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Putting a Wrap on the Local Racing Season

Brendan Blascyk won two track titles this season.

I am done with race reports for 2022 so I visited the Buffalo River Speedway near Glyndon on Saturday as a paid spectator. It turned out to be a fairly nice night after looking like rain for much of the day.

It was the second night of a year-end doubleheader at the quarter-mile, and I thought the Wissota Street Stock and Midwest Modified features were terrific. My thought is this could be a nice annual event at Buffalo River; you could get some additional sponsorship to provide good purses for the classes. You aren’t far from Fargo-Moorhead as far as places to stay and things to do during the day, you have ample seating and a good-sized pit area. And the fall colors added a nice touch to the atmosphere.

I didn’t talk to a ton of people, wasn’t the most social to be honest, but did retrieve some information.

I’m headed to the Fall Classic in Ogilvie this weekend, here’s hoping for much better weather than I dealt with on my trip to Granite City Motor Park in September.

Weekend Stuff

Cody the Cobra Lee of Starbuck won both Wissota Midwest Modified features at Madison on the weekend. The move to SSR was a good one for the 50C team this season as he won seven features (plus one in Vegas), and narrowly missed out on winning the Rebel Midwest Mod Tour title.

Kelsi Pederson of East Grand Forks won both POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprint features at Buffalo River Speedway with a pair of dominating performances.

Tyler Peterson of Horace, who has clinched his second straight Wissota Mod national title, swept at Madison with a pair of impressive feature wins. 31 wins for the 1TPO.

I checked with Kyle Dykhoff of Starbuck who clinched the Wissota Street Stock national championship last weekend with a win at Casino Speedway. He told me he plans to take a couple of years off of racing now after wrapping up the title. Eric Riley of Morris has taken over the #11 machine.

I visited with Chad Spieker, father of INEX Legend Car driver Ashton Spieker of Sabin. Ashton has been busy this fall, as he is a sophomore on the Moorhead High School football team. He is tied with Wisconsin driver Parker Jones for the INEX Semi-Pro National Points lead. Ashton will race at the INEX Dirt Nationals in North Carolina in November as he battles for the national title.

The Spiekers have bought Tye Wilke’s INEX Legend car — they picked it up after Saturday’s race at Buffalo River — and 12-year-old Gracin Spieker will join the legends cars next year. Both Spieker boys started in go-karts.

Rich Pavlicek of Casselton won the IMCA Sport Mod feature at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan on Saturday. He took home $1,000 for the win.

Track champions

Time to do my annual listing of track champions at the seven tracks in the area.

A handful of drivers won two track championships this year: Rob VanMil, Ryan Satter, Brady Gerdes, Tye Wilke, Brodee Eckerdt and Brendan Blascyk.

Several won their first track championships of their career, including Shawn Beto, Blascyk, Shawn Meyer, Ashton Spieker, Collin Compson, Tempest Trone and Jason Kast.

River Cities Speedway

NOSA Sprint: Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks

Wissota Late Model: Joey Pederson, East Grand Fork

Wissota Midwest Modified: Lance Schill, Langdon

Wissota Street Stock: Aaron Blacklance, Thief River Falls

Red River Valley Speedway

INEX Legends: Tye Wilke, Detroit Lakes

IMCA Modified: Dave Shipley, Argusville

IMCA Hobby Stock: Brodee Eckerdt, Grand Forks

IMCA Sport Mod: Scott Jacobson, Fargo

IMCA Stock Car: Rob VanMIl, Barnesville

IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car: Ty Hanten, West Fargo

Norman County Raceway

INEX Legends: Ashton Spieker, Sabin

Wissota Midwest Modified: Aaron Blacklance, Thief River Falls

IMCA Hobby Stock: Brodee Eckerdt

IMCA Sport Mod: Rich Pavlicek, Casselton

IMCA Stock Car: Rob VanMil

I-94 Sure Step Speedway

Viessman Late Model: Ben Wolden, Fergus Falls (has won every limited late model title at I-94 since the class started)

Short Tracker: Shawn Beto, Wahpeton

Wissota Late Model: Shawn Meyer, Wahpeton

Wissota Midwest Modified: Brendan Blascyk, Hoffman

Wissota Modified: Brady Gerdes, Villard

Wissota Street Stock: Ryan Satter, Dent

Viking Speedway

Wissota Midwest Modified: Brendan Blascyk

Wissota Modified: Brady Gerdes

Wissota Street Stock: Ryan Satter

Wissota Super Stock: Trevor Saurer, Dalton

Short Tracker: Kevin Wahl, Fergus Falls

Buffalo River Speedway

IMCA Sport Mod: Kelly Jacobson, Fargo

Minn-Kota Lightning Sprints: Alex Truscinski, Greenbush

INEX Legends: Tye Wilke

IMCA Modified: Jamie Schulz, Harwood

IMCA Hobby Stock: Scott Herron, Brainerd

Short Tracker: Jason Kast, Fairmount

Sheyenne Speedway

Mini Stock: Tempest Trone, Litchville

Hobby Stock: Jayden Michaelsohn, Aberdeen

INEX Legend: Collin Compson, Valley City

Wissota Street Stock: Jonny Carter, Lisbon

Wissota Midwest Modified: Zach Reinke, Lisbon

First Wins Club

Several drivers picked up their first career victories this season:

Chris Edmonds, Wissota Midwest Modified, Official Greenbush Race Park -- May 28

Kole Kampsen, Short Tracker, VIKING SPEEDWAY — May 28

Bailey Rosch, Wissota Super Stock, Viking Speedway — May 29

Shawn Beto, Short Tracker, I-94 Sure Step Speedway Fergus Falls — June 3

Kevin Wahl Short Tracker, Viking Speedway — June 11

Collin Compson, INEX Legend, Sheyenne Speedway — June 12

John Heacox, Mini Stock, Sheyenne Speedway -- June 12

Dalton Aabrekke, Hobby Stock, June 12 - Sheyenne Speedway

Amelia Eisenschenk, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint, June 23 — Norman County Raceway

Taylor Bitzan, Wissota Midwest Modified, Viking Speedway, July 9

Victoria Stutsky, Wissota Midwest Modified, Victory Lane Speedway, July 14

Andy Pake, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint, North Central Speedway -- Aug. 4

Lindsey Hansen, Wissota Midwest Modified, Casino Speedway, Aug. 21

Ryan Mund, Hobby Stock, Sheyenne Speedway, Aug. 28

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