Reutzel reigns again at Jackson Nationals

JACKSON, Minn. (Sept. 27) – Something about the Jackson Nationals brings out the best in Tad Reutzel.

Reutzel led every time around the track in Saturday’s 20-lap IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event at Jackson Speedway in a program that doubled as the final night for the Redline Racing Parts North Star Series.

The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying checkers paid $1,500. Jason Andrews and Justin Luinenburg earned the same amount for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victories, respectively.

Devin Smith’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win was also Jackson’s annual Doug Cellan Memorial event. Jay DeVries scored the $500 Mach-1 Sport Compact win.

A multi-time Nationals winner in the SportMod division, Reutzel sped to his career-best payday in a Modified and fourth feature win this season from the outside row one starting spot.

Roger Nielsen tried to challenge but couldn’t keep pace and ended in second. Kelly Shryock and Brandon Beckendorf completed the top four.

“I don’t know what it is about Jackson,” said Reutzel, who found the fastest line on the high side. “I’ve always been kind of a half-mile driver. I’m just quick at that track for some reason.”

Smith concluded his super September by leading every lap but one in the Stock Car main. Derek Green got by briefly around midway before the rookie regained the front position and led to the finish.

Luke Sathoff, 14th starting Andy Altenburg and Ken Tietz were next across the stripe. Justin Jacobsen prevailed in the $350 to win 10-car, 10-lap Cellan Shootout Challenge.

Andrews got the best of Matt Looft, Dan Paplow and Nick Dieter in the SportMod feature.

Luinenburg dispatched 10-year-old son Blake to draw for his starting spot on the Hobby Stock grid and was rewarded with outside row one. He drove past pole starter Jamie Songer on the backstretch and led all 20 laps in clincing his career first North Star crown.

Cory Probst, Drew Barglof and Malik Sampson chased him to the finish.

Cautions slowed the start of the Sport Compact feature before the fourth starting DeVries passed Cody Thompson and then Drew Johnson for the lead. He held off Nate Coopman for the victory, with Thompson and Megan Lappegard scored next.

Beckendorf, Jim Larson, Looft and Coopman all defended series titles won last season. Larson repeated as the Stock Car king.

Feature Results

Modifieds – 1. Tad Reutzel; 2. Roger Nielsen; 3. Kelly Shryock; 4. Brandon Beckendorf; 5. Jeff Larson; 6. Jeff Joldersma; 7. Ricky Stephan; 8. Josh Ruby; 9. Dalton Magers; 10. Dustin Larson; 11. Dustin Brown; 12. Tyler Limoges; 13. Chad Ten Napel; 14. Chet Atkinson; 15. Jason Fisher; 16. Dwaine Hanson; 17. Oliver Kollofski; 18. James Richert; 19. Greg Jacobsen.

Stock Cars – 1. Devin Smith; 2. Luke Sathoff; 3. Andy Altenburg; 4. Ken Tietz; 5. Dave Wickman; 6. James Richert; 7. Chris Palsrok; 8. Levi Feltman; 9. Scott Knudson; 10. Justin Jacobsen; 11. Dean Nething; 12. Jeff Larson; 13. Jason Mickelson; 14. Roger Verdoorn; 15. Gary Mattison; 16. Devin Kuehne; 17. Jim Larson; 18. Derek Green; 19. Jerry Coopman; 20. Derek Voehl.

Northern SportMods – 1. Jason Andrews; 2. Matt Looft; 3. Dan Paplow; 4. Nick Dieter; 5. Randy Winter; 6. Justin Remus; 7. Matt Marrow; 8. Lyle Sathoff; 9. Dan Milbrandt; 10. Adam Ecker; 11. Ben Chukuske; 12. Corey Bosma; 13. Eric Boler; 14. Jared Nytroe; 15. Justin Voeltz; 16. John Briggs; 17. Ben Ruby; 18. Danny Myrvold; 19. Tony Voss; 20. Nick Meyer; 21. Austin Price; 22. Doug Smith; 23. Darin Roepke; 24. Kris Zuhlodorf; 25. Ryan Roder; 26. Tyler Tesch.

