Wolla claims emotional Dakota Mod Tour finale win at Dacotah, Lund races to Stock Car victory

By Mike Spieker

MANDAN, N.D. (July 12, 2018) – The 29th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour came to a close Thursday night at Dacotah Speedway. Defending IMCA Modified national champion, Jason Wolla claimed a hard fought Modified win after 30 laps. Curt Lund scored his first win of the week in the Stock Cars.

Wolla and Zach Olson led the field of 31 Modifieds to the green flag for their 30-lap A-main. Wolla grabbed the lead on the opening circuit as third row starters, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Hunter Marriott made their way up to second and third, respectively.

On lap 12, Thornton reeled in Wolla and place a bid for the lead in turn one. Thornton slid up to momentarily take the lead, but Wolla came back to retake the top spot on the other end of the speedway. The lead duo swapped the point back and forth again on the following lap until Thornton took sole possession of the position on lap 14.

Wolla didn’t go away, however. Thornton got held up in lapped traffic just past the halfway point, which gave the lead back to Wolla.

The race for the lead heated up again with 10 to go as Thornton drove to the outside of Wolla in lapped traffic. The two veteran drivers raced each other hard, but clean, but in doing so allowed Marriott to make it a three car fight for the point. Thornton tried to clear Wolla with a pair of slide jobs, but each time Wolla kept his foot on the throttle and powered around the outside to hold the lead.

What was a battle for the lead became a fight for second between Thornton and Marriott and Wolla drove away with five to go.

After getting by Thornton for second, Marriott came charging up to Wolla. Marriott pulled even with the Ray, N.D. driver off turn four coming to the white flag. A lapped car in Marriott’s lane on the final lap was all that Wolla needed to win the race back to the checkers.

“Hell yeah! We won!” exclaimed Wolla in victory lane. “To every single one of the fans up in the stands, it means a hell of a lot to me to be able to win this race on our home track. All these guys from out of town can pack it up, we won tonight.”

Curt Lund started on the outside of the front row for the 25-lap IMCA Stock Car A-main, but didn’t find the lead until just seven laps remained. Once out front, Lund didn’t have any time to get comfortable as eventual Stock Car tour champion, Elijah Zevenbergen, threw slide job after slide job for the lead with under five to go. Each time, Lund had enough momentum to cross over Zevenbergen and regain the point. A caution with two to go put Zevenbergen right on the rear bump of Lund for the restart. Lund dove to the inside of turns one and two as the race resumed to prevent another slide job attempt from Zevenbergen. Zevenbergen didn’t have enough speed to reel in Lund on the final circuit as Lund cruised to the feature win.

Hunter Marriott claimed his third consecutive Dakota Classic Modified Tour championship. The Brookfield, Missouri driver took the title by 10 points over RC Whitwell. Jason Wolla, Ricky Thornton Jr., and Tim Ward rounded out the top five in points.

Elijah Zevenbergen claimed his fourth career Dakota Classic Stock Car Tour championship by a mere two points over Joe Flory. Dalton Flory, Austin Daae and Jason Rogers rounded out the top five.

RESULTS:

IMCA Modifieds:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 27W-Jason Wolla, [1]; 2. 62-Hunter Marriott, [5]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [6]; 4. 4TW-Tim Ward, [9]; 5. 71T-RC Whitwell, [11]; 6. E3B-Eddie Belec, [7]; 7. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [4]; 8. 2A-Casey Arneson, [13]; 9. 11K-Jeremy Keller, [3]; 10. 175-Ethan Dotson, [12]; 11. 17-Mike Greseth, [8]; 12. 99-Shawn Strand, [15]; 13. 21-Aaron Turnbull, [21]; 14. 02-Kody Scholpp, [18]; 15. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [16]; 16. 3X-Kelly Shryock, [14]; 17. 11-Steven Pfeifer, [10]; 18. 4Z-Zach Olson, [2]; 19. 66P-Paul Stone, [28]; 20. 21K-Kyle Brown, [31]; 21. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [17]; 22. 3D-Dan Aune, [27]; 23. 5T-Marcus Tomlinson, [26]; 24. 5C-John Corell, [19]; 25. 9-Billy Kendall III, [25]; 26. (DNF) 1-Mark Dahl, [20]; 27. (DNF) 29C-Drew Christianson, [23]; 28. (DNF) 89-Tim Perkins, [22]; 29. (DNF) 12J-Justin O’Brien, [30]; 30. (DNF) 91X-Jarrett Carter, [24]; 31. (DNF) 9H-Robert Hellebust, [29]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 4TW-Tim Ward, [1]; 2. 2A-Casey Arneson, [2]; 3. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [5]; 4. 21-Aaron Turnbull, [4]; 5. 9-Billy Kendall III, [3]; 6. 98-Alex Stanford, [15]; 7. 5-Jeff Taylor, [7]; 8. 58-Shawn Nostdahl, [10]; 9. 87H-Brad Hartigan, [9]; 10. 24B-Chris Bragg, [12]; 11. 25C-Rusty Corneliusen, [11]; 12. 4500-Cody Peterson, [8]; 13. 71S-Brent Schlafmann, [13]; 14. 18G-Randy Gordon, [14]; 15. (DNF) 9H-Robert Hellebust, [6]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 11-Steven Pfeifer, [4]; 2. 3X-Kelly Shryock, [1]; 3. 02-Kody Scholpp, [3]; 4. 89-Tim Perkins, [2]; 5. 5T-Marcus Tomlinson, [10]; 6. 21K-Kyle Brown, [5]; 7. 7SR-Shawn Ritter, [11]; 8. 12J-Justin O’Brien, [8]; 9. 19SB-Lance Mari, [7]; 10. X-Josh Rogotzke, [12]; 11. 17X-Tommy Lee, [13]; 12. 2-Rusty Kollman, [14]; 13. (DNF) 87-Curt Lund, [9]; 14. (DNF) 33B-Herb Bargmann, [15]; 15. (DNF) 15T-Myles Tomlinson, [6]

