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>>> Red Cedar Speedway - May 5, 2017 Results <<<

Knudtson Steals One at Red Cedar

Brad Erickson

Menomonie, Wisconsin (May 05, 2017) Design Built Structures.sponsored the Red Cedar Speedway and the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models along with the Red Cedar Pure Stocks and Hornets. Feature winners included John Kaanta, Ashley Anderson, Tommy Richards, Nick Koehler, Michael Knudtson, Michael Blevins, and Bradley York.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Model heats were won by Mike Prochnow and John Kaanta and once again, it was pole sitter Kaanta who led the feature from cover to cover. Darrell Nelson closed late to pose a challenge for the lead, but Kaanta was cooler than the other side of a pillow, and picked up the pace to ease back out into a two car advantage to the checkered flag. Aj Diemel, Mike Keller, and Jake Redetzke rounded out the top five.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds saw Cory Mahder, Mike Anderson, and Matt Leer score heat wins. The polesitter Ashley Anderson took the lead and never looked back as he eased away into the night on a nonstop run to the checkered flag. Mike Anderson moved from the second row into the runner up position followed by fifth starting Mahder, Matt Leer, and Kerry Halopka.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Jesse Redetzke, Jim Harris, and Tony Falkner. It was Falkner’s first heat win and it came while celebrating his birthday. The initial start of the feature was slowed due to a spinning Luke Schultz. The second attempt saw Adam Soltis move to the point. A few laps later, the strong running Chad Gullixson, fresh off leading all but the last lap of his heat, spun and drew the caution. Soltis held the lead on the restart, bud Danny Richards eased past to take the top spot.

A spinning Schultz saw him back the car into the turn three wall and slow the action once again. Back under green, it was Troy Fransway making hard contact into the turn three wall as the Super Stock drivers struggled for grip on the slick racing surface. As they restarted, Richards found himself challenged by Solitis but was holding his own. A multi car spin and crash in turn four brought the field to a halt and eliminated several midpack cars. The restart saw a one lap sprint to the line which Richards covered. Solitis cruised home to a solid second place over Ben Hillman, Bart Steffen, and Steve Thomas. The fourth and fifth finishing cars were both on their first night out for the year.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds ran four heats won by Jacob Smith, Nick Koehler, Peter Jokinen, and Shane Halopka. The front row of Tyler Werner and Jake Smith led them to the green and after an aborted first try, it was Werner leading early. Werner controlled the race for several laps when a spinning John Ford regrouped the field. Werner had a slight bobble after coming to green on the restart and Jake Smith squeezed to the lead. Smith set the pace but a charging Koehler moved low and inside for the point.

Soon, Michael Truscott, who had started in the fourth row, found his way into third and then to second position as Shane Halopka followed him to through. Koehler looked in control at the white flag, but a spinning car drew the yellow. A green, white, checked shootout saw Koehler pick up where he left off and motor to the victory. Halopka moved into second on the start, but Truscott rebounded to retake the position on the last lap. It was Gunnar Watkins making a big move in the two lap shootout coming from outside the top five to fourth as Jake Smith rounded out the top five.

Sam Fankhauser and Hunter VanGilder won the Street Stock heats as it was Armond Love and Ashley Wahlstrom leading the parade to the start of the feature. It took four tries to get a lap in under green with the third attempt being the most costly as Wahlstrom appeared to stall at the start, collecting several cars in the meley. Officials called for a single file start and Love held the advantage. Under green, Danny Richards went low as Fankhauser went high and they drove three wide for the lead. It was Richards, then Fankhauser, as Michael Knudtson drove into third.

Hunter Van Gilder took advantage of Knudtson sliding high and he drove into the top three. It was Fankhauser hounding Richards for the lead, moving underneath and making it a two wide battle for the win. Richards was strong however, as he weathered the storm at the moment and moved back to the point alone. Knudtson was able to regain third and he moved in to challenge the leaders as they battled each other. On the final lap, Fankhauser again was able to pull even with Richards and on the backstretch, they made heavy contact. It was Knudtson seizing the moment as he moved high and past for the lead a half lap from the checkers. Fankhauser suffered a flat tire and Richards set chase for Knudtson. Richards was able to challenge for the lead before the checkered flag flew, but he would run out of time as Knudtson beat him to the line. VanGilder was scored third as Fankhauser was able to limp to fourth over fifth finishing Jake Hessler.

The Pure Stock heats were topped by a couple of local strong runners in Kent Harmon and Dustin Doughty but it was the defending national champion, Michael Blevins claiming the feature win. The start of the feature saw Jeff Tisdale leading but Krysta Doughty moved to the front. One lap later, Tisdale drew the caution with a spin. Dustin Doughty went to the work area under yellow and both restarted from the rear. On the restart, Harmon and Blevins split the leader as it was Blevins getting the better of the two for the top spot. Last place starting George Richards, who had missed his heat race, moved into the top three.

