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August 24, 2019 - Elko, MN

By Jason D Searcy

Due to a rainout two weeks ago, Elko Speedway celebrated its Past, Present and Future all in one night. It was a combination of both Kids night and Tribute night at ELKO presented by Safety Kleen Performance Plus Motor Oil. The evening started out with 8 full school busses of kids getting rides around the track.

In the first 30 lap feature of the premiere NASCAR Late Model division sponsored by The Car Lot of New Prague (MN) an impressive 23 cars entering the 26th annual memorial race honoring former champion Dwain Behrens. Joe Neisius #75 from Rosemount (MN) started on the pole and took the lead off the start, the race went cautionless and Neisius never lost the top spot, he won the race by 0.706 seconds over #72 Jacob Goede, it was the first win of the season for Joe Neisius. Fast qualifier #22 Nick Panitzke started tenth and finished third followed by Michael Ostdiek #18 and #54 Dylan Moore. Lawrence Berthiaume #26 crossed the finish line second but was disqualified in post race technical inspection.

In the second 30 lap feature #19 Michael Haggar grabbed the lead early and extended it to a large margin until a caution tightened up the field on lap 13. The #12 car driven by Nick Murgic from Rosemount (MN) challenged Haggar for the lead and the two broke away from the field and went side by side until lap 19 when Murgic took over the top spot, Haggar then sayed close and again went wheel to wheel with Murgic right until the end. In a frantic race to the checkers Murgic outlasted Haggar by just 0.167 to win for the second time at ELKO in 2019. Adam Bendzick #21 was third followed by #13 Bryan Wrolstad and #54 Dylan Moore.

The overall winner of the Tribute night is determined by adding up the two feature event finishes, the lowest number wins. Jacob Goede #72 from Carver (MN) was the winner with a total of 9 (2nd and 7th). He was presented the traditional clock trophy by the Behrens family in ELKO Victory Lane, it was the fifth time Goede has won this event.

Goede now has a commanding 101 point lead over Chris Marek in the race for his 6th consecutive Premiere series points Championship at Elko Speedway.

It was the 7th annual Thunder Car memorial race in honor of Scott Kingery and remembering other racing individuals who have recently passed away including former EMT Chad Van Zuilen.

In the first 20 lap Genz-Ryan Thunder Car feature #28 Paul Neisius took the early lead until #25 Eric Campbell from Lonsdale (MN) made a daring three-wide pass for the lead on lap four. Campbell never looked back and won this cautionless race by exactly 1 second over #32 Jeremy Wolff, #37 Bryce Blohm was the fast qualifier and finished third followed by #3 Conrad Jorgenson and #8 Ted Ruevers.

The second Thunder Car feature had #14 Tony Holm take the early lead until #28 Paul Neisius from Hastings (MN) grabbed the lead on lap 7, a series of cautions then reset the field and Former Kingery Memorial winner #8 Ted Reuvers took over the top spot on lap 11. The racing was fast and furious when Neisius retook the lead on lap 15 but he couldn’t hold back #32 Jeremy Wolff from Chaska (MN) he started the race 8th but made his way to Challenge for the lead on lap 18, those two cars were glued together the last couple laps and crossed the finish line together. Paul Neisius was declared the winner, he finished 0.006 ahead of Jeremy Wolff at the stripe. It was the second win of the season for Neisius.

The disappointment of losing the race was quickly forgotten as #32 Jeremy Wolff was determined the overall winner of the Kingery Memorial trophy with his two runner-up finishes. It was the second time Wolff has won this event.

Conrad Jorgenson still holds the lead in the race for the Thunder Car Championship, he now is 13 points ahead of Bryce Blohm.

