DOAR WINS LATE MODEL MAIN, SABRASKI FIRST IN MIDWEST MOD AND SUPER STOCKFEATURES
By Jerry O’Brien
9-10-21 Superior, WI
9-10-21 Superior, WI
Once Again a late Notification from Gondik Law Speedway.
It seems that Johnny Broking the winner of the 30 lap
Main Event failed Technical scrutiny after his victory. He
was disqualified and second place finisher Ashley
Anderson was declared the winner.
Perfect racing weather continued on Friday night the second day of the 33rd
Annual Northern nationals at the Gondik Law Speedway. Day two featured
WISSOTA Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds. Each
division produced above thirty cars except the Late Models with 29. Modifieds
had 30 entries, Super Stocks had 38 cars and the Midwest Modifieds were one
behind with 37 entries for a total of 127 cars in the four divisions.
A nice crowd was on hand to witness some of the best racing presented on the
four/tenths mile high banked oval this season and the camping area was filled.
Qualifying heats in each division numbered four each as well as Features.
Midwest Modifieds and Super Stocks had two each and the Late Models and
Modifieds one each.
Heat winners in the Midwest Modifieds were Joey Jensen, Shane Howell, Kelly
Estey and Shane Sabraski driving the EZ1 car.
B Feature winners were McLean Andrews in the first and Ryan Savoy in the
Heats in the Super Stock were won by Steve Stuart, Jesse Redetzke, Dexton
Koch and Shane Sabraski.
B Features went to Dylan Nelson and Justin Weinberger.
Late Model heats went to Travis Budiaslovich, Kyle Peterlin, Pat Doar and
James Giossi. The single b Feature was won by Steve Laursen.
In the Modified heat races, winners were Ashley Anderson, Bob Broking,
Daniel Bargender and Jody Bellefeuille. The B Feature went to Shane Sabraski.
After the preliminaries were finished and a short intermission was taken, it was
time for feature racing action. Firs up were the WISSOTA Super Stocks with
Shane Howell’s Ford powered Modified on the pole and Joey Jensen’s Chevrolet
powered car on the outside. Howell took the point at the green with Jensen, Jason
VandeKamp, Shane Sabraski, Tyler Vernon Kelly Estey and David Sweringen all
in hot pursuit. Howell and Jensen continued to run one/two as Sabraski in the
EZ1owned by Randy Logge continued to move forward until he landed in third.
The top three remained the same as the laps unreeled quickly. Behind them the
competition was fierce as VandeKamp, Estey, Vernon and Sweringin swapped
places on every lap. Sabraski finally vanquished Jensen and set out after Howell.
He quickly made the pass and ran away from the pack as laps continued to fly by.
Sabraski went on to take the victory over Howell, Jensen, Estey and VandeKamp
in the top five that took only seven minutes, nine seconds to complete the 20 laps.
The next feature to take to the t rack was the 25 lap main event for the
WISSOTA Super Stocks. On the front row, by chance, were the top two in
WISSOTA National Points, Shane Sabraski nd Kevin Burdick. At the green
Sabraski tool rhe lead over Burdick as Jake Froemke slid into third ahead of
Dexton Koch and Jesse Redetzke. The leaders continued to pull out a slight lead
while 2021 track champion Dave Flynn was on the move forward from the third
row into third. He then set out to run down Burdick for second. Steve Stuart
moved up from sixth to run fourth as he got by Redtzke and Koch. An incident in
turn one involving Brian Carl brought out what would prove to be the only caution
flag of the race with fourteen laps remaining. At the green Sabraski continued to
lead Burdick with Flynn closing in on the duel. Flynn closed up on the lead duo
and was able to pass Burdick for second. After that he proceeded to try and find a
way past Sabraski to the lead. This battle raged the rest of the way but Flyn was
unable to find enough speed to take the lead and sabraski went on to win his
second feature of the day. Burdick, Stuart and Koch finished in the top five.
