Racing season winds down
Bemidji Speedway is winding down its season and the action on the track is getting more furious with each race. Just two more weeks of points racing remain, with the Season Championships set for Aug. 28. The final event of the 2011 racing season is the annual Paul Bunyan Stampede Oct. 1-2.
Next Sunday young race fans are encouraged to bring their â€śBox Carâ€ť racers to the track. During intermission the young racers will be allowed on the track to race their cars for awards.
Chad Puschinsky won the initial feature of the night, outlasting the field of Pure Stock drivers and performing a backward victory lap in memory of his late father, Bill Puschinsky, who was a frequent champion at Bemidji Speedway years ago. Cory Peterson, Wade Schmidt, Joel Harvey and Tody Boyd finished out the top five.
Billy Smith claimed the Mini Stocks feature, taking control following a caution. Zach Peterson raced low in turn two to pass Andy Swartz and Ev Barrett for second place. Barrett was third, Swartz fourth and Tim Carlson fifth.
Tommy Sabraski won the Wissota Mod Four feature by a couple of car lengths, with Conrad Schwinn second, Branden Kellen third, Fran Hauber fourth and Corey Nehk fifth.
Bret Schmidt won the Wissota Super Stocks feature, picking up his second victory of the season. Tyler Kintner was second, followed by Max Dondelinger, Matt Sparby and Gary Nelson Jr.
In the Wissota Midwest Modifieds feature, Don Smith pulled away for a quarter-lap victory over Brandon Bahr. Johnson, Skyler Smith and Don Mullen rounded out the top five.
Jason Bush picked up another trophy in Hornets, finishing ahead of Joe Doti, Marcus MacMan and Lexi Galiger.
Feature - Chad Puschinsky, Cory Peterson, Wade Schmidt, JoelHarvey, Tony Boyd, Bill Chaboyea, Jay Lutgen, Bill Beaulieu
Heat 1 - C. Puschinsky, C. Peterson, B. Beaulieu, J. Harvey, Wade Schmidt
Feature - Billy Smith, Zach Peterson, Ev Barrett, Andy Swartz, Tim Carlson, Rick Watson, Andy Hanson, Becky Barrett, Jordan Thayer.
Heat 1 - E. Barrett, R. Watson, J. Thayer, Z. Peterson, A. Hanson
Heat 2 - B. Barrett, B. Smith, A. Swartz, T. Carlson
Wissota Mod Fours
Feature - Tommy Sabraski, Conrad Schwinn, Brandon Kellen, Fran Hauber, Corey Nehk, Blake Higginbotham, Tonja Stranger, Nathan Higginbotham, Mike Margl, Tom Kellen
Heat 1 - C. Schwinn, B. Kellen, F. Hauber, N.Higginbotham, T. Kellen]
Heat 2 - M. Margl, T. Sabraski, T. Stranger, C. Nehk, J. Greschill
Wissota Super Stocks
Feature - Bret Schmidt, Tyler Kintner, Max Dondelinger, Matt Sparby, Gary Nelson Jr, Dalton Carlson, Gordie Lancaster, Tal Lucken, Todd McClellan, Dale Lindell
Heat 1 - G. Nelson Jr, G. Lancaster, D. Carlson, K. Keena, T. McClellan
Heat 2 - B. Schmidt, M. Sparby, T. Kintner, D. Lindell, M. Dondelinger
Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Feature - Don Smith, Brandon Bahr, Adam Johnson, Skyler Smith, Don Mullen, Ryan Schow, Jacob Wilde, Alex Johnson, Ron Reed, Mike Johnson
Heat 1 - J. Halvorson, A. Johnson, B. Bahr, J. Wilde
Heat 2 - D. Smith, D. Plato, R. Schow, D. Lawler, R. Reed
Feature - Jason Bush, Joe Doti, Marcus MacMan, Lexi Galiger
Heat 1 - J. Doti, J. Bush, M. MacMan, L. Galiger