2021 Gov Cup Weekend Recap

Posted by D.S. 8/17/2021 1:08:27 PM


The IMCA Sport Compact feature kicked-off the 2021 North Dakota Governors Cup Auto Races. Defending track champion, Ken Sandberg wasted no time grabbing the lead when the green flag waved. However, Sandberg had pressure from behind from second place Stan Thompson. As Thompson struggled to get by Sandberg, it allowed third place Peder Dekrey to reel in Thompson. Dekrey passed Thompson for second on lap five but with two laps to go, Thompson retook the position. When the checkered flag waved, Ken Sandberg crossed the finish line first for the eighth time this year. Stan Thompson finished second ahead of Peder Dekrey. Alex Thompson finished fourth while Paul Schuh rounded out the top five. 


Pole sitter Josh Roehrich led the field to the green flag in the Hobby Stock feature. Roehrich led early as Daniel Kaseman and Curt Michaelsohn raced side by side for second. Points leader Jeremy Engelhardt made it a three car battle for second before a caution regrouped the field. On the restart, Roehrich and Engelhardt battled for the lead. They raced side by side for several laps before Engelhardt’s low line prevailed. As the laps wound down, Engelhardt pulled away to pick up the Night 1 feature victory. Chris Welk Jr made a late race charge to the front to finish second. Hazelton’s Mike Appert finished third ahead of Curt Michaelsohn while Jeremy Herr’s passed 12 cars to finish fifth. 


Gage Madler and Donavin Wiest started on the front row of the INEX Legends feature. Wiest quickly grabbed the lead before points leader Drew Papke took the point on lap three. A series of quick cautions reset the field early but Papke pulled away on each and every restart. As the checkered flag neared, the handling on Papke’s car started to go away. With two laps to go, the slightest bit of contact between Papke and Wiest allowed Wiest the room to slip by on the bottom. Donavin Wiest led the last two laps to win the feature victory over Drew Papke. Austin Wiest finished third while Nate Keena finished ahead of Preston Martin for fourth. 


After a complete restart, Bismarck’s Kelle Hoerner started on the pole for the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Outside pole sitter, John Weber, quickly passed Hoerner for the lead as Hoerner had his hands full with a speedy Matt Dosch. Unfortunately, cautions plagued the beginning of the feature. While under the third caution, race leader, Weber, had mechanical failures which ended his night early. Hoerner inherited the lead and on the restart, Jonny Carter slipped by to take the top spot. However, yet another caution would slow the field but unfortunately the drivers reached their time limit and race was called after four laps. Jonny Carter was declared the feature winner over Kelly Hoerner. Matt Dosch finished third while Hunter Domagala finished ahead of Shawn Colk for fourth.

Outside pole sitter, Mark Dahl, quickly took the lead from Jeremy Keller in the IMCA Modified feature. Dahl led early before an early lap five caution regrouped the field. On the restart, Keller was all over Dahl’s bumper. Using the high line around the speedway, Keller grabbed the lead on lap night. Jeremy Keller pulled away from the field as he went on to win his sixth feature victory of the season. Mark Dahl, who led early, had to settle for second place. Quentin Kinzley finished third while Spencer Wilson finished ahead of Marlyn Seidler for fourth place. 


Brendan Mullen led from the pole in the NOSA Sprint Car feature. By lap four, Mullen was already lapping traffic. However, a mid-race caution erased his lead over second place Greg Nikitenko. Mark Dobmeier quickly passed Nikitenko on the restart to take over the second position. Despite catching lapped traffic early, Dobmeier was not able to reel in the leader. Brendan Mullen led all 25 laps to dominate the feature. Mark Dobmeier held off Wade Nygaard for second. Greg Nikitenko crossed the finish line fourth while Jade Hastings, who started 13th, rounded out the top five. 

Aiden Wagner and Ken Sandberg raced side by side for the lead in the IMCA Sport Compact feature on night 2 of the North Dakota Governors Cup Auto Races. Making the slightest bit of contact, Sandberg grabbed the early lead but Wagner motored by a lap later. As Wagner pulled away, Sandberg had his hands full with Stan Thompson. They raced door to door for second for several laps as Alex Thompson lurked in fourth. Stan Thompson cleared Sandberg for second but could not run down Wagner. When the checkered flag waved, young Aiden Wagner picked up the feature victory over Stan Thompson. Ken Sandberg finished third as Paul Schuh made a late race pass over Alex Thompson to finish fourth. 


