Dacotah Speedway Recap - August 19

Posted by Becca Pelkey 8/22/2022 10:10:26 AM
It was a sea of pink in the grandstands on Friday, August 19th as Dacotah Speedway hosted the 14th Annual Drive to Survive. Fans who wore their 2022 Drive to Survive t-shirt or hat got free admission in the races. 


Points leader Ken Sandberg quickly grabbed the lead from pole sitter Jordan Iverson in the iMCA Sport Compact feature. As Sandberg pulled away from the field, Alex Thompson and Krys Yost battled for second. Thompson cleared Yost for second as Iverson and Paul Schuh raced for fourth. As the laps wound down, Yost chased down Thompson to retake the second position. However, Krys Yost ran out of time as Ken Sandberg led all 12 laps to win the feature. Alex Thompson finished third ahead of Paul Schuh. Jordan Iverson held off Stan Thompson for fifth at the finish line. 


Pole sitter Karlie Hoerner led the field to the green flag in the Hobby Stock feature. Hoerner got an early lead over Nathan Mundahl while the battle was heating up for third between Paul Morman and John Gartner Jr. Hoerner was on pace for her first Dacotah Speedway feature until a string of late race cautions changed everything. On the final restart of the night, Hoerner and Morman raced side by side for the lead. Morman cleared Hoerner, bringing Gartner Jr with him. As Morman and Gartner started to battle for the lead, it allowed Dylan Sandberg to make it a three car battle. Contact between Morman and Gartner allowed Sandberg to slip by. As the checkered flag waved, John Gartner Jr gave it his all but came up short to feature winner, Dylan Sandberg. Paul Morman finished third ahead of points leader Bill Hultberg and Nathan Mundahl. 


Bismarck’s Austin Wiest led early in the INEX Legend feature. An early caution regrouped the field and on the restart, it was a three car battle for the lead between Austin Wiest, Donavin Wiest and Alex Kukowski. Donavin Wiest grabbed the lead as Kukowski and Austin Wiest continued to battle for second. Kukowski cleared Austin Wiest and started to reel in Donavin Wiest. Donavin Wiest and Kukowski raced side by side for most of the race. They continued to race door to door, slicing and dicing through lapped traffic. Using the highline, Kukowski grabbed the lead with three laps to go. Alex Kukowski held off Donavin Wiest to take home the feature victory. Drew Papke finished third while Preston Martin finished ahead of Nate Keena. Donavin Wiest’s runner up finish was enough to clinch the track championship over Preston Martin. 


Outside pole sitter, Tracy Domagala, grabbed the lead from pole sitter Kasey Ussatis in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. As Tracy Domagala pulled away, Geoff Hellman and Ussatis battled for second. It allowed points leader, Hunter Domagala, to make it a three car battle. Ussatis started to slip through the field as the battle for the lead started to heat up between the Domagalas and Hellman. Tracy Domagala got loose in front of the field and spun out, handing the lead over to Hunter Domagala. On the restart, Hellman and Zach Frederick made contact while racing for second. Officials sent Frederick to the back and on the restart, Hunter Domagala pulled away to pick up his fourth victory in a row. Geoff Hellman held off a late charge from third place John Feist. Crossing the finish line in fourth was Kyle Anderson ahead of Matt Dosch. 


When the green flag waved in the IMCA Modfied feature, Scott Garter and Zach Frederck battled for the lead. They raced side by side until Gartner cleared the position. As they continued to race hard for the lead, it allowed Spencer Wilson to reel them in and take the top spot on lap seven. Meanwhile, points leader Shawn Strand was quickly moving up through the field. As Wilson started to catch lapped traffic, Strand started eating into his lead. Wilson struggled negotiating the heavy lapped traffic which allowed Strand to pull along side. As the leaders raced hard in traffic, third place Jeremy Keller made it a three car battle. Keller slipped into the lead with six laps to go and pulled away to win his third straight feature victory. Shawn Strand finished second ahead of Spencer Wilson. Marlyn Seidler made a late race charge to the front to finish fourth while Marcus Tomlinson rounded out the top five. 

Join us Friday, August 26th for CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT!

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Dacotah Speedway is a high banked, three-eights mile clay oval dirt track located at 2500 Longspur Trail, just south of Memorial Highway in Mandan.

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