September 8, 2018

2018 Season Concludes Saturday Night at Wagner Speedway

By Rod Pattison and Shawn Niestadt

The 2018 racing season came to a close this past Saturday night in front of a packed house at Wagner Speedway with the evening's events sponsored by the Fort Randall Casino and Hotel, Tracy's Paint and Body, Inc of Parkston and the South Dakota Lottery.  84 cars took to the track and put on a show that would put an exclamation point on an amazing season.  The Property Solutions of America MSTS 360 Sprint Car series, the Tri-State Late Model series, IMCA Race Saver 305 Sprint Cars, Hobby Stocks, B-Mods and a special "Old Timers" exhibition race entertained the masses.

The heat races went off with no major issues, but the moment of the night that brought everyone to their feet was in an "Old Timers" heat race.  Wes Schell, who was driving Kevin Manthey's car, started to spin out in turn one.  Instead of letting the car come to a rest, he decided to try to drive out of it, causing him to make hard impact with a large implement tire on the infield.  After close to 15 minutes of a tow truck to lift the car off the tire and two four wheelers to pull the big tire out of the way, the track was cleared for the conclusion of the race.  

The evenings main events would see the Hobby Stocks take the track first and it didn't take long for James Hoing (Kimball, SD) to march to the front.  After starting fifth on the grid, Hoing got by pole sitter Justin Schenkel (Tyndall, SD) on lap two and drove away with his second win of the season and of his career at Wagner.  Fellow Kimball competitor Clifford Houser (Kimball, SD) would charge from sixth to finish second, followed by Schenkel, Nich Janssen (Sioux Falls, SD) and David Kranig (Geddes, SD).  The hard charger of the race was Tyler Myers (Ethan, SD), who was driving Josh Gebhart's car, moved up seven spots to finish seventh.  Heat races were won by Clifford Houser and Justin Havranek (Wagner, SD).

On the original start of the B-Mod "A" feature, tough luck would strike the driver who finished second in the 2018 points race, Wade Wright (Armour, SD).  Wright was involved in a multi-car incident that brought out the caution flag and forced him to the back of the field for the complete restart.  The race would begin again on a complete restart with Kendall McCarthy (Naper, NE) and a driver who was doing double duty by racing in two separate classes, Tyler Myers.  Myers was driving the car that his younger brother Camden Myers (Ethan, SD) used in winning the 2018 track title.  Following a lap two caution brought out by Darin Veen (Worthington, MN), Myers wasted little time in taking the top spot and he never looked back.  Myers picked up his second victory of the season, his first of the season in a B-Mod to go along with a WISSOTA Super Stock triumph and the eighth win of his career.  Following his 13th starting spot after his opening lap caution, Wade Wright marched back up to the runner-up spot, followed by Justin Voeltz (Hartford, SD), Ryan Walker (Kanaranzi, MN) and Kevin McCarthy (Naper, NE).  Heat races were won by Wade Wright and Ryan Walker.

The Tri-State Late Models took center stage next and this race would see some intense action midway through the H & H Mobile Homes main event.  As the lead pack entered slower traffic, Ben Sukup (Norfolk, NE), Quentin Myers (Pukwana, SD), Gary Brown, Jr (Brandon, SD) and Jordan Heiman (Sioux Falls, SD) all tried to occupy the same piece of Charles Mix county real estate.  Unfortunately for Sukup, that didn't work very well as he got caught up amongst the group and dropped out of the top five.  Fortunately for Heiman, that propelled him to the lead and he would not be denied as he drove on to win his first of the season at Wagner Speedway.  After a close call with victory on August 24th at the speedway, Heiman would claim the checkers for his third career victory at the speedway.  Brown, Jr would settle for second, followed by Quentin Myers, Eric VanOsdall (Norfolk, NE) and Sukup.  The DADS Repair of Beresford heat one win was claimed by Gale Vogt (Yankton, SD), Jeff Kroger (Canton, SD) won the E & A Concrete of Sioux Falls heat two and Ben Sukup claimed the Bert's Sports Bar of Beresford and Midwest Oil of Sioux Falls heat three.  The Keizer Wheels Hard Charger award was presented to Eric VanOsdall, who moved up nine positions to finish fourth.

