Weiss Holds Off Schatz For Late Model Win

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Photo: Ricky Weiss of Headingly, MB claimed his series-leading 3rd Norman County Raceway win Thursday with the NLRA Late Models (Photo Credit: Speedway-Shots)

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (August 3, 2017) – An incredibly stout field of 30 NLRA Late Models stormed into Norman County Raceway Thursday night for their first and only appearance of the 2017 season, presented by Myles Bosch Enterprises and CHS. Four-time WISSOTA Late Model national champion, Ricky Weiss, claimed his third career NCR win when the checkers flew to become the first Late Model driver with three wins to his credit.

For Weiss, it was a hard fought win up until the checkers as he had his hands full with eight-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz. Mired in lapped traffic, Weiss was slowed in the final laps, which allowed Schatz to reel him in.

As the white flag flew from the Frandsen Bank & Trust Flagstand, Schatz had a run on Weiss exiting turn two. Schatz peeked underneath Weiss down the backstretch, looking to take the lead in turn three. Weiss took the line away from Schatz exiting turn four, however, and held him off in a drag race to the line.

“Lapped traffic was tough tonight, but I felt like I was getting through it pretty good,” said Weiss in KRJB/KRJM Victory Lane. “Early on I saw (Dustin) Strand pull off and I knew he was going to be a lot of my competition, but then with five to go I saw Schatz up to second so I had to keep digging.”

With the win and Strand’s mechanical issue he suffered on lap 12, Weiss claimed sole possession of the NLRA point lead.

Michael Johnson picked up his second NCR win of the season and third overall in a dominating performance in the Sanders Metal Products IMCA Modifieds. Johnson started third on the grid before taking the lead and leading the final 15 circuits. Tyler Peterson finished second as Alex Engelstad rounded out the podium in only his second race of 2017.

Tyler Peterson rolled out his WISSOTA Midwest Modified for the first time in nearly three years. The Hickson, N.D. driver hasn’t missed a beat since then as he cruised to the feature win; his first Midwest Mod win since August 28th, 2014 and 10th Christian Motors Midwest Mod win overall.

Fargo’s Tim Estenson drove away with another Petermann Seeds INEX Legends feature win. The 15-year-old from Fargo took the lead from Kaitlyn Skalicky at the halfway point before checking out from the field to capture his 16th overall win of the season.

Jesse Skalicky picked up his second win in a row in the Titan Machinery IMCA Sport Mods. Skalicky utilized a lap five restart to get by leader Kelly Jacobson. Once out front, Skalicky drove away from the field as Luke Johnson and Andy Wagner battled for second.

Skalicky took the win by a full straightaway, as Wagner stole second at the checkers from Johnson.

Racing continues next Thursday night at NCR. Green flag drops at 7pm.


SUMMARY
NLRA Late Models:
A Feature 1: 1. 7-Ricky Weiss, [3]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, [9]; 3. 1S-Ryan Mikkelson, [1]; 4. 12S-Brad Seng, [4]; 5. 42S-Don Shaw, [2]; 6. 10-Mike Balcaen, [8]; 7. 1R-Travis Robertson, [7]; 8. 18X-Shawn Meyer, [14]; 9. 10R-Kevin Robertson, [12]; 10. 2-Bill Mooney, [19]; 11. 4-Shane Edginton, [11]; 12. 03-Casey Meyer, [16]; 13. 3M-Greg Meyer, [20]; 14. 11M-Paul Mueller, [21]; 15. 06-David Smith, [15]; 16. 9-Steve Anderson, [6]; 17. T-1-Tom Corcoran, [10]; 18. 14-Brody Troftgruben, [13]; 19. 16S-Jeff Hapala, [22]; 20. 30-Adam Fischer, [17]; 21. 86-Matthew Smith, [18]; 22. 9R-Erik Robertson, [23]; 23. 105-Terence BlackLance, [24]; 24. (DNF) 71-Dustin Strand, [5]
B Feature 1: 1. 11M-Paul Mueller, [3]; 2. 16S-Jeff Hapala, [4]; 3. 88-John Lighthizer, [6]; 4. 9R-Erik Robertson, [2]; 5. 92-Robby Rosselli, [1]; 6. 5-Brad Kerrison, [7]; 7. 105-Terence BlackLance, [9]; 8. 0-Chris Dunn, [5]; 9. 00-Robert Bladow, [8]; (DNS) 44-Cole Schill,
Heat 1: 1. 1S-Ryan Mikkelson, [8]; 2. 9-Steve Anderson, [1]; 3. T-1-Tom Corcoran, [4]; 4. 14-Brody Troftgruben, [6]; 5. 30-Adam Fischer, [7]; 6. 92-Robby Rosselli, [5]; 7. 0-Chris Dunn, [3]; 8. 105-Terence BlackLance, [2]
Heat 2: 1. 12S-Brad Seng, [2]; 2. 10-Mike Balcaen, [8]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, [1]; 4. 18X-Shawn Meyer, [3]; 5. 86-Matthew Smith, [5]; 6. 9R-Erik Robertson, [7]; 7. 88-John Lighthizer, [4]; 8. (DNF) 44-Cole Schill, [6]
Heat 3: 1. 42S-Don Shaw, [2]; 2. 1R-Travis Robertson, [1]; 3. 4-Shane Edginton, [6]; 4. 06-David Smith, [3]; 5. 2-Bill Mooney, [7]; 6. 11M-Paul Mueller, [5]; 7. 5-Brad Kerrison, [4]
Heat 4: 1. 7-Ricky Weiss, [1]; 2. 71-Dustin Strand, [2]; 3. 10R-Kevin Robertson, [4]; 4. 03-Casey Meyer, [6]; 5. 3M-Greg Meyer, [5]; 6. 16S-Jeff Hapala, [7]; 7. 00-Robert Bladow, [3]

