2012 Viking Fall Classic Info
Fegers, Josh Thoennes, Crouse, Hoffman and VanMil Victorious At 9th Fall Classic While Swenson Bags Back to Back Street Stock Titles
By: Ryan Schmitz
ALEXANDRIA, MN (Oct. 7-8) - For the past eight years in early October,
drivers and fans from all over the upper Midwest have converged on
Viking Speedway for the annual Viking Fall Classic. This past weekend
marked the 9th annual Fall Classic presented by Shaw Trucking, with
support from NAPA Auto Parts, GRP Motorsports and as usual, promoted by
Mars, Thoennes, Swenson and Abrahamson Attach Fall Classic Titles to Resume, While Mass and Sabraski Score Second VFC Victories
10.10.10 – For Immediate Release – St. Cloud,
The 8th running of Viking Fall Classic presented by Shaw Trucking Inc., NAPA Auto Parts and GRP Motorsports was held under bright sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures, which greeted thousands of fans and nearly 300 racers to the ‘High Flying Half Mile’ at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN on October 8th and 9th 2010. The event featured all six WISSOTA sanctioned divisions and saw a whopping 289 drivers take place in the event, which started with an open practice session on Thursday night, October 7th.
33 Preliminary heat races and 10 b-features were held to set the stage for the 6 championship features to round out the 8th annual Fall Classic weekend in front of a standing room only crowd on a beautiful 80* degree day on Saturday.
In preliminary action, Justin Tammen outraced his brother Cory from the front row to win heat one in the Street Stocks, while Justin Pogones held off Brian Swenson to win heat race number two. Tim Johnson ran away from Rusty Kollman in heat race three and Nitro Jimmy Williams came from the second row to win heat four, holding off 9th starting Andrew Bangsund at the line. The most notable incident in the Street Stock heat races was a violent barrel roll by Elk River, Minnesota’s Kevin Schmidt on the final lap of the heat. Schmidt went end over end a few times off the backstretch, completely destroying his race car. He did emerge ok.
In Midwest Modified heat race action it was Jamie Thorstad racing from the third row to secure the win in heat one over 9th starting Scott Werk; while Josh Muzik dominated the most stacked heat race of the day, holding off 7th starting Shane Sabraski for the home town win in heat two. Heat three saw polesitter Nick Bruder take command and win over Brian Haben, while Marshal Tofte stormed through the field to win heat four after starting 9th on the grid. Tofte went by the field with ease early, while 5th starting Rick Jacobson got to second before 7th starting Dusty Bitzan could reel him in. Heat six saw the drivers who started in the fourth row together charge through the field with 8th starting Jeremy Kerzman getting to the front first to win over Peter Loecken and heat six saw Rusty Kollman lead every lap from the front row to get the victory in the final Midwest Modified heat race of the day.
Late Models were third on the agenda and the first heat race had an enormous amount of talent in it, but saw part-time Late Model pilot Blake Jegtvig (in Cody Skytland’s backup car) pull away early and then hold on to hold off the charging Pat Doar and Zach Johnson for the first Late Model heat win of the afternoon. Heat two saw 2010 National Champ Ricky Weiss jump to the lead from the front row and never look back and pole sitter Eric Breeschoten ran a solid second the entire event. The third heat was a doozy as Darrell Nelson and Lance Matthees dueled each other lap after lap for the lead while Jimmy Mars and Justin Fegers put on a show for third as well. Nelson began to smoke late in the race and gave up the lead to Matthees on the final lap for the win. Marshal Fegers dominated heat race number four after starting on the front row, while Don Shaw and 9th starting Steve Laursen (in Jeff Wildung’s backup car) charged through the field to second and third at the finish and Jeff Provinzino, after blowing a motor in practice on Thursday night, stormed from his 6th starting spot to overhaul early leader Chuck Swenson to win the final Late Model heat race of the day.
Seven Modified heat races were run next with the first one being a run away by 2009 Fall Classic Champ Scot Danzeisen. Danzeisen started outside of the front row and cruised to the win over Ron Jones, who rallied from 7th. Heat two saw third starting Dave Cain, in his white #2c for the weekend, slip by Bryan Nayes on a caution to steal the lead and then dominated the remainder of the heat, while 8th starting Scott Tofte stormed to second at the finish. Jimmy Mars, sitting in his new BMS for only the second time in 2010, charged through the field from his 8th starting spot to overhaul Cody Skytland to win heat number three for the Mods, while Darrell Nelson stormed from 9th to third at the checkered. Travis Saurer ran to the front from 6th in heat number four to win over pole sitting Shane Sabraski. Heat five was a good one and saw Dustin Nelson and Terry Engebretson put on a whale of a show for the race lead for much of the event until Nelson eventually pulled away for the win. Jason Thoennes came from outside of the second row to win heat race number six impressively over Dave Schroeder and 7th starting Zach Schultz, who was only in a Modified for the fifth time in 2010 and the final heat race saw 2009 Mod Nationals champ Dale Mathison rally late to win after 8th starting Jamie Lemke, in his final race of his 27 year racing career, stormed to the front on the high side to swipe the lead from Mathison as he was battling with Kelly Estey out front.
In the Super Stock division, Jimmy Gullikson pulled steadily away from Jeff Hapala to easily win heat race number one, while double duty racer Cory Tammen outran Don Shaw to win heat race number two with ease. Devin Neske won an entertaining heat race three over front row starter Jeff Flaten and 10th starting Shawn Nolan, while Matt Miller started off his impressive weekend by holding off Tim Johnson to win heat race number four and National Champ Dave Mass outran Rick Kobs to win the final heat race for the Supers on the evening.
Three Mod Four heat races were run to complete the heat race portion of the show with National Champ Rob VanMil running away with the first one over Josh Abrahamson. Ryan Buer had a great run to hold off 2009 National Champ Justin Bjorklund, in his first and only night in a Mod Four in 2010, to win heat race number two in impressive fashion and first time visitor Jamie Flickinger held off 7th starting Steve Johnson to win the final of 33 scheduled heat races to open up the weekend.
B-features were next on tap with Mandan, North Dakota driver Craig Ohlhauser picking up his first ever Viking Speedway checkered flag by winning a flag to flag Street Stock b-feature. The Mdiwest Modified b-mains were worth the price of admission alone as Matt Weisman took the lead from the second row and won b-main number one, but 12th starting Dave Mass stormed through the field to claim a transfer spot in the first b and 19th starting Ryan Mikkelson thrilled the crowd with his worst to first run to the front of b-main number 2. Mikkelson charged through traffic to win the second and final b-main over a spirited battle between Skeeter Estey and Jason VandeKamp for second. Seth Brede and Shawn Kirwin won the twin Late Model b-features, while polesitting Scott Lawrence and Jason Vejtruba did the same in the Super Stock b-mains. The Modifieds had three b-mains with only the winner advancing out of each of them, setting up some incredible 15-lap events. In the first one, veterans Mitch Johnson and Jay McDonald ran door to door for nearly the entire event until 5th starting Shayne Laske snuck by both of them late in the going to steal the win and the transfer spot. National Champ Blake Jegtvig out jumped fellow front row starter Craig Thatcher and ran away with the second b-main from the pole to get into the feature and the third b-main saw 11th starting Shane Edginton talk after early leader Curt Lund to take the lead with just a handful of laps remaining and then hold off 13th starting Kyle Wieberdink to earn the final transfer spot into the feature.
Provisional starters were then added to the show, being the highest feature finisher from the 2009 event that had not yet qualified for the main event and the stages were set for the running of the six championship a-mains.
The Street Stocks were up first in their $1,000 to win, 20-lap event with first time visitor Brian Swenson out of Bismarck, ND and 2010 AVS track champ Andrew Bangsund sharing the front row. Swenson got the jump and took the lead at the initial drop of the green and began his search for the win, while Rusty Kollman, Justin Tammen, Tim Johnson and Bangsund were all in a great battle with Swenson for the top spot. Tammen’s bid for the win came to an early end with a flat tire ending his night, but the battle for the top spot continued on with Swenson leading each lap by no more than a car length over Kollman and Johnson. Meanwhile, 17th starting Chris Winter and 14th starting Jason Babcock were making progress through the field and both appeared in the top ten before the mid-point of the show. Swenson went on to upset the field in a shocker to win over Kollman and Johnson. Winter snuck by Travis Berends at the line to complete his 17th to 4th run.
Josh Muzik and Jamie Thorstad lead the Midwest Modified field to the green for their $1,000 to win 20-lap event and after a few early cautions, things began to heat up as Muzik lead the field in search of what would have been a hometown upset, but his bid for the VFC win came to a halt with a flat tire. On the restart, 8th starting Shane Sabraski began to battle with Rusty Kollman and Marshal Tofte out front, while Cale Arneson was storming through the field from his 18th starting spot. Ryan Mikkelson was charging from 20th as was 24th starter Jason VandeKamp as all three were in the top ten before ten laps were complete. Sabraski took the lead prior to the mid-point of the race and began to drive off on the field, while Arneson and Tofte were locked in a tremendous battle for second. Shane ran off to his second straight Fall Classic Midwest Mod win with Arneson coming home in second ahead of Tofte at the line in a very entertaining Midwest Modified event.
