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Details: Lots of action and fireworks were packed into one night of the AMSOIL Dirt Track Racing Series on Friday at Chateau Raceway in Lansing.
Along with the regular full show of racing action, there was the business of running the three features from the previous week that were postponed because of the rain that cut that night short. There was also the annual Chateau Flashing Thunder Fireworks Show which once again this year was almost 15 minutes long and ended with the large explosion with over 40-foot high towers of fire erupting from the infield.
The first of the make-up features to be run was the USRA Modified main event, which had been halted the week before six laps into the race. There was a lot on the line as it was the finale for the "Freedom Series" which was a cooperative between Chateau, Deer Creek Speedway in Racine, and the Dodge County Speedway in Kasson for last weekend's Fourth of July Holiday.
Not only was it a Thousand-Dollar to win race, but there was another grand in bonus money for the top drivers who competed in all three shows over the holiday weekend. Jason Cummins was sitting in prime position to take home the big money.
Cummins won one feature last weekend and took fourth in the other to lead the points, and was restarting as the leader of the finale looking at a possible 2,000 dollar run. He wasted no time in pulling out to a lead leaving Greg Jensen and Ben Mattick to battle for second. Mattick got the better of the battle and settled into second, but Cummins was way out in front by the time he took control of the position.
A late caution with three laps to go tightened the field up one more time, but Cummins was up to the challenge and pulled away from Mattick to score his second feature win of the season at Lansing. Cummins secured a big payday as he collected the "Freedom Series" title to take home both of the big checks.
After Cummins won, he was honored along with the other "Freedom Series" champions who had already been crowned last weekend. Dan Holland of Brownsdale took the WISSOTA Street Stock top prize money for the series after scoring two feature wins and a second place finish last weekend.
Bryan Hernandez of Blooming Prairie was top man in the Midwest Modified portion of the Series after finishes last weekend of first, second and third. In the WISSOTA Super Stock class, it was Cole Queensland of Grand Meadow who dominated with three feature wins last week to also pick up the extra bonus money that was offered for a any driver who could sweep the features. That bonus money was paid out by Chimney Sweeps of Rochester.
In the regularly scheduled feature, the excitement kept on coming for the USRA Modifieds. Tyler Clark of Rochester started on the pole and took the early lead with Joel Alberts dropping in line second ahead of Ben Mattick and Josh Mattick. Alberts worked his was around Clark for the lead on lap three before the only caution of the race came out for a couple cars that tangled near the back of the field.
Off the restart, Alberts maintained his lead while Josh Mattick jumped to second ahead of Ben with Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie and Jason Cummins making there way into the top five. Those two had started deep in the field with Myer starting in row four and Cummins way back in row six. Things went sour for Alberts on lap six as he slipped all the way back to fourth as Ben Mattick took over the lead ahead of Josh and Cummins who came ahead for third.
Cummins went to second on lap ten and set his sights on Ben Mattick. Cummins had been running a high line for much of the race to pick up positions, but he went too high on lap 13 and backslid several spots giving over second place to Myer.
While Myer tried to close in on Ben, Josh Mattick was mounting a charge back through the field. He closed in on Myer and slipped by him for second with just five laps to go. It was now his turn to try to reel in his brother, but it wasn't going to happen as the Mattick family bragging rights for the night went to Ben, who picked up his first feature win of the season at Lansing. It also gave him a sweep on the night as he also picked up a win in his heat.
In the make-up Hornet features, Mike Blowers of Waseca and Jake Bigelow of Hayfield set the stages for big nights. Bigelow came up with a late pass of Brandon Vogt of Rose Creek to take the Junior Hornet feature, while Blowers led flag-to-flag to claim the Senior Hornet feature race.
The Pure Stock feature came down to the final lap with Kylie Kath of Owatonna sliding by Brandon Shaner of Owatonna down the back straight-away to pick up his fourth feature win of the year. He also took home a heat win for his third sweep of the season.
The only class where drivers divided up the wins was in the Super Stock. Cole Queensland took home the heat win, but it was Ryan Siegle of Grand Meadow who ran off and hid to take the caution-free feature event.
AJ Zvorak of Blooming Prairie ended up top dog on the night in the Street Stock class. Zvorak, along with Dan Holland, took home heat wins and both were looking for the sweep at feature time. Holland appeared to be on his way to the win, but just past halfway mechanical problems sent him spinning out of turn two.
With Holland pulling out of the way, there was no caution and the race ran green the rest of the way to the checkers with Zvorak picking up his third feature at Chateau this year and sweeping the night for the second time this season.
The Midwest Modifieds put on another great show. Eric Condit of Austin held the early lead in the feature after starting on the pole. Troy Dahle of Morristown ran second with AJ Wiste of Adams running third ahead of Brandon Davis and Dan Wheeler of Columbia Heights.
A mid-race caution regrouped the field and off the restart, a couple other drivers made their presence known. Brandon Davis jumped all the way up to second with Albert Wytaske and Bryan Hernandez moving up as well. The top five challenged each other back-and-forth over the final lap, but even a late caution which set up a three-lap shoot-out didn't change the final running order much as Wiste got the win.
