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SABRASKI DOUBLES UP AT NORTHERN NATIONALS


     Friday night on Day One of the Northern Nationals Sabraski swept both the Super Stock and
Midwest Modified action with heat and feature wins in both divisions. In the Modified division
he failed to finish the 30 lap main event. That feature went to Trent Follmer of Princeton, MN
who also recorded a sweep.
     The head liner of the first day of Northern Nationals action was the annual visit to the
speedway by the Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Outlaw Sprint Cars. 22 cars were on hand
including 8 of the top ten drivers in the point standings. But it was a non regular IRA driver that
set a new track record during time trials. Davey Heskins from St. Michaels, Minn broke the old
record that had stood since 2007 with a fast time lap of 12.655 seconds around the four tenths
mile banked oval eclipsing the previous record of 12.715 by 0.52.
     A total of 135 cars were on hand for first day action including 40 Midwest Modifieds, 35
Super Stocks, 38 Modifieds and 22 Sprint cars.
     AMSOIL Speedway was in optimum condition and lightning fast which made for some
awesome racing. In heat races as well as the feature events. The first feature to take to the track
was a 20 lap event for the Midwest Modifieds. There were a number of caution flags during the
race but the focus of the racers was to try and find a way to track down Shane Sabraski. Pole
sitter Jake Gondik took the lead on the first circuit, but a caution flag gave Sabraski who was
lurking in the second row, another chance and he did not fail to take advantage as he bolted into
the lead and was never really challenged for all 20 laps though there were plenty of chances for
the other competitors as three more caution periods brought Sabraski back into the clutches of
those who were battling for second. Each time he was able to draw away and take the win, his
first ever at the speedway. 2013 Track Champion Cody Wolkowski of Thunder Bay, Ontario
finished in the runner up spot ahead of Rick Rivord, 2013 Labor Day Shootout winner Dan
Kingsley and Skeeter Estey who rebounded from an earlier incident that sent him to the rear of
the field to finish fifth. Rivord's car subsequently failed post race inspection when it weighed in
under the minimum weight. The disqualification moved Rob Weber into the top five.
     Next up it was 30 laps for the IRA Sprints and the question was could anyone hold off point
leader and six time IRA Champion Billy Balog. The Brookfield, Wis driver had 14 feature wins
entering the evening's competition and held a 244 point lead over Jeremy Schultz from Beaver
Dam, Wis. Balog and Travis Whitney tangled early in the event and Balog was charged with the
incident and sent to the rear of the pack. The question then became could Balog win from the
back? A number of caution flags as well as a red flag for a crash and flip in turn two by Kris
Spitzand a wild flip in the first turn executed by local driver Leigh Thomas that sent the #29 over
the wall into the fence and trees off the first turn. Thomas was not hurt but done for the event.
Balog was aided by the caution flags as he made his way forward and soon appeared in third
place as he battled with the 7 of Scott Uttech and the 2w of Scotty Neitzel for the lead. Though
Balog could run side by side with Neitzel after getting by Uttech, he could not make the pass and
had to settle for second. Jeremy Schultz and pole sitter Blake Nimee rounded out the top five.
     It was 25 laps for the Super Stocks and Shane Sabraski again made his way from the second
row to the lead, and, again caution flags and even a red flag conspired to keep the field close to
him. Behind the leaders there was a huge pack of cars scuffling for position while aft of Sabraski
the battle to see who might be able to get to him to challenge for the point. This group included
Kevin Eder, Tim Johnson, Joey Jensen in only his second night in a Super stock, Dexton Koch
and 2013 Track Champion Curt Myers. There was a red flag condition when Dan Tocheri
executed a slow side over side roll at the bottom of the first and second turn. Tocheri was
uninjured, track workers righted the car and Tocheri took a tour by the grandstands to wave to the
many Canadians in the crowd before going to the pits. Sabraski had little trouble holding off Eder
during the final three circuits for his second feature win of the night.