A caution flag was displayed for debris on the frontstretch and under yellow, Dustin Doughty left the race. The restart saw Harmon make a serious challenge for the lead but Blevins prevailed and drove to the win. It was Harmon in second as cars waged a three wide scrimmage for third. At the checkered flag it was Richards, Krysta Doughty, and a recovering Tisdale in fifth.

Two heats of Hornets were won by William Voeltz and Jason Holte. The feature saw Bradley York and Derek Krumrie bring them to green. It was York, then Sean Svee early as Jordan Langer filled out the top three. Voeltz made significant contact with Krumrie in turn three, collecting Jason Holte dropping them all off the pace but the race remained green. The yellow flag flew shortly thereafter for an unrelated spin and the field was reset. It was York controlling the pace and race all the way to the win as Jordan Langer continued his strong 2017 campaign, coming home in second. Sean Svee was scored in third as Holte and Voeltz recovered to finish in the top five.

The Red Cedar Speedway will return to racing on May 12, 2017, as Sports Rider presents the best tradition in racing with Meet the Driver Night. All seven classes with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Red Cedar Speedway Pure Stocks and Hornets will all be in action. Once again, Realtor Shelly Watkins will pay out $50.00 to the hard charger. The money is awarded to the feature winner who won from the furthest position in the field. Sixth starting Michael Blevins won the Hard Charger bonus on this night of racing.

A Modifieds

A Feature 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Ashley Anderson Elk Mound, WI 81
2 3 Mike Anderson Colfax, WI 57
3 5 Cory Mahder   55
4 2 Matt Leer Bruce, WI 30
5 4 Kerry Halopka Wheeler, WI 23
6 6 Darrell Nelson Hermantown, MN 44
7 8 Kevin Adams Cameron, WI 40
8 7 Neil Balduc Bessemer, MI 99
9 10 Jake Hartung Elmwood, WI 05
10 15 William Byholm Glidden, WI 4B
11 16 Tanner Byholm Glidden, WI 444
12 13 Josh Hessler Boyceville, WI 9
13 14 Jake Hanson Downing, WI 12
14 9 Curt Myers Cameron, WI 1M
15 (DNF) 17 Kevin Eder Ashland, WI 22E
DNS - Steve Hallquist Eau Claire, WI 27H
DNS - Cory Bruggeman Stillwater, MN 4

Heat 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Cory Mahder   55
2 6 Ashley Anderson Elk Mound, WI 81
3 3 Curt Myers Cameron, WI 1M
4 5 Jake Hartung Elmwood, WI 05
5 4 Josh Hessler Boyceville, WI 9
6 (DNF) 2 Kevin Eder Ashland, WI 22E

Heat 2

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Mike Anderson Colfax, WI 57
2 5 Kerry Halopka Wheeler, WI 23
3 3 Neil Balduc Bessemer, MI 99
4 2 Steve Hallquist Eau Claire, WI 27H
5 6 Jake Hanson Downing, WI 12
6 4 Tanner Byholm Glidden, WI 444

Heat 3

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Matt Leer Bruce, WI 30
2 1 Kevin Adams Cameron, WI 40
3 3 Darrell Nelson Hermantown, MN 44
4 5 Cory Bruggeman Stillwater, MN 4
5 4 William Byholm Glidden, WI 4B

B Modifieds

A Feature 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 4 Nick Koehler Bloomer, WI 13
2 8 Michael Truscott Chippewa Falls, WI 22T
3 7 Shane Halopka Greenwood, WI 3JR
4 10 Gunnar Watkins Elk Mound, WI 2
5 2 Jacob Smith Chippewa Falls, WI 21
6 5 Grant Southworth Bloomer, WI 35
7 3 Josh Wahlstrom Rice Lake, WI 19
8 1 Tyler Werner Menomonie, WI 18
9 12 Denny Cutsforth Rice Lake, WI 20
10 9 Clark Swartz Bloomer, WI 18S
11 6 Peter Jokinen Mellen, WI 1A
12 13 Shadow Kitchner Arkansaw, WI 68
13 16 Steve Haas Elkmound, WI 6H
14 18 Dan Larson Jr Eau Claire, WI 34JR
15 17 Calvin Iverson Eleva, WI 27X
16 19 Jason Vokovan Eau Claire, WI 31
17 20 Christopher Johnson Eau Claire, WI 87
18 15 Derek Haas Thorp, WI 6
19 22 John Ford Oakdale, MN 343
20 (DNF) 14 Cole Chernosky Thunder Bay , AB 33C
21 (DNF) 11 Matt Klukas Colfax, WI 89
22 (DNF) 23 Travis Anderson Colfax, WI 37
DNS - Jared Gorka New Richmond, WI 97G

