HOT RACING ON A HOT NIGHT AT GONDIK LAW SPEEDWAY
By Jerry O’Brien
(6-4-21) Superior WI
(6-4-21) Superior WI
There seems to be no half way as far as the weather is concerned here on the
tundra. Either it is bone chilling cold or mind numbing heat, there seems to be no
So, as time moved closer to “Friday Night at the Races”, a weekly show
showcasing all six WISSOTA divisions at Gondik Law Speedway, the
temperatures moved steadily upward as the week moved toward the Friday night
show until at the seven o’clock starting time the thermometer stood at 84 degrees.
Despite the rising temperatures a good field of 91 cars were ready to compete
on the four tenths mile high banks. There was a nice breeze from the south
southwest that kept the crowd coming producing a good crowd.
Qualifying heats in all divisions went off without any serious trouble and were
finished in short order. In the WISSOTA Late Models there was a pair of heats
won by Travis Budiaslovich and Derek Vesel, Mod heats went to Kelly Estey and
Bob Broking, Dave Flynn and Scott Lawrence won Super Stock heats, Andrew
Inman, Jack Rivord and Brady Uotinen won the MidMod qualifiers. Jared Akervik
and Aaron Bernick won the Pure Stock heats while Kristy Marken and DeJay
Jarecki won the Hornet heats.
With qualifying completed and some track maintenance completed it was time
for the first feature of the evening. Rolling onto the track was the 23 car 20 lap
feature for the WISSOTA Midwest Modified. Leading the pack was Tyler Vernon
and “The Cowboy” Shane Howell. Howell edged ahead of Vernon at the green
flag trailed by Inman, Dalton Mains, Zach Benson and Jack Rivord. The first
caution flag occurred with two laps complete for a Mason Musel incident in turn
four. Howell held onto the lead at the green flag and the order behind maintaied
itself. Howell held onto the lead while Vernon fell back into the clutches of Inman,
Benson and Mains, while further back Rivord, Jason VandeKamp and Uotinen
battled for position. While Howell extended his lead, Inman moved past Vernon to
second. Shortly thereafter caution flag number two flew for Kenny Kincaid’s
incident in turn four. The restart came with 12 laps to go and Howell kept the lead
over Inman, Benson, Mains and VandeKamp in the top five to the checkered flag
for the win.
Officials decided to change up the running order as they trotted out the 25 lap
feature for the WISSOTA Late Models. Twenty-five laps were scheduled for the
high powered machines with former track champion Deven VanHouse on the pole
flanked by Aaron Lillo controlling the green beast. VanHouse seized the lead as
Mike Bellefeuille followed him through to second. He was soon passed by Derek
Vesel who set out after VanHouse. Quickly blowing up from his seventh starting
spot, Pat Doar got by Vesel and VanHouse to nab the top spot with 13 laps
remaining. From there on Doar kept widening his lead while Vesel and VanHouse
stayed ahead of Bellefeuille and Travis Budiaslovich for the flag to flag victory.
Vowing to follow their “Big Brothers” the Late Models’ example, it was 20
laps for the WISSOTA Modifieds. Pole sitter Mike Rivord surprised some of his
competitors by fighting off all comers as he out dueled the likes of Skeeter Estey,
Johnny Broking, Bob Broking, Brandon Copp and Cole Spacek in the early laps.
Estey finally captured the point and fought off Rivord for several laps as the event
moved on without a stoppage. Almost unnoticed Copp was on the move and began
picking off drivers one by one. Up front Estey held down a narrow lead over
Rivord who in turn was trying to avoid losing second to Johnny Broking. As the
laps wound down, Copp put on a charge, got by Rivord, then drove past Estey into
the lead and the win as the Mods emulated the Late Models by running their event
caution free. Rivord maintained third as Cole Spacek vaulted over Skeeter Estey to
fourth at the checkered flag.
Next up was a 20 lap go for the WISSOTA Super Stocks led to the line by
Andrew Mackey and Dave Flynn. This 20 lap go would display a total of four
caution flags, but despite the slowdowns, Flynn would do his part to post a sweep
of the division. Scott Lawrence has been having a good season thus far with
several strong advances through the fields for good finishes. He was in the midst
of another one moving through the pack from his eighth starting slot when
something apparently went wrong. After moving into the fifth spot he hit the wall
at the exit to turn two and went off on the hook. This was the second caution flag.
Two more would fly, one with 15 laps to go and one with 11 laps remaining. Flynn
would weather them all to outdistance Matt Deragon, Mackey, Keith Kern and
Andy Grymala in the top five.
The final two main events were both 12 lap affairs for the WISSOTA Pure
Stocks and Hornets. In the Pure Stock feature, rookie driver A. J. House led a lap
from the pole before Tom Treviranus would take over for a lap as heat winner
Jared Akervik was on the move toward the point. He soon sailed past Treviranus
and moved away from the pack until the caution flag flew for Daniel Boatman
which drew Treviranus and the rest of the crew close to Akervik. Akervik had
little trouble maintaining the lead to the end to complete his sweep.
On the pole for the Hornet feature was Tyler Schramm in the #16. Schramm
had no trouble staying out front until a caution flag thrown when Gavin Rivord
who had rolled over in the fourth turn in his heat, again flirted with the wall, this
time in the second turn. This gave DeJay Jarecki a chance to close up on
Schramm’s tail. Jarecki got past and went on for the win completing his sweep.
Next Friday Gondik Law Speedway will form the second leg of a four day tour
by the Advantage RV Modified Tour which will start Thursday in Grand Rapids,
then, after Gondik Speedway moves to the ABC Raceway on Saturday and then to
the Halvor Lines Speedway in Proctor for the “King on the Hill” Mdifired show.