Menomonie WI, Aug. 9 – It was Season Championship night for the 2013 racing season Friday night at the Red Cedar Speedway. While four of the track point champions also won Season Championship honors, there were also several surprises as the racing season winds down to a close.
Winning titles Friday were Jake Redetzke, Jesse Glenz, Tom Karis, Shane Halopka, Sam Fankhauser, Dustin Doughty and Eric Schultz. The regular season will conclude with a full seven class racing program on Friday, Aug. 16th.
Mike Prochnow, the Late Model point champion, sat on the pole for the Late Model main event. However, on the slick racing surface it was outside starter Redetzke that got the jump and moved into the lead. Prochnow fought hard to stay with him but fell back a few car lengths. Brent Larson and Chad Mahder battled for the third spot, with Mahder eventually moving to the bottom and driving into that position.
Redetzke opened up a comfortable lead over Prochnow but late in the race two yellow flags slowed the action and allowed the pack to catch him. The first was triggered when Redetzke drove extremely hard into turn three to get under a lapped car and the resulting action was a spin by the other racer.
On the green, Larson was able to squeeze under Mahder and regain third, only to have the yellow fly for another spin. The last three laps were completed with Redetzke comfortably in front, ahead of Prochnow, Larson , Mahder and Rick Hanestad. While Redetzke was third in track points, it was his first feature win of the year at Red Cedar.
Earlier, the Late Models completed a makeup feature from a rain shortened program two weeks ago. In that event, Larson moved to the outside lane and drove around both Prochnow and Redetzke to gain his second feature win of the year at the track. In that event, Redetzke, Prochnow, Hanestad and Scott Gilberts completed the top five.
In the nonstop Modified Championship race, Mike Anderson sat on the pole and fought off Mark Hessler to take the early lead. However, after building up a several car length advantage, Glenz, who started third, began to make his move. He raced past Mark Gerth into second and then began to close on Anderson. As Mike slid up the track on the icy corners, Glenz was able to keep his car bolted to the low side and he drove under Anderson to take over the lead.
The race continued under the green and Glenz pulled away as Anderson was unable to fight off Gerth, who also moved up and passed him for second. Cory Williams also had a strong run for fourth with Cory Mahder completing the top five. For Glenz, he reported in victory lane that it was his first ever Modified feature win at the track. Point champion Kevin Adams raced badly in his heat, falling back and starting the main event mid pack. He continued to drop back and eventually pulled off the track.
Karis, despite being only eighth in track point in the Super Stocks, raced very strong all night, winning the first heat from the fourth position and ensuring the pole for the main event. And in the feature, after fighting off Jesse Redetzke in the early going, Karis simply pulled away from the field for a relatively easy win. Redetzke dropped out early with a flat tire, and Mike Keller raced up into second. Twice in the early going the yellow waved, but both times Karis pulled away on the restart as he drove to a relatively easy with, with Keller not even close to keeping up with him. For Karis, it was his third Red Cedar win of the year. A strong run was put in by Luke Plank, who started eighth on the grid but raced hard to the front, driving under Aaron Wilson for third and nearly catching Keller for the runner up spot. Rick Hallquist also had a good run to complete the top five. Point champion Ben Hillman had a rough night, sliding back into the pack early on in the feature race.
Halopka was one of four Point Champions to also take the Season Championship runs Friday. He started on the pole and in a nonstop main event blitzed the field, winning by a comfortable margin. He also won a division best fifth feature race of the year. A good battle saw Grant Southworth and Mike Truscott race side by side for the majority of the event, after Truscott moved up from the third row. Eventually Mike would make the outside lane work and edge past Southworth for the position. The runner up slot did remain in question for the whole race, but Truscott was able to hold on for the position. Nick Koehler and Josh Smith also finished in the top five.
The Street Stock feature was a barnburner, even though only four cars actually took the checkered flag. Point Champion Sam Fankhauser held the pole but like many of the other feature races Friday, the outside was the place to be on the slick track and Adam Soltis edged past Fankhauser to take the early lead. Fankhauser was right on Soltis’ tail and looking to slip under Adam and retake the lead. Chris Peterson also was moving up and the race quickly became a three car battle.
