Celebration of Human Spirit Highlights Action Friday at Wagner Speedway

Friday night was a night filled with action on the track and emotions in the grandstands at Wagner Speedway. The Horsepower for Hunger food drive night was sponsored by Fort Randall Casino and Hotel, Valley Pump of Wagner, Myers Sanitation and Powers Port-A-Pot Services and Rentals, with a special celebration from the Wagner Pink Ladies and Jen and Cody Martin of Martin Construction. The racing family did not disappoint.

A large amount of non-perishable food items were collected at the grandstand entrance for the Rural Office of Community Service (ROCS), who is taking over the Wagner Food Pantry when they move into their new offices in Wagner in mid-August. At intermission, Promoter and Announcer Rod Pattison made a special presentation on behalf of long time friend Becky Weier of Sioux Falls. Becky sets aside money each month to give to worthy projects and the Horsepower for Hunger food drive is something that hit home for her. "As a child my parents were separated a lot," said Weier in a post on her Facebook page. "My mom received no support to raise my brother and I. I know first hand what it’s like to watch your parent go without eating so her kids can and not to eat, period!" Becky and her family made a cash donation of $1000 to the Horsepower for Hunger food drive, which was given to Rebecca Brown from ROCS at intermission.

Martin Construction and it's owners Cody and Jen Martin were also pleased to join the Wagner Pink Ladies and give 20 Razor Scooters away to kids 11 years of age or younger. Following the drawings for the Scooters, Pattison made a presentation to the Pink Ladies, on behalf of the Martin family, for $2,500. It's something Jen Martin was proud to do. "The Wagner Pink Ladies do amazing work for people fighting breast cancer." Martin added, "Cody and I are both from the Wagner area and we wanted to give back to them for the work they do. Since this is our home track, we wanted to be part of this celebration." Needless to say, between both presentations at intermission, emotions were definitely on display. To watch the video of these presentations, go to Wagner Speedway Photos by Casta Myers. Then, it was time for feature racing.

The Hobby Stock main event would be up first and a first time winner at the speedway would dominate. Derrick Scott (Geddes, SD) would start on the pole position and never look back and never be challenged to pick up his first ever feature win at Wagner Speedway. Joey Jaton (Wagner, SD) would finish a strong second with Clifford Houser (Kimball, SD), Matt Goth (Madison, SD) and Kevin Vasek (Lake Andes, SD) rounding out the top five. With the Scott victory, he becomes the seventh different driver to win a Hobby Stock feature in 8 events in 2018 with only Jeremy Senglemann (Dallas, SD) picking up two wins so far this season. Heat races were won by Derrick Scott and James Hoing (Kimball, SD).

The WISSOTA Super Stock feature event showed that good things happen to good people. Starting from his second row starting position, the aforementioned Cody Martin (Mitchell, SD) would take a race car that he said in the Subway Winner's Circle was "a handful that didn't handle very good", to his first ever checkered flag at Wagner. Following Martin across the finish line were Tyler Myers (Ethan, SD), Tanner James (Mt. Vernon, SD), Daniel Tingle (Mt. Vernon, SD) and Brandon Tingle (Mitchell, SD). Martin becomes the fifth different feature winner in the Super Stock class in 6 races with Kip Myers (Ethan, SD) picking up two thus far. The heat race was won by Tyler Myers.

The B-Modified "A" saw some late race drama as Dudley Schroeder, Jr (Armour, SD) lead from the outset, but was challenged for the last 3 laps by Camden Myers (Ethan, SD). Myers, who started seventh on the grid, pulled up along side Schroeder twice in the final three laps, but Schroeder would not be denied on this night. The win by Schroeder would be his third of the season and the 18th of his career at Wagner, which ties him with Danny Fischer and Jeff Brunssen for eighth on the all time wins list at the speedway. The B-Mod division has been owned by Schroeder and Myers with seven of the eight starts won by these two young guns. Myers has four to his credit and Schroeder has three with David Carlson (Huron, SD) securing the other. Following Schroeder and Myers were Kyle Pecena (O'Neill, NE), James Reiner (Wessington Springs, SD) and Wade Wright (Armour, SD) would round out the top five. Heats were won by Wade Wright and Kyle Pecena.

Late Model action would follow and an early race mishap would shape the outcome of this one. Pole sitter Jared Hoerle (Chambers, NE) and fellow front row starter Justin Havaranek (Wagner, SD) would make contact on the exit of turn two, causing Havaranek to spin to a stop. The caution flag would wave, sending Hoerle to the rear of the field on the restart. While that was happening, Quentin Myers (Pukwana, SD) would develop mechanical issues and he would have to retire from the event. On the restart, Havaranek would have to keep the hammer down because Gale Vogt (Yankton, SD) who started sixth and Mike Babcock (Creighton, NE) who started fifth would be in hot pursuit. With five laps remaining, Chris DeBoer (Mt. Vernon, SD) spun in turn two, collecting Hoerle and retiring him for the night. The final five circuits would see Havaranek fend off the challenges of Vogt and Babcock to pick up his second win of the season and his 14th of his career. Following Havaranek, Vogt and Babcock would be Jared Jelsma (Springfield, SD) and Terry McCarthy (Springview, NE) rounding out the top five. Heats were won by Quentin Myers and Mike Babcock.

