Myer magnificent at Chateau Raceway
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August 3, 2007  |  by Matthew Grage

LANSING, Minn. - Temperatures cooled a bit for racing action Friday night at Chateau Raceay in Lansing, Powered by Husqvarna, but the racing was hotter than ever. An excellent field of 20-plus Noble RV USRA Modifieds filled the track, and the main event featured just a couple cautions and outstanding action from start to finish. Its become very common this year to see lots of two- and three-wide racing, and even the occassional four-wide action, and Friday night with the track that crowded with cars it was even more exciting to see it lap after lap with no yellows slowing them down.

The Noble RV USRA Modified feature to wrap up the night started a field of 23 cars. It looked like it was going to be a long night for the field when a caution for debris stopped the field after just two laps and than a second caution came out before another lap was completed when a car got into the wall. However when they restarted with just those two laps down the field put on a show.

They ran the next 22 laps caution free with the field putting on some great racing from front to back and the leaders working lap traffic smoothly. By the time the checkers fell there were still ten cars on the lead lap, and 21 of the 23 that started the race were still competing and none of those were more than one lap down. Steve Wetzstein of West Concord took the early lead off the outside of the front row over pole sitter Josh Mattick of Austin. Brad Waits of Zumbrota and Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie fell in line third and fourth.

On lap two Myer moved to second and Waits to third. Off the restart on the second of the two cautions Myer moved past Wetzstein to take the lead. Wetzstein and Waits than put on a great show as they raced side by side for several laps swapping positions several times. Tim Donlinger of Rochester, making his first appearance at the track this season, worked his way from a row five starting spot up to fourth on lap six and joined the action at the front of the field.

All three of them behind Myer than swapped positions lap after lap. Donlinger took control of second just before the halfway mark as the front of the field was starting to lap cars. Myer was able to get himself a bit of a lead as the the three of them raced side by side and he quickly started putting cars in between himself and there battle. Coming down the final hand full of laps the top four spread out a bit with Myer bringing home his fifth feature win of the season and second sweep. It was also the second week in a row hes pulled out the broom.

Donlinger came home in second ahead of Waits and Wetzstein with Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie rounding out the top five. Just outside the top five Jason Cummins of New Richland did a nice job of coming from deep in the field to take sixth ahead of the current point leader in the class Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie.

Waits, Noble, and Wetzstein also took heat wins making it four of the top five finishers in the feature who took home the checkers in the first half of the night.

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USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series
Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Friday, Aug. 3, 2007


Feature - Tommy Myer-Blooming Prairie, Tim Donlinger-Rochester, Brad Waits-Zumbrota, Steve Wetzstein-West Concord, Mark Noble-Blooming Prairie, Jason Cummins-New Richland, Doug Hillson-Blooming Prairie, Tyler Clark-Rochester, Todd Steinhart-Waseca, Tom Paulson-Kasson, Greg Jensen-Albert Lea, Jacob Dahle-Morristown, Dain Schultz-Owatonna, Darwyn Karau-Kasson, Bob Fisher-Lyle, Joe Wernecke-Dodge Center, Dave Wytaske Jr-Mapleview, Dennis Hillson-Blooming Prairie, Josh Mattick-Austin, Wally Bustad-Austin, Larry Nelson-Hartland, James Parker-Dodge Center, Mark Wytaske-Austin.

Heat 1 - Wetzstein, Donlinger, Do Hillson, Dahle, De Hillson.

Heat 2 - Waits, Steinhart, D Wytaske Jr, Bustad, Parker, M Wytaske.

Heat 3 - Noble, Wernecke, Paulson, Cummins, Nelson, Schultz.

Heat 4 - Myer, Jensen, Mattick, Karau, Fisher.

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