Marriott goes back-to-back with Nodak win, Zevenbergen claims stock car win

By Mike Spieker

MINOT, N.D. (July 8, 2018) – Hunter Marriott looks poised to back up last year’s Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour championship. The Brookfield, Missouri driver claimed the Modified win Sunday at Nodak Speedway for his second win in as many nights. After an 18th place finish the previous night at Jamestown Speedway, Elijah Zevenbergen rebounded to collect the IMCA Stock Car feature win.

Defending IMCA Modified national champion, Jason Wolla and Tim Ward brought the field of 30 Modifieds to the green flag for the 30-lap A-main. Wolla emerged as the leader after lap one, but he quickly had his hands full with third place starter, Michael Greseth.

Greseth pulled even with Wolla down the back straightaway on lap two before using the high side around turns three and four to take the lead. Meanwhile, perennial powerhouses, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Hunter Marriott moved into third and fourth, respectively.

A caution on lap three bunched the field back up. On the restart, Thornton went three wide with Greseth and Wolla in turns one and two before using his momentum to take second away from Wolla at the other end of the speedway.

With Marriott in tow, Thornton went after Greseth for the lead. Greseth withstood Thornton’s first bid for the lead as he rode on the razor thin cushion on the top side of the speedway.

Things heated up at the halfway point of the race. Both Thornton and Marriott got a run on Greseth down the backstretch, which made for a three wide race for the lead into turn three. Marriott went from third to the point as Thornton drifted up out of turn four and caught the wall. Greseth returned the favor on Marriott with a big slide job in turns one and two, but Marriott was able to regain the lead down the backstretch.

Once out front, Marriott checked out from the rest of the field. Behind him, a torrid battle for second continued. On lap 18, Ward drove from fifth to second after getting a run off turn two. Greseth, Wolla and Thornton went three wide for third into turn three, which resulted in Greseth and Wolla making contact. The contact wounded the left front of Greseth’s machine, but he continued on.

Marriott ran the remainder of the event unchallenged as he cruised to the win. Ward, Thornton, 15th place starter Kody Scholpp, and Robert Hellebust rounded out the top five.

“When we took off, I knew the car was good. I just didn’t know how good it was,” said Marriott in victory lane. “I just stayed up on the top with [Greseth] and [Thornton]. Then at the same time I went for the lead, Ricky went for it too and it just happened to work out for me. Once we got rolling into clean air, the car was really good. I feels good to get back to victory lane here.”

It took just four laps for Elijah Zevenbergen to charge from his fifth starting position to the lead. Zevenbergen took the lead with a slide job in turn one on pole sitter Jeremy Swanson. Swanson and Dalton Flory kept Zevenberg honest through the first half of the race, but as the race advanced, Zevenbergen’s lead grew.

Zevenbergen went on to take the win over 16th place starter Austin Daae.

“Last night did not go as planned… we got a little tore up. But we took today and worked on the car. I think we can say we’ve got the car right now,” said Zevenbergen in victory lane.

Flory, Swanson and Colin Heim rounded out the top five.

Marriott holds a six point lead over RC Whitwell atop the Dakota Classic Mod Tour point standings heading into round three at Estevan Motor Speedway. Angel Munoz holds a two point lead over Thornton in the Stock Car standings.

