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Tim Johnson Rice Lake Speedway Little Dream Winner for Record $27,000 Top Prize

By Ed Reichert

Rice Lake WI, Aug 3 – In one of the wildest Street Stock Little Dream races ever to be held at the Rice Lake Speedway, Brainerd Minnesota's Tim Johnson started on the outside pole, fell back as far as eighth in the running order but rallied to retake the lead with only two laps to go to win the twenty seventh annual running of this race and his win netted him a record $27,027 for his thirty five lap triumph.

This unique event, where contributions from the fans on hand as well as from area businesses and on line contributions swell the purse, broke the record once again for this event as the old record, set last year, was topped by well over one thousand dollars. Johnson also became the third driver to win this prestigious event for the third time, joining Jimmy Randall and Eric Olson in that category and Johnson's three wins in this event have earned him nearly forty three thousand dollars with his other wins coming in 2011 and 2014.

Fifty seven drivers from five states attempted to qualify for this event with a series of double heat races and last chance races setting the field and twenty five drivers would take the green flag for the thirty five lap main event.

Dustin Doughty would take the initial lead of the race after starting on the pole with defending champion Nick Traynor and Johnson running behind him. There would be several early yellows in the event that would keep the field bunched but as Doughty continued to show the way, Traynor would apply heavy pressure and would soon be joined by Parker Anderson and Shawn Amundson. Anderson, the current WISSOTA point leader in the Street Stocks and winner of twenty six feature races already this season, would race up from his fifth starting spot to move into third and challenge the leaders.

Traynor continued to challenge Doughty for the lead and on lap fifteen he took the top spot, only to see Doughy repass him two laps later and at the halfway point of the race, it was Doughty leading Traynor and Anderson.

The top five cars were running in tight formation with Keith Tourville appearing in the top five for the first time and moving forward in the field. On lap twenty six Traynor would again pass Doughty to take over the lead but one lap later, as they were battling again for the top spot, they tangled in turn one with the yellow waving once again. Traynor would be restored to the lead and Doughty would pit rather than going to the tail of the field.

However, the shuffle continued as Tourville had maneuvered his way into contention and he became the third different leader of the race when he passed Traynor on lap twenty seven but one lap later Traynor again grabbed the top spot.

Cody Kummer had worked his way up to the front after starting in the eighth row and he challenged for the lead on the outside of Traynor as Tourville worked the inside line with Anderson and Randall in the top five also.

The last five laps of the race saw even more action and exchanging of positions and was also marked by several more yellow flags as the pace was frenetic with drivers making charges and others being eliminated by accidents.
With only five laps to go, eventual winner Johnson was running in only the seventh position but he then made a charge and was also the benefit of a couple of costly collisions that eliminated some of the cars ahead of him.

A wild crash on the back chute eliminated both Kummer and Tourville and then following the restart, Anderson got into the wall in turn four that eliminate himself and Randall. Then, in another huge development with only three laps to go, leader Traynor developed a flat left front tire and while he attempted to continue racing, on the green he pushed badly up the track, stacking up the field and setting off a wild scramble for position that saw Johnson roar up and take over the lead.
Anderson's wreck set up a two lap sprint to the finish with Johnson holding off the last lap challenges of Amundson and Dave Mass, who had started eleventh and methodically worked his way to the front. Johnson's win came by two car lengths over the Rice Lake driver and set off a wild post race celebration on the front chute. Kyle Genett would finish in the fourth spot and Cody Cimfl completed a remarkable charge, finishing in fifth after starting dead last in the twenty five car field.

Completing the top ten in the finishing order were Danny Richards, Jordan Kurtti, Mike Jans, Jeff Nowak and Traynor who limped across the line on his flat tire.

All the late race action took its toll on the field with ten cars completing the distance, all on the lead lap. In victory lane Johnson, who has been only running a limited schedule this year, revealed that this was only the fourth time he had driven this car this year as a loaner from its regular driver Bryan Crandall. Johnson, who recently flipped his regular ride in the Super Stock class stated in victory lane he was going to take his winnings and buy himself a new car to replace that destroyed one.

A huge crowd was on hand on a beautiful Tuesday night in northern Wisconsin to witness the twenty seventh annual editon of this race.

WISSOTA STREET STOCK


A Feature 1 (35 Laps): 1. 69-Tim Johnson[2]; 2. 30-Shawn Amundson[4]; 3. 12X-Dave Mass[11]; 4. 16X-Kyle Genett[14]; 5. 8K-Cody Cimfl[25]; 6. 3R-Danny Richards[19]; 7. 26-Jordan Kurtti[22]; 8. 25-Mike Jans[17]; 9. 79N-Jeff Nowak[20]; 10. 40T-Nick Traynor[6]; 11. (DNF) 873-Kaden Woodie[23]; 12. (DNF) 27P-Parker Anderson[5]; 13. (DNF) 15-Jim Randall[7]; 14. (DNF) 40-Travis Loew[10]; 15. (DNF) 12-Cody Kummer[16]; 16. (DNF) 9-Adam Soltis[13]; 17. (DNF) 19-Todd Carter[24]; 18. (DNF) 119-Keith Tourville[12]; 19. (DNF) 12K-Jay Kesan[3]; 20. (DNF) 9K-Kolby Kiehl[15]; 21. (DNF) 1R-Cole Richards[9]; 22. (DNF) 10-Justin Vogel[8]; 23. (DNF) 15E-Zach Elward[21]; 24. (DNF) D1-Dustin Doughty[1]; 25. (DNF) 34JR-Braden Brauer[18]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 25-Mike Jans[3]; 2. 79N-Jeff Nowak[1]; 3. 873-Kaden Woodie[7]; 4. 10P-Joe Potter[4]; 5. 71X-William Fisher[2]; 6. 16-Warren Bartelt[6]; 7. 38-Thomas O'Brien[10]; 8. 314-Tyler Lamb[11]; 9. 166-James Stands III[13]; 10. (DNF) 4-Matt Bray[12]; 11. (DNF) 11JR-Jeff Ekdahl[5]; 12. (DNF) 80-Brandon Hakala[9]; 13. (DNF) 17-Zach Beaulieu[8]; 14. (DNS) 20-Andrew Hanson

