Legendary 50 - Results

Posted by Becca Rattei 7/19/2016 10:48:44 AM
The Dacotah Speedway hosted the Legendary 50 on Friday, July 15th. IMCA Modified drivers who raced at three of the six tracks on the Dakota Classic Modified Tour qualified for a chance to win a 10,001 dollar prize, the largest IMCA Modified feature payout in North Dakota history. When the green flag waved, 87 IMCA Modified drivers checked in.

After intermission, five IMCA Modified concys kicked off the night. Only the top three drivers would transfer to the feature. Polesitter Lucas Schott pulled away from the field in the first IMCA Modified concy as Aaron Turnbull tried to hold off Jay Noteboom for second. Turnbull started to pull away from Noteboom and reel in leader Schott but ran out of time as Lucas Schott led all 12 laps to win the first concy.

After winning the Dakota Classic Modified Tour championship the night before, Brookfield, Missouri's Hunter Marriott pulled away during the second concy. Ethan Dotson and John Corell cleared the gaggle of cars racing for fourth. A lap two caution gave Tyler Wagner the opportunity to pass Corell for third on the restart. Hunter Marriott pulled away and went on to win the concy. Ethan Dotson finished a distant second ahead of Tyler Wagner.

Steven Pfiefer passed Rusty Kollman on the outside at the start of the third concy, bringing Spencer Wilson with him. Mike Greseth who started 14th, passed Kollman for third but over drove turn three. A late race caution cost Kollman a shot of making the feature as he got bumped from behind, allowing Josh Eberhardt to slip by and finish third behind Spencer Wilson and concy winner Steven Pfiefer.

In the fourth concy, Cody Laney of Bakersfield, California pulled away as Marcus Tomlinson and Alex Stanford battled for second. Robert Hellebust and Jason Wolla made it a four car battle for second as they swapped positions several times before Tomlinson's car broke with three laps to go. On the restart, Stanford was slow on the restart, allowing Wolla and Hellebust to slip by. Cody Laney led all 12 laps to win the concy over Jason Wolla and Robert Hellebust.

Drew Christianson started on the pole for the fifth concy. Christianson led the first several laps before Lance Mari motored by to take the lead. Christianson then fell into the clutches of Tom Berry Jr. They briefly raced door to door until Berry Jr. took second with three laps to go. Lance Mari pulled away to win the concy over Tom Berry Jr. and Drew Christianson.

The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the support class for this big night of racing. Scott Olson started on the pole for the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. However, Olson bobbled on the start which allowed outside pole Eric Harpole to grab the lead when the green flag waved. Lisbon's Randy Klein battled Matt Brendel for second. They raced door to door for several laps before Klein cleared Brendel for second and quickly reeled in leader Harpole. Klein slipped by Harpole to take the lead on lap eight. Harpole now had to hold off a strong Zach Frederick and Frederick's low line around the track prevailed he took over second place with eight laps to go. Late race cautions regrouped the field but Klein pulled away each time. Points leader Matt Dosch, who started deep in the field, raced his way up to the fifth position to battle Brendel for fourth place. However, Dosch would have to settle for fifth. Eric Harpole, who led the first eight laps, finished third behind Zach Frederick and feature winner Randy Klein.

In the first ever Legendary 50, Shawn Strand and Travis Ulmer started on the front row for the 50 lap feature. Strand led from the pole before Mark Dahl grabbed the lead on lap two. Kelly Shryock challenged Strand for second before Ricky Thorton Jr passed both drivers. Thorton, who started ninth, quickly raced to the front and took the lead from Dahl on lap 12. As Thorton stretched his lead, Dahl had to hold off Shryock for second. As they battled, it allowed Hunter Marriott to catch them and make it a three car battle for second. Marriott shuffled into second place just before the caution flew for the mandatory pit stop. Drivers stopped on the front stretch as their pit crews added fuel and made adjustments. Teams had five minutes to do anything to their cars except change tires before returning to the track. When the green flag waved, Shryock quickly retook second place from Marriott and challenged Thorton for the win. They raced side by side for the final 20 laps. Thorton stuck to the high line and was very strong out of turns one and two but Shryock held strong along the low line in turns three and four. As they crossed the Open Road Honda finish line, Thorton narrowly held off Shryock by .219 of a second to win the Legendary 50 and $10,001. Hunter Marriott finished third ahead of Aaron Turnbull. Jason Wolla, who started 20th, charged to the front to finish fifth.
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