The IMCA Race Saver 305 Sprint Cars rolled out for their finale and it didn't take time for the winner to claim the top spot.  After Dusty Ballenger (Harrisburg, SD) started on the outside of the front row, the former 305 Nationals Champion dominated this one to claim his first victory at the track.  Brant O'Banion (Norfolk, NE) would be the hard charger, moving up five spots to secure second place as Daniel Nekolite (O'Neill, NE), Jesse Lindberg (Sioux Falls, SD) and Monty Ferriera (Fresno, CA) rounded out the top five.  Heats were won by John Otte (Ravinia, SD) and Brant O'Banion.  

The "Old Timers" main event was a "Who's Who" of racing past.  Lynn Fischer, Doug Myers, Dennis Fechner, Randy Meiers, Casey Carda, Larry Schmikel, Russ Jelsma, Wes Schell, Cal Muilenberg and Mike Tingle took the green flag and this would be one of the most bizarre endings you will ever see.  As the cars were rolling through turns three and four to take the white flag, the leader Mike Tingle and his pursuer Larry Schmikel made heavy contact, causing both cars to spin out.   Tingle's car received substantial damage, bending the left rear wheel and axle, which would not allow the car to continue.  Following a short deliberation with officials, Tingle was declared the winner of this exhibition.  The car was put on a tow truck and brought into the Subway Winner's Circle where Tingle was interviewed, elevated car behind him.  Later that night, Tingle told friends that "he was going home to sit in the hot tub.  This old body is beat up!"  

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That brought out the evening's headlining act, the Property Solutions of America Midwest Sprint Touring Series "A" Main event.  16 cars signed in and this would become a two car chase for much of the race.  Tyler Drueke (Eagle, NE) led all 25 laps in the feature, but it wasn't as easy as it sounds.  Drueke entered lapped traffic on lap 13 and used a veteran move to clear three cars.  As Seth Bergman (Snohomish, WA) was in hot pursuit, Drueke again managed slower traffic to perfection on lap 19 and held off a late race challenge from Bergman to claim his second feature victory in his career at Wagner.  "It's been a long time since I've won a 360 race," said Drueke in victory lane.  "This place is easy to drive with all the banking but very tough to pass."  Drueke's only other 360 win at Wagner was in 2017.  Drueke was followed by Bergman with Lee Grosz (Harwood, ND) settling for third.  Following a back and forth battle, Jody Rosenboom (Rock Rapids, IA) outlasted Ryan Bickett (Ramona, SD) to take fourth with Bickett rounding out the top five.  The heat races were won by Lee Grosz and Tyler Drueke, with the Auto Land Hard Charger award being presented to Brant O'Banion, who gained five spots to take a seventh place finish.  

For a complete list of results, log onto WagnerSpeedway.com or follow the track on Facebook at Wagner Speedway Fan Page.  On behalf of the entire Wagner Speedway family, we would sincerely like to thank everyone who made the 2018 campaign a tremendous success.  From the drivers and race teams who put on the shows, the fans who enjoyed the shows and our corporate partners who helped to make the shows happen, we couldn't do it without all of those people.  Details will be coming soon about the 2018 post season banquet and meeting, be watching for details in the coming weeks. 


Champions Crowned Monday at Wagner Speedway

The 118th Wagner Labor Day Celebration came to a close Monday night as five track champions were crowned on the fast, high banks of Wagner Speedway.  A big crowd was entertained, courtesy of the Fort Randall Casino and Hotel, Beck's Hybrids and Fischer Farms.  

The Hobby Stock class was one of the classes where the points title was still up in the air.  Kevin Vasek (Lake Andes, SD) led Joey Jaton (Wagner, SD) by just six points coming into the evening.  For the second straight week because of injury, Vasek's car was driven by someone else and this week, the pilot was John Otte (Ravinia, SD).  Since points are awarded for heats and features, every lap counts.  In heat race one, Otte started on the pole and looked to be in great position to win the heat and score five important points, but mechanical failure would cause him to finish out of the top five in the heat, scoring zero points.  In heat two, Jaton started on the pole position and would cruise to an easy victory, securing himself five points.  That would mean there was a one point difference with Vasek at 281 and Jaton at 280.  

