Viking Speedway: Shaw take first modified win of the season
Don Shaw dominated a strong field of 20 WISSOTA Modifieds to claim his first Viking Speedway Modified win of the season this past Saturday night.
Other drivers finding their way to Alexandria Motors Victory Lane during Jam the Stands night included, Justin Vogel in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Travis Saurer in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Cody Lee in the WISSOTA Super Stocks, Jeff Wildung in the WISSOTA Late Models and Lee Kramer in the Viking Pure Stocks.
The main battle on the track after a caution on lap six was for the number four through six spots, as 16th starting Justin Vogel and current WISSOTA national point leader Ryan Pommerer began to move their way to the front.
Those two ended up in a two-lap shoot out before Vogel went on to win the feature after starting in the final starting spot in the event.
With eight laps remaining, Saurer ducked to the low side of Jamie Thorstad and was able to complete the pass for the lead. From there, Saurer would stretch his lead and went on to claim the win.
Cody Lee and Dominic Baker led a nice field of 14 WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green and Lee was able to use a power move to gain the lead on Baker as the drivers jockeyed for position for their 20-lap event.
Lee battled through many cautions in this feature, but he raced to the win ahead of Jeff Crouse in second.
Don Shaw quickly moved from his fifth starting spot in the WISSOTA Modified feature, and raced up to challenge Gilbertson for the lead on lap four. For a handful of laps the duo would race side by side with Shaw completing the pass on lap seven.
As the laps ticked down, Shaw continued to dominate and he raced to the win ahead of Schroeder, who made a last corner pass on Thoennes for second.
Jeff Wildung was able to move into the second spot with 10 laps to go in the WISSOTA late models feature.
At that point, Shaw held nearly a full straight away lead over Wildung, but lap after lap Wildung cut into the lead. As Shaw came to the flag stand on lap 18, Wildung was right on his bumper and as the duo entered turn two, Shaw's machine got loose, allowing Wildung to move to the inside of him. Shaw was able to fight Wildung off and Shaw led as the white flag came out.
As the drivers raced down the back stretch, it was clear that lap traffic was going to be an issue. Shaw chose the outside of the track and Wildung the bottom, and as the cars exited turn four, Wildung was able to get by Shaw for the win.