Ironman 40/40 Challenge Recap

Posted by D.S. 6/10/2018 10:24:08 PM

Race fans couldn’t have asked for better weather for the first 40/40 Ironman Challenge at Dacotah Speedway. This special evening featured 40 lap features for the IMCA Modifieds and WISSOTA Street Stocks with big money on the line to win. Dacotah Speedway also hosted the second night of a three day Hobby Stock Tour which fans were treated to a three wide start when the green flag waved.

Kastner Finds Victory Lane at Dacotah Speedway
Alex Thompson started on the pole for the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Caution on lap one regrouped the field allowing Craig Kastner to grab the lead on the restart. Kastner stretched the lead but with five laps to go, second place Seth Howe-Kellar started to reel him back in. As Howe-Kellar cut into Kastner’s lead, third place Alex Thompson had his hands full with Andy Reed. Thompson held off Reed but Reed fell into the clutches of Stan Thompson and Ken Sandberg. With two laps to go, Stan Thompson passed Reed for fourth. Andy Reed held off Ken Sandberg to finish fifth. Stan Thompson finished fourth behind his son, Alex Thompson while Seth Howe-Kellar ran out of laps and could not catch feature winner Craig Kastner. The feature win was Kastner’s first at his home track of Dacotah Speedway.

Hoff Holds Off Wiest for Feature Win
Dauntae Martin and Brandon Anderson started on the front row of the INEX Legends feature. Martin led the first three laps before Flasher’s Troy Hoff took the lead on lap four. An early caution regrouped the field and on the restart, Donavin Wiest was all over Hoff’s rear bumper. A series of cautions slowed the pace of the race but on the final restart with seven laps to go, fourth place Drew Papke found a burst of speed along the high side of the track and passed Martin for third. Papke began to close in on leaders Hoff and Wiest. While Hoff and Wiest raced side by side for the lead, Papke was lurking in third. As they took the white flag, Hoff and Wiest were door to door for the win. Wiest threw his car in hard into the corner but got loose coming out of turn four. Troy Hoff picked up his first feature win of the season at Dacotah Speedway. Donavin Wiest held on to finish second ahead of a Drew Papke. Dauntae Martin finished fourth while his brother Preston Martin rounded out the top five.

Gartner Jr Goes Back-to-Back at Dacotah Speedway
Dylan Sandberg, Chris Welk Jr an John Gartner Jr led the field to the green flag in a three wide start during the Hobby Stock feature. Sandberg led the first lap before Gartner Jr flew by along the high side to take the lead on lap two, bringing Brent Vetter with him. While Gartner Jr was quick along the high side of the track, Vetter was fast along the guardrail. They raced side by side for the lead but cautions took away Vetter’s momentum. On the final restart of the race, Vetter dove low going into corners one and two but Gartner Jr held strong on the high side. As the laps wound down, they continued to battle for the win. When the checkered flag waved, John Gartner Jr crossed the finish line first for the second time this year. Brent Vetter finished a close second while Josh Roehrich finished third. Dylan Sandberg held off Chris Welk at the finish line to finish fourth.

Frederick Survives 40 Lap Ironman Challenge
A complete restart in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature allowed Allen Frederick to grab the lead from pole sitter Jeremy Engelhardt to lead the first of 40 laps of the 40/40 Ironman Challenge. Racing for $500 to win, Engelhardt and Kelly Hoerner were all over Frederick’s rear bumper. Engelhardt shuffled into the lead just before a caution reset the field. As Engelhardt pulled away on the restart, Hoerner, Allen Frederick and Zach Frederick raced hard for second. Zach slipped by Hoerner and Allen Frederick to move into the second position. A lap 13 caution put Zach Frederick on Engelhardt’s bumper and on the restart, Zach took over the top spot. A caution five laps later allowed Royce Jawaski and Shawn Volk to slip by Hoerner for second. A late race caution regrouped the field and with eight laps to go, Jawaski looked low under Frederick. As they continued to race for the win, Wyatt Rath-Wald was trying to hold off Allan Frederick and Hoerner for fourth. As they crossed the finish line, Wyatt Rath-Wald just narrowly edged Allan Frederick and Kelly Hoerner for fourth. Shawn Volk finished third while Royce Jawaski finished runner-up to feature winner Zach Frederick.

Berry Wins First Dacotah Speedway Victory
It was a three wide battle for the lead in the IMCA Modified feature. Pole sitter Darrell Parsons, Travis Ulmer and Tim Perkins went three wide into corners one and two. Ulmer shuffled into the lead as John Corell passed Parsons for third. An early caution allowed Tom Berry Jr to slip by Corell and Parsons before yet another caution regrouped the field. On the restart, Ulmer, Perkins and Berry went three wide for the lead. Contact among the leaders bumped Perkins out of the top five as Berry grabbed the lead. As the laps wound down, Ulmer started to fade through the field losing positions to Corell, Shawn Strand and Jeremy Keller. As Tom Berry pulled away, Strand started to close in on second place Corell. Strand, the fastest car on track, passed Corell and was closing in on Berry. As Berry struggled to maneuver around slower cars, Strand was all over his rear bumper. But Berry used lapped traffic to his advantage and held on to win his first Dacotah Speedway feature victory. Shawn Strand finished a close second while John Corell finished ahead of Mark Dahl. Defending track champion, Jeremy Keller, rounded out the top five in the fifth position.

Join us next Friday, June 15th for the Mandan Dirt Series presented by Inland Truck Parts and Hedahls.

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