Ebert scores win in return of WISSOTA Modifieds to NCR

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (July 16, 2020) – For the first time since 2014, the WISSOTA Modifieds returned to Norman County Raceway. A talent-filled field of 23 Modifieds was checked in, including the NCR’s all-time WISSOTA Modified wins leader, Blake Jegtvig of Hawley, Minn., who has 24 career wins.

NCR’s all-time WISSOTA Midwest Modified wins leader, Travis Saurer of Elizabeth, Minn., with 43 career wins, was also on hand.

Dustin Strand of East Grand Forks, Minn. and Joseph Thomas of Glyndon, Minn. led the field to the green with Strand taking the early lead. Strand, who has won at NCR in a WISSOTA Modified, Midwest Mod, Super Stock, and NLRA Late Model, built up a comfortable lead until fifth-place starter Dan Ebert of Lake Shore, Minn. moved into second on lap five.

Ebert took the point on lap eight of 20, but Strand remained hot on his heels.

Late in the going, Austin Arneson of Fargo, N.D., who was fresh off claiming the Dakota Classic Modified Tour points championship the night before, moved into third and looked to close in on the leader.

Ebert went on to take the win comfortably to claim his first Modified win at NCR and third win overall at the speedway.

In one of the most exciting finishes of the night, Scott Jacobson of Fargo won the Titan Machinery IMCA SportMod feature in thrilling fashion. Ryan Veralrud of Ottertail, Minn. led early before Torey Fischer of West Fargo, N.D. took the point to lead laps five through 10.

Veteran driver, Rich Pavlicek of Casselton, N.D. grabbed the lead from Fischer on lap 10, but Pavlicek quickly had his hands full with Jacobson. Pavlicek and Jacobson were side by side as they took the white flag from the Flagstand.

Heading into the final set of corners, Jacobson dove to the inside of Pavlicek and attempted a slide job off turn four. Jacobson narrowly cleared Pavlicek’s front bumper, but Pavlicek couldn’t slow up in time and made heavy contact with Jacobson on the front straightaway.

The contact sent Jacobson spinning across the finish line backward. Pavlicek narrowly edged out Jacobson’s rear bumper across the line, but NCR officials docked Pavlicek a position for spinning Jacobson.

It was a bizarre photo finish during the IMCA SportMods on Thursday night at Norman County Raceway. Scott Jacobson (5) was awarded the win after being spun out by Rich Pavlicek (17). Photo by Mike Spieker.

That gave Jacobson the win as Pavlicek and Aaron Wetterlin of Moorhead, Minn. rounded out the podium.

Tim Gonska of Brainerd, Minn. picked up his fourth win at NCR in five tries in the Christian Brothers Ford IMCA Hobby Stocks. Things got hairy at the start of the race as pole-sitter Brodee Eckerdt of Grand Forks, N.D. spun in front of the field on lap one. Several cars spun as they tried to avoid the spinning car, but Alyssa White of West Fargo, N.D. received the most damage as she was forced to be taken off the speedway on the back of the wrecker.

Gonska led 11 of the 12 laps en route to the win.

The four-cylinder Hornets made their first appearance at NCR since August 25, 2011. Sixteen drivers made up the starting lineup for their 12-lap main event. Randy Thompson of Lake Park, Minn. picked up the win.

Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes, Minn. scored his third win in four attempts in the Seedex INEX Legends. Wilke made the pass for the lead, and eventually the win, over Brody Carlsrud of Moorhead, Minn. with three laps to go.

Dexter Dvergsten of Greenbush, Minn. claimed the Lucas Oil POWRi Minn-Kota Lightning Sprint feature win. It looked as though second-year Lightning Sprint driver, Bryce Haugeberg of West Fargo, was destined for the win. However, Haugeberg clipped an infield tire in the closing laps which allowed Dvergsten to inherit the lead and take the win.


WISSOTA Modifieds
A Feature: 1. 60-Dan Ebert[5]; 2. 71-Dustin Strand[2]; 3. 10-Austin Arneson[9]; 4. 6X-Zach Johnson[4]; 5. 21X-Travis Saurer[7]; 6. 85-Jayson Good[13]; 7. 7X-Joseph Thomas[1]; 8. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson[10]; 9. 48-Brent Dutenhoffer[8]; 10. 2J-Blake Jegtvig[6]; 11. 7J-Richard Jacobson[12]; 12. 17-Michael Greseth[14]; 13. 84-Michael Johnson[16]; 14. 2-Aaron Holtan[17]; 15. 74-Dustin Wahl[15]; 16. 11Z-Dylan Zabel[11]; 17. 81-Jordan Duray[18]; 18. 1RM-Taylor Grove[21]; 19. (DNF) 57-Michael Tiani[20]; 20. (DNF) 25-Jamie Trautner[3]; 21. (DNF) 88X-Delray Dykstra[19]

Heat 1: 1. 48-Brent Dutenhoffer[1]; 2. 6X-Zach Johnson[3]; 3. 10-Austin Arneson[5]; 4. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson[7]; 5. 85-Jayson Good[4]; 6. 84-Michael Johnson[6]; 7. 81-Jordan Duray[2]; 8. 57-Michael Tiani[8]

Heat 2: 1. 7X-Joseph Thomas[1]; 2. 2J-Blake Jegtvig[3]; 3. 60-Dan Ebert[7]; 4. 11Z-Dylan Zabel[2]; 5. 17-Michael Greseth[8]; 6. 2-Aaron Holtan[5]; 7. 88X-Delray Dykstra[6]; 8. (DNF) 1RM-Taylor Grove[4]

Heat 3: 1. 71-Dustin Strand[2]; 2. 25-Jamie Trautner[1]; 3. 21X-Travis Saurer[3]; 4. 7J-Richard Jacobson[5]; 5. 74-Dustin Wahl[4]

Minn-Kota Lightning Sprints
A Feature: 1. 11-Dexter Dvergsten[4]; 2. 10-Alex Truscinski[2]; 3. 93-Kelsi Pederson[7]; 4. 13-Alan Truscinski[8]; 5. 100-Jason Berg[6]; 6. 51-Cody Swenson[3]; 7. 72-Kate Taves[10]; 8. 24-Jake Haugeberg[5]; 9. (DNF) 22-Bryce Haugeberg[1]; 10. (DNF) 1W-Mark Williams[9]

Heat 1: 1. 22-Bryce Haugeberg[3]; 2. 100-Jason Berg[2]; 3. 1W-Mark Williams[4]; 4. 72-Kate Taves[5]; 5. 24-Jake Haugeberg[1]

Heat 2: 1. 10-Alex Truscinski[2]; 2. 11-Dexter Dvergsten[1]; 3. 93-Kelsi Pederson[3]; 4. 13-Alan Truscinski[4]; 5. 51-Cody Swenson[5]

IMCA Hobby Stocks
A Feature: 1. 5G-Tim Gonska[8]; 2. 33X-Joe Gonska[4]; 3. 31X-Tim Shiek[7]; 4. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[6]; 5. 73-Todd Gettel[5]; 6. 9-Skyla Miller[1]; 7. 2B-Tra Ewalt[9]; 8. 22W-Will Miller[11]; 9. 26-Ken Crane[3]; 10. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[2]; 11. 17-Nick Shumansky[12]; 12. (DNF) 14-Alyssa White[10]

Heat 1: 1. 73-Todd Gettel[4]; 2. 31X-Tim Shiek[5]; 3. 26-Ken Crane[3]; 4. 9-Skyla Miller[1]; 5. 2B-Tra Ewalt[6]; 6. (DNF) 22W-Will Miller[2]

Heat 2: 1. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[2]; 2. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[4]; 3. 14-Alyssa White[6]; 4. 33X-Joe Gonska[3]; 5. 5G-Tim Gonska[5]; 6. 17-Nick Shumansky[1]

IMCA SportMods
A Feature: 1. 5-Scott Jacobson[9]; 2. 17-Rich Pavlicek[6]; 3. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[8]; 4. 9-Torey Fischer[4]; 5. 8J-Luke Johnson[10]; 6. 13C-Paul Colvin[12]; 7. 22-Vince Jegtvig[14]; 8. 15-Matthew Clark[15]; 9. 2X-Brady Moore[1]; 10. 5F-Brandon Ferris[3]; 11. 29S-Greg Schilling[11]; 12. 22M-Landon Maatz[13]; 13. (DNF) E6-Ryan Veralrud[2]; 14. (DNF) 40-Chris VanMil[5]; 15. (DNF) 3X-Andy Wagner[7]

Heat 1: 1. 3X-Andy Wagner[7]; 2. 9-Torey Fischer[5]; 3. 5-Scott Jacobson[8]; 4. 40-Chris VanMil[6]; 5. 5F-Brandon Ferris[3]; 6. 29S-Greg Schilling[2]; 7. 22M-Landon Maatz[1]; 8. (DNF) 15-Matthew Clark[4]

Heat 2: 1. 17-Rich Pavlicek[5]; 2. 8J-Luke Johnson[7]; 3. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[6]; 4. E6-Ryan Veralrud[2]; 5. 2X-Brady Moore[1]; 6. 13C-Paul Colvin[3]; 7. 22-Vince Jegtvig[4]

INEX Legends
A Feature: 1. 72-Tye Wilke[4]; 2. B1-Brody Carlsrud[2]; 3. 20-Alex Braseth[1]; 4. 29-Ryan Braseth[3]; 5. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[7]; 6. 2-Ashton Spieker[5]; 7. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[6]

Heat 1: 1. 72-Tye Wilke[6]; 2. 29-Ryan Braseth[5]; 3. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[7]; 4. B1-Brody Carlsrud[4]; 5. 20-Alex Braseth[3]; 6. 2-Ashton Spieker[2]; 7. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[1]

A Feature: 1. 6R-Randy Thompson[2]; 2. 00H-Curtis Huseth[10]; 3. 7B-Zach Besmehn[6]; 4. 00-Kevin Youngquist[5]; 5. 19-Cole Greseth[4]; 6. 9-Levi Lease[7]; 7. 11-Casey Stremick[16]; 8. (DNF) 24G-Chase Golliet[1]; 9. (DNF) 28-John Current[8]; 10. (DNF) 5X-Peyton Edelman[13]; 11. (DNF) 23-Daniel Beckman[3]; 12. (DNF) 77-Daniel Harstad[12]; 13. (DNF) 50M-Brady Molter[15]; 14. (DNS) 5-Russell Novacek; 15. (DNS) 21-Joel Olson; 16. (DNS) 27-Rob Hansen

Heat 1: 1. 7B-Zach Besmehn[4]; 2. 00-Kevin Youngquist[5]; 3. 6R-Randy Thompson[6]; 4. 5-Russell Novacek[2]; 5. (DNF) 5X-Peyton Edelman[1]; 6. (DNF) 50M-Brady Molter[3]

Heat 2: 1. 9-Levi Lease[3]; 2. 23-Daniel Beckman[1]; 3. 24G-Chase Golliet[4]; 4. 00H-Curtis Huseth[2]

Heat 3: 1. 28-John Current[5]; 2. 19-Cole Greseth[2]; 3. (DNF) 27-Rob Hansen[1]; 4. (DNF) 77-Daniel Harstad[3]; 5. (DNF) 21-Joel Olson[4]

Ada’s Kesselberg claims first career win at NCR

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (July 9, 2020) – After six years of racing at his home track, Ada’s Kalvin Kesselberg finally scored that elusive first victory. Kesselberg started fifth on the grid for the Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Car feature and worked his way into second by lap two of 15.

