BARROWS -- It was Dave Read's and Derek Olson's night Saturday at North Central Speedway.
Read of Brainerd won his first Wissota Street Stock feature despite spinning out on turn two with two laps to go with the lead. Olson won his first NCS Pure Stock feature this season when race leader Mitch Lowe of Aitkin spun out on turn four on the last lap.
Read, a rookie in the class, was given his lead back because a racer farther back in the field spun out before the lap was complete.
"I just drove in too hard and the track was drying out while we were racing," Read said of his spin. "I thought I blew it. I wasn't really saying much under the helmet. I was just trying to focus on getting it back on the track and not lose too many positions."
Olson's victory came when Lowe focused too hard on holding him off. Lowe, who won the last two features, said he came into the third and fourth turns "too hot", causing his spin.
"I kind of had to watch for every mistake he would make and gain as much ground as I could," Olson said. "Keep pushing him and somewhere he will give."
Other feature winners were Princeton's Dennis Jones in Wissota Modified, Eagle Bend's Steve Beach in Wissota Super Stock and Brainerd's Troy Jordan in Wissota Midwest Modified.
Read had to race through the field to win his first Street Stock feature after starting 10th.
"I ran on the high side for awhile and it was working," he said. "Once I saw an opportunity down low, I shot down there and passed a couple guys."
Read passed Tom Turcotte on the inside of turn two and on the next lap passed Nathan House low on the backstretch.
"I was happy I got around House," Read said. "Once I got him I was like, 'Wow, I have a shot at this.'"
Read set his sights on Wageman and chased him down for the next four laps before passing him low on turn two on the 11th lap.
"I got along side him and checked inside," Read said. "He held me off for a couple laps. I just kept working it. The motor was pulling just great down the straightaway. Once I got behind him I knew I could get him."
Young's movement through the field was the norm in the Midwest Modified feature. Jones, who started fourth, passed outside polesitter and race leader Eric Martini of Avon on the ninth lap of the 20-lap feature by running low on turn two.
Sixth-place starter Craig Larson finished second, seventh-place starter Dave Mass of Isanti finished third, eighth-place starter Jim Chyba of Browerville finished fourth and fifth-place starter Charles Cooper IV of Milaca finished fifth.
Mass and Larson nabbed second and third on lap 10 after Martini pushed in turn two. On the second and final restart, Jones was at point, and Mass and Larson were inside outside on the second row. Larson passed Mass on turn two.
Jordan, who won his fourth feature this season, also worked his way through the field. The defending track champion started fifth. Caution played a big part in his advancement and victory.
On the first and second side-by-side restarts because a lap wasn't completed, Jordan found himself in third place after the third-place racer spun out, which put him to the back of the field. On both restarts, outside polesitter John Thompson led. Thompson would lead the next three laps before another caution. On this caution, he pulled off the track after breaking a flywheel gear in his car's engine.
This put Tim Brown in the lead followed by Jordan, Miles Weske, and John Remington of Scandia. Jordan passed Brown when he pushed in turn two.
At the checkered flag after 14 laps instead of 15 because of the five cautions, Remington was in second, Mark Anderson was third, Brown was fourth and Danny Vang was fifth.
There were no cautions in the Super Stock feature which saw polesitter Beach, currently seventh in Wissota Super Stock national points, lead from start to finish. Fourth place starting Erick Thiesse of Brainerd ran second all night, waiting for Beach to make a mistake. Thiesse was followed by outside polesitter Kurt Loftis, George Mattson, who started seventh, and Pat O'Brien, who started third.
The Pure Stock feature was full of cautions, five which shortened it to 12 laps instead of 15. The feature also saw Derek and his father, Mark, race against each other. Mark finished second.
Derek, who started seventh, passed Mark high on turn two on the seventh lap. Mark, a former track champion, ran in second place for the last three laps.
Derek said he was paying back Mark for passing him a couple times this season. "So I had to get him back," he said. "It was a pretty hard pass to make."
Mark said when he saw Derek on the outside of him, he knew staying low "wasn't going to work."
Feature-Dennis Jones, Craig Larson, Dave Mass, Jim Chyba, Charles Cooper IV
Heat 1-Dave Mass, Dennis Jones, Tim Grams
Heat 2-Craig Larson, Jim Chyba, Eric Martini
WISSOTA SUPER STOCK
Feature-Steve Beach, Erick Thiesse, Kurt Loftis, George Mattson, Pat O'Brien
Heat 1-Erick Thiesse, Dave Mass, Brad Jensen
Heat 2-John Kropuenske, Pat O'Brien, Jake Goetzke
Heat 3-George Mattson, John Remington, Kurt Loftis
WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIED
Feature-Troy Jordan, John Remington, Mark Anderson, Tim Brown, Danny Vang
Heat 1-Tim Brown, John Thompson, Monte Hall
Heat 2-Luke Hines, John Remington, Danny Vang
Heat 3-Troy Jordan, Miles Weske, Kerry Meyer
WISSOTA STREET STOCK
Feature-Dave Read, Shawn Wageman, Cory Rosen, Nathan House, Bobby Young
Heat 1-Tom Turcotte, Bobby Young, Louis Wermter
Heat 2-Nathan House, Wade Blumke, Jeff Innes
Heat 3-Cory Rosen, Dave Read, Jim DeRosier
NCS PURE STOCK
Feature-Derek Olson, Mark Olson, Mike Kuhlman, Greg Juaire, Allen Brehmer
Consolation feature-Chris Thomsen, Mike Nelson, Rob Kugel
Consolation feature 2-Mike Smude, Shay Brown, Terry Thompson
Heat 1-Mike Kuhlman, Allen Brehmer, Kent Lowe
Heat 2-Tim Otterness, Richard Nelson, Jr., Josh Juaire
Heat 3-Mitch Lowe, Derek Olson, Martin Karlsgodt
Heat 4-Luke Standlund, Ryan Wroolie, Cody Przyblla
Heat 5-Mark Olson, Greg Juaire, Nate Abear
Feature-Keith Lepinski, Tom Stettrey, Gary Whipple
Heat 1-Jerry Gamer
Heat 2-Gary Whipple
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