posted August 12, 2001 02:59 PM
Paulson Pulls Off Another Street Stock win at Grove Creek
by Greg Johnson
GROVE CITY, MN - One of the nicest nights of the summer was at hand last Saturday night as 98 drivers came to battle the high banks for Grove Creek Raceway. Countryside Furniture of Cokato and K-95.3 were the night sponsors and kids bike races part of the program also.
Scott Paulson of Kimball continues to be the man to beat in the WISSOTA Street Stock division. Gary Pischke of Ramsey started on the pole for the Street Stock feature and took control with Mark Voigt of Sauk rapids right behind. Chad Walz of Big Lake quickly worked his way into second by lap 6 and chased the "Racin' Mailman" for a couple laps until he too over the lead. Meanwhile Scotty "too hotty" Paulson was on the move from his 11th starting position and slid into the second spot on lap eight. Jason Long of Canby was also on hand and moving up. On lap twelve, Paulson got by Walz on the front stretch for the lead and would go on to victory. Walz ended up with a second place run and Long in third.
Jim Nystrom of Litchfield took the early lead in the WISSOTA Mod-Four feature. It took Steve Johnson of Alexandra only a lap to get on Nystrom's bumper after starting in ninth. Nystrom held him off for a couple laps but Johnson got by and blazed away from the pack. Ryan Canon moved into second but couldn't catch the fleet footed Johnson while Matt Halls of New London and Dustin Zieske of Renville raced hard for the third spot. In the end, Johnson made a repeat appearance in the winner's circle with Canon second and Zieske coming home third.
Brady Johanneck of Spicer blasted to the front of the pack in the WISSOTA Super Stock feature. Johanneck looked like a seasoned veteran as he was holding off Chris Groth, Don Eischens and Scott Thompson. Groth was trying to make his Mopar powered Super work inside of Johanneck but the youngster held the momentum on the high side. Eischens made his move on Groth and was now zeroed in on the leader. A lap later, Eischens used his veteran abilities to take the top spot away and Groth followed for second. Groth couldn't make a move on Eischens scored a clean sweep for the evening with Groth finishing second and Thompson made a last lap pass for third.
The WISSOTA Modifieds put on a good show for their feature. Craig Christiansen of New London shot out front for the lead with Brian Nelson of Spicer and Clark Perry of Ogilvie in tow. The yellow flag flew on the second laps as the Hanson brothers made contact in turn four. Terry got the worst end of the skirmish as he got into the front stretch wall hard and incurred major damage on his machine. Terry was done for the night and Wade went to the back of the pack. When the green came back out, Christy was in the lead but Nelson was challenging every lap with Perry still close behind and now Shawn Nolan had moved up to get in on the action. Things went sour for Christiansen on lap ten as he had a driveshaft break and he came to a stop on the front stretch putting him out of the race. Nelson then took over and Nolan moved into second. With only a few laps to go, Jamie Lemke of Hutchinson started to pressure Nolan for the second spot. Lemke started dead last in the field after contact with the wall in his heat race. Nelson was able to take the checkers and Nolan hung on for a runner-up finish with Lemke third and Perry fourth.
Tony Herker of Dassel took another win in the Creek Stocks. Herker got to the front right away and stayed out of trouble as he battled with Kevin Randt of Litchfield. There was no shortage of action behind the leaders and drivers were swapping positions as well as some paint. Several yellows slowed the race. In the end, the race was shortened due to time constraints and Herker got the win with Dave Henderson of Monticello taking second and Mike Christensen of Hutchinson third.
In the Bike races, Jake Eischens was the winner in the 4-6 year old group, Mackenzie Eischens won the 7-9 and Tyler Brausen took the 10-12 honors