Miller, Dvergsten, Wolden Lead Buffalo River Winners
RaceChaser capped off a full weekend of racing at the Buffalo River Speedway near Glyndon with a nice field of cars on hand for Night 2.
I think BRS general manager Jason Berg and the partnership group have to be encouraged by the start at the 1/4-mile oval. There were 67 cars signed in, and really nice fields in the IMCA Sport Mods, POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprints and Short Tracker classes. There are bugs to work out, of course, but keep in mind this facility sat idle all of last year.
The happiest guy at the whole facility might have been Will Miller of Sacred Heart, Minn. Will, interviewed above, is a long-time racer who had yet to win a heat or feature race in his career. His dad, Nick, was a racer out of the Montevideo area years ago and has helped Will for many years. They are the type of race team that’s out there on a lower budget than most. On Sunday Will’s perseverance was rewarded.
Kyle Hallgren of Hankinson took the lead from the outset of the IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Two drivers looking for their first career wins -- Skyla Miller of Harwood and Will Miller.
Skyla Miller put all kinds of pressure on Hallgren, but Will Miller was also looking to move towards the front. MIller made the move for second and set his sights on Hallgren.
Will Miller was all over Hallgren, and finally made the move for the lead as Hallgren slid up high in turn two. Then it became a matter of surviving the restarts.
Todd Gettel of Mahnomen was putting pressure on Will MIller on the restarts and each time, Will fended off the challenge. Gettel was right there at the end but Miller held on to get that elusive first win.
Gettel ran a solid second. Marvin Priem of Glyndon, who had an adventurous race, including a wild spin off the backstretch, amnaged to finish third. Hallgren was fourth, and Andrea Jacobson of Fargo scored her second top five finish of the season in placing fifth.
Miller's home in Sacred Heart, by the way, is 185 miles one way from Glyndon. That's a haul.
The IMCA Sport Mods went caution free and did a nice job. Jacob Jordan of Brainerd had the pole and took the lead. Doug Gardner of Glyndon kept pace, but things got really interesting in lapped traffic. Gardner had closed to Jordan's bumper and Kelly Jacobson of Fargo soon joined the battle up front.
Gardner got beside Jordan as he was slowed by a lapped car but Jordan regained his momentum and held on to the spot. Gardner was right there at the checkered but Jordan held on for the win. Gardner was second, Kelly Jacobson a solid third, Justin Jones of Bemidji fourth and Rich Pavlicek of Casselton fifth.
Ben Wolden of Fergus Falls, a three-time Limited Late Model champion at I-94 Sure Step Speedway, took control of the Limited Late Model feature after a few laps and checked out to pick up his second straight win. Scott Zimmerman of Rothsay had his best career finish in second with Zach Tysdal of Fergus Falls third. Larry Samuelson of Erhard was fourth.
The POWRI Minn-Kota Lightning Sprint feature got off to a crazy start as Patrick Bretjcha of Wahpeton went for a wild ride in his #60 car, flipping off of turns one and two. He was uninjured but the car suffered a lot of damage.
Dexter Dvergsten of Greenbush, interviewed above, is on fire right now in the Lighting Sprints. He took over the lead from early leader Jason Berg of Fargo and opened up a nice lead. Alan Truscinski moved into second ahead of Berg, who was dealing with Alex Truscinski of Greenbush, Kelsi Pederson of East Grand Forks and Bryce Haugeberg of Fargo.
Haugeberg might have been the fastest car on the track at some points during the race. He moved into third and after a restart, took over second and starting closing in on the leader. He was within a car length at the white flag.
Things got nerve-wracking for Dvergsten on that lap as a lapped car spun right in front of him, forcing him to spin. The caution was called on the lapped car, and it set up a green-white-checkered finish finish. Dvergsten got a good start and had some breathing room at the checkered. Haugeberg lost a few spots after he slid high off the backstretch. Alan Truscinski and Alex Truscinski rounded out the top three with Pederson finishing a solid fourth. Haugeberg recovered to finish fifth. A nice 15-car field took the green.
The Short Tracker had a great field on hand — 19 cars — but their race was kind of a mess, frankly. The battle for the lead between Bemidji’s John Current and Lake Park driver Matt Pederson was good and there was some nice battles in teh top five. But it was also a caution fest with a lot of beating and banging.
Current passed Pederson and earned the win. Waylon Current of Bemidji was third, Curtis Huseth of Underwood fourth and Levi Lease of Harwood fifth. Lease scored his second-straight top five at BRS.
Braseth Repeats at Sheyenne Speedway; Walton, Rodin, Carter Add Wins
Ryan Braseth of Ulen was the lone repeat winner at Sheyenne, taking the INEX Legends feature for the second straight week. Braseth started eighth.
Zander Bauer of Gwinner was second, Brian Frederick of Gwinner third, Australian driver Glenn Mitchell was fourth and Chuck Christ of Jamestown fifth. A good field of 17 Legend cars took the green for the feature.
Neil Walton of Englevale won the Mini Stock feature over Tempest Trone of Litchville. Mason Bogart of Milnor was third, Shawn Beto of Wahpeton fourth and Kelby Anderson of Fort Ransom fifth.
Aberdeen driver Jayden Michaelsohn topped Jamestown driver Joe Jacobson for the Hobby Stock win. Bo Gregor of Lisbon, last week’s winner, was third, Kelby Anderson fourth and Billy Carow of Jamestown fifth. A nice 16-car field was on hand in the Hobby Stocks.
Lucas Rodin of Marion was edged by Scott Bintz last week in the Wissota Midwest Modified feature — this week, he got to victory lane from his sixth starting spot. Corey Storck of Morris finished second after starting fifth while Jeffrey Schwind Jr. of Jamestown ran a solid third. Zach Reinke of Lisbon started 10th but worked up to fourth while Rusty Kollman of Carrington was fifth. A great field of 27 cars took the green.
Jonny Carter of Lisbon picked up his second win of the weekend, out dueling his uncle, Todd Carter, for the Wissota Street Stock win. Last week’s winner Billie Christ of Jamestown was third, Bob Banish Jr. of Milnor was fourth and Kyle Anderson of Jamestown fifth.