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LINDER AND FORT TOP RIVALS, HERRICK WINS WISSOTA LATE MODEL DEBUT AT MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY



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By Tracy Hager
FOUNTAIN CITY, WI (May 28, 2010) – In a beautiful start to the Memorial Holiday weekend, graduating track employees and drivers climbed into a convertible to carry the colors for the National Anthem. Prior to that thanks was given to all veterans for their service, dedication, and honor. USRA B-Mod rookie Jake Timm was named the previous week’s Winona Radio Driver of the Week for his impressive run in the class. Timm followed the graduates in carrying the flag for the Anthem as well on REMAX/Results night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

In his first visit this year, Jared Linder pulled out the win in the Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stock feature in an action-packed event. Troy Langowski collected his second win in a row in the EngineStore.com USRA B-Mods while local driver Bob Fort charged to the front for the win in the Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stocks. In the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds, Jay Ihrke also made it back-to-back wins in the 21-car field.

Herrick wins WISSOTA Late Model Return

The WISSOTA Late Models returned to the speedway for the second time this season, and with that, Doug Herrick and Justin Sass led the 16-car field to the green flag. Sass shot to a strong lead over Herrick, Lance Matthees, and Dennis Hillson. Herrick made several attempts at the lead, but Sass proved to be too fast. Herrick was able to finally take over the lead from Sass with 19 laps to go. Matthees jumped on second place behind Herrick while Sass maintained third over Brad Waits. Sass and Waits ran side by side for third as Kyle Jumbeck worked on Jordan Yaggy for fifth place. Three-wide racing down the front stretch for fourth place ensued as Herrick was chased by Matthees. Waits made the pass on Sass for third and then got the spot from Matthees to trail leader Herrick. Waits then engaged in side by side racing with Herrick for the lead. Herrick was a rocket and could not be beat though. Matthees finished second followed by Waits, Kelly Anderson, and Chris Oertel.

Linder Snatches Feature Win

The WISSOTA Street Stock feature frontline was a step back in time as Dave Smith and Kevin Hager led the pack for the feature; the pair have raced against each other off and on since the mid 90’s. Fred Prudoehl shot up to second behind Smith while Hager hung in just barely behind Prudoehl in third. Rick Lisowski moved up to Hager’s side as Prudoehl took over the lead. But all of that was null and void when Danny Hanson had a tire go down and a caution flew. It took two more restarts before two rows of three-wide racing ensued. Prudoehl again led a few laps, then another caution, Prudoehl led more laps, then another caution. With ten laps to go and Prudoehl in the lead, Lisowski and Jared Linder battled for second. Behind the top three, Danny Richards, Donny Ganz, and Dan Bork raced in a pack of three for fourth place while Hanson, Hager, and Smith raced three wide for seventh place. A caution with nine laps to go, Prudoehl, Lisowski, and Linder continued the lead cars. A tight restart created three-wide racing as Hanson nipped fourth place from Ganz. Lisowski pressured Prudoehl for the lead while Ganz gained fourth place back from Hanson. With four to go, Lisowski spun in turn four and was sent to the tail of the field. On the final restart, Prudoehl led followed by Linder, Ganz, Richards, and Bork. Linder and Ganz both checked out the lead, but it was Linder who was able to seize it from Prudoehl. There was a lot of movement throughout the race and in the final lap as well. As the cars went into the final turn, Prudoehl attempted to shoot between Shaun Mann and Richards. Cars went every which way, but it was Linder to win the race followed by Ganz, Bork, Hanson, and Mann.

Langowski Wins Second In A Row Heading Towards Baehman B-Mod Challenge

Mike Kelly and youngster Parker Hale led the 16-car field of USRA B-Mods for the main event. Troy Langowski shot to third followed by Jake Timm and Brandon Hare. Kelly pulled away from the pack, but Langowski quickly closed in on the leader. Hare and Hale ran side by side for third place when a caution reset the field. Kelly again pulled away, but another caution slowed the field when Hale was spun by Brian Schrage. Langowski was finally able to take the lead from Kelly while Ben Anderson zipped through traffic into third place. With ten laps to go, Kelly spun while running second place behind Langowski which brought out the final caution. Langowski earned the win through all of the cautions to go back to back in victory lane. Schrage made a valiant effort in returning to the top five after the earlier caution to finish second. Chad Kosidowski finished third followed by Anderson, and Andrew Kelly.

