September 5, 2020- Elko, MN

By Jason D Searcy

Many Elko Speedway race fans spent the Saturday night of Labor day weekend at ELKO enjoying great weather and intense racing as we moved into the second half of the shortened 2020 season.

In the first 25 lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Hometrack series Late Model feature #12 Nick Murgic took the lead off the green flag and held the top spot until a caution occurred resetting the 20 car field on lap seven. Off the restart three-time ELKO Sportsman Champion #23 Steve Schultz from Webster (MN) grabbed the lead with a pass on the high side. Schultz could not run away from Murgic who pulled up alongside of Schultz on lap 12 and they raced wheel to wheel the final half of the race, the crowd rose to its feet at the finish as Schultz won by inches, his final time was just 0.026 seconds ahead at the line. It was his first win at Elko Speedway this year joining his son Andrew who won his first Late Model feature at ELKO two weeks ago. Murgic finished in second, #52 Chad Walen was third, fast-timer #8 Billy Moen fourth and #72 Jacob Goede fifth.

The second Late Model feature had #26 Lawrence Berthiaume and #18 Michael Ostdiek racing side by side for the lead even through a couple caution flags. Second row starter #19 Michael Haggar of Hanover (MN) took advantage of some contact with the leaders and captured the top spot on lap seven, Haggar had to fight back the challenges of #12 Nick Murgic as competitors were dropping out behind them as two more yellow flags flew, the final one on lap 17 when former point leader #52 Chad Walen ended up in the wall. Michael Haggar stayed up front and won by 0.275 seconds, Nick Murgic finished runner-up again, #21 Adam Bendzick was third, #72 Jacob Goede raced up from the back of the pack and finished fourth and #31 Ryan Varner was fifth, only twelve of the twenty cars who started the race finished. It was the fourth win of the season at ELKO for Haggar.

Six-time Champion Jacob Goede now has a 16 point advantage over Chad Walen in the race for the Championship.

In the WISSOTA sanctioned Midwest Modified division #27 Todd Kamish had the early lead until qualifying feature winner #81 Bryan Syer-Keske from Lakeville (MN) took the top spot with a high-side pass on lap five of twelve. Syer-Keske cruised to the win by 1.665 seconds over #25 Eric Campbell, #100 Aaron Marthaler was third, Todd Kamish was fourth and #96 Keith Paulsrud fifth of the seven cars competing, many side-by-side. It was the second win of the season for Syer-Keske, Eric Campbell now holds a slim 1 point advantage in the race for the Modified Championship at ELKO.

The first 20 lap Thunder Car feature had #20 Dave Robinson take the lead, he was challenged by #28 James Lindgren who finally took the top spot just past the half-way mark. As the laps were counting down #9 Adam Wiebusch of Jordan (MN) challenged Lindgren and they had a furious battle down to the last front stretch, Wiebusch just edged ahead at the line to win by 0.172 seconds, it was the third win of the season for Wiebusch. James Lindgren was second, #3 Conrad Jorgenson third, fast-qualifier #37 Bryce Blohm fourth and #32 Jeremy Wolff rounded out the top five.

The second Thunder Car feature had #07 Dillon Sellner take the lead off the green flag, #37 Bryce Blohm from Prior Lake (MN) challenged at lap seven and took the top spot with a high-side pass on lap eight. Sellner did not give up easily; he pulled up on Blohm again on lap ten before finally relenting. Blohm won the race by 1.479 seconds, it was his fifth win of the 2020 season at ELKO. Conrad Jorgenson #3 finished second, Sellner third, #32 Jeremy Wolff fourth and #9 Adam Wiebusch fifth of the eleven cars competing.

Bryce Blohm continues to be the point leader, he now has a 35 point advantage over Conrad Jorgenson in the race for the Thunder Car Championship.