When the cars rolled out onto the track for the main event, the front row was scheduled to have Otte (In Vasek's car) and Jaton in the front row of the 12 lap showdown.  But when the cars came out, the Vasek machine was no where to be found.  Eventually, the 3 car would come out and take the green flag, but chose to start in the back with those mechanical issues.  That meant that Jaton had to finish one position ahead of Otte for a tie and two positions better to become champion.  When the green flag flew, it was Jaton jumping out to the lead, but the race quickly was slowed by a caution with Jordan Vosika (Gregory, SD) and Taylor Blom (Corsica, SD) making contact with each other in turn two. Vosika went to the work area to change a tire, but Blom's evening was finished.  One lap later, another caution flag waved for Kody Roth (Spencer, NE) and on lap three, the caution lights flashed for the third time as Justin Schenkel (Tyndall, SD) got sideways on the back straight away.  During the caution period as the cars were getting lined up for a restart, the plot thickened.  A power failure on a faulty electrical breaker caused the lights to go out in turns three and four, causing an approximate 30 minute delay.  The delay just added to the suspense on who would be crowned 2018 Hobby Stock champion.  Once the action resumed, Jaton kept the lead until a hard charging Clifford Houser (Kimball, SD) took over the lead with seven circuits remaining.  Jaton was still in good shape as all he had to do is finish ahead of Otte.  One more caution flew with four laps remaining, setting up a dash to the finish line.  Houser would drive away with his third win of the season, tops in the Hobby Stock class.  He won the event coming from the eighth starting spot.  Jordan Kott (Platte, SD), who started 17th on the field would charge up to second, Tim Waltner (Hartford, SD) came from 16th to finish third, Jaton held on for fourth and James Hoing (Kimball, SD), who started 15th, rounded out the top five.  With Jaton's fourth place finish and Otte finishing 12th, that would wrap up a championship season for the Wagner, SD resident that was dominated by consistency.  Jaton was held out of the Subway Winner's Circle all season, but persistence paid off with a track title.  Jaton scored 311 points to Vasek's 304.  Jordan Vosika with 277, Tanner Novak (Wagner, SD) with 274 and Chad Muilenburg (Ethan, SD) tallying 258 would round out the top five in final points.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks would be up next and the only drama in this points race is how much distance there would be from season champion Tyler Myers (Ethan, SD) and the rest of the field.  All Myers had to do is take the green flag Monday night to wrap up his crown.  Myers had just enough luck that he took the green flag, but had to retire early in the event, as he was involved in a turn two incident.  On the complete restart, it didn't take Cole Searing (Huron, SD) to drive away and dominate his second straight feature at the track.  Searing, who is in third place in the WISSOTA Super Stock National points chase, used the victory Monday night to wrap up the WISSOTA South Dakota Super Stock title.  It was his second consecutive victory at Wagner and his 21st victory of the season in the Super Stock class nationally.  Tyler Myers would claim the 2018 Wagner Speedway Super Stock title by scoring 910 points.  Cody Martin (Mitchell, SD) would settle for second with 894, Brandon Tingle (Mitchell, SD) finished third with 849, Daniel Tingle (Mount Vernon, SD) fourth with 795 and Kip Myers (Ethan, SD) rounded out the top five with 710 points.

The B-Modifieds would be next and another Myers was in line to be crowned a champion.  Tyler's younger brother Camden Myers (Ethan, SD) was poised to claim a title in just his second year in the B-Mod class.  Myers had an 11 point lead over Wade Wright (Armour, SD) heading into the evening and both drivers won their respective heat races, keeping the margin at 11.  All Myers had to do is take the green flag and he would secure his title and that he did.  Not only did he take the green flag, he put an exclamation point on 2018 by picking up his sixth win of the season, which is tops among all drivers in all classes this season.  Myers has won 11 races in two seasons, with five last season, which is also tops by any driver in any class.  Dudley Schroeder, Jr (Armour, SD) would finish the feature in second, Kyle Pecena (O'Neill, NE) would take third, with Wade Wright and Logan Kafka (Wagner, SD) rounding out the top five.  In the final point standings, Myers would top the class with 370 points, Wade Wright in second with 355, Dudley Schroeder, Jr third with 319, Logan Kafka fourth with 254 and James Larsen (Hartington, NE) in fifth with 235.