RESULTS

IMCA Modifieds
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 62-Hunter Marriott, [7]; 2. 4TW-Tim Ward, [2]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [5]; 4. 02-Kody Scholpp, [15]; 5. 9H-Robert Hellebust, [4]; 6. 71T-RC Whitwell, [14]; 7. 27W-Jason Wolla, [1]; 8. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [10]; 9. 9-Billy Kendall III, [9]; 10. 99-Shawn Strand, [11]; 11. E3B-Eddie Belec, [16]; 12. 14T-Travis Hagen, [18]; 13. 175-Ethan Dotson, [8]; 14. 98-Alex Stanford, [13]; 15. 19SB-Lance Mari, [25]; 16. 29C-Drew Christianson, [17]; 17. 1-Mark Dahl, [6]; 18. 25-Hank Berry, [12]; 19. 3X-Kelly Shryock, [19]; 20. 5-Jeff Taylor, [27]; 21. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [26]; 22. 12J-Justin O’Brien, [21]; 23. 65-Jerad Thelen, [20]; 24. 4-Jordan Huettl, [30]; 25. 4J-Wayne Johnson, [22]; 26. 2A-Casey Arneson, [29]; 27. (DNF) 17-Mike Greseth, [3]; 28. (DNF) 24B-Chris Bragg, [23]; 29. (DNF) 66P-Paul Stone, [24]; 30. (DNF) 11-Steven Pfeifer, [28]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 9-Billy Kendall III, [4]; 2. 98-Alex Stanford, [2]; 3. 29C-Drew Christianson, [1]; 4. 12J-Justin O’Brien, [5]; 5. 19SB-Lance Mari, [10]; 6. 3-Travis Ulmer, [6]; 7. 96-Tracy Domagala, [15]; 8. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [3]; 9. X-Josh Rogotzke, [7]; 10. 12-Justin Bieber, [13]; 11. 87-Curt Lund, [17]; 12. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [12]; 13. 21Z-Isaiah Geisel, [16]; 14. 7X-Jeff Hooker, [8]; 15. 71S-Brent Schlafmann, [14]; 16. (DNF) 3M-Roy Spielman, [9]; 17. (DNF) 72X-Kyler Jeffrey, [11]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [1]; 2. 71T-RC Whitwell, [2]; 3. 14T-Travis Hagen, [6]; 4. 4J-Wayne Johnson, [3]; 5. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [4]; 6. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [9]; 7. 21K-Kyle Brown, [8]; 8. 2A-Casey Arneson, [10]; 9. 19-Lucas Rodin, [5]; 10. 5T-Marcus Tomlinson, [17]; 11. 2G-Troy Girolamo, [15]; 12. 72-Dallas Rice, [12]; 13. 29A-Les McLenehan, [14]; 14. 4500-Cody Peterson, [11]; 15. 3B-Brian Brennan, [13]; 16. 29-Darren Schatz, [16]; 17. (DNF) M1-Mike Hagen, [7]

B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 99-Shawn Strand, [2]; 2. 02-Kody Scholpp, [3]; 3. 3X-Kelly Shryock, [1]; 4. 24B-Chris Bragg, [4]; 5. 5-Jeff Taylor, [9]; 6. 5C-John Corell, [5]; 7. 4T-Troy Heupel, [8]; 8. 87X-Bland Bohannon, [6]; 9. 21X-Jesse Hoeft, [12]; 10. 58-Shawn Nostdahl, [13]; 11. 6-Chris Schroeder, [17]; 12. 7SR-Shawn Ritter, [15]; 13. 79-Billie Christ, [10]; 14. 15T-Myles Tomlinson, [11]; 15. (DNF) O19-Travis Olheiser, [7]; 16. (DNF) 47-Delos Haugen, [16]; (DNS) 2J-Jerry Martin,