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 34JR-Braden Brauer[1]; 2. 15E-Zach Elward[2]; 3. 19-Todd Carter[5]; 4. 42K(X)-Mike Knudtson[9]; 5. KOLT34-Kolton Brauer[4]; 6. 77-Zach Degner[3]; 7. 15B-Mike Brown[8]; 8. 66-Randy Graham[7]; 9. 28-Colten Klueckman[6]; 10. 19K-Cole Kannegiesser[10]; 11. 3-Nicholas Green[14]; 12. 19H-Kevin Herrman[13]; 13. (DNF) T20-Michael Tuma[11]; 14. (DNF) 04-Darrel Hazelton[12]

B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 3R-Danny Richards[2]; 2. 26-Jordan Kurtti[7]; 3. 8K-Cody Cimfl[3]; 4. 24-James Clausen[5]; 5. 79J-Jaden Christ[13]; 6. 79-Joseph Ott[11]; 7. 26T-Ty Agen[8]; 8. 22-Alex Minks[12]; 9. 7-Caiden Engel[9]; 10. (DNF) 79C-Billie Christ[4]; 11. (DNF) 3RR-Tommy Richards[6]; 12. (DNF) 14-Jeremy Castro[1]; 13. (DNF) 20J-Jay Schlotfeldt[10]

Heat 1 (Round 1) (10 Laps): 1. 69-Tim Johnson[8]; 2. 30-Shawn Amundson[5]; 3. 27P-Parker Anderson[10]; 4. 1R-Cole Richards[3]; 5. 42K(X)-Mike Knudtson[4]; 6. 24-James Clausen[6]; 7. 4-Matt Bray[1]; 8. (DNF) 20-Andrew Hanson[9]; 9. (DNF) 26-Jordan Kurtti[7]; 10. (DNF) 79J-Jaden Christ[2]

Heat 2 (Round 1) (10 Laps): 1. D1-Dustin Doughty[2]; 2. 15E-Zach Elward[4]; 3. 9K-Kolby Kiehl[9]; 4. 8K-Cody Cimfl[3]; 5. 3R-Danny Richards[7]; 6. 873-Kaden Woodie[6]; 7. 04-Darrel Hazelton[1]; 8. 20J-Jay Schlotfeldt[5]; 9. 79-Joseph Ott[10]; 10. 3-Nicholas Green[8]

Heat 3 (Round 1) (10 Laps): 1. 40-Travis Loew[4]; 2. 12-Cody Kummer[8]; 3. 79C-Billie Christ[2]; 4. 12X-Dave Mass[5]; 5. 119-Keith Tourville[9]; 6. 77-Zach Degner[10]; 7. 15B-Mike Brown[3]; 8. 22-Alex Minks[6]; 9. 166-James Stands III[7]; 10. 19K-Cole Kannegiesser[1]

Heat 4 (Round 1) (10 Laps): 1. 40T-Nick Traynor[1]; 2. 9-Adam Soltis[3]; 3. 10-Justin Vogel[6]; 4. 16X-Kyle Genett[4]; 5. 10P-Joe Potter[5]; 6. 17-Zach Beaulieu[2]; 7. 7-Caiden Engel[9]; 8. 19H-Kevin Herrman[7]; 9. 16-Warren Bartelt[8]

Heat 5 (Round 1) (10 Laps): 1. 79N-Jeff Nowak[1]; 2. 12K-Jay Kesan[8]; 3. 14-Jeremy Castro[6]; 4. 28-Colten Klueckman[2]; 5. 71X-William Fisher[7]; 6. KOLT34-Kolton Brauer[9]; 7. 66-Randy Graham[3]; 8. 314-Tyler Lamb[5]; 9. (DNF) 3RR-Tommy Richards[4]

Heat 6 (Round 1) (10 Laps): 1. 34JR-Braden Brauer[2]; 2. 15-Jim Randall[4]; 3. 25-Mike Jans[5]; 4. 19-Todd Carter[8]; 5. 11JR-Jeff Ekdahl[3]; 6. 38-Thomas O'Brien[7]; 7. T20-Michael Tuma[6]; 8. 26T-Ty Agen[9]; 9. 80-Brandon Hakala[1]

Heat 7 (Round 2) (10 Laps): 1. 16-Warren Bartelt[2]; 2. 71X-William Fisher[3]; 3. 77-Zach Degner[1]; 4. 24-James Clausen[5]; 5. 40-Travis Loew[7]; 6. 79N-Jeff Nowak[9]; 7. 17-Zach Beaulieu[8]; 8. 20J-Jay Schlotfeldt[6]; 9. T20-Michael Tuma[4]

Heat 8 (Round 2) (10 Laps): 1. 119-Keith Tourville[2]; 2. 30-Shawn Amundson[6]; 3. 40T-Nick Traynor[9]; 4. 14-Jeremy Castro[4]; 5. 25-Mike Jans[5]; 6. 15E-Zach Elward[7]; 7. 15B-Mike Brown[8]; 8. 79-Joseph Ott[1]; 9. 19H-Kevin Herrman[3]

