Iron Man Weekend Recap

Posted by Becca Pelkey 6/7/2022 9:31:19 PM
Fan and drivers survived sweltering temperatures but the only thing hotter than the weather was the racing on the track


John Feist and Hunter Domagala led the field to the green flag for 40 laps around the Dacotah Speedway in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Defending track champion, Hunter Domagala, grabbed the lead and quickly pulled away. The battle was on for second as Geoff Hellman chased down second place Tracy Domagala. As Tracy and Hellman raced side by side for second, which allowed fourth place Zach Frederick to make a three car battle. As they raced hard for second, Tracy Domagala got too high off turn one and spun out. On the restart, Hunter had his hands full with Hellman and Frederick. With eight laps to go, Hunter got too high off turn two falling to third, handing the lead over to Frederick. Hunter wasted no time passing Hellman for second and reeling in Frederick. When the white flag waved, Hunter threw it in hard in corners three and four, sliding right in front of Frederick. However, coming out of turn four, Zach Frederick had the momentum off the high side and just narrowly edged Hunter Domagala at the line to win in a thriller. Geoff Hellman finished third while Kasey Ussatis, who started 12th, finished fourth. Jason Meidinger rounded out the top five. 


Racing veteran, Ivan Sailer, led early in the INEX Legends feature. As Sailer distanced himself from the field, second place Casey Martin had his hands full with Austin Wiest and Nate Keena. An early race caution regrouped the field and on the restart, Drew Papke passed the leaders on the outside to take the point. Papke pulled away from the field as Sailer started to fade through the field, losing positions to Austin Wiest, Alex Kukowki, and Keena. With a few laps remaining, Kukowski passed Wiest for second. Kukowski tried to reel in Papke but ran out of time. Drew Papke won by nearly three seconds over second place Alex Kukowski. Preston Martin made a last charge to the front to finish third ahead of Austin Wiest and Nate Keena. 


Rookie driver, Brady Bjella led the field to the green flag in the first IMCA Modified qualifying feature. Bjella, who won his heat race earlier in the evening, was quickly passed by Jeremy Keller for the lead. An early caution reset the field but on the restart, Keller and second place Quentin Kinzley pulled away. Fourth place Jarrett Carter had his hands full with Zach Frederick. They flip flopped position numerous times throughout the race. When the checkered flag waved, Jarrett Carter retook the position to finish fourth ahead of Zach Frederick. Pole sitter, Brady Bjella had to settle for third as Quentin Kinzley finished runner to qualifying feature winner, Jeremy Keller. The victory meant Keller would start on the pole for the Iron Man 100. 


In the second IMCA Modified qualifying feature, Marlyn Seidler and Travis Tooley led the field to the green flag. When the green flag waved, Seidler pulled away from the field. Austin Arneson challenged Tooley for second place. On lap 10, Arneson passed Tooley which left Tooley in the clutches of fourth place Shawn Strand. Not even lapped traffic could slow Marlyn Seidler down as he led all 25 laps to win the qualifying feature. Austin Arneson finished a distant second. Travis Tooley held off Shawn Strand for third as Brandon Beckendorf crossed the finish line fifth. The victory meant Seidler would start on the outside pole for the Iron Man 100. 


Pole sitter Robby Rosselli pulled away quickly in the IMCA Sport Mod feature. However, a series of cautions erased Rosselli’s lead and allowed second place, Nathan Speten, the opportunity to take the lead on lap seven. However, cautions continued to plague the feature as Darren Medler passed Speten on a restart on lap nine. The cautions were quite helpful for Luke Krogh, who started seventh and worked his way into the second position. On the final restart of the race with five laps to go, Krogh challenged Medler for the lead. However, Darren Medler was too strong and held on to win the feature. Luke Krogh had to settle for second. Robby Rosselli finished third ahead of Cole Lewis and Roy Spielman. 


Cautions came early and often in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. After six cautions, the drivers finally found a rhythm. Alex Thompson led the race early as his dad, Stan Thompson, tried to hold off Aiden Wagner for second. They raced bumper to bumper for much of the race as points leader, Ken Sandberg lurked in fourth. When the checkered flag waved, Stan Thompson held off Aiden Wagner for second. Ken Sandberg finished a distant fourth. Kayla Koth, who hadn’t raced since 2017, rounded out the top five as Alex Thompson cruised to victory.


Bismarck’s Karlie Hoerner started on the pole in the Hobby Stock feature. Bill Hultberg quickly grabbed the lead before a series of cautions regrouped the field. On a lap three caution, Seth Howe-Kellar powered by Hultberg to take the lead. Hultberg hung with Howe-Kellar as they pulled away from the field. Meanwhile, the race for third was heating up between Josh Roehrich, John Gartner Jr and Nathan Mundahl. A late race caution regrouped the field and on the final restart, Gartner Jr passed Josh Roehrich for third while Hultberg was all over Howe-Kellar’s rear bumper. As they crossed the finish line, Seth Howe-Kellar held off Bill Hultberg to win his first career hobby stock feature victory. John Gartner Jr finished third ahead of Josh Roehrich as Ryker Vetter finished a personal best with a fifth place finish. 


Over 30 drivers from the Midwest traveled to Mandan for a chance to win $5000. Defending track champion, Quentin Kinzley, quickly passed pole Jeremy Keller and distanced himself from the rest of the field. His huge lead was erased by an early caution. On the restart, Keller blew by Kinzley to retake the lead. Keller pulled away quickly as Kinzley had his hands full with Brandon Beckendorf and defending Iron Man 100 winner, Kollin Hibdon. Just before the mandatory halfway caution, Hibdon slid into the second position. Teams had five minutes to add fuel and tear offs, any other changes sent drivers tail end. On the restart, Keller picked up where he left off. However, Hibdon stayed with Keller and they battled for the lead in lapped traffic. As they raced for the lead, it allowed third place Beckendorf to close in. With 19 laps to go, Hibdon passed Keller for the lead. Lapped traffic became an issue for the leaders, as it allowed Marlyn Seidler, Shawn Strand and Quentin Kinzley the opportunity to close in on the top three. However when the checkered flag waved, young Kollin Hibdon survived 100 laps to win $5000. Jeremy Keller, who led much of the race, settled for second. Brandon Beckendorf, who had never raced at Dacotah Speedway before, finished third. Marlyn Seidler finished four as Quentin Kinzley made a last race pass to finish fifth ahead of Shawn Strand. 

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