Hot Night, Hot Racing Action Friday at Wagner

A hot and muggy night would not keep fans or drivers away, as Wagner Speedway FINALLY ran it's third race of the season and the people in attendance were not disappointed.  "Horsepower for Hunger" food drive night benefiting the Wagner Food Pantry and sponsored by Wagner Super Foods was a big success, Commercial State Bank "Kid's Night" was enjoyed by all with scooters, bikes and other prizes given away to young fans, and "B-Mod Madness" twin features night, presented by Mettler Implement of Menno and Mitchell and Bures and Associates, PC saw two different features and plenty of drama. 

In B-Mod feature number one, Camden Myers (Ethan, SD), started from the outside of the second row and didn't waste anytime getting to the head of the field and was in control.  Then with six laps remaining, a caution came out, bunching up the field.  With Myers having the restart lead, Jerry Pfeifer (Spencer, NE) was in second and Wade Wright (Armour, SD) was third.  Following the restart, Wright got by Pfeifer and attempted to run down the leader, but to no avail, as Myers took the win in feature number one.  In the Subway Winner's Circle, Myers knew what he had to do at the start.  "I knew I had to get out there right away right off the start and that's what I did.  This thing was bad fast tonight from the get go, that's for sure."  The win was Myers second of the season and seventh of his career.  For his efforts, Myers took home the $500 winner's check, a big trophy and $100 worth of scratch off lottery tickets from the South Dakota Lottery.  Following this feature, the line up would be set for the second feature of the evening, which would be completely inverted from the order of finish in feature number one.  Heats were won by Wade Wright and Josh Pfeifer (Spencer, NE).

In the Hobby Stock feature event, a first time winner would pick up the checkers as Jeremy Senglemann (Dallas, SD) would take advantage of another drivers misfortune.  Jordan Vosika (Gregory, SD) would lead the first two circuits, but as he entered turn four on lap three, the car drifted to the high side of the track, allowing Sengelmann to drive past on the inside to take the lead.  Senglemann would lead the remaining nine laps, but had to hold off a fast and furious challenge from Clifford Houser (Kimball, SD)  Houser started seventh in the event and had made his march to second.  Once the leaders got into slower traffic, Sengelmann began to use the bottom line on the track for the remaining two laps to secure his place in victory lane.  "I was worried about the lap traffic.  I could see him (Houser) coming and I was hoping it would be over before I caught them.  It didn't happen that way, but it worked out okay."  Heats were won by Joey Jaton (Wagner, SD) and Taylor Blom (Corsica, SD).

WISSOTA Super Stocks would take center stage next and Kipp DeGroot (Platte, SD) would lead from wire to wire to garner his first win of the year and his 10th of his career. Although DeGroot would lead the entire way, it wasn't without drama and excitement as Kip Myers (Ethan, SD), who would have mechanical problems in the heat race, would have to start in the back of the field in the feature and he would put on a show.  Starting ninth, Myers made his march, taking the fourth spot on lap three, third place on lap six and into the runner up spot on lap eight.  The remaining seven laps was a battle as DeGroot knew Myers was on the prowl, but time ran out on the hunter and the hunted prevailed.  A relieved DeGroot in the Subway Winner's Circle knew he was going to get a challenge on a racy track.  "This was a fast track.  I was expecting the hear the 27 and the 1 both (Tyler Myers, Ethan, SD and Kip Myers respectively) but what do you do?  Just hold the bottom."  DeGroot made it a clean sweep as he won the heat as well.

The Late Model class was not originally on the schedule when it was released last December, but because of all the rain outs, ownership and management decided to add them to the show as a non-points race.  In a very competitive and exciting race to watch, Seth Fischer (Wagner, SD) and Jared Hoerle (Chambers, NE) would be the cream of the crop. Once Hoerle was able to get by Jared Jelsma (Springfield, SD) and Fischer was able to overtake Quentin Myers (Pukwana, SD), it was a battle for the remaining 11 laps.  The drama began on lap four as the leaders drove through turn four, Hoerle slid up the track, Fischer pulled along side Hoerle but could not close the deal.  Fischer would continue to chase "Swifty" around the speedway until he sealed the deal on lap 13.  Exiting turn four as the leaders saw the white flag, Fischer made his move, dove to the bottom of the track as Hoerle bobbled up high and went on to his second victory of the young season, his 19th in a Late Model and his 28th victory of his career as he continues to add to the all time wins lead.  In the Subway Winner's Circle, Fischer knew he was in a battle.  "He made me work for that one.  He ran a good race, I don't know what happened there late if his car went away or what, I just tried to get by him.  I just put it to the floor and hope it stuck.  I knew he was going to get the car back under him and give me a hell of a run down here and he did."  Jared Jelsma won the heat.

In the B-Buzzer front wheel drives, Kevin Andersh (Wagner, SD) started and picked up the feature win, outlasting Chris DeBoer (Mt Vernon, SD).  For the defending champion, it was his second win of the season and his sixth of his career.  Andersh also won the heat race.

Then we moved to the main event, the second feature for the B-Mod Madness twin feature night.  With the order of finish in feature number one, there was much anticipation to watch the fast cars start in the back and work their way to the front.  Following his seventh place finish in feature number one, Dudley Schroeder, Junior (Armour, SD) would rocket out to the lead from his sixth starting spot and took the lead on lap two, thanks to a fast car and early race cautions allowing him to move up two spots.  Schroeder took over the lead on lap two and would lead the rest of the event, but it wasn't easy.  While Schroeder used cautions to his advantage, so did first feature winner Camden Myers.  Myers started the finale 12th and was up fourth with 12 laps to go and up to second with 11 laps to go.  Myers would continue to chase Schroeder and slower traffic was going to be a factor until a caution with six circuits remaining.  That would set up an opportunity for Myers to get the feature sweep, but Schroeder would be too much to overtake and the Armour, SD native would pick up win number two of the season and his 17th all time at Wagner.  With the win, Schroeder also would take home a $500 pay day, the trophy and $100 worth of scratch off lottery tickets.  With Myers finishing in second, he would also pick up $100 more dollars of South Dakota Lottery tickets for having the best average finish with a first and a second.  If Myers could have pulled the sweep, it would have meant an extra $250 worth, but he came up one spot short.  

