Sathoff, De Ruyter, Strandberg, Espey take USRA track titles at Nobles County Speedway
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September 2, 2017  |  by Steve Zwemke

Division championships were decided on Ron’s Repair Night at Nobles County Speedway Saturday.  None of the points leaders were toppled as 86 cars signed were signed in.

Dustin Larson bested a field of 14 Holley USRA Stock Cars.  Luke Sathoff stormed to an early lead but Larson was able to pass him in turns one and two just before the 18 lap A-Main was half over.  Larson, who started sixth, went untouched after assuming the lead.  It was his second win of the season at NCS.  Sathoff finished second.  The five-time winner also chalked up the points title by 52 points over Rich Gregoire.  Third-place finisher Cory Yeigh was also impressive behind the wheel of Dustin Gulbrandson’s No. 45 Stock Car.  He began the night by winning his heat.

Dustin Larson won the Holley USRA Stock Car feature.

Cullen De Ruyter’s third Out-Pace USRA B-Mod win was the perfect end to his track championship.  Miah Christensen took the lead away from pole sitter Tim Dann.  Christensen and De Ruyter encountered thick traffic at the tail of the field while battling for the lead.  De Ruyter was the first to find a hole.  In an effort to regain the lead, Christensen spun in turns three and four ending his chase to victory lane.  Jeremy Van Ede came from seventh for a second place finish ahead of Dann.  Over the last three weeks of the season, De Ruyter gradually pulled ahead of Curt Ahlers in the point standings.  Ahlers finished fourth in the feature and second in the points, 63 points behind De Ruyter.

Cullen De Ruyter won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

Dan Strandberg entered the night as the USRA Hobby Stock title holder.  It allowed him to focus on the win but several other drivers were in the same frame of mind.  Jason Bradley led several laps and was putting race track between himself and a who’s who of area USRA Hobby Stock racing that included Justin Luinenberg, Dustin Gulbrandson, Chad Lonneman and Strandberg.  A caution brought the field together.  Bradley later spun which resulted in a multiple car pileup.  Luinenberg had already taken the lead.  Some incredible racing was happening from second through fifth before a second red flag stopped the race with three laps remaining.  Luinenberg led the final laps to the checkered flag after a single file restart.  Gulbrandson edged Lonneman at the line for second while Strandberg was shuffled back to fourth.

Justin Luinenberg won the USRA Hobby Stock feature.

The father/daughter team of Neil Forsberg and Stephanie Forsberg of Slayton finished first and second, respectively, in the USRA Tuner feature.  It was the first time in the cars this season for the pair.  Meanwhile, Scott Espey, just two days ahead of his birthday, was crowned the USRA Tuner track champion.  Espey captured two feature wins on his way to the title.

Neil Forsberg won the USRA Tuner feature.

Nobles County Speedway would like to thank all of the sponsors, racing teams and fans who supported the track this season.  On behalf of NCS, Van Ecker Promotions has also announced one more night of racing—the Worthington Nationals—scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30.  More details will be announced soon.  Please visit and NCS’s Facebook page for updates.

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United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017


Feature: 1. Dustin Larson (Worthington, MN), 2. Luke Sathoff (Jackson, MN), 3. Cory Yeigh (Sioux Falls, SD), 4. Kevin Debaere (Tracy, MN), 5. Gary Mattison (Lamberton, MN), 6. Rich Gregoire (Russell, MN), 7. Roger Verdoorn (Sibley, IA), 8. Randy Brands (Boyden, IA), 9. Nick Johansen (Tyler, MN), DNF: Scott Knudson (Elkton, SD), Ron Prins (Sibley, IA), Spencer Kalass (Luverne, MN), DNS: Jon DeBoer (Little Rock, IA), DQ: Derrick Nordstrom (Sioux Falls, SD).

Heat winners: Cory Yeigh, Roger Verdoorn.


Feature: 1. Cullen De Ruyter (Ruthton, MN), 2. Jeremy Van Ede (Adrian, MN), 3. Tim Dann (Hartford, SD), 4. Curt Ahlers (Flandreau, SD), 5. Andrew Ahlers (Baltic, SD), 6. Cole Christensen (Sioux Falls, SD), 7. Travis Vanden Top (Rock Rapids, IA), 8. Kaleb Modder (George, IA), 9. Jeff Wittrock (Sioux Falls, SD), 10. Anthony Voss (Worthington, MN), 11. Aaron De Thury (Sioux Falls, SD), 12. Darin Noyes (Sioux Falls, SD), DNF: Miah Christensen (Sioux Falls, SD).

Heat winners: Andrew Ahlers, Miah Christensen.


Feature: 1. Justin Luinenberg (Reading, MN), 2. Dustin Gulbrandson (Sioux Falls, SD), 3. Chad Lonneman (Adrian, MN), 4. Dan Strandberg (Worthington, MN), 5. Dylan Vanden Top (Rock Rapids, IA), 6. Ryan Mulder (Harrisburg, SD), 7. Corey Gronewald (Worthington, MN), 8. Todd Uhl (Sheldon, IA), 9. Michael Weidert (Lismore, MN), 10. Alex Wiertzema (Little Rock, IA), 11. Josh Bradley (Harrisburg, SD), 12. Nick Brady (Sioux Falls, SD), 13. Nick Janssen (Sioux Falls, SD), 14. Tyler Schlumbohm (Sioux Falls, SD), 15. Jason Bradley (Sioux Falls, SD), 16. Aaron Stettnichs (Rock Rapids, IA), 17. Jeremy Johnson (Worthington, MN), 18. Jake Manitz (Sibley, IA), DNF: Nick Schilling (Sanborn, IA), Joel Norris (Sioux Falls, SD), Silas Top (Hardwick, MN), Terry Larsen (Sioux Falls, SD), Cody Ross (Fulda, MN).

Heat winners: Jason Bradley, Chad Lonneman, Justin Luinenberg.


Feature: 1. Neil Forsberg (Slayton, MN), 2. Stephanie Forsberg (Slayton, MN), 3. Joshua Uhl (Luverne, MN), 4. Kent Miller (Milroy, MN), 5. Scott Espey (Alpha, MN), 6. Austin Friedrich (St. James, MN), 7. Jason Wynia (Garvin, MN), 8. Michael Thomas, 9. Dustin Feltman (Fairmont, MN).

Heat winners: Kent Miller, Neil Forsberg.

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