B Feature 4 (12 Laps): 1. 25-Hank Berry, [2]; 2. E3B-Eddie Belec, [4]; 3. 65-Jerad Thelen, [1]; 4. 66P-Paul Stone, [3]; 5. 11-Steven Pfeifer, [8]; 6. 75-Spencer Wilson, [5]; 7. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [12]; 8. 2-Rusty Kollman, [6]; 9. 4-Jordan Huettl, [10]; 10. 19F-John Flory, [9]; 11. 29H-Keith Hammett, [11]; 12. 6P-Travis Peery, [16]; 13. 83-Dale Neitzel, [13]; 14. 17X-Tommy Lee, [7]; 15. 01-Jonathan Schumann, [15]; 16. (DNF) 21-Aaron Turnbull, [14]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 17-Mike Greseth, [3]; 2. 29C-Drew Christianson, [1]; 3. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [5]; 4. 12J-Justin O’Brien, [7]; 5. X-Josh Rogotzke, [4]; 6. 3M-Roy Spielman, [9]; 7. 72X-Kyler Jeffrey, [6]; 8. 12-Justin Bieber, [10]; 9. (DNF) 96-Tracy Domagala, [2]; 10. (DNF) 87-Curt Lund, [8]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 9H-Robert Hellebust, [2]; 2. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [3]; 3. 4J-Wayne Johnson, [7]; 4. 19-Lucas Rodin, [5]; 5. M1-Mike Hagen, [6]; 6. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [8]; 7. 4500-Cody Peterson, [1]; 8. 3B-Brian Brennan, [10]; 9. (DNF) 2G-Troy Girolamo, [4]; 10. (DNF) 5T-Marcus Tomlinson, [9]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 27W-Jason Wolla, [7]; 2. 3X-Kelly Shryock, [2]; 3. 02-Kody Scholpp, [4]; 4. 5C-John Corell, [1]; 5. O19-Travis Olheiser, [9]; 6. 5-Jeff Taylor, [5]; 7. 15T-Myles Tomlinson, [10]; 8. 58-Shawn Nostdahl, [8]; 9. 7SR-Shawn Ritter, [6]; 10. 6-Chris Schroeder, [3]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 175-Ethan Dotson, [1]; 2. 65-Jerad Thelen, [3]; 3. 66P-Paul Stone, [2]; 4. 75-Spencer Wilson, [6]; 5. 17X-Tommy Lee, [4]; 6. 19F-John Flory, [7]; 7. 29H-Keith Hammett, [9]; 8. 83-Dale Neitzel, [5]; 9. 01-Jonathan Schumann, [8]

Heat 5 (10 Laps): 1. 4TW-Tim Ward, [5]; 2. 98-Alex Stanford, [1]; 3. 9-Billy Kendall III, [9]; 4. 3-Travis Ulmer, [3]; 5. 7X-Jeff Hooker, [2]; 6. 19SB-Lance Mari, [8]; 7. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [7]; 8. (DNF) 71S-Brent Schlafmann, [6]; 9. (DNF) 21Z-Isaiah Geisel, [4]

Heat 6 (10 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [4]; 2. 71T-RC Whitwell, [1]; 3. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [2]; 4. 14T-Travis Hagen, [3]; 5. 21K-Kyle Brown, [6]; 6. 2A-Casey Arneson, [5]; 7. 72-Dallas Rice, [9]; 8. 29A-Les McLenehan, [8]; 9. 29-Darren Schatz, [7]

Heat 7 (10 Laps): 1. 62-Hunter Marriott, [1]; 2. 99-Shawn Strand, [7]; 3. 24B-Chris Bragg, [4]; 4. 87X-Bland Bohannon, [3]; 5. 4T-Troy Heupel, [8]; 6. 79-Billie Christ, [5]; 7. 21X-Jesse Hoeft, [6]; 8. (DNF) 2J-Jerry Martin, [9]; 9. (DNF) 47-Delos Haugen, [2]

Heat 8 (10 Laps): 1. 1-Mark Dahl, [1]; 2. 25-Hank Berry, [2]; 3. E3B-Eddie Belec, [7]; 4. 2-Rusty Kollman, [4]; 5. 11-Steven Pfeifer, [6]; 6. 4-Jordan Huettl, [8]; 7. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [9]; 8. 21-Aaron Turnbull, [3]; 9. 6P-Travis Peery, [5]

