Prior to Sunday's feature races at Nodak Speedway, a worker in a water truck drove around the track and watered the dirt.
By the time he was finished and the first race began, the front straightaway and first and second turn were covered in a muddy ooze.
The results showed that drivers felt discomfort. Outside of the INEX Legends class, where all 12 drivers finished, 31 of the 66 competitors in the other three classes failed to complete their race.
Minot’s Allen Kent leads Chris Woodall during an IMCA Modifieds heat race Sunday at Nodak Speedway. Kent won the modifieds feature race later in the evening despite finishing sixth in the heat.
The track's gunky surface overshadowed Allen Kent's victory in the 25-lap modifieds race. Thirteen of 23 drivers didn't finish, including seven-time track champion Marlyn Seidler, who was pacing the pack before he ran into car trouble with three laps remaining.
"I am not coming back here," Seidler said. "I'm absolutely done. I broke a motor again, a rod. Broke a rod the last time I was here ... these guys won't stay off of there. They muck it up ... with mud."
Seidler, 59, said that similar conditions plagued the field during the July 24 State Fair races. Seidler entered the night in second place in the track standings, nine points behind Kent.
IMCA Hobby Stocks
Heat 1: 1. Dave Swallers, Williston; 2. Doug Thompson, Minot; 3. Kevin Eklund, Sawyer.
Heat 2: 1. Dana Brandt, Minot; 2. Brock Beeter, Minot; 3. Ben Zietz, Velva.
Heat 3: 1. Kadi Vondal, Minot; 2. Keith Cassidy, Estevan, Sask.; 3. Ryder Schopp.
Feature: 1. Beeter; 2. Brandt; 3. Brandon Beeter, Minot; 4. Zietz; 5. Swallers.
IMCA Sport Modifieds
Heat 1: 1. Jeff Hooker, Minot; 2. Jordan Huettl, Minot; 3. Josh Ames.
Heat 2: 1. Wyatt Olson, Des Lacs; 2. Kelly Henderson, Minot; 3. Dennis Chapman, Minot.
Heat 3: 1. Robbie Conway, Westhope; 2. Justin Medler, Minot; 3. Ryan Sebo, Minot.
Feature: 1. Hooker; 2. Conway; 3. Mike Lemay, Westhope; 4. Isaac Sondrol, Turtle Lake; 5. Jeremiah LaDue, Trenton.
Heat 1: 1. Steven Kuntz, Bismarck; 2. Donavin Wiest, Wishek; 3. Drew Papke, Bismarck.
Heat 2: 1. John Huett, Minot; 2. Paul Huettl, Bismarck; 3. Steve Pankowski, Minot.
Feature: 1. Tom Wagner, Mercer; 2. Kuntz; 3. Jon Schumann, Mercer; 4. Wiest; 5. Papke
Heat 1: 1. Spencer Wilson, Minot; 2. Tyson Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 3. Kody Scholpp, Lampman, Sask,
Heat 2: 1. Travis Hagen, Williston; 2. Robert Hellebust, Kenmare; 3. Steven Pfeifer, Minot.
Heat 3: 1. John Flory, Williston; 2. Les McLenehan, Estevan, Sask.; 3. Drew Christianson, Minot.
Feature: 1. Allen Kent, Estevan, Sask.; 2. Turnbull; 3. Ed Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 4. Pfeifer; 5. Spencer Wilson, Minot.
The shape of the track contributed to seven cautions in the modifieds feature and 19 total in the four races.
Nodak Race Club Vice President Lindsay Lawson said sport modifieds feature winner Jeff Hooker complimented the track crew volunteers for their efforts. Lawson also said that the weather the night before added to the difficulties.
"All the rain we had on Saturday makes it a challenge to make it smooth," Lawson said.
When Tyson Turnball got stuck in between turns one and two, Minot's Kent didn't, slingshotting past the Estevan, Sask., driver on the last lap to win his third Nodak race of the season.
"I didn't know if I could get back by him or not," Kent said. "He was really going strong out there on the outside. I just did what I could and came out ahead."
Six stoppages couldn't derail Hooker in the IMCA Sport Modifieds 20-lap feature. The Minot driver took the lead with 14 laps to go and finished comfortably ahead of Robbie Conway and Mike LeMay.
Hooker entered the race 11th in track standings and figures to make up some ground on leader Justin Medler.
In the legends feature, Tom Wagner of Bismarck held off Bismarck's Steven Kuntz and Mercer's Jon Schumann, with whom Wagner entered tied for sixth in track standings, to come out on top in the 15-lap race.
Points leader Paul Huettl didn't start.
Minot's Brock Beeter did a victory lap after his hobby stocks win in honor of his mother, Bonnie, who passed away on July 29.
Beeter led from the first lap and won easily ahead of Dana Brandt and Brandon Beeter, Brock's brother.
Brandt entered the race first in the track standings, three points ahead of Brandon Beeter.