With clouds rolling in and rain on the way, The Princeton Speedway pushed the entire race show within three hours and finished in the nick of time. The night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action was sponsored by Moon Motor Sports and Dave Read, Rob VanMil, Jeremy Nelson took home feature wins with Shane Sabraski taking home two.
The WISSOTA Street Stocks rolled onto the track for the night’s first feature. Kurt Becken and Brad Schmidt led the drivers to the green and Becken grabbed the lead. Schmidt, Ryan Kostreba and Kyle Howland went three wide for second with Schmidt grabbing the point. Kostreba held onto third and moved next to Schmidt for second. Kostreba took second and Dave Read took third as the first caution flew. Becken was first on the restart with Kostreba and Read in tow. Kostreba took over second with Read holding back Howland and Schmidt for third. Schmidt tried to take third but Read held it making Schmidt battle Howland and Behn Mensen for fourth. Justin Pogones was on the move and grabbed the low groove. Pogones went from seventh to fifth as they rounded turn two. Pogones then moved in on Schmidt for fourth as Kostreba worked Becken for the lead. Becken held the lead and Read slid next to Kostreba. Pogones took over fourth and caught Read and Kostreba, who were still battling for second. One more caution slowed the drivers down, and the restart was Becken strong in the lead. Read took second this time and moved to the door of Becken. Kostreba was in third with the orange 01 of Pogones at his door. Pogones took over third and Kostreba went to fourth as Read put the move on Becken. Read nosed ahead and with two laps to go, Read had locked in the lead. Pogones moved next to Becken for second as Read took the checkered and another feature win for his 2012 season. Becken kept second with Pogones, Kostreba and Mensen as the top drivers.
Tommy Bawden and Landon Atkinson led the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours onto the track for the next feature of the night. As green flew the drivers came out of turn two all going for the lead. Contact was made and Kyle Thell went flying off the back stretch barely missing the wall, Mitch Hribar was sitting on the back stretch with a bent up front end and Landon Atkinson coasted to the infield as his tire rolled down the track. All three racers were unable to continue as the drivers were realigned. The restart was Bawden and Rob VanMil leading the way and VanMil grabbed the lead as the green waved. Troy Kuehl took second with Dean Larson, Josh Abrahamson and Bawden as the top five drivers. Abrahamson challenged Larson for third, but Larson kept the point. Abrahamson kept close behind him as Kuehl closed in on VanMil. VanMil put his foot down and pulled away with Kuehl in a distant second. Kuehl’s car then spun around and the yellow flew. VanMil slowed down and Abrahamson and Larson got behind him on the restart. VanMil again sped away as the green flew with Abrahamson getting second and Larson keeping third. They ran that order the remaining laps until VanMil took the crossed the finish line taking the win.
The Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were next up to race, and as the green dropped Jason Meyer, Jeremy Nelson and Denis Czech went three wide for the lead. Nelson and Czech moved ahead and kept the battle for first with Ryan Bowers moving into third. The yellow flew for Justin Oestreich going around in turn two. The restart was Nelson with Czech and Bowers behind him. Bowers took second and Czech held third with Rob VanMil and Meyer in the top five. Dave Siercks then took the fifth point and moved in on VanMil as Shane Sabraski followed his path. Sabraski took over fifth and quickly moved into fourth while Bowers caught Nelson for the lead. Bowers and Nelson ran side by side battling for the top point as the yellow flew again. The drivers were realigned according to the transponder system, and Bowers was first on the last fully scored lap so he was first on the restart with Nelson and Czech behind him. Nelson moved to Bowers’ side when the green flew and they continued their battle for first with Sabraski and Czech going for third. Bowers finally was fast enough to take over the lead and Nelson settled into second and Czech in third. Bud Martini took fourth from Sabraski and moved in on Czech for third as Bowers caught slower drivers. Bowers made it around a lapped car, and Nelson closed in on Bowers. Nelson caught Bowers as the white flag waved, and they both came into slower cars again. Bowers and Nelson went into three with lapped cars, and as they came out of four the checkered was in sight. Nelson put the pedal down and flew ahead of Bowers just in time to take the feature win. Bowers finished in second just a tenth of a second behind Nelson.
Joel Collins and Josh Anderson brought the Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks onto the track for the next feature race. Anderson grabbed the lead as the green flew with Collins, Mike Loomis and Andy Davey taking top points. Loomis moved next to Collins for second with Davey, Devin Neske and Dave Read all going for fourth. Neske took fourth but Dan Gullikson moved next to him and they fought for fourth. Loomis and Collins were still battling for third while Anderson stretched out his lead. Collins edged ahead and took second with Loomis, Gullikson and Neske going for third. Neske took third and Loomis and Gullikson battled for fourth as the yellow flew. A series of cautions then took place over a few laps and when the race was going again, it was Neske in the lead with Gullikson and Sabraski behind him. Sabraski took second and tried to take the lead from Neske, but Neske held him off. With few laps to go, Sabraski moved next to Neske one more time, this time, Sabraski took the lead with Neske holding second. Sabraski led the remaining laps and took the feature win.
