posted June 10, 2001 08:57 PM
Groth Grabs Grove Creek Super Win, Paulson, Johnson, Nelson and Johanneck also Take Top Honors
by Greg Johnson
GROVE CITY, MN -- Last Saturday was a mixed bag of weather with warm sunshine throughout the day, then clouds and rain moving in a couple hours before race time. The fans were slow to arrive but when it was time to go racing, 101 drivers had checked in to battle their way around the fast 3/8-mile track. Gillund Enterprises/Justice Bros were the race night sponsor and gave a way a couple of bicycles and there was a candy toss for the kids. The action was non-stop with the program wrapping up at 10:00
The WISSOTA Mod-Fours had a good race for their feature. Brandon Willard of Cold Spring started on the pole and led the first lap until he shot over the top of turn two and hit the guardrail. ON the restart, Ryan Fuchs of Willmar was at the point for a couple laps, that's when Greg Bent of Litchfield got by for the lead. Bent's lead was short lived as Steve Johnson of Alexandria made his move and took over the helm and Ryan Gilbertson of Ada moved into second. Johnson would lead the rest of the way for the victory with Gilbertson's car overheating on the white flag lap. Dustin Zieske of Renville then moved in to finish second with Fuchs third.
Shane Smetana of Cold Spring started outside, front row of the WISSOTA Street Stock feature and immediately shot to the lead with Jordan Bulthuis in second. At the halfway mark, the familiar #33 of Kimball's Scott Paulson was in second and closing on the leader. On lap eight, Paulson made his move and took over the lead, delegating Smetana to second. Paulson would hold the spot all the way to the checkers and nail down another win. Smetana had a very good showing for second and heat race winner, Pee Wee Kuhnau of Litchfield ran third.
The WISSOTA Super Stocks ran a fast race also. A spin out on the first lap had three cars tangling in turn one and eliminating Don Eischens from the competition. On the restart, Cary Schultz of Grove City was out front with Scott Schmit of Princeton battling with him every lap. Lap five saw the white #11 of Chris Groth power by to take the lead. Groth had the Mopar working well and cruised to the victory. Scott Thompson of Willmar moved into second but that was the best he could do. Steve Beach of Long Prairie finished third with Ryan Schugel of Clear Lake fourth.
The WISSOTA Modifieds put on another exciting show as there were battles going on all through the pack. Terry Hanson of Elk River used his pole position start to blast off into the lead with Greg Schultz of Hector in second. Hanson had the #57H working good on the cushion until a late race caution closed up the field. ON the restart, Brian Nelson of Spicer got past Hanson for the lead only to have Hanson battle back the next lap. The two were side-by-side in the 3-4 turn when Hanson's car spun and brought out the yellow. Hanson went to the back and Nelson was the leader on the restart. Nelson led two laps when Jamie Lemke of Hutchinson worked past for the lead. In a bit of a replay from a couple weeks ago, Lemke jumped the cushion in the 1-2 turn and Nelson roared right back into the top spot. Nelson went on to win with Greg Schultz finishing second and Jason Vejtruba of Lake Lillian third. Lemke ended up with a fourth place finish.
The Creek Stocks put on a wild show as 23 cars took the green flag. Tony Herker of Dassel took off from the pack with Justin Hedtke of Atwater close behind. Hedtke dropped out on lap four and Zack Schultz of Grove City moved into second. On lap seven, Gary "the gasman" Husmann, tuned into Gary "the rocketman" as he and Kevin Randt made contact in turn four. Husmann ran over one of the large tractor tires and had all four wheels off the ground and the front end pointed toward the lights! When he came down, he turned back into the "gasman" as he stayed on the gas and no yellow was needed. However, both cars ended up going pitside. On lap ten, Schultz suffered a flat tire and Dustin Johanneck of Watkins fired into second. A yellow on lap 12, wiped out Herker's lead and it was the brake Johanneck needed as he got by Herker one lap later. Johanneck notched the win with Herker second and Dave Henderson of Monticello working his way to third.
No races at the oval track next Saturday night as the drag strip will be running the Wild Bunch Big Bang Shootout. The next races at the oval track will be on Tuesday, the 19th with a WISSOTA Sprint Car Special. Race time will be 7:30.