First time winners at Chateau

Published 10:23 am Tuesday, July 27, 2010

img/photos/2010/07/27/ Mike Blowers won the Wissota Street Stock Feature on July 23. -- Buck Monson/

By Todd Narveson, Special to the Tribune

Heavy rains on Thursday night provided a challenge to get the Chateau Raceway ready for action this week. The hard work paid off and racing went off without a hitch this week. The only sign of the rain was Lake Chateau in the infield due to the water backup through the tiling system from the bankful Cedar River off the backstretch.

This weeks races were sponsored by, L&D Ag and Wrads Wrags & Awards. The WISSOTA sanctioned classes had a big night. The feature winners in the street stock and midwest modifieds would be qualified for the AMSOIL Race Of Champions during the annual Speedway Motors WISSOTA 100.

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The Misgen Auto Parts Pure Stocks had Katie Elward and Matt Brooks in row one. The first part of this race was full of caution flags and tight, physical racing. The yellow flag was displayed three times before the first five laps were completed.

Brooks led while Stacy Krohnberg took second and they were three wide for third behind them for a time. Brandon Shaner took third and brought Adam Godeke and Dylan Nelson along for the ride. On lap six, those three went three wide for third.

Nelson shot to third and then went after Krohnberg for second. Nelson took to the high side and charged to the lead on lap seven. The leaders eventually worked into lapped traffic and then things got wild.

When they came in to turn three with two to go, the leaders got into each other. Godeke hit the second place car of Brooks and he slid into Nelson. Both Brooks and Godeke were knocked out as set up a green, white, checkered dash.

Again the pack came in to get the white flag and the leader Nelson suddenly slid up the track with the left front tire flat. Shaner took advantage and snared the lead as Stacy and Brady Krohnberg also slipped past.

Shaner held on the last lap to win his first feature of 2010. Stacy Krohnberg was second with Brady Krohnberg third. Nelson finished the race fourth and Dustin Sletten survived a trip to the pits for fifth.

Mike Blowers and Dan Holland led the RS Auto Rebuilders WISSOTA Street Stock to the green for their 15-lap feature. Blowers bolted off the point and quickly took command of this race.

Point leader A.J. Zvorak brought out the caution flag as he stalled on the frontstretch on lap two. Unfortunately for Zvorak, he would be charged with another caution on lap five after a spin with Matt Eustice. Zvorak was sent pitside for causing his second stoppage.

It was the Mike Blowers show from that point on when he dominated the field. Blowers won the race, his third at Lansing and got the clean sweep also. The win also qualified Blowers for the AMSOIL Race of Champions. Ryan Goergen continues to run strong and finished second. Dan Holland came home third with Jesse Stahl fourth and Tony Shaner

rounded out the top five.

Next to roll on to the track were the Farm Boy BBQ WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Greg Pfeifer Jr. took the lead right off the bat while Brandon Davis jetted from fifth to third on lap one.

Davis quickly bolted to second and set after Pfeifer Jr. Davis slipped past on lap three and it was again over from there. Davis extended his lead in a hurry and was gone into the night. A lap nine yellow would not pose any problems for the leader either.

Davis won his fifth in a row at Lansing and eighth overall. Pfeifer Jr. finished second for the fourth week in a row and now has 11 top five finishes. Jerry Young finished third with Beau Lammers and Billy Steinberg in the top five.

The Power 96/KQAQ 970AM IMCA Stock Cars may have been low in number, but they provided an excellent feature for the first half. There were seven cars tonight, but the top six all ran in a tight pack.

Jesse Anderson led as the field diced two and three wide behind him. Damon Murty would come up to challenge and were side-by-side up front. Behind them Dan Mackenthun and Chris Adams mixed it up for third.

It was an excellent race for a while until Murty assumed command of the lead on lap 11. Murty took off from there for the win with Anderson second. Adams eventually took the second spot with Mackenthun and Matt Speckman fourth and fifth.

Jacob Dahle led the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modifieds with Ben Mattick in second. The drivers on the charge were Tommy Myer who started ninth and Jason Cummins from the 13th slot.

By lap three, they were close to the top five and a caution on lap four closed everyone up.

On the restart, Myer got an outstanding start on the topside of the track and stormed top third. Myer then charged past Darwyn Karau for second and chased down Dahle. Cummins cracked the top five on lap six.

When another caution slowed the pace on lap later, Ben Mattick dropped from the race with issues. When the green returned, Myer was all over Dahle up front. On lap 11, Cummins zoomed around Karau for third and then Karau spun and out came the yellow.

Myer again set sail on the top of the track and passed Dahle for the lead on lap 12. Cummins also went up top and took second away on lap 13. Cummins was able to get up alongside of Myer, but no closer.

Myer went on for his first win at Lansing this season. Cummins finished second with Dahle in third. Joe Horgdahl had his best run to date in a modified in fourth, while Karau rebounded back to fifth.

The S&S Auto Salvage Junior Hornets had a very bizarre race and was not over until well after the crowd had left. Only three cars were on hand and after Casey Trom was sent pitside only two remained.

Cole Lonergan took the win, but later was disqualified in post-race tech inspection. That handed Noah Grinstead his first feature win and technically the only car credited with a finish. Gary Stahl won his fourth of the season in Senior Hornet action after a torrid battle with Mike Blowers.