Fans were treated to more than just a regular night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action Friday night at the Princeton Speedway. Among the regular scheduled program of all six classes, the track ran all four make-up features from June 21, making it a night of ten features. Dan Gullikson, Bud Martini and Kyle Thell all took home double feature wins with Eric Martini, Andy Jones, Kurt Becken and Matthew Dibb all taking home singles.
The first feature of the night was the make-up feature for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Ryan Putnam and Dave Siercks brought the drivers to the line and they battled as the green flew. Putnam grabbed the lead with Bud Martini moving into second. Putnam cruised around the quarter mile bull ring leaving his left front at home, but he spun out and the yellow flew. Martini assumed the lead and led through a series of cautions. Martini held his lead with Siercks and Matuska behind him. Putnam made his way back into the top five and as the checkers flew. Martini took the win with Siercks, Matuska, Putnam and Jeffrey Lien, Jr. in the top positions.
After a first lap caution in the WISSOTA Mod Four make-up feature, Kyle Thell took the lead with Brandon Linquist in second and Mitch Hribar battling Dean Larson for third. Thell immediately stretched out a lead but the yellow flew for Dan Kastner spinning in turn two.
Thell was first on the restart with Larson taking over second. Landon Atkinson moved into fourth and took third from Hribar. Atkinson took second and moved right behind Thell. With the white flying Atkinson was giving Thell all he had, but Thell held the lead and took the win. Atkinson settled in second with Cory VanMil, Keith Thell and Brandon Linquist in the top five.
Donnie Lofdahl and Dan Gullikson brought the WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green and Gullikson quickly took the lead. Dave Read moved into second with Lofdahl and Dexton Koch going for third. Read was on Gullikson’s bumper and he went to his side for first. Gullikson pulled away as Lofdahl’s car went off the tracks high side and the yellow waved.
Gullikson was first on the restart with Sabraski and Read in tow. Read again grabbed second with Sabraski getting third. Read and Sabraski followed Gullikson’s lead as they drove away from the competition. Read made a few pokes at Gullikson to try and take the lead, but Gullikson held the line. As the checkers were raised, Sabraski moved to Read’s door and they crossed the line side by side. Gullikson took the make-up feature win with Read in second and Sabraski, Kyle Robideau and Mike Loomis rounding out the top five.
The WISSOTA Modifieds were the final make-up feature of the night with Andy Jones and Larry Zeller in charge. Jones, Zeller and Sabraski went three-wide for the lead as the green flew and Jones took the point. Jones began to pull away while Zeller took second and J.B. Stortz grabbed third. As the drivers went through turn three, Todd Lofgren went sideways tying up Dustin Nelson and Andy Gordon bringing the yellow out.
Jones was first on the restart with J.B. Stortz in second. Shane Sabraski moved into third while Jeffrey Lien, Jr. took fourth. Jones, Stortz and Sabraski began to pull away, but Sabraski went off the tracks edge. Jones kept the lead as the green reappeared with Stortz and Lien, Jr. behind him. Jones won the feature even with Stortz, Lien, Jr., Shawn Fletcher and Andy Gordon in the top five.
Lexy Kastner and Brennon Gave led the Hornets on the track for the next feature. Matthew Dibb quickly worked his way from fourth into the lead and didn’t look behind him. Zac Hribar ran in second with Dannie Burkholder and Erik Gruhlke behind him. With few laps to go, Burkholder was forced into the infield which he took advantage of and came back on the track maintaing fourth. Burkholder moved to Gruhlke’s side and battled for third while Dibb grabbed the win. Hribar finished in second with Burkholder, Gruhlke and Quain Bustizky in the top points.
