316 Drivers Sign into the Ogilvie Raceway for Night 1 of the FYE Motorsports MTH Fall Classic
Ogilvie, MN (October 8) – 316 drivers checked in to race night one of the FYE Motorsports MTH Fall Classic which included an impressive showing of drivers across six states and Canada. Night one featured heats for all nine classes of action.
The first of five WISSOTA Street Stock heats kicked off with some great race action. Kurt Becken snagged the lead with Jeremy Castro in second. Justin Pogones moved past Castro and reeled in Becken. With one lap to go Pogones was at Becken’s side, Becken however pulled off the win.
Joe Weber led the second heat to the stand and snagged the immediate lead. Weber however got loose on the track which gave Nick Traynor the chance to cruise by. Traynor went on to take the win. The remaining three Street Stock heats were won by Cody Kummer, Jay Kesan and Parker Anderson.
Brandon Mehrwerth led the first heat of WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green and won in a dominating fashion.
Heat two of the Midwest Modifieds began with David Pixley in the lead, however, Kennedy Swan worked Pixley’s #3P as Ryan Savoy closed in. Savoy made his move past Swan and slid by Pixley for first. Swan also made her way by Pixley as Savoy took the win.
Heats four, five and six had a caution or two each, but it was Ashely Mehrwerth, Zach Benson and Randy Laage who took wins. Heat seven was the battle of the Schulte’s with Ashton claiming the lead off the start. Travis Schulte tracked down Ashton’s #11, made the pass and took the win.
In the eighth and final Midwest Modified heat, Jason VandeKamp sped off as the green few and other drivers battled three wide for second. Andrew Inman claimed the second point while VandeKamp snagged the win.
Don Shaw kicked off the WISSOTA Late Model features with the first heat win of the night, while the second heat had some three wide action. Shane Edginton, Bryce Sward broke free of the three wide battle and fought for first as Dave Mass closed in. Edginton slid into the top point but Mass soon caught the #5e, made his move and won the race. Pat Doar made an early move into the first position in the fourth heat and didn’t look back as the fifth heat also featured some three wide action. Harry Hanson pulled away with the top point, led through a caution and took the win.
The WISSOTA Modifieds had four heats with little to no cautions in each race. Dan Ebert, Jeremy Nelson (4), Shane Sabraski and Tyler Peterson earned wins.
With only six cautions throughout the entire race night this far, the WISSOTA Super Stocks began their features and added on many more yellows. Heats one and two were plagued with cautions, with Dylan Nelson and Erick Thiesse grabbing wins. The third heat was refreshing and caution free with Ryan Kostreba grabbing the checkers.
The fourth Super Stock heat featured Kyle Matuska in a solid lead, but with two to go, Dave Flynn caught the #43. As the race came to a close, Flynn slid by Matuska for the win. The final two Super Stock heat wins were awarded to Dexton Koch and Shane Sabraski.
With only 11 USRA Late Models signing in for the event, just one heat race was run. Lucas Peterson led the drivers to the green however Ryan Mikkelson and Max Nelson made the pass for first and second respectively. Nelson tried to make a move on Mikkelson however was unsuccessful as Mikkelson took the win.
Robert Holtquist grabbed the early lead in the first WISSOTA Mod Four heat. Holtquist’s win looked like a sealed deal until the yellow waved on the final lap. The green and white flags were waved together as Dean Larson made a charge for the top point. Holtquist didn’t back down as he and Larson raced nose to nose to the checkers. Larson was a smidge ahead at the line and took the win. Tommy Pogones sped off with the lead in the second heat but Dustin Holtquist and Skyler Smith were on his bumper. Smith and Holtquist flew to Pogones’ doors and they were three wide for first. Holtquist took the point, but before the race ended, Smith made the pass and declared victory.
The WISSOTA Pure Stocks had enough drivers to fill two heats and as the first heat began, Michael Roth grabbed the lead. Mike Schnider reeled Roth in through the eight-lap event and as they came to the line, the drivers were close. Schnider nosed ahead for the point and took the win. Josh Berg started second in the second heat, however he quickly took the top point and held it until the checkers flew.
The race night was almost complete, with just four WISSOTA Hornet races left to complete. Matt Pederson made the trip to the Big O and dominated the first heat by going from the 10th and last starting position to take the win. As the second Heat began, drivers were four wide and swapping for the top point. Five drivers kept in a close battle for top points a majority of the race until Marcus Ammerman and Anthony Jenson broke free of the pack. They remained in a battle for the lead until the checkers waved with Ammerman as the winner. The final two Hornet heat wins went to Jenna Hagemann and after a visit to tech, Bryce Huff.
Article Credit: Tami Jo Kuehn