North Dakota Governors Cup Auto Races Night 1 Recap

Posted by D.S. 7/28/2018 10:26:54 PM

Fans came out to Dacotah Speedway early for a special pre-race party for Night 1 of the North Dakota Governor’s Cup Auto Races. Drivers and fans were treated to a live band, free food and ice cold refreshments before the races. It was the perfect way to pump up fans for a prestigious night of racing.

Howe-Keller Returns to Victory Lane

Andy Reed led the field to the green flag in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Reed found trouble early as he found himself spun in corners three and four. After a complete restart, points leader Seth Howe-Kellar inherited the lead. Howe-Kellar pulled away on the restart as Ken Sandberg and Craig Kastner battled for second. With four laps to go, Kastner cleared Sandberg for second. As the laps wound down, Kastner started to reel in Howe-Kellar. However, he ran out of time as Seth Howe-Kellar found victory  lane for the second time at Dacotah Speedway this season. Craig Kastner settled for second ahead of Ken Sandberg. Andy Reed narrowly edged Stan Thompson at the finish line for fourth place.


Wiest Extends Points lead with Gov Cup Victory

After a complete restart in the INEX Legends feature, pole sitter Donavin Wiest led from the pole. Andrew Jochim of Glyndon, Minnesota held strong with Wiest as Drew Papke lost positions to Preston Martin and Austin Wiest. With seven laps to go, Jochim started to cut into Donavin Wiest’s lead. A caution with four laps to go regrouped the field. On the restart, Austin Wiest passed Martin for third but Martin rallied back to retake the third position with three laps to go. Donavin Wiest led all 15 laps to win his fourth feature victory at Dacotah Speedway. Andrew Jochim finish second while Preston Martin finished third. Austin Wiest crossed the finish line in fourth while Drew Papke rounded out the top five.


Winning Streak Continues for Gartner Jr

Points leader John Gartner Jr grabbed the lead from pole sitter Brent Vetter in the Hobby Stock feature. Dylan Sandberg quickly passed Chad Hausauer for third, bringing Curt Michaelsohn with him. An early caution reset the field and on the restart, Gartner and Vetter made contact. It was suddenly a three car battle for the lead between Gartner, Sandberg and Hausauer. As Gartner hung onto the lead, Sandberg and Hausauer battled hard for second. With three laps to go, Sandberg cleared Hausauer but Hausauer fell into the clutches of Brent Vetter. Vetter passed Hausauer with two to go and quickly passed Sandberg as the white flag waved. Vetter came up short as John Gartner Jr picked up his fifth victory of the year. Brent Vetter finished second for the sixth time this season. Dylan Sandberg finished a season best of third place while Chad Hausauer narrowly edged A.J. Davenport for fourth.


Hellman Finds Victory Lane at Home Track

When the green flag waved in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, Geoff Hellman and Jonny Carter battled for the lead. They raced side by side for several laps until a caution on lap five regrouped the field. On the restart, Carter pulled away as Zach Frederick challenged Hellman for second. A series of mid-race cautions slowed the pace but on the final restart with seven laps to go, Hellman dove low under Carter and slid up to take the lead. Carter was all over Hellman’s rear bumper but Hellman held strong. With three laps to go, Hellman got loose out of turn two allowing Carter to pull along side Hellman into three and four. Hellman shut the door and they continued to battle hard for the win. As they came to the checkered flag, they made contact going into turn three, sending Hellman spinning in front of the field. Track officials called the caution on Carter, declaring Hellman the feature winner. The feature victory was Geoff Hellman’s first victory at Dacotah Speedway since 2013. John Feist finished a season best of second place. Matt Dosch finished third while Kelly Hoerner finished fourth ahead of Hunter Domagala.


Arneson Hangs to Win First Victory at Mandan

Marcus Tomlinson and Casey Arneson started on the front row for the IMCA Modified feature. Arneson slid up the track going into corners one and two, allowing Tomlinson to secure the lead down the backstretch. Arneson regained his speed off corner exit and quickly caught and passed Tomlinson for the lead on lap two. Arneson pulled away as Tomlinson started to fall into the clutches of Mark Dahl. As Dahl started to challenge Tomlinson for second,Travis Hagen made it a three car battle. Dahl passed Tomlinson, bringing Hagen with him. Hagen was all over Dahl’s bumper and with 10 laps to go, Hagen grabbed the second position. As Arneson started to catch lapped traffic, Hagen cut into his lead. Lapped traffic caused issues for Arneson as he struggled to negotiate the slower cars. With only a few laps to go, Hagen was all over Arneson’s rear bumper. Using the lapped traffic to his advantage, Casey Arneson held off Travis Hagen to pick up his first feature victory at Dacotah Speedway. Mark Dahl finished third while Shawn Strand made a late race pass to finish fourth ahead of Marcus Tomlinson.


Dobmeier Cruises to Victory at Dacotah Speedway

A 25 lap Sprint Car feature ended the evening. After a complete restart, pole sitter Wade Nygaard led the field to the green flag. Nygaard held on to the lead as Greg Nikitenko battled with Mark Dobmeier for second. Dobmeier, who started 12th, quickly passed Nikitenko on lap three. In a hurry, Dobmeier caught Nygaard for the lead and grabbed the top spot on lap eight. Dobmeier quickly pulled away from the field and caught lapped traffic early. A caution with 10 laps to go regrouped the field, putting Nygaard and Nikitenko on Dobmeier’s rear bumper. On the restart, Dobmeier pulled away once again. Despite catching lapped traffic, he continued to distance himself from the competition. Mark Dobmeier drove away to win his first Dacotah Speedway victory. Wade Nygaard finished a distant second while Greg Nikitenko finished third. Jade Hastings finished fourth ahead of Nick Omdal.

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