Oktoberfest Recap

Posted by Becca Rattei 9/30/2019 11:02:02 AM
Race fans, drivers and pit crews braved a chilly September evening for a rare Fall racing special. Night 1 of Oktoberfest kicked off at Dacotah Speedway on Friday, September 27th. Drivers filled the pits as fans packed the grandstands for an evening of hot racing action. 


Craig Kastner started on the pole for the IMCA Sport Compact feature. When the green flag waved, Kastner and outside pole sitter Braydee Hanson briefly battled for the lead. Kastner pulled away but the battle for third was heating up between Nathan Mundahl and Peder Dekrey. As they raced hard, it allowed fifth place Andy Reed to close in. It was now a three car battle for third place. As the checkered flag waved, Andy Reed just narrowly edged Nathan Mundahl and Peder Dekrey for third place. Braydee Hanson had to settle for second as Craig Kastner broke into Dacotah Speedway victory lane for the first time this season.



The 2019 track champion, A.J. Davenport, led the field to the green flag in the Hobby Stock feature. Davenport was quickly passed by the outside pole sitter, John Gartner Jr. Gartner led the first six laps until bad luck struck when the leader lost a wheel going down the front stretch. That handed the lead over to second place Dylan Sandberg. On the restart, Sandberg and Davenport raced hard for the lead. Unfortunately, cautions plagued the feature race which surpassed their time limit. The race was called three laps short and track officials declared Dylan Sandberg the feature winner over A.J.Davenport. Chad Hausauer finished third ahead of Cody Hulse and Chris Rangeloff.



Zach Frederick and Brady Bjella started on the front row for the IMCA Sport Mod feature. Frederick’s large lead was quickly erased by an early race caution. On the restart, Frederick pulled away once more as Scott Jacobson and Kelly Jacobson battled for second. As they raced hard, it allowed Robby Rosselli to make it a three car battle. Rosselli passed Kelly Jacobson but continue to battle Scott Jacobson for second. With a handful of laps to go, Rosselli cleared Scott Jacobson for second. As the laps wound down, Rosselli started to cut down Frederick’s lead but ran out of time. Zach Frederick led all 20 laps to win in dominating fashion. Robby Rosselli finished second ahead of Scott Jacobson. Luke Krogh made a last lap pass to finish fourth over Scott Jacobson.



It was a three car battle for the lead in the INEX Legends feature. Donavin Wiest quickly shuffled into the lead but had his hands full with a fast Preston Martin and Nate Keena. Using the high line around the track, Keena passed Martin for second and challenged Wiest for the lead. While the leaders raced door to door, it allowed the 2019 track champion, Drew Papke, to make it a three car battle for the win. Papke passed Keena for second and was all over Wiest’s rear bumper. With six laps remaining, Papke passed Wiest for the lead, bringing Keena with him. Wiest then fell into the clutches of fourth place Austin Wiest. When the checkered flag waved, Austin Wiest passed Donavin Wiest for third place. Nate Keena finished a season best of second place behind feature winner Drew Papke. Preston Martin rounded out the top five.



It was a familiar sight in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature.When the green flag waved, it was a battle for the lead between Jonny Carter and Todd Carter of Lisbon, ND. A series of early cautions regrouped the field but on the restart on lap nine, Jonny Carter pulled away as Todd Carter tried to hold off 2019 track champion, John Weber. Todd Carter cleared Weber and started to reel in the leader, Jonny Carter. As the leaders raced for the lead in lapped traffic, a slow car spun in front of the leaders with a handful of laps to go. On the final restart of the race, Jonny Carter pulled away as Todd Carter had his hands full with Weber once again. Todd Carter held off Weber but could not chase down Jonny Carter. Todd Carter finished a respectable second ahead of John Weber. Kyle Anderson finished fourth while Royce Jawaski held off Shawn Volk at the finish line for fifth place. Jonny Carter led all 20 laps to win the feature and clinch the WISSOTA Street Stock National Championship.



After two complete restarts, Marlyn Seidler led from the pole in the Tri-City IMCA Modified Series feature. It was the final race in the six race series. Shawn Strand quickly passed outside pole sitter, Travis Olheiser for second and reeled in Seidler. However, Seidler started to pull away midway through the feature. As Seidler started to catch lapped traffic,Strand erased Seidler’s large lead once again. They raced side by side through lapped traffic, but Seidler used the slower traffic to his advantage to hang onto the lead. However, with seven laps to go, Strand reeled Seidler back in for a late race challenge for the win. They raced side by side for the lead once more but this time, Strand was able to complete the pass. With five laps to go, Strand started to pull away. When the white flag waved, third place Austin Arneson had mechanical problems as he was forced his take his car to the pits prematurely. When the checkered flag waved for the final time this season,it was Shawn Strand who found victory lane for the second time in 2019. Although he led most of the race, Marlyn Seidler had to settle for second place. Brad Hartigan just narrowly edged Travis Ohleiser for third while Travis Tooley held off Jeremy Keller for fifth.

*After the conclusion of the IMCA Modified feature, officials disqualified third place Brad Hartigan for being too light. 

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