Storms, first-time winners highlight Deer Creek Speedway action
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June 16, 2012  |  by Todd Narveson

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. -- A hot and humid day turned stormy for a brief time but the show went on for Clements Chevrolet and Old Dutch Foods Night at Deer Creek Speedway Saturday. Just as the final Super Stock heat was complete a mini monsoon hit the facility and brought the program to a halt.

It was a brief but very heavy thunderstorm but it did not deter the track crew as they quickly were back on the track and after a delay the track was worked back in a racing resumed around 9 p.m. It was worth the wait as the rest of the program was dynamite and there were a couple of first time winners this year and a couple who continue on a tear.

There was some extra money on the line as Randy and Patti Eastvold of Hanson Tire Service in Leroy kicked in a extra $100 for each winner and third-place finisher in the feature races. Bill Funk of Funk Trucking in Chatfield put and extra $100 up for the USRA Modified winner. The Thissen family of the Grand Meadow Meat Market also donated a package of hot beef sticks to each winner.

Dan Tenold and Alan Wagner led the Hinz Enterprise Trucking USRA B-Mods to the green for their 18-lap main. It started with a thud when the lead pack all came together and five cars piled up in turn 2, Tenold exited with a flat tire and a complete restart was called for.

Parker Hale took the lead with Wagner second until he drifted high in turn 4 and that allowed Brady Keefe, Jacob Bleess and Kylie Kath to zip past. Bleess continued his march to the front going by Keefe for second and that brought along Kath to third. Bleess then closed in on Hale for the lead on lap 7.

They raced side by side and then Hale just got a little higher than he liked on lap 9 and Bleess stole the lead. Kath then went after Hale for second and they had a good race going. A yellow for debris on lap 14 would close the field back up for a four-lap shootout.

Bleess drove away from there to score his second win of the season. Kath finished second with Hale in third. Twelfth-place starter Shaun Walski made a late race charge to fourth and Scott Demmer finished in the fifth position.

The final race of the night was the 25-lap Napa Auto Care Centers USRA Modifieds. Three-time defending track champion Jason Cummins has consistently been in the top 5 this season but had yet to find victory lane. Tonight, however, was his night when he redrew the pole and decimated the 25-car field and ended Brandon Davisí streak at five wins.

Cummins blew off of row one and was on a rail up on the top of the track. The tracks electronic scoring had Cummins turning laps one-tenth of a second off the track record. Cummins rocketed away from the pack to score his first win of the season and 26th of his career at Deer Creek.

Mike Sorensen and Lucas Schott had a good race for second in the late stages but Sorensen held on to be the runner-up. Davis had another good run when he drove from tenth to fourth and J.J. Wise had his best finish to date in fifth.

Next Friday, June 22, is Camper Appreciation Night at the tracks campground. Camping is just $10 and there will be music by Heartland Express along with games, food and beverages. Racing will continue on Saturday, June 23, with Biker Night. Motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to have their bike to the track by 4 p.m. and they will receive free admittance to the speedway. The Truck Country Slingshots will get underway at 3 p.m. on the Button Buck Speedway. The famous $1 beer, pop and hot dog special will run from 4-5 p.m. with racing commencing at 6 p.m. For more information please visit

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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Saturday, June 16, 2012


Heat #1: 1. Kylie Kath, 2. Ben Moudry, 3. Parker Hale, 4. Jacob Bleess, 5. Trevor Fecht, 6. Dean Hoffman.

Heat #2: 1. Joshua Smith, 2. Dan Tenold, 3. Scott Demmer, 4. Matt Olson, 5. John Warrington, 6. Wade Wenzel.

Heat #3: 1. Erik Kanz, 2. Alan Wagner, 3. Brady Keefe, 4. Shaun Walski, 5. Mike Chisholm, 6. Taylor Ausrud.

Feature: 1. Jacob Bleess, 2. Kylie Kath, 3. Parker Hale, 4. Shaun Walski, 5. Scott Demmer, 6. Brady Keefe, 7. Trevor Fecht, 8. Erik Kanz, 9. Dean Hoffman, 10. Alan Wagner, 11. Wade Wenzel, 12. Mike Chisholm, 13. Matt Olson, 14. Taylor Ausrud, 15. Ben Moudry, 16. Dan Tenold, 17. Joshua Smith, 18. John Warrington.


Heat #1: 1. Mike Sorensen, 2. J.J. Wise, 3. Bobby Swanson, 4. Cole Queensland, 5. Jake Timm, 6. Greg Jensen, DNS - Don Gerritsen Jr.

Heat #2: 1. Brandon Davis, 2. Brandon Hare, 3. Kelly Shryock, 4. Micheal Wytaske, 5. Tony Vaith, 6. Darwyn Karau, 7. Bob Timm.

Heat #3: 1. Lucas Schott, 2. Dan Bohr, 3. Jason Cummins, 4. Jimmy Broszeit, 5. Ric Fynbo, 6. Mark Teske.

Heat #4: 1. Nate Wasmund, 2. Joel Alberts, 3. Kurt Krauskopf, 4. Josh Angst, 5. Brandon Aggen, 6. Bill Clemens.

Feature: 1. Jason Cummins, 2. Mike Sorensen, 3. Lucas Schott, 4. Brandon Davis, 5. J.J. Wise, 6. Nate Wasmund, 7. Cole Queensland, 8. Kelly Shryock, 9. Joel Alberts, 10. Josh Angst, 11. Bobby Swanson, 12. Jake Timm, 13. Ric Fynbo, 14. Brandon Aggen, 15. Jommy Broszeit, 16. Don Gerritsen Jr., 17. Greg Jensen, 18. Micheal Wytaske, 19. Bill Clemens, 20. Dan Bohr, 21. Brandon Hare, 22. Bob Timm, 23. Kurt Krauskopf, 24. Tony Vaith, DNS - Darwyn Karau, DNS - Mark Teske.

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