Stock Car Racing: Youths shine on Kid’s Night

Racing results from North Central Speedway.

Drivers take the first corner during the IMCA Sportsmods feature Saturday, May 22, 2021, at North Central Speedway in Barrows. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

BARROWS — An intermission lasting an hour and the final feature race finishing at 11:30 p.m. would put frowns on most faces.

Not Saturday, May 22 at North Central Speedway as school ended for the summer and it was Kid’s Night.

That meant youngsters and their families got the chance to go out on the track at intermission and meet all the drivers. Not only were there autographed pictures and the chance to talk with their favorite drivers, but generous amounts of candy were waiting for their bags.

Three of the races were won by drivers who are in their first decade of racing. Jenna Hagemann won her first Sports Compact feature event while Billy Kendall III and Brendon Yamry won their first features of the season.

Hagemann has represented the female drivers well since joining the Sports Compact class in 2018. In just her third year, Hagemann fell short of a points championship last season, finishing just three points behind Greg Kohl, while accumulating nine top-five finishes in 14 feature events.


But she hadn’t waved the checkered flag from the winner’s stand yet. Hagemann started from the seventh row and finished in second place behind Austin Raths. Second-place finishes help when competing for a track championship. Plus, if the winner fails the post-race tech inspection, it is also a great spot to be. When that happened to Raths, Hagemann notched her first win and came back out on the track after the last race to finally wave the checkered flag.

Surviving a green-white-checker restart from the lead position spot shows veteran experience and Yamry took another step with his second feature win of the season. After leading the race from the fourth lap, a caution flag flew with just one lap remaining. Sitting behind Yamry in the second and third spots were veterans Mark Martini and Justin Jones. But Yamry kept Martini and Junes at bay to nail down his second win of the season, the fourth of his career.

Yamry found success as a teenager driving in the Sport Compact class before making the move to the Sportmod class in 2018. He went winless in his rookie season, but came away with a win in 2019 and another last season. With two wins this season, he is sitting sixth in the points race.

Making just his second appearance of the year, Kendall III gained the pole position. A start on the first row for Kendall III is difficult for the rest of the field to overcome and that again proved the case with Kendall leading every lap of the race on his way to his first feature win of the season.

Tim Johnson and Dustin Nelson staged a thrilling duel in the Super Stock feature. They raced side by side for the final six laps of the 20-lap feature. Johnson grabbed the top spot on lap eight and held Nelson back. That changed on the final lap with Nelson securing the lead and coming away with the win.

It is the first full season for the Stock Car class and it was just a six-car field for the feature event. Tim Gonska and Thomas Ahrndt raced door-to-door for the last half of the event. Gonska stayed on the low side of the track and held off Ahrndt to get the win.

In the other two classes, it was Scott Herron winning in the Hobby Stocks and Chad Funt for the Mod Four class.


IMCA Modifieds
Feature: 1-Billy Kendall III, 2-Shawn Fletcher, 3-Aaron Johnson
Heat 1: 1-Billy Kendall III, 2-Shawn Fletcher, 3-AJ Viehauser
Heat 2: 1-Aaron Johnson, 2-Luke Hines, 3-Jeff Nelson

WISSOTA Super Stock
Feature: 1-Dustin Nelson, 2-Tim Johnson, 3-Dylan Nelson
Heat 1: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Austin Niemeyer, 3-Andrew Johnson
Heat 2: 1-Dylan Nelson, 2-Dustin Nelson, 3-David Dosh

IMCA Sportmods
Feature: 1-Brendon Yamry, 2-Justin Jones, 3-Jake Hagemann
Heat 1: 1-David Siercks, 2-Justin Jones, 3-Michael Swanson
Heat 2: 1-Brendon Yamry, 2-Mark Martini, 3-John Young

Feature: 1-Chad Funt, 2-Jamie Lenarz, 3-Abby Garin
Heat 1: 1-Tommy Bawden, 2-Abby Garin, 3-Gerrald Nohner
Heat 2: 1-Josh Litzau, 2-Skyler Smith, 3-Dean Shaver
Heat 3: 1-Chad Funt, 2-Jamie Lenarz, 3-Cody Mason


IMCA Stock Car
Feature: 1-Tim Gonska, 2-Thomas Ahrndt, 3-Erick Thiesse
Heat 1: 1-Tim Gonska, 2-Erick Thiesse, 3-Thomas Ahrndt

IMCA Hobby Stocks
Feature: 1-Scott Herron, 2-Brandon Bombardo, 3-William Herron
Heat 1: 1-Scott Herron, 2-Dave Johnson, 3-Tim Otterness
Heat 2: 1-Scott Blood, 2-William Herron, 3-Chad Visser

IMCA Sport Compacts
Feature: 1-Jenna Hagemann, 2-Travis Roush, 3-Greg Kohl
Heat 1: 1-Kaleb Ruikka, 2-Tristan Raths, 3-Keyonna Young
Heat 2: 1-Greg Kohl, 2-Jenna Hagemann, 3-Travis Roush
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