The B-Buzzer front wheel drive class had all the makings of a historical finish, as Cassy Cooper (Mitchell, SD), looked to become the first female driver in Wagner Speedway history to win a feature. She led the first five laps until Matthew Andersh (Wagner, SD) made contact with her car in the front straight away and passed Cooper on the final lap to win his third feature of the season. Cooper would settle for second with Shawn McKnelly (Hartford, SD), John Koster (Mitchell, SD) and Kevin Andersh (Wagner, SD) rounding out the top five. Kevin Andersh won the heat.

The final race of the night featured the IMCA Race Saver 305 sprint car class and the only red flag of the night waved on lap three, when Tony Drueke (Naper, NE) got sideways in turn four and went on a series of flips and rolls and landed to a stop on the entrance of the front straight. Drueke was able to get out of the car under his own power, but there was too much damage to the car and Drueke was done for the night. Following the restart, it was a dominating performance from the driver they call "The Doc". Daniel Nekolite (O'Neill, NE) made the house call to Wagner Speedway and took good care of the competition in winning his first event at the track this season and his third event of his career. Following Nekolite to the checkers included John Otte (Ravinia, SD) and Dalton Domagala (Luverne, MN). Nekolite also won the heat race.

More action is in store for race teams and fans this Friday night, as Namminga Hay Grinding, Bures and Associates, PC and Beck's Hybrids present the AFCO Race of Champions qualifier for WISSOTA Super Stocks, with the winner qualifying for the AFCO Race of Champions at the WISSOTA 100 at I-94 Raceway in Fergus Falls, MN in September. This will be the last qualifier of the year for Super Stocks so the car count should be excellent. Joining the Super Stocks on the schedule will be Late Models, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzers.

Be sure to get to the track early and enjoy a delicious pre-race dinner from Mom and Missy's Place under the main grandstand, featuring freshly grilled burgers, brats and hot dogs, along with polled pork sandwiches, chislic and more. Plus, come and enjoy some ice cold Coca-Cola products and ice cold Budweiser products. Gates open at 5pm with hot laps at 7pm and racing to follow approximately 8pm. Be sure to stay informed of full results, updated point standings, upcoming race schedules and more by checking out WagnerSpeedway.com or "Like" or follow our Facebook page at Wagner Speedway Fan Page.

We'll see you this Friday night at Wagner Speedway.

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Wagner Speedway Perfects Art of Rain Outs

Any race track in the country can rain out on any given weekend.  But it takes a special track to rain out TWICE in the same weekend.  That special place is, of course, Wagner Speedway.

After calling off action early Friday, all attempts were made to make up the show on Sunday night, but Mother Nature had other ideas and let's face it, she's very difficult to argue with.  So that means the rain out tally for the 2018 season stands at 8A and 8B if you will.  (Rain outs 8 and 9 if you're scoring at home.)

So, we'll try it again this coming Friday, August 10th with IMCA Race Saver 305 Sprint Cars, Late Models, WISSOTA Super Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives.  We will also, once again, present the Horsepower for Hunger food drive at the Speedway.  For each non-perishable food item you bring, you receive a chance to win Wagner Chamber Bucks, South Dakota Lottery scratch off tickets and more.  

We have also updated our race schedule for the remainder of the season.  

August 17th will feature the AFCO Race of Champions qualifier for WISSOTA Super Stocks, with the winner qualifying for the AFCO Race of Champions at the WISSOTA 100 at I-94 Raceway in Fergus Falls, MN in September.  This will be the last qualifier of the year for Super Stocks so the car count should be excellent.  Joining the Super Stocks will be Late Models, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzers.

August 24th will be a big night as the Tri-State Late Model series will run their make up night from August 3rd.  It will be twin feature night for the B-Buzzer front wheel drives, with each feature winner picking up a bonus of $100 worth of scratch off lottery tickets from the South Dakota Lottery, $100 worth of lottery tickets to the driver who has the highest average finish and a bonus of $250 worth of lottery tickets to a driver that can win both features.   It will also be Commercial State Bank Kid's Night, with race teams, local businesses and fans donating bicycles to give away at intermission.  

Monday, September 3rd is the traditional Labor Day Season Championship night, culminating the 118th Annual Wagner Labor Day celebration.  On the card for the evening will be IMCA Race Saver 305 Sprint cars, to go along with the final points races for the Late Models, WISSOTA Super Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives.

Then Saturday, September 8th to close out the 2018 season, Wagner Speedway will usher in the Property Solutions of America MSTS 360 Sprint Cars, IMCA Race Saver 305 Sprints, the Tri-State Late Model Series and, just recently added to the program, Hobby Stocks in a non-points race.  

There are not many races remaining on the schedule, but those shows will be tremendous events and we hope you can join us for them.  Keep checking Wagner Speedway's website and Facebook page at Wagner Speedway Fan Page for more details, start times, sponsor lists, point standings and more.

