Graf, Pessek and Bruns victorious on opening night at Redwood (May 20th, 2012)
Graf, Pessek and Bruns victorious on opening night at Redwood
Redwood Falls, MN (May 20th, 2012) – Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts, drivers, fans and pit crew members from all over the area flocked to the Redwood County Fairgrounds this past Sunday night for Redwood Speedway’s 2012 Season Opener. Great racing was witnessed in all eight divisions with Chris Graf (IMCA Sprint Cars), Tim Pessek (IMCA Modifieds), Shane Bruns (IMCA Stock Cars), Adam Ecker (IMCA Sport Mods), Brennen Boettger (IMCA Hobby Stocks), Andy Windschitl (Outlaw Hobby Stocks), Nate Coopman (IMCA Sport Compacts) and Matt Olson (Bombers) all taking home impressive victories during Redwood Valley Real Estate night at the races.
As always, the Bombers got the night’s feature festivities underway with Franklin, MN driver Matt Olson picking up the win. Long time Bomber veteran Monte Heiderscheidt finished a strong second ahead of the #121 of Nic Heiderscheidt. Jason Pettis and Jake Frietag each garnered top five finishes as well for the Bombers, who sported 10 entries. Jeremy Menz took home the lone heat race win earlier in the evening for the Bomber division.
Next on the docket was the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Nikkya Betz took the early lead while her husband, Aaron held second. Defending IMCA Sport Compact National Champion Nate Coopman ran in third with Stephanie Forsberg making it a four car battle in fourth. The lone caution of the event waved over the field with four laps remaining. Coopman went to the work area to put a gas cap on his #9 machine while Nikkya Betz continued to lead out front. Betz would lead the next two circuits while Coopman quickly caught the back of the field. On the final trip around, Coopman hit his marks perfectly and pulled even with Betz down the backstretch. The duo ran hard into turn three making contact with Coopman taking the win by a very small margin at the line. Aaron Betz, Stephanie Forsberg and Ben Wilhelmi rounded out the top five. Coopman completed the first part of his clean sweep earlier in the show with a heat race win over Betz.
The Outlaw Hobby Stock A-main was dominated by Comfrey, Mn driver Andy Windschitl. Windschitl took the lead early on and never looked back on his way to victory. Jayson Firle ran a strong second while the best battle on the speedway was for the third position. John Albrecht, Dan Veenstra, Randy Fischer and Ryan McMullen raced two and three wide several times before Albrecht seized control on the final lap. Veenstra and Fischer were also members of the top five finishing order.
Fresh off a top five finish Friday night at Fairmont Raceway, Brennen Boettger upped the ante by taking his first win of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stock finale. Chris Isaacson did his best to close up on the backside of Boettger but was forced to settle for a hard fought second. Defending track champion Wes Jahnz stole the third spot late in the race while Dale McMullen held off Roger Krebs to take home the fourth spot at the line. Jahnz was victorious earlier in the evening in the division’s lone heat race.
Although it was his first night ever behind the wheel of an IMCA Sport Mod at Redwood Speedway, Fairfax driver Charles Clobes looked right at home in his #1c mount. Clobes took the early advantage while Matt Looft and Adam Ecker charged forward to run second and third. Jordan Meine’s turn two spin would bring out the lone yellow of the race which Ecker would took advantage of. Ecker was able to sneak back by Looft on the restart before applying pressure to the backside of Clobes. With five to go, Clobes pushed entering turn three and Ecker was able to sneak by for the lead. Out front it was Ecker taking his third IMCA Sport Mod win of the weekend. Clobes, Looft, Josh Larsen and Brett Trebesch rounded out the top five running order behind Ecker.
Curt Lund took the early lead in the IMCA Sprint Car A-main while Glencoe’s Chris Graf rode in second. The front duo distanced themselves from the rest of the field for the first six circuits. On lap seven, however, the red flag flew when Cam Schafer rolled his #54 machine in the middle of turns one and two. Although the ride was a scary one, Schafer checked out fine and was attentive in the pits after the wreck. When the race resumed, Graf was able to sneak by Lund using the top side of the speedway in turn two. From there, Graf would stretch his advantage on his way to victory. Lund settled for the second spot with Bruce Allen third, Mike Stien fourth and IMCA Sprint Car rookie Reed Allex in fifth.
Perhaps the best race of the evening took place in the IMCA Stock Car finale. Bob Rebstock set the early pace while being flanked by Matt Speckman and Shane Bruns. Rebstock held off to the young gunners early on before a push would allow each by with Bruns taking the lead. Back in traffic Ken Tietz, Shaun Bruns and Jeff Larson rushed their way to the front with Tietz pressuring the backside of Rebstock for the fourth spot. While Bruns and Speckman ran door to door for the lead, Tietz was able to sneak by both Rebstock and Mackenthun grabbing the third spot with seven to go. Larson followed the backside of Tietz as the duo battled with Mackenthun for that third position. With five to go, Speckman lost power coming off of turn four and wisely made his way to the infield. Mackenthun would take over second momentarily before Larson would take it away at the line. In the end it was Shane Bruns taking the win. Larson made a hard charge from row five to finish second ahead of Mackenthun, Tietz and Rebstock. Rebstock and Sibley, IA traveler Chris Palsrok each took home heat race wins earlier in the evening for the Stock Cars, who put on an awesome event.