After two complete restarts, Asher Williams and Josh Roehrich battled for the lead in the Hobby Stock feature. Roehrich grabbed the lead, bringing Bill Hultberg with him. Williams found himself racing three wide with Jeremy Engelhardt and Dylan Sandberg. While racing into corner one, Williams and Engelhardt made contact and got tangled together off the track. They were able to continue but chances of victory for either driver were slim. Back up front, Roehrich had his hands full with Hultberg and Daniel Kaseman. Unfortunately, the feature was plagued with cautions and the race was cut four laps short. Josh Roehrich was declared the winner over Bill Hultberg. Daniel Kaseman, who started 12th, finished third ahead of Dylan Bitz and Paul Morman. 


Tommie Quenzer led the field to the green flag in the INEX Legends feature. Brandon Anderson, using the highline around the track, wasted no time grabbing the lead from Quenzer. Sean Johnson, quickly passed Quenzer as the young driver started to fade through the field, losing positions to Donavin Wiest, Preston Martin and Drew Papke. Johnson was all over Anderson’s rear bumper. On lap nine, Anderson got too high in corners one and two, allowing Johnson to slip by and take the lead. Sean Johnson had his car hooked up on the high line as he led the remaining 16 laps to win his first ever Dacotah Speedway victory over Brandon Anderson. Preston Martin finished third while Drew Papke held off Donavin Wiest for fourth place. 


In the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, Emily Mundahl and Jeremy Engelhardt led the field the green flag. Engelhard took the lead early as it was a thrilling battle for second between Mundahl and Wyatt Rath-Wald. Points leader, Hunter Domagala, who started sixth, carefully picked his way to the front. By lap four, Domagala passed Rath-Wald for second and set his sights on Engelhardt. Using the high line around the track, it quickly became a fierce battle for the lead. They raced door to door for several laps before Domagala motored by on lap nine. As the laps wound down, Jonny Carter started catching second place Engelhardt. Unfortunately, Carter ran out of time. When the checkered flag waved, Jeremy Engelhardt held off Jonny Carter for second. Todd Carter finished fourth ahead of Zach Frederick as Hunter Domagala picked up his fifth victory of the season. 


Points leader Jeremy Keller started on the pole for the IMCA Modified feature. Outside pole sitter quickly grabbed the lead but had his hands full with Keller. They raced side by side for several laps allowing third place Mark Dahl to catch the leaders. Strand cleared Keller for the lead, leaving Keller to fall into the clutches of Dahl. As they raced hard for second, the leader was starting to catch the rear end of the field. Strand struggled to negotiate his way through the lapped traffic, allowing Keller to retake the lead. But using the high line, Strand retook the lead with eight laps to go. As Keller’s tires started to fade, Dahl sliced and diced his way into the second position using lapped traffic as a pick. Mark Dahl pulled away from Jeremy Keller to finish second and win the Gov Cup Championship. Quentin Kinzley finished fourth ahead of Spencer Wilson while Shawn Strand crossed the finish line first. 


Picking up where he left off the night before, Brendan Mullen led early in the NOSA Sprint Car feature. Within a couple of laps, Mullen was already catching lapped traffic. As Mullen struggled in the slower traffic, second place Mark Dobmeier started to reel in the leader. Dobmeier’s run for the lead was cut short due to a mid-race caution. On the restart, Mullen pulled away but once he started catching the rear end of the field, Dobmeier started to cut into his lead. As the laps wound down, Mullen started to get into thicker lapped traffic. Coming to the white flag, Mullen got crossed up behind the slower cars, Dobmeier split the lapped traffic to race side by side into corner one with Mullen. Dobmeier slid up in front of Mullen only for Mullen to dive low and throw a last chance slider in corners three and four. Racing out of corner four and to the checkered flag, Dobmeier dove low under Mullen and they raced side by side for the win. Mark Dobmeier won the race by inches of Brendan Mullen. Nick Ranten finished third while Jade Hastings finished fourth. Wade Nygaard rounded out the top five. 

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