Next Friday, June 22nd will be a scheduled night off, but when action resumes on Friday, June 29th, it will be one of the most emotional nights of the season.  First Dakota National Bank, S & S Masonry and C & B Operations, all of Wagner, present "Military and First Responders" night.  All past and present military and first responders, with proper ID, will receive free admission into the grandstands for the event, and the first 750 people in attendance will receive a small American flag to wave during our opening ceremonies, which will include representatives from numerous branches of the National Guard, law enforcement, rescue personnel and more.  The evening will also feature the first appearance of the Tri-State Late Model series to join our Late Models, WISSOTA Super Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzers.  We invite you to get to the track early, enjoy a delicious dinner from "Mom and Missy's Place", not track food, it's great food at the track.  Mom and Missy's features the most mouth watering food you will find anywhere with their famous chislic, polled pork sandwiches, grilled burgers and more, along with ice cold Coca-Cola products and ice cold Budweiser products.

Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm with racing to follow.  For more information, updated point standings, complete results, schedules and more, check out the all new www.wagnerspeedway.com or follow our Facebook page at Wagner Speedway Fan Page.  We'll see you on Friday, June 29th at Wagner Speedway.

Wagner Speedway, Fast Family FUN


Format announced for B-Mod Madness Twin Features night at Wagner Speedway

This Friday will be a special night at Wagner Speedway, as Mettler Implement of Menno and Mitchell and Bures and Associates, PC presents B-Mod Madness twin features night.  The B-Mods will run the first feature of the night in normal fashion, just like a regular race night with regular pay.  Their second feature of the evening will be the last race of the night.  The line up for the second feature will be completely inverted from the first feature finish for cars that finish the event.  If a car does not finish the first feature, they will be able to run the second feature, but will start behind cars that did finish first event.  This second feature will also be regular payout and a non-points race.  

As an added incentive, each feature winner of the B-Mods will receive $100 worth of scratch off tickets from the South Dakota Lottery.  The driver with the best average finish between the two races will also receive $100 in lottery tickets and if a driver wins both events, they will cash in on $250 worth of tickets from the South Dakota Lottery.

There will be a lot going on Friday night, as Wagner Super Foods will co-sponsor "Horsepower for Hunger", the food drive benefiting the Wagner Food Pantry.  For each non-perishable food item fans and race teams bring for collection, you will receive a numbered ticket.  The more you bring, the better your chances are of winning cash, South Dakota Lottery scratch off tickets, Wagner Chamber Bucks, gift certificates from local and regional businesses and more, which will be drawn for during the evening.  If you have something you would like to give away, bring it to the track Friday night.  There will be collection points at the pit gate and to the main grandstand.  Please be generous and donate to "Horsepower for Hunger" night at the track.

Commercial State Bank of Wagner also will present "Commercial State Bank Kid's Night", when we give bicycles away to young fans during our intermission.  Since the B-Mod class is featured that evening, they are encouraged to bring a bicycle for a boy or girl.  If you, your race team or your business would like to donate a bike or bikes, bring them to the track Friday night.

We also would like to remind you that because of all the rain outs this season, we are adding the Late Model class to the show as a non-points race.  This date originally had Late Models off, but since we haven't raced much, ownership and management decided to add them to the schedule.  Since teams may have planned to race in a special event or take a family vacation over that weekend, we did not want to penalize those race teams who are racing for a championship.

B-Mod twin features, Late Models, WISSOTA Super Stocks, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzers all on the docket so get there early, enjoy a delicious meal at Mom and Missy's Place.  It's not track food, it's good food at the track with chislic, walking tacos, pork sandwichs, grilled burgers and more with ice cold Coca-Cola products and Budweiser products. 

Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm with racing to follow.  For more information, complete schedule, point stands, news and more, check out the all newwww.wagnerspeedway.com or keep track on Facebook at Wagner Speedway Fan Page.

Wagner Speedway.  Fast Family FUN


Mother Nature Strikes Again!

Well fans, I take back what I said earlier today about races, food drive and all that.  Mother Nature strikes again!!!

With 2 inches of rain in 2 hours within the last 48 hours, standing water at the track, grooves in the track from water run off and the immanent threat of rain at race time, Wagner Speedway has decided to call off racing for tonight.  We'll give it another try on Friday, June 15th.  Also, please make a note of this, along with our scheduled B-Mod Madness twin features night, we are adding Late Models back to the schedule as a NON POINTS race.  The reason for the Late Models being a non-points race, this is an addition to the schedule and there might be drivers that have made plans to be off that night and we don't want to penalize those drivers if they are racing for points.  Please let as many Late Model drivers know if this addition.

So, Friday, June 15th will be the addition of Late Models (non-points race), twin features night for B-Mods, WISSOTA Super Stocks, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives.  We will be rescheduling our "Horsepower for Hunger" night, presented by Wagner Super Foods and Commercial Bank Kids Night, as we will be giving bikes away to kids in attendance.  Since B-Mods are the featured class that evening, those teams are being asked to bring a bike for a boy or a girl.  If you, your business or race team would like to give away a kids bike, bring it to the races on Friday.  

Horsepower for Hunger Night and Kid's Night, this Friday, June 15th at Wagner Speedway.

Keep checking our website at www.wagnerspeedway.com or our Facebook page at Wagner Speedway Fan Page

Thank you for your understanding fans.

Rod Pattison

Wagner Speedway


Mother Nature 3, Wagner Speedway 2. 

With this past weekend’s racing action rained out, Wagner Speedway will try it again this Friday, as we present the first "Horsepower for Hunger" Food Drives at the track, sponsored by Wagner Super Foods and race night brought to you by C & B Operations of Wagner and Bures and Associates, PC.  For each non-perishable food item donated, fans will receive a numbered ticket.  Bring one item, get one numbered ticket.  Bring 100 items, get 100 numbered tickets and so on.