    The final main event of night one was 30 laps for the Modified division. It appeared that pole
sitter Ashley Anderson might run away with the event but Trent Follmer who had won the
Modified portion of the Labor Day Shootout at the Hibbing Raceway the previous Sunday was
going to have something to say about that. The two started on the front row and quickly setteled
down to battle it out between them as they easily left behind the field. Once again caution flags
conspired to keep the pack close and it was 2013 Track Champion Darrell Nelson who joined the
battle for the lead. While those three skirmished with one another, Jesse Glenz and Kevin Eder
had their own war going on in the top five. With 18 laps remaining Follmer finally got the upper
hand in the upper groove and took over the point. Also in the mix with Eder and Glenz was Jared
Loos. At the mid point Follmer led Anderson, Nelson, Glenz, Loos and a charging Bill Byholm.
Nelson got by Anderson into second as Follmer was in control of the event. Another caution flag
flew, the fourth of the race when Steve Stuart and Eder collided on the back stretch and both
spun wildly into the infield. The fifth caution flag appeared when Nelson made a rare mistake
and was sent to the rear of the field. The final laps saw a new player enter the top five as Matt
Leer who had started 13th blew past Anderson into second. Follmer secured the victory over
Leer,
Anderson, Byholm and Brandon Jensen who had made his way forward to fifth from his 22nd
starting slot. The win was Follmer's first at the Northern Nationals.
Results Day One, 25th Annual Rick Gondik Law Office Northern Nationals AMSOIL Speedway.
WISSOTA Modified (38 cars)
Feature (30 laps) Trent Follmer Princeton, MN; Matt Leer Bruce, WI; Ashley Anderson Eau
Claire, WI; Bill Byholm Glidden, WI; Brandon Jensen Hammond, WI; Jared Loos Loyal, WI;
Kevin Eder Ashland; Jeff Broking Grand Rapids, MN; Jesse Glenz Cadott, WI; Tim McMann
Duluth; Deven VanHouse Silver Bay, MN; Rick Rivord Superior; Al Uotinen Superior; Neil
Balduc Bessemer, MI; Pat Cook Washburn, WI; Jeff Lien, Jr. Mora, MN DNF: Marc
Damjanovich Hibbing; Darrell Nelson Hermantown; Steve Stuart Ashland; Cory Jorgenson
Hermantown; Shane Sabraski Rice, MN; Kelly Estey Kelly Lake, MN; Brad Hanson Mt. Iron,
MN; Pat Hoffman Rice Lake, WI
B Feature #1: (top 2 advance) Stuart; Balduc; Rick Niemi Eveleth; Deven VanHouse; Scott
Heikkinen Eveleth; Curt Myers Cameron, WI DNF: Soctt Hudack Ashland; Jeff Spacek Phillips,
WI DNS: Jody Bellefeuille Duluth
B Feature #2: (top 2 advance) Jensen; Uotinen; Hanson; Nick Musel Duluth; Tim Johnson
Brainerd, MN; Cody Wolkowski Thunder Bay DNF: Brian Mikkonen Iron River, WI; Jeff Tardy
Hibbing DNS: Paul Schultz
Heat 1: Anderson; Eder; Byholm; Leer; Hanson; Balduc; Spacek; Hudack DNF: Bellefeuille
Heat 2: Nelson; Loos; Broking; Rivord; Jorgenson; Jensen; Uotinen; Mikkonen DNF: Schultz
Heat 3: Follmer; Cook; Sabraski; Hart; Hoffman; Stuart; Niemi; VanHouse; Myers
Heat 4: Glenz; Damjanovich; Lien, Jr; Estey; McMann; Tardy; Lorimor; Musel; Johnson
WISSOTA Super Stock ( 35 cars)
Feature: (25 laps) Shane Sabraski Rice, MN; Kevin Eder Ashland; Joey Jensen Forest Lake, MN;
Tim Johnson Brainerd; Curt Myer cameron; Dexton Koch Rice; Brian Mikkone Iron River;
Randy Spacek Phillips; Nick Oreskovich Mason, WI; Tyler Kintner Hibbing; Derek Vesel
