Waits marches on, wins third straight at Chateau Raceway
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June 29, 2007  |  by Matthew Grage

LANSING, Minn. With six weather-related postponements already this season you can't blame track promoters if they spend their week watching the weather and wondering if there was going to be racing this week at Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Powered by Husqvarna. This week the weather man dealt up a beautiful Friday and Fans filled up the grandstands and drivers filled up the pits looking for some great action for the eighth show of the 2007 racing season.

The track had a free admission night for all military personel, and saluted the men and women of the armed forces who have recently returned from serving or were about to be deployed. Doug Miner of Miners Outdoor and Rec of Blooming Prairie, the local Husqvarna dealer who is one of the biggest corporate sponsors of the track, was in attendance for the final time this season before he and several others are to be deployed, so he was recognized along with all the other service personel in attendance. There was a lot of applause with a few misty eyes during the opening ceremony which featured their inclusion in the track chaplain's Invocation along with some patriotic music and the playing of the National Anthem.

The ceremony was just the start of the big Fourth of July week coming up which will be concluded next Friday night at the track with a huge fireworks display which will be sponsored by Miners Outdoor and Rec and Husqvarna that packs 'em in.

This weeks fireworks were confined to the track however with lots of exciting action, unfortunately there were also plenty of cautions that plagued a couple of the features.

Brad Waits of Zumbrota made his third appearance of the season at the track in the Noble RV USRA Modified class and put on another great show as he scored his third straight feature win at Lansing. Waits drew a starting position way back in row 6, and with Mark Noble and Tommy Myer, both of Blooming Prairie, starting up front, he had his work cut out for him. Waits wasted no time as he moved into the top 5 in just two laps, and on lap 3 lined up third behind Noble and Myer who took off first and second to lead the race early.

The top two had stretched out a pretty nice lead but Waits cut into it quickly and the trio were tightly packed by lap 8. On lap 10, Waits dropped to the bottom of Myer in turn 2 and the pair ran side by side as they came on the slower cars that Noble had already started lapping. Waits fell back a few car-lengths as they lapped each car but pulled right back up to Myer as soon as they cleared. Waits made another run to the bottom on lap 12 in turn 2 and made the move stick as he pulled ahead of Myer for second down through turns 3-4.

A lap later, Myer had mechanical problems and went to the pits as Waits set his sights on Noble. The two were bumper to bumper as the race hit lap 16 and again traffic started to play into the action. Noble cleared cars first and Waits fell back some but than shot back up tight.

A caution on lap 16 took the lapped cars out of the equation as they restarted single file. Waits went right to the bottom in turn 1 and cleared Noble coming out of turn 2 only to have another quick caution stick him behind Noble again. On the next restart Noble protected the bottom going into turn 1 and Waits patiently waited a lap or two before he found a hole and drove to the front.

Once out in front with just a handful of laps to go, Waits stretched his lead out and won going away. Noble took second ahead of Steve Wetzstein of West Concord and Josh Mattick of Lyle.

Heat wins on the night went to Mattick, Ben Rippentrop of Hayfield and Jacob Dahle of Morristown.

Racing action resumes next Friday night at 7:30 at Chateau Raceway, powered by Husqvarna, with the big Fourth of July fireworks show on the schedule.

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Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Friday, June 29, 2007

Noble RV USRA Modifieds

Feature: 1. Brad Waits, Zumbrota; 2. Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie; 3. Steve Wetzstein, West Concord; 4. Josh Mattick, Austin; 5. Tyler Clark, Rochester; 6. Ben Rippentrop, Hayfield; 7. Brian Shaw, Brownsdale; 8. Mark Wytaske, Austin; 9. Greg Jensen, Albert Lea; 10. Wally Bustad, Austin; 11. Mike Rumsey, Browsdale; 12. Jacob Dahle, Morristown; 13. Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie; 14. Larry Nelson, Hartland; 15. Tommy Myer, Blooming Prairie; 16. Joe Wernecke, Dodge Center; 17. Dennis Hillson, Blooming Prairie.

Heat 1: Mattick, Jensen, Wytaske, Wernecke, Bustad, Nelson.

Heat 2: Rippentrop, Waits, Myer, Clark, Doug Hillson, Dennis Hillson.

Heat 3: Dahle, Noble, Wetzstein, Rumsey, Shaw.

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