Stock Car Racing: Gonska, Bawden highlight Week Two at North Central Speedway

Second week of North Central Speedway Saturday, May 8

Tommy Bawden races in a Wissota Mod 4 heat Saturday, May 8, 2021, at North Central Speedway in Barrows. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

BARROWS — Tim Gonska collected his first career win in Stock Car and Mod Four driver Tommy Bawden made it two wins in two weeks Saturday, May 8, at North Central Speedway.

Gonska, the 2020 Hobby Stock points champion, started the season in a new class with the Stock Cars and had a top-five finish in his first two races including his first-place finish Saturday.

Only four cars made the feature event, but Gonska started out front and never gave up the lead, finishing in front of Erick Thiesse and Thomas Arndt.

Bawden had the best season in terms of wins of any driver last year on his way to the Mod 4 points championship and so far this season he has served notice that 2020 wasn’t a fluke. He picked up his first trophy of the season last week and Saturday night he made it two in a row.


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Starting from the fourth row, Bawden finished in first place in the 15-lap feature in front of Gerrald Nohner, who also has a feature win this season, and Sklyer Smith, who has three top-five finishes in three events.

Eighteen Sport Compact drivers completed 15 caution-free laps and it was the 2JR car of Greg Kohl crossing the finish line first to make it three feature wins in the first three weeks for the 2020 track champion. Kaleb Ruikka took second place followed by Nathan Kohl in third.

Last year was a good year for Sportmods driver Brendon Yamry. He finished in seventh place in the points race with five top-five finishes in 13 races.

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In just the third race of the 2021 season, Yamry drove to the top spot after three caution flags on the first lap and stayed there to win his first race of the new season. Veteran driver Mark Martini wasn’t able to chase Yamry down and took the second spot, followed by Jake Hagemann.

Dave Johnson held off a challenge from Chris Seidel and took the checkered flag for the Hobby Stock feature. The win was Johnson’s first of the season who won three races last season and finished in second place behind Gonska.

It was veteran driver Tim Johnson leading all 20 feature laps and taking first place for the Super Stock race, and Shawn Fletcher passed Chuck Olson midway through the Modified feature event and took his first checkered flag of the season.


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Results from Saturday, May 8

IMCA Modifieds

Feature: 1-Shawn Fletcher, 2-Aaron Johnson, 3-Chuck Olson

Heat 1: 1-Aaron Johnson, 2-Ryan Putnam, 3-Erick Thiesse

Heat 2: 1-Chuck Olson, 2-Shawn Fletcher, 3-AJ Viehauser


WISSOTA Super Stock

Feature: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Dylan Nelson, 3-Dustin Nelson

Heat 1: 1-Dustin Nelson, 2-Kevin Salin, 3-Austin Niemeyer

IMCA Sportmods

Feature: 1-Brendon Yamry, 2-Mark Martini, 3-Jake Hagemann

Heat 1: 1-Dru Nelson, 2-Torey Fischer, 3-Zachery Schreder

Heat 2: 1-Mark Martini, 2-Tom Anderson, 3-Brendon Yamry

Heat 3: 1-David Siercks, 2-Justin Jones, 3-Chris Siercks


Feature: 1-Tommy Bawden, 2-Gerrald Nohner, 3-Skyler Smith

Heat 1: 1-Skyler Smith, 2-Gerrald Nohner, 3-Jamie Lenarz

Heat 2: 1-Chad Funt, 2-Abby Garin, 3-Cody Mason

Heat 3: 1-Tommy Bawden, 2-Josh Litzau, 3-Jonathan Feda

IMCA Stock Car

Feature: 1-Tim Gonska, 2-Erick Thiesse, 3-Thomas Arndt

Heat 1: 1-Erick Thiesse, 2-Tim Gonska, 3-Kris Peterson

IMCA Hobby Stocks

Feature: 1-Dave Johnson, 2-Brandon Bombardo, 3-Chris Seidel

Heat 1: 1-Chris Seidel, 2-Brandon Bombardo, 3-Chase Peterson

Heat 2: 1-Dave Johnson, 2-Tim Otterness, 3-Sott Herron

IMCA Sport Compacts

Feature: 1-Greg Kohl, 2-Kaleb Ruikka, 3-Nathan Kohl

Heat 1: 1-Jenna Hagemann, 2-Josh Maleski, 3-Austin Raths

Heat 2: 1-Greg Kohl, 2-Nathan Kohl, 3-Harry Ruikka

Heat 3: 1-Kaleb Ruikka, 2-Trista Pankratz, 3-Alyssa Nelson

Results from Saturday, May 1

IMCA Modifieds

Feature: 1-Branon Beckendorf, 2-Casey Arneson, 3-Shawn Fletcher

Heat 1: 1-AJ Viehauser, 2-Scott Engholm, 3-Dalton Magers

Heat 2: 1-Billy Kendall III, 2-Kollin Hibdon, 3-Casey Arneson

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

WISSOTA Super Stock

Feature: 1-Kevin Burdick, 2-Dustin Nelson, 3-Tim Johnson

Heat 1: 1-Dustin Nelson, 2-Chris Wark, 3-Austin Niemeyer

Heat 2: 1-Travis Scott, 2-Dylan Nelson, 3-David Dosh

Heat 3: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Kevin Burdick, 3-Butch Butcher

IMCA Sportmods

Feature: 1-Jake Hagemann, 2-Tim Bergerson, 3-Mark Martini

Heat 1: 1-Zach Davis, 2-Jake Hagemann, 3-David Siercks

Heat 2: 1-Torey Fischer, 2-Mark Martini, 3-Adam Bohlman

Heat 3: 1-Justin Jones, 2-Chris Siercks, 3-Zachery Schreder


Feature: 1-Tommy Bawden, 2-Chad Funt, 3-Jamie Lenarz

Heat 1: 1-Tommy Bawden, 2-Jamie Lenarz, 3-Brandan Woods

Heat 2: 1-Gerrald Nohner, 2-Chad Funt, 3-Josh Litzau

IMCA Stock Car

Feature: 1-Tim Pessek, 2-Dan Mackenthun, 3-Erick Thiesse

Heat 1: 1-Josh Larsen, 2-Dan Mackenthun, 3-Robert Waechter

Heat 2: 1-Alex Dostal, 2-Brent Uecker, 3-Robert Waechter Jr.

IMCA Hobby Stocks

Feature: 1-Cory Probst, 2-Brandon Bombardo, 3-Tim Otterness

Heat 1: 1-Cory Probst, 2-Matt Olson, 3-Mason Goettl

Heat 2: 1-Ben Reierson, 2-Dave Johnson, 3-Rod Manthey

Heat 3: 1-Tim Otterness, 2-Jonathan Schroeder, 3-Chris Seidel

IMCA Sport Compacts

Feature: 1-Greg Kohl, 2-Travis Roush, 3-Jenna Hagemann

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

Heat 2: 1-Nick McConnell, 2-Alyssa Nelson, 3-Isaiah Carner

Heat 3 1-Travis Roush, 2-Kaleb Ruikka, 3-Tristan Raths

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