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Tourville Breaks the Bank At Rice Lake Speedway; Wins $15,400 in “Little Dream”

By Ed Reichert

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Rice Lake WI, August 1 – Passing two time winner of the Street Stock “Little Dream” race Tim Johnson with just over a lap to go, Keith Tourville won his first ever “Little Dream” on a record breaking night for the event. The twenty third annual running of this nationally known and unique event saw records shattered once again.

This race, which is unique in that businesses and individuals contribute money to built up the purse, saw Tourville go home with a record top prize for the event. The thirty lap Street Stock feature race paid an impressive $15,400 to win with most of the other finishing positions also enhanced thanks to contributions from the crowd.

This year's race, sanctioned once again by WISSOTA, and administered by FYE Motorsports Promotions, drew fifty seven entrants from four states and Canada and was the second highest number of competitors ever for the event. The companion Midwest Modified main event was won by Joe Chaplin Jr.

Twenty five drivers took the green flag for the Street Stock main event with Eric Olson getting the jump on Johnson to take the early lead. Johnson and Jim Gullikson were the main challengers to Olson in the early going with the leaders running three wide on several occasions. Both Johnson and Gullikson came close to taking over the lead on different occasions only to have Olson fight them off.

The race was slowed several times in the first fifteen laps of the event by several minor spins that kept the field bunched.

Behind the top three in the running order, Sam Fankhauser, Tommy Richards, Ron Hanestad and Jeff Crouse were running in close formation while Tourville rolled along consistently in the top five but not challenging the leaders at this point.

The yellow flew for a slowing Jordan Tollakson at the halfway point of the race with Olson still maintaining a tight lead over Johnson and Gullikson. Tourville had advantage to fourth by this point with Fankhauser, Crouse and Kyle Genett now joining the leaders.
Back on the green, Johnson made his move on the outside and was able to drive past Olson to take over the lead with Gullikson following suit a few laps later to take over second. Gullikson then began to challenge hard for the top spot as he several times nosed up beside Johnson, only to have Tim fight him off once again.

Things got very crazy starting at about lap twenty five with the yellow waving four times without a lap being scored. The leader Johnson was turned around twice in turn four as the battle for the top spot got very heated. Both times Johnson was restored to the top spot and both Olson and Gullikson were penalized to the back of the pack for instigating the contact that sent the leader spinning.

Tourville had kept his nose clean and with the shuffling of the leaders, he now found himself running in second spot and with an open track ahead of him. On the final restart, he jumped to the outside and immediately found success as he was able to edge up on the leader and soon they were nearly door handle to door handle.

Tourville continued to apply heavy pressure while continuing to use the second lane on the track and as the white flag appeared, Keith was able to clear Johnson and claim the lead. Johnson came back hard on the final circuit, throwing his car hard into turn four but Tourville maintained his line and beat Johnson to the finish line by a car length for the stunning and surprising upset win. Kolby Kiehl had gradually worked his way to the front and then really gained ground the final five laps as he came from fifteenth to finish a strong third with Fankhauser and Karl Genett completing the top five.

Scored sixth through tenth were Justin Vogel, Hunter VanGilder, Jimmy Randall, Charlie Shiek and Danny Richards.

Despite the multitude of yellow flags(eleven slow downs in all), twenty one of the twenty five starters were still on the track at the finish with all on the lead lap.

Perhaps the most stunning fact of all was the fact that Tourville was driving the winning car for the very first time, having finalized a deal just Tuesday morning to drive a car for the Blowers Racing Team out of Waseca Minnesota. Tourville drove as a second driver to Mike Blowers, driving the car normally raced by Blowers' son Bobby, a rookie in the class. However, Tourville's business, Player Motorsports, did build both of the Blowers' cars.

Tourville celebrated his win with a smoky “burndown” on the front chute of the track as the large crowd on hand applauded the winner and the winning team celebrated their triumph.

The Midwest Modified main event saw Aric Lindberg lead the first half of the race as he tried to win his third feature race of the year at Rice Lake. He was being closely pursued by Joe Chaplin Jr, Jeffrey Lien Jr and Shane Halopka. Michael Truscott was also on the move, as he charged up from the fourth row and looked to be ready to challenge for the lead.

A yellow slowed his momentum however, and Chaplin Jr used the restart to make a still challenge for the lead. He dove low into turn one and was able to get under the leader and take over the top spot. Truscott moved into second and tried his best to catch the leader, but Chaplin Jr had a good clean line on the track and he drove home for the win with Truscott several car lengths behind at the finish. Halopka finished a close third with Lien Jr and Lindberg rounding out the top five.

There will be no racing at the speedway this coming Saturday, August 5th. Racing will resume on August 12th with a full five division program. It will also be Hall of Fame night with six new members slated to join the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame including Clayton Hargrave, Joe Lapcinski, Terry Foltz, Jim Rude, Paul Harelstad and the late Duane Mahder.

As usual, warmups start at 6:30 pm with racing at 7 pm.

