By Jacob Pommerer
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (July 8) – 100 Modifieds and 41 Stock Cars checked into the Jamestown Speedway for the opening night of the 28th annual Dakota Classic Modified Tour. Defending Stock Car tour champion Elijah Zevenbergen picked up right where he left off last year in victory lane, while Minot native Spencer Wilson held off a stout field of Modifieds.
Aaron Olson and Chad Sterling led 28 Stock Cars to the green flag for their 25 lap feature race. Sterling would lead the opening laps while Angel Munoz wasted no time moving from fourth to second. Munoz would worked his way along side of Sterling in turn four to take the lead. Sterling’s race would come to an end soon after with a flat tire. Aaron Olson began to challenge Munoz for the lead. Meanwhile Elijah Zevenbergen worked his way from sixth up to third right on the leaders back bumpers. Olson ran the very top of the speedway, Munoz ran through the middle, and Zevenbergen on the bottom. Olson was able to take the lead from Munoz at the half way point of the race. On the following lap Zevenbergen was able to pass both Munoz and Olson for the top spot. Olson and Munoz were given a couple shots at Zevenbergen with late race restarts, but the defending tour champ proved to be to strong picking up the night one win. Munoz, Austin Daae, Dalton Flory (from 19th), and Olson rounded out the top five. However, Daae would be DQ’ed for having an issue on his carburetor, giving the 5th spot to Curt Lund.
Tyler Wagner and Spencer Wilson led a field of 30 Modifieds to green. Wilson used his outside front row starting spot to rocket out to a big lead. Meanwhile sixth and seventh place starters Ricky Thornton Jr. and Johnny Scott worked their way to second and third. Further back in the field, former tour champs Jeff Taylor and Hunter Marriott, who started 28th and 29th, worked their way through traffic to inside the top ten. Wilson was on top of his game when it came to restarts in a race plagued with cautions. Each restart Wilson pulled away from Thornton Jr and Scott. Wilson went on to lead all 30 laps of the Modified main event. Thornton Jr, Scott, Cody Bauman, and Tracy Domagala were credited with top five finishes.
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A Main – Spencer Wilson(2), Ricky Thornton Jr(6), Johnny Scott(7), Cody Bauman(4), Tracy Domagala(9), Jesse Hoeft(5), Jordan Grabouski(14), Jason Grimes(19), Jeff Taylor(28), Hunter Marriott(29), Tom Berry Jr(18), Jason Wolla(21), Lance Mari(20), Paul Stone(11), Josh McGaha(25), Shawn Strand(27), Jeremy Keller(16), Troy Heupel(22), Jamie Trautner(8), Dallas Rice(3), Tyler Hall(26). DNF – Tyler Wagner(1), Greg Metz(15), Joel Rust(12), Mike Greseth(24), Hank Berry(30), Mark Dahl(10), Brad Hartigan(23), Steven Pfeifer(17), Corey Dripps(13).
Top 3 transferred from each B Main.
B Main 1 – Stone, Pfeifer, Hartigan, Marriott, Kelly Shryrock, Scott Bintz, Chris Bragg, Josh Jones, Riley Emmel, Curt Lund, Randy Tarno, Les McLenehan. DNF – Andrew Mack, Jason Briese. DNS – Nick Thoreson.
B Main 2 – Rust, Berry Jr, Greseth, Tyler Peterson, Ryan Mikkelson, Rob VanMil, Lucas Rodin, Crist Pittenger, Allan Fetzer, Chris Barros, Kurt Erdman. DNF – Masen Big Eagle, Kyle Brown, Mike Hagen, Greg Friestad.
B Main 3 – Dripps, Grimes, McGaha, Marlyn Seidler, David Brown, Drew Christanson, Ryan Schroeder, Tommy Lee, Myles Tomlinson, Justin O’Brien, Kody Scholpp, Dale Neitzel, Travis Olheiser, Travis Ulmer. DNF – Mike McCarthy.
B Main 4 – Grabouski, Mari, Hall, Josh Eberhardt, Jessie Hoskins, Travis Hagen, Wayne Johnson, Jarrett Carter, John Corell, Brian Brennan, Darren Schatz, Jerry Martin, Kyler Jeffrey, Jason Dinius, DNF – Jonathan Schumann.
