Cummins, Zvorak in Chateau Raceway winner's circle
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July 1, 2016  |  by Matthew Grage

LANSING, Minn.—Chateau Raceway kicked off he month of July with plenty of excitement Friday night as 78 cars filled the pits for the night's action. As always six classes of cars kept the track busy as they ran through an exciting set of heats and features for the crowd.

A change atop the points standings occurred in the USRA Modified class where Jason Cummins of New Richland made a run from row four to the front to pick up his first feature win of the season at the track and take over the top spot in the points chase at the same time.

Dustin Sorensen of Rochester, making his first visit to the track this year, had picked up a heat win earlier in the night and had the early lead in the feature.

Cummins, meanwhile, picked off five cars in the first four laps to move up to fourth.

Then, starting on lap 6, he picked off the top three one lap at a time as he used the top shelf of the track to go to the front.

Greg Pfeifer Jr. of Brownsdale drove a solid race to come home second ahead of Mike Densberger of Lincoln, Neb.

Densberger, who was making a stop at the track ahead of the Guttormson Memorial later this month as he drives in several of the USMTS shows, had scored a heat win earlier in the night.

The Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature turned into a crash-fest as the race was plagued by eight cautions which eventually had the race cut five laps.

Coming into the race, the yellow had only been displayed three times.

In the final two races after there was just three more meaning they had more yellows than all the other races on the night combined.

A J Zvorak of Blooming Prairie, who eventually won the race which took 27 minutes to run, said afterwards in victory lane that it was a “frustrating” race to be a part of.

Zvorak had made two other passes for the lead in the race that were wiped out by cautions before finally getting the top spot on lap 6.

Derek Clement of Spring Valley had also made three passes for the lead earlier in the race that were erased by the caution flag .Jayden Larson of Mankato had the early lead and was constantly under fire from those two through those early restarts before finally seeing it slip away.

Larson did pick up a heat win earlier in the night with Kylie Kath and Kadden Kath of Owatonna who finished second and third also getting heat wins.

Next weekend will bring the exciting fireworks show to the track which always follows the local fireworks shows of the 4th of July putting an official wrap on the holiday celebrations. Also as part of the show NASCAR driver Michael McDowell who is driving part time in the Cup Series this year will be on hand with his car and crew for pictures and meet and greet opportunities starting at 2:00 Friday afternoon at the track. Michael, who scored a top 10 finish this past weekend in Daytona, also will be getting behind the wheel of a USRA Modified Friday which is being specially prepared and lettered for him by Chateau Raceway themselves. Looking ahead further into the month of July, in two weeks on the 15th the exciting UMSS (Upper Midwest Sprint Series) 360 Sprints will be on hand in addition to the tracks regular classes. Also the 19th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial, postponed from Memorial Day Weekend will roll out with the USMTS on hand on the 29th, the last weekend of July. All part of the exciting 60th Anniversary season of racing in Lansing.

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United States Racing Association
USRA Weekly Racing Series
Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Friday, July 1, 2016


Feature: 1. A.J. Zvorak, Blooming Prairie; 2. Kylie Kath, Owatonna; 3. Kadden Kath, Owatonna; 4. Taylor Ausrud, Hayfield; 5. Kenny Wytaske, Lansing; 6. Jayden Larson, Mankato; 7. Cole Lonergan, Dexter; 8. Mark Wytaske, Austin; 9. Greg Erickson, Stewartville; 10. Raey Hastings IV, Austin; 11. David Henderson, Mason City, Iowa; 12. Christian Warner, Owatonna; 13. Casey Struckman, Grand Meadow; 14. Anton Nelson, Hayfield; 15. Morgan Schrage, Cresco, Iowa; 16. Derek Clement, Spring Valley; DNS - Chris Bruns, Owatonna.

Heat 1: 1. Kylie Kath; 2. Warner; 3. Ausrud; 4. Hastings; 5. Henderson; 6. Bruns.

Heat 2: 1. Kadden Kath; 2. Clement; 3. Zvorak; 4. Erickson; 5. Nelson; 6. Lonergan.

Heat 3: 1. Larson; 2. K. Wytaske; 3. M. Wytaske; 4. Schrage; 5. Struckman.


Feature: 1. Jason Cummins, New Richland; 2. Greg Pfeifer Jr., Austin; 3. Mike Densberger, Lincoln; . Neb.; 4. Darwyn Karau, Kasson; 5. Mick Glenn, Minnesota City; 6. Joe Horgdal, Kasson; 7. Dustin Sorensen, Rochester; 8. Keith Tourville, Webster, Wis.; 9. Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie; 10. Todd Scharkey, Kasson; 11. Greg Jensen, Albert Lea; 12. Jim King, Hastings; 13. Matt Stark, Austin.

Heat 1: 1. Sorensen; 2. Horgdal; 3. Glenn; 4. Karau; 5. Hillson; 6. Scharkey; 7. Jensen.

Heat 2: 1. Densberger; 2. Cummins; 3. Tourville; 4. Pfeifer; 5. King; 6. Stark.

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