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With actual temperatures near 100 degrees and heat indexes projected to be near 110 degrees, ownership and management cancelled racing this past Friday night at Wagner Speedway.
With Friday night off, teams had the opportunity to get ready for one of the biggest and most important nights of the summer. First Dakota National Bank of Wagner presents "Military and First Responders" night at the speedway. All past and present military with proper ID and all first responders with proper ID will be allowed into the grandstands FREE. Plus, the first 750 fans through the grandstand will receive a small American flag to wave during our special opening ceremonies, courtesy of S & S Masonry of Wagner. Because of last weeks cancellation, Rog's Auto of Wagner will also be co-sponsoring this event.
This Friday will also mark the return of the Nebraska Limited Sprints, along with Late Models, Pro/Super Stocks, B-Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. It's the last race of July and the point battles in all classes are the closest in recent memory.
Join us for "Military and First Responders" night, this Friday night at Wagner Speedway, presented by First Dakota National Bank of Wagner.
Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm and racing at 8 o'clock. For more information, log onto www.wagnerspeedway.com or check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.
Record Crowd Sees Drueke Do It At Wagner
By Travis Johnson (Nebraska 360 Public Relations) and Rod Pattison
You may not think of Wagner, SD as a tourist destination, but Friday night, Wagner Speedway became Charles Mix County's largest community, as fans from across the region filled the grandstands to capacity, as they witnessed the biggest event in the history of the high banks.
This enormous event, which was sponsored by Tracy's Paint and Body, Inc of Parkston, Ohiya Casino and Resort of Niobrara and Ranek Ag of Tyndall and Mitchell, was standing room only. For the first time since 2008, 360 cubic inch sprint cars made their return to Wagner Speedway. Twenty-five cars from South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Iowa, Kansas and Florida checked in for a north vs. south shootout between the Nebraska 360 Carpetland & Malvern Bank Sprint Series and Property Solutions of America Midwest Sprint Touring Series.
In his first 360 sprint car race of the year, Eagle, Nebraska’s Tyler Drueke took advantage of his front row starting position and took the win in Wagner, South Dakota.
This was the inaugural event for both series and 25 of the best 360 sprint car drivers in the midwest, put on a fantastic show to the huge crowd, some of which who have never seen sprint car racing before.
It took several starts to get the field underway in the A main, but it was a battle of the top 4 drivers who stole the show. Drueke, Jason Martin (Lincoln, NE), Cody Ledger (Omaha, NE) and Jody Rosenboom (Rock Rapids, IA) all battled for the top 4 positions, with those drivers trading spots lap after lap. Drueke maintained control of the lead until lap 9, when Martin was able to take advantage of lap traffic and make his way around him. Three laps later, Drueke returned the favor and took the high side in turns 1 and 2 to pass Martin and never looked back, taking home the $1500 winner's check. A hard charging Ledger made the low side of the track work to his advantage picking off Rosenboom and then Martin to finish in the 2nd position. Martin was able to hang onto third and Rosenboom settled for 4th.
Heat 1 (Results): 1-Peterson.Dylan (Sioux Falls, SD) 2-Rosenboom 3-Roberts.Ryan (Aurora, NE) 4-Lambertz.John (Sioux Falls, SD) 5-Forbes.Taylor (Neligh, NE) 6-McGillivray.Chuck (Madison, SD) 7-Peterson.Donovan (Brookings, SD)
Heat 2 (Results): 1-Martin 2-Ledger 3-Boston.Jordan (Crete, NE) 4-Becker.Jason (Seward, NE) 5-Orth.Darren (Jacksonville, FL) 6-Martens.Jordan (Sioux Falls, SD)
Heat 3 (Results): 1-Lutz.Eric (Sioux Falls, SD) 2-Grosz, Lee (Harwood, ND) 3-Brahmer.Seth (Norfolk, NE) 4-Howey.Lyle (Hartford, SD) 5-Jacobsma.Justin (Hull, IA) 6-Russell.Jay (Elwood, KS)
Heat 4 (Results): 1-Drueke 2-Bickett.Ryan (Ramona, SD) 3-Murray.Shawn (Jacksonville, FL) 4-Becker.Bobby (Denton, NE) 5-Nekolite.Daniel (O'Neill, NE) 6-Engelhaupt.Dennis (Page, NE)
Electrical Systems Inc $300 Podium Draw- Jason Martin
Speedway Motors Hard Chargers $200 Certificate- Donovan Peterson
M&W Aluminum Certificate- Shawn Murray
BR Motorsports Certificate- Cody Ledger
King Racing Products Certificate- Jason Martin
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Certificate- Chuck McGillivray
Saldana Racing Products Pole Award Certificate- Jody Rosenboom
Wesmar Racing Engine’s “Move of the Race” Certificate- Cody Ledger
A Feature Finish (25 Laps)
1) Tyler Drueke
2) Cody Ledger
3) Jason Martin
4) Jody Rosenboom
5) Ryan Bickett
6) Lee Grosz
7) Jordan Boston
8) Ryan Roberts
9) Eric Lutz
10) Dylan Peterson
11) Shawn Murray
12) John Lambertz
13) Donovan Peterson
14) Chuck McGillivray
15) Taylor Forbes
16) Lyle Howey III
17) Jason Becker
18) Seth Brahmer
19) Darren Orth
20) Justin Jacobsma
21) Bobby Becker
22) Dennis Engelhaupt
23) Jay Russell
24) Jordan Martens (DNF)
25) Daniel Nekolite (DNF)
In other action Friday night, the Hobby Stock class saw Tim Waltner (Hartford, SD) start 6th and took over the lead on lap 6 to pick up his season leading 4th win, his 4th consecutive win and 8th of his career.