Feature -- Kylie Kath-Owatonna, Brandon Shaner-Owatonna, Jason Newkirk-Austin, Dylan Nelson-Freeborn, Adam Godeke-Hollandale, Sammie Fromm-Owatonna, Stacy Krohnberg-Walters, Wayne Bellrichard-Albert Lea, Ryan Henderson-Holmen WI, James Weber-Austin, James Connors-Waseca, Nick Roemhildt-Waseca, Nathan Finley-Brownsdale, Jake Siermers-Dexter, Samantha Stark-Austin. Heat 1 -- Kath, FInley, Newkirk, Stark, Weber, Connors, Roemhildt, Bellrichard. Heat 2 -- Siemers, Henderson, Fromm, Shaner, Godeke, Krohnberg, Nelson.
Feature -- AJ Zvorak-Blooming Prairie, Jesse Stahl-Austin, Tyler Peterson-Hollandale, Jesse Baer-Minnesota Lake, Brent Holland-Glenville, Ross Spitzer-Dodge Center, Mike Kohn-Hollandale, Dan Holland-Brownsdale, Jason Barber-New Richland (no show: Chad Frank-Owatonna, Matt Paczkowski-Hollandale). Heat 1 -- D.Holland, Spitzer, B.Holland, Peterson, Frank, Paczkowski. Heat 2 -- Zvorak, Barber, Stahl, Kohn, Baer.
Feature -- AJ Wiste-Adams, Brandon Davis-Medford, Bryan Hernandez-Blooming Prairie, Albert Wytaske-Lansing, Jason Born-Medford, Dan Wheeler-Columbia Heights, Troy Dahle-Morristown, Dave Stevens-Albert Lea, Adam Stowell-Rosemount, Beau Lammers-Owatonna, Travis Wytaske-Rochester, Eric Condit-Austin (no show: Kevin Toot-Albert Lea). Heat 1 -- Wiste, Born, Wheeler, Condit, Stowell, Toot, Lammers. Heat 2 -- Davis, A.Wytaske, Hernandez, Dahle, Stevens, T.Wytaske.
Feature -- Ryan Siegle-Grand Meadow, Jeff Brauer-Rochester, Cole Queensland-Grand Meadow, Greg Mattick-Hayfield, Brett Dulas-Waseca, Dave Moffitt-Austin (DQ: Josh Bartel-Kasson) (no show: Mark Wytaske-Austin). Heat -- Queensland, Siegle, Brauer, Mattick, Bartel, Dulas, Moffit, Wytaske.
Conclusion of Freedom Series Finale -- Jason Cummins-New Richland, Ben Mattick-Hayfield, Greg Jensen-Albert Lea, Corey Drippps-Waterloo IA, Jacob Dahle-Morristown, Doug Hillson-Blooming Prairie, Joel Alberts-Mantorville, Darwyn Karau-Kasson, Josh Mattick-Austin, Dustin Steinbrink-Austin, Mike Lawson-Owatonna, Jeremy Misgen-Ellendale, Adam Martinson-Richfield, Matt Olson-Albert Lea, Wally Bustad-Austin, Mike Sorensen-Rochester, Thomas Brink-Winona, Jay Poidinger-Sommerset WI, Josh Reisch-Luverne, Joe Wernecke-Dodge Center, Bobby Swanson-Kasson. Feature -- B.Mattick, J.Mattick, Cummins, Dripps, Alberts, Dahle, Hillson, Steinbrink, Shawn Peterson-Cottage Grove, Martinson, Jensen, Tyler Clark-Rochester, Karau, Tommy Myer-Blooming Prairie, Olson, Lawson, Misgen, Bustad. Heat 1 -- Dripps, Karau, Hillson, J Mattick, Martinson, Misgen. Heat 2 -- Cummins, Jensen, Peterson, Alberts, Olson, Lawson. Heat 3 -- B.Mattick, Myer, Dahle, Clark, Steinbrink, Bustad.
Make-up feature -- Jake Bigelow-Hayfield, Brandon Vogt-Rose Creek, Garitt Wytaske-Lansing, Cole Lonergan-Dexter, Michaela Stucky-Kenyon, Lucas Sackett-Dodge Center, Jacob Stark-Austin (no show: Melissa Spearman-West Concord). Feature -- Bigelow, Stark, Vogt, Lonergan, Stucky, Wytaske, Sackett. Heat -- Bigelow, Vogt, Stark, Lonergan, Stucky, Wytaske, Sackett.
Make-up feature -- Mike Blowers-Waseca, Briana Grinstead-Austin, Gary Stahl-Kasson, Paul Kroneman-Austin, Kaitlyn Stark-Austin, Dale Stucky-Kenyon, (no show: Zach Sauer-Austin). Feature -- M.Blowers, Jason McShane-Waseca, Kroneman, Terry Blowers-Waseca, Michael Wytaske-Lansing, Jamie Tapp-Austin, Stucky, Stark, Stashl, Scott Porter-Madison Lake (no show: Grinstead). Heat 1 -- M.Blowers, McShane, T.Blowers, Kroneman, Stark, Tapp. Heat 2 -- Stahl, Wytaske, Stucky, Porter, Grinstead.