posted July 08, 2001 12:54 PM
Groth Grabs Fourth Grove Creek Super Win in a Row, Wins also go to Nelson, Canon, Gustafson, Johanneck and Lemke
GROVE CITY, MN – Another hot summers eve at the Creek and lots of hot competition to go along with it. Revy's of Atwater and Uncommon USA were the night sponsors. The big event of the evening was the "Firecracker 50" for the Creek Stocks. JR's Truck & Trailer and Hedtke Performance sponsored the special race and the money was put into the purse for the entry level class.
The WISSOTA Street Stocks were the first feature out and Tim Juven of Delano took the lead from his pole position start. Juven led the pack until lap four when Jim Gustafson of Prior Lake shot past. A few laps later, Scott Paulson of Kimball moved into second with the "missile" targeted on Gustafson. Gustafson had built a solid lead on the pack but Paulson was closing. Gustafson, who was making his first appearance at the Creek, was smooth and fast. When the checkers flew, it was Gustafson with the win and Paulson second by about three car lengths. The third spot went to Brandon Larson of Grove City as he wrestled with Chad Walz down the front straight.
The WISSOTA Mod-Four feature was a good one as the top drivers in WISSOTA national points were up front and going at it. Jim Nystrom of Litchfield led the first three circuits until Derek Zieske of Renville took over the lead. Zieske who is currently third in national points had to contend with Ryan Canon of St. Michael, brother Dustin Zieske of Renville, the current national point leader, and Steve Johnson of Alexandria, the second point driver. Zieske led until lap eleven. That's when brother Dustin took over the lead, but one lap later, Ryan Canon stole it away and led the remaining four laps for the win. Dustin Zieske was on his bumper for a second place finish. Derek Zieske was third with Johnson fourth.
Ryan Schugel of Clear Lake grabbed the early lead in the WISSOTA Super Stock main. Schugel ran strong until Scott Thompson of Willmar made his move for the lead position. Thompson led for about three laps when the mighty Mopar of Chris Groth blew by coming out of turn two. Groth led the rest of the way as he checked out on the field. Steve Beach moved his Eagle Motorsports #28 took the second spot with a couple laps to go, but Thompson got it back for a second place finish. Beach was third.
Brian Nelson was a repeat winner in the WISSOTA Modifieds. Roger Canon of Willmar took the lead at the wave of the green and led the first two laps. Nelson made a couple of good moves and got into the lead on the third go 'round. Nelson kept his 52N stuck to the bottom and held off several challenges by Brent Urban of Watertown SD. Urban tried several times to get his nose underneath Nelson but couldn't get it done. On lap 16, Jamie Lemke of Hutchinson made an inside pass of Urban for second and then he also tried to work underneath Nelson. Brian held position and recorded his third win of the season. Lemke was second with Urban third and Curly Williams fourth.
Jamie Lemke of Hutchinson did double duty as Rex Erickson of Hutchinson asked Jamie to pilot his Heartland 305 Sprint car. Jamie, who had never driven a Sprint Car, did a fine job as he took the checkers and brought home the trophy. The caution flag came out on lap six as Rob Caho tagged the wall in turn four. Caho's car was air born but managed to stay on all fours. Rob was ok but the car had a flat tire and a bent rim. Heat race winner Robbie Caho of St. Boni finished second with Brandon Geldner of Mankato third.
The Creek Stock started out with 23 cars for the Firecracker 50. Attrition was the name of the game in this one, when it was all over; nine were still on the raceway. Justin Hedtke took the lead at the wave of the green. Hedtke was fast as he worked the high side of the track. Jim Martinson of Cokato ran second until Jason McCoy of Hutchinson got by on lap 14. McCoy then had to pull off as he began to overheat. Dustin Johanneck of Watkins then moved into the second spot and Mike Christensen of Hutchinson third. Hedtke had to wrestle with lapped traffic by lap four, as the track was full of cars. Hedtke led until lap 21 when he pushed it just a bit too hard and went over the top of turn two and caught the safety tires. The yellow flag came out for Hedtke who had broken an axle and sustained other damage and was out of the race. When the green came back out, Johanneck was the leader but the mandatory pit stop came up three laps later. On the pit stop, drivers could cool down and add fuel only. The leader then had to draw a card. Whatever the value of that car was, that is how the leaders would be inverted. Johanneck drew a five, so the fifth place car of Kevin Randt of Litchfield would restart the race as the leader. Johanneck would restart in fifth. Randt blasted away from the field on the restart with Dave Henderson of Monticello in second and Christensen third. Henderson dropped out a couple laps later as it appeared his motor expired. The power steering belt came off of Randt's car and he had to muscle the car around the track. Randt dropped off the edge of the track several times which allowed Christensen and Johanneck to close in on him. Johanneck took the lead back on lap 40 with Randt second. A couple laps later, Zach Schultz of Grove City moved into second but Randt took that back a lap later. When the final checkers flew, it was Dustin Johanneck with his third win. Christensen worked his way back to second after a spin and Randt ended up third.