IMCA Modifieds:
A Feature 1: 1. 84-Michael Johnson, [3]; 2. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [6]; 3. 96A-Alex Englestad, [7]; 4. 60-Tyler Hall, [8]; 5. 10-Cale Arneson, [5]; 6. 7-Dale Kraling, [9]; 7. 19-Lucas Rodin, [4]; 8. 25-Jamie Trautner, [2]; 9. 7B-Bryce Bjerken, [1]; 10. K9-Tom Cummings, [13]; 11. (DNF) 86C-Darren Pfau, [10]; 12. (DNF) 30-Adam Fischer, [11]; 13. (DNF) 88X-Delray Dykstra, [12]
Heat 1: 1. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [4]; 2. 19-Lucas Rodin, [3]; 3. 25-Jamie Trautner, [2]; 4. 86C-Darren Pfau, [6]; 5. 60-Tyler Hall, [5]; 6. 30-Adam Fischer, [7]; 7. K9-Tom Cummings, [1]
Heat 2: 1. 84-Michael Johnson, [2]; 2. 7-Dale Kraling, [5]; 3. 96A-Alex Englestad, [4]; 4. 10-Cale Arneson, [3]; 5. 7B-Bryce Bjerken, [1]; 6. 88X-Delray Dykstra, [6]

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
A Feature 1: 1. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [9]; 2. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [1]; 3. 19-Lucas Rodin, [3]; 4. 2S-Matt Schow, [6]; 5. 5-Aaron Blacklance, [7]; 6. 2G-Brock Gronwold, [8]; 7. 11-Bryan Kakela, [5]; 8. 87S-Reise Stenberg, [4]; 9. 169-Justin Olson, [10]; 10. 97-Grady Shearer, [2]; 11. 7T-Joseph Thomas, [14]; 12. 28S-Ryan Schow, [12]; 13. 19D-Noah Metzger, [13]; 14. 22S-Tyler Schow, [15]; 15. 13-Alex Johnson, [16]; 16. (DNF) 33-Jeff Nelson, [11]
Heat 1: 1. 11-Bryan Kakela, [4]; 2. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [2]; 3. 2G-Brock Gronwold, [5]; 4. 87S-Reise Stenberg, [3]; 5. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [8]; 6. 33-Jeff Nelson, [6]; 7. 19D-Noah Metzger, [7]; 8. 22S-Tyler Schow, [1]
Heat 2: 1. 5-Aaron Blacklance, [3]; 2. 2S-Matt Schow, [4]; 3. 19-Lucas Rodin, [5]; 4. 97-Grady Shearer, [6]; 5. 169-Justin Olson, [8]; 6. 28S-Ryan Schow, [7]; 7. 7T-Joseph Thomas, [1]; 8. (DNF) 13-Alex Johnson, [2]

IMCA SportMods:
A Feature 1: 1. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [5]; 2. 3X-Andy Wagner, [6]; 3. 8J-Luke Johnson, [7]; 4. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [4]; 5. 5T-Matt Talley, [8]; 6. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [1]; 7. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [2]; 8. 76-Reile Sailer, [3]; 9. 29-Greg Schilling, [13]; 10. (DNF) 3W-Aaron Wetterlin, [10]; 11. (DNF) 47-Kreig Kasin, [11]; (DNS) 1RM-Taylor Grove, ; (DNS) 404-Tracy Arneson,
Heat 1: 1. 8J-Luke Johnson, [4]; 2. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [3]; 3. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [1]; 4. 29-Greg Schilling, [6]; 5. (DNF) 404-Tracy Arneson, [5]; 6. (DNF) 3W-Aaron Wetterlin, [2]
Heat 2: 1. 5T-Matt Talley, [5]; 2. 3X-Andy Wagner, [4]; 3. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [2]; 4. 76-Reile Sailer, [3]; 5. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [7]; 6. 47-Kreig Kasin, [6]; 7. (DNF) 1RM-Taylor Grove, [1]

INEX Legends:
A Feature 1: 1. 14T-Tim Estenson, [5]; 2. 72-Tye Wilke, [4]; 3. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [8]; 4. 29-Ryan Braseth, [6]; 5. 20-Alex Braseth, [7]; 6. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [2]; 7. (DNF) 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [3]; 8. (DNF) 79-Scott Richardson, [1]
Heat 1: 1. 14T-Tim Estenson, [7]; 2. 79-Scott Richardson, [1]; 3. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [2]; 4. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [5]; 5. 72-Tye Wilke, [6]; 6. 29-Ryan Braseth, [3]; 7. 20-Alex Braseth, [4]; 8. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [8]

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