Late Models would take their turn to crown a champion and there were three drivers within 10 points of each other coming into championship night action.  Justin Havranek (Wagner, SD) led with 204 points, Seth Fischer (Wagner, SD) was eight points back at 196 and Jared Jelsma (Springfield, SD) was 10 off the pace with 194.  Havranek scored all five points by winning his heat and Jelsma would score four points by finishing second behind Havranek in heat one.  Fischer would finish third in the second heat race, scoring two points which would make the difference between Havranek and the others now 11 points, 209 for Havranek to 198 each for Fischer and Jelsma.  With those numbers, all Havranek had to do is take the green flag and he would be the 2018 Late Model champion.  At the midway point of the race, trouble would ensue, as Mike Babcock (Creighton, NE) made significant contact with the Havranek machine, bringing out the caution flag and causing an approximately 10 minute delay as the cars had to be physically separated in turn four.  Once the action resumed, the battle between Fischer and Quentin Myers (Pukwana, SD) would wage on for a number of laps before Myers overtook Fischer on lap 12 and picked up his third victory of the season.  Gale Vogt (Yankton, SD) would come up and finish second with Fischer third, Jared Jelsma fourth and Marty Myers (Mitchell, SD) rounding out the top five.  Havranek retired from the event late, but had enough cushion in the points to be crowned the champion.  Havranek scored 234 points to Fischer's 230.  Jared Jelsma settles for third with 229 points and Quentin Myers 224 and Gale Vogt 200 would round out the top five in points.

The question in the B-Buzzer front wheel drive class was, would it be father, who is the defending champion, or would it be son.  2017 champion Kevin Andersh (Wagner, SD) trailed his son Matthew Andersh (Wagner, SD) by five points coming into championship 324 to 319.  Things got a little tighter in the heat race as Kevin scored all five points by winning the heat and Matthew only scored two points by finishing third.  With the points now standing at 326 to 324, it was feature time.  Both Andersh boys lined up next to each other with a points title on the line.  The opening lap would seal the fate of these two drivers as Matthew lost momentum in turns three and four with the car getting loose, dropping him from the lead to fifth place.  Meanwhile, Kevin, who was running second at the time would take advantage and drive by and onto the victory and the points title.  Connor Brown (Yankton, SD) would charge from sixth to finish in second, followed by Shawn McKnelly (Hartford, SD), Matthew Andersh and Cassy Cooper (Mitchell, SD).  The points title was the second consecutive for the elder Andersh scoring 359, followed by his son Matthew with 357.  Cassy Cooper settles for third with 261, Shawn McKnelly fourth with 229 and Chris DeBoer (Mount Vernon, SD) rounding out the top five with 225 points.  

The final event of the night saw the fourth appearance by the IMCA Race Saver 305 Sprint Cars and the hometown "hot shoe" John Otte (Ravina, SD) looked to have a chance to thrill the locals.  Otte started on the pole position, but bad luck would strike on the exit of turn two on the opening lap.  Otte hit a slick spot on the track and the back end came around and spun him out, bringing out the caution flag.  When action resumed on the complete restart, it would be Daniel Nekolite (O'Neill, NE) that would steal the show.  Nekolite drove away from long distance visitor Monty Ferriera (Fresno, CA) to pick up his second win of the season at Wagner.  Following Nekolite and Ferriera would be Jesse Lindberg (Sioux Falls, SD), Elliot Amdahl (Flandreau, SD) and Bob Dvorak (Stuart, NE).  

The 2018 season champions have been crowned, but that doesn't mean the racing is over.  Wagner Speedway will host a special season finale this Saturday, September 8th with a night full of excitement.  On the card will be the Property Solutions of America MSTS 360 Sprint Cars, the IMCA Race Saver 305 Sprint Cars, the Tri-State Late Model series, Hobby Stocks and, just added to the docket, B-Mods will run in non-points action.  All the events are sponsored by the Fort Randall Casino and Hotel, Tracy's Paint and Body, Inc of Parkston, SD, Buffalo Wild Wings and the South Dakota Lottery.  