Kalvin Kesselberg of Ada scored his first career win at Norman County Raceway on Thursday night. Photo by Mike Spieker

Kesselberg rode behind veteran driver Todd Heinrich of Fargo until the veteran driver made a rare mistake and slid off the top of turns one and two. The slip-up triggered a caution and Kesselberg inherited the lead with two more veteran drivers, Rick Schulz of Horace, N.D., and Rob VanMil of Barnesville, Minn. in tow.

Kalvin Kesselberg of Ada scored his first career win at Norman County Raceway on Thursday night. Photo by Mike Spieker

Kesselberg endured extreme pressure from Schulz in the closing laps. Schulz gave Kesselberg a few taps to the rear bumper on the final lap, trying to push Kesselberg’s No. 11 out of the preferred groove. However, Kesselberg held a steady line down the back straightaway. Schulz pulled along the Ada driver off of turn four, coming to the checkers, but Kesselberg was able to hang on by a half car length for the win.

With the huge crowd in attendance on their feet in applause, Kesselberg revved his engine as he pulled into KRJB/KRJM/KKCQ Victory Lane before celebrating with family and friends.

Kalvin Kesselberg gets a hug from his mom, Barb, in victory lane. Photo by Mike Spieker

“I’ve been chasing this for six years. This is awesome,” said an ecstatic Kesselberg after the race.

The Dakota Cat Modified Shootout attracted a season-high 18 Sanders Metal Products IMCA Modifieds. It looked as though NCR ringer Jesse Rogotzke of Sanborn, Minn. was going to take home the big payday, but a restart at the halfway point of the 20-lapper proved to be the difference.

Casey Arneson of Fargo made a power move around the outside of Rogotzke to take the lead on lap 10. Once out front, Arneson never looked back as he races to his first Norman County Raceway win of the season.

Debuting his brand new Trump 2020 paint scheme, Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls, Minn. dominated the Christians Motors WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Gronwold started on the outside of the front row and led every lap to take the win over Jason Strand of Portland, N.D.

Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes, Minn. picked up the Seedex INEX Legends feature win. The win was Wilke’s second of the season at NCR and his 11th overall out of 17 races.

Christians Brothers Ford IMCA Hobby Stock point leader, Tim Gonska of Brainerd, Minn. raced to his third win of the season. Joe Gonska of Breezy Point, Minn. held the lead early, but Tim made the pass for the lead, and eventually the win, on lap seven of 12.

Aaron Wetterlin of Moorhead, Minn. led in the early stages of the Titan Machinery IMCA SportMod feature, but was overtaken by fellow Moorhead driver Luke Johnson. Johnson led the final nine laps en route to the win.

Next Thursday night will be a special event as the WISSOTA Modifieds highlight the night’s lineup.


IMCA Modifieds

A Feature: 1. 2A-Casey Arneson[4]; 2. XXX-Jesse Rogotzke[1]; 3. 72-Dave Shipley[3]; 4. 12-Matt Aukland[9]; 5. 10-Austin Arneson[6]; 6. 40-Rob VanMil[2]; 7. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[11]; 8. 84-Michael Johnson[8]; 9. 442-Aaron Johnson[7]; 10. 88B-Brady Petermann[14]; 11. 5T-Marcus Tomlinson[18]; 12. 60-Tyler Hall[12]; 13. 21-Jamie Schulz[5]; 14. 2*-Cole Babcock[10]; 15. 96-Erv Grossman[13]; 16. 57-Tom Cummings[15]; 17. (DNF) 84X-Joshua Johnson[16]; 18. (DNS) 6D-Dylan Goplen

Heat 1: 1. 10-Austin Arneson[2]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil[6]; 3. 84-Michael Johnson[3]; 4. 21-Jamie Schulz[1]; 5. 96-Erv Grossman[4]; 6. 84X-Joshua Johnson[5]

Heat 2: 1. 12-Matt Aukland[1]; 2. 72-Dave Shipley[3]; 3. 2A-Casey Arneson[5]; 4. XXX-Jesse Rogotzke[4]; 5. 88B-Brady Petermann[2]; 6. 6D-Dylan Goplen[6]

Heat 3: 1. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[3]; 2. 442-Aaron Johnson[4]; 3. 60-Tyler Hall[5]; 4. 2*-Cole Babcock[2]; 5. 57-Tom Cummings[1]; 6. 5T-Marcus Tomlinson[6]

IMCA SportMods
A Feature: 1. 8J-Luke Johnson[8]; 2. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[5]; 3. 5-Scott Jacobson[6]; 4. 3X-Andy Wagner[16]; 5. 22J-Vince Jegtvig[3]; 6. 13C-Paul Colvin[1]; 7. 9-Torey Fischer[4]; 8. 15-Matthew Clark[13]; 9. 5F-Brandon Ferris[10]; 10. 29S-Greg Schilling[15]; 11. 6-Austin Veralrud[12]; 12. (DNF) 2X-Brady Moore[11]; 13. (DNF) 22-Landon Maatz[14]; 14. (DNF) E6-Ryan Veralrud[2]; 15. (DNF) 17-Rich Pavlicek[9]; 16. (DNF) 40-Chris VanMil[7]

Heat 1: 1. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[4]; 2. 17-Rich Pavlicek[6]; 3. 40-Chris VanMil[5]; 4. E6-Ryan Veralrud[2]; 5. 9-Torey Fischer[3]; 6. 2X-Brady Moore[1]; 7. 15-Matthew Clark[7]; 8. 29S-Greg Schilling[8]

Heat 2: 1. 5-Scott Jacobson[4]; 2. 8J-Luke Johnson[5]; 3. 13C-Paul Colvin[1]; 4. 22J-Vince Jegtvig[2]; 5. 5F-Brandon Ferris[6]; 6. 6-Austin Veralrud[8]; 7. 22-Landon Maatz[7]; 8. (DNF) 3X-Andy Wagner[3]

IMCA Stock Cars
A Feature: 1. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[5]; 2. 4-Rick Schulz[4]; 3. 40-Rob VanMil[6]; 4. 10R-Travis Robertson[7]; 5. 52-Brennan Borg[10]; 6. 38-Todd Heinrich[3]; 7. 21J-Andrew Jochim[2]; 8. (DNF) 17-Chad Hunteman[9]; 9. (DNF) 76Z-John Sandvig[1]; 10. (DNF) 30A-Adam Goff[8]

Heat 1: 1. 38-Todd Heinrich[2]; 2. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[3]; 3. 10R-Travis Robertson[4]; 4. 17-Chad Hunteman[5]; 5. 76Z-John Sandvig[1]

Heat 2: 1. 4-Rick Schulz[2]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil[3]; 3. 52-Brennan Borg[5]; 4. 21J-Andrew Jochim[1]; 5. 30A-Adam Goff[4]

WISSOTA Midwest Mods:
A Feature 1: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold[2]; 2. E85-Jason Strand[5]; 3. 69-Justin Jones[4]; 4. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[7]; 5. 87S-Reise Stenberg[6]; 6. 9B-Brendan Blascyk[8]; 7. 33-Jeff Nelson[3]; 8. B33-Brennan Urbach[9]; 9. 68-Joe Henninger[11]; 10. (DNF) 6J-Taylor Jacobson[1]; 11. (DNF) 188-Hunter Hougard[10]

Heat 1: 1. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[2]; 2. E85-Jason Strand[5]; 3. 69-Justin Jones[1]; 4. 6J-Taylor Jacobson[4]; 5. B33-Brennan Urbach[3]

Heat 2: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold[2]; 2. 9B-Brendan Blascyk[3]; 3. 33-Jeff Nelson[4]; 4. 87S-Reise Stenberg[1]; 5. 188-Hunter Hougard[5]; 6. 68-Joe Henninger[6]

IMCA Hobby Stocks
A Feature: 1. 5G-Tim Gonska[8]; 2. 33X-Joe Gonska[2]; 3. 31X-Tim Shiek[6]; 4. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[7]; 5. 73-Todd Gettel[10]; 6. 26-Ken Crane[9]; 7. 22W-Will Miller[1]; 8. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[4]; 9. (DNF) 2B-Steve Nordhagen[5]; 10. (DNF) 17-Chad Visser[3]; 11. (DNF) 17S-Nick Shumansky[11]; 12. (DNS) 9-Skyla Miller

Heat 1: 1. 2B-Steve Nordhagen[4]; 2. 17-Chad Visser[3]; 3. 22W-Will Miller[2]; 4. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[5]; 5. 26-Ken Crane[6]; 6. 17S-Nick Shumansky[1]

Heat 2: 1. 33X-Joe Gonska[2]; 2. 31X-Tim Shiek[4]; 3. 5G-Tim Gonska[5]; 4. 73-Todd Gettel[6]; 5. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[3]; 6. (DNF) 9-Skyla Miller[1]

INEX Legends
A Feature: 1. 72-Tye Wilke[6]; 2. B1-Brody Carlsrud[4]; 3. 29-Ryan Braseth[5]; 4. 20-Alex Braseth[3]; 5. 58-Sean Johnson[7]; 6. 2-Ashton Spieker[2]; 7. 5D8-Dylan Johnson[9]; 8. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[10]; 9. 8-Ethan Mabus[8]; 10. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[1]

Heat 1: 1. B1-Brody Carlsrud[2]; 2. 20-Alex Braseth[1]; 3. 72-Tye Wilke[3]; 4. 8-Ethan Mabus[4]

Heat 2: 1. 29-Ryan Braseth[3]; 2. 58-Sean Johnson[4]; 3. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[2]; 4. 2-Ashton Spieker[1]; 5. 5D8-Dylan Johnson[5]; 6. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[6]

Heinrich becomes ninth different winner of King Pin Klash at Norman County Raceway

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (June 18, 2020) – A strong field of Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Cars were on hand for the ninth annual King Pin Klash, presented by The Bowler of Fargo. Rob VanMil of Barnesville, Minn. and Todd Heinrich of Fargo made up the front row for the main event.