Heat 9 (Round 2) (10 Laps): 1. 27P-Parker Anderson[1]; 2. 10-Justin Vogel[4]; 3. 15-Jim Randall[6]; 4. 9K-Kolby Kiehl[2]; 5. 8K-Cody Cimfl[8]; 6. 12-Cody Kummer[3]; 7. 79C-Billie Christ[9]; 8. 314-Tyler Lamb[5]; 9. 42K(X)-Mike Knudtson[7]

Heat 10 (Round 2) (10 Laps): 1. D1-Dustin Doughty[9]; 2. 1R-Cole Richards[8]; 3. 3RR-Tommy Richards[6]; 4. 10P-Joe Potter[5]; 5. 11JR-Jeff Ekdahl[7]; 6. 26T-Ty Agen[1]; 7. 19K-Cole Kannegiesser[10]; 8. 166-James Stands III[4]; 9. 3-Nicholas Green[3]; 10. (DNS) 20-Andrew Hanson

Heat 11 (Round 2) (10 Laps): 1. 69-Tim Johnson[3]; 2. 16X-Kyle Genett[6]; 3. 3R-Danny Richards[4]; 4. KOLT34-Kolton Brauer[1]; 5. 66-Randy Graham[7]; 6. 34JR-Braden Brauer[8]; 7. 19-Todd Carter[2]; 8. 79J-Jaden Christ[9]; 9. (DNF) 22-Alex Minks[5]; 10. (DNF) 04-Darrel Hazelton[10]

Heat 12 (Round 2) (10 Laps): 1. 12K-Jay Kesan[2]; 2. 12X-Dave Mass[6]; 3. 26-Jordan Kurtti[4]; 4. 9-Adam Soltis[7]; 5. 873-Kaden Woodie[5]; 6. 80-Brandon Hakala[9]; 7. 28-Colten Klueckman[8]; 8. 7-Caiden Engel[1]; 9. 38-Thomas O'Brien[3]; 10. (DNF) 4-Matt Bray[10]

Special 1 Non Qualifier (15 Laps): 1. 10P-Joe Potter[1]; 2. 42K(X)-Mike Knudtson[2]; 3. 71X-William Fisher[4]; 4. KOLT34-Kolton Brauer[5]; 5. 77-Zach Degner[8]; 6. 15B-Mike Brown[11]; 7. 79-Joseph Ott[9]; 8. 24-James Clausen[3]; 9. 314-Tyler Lamb[13]; 10. 38-Thomas O'Brien[10]; 11. (DNF) 26T-Ty Agen[12]; 12. (DNF) 16-Warren Bartelt[7]; 13. (DNF) 22-Alex Minks[15]; 14. (DNF) 79J-Jaden Christ[6]; 15. (DNF) 66-Randy Graham[14]


Traynor Tops Rice Lake Speedway Little Dream; Record $26,000 Top Prize

By Ed Reichert

Rice Lake WI, Aug 4 – Nick Traynor, a local driver from Barron Wisconsin, led all thirty five laps to win the 26th annual Street Stock Little Dream race Tuesday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. While few would have thought it possible, last year's record payoff for the race was topped as generous race fans and area businesses dug deep into their pockets to support the Street Stock drivers. When all the contributions had been tallied, Traynor would go home with a first place winner's share of $26,000, besting last year's record payoff by one thousand dollars in what is thought to be the highest paying race in the country for this division of race cars.

Fifty three Street Stock drivers from four states would sign in for this annual event and after two rounds of heat races and a series of Last Chance events, twenty five cars would take the green flag from starter Jeff Stachen for the thirty five lap main event.

Having topped the passing points and earning the pole position, Traynor would lead on the opening lap on what would be a rocky start for the main event with the yellow flying before the first lap would be scored. Billie Christ and Calvin Iverson would come together but both cars would be able to restart with Iverson going to the rear.

The second attempt saw Traynor lead the opening lap with Justin Vogel, Eric Riley and Kyle Genett battling for second. However, Genett would have the front end on his car break and he would lose steering, ending his race after a promising start. Traynor could continue to lead on the restart with a swarm of drivers right behind him battling for position.

Eric Olson, one of only two, three time winners of this race, would then roll to a halt with steering problems on his car also which ended his night without the chance to get that record breaking fourth win. Before the field could even make it to the first turn on the restart, Todd Carter and Shawn Amundson would come together and the yellow would wave once again with Amundson then calling it a night.

From this point on, it would be largely green flag racing with just a single yellow flying later, but it would be a significant one. Traynor continued to hold the top spot with Riley and Vogel still battling for second. However, several drivers were already on the move to the front with Christ, Dustin Doughty and Parker Anderson all strongly advancing their positions.
Christ particularly had found a good groove running low on the track and after surviving a scare on the first lap, he drove under the duo battling for second and claimed the spot for himself. Doughty also broke into the top five for the first time with Anderson just back behind him.

Christ began to close up on the leader and was knocking on his door for the top spot after ten complete laps with Riley and Doughty close behind.

Christ made his move for the lead, running on the lower side of Traynor and was just ready to edge past him for the point when the yellow flew one last time when Hunter VanGilder stalled on the back chute on the fifteenth lap. Traynor was saved by the yellow and was restored to the lead with Christ right behind him as Doughty had climbed up to third with Anderson now moving up to fourth.

The last twenty one laps of the race would then go green to checkered. Traynor was able to fight off Christ on the green and continue to hold the top spot. While the battle for second got very heated, this was an opportunity for Traynor to lengthen his lead while everyone fought for second.

