Viking Speedway: Wildung, Skytland repeat winners on night two
By: By Ray Beste, Contributing writer, Alexandria Echo Press
Jeff Wildung picked right up where he left off scoring his second NLRA Late Model feature win in as many nights Sunday night at Viking Speedway.
Not to be outdone, Cody Skytland corralled his second win in as many tries in the WISSOTA Modified finale, while Jeff Crouse rallied to take home top honors in the WISSOTA Super Stock A-main.
Chris Mensen (WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds) and Tim Jodsaas (WISSOTA Street Stocks) each turned in impressive performances as well during season championship night at the steeply banked half-mile oval located on the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria.
After leading the majority of the race the night before, Mensen was not going to let this one get away as he cruised on to his first Viking Speedway win of the season.
Mensen’s impressive run was proven to be all the more impressive by holding off strong challengers Dustin Bitzan and Travis Saurer in the process.
Tim Jodsaas put a cap on a fine season by scoring his second Viking Speedway Street Stock feature win on Sunday night.
The 2011 season has proved to be a storybook one of sorts for Alexandria’s own Jeff Crouse. That continued on Sunday night when Crouse rallied from his 10th starting position to tally his 14th win of the season.
Steinbach, Manitoba driver Mike Martin was Crouse’s chief rival during the 20-lap thriller with Crouse ultimately taking the win.
With the win, Crouse was crowned season champion.
West Fargo, North Dakota hotshoe Cody Skytland once again proved why he is one of the best in the business, taking the win in the Modified finale.
Skytland was able to move by a myriad of drivers early on before sneaking by for the lead. Once out front, Skytland would never relinquish the lead on his way to a mighty impressive victory.
Although Jeff Wildung scored his second win in as many nights, the story of the night’s 25-lap NLRA A-main was the run turned in by Brad Seng.
In the end, it was Wildung taking the win in exciting fashion in front of Zach Johnson, Seng, Ricky Weiss and 12th starter Shawn Kirwin.
Thirty cars packed the pits for night two of Viking Speedway’s annual Labor Day NLRA Doubleheader.
Wildung once again proved why he is one of the best in the business, scoring the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) Late Model feature win Saturday night.
Skytland remained on his tear, taking top honors in the Modified finale, while Jon Stepan tallied his first Super Stock feature win of the season.
Travis Saurer (Midwest Modifieds) and Chris Winter (Street Stocks) each visited victory lane as well during night one of Viking Speedway’s Labor Day doubleheader.
The Speedway will take the next month off before returning on October 6 for the Annual “Viking Fall Classic.”
Practice will be held on Thursday, October 6 with the regular program ready to blast on Friday, October 7. For more information regarding the 2011 Viking Fall Classic, log onto vikingspeedway.net.
VIKING SPEEDWAY RACING
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Feature – Jeff Wildung, Zach Johnson, Brad Seng, Ricky Weiss, Shawn Kirwin, Jeff Hinkemeyer, Dustin Virkus, Doug Herrick, Troy Schill, Mitch Johnson, Todd Frank, Rick Nelson, Shaun Peterson, Mike Balcaen, Scott Atkinson, Bill Mooney, Jeremy Keller, Caley Emerson, Michael Johnson, Joey Ogston, Harold Schill, Josh Johnson, Brad Parson, Corey Nelson, Joel Cryderman, Cole Schill.
Heat 1 – Hinkemeyer, Frank, Z. Johnson, Herrick, Parson, Schill, L. Atkinson, Fischer.
Heat 2 – Wildung, Nelson, S. Atkinson, Cryderman, Emerson, Seng, Mooney, Josh Johnson.
Heat 3 – Weiss, T. Schill, Kirwin, Peterson, H. Schill, Lehn, Schommer.
B-main – Seng, Ogston, Mooney, Keller, L. Atkinson
Feature – Cody Skytland, Dennis Bitzan, Brock Gronwold, Kyle Wieberdink, Terry Engebretson, Jason Thoennes, Jeremy Kerzman, Travis Saurer, Josh Thoennes, Kyle Koehntop, Brett Hoium, Dave Schroeder, Jake Wildman, Brad Gerdes, Mark Esala, Kent Wilms, Dwayne Clarke, Shane Bruns, Bob Gierke, Pete Loecken, Charlie Hilluka, Danny Bayer, Tim Thomas.
Heat 1 – Skytland, Kerzman, Jo. Thoennes, Gerdes, Schroeder, Thomas, Hilluka, Loecken.
Heat 2 – Ja. Thoennes, Wieberdink, Gronwold, Gierke, Clarke, Saurer, Bayer, Bruns.
Heat 3 – Bitzan, Engebretson, Hoium, Koehntop, Esala, Wildman, Wilms.
Feature – Jeff Crouse, Mike Martin, Derrick Lemke, Cody Lee, Bryan Hellerman, Mike Peterson, Larry Lund, Jeff Kluver, Dominic Baker, Jay Hedtke, Alan Johnson, Jeff Flaten, Jon Stepan, Matt Miller.
Heat 1 – Flaten, Peterson, Lee, Hellerman, Stepan, Baker, Kluver.
Heat 2 – Johnson, Martin, Lund, Lemke, Hedtke, Crouse, Miller.
Feature – Chris Mensen, Dustin Bitzan, Travis Saurer, Shawn Olson, Jason Hoffman, Brandon Spanswick, Travis Vanderby, Ryan Schleusner, Williams Lund, Derek Quinn, Brad Gerdes, Josh Muzik, Brett Johnson, Todd Berg, Kelly Haack, Randy Laage, Tyler Vanderby, Brian Haben, Dan Greeley, Brooke Hellerman, Dustin Bluhm, Kyle Reents, Darrin Braaten, Kenny Klaudt.
