Carlsrud Breaks Through for 1st Ever Win; Jonny Carter and Reise Stenberg Continue Hot Start
There wasn’t a happier person in the pit area Saturday at the Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon than 15-year-old Brody Carlsrud.
Carlsrud picked up his first-ever INEX Legend feature win on Saturday. The postrace reaction showed the excitement — he climbed to the roof of his B1 machine in and raised his hands. That’s not to mention a large contingent of fans who celebrated near the flagstand.
The Moorhead teen’s win was certainly well-earned. He started 10th on the field in what was an action-packed 20-lap feature. He avoided the mishaps — like a two-car incident where Andrew Jochim of Glyndon and Ryan Braseth of Ulen got together batting for the lead — and went on to win by a few car lengths over Kaitlyn Skalicky of Fargo.
It’s great to see any driver get that first win. Last year, it was Skalicky, Eric Riley of Morris and Tim Thomas of Fargo were among the local drivers to reach victory lane for the first time. But the reaction of Carlsrud and his fans was really cool.
That was a crazy INEX Legend feature. Braseth led for the first half of the race with a lot of pressure from Detroit Lakes teenager Tye Wilke. Wilke suffered some bad luck — he had damage on his front bumper and had to retire for the race. Braseth then faced pressure from Carlsrud and Jochim. Jochim tried to make it three-wide going into turn one but the drivers ran out of room, and contact was made between Braseth and Jochim. Braseth suffered damage and was done; Jochim was charged with the yellow (I think it was a racing deal, not intentional).
Carlsrud had the lead and never flinched despite a pair of restarts late. Skalicky was Tony Brockhouse was third.
Other BRRP notes
I’m sure the car counts in a few classes were disappointing especially in the NLSA Sprints (one) and IMCA mods (four). A total of 50 cars signed in at BRRP, which is making the move from Sunday to Saturday nights this year. Several BRRP IMCA Mod regulars were competing at the Ironman 100 at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, and announcer Corey Litton said some cars aren’t finished yet.
The risk you take by moving to Saturdays is you are now running head to head with Jamestown and North Central Speedway. NCS in Brainerd is sanctioned IMCA in mods, sport mods, hobby stocks and sport compacts, and a few of them would venture to Glyndon to race on Sundays. Jamestown usually runs IMCA mods and also added the legends cars weekly.
There also are the NLSA sprints racing in Greenbush pretty much weekly — and that area is where many of them are out of. That could present a problem for BRRP for car counts. So now you are competing for cars with some other tracks, something that didn’t happen on Sunday nights. On Saturday there was one NLSA sprint car in attendance — and they did give Josh Abrahamson a few hot laps.
I am a little puzzled where the INEX Legend car counts are locally. This was a class that most tracks drew 15-20 cars a night at least and have been in the lower teens. Perhaps Jamestown affects Glyndon’s legends count a little; but that is only 2-3 cars by my count.
Minot driver Adam Goff needed five more laps in the IMCA hobby stocks — to lap the entire field. It was a complete whipping to the point where he won by 3/4 of a lap. Tim Shiek of Fargo took second.
Barnesville driver Rob VanMil won the IMCA Modified, while Davenport driver Dan Dowling outlasted a persistent Chris VanMil of Barnesville to win the IMCA Sport Mod feature.
Casey Stremick of Harwood picked up his first career IMCA Sport Compact win with an impressive performance. He survived a couple of restarts to take the victory over Chase Golliet of Fargo and Daniel Harstad of Fergus Falls.
It was tough sledding tonight in the features — a dry, slick, dusty track that never really developed a good second lane.
I think it’s a bit premature to judge if the move to Saturday nights is a good one for BRRP. Let’s evaluate it further after maybe 3-4 weeks and see what car counts and crowds look like after that. As of now, the jury is out.
Stenberg Keeps Rolling at Jamestown
Reise Steinberg is having a fantastic start to his season. He picked up his fourth win in seven starts this season in the Wissota Midwest Modifieds. He has yet to finish outside the top five this season, and right now looks like a potential contender for the national points title. Arin Beyer of Jamestown was second, Lucas Rodin of Marion was third and Nate Reinke of Lisbon was fourth. Alex Langland of Enderlin finished fifth after starting 16th.
Billy Carow of Jamestown made it two in a row in the Pure Stocks, topping Lane Stoppleworth for the win. Leann Christensen of Spiritwood was third.
Drew Papke of Bismarck won the INEX Legends with Donavin Wiest of Wishek taking second and Sean Johnson of Kindred third.
Jonny Carter is on a roll in the Wissota Street Stocks. After a big win at Dacotah Speedway on Friday, Carter picked up his fifth win of 2019 — in six starts — at Jamestown. Jerry “Old Man” Lamb of Lisbon was second and Kyle Anderson of Jamestown was third.
Ebert Wins Advantage RV Tour at Viking
Dan Ebert of Lake Shore won the Advantage RV Tour Modified feature Saturday at Viking Speedway. Don Eischens of Richmond was second, Dave Cain of Corcoran third, Brady Gerdes of Villard fourth and Shane Sabraski of Rice, Friday’s winner at I-94, was fifth.
Brendan Blascyk of Kensington won the Wissota Midwest Modified feature over Nick Bruder of Long Prairie. Brandon Dolman of Alexandria was third and Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls was fourth.
Ryan Satter of Dent topped Justin Vogel of Brooten for the Wissota Street Stock win. Andrew Bangsund of Alexandria was third.
Sabraski topped Trevor Saurer of Dalton for the win in the Wissota Super Stocks. The Limited Late Models had the night off.
Nygaard Wins at Devils Lake
Wade Nygaard of Grand Forks won the Sprint Car feature Saturday night at Devils Lake Speedway. Jade Hastings was second.
Cole Schill of Horace was third in the NLRA Late Model feature, which was won by Shane Edginton of Winnipeg.
Lee Second at Madison
Cody "The Cobra" Lee of Alexandria was second in the Wissota Midwest Modified feature on Saturday at the Madison Speedway.
Cory Dykhoff of Perham was second in the Wissota Street Stock feature.