The Grand Casino WISSOTA Modifieds came on the track for the final feature of the night. Shawn Fletcher and Dustin Nelson took off as the green flew and Nelson took the early lead. Jeff Patchen and Shane Sabraski moved around Fletcher and battled for second with Fletcher back in fourth. Dave Cain quickly took fourth with Larry Zeller and Joey Jensen right behind him. Shane Sabraski took second and moved behind Nelson for the lead as the yellow flew. Nelson was first on the restart with Sabraski and Patchen behind him. Zeller went in between Patchen and Sabraski for second as Patchen grabbed the point. Sabraski however quickly took second and Patchen fell to third with Cain on his rear. Zeller was back in fifth and Jensen was at his side battling for the spot as Cain moved next to Patchen. Patchen held off Cain keeping third with Jensen moving to Cain’s door. Again the yellow flew and drivers were slowed down. Nelson was running strong in the lead with Sabraski and Patchen behind him. Sabraski took second with Patchen in third and as they came down the front stretch Patchen’s car went sideways and drivers scattered. Cain and Jensen slid by with no injury, however Zeller and Scott Splittstoesser got caught with Patchen. The yellow flew and drivers were sorted and towed off the track while Nelson resumed the lead. Sabraski and Cain battled for second as the green flew, they quickly joined Nelson and the three of them battled for first. Sabraski took the lead but Nelson didn’t back down and reclaimed the lead. Sabraski stayed next to Nelson, but Nelson was faster out of the turns and maintained his lead. Jensen was running in fourth, but suffered a mechanical issue and went into the infield that moved Dan Ebert into fourth. The sky began to sprinkle on the drivers as Ebert moved next to Cain for third and the leaders caught slower cars. With only two laps to go, Sabraski used the lapped traffic to take the lead from Nelson, Nelson kept close to Sabraski with only one lap to go. Nelson was close to Sabraski and Cain and Ebert were neck and neck for third as they all crossed the finish line. Sabraski took the checkered first and his second feature of the night. Nelson, Ebert, Cain and Curt Myers took the top points.
Next Friday is the Mille Lacs County Fair at the Princeton Speedway. Races will go on as regular, but fans will need to use the small gate near the 4H building when entering the fair to avoid buying a fair button. Drivers can enter the pit gates as normal, just remember to drive on the left side of the entrance so fair workers know you’re a racer. Racing resumes at 7pm.
Feature- Shane Sabraski, Dustin Nelson, Dan Ebert, Dave Cain, Curt Myers, Erik Peterson, Jeff Patchen, Shawn Fletcher, Tony Proell, Kris Peterson, Joey Jensen, Larry Zeller, Scott Splittstoesser, Toby Patchen, Logan Atkinson, Clayton Wagamon, Eric Bjorklund
Heat 1- Nelson, Jensen, J. Patchen, Zeller, Splittstoesser, Proell, Atkinson, T. Patchen, Bjorklund
Heat 2- Sabraski, Cain, Fletcher, Myers, Wagamon, Ebert, K. Peterson, E. Peterson
WISSOTA Super Stocks
Feature- Shane Sabraski, Devin Neske, Dan Gullikson, Mike Loomis, Kyle Robideau, Dave Read, Joel Collins, Donnie Lofdahl, Josh Anderson, Adam Ayotte, Cale Berry, Justin Haehn, Andy Davey, James Tranting III, Tim Patchen
Heat 1- Read, Sabraski, Loomis, Neske, Tranting III, Robideau, Patchen, Berry
Heat 2- Gullikson, Collins, Davey, Anderson, Ayotte, Haehn, Lofdahl
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature- Jeremy Nelson, Ryan Bowers, Bud Martini, Denis Czech, Shane Sabraski, Dan Ebert, Dave Siercks, Cory Bauman, Tim Siercks, Ryan Putnam, Doug Frederick, Jim Jacobson, Gino Fontecchio, Colbie Gallipo, George Sniezek, Jason Meyer, Rob VanMil, Brian Standberg, Justin Oestreich
Heat 1- Oestreich, Martini, Nelson, Sabraski, Bauman, Jacobson
Heat 2- Bowers, Meyer, Fontecchio, Standberg, Sniezek, Ebert
Heat 3- Czech, D. Siercks, VanMil, Putnam, Gallipo, Frederick
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Feature- Dave Read, Kurt Becken, Justin Pogones, Ryan Kostreba, Behn Mensen, Brad Schmidt, Kyle Howland, Amanda Milbrandt, Pat Zerfas, James Dougherty
Heat 1- Becken, Pogones, Howland, Schmidt, Dougherty
Heat 2- Mensen, Read, Kostreba, Zerfas, Milbrandt
WISSOTA Mod Fours
Feature- Rob VanMil, Josh Abrahamson, Dean Larson, Tommy Bawden, Nick Jelacie, Andy Mayavski, Dan Kastner, Troy Kuehl, Ross Mead, Landon Atkinson, Kyle Thell, Mitch Hribar
Heat 1- VanMil, Abrahamson, Hribar, Larson, Mead, Kastner
Heat 2- Kuehl, Atkinson, Thell, Bawden, Jelacie, Mayavski
Princeton Hornets- Gabby Volkers, Lexy Kastner, Jake Nicholson, Zac Hribar, Abby Garin, Courtney Murray, Lindsay Zerfas, Noah Olson, Lexi Gallagher