BARROWS - The best was saved for last on Saturday with a thrilling race to close out the 2008 regular season.
Rick Jacobson won in the A-Modified feature event, which closed out the evening of racing for the Season Championship.
Eric Maritini captured the A-Modified class point championship. Martini had a 29-point cushion over Charles Cooper IV going into the final race.
Martini had a great season, but has dealt with challenges along the way.
"The new tire rule was the hardest thing to get used to," he said. "We had to go to all four hard tires and that was challenging. We got it working pretty good and did all right."
Martini finished fifth in the feature event, but thought the conditions and the driving of his competitors was in top form.
"It was really good, the top was fast and it was a really nice race track," he said.
In a feature event, which featured some side-to-side racing and numerous position changes between the top three drivers, Jacobson overcame a final challenge from Brian Strand to take the checkered flag.
"We just try to make it so the fans will come back next year or for the next few races for the really exciting ones," he said. "We've been struggling with this car most of the year, but found something in the last five races or so that just tricked it up."
Shane Sabraski looked like he would make a clean sweep of the modified events. He won the Midwest Modified feature event and had the lead going into a green-white-checker, two lap finish in the A-Modified, but both his power steering and fuel went on the next to last lap.
Derek Olson claimed the checkered flag in the Pure Stock feature event. Olson has now won multiple points championships in the Pure Stock class. Four drivers finished within 30 points of Olson, including Mike Japp, Mike Smude, and Robert Mueller.
Allen Gessell Jr. held off a challenge from Tim Johnson and Jack Peterson to earn the points trophy in the Street Stock class. Gessell Jr. won the feature event Saturday and sits in the top spot nationally for Wissota racing.
Shane Sabraski got the feature victory and is also first in the national Wissota season points standings. Andy Jones won the season points championship for North Central Speedway.
Dan Gullickson earned the season points championship in the Super Stock class. Tim Johnson won the feature event Saturday in a caution free, 20-lap race. Gullickson was second and Josh Anderson finished third.
Said Jacobson about the A-Modified:
"I think I have been racing modified cars for 14 years now and it is so competitive. It's not a money deal. It's more knowledge and people are getting more of it each year. We work with a lot of the racers that we drive against. That's part of the fun and camaraderie. We all work together and are all striving to make that fast race car."
Street Stock driver Wayne Wooden was honored at the end of the heat race on 49 years of racing at North Central Speedway. Wooden will be stepping away from his car after this year, but his son will be driving it next year. Wooden drove a celebration lap by himself after the heat race.
North Central Speedway will host the seventh annual Mighty Axe Nationals Saturday and Sunday. Pit Gates will open at 2 p.m. both days, with the grandstand opening at 3 p.m. and racing starting at 4:45 p.m.
NCS PURE STOCK
Feature-1-Derek Olson, 2-Mike Smude, 3-Robert Mueller
B Feature-1-Dusty Paul, 2-Clayton Caird, 3-Craig Paul
Heat 1-1-Derek Olson, 2-Bill Nelsons, 3-Robert Mueller
Heat 2-1-Mike Japp, 2-Allen Brehmer, 3-Brad Nelson
Heat 3-1-Mike Smude, 2-Dan Bartick, 3-Gary Ohnstad
WISSOTA STREET STOCKS
Feature-1-Allen Gessell Jr., 2-Tim Johnson, 3-Jack Peterson
Heat 1-1-Allen Gessell Jr., 2-Justin Jones, 3-Mark Johnson
Heat 2-1-Tim Johnson, 2-Charlie Peterson, 3-Dan Severson
Heat 3-1-Jack Peterson, 2-Robert Young, 3-Conrad Olson
WISSOTA MIDWEST MODIFIEDS
Feature-1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Andy Jones, 3-Dan Ebert
B Feature-1-Mike Jones, 2-Mike Kuhlman, 3-Larry Menk
Heat 1-1-Andy Jones, 2-Ryan Kriese, 3-Wes Hines
Heat 2-1-Dan Ebert, 2-Mat Weisman, 3-Mark Prueser
Heat 3-1-Luke Hines, 2-Dennis Czech, 3-Brian Murphy
Heat 4-1-Shane Sabraski, 2-John Thompson, 3-Clayton Wagamon
WISSOTA SUPER STOCKS
Feature-1-Tim Johnson, 2-Dan Gullickson, 3-Josh Anderson
Heat 1-1-Dan Gullickson, 2-Ed Rolfson Sr., 3-Scott Thompson
Heat 2-1-Tim Johnson, 2-Josh Anderson, 3-Jake Goetze
Feature-1-Rick Jacobson, 2-Brian Strand, 3-Chuck Cooper
Heat 1-1-Brad Jensen, 2-Brian Strand, 3-Eric Martini
Heat 2-1-Shane Sabraski, 2-Justin Jones, 3-Chuck Cooper
Heat 3-1-Rick Jacobson, 2-Don Eischens, 3-Erik Peterson
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