Motorsports: Past champions return to winner’s circle
BARROWS —Three 2019 class champions returned to the winner’s podium and a driver made his first career appearance on the fourth night of racing Saturday, June 27, at North Central Speedway.
Mod Four driver Adam Prieve, the 2019 National Champion and NCS champion, struggled in his first three races in a new car, but the tuneup was perfect Saturday as he scored a first-place finish in the heat race and backed it up with a win in the 15-lap feature. Starting from the second row, Prieve caught Jamie Lenarz on the fifth lap and led the rest of the way.
Aaron Johnson stayed out in front of a 15-car Modified field for 16 laps to claim his second win of the season. The 2019 track champion started from the third row and moved into the top three after the first lap behind Pete Hines and AJ Viehauser. Johnson made his move on lap five to take the lead. Following Johnson at the end of the race were Darin Duffy and Billy Kendall III.
Drivers Dustin Nelson and Austin Niemeyer are tied for first place after four Super Stock races, but it was 2019 champion Dylan Nelson notching his first win of the season. Nelson led all 20 laps as he started on the front row with Ryan Schaufler, who ended up with the second-place finish.
Rookie driver Brandon Bombardo had yet to finish in the top five in a race in the Hobby Stock class in two races this season, but the third time was a charm as he scored his first career win in the 15-lap feature race. To do that he had to hold off 2019 track champion Tim Gonska, who finished second, and Dave Johnson who is the current points leader.
There has been a different winner each night in the Sport Compact class and this time it was Zach Besmehn's turn with Harry Ruikka claiming second and Brandon Woods finishing in third.
The 20-lap Sportmod saw Tim Siercks holding down the top spot, Mark Martini making a charge in the second spot and David Siercks holding down third place. But fortune wasn't in Martini's corner as he encountered car issues on the backstretch of lap 18 and dropped back to the end of the field. That allowed David Siercks to move up and he finished in second place behind Tim Siercks, with his second win of the season, and Jake Hagemann.
The Outlaw Mini Mods also made their first appearance of the season with 14 cars in the 15-lap feature. Running caution-free, Tyler Johnson took the top spot with Nathan Kilwine in second and Kelly Steele finishing third.
Feature: 1-Aaron Johnson, 2-Darin Duffy, 3-Billy Kendall III
Heat 1: 1-AJ Viehauser, 2-Erick Thiesse, 3-Billy Kendall III
Heat 2: 1-Aaron Johnson, 2-Darin Duffy, 3-Shawn Fletcher
Wissota Super Stocks
Feature: 1-Dylan Nelson, 2-Ryan Schaufler, 3-Dustin Nelson
Heat 1: 1-Dustin Nelson, 2-Tim Johnson, 3-Dylan Nelson
Heat 2: 1-Austin Niemeyer, 2-Chris Wark, 3-Ryan Schaufler
Feature: 1-Tim Siercks, 2-David Siercks, 3-Jake Hagemann
Heat 1: 1-Jamie Lenarz, 2-Zachery Schreder, 3-Jake Hagemann
Heat 2: 1-Brendon Yamry, 2-David Siercks, 3-Chris Siercks
Heat 3: 1-John Young, 2-Mark Martini, 3-Dru Nelson
Wissota Mod Four
Feature: 1-Adam Prieve, 2-Tommy Bawden, 3-Jamie Lenarz
Heat 1: 1-Adam Prieve, 2-Gerrald Nohner, 3-Jamie Lenarz
IMCA Hobby Stocks
Feature: 1-Brandon Bombardo, 2-Tim Gonska, 3-Dave Johnson
Heat 1: 1-Jake Borden, 2-Mike Patnode, 3-Austin Niemeyer
Heat 2: 1-Tim Gonska, 2-Brandon Bombardo, 3-Dave Johnson
IMCA Sport Compacts
Feature: 1-Zach Besmehn, 2-Harry Ruikka, 3-Brandan Woods
Heat 1: 1-Nathan Kohl, 2-Jadyn Brusven, 3-Harry Ruikka
Heat 2: 1-Zach Besmehn, 2-Kaleb Ruikka, 3-Brandan Woods
Outlaw Mini Mods
Feature: 1-Tyler Johnson, 2-Nathan Kilwine, 3-Kelly Steele
Heat 1: Nathan Kilwine, 2-Jerry Larson, 3-Tyler Johnson
Heat 2: 1-Kamdyn Haggard, 2-Matt Prehn, 3-Trevor Johnson