In the Pro/Super Stocks, Kip Myers (Ethan, SD) started 7th and passed Daniel Tingle (Mount Vernon, SD) on lap 4, then held off challenges from Brandon Tingle (Mitchell, SD) to secure his 2nd win of the season and his 14th career victory at the track.
In the B-Mod feature, Camden Myers (Ethan, SD) decided that he should do the same thing as his father Kip did in the previous race and win. Myers, who started 8th, passed Keegan Nordquist (Beresford, SD) on lap 6, to pick up his 3rd win of the year, his 3rd in a row and 3rd of his career.
The Late Model feature began with a massive mess of machinery in front of the flag stand, as at least 5 cars were tangled up, including Terry McCarthy (Springfield, NE) ending upside down. The Med Star Race Rescue Team, along with Speedway safety personnel were quickly on the scene and all drivers were okay. Once the race restarted, Jordan Heiman (Sioux Falls, SD) went on a mission, starting 4th and taking the lead on lap 4 to pick up his first win of the season and his 2nd career victory.
Finally, the B-Buzzer front wheel drives saw a Nebraska dominance. Dustin Jackson (O'Neill, NE) quickly charged from his 12th starting spot to pick up his 3rd win of the season. The next 3 finishers were also from Nebraska and all started from the 4th row back. Tanner Uehling (Norfolk, NE) started 13th and finished 2nd, Wyatt Lehman (Norfolk, NE) started 7th and finished 3rd and Kyle Shutt (Atkinson, NE) started 9th and finished 4th. Kevin Andersh (Wagner, SD) started 5th and finished in the same spot.
Action will continue this Friday, as Rog's Auto, Inc will present another night of action with Late Models, Pro/Super Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzers. Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm and racing at 8 o'clock. For more information, log onto www.wagnerspeedway.com or check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.
EDGE OF YOUR SEAT EXCITEMENT FRIDAY NIGHT AT WAGNER SPEEDWAY
By Rod Pattison
An ultra fast racetrack and 53 cars entertained race fans this past Friday during Midtowne Oil and Wash night at Wagner Speedway and the racing was as hot as the temperature.
The Pro/Super Stocks took to the track first and last weeks winner and front row starter Darwin Iedema (Geddes, SD) held the lead for the first 2 laps until a caution flag waved for Daniel Tingle (Mount Vernon, SD). On the restart, Joel Namminga (Avon, SD) grabbed the lead and the only time he looked back for the remainder of the race is to see Brandon Tingle (Mitchell, SD) right on his back bumper. Tingle chased Namminga and challenged for the lead numerous times, but to no avail. After the race, Namminga was very grateful for the team effort to put him in victory lane. "It's been a long month since our last win and a lot of fighting with the car, changing stuff and looking terrible, but we looked a lot better tonight. Thank you to Darwin Iedema because he's been helping me off and on with set ups and anyone who's been giving me input the last couple weeks, thank you!!!" It was Namminga's 2nd win of the year, his 8th in the Pro/Super Stock class and his 16th career victory at Wagner.
In the Hobby Stocks, the hits just keep on coming for defending champion Tim Waltner (Hartford, SD). Waltner, who started 6th, took over the point on lap 5 and had smooth sailing the rest of the way to secure his 3rd win of the season and his 3rd consecutive triumph. "It's getting fun actually. This track was fast tonight and it was a lot of fun," Waltner said in the post race interview. "The cars ahead of me kept just moving out of the way and sometimes that's what you gotta do I guess. Just take it when you can get it." After 4 wins and a championship in 2015, Waltner has added 3 more this year to bring his total to 7 for his career.
In the B-Buzzer front wheel drive class, Dustin Jackson (O'Neill, NE) was the show stopper. After starting 12th, he had the lead by lap 7 as he passed Matthew Andersh (Wagner, SD) to dominate the event. In victory lane, Jackson knew he passed a lot of cars. "That was a long way to come from, it was a lot of fun though. I was kind of glad to see the caution come out because I didn't know if I could catch him (Andersh). We were catching him but I didn't know if I had enough to get around him." For Jackson, his 2nd win of the season was his 4th of his career.
Next up was the B-Mod main event and after 4 cars were lost to mechanical issues and 2 others penalized for jumping the start, it took a while to finally race. The 4th start of the race saw Josh Pfeifer (Spencer, NE) on the front row and he took advantage of the opportunity and drove away from the rest of the field to claim top honors. Pfeifer, during his victory lane interview, said the key was hitting your marks. "It was just slicking off a little bit there in 1 and 2 so I figured since I didn't see anybody down here yet that I would kind of drift up and into the moisture a little bit to keep that right rear tire cool until I saw somebody then bring it back down." Pfeifer won for the 2nd time this season, his 9th win of his career in the B-Mods and his 14th overall.
In the evening's finale, the best race of the year had fans on the edge of their seat. The Late Models hit the dirt and pole sitter Marty Myers (Mitchell, SD) held the point for the first 3 laps until Seth Fischer (Wagner, SD) took over on lap 4. As Fischer was hitting on all cylinders, Quentin Myers (Pukwana, SD) was closing in and on lap 7, Myers made his move and briefly garnered the lead. The remaining 8 laps was the most exciting, side by side, back and forth racing the fans had witnessed all year. Fischer and Myers exchanged the lead multiple times and when lap 13 completed, Myers looked like he had finally taken control, but Fischer had other ideas. As both drivers entered the last turn of the last lap, Myers slipped just a bit, Fischer pulled along side and it was a drag race to the finish line. At the flag stand, it was Fischer taking the checkers by inches over Myers to pick up the emotional win. "It's about time I get here. That was a lot of fun!!!, exclaimed Fischer after the hard fought battle. "I didn't think I was gonna get (Myers). I thought that last time he got by me I thought 'aww there's no way I'll catch him'. I tried it up high and there wasn't much there. It looked like he got a little squirrely there and lapped traffic was comin. He gave me a lane to get by and that doesn't happen very often. He's a (good) racer!"
