Sunny skies welcomed racers and fans to the Princeton Speedway for a night of WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Racing Series action. The night featured an antique car show along with driver “couples” interviews. It was also the Race of Champions qualifier night with Brad Schmidt, Dan Gullikson, Bud Martini, Dave Cain and Kyle Thell taking WISSOTA wins and Matthew Dibb took the hornet win.
Brad Schmidt and Pat Zerfas brought the WISSOTA Street Stocks to the line as the green flew. Schmidt grabbed the lead while Zerfas and Ben Rothstein battled for second. Rothstein took second while Justin Pogones moved to Zerfas’ door. Pogones took third and moved next to Rothstein. They ran door to door a few laps until Pogones took the point. Schmidt ran strong in the lead while Pogones began to chase him down. Schmidt held the lead and took the lead with Pogones, Rothstein, Rod deBernardeaux, and Kurt Becken in the top five.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds took the track with Tyler English, Kevin Schmidt and Ryan Putnam three wide for first. Schmidt and English broke away and battled for first with Bud Martini moving in. Putnam rejoined the leaders and they battled for top points. Schmidt pulled away as the leader with Martini on his trail. Martini quickly stole the lead with Schmidt, Putnam, Dave Siercks and English as the top five. Putnam moved to Siercks’ side, took second, and quickly closed in on Martini. The white was waving as Flyin’ Ryan Putnam caught Martini. As they grabbed the checkers, Martini took the win with Putnam, Siercks, Schmidt and English as the top finishers.
Three cautions kept the WISSOTA Mod Fours at a coast, but Brandon Linquist was in charge when the green flew. Keith Thell and Chad Funt fought for second and Thell took the point. Funt didn’t back down and soon moved back to Thell’s door. Kyle Thell joined them and quickly took second with Funt and Keith behind him. Kyle caught Linquist for the lead, and made the pass. Keith and Funt were back at it for third and they battled lapped traffic. Keith took third but as the white flew Funt made the final pass. Linquist, Funt, Keith Thell, and Jess Geesey took the top positions while Kyle Thell took the win in his GOT MILK? sponsored machine.
The WISSOTA Super Stocks took the clay with Chris Wark and Mike Loomis on the pole. Loomis took the lead with Wark in second. Wark moved right behind Loomis for the lead while Dan Gullikson moved into third. Gullikson closed in on Wark and they ran side by side for second. Gullikson took the point and moved in on Loomis. Gullikson grabbed the high line, passed Loomis and took the lead as the yellow flew for Donnie Lofdahl going off the track’s edge.
Gullikson was first on the restart with Loomis and Wark in tow. Loomis grabbed second while James Trantina battled Wark for third. Trantina took the point and slid behind Loomis but Loomis pulled away. Wark raced back to Trantina’s side and as Trantina tried to keep third, his car slid over the edge allowing Wark to retake third. Gullikson grabbed another win with Loomis, Wark, Tristan Labarge and Joel Collins as the top drivers.
Gabby Volkers shot into the lead as the hornets took the green. Brandon Opsahl moved into second and Lexy Kastner took third. Kastner grabbed the high line and moved next to Opsahl for second. Opsahl and Kastner ran door to door until Kastner took the point. Kastner then drove to Volkers’ door and they fought for first. Opsahl joined Kastner and Volkers for first as Opsahl grabbed the lead. Kastner moved back to Opsahl’s side, and as they rounded turn four Kastner drifted high and caught the tracks edge sending her into a roll. The drivers stopped and track personnel attended to Kastner. Kastner was ok and Opsahl retook the lead. Matthew Dibb moved into second and took over the lead with few laps to go. Dibb drove away getting a clean sweep for the night.
Jeff Patchen and Dustin Nelson brought the WISSOTA Modifieds on the track for the night’s final race. Nelson grabbed the lead with Patchen and Jeff Broking in tow. Dave Cain took fourth and quickly passed Broking for third. Patchen moved to Nelson’s side for first as Cain closed in behind them. While they battled for first Broking, J.B. Stortz and Eric Martini battled three wide for fourth. Patchen passed Nelson and took the lead while Cain ran aside Nelson. Stortz, Martini and Broking continued to battle for fourth as Stortz broke away from them. Patchen began to lap slower cars while Cain chased him down. Patchen held him off and with three laps to go, Cain was at Patchen’s door. Cain made the pass and took the lead with Patchen falling to second. Cain’s Tim’s Automotive sponsored car was unstoppable as he took the checkers and his second feature win at Princeton in a row. Patchen, Nelson, Stortz and Martini took top points.
The Princeton Speedway will take the night of August 9 off, but will be back on the 16 with the Kouba Memorial Race night. The night will feature the Winged Sprint cars along with the Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and hornets. Racing will resume at 7 pm.
Feature- Dave Cain, Jeff Patchen, Dustin Nelson, J.B. Stortz, Eric Martini, Jeff Broking, Erik Peterson, Don Eischens, Larry Zeller, Toby Patchen, Tony Proell, Mike Kyllonen, Joel Collins, Tim Alexander
Heat 1- Zeller, Cain, Stortz, J. Patchen, Proell, Alexander, Peterson
Heat 2- Nelson, Martini, T. Patchen, Broking, Eischens, Kyllonen, Collins
WISSOTA Super Stocks
Feature- Dan Gullikson, Mike Loomis, Chris Wark, Tristan Labarge, James Trantina, Joel Collins, Donnie Lofdahl, Kyle Robideau, Tim Patchen, Ed Wheeler
Heat 1- Loomis, Lofdahl, Labarge, Robideau, Patchen, Wheeler
Heat 2- Gullikson, Collins, Wark, Trantina, Frolik
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Feature- Bud Martini, Ryan Putnam, Dave Siercks, Kevin Schmidt, Tyler English, Kyle Matuska, Gino Fontecchio, Jacob Toepper, Cory Bauman
Heat- Putnam, Martini, Siercks, Schmidt, English, Fontecchio, Matuska, Bauman, Toepper
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Feature- Brad Schmdit, Justin Pogones, Ben Rothstein, Rod deBernardeaux, Kurt Becken, Pat Zerfas, Amanda Milbrandt, Dave Read
Heat- Zerfas, Pogones, deBernardeaux, Rothstein, Schmidt, Becken, Milbrandt, Read
WISSOTA Mod Fours
Feature- Kyle Thell, Brandon Linquist, Chad Funt, Keith Thell, Jess Geesey, Mitch Hribar, Andy Nelson, Mike Rau, Ross Mead, Andy Mayavski, Abby Garin, Nick Jelacie, Dan Kastner, Courtney Murray, Gerry Nohner
Heat 1- Ky. Thell, Nelson, Funt, Linquist, Garin, Nohner, Kastner, Murray
Heat 2- Hribar, Geesey, Ke. Thell, Rau, Mayavski, Jelacie, Mead
Feature- Matthew Dibb, Brandon Opsahl, Gabby Volkers, Ariel Mueller, Chris Kenney, Lexy Kastner, Erik Gruhlke, Jake Bayerl, Zac Hribar, Jasmin Matthewman
Heat 1- Dibb, Hribar, Keeney, Mueller, Matthewman
Heat 2- Volkers, Opsahl, Kastner, Bayerl, Gruhlke