Anderson Beverage Night Brings Fast Track & High Car Count
Arneson, Saurer, VanMil, and Burrows Victorious at Norman County Raceway
By Mike Spieker
ADA, MN (June 6)- After having just one night of racing in the entire month of May, Norman County Raceway was revved up with 68 race cars signed in the pits for the second night of Thursday Thunder, presented by Anderson Beverage of Crookston, MN. A very fast and tacky track threw a lot of the drivers who are used to the usual dry slick conditions quite the curveball.
WISSOTA Amsoil Dirt Track Series action got started with Jamie Winterquist leading the way in the 20 lap, 21 car Midwest Modified feature. He didn’t have much time to enjoy it however, as Tyler Peterson maneuvered his way around Winterquist for the top spot on lap five. The first caution flag waved on lap eight, putting Jason Strand and Travis Saurer right behind Peterson’s #1TPO machine. On the restart, Strand and Saurer made it three wide in turn one with Peterson with Saurer motoring from third to the lead down the back stretch. From there, Saurer was able to bob and weave his way through the bumps in the corners and grab his second win at NCR in as many races.
“It was a little choppy and rough, but sometimes when it’s like that it works to your advantage,” said Saurer after the race. “You just have to wait for guys to run through the holes and make mistakes and capitalize on it and sneak up to the front like that.”
Peterson came home second behind Saurer, followed by Strand, Cole Haugland, and Rob VanMil were the top 5 finishers.
The WISSOTA Mod Four feature race got exciting right at the wave of the green flag when Rob VanMil dove to the bottom of the track in turn one, trying to steal the lead from third. VanMil was at the door of his father and pole sitter, Corry VanMil when he hit a slick spot on the track, making his car push the front end up the track and falling back to third. VanMil was up on the wheel though, passing Luke Johnson for second the very next lap. It only took Rob two more laps to reel in Corry and make the pass on the outside in lapped traffic with 10 circuits remaining. The 2012 NCR Mod Four Track Champion led the freight train of cars along the high side of the track and cruised to the feature win. Aaron Wetterlin, Derek Vesledahl, Luke Johnson, and Jim Erdmann who is fresh off a big win at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, MN rounded out the top five.
Jim Geringer and Adam Burrows led a small, but stout field of WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green. Burrows jumped out to the lead early, followed by Pommerer who came from fourth to second by lap five, and Rich Schulz. On a restart in the closing laps, second place running Schulz made his move for the lead on the outside of the track, pulling up the the door panel of Burrows. The two drivers ran side by side for another lap until Schulz’s car got extremely loose coming off the fourth turn, allowing Burrows to pull away. Ryan Pommerer and Jordan Duray were right on the back bumper of Schulz once he regained control of his vehicle, but Schulz was able to hold off their charge to come home second. Meanwhile, Burrows sailed smoothly to the checkered flag.
With hometown favorite Bryce Borgen starting on the outside of the front row for the WISSOTA Modified feature, many thought this would be the night that he would end his career-long winless streak and NCR. When the green flag flew for the final race of the evening, Scott Jacobson took the lead in his Northwest Auto Body Special #5. Borgen followed closely behind in second while Austin Arneson, Justin Jones, Jamie Trautner battled three wide for third. They ran in that same order until lap nine when Borgen found a way around Jacobson for the lead. The crowd’s whistles and applause was abruptly halted because the caution came out right as Borgen passed for the lead, meaning he would have to move back to second for the restart. When the green flag was back in the air, third place driver Austin Arneson looked like he got shoot out of a cannon as he threw his U Motors #10A on the turn one cushion, making it three wide with Jacobson and Borgen. Arneson’s car stuck and he rocketed by the two drivers and had a three car length lead by the end of the back chute. On the next lap, Jones made another three wide pass on Borgen and Jacobson on low side of turn two and set his sites on Arneson. But Arneson was clearly the fastest car on the track and all Jones could do was ride in second and hope for a caution. The race stayed clean and green for the remaining 10 laps and Arneson drove on to his win of the early season.
“I rolled it in good enough on top,” described Arneson of his exciting pass for the lead. “hit the mark just perfectly, put it to the floor and (the car) barked all the way (off the corner) and went around them.”
WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature- Adam Burrows, Rick Schulz, Ryan Pommerer, Jordan Duray, Jim Geringer, James Tandeski, James Wall
Heat- Duray, Geringer, Schulz, Burrows, Pommerer, Wall, Tandeski
WISSOTA Mod Fours:
Feature- Rob VanMil, Aaron Wetterlin, Derek Vesledahl, Luke Johnson, Jim Erdmann, Bryce Bjerken, Corry VanMil, Brady Petermann, Payton Gordon, Tom Cummings
Heat 1- C. VanMil, R. VanMil, Wetterlin, Bjerken, Petermann
Heat 2- Johnson, Erdmann, Vesledahl, Cummings, Gordon
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature- Travis Saurer, Tyler Peterson, Jason Strand, Cole Haugland, Rob VanMil, Rich Pavlicek, Scott Vasichek, Casey Arneson, Brock Gronwold, Eric Haugland, James Wall, Andy Wagner, Gannon Miller, Allison Christian, Nick Pederson, Tyler Hall, Christopher Christian, Ben Purrington, Jamie Winterquist, Matt Schow, Aaron Vigness
Heat 1- Schow, Wall, C. Haugland, Miller, Wagner, C. Christian, Vigness
Heat 2- Saurer, Strand, Winterquist, VanMil, E. Haugland, Pavlicek, A. Christian
Heat 3- Peterson, Arneson, Vasichek, Hall, Purrington, Pederson, Gronwold
Feature- Austin Arneson, Justin Jones, Cody Skytland, Travis Saurer, Bryce Borgen, Scott Jacobson, Jeremy Nelson, Dale Kraling, Corky Thomas, Paul Engelstad, Bob Banish Jr., Josh Beaulieu, Brent Pulskamp, Jamie Trautner, Michael Johnson, Alex Engelstad, Jake Bitker, Mark Trautner
Heat 1- J. Trautner, Arneson, Jacobson, Bitker, Pulskamp, M. Trautner
Heat 2- Skytland, P. Engelstad, Saurer, Nelson, A. Engelstad, Banish Jr.
Heat 3- Borgen, Johnson, Jones, Thomas, Beaulieu, Kraling
Feature- Tanner Olson, Todd Gettel, Jeff Adams, Ron Olafson, Mike Bjorgan, Daniel Beckman, Scott Lampton, Katie Ahrndt, Heather Crane, Stacy Pederson-Roy, Marcus Rothenbacher
Heat 1- Gettel, Adams, Olafson, Lampton, Bjorgan
Heat 2- Olson, Beckman, Pederson-Roy, Crane, Rothenbacher, Ahrndt