Putting a Wrap on the Local Racing 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.
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.
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
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
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