Lappegard makes history, Isaacson secures Championship at Redwood (August 26th, 2012)

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Lappegard makes history, Isaacson secures Championship at Redwood

Redwood Falls, MN (August 26th, 2012) - Spencer, Iowa traveler Megan Lappegard made history Sunday night by becoming the first driver other than Nate Coopman and Aaron Betz to record an IMCA Sport Compact feature win at Redwood Speedway. In the night’s headliner Brandon Beckendorf made it his second win in as many weeks in the IMCA Modified division while Ken Tietz stormed to victory in the IMCA Stock Car finale. Matt Looft continued his unbelievable 2012 season by scoring yet another win in the IMCA Sport Mod main event while Chris Isaacson secured his 2012 track championship with a win in the IMCA Hobby Stock A-main. Rod Manthey (Outlaw Hobby Stocks) and Jake Frietag (Bombers) each took wins as well during Weltsch Equipment night at the Redhouse.

With Frank Billmeier and Monte Heiderscheidt battling it out for the 2012 Track Championship all eyes were on the two competitors when the Bombers rolled out onto the speedway for their main event. On this night, however, it was Jake Frietag taking the lead from the drop the green leading all 12 laps on his way to his first victory of the season. Behind Frietag it was a mob season with Tim Huseby, Nic Heiderscheidt, Matt Olson and Billmeier battling for position. In the end it was all Frietag taking the victory ahead of Huseby, Nic Heiderscheidt, Olson and Billmeier. Next Sunday night a champion will be crowned for the Bombers who have put on some might entertaining events all season long.

Up next was the IMCA Sport Compact feature event with Spencer, Iowa’s Megan Lappegard taking the early lead. With Lappegard out front, Aaron Betz and Nate Coopman quickly moved up to second and third respectively. As the laps clicked off Betz and Coopman drew closer to Lappegard. On the final trip around, however, Lappegard made zero mistakes on her way to his first ever Redwood Speedway win. Betz, Coopman, Stephanie Forsberg and Nikkya Betz rounded out the top five behind Lappegard. With this triumph not only did Lappegard become the first driver to win an IMCA sanctioned Sport Compact event at Redwood Speedway other than Nate Coopman and Aaron Betz, she also became the first female to record an IMCA Sport Compact Feature win at Redwood Speedway. Congrats to Megan on a truly ground breaking feature win.

Although Ryan McMullen led early on it was Rod Manthey taking yet another win in the Outlaw Hobby Stock A-main. Manthey ran strong using the middle groove throughout the duration of the race to score the victory. Jayson Firle edged Dan Veenstra for the runner up position with Randy Fischer and Andy Windschitl also taking home top five performances, as well. Fischer reined victorious in the division’s lone qualifier earlier in the evening for Outlaw Hobby Stocks, whose Swan Song will take place next Sunday night.

The IMCA Hobby Stock finale featured a great two car battle between track champion Chris Isaacson and last week’s feature winner, Tory Harazin. Harazin led early on before Isaacson used a mid-race restart to take the lead and eventually the win. Brennen Boettger moved by a couple cars late in the race to take over the third spot with Wes Jahnz fourth and Josh Telecky the final member of the top five. Tory Harazin took the win in heat one with Boettger scoring the victory in heat two.

The IMCA Sport Mods were next to roll out onto the speedway with Jordan Meine taking the early advantage. Third row starter Adam Ecker quickly moved to the top side of the speedway overtaking Meine for the lead on lap five. Back in traffic current point leader Matt Looft began to make his way to the front. While most cars worked the high side of the speedway, Looft pedaled his #9 machine around the bottom. With two laps remaining the final caution of the evening erased Ecker’s large advantage which put Looft and Meine on the back bumper of Ecker for the two lap dash to the finish. When the green dropped over the field, Looft made a bonsai move to the inside of Ecker as the duo raced through turns one and two. Ecker edged ahead down the backstretch with Looft right on his rear bumper. Ecker chose the top groove with Looft down in the ditch. With the white flag showing Ecker and Looft came by the flagstand in a virtual tie. Once again Looft went back to the bottom with Ecker up top. The duo drag raced down the backstretch dead even as they entered turn three. Ecker blasted his #8 machine in on the cushion but was unable to hold the line as he slipped over the banking allowing Looft to go by and take the victory. Meine took home the second spot with Larry Revier, Josh Larsen and Brett Trebesch all able to sneak by Ecker who finished the event in sixth.

