AUGUST 26TH - RECAP

August 26th - Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 10/22/2016 8:32:04 AM

Mother Nature forced track officials to cancel the 8th Annual Drive to Survive night at Dacotah Speedway on Friday, August 19th. The annual event that raises money and awareness for breast cancer research was rescheduled for Championship Night on Friday, August 26th. Fans packed the stands for the good cause and many drivers even painted their cars pink for the special night. The point battles leading into the night were tight and every position on track mattered.


An IMCA Sport Compact feature started the night. After a complete restart, pole sitter Kayla Koth and Chase Schlafmann battled for the lead. While racing side by side, they made contact, resulting in Koth dropping to the back of the pack. Caution regrouped the field when Koth's car rolled off turn four. Koth was ok but was forced to end her night early. On the restart, Josh Roehrich blew by Schlafmann to take the lead. Schlafmann had his hands full with a strong Jason Berg. As quickly as he caught Schlafman, Berg passed Schlafmann to take second and quickly reeled in Roehrich. With the championship on the line, they raced hard for the feature win. As they took the white flag, Roehrich started to pull away. Josh Roehrich crossed the Open Road Honda finish line first, winning back-to-back championships in the IMCA Sport Compacts. Jason Berg settled for second as Chance Seelye finished the season third.Contact in turn four allowed Dylan Sandberg to finish fourth ahead of Chase Schlamann.


Jeremy Engelhardt took the lead in the Hobby Stock feature before a caution reset the field. On the restart,Wishek, North Dakota's Brent Vetter passed Nathan Messer and Roy Erickson to move up to the third position. Vetter then took it three wide with John Gartner Jr and Engelhardt for the lead. Gartner Jr and Vetter split Engelhardt and they continued to race side by side. Vetter's low line around the track prevailed as he cleared Gartner Jr for the lead before a lap five caution. Wyatt Rath-Wald of Napoleon,North Dakota passed Gartner Jr on the restart but Gartner Jr rallied back to race side by side for second. Despite racing hard, Rath-Wald and Gartner were starting to catch Vetter. With two laps to go,Rath-Wald and Vetter made contact racing for the win allowing Gartner Jr to pull along side Vetter. Keeping Vetter pinched on the bottom, John Gartner Jr just barely edged Brent Vetter for the feature win. Wyatt Rath-Wald held on to finish third ahead of Josh Roehrich and Keith McCleary. Brent Vetter's second place finish was enough to narrowly edge Wyatt Rath-Wald by three points for the track championship.


Bismarck, North Dakota's Dauntae Martin led the first lap in the INEX Legends feature before Austin Wiest of Menoken, North Dakota took the lead on lap two. Austin's lead was short lived as points leader Donavin Wiest of Wishek, North Dakota slipped by to take the lead on lap three bringing Troy Hoff and Drew Papke with him. Hoff and Papke raced door to door while Martin and Austin Wiest raced side by side for fourth. Bad luck ended Martin's night early as mechanical problems sent him to the pits before a caution with seven laps to go. It was a three car battle for the win on the restart between Donavin Wiest, Hoff and Papke. Hoff shuffled into the lead but Donavin held strong on the bottom of the track. Caution near the end of the feature would set up a green-white-checkered finish. On the restart, Donavin Wiest dove low under Hoff to retake the lead coming to the white flag. Donavin Wiest picked up win number four of the season and locked up the track championship, his fifth in a row at Dacotah Speedway. Troy Hoff finished second as Drew Papke finished third. Shane Williams made a late race comeback to finish fourth ahead of Casey Martin.


It was a three car battle for the lead in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature between pole sitter Dustin Frank,Allen Frederick and Kendall Booke. Frank led the first lap before Booke shuffled into the lead on lap two. Cautions came early and often in the feature, allowing championship contenders Chris Michaelsohn and Shawn Volk to creep to the front. Volk, normally known for running along side the guardrail, found speed on the outside and raced his way into second, leaving Frederick to battle Michaelsohn for third. Restarts gave Volk a chance to challenge Booke for the lead but Booke's low line around the track kept him at bay.With only a few laps to go, Volk switched his racing line down low and challenged for the win. Volk led with two laps to go but Booke rallied back to retake the lead at the white flag. Coming out of turn four and to the checkered flag, Booke held off Volk for the feature win. Chris Michaelsohn finished third as Zach Frederick and Allen Frederick rounded out the top five. Michaelsohn's third place over Zach Frederick earned him back-to-back track championships.


In the final feature of the night,rookie Andy Bargmann started on the pole for the IMCA Modified feature. Dickinson, North Dakota's Eric Burwick grabbed the lead whenthe green flag waved, bringing Jeremy Keller and Shawn Strand with him. Burwick's lead was short lived as Keller and Strand quickly chased him down and passed him on lap six. Burwick fell into the clutches of Bargmann and it became a three car battle for third when points leader Marlyn Seidler peaked his nose down low. Seidler, using the bottom lane, slipped by Bargmann and challenged Burwick for third. They briefly raced side by side before Seidler completed the pass with eight laps to go. Lapped traffic helped Strand close in on leader Keller. As the white flag waved, Strand erased Keller's lead and was all over his rear bumper. Strand threw his car hard into corners three and four one final time but Keller held on to win his first IMCA Modified feature at Dacotah Speedway since 2014. Points leader Marlyn Seidler won the track championship for the first time since 2008 with his third place finish. Ray, North Dakota's Jason Wolla, who started 16th, finished fourth ahead of Spencer Wilson.


For complete results and and current point standings, go to www.dacotahspeedway.net.

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