Two features, two winners at Chateau Raceway
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July 8, 2011  |  by Todd Narveson

After a few doughnuts and burn-outs on the front-stretch for the fans, Jacob Dahle celebrates in victory lane Friday night at the Chateau Raceway.

LANSING, Minn. -- It was a jam-packed night of excitement Friday night at the Chateau Raceway. There were six feature races to be made up from the previous week along with the entire show for this week. Add to that the spectacular fireworks display after the show and fans got their moneys worth this week.

Mother Nature again gave everyone a scare with rain that fell within a few miles of the speedway, but skies cleared and things went off without a hitch. The 24-race program was clicked off in just a touch over four hours when things went fairly smooth on track.

After an exciting opening ceremonies complete with the Sons Of American Legion Post 149 of Morristown color guard and the invocation from Dustin Steinbrink. There was a beautiful performance of our national anthem by Cindy Lindahl complete with the rockets red glare and bombs that bursted in mid-air the program was underway.

A.J. Wiste held the lead to start the USRA RHS Modified make-up feature. Brandon Davis gave chase with Joe Wernecke close behind them. Steve Wetzstein got to fourth and put pressure on Wernecke. Wiste was in control with a steady lead on Davis until a lap-13 caution flag closed up the pack.

On the restart, Jason Cummins took fourth away from Wernecke and then passed Wetzstein for third on lap 14. Cummins then closed in on Davis who was right on Wiste for the lead. Cummins and Davis both snuck past Wiste one lap later and Cummins was now the leader.

Davis challenged Cummins and made his move on lap 16 and took command. Davis led the rest of the way for his second win in Lansing. Cummins was second with Wiste a strong third. Wetzstein finished fourth while Doug Hillson rounded out the top five.

With the events from July 1 completed, this week’s program was up next.

Jacob Dahle completed a storybook night in the USRA RHS Modifieds. His family’s business, Dahle Enterprises, was the title sponsor of the evening’s races. There was a big contingent of family and friends in attendance tonight also. It was also his last race in this area for a while because he has accepted a new job in Omaha.

The luck of the draw put Dahle on the pole for the 25-lap feature. He stormed off the point to the lead with Wetzstein in second. Wetzstein was all over Dahle as he looked for room to pass. They were door to door on lap 5, but Dahle was up to the challenge. Cummins worked his way to third when he passed Wiste.

Dahle and Wetzstein remained close throughout the first part of the race. A yellow for a stalled Jeremy Misgen closed up the pack. The break did not faze Dahle and he continued to lead. Behind him Cummins snagged second from Wetzstein, but Wetzstein drove back by.

Dahle pulled away from there for his second win in front of a fired up crowd. The fans went nuts when Dahle celebrated the win with several victory doughnuts on the frontstretch. Wetzstein held second and Davis made a late-race charge to third and also picked up the extra $50. Cummins wound up fourth with Wiste in fifth.

In some amazing statistics, after all of the action was said and done, there were 12 feature races run and 12 different drivers that visited the Miner’s Outdoor & Rec Victory Lane. There were also 20 different winners in the 24 total races run tonight.

Racing will continue next Thursday, July 14, when the USMTS Modifieds return for a special event. Also on the card will be the Iron Man Challenge for the USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods. Hot laps will be at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. There will be no racing on Friday, July 15.

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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Friday, July 8, 2011


Feature: 1. Jacob Dahle, Morristown; 2. Steve Wetzstein, West Concord; 3. Brandon Davis, Medford; 4. Jason Cummins, New Richland; 5. A.J. Wiste, Adams; 6. Joel Alberts, Mantorville; 7. Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie; 8. Bobby Swanson, Kasson; 9. Dustin Steinbrink, Austin; 10. Jeremy Misgen, Ellendale; 11. Darwyn Karau, Kasson; 12. Wally Bustad, Austin; 13. Todd Scharkey, Kasson; 14. Joe Wernecke, Dodge Center; 15. Dennis Hillson, Blooming Prairie.

Heat #1: 1. Davis, 2. Wetzstein, 3. Wiste, 4. Doug Hillson, 5. Steinbrink, 6. Alberts, 7. Karau, 8. Wernecke.

Heat #2: 1. Scharkey, 2. Dahle, 3. Cummins, 4. Swanson, 5. Misgen, 6. Bustad, 7. Dennis Hillson.

Make-Up Feature (from July 1): 1. Davis, 2. Cummins, 3. Wiste, 4. Wetzstein, 5. Doug Hillson, 6. Scharkey, 7. Swanson, 8. Wernecke, 9. Alberts, 10. Dahle, 11. Steinbrink, 12. Karau, 13. Misgen, 14. Bustad, 15. Dennis Hillson.

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