That sets up what is sure to be the biggest event of the year and one of the biggest nights in the history of the high banks of Wagner Speedway. Tracy's Paint and Body of Parkston, Ohiya Casino and Resort of Niobrara and Ranek Ag of Mitchell and Tyndall will welcome the Midwest Sprint Touring Series and the Nebraska 360 Sprints for a co-sanctioned show that will bring cars from South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and more. Along with the 360 sprints will be a points night with Late Models, Pro/Super Stocks, B-Mods and Hobby Stocks and fireworks after the races.
Wagner Speedway is also proud to announce that Med Star Race Rescue, one of the premiere race rescue providers in the country, will be on hand to insure the highest level of safety available to racers during this event.
Get there early, as the gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pmand racing at 8pm! For more information, log ontowww.wagnerspeedway.com or check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.
Repeat winners and first timers Friday at Wagner Speedway
BY ROD PATTISON
63 cars, a big crowd, a successful food drive and a fast race track was the story Friday night on Myers Sanitation and Powers Port-A-Pot Rental Service night at Wagner Speedway.
The first annual "Horsepower for Hunger" night at the track, co-sponsored by Noteboom Implement of Parkston, was a BIG success as fans gave generously to benefit the Wagner Food Pantry. Fans who brought food were put into a drawing for $100 cash, Noteboom Implement gift certificates, race tickets from Midtowne Oil and Wash and movie tickets from Wagner Theater. A pick up full of food was collected and pantry director Leo Soukup was thrilled with the response. "This is really great", he said with a smile on his face. "There are people who really rely on us to help them and this is really nice. Thank you to everybody that helped us."
On the race track, the Hobby Stocks began the evening and the key to success was survival. 8 cars started the feature and only 3 finished. An early race melee took 2 of the top contenders in the points race out at the same time as Justin Schenkel (Tyndall, SD) spun out and Darryl Bartunek (Armour, SD) had no where to go but right into Schenkel. The hard collision caused extensive damage to both cars and both had to retire for the night. Later in the same race, Chad Muilenburg (Mitchell, SD) lost control of his car and went off the steep bank of the number 2 corner and rolled over causing a red flag. As the driver was okay, the car was not and he was done for the night as well. Finally when the dust settled, Tim Waltner (Hartford, SD) was able to stay out of trouble and pick up his 2nd win in a row and of the season, holding off Kip DeGroot (Platte, SD) and Kevin Vasek (Lake Andes, SD). "It sounded like a lot of things were happening behind me. I was a little worried about my left rear (tire) and thought it was going down but it stayed up," Waltner said in his victory lane interview. It was Waltner's 6th win of his career.
The Pro/Super Stock feature saw the veteran hold off the young guns as Darwin Iedema (Geddes, SD) held off multiple challenges from Brandon Tingle (Mitchell, SD) to pick up the checkers. "That was fun, oh, that was a blast!", Iedema said after the race. "I really have to thank my crew. They have put a lot of time and a lot of effort into this car and it is just unreal. It's a fun car to drive again." The victory was his 1st win of the season, his first since 2014 and his 15th of his career.
In the B-Mods, it was another week with a driver with the last name Myers found victory lane and for the 2nd week in a row, his first name is Camden (Ethan, SD). It took 11 laps to catch the leader Zac Pruner (Parkston, SD), but once he got by Pruner, it was smooth sailing for the remaining 4 laps to pick up his 2nd career win at Wagner. In his brief comments in victory lane, Myers said,"We got'er figured out."
The Dirt Late Models were next and Mike Babcock (Creighton, NE) rocketed out to a big lead, but the guy they call "Swifty" marched his way to the front. Jared Hoerle (Chambers, NE) took top honors for the 3rd time this season and his 4th of his career. Point leader Gale Vogt (Yankton, SD) finished 2nd. Gary Brown Junior (Brandon, SD), making his first appearance to the track since 1996, charged from 10th to 3rd and Jordan Heiman (Sioux Falls, SD) came from 11th to take 4th. Hoerle was a happy guy during his post race interview. "It was another good night for us. The track was getting dry and I was going to protect the bottom as much as I could. It was all good clean racing and the track is great. You couldn't ask for a better track."
When the B-Buzzer front wheel drives hit the track, the class of the class was Kody Roth (Spencer, NE). Roth was impressive in winning his heat race and followed that up with a charge from 7th to pick up his first career win at Wagner. Roth talked about his run through the heat and the victory in the main event. "This is a fun track. I hadn't raced here for a couple years and I finally got the chance to come back and I really enjoy this track."
In the final event of the evening, the Nebraska Limited Sprints saw Adam Walton (Atkinson, NE) make his 2nd starting spot pay off and took home an emotional win. "Tonight was a night where you put the foot down and never lifted until the caution came out and them put her back to the floor. This is my first win since with my grandfather in the stands. He's usually never here when we win so I want to dedicate this one to him. We've been doing this a long time, always good to come back to Wagner Speedway." It was Walton's 2nd career win at Wagner.
This Friday night will be another points night, as Midtowne Oil and Wash of Wagner will sponsor the action. Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm and racing at 8 o'clock. For more information, log onto www.wagnerspeedway.com or check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.
"Horsepower for Hunger" and Fast Action Headline Friday Night at Wagner Speedway
By Rod Pattison
After a week off, Wagner Speedway resumes the racing schedule this Friday with a special night sponsored by Myers Sanitation and Powers Port-A-Pot Rental Service .