The mighty Late Models were up next for their $4,000 to win, 40-lap affair and after the 4-wide salute to the fans with the missing man formation in tact for the late great John Seitz, it was on with Marshal Fegers and Ricky Weiss set to blast off out front. Fegers took the lead early with 4th starting Lance Matthees sliding into second at the drop of the green as well. While the leaders were running out front, the packed house had all eyes on 18th starting Jimmy Mars and 25th starting Jeff Wildung as the duo was slicing and dicing their way through traffic toward the front. Back up front, Fegers lead, but Matthees had run him down and the pair were racing hard for the lead out front, while Mars was working on Pat Doar and Weiss for a top five spot before the half way point. Matthees was able to wrestle the lead away from Fegers before the mid point, while Mars had emerged into the top three and had his sights set on the lead duo. Wildung and 11th starting Zach Johnson were both making their way toward the front as well and were both in the top ten with 15 laps remaining in the event. Wildung continued his march toward the top five as Mars dispatched Fegers for second and moved in on Matthees for the lead. Jimmy and Lance ran door to door for several laps for the top spot until Mars was just too much and took command for the final twelve laps to race to his first ever Fall Classic championship. Matthees ran a solid second for the remainder of the event while Fegers held off a charging Wildung for third and Johnson rallied to a fifth place finish.
In the Modified a-main, Jason Thoennes took the lead from outside of the front row at the onset of the 30-lap $3,000 to win feature event with his sights set on his first Fall Classic win in 8 tries, but 3rd starting Dale Mathison and 4th starting Jimmy Mars had other ideas. Mathison moved in on Thoennes early and the duo put on a great battle for the lead with Mars in tow. Dave Cain and Scot Danzeisen both were relegated to restart at the tail for separate incidents and were beginning to mount their charges back through the field, while Kelly Estey, Dennis BItzan, Ron Jones and Shane Sabraski were engaged in a tremendous race for 5th for much of the race. JT continued his smooth pace out front with Mathison being forced to fend off Mars during much of the event, allowing Thoennes to stretch his lead slightly throughout the mid point of the race. As the leaders were running along out front, most eyes were on Cain, as he was methodically picking off cars left and right on his way back to the front and quickly appeared in fifth with a handful of laps to go, not too far off the leaders. Thoennes began to see the back of the field as the laps wound down, allowing Mathison and Mars to reel him in, but Thoennes was not to be denied his first ever Fall Classic win, backing up his 2005 Mod Nationals title. Mathsion held off Mars for second while Cain ran from last to 4th ahead of Sabraski in the top five.
Dave Mass capped off his 21 win National Championship season by winning a non-stop 25-lap $2,000 to win Super Stock feature, holding off WISSOTA 100 champ Cory Tammen all the while. The duo ran nose to tail the entire distance, with Matt Miller capping off a tremendous weekend for his #13m team with a third place run ahead of Jimmy Gullikson and Jeff Hapala. A good battle from fifth through tenth was the best race to watch on the track as Don Shaw, Devin Neske, Jeff Flaten, Dave Read and Tim Johnson were locked in battle, but out front Mass held Tammen at bay to win his second Fall Classic championship. The Supers typically use the ‘rubbing is racing’ motto, but tonight the event was as clean as clean could be with only one car dropping out – leaving 24 cars running at the finish. Scott Lawrence earned hard charger honors by coming from 21st to 14th in the event.
The final event of the weekend was the $1,000 to win 20-lap Mod Four feature event, which saw 2009 Fall Classic champ Dustin Zieske and hometown boy Steve Johnson lead the field to the green. Zieske took the lead early with his weekend teammate Justin Bjorklund sliding into second with Johnson third early on. 8th starting Josh Abrahamson and 9th starting Rob VanMil were both on the move early working their way into the top five before the half way point. The race ran off smoothly with Abrahamson sliding into the lead around the bottom of the big half mile, brining VanMil along for the ride. The duo took the top two spots with seven or eight laps remaining in the event and were able to hold the rest of the field off for a one-two finish to the final event of 2010.
Everyone at FYE Motorsports and Viking Speedway would like to thank all the fans, drivers, crews, sponsors, volunteers and employees that made the 8th annual Viking Fall Classic such a gigantic success. Check out www.fyemotorsports.com for 2011 event dates.
Feature: Jimmy Mars, Lance Matthees, Marshal Fegers, Jeff Wildung, Zach Johnson, Eric Breeschoten, Steve Laursen, Ricky Weiss, Kyle Peterlin, Chad Mahder, Justin Fegers, Brad Seng, Jake Redetzke, Corey Nelson, Don Shaw, Seth Brede, Jeremy Keller, Jeff Provinzino, Darrell Nelson, Shawn Kirwin, Cody Skytland, Blake Jegtvig, Chuck Swenson, Brock Gronwold, Pat Doar
Heat 1: Jegtvig, Doar, Johnson, Redetzke,
Seng, Paul Mueller, Rick Nelson, Mike Balcaen, Mike Bruns, Jeff Wildung,
Heat 3: Matthees, D. Nelson, J. Fegers, Mars, Kirwin, Joel Cryderman, Adam Hensel, Jeff Hinkemeyer, Troy Schill, Scott Lehn
Heat 4: M. Fegers, Shaw, Laursen, Keller, Brede, Dave Tyrchniewicz, Brian Swenson, Clarence Washburn, John Meeds, Shaun Peterson
Heat 5: Provinzino, Swenson, Gronwold, Mahder, Harry Hanson, Matt Weisman, Dave Zimmerman, Brady Johanneck, TJ Adams, Rick Schroeder
B-main 1: Kirwin, Seng, Hanson, Tyrchniewicz, Hensel, Atkinson, Schroeder, Zimmerman, Schill, Yaggy, R. Nelson, Washburn, Greer, J. Johnson, Bruns, Adams
B-main 2: Brede, Skytland, Cryderman, Kaanta, Balcaen, Mueller, Swenson, Johanneck, Weisman, Jorgenson, Meeds, S. Lehn, Hinkemeyer, Wildung, Peterson, C. Lehn
Feature: Jason Thoennes, Dale Mathison, Jimmy Mars, Dave Cain, Shane Sabraski, Dennis Bitzan, Ron Jones, Kelly Estey, Scot Danzeisen, Travis Saurer, Shayne Laske, Josh Thoennes, Darrell Nelson, Blake Jegtvig, Dustin Nelson, Scott Tofte, Joey Jensen, Dave Schroeder, Zach Schultz, Cody Skytland, Shane Edginton, Matt Gilbertson, Jamie Lemke, Jay Richardson, Terry Engebretson
Heat 1: Danzeisen, Jones, Bitzan, Mitch
Johnson, Ward Imrie, Justin Jones, Mike Bruns, Tyler Sjoman, Gary Reents,
Arne Anderson, Luke Dykstra
Heat 3: Mars, Skytland, Darrell Nelson, Curt Lund, Jay McDonald, Ben Wolden, Dave Storck, Jason Blascyk, Jeremy Kerzman, Jim Nystrom
Heat 4: Saurer, Sabraski, Richardson, Danny Bayer, Jeremy Houle, Jensen, Jamie Trautner, Shane Bruns, Jodi Olson, Randy Schumm
Heat 5: Dustin Nelson, Engebretson, Gilbertson, Craig Thatcher, Tim Alexander, Mark Esala, Cale Arneson, Edginton, Kyle Wieberdink, Mark Blood
Heat 6: Jason Thoennes, Schroeder, Schultz, Mark Froehlich, Laske, Ryan Canon, Jerry Esler, Shawn Kelley, Randy Tarno, Mark Trautner
Heat 7: Mathison, Estey, Lemke, Duwayne Clarke, Corky Thomas, Erick Thiesse, Kent Willms, Chris Prussman, John Baltich, Brett Johnson
B-main 1: Laske, M. Johnson, McDonald, Esala, Clarke, Bayer, Christiansen, Willms, J. Trautner, Kelley, Blascyk, Blood, M. Bruns, Reents, Tarno, Nystrom, Dykstra
B-main 2: Jegtvig, Houle, Thatcher, Canon, Imrie, C. Thomas, Olson, Prussman, Arneson, Wolden, A. Anderson, Schumm, Waba, S. Bruns, Sjoman, Baltich, M. Trautner
B-main 3: Edginton, WIeberdink, Lund, J. Jones, Esler, Miskowic, Kerzman, Storck, Loveday, Froehlich, Alexander, Nayes, Thiesse, Jensen, Johnson, Engels
Feature: Dave Mass, Cory Tammen, Matt Miller, Jim Gullikson, Jeff Hapala, Devin Neske, Don Shaw, Jeff Flaten, Tim Johnson, Daev Read, Larry Lund, Rick Kobs, Shawn Nolan, Scott Lawrence, Scott Duval, Andy Hofteig, Ron Host, Cody Lee, Terry Merten, Derrick Lemke, Steve Weber, Zach Schultz, Jason Vejtruba, Aaron Leininger, Dan Gullikson
