Rodin Wins Wissota Midwest Mod Special at Buffalo River
I was back at Buffalo River Speedway as the 1/4-mile oval near Glyndon returned to action with a Wissota Midwest Modified special. I think everyone was surprised to see a whopping 37 midwest mods on hand.
Car counts were good in every class as Buffalo River surpassed 100 cars. There was a great crowd on hand as well.
Truth is, there were a lot of factors to this. For one the payout was good, with $1,300 set to go to the winner. Plus, Jamestown Speedway didn’t run mid mods this week with the Dakota Classic Modified Tour, and Sheyenne Speedway is off in July. Cars from both tracks were at Buffalo River on Sunday.
There were some big guns in attendance, including national point leader Scott Bintz of Jamestown, former national champion Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls, Lucas Rodin of Marion and Aaron Blacklance of Thief River Falls, among several others.
It was Rodin who stood tall on Sunday, picking up his eighth victory of the season. Rodin started fourth on the 24-car grid and captured the victory. That SSR chassis has been fast all year; he leads the points at Sheyenne Speedway.
Justin Jones of Bemidji, who is very familiar with Buffalo River, finished second after starting on the inside pole while veteran Jason Grimes of Jamestown was third after starting 10th.
It was an excellent run for Laine Schwehr of Sanborn; he started sixth and finished fourth, which was a season-best finish. Schwehr has been running solid of late.
Blacklance, who has 11 wins between his midwest modified and street stock, finished fifth after starting ninth. The hard charger was Reise Stenberg of Argusville, who started 23rd and finished eighth.
Only 14 of the 24 starters finished.
Brennan Borg of Harwood won an IMCA Stock Car feature on May 14 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo and has run well this season — but that second win was elusive until Sunday. He started fifth on the 11-car field and picked up the win over Travis Robertson of Moorhead. Thomas Ahrndt of Hawley was third, Brandon Schmidt of Hillsboro fourth and Rob VanMil of Barnesville fifth.
A nice 14-car field was on hand for the IMCA Hobby Stocks. Aitkin, Minn., driver Devin Larson picked up the win over current BRS point leader Brad Orvedal of Fargo. Chris Seidel of Brainerd was third, Scott Herron of Brainerd was fourth and Todd Gettle of Mahnomen fifth.
Ryan Braseth of Ulen topped his brother Alex for the INEX Legends feature. Zander Bauer of Gwinner was third, Joshua Wiest of Jamestown was fourth and Brian Frederick of Gwinner fifth. A nice 16-car field was on hand.
Ben Wolden of Fergus Falls has been the top gun since the Limited Late Models came to western Minnesota four years ago. He is piling up the victories this season, picking up his 11th in 18 starts on Sunday. Larry Samuelson of Erhard finished a season-best second while Scott Zimmerman of Rothsay was third. Nick Thoreson of Fort Ransom was fourth and Andrew Tysdal of Fergus Falls was fifth.
Matt Pederson of Lake Park won the Short Tracker feature over Casey Stremick of Harwood. Levi Lease of Harwood, the season-point leader, finished third while Jake Karch of Fergus Falls was fourth. Brandon Fletschock of Dilworth was fifth. Lease now has a seven-point lead in the season standings over Chase Golliet of Fargo.
—Nate Reinke of Lisbon had tough luck in his heat race as something broke in the #71 machine; he left on the hook. He made a good charge through the field in the B main from 16th to seventh but didn’t quite make the A main.
—Two side notes on the hobby stocks — first, Alyssa White of West Fargo, who’s raced the #14 IMCA Hobby Stock in the region the last few years, was honored during the program. She left Sunday night for basic training. Also, the move to Sundays has helped the hobby stock class as five of the cars were from the Brainerd area.
—Gronwold had a drive shaft break in his heat race, ending his night.
—Jason Strand of Portland, a late model rookie, hopped behind the wheel of one of Jory Berg’s Wissota Midwest Modifieds. Strand had raced previously in the Midwest modified and IMCA Mod classes. He made the feature but did not finish.
—Another rookie, Mike Greseth of Harwood hopped behind the wheel of a midwest modified, driving the #28 car owned by Brennon Weight.
Anderson Wins Steffes Tour Stop at Granite City
Parker Anderson of Phillips, Wis., continues his domination of the Steffes Street Stock Tour, picking up his sixth tour win Sunday at Granite City Motor Park.
Justin Vogel of Brooten was second, Justin Pogones of Princeton third, Kyle Genett of Auburndale, Wis., fourth and Jeff Nowak of Wausau was fifth.
Some cars had tough like the night before at Ogilvie — that included defending tour champion Jonny Carter of Lisbon, who blew a motor and Kyle Dykhoff of Starbuck who was involved in a crash that ended his weekend.
Anderson leads with six wins, while Vogel, Royce Jawaski, Jonny Carter and Kyle Anderson (who finished sixth on Sunday) each have one.
The tour is at I-94 Sure Step Speedway in Fergus Falls for a doubleheader this Friday and Saturday.
Dave Cain of Corcoran won the Advantage RV Mod Tour stop at Granite City. Dan Ebert, who won Friday and Saturday, was second with point leader Shane Sabraski taking third. Ryan Gierke of Villard was sixth and Tyler Peterson of Hickson was seventh.