Stock Car Racing: Kramer grabs checkered flag in thrilling Modified finish
BARROWS--In a battle between the veteran and the two rising stars, it was the veteran that came away with the top spot in a thrilling Modified feature Saturday at North Central Speedway.
BARROWS-In a battle between the veteran and the two rising stars, it was the veteran that came away with the top spot in a thrilling Modified feature Saturday at North Central Speedway.
Running on a slick track that was as black as asphalt, Seth Kramer found a line and held it for the 20-lap feature while overcoming a green-white-checkered restart to hold off Brainerd High School seniors Aaron Johnson and Billy Kendall.
Coming out of the single file restart, Kramer lost his spot briefly to Johnson on Turn Three of the final lap, but he got it back down the front stretch to edge Johnson by a nose in a race that had the chilled crowd standing and the two drivers giving each other thumbs-up after crossing the finish line.
Even though the track was slick, Kramer said after the race he felt his tires starting to get traction around Lap 15.
Kendall, last year's track champion, finished third after he won the season-opening race last week.
Kramer also scored a top three finish in the Super Stock feature, getting the third spot behind first-place finisher Jake Goetze, who won for the second straight week, and Trent Brutger who finished second.
Tim Church won the Hobby Stock feature and track champion Dean Blanchard Jr. collected the win in the Mod 4 feature.
Northern Sport Modified track champion David Siercks has picked up where he left off in 2016. After a second-place finish last week, Siercks finished in front of Jason Vejtruba and Jake Hagemann to get his first win of the year.
It's going to be an exciting season for the young race fan as Brendon Yamry and Corey Mehrwerth, who may or may not be old enough to have their driver's licenses yet, are going to be battling all year in the Sport Compact class.
Yamry, the reigning 2016 track champion, has won the feature the first two weeks, and
received a challenge from Mehrwerth early in the race. Yamry pulled away eventually, but Mehrwerth finished second in front of Lexy Kastner. Derek Stanoch finished outside of the top three after getting the second place behind Yamry last week.
IMCA Sport Compacts:
Feature: 1-Brendon Yamry, 2-Corey Mehrwerth, 3-Lexy Kastner
Heat 1: 1-Brendon Yamry, 2-Bubba Brown, 3-Alex Dostal
IMCA Hobby Stocks:
Feature: 1-Tim Church, 2-Robert Young Jr., 3-Corey Hill
Heat 1: 1-Corey Hill, 2-Timothy Gonska, 3-David Dosh
Heat 2: 1-Matt Olson, 2-Tim Church, 3-Joe Gonska
NCS Mod 4s:
Feature: 1-Dean Blanchard Jr., 2-Jerry Esler, 3-Jess Geesey
Heat 1: 1-Dean Blanchard Jr., 2-Jerry Esler, 3-Jess Geesey
IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds:
Feature: 1-David Siercks, 2-Jason Vejtruba, 3-Jake Hagemann
Heat 1: 1-Jake Hagemann, 2-David Slovick, 3-Alan Bohlman
Heat 2: 1-David Siercks, 2-Adam Bohlman, 3-Jacob Jordan
NCS Super Stock:
Feature: 1-Jake Goetze, 2-Trent Brutger, 3-Seth Kramer
Heat 1: 1-Jake Goetze, 2-Trent Brutger, 3-Dylan Nelson
Feature: 1-Seth Kramer, 2-Aaron Johnson, 3-Billy Kendall
Heat 1: 1-Seth Kramer, 2-Aaron Johnson, 3-Dale Mathison