Heat 1: J. Gullikson, Hapala, Duval, Hoeftig,
Lawrence, Jon Stepan, Adam Ayotte, Ryan Siegle, Mike Martin
Heat 3: Neske, Flaten, Nolan, Weber, Leininger, Lee, Bryan Hellerman, Jason Babcock, Rick Niemi, Jeremy Mierhofer
Heat 4: Miller, T. Johnson, Read, Host, Luke Johnson, Dusty Peterson, Jeff Kluver, Ryan Aho, Jim Johnson
Heat 5: Mass, Kobs, Lemke, Merten, Cal Rossner, Mike Peterson, Al Cleveland, Kurt Kromschroeder, Shane Sabraski
B-main 1: Lawrence, Leininger, Peterson, Aho, Lofdahl, Baker, Rossner, Niemi, Peterson, Martin, J. Johnson, Cleveland, Schultz, Donald
B-main 2: Vejtruba, Lee, Siegle, Ayotte, Sabraski, Stepan, A. Johnson, L. Johnson, Meirhofer, Kromschroeder, Hellerman, Babcock, Kluver
Feature: Shane Sabraski, Cale Arneson, Marshal Tofte, Ryan Mikkelson, Rusty Kollman, Jason VandeKamp, Dave Mass, Travis Saurer, Peter Loecken, Matt Weisman, Kyle Reents, Justin Bjorklund, Josh Muzik, Dan Menk, Mike Brenny, Rick Jacobson, Scott Werk, Skeeter Estey, Brett Hoium, Chris Mensen, Brian Haben, Dusty Bitzan, Jamie Thorstad, Jeremy Kerzman, Nick Bruder
Heat 1: Thorstad, Werk, Brenny, Nate Barber,
Derek Quinn, Menk, Justin Mackedanz, Justin Remus, Ryan Stall, Joel
Heat 3: Bruder, Haben, Justin Bjorklund, Scott Bintz, Scott Splittstoesser, Mark Blom, Brandon Hines, Lloyd Hudson, Brandon Spanswick, Mikkelson
Heat 4: Tofte, Jacobson, Bitzan, Ryan Studanski, Scott Gill, Todd Berg, Dennis Czech, Brent Kahout, Kelly Haack, Jason Hoffman
Heat 5: Kerzman, Loecken, Reents, Weisman, Ron Saurer, Shawn Olson, Mass, Tyler Modlin, Barry Bremmer, Zach HIntermeier
Heat 6: Kollman, Mensen, Arneson, VandeKamp, William Lund, Brady Gerdes, Jared Thelen, Peewee Kuhnau, Brooke Hellerman, Hayden Hanson
B-main 1: Weisman, Mass, Menk, R. Saurer, Olson, Blom, Hellerman, Kahout, Mackedanz, Splittstoesser, Hines, Remus, Quinn, Barber, Bintz, Crapser, Kuhnau, Bremmer, Hudson, Peterson, Hanson, Hoffman
B-main 2: Mikkelson, Estey, VandeKamp, Czech, Studanski, Braaten, Gill, Hoium, Spanswick, Lund, Vanderby, Gerdes, Greeley, Stall, Laage, Haack, Modlin, Thelen, Berg, Hintermeier
Feature: Brian Swenson, Rusty Kollman, Tim Johnson, Chris Winter, Travis Berends, Jason Babcock, Jimmy Williams, Cory Tammen, James Wall, Henry Peters, Scott Messner, Cory Rosen, Ryan Hugelen, Grady Myers, Dave Chambliss, Justin Pogones, Adam Burrows, Chris Ritter, Andrew Bangsund, Tim Rhode, Craig Olhauser, Luke Nelson, Doug Songer, Jerry Esler, Justin Tammen, Kevin Schmidt
Heat 1: Williams, Bangsund, Hugelen, Esler,
Winter, Olhauser, Wall, Nelson, Tiffany Maus
Heat 3: Pogones, Swenson, Ritter, Myers, Burrows, Ryan Pommerer, Josh Fredeen, Justin Vogel
Heat 4: J. Tammen, C. Tammen, Schmidt, Messner, Rohde, Chamblis, Songer, Scott Walker
B-main 1: Olhauser, Chambliss, Wall, Songer, Rosen, Fredeen, Walker, Nelson, Maus, Guyot, Vogel, Kometz, Pommerer, Allord
Feature: Josh Abrahamson, Rob VanMil, Dustin Zieske, Justin Bjorklund, Steve Johnson, Tom Silver, Tyler Larson, Jamie Flickinger, Paul Hartman, Kurt Deters, Dean Larson, Justin Smith, Tommy Sabraski, Corey Nehk, Ryan Buer, Brennan Borg, Jesse Ouren, David Anderson, Corey Pourrier, Tim Hart, Matt Staab, Mike Hart, Scott Atkinson, Dallas Buchholz, Bryce Bjerken
Heat 1: VanMil, Abrahamson, Zieske, Smith, D.
Larson, Sabraski, Staab, T. Hart, Pourrier
Heat 3: Flickinger, Johnson, Atkinson, Bjerken, Silver, Borg, Nehk, Ouren
By Ray Beste
Alexandria, Mn (April 17th, 2010) - Jeff Wildung took the lead on lap 32 of the 40 lap WISSOTA Late Model A-main picking up the $4,000 feature win Saturday night at Viking Speedway. Scot Danzeisen moved from his third row starting position to claim the win in the WISSOTA Modified finale while Zach Schultz scored the biggest win of his career in the WISSOTA Super Stock A-main. Shane Sabraski led all 25 laps garnering the win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified main event with Ryan Buer scoring the WISSOTA Street Stock feature win in his #F7 machine. Dustin Zieske picked up his first ever Viking Speedway victory holding off an early challenge from Rob VanMil in the WISSOTA Mod Four finale. A nice field of 197 cars packed the pits for the FYE Motorsports promoted "Fall Classic in the Spring" this past weekend at Viking Speedway.
Ritter took the lead on lap one of the WISSOTA Street Stock main event.
Ritter worked the top side of the speedway leading lap one of the 20-lap
event. Fourth starter Buer quickly moved into second while 10th starter
Cory Tammen was quickly on the move. Tammen cracked the top five just
five laps into the event while Buer had caught the backside of Ritter
for the lead. Buer made a power move to the inside of Ritter taking the
lead on lap seven while Tammen slid into third. Tammen quickly disposed
of Ritter for the second spot with Buer holding a six car length
advantage. Tammen quickly closed in on Buer when the first yellow of the
event waved on lap 11. On the rest, Luke Nelson and Joe Potter dueled
side by side with Nelson taking the spot from Potter exiting turn two.
Buer moved away from the rest of the field with seven laps remaining
when the final yellow of the event bunched up the field for a seven lap
dash to the finish. Tammen edged ahead of Nelson on the restart to hold
the second spot while Buer pulled away from the field once again. Back
in traffic, Jason Babcock and Roger Christiansen worked their way
through the field. Babcock started the event in the 14th position
finishing in seventh while Christiansen started 16th and finished
eighth. Out front it was all Buer picking up the win in convincing
fashion. Tammen, Nelson, Potter and "Nitro" Jimmy Williams rounded out
the top five. Heat race wins were collected by Buer and Cory Rosen.
Paul Mueller and Shawn Kirwin shared the front row starting duties for the 40-lap, $4,000 to main event. Kirwin blasted off from the outside of row one taking the lead as the field worked off of turn two. Kirwin used the top of the track to his advantage as he was scored the leader at the conclusion of the first lap. Fourth starter Zach Johnson quickly worked his way into second while eleventh starting Lance Mathees was on the move as well. On lap nine, Johnson blasted by Kirwin for the lead using the bottom of the Speedway exiting turn two. Fifteen laps into the event Mathees was glued to the bottom as he worked by Ricky Weiss and Pat Doar moving into the third spot in the process. Johnson continued to lead out front as the halfway mark neared. Mathees disposed of Kirwin for the second spot with the cross flags showing as he reeled in Johnson for the lead. Wildung began his surge to the front as well as he cracked the top five with 17 laps still up on the board. Wildung ran the extreme high side of the speedway with Johnson in the middle and Mathees on the bottom. Just as the lead trio began to encounter lap traffic the yellow flag waved with 12 laps still up on the board. It was Mathees now in front ahead of Johnson and Wildung. Johnson chose the outside of the second row on the Delaware double-file start. Mathees once again headed for the ditch as Wildung blasted by Johnson for the second via the middle groove in turn two. Wildung climbed the banking in turns three and four pulling even with Mathees with just ten laps remaining. With eight to go, Wildung used his top side momentum propelling himself into the lead while Mathees was left to do battle with Johnson for second. Johnson worked by Mathees and rallied for one final challenge with five laps remaining. Wildung, however, was steady in the remaining laps and cruised on to his first victory of the season (only start). Wildung was followed to the line by Johnson, Mathees, Marshall Fegers and Ricky Weiss. Don Shaw picked up the hard charger award starting 21st and finishing 10th. Heat race wins were collected by Pat Doar, Marshall Fegers, and Shawn Kirwin.
