Angst masters Jim Schell Memorial 25; Anderson adds another in USRA B-Mods
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August 8, 2014  |  by Dan Bailey

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. -- As race fans gathered to memorialize a racing legend via the "Jim Schell Memorial" at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, little did they know that they were also about to witness one of the greatest battles for a feature win seen in long time.

The highlight of the evening was the "Jim Schell Memorial 25" for the Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds; a feature that saw a four-car battle for the lead over more than the second half of the event. Pole Sitter Lance Hofer jumped from the front row to lead the first 10 laps with his CFR #11; but, as Hofer was leading the pack, second heat-race winner Brad Waits was working through the field like a man on a mission from his fifth row starting spot on the way to battle for the lead.

What followed was a four-car battle for the lead between Hofer, Waits & MTS Track Champions Josh Angst and Lucas Schott! For more than 15 laps, the four speed-demons battled each other for the fastest line around the fast 1/3-mile. The final seven laps saw Waits and Angst swap inside and outside lanes multiple times each lap and with just two laps to go Angst cleared Waits and raced his Culver's of Winona #99 to the feature win!

Despite not picking up the win, Waits' run through the pack was strong enough to net him the $200 Jim Schell Hard Charger Bonus, while Angst gathered the "Wehrs' Winner's $100 Bonus" as the weekly feature winner.

Schott bested Hofer for third, but lost valuable points to Angst, who is now trailing the 2012 Mississippi Thunder Speedway Track Champion by just 21 points with only two regular season points-paying events remaining on the 2014 scheduling following the USMTS special on August 15th.

Ben Anderson has had a smile on his face ever since Steve Reutzel hired him as a 'fill in driver' for his son Brandon. In five visits, Anderson has gathered in two feature wins, the second of which came Friday night during the "Jim Schell Memorial" at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

Anderson raced away from his front row starting spot, after winning the evening's second heat-race, and led all 18 laps in convincing fashion to grab the feature win. Less than a second behind was last week's $1000 Baehman B-Mod Challenge winner Dustin Sorenson with another strong run. Casey Knutson, Tyler Creeley and Jacob Bleess completed the top-5 finishing positions.

Racing resumes Friday night August 15th with the USMTS Modified special presented by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Winona as part of The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, including Iron Man Challenge USRA B-Mods. The first green flag is scheduled to wave at 6 PM with the Sunshine Sanitation A & B Midwest Mini Mods on the 1/10-mile "Lightning Speedway", which is located within the infield of Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Action on "The Big 1/3 Mile" starts immediately following the 7 PM Opening Ceremonies with on-track competition provided by USMTS (including Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds), Coordinated Business Systems WISSOTA Super Stocks, Iron Man Challenge USRA B-Mods (including Black Horse Bar & Grill USRA B-Mods), Elmer's Auto Salvage MTS Pure Stocks, & Midwest Poker League Flyers (Hornets)!

• Pit gate & Grandstands Open at 5:00 PM
• Family Friendly General Admission Prices continue at: Adults $18, Senior Citizens $16, ALL Students, even college (with current Valid Student ID) and Children 17 & Under are admitted absolutely free!

Mississippi Thunder Speedway is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web. Mississippi Thunder Speedway is presenting its 6th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.
For all details, continue visiting the Mississippi Thunder Speedway web site: www.MississippiThunder.com

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
USRA Weekly Racing Series
Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis.
Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.
2. (4) 99 Josh Angst, Winona, Minn.
3. (1) 44X Leroy Scharkey, Rochester, Minn.
4. (3) 94JR John Doelle, Arcadia, Wis.
5. (7) 49X Bob Timm, Winona, Minn.
6. (5) 49XX Jake Timm, Winona, Minn.
7. (6) 00 Robby Bunkelman, Habbotsford, Wis.
8. (8) 4A Joel Alberts, Mantorville, Minn.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 24 Brad Waits, Rochester, Minn.
2. (6) 59 Hank Rollinger Jr., Buffalo City, Wis.
3. (7) 11 Lance Hofer, Cochrane, Wis.
4. (3) 15 Chris Loberg, Menomonie, Wis.
5. (1) 77 Tom Brink, Winona, Minn.
6. (5) 15B Steve Bangart, Auburn Dale, Wis.
7. (8) 14W Clayton Wagamon, Blaine, Minn.
8. (4) 0 Les Duellman, Winona, Minn.