VanMil took the early lead as Heinrich and Brennan Borg of Harwood, N.D. filed into second and third, respectively. Heinrich rode in the tire tracks of VanMil throughout the entire feature until the two made contact with six laps to go. The contact sent VanMil spinning to bring out the caution. It was determined that VanMil was the cause for the caution and was sent to the tail of the field.

Todd Heinrich of Fargo was the big winner of the evening on Thursday at Norman County Raceway, winner the IMCA Stock Car King Pin Klash. Photo by Mike Spieker.

Heinrich went on to pick up the win to become the ninth different winner of the King Pin Klash at NCR.

“What a great race, what a great bunch of competitors, what a great class,” said a happy Heinrich in victory lane. “I’m having a blast. I just had to be patient. I overdrive the car way too much. I had to settle down and be patient and everything just worked out.”

Jesse Skalicky found KRJB 106.5 FM Victory Lane for the first time this season. Skalicky, of Fargo, came from the fourth starting position to win the Sander’s Metal Products IMCA Modified feature.

“It just took some patience tonight,” said Skalicky of his charge to the front. “The track was awesome tonight. It was smooth from top to bottom.”

Aaron Blacklance of Thief River Falls, Minn. made his return to victory lane after a dominating performance in the Christian Brothers Ford WISSOTA Midwest Mod feature. Matt Schow of McIntosh, Minn. took the lead on lap one from the pole position, but Blacklance worked his way around the No. 2S on lap two to take the lead.

Blacklance went on to lead the final 13 trips around the three-eighths-mile oval to claim the win by just under a second over Justin Jones of Bemidji, Minn.

Chris VanMil of Barnesville, Minn. took the lead away from Torey Fischer of West Fargo on lap five of 14 of the Titan Machinery IMCA SportMod feature, and never looked back. VanMil picked up the win by a convincing 5.7 seconds over Fischer as Scott Jacobson of Fargo rounded out the podium.

The win for VanMil, who is a part-time runner at Norman County Raceway, was his first at the speedway since 2015. In fact, VanMil was the winner of the first-ever IMCA SportMod event at NCR, which was when his most recent win came.

Tim Gonska has made the haul to NCR from Brainerd, Minn. all three weeks thus far. After having the Christian Brothers Ford IMCA Hobby Stock feature win stolen from him on the final lap last week, Gonska returned to victory lane on Thursday. Gonska made the pass for the lead on Brad Orvedahl of Fargo on lap three and never looked back.

Ashton Spieker of Sabin, Minn. led the opening laps of the Seedex INEX Legends feature before Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes, Minn. came charging into the lead. Once out front, Wilke cruised to the win – his first of the season at NCR.


IMCA Stock Cars:
A Feature: 1. 38-Todd Heinrich[2]; 2. 10R-Travis Robertson[6]; 3. 52-Brennan Borg[7]; 4. 4-Rick Schulz[9]; 5. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[4]; 6. 40-Rob VanMil[1]; 7. 86-Thomas Ahrndt[12]; 8. 21J-Andrew Jochim[11]; 9. 17-Chad Hunteman[14]; 10. 18-Mike Anderson[10]; 11. 76Z-John Sandvig[5]; 12. 8-Billy Michaelsohn[3]; 13. (DNF) 34-Jordan Zillmer[8]; 14. (DNF) 85K-Ernest Geist[13]

Heat 1: 1. 10R-Travis Robertson[1]; 2. 38-Todd Heinrich[3]; 3. 4-Rick Schulz[6]; 4. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[7]; 5. 76Z-John Sandvig[4]; 6. 21J-Andrew Jochim[5]; 7. 85K-Ernest Geist[2]

Heat 2: 1. 52-Brennan Borg[1]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil[4]; 3. 18-Mike Anderson[6]; 4. 8-Billy Michaelsohn[2]; 5. 34-Jordan Zillmer[5]; 6. 86-Thomas Ahrndt[7]; 7. 17-Chad Hunteman[3]

IMCA Modifieds:
A Feature: 1. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[4]; 2. 60-Tyler Hall[1]; 3. 88B-Brady Petermann[2]; 4. 40-Rob VanMil[3]; 5. 96-Erv Grossman[6]; 6. 57-Tom Cummings[7]; 7. (DNF) 84-Joshua Johnson[8]; 8. (DNF) 10-Austin Arneson[5]

Heat 1: 1. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[6]; 2. 88B-Brady Petermann[4]; 3. 10-Austin Arneson[7]; 4. 60-Tyler Hall[3]; 5. 40-Rob VanMil[5]; 6. 96-Erv Grossman[2]; 7. 57-Tom Cummings[1]

WISSOTA Midwest Mods:
A Feature: 1. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[2]; 2. 69-Justin Jones[3]; 3. 2S-Matt Schow[1]; 4. 9B-Brendan Blascyk[8]; 5. 7-Brandon Mehrwerth[6]; 6. 188-Hunter Hougard[7]; 7. 01-Zach Bruer[4]; 8. 33-Jeff Nelson[5]; 9. 16-Skyler Smith[10]; 10. 55X-Chris Mack[13]; 11. 6J-Taylor Jacobson[11]; 12. (DNF) 2G-Brock Gronwold[9]; 13. (DNF) 35-David McIntire[12]

Heat 1: 1. 7-Brandon Mehrwerth[2]; 2. 01-Zach Bruer[1]; 3. 188-Hunter Hougard[4]; 4. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[3]; 5. 2G-Brock Gronwold[5]; 6. 6J-Taylor Jacobson[6]; 7. 55X-Chris Mack[7]

Heat 2: 1. 9B-Brendan Blascyk[5]; 2. 2S-Matt Schow[3]; 3. 33-Jeff Nelson[2]; 4. 69-Justin Jones[6]; 5. 16-Skyler Smith[1]; 6. 35-David McIntire[4]

IMCA Northern SportMods:
A Feature: 1. 40-Chris VanMil[5]; 2. 9-Torey Fischer[1]; 3. 5-Scott Jacobson[7]; 4. 8J-Luke Johnson[9]; 5. 22-Vince Jegtvig[4]; 6. 17-Rich Pavlicek[10]; 7. 13C-Paul Colvin[2]; 8. 12T-Brandon Tendeland[3]; 9. 2X-Brady Moore[11]; 10. (DNF) 3X-Andy Wagner[6]; 11. (DNF) 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[8]

Heat 1: 1. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[4]; 2. 3X-Andy Wagner[3]; 3. 12T-Brandon Tendeland[2]; 4. 17-Rich Pavlicek[5]; 5. 9-Torey Fischer[1]; 6. 2X-Brady Moore[6]

Heat 2: 1. 5-Scott Jacobson[4]; 2. 8J-Luke Johnson[5]; 3. 22-Vince Jegtvig[2]; 4. 40-Chris VanMil[3]; 5. (DNF) 13C-Paul Colvin[1]

IMCA Hobby Stocks:
A Feature: 1. 5G-Tim Gonska[8]; 2. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[6]; 3. 31X-Tim Shiek[7]; 4. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[3]; 5. 6-Scott Herron[9]; 6. 17-Chad Visser[2]; 7. 2B-Steve Nordhagen[5]; 8. 39-Caleb Gardner[10]; 9. 22W-Will Miller[1]; 10. (DNF) 33X-Joe Gonska[4]

Heat 1: 1. 5G-Tim Gonska[4]; 2. 33X-Joe Gonska[2]; 3. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[3]; 4. 17-Chad Visser[1]; 5. 39-Caleb Gardner[5]

Heat 2: 1. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[2]; 2. 31X-Tim Shiek[4]; 3. 6-Scott Herron[5]; 4. 2B-Steve Nordhagen[3]; 5. 22W-Will Miller[1]

INEX Legends:
A Feature: 1. 72-Tye Wilke[2]; 2. B1-Brody Carlsrud[7]; 3. 29-Ryan Braseth[3]; 4. 20-Alex Braseth[4]; 5. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[6]; 6. 2-Ashton Spieker[1]; 7. (DNF) 19E-Elzetta Bitker[5]

Heat 1: 1. 29-Ryan Braseth[5]; 2. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[7]; 3. 72-Tye Wilke[4]; 4. 20-Alex Braseth[6]; 5. 2-Ashton Spieker[2]; 6. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[1]; 7. (DNF) B1-Brody Carlsrud[3]

Nordhagen claims Norman County Raceway victory in first-ever visit

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (June 11, 2020) – A good crowd of fans again filled the stands on Thursday night as RDO presented week two of Thursday Night Thunder at Norman County Raceway. Two first-time winners, Steve Nordhagen and Brendan Blascyk, visited victory lane, while familiar names Rob VanMil, Rick Schulz, Aaron Wetterlin, and Scott Richardson also picked up wins.

Steve Nordhagen, 64 of Thief River Falls, Minn., claimed his first career win at Norman County Raceway on Thursday night.

The high-side was the fastest way around the speedway for the Sanders Metal Products IMCA Modifieds. All drivers inside the top five rode the extreme high side of the speedway. Rob VanMil of Barnesville, Minn. started on the pole and led all 15 laps en route to his first Modified victory of the season. The best battle on the track was the race for second as Michael Johnson of Moorhead and Fargo’s Austin Arneson raced side by side lap after lap. Arneson appeared to have the faster car, but Johnson had the preferred line in the moisture on the outside of the speedway. VanMil led Johnson, Arneson, Aaron Johnson of Brainerd, and Jesse Skalicky of Fargo to the checkers.

Rick Schulz of Horace, N.D. withstood heavy pressure from Kalvin Kesselberg of Ada in the closing stages of the Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Car feature to claim the win. Schulz has gotten a good start to the season thus far. His win on Thursday was his second of the season through three events. His other win came on June 5th at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D.

The IMCA Stock Cars race into turn one during heat race action at Norman County Raceway.

Aaron Wetterlin came from the sixth starting position to win the Titan Machinery IMCA SportMod feature. Wetterlin quickly moved to the second position before tracking down leader Brandon Tendeland of West Fargo, N.D. Once out front, Wetterlin checked out and took the win. Behind him, a great battle for second broke out between eighth and 10th place starters Luke Johnson of Glyndon and Rich Pavlicek of Casselton, N.D. Pavlicek took the runner up spot at the checkers as Johnson rounded out the podium.

Steve Nordhagen grabbed his first career Christian Brothers Ford IMCA Hobby Stock feature win in his Norman County Raceway debut. Nordhagen of Thief River Falls is a 64-year-old third-year racer. Nordhagen held off IMCA national front runner Tim Gonska of Brainerd, in the closing stages. Gonska had a run on Nordhagen heading into turns three and four on the final lap, but heavy contact between the two stalled Gonska’s run and gave Nordhagen the win by a nose at the flagstand.