The Nebraska Limited Sprints will make their 3rd appearance this season, as they join the Late Models, Pro/Super Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. The point standings are very close in all classes as we near the halfway point of the season. Gale Vogt leads the Late Model class by 6 over Jared Hoerle, 182 to 176. Joel Namminga and Brandon Tingle are tied for top honors in the Pro/Super Stocks with 175 each. In the B-Mod division, Josh Pfeifer has a slim 2 point lead with 178 points over Jeff Brunssen and Camden Myers, with 176 each. Defending champion Tim Waltner has a 5 point lead over Justin Schenkel, 190 to 185 in the Hobby Stocks and there is a 2-way tie for the lead in the B-Buzzers, as Kevin Andersh and Tom Koster both have tallied 175 points.
Friday night will also be an event for a good cause. Wagner Speedway is proud to present "Horsepower for Hunger" night, an opportunity for racers and fans to help people who struggle with hunger for their family. A benefit food drive to replenish the Wagner Food Pantry, it's a chance to help families in need AND win at least $100. For each non-perishable food item racers and fans donate, they will get the chance to win the grand prize, which is sponsored by Noteboom Implement of Parkston. The more food you bring, the better your chances of winning. There will be collection sites at both the pit gate and the fan entrance.
So join us for Myers Sanitation and Powers Port-A-Pot Rental Service and "Horsepower for Hunger" night this Friday at Wagner Speedway. Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm and racing at 8 o'clock. For more information, log onto www.wagnerspeedway.com or check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.
A NIGHT OF FIRSTS HIGHLIGHT RACING AT WAGNER SPEEDWAY FRIDAY NIGHT
By Rod Pattison
A colorful weather radar screen in the afternoon gave way to a beautiful night for racing, as 52 cars signed in on Bures and Associates, PC night this past Friday night at Wagner Speedway.
In the B-Buzzer feature, Dustin Jackson (O'Neill, NE) made his first appearance at the track a good one, as he started 7th and made his way to the front for his 1st win of the season and 2nd career win at Wagner.
The Hobby Stock main event saw another first time winner this year, as defending champion Tim Waltner (Hartford, SD), took care of business and picked up his 5th career triumph. Waltner has been strong all year, but Friday night finally was his night.
The first time winner theme continued in the B-Mod class, as Camden Myers (Ethan, SD) started inside row 5 and picked up his first ever win at Wagner Speedway. He has witnessed his father Kip, brother Tyler and uncle Kip pick up wins, but this night would belong to the 19 year old hot shoe.
First time winner number 4 came in the Pro Stock class, when Brandon Tingle (Mitchell, SD), who is the all time leader in wins in the class, picked up his first of the season. The win ties him for 3rd on the all time win list with Ben Sukup (Norfolk, NE) and Dwight Wudel (Mitchell, SD).
The 5th "first-timer" used his 5th starting position to take the checkers. Late Model driver Doug Tomka (Stratton, NE) outlasted 9 other competitors to win his first of the season, his 6th of his career and first since 2013.
Finally, in a cameo appearance by the Nebraska Limited Sprints, Dennis Englehaupt (Page, NE) made his pole position spot work for his first win of the season, his 3rd overall win of his career, but first in his sprint car. His other two victories came in the B-Mod class.
Racing at Wagner Speedway will take a week off on June 23rd in preparation for the first big promotion of the season. Myers Sanitation and Powers Port-A-Pot Rental Service will present "Horsepower for Hunger" night on June 30th, a food drive to benefit the Wagner Food Pantry. For each non-perishable food item a fan brings, they will have a chance to win a prepaid VISA gift card of at least $100 to use where ever credit cards are sold. The more food you bring, the more chances you have to win. Be generous, help people who need help, have a chance to win and enjoy a great night of racing featuring another appearance by the Nebraska Limited Sprints, Late Models, Pro/Super Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. Gates open at 5, hot laps at 7 and racing begins at 8 o'clock.
For more information, log onto www.wagnerspeedway.com or check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.
FAST FAMILY, FANTASTIC FINISHES AND ADDED SPRINT CAR SHOW HIGHLIGHT WAGNER SPEEDWAY FRIDAY NIGHT
By Rod Pattison
45 cars and exciting action entertained the fans on Wagner Building and Supply night at the track this past weekend. The racing on the track was as hot as the temperatures that night.
The Hobby Stock feature was up first and heartbreak was the story in this one. Darryl Bartunek (Armour, SD) started 4th and rocketed to the lead on lap 2. As Justin Schenkel (Tyndall, SD) was giving chase, but not making up any ground, Bartunek saw his 3rd win of the year slip through his fingers. On lap 8, with a comfortable lead, mechanical issues arose and his night ended. Being in the right place at the right time gave Schenkel his 2nd win of the season. "Yeah, that was given to me, wasn't it," Schenkel exclaimed as he got out of the car in victory lane. "I don't know what happened to Darryl there (broken distributor cap), but I seen fire from the bottom of his car and started missing. A win's a win!" The win was Justin's 7th of his career at Wagner.
The Pro Stock division saw the first of the signs that the Myers family could be called "Myers Flyers". Tyler Myers (Ethan, SD) started his run inside row 2 and took the lead on lap 3 on his way to his 2nd win of the year in the Pro Stocks and his 6th overall in his career. While Tyler was showing the way around the high banks, his mentor, father Kip Myers (Ethan, SD) wasn't going to let his oldest son just have the trophy. Kip put the pressure on all race long, but Tyler kept him behind him for the victory. "It's always nice beating the ol' man," Myers said with a grin on his face. "It was really hot and windy all day so we were expecting a dry slick track, but we came in from packing and it had cooled off and we knew it would be tacky."
The B-Buzzer division saw a stranglehold during the first 2 weeks by Tom Koster (Mitchell, SD), but there's a new sheriff in town as Kevin Andersh (Wagner, SD) has picked up the last 2 features, including an impressive performance Friday night. After chasing down race leader Kody Roth (Spencer, NE), it was smooth sailing from there for Andersh, who picked up his 3rd career win.