At intermission, we will draw from those numbered tickets to give away cash, Wagner Chamber Bucks, South Dakota Lottery tickets and other prizes from local businesses and race teams.  Donations will be accepted at the sign in gate into the pits and at the entrance to the main grandstand and all the food collected will benefit the Wagner Food Pantry.  If you, your race team or business would like to donate something to giveaway as part of the "Horsepower for Hunger" night, contact Promoter Rod Pattison at 605-360-8208 or just bring it to the track Friday night.

The first stop of the season for Tri-State Late Models, presented by the South Dakota Lottery, which was scheduled for this past Friday, has been rescheduled for Friday, June 29th.  Other dates for the Tri-State Late Model series will be Friday, August 3rd and Saturday, September 8th.    

The "Horsepower for Hunger" night food drive to benefit the Wagner Food Pantry, with Late Models, WISSOTA Super Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzers, presented by Wagner Super Foods, C & B Operations of Wagner and Bures and Associates, PC this Friday night.  Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm with racing to follow.  For more information, news, updated points, the newly updated schedule and more, check out the all new www.wagnerspeedway.com or Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.

Wagner Speedway.  Fast, Family FUN


Fischer, Myers Victorious at Wagner Friday Night

The Memorial Day weekend got off to a fast start with hot racing action this past Friday night at Wagner Speedway, sponsored by Juffer, Inc Insurrance, Juffer Real Estate and Wagner Building and Supply.  The WISSOTA Super Stocks made their debut, along with Late Models, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives and it didn't take very long to get the action started once the green flag flew.

Heat races were survival of the fittest on Friday, as the Hobby Stocks, B-Buzzers and Super Stocks saw plenty of misfortune early.  

In heat one of the Hobby division, Dennis Powers (Wagner, SD), Kipp DeGroot (Platte, SD) and Jeremy Senglemann (Dallas, SD) all got tangled up in a first lap incident that would retire all three from the race.  Heat two would see more of the same bad luck, as Jordan Vosicka (Gregory, SD), Justin Schenkel (Tyndall, SD) and Kevin Manthey (Bonesteel, SD) would get together on lap one and take out all three.

The B-Buzzer heat saw two cars that would not make one lap because of mechanical issues.  Tom Koster (Mitchell, SD) and Erik Kurth (Mitchell, SD) would not be able to continue and both drivers had their night come to an end almost immediately.

The WISSOTA Super Stock heat race saw a scary and spectacular crash on the back straightaway.  As Corey Elward (Mitchell, SD) and Cody Martin (Mitchell, SD) were racing side by side out of number two corner, Elward ran out of real estate, slid off the track and made hard contact with the implement tires.  After rolling over and landing upside down, the Beck's Hybrids safety team responded quickly and made sure Elward got out of the car safely.  Although Elward was okay, the car was not and their night ended there.

When it came feature time for all 5 classes, there was no shortage of drama and great racing.  The Hobby Stocks were on deck first and Kevin Vasek (Lake Andes, SD) held off challenges from Joey Jaton (Wagner, SD), Justin Schenkel, Kipp DeGroot and Dennis Powers to pick up his first win of the season and 4th of his career.  In the Subway Winner's Circle, an excited Vasek knew he was in a battle with good young drivers.  "Us old grandpas can still get er' done!  The track was great, I was waiting for a bump after the caution but it didn't happen and I just ran hammer down the whole way"  The heats were won by Jaton and Vasek.

In the B-Buzzer, there was little doubt on who the class of the class was as Matthew Andersh (Wagner, SD) used his pole position start and cruised to his first victory of the season and his third of his career.  "It was fun and fast and that's what I like," said Andersh.  "It's fun racing against my Dad (Kevin Andersh, Wagner, SD) and having competition with him.  Were out there to have fun and race and that's what we're doin'"  It was a clean sweep for the younger Andresh as he won the heat race as well.  

The season premiere of the WISSOTA Super Stocks did not disappoint, as Kip Myers (Ethan, SD) showed the way around in leading all 15 laps to seal the deal.  The first real challenge came on lap 5 from his oldest son Tyler Myers (Ethan, SD).  As Tyler was close to pulling along side his father, the car got loose and he dropped a position to newcomer Blake Whitlock (Watertown, SD).  After a caution flag with 4 laps to go, Kip would have to hold off another challenge, this time from Cody Martin (Mitchell, SD).  Martin raced him hard, but Kip would not be denied and went on to his first win of the season and his 16th of his career.  In the Subway Winner's Circle, Myers knew he was lucky the race wasn't longer.  "The car was flooding itself into the corners because of fuel problems and after the checkered flag flew, my brakes went clear to the floor going into one."  Kip is also excited about this class and the future it holds.  "We have the potential for a really good car count and if we can get some of those guys that race in Miller on Saturday nights to come down here on Fridays, we'll put on a good show for the fans."  Myers won the heat race as well.

The opening lap of the B-Mod feature brought the fans to their feet as pole position starter Wade Wright (Armour, SD) turned completely sideways in turns one and two in front of the entire field and miraculously, everyone got through the melee unscathed.  That would give to restart lead to Dudley Schroeder, Junior (Armour, SD), followed by Josh Pfeifer (Spencer, NE) and Lyndon Johnson (Montrose, SD).  Schroeder would take off from there and put distance between himself and Johnson.  On lap 12, lapped traffic began to become a factor, but Schroeder knew what to do and went on to victory.  As steam poured out of his power plant, Schroeder knew he had been in a race.  "She's hot.  Nothing like going out in style, huh?  My crew and I busted our butts at intermission to get this thing going.  We changed gears, changed shocks, changed tires, changed timing, everything.  I guess it did the trick, I gotta thank my pit crew for that."  For their efforts, Schroeder picks up their 16th feature win of his career.  Heat races were won by Pfeifer and Johnson.

