September 17, 2019 - Elko, MN

By Jason D Searcy

A large crowd enjoyed Purple Pride night for Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway with lots of racing, entertainment, music, MV Cheerleaders and former Minnesota players on hand including Pete Bercich, Benchwarmer Bob Lurtsema and Dave Osborn.

The first NASCAR Late Model feature sponsored by The Car Lot in New Prague (MN) had #72 Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) take the lead on lap one and hold the lead the entire 30 lap race. Goede took the checkers 0.69 seconds ahead of #26 Lawrence Berthiaume for the win, his 4th win of the season. Owin Giles #6 was third followed by #21 Adam Bendzick and fast-qualifier #42 Ryan Kamish was fifth of the 18 cars entered.

The second Late Model feature had #3 Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) take the early lead and he held the lead for his 3rd win of the season. Justin Neisius #51 finished second 0.915 seconds behind followed by #14 Devyn Stocker, #42 Ryan Kamish and #72 Jacob Goede.

Jacob Goede continues to lead the standings by 67 points over Chris Marek in the race for the Championship.

In the first Genz-Ryan Thunder Car 20 lap feature #6 Robert Michaels led early before #56 Johnny Magnum took over the top spot. Norm Grabinger #92 lost a wheel and brought out a caution on lap 6, #9 Adam Wiebusch grabbed the lead with a pass on the high side just past the half-way mark. Fast Qualifier #3 Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) started the race 11th on the grid, he worked his way to the front on lap 16 and nursed his damaged car to the win by 0.483 seconds over Wiebusch, it was the 7th win of the season for Jorgenson. Wiebusch was second, Eric Campbell #25 was third followed by #37 Bryce Blohm and Johnny Magnum fifth of the 16 cars entered.

"Benchwarmer" Bob Lurtsema offers Kieth congratulations on the feature win and was impressed by his #75.

The second Thunder Car feature had Dan Strieff #1 lead early, #11 Josh Thiering traveling all the way from Rockford (IL) took over the top spot on lap 5, he and Strieff swapped the point back and forth a couple times the next few laps until #75 Keith Paulsrud from Rogers (MN) passed both of them and took the lead. Paulsrud then outran #37 Bryce Blohm to win by 0.37 seconds at the finish line, it was his first win of the season. Conrad Jorgenson was third, Josh Thiering fourth and #25 Eric Campbell rounded out the Top 5 finishers.

Conrad Jorgenson is the current point leader, he leads Bryce Blohm by 22 points in the race for the Championship.

The Great North Legends division had #16 Matt Allen lead early, #91 Tristan Swanson grabbed the top spot on lap 6 of 20. A furious battle ensued with #8 Cole Klein taking over the lead on lap 8. It was a great finish as Klein and Swanson took turns leading the race late but Cole Klein from Rogers (MN) won the drag race on the last lap and had a margin of victory at 0.058 seconds, it was his third win of the season at ELKO. Swanson was second, Robby Carter #03 third, fast-qualifier #47 Austin Jahr worked his way from the back to finish fourth and Matt Allen was fifth of the 19 cars entered in the race. Defending Champion #75 Baiden Heskett returned to racing with a new car after a big wreck last month, he finished 6th.

The second Great North Legends feature had #2 Robby Thurston endure a couple cautions and lead the first 8 laps of the race. Matt Allen #16 took over at that point but then he was passed by #91 Tristan Swanson from Elko (MN) on lap 10 of 20. The #75 car driven by Baiden Heskett then took the lead on lap 15 but he was involved in an incident and spun giving the lead back to Swanson who held off a hard charging #47 Austin Jahr for the win, it was his 2nd win of the season. Jahr was second, Cole Klein third, Matt Allen fourth and #26 Will McCully was fifth.

Cole Klein retains the point lead, he now has a 14 point advantage over Austin Jahr in the race for the Championship.

A very impressive show of skill by the Drifters, in the competition style format the Orange Nissan 240sx driven by Austin Matta from Shakopee (MN) was the winner.

The spectator drags winner was Cole Lundeen from Elko (MN) driving a 1995 BMW M3.

The Wildman Clay Gallagher smashed his bus into the steel wall and kept it running delighting the large Eve of Destruction crowd at Elko Speedway. The figure 8 school bus races were entertaining as per usual and wrapped up a great night of destruction and racing.

All results and points are not official at the time of this release.

Coming up next at Elko Speedway is a combo of Tribute night and Kids night celebrating racing in Minnesota today, tomorrow and yesterday. Kids get in free and enjoy rides around the track before the races in a school bus. Gates open at 5pm, get more information at ElkoSpeedway.com or follow Elko Speedway on social media or download our free app by searching Elko Racing.

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

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