SUMMARY

Rice Lake Speedway
Rice Lake WI
August 1, 2017

WISSOTA Street Stocks

“Little Dream Race” 30 lap Feature – Keith Tourville(Webster), Tim Johnson(Brainerd MN), Kolby Kiehl(Barron), Sam Fankhauser(Rice Lake), Karl Genett(Auburndale), Justin Vogel(Brooten MN), Hunter VanGilder(Rice Lake), Jimmy Randall(Rice Lake), Charlie Shiek(Foley MN), Danny Richards(Mondovi), Ryan Kostreba, Mike Blowers, Kirk Bogdanovic, Scott Huston, Mike Knudtson, Kyle Genett, Eric Olson, Jay Kesan, Jeff Crouse, Justin Pogones, James Wall, Jim Gullikson, Tommy Richards, Jordan Tollakson, Ron Hanestad

15 lap Non Qualifier – Kyle Howland(Zimmerman MN), Royce Jawaski(Adrian ND), Don Cook(Barron), Chris Michaelsohn(Wishek ND), Eric Riley(Morris MN), Brett Miller(Alexandria MN), Justin Tammen(Clara City MN), Preston Blackwell(Miller SD), Andy Cimfl(Rice Lake), Shawn Amundson(Rice Lake), Mitch Kesan, Nate Langeberg, Gavin Rowland

15 lap B Feature – Pogones(Zimmerman MN), Randall, Kirk Bogdanovic(Phillips), Howland, Cook, Riley, Cimfl, Danny Hanson, M. Kesan, Wall, Tammen, Dustin White, Daniel Aberle, Tiffany Noreikis, Rob Rodziczak, Steven Richards, Barrett Berg, Kevin Bogdanovic

B Feature 2 – Kostreba(Elk River MN), Huston(Benson MN), VanGilder, Miller, Jawaski, Amundson, Rowland, Langeberg, Michaelsohn, Blackwell, Nick Schwebach, Blayne Baloun, Parker Anderson, Brandon Fah, Josh Bach, Warren Hanson, Kyle Dykhoff, Braden Brauer

10 lap Heat 1 – Johnson, Knudtson(Osseo), Jawaski, Kostreba, Pogones(Zimmerman MN), Cook, Cimfl, Noreikis, Bach, Rodziczak
Heat 2 – Olson(Ladysmith), Fankhauser, Miller, Howland, Riley, Kyle Hauge, Kevin Bogdanovic, D. Hanson, Brit Bromann, Fah
Heat 3 – Crouse(Alexandria MN), Vogel, Tourville, Blowers(Waseca MN), Tammen, Huston, Berg, Baloun, Nick Traynor
Heat 4 - Shiek, Hanestad(Glenwood City), Aberle(Finley ND), Blackwell, Brauer(Eyota MN), Rowland, Anderson, Schwebach,W. Hanson
Heat 5 – T. Richards(Mondovi), Kyle Genett, Karl Genett, Dykhoff(Perham MN), VanGilder, White, Randall, Wall, S. Richards
Heat 6 – Gullikson, Tollakson(Montevideo MN), D. Richards, Kiehl, J. Kesan(Weyerhaeuser), Kirk Bogdanovic, Langeberg, M. Kesan, Michaelsohn
Heat 7 – Tourville, Huston, Tammen, Crouse, Rowland(Ogilvie MN), Aberle, Brauer, Baloun, Blackwell, Berg
Heat 8 – Fankhauser, Karl Genett, T. Richards, White(Conover), ,D. Hanson(Alma), Miller, Kevin Bogdanovic, Wall, Bromann, Fah
Heat 9 – J. Kesan, Kiehl, Tollakson, Knudtson, Cimfl, M. Kesan, Bach, Noreikis, Rodziczak, Cook
Heat 10 – Johnson, Gullikson, Pogones, D. Richards, Kirk Bogdanovic, Kostreba, Jawaski, Michaelsohn, Langeberg
Heat 11 – Randall, Olson, Kyle Genett, Dykhoff, VanGilder, Riley, Hauge, S. Richards, Howland
Heat 12 – Blowers, Hanestad, Amundson, Vogel, Shiek, Schwebach, Anderson, W. Hanson

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

20 lap Feature – Joe Chaplin Jr(Cameron), Michael Truscott(Chippewa Falls), Shane Halopka(Greenwood), Jeffrey Lien Jr. (Mora MN), Aric Lindberg(Dallas), Jason VandeKamp(Scandia MN), Austin Ellis(Rice Lake), Grant Southworth(Bloomer), Mark Thomas(Menomonie), Travis Anderson(Colfax), Reid Tiegs, Nick Koehler, Jamie Bisonette, Ross Fuhrman, Calvin Iverson, Brady Larson, Jason Olson, Gunnar Watkins, Fran Hanson, Kyle Schell, Tyler Vernon, Shadow Kitchner, Denny Cutsforth, Cory Asmussen

10 lap B Feature – Kitchner(Arkansas), Asmussen(Waseca MN), Iverson(Eleva), B. Larson(Amery), Mark Barta(Rice Lake), Cody Wall, Scott Meeds, Mitchell Larson, Craig Elliott

