Extra dose of Modifieds
Penultimate night of weekly points racing at Nodak
The IMCA Modifieds opened and closed out a unique racing program Sunday evening on the second to last night of weekly points racing at Nodak Speedway.
After last weekend’s Modifieds main event got postponed due to track conditions because of excessive temperatures, the make-up feature kicked off the racing on Sunday.
Pole sitter Jerad Thelen set a fast pace in the opening event, but eventually was caught by Williston’s John Flory with 16 laps remaining.
Lap traffic helped Flory get under Thelen in the middle of turns three and four. Flory couldn’t be caught for his first Modified win of the season at Nodak Speedway.
Myles Tomlinson got around Thelen on a restart with eight laps to go to finish second.
The evening Modifieds feature to conclude the race program had Thelen on the pole once again.
Thelen knocked off laps at the front, as the heavy hitters battled behind him. Second through seventh place shuffled around before a caution surfaced with 11 laps remaining.
With everyone wanting to stick to the bottom of the track, Travis Hagen took the risk with eight laps to go and passed Thelen on the outside to take the lead.
A couple laps later Drew Christianson passed Thelen for second and Modifieds National Champion Jason Wolla came through to snag a third place.
Hagen drove away convincingly for the win.
The three other IMCA weekly classes also competed on Sunday.
The Hobby Stocks 15-lap main feature saw second in the points standings Brock Beeter end up in the fence exiting corner No. 4 with nine laps to go.
He stayed out on the track to finish sixth and kept his slim championship hopes alive.
A restart with four laps remaining, put leader and Heat 1 winner Caden Appelt into a difficult situation with points leader Andrew Bertsch and Jason Olsen right behind him.
While Olsen went backwards, Bertsch gave Appelt everything he could handle.
Appelt, a Minot native, blocked off Bertsch to the checkered flag to win his first-ever feature race at Nodak Speedway.
Track points leader and Heat 2 winner for the Sport Mods, Robby Rosselli, picked his way through the field from ninth to the lead in just eight laps in the main feature.
Rosselli, from Minot, couldn’t be caught by second in points Chad Strachen and ended up in victory lane for the second time this season.
Strachen secured second and Chase Conway finished third.
Williston’s Flory father-son duo jumped out front in the IMCA Stock Cars main feature.
Joe Flory kept fending off his son Dalton Flory with Austin Daae lurking in third place until the first caution waved with 11 laps left.
Daae, using an extreme high groove, tried to drive around the outside of the two Flory No. 20 cars. But, he couldn’t make the pass stick.
Joe Flory held the bottom to keep Dalton behind him for the win.
Points leader Nathan Burke finished fifth, behind Daae and Bob Fuegmann, but basically wrapped up the track championship with second in points Eric Harpole not finishing the race.
Championship Night is next Sunday at Nodak Speedway.
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