Dacotah Speedway August 17 Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 8/20/2018 10:16:01 AM
Over ten years ago, a small group of drivers and volunteers approached the Dacotah Speedway Board of Directors about dedicating one of our racing nights to fund raise for local non-profits with a primary focus on breast cancer awareness. The Board of Directors unanimously approved the idea and Drive to Survive was born. Ten years ago, Dacotah Speedway has raised over $35,000 dollars for the Bismarck Cancer Center. Thank you to everyone who has ever donated to this fantastic cause. 

Kastner Edges Zenz at the Finish Line

Pole sitter Tanner Hofer and Craig Kastner battled for the lead in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Kastner grabbed the lead from the rookie driver, bringing Andy Reed with him. As Hofer started to fade through the field, Reed started to challenge Kastner for the lead. As they raced for the win, it allowed third place, Christopher Zenz, to quickly close in on the leaders. Zenz made it a three car battle for the win with only two laps to go. Zenz took the high line, passing Reed and racing door to door with Kastner. They made contact out of turn four and as they crossed the finish line, Kastner held on to win his fourth feature victory at Dacotah Speedway. Christopher Zenz had to settle for a close second place. Greg Zenz finished third ahead of Andy Reed while points leader Seth Howe-Kellar rounded out the top five.


Davenport Earns First Career Dacotah Speedway Victory

In the Dacotah Speedway Hobby Stock feature, Terry Davenport led from the pole position. Behind Davenport, A.J. Davenport quickly passed Dylan Bitz for second and reeled in the leader. A.J. Davenport dove low under Terry Davenport and took the lead on lap two. Terry Davenport then had his hands full with points leader, John Gartner Jr. They raced side by side for several laps before Gartner cleared Terry Davenport for second, bringing Dylan Sandberg with him. Bitz was all over Terry Davenport’s rear bumper but as they crossed the finish line, Terry Davenport held off Dylan Bitz for fourth. Dylan Sandberg finished third as John Gartner Jr finished a distant second place behind first time feature winner A.J. Davenport.


Papke Hangs On for Third Season Victory

After a complete restart in the INEX Legends feature, Casey Martin led the field to the green flag. Points leader Donavin Wiest had his hands full with Drew Papke and Troy Hoff for second. They raced three wide before Papke grabbed second and quickly reeled in Casey Martin for the lead. With six laps to go, Papke took over the top spot as Hoff followed. Hoff was all over Papke’s rear bumper with only five laps to go. With two laps to go, Hoff dove low under Papke but Papke’s drive off the corners allowed him to hold off Hoff. Drew Papke drove on to win his third feature victory of the season over Troy Hoff. Points leader Donavin Wiest finished third as Preston Martin crossed the finish line fourth ahead of older brother Casey Martin.


Hellman Wins Thriller at the Line

Outside pole sitter, Hunter Domagala, grabbed the lead from pole sitter John Weber in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Weber raced side by side for second with points leader Zach Frederick before a series of early cautions regrouped the field. Restarts allowed Frederick to grab the lead from Domagala, bringing Shawn Volk and Geoff Hellman with him. On the final restart with 10 laps to go, Hellman passed Volk for second and held strong with Frederick. Hellman started to look to the outside of Frederick and Frederick sensing his presence, started to slide up the track to hold him off. Hellman pulled along side Frederick and they raced side by side for the win with two laps to go. With the momentum from the high line, Hellman had a narrow lead over Frederick as the white flag waved but Frederick held strong. Frederick threw his car hard into corners three and four and as they crossed the finish line, it was almost too close to car. Official declared Geoff Hellman the winner by .015 of a second over Zach Frederick. Shawn Volk finished third while Allan Frederick held off Matt Dosch for fourth.


Berry Drives Away to Pick up Second Feature Win at Dacotah Speedway
Crist Pittenger and Travis Tooley started on the front row of the IMCA Modified feature. Tooley grabbed the lead when the green flag waved but had his hands full with a speedy Travis Peery. Peery grabbed the lead on lap four but an early caution reset the field. On the restart, Jason Wolla challenged Peery for the lead. Wolla passed Peery for the lead on lap 13 and as Peery battled Tom Berry Jr for second, Peery over drove his racing machine and spun in front of the field in turn one. On the restart, Berry held strong with Wolla. With only a few laps to go, Wolla’s car was starting to tighten up. Wolla had difficulty driving off the corners which allowed Berry to close in on Wolla for the win. They briefly raced side by side before Berry took the lead with four laps to go. Tom Berry Jr started to pull away and cruised to victory over the defending national champion, Jason Wolla. Points leader Shawn Strand finished while Jeremy Keller made a late race pass over Marcus Tomlinson for fourth.


Join us Friday, August 24th for Championship Night presented by Dakota Community Bank & Trust and Image Printing.  

Grandstands open at 6:00pm. Green flag waves at 7:00pm. 

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Dacotah Speedway is a high banked, three-eights mile clay oval dirt track located at 2500 Longspur Trail, just south of Memorial Highway in Mandan.

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