At the halfway point of the race, Traynor was trailed by Christ, Doughty, Anderson and defending champion Jimmy Randall who had cracked the top five for the first time.

The race for second continued to occupy the crowd while Traynor smoothly began to stretch his advantage. Randall, who had dropped back to seventh and was languishing there, then made the bold decision to move up the track and try a different line and it immediately paid dividends as he began to pass cars on the high side. He made a strong run as he was clearly the driver on the move at this time.

As the race reached its ten lap to go point, Randall had pulled up beside Christ and they had a great battle for second, running side by side for several laps before Randall was able to clear the North Dakota driver and claim second.

The final part of the race saw Randall try to chase down leader Traynor, but Nick was running smoothly up front and with no lapped traffic to deal with, Traynor continued to maintain a smooth and solid race line. His run seemed to be effortlessly and he continued to motor around the track, running lap after solid lap with and with Randall trying his hardest, he was not able to narrow the gap between himself and the leader. In fact, it appeared the Traynor was actually gaining in the final few laps.

With no incidents to slow the action, Traynor pulled to a comfortable lead and was able to take the checkered flag with a half straightaway advantage over the defending champion, Randall. Christ maintained his strong run as he finished a strong third with his best run ever in this event. The top five was completed by Doughty and Zach Elward.

Elward had himself quite a night including a first round heat race where he was sent off the track for triggering two yellow flags. He fought his way back into the feature by finishing second in a B Main, and drove all the way up from the twentieth starting spot to crack the top five at the end in the charge of the night.

The second five to cross the line included Anderson, Riley, former winner Danny Richards, Tommy Richards and Vogel. Twenty of the twenty five starters were still running at the finish and not a single car was lapped during the thirty five lap finale.

For Traynor, it was by far the biggest victory of his racing career. His record at the Rice Lake Speedway, his home track, shows that between 2010 and 2015 he won a total of nine Pure Stock features at the track. He also has two Super Stock wins to his credit and a single Street Stock victory, earned last year. He drives a second Street Stock for the Travis Loew, Cross Country Clearing team on a very limited basis, normally focusing on his Super Stock. However, the team made a very wise decision to enter two cars in this event, a decision that brought them home a record twenty six thousand dollar pay day in the program once again administered by FYE Motorsports Promotions.

The track will now take this weekend off with no racing on Saturday night, August 8th after having held successful back to back events in the Mahder 55 and tonight's Little Dream in a four day span. The track will return to action on Saturday night, August 15th with a five class program of WISSOTA racing plus it will be Hall of Fame night with Jim Randall, Larry Johnson, Al Hajdasz and the late Gene Bolin being inducted into the Hall. Warm ups begin at 6:30 pm with racing to follow. The ownership team of Dave Adams and Mitch Hansen would like to thank all the spectators and businesses of the area for their great support of these two special events.

Check the speedway face book page for announcements about upcoming events as the track schedule for the remainder of the racing season is finalized.

Rice Lake Speedway
Rice Lake WI
August 4, 2020

WISSOTA Street Stocks

Little Dream 35 lap Feature – Nick Traynor(Barron), Jimmy Randall((Rice Lake), Billie Christ(Jamestown ND), Dustin Doughty(Oakdale MN), Zach Elward(Hayfield MN), Parker Anderson(Phillips), Eric Riley(Morris MN), Danny Richards(Mondovi), Tommy Richards(Mondovi), Justin Vogel(Brooten MN), Todd Carter, Andrew Hanson, Kolby Kiehl, Mike Knudtson, Adam Soltis, Zach Manley, Kyle Howland, Simon Wahlstrom, Cody Kummer, C.J. Hedges, Calvin Iverson, Hunter VanGilder, Shawn Amundson, Eric Olson, Kyle Genett

15 lap Non Qualifier – Kyle Dykhoff(Starbuck MN), Cole Richards(Mondovi), Jeremy Castro(Williston ND), Mike Jans(Clarkfield MN), Jay Kesan(Weyerhaeuser), Ron Hanestad, Will Fisher, Ben Hillman, Alex Minks, James Clausen, Brandon Hakala, Charlie Shiek, Krystra Doughty, Chris Serr

15 lap B Feature 1 – Manley(Chetek), Elward, T. Richards, Dykhoff, K. Doughty(Oakdale MN), Jans, Serr, Minks, Tyler Lamm, Ty Agen, Keith Tourville, Gavin Rowland
B Feature 2 – Wahlstrom(Rice Lake), Hedges(Tripoli), Soltis(Ladysmith), Hanestad(Glenwood City), Castro, Kesan, Hillman, Clausen, Joe Ott, Michael Tuma, Dale Louwagie, Seith Klostreich
B Feature 3 – Kummer(Medford), Howland(Zimmerman MN), Kiehl(Barron), C. Richards, Fisher(Shell Lake), Jeff Ekdahl, Hakala, Shiek, Andy Rossow, Braden Brauer, Jay Schlotfeldt

