BELLEFEUILLE, SABRASKI, CARLSON, JORGENSEN, SCHELITZCHE SWEEP BORDER BATTLE
By Jerry O’Brien
(7-1/2-22) Superior, WI
After a long two days of competition at the Gondik Law Speedway, the Sixth
Annual Border Battle came to a close on Saturday night July 2nd finishing up with
the $10,000 to win WISSOTA Modified 50 lap feature.
The previous night the Modifieds spent their time racing double heat races with
the order for the feature determined by passing points accrued during these
qualifying races for the top sixteen drivers. Before the complete starting grid could
be completed, a pair of Semi-Features were run, each qualifying four more drivers
to the main event. In the first, Billy Kendall III, Ward Imrie, Darrell Nelson and
Cole Spacek qualified and in the second Andy Jones, Brandon Copp, Clayton
Wagamon and Shane Howell qualified.
Prior to the start of the 50 lap grind, something unique occurred, all of the 24
starters were run across the victory circle where their deck height was checked. All
starters checked as legal.
The two dozen starters moved onto the racing surface led by local racers Jody
Bellefeuile and Al Uotinen on the front row. At starter Ray Stuart’s green flag the
field roared into life. Bellefeuille bolted to the front with Uotinen, Rodney
Sanders, Daniel Bargender and Shane Sabraski close behind. Bellefeuille held
onto the point over Sanders, Uotinen, Don Eischens and Sabraski. There was a
caution flag on lap three for the 26G of Ryan Gierke. At the restart Bellefeuille
continued to lead as Eischens got past Sanders to second. Sabraski and Uotinen
followed as Ashley Anderson moved up to challenge the top five. The top four
remained that way for a few laps while there was movement further back as
Anderson cracked the top five and Mike Anderson was sixth from his tenth
starting spot. Bellefeuille maintained the lead over Eischens as the pair began to
widen the gap back to Sanders. Back behind fifth place Ashley Anderson, Mike
Anderson was joined by Johnny Broking who had slipped past Uotinen. The battle
between Bellefeuille and Eischens heated up as Eischens tried high and low to get
past, coming close but was unable to take the lead at this point. Meanwhile Ashley
Anderson was pushing Sabraski for the fourth spot. The order in the top runners
showed little movement until later in the now non stopped competition. Sabraski
held onto fourth as Ashley Anderson tried to take the spot while fending off Mike
Anderson. Entering the top ten was Dan Ebert as, up front, Sabraski took fourth
from Sanders. Ashley Anderson also got by Sanders, then got past Sabraski to
third. The lead battle continued on with Eischens unable to find a way past
Bellefeuille. Mike Anderson also got past Sanders to fifth as Sanders dropped
back into a battle with Ebert who was now in a skirmish with Johnny Broking for
seventh. Up front the order remained the same but Sanders began to gain ground
back to sixth with Ebert seventh and Daniel Bargender, who had almost
disappeared from the top ten rebounding to eighth. With no caution flags, the laps
wound down quickly. With three circuits remaining Bellefeuille was firmly out
front ahead of Eischens who was looking for one last charge for the win. Ashley
Anderson was still strong in third, Sabraski was fourth and Sanders was able to
regain fifth. The second five included Bargender, Ebert, Johnny Broking, Mike
Anderson and Al Uotinen in tenth. This was the top ten finishing order as Jody
Bellefeuille led every one of the 50 laps for the well earned $10,000 payday.
In other action, unlike the Modified feature, the Midwest Modified feature
became a “Caution-fest” with five of them, mostly in the last half of the 25 lap
event. Skeeter Estey was driving the 1w1 car and started the event from the pole.
On his outside was Kennedy Swan who had raced her way into the feature after
the 18s suffered engine failure the previous night. Jesse Polson and Cody Carlson
flagged off from row two. There was a problem at the start and a second try was
mandated. Estey again took the lead while Carlson slid past Swan to second. The
caution flag flew after the restart after a three car crash on the front stretch
involving William Moelter, Ashley Mehwerth and Evan Checkalski. With a single
lap now completed, the green flag appeared. At the same time the 18s of Kennedy
Swan retired to the pits. Estey maintained the lead over Carlson, Cole Boston and
Jesse Polson. Carlson won the early battle with Estey and blew out to a big lead.
Boston took second with Zach Benson third, Polson fourth and Andrew Inman
fifth. Caution flag number two flew for the 15g of Eric Gadach in turn four. The
restart came with 14 laps to go. Carlson maintained the lead at the restart as Estey
got past boston for second. Another quick caution flag flew for an incident in turn
two. Estey was quick on the restart as there were 12 laps remaining and regained
the point with Carlson second, Inman third, Benson fourth and Cole Boston fifth.
Another caution flag flew, the fourth of the contest for a spun car in turn two.
Estey kept the lead on this restart with Inman squeezing past Carlson. Joining the
front group was Tyler Kintner in fourth. Another caution flag, number five quickly
flew for a car around in the same place in turn two. With less than five laps to go,
Estey seemed ready to pick up another Midwest Modified victory, but Carlson was
not ready to give up. After getting past Inman, he dogged Estey, got a great run in
three and four and pulled a successful slide job that got him the win and the
$1,000 winner’s share. Estey, Inman, Kintner and Benson rounded out the top five.
In WISSOTA Super Stock action, Shane Sabraski started from the pole and
dominated the 25 lap feature. Dylan Nelson started in the third spot, quickly
moved past outside pole sitter Jake Froemke and set off after Sabraski in what
proved to be a futile chase. The 25 laps went by very quickly with nary a caution
flag in sight as Sabraski flew around the track lapping the back of the field with
impunity headed for the one grand first prize. Nelson was a distant second to the
very fast Sabraski, Kyle Copp, Dexton Koch and Jake Froemke finished in the top
five. Scott Lawrence flagged off in the 14th starting spot and made his waay to
sixth at the end. Jordan Henkemeyer, Dylan Kromschroeder, Andrew Mackey and
Andy Grymala finished in the top ten.
Sabraski whipped the full field of WISSOTA Super Stocks by11.2 seconds as
he counted his fourth win of the season at Gondik Law Speedway.
Cory Jorgensen continues to win almost every Pure Stock event that he enters.
This Saturday night Tom Treviranus managed to get past Jorgensen at the start and
led much of the first part of the race until Jorgensen moved up to challenge for the
lead. They ran side by side for a time before Jorgensen eased past and led to the
checkered flag. The win was worth $250 to Jorgensen as he put the cap on his
fourth Border Battle victory. Treviranus, Aaron Bernick, Jessie Limberios and
Tyler Kaschinski finished in the top five.
It was a dozen laps for the WISSOTA Hornets and Justin Schelitzche once
again showed the way as it was an easy win for the #14. Carter Matthews finished
second ahead of Paul George. As George was headed for the finish line he was
clipped from behind and slid wildly across the line and into the inside wall where
he hit an advertising sign. He was apparently not injured in the incident. Mac
Johnston and Rachel Boston rounded out the top five.