In a wild finish to the Christian Motors WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature, Brendan Blascyk picked up his first career Norman County Raceway win. Blascyk, of Kensington, Minn. who plans to compete at Norman County weekly in 2020, started fifth on the grid but found himself in the third position by lap five. Blascyk rode behind early race leader Chris Mack of Jamestown, N.D., and Zach Bruer of Fischer. Mack and Bruer had a great battle for the lead as both drivers rode the rim around the fast and tacky three-eighths-mile oval. With four laps to go, Mack slid off the track in turns one and two as Blascyk, who ran second, narrowly missed him. The caution flew and Blascyk assumed the race lead.

On the restart, Blascyk held off Bruer to visit KRJB/KRJM/KKCQ Victory Lane for the first time. Bruer and Jeff Nelson of Perham rounded out the podium.

A four-car breakout was led by Scott Richardson to start the Seedex INEX Legend feature. The Braseth brothers of Ryan and Alex ran second and third, respectively, while 2018 track champion Brody Carlsrud of Moorhead rode fourth. A debris caution came out with four laps down, which put Carlsrud to the tail of the field. In the closing laps, the top three cars all ran within four car lengths on the top side of the speedway. Richardson held on for the win while Alex and Ryan Braseth, Tony Brockhouse of Glyndon, and Carlsrud rounded out the top five.

Racing continues at Norman County Raceway next Thursday night with the green flag dropping at 7 pm.


WISSOTA Midwest Mods:
A Feature: 1. 9B-Brendan Blascyk[5]; 2. 01-Zach Bruer[1]; 3. 33-Jeff Nelson[4]; 4. 188-Hunter Hougard[7]; 5. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[3]; 6. 69-Justin Jones[11]; 7. 55X-Chris Mack[2]; 8. 16-Skyler Smith[10]; 9. (DNF) 2G-Brock Gronwold[8]; 10. (DNF) 1S-Scott Bintz[9]; 11. (DNF) 2S-Matt Schow[6]; 12. (DNF) 35-David McIntire[12]; 13. (DNS) 7S-Sam Zender

Heat 1: 1. 188-Hunter Hougard[2]; 2. 33-Jeff Nelson[3]; 3. 01-Zach Bruer[5]; 4. 55X-Chris Mack[1]; 5. 1S-Scott Bintz[6]; 6. 16-Skyler Smith[7]; 7. (DNF) 69-Justin Jones[4]

Heat 2: 1. 9B-Brendan Blascyk[1]; 2. 2S-Matt Schow[2]; 3. 2G-Brock Gronwold[6]; 4. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[4]; 5. (DNS) 35-David McIntire; 6. (DNS) 7S-Sam Zender

IMCA Modifieds:
A Feature: 1. 40-Rob VanMil[1]; 2. 84-Michael Johnson[2]; 3. 10-Austin Arneson[5]; 4. 442-Aaron Johnson[3]; 5. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[4]; 6. 88B-Brady Petermann[6]; 7. 96-Erv Grossman[8]; 8. 57-Tom Cummings[9]; 9. (DNF) 60-Tyler Hall[7]

Heat 1: 1. 10-Austin Arneson[8]; 2. 84-Michael Johnson[4]; 3. 40-Rob VanMil[1]; 4. 442-Aaron Johnson[6]; 5. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[7]; 6. 88B-Brady Petermann[9]; 7. 60-Tyler Hall[5]; 8. 96-Erv Grossman[3]; 9. (DNF) 57-Tom Cummings[2]

IMCA Stock Cars:
A Feature: 1. 4-Rick Schulz[1]; 2. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[4]; 3. 10-Travis Robertson[6]; 4. 40-Rob VanMil[7]; 5. 18A-Mike Anderson[8]; 6. 57K-Derrick Kronbach[9]; 7. 21J-Andrew Jochim[3]; 8. 13X-Jonathan Johnson[2]; 9. (DNF) 38-Todd Heinrich[5]; 10. (DNS) 76Z-John Sandvig

Heat 1: 1. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[3]; 2. 10-Travis Robertson[4]; 3. 18A-Mike Anderson[5]; 4. 13X-Jonathan Johnson[2]; 5. (DNS) 76Z-John Sandvig

Heat 2: 1. 40-Rob VanMil[4]; 2. 4-Rick Schulz[1]; 3. 21J-Andrew Jochim[2]; 4. 38-Todd Heinrich[3]; 5. 57K-Derrick Kronbach[5]

IMCA SportMods:
A Feature: 1. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[6]; 2. 17-Rich Pavlicek[10]; 3. 8J-Luke Johnson[8]; 4. 3X-Andy Wagner[7]; 5. 12T-Brandon Tendeland[2]; 6. E6-Ryan Veralrud[4]; 7. 40-Chris VanMil[9]; 8. 9-Torey Fischer[3]; 9. 22-Vince Jegtvig[5]; 10. 2X-Brady Moore[1]; 11. (DNS) 13C-Paul Colvin

Heat 1: 1. 3X-Andy Wagner[4]; 2. 9-Torey Fischer[2]; 3. 40-Chris VanMil[5]; 4. E6-Ryan Veralrud[3]; 5. 2X-Brady Moore[1]

Heat 2: 1. 8J-Luke Johnson[4]; 2. 17-Rich Pavlicek[5]; 3. 12T-Brandon Tendeland[1]; 4. 22-Vince Jegtvig[6]; 5. (DNF) 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[3]; 6. (DNS) 13C-Paul Colvin

INEX Legends:
A Feature: 1. 79-Scott Richardson[2]; 2. 20-Alex Braseth[1]; 3. 29-Ryan Braseth[4]; 4. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[9]; 5. B1-Brody Carlsrud[3]; 6. 2-Ashton Spieker[5]; 7. 8-Ethan Mabus[6]; 8. (DNF) 19E-Elzetta Bitker[7]; 9. (DNS) 72-Tye Wilke

Heat 1: 1. 29-Ryan Braseth[2]; 2. B1-Brody Carlsrud[3]; 3. 79-Scott Richardson[4]; 4. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[8]; 5. 20-Alex Braseth[7]; 6. 2-Ashton Spieker[6]; 7. 8-Ethan Mabus[1]; 8. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[5]; 9. (DNF) 72-Tye Wilke[9]

IMCA Hobby Stocks:
A Feature: 1. 2B-Steve Nordhagen[1]; 2. 5G-Tim Gonska[4]; 3. 6-Scott Herron[6]; 4. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[2]; 5. 31X-Tim Shiek[3]; 6. 33X-Joe Gonska[5]; 7. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[10]; 8. 17-Chad Visser[7]; 9. 22W-Will Miller[11]; 10. 9-Skyla Miller[9]; 11. (DNF) 17S-Nick Shumansky[8]; 12. (DNS) 14-Alyssa White

Heat 1: 1. 2B-Steve Nordhagen[1]; 2. 31X-Tim Shiek[3]; 3. 33X-Joe Gonska[4]; 4. 17S-Nick Shumansky[6]; 5. 17-Chad Visser[5]; 6. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[2]

Heat 2: 1. 5G-Tim Gonska[3]; 2. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[2]; 3. 6-Scott Herron[4]; 4. 9-Skyla Miller[6]; 5. (DNF) 22W-Will Miller[1]; 6. (DNS) 14-Alyssa White

Mike Anderson Wins Stock Car Thriller on Opening Night

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (June 4, 2020) – A sizable, yet socially distant crowd filled the historic Norman County Raceway grandstand on Thursday night as the speedway hosted its 102nd season of racing at the three-eighths-mile oval.

The IMCA Stock Cars proved once again why they are the nightcap at the speedway. In what was the most exciting event of the evening, Mike Anderson of Walcott, N.D. raced to his first career NCR Stock Car win after a hard-fought battle with Rob Vanmil of Barnesville.

Photo: Mike Anderson claimed the night’s Stock Car feature win after an exciting battle with defending Stock Car champion, Rob VanMil. Photo by Mike Spieker.

Starting on the pole, Anderson took the lead from fellow front-row starter, Travis Robertson of Moorhead, on the opening lap. Robertson filed into second, but after a few laps had the fifth-place starter, VanMil, hot on his heels. Both Robertson and VanMil remained within striking distance of the leader until both of them caught Anderson at the halfway point.

Exiting turn two on lap seven of 14, they raced three-wide down the back straightaway into turn three. Anderson hung on to lead the lap, but VanMil came charging back two laps later. Anderson and VanMil ran the final six circuits side by side, exchanging the lead seemingly every circuit, while Robertson and seventh-place starter, Todd Heinrich of Fargo, remained in contention for the win.

VanMil gave Anderson everything he had on the final lap, but Anderson’s momentum carried him to the win.

On Thursday night, Norman County Raceway honored fallen Grand Forks Police Department officer, Cody Holte, before the Stock Car feature. Kalvin Kesselberg (pictured), a cousin of Holte, led the field during Lap of Silence.

Austin Arneson of Fargo found his way to KRJB/KRJM/KKCQ Victory Lane after a convincing performance in the IMCA Modified feature. Arneson started on the pole and led every lap. Arneson is no stranger to visiting victory lane early in the season at the Norman County Fairgrounds. Since 2016, Arneson hasn’t finished worse than second at NCR’s season opener. During that streak, Arneson has three wins and an average finish of 1.4. The win was Arneson’s first in his homebuilt chassis.

Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls dominated the night’s WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature. Gronwold grabbed the lead early on from the pole position as Jeff Nelson of Perham, Lance Schill of Langdon, N.D., and Brendan Blascyk of Kensington all battled for second.

Midway through the event, lapped traffic wreaked havoc for the leaders. Gronwold was able to slip by cleanly, however drivers in positions two through five became all bunched up down the back straightaway.

That allowed Gronwold to open up a big lead. Several laps later, lapped traffic was encountered again by the leaders, however, this time second-place runner Lance Schill was collected and brought out the caution.

Gronwold went on to claim the win in a green-white-checkered finish. Hunter Hougard of Warren was the hard charger of the event, racing from seventh to finish second.

Tim Gonska of Brainerd has been racing since early this winter at IMCA Hobby Stock events across the country. Gonska, who has won his fair share of those races, continued his winning ways at Norman County Raceway. The defending North Central Speedway track champion dominated the Hobby Stock main event to score his first Norman County Raceway win since June of 2018.

Ryan Braseth of Ulen cruised to the INEX Legends feature race. Braseth came from the fourth starting position to take the lead on the opening lap. The young up-and-comer led every lap to pick up his third career Norman County Raceway feature win.


