Forehand Tops Rice Lake Speedway Super Stock Thriller

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (July 3) - Jason Forehand made the winning pass with two laps to go to win a hard fought Super Stock main event and highlight the racing program Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. A big holiday crowd on a steamy Saturday night enjoyed a great fireworks display to climax the evening while there were also plenty of fireworks on the track as two drivers won their first features of the year with one being his first win ever while another driver continued his pursuit of a national driving title.

Forehand became the fourth different leader in the Super Stock feature when he made his winning pass with a couple of laps to go in a race that saw a great deal of side by side racing and two separate three wide battles up front. Marcel Hoaglan led the opening lap before Tommy Richards drove around him to take the lead. Richards was challenged by Scott Clark and Chad Johnson for the top spot as no one was able to break away with the lead.

Meanwhile, Shane Kisling and Forehand were on the move from midpack and soon became a factor along with Aaron Wilson as the lead group was shuffling positions on every turn. Wilson moved to the high groove and along with Kisling, closed in on the leaders. Clark, Richards and Wilson raced three wide for the lead with Wilson using the extreme high side down the back chute to take the lead. Kisling quickly closed in on Clark and Richards and they raced three wide for second with Kisling grabbing the spot.

Kisling continued his charge as he closed on Wilson and just snuck by him on the high side for the lead when a yellow flew for debris and Wilson regained the lead.

Kisling was nailed to Wilson’s rear bumper on the green as he fought to get past Aaron with Forehand charging up into third. Kisling continued to hound Wilson for the point when steam was suddenly seen coming from Kisling’s engine area. He made only one more lap before he rolled to a halt, engulfed in a cloud of steam as his night was over.

Forehand then replaced Kisling in the pursuit of Wilson with only five laps left in the race. Leaving turn two with only two laps to go, Forehand was able to get to the outside of Wilson and out raced in down the back chute to take over the lead and complete his charge to the front. He extended his lead to the checkered, his third of the year at Rice Lake. Wilson hung on for second while Richards recorded his best run of the year with Clark and Ben Hillman, up from fifteenth, completing the top five.

It’s only the first week of July, and very early to be talking about national titles, but if Mike Anderson continues at his current pace, he will be a factor in the national race right down to the wire. Anderson won his second straight Modified feature and third of year at Rice Lake with a dominating performance as he came from the second row to take the win.

Dave Baxter and Shawn Kreyer battled for the lead early with Anderson making a great move off turn two as he raced off the banking and split the leaders going down the back chute to power into the lead. Once in front, he continued to stretch his advantage as the open wheel cars raced nonstop to the checkered flag. Mark Hanson moved up to challenge Baxter for second while Brent Prochnow and Kevin Adams worked their way up from the fourth and fifth rows respectively. Hanson and Baxter nearly got together but they were able to race on and continue their battle for the runner up slot.

Anderson was in control however, and drove on unchallenged for the win. Baxter had his best run as he held off Hanson while Prochnow and Adams managed to complete the top five.

The Street Stock feature also went nonstop and Kesan was able to record his first win of 2010. After an early battle with Ashley Husby, Kesan was able to secure the top spot and motor away from the pack. While Kesan was relatively comfortable up front, the battle for second was torrid with Danny Richards, Chanda Fjorden-Nord, Josh Amans, Ron Hanestad and Joel Hinrichs swapping positions and lines on the track by the lap. Richards continued to hold the second spot as he fought off first Amans and then Fjorden-Nord. However, the wily veteran Hanestad moved to the cushion and he made a late charge into third and then on the final lap dove inside Richards and beat him off the final corner to record a solid second place finish. Richards was able to hang on to third ahead of Fjorden-Nord and Amans.

Halopka made a great move on the outside to take over the Midwest Modified lead and then held off the challenges of Mark Gerth and Matt Leer to secure his second feature win of the year at Rice Lake. Early in the event Mark Turner and Bryce Johnson had a great battle for the lead, as they swapped the top spot back and forth. Besides Halopka, who came up from the fourth row, Gerth, Lear and Ryan Viltz all were on a charge from back in the pack.

The yellow flew several times for minor spins which kept the field bunched allowed the leaders to continue to run in a tight pack. Halopka blasted past Turner on the cushion to take the lead, but he was soon joined in a battle for the lead by Gerth who closed to his rear bumper. Viltz was also on the move working the high side. A late yellow set up a two lap sprint, but Gerth had trouble on the green when he lost a driveshaft and was done. Leer then became the pursuer, but Halopka was not going to give up the top spot and he made an adjustment of the final two laps to hold off the charging Leer for the win. Ryan Viltz finished a strong third with Turner getting his best run of the year while Tito Viltz recovered from a lap two spin to complete the top five.

Bob Wahlstrom has been a competitor at area tracks for a quarter century, but tonight he won his first ever feature event when he topped the Pure Stock main event. He started on the pole and after battling with Jay Folz early, established a comfortable lead as many of the fastest challengers had a variety of troubles and found themselves far back in the pack. A big collision in turn four cost Nick Traynor a solid finish and set up a two lap sprint to the wire but Wahlstrom pulled away on the green to take the memorable win. Rookie John Erickson made a late race pass of Josh Bach to get second, his best finish to date with Gunnar Watkins and Folz completing the top five. Wahlstrom was making his first run is son Tyler’s car after he wrecked his own car last weekend. Tyler is currently serving in Iraqi with the National Guard and Bob was a very grateful winner.

