Greseth Wins NLRA Show at Sheyenne; Aberle, Spieker, Carter Among Winners
RaceChaser was back at Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon for the Battle at the Boneyard NLRA Late Model special. A great field of 25 Wissota Late Models from three different states was on hand.
It turned out to be a big night for several drivers, including Hayden Aberle of Edgeley. More on that later.
It’s been quite a rookie season in the late models for Mike Greseth of Harwood. He is locked in a great point battle with Shane Edginton of Winnipeg for the NLRA Late Model point lead and had five wins overall on the year entering the night. When the track is dry, his #17 has been an absolute rocket.
Greseth, interviewed above, started sixth on the 25-car field as Ryan Corbett of East Grand Forks set the early pace. He was pressured early by former Wissota national champion Curt Gelling of Aberdeen.
Greseth went to the high side with most of the cars preferring a lower line; he got by Gelling for second and then moved around Corbett on the high side for the lead.
Once in front, he wasn’t touched.
The real race was for second between Corbett, veteran Kevin Robertson of Enderlin and Bryce Sward of Nelson, Minn. Those three put on a good show for the runner up spot with Robertson, who knows the 1/4-mile in Lisbon very well, working a higher lane.
Robertson got around Corbett and moved into second as Corbett fended off Sward. Defending NLRA champion Dustin Strand of East Grand Forks, coming off of an impressive win at River Cities Speedway on Friday, was settled solidly into fifth.
Greseth picked up his seventh feature win and won by 4.042 seconds. More importantly for him, he gained ground on Edginton in the points, as Edginton finished sixth.
Robertson ran a strong second. I was happy to see Corbett have a good finish; he has had some miserable luck this season but took home third ahead of Sward. Strand rounded out the top five.
Zack Nord of Enderlin jumped out to the lead in the Hobby Stocks but soon was challenged by Matt Sandvig. After a caution, it was a great battle for the lead between Nord and Hayden Aberle of Edgeley, interviewed above, who ran side by side for first.
Right behind them was a dogfight for third between Jayden Michaelsohn of Aberdeen and Matt Sandvig.
Aberle cleared Nord for the lead, and then faced Michaelsohn for the remainder of the race. Michaelsohn inched ahead a couple of times and looked to be a tad quicker.
However with two to go, lapped traffic became an issue. Michaelsohn slid high to avoid the lapped car and that gave Aberle the momentum on the lower line to regain the lead as the white flag waved.
Also on the charge was Jamestown’s Dylan Steele, who started way back in 14th. He was closing fast on the top two and by turn four of the final lap was right on Michaelsohn’s heels. In fact, he got together with Michaelsohn as they crossed the line, sending the 95 spinning.
Aberle held on for the thrilling win — his first of his career — with Michaelsohn and Steele rounding out the top three. Defending Sheyenne hobby stock champion Bo Gregor of Lisbon was fourth. Nord, who has had a horrible summer in terms of luck, finished fifth.
The INEX Legends had their issues with cautions unfortunately. Once things finally settled down, it turned into a good race.
Veteran Scott Richardson of Pelican Rapids was the early leader with Alex Braseth of Ulen giving chase.
After a series of cautions, it turned into a three-car battle battle between Braseth, Ashton Spieker of Sabin, interviewed above, and Ryan Braseth of Ulen.
Spieker was patient and stuck his #2 to the bottom, and worked and worked on Alex Braseth. Finally, with less than two to go, Spieker made his move for the lead, and Ryan Braseth followed into second. Spieker went on to take his second career win ahead of Ryan Braseth. Alex Braseth was third, Joshua Wiest of Jamestown fourth and Richardson was a solid fifth.
Old Man Jerry Lamb of Lisbon led the first laps of the Wissota Street Stock feature but he had his hands full with veteran Ryan Pommerer of Oriska. The top 10 ran closely bunched for the first several laps. Kyle Anderson of Jamestown, who won Saturday at Jamestown, was running in the top five — as was Jaden Christ of Jamestown and Jonny Carter of Lisbon, interviewed above.
Pommerer bided his time and made the move on Lamb for the lead; Lamb slowed after that and pulled in. Jonny Carter moved into second.
