Stock Car Racing: 2022 racing season ends with an axe

Mighty Ax racing concluded the North Central Speedway season

Mini Mods race during Mighty Axe Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at North Central Speedway in Barrows.
Mini Mods race during Mighty Axe Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at North Central Speedway in Barrows.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

BARROWS — One hundred ninety drivers, 800 laps and 18 axes delivered to feature champions.

Monday, Sept. 5, cars and trailers exited North Central Speedway in the early hours following two days of racing Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept 4, at the 21st Annual Mighty Axe Nationals.

The weekend featured six and half hours of racing Saturday and seven and half hours on Sunday.

Veteran Street Stock driver Tim Johnson may need to build an addition to his home as he added two more axes to his collection with a sweep of the Stock Car features and Micro Sprint driver Caleb Moen dominated the class with two wins.

It was also family photo time after the final race Sunday as Sport Compact drivers Nathan and Greg Kohl pulled their cars back onto the track for a picture with the rest of their family. Greg, the 2021 points champion, took the season off but made a return for the weekend and won Saturday night's event. Brother Nathan, the 2022 points champion, made his final appearance in his Sport Compact car and captured the Sunday feature. Nathan Kohl will move to Hobby Stock in 2023.


2022 track champions Aaron Johnson, Dylan Nelson and Brandon Bombardo also claimed an axe in the Modified, Super Stock and Hobby Stock class.

Tension from the summer racing season boiled over into the Hobby Stock feature Sunday as rivals Brandon Bombardo and Tim Otterness clashed. Bombardo pushed Otterness down the back straight away resulting in both drivers being sent to the back of the field for the end of the race.

In his ninth season of driving a Mod 4, Gerrald Nohner claimed his first NCS track championship this season to go with three he won at Princeton Motor Speedway

A self-diagnosed adrenaline junkie, the atmosphere at the track is one he thrives in.

WISSOTA Mod Fours race during Mighty Axe Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at North Central Speedway in Barrows.
WISSOTA Mod Fours race during Mighty Axe Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at North Central Speedway in Barrows.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

“I have been clean for 19 years,” Nohner said. “I have always been motorsports oriented with motorcycles, dirt bikes or snowmobiles. I have always had something. I always thought I would end up drag racing. Having an addiction, and needing to find something to do with my time, I have always been a social person, and most people go to the bar. If I go to the bar I know what will happen.”

A latecomer to the sport of dirt racing, Nohner started working with Mod 4 driver Andrew Kresel which provided the path to becoming a driver.

"Andrew owned a really horrible car, wanted to get out of his car, “ Nohner said. “I had been helping him for two seasons and he asked me if I wanted the car and I said, yep I will take it. I started racing in Granite City and drew the No. 2 spot so I started on the pole. I wasn’t bright enough as a rookie driver to give that number up and I got passed by the entire field by turn two. That was how I got my start helping Andrew, who came back this year.

“I also had a connection with Cliff (track owner Cliff Sasker) having gone to school with his son John. It seemed like a natural fit to come up with the atmosphere here. We come up here and have a good time. You wreck each other on the track and you help each other fix them up again and you stay friends.”


One key to Nohner’s success is consistency. It paid off as he celebrated his fourth point’s championship this season.

“I don’t make big changes with my car,” he said. “I tried that one night and wrecked close to the entire field. I started from the pole and went too far on my setup change, which was my fault. I try to stay consistent in the way I do things.”

At 1:30 a.m. Monday morning, after the night’s program concluded, Sasker went to the track where drivers were still doing practice laps.

“I have to go turn the lights off,” he said.

And the lights on the 2022 NCS season went out.

