Friday night’s races at the Princeton Speedway did not disappoint with a night of thrilling WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The night and its entirety was completed in just over two hours with minimal cautions and exciting features. Denis Czech, Justin Pogones, Shane Sabraski, Dean Larson and Larry Zeller all took home wins.
The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were the first feature of the night. As the green flew Cory Bauman and Mike Kyllonen were leading the drivers through the curves. While they came through turn two Bauman went around and drivers scattered to miss him. The drivers were realigned with Tim Siercks and Kyllonen leading the pack. Siercks quickly claimed the lead with Matuska and Kyllonen behind him. Denis Czech moved up and went three wide for second with Matuska and Kyllonen. Czech took second and Jeremy Nelson took over third. Bud Martini took over fourth and Matuska held onto fifth. Shane Sabraski and Ryan Bowers moved in on Matuska as Czech moved next to Siercks for the lead. Siercks held the lead but Nelson and Czech were right on his rear. Czech and Nelson went to Siercks’ sides and went three wide for the lead. Siercks kept a slight lead with Czech, Nelson and Martini going for second. Nelson then went to the high side of the track and put his foot down. He flew past Siercks and took the lead with Martini following him and moving into second. Czech held third with Siercks falling to fourth. Sabraski and Bowers ran on Siercks’ tail while Bowers moved to his side. Bowers took fourth and Sabraski took fifth while Nelson and Martini started to lap slower cars. Martini and Czech stayed close to Nelson while they made their way through the slower cars. Martini moved next to Nelson and battled for the lead with Czech on their bumpers. As the white was in sight, Martini and Nelson were fighting for first while in heavy lapped traffic, contact was made between the two of them and they both got loose. Everyone kept going, including Czech who had flown past Nelson and Martini on the low side and took over the lead. Nelson and Martini continued to battle not knowing Czech had passed them for the lead. Czech took the checkers and won the race with Nelson, Martini, Bowers and Sabraski as the top finishers.
The WISSOTA Street Stocks were next up to race their feature. Jim Gullikson took the lead as the green flew with Jon Gunderson in second and Amanda Milbrandt battled Brad Schmidt for third. Schmidt took third and Milbrandt settled in fourth with Justin Pogones in fifth behind her. Pogones quickly took over fourth and moved next to Schmidt for third. Pogones took third and started in on Gunderson while Kurt Becken broke into the top five. Pogones and Gunderson battled for second with Pogones taking the point. Gullikson had a half track lead over the remaining cars, so Pogones started to chase him down. Schmidt moved next to Gunderson for third with Becken right behind them. Schmidt took third and Becken took fourth while Ryan Kostreba took over fifth and Gunderson fell to sixth. Kostreba moved next to Becken for fourth and they had a multiple lap side by side battle for the point. While others were battling Gullikson had the cruise set in the lead, however Pogones was closing in on him. Gullikson began to catch slower cars while Pogones moved behind him. Gunderson then suffered a mechanical issue and didn’t make it all the way off the track bringing the yellow out. The restart put Pogones and Schmidt right on Gullikson’s rear for first. The green flew and Pogones and Schmidt battled for second. Gullikson ran in the lead but Pogones, Schmidt and Kostreba were right behind him. As the drivers came through turn four and the white was ready to fly, Schmidt was low and Gullikson was high, Pogones went from the high side and drove right in between his two competitors. As they crossed the line Pogones had taken over the lead with one lap to go. Pogones led that final lap and took the checkers after a very exciting pass. The crowd cheered in excitement as Pogones took victory lane.
Joel Collins and Adam Ayotte led the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks onto the track for the next feature. Collins took the lead as the green waved and Shane Sabraski took second. Sabraski wasted no time and took the lead putting Collins into second. Ayotte and Collins battled for second with Dan Gullikson and Chris Wark behind them. The yellow flew and slowed down drivers with Sabraski in the lead. Sabraski took off as the green flew with Mike Loomis taking second with Gullikson and Wark behind them. Gullikson moved next to Loomis for second as Sabraski sped away. Loomis and Gullikson kept up the battle for second with Wark behind them. Gullikson took second after a few laps of battling but Loomis kept next to him keeping the battle active. Josh Anderson made his way from the back of the pack up behind Wark for fourth and with a few laps to go Anderson took the point and Wark settled into fifth. Sabraski had a full straightaway lead over the other drivers as he claimed the checkered flag and won. Loomis took second with Gullikson, Anderson and Wark as the top five.
The Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours were up next to race with Dwight Gilyard and Dean Larson on the front line. Larson took the lead with Gilyard, Mitch Hribar, Landon Atkinson and Kyle Thell taking top points. Josh Abrahamson and Troy Kuehl moved next to Thell for fifth with Abrahamson taking the point. Hribar was working Gilyard for second and Hribar took the point putting Gilyard in third. Abrahamson then took fourth from Atkinson and quickly took third from Abrahamson. Larson was running strong in front with a lot of open space behind him. Kuehl moved into firth and then took fourth and started to catch Abrahamson while Abrahamson moved in on Hribar. Hribar held off Abrahamson for a bit, but Abrahamson took over putting Hribar in third. With two laps to go, Hribar had Kuehl on his rear and they battled for third. Larson kept the cruise on and won the feature with Abrahamson in second. Hribar held off Kuehl and took third with Gilyard taking fifth. Larson did his traditional victory dance by climbing the fence, which the fans loved, this was Larson’s first win at Princeton this season.
The Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds were the last feature of the night with Kris Peterson and Tony Proell leading the drivers. Proell took first when the green flew with Dustin Nelson grabbing second. As they completed the second lap Brett Johnson got turned on the backstretch and the drivers went all over to avoid him. Shawn Fletcher however had nowhere to go and hit the side of Johnson’s car. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted with Johnson and Fletcher no longer able to race. The restart was Proell with Nelson and J.T. Johnson behind him. Nelson took the lead with Proell and Johnson going for second. Johnson took second while Shane Sabraski took fourth and then third. J.B. Stortz and Proell moved next to Sabraski to take back third and Stortz took the point. Proell took fourth and Sabraski was back to fifth. Stortz moved next to Johnson for second while Larry Zeller made it into fifth. Zeller then took fourth leaving Proell and Sabraski going for fifth. Stortz was running so fast around the track that he ended up losing it in turn two and the yellow flew. Nelson was first on the restart with Johnson and Zeller behind him. Zeller put the pedal down and went to the high side of the track. Zeller quickly passed Johnson and Nelson becoming the leader. Zeller ran strong in the lead, but with three laps to go Sabraski made it into second and caught Zeller. Sabraski ran on Zeller’s rear, left side and right side but Zeller pulled out of turn four faster and kept the lead. As the checkered waved Zeller had a .43 second lead over Sabraski and took the win. Sabraski, Stortz, Nelson and Johnson finished in the top five.
Races next week are sponsored by Princeton Auto Center and will resume at 7pm.
Feature- Larry Zeller, Shane Sabraski, JB Stortz, Dustin Nelson, J.T. Johnson, Kris Peterson, Tony Proell, Eric Bjorklund, Shawn Fletcher, John Schulke, Brett Johnson
Heat 1- Nelson, Fletcher, B. Johnson, Proell, Atkinson, Schulke
Heat 2- Zeller, Sabraski, Johnson, Peterson, Bjorklund, Stortz
WISSOTA Super Stocks
Feature- Shane Sabraski, Mike Loomis, Dan Gullikson, Josh Anderson, Chris Wark, Dexton Koch, Kyle Robideau, Justin Haehn, Tristan Labarge, Adam Ayotte, Joel Collins, Toby Patchen
Heat 1- Sabraski, Loomis, Wark, Patchen, Koch, Haehn, Jon McCain
Heat 2- Gullikson, Collins, Ayotte, Anderson, Labarge, Robideau
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature- Denis Czech, Jeremy Nelson, Bud Martini, Ryan Bowers, Shane Sabraski, Tim Siercks, Kyle Matuska, Zach Stewart, Gino Fontecchio, Jon Frolik, Dave Siercks, Mike Kyllonen, George Sniezek, Kevin Kraemer, Cory Bauman, Randy Grams, Krystle Thom, Jacob Toepper, Ryan Putnam, John Nelson, Elizabeth Toepper
Heat 1- Martini, Bowers, T. Siercks, Jo. Nelson, Fontecchio, E. Toepper, Frolik
Heat 2- Je. Nelson, Czech, Kyllonen, Stewart, D. Siercks, Grams, Putnam
Heat 3- Sabraski, Matuska, Bauman, Kraemer, Sniezek, Thom, J. Toepper
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Feature- Justin Pogones, Jim Gullikson, Brad Schmidt, Ryan Kostreba, Behn Mensen, Kurt Becken, Pat Zerfas, Kyle Howland, Dan Foss, Amanda Milbrandt, Chad Weyer, Jon Gunderson
Heat 1- Mensen, Pogones, Gunderson, Schmidt, Howland, Zerfas
Heat 2- Gullikson, Becken, Milbrandt, Kostreba, Foss, Weyer
WISSOTA Mod Fours
Feature- Dean Larson, Josh Abrahamson, Mitch Hribar, Troy Kuehl, Dwight Gilyard, Landon Atkinson, Ross Mead, Kyle Thell, Mike Rau, Matt Staab, Tom Hoeft, Andy Mayavski, Nick Jelacie, Dan Kastner
Heat 1- Abrahamson, Kuehl, Thell, Rau, Mead, Staab, Mayavski
Heat 2- Atkinson, Hribar, Larson, Gilyard, Hoeft, Kastner, Jelacie
Princeton Hornets- Clay Blosberg, Matthew Dibb, Gabby Volkers, Abby Garin, Sam Lungstrom, Lindsay Zerfas, Josh Paulson, Tony Baker, Courtney Murray, Lexy Kastner