Finally, the Late Model feature would roll out and the final race of the night would see a familiar face taking the checkers.  Seth Fischer (Wagner, SD) would start on the pole and jump out to the lead over his teammate Justin Havranek (Wagner, SD).  As those 2 were showing the way, Quentin Myers (Pukwana, SD) was on the march.  Myers started 6th in this one and has worked his way up to 2nd by lap 6.  During the next circuit, Havranek would spin to a stop in turn 4, setting up a very interesting final 8 laps.  With the field bunched up behind him, Fischer set out to finish the task at hand and was able to hold off a hard charging Myers to pick up his first win of the season.  The win was also his 27th of his career, putting him all alone on top of the all time wins list, passing David Kranig.  In the Subway Winner's Circle interview, Fischer gave praise to his team for putting him there.  "First off, I'd like to say thanks to everybody, my Pop and Justin and all the guys that help out.  We changed a couple bars around at intermission and I was kind of regretting it before we went out but it looks like it was the right move.  I guess it worked out."  Heats were won by Jesse Kroger (Canton, SD) and Myers.

This Friday, Wagner Speedway will present the first "Horsepower for Hunger" Food Drives at the track, sponsored by Wagner Super Foods.  For each non-perishable food item donated, fans will receive a numbered ticket.  Bring one item, get one ticket.  Bring 100 items, get 100 tickets.  At intermission, we will draw from those numbered tickets to give away cash, South Dakota Lottery tickets and other prizes.  Donations will be accepted at the sign in gate into the pits and at the entrance to the main grandstand and all the food collected will benefit the Wagner Food Pantry.  If your race team or business would like to donate a prize as part of the "Horsepower for Hunger" night, contact Promoter Rod Pattison at 605-360-8208 or just bring it to the track Friday night.  

This Friday will also mark the first of three visits by the Tri-State Late Model Series, presented by the South Dakota Lottery.  The winner of each of the three events during the season will also receive $100 in scratch off Lottery tickets.  After the third and final appearance on September 8th, the driver that has accumulated the most points over those three shows will receive an extra $200 in lottery tickets and the driver who finishes second in the points for those three shows will receive $100 in lottery tickets.  

"Horsepower for Hunger" night and the Tri-State Late Models, along with WISSOTA Super Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzers, presented by Wagner Super Foods and the South Dakota Lottery, this Friday night.  Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm with racing to follow.  For more information, news, updated points, schedules and more, check out the all new www.wagnerspeedway.com or Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.

Wagner Speedway.  Fast, Family FUN

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Hot Laps with Hot Rod

For those of you that have been at a race when I have been the announcer, you already know that I have a lot to talk about.  In fact, there are some fans that think I get paid by the word!  That is not the case yet, but my people are working on that part of my contract.  LOL

Since the last 2 weeks of racing were called because of weather, I haven't had a chance to tell you about all the things you should know, so I thought I would bring you the first installment of "Hot Laps with Hot Rod".  I don't know how many installments there will be in the future, but the idea sounded good at the time.

First, I would like to take time to wish Joe Stedronsky of Wagner a speedy recovery.  Joe is one of Wagner Speedway's most loyal and passionate fans and he is spending some time in the hospital.  He's been bummed that he has had to miss races, but when I saw him the other night, I assured him that he hasn't missed anything yet because the weather hasn't let us race.  Get well soon Joe.

We are pleased to announce the IMCA RaceSaver 305 sprint car show that was scheduled for this past Friday, May 18th has been rescheduled for Friday, August 3rd.  That Friday night show has now shaped up to be one of the bigger shows of the season.  The 305 sprints will join the Tri-State Late Model series and our WISSOTA Super Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzers for one spectacular night.  (See our updated schedule on our website at www.wagnerspeedway.com)

Friday, June 1st is the first "Horsepower for Hunger" night, sponsored by Wagner Super Foods.  This is a food drive to benefit the Wagner Food Pantry.  For each non-perishable food item you bring to the track, you will receive a numbered ticket.  If you bring 5 items, you get 5 numbered tickets, bring 50, get 50 tickets and so on.  We will be collecting food at the pit entrance and at the grandstand gate and we will draw for cash prizes, South Dakota Lottery tickets and more.  It's your chance to help a great cause and have a chance to win prizes.  That night will also be the first appearance of the Tri-State Late Model touring series.  Hope you can help us collect food to benefit the Wagner Food Pantry, Friday, June 1st.

C & B Operations of Wagner reminds you that, "IT'S TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY!!!"  C & B Operations of Wagner has some great prizes to hand out, but you need to be involved to be eligible.  Just go to Facebook and search for Fred Harr Company/C & B Operations, share their post and like their page.  When C & B reaches 300 page likes, they will give away the Wagner Speedway Prize Package for Friday, June 8th, which includes tickets to the races that night and a $20 voucher to Mom and Missy's Place food stand at the track.  When they reach 750 likes, they will give away a 32 qt. John Deere LiT Coolers, which really does light up inside, and when they reach 1,000 likes, C & B will be giving away the Honda Weed-eater!!!  Each winner will be announced on their page and can pick up their prize at their store, so get to sharing and liking the C & B Operations Facebook page.  If you already like their page, you're part way there!  Good Luck from C & B Operations of Wagner!

June 15th will be the first of three Commercial State Bank "Kid's Night's" at the track, which is a chance for kids to win one of many bicycles to be given away.  The B-Mod class will be featured that evening, presented by Mettler Implement of Menno and Mitchell, as they present "B-Mod Madness" twin feature night.  Along with twin features for the B-Mods, the night will feature WISSOTA Super Stocks, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives.  If you or your business would like to give a bicycle away, bring it to the races on Friday, June 15th.  

Remember, we will not be having races on Friday, June 22nd, but the week after will be one of the most important and special nights of the year.

Friday, June 29th, First Dakota National Bank presents "Military and First Responders" night.  Representatives from all branches of law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel and members of the 155th Engineering Company from Wagner will be on hand for a special opening ceremony, and any past or present military personnel or active first responder, with proper ID, will receive FREE admission to the grandstands for the evenings event.  Plus, the first 500 people in the stands that night will receive an American Flag to help in the celebration, courtesy of S & S Masonry of Wagner.  

