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Jacobson, Wilke, Truscinski, Skalicky Lead Buffalo River Speedway Winners


Tye Wilke

I made it over to Buffalo River Speedway in Glyndon on a hot, muggy night. I admired the fans who sat out in the bleachers because it was a warm night.

I sat in the stands this week as I arrived during intermission because of family commitments, so I didn’t get to go around the pit area to check on some driver.s

The IMCA Sport Mods had a little extra money for the top four finishers (full disclosure, RaceChaser blog provided $250 spread out over top four finishers, with $100 extra going to the winner). Scott Jacobson of Fargo was the leader from the green. Soon his challenger was his son Kelly Jacobson in the 15 with the 67-year old veteran Dave Siercks if Princeton settling into third.

Torey Fischer of West Fargo worked into the top four with a pass or Brady Moore, who was making his season debut in the 2x.

Caution came out for Vince Jegtvig of Dilworth just as Kelly Jacobson had mare the pass on the outside of his dad for the lead . Jeftvig left on the hook.

On restart Scott Jacobson made the switch to the higher line, where Kelly Jacobson had been making up ground. That proved to be the difference.

As the laps waned Kelly Jacobson looked for an opening down low as Scott stayed up high. Sierxks was solidly in third and Fischer in fourth.

Scott Jacobson would take the win with Kelly Jacobson second. Siercks, who won a feature earlier at Buffalo River, was third, Fischer fourth and Moore fifth.

Brian Frederick had the pole for the INEX Legends, but looped the 7F in turn four on the opening lap and went to the rear.

Evan Hendrickson of Mapleton took the early lead but it was clear Tye Wilke was the car to beat. He went from eighth to second.

Hendrickson slid high in one and two and that was the opening Wilke needed with 15 to go.

Collin Compson of Valley City was on the move as well, moving into third with Scott Richardson of Pelican Rapids in tow.

Wilke opened a huge lead as Compson moved into second and Richardson into third.

The caution came out with 11 left, eliminating Wilkes but lead. On the reads the opened 7-8 car length lead over Compson. Richardson went to work on Hendrickson.

The best battle was fourth between the Australian Glenn Mitchell and Ashton Spieker of Sabin. Spieker applied heavy pressure for that spot.

Wilke opened a 3.4 second lead on Compson when a caution came out.

One interesting thing is the legends usually run on the middle and bottom at BRS but the top line was the place to be on Sunday.

With two to go Wilke stayed out front. Richardson got around Compson for second but slid off the top of the backstretch and lost several spots.

Taking advantage of the late restart was Spieker who moved into third and was chasing Compson.

Wilke would take the win with Compson and Spieker capping off good runs by finishing second and third, respectively. Mitchell was a solid fourth with the long time veteran.

The end of the race was marred by a rollover as Mike Hart’s 24 was clipped by another car, sending the 24 rolling hard down the front stretch. Both drivers were ok but Harts 24 was really beat up.

Hart, by the way, has raced about every class over the past several years. By my count he’s raced a late model, limited late model, mod 4, street stock and short tracker. I’d love to see the guy’s race shop.

Alex Truscinski

Alan Truscinski of Greenbush passed Jason Berg of West Fargo to take the early lead in the POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprints. Once in front, Truscinski had a nice lead. But his son, Alex Truscinski, who won Friday at River Cities Speedway and finished second on Saturday, was closing the gap.

Alan Truscinski’s chain broke on his #10 machine and he pulled into the infield. Alex Truscinski would assume the top spot. Berg was having a great battle with Garrison Miller of Fargo for second.

Kate Taves of Detroit Lakes was having a great run from her 11th starting spot. She moved into the top five was looking fast in the #72 car.

Alex Truscinski took firm control of the rest of the feature, running away with a 5.831 second win. Berg won the battle with Miller for second as both had good nights. Kate Taves finished fourth to cap off a nice run through the field. Her younger brother, Matthew Taves, was fifth. Matthew Taves is a rookie in the lightning sprints.

It might have been the most entertaining IMCA Hobby Stock features I’ve ever seen at Buffalo River. Cautions, she beating and banging and some three-wide racing were involved in the 17-car field.

Two contenders had trouble early — Andrea Jacobson of Fargo, who won her heat going away, was involved with some contact early and pulled into the infield; Scott Herron of Brainerd, who has two wins at BRS this season, also had issues and pulled in.

Caleb Gardner of Glyndon and Brad Orvedal of Fargo were battling for the top spot. A lot was happening behind them with a lot of side by side racing.

Tim Otterness of Brainerd — who started 10th and then went to the back for a spin — was on the charge to the front. So was Tim Anderson of Minot, who won Saturday night at River Cities.

Gardner’s lead had shrunk as he faced pressure from Anderson. Soon Otterness was in the mix, and the trio went three-wide for the lead down the backstretch with four laps to go.

Otterness emerged from that group and picked up the win as Anderson was second. Gardner settled for third. Ethan Neu of Fairview, Mont. went from 14th to fourth on a great run, while Visser topped Orvedal for fifth.

Jeff Odden of Reilies Acres was the early leader in the IMCA Modified feature with Cody Peterson of Glyndon battling him for the top spot.

On the move was Jesse Skalicky of Fargo, who had started eighth. He moved into third and was pressuring Peterson for second.

Skalicky stuck the 3S to the top of the 1/4-mile and just flew. He worked his way past both Peterson and Odden and checked out on the field.

There was a great battle for second between Odden, Peterson and Michael Griffin of Detroit Lakes, who was making his first appearance of the season in his #27 car. Tyler Hall of Fertile was pressuring Jeff Nelson of Perham for the fifth spot.

Skalicky had a lead of 5.79 seconds — or close to a half lap — when the caution came out for a spin in turns three and four.

Griffin’s top five run ended with a spin in turn four.

None of this deterred Skalicky who opened another commanding lead — 4.259 seconds by the checkered — to pick up the feature win. Odden won the race-long battle with Peterson for second, while Hall capped off a solid run to take fourth. Nelson rounded out the topped five.

Brady Molter of Rothsay picked up the Short Tracker win after starting in the fifth spot. Austin Raths of Donnelly was second, Tristan Raths of Donnelly was third, Kody Krabtree was fourth and Jason Kast of Fairmount, N.D., was fifth. Only six cars took the green.

RaceChaser Notes

—Two interesting names were racing in the sport mods at Buffalo River. Skyla Miller of Harwood, who had raced in the IMCA Hobby Stocks the past few years, hopped behind the wheel of the #9. Tucker Tschakert of Kent was behind the wheel of the #1x machine. He is the son of former Wissota Street Stock national champion Myron Tschakert.

—Congrats to Matt Schow of McIntosh for winning the Wissota Midwest Modified feature Sunday night at Bemidji Speedway.

—Kyle Dykhoff of Starbuck won the Wissota Street Stock feature Sunday night at Casino Speedway. Maria Broksieck of Goodwin was second.

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