Klostreich's Wait for 1st Career Win Ended in June
Seth Klostreich of Grand Forks was close to getting a win in his rookie season — many times. He finished second eight times in 2019 in his #30 Wissota Street Stock.
“I’ve been close quite a few times,” Klostreich said in June at Devils Lake. “I had a lot of chances. The first one I’m told is the hardest to get.”
The wait for that first win is over.
He broke through on June 26 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, holding off numerous challenges from John Halvorson and Daniel Aberle for his first career win.
“I feel really lucky to have been able to get a win at the bullring. What a blast,” Klostreich said. “We have a lot of guys in our class who have been doing this for a long time who put a lot of time, money and seat time in which makes it even more sweet to get your first sticker. We have ran pretty good many nights and takes a lot of luck to have some good finishes.”
Klostreich’s rookie season went pretty darn good in 2019. He was second in the national Wissota Street Stock Rookie of the Year points, won a track championship at Devils Lake and finished second eight times. He also won 12 heat races.
“A lot of good and a lot of bad,” Klostreich said. “Barry Robertson is one of my best mentors and he always say you’ve got to take the good with the bad.”
When point leader Daniel Aberle elected to run a special race at Greenbush, that opened the door for Klostreich to chase the points title at Devils Lake.
“It wasn’t one of the goals but once I realized it was a real opportunity I thought it’d be a pretty cool deal to have in your first year,” Klostreich said.
He bought a car from Kasey Ussatis from Nome in the offseason. That car, at one time, was owned by James Tandeski — who owns Thunder Road, which is one of Klostreich’s sponsors.
His interest in racing started when he went to races with his-then neighbor Darin Solien, a super stock driver from Breckenridge, Minn. Klostreich bought his first car in the fall of 2018.
“I went racing with him for quite some time and that got me interested in it,” said Klostreich, who is the store manager of Tires Plus in Grand Forks.
Including the win at River Cities, Klostreich has six top five finishes this season. His goal is to finish every race. He leads Trey Hess by 10 points for the lead at Devils Lake and its fifth in points at River Cities.
“With this class there’s always such close races,” Klostreich said. “That’s my favorite part.”
Wissota Street Stock #30
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