10 lap Heat 1 – Watkins(Elk Mound), Lindberg, Schell(Lisbon ND), Bisonette(Dallas), Olson(Augusta), M. Larson, B. Larson, Meeds
Heat 2 – Anderson, Lien Jr, Fuhrman(Ashland), Hanson(Almena), Tiegs(Dallas), Asmussen, Barta
Heat 3 – Southworth, Chaplin Jr, VandeKamp, Koehler(Bloomer), Cutsforth(Rice Lake), Elliott, Wall
Heat 4 – Truscott, Halopka, Thomas, Vernon(Ashland), Ellis, Kitchner, Iverson

Olson Fifteen Grand Winner at Rice Lake Speedway

By Ed Reichert

Rice Lake WI, Aug. 2 – One week ago Eric Olson didn't even have a ride in the Street Stock Little Dream race at the Rice Lake Speedway. But he hooked up with veteran car owner Mark Ewert and Tuesday night he sat in victory lane, the winner of another record breaking event in which the cash contributions from fans and businesses drove the final winning purse up to $15,000.

Fifty five entries from four states were on hand for the twenty second edition of the Little Dream race and with a great crowd on hand, the old record payoff was smashed by nearly a thousand dollars as Olson became the first three time winner of this event. However, Olson, who has raced Super Stocks for a number of years now, last won this race way back in 1997 and his winning purse that night was just over $600!

The WISSOTA Modifieds were on the card also on Tuesday and Dave Cain from Corcoran Minnesota won his first feature of the year at Rice Lake as he topped a strong field of competitors.

The fifty five entrants were narrowed down to twenty six of the best Streets in the area who took the green for the thirty lap main event. Olson started on the pole by virtue of winning the dash and he and Cody Kummer went wheel to wheel for the first two laps before Olson was able to edge into the lead. Some heavy battling was going on behind the top two as Kevin Bogdanovic, Mike Blowers, Sam Fankhauser and Hunter VanGilder fought for position while Justin Vogel and Tim Johnson moved to the top side of the track in an effort to find some open racing room.

Olson continued to lead and he started to stretch his lead out to several car lengths as Kummer tried to stay with him. Bogdanovic settled into third with Blowers running fourth and there continued to be a large group behind them jockeying for position.

Olson was setting a fast pace as his car was rock steady on the track. Near the halfway point of the race he encountered his first lapped traffic but he was able to weave his way through them without trouble as he and Kummer broke away from the field. Johnson was making up ground as he broke into the top five and worked to track down the leaders but with the race staying under the green, it was a slow process to catch the front runners.

With nineteen laps complete, the lone yellow flag of the event flew when Shawn Amundson was turned around on the back chute. This bunched up the field and eliminated Olson's healthy advantage. One the green, however, Olson was hard on the gas and he started to pull away again. There was a ferocious battle for second as Kummer and Bogdanovic raced side by side for the spot which allowed Olson to stretch his lead as he had open track in front of him.

Johnson continued to charge as he passed Fankhauser for fourth and then started to work on Bogdanovic for third. Another driver that had moved to the second lane and was making time was Ryan Kostreba who cracked the top ten and continued to advance.

Olson was still in control as the laps counted down and he had built a solid lead that was not going to be challenged. Olson continued on unchallenged as he flashed under Shaun Cimfl's checkered flag to score the record breaking win.

Johnson continued his challenge as he took a shot at Kummer on the last lap but had to settle for third as Cody fought him off. Bogdanovic and Fankhauser completed the top five. Kostreba continued his impressive charge as he ended up sixth after starting eighteenth. The second five also showed Jay Kesan, Jimmy Gullikson, Danny Richards who received the Hard Charger award after starting twenty fifth and VanGilder.

The Modified feature was also a smooth running event which, after spins on laps one and three, went green to checkered the last seventeen laps. Steve Hallquist led the way through the first half of the race, fighting off first Tim Johnson and then Kevin Eder after Eder raced into the runner up slot.

Cain started fifth and was quickly on the move, using both the low and high side of the track.

With a strong move, Cain passed Eder for second and then put the heat on Hallquist for the lead. Several times Cain nearly made the move but Hallquist was able to fight him off with Eder also looking for racing room.

Just at the halfway point, Cain got a good run off turn four and drove past Hallquist on the outside to take over the lead. Once in front, he started to stretch his advantage as Eder then began to pressure for second.

Picking up the pace farther back in the pack was Neil Balduc who drove past first Kevin Adams and then Johnson on the high side. Eder was finally able to get past Hallquist for second but Cain had now built up a substantial lead.

With no more yellows to bunch the field, Cain drove home with little trouble for the win over a strong running Eder. Hallquist held off a late charge by Balduc for third with Johnson completing the top five.

The Rice Lake Speedway wishes to thank all the businesses and individuals that contributed to the Little Dream purse in any way as without their support, this race would not be able to maintain the unique status that it has. Following up the highly successful Late Model Challenge Series race last Saturday night, the speedway has hosted two of its most successful events in the history of Adams-Hansen Inc. owning the track, staged back to back.

