August 31, 2019 -Elko, MN

By Jason D Searcy

With Summer winding down the point races are heating up at Elko Speedway, a great crowd witnessed double features in all three divisions during an Eve of Destruction Saturday night.

The Premiere division Late Models sponsored by The Car Lot in New Prague (MN), has two drivers listed first and second in the hunt for a National NASCAR Championship in Division I, a feat that has never been achieved by a Minnesota driver in 32 years of NASCAR sanctioning at ELKO. Jacob Goede #72 qualified 5th and started the first feature 7th on the grid, Nick Panitzke #22 qualified 2nd and started the first feature 10th of the 22 cars entered.

Michael Haggar #19 from Hanover (MN) started the first 30 lap Late Model feature from the pole, took the lead early and never gave it up, it was anything but easy, he was challenged by #75 Joe Neisius the entire event and survived a green-white-checker finish to win by 0.572 seconds over runner-up Neisius. Jacob Goede #72 finished third, fast-qualifier #54 Dylan Moore was fourth and #14 Devyn Stocker fifth. National title contender Nick Panitzke finished 8th. Haggar had nearly won a feature the previous week but came up just short after an intense battle with Nick Murgic, this week he applied the lessons learned and was victorious, this was his first feature win of 2019.

The second Late Model feature had Nick Panitzke #22 from Sauk Centre (MN) grab the lead early from #21 Adam Bendzick, Bendzick stayed inches off the back bumper of Panitzke and pulled up along-side numerous times but never was able to make the pass. Panitzke won the 30 lap event by 0.376 for his first win at ELKO this summer and scoring valuable points towards his run at a National NASCAR division I Championship. Adam Bendzick finished second, #31 Ryan Varner was able to hold off a hard charging Jacob Goede #72 who came up from his 7th starting position to finish fourth and #54 Dylan Moore was fifth nine-time Elko Speedway Champion #41 Donny Reuvers finished 6th of the 22 cars entered. Chris Marek, who is second in ELKO points, had a challenging night and finished 14th and 11th in the two feature events.

Jacob Goede continues to lead in the standings by 139 points over Chris Marek with two more point-paying weeks for Late Models remaining in 2019.

The first Great North Legends feature had #91 Tristan Swanson from Elko (MN) take the lead from the start, he led every lap and ran away from the rest of the 17 car field eventually winning by an impressive 2.492 seconds. The great battle was for second place as former 2-time Bando Champion #8 Colin Stocker held off former 2-time Late Model Champion #71 Jon Lemke by 0.093 seconds at the line. Point leader #8 Cole Klein was fourth, defending Champ #75 Baiden Heskett fifth and fast-qualifier #47 Austin Jahr sixth all crossing the finish line together. It was the third win of the season for Swanson.

The Great North Legends second feature had young #7 Teddy Kottschade take the early lead until #19 Mike Hanson took over the top spot on lap 4 of 20. A caution on lap nine bunched up the field and #8 Cole Klein from Rogers (MN) moved up from his 11th starting spot and grabbed the lead after the restart. Another caution happened on lap 16 but Klein held onto the lead and won by 0.378 at the line. Austin Jahr #47 was second, #75 Baiden Heskett third, #91 Tristan Swanson fourth and Mike Hanson held on for fifth. It was the fourth win of the season for Klein. Klein also continues to hold onto the point lead by 14 over Austin Jahr.

In the Pepsi Power Stock division defending Champion #8 Taylor Goldman from Minnetonka (MN) started the first feature on the pole, took the lead off the start and had a huge lead mid-race, the 20 lap race went cautionless and Goldman won by 0.953 seconds at the finish. Paul Hamilton #56 finished second followed by #27 Darin Patnode third, fast-qualifier #88 Nick Oxborough was fourth and #08 Mike Stoer was fifth of the 11 cars entered in the race. It was the second win of the season for Taylor Goldman.

The second Power Stock feature had 2016 Champion #62 Tom Doten take the early lead, after a caution on lap seven #83 Julie Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) challenged for the lead and finally passed Doten on lap 11 of 20. After another caution on lap 12 Jorgenson broke-away for a big lead eventually winning by an impressive 2.306 seconds at the finish line. Tom Doten finished second, #56 Paul Hamilton was third, #66 Joe Prusak fourth and point leader #88 Nick Oxborough was fifth. It was the first win of the season for Jorgenson, and for the first time in 2019 both Power Stock features were won by Female drivers.

The ATV Big Air tour action athletes enthralled the huge Eve of Destruction crowd at ELKO with their high flying motorsports acrobatics. The crowd was entertained by three world-class monster trucks including Tailgator and Jester but the winner of the freestyle was Nick Pagliarulo from Deltona (FL) driving a Monster Truck called Kraken.

The winner of the spectator drags was Nate Icaza from Cannon Falls (MN) in a 2001 Pontiac Firebird and the Figure 8 School bus races had the crowd on its feet to end the night.

All results and standings were unofficial at the time of this release.

Up next at Elko Speedway is an Eve of Destruction on Saturday September 7th with NASCAR Racing plus the Timberworks LumberJack show, 2 monster trucks, the Drifters, Wildman Clay Gallagher stunts, School bus races and more including music by Good for Gary. Get more information at ElkoSpeedway.com, Follow Elko Speedway on social media or download our free App by searching Elko Racing.

Elko Speedway in a progressive banked 3/8th oval racetrack with stadium seating located 30 minutes South of the Twin Cities in Elko/New Market (MN).

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