Dacotah Speedway June 22nd Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 6/24/2018 1:13:48 PM

Despite potential rain in the forecast, fans filled the stands at Dacotah Speedway on Friday, June 22nd. Track officials and prep crews were able to keep the show moving quickly and steadily which allowed fans to see a complete racing program.

Kastner Returns to Victory Lane at Dacotah Speedway
Craig Kastner dove low into corners one and two to grab the lead from pole sitter Breanna Gartner in the Johnson's Wrecking IMCA Sport Compact feature. As Gartner started to fade through the pack, Kastner stretched his lead over the field. Second place Andy Reed had his hands full with a speedy Christopher Zenz. Zenz, who started ninth, passed Reed for second on lap two, bringing Seth Howe-Kellar with him. As the laps wound down, Reed started to fall into the clutches of Stan Thompson. With two laps to go, Reed and Thompson were side by side for fourth. Coming to the white flag, Thompson passed Reed for fourth. Andy Reed had to settle for the fifth position, behind fourth place Stan Thompson. Points leader Seth Howe-Kellar finished third while Christopher Zenz finished second behind feature winner Craig Kastner. The feature victory was Kastner’s second feature win of the season at Dacotah Speedway.


Michaelsohn Cashes in on Dacotah Speedway Bounty
Brandon Vetter started on the pole for the Drug and Alcohol Testing Network Dacotah Speedway Hobby Stock feature before outside pole Roy Erickson took the lead when the green flag waved. Erickson’s lead was short lived as Curt Michaelsohn grabbed the lead on lap two. As Michaelsohn started to distance himself from the field, points leader John Gartner Jr, Brent Vetter, A.J. Davenport and Dylan Sandberg battled for second. Gartner Jr, riding the high line around the track, challenged Vetter for second. They raced side by side until a caution on lap seven regrouped the field. On the restart, Vetter choose the outside starting lane, pinning Gartner to the bottom. On the restart, Gartner struggled on the bottom groove. While racing for third with Sandberg, they made contact resulting in Sandberg drifting too high off corner four with two laps to go. Dylan Sandberg held on to finish sixth behind fifth place A.J. Davenport. Nathan Messer, who started ninth, finished fourth while John Gartner snapped a six race winning streak to finish third. For the fourth week in a row, Brent Vetter finished second as Curt Michaelsohn led all but one lap in the feature to win the race. Michaelsohn earned an extra 150 dollars from Dacotah Speedway for snapping John Gartner Jr's winning streak.


Wiest Earns Third Win of the Season
Pole sitter Carson Dowling lead the field to the green flag in the Executive Air Taxi INEX Legends. Outside pole sitter, Dauntae Martin, quickly took the lead going into corners one and two. Hugging the guardrail around the bottom of the track, Donavin Wiest wasted no time racing from ninth to second. Wiest was all over Martin’s rear bumper before taking the lead on lap two. Wiest started to pull away but a caution with five laps to go reset the field. On the restart, Troy Hoff challenged Wiest for the lead. As they battled for the lead, Drew Papke closed in on the leaders using the high side of the track. A caution with two laps to go set up a green-white-checkered shootout for the win. Austin Wiest,who started 12th, looked low under Wiest on the restart. Donavin Wiest forcefully shut the door, causing contact between to the two drivers. As the checkered flag waved, Donavin Wiest held on to win his third feature victory over Austin Wiest. Troy Hoff finished third ahead of Drew Papke while Dauntae Martin rounded out the top five.


Volk Muscles His Way into Victory Lane
After a complete restart in the Jiffy Lube Multicare WISSOTA Street Stock feature, Allan Frederick led from the pole. Allan Frederick quickly felt pressure from behind has a strong Shawn Volk who looked low for the lead. They briefly raced side by side for the lead until Volk took the lead on lap four. Points leader, Zach Frederick started to reel in his father, Allan for second. A series of short cautions gave Zach Frederick the opportunity pass Allan Frederick for second and challenge Volk for the lead. Frederick using the high line around the track, passed Volk for the lead with nine to go. Volk held strong on the bottom. As the laps wound down, Volk was all over Zach Frederick’s rear bumper. With three laps to go, Zach Frederick and Volk made contact, pushing Frederick up the track. Volk pulled along side Frederick to narrowly grab the lead as the white flag waved. Frederick through his car in hard into the corners but as the checkered flag waved, Shawn Volk won by inches over Zach Frederick at the finish line. Geoff Hellman, who started 18th, finished third while John Feist held off Brad Kadrmas for fourth.


Wolla Picks Up Feature Victory at Dacotah Speedway
Crist Pittinger and Travis Peery started on the front row for the IMCA Modified feature. Peery took the lead early but felt pressure from behind from Travis Olheiser. They briefly raced side by side until Olhesier grabbed the lead on lap three, bringing Jason Wolla with him. An early caution regrouped the field and on the restart, Wolla flew by Olheiser to take over the top position. Wolla started to pull away from the field as Peery lost the third position to Jeremy Keller. A caution with 14 laps to go erased Wolla’s large lead. Keller passed Olheiser on the restart and held strong with Wolla for the top spot. As the laps wound down, Shawn Strand and Tom Berry Jr started to close in on Keller. As the checkered flag waved, Marlyn Seidler finished fifth while Tom Berry Jr made a last lap pass on Shawn Strand to grab the third position. Jeremy Keller finished a season best of second behind feature winner, Jason Wolla.

Join us next Thursday, July 12th for Championship Night of the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour.

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