Donlinger stings USRA Modified field in Buzz Festival at Lansing
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September 14, 2007  |  by Matthew Grage

LANSING, Minn. - Chateau Raceway, powered by Husqvarna, continued its 2007 season of AMSOIL Dirt Track Racing Series action with its 1st Annual Buzz Festival. As well as all of the side by side racing all night each of the three features at the end of the night featured rollovers.

In Noble RV USRA Modified action, Tim Donlinger of Rochester picked up his first feature win of the season at Chateau Raceway. Donlinger started on the outsdie of Darwyn Karau of Kasson on the front row. On the drop of the green, Donlinger shot to the front with Karau fallling in line second.

Coming out of turn 2, however, Karau got into the wall with the rest of the 18-car field coming hard out of the corner behind him. Jim Arnold of Dodge Center, who started mid-pack on the inside line, had just swung to the outside when he saw Karau slowing in front of him. Arnold threw his car sideways and the right side of his car slammed hard into the left rear Karau's car. Arnold rode back to the pits on the back of the wrecker while Karau rode back up to the pits in the ambulance, adding himself to the list of drivers getting checked out by the medical staff at the track.

That was followed by a couple more cautions as drivers were having a hard time keeping there cars straight. On lap 7, Josh Mattick of Austin went sideways going into turn 1 and rolled his car and like the night's previous two rollovers he went one time and landed on his wheels. It than became his turn to ride back to the pits with the ambulance crew to be sure he was uninjured.

Through all the cautions, Donlinger held off the challenges of Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie who lined up behind him each time but could do nothing but watch him pull off to a nice lead each time. Myer ended up with his hands full down the stretch with Bob Timm of Winona but was able to hold him off for second. Myer, Jacob Dahle of Morristown and Steve Wetzstein of West Conocred took home honors in the heats.

In the second of the three heats, which was won by Wetstein, Neil Eckhart of Rochester was cruising to the win when his car went up in smoke. The engine compartment bust into flames several times on his car. Each time track crews would seem to have the fire out it would flare up again.

Plenty of drivers have plenty of work to do if they are going to get in anymore action at any of the fall specials yet to come.

The track will wrap up its 2007 season with a two night special in two weeks. The 2nd Annual Fall Midwest Modified Fall National" is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29 with two full shows. If either night gets rained out, Sunday afternoon has been reserved for a make-up date for either show. Race time on Friday will be 7:30 p.m. with the start time on Saturday at 7 p.m. (Sundays show would be 2 p.m., if needed). Along with three WISSOTA-sanctioned classes, the special will also include Hornets, Pure Stocks and the Noble RV-sponosred USRA Modifieds.

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Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Friday, Sept. 14, 2007


Feature: 1. Tim Donlinger, Rochester; 2. Tommy Myer, Blooming Prairie; 3. Bob Timm, Winona; 4. Tom Paulson, Kasson; 5. Ben Rippentrop, Hayfield; 6. Greg Jensen, Albert Lea; 7. Kenny Wytaske, Lansing; 8. Steve Wetzstein, West Concord; 9. Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie; 10. Dave Wytaske Jr, Mapleview; 11. Dennis Hillson, Blooming Prairie; 12. James Parker, Dodge Center; 13. Jacob Dahle, Morristown; 14. Jason Cummins, New Richland; 15. Josh Mattick, Austin; 16. Bob Fisher, Lyle; 17. Jim Arnold, Dodge Center; 18. Darwyn Karau, Kasson; DNS - Neil Eckhart, Rochester.

Heat 1: Dahle, Arnold, Cummins, K. Wytaske, Rippentrop, Dennis Hillson.

Heat 2: Wetzstein, Donlinger, Mattick, Karau, D. Wytaske, Eckhart.

Heat 3: Myer, Timm, Jensen, Paulson, Fisher, Parker, Doug Hillson.

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