The IMCA Stock Car A-main proved to be a dandy with 11th starter Ken Tietz taking the win. Tietz, who jumped behind the wheel of a new B&B Racing Chassis one week ago, used the bottom of the track early to move up into the top five before gaining the lead via the cushion. Tenth starter Shaun Bruns followed Tietz to the front battling with Kenny for several laps before Gary Mattison was able to steal second from Shaun during a late restart. Out front it was all Tietz bringing home the feature hardware ahead of Mattison, Shaun Bruns, Patrick Kohn and Dan Mackenthun. Clay Steele took the win in heat one while Mattison took the victory in heat two.

In the IMCA Modified headliner it was all Brandon Beckendorf taking home his second Redwood Speedway feature win of the season. Beckendorf, who started ninth, jumped out front during the middle stages of the event on his way to victory. Perhaps the most impressive run of the evening, however, was turned in by Danube, MN driver Justin Bjorklund. Bjorklund, who wasn’t able to finish his heat race, stormed from dead last on the starting grid to finish third in a very strong field of cars. In the end it was Beckendorf taking home the victory ahead of Tyler Limoges, Bjorklund, Josh Rogotzke and Jeff Maasch.

Next Sunday night will mark the final racing event of the 2012 season at Redwood Speedway. Season Championship night will be brought to you by Jackpot Junction Casino & Hotel. Champions will be crowned in the remaining seven divisions with racing starting at 5:30. We hope to see you all there!

SUMMARY:

IMCA Modifieds:
Feature –
Brandon Beckendorf, Tyler Limoges, Justin Bjorklund, Josh Rogotzke, Jeff Maasch, Ben Panitzke, Trent Loverude, Dan Menk, Curt Lund, Justin Anderson
Heat 1 – Limoges, Panitzke, Beckendorf, Loverude, Menk, Rogotzke
Heat 2 – Lund, Maasch, Anderson, Bjorklund, Magers – DNS (Reason for six cars in first heat)

IMCA Stock Cars:
Feature –
Ken Tietz, Gary Mattison, Shaun Bruns, Pat Kohn, Dan Mackenthun, Jesse Timm, Jake Bruns, Bob Rebstock, Donnie Planting, Mark Clobes, Shane Bruns, Kevin Bruns, Matt Allen, Clay Steele
Heat 1 – Steele, Kohn, Shane Bruns, Rebstock, Bruns, Tietz, Planting
Heat 2 – Mattison, Mackenthun, Jake Bruns, Clobes, Timm, Kevin Bruns, Allen

IMCA Sport Mods:
Feature –
Matt Looft, Jordan Meine, Larry Revier, Josh Larsen, Brett Trebesch, Adam Ecker, Kyle Remus, Justin Remus, David Klabunde, John Gladitsch
Heat 1 – Ecker, Kyle Remus, Justin Remus, Trebesch, Larsen
Heat 2 – Meine, Revier, Looft, Klabunde, Gladitsch

IMCA Hobby Stocks:
Feature –
Chris Isaacson, Tory Harazin, Brennen Boettger, Wes Jahnz, Josh Telecky, Shane Harazin, Brad Snyder, Adam Snyder, Trevor Serbus, Heath Wendt, Kevin LaTour, Merle Pattison
Heat 1 – Tory Harazin, Isaacson, Telecky, LaTour, Adam Snyder, Wendt
Heat 2 – Boettger, Shane Harazin, Jahnz, Serbus, Brad Snyder, Pattison

Outlaw Hobby Stocks:
Feature –
Rod Manthey, Jayson Firle, Dan Veenstra, Randy Fischer, Andy Windschitl, Ryan McMullen
Heat – Fischer, McMullen, Veenstra, Manthey, Windschitl, Firle

IMCA Sport Compacts:
Feature –
Megan Lappegard, Aaron Betz, Nate Coopman, Stephanie Forsberg, Nikkya Betz, Joe Bunkofske, Ben Wilhelmi
Heat – Aaron Betz, Lappegard, Forsberg, Coopman, Wilhelmi, Bunkofske, Nikkya Betz

Bombers:
Feature –
Jake Frietag, Tim Huseby, Nic Heiderscheidt, Matt Olson, Frank Billmeier, Monte Heiderscheidt, Tony Frietag, Jake Groff, Nathan Gegner
Heat – Jake Frietag, Huseby, Tony Frietag, Nic Heiderscheidt, Billmeier, Olson, Monte Heiderscheidt, Groff, Gegner

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