July 21st Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 7/22/2017 1:32:31 PM

It was a sizzler at Dacotah Speedway on Friday, July 21st.As the temperatures rose into the 90’s, it made for some great racing on the high banked, 3/8th mile track. Fans were in for an extra special treat. For one night only, the Dacotah Speedway brought in Slingshots as the IMCA Modifieds had the night off.

Rath-Wald Edges Gartner Jr at the Finish Line
After a short intermission, Napoleon’s Wyatt Rath-Wald started on the pole in the Hobby Stock feature. Rath-Wald led lap one before John Gartner Jr slid up in front to claim the top spot. Rath-Wald now had his hands full with Wishek’s Curt Michaelsohn. The battled briefly before Michaelsohn got too high off turn two, allowing Rath-Wald to hang on to second place. As the laps wound down,Rath-Wald started to reel in the leader, Gartner Jr. As the leaders crossed the finish line with two laps to go, Rath-Wald was all over Gartner Jr’s rear bumper. Rath-Wald jumped to the highside of the track and found the extra speed he was looking for. As the white flag waved, Rath-Wald just narrowly edged Gartner Jr at the line but they continued to race side by side for the win going into turns one and two. Gartner Jr threw it in hard in turns three and four. Coming out of turn four and to the Open Road Honda finish line, they were door to door but it was Wyatt Rath-Wald declared the feature winner by a few inches over John Gartner Jr. Curt Michaelsohn finished third as Brent Vetter held off points leader Jeremy Engelhardt for fourth place.


Berg Earns 7th Feature Win at Dacotah Speedway
Bismarck’s Ken Sandberg started on the pole but it was the points leader, Jason Berg, who quickly powered into the lead when the green flag waved in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Second place, Chase Schlafmann, was not far behind the leader Berg while third place, Nic West, found difficulty staying on the racing surface. West, who got off the front stretch, lost valuable positions to Sandberg and Stan Thompson. West rallied back to challenged Thompson for fourth but over drove turn four again. West found himself driving through the specially made short track on the frontstretch, running over old IMCA Modified tires before hitting an extremely large yuke tire and rolling his car. West was thankfully ok but his night ended prematurely. On the restart with three laps to go, Schlafmann drove his car in low under Berg in corners one and two but Berg held on and drove away to victory for the seventh time this year. Chase Schlafmann had to settle for second ahead of Stan Thompson. Craig Kastner made a late race pass to finish fourth over Alex Thompson.


Hoff Holds Off Wiest in Late Race Battle for the Win
Cole Stevens and Austin Wiest battled for the lead in the INEX Legends feature.Stevens cleared Wiest and started to pull away as points leader Troy Hoff was challenging Wiest for second. They briefly raced side by side until Hoff claimed the second position. It didn’t take Hoff long to erase Stevens’s large lead and overtake the lead by lap three. Stevens felt pressure from behind as Austin Wiest and Donavin Wiest were all over his rear bumper. They raced three wide for second before a caution on lap seven regrouped the field. On the restart, Donavin Wiest shuffled into second and was hot on Hoff’s heels for the lead. However, Donavin Wiest could not find a way around the leader as Troy Hoff cruised to his fifth Dacotah Speedway feature victory of the year. Preston Martin made last lap pass to finish fourth over Austin Wiest as Dauntae Martin held off Drew Papke to finish fifth.


Frederick over Hellman in WISSOTA Street Stock Thriller
Pole sitter Deryk Voller and outside pole sitter Zach Frederick battled for the lead in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Voller led lap one but Frederick would grab the lead on lap two. An early caution reset the field and on the restart, Frederick, Voller and Geoff Hellman raced three wide for the lead.Hellman powered into the lead as Voller and Frederick continued to race door to door for second. Frederick would complete the pass on Voller and quickly closed in on the leader Hellmann. Voller then fell into the clutches of Matt Brendel. They briefly raced side by side before Brendel overtook the third position.Meanwhile, the battle for the win was shaping up as Hellman and Frederick were door to door for the lead. With five laps to go, Hellman got super loose in corners one and two, almost spun out but saved the car. Luck would be on his side as a caution with three laps to go, regrouped the field. On the green-white-checkered restart, Hellman dove low under Frederick. Hellman slide up and front of Frederick but Frederick crossed over to retake the lead as the white flag waved. Geoff Hellman gave it his all but Zach Frederick held on to win his second feature victory of the year at Dacotah Speedway. Matt Brendel finished a season best of third place. Lincoln’s Matt Dosch finished fourth while points leader Chris Michaelsohn crossed the finish line fifth.


Slingshots Make Dacotah Speedway Debut
A series of exhibition short track races ended the evening. The Dacotah Speedway track prep crew prepared a special short track in front of the grandstands. The track invited Slingshots from all over North Dakota and Canada in for a special exhibition race. In the Junior Slingshots feature, young Travis Edinger started on the pole but it was Jordan Johnson of Jamestown who quickly charged to the front. Johnson grabbed the lead on lap one after started last and quickly pulled away from the field to win. The Senior Slingshots took to the track next. Cade Pittenger started on the pole but it was older brother, Crist Pittenger who took the lead early. With many years of go-cart success locally and nationally, it was no surprise to see Crist Pittenger pull away and win the Senior Slingshot feature. In a special IMCA Sport Compact short track exhibition race, Jeremy Engelhardt jumped in Ken Sandberg’s car. Engelhardt,who started on the pole, held onto the lead over Brenna Gartner. However, Engelhardt started to pull away as Gartner fell into the clutches of third place Chase Schalfmann. Schlafmann dove low under Gartner to grab the second position but ran out of time to catch leader Engelhardt. Jeremy Engelhardt led all 10 laps to win the exhibition race. Chase Schlafmann finished second ahead of Brenna Gartner as Craig Kastner rounded out the field. Due to severe weather, the schedule INEX Legends short track exhibition was cancelled.


Join us Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th for the North Dakota Governors Cup presented by McQuade Distributing and Budweiser. 

Gates open at 6:00pm, racing starts at 7:00pm on Friday, July 28th.
Fans can purchase advanced, discount tickets at select Cenex locations in Bismarck, Mandan and Lincoln. 

Dacotah Speedway is a high-banked, three-eighths-mile clay oval located at 2500 Longspur Trail, just to the south of Memorial Highway, Mandan, ND.

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