Cummins dominates at Chateau Raceway
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June 26, 2009  |  by Matthew Grage

LANSING, Minn. - With as many rain-outs as there has been this season at the Chateau Raceway powered by Miner's Outdoor & Rec, it's hard to complain about the weather when you do race. But for the second weekend in a row, temperatures were up around the 90-degree mark, and with a high heat index and stifling humidity it made for a muggy night of racing action at the 3/8-mile track just north of Austin.

Despite the warm conditions, a good crowd was on hand for the night's racing and a good field of cars put on a hot show.

In one of the most dominating performances of the night, Jason Cummins of New Richland put an old-fashioned whipping on the field of French's Repair & Fabrication USRA Modifieds.

Cummins started outside front row and had a full straight-away lead on the field in just four laps.

A caution on lap 5 and another on lap 6 took that lead away and set up an interesting restart. Current points leader Mike Sorensen of Rochester, who has three feature wins this year, had worked his way up to second just before the second caution. The question was weather or not he had anything for Cummins.

The answer was "no."

On the restart, cummins rocketed away from the field getting that full straight-away lead back in just four laps again. He continued to stretch the lead out as the race ran caution-free the rest of the way and, despite having to work traffic and lap some cars, ended up winning by about half a lap.

Sorensen held on for second ahead of Josh Mattick of Austin, who took home third after a spirited battle with Jacob Dahle of Morristown.

Heat winners were Todd Scharkey of Kasson and Ben Mattick of Hayfield.

Next weekend Chateau Raceway will kick off the Fourth of July Weekend with the first night of three weekend shows being billed as the "Freedom Series." The series will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at three different Southern Minnesota Tracks. The opener will be Friday night, July 3, at Chateau Raceway followed by Saturday at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley and the Dodge County Speedway in Kasson wrapping up the event on Sunday. Each track will be running their regular classes each night. There will be a special series point fund for the three nights of racing with extra money on the line for the weekend's top drivers.

Action gets underway Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Friday, June 26, 2009


Feature: 1. Jason Cummins, New Richland; 2. Mike Sorensen, Rochester; 3. Josh Mattick, Austin; 4. Jacob Dahle, Morristown; 5. Ben Mattick, Hayfield; 6. Tyler Clark, Rochester; 7. Todd Scharkey, Kasson; 8. Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie; 9. Greg Jensen, Albert Lea; 10. Dustin Steinbrink, Austin; 11. Matt Olson, Albert Lea; 12. Jeremy Misgen, Ellendale; 13. Brandon Aggen, Rushmore; 14. Wally Bustad, Austin.

Heat #1: Scharkey; Dahle; Clark; Bustad; Aggen; Misgen; Olson.

Heat #2: B. Mattick; Sorensen; J. Mattick; Jensen; Cummins; Hillson; Steinbrink.

Heat #3:

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