A season high 18 B-Mods checked into race Friday night, as drivers from 3 states set out for victory. The cream of the crop for the first 13 circuits was Spence Pollock (Orient, SD), but things turned south on lap 14, literally. As spin out in turn 2 would see a sure victory vanish, Jeff Brunssen (LeMars, IA) inherited the lead and picked up his first win of the season and upped his total wins to 17 in this class which is tops all time. "It's better to be lucky than good!!!", said Brunssen in his post race interview. "The 57 (Pollock) was really good tonight, but luck was on our side. This feels good." It was another strong finish for a Myers as Camden Myers (Ethan, SD) finished 2nd.
The Myers family success would culminate in the Late Model class, as Quentin Myers (Pukwana, SD) opened up close to a half a lap lead until a 4 car melee on the last lap. Anthony VanEverdingen (Mitchell, SD), Gale Vogt (Yankton, SD), Ben Sukup (Norfolk, NE) and Seth Fischer (Wagner, SD) were all collected, sothat would set up a restart with plenty of horsepower behind Myers ready to pounce on victory. Quentin drove away to victory number 1 of the season and his 10th of his career at Wagner. In his post race comments, Myers said he was confident he could finish what he started. "It got to be a one-laner and I just had to stay in that lane and I knew I would be alright" In all, the Myers family picked up 2 wins and 2 runner up finishes Friday night.
This coming Friday night will be a special night, as Bures and Associates, PC will present our regular night of action, but the Nebraska Limited Sprints will make a cameo appearance. Because of the enjoyment the drivers had their last time to the track, they decided to make an unscheduled stop on June 16th. Hot laps will begin at 7pm with racing at 8 o'clock. For more information, complete results, point standings and more, log onto www.wagnerspeedway.com or check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.
3 REPEAT WINNERS HIGHLIGHT WAGNER SPEEDWAY FRIDAY NIGHT
By Rod Pattison
A warm, late spring evening at Wagner Speedway helped fans and drivers enjoy some exciting racing on a dry and slick track Friday night, presented by Namminga Hay Grinding of Avon.
There was no shortage of action from flag to flag in the Hobby Stock division as Josh Gebhart (Mitchell, SD) saw his early lead go up in smoke, literally. While in turn 3, the transmission "exploded", according to Gebhart. "I'm doing alright. It just feels like a sunburn and my whole body was engulfed in flames and I couldn't get out of the car fast enough." After officials cleared the track of transmission and engine debris, a 4 car battle ensued between Darryl Bartunek (Armour, SD), Tim Waltner (Hartford, SD), Justin Schenkel (Tyndall, SD) and Dylan Fitzpatrick (Sioux Falls, SD). Bartunek took the lead from Waltner on lap 9 and went on for his 2nd win of the season and 9th of his career at Wagner. Schenkel settled for 3rd and Fitzpatrick, in his first ever appearance at the track took 4th.
In the Pro/Super Stocks, a familiar face returned to the track and kept up his winning ways. After many wins in a Late Model, Kip Myers (Ethan, SD) moved to the Pro/Super division and claimed his 1st win of the year, his 3rd in the Pro/Super Stock class and 13th win overall at the speedway. After holding off his oldest son Tyler Myers for much of the race, he said starting on the front row sure helps. "Starting there was a gift. This was a drivers track and not a horsepower track and I like that a lot better. A track like this kind of separates the men from the boys." Brandon Tingle (Mitchell, SD) rounded out the top 3.
The B-Buzzer division saw front row starter Kevin Andersh (Wagner, SD) use his front row starting spot to hold off hard charges from Tanner Koster (Brandon, SD) to pick up his 1st feature win of the year and just his 2nd of his career at Wagner.
The B-Mods saw another repeat winner as Josh Pfeifer (Spencer, NE) charged from his 4th starting spot to the lead in the first 2 laps and held off valiant efforts from Jeff Brunsen (LeMars, IA) and Dudley Schroeder, Jr (Armour, SD) to pick up his 2nd win of the season, his 8th in the B-Mod division and 13th victory of his career. "When I got to the track, my Dad told me it's gonna get slick tonight," Pfeifer said in the pits after the show. " After I saw some dust start to blow off, I thought to myself, 'This is right up my wheel house'. It pays to have some laps underneath ya and experience sure paid off." Brunsen took home 2nd place and Schroeder, Jr settled for 3rd.
Finally in the Late Model main event, as the skies darkened in the west, the thunder rolled on the track as Jared Hoerle (Chambers, NE) picked up his 2nd win in a row and 3rd win of his career Friday night. Hoerle talked about the win in the pits and said it was quite the race. "It was dry and slick as heck out there and the second to last lap I bobbled and I could see Gale (Gale Vogt, Yankton, SD) out of the corner of my eye. I knew I had to protect the bottom or there was no way we were going to win it." Vogt took home 2nd with Ben Sukup (Norfolk, NE) third and Seth Fischer (Wagner, SD) setting for 4th.
Week 4 of the 2017 season will be this Friday night, June 9th, as Wagner Building and Supply presents another exciting points race for Late Models, Pro/Super Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. Hot laps begin at 7pm with racing at 8 o'clock. For more information, log onto www.wagnerspeedway.com or check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.
MEMORABLE FINISHES TO START WEEKEND AT WAGNER SPEEDWAY
By Rod Pattison
The Memorial Day weekend took the green flag Friday night in front of a big crowd at Wagner Speedway, as the Nebraska Limited Sprints joined the Late Models, Pro Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives to put on a show, all sponsored by S&S Masonry and Commercial State Bank, both of Wagner.
