Sorensen secures top prize at Chateau Raceway
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August 8, 2008  |  by Matthew Grage

LANSING, Minn. - It was night 12 of racing action Friday night at Chateau Raceway powered by Miners Outdoor Power & Recreation, and a nice field of cars put on some exciting racing action.

There was plenty of excitement in the French's Repair & Fabrication USRA Modified main event.

Mike Sorensen of Rochester jumped out of row 2 on the drop of the green and pulled to the inside of front row starters Greg Jensen of Albert Lea and Todd Scharkey of Kasson.

The three-wide race sorted out down the back straight-away with Sorensen taking the early lead. Behind him, drivers were swapping spots lap after lap with Scharkey coming to second then falling back to fourth, only to race back up to second again.

Brad Baken of Garner, Iowa, bounced back and forth in the top-5 as well as others.

With 12 laps to go, Bakken moved back past Scharkey for second. A lap later, a caution put the two side by side behind Sorensen, who had been trying to stretch out a lead. The two ran side by side a few laps before Scharkey got control of the spot again.

The race ran green for several laps and the leaders started lapping the back of the field.

With Scharkey pulling away from Bakken and reeeling in Sorensen it was setting up another great finish. Both drivers were running the bottom half of the track and with Scharkey trying to make his move inside, Sorensen kept his car down low and, despite a late caution, Sorensen was up to the task and collected his second feature win of the year at Chateau.

Tom Paulson of Kasson and Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie took the two USRA Modified heat wins. Noble had a good run going in the feature and was up in the top-5 battling when he pitted on that late caution with two laps to go.

Racing action continues next Friday night with the "box car" races for the kids. Kids are encouraged to take a box this next week and design it to look like a stock car. Take the top and bottom out of the box and put some straps in in so it can hang over there shoulders and than get ready to race next Friday night. Racing action is scheduled to hit the track at 7:30.

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Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Friday, Aug. 8, 2008


FEATURE: 1. Mike Sorensen, Rochester; 2. Todd Scharkey, Kasson; 3. Brad Bakken, Garner, Iowa; 4. Jacob Dahle, Morristown; 5. Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie; 6. Tom Paulson, Kasson; 7. Steve Wetzstein, West Concord; 8. Josh Mattick, Austin; 9. Dave Wytaske Jr., Mapleview; 10. Wally Bustad, Austin; 11. Matt Madsen, Blooming Prairie; 12. Jeremy Misgen, Ellendale; 13. Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie; 14. Shaun Olson, Albert Lea; 15. Butch Massey, Austin; 16. James Parker, Dodge Center; 17. Greg Jensen, Albert Lea.

HEAT #1: Paulson; Sorensen; Scharkey; Bakken; Wetzstein; Wytaske; Bustad; Misgen.

HEAT #2: Noble; Dahle; Jensen; Hillson; Parker; Olson; Massey; Mattick; Madsen.

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