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Fender Rubbing NASCAR Racing Sponsored by the Minnesota Lottery: June 8, 2019

By Jason D Searcy

June 8th, 2019- Elko, MN

It was a hot night of NASCAR Whelen All American series racing with double features on Saturday night at Elko Speedway presented by the Minnesota Lottery.

An impressive 19 car field raced in the Late Model division sponsored by the Car Lot. Adam Bendzick #21 from New Prague (MN) grabbed the lead from the start and never looked back. On lap 9 a spin occurred for #14 Devyn Stocker and the chain reaction sent many of the top drivers to the pits early including #18 Michael Ostdiek, #52 Chad Walen and #12 Nick Murgic. Adam Bendzick retook the lead off the restart and motored to the win by 1.186 seconds, #3 Chris Marek moved up 7 spots to claim second, fast qualifier #72 Jacob Goede moved up 10 spots to get third .04 seconds behind Marek at the line, #54 Dylan Moore was fourth and #51 Justin Neisius was fifth.

The second 30 lap Late Model feature had a great battle with lots of side by side action. Steve Anderson #50 from Lakeville (MN) has raced at Elko Speedway since the 1980’s, this veteran was not phased by the constant pressure put on by young 2018 NASCAR Rookie of the year #31 Ryan Varner, the duo raced hard and clean the entire race. Anderson won by just .342 seconds at the finish line over Varner, Anderson became the sixth consecutive different winner to start the season in the Late Model division. Joe Neisius #75 was third, #21 Adam Bendzick moved up 10 positions to finish fourth and five-time Champ #72 Jacob Goede was fifth.

The Genz-Ryan Thunder Car division has been a battle of attrition so far in 2019 with many cars dropping out due to crashes and mechanical problems. On Saturday night #55 Jack Larson took off for a big lead after the start with #75 Keith Paulsrud and #92 Norm Grabinger battling for second. Dillon Sellner #07 broke through the pack and challenged Larson for the lead on lap 12 when Larson and Sellner had contact gathering in #25 Eric Campbell and sending Sellner up into the wall with heavy damage for the second week in a row. That opened the door for fast-qualifier #3 Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) to move up from his 8th starting position to take the lead and the win, it was his third win of the season. Defending champion #37 Bryce Blohm finished .416 seconds behind for second, Keith Paulsrud was third, former Great North Legends champion #56 Bryan Syer-Keske fourth and Norm Grabinger fifth.

The second 20 lap Thunder Car feature had #55 Jack Larson and #6 Robert Michaels lead laps early until a wreck on lap 13 had #92 Norm Grabinger, #75 Keith Paulsrud and #56 Bryan Syer-Keske all stopped on the track with heavy contact damage. On the restart #25 Eric Campbell grabbed the lead with a car missing its front nose due to damage from the previous feature, Bryce Blohm #37 from Lakeville took advantage and became the leader with five laps remaining. Blohm beat #3 Conrad Jorgenson to the line by .159 seconds, it was his third win of the season, that duo has won every race so far in the 2019 season. Campbell finished third followed by Robert Michaels and #1 Dan Streiff.

The Great North Legends had 17 cars race the twin 20 lap features at Elko Speedway sponsored by the Minnesota Lottery. Young Bandolero Champion #8 Colin Stocker had the early lead until #03 Robbie Carter grabbed the top spot and held on until defending INEX National Pro Champion #75 Baiden Heskett from Shakopee (MN) moved up 8 positions and took over the lead on lap five. Heskett never looked back and won by 1.415 seconds, second place finisher Austin Jahr #47 has been impressive this year, fast-qualifier #8 Cole Klein was third followed by Robbie Carter and #71 Jon Lemke.

The second Great North Legends feature had #30 Joe Valento lead the first half of the race until a caution tightened up the field and #75 Baiden Heskett made his way up from his seventh row starting position to take the lead and the win, his third win in four races so far in 2019 at ELKO. Austin Jahr #47 was second and #8 Cole Klein finished third even with a severe tire rub and smoke trailing behind his car, Matt Allen #16 finished fourth and Joe Valento rounded out the Top 5.

The Pepsi Power stocks have been very entertaining in 2019 with lots of close racing action. Julie Jorgenson #83 has had nothing but bad luck and mechanical problems so far this year, she had a nice battle with #56 Paul Hamilton the first few laps and then took the lead. Veteran racer #66 Joe Prusak from Clayton (WI) then used good inside position to pass Jorgenson for the lead on lap 14 of 20, Jorgenson then dropped back with mechanical problems. Hamilton had a flat tire and Maddie Larson #16 spun bringing out a caution on the last lap. Prusak held on for the win, the 192nd win of his long and storied career. Fast-qualifier Nick Oxborough #88 drove up 5 positions to finish second followed by #08 Michael Stoer, #83 Jorgenson was fourth and #27 Darin Patnode fifth of the eleven cars competing.

The second Power Stock feature had #56 Paul Hamilton from Hastings (MN) take advantage of a good starting spot to take the lead and never give it up. Hamilton won by .436 seconds, it was his third win in six events so far in 2019. Nick Oxborough #88 made his way through the pack to finish second, #66 Joe Prusak was a distant third followed by #83 Julie Jorgenson and #27 Darin Patnode.

The Brocks Flooring Bandoleros had 10 racers at Elko Speedway race double features on Saturday night. In the first race #01 Zachary Konop led early, #54 Jensen Vadnais then led until #13 Ayrton Brockhouse took over the top spot. A caution at lap 6 bunched up the field, Alex Hartwig #901 from Portage (WI) took over the lead with two laps to go and held on for the win. Ayrton Brockhouse finished .510 behind in second, Jensen Vadnais was third, Justin Ziemiecki #J3 was fourth and #70 Josiah Kottschade fifth.

The second Bandolero feature had #06 Adam Ratliff take the early lead until #70 Josiah Kottschade grabbed the top spot, #901 Alex Hartwig moved up from his sixth starting spot to take the lead at the half-way mark and held on for the win, it was his third win in four events so far in 2019 at ELKO. Josiah Kottschade finished second followed by #54 Jensen Vadnais, #13 Ayrton Brockhouse was fourth and #J3 Justin Ziemiecki fifth.

Elko Kids Club members participated in painting kindness rocks sponsored by Country Creek Builders.

All results and point standings are unofficial until posted midweek at ElkoSpeedway.com

Coming up next at Elko Speedway is an Eve of Destruction event on Saturday Jun 15th, events include two Monster Trucks, motorcycle stunts, the Drifters, Figure 8 school bus races, spectator drags, NASCAR racing and much more. Gates open at 5pm, action begins at 6pm. Get more details at ElkoSpeedway.com

Elko Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned 3/8th mile asphalt oval race track with stadium seating located 30 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 in Elko-New Market (MN).

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