Jay McDonald took the lead from the pole on the opening lap of the 30-lap WISSOTA Modified A-main. Fifth starter Scot Danzeisen used the bottom of the speedway to slide into second on lap four while McDonald continued to lead up front. With five laps in the books it was McDonald, Danzeisen, Jensen, Thoennes and Darrell Nelson in the top five. On lap eight, Danzeisen overtook McDonald for the lead exiting turn four while Jensen quickly began to pressure McDonald for second. Jensen was able to sneak by McDonald for the second spot on lap ten with Thoennes still anchoring the fourth spot. Jensen began the long process of running down Danzeisen while McDonald was left to do battle with Thoennes for the third spot. Thoennes and McDonald waged the best battle on the speedway for the time being with Jensen inching closer and closer to Danzeisen. Two yellow flags slowed action during the midway point of the race with Danzeisen continuing the lead the field. On a lap 15 restart, Thoennes moved by McDonald for the third spot as the battle for the top spot was now a three car party. Jensen looked to the outside of Danzeisen exiting turn four with ten laps remaining as the duo drag raced down the frontstretch. Danzeisen, however, held the groove and the lead for the time being as Jensen regrouped in second. Back in the pack, 23rd starter Kelly Estey used the bottom of the speedway to his advantage. While most cars worked middle to high, Estey was glued to the bottom. Estey cracked the top five with four laps remaining moving by Pat Doar exiting turn two. Jensen tried everything in his power to overtake Danzeisen but in the end it was Scot picking up the $3,000 feature win. Jensen had a great run coming home second ahead of Thoennes, Nelson, and Estey. Estey moved up 18 spots during the 30-lap affair garnering the hard charger award in the process.
The WISSOTA Super Stock finale proved to be a good one with Larry Lund leading the first 24 laps from the pole. Lund endured early challenges from Don Eischens and Don Shaw holding the lead as the white flag flew over the field. Lund, however, began to pour smoke out of the rear of his car with two laps remaining which allowed Zach Schultz to power by for the lead entering turn one on the final lap. Schultz, Mike Peterson, Dave Mass and Jeff Hapala were able to sneak by Lund on the final circuit as his machine slowed drastically. Schultz made no mistakes on his final trip around picking up the biggest win of his career in the process. Mike Peterson had a great run in the second spot followed by 14th starter Dave Mass. Hapala and Lund rounded out the top five running order for the WISSOTA Super Stocks. Scott Lawrence garnered hard charger honors starting 22nd and finishing 7th.
The final event of the evening belonged to the WISSOTA Mod Fours with Dustin Zieske grabbing the opening lap advantage. The field was able to complete the first lap before a myriad of yellows halted action. Zieske ran around the top of the speedway with Rob VanMil challenging on the bottom. Zieske and VanMil ran side by side for the better part of six laps before Zieske seized control of the event in the ladder stages of the 20-lap affair. Out front it was Zieske picking up his first Viking Speedway victory and the $750 payday that went with it. VanMil had a nice run in the second spot followed by 11th starter Josh Abrahamson. Second generation racer Tyler Larson finished in the fourth spot ahead of Corry VanMil. Dean Larson and Rob VanMil picked up heat race wins earlier in the event with Josh Abrahamson picking up the hard charger award moving up eight spots during the duration of the event.
The FYE Motorsports Staff as
well as the crew at Viking Speedway would like to thank all the drivers,
fans, pit crew members, and sponsors that made the first "Fall Classic
in the Spring" a success. The first regular Saturday night racing event
of the season will take place this coming Saturday, April 24th at Viking
Speedway. Races start this Saturday night at 5:30 p.m.
WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature- Jeff Wildung, Zach Johnson, Lance Mathees, Marshall Fegers, Ricky Weiss, Justin Fegers, Shawn Kirwin, Pat Doar, John Kaanta, Don Shaw, Brad Seng, Corey Nelson, Matt Aukland, Mike Balcaen, Shaun Peterson, Dave Tyrchniewicz, Scott Greer, Seth Brede, Rick Nelson, Rick Schroeder, Dave Zimmerman, Joel Waba, Paul Mueller, Joel Cryderman, Steve Laursen, Darrell Nelson
Heat 1- Kirwin, Zimmerman, Peterson, D. Nelson, Kaanta, R. Nelson, Cryderman, Greer, Schroeder
Heat 2- Marshall Fegers, Wildung, Johnson, Mathees, Justin Fegers, Brede, Balcaen, Aukland, Waba
Heat 3- Doar, Weiss, Mueller, Seng, Corey Nelson, Tyrchniewicz, Shaw, Laursen
Feature- Scot Danzeisen, Joey Jensen, Jason Thoennes, Darrell Nelson, Kelly Estey, Pat Doar, Danny Bayer, Jay McDonald, Blake Jegtvig, Jason Grimes, Craig Thatcher, Keith Tourville, Shane Sabraski, Shane Edgington, Brandon Nelson, Jason Strand, Travis Saurer, Scott Tofte, Justin Jones, Bill Byholm, Don Eischens, Dennis Bitzan, Mark Noble, Dale Mathison, Dave Schroeder
Heat 1- Danzeisen, Nelson, Schroeder, Strand, Grimes, Saurer, Wildman, Kerzman, Storck, Crapser
Heat 2- Eischens, Brandon Nelson, Sabraski, Bayer, Estey, Engebretson, Lautigar, Laske, Dykstra, Waba
Heat 3- Ja Thoennes, Byholm, Tra Saurer, Jegtvig, Christiansen, Jones, Lund, Nystrom, Gilbertson
Heat 4- McDonald, Thatcher, Mathison, Edgington, Tofte, Tourville, Broking, Reents, Bjorklund
Heat 5- Jensen, Doar, Bitzan, Noble, Jo Thoennes, Duval, Wieberdink, Gierke, Lemke
B-main 1- Grimes, Estey, Jo Thoennes, Tre Saurer, Tourville
B-main 2- Tofte, Jones, Engebretson, Lautigar, Wildman
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature- Zach Schultz, Mike Peterson, Dave Mass, Jeff Hapala, Larry Lund, Don Eischens, Scott Lawrence, Donnie Lofdahl, Dave Read, Todd Carter, Jeff Kluver, Dominic Baker, Irvin Cook, Jason Vejtruba, Matt Miller, Paul Veert, Ron Host, Jon Stepan, Jeff Flaten, Dan Gullikson, Bryan Hellerman, Steve Weber, Joel Collins, Jeremy Jerve, Don Shaw
Heat 1- Kluver, Lofdahl, Miller, Veert, Hellerman, Lawrence, Baker, Cody Lee
Heat 2- Shaw, Lund, Schultz, Mass, Carter, Stepan, Host, Robertson
Heat 3- Eischens, Hapala, Weber, Flaten, Collins, Cook, Dusty Peterson, Ashley Donald
Heat 4- Peterson, Vejtruba, Gullikson, Read, Jerve, Merten, Hauer, Horn
B-main- Ron Host, Lawrence, Stepan, Cook, Lee
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature- Shane Sabraski, Ryan Mikkelson, Ron Jones, Jason VandeKamp, Austin Arneson, Jason Hoffman, Tyler Limoges, Travis Saurer, Jason Strand, Brett Hoium, Ron Saurer, William Lund, Steve Johnson, Kyle Reents, Lance Schill, Shawn Fernkes, Aaron Olson, Chris Mensen, Dustin Bitzan, Matt Weisman, Ryan Studanski, Paul Veert, Skeeter Estey, Brian Haben, Josh Muzik
Heat 1- Limoges, Hoium, Reents, Mackedanz, Vanderby, Ron Saurer, Levi Arneson, Cale Arneson, Tyler Modlin
Heat 2- Haben, Jones, Mensen, Bohlman, Czech, Broking, Bruder, Menk, Berends
Heat 3- Sabraski, Hoffman, Olson, Veert, Lund, Gerdes, Greeley, Krog, Blascyk
Heat 4- Muzik, Austin Arneson, Schill, Estey, Loecken, Braaten, Kahout, Hellerman, Suckow
Heat 5- VandeKamp, Strand,
Weisman, Bitzan, Prieve, Johnson, Al Sadek, Laage, Brenny
B-main 1- Estey, Johnson, Ron Saurer, Suckow, Loecken
B-main 2- Bitzan, Travis Saurer, Bohlman, Gerdes, Czech
B-main 3- Lund, Veert, Arneson, Blascyk, Lien
WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature- Ryan Buer, Cory Tammen, Luke Nelson, Joe Potter, Jim Williams, Cory Rosen, Jason Babcock, Roger Christiansen, Andrew Bangsund, Rick Nelson, Henry Peters, Chris Ritter, James Wall, Tim Rhode, Travis Berends, Justin Tammen, Josh Beauliew, Micheal Nelson, Justin Vogel, Scott Walker
Heat 1- Rosen, Justin Tammen, Nelson, Bangsund, Williams, Berends, Beauliew, Rhode, M. Nelson, Rick Nelson
Heat 2- Buer, Potter, Ritter, Wall, Cory Tammen, Peters, Babcock, Christiansen, Vogel, Walker
WISSOTA Mod Fours:
Feature- Dustin Zieske, Rob VanMil, Josh Abrahamson, Tyler Larson, Corry VanMil, Ryan Buer, Tom Sabraski, Steve Johnson, Dean Larson, Justin Schneider, Brennan Borg, Micheal Griffin, David Anderson, Tommy McGough, Tom Silver, Mike Hart, Jim Erdmann, Jesse Ouren, Jason Bloch, Tim Hart
Heat 1- D. Larson, Sabraski, Schneider, McGough, Silver, Abrahamson, Griffin, Johnson, Erdmann, Bloch
Heat 2- R. VanMil, C. VanMil, T. Larson, Zieske, Buer, Borg, Anderson, M. Hart, Ouren, T. Hart
Fat Daddy’s To Host Post Practice Party At Fall Classic In The Spring
Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill, located at 115 30th Avenue West in Alexandria, MN – adjacent to the new Hampton Inn & Suites, which is serving as the host hotel for the Fall Classic in the Spring – has agreed to come on board as the official Post Practice Party Location for the Classic in the Spring. Fat Daddy’s will host an exclusive get together for the folks who come to practice on Thursday, April 15th 2010. Details of the get together are as follows:
· The post practice party will run from 9:30pm to closing on Thursday, April 15th 2010.
