Local Northfield, Minnesota favorite Cole Anderson was racing among the top-five in the No. 78 Mason Mitchell Motorsports Chevrolet, but got caught up in the same melee. He was still credited with the 10th finishing position but not without a wrecked race car.
"To be honest, we couldn't see too much through all that smoke," said Anderson. "I did see the 18 rough-housing in front of me. We saw the smoke…tried going low…not sure what happened from there. We had a great run. Everyone at Mason Mitchell Motorsports executed really well. Overall, it was a great night…hopefully we can build off it."
Smith, with a badly-wrecked car, finished sixth. Smith was then transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Herbst, the fastest qualifier, jumped out into the lead at the onset and led the first 75 laps before pitting under caution with the majority of the leaders. Herbst took right-side tires only and quickly raced his way back into the lead, taking the top spot away from Dalton Sargeant, who didn't pit. Herbst led up through lap 125 before Smith raced his way into the lead for 19 laps. Then Eckes took his turn up front, leading from lap 145 through 196 before Herbst, on four fresher tires, reclaimed the lead for the next six laps.
Herbst's lead would be short-lived however when most of the front-runners came down pit road under caution for four fresh tires while Herbst stayed out. After the restart, Eckes got by Herbst for one lap, but Herbst took it right back to lead laps 204 through 208. Then Eckes got back by Herbst and led up through lap 245. That's when Eckes got the nudge from Theriault, who got underneath Eckes. But Eckes returned the favor and wiggled Theriault from the lead on the 248th lap, only to give it up over the final two laps.
Theriault extended his point lead headed to Pocono.
"To be back in the ARCA Series and have a run like this is amazing," Theriault added. "I have such a good group of guys behind me on this Ken Schrader Racing team. Donnie Richeson (crew chief) made all the right calls. We didn't have the dominate car but we had it when we needed it most. Thanks to Federated Auto Parts for coming on board to help us with this one."
- Austin Theriault
- Christian Eckes
- Riley Herbst
- Bret Holmes
- Gus Dean
- Cole Anderson
- Zane Smith
- Shane Lee
- A.J. Fike
- Dalton Sargeant
- Justin Fontaine
- Robert Bruce
- Natalie Decker
- Willie Mullins
- Thomas Praytor
- James Swanson
- Brad Smith
- Eric Caudell
- Bobby Dale Earnhardt
- Con Nicolopoulos
- Mark Meunier
- Will Kimmel
Eternity Homes Great North Legends Showcase during the Shorelunch 250
By Jason D Searcy
Two-time defending Eternity Homes Great North Legends Champion #71 Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) won his second consecutive feature event to begin the 2017 season at Elko Speedway.
Lemke started the race third row inside but quickly made his move to the front. Travis Warling #90 took the lead on lap one but Lemke had the top spot the very next lap. The big wreck happened in turn one on lap four and eight of the twenty-one cars that started the race were involved. Lemke was just ahead of the trouble and then held onto the top spot the rest of the 20 lap event.
Jackson Lewis #7 was in a good battle for the runner-up position, he finished ahead of #17 Jon Lemke in third and #22 Shon Jacobson in fourth with pole sitter Warling coming across the stripe in fifth.
Full results and updated point standings will be posted mid-week at ElkoSpeedway.com.
Up next at ELKO is an Eve of Destruction sponsored by the Minnesota Lottery. In addition to the debut of the new Hiway Federal Credit Union Late Model racing division, the night will feature Genz-Ryan Thunder Cars, Pepsi Power Stocks and Hornets. The Raging Inferno Jet Powered Fire Truck will entertain along with The ATV Big Air show, Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Stunts, Figure 8 School Bus races and much more including music by Lost Highway in Champions Bar. Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm at Elko Speedway located 30 minutes South of Minneapolis just off of I-35 and County Road 2 in Elko (MN). Get more information by following Elko Speedway on social media, going to ElkoSpeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-7223.