Hobby Stocks – 1. Justin Luinenburg; 2. Cory Probst; 3. Drew Barglof; 4. Malik Sampson; 5. Brandon Nielsen; 6. John Watson; 7. Jeremy Wagner; 8. Doug Wickman; 9. Chanse Hollatz; 10. Ernie Dailey; 11. D.J. Clinton; 12. Jamie Songer; 13. Ules Jahnz; 14. Lee Fetchenheir; 15. Ryan Grochow; 16. Chad Taylor; 17. Nathan Gegner; 18. Neil Forsberg; 19. Brandon Murphy; 20. Travis Johnson; 21. Justin Nehring; 22. Craig Brotherton; 23. David Miller; 24. Corey Schreiber.

Sport Compacts – 1. Jay DeVries; 2. Nate Coopman; 3. Cody Thompson; 4. Megan Lappegard; 5. Stephanie Forsberg; 6. Tyler Thompson; 7. Kaytee DeVries; 8. Joe Bunkofske; 9. Ben Wilhelmi; 10. Blaney Markman; 11. Tori Groebner; 12. Andrew Vogt; 13. Joe Brewer; 14. Kyle Ewert; 15. Scott Espey; 16. DeeDee Bolte; 17. Drew Johnson; 18. Jesse James; 19. John Sopoci; 20. Ryan Bryant; 21. Travis McDermott.

Redline Racing Parts North Star Series Top 10 Point Standings

Modifieds – 1. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, 289; 2. Jeff Larson, Lakefield, 273; 3. Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, 271; 4. Dalton Magers, Redwood Falls, 266; 5. Greg Jacobsen, Sherburn, 247; 6. Dustin Larson, Worthington, 233; 7. Jerry Wren, Howard Lake, 223; 8. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, 211; 9. Roger Nielsen, Fairmont, 188; 10. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa, 184.

Stock Cars – 1. Jim Larson, Rushmore, 312; 2. Gary Mattison, Lamberton, 282; 3. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, 255; 4. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, 251; 5. Dean Nething, Vesta, 243; 6. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, 200; 7. Ken Tietz, Belle Plaine, 183; 8. Chris Palsrok, Sibley, Iowa, 163; 9. Andrew Altenburg, Truman, 134 (best feature finish was third); 10. Jerry Coopman, Mankato, 134 (best feature finish was 10th).

Northern SportMods – 1. Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 310; 2. Justin Remus, New Ulm, 247; 3. Dan Paplow, Dundee, 244; 4. Bruce Egeland, Marshall, 237; 5. Danny Myrvold, Heron Lake, 222; 6. Nick Dieter, Brewster, 213; 7. Nick Johansen, Tyler, 184; 8. Randy Winter, Winnebago, 143; 9. Ben Chukuske, Sherburn, 136 (best feature finish was third); 10. Tony Rialson, Cottonwood, 136 (best feature finish was fifth).

Hobby Stocks – 1. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, 316; 2. Cory Probst, Worthington, 312; 3. Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa, 308; 4. Wes Jahnz, St. James, 257; 5. Eric Gillette, Slayton, 231; 6. Marc Janssen, Worthington, 218; 7. Kevin LaTour, LeSueur, 192; 8. Matthew Olson, Morton, 186; 9. Neil Forsberg, Slayton, 166; 10. Trevor Holm, Edgerton, 139.

Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, 319; 2. Stephanie Forsberg, Slayton, 296; 3. Kyle Ewert, Glencoe, 278; 4. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 263; 5. Ben Wilhelmi, Redwood Falls, 207; 6. Scott Espey, Alpha, 163; 7. Alan Lahr, Nicollet, 135; 8. Nathan Sukalski, Elmore, 124; 9. Jordan Rogotzke, Sanborn, 122; 10. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 117.