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Big Rebel Mid Mod Finale Set for Sunday at Sheyenne

Perhaps the biggest-paying race in Sheyenne Speedway history is set for Sunday when the Rebel Midwest Modified Tour Finale takes place at the 1/4-mile oval in Lisbon. The midwest modifieds will run for at least $5,000 to win that night, and from my research (you can correct me if I’m wrong), it is the highest paying midwest modified event ever in the state of North Dakota.

This is not a tour points race — the points portion wrapped up on Aug. 7 at Sheyenne. This is designed as a way to provide a big exclamation point to celebrate the first year of the tour, which I would call a success. A big credit to Scott "Rebel" Bintz of Jamestown for backing the tour and being a driving force behind it; and to Benji Froemke who has put in a lot of hours organizing.

Without donations being included, it is at least $5,000 to win Sunday’s feature and $2,500 for second. It will be $200 to start. Donations were still being accepted and as of this writing, more than $1,800 has been collected. That money will be split through the drivers that make the big feature.

Each midwest modified will run a two-heat format with passing points. There will also be a full weekly payout for the non-qualifier feature (which will be run if there are 50 mid mods or more). The total payout is more than $20,000.

“The Rebel MW Mod 5k finale presented by RHR will bring the best Wissota MW Mod drivers in the nation to Sheyenne Speedway this Sunday to race for $5,000 to win,” Sheyenne Speedway co-promoter Benji Froemke said. “It’s the largest Midwest Mod payout in North Dakota history and it’s pretty darn cool event to bring to the small town of Lisbon.”

Lucas Rodin of Marion, who is third in the Wissota Midwest Modified national points, won the Rebel Midwest Mod Tour points title by 60 over Corey Storck of Morris. Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls was third, Jason Grimes of Jamestown fourth and Reise Stenberg of Argusville was fifth. Those five are significant because they will get a provisional, if needed, to the $5,000 to win race on Sunday. That is a reward for running the tour.

There is a $150 entry fee for drivers; however any driver that raced in at least five Rebel tour races gets in free, another reward for racing the tour. By my count, 18 drivers meet that criteria.

It’s going to be a busy night at Sheyenne as the four other regular classes will run as well — Wissota Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks and INEX Legends.

It will be hard to pick against Rodin at Sheyenne. He has four wins in eight starts at the 1/4-mile oval and has finished in the top five seven times. But I expect a strong field with a lot of contenders coming to town and maybe even some surprises. Without knowing who is all going to come down, it’s hard to throw out names.

Jaren Wibstad of Jamestown picked up his biggest career win on Aug. 7 at Sheyenne by winning the Rebel Midwest Mod Tour stop there.

Sunday should be a great show and I really encourage fans to check this out.

Wissota National Points

I mentioned Rodin is third in the Wissota Midwest Modified national points; he trails Watertown, SD driver Mike Nichols by 46. Hibbing driver Tyler Kinter is second, 30 points back.

Rodin picked up a win Thursday at Norman County Raceway, his 15th of the year. That SSR Chassis has been fast from the get-go in 2021. It’s an extremely competitive national points race with the top five drivers being separated by 78 points.

Shane Sabraski of Rice leads Tyler Peterson of Hickson by 27 points in the latest Wissota Modified standings. Each driver had 46 shows as of the latest running. Peterson is going full force after the title; he was third at Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wis., last night.

Shane Edginton of Winnipeg is third in the Wissota Late Model national points, trailing leader Cole Searing of Huron by 165.

Parker Anderson of Phillips, Wis., leads the Wissota Street Stock national points. He picked up win No. 29 on Friday at Red Cedar Speedway. He has 29 wins in 56 starts which is a dang good average. Anderson is the 2021 Steffes Street Stock Tour champion.

2018 Wissota Street Stock national champion Justin Vogel of Brooten is second in the national points this year. He has eight wins this season. Ryan SAtter of Dent is sixth in the national points while Jamestown’s Kyle Anderson is ninth.

Travis Scott of Glenwood is the leading contender for Wissota Super Stock Rookie of the Year. He leads Alexandria’s Bailey Rosch by 335 points in the latest standings.

IMCA Points

Torey Fischer of West Fargo is sixth in the IMCA Sport Mod points for the state of Minnesota while Rich Pavlicek of Casselton is seventh.

Fischer is also fifth in the IMCA Lady Eagle National Points while Skyla Miller of Harwood, who races the No.9 IMCA Hobby Stock, is ninth. Sports compact driver Kaytee DeVries leads those points over Brainerd driver Jenna Hageman.

Friday Notes

With River Cities Speedway and I-94 Sure Step Speedway raining out, and with Red River Valley Speedway off until tonight’s World of Outlaw Show, I got the night off from race chasing. So I decided to watch Fiesta City Speedway in Montevideo on Dirt Race Central, which does a great job by the way.

The Tri-State Late Model series brought 22 cars to Montevideo, easily a season high for a track that has struggled in the late model and modified car counts. The class that surprised me was the Wissota Midwest Modifieds; usually that is a populous class, and there were only five on hand on Friday.

There was a scary incident in the pure stock feature when the #21 of Jessica Beckler actually went through the cement wall in turn two, taking out three cement panels with her. She was OK, fortunately, but her car was a total mess. That led to a lengthy delay to get the panels from the far end of the straightway moved to that spot.

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