tempers flared. Race officials had their hands full wrestling with a couple of drivers who got out of their cars trying to get after another competitor.
The Wissota Street Stock feature was a wild, physical affair. It started with a hard roll over from rookie driver Brandon Shaner of Owatonna. Shaner's right rear wheel snapped off sending him flipping high in the air. The roof completely blew off the car, but the roll cage stayed intact and Shaner walked away.
The street stock race was a physical slam-bang affair with plenty of beating and banging up front. Danny Hanson of Alma, Wis., fending off a hard charging Scot Nelson of Blooming Prairie for the win as they exchanged some paint in the final laps. After all the action was done, Nelson stopped in victory lane to shake Hanson's hand in a good show of sportsmanship.
The Wissota Super Stock feature had plenty of action itself. Nick Herrick of West Concord led from the outset. Eyes were on defending track champion Dustin Nelson of Ogilvie. Nelson had gone to the pit early in the race during a caution, but came back out to start in the back.
Nelson showed why he is one of the top super stock drivers in Wissota as he worked his way through traffic and caught Herrick late in the race and made the pass for the win. It was Nelson's first win of the season at Kasson and he became the sixth winner in six shows.
The USRA Modified feature will have people talking for a while. Corey Dripps of Waterloo, Iowa, led early on and then during a yellow with nine laps complete was sent to the pits as officials deemed his left rear wheel lug nuts were falling off. Dripps went pitside and made repairs but had to start in the back of the twenty-car field.
That gave the lead to Rochester's Mike Sorensen. When the race resumed Sorensen took off as Zumbrota's Brad Waits challenged. Fans were watching the hard-charging Dripps as he was blasting around the high side of the speedway and slicing through traffic.
Dripps was on a mission and got to second with four laps left, but Sorensen was a straightaway ahead. Then a caution with three to go set up a dash to the finish. Dripps gave it everything he could as the fans were on their feet, but Sorensen held on by a half-car length at the finish. It was a good weekend for the veteran Sorensen. He won Friday night at Arcadia, Wis., placed second at Deer Creek and then won Sunday at Kasson.
Greg Pfeifer Jr. of Austin won his first Wissota Midwest Modified feature of the season at Kasson. Pfeifer Jr. led the entire distance and became the sixth different winner in the division in six nights of racing.
Todd Narveson has long been involved in area racing and is currently track announcer at Deer Creek and Dodge County speedways. He writes a weekly local racing notebook for the P-B and can be contacted at email@example.com