Wiste scores first USRA Modified win at Chateau Raceway
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May 18, 2012  |  by Todd Narveson

LANSING, Minn. -- It was Hormel Foods night at Chateau Raceway that feature the first of three car ride nights for the kids. Before the races the young race fans had the opportunity to take a ride in their favorite drivers car.

After the heat races were completed a special auction was held to raise money for the Brett Grunklee family of Owatonna. Brett suffered a brain aneurysm on April 11 and Troy Lembke donated a Mark Noble door panel to auction. Mark told the crowd that the door was from 1999-2000 and was on the car when he raced at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Larry Nelson was the high bidder and bought the door for $575.

Brian Schrage led the L&D Ag USRA B-Mod feature with Jerry Young along for the ride in second. A couple of early caution flags kept the 10-car field tight. Kylie Kath got by Young for second on lap four and then charged past Schrage on lap five for the lead. Schrage fired right back at Kath and they were side-by-side for the lead.

Schrage stole the lead back on lap seven, but Kath returned the favor in turn four. Young then came alive and raced with Schrage for second. Young took the spot on lap 12 and then set after Kath for the lead. They raced door-to-door for two laps until Young snagged the lead on lap 14. Young took the win, his first in the B-Mod division, with Kath second. Brian Schrage was third with Austin Schrage fourth and Scott Demmer fifth.

The 25-lap French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA Modified main event was another dandy for the second week in a row. Darwyn Karau took off from the pole and checked out through the first eleven laps. Karau was hooked up on the top and he was gone when they started to enter the back of the field.

Karau came up fast on Michael Wytaske and made contact that sent both cars for a spin. Karau was sent to the back and that put A.J. Wiste in the lead. Wiste was being followed by Todd Scharkey and Brandon Davis right behind them. Davis stole second on lap 12 and Jason Cummins also got by Scharkey for third.

Wiste continued to set a torrid pace with Davis and Cummins locked in battle for second. Cummins snuck by on lap 14 an then went after Wiste. Davis was right behind them and it was a three-horse race up front. Wiste and Cummins were up on the cushion while Davis ran the low line.

Cummins then took the low line and challenged Wiste on laps 20-21. The top three were close to the end in a very good race. Wiste won his first career Modified feature and his first at Chateau since July 10, 2009, in his Midwest Modified. Cummins was a close second with Scharkey and Mark Noble in the top five.

Next week the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series Modifieds invade the Chateau Raceway for their first of two visits in 2012. Hot laps are at 7:00 with racing to follow. For more information go to www.chateauraceway.net.

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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Friday, May 18, 2012


Feature: Jerry Young, Kylie Kath, Brian Schrage, Austin Schrage, Scott Demmer, Terry Kohnert, Todd Borwege, John Warrington, Pete Kiley, Justin McMahan.

Heat #1: A. Schrage, Borwege, Warrington, Kiley, McMahan.

Heat #2: Demmer, Young, Kath, Schrage, Kohnert.


Feature: A.J. Wiste, Jason Cummins, Brandon Davis,Todd Scharkey, Mark Noble, Joe Horgdal, Greg Jensen, Josh Mattick, Jeremy Misgen, Dan Bohr, Billy Steinberg, Darwyn Karau, Michael Wytaske.

Heat #1: Wiste, Karau, Noble, Scharkey, Steinberg, Jensen, Wytaske.

Heat #2: Davis, Horgdal, Bohr, Cummins, Mattick, Misgen.

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