Thornton wins a Southwest thriller, Zevenbergen cruises to Stock Car win

By Mike Spieker

DICKINSON, N.D. (July 12, 2018) – After battling inclimate weather the previous two nights, round five of the 29th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour went off without a hitch Wednesday night at Southwest Speedway. Hunter Marriott’s win streak on the tour came to an end as Ricky Thornton Jr. of Clive, Iowa picked up the night’s $2,400 IMCA Modified feature win.

RC Whitwell and Shawn Strand made up the front row for the 30-lap, 30-car A-main. Whitwell grabbed the race lead on lap one in his Jesse Hoskins-owned No. 71T. Thornton got a run off the exited of turn four to go from fourth to second on lap two, getting by both Strand and Ethan Dotson.

A pair of cautions slowed the race before lap five. Kody Scholpp endured mechanical issues, which caused him to slow in turn two. On the following restart, contact between Strand and Travis Olheiser sent Olheiser into Travis Hagen. Both Olheiser and Hagen received heavy damage, but they were okay.

The top three distanced themselves from the rest of the field at the halfway point. With 14 to go, Whitwell found himself in lapped traffic. Whitwell had to move away from the preferred bottom groove to maneuver past lapped traffic, which allowed Thornton to reel him in.

Thornton dove to the inside of turn four with 10 to go to take the lead. Whitwell didn’t go down without a fight. The Tucson, Ariz. driver battled back to go three wide with Thornton with a lapped car in the mix. Whitwell reclaimed the lead with six to go as seventh place starter, Hunter Marriott, moved into third.

Thornton went back to the low groove to pull even with Whitwell once again. Thornton drove back into the lead with four to as Marriott looked to challenge Whitwell for second.

“Me and RC definitely had a hard race there. He gave me plenty of room… I gave him plenty of room… and we ended up on top,” said Thornton in victory lane.

A stout field of 31 IMCA Stock Cars made the call for the night’s 25-lap feature. The action heated up right at the drop of the green flag as fourth place starter, Austin Daae, came up to challenge front row starters, Keith Mattox and Chris Heim, on lap two. The trio went three wide down the backstretch with Daae emerging as the leader. Elijah Zevenbergen raced his way to second by the first caution of the event on lap four.

On the restart, Zevenbergen placed a bid for the lead on Daae. After racing side by side for two circuits, Zevenbergen prevailed on the low side to take the lead on lap six. Once out front, Zevenbergen checked out to claim his second win on the tour. Dalton Flory edged out Daae for second, while Angel Munoz charged from 13th to fourth. Jason Rogers rounded out the top five.

Entering the final night of action, the top five in points are separated by just three points. Zevenbergen and Daae are tied atop the standings.

RESULTS

IMCA Modifieds:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [4]; 2. 62-Hunter Marriott, [7]; 3. 71T-RC Whitwell, [1]; 4. 27W-Jason Wolla, [10]; 5. 175-Ethan Dotson, [3]; 6. 3X-Kelly Shryock, [12]; 7. 99-Shawn Strand, [2]; 8. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [5]; 9. 9-Billy Kendall III, [14]; 10. 4TW-Tim Ward, [9]; 11. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [13]; 12. 9H-Robert Hellebust, [11]; 13. 98-Alex Stanford, [22]; 14. 11-Steven Pfeifer, [19]; 15. E3B-Eddie Belec, [29]; 16. 5C-John Corell, [20]; 17. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [15]; 18. 66P-Paul Stone, [16]; 19. 12J-Justin O’Brien, [25]; 20. 6P-Travis Peery, [23]; 21. 02-Kody Scholpp, [18]; 22. 6-Chris Schroeder, [21]; 23. 24B-Chris Bragg, [17]; 24. 3D-Dan Aune, [26]; 25. 2G-Troy Girolamo, [27]; 26. X-Josh Rogotzke, [28]; 27. (DNF) 21K-Kyle Brown, [30]; 28. (DNF) 7-Marlyn Seidler, [24]; 29. (DNF) O19-Travis Olheiser, [6]; 30. (DNF) 14T-Travis Hagen, [8]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 4TW-Tim Ward, [2]; 2. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [4]; 3. 24B-Chris Bragg, [1]; 4. 6-Chris Schroeder, [9]; 5. 12J-Justin O’Brien, [7]; 6. 12-Justin Bieber, [5]; 7. 83-Dale Neitzel, [6]; 8. 87-Curt Lund, [3]; 9. 2*-Josh Jones, [12]; 10. 29H-Keith Hammett, [14]; 11. 7SR-Shawn Ritter, [13]; 12. 4500-Cody Peterson, [10]; 13. 2J-Jerry Martin, [8]; 14. (DNF) 15-Travis Tooley, [11]; (DNS) 11K-Jeremy Keller,