10 lap Heat 1 – Vogel, Dykhoff, Manley, Howland, Rowland(Ogilvie MN), Rossow, Klostreich, Jeff Nowak, K. Doughty
Heat 2 – Genett(Auburndale), Olson(Ladysmith), Christ, D. Richards, T. Richards, Hanestad, Jans, Ott, Fisher
Heat 3 – Traynor, Riley, VanGilder(Rice Lake), Lamb(Clark SD), Clausen(Barron), Castro, C. Richards, Travis Loew, Tourville
Heat 4 – Anderson, Hanson(Iron River), Carter(Lisbon ND), Kesan, Hillman(Menomonie), Hedges, Louwagie, Minks, Agen
Heat 5 – Kummer, Wahlstrom, Knudtson(Osseo),Iverson(Mondovi), Hakala(Tomahawk), Kiehl, Soltis, Tuma, Ekdahl
Heat 6 – Randall, D. Doughty, Amundson(Rice Lake), Brauer(Eyota MN), Serr(Aberdeen SD), Shiek, Elward, Schlotfeldt
Heat 7 – Carter, D. Richards, T. Richards, Randall, Anderson, Soltis, Hakala, Kiehl, Louwagie
Heat 8 – Traynor, Genett, Howland, Hanson, Dykhoff, Castro, Lamb, Agen, Kummer
Heat 9 – Riley, Vogel, VanGilder, Brauer, Wahlstrom, Fisher, Kostreich, Serr
Heat 10 – Christ, Ekdahl(Oakdale MN), Hanestad, Olson, Tourville(Janesville MN), Kesan, Jans, Clausen, Ott
Heat 11 – Anderson, Hillman, Knudtson, Manley, Minks, K. Doughty, Rossow, Rowland
Heat 12 – Amundson, Elward, C. Richards, D. Doughty, Hedges, Tuma, Shiek, Schlotfeldt


Randall Wins $25,000 For Rice Lake Speedway Little Dream

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By Ed Reichert

Rice Lake WI, July 30 – Local driver Jimmy Randall won his third Street Stock Little Dream race on Tuesday night at the Rice Lake Speedway as he topped a event record sixty six entrants from five Midwestern states. Race fans and area businesses also helped set a race record payoff for the race winner. They dug into the their pockets deep and when the final tally was made, Randall went home with an unbelievable twenty five thousand dollars and fifty seven cents for his forty lap triumph, smashing the old record for this race's payoff by nearly nine thousand dollars. Randall was a scant one car length in front of last year's winner Danny Richards at the finish in a race where fan contributions to the payoff are what make it so big and this race so unique.

A passing points system set the top sixteen cars for the feature event with Last Chance races filling the rest of the field and when starter Jeff Stacken dropped the green flag, twenty seven drivers were off for forty laps of feature racing action. Randall started on the outside pole and he and Dave Mass battled wheel to wheel on the opening lap with Randall being scored the leader by inches. Randall was then able to edge ahead of Mass a bit more and held a car length lead as the field started to sort itself out.
The first yellow flag flew with five laps complete for a spin and at that time, it was Mass and second row starter Simon Wahlstrom who were putting the pressure on Randall for the lead. They were racing side by side for second with Randall just in front of them. On each turn those two would try to get a nose under the leader but each time Randall would come off the corners strong and fight off their every challenge.

On the move from the third row was defending champion Richards and he motored past Keith Tourville and Jake Froemke as he headed to the front. When the yellow next flew, it was for the stalled car of Parker Anderson who tagged the front stretch wall and then stalled in turn one. Randall continued to hold a tenuous lead with Mass and now Richards moving past him for second putting the pressure on the leader.

At the halfway signal from Stacken, Randall continued to hold a tight lead over Richards and Mass with Tourville now up to fourth and one of the biggest climbers was Dustin Doughty who had started twelfth and had climbed into the top five. A couple minor spins slowed the field over the next ten laps but the front three continued to be the same with Randall holding the point and Richards looking low on each corner and Mass trying to work around him on the high side as they raced door handle to door handle. Several times Randall would slide just a bit up the track but he had the speed coming off the corners to fight off both of his chasers.

A restart for a spin with thirty laps in the book turned more serious suddenly when Ron Hanestad got tangled up on the restart and went for a quick barrel roll down the front chute. The red flag came out immediately and the Glenwood City driver climbed out of his car unhurt.

A ten lap shootout for the dollars would be called for and once again it was the three car bunch of Randall with Richards and Mass chasing as the green was returned to the field. First Mass would try the outside and then Richards would poke the nose of his car under Randall but each time “The Blade”, as Randall is known, would fight off the challenges with Zach Manley being the newest driver to join the front group. Manley had started sixteenth on the grid but by the lap thirty point would move his way past Doughty and into fourth with Andrew Hanson and Jonny Carter, who had started nineteenth, next in line.

The top three continued to fight their own fight for the lead with an almost identical scenario taking place lap after laps as they continued their fight. It looked like this would be the pattern as they set up for one last battle before the finish when the yellow waved one last time as Wahlstrom's great race ended when he parked his vehicle in turn four with only two laps left to go.
It was then time for the two lap fight to the finish with twenty five grand on the line. Randall got a good start with Richards glued to his rear bumper. Mass went for broke in turn three but got up the banking just a bit with both Manley and Doughty slipping past him as they exited turn four. Richards tried to get the nose of his car under Randall in turn one but didn't succeed and in turn three gave Randall a shot in the left rear to try and move him up the track.

While Randall slid up the track just a bit, he kept his foot to the floor and as they crossed the finish line, Randall was the leader and winner as he held on by a car length for the most thrilling victory. Doughty was able to wrestle the third spot away from Manley on the last lap and Mass, after battling for the lead for every lap, was forced to settle for fifth after his all out effort for the win failed.

The second five at the finish included Andrew Hanson, Carter, Calvin Iverson, Cody Kummer and Nick Traynor as fifteen cars finished the forty lap grind, all on the lead lap at the finish.

With his wins in this race in both 2012 and 2015, Randall has now taken over forty six thousand dollars out of the Rice Lake Speedway in those three races alone as the winner's share from this event has continued to escalate each year.

