Governor's Cup Night 2 Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 8/6/2016 8:27:08 AM

Night two of the 26th Annual North Dakota Governor's Cup gave race fans the opportunity to see sprint cars at the Dacotah Speedway on Saturday, July 30th. It had been many years since sprint cars last raced and they put on a great show for fans.


A 12 lap IMCA Sport Compact feature started the night after intermission. Kody Stoxen, racing part-time, led from the pole as Chance Seelye followed in second. Dylan Sandberg and Chase Schlafmann battled for third.Schlafmann completed the pass and quickly caught and passed Seelye for second. Schlafmann started closing in on the leader as Seelye and Josh Roehrich made contact racing for third, allowing Shane Williams to slip by. Williams, the fastest car on the track, quickly caught Schlafmann and gave him a bump to move into second place. However, Williams ran out of time as Kody Stoxen led all 12laps to win the feature. Schlafmann finished third ahead of Josh Roehrich.Racing to the checkered flag, Sandberg and Jason Berg make contact with fifth place Seelye. As they crossed the Open Road Honda finish line, Dylan Sandberg edged Jason Berg and Chance Seelye for fifth. Schlafmann's third place finishwas enough to clinch the North Dakota Governor's Cup Championship.


Cautions came early and often in the Hobby Stock feature.Brent Vetter led from the pole as Wyatt Rath-Wald quickly grabbed second from Jeremy Engelhardt. Engelhardt rallied back to retake second and challenge forthe lead before a caution reset the field. Engelhardt dove low under Vetter on the restart but Rath-Wald slipped by both drivers to grab the lead before a second caution slowed the pace. Rath-Wald started to pull away from the field but a caution on the restart lined the field back up. On a single file restart,Vetter dove low under Rath-Wald but Rath-Wald held on to the lead before the fifth caution regrouped the field. Track officials warned drivers the next caution would end the race. On the restart, Rath-Wald and Vetter raced side by side for the win. However, the race would end early when Curt Michaelsohn spun while racing for fourth. Points leader Wyatt Rath-Wald held on to win the feature over Brent Vetter. Nathan Messer finished third ahead of Josh Roehrich and Charlie Christ. Vetter who finished second on night one and finished second on night two, was declared the North Dakota Governor's Cup Champion.


After a complete restart in the INEX Legends feature, Donavin Wiest passed pole sitter Steven Kuntz for the lead. As Troy Hoff and Andrew Jochim raced side by side for second, it allowed Shane Williams to quickly catch and pass them for second. Williams reeled in Wiest and to take the lead on lap five. It was a three car battle for second between Wiest, Hoff and Jochim. Jochim dove low under Wiest but suddenly lost power driving down the backstretch with five laps to go. Hoff was all over Wiest's rear bumper as the checkered flag neared. Switching up his line, Hoff looked to the outside of Wiest and they raced side by side with two laps to go. Coming to the Open Road Honda finish line, Hoff just narrowly edged Wiest to finish second behind feature winner Shane Williams. Casey Martin held off  Tom Wagner and Preston Martin for fourthplace. Williams, who won both nights, locked up the North Dakota Governor's CupChampionship.


Josh Olheiser and Chris Michaelsohn raced side by side for the lead in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Michaelsohn cleared Olheiser for the lead before a caution on lap six regrouped the field. As Michaelsohn pulled away on the restart, it was a four car battle for third between Matt Brendel,Eric Harpole, Shawn Volk and Zach Frederick.They raced hard for many laps until a caution with seven to go reset the field. Michaelsohn and Olheiser raced door to door on the restart when yet another caution slowed the pace. On therestart, Olheiser had his hands full with Brendel and Frederick. Brendel grabbed second with four laps to go as Olheiser tried to hold off Frederick and John Weber. They raced three wide for third until a caution with two laps to go set up a green-white-checkered finish. Once again, Chris Michaelsohn pulled away on restart and went on to sweep both nights of the North Dakota Governor's Cup to win the Championship. Matt Brendel finished second while Josh Olheiser finished third. Zach Frederich and Shawn Volk rounded out the top five.


Minot, North Dakota's Drew Christianson grabbed the lead from pole sitter Jeremy Keller in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Mark Dahl,who started fifth quickly passed Keller for second and brought Mike Greseth and Jason Grimes with him. Early cautions gave Mark Dahl the opportunity to take the lead from Christianson on lap seven. As Dahl started to distance himself from the field, Greseth passed Christianson for second. Despite falling to fourth, Keller worked his way back to the front, passing Christianson for third and retaking second from Greseth. A restart with 11 laps to go, allowed Grimes to look low under Tracy Domagala for fifth. When Domagala drifted up the track,Grimes and Spencer Wilson slipped by but made contact and Domagala retook the position before the caution flag waved. On the restart, Keller stayed on Dahl'srear bumper but could not complete the pass for the win. Dahl won both IMCA Modified races to win the North Dakota Governor's Cup Championship. Mike Greseth finished third as Drew Christianson finished fourth. Tracy Domagala held off Jason Grimes to finish fifth.


The North Dakota Governor's Cup ended with sprint cars.Thomas Kennedy of Winnipeg, Manitoba started on the pull and quickly pulled away from the field. Kennedy's three second lead was erased when a caution on lap four regrouped the field. A series of quick cautions regrouped the field.On the fourth restart, Dave Glennon passed Tyson Turnbull for second. Kennedy,who was the fastest car on track, quickly started catching lapped traffic.Kennedy made contact with the lapped car of Brandon Rekow but was able to continue. Glennon cut into Kennedy's lead but Kennedy maneuvered through the lapped traffic better. Thomas Kennedy led all 20 laps to win the feature and the North Dakota Governor's Cup Championship. Dave Glennon held off Tyson Turnbull at the finish line for second. Ryder Olson of Ray, North Dakota finished fourth while Greg Nikitenko finished fifth. 


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