Johnson comes up big at Arlington

Matt Johnson took the checkers in Saturday’s IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature at Arlington Raceway. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)

ARLINGTON, Minn. (July 8, 2023) – Rollovers and crashes made for an interesting night for the safety crew at Arlington Raceway on Saturday.

A first lap red flag in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature saw several cars get together in turn two, which resulted in both national points leader Trevor Serbus and Mike Stien rolling their cars. Dave Becker and Owen Carlson also got taken to the pits.

The front row was gone so everyone moved up and that gave an opening for Matt Johnson to take the lead and he was a fourth of a lap ahead of the rest of the field. On lap 11, a yellow came out for Dan Griep who had been running second but clipped a tire, spun and was then done for the night.

A couple laps later, the no. 4 of Jeremy Snow was moving to the front when he spun. On that restart, Matt and Bill Johnson were neck and neck but Brandon Buyesse made a last-lap pass and got around Bill to take behind Matt. The 1300 of Brett Allen took fourth from his last place start.

The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars saw Curt Lund win his first feature of the year after starting in the second row and taking the lead right off. Matt Looft was in second but stopped on top of turn two, causing the caution to come out. He went to the work area for a flat tire but didn’t make it back out to the track. On lap 17, Ryan Bjerkeset got together with another car and rolled over, but landed on his wheels and kept going. 

With only three laps left in the race, Tim Pessek made a move and dove around Dan Mackenthun to take second. Mackenthun was third with Brent Uecker taking fourth.

Clint Hatlestad had his Friesen Performance IMCA Modified on a rail as he won both his heat and feature. Trent Loverude was the early leader but on the ninth lap Hatlestad took over and the two were driving around lapped traffic while battling each other. Loverude took second and Toby Patchen ran third.

For the eighth straight week, Cory Probst dominated the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature.

He started ninth and by the second lap was in the lead ahead of Nick McConnell. By the sixth lap he was contending with lapped traffic but then a yellow came out for a spinning car.

On the restart, Jonathan Schroeder got ahead of McConnell but couldn’t capitalize enough as he fell back a few spots. On the last lap, Probst was still in the lead with his dad Dan taking the second spot and the Rockstar of the Night Chad Volk moved up nine spots to claim the hard charger award.

Behind these three, McConnell spun coming out of turn four and several cars got caught up in each other ,causing the 9s of Todd Sievert to roll over. The checkered had flown so the race was over with half the field not finishing. 

Dale Gatton made the trek to the track and won the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact. He was uncontested from the rest of the field as he had a clear track winning by almost half a lap.

A first lap caution flag in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature saw three cars get tangled and led to Jeff Carter having too much damage to continue.

The 1z of Zach Davis and 7L of Eric Larson went to the work area, made adjustments and came back out the following lap. Broddy Enter started fifth and ran second the entire race trying to work around lapped traffic but he settled for runner-up honors as Looft took the checkers. Cole Hesse took third.

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