Gates open at 4pm, hot laps at 6pm with racing at 7pm.  Admission is just $20 for adults, kids 8 - 13 are only $8 and youth 7 and under are free.  Get to the track early and enjoy some delicious cuisine from Mom and Missy's Place under the grandstand, then find the edge of your seat for this super season special.  For more information, complete results and point standings and more, check out the all new WagnerSpeedway.com or follow us on Facebook at Wagner Speedway Fan Page.  See you Saturday!!!

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Full Moon, Rough and Tumble Racing Friday Night at Wagner

The second of three visits by the Tri-State Late Model series, twin features in the B-Buzzers front wheel drive class and Commercial State Bank Kid's Night highlighted action this past Friday night at Wagner Speedway, with all the action sponsored by Commercial State Bank, Schaeffer's Specialized Lubricants and the South Dakota Lottery. 

In the B-Buzzer front wheel drive class, the first of two features was a dominating performance by Coda Feenstra (Corsica, SD).  Feenstra started on the pole and never looked back in picking up his first win of the season and the third of his career.  Tom Koster (Mitchell, SD), Shawn McKnelly (Hartford, SD), Kevin Andersh (Wagner, SD) and Matthew Andersh (Wagner, SD) rounded out the top five.  Feature number two lined up the cars that finished feature number one inverted for the green flag.  Matthew Andersh used his front row starting spot to take the lap one lead and went on to win his fourth race of the season and sixth of his career.  Cody Feenstra was the hard charger of the night, charging from his sixth starting spot to finish second, with Cassy Cooper (Mitchell, SD), Shawn McKnelly and Tom Koster rounding out the top five.  For their efforts, Andersh picked up a bonus of $100 worth of scratch off lottery tickets from the South Dakota Lottery and Feenstra picked up $200 worth, $100 for winning feature number one and $100 having the highest average finish between both events.  The heat was won by Matthew Andersh.  

The Hobby Stock main event was slow to get underway as the original start and the ensuing restart were called back with false starts.  Once the racing began, it didn't take long for Clifford Houser (Kimball, SD) to charge from his seventh starting spot to the lead in just four laps.  Lap five is when the first of many melees would start.  Landon Nedved (Wagner, SD) brought out the first caution with a flat right front tire, sending him to the work area for a change.  The next restart saw Joey Jaton (Wagner, SD) and Taylor Blom (Corsica, SD) get together and Tanner Novak (Kimball, SD) get loose in turn four, making heavy contact with a large implement tire barrier causing significant damage to the car.  Because of the amount of caution flags and a time limit, the race was called after just four laps, giving the win to Houser.  For Houser, it was his second win of the season and of his career.  Derrick Scott (Geddes, SD) settled for second, Matt Goth (Madison, SD) took third, Chris Lindquist (Gregory, SD) moved up four spots for fourth and Jordan Kott (Platte, SD) moved up four spots to round out the top five.  Heats were won by Matt Goth and Landon Nedved.

The WISSOTA Super Stocks were next and a guest stole the show.  Cole Searing (Huron, SD), who is second in WISSOTA Super Stock National Points, came, saw and conquered.  Lap three would be the lap with all the excitement.  Tyler Myers (Ethan, SD) had to go to the work area with tire issues twice and would eventually be forced to retire from the event, while Searing was challenging for the lead with Brandon Tingle (Mitchell, SD).  On the ensuing restart, Searing made his move and overtook Tingle to pick up his first ever win at Wagner and his 18th of the season, nationally.  Because of a lap 11 mishap with Tanner James (Mount Vernon, SD) and Cody Martin (Mitchell, SD), only three cars would be able to complete all 15 circuits.  Following Searing were Tingle and James.  Brandon Tingle also won the heat.

