Auto Racing: Bawden picks up win No. 5
BARROWS — Three class races are too close to call as the points season turns the corner to the final weekend at North Central Speedway.
Six feature races highlighted the racing program Saturday, Aug. 22, at North Central Speedway and "Lake Brainerd." The speedway was hit with heavy rain for the second time in a week Saturday morning, Leaving a pond just off the edge of the racing surface in turns one and two.
Sportmod driver Max Nelson captured his first career win in a Sportmod car and Mod Four driver Tommy Bawden raced to his fifth win of the year.
Greg Kohl moved into a tie with Jenna Hagemann in the points standings after winning the Sport Compact feature race and Brandon Bombardo took the checkered flag in the Hobby Stock feature. Chase Peterson held off Bombardo for most of the race, but Bombardo passed Peterson with three laps to go in the 15-lap feature and raced to the win.
Tim Johnson, driving the 1JR car, took the top spot in both the heat and the feature race for his third win of the season.
The night concluded with the 20-lap Modified feature where the former track champion Shawn Fletcher gained his first win of the season. Points leader Aaron Johnson pushed Fletcher for the top spot, but brought out the caution flag on a passing attempt and was sent to the back of the field. He still managed a third-place finish. Johnson has the points championship locked up with a 35-point lead with just one race left.
The final week of points racing will culminate Aug. 29 with three class races all but decided and three up for grabs.
Along with Johnson, Austin Niemeyer holds a 24-point lead in the Super Stock class and Bawden is 110 points clear of Jamie Lenarz for the Mod 4 class.
Jenna Hagemann and Greg Kohl are tied in the top spot for the Sport Compact class, Tim Gonska leads Dave Johnson by just three points for the Hobby Stock class and Jake Hagemann leads by five over David Siercks and by nine over Mark Martini in the Sportmod class.
There is a possibility of a brother-sister tandem winning points championships if Jake and Jenna Hagemann can hold the top spots.
After the Aug. 29 championship races, the season comes to an end with the Mighty Axe Nationals Sept. 5-6.
IMCA Sport Compacts
Feature: 1-Greg Kohl, 2-Nathan Kohl, 3-Alyssa Nelson
Heat 1: 1-Alyssa Nelson, 2-Jenna Hagemann, 3-Brandan Woods
Heat 2: 1-Nathan Kohl, 2-Greg Kohl, 3-Kaleb Ruikka
IMCA Hobby Stocks
Feature: 1-Brandon Bombardo, 2-Chase Peterson, 3-Dave Johnson
Heat 1: 1- Brandon Bombardo, 2-Scott Herron, 3-Jaeger Sypnieski
Heat 2: 1-Devin Larson, 2-Dave Johnson, 3-Will Miller
Wissota Mod Four
Feature: 1-Tommy Bawden, 2-Abby Garin, 3-Jerry Esler
Heat 1: 1-Tommy Bawden, 2-Jerry Esler, 3-Gerrald Nohner
Heat 2: 1-Adam Prieve, 2-Dean Shaver, 3-Jamie Lenarz
Feature: 1-Max Nelson, 2-Mark Martini, 3-Jake Hagemann
Heat 1: 1-Jacob Jordan, 2-David Siercks, 3-Mark Martini
Heat 2: 1-Jake Hagemann, 2-Jeff Innes, 3-Tom Anderson
Heat 3: 1-Max Nelson, 2-Chris Siercks, 3-Tim Siercks
Wissota Super Stock
Feature: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Dustin Nelson, 3-Austin Niemeyer
Heat 1: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Dustin Nelson, 3-Austin Niemeyer
Feature: 1-Shawn Fletcher, 2-Jesse Rogotzke, 3-Aaron Johnson
Heat 1: 1-AJ Viehauser, 2-Pete Hines, 3-Luke Hines