A lap four yellow for a spin further bunched the field, and on the green Soltis got a bad start with Fankhauser shooting up beside him on the low side and Jimmy Randall on his outside. They raced three wide for nearly a lap with Fankhauser able to edge back into the lead. Soltis was eventually able to fight off Randall for second and he then edged back into the battle for the top spot. Lap after lap, Soltis would pull up to the door of Fankhauser but Sam would edge away down the chutes. The scenario didn’t change and going into turn one on the last lap, Soltis again edged up beside the leader. They were nearly side by side as they raced down the back chute when, without warning, Soltis’ car emitted a cloud of smoke and he ground to a halt, ending his run. Fankhauser completed the last lap and took the win, for a track leading eighth victory. Randall claimed second ahead of Mike Knudtson and Peterson while Soltis was credited with fifth.
Point Champion Doughty also claimed the Pure Stock Season Championship but it was with a wild finish. Doughty started on the pole for the main event but outside runner Jeremy Dahl took the lead early . Dougthy was running about a car length behind and straining to catch the leader, but Dahl continued to hold the top spot. Several times Doughty was able to edge up by the leader but each time Jeremy would fight him off. As the white flag waved, Doughty would make one last attempt. Driving into the final set of corners, Doughty put his car deep into turn three and was able to pull up beside the leader. As they raced off the final corner they made contact which continued down the front chute as they strained for the finish line. Dahl was hooked to the rear bumper of Doughty and they both got sideways. Continuing on the power, they slid across the line facing the grandstand with Doughty first to break the tape. Dahl slid across second with rookie Hunter VanGilder home for third ahead of Jesse Bryan and Mike Knopps.
As they have all season it was Point Champion Eric Schultz and Brent Voeltz battling in out for Hornet honors. Having split all the feature wins between themselves, they again battled it out for championship honors. Schultz got the early lead and despite Voeltz’s best efforts, he wasn’t able to catch the front runner. Schultz crossed the line for his sixth win of the year with Voeltz close behind and the brother-in-laws celebrated in victory lane with a “burn down” between the two cars. Jeremy Johnson, Buddy Hanestad and Chris Dyke rounded out the top five.
Next Friday night’s regular season finale starts at 7 p.m. with the Rice Lake Speedway sponsoring the show as drivers tune up for the Punky Manor Challenge of Champions, slated for September 20th and 21st. Next Saturday night at 7 p.m., the track also presents the second enduro of the season with the main scheduled for two hundred laps or two hours, which ever comes first. Check the speedway website at www.redcedarspeedway.com for more details.
Red Cedar Speedway
August 9, 2013
WISSOTA Late Models
20 lap Feature – Jake Redetzke(Eau Claire), Mike Prochnow(Menomonie), Brent Larson(Lake Elmo MN), Chad Mahder(Eau Claire), Rick Hanestad(Boyceville), A.J. Diemel(Elk Mound), Nick Beyenhof(Rock Rapids IA), Scott Gilberts(Menomonie), Greg Nippoldt(Roberts), Justin Ochsner(Marshfield), Nate Beyenhof, Todd Green
