Oktoberfest Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 9/30/2018 9:58:10 PM

Race fans, drivers and pit crews braved a chilly September evening for a rare Fall racing special. Night 1 of Oktoberfest kicked off at Dacotah Speedway on Friday, September 28th. Drivers filled the pits as fans packed the grandstands for an evening of hot racing action.

Kastner Returns to Victory Lane at Dacotah Speedway

Minot’s Christopher Zenz led the field to the green flag in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Outside pole sitter, Craig Kastner, blew by Zenz to grab the lead early. As Kastner started to pull away, James Gilbert and Seth Howe-Kellar battled for second. They raced side by side for second until Howe-Kellar slipped by for the position with five laps to go. Gilbert battled back and retook the spot two laps later. Howe-Kellar then started to fall into the clutches of Zenz. As the checkered flag waved, Seth Howe-Kellar held off Christopher Zenz to finish third. James Gilbert finished a distant second as Craig Kastner found victory lane for the fourth time this season at Dacotah Speedway. Stan Thompson rounded out the top five.

Gartner Wins An Impressive Eighth Victory in Mandan

Track champion, John Gartner Jr led from the pole in the Hobby Stock feature. As Gartner started to distance himself from the field, Terry Davenport had his hands full with Nathan Messer for second place. As they raced for second, A.J. Davenport lurked in fourth. A.J. Davenport passed Messer for third, bringing Dylan Sandberg with him. A.J. Davenport quickly reeled in second place Terry Davenport. With four laps to go, A.J. Davenport continued his march to the front by passing Terry Davenport for second. A caution late in the race erased Gartner’s large lead. On the restart with four laps to go, it was a three wide battle for second between Messer, Sandberg and A.J. Davenport. Sandberg split Messer and Davenport to briefly take second. However, Messer made a late race rally and passed Sandberg for second as the white flag waved. Up front, John Gartner Jr pulled away once again and went on to win his eighth feature victory of the season. Nathan Messer held off Dylan Sandberg at the finish line to take second. Chris Welk had a season best finish of fourth over A.J. Davenport.

Rosselli Drives Away with Dacotah Speedway Win

IMCA Sport Mods took to the track in a rare racing appearance at Dacotah Speedway. Kyle Krogh of Dickinson, ND started on the pole but when the green flag waved, Robby Rosselli and Kelly Henderson slipped by. Rosselli and Henderson battled side by side for the lead as Luke Krogh raced door to door with Zach Frederick for third. Cautions came early and often throughout the 20 lap feature. Henderson held strong with Rosselli but as the laps wound down, Rosselli started to pull away from the field. Robby Rosselli drove away from the competition to win the first IMCA Sport Mod feature at Dacotah Speedway. Kelly Henderson had to settle for second has Zach Frederick made a last lap pass to finish third ahead of Luke Krogh and Kyle Krogh.

Weist Dominates in Mandan

Nate Keena and Donavin Wiest started on the front row of the INEX Legends feature. Wiest quickly grabbed the lead as Keena started to feel pressure from behind from Drew Papke and Preston Martin. As Wiest started to pull away, it was a three car battle for second. Papke shuffled into second, bringing Martin with him. Ivan Sailer started to challenge Keena for fourth. They raced hard for many laps but with two laps to go, Sailer cleared for Keena for fourth. Keena battled back but as the checkered flag waved, Ivan Sailer held off Nate Keena to finish fourth. Preston Martin finished third behind second place Drew Papke. Donavin Wiest led all 15 laps to win in dominating fashion and pick up his sixth feature victory this season at Dacotah Speedway.

Hellman Wins Four-In-A-Row at Dacotah Speedway

Track champion, Zach Frederick found trouble early in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. As the green flag waved, Frederick spun on the front stretch after starting on the front row. Luckily, Frederick escaped with minimal damage but had to restart from the rear of the field. Frederick didn’t stay there long as he quickly raced through the field and cracked into the top five by lap seven. Caution regrouped the field when John Weber lost a motor while running third.  On the restart, leaders Geoff Hellman and Jonny Carter pulled away as Shawn Volk, John Feist and Frederick battled three wide for third. Frederick picked off Feist for fourth and challenged Volk for third. With only a few laps to go, Frederick was allover Volk’s rear bumper. As the checkered flag waved, Geoff Hellman held off Jonny Carter to win his fourth feature victory in a row at Dacotah Speedway. Zach Frederick made a late race pass to finish third ahead of Shawn Volk as Jeremy Engelhardt finished fifth.

Seidler Holds Off Field for Third Dacotah Speedway Victory

The veteran, Marlyn Seidler, led the field to the green flag in the IMCA Modified feature. Second place, Travis Olheiser, started to feel pressure from behind from Tracy Domagala. An early caution reset the field and on the restart, Travis Ulmer passed Olheiser for second, bringing Domagala and Jeremy Keller with him. Ulmer found speed along the high side of the track and challenged Seidler for the lead. Seidler closed the door, hurting Ulmer’s momentum, allowing Keller to slip into the second position. Late race cautions gave Keller the opportunity to challenge for the lead but Seidler closed the door once again. Marlyn Seidler led all 25 laps to win his third feature victory. Jeremy Keller finished second ahead of Travis Ulmer who had a season best finish of third. Estevan’s Les McLenehan held off Drew Christianson to finish fourth.

Drivers will travel for Night 2 of Oktoberfest at the Southwest Speedway, south of Dickinson, North Dakota on Saturday, September 29th.

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