B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 71T-RC Whitwell, [2]; 2. 99-Shawn Strand, [5]; 3. 5C-John Corell, [3]; 4. 29C-Drew Christianson, [7]; 5. 3D-Dan Aune, [1]; 6. 6D-Dylan Goplen, [14]; 7. 33S-Robert Sigman, [4]; 8. 75-Spencer Wilson, [9]; 9. 12-Justin Bieber, [11]; 10. 2J-Jerry Martin, [6]; 11. 83-Dale Neitzel, [12]; 12. 1X-Chris Welk, [8]; 13. (DNF) 15-Travis Tooley, [10]; (DNS) 14T-Travis Hagen,

B Feature 4 (12 Laps): 1. 175-Ethan Dotson, [2]; 2. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [3]; 3. 1-Mark Dahl, [1]; 4. 91X-Jarrett Carter, [5]; 5. 66P-Paul Stone, [6]; 6. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [8]; 7. 3-Travis Ulmer, [4]; 8. 25-Hank Berry, [7]; 9. 29A-Les McLenehan, [10]; 10. 72X-Kyler Jeffrey, [12]; 11. 19-Lucas Rodin, [9]; 12. 2*-Josh Jones, [11]; 13. 3B-Brian Brennan, [13]; 14. 79-Billie Christ, [14]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [1]; 2. 4TW-Tim Ward, [7]; 3. 9-Billy Kendall III, [5]; 4. 7-Marlyn Seidler, [4]; 5. 5-Jeff Taylor, [8]; 6. 87H-Brad Hartigan, [2]; 7. 25C-Rusty Corneliusen, [6]; 8. 71S-Brent Schlafmann, [3]; 9. 18G-Randy Gordon, [9]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 62-Hunter Marriott, [8]; 2. 3X-Kelly Shryock, [1]; 3. 02-Kody Scholpp, [9]; 4. 21K-Kyle Brown, [3]; 5. 19SB-Lance Mari, [6]; 6. 87-Curt Lund, [7]; 7. 7SR-Shawn Ritter, [4]; 8. 17X-Tommy Lee, [2]; 9. (DNF) 33B-Herb Bargmann, [5]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 27W-Jason Wolla, [4]; 2. 3D-Dan Aune, [2]; 3. 5C-John Corell, [3]; 4. 99-Shawn Strand, [7]; 5. 29C-Drew Christianson, [6]; 6. 75-Spencer Wilson, [8]; 7. 12-Justin Bieber, [5]; 8. 83-Dale Neitzel, [1]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 4Z-Zach Olson, [3]; 2. 1-Mark Dahl, [7]; 3. 11X-Tom Berry Jr, [8]; 4. 91X-Jarrett Carter, [5]; 5. 25-Hank Berry, [4]; 6. 19-Lucas Rodin, [1]; 7. 2*-Josh Jones, [6]; 8. 3B-Brian Brennan, [2]

Heat 5 (10 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, [7]; 2. 2A-Casey Arneson, [8]; 3. 21-Aaron Turnbull, [4]; 4. 9H-Robert Hellebust, [3]; 5. 4500-Cody Peterson, [1]; 6. 58-Shawn Nostdahl, [6]; 7. 24B-Chris Bragg, [5]; 8. (DNF) 98-Alex Stanford, [2]

Heat 6 (10 Laps): 1. 17-Mike Greseth, [1]; 2. 89-Tim Perkins, [2]; 3. 11-Steven Pfeifer, [6]; 4. 15T-Myles Tomlinson, [4]; 5. 12J-Justin O’Brien, [7]; 6. 5T-Marcus Tomlinson, [3]; 7. X-Josh Rogotzke, [8]; 8. 2-Rusty Kollman, [5]

