By Mike Spieker
ADA, Minn. (June 20, 2018) – Race fans were treated to Wednesday night racing at Norman County Raceway as a part of the 123rd Norman County Fair.
Kaitlyn Skalicky of Fargo has been racing with the Petermann Seed INEX Legends for the last six years. On Wednesday, she finally claimed that elusive first career victory. Starting on the outside of the front row, Skalicky took the early lead over Alex Braseth.
Meanwhile, Tim Estenson, who already has 10 wins on the season, sliced his way through the field from the eighth starting position. A restart with seven to go reset the field. Skalicky, Estenson, and Braseth raced three wide for the lead and Estenson looked to split the middle to take the lead.
Skalicky had the momentum on the high side and remained side by side with Estenson into turn three and reclaimed the lead exiting the corner.
Estenson mounted several charges on Skalicky in the final five laps. On the final lap, Estenson pulled even with Skalicky in turns three and four, but the bottom groove didn’t have the traction the top did as Skalicky won the drag race to the checkers.
Ada’s own Andy Wagner continued his dominance in the Titan Machinery IMCA SportMods.
Wagner, who is the defending SportMod track champion, notched his third win of the season from the pole position. Taylor Grove jumped out to the lead from the outside of the front row at the drop of the green flag. Wagner filed into second as Vince Jegtvig, Aaron Wetterlin and last week’s winner, Luke Johnson, raced for third through fifth.
Wagner remained within striking distance of the lead all race long and placed a bid for the lead with seven laps to go. Wagner dove to the inside of Grove, but Grove ran in the preferred high groove and held on to the point.
In the final five laps, Wagner was never less than two car lengths away from Grove as he prepared to mount another charge for the lead. With two laps to go, the leaders approached lapped traffic.
That’s when Wagner made his move.
Wagner found an opening around the outside of Grove to pull even with him out of turn two. However, there was a lapped car in the way of Wagner so he went a lane higher down the backstretch, dipping the right side tires off the track. Wagner cleared for the lead in turn three before the caution flew the following lap.
Wagner held off the pack on the final green-white-checkered restart to claim the win over Grove.
Rob VanMil of Barnesville led every lap of the Norman County Implement IMCA Stock Car feature. Friday’s winner at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, Brandon Schmidt, threatened to take the lead on the final lap, but VanMil held on for his third Stock Car win at NCR.
Michael Greseth of Harwood, N.D. picked up the opening night win in the Sanders Metal Products IMCA Modifieds to snap an 11-year winless streak at NCR back in May. On Wednesday night, he cruised to his second win of the season. Greseth and Jesse Skalicky led the field of 16 cars to the green flag. Greseth pushed in turns one and two, which allowed Skalicky to take the lead down the backstretch. Greseth reeled in the rookie Modified driver and took the lead exiting turn four to lead lap one.
Once out front, Greseth checked out from the field.
Greseth comfortably took the win by nearly six seconds, equating to over a full straight away, over Rob VanMil.
Feature: 1. 17-Michael Greseth, ; 2. 4D-Rob VanMil, ; 3. 7-Dale Kraling, ; 4. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, ; 5. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, ; 6. 99B-Bryce Borgen, ; 7. 84-Michael Johnson, ; 8. 6D-Dylan Goplen, ; 9. 88B-Brady Petermann, ; 10. 60-Tyler Hall, ; 11. 69-Justin Jones, ; 12. 25-Jamie Trautner, ; 13. 19-Lucas Rodin, ; 14. 20-Dev Malmlov, ; 15. 30-Adam Fischer, ; (DNS) 79-Tony Mack,
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Michael Greseth, ; 2. 84-Michael Johnson, ; 3. 99B-Bryce Borgen, ; 4. 60-Tyler Hall, ; 5. 19-Lucas Rodin, ; 6. 20-Dev Malmlov, ; 7. (DNF) 30-Adam Fischer, ; 8. (DNF) 25-Jamie Trautner, 
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 4D-Rob VanMil, ; 2. 7-Dale Kraling, ; 3. 69-Justin Jones, ; 4. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, ; 5. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, ; 6. 6D-Dylan Goplen, ; 7. 88B-Brady Petermann, ; 8. (DNF) 79-Tony Mack, 
Feature: 1. 3X-Andy Wagner, ; 2. 22-Vince Jegtvig, ; 3. 1RM-Taylor Grove, ; 4. 21K-Kyle Krogh, ; 5. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin, ; 6. 9-Torey Fischer, ; 7. 47-Kreig Kasin, ; 8. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, ; 9. 19D-Noah Metzger, ; 10. 2X-Brady Moore, ; 11. (DNF) 29-Greg Schilling, ; 12. (DNF) 13C-Paul Colvin, ; 13. (DNF) 8J-Luke Johnson, 
Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 8J-Luke Johnson, ; 2. 22-Vince Jegtvig, ; 3. 47-Kreig Kasin, ; 4. 13C-Paul Colvin, ; 5. 1RM-Taylor Grove, ; 6. 29-Greg Schilling, ; 7. 9-Torey Fischer, 
Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 3X-Andy Wagner, ; 2. 3W-Aaron Wetterlin, ; 3. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, ; 4. 21K-Kyle Krogh, ; 5. 19D-Noah Metzger, ; 6. 2X-Brady Moore, 
Feature: 1. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, ; 2. 14T-Tim Estenson, ; 3. B1-Brody Carlsrud, ; 4. 72-Tye Wilke, ; 5. 20-Alex Braseth, ; 6. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, ; 7. 69-Brian Hanson, ; 8. 29-Ryan Braseth, ; 9. 5-Dean Julsrud, ; 10. 38-Dean Sommerfeld, ; 11. 9-John Sommerfeld, ; 12. 5G-Garrison Miller, 
Heat 1: 1. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, ; 2. 20-Alex Braseth, ; 3. 69-Brian Hanson, ; 4. B1-Brody Carlsrud, ; 5. 38-Dean Sommerfeld, ; 6. (DNF) 5-Dean Julsrud, 
Heat 2: 1. 72-Tye Wilke, ; 2. 14T-Tim Estenson, ; 3. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, ; 4. 9-John Sommerfeld, ; 5. 5G-Garrison Miller, ; 6. (DNF) 29-Ryan Braseth, 
IMCA Stock Cars:
Feature: 1. 40-Rob VanMil, ; 2. 219-Brandon Schmidt, ; 3. 4-Rick Schulz, ; 4. 21-Tim Church, ; (DNS) 76Z-John Sandvig,
Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 4-Rick Schulz, ; 2. 219-Brandon Schmidt, ; 3. 40-Rob VanMil, ; 4. 21-Tim Church, ; 5. (DNF) 76Z-John Sandvig,