Championship Night Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 8/28/2017 7:20:02 AM

Berg Ends Season with Feature Victory and Championship
Rookie Skyler Gross started on the pole for the IMCA Sport Compact feature.However, it was outside pole sitter, Chase Schlafmann that grabbed the lead when the green flag waved. Schlafmann distanced himself from the field as Stan Thompson quickly passed Gross for second. The points leader, Jason Berg, wasted no time getting to the front. After starting 9th, Berg cracked the top three by lap two and was quick pass Thompson for second. Berg, the fastest car on track, quickly reeled in Schlafmann for the lead. They battled side by side for a lap before Berg cruised to victory. Berg’s 11th feature victory of the year easily wrapped up the points championship. Schlafmann settled for second ahead of Stan Thompson. Ken Sandberg held off Alex Thompson for fourth.


Michaelsohn Wins First Dacotah Speedway Track Championship by One Point
Bismarck’s Dylan Sandberg took the early lead in the Hobby Stock feature. Cautions came early and often. Points contender, Jeremy Engelhardt, was sent tail end on lap two for spinning points leader Curt Michaelsohn. On a lap five restart, John Gartner Jr passed Sandberg for the lead. Sandberg now had his hands full with Brent Vetter. As Vetter continued his march to the front, Engelhardt was busy passing cars. By lap seven, Engelhardt was back in the top five and looking for more. As Vetter started closing in on leader Gartner, Engelhardt passed Nathan Messer for fourth and quickly passed Sandberg for third. Vetter started to challenge Gartner for the win, allowing Engelhardt to catch the leaders. It was a three car battle for the win with four laps to go. They raced three wide until A.J. Davenport’s rolled down the backstretch with two laps to go. The red flag ended the race early, declaring John Gartner the feature victory over Brent Vetter and Jeremy Engelhardt. Dylan Sandberg finished fourth as Nathan Messer rounded out the top five.


Wiest Earns Sixth Track Championship in a Row
It was a familiar sight as Troy Hoff and Donavin Wiest battled for the lead in the INEX Legends feature. Hoff, who started ninth, took the lead on lap two but had his hands full with Wiest. They raced side by side for several laps before Wiest completed the pass on lap eight. Wiest started to pull away from Hoff and third place Drew Papke before a caution regrouped the field with five laps togo. On the restart, Hoff dove low under Wiest but Wiest held onto the lead as Papke, Dauntae Martin and Austin Wiest battled for third. As the laps wound down, Wiest and Hoff started to pull away from the field but Hoff had nothing for Wiest. Wiest won the feature and claimed his sixth track championship in a row. Drew Papke held off Austin Wiest to finish third as Dauntae Martin won by inches over Austin Wiest.


Michaelsohn Finds Victory Lane but Comes Up Short for the Championship
After a string of bad luck, points contender Chris Michaelsohn was looking for redemption in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Michaelsohn led from the pole as John Weber and Brad Kardrmas raced hard for second. Weber cleared Kadrmas and quickly ran down leader Michaelsohn before a lap five caution. On the restart, Michaelsohn pulled away as Weber was feeling pressure from behind fromRoyce Jawaski. Jawaski, who found speed on the high side quickly passed Weber for second with eight laps to go. Now the fastest car on the track, it didn’t take long for Jawaski to reel in the leader Michaelsohn. With four laps to go, Jawaki was all over Michaelsohn’s rear bumper as the leaders started to close in on lapped traffic. Traffic hurt Michaelsohn’s momentum which allowed Jawaki to pull along side him. As they took the white flag, Jawaski dove his car low under Michaelsohn. They raced side by side down the backstretch but Jawaski got tight in turns three and four. Michaelsohn held on to win his fifth feature victory of the year over Royce Jawaski. John Weber finished third as points leader Zach Frederick finished fourth. Brad Kadrmas finished with a season best finish of fifth place. Zack Frederick’s fourth place finish just narrowly edgedChris Michaelsohn by five points to win the track championship.


Late Race Pass Sends Wolla to Victory Lane
In the final feature of the year, Rusty Kollman powered into the lead in the IMCA Modified feature. Kollman started to pull away but his large lead was erased when points leader Jeremy Keller spun on lap five. On the restart, Kollman got tight in corners three and four, allowing Brent Schlafmann to grab the lead. Kollman now had his hands full with Tracy Domagala. A caution regrouped the field and on the restart, Domagala was all over Schlafmann’s rear bumper. With 13 laps to go, Domagala slipped by Schlafmann, bringing Jason Wolla with him. Domagala's comfortable lead over Wolla quickly disappeared late in the race when slower cars held up Domagala. Wolla quickly caught Domagala and looked underneath him with seven laps to go. They raced side by side but Wolla completed the pass a lap later. Domagala rallied back to retake the lead with five laps to go but Wolla's found some extra speed along the guardrail. Wolla retook the lead with four laps to go and never looked back. Wolla picked up his sixth victory of the season over Tracy Domagala. Points leader, Jeremy Keller, rebounded from a spin early in the feature to come back and finish 3rd.  Brent Schlafmann finished a season best of fourth place over Shawn Strand. Keller's 3rd place finish clinched the track championship. 

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