Dave Mass made his trip to North Central Speedway count Saturday night.
The driver of the No. 2 A-Modified and Super Stock car came away with first-place finishes on the opening night of the season.
Mass, a veteran at NCS, normally drives at the Ogilvie track on Saturdays, but was able to make a rare appearance at NCS. Fans can only hope he comes to NCS more often as he raced exciting feature events.
The weather was cool, and NCS promoter KT Torbert and owner Cliff Sasker had to push to get the program in before the rain fell. The overall response from fans and drivers was the track was in excellent shape.
“I couldn’t tell you what kind of experience it was for a fan (Saturday) night,” Torbert said. “Although it had to be a little crazy, we hope they enjoyed what we believe to be one great show. Opening night is always chaotic and always a new start with new problems and new employees to train, the little rain at the beginning of the night, the leaderboard getting struck by lightning and shorting out, and the number of drivers that had to get registered.
“In the 11 years that Cliff has owned the track, the 1,095 fans got to see racers from all over compete at the highest level on ‘the best track they have raced on in a very long time anywhere’ according to the drivers. “
The conditions made for some great driving as Mass battled Shane Sabraski and Tim Johnson to win the Super Stock event. Mass also had an exciting run going with Sabraski until Mass gained some separation late in the race to get the win.
Sabraski did get a trip to the winners’ podium as he won the Midwest Modified feature.
Brandon Mehrwerth won the Hornet class, and Robert Mueller won the Pure Stock feature.
Justin Pogones won Street Stock in his 01 car, which may have been the sharpest looking car of the night.
Mod 4s made their first-regular season appearance at NCS with Troy Kuehl, who finished fifth nationally in Wissota points in 2011, getting the win.
The race was also Baxter Town Night. Fans received free tickets from Party World in Baxter for Saturday’s race.
“Cliff has spent his time at NCS gaining and learning by trial and error what it takes to master the clay and (Saturday) night had to have felt like a winning moment for him,” Torbert said. “He has always focused on giving racers the best track possible and it doesn’t come much closer than what it was (Saturday) night.”
“We definitely have a list of things that need improving, but at the end of the day, we are very happy and proud of the show and will only build on it and quickly. It all has to start, though, with the racing and the drivers did not disappoint. Thank you to them and thank you to the fans that came out. We appreciate the patience you had as we got the season off to a great start.”
Complete results were unavailable Sunday night.