The final event of the evening belonged to the IMCA Modifieds with Tim Pessek and Jeff Maasch manning the front row starting duties. Unfortunately the first two starts involved wrecks before Pessek finally took the lead on the field’s third try. Clint Hatlestad slipped into second while Damon Haslip ran third. Curt Lund had motor trouble early on in the event but would come back in a big way during the later stages of the 20-lap affair. After restarting 11th and a straightaway behind, Lund used the extreme top side of the speedway to gain eight more positions on his way to third place finish. Out front it was all Pessek taking home his first ever Redwood Speedway IMCA Modified feature win. Hatlestad rallied from mechanical trouble earlier in the evening to finish a strong second ahead of Lund. IMCA North Star Series sponsor, Haslip, finished fourth ahead of Ben Panitzke in fifth. Glenwood, MN IMCA Modified rookie Tom Silver finished in sixth with Justin Anderson and Dalton Magers taking home top eight finishes. The 19 IMCA Modifieds on hand were split into three heat races with Lund, Tyler Limoges and Panitzke each taking victories.
Redwood Speedway will be back in action this Sunday night with this week’s races being brought to you by Daktronics. This Sunday, the “Outlaw Mini Mod Series” will roll into town for the first of two special events on the calendar along with all regular divisions, 5:30 start time. For more information on Redwood Speedway log onto the track’s website at www.redwoodspeedway.com or look them up on facebook at www.facebook.com/redwoodspeedway.
IMCA Sprint Cars:
Feature – Chris Graf, Curt Lund, Bruce Allen, Mike Stien, Reed Allex, Travis Zieske, Neil Stevens, Cam Schafer, Brandon Allen
Heat- Graf, Stevens, Lund, Schafer, Bruce Allen, Zieske, Allex, Stien, Allen
Feature – Tim Pessek, Clint Hatlestad, Curt Lund, Damon Haslip, Ben Panitzke, Tom Silver, Justin Anderson, Dalton Magers, Dan Menk, Trent Loverude, Tyler Limoges, Josh Rogotzke, Justin Bjorklund, Tye Haslip, Todd Brockman, Brandon Beckendorf, Jeff Maasch, Mike Gregg, Jim Horejsi
Heat 1- Lund, Haslip, Silver, Horejsi, Anderson, Bjorklund, Magers
Heat 2- Limoges, Tye Haslip, Rogotzke, Pessek, Menk, Gregg
Heat 3- Panitzke, Beckendorf, Brockman, Maasch, Loverude, Hatlestad
IMCA Stock Cars:
Feature – Shane Bruns, Jeff Larson, Dan Mackenthun, Ken Tietz, Bob Rebstock, Jake Bruns, Shaun Bruns, Chris Palsrok, Brad Scheibel, Matt Allen, Mark Clobes, Clay Steele, Matt Speckman
Heat 1- Rebstock, Jake Bruns, Larson, Speckman, Allen, Scheibel, Steele
Heat 2- Palsrok, Mackenthun, Tietz, Shaun Bruns, Shane Bruns, Clobes
IMCA Sport Mods:
Feature – Adam Ecker, Charles Clobes, Matt Looft, Josh Larsen, Brett Trebesch, Kyle Remus, Jordan Meine, Kelly Clausen, Paul Konakowitz
Heat- Looft, Ecker, Meine, Larsen, Clobes, Trebesch, Clausen, Remus, Konakowitz
IMCA Hobby Stocks:
Feature – Brennen Boettger, Chris Isaacson, Wes Jahnz, Dale McMullen, Roger Krebs, Josh Telecky, Tory Harazin, Trevor Serbus, Tyler Boyda
Heat- Jahnz, Isaacson, Harazin, Boettger, McMullen, Krebs, Telecky, Boyda, Serbus
Outlaw Hobby Stocks:
Feature – Andy Windschitl, Jayson Firle, John Albrecht, Dan Veenstra, Randy Fischer, Ryan McMullen, Jeff Peterson, Rod Manthey, Bruce Lundin
Heat- Windschitl, Albrecht, Firle, Fischer, McMullen, Petersen, Lundin, Manthey, Veenstra
IMCA Sport Compact:
Feature – Nate Coopman, Nikkya Betz, Aaron Betz, Stephanie Forsberg, Ben Wilhelmi
Heat – Coopman, A. Betz, Forsberg, N. Betz, Wilhelmi
Feature – Matt Olson, Monte Heiderscheidt, Nic Heiderscheidt, Jason Pettis, Jake Frietag, Jeremy Menz, Rollin Timm, David Klabunde, Nathan Gegner, Frank Billmeier
Heat- Menz, Gegner, N. Heiderscheidt, Pettis, Olson, Frietag, M. Heiderscheidt, Timm, Klabunde, Billmeier