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Stock Car Racing: Nelson and Johnson lead Pure Stock youth movement

BARROWS — Youth was on display Saturday night at North Central Speedway as the top two points leaders in Pure Stock clashed in a 15-lap feature event.

When the dust settled, Dylan Nelson, who is currently sitting in the No. 2 spot in the standings, raced to the checkered flag in front of Aaron Johnson, the defending champion and 2013 leader.

“I am feeling awesome,” Nelson said. “This is great and the car handled really well. I kept on driving hoping no one could catch me and luckily no one did.”

Nelson trailed Johnson by 13 point entering Saturday’s action. Johnson and Nelson were in the same heat race with Johnson winning that race.

Johnson, Nelson and driver Billy Kendall, who is also in the top 10, represent a growing crop of drivers who are in their early teens, but making a name for themselves.

For Nelson, this year isn’t all about winning a points championship, but making improvements as a driver.

“I drove a couple of times last year, and this is my first year full time,” Nelson said. “I am more focused on consistency and being in the top five every night, and getting good finishes.”

The Hornet class is also represented by a number of young drivers. Jake Hagemann is the current points leader, and he added another win Saturday with a 15-lap run to the checkered flag in front of Drue Fletcher and Dru Nelson.

After 18 shows, Dennis Czech is the Wissota national points leader in the Midwest Modified class and he earned a top-five finish Saturday, finishing second behind winner Danny Vang. Second-year Midwest Modified driver Ashley Mehrwerth was third.

Luke Johnson notched his first win of the season in the Mod 4 feature, finishing in front of Dean Larson and Chad Funt. Dustin Zieske is in the top spot on the national leader board. He came in sixth. Larson is still No. 2 in the national ranking.

Shane Sabraski, Shawn Fletcher and Justin Jones finished in the top three spots in the Modified feature race. The win for Sabraski was big as he was in the top position nationally in the Modified class after 18 shows.

Scott Baron made his second straight trip to the winner stand in the Street Stock feature event with an impressive run past Mark Johnson and Robert Young Jr. Only nine drivers competed in the class.

The night’s most hotly contested race came in the Super Stock feature event. Mike Frolik held the No. 1 spot for the majority of the race, but Sabraski caught him on the last of the 20-lap event.

The two cars were running even heading into turn four with Sabraski on the low side and Frolik on the high side. Sabraski was the winner by a nose.


Feature: 1-Jake Hagemann, 2-Drue Fletcher, 3-Dru Nelson


Feature: 1-Dylan Nelson, 2-Aaron Johnson, 3-Billy Kendall

Heat 1: 1-Aaron Johnson, 2-Dylan Nelson, 3-Tami Naslund

Heat 2: 1-Billy Kendall, 2-Cory Dykhoff, 3-Aaron Fenstermaker


Feature: 1-Scott Baron, 2-Mark Johnson, 3-Robery Young Jr.

Heat 1: 1-Jack Peterson, 2-John Kropuenske, 3-Robert Young Jr.


Feature: 1-Danny Vang, 2-Dennis Czech, 3-Ashley Mehrwerth

Heat 1: 1-Danny Vang, 2-Shane Sabraski,3- Randy Laage

Heat 2: 1-Terry Merten, 2-Wade Skindelien, 3-Kyle Wehking

Heat 3: 1-Dennis Czech, 2-Ashley Mehrwerth, 3-Christopher Leek



Heat 1: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Tim Johnson, 3-Seth Kramer

Heat 2: 1-Mike Frolik, 2-Dexton Koch, 3-Dave Read

Heat 3: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Mike Frolik, 3-Tim Johnson


Feature: 1-Luke Johnson, 2-Dean Larson, 3-Chad Funt

Heat 1: 1-Dustin Zieske, 2-Matt Staab, 3-Tommy Sabraski

Heat 2: 1-Troy Kuehl, 2-Aaron Wetterlin, 3-Chad Funt

Heat 3: 1-Luke Johnson, 2-Bryce Bjerken, 3-Dean Larson


Feature: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Shawn Fletcher, 3-Justin Jones

Heat 1: 1-Don Eischens, 2-Chuck Olson, 3-Justin Jones

Heat 2: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Shawn Fletcher, 3-Tim Johnson

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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