Third time is a (rainless) charm at Arlington

Dale Gatton got the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact win as Arlington Raceway got back to racing Saturday night. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)

ARLINGTON, Minn. (June 29, 2024) – After a two week hiatus in events due to rain, Arlington Raceway managed to get an event in even though an inch and a half of rain fell the night before. Drivers were eager to get back to the track and compete and Bode Collision & Glass and K&R Towing put up an extra $100 to each feature winner so every feature was pretty intense.

The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks saw two different leaders. Jonathan Schroeder was the early leader but a yellow was thrown for Mac Tollefson on lap seven when he lost a tire and landed in the infield pond area. The following lap after the restart, Schroeder had troubles which sent him to the work area and later the pit, ending his night.

That gave both Brett McConnell and Cory Probst an opportunity to gain positions on the restart. McConnell had the edge but he, too, ended up in the pit while Probst went on to lead the remainder of the race. Jordan Robinson had a great run as he moved through traffic and had a solid second place ahead of Tayte Harazin.

The Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact feature saw Emily Christensen take the lead but she wasn’t able to hold off hard runner Dale Gatton as he had the top spot by the second lap. Alan Lahr had moved up five spots to battle with him but he had to settle for 2ndahead of Justin Dose. 

IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars saw a mishap on the first lap when two cars got tangled up at the drop of green fAt the restart, Chris Graff took off like a rocket and led with Andrew Allen in second. Trevor Serbus, who had started ninth, moved fast as he wanted the top spot.

Soon, cars were racing in lapped traffic. With only two laps to go, a car pushed the infield tire on the track and Allen got the bad end of it as he damaged his axle and went into the pit. On the restart, Graf once again took the lead and went onto win his first feature of the year with Serbus second and Michael Stien third. 

The Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature saw mayhem throughout.

Bryan Spaude had troubles as they were going to take the first green flag as his car stalled on the parade lap and he ended up in the pit. Joey Reimers and Chris Neisen taking over the lead the following but Reimers gained it back the following lap and remained the leader for half of the race until Matt Looft was upon him.

A yellow flag occurred with two laps to go when Jeff Looft spun out. On the restart, Looft was able to hold onto his position but both Eric Larson and Zac Davis got around him on the white flag lap.

Twenty-one IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars started a feature led early on by Brent Uecker. By lap five, however,  Dakota Robinson was able to get the edge on him and pass him.

Soon Dan Mackenthun was in the mix. Halfway through the race, Matt Speckman was on the move and took the right side of the track as he passed both Robinson and Mackenthun to take over the race. Two laps later, Robinson left the track with troubles. Speckman and Mackenthun raced around lapped traffic for the last four laps to gain distance but it was Speckman who took the checkered flag first. Uecker held on for third. 

The Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds saw a flawless race as Chad Porter took the lead on the first lap and remained the leader for the duration to win his second feature of the year.

Trent Loverude was right behind him but on lap 12 he had troubles and drove into the pit area. Porter was able to distance himself as he got around lapped traffic. The last four laps, Todd Stinehart tried to close the gap between him and Porter but couldn’t get it done and took second ahead of Dan Menk.

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