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By Jim Burns
Elko, MN August 20, 2011–New Germany’s Matt Goede has made late race charges on several occasions at Elko Speedway during the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All American Series season, but the young hotshoe saved his best for the Saturday August 20th show. Goede tracked down Adam Royle during a 14 lap run, catching and passing the leader as the tandem made contact exiting turn four on the 40th and final lap enroute to the win, while Royle masterfully avoided contact with others and slid specatacularly across the line in second, disappointed yet relieved there wasn’t major damage to his mount.
In early NASCAR Super Late Model action, Royle and Mark Lamoreaux dominated the 10 lap Semi Features to set the lineup for the 40 lap headliner and as the green flew it was Royle sliding around Lamoreaux exiting turn two, taking the early lead, with Steve Anderson and Donny Reuvers battling side by side in third and fourth, with Matt Goede and Billy Mohn also in the lead pack. As Royle kept a smooth and steady line, extending his lead over Lamoreaux to 8 car lengths by lap five, Anderson and Reuvers continued to size each other up with Anderson taking third on lap nine with Goede also on the move. As the action remained under the green, Royle’s advantage over Lamoreaux reached a full straightaway as Goede moved around Reuvers and then Anderson to move to third on lap 16 before the caution flew at the midpoint as Jon Lemke lost control of his Dodge entering turn three.
On the restart, Royle chose the outside pole and quickly worked free of Goede and held the point until the caution flew for a second time on lap 25 as Mike Hanson spun entering turn one to force a second restart. Once again Royle worked free of Goede from the outside of the front row and took a three car length lead, but the fans would be treated to an all out assault over the final 15 laps as Goede looked under Royle lap after lap without success and as the white flew the crowd rose as the tandem raced side by side and when they moved into turn three something had to give and a slight touch of the leaders saw Goede wiggle free to march to the checkers, with Royle expertly avoiding others to claim second with Reuvers working around Lamoreaux to join the top three with Mohn rounding out the top five.
In the Big 8’s, a season long point battle between Doug Brown and Dylan Moore would once again take early center stage as the pair battled side by side for the first two laps for the lead, with Brown getting a big run off of turn two to take the lead on lap three, with Travis Stanley keeping Tom and Ryan Kamish on his back bumper. As Brown continued to lead, a slight bobble by the leader on lap six allowed Moore to close the deficit to a car length, before Moore powered to Brown’s inside in an unsuccessful run at the lead on lap nine. After dogging the leader, Moore was able to take advantage of a rare mistake by Brown as the leader went high exiting turn two with Moore and Stanley sliding underneath.
Once Moore and Stanley cleared Brown, the pair raced away and dueled high and low until lap 22 when Stanley pressured the leader entering turn three, with Moore losing the handle on his ride to bring out the caution. On the restart, Stanley sped away from Brown and pulled away for his second win of the season, with Brown, Ryan and Tom Kamish and Nick Beaver in the top five.
The Thunder Cars had their own bit of drama as well on this night as Adam Wiebusch and Tom Doten battled early on with Wiebusch settling in to the point, with Doten’s season long struggles continuing as Mike Homan, Scott King and Ted Reuvers bypassed him, with Reuvers continuing his charge as he quickly moved around King to third as Brent Kane continued Doten’s slide joining the top five just six laps in. As Wiebusch continued to set the pace, Kane moved by King on lap eight to take fourth, with Reuvers charging around Homan for second on lap 10, with Kane following suit on lap 13 dropping Homan to fourth before the caution flew on lap 16 as Doten’s motor let go, coating turns three and four with oil to force a lengthy cleanup.
For Reuvers the caution also hurt his pursuit as he cut a tire coming in contact with a lapped car who checked up, forcing the runnerup to go down pit road and change a tire before restarting at the end of the field. On the restart, Kane was able to get a run under Wiebusch and once in the lead, rolled his way to the checkers with Homan a strong third, Kyle Sellner fourth and Kyle Kirberger earning a top five, with Reuvers charging from the back to end up sixth.
The Great North Legends once again provided some great side by side action with Sauk Center’s Dirk Henry pulling away from Shon Jacobsen and Kyle Hansen to take the point in the 20 lap feature, with Pat Zandstra and Derek Lemke in the top five. As Henry continued the pace the field, the action slowed on lap four as Mike Grostyan and Alex Akey locked horns in turn four sending Akey into the wall and off the track on the hook ending his night. On the restart, Henry again charged to the lead and over the final 16 laps despite a valiant effort from Jacobsen and Hansen cruised to the win, with Lemke edging a fast closing Bryan Syer-Keske.