B Main 5 – Metz, Wolla, Strand, Tim Ward, Berry, Donald Robinson, Terry Sahr, Darren Pfau, Robert Sigman, Pete Bradley, Brent Schlafmann, Bland Bohannon. DNF – Shawn Ritter, Travis Tooley, Travis Peery.
B Main 6 – Keller, Heupel, Taylor, Brock Bauman, Jay Noteboom, Alex Stanford, Casey Skyberg, Marcus Tomlinson, Kyle Slader, Rusty Kollman, Kevin Bliese. DNF – Billy Kendall, Allen Kent, Stewart Hayward, Tim Perkins.
Provisionals went to 62-Hunter Marriott and 25-Hank Berry.
Winner transferred from each Heat.
Heat 1 – Dahl, Stone, Metz, Seidler, Bintz, Berry, My. Tomlinson, Briese, Bohannon. DNF – Olheiser
Heat 2 – C. Bauman, Greseth, VanMil, Slader, Jeffrey, Pittenger, Kent. DNF – Schatz
Heat 3 – Scott, Grimes, Pfeifer, Ritter, Christanson, Bragg. DNF – Tooley, Ulmer, Tarno, Pfau.
Heat 4 – Trautner, Grabouski, Berry Jr, B. Bauman, Schumann, Fetzer. DNF – Taylor, Johnson, K. Brown, Skyberg.
Heat 5 – Rice, Wolla, McGaha, Hartigan, Ward, Lee, Jones, Schlafmann, Scholpp, Mack.
Heat 6 – Wilson, Keller, Mari, Big Eagle, Perkins, Hagen, Mikkelson, Noteboom, Martin. DNF – Erdman.
Heat 7 – Domagala, Lund, Peery, Neitzel, Shryrock, Sahr, D. Brown, McLenehan, Sigman. DNF – O’Brien.
Heat 8 – Hoeft, Rust, Ma. Tomlinson, Carter, Peterson, Hayward, Brennan. DNF – Barros, Bliese, Dinius.
Heat 9 – Wagner, Dripps, Marriott, Strand, McCarthy, Emmel, Robinson. DNF – Schroeder, Thoreson, Bradley.
Heat 10 – Thornton Jr, Hall, Rodin, Kendall, Eberhardt, Friestad, Stanford, Correll, Hagen, Kollman.
A Main – Elijah Zevenbergen(3), Angel Munoz(4), Dalton Flory(19), Aaron Olson(1), Curt Lund(5), Eric Harpole(17), Perry Misner(16), Jake Nelson(21), Joe Flory(11), Rick Schulz(15), Michael Vennes(24), Kyle Pfeifer(8), Cody Nelson(12), Beau Deschamp(18), Jody York(27), Jordan Durward(25), Alan Bertsch(26), Scott Sim(28), Jeremy Swanson(6). DNF – Jason Schoenberger(7), Duffy Froemke(13), Scott Gartner(23), Scott Yale(20), Chad Sterling(2), Rob VanMil(9), Dustin Reeh(14), Tim Compson(22). DQ – Austin Daae(10).
Top 8 transferred from each B Main.
B Main 1 – Froemke, Schulz, Harpole, D. Flory, J. Nelson, Gartner, Durward, York, Jeffrey Abbey, Kevin Mattox, Westin Abbey, Cody Dignan, Justin Bachmeier. DNF – Keith Mattox, Matt Speckman.
B-Main-2- Reeh, Deschamp, Yale, Compson, Vennes, Bertsch, Sim, Jayden Bears, Chris Ellis, Joe O’Bryan, Jason Kniffen, Randy Schultz. DNF – Mike Gotch.
Heat 1 – Munoz, Schoenberger, Daae, Dignan, Schulz, Froemke, J. Nelson, Gartner. DNF – D. Flory, Bachmeier.
Heat 2 – Zevenbergen, Lund, VanMil, Misner, Bertsch, Kniffen. DNF – Ellis, Gotch, Bears, Vennes.
Heat 3 – Sterling, Pfeifer, C. Nelson, Harpole, W. Abbey, Speckman, Kei. Mattox, York, Durward. DNF – Kev. Mattox.
Heat 4 – Olson, Swanson, J. Flory, Compson, Deschamp, O’Bryan, Reeh, Sim, Schultz. DNF – J. Abbey. DQ – Yale.