BARROWS — A hot day and a dry track are typically the expectations for drivers in the summer months.
An odd weather pattern with cool temperatures and rainy conditions closed several tracks Saturday night.
However, North Central Speedway and the Brainerd lakes area escaped the rain and that meant drivers from as far away as Winnipeg made the journey to NCS.
Dave Mass is one of the drivers well-known to NCS fans. Mass was a regular at the track for but has found a new home track in Ogilvie, which is closer to his home in Isanti.
Mass made his trip to Brainerd count with a win in the Super Stock feature and a third-place finish in the Modified feature.
“Our home track at Ogilvie rained out (Saturday) night so we didn’t have anywhere to go,” Mass said. “We came up here and went pretty good in the heat. We started up front in the feature and had control of the whole race.”
In the Super Stock event, 21 cars made the feature, including Dan Gullickson, the points leader at Ogilvie with Mass in sixth place in that class.
However, it ended up being a contest between Mass and track regulars Shane Sabraski and Tim Johnson. Mass was able to get the front-row start, along with Dave Read, and pushed his way out front.
With ideal racing conditions, Mass maintained his lead and finished in front of Johnson and Sabraski at the checkered flag.
“The car runs pretty good on a dry, slick track and it was pretty dry in turns one and two,” Mass said. “It seemed like it wanted to go through three and four fairly well and I didn’t really see anyone challenging me for the race.”
Johnson got the second-place finish with Sabraski in third, but Sabraski holds a 30-point margin over Johnson with one month left in the points season.
Sabraski, the leader in the Modified class with a 33-point edge on Justin Jones, took the win in the feature with Jones finishing second. Mass took third in the 20-lap event.
One race that may go down to the wire is the Midwest Modified class. Sabraski holds an 8-point lead over Danny Vang. Neither was on the winners’ stand as that honor went to Mark Martini with Vang in second place and Sabraski third.
In action with the Mod 4s, Dean Larson ran into car trouble in the heat and feature events, and wasn’t able to finish. Tommy Sabraski got the win. Larson’s lead over Dustin Zieske shrunk to just two points.
Scott Baron, Dave Read, and Robert Young are all within 15 points of each other in the Street Stock class, and it was Read finishing second to Tim Johnson in the feature event that came away with the most points.
Other winners were Charlie Shiek in the Pure Stock feature, and Dru Nelson in the Hornet main event.
Just one month remains until the Mighty Axe Nationals over Labor Day Weekend. Count Mass in as one of many drivers looking forward to being here.
“We are coming to the Mighty Axe for sure,” Mass said. “We have been running the Vantage RV series pretty competitively so we are looking forward to being here the whole weekend for the Mighty Axe Nationals.”
Feature:1-Dru Nelson, 2-Jake Hagemann, 3-Lexi Gallagher
NCS PURE STOCK
Feature: 1-Charlie Shiek, 2-Billy Kendall, 3-Ross Nygren
Heat 1: 1-Ross Nygren, 2-Cory Dykhoff, 3-Billy Kendall
Heat 2: 1-Devin Larson, 2-Ryan Larson, 3-Brandon Fah
WISSOTA STREET STOCKS
Feature: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Dave Read, 3-Justin Pogones
Heat 1: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Robert Young, 3-Allen Gessell Jr.
Heat 2: 1-Scott Baron, 2-Kyle Dykhoff, 3-Kurt Becker
Heat 3: 1-Justin Pogones, 2-Jack Peterson, 3-Dave Read
WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS
Feature: 1-Mark Martini, 2-Danny Vang, 3-Shane Sabraski
Heat 1: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Skeeter Estey, 3-Travis Schulte
Heat 2: 1-Danny Vang, 2-Kurt Deters, 3-Todd Rizer
Heat 3: 1-Mack Estey, 2-Mark Martini, 3-Dan Wilson
Heat 4: 1-Matt Anderson, 2-Dylan Miller, 3-David Mastell
WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS
Feature: 1-Dave Mass, 2-Tim Johnson, 3-Shane Sabraski
Heat 1: 1-Seth Kramer, 2-Shane Sabraski, 3-Bobby Carlson
Heat 2: 1-Dave Read, 2-Tim Johnson, 3-Dexton Koch
Heat 3: 1-Dave Mass, 2-Dan Gullickson, 3-Derek Sweet
WISSOTA MOD 4s
Feature: 1-Tommy Sabraski, 2-Bryce Bjerken, 3-Aaron Wetterlin
Heat 1: 1-Kyle Thell, 2-Troy Kuehl, 3-Tommy Sabraski
Heat 2: 1-Keith Thell, 2-Bryce Bjerken, 3-Aaron Wetterlin
Heat 3: 1-Dean Blanchard, 2-Luke Johnson, 3-Dustin Zieske
WISSOTA A MODIFIED
Feature: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Justin Jones, 3-Dave Mass
Heat 1: 1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Justin Jones, 3-Chuck Olson
Heat 2: 1-Tim Johnson, 2-Eric Martini, 3-Jeff Hart.