IMCA Modifieds:
A Feature: 1. 10-Austin Arneson[1]; 2. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[7]; 3. 2-Casey Arneson[6]; 4. 442-Aaron Johnson[2]; 5. 60-Tyler Hall[4]; 6. XXX-Jesse Rogotzke[9]; 7. 84-Michael Johnson[8]; 8. 2T-Mike Tomlinson[10]; 9. 96-Erv Grossman[12]; 10. 57-Tom Cummings[11]; 11. (DNS) 40-Rob VanMil; 12. (DNS) 30-Cole Neset

Heat 1: 1. 10-Austin Arneson[2]; 2. 84-Michael Johnson[3]; 3. 60-Tyler Hall[5]; 4. 40-Rob VanMil[1]; 5. 30-Cole Neset[4]; 6. 57-Tom Cummings[6]

Heat 2: 1. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[2]; 2. 2-Casey Arneson[5]; 3. XXX-Jesse Rogotzke[4]; 4. 442-Aaron Johnson[6]; 5. 2T-Mike Tomlinson[3]; 6. 96-Erv Grossman[1]

WISSOTA Midwest Mods
A Feature: 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold[1]; 2. 188-Hunter Hougard[7]; 3. 9B-Brendan Blascyk[6]; 4. 69-Justin Jones[8]; 5. 33-Jeff Nelson[2]; 6. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[5]; 7. 6J-Taylor Jacobson[9]; 8. 55X-Chris Mack[10]; 9. 01-Zach Bruer[4]; 10. 35-David McIntire[11]; 11. (DNF) 17-Lance Schill[3]

Heat 1: 1. 188-Hunter Hougard[2]; 2. 01-Zach Bruer[1]; 3. 9B-Brendan Blascyk[6]; 4. 2G-Brock Gronwold[5]; 5. 6J-Taylor Jacobson[3]; 6. (DNS) 35-David McIntire

Heat 2: 1. 33-Jeff Nelson[1]; 2. 17-Lance Schill[2]; 3. 5BA-Aaron Blacklance[5]; 4. 69-Justin Jones[4]; 5. 55X-Chris Mack[3]

IMCA Hobby Stock
A Feature: 1. 5G-Tim Gonska[1]; 2. 31X-Tim Shiek[2]; 3. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[3]; 4. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[5]; 5. 22W-Will Miller[6]; 6. (DNF) 74-Steve Nordhagen[4]; 7. (DNS) B1-Marvin Priem

Heat 1: 1. 5G-Tim Gonska[1]; 2. 3XL-Brad Orvedal[3]; 3. 31X-Tim Shiek[4]; 4. 74-Steve Nordhagen[5]; 5. B2-Brodee Eckerdt[6]; 6. (DNF) 22W-Will Miller[2]; 7. (DNS) B1-Marvin Priem

IMCA Northern SportMod
A Feature: 1. 17-Rich Pavlicek[2]; 2. 40-Chris VanMil[1]; 3. 8J-Luke Johnson[3]; 4. 5-Scott Jacobson[5]; 5. 3X-Andy Wagner[10]; 6. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin[11]; 7. 22-Vince Jegtvig[4]; 8. E6-Ryan Veralrud[7]; 9. 13C-Paul Colvin[9]; 10. (DNF) 9-Torey Fischer[6]; 11. (DNF) 12T-Brandon Tendeland[8]; 12. (DNF) 2X-Brady Moore[12]

Heat 1: 1. 13C-Paul Colvin[4]; 2. 40-Chris VanMil[6]; 3. 12T-Brandon Tendeland[3]; 4. 9-Torey Fischer[5]; 5. (DNF) 3X-Andy Wagner[1]; 6. (DNS) 3W-Aaron Wetterlin

Heat 2: 1. 8J-Luke Johnson[1]; 2. 17-Rich Pavlicek[4]; 3. 5-Scott Jacobson[5]; 4. 22-Vince Jegtvig[6]; 5. E6-Ryan Veralrud[3]; 6. 2X-Brady Moore[2]

IMCA Stock Car
A Feature: 1. 18A-Mike Anderson[1]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil[5]; 3. 10-Travis Robertson[2]; 4. 38-Todd Heinrich[7]; 5. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[10]; 6. 21-Tim Church[3]; 7. 21J-Andrew Jochim[8]; 8. 86-Thomas Ahrndt[11]; 9. 13X-Jonathan Johnson[4]; 10. 4-Rick Schulz[9]; 11. (DNF) 76Z-John Sandvig[6]

Heat 1: 1. 38-Todd Heinrich[2]; 2. 10-Travis Robertson[1]; 3. 18A-Mike Anderson[3]; 4. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg[5]; 5. 21-Tim Church[4]; 6. 86-Thomas Ahrndt[6]

Heat 2: 1. 40-Rob VanMil[3]; 2. 4-Rick Schulz[4]; 3. 21J-Andrew Jochim[5]; 4. 76Z-John Sandvig[2]; 5. 13X-Jonathan Johnson[1]

INEX Legends
A Feature: 1. 29-Ryan Braseth[4]; 2. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[2]; 3. 72-Tye Wilke[1]; 4. B1-Brody Carlsrud[3]; 5. 2-Ashton Spieker[5]; 6. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[6]; 7. (DNF) 5G-Garrison Miller[7]; 8. (DNS) 20-Alex Braseth

Heat 1: 1. B1-Brody Carlsrud[1]; 2. 29-Ryan Braseth[6]; 3. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse[7]; 4. 72-Tye Wilke[4]; 5. 2-Ashton Spieker[5]; 6. 19E-Elzetta Bitker[8]; 7. (DNF) 5G-Garrison Miller[2]; 8. (DNF) 20-Alex Braseth[3]

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Metzger Claims First Career Norman County Raceway Win!

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (August 22, 2019) – Great racing and exciting point battles made for a compelling night of action as Norman County Raceway concluded its 101st year of racing.

Noah Metzger of Crookston, Minn. led all 14 trips around the three-eights mile oval as he claimed his first career Titan Machinery IMCA SportMod feature win. The win didn’t come easy, however, as eventual track champion Andy Wagner put heavy pressure on Metzger in the closing laps.

Photo: Noah Metzger of Crookston, Minn. claimed his first career Norman County Raceway win on Thursday night in Ada.

Wagner pulled alongside of Metzger down the back straightaway on the final circuit. Metzger held a steady line through turns three and four and won the drag race to capture the win.

Photo: Noah Metzger of Crookston, Minn. claimed his first career Norman County Raceway win on Thursday night in Ada.

Michael Johnson of Harwood, N.D. led Tyler Hall of Fertile, Minn. in the early stages of the Sanders Metal Products IMCA Modified feature, but the best action on the track was further back in the pack. The brothers Arneson of Austin and Casey of Fargo, N.D. put on a show moving to the front from the back of the pack.

Hall took the lead with eight laps to go and Casey moved by Johnson for second with six to go. The final five laps were a shootout between the top two contenders as Casey searched every inch of the speedway looking for a way around Hall. Hall held his line around the low side of the speedway and held off Casey to pick up the win.

Dale Kraling of Mayville, N.D. and Jesse Skalicky of Fargo were tied atop the Modified standings at the end of the feature, but the tiebreaker and the championship went to Skalicky.

Hometown favorite, Kalvin Kesselberg of Ada, jumped out to the lead of the Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Car feature. Kesselberg quickly had his hands full with Todd Heinrich of Fargo. Heinrich battled with Kesselberg for several laps before taking the lead with eight to go. Heinrich went on to take the win, holding off Travis Robertson of Moorhead on the final lap. The win was Heinrich’s first at NCR. Rob VanMil of Barnesville, Minn., who scored four wins this season, took home the title.

Tim Shiek of Fargo dominated the Christian Brothers Ford IMCA Hobby Stock feature. The win for Shiek was his division-leading fourth of the season. Brad Orvedal of Fargo claimed the Hobby Stock track championship by just three points over Shiek.

WISSOTA Midwest Modified national point leader, Cole Searing of Huron, S.D., rolled into Ada and left town with the Christian Motors feature win. Ryan Schow of McIntosh, Minn. led early, but Searing charged from the eighth starting position to claim the lead with 10 laps remaining. Once out front, Searing led the remainder of the race, but Schow stayed within striking distance for several laps. At the checkers, Searing picked up the win by 1.2 seconds over Schow.

Reise Stenberg of Argusville, N.D. was crowned the Midwest Modified track champion.

A relatively uneventful Seedex INEX Legends feature produced the most exciting finish of the night as Alex Braseth of Ulen, Minn. and Andrew Jochim of Glyndon, Minn. battled for the win on the final lap.

Braseth had to maneuver around lapped traffic coming to the flagstand which allowed Jochim to nearly pull even with him. At the line, Braseth held on to win by a bumper.

Tye Wilke claimed the championship.

IMCA Modifieds:
A Feature (16 Laps): 1. 60-Tyler Hall, [3]; 2. 2-Casey Arneson, [8]; 3. 10-Austin Arneson, [7]; 4. 7-Dale Kraling, [5]; 5. 84-Michael Johnson, [2]; 6. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [6]; 7. 17P-Rich Pavlicek, [4]; 8. 442-Aaron Johnson, [9]; 9. 57-Tom Cummings, [1]; 10. (DNF) 51T-Tim Thomas, [10]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 7-Dale Kraling, [3]; 2. 60-Tyler Hall, [2]; 3. 10-Austin Arneson, [4]; 4. 57-Tom Cummings, [1]; 5. (DNF) 442-Aaron Johnson, [5]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 2-Casey Arneson, [4]; 2. 17P-Rich Pavlicek, [2]; 3. 84-Michael Johnson, [1]; 4. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [3]; 5. (DNF) 51T-Tim Thomas, [5]

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
A Feature (14 Laps): 1. 10-Cole Searing, [8]; 2. 28S-Ryan Schow, [4]; 3. 33-Jeff Nelson, [6]; 4. 39-Jamie Dietzler, [1]; 5. 5-Aaron Blacklance, [7]; 6. 87S-Reise Stenberg, [5]; 7. B0-Jory Berg, [3]; 8. TS42-Scott Samuelson, [2]; 9. 6J-Taylor Jacobson, [10]; 10. (DNF) 81-Daniel Pederson, [9]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 87S-Reise Stenberg, [2]; 2. 39-Jamie Dietzler, [1]; 3. 28S-Ryan Schow, [4]; 4. B0-Jory Berg, [3]; 5. 81-Daniel Pederson, [5]

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 10-Cole Searing, [1]; 2. 5-Aaron Blacklance, [2]; 3. 33-Jeff Nelson, [3]; 4. TS42-Scott Samuelson, [4]; 5. 6J-Taylor Jacobson, [5]

