|Scott Duval Tops Rice Lake Speedway Modifieds
By Ed Reichert
RICE LAKE, WI (August 21) - Scott Duval claimed his first WISSOTA Modified feature win of the season Saturday to highlight the final night of racing for AMSOIL Dirt Track Series track points at Rice Lake Speedway.
With two of the point titles still very much in doubt, both divisions provided memorable races that will certainly provide the racing community with plenty of grist to talk about this week before the track championships are settled on Saturday, August 28.
At feature time for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Matt Leer led Ryan Viltz by a single point when the field took the green flag. Leer started in the third row and Viltz started in row five. Mark Gerth started on the outside of the front row and grabbed the early lead ahead of a heavy battle for second involving Josh Smith, Clark Swartz, Brad Hudson, Leer and Travis Anderson; they raced three-wide down the back chute several times. The action was stopped on lap three when Smith spun in turn four and Tito Viltz made heavy contact with him, ending the evening for both cars.
Gerth continued to lead on the restart with Leer challenging Swartz for second. Meanwhile, Ryan Viltz charged from midpack and closed in on the leaders. Viltz passed Anderson and Swartz and closed up on Leer in second. Viltz attempted to pass Leer on the inside and there was contact as they exited turn two. Leer slid to a halt and the yellow flag waved. Viltz was judged to be at fault and was sent to the tail while Leer regained second, although he was now dealing with a bent rear wheel.
Gerth again pulled away from the field and Anderson got by Leer for second. Ryan Viltz, meanwhile, energized by the circumstances he faced, tore through the field at a frantic pace. He swept past Hudson and Anderson in the late
going and caught up to Leer. Viltz attempted a bold inside pass in the final corner but couldn't maintain control, slid into the infield and lost a number of positions. Gerth drove on for his second win of the year at RLS and first since he won the Race of Champions qualifier trailed by Anderson, point champion Leer, Hudson and Swartz.
The other close point battle was in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, where after each won heat races, Chanda Fjorden Nord led Danny Richards by three points. The title chase ended with a bit of a bizarre turn of fate.
Fjorden Nord started on the inside of row three with Richards right behind her. In the first turn, a car slowed abruptly near the front of the pack and several cars ran into the back of each other. Among them was Richards, who plowed into the rear end of Fjorden Nord's car.
Fjorden Nord had a flat rear tire and Richards front end damage, so both headed to the work area. Fjorden Nord's team replaced the tire and she returned to the track while Richards' damage was too extensive and he was
forced to call it a night.
With Richards eliminated, Chanda Fjorden Nord simply had to race some laps to win the point title and that she did, moving all the way back up to fourth place at the finish. It was a historic moment in track history because Fjorden Nord became the first female point champion in the 59-year history of Rice Lake Speedway.
Meanwhile, the feature event itself was a dandy as Joel Hinrichs maintained the lead for a number of laps with James Vought, Sam Fankhauser and Ron Hanestad all over him. They raced three-wide until Hanestad blasted into the lead in the top groove. Zach Manley later drove past Fankhauser and Hinrichs and took over second.
As the laps ran down, Manley closed up on Hanestad and put heavy pressure on the leader. It appeared Hanestad would withstand the storm, but his car slid a bit high in turn four with a couple of laps left and Manley edged into the lead. Hanestad tried to fight back but had to settle for second behind Manley's third feature win of the year at Rice Lake. Fankhauser settled for third ahead of Fjorden Nord and Hinrichs.
Duval survived a yellow flag plagued WISSOTA Modified main event. The first yellow flew before a lap could be completed and, during the second attempt, front row starter Jerry Weigel lost control in turn four and spun in front of the pack.
Pat Hoffman took the lead on the restart and held the top spot for three laps with pressure from Scott Miller and Duval, who moved up from the fourth row. The leader took himself out when he spun in front of the entire pack. Following the caution, Duval moved to the high side and drove into the front spot while Mike Anderson, Brent Prochnow and Steve Hallquist moved into contention.
Back in the pack, Kevin Adams was on a charge after starting 19th due to a breakdown during his heat race. Adams used the numerous yellows plus some high speed driving to gradually work his way into contention. Adams used a great move to split the contenders and take over second, but quite a distance behind the leader.
However, Prochnow got turned around in turn one and the yellow flew with 15 laps done, setting up a five-lap sprint. Adams was all over Duval on the green but as he set to make an inside move in turn one, the left rear wheel came flying off his machine and the yellow flew one last time. Adams won the point title despite having a trying evening.
Duval drew away from the field for his first win at RLS in 2010 with Prochnow surviving for second. Dave Baxter made a big move in the final corner and secured third with Miller and Hallquist trailing.