There will be no racing on Saturday, August 6th at the speedway as everyone will be taking the night off to recover and rest. Racing will return on Saturday, August 13th with the annual Hall of Fame night when six new members will be inducted into the speedway Hall of Fame. All five divisions will be racing in what will be the last point night of the 2016 racing season. Warm ups are at 6:30 pm.

SUMMARY
Rice Lake Speedway
Rice Lake WI
August 2, 2016

WISSOTA Street Stocks
30 lap Feature – Eric Olson(Ladysmith), Cody Kummer(Medford), Tim Johnson(Brainerd MN), Kevin Bogdanovic(Wausau), Sam Fankhauser(Rice Lake), Ryan Kostreba(Elk River MN), Jay Kesan(Weyerhaeuser), Jim Gullickson(Zimmerman MN), Danny Richards(Mondovi), Hunter VanGilder(Rice Lake), Kyle Genett, Rod DeBernardeaux, Mike Blowers, Kolby Kiehl, Michael Truscott, Shawn Amundson, Nick Schwebach, Kyle Howland, Scott Hansen, Barrett Berg, Charles Olson, Danny Hanson, Cooper Berlin, Justin Vogel, Ryan Pommerer, Kevin Schmidt

15 Non Qualifier – Ron Hanestad(Glenwood City), Jordan Tollakson(Montevideo MN), Mike Knudston(Osseo), Karl Genett(Auburndale), Brad Schmidt(Elk River MN), Chanda Fjorden-Nord(Luck), Chris Peterson(Amery), Tyler Wahlstrom(Mondovi), C.J. Wagner(Rice Lake), Kyle Kesan(Medford), Kris Peterson, Jason Jensen, Davey Kruchten, Durand Peterson

8 lap Dash – Olson, Kummer, Bogdanovic, Blowers(Waseca MN), Fankhauser, VanGilder, Truscott, Vogel

12 lap B Feature – Hanson(Alma), Gullickson, C. Olson(Evansdale MN), Wahlstrom, Knudtson, D. Peterson, K. Kesan, Jensen, Ryan Blank, Bruce Lundin, Troy Voth, Justin Tammen,

B Feature 2 – Kostreba, Hansen(Garden City SD), K. Schmidt(Becker MN), Hanestad, Tollakson, Fjorden-Nord, Karl Genett, K. Peterson, Jimmy Williams, Tyler Lamb, Berg, Steve Golat, Brandon Fah

B Feature 3 – Kiehl(Barron), Berlin(Rice Lake), Richards, C. Peterson, Jeff Crouse(Alexandria MN), Wagner, B. Schmidt, Kruchten, Nate Langeberg, Don Cook, Kyle Dykhoff, Tyler McFarland, Travis Krause

10 lap Heat 1 – Bogdanovic, Johnson, Kyle Genett, Howland, McFarland, K. Peterson, Berg, Cook, Richards, Hanestad

Heat 2 – Truscott(Chippewa Falls), Vogel(Brooten MN), K. Schmidt, Schwebach(Fountain MN), Langeberg, Lundin, Berlin, Tammen, Keith Tourville

Heat 3 – Amundson(Rice Lake), J. Kesan, Dykhoff(Perham MN), C. Olson, Crouse, K. Kesan, Williams(Degraff MN), Tollakson, Lamb

Heat 4 – Fankhauser, DeBernardeaux(Princeton MN), Jensen(Eagle River), Pommerer(Oriska ND), Kiehl, Gullickson, Voth, Krause, B. Schmidt

Heat 5 = Kummer, VanGilder, Kostreba, D. Peterson(Glenwood MN), Kruchten(Burtrum MN), Fjorden-Nord, C. Peterson, Blank, Wahlstrom

Heat 6 – Blowers, E. Olson, Hansen, Hanson, Knudtson, Golat, Fah, Karl Genett, Wagner

WISSOTA Modifieds
20 lap Feature – Dave Cain(Corcoran MN), Kevin Eder(Ashland), Steve Hallquist(Eau Claire), Neil Balduc(Bessemer MI), Tim Johnson(Brainerd MN), Kevin Adams(Cameron), Cory Mahder(Eau Claire), Ashley Anderson(Elk Mound), Don Eischens(Richmond MN), Mike Anderson(Colfax), Nick Koehler, Scott Miller, Cody Borgeson, Pat Hoffman, Wayne Poteer, Jason Gross

10 lap Heat 1 – Eder, Hallquist, A. Anderson, Balduc, Koehler(Bloomer), Eischens, Miller, Hoffman

Heat 2 – Cain, Adams, Johnson, Mahder, M. Anderson, Gross, Borgeson, Poteet


Randall Wins Over $14,000 at Rice Lake Speedway's Little Dream

By Ed Reichert

Rice Lake WI, August 4 – The 2014 version of the Street Stock “Little Dream” race at the Rice Lake Speedway was so spectacular that everyone wondered if this year's version of the race could maintain the high standards that this race has set.