IMCA Hobby Stocks:
A Feature (10 Laps): 1. 31X-Tim Shiek, [2]; 2. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, [5]; 3. 14-Alyssa White, [3]; 4. 73-Todd Gettel, [1]; 5. (DNF) 22W-Will Miller, [4]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 31X-Tim Shiek, [2]; 2. 14-Alyssa White, [3]; 3. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, [5]; 4. 73-Todd Gettel, [1]; 5. 22W-Will Miller, [4]

IMCA SportMods:
A Feature (14 Laps): 1. 19D-Noah Metzger, [4]; 2. 3X-Andy Wagner, [6]; 3. 219-Brandon Schmidt,[5]; 4. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [8]; 5. 8J-Luke Johnson, [7]; 6. 15-Matthew Clark, [2]; 7. 13C-Paul Colvin, [9]; 8. 9-Torey Fischer, [3]; 9. 2X-Brady Moore, [1]; 10. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [11]; 11. 47-Kreig Kasin, [10]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 19D-Noah Metzger, [3]; 2. 3X-Andy Wagner, [4]; 3. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [5]; 4. 15-Matthew Clark, [2]; 5. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [6]; (DNS) 47-Kreig Kasin,

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [3]; 2. 8J-Luke Johnson, [4]; 3. 9-Torey Fischer, [2]; 4. 2X-Brady Moore, [1]; 5. (DNF) 13C-Paul Colvin, [5]

INEX Legends:
A Feature (14 Laps): 1. 29-Ryan Braseth, [4]; 2. 21-Andrew Jochim, [8]; 3. 20-Alex Braseth, [6]; 4. 72-Tye Wilke, [7]; 5. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [11]; 6. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [5]; 7. 7-Chase Schlafmann, [10]; 8. 5G-Garrison Miller, [2]; 9. D11RT-Blaise Deckert, [3]; 10. 2-Ashton Spieker, [1]; 11. 19-Elzetta Bitker, [12]; 12. 16L-Lillian Bitker, [13]; 13. (DNF) 38-Andrew Sommerfeld, [9]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 72-Tye Wilke, [4]; 2. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [3]; 3. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [7]; 4. 38-Andrew Sommerfeld, [5]; 5. 2-Ashton Spieker, [1]; 6. (DNF) 7-Chase Schlafmann, [2]; (DNS) 16L-Lillian Bitker,

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 29-Ryan Braseth, [2]; 2. 21-Andrew Jochim, [4]; 3. 5G-Garrison Miller, [1]; 4. 20-Alex Braseth, [3]; 5. D11RT-Blaise Deckert, [6]; 6. 19-Elzetta Bitker, [5]

IMCA Stock Cars:
A Feature (14 Laps): 1. 38-Todd Heinrich, [4]; 2. 10-Travis Robertson, [3]; 3. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg, [2]; 4. 4-Rick Schulz, [8]; 5. 96-Erv Grossman, [1]; 6. 13X-Jonathan Johnson, [7]; 7. (DNF) 40-Rob VanMil, [5]; 8. (DNF) 76Z-John Sandvig, [6]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 40-Rob VanMil, [7]; 2. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg, [3]; 3. 10-Travis Robertson, [4]; 4. 38-Todd Heinrich, [6]; 5. 96-Erv Grossman, [1]; 6. 76Z-John Sandvig, [2]; 7. 13X-Jonathan Johnson, [8]; 8. (DNF) 4-Rick Schulz, [5]

Skalicky Edges Out Hall in Photo Finish at Norman County Raceway

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (August 8, 2019) – The racing action has been incredible all season long at Norman County Raceway and last Thursday night was no different.

The winner of the Sanders Metal Products IMCA Modified feature was determined until the final few feet after 18 trips around the high-banked three-eighths-mile oval.

Norman County Raceway regulars Jesse Skalicky of Fargo, N.D. and Tyler Hall of Fertile, Minn. battled for the lead and the win in the closing stages. Skalicky was looking for his first win at NCR of the season, while Hall was in search of his second.

Brady Petermann of Hawley, Minn. showed the way at the drop of the green flag until Hall took the position on lap six. Skalicky followed Hall around Petermann to take over second.

Photo: Jesse Skalicky edges out Tyler Hall (60) at the checkers to win Thursday’s IMCA Modified feature at Norman County Raceway. Photo by Steven Young.

Hall was in command with a somewhat comfortable lead until the closing stages as Skalicky found his groove and reeled in Hall. On the final lap, Skalicky entered turns three and four side by side with Hall.

Skalicky got a great run on the high side and edged Hall in a photo finish by a margin of 0.04 seconds.

Petermann, Rich Pavlicek, and Dylan Goplen rounded out the top five.

After a rough last week, Reise Stenberg of Argusville, N.D. redeemed himself and picked up his fourth Christian Motors WISSOTA Midwest Modified win of the year at NCR. Stenberg’s margin of victory was a whopping 3.3 seconds over Jeff Nelson of Fergus Falls, Minn.

Alyssa White of West Fargo, N.D. continued to find victory lane in her break out season in the Christian Brothers Ford IMCA Hobby Stocks. The third-year, 17-year-old racer picked up her third NCR win of the season after holding off a hard-charging Brad Orvedal of Fargo in the closing laps.

The Northern Lightning Sprint Association made their third and final appearance of the season on Thursday night. Kelsi Pederson of East Grand Forks, Minn. raced to the win to deny Alex Truscinski of the season sweep at NCR. Pederson dominated the feature event, picking up the win over Murray Temple. Truscinski rounded out the podium in third.

An early race wreck in the Titan Machinery IMCA SportMods put the heavily damaged machines of point leaders, Luke Johnson of Moorhead, Minn. and Andy Wagner of Ada, back in the pack. That allowed Aaron Wetterlin, who was still seeking his first win of the year at the track to capitalize. Wetterlin was untouchable on the bottom and easily cruised to the feature win.

Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes, Minn. had a slow start to the Petermann Seed INEX Legend feature and had to pick cars off one-by-one. He was the driver willing to run the bottom and he used that to his advantage, picking up his 3rd win of the year at NCR.

Kalvin Kesselberg of Ada found some grip on the bottom and powered his way past Aaron Olson of Mekinock, N.D. on lap three of the Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Car feature. He held the lead for the next five laps, but he struggled to get his car and continued to drift higher in turns three and four which opened the door for Rob VanMil of Barnesville, Minn. to pounce on Kesselberg. Rick Schulz of Horace, N.D. would give VanMil a run for his money on the final laps running the top lane, but there wasn’t enough grip at that point to make it stick.

On Thursday, August 15th, the NLRA Late Models will make their first visit to NCR in two years. Tickets are just $10. College students get in for $5 with a valid student ID. High school students and younger get in for free.


A Modifieds
A Feature 1: 1. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, 06:27.393[7]; 2. 60-Tyler Hall, 06:27.434[5]; 3. 88B-Brady Petermann, 06:28.786[3]; 4. 17P-Rich Pavlicek, 06:30.502[6]; 5. 6D-Dylan Goplen, 06:30.803[9]; 6. 10-Austin Arneson, 06:31.575[10]; 7. 7-Dale Kraling, 06:33.091[8]; 8. 6Z-Zach Dockter, 06:34.501[2]; 9. 84-Michael Johnson, 06:39.661[4]; 10. (DNF) 12A-Matt Aukland, 03:21.848[11]; 11. (DNF) 57-Tom Cummings, 02:04.665[1]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 88B-Brady Petermann, [2]; 2. 60-Tyler Hall, [3]; 3. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [5]; 4. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [4]; 5. (DNF) 57-Tom Cummings, [1]; 6. (DNF) 12A-Matt Aukland, [6]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 10-Austin Arneson, [5]; 2. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [1]; 3. 7-Dale Kraling, [4]; 4. 84-Michael Johnson, [2]; 5. 17P-Rich Pavlicek, [3]

B Modifieds
A Feature 1: 1. 87S-Reise Stenberg, 08:23.728[3]; 2. 33-Jeff Nelson, 08:27.065[2]; 3. 19-Lucas Rodin, 08:28.195[5]; 4. 5-Aaron Blacklance, 08:29.193[4]; 5. 01-Zach Bruer, 08:33.320[1]; 6. TS42-Scott Samuelson, 08:34.032[6]; 7. (DNF) 81-Daniel Pederson, 02:55.216[7]; 8. (DNF) 6J-Taylor Jacobson, 02:55.216[8]; (DNS) 2M-Rob Metzger, 02:55.216

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 01-Zach Bruer, [1]; 2. 33-Jeff Nelson, [4]; 3. 5-Aaron Blacklance, [6]; 4. 87S-Reise Stenberg, [5]; 5. 19-Lucas Rodin, [8]; 6. TS42-Scott Samuelson, [2]; 7. 81-Daniel Pederson, [3]; 8. 2M-Rob Metzger, [9]; 9. 6J-Taylor Jacobson, [7]

Hobby Stocks
A Feature 1 (10 Laps): 1. 14-Alyssa White, 04:01.135[2]; 2. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, 04:06.119[4]; 3. 31X-Tim Shiek, 04:09.544[3]; 4. 73-Todd Gettel, 04:09.544[1]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 14-Alyssa White, [2]; 2. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, [4]; 3. 31X-Tim Shiek, [3]; 4. 73-Todd Gettel, [1]

Lightning Sprints
A Feature 1: 1. 93-Kelsi Pederson, 04:54.518[1]; 2. 33-Murray Temple, 04:57.693[3]; 3. 10-Alex Truscinski, 04:58.131[7]; 4. 40-Lawrence Veralrud, 05:03.819[9]; 5. 100-Jason Berg, 04:54.535[4]; 6. 22-Bryce Haugeberg, 05:04.330[8]; 7. (DNF) 11-Dexter Dvergsten, 05:04.330[5]; 8. (DNF) 13-Alan Truscinski, 05:04.330[2]; (DNS) 16-Josh Abrahamson, 05:04.330

Heat 1: 1. 13-Alan Truscinski, [1]; 2. 93-Kelsi Pederson, [5]; 3. 100-Jason Berg, [3]; 4. 33-Murray Temple, [7]; 5. 16-Josh Abrahamson, [6]; 6. 11-Dexter Dvergsten, [9]; 7. 10-Alex Truscinski, [8]; 8. 22-Bryce Haugeberg, [2]; 9. 40-Lawrence Veralrud, [4]

