Jackson outlasts field, Possenecker repeats, Jansen shines at Wagner

Dustin Jackson was the Friday IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner at Wagner Speedway. (Courtesy Photo)

WAGNER, S.D. (June 18) – Week number seven of the Fort Randall Casino and Hotel Weekly Racing Series at Wagner Speedway saw plenty of action from start to finish, presented by Best Propane and Nedved Dirtworks of Wagner.

The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature became a test of endurance, with several cautions and mechanical issues. Once the dust settled, Dustin Jackson won the event from the 12th starting spot.

Another competitor who put on a show was Jordan Vosika.  Starting 10th on the field, Vosika had worked his way to the top five when he was collected in a yellow flag stoppage and was sent to the tail of the field. From then on, he avoided further concerns and drove all the way back to take an impressive runner-up finish. 

Mike Hanson started ninth and finished third, Tony Fetterman started 11th and came across in fourth with Tori Wendell starting 13th and rounding out the top five. 

Round seven of the Schroeder vs Pfeifer duel in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods was just as entertaining as the first six, as Dudley Schroeder Jr. started sixth and Josh Pfeifer started in seventh. 

As has been the case all season long, these two veterans worked their way to the front of the field. Pfeifer kept the pressure on, but Schroeder was able to withstand all challenges to pick up his third victory of the season. Following Schroeder and Pfeifer across the stripe were Matt Esterling, Kevin McCarthy and Jerry Pfeifer. 

The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars made their return after a two-week hiatus the finish made it worth the wait. Jared Jansen chased down the leader, then used a bold run off number four corner to pass Dennis Engelhaupt to steal the checkers. 

Jansen, who started seventh, found multiple ways around traffic to gain the victory, thus earning him $50 in bonus money with the Turp’s Automotive Hard Charger award.  Following Jansen and Englehaupt were Adam Walton, Danny Nekolite and Shane Fick. 

The Mach-1 Sport Compacts saw Conner Brown return to his winning ways, picking up his fourth win of the season. Jerik Stabler had his most impressive run of the season to hold off Taylor Brown for second, with Brown settling for third.

The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars hit the track next and following nearly a year of being away from a race car, Dusty Poessnecker made it two in a row at Wagner. Poessnecker was able to slip by Joel Namminga late in the race to see the checkers first, with Darwin Ledema taking top three honors. 

For complete results and more, see wagnerspeedway.com

Week eight of the Fort Randall Casino Weekly Racing Series is one of the most important nights of the year for the track. This Friday, June 25 is Horsepower for Hunger Night, a food drive to help people of our community and the area get the food and proper nutrition they need for survival. 

For each non-perishable food item you bring to the track that night, you will receive a numbered ticket. The more food you bring for the cause, the more tickets you receive. Then at intermission, we will draw for prizes, such as gift certificates, race car driver apparel, South Dakota Lottery tickets and more.

The Wagner Food Pantry is now under the guidance of ROCS (Rural Office of Community Service) Dining Services, so this food drive will benefit people served by ROCS. The ROCS Dining Service staff will also be selling 50-50 tickets to help their mission.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are scheduled for 7:15 p.m. with racing to follow. Bring the family and lots of food Friday night at Wagner Speedway.