By Mike Spieker
ADA, Minn. (June 14, 2018) – A late afternoon thunderstorm threatened to cancel Thursday night racing at Norman County Raceway, presented by RDO Equipment. Thanks to the perseverance of Visser Grading, the Norman County Raceway track crew, and the local implement dealers, the track was race-ready after a slightly delayed start.
The Christian Motors WISSOTA Midwest Mods had the wildest feature of the evening. On the second attempt at a complete restart, Scott Bintz made contact with another car in turn two, which sent him off the embankment and hard into the outside retaining wall. Bintz climbed from his machine uninjured.
Jamie Dietzler led the first half of the race until he pushed high in turn four, which allowed Matt Schow to take the point. Jason Strand followed Schow into second with a bold move to go from fifth to second. Within a few laps, Strand reeled in the No. 2S of Schow and placed a bid for the lead. Strand pulled even with Schow a couple times, but each time Schow was able to hold off the Portland, N.D. driver.
Matt Schow of McIntosh, Minn. picked up his first Norman County Raceway win of 2018 on Thursday.
Lance Schill, who had won the last two Midwest Mod features at Norman County, made it a three-car battle. With seven to go, Schill drove his car deep into turn three to go underneath Schow and Strand but made heavy contact into the rear end of Schow. All three drivers made contact and spun to a stop at the top of the corner.
Schill retired from the event due to excessive damage, but Schow and Strand were able to continue. Despite heavy cosmetic damage to the rear end of his machine, Schow went on to hold off Strand for the win. In victory lane, Schow dedicated the win to longtime friend and sponsor, Lynn Lucken who is currently battling cancer.
Brady Petermann picked up his first Sanders Metal Products IMCA Modified feature win of the season. Petermann chased Justin Jones in the early going of the 16-lap main event. Jones set a blistering pace on the fast and tacky racing surface, but Petermann chased him down at the halfway point. Petermann took the lead exiting turn four as Tyler Peterson and last week’s winner, Jamie Trautner, challenge Jones for second.
A pair of caution with under five laps to go put Tyler Peterson right on the rear bumper of Petermann, but undeterred, Petermann held a steady line to take the win.
The Northern Lightning Sprint Association made their first and only appearance of the season to the three-eighths-mile dirt track. During their feature, the Lightning Sprints were running just a second and a half off the lap times of the NOSA 410 Sprints. With four laps to go in the feature, Presley Truedson led the field back to green for a restart. A couple cars banged wheels, which stacked several cars up and resulted in Brendan Mullen getting upside down. Mullen was ok.
On the ensuing restart, Alan Truscinsk, who was called for the previous caution, jumped the start after from the tail of the field to bring out another yellow. On the final restart, Truedson pulled away from the field to claim her first career Norman County Raceway win.
A week after having the win slip from his grasp last week, Luke Johnson dominated the Titan Machinery IMCA SportMod feature. Johnson grabbed the lead in the early going and ran out front comfortably until the caution flew with six laps remaining. As the race resumed, Johnson quickly opened up an eight car length lead over Andy Wagner and Kelly Jacobson.
Johnson cruised to his first win of the season at Norman County Raceway as Wagner, Jacobson, Aaron Wetterlin, and Krieg Kasin rounded out the top five.
Rick Schulz picked up the IMCA Stock Car feature win last Friday night at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo and he backed up that win Thursday at Norman County Raceway. Schulz led every lap of the Norman County Implement feature. The best racing on the track was the battle for second as Rob VanMil and Brandon Schmidt raced for second. Schmidt stole the runner-up position from VanMil at the checkers.
This week at Norman County Raceway will be a busy one. Wednesday, June 20th will be Hall of Fame night featuring the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, INEX Legends. On Thursday, June 21st, the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA 410 Sprint Cars return to NCR. They will be joined by the SportMods, Hobby Stocks, and Legends. Things wrap up on Saturday, June 23rd with the Battle of the Businesses Bus Races, Semi-Truck Races, Go-kart Races, and Fireworks. The action starts at 7 pm each night.
