Bjorklund Makes It A Half-Dozen At I-94 Raceway SAUK CENTRE, MN (August 14, 2004) - Blake Bjorklund once again proved to be the driver to beat as he racked up his sixth win of the year by coming out on top in the Mielke Oil ASA Super Late Model...
Bjorklund Makes It A Half-Dozen At I-94 Raceway
SAUK CENTRE, MN (August 14, 2004) - Blake Bjorklund once again proved to be the driver to beat as he racked up his sixth win of the year by coming out on top in the Mielke Oil ASA Super Late Model Feature at the I-94 Raceway in Sauk Centre. Jon Olson led the charge into corner number one, but soon was displaced by Joe Berthiaume as the early race leader. Third starting Trent Snyder moved into second and on lap six, he made his move in turn four to take over the top position. "Wild" Bill Rode stepped things up as he took over the runner-up spot. The driver making the most moves was tenth starting Bjorklund, who continued his series of strong runs this season as he blasted his way into contention. Bjorklund took over second on lap ten and soon was all over Snyder for the lead. It was a short battle however as Bjorklund slipped past two laps later and set sail in the lead. Bjorklund quickly extended his lead, stretching it to greater than a full straightaway at one point, before a caution waved with two laps remaining. This gave second running Snyder one more crack at the lead, but when the green flag waved, Bjorklund pounced on the gas and moved to a couple of car's length's advantage by the time he took the checkered flag.
Tony Grams had plenty to celebrate as he scored his first ever I-94 Raceway win in the Mielke Oil Modified Feature. Joe Berthiaume took the lead on the opening lap, but that would be the only one he would lead as outside Polesitter Grams took over on lap two. Grams moved to a slight advantage, only to see it erased when Berthiaume brought out the caution with his spin in turn one. On the restart, Grams had John Notch right on his tail. Notch's night would go up in smoke as his engine let loose on lap 14, dumping oil all over the track. After an extended clean-up, Grams had Jon Lewerer right behind. Lewerer hung close, but couldn't muster a challenge. The race for the lead allowed ninth starting Kevin Woeste to enter the fold. Woeste tracked down Lewerer for second, but ran out of time in catching up to the leader as Grams rolled in with the win.
Tim Brockhouse had mixed motions following his win in the Great North Legends Feature. Brockhouse was thrilled after beating Todd Tracy in a nail-biter of a finish, but showed compassion for a fallen competitor. Stan Davis grabbed the led from the start as Zack Davids sought to acquire the lead. Davids would get shuffled back and Todd Tracy would step up to lead lap four. Tracy was soon knocked out of the spot by Brockhouse, who came storming from the tenth starting spot to take the lead on lap five. Tracy held his ground and stayed right on Brockhouse's bumper the rest of the race and that's where he would end up as Brockhouse tore to the win.
In Victory Lane, Brockhouse dedicated the win to Ron Flynn a former I-94 Sportsman Division Champion who passed away this week. Flynn has three sons who race at I-94, two of which compete in the tight knit Legends Division. Heartfelt condolences were displayed prior to the start of the evening's program as well, when over 90 race cars paraded around the track in a salute to the fallen Champion.
The temperatures outside may have been cool out, but Rob Dubnecay proved to once again be red-hot as he won his fourth straight Limited Late Model Feature. Starting on the pole, Dubnecay wasted no time in blasting into the lead. Gordy Mason kept pace early on, but as the race wore on, Dubnecay got stronger as he led every lap en-route to the win.
A thrilling late race charge and a turn of events saw Ace Valencour take the win in the Thunder Car Feature. Daryl Harth led from wire to wire, but following the race, Harth was unable to pass the post-race technical inspection. This boosted Valencour to the win, which capped off a wild ride as Valencour got tangled with another car with six laps remaining. The incident which didn't trigger a caution, saw Valencour out of contention for the win. A lucky break happened the following lap, when Jarmin Henry spun on the front stretch, bringing out a caution. This allowed Valencour to catch up with the field. Valencour ripped his way past everyone and moved to as high as second, which in this case, was parlayed into a win.
Jeremy Fleck scored his eleventh win of the season in the UCAR Feature. Adam Fronning looked strong in the early going as he held off Andy Mayavski and David Bolstad in the first half of the race. Fleck moved to the front on lap ten, taking Bolstad along in second. The two leaders ran away from the field, but Mayavski's late race spin would bring everyone closer for the sprint to the finish. Fleck and Bolstad would again step away as Andy Heying, Mike Kelly and Fronning would be within eye shot at the finish as Fleck and Bolstad crossed the line nose-to-tail.