Tourville won the Past Winner's dash that was a part of this very special twenty fifth anniversary addition of this unique event, first conceived by a few local people after a visit to Eldora Speedway in Ohio for the “Dream” race there for the Late Models. The idea took hold and the race has become a staple for Street Stock drivers and race fans ever since with the last few years having seen the top prize really start to take off as the numbers have been astounding.

The race was held under nearly perfect weather conditions which helped draw a huge crowd of fans and while the final numbers having been tallied yet, it could very well have been the largest crowd during the ownership era of Adams-Hansen Inc. here at the Rice Lake Speedway.

The track will now take this coming Saturday night off to recover and savor this great night of racing. The next action at the speedway is slated for Saturday night, August 10th which will be Hall of Fame night. Joining the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame on that night will be Jim Viltz, Don Folz and the late Ione Harrington and Ronnie Ward. Race time will be at 7 pm on the second to last track point night of 2019.

SUMMARY

Rice Lake Speedway
Rice Lake WI
July 30, 2019

Street Stock “Little Dream”

40 lap Feature – Jimmy Randall(Rice Lake), Danny Richards(Mondovi), Dustin Doughty((Oakdale MN), Zach Manley(Chetek), Dave Mass(East Bethel MN), Andrew Hanson(Iron River), Jonny Carter(Lisbon ND), Calvin Iverson(Eleva), Cody Kummer(Medford), Nick Traynor(Barron), Hunter VanGilder, Justin Vogel, Kyle Howland, Tommy Richards, Ryan Satter, Simon Wahlstrom, Jake Froemke, Ron Hanestad, Adam Soltis, Keith Tourville, Eric Olson, Ben Hillman, Jay Schlotfeldt, Parker Anderson, Jay Kesan, Kyle Dykhoff, Jason Havel

12 lap B Feature 1 -Vogel(Brooten MN), Kesan(Weyerhaeuser), Schlotfeldt(Jamestown ND), Braden Brauer(Eyota MN), Royce Jawaski(Horace ND), Kolby Kiehl, Shawn Amundson, Kory Adams, John Kallas, Art Linert, Nick Green, Bob Seidler, Scott Meeds, Zach Elward, Chad Willmott, Scott Witkowski

B Feature 2 – Anderson(Phillips), Satter(Dent MN),Olson(Ladysmith), C.J. Wagner(Rice Lake), Traynor, Karl Genett, Mike Knudtson, Jimmy Williams, Will Fisher, James Hoing, Tyler Lamb, Rob Grabon, Trey Hess, Jeff Brauer, Andy Rossow, Trajan Schmidt

B Feature 3 – Carter, Hillman(Menomonie), Kummer, Kyle Genett(Auburndale), Eric Riley(Morris MN), Broc Stout, Soltis, Nick Schwebach, C.J. Hedges, Russ Kostreba, Jim Cimfl, Billie Christ, Kasey Ussatis, Cliff Houser, Tim Johnson, Alex Minks
15 lap Last Chance – Soltis(Ladysmith), Traynor, Amundson(Rice Lake), Jawaski, B. Brauer, Wagner, Adams, Schwebach, Williams, Knudtson, Riley, Karl Genett, Kyle Genett, Kiehl, Stout

8 lap Race of Champions – Tourville(Janesville MN), Kesan, Jawaski, Butch Madsen(Rice Lake), Gary Solum(Rice Lake), T. Johnson

10 lap Heat 1 – Dykhoff(Perham MN), Hanestad(Glenwood City), Wagner(Rice Lake), Havel(Rice Lake), Cimfl(Turtle Lake), Fisher, Schmidt, Grabon, Rossow, Sam Fankhauser
Heat 2 – Vogel, D. Richards, Schwebach(Fountain MN), Anderson, Adams(Stacyville IA), Kostreba, Jawaski, Amundson, Ussatis, J. Brauer
Heat 3 – Tourville, Randall, Wahlstrom(Rice Lake), Kummer, Traynor, Kesan, Hess, Knudtson, Green
Heat 4 – Hillman, Froemke(International Falls MN), B. Brauer, Williams(DeGraff MN), Linert(Badger MN), Willmott, Houser, Olson, Elward
Heat 5 – T. Richards(Mondovi), Hanson, Schlotfeldt, Doughty, Manley, Kyle Genett, Johnson, Zach Beaulieu, Witkowski
Heat 6 – Mass, Howland(Zimmerman MN), Carter, VanGilder, Kiehl(Barron), Christ, Seidler, Minks, Kallas
Heat 7 – Satter, Riley, Iverson, Stout(Winner SD), Hoing(Kimball SD), Lamb, Karl Genett, Meeds, Hedges
Heat 8 – Wahlstrom, Randall, Traynor, Tourville, Kummer, Vogel, Knudtson, Adams, Ussatis, Green
Heat 9 – Kesan, Amundson, D. Richards, Wagner, Anderson, Kostreba, Soltis, Schwebach, Hess, J. Brauer
Heat 10 – Havel, Schmidt(Watertown SD), Jawaski, Hanestad, Fisher(Shell Lake), Grabon, Hoing, Cimfl, Rossow
Heat 11 – VanGilder, Iverson, Howland, Karl Genett(Auburndale), Dykhoff, Satter, Lamb, Seidler, Meeds
Heat 12 – Hedges(Tripoli), Kesan, Kiehl, Carter, Stout, Riley, Johnson, Schlotfeldt, Christ
Heat 13 – Manley, Froemke, Hanson, T. Richards, Witkowski(Aberdeen SD), Kyle Genett, Kallas, Minks
Heat 14 – Doughty, Olson, Elward(Hayfield MN), Linert, B. Brauer, Hillman, Willmont, Houser, Williams


Danny Richards Wins Rice Lake Speedway “Little Dream” and $16,088 Top Prize

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By Ed Reichert

Rice Lake WI, July 31 – Danny Richards made the winning pass on Eric Olson with nine laps to go and then held on through two tense late race yellow flag restarts to win the twenty fourth annual Street Stock “Little Dream” race Tuesday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Richards, who last won a feature race at Rice Lake in 2008, earned an event record $16,088 for his thirty five lap triumph as fans and local businesses once again came through to support the event and contribute to the purse, making it a record breaking event.