A big field of WISSOTA Super Stocks took the green flag in their main event, which was stopped five times for minor spins. Ben Hillman and rookie Scott Clark fought for the early lead with Hillman eventually sliding into the position. Clark remained right in the fight and was joined by Scott Zitelman, Shane Kisling and Wayne Dean.
Shortly thereafter, Zitelman and Dean were sidelined with mechanical issues and replaced by Aaron Wilson and Jason Forehand. The top five cars broke away from the pack and while Hillman continued to lead, the other four swapped positions on several occasions.
Kisling eventually gained a solid foothold in second and closed in on Hillman. Kisling made several strong runs at Hillman and got up beside him on a couple of occasions, but each time Hillman fought him off.
A late yellow when Andy Grymala got turned around in turn four set up a three-lap sprint to the finish. During the final lap, Kisling got a great run down the backchute and dove under Hillman in turn three. Both cars rode up the track as they rubbed on each other with Kisling gaining the advantage. Kisling then claimed his fourth win of the year at RLS. Wilson finished a strong third and guaranteed himself the point title in the Super Stocks with Forehand and Clark completing the top five.
Nick Wojcik finished off the regular season in style in the Pure Stocks when the point champion drove to his track leading sixth feature win of the year. Jay Folz, John Erickson, Nick Traynor and Shawn Warner completed the top
The Season Championships will be decided in all five divisions on Saturday. The cars will be lined up in the heat based on points accumulated during the season and will line up for the features based on the heat race results. The Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series will also make its first-ever appearance at Rice Lake Speedway.
Call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 for more information or check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net.
Feature - Scott Duval, Brent Prochnow, Dave Baxter, Scott Miller, Steve Hallquist, Mark Hanson, Dave Mayala, Buddy Mayala, Jason Schill, Aric Lindberg, Kevin Adams, Shawn Kreyer, Mike Anderson, Steve Wik, Pat Hoffman, Jason Swan, Brandon Kallenbach, Jerry Weigel, Paul Brust
Heat 1 - Duval, Brust, Weigel, Hallquist, Kallenbach, Kreyer
Heat 2 - Miller, Hoffman, Prochnow, D. Mayala, B. Mayala, Lindberg, Schill
Heat 3 - Anderson, Hanson, Swan, Wik, Baxter, Adams
WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature - Shane Kisling, Ben Hillman, Aaron Wilson, Jason Forehand, Scott Clark, Tim Shackleton, Jeff Heintz, Chris Gorka, Luke Plank, Barry Smith, Jay Quilling, Allen Amborn, Marcel Hoaglan, Johnny Emerson, Wayne Bignell, Cody Campeau, Pat Jungerberg, Donnie Talmage, Mike Siewert, Steve Tesch, Andy Grymala, Russ Chester, Jim Harris, Scott Zitelman, John Olson, Wayne Dean
Heat 1 - Clark, Gorka, Plank, Campeau, Hoaglan, Chester, Siewert
Heat 2 - Forehand, Wilson, Smith, Heintz, Shackleton, Talmage, Tesch
Heat 3 - Kisling, Zitelman, Grymala, Quilling, Emerson, Amborn
Heat 4 - Hillman, Dean, Harris, Olson, Jungerberg, Bignell
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature - Mark Gerth, Travis Anderson, Matt Leer, Brad Hudson, Clark Swartz, Cory Crapser, Grant Southworth, Jesse Glenz, Mark Turner, Ryan Viltz, Al Broker, Terry Sirek, Eric Gadach, Jake Stai, Fran Hanson, Tito Viltz, Josh Smith
Heat 1 - Hudson, Swartz, Leer, Southworth, T. Viltz, Gadach
Heat 2 - R. Viltz, Anderson, Glenz, Broker, Crapser, Turner
Heat 3 - Gerth, Smith, Hanson, Stai, Sirek
WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature - Zach Manley, Ron Hanestad, Sam Fankhauser, Chanda Fjorden Nord, Joel Hinrichs, Simon Wahlstrom, Ashley Husby, James Vought, Rick Weir, Carolyn Nosser, Danny Richards
Heat 1 - Fjorden Nord, Fankhauser, Hanestad, Husby, Nosser
Heat 2 - Richards, Manley, Vought, Hinrichs, Wahlstrom, Weir
Feature - Nick Wojcik, Jay Folz, John Erickson, Nick Traynor, Shawn Warner, Brandon Davis, Bob Thompson, Kyle Hunter, Josh Bach, Kendall Grover, Jake Sandmann, Tyler English, Jesse Bryan, Brad Michaels
Heat 1 - Folz, Davis, English, Bryan, Thompson, Hunter, Bach, Michaels
Heat 2 - Wojcik, Erickson, Warner, Grover, Kolby Kiehl, Traynor, Sandmann
August 21 Photos By Doug Zimmer & Chris Burback: