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Wildung wins Late Model feature

Current WISSOTA Late Model track point leader, Jeff Wildung, used a late race pass of Rick Nelson in order to claim the WISSOTA Late Model feature win on a beautiful Saturday evening at Viking Speedway.

Other drivers who found their way into Alexandria Motors Victory Lane included Blake Jegtvig in the WISSOTA Modifieds, Derrick Lemke in the WISSOTA Super Stocks, Brett Miller in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, and Jason Hoffman in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. In non WISSOTA support action, Benson's Ben Johnson was victorious in the Viking Pure Stock class.


A total of 15 WISSOTA Midwest Mods took to the track for their 15-lap main event.

Tyler Vanderby and Jason Hoffman paced the field to the green and at the start, Hoffman jumped to the lead over Vanderby, as the rest of the field began to sort themselves out.

The running order up front continued to be Hoffman, Storck and Vanderby when the caution would come back out on two occasions with only three laps remaining.

The field would be reset and Hoffman led the field to the green and jumped back to the lead and on the next laps Vanderby, who was running in the third spot, shot over the banking in turn three, bringing out the final caution of the event. Hoffman would go on to lead the final two laps to claim his first win of the 2013 season.


Vern Stewart and Brett Miller paced 12 WISSOTA Street Stocks to the green and Miller wasted no time jumping to the outside of the track to grab the lead with Mark Blom, Justin Tammen, and eighth starter Adam Burrows in tow.

Miller ended up cruising to the win, followed by Burrows in second.


Rocky Yeats and Dominic Baker paced a nice field of 15 WISSOTA Super Stocks to the green for the 20-lap feature event.

Yeats jumped out to an early lead only to see Derek Quinn power by on the low side of the track on lap one.

With 13 laps remaining, Cory Tammen made a power move to the low side of the speedway and contact was made between Quinn and Tammen, sending the pair spinning into the front chute wall. While track officials worked to clean up the mess, it was determined that Tammen was at fault and he tagged the rear of the field, while Quinn retired pit side with heavy damage.

This put Lemke in the lead with Mike Peterson and Crouse behind him. Lemke held on for this second win of the season. Crouse was second, Peterson third, Lee fourth, and Matt Miller rounded out the top five.


Former national champion, Blake Jegtvig, and many time track champion Dennis Bitzan led a hungry field of 14 WISSOTA Mods to the green and Jegtvig blasted to the lead in his MB Customs modified.

Jegtvig had built up a nice lead when the lone caution of the event came out for a Brady Gerdes and Brandon Aggen incident in turn four.

Back up front, Jegtvig jumped back to the lead on the restart. He continued to pull away during the final 10 laps and cruised to the win ahead of Thoennes.



The final event of the evening belonged to the WISSOTA Late Models, and Clarence Washburn and Brad Parson led the 11-car field to the green.

Washburn moved to the early lead while Rick Nelson worked into the second spot as the cars exited turn two on the first lap. As Washburn entered turn three, Nelson was able to get to the inside of him to capture the lead. Once up front, Nelson moved to a large advantage over Washburn and Jeff Wildung, who had worked his way around Curt Gelling into the number three spot.

Once in second, Wildung set his sights on Nelson and began to chip away at his large lead. Wildung would complete a pass on Nelson with seven laps remaining and moved to the high side of the track. Wildung continued to build his lead over the final six laps and cruised to the win ahead of Nelson, who came home second. Montevideo's Rick Schroeder turned in a solid third place run. Gelling was fourth, and Casey Meyer rounded out the top five.


The Viking Speedway has a busy week in store when four straight nights of events will take place in conjunction with Douglas County Fair.

Thursday and Friday the track will host demo derbies, Saturday WISSOTA racing action will resume, and Sunday a truck and tractor pull is scheduled.