A strong seventeen car field of Great North Legends raced on Saturday night at ELKO, in the first 20 lap feature #91 Tristan Swanson took the early lead until being challenged by #43 William Sawalich who grabbed the top spot with an inside pass on lap five. Just before the half-way mark #47 Austin Jahr from Farmington (MN) dove inside of Sawalich and took the top spot. After the restart on lap eleven Jahr retook the lead but then had to fight off the many advances of #13 Tim Brockhouse who tried to pass him both high and low, Jahr held steady and won by the slimmest of margins, just 0.085 seconds at the finish line. It was the first win of the season at ELKO for Austin Jahr, Tim Brockhouse was second, Tristan Swanson third, #3 Luke Allen fourth and #8 Colin Stocker fifth, #71 Jon Lemke fought back from an early spin to finish sixth.

The second Legends feature had #7 Teddy Kottschade take the early lead until former Champion #75 Baiden Heskett grabbed the lead on lap three. Three veteran drivers were bunched up for the top spot just before half-way with #13 Tim Brockhouse and #71 Jon Lemke racing just inches apart. Brockhouse then dove to the inside at lap 10 and took the lead with Heskett in his tire tracks. Brockhouse held on by 0.329 seconds to win for the sixth time this year at Elko Speedway. Baiden Heskett was second, #47 Austin Jahr moved up from his 13th starting position to finish third, Jon Lemke fourth and #91 Tristan Swanson fifth.

Tim Brockhouse now has a 61 point lead over Baiden Heskett for the Great North Legends Championship at ELKO.

In the first 20 lap Power Stock feature #66 Joe Prusak from Clayton (WI) took the lead from the start with #8 Taylor Goldman pulling up right behind him. With five to go a caution flag flew and reset the 13 car field, Prusak regained the lead and held it through the checkers, winning by 0.549 seconds, it was the fourth win of the season for Prusak and the 202nd win of his career. Taylor Goldman finished second, #55 Brandon Plekkenpol was third, #71 Tom Quade fourth and #08 Mike Stoer fifth. Point leader #88 Nick Oxborough was sixth and fast qualifier #83 Julie Jorgenson seventh.

The second Power Stock feature had #83 Julie Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) take the lead off the start, #13 Matt Frye went side by side with Jorgenson on lap three but Jorgenson then re-established her advantage and increased the lead until the checkered flag, she won by 3.088 seconds. Nick Oxborough #88 finished second, #08 Mike Stoer third, Matt Frye fourth and #66 Joe Prusak fifth. It was the second win of the season for Julie Jorgenson.

Nick Oxborough now has a 49 point lead over Julie Jorgenson and 52 point advantage over Joe Prusak in the race for the Power Stock Championship.

The first twelve lap Bandolero feature of the night at Elko Speedway had #07 Jackson Kottschade take the early lead until #12 Ayrton Brockhouse from Shakopee (MN) moved up to take the top spot on lap four. Ayrton Brockhouse then increased his advantage and won by 0.67 seconds in this cautionless race, #70 Josiah Kottschade was second, Jackson Kottschade third, #06 Adam Ratliff fourth and #13 Ayden Brockhouse fifth of the nine cars entered. It was the fourth win of the season for Ayrton Brockhouse at ELKO.

The second INEX sanctioned Bandolero feature at Elko Speedway saw a big wreck at the first attempt to start the race, on the restart #32 Colton Roe Pershall took the top spot until #12 Ayrton Brockhouse from Shakopee (MN) grabbed the lead on lap two. After another caution #70 Josiah Kottschade gave Brockhouse all he could handle as the two young guns raced for lead. A late caution caused a green-white-checker finish, Kottschade put on the pressure but Ayrton Brockhouse held on to win by 0.194 seconds at the finish line taking home his fifth win of the season at ELKO and making it a clean sweep. Josiah Kottschade was second, #06 Adam Ratliff was third, #07 Jackson Kottschade fourth and #10 Danny Mann fifth.

Ayrton Brockhouse now has a 17 point lead over Josiah Kottschade in the race for the Bando Championship at ELKO.

All results and points are unofficial at this time.

Up next at ELKO is racing in all six divisions plus spectator drags on Saturday night September 12th, gates open at 5pm, action just before 6pm. Get more information at ElkoSpeedway.com, download the free app, or follow Elko Speedway on social media.

Elko Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned 3/8th mile asphalt oval race track with stadium seating located 10 minutes South of Lakeville in Elko-New Market (MN).

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