Stock Car Racing: Siercks back on top at NCS
Stock Car Racing.
BARROWS — With five weeks complete in the 2022 racing season Northern Sportmod driver David Siercks made his first appearance of the season on the winner’s stand after winning the 15-lap feature event Saturday, June 5, at North Central Speedway.
Siercks started in seventh position in the 19-car field. His son Tim started in the sixth position and moved to the lead for the first half of the race. David Siercks was patient, picking his spots to move through traffic and overtake Tim at the halfway point. He held on to take the checkered flag.
While it was David's first win of the season, he has been very familiar with waving the checkered flag throughout his racing career of 40-plus seasons which includes a 2018 track championship.
Since 1982, there has only been one season he hasn’t won a feature event. To the best of Siercks’s memory that may have been when he made a transition in classes.
"That sounds about right," he said. "As far as I can recollect, I can't remember not winning one."
Patience has been one of t Siercks’ biggest development throughout his racing career.
In 2018, he won just two races out of 16 opportunities, but finished in the top-five 15 times on his way to the track championship. He admits it was a skill acquired through years of learning.
"I didn't always have that," Siercks said. "My dad was a mentor. He raced for 15 years and he taught me a lot. I just learned a lot over the years. I used to be a lot more aggressive when I was younger. As I got older, I got more patient because I didn't want to work on the car every night. By being more patient I have won a lot more races."
Now he races with his son Tim and nephew Chris. Tim drives the DIRT car.
"It is fun racing with my son," David said. If he won I wouldn't care. I would be just as happy as could be but we figure whoever has the best car has the best shot to win and that is how we compete against each other each and every week."
40 years ago he would transport his car on a trailer behind a pickup truck. He now brings the car in a hauler behind an RV. What hasn't changed is his name being on the top five of the leaderboard most nights.
It was also meet the drivers night with young fans getting autographs from their favorite drivers. Candy and bikes Were also given away.
Erick Thiesse and Shawn Fletcher battled for the top spot in the Modified feature. Thiesse held off Fletcher for his first win of the season, but Fletcher holds a three-point lead over Zackry Fletcher and six points over Aaron Johnson in the points standings.
Johnson's night was cut short because of damage to the front of his car. With IMCA rules, Johnson could keep running as long as no other caution flags were thrown, but another caution flag was thrown later in the race.
Brett Hines also was involved in a hard crash in Turn One early in the race, but got out of his car and walked away.
Dylan Nelson tallied his second win of the season for the Super Stock class. He holds a 35-point lead over Austin Niemeyer who finished in second place.
Nathan Kohl won his fourth race for the Sport Compact class in five tries. Other winners were Tim Gonska for the Stock Car and Robert Holtquist in the Mod Fours.
Tim Otterness’ hot streak continued with his second win in two weeks in the Hobby Stock class feature.