Hometown hero thrills fans Friday at Wagner

His super Friday night IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock run ended with Jordan Vosika in victory lane at Wagner Speedway. (Courtesy Photo)

WAGNER, S.D. (May 21) – The Fort Randall Casino Weekly Racing Series took the green flag at Wagner Speedway this past Friday night with no shortage of excitement, presented by Powers Port-A-Pot and Myers Sanitation.

The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks would be first and ended with Jordan Vosika holding off a hard charge from last week’s victor Kaylb Brunssen. Toby Ives settled for third while Craig Clift and Mike Hanson rounded out the top five.

Once back to green in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods, Dudley Schroeder Jr. picked up win number two of the season, outlasting Rusty Montagne and Kevin McCarthy. Jerry Pfeifer and Brian Schutt completed the top five placers.

For the second consecutive week, the winner of the Mach-1 Sport Compacts would come from the fifth starting spot and be named Trent Reed. Reed took the green from inside the third row and quickly marched forward. Taylor Brown and Conner Brown settled for second and third respectfully, with Auston Honeycutt and Richard Gray next.

The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature had fans on the edge of their seats. Tyler Steckelberg took the lead early in the event from outside the front row and spent many laps trying to hold off major challenges, first from Joey Jaton, then from Todd Gereau.

Gereau’s persistence and patience paid off as he was finally able to get around Steckelberg to take the lead, but Gereau’s job was far from over. Ryan Harris started in ninth position and by the time the last few laps went by, Harris had worked his way up to second and had sights set on the leader when the checkers waved.

Following Gereau and Harris across the line were Brenton Palmer, Steckelberg and Brady Wenzlaff.

The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars took the green and it was front row starters John Otte and Dennis Englehaupt who would put on the show. Shortly after the green flag waved, the yellow appeared and the 30 car of Englehaupt disappeared to the pits with mechanical issues, ending his night. Once the green waved again, Otte was on the point and looking strong.

While he was putting laps in the book, Trefer Waller was making his move. Starting seventh, Waller was gaining ground on every lap. Finally, with five laps to go, he was going to make his move.  Waller put the nose of his number 32 chariot down to the low groove, looking for a way to sneak under Otte’s 9er7, but there was just no room and backed out of his plan.

Otte was able to hang onto a car that had a broken shock mount on the right front and hold onto the lead, picking up an extremely popular win, as the fans rose to their feet with the checkered flag waving. Otte and Waller were followed by Tony Drueke in third, Danny Nekolite in fourth and Adam Walton settling for fifth.

For a complete list of drivers and their starting and finishing positions, see wagnerspeedway.com and click on “Results”. 

The Fort Randall Casino Weekly Racing Series will resume Friday, May 28, with a race program presented by Wagner Building and Supply.