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Mike Anderson Storms From 14th To Win Mod Nationals By 0.014sec In Epic Photo Finish


By: Tami Jo Kuehn

Ogilvie, MN (May 28) – Mother Nature put the drivers and fans at Ogilvie Raceway through the ringer Sunday night with on and off rain showers, but after a delayed start to the program, the 12th Annual Wehrs Machine Minnesota Modified Nationals kicked off.

The night of WISSOTA PolyDome Dirt Track Race Series action began with heats for the support classes followed by B Features for the Modifieds as well as a Last Chance race to get drivers qualified for the 50 lap main event. 26 Modifieds made the cut for the big dance, and put on a great race with a phenomenal finish.

After a slight change in the line-up, the WISSOTA Mod Fours were up first for the night. Mitch Hribar and Robert Holtquist led the drivers to green and Hribar sped away with the point. Holtquist held second and Dean Larson took third, but soon Holtquist slid into the infield. A couple other cars made contact in turn one which brought out a caution. Hribar was alone on the restart with Larson and Trever Roediger to his rear. Hribar drove away when the green dropped and Larson retook second. Justin Pogones moved to Roediger’s side and they battled for third. Pogones nosed ahead but Roeidger kept close and retook his side. Hribar and Larson moved past slower cars and soon Pogones and Roediger were there too. Pogones made the pass first and broke free of Roediger, however the yellow waved. Hribar remained in command on the restart while Larson retained second. They pulled away from the field while Pogones and Roediger resumed the battle for third. Roediger worked Pogones, moved low on the track and made the pass. Hribar led the remaining laps and took the win and swept the Mod Four features of the weekend. >>READ MORE

2nd Annual Great Lakes Border Battle Set at AMSOIL Speedway July 1st & 2nd
Plus… Late Models Added to Saturday Night!

The 2nd running of the Great Lakes Border Battle is set to take place at the AMSOIL Speedway in Superior, WI over the 4th of July holiday weekend with a small tweak in this year’s schedule. This year’s Border Battle will feature an open practice on Friday, June 30th with racing action taking place on Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2nd. WISSOTA Modifieds will once again be the headliner division, racing for a whopping $10,000 paycheck for the second consecutive season. WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds ($1,000 to win each night) and WISSOTA Pure Stocks ($250 to win each night) will both be back on the card with complete programs each night as was the case in 2016 as well. Plus, an addition to the program will feature WISSOTA Late Models being in competition on Saturday night for a 1-day event paying $1,500 to win!

FYE Motorsports Promotions has once again leased the AMSOIL Speedway for this blockbuster event that saw Elmwood, Wisconsin racer Jake Hartung race to the biggest win of his career during the inaugural event over the 4th of July weekend this past year. Sixty open wheel Modifieds, over 50 Midwest Modifieds and over 30 Pure Stocks competed during the inaugural event in 2016 and we hope and expect to have those types of numbers again this summer.

FYE Motorsports owner Chris Stepan said ‘with Canada Day on a Saturday this year and the 4th of July on Tuesday, we slid the schedule back a day this year to allow for Monday (which should be a holiday for most people) to be our rain date if needed, plus racing Saturday/Sunday conflicts with fewer area tracks, so we were able to disrupt our neighbors normal racing schedules less this year than a year ago. This event was supported so well by our US and Canadian drivers and fans that we wanted