On the restart, Jonny Carter made the move past Pommerer for the lead, and would lead the rest of the way for his ninth win of the summer. There was some beating and banging behind them — I’m guessing Todd Carter and Billie Christ didn’t have beers together after the races after some contact — but no carnage thankfully. Billie Christ, who started seventh, ended up in third, rookie Cole Greseth of Harwood was fourth and Todd Carter of Lisbon, who started 10th, was fifth.
Lucas Rodin of Marion is having some kind of summer in his #19R Wissota Midwest Modified. He leads the points at Sheyenne, won the inaugural Rebel Midwest Mod Tour title, and entered the night with 13 wins.
Competing against a pretty stout 19-car field, Rodin started back in eighth. Aaron Michel of Jamestown and Kyle Schell of Aberdeen, formerly of Lisbon, shared the front row.
Rodin’s car seems to work wherever it needs to at Sheyenne — high, low or the middle. The 19R worked to the front again and picked up his 14th victory of the season. He has to be considered a prime contender for the big $5,000 to win show next Sunday at Sheyenne.
Rusty Kollman of Carrington was second. It was a nice run for Brennan Urbach of Lisbon, who started third and finished third; that was his first top five finish this season. Last Saturday’s big winner, Jaren Wibstad of Jamestown, was fourth while Michael was fifth. Lindsey Hansen of Fargo, who had a top five at Jamestown on Saturday, was a solid sixth.
Cougar Axtman of Milnor capped off the night with a strong performance to pick up the Mini Stock win. He started on the outside of the front row and fended off all challenges for his first win of 2021. Cole Bogart of Milnor was second, Dalton Aabrekke of Lisbon third, Neil Walton of Englevale was fourth and Tempest Trone of Litchville was fifth.
—The first late model heat was a cluster. Very few cars escaped damage except the leader Ryan Corbett. Blake Swenson’s 10X sustained pretty bad front end damage after he was squeezed into a tire; he left on the hook.
On the final lap, a car got sideways and Cole Schill of Horace got spun; since the white flag had waved for the whole field, the field was set at the checkered. Bryce Sward of Nelson was also caught up in that but managed to finish. Schill missed out on the top redraw, and then broke a drive shaft yoke in the feature on the first lap, ending what wasn’t a great night.
—There were four father-son tandems in the late models — Steve and Blake Anderson, Curt and Chase Gelling, Chuck and Blake Swenson and Kevin and Erik Robertson.
Stremick, Wolden Lead Buffalo River Speedway Winners
Braden Chiaramonte of El Cajon, Calif., picked up the POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprint feature win Sunday night at Buffalo River Speedway near Glyndon. The race was night four of the Minn-Kota Lightning Sprint Shootout Tour.
The numbers for the tour were excellent with averages of 30 cars per night. Cars from Illinois, California, Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota ad Minnesota competed.
Sheldon Creed of Alpine, Calif., was second, Alex Truscinski of Greenbush was third, Grant Sexton of Lakeside, Calif., was fourth and Chase Fischer of Jefferson City, Mo, was fifth.
Casey Stremick of Harwood picked up the Short Tracker win over John Current of Bemidji. David Wahl of Fergus Falls was third, Curtis Huseth of Underwood was fourth and Kevin Wahl of Fergus Falls was fifth.
Chase Peterson of Milaca won the IMCA Hobby Stock feature over Brad Orvedal of Fargo. Todd Gettel of Mahnomen was third, Will Miller of scenic Sacred Heart, Minn., was fourth and Byron Britton of Brainerd was fifth.
Jacob Jordan of Brainerd picked up the IMCA Sport Mod win over Rich Pavlicek of Casselton. Kelly Jacobson of Fargo was third, Chris Siercks of Maple Grove fourth and Scott Jacobson of Fargo fifth.
Ben Wolden of Fergus Falls won another Limited Late Model feature over Scott Zimmerman of Rothsay. Jarrett Huus of Fergus Falls was third.
Stearns Wins Advantage Finale
Congrats to Mike Superman Stearns of Aberdeen for winning the final race in the Advantage RV Mod Tour Sunday at Casino Speedway.