If you, or someone you know, would like to make a donation of a prize to give away during Horsepower for Hunger food drive night or Commercial State Bank Kid's Night, or to offer bonus money on a particular race or class of cars, contact Rod Pattison, Wagner Speedway Promoter and Announcer, at 605-360-8208.

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Wagner Speedway Races POSTPONED To Sunday Night

Ownership and Management of Wagner Speedway have decided to make the call early today because of possible inclement weather again in the Wagner area tonight. 

Wagner Speedway will be racing on SUNDAY night and will be a regular points race for Late Models, B-Mods, Super Stocks, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. 
The Super Stocks will be a NON points night race. It will also be an OPEN race night for this class.

The Tri-State Late Model series and the IMCA Race Saver 305 shows scheduled for tonight have been cancelled and all efforts will be made to reschedule those classes at a later date. 

We owe it to our corporate partners, our fans and our drivers to make every attempt possible to have races each week and it is in everyone's best interest to move the show from Friday night to Sunday night. All of the action Sunday will be sponsored by Schaeffer's Specialized Lubricants, Myer's Sanitation and Power's Port-A-Pot Rentals and Service. We will also be holding our Horsepower for Hunger food drive that night, so make your plans to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the residents in the Wagner area that need assistance.

Also, note the change in start time. Gates open at 4pm, hot laps at 6pm with racing to follow. PLEASE share this information to as many people as you can and get the word out.

You can always keep up to date with everything going on at Wagner Speedway com or on Facebook at Wagner Speedway Fan Page. Thank you and we hope to see you on SUNDAY night at Wagner Speedway.

Myers Family Dominates Wagner Friday

A beautiful Friday evening welcomed drivers and fans to Wagner Speedway for Commercial State Bank Kid's Night and Hobby Stock Hysteria Twin Features Night, presented by Midtowne Oil and Wash, Poet Ethanol and the South Dakota Lottery.  Bicycles and scooters were given away to kids during intermission thanks to Commercial State Bank, drivers, local business and community members.  The Hobby Stock class featured two features with the first feature as a regular points race and the second feature ran with a complete inversion of the starting line up, based on the finish of the first feature.

The first main event of the night would feature the Hobby Stock feature number one.  Clifford Houser (Kimball, SD) shot out to the lead from his front row starting spot, but would be challenged by James Hoing (Kimball, SD) and Chris Lindquist (Gregory, SD) who was driving Jordan Vosika's for the evening.  Following a restart with four laps to go, Lindquist spun and came to a stop in turn two.  That set up a green, white, checkered finish and Houser would hang on for the win, his first ever at Wagner.  Houser would become the fifth different winner in six Hobby Stock feature events.  For his efforts, Houser would receive a bonus of $100 of scratch off lottery tickets from the South Dakota Lottery and because all 15 cars finished the event, Houser would have to start feature number two in 15th position.  In the Subway Winner's Circle, Houser was asked about starting dead last on the field in feature number two.  "That will be fun!  I've had flat tires and had to go to the back in the past so this is gonna be fun!"  James Hoing would settle for second, Tim Waltner (Hartford, SD), who started 11th would charge up to third, with Jeremy Senglemann (Dallas, SD) fourth and Nate DeSive (O'Neill, NE) took home fifth after starting 15th.  Heats were won by Hoing and Houser.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks would be next and the drama was taken out early as Kip Myers (Ethan, SD), from his second row starting spot, would rocket to the lead and never looked back, picking up his second win of the season.  His 17th career win at the track would put him into a tie for 10th place on the all-time wins list with Joel Namminga (Avon, SD).  Following Myers for the checkered flag would be his oldest son Tyler Myers (Ethan, SD), Kipp DeGroot (Platte, SD) would take third, with Billy Prouty (Alexandria, SD) and Cody Martin (Mitchell, SD) rounding out the top five.  Heats were won by Tyler Myers and Kip Myers.

The B-Mod feature would be packed full of excitement and fans were on the edge of their seat for this one.  On the opening lap of the event, front row starter Kyle Pecena (O'Neill, NE) lost power in his machine in turn two, as did pole sitter Zac Pruner (Sioux Falls, SD).  The complete restart would have James Reiner (Wessington Springs, SD) on the point with Dudley Schroeder, Jr (Armour, SD) right beside him on the front row.  After Reiner led the first two laps, Schroeder would get by and have the lead on lap three.  Lap three would also have the hottest driver in the class, Camden Myers (Ethan, SD) moving up to second from his sixth starting spot.  Myers would pull along side Schroeder with five laps to go, but was not able get around him.  On a restart with three laps to go, Schroeder had the front spot on the Delaware restart and Myers on the outside of the first full row.  As they all went into the first turn, Myers made his move on the outside and the two made contact, causing Schroeder to spin dangerously off of the first turn embankment bringing out the caution flag and sending him to the rear of the field.  .  The following restart saw Myers hold off a late race challenge from Wade Wright (Armour, SD) to pick up his fourth win of the season in just six starts.  Following the race in the Subway Winner's Circle, Myers talked about the late race altercation going into turn one.  "I don't know what was going on during that last deal, but he sure could've gave me more room.  I wasn't lifting it, so he could've given me more room and he knows that.  I was right on his door.  That's racin'.  It is what it is I guess."  Myers was followed by Wade Wright, James Reiner, Dennis Englehaupt (Page, NE) and Dudley Schroeder, Jr.  Heats were won by Kyle Pecena and Wade Wright.

