Racing: Tammen wins Florian Sprinzel Memorial
Justin Tammen led flag-to-flag and won the Florian Sprinzel Memorial Street Stock Special on a warm and windy evening at the Viking Speedway last Saturday night.
Other drivers who found their way to victory lane at the speedway included Craig Gardner in the Viking Pure Stocks, Travis Saurer in the Midwest Modifieds, Derrick Lemke in the Super Stocks and Jeff Wildung in both the Modifieds and Late Models.
Nineteen Midwest Modifieds were led to the green by local driver Tim Mensen and Fargo's Casey Arneson.
Jason Hoffman made a power move to the bottom of the speedway and vaulted to the early lead over Arneson and Ron Saurer.
Ninth starter Travis Saurer and eighth starter Jamie Thorstad picked their way through traffic and raced to third and fourth, respectively.
Saurer was able to clear Arneson with six laps remaining and began to chip away at Hoffman's large lead.
With two laps left on the scoreboard, Saurer was able to sneak to the low side of Hoffman, who was held up by a lapped car, and jumped to the lead.
From there, it was all Saurer as he cruised to his third Viking Speedway win of the season.
After outside pole sitter Shane Kruger was unable to make the start for the 15-lap Street Stock feature, Justin Tammen and Mark Blom led the field to the green.
Tammen wasted no time jumping to the high side of the speedway and raced to grab the early lead with Adam Burrows close behind. Tammen led Burrows and Blom until lap eight when Burrows slipped off the high side of the speedway bringing out the yellow. This put a new contender on Tammen's back bumper as Oriska, North Dakota's Ryan Pommerer shared row two with Blom.
Tammen left no doubt that he was the car to beat and led the remaining seven laps for the win.
Fourteen high-powered Late Models were next on the grid, with Scott Lehn and Mike Balcaen leading the group to the green flag.
Balcaen wasted no time and disposed of Lehn as the cars entered the back chute on lap one. As Balcaen was moving by on the outside of the track, Lehn's car got a bit loose and Dustin Strand made contact with Lehn, sending both drivers, along with Mandan, North Dakota driver Jeremy Keller, spinning off the back of the speedway.
Track officials determined that Strand was at fault for the incident and he was sent to the rear of the field.
Jeff Wildung was also able to clear Lehn down the back stretch and quickly moved up to battle with Balcaen as lap one was completed.
With eleven laps remaining, Johnson was able to get by Balcaen on the low side of the track and began trying to track down Wildung. As the laps continued to tick down, Johnson began to close the gap on Wildung on each lap, but in the end Wildung was never seriously challenged and he picked up the win.
After parking his Late Model in the tech shed, Wildung quickly was back to work as he and Roger's rookie Jeremy Nelson led 21 of their Modified friends to the green.
Wildung went on to lead the final ten laps for his second win of the night.
The final event of the evening was the 20-lap Super Stock feature and 14 cars lined up to do battle on the speedway.
Derrick Lemke and Cody Lee wasted no time moving to the high side of the track to battle for the lead. Lemke was able to find the preferred groove first and got the advantage over Lee as the cars completed lap one.
As the cars entered turn one on lap two, Jeff Crouse slid over the banking, bringing out the yellow for the first time. Lemke led Lee and Trevor Saurer to the green this time and Lemke moved to the super high side of the speedway and kept Lee and Saurer behind him.
Last week's feature winner, Jon Stepan, went sailing off turn four with two laps remaining, bringing out the yellow. Track officials determined that contact was made between Stepan and Cory Tammen, and Tammen was sent to the tail for yellow.
Back up front, Lemke was able to hold on to the lead for the final two laps and he raced to his first Viking win of the season.
The Viking Speedway is a high banked half-mile speedway located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria. The track will not be in action tomorrow, Saturday night. Racing will be back in action on Saturday June 29, with all six classes competing in midseason championship night.
Feature: Jeff Wildung, Zach Johnson, John Kaanta, Mike Balcaen, Rick Schroeder, Jeremy Keller, Rick Nelson, Steve Anderson, Casey Meyer, Scott Lehn, Billy Michealsohn, Shawn Meyer, Matt Jarvis, Dustin Strand.
Feature: Jeff Wildung, Cody Skytland, Jeremy Nelson, Bobby Gierke, Jason Thoennes, Josh Thoennes, Dave Schroeder, Brady Gerdes, Travis Saurer, Mike Storck, Kyle Koehntop, Danny Bayer, Brett Hoium, Jake Wildman, Matt Smith, Todd Berg, Jeff Flaten, Blake Jegtvig, Tom Silver, Austin Arneson, Dennis Bitzan.
Feature: Derrick Lemke, Cody Lee, Trevor Saurer, Derek Quinn, Jon Stepan, Jeff Crouse, Matt Miller, Mike Peterson, Rocky Yeats, Chris
Winter, Cory Tammen, Jeff Kluver, Dominic Baker, David Galbraith.
Feature: Justin Tammen, Mark Blom, Ryan Pommerer, Ryan Satter, Brett Miller, John Adams, Tiffany Maus-Krippner, Greg Umlauf, Jake Huston, Scott Huston, Durand Peterson, Adam Burrows, Luke Lick, Jason McCoy, Vern Stewart, Chuck Lundeen, Shane Kruger, Justin Vogel.
Feature: Travis Saurer, Jason Hoffman, Casey Arneson, Jamie Thorstad, Dusty Bitzan, Shawn Olson, Ryan Schleusner, Josh Muzik, Jamie
Winterquist, Andrew Bangsund, Corey Storck, Justin Froemming, Kelly Haack, Tyler Vanderby, Haley Lee, Zach Hintermeister, Tim Mensen, Wes
Drake, Ron Saurer.
Feature: Craig Gardner, Derrick Kading.