The B-Mod "A" Feature would see four separate drivers with the lead at some point in the race.  Logan Kafka (Wagner, SD) led lap number one from his pole position start, Wade Wright (Armour, SD) would start fourth and rocket into the lead on lap two.  Lap three, Kyle Pecena (O'Neill, NE), from his third spot, would take over from Wright and would lead the next nine laps.  Meanwhile, the two drivers who have dominated the class were marching to the front.  Dudley Schroeder, Jr (Armour, SD) had charged to second place from fifth and Camden Myers (Ethan, SD) would follow him into third from his sixth position start.  With five laps to go, a caution would wave, bunching up the field, setting up the winning move.  Pecena would have the restart lead and looked to be on his way to his first victory of the season, but bad luck for Schoreder would be costly for Pecena.  Schroeder, who was running second at the time, had to go to the work area with a flat tire on lap 11.  The race would come down to a four lap sprint to the finish with Myers lurking behind Pecena.  After the restart, Pecena drifted up the track in turn four and that's all Myers needed to slide by on the inside and drive away with his fifth win of the season and his 10th of his career.  Myers 10th win makes him the 41st driver in Wagner Speedway history to have double digit wins and he has only needed two full seasons to accomplish that feat.  Myers moved up five places to pick up the victory, Wade Wright finished second, Kyle Pecena settled for third, Kevin McCarthy (Naper, NE) would also move up five spots to finish fourth with Logan Kafka rounding out the top five.  Heat races were won by Camden Myers and Matt Esterling (Sioux Falls, SD).  

Finally, the Tri-State Late Models would roll out for the H & H Mobile Homes of Sioux Falls main event.  Before the leaders reached the number one turn on the first lap of the original start, the red flag would wave for the first time in the event as three drivers would be involved in a major incident.  Justin Havaranek (Wagner, SD), Kevin Larson (Tea, SD) and Gary Brown, Jr (Brandon, SD) would get tangled up on the front straight away, causing extensive damage to Larson's and Havaranek's car, forcing them to retire from the event.  On the complete restart, a very scary crash would happen in the very same spot on the track before the leaders would get to turn one again, bringing out the second red flag of the race.  Jared Jelsma (Springfield, SD) and Seth Fischer (Wagner, SD) would be involved in a nasty wreck, sending Jelsma into a series of tumbles before finally landing to a stop.  After removing Jelsma from his destroyed race car, he was taken by members of the Beck's Hybrid's safety crew into the back of the Tyndall Ambulance for observation and was released a short time later, walking away under his own power.  Once the cars and all the debris was cleared away from the track, the third complete restart would be the charm.  Eric VanOsdall (Norfolk, NE) would fend off challenges from Jordan Heiman (Sioux Falls, SD) until mechanical issues would slow Heiman from contention.  Quentin Myers (Pukwana, SD) would give it a shot next, but VanOsdall would fend off all attempts by his competitors to pick up his first win ever at Wagner Speedway and his first in the Tri-State Late Model series.  Following VanOsdall across the line were Myers, Heiman, Scott Daly (Aberdeen, SD), and Ben Sukup (Norfolk, NE).  Gary Brown, Jr would pick up the Keizer Wheels Hard Charger award, after his involvement on the opening lap wreck.  Brown moved up eight spots to finish eight to pick up the bonus from Keizer Wheels.  The D.A.D.S. Repair of Beresford heat one was won by Jordan Heiman, the E&A Concrete of Sioux Falls heat two was taken by Scott Daly and Eric VanOsdall captured the Bert's Sports Bar and Grill of Beresford and Midwest Oil of Sioux Falls, SD heat three.

Just a reminder, there will be no racing on Friday, August 31st in honor of the opening night of the 118th Annual Wagner Labor Day celebration.  The weekend will culminate on Labor Day Monday, September 3rd with the Speedway's Season Championship night and the IMCA RaceSaver 305 sprint cars, sponsored by the Fort Randall Casino and Hotel, Beck's Hybrids and Fischer Farms.  Also, please note the earlier start time on Labor Day.  Gates open at 4pm, hot laps at 6pm with racing beginning at 7pm.  Make a weekend of it, come to town and partake in the dozens of events in town, then wrap up the fun weekend with Season Championship night on Monday.

For more information on the 118th Wagner Labor Day celebration and it's list of events, check out their Facebook page at Wagner Labor Day.  For complete results and updated point standings, log onto WagnerSpeedway.com or follow our Facebook page at Wagner Speedway Fan Page.

We'll see you in Wagner, SD this weekend and at the races Monday night.