There would be no real drama in the Late Model feature, as Marty Myers (Mitchell, SD) would show the way for the first four laps until something let go in his car.  That allowed Quentin Myers (Pukwana, SD) to take over on lap five.  After starting fifth on the field, Myers would not be challenged the rest of the way to pick up his second win of the season, his second in a row and his 13th of his career.  Myers would be followed by Gale Vogt (Yankton, SD), Mike Babcock (Creighton, NE), J.R. Strong (Norfolk, NE) and Justin Havaranek (Wagner, SD).  Heats were won by Gale Vogt and J.R. Strong.

A new winner would emerge in the B-Buzzer front wheel drive main event, as Tanner Uehling (Norfolk, NE) marched from his fifth starting spot and passed Kevin Andersh (Wagner, SD) on lap six and would not be challenged to pick up his first career win at Wagner in his first visit of the season.  In the Subway Winner's Circle, Uehling said he like the place.  "I was here last year, my buddy Wyatt (Lehman, Norfolk, NE), me and him decided to come up here when we had time off from the track in Norfolk.  We've loved it ever since and we can't wait to come back."  Uehling was followed by Shawn McKnelly (Hartford, SD), Kevin Andersh, Cody Feenstra (Corsica, SD) and Chris DeBoer (Mount Vernon, SD).  Uehling also won the heat race.  

Hobby Stock Hysteria feature number two would have the field completely inverted from the finish of the first feature, which meant good cars would start in the back of the field and work their way to the front.  On the start, have the lead from the outset and was distancing himself from the pack until a caution came out on lap six.  That restart had some of those cars that started in the back finding themselves in contention already.  Matt Goth (Madison, SD) who started eighth would restart second, followed by Joel Jaton (Wagner, SD), Chris Lindquist (Gregory, SD), Tim Waltner, who started 11th would start fifth and Clifford Houser starting sixth from his 13th starting spot.  Two laps later, Goth was able to get by Vosika and go on to his first win ever at Wagner Speedway and he becomes the sixth different winner in seven Hobby Stock main events.  Feature one winner Clifford Houser would charge all the way up to second, securing an extra $100 worth of scratch off lottery tickets from the South Dakota Lottery as he had the best average finish between the two events, a win and a second.  Following Goth and Houser would be Vosika, Jaton and James Hoing (Kimball, SD) from his 12th starting spot.  For his efforts in taking the win, Goth also picked up the South Dakota Lottery bonus of $100 scratch off tickets.  

This Friday will be another great night of racing as Schaeffer's Specialized Lubricants, Myers Sanitation and Power's Port-A-Pot Rentals and Service present the second "Horsepower for Hunger" night, a food drive for the food pantry being taken over by the Rural Office of Community Services (ROCS).  For each piece of non-perishable food you bring to the track, you will be given a numbered ticket.  The more you bring to benefit the food pantry, the more chances you have to win cash, lottery tickets and gift certificates from local businesses and individuals.  Get to the track early and enjoy a delicious meal at Mom and Missy's Place, featuring grilled burgers, brats and hot dogs, amazing chislic, polled pork sandwiches and a whole lot 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.  Follow all things Wagner Speedway by checking our Facebook page at Wagner Speedway Fan Page and check out the upcoming schedule, complete results, updated points and more at the all new Wagner Speedway.com

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Wagner Washed Out, Hobby Stock Twin Features and Kid's Night Friday

With yet another weekend of racing washed out from 3" inches of rain the previous night, Wagner Speedway was forced to cancel this past Friday nights racing event.  In case you are keeping track, that means 6 race nights ran, 6 race nights lost.  It's been one of those years.

So we get ready for another night of action this Friday, as Commercial State Bank presents Kid's Night, as race teams, local businesses and individuals give bikes away to kids at intermission.  Plus, it's "Hobby Stock Hysteria" night with twin features in the Hobby Stock division, presented by Midtowne Oil and Wash, Poet Ethanol and the South Dakota Lottery.  The first feature event for the Hobby Stocks will be run as their regular points race and drivers will receive their regular pay, plus, the winner will also receive $100 worth of scratch off lottery tickets from the South Dakota Lottery.  The second feature event will be a complete inversion, with all cars finishing the first event being completely inverted and the cars that do not finish the first event to line up behind them.  In other words, if 11 cars finish the first event, the 11th place car will start on the pole for event number two and the winner will start 11th, with cars that did not finish lined up behind the inversion.  If you do not race in event number one, you can still run the non-points event number two, starting in the rear of the field.  The drivers in event number two will still get their full pay and the winner of the second feature will also receive $100 worth of scratch off lottery tickets from the South Dakota Lottery.  As an added bonus, the driver that has the best average finish between the two races will receive an extra $100 lottery ticket bonus and if a driver wins BOTH features, they will get a bonus of $250 worth of South Dakota Lottery tickets.  

