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September 21, 2019- Elko, MN

By Jason D Searcy - Tom Ace - Dean Reller

It’s been a season to remember for #72 Jacob Goede from Carver (MN).

A sixth Elko Speedway track championship and ten feature wins across the Midwest were enough to crown Goede the 2019 NASCAR Weekly Series National Champion.

So it’s quite fitting that Goede put a cherry on top of a career season with a win in Saturday night’s 11th Annual Thunderstruck 93 celebrating the life of Dan Ryan and supporting the organization to combat ALS named “A Race Worth Winning.” Kaden Ryan, Grandson of Dan Ryan, was the honorary starter on-track.

Goede, who earlier in the evening set fast time and broke the Big 8 Late Model Series track record with a lap time of 14.549, started the race from the twelfth position following the pre-race inversion. Starting on the front row for the 93 lap main event were fellow Minnesotans #18 Michael Ostdiek and #52 Chad Walen.

Ostdiek stepped out to the early race lead, pacing the field over the course of the first 25 laps. Walen caught him on the 26th lap and the two drivers raced side-by-side for the top spot until Walen was able to sneak out front on lap 30.

When the mandatory yellow flag flew at lap 39, it was Walen leading while Goede had already advanced to second place. It didn’t take Goede long to take the top spot, firing past Walen on the race’s forty-first lap.

Goede was never seriously challenged again for the lead, but behind him the battling was intense. Walen and multi-time Big 8 race winner #3 Chris Marek waged a close-quarters battle for the runner-up spot over the course of the race’s final 20 laps. When the checkered flag flew, it was Walen coming home in second, with Marek settling for third.

Aside from Goede’s twelfth-to-first charge, Nick Murgic made a fantastic run through the field, advancing from his 14th starting position to finish the race in fourth place. Devyn Stocker #14 earned his first Big 8 Series top five in just his second start by rounding out the top five. Minnesota drivers displayed dominance on their hometrack by sweeping the top thirteen positions in the 26 car field.

It was Championship night for the Genz-Ryan Thunder Cars during Thunderstruck93 with two drivers still in contention for the Elko Speedway Championship, defending Champ #37 Bryce Blohm and 5-time Champion #3 Conrad Jorgenson who have combined to win 17 of the 23 feature events so far in 2019. In the first 20 lap feature a driver who usually races at La Crosse Speedway #50 Tom Luethe from West Salem (WI) flipped the script as he started up front and battled #9 Adam Wiebusch side by side for the lead. Wiebusch finally grabbed the top spot at the half-way mark of the race and held it until a spin on lap 15 put Wiebusch to the back and eventually the pits, that gave the lead back to Leuthe for a single file restart with 5 laps remaining. As the two Championship contenders were battling mid-pack Luethe took advantage and made a mad dash for the checkers, he won by 0.397 seconds over #75 Keith Paulsrud, Bryce Blohm was third, #3 Conrad Jorgenson clinched the Championship by finishing fourth and fast-timer #25 Eric Campbell fifth of the 11 cars entered. It was the first win in the first start of the season at ELKO for Luethe.

The second Thunder Car feature had #28 Paul Neisius battle #6 Robert Michaels and take the lead early. Newly crowned Champion #3 Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) moved up from his third row starting spot to take the lead on lap 10 of 20. Jorgenson then flexed his muscles and won by an impressive 2.264 seconds during this cautionless race. Runner-up Jeremy Wolff #32 finished just ahead of #25 Eric Campbell who was third, #37 Bryce Blohm was fourth and #28 Paul Neisius fifth. It was the 10th feature win of the 2019 season for Jorgenson and his 6th Championship at Elko Speedway. Bryce Blohm finished second in the Championship race, he finished 30 points behind Jorgenson.

The calendar shows it’s late in the racing season, but it was a night of firsts at Elko Speedway, in a preview for the 2020 season, as the track hosted the first ever WISSOTA Midwest Modified races on the 3/8th mile paved track as a part of Thunderstruck 93.

Bryan Syer-Keske #27 from Lakeville (MN), who has raced at ELKO only a few times since piloting a Super Late Model three years ago was the star of the night as he took home both the qualifying race and the feature wins. Starting from the pole, Syer-Keske took the lead from the start as #25 Eric Campbell in a car that hadn’t seen a race track in 11 years jumped into second. Campbell nearly spun as he charged at Syer-Keske going into turn one a few laps in. This opened the door for #37x Skeeter Estey and #23 Mitch Weiss to slip by relegating Campbell to fourth. Syer-Keske used the action behind to stretch his lead to a significant advantage by the time the checkered flag waved in the cautionless 20 lap event. Estey would hang tight to the bottom of the track to finish second 2.587 seconds behind Syer-Keske, while Weiss, Campbell and #51 Cole Neiesius rounded out the top five. “Two weeks ago we came out and did a little shake down, a little exhibition race for everybody,” said Syer-Keske following the race. “We did a lot more work to it and now we are sitting in Victory Lane and I just can’t love it enough.”