Fort Finishes First

As leaders Kevin Hager and Jon Duffy rounded turn four to complete the first lap of the WISSOTA Super Stock feature, a Talladega happened just behind them. Brian Fetting went into a spin and shot toward the wall. Along with it, nine other cars came to rest in the pig pile in turn three. Only the top three cars of Duffy, Hager, and Bob Fort escaped the situation. As the fans waited to see who would be resurrected from the offering altar, casualties were listed as four; Dennis Earney, Fetting, Adam Kerley, and Michael Hofer. Once the cars were back in line for the restart, Hager and Duffy got the smaller group going again. Duffy shot to the high side for the lead but Hager battled back when a caution for debris again reset the field. Duffy gained control of the lead early as Hager ran a strong second followed by Jeff Brauer and Bob Fort. Brauer managed to slide barely in front of Hager in turn four to take over second place and then Fort followed which put Hager back to fourth. Brauer gained on Duffy’s lead, but Brauer shot into a self spin in turn four as he tried to dip under Duffy for the lead. Brauer went to the rear of the field on the caution, and Duffy assumed the lead followed by Fort, Hager, Gary Wiersgalla, and Ross Dixon. Fort pursued Duffy for the lead and with six laps to go, Fort took the lead. Wiersgalla gained control of third place ahead of Hager. Brauer made up ground as he slid in front of Hager again in turn four to take over fourth place. Fort had gained a considerable lead and walked away with the win. Wiersgalla, Duffy, Brauer, and Hager rounded out the top five.

Ihrke Grabs Second Feature In A Row

Chris Gilbertson took the early lead in the USRA Modifieds, but high school grad Lance Hofer was fast to second place as he was followed by father-son duo Leroy and Todd Scharkey. Jay Ihrke shot under Andy Bohnstengel and Todd Scharkey in one shot to take over fourth. Todd Scharkey fought back and it became three-wide racing for third place between Ihrke and both Scharkeys. Hofer took over the lead from Gilbertson, and Todd Scharkey jumped into second place soon after. Scharkey made a big gain on Hofer, but Hofer kept a firm grip on his lead. Ihrke worked his way under Scharkey for second when Bob Timm darted into third place. Gilbertson fought back for third on the high side. Hofer held an impressive lead, but Ihrke gained and eventually pulled the lead from Hofer. Meanwhile, Todd Scharkey and Timm raced side by side for third while Bohnstengel slipped into fifth place. Ihkre pulled away from the field as he threaded his way through lap traffic. Timm gained second place over Hofer, but Hofer did not give up as he ran strong in third. With two laps to go, a caution realigned the field. Ihrke kept his lead, but Timm moved to second place and then side by side with Ihrke for the lead. Ihrke was able to master the track however, and grab his second feature in a row. Timm, Todd Scharkey, Hofer, and Bohnstengel capped the top five.

June will kick off with the Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge in a $1000-to-win show. All regular classes including WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Super Stocks, USRA Modifieds, 600 Mini Mods, and the Junior and Senior Mini Mods will also be running. The night will also include the return of the Hornets. The Hornets will return on a limited schedule for the remainder of the season. Racing begins at 6 p.m. for the Mini Mods and 7 p.m. for all other classes. For more details, go to www.mississippithunder.com. MississippiThunder.com article.

