Princeton Races after Weeks of Rainouts
Princeton, MN – After back to back weeks of rain outs, mother nature finally was on our side allowing the Princeton Speedway to complete a full show of WISSOTA Amsoil dirt track racing. Fans and drivers really had the itch to get back to the track, the warm sticky weather didn’t keep anyone away as drivers filled the pits and fans packed the grandstands. The night was sponsored by Riddles Jewelry of St. Cloud, MN.
The Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) was at the track for a full night of racing. They ran heats, challenge races, and feature race. Their feature was called the 10th Annual Billy Anderson Feature race. Billy Anderson was a long time racer who raced weekly in Princeton and then went on to race Sprint cars. Anderson was in a racing accident on the track, and after a medical battle it took his life. Billy Anderson is forever loved and missed by many in the racing community.
The first feature of the night was for the Viking Coke WISSOTA Mod Fours. Brady Lavoi and Brandon Lindquist led the mods until the green flew. Lavoi took the lead with Lindquist and Chad Funt behind him. Funt, Lindquist and Mike Rau went three-wide for second with Funt taking the point. Rau then stole second as Brandon Kellen moved into fourth and quickly moved around Funt taking third. Lindquist and Tommy Sabraski were tangled in turn two and the yellow flew. The drivers were sorted out with Lavoi in front. Rau, Kellen and Kyle Thell went three-wide for second with Kellen grabbing the spot. Thell took third as Kellen went to the inside of Lavoi and took the lead. Lavoi and Thell were riding the bumper of Kellen when Funt and Dean Larson moved up to join the battle for positions second through fifth. Thell took second with Lavoi in third. Thell closed in on Kellen for first and moved next to him, the battle began. As the white flew Thell took a slight lead over Kellen and held on until the checkered flew. Kellen took second with Larson, Funt and Sabraski taking the top points.
Tim Grams and Mark Van Ort were on the front line as the Coors Light WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds began their feature. Grams took an early lead with Justin Oestreich and Jeremy Nelson battling for second. Oestreich took the point while Nelson and Jason
Vande Kamp fought for third. Oestreich moved up on Grams for the lead and in no time, he was the new leader. Grams held onto second as Vande Kamp took third. Vande Kamp and Grams geared up for a battle for second as Gino Fontecchio and Doug
Frederick were turned in turn four. The yellow came out and drivers were realigned with Oestreich in the lead. Vande Kamp took second but another caution soon flew. After two more restarts the race began to move again. Oestreich was still the strong leader as Vande Kamp moved into second. Vande Kamp moved in on Oestreich for the lead and made contact with Oestreich in turn two. Oestreich went spinning and the yellow flew, Vande Kamp was charged with the caution and went to
the back of the field. Oestreich retook his position in front as the green flew again. Jason Hall made his way through the traffic and took over second with Skyler Smith taking third. Bud Martini found himself spun in turn two and his car suffered some rear-end damage and the yellow came out again. Martini as no longer able to race as the cars were sorted again. Oestreich remained in the lead with Hall and Smith behind him. Grams took third, Stan Thom took fourth, and Smith fell back to fifth with the race almost completed. One last caution flew for Vande Kamp and Ryan
Bowers in turn four. The restart was single file order of Oestreich, Hall and grams. Oestreich held off the others the final couple laps and took the feature win. Hall, Grams, Smith and Tim Siercks rounded out the top five finishers.
The Aircare Heating and Air WISSOTA Street Stocks were next up for the night. Ryan Kostreba started on the pole with Kurt Becken at his side as the green flew. Kostreba took the lead with Ben Rothstein, Rod deBernardeaux and Becken going three- wide for second. Becken took second with deBernardeaux and Rothstein on his bumper. Christina Wollak, Jon Gunderson and Cory Rosen raced three-wide for fifth with Justin Pogones right behind them. Rosen and Wollak continued the battle for
fifth as four drivers got tangled in turn four brining the yellow out. The restart was Kostreba in front with deBernardeaux and Becken in row two. Rosen took the high line and moved into the battle for third. deBernardeaux moved into second, Rosen took third while Kostreba remained strong in the lead. Gunderson and John Yilek spun in turn four bringing a yellow back out. Kostreba remained in front, but deBernardeaux and Rosen were on his bumper and eager for the lead. As the green flew Rosen took second with deBernardeaux and Rothstein staying close. Pogones then found his groove and took fifth, then moved next to Rothstein for fourth. Pogones and Rothstein battled for fourth when Rothstein made contact with Pogones and Pogones spun out. The drivers were sorted with Kostreba in front, Rosen and deBernardeaux behind him, and Rothstein was charged with the caution and sent to the back. Kostreba was still in the lead with Rosen and deBernardeaux still fighting for the lead points. Rosen took second with deBernardeaux in third and Pogones moving in to battle. Rosen began making Kostreba work for the lead. Rosen was behind, next to, behind and then back next to Kostreba for the lead but Kostreba held him off. With two laps remaining one more caution was bound to happen. The restart was single file with Kostreba, Rosen and Pogones as the top three. The green flew with Kostreba taking off, Rosen and Pogones followed closely but Kostreba
held them off and took the checkered and the win.
The Ray’s Auto Body WISSOTA Super Stocks rolled on the track to race with Jake Goetze and Mike Loomis in the front. They battled for first as the green flew with Goetze grabbing the point. Loomis remained in second with Chris Wark and Dan Gullikson battling for third. Gullikson took the spot with Dave Mass moving around Wark taking fourth. Mass slid next to Gullikson for third and pulled ahead and took the spot. Goetze, Loomis, Mass, Gullikson and Shane Sabraski were the top five drivers with the race half over. Gullikson remained close to Mass while Loomis caught Goetze for the lead. The leaders were lapping slower cars, tightening up the battles and allowing Gullikson to move up on Mass. Gullikson challenged Mass for third when Mass made contact with Gullikson. Gullikson spun in turn two, and managed to get his car on top of a track tire. The yellow flew as the tow trucks went to Gullikson. They lifted Gullikson’s car, took the tire out from under him, and he was good to race. The drivers were lined up with Mass going to the back for causing the caution. Goetze took his spot on the pole with Loomis and Gullikson behind him and three laps remaining. Gullikson went low on the restart and passed Loomis and Goetze and took the lead before they made it through turn two. Gullikson drove to the checkered and took the feature with Loomis, Goetze, Sabraski and Josh Anderson taking the top points.
The final feature of the night was for the Ground Support Inc. WISSOTA Modifieds. J.T. Johnson and J.B. Stortz took off as the green dropped and Stortz took the early lead. Johnson took second with Larry Zeller and Dustin Nelson battling for third.
Zeller took third as Dave Cain moved past drivers and took fourth. Brandon Lampert spun in turn two and the yellow flew. Stortz took his place in front with Johnson and Zeller behind him. Zeller took second this round with Johnson not giving up.
They battled for second as Cain moved into fourth and got next to Johnson for third. Stortz began to pull away with another caution flew for Lonny Loeschke and Lampert tangled up. After two restarts Stortz kept the lead with Johnson and Zeller still behind him. Trent Follmer and Cain moved next to Zeller and Johnson as they all bought for points two through five. Johnson took second with Zeller and Cain battling for third. Cain took third and made a quick pass on Johnson taking over second. Johnson and Zeller continued to battle for third as Cain closed in on Stortz. Cain caught and quickly passed Stortz becoming the new leader. Stortz held second with Zeller and Nelson fighting for third. Nelson took over third just in time for the checkered to fly. Cain held off the competition and took the feature win. Stortz, Nelson, Zeller and Johnson finished in the top five.
Next Friday is the first of two Kids Nights we are having at the Princeton Speedway. Kids 12 and under get in for free for the grandstands. There will be fun activities for the kids and lots of fun things going on. Racing will begin at 7pm.
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