Abrahamson and Walton Lead Winners at Sheyenne; Peterson Picks Up Win at Casino
Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon resumed action Sunday night. Because of parental duty I didn’t make it but here are a few thoughts on the results
A solid 59-car field signed in to compete in five classes and looking at the pictures. The one head scratcher for me is the lower car counts in the Wissota Midwest Modifieds at Sheyenne. Only eight competed on Sunday; that is the most populous class at a lot of tracks. Hopefully that rebounds in the weeks ahead.
The first-ever appearance of the NLSA Lightning Sprints highlighted the night, and a good 12-car field signed in. I always get a little nervous car-count wise when a new class visits a track — considering the non-winged sprints only bought six cars to Norman County Raceway and Red River Valley Speedway last weekend. The lightning sprints will be at NCR and RRVS this week.
Two interesting names in the lightning sprints jumped out at me. One is Dev Malmlov of Moorhead; Malmlov is a long-time modified competitor in the region. He had a car, the No. 21 Miller High Life car, that was still one of the nicest mods I’ve ever seen. Another is former modified pilot Patrick Brejcha of Wahpeton, who raced for several years at Buffalo River Race Park.
Josh Abrahamson of Moorhead picked up the lightning sprint win over Alex Truscinski of Greenbush, Minn. Kelsi Pederson, the daughter of East Grand Forks late model driver Joey Pederson, was third. Abrahamson was the 2018 season champ in the lightning sprints at Buffalo River Race Park
It might be time to start thinking of putting a bounty on Jonny Carter, the four-time defending track champion at Sheyenne. He is 3-for-3 at Sheyenne in the Wissota Street Stocks this season. In nine starts this year, Carter has seven wins. Matthew Lesmeister had a good second place run, followed by The Old Man, Jerry Lamb of Lisbon, who finished third for the second time this weekend. Dan Aberle of Finley was fourth and Kyle Anderson of Jamestown fifth. A really solid 14-car field was on hand in the streets.
Bo Gregor of Lisbon picked up his second win in the Pure Stocks of the season, and he likely will be the car to beat at Sheyenne this season. Jordan Sours was second and Zack Nord, the Week 2 winner, was third.
There have been three different winners in two classes this season — the Mini Stocks and Wissota Midwest Modifieds. Former track champion Nate Reinke picked up the midwest modified win over his brother, Zach. Jared Wibstad of Jamestown had a good run, taking third.
Neil Walton of Englevale maneuvered through the field to pick up the Mini Stock win, becoming the third different winner in the class this season at Sheyenne. Matt Bogart of Milnor, who won the opening night show at Lisbon, finished second. Dalton Aabrekke of Lisbon was third, Chase Golliet of Fargo fourth and Gavin Walton of Engelvale fifth.
Tyler Peterson Wins at Casino Speedway
Congrats to Tyler Peterson of Hickson for picking up the Wissota Modified win on Sunday at Casino Speedway in Watertown, S.D. It was Peterson’s first win of 2019; I know he has been hungry for one after a start to the season that was not what he wanted to be. An excellent 24-car field took the green in the modifieds.
Kyle Dykhoff of Starbuck finished second in the Wissota Midwest Modified feature while Justin Vogel of Brooten finished fourth in the Wissota Street Stock feature.
An excellent 98-car field competed in five classes at Casino.