So that brings us to the weekend that is sure to be the biggest event in Wagner Speedway's history.  Fort Randall Casino and Hotel presents "The Fort Randall Casino Double Down Showdown" on Friday and Saturday, July 6th and 7th, co-sponsored by Dakota Plains Ag Center and Mark's Machinery.  Friday night will feature the Property Solutions of America MSTS 360s and the Carpetland Nebraska 360 Sprint Series presented by Malvern Bank, IMCA RaceSaver 305 Sprints, Late Models, WISSOTA Super Stocks and B-Mods.  Saturday will showcase night number two of the MSTS and Nebraska 360 Sprint Cars and IMCA RaceSaver 305 Sprints to be joined by the T & R Contracting Late Model Street Stock touring series, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives.  Make your plans to get there early for a good seat.  You will only need the edge of it, but you will need a seat.  

Speaking of Fort Randall Casino and Hotel, they are offering something special for race fans.  If you are a guest at the FRC Hotel, they are offering free shuttle rides to and from the Speedway.  For more information or to make reservations, call 605-487-7871, log onto www.fortrandallcasino.com or see their Facebook page.

So make sure you put all these events on your calendar, spread the word and plan on joining us.  Be sure to start off your race experience with a delicious dinner from Mom and Missy's Place.  It's not track food, it's good food at the track, including amazing chislic, delicious grilled burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and more with ice cold Coca-Cola products and ice cold Budweiser products.  Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm and racing begins at 8pm.  For more information on these events, the latest news, results, points and more, check out www.wagnerspeedway.com or Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.

That's all for this edition of "Hot Laps with Hot Rod."  Let's go racin'!!!

Wagner Speedway.  Fast, Family FUN

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Wagner Speedway Returns To Action Friday Night

By Rod Pattison

It's safe to say that the weather has not been real cooperative for racing.  After 2 consecutive weeks of cancellations, Wagner Speedway is more than ready to race this Friday night with a full slate of cars and a night full of excitement. 

Juffer Real Estate and Juffer, Inc Insurance, Fort Randall Casino and Hotel and Wagner Building and Supply bring you the first appearance of the season for the WISSOTA Super Stocks, as they join Late Models, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives.

Make your plans for dirt track racing action this Friday night. Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm and racing will begin at 8pm. For more information on up to date points, schedules, news and more, log onto the all new www.wagnerspeedway.com or check out Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.

Wagner Speedway. Fast, Family FUN

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Saturday Night Sizzled at Wagner Speedway

By Rod Pattison and Shawn Neistadt

Following a brief rain shower approximately 2 hours before showtime, Wagner Speedway opened up their 2018 racing season with 63 cars checking into the pits on Fort Randall Casino and Hotel and Tracy's Paint and Body, Inc night Saturday.

The evening featured appearances from 2 traveling series, as the Property Solutions of America Midwest Sprint Touring Series 360 sprint cars and the T and R Contracting Late Model Street Stocks, who joined Late Models, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives in front of a huge crowd on a beautiful night.

The feature events began with the Hobby Stocks and after numerous challenges from Dennis Powers (Wagner, SD) and Tracy Halouska (Worthing, SD), Justin Schenkel (Tyndall, SD) held off the field in the 12 lap main event.  "This wouldn't have happened tonight without my ol' buddy Clint.  He's been after the car all week.  I didn't even see the car until noon today, worked on it a while and here we are!", said Schenkel in the Subway Winner's Circle.  "I could hear em' there (Powers and Halouska) and I was nervous the whole time wanting to hit my marks without over driving the thing.  It worked!"  The victory was Schenkel's 8th career win at Wagner.  Powers, Halouska, Kevin Vasek (Lake Andes, SD) and Jeremy Sengelmann (Dallas, SD) rounded out the top 5.  Heats were won by Senglemann and Taylor Blom (Corsica, SD)

The T and R Contracting Late Model Street Stock touring series was up next and it was Tim Dann (Hartford, SD) starting on the outside of row 1 and going on to the non-stop feature win.  Dave Kuchta (Hartford, SD) and Cory Yeigh (Sioux Falls, SD) were in pursuit for all 15 laps, but Dann was the man on this night.  In the Subway Winner's Circle, Dann praised the track and his starting spot, "This was definitely a fast track and it helps to start out front.  The cushion was the place to be so we put it up there and didn't lift"  Dann secured his first ever win at Wagner and he was followed by Kuchta, Yeigh, Brylee Gough (Sioux Falls, SD) and John Hoing (Hartford, SD)  Heat races were won by J. Hoing and Yeigh.

The B-Mods would hit the track for their event and Camden Myers (Ethan, SD), who started on the pole, cruised to victory.  Although his feature win looked impressive, they had a lot of work to do.  "The car was just junk in hot laps and the heat race, but it came around and the track was amazing."  It was Myers' 6th victory of his young career.  Dudley Schroeder, Jr, (Armour, SD) started 7th finished 2nd, Tyler Tesch (Lennox, SD) started 8th and finished 3rd, Brad Vogt (Armour, SD) drove the Wade Wright 88 car while Wright is at National Guard Camp finished 4th and Logan Kafka (Wagner, SD) rounded out the top 5.  Heats were won by Schoreder and Tyler Tesch.

It was time for the Dirt Late Models to give it a whirl.  Justiin Havranek (Wagner, SD), in just his 2nd year in the class, was the class of the field Saturday night, as he held off numerous challenges from Gale Vogt (Yankton, SD) and picked up his first Late Model victory of his career and his 13th win overall at the track.  In the Subway Winner's Circle, Havranek was very gracious and admitted was a little worried.  "I have to thank Lynn and Seth (Fischer) for letting me drive the car and giving me the opportunity.  I saw Gale (Vogt) and I was just trying not to mess up.  I was getting a little nervous."  Following Havranek and Vogt were Seth Fischer (Wagner, SD), Randy Rosenboom (Rock Rapids, IA) and Jared Jelsma (Springfield, SD)  The heat was won by Vogt.