Stock Cars
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen, [5]; 2. 17-Austin Daae, [16]; 3. 20F-Dalton Flory, [3]; 4. 68-Jeremy Swanson, [1]; 5. 6-Colin Heim, [4]; 6. 2M-Angel Munoz, [11]; 7. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [2]; 8. 81-Matt Speckman, [15]; 9. 1-Chris Heim, [7]; 10. 12-Rob Stenvold, [9]; 11. 20-Joe Flory, [17]; 12. 37-Jason Rogers, [13]; 13. 10N-Cody Nelson, [12]; 14. 16-Beau Deschamp, [10]; 15. 10J-Jake Nelson, [6]; 16. 87-Eric Harpole, [23]; 17. 00X-Blake Adams, [20]; 18. 95-Gregg Mann, [24]; 19. 00-Andy Altenburg, [14]; 20. 30L-Curt Lund, [18]; 21. 28M-Keith Mattox, [26]; 22. 86-Aaron Aaseth, [8]; 23. 30-Dave Moriarty, [25]; 24. 47-Devon Gonas, [22]; 25. 11S-Michael Swallers, [21]; 26. (DNF) 2-Scott Yale, [19]; 27. (DNF) 7L-Matt Lang, [27]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 17-Austin Daae, [1]; 2. 2-Scott Yale, [4]; 3. 47-Devon Gonas, [2]; 4. 30-Dave Moriarty, [3]; 5. 41M-Mike Gotch, [9]; 6. 7-Gary Goudy Sr, [8]; 7. 99M-Kevin Mattox, [7]; 8. (DNF) 00Y-Jody York, [6]; 9. (DNF) 28A-Alan Bertsch, [5]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 20-Joe Flory, [1]; 2. 00X-Blake Adams, [2]; 3. 87-Eric Harpole, [4]; 4. 28M-Keith Mattox, [3]; 5. 0-Scott Gartner, [8]; 6. 16B-Justin Bachmeier, [7]; 7. 5-Jace Iverson, [9]; 8. 12G-Gary Goudy Jr, [6]; 9. (DNF) 8-Robert Pickering, [5]

B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 30L-Curt Lund, [2]; 2. 11S-Michael Swallers, [3]; 3. 95-Gregg Mann, [4]; 4. 7L-Matt Lang, [5]; 5. 34-Jason Kniffen, [9]; 6. 211-Joe Schrodt, [6]; 7. (DNF) 69-Kirk Martin, [1]; 8. (DNF) 52-AJ Dancer, [7]; (DNS) 3-Justin Medler,

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen, [1]; 2. 10J-Jake Nelson, [2]; 3. 2M-Angel Munoz, [3]; 4. 17-Austin Daae, [4]; 5. 30L-Curt Lund, [6]; 6. 87-Eric Harpole, [8]; 7. 00Y-Jody York, [9]; 8. 52-AJ Dancer, [5]; 9. 5-Jace Iverson, [7]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 68-Jeremy Swanson, [1]; 2. 86-Aaron Aaseth, [3]; 3. 10N-Cody Nelson, [5]; 4. 20-Joe Flory, [8]; 5. 30-Dave Moriarty, [4]; 6. 95-Gregg Mann, [7]; 7. 12G-Gary Goudy Jr, [6]; 8. 7-Gary Goudy Sr, [9]; 9. (DNF) 34-Jason Kniffen, [2]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 6-Colin Heim, [3]; 2. 16-Beau Deschamp, [8]; 3. 00-Andy Altenburg, [5]; 4. 69-Kirk Martin, [2]; 5. 28M-Keith Mattox, [6]; 6. 28A-Alan Bertsch, [7]; 7. 211-Joe Schrodt, [1]; 8. 0-Scott Gartner, [4]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [5]; 2. 12-Rob Stenvold, [1]; 3. 37-Jason Rogers, [6]; 4. 47-Devon Gonas, [8]; 5. 11S-Michael Swallers, [7]; 6. 8-Robert Pickering, [3]; 7. (DNF) 99M-Kevin Mattox, [2]; 8. (DNF) 3-Justin Medler, [4]

Heat 5 (10 Laps): 1. 20F-Dalton Flory, [8]; 2. 1-Chris Heim, [2]; 3. 81-Matt Speckman, [4]; 4. 00X-Blake Adams, [7]; 5. 2-Scott Yale, [3]; 6. 7L-Matt Lang, [6]; 7. 16B-Justin Bachmeier, [1]; 8. 41M-Mike Gotch, [5]

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