Scharkey snares Fall Nationals finale at Chateau Raceway
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September 12, 2009  |  by Matthew Grage

LANSING, Minn. - Its was another big night of racing action at Chateau Raceway powered by Miner's Outdoor Power & Rec as the speedway hosted the second night of the 4th Annual Fall Nationals, and Saturday night the stakes were higher.

The USRA Modified drivers were gunning for a $1,500 first-place paycheck, and second place in the feature was a cool $1,000 with $100 to start. This made for some very exciting heat and consolation races as well.

After winning Friday night's feature, Tommy Myer had an extra incentive as there was a $500 bonus waiting if he could double up for the weekend.

In the USRA Modified feature, Jay Ihrke of Dover and Jacob Dahle of Morristown led the field to the green. Dahle led lap 1 with Todd Scharkey of Kasson slipping by Ihrke for second.

Scharkey stayed tucked up behind Dahle, taking a peak outside for a lap or two before swinging way wide out of turn 4 coming to the line to complete lap 3 and taking over the lead.

Myer followed Scharkey forward as he moved up to second. Myer could close right up on Scharkey going into turns 1 and 3, but each time Scharkey out-pulled him coming out of turns 2 and 4.

The field ran the first 20 laps of the main event caution-free and that first caution was a killer for Myer. He was making his move coming out of turn 4 to the inside of Scharkey to take over the lead when the caution came out for a mess behind them in the middle of the turn. The caution wiped out his pass for the lead and put him back into second for the restart.

A couple more quick cautions slowed the finish of the race but when it finally went back green for the final time with two to go, Scharkey got a good jump and was able to drive off to his second feature win of the season at Lansing.

Myer had his hands full holding onto second as Steve Wetzstein pulled along side for the final dash to the checkers. Myer, who took a heat win on the night, held onto the spot followed by Wetzstein, Dahle and Bob Timm of Rollingstone.

Ihrke, who also picked up one of the heat wins on the night, took sixth. Scharkey also had a heat win on the night giving him his first sweep of the season at Chateau Raceway.

The weekend's action was sponosred by L & D Ag and Manufacturing of Hartland, with Larry Nelson President. Associate sponsors for the weekend's racing were Tiny's Body Shop of Austin, Olympic Fire Protection and Yeager Machine.

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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Saturday, September 12, 2009


Feature: 1. Todd Scharkey, Kasson; 2. Tommy Myer, Blooming Prairie; 3. Steve Wetzstein, West Concord; 4. Jacob Dahle, Morristown; 5. Bob Timm, Rollingstone; 6. Jay Ihrke, Dover; 7. Ben Mattick, Hayfield; 8. Josh Mattick, Austin; 9. Shawn Peterson, Cottage Grove; 10. Greg Jensen, Albert Lea; 11. Dustin Steinbrink, Austin; 12. Layne Meyer, West Union, Iowa; 13. Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie; 14. Leroy Scharkey, Rochester; 15. Wally Bustad, Austin; 16. Jim King, Hastings; 17. Brian Shaw, Brownsdale; 18. Josh Angst, Winona.

Heat #1: 1. Myer; 2. Peterson; 3. Meyer; 4. Dahle; 5. Angst; 6. Bustad.

Heat #2: 1. Ihrke; 2. B. Mattick; 3. Hillson; 4. Shaw; 5. Jensen; 6. Steinbrink.

Heat #3: 1. T. Scharkey; 2. Timm; 3. Wetzstein; 4. J. Mattick; 5. L. Scharkey; 6. King.

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