Heat 7 (10 Laps): 1. 11K-Jeremy Keller, [2]; 2. 71T-RC Whitwell, [8]; 3. 33S-Robert Sigman, [1]; 4. 2J-Jerry Martin, [4]; 5. 1X-Chris Welk, [5]; 6. 15-Travis Tooley, [6]; 7. (DNF) 14T-Travis Hagen, [7]; 8. (DNF) 6D-Dylan Goplen, [3]

Heat 8 (10 Laps): 1. E3B-Eddie Belec, [1]; 2. 175-Ethan Dotson, [4]; 3. 3-Travis Ulmer, [8]; 4. 66P-Paul Stone, [5]; 5. 6Z-Zach Dockter, [2]; 6. 29A-Les McLenehan, [7]; 7. 72X-Kyler Jeffrey, [3]; 8. 79-Billie Christ, [6]

IMCA Stock Cars
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 30L-Curt Lund, [2]; 2. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen, [12]; 3. 20F-Dalton Flory, [6]; 4. 10N-Cody Nelson, [7]; 5. 81-Matt Speckman, [14]; 6. 20-Joe Flory, [4]; 7. 95-Gregg Mann, [3]; 8. 243-Chase Conway, [16]; 9. 16-Beau Deschamp, [21]; 10. 6-Colin Heim, [15]; 11. 68-Jeremy Swanson, [13]; 12. 0-Scott Gartner, [23]; 13. 00Y-Jody York, [5]; 14. 30-Dave Moriarty, [20]; 15. 28M-Keith Mattox, [10]; 16. 87-Eric Harpole, [9]; 17. 69-Kirk Martin, [24]; 18. (DNF) 37-Jason Rogers, [1]; 19. (DNF) 00-Andy Altenburg, [18]; 20. (DNF) 17-Austin Daae, [11]; 21. (DNF) 47-Devon Gonas, [19]; 22. (DNF) 1-Chris Heim, [17]; 23. (DNF) 52-AJ Dancer, [22]; 24. (DNF) 2M-Angel Munoz, [8]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 68-Jeremy Swanson, [1]; 2. 6-Colin Heim, [5]; 3. 1-Chris Heim, [6]; 4. 47-Devon Gonas, [10]; 5. 16-Beau Deschamp, [8]; 6. 0-Scott Gartner, [7]; 7. 11S-Michael Swallers, [4]; 8. (DNF) 2-Scott Yale, [9]; (DNS) 10J-Jake Nelson, ; (DNS) 16B-Justin Bachmeier, ; (DQ) 12-Rob Stenvold, [3]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 81-Matt Speckman, [2]; 2. 243-Chase Conway, [6]; 3. 00-Andy Altenburg, [4]; 4. 30-Dave Moriarty, [3]; 5. 52-AJ Dancer, [1]; 6. 69-Kirk Martin, [8]; 7. 7L-Matt Lang, [10]; 8. 34-Jason Kniffen, [5]; 9. 41M-Mike Gotch, [7]; 10. 99M-Kevin Mattox, [9]; (DNS) 00X-Blake Adams,

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 95-Gregg Mann, [1]; 2. 10N-Cody Nelson, [2]; 3. 66Z-Elijah Zevenbergen, [3]; 4. 68-Jeremy Swanson, [4]; 5. 12-Rob Stenvold, [5]; 6. 6-Colin Heim, [6]; 7. 0-Scott Gartner, [7]; 8. 2-Scott Yale, [9]; (DNS) 16B-Justin Bachmeier,

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 37-Jason Rogers, [6]; 2. 00Y-Jody York, [2]; 3. 87-Eric Harpole, [1]; 4. 52-AJ Dancer, [8]; 5. 30-Dave Moriarty, [4]; 6. 34-Jason Kniffen, [7]; 7. 41M-Mike Gotch, [3]; 8. (DNF) 99M-Kevin Mattox, [5]; (DNS) 00X-Blake Adams,

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 30L-Curt Lund, [1]; 2. 20-Joe Flory, [7]; 3. 28M-Keith Mattox, [4]; 4. 10J-Jake Nelson, [8]; 5. 11S-Michael Swallers, [5]; 6. 1-Chris Heim, [6]; 7. (DNF) 16-Beau Deschamp, [3]; 8. (DNF) 47-Devon Gonas, [2]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 20F-Dalton Flory, [2]; 2. 2M-Angel Munoz, [4]; 3. 17-Austin Daae, [1]; 4. 81-Matt Speckman, [8]; 5. 00-Andy Altenburg, [6]; 6. 243-Chase Conway, [5]; 7. 69-Kirk Martin, [3]; 8. 7L-Matt Lang, [7]

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