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 27W-Jason Wolla, [1]; 2. 9-Billy Kendall III, [2]; 3. 02-Kody Scholpp, [6]; 4. 98-Alex Stanford, [3]; 5. 3D-Dan Aune, [11]; 6. 19SB-Lance Mari, [4]; 7. 5-Jeff Taylor, [12]; 8. 5T-Marcus Tomlinson, [7]; 9. 4T-Troy Heupel, [9]; 10. 3B-Brian Brennan, [14]; 11. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [8]; 12. E3B-Eddie Belec, [5]; 13. 12B-Dwight Burwick, [13]; 14. 33S-Robert Sigman, [15]; 15. 18G-Randy Gordon, [10]

B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 9H-Robert Hellebust, [1]; 2. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [3]; 3. 11-Steven Pfeifer, [5]; 4. 6P-Travis Peery, [2]; 5. 2G-Troy Girolamo, [4]; 6. 15T-Myles Tomlinson, [6]; 7. 75-Spencer Wilson, [8]; 8. 1-Mark Dahl, [10]; 9. 2A-Casey Arneson, [9]; 10. 29A-Les McLenehan, [7]; 11. 71S-Brent Schlafmann, [12]; 12. 2R-Randy Burwick, [11]; 13. 79-Billie Christ, [13]

B Feature 4 (12 Laps): 1. 3X-Kelly Shryock, [8]; 2. 66P-Paul Stone, [1]; 3. 5C-John Corell, [2]; 4. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [5]; 5. X-Josh Rogotzke, [3]; 6. 25-Hank Berry, [13]; 7. 4Z-Zach Olson, [7]; 8. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [10]; 9. 21K-Kyle Brown, [6]; 10. 91X-Jarrett Carter, [12]; 11. 72X-Kyler Jeffrey, [11]; 12. (DNF) 17X-Tommy Lee, [4]; 13. (DNF) 87H-Brad Hartigan, [9]; 14. (DNF) 3-Travis Ulmer, [14]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 175-Ethan Dotson, [4]; 2. 24B-Chris Bragg, [1]; 3. 87-Curt Lund, [5]; 4. 12-Justin Bieber, [6]; 5. 12J-Justin O’Brien, [2]; 6. 6-Chris Schroeder, [8]; 7. 15-Travis Tooley, [3]; 8. 7SR-Shawn Ritter, [7]; 9. (DNF) 11K-Jeremy Keller, [9]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 62-Hunter Marriott, [5]; 2. 27W-Jason Wolla, [4]; 3. 98-Alex Stanford, [2]; 4. E3B-Eddie Belec, [6]; 5. 5T-Marcus Tomlinson, [1]; 6. 4T-Troy Heupel, [7]; 7. 3D-Dan Aune, [8]; 8. 12B-Dwight Burwick, [3]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [3]; 2. 9H-Robert Hellebust, [1]; 3. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [5]; 4. 11-Steven Pfeifer, [8]; 5. 29A-Les McLenehan, [2]; 6. 2A-Casey Arneson, [7]; 7. 2R-Randy Burwick, [4]; 8. 79-Billie Christ, [6]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [1]; 2. 66P-Paul Stone, [2]; 3. X-Josh Rogotzke, [7]; 4. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [5]; 5. 4Z-Zach Olson, [6]; 6. 87H-Brad Hartigan, [3]; 7. 72X-Kyler Jeffrey, [4]; 8. (DNF) 25-Hank Berry, [8]

Heat 5 (10 Laps): 1. 71T-RC Whitwell, [1]; 2. 4TW-Tim Ward, [8]; 3. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [4]; 4. 83-Dale Neitzel, [3]; 5. 2J-Jerry Martin, [2]; 6. 4500-Cody Peterson, [6]; 7. 2*-Josh Jones, [5]; 8. (DNF) 29H-Keith Hammett, [7]

