Dailey, Larson, Bonnstetter and Hanson highlight night of firsts at Redwood (July 1st, 2012)
Dailey, Larson and Hanson highlight night of firsts at Redwood North Star Series Event
By Ray Beste
Redwood Falls, MN (July 1st, 2012) – In his first ever visit to Redwood Speedway, Armstrong, IA IMCA Modified ace Eric Dailey scored his second straight Powder Werks IMCA North Star Series victory in the division’s main event. Rushmore, MN traveler Dustin Larson fended off an early challenge from Shaun Bruns to take the win in the IMCA Stock Car finale while Josh Bonnstetter took top honors in the IMCA Sport Mod A-main. Matt Hanson (IMCA Hobby Stocks) and Nate Coopman (IMCA Sport Compacts) each garnered North Star Series wins as well during Reefer Racing Supply night at the races Sunday at Redwood Speedway. Fans, drivers and pit crew members from all over the Upper Midwest convened to the moderately banked high speed ½ mile for the fourth of 10 scheduled IMCA North Star Series events.
Defending IMCA Sport Compact National Champion Nate Coopman took the lead on lap one of the division’s A-main. Coopman looked strong early on and was scored the leader at the conclusion of the first lap. Fifth starter Aaron Betz steadily worked his way to the front disposing of Mick Rykhus for second just four laps in. Betz tried everything in his power to track down Coopman during the remaining laps but it was not enough to deny Coopman yet another win. Betz, Rykhus, Nikkya Betz and Ashelyn Moriarty each took home top five finishes as well behind Coopman. Coopman also took home top honors in the division’s lone heat race to complete the sweep for the Mankato, MN pilot.
Next on the docket was the IMCA Hobby Stock A-main with Matt Hanson and Trevor Serbus sharing the front row starting duties. After an early wreck claimed Serbus and second row starter John Ross, order was restored with 16 cars still on the speedway. Slayton, MN traveler Matt Hanson took the early advantage while row three starters Adam Snyder and Eric Gillette battled for the second spot. Back in traffic, Chris Isaacson and Guy Kimpton began to work their way to the front. Isaacson cracked the top five during the ladder stages of the affair with Kimpton in sixth. Snyder was able to hold off Gillette and a hard charging John Briggs to hold the second spot as the checkered flags waved. Out front it was all Hanson taking his first ever Redwood Speedway victory. Snyder, Gillette, Briggs and Isaacson completed the top five running order. The 18 cars in attendance were divided into three heat races with Kimpton, Isaacson and Brennen Boettger taking preliminary wins.
With 21 of the best IMCA Sport Mods the sanction has to offer on hand, the fans anticipated an action packed event. Nick Johansen and Larry Revier manned the front row starting duties as head flagman Layne Roberts dropped the green. Johansen blasted off from the inside of row one and took the early lead as the rest of the field jockeyed for position. Sixth starter Josh Bonnstetter wasted little time moving up three positions into third after just three laps were in the books. While Johansen ran out front, Bonnstetter worked to the inside of Revier. A couple yellow flags halted action early on with Dan Paplow heading to the pits to remove his passenger side door before rejoining the rear of the field in the 20th position just seven laps in. On the restart, Bonnstetter wasted little time applying pressure to the backside of Johansen’s #12x. As the duo race into turn three, Bonnstetter glued his #80 mount to the bottom of the speedway and wheeled by Johansen for the lead. Back in traffic, Dan Paplow began a spirited march toward the front after the early incident caused by another driver put him in the back. In just six short circuits, Paplow had picked off half the field while Bonnstetter began to get away from the rest of his competitors out front. The final yellow flag waved with two laps remaining which set up a two lap dash to the finish. At this point 11th starter Matt Looft had successfully worked his way into the third spot which put him next to Johansen for the final Delaware double-file restart. With the green flag waving over the field once again, Looft climbed the ladder in turn one and was able to make the pass on Johansen for second. Bonnstetter continued to show the way out front while Paplow charged all the way back to the third spot after starting 13th on the grid. Looft drew close to Bonnstetter on the final trip around but was unable to make the winning pass. In the end it was Bonnstetter taking home his first ever Redwood Speedway win. Looft, Paplow, Johansen and row four starter Justin Remus were also members of the top five.
In just his second ever appearance at the Speedway Dustin Larson took the lead on lap one of the IMCA Stock Car finale. Larson showed the way early on and was scored the leader at the conclusion of the first circuit. While Larson rode the inside line, Shaun Bruns pedaled his #71D around the top. On lap four Bruns took the lead from Larson as the duo raced off of turn four. The first and only yellow flag of the event waved on lap six which bunched up the field behind Bruns. On the restart, Larson made a very quick move to the inside of Bruns in turns one and two. The duo drag raced down the backstretch with Larson regaining the lead from Bruns via the bottom groove in turn three. Larson would stretch his advantage during the remaining laps going on to garner his first ever Redwood Speedway victory. Bruns, Brad Scheibel, Jeff Larson and Jake Bruns followed Larson to the checkers. Larson’s heat race win earlier in the program completed the sweep for the Rushmore, MN product.
The final event of the evening belonged to the IMCA Modifieds with Eric Dailey and Justin Bjorklund showing the 23-car field to the green flag. With the fans on their feet Dailey took the early advantage as the field worked through turns one and two. Dailey rode the top side of the speedway early on and was credited as being the leader at the end of the first lap. A lap three yellow bunched up the field behind Dailey for the restart. When the green dropped it was more than apparent there were three drivers on the move. Mike Hansen, Curt Lund and Jay Noteboom looked very strong as all three competitors sliced and diced their way through the field. Hansen, who started ninth, moved up to second on a restart while Lund, who started 11th, rode in third. As the laps clicked off, Dailey began to encounter lap traffic. Behind Dailey, however, the battle for second began to heat up. With two laps still up on the board, Lund got a run on Hansen as the pair exited turn two. When the duo entered turn three they tangled with each going over the banking. Lund’s night ended with a flat right front while Hansen regained his spot in second. At this time 18th starter Jay Noteboom had worked his way into the fifth spot. With two laps remaining, Dailey once again brought the field to the green. Noteboom saw his opportunity and quickly moved by Brandon Beckendorf and Mike Gregg to grab the second spot. Noteboom worked feverishly to get by Hansen for second on the final lap but was forced to settle for third. Out front it was all Dailey taking the flag to flag victory. Hansen, Noteboom, Beckendorf and Gregg rounded out the top five. Bjorklund, Tim Pessek, Chad Porter, Dan Menk and Todd Stinehart all took home top 10 runs for the IMCA Modifieds, who put on a tremendous main event.
The IMCA North Star Series fires back into action on Saturday, July 7th at Jackson Speedway in Jackson, MN. For more information regarding the North Star Series and that event log onto www.jacksonspeeday.com.
Feature – Eric Dailey, Mike Hansen, Jay Noteboom, Brandon Beckendorf, Mike Gregg, Justin Bjorklund, Tim Pessek, Chad Porter, Dan Menk, Todd Stinehart, Jerry Wren, Justin Anderson, Josh Rogotzke, Jeff Maasch, Clint Hatlestad, Ben Panitzke, Dalton Magers, Nate Zimmerman, Curt Lund, Tom Silver, Tyler Limoges, Damon Haslip, Trent Loverude
Heat 1- Rogotzke, Limoges, Magers, Haslip, Hatlestad, Porter, Loverude, Maasch
Heat 2- Beckendorf, Lund, Hansen, Gregg, Pessek, Anderson, Silver, Panitzke
Heat 3- Dailey, Bjorklund, Stinehart, Menk, Wren, Noteboom, Zimmerman
IMCA Stock Cars:
Feature – Dustin Larson, Shaun Bruns, Brad Scheibel, Jeff Larson, Jake Bruns, Dan Mackenthun, Dave Moriarty, James Richert, Bob Rebstock, Ken Tietz, Jesse Timm, Clay Steele, Gary Mattison
Heat 1- Jeff Larson, Shaun Bruns, Scheibel, Tietz, Mackenthun, Steele, Mattison
Heat 2- Dustin Larson, Rebstock, Richert, Jake Bruns, Moriarty, Timm
IMCA Sport Mods:
Feature – Josh Bonnstetter, Matt Looft, Dan Paplow, Nick Johansen, Justin Remus, Adam Ecker, Larry Revier, Randy Hook, Josh Larsen, Tom Brown, Charles Clobes, Danny Myrvold, Kyle Remus, Greg Sidles, Jordan Meine, Ben Chukuske, Cody Brown, Bruce Egeland, Kelly Clausen, Brett Trebesch, Kyle Steuber
Heat 1- Looft, Ecker, Justin Remus, Trebesch, Paplow, Kyle Remus, Cody Brown
Heat 2- Sidles, Revier, Hook, Chukuske, Larsen, Clausen, Meine
Heat 3- Johansen, Steuber, Egeland, Bonnstetter, Myrvold, Tom Brown
IMCA Hobby Stock:
Feature – Matt Hanson, Adam Snyder, Eric Gillette, John Briggs, Chris Isaacson, Guy Kimpton, Brad Snyder, Trevor Holm, Josh Telecky, Dale McMullen, Tory Harazin, Wes Jahnz, Brennen Boettger, Nathan Gegner, Tarel Tweedt, Shane Harazin, Trevor Serbus, John Ross
Heat 1- Kimpton, Gillette, Jahnz, Serbus, Holm, Shane Harazin
Heat 2- Isaacson, Hanson, Adam Snyder, Brad Snyder, McMullen, Tory Harazin
Heat 3- Boettger, Ross, Telecky, Briggs, Gegner, Tweedt
IMCA Sport Compacts:
Feature – Nate Coopman, Aaron Betz, Mick Rykhus, Nikkya Betz, Asheyln Moriarty, Stephanie Forsberg, Ben Wilhelmi, Joe Bunkofske, Jason Baune
Heat – Coopman, Aaron Betz, Rykhus, Nikkya Betz, Moriarty, Baune, Forsberg, Wilhelmi, Bunkofske