For the 2nd week in a row, the winner of the Hobby Stock main event started 8th. Week 1 saw Darryl Bartunek (Armour, SD) complete the feat. This week, Justin Schenkel (Tyndall, SD) won the door to door battle with Wes Hochstein (Randolph, NE) to claim the trophy. It was Schenkel’s 6th career victory and arguably the closest victory of them all. “That was a riot!!!”, Justin exclaimed in victory lane. “I tell you what, I thought I was beat but I caught him in the end…that’s all that counts. I know it was close, maybe by a fender.” Hochstein settles for 2nd while Tim Waltner (Hartford, SD) takes 3rd.
The Pro/Super Stocks saw many challenges for the lead, but Joel Namminga (Avon, SD) held off many attempts by Tyler Myers (Ethan, SD) to pick up his first win of the season and 15th of his career. After a disappointing heat race, things turned out much better in the finale. “First and foremost, I want to apologize to my competitors in the heat race the way that went down,“ Nammanga explained in the Winner’s Circle interview. “I’m not impressed with my driving there and I apologize to their fans and the drivers. Yes, I’m thrilled with the way this turned out now. Last week, Tyler was a very good competitor, I did that on my own, I lost it. This track was very fast and we changed a few things after we had our little mishap, it paid off.” Joel went on to say, “We had real good bite coming out of 3 and 4 it was messing with me a little bit but we made it work and 1 and 2 was real good.”
The B-Mod feature saw some mid-race fireworks, literally. After Dudley Schroeder, Jr (Armour, SD) started on the pole and was checking out on the field, lap 11 saw the night come to an end for Logan Kafka (Wagner, SD). As Kafka was exiting the 4th turn, the power-plant burst into a large fireball and smoke thick enough to make the car invisible. Speedway rescue staff were quickly on the scene to put out remaining fire and make sure Kafka was okay, which he was. On a restart with 5 laps to go, Jeff Brunssen (LeMars, IA) and Zach Pruner (Parkston, SD) attempted to catch Schroeder, Jr but to no avail. Dudley led wire to wire to pick up career win number 15 at Wagner Speedway and let people know that this kind of track makes him tough to beat. “I knew the car was gonna stick and I know a crate car can’t keep up with a claimer motor on this track, not with the tackiness. I just stuck it in it and they can’t catch me.”
The Late Model main event saw lap 7 to be unlucky for several drivers. 5 cars were involved in 2 separate incidents on the 7th circuit and 3 of those, Jared Jelsma (Springfield, SD), Jon Hasse (Plainview, NE) and Shane Ludens (Springfield, SD) all were done for the night. The following restart saw Seth Fischer (Wagner, SD) and Gale Vogt (Yankton, SD) give chase, but the night would belong to Jared Hoerle (Chambers, NE) who picked up just his 2ndfeature of his career in Wagner. Needless to say, he was thrilled in victory lane. “This is well needed. Brand new car, I blew up the motor at test and tune. I want to thank my wife, my kids, my parents, all my sponsors. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be here.” Jared’s appreciation went beyond his family as well, “I want to thank the Fischer’s for opening the track back up, it was a great track and pretty much wide open for me. I had to really feather the car in the corners…I’m beat,” as he was breathing hard and breathing a sigh of relief to pick up the victory.
The B-Buzzer front wheel drives saw a clean sweep for the 2nd week in a row, as Tom Koster (Mitchell, SD) claimed top honors, outlasting Matthew Anderesh (Wagner, SD).
Finally, the main event of the night, had the Nebraska Limited Sprint division hit the high banks 10 cars would battle for the $500 to win main event with bonus money put up by Kracl Irrigation. After hometown hero in the John Otte (Wagner, SD) dominated his heat race, his luck would run out in the feature. On lap 6, the slowing car of Danny Nekolite (O’Neill, NE) was exiting turn 2 and Otte had nowhere to go and would eventually have the front axle knocked out of place and end his night. Tyler Drueke (Eagle, NE) had rocketed from his 6th starting spot to take the lead midway through the race, but Keith Deseive (Atkinson, NE) took over from there. Lapped traffic would become a factory with 5 laps remaining as Drueke closed in fast on the leader, pulled side by side with Desieve, but could not complete the pass and Desieve would go on and claim his 6th career win in Wagner, but his 1st in a sprint car as his previous 5 wins came in 1996 in a Late Model. After Drueke took the lead, Desieve settled in and got his rhythm and worked back to the point. “I started getting a little better each lap then I managed to pass him. Then I made a little “boo boo” up here (turn 4) and he about got back around but it was fun!”, said Desieve in the postrace interview.
Action will continue this Friday night, as Nammanga Hay Grinding will present week 3 of racing action with hot laps at 7pm and racing at 8 o’clock. For full results, updated point standings and more information, log ontowww.wagnerspeedway.com or check out Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.
Mother Nature Victorious At Wagner Speedway
By Rod Pattison
The thunder of race cars gave way to wind, rain and cold this past Friday night, causing cancellation of racing action at Wagner Speedway.
This Friday night, drivers from South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa will converge on the high banked oval for another exciting night of racing action. Make your plans to join us Friday, May 26 for Late Models, Pro/Super Stocks, B-Mods, Hobbys and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. Friday will also mark the first of 5 nights of Sprint Cars with the Nebraska Limited Sprints as well.
S&S Masonry and Commercial State Bank, both of Wagner, will sponsor this HUGE event!!!! Hot laps will begin at 7 with racing at 8 pm!!! For more information, check out Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook or www.wagnerspeedway.com
Successful Season Opener at Wagner Speedway
By Rod Pattison
Temperatures in the upper 70s and bright sunshine welcomed fans and racers to the season opener Friday night at Wagner Speedway, presented by Juffer Real Estate and Juffer, Inc Insurance. After 612 days of silence, the THUNDER returned.