The Property Solutions of America MSTS 360 Sprint Cars rolled onto a lightning fast racetrack next and this race did not disappoint.  Thomas Kennedy (Winnipeg, MB) started 4th and swapped the top spot with Jody Rosenboom (Rock Rapids, IA) in the early stages of the 25 lap main event until lap 3, then Kennedy was able to drive away from the field victory in his Wagner Speedway debut and his 3rd career MSTS triumpth.   Behind Kennedy, the racing was intense, as Jack Dover (Springfield, NE) took 3rd from Gregg Bakker (Sioux Falls, SD) on lap 7 with the leaders entering slower traffic on the next circuit.  On lap 10, Lee Grosz (Harwood, ND) followed and took over 4th from Bakker.  4 laps later, Grosz was again on the move, this time taking 3rd from Dover in turn 2.  The battle wasn't over though as Dover reclaimed the spot, only to have Grosz make the pass once again.  The caution flag would wave on lap 17 when Eric Lutz (Sioux Falls, SD) and Taylor Forbes (Harrisburg, SD) would tangle in turn 3.  Both cars were retired from the race.  Following the restart, Kennedy led the rest of the way with Rosenboom 2nd at the line.  Grosz was a close 3rd ahead of Bakker and Dover.  In the Subway Winner's Circle interview, Kennedy said they finally got the car to run the way it should.  "We had been battling some electrical issues all night, we still don't have it all figured out yet but we made a few changes to keep the car sparked on the track."  Heats were won by Grosz and Dover.

The final race of the night would be the B-Buzzer front wheel drives and Kevin Andersh (Wagner, SD) would have a back and forth, hard fought battle with Tom Koster (Mitchell, SD) until finally driving to his 5th victory at Wagner.  Following Andersh and Koster were Matthew Andersh (Wagner, SD), Erik Kurth (Mitchell, SD) and Chris DeBoer (Mount Vernon, SD).  Kevin Andersh also won the heat.

This Friday night will be another exciting night of racing, as Juffer, Inc and Juffer Real Estate will present Late Models, the premiere of the WISSOTA Super Stock division, along with B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzers.  Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm and racing at 8pm Friday.  For complete results, updated point standings, news and more, check out the all new www.wagnerspeedway.com or Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.  


BWW offers bonus for MSTS racers at Wagner, Sioux Center

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Buffalo Wild Wings is offering a blazin’ hot bonus for any team that attends every Wagner and Sioux Center MSTS 360 event in 2018. Every team that competes at all five of those events will receive $820. 

Wagner Speedway is first on the schedule with a season opening event this Saturday, May 5. MSTS 360 returns to Wagner on July 6-7 for the Fort Randall Casino Double Down Showdown. The 9th annual Sprint Car Showdown at Sioux Speedway is July 12. Wagner Speedway then hosts the September Sprint-tacular on September 8. 

Todd and Susan LaHaise and Buffalo Wild Wings are longtime supporters of sprint car racing. Buffalo Wild Wings recently opened its third location in Sioux Falls. The latest location at Dawley Farm Village compliments the two other locations in the city. 

2018 Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Bonus MSTS 360 schedule: 
May 5: Wagner Speedway
July 6: Wagner Speedway (with Nebraska 360s)
July 7: Wagner Speedway (with Nebraska 360s) 
July 12: Sioux Speedway
Sept. 8: Wagner Speedway

 

4/30/18

For more information, contact Media Relations Director Rod Pattison 605-360-8208

FINALLY!  After 7 months of anticipation, hard work and surviving the rugged winter, it's time to go racing.  Wagner Speedway is proud to present a special day, this Saturday, May 5th.  

The day will get started on Wagner's Main Street with the 1st Annual Racey Days celebration beginning at 11am.  A portion of Main Street will be blocked off for this event and will feature race cars on display and multiple non-profit organizations and businesses offering food, games and other goodies.  The Wagner Farmer's Market, Wagner Cub Scouts and the Wagner Boys and Girls Club will participate to help fund their individual projects.  

Later that evening will mark the 2018 season opener, presented by Fort Randall Casino and Hotel and Tracy's Paint and Body, Inc of Parkston.  On the docket will be two traveling series, including the Property Solutions of America MSTS 360 Sprints and the T and R Contracting Late Model Street Stock Touring Series, along with the Wagner Speedway Late Models, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives.  

Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm and racing starts at 8pm.  Get there early, enjoy some of the best food and coldest beverages you will ever find at any dirt track in the country and get a good seat for this outstanding show.

For more information, news, point standings and more, log onto the all new www.wagnerspeedway.com or check out Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.

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Wagner Speedway.  Fast, Family FUN

4/23/18

Wagner Speedway Test and Tune This Saturday

For many drivers in the region, the wait is over.  It's time to fire up the engines and make final adjustments for the 2018 season.  Wagner Speedway Test and Tune will be held at the speedway on Saturday, April 28th from 1pm to 4pm.

If you have any questions, please call the track at 605-491-0325 or send a message to Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.

Don't forget the big 2018 Season Opener on Saturday, May 5th beginning with the 1st Annual Racey Days celebration on Main Street beginning at 11am with race cars on display, businesses and food vendors with lots to see, do and eat, then race night to follow.  Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm and racing at 8pm.

See you this Saturday for Test and Tune, 1pm to 4pm!!!

Wagner Speedway

Fast, Family FUN!

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4/17/18

For more information, contact Rod Pattison, Wagner Speedway Promoter, 605-360-8208

City Celebration Planned To Begin 2018 Racing Season

With the much anticipated season opener less then three weeks away, Wagner Speedway is proud to announce an exciting event to help throw the green flag on the 2018 campaign.  Thanks to tremendous cooperation from Kelsey Doom, the Executive Director of Wagner Area Growth, along with the Wagner Chamber of Commerce and officials from the City of Wagner, we are proud to team up for the First Annual "Racey Days" Celebration.  

Racey Days will be on Saturday, May 5th beginning at 11 am in downtown Wagner.  A portion of Main Street will be blocked off for this event and will feature race cars on display and multiple non-profit organizations and businesses offering food, games and other goodies.  The Wagner Farmer's Market, Wagner Cub Scouts and the Wagner Boy's and Girl's Club will participate to help fund their individual projects.

