BARROWS -- It can take racers a season to win three main feature races.
Former Brainerd resident Dave Mass, now of Isanti, won three main features in two days with his latest victories Saturday night at North Central Speedway.
Mass opened the night by winning his first-ever Wissota Modified feature and ended it winning his fourth Wissota Super Stock feature this season. He posted a clean sweep in Super Stock at Princeton Speedway Friday.
Other main feature winners were defending track champion Troy Jordan in Wissota Midwest Modified, Tom Turcotte in Wissota Street Stock and Mike Kuhlman in NCS Pure Stock.
Dave Mass (110) led George Mattson and Butch Butcher into North Central Speedway's fourth turn Saturday night during a Wissota Super Stock heat race. Mass won the main feature, his fourth of the season.
Mass' Modified victory was the most exciting of the night. He started outside pole and passed polesitter and rookie Craig Larson on turn three of the second lap.
For the next 13 laps, Mass paced Larson and Shawn Nolan of Annandale, the winner of both Modified features at NCS this season.
Mass said he just ran his race and wasn't concerned about the rest of the field.
That changed on lap 14 with the first of four cautions. On the double-file restart, Mass was at the point, Larson was inside and Nolan outside.
Nolan passed Larson on the restart but in a melee on turn two, it was ruled Nolan caused it and he was sent to the back of the field. This caution put Rick Jacobson, track champion in the class in its final year at NCS, on the outside of Larson.
Jacobson passed Larson on the second turn and set his sights on Mass. He would drive his car hard and high into turn two to attempt to get a run on Mass down the backstretch.
"Rickie was right on me," Mass said. "We were side by side a couple of times. I thought we were both going into the wall one time we got together. He's a good racer."
After two more cautions, Mass finally won with an unofficial lap time of 17.04 seconds. He was followed by Jacobson, Bemidji's Brian Strand, Larson and Plymouth's Larry Zeller.
In his Super Stock victory, Mass started outside pole and led every lap of the 16-lap feature, which was shortened four laps because of five cautions. Polesitter Luke Hines snapped his car's driveshaft at the start and collected third-place starting George Mattson.
This moved up John Kropuenske to the pole and defending track champion Tim Johnson behind him. It took two more cautions before a lap was completed.
On the restart, Johnson passed Kropuenske on the backstretch and battled Matt Sinna for second place. Johnson passed Sinna on the second turn but a caution put the field back in the running order of the last completed lap. At the line it was Mass, Sinna and Johnson.
Mass said starting up front assisted him. "The track was in great shape," he said.
In the wild Midwest Modified feature, it seemed Jordan was out of contention three times on his spinouts. He said in every spinout he was assisted by another racer.
In his final spinout on turn four, Jordan said an image from the official track photographer's camera saved him.
Jordan said the photographer showed the corner worker the image which he said clearly showed a chain reaction causing another racer to hit Jordan. This hit caused Jordan to spin out with two laps to go.
Jordan passed leader Rob Garin when he pushed on the fourth turn of the seventh lap of the 13-lap feature, which was shortened two laps because of six cautions.
There were no cautions for Turcotte, who won his first Street Stock feature in his first year racing in the class. He raced in five Midwest Modified races three years ago.
Turcotte also started from the pole and led from start to finish in the 15-lap feature. Mark Johnson was second followed by Princeton's Nathan House.
Johnson passed Jim DeRosier for second on the eighth lap. He said he was taking his time moving up because he thought there would be at least one caution. Bobby Young also moved up the field, finishing fifth after starting 11th.
Turcotte said the victory was "surreal."
"When I saw the light and saw the checkered, I didn't even realize what happened," he said. "The car handled so nice that it just made it effortless."
Turcotte nearly posted a clean sweep, losing his heat race by a car length on the last lap. He said his car pushed on a turn in the final lap.
A push on turn two on the third lap by polesitter Greg Juaire assisted Kuhlman in his first Pure Stock feature win. Juaire's push gave Kuhlman, who started third, a good run and he passed him on the same turn on the next lap.
Kuhlman, who has ice-raced a four-cylinder car with studded tires the last five years near Hackensack, said he raced high into the turn and dove underneath Juaire. "I could pretty much go anywhere I wanted," he said.
NCS PURE STOCK
Feature - Mike Kuhlman, Derek Olson, Mike Nelson, Dennis Johnson, Jack Peterson
Consolation Feature -Tim Otterness, Dan Bartick, Shawn Wilis
Heat 1 -Mike Nelson, Mike Kuhlman, Dennis Johnson
Heat 2 -Mike Smude, Derek Olson, Martin Karlsgodt
Heat 3 -Monte Tibbets, Chris Thomsen, Lance Sprague
Heat 4 -Greg Juaire, Allen Brehmer, Kelly Kautz
WISSOTA STREET STOCKS
Feature -Tom Turcotte, Mark Johnson, Nathan House, Dan Severson, Bobby Young
Heat 1 -Dan Severson, Tom Turcotte, Jim DeRosier
Heat 2 -Mark Johnson, Dave Read, Danny Dik
WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS
Feature - Troy Jordan, John Remington, Justin Jones, Mark Anderson, Mike Henning
Consolation Feature -Brad Feierabend, Nate Welliver, Travis Wermter
Heat 1 -Mark Anderson, Justin Jones, Rob Garin
Heat 2 -Monte Hall, Chad Schwegel, Scott Lake
Heat 3 -John Remington, Danny Vang, Troy Jordan
Heat 4 -Tim Brown, Mark Kangas, Mike Henning
WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS
Feature - Dave Mass, Matt Sinna, Tim Johnson, Butch Butcher, Donny Thomsen
Heat 1 -Donny Thomsen, Matt Sinna, John Remington
Heat 2 -Tim Johnson, Dan Yaunick, Luke Hines
Heat 3 -George Mattson, Dave Mass, Butch Butcher
Feature - Dave Mass, Rick Jacobson, Brian Strand, Craig Larson, Larry Zeller
Heat 1 -Larry Zeller, Dave Mass, Tim O'Brien
Heat 2 -Jim Chyba, Shawn Nolan, Rick Jacobson
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