The WISSOTA Street Stocks kicked off the nights regular features with Amanda Milbrandt and Kurt Becken in the lead. Becken grabbed first with Brad Schmidt taking second. Kyle Howland and Ryan Kostreba battled for third as the first yellow flew. The feature would host six cautions making it tough for drivers to make moves. Kurt Becken kept his lead through the cautions while Schmidt held second. Ryan Kostreba locked in third while Justin Pogones and Kyle Howland battled for fourth. Howland took the point and Pogones settled in fifth while the race progressed. Becken, Schmidt, Kostreba, Howland and Pogones ran that order the majority of the race and finished in those same positions with Kurt Becken taking the trophy home.
Kyle Thell, Andy Mayavski and Dean Larson all battled for first as the green dropped for the WISSOTA Mod Four Feature. Mayavski grabbed the lead with Thell holding close in second. Thell moved to Mayavski’s side and quickly took the lead with Luke Johnson, Larson and Corry VanMil battling for third. A caution slowed the drivers down and put Johnson and Mayavski on Thell’s rear. Thell quickly pulled away when the lights went green and Mayavski took second.
Landon Atkinson made his way into the top points, moved passed Larson and to Mayavki’s side. Atkinson took second and started to chase down Thell who was a straight-away away. Atkinson caught Thell with two laps to go, but Thell was able to hold him back and took his second feature win of the night. Atkinson, Johnson, VanMil and Mayavski took the top five points.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were up and they ran their feature flag to flag. 14 year old Jeffrey Lien, Jr. grabbed the lead when the green flew with Dave Siercks making his way into second. Siercks ran on Lien, Jr.’s rear and they pulled away from others. Kyle Matuska moved into third, but Bud Martini moved into fourth, and then third. Martini slid passed Siercks taking second and was soon at Lien, Jr.’s side. Lien, Jr. gave Martini a challenge, but Martini pulled away claiming the lead.
Siercks now moved next to Lien, Jr. and they ran door to door for second. The laps ticked by and Lien, Jr. and Siercks were still side by side. Two laps remained when Martini began to lap, but all eyes were glued on Lien, Jr. and Siercks fighting for that second point. As Martini took the checkered flag Lien, Jr. gave it all he had and crossed the finish line ahead of Siercks getting second. Todd Rizer and Kyle Matuska finished out the top five.
The WISSOTA Super Stocks followed the Midwest Mod’s and also ran a caution free feature. Donnie Lofdahl claimed the lead when the green flew with Dan Gullikson, Josh Schmit and Chris Wark going three wide for second. Wark and Gullikson broke away from Schmit but they kept the fight for second going. Gullikson locked in second and Wark claimed third with Dexton Koch and Kevin Burdick battling for fourth. Gullikson moved to Lofdahl’s door for first and after a short battle he took the lead. Gullikson immediately drove away from the others as Wark began to work on Lofdahl. Koch and Shane Sabraski moved in on Wark’s rear and Wark turned his attention to them.
Koch ran the high side and Sabraski was sneaking down low as Wark tried to hold them back. Koch was first at making the pass taking third, and then Sabraski made his pass putting Wark back in fifth. Koch took second from Lofdahl and Sabraski followed also passing Lofdahl. Gullikson caught some slower cars, but weaved through them with one lap to go. Gullikson took the win with Koch, Sabraski, Lofdahl and Wark taking the top points.
Jeff Patchen and Jeffrey Lien, Jr. took first and second as the green flew for the final feature of the night. Andy Jones moved into third and next to Lien, Jr. for second but Lien, Jr. kept him back in third. Jones, Dustin Nelson and Eric Martini were three wide for third with Jones and Martini breaking away. Martini and Jones went door to door for a couple laps until Martini took the point. Martini then passed Lien, Jr. getting second with Jones following his path. The yellow flew for a few drivers going over the track’s edge and the drivers were realigned.
Patchen was still in the lead with Lien, Jr. and Martini behind him. Martini took over second and Lien, Jr. battled Shane Sabraski for third. Sabraski grabbed third while Martini was next to Patchen. Martini moved around Patchen taking the lead with Sabraski closing in. Jones and Lien, Jr. had been battling for fourth, but with few laps to go, Jones locked it in. The race came to an end with Martini taking the WISSOTA Modified feature win followed by Patchen, Sabraski, Jones and Lien, Jr.
