Swenson Wissota Victor at Viking Chuck Swenson of Watertown, SD made a rare start with the Wissota Sprint series and kicked off the August Heat Speedweek with a win last Thursday night as the Viking Speedway through open their doors for a ...
Swenson Wissota Victor at Viking
Chuck Swenson of Watertown, SD made a rare start with the Wissota Sprint series and kicked off the August Heat Speedweek with a win last Thursday night as the Viking Speedway through open their doors for a Douglas County Fair Special. This was Swenson's first Wissota Sprint win of the season.
John Nelson, the young man who just turned 18, and Leigh Thomas led the field down to the green flag and it was Nelson who took the early advantage. On lap 2, however, Swenson would dive to the inside in turns 3 and 4 and overtake the top spot. Swenson would maintain the lead through several yellow flag periods as many drivers struggled to find traction on the tricky Viking surface. Wissota point leader Jimmy Kouba had charged up to the 4th position when he lost the handle and spun in turn 2 to bring out one of the yellows.
A lap 18 tangle with Sye Anderson and Phillip Paul, who was making his first career Wissota Sprint start in his stepfather Rik Sandberg's #71, set up a 2 lap shootout as Chuck Swenson led 2000 Wissota champion Tony Norem, Nelson, Curt Lund, and 12th starting Loren Langerud to the green-white-checker start. Swenson would hold on over the final 2 laps to take the victory with Norem and Nelson rounding out the podium spots. Langerud nipped Lund for 4th in the final two laps. Greg Nikitenko, 17th starting Roger Rager, Gary Walton, Jimmy Kouba, and Tony Hargrave completed the top 10. The heats for the 25 Wissota Sprinters were won by Norem, Lund and Thomas, while Norem out battled Ehren Layton to take the win in the Dash for Cash.
The Wissota August Heat Speedweek now moves to the North Central Motor Speedway in Brainerd, MN on Saturday night August 18th and the Buffalo River Speedway in Glyndon, MN on Sunday night August 19th before wrapping up at the Grove Creek Raceway in Grove City on Tuesday, August 21st.
A-Feature: 1. Chuck Swenson, 2. Tony Norem, 3. John Nelson, 4. Loren Langerud, 5. Curt Lund, 6. Greg Nikitenko, 7. Roger Rager, 8. Gary Walton, 9. Jimmy Kouba, 10. Tony Hargrave, 11. Donavon Peterson, 12. Ehren Layton, 13. Joe Kouba, 14. Jeremy Dronen, 15. Joseph Kouba, 16. Leigh Thomas, 17. John Wycoff, 18. Phillip Paul, 19. Austin Gillette, 20. Sye Anderson, 21. Rob Caho Jr., 22. Tom Cummings, 23. Dan Shumway, 24. Miles Grein, 25. Clint Anderson
Dash for Cash: 1. Norem, 2. Layton, 3. Lund, 4. Swenson, 5. Nelson, 6. Thomas
Heat 1: 1. Norem, 2. Nelson, 3. Nikitenko, 4. Gillette, 5. Walton, 6. Caho Jr., 7. Dronen, 8. Grein
Heat 2: 1. Lund, 2. Swenson, 3. Jimmy Kouba, 4. C. Anderson, 5. Joseph Kouba, 6. Rager, 7. Wycoff, 8. Paul, 9. Cummings
Heat 3: 1. Thomas, 2. Layton, 3. Hargrave, 4. Langerud, 5. Joe Kouba, 6. Shumway, 7. S. Anderson, 8. Peterson