Last week as the Chicago Blackhawks hoisted the Stanley Cup trophy it was bittersweet for many Minnesota Wild Fans. While the Wild suffered a playoff sweep by the Blackhawks in the second round, fans could also come away feeling the Wild lost to the best and they know what they need to do to get to a championship level. After pushing Chicago to six games last year's second round, fans may have felt the team was in a great position to make a strong move in the 2014-2015 season.
BARROWS - Troy Jordan won his second straight feature race while Billy Kendall and Dan Severson made their first career appearances on the winner's podium Saturday night at North Central Speedway. Brendon Yamry, one of a talented crop of teenage drivers, won again in the Sport Compact feature to continue an impressive start to the season. Jordan was the beneficiary of a caution flag thrown on lap nine of the 15-lap feature.
BARROWS - Any good act has a great encore and for A-Modified driver Troy Jordan, his encore has been a great one so far. A former Midwest Modified points champion at North Central Speedway, Jordan walked away from the sport for a few years before returning late last year. Driving a Street Stock car, Jordan placed fifth both nights at the Mighty Axe Nationals. During the off-season he found an A-Mod ride and he looks like he is back in his comfort zone on the track.
Brendon Yamry became the first three time winner of the 2015 season as he stayed perfect in the Sport Compact class with a win on Saturday night at North Central Speedway. Yamry ran away with his first place finish, but the battle between Markia Smith and Derek Stenoch for second was a good one with Smith finishing in the top spot. Tom Anderson was the third different driver to win the Pure Stock feature event in the first three weeks of the season as he joins Corey Hill and Devin Larson as winners.
Three drivers stayed perfect in the young season and a former track champion returned to the winners stand after being away from driving for a few years. All that added up to a Saturday night of excitement in Week Two at North Central Speedway. Brendon Yamry, Dave Read and Mark Johnson won for the second consecutive time, while Troy Jordan returned in a Modified car for a feature win. Yamry finished in front of Trista Pankratz and Markia Smith in the Sport Compact feature.
Familiar faces dominated the winner's podium at the season opener for North Central Speedway Saturday. Mark Johnson, Dave Read, Justin Jones, and Danny Vang won their features in the first set of races under the umbrella of the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA). Read was the winner in the Super Stock feature event, finishing in front of Mike Frolik and Eric Martini. Read started from the front row and was a leader for the entire 20-lap event. "Any race that you win is a good one," Read said. "It did have a different feel in the air tonight missing a few guys.
It was a busy 2014 offseason for North Central Speedway owner Cliff Sasker and NCS general manager KT Torbert. Early in the offseason it was announced that Sasker had purchased Princeton Speedway. Then the big bombshell came in January when it was announced the two speedways would be moving away from Wissota as a sanctioning body.
A successful regular season came to a scintillating conclusion as the Central Lakes College Raiders dominated in every facet of the game in a 112-57 win over the Hibbing Cardinals on Saturday. Jake Dryer came off of the bench to lead Central Lakes with 16 points, and was followed by Radamus Jones with 15. The Raiders received scoring from 13 players, and all 15 players received playing time. Vermilion also won its game Saturday which means the Raiders and Ironmen finished with division records of 13-1, losing only to each other. By virtue of a coin flip, Vermilion got the No.
In the final game of head coach Cassie Carey's first season, the Central Lakes College Raiders went up against Hibbing on Saturday afternoon. The Hibbing Cardinals are a deep team and in second place in the Northern Division and headed to the postseason. After trailing by eight at the half, the Cardinals imposed their will in the second half and came back to defeat CLC 74-68. MacKenzie Holst scored 25 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out two assists in 40 minutes for the Raiders.
The Horne section proved to be the undoing of the Central Lakes College Raiders on Saturday as Vermilion's tandem of Lola and Lela Horne combined for 37 points in a 73-62 win for the Ironmen in a Northern Division matchup. Lola Horne led all scorers with 21 points, including five from behind the arc. Lela Horne finished with 17 points, but also collected 16 points and recorded 11 steals. The Raiders lost for the fifth straight time and continued to struggle in the second half after pulling even at 31 heading into the half.