They shouldn't have been concerned. Tuesday night, Jimmy “The Blade” Randall topped a record field of sixty four Street Stock competitors from four states and two Canadian Provinces and in the process, due to tremendous contributions from fans and race supporting businesses, Randall went home with a check for $14,152.12, smashing last year's record payoff by over $2,000 and setting what is believed to be a national record first place prize for the Street Stock type of race car. The event was sponsored by Mahle Motorsports, BuzzSigns.com and FYE Motorsports Promotions. 

Randall, a local driver from Rice Lake, fought tooth and nail with defending “Little Dream” and current WISSOTA national Street Stock point leader Tim Johnson, making the winning pass with only three laps left in a race that saw the top spot swapped officially three times in the last ten laps of the race. Randall edged Johnson by a car length at the line while third place finisher Jordan Tollakson came from thirteenth to finish another car length behind at the finish.

The WISSOTA Modifieds were also on the card on Tuesday night's program and current Modified national point leader Kevin Adams fought off a hard challenge from Kevin Eder and Jason Gross to record the feature win in that class.

Twenty seven of the sixty four Street Stocks on hand took the green flag for the thirty lap main event. Randall, who started on the outside pole, raced side by side with another Rice Lake driver, Kori Richter in the early going. While Randall was scored the leader of the first sixteen laps, most of those laps saw Richter either right beside him or, at worst, riding his rear bumper.

Right behind the lead duo, Adam Soltis battled with a charging Jim Gullikson, who had quickly moved up from the fifth row, along with Mike Blowers and Travis Krause. Meanwhile, Johnson was also on the move as he started twelfth on the grid but quickly moved to the low groove and started his charge to the front, with Tollakson, who started just behind Johnson, following suit.

As Randall continued to show the way, with Richter challenging him on every lap, Johnson showed his strength as he worked his way up to third, and by lap fifteen, had caught the leaders. A three car collision on lap sixteen slowed the action, and on the double file restart, Johnson moved up the track and pulled up beside Randall as the green dropped. Jimmy appeared to be having some problems getting through the corners as he car began to slip off the bottom and Richter looked to get inside of him.
As they raced down the back chute following the yellow, Richter dove to the inside of Randall while Johnson went to his high side and they raced into turn three, three wide. However, Richter couldn't hold his car down in the low groove and he slid up, clipping both Randall and Johnson and sending then spinning, which caused the field to scramble and triggered the yellow once again.

Richter was sent to the tail for the restart and Johnson inherited the lead. Two more quick yellows slowed the action again but then everyone settled down and the last thirteen laps of the race went green. Johnson moved to the point and led the next three laps while Randall and Tollakson battled for second. The double file restart forced Randall to the outside and he found traction in the second lane. He pulled back up beside Johnson and the leaders ran side by side, battling for the top spot. Randall fought his way past Johnson and led laps twenty one and twenty two by inches, only to see Johnson fight his way back into the top spot and lead the next four laps.

Randall was slipping just a bit in the corners as he fell back by nearly a car length but once again Randall made an adjustment as he moved slightly lower on the track and adjusted his entry line to the corners. This worked as once again he clawed his way back up beside Johnson, who was running on the tires on the inside of the track. With two laps to go, Randall once again edged into the lead and as Johnson pushed into turn one, his car slid up the track just enough that Randall was finally able to clear him. The white flag found the top three running nose to tail and while both Johnson and Tollakson gave it their best shot, Randall kept the middle groove working and he drove home to take the win by a car length with Johnson and Tollakson in tow as the massive crowd let out a thunderous roar.

Krause, who had fallen back several position during the mid portion of the race, made a strong charge following the last yellow and also working the high side, raced his way past Gullikson to take fourth at the finish. The second five at the line consisted of Sam Fankhauser, Kevin Bogdanovic, Mike Knudtson who started twentieth, Ryan Pommerer and Kolby Kiehl, who started twenty fourth.

Randall, who won his second “Little Dream”, previously having won the event in 2012, has now taken over $20,000 out of the Rice Lake Speedway with his two wins in this race.

Eight heat races set the grid for the main event using passing points along with three B features that completed the starting field. The non qualifiers race went to Aaron Johnson who opted to forfeit the $500 first place prize and instead start at the tail of the main event. He ended up fifteenth in the thirty lap main event.

Adams started on the outside pole for the Modified main event and led every lap, although things got tight for the leader following a couple of late race yellows. The first twenty two laps of the race went nonstop and Adams, working the high side of the track, had pulled out to a ten car length lead over Eder and Jason Gross. Gross picked up the pace near the midpoint of the event and moved past Eder to take over second and appeared to be cutting into Adams' lead to some degree.

Meanwhile, the duo of Jake Hartung, defending champion of this event, and Johnson, who was doing double duty running both Street Stocks and Modifieds, were on the move.

A spin on the front chute slowed the action and on the green, Eder picked up the pace and was able to drive back around Gross and take over second spot. Adams briefly tried the low groove but when Eder got right to his rear bumper, Adams again moved back up the track and started to extend his lead.