Track promoter Rod Pattison is thrilled with the possibilities for this event.  "The momentum we were able to build from our successful 2017, we are so excited to have such community support.  Small town America, in general, struggles to bring people to their town, so it's an opportunity to bring in race fans from across the upper-Midwest.  This is also a chance for our race teams to put their cars on display to showcase their sponsors and meet current and potential new fans.  It's a win-win for everyone."

There will be more fun and exciting things that are still in the planning stages for this celebration, so make your plans to come to town and join us for this city wide event.  

If you would like more information on how you can participate in this celebration, simply email Kelsey@wagnerareagrowth.org or call 605-481-2493.  for information about the City of Wagner or business opportunities in town, log onto www.wagnerareagrowth.org or www.cityofwagner.org.  For the latest news, complete event schedule and more, check out the all new www.wagnerspeedway.com or Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook.  

Wagner Speedway.  Fast, Family FUN!!!

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April 8, 2018

For more information, contact Media Relations Director Rod Pattison at 605-360-8208

Wagner Speedway Adds Tri-State Late Model Show

When the original 2018 Wagner Speedway schedule was released this past December, two special appearances by the traveling group known as the Tri-State Late Model Series were planned for June 1st and August 3rd.  Now, thanks to the help of Series Director Mike Gross, these "hot shoes" will return one more time on Saturday, September 8th, with a twist.

The South Dakota Lottery presents The Tri-State Late Model Trifecta Challenge.  The feature winner each night of these three events will receive a bonus of $100 in scratch off Lottery tickets, courtesy of the South Dakota Lottery.  Then, after all three shows have been completed, the highest point driver from these events will receive an extra $200 in scratch off tickets and the 2nd place driver in points will receive a bonus of $100 in tickets.  Point system used will be the same points awarded from the series toward their season champion.

Wagner Speedway would like to take time to thank the South Dakota Lottery for joining our corporate partner family in 2018 and we have plenty of fun things in store for our racers and fans this season, thanks to the support of the South Dakota Lottery.

For more information on the South Dakota Lottery, log onto https://lottery.sd.gov/, to learn more about the Tri State Late Model Series, check out https://midwestlm.wixsite.com/tristatelm and for the latest news, schedules, point standings and more, check out our all new website at www.wagnerspeedway.com or our Facebook page at Wagner Speedway Fan Page.

Wagner Speedway's season opener is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th, and be watching for details on a BIG, city wide event to throw the green flag on the season opener that day.  

Wagner Speedway.  Fast, Family FUN

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March 25th, 2018

Wagner Speedway Partners With Nation's Best Racing Organizations

Part of the growth of any business is the relationships built along the way.  Wagner Speedway is pleased to be joined by 2 of the largest and most recognizable sanctioning bodies in racing, WISSOTA and IMCA.  

The WISSOTA Promoters Association was founded in 1981 by eight track promoters in Wisconsin and Minnesota, with intent to offer uniform rules for the promoters and drivers involved in the Late Model division. Soon, the group decided to do the same for the growing Modified division.  WISSOTA’s current membership includes approximately 50 race tracks in the region of Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba. These member tracks present weekly programs that feature one or more WISSOTA division car classes, as well as the region’s most-recognized, highest paying and long-standing special events.

The “WISSOTA region” is recognized nationally as a healthy, stable racing region by industry leaders and, as a non-profit organization, all of WISSOTA’s income after operating expenses is paid out to the drivers at the conclusion of each racing season through track and national point funds.

With Wagner Speedway becoming a track that will sanction their Super Stock class, WISSOTA Executive Director Terry Voeltz is pleased to have Wagner on board.  "WISSOTA is very happy and honored to have Wagner Speedway be part of our “WISSOTA FAMILY”, said Voeltz in a statement this past week.  "Our Super Stock division is an excellent class with many great drivers.  We have added the spoiler to the back of the Supers and that has added to the popularity of the class.  Wagner is an excellent addition to WISSOTA with it’s location in South Dakota and we look forward to working with everyone at Wagner Speedway."

The International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) was organized in 1915 by J. Alex Sloan, and is currently the oldest active auto racing sanctioning body in the United States.  IMCA is currently headquartered in Vinton, Iowa and features several classes and divisions of weekly racing in six geographical regions of the United States, including the RACESAVER Sprint Car class.  RACESAVER rules prevent money from buying a significant advantage and allows working men and women the opportunity to compete on a level playing field with nationally proven rules, which helps in saving racing for working folks.  The RACESAVER plan is stable with enforceable rules, consistent rules application, and fair purse distribution.

With sanctioning IMCA RACESAVER 305 Sprint Cars, Wagner Speedway Media Relations Director Rod Pattison says it is a key partnership in the track's growth.  "With the popularity of the Sprint Car shows in 2017, we thought the RACESAVERS would be a nice compliment to our 360 Sprint Car specials and our weekly shows as well.  Being under this umbrella gives our track the opportunity to work with outstanding tracks like Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota, Park Jefferson Speedway in South Dakota, Stuart Raceway in Nebraska and others in the region to share cars, fans, and corporate partners while helping to promote each other."

Wagner Speedway runs weekly shows on Fridays with Late Models, B-Mods, WISSOTA Super Stocks, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives.  The 2018 campaign will begin with Test and Tune day on Saturday, April 28th, then opening night will be Saturday, May 5th.  

For more information on WISSOTA, log onto www.wissota.org, to learn more on RACESAVERS, check out http://www.racesaver.com/ and to find out more about Wagner Speedway, stop by www.wagnerspeedway.com.  You can also experience more on the speedway's Facebook page by searching Wagner Speedway Fan Page.

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March 2nd, 2018

With all the sacrifices they endure and dangers they face everyday, our Military and First Responders deserve to be saluted and appreciated as the heroes they are.

We are proud to announce that First Dakota National Bank of Wagner has partnered with Wagner Speedway to present "Military and First Responders" night, Friday, June 29th.  Military and First Responders night will allow past and present Military personnel and area First Responders FREE ADMISSION into the grandstands that night.  Plus, the first 500 fans in the gate will receive a free American flag to wave during the opening ceremonies, courtesy of S & S Masonry of Wagner.