Heat 6 (10 Laps): 1. O19-Travis Olheiser, [1]; 2. 9-Billy Kendall III, [3]; 3. 19SB-Lance Mari, [4]; 4. 02-Kody Scholpp, [7]; 5. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [6]; 6. (DNF) 18G-Randy Gordon, [8]; 7. (DNF) 5-Jeff Taylor, [2]; (DNS) 3B-Brian Brennan,

Heat 7 (10 Laps): 1. 14T-Travis Hagen, [7]; 2. 6P-Travis Peery, [1]; 3. 2G-Troy Girolamo, [2]; 4. 15T-Myles Tomlinson, [6]; 5. 75-Spencer Wilson, [3]; 6. 1-Mark Dahl, [8]; 7. 71S-Brent Schlafmann, [4]; 8. 33S-Robert Sigman, [5]

Heat 8 (10 Laps): 1. 99-Shawn Strand, [1]; 2. 5C-John Corell, [4]; 3. 17X-Tommy Lee, [2]; 4. 21K-Kyle Brown, [7]; 5. 3X-Kelly Shryock, [8]; 6. (DNF) 6Z-Zach Dockter, [3]; 7. (DNF) 91X-Jarrett Carter, [5]; 8. (DNF) 3-Travis Ulmer, [6]

IMCA Stock Cars
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen, [3]; 2. 20F-Dalton Flory, [5]; 3. 17-Austin Daae, [4]; 4. 2M-Angel Munoz, [13]; 5. 37-Jason Rogers, [11]; 6. 20-Joe Flory, [10]; 7. 10J-Jake Nelson, [6]; 8. 1-Chris Heim, [1]; 9. 81-Matt Speckman, [14]; 10. 12-Rob Stenvold, [8]; 11. 2-Scott Yale, [15]; 12. 30-Dave Moriarty, [18]; 13. 30L-Curt Lund, [16]; 14. 52-AJ Dancer, [12]; 15. 0-Scott Gartner, [22]; 16. 28M-Keith Mattox, [2]; 17. 6-Colin Heim, [24]; 18. 00Y-Jody York, [17]; 19. 68-Jeremy Swanson, [19]; 20. 00-Andy Altenburg, [9]; 21. 16-Beau Deschamp, [20]; 22. 00X-Blake Adams, [23]; 23. 10N-Cody Nelson, [21]; 24. 69-Kirk Martin, [7]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 2M-Angel Munoz, [5]; 2. 2-Scott Yale, [7]; 3. 00Y-Jody York, [2]; 4. 68-Jeremy Swanson, [8]; 5. 10N-Cody Nelson, [4]; 6. 00X-Blake Adams, [6]; 7. 41M-Mike Gotch, [3]; 8. (DNF) 47-Devon Gonas, [9]; (DNS) 11S-Michael Swallers,

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 81-Matt Speckman, [4]; 2. 30L-Curt Lund, [1]; 3. 30-Dave Moriarty, [3]; 4. 16-Beau Deschamp, [2]; 5. 0-Scott Gartner, [7]; 6. 6-Colin Heim, [9]; 7. 95-Gregg Mann, [5]; 8. 99M-Kevin Mattox, [8]; 9. 16B-Justin Bachmeier, [6]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen, [1]; 2. 10J-Jake Nelson, [7]; 3. 52-AJ Dancer, [8]; 4. 11S-Michael Swallers, [2]; 5. 41M-Mike Gotch, [4]; 6. (DNF) 2M-Angel Munoz, [3]; 7. (DNF) 2-Scott Yale, [5]; 8. (DNF) 47-Devon Gonas, [6]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 28M-Keith Mattox, [1]; 2. 69-Kirk Martin, [2]; 3. 00-Andy Altenburg, [4]; 4. 30L-Curt Lund, [3]; 5. 30-Dave Moriarty, [7]; 6. 95-Gregg Mann, [5]; 7. 0-Scott Gartner, [6]; 8. 6-Colin Heim, [8]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 17-Austin Daae, [7]; 2. 20F-Dalton Flory, [6]; 3. 20-Joe Flory, [4]; 4. 00Y-Jody York, [1]; 5. 10N-Cody Nelson, [5]; 6. 00X-Blake Adams, [3]; 7. (DNF) 68-Jeremy Swanson, [2]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 1-Chris Heim, [1]; 2. 12-Rob Stenvold, [2]; 3. 37-Jason Rogers, [4]; 4. 16-Beau Deschamp, [7]; 5. 81-Matt Speckman, [6]; 6. 16B-Justin Bachmeier, [5]; 7. 99M-Kevin Mattox, [3]

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