BARROWS—Rebounding from a second-place finish July 7, Modified driver Shawn Fletcher returned to the winners stand Saturday, July 14 with a win in the 15-lap feature event at North Central Speedway. Fletcher finished in front of Justin Jones and Billy Kendall III. With the win, the second of the season for Fletcher, he increased his point lead to 13 in the quest to defend his 2017 track championship. Jake Goetze picked up his third win in the Super Stock feature with Dylan Nelson finishing second. Goetze increased his point lead to five over Nelson.
BARROWS—Lance Schilling has been driving his modified car for just three short years, and he broke through Saturday night, winning his first belt on WWE night in the 20-lap feature race at North Central Speedway. It was Shilling's first career win and his first night racing at NCS in the 2018 season. All he had to do was hold off defending champion Shawn Fletcher in a two-lap race to the checkered flag after a caution flag.
Central Lakes College head baseball coach Brian Voigt wrapped up his second season in May, but his offseason pace has picked up. On March 20, Voigt was named head coach of the Raider women's basketball team, replacing Randy Swanhorst who coached CLC to a region tournament berth last season. Voigt is guiding his baseball team through a rebuilding process and he is now in charge of a basketball team that returns six players and is hungry for postseason success in 2018-2019.
BARROWS — Dirt track racing is a family sport. Behind every driver you will find a support network that includes family and friends. One of the special relationships is between a driver and his father and their shared love of racing that brings them together. Northern Sport Modified driver Troy Jordan has had a successful career and is a past track champion, but his win June 23 was an emotional one as he was on the winners podium without his father, Dick, there to see him.
BARROWS—Races were rained out at North Central Speedway Saturday, June 16, bringing the number of nights lost to weather this season to five. As difficult as it has been to get into a normal flow of racing every weekend, competitive points races have developed in a number of classes, and several drivers have also gotten off to good starts. Two of those drivers are Abby Garin and Tim Gonska. Garin is starting her sixth season overall in the Mod 4 class after driving for her first two years in Sport Compact.
BARROWS— Billy Kendall III captured his first checkered flag of the season in a duel with Shawn Fletcher, and Clint Hatlestad in the Modified 20-lap feature Saturday, June 9, at North Central Speedway. 85 cars raced in six classes and 13 cars participated in the Modified feature. Hatlestad and Kendall III battled Friday, June 8, at Princeton Motor Speedway with Hatlestad getting the win. He also finished in front of Kendall III in the heat race Saturday but Kendall got the trophy with the feature win.
BARROWS—AJ Viehauser drove his way to his first feature win of the season, and moved into third place in the early season standings behind teammate Shawn Fletcher on a dry, slick track Saturday at North Central Speedway. Viehauser started from the second row and stayed up in the front of the pack for the duration of the race. Fletcher started from two rows back in row four and he was able to move his way up for a second-place finish. After the final lap, the two cars drivers pulled up side-by-side to congratulate each other on a a good night for Fletcher Racing.
BARROWS—Tim Gonska stayed perfect for the 2018 season, winning his third-straight Hobby Stock feature, and four other drivers scored back-to-back wins Saturday, May 19 at North Central Speedway. Gonska is the hottest driver at the track this season and continued his impressive streak to three-straight wins with a victory over Chris Seidel and Devin Larson in the 15-lap feature. Gonska started from the third row with Shayne Pankratz. Derek Stanoch, Dru Nelson, James Trantina III and Aaron Johnson all won their second feature event in as many weeks.
BARROWS—Five new drivers reached the winners podium, and Timothy Gonska won his second race in as many tries on the second night of the 2018 season at North Central Speedway Saturday, May 12. After winning a thrilling race last week on a caution flag last lap, Hobby Stock driver Gonska took his second checkered flag of the season as he ran past Devin Larson for the win. After finishing in second place to Robert Young III in the 2017 points race, Gonska is off to a fast start in 2018. Joe Gonska finished in third place for the second-straight week.
BARROWS—Caution flags and close finishes were in vogue Saturday night at the season opener at North Central Speedway. Timothy Gonska, Jake Goetze and Shawn Fletcher all won their races under the caution flag in what looked like August racing with points championships on the line. The Modified race, won by track champion Shawn Fletcher, was a clean 20-lap affair until three laps remained and Zach Dockter was in the lead.