The Great North Legends had 18 cars entered for the first 20 lap feature event. Luke Allen #3 took the early lead until fast-qualifier #47 Austin Jahr grabbed the top spot on lap 8, Jahr then got in an incident with the #8 of Cole Klein and they both were sent to the back of the pack. The lead was handed back to Allen and he was challenged by the #03 of Robby Carter who finally took the lead on lap 12. The carousel at the top continued as defending Champion #75 Baiden Heskett from Farmington (MN), just back from his big wreck last month, took the lead and edged Carter at the finish line by just 0.029 seconds. #8s Colin Stocker was third followed by #3 Luke Allen and #19 Michael Hanson. It was the 6th win of the season for Heskett.

The second Great North Legends feature had two caution periods in the first lap of racing, the #30 of Joe Valento who earlier in the night received the Jeremy Johnson memorial Sportsmanship award for his work with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, took the lead. On lap five #47 Austin Jahr from Farmington (MN) took the lead and never looked back, he held off #8 Cole Klein by 1.286 seconds. Jon Lemke #71 was third followed by #75 Baiden Heskett and #03 Robby Carter. Jahr won for just the second time this season at Elko Speedway, he is now 10 points behind Cole Klein in the race for the Legends Championship.

The first Pepsi Power Stock feature had #27 Darin Patnode from Lonsdale (MN) take the lead, he was challenged by #83 Julie Jorgenson for much of the 20 lap event. After a couple caution periods and lots of side by side racing Patnode held off Jorgenson by 0.595 seconds at the finish line, it was the first win of the season for Patnode. Jorgenson finished second followed by #08 Michael Stoer, #8 Taylor Goldman and #66 Joe Prusak. Point leader and fast qualifier #88 Nick Oxborough had mechanical problems and did not finish the race.

The second Power Stock feature had #13 Tom Quade take the early lead and hold it until #8 Taylor Goldman passed him for the lead, the two then had contact and spun sending Quade to the back of the pack and Goldman could not continue the race. Michael Stoer #08 then acquired the lead, he held back the many challenges by #88 Nick Oxborough and won by 0.760 seconds at the line. Oxborough finished second followed by #83 Julie Jorgenson, #66 Joe Prusak was fourth and #27 Darin Patnode was fifth of the 12 cars entered. It was the third win of the season for Stoer and he also made up some points in the race for the Power Stock Championship, he is now only 16 points behind Nick Oxborough for the Point lead.

The first Brock’s Flooring Bandoleros feature had #14 Kody King lead lap 1 of 12. King led a four car break-away all racing for the top spot, #901 Alex Hartwig from Portage (WI) made a bold inside pass for the lead with two laps to go and held on for the win by 1.068 seconds over Kody King, #13 Ayrton Brockhouse was third, #J3 Justin Ziemiecki was fourth and #70 Josiah Kottschade fifth of the 11 cars entered. It was the 5th win of the season for Hartwig.

The second Bandoleros feature again had #14 Kody King make a big move to take the early lead, King then spun mid-race and handed the lead over to #901 Alex Hartwig from Portage (WI). After a couple more caution periods King worked his way back up to the front but could not catch Alex Hartwig who won by 0.657 seconds. King was second, #J3 Justin Ziemiecki was third followed by #13 Ayrton Brockhouse and #06 Adam Ratliff. It was the sixth win of the season for Hartwig who is also the point leader, he now has a 44 point advantage over #13 Ayrton Brockhouse.

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

Kids were treated to free admission, a Petting Zoo, Remote Control racing with Youth Impact Racing, temporary tattoos by Brat Tats, painting of Kindness Rocks by Country Creek Builders and Water Balloon toss by Marek’s towing, multiple bikes given away by Jeremy Wolff racing, the rides around ELKO in the school bus and much more on Kids night.

Coming up next at Elko Speedway is an Eve of Destruction featuring Figure 8 School Bus Races, Monster Trucks, the ATV big air show, racing and much more including music by the Mason Dixon line. Gates open at 5pm, get more information 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 in Elko/New Market (MN). Follow Elko Speedway on Social media or download our free app by searching ELKO racing.

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