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History Made Friday Night at Wagner Speedway

Door to door, wheel to wheel action is what fans were treated to on Friday night at Wagner Speedway with action presented by Namminga Hay Grinding, Bures and Associates, PC and Beck's Hybrids.  There were exciting moments in all five classes, with two of those finishes being of historical proportions.

The night started off with the Hobby Stock main event, which saw Kevin Vasek (Lake Andes, SD) lead the first seven laps.  On lap eight, a caution flag would wave and bunch up the field with Vasek having the restart lead, but Joey Jaton (Wagner, SD) and Derrick Scott (Geddes, SD) were right behind him.  With Scott on the outside of the first full row, he would use that to his advantage to get by Jaton on the ensuing start.  The very next lap would see a three car incident as Tanner Novak (Wagner, SD) would get collected with Richard Dozark (Mitchell, SD) on the front straight away.  With Novak down in the infield and Dozark sitting sideways just past the flag stand, Kevin Manthey (Bonesteel, SD) would have no where to go and ran into the drivers side of the Dozark machine.  Novak would have his night come to an end, but Dozark and Manthey would continue.  On the following restart with seven laps to go, Vasek continued to lead, with Scott up to second and Jaton now in third.  Another caution flag would wave two circuits later as Kody Roth (Spencer, NE) would come to a stop in the front stretch with broken components in the right rear wheel, causing him to retire.  Following the restart with five laps to go, Scott was able to make his move.  As Vasek and Scott rounded turn four, Vasek faded slightly up the track and that was the open door Scott needed to grab the lead on lap 11.  Scott would not look back from there and would secure his second win of the season and his second consecutive victory.  Following Scott across the finish line would be Jaton, Chris Lindquist (Gregory, SD), Matt Goth (Madison, SD) and Chad Muilenberg (Ethan, SD).  Heat races were won by Matt Goth and Landon Nedved (Wagner, SD).

The B-Modifieds would take the green flag next and the only other flags this race would see is the white flag with one lap to go and the checkered flag at the end.  This non-stop event had three different leaders and featured a first time winner this year.  Logan Kafka (Wagner, SD) started on the pole and led until lap four when Kyle Pecena (O'Neill, NE) would shoot to the front.  While the laps counted down, the cream was rising to the top.  Wade Wright (Armour, SD) would move into the second spot from his fifth place starting position and Dudley Schroeder, Jr (Armour, SD) would move into third from his ninth starting spot.  It would be on lap eight that the race would have a new leader and the eventual winner, as Wright found the point and went on to his first victory of the season, his fifth of his career in a B-Modified and his 16th overall in his career.  Schroeder was the hard charger, coming from ninth to settle for second.  Pecena took home third, with Camden Myers (Ethan, SD) in fourth and Matt Esterling (Sioux Falls, SD) rounding out the top five.  Heat races were won by Matt Esterling and Wade Wright.

The Late Models would take their turn on the fast, high banks next and this feature would make fans forget they had a seat to sit in.  A caution flag would wave with nine laps remaining as a potentially dangerous situation arose.  Chris DeBoer (Mt Vernon, SD) got loose coming off of the fourth turn and drove into the infield.  He attempted to re-enter the track in front of the flag stand right in front of the oncoming leaders.  Thankfully, there was no incidents, but the caution flag waved and the pace was slowed.  On the restart, Justin Havaranek (Wagner, SD) would have the restart lead, followed by Jared Jelsma (Springfield, SD), Eric Van Osdall (Norfolk, NE), Quentin Myers (Pukwana, SD) and Terry McCarthy (Springview, NE).  Two laps later following the restart, another caution would wave for Jesse Kroger (Canton, SD) losing power.  This restart would have Havaranek showing the way with Van Osdall now up to second and Myers up to third.  The final caution of the event would wave on lap 13 and Terry McCarthy would slow on the speedway, which would set up an amazing last two laps.  As the green flag waved for the final time, Myers put pressure on Havaranek, numerous times pulling up door to door, but Havaranek kept finding answers.  As they came off the final turn for the checkers, Myers gave it one more shot, but Havaranek would not be denied, picking up his second win of the season and second in a row.  Myers would settle for second, Van Osdall finished in third with Jared Jelsma and Jeff Kroger (Canton, SD) completing the top five.  Heats were won by Jared Jelsma and Gave Vogt (Yankton, SD).

