I wrapped up a four-night racing weekend by heading to Lisbon for the Labor Day Special at Sheyenne Speedway. A full grandstand along with 67 cars signed in for Monday’s event.
Monday was the final night of season points at Sheyenne, meaning track champions were being crowned.
There were some feel-good stories on the night. One was in the Wissota Street Stocks, where veteran Todd Carter won his first feature of the year. Carter destroyed his Wissota Street Stock car in a rollover at Jamestown in May and has been out of commission for much of the summer. Armed with a new car, Carter fended off a persistent Bob Banish Jr. for Monday’s win. Jonny Carter of Lisbon won the track title for a fourth straight year. The Old Man Jerry Lamb won the makeup feature.
Kasey Ussatis of Nome is having a tough stretch. He is the likely Wissota Street Stock Rookie of the Year but since Aug. 8 has six DNFs, including another one on Monday. Ussatis has had some engine issues with his primary car and has been forced to drive his backup and hopes to have the motor for that car back this week.
Reise Stenberg of Argusville appeared to be on his way to his first Sheyenne win of the season; he opened a nice lead on the field before a caution came out. Stenberg was the last person who wanted to see the yellow; his lead was gone and soon, defending champion Nate Reinke of Lisbon was on his tail. Reinke went low to pass Stenberg to pick up the win, which was he second of the night (he also won the makeup feature). Stenberg looked good in finishing second with Randy Klein of Lisbon third.
National point leader Lance Schill of Langdon was in attendance as well; he was part of about a 4-car battle for fourth and fifth and settled for seventh.
Another feel good story was Jeffrey Schwind Jr. of Jamestown finishing fourth. Schwind had a bad crash at I-94 Speedway in June that tore up his 3 car pretty bad. Schwind returned to the track recently and looked good in his 3 machine.
Brian Bernotas has dominated the Wissota Super Stock class at Sheyenne all year and won his sixth feature in the class. Stewart Schipke of Aberdeen led early and had a nice lead which disappeared with a yellow. Bernotas worked by him on the restart and won, wrapping up the track title easily in the process. Schipke ran a solid second with John Miller of Enderlin, Jay Holub of Verona and Al Cleveland of Breckenridge rounding out the top five.
Speaking of Cleveland, it was good to see the veteran back. A few weeks ago he had a crash into the wall at Sheyenne that heavily damaged his 4A car; Monday night he got a top five so I’d say it was a successful return.
Bo Gregor of Lisbon looked good in his 2 machine in picking up the Pure Stock win. A nice 16-car field took the green. Clay Gentzkow, who won the makeup feature, won the track title in convincing fashion, and then turned the car over to his brother for the regular racing program.
Jason Reinke of Moorhead dominated the Mini Stock feature, building a straightaway lead on the field.
Sheyenne has one race left — the Battle at the Boneyard — on Sept. 30
Lee and Vogel Win at Madison; Riley Wraps Up First Career Track Title
Cody the Cobra Lee picked up another Wissota Midwest Modified win at Madison; he has 12 wins overall on the season. Corey Storck of Morris was fourth and Haley Lee of Starbuck fifth. Haley Lee has been very solid over the last month; she has four top five finishes since Aug. 18.
Justin Vogel of Brooten, the national point leader, picked up win No. 22 on the season in the Wissota Street Stocks. Kyle Dykhoff of Starbuck was second, with Eric Riley of Morris taking fourth. Congrats to Riley for winning the first track championship of his racing career; his luck in August wasn’t good but generally has been running towards the front wherever he has gone.