The Power Stocks saw Darren Waltermann work to the early lead over Rob Schnichels and Dan Bohnsack with Paul Hamilton and Devon Schmidt sliding under Taylor Goldman on lap three to join the top five. As Waltermann continued to set the pace, Hamilton made a bold charge working from fourth to take the lead ducking under Waltermann on lap 10. As Hamilton now held the point, Waltermann got loosed exiting turn four on lap 12, with Schmidt driving around to second before catching the leader one lap later to take the lead in turn two. Once in the lead, Schmidt powered his way to the win, with Hamilton, Waltermann, Schnichels and Goldman in the top five.
Topping off the action were the Mini Stocks and after a highly entertaining heat race that saw Jack Purcell edge Aaron Hopkins for the checkers, it was a bit of “role reversal” in the feature as Hopkins kept Purcell and Zach Schelhaas at bay in going wire to wire for the apparent victory, before being disqualified in post race tech for illegal body parts, giving the victory to Purcell, with Schelhaas second and Justin Schelitzche third.
The action at Elko Speedway continues on Saturday August 27, 2011 with the popular EVE OF DESTRUCTION RAW presented by Dicks Sanitation. Joining the NASCAR Whelen All American Series action will be a Monster Truck “Tug of War”, Drifters, Spectator Drags, School Buses and for the kids FREE pony rides, a petting zoo and FREE rides in Fire Trucks courtesey of the St. Paul Vulcans plus the Rich Wieber Bicycle Stunt Show and more! For tickets, directions or general questions, contact the Racing Office at (952) 461-7223 or visit www.elkospeedway.com.
Results from the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at Elko Speedway Saturday August 20, 2011
NASCAR Super Late Models
Fast Qualifier Matt Goede New Germany 13.894 seconds (97.164 mph)
Semi Feature #1 10 laps 1. Adam Royle Lonsdale 2. Donny Reuvers Dundas 3. Billy Mohn Lakeville 4. Brian Johnson Lakeville 5. Nick Barstad Prior Lake
Semi Feature #2 10 laps 1. Mark Lamoreaux Bloomington 2. Steve Anderson Lakeville 3. Goede 4. Bryan Roach Goodhue 5. Paul Paine Mound
Feature 40 laps 1. Goede 2. Royle 3. Reuvers 4. Lamoreaux 5. Mohn 6. Nick Panitzke Sauk Center 7. Johnson 8. Jon Lemke Shakopee 9. Barstad 10. Roach
Fast Qualifier Dylan Moore Northfield 15.004 seconds (89.976 mph)
Heat 1 8 laps 1. Moore 2. Travis Stanley Prior Lake 3. Josh Christy Rice
Heat 2 8 laps 1. Doug Brown Prior Lake 2. Tom Kamish Farmington 3. Steve Schultz New Market
Feature 25 laps 1. Stanley 2. Brown 3. Ryan Kamish Farmington 4. T. Kamish 5. Nick Beaver Rosemount
Heat 1 8 laps 1. Brent Kane Lonsdale 2. Scott King Lakeville 3. Kyle Sellner Lakeville
Heat 2 8 laps 1. Michael Homan Coon Rapids 2. Dillon Sellner Farmington 3. Adam Wiebusch Shakopee
Feature 25 laps 1. Kane 2. Wiebusch 3. Homan 4. K. Sellner 5. Kyle Kirberger Princeton
Heat 1 8 laps 1. Shon Jacobsen East Bethel 2. Kyle Hansen Le Seuer 3. Bryan Syer-Keske Lakeville
Heat 2 8 laps 1. Dirk Henry Sauk Center 2. Pat Zandstra Buffalo 3. Derek Lemke Shakopee
Feature 20 laps 1. Henry 2. Jacobsen 3. Hansen 4. Lemke 5. Syer-Keske
Heat 8 laps 1. Paul Hamilton Hastings 2. Darren Waltermann Webster 3. Devon Schmidt Belle Plaine
Feature 20 laps 1. Schmidt 2. Hamilton 3. Waltermann 4. Rob Schnichels Elko 5. Taylor Goldman Minnetonka
Heat 8 laps 1. Jack Purcell Bloomington 2. Aaron Hopkins Burnsville 3. Zach Schelhaas New Prague
Feature 15 laps 1. Purcell 2. Schelhaas 3. Justin Schelitzche Lester Prairie