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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