Legendary 50 Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 7/15/2018 6:26:48 PM

It was a beautiful night for racing as fans and drivers from all over the US and Canada gathered at Dacotah Speedway for the third annual Corral Sales Legendary 50. IMCA Modified drivers who completed at least three of the six races of the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour were eligible to compete for $10,003. The Legendary 50 was the high note to a long, six day tour that travelled across North Dakota and Canada and saw Hunter Marriott and Elijah Zevenbergen defend their tour championships.

Frederick Picks Up Third Victory at Dacotah Speedway
Outside pole sitter, Kelly Hoerner, grabbed the lead from pole sitter Nathan Messmer in the Jiffy Lube Multicare WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Behind Hoerner, it was a three car battle for second between Jason Berg, Geoff Hellman and points leader Zach Frederick. Hellman shuffled into second place as Berg and Frederick continued to battle for third. Hellman quickly caught Hoerner and they briefly door to door raced before Frederick made it a three car battle for the lead. Hellman cleared Hoerner for first before second place in the points standings, Shawn Volk, barrel rolled down the front stretch. Volk walked away from the vicious wreck but his night was done early. On the restart, Frederick passed Hoerner for second and quickly reeled in Hellman. Frederick, known for running around the bottom of the track, uncharacteristically challenged Hellman for the lead on the high side of the track. They raced side by side for several laps before Frederick cleared Hellman for the lead. Hellman stayed on Frederick’s bumper but could not find a way back around for the win. Zach Frederick extended his points lead as he picked up his third victory at Dacotah Speedway. Geoff Hellman had to settle for second as Kelly Hoerner finished a season best of third place. Wyatt Rath-Wald, who started 10th, finished fourth ahead of fifth place Matt Brendel.


Thornton Jr Drives Away $10,003 Richer
After six straight days of racing across North Dakota and Canada, 74 drivers had a chance to drive home with $10,003. After winning his heat race, Eddie Belec of Arvada, Colorado started on the pole for the 50 lap feature. When the green flag waved, 33 cars raced three wide into corner one. Outside pole sitter Shawn Strand grabbed the lead but felt pressure from behind from Jason Wolla. An early caution regrouped the field and on the restart, Wolla took over the top spot from Strand. It quickly became a three car battle for the second position between Strand, RC Whitwell and Casey Arneson. Hugging the guardrail, Arneson shuffled into the second position. As Whitwell and Strand continued to race for third, defending Legendary 50 winner, Ricky Thornton Jr started to reel in the two drivers. Thornton picked off off Whitwell for fourth and then Strand for third. Continuing his march to the front, Thornton passed Arneson for second before a caution for a slow Jeff Taylor regrouped the field. On the restart, Thornton passed Wolla for the lead just before the caution for the mandatory pit stop halted the field on the front stretch. Pit crews had five minutes to make any changes needed with the exception of changing tires. When the green flag waved again, Thornton pulled away as DCMT Champion, Hunter Marriott passed Whitwell for fourth. The yellow flag would wave again with 23 laps to go for the spun car of Josh Rogotzke. On the restart, Wolla dove low under Thornton Jr while Marriott passed Arneson for third. Thornton had his hands full with a strong Wolla. They raced door to door for many laps, flip flopping position which allowed Marriott to close in on the leaders. Thornton started extend his lead when Marriott started to challenge Wolla for second. As Wolla and Marriott raced side by side, Thornton started to catch lapped traffic. Just laps before the checkered flag, Thornton found himself in the middle of thick lapped traffic which allowed Wolla and Marriott to close in a hurry. Unfortunately, they ran out of time as Ricky Thornton Jr cruised to victory lane and instantly became $10,003 richer. Jason Wolla held off Hunter Marriott for second while Fargo, North Dakota's Casey Arneson finished fourth ahead of Tim Ward.

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