Sixty drivers from five states and Canada signed in to try and qualify for the Street Stock feature and after two sets of heat races, Olson started on the pole, having earned the highest number of passing points. However, it was rookie driver Dustin Doughty who got a good jump at the start and led the opening lap for the twenty six drivers that took the green. Olson then pulled up beside Doughty and they raced side by side before Olson claimed the top spot. Ryan Satter was on the move as he pulled in to challenge the leaders while Richards, who started sixth on the grid, was also moving up.

The first yellow waved with seven laps complete for a spinning Cody Kummer and after racing resumed, Olson continued to show the way with Satter working his way into second past Doughty and then going after leader Olson.

However, the next eighteen laps of the race ran under the green and Olson was able to extend his lead to nearly a full straightaway over Satter while Richards moved into second with Jimmy Randall also advancing up to fourth after starting ninth of the field.

At the half way point of the race, Olson continued to maintain a comfortable lead over Satter, Richards, Randall and Doughty. Randall and Satter made contact while battling for the third spot and while they both were able to keep running, Satter slipped high and lost several positions.

They continued to run in that order until a spinning Mike Knudtson triggered the yellow flag once again and set up a ten lap sprint to the checkered. However, at this point the whole complexion of the race changed as on the green, Olson pushed up the track and lost just enough momentum that Richards was able to drive around him and take over the top spot, thus forcing Olson to chase rather than controlling the lead that he had held for a number of laps.

The intensity level picked up as the laps ran down with two late yellow with three and two laps to go respectively, slowing and bunching the field. One of the yellows was for debris on the track and one for a spinning Tim Johnson as the former “Little Dream” winner would not repeat.

On the green following each of the last two yellows, Richards rode the high side into turn one and both times Olson passed him for the lead, only to see the yellow wave twice and save him from losing the top spot.

Finally, the field was able to complete the last two laps and on the final restart, this time Richards drove the low line through turn one and held off the charging Olson. Randall was also pushing hard and he was able to edge past Olson to take over the second spot. The final tour saw Richards able to maintain his lead with a smooth final lap and while Randall gave it a shot, he came up a car length short as Richards drove on to the record breaking win. Olson finished a close third and reported that a tight race car was his downfall at the end of the race with Sam Fankhauser, up from fifteenth to fourth and Doughty rounding out the top five.

The second five consisted of Jason Havel, Satter, Jeff Crouse, who earned the Hard Charger award after starting twenty second, Hunter VanGilder and Brett Miller as nineteen drivers completed the distance, all on the lead lap.

Olson turned the fastest lap of the race with a time of 18,171 seconds while heat race wins went to Doughty, Kummer, Kyle Dykhoff, Randall, Jay Kesan, Kolby Kiehl, Kark Genett, VanGilder, Keith Tourville and Knudtson while Olson was the only double heat race winner. Brian Johanson won the “Long Haul” award after towing from Edmore North Dakota for the race.

Current national point leader in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Justin Vogel, won the Non Qualifiers Feature and opted to pass on the money and instead, start at the back of the main event. He was scored twentieth in the final running order after spinning on the last lap of the feature race.

The Midwest Modifieds were also on the card and Kevin Adams led all twenty laps of that race to earn his fourth feature win of the year at the track. He started on the pole, got the early jump on Alex Williamson and then pulled away from the field. Williamson ran a strong second for much of the first half of the race before being overtaken by Joe Chaplin Jr for the spot.

The Midwest Modifieds were flying around the track as they used at least three grooves and there was much passing and repassing going on in the pack. Two yellows slowed the first half of the field with Scott Bintz riding over a tire on another car and breaking his steering and then a tougher crash when current track point leader Austin Ellis spun in heavy traffic and got drilled by Aric Lindberg and Gunner Peterson with all three cars retired for the event.

The last thirteen laps of the race ran off nonstop and Adams was cruising on the high side as he pulled away from the pack. The most impressive drive of the late going saw Calvin Iverson move up from his third row starting spot as he got his car to work right on the low side of the track and he was able to drive past Williamson, defending national champion Sketter Estey and on the final couple of laps, Chaplin Jr to take over second and record an impressive finish for last year's national rookie of the year.

On a beautiful night for racing in northern Wisconsin, a spectacular crowd was on hand that helped build the purse into a record breaking one once again.

The speedway will now take this Saturday night, August 4th off so that fans and track officials can rest up for the frantic final few weeks of the regular season. Racing will resume on Saturday night, August 11th with Hall of Fame night that will see Tom Nesbitt, Todd Madsen, Rod Hensel and Dave Greschner inducted into the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame. It will also be the Race of Champions qualifiers for the ROC race to be held during the WISSOTA 100 at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls Minnesota. This race was rained out on June 16th with the feature winners guaranteed starting spots in the ROC race during the “100.” The draw/redraw qualifying format will be in effect and all five classes that race at the speedway on a weekly basis will be in attendance. Warmups begin at 6:30 pm with racing to follow.

