Dacotah Speedway May 21st Recap

Posted by Becca Pelkey 5/22/2021 1:07:08 PM

(Photo courtesy of Layn Mudder of LPT Images.)

On a day where it looked like Mother Nature would be the only winner, drivers, volunteers and race fans braved a cold, windy and for a brief moment, rainy Friday night at Dacotah Speedway on Friday, May 21st. The track prep crew worked tirelessly before the races to save the track from a light rain shower. Their efforts paid off as track officials hurried the show along and got the entire racing program in before it rained again later that night. 


Tom Dworshak led the field to the green flag in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Outside pole sitter, Tanner Hofer, grabbed the early lead before points leader Ken Sandberg pulled alongside the young driver. They raced side by side until Sandberg muscled his way by and into the lead. The Thompson racing duo of Stan and Alex followed, dropping Hofer back to fourth. Hofer then felt pressure from behind from Aiden Wagner. With three laps to go, Aiden Wagner passed Tanner Hofer for fourth where he would finish. Stan Thompson held off Alex Thompson for second while Ken Sandberg cruised to his ninth straight victory in a row at Dacotah Speedway. 


Outside pole sitter, Braydee Hanson, passed Eugene Halvorson for the lead in the Hobby Stock feature. Hanson pulled away quickly as Jeremy Herr challenged Josh Roehrich for second place. It looked like Hanson would drive away with the win but a caution with five laps to go erased his large lead over the field. Cautions plagued the end of the feature but on the final restart, A.J. Davenport made contact with Roehrich and slipped by to take second. Davenport was all over Hanson’s rear bumper. The leaders took the white flag and driving down the backstretch, Davenport dove low under Hanson when a caution came out and ended the race. Scoring officials went back to the last completed lap and declared Braydee Hanson the winner over A.J. Davenport. Josh Roehrich finished third ahead of Jeremy Engelhardt and Chris Welk Jr. 


Nate Keena grabbed the lead in the INEX Legends feature. Keena led early as it was an exciting battle for second between Donavin Wiest, Drew Papke and Preston Martin. A series of mid-race cautions regrouped the field and on the final restart, Papke shuffled into second and challenged Keena for the lead. Papke struggled to get around Keena and the two drivers raced side by side for several laps. Late in the race, Papke got a run off turn two and with the momentum down the backstretch, dove low under Keena and took the lead with two laps to go. Papke led the final two laps to win his second feature victory in a row, his third of the season at Dacotah Speedway. Nate Keena, who led most of the race, had to settle for second. Brandon Anderon made a late race run to the front to finish third ahead of Donavin Wiest. Dauntae Martin held off his brother, Preston Martin to round out the top five. 


Nathan Speten and John Feist battled for the lead in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Feist grabbed the lead but had his hands full with a speedy Hunter Domagala. On lap two, Domagala quickly took the lead and pulled away as Feist lost positions to John Weber and Kyle Anderson. Weber and Anderson raced hard for second allowing Zach Frederick to catch them and make it a three car battle. Frederick shuffled into the second position and quickly reeled in Domagala for the lead. With seven laps to go, Domagala got tight off turn two allowing Frederick to slip by down low. Domagala tried real hard to chase down Frederick. When the checkered flag waved, Zach Frederick was victorious at Dacotah Speedway over Hunter Domagala. Kyle Anderson finished third as Matt Dosch made a last lap pass on John Weber to take fourth. 


Jamestown’s Scott Garter led from the pole in the IMCA Modified feature. As Gartner stretched his lead over second place Crist Pittenger, Marlyn Seidler cracked the top five after starting eighth. Seidler passed Chris Welk for fourth and when Michael Hartigan got loose, Seidler slipped by for third place as well. Wasting no time, Seidler quickly caught and passed Crist Pittenger for second and set his sights on the leader, Gartner. Once Seidler caught Gartner, Seidler struggled to get around the young driver. Switching his line to the highside, Seidler found some extra speed to get around Gartner and take the lead on lap 10. Seidler pulled away as Gartner had his hands full with a speedy Zach Frederick and Jeremy Keller. It was a three car battle before Keller slipped by to take second. As the laps wound down, Seidler started to catch lapped traffic but it didn’t slow him down any. Marlyn Seidler pulled away to win his second feature victory in a row at Dacotah Speedway. Jeremy Keller, who started 10th, finished a distant second. Zach Frederick finished third ahead of Shawn Strand. Crist Pittenger finished a season best of fifth place. 

The Mandan Dirt Series returns next Friday, May 28th presented by OK Automotive.

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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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