Heat 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Jacob Smith Chippewa Falls, WI 21
2 3 Grant Southworth Bloomer, WI 35
3 4 Clark Swartz Bloomer, WI 18S
4 1 Shadow Kitchner Arkansaw, WI 68
5 5 Calvin Iverson Eleva, WI 27X
6 6 Christopher Johnson Eau Claire, WI 87

Heat 2

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Nick Koehler Bloomer, WI 13
2 2 Michael Truscott Chippewa Falls, WI 22T
3 4 Gunnar Watkins Elk Mound, WI 2
4 5 Cole Chernosky Thunder Bay , AB 33C
5 3 Dan Larson Jr Eau Claire, WI 34JR
6 (DNF) 6 John Ford Oakdale, MN 343

Heat 3

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Peter Jokinen Mellen, WI 1A
2 2 Tyler Werner Menomonie, WI 18
3 3 Matt Klukas Colfax, WI 89
4 5 Derek Haas Thorp, WI 6
5 4 Jason Vokovan Eau Claire, WI 31
6 6 Jared Gorka New Richmond, WI 97G

Heat 4

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Shane Halopka Greenwood, WI 3JR
2 5 Josh Wahlstrom Rice Lake, WI 19
3 1 Denny Cutsforth Rice Lake, WI 20
4 4 Steve Haas Elkmound, WI 6H
DQ 3 Travis Anderson Colfax, WI 37

Dirt Late Models

A Feature 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 John Kaanta Elk Mound, WI 85
2 4 Darrell Nelson Hermantown, MN 44
3 3 AJ Diemel Elk Mound, WI 58
4 2 Michael Keller Menomonie, WI 31
5 7 Jake Redetzke Eau Claire, WI 27
6 5 Jesse Glenz Cadott, WI 7X
7 8 Mike Prochnow Menomonie, WI 68
8 9 Greg Nippoldt Roberts, WI 55N
9 10 Rick Hanestad Boyceville, WI 71
10 6 James Giossi New Richmond, WI 11
11 (DNF) 12 Cole Spacek Phillips, WI 122
12 (DNF) 11 Robbie Johnson Wilson, WI 14

Heat 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Mike Prochnow Menomonie, WI 68
2 4 Darrell Nelson Hermantown, MN 44
3 3 AJ Diemel Elk Mound, WI 58
4 1 James Giossi New Richmond, WI 11
5 6 Greg Nippoldt Roberts, WI 55N
6 (DNF) 5 Cole Spacek Phillips, WI 122

Heat 2

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 John Kaanta Elk Mound, WI 85
2 3 Jesse Glenz Cadott, WI 7X
3 5 Jake Redetzke Eau Claire, WI 27
4 2 Michael Keller Menomonie, WI 31
5 4 Rick Hanestad Boyceville, WI 71
6 6 Robbie Johnson Wilson, WI 14

Hornets

A Feature 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Bradley York Colfax, WI 17
2 6 Jordan Langer Menomonie, WI 34
3 3 Sean Svee Menomonie, WI 383
4 7 Jason Holte Elk Mound, WI 67
5 5 William Voeltz Glenwood City, WI 41V
6 10 Dean Butler Wheeler, WI 18B
7 8 Jake Halterman   76
8 12 Robert Fawcett Boyceville, WI F7
9 15 Dave Clausen Mondovi, WI 103
10 (DNF) 13 Josh Craighton   26
11 (DNF) 4 Chad Walera Eau Claire, WI 3229
12 (DNF) 9 Lucas Brackin Wheeler, WI 14B
13 (DNF) 14 Adam Hackbarth   21
14 (DNF) 2 Derek Krumrie Eau Claire, WI 33
15 (DNF) 11 Dustin Zetter Athens, WI 12Z

Heat 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 William Voeltz Glenwood City, WI 41V
2 3 Bradley York Colfax, WI 17
3 7 Jordan Langer Menomonie, WI 34
4 1 Jake Halterman   76
5 5 Lucas Brackin Wheeler, WI 14B
6 6 Dustin Zetter Athens, WI 12Z
7 8 Josh Craighton   26
8 4 Dave Clausen Mondovi, WI 103

Heat 2

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Jason Holte Elk Mound, WI 67
2 6 Sean Svee Menomonie, WI 383
3 4 Derek Krumrie Eau Claire, WI 33
4 5 Chad Walera Eau Claire, WI 3229
5 1 Dean Butler Wheeler, WI 18B
6 7 Robert Fawcett Boyceville, WI F7
7 3 Adam Hackbarth   21