Feature:
1. (6) 99 Josh Angst, Winona, Minn.
2. (10) 24 Brad Waits, Rochester, Minn.
3. (3) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.
4. (1) 11 Lance Hofer, Cochrane, Wis.
5. (13) 00 Robby Bunkelman, Habbotsford, Wis.
6. (7) 49X Bob Timm, Winona, Minn.
7. (11) 49XX Jake Timm, Winona, Minn.
8. (4) 59 Hank Rollinger Jr., Buffalo City, Wis.
9. (15) 0 Les Duellman, Winona, Minn.
10. (5) 77 Tom Brink, Winona, Minn.
11. (9) 94JR John Doelle, Arcadia, Wis.
12. (16) 4A Joel Alberts, Mantorville, Minn.
13. (14) 14W Clayton Wagamon, Blaine, Minn.
14. (12) 15B Steve Bangart, Auburn Dale, Wis.
15. (2) 15 Chris Loberg, Menomonie, Wis.
16. (8) 44X Leroy Scharkey, Rochester, Minn.

USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (4) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.
2. (3) 90 Tyler Creeley, Winona, Minn.
3. (1) 55P David Pitz, Elma, Iowa
4. (6) 42 Dan Christopher, Decorah, Iowa
5. (5) 97XX Leigh Volkman, Rushford, Minn.
6. (7) 31 Bill Stettner, Inver Grove, Minn.
7. (2) 4C Derek Clement, Spring Valley, Minn.

Heat #2:
1. (3) 44A Ben Anderson, Goodview, Minn.
2. (1) 23K Erik Kanz, Winona, Minn.
3. (7) 19 Dustin Sorenson, Rochester, Minn.
4. (2) 00R Chad Rosendahl, Houston, Minn.
5. (6) 88 Troy Langowski, Winona, Minn.
6. (5) 20K Kyle Brown, Minnesota City, Minn.
7. (4) 48K Scott Kunda, Winona, Minn.

Heat #3:
1. (1) 1 Jon Van Minsel, Spring Grove, Minn.
2. (2) 15W Alex Williamson, Rushford, Minn.
3. (3) 12K Casey Knutson, Spring Grove, Minn.
4. (4) 13 Ryan Konkel, Winona, Minn.
5. (5) 2 Andrew Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.
6. (6) 83XX Bob Fort, Fountain City, Wis.

Feature:
1. (2) 44A Ben Anderson, Goodview, Minn.
2. (1) 19 Dustin Sorenson, Rochester, Minn.
3. (5) 12K Casey Knutson, Spring Grove, Minn.
4. (6) 90 Tyler Creeley, Winona, Minn.
5. (9) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.
6. (11) 23K Erik Kanz, Winona, Minn.
7. (3) 15W Alex Williamson, Rushford, Minn.
8. (4) 00R Chad Rosendahl, Houston, Minn.
9. (14) 88 Troy Langowski, Winona, Minn.
10. (16) 31 Bill Stettner, Inver Grove, Minn.
11. (7) 1 Jon Van Minsel, Spring Grove, Minn.
12. (20) 83XX Bob Fort, Fountain City, Wis.
13. (13) 97XX Leigh Volkman, Rushford, Minn.
14. (8) 55P David Pitz, Elma, Iowa
15. (17) 20K Kyle Brown, Minnesota City, Minn.
16. (10) 42 Dan Christopher, Decorah, Iowa
17. (12) 13 Ryan Konkel, Winona, Minn.
18. (15) 2 Andrew Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.
19. (18) 4C Derek Clement, Spring Valley, Minn.
20. (19) 48K Scott Kunda, Winona, Minn.



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