Hibbing; DJ Keeler Superior; Dave Flynn Superior; Shawn McFadden, Jr. Ashland DNF:Scott
Lawrence Superior; Dale Gangl East Bethel, MN: Tim Johnson; Brian Carl Duluth; Joe Oliver
Superior; Andy Grymala Superior; Dan Tocheri Kakabeka Falls, Ont.; Shawn Rivord South
Range, WI; Kevin Burdick Proctor; Willie Johnsen Superior
B Feature: (four advance) Lawrence; Kintner; Flynn; Oreskovich; Shane Kisling Sarona, WI;
Shawn Polonoski Thunder Bay; Grymala; Bob Preble Bovey, MN DNF: Donnie Lofdahl Duluth;
Pat Heikkinen Eveleth; Keith Kern Superior; Cory Casari Montreal, WI; Rick Simpson Thunder
Bay; Kevin Salin Iron, MN DNS: Wayne Stricker Highbridge, WI
Heat 1: Sabraski; Tocheri; Oliver; Vesel; Mikkonen; Lawrence; Flynn; Oreskovich DNF:
Stricker
Heat 2: Keeler; Johnson; Eder; Muzzy; Carl; Lofdahl; Polonoski DNF: Grymala; Simpson
Heat 3: Jensen; Campbell; Myers; McFadden; Johnsen; Preble; Casari DNF: Kern; Salin
Heat 4: Gangl; Koch; Spacek; Burdick; Rivord; Kintner; Kisling DNF: Heikkinen
WISSOTA Midwest Modified (40 cars)
Feature (20 laps) Shane Sabraski; Cody Wolkowski Thunder Bay; Dan Kingsley Superior;
Skeeter Estey Kelly Lake; Rob Weber Ashland, WI; Jesse Ogston Duluth; Deven VanHouse;
Lien; Greg Chesley Duluth; Tanner Byholm Glidden; Ross Fuhrman Ashland; Nick DaRonco Mt
Iron; Tyler Luger Iron River; Cody Carlson Superior DNF: Mack Estey Kelly Lake; Danny Vang
Brainerd; Brady Caul Ft Francis Ont; Tito Viltz Rice Lake; Tim Johnson Brainerd; David
Simpson Thunder Bay; Kevin Montieth Rosslyn Ont; Paul Suzik Ironwood, MI; Bill Matzdorf
Grand Rapids
B Feature #1: (top two advance) Chesley; Caul; Travis Nye Ashland; Cole spacek Phillips; Norm
Anderson, Jr. Duluth; Jamie Smart Kakabaka Falls DNF: Rick Przybylski Ashland DNS: Al
Stettner Newport, MN; Tim Johnson Brainerd Disqualified: Ross Siiter (lost Muffler)
B Feature #2: (Top two advance) Matzdorf; Lien, Jr; Ryan Adamzak Ashland; Chris Bretting
Washburn, WI; Don Craig Thunder Bay; Luger; Ken Tody, Jr. Ashland; Glenn Godin Murillo
Ont. DNF Jeff Klopstein Tomahawk, WI DNS: Kyle Inman Proctor
Heat 1: Gondik; Rivord; Simpson; Weber; Byholm; Nye; Przybylski; Spacek; Anderson, Jr DNF:
Caul
Heat 2; M. Estey; DaRonco; Furhman; Suzik; Matzdorf; Adamzak; Bretting; Luger; Tody, Jr
Heat 3; Wolkowski; A. Inman; Ogston; Carlson; Siiter; Chesley; Stettner; Smart DNF: Johnson
Heat 4: Sabraski; Vang; viltz; S. Estey; VanHouse; Lien, Jr;,Klopstein; Godin DNF: K. Inman;
Craig
IRA Sprints (22 cars) (new track record Davey Heskins 12.655 seconds)
Feature: (30 laps) Scotty Nietzel Beaver Dam, WI; Billy Balog Brookfield, WI; Jeremy Schultz
Beaver Dam; Blake Nimee Oswego, Il; Wayne Modjeski Oak Creek, WI; Davey Heskins St.
Michaels, MN; Steve Meyer Sheboygan Falls, WI; Travis Whitney Coon Rapids, MN; Peterson;
Russell Borland Kewasum, WI; Michael Decker Silver Lake, WI; Kris Spitz Kenosha, WI; Alan
Hafford Beach Park Il; Chad Tessman Jefferson, WI DNF: Leigh Thomas Duluth; Bill Wirth
Cudahay, WI ; Pat Heikkinen Eveleth; Duane Olson Superior; Phillip Mock Pleasant Prarie, WI
Heat 1: Wirth; Balog; Mock; Modjeski; Thomas; Decker; Tessman DNF: Heskins
Heat 2: Schultz; Meyer; Borland; Peterson; Nimee; Heikkinen
Heat 3: Whitney; Neitzel; D. Uttech; Spitz; S. Uttech; Hafford; Olson


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