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Stock Car Racing: Mass gets Super Stock win in return to NCS

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BARROWS — A hot day and a dry track are typically the expectations for drivers in the summer months.

An odd weather pattern with cool temperatures and rainy conditions closed several tracks Saturday night.

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However, North Central Speedway and the Brainerd lakes area escaped the rain and that meant drivers from as far away as Winnipeg made the journey to NCS.

Dave Mass is one of the drivers well-known to NCS fans. Mass was a regular at the track for but has found a new home track in Ogilvie, which is closer to his home in Isanti.

Mass made his trip to Brainerd count with a win in the Super Stock feature and a third-place finish in the Modified feature.

“Our home track at Ogilvie rained out (Saturday) night so we didn’t have anywhere to go,” Mass said. “We came up here and went pretty good in the heat. We started up front in the feature and had control of the whole race.”

In the Super Stock event, 21 cars made the feature, including Dan Gullickson, the points leader at Ogilvie with Mass in sixth place in that class.

However, it ended up being a contest between Mass and track regulars Shane Sabraski and Tim Johnson. Mass was able to get the front-row start, along with Dave Read, and pushed his way out front.

With ideal racing conditions, Mass maintained his lead and finished in front of Johnson and Sabraski at the checkered flag.

“The car runs pretty good on a dry, slick track and it was pretty dry in turns one and two,” Mass said. “It seemed like it wanted to go through three and four fairly well and I didn’t really see anyone challenging me for the race.”

Johnson got the second-place finish with Sabraski in third, but Sabraski holds a 30-point margin over Johnson with one month left in the points season.

Sabraski, the leader in the Modified class with a 33-point edge on Justin Jones, took the win in the feature with Jones finishing second. Mass took third in the 20-lap event.

One race that may go down to the wire is the Midwest Modified class. Sabraski holds an 8-point lead over Danny Vang. Neither was on the winners’ stand as that honor went to Mark Martini with Vang in second place and Sabraski third.

In action with the Mod 4s, Dean Larson ran into car trouble in the heat and feature events, and wasn’t able to finish. Tommy Sabraski got the win. Larson’s lead over Dustin Zieske shrunk to just two points.

Scott Baron, Dave Read, and Robert Young are all within 15 points of each other in the Street Stock class, and it was Read finishing second to Tim Johnson in the feature event that came away with the most points.

Other winners were Charlie Shiek in the Pure Stock feature, and Dru Nelson in the Hornet main event.

Just one month remains until the Mighty Axe Nationals over Labor Day Weekend. Count Mass in as one of many drivers looking forward to being here.

“We are coming to the Mighty Axe for sure,” Mass said. “We have been running the Vantage RV series pretty competitively so we are looking forward to being here the whole weekend for the Mighty Axe Nationals.”

NCS HORNETS

Feature:1-Dru Nelson, 2-Jake Hagemann, 3-Lexi Gallagher

NCS PURE STOCK

Feature: 1-Charlie Shiek, 2-Billy Kendall, 3-Ross Nygren

Heat 1: 1-Ross Nygren, 2-Cory Dykhoff, 3-Billy Kendall

Heat 2: 1-Devin Larson, 2-Ryan Larson, 3-Brandon Fah

WISSOTA STREET STOCKS

Feature: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Dave Read, 3-Justin Pogones

Heat 1: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Robert Young, 3-Allen Gessell Jr.

Heat 2: 1-Scott Baron, 2-Kyle Dykhoff, 3-Kurt Becker

Heat 3: 1-Justin Pogones, 2-Jack Peterson, 3-Dave Read

WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS

Feature: 1-Mark Martini, 2-Danny Vang, 3-Shane Sabraski

Heat 1: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Skeeter Estey, 3-Travis Schulte

Heat 2: 1-Danny Vang, 2-Kurt Deters, 3-Todd Rizer

Heat 3: 1-Mack Estey, 2-Mark Martini, 3-Dan Wilson

Heat 4: 1-Matt Anderson, 2-Dylan Miller, 3-David Mastell

WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS

Feature: 1-Dave Mass, 2-Tim Johnson, 3-Shane Sabraski

Heat 1: 1-Seth Kramer, 2-Shane Sabraski, 3-Bobby Carlson

Heat 2: 1-Dave Read, 2-Tim Johnson, 3-Dexton Koch

Heat 3: 1-Dave Mass, 2-Dan Gullickson, 3-Derek Sweet

WISSOTA MOD 4s

Feature: 1-Tommy Sabraski, 2-Bryce Bjerken, 3-Aaron Wetterlin

Heat 1: 1-Kyle Thell, 2-Troy Kuehl, 3-Tommy Sabraski

Heat 2: 1-Keith Thell, 2-Bryce Bjerken, 3-Aaron Wetterlin

Heat 3: 1-Dean Blanchard, 2-Luke Johnson, 3-Dustin Zieske

WISSOTA A MODIFIED

Feature: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Justin Jones, 3-Dave Mass

Heat 1: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Justin Jones, 3-Chuck Olson

Heat 2: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Eric Martini, 3-Jeff Hart.

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