As the weather starts to get cooler and cooler, it can only mean the racing season is coming to an end. With only two weekends left, very position is important and every point is costly. Once again, over 100 drivers from all over the state came to the Dacotah Speedway on Friday, August 9th
An IMCA Modified concy started the night after intermission. Only the top four would transfer to the feature. Tracy Domagala started on the pole and quickly pulled away from the 14 car field. Domagala, the class of the field, didn't slow down any when a series of quick cautions came early and often. The cautions allowed Darrell Bauer, who started last, to quickly march to the front, passing Tylor Velo for second before a lap four caution. As the checkered flag neared, fourth place Kirk Wojahn closed on third place Tylor Velo and they raced side by side with two to go. Velo held off Wojahn to finish third behind second place Darrell Bauer and concy winner Tracy Domagala.
Trouble came early for pole sitter Keith McCleary when he was spun by Roy Erickson on the start of the Hobby Stock feature. Things didn't get better for Erickson who rolled his car, trying to avoid the spun car of Jordan Hendrickson one lap later. Erickson was okay but his car was not. On the restart, Scott Gartner and Jeremy Engelhardt passed Napoleon's Jaren Wald for the lead. Engelhardt was all over Gartner's rear bumper and with six laps to go, Gartner got too high in turn four, handing the lead to Engelhardt. Points leader Chad Hausauser was quickly driving to the front, picking off Aaron Aaseth, Ron Joern and battling Wald for third. Hausauer passed Wald and caught second place Gartner. The two drivers raced door to door for second but Gartner held onto the position. With three laps remaining, a caution ended the race early due to time limit. Engelhardt won his first feature of the season. Gartner finished second over Hausauer, Wald and Joern.
Rookie Kayla Koth started on the pole but outside pole sitter Nic West had problems early, as he crawled along the frontstretch on the start of the IMCA Sport Compact feature. A caution for the spun car of Derek Nitschke regrouped the field and on the restart, Jamie Schlafmann blew by leader Koth. Schlafmann quickly distanced herself from the field. Koth continued to fall through the field, losing second to Josh Roehrich and third to Chance Seeley. Seeley slowly reeled in second place Roehrich but he just couldn't get around the 4D car. Schlafmann led all ten laps to win in dominating fashion over Roehrich. Chance Seeley finished third ahead of Koth and Cody Stoxen.
Dustin Frank and Geoff Hellman raced side by side for the lead on the start of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Hellman took the lead early but cautions slowed the race down often. A restart on on lap five created a three wide race for the lead between Hellman, Frank and Brad Kadrmas. When Frank and Hellman's cars made contact in the corner, it allowed Kadrmas to sneak by on the bottom. David Falkenstein passed Frank for third while Hellman challenged Kadrmas for the lead. With five laps to go, Hellman pulled his car along side Kadrmas and they raced side by side for the win. Hellman took the lead with four laps to go while Falkenstein lurked closely behind in third. Hellman won his second career feature at the Dacotah Speedway since getting his first in 2010. Kadrmas held off Falkenstein to finish second while Jeremy Schmidt and John Feist rounded out the top five. The victory for Hellman invites him to race in the AMSOIL Race of Champions in September at Huron, SD.
In the INEX Legend feature, drivers raced four wide for the lead. Steven Kuntz shuffled into first as second place Paul Huettl tried to hold off a fast Drew Papke. On lap five, a caution regrouped the field and on the restart, Papke got around Huettl for second, bringing Shane Williams with him. Papke and Williams reeled in leader Kuntz and it was a three car breakaway from the rest of the field. Fourth place Huettl's car got squirrelly in turn two with two laps to go, allowing points leader Donavin Wiest and Troy Hoff to fly by. On the final lap, Hoff got off the backstretch, losing several hard fought spots. Huettl finished fifth behind Donavin Wiest. Williams finished third as Kuntz managed to hold off Papke for the feature win, his third of the season.
Fifth place Spencer Wilson bursted into the lead on the start of the IMCA Modified feature. Wilson's lead was soon under fire from second place Marlyn Seidler. As they raced side by side for the lead,
Robert Hellebust and Mark Dahl raced side by side for third. The wiley veteran of Seidler took the lead from Wilson on lap five, leaving Wilson to defend second from Dahl. Dahl quickly passed Wilson for second and set his sights on leader Seidler. It didn't take long for Dahl to catch the leader when Seidler
started to negotiate lapped traffic. As Seidler tried to get around the slow car of Kirk Wojahn, Dahl blew by on the bottom with 10 laps to go. Meanwhile, Wilson was slowly backing into the clutches of Shawn Strand and Jeremy Keller. Wilson and Strand were door to door with three laps to go but lapped traffic played to Wilson's advantage as he held on to finish third. Keller passed Strand for fourth out of turn four on the final lap while winner Mark Dahl collected his second feature victory of the season over Marlyn Seidler.
Up next, Drive To Survive Night August 16th at Dacotah Speedway sponsored by Leingang Home Center with IMCA Modifieds, Wissota Street Stocks, INEX Legends, Dacotah Speedway Hobby Stocks and IMCA Mach 1 Sport Compacts. Adult grandstand tickets are $11, 12 and under FREE. Or, wear your 2013 Drive To Survive T-Shirt or Cap and get into the races FREE. All proceeds go to the Bismarck Cancer Center.
Advance, discount tickets are available at all Cenex locations in Mandan, Bismarck and Lincoln.
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