Hobby Stock Hysteria will be part of a full night of racing, with Late Models, WISSOTA Super Stocks, B-Mods and B-Buzzer front wheel drives. Since the Hobby Stock division is the featured class on Friday night, we are asking and encouraging those race teams and any other business, organization or individual that would like to give a bike to a child, to bring it to the track on Friday night.  Just bring it to the grandstand ticket booth and we'll make sure it has your name on it so we can give you the credit when we give it away.

Make your plans for this Friday, June 20th, for Commercial State Bank Kid's Night and Hobby Stock Hysteria, presented by Midtowne Oil and Wash, Poet Ethanol and the South Dakota Lottery.  Gates open at 5pm, hot laps scheduled for 7pm with racing to follow.  Get to the track early to get good seats and good eats from Mom and Missy's Place.  Exceptional cuisine featuring our famous chislic, polled pork sandwiches, delicious grilled burgers, brats, hot dogs, chicken strips and more with ice cold Coca-Cola products and ice cold Budweiser products.  Mom and Missy's Place, not track food, it's good food at the track.  Make a night of it with your family and friends.

For more information, updated point standings, schedules, news and more, check out the all new WagnerSpeedway.com or follow us on Facebook at Wagner Speedway Fan Page.

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Double Down Dover Dominates Wagner

 Photo by Casta Myers

Photo by Casta Myers

This past weekend, history was made, as Wagner Speedway hosted it's first ever two-day event in the Fort Randall Casino Double Down Showdown, presented by Dakota Plains Ag Center and Mark's Machinery.  Huge crowds both nights enjoyed great racing and saw some of the best action of the season.  Both nights featured the Property Solutions of America MSTS 360 Sprints and the Carpetland Nebraska 360 Sprint Series, presented by Malvern Bank and the IMCA Race Saver 305 Sprint Cars.  Both nights also featured a twist to the line up process, as both sprint car classes brought their top 8 drivers following the heat races up to the front straight and played Black Jack to determine the first 8 starting spots for their feature event.  Friday night, the sprinters were jointed by Late Models, WISSOTA Super Stocks and B-Modifieds, with Saturday's card featuring the T&R Contracting Late Model Street Stock Touring Series, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives.  

During the opening circuits of night number one in the B-Modifieds, James Reiner (Wessington Springs, SD) and Dudley Schroeder, Jr (Armour, SD) would battle for supremecy until Schroeder took the lead on lap six.  While that battle was raging, veteran driver David Carlson (Huron, SD) began his march to the front.  Scheduled to start sixth in the event, took the green fourth because of mechanical problems with Josh Pfeifer (Spencer, NE).  Using the low groove to his advantage, Carlson finally made his move on lap 11 and went on to victory in his first ever appearance at the track.  Carlson was followed by Schroeder, Jr, Jayme Peterson (Highmore, SD), Camden Myers (Ethan, SD) and Reiner.  Heats were won by Myers and Schroeder.  

The WISSOTA Super Stocks would be next and pole sitter Brandon Tingle (Mitchell, SD) would lead the first two laps until Tyler Myers (Ethan, SD), who started fifth, would overtake Tingle for top honors.  Myers would lead until late in the event, but was not able to hold off Tingle.  On a restart with two laps remaining, Tingle pounced on the opportunity and retook the lead on lap 14.  As the two took the white flag, fans were on the edge of their seat and the final lap saw Tingle prevail for a very popular win.  For tingle, it was his first win of the season and his 23rd of his career, tying him with Daryl Green (Mitchell, SD) for third on the all time wins list.  Tingle was followed across the checkers by Myers, Kip Myers (Ethan, SD), Kipp DeGroot (Platte, SD) and Cody Martin (Mitchell, SD).  Tingle also won the heat race.

The Late Models took to the high banks and this one would see one of the most amazing finishes in speedway history.  Following a restart on lap five, Jared Jelsma (Springfield, SD) and Mike Babcock (Creighton, NE) would wage a back and forth duel for the next three laps until Babcock took the point on lap seven.  With all the action at the front of the field, Quentin Myers (Pukwana, SD) and Seth Fischer (Wagner, SD) joined in the mix.  As all four drivers were bumper to bumper in turn four of the last lap, disaster struck the leader Babcock.  As he had his second win ever just less than 100 yards away, something let go in the car and lost all power.  Jelsma was right behind Babcock and had to slam on the brakes, allowing Myers and Fischer to take the outside line and go by, giving the win to Myers.  Fischer would follow Myers for second, followed by Jelsma, Justin Havranek (Wagner, SD) and Jesse Kroger (Canton, SD).  Heats were won by Myers and Fischer.  

The first appearance of the year for the IMCA Race Saver 305 Sprint cars would have plenty of action from the outset.  Jason Martin (Lincoln, NE) started fourth and over took the rest of the field and had the lead on lap two.  Following a caution flag with four laps remaining, Martin would lead seventh position starter Shane Fick (Brandon, SD) and fifth starting spot driver Tyler Drueke (Eagle, NE) back to the line and Martin would go on to victory.  Fick would settle for second and Drueke took third.  Daniel Nekolite (O'Neill, NE) and Brant O'Banion (Sioux Falls, SD) would round out the top five.  Heats were won by Drueke and Fick.

