Cummins cruises to USRA RHS Modified victory at Chateau Raceway
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May 21, 2010  |  by Todd Narveson

LANSING, Minn. - Morning and afternoon showers made racers and fans wonder for a while if racing would take place at the Chateau Raceway this week. The rain was light and ended early enough to allow American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series action to move forward.

A season high 99-race cars filled the pits on Rent-N-Save and French’s Repair & Fabrication night at the speedway. Before the evening started, the kids in attendance had the chance to ride in stock car as many drivers came trackside to give the kids a thrill.

Twenty-two drivers answered the bell for the 25-lap USRA RHS Modified feature. Tommy Myer bolted off of row one and took off from the field. Jason Cummins slipped by Mike Steensma for second on lap five and tried to reel in Myer.

Myer checked out, but got into lapped traffic on lap nine which eventually allowed Cummins to close the gap. Cummins was right with Myer on lap fourteen, but them Myer blew by a couple of lapped cars and extended his lead.

Cummins again pulled closer to Myer on laps sixteen and seventeen as the leaders were slicing through the back of the field. On lap nineteen the caution flew as Dave Wytaske Jr. stalled. After nineteen laps of continuous green flag racing, this race had issues getting its rhythm back.

On the restart, things got tight and jammed up as the leaders went through turns one and two. Steensma hopped wheels with another car and ended up going over the top of Myer’s car. The impact sent Myer sideways and stalled bringing out the yellow. Officials ruled Myer to be a fault and Myer was placed to the tail.

Cummins was now the new leader as things got going once again. Steensma stalled in turn four bringing out the yellow. Then on the next start, Steve Wetzstein broke in turn four sending him down the track collecting Ben Mattick and Dustin Steinbrink for another caution period.

From there, Cummins cruised for his first win at Lansing this year. Kelly Shryock would finish second with Todd Scharkey third. Jacob Dahle rode home fourth with Josh Mattick in the top five at the checkered flag.

Next Friday, the Modifieds of the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour invades the Chateau Raceway. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Make sure to check out the discount coupon on the tracks website at

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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Friday, May 21, 2010


Feature: 1. Jason Cummins, New Richland; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; 3. Todd Scharkey, Kasson; 4. Jacob Dahle, Morristown; 5. Josh Mattick, Austin; 6. Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie; 7. Jason Krohn, Slayton; 8. A.J. Wiste, Adams; 9. Joel Alberts, Mantorville; 10. Jeremy Misgen, Ellendale; 11. Greg Jensen, Albert Lea; 12. Wally Bustad, Austin; 13. Joe Horgdahl, Kasson; 14. Lucas Schott, Chatfield; 15. Ben Mattick, Hayfield; 16. Mike Steensma, Luverne; 17. Dustin Steinbrink, Austin; 18. Steve Wetzstein, West Concord; 19. Tommy Myer, Blooming Prairie; 20. Dave Wytaske Jr., Mapleview; 21. Greg Mattick, Hayfield; 22. Kenny Wytaske, Lansing; 23. Darwyn Karau, Kasson.

First Heat: Myer, Cummins, Scharkey, Wetzstein, Wiste, Jensen, G. Mattick, Karau.

Second Heat: Steinbrink, Shryock, Hillson, Steensma, Misgen, Schott, Bustad, Horgdahl.

Third Heat: Dahle, J. Mattick, B. Mattick, Krohn, Alberts, Wytaske Jr., Wytaske.

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