Dahle dishes up first win at Lansing
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August 1, 2008  |  by Matthew Grage

LANSING, Minn. - There will be plenty to talk about around the garages and where ever drivers and fans gather this next week after week 11 of action at Chateau Raceway powered by Miners Outdoor Power & Recreation.

In the French's Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds, Jacob Dahle of Morristown picked up his first career feature win.

Dahle started on the front row and jumped to the front and built up a big lead as the race ran green for the first 21 of 24 laps.

Tim Donlinger of Rochester, starting back in row 4, was the driver to watch in this one. He methodically worked his way forward, making his way to fifth on lap 6, fourth on lap 7 and three laps later he was up to third. On lap 15 he found himself up to second almost a full straight-away behind Dahle.

Using a high line around the track, he carved up the deficit and pulled up alongside Dahle as they completed lap 21. Donlinger stayed on the outside and took the lead coming out of turn 2 only to have a caution come out before he made it back around the track to complete another lap.

That put him back into second for a three-lap sprint to the finish. Donlinger did not get a very strong restart and slipped back into a side-by-side battle with Mike Sorensen of Rochester for second.

Donlinger got back on his line and pulled back up behind Dahle out of turn 2 on the final lap. He put on one hard push through turns 3-4 but came up just short in his bid to take the win on the final lap.

Sorensen, along with Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie, who came home in fourth in the feature, scored heat wins for the class.

Racing action continues next Friday night at Chateau Raceway with action getting underway at 7:30 p.m. Next week there will be a chance for some lucky youngsters to win a bike among the weekly giveaways.


USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series
Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Friday, Aug. 1, 2008


Feature: 1. Jacob Dahle, Morristown; 2.  Tim Donlinger, Rochester; 3.  Mike Sorensen, Rochester; 4.  Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie; 5.  Brad Bakken, Garner, Iowa; 6.  Nate Wasmund, Rochester; 7.  Aaron Rake, Beaver Dam, Wis.; 8.  Wally Bustad, Austin; 9.  Dave Wytaske Jr., Mapleview; 10.  Jeremy Misgen, Ellendale; 11.  Greg Jensen, Albert Lea; 12.  Butch Massey, Austin; 13.  Steve Wetzstein, West Concord; DNS - Josh Mattick, Austin.

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