In the Hobby Stock feature, Darryl Bartunek of Armour charged from the 7th starting position and took the lead from defending champion Tim Waltner (Hartford, SD) on lap 6 for the victory. "We had trouble in the heat race and had to pull in early," said Bartunek in his victory lane interview. "We found our line and made it work. That track was FAST! I want to thank Lynn (Fischer) and John (Havranek) for opening up the track again and giving us a great place to race!"
The Pro Stock feature event featured the continued rise to greatness for Tyler Myers. The 21 year old that calls Ethan, SD home, has found another home in victory lane with regularity. After winning the 2015 B-Mod championship at the track, Myers moved up to a Pro Stock/Super Stock and has picked up right where he left off. Myers started 4th in the feature and took the lead from Joel Namminga (Avon, SD) on lap 6 to pick up his 1st victory in the class and his 5th overall of his career at the speedway. After winning the previous week at Dakota State Fair Speedway, Myers says things are going well so far. "We moved into this Super Stock this year and it's felt good so far. We're just going to try and keep it going."
The B-Mod main event saw an impressive performance from Spencer, NE pilot Josh Pfeifer. Pfeifer, in picking up his 12th career victory, held off a challenge from Jake Dimond (Rapid City, SD). Some of the best "side by side" racing of the night was witnessed in this class, as there were numerous times there was 3 wide racing and even 4 wide down action on back straight away. Needless to say, Pfeifer was excited in victory lane. "We were bad in hot laps and we changed everything on the car. We even thought about changing the driver at one point." Pfeifer went on to praise ownership and management for reviving the speedway. "I love racing at this place. I live 3 hours away and all my buddies give me a bad time. 'Why do you go clear up there to race?' and I tell them because this is grass roots racing, I love the track and the fans. I have raced at tracks with 50 cars and get paid $200 to win. This place pays a lot better than most tracks for our class. It's great to see the Fischers putting money back into the track with all these improvements and investing in our sport. Thank you all!"
The Late Model division saw the only red flag of the night on lap 4, as Jesse Kroger (Canton, SD) slowed on the entrance to turn 1 and Jared Jelsma (Springfield, SD) had no where to go and slammed into the rear of Krogers car, causing both cars to be done for the night, but fortunately, both drivers were uninjured. When racing resumed, the defending champion Ben Sukup of Norfolk, NE picked up win number 21 of his career and continues to add to his total, which is tops in Wagner Speedway history. "I've been doing a lot of racing with touring series and I'm still working on getting better and it's certainly helped to race against such good competition," said Sukup who outlasted Gale Vogt (Pierce, NE) and Terry McCarthy (Springview, NE) for the victory.
In the final event of the night, Tom Koster of Mitchell took the lead on lap 4 to take the win. In doing so, he had to hold off a number of challenges from his son Tanner (Brandon, SD). "I think I built him too good of a car. He made me work for that one," laughed Tom in his post race interview. It was Kosters 10th victory of his career at Wagner Speedway.
Racing will resume again this Friday night, as S and S Masonry will present the evenings action. Late Models, Pro Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives will hot lap at 7 with racing at 8pm. For complete results, point standings and more information, check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook or log onto www.wagnerspeedway.com
WAGNER SPEEDWAY 2017 SEASON TO OPEN FRIDAY
By Rod Pattison
Following a successful Test-N-Tune this past Saturday afternoon, the cars and stars that make Wagner Speedway their home, will hit the “fun button” this Friday night to begin the 2017 campaign.
As excitement and anticipation reaches its peak this spring, The Juffer Family of Realtors and Insurance Agents are proud to present the Season Opener at Wagner Speedway. 2017 will feature 5 classes of cars on a regular points night, including Late Models, Pro Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. There are also 5 sprint car specials scheduled throughout the season as well.
The points battle in the Late Model class in 2015 showed that consistency can win championships. Kip Myers and Quentin Myers combined for 8 of the 11 feature wins at the speedway, but Ben Sukup made his 1 win and ability to finish races in the top 5, pay off with the track championship. Sukup is the all-time winningest driver in the Late Model class and will try to add to his 20 career wins at the track and defend his title.
The Pro Stock class saw some of the most side-by-side racing every week and the race to the points title was just as intense. Joel Namminga and Brandon Tingle each garnered 5 wins, but more top finishes allowed Tingle to edge Namminga to win the championship in 2015. Both drivers and a host of others will try to raise the crown in 2017.
The B-Mod class saw the most parity in 2015 with 4 different drivers winning multiple races. The tracks all-time winningest pilot Jeff Brunsen and young gun Tyler Myers picked up 3 features each, with Dudley Schroeder, Jr and Josh Pfeifer taking 2. Myers, who continues to be one of the most improved drivers at the track, reached the pinnacle in 2015 by winning the championship and will return to defend his title.
In the Hobby Stock division, Tim Waltner took home 4 checkered flags in edging out Justin Schenkel for top honors as Schenkel won 3 times. Waltner’s first full season at the speedway was a successful one and will return to defend his crown as well.
2017 will also welcome the return of the B-Buzzers front wheel drive class. It’s been complete domination by Dwight Wudel, picking up 21 feature victories from 2011 to 2015. His success will be something to reach for in 2017 as drivers will try to dethrone the 2014 champion.
The Juffer, Inc Season Opener will be this Friday night with hot laps at 7pm and racing at 8 o’clock. For more information, log ontowww.wagnerspeedway.com or check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.
For release on Monday, May 1st
2017 Season Will See Green Flag This Weekend
By Rod Pattison
After much anticipation and plenty of work, race cars will finally hit the dirt this weekend at Wagner Speedway.