20 Makeup Feature from July 26 – Larson, Redetzke, Prochnow, Hanestad, Gilberts, Green(Eau Claire), Diemel
8 lap Heat 1 – Prochnow, Larson, Hanestad, Diemel, Gilberts, Ni. Beyenhof
Heat 2 – Redetzke, Mahder, Na. Beyenhof(Rock Rapids IA), Nippoldt, Ochsner, Green
18 lap Feature – Jesse Glenz(Cadott), Mark Gerth(Menomonie), Mike Anderson(Colfax), Cory Williams(Spring Valley), Cory Mahder(Elk Mound), Mark Hessler(Menomonie), Ashley Anderson(Elk Mound), Dave Baxter(Eau Claire), Jay Richardson(Spring Valley), Brent Prochnow(Colfax), Ross Prochnow, Robbie Johnson, Mark Hanson, Kevin Adams, Steve Hallquist
8 lap Heat 1 –M. Anderson, Glenz, Williams, A. Anderson, Adams(Cameron), Baxter, Johnson, B. Prochnow
Heat 2 – Hessler, Gerth, Mahder, R. Prochnow(Boyceville), Hallquist(Eau Claire), Richardson, Hanson
WISSOTA Super Stocks
18 lap Feature – Tom Karis(Menomonie), Mike Keller(Menomonie), Luke Plank(Eau Claire), Aaron Wilson(Eau Claire), Rick Hallquist(Eau Claire), Gunnar Watkins(Elk Mound), Mike Truscott(Chippewa Falls), Jason Forehand(Eau Claire), Ben Hillman(Menomonie), Bart Steffen(Eau Claire), Brad Johnson, Cory Davis, Wayne Bignell, Jesse Redetzke
8 lap Heat 1 – Karis, Keller, Hillman, Johnson(Wilson), Hallquist, Forehand, Bignell
Heat 2 – Redetzke(Eau Claire), Wilson, Steffen, Plank, Watkins, Truscott, Davis
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
15 lap Feature – Shane Halopka(Greenwood), Mike Truscott(Chippewa Falls), Grant Southworth(Bloomer), Nick Koehler(Bloomer), Josh Smith(Eau Claire), Kerry Halopka(Wheeler), Travis Anderson(Colfax), Jake Smith(Eau Claire), Paul Suzik(Ironwood MI), Ben Schultz(Menomonie), Jake Smeltzer, Jason Richardson, Bill Stettner, Mark Thomas, Robbie Johnson, James Green, Justin Supri, Mike Schnider
8 lap Heat 1 – S. Halopka, Jo. Smith, Anderson, Ja. Smith, Stettner(Inver Grove Heights MN), Green
Heat 2 – K. Halopka, Koehler, Smeltzer(Menomonie), Suzik, Richardson(Spring Valley), Thomas
Heat 3 – Southworth, Truscott, Supri(Eau Claire), Schultz, Schnider(Rice Lake), Johnson
WISSOTA Street Stocks
15 lap Feature – Sam Fankhauser(Rice Lake), Jimmy Randall(Rice Lake), Mike Knudtson(Osseo), Chris Peterson(Amery), Adam Soltis(Ladysmith), Brandon Davis(Chetek), Ashley Wahlstrom(Rice Lake), Chris Johnson(Eau Claire), Andrea Keeney(Ridgeland)
8 lap Heat 1 – Fankhauser, Peterson, Troy Fransway(Elk Mound), Knudtson, Johnson
Heat 2 – Soltis, Randall, Wahlstrom, Keeney, Davis
10 lap Feature – Dustin Doughty(Ladysmith), Jeremy Dahl(Knapp), Hunter VanGilder(Rice Lake), Jesse Bryan(Menomonie), Mike Knopps(Chippewa Falls), Randy Burton(Menomonie), Mike Grover(Chetek), Jake Hanson(Downing), Jay Barnier(Chippewa Falls), Kent Harmon(Downsville)
6 lap Heat 1 – Doughty, VanGilder, Burton, Hanson, Barnier
Heat 2 – Dahl, Bryan, Grover, Knopps, Harmon
10 lap Feature – Eric Schultz(Downing), Brent Voeltz(Glenwood City), Jeremy Johnson(Elmwood), Buddy Hanestad(Boyceville), Chris Dyke(Hudson), Justin Lamm(Boyceville), Derek Knutson(Chippewa Falls), Dan Prissel(Mondovi), Dean Butler(Wheeler), Leslie Jackson(Wilson), Bill Greifzu
6 lap Heat 1 – Schultz, Hanestad, Prissel, Dyke, Knutson, Brendon Uetz
Heat 2 – Voeltz, Johnson, Greifzu(Spring Valley), Lamm, Butler, Jackson