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 

Double Down Dover Dominates Wagner

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

A 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.

Wagner Speedway, Fast Family FUN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wagner Speedway.  Fast Family FUN

Mother Nature Strikes Again!

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your understanding fans.

Rod Pattison

Wagner Speedway

Mother Nature 3, Wagner Speedway 2. 

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

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

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

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

Wagner Speedway.  Fast, Family FUN

Fischer, Myers Victorious at Wagner Friday Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wagner Speedway.  Fast, Family FUN

Wagner Speedway Announces 2018 Schedule

December 3, 2017

Wagner Speedway Announces 2018 Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wagner Speedway. Fast, Family FUN!!!

Wagner Speedway Octoberfest Huge Success Saturday Night

Normally, when a racetrack receives nearly 2 inches of rain the night before their event, especially since it had been raining all week, races would be washed out.  Wagner Speedway is not your "normal" track.  When the sun shined brightly on Saturday morning, track crews worked feverishly to get the pit area ready and when the gates opened at 2pm, they were ready.

Ready for the 110 race teams to file in for Wagner Speedway's Octoberfest of Wheels, presented by Tracy's Paint and Body, Inc of Parkston, American Truck Store and Underburg Lawn Care, both of Sioux Falls.  With the nearly $5000 in bonus money being put up by regional businesses and fans of racing, teams from Wisconsin to the Black Hills of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa would battle for top prize money.  After a relatively uneventful series of heat races,  things would get very eventful come feature time.  

With an extra $300 in bonus money put up by Fischer Farms of Wagner, $500 to win a Hobby Stock feature event is not small change as 16 cars took to the track for the feature event.  After D.J. Jones (Sioux Falls, SD) led the first 11 laps, Broc Stout (Winner, SD) decided to save the best for last.  As both cars drove off the 4th turn for the final time, Stout put on one of the greatest moves of the season.  Driving in high, Stout shot down to the inside right behind Jones and won the drag race to the finish line.  As the crowd came to their feet, Stout edged out Jones by less then a car length to pick up the win and the big check.  In victory lane, Stout was happy and apologetic.  "The feature started out kind of sketchy, but it turned out alright.  I didn't mean to get into the 77 (Jones) there, I hit the bump over there in 4 and I screwed it up.  I kind of screwed him out of a win, but I guess that's how it goes."  Stout also gave a pretty simple explanation of his winning move, "I have no idea.  I just turned and stomped on the gas!  It was fun racing!"  Jones would settle for 2nd, Nate DeSive (O'Neill, NE) would take 3rd, with Tim Waltner (Hartford, SD), who came from 14th, would finish 4th and Josh Gebhart (Mitchell, SD) would round out the top 5.

The Pro Stock/Super Stock feature would be next and with $500 bonus money put up by Namminga Hay Grinding of Avon, 

24 cars would sign in and compete for a $1000 top prize.  After J.J. Zebell (Parker, SD) started on the pole, he would lead the first 4 laps until Kip DeGroot (Platte, SD) and Kip Myers (Ethan, SD) would go by and race each other for the lead.  Meanwhile, Cory Yeigh (Sioux Falls, SD), who started 9th on the grid was on a mission.  2 laps later, Yeigh would pilot his machine into the front spot and looked like the best of the field.  Luck would soon run out as Yeigh would have to go pitside with mechanical issues, giving the lead back to DeGroot.  DeGroot would lead the remaining 8 laps and go on to his 2nd win of the season and 10th of his career at Wagner.  "This was a hard track tonight with all the rain the past few days.  Put on the brakes, hit the gas.  Put on the brakes, hit the gas.  I'm happy for the win!"  Myers would finish in 2nd, Casey Hanson (Badger, SD), who started in 20th position, would take a very impressive 3rd, with Joel Namminga (Avon, SD) settled for 4th and Dave Kuchta (Hartford, SD) also had a very impressive drive from his 22nd starting position would round out the top 5.  