The season will start this Saturday, May 6th with the annual “Test-N-Tune” at 1:30pm. It’s an opportunity for drivers in all classes to bring their cars to the track and run as many laps as they want to insure their equipment is ready for the rigors of race season. “Test-n-tune” is free and open to the public.
Then we start for keeps on Friday, May 12th with the first of 10 regular season points races, featuring Dirt Late Models, Pro Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. The Speedway will also be hosting 5 Sprint Car specials, including what will be one of the biggest shows the track has ever seen. The Midwest Sprint Touring Series and Nebraska 360 Sprints will invade Wagner Speedway, one night only, Friday, July 14th. Along with the 360s will be the Pro Stocks, B-Mods and Hobby Stocks and a HUGE Fireworks show following the races. The Nebraska Limited Sprints will entertain fans 4 times during the season, including May 26th, June 30th, July 28th and August 18th.
Along with great racing on the track, Wagner Speedway has put together 2 special nights for fans. On Friday, June 30th, the first “Horsepower for Hunger” night will take place, benefiting the Wagner Food Pantry. Race fans who bring non-perishable food items will have a chance to win a prepaid Visa card to use as they choose. 1 item gets 1 chance, 10 items gets 10 chances, etc. The more food items you bring, the more chances you have of winning. More details on this promotion will be coming soon.
The other special event the track is very proud to present is Military and First Responders Night on Friday, July 28th. Any past or present Military member or First Responder, with proper ID, will be allowed into the races that night free,
We will see you at “Test-N-Tune” on Saturday, May 6th, then Friday nights, starting May 12th, at Wagner Speedway. Hot laps at 7 with racing action to follow. For more information, check out the Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook or log onto www.wagnerspeedway.com
2017 Wagner Speedway Schedule
May 12th...Juffer, Inc (Regular Points Race)
May 19th...S and S Masonry (Regular Points Race)
May 26th...Commercial State Bank (Regular Points Race Plus Nebraska Limited Sprints)
June 2nd...Namminga Hay Grinding (Regular Points Race)
June 9th...Wagner Building and Supply (Regular Points Race)
June 16th...Bures and Associates, PC (Regular Points Race)
June 30th...Myers Sanitation and Powers Port-A-Pot Rental and Service (Regular Points Race Plus Nebraska Limited Sprints)
*****Horsepower for Hunger Night
July 7th...Midtowne Oil and Wash (Regular Points Race)
July 14th...Tracy's Paint and Body, Ohiya Casino and Resort and Ranek Ag (MSTS/Nebraska 360 Sprints "The Duel in Dakota")
***Along with 360 Sprints will be Pro Stocks, B-Mods and Hobby Stocks and FIREWORKS!!!!
July 21st...Rog's Auto, Inc (Regular Points Race)
July 28th...First Dakota National Bank (Regular Points Race Plus Nebraska Limited Sprints)
*****Military and First Responders Night
August 4th...Schaeffer's Specialized Lubricants (Regular Points Race)
August 11th...Mark's Machinery (Regular Points Race)
August 18th...Dakota Plains Ag Center (Regular Points Race Plus Nebraska Limited Sprints)
September 4th...Fischer Farms and Wagner Speedway, Inc
(Regular Points Race) SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
7 PM start time
For immediate release 4/20/17
IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY AT WAGNER SPEEDWAY
By Rod Pattison
With the 2017 racing season fast approaching, officials at Wagner Speedway are busy making improvements to the facility that will enhance the experience for the racer and the race fan alike.
Taking the 2016 season off has allowed the track to undergo some face lifts that fans will notice immediately.
Wagner Speedway has added new lights and light poles to allow drivers to better see the surface and their competitors, along with giving fans better visibility of the action. Three additional caution lights will be installed around the track, giving drivers a better opportunity to slow down or stop, depending on circumstances on the track during their race. These lights have come from a familiar place, Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. “The Sprint Car Capital of the World” is in the process of remodeling and upgrading their facility, so these lights became available and Wagner Speedway is the beneficiary. Plus, the flag stand has been raised 3 feet for better visibility. Fans will notice better seating in the main grandstand as well. All bleacher boards have been removed and will either be refurbished or replaced for comfort and safety. More improvements to the facility are still in the works.
Those seats will be filled 15 times this season with some of the biggest shows the track has ever seen. The 2017 Wagner Speedway season schedule will be officially announced very soon as excitement from fans and drivers continues to build.
For more information, log onto www.wagnerspeedway.com or check out Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.
(Photo Courtesy of Laken Design)
Race's start at 8 P.M. SHARP
Pit Gates open at 5 P.M. | Hot Laps at 7 P.M.
|6 & Under - FREE 7-13 $5||Fans/Crew $30|
|14 - Adult $10||Drivers $35|
2017 WAGNER SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE
May 6 + Test & TUne. 1:30pm
MAY 12 Juffer, Inc.
MAY 19 S & S Masonry
MAY 26 + NEBRASKA LIMITED SPRINTS
Commercial State Bank
JUNE 2 Namminga HAy Grinding
JUNE 9 Wagner Building & SUpply
JUNE 16 + NEBRASKA LIMITED SPRINTS
Bures & Associates
JUNE 30 + NEBRASKA LIMITED SPRINTS
Myers Sanitation & Powers Port-A-Pot
JULY 7 Midtowne Oil and wash
JULY 14 + MIDWEST SPRINT TOURING SERIES
Tracy's Paint and body, ohiya casino and resort and ranek ag
JULY 21 rog's auto, inc
JULY 28 + NEBRASKA LIMITED SPRINTS
first dakota bank
AUG 4 schaeffer's specialized lubricants
AUG 11 mark's machinery
AUG 18 + NEBRASKA LIMITED SPRINTS
dakota plains ag center
SEP 4 SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
fischer farms and wagner speedway inc.