Sabraski had won his second feature of the day, two in a row and brought on talk
of a possible third feature in the Modifieds though the difficulty would be much
higher since he was slated to start 17th in that race.
Next up was the WISSOTA Late Model main event with 25 cars scheduled to
go 35 laps. A pair of cars numbered 11 started on the front row with Pat Doar on
the pole flanked by the 11G of James Giossi. From the outset the event boiled
down to veteran Pat Doar leading and the youngster trying to find a way to get
past and take the win. The battle for the win lasted all 35 circuits as the two flew
around the speedway with rarely a car length between the. On one lap Giossi
wound up and pitched a fast ball in the form of a massive slide job. He dived low,
shot up in front of Doar but couldn’t complete it as Doar calmly took advantage as
Giossi slid toward the wall and moved back to the lead. There were four caution
flags in the event, the first came when Tim McMann apparently tried to go to the
pits and turned in front of Aaron Lillo. The resulting collision put them both out.
The restart came with 28 laps to go with Doar out front ahead of Giossi, Kyle
Peterlin, Travis Budiaslovich and Deven VanHouse. Three more laps were run
before another incident occurred. Mike Prochnow and another car touched just
before the third turn and that sent Prochnow into a wild slide into the infield where
he ended up on the stadium light pole mound. It took some time to extricate the
#68 from it’s resting place. Surprisingly, he was able to continue and finished
ninth. This time the restart came with 25 laps to go but only lasted for one when
Tim Lillo and Robbie Cooper clashed in turn four. Both were out of competition.
While all eyes were on the battle for the lead, things were changing behind the
leaders. Budiaslovich was running in third, but others were making rns toward the
front. Peterlin suddenly found himself in a battle for fourth with Kevin Eder and
Mike Bellefeuille. Also in the mix were VanHouse, Darrell Nelson and Danny
Vang. The caution flag again flew when Peterlin spun in turn four and drove off
into the pits. Now there were 14 laps remaining and the game was stil the same up
front, Giossi trying everything to get past Doar and Doar doing everything to keep
him behind him. It continued on for the remaining 14 laps with Doar victorious for
the fifth time in a Northern Nationals Late Model feature to go along with one
feature win in the Modifieds. Budiaslovich maintained third, Kevin Eder was
fourth and Mike Bellefeuille finished fifth. In the second five, Darrell Nelson was
sixth, VanHouse seventh, Vang eighth, Prochnow ninth and Buddy Hanestad
The evening’s finale was 30 laps for the WISSOTA Modifieds which looked to
be a barnburner of it’s own. Starting on the pole was Ashley Anderson who is
having a great year alongside Johnny Broking who is also having a strong season.
At the green flag Anderson grabbed the lead over Broking as Dan Bargender
grabed third ahead of the always dangerous Dave Cain in fourth. Bob Broking,
Jody Bellefeuille, Pat Cook and Al Uotinen were also in the mix. Two laps in
Broking was able to come off turn four ahead of Anderson and the battle was on.
Lap after lap Anderson tried to get the lead back from Broking. With 18 laps
remaining Anderson got a run and passed Broking for the lead but Broking came
right back to take the point back. Right at the half way point, lap fifteen, the first
caution flag flew when Tyler Vernon and Rick Rivord tangled o the back s tretch
just off the second turn. The field just got realigned and took the green when
another caution flag waved when Shane Sabraski and Al Uotinen tangled in the
first turn. Sabraski was charged with the incident which killed any chance of him
wining three features in three different classes. The restart saw Broking and
Anderson pick up the battle going the rest of the way running laps side by side
with Broking strong enough off turn four to keep the lead. The final lap saw
Broking heading for victory about two feet in front of Anderson. Cain finished
third ahead of Jody Belllefeuille and Bargender in the top five. Ryan Gierke was
sixth, then Cole Spacek seventh, Brandon Copp eighth from his 20th starting spot,
Andy Jones in ninth and Darrell Nelson tenth. The margin of victory was .028 of
a second. Anderson turned the fastest lap at 19.352 seconds.