The finale of the night would feature the Property Solutions of America MSTS 360 Sprint Series and the Carpetland Nebraska 360 Sprint Series, presented by Malvern Bank.  The 25 lap main event would see pole sitter Jack Dover (Springfield, NE) show the way.  The lead pack of Dover, Eric Lutz (Sioux Falls, SD) and Jason Martin (Lincoln, NE) would encounter lapped traffic on lap eight and worked to get through unscathed until a caution on lap 11.  With 14 laps remaining, Dover, Lutz and Martin would begin the last five and a half miles of their quest nose to tail.  as dense lapped traffic would be a factor lat in the race, Dover would prevail to pick up the win, his first at Wagner and his 4th on the Property Solutions of America MSTS 360 Sprint Series tour.  Following Lutz and Martin for second and third respectively would be Brant O'Banion (Sioux Falls, SD) and Ryan Bickett (Ramona, SD).  Heats were won by Lutz, Dover and Jody Rosenboom (Rock Rapids, IA).  

Night number two of the Fort Randall Casino Double Down Showdown, presented by Dakota Plains Ag Center and Mark's Machinery, would begin with Hobby Stocks.  Derrick Scott (Geddes, SD), Jordan Vosika (Gregory, SD) and Jeremy Sengelmann (Dallas, SD) would quietly show the way around the high banks for the first seven laps, but lap eight would be anything but quiet.  One of the wildest laps of racing would ensue as all three drivers would trade paint, experience the lead for a short time during the same lap and bring the fans to their feet.  Lap nine though would be the end of the line for Scott as he was caught up in an incident that severely damaged the car and forced him to retire from the race.  The restart would bunch the field back together and set up some late race excitement.  With Vosika and Senglemann in position to claim victory, James Hoing (Kimball, SD) had worked his way from his 12th starting spot and would find the front on lap 14.  Hoing would hold on for the final lap and secure his first win of his career at Wagner Speedway.  Vosika would settle for second, Nich Janssen (Sioux Falls, SD) would finish third and Marty Halouska (Worthing, SD) and Tanner Novak (Wagner, SD) would round out the top five.  Heat races were won by Josh Gebhart (Mitchell, SD), Clifford Houser (Kimball, SD) and Kevin Vasek (Lake Andes, SD).

The second appearance of the T&R Contracting Late Model Street Stock Series took the green with J.J. Zebell (Parker, SD) and Jim Pruett (Brandon, SD) on the front row.  The night would come to an unfortunate quick end for Pruett as mechanical issues forced him to a stop on the exit of turn two and would have to send his 97 machine pit side for the remainder of the night.  On the restart, Zebell would lead the field for the first five laps until Brylee Gough would take advantage of Zebell's motor issues and took the lead on lap six.  Gough, formally of Kimball, SD, would fend off challenges from Tim Dann (Hartford, SD) and John Hoing (Hartford, SD) to pick up his first ever victory in a race car at any track.  The win by Gough would be the sixth different winner on the T&R Contracting Late Model Street Stock Series in six scheduled races in 2018.  John Hoing, Tim Dann, Kip Myers (Ethan, SD) and Ron Howe (Wentworth, SD) would round out the top five.  Heats were won by Zebell and Pruett.

The second appearance of the IMCA Race Saver 305 Sprint Cars would have Elliot Amdahl (Flandreau, SD) and Jesse Lindberg (Sioux Falls, SD) show the field to the green flag.  Those two would battle until a lap 3 mishap by Lindberg would bring out a caution flag.  On the restart with 2 laps in the books, Amdahl assumed the point, with a very fast Shane Fick (Brandon, SD) right behind him.  Fick, who started seventh, was on a mission as one of Fick's sponsors, Dyce Livestock, put up a $1000 bonus for Fick to win the event.  As Fick kept the pressure on Amdahl, he made a bold move to the bottom of the speedway in turn four to take the lead on lap 12 and would cruise on from there to take his first victory at Wagner Speedway and a big payday.  Amdahl took second, Jason Martin (Lincoln, NE), Brant O'Banion (Sioux Falls, SD) and John Otte (Wagner, SD) would complete the top five.  Heats were won by Lindberg and O'Banion.  

In the B-Buzzer front wheel drive class, Matthew Andersh overtook pole sitter Tom Koster on lap 7, would battle door to door for the next lap until Andersh drove away and took his third victory of the season.  

