Carter, Schow, Dvergsten Pick Up Wins at Devils Lake
RaceChaser ventured back to Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, N.D., for a weekly show on Saturday. A solid 63-car field in four classes was on hand, including a nice 25-car field of Wissota Midwest Modifieds.
Jonny Carter of Lisbon and Matt Schow of McIntosh, Minn., remain unbeaten on their seasons. Dexter Dvergsten and Steven Richards also found victory lane.
I’m not sure what it’s going to take to keep Jonny Carter out of victory lane this season. The defending Wissota Street Stock national champion started fifth on the field on Saturday and worked past early leader Kasey Ussatis of Nome and went on to take the win. He has two starts this season and has won both, and his new #46 car looks as fast as his car last year.
Jake Froemke of International Falls had a nice run, starting sixth and finishing second. He was also second on Friday at River Cities Speedway. Ussatis finished third for his best finish of the young season. Last weeks’s winner Daniel Aberle of Finley was fourth despite a crumpled-up right rear. The hard charger of the race goes to Dan McNamee of Arvilla, who started 15th and ran a very nice race to finish fifth.
It was a tough night for some street stock drivers. A multi-car pileup in turn four ended the night for Tucker Pederson of East Grand Forks and Jack Koranda of Bluffton, Minn. Kyle Anderson of Jamestown, who entered the night leading points at Devils Lake, had some transmission issues and had to pull in.
Schow started seventh in the Wissota Midwest Modified feature and moved into the top three. Jaden Varnson of Lakota and Reise Stenberg of Argusville were battling for the lead. Jamie Dietzler of Larimore was also running well in the top five.
Schow was on the move and took over the lead from Stenberg, whose night ended a few laps later with a blown engine.
Preston Carr of Carrington moved into the top three and set his sights on Schow. Schow completed the win — his second in as many nights as he won at River Cities on Friday. Carr, Vernon, Jory Berg of Grand Forks and Dietzler rounded out the top five. Berg started 12th on the field.
Greenbush, Minn., driver Dexter Dvergsten dominated the POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprint main event, taking the lead from the green flag and leading every moment. It was his second win of the weekend as he also won Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.
Alan Truscinski of Greenbush was second, and East Grand Forks driver Kelsi Pederson had a nice run, finishing third after starting sixth. Alan Truscinski of Greenbush was fourth and Travis Sureus of Fargo fifth.
Some drivers had tough luck in the Pure Stock feature. Logan Salazar of Niche led early but a flat tire ended his night. Joe Armstrong blew a motor with four laps to go running in the top five, and Bismarck driver Christopher Rangeloff lost a wheel, ending his race.
Finley, N.D., driver Steven Richards was standing alone up front in the end, earning the win over Dan Arends of Devils Lake. Daniel Bromstad of Luverne was third, Devyn Weleski of Bemidji, Minn., fourth and Deryk Weleski of Bemidji was fifth.
Devils Lake Notes
—I felt for Reise Stenberg of Argusville. After winning two track titles a year ago, he has had tough start to his season, and was having a good run in the top three and pushing for the win in the midwest modified feature when the motor on his 87S machine blew up.
—Lane Bachmeier of Devils Lake hit the wall on the front stretch on the final lap of his heat, damaging his 21B machine and ending his night. Chris Mack of Jamestown also had damage in his heat and did not start the feature. 21 of the 25 cars entered took the green for the feature.
--I got to meet Jake Froemke for the first time -- he also added a RaceChaser sticker to his #63 street stock as did Jonny Carter. Good guy and really has done a nice job on his trips this way. International Falls, his hometown, is about 6 hours from Devils Lake, by the way.
--Thanks to Dan McNamee and Megan McNamee for putting the RaceChaser stickers on their street stocks. Still one of my favorite blogs, writing about how father and daughter race against each other.
—Trey Hess of Manvel was battling for a spot in the top five for several laps in the street stock main before settling for eighth. The #4 car looked to get some things figured out.
—Fortunes can change so often from week to week. Hoople driver Nate Reynolds won the midwest modified feature last week; this week his night was ended with a flat tire.
—I’m curious to see how Devils Lake’s car counts are affected by Jamestown’s scheduled opening next week. Several Jamestown regulars have raced in Devils Lake so far this year. One class that seems encouraging for Devils Lake is the midwest modified; through three nights the track has averaged 26.7 cars per night in the class.
—Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls won the Wissota Midwest Modified feature at Miller Central Speedway on Saturday night. He was runner-up the night before. Cole Schill of Horace finished second in the Wissota Late Model feature for the second straight night.
—Dan Ebert of Lake Shore won the Modified feature on Saturday at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. He also won on Friday at Gondik Law Speedway in Superior. Brendan Blascyk of Kensington was fourth in the midwest modified feature.