Sunday, August 19, 2012
Results from Raceway Park
by Kevin Busse
SHAKOPEE, Minn. -- The NASCAR Super Late Model feature at Raceway Park in Shakopee provided race fans an event full of passing, spins, and plenty of action for its entire run this past Sunday night. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series premier division got under way with Bloomington's Tom Quade on the pole and Billy Mohn of Lakeville starting along side. Quade took the early lead with Mohn repeatedly threatening from the outside for the next several laps, until veteran racer Mark Lamereaux worked around Mohn to take second with 24 laps to go. However, Lamereaux slid sideways in turn four on the very next lap, slipping back to 4th and finding himself next to Chad Walen of Prior Lake who was trying to advance to the font. Mohn took the lead with 20 laps remaining. One lap later, as Mike Hanson of Bloomington drove past Quade to lock in second, Farmington's Ryan Kamish spun in turn two, bringing out the caution and regrouping the field of drivers. It was Mohn and Hanson in the front row with lane choice, but at the restart the two drivers couldn't keep together, and after a false start, Mohn took the lead on the second attempt. Walen moved to 4th place with 17 laps to go, but another caution slowed his movement when Lakeville's Gary Petrash spun out in turn two just ahead of the leaders. Once again lane choice placed Mohn along side Hanson, but after two additional false restarts, both drivers were moved back to the second row. This placed Mark Lamereaux next to Chad Walen for the restart, and when racing resumed the Prior Lake driver was able to stay ahead of Lamereaux, who kept his car just inside Walen until 14 laps remained, when another Prior Lake driver, Steve Dehler, spun exiting turn 2 which had the caution waving once again. A single file restart placed Walen in the lead, but it was short lived as something broke on the Prior Lake drivers machine in the turn, and as he pulled into the pits Lamereaux settled into the top spot with 12 laps to go. Just as Walen pulled off the track, the caution came out once again as Quade, who had been slipping back through the pack, suddenly slowed on the back straight and came to a stop entering turn 3. The restart had Lamereaux up front, with Hanson once again taking second place with 9 laps to go, leaving Mohn in third racing side by side with Lakeville's Bryan Keske for the spot. With 6 laps remaining, Lamereaux was building his lead over the rest, and in the final 3 laps Keske was able to move around Mohn to take third. At the checkers it was Lamereauz with the win, Hanson second, Keske crossing in third just ahead of Mohn, with Goodhue's Bryan Roach beating Joe Prusak of Minnetonka to the line.
In other NASCAR action, the Mini Stocks once again showed why they're the largest group of drivers at Raceway Park, where quick passing is always the norm in this competitive division. Jack Purcell of Bloomington was able to power up though the pack in a caution free event, crossing the line first at the finish, followed by Mankato's Joe Tacheny in second, and Blake Dorweiler of Montgomery putting on a great race to finish third.
The Bomber division feature kept race fans busy with lots of multi-group side by side racing throughout the run. A single caution in the final 5 laps set up a race to the finish between Maple Grove's Jason Michaud and Ryan Varner of Minnetonka. It was close at the line after Michaud slid high exiting the turn, allowing the Minnetonka driver to move in tight as the two approached the checkers. Michaud took the win with Varner along side in second. New Prague's Adam Oxborough finished right behind in third.
The American Short Trackers also had a side by side race between the top two drivers for much of the feature event. Plymouth's Dave Reed started on the pole and was quickly joined by Keith Paulsrud of Rogers, and the two drivers kept it a back and fourth battle through the final laps. At the line it was Paulsrud taking the win just ahead of Reed, with Prior Lake driver Charlie Pehrson settling for a close third place finish.
In the Hobby Stock feature, two cautions during the event played a big part in setting up a green-white-checkered finish between two popular cars. For much of the race, Shakopee driver Jacob Goede worked his way through the field, and with 6 laps to go it was a battle between Goede and the Brent Kane machine, who took an early lead 2 laps into the race. A spin out involving Tina Davis of Rosemount in the final two laps set up the finish, where Goede was able to power around the Lakeville driver to take the win, leaving Kane a close second, and Chaska's Jeremy Wolff finishing third after an excellent run.
The first Wild'n'Crazy Figure-8 feature got interesting early, as drivers wound up running single file for much of the race, and the spread out field made for plenty of near misses in the crossroads. Ricky Martin of Farmington, who started the race mid pack, worked his way through the group to move in on the leader in the final 7 laps. At the checkers it was Shakopee's John Lebens with the win, the younger Martin in second, and Shakopee's Matt Dickey crossing third.
The second Figure-8 run gave the elder Rick Martin of Lakeville his chance to try for a win. With 12 laps to go, Martin was able to move to second, and then work to make a move on the leader, Todd Wilson of Burnsville. The drivers were mixing it up in the "Crossroads of Doom" with 7 laps remaining, and by the final 3 laps, the top three drivers were well out in front of the rest, once again giving race fans plenty of action in the "X". It was Wilson with the win, Rick Martin in second, and Mark Bronstad of Maple Plain just behind in a close third place finish.
Coming up next at Raceway Park in Shakopee, on Friday, August 24th, starting at 7pm, its a special evening of Friday Night Racing to kick off the weekend with more exciting Figure-8 action, Flagpole Racing, Front Wheel Flyers, Great North Legends and Bandoleros. Raceway Park is pleased to announce that during the Friday, August 24th event, motorsports legend Doug Rose will return to "Minnesota's Action Attraction" piloting THE GREEN MAMBA JET CAR. Last year, Doug melted a full-size car into the ground with the powerful blast of his jet dragster, and fans can't wait to see what the wildest fireworks show on 4-wheels will incenerate this time.
And then on Sunday, August 26th, starting at 6pm, the regular NASCAR Whelen All-American Series line up returns to Raceway Park with Mini Stocks, Short Trackers, Hobby Stocks, Bombers, NASCAR Super Late Models and Figure-8s all in action, plus a thrilling School Bus Race on the most exciting banked paved oval in the Twin Cities. This is one event you'll want to bring the entire family to.
For directions and family friendly ticket prices, call Raceway Park at 952/445-2257 and check the Internet at www.goracewaypark.com for the latest racing updates and schedule of events.