In the finale of the night and of the weekend, the Property Solutions of America MSTS 360 Sprints and the Carpetland Nebraska 360 Sprint Series, presented by Malvern Bank, would begin with a four-wide salute to the fans who packed the grandstands both nights.  When the green flag waved, Jody Rosenboom (Rock Rapids, IA) began the 25 lap journey on the pole position, but lap one would not be a good one for two of his pursuers.  An accident in turn four of the first lap would see Tommy Barber (Brandon, SD) and Ryan Bickett (Ramona, SD) get collected in the melee, bringing out the red flag.  Both drivers sustained significant car damage, forcing their retirement from the event, but both drives were okay.  Also involved in the mess would be Jack Dover (Springfield, NE).  Dover just missed disaster and sustained minor top wing side panel damage, but would be able to continue. On the restart, Thomas Kennedy (Winnipeg, MB) would take over the lead from Rosenboom and lead the first 12 laps.  Meanwhile Dover, who restarted sixth, would make a statement on lap 13 and take the lead for good.  The win gave him the weekend sweep and his fifth victory of the season on the MSTS 360 sprint tour.  Following Dover across the line were Kennedy, Jason Martin (Lincoln, NE), Rosenboom and Cody Ledger (Omaha, NE).  Heats were won by Bickett, Martin and Dover.

Action resumes at Wagner Speedway Friday night as Late Models, WISSOTA Super Stocks, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives will be in competition, presented by Myer's Sanitation and Power's Port-A-Pot Rentals and Services.  Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm with racing to follow.  For more information, news, complete results, point standings and more, log onto the all new WagnerSpeedway.com or check out our Facebook page at Wagner Speedway Fan Page.  

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Wagner Speedway Friday Recap, 2 Day Show This Weekend

Wagner Speedway Friday Recap, 2 Day Show This WeekendA season high 60 cars towed to Wagner Speedway this past Friday night, including the first appearance of the season for the Tri-State Late Model Series, for Military and First Responders night, presented by First Dakota National Bank, S&S Masonry and C&B Operations all of Wagner.  The evening was an opportunity to salute the men and women of our Armed Forces, Law Enforcement and Rescue personnel as those heroes received free admission to the grandstands, thanks to our corporate partners.  

The first feature event of the night featured the Hobby Stocks and this one would take some time to get rolling.  Once it did however, the racing was excellent and ended with a surprise finish.  Following two caution flags in the first two laps, the number 4 was bad luck for a local driver.   Dennis Powers (Wagner, SD), whose car has a big number 4 on the side of it, got loose off of the fourth turn on the fourth lap, got sideways, and was clipped by an oncoming Josh Gebhart (Mitchell, SD).  Gebhart had nowhere to go and struck the Powers car, causing too much damage for him to continue and Powers had to retire from the event.  Meanwhile, with all this action in the first four circuits, cars from further back in the field were making their way to the front quickly.  Derrick Scott (Geddes, SD) had worked from his 12th starting spot to third in just three laps, Taylor Blom (Corsica, SD) moved from eighth to third in four laps and Nate Desive (O'Neill, NE) had charged from his 17th starting spot into seventh, also in just four laps.  Lap five, however, would be a lap that Scott would like to soon forget.  As he had moved into second place and running down the leader Jeremy Senglemann (Dallas, SD), Scott looped his number 29 machine and would bring out the caution flag, then would have to retire two laps later because of a flat tire.  On the restart with six laps remaining, Blom had the restart lead with Sengelmann right behind him and defending track champion Tim Waltner (Hartford, SD), who had worked himself into the top three from his 16th starting spot.  Blom would be able to hold off all challenges from Senglemann and took the checkered flag on the track.  It was later announced that Blom had been disqualified for being too light on the scales during the post race inspection, hence giving Senglemann his second win of the season and of his career.  Waltner would claim the runner up spot, followed by Justin Schenkel (Tyndall, SD), Clifford Houser (Kimball, SD) and Kevin Vasek (Lake Andes, SD) rounding out the top five.  Heats were won by Kevin Vasek and Clifford Houser.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks would be up next and Kipp DeGroot (Platte, SD) would get off to a great start and lead the first seven laps.  With his left front wheel high in the air from being locked in on the racing surface, the fans were entertained to say the least.  Someone who had the best seat in the house for the DeGroot show was Tyler Myers (Ethan, SD).  After watching the performance from behind DeGroot, Myers wanted to put on his own show, this time as the leader, and took the point on lap eight, en route to his first win of the season and his seventh of his career at Wagner.  Myers is the third different winner in three weeks of racing in the Super Stock class.  Myers, who started fourth, was followed across the line by DeGroot, Brandon Tingle (Mitchell, SD), Cody Martin (Mitchell, SD) and Daniel Tingle (Mount Vernon, SD).  Cody Martin won the heat.

The Tri-State Late Model series would hit the track next with 19 cars battling for the $1000 payday.  After a caution on the fourth lap of this 20 lap event, the restart would cause the only red flag of the night, as John Hoefert (Sioux Falls, SD) ran into difficulty coming off the second turn and found himself facing the wrong way and wedged up on the implement tire barricade on the back stretch, hence ending his night with significant damage to the car.  On lap eight, another caution flag would fly, bringing the leaders back together for a restart.  That restart would have Bun Sukup (Norfolk, NE) showing the way from his pole position starting spot, followed by Quentin Myers (Pukwana, SD) and Gary Brown, Jr (Brandon, SD).  Myers had charged from his sixth position at the beginning of the event and Brown, Jr had come from ninth starting spot.  Following five more green flag laps, the caution would wave one more time, bunching these three back together bumper to bumper.  The remaining eight laps would be controlled by Sukup, who picks up his first win of the season with the Tri-State Late Model series.  The 2015 Wagner Speedway Late Model track champion also added to his impressive numbers at the speedway.  His win Friday was his 22nd of his career, which is tops all time in that division and moves him into fourth place in the all time wins list in all classes.  Myers would settle for second, Brown, Jr takes third, followed by Brad Vogt (Pierce, NE) and Troy Nothdurft (Sioux Falls, SD) to round out the top 5.  The Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger award would be earned by Blair Nothdurft (Sioux Falls, SD), as he took sixth from his 17th starting spot.  Heat races were won by Jesse Kroger (Canton, SD), Brad Vogt and Jeff Kroger (Canton, SD).