Greer American Legion Post 11 of Wagner will present the colors of our country and representatives from the 155th Guard unit and First Responders from the area will participate in an emotional opening ceremony, allowing fans to show their appreciation for the work they do everyday and to honor the bravery of these men and women.    

So join us for Military and First Responders night, Friday, June 29th, brought to you by First Dakota National Bank, S & S Masonry and Wagner Speedway.  Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm and racing begins at 8pm.

For more information, news and our complete schedule, log on www.wagnerspeedway.com or check out our Facebook page at Wagner Speedway Fan Page.

Wagner Speedway.  Fast, Family Fun

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March 1st, 2018

Making money and having fun is a combination that is hard to find.  If that sounds interesting to you, Wagner Speedway has opportunities for you.

We are looking for individuals or non-profit groups that are looking to make money in a fun atmosphere in our concession stand, 50/50 sales and more.  It's a great way to spend a summer night and is a perfect opportunity for your youth softball or baseball team, church youth group, music group, you name it.  

If you or your group are interest in these opportunities, contact us with your name and contact information.  Either send us a message on Wagner Speedway Fan Page on Facebook, or send an e-mail to racingrod1@hotmail.com.  We will get in contact with you and discuss all the details.

Wagner Speedway, Fast Family Fun

Wagner Speedway is an equal opportunity employer.

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Help Wanted at Wagner Speedway Inc.

December 27, 2017

Due to unprecedented growth, Wagner Speedway is looking for a Technical Official to interpret and enforce the rules of speedway, as it pertains to each individual class of cars.  Wagner Speedway runs every Friday night from early May until early September, featuring Late Models, B-Modifieds, Wissota Superstock, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. 

The ideal candidate will have vast knowledge of race car set-ups, such as engines, suspensions, etc and have the ability to objectively enforce those rules to insure the fairness of all competitors.

Wagner Speedway is family owned and operated and offers competitive pay, concession discounts and a great support staff to assist if needed.  

If you are interested in this very important position within our speedway family, please send an application letter and/or resume to fischer@fischer-farms.com or call 605-491-0325.

Wagner Speedway, Fast, Family Fun.

Wagner Speedway, Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer


December 3, 2017

Wagner Speedway Announces 2018 Schedule

After many discussions with upper-Midwest race track promotors and series directors, along with dozens of phone calls, e-mails and text messages, Wagner Speedway is pleased to announce it’s 2018 racing schedule. It’s a schedule that will give our fans a tremendous amount of entertainment and variety every weekend, our corporate partners the exposure they deserve, and our drivers the opportunity to compete against tough competition every night plus have the flexibility to race at other tracks in the region when not scheduled with us.

Because of the popularity of sprint cars last season, Wagner Speedway will have 4 nights of 360 Sprints, highlighted by a 2-night show on July 6th and 7th.This weekend of racing will be tagged the first annual Wagner Speedway “Double Down Showdown.” Friday night will feature a co-sanctioned event with the Midwest Sprint Touring Series (MSTS) 360s and the Nebraska 360s, along with the newly added IMCA RaceSaver 305 Sprints. Also on the docket Friday night will be Late Models and B-Mods. Saturday night, the MSTS, Nebraska 360s and RaceSavers will compete again, along with the Tailgators Late Model Street Stock Series (LMSS), which is the equivalent of our Pro Stocks, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. 

The MSTS 360s will be featured, along with the LMSS, Late Models, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzers to begin the season on Saturday, May 5th. The season will conclude on Saturday, September 8th with MSTS 360s, IMCA RaceSaver 305s for the “September Saturday Sprint-tacular.” RaceSavers will also be in action 3 other nights in 2018, Friday, May 18th, Friday, August 10th and during Season Championship night on Monday, September 3rd.

Late Models fans will get to enjoy 2 special nights as well with the Tri-State Late Model Series invading Wagner Speedway. This series will bolster our current class of Late Models on Friday, June 1st and Friday, August 3rd. With the cooperation of other regional tracks, these Late Model shows will be part of back-to-back nights of racing, which will draw regional drivers to race multiple times in a weekend. 

Our B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzers will also have their opportunity to be showcased in 2018 as well. Wagner Speedway will present “B-Mod Madness” on Friday, June 8th, “Hobby Stock Hysteria” on Friday, July 20th and the “B-Buzzer Blowout” on Friday, August 24th. These special nights will be Twin Feature night for each class, with the order of finish in the first feature completely inverted for the starting order of the second feature. 
With our success in 2017, Wagner Speedway ownership and management is very excited about the upcoming season. With improvements to the track this past season, plans for more investment in our facility for the upcoming campaign, our brand new website and our schedule, 2018 will be an amazing year.

For more information and our complete schedule, check the all new www.wagnerspeedway.com, or call our Marketing, Public Relations and Media Director Rod Pattison at 605-360-8208.

Wagner Speedway. Fast, Family FUN!!!

Racing starts at 8:00PM Sharp!

Pit Gates open at 5 P.M. | Hot Laps at 7 P.M.

REGULAR Season Admission

Grandstand: 
7 & Under - FREE
   8-13 - $5.00
14 - Adult $15.00

Pit Gate: 
Fans/Crew $30.00
Drivers $35.00

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SPECIAL EVENT Season Admission
Dates:5/5, 7/6, 7/7, 9/8

Grandstand: 
7 & Under - FREE
   8-13 - $8.00
14 - Adult $20.00

Pit Gate: 
Fans/Crew $32.00
Drivers $37.00

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 10.8.17  Dusty Zomer    |     360 Sprint Winner

10.8.17

Dusty Zomer    |     360 Sprint Winner

 10.8.17  Buzzy Adams   |    B-Modified Winner

10.8.17

Buzzy Adams   |    B-Modified Winner

 10.8.17  Quentin Myers   |   Late Model Winner

10.8.17

Quentin Myers   |   Late Model Winner

 10.8.17  Broc Stout   |    Hobby Stock Winner

10.8.17

Broc Stout   |    Hobby Stock Winner

 10.8.17  Kip DeGroot  |   Pro-Stock Winner

10.8.17

Kip DeGroot  |   Pro-Stock Winner