Leroy Nelson took the win in the TQ Stock Car Feature. Steve Strandlund, still looking for the elusive first win ran wheel-to-wheel with Jim Beck in the first few circuits. Nelson flew to the front as he took over the lead on lap six. Strandlund came blasting back the following lap as he retook the position. Nelson turned the tables on him the very next time around as he got himself back out front. With a couple of laps left, Darin Nelson came to life and he closed in on his father, Leroy. The two cars were even as they raced down the backstretch on the final lap, but through the final two turns Leroy had just a little bit more as he held on for the win.
I-94 Raceway Results
Aug. 14, 2004
ASA Super Late Models
1. Trent Snyder (Ironton) 2. Gary Mueller (Chisago City) 3. Jon Olson (Hamel) 4. Scott Atkinson (Little Falls) 5. Stacy Rossell (Atwater) 6. DJ Dondelinger (Brainerd) 7. JR Studinski (St. Joseph) 8. Joe Berthiaume (Hamel) 9. Molly Rhoads (Hastings)-DNF
1. Ritch Johnson (Monticello) 2. Jeff Lofquist (Fergus Falls) 3. Brittany Fischer (Villard) 4. Josh Farnum (Brooklyn Park) 5. Darin Nelson (Isanti) 6. Tim Dehaan (Pine City) 7. Jason Voigt (St. Cloud)
1. Bill Rode (Hudson, WI) 2. Tim Olson (Hamel) 3. Andy Hanson (Ramsey) 4. Todd Hansen (Minneapolis) 5. Blake Bjorklund (Isanti) 6. Eugene Dick (Watkins)
1. Blake Bjorklund (16.98 sec.) 2. Todd Hansen (16.99 sec.) 3. Eugene Dick (17.11 sec.) 4. Andy Hanson (17.15 sec.) 5. Bill Rode (17.20 sec.) 6. Tim Olson (17.22 sec.)
1. Blake Bjorklund 2. Trent Snyder 3. Eugene Dick 4. Bill Rode 5. Todd Hansen 6. Tim Olson 7. Gary Mueller 8. Stacy Rossell 9. JR Studinski 10. Andy Hanson 11. Jeff Lofquist 12. DJ Dondelinger 13. Jon Olson 14. Molly Rhoads 15. Jason Voigt 16. Scott Atkinson-DNF 17. Ritch Johnson-DNF 18. Darin Nelson-DNF 19. Joe Berthiaume-DNF 20. Josh Farnum-DNF 21. Tim Dehaan-DNF 22. Brittany Fischer-DNF
1. John Notch (St. Cloud) 2. Matt Anderson (Atwater) 3. Joe Berthiaume (Hamel) 4. Joey Johnson (Alexandria) 5. Kevin Woeste (Waite Park) 6. Dave Ostendorf (St. Cloud) 7. Dave Deters (Sauk Centre)
1. Jeff Rohner (Willmar) 2. Jon Lewerer (Coon Rapids) 3. Tony Grams (Zimmerman) 4. Terry Merten (Sauk Centre) 5. Jerry Voigt (Cold Spring) 6. John Gottwald (Paynesville) 7. Brady Barker (Grove City)
1. Tony Grams 2. Kevin Woeste 3. Jon Lewerer 4. Terry Merten 5. Dave Ostendorf 6. John Gottwald 7. Jerry Voigt 8. Brady Barker 9. Jeff Rohner 10. Matt Anderson 11. Joey Johnson 12. John Notch-DNF 13. Dave Deters-DNF 14. Joe Berthiaume-DNF
Great North Legends
1. Dirk Henry (Sauk Centre) 2. Matt Hendrickson (Albany) 3. Ray Walker (Kimball) 4. Bruce Allen (Chanhassen) 5. Jaycen Brockhouse (Prior Lake) 6. Jamie Walker (Kimball) 7. Rollie Davidson (Burnsville) 8. Dave Schafer (Glenwood) 9. Mike Turbes (North Mankato)-DNF
1. Greg Lohrenz (Chanhassen) 2. Scott Brandt (Olivia) 3. Rick Dubay (Coon Rapids) 4. Jon Lewerer (Coon Rapids) 5. Cam Schafer (Glenwood) 6. Stan Davis (Maple Grove) 7. Tim Bumgardner (Coon Rapids) 8. Paul Hartman (Willmar) 9. Aaron Sanders (Shakopee)
1. Tim Brockhouse (Shorewood) 2. Charlie Balderston (Freeport) 3. Doug Petty (Oak Grove) 4. Chad Flynn (Alexandria) 5. Zack Davids (Apple Valley) 6. Todd Tracy (Belle Plaine) 7. Rod Flynn (Alexandria) 8. Nick Binsfeld (St. Cloud)
1. Dirk Henry (18.92 sec.) 2. Tim Brockhouse (19.01 sec.) 3. Jon Lewerer (19.14 sec.) 4. Jaycen Brockhouse (19.22 sec.) 5. Todd Tracy (19.31 sec.) 6. Greg Lohrenz (19.35 sec.)
