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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