Heat 1 – Saurer, Hoffman, Haben, Hellerman, Tr. Vanderby, Reents, Greeley, Ty. Vanderby.
Heat 2 – Lund, Spanswick, Mensen, Bluhm, Braaten, Haack, Johnson, Klaudt.
Heat 3 – Olson, Bitzan, Schleusner, Berg, Gerdes, Laage, Quinn, Muzik.
Feature – Tim Jodsaas, Jim Williams, Justin Vogel, Adam Burrows, Travis Berends, Mark Blom, Jordan Tollakson, Andrew Bangsund, Scott Huston, Gary Reents, Chris Winter, Jake Huston, Tiffany Maus-Krippner, Russ Carlson, Matt Kometz, Brett Miller.
Heat 1 – Burrows, Williams, Jodsaas, Blom, J. Huston, Winter, Miller, Reents.
Heat 2 – Berends, Vogel, Tollakson, Bangsund, Huston, Carlson, Maus-Krippner, Kometz
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Feature – Jeff Wildung, Brad Seng, Ricky Weiss, Corey Nelson, Joel Cryderman, Shaun Peterson, Corey Seckerson, Jeremy Keller, Michael Johnson, Dustin Virkus, Joey Ogston, Cole Schill, Harold Schill, Todd Frank, Mitch Johnson, Scott Lehn, Zach Johnson, Bill Mooney, Shawn Kirwin, Caley Emerson, Doug Herrick, Jeff Hinkemeyer, Adam Fischer, Troy Schill, Matt Aukland, Mike Balcaen.
Heat 1 – Weiss, Herrick, Nelson, Mike Johnson, Keller, Parson, C. Schill, Frank.
Heat 2 – Wildung, Seng, Hinkemeyer, Kirwin, Peterson, Virkus, Josh Johnson, Balcaen.
Heat 3 – Zach Johnson, Emerson, Mooney, H. Schill, Lehn, Ogston, Aukland.
Heat 4 – Mitch Johnson, Cryderman, T. Schill, Seckerson, Fischer, R. Nelson, Schommer.
B-main – Virkus, Frank, Balcaen, Ogston, Nelson, Parson, Aukland, Josh Johnson, C. Schill, Schommer.
Feature – Cody Skytland, Jason Thoennes, Josh Thoennes, Dennis Bitzan, Brett Hoium, Terry Engebretson, Jeremy Kerzman, Danny Bayer, Dwayne Clarke, Kyle Koehntop, Dave Schroeder, Brady Gerdes, Travis Saurer, Curt Lund, Bob Gierke, Shane Bruns, Mark Esala, Jake Wildman, Pete Loecken, Scott Werk, Kyle Wieberdink, Dallas Gulbrandson, Jason Blascyk, Brock Gronwold.
Heat 1 – Skytland, Jo. Thoennes, Hoium, Bayer, Koehntop, Wildman, Werk, Gronwold.
Heat 2 – Blascyk, Kerzman, Wieberdink, Gerdes, Saurer, Lund, Bruns, Schroeder.
Heat 3 – Bitzan, Ja. Thoennes, Engebretson, Clarke, Gierke, Esala, Loecken, Gulbrandson.
Make-up Feature – Jason Thoennes, Josh Thoennes, Kyle Koehntop, Terry Engebretson, Brett Hoium, Pete Loecken, Kyle Wieberdink, Dave Schroeder, Jason Blascyk, Travis Saurer, Dennis Bitzan, Dallas Gulbrandson, Shane Edgington, Mike Storck, Scott Tofte, Marshall Tofte, Aaron Olson.
Feature – Jon Stepan, Cody Lee, Jeff Crouse, Shawn Nolan, Derrick Lemke, Jay Hedtke, Larry Lund, Matt Miller, Alan Johnson, Bryan Hellerman, Jeremy Jerve, Mike Martin, Jeff Flaten, Dominic Baker, Mike Peterson.
Heat 1 – Nolan, Lee, Martin, Jerve, Lund, Johnson, Baker, Peterson.
Heat 2 – Stepan, Crouse, Flaten, Miller, Lemke, Hedtke, Hellerman.
Feature – Travis Saurer, Chris Mensen, Brian Haben, Randy Laage, Todd Berg, Brady Gerdes, Josh Muzik, William Lund, Ryan Schleusner, Darrin Braaten, Shawn Olson, Tyler Peterson, Travis Vanderby, Brooke Hellerman, Dan Greeley, Kelly Haack, Dustin Bluhm, Kenny Klaudt, Dustin Bitzan, Brandon Spanswick, Kyle Reents, Derek Quinn, Jason Hoffman.
Heat 1 – Saurer, Hoffman, Bitzan, Muzik, Vanderby, Haack, Greeley, Bluhm.
Heat 2 – Laage, Gerdes, Mensen, Haben, Lund, Olson, Peterson, Reents.
Heat 3 – Berg, Spanswick, Schleusner, Braaten, Quinn, Hellerman, Klaudt.
Feature – Chris Winter, Brett Miller, Andrew Bangsund, Gary Reents, Justin Vogel, Jordan Tollakson, Adam Burrows, Jim Williams, Mark Blom, Tim Jodsaas, Scott Huston, Tiffany Maus-Krippner, Russ Carlson, Jake Huston, Matt Kometz.
Heat 1 – Blom, Bangsund, Reents, Tollakson, Jodsaas, Williams, J. Huston, Maus-Krippner.
Heat 2 – Miller, Burrows, Winter, Huston, Vogel, Carlson, Kometz.