DCMT - Results

Posted by Becca Rattei 7/19/2016 10:48:33 AM
History was made at the Dacotah Speedway, Thursday, July 14th as 101 IMCA Modifieds checked in for the 27th Annual Dakota Classic Modified Tour. Drivers from 13 states and three Canadian Providences came to race on the longest and most prestigious IMCA racing tour. The tour started in Jamestown and traveled to Minot, Williston, Dickinson before coming to the Dacotah Speedway for Championship Night. After a brief intermission, two IMCA Stock Car concys kicked off the night before eight IMCA Modified concys. Only the top two IMCA Modified drivers would transfer to the feature.

In the first IMCA Modified concy, West Fargo, North Dakota's Billy Vogel started on the pole before Fertile, Iowa's Kelly Shryock took the lead. Shryock pulled away as Vogel and Ryan Ruter of Kanawha, Iowa battled for second. They raced side by side for several laps before Ruter completed the pass. However, Ruter could not catch concy winner Kelly Shryock.

Harwood, North Dakota's Mike Greseth pulled away quickly in the second concy. Tracy Domagala lurked in second but as the laps wound down, Greseth started to pull away. Coming to the checkered flag, Domagala over shot turn four, getting off the frontstretch barely holding off Travis Ulmer for second place.

Pole sitter Aaron Turnbull missed his concy, allowing Bakersfield, California's Ethan Dotson to lead the field to the green flag. However, Jason Wolla quickly grabbed the lead at the start as Dotson and Jordan Huettl battled for second place. The highside was the fast line, allowing Huettl to pass Dotson for second and pull away. Jason Wolla led all 12 laps to win the concy over Jordan Huettl.

Tim Perkins started on the pole for the fourth concy. Perkins quickly pulled away from the field, leaving Clint Hatlestad to hold off Grand Junction, Colorado's Ricky Alvarado and Myles Tomlinson. Hatlestad started to pull away from Alvarado and Tomlinson but could not catch concy winner Perkins.

Chowchilla, California's Alex Stanford pulled alongside Shawn Strand in the fifth concy and they raced side by side for the lead. Stanford completed the pass as Strand started to feel pressure from behind from Tyson Turnbull. Strand rallied back to challenge Stanford and muscle his way into the lead, bringing Turnbull with him. Shawn Strand held off Tyson Turnbull to win the concy.

Polesitter Kody Scholpp held onto the lead in the sixth concy. Scholpp over drove turn four allowing Lisbon, North Dakota's Jarrett Carter to look low under the leader. However, the Scholpp's high line around the track held off Carter. After a short caution, Kody Scholpp pulled away and won the concy over Jarrett Carter.

Jeff Taylor grabbed the lead quickly at the start of the seventh concy. Polesitter John Corell tried to hold off Tommy Lee of Grenora, North Dakota for second. As Taylor pulled away, Corell and Lee battled hard for second. However, Corell and Lee started to fade at the end, losing positions to Dale Mathison and Jay Noteboom. Taylor led all 12 laps as Noteboom passed Mathison for second to transfer to the feature.

In the final concy of the evening, Lance Mari and Spencer Wilson battled for the lead. Wilson's highline around the track prevailed as he cleared Mari for the lead. Mari rallied back and challenged Wilson for the lead. However, lapped traffic gave Wilson some breathing room over Lance Mari and Spencer Wilson went on to win the feature.

The points for the IMCA Stock Car Dakota Classic Modified Tour championship were extremely tight as Truman, Minnesota's Andrew Altenburg and Elijah Zevenbergen of Ocheyedan, Iowa were tied for the championship. Altenburg started on the pole and led the first lap before Zevenbergen slipped by on the bottom and took the lead on lap two. Zevenbergen started to pull away as Altenburg had his hands full with a strong Dalton Flory. They raced side by side for second for much of the 25 lap feature. Zevenbergen's lead quickly disappeared with a caution with six laps to go regrouped the field. On the restart, Zevenbergen pulled away once again before another caution slowed the pace again. However, no one could catch Zevenbergen. He went on to win the feature and win the championship. Dalton Flory passed Andrew Altenburg on the last lap to finish second. Matt Speckman finished fourth as Joren Boyce held off Jake Nelson and Austin Daae for fifth.

A 30 lap IMCA Modified feature ended the Dakota Classic Modified Tour. Heat winners had the chance to draw for their feature starting spot. Ryan Mikkelson drew the pole but Robert Hellebust quickly grabbed the lead when the green flag waved. Defending Dakota Classic Modified Tour Champion, Ricky Thorton Jr, was all over Hellebust's rear bumper. They briefly raced door to door before Thorton took the lead on lap two. Thorton quickly pulled away as Mark Elliott, Lucas Schott and Jeremy Keller battled for third. Schott shuffled into third and quickly reeled in Hellebust. As Schott challenged for second, points leader Hunter Marriott passed Jeremy Keller for fourth. Keller then fell into the clutches of Jeff Taylor. Taylor, who started 19th, passed Keller and quickly passed Mark Elliott for fifth. Marriott passed Hellebust for third and Hellebust lost another spot to Taylor. Hellebust had his hands full with Mark Elliot as they battled for fifth place. Robert Hellebust held off Mark Elliott for fifth place. Hunter Marriott finished third, clinching the Dakota Classic Modified Tour Championship. Lucas Schott finished a distant second behind feature winner Ricky Thorton Jr.
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