Princeton Speedway: A good night for Justins
As families traveled north for the holiday weekend, almost 100 drivers took the exit for the Princeton Speedway and put on another great show of WISSOTA Amsoil dirt track racing series action. Fans filled the stands and as the features were completed they noticed a trend, it was a good night to be named Justin. Justin Oestreich, Justin Pogones, and Justin Jones all took home feature wins with Shane Sabraski and Troy Kuehl also being winners.
The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were the first feature of the night with David Siercks and John Nelson on the front row. Siercks took the lead and Ryan Bowers battled Nelson when the green waved. Justin Oestreich took over fourth and quickly made a pass moving into second. Oestreich then moved by Siercks and took the lead. Bowers and Jeremy Nelson battled for third when Oestreich began to lap slower cars. Bowers and Je. Nelson continued the fight for third, but now they also battled lapped cars. Bowers pulled ahead enough to take third while Denis Czech and Je. Nelson stayed on his bumper. Czech and Je. Nelson moved to the sides of Bowers and as they came down the front stretch contact was made and Nelson spun out. Nelson suffered a flat from the incident and was out of the race. Oestreich was first on the restart with Siercks and Bowers behind him. Bud Martini made his way through the traffic and moved into second. As another caution slowed the drivers down Martini was on Oestreich’s bumper. Oestreich and Martini sped away as the green flew and Martini went to Oestreich’s sides. Oestreich and Martini were neck and neck coming down the straight away, but Oestreich was faster out of the turns. Oestreich locked in his lead and didn’t look back cruising in first all the way to the checkered. Martini, Bowers, Mark Froehlich and Alan Bohlman took top points.
Tommy McGough took the lead as the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours came out for their feature. Kyle Thell Josh Abrahamson, Corry VanMil and Mitch Hribar took the top five as lap one was complete. Abrahamson and Thell battled for second but the yellow flew and slowed them down. McGough led the drivers through three more restarts before he was challenged. Troy Kuehl moved next to McGough as the green appeared again and they battled for first. McGough was holding the lead, but Kuehl was at his door and running strong. As the yellow flew again drivers were lined up according to the electronic transponder system. Kuehl had a minimal lead over McGough the last lap when they crossed the line, so Kuehl was now first on the restart. Kuehl took off as the green flew and he had McGough and Rob VanMil in his dust. R. VanMil moved to Kuehl’s door and they battled for first with McGough staying close behind. Kuehl was slightly faster and took the lead but R. VanMil raced at his bumper. Thell was closing in on McGough for third as R. VanMil made another move on Kuehl. Again, Kuehl held the lead but they were coming to slower cars. Kuehl and R. VanMil began to lap and again VanMil tried to take the lead. Kuehl kept first as the race was coming to an end. Kuehl and VanMil were close as the checkered flew, Kuehl crossed the line first and took the win with VanMil .267 seconds behind him.
Pat Zerfas and Kyle Howland led the WISSOTA Street Stocks onto the track for the next feature. Howland took the lead when the green flew with Ryan Kostreba grabbing second and Dave Read in third. Kostreba moved next to Howland for the lead and Justin Pogones slid next to Read for third just as the yellow would fly. The restart order was Howland, Kostreba and Read and Kostreba quickly took the lead when the green flew. Read moved into second, Pogones into third and Howland fell to fourth. Kostreba began to pull away while Pogones moved to the side of Read. Read pulled away from Pogones keeping second, but Pogones didn’t back down and moved aside him again. The yellow then flew again and drivers were realigned as Read left the track with a mechanical issue. The restart was Kostreba in first and now Pogones was in second. Behn Mensen was in third and battled Pogones for second as the green flew. Pogones held onto second and looked ahead at Kostreba. Kostreba had a comfortable lead, but Pogones slowly chased him down. With only two laps to go Pogones caught Kostreba and moved to his side. Kostreba and Pogones went door to door until the white flew when Pogones nosed ahead into the lead. Pogones held the lead and took the checkers winning his first feature at Princeton in over a year.
The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks were next up to race and Kyle Robideau and Chris Wark led the drivers through turn four. Wark quickly moved into the lead as the green flew with Robideau in second. Jake Goetze and Mike Mueller battled for third with Shane Sabraski and Max Dondelinger going for fifth. The first yellow of the race flew slowing down the drivers, and that would be the first of many yellows. Kyle Robideau led for two laps and two cautions until Shane Sabraski made his from third to first taking the lead. Sabraski then led the drivers through a few more cautions including a five car pile up in turn one. The cars were given a limit of 20 minutes but they were only able to complete eight laps. The race was called and Sabraski took the win with Robideau, Loomis, Gullikson and Goetze in the top five.
The Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds were the last feature of the night with Wayne Troseth and Jeff Patchen on the front row. As the green flew, Patchen, Troseth and Justin Jones went three wide for the lead. Jones and Patchen broke away but still battled for first as J.B. Stortz took third and Larry Zeller grabbed fourth. Patchen was able to sneak ahead of Jones and take the lead but Jones sped next to him again. Scott Splittstoesser had taken over fourth and he had Zeller and Clayton Wagamon on his bumper. Wagamon, Zeller and Splittstoesser all went for fourth with Wagamon getting the point. Jones moved next to Patchen again for the lead as the yellow flew and slowed him down. During the yellow, Stortz left the track with smoke coming from his car and that put Wagamon into third. Patchen was first on the restart and Jones again was at his side. Jones had more speed this round and took the lead with Patchen in second. Patchen moved next to Jones to take the lead, but Jones held it. Dustin Nelson, Tony Proell, and Shane Sabraski got together in turn one bringing out a yellow. Jones was first on the restart with Wagamon and Patchen behind him. Jones took the lead but Wagamon took second and was on Jones’ rear. Wagamon gave it a shot to take the lead, but Jones held it and drove away. Jones kept the lead and won the feature with Wagamon, Patchen, J.T. Johnson and Splittstoesser in the top five points.
Next Friday night the Upper Midwest Sprint car Series (UMSS) will be making a stop at the Princeton Speedway. The night will feature the UMSS Sprints as well as the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Mod Fours, Modifieds and Princeton Hornets. Adult and Senior prices in the grandstands will be raised by $2.00, all other admission will remain the same. Racing will start at 7pm.
Feature- Justin Jones, Clayton Wagamon, Jeff Patchen, J.T. Johnson, Scott Splittstoesser, Larry Zeller, Tim Alexander, Wayne Troseth, Tony Proell, Eric Bjorklund, Denny Holm, Dustin Nelson, Shane Sabraski, J.B. Stortz, Kris Peterson
Heat 1- Patchen, Zeller, Jones, Splittstoesser, Nelson, Bjorklund, Johnson, Peterson
Heat 2- Stortz, Wagamon, Sabraski, Troseth, Alexander, Holm
WISSOTA Super Stocks
Feature- Shane Sabraski, Kyle Robideau, Mike Loomis, Dan Gullikson, Jake Goetze, Max Dondelinger, Dexton Koch, Donnie Lofdahl, Adam Ayotte, Josh Anderson, Chris Johnson, Chris Wark, Kevin Kraemer, Mike Mueller, Tim Patchen, Dave Read, Brian Weber, Joel Collins
Heat 1- Loomis, Wark, Dondelinger, Ayotte, Johnson, Anderson
Heat 2- Sabraski, read, Mueller, Koch, Lofdahl, Kraemer
Heat 3- Gullikson, Robideau, Goetze, Patchen, Collins
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature- Justin Oestreich, Bud Martini, Ryan Bowers, Mark Frohliech, Alan Bohlman, Rob VanMil, Krystle Thom, Jason Meyer, Chad Fouquette, Ryan Putnam, Brian Strandberg, Denis Czech, Gino Fontecchio, Randy Grams, Dave Siercks, Jeremy Nelson, John Nelson, George Sniezek
Heat 1- Czech, Martini, Je. Nelson, VanMil, Froehlich, Fouquette, Matuska
Heat 2- Oestreich, Bowers, Bohlman, Grams, Strandberg, Thom, Putnam
Heat 3- Sabraski, Siercks, Jo. Nelson, Sniezek, Fontecchio, Meyer
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Feature- Justin Pogones, Ryan Kostreba, Behn Mensen, Kurt Becken, Brad Schmidt, Kyle Howland, Jeff Frey, Rick Nelson, Amanda Milbrandt, Russell Peterson, Pat Zerfas, Dave Read
Heat 1- Read, Mensen, Kostreba, Howland, Becken, Milbrandt
Heat 2- Pogones, Zerfas, Frey, Schmidt, Nelson, Peterson
WISSOTA Mod Fours
Feature- Troy Kuehl, Rob VanMil, Kyle Thell, Tommy McGough, Corry VanMil, Tommy Sabraski, Josh Abrahamson, Mitch Hribar, Ross Mead, Andy Mayauski, Dan Kastner, Dean Larson, David Anderson
Heat 1- Kuehl, McGough, Thell, Hribar, Sabraski, Larson, R. VanMil
Heat 2- C. VanMil, Abrahamson, Anderson, Mayauski, Mead, Kastner
Princeton Hornets- Gabby Volkers, Clay Blosberg, Lexy Kastner, Abby Garin, Maddie Zerfas, Courtney Murray, Jake Nicholson, John Schmitz, Brady Novak