One move yellow slowed the action with only three laps to go. This time Adams pulled away from the field and extended his advantage while Hartung drove past Gross for third and tried to pressure Eder for the runner up slot. Adams continued to roll on and he drove under the line for the win, unchallenged at the end. Eder fought off a hard challenge by Hartung for second with Gross and Johnson completing the top five.

Racing action continues at the Rice Lake Speedway on Saturday, August 8th. A five division program will see warm ups begin at 6:30 p.m with racing to follow. At intermission, bike races will be held with divisions for both the kids and adults. Check the speedway face book page for more updates on the racing schedule for the rest of 2015.

SUMMARY

Rice Lake Speedway
Rice Lake WI
August 4, 2015

WISSOTA Street Stocks

30 lap “Little Dream” Feature – Jimmy Randall(Rice Lake), Tim Johnson(Brainerd MN), Jordan Tollakson(Montevideo MN), Travis Krause(Buffalo City), Jim Gullikson(Zimmerman MN), Sam Fankhauser(Rice Lake), Kevin Bogdanovic(Wausau), Mike Knudtson(Osseo), Ryan Pommerer(Oriska N.D.), Kolby Kiehl(Cameron), Ron Hanestad, Ryan Kostreba, Cody Kummer, Justin Pogones, Aaron Johnson, Tylar Wilson, Broc Stout, Chris Peterson, Tyler Wahlstrom, Adam Soltis, Travis Robertson, Justin Vogel, Mike Blowers, Jay Kesan, Kori Richter, Danny Hanson, Jon Tollakson

15 lap Non Qualifer – A. Johnson(Brainerd MN), Danny Richards(Mondovi), Hunter VanGilder(Rice Lake), Kyle Dykhoff(Perham MN), Royce Jawaski(Horace N.D.), Jim Williams(DeGraff MN), Eric Riley(Morris MN), Stout(Winner S.D.), Tyler Lamb(Clark S.D.), Don Cook(Barron), Noah Grinstead, Billy Kendall, Kris Peterson, James Tandeski, Ryan Johnson

8 lap Dash – Richter(Rice Lake), Randall, Soltis(Ladysmith), Wahlstrom(Mondovi), Pommerer, Hanestad(Glenwood City), Blowers(Waseca MN), Krause

12 lap B Feature 1 – Kummer(Medford), Robertson(Moorhead MN), C. Peterson(Amery), Grinstead(Austin MN), Kendall(Baxter MN), Stout, Lamb, K. Peterson, Bill Maruca, Cory Dykhoff, Denny Cutsforth, Cooper Berlin, Gary Kasparek, Brandon Fah, Scott Huston, Brad Schmidt

B Feature 2 – Bogdanovic, Knudtson, Pogones(Zimmerman MN), Richards, A. Johnson, R. Johnson, K. Dykhoff, Riley, Wilson, Jake Huston, Nate Langeberg, Mike Jans, Ryan Nelson, Rob Grabon, Kyle King

B Feature 3 – Kesan(Weyerhaeuser), J. Tollakson(Montevideo MN), Kiehl, Tandeski(Christine N.D.), Van Gilder, Williams, Jawaski, Cook, Josh Amans, Mitch Kesan, Ryan Glembin, Russell Peterson, Zach Elward, Andrew Ausmann, Brad Sheridan, Wayne Dean

10 lap Heat 1 – Randall, Stout, C. Peterson, Robertson, VanGilder, Jans, Lamb, Amans

Heat 2 – Krause, Blowers, Nelson(Madison MN), Knudtson, S. Huston(Benson MN), King, Glembin

Heat 3 – Hanestad, Bogdanovic, Kostreba(Elk River Mn), Cook, Michael Truscott(Chippewa Falls), Ausmann, K. Peterson, Berlin

Heat 4 – T. Wahlstrom, Hanson(Alma), J. Tollakson, Kiehl, R. Johnson(Karlstad MN), Kendall, Grabon, Wilson

Heat 5 – T. Johnson, J. Tollakson, Schmidt(Elk River MN), A Johnson, Tandeski, Langeberg, Riley, R. Peterson

Heat 6 – Richter, Fankhauser, Williams, Cutsforth(Rice Lake), K. Dykhoff, Jawaski, K. Kesan, C. Dykhoff

Heat 7 – Vogel(Brooten MN), Gullikson, Richards, Pogones, Kummer, Maruca, Grinstead, J. Huston

Heat 8 – Soltis(Ladysmith), Pommerer, J. Kesan, Dean(Fall Creek), Fah(Hewitt MN), Elward, Simon Wahlstrom, Sheridan

WISSOTA Modifieds
30 lap Feature – Kevin Adams(Cameron), Kevin Eder(Ashland), Jake Hartung(Elmwood), Jason Gross(Cushing), Tim Johnson(Brainerd MN), Mike Anderson(Colfax), Kerry Halopka(Wheeler), Dave Baxter(Eau Claire), Nick Koehler(Bloomer), Pat Hoffman(Rice Lake), Jeffery Lein Jr, Jay Richardson, Buddy Mayala, Tim McMann, Neil Balduc, Wayne Poteet, Dave Mayala, Cory Mahder, Steve Hallquist, Jeff Spacek