The B-Buzzer front wheel drive class would be the first event of the night that would have history making events.  For the first time in track history, a female driver earned the checkered flag.  It was deja vu from a week previous, when Cassy Cooper (Mitchell, SD) and Matthew Andersh (Wagner, SD) made contact with each other on the front stretch as they took the white flag.  Last week, it was Andersh that was able to withstand the contact and win the feature.  On this night though, Cooper would not be denied.  As both cars rumbled down the front chute, it would be Cooper that would prevail, as she drove away for the history making win.  As expected in the Subway Winner's Circle post race interview, Cooper was relieved and proud.  "I have to thank my Dad (Cal Muilenburg) for working on this thing with me.  He spends so many hours working on this thing.  This was a long time coming."  Cooper added, "I knew he (Andersh) was there and I knew the same thing was going to happen again that happened last week.  I was not backing down and it paid off."  Kevin Andersh (Wagner, SD) won the heat race.

Finally the WISSOTA Super Stocks would hit the track and this event would be something Wagner Speedway has never seen.  The feature would be a qualifier for the Super Stocks at the AFCO Race of Champions during the annual WISSOTA 100 event at I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN, September 11-15th.  Coming into action Friday night, only 17 different drivers had qualified for the event at different qualifiers from Montana to Wisconsin.  As the green flew on this 20 lap battle, Corey Elward (Mitchell, SD) showed the way until turn two of lap two when the car got loose, slid up the speedway and allowed Brandon Tingle (Mitchell, SD) and Kip Myers (Ethan, SD) to go by on the inside.  On lap three, the only caution flag of the night would wave for Tanner James (Mitchell, SD).  With 17 laps remaining, Tingle would have the restart lead, knowing that Myers and Elward were right behind him.  As the laps counted away, Elward was able to get by Myers and move into second, but those two were unable to catch the leader, as Tingle powered his way to his second victory of the season and his 24th win of his career at Wagner, which puts him all alone in third place on the all time wins list behind Seth Fischer and David Kranig.  The win also secured Tingle an automatic starting spot for the AFCO Race of Champions at the WISSOTA 100 in September.  Tingle was followed by Elward, Myers, Tyler Myers (Ethan, SD) and Cody Martin (Mitchell, SD).  Corey Elward won the heat race. 

Racing action will continue this Friday night with the final Commercial State Bank Kid's Night of the season, the Tri-State Late Models invading the speedway for the second time and it will be twin feature night for the B-Buzzer front wheel drives.  All the action will be sponsored by Commercial State Bank, Schaeffer's Specialized Lubricants and the South Dakota Lottery.  Kid's Night is a chance for kids to win bicycles at intermission that are donated by race teams, local individuals and businesses.  If you, or someone you know would like to put a smile on a young fan's face, bring a bike to the races on Friday night and we'll give it away.  The Tri-State Late Model series will make their second stop of the season and will have an extra $100 worth of scratch off lottery tickets for the winner from the South Dakota Lottery.  The final stop for the Tri-State Late Models at Wagner will be on Saturday, September 8th.  The winner of that feature event will also get $100 worth of tickets.  Then, the driver that has scored the most Tri-State points in the three stops at Wagner, will receive an extra $250 worth of tickets.  The B-Buzzer twin features night will be a regular points race for the heats and first feature and the second feature will completely invert the cars that finish the first event.  Both features will have full payout with the winner of each event picking up the $100 South Dakota Lottery ticket bonus.  The driver that has the best average finish between the two will also receive an extra $100 worth of South Dakota Lottery scratch off tickets.  

Get to the track and enjoy a delicious supper from Mom and Missy's Place, featuring mouth-watering chislic, grilled burgers, brats and hot dogs, polled pork sandwiches, chicken strips, walking tacos, nachos and more.  Then wash it down with ice cold Coca-Cola products and ice cold Budweiser products.  Gates open at 5pm, hot laps at 7pm with racing to follow at 8pm.  We'll see you Friday night!

For complete results, updated point standings, the remaining schedule and more, check out WagnerSpeedway.com or follow our Facebook page at Wagner Speedway Fan Page.

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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