Results, Saturday, Sept. 3

IMCA Expert Insulation Modifieds

Feature: 1-Aaron Johnson, 2-Shawn Fletcher, 3-AJ Viehauser

Heat 1: 1-Mike Brenny, 2-Luke Hines, 3-Seth Kramer

Heat 2: 1-Brandon Beckendorf, 2-Joshua Rogotzke, 3-Devin Fouquette

Heat 3: 1-Aaron Johnson, 2-Shawn Fletcher, 3-AJ Viehauser

WISSOTA Super Stock

Feature: 1-Dylan Nelson, 2-Jack Koranda, 3-Eric Martini

Heat 1: 1-David Doch, 2-Eric Martini, 3-Jack Koranda

Heat 2: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Jim Urseth, 3-Austin Niemeyer

Heat 3: 1-Dustin Nelson, 2-Andrew Johnson, 3-Dylan Nelson

IMCA Northern Sportmods

Feature: 1-Rich Pavlicek, 2-Chris VanMil, 3-Adam Bohlman

B Feature: 1-Paul Colvin, 2-Zachery Schreder, 3-Devon Charpenter

Heat 1:1-Adam Bohlman, 2-Jason Vejtruba, 3-Chris Siercks

Heat 2: 1-Chris VanMil, 2-Justin Jones, 3-Tim Bergerson

Heat 3: 1-Luke Ryan, 2-Torey Fischer, 3-John Albrecht

Heat 4: 1-Rich Pavlicek, 2-Mark Martini, 3-Tim Siercks


Feature: 1-Luke Erlandson, 2-Robert Holtquist, 3-Skyler Smith

B Feature: 1-Landyn Randt, 2-David Fortier, 3-Peewee Kuhnau

Heat 1: 1-Levi Randt, 2-Patrick Specht, 3-Josh Litzau

Heat 2: 1-Robert Holtquist, 2-Keith Roush, 3-Hailey Nohner

Heat 3: 1-Luke Erlandson, 2-David Slovick, 3-Dean Shaver

Heat 4: 1-Skyler Smith, 2-Gerrald Nohner, 3-Blake Erickson

Heat 5: 1-Tommy Pogones, 2-Nick McCann, 3-Dean Larson

IMCA Stock Car

Feature: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Alex Dostal, 3-Troy Jordan

Heat 1: 1-Tim Gonska, 2-Alex Dostal, 3-Jeff McCollum

Heat 2: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Troy Jordan, 3-Kris Peterson

