NORTHERN NATIONALS (Day One)
(Wednesday 9/9/20) (Superior, WI)
By Jerry O’Brien
The 323nd edition of the Northern Nationals kicked off on Wednesday
September 9. Originally set as a practice day, the 2020 edition also added a pair of
events for the Hornets as well as the Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds.there
was no admission charged for spectators.
Someone came up with the idea of a Bracket Racing event for the Hornets and
dubbed it The Komg or Queen of the Hill Championship.
The idea was that the drivers would draw for position and pair up for a two lap
Elimination Race with the loser eliminated and the winner to meet some one else
to determined by the same type of race, quarter finals, semi finals and finals .
The finish came down to a head to head race between Mike Klippenstein of
Proctor and Casey Fitzpatrick of Two Harbors. Klippenstein was the winner of the
$150 first prize and crowned King of the Hill Champion.
The second part of the program was called “Showdown in Souptown” which
involved Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds. This event was also a Head to
Head encounter between the two classes. Eight Midwest Modifieds and eight
Super Stocks lined up in a 16 car 20 lap feature to see which class would produce
a winner. The Midwest Modifeds made up the first four rows and the Super Stocks
the last four rows. The race was for bragging rights to see which class was fastest.
After the 20 laps were finished, the jury was still out on which class was faster
though Dexton Koch did manage to come from his ninth starting spot to finish a
close second in his number 78x Super Stock to Skeeter Estey’s number 37x
Midwest Modified. Nine cars finished the event and one, the 19J Midwest
Modified of Jack Rivord Did Not Start.
Behind the front pair in third was Ryan Savoy, number 16 Midwest Modified,
fourth was another Super Stock, the number 30 of Kevin Burdick up from the 15th
starting spot, and the number 77 Super Stock of Scott Lawrence from 16th to fifth.
The rest of the nine that finished were the Midwest Modified of Jimmy Latvala,
the Super Stock of Matt Deragon, the Super Stock of Don Muzzy and the Midwest
Modified of Paul Ripley.