· Anyone who purchases a pit pass for practice night will receive a wristband – This wristband will be good for a buy 1 / get 1 free drink at Fat Daddy’s after practice is over.
· Fat Daddy’s has committed to keeping their kitchen open until midnight to accommodate anyone who wishes to grab a bite to eat after practice.
· Fat Daddy’s will also offer a 10% discount on your food purchase if you come in on Saturday or Sunday, April 17th or 18th for lunch between 11am and 3pm.
As usual, the post practice party is always a must-attend event for all who are in town to kick off the weekend with a bang. Thanks to Fat Daddy’s for coming on board and we hope to see everyone at the Fall Classic in the Spring on April 15th, 16th and 17th 2010. For more information, please log on to www.fyemotorsports.com.
Fall Classic in the Spring
Just Around the Corner!
The racing season in the Upper Midwest is set to kick off with a bang in central Minnesota with the running of the three-time postponed 7th annual Viking Fall Classic on Friday and Saturday, April 16th and 17th 2010 with an open practice session set for Thursday, April 15th from 6pm to 9pm at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minnesota.
As everyone in the area knows, the Fall Classic, which was originally set for early October of 2009, was rained out three weekends in a row last fall, forcing the postponement until mid-April of 2010. The event has been temporarily re-named to the Fall Classic in the Spring for the 2010 event and then discussions will take place of re-naming it permanently if the event becomes a staple on the schedule for years to come.
As mentioned, there will be an open practice session on Thursday night from 6pm to 9pm with a post-practice party to follow. Action will get underway at 6:30pm on Friday night and at 3:00pm on Saturday afternoon. Sunday, April 17th will be reserved for an inclement weather date if needed.
The event will feature WISSOTA Late Models racing for a large purse of $4,000 to win; WISSOTA Modifieds, who will run for a top prize of $3,000 to win; WISSOTA Super Stocks running for the largest Super Stock payoff anywhere of $2,000 to win; WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks, who will each be gunning for a whopping $1,000 to win each and for the first time ever the WISSOTA Mod Fours will be on the card, racing for a sizeable $750 to win payday, setting up the Fall Classic in the Spring to be one of the biggest all-WISSOTA event of the 2010 season. The event car count record of 317, which was set in 2004, may be in jeopardy when the ’10 Spring Classic rolls around.
The 2008 Fall Classic saw Zach Johnson race to his first Late Model Fall Classic title, adding to his 2003 Midwest Modified and 2005 Modified Fall Classic titles, making him the only driver to win the Classic in three divisions, while Pat Doar stole the Modified title, winning his first career Modified feature at Viking. Young Ryan Mikkelson stunned the capacity crowd with the upset win in the Midwest Modifieds. Corey Rosen finished one spot better than in 2007 by racing to a long-awaited Street Stock title, while Don Shaw stormed to his third consecutive Super Stock win, bringing his overall Fall Classic win total to five. These drivers have secured provisional starting positions into their respective feature’s at this year’s Fall Classic in the Spring. The Mod Fours will also have a provisional awaiting the driver that finished highest in the June 20th Mod Four event that was held at Viking last season.
The all new Hampton Inn & Suites will again serve as the official host hotel for the Fall Classic in the Spring. Racers and fans can call 320 763 3360 for room reservations. Make sure to ask for the Fall Classic room block rate.
The Pipeline Travel Plaza is also on board as the official Travel Plaza of the Fall Classic in the Spring. Make sure to stop into the Pipeline on your way to the track for food, fuel and any other supplies you may need for the weekend. Pipeline will also serve as the official Long Tow award sponsor for this event, giving a $100 fuel card to the driver that tows the farthest in EACH of our six divisions!
Thanks to the event’s title sponsor: Shaw Trucking Inc. and associate sponsors NAPA Auto Parts, Budweiser, Pepsi, Lucas Oil Products and GRP Motorsports for making this event possible.
7th Annual Fall Classic Postponed Due To Wet & Snow AGAIN!!
For Immediate Release – St. Cloud, MN (October 21st 2009)
The 7th annual Viking Fall Classic presented by Shaw Trucking Inc. has regrettably been postponed AGAIN due to wet grounds this week leading up to and into the weekend. The 7th annual Viking Fall Classic has been rescheduled for Thursday, Friday & Saturday, APRIL 15th-17th 2010.
As of mid-day on Wednesday, the forecast calls for below average temperatures and more rain showers to fall in the Alexandria area over the next day, therefore the decision has been made to postpone the entire weekend yet again.
Event promoter Chris Stepan said ‘Just like the last two weeks, the weather has been just terrible over the past couple of days and even though the temperatures and weather forecast looks decent for Friday and Saturday, the grounds and race track are still very wet and with the forecasted rain over the next day likely, we just don’t see any way of getting the track and grounds ready for even a Saturday/Sunday or Sunday only event and I certainly don’t want to get everyone here to Alex and then be forced to pull the plug because we can’t get it on once everyone’s already here.’
Stepan also said ‘After discussing this with Phil, the other Viking board members and the track prep crew at Viking for quite some time over the past three days and throughout the morning today, we came to a consensus that with the extreme wetness of the facility, the forecast for more rain and snow tonight and the cold temperatures and snow that is expected through Friday, that the best thing to do would be to postpone the event until next spring.’
The plan is to run the same schedule as was previously planned during the weekend of the 15th-17th of April with an open practice on Thursday night, April 15th from 6p-9p and then racing on Friday night, April 16th and Saturday afternoon, April 17th with a rain date for Sunday, April 18th if needed. Stepan commented ‘The only small piece of good news that comes out of our postponement is that next year we get to have a Fall Classic, or Spring Classic if you will, in April and then the regularly scheduled 8th annual Fall Classic in October as normal.’
‘Thanks to everyone who has held off putting your race cars in storage for the winter to support this event. Trust me, I wanted to get this event in more than anyone, but we just don’t see any way of beating the weather.’ Stepan added.
Pipeline Travel Plaza Named Official Travel Plaza of 7th Viking Fall Classic
The Pipeline Travel Plaza, located just off of Interstate I-94 at Exit 100 in Alexandria, MN has been named as the official Travel Plaza of the 7th annual Viking Fall Classic coming up on October 8th, 9th and 10th 2009. Pipeline has awarded a long tow award to one lucky driver each week throughout the entire regular season at the Viking Speedway, but has really stepped it up for the year ending Fall Classic.
Pipeline will be offering a $100 fuel card to the driver that tows the farthest in EACH of the six divisions in competition at this year’s Fall Classic. One driver per class will be rewarded with some free fuel to help offset the costs of towing so far to support the 7th annual Fall Classic.
Pipeline also has a full truck repair shop that is open from 7am to 5pm on Friday as well as from 7am to noon on Saturday for racers or fans that may need any repairs done to their big or small rigs throughout the course of the weekend. They will also have mechanics and parts ‘on call’ all weekend for emergency repairs if needed.
Pipeline will also offer 10% off all food purchases made at Willy’s Roadside Café (located inside Pipeline Travel Plaza) and you can take an additional 10% off of your meal purchase (20% total) if you fuel with Pipeline throughout the course of the weekend.
