Carter Edges Froemke for Street Tour Win at Devils Lake; Reynolds, Pederson Back in Victory Lane
I wasn’t at Devils Lake Speedway in person but watched the action on DARN-TV, and the racing was pretty good. The stream gives you a pretty good view of the feature races.
The Steffes Street Stock Tour was in town with 22 cars in attendance.
The Steffes Street Stock feature was a dandy that went down to the final few feet. And for the second straight night, Jonny Carter of Lisbon was involved in a wild finish.
Carter was edged by .004 seconds at the line by Eric Riley of Morris at River Cities Speedway on Friday. Saturday, it was Jake Froemke of International Falls involved.
Froemke, only 16, took the lead from Kyle Anderson of Jamestown a few laps into the feature. Froemke held the lead until a caution came out with 13 laps left.
Carter, the 2019 Wissota National Champion, used the low line on the restart to pass Froemke. But unlike many other Jonny Carter wins, this one was not a runaway. Froemke erased the few car-length lead Jonny had, and with two laps left, had reached his bumper. Froemke got a good run in turns three and four and poked his nose under Carter. There was slight contact out of turn four and Froemke closed to Carter’s door, but the Lisbon driver held on for a thrilling win. Froemke settled for second, with Riley, who along with Carter has two tour wins so far, was a solid third. Todd Carter of Lisbon finished fourth after starting eighth and had a solid run while Justin Vogel of Brooten started 10th and finished fifth. It was really a good race, and so far the tour has produced outstanding racing at its five stops.
Joe Armstrong of Crary fried a motor — big-time — in his pure stock on May 30 at Devils Lake. Since installing a new motor in his 1 car, he has yet to finish worse than second. He picked up his second win in a row on Saturday. He battled Tony Bundy of Balta for the first 2/3 of the race but made his move on the bottom to get beside Bundy. Bundy slipped up briefly in turns one and two and that cost him two spots as Daniel Bromstad of Luverne moved into second. Armstrong wasn’t challenged the rest of the race to pick up the win with Bromstad and Bundy rounding out the top three. MiKara Johansen of Edmore ran a solid race and finished fourth.
The Western Renegade Non-Winged Sprints had a good battle up for the lead between Joel Larson of Fertile and Dusty Lawson of Minot. Larson had the lead but it was apparent Lawson had the quicker car. Larson got sideways in turn four, and that was the opening Lawson needed to get beside him and make the pass. Lawson cruised to the win with Larson taking second. Myles Tomlinson of Turtle Lake, N.D., started 10th and worked his way to third at the checkered.
One thing about the non-winged sprints — they really can throw their car sideways in the corners, just watch how their wheels are turned as they maneuver in and out of those. Saturday was some of the better racing I’ve seen in the class. If you are interested get in touch with Myles Tomlinson.
Kelsi Pederson of East Grand Forks, pictured above, was in her own area code in the Lightning Sprints. She whipped the field by a half a lap. Pederson started sixth, but went up to the top at the start and quickly moved into third. She passed Alan Truscinski of Greenbush a few laps later, and then passed Cody Swenson of Middle River for the lead and simply checked out after that. Truscinski and Swenson rounded out the top three. Jason Berg of Fargo picked up his second top five finish of the week, taking fourth with Alex Truscinski of Greenbush fifth.
The Haugland brothers — Cole and Eric — set the pace for the first several laps of the Wissota Midwest Modified feature, and had a nice lead when a caution erased that — and completely changed the complexion of the race.
On the restart, the Hauglands went down low, and Nate Reynolds of Hoople went up high and passed both cars to take the lead. But the race was far from over. Cole Haugland came back and it turned into a big-time duel up front between him and Reynolds. Soon, about three other cars, including Jaden Varnson of Lakota and Jarret Lovcik of Rugby, were in the mix.
A caution came out with two to go, and Reynolds protected his lead and held on for his second Devils Lake win of 2020. Haugland settled for second with Varnson, who started ninth, taking third. Lovcik and Randy Thompson of Lakota rounded out the top five.
Saturday Night Recap: Schwind, Wilke, Satter Wins
—Jeffrey Schwind Jr. of Jamestown won the 2nd Annual Jeff Carpenter Memorial at Jamestown Speedway on Saturday night, besting a field of 40 Wissota Midwest Modifieds. Schwind took home $1,037 for the win. Preston Carr of Carrington was second, Lucas Rodin of Marion third, Justin Jones of Bemidji fourth and Jim Morlock of Pettibone fifth.
Marlyn Seidler of Underwood — age 67 — topped John Corell of Jamestown — age 65 — for the IMCA Modified win. Lucas Rodin of Marion was fourth. Nick Thoreson of Valley City was second in the Bomber feature.
Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes is up to eight INEX Legends wins on the year with another win at Jamestown. He started ninth. Tim Estenson of Fargo, starting 12th, finished third in one of Brody Carlsrud’s cars while Ryan Braseth of Ulen was fourth.
Dustin Erickson of Ypsilanti won the street stock feature. Royce Jawaski of Horace was fourth.
—Ryan Satter of Dent won the Wissota Street Stock feature Saturday night at Ogilvie Raceway.
—Brandon Dolman of Alexandria finished third and Tyler Peterson of Hickson, N.D., fourth in the makeup NASCAR Modified feature Saturday night at Cedar Lake Speedway. That feature was a makeup feature from June 6.
Friday Night Followup
—I visited with Barry and Travis Robertson at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo on Friday. Barry is considered one of the all-time great super stock drivers in the Red River Valley, by the way. The Robertsons sold their late model they’d run the last few years to a driver in Arkansas and are focusing on the IMCA Stock Car in 2020.
—Adam Goff of Minot, who used to travel east with his IMCA Hobby Stock (and won a lot of races at RRVS and Glyndon), has moved to the IMCA Stock Cars this season. He did not finish the feature on Friday. He’s also raced in Minot, Dickinson and Willston this season.
—Tim Estenson of Fargo, who used to dominate the INEX Legends class, is racing in the NOSA Sprint class weekly at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.
—Rick Schulz of Horace won the King Pin Klash at West Fargo, becoming the first driver to repeat in that event. Schulz leads the area with three stock car wins this season.