Check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or the face book page of the track for more details.

SUMMARY
Rice Lake Speedway
Rice Lake Wisconsin
July 31, 2018

WISSOTA Street Stocks
“Little Dream” 35 lap Feature – Danny Richards(Mondovi), Jimmy Randall(Rice Lake), Eric Olson(Ladysmith), Sam Fankhauser(Rice Lake), Dustin Doughty(Oakdale MN), Jason Havel(Rice Lake), Ryan Satter(Dent MN), Jeff Crouse(Alexandria MN), Hunter VanGilder(Rice Lake), Brett Miller(Alexandria MN), Mike Blowers, Mike Knudtson, Karl Genett, Eric Riley, Kolby Kiehl, Tim Johnson, Kyle Dykhoff, Blake Adams, Kory Adams, Justin Vogel, Kyle Howland, Parker Anderson, Keith Tourville, Simon Wahlstrom, Cody Kummer, Travis Krause

15 lap Non Qualifier – Vogel(Brooten MN), Jay Kesan(Weyerhaeuser), Zach Manley(Chetek), Tommy Richards(Mondovi), Kevin Bogdanovic(Wausau), Justin Tammen(Clara City MN), Ron Hanestad(Glenwood City), Rob Grabon(Bruce), C.J. Wagner(Rice Lake), Russ Kostreba(Zimmerman MN), Braden Brauer, Travis Hazelton, Nick Traynor, C.J. Hedges, Zach Elward

12 B Feature – Krause(Buffalo City), B. Adams(McIntire IA), K. Adams(Stacyville IA), T. Richards, Kevin Bogdanovic, Hazelton(Chippewa Falls), Traynor, Kirk Bogdanovic, Tylar Wilson, Jake Froemke, Daniel Aberle, Brian Johanson, Steve Eggersgluess

B Feature 2 – VanGilder, Dykhoff(Perham MN), Blowers(Waseca MN), Hanestad, Vogel, Kostreba, Elward, Wagner, Brandon Fah, Jeremy Castro, Nate Langeberg, Dan Svee, Kyle Genett, Chuck Olson

B Feature 3 – Riley(Morris MN), Crouse, Johnson(Brainerd MN), Kesan, Manley, Tammen, Grabon, Hedges, Jamey Fisher, Charlie Shiek, George Richards, Andy Rossow, Trey Hess, Colton Klueckman

8 lap Heat – Doughty, Fisher(Chetek), Anderson(Phillips), Miller, Kirk Bogdanovic, Grabon, Hazelton, Eggersgluess, Johanson, Brit Bromann

Heat 2 – Kummer(Medford), Kyle Genett(Auburndale), D. Richards, Tammen, Knudtson, Tourville, G. Richards, Fah, Rossow, Hedges

Heat 3 – E.Olson, Satter, Vogel, Castro(Fargo N.D.), Traynor(Barron), Kostreba, Shiek, C. Olson, Svee, Blowers

Heat 4 – Dykhoff, Havel, Brauer(Eyota MN), Kevin Bogdanovic, K. Adams, Karl Genett, Manley, VanGilder, Wagner, Hess

Heat 5 – Randall, Riley, Howland(Zimmerman MN), Crouse, Froemke(International Falls MN), Krause, Langeberg, Wilson, Aberle, Duane Halvorson

Heat 6 – Kesan, Wahlstrom(Rice Lake), B. Adams, Hanestad, Fankhauser, Kiehl, Johnson, R. Richards, Elward, Klueckman

Heat 7 – Kiehl, Fankhauser, Doughty, Elward(Hayfield MN), Hanestad, B. Adams, Johnson, Kesan, Johanson, Wagner

Heat 8 – Karl Genett(Auburndale), Howland, Krause, Kummer, Crouse, Riley, Froemke, Klueckman, Wilson

Heat 9 – VanGilder, Kostreba(Zimmerman MN), K. Adams, Havel, Manley, Brauer, Castro, Dykhoff, Langeberg

Heat 10 – E. Olson, Anderson, Satter, Shiek(Foley MN), Traynor, T. Richards, Kevin Bogdanovic, Kyle Genett, Svee, Hess

Heat 11 – Tourville(Webster), D. Richards, Fah(Perham MN), Randall, Blowers, Rossow, Tammen, Hedges, G. Richards, C. Olson

Heat 12 – Knudtson(Osseo), Wahlstrom, Miller, Hazelton, Grabon(Bruce), Kirk Bogdanovic, Fisher, Eggersgluess, Bromann, Vogel

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
20 lap Feature – Kevin Adams(Cameron), Calvin Iverson(Eleva), Joe Chaplin Jr(Cameron), Sketter Estey(Kelly Lake MN), Alex Williamson(Rushford MN), Jack Rivord(Superior), Mark Thomas(Menomonie), Travis Anderson(Colfax), Tim Johnson(Brainerd MN), Craig Elliott(Hillsdale), Brady Larson, Fran Hanson, Jon Marsh, Jimmy Latvala, Kyle Schell, Cory Asmussen, Austin Ellis, Gunner Peterson, Aric Lindberg, Scott Bintz

8 lap Heat 1 – Williamson, Larson(Amery), Johnson, Rivord, Latvala(Solon Springs), Schell, Asmussen

Heat 2 – Adams, Chaplin Jr, Anderson, Elliott, Peterson(Mason), Lindberg, Marsh

Heat 3 – Estey, Iverson, Ellis(Rice Lake), Thomas, Bintz(Jamestown ND), Hanson


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