The B-Buzzer front wheel drive class would take to the track next and Matthew Andersh (Wagner, SD) picked up his second clean sweep of the season, as he won his heat race and the feature, his second of the year and fourth of his young career.  Following Matthew across the checkers was the elder Andersh (Kevin, Wagner, SD) then Chris DeBoer (Mount Vernon, SD) and Shawn McKnelly (Hartford, SD).

The B-Mods would wrap up the show and it was another Myers who took home checkers.  Camden Myers (Ethan, SD) started fourth and had the lead by the end of the first lap, then went on to dominate the 12 lap event, picking up his third win of the young season and his eighth of his career.  In five feature events in the B-Mod division, Myers has three wins, a runner up finish and a fifth place showing.  Following Myers in the event were Wade Wright (Armour, SD), Dudley Schroeder, Jr (Armour, SD), Zac Pruner (Sioux Falls, SD) and Josh Pfiefer (Spencer, NE).  Pfeifer and Myers were heat race winners.

So that sets up the biggest weekend in the history of Wagner Speedway this Friday and Saturday, July 6th and 7th.  The first annual Fort Randall Casino and Hotel Double Down Showdown, presented by Fort Randall Casino and Hotel, Mark's Machinery and Dakota Plains Ag Center.  Both Friday and Saturday nights will feature the Property Solutions of America MSTS 360 sprints and the Carpetland Nebraska 360 sprints, presented by Malvern Bank in a co-sanctioned event.  Also on the card both nights will be the first appearance of the IMCA RaceSaver 305 sprint cars, with multiple drivers competing in both classes.  Friday night will also showcase Late Models, WISSOTA Super Stocks and B-Mods.  Saturday will give fans the chance to see the return of the T&R Contracting Late Model Street Stock series, along with Hobby Stocks and B-Buzzer front wheel drives.  

Fort Randall Casino and Hotel is going to be hopping with live entertainment both nights, as well as a car show featuring some of the weekends competitors for fans to meet and greet drivers, see these machines up close and personal, take pictures, get autographs and merchandise and more.  Make your reservations soon before all the rooms are booked by calling 605-487-7871.

There will be plenty of things to see and do that weekend so make your plans to join us for a fun filled weekend in Wagner, Friday and Saturday, July 6th and 7th. 

Gates open at 5pm, which will be your chance to experience delicious cuisine from Mom and Missy's Place at the track.  It's not track food, it's great food at the track, featuring our famous chislic, polled pork sandwiches, walking tacos, grilled burgers, brats and hot dogs and more, along with ice cold Coca-Cola products and ice cold Budweiser products.  Get to the track early as this show is sure to pack the joint.  Hot laps begin at 7pm with racing to follow both nights.  Keep checking Wagner Speedway's Facebook Page at Wagner Speedway Fan Page or the all new WagnerSpeedway.com for more details on upcoming events and bonus money to be put up by race fans and businesses around the region.

See you Friday and Saturday for the first annual Fort Randall Casino and Hotel Double Down Showdown, presented by Mark's Machinery and Dakota Plains Ag Center.

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Military and First Responders Night Friday at Wagner

As opposed to a rain cancellation, Wagner Speedway was scheduled to be silent this past Friday night, but when action resumes this Friday, it will be one of the most important and emotional nights of the season. 

First Dakota National Bank, S & S Masonry and C & B Operations, all of Wagner, and the South Dakota Lottery 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. 

The South Dakota Lottery presents the first appearance of the Tri-State Late Model series.  Drivers from a three state area are expected to try and tame the high banks in this exciting $1000 to win show.  Plus, the winner of each feature for the Tri-State Late Model series events this season at Wagner will win $100 worth of scratch off lottery tickets.  Then the driver who amasses the most Tri-State points during their three appearances will win a extra bonus of $250 worth of scratch off lottery tickets.

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 this Friday, June 29th at Wagner Speedway.

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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.

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 Kip Myers   |     Wissota Super Stock Winner

Kip Myers   |     Wissota Super Stock Winner

 Seth Fischer   |    Late Model Winner

Seth Fischer   |    Late Model Winner

 Matthew Andersh   |   Buzzer Winner

Matthew Andersh   |   Buzzer Winner

 Kevin Vasek  |    Hobby Stock Winner

Kevin Vasek  |    Hobby Stock Winner

 Kip DeGroot  |   Wissota Super Stock Winner

Kip DeGroot  |   Wissota Super Stock Winner

 Camden Myers | B-Mod Winner

Camden Myers | B-Mod Winner