Pipeline promises to have a full line of ice cold beer, ice, assortment of snacks and even firewood for you campers who are coming to town for the weekend.
And finally, Pipeline will offer a discounted truck wash/wax for racers who want a clean rig either before or after the Fall Classic, by offering this service for only $50 and all you have to do is mention the Fall Classic to get the discount.
Thanks to Bill and Kevin from Pipeline for stepping up to support the event and help the racers in such a big way!
7th Annual Viking Fall Classic: Bigger Than Ever In 2009
This event, promoted by FYE Motorsports Promotions from nearby St. Cloud, Minnesota is sponsored by Ham Lake, Minnesota’s Shaw Trucking Inc. with assistance from NAPA Auto Parts, Bernick’s Pepsi, H. Boyd Nelson/Budweiser, Lucas Oil Products and GRP Motorsports, typically sees upwards of 5,000 race fans over the course of the weekend’s festivities and is certain to entertain fans young and old with the non-stop weekend action.
The 7th Viking Fall Classic will feature WISSOTA Late Models racing for a large purse of $4,000 to win; WISSOTA Modifieds, who will run for a top prize of $3,000 to win; WISSOTA Super Stocks running for the largest Super Stock payoff anywhere of $2,000 to win; WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks, who will each be gunning for a whopping $1,000 to win each and for the first time ever the WISSOTA Mod Fours will be on the card, racing for a sizeable $700 to win payday, setting up the 7th annual Fall Classic to be the biggest all-WISSOTA event of the 2009 season. The event car count record of 317, which was set in 2004, may be in jeopardy when the ’09 Classic rolls around.
The 2008 event saw Zach Johnson race to his first Late Model Fall Classic title, adding to his 2003 Midwest Modified and 2005 Modified Fall Classic titles, making him the only driver to win the Classic in three divisions, while Pat Doar stole the Modified title, winning his first career Modified feature at Viking. Young Ryan Mikkelson stunned the capacity crowd with the upset win in the Midwest Modifieds. Corey Rosen finished one spot better than in 2007 by racing to a long-awaited Street Stock title, while Don Shaw stormed to his third consecutive Super Stock win, bringing his overall Fall Classic win total to five.
Event details will be much like in previous years and will feature an open practice session on Thursday night, October 8th from 6pm to 9pm for anyone interested in coming and testing prior to the event. A social gathering will then take place after practice on Thursday night. Details will be released at a later date. Friday, October 9th will then see the grandstand and pit gates both open at 3pm with the draw cut off at 6pm and racing beginning at 6:30. All heat races will be run on Friday night. Saturday will see the pits and grandstand gates both open at noon with racing beginning at 3pm.Log onto www.fyemotorsports.com for event details and updates throughout the coming months. We hope to see you in Alexandria for the 7th annual Fall Classic.
The new Hampton Inn & Suites has recently signed on as the official host hotel for both the 5th annual Minnesota Modified Nationals and the 7th annual Viking Fall Classic events promoted by FYE Motorsports at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN in 2009. The new Hampton Inn & Suites is located at 2705 South Broadway Street in Alexandria, MN and offers a complimentary hot breakfast, indoor pool, whirlpool, state of the art fitness center, wired/wireless high speed internet, a microwave and refrigerator in all guest rooms. The hotel is also conveniently located next to Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill, Garden Center Lanes, the Viking Plaza Mall and Cinema 9 Theatre.
The special discounted rate that has been set aside for
both events is a whopping 25% off of a regular standard rate at only
$104.95/night. The management of the Hampton Inn feels confident that
the racers/fans will enjoy their experience at the new Hampton Inn &
Racers and fans alike can make reservations for the 5th annual Minnesota Modified Nationals, which will be held on July 2nd, 3rd & 4th 2009 and/or the 7th annual Viking Fall Classic, which will be held on October 8th, 9th & 10th 2009 by calling the hotel directly at (320) 763-3360 and mentioning the room block for the Mod Nationals and/or Fall Classic. FYE Motorsports would like to welcome the Hampton Inn & Suites as the new host hotel for the Mod Nationals and Fall Classic!
2008 Race Report By Ray Beste
Alexandria, Mn (October 3rd-4th, 2008) - Zach Johnson put on a cap on his 2008 WISSOTA Late Model National Championship by winning the 6th Annual Viking Fall Classic held at Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Mn. Pat Doar charged from mid-pack to garner his first ever Fall Classic trophy in the WISSOTA Modifieds while Don Shaw picked up his third straight win in the WISSOTA Super Stock division. Perhaps the most impressive run of the weekend was turned in by Jamestown, ND driver Ryan Mikkelson who scored the win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified division. Cory Rosen put an exclamation point on another great season by winning the WISSOTA Street Stock finale. 263 race teams participated in the year end spectacular with drivers and fans showing up from all over WISSOTA country, for one of the last sanctioned events of the season. Two solid days of Amsoil Dirt Track Series action was seen by the aforementioned spectators and drivers.
With a whopping 263 race teams packing the pits, many thought some of the heat race action would have to be pushed off to Saturday afternoon. They were wrong, however, as each division was able to complete the heat races during the 4 hours of race time slated for Friday night. The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds got the program underway. The 68 cars in attendance were divided into seven heat races with Matt Weisman, Brian Haben, Josh Thoennes, Dusty Bitzan, Ryan Mikkelson, Randy Klein and Brock Gronwold all picking up victories. Other drivers to qualify for the WISSOTA Midwest Modified A-main through the heat races included: Brendan Blascyk, Wes Hines, Cale Arneson, Andy Jones, Brandon Nelson, Jeremy Kerzman and Travis Saurer. Saturday's installment of the Fall Classic would feature three B-mains with the top three from each transferring on to Saturday night's main event.
The WISSOTA Street Stock division boasted 52 cars with heat race wins going to Cory Rosen, Justin Pogones, Henry Peters, Cory Tammen, Jim Williams and Scott Paulson. Other drivers to qualifying for the main event through the heat races included: Justin Vogel, James Tandeski, Devin Neske, Jason Babcock, Cory Crapser, Tyler Lambert, Rusty Kollman, Levi Babcock, Travis Berends, Kris Peterson, Shawn Wageman and Mike Jans. Two WISSOTA Street Stock B-mains were scheduled for Saturday with the top three in each putting on their dancing shoes for Saturday night's feature event.
Five WISSOTA Super Stock heat races were held during Friday night's qualifying action. The 50 car field was divided into five 10-car qualifying events with Jason Vejtruba, Todd Carter, Corky Thomas, Rick Kobs and JB Stortz all reigning victorious in heat race action. Don Shaw, Jon Stepan, Dave Mass, Mike Peterson, Roger Host, Jeff Flaten, Tim Johnson, Matt Sparby, Jim Gullikson and Shawn Nolan were all successful in qualifying for Saturday night's main event as well through heat race action held on Friday night. The top two in each of Saturday's twin B-mains would transfer on to Saturday night's A-main feature event for the WISSOTA Super Stocks.
A loaded field of 58 Modifieds took to the speedway next. Heat race wins were collected by Scott Gilbertson, Keith Tourville, Ron Jones, Jason Thoennes, Craig Thatcher and Joey Jensen. Second place finishes in Friday night's heat race action were collected by Terry Engebretson, Pat Doar, Scott Tofte, Jay Richardson, Danny Bayer and Dale Mathison. A third place finish would too garner a driver a spot in Saturday night's main event. The final six drivers to qualify through the heat races included: JJ Schuelke, Shane Sabraski, Dennis Bitzan, Scot Danzeisen, Randy Tarno and Kent Wilms. Two large B-mains were scheduled for Saturday afternoon with the top two finishers from each qualifying them self for Saturday night's $3,000 to win main event.
The WISSOTA Late Models boasted a nice car count of 35. Those 35 drivers were split into four heat races with Dave Tyrchniewicz, Shaun Peterson, Don Shaw and Zach Johnson all garnering heat race victories. The top five drivers in each heat race would qualify for Saturday's $4,000 to win main event. These drivers included: Jeff Wildung, Ricky Weiss, Blaine Doppler, Scott Greer, Shawn Kirwin, Brad Seng, Joel Cryderman, Dave Zimmerman, Jeff Hinkemeyer, Pat Doar, Mike Balcaen, Rick Schroeder, Danny Bayer, Ryan Corbett, Matt Aukland, Brady Johanneck.
With all the heat race action in the books, Saturday's portion of the Fall Classic got underway at 3:00 p.m. The first three drivers to lock themselves into Saturday night's A-main were WISSOTA Midwest Modified pilots Jason Hoffman, Josh "Buzz" Muzik and Shane Sabraski. The 2nd WISSOTA Midwest Modified B-main seen Ron Saurer, Ryan Restad and Kyle Koehntop sneak their way into the main event by running 1-2-3 in the second consi. The 3rd and final consi was collected by Korey Krafthefer. Krafthefer was followed to the line by Modified legend Ron Jones and Pete Loecken. Marshal Tofte would receive the provisional to set the lineup for Saturday night's $1,000 to win main event.
