Finish line in sight
Champions determined tonight at Nodak Speedway
A summer of racing for a season track title comes to a close tonight at Nodak Speedway, as five drivers from the five different classes of cars will be crowned champions when the checkered flag waves.
The allure of Championship Night, however, is a little bit dampened this year without a compelling, close points race to be decided on the final night.
While that doesn’t mean something drastic couldn’t happen, like what happened last year in the IMCA Stock Cars when Dalton Flory made up 11 points on Austin Daae on Championship Night to take the track title, odds are the current standing leaders will hold on through one more race.
Those drivers and their competitors are mentioned below.
Current points leader: Robert Hellebust from Minot.
Hellebust has been consistent.
After winning his only Modifieds main feature on opening night, beating out 2017 Modified National points champion Jason Wolla to do so, Hellebust has placed in the Top 5 six times in the nine features raced.
Still in contention: Zach Dockter (21 points back).
It’s a point per place with the winner earning 40 points.
So, Dockter needs a full field of cars and a Hellebust combustion.
IMCA Sport Mods
Current points leader: Robby Rosselli from Minot.
Rosselli is coming off his second win of the season at Nodak Speedway last Sunday.
He went from ninth to the front in his No. 0 Sport Mod machine and kept his closest competitor behind.
Still in contention: Chad Strachen (7 points back).
Strachen took second last week, chasing around Rosselli.
Putting eight cars between himself and Rosselli tonight won’t be an easy feat. Yet, with some advantageous luck, not impossible either.
IMCA Hobby Stocks
Current points leader: Andrew Bertsch from Minot.
Six feature wins at Nodak Speedway this season sets Bertsch a part from everyone else.
Still in contention: Brock Beeter (17 points back).
Bertsch had a 22-point lead going into Championship Night last year, but even with that getting trimmed to 17 points this time around, it will unlikely prevent him from defending his track title.
Beeter is firmly on the outside looking in.
IMCA Stock Cars
Current points leader: Nathan Burke from Minot.
The weekly class that provided the dramatics last season won’t even be given another chance to do so this season.
With a 36-point lead over Joren Boyce, all Burke really needs to do is show up tonight to claim a track title. Doesn’t get much easier than that.
IMCA Sport Compacts
Current points leader: Christopher Zenz from Max.
The wins have been spread out in the Sport Compacts class this season with Zenz always at the front.
In the six races so far this season, Zenz won two of them and finished second three times.
Still in contention: Craig Kastner (7 points back).
With the usual small field size, Kastner could be defeated by the time the race starts if the car count is low.
The action starts at 7 p.m. tonight with the heat races and the main features will follow later in the evening.
Alex Eisen covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.