The B-Mods would be next and with bonus money offered by Mettler Implement of Menno and Mitchell of $500 and Wagner Speedway $500, 25 race teams knew this would be one of top payouts the B-Mods have seen anywhere in quite some time.  The $1000 to win check was up for grabs, but $500 for 2nd and $350 for 3rd would make for some hard racing through the field.  When the 15 lap event finally got underway after some lap 1 cautions, Wade Wright (Armour, SD) would rocket out to the lead on lap 1 after starting 3rd.  That lead would be short lived though as Alan Farley (Rapid City, SD) retook the lead on the next lap.  With Adam Brotherton (Huron, SD) in the mix as well, those 3 would be fighting amongst themselves for the point, but the night would belong to a driver with the nickname "Buzzy".  Kevin Adams (Cameron, WI) charged from his 11th starting position and took the lead on lap 9 and cruised to victory.  Adams, a very successful driver in the A-Mod class back home, is a former WISSOTA 100 and National Champion, would make the trip to Wagner Speedway to help a friend get his B-Mod ready for future competition.  MIssion accomplished.  "A buddy of mine from Michigan, believe it or not.  This car has a lot of miles on it this past week.  I work for him and he asked me to help out since he was struggling with it.  We ran with it up in Ashland, WI and did pretty good with it.  We looked for options to race back home and there was only 1 option and they had a 90% chance of rain.  We did some research and found you guys and a $1000 to win so we said why not.  We've never been there before so let's go."  Adams was very complimentary of the facility as well.  "It's too bad you had to be ambushed with rain otherwise, this place is beautiful.  You guys are doing a heck of a job and keep up the good work."  Wright would finish 2nd, Brotherton hung on for 3rd, with Scott Hansen (Garden City, SD) coming from 19th to finish 4th and Adam Sage (Yankton, SD) came from 22nd to round out the top 5.

The Late Models would have 24 cars sign in for action and action is what they got.  Dean Vellek of Tyndall put up $500 and 2017 Late Model points champion Jared Hoerle and his family Rachel, Ron and Cindy would put up $400 in added purse to make this a $1200 to win and $600 for 2nd.  After numerous cautions early in the event, the phrase "worst to first" would come into play.  Quentin Myers (Pukwana, SD) would start 6th, but would have to go into the pits with a flat tire after being collected in a multi-car melee, which took out the pole sitter Casey Skyberg (Rapid City, SD), among others.  Once the racing got underway and multiple laps were run following the stoppage to clear the track, Ben Sukup (Norfolk, NE) would inherit the top spot.  He would show the way until Myers, who had to go to the rear of the field, roared back and battled Sukup for 3 laps until he finally took the top spot on lap 9 and picked up his 3rd win of the year and 12th of his career.  Myers showed his range of emotions in victory lane.  "It was a good run and I wasn't very happy when I went into the pits.  It was a rough track with all the rain.  You just had to 'man up' and hold on."  He also recalls the move he made to finally get by Sukup.  "I just went in wide open on the bottom and I guess it worked!"  Following Myers to the checkers would be Sukup, with Lyndon Bolt (Rapid City, SD) taking 3rd, Jeff Kroger finishing 4th and Ray Sveeggen (Beresford, SD) completing the top 5.  

In the evening's finalle, the Midwest Sprint Touring Series 360 Sprint Cars were next.  With 21 big winging rocketships checking in, purse money of nearly $13,000 was up for grabs, thanks to Steve Ballenger with A&B Auto of Harrisburg, SD putting up an extra $1000, Pat Renken of LeMars, IA with $250, Kelly Eszlinger and Eszlinger Electric of Sioux Falls, SD, with $300 and Todd and Susan LaHaise and The Blazin' Racin'/Buffalo Wild Wings #82 Team putting up an extra $1000 in added purse.

Dusty Zomer (Brandon, SD) would start on the pole of the 25 lap main event and would not be challenged, as he claimed the $1750 top prize and was also rewarded by team owners Todd and Susan LaHaise with $1000 in extra bonus money.  During his victory lane interview, Zomer knew this was a challenging track.  "It was fun. Obviously with all the rain the track had, there were some holes in it which made it challenging for everybody just trying to get through there.  Lapped traffic was going to be a factor but we had it going good.  Just want to thank the fans for sticking it out, I hope you had fun and come back next year!"  Following Zomer in the non-stop 25 lapper were Cody Ledger (Omaha, NE), Wade Nygaard (Grand Forks, ND), Eric Lutz (Sioux Falls, SD) and Jody Rosenboom (Rock Rapids, IA).  

So that concluded an amazing season at Wagner Speedway in 2017 and plans are already being made for an even bigger and better 2017.  A date for the post season awards banquet will be made in the coming weeks.  On behalf of Wagner Speedway ownership, management and staff, words can not express our gratitude to all of our corporate partners, media members for their coverage, drivers, crews, fans and employees that made the 2017 campaign such a huge success.