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May 28th RESULTS

Mississippi Thunder WISSOTA Late Models

Feature -
Doug Herrick, Lance Matthees, Brad Waits, Kelly Anderson, Chris Oertel, Kyle Jumbeck, Justin Sass, Jordan Yaggy, Dennis Hillson, Jerry Bloom, Shane Wehrs, Lanny Haukom, Roger Herrick, Don Schaefer, Lucas Peterson, Nick Kramer
Heat 1 - Matthees, Sass, Oertel, Yaggy, Anderson, Herrick, Haukom, Kramer
Heat 2 - Hillson, Herrick, Waits, Jumbeck, Bloom, Wehrs, Schaefer, Peterson

River City Manufacturing USRA Modifieds

Feature -
Jay Ihrke, Bob Timm, Todd Scharkey, Lance Hofer, Andy Bohnstengel, Josh Angst, Chris Gilbertson, John Doelle, Adam Stockhausen, Hank Rollinger Jr., Bryan Hessler, Shaun Wehlage, Ryan York, Paul Hamernik, Jay Poidinger, Phil Wernert, Les Jonsgaard, Randy Jonsgaard, Leroy Scharkey, Ron Konkel, Les Duellman
Heat 1 - Gilbertson, Rollinger, Doelle, Bohnstengel, Hessler, Wernert, R. Jonsgaard
Heat 2 - York, Ihrke, Hofer, Stockhausen, Duellman, Hamernik, L. Jonsgaard
Heat 3 - Angst, L. Scharkey, T. Scharkey, Timm, Wehlage, Konkel, Poidinger

Winona Auto Sales WISSOTA Super Stocks

Feature -
Bob Fort, Gary Wiersgalla, Jeff Brauer, Jon Duffy, Kevin Hager, Ross Dixon, Tim Williamson, Josh Rodewald, Scott Rollinger, Brian Fetting, Michael Hofer, Adam Kerley, Dennis Earney
Heat 1 - Fort, Brauer, Fetting, Hager, Dixon, Rodewald, Rollinger
Heat 2 - Wiersgalla, Duffy, Earney, Hofer, Williamson, Kerley

The Engine Store.com USRA B Mods

Feature -
Troy Langowski, Brian Schrage, Chad Kosidowski, Ben Anderson, Andrew Kelly, Erik Kanz, Mike Kelly, Tyler Creeley, Patrick McCarthy, Parker Hale, Jack Baehman, Jake Timm, Brandon Hare, Josh Gesell, Ed Appel, Barry Johnson
Heat 1 - Timm, Langowski, Hale, kanz, Gesell, Appel, Baehman, McCarthy
Heat 2 - M. Kelly, Hare, Schrage, A. Kelly, Creeley, Kosidowski, Johnson, Anderson

Jailhouse Saloon WISSOTA Street Stocks

Feature -
Jared Linder, Donny Ganz, Dan Bork, Danny Hanson, Shaun Mann, Dave Smith, Danny Richards, Kevin Hager, Rick Lisowski, Ryan Henderson, Ashley Husby, Lee Hager, Tyler Sass, Jane Keating, Fred Prudoehl, Richard Weir, Lonnie Klonecki
Heat 1 - Richards, Prudoehl, Linder, Ganz, Bork, Mann, Sass, L. Hager, Keating
Heat 2 - Hanson, K. Hager, Lisowski, Smith, Husby, Weir, Henderson, Klonecki

Oak Ridge Fabrication 600 Mods

Feature -
Joe Provinzino, Don Werner, Bruce Schmitt, Jeff Matejka, Brett LaDuke, Joe Jasnoch, Bill Baures, Justin Hale, Greg Wohletz, Justin Zmyewski, Charlie McNally
Heat 1 - McNally, Werner, Provinzino, Matejka, LaDuke, Hale
Heat 2 - Baures, Schmitt, Jasnoch, Wohletz, Zmyewski

RedBox+ A Mini Mods

Feature -
Alex Williamson, Mike Stevens, Nia Gardner, Alex Stevens, Jerome Kellner, Nicholas Wagner, Rachel LaDuke, Tanner Remlinger, Dylan Buckland, Brandon Reutzel
Heat 1 - Williamson, Reutzel, A. Stevens, Wagner, LaDuke
Heat 2 - Gardner, M. Stevens, Kellner, Buckland, Remlinger

RedBox+ B Mini Mods

Feature -
Matthew Stevens, Matthew LaDuke, Keagen Einck, Jackson Hale, Spencer Ihrke, Jim Chisholm
Heat - Einck, Hale, Stevens, Ihrke, LaDuke, Chisholm

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