Todd Carter, Zach Reinke Lead Winners at Sheyenne; Tyler Peterson Makes it 2 in a Row at Casino
I made it back to Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon for their weekly show on Sunday. There were 78 cars in attendance in five classes — an excellent field — along with a almost full grandstand.
It was the final night of the North Dakota Legends Tour with 13 cars in attendance. The Legends have been on a good show both nights they've been at Sheyenne.
I took a few laps with co-promoter Hunter Carter in the water truck during Sunday’s program. The biggest issue with the track has been blending the new dirt put on the track last fall with the old surface. While not perfect with some issues at the bottom of turns one and two, the track was better and was fairly racy in the features with a couple of decent lines. The high line came around this week which was encouraging. It is a work in progress for sure. Carter is putting in a boatload of hours working on the track each week and things will get there.
Lisbon driver Bo Gregor, interviewed above, is looking very tough right now in the Pure Stocks. He worked into the lead early using the low line and went on to take a pretty solid win, his third in four trips to Sheyenne. Hayden Aberle of LaMoure ran well and took second, and Zach Nord, who has a win at Sheyenne already, was third. Jayden Michaelsohn of Aberdeen and Dillon Thorpe of Monango fifth.
There were 14 Pure Stocks in attendance which to be is a good total. Several tracks have struggled to get to 10 cars.
Tim Estenson of Fargo started on the pole and figured to be tough to beat in the INEX Legends; after all he has more than 50 Legends Car feature wins in his short career. Sunday’s triumph might have been one of the hardest fought of the young driver’s career, as he and Andrew Jochim of Glyndon waged a battle for the ages in the INEX Legends feature. In fact, there was about a five-car breakaway on the field for a while. Donovan Wiest of Wishek was battling for the lead with Estenson and Jochim, but mechanical trouble ended his night.
Jochim would get beside Estenson a several times on the high side going into Turn 1, but the Fargo driver was a tad quicker in turns one and two. Despite the pressure from Jochim, Estenson didn’t flinch and maintained his line for his 53rdINEX Legend win of his career. . Jochim made a last charge on the outside but slid back a few spots and ended up fifth.
Moorhead driver Brody Carlsrud looked good again in the B1 car and settled for second over Andrew Sommerfeld of Alexandria, Minn., and Terry Sahr of Jamestown.
Estenson’s win was his second in three days. He won the NLSA Lightning Sprint feature Friday at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo.
Jonny Carter of Lisbon had a three-night winning streak in the Wissota Street Stocks, but that streak came to an end on Sunday, thanks to his uncle, Todd Carter, who was interviewed above. Todd Carter took the lead early in Sunday’s feature, and weathered challenges from Jonny Carter and Bob Banish Jr. of Milnor for his first win of 2019. Carter and Banish were both fast and battled very hard for second with Jonny Carter prevailing. Jerry “Old Man” Lamb was charged with a caution early in the race but battled back for fourth while veteran Royce Jawaski of Horace was fifth.
With all of the rainouts, it was only Todd Carter’s fifth night of the season on the track in his 19 machine. He was second to Jonny Carter at Dacotah Speedway on May 31 and at Sheyenne on June 2, so he was pretty happy finding victory lane.
Brennan Urbach of Englevale led the first several laps of the Wissota Midwest Modified feature but the car on the move was Zach Reinke of Lisbon (interviewed above). The No. 22 car found some speed on a lower line, and ended up taking the lead when Urbach had a slip up on the high side. Reinke’s next competition ended up being his brother, Nate; but Zach wasn’t going to be denied in picking up his first win of the season. Nate Reinke was second, and Lucas “The Nightmare” Rodin really was solid all night, taking third. He battled with Urbach for the lead early.
Jonny Carter hopped behind the wheel of Randy Klein’s No. 88 car; it was the second time behind the wheel of a midwest modified in his career. He had a good run, finishing fourth after starting seventh. I get the strong feeling he could get behind the wheel of a car in any division and do well. Jeffrey Schwind Jr. of Jamestown also ran in the top five all night and finished fifth in the 19-car field.
Ryan Gierke made the long trip over from Villard, Minn, and had a solid run, finishing eighth after starting 14th.
The long haul award, at least in the midwest modifieds, goes to Aaron Blacklance of Thief River Falls, Minn. It’s a three-hour plus trip to Sheyenne for Blacklance; I visited with him and plans to continue to race weekly at Norman County Raceway in Ada and River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks and do some traveling on Saturday and Sunday nights. In addition to those two tracks, Blacklance has already raced at Fiesta City Speedway in Montevideo, Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Ogilvie Raceway, and Bemidji Speedway after opening the year in Humboldt, Kan. Blacklance was pretty competitive in his first trip to Sheyenne and ran in the top seven or eight but wound up in 12th.
14-year-old Kelby Anderson of Fort Ransom really looked fast on Sunday and took the win, his second of the season. Neil Walton of Englevale worked through the field and finished second after starting 12th and Matt Bogart of Milnor was third after starting ninth. Gavin Walton of Englevale was fourth and Mason Bogart of Milnor fifth.
The Mini Stocks had 20 cars in attendance with 18 taking the feature.
Peterson Makes It 2 in a Row at Casino
—Congrats to Tyler Peterson of Hickson for winning the second straight feature in the Wissota Modifieds at Casino Speedway in Watertown. Former national champ Mike Stearns of Aberdeen was second.
—Maria Broksieck of Goodwin outdueled defending Wissota national champ Justin Vogel of Brooten for the Wissota Street Stock feature win.