Everything right for Wagner’s first IMCA win

Dan Wagner became a first-time winner in Thursday’s Friesen Performance IMCA Modified main event at Park Jefferson Speedway. (Photo by Sami Sue’s Snapshots)

JEFFERSON, S.D. (May 16, 2024) – The right track, the right car and the right driving style all combined to put Dan Wagner in Park Jefferson Speedway’s victory lane Thursday night.

Wagner topped the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature for his career-first feature win in any class, holding off Matt Bonine in the final circuits.

“It was very satisfying because of all the hard work we’ve put in,” said Wagner, who raced in 2001 and in 2007 before taking off 15 years to follow his five kids’ multitude of activities. “We have an old-style driving style in a modern era and that’s a little like oil and water.”

Wagner ran a Harris car in his 2022 and 2023 Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod campaigns. He’s back on track in the 2021 Harris ride previously piloted by Cody Thompson with a self-designed rear suspension more accustomed to what he’s used to from back in the day.

After starting outside the front row, he led Thursday’s 20-lapper from the first corner to the finish.

“It was a very fast track with a lot of moisture on the high side. We ran with a lot of momentum and the track slicked off the last 10 laps,” he said. “Bonine showed us his nose there at the end but we were able to hold him off.”

The trophy will be on display in his shop and hopefully joined by more hardware before the end of the season.

Wagner will also be a regular Saturdays and Boone Speedway and Sundays at Interstate Speedway this season while hitting as many specials as his work schedule permits.

Other feature winners on night two of the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season at Jefferson were Jesse Sobbing in the IMCA Sunoco Late Models, Mike Nichols in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Dillon Richards in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Tyler Thompson in the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts.

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