Feature: 1. 88B-Brady Petermann, ; 2. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, ; 3. 69-Justin Jones, ; 4. 25-Jamie Trautner, ; 5. 7-Dale Kraling, ; 6. 7B-Bryce Borgen, ; 7. 30-Adam Fischer, ; 8. 60-Tyler Hall, ; 9. 6-Dylan Goplen, ; 10. 84-Michael Johnson, ; 11. 79-Tony Mack, ; 12. (DNF) 3S-Jesse Skalicky, ; 13. (DNF) E85-Jason Strand, ; 14. (DNF) 4D-Rob VanMil, ; 15. (DNF) 17-Michael Greseth, 
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 69-Justin Jones, ; 2. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, ; 3. 25-Jamie Trautner, ; 4. 17-Michael Greseth, ; 5. E85-Jason Strand, ; 6. 6-Dylan Goplen, ; 7. 60-Tyler Hall, ; 8. 30-Adam Fischer, 
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, ; 2. 7-Dale Kraling, ; 3. 88B-Brady Petermann, ; 4. 7B-Bryce Borgen, ; 5. 84-Michael Johnson, ; 6. 4D-Rob VanMil, ; 7. 79-Tony Mack, 
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature: 1. 2S-Matt Schow, ; 2. E85-Jason Strand, ; 3. 87S-Reise Stenberg, ; 4. 33-Jeff Nelson, ; 5. 5-Aaron Blacklance, ; 6. 2G-Brock Gronwold, ; 7. 39-Jamie Dietzler, ; 8. 22S-Tyler Schow, ; 9. 7T-Joseph Thomas, ; 10. 15-Eric Platzer, ; 11. (DNF) 17-Lance Schill, ; 12. (DNF) 1S-Scott Bintz, ; (DNS) SS42-Scott Samuelson,
Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 33-Jeff Nelson, ; 2. 17-Lance Schill, ; 3. 2S-Matt Schow, ; 4. E85-Jason Strand, ; 5. 5-Aaron Blacklance, ; 6. 87S-Reise Stenberg, ; 7. (DNF) SS42-Scott Samuelson, 
Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 2G-Brock Gronwold, ; 2. 1S-Scott Bintz, ; 3. 39-Jamie Dietzler, ; 4. 7T-Joseph Thomas, ; 5. 22S-Tyler Schow, ; 6. 15-Eric Platzer, 
NLSA Lightning Sprints:
Feature: 1. 2-Presley Truedson, ; 2. 10-Alex Truscinski, ; 3. 11-Dexter Dvergsten, ; 4. 6J-Tim Estenson, ; 5. 93-Kelsi Pederson, ; 6. 100-Jason Berg, ; 7. 40-Lawrence Veralrud, ; 8. 16-Josh Abrahamson, ; 9. (DNF) 13-Alan Truscinski, ; 10. (DNF) 11M-Brendan Mullen, ; 11. (DNF) 22-Dylan Herman, ; 12. (DNF) 17K-Zachary Kwiatkoski, ; 13. (DNF) 4-Eric Johnson, 
Heat 1: 1. 2-Presley Truedson, ; 2. 13-Alan Truscinski, ; 3. 10-Alex Truscinski, ; 4. 11-Dexter Dvergsten, ; 5. 40-Lawrence Veralrud, ; 6. 100-Jason Berg, 
Heat 2: 1. 93-Kelsi Pederson, ; 2. 11M-Brendan Mullen, ; 3. 17K-Zachary Kwiatkoski, ; 4. 4-Eric Johnson, ; 5. 16-Josh Abrahamson, ; 6. 6J-Tim Estenson, ; 7. 22-Dylan Herman, 
Feature: 1. 8J-Luke Johnson, ; 2. 3X-Andy Wagner, ; 3. 51-Kelly Jacobson, ; 4. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin, ; 5. 47-Kreig Kasin, ; 6. 9-Torey Fischer, ; 7. 22-Vince Jegtvig, ; 8. 29-Greg Schilling, ; 9. 2X-Brady Moore, 
Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 8J-Luke Johnson, ; 2. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin, ; 3. 9-Torey Fischer, ; 4. 2X-Brady Moore, 
Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 51-Kelly Jacobson, ; 2. 3X-Andy Wagner, ; 3. 29-Greg Schilling, ; 4. 47-Kreig Kasin, ; 5. 22-Vince Jegtvig, 
IMCA Stock Cars:
Feature: 1. 4-Rick Schulz, ; 2. 219-Brandon Schmidt, ; 3. 40-Rob VanMil, ; 4. 21-Tim Church, 
Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 4-Rick Schulz, ; 2. 40-Rob VanMil, ; 3. 21-Tim Church, ; 4. 219-Brandon Schmidt,