Limited Sport Mod
A Feature 1 (16 Laps): 1. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin, 05:32.134[7]; 2. 219-Brandon Schmidt, 05:37.543[8]; 3. 8J-Luke Johnson, 05:42.501[9]; 4. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, 05:44.649[2]; 5. 3X-Andy Wagner, 05:46.449[10]; 6. 5F-Brandon Ferris, 05:49.562[4]; 7. 29-Greg Schilling, 05:52.724[13]; 8. 2X-Brady Moore, 05:52.973[12]; 9. 47-Kreig Kasin, 05:53.735[1]; 10. 15-Matthew Clark, 05:32.828[11]; 11. 22-Vince Jegtvig, 05:36.005[3]; 12. (DNF) 9-Torey Fischer, 05:36.005[5]; 13. (DNF) 19D-Noah Metzger, 05:36.005[6]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [2]; 2. 3X-Andy Wagner, [7]; 3. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [6]; 4. 19D-Noah Metzger, [5]; 5. 47-Kreig Kasin, [1]; 6. (DNF) 15-Matthew Clark, [4]; 7. (DNF) 29-Greg Schilling, [3]

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 8J-Luke Johnson, [6]; 2. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [1]; 3. 5F-Brandon Ferris, [3]; 4. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin, [5]; 5. 9-Torey Fischer, [4]; 6. 2X-Brady Moore, [2]

Semi-Pro Legends
A Feature 1: 1. 72-Tye Wilke, 11:21.610[5]; 2. 58-Sean Johnson, 11:22.115[1]; 3. B1-Brody Carlsrud, 11:22.311[4]; 4. 20-Alex Braseth, 11:22.896[6]; 5. 29-Ryan Braseth, 11:23.213[3]; 6. 7-Chase Schlafmann, 11:23.518[2]; 7. D11RT-Tony Brockhouse, 11:23.891[7]; 8. 16L-Lillian Bitker, 11:29.955[8]; 9. (DNF) 19E-Elzetta Bitker, 04:40.375[9]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 72-Tye Wilke, [6]; 2. 29-Ryan Braseth, [3]; 3. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [4]; 4. 58-Sean Johnson, [1]; 5. 7-Chase Schlafmann, [2]; 6. 20-Alex Braseth, [5]; 7. D11RT-Tony Brockhouse, [8]; 8. 16L-Lillian Bitker, [7]; (DNS) 19E-Elzetta Bitker,

Stock Cars
A Feature 1: 1. 40-Rob VanMil, 05:34.548[5]; 2. 4-Rick Schulz, 12:28.980[3]; 3. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg, 12:30.090[1]; 4. 38-Todd Heinrich, 12:30.249[4]; 5. 14-Aaron Olson, 12:31.148[2]; 6. 57K-Derrick Kronbach, 12:34.053[7]; 7. 76Z-John Sandvig, 12:34.198[8]; 8. 21-Tim Church, 12:36.031[9]; 9. (DNF) 96-Erv Grossman, 05:34.548[6]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 38-Todd Heinrich, [8]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil, [9]; 3. 14-Aaron Olson, [6]; 4. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg, [4]; 5. 4-Rick Schulz, [7]; 6. 96-Erv Grossman, [2]; 7. 57K-Derrick Kronbach, [1]; 8. 76Z-John Sandvig, [3]; 9. 21-Tim Church, [5]

Casey Arneson Cruises to Victory in Eighth Annual Sanders Modified Challenge

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (August 1, 2019) – The eighth running of the Sanders IMCA Modified Challenge brought in a season-high 26 Modifieds and a packed house to Norman County Raceway on Thursday night.

Last week, it was Austin Arneson who dominated the Dakota Cat IMCA Modified Shootout. This week, his younger brother Casey did the same.

Casey Arneson of Fargo, N.D. claimed Thursday’s Sander’s Modified Challenge win at Norman County Raceway.

Casey, of Fargo, N.D., rolled off from the outside of the front row for the 25-lap feature and clearly was the class of the field. Arneson raced out to a big lead, but things got interesting towards the end of the race. It appeared as though Arneson’s machine was beginning to fade, which allowed John Nord of Enderlin, N.D. to close in.

Arneson’s lead was too big, however, as he held on to claim the $1,250 payday. Nord, Josh Eberhardt of Jamestown, N.D., Rob VanMil of Barnesville, Minn., and 13th place starter, Dale Kraling of Mayville, N.D., rounded out the top five.

Victory Lane photo: Casey Arneson in KRJB 106.5FM Victory Lane with the Sanders family.

“I just went out there and tried to race my own race,” said Arneson in KRJB/KRJM/KKCQ Victory Lane. “I just kept running the high side. I wanted to go to the bottom so bad because it was getting dirtier and dirtier up top, but I just knew I had to stay up there. It was six years ago to today I ran my first ever Modified race here at Norman County so it’s pretty cool to get the win tonight.”

Aaron Blacklance of Thief River Falls, Minn. picked up the Christian Motors WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds feature win. The key for Blacklance was the restarts as he was able to hold off the pack each and every time. Lucas Rodin of Marion, N.D. raced side by side with Blacklance for several laps in the closing stages. Despite making a few bobbles, Blacklance managed to quickly recover and continue battling with Rodin.

The race came down to a drag race off turn four to the flagstand. At the checkers, Blacklance held on by a mere half car length for his first win at Norman County Raceway this season.

The Christian Brothers Ford IMCA Hobby Stock feature started with a bang as Tim Shiek of Fargo and Alyssa White of West Fargo, N.D. tangled in the opening set of corners. Both cars would resume after the incident and White took the lead after the restart. However, point leader Brad Orvedal of Fargo seemed to have the best handling car and took the lead after lap three and went on to take the checkers.

Scott Jacobson of Fargo took over the lead on lap seven from Vince Jegtvig of Dilworth, Minn. in the Titan Machinery IMCA SportMod feature. From there, fans were treated to an excellent battle between Jacobson and Andy Wagner for the rest of the race, which was filled with slide jobs, crossovers, and bumper taps. In the end, Jacobson was able to keep his momentum up and took home the win in just his second NCR start of the season.

The Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Cars produced another Norman County Raceway classic as two veteran drivers fought for the win. There were clearly two distinct grooves of racing around the three-eighths-mile oval as Rick Schulz of Horace, N.D. ran on the high side and Rob VanMil of Barnesville raced around the infield tire barriers on the inside. Both drivers raced side-by-side for almost the entire race, but Schulz ran an almost flawless race and was able to bring his car to the finish first.

Next week at NCR is Hall of Fame night. The NLSA Lightning Sprints will also be back in town, along with the weekly Thursday Night Thunder divisions. Green flag drops at 7pm.


IMCA Modifieds:
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 2A-Casey Arneson, [2]; 2. 98-John Nord, [4]; 3. 2E-Josh Eberhardt,[1]; 4. 4D-Rob VanMil, [7]; 5. 7-Dale Kraling, [13]; 6. 12A-Matt Aukland, [5]; 7. 72-Dave Shipley, [10]; 8. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [3]; 9. XXX-Jesse Rogotzke, [20]; 10. 36-Cody Peterson, [6]; 11. 2*-Don Gumke, [9]; 12. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [16]; 13. 86C-Darren Pfau, [17]; 14. 84-Michael Johnson, [11]; 15. X-Josh Rogotzke, [23]; 16. 60-Tyler Hall, 01:26.177[21]; 17. 33-Allen Kent, [19]; 18. 19-Lucas Rodin, [15]; 19. 12C-Nick Curtis, [22]; 20. 8D-Joseph Thomas, [25]; 21. 119-Chad Bush, [18]; 22. (DNF) 17P-Rich Pavlicek, [12]; 23. (DNF) 6D-Dylan Goplen, [8]; 24. (DNF) 2-Rusty Kollman, [14]; 25. (DNF) 57-Tom Cummings, [26]; (DNS) 51T-Tim Thomas,

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 72-Dave Shipley, [2]; 2. 98-John Nord, [1]; 3. 12A-Matt Aukland, [4]; 4. 7-Dale Kraling, [6]; 5. 86C-Darren Pfau, [7]; 6. 60-Tyler Hall, [3]; 7. 8D-Joseph Thomas, [5]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 36-Cody Peterson, [2]; 2. 4D-Rob VanMil, [4]; 3. 17P-Rich Pavlicek, [6]; 4. 2-Rusty Kollman, [5]; 5. 119-Chad Bush, [1]; 6. 12C-Nick Curtis, [3]; 7. 57-Tom Cummings, [7]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [2]; 2. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [6]; 3. 84-Michael Johnson, [1]; 4. 19-Lucas Rodin, [4]; 5. 33-Allen Kent, [5]; 6. X-Josh Rogotzke, [3]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 2A-Casey Arneson, [4]; 2. 2E-Josh Eberhardt, [3]; 3. 2*-Don Gumke, [1]; 4. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [6]; 5. XXX-Jesse Rogotzke, [2]; 6. (DNF) 51T-Tim Thomas, [5]

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
A Feature (15 Laps): 1. 5-Aaron Blacklance, [2]; 2. 19-Lucas Rodin, [4]; 3. 10-Cole Searing, [6]; 4. 11-Bryan Kakela, [7]; 5. 33-Jeff Nelson, [3]; 6. 25A-Jesse Aho, [8]; 7. 01-Zach Bruer, [1]; 8. TS42-Scott Samuelson, [9]; 9. 81-Daniel Pederson, [10]; 10. (DNF) 87S-Reise Stenberg, [5]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 01-Zach Bruer, [2]; 2. 25A-Jesse Aho, [4]; 3. 19-Lucas Rodin, [3]; 4. 87S-Reise Stenberg, [5]; 5. TS42-Scott Samuelson, [1]

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 11-Bryan Kakela, [2]; 2. 33-Jeff Nelson, [1]; 3. 10-Cole Searing, [3]; 4. 5-Aaron Blacklance, [4]; 5. 81-Daniel Pederson, [5]

IMCA SportMods
A Feature (16 Laps): 1. 5-Scott Jacobson, [5]; 2. 3X-Andy Wagner, [8]; 3. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [11]; 4. 8J-Luke Johnson, [9]; 5. 19D-Noah Metzger, [12]; 6. 2X-Brady Moore, [3]; 7. 9-Torey Fischer, [13]; 8. 15-Matthew Clark, [6]; 9. 5F-Brandon Ferris, [7]; 10. (DNF) 22-Vince Jegtvig, [2]; 11. (DNF) 3W-Aaron Wetterlin, [10]; 12. (DNF) 29-Greg Schilling, [4]; 13. (DNF) 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [14]; 14. (DNF) 47-Kreig Kasin, [1]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 47-Kreig Kasin, [1]; 2. 8J-Luke Johnson, [7]; 3. 2X-Brady Moore, [2]; 4. 15-Matthew Clark, [4]; 5. 29-Greg Schilling, [3]; 6. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [6]; 7. 9-Torey Fischer, [5]

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 5-Scott Jacobson, [3]; 2. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin, [7]; 3. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [1]; 4. 3X-Andy Wagner, [6]; 5. 5F-Brandon Ferris, [4]; 6. 19D-Noah Metzger, [5]; 7. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [2]

IMCA Stock Cars
A Feature (15 Laps): 1. 4-Rick Schulz, [4]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil, [3]; 3. 14-Aaron Olson, [8]; 4. 10-Travis Robertson, [7]; 5. 21-Tim Church, [2]; 6. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg, [6]; 7. 76Z-John Sandvig, [1]; 8. (DNF) 57K-Derrick Kronbach, [5]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 76Z-John Sandvig, [2]; 2. 21-Tim Church, [4]; 3. 40-Rob VanMil, [7]; 4. 10-Travis Robertson, [5]; 5. 14-Aaron Olson, [8]; 6. 4-Rick Schulz, [6]; 7. 57K-Derrick Kronbach, [1]; 8. (DNF) 11-Kalvin Kesselberg, [3]

IMCA Hobby Stocks:
A Feature (10 Laps): 1. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, [3]; 2. 31X-Tim Shiek, [2]; 3. 22W-Will Miller, [4]; (DQ) 14-Alyssa White, [1]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 31X-Tim Shiek, [2]; 2. 14-Alyssa White, [1]; 3. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, [3]; 4. 22W-Will Miller, [4]

Arneson Walks Away With Dakota Cat Shootout

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (July 25, 2019) – The 101-year-old grandstand at Norman County Raceway was packed with race fans on Thursday night for the speedway’s Jam the Stands night.