1. Tim Brockhouse 2. Todd Tracy 3. Dirk Henry 4. Greg Lohrenz 5. Jaycen Brockhouse 6. Stan Davis 7. Zack Davids 8. Doug Petty 9. Chad Flynn 10. Jon Lewerer 11. Scott Brandt 12. Rick Dubay 13. Jamie Walker 14. Rollie Davidson 15. Bruce Allen 16. Charlie Balderston 17. Matt Hendrickson 18. Ray Walker 19. Rod Flynn 20. Tim Bumgardner 21. Nick Binsfeld 22. Cam Schafer 23. Dave Schafer 24. Aaron Sanders 25. Mike Turbes 26. Paul Hartman-DNF
Limited Late Models
1. Rob Dubnecay (Maple Grove) 2. Gordy Mason (Excelsior) 3. Jim Larkin (Big Lake) 4. Greg Michaud (Minnetrista) 5. Jason Martagon (St. Cloud) 6. Pete Ingebritson (Farmington)-DQ
1. Ace Valencour (Sauk Centre) 2. Patrick Amelung (St. Joseph) 3. Jerry Messer (Sauk Centre) 4. Matt Hoeschen (Sauk Centre) 5. Daryl Harth (Glenwood) 6. Jonathan Olmscheid (Elrosa) 7. Doug Olmscheid (Elrosa) 8. Lawrence Berthiaume (Hamel)-DNF
1. Matt Miller (Glenwood) 2. Tim Wojtowicz (Minneapolis) 3. Jim Larkin (Big Lake) 4. Lance Steuve (Greenwald) 5. Jarmin Henry (Sauk Centre) 6. Dave Deters (Sauk Centre) 7. Joe Karl (Osakis)
1. Ace Valencour 2. Jerry Messer 3. Jonathan Olmscheid 4. Patrick Amelung 5. Jarmin Henry 6. Lance Steuve 7. Joe Karl 8. Tim Wojtowicz 9. Doug Olmscheid 10. Matt Miller 11. Jim Larkin 12. Dave Deters-DNF 13. Daryl Harth-DQ 14. Matt Hoeschen-DNS 15. Lawrence Berthiaume-DNS
1. Dan Bolstad (Fergus Falls) 2. David Bolstad (Fergus Falls) 3. Bobbi Maras (Grey Eagle) 4. Mike Kelly (Inver Grove Heights) 5. Billy Weyer (Sartell) 6. Alan Thompson (Waite Park) 7. Tony Hallerman (Sauk Centre) 8. Craig Maack (Pelican Rapids) 9. Josh Christi (Sauk Rapids)
1. Andy Heying (St. Cloud) 2. Jeremy Fleck (Sauk Rapids) 3. Andy Mayavski (St. Cloud) 4. Adam Fronning (Dalton) 5. Carrie McDougall (Monticello) 6. Nick Panitzke (Sauk Centre) 7. Corey Flynn (Alexandria) 8. Matt Peterson (Burtrum) 9. Troy Nelson (Alexandria)
1. Jeremy Fleck 2. David Bolstad 3. Andy Heying 4. Mike Kelly 5. Adam Fronning 6. Billy Weyer 7. Alan Thompson 8. Bobbi Maras 9. Carrie McDougall 10. Andy Mayavski 11. Tony Hallerman 12. Troy Nelson 13. Craig Maack 14. Josh Christi 15. Nick Panitzke-DNF 16. Matt Peterson-DNF 17. Dan Bolstad-DNF 18. Corey Flynn-DNF
TQ Stock Cars
1. Leroy Nelson (Isanti) 2. Darin Nelson (Isanti) 3. Steve Strandlund (Martin Lake) 4. Chris Farnum (Isanti) 5. Jim Beck Jr. (Elk River)