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Andrew Bertsch had himself a weekend.
The Minot native topped the field in the hobby stocks A-main on Sunday at Nodak Speedway, one night after placing first in at the Williston Basin Speedway.
Bertsch was on the pole and it was evident from the opening lap that his car was running efficiently.
After a caution during the opening lap forced a compete restart, Bertsch quickly claimed a sizable lead after the second restart.
Dana Brandt – of Minot – held the second position for about 75 percent of the 15-lap race en route to placing second.
Brandt was searching for his second win in as many weeks at Nodak Speedway and his second-place finish which will keep him in the lead in the point standings.
Jason Olsen – of Minot – rounded out the top three.
Nathan Burke – of Minot – is a well-traveled and decorated racer.
He’s won seven track championships, however he couldn’t find victory lane after his win in the IMCA stock cars A-main race on Sunday.
The track veteran, after claiming the checkered flag, drove straight to his post-race weigh in instead of being showered by cheers in front of the grand stands.
However, he quickly found his way to victory lane.
Much like his victory-lane confusion, it took Burke a few laps to find his way to the front of the pack.
Kyler Jeffrey sat on the pole, but Michael Vennes – of Minot – quickly replaced him, during the opening lap.
Vennes led the first five laps before Burke asserted himself into the lead for good.
Burke placed 16th the week prior in the stock cars as well as placing second in the sport modifieds.
Everything but the finish
Brock Beeter – of Minot – was in control for the majority of the sport modifieds A-main race on Sunday.
After starting in the No. 3 position, it took Beeter just one lap to seize the lead. The race was littered with yellow flags as eight cautions took place and 10 cars that started were unable to finish.
Beeter successfully navigated all of the yellow flags and got solid restarts save for one.
The final one.
Robbie Conway – of Westhope – passed Beeter with seven laps to go on turn No. 4 and raced his way to his second win in as many weeks.
Modifieds also ran on Sunday night, but too late for full coverage.
John Denega covers Minot High and Minot State athletics and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @JohnDenega_MDN.