Dacotah Speedway July 20th Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 7/22/2018 5:16:07 PM

Drivers and fans flocked to Dacotah Speedway on Friday, July 20th. It was a special evening for the WISSOTA Street Stock drivers as they had the chance to represent Dacotah Speedway by winning the AFCO Race of Champions qualifier race which would invite them to the WISSOTA 100 later this year.


Zenz Steals Victory at the Finish Line

Pole sitter, Ken Sandberg, had his hands full in the Johnson's Wrecking IMCA Sport Compact feature. Sandberg battled three wide for the lead with Greg Zenz and Christopher Zenz. Greg Zenz shuffled into the lead, bringing Christopher Zenz with him. As Greg Zenz started to pull away, points leader Seth Howe-Kellar passed Sandberg for third. Sandberg started to fall into the clutches of Andy Reed. As the laps wound down, Christopher Zenz started to close in on his father, Greg. As Greg drove his car into corners three and four for the final time, his car suddenly slowed. Christopher Zenz inherited the lead out of corner four to grab the feature victory. Greg Zenz had to settle for second has Seth Howe-Kellar finished third. Ken Sandberg held off Andy Reed for fourth.


Gartner Picks Up Fourth Dacotah Speedway Victory of the Season

Terry Davenport led the field to the green flag in the Drug & Alcohol Testing Network Hobby Stock feature. Early cautions gave Josh Roehrich the opportunity to steal the lead away but Davenport battled back and retook the lead on lap five. Points leader John Gartner Jr and Brent Vetter quickly passed Roehrich for second which led to a three car battle for the lead. Davenport, Gartner and Vetter raced three wide before Gartner powered into the lead with six laps to go. Late race cautions regrouped the field and on the final restart, Gartner pulled away and drove on to victory for the fourth time at Dacotah Speedway. Brent Vetter finished second for the fifth time this season.Curt Michaelsohn made a late race pass to finish third ahead of Josh Roehrich while Chad Hausauer rounded out the top five.


Papke Returns to Victory at Dacotah Speedway

After a complete restart, Brian Hanson stormed into the lead in the Executive Air Taxi INEX Legends feature. Hanson had pressure from behind from Drew Papke and Ivan Sailer. They briefly raced three wide until Papke dove low under Hanson to take the lead on lap five. An early caution reset the field and on the restart, Hanson and Sailer battled for second. Sailer cleared Hanson,bringing points leader Donavin Wiest with him. With only a few laps to go, Wiest started to close in on Sailer but he ran out of time. Ivan Sailer held off Donavin Wiest for second. Tim Estenson, who started 14th, finished fourth while Preston Martin finished fifth. Drew Papke went on to win his first Dacotah Speedway victory of the season.


Frederick Punches Ticket to WISSOTA 100

Royce Jawaski and Zach Frederick started on the front row of the Jiffy Lube Multicare WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Jawaski and Frederick raced side by side for the lead while Matt Dosch and Shawn Volk battled for third. As Volk cleared Dosch for third, the leaders continued to battle for the lead. They flip flopped positions as they raced door to door for the top spot. Just as the leaders started to catch lapped traffic, a caution regrouped the field. On the restart, Volk challenged Jawaski for second. As they raced hard for second, it allowed Geoff Hellman to fly by them on the high side of the track. With only a few laps to go, Hellman started to cut into Frederick’s lead but he ran out of time. Frederick scored his fourth feature victory at Dacotah Speedway and earned his spot to represent Dacotah Speedway in the Race of Champions at the WISSOTA 100. Geoff Hellman finished second while Royce Jawaski made a last lap pass to finish third ahead of Shawn Volk. Allen Frederick came home in the fifth position.


Kinzley Earns First Career Feature Victory at Dacotah Speedway

Bismarck’s Quentin Kinzley quickly grabbed the lead from pole sitter, Travis Tooley, in the IMCA Modified feature. Tooley and Marcus Tomlinson raced for second before a series of early cautions reset the field.  On the restart, Jeremy Keller passed Tooley for third and challenged Tomlinson for second. Keller passed Tomlinson but Tomlinson retook second the following lap. A third caution regrouped the field with 12 laps to go. Keller reclaimed the second position on the restart, leaving Tomlinson with his hands full with a quick Shawn Strand. They made contact, allowing Tom Berry Jr to pass both drivers for third. With only seven laps to go, Berry started to reel in Keller for second as Kinzley was catching lapped traffic. Berry passed Keller with four laps to go, bringing Jeff Taylor with him. When the checkered flag waved, Marcus Tomlinson made a last lap pass to finish fourth ahead of Jeremy Keller. Jeff Taylor finished third while Tom Berry Jr finished second. Quentin Kinzley led all 25 laps to win his first career feature victory in the IMCA Modified division.  

Join us Friday and Saturday for the North Dakota Governors Cup Auto Races presented by Budweiser distributed by McQuade Distributing.

On Friday, July 27th, come on out to Dacotah Speedway for a special Pre-Race Kick-Off Party hosted by Buffalo Wild Wings. Starting at 2:00pm, Dirty Word will take the stage for a pre-race concert. The Buffalo Wild Wings crew will be on hand serving FREE wings and .82 cent beer. Blazin' Bill will be handing out fun swag to fans.

The track is open Friday, July 27th at 2:00pm. Tickets go on sale at 5:00pm. Sprint Car hot laps start at 6:00pm and green flag waves at 6:30pm.

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