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Gregor, Braseth, Christ, Bintz and Anderson Win Sheyenne Openers

Scott Bintz (1s) won the Wissota Midwest Modified feature.

RaceChaser was at Sheyenne Speedway’s 2021 opener on Sunday. A good field of cars was on hand at the quarter-mile oval on a very sunny and warm May Day.

Bo Gregor of Lisbon has won the past two Hobby Stock titles at Sheyenne, and he picked up where he left off by taking the opening night win. Zach Nord of Enderlin held the early lead but Gregor made the pass for the lead.

Moving up towards the front were Dylan Steele of Jamestown and Jayden Michaelsohn. Steele took over second, and by that time, Gregor had a pretty sizeable lead. Michaelsohn settled into third after passing Nord.

Steele steadily cut into Gregor’s lead, and with three to go was within 2-3 car lengths. But he got no closer as Gregor picked up the win. Steele had a good opening night at Sheyenne to finish second. Michaelsohn, the defending runner-up at Sheyenne, was third. The Nord brothers, Zach and Nick, rounded out the top five.

Tony Brockhouse of Glyndon and Austin Wimer of Gwinner shared the front row for the INEX Legends feature.

Joshua Wiest of Jamestown was leading early, but Ryan Braseth of Ulen, interviewed above, worked on him for the lead, and eventually took over the top spot on his way to a solid win. He started eighth on the 17-car grid.

It was a tough night for a few Legends drivers.

Ashton Spieker of Sabin likely had a top five finish in his hands, but his night ended with a broken drive shaft. Best wishes to Ashton’s dad, Chad, who is battling colon cancer.

Dusty Mund’s #28 car was running in the top 10 but incurred some substantial damage to the left front, ending his night. Jeremy Myer’s 17 machine also suffered some damage and was unable to continue.

Alex Kukowski of Edgeley, fresh off of a win at Jamestown on Saturday, gave chase to Braseth but was unable to close the gap. Braseth got the win; he has finished in the top three in all four of his starts this season. Kukowski was a solid second while Wiest was third. Australian driver Glenn Mitchell was fourth and Brockhouse rounded out the top five.

Drawing the front row proved to be pivotal in the Wissota Street Stock and Midwest Modified features. Billie Christ of Jamestown, interviewed above, took the lead from the get-go in the street stock main event. He had a lot of pressure throughout the race — first from Jamestown’s Kyle Anderson, and then from six-time defending champion Jonny Carter of Lisbon.

Anderson applied heavy pressure to Christ, whose #79 machine was stuck to the bottom. And that was the place to be as the high line never really came around on the night. Jonny Carter snuck by Anderson and then worked on Christ, trying several different lanes, but Christ held strong to pick up the win. Carter was second and Anderson was third. Jerry “Old Man” Lamb, entering his 52nd year of racing, finished fourth. Remember he was slated to retire the past two years — both have been short lived! Jay Schlotfeldt of Jamestown finished a solid fifth.

Scott “Rebel” Bintz of Jamestown had the pole for the Wissota Midwest Modified feature, which featured 19 starters. Bintz first faced a challenge from Nate Reinke of Lisbon; but eventually it was Lucas Rodin of Marion who would move into second and be Bintz’s prime competition.

Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls and Zach Reinke of Lisbon were also firm in the top five much of the night. Gronwold, who won three track titles last year, already has a win at I-94 Sure Step Speedway.

Rodin applied all kinds of pressure to Bintz, trying every line he could, but could not find an opening to the lead. Bintz went on to earn his second win of the weekend; he won Friday at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen. Rodin settled for second, with Gronwold, Zach Reinke and Nate Reinke rounding out the top five.

A 13-car Mini Stock feature capped off the evening. Kelby Anderson of Fort Ransom’s 2K car was fast — and he went on to an impressive win. Dalton Aabrekke was second, Cougar Axtman of Milnor was third, Mason Bogart of Milnor fourth and Kevin Youngquist of Barney — who started 13th after not finishing his heat — finished fifth to cap off a solid showing.

Sheyenne Notes

—A nice 73-car field was on hand for Sheyenne’s opener, and every class had two heats.

—Scott Richardson of Pelican Rapids blew a motor in his INEX Legend heat, ending his night.

—Bob Sagen of Arthur, making his comeback behind the wheel this year in a midwest modified issue, had a brake issue right before the feature and was unable to take the green.

—Clay Gentzkow, a former Sheyenne Speedway Hobby Stock track champion, was behind the wheel of a street stock on Sunday.

—Kyle Schell of Aberdeen, formerly of Lisbon, got to the track late and missed his heat. He is now the owner of the Pizza Ranch in Aberdeen. He likely will run weekly at Brown County.

—Braydon Kunze of Lisbon is a rookie in the street stocks while former mini stock driver Justin Hainline has hopped into a midwest modified with a sharp white and blue #24 machine.

Racing was back at the Buffalo River Speedway in Glyndon on Sunday for the first time since Sept. 2019. And this was a happy sight for drivers and fans alike.

Jacobson, Goulet Lead Winners at Buffalo River

Racing was back at the Buffalo River Speedway in Glyndon on Sunday for the first time since Sept. 2019. And this was a happy sight for drivers and fans alike.

Kelly Jacobson of Fargo topped his father Scott Jacobson of Fargo for the IMCA Sport Mod win . Vince Jegtvig of Dilworth was third, Torey Fischer of West Fargo fourth and Chris VanMil of Barnesville, who won Friday at Red River Valley Speedway, was fifth.

Nevada driver Kollin Hibdon, who won at Red River Valley Speedway on Friday, won the IMCA Modified feature. Tyler Hall of Fertile finished second after starting seventh while Allen Kent of West Fargo finished third after starting ninth. Jordan Sours of Lisbon picked up his second top five of the weekend, taking fourth with Brennan Borg of Harwood fifth.

Scott Herron of Brainerd topped Brad Orvedal of Fargo for the IMCA Hobby Stock win. William Herron of Brainerd was third, Ryan Kleinschmidt of Brainerd fourth and Caleb Gardner of Glyndon fifth.

Devin Goulet of Fargo won the Short Tracker feature over Hunter Goulet. Adrian Kubitz of Ottertail was third, Levi Lease of Ottertail fourth and Dan Beckman of Mahnomen fifth.

Ben Wolden of Fergus Falls won the Limited Late Model feature over Scott Zimmerman of Rothsay.

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