Iron Man Weekend Recap

Posted by D.S. 6/7/2021 10:06:01 AM
Fan and drivers survived sweltering temperatures but the only thing hotter than the weather was the racing on the track


Casey Arneson and Quentin Kinzley led the field to the green flag in the 100 lap, $5000 to win Iron Man 100. Arneson grabbed the lead as Kollin Hibdon passed Kinzley for second. Hibdon challenged Arneson for the lead but struggled to get around the Fargo driver. Arneson led the first 50 laps before a mandatory caution halted the race and allowed drivers and teams to add fuel. On the restart, third place Jeremy Keller powered by Arneson for the lead bringing Spencer Wilson with him. Arneson retook second as Marlyn Seidler passed Hibdon for fourth. As the laps wound down, Hibdon passed Seidler for third as Arneson started to reel Keller in for the lead. Bad luck would strike Arneson as he blew a tire with 25 laps to go. On the restart, Hidbon was all over Keller’s rear bumper. With 20 laps remaining, Hibdon slipped by and started to pull away over Keller. Kolllin Hibdon would not only survive 100 laps, but all the extreme heat, to win the Iron Man 100. Jeremy Keller finished second ahead of Marlyn Seidler. Casey Arneson drove through the field to finish fourth while Mark Dahl rounded out the top five.


Robby Rosselli grabbed the early lead in the IMCA Sport Mod feature on Night 2 of the Iron Man 100. Erik Laudenschlager, who started sixth, wasted no time going to the front as he challenged Rosselli for the lead. They briefly raced side by side until Laudenschlager slipped by to take the lead on lap five. Rosselli then fell into the clutches of third place Luke Krogh. Krogh passed Rosselli for second and set his sights on the leader, Laudenschlager. The battle for the lead was heating up as the two drivers were running side by side when a mechanical failure on Krogh’s car left him sitting on the frontstretch with eight laps to go. On the restart, Laudenschlager pulled away as Rosselli and Philip Keller battled for second. They raced door to door for several laps until Keller slipped by with five laps to go. When the checkered flag waved, Philip Keller finished second ahead of Robby Rosselli. Brady Bjella finished fourth while Cole Hanshew, who spun out early in the race, rebounded to finish fifth while Erik Laudenschlager took home the victory. 


There was a bounty on the IMCA Sport Compact driver of Ken Sandberg. If a driver could snap Sandberg’s 10 race winning streak, they would take home an extra $310 dollars. Minot’s Aiden Wagner started on the pole and pulled away when the green flag waved. It was a thrilling battle for second between Tanner Hofer, Alex Thompson, Stan Thompson and Ken Sandberg. Stan Thompson shuffled into the second position bringing Sandberg with him. Cautions plagued the feature race as they came early and often. On the final restart, Wagner pulled away once more as Stan Thompson and Sandberg battled for second. While racing hard, Sandberg got too high off turn two, dropping him out of the top five. Aiden Wagner led all 12 laps to win over Stan Thompson. Ken Sandberg came back to finish third ahead of Skyler Gross and Brandan Grover.

*** After the conclusion of the IMCA Sport Compact feature, Aiden Wagner was disqualified for having his transponder in the wrong spot. Although it is not a rule in the IMCA Sport Compact rule book, it is a Dacotah Speedway track rule. Officials declared Stan Thompson the feature winner. Thompson then took the bounty money and donated the money to Aiden Wagner’s Kid Racing for a Cause fundraiser to help raise awareness of suicide prevention.


Six Hobby Stocks took to the track to do battle in the Hobby Stock feature. A.J. Davenport started on the pole as Nathan Mundahl and Braydee Hanson raced hard for second. John Gartner Jr lurked in fourth and as the laps wound down, Gartner was all over Hanson’s rear bumper. While racing hard, Gartner got off the track on the backstretch allowing Kasey Powers to slip by for fourth. A caution late in the race grouped the field on the restart, Hanson passed Mundhal for second. Hanson challenged Davenport for the lead while trying to get around the former track champion, Mundahl retook the second position with two laps to go. A.J. Davenport held on to win the race over Nathan Mundahl. Braydee Hanson had to settle for third place while Kasey Powers finished fourth ahead of John Gartner Jr.


Mandan’s Kyle Zittleman led from the pole in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Zittleman had his hands full with a speedy Jason Berg from the start. As they raced for the lead, Zach Frederick quickly reeled them in and made it a three car battle. Using the low line around the track, Frederick took second place and challenged Zittleman for the lead. They raced door to door for several laps until Frederick slipped by at the halfway mark of the 40 lap feature event. Frederick started to pull away but with about 12 laps to go, Zittleman caught Frederick for the lead. But with 10 laps to go, Frederick pulled away once more. Zach Frederick survived the 40 lap feature event in near triple digit temperatures to win over Kyle Zittleman. Matt Dosch finished third while Jason Berg edged Barrett Berg at the line for fourth place. 


Drew Papke and Preston Martin battled for the lead in the INEX Legends feature. Cars were three wide behind them for third between Brandon Anderson, Nate Keena and Austin Wiest. Keena shuffled into the third position and quickly reeled in the leaders. A series of early cautions and one red flag halted the feature early in the race. On the restart, Keena grabbed the lead from Papke. As the leaders started catching lapped traffic late in the race, a battle for third was heating up between Wiest, Martin and Alex Kukowski. Kukowski slipped by Martin and challenged Wiest for third but ran out of time. Austin Wiest held off Alex Kukowski and Preston Martin for third place. Nate Keena, who came so close so many times this season, picked up the feature victory of second place Drew Papke. 


Casey Arneson and Kollin Hibdon started on the front row of the first IMCA Modified qualifying feature of the night. Arneson and Hibdon raced side by side for the lead before Arneson cleared the position. As Arneson started to distance himself from the field, Tom Berry Jr passed Hank Berry and Spencer Wilson for third place. A caution with 11 to go erased Arneson’s lead over the field. On the restart, Hibdon was all over Arneson’s rear bumper. With three laps to go, Hibdon dove low under Arneson and slid up the track in front of him to momentarily take the lead. Arneson challenged back to sliding back in front of Hibdon to retake the lead with two laps to go. They raced side by side with two laps to go. Coming to the white flag, Hibdon through it in hard but coming to the checkered flag, Casey Arneson hung on to win the qualifying feature over Kollin Hibdon. Tom Berry finished third while Spencer Wilson finished fourth ahead of Crist Pittenger. 


Jeremy Keller started on the pole in the second IMCA Modified qualifying feature. Keller had his hands full as he raced Quentin Kinzley side by side for the lead. Kinzley quickly grabbed the lead on lap three pulled away from the field. An early caution regrouped the field but once again, Kinzley pulled away on the restart. Marlyn Seidler, who started seventh, cracked the top five and passed Shawn Strand for fourth. Seidler wasted no time and passed Josh Eberhardt for third. With four laps remaining, Seilder picked off Keller for second. Unfortunately for the veteran driver, Marlyn Seidler ran out of time as he would have to settle for second place. Jeremy Keller finished third ahead of fourth place Josh Eberhardt. Shawn Strand would round out the top five while Quentin Kinzley cruised to victory at Dacotah Speedway. 

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