Hillson charges to USRA Modified win at Chateau Raceway
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July 17, 2009  |  by Matthew Grage

LANSING, Minn. - The 2009 point season is into the stretch run at the Chateau Raceway powered by Miner's Outdoor Power & Rec. After Friday night's show just six points nights are left to decide track championship before the fall specials are rolled out.

With another nice field of cars filling the pits with all the regulars and some new faces the stage was set for another exciting night of racing action. The field did a nice job of putting on a clean show as a minimum of yellow flags flew during the night and the show was run off in just over two-and-a-half hours, with people on their way home just after 10 p.m.

In the USRA Modified points chase, Doug Hillson of Blooming Prairie took over the top spot last week and entered the night with a 49-point lead on Mike Sorensen of Rochester. Sorensen had led the points much of the season before missing last week with mechanical issues.

Sorensen, who also fell from the lead in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series national points for the USRA Modifieds last week, was not in action again Friday night.

Hillson took advantage of a front row starting spot to pick up his second feature win of the season Friday night and pad his points lead. Hillson now leads Ben Mattick by 92 points. Todd Scharkey of Kasson came out of row 2 to move to second at the drop of the green flag and chased Hillson the entire race but could not pull up to make any kind of a threat.

Mattick worked out of row 4 to come home third ahead of Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie and Jason Krohn of Slayton.

Krohn took home a heat win in his first appearance at the track this season with the other heat win being claimed by Josh Mattick of Austin.

The Chateau Raceway will feature a special treat for the fans next week as the Budweiser Clydesdales will be making a stop at the track. Schott's Distributing will be presenting the "hitch team" with fans getting a chance for an up-close look at the world famous team in full dress - wagon and all. Fans are encouraged to bring cameras and get out to the track early. Another special treat for the kids will be the yearly "Christmas In July" giveaways where Santa Claus himself has been known to take a break from his summer vacation to stop by the track for the festivities. Race time is 7:30.

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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Friday, July 17, 2009


Feature: 1. Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie; 2. Todd Scharkey, Kasson; 3. Ben Mattick, Hayfield; 4. Tommy Myer, Blooming Prairie; 5. Jason Krohn, Slayton; 6. Josh Mattick, Austin; 7. Darwyn Karau, Kasson; 8. Greg Jensen, Albert Lea; 9. Tom Paulson, Kasson; 10. Jeremy Misgen, Ellendale; 11. Wally Bustad, Austin; 12. Dustin Steinbrink, Austin; 13. Dave Wytaske Jr., Mapleview; 14. Matt Olson, Albert Lea.

Heat #1: 1. Krohn; 2. B. Mattick; 3. Karau; 4. Scharkey; 5. Hillson; 6. Misgen; 7. Steinbrink.

Heat #2: 1. J. Mattick; 2. Myer; 3. Olson; 4. Jensen; 5. Bustad; 6. Paulson.

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