A race with a prize of $1,000 is a pretty good reason to show up for racing on a weekday night.
That was the case for the Midwest Modified Feature event Tuesday night as 42 drivers competed for the top prize.
Included were some of the top drivers in Wissota national season points. Shane Sabraski is currently running second in the national points race and is followed close behind by Brandon Davis and Dan Ebert. Ronnie Rihn sits in seventh place and made his first appearance of the year.
The feature event was a contest between Davis and Ebert as both drivers pulled away from the rest of the pack and had their own battle for first.
Midwest Modifieds Ryan Studanski (3) Bud Martini and Shane Sabraski (7A) raced side by side in a heat race Tuesday night at North Central Speedway. The racers participated in the World Dirt Racing League event at the track. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls» Purchase reprints of this photo.
Davis was able to gain a several car-length advantage over Ebert before running into lap traffic with six laps left. It got even closer when a caution with four laps left gave drivers a chance on the restart to move past Davis.
With two laps left, another caution flag came out as Rihn's engine blew up, causing some fire under the hood. Rinh was able to get out and away from the car. That resulted in a green-white-checker finish.
Ebert and Davis raced door to door down the front straight-away with Davis taking the checkered flag by a nose. Behind them was Curt Myers in third place.
Nineteen Super Stock drivers made the call for the feature event with $1,000 again on the line for the first-place finisher.
Tim Johnson earned the front row start alongside Dave Mass, the Wissota points leader for Super Stock this season.
Mass started strong and survived several caution flags and stayed out front of the pack to run away with the victory. Dan Gullickson finished second, and Don Shaw made a huge move, coming from row eight, to finish third.
Heat 1-1-Andy Jones, 2-Mark Martini, 3-Ryan Studanski
Heat 2-1-Dan Ebert, 2-Mike Japp, 3-Josh Fuhrer
Heat 3-1-Curt Myers, 2-Jeff Nelson, 3-Josh Fuhrer
Heat 4-1-Brandon Davis, 2-Pete Hines, 3-Gary Nelson Jr.
Heat 5-1-Ronnie Rihn, 2-Bret Schmidt, 3-Rick Jacobson
B Feature 1-1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Jason Vandekamp, 3-Danny Vang
B Feature 2-1-Travis Wermter, 2-Bob Smith, 3-Mike Kuhlman
B Feature 3-1-Clayton Wagamon, 2-Dennis Czech, 3-Luke Hines
Feature-1-Brandon Davis, 2-Dan Ebert, 3-Curty Myers.
Heat 1-1-Tim Johnson, 2-Dan Gullickson, 3-Jake Goetze
Heat 2-1-Mike Bellefeuille, 2-Erick Thiesse, 3-DJ Dondelinger
Heat 3-1-John Yilek, 2-Dave Mass, 3-Derek Sweet
Feature-1-Dave Mass, 2-Dan Gullickson, 3-Don Shaw
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