The first of two WISSOTA Street Stock B-mains was held next with Atwater, Mn driver Ryan Buer scoring the victory. Buer was followed to the line by a very game Scott Walker and third place finishing Chuck Olson. The 2nd and final B-main was collected by Luck, WI driver Chanda Fjorden-Nord. Chanda reigned victorious in B-main number two followed to the line by fellow transfers Mark Blom and Roger Christiansen.
Speedway regulars Larry Lund and Dominic Baker transfered through B-main number one for the WISSOTA Super Stocks while Derek Lemke picked up the win in the second. Canadian driver Leo Feeleus picked up the 2nd and final transfer spot in B-main two with a last lap, last corner pass on Eric Thiesse and Paul Veert.
The WISSOTA Modified B-mains were dominated by Jamestown, ND veteran John Corell and Elk River, Mn mudslinger Trent Follmer. Brad Loveday and Don Eischens each garnered transfer spots as well with Jamie Lemke picking up the champions provisional setting Saturday night's A-main field.
The WISSOTA Late Model division only had one B-main qualifier which was dominated by 2007 Viking Fall Classic Champion Lance Matthees. Matthees took the lead from the get go and proceeded to check out on the field in a very short time. Dave Mass, Tom Corcoran and Joey Jensen each garnered transfer spots as well setting Saturday nights Late Model A-main.
With all heat races, qualifiers and tributes in the books, the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were first to get the call. Young drivers Brian Haben and Ryan Mikkelson shared the front row starting duties as head flagman Mike Commerford dropped the green. Mikkelson charged his Elite Chassis machine into turn one taking the lead as the field spread out down the backstretch. On lap three, however, Haben suffered a mechanical breakdown which caused a chain reaction sending Cale Arneson into a series of rolls on the front stretch. Arneson and Kyle Koehntop were unable to continue. Order was restored and Mikkelson once again showed the front runners to the green. While Mikkelson stretched his advantage out front, Josh Thoennes and Brock Gronwold waged a great battle for the second spot. Twentieth starter Ron Jones moved up eleven positions in the first seven laps finding himself in ninth while Mikkelson still lead out front. Gronwold worked to the inside and also to the outside of Thoennes but was unable to take the spot for the time being. Thirteenth starter Travis Saurer and seventeenth starter Korey Krafthefer began to work their way through the field as the cross flags showed signaling there was 12 laps in the books. Yellow flags hampered the middle of the event before order was restored and Thoennes and Gronwold ignited their memorable battle once again. Saurer and Krafthefer each entered the top five with four laps remaining while Jones moved up to seventh when the final checkered flags waved. Thoennes was able to hold off Gronwold in the end for the second spot while Mikkelson cruised on to his first ever Viking Speedway victory. Out front it was Mikkelson scoring the win ahead Thoennes, Gronwold, Saurer and Krafthefer. Jones picked up the hard charger award starting 20th and finishing 7th.
Two of the best in the business in Cory Tammen and Cory Rosen were aligned on the front row for the 25-car WISSOTA Street Stock main event. Rosen beat Tammen to turn one and grabbed the lead as the field exited turn two. Rosen kept his momentum up on the high side and was scored the leader at the conclusion of the first lap. Tammen settled into the second spot while eighth starter Shawn Wageman cracked the top five early on. Near the midway point of the race, the yellow flag waved for an incident in turn two. During that time, second place runner Cory Tammen headed pit side to change a flat tire. That would now hand the second place spot to Wageman, who was very fast near the midway point of the race. Back in traffic, Tyler Lambert and Mark Blom began picking their competitors off one by one. Lambert, who started the event in 16th, cracked the top five with six to go while Blom moved to fifth from his 22nd starting position. Rosen continued to work the high line with five laps still up on the board while Wageman followed closely. Babcock, Lambert and Blom battled for the third spot while Rosen and Wageman began to distance themselves from the pack. On the final lap, Rosen jumped the cushion in turn three which allowed Wageman to work to the inside off of turn four. When the two front runners crossed the line, it was Rosen taking the victory by a half of a car length. Fourteenth starter, Babcock, finished third ahead of the hard charging duo of Lambert and Blom. Blom was the hard charger of the event moving up 17 positions in 20 laps.
Ham Lake, Mn driver Don Shaw took the lead from the outside of row one during opening lap action in the WISSOTA Late Model division. Shaw immediately stretched his advantage out front while Jeff Wildung quickly moved his way forward from his third starting spot. Pole-sitter Danny Bayer remained strong early on before fading back to the seventh spot five laps in. Two drivers who were more than apparently on the move were Joel Cryderman and Lance Matthees. Cryderman, who started the event in the sixteenth spot, moved up eight positions in the first twelve laps finding himself in the eighth position. Matthees, who started twenty-first, cracked the top ten, fifteen laps into the event. Shaw continued to lead out front while the lap cars started to become part of the equation. Eighth starter Zach Johnson moved by Wildung for the second spot on lap twenty-one before tracking down Shaw for the lead with fourteen laps remaining. Shaw rode the high side with Johnson in the ditch. The two remained side by side for the better part of the five laps before Johnson took the lead off of turn four. Cryderman and Mathees cracked the top five with six laps remaining but were unable to make anymore progress in the final laps. Wildung closed up on the backside of Shaw for the second spot with three laps to go and was able to overtake Don using the high groove in turn two. In the end, however, it was Johnson picking up the biggest win of his young career. Wildung had another great run in the second spot ahead of Shaw, Cryderman and Matthees. Matthees moved up 16 spots during the 40-lap affair garnering the hard charger award in the process.
Joey Jensen took the lead on the opening lap of the WISSOTA Modified finale. Jensen held the lead early on while the action was hot and heavy behind. Sixth starter Ron Jones looked as if he might be the car to beat early on when he moved into second on lap seven. Fifteenth starter Scot Danzeisen looked very impressive with 22 laps still up on the board as he moved into seventh just eight laps into the event. Jensen still held the lead on lap twelve as Pat Doar and Craig Thatcher were now locked into a battle for the second spot. Danny Bayer moved into the top five from his eleventh starting spot on lap seventeen and looked as if he might spoil the party. Doar, however, found the high side of the speedway to his liking as he pedaled by Jensen for the top spot with ten laps remaining. A late restart would put Thatcher and Jensen next to each other behind Doar for the final time. As the field entered turn one, Thatcher was able to work his way past Jensen for the second spot while Doar continued to pound the high side of the speedway. JJ Schuelke and Jason Thoennes had a great battle going for the sixth spot with Schuelke eventually grabbing the spot in the end. Schuelke ran very well moving up eleven positions during the duration of the A-main. Danzeisen continued to chip away at the field, and with two laps remaining was able to dispose of Jensen for the third spot. Thatcher tried everything to reel in Doar, but in the end it was Pat taking his first ever WISSOTA Modified win at Viking. Doar was joined in the star studded top five by Thatcher, Danzeisen, Jensen and Bayer. Don Eischens picked up the hard charger award, starting 22nd and finishing 8th.
The final event of the 2008 season belonged to the WISSOTA Super Stocks. Tim Johnson stoled the lead from Corky Thomas early on and was scored the leader at the conclusion of the first lap. Johnson held the lead until lap five when Don Shaw blasted by on the extreme high side of the speedway. With the track sporting a very racy surface, many drivers began to move forward. Myriad of yellow flags halted action before Shaw and Johnson began to get after it once again for the point. Shaw continued to run the high side while Johnson diamonded the corners in attempt to overtake Shaw. Johnson was able to pull even on more than one occasion, but was unable to overtake Shaw out front. Shawn Nolan made a hard charger from deep in the field. With four laps remaining, Shawn found himself in a great battle with Dave Mass for the fourth spot. Nolan actually overtook Mass for a short time, before Dave worked back to the inside taking the position in the end. Deer Park, WI native Rick Kobs looked very strong during Saturday night's A-main as well finishing third in his Fegers Super Stock mount. For the third time in his career, and third year in a row, Don Shaw picked up the Fall Classic win in the Super Stock division. Shaw was joined in the top five by Johnson, Kobs, Mass and Nolan. Nolan picked up the hard charger award starting 20th and finishing 5th.
FYE Motorsports owner Chris Stepan and all the staff at Viking Speedway would like to thank all the fans, drivers, pit crew members and sponsors that made the 6th Annual Viking Fall Classic a success. With the help of all you great people, an event of this magnitude would not be possible. Stay tuned to www.fyemotorsports.com for dates of next year's FYE events. We hope to see you all back here next year.
WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature- Zach Johnson, Jeff Wildung, Don Shaw, Joel Cryderman, Lance Matthees, Dave Tyrchniewicz, Jeff Hinkemeyer, Mike Balcaen, Brad Seng, Dave Zimmerman, Pat Doar, Pat Doar, Dave Mass, Scott Greer, Tom Corcoran, Shaun Peterson, Blaine Doppler, Ricky Weiss, Danny Bayer, Rick Schroeder, Shawn Kirwin, Ryan Corbett, Joey Jensen, Rick Nelson, Matt Aukland, Brady Johanneck
Heat 1- Tyrchniewicz, Wildung, Weiss, Doppler, Greer, Eilers, Bruns, Dyrdahl, Jensen
Heat 2- Peterson, Kirwin, Seng, Cryderman, Zimmerman, Matthees, Corcoran, Nelson, Lehn
Heat 3- Shaw, Hinkemeyer, Doar, Balcaen, Schroeder, Mass, Mueller, Jegtvig, Chris Lehn
Heat 4- Z. Johnson, Bayer, Corbett, Aukland, Johanneck, Brian Diede, Rick Nelson, Williamson
B-main- Matthees, Mass, Corcoran, Jensen, Mueller
Feature- Pat Doar, Craig Thatcher, Scot Danzeisen, Joey Jensen, Danny Bayer, JJ Schuelke, Jason Thoennes, Don Eischens, Dennis Bitzan, Ron Jones, Dale Mathison, Rick Jacobson, John Corell, Jay McDonald, Keith Tourville, Shane Sabraski, Jay Richardson, Kent Wilms, Terry Engebretson, Trent Follmer, Scott Gilbertson, Randy Tarno, Scott Tofte, Jamie Lemke, Brad Loveday
Heat 1- Scott Gilbertson, Engebretson, Schuelke, Lemke, Corell, Edgington, Nayes, Aukland, Cain, Matt Gilbertson
Heat 2- Tourville, Doar, Sabraski, Follmer, Eischens, J. Trautner, Froehlich, Lofthus, Blue, Thiesse
Heat 3- Jones, Tofte, Bitzan, Loveday, Duval, Miskowic, Arneson, Laske, Nystrom, Bryce Bjerke
Heat 4- Thoennes, Richardson, Danzeisen, Romdalvik, McDonald, Sexton, Thomas, M. Trautner, Wildman, Frollik
Heat 5- Thatcher, Bayer, Tarno, Mike Storck, Jegtvig, Mike Anderson, Williamson, Blood, Olafson
Heat 6- Jensen, Mathison, Wilms, Jacobson, Bruns, Alexander, Schroeder, Arne Anderson, Gulbrandson
B-main 1- Corell, Loveday, Lemke, Edgington, Jegtvig, Cain, Duval, Gilbertson, Storck, Wildman
B-main 2- Follmer, Eischens, Jacobson, Trautner, Romdalvik, Gulbrandson, Bruns, Sexton, Thomas, Schroeder
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature- Don Shaw, Tim Johnson, Rick Kobs, Dave Mass, Shawn Nolan, Todd Carter, Larry Lund, Jon Stepan, Cory Tammen, Ed Rolfson, JB Stortz, Dominic Baker, Mike Peterson, Jason Vejtruba, Jeff Flaten, Cal Rossner, Jim Gullikson, Jim Urseth, Corky Thomas, Ron Host, Derrick Lemke, Leo Feeleus, Matt Sparby, Zach Schultz, Scott Brown
Heat 1- Vejtruba, Shaw, Stepan, Schultz, Baker, Collins, Shipley, Eischens, Thiesse, Lancaster
Heat 2- Carter, Mass, Peterson, Rolfson, Lemke, Gangl, Wilson, Johnson, Miller, Host
Heat 3- Thomas, Roger Host, Flaten, Tammen, Lund, Hauer, Sauby, Brown, Yeats, Feeleus
Heat 4- Kobs, Tim Johnson, Sparby, Rossner, Hellerman, Veert, Jerve, Lee, Kluver, Lawrence
Heat 5- Stortz, Gullikson, Nolan, Urseth, Lindell, Pellersels, Cleveland, Thieschafer, Read, Balcaen
B-main 1- Lund, Baker, Gangl, Wilson, Eischens
B-main 2- Lemke, Feeleus, Thiesse, Balcaen, Collins
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature- Ryan Mikkelson, Josh Thoennes, Brock Gronwold, Travis Saurer, Korey Krafthefer, Matt Weisman, Ron Jones, Ron Saurer, Jason Hoffman, Shane Sabraski, Jeremy Kerzman, Ryan Restad, Marshal Tofte, Brandon Nelson, Pete Loecken, Wes Hines, Brendan Blascyk, Dustin Bitzan, Josh Muzik, Andy Jones, Kyle Koehntop, Cale Arneson, Brian Haben, Randy Klein
Heat 1- Weisman, Blascyk, Vezina, Koehntop, Smith, Schultz, Zenner, Mensen, Kipka, Dowdell
Heat 2- Haben, Hines, R. Saurer, Jones, Kollman, Heinle, Sogge, Kuhnau, Menk, Hellerman
Heat 3- Thoennes, Arneson, Krafthefer, Hoffman, Thorstad, Loecken, Smith, Limoges, Brenny, Kyle Reents
Heat 4- Bitzan, Andy Jones, Muzik, Al Sadek, Krog, Ims, Merten, Bintz, Czech, Stall
Heat 5- Mikkelson, Nelson, Restad, Sniezek, Tofte, Olson, Pavlicek, Kuhlman, Greeley
Heat 6- Klein, Kerzman, Jumbeck, Hoium, VandeKamp, Schmidt, Vanderby, Deering
Heat 7- Gronwold, Saurer, Sabraski, Reents, Berg, Studanski, Swanson, Sparby, Anderson
B-main 1- Hoffman, Muzik, Sabraski, Kollman, Ims, Smith, Studanski, Czech, Limoges, Kuhnau
B-main 2- Ron Saurer, Restad, Koehntop, Thorstad, Hoium, Reents, Swanson, Olson, Greeley, Merten
B-main 3- Krafthefer, Jones, Loecken, VandeKamp, Mensen, Berg, Pavlicek, Jumbeck, Sniezek, Kuhlman
WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature- Cory Rosen, Shawn Wageman, Jason Babcock, Tyler Lambert, Mark Blom, Scott Paulson, Henry Peters, Devin Neske, Rusty Kollman, Kris Peterson, Cory Tammen, James Tandeski, Ryan Buer, Roger Christiansen, Chuck Olson, Levi Babcock, Cory Crapser, Scott Walker, Scott Horn, Chanda Fjorden-Nord, Justin Vogel, Mike Jans, Justin Pogones, Travis Berends, Jim Williams
Heat 1- Rosen, Vogel, Tandeski, Juven, McCain, Rhode, Johnson, Horn, Huston
Heat 2- Pogones, Neske, Babcock, Fjorden-Nord, Christiansen, Sorrell, Blumke, Blom, Kern
Heat 3- Peters, Crapser, Lambert, Buer, Olson, Sahli, Miskowic, Leininger, Burrows
Heat 4- Tammen, Kollman, Babcock, Goulet, Schmidt, Peterson, Wall, Jacobson, Severson
Heat 5- Williams, Berends, Kris Peterson, Bangsund, Walker, Laage, Berg, Becker
Heat 6- Paulson, Wageman, Jans, Winter, Swartz, Potter, Voigt, Forcier
B-main 1- Buer, Walker, Olson, Blumke, Juven, Burrows, Huston, Horn, Wall, Sahli
B-main 2- Fjorden-Nord, Blom, Christiansen, Miskowic, Potter, Goulet, Severson, Winter, Kern, Berg
The year-ending Viking Fall
Classic is set to wrap up the 2008 racing season in grand style on
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 2nd,
2008 at the Viking Speedway in
This event, promoted by FYE
Motorsports Promotions from nearby
The 2007 event saw Lance Matthees, Jamie Lemke, Danny Bayer and Jason VandeKamp race to their first ever Fall Classic titles in the Late Models, Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks respectively and also saw Don Shaw storm to his second consecutive Super Stock championship.
Event details will be much like in previous years and will feature an open practice session on Thursday night, October 2nd from 7pm to 10pm for anyone interested in coming and testing prior to the event. A social gathering will then take place after practice on Thursday night. Details will be released at a later date. Friday, October 3rd will then see the grandstand and pit gates both open at 3pm with the draw cut off at 6pm and racing beginning at 6:30. All heat races will be run on Friday night. Saturday will see the pits and grandstand gates both open at noon with racing beginning at 3pm.
www.fyemotorsports.com for event
details such as ticket prices and admission fees. We hope to see you in
Holiday Inn Back On Board As Host Hotel For Fall Classic.....
Holiday Inn of Alexandria Named
Host Hotel For 6th Viking Fall Classic
For more information about the Fall Classic, please check out www.fyemotorsports.com or call Chris at (715) 497-8916.
Mathees, Lemke, Shaw, Bayer and VandeKamp 2007 Classic at Viking
By Ray Beste
Heat races kick off 5th Annual Viking Fall Classic
By Ray Beste
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