Hayfield's Davis among track champs crowned at Deer Creek Speedway
SPRING VALLEY -- Brandon Davis missed one USRA Modifieds feature race at Deer Creek Speedway this summer.
In the toughest division at one of the best stock car dirt tracks in the country, missing a feature race is ordinarily enough to take a driver out of contention for a track championship.
But Davis isn’t an ordinary driver.
The veteran Modified driver from Hayfield entered Saturday’s track championship night just two points behind New Richland’s Jason Cummins, who’s won five track titles at Deer Creek in the past 11 seasons.
Cummins didn’t surrender his lead easily, but Davis went out Saturday night and took the championship. He finished second in his heat race, with Cummins right on his tail in third. Davis then started third in the feature, while Cummins started right behind him, in the fifth starting spot.
Davis didn’t give Cummins a chance, though, quickly taking the lead and winning his fifth feature in nine starts at the track this summer. Cummins ended up placing sixth, giving Davis the track title by 17 points.
It’s the second consecutive track championship for Davis, who also won USRA Modifieds titles at Deer Creek in 2012 and 2014. He was the Wissota Midwest Modified track champion in 2009 and 2010.
Davis’ championship was one of three decided on Saturday night. Two points titles had been determined prior to Saturday’s races, with Jim Chisholm having locked up the USRA B-Modifieds championship and Mitch Weiss securing the Wissota Midwest Modifieds title on August 22.
• WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS: Dylan Kromschroeder didn’t need all of the 30-point cushion he’d built to win a track title, but it certainly helped. The driver from Cambridge led defending track title winner Jeff Brauer by 30 points going into Saturday’s races. Kromschroeder placed fifth in the 20-lap feature -- his eighth top-five finish in 10 races this season -- and, though Brauer finished ahead of him, in third place, Kromschroeder still finished the regular season with a 23-point lead in the points standings and his first Deer Creek track championship.
Winona’s Brandon Duellman won his fourth feature of the season, the most of any Super Stocks driver at Deer Creek this year.
• WISSOTA STREET STOCKS: Danny Richards dominated the points standings this summer, despite not having a feature victory in 10 races. He was the most consistent driver in the division, though, finishing in the top five in all 10 features. He was the only driver to finish in the top five more than seven times, and he finished with a comfortable 60-point lead in the standings.
Kory Adams, who finished second in the points standings, won Saturday’s feature, his second win of the season. Braden Brauer, Zach Elward, Richards and Nick Schwebach rounded out the top five.
• WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS: Mitch Weiss of Scandia locked up the track title in the penultimate feature race of the season, and that made him feel a bit better about Saturday’s outcome. Weiss won his heat race, but did not finish the feature. He still finished 77 points ahead of runner-up Ryan Goergen of Stacyville, Iowa, to repeat as the Deer Creek Speedway champion.
Dylan Goettl of Chippewa Falls, Wis., won Saturday’s feature, followed by Les Duellman, Adam Martinson, Jason VandeKamp and Goergen.
• USRA B-MODIFIEDS: Jim Chisholm won the season-opening feature on June 6 and the teenager from Osage, Iowa, didn’t let go of the lead in the track points standings for the rest of the summer. Chisholm capped a dominant season at Deer Creek on Saturday, winning his fifth feature race in 10 starts and winning the track title by 187 points over runner-up Noah Grinstead of Austin. Chisholm finished in the top five in all 10 features and won his third consecutive Deer Creek championship.
Andrew Bleess, Brandon Maitland, Kadden Kath and Taylor Ausrud rounded out the top five in Saturday’s feature.
While points racing is done for the season, Deer Creek has a busy September schedule, beginning Saturday, Sept. 5, with the USMTS Labor Day Duel.