SABRASKI PADS SUPER STOCK SERIES POINT LEAD
By Jerry O’Brien
7-24-20 (Superior, WI)
7-24-20 (Superior, WI)
Shane Sabraski of Rice, MN added to his Fastlane Motorsports Super Stock
Series point lead with a sweep Friday night at Gondik Law Speedway. A total of
44 WISSOTA Super Stocks were on hand to compete in the third of five Series
Also on the card were the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Pure Stocks and
Hornets for a total of 91 cars. Competition on the big four tenths mile banked oval
with qualifying heats in all four divisions.
Defending track and WISSOTA National Champion Cory Jorgensen topped the
only 11 car heat over Trevor Treviranus. There were two heats in the WISSOTA
Hornets won by Kristy Marken and the second went to two time feature winner
Jase Wiarda. Midwest Modified heats went to Ryan Savoy and Chris Bretting.
There were five heats in the headlining Super Stock division. Dave Flynn
topped the first one, Keith Kern won the second heat, Sabraski won the third heat,
Josh Zimpel was the fourth heat winner and former track champion Nick
Oreskovich won heat number five.
There were a pair of Semi-Features advancing two competitors from each one
to fill out the main event field. Superior’s Andy Grymala and John Adams
advanced form the first Semi Feature and Chris Wark and Danny Thomas in his
first race in some time, advanced to the 30 lap feature.
Up first for feature action were the Midwest Modifieds with all 19 cars
answering the call. Newcomer Eric Gadach started from the pole flanked by
defending track champion Andrew Inman. The first attempt at starting the 20 lap
event went for naught as three cars tangled in turn four bringing out the first of
two caution flags. Dalton Mains, Jack Rivord and Gunnar Peterson were involve.
Mains and Peterson were able to continue but Rivord’s mount went off on the
hook. Inman led the pack to the green flag at the restart with Ryan Savoy, Brady
Uotinen, Cody Carlson and Gadach trailing. Carlson got by Uotinen in the second
turn and set out after Savoy. Further back and moving forward were McLean
Andrews, Skeeter Estey, Jason Schill and Jimmy Latvala. At the half way point
with Inman still out front, Carlson and Savoy were in a skirmish for second and
Carlson made the pass for second. At this point the second caution flag for debris
on the track bunched up the field with eight laps remaining. The restart saw
Carlson make his move, swung past Savoy and Inman to the lead and began to
move away headed for his first feature win since returning to the Midwest
Modifieds. Unfortunately this was not to be as, with three laps to go, Carlson’s car
suffered a flat tire leaving the win to Inman. Andrews, Savoy, Uotinen and Latvala
rounded out the top five.
Next up was the 12 lap main event for the Pure Stocks. Jared Akervik and
Tanner Gehl led the pack to the green flag and Akervik jumped into the lead but
the caution flag flew when Cory Jorgensen’s machine stalled in the fourth turn.
With no laps completed, it was a complete restart and Akervik assumed the lead
with Gehl, Aaron Bernick, Jorgensen and Trevor Treviranus in the top five. The
event would be completed without another caution flag. Akervik continued to lead
as there was some shuffling behind him. Jorgensen moved to third behind Bernick,
then made the pass for second. Meanwhile moving forward from his 10th starting
spot was former track champion James Vendela as he slid into third. Akervik
began to open a gap on the second place battle as the pair raced side by side.
Akervik went on to win his fourth feature of the season and Vendela captured
runner up honors. Bernick got past Jorgensen when he got trapped behind the
lapped car of David Peterson.
Another twelve lap feature was up next, this one for the Hornet division. Josh
Rowe led the first two laps with Andy Lieno, Kristy Marken and AJ House
behind. Marken made her way past into the lead followed by heat two winner Jase
Wiarda. Lieno, Carson Gotelaere, Rowe and House. Marken extended her lead,
but Jacob White got into the fourth turn wall and rolled over his #73 bringing out a
rare red flag condition. White was not injured and when racing resumed, Marken
was still in the lead but House was right there to contend for the win. Marken was
holding her own against House, but, with three laps remaining, House was able to
get past and go on for the win. Marken was a strong second with Hunter
McDougall third, Gotelaere fourth and the #74 of Reid Johnson fifth.
Then it was time for the 30 lap main event for the Northern Super Stock Series
to roll onto the track. Keith Kern’s #8 was on the pole alongside the potent #7A
piloted by Series point leader Shane Sabraski. At the green Sabraski out dragged
Kern to the first turn and grabbed the lead. Dave Flynn, Nick Oreskovich and Josh
Zimpel in the top five. Moving forward into the battle was Matt Deragon from
seventh and Tim Johnson from ninth. Also making his way into the top ten was the
previous night’s winner Kevin Burdick. The only caution flag of the event flew
when Danny Thomas’ #40 slowed on the front stretch and rolled into the infield.
The restart came with 19 laps to go and Sabraski easily pulled away from Flynn,
Deragon, Kern and Oreskovich. Burdick took advantage of the caution period to
move into fifth during the restart shuffle. While Sabraski motored away, Deragon,
Flynn and Oreskovich fell into a three way battle for the second spot, sometimes
three wide. With the last third of the laps under way, Sabraski was uncatchable as
Flynn won the skirmish with Oreskovich, Deragon and Tim Johnson in the top
five. The order looked to stay in that order to the checkered flag, but problems
ended Flynn’s night prematurely as he ended up a DNF in 20th place. Deragon
finished a strong second, Oreskovich third, Johnson fourth and Burdick fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Dexton Koch, Kyle Copp, Cort Casari, Shawn
McFadden and Austin Niemeyer.
Sabraski’s dominating performance gave him a total of nine wins on the season
in the Super Stocks at Gondik Law Speedway thus far.