Greseth, Walton, Wilke, Gregor and Carter Win at Sheyenne
RaceChaser was back at Sheyenne Speedway on Sunday. The original plan was to go to River Cities for the Rebel Midwest Modified Tour — but that rained out. The second plan was to go to Buffalo River Speedway, but I drove in a downpour and the skies and radar looked bad (I heard they cancelled after the heat races). So, I made the turn to go west, and despite driving in some monsoon rains to the east of Lisbon, got there in time for features.
The teenagers kinda ruled the night at Sheyenne, highlighted by the first Wissota Street Stock win for 14-year-old Cole Greseth of Harwood, who is a rookie in the class. Gavin Walton of Englevale, 15, won the Mini Stock feature and earned Top Gun honors with the mini-series with Jamestown; and Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes, 17, won the INEX Legends feature.
Two-time champion Bo Gregor of Lisbon won the Hobby Stock feature while Jarrett Carter of Lisbon picked up his first win of 2021 in the Wissota Midwest Modified feature.
Let’s start with Greseth’s win. He did have three wins in the Mini Stock class prior to moving up to the street stock class this year. Greseth, interviewed above, picked up his best finish, up to that point, Friday with a sixth-place run at I-94 Sure Step Speedway.
Kasey Ussatis of Nome took the early lead in the street stock feature, and opened up some breathing room. Greseth, who started on the outside pole, slid back to second while Kyle Anderson of Jamestown and Todd Carter of Lisbon worked into the top four.
Ussatis ran the lower line while Greseth found speed up top. Ussatis looked to be on his way to the win, but Greseth was gaining ground on the top. Anderson and Carter, who were running the lower line, were also right there.
Also having a good run was Jerry “Old Man” Lamb of Lisbon. The 71-year-old, making his return after recovering from a fractured rib in a non-racing incident, also ran in the top five. It was good to see the Old Man back behind the wheel.
Greseth drew even with Ussatis and with two to go, inched ahead. He made the pass as the white flag waved and picked up the win. Anderson got by Ussatis for second with Todd Carter running a solid fourth. Lamb finished fifth.
It's been a good week for the Greseth family: Cole's uncle, Mike, won the NLRA show at Norman County on Thursday and is the NLRA point leader.
It was an interesting race for Jonny Carter of Lisbon. He had a fast car, but was bottled up behind several good cars and never could get out of traffic; he settled for sixth.
Gavin Walton finished second at Jamestown on Saturday and wasn’t going to be denied on Sunday. He edged Matt Pederson of Lake Park for the Top Gun honors (total points for the two nights). Walton had the pole spot with Kelby Anderson on the outside. Walton’s #7X car was smooth and prevailed over Anderson. Neil Walton, Gavin’s father, was third, with John Current of Bemidji fourth and Pederson fifth. A nice 19-car field was on hand in the Mini Stocks.
Wilke out dueled Sean Johnson of Kindred, who won Friday at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, for the INEX Legends win. The two also battled Friday at RRVS in a great race.
Johnson ran the lower line and led, but Wilke’s momentum on the higher line was the difference. He took over the lead and had a few car length advantage by the checkered. Johnson, meanwhile, was chased by another teenager — 14-year-old Ashton Spieker of Sabin — for the second spot.
Wilke picked up his seventh INEX Legend win of the summer, and his ninth overall (he has two IMCA RaceSaver Sprint wins). Johnson was second. Spieker tied a career-best with a third-place finish. Ryan Braseth of Ullen ran a solid fourth and Joshua Wiest of Jamestown rounded out the top five.
The Hobby Stock feature, well, was an adventure. Bo Gregor of Lisbon, interviewed above, started on the pole and led every lap, and there wasn’t much drama up front. However, behind him, there were a lot of cautions, and some not-so-polite driving in the field led to some frustrations. Tempers flared after the race as a result, but we’ll leave it at that.
A first-lap pileup wiped out Zack Nord of Enderlin, who has been plagued with motor trouble all year. Ryan Mund of Milnor and Kelby Anderson of Fort Ransom also were casualties of that pileup.
After the restart, Billy Carow of Jamestown settled into second with Nick Nord of Enderlin moving into third. Dylan Steele of Jamestown, who won Saturday at Jamestown, moved into fourth ahead of Hayden Aberle of Lamoure.
After a caution later in the race, which saw Steele turned around in turns one and two. Nick Nord was charged with it — I didn’t agree with that aspect of the call — and because the yellow/black had waved, he was sent to the pits and DQed for a post-race incident (which I will leave at that). Nick Nord probably had a top four finish, he was having a good run in the #45.
Gregor missed all of the beating and banging back in the field and picked up the win, his third of 2021. Steele made a late pass of Carow for second. Aberle ran a very solid race and finished fourth; it was his second top four finish of the weekend. Trevor Sahr of Jamestown rounded out the top five.
Two weeks ago, Jarrett Carter of Lisbon, interviewed above, had a big lead in the Wissota Midwest Modifieds, but something broke and he went off the track. He wasn’t denied this week, taking the lead from the outset and leading every lap.
Lucas Rodin of Marion, who leads the points at Sheyenne and has three wins already at the 1/4-mile, gave chase for much of the race. The higher lane was the faster lane, but Rodin pursued Carter on the lower line. He poked his nose under Carter a few times but never had enough momentum to make the pass.
Meanwhile, Jaren Wibstad of Jamestown and Cody “The Cobra” Lee of Alexandria had a good battle for third. Alex Langland of Enderlin, who won at Sheyenne a few weeks ago, was battling Nate Reinke and Zach Reinke, both of Lisbon, for fifth.
Carter picked up his first win of the season with Rodin taking second. Lee was able to get by Wibstad for third. Langland rounded out the top five.
The next race at Sheyenne Speedway is on Aug. 7.
--It has not been a fun summer for Kyle Langland of Enderlin. He has battled a miss in his engine for a few weeks now, and his feature ended early. A year ago, he had a good summer and his brother Alex had the bad luck, but the tables have turned this year. Alex is having a good summer and has three top fives at Sheyenne alone.
--Kyle Dykhoff of Starbuck edged Andy Rossow of Florence, S.D., for the Wissota Street Stock win Sunday at Casino Speedway in Watertown. Maria Broksieck of Goodwin was third.
Tyler Peterson of Hickson won the Wissota Modified feature Sunday at Casino. Both Peterson and Dykhoff qualify for the Wissota Race of Champions as a result. The win was the fifth of the year for Dykhoff and sixth for Peterson.
Peterson was second in the late model feature to Cole Searing of Huron. Peterson was driving Donny Schatz's #15 machine.