IMCA Hobby Stocks

Feature: 1-Brandon Bombardo, 2-Scptt Jerrpm, 3-Tim Otterness

Heat 1: 1-Brandon Bombardo, 2-Nate Hanson, 3-Ryan Kleinschmidt

Heat 2: 1-Scott Herron, 2-Tim Otterness, 3-Chad Visser

Heat 3: 1-Chris Seidel, 2-Jonathan Schroeder, 3-Chase Peterson

IMCA Sport Compacts

Feature: 1-Greg Kohl, 2-Korbin Sarazin, 3-Marcus Ammerman

Heat 1: 1-Jenna Hagemann, 2-Nathan Kohl, 3-Alyssa Nelson

Heat 2: 1-Greg Kohl, 2-Andrew Malinowski, 3-Keyonna Young

Heat 3: 1-Josh Maleski, 2-Ellen Lange, 3-Marcus Ammerman

Micro Sprints

Feature: 1-Caleb Moen, 2-Joe Snow, 3-Kendra Pickett

Heat 1: 1-Ryan Erickson, 2-Joe Snow, 3-Kendra Pickett

Heat 2: 1-Mason Seubert, 2-Carter Jensrud, 3-Caleb Moen

Outlaw Mini Mods

Feature: 1-Tyler Johnson, 2-Ryan Hensel, 3-Ben Klaus

Heat 1: 1-Michael Bryant, 2-TJ Stalker, 3-Dalton Faber

Heat 2: 1-Nathan Kilwine, 2-Logan Brown, 3-Kaden Rice

Heat 3: 1-Tyler Johnson, 2-Ben Kraus, 3-Ryan Hensel

Results, Sunday, Sept. 4

IMCA Expert Insulation Modifieds

Feature: 1-Brandon Beckendorf, 2-Aaron Johnson, 3-Shawn Fletcher

Heat 1: 1-Alex Bohlman, 2-Aaron Johnson, 3-Pete Hines

Heat 2: 1-Jordan Rogotzke, 2-Shawn Fletcher, 3-Seth Kramer

Heat 3: 1-Clint Hatlestad, 2-Jesse Rogotzke, 3-Brandon Beckendorf

WISSOTA Super Stock

Feature: 1-Dustin Nelson, 2-Tim Johnson, 3-Eric Martini

Heat 1: 1-Dustin Nelson, 2-Jim Urseth, 3-Fritz Myers

Heat 2: 1-Jeffrey Frey, 2-Erick Thiesse, 3-Jack Koranda

Heat 3: 1-Matt Sparby, 2-Eric Martini, 3-David Dosh

IMCA Northern Sportmods

Feature: 1-Justin Jones, 2-Rich Pavlicek, 3-David Siercks

B Feature: 1-Mark Martini, 2-Paul Colvin, 3-Danny Myrvold

Heat 1:1-Jason Vejtruba, 2-Rich Pavlicek, 3-Troy Fischer

Heat 2: 1-Zachery Schreder, 2-David Siercks, 3-Jake Hagemann

Heat 3: 1-Justin Jones, 2-Adam Bohlman, 3-Alexander McFarlen

Heat 4: 1-John Young, 2-Tim Bergerson, 3-Jake Kierstead


Feature: 1-Chad Funt, 2-David Siercks, 3-David Fortier

B Feature: 1-Dean Larson, 2-Andrew Kresal, 3-Carl Specht

Heat 1: 1-Tommy Pogones, 2-David Fortier, 3-Levi Randt

Heat 2: 1-Landyn Randt, 2-Chad Funt, 3-Patrick Specht

Heat 3: 1-Skyler Smith, 2-Tommy Bawden, 3-Blake Erickson

Heat 4: 1-Forrest Foster, 2-David Siercks, 3-Peewee Kuhnau

IMCA Stock Car

Feature: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Dan Mackenthun, 3-Troy Jordan

Heat 1: 1- Josh Larsen, 2-Troy Jordan, 3-Dan Mackenthun

Heat 2: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Kris Peterson, 3-Alex Dostal

IMCA Hobby Stocks

Feature: 1-Cory Probst, 2-Scott Herron, 3-William Herron

Heat 1: 1-Nate Hanson, 2- Jonathan Schroeder, 3-Brandon Bombardo

Heat 2: 1-Cory Probst, 2-Chris Seidel, 3-Ryan Kleinschmidt

Heat 3: 1-Tim Otterness, 2-William Herron, 3-Scott Herron

IMCA Sport Compacts

Feature: 1-Nathan Kohl, 2-Jenna Hagemann, 3-Greg Kohl

Heat 1: 1-Ellen Lange, 2-Josh Maleski, 3-Brandon Backstrom

Heat 2: 1-Korbin Sarazin, 2-Nathan Kohl, 3-Jamie Ammerman

Heat 3: 1-Jenna Hagemann, 2-Alex Aderman, 3-Greg Kohl

Heat 4: 1-Gary Schumacher, 2-Andrew Malinowski, 3-Keyonna Young

Micro Sprints

Feature: 1-Caleb Moen, 2-Ryan Frandsen, 3-Carson Berglund

Heat 1: 1-Caleb Moen, 2-Carson, 3-Mason Seubert

Heat 2: 1-Jacob Earl, 2-Ryan Frandsen, 3-Mark Martini

Outlaw Mini Mods

Feature: 1-Nathan Kilwine, 2-Tyler Johnson, 3-Ben Kraus

Heat 1: 1-TJ Stalker, 2-Benjamin Van Zile, 3-Glenn Orr

Heat 2: 1-Tyler Johnson, 2-Logan Brown, 3-Nathan Kilwine

Heat 3: 1-Dalton Faber, 2-Matthew Grobe, 3-William Dulmage

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