North Dakota Governors Cup Recap - Night 1

Posted by Becca Rattei 8/6/2020 9:19:27 AM

Race fans could not have asked for better weather for the prestigious North Dakota Govenors Cup Auto Races on Friday, July 31 & Saturday, August 1st. The historic double header weekend saw the return of the NOSA 410 Sprint Cars plus a special racing guest, former NASCAR driver, Kenny Wallace. Throughout the weekend, Wallace had several meet and greet appearances with the fans before piloting his #36 IMCA Modified.


On night 1, outside pole sitter Paul Schuh grabbed the lead from pole sitter Levi Ensz in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. An early caution regrouped the field and on the lap three restart, Schuh and Braydee Hanson battled for the lead. As Schuh cleared Hanson for the lead, Hanson had his hands full with third place Ken Sandberg. Sandberg slipped by Hanson and challenged Schuh for the lead before a debris caution late in the race set up a late race shootout. Unfortunately, the debris came from the leader, Schuh, which turned the lead over to Sandberg. As the laps wound down, Ken Sandberg pulled away to pick up his second feature victory of the season. Braydee Hanson settled for second ahead of Levi Ensz. Andy Reed finished fourth while Larry King rounded out the top five. 


Points leader John Gartner Jr led the Hobby Stock feature to the green flag. Gartner held onto the lead as Bill Hultberg and Brent Vetter battled for second. Hultberg started to fade through the field, losing positions to Curt Michaelsohn, Josh Roehrich and Chris Welk Jr. Vetter reeled in Gartner and they battled side by side for the win with five laps to go. As they raced for the win, it allowed Chris Welk to make it a three car battle. Contact between Vetter and Gartner cut a tire down on Vetter’s race car which resulted in Vetter spinning out on the front stretch with one lap to go. The race was cut one lap short and race officials declared Chris Welk the feature winner. Going back to the last completed lap, Brent Vetter finished second ahead of Curt Michaelsohn while John Gartner Jr edged Josh Roehrich for fourth. 


Casey Martin and Nate Keena led the field to the green flag in the INEX Legend feature. It quickly became a three car battle for the lead between Keena, Donavin Wiest and Drew Papke. Keena got too high in corner one, allowing Wiest and Papke to slip by. Wiest and Papke continued to race hard for the lead. With five laps to go, Papke passed Wiest for the lead but now had his hands full with lapped traffic. Wiest quickly fell into the clutches of third place Keena. When the checkered flag waved, points leader Donavin Wiest held off Nate Keena to finish second. Ivan Sailer, who started 10th, finished fourth ahead of fifth place Preston Martin. Drew Papke went on to lead the remaining laps to win the feature victory. 

Jamestown’s Spencer Johnson started on the pole along side points leader Hunter Domagala in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature. Domagala quickly grabbed the lead and pulled away from the field. Third place Jonny Carter reeled in second place Zach Frederick on lap nine. As Carter started to cut into Domagala’s lead, a battle for fourth place was shaping up between Kyle Anderson and Nathan Messmer. They raced hard for fourth place but when the checkered flag waved, Kyle Anderson held off Nathan Messmer for fourth. Zach Frederick finished third behind second place Jonny Carter as Hunter Domagala extended his points lead with a dominating feature victory. 


Pole sitter Jason Wolla quickly pulled away from the field in the IMCA Modified feature. Within a matter of a few laps, Wolla was already starting to catch lapped traffic in the back of the field. With six laps to go, the slow car of Andy Bargmann was trying to get out of Wolla’s way but in doing so, he forced Wolla off the frontstretch. Wolla took evasive action to avoid making contact with Bargmann and ended up spun out in turn one. The caution was charged to Bargmann and Wolla reclaimed the lead. Despite a late race restart, Jason Wolla pulled away once again to win the feature victory over Mark Dahl. Travis Olheiser finished third while Robert Hellebust, who started twelfth, finished a solid fourth. Shawn Strand rounded out the top five. 


The NOSA Sprint Cars made their return to Dacotah Speedway. Jordan Adams started on the pole but was quickly passed by Zach Omdahl when the green flag waved. Omdahl jumped to the early lead but once he started catching lapped traffic, second place Bob Martin started to reel him in. They battled for the lead despite racing in lapped traffic which allowed third place Brendan Mullen to catch them and make it a three car battle. Mullen shuffled into the lead on lap nine and pulled away. Omdahl slowly started to fade through the field and wound up settling for fifth place behind fourth place Wade Nygaard. Austin Pierce finished third behind Bob Martin while Brendan Mullen cruised to victory lane. 

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