August 21st - Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 8/24/2015 7:46:11 PM
Dacotah Speedway hosted the 7th Annual Drive to Survive on Friday, August 21st.  The day started at the Bismarck Cancer Center where nearly 20 Dacotah Speedway regular drivers brought their race cars down for a special meet and greet. The fun continued at the race track where several amazing items were auctioned off before several drivers strapped on some high heeled shoes for a stiletto race. All proceeds raised were donated back to the Bismarck Cancer Center for continued breast cancer research.

After dominating her heat race, breast cancer survivor, Nylee DiMeo made an epic return back to the track in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Jason Berg, who helped prepare DiMeo's car for the race, took the lead from pole sitter Tom Dworshak. Berg pulled away from the field as Chance Seelye slipped by Dworshak for second, bringing points leader Josh Roehrich with him. They raced side by side for several laps before Roehrich completed the pass for second with five laps to go. As Roehrich started to slowly reel in Berg for the lead, he got off the backstretch and dropped to third with two laps to go. Berg dominated the feature and led all 10 laps to win back-to-back feature victories and his third of the season. Chance Seelye finished second as points leader Josh Roehrich settled for third. Kody Stoxen held off Brandon Anderson for fourth.

Outside pole sitter Brent Schlafmann took the lead from pole sitter Crist Pittenger in the IMCA Modified concy. Only the top four would transfer in the 12 lap concy. As Schlafmann started to pull away, a caution on lap three regrouped the field. On the restart, Schlafmann pulled away again as Dylan Barnhardt passed Justin Medler and Russ John for second. John then fell into the clutches of Minot's Shawn Anderson. It was a brief battle as Anderson took the fourth and final transfer position with six laps to go. As the laps wound down, Medler reeled in Barnhardt for second. Medler threw his car hard into turns three and four but slid up and into Barnhardt to take second with three laps to go. The spun out cars of Chris Barros and Chris Welk ended the concy under caution as Schlafmann led all 12 laps to win. Justin Medler held off Dylan Barnhardt for second as Shawn Anderson finished fourth in the final transfer position.  *Justin Medler and Dylan Barnhardt were disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct after the conclusion of the IMCA Modified concy. Russ John and Quentin Kinzley, who finished fifth and sixth respectively, transferred to the feature.

Jamestown's Josh Anderson powered into the lead in the Hobby Stock feature. However, cautions plagued the start of the feature before the drivers calmed down. On the fourth restart on lap six, John Gartner Jr. looked low under Anderson for the lead. Third place and points leader Wyatt Rath-Wald took it three wide but Anderson held onto the lead. Rath-Wald shuffled into second, bringing Brent Vetter with him as Gartner Jr. slipped to fourth. Rath-Wald dove low under Anderson and into the lead with seven laps to go. Vetter looked low under Anderson and they briefly raced for second before Vetter took the position with five laps to go. Vetter was all over Rath-Wald's rear bumper as the checkered flag neared. He looked low under Rath-Wald but couldn't make the car stick. Wyatt Rath-Wald hung on to win his seventh feature victory at the Dacotah Speedway over Brent Vetter. Josh Anderson finished third as John Garnter Jr held off Josh Roehrich for fourth.

Pole sitter Jon Schumann led the first lap before Minot's Shane Williams powered into the lead on lap two in the INEX Legends feature. Schumann was quickly passed by Tom Wagner for second before Donavin Wiest slipped by for third. A caution on lap seven reset the field as Schumann got loose and spun in turn four. Troy Hoff raced side by side with Wagner as Wiest took it three wide for second on the restart. The points leader, Wiest, shuffled into second with five laps to go. Wiest was all over William's rear bumper and looked low under Williams for the lead. Caution with two laps to go set up a green-white-checkered shootout for the win. Wiest dove low under Williams on the restart and they raced door to door coming to the white flag. They continued to race side by side and as they came out of turn four and to the checkered flag. For the second week in a row, the two drivers were side by side at the Open Road Honda Finish Line. Shane Williams was declared the winner by just inches over Donavin Wiest. Troy Hoff finished third as Tom Wagner held off Paul Morman for fourth.

John Weber, from Linton, led from the pole in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. They were three wide behind him as John Feist, Jeremy Schmidt and Tanner Dosch battled for second. Schmidt shuffled into second as Chris Michaelsohn of Wishek passed Dosch and Feist for third. Schmidt had his hands full trying to hold off Michaelsohn while David Falkenstein passed Feist for fourth. A series of quick cautions put Schmidt and Michaelsohn on Weber's rear bumper but he pulled away once again on the third restart. Schmidt and Michaelsohn briefly raced for second but Schmidt held on and started closing on Weber. Schmidt was all over Weber's rear bumper with five laps to go but Weber had better drive off the corners. Caution with two laps to go would reset the field and when the green flag waved, Michaelsohn passed Schmidt for second and drove into the lead as he took the white flag. Michaelsohn led the final two laps to win back-to-back feature victories at the Dacotah Speedway. Scott Gartner who restarted fifth on the final restart finished second ahead of John Weber. Jeremy Schmidt and David Falkenstein rounded out the top five.

In the final feature of the night, Travis Ulmer led the field to the green flag in the IMCA Modified feature. After two complete restarts, Ulmer led the first lap before Drew Christianson blew by to take the lead on lap two. Caution on lap six would regroup the field and on the restart, Spencer Wilson passed Ulmer for third, bringing Jeff Taylor with him. Taylor quickly passed Wilson for second and reeled in leader Christianson. Taylor drove by Christianson to take the lead with 12 laps to go and he checked out on the field. Ulmer had his hands full with Shawn Strand and Jeremy Keller behind him. They battled hard for the fourth position for several laps. Lapped traffic helped Keller complete the pass on Strand with five laps to go and dive low under Ulmer the following lap. Strand was now all over Ulmer's rear bumper. As they took the checkered flag, Strand made a last lap pass on Ulmer to finish fifth. Jeremy Keller finished fourth behind third place Spencer Wilson. Drew Christianson finished a distant second behind feature winner Jeff Taylor, who picked up his third feature victory at the Dacotah Speedway.

Friday, August 28th is the 2015 Season Championship Night presented by Dakota Community Bank and Trust.

5pm – Pit gate opens.
6pm – Fan gate opens.
6:20pm – Draw cut off for all drivers.
6:40pm – Pit meeting at the infield scale, all drivers are to attend.

Adult admission is $11, 12 and under is FREE.  Advance, discount tickets are available at all Tri Energy Cenex locations in Mandan, Bismarck and Lincoln.

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