ND GOVERNORS CUP NIGHT 1 RECAP

ND Governors Cup Night 1 Recap

Posted by Becca Pelkey 7/30/2022 5:47:25 PM
It was a perfect night for racing during Night 1 of the North Dakota Governors Cup Auto races presented by Busch Light distributed by McQuade Distributing. 

WAGNER RETURNS TO VICTORY LANE IN MANDAN

Points leader Ken Sandberg started on the pole for the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Sandberg, who started deep in the field in his heat race accumulated the most passing points to lead the field to the green flag. Sandberg led early but suddenly had mechanical issues that ended his night early. Inheriting the lead WAS young Aiden Wagner of Minot and he pulled away from second place, Paul Schuh. Aiden Wagner cruised to victory, picking up his first Dacotah Speedway victory of the season. Paul Schuh had a season best of second place. Alex Thompson finished third ahead of Nick Hoffman and Stan Thompson. 


SANDBERG’S FIRST RACE BACK RESULTS IN VICTORY

Aberdeen, SD’s Jayden Michaelsohn led the field to the green flag in the Hobby Stock feature. Michaelsohn led early before Dylan Sandberg powered by. Sandberg, racing for the first time this season, pulled away as the race for second started shaping up between Jeremy Engelhardt and Derrick Appert. Sandberg started catching slower traffic which allowed Engelhardt and Appert to catch the leader. With only a few laps remaining, it was a three car battle for the lead. When the checkered flag waved, Dylan Sandberg crossed the finish line first, edging Jeremy Engelhardt and Derrick Appert. Jeremy Herr finished fourth ahead of fifth place Jayden Michaelsohn. 


WIEST BREAKS INTO VICTORY LANE

Austin Wiest and Mavrick Nelson started on the front row of the INEX Legend feature. Casey Martin led early until Drew Papke slipped by to take the lead. On the restart, Papke and Wiest made contact, resulting in Papke spun on the backstretch. On the restart, it was a thrilling battle for the lead between Papke, Casey, Preston Martin and Nate Keena. Using the highline, Preston took the lead as Papke had mechanical  issues, ending his night early. A mid-race caution regrouped the lead and on the restart, Donavin Wiest took the lead and never looked back. Donavin Wiest picked up his first Dacotah Speedway victory of the season. Casey Martin finished a season best of second ahead of his brothers, Preston Martin and Dauntae Martin. Austin Wiest drove through the field to finish fifth. 


DOMAGALA DOMINATES IN MANDAN

The father-son duo of Hunter Domagala and Tracy Domagala battled for the lead in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Tracy led the first handful of laps before he cut a tire which sent him to the pits. Hunter took over the top spot before a series of cautions plagued the feature. Zach Frederick and Matt Dosch challenged Hunter for the lead but before they could charge a run at the top spot, a caution would erase their momentum. Hunter Domagala survived a caution-filled feature. Matt Dosch finished second as Todd Carter made a late race pass to finish third ahead of Zach Frederick. Brandon Beeter held off Shawn Volk to round out the top five. 


SEIDLER HANGS ON FOR GOV CUP VICTORY

When the green flag waved in the IMCA Modified feature, it was defending Gov Cup champion, Mark Dahl and Shawn Strand battling for the lead. Strand passed Dahl, bringing Jeremy Keller with him. The leaders started catching lapped traffic quickly as Keller reeled in Strand. While passing a slower car, they made contact leaving Keller spinning on the frontstretch. Keller took his car to the pits, completely changing the complexion of the race and points battle. Marlyn Seidler passed Strand for the lead on the restart. Cautions slowed the pace but Marlyn Seidler held off Shawn Strand to win the feature event. Mark Dahl finished third while Marcus Tomlinson crossed the finish line in fourth. Defending track champion, Quentin Kinzley rounded out the top five. 


MULLEN HOLDS OFF DOBMEIER FOR FEATURE WIN

Pole sitter Mark Dobmeier pulled away quickly in the NOSA 410 Sprint Car feature. As Dobmeier distanced himself from the field, Brendan Mullen and Jade Hastings battled for second. Hastings passed Mullen but got too high off turn two which allowed Mullen to retake the position. A mid-race caution regrouped the field and allowed Mullen the opportunity to dive low under Dobmeier and slide up in front of him before another caution regrouped the field. Cautions continued to slow the pace of the race but Brandon Mullen held on to win the feature. Mark Dobmeier finished second ahead of Wade Nygaard. Jade Hastings finished fourth while Nick Omdahl finished fifth. 


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