posted August 06, 2001 09:42 AM
Lindquist Lands in Grove Creek Winners Circle, Beach, Walz, Hanson & Henderson and Walton also Take Top Prizes
by Greg Johnson
GROVE CITY, MN -- The lights were back up, and so was the heat at Grove Creek Raceway last Saturday night. Sound Image of Willmar and 94.1 The Loon were the event sponsors as a good crowd witnessed some top notch racing action. The 360 sprints were on the bill in a non-sanctioned event along with all of the regular classes. It was fan appreciation night and many fans went home with prizes.
The WISSOTA Mod-Four feature started out with Brandon Willard taking the lead. Willard and company got tangled up in the 3-4 turn of the second lap. Several cars spun out, crashing into each other and the race was red flagged as one car ended up on its lid. All drivers were OK, but almost half of the field DNF'd due to the incident. When the race resumed, Dustin Lindquist from Floodwood took a lead that he wouldn't relinquish as the young pilot took his first Grove Creek trophy of the year. Joel Jergenson of Willmar hung on and finished second with the 94.1 car driven by Larry Stranberg of Atwater finished third.
The WISSOTA Super Stocks had an exciting race. Cary Schultz of Grove City took command at the wave of the green with Tom Benesch of Atwater and Steve Beach of Long Prairie right behind. Lap three saw Beach make a move down the backstretch to get by Schultz for the top position and now Don Eischens of Cold Spring was in third with Chris Groth of Plymouth right behind him. Also closing in on the leaders were Scott Thompson of Willmar and Tim Baxter of Shell Lake WI. The lead pack rocketed around the 3/8-mile track with drivers using different lines and angles to run down the speedy #28 car of Steve Beach. Eischens moved into second on lap six with Groth following. A couple laps later they were right on Beach's bumper. On lap eleven, Groth made a move coming out of turn two to take second place away from Eischens. Beach ran his line as Groth and Eischens took their shots but he was able to cross the line first and take the win. Groth was second and Eischens third.
Terry Hanson of Elk River took control of the WISSOTA Modified feature as he blasted to the front and led all laps for the win. Brian Nelson of Spicer and Roger Canon of Willmar gave close chase. Hanson was working the cushion all race long and Nelson would stick his car down on the bottom and made several bids for the top spot but Hanson had the #57H working up top and had the momentum down the stretch to hold on. Nelson and Canon were followed by Jamie Lemke of Hutchinson.
Gary Pischke of Ramsey got out front in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature and looked strong but bad luck made a return visit as it did last week and Gary's fuel pump went bad sending him to the pits. Chad Walz of Big Lake took over the lead with Scott Paulson of Kimball moving in to challenge. Roger Christiansen of New London made his first appearance at the Creek and moved in to battle with the leaders. Paulson made a last lap effort to get by the leader, but Walz powered out of turn four and took the win with Paulson a very close second and Christiansen right behind him for third.
The Winged Sprint were at the Creek for a non-sanctioned, non-points event. Gary Walton of Baxter made the most of it as he notched his first ever sprint car win. The feature was red flagged when Ron Smith's sprinter turned over in turn four. When the flopped his machine back on its wheels, Smith got back in and was able to continue the race. Dave Becker of Belle Plaine wasn't as fortunate as he was towed off the raceway with front end damage. Walton resumed his lead when the green came back out. Leigh Thomas of Proctor closed in on the speedy Walton but couldn't make a move on the leader. Walton got the victory with Thomas second and Smith was able to finish third. Smith was a heat race winner and took the Dash for Cash also.
The Creek Stocks started 24 in the field with 14 still running at the checkers. Henry Brausen of Litchfield grabbed the initial lead. Kevin Randt moved his #23 car by Brausen on the next circuit and was battling with the 99 car until smoke started to pour out of the 99. The black flag came out for the 99 but Randt thought it was for him and slowed down. The 99 and Randt went to the pits; Randt was allowed to return to the track on the next yellow. Dave Henderson of Monticello took over the lead on lap seven with Brausen running second and Jill Buranen of Annandale third. When the double checkers flew, it was Henderson with his first win of the year. JR Brausen with his best finish in second and Jim Martinson of Cokato moved up to finish third