10 lap Heat 1 – Johnson, Gross, Mahder(Eau Claire), Anderson, Balduc(Bessemer MI), Baxter, Spacek

Heat 2 – Eder, Hallquist(Eau Claire), Koehler, McMann(Duluth MN), Hoffman, Lein Jr, D. Mayala

Heat 3 – Hartung, Adams, Halopka, Richardson(Spring Valley), B. Mayala(Barron), Poteet


Johnson’s Little Dream Win at Rice Lake Speedway Nets Over Twelve Grand

By Ed Reichert

Rice Lake WI, August 5 – The twentieth annual renewal of the Street Stock “Little Dream” race Tuesday night at the Rice Lake Speedway smashed all records for this event. This unique event, in which the purse the drivers’ race for is largely funded by fan contributions, set all kinds of new records Tuesday.

An event record fifty eight WISSOTA Street Stocks, representing five states and two Canadian provinces signed in to race and thanks to some incredibly generous fans, the winner of the thirty lap main event, Tim Johnson of Brainerd Minnesota, after the final figures were fully calculated, went home with twelve thousand, two hundred and forty one dollars and ninety eight cents! This broke the old record by nearly four thousand dollars and is believed to be a national record payoff for this type of car as fans dug deep into their pockets to reward the Street Stock drivers’ efforts. In the companion WISSOTA Modified main event, Jake Hartung earned his first ever feature win at Rice Lake.

The fifty eight cars were narrowed down through qualifying action with twenty five taking the green for the thirty lap main event. Johnson, who had driven from eighth starting position to win the dash and earn the pole, took the early lead. Cody Kummer battled Johnson for a couple laps and then settled into the second position. Kummer was soon challenged for the second position as Ron Hanestad and Eric Olson moved in to race him for the second spot.

Olson was especially strong on the outside and he moved outside Kummer where they raced a number of laps side by side as they fought for the spot. Meanwhile, Johnson was gradually stretching his advantage over the field as the race remained under the green.

Jimmy Randall picked up the pace after starting in the fourth row as he too liked the outside lane and he drove past Olson and then challenged Kummer for second. Randall continued his charge and took over second but Johnson had established a considerable lead by this point.

Johnson started working through some heavy lapped traffic but he continued to show the way with no one really able to close in on him as Randall tried his best to cut the gap while Olson and Kummer went back to their previous battle for position.

It seems that the race would go nonstop when a spin in turn four slowed the action with only five laps remaining. On the double file restart, Randall dove to the high side and got a good head of steam and pulled to the back fender of Johnson. However, Tim turned up the wick and while Randall continued to push hard, Johnson again started to draw away from the pack. He remained in control the rest of the way as he won by about four car lengths and edged closed to the forty win mark for the season. Randall finished off strong while settling for second and Kummer’s late charge after the yellow saw him move back into third.

Kirk Bogdanovic made a late rush that saw him charge from thirteenth to fourth with Olson completing the top five.

The second five consisted of Hanestad, Nic Klein, Mike Knudtson, defending champion Sam Fankhauser and Justin Pogones. Twenty four of the twenty five starters completed the distance.

The Modifieds showed off their smooth driving skills with a nonstop thirty lap main of their own. Jesse Glenz was the early leader but Paul Brust charged back under him to challenge and then briefly take over the lead. Hartung started in the second row and using the high side, he came charging quickly to the front. First he passed Glenz with a tight move in turn two and then  swept past Brust to take over the lead. Once in front, he gradually pulled away from the field as he exhibited a dominating presence on the track.

Brust maintained the second spot for a number of laps but eventually was overtaken by Mike Anderson who drove around him and then dropped back into the low groove.

Cory Mahder was on the move too, and after starting seventh, he gradually moved in to pass Brust and then put heavy pressure on Anderson.

At this point Hartung was maneuvering through some very heavy traffic but doing so smoothly that he lost little ground. Mahder continued to pressure Anderson and finally snuck under him coming off turn four. Once he cleared Anderson, he took off after the leader and as Hartung continued to work through traffic, Cory was able to close the gap slightly.

However, Hartung had too much cushion for Mahder to catch him and after racing nonstop from green to checkered, Hartung spaced two lapped cars between himself and Mahder as he drove home for his first win at Rice Lake. With some fan contributions for the Modifieds also, Hartung took home $1,300 for his efforts. Behind Mahder, Anderson drove home third with Brust running a steady race for fourth and Mark Hessler made a late charge to round out the top five.

The second five consisted of Jeff Spacek, Steve Hallquist, Kevin Eder, Glenz and Ashley Anderson. Another smooth running race saw twenty four of the twenty five starters still on the track at the races conclusion.

