Anderson, Hainline Break Through at Sheyenne; Lee, Braseth, Thoreson Add Wins
Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon celebrated its 47th anniversary on Sunday with another strong field 86 cars in attendance. I had parental duty so couldn't make it in person but saw the action live online on watchdrc.tv and there was some pretty entertaining racing.
The track was tackier this week compared to the dry slick it had been the first few weeks. Kyle Anderson of Jamestown broke through for his first career street stock win while Justin Hainline of Lisbon held off a furious challenge from John Current to win his first career Mini Stock feature. Nick Thoreson, Cody Lee and Ryan Braseth also found victory lane for the first time this season at the 1/4-mile oval.
Matt Sandvig of Enderlin led the first few laps of the Pure Stock feature, but his night ended with a big puff of smoke in turns one and two. Nick Thoreson of Valley City took the lead after the restart.
I’m of the school of thought that it will take a pretty good, flawless performance to beat Lisbon's Bo Gregor in the Pure Stocks at Lisbon. Thoreson had that kind of race in his #69 car on Sunday. Gregor was on his tail for much of the night , but by the checkered, Thoreson had a few car-length lead. It is Thoreson’s first win of 2020; he had a second at Jamestown on Saturday.
Gregor is the season points leader with two wins already at Sheyenne, took second. I tell you Zach Nord of Enderlin and Dylan Steele of Jamestown waged quite a battle for third in what it seemed like the whole race. Nord held on for third with Steele, who already has a win at Jamestown, taking fourth. Jarod Klein of Jamestown had a nice run, taking fifth after starting 10th.
It was one of the craziest Wissota Street Stock features I’ve ever seen at Sheyenne. The track had some moisture to it and was fast, which was different than it had been the previous few weeks. Plus, you had pre-race favorites Jonny Carter and Todd Carter of Lisbon both DNF on the same night, which rarely happens at the 1/4-mile. Todd Carter ran in the top five much of the night but pulled in about midway through. Jonny Carter was looking to work through traffic after starting eighth but went off of turn three and was charged with a yellow and had to go to the rear. He later pulled off as well.
Daniel Aberle of Finley had a nice battle with Cory Rodin of Marion for the lead for several laps. However, Rodin got beside Aberle in turns one and two and looked to have a shot at the lead, but got loose and spun and hit a tractor tire; he was sent to the back.
The restart brought two new players into the mix — Kyle Anderson of Jamestown (pictured above) and Justin Vogel of Brooten, Minn., who won last week and is the 2018 Wissota Street Stock national champion (and was second to Jonny Carter in 2020).
Anderson was as motivated as anybody — he was seeking his first street stock feature win. He’d been second several times. He pushed hard on the bottom and got beside Aberle and actually led a completed lap — by one thousandths of a second — when the caution came out moments later. That gave Anderson the lead on the restart, and that was all that was needed for the #59 to reach victory lane. He was fired up after that one, too, and it was well deserved.
Vogel made a late pass over Aberle for second. Kasey Ussatis of Nome was battling in the top three but slide off the back stretch and lost several spots; he recovered to finish fourth. Rodin placed fifth.
Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes already has seven INEX Legends wins this season — including five in a row at area tracks. If you were a betting person you would have figured once he got the lead on Sunday that it was going to be win #8. Ryan Braseth of Ulen had other plans. After a late restart, Braseth made the pass of Wilke and took over the lead, and held off Wilke’s challenges for the win. It is second win of 2020 — he had won at NCR in Ada on June 4. He has also been a model of consistency as he has posted 10 top five finishes in a row, including two wins, and a second.
Wilke settled for second with Scott Richardson of Pelican Rapids, who led the race early, running a solid third. Sean Johnson of Kindred and Alex Braseth of Ulen rounded out the top five.
It was a night of redemption for Cody “The Cobra” Lee of Alexandria. Last week in the midwest modified feature, he was battling for the lead and tried a slider in turns three and four but didn’t clear the leader and there was contact, resulting in him being charged with the yellow. This week, a determined Cobra took the lead early from Mike Rohwedder of Aberdeen and led the rest of the way. He survived a late charge from Lucas Rodin of Marion, who already has a win at Sheyenne this season, as the #19 poked his nose underneath Lee late but didn’t have enough to make the pass. Nate Reinke of Lisbon picked up a solid third-place finish after starting ninth, while Charlie Christ of Jamestown ran in the top five all night and came home fourth. Jaren Wibstad of Jamestown picked up his second straight top five at Sheyenne, finishing fifth.
What a battle the Mini Stock feature turned into between Justin Hainline of Lisbon and John Current of Bemidji, a first-time visitor to Sheyenne this season. Current gave Hainline everything he could handle and they touched a few times, and had a couple of tense moments in lapped traffic. A caution came out late setting up a green-white-checkered finish, and Current made one last charge but couldn’t get buy as Hainline picked up the win. Kevin Youngquist of Barney was third, Devin Goulet of Fargo fourth and Pokey Lukes of Lisbon, last week’s winner, was fifth. Hainline, by the way, is the fourth different winner in four weeks in the Mini Stocks at Sheyenne.
—Haley Lee of Starbuck, who picked up her first career win at Sheyenne in the midwest modifieds in 2019, cannot catch a break lately. Sunday was her fifth DNF in a row. She did finish sixth at Sheyenne on May 31 and has run much better than her results indicated. Her luck has been terrible let’s hope it turns around soon.
—Corey Storck of Morris, who has two feature wins already at Sheyenne this season, had motor trouble in his heat and did not start the midwest modified feature. Another top contender, Randy Klein of Lisbon, had similar luck in his heat; his #88 machine was involved in a damaging crash that ended his night.
—Brody Carlsrud of Moorhead had bad luck for the second straight night. He blew a motor Saturday at Jamestown, and on Sunday was running for a likely top three finish, but lost his bumper. INEX rules do not let cars run without front bumpers so his night was ended.