Points battles waged at Arlington Raceway

Chad Porter checked out on his Friesen Performance IMCA Modified foes in winning the Saturday night feature at Arlington Raceway. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)

ARLINGTON, Minn. (Aug. 20, 2022) – As the season is winding down, point battles are becoming factors in the racing action at the Arlington Raceway. 

Once again, Cory Probst pulled off another win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. There were three different leaders as Cory Black led the first two laps before an early caution. On the restart, Taylor Manderfield took the lead but Probst had worked to the front from his eighth place start.

The two raced side-by-side and each took turns leading with Probst passing the flags in first for the last four laps to win the race. Manderfield took second and Jed Trebelhorn took third.

Nate Coopman took charge early in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main. The battle was behind him between Brett McConnell, Justin Dose, Gary Shumacher and Jerry Coopman. These four cars jockeyed positions back and forth for the duration with McConnell taking second and Dose third.

Matt Looft became the winner in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature when the first car across the finish line was disqualified in post-race tech.

A first lap incident in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature saw four cars end their night and three more in the work area. Jeff McCollum took the lead when the race got restarted and led the race for the first 12 laps but his engine was getting hot as the 99L car of Looft got around both Dave Moriarty and McCollum to take over the race. 

McCollum held on for second and with two laps left in the race, Dan Mackenthun passed Moriarty to take third place.

The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars saw a red flag on the first lap as the cars were coming out of turn four and Andrew Allen got too high, hit a barrel and tried to overcorrect but did a cartwheel on the front stretch wall. He was OK but out of the race with substantial car damage.

When the race restarted, Andrew’s dad Brett took the lead and led the entire distance. He was being challenged by Mike Stien as he was coming quickly but going down the backstretch on lap 10, Stien’s car was engulfed in flames and he pulled into the pit off turn three. He was ok. 

Once again, Brett Allen took the lead, this time with Wade Hansen trying to gain spots but Allen held on for the win. Bill Johnson got around Hansen on the white flag lap to take second.

There were two leaders in the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature. 

The first was Rick Nelson from his front row start. After two early cautions and once the race started going, Chad Porter was the man to beat as he had his car set up and moving. 

He was a quarter of a track ahead of the rest of the field, behind him Curt Lund, Nelson, and Trent Loverude were all shifting spots between them. In the end, Loverude got around Lund to take second.