June 16 Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 6/18/2017 6:39:53 PM

Dacotah Speedway hosted night two of the Dakota Legends Tour on Friday, June 16. INEX Legend drivers from all over North Dakota and Minnesota came to race on the high banks of Dacotah Speedway.

Berg Continues Winning Streak in Sport Compacts
Bismarck natives Andy Reed an
d Ken Sandberg started on the front row of the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Points leader Jason Berg went from fifth to first to take the lead on lap two. Chase Schlafmann, who started fourth, shuffled into second and kept pace with leader. As Berg and Schlafmann distanced themselves from the field, Craig Kastner was reeling Alex Thompson for third. Thompson got tight out of turn two, allowing Kastner to peek his nose underneath Thompson. When Thompson got tight again out of turn four, Kastner slipped by for third with two laps to go. Jason Berg extended his points lead as he led all 10 laps to win his fourth feature win. Chase Schlafmann had to settle for second as Craig Kastner finished a career best of third place. Alex Thompson finished fourth as Ken Sandberg crossed the Open Road Honda finish line fifth.

Gartner Brings the Crowd to their Feet with Controversial Win
There was contact between pole sitter Todd Hoff and outside pole sitter Brandon Anderson as the green flag waved in the Hobby Stock feature. Mandan’s John Gartner Jr slipped by and into the lead before Hoff spun on lap two, bringing out the caution. On the restart, Curt Michaelsohn and Jeremy Engelhardt challenged Gartner Jr for the lead. Gartner Jr shut the door as Dylan Sandberg and Nathan Messer found speed along the high side of thetrack. Sandberg and Messer blew by Gartner and grabbed the lead on lap seven. A series of late race cautions hurt Sandberg as he was bumped out of the lead on the final restart with four laps to go. Gartner timed the restart perfectly and shuffled into the lead with three laps to go as Messer challenged for the win. Gartner held on to win his first feature victory of the season at Dacotah Speedway. Nathan Messer finished second as Curt Michaelsohn narrowly edged Josh Roehrich for third. Points leader Jeremy Engelhardt rounded out the top five.

Michaelsohn Earns First Career Dacotah Speedway Victory
When the green flag waved in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, Jodie Michaelsohn of Aberdeen, SD grabbed the lead from pole sitter Kyle Zittleman. Michaelsohn looked like he was going to pull away when he suddenly got tight out of turn two, allowing Shawn Volk to quickly catch him. Michaelsohn found his rhythm again and started to distance himself from the field while Todd Carter of Lisbon, ND challenged Allan Frederick for fourth. Carter quickly passed Allen Frederick and now Allen had his hands full with his son, Zach. Allan and Zach Frederick raced side by side for fifth before Zach blew an engine with seven laps to go. Meanwhile, Carter continued his march tothe front by passed Matt Dosch for third and quickly catching Volk for second.A caution with two laps to go was the last thing Michaelsohn wanted to see as Volk and Carter would be right on his rear bumper on the restart. Carter dove low on the restart and looked under Michaelsohn for the lead but Michaelsohn pulled away once again to lead all 20 laps and win his first career feature win at Dacotah Speedway. Todd Carter finished second ahead of Matt Dosch. Shawn Volk finished fourth while Allan Frederick finished in fifth place. 

Wolla Survives Late Race Cautions to Win Third Feature Victory
Jordan Huettl and Quentin Kinzley split pole sitter Chad Hausauer on the start of the IMCA Modified feature. They briefly battled for the lead before Huettl claimed the top spot. Kinzley tried to hold off Jason Wolla for second but Wolla powered by on the bottom to take second place. Wolla quickly caught and passed Huettl to take the lead on lap three. Huettl and Kinzley faded quickly as they lost valuable track position to Mark Dahl, Marlyn Seidler and Tracy Domagala. A caution on lap nine regrouped the field and on the restart, Seidler looked low under Wolla but Wolla shut the door. Seidler now had his hands full with Domagala. Another caution with three laps to go setup a green-white-checkered shootout. On the restart, Shawn Strand slipped by Domagala for third as Wolla pulled away to win his third feature of the year at Dacotah Speedway. Marlyn Seidler finished a season best of second place while Shawn Strand finished third. Tracy Domagala crossed the finish line fourth while Mark Dahl rounded out the top five.

Estenson Finds Victory Lane in First Race at Dacotah Speedway
Wishek’s Donavin Wiest started on the pole for the INEX Legends feature but it was Steven Kuntz who grabbed the lead when the green flag waved. Tim Estenson and Nate Keena battled for second as Donavin Wiest lurked in fourth. Keena slipped by Estenson early but Estenson found speed on the high side. Estenson rallied back to retake second and quickly catch Kuntz for the lead. They briefly battled for the lead before Estenson took the lead on lap 10. Seeing the speed Estenson found, Wiest moved up the track as well. Wiest quickly passed Kuntz and Kenna to take second. Late race lapped traffic allowed Wiest to catch Estenson but Estenson held on to win his first race at Dacotah Speedway. Wiest finished second while points leader Troy Hoff finished third. Steven Kuntz finished fourth while Andrew Jochim came home fifth. 

Join us this Friday, July 7th for the Mandan Dirt Series presented by RDO Equipment.

Gates open at 6:00pm, racing starts at 7:00pm. 
Fans can purchase advanced, discount tickets at select Cenex locations in Bismarck, Mandan and Lincoln. 

Dacotah Speedway is a high-banked, three-eighths-mile clay oval located at 2500 Longspur Trail, just to the south of Memorial Highway, Mandan, ND.

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