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds will be a regular class at Elko Speedway in 2020. Several drivers have purchased cars or are preparing cars to run the full season.

The epic battle for the Championship in the Great North Legends division continued at Elko Speedway as #8 Cole Klein had a slim 1 point advantage over #47 Austin Jahr going into the second-to-last night of racing. In qualifying #71 Jon Lemke was the fastest with a time of 16.022 followed by #47 Austin Jahr and #8 Cole Klein meaning that Jahr jumped ahead of Klein in the Championship race by 1 point.

In the first 20 lap feature #2 Robby Thurston led early, a caution period occurred on lap 2 as many-time winner #91 Tristan Swanson had mechanical problems. On the restart #21 Hans Roschli challenged Thurston for the lead and took over the top spot on lap 5, meanwhile #8 Cole Klein from Rogers (MN) was advancing from his 10th starting position. Cole Klein fittingly bolted to the lead on lap 8 and held on for the win, his 5th of the season. Austin Jahr #47 finished just 0.392 seconds behind Klein at the finish line for second giving the point lead back over to Klein by 2 points. Masters division driver Hans Roschli finished third, #3 Dirk Henry fourth and defending Champion #75 Baiden Heskett fifth of the 15 cars entered. Fast-time Jon Lemke had mechanical problems and did not finish.

In the second Great North Legends feature it was former Elko Speedway Legends Champion #87 Ryan Johnson visiting from Charlotte (NC) taking the lead from the start, he was then overtaken by his teammate #3 Robby Carter from Lakeville (MN) on lap 13 of 20. Carter then had to hold off the many aggressive advances of veteran driver #3 Dirk Henry to gain the win. Carter edged Henry by 0.129 seconds at the finish line to win his second feature of 2019 at ELKO. Henry was runner-up for the second week in a row, title contender #47 Austin Jahr moved up from his 6th row starting spot to finish third followed by #71 Jon Lemke and #8 Cole Klein finished fifth of the 14 cars entered. The point difference between 3rd and 5th gave the Championship lead back over to Austin Jahr, he now leads Cole Klein by 2 points going into the final night of racing on Saturday September 28th.

In the first Pepsi Power Stock feature #41 Jason Michaud from Otsego (MN) took the lead from the outside pole but he was quickly challenged by #8 Taylor Goldman and #08 Mike Stoer. It was an exciting three-way race for the top spot for much of the event but Michaud was not to be denied as he beat Stoer to the finish in a drag race by 0.16 seconds. Stoer finished second, Taylor Goldman third, #66 Joe Prusak was fourth and fast-qualifier #88 Nick Oxborough was fifth of the 13 cars entered. After passing tech it was officially the second feature win of the season for Jason Michaud.

The second Power Stocks 20 lap feature had #41 Ben Gannon and #71 Tom Quade, just one day before his 69th birthday, battle for the top spot. Gannon and Quade raced side by side until Quade gained advantage at the half-way mark of the race, that is when #88 Nick Oxborough from Lakeville (MN) made his move and passed Quade for the lead on lap 12. Oxborough has had some last-lap disappointments in 2019 but that was not the case this time as he motored to a 0.727 second lead at the stripe and won his 3rd feature of the year. Quade finished second, #8 Taylor Goldman was third, #41 Gannon fourth and #08 Mike Stoer fifth of the 13 cars entered. Eleven different Power Stock drivers have won a feature at ELKO so far in 2019.

Now going into Championship night Nick Oxborough has a comfortable 53 point lead as he is looking for his second Elko Speedway Power Stock Championship.

All results and points are not official at the time of this release.

Coming up next at Elko Speedway is an Eve of Destruction sponsored by ProKart Indoors on Saturday September 28th our final event of 2019. In addition to racing in the Power Stock, Great North Legends and Bandolero divisions there will be a huge Fireworks show, a jet powered Semi-truck, figure 8 trailer race, school bus races, spectator drags, burn-out contest and much more. Gates open at 4pm and action begins a little earlier than normal at about 5pm, get more information at ElkoSpeedway.com, follow us on social media or download our free app by searching ELKO Racing.

Elko Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned progressive banked 3/8th mile asphalt oval race track with stadium seating located 30 minutes South of the Twin Cities in Elko/New Market (MN).

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