Photo: Austin Arneson cruised to the Dakota Cat Shootout win in the IMCA Modifieds Thursday night at Norman County Raceway.

A strong field of Sanders Metal Products IMCA Modifieds was set for 20 trips around the high-banked three-eighths-mile oval for the Dakota Cat Shootout. Fargo’s Austin Arneson started on the outside of the front row and grabbed the lead on lap one over Dale Kraling of Mayville, N.D. Arneson checked out and ran away from the rest of the field.

As the checkers flew from the flagstand, Arneson’s margin of victory was over six seconds, equating to a little more than a full straightaway over Kraling.

The IMCA Stock Car feature got off to a wild start as the field went three wide two rows deep in the first set of corners. Jordan Zillmer of Cleveland, N.D. took the lead on the opening lap from the fifth position with Travis Robertson of Moorhead, Minn. behind him.

Further back in the field, drivers were racing four wide on lap two. The race for the lead went three wide again on lap three as Robertson and Rick Schulz of Horace, N.D. both challenged Zillmer. Schulz made contact with Robertson and spun to bring out the first caution. On the restart, the three and four-wide racing continued which significantly shuffled the running order. After no less than six cars raced within two and a half car lengths of each other, Todd Heinrich of Fargo emerged as the race leader over Rob VanMil of Barnesville, Minn. and Tim Church of Dilworth, Minn.

With five to go, rookie Stock Car driver Kalvin Kesselberg of Ada entered the fray as he peeked under both Heinrich and VanMil for the lead to make it a three-wide battle. VanMil took the lead from Heinrich with two to go. VanMil took the win by a car length as Heinrich edged out Kessleberg for second.

After picking up her first career Norman County Implement IMCA Hobby Stock feature win last week, Alyssa White of West Fargo, N.D. went back-to-back. White had a mid-race challenge in the form of Tim Shiek, but held him off to pick up a dominating win.

After a runner-up finish last week, Andy Wagner of Ada picked up a convincing Titan Machinery IMCA SportMod feature win. Wagner started in the third position on the 18-car grid, the largest field seen all year at NCR in the SportMods. Kelly Jacobson of Fargo, N.D. jumped out to the early lead from the pole and opened up a comfortable lead. Once Wagner reached the second spot on lap four, he quickly began reeling in Jacobson.

On the restart with 10 laps to go, Wagner dove to the inside of Jacobson to place a bid for the lead. The hometown favorite took the point on the low side of the speedway and cruised to his second Norman County Raceway win of the season.

Cole Searing of Huron, S.D. made his Norman County Raceway debut on Thursday night in the Christian Motors WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Aaron Blacklance of Thief River Falls, Minn. led early, but had his hands full with Searing and Reise Stenberg of Argusville, N.D.

Stenberg and Searing had a torrid battle going for second, which quickly became a fight for the lead as they both reeled in Blacklance. Both Stenberg and Searing quickly disposed of Blacklance with Searing taking the point over Stenberg.

Stenberg hung tough for several laps, but Searing eventually pulled away and cruised to KRJB/KRJM Victory Lane.

A week after his younger brother, Ryan, picked up his first career win, Alex Braseth of Ulen raced to the Petermann Seeds INEX Legends win. Twelve-year-old rookie Ashton Spieker of Sabin, Minn. led his first career lap to open the race before Alex Braseth took the point on lap two.

From there, Braseth held off a fast and aggressive Tye Wilke of Detroit Lakes, Minn. by a mere car length to grab the win.

Racing continues on Thursday, August 1st with the eighth annual Sanders IMCA Modified Challenge, featuring a post-race pork chop feed.

IMCA Modifieds
A Feature (20 Laps): 1. 10-Austin Arneson, [2]; 2. 7-Dale Kraling, [1]; 3. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [3]; 4. 72-Dave Shipley, [5]; 5. 88B-Brady Petermann, [4]; 6. 84-Michael Johnson, [8]; 7. 442-Aaron Johnson, [7]; 8. 60-Tyler Hall, [6]; 9. 57-Tom Cummings, [9]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 10-Austin Arneson, [1]; 2. 7-Dale Kraling, [3]; 3. 72-Dave Shipley, [6]; 4. 88B-Brady Petermann, [2]; 5. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [5]; 6. 60-Tyler Hall, [7]; 7. 442-Aaron Johnson, [8]; 8. 84-Michael Johnson, [4]; 9. (DNF) 57-Tom Cummings, [9]

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
A Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 10-Cole Searing, [4]; 2. 87S-Reise Stenberg, [3]; 3. 33-Jeff Nelson, [2]; 4. 5-Aaron Blacklance, [1]; 5. 01-Zach Bruer, [5]; 6. (DNF) 81-Daniel Pederson, [6]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 10-Cole Searing, [2]; 2. 33-Jeff Nelson, [1]; 3. 87S-Reise Stenberg, [3]; 4. 5-Aaron Blacklance, [5]; 5. 01-Zach Bruer, [4]; 6. 81-Daniel Pederson, [6]

IMCA Hobby Stocks:
A Feature (12 Laps): 1. 14-Alyssa White, [1]; 2. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, [3]; 3. 31X-Tim Shiek, [4]; 4. 73-Todd Gettel, [2]; 5. 44-Tanner Engen, [5]; 6. 9-Skyla Miller, [6]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 14-Alyssa White, [1]; 2. 73-Todd Gettel, [2]; 3. 31X-Tim Shiek, [4]; 4. 3XL-Brad Orvedal, [3]; 5. 44-Tanner Engen, [5]; 6. 9-Skyla Miller, [6]

IMCA SportMods:
A Feature (16 Laps): 1. 3X-Andy Wagner, [9]; 2. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [8]; 3. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin, [10]; 4. 8J-Luke Johnson, [11]; 5. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [1]; 6. 19D-Noah Metzger, [5]; 7. 13C-Paul Colvin, [3]; 8. 5F-Brandon Ferris, [6]; 9. 5-Scott Jacobson, [12]; 10. 77-Charles Jensen, [13]; 11. 15-Matthew Clark, [7]; 12. 5T-Matt Talley, [14]; 13. 9-Torey Fischer, [17]; 14. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [18]; 15. 47-Kreig Kasin, [2]; 16. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [16]; 17. 29-Greg Schilling, [15]; 18. (DNF) 2X-Brady Moore, [4]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 3X-Andy Wagner, [5]; 2. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [1]; 3. 13C-Paul Colvin, [2]; 4. 15-Matthew Clark, [4]; 5. 77-Charles Jensen, [6]; 6. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [3]

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 19D-Noah Metzger, [3]; 2. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin, [5]; 3. 2X-Brady Moore, [2]; 4. 47-Kreig Kasin, [1]; 5. 5T-Matt Talley, [6]; 6. 9-Torey Fischer, [4]

Heat 3 (6 Laps): 1. 5F-Brandon Ferris, [3]; 2. 8J-Luke Johnson, [5]; 3. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [4]; 4. 5-Scott Jacobson, [6]; 5. 29-Greg Schilling, [2]; (DNS) 22-Vince Jegtvig,

INEX Legends:
A Feature (12 Laps): 1. 20-Alex Braseth, [6]; 2. 72-Tye Wilke, [8]; 3. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [7]; 4. 34-Alex Kukowski, [4]; 5. 29-Ryan Braseth, [5]; 6. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [12]; 7. 5G-Garrison Miller, [2]; 8. D11RT-Blaise Deckert, [3]; 9. 2-Ashton Spieker, [1]; 10. 19-Elzetta Bitker, [10]; 11. 16L-Lillian Bitker, [11]; 12. (DNF) 58-Sean Johnson, [9]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 72-Tye Wilke, [4]; 2. 20-Alex Braseth, [3]; 3. 34-Alex Kukowski, [2]; 4. D11RT-Blaise Deckert, [6]; 5. 2-Ashton Spieker, [1]; 6. 19-Elzetta Bitker, [5]

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 29-Ryan Braseth, [2]; 2. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [3]; 3. 58-Sean Johnson, [4]; 4. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [6]; 5. 5G-Garrison Miller, [1]; 6. 16L-Lillian Bitker, [5]

IMCA Stock Cars:
A Feature (16 Laps): 1. 40-Rob VanMil, [9]; 2. 38-Todd Heinrich, [8]; 3. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg, [3]; 4. 21-Tim Church, [4]; 5. 10-Travis Robertson, [6]; 6. 86-Thomas Ahrndt, [11]; 7. 4-Rick Schulz, [7]; 8. 76Z-John Sandvig, [2]; 9. 34-Jordan Zillmer, [5]; 10. 57K-Derrick Kronbach, [10]; 11. (DNF) 96-Erv Grossman, [1]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 10-Travis Robertson, [4]; 2. 38-Todd Heinrich, [5]; 3. 86-Thomas Ahrndt, [6]; 4. 76Z-John Sandvig, [2]; 5. 21-Tim Church, [3]; 6. (DNF) 57K-Derrick Kronbach, [1]

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 40-Rob VanMil, [5]; 2. 4-Rick Schulz, [4]; 3. 34-Jordan Zillmer, [3]; 4. 11-Kalvin Kesselberg, [2]; 5. 96-Erv Grossman, [1]