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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