Racing will resume next Friday at 7pm with gates opening at 5.
Feature- Eric Martini, Jeff Patchen, Shane Sabraski, Andy Jones, Jeffrey Lien, Jr., Andy Gordon, J.B. Stortz, Dustin Nelson, Larry Zeller, Logan Atkinson, Shawn Fletcher, Tony Proell, Todd Lofgren
Heat 1- Stortz, Jones, Gordon, Lien, Jr., Atkinson, Fletcher, Lofgren
Heat 2- Martini, Sabraski, Patchen, Nelson, Zeller, Proell
Make-Up Feature- Andy Jones, J.B. Stortz, Jeffrey Lien, Jr., Shawn Fletcher, Andy Gordon, Todd Lofgren, Shane Sabraski, Larry Zeller, Dustin Nelson
WISSOTA Super Stocks
Feature- Dan Gullikson, Dexton Koch, Shane Sabraski, Donnie Lofdahl, Chris Wark, Kyle Robideau, Kevin Burdick, Dave Read, Adam Ayotte, Mike Loomis, James Trantina, Josh Schmit, Denny Schouveller, Jeff Frey, Joel Collins
Heat 1- Gullikson, Lofdahl, Read, Schmit, Frey, Schouveller, Collins, Ayotte
Heat 2- Sabraski, Wark, Koch, Burdick, Robideau, Trantina, Loomis
Make-Up Feature- Dan Gullikson, Dave Read, Shane Sabraski, Kyle Robideau, Mike Loomis, Adam Ayotte, Dexton Koch, Donnie Lofdahl, Josh Schmit
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature- Bud Martini, Jeffrey Lien, Jr., Dave Siercks, Todd Rizer, Kyle Matuska, Tyler English, Jacob Toepper, Jason Hall, Ryan Putnam, Elizabeth Toepper, Gino Fontecchio, Larry Paulson, Colbie Gallipo
Heat 1- Martini, Rizer, Matuska, Lien, Jr., Putnam, Paulson, Gallip
Heat 2- Siercks, English, Hall, J. Toepper, Fontecchio, E. Toepper
Make-Up Feature- Bud Martini, Dave Siercks, Kyle Matuska, Ryan Putnam, Jeffrey Lien, Jr., Gino Fontecchio, Tyler English, Josh Paulson, Jacob Toepper, Elizabeth Toepper
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Feature- Kurt Becken, Brad Schmidt, Ryan Kostreba, Kyle Howland, Justin Pogones, John Adams, Pat Zerfas, Tom Anderson, Lance Ennenga, Amanda Milbrandt, Dave Read
Heat 1- Read, Howland, Kostreba, Schmidt, Adams, Ennena
Heat 2- Becken, Pogones, Zerfas, Milbrandt, Anderson, Nelson
WISSOTA Mod Fours
Feature- Kyle Thell, Landon Atkinson, Luke Johnson, Corry VanMil, Andy Mayavski, Dustin Zieske, Dean Larson, Logan Draack, Bryce Bjerken, Brandon Linquist, Keith Thell, Ross Mead, Nick Jelacie, Abby Garin, Courtney Murray, Daniel Kastner, Mitch Hribar
Heat 1- Atkinson, Bjerken, Johnson, Mead, Garin, Jelacie,
Heat 2- VanMil, Larson, Mayavski, Kastner, Murray
Heat 3- Ky. Thell, Draack, Zieske, Ke. Thell, Linquist
Make-Up Feature- Kyle Thell, Landon Atkinson, Cory VanMil, Keith Thell, Brandon Linquist, Ross Mead, Nick Jelacie, Daniel Kastner, Mitch Hribar, Dean Larson, Courtney Murray, Abby Garin
Feature- Matthew Dibb, Zac Hribar, Dannie Burkholder, Erik Gruhlke, Quain Busitzky, Lexy Kastney, Brennon Gav