Christians and VanHierden victorious in IMCA Modifieds
The return to a Saturday night race proved to be fast and furious at the Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway. The ever popular autograph session at intermission along with fun giveaways and kids club activities packed the house on Dave Draheim Memorial race night.
The Twisted Iron Custom Cycles IMCA Sport mods took to the track first as Trent Wyssbrod took the early lead as Tim Sheppard and Colten Vanhierden followed suit. Lap 2 saw the leaders present some 3 wide racing for the lead as Vanhierden takes the top spot with Sheppard and Jeff Schmuhl moving into third spot. Schmuhl overtook second spot the next time by and set his sights on the leader. By lap 9 he was within striking distance as a caution came for a spin. The restart had Vanhierden hold his spot as the battle ensued behind him. The red flag flew on lap 12 as Jack Jones flipped along the fence in turns 1 & 2 ending his good run. On the restart Vanhierden had a mirror full of the bright yellow #11 as Schmuhl tried the low groove. Vanhierden proved too much on his return to the Halfmile and took the checkered for a clean sweep followed by Schmuhl and Shaun Johnston. Heat winners were Vanhierden and Sheppard.
The Vic’s Auto Body Sales & Service Furious Fours took to the track next as Jason Fairbanks took the early lead and never looked back in the caution free event. Courtney Atkinson finished second followed by Jess Ehlers. Heat winner was Ehlers.
The Dump Bar & Grill Street Stocks took to the track next as Nathan Persha took the early lead in his first time out this season followed by Jesse Krahn and Jeff Jungwirth. Persha dominated till lap 6 when he spun out in turn 3 bringing out the yellow. Krahn and Jungwirth battled side by side on the restart for the lead as Jungwirth used the low line to move out front. By lap 9 there was a four way battle for third spot as Persha was back in the mix only to see his night end as he got together with Steve Seehawer and they went sideways into the barrels on the front stretch. On the restart Jungwirth kept the top spot followed by Krahn and Craig Lepple. The last few circuits saw Krahn trying the high and low line to catch the leader but Jungwirth went on to win followed by Krahn & Lepple. Heat winners were Persha and Jungwirth, giving him a clean sweep.
The Daizy Sweeps Grand National’s pulled onto the track for their feature event as Dan Sorce powers out front for the lead followed by Ron Koenig and Kenny Richards. Richards took over second spot on lap 2 as Don Sorce came up to play and moved into fourth. The only caution came on lap 4 with debree on the track. The restart saw Richards all over the rear bumper of Sorce and ducked under him in turn 4 to take top spot as Jeff Richards slides into third spot. The top 4 cars was a family feud in itself as Roger Lee, doing double duty racing both BD tracks moved into 5th spot. The Sorce brothers put on quite the show as they battled for position with Dan Sorce feeling the heat from his brother as well as Lee. On lap 11 Lee overtook Don Sorce on the backstretch and sets his sights on the other Sorce. Lap 15 saw Lee get the edge on Dan on the high side as Dan fought back to reclaim. The next lap Lee again used the high side and got around him for third position. Kenny Richards went on to take the checkered and clean sweep followed by Jeff Richards and Lee. Heat winners were Kenny Richards and Don Sorce.
The Twisted Iron Custom Cycle IMCA Modifieds took to the track for the last feature of the evening. Jeremy Christians took the lead on the first circuit followed by Jerry Wilinski and Dan Roedl. The first of many cautions came out on lap one due to a spin. Christians kept his lead on the restart as Wilinski and Dan Roedl stayed tight on the leader. By lap 5 Roedl maneuvered his 33 machine into runner up spot and pulled up on the leader. Christians held his line through the next few yellows and stayed out front as Roedl kept up the pursuit. Wilinski was starting to get pressure from Mike Mueller for the third position but held his spot. The remaining laps saw Roedl pull up high and low on Christians but was unable to make the pass. Christians goes on to win followed by Roedl and Wilinski. Heat winners were Wilinski and Craig Priewe.
Story by Pegi Erdmann