Nodak Speedway races on despite low car count – Minot Daily News

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All four cars in the second heat race for the IMCA Stock Cars, featuring Mike Hagen (27), Brett Woznicki (36), Jake Nelson (10) and Nick Lund (13), race side-by-side Sunday evening at Nodak Speedway.

The cancellation of the North Dakota State Fair added an extra race day Sunday evening to the Nodak Speedway schedule.

However, the car count was lower than usual for the Magic City Dirt Series because a handful of drivers had already planned vacations around what was going to be a break in the action.

In total, 37 cars across three classes made the trip to Minot. Race recaps are below.

IMCA Modifieds

On the hunt for his first Modified feature win at Nodak Speedway this season, Justin Medler used an eye-catching move underneath points leader Jason Wolla to win the second heat race. Jerad Thelen picked up the win in the other heat race.

Thelen started on the outside of the front row in the main feature. Steven Seibel, from Harvey, lined up on the pole.

The opening laps saw Thelen take the lead with Travis Hagen going with him for a two-car breakaway. They were reeled in after a caution slowed the action with 21 laps remaining.

Wolla, who started 10th, was up to third place after making a couple more passes on the restart.

In a battle for the lead, a slide job pass by Hagen got him around Thelen with 15 laps left. Wolla then got under Thelen for second place six laps later.

The race stayed green for the final 21 laps, and Hagen got around enough lapped traffic to keep Wolla behind him for his second feature win at Nodak Speedway this season. Thelen held onto third.

IMCA Sport Mods

Fifteen cars, the largest class of the evening, took the green flag for the 20-lap main feature. Heat winners Brady Bjella and Reid Hanson started sixth and on the pole, respectively.

Terry Faul took the lead from Hanson in the first corner by driving away on the high side. Brock Beeter, switching out his typical Hobby Stock for a Sport Mod, brought Faul back to the pack by drawing a caution with his car coming to a stop on the backstretch.

Hanson was sent to the back two laps later for another caution.

Up front, Faul was surrounded by Darren Medler and Jeff Hooker. Faul went off the track on the backstretch with 13 laps left to give Hooker the top spot.

Medler, racing in honor of his grandmother who passed away recently, struggled to catch Hooker, a long-time friend of the Medler family. He got one last chance when the caution waved with five laps left.

Medler got to the back bumper of Hooker on the last lap and nearly made the dramatic pass. He got to the door of Hooker as they took the checkered flag together.

Robby Rosselli rounded out the podium ahead of Bjella and points leader Chad Strachen.

IMCA Stock Cars

Bob Fuegmann started as the guy to beat and lead the first four laps of the 20-lap main feature before Adam Goff and Jake Nelson brought out the first yellow flag. Goff stayed on the track with a torn-up front end, while Nelson retired to the garage.

Mike Hagen moved ahead of Heat 2 winner Brett Woznicki for second place with 14 laps remaining. Fuegmann happily watched the battle behind him and managed to build up a small cushion.

The gap, however, had vanished with eight laps left. Hagen was all over Fuegmann, waiting for the perfect time to attack. He did so on the backstretch with five laps left.

The next time around, Hagen used a slide job to try and overtake Fuegmann, and they collided. Fuegmann went off the track and stopped to bring out the caution.

Fuegmann suffered a flat left front tire due to the contact made and reluctantly had to pull off the track. Meanwhile, Hagen kept his spot in first place and went on to win the race. Fair or not, a chorus of cheers and boos greeted Hagen in victory lane.

Woznicki, Will Scheresky, Joren Boyce and Nick Lund rounded out the Top 5.

Weekly racing resumes at 7 p.m. next Sunday, July 26, at Nodak Speedway.

Alex Eisen covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.

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