Car Counts Encouraging; Skalicky, Edginton, Sward Among Winners
I didn’t make it to a local track on Friday — got busy with a work project and frankly didn’t feel well with a sore throat, headache, etc. It takes a lot for me to skip a night of racing especially this time of year so clearly I felt like crap. Especially when there were 125 cars at I-94 Speedway with 27 Wissota Mods, 30 Wissota Midwest Mods and 23 Wissota Late Models. But, a recap of the night still was due.
For all the talk of this being a down year for racing, recent trends are looking up. I’m encouraged by the numbers recently.
—I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls had 125 cars on Friday. The track has been over 120 three weeks in a row. Friday included 30 Wissota Midwest Modifieds, 27 Wissota Modifieds and 23 Wissota Late Models.
—River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks had 90 cars (which included 16 non winged sprints) with at least 17 cars in all four regular classes, led by 21 NOSA Sprints and 18 Wissota Late Models
—Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo had 85 cars for its Season Championship led by 23 IMCA Sport Mods and 23 IMCA Mods.
The good car counts should bode well for invitational season in this area — the Wissota 100 at I-94, the John Seitz Memorial at River Cities and the Jamestown Stampede, among others.
Skalicky, Pfau, Schmidt Lead Winners at Red River Valley Speedway
Congrats to Kaitlyn Skalicky of Fargo who won the INEX Legend feature over Ryan Braseth of Ulen. Sean Johnson of Kindred, Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes and Brody Carlsrud of Moorhead was fifth.
It was the first win of 2019 for Skalicky, who says this year will be her last in racing, at least for a while. She is turning her focus to graduate school, where she is pursuing a Master's degree in applied behavior analysis at the University of North Dakota.
Darren Pfau of West Fargo topped Austin Arneson of Fargo for the IMCA Modified feature. Dylan Goplen of Fargo was third, Casey Arneson of Fargo fourth and Dave Shipley of Argusville fifth.
Brandon Schmidt of Kindred topped Chris VanMil of Barnesville for the IMCA Sport Mod win.
Torey Fischer of West Fargo picked up her best finish in an IMCA Sport Mod, taking third. It was her fourth top five finish of the year as she continues to improve in her second year in the sport mods.
Austin Veralrud was fourth and Ryan Restad of West Fargo was fifth.
Matthew Olson of Fargo has dominated the IMCA Hobby Stocks at Red River Valley and he finished off the year with the win. Alyssa White of West Fargo was second, Tim Shiek of Fargo third, Brad Orvedal of Fargo fourth and Beth Ann Goudy of Stroughton fifth.
Speaking of dominating, Rob VanMil of Barnesville has done that in the IMCA Stock Cars. He started ninth and picked up the win on Friday to conclude a season championship season at RRVS. Todd Heinrich of Fargo was second, Brennan Borg of Harwood third, Rick Schulz of Horace fourth and Travis Robertson of Moorhead fifth.
Track champions at RRVS included Goplen in the IMCA Mods, VanMil in the stock cars, Sean Johnson of Kindred in the INEX Legends, Olson in the IMCA Hobby Stocks and Luke Johnson of Moorhead in the sport mods.
Dykhoff, Sward Lead Winners at I-94 Speedway
Kyle Dykhoff’s #11 Wissota Street Stock is so fast right now. He won the Sandy Benson Memorial at Casino Speedway last Sunday and added another win at I-94 on Friday after starting eighth. Ryan Pommerer of Oriska, N.D., was second, Trajan Schmidt of Watertown third, Ryan Satter of Dent fourth and Mike Hart of Erhard fifth. Satter was the 2019 track champ.
First-time visitor Brandon Copp of Brule, Wis., started sixth and picked up the Wissota Midwest Modified feature win. Haley Lee of Starbuck continues to run well, taking second over her brother Cody Lee. Matt Baker of St. Joseph and Nick Bruder of Long Prairie rounded out the top five. Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls was the 2019 track champion.
One interesting name in the midwest modified division was long-time veteran Loren Johnson of Miller, S.D. He was a top runner for many years in the mods and late models in eastern South Dakota. He finished sixth.
15-year-old Bryce Sward of Nelson won the Limited Late Model feature. Brad Staples of Herman was second, Ryan Mikkelson of Alexandria third, Ben Wolden of Fergus Falls fourth and Larry Samuelson of Erhard fifth. Wolden was the 2019 track champ; he has won the championship in all three years it has existed at I-94.
Dan Dowling of Davenport suffered tough luck in the Limited Late Models, blowing a motor in the heat race. Dowling is looking at some options to keep his 2D on the track for some of the area specials in September.
First-time visitor Alex Guthmiller of Huron, S.D., captured the Wissota Modified feature from the pole at I-94. Don Eischens of Richmond was second, Mike Stearns of Hecla third, Dusty Bitzan of Brandon fourth and Tyler Peterson of Hickson, who started 14th, finished fifth. Brady Gerdes of Villard rolled to the track title in the mods.
Don Shaw of Ham Lake beat Jeff Wildung of Nassau for the Wissota Late Model win. Lance Matthees of Winona was third, Mike Balcaen of Winnipeg fourth and Kevin Robertson of Enderlin fifth. Shaw won the track title.
Corey Mehrwerth of St. Stephen topped Austin Lammers of Pelican Rapids for the Short Tracker win. Dan Harstad of Fergus Falls cruised to the track title with a third-place finish. Harstad won the 2019 track championship in the Short Trackers at I-94, picking up his second title of the year (he won at BRRP).
Edginton Breaks Through at River Cities Speedway
Shane Edginton of Winnipeg had finished second many times in his #4 Wissota Late Model at River Cities Speedway but finally broke through for his first-ever feature win at the track on Friday. Edginton topped Dustin Strand of Grand Forks with Brad Seng of Grand Forks taking third. Joey Pederson of East Grand Forks was fourth and Tom Corcoran of East Grand Forks fifth.
Lance Schill of Langdon topped Jory Berg of Grand Forks for the win in the Wissota Midwest Modifieds. Lucas Rodin of Marion was third, Austin Hunter of Winnipeg fourth and Aaron Blacklance of Thief River Falls finished fifth after starting 10th.
John Halvorson of Warren topped Daniel Aberle of Finley for the Wissota Street Stock win. Chase Boen of Karlstad was third, Tucker Peterson of Grand Forks fourth and Doug VanMill of Bagley fifth.
Mark Dobmeier of Grand Forks won the NOSA Sprint Car feature over Bob Martin of East Grand Forks. Austin Pierce of Grand Forks, Nick Ranten of East Grand Forks and Wade Nygaard of Grand Forks rounded out the top five.
Jori Hughes of Tower, Minn., won the 305 Non-Winged Sprints.
—Justin Vogel of Brooten, Minn., picked up his 22nd win of 2019 with the Wissota Street Stock victory at Fiesta City Speedway in Montevideo. He is locked in a close battle with Jonny Carter of Lisbon for the national point lead.
Jeff Crouse of Alexandria won the Wissota Super Stock feature and wrapped up the track title in the process.