August 14th - Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 8/15/2015 5:04:38 PM
It was a HOT one at the Dacotah Speedway on Friday, August 14th. With temperatures well over 100 degrees, drivers hopped in their race cars and put on a show for the fans in the stands. With only a couple races left in the season, every point mattered as the points battles have been tightening up.

Jason Berg and his Days of Thunder tribute car stormed to the lead in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Berg, who started eighth, took the lead in turn two as he tried to hold off Nic West for the top spot. West got loose in turn four and slid up the track and into Berg. Berg saved the car from spinning out and pulled away from the field. The contact allowed third place Chance Seelye to quickly catch West and they battled for second. As they raced side by side, Kody Stoxen dove his car under West and Seelye, making it a three car battle for second. West over drove turn four, dropping from second to fifth  and now had his hands full trying to hold off Michelle Stoxen. They raced door to door with two laps to go and as they crossed the Open Road Honda finish line, Michelle Stoxen passed West to finish fifth. Chance Seelye held off points leader Josh Roehrich for third place while Kody Stoxen finished over four seconds behind feature winner Jason Berg.

Pole sitter Dylan Thomas led the field to the green flag in the Hobby Stock feature. Thomas led the first lap before Jamestown's Josh Anderson took the lead on lap two. As Thomas battled Nathan Messer for second, John Gartner Jr slipped by both drivers. Gartner Jr quickly reeled in Anderson and they raced side by side for the lead. Gartner Jr had better drive off turns one and two but Anderson was stronger in turns three and four. As they continued to race hard, the battle for third was picking up as Jaren Wald was trying to hold of points leader Wyatt Rath-Wald and Keith McCleary. With five laps to go, Rath-Wald cleared Wald for third, bringing McCleary with him. Lapped traffic became an issue for Anderson and Gartner Jr as Gartner Jr was forced to switch his racing line. The change benefited Gartner Jr as he was able to pull along side Anderson on the outside and complete the pass for the lead with one lap to go. Anderson made a last lap charge to retake the lead but Gartner held on to win back-to-back feature victories at the Dacotah Speedway. Wyatt Rath-Wald extended his points lead with a sold third place finish over Keith McCleary and Jaren Wald.

Parshall, ND's Tony Jagoditsh started on the pole for the INEX Legends feature. Jagoditsh quickly fell through the field while Troy Hoff grabbed the lead as Casey Martin and Tom Wagner battled for second. Wagner would win the battle as Shane Williams passed Martin for third, bringing points leader Donavin Wiest with him. Wagner quickly caught Hoff and passed him for the lead on lap four. Hoff fell into the clutches of Williams as Williams quickly passed him for second and chased down Wagner for the lead. Williams powered by Wagner and into the lead just before a lap seven caution. Hoff retook second on the restart as Wagner and Wiest raced side by side for third. Wiest cleared Wagner with five laps to go as Hoff was all over Williams rear bumper. As Williams and Hoff battled for the feature win, Wiest slipped by Hoff for second, and Wagner followed. Wiest pulled along side Williams and they raced side by side before Wiest took the lead with one lap to go. Williams rallied back and he threw his car hard into turns three and four. Coming out of turn four and to the checkered flag, it was almost too close to call but computer timing and scoring declared Wiest the feature winner by .014 of a second. Wagner finished third ahead of Hoff and Drew Papke.

In his first year racing WISSOTA Street Stocks, Brad Hellman started on the pole for the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. However, the veteran Allen Frederick grabbed the lead on the start as Shawn Becker quickly jumped into second. Becker was all over Frederick's rear bumper before a lap seven caution reset the field. On the restart, Chris Michaelsohn of Wishek took second from Becker and challenged Frederick for the lead. They briefly raced side by side before Michaelsohn took the lead with nine laps to go. Michaelsohn pulled away from the field as Frederick got loose in turn two, allowing Eric Harpole to slip by for second. It was a tight battle for fourth as Becker tried to hold off Scott Gartner and Matt Dosch. Using the high line around the Dacotah Speedway, Gartner passed Becker for fourth. A caution with two laps to go set up a Green-White-Checkered restart but it didn't hurt Michaelsohn has he pulled away once more and went on to win the feature, qualifying him for the WISSOTA 100 Race of Champions in Huron, SD. Eric Harpole held off Scott Gartner for second as Allen Frederick settled for fourth. Shawn Volk made a last lap pass on Matt Dosch to finish fifth.

In the final feature of the evening, Dylan Barnhardt and Quentin Kinzley started on the front row of the IMCA Modified feature. When the green flag waved, Tracy Domagala dove his car under Barnhardt and battled Kinzley for the lead. Domagala would take the lead on lap two as Barnhardt faded through the field, losing positions to Hank Berry and Spencer Wilson. Berry and Wilson quickly caught Kinzley and passed him for second and third before a caution on lap eight. On the restart, Wilson and Drew Christianson split Hank Berry. They raced side by side for second behind leader Domagala while Berry slid into the clutches of Jeremy Keller. It was a three car battle for the lead before Wilson passed Domagala for first, bringing Christianson with him with 10 laps to go. Wilson pulled away from the field while Domagala tried to hold off Jeff Taylor for fourth. Taylor, who started 12th, passed Domagala with seven laps to go. As the laps wound down, Keller quickly caught Christianson for second and started eating into Wilson's lead but time ran out and Wilson picked up his third feature victory of the year. Jeff Taylor finished fourth as Marlyn Seidler made a late race pass on Tracy Domagala to finish fifth.

Next Friday, August 21st is Drive To Survive Night presented by Leingang Home Center.  Wear your 2015 Drive To Survive T-Shirt or Cap and get into the races FREE.

5pm – Pit gate opens.
6pm – Fan gate opens.
6:20pm – Draw cut off for all drivers.
6:40pm – Pit meeting at the infield scale, all drivers are to attend.

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