FAIR RACES NIGHT #2 GONDIK LAW SPEEDWAY FRIDAY 8-5-22
By Jerry O’Brien
(8-5-22) Superior, WI
The second night of racing at the Head of the Lakes Fair in Superior was held
Friday August 8th. Warm weather plus Friday night being the weekly race night at
Gondik Law Speedway may have contributed to a better sized crowd to witness
racing in four WISSOTA divisions, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Pure
Stocks and Hornets. A total of 57 cars in the four divisions conspired to give the
fans some of the fastest, closest racing they could ask for.
In the Super Stocks heat races were won by Andrew Mackey and DJ Keeler,
Midwest Modified heats went to Andrew Inman and Jimmy Latvala, the Pure
Stock heats went to Cory Jorgensen and Tyler Kachinski and DeJay Jarecki topped
the Hornet heats.
First up for their 20 lap feature were the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Pole
sitter Wyatt Andrew Inman. At the green Boyum took the lead followed by
McLean Andrews, Inman, Jimmy Latvala and Ashton Schulte. The caution flag
was thrown one lap in when a pair of cars tangled in turn two. The restart saw
Boyum in the lead, Andrews second Inman third and Cody Carlson up into the top
five from the fourth row. Four laps in the caution flag reappeared for Scott
Thompson’s spin in turn four. At the restart Boyum retained the lead over Inman,
Shulte, Jamie Davis, Andrews and Carlson. Boyum continued his strong run in the
lead with Inman close behind. Davis moved to third and Carlson was fourth.
Caution number three flew for the 4L of Carey LePage’s spin in turn one. The
restart came with nine circuits remaining and Boyum still holding on to the lead.
The fourth caution flag immediately appeared for Anthony Gallian’s spin in the
first turn. The green flg appeared still with nine laps to go and Boyum still holding
the lead. This time it was Carlson who drove into second. After some close pack
racing behind Boyum with Carlson, Inman, Shulte, Davis and Tanner Gehl all
fighting for position, yet another caution flag flew, the fourth thus far for
Andrews’ spin in turns three and four. The restart came with four laps remaining
and Boyum still hanging on to the lead, caution four appeared when Gallian spun
in turns one and two. He was sent to the pits as the cause of two stoppages, there
were still four laps to go at the restart with Carlson right on Boyum’s bumper.
Next time around Carlson found the grip he needed and drove past Boyum to the
lead. A complete lap after the lead change, caution number five occurred when
Davis got turned around at the exit of turn four setting up a green/white/checkered
finish. Carlson was able to pull away from the pack to win his third feature at the
speedway and sixth over all. Boyum, Inman, James Berglund (from 10th) and
Tanner Gehl (from 11th) finished in the top five.
Then it was time for the Super Stoc ks to take center stage for their 20 lap main
event. Kyle Copp had the pole with Scott Lawrence next to him. Before the race
could be started Lawrence dived into the pits and came out a few moments later
and headed for the back of the pack. As the green flag flew Lawrence again
headed to the pits out of the race. Before a lap could be completed Andrew
Mackay hit the wall at the upper exit bringing out the caution. Matt Deragon then
moved up to the outside pole creating an all ABC Raceway regular front row.
Copp shot into the lead at the green with Deragon falling to second and into the
clutches of Terran Spacek. DJ Keeler was fourth and Ryan Kostreba fifth. Spacek
soon drove to second as Copp raced away from the field to a huge lead. Five las
later caution number two flew for a pair of cars tangled at the bottom of turn two.
They failed to make a full lap when the caution flag again was out for a tangle near
the exit to turn four that included Keeler, Deragon and Spacek. The incident was
hung on Keller who was sent to the rear. Deragon’s damage was too severe and he
was out while Spacek went back to the front to regain his place. The restart saw
Copp move off to the huge lead again ahead of a pack of cars that included
Spacek, Jim Campbell, R. Kostreba, Doug Koski, Jack Koranda and Andy
Grymala. Copp’s lead grew and Spacek broke away from the pack and set off in
pursuit. Campbell was in third place but losing ground to Spacek. With four laps
to go Dan Peterson spun at the bottom of turns one and two closing up the pack on
Copp and Spacek. Neither lost a place at the restart but Grymala got past Campbell
to third and R. Kostreba ended up fifth. It was Kyle Copp’s second feature win of
the 2022 season.
It was a dozen laps for the Pure Stocks and the outcome, while not set in stone,
was like many, Cory Jorgensen flying off the outside of the front row and leading
flag to flag for the sweep, his seventh feature win at the speedway and 17th over
for the season, another sweep. There was a good battle for second between Aaron
Bernick and Tom Treviranus won by Bernick. Tyler Kachinske and Nate Rose
were the top five. This night marked the return of “Bad Chad” Carlson driving the
15x of Rob Christman with a sixth place finish.
The Hornet feature also had a familiar ring as DeJay Jarecki quickly moved up
from his fifth starting spot, got past leader Kristy Marken and drove off to another
sweep, his sesond of the week having also won on Tuesday. Marken hung tough
and finished a strong second while Josh Kough finished third. Justin Schelitzche
was fourth and AJ House was fifth.