Pure Stock

A Feature 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 6 Michael Blevins Hibbing, MN 10
2 7 Kent Harmon Arkansaw, WI E3
3 10 George Richards Mondovi, WI 5R
4 3 Krysta Doughty Oakdale, MN 03
5 1 Jeff Tisdale Eau Claire, WI 15
6 4 James Thur Neillsville, WI 66T
7 (DNF) 8 Dustin Doughty Oakdale, MN D1
8 (DNF) 2 Cole Hill Colfax, WI 9
9 (DNF) 5 Kent Deutsch Colfax, WI 7
DNS - Brendan Uetz Menomonie, WI 66

Heat 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 4 Kent Harmon Arkansaw, WI E3
2 2 Krysta Doughty Oakdale, MN 03
3 3 James Thur Neillsville, WI 66T
4 1 Cole Hill Colfax, WI 9
DNS - George Richards Mondovi, WI 5R

Heat 2

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Dustin Doughty Oakdale, MN D1
2 4 Michael Blevins Hibbing, MN 10
3 3 Jeff Tisdale Eau Claire, WI 15
4 5 Kent Deutsch Colfax, WI 7
5 2 Brendan Uetz Menomonie, WI 66

Street Stocks

A Feature 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 5 Michael Knudtson Osseo, WI 42K
2 4 Danny Richards Mondovi, WI 3R
3 7 Hunter VanGilder Rice Lake, WI 84
4 3 Sam Fankhauser Rice Lake, WI 11
5 8 Jake Hessler Eau Claire, WI 53
6 1 Armond Love Eau Claire, WI 29
7 10 Travis Loew Barron, WI 40
8 12 Michael Blevins Hibbing, MN 10
9 11 Jess Seim Glenwood City, WI 007
10 (DNF) 6 Ron Hanestad Glenwood City, WI 71H
11 (DNF) 9 Warren Hanson Downing, WI 12
12 (DNF) 2 Ashley Wahlstrom Rice Lake, WI 19

Heat 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 5 Sam Fankhauser Rice Lake, WI 11
2 1 Ron Hanestad Glenwood City, WI 71H
3 3 Jake Hessler Eau Claire, WI 53
4 4 Armond Love Eau Claire, WI 29
5 6 Warren Hanson Downing, WI 12
6 2 Jess Seim Glenwood City, WI 007

Heat 2

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 3 Hunter VanGilder Rice Lake, WI 84
2 4 Michael Knudtson Osseo, WI 42K
3 2 Danny Richards Mondovi, WI 3R
4 1 Ashley Wahlstrom Rice Lake, WI 19
5 5 Travis Loew Barron, WI 40
6 (DNF) 6 Michael Blevins Hibbing, MN 10

Super Stocks

A Feature 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 4 Tommy Richards Mondovi, WI 7R
2 1 Adam Soltis Ladysmith, WI 9
3 9 Ben Hillman Menomonie, WI 22JR
4 6 Bart Steffen Eau Claire, WI 2
5 10 Steve Thomas Menomonie, WI T17
6 7 Jesse Redetzke Eau Claire, WI 207
7 12 Nick Traynor Barron, WI 40
8 3 Tony Falkner Menomonie, WI 27
9 13 Michael Knudtson Osseo, WI 42K
10 5 Jim Harris Menomonie, WI 8
11 (DNF) 2 Chad Gullixson Hammond, WI 56
12 (DNF) 8 Terran Spacek Phillips, WI 22T
13 (DNF) 11 Troy Fransway Eau Claire, WI 9ER
14 (DNF) 16 Luke Schultz Cameron, WI 96
DNS - Jay Oricchio Ellsworth, WI 37
DNS - Tyler Lamm Boyceville, WI 89
DNS - Rick Hallquist Eau Claire, WI 26

Heat 1

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Jesse Redetzke Eau Claire, WI 207
2 3 Tommy Richards Mondovi, WI 7R
3 4 Ben Hillman Menomonie, WI 22JR
4 2 Steve Thomas Menomonie, WI T17
5 5 Nick Traynor Barron, WI 40
6 6 Jay Oricchio Ellsworth, WI 37

Heat 2

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 4 Jim Harris Menomonie, WI 8
2 2 Chad Gullixson Hammond, WI 56
3 3 Adam Soltis Ladysmith, WI 9
4 5 Troy Fransway Eau Claire, WI 9ER
5 1 Michael Knudtson Osseo, WI 42K
6 6 Tyler Lamm Boyceville, WI 89

Heat 3

00:00:00.000
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Tony Falkner Menomonie, WI 27
2 2 Bart Steffen Eau Claire, WI 2
3 5 Terran Spacek Phillips, WI 22T
4 (DNF) 3 Luke Schultz Cameron, WI 96
DQ 4 Rick Hallquist Eau Claire, WI 26