The Street Stock non qualifier main went to Bob Wahlstrom who recorded his biggest win in the Street Stocks with the victory that came over Kolby Kiehl and Bill Skoug.


Racing action continues at the speedway on Saturday, August 9th with a five division program featuring WISSOTA sanctioning Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks. As a bonus, make up feature races in the Modifieds and Street Stocks from a rain shortened program two weeks ago will be held. It will also be Hall of Fame night and eight new members will be enshrined in the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame. Warm ups begin at 6:30 p.m.

SUMMARY

Rice Lake Speedway
Rice Lake WI
August 5, 2014

WISSOTA Street Stocks

30 lap “Little Dream” feature – Tim Johnson(Brainerd MN), Jimmy Randall(Rice Lake), Cody Kummer(Medford), Kirk Bogdanovic(Phillips), Eric Olson(Ladysmith), Ron Hanestad(Glenwood City), Nic Klein(Mapleton N.D.), Mike Knudtson(Osseo), Sam Fankhauser(Rice Lake), Justin Pogones(Zimmerman MN), Simon Wahlstrom, Ryan Pommerer, Royce Jawaski, Chris Peterson, Jonny Carter, Ryan Kostreba, Scott Witkowski, Danny Richards, Jordan Kurtti, Jimmy Gullikson, Cooper Berlin, Kyle Dykhoff, Brad Schmidt, Travis Ulmer, Danny Hanson
15 lap Non Qualifiers main – Bob Wahlstrom(Chetek), Kolby Kiehl(Cameron), Bill Skoug(Osseo), Tommy Richards(Mondovi), Tyler Wahlstrom(Eleva), Mitch Kesan, Marcus Simonson, Tyler Lamb, James Tandeski, Tylar Wilson, Even Neuman, Andrew Ausman, Jay Kesan, Ryan Glembin, Jared Lindner, Ron Van Dusen, Nate Langeberg
8 lap Dash – Johnson, Kummer, Hanestad, Richards(Mondovi), S. Wahlstrom(Rice Lake),E. Olson, Klein, Randall
12 B Feature 1 – Kurtti(Bruce Crossing MI), Schmidt(Elk River MN), Skoug, T. Richards, Neuman(Cambridge MN), Lamb, Tandeski, M. Kesan, Andrea Keeney, Kris Peterson, Art Berger, Russell Peterson, Adam Soltis, Mike Anderson
B Feature 2 – Kostreba(Elk River MN), Witkowski(Stirum N.D.), B. Wahlstrom, Langeberg, Lindner, Wilson, J. Kesan, Ausman, Brandon Davis, Jake Hanson, Ron Westover, Jordan Becker, Jimmy Williams
B Feature 3 – Gullikson(Zimmerman MN), Pommerer(Oriska N.D.), Kiehl, Glembin(Eagle River), T. Wahlstrom, Chuck Olson, Ulmer, Van Dusen, Simonson, Derek Eberl, Alex Crapser
10 lap Heat 1 – Klein, Knudtson, Soltis, Berlin, Witkowski, M. Kesan, T. Wahlstrom, Gary Kasperek, Langeberg, Schmidt
Heat 2 – E. Olson, Hanestad, Kostreba, D. Hanson, T. Richards, C. Olson, K. Peterson, R. Peterson, Ausman, J. Hanson
Heat 3 – D. Richards, C. Peterson, Kiehl, Carter, B. Wahlstrom, Neuman, Davis, Westover, Shane Strenke, Eberl
Heat 4 – S. Wahlstrom, Dykhoff, Kummer, Pommerer, Berger, Wilson, Simonson, Crapser, Tandeski, Lamb
Heat 5 – Pogones, Bogdanovic, Kurtti, Jawaski, Williams, Van Dusen, Glembin, Keeney, Ulmer
Heat 6 – Johnson, Randall, Fankhauser, Anderson, Gullikson, Lindner, J. Kesan, Skoug, Becker

WISSOTA Modifieds

30 Feature – Jake Hartung(Elmwood), Cory Mahder(Eau Claire), Mike Anderson(Colfax), Paul Brust(Rice Lake), Mark Hessler(Menomonie), Jeff Spacek(Phillips), Steve Hallquist(Eau Claire), Kevin Eder(Ashland), Jesse Glenz(Cadott), Ashley Anderson(Elk Mound), Tim McMann, Grant Southworth, Brian Crapser, Cody Cimfl, Neil Balduc, Dave Baxter, Nick Koehler, Landon Atkinson, Matt Leer, Scott Miller, Will Fisher, Aric Lindberg, Scott Hansen, Dustin Hudack, Kevin Adams
10 lap Heat 1 – Mahder, Hartung, M. Anderson, Hallquist, Koehler(Bloomer), Atkinson, Crapser, Hansen
Heat 2 – Spacek, Hessler, Cimfl(Barron), Miller(Rice Lake), Southworth(Bloomer), Lindberg, Fisher, Hudack
Heat 3 – Adams(Cameron), Brust, Glenz, McMann(Duluth MN), Eder, Baxter, A. Anderson, Leer