I managed to make it to the Battle at the Boneyard for the Sheyenne Speedway season finale on Sunday. A good field of 78 cars signed in.
Despite the cold weather and a few raindrops fans were treated to good racing in all six divisions.
The Wissota Midwest Modified feature was a battle between two drivers in the top 10 in national points — Scott “Rebel” Bintz of Jamestown and Cody “Cobra” Lee of Alexandria. Bintz took the lead from the pole and was tough but Lee was persistent giving chase. He was right there at the checkered but Bintz was a bit too strong for the win. Nate Reinke of Lisbon ran third, and Reise Stenburg of Argusville, who has run well at Sheyenne this season, taking fourth.
The long haul award goes to Austin Overwater of Winnipeg, Man. Overwater ran both nights of the doubleheader down at Madison Speedway and on his way home raced at Sheyenne, taking 13th.
Scott Bintz Racing’s Facebook page had a post stating that Scott plans to retire from racing this offseason. His equipment is all for sale. It’d be a shame if he stepped away; he is highly entertaining on and off the track.
The Wissota Street Stock main event saw some excellent racing. It started with a side-by-side battle for the lead between Lisbon veterans Jerry Lamb and Jonny Carter; Carter eventually took over the lead. Soon, the battle for second heated up as Lamb faced challenges from Todd Carter of Lisbon and Royce Jawaski of Adrian. The three raced hard in what was a fierce battle for second before Carter took over the spot. Jonny Carter went on to take the win with Todd Carter, Jerry Lamb and Royce Jawaski rounding out the top four.
One driver I don’t see race a lot is Geoff Hellman of Mandan. He finished in the top five at the Wissota 100, won the Jamestown Stampede and won on Friday at the Dacotah Speedway. Hellman ran a solid race using the low line and finished fifth.
Brian Bernotas of Colfax drew the pole for the Wissota Super Stock feature and that meant big trouble for the field. He dominated the feature like he has dominated the class all year to pick up another win. John Miller of Enderlin and Brandon Langer of Alice rounded out the top three, with Luis Chavez of Aberdeen running well to finish fourth.
Jason Miller of Monango — the winner of the Jamestown Stampede last weekend — weathered repeated challenges from Bo Gregor of Lisbon to claim the Hobby Stock feature. Ryan Ost of Adrian was third, Brad Orvedal of Fargo fourth and Ryan Mund of Milnor in fifth. One note about the pure stocks — season champion Clay Gentzkow of Lamoure has sold his 32 machine; he was dominant at Sheyenne all year.
Neil Walton of Englevale took the lead from the pole and built a straightaway lead in the Mini Stocks over Matt Pederson of Lake Park, Minn., who was the track champions at I-94 Speedway this summer. Pederson’s good run ended with mechanical issues, however. Walton took the win with Kelby Anderson of Fort Ransom taking second, Matt Bogart of Milnor taking third and Larry Dickinson of Fergus Falls taking fourth after starting 15th.Shawn Beto of Wahpeton finished in fifth.
Fargo driver Jesse Skalicky took the lead on the outside pole in the IMCA Modified feature. Tyler Peterson of Hickson was flying around the high side and was closing in the top three; however another car got into him and forced him into the wall, damaging his 1TPO machine and ending his night. I, for one, would have loved to see a Skalicky-Peterson duel at the front.
Randy Klein moved into second and challenged Skalicky on a couple of restarts; however Klein slid high on turn two and lost a couple of spots. Skalicky was able to open a comfortable lead over John Nord of Enderlin to pick up his first Sheyenne win of his career.
It was Skalicky’s third feature win of the summer in what was his IMCA Modified rookie campaign.
Zach Dockter ran well; he also had raced in Madison the nights before, and he worked his way to third at the checkered. Billie Christ of Jamestown, despite receiving damage after a car spun in front of him earlier in the race, battled to finish fourth. Klein settled for fifth.
I would say it was a good finale for Sheyenne despite cold weather and some sprinkles. Having nearly 80 cars was a positive and capped off what was a pretty good year for the track. I will be excited to see what Benji Froemke and Hunter Carter have in store for 2019 as I know they want to grow and improve the racing program at Sheyenne.
Peterson, Lee Win at Madison
Tyler Peterson of Hickson won the Wissota Modified feature Friday night at the Madison Speedway as part of the Madtown Showdown. Landon Atkinson of Little Falls was third.
Cody Lee of Alexandria won the Wissota Midwest Modified feature with Austin Hunter of Winnipeg taking third.
Ryan Satter of Dent was third in the Wissota Street Stock feature while Kyle Dykhoff of Starbuck was fifth.
On Saturday, Atkinson finished third in the Wissota Modified feature behind winner Brett Hoium of Villard and Matt Gilbertson of Montevideo.
Scott “Rebel” Bintz was third in the Wissota Midwest Modified feature while Haley Lee of Starbuck was sixth.
Dykhoff was second in the Wissota Street Stock feature on Saturday with Ryan Satter taking fifth.
Jonny Carter of Lisbon finished second in the Wissota Street Stock feature Friday at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan.