GOVERNOR'S CUP NIGHT 1 RECAP

Governor's Cup Night 1 Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 8/6/2016 8:26:36 AM

The 26th Annual North Dakota Governor's Cup kicked off on Friday, July 29th at the Dacotah Speedway. Over 150drivers from all over the Midwest came to participate in the annual two day racing event. The weekend was two complete shows with WISSOTA Late Models on Friday night and sprint cars on Saturday night.

 

An IMCA Sport Compact feature started the weekend after a brief intermission for track prep. Chance Seelye started on the pole but outside pole sitter Chase Schlafmann grabbed the lead when the green flag waved. Jason Berg, who started seventh, quickly moved into the second position and challenged for the lead. However, as the laps wound down, Schlafmannstarted to distance himself from the field. Points leader, Josh Roehrich,passed Seelye for third but ran out of time to run down Berg. Schlafmann led all 12 laps to win his first feature victory of the year. Jason Berg finished second ahead of Josh Roehrich and Chance Seelye while Dylan Sandberg rounded out the top five.

 

John Gartner Jr and Curt Michaelsohn started on the front row of the Hobby Stock feature. Gartner led from the pole before an early race caution regrouped the field. On the restart, Jeremy Engelhardt and Brent Vetter raced side by side for second. Gartner got loose off turn four allowing Engelhardt to pull along side for the lead. They raced side by side for a couple laps before Gartner cleared Engelhardt to hang onto the lead. A caution with five laps to go reset the field. Engelhardt and Vetter raced side by side on the restart as Michaelsohn lurked in fourth. Gartner started to pull away until he got loose off turn four coming to the checkered flag, allowing Vetter the chance to steal the win away. John Gartner Jr held on to beat Brent Vetter across the Open Road Honda finish line. Jeremy Engelhardt finished third ahead of Curt Michaelsohn as points leader Wyatt Rath-Wald edged Josh Roehrich for fifth.

 

Troy Hoff took the lead from pole sitter Nate Keena in the INEX Legends feature. An early caution regrouped the field and on the restart,Hoff had his hands full with Donavin Wiest and Shane Williams. It was a three car battle for the lead. While racing for fourth, Keena got too high in turn one which gave Andrew Jochim the opportunity to slip by. A caution with four laps to go was the last thing Hoff wanted to see. Williams dove low on there start and grabbed the lead with three laps to go. It was a three wide battle for second between Hoff, Wiest and Jochim. As they crossed the finish line, Jochim held off Wiest and Hoff for second. Preston Martin made a late race charge to the front to finish fifth.

 

Dickinson, North Dakota natives Deryk Voller and Josh Olheiser started on the front row of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. They briefly raced side by side for the lead until Voller completed the pass on lap two. A caution on lap four gave Olheiser another shot for the lead until ZachFrederick spun out racing four wide for fourth with Matt Dosch, Chris Michaelsohn and Matt Brendel. Brendel was charged with the caution. On the restart, Olheiser and Michaelsohn raced side by side until Frederick made it a three car battle. Michaelsohn shuffled into second and challenged for the lead as Frederick lurked in third. They raced door to door for several laps before Michaelsohn took the lead with seven laps to go. Voller started to fade as Frederick slipped by a lap later and Olheiser followed. Frederick started reeling in Michaelsohn and with two laps to go, peaked his nose under Michaelsohn for the lead. A caution coming to the checkered flag ended the race, handing the win to Chris Michaelsohn his third feature victory of the year over Zach Frederick. Josh Olheiser finished third ahead of Deryk Voller while Jeremy Engelhardt finished fifth.

 

In the IMCA Modified feature, Mark Dahl led from the pole while Hank Berry and Spencer Wilson raced for second. Berry, who found speed on the high side pulled away from Wilson and quickly caught leader Dahl. They briefly raced side by side for the lead until Mark Dahl started to drive away from the field. As Dahl's lead started to grow, Berry started sliding into the clutches of third place Wilson. They battled for several laps until Wilson completed the pass for second. Dahl's lead quickly disappeared when he caught lapped traffic with 12 laps to go. Using a lapped car as a pick, Wilson tookthe lead on the backstretch but Mark retook the lead at the line. Wilson was all over Dahl's bumper but could not get around the seasoned veteran. Mark Dahl led all 25 laps to win his third feature victory of the year. Spencer Wilson had to settle for second while Shawn Strand finished third. Hank Berry finished fourth ahead of Jeremy Keller.

 

Hank Berry and Jeremy Keller quickly hopped out of their IMCA Modifieds and into their Late Model for the 25 lap WISSOTA Late Model feature.Cody Storbakken of Williston started on pole but Keller quickly grabbed the lead and pulled away. It was a race for second between Storbakken and Kelly Hample. As they battled for second, it allowed Berry to make it a three car fight. A lap five caution gave Hample the opportunity to pass Storbakken on there start, bringing Berry with him. However, Keller pulled away and it didn't take many laps for him to start catching lapped traffic. With 10 laps to go,Darrell Bauer and Steve Pankowski made contact and wrecked in turns three and four right in front of the leader. On the restart, Keller pulled away once again and went on to win the feature. Kelly Hample finished a distant second as Hank Berry finished third. Cody Storbakken crossed the finish line fourth ahead of Blaine Doppler. By winning the feature, Keller was declared the WISSOTA Late Model Governor's Cup Champion.

 

 

 

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