Sathoff, Espey repeat as Nobles County Speedway track champions
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September 1, 2018  |  by Steve Zwemke

Luke Sathoff had a great start to the Labor Day Weekend by winning the Holley USRA Stock Car feature Saturday at Nobles County Speedway. Sathoff’s lead over Trent Schroeder stayed within five car-lengths through most of the race. Sathoff turned up the heat over the final two laps to chalk up his eighth win of the season. Schroeder finished ahead of Rich Gregoire for second.

On Friday night, Sathoff took the feature at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa. The win was worth $1,000 and a $500 bonus for doubling with his Aug. 18 win, also worth $1,000, at Nobles County Speedway.

Sathoff beat Jon DeBoer by 118 points to earn his second consecutive NCS track title. Along with his eight wins, Sathoff had 12 top-five finishes in 13 starts. Gregoire, Levi Feltman and Dylan Fitzpatrick finished third through fifth, respectively, in the points.

Tyler Johnson edged out Justin Luinenburg to take the checkered flag in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature on Jesse James Construction Night. Johnson worked past Tim Dann after the first few laps to gain the lead. Luinenburg, who started 12th, put on a show as he moved to the top side of the track passing his way up to second. Dann crossed third ahead of Dave Kennedy and Tyler Tesch.

Luinenburg ended the regular season with a 128-point lead over Kennedy. He raced to five feature wins and 12 top-fives in 14 starts. Dan Ross finished third in the B-Mod standings. Curt Ahlers was fourth. His son Andrew Ahlers placed fifth.

Four-time Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national champion Dustin Gulbrandson wrapped up the Cook Racing Supplies USRA Hobby Stock title by winning his eighth feature of the season, tying him for the most overall wins at NCS in 2018. Gulbrandson came from fifth and then outbattled Justin Luinenburg (sixth) for the win. There was a ton of action from third on back. Tom Kracht wound up in third after starting seventh. Pole sitter Tracy Halouska was fourth. And Tyler Schlumbohm gained seven positions to finish fifth.

Gulbrandson’s margin of victory over Luinenburg in the standings was 79 points. The Sioux Falls, S.D., driver is also leading the Cook Racing Supplies USRA Hobby Stock national point standings in hopes of a fifth straight crown.

Scott Espey had the USRA Tuner crown locked up well ahead of Championship Night. Espey, the division’s iron man (only driver to start all 13 events) finished the season with a 359-point lead over Dan Jensen. Espey also won two features. But the Championship Night victory went to Jerry Coopman. Neil Forsberg (second) and Kent Miller (third) chased Coopman hard before the Mankato driver grabbed his first checkered flag.

Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points will be at stake when Nobles County Speedway hosts the Worthington Nationals on Sunday, Sept. 16. Hot laps are set for 3 p.m. Please visit www.noblescountyspeedway.com or NCS’s Facebook page for more information.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown.

OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 14A Andrew Ahlers, Baltic, S.D.
2. (7) 91 Tyler Johnson, Montrose, S.D.
3. (3) 15A Curt Ahlers, Flandreu, S.D.
4. (2) 4 Jackson Mulder, Doon, Iowa
5. (5) 21T Trevor Tesch, Worthing, S.D.
6. (4) XA Alissa Palsrok, Sibley, Iowa
7. (6) 13N Nick Schmidt, Baltic, S.D.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 22 Justin Voeltz, Hartford, S.D.
2. (1) 18D Chris Goetz, Centerville, S.D.
3. (4) 21K Dave Kennedy, Sioux Falls, S.D.
4. (5) 22T Tyler Tesch, Lennox, S.D.
5. (7) 31 Darin Veen, Worthington, Minn.
6. (6) 11G Bob Gilliland, Sioux Falls, S.D.
DQ – (3) 15V Tony Voss, Worthington, Minn.

Heat #3:
1. (3) 17X Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn.
2. (5) 40 Tim Dann, Hartford, S.D.
3. (1) 21X Clint Erickson, Sioux Falls, S.D.
4. (7) 7 Dan Ross, Reading, Minn.
5. (4) 50 Roger DeBoer, Rock Rapids, Iowa
6. (2) 18 Corbin Erickson, Sioux Falls, S.D.
DQ – (6) 19 Tyler McFarland, Watertown, S.D.

Feature:
1. (3) 91 Tyler Johnson, Montrose, S.D.
2. (12) 17X Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn.
3. (2) 40 Tim Dann, Hartford, S.D.
4. (8) 21K Dave Kennedy, Sioux Falls, S.D.
5. (11) 22T Tyler Tesch, Lennox, S.D.
6. (5) 14A Andrew Ahlers, Baltic, S.D.
7. (6) 22 Justin Voeltz, Hartford, S.D.
8. (4) 18D Chris Goetz, Centerville, S.D.
9. (20) 15V Tony Voss, Worthington, Minn.
10. (7) 15A Curt Ahlers, Flandreu, S.D.
11. (17) 11G Bob Gilliland, Sioux Falls, S.D.
12. (13) 21T Trevor Tesch, Worthing, S.D.
13. (14) 31 Darin Veen, Worthington, Minn.
14. (10) 7 Dan Ross, Reading, Minn.
15. (21) 19 Tyler McFarland, Watertown, S.D.
16. (18) 18 Corbin Erickson, Sioux Falls, S.D.
17. (15) 50 Roger DeBoer, Rock Rapids, Iowa
18. (19) 13N Nick Schmidt, Baltic, S.D.
19. (9) 21X Clint Erickson, Sioux Falls, S.D.
20. (1) 4 Jackson Mulder, Doon, Iowa
21. (16) XA Alissa Palsrok, Sibley, Iowa

COOK RACING SUPPLIES USRA HOBBY STOCKS

Heat #1:
1. (3) 59 Corey Gronewold, Worthington, Minn.
2. (1) 20B Josh Bradley, Harrisburg, S.D.
3. (6) X Tyler Schlumbohm, Sioux Falls, S.D.
4. (7) 717 Nick Schilling, Sanborn, Iowa
5. (2) 47 Jake Manitz, Sibley, Iowa
6. (4) 16X Blake Luinenburg, Worthington, Minn.
7. (5) 7L Derrick Luing, Brewster, Minn.

Heat #2:
1. (4) 3K Dan Strandberg, Worthington, Minn.
2. (2) 15 Tom Kracht, Luverne, Minn.
3. (5) 17X Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn.
4. (1) 14 Ernie Dailey, Worthington, Minn.
5. (6) 51 Tyler Lursen, Adrian, Minn.
6. (3) 722 Lance DeJong, Matlock, Iowa
7. (7) 4 Kaedan Collins, Savage, Minn.

Heat #3:
1. (3) 6 Dustin Gulbrandson, Sioux Falls, S.D.
2. (2) 75 Bill Cooper, Milford, Iowa
3. (5) 86 Tracy Halouska, Worthing, S.D.
4. (6) 11 Nick Janssen, Sioux Falls, S.D.
5. (1) 1 Mike Metteer, Fulda, Minn.
6. (4) 28 Erik Beman, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Feature:
1. (5) 6 Dustin Gulbrandson, Sioux Falls, S.D.
2. (6) 17X Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn.
3. (7) 15 Tom Kracht, Luverne, Minn.
4. (1) 86 Tracy Halouska, Worthing, S.D.
5. (12) X Tyler Schlumbohm, Sioux Falls, S.D.
6. (8) 11 Nick Janssen, Sioux Falls, S.D.
7. (11) 3K Dan Strandberg, Worthington, Minn.
8. (9) 14 Ernie Dailey, Worthington, Minn.
9. (10) 20B Josh Bradley, Harrisburg, S.D.
10. (13) 47 Jake Manitz, Sibley, Iowa
11. (16) 16X Blake Luinenburg, Worthington, Minn.
12. (15) 1 Mike Metteer, Fulda, Minn.
13. (17) 722 Lance DeJong, Matlock, Iowa
14. (2) 717 Nick Schilling, Sanborn, Iowa
15. (19) 4 Kaedan Collins, Savage, Minn.
16. (18) 7L Derrick Luing, Brewster, Minn.
17. (4) 75 Bill Cooper, Milford, Iowa
18. (14) 51 Tyler Lursen, Adrian, Minn.
DQ – (3) 59 Corey Gronewold, Worthington, Minn.
DNS – 28 Erik Beman, Sioux Falls, S.D.

USRA TUNERS

Heat:
1. (1) 91 Neil Forsberg, Slayton, Minn.
2. (9) 23 Kent Miller, Milroy, Minn.
3. (8) 9 Jerry Coopman, Mankato, Minn.
4. (5) 57 Scott Espey, Alpha, Minn.
5. (6) 18X Austin Friedrich, St. James, Minn.
6. (2) 11A Bubba Brown, Jackson, Minn.
7. (3) 11G Gary Grabill, Ellsworth, Minn.
8. (4) 7 Stephanie Coopman, Slayton, Minn.
9. (7) 12B Brandon Truty, Dundee, Minn.

Feature:
1. (3) 9 Jerry Coopman, Mankato, Minn.
2. (4) 91 Neil Forsberg, Slayton, Minn.
3. (2) 23 Kent Miller, Milroy, Minn.
4. (8) 7 Stephanie Coopman, Slayton, Minn.
5. (5) 18X Austin Friedrich, St. James, Minn.
6. (1) 57 Scott Espey, Alpha, Minn.
7. (7) 11G Gary Grabill, Ellsworth, Minn.
8. (6) 11A Bubba Brown, Jackson, Minn.
9. (9) 12B Brandon Truty, Dundee, Minn.

HOLLEY USRA STOCK CARS

Heat:
1. (1) 5 Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn.
2. (2) 32X Rich Gregoire, Russell, Minn.
3. (5) 31 Trent Schroeder, Worthington, Minn.
4. (4) 82JR Dylan Fitzpatrick, Sioux Falls, S.D.
5. (6) 16J Jon DeBoer, Little Rock, Iowa
6. (3) 20X Derrick Nordstrom, Sioux Falls, S.D.
7. (7) 268 Brad Te Grotenhuis, Orange City, Iowa
8. (8) 5X Devin Kremin, Kenneth, Minn.

Feature:
1. (3) 5 Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn.
2. (1) 31 Trent Schroeder, Worthington, Minn.
3. (2) 32X Rich Gregoire, Russell, Minn.
4. (4) 16J Jon DeBoer, Little Rock, Iowa
5. (5) 82JR Dylan Fitzpatrick, Sioux Falls, S.D.
6. (7) 268 Brad Te Grotenhuis, Orange City, Iowa
7. (6) 20X Derrick Nordstrom, Sioux Falls, S.D.
DNS – 5X Devin Kremin, Kenneth, Minn.



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