posted August 22, 2001 01:04 PM
Rager Rakes in Sprint Car Win at Grove Creek
by Greg Johnson
GROVE CITY, MN - Tuesday night turned out to be a very nice night as the WISSOTA 360 Sprints came to town to do battle on the high banks of grove Creek Raceway. KDUZ/KARP sponsored the final stop on the WISSOTA August heat Sprint Series.
Roger Rager of Pequot Lakes looked sharp as he blasted off from his pole position start and led every lap of the 25 lap feature. The race went yellow on the second lap as Gary Serbus of Olivia and Jimmy Kouba of Byron tangled in turn two. Kouba's car ended up on it's side and both cars went off on the hook. Neither driver sustained any injuries. On the restart, Chuck Swenson, who won the Delano Sports Center Dash for Cash, chased Rager for several laps but something went haywire with his X car on lap eleven as he came to a stop in turn two. Ehren Layton of St. Louis Park then moved into the second spot and tried to find a fast line to catch the flying 6r car but Rager had his machine dialed in and haulin'. Rager won the event with Layton about four car lengths back for second and Sye Anderson of Brainerd raced his way up to third. Anderson had a good night as he also ended up winning a cruise and finished at the top of the series points.
The Delano Sports Center Dash for Cash saw Chuck Swenson of Watertown SD take off to a comfortable lead. With one lap to go, the red flag went out for a couple of nasty looking crashes in corners 2 and 4. Butch Koziol of Lamberton caught wheels with Ehren Layton and flipped his sprinter several times. As most peoples attention was directed to turn two for Koziol's crash, Tony Norem of Dassel has his steering break in turn four and slammed into the wall sending his car into the safety wires and destroying his B1st machine as well as the fencing. Fortunately both drivers were uninjured.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds put on a good show for their main event. George Sniezek of St. Joseph took the lead from his pole position start and was chased by heat race winner, Brian Gordon of Murdock. Gordon closed in on Sniezek several times but couldn't get the job done as Sniezek kept his foot in it and led the entire race for the win. Gordon settled for second with Gary Schnell of Eagle Bend third and Jeff Rohner of Spicer fourth.
The Creek stock feature was kinda wild. Four cars were knocked out of the event on the first lap including the cars of Zach Schultz, Brandon Schultz, Dave Henderson and Brandon Karnick. On the restart, JR Brausen of Litchfield grabbed the lead and set sail as he led the pack with Gary "the Gasman" Husman and Kevin Randt of Litchfield right behind. Randt moved into second and challenged Brausen several times until lap eight when Brausen got crossed up in turn two causing him to lose four positions and Randt took over the lead with Husman second. Mike Christensen of Hutchinson came up and started to put the pressure on Husman. Randt took the win and Husman held off the strong challenge by Christensen to finish second with Christensen third and Brausen fourth.