Racing continues next Saturday night with a full show in all five classes again, with race time scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

SUMMARY

WISSOTA Modifieds
20 lap Feature – Mike Anderson, Colfax; Dave Baxter, Eau Claire; Mark Hanson, Chippewa Falls; Brent Prochnow, Colfax; Kevin Adams, Cameron; Shawn Kreyer, Hayward; Luke Schilling, Granton; Scott Duval, Bloomer; Paul Niznik, Medford; Jason Swan, Chippewa Falls; Paul Brust, Rice Lake; Dave Mayala, Barron; Steve Hallquist, Eau Claire; Mike Anderson, Dallas; Scott Miller, Rice Lake; Aric Lindberg, Dallas; Pat Hoffman, Rice Lake; Tridell Champlin, Deer River MN
10 lap Heat 1 – Adams; Hanson; Kreyer; Duval; Niznik; Anderson(Dallas)
Heat 2 – Schilling; Baxter; Swan; Miller; Brust; Hoffman
Heat 3 – Anderson(Colfax); Prochnow; Hallquist; Mayala; Champlin; Lindberg
 
WISSOTA Super Stocks
20 lap Feature – Jason Forehand, Eau Claire; Aaron Wilson, Menomonie; Tommy Richards, Mondovi; Scott Clark, Cameron; Ben Hillman, Menomonie; Andy Grymala, Superior; Paul Erikson, Abbotsford; Chad Johnson, Colfax; Scott Zitelman, Taylors Falls MN; Jeff Heintz, Turtle Lake; Marcel Hoaglan, Hudson; Lance Schilling, Chili; Tim Shackleton, Dallas; Chad Tarvis, Chetek; Jean-Guy Fortin, Thunder Bay Ont; Russ Chester, Chetek; Donnie Talmage, Amery; Mike Siewert, Mikana; Cy Hoaglan, Ashland; Shane Kisling, Sarona; Barry Smith, Solon Springs.
10 lap Heat 1 – Wilson; Grymala; Johnson; Shackleton; Schilling; Fortin; Siewert
Heat 2 – Forehand; Clark; M. Hoaglan; Zitelman; Tarvis; Smith; Chester
Heat 3 – Kisling; Erikson; Richards; Heintz; Hillman; C. Hoaglan; Talmage
 
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
15 lap Feature – Shane Halopka, Greenwood; Matt Leer, Bruce; Ryan Viltz, Cameron; Mark Turner, Rice Lake; Tito Viltz, Cameron; Bryce Johnson, Barron; Josh Smith, Chippewa Falls; Terry Sirek, Rice Lake; Jesse Ogston, Duluth MN; Travis Anderson, Colfax; Joe Olson, Chetek; Chuck Lambert, Fort Frances Ont; Jordan Hessler, Elk Mound; Bob Wood, Cadott; Chad Manor, Monroe; Scotty Bruce, Thunder Bay Ont; Mark Gerth, Menomonie; Fran Hanson, Dallas; Mike Paulson, Rochester MN; Allan Broker, Turtle Lake.
10 lap Heat 1 – Leer; R. Viltz; T. Viltz; Ogston; Olson; Wood; Hessler
Heat 2 – Turner; Sirek; Johnson; Lambert; Hanson; Broker
Heat 3 – Halopka; Gerth; Smith; Paulson; Manor; Bruce
 
WISSOTA Street Stocks
15 lap Feature – Jay Kesan, Weyerhaeuser; Ron Hanestad, Glenwood City; Danny Richards, Mondovi; Chanda Fjorden-Nord, Luck; Josh Amans, Rice Lake; Sam Fankhauser, Rice Lake; Joel Hinrichs, Cameron; Zach Manley, Cameron; Doug Wojcik, Ladysmith; Ashley Husby, Menomonie; James Vought, Hudson; Simon Wahlstrom, Cameron; Ryan Asp, North St. Paul MN
10 lap Heat 1 – Fjorden-Nord; Hinrichs; Wojcik; Husby; Fankhauser; Wahlstrom; Manley
Heat 2 – Hanestad; Kesan; Richards; Amans; Vought; Asp
 
Pure Stocks
12 lap Feature – Bob Wahlstrom, Chetek; John Erickson, Cameron; Josh Bach, Rice Lake; Gunnar Watkins, Elk Mound; Jay Folz, Rice Lake; Bob Thompson, Cameron; Kyle Hunter, Luck; Nick Wojcik, Ladysmith; Nick Traynor, Chetek; Kendall Grover, Chetek; Rob Lowe, Luck
8 lap Heat 1 – Wojcik; Traynor; Wahlstrom; Bach; Erickson; Grover
Heat 2 – Folz; Hunter; Thompson; Lowe; Watkins

July 3 Photos by Chris Burback & Doug Zimmer: