Wetzstein wins feature, captures Chateau Raceway track title
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August 24, 2007  |  by Matthew Grage

LANSING, Minn. - Track champions were crowned in AMSOIL Dirt Track Racing Series action Friday night at Chateau Raceway, powered by Husqvarna, in Lansing. All six drivers who entered the night with the points leads in there respective classes held on for ther titles.

Steve Wetzstein of West Concord picked up his second career track championship by coming home top point man in the Noble RV USRA Modified class. While it was the first title in that division for Wetzstein, he also won a track championship in 1997 in the WISSOTA Super Stock class. Chateau Raceway dropped that class a few years after he won that championship. Fans of the class, however, will get to see them return to the track during a couple of the fall specials the track will be running, including the show next Friday night.

Friday's Noble RV USRA Modified feature went caution-free despite several spins. The drivers who spun did a nice job of bringing their cars back around and kept them moving to keep the race going.

The wildest spin of the race happened with just five laps to go as Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie, running second, was trying to reel in leader Wetzstein. Noble spun in the middle of turns 3-4, brought the car to the bottom of the track and kept going as he fell back several spots. Wetzstein went on to claim his fifth feature win of the year and completed a sweep for the night after also taking one of the classes two heat wins.

Jason Cummins of New Richland did a nice job of working from the middle of the pack up to second just ahead of Shawn Peterson of Cottage Grove and Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie. The classes other heat win went to Jacob Dahle of Morristown.

The track will host the 2nd Annual Cedar River Races sponsored by Husqvarna and Miners Outdoor and Rec of Blooming Prairie next Friday night at 7:30 and the WISSOTA Super Stocks will be included in the show along with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Hornets and the USMTS Modifieds. The USMTS stop is the tenth stop in the end of season Hunt for the O'Reilly USMTS National Championship, which concludes the following weekend. The WISSOTA Super Stocks will also be a part of the big 2nd Annual Midwest Modified Fall Nationals two day show the end of September on the 28th and 29th. Along with the four classes that run next weekend, the Pure Stocks and WISSOTA Street Stocks will also be on that show making for a big six class weeekend of racing which will feature complete shows both nights. The track also has one other special on the schedule and that will be the 1st annual Buzz Festival, Sept. 14. The special, named after the Hornet class which is new to the track this year, will also include the Pure Stocks an Open Modified field.

Next week's racing action will get underway at 7:30.
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Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Friday, Aug. 24, 2007


Feature - 1. Steve Wetzstein, West Concord; 2. Jason Cummins, New Richland; 3. Shawn Peterson, Cottage Grove; 4. Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie; 5. Greg Jensen, Albert Lea; 6. Josh Mattick, Austin; 7. Joe Wernecke, Dodge Center; 8. Jacob Dahle, Morristown; 9. Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie; 10. Larry Nelson, Hartland; 11. Dennis Hillson, Blooming Prairie; 12. Dave Wytaske Jr., Mapleview; 13. James Parker, Dodge Center; 14. Darwyn Karau, Kasson; 15. Wally Bustad, Austin.

Heat 1 - Dahle, Noble, Doug Hillson, Cummins, Bustad, Jensen, Dennis Hillson, Karau.

Heat 2 - Wetzstein, Mattick, Peterson, Wernecke, Wytaske Jr., Nelson, Parker.

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