Wilke, Jacobson, Reinke, Johnson Lead Buffalo River Winners
RaceChaser was back at Buffalo River Speedway near Glyndon on Sunday. It was a busy night with more than 100 cars on hand.
The Wissota Midwest Modifieds were on hand again; they are running some shows in July while Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon is off. The IMCA Hobby Stocks had more than 20 cars on hand for their tour finale.
The IMCA Hobby Stocks took center stage on this night as part of the Mid-Summer Hobby Stock Tour and were running for $1,000 to win. My pre-race pick was Cory Probst of Brewster, Minn., the defending IMCA Hobby Stock national champion; however he was one of seven cars not to finish.
Dylan Nelson of Adel, Iowa survived the field to pick up the winning check. Chase Peterson of Milaca, who started dead last on the field, came back to finish second with Brandon Bombardo of Lonsdale third. Luke Trebelhorn of Buffalo Lake was fourth, and the top local finisher was Brad Orvedal of Fargo, who took fifth.
The INEX Legends kicked off the features on Sunday and put on a heck of a show. Tony Brockhouse of Glyndon set the pace for 19 1/2 laps — but didn’t lead the one that mattered as Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes, interviewed above, made a final lap pass to take a thrilling win.
Brockhouse took the lead from the green. Wilke started back in 10th; he followed Ryan Braseth of Ulen to the front of the field. Braseth started eighth.
Second-year driver Zander Bauer of Gwinner was running in the top five as well.
Wilke moved into second and closed in on Brockhouse. Braseth was battling Bauer for the third spot.
With two laps to go, the first caution of the race waved as Braseth’s #29 machine came to a halt. I didn’t see what happened but his night was over.
After another caution for a spin, that set up a three-lap sprint to the finish. Brockhouse got off to a great start, but Wilke closed the gap; on the final lap he set up to get a big run off of turn two, which he did, and got beside Brockhouse. He edged ahead in turns three and four and got a good run off of four to take the win by a half car length. Brockhouse settled for second, Bauer ran a solid third. Brian Frederick of Gwinner and Alex Braseth of Ulen rounded out the top five.
Young Collin Compson, 13, of Valley City had a solid finish, taking sixth.
Wilke put on a heck of a show in his #72 machine. Frankly he’s been the fastest Legend car in the region the past two years, at least from my perspective.
Hunter Goulet of Fargo, interviewed above, started on the outside pole in the Short Tracker feature and pretty much ran away from the field. The Short Trackers, which had just seven of the 10 cars finish, got really strung out, which is unusual.
Hunter Goulet won by a decisive margin with Chase Golliet taking second. David Wahl of Fergus Falls was third, point leader Levi Lease of Harwood was fourth and Jake Karch of Fergus Falls was fifth.
Brandon Ferris of Moorhead led the early part of the IMCA Sport Mod feature with Torey Fischer of West Fargo in pursuit. Scott Jacobson of Fargo, who started ninth, was battling Fischer for the second spot.
A multi-car incident in turns three and four brought out the caution, and Scott Jacobson established control after that. He passed Ferris for the lead and went on to take his fifth victory of the 2021 season. Scott’s son, Kelly Jacobson, started seventh but finished a solid second. Ferris ran third with Fischer taking fourth for her seventh top five of the year. Landon Maatz of Walcott rounded out the top five.
The higher lane was the place to be in the Wissota Midwest Modified feature. Zach Reinke of Lisbon, interviewed above, found that out early; he started on the outside pole and led every lap for his first victory of the season. Reinke is driving a Rage Chassis in 2021.
Scott “Rebel” Bintz of Jamestown had to battle with Lucas Rodin of Marion for much of the race for the second spot. Aaron Blacklance of Thief River Falls, who won the Rebel Midwest Mod Tour stop at Greenbush Race Park on Saturday, got by Nate Reinke for the fourth spot.
Zach Reinke picked up the win with Bintz holding off Rodin for second. Blacklance and Nate Reinke rounded out the top five. Brennan Urbach of Lisbon started 10th and finished sixth.
Kelsi Pederson of East Grand Forks looked on her way to a feature win in the POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprint feature; however with about five laps to go she pulled off. Chris Crowder of Colorado Springs assumed the lead and went not to take the win over Alex Truscinski of Fargo. Travis Sureus of Fargo was third, Patrick Brejcha
Jesse Skalicky of Fargo had a great weekend in his #3S IMCA Modified. He won his first A mod feature at his home track, Red River Valley on Friday, and won the IMCA Modified makeup feature at Buffalo River earlier in the evening. He was looking for three wins on the weekend.
Adam Johnson of Hill City, Minn., led early but Michael Johnson of Moorhead, who started fourth was working the lower line effectively and pressured for the lead. Skalicky also was on the move into the top three.
Johnson, racing only for the fourth night this season, was too strong on this night, fending off Skalicky for his first win of 2021. Skalicky capped off a terrific weekend with a runner-up finish; he finished in the top two in all three features he raced this weekend.
Jeff Ogden of Fargo — who has one of the most unique looking mods around — finished a solid third. John Nord of Enderlin started eighth but worked up to fourth by the checkered with the always consistent Tyler Hall of Fertile taking fifth. In 16 features this year, Hall has 11 top five finishes and 15 top 10s.
Jonny Carter Wins Steffes Tour Feature at Casino
Jonny Carter of Lisbon won the Steffes Street Stock feature Sunday night at Casino Speedway in Watertown. It was Carter's second tour win of the season; he won at River Cities Speedway earlier this year. Carter started 11th on the 24-car field.
Kyle Dykhoff of Starbuck capped of an excellent weekend to finish second; he won at Madison on Saturday and was second at Fiesta City on Friday.
Justin Vogel of Brooten was the hard charger, finishing third after starting in 18th. Andy Rossow of Florence was fourth and Hunter Carter of Fargo was fifth.
Broking Wins Advantage RV Mod Tour at Bemidji
Johnny Broking of Grand Rapids won the Advantage RV Mod Tour feature Sunday at Bemidji Speedway. Tyler Peterson of Hickson took second. Bob Broking of Grand Rapids was third, Ryan Gierke of Villard was fourth and Zach Johnson of Lowry was fifth.