BARROWS -- Polesitter Erick Thiesse's goal racing into the first turn on the first lap of the 20-lap Wissota Super Stock feature Saturday at North Central Speedway was not to race too hard and lose traction on the slick track.
Outside polesitter Kurt Loftis thought differently. He raced hard on the outside of Turn 2 and passed Thiesse on the first lap but it was all for naught. A caution before the lap was completed nullified the lap, giving Thiesse a second chance.
On the restart, Thiesse mashed the pedal into the first turn, holding off Loftis and the field to win his first feature since 2001 and collect a clean sweep (he won his heat race earlier). Thiesse was the 2002 Super Stock points champion at NCS.
North Central Speedway
-- NCS PURE STOCK
Feature - Ken Yezek, Willy Hietalati, Brian Boser, Doug Miller, David Read
B Feature - Tim Boeder, Brian Johnson, Mike Cash, Denzel Eslinger, Thomas Joel
Heat 1 - Richard Nelson, Kent Lowe, Chris Thomsen
Heat 2 - Derek Olson, Charlie Peterson, Hietalati
Heat 3 - Trevor Shaw, Brian Boser, Mike Smude
Heat 4 - Mitch Lowe, Dennis Johnson, Mike Kelly
-- WISSOTA STREET STOCKS
Feature - Todd Walock, Randy Sprague, Bobby Young, Brad Dwyer, Mark Johnson
Heat 1 - Johnson, Scot Nelson, Walock
Heat 2 - Ron Johnson, Dwyer, Donnie Jensen
Heat 3 - Young, Paul Marohn, Kevin Baron
-- WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS
Feature - John Thompson, Troy Jordan, Brad Feierabend, Tim Brown, Scott Blood
B Feature - Justin Jones, Jason Garner, Chad Schwegel
Heat 1 - Brown, Conrad Olson, Jesse Lodermeier
Heat 2 - Jordan, Thompson, Mark Anderson
Heat 3 - John Remington, Scott Lake, Ed Rolfson, Sr.
Heat 4 - Blood, Feierabend, Monte Hall
-- WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS
Feature - Erick Thiesse, Kurt Loftis, Tim Johnson, Dave Mass, Matt Sinna
Heat 1- Thiesse, Ed Jensen, Luke Hines
Heat 2 - Loftis, Tom Feierabend, George Mattson
Heat 3 - Mass, Matt Sinna, John Remington
-- Norson feature -- 1-Steve Koehn
"I've been racing for 12 years and it's hard to make the same mistake twice," Thiesse said.
Crew member Jason Bjorge also didn't make any mistakes. Both times he drew for Thiesse, resulting in pole position for his heat race and feature.
Thiesse said he stayed on the bottom of the track the rest of the race, which was shortened five laps because of the five cautions. He paced Loftis by less than a second at the line.
The other main feature winners were Ken Yezek in North Central Pure Stock, who won his first feature since returning this season after a 25-year lapse, Todd Walock in Wissota Street Stock and John Thompson in Wissota Midwest Modified. Thompson's victory was his second at NCS this season.
B feature winners were Tim Boeder in NCS Pure Stock and Justin Jones in Midwest Modified.
Thiesse had to keep from making any mistakes with Loftis on his bumper and behind Loftis was NCS feature winners Tim Johnson and Dave Mass.
Johnson and Mass started in back of the pack, 13th and ninth, but worked their way up to third and fourth by the midway point. They were assisted by two cautions and front-runners Luke Hines and Ed Jensen pulling off with mechanical problems.
Yezek, the outside polesitter, had no mechanical problems in his 12-lap start to finish victory. He too found himself with a second chance when there was a caution before the first lap was completed.
In both starts, he pulled away from polesitter Willy Hietalati by the first turn on his way to winning by less than a second.
Yezek credited his son Tony for building his engine. Ken is racing the car Tony raced for three years. Tony is a Street Stock racer this season.
Ken started racing in 1964, finishing third in points at NCS in the Hobby Stock class in 1979. He was racing a 1967 Chevy Camaro compared to the Chevy Caprice he races now.
"You get sideways on the short wheel bases and it's hard to bring them back," Ken said.
Polesitter Thompson flew to victory in the 15-lap Midwest Modified feature, winning by more than two seconds. His only challenge was by outside polesitter Brad Feierabend on the first lap. They were side by side until Thompson went inside of Feierabend on Turn Four.
Feierabend stayed in second for a few laps before he was passed by three-time NCS feature winner and fifth-place starter Troy Jordan.
For Walock, he waited until the last lap to overtake polesitter and race leader Randy Sprague and win his first-ever feature. His margin of victory was more than a second.
Walock went low on the fourth turn to pass Sprague exiting Turn 4. Walock's front brakes were glowing like an iron furnace kiln.
Before his winning pass, Walock and Bobby Young several times were battling on the backstretch and at the finish.
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