Motorsports: Ebert back in winner’s circle
Dan Ebert added another page in his stock car racing success story when he won both the Modified and Late Model feature races at the Dick Johanneck WISSOTA Championships Saturday, Sept. 19, at I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls.
The 32-year-old driver from Lake Shore earned slightly more than $9,000 combined from the two feature wins.
“I also won two titles last year at the Fall Classic at Viking Speedway (in Alexandria), but this is my biggest (win) dollar-wise for one event,” said Ebert, who added that Saturday’s racing program “finished about 2 in the morning, so we really didn’t celebrate much since it was a long weekend. But this is near the top since I did it against a high caliber of racers.”
In the Modified feature, Ebert trailed Dave Cain early in the race, but caught up when the leaders moved into lapped traffic. Ebert pulled ahead and navigated through the slower cars. Ebert then benefited from a caution flag restart late in the race and remained out front for the final laps to earn his 13th feature win (including 11 in Modifieds) of the shortened season.
“It has been a really good year for us, especially since the season started late, and some tracks didn’t open (because of COVID-19),” Ebert said. “It was a weird summer.”
Ebert was hoping to repeat his success in WISSOTA national points this year since he finished third overall in 2019. But WISSOTA didn’t keep national standings this year because of the COVID-19 effect on track schedules.
“If they did keep points, I probably would have finished in the top five,” said Ebert, who raced this summer at a variety of tracks in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota.
Ebert plans to wrap up the season Oct. 2-3 in Ashland, Wis., and Oct. 9-10 in Ogilvie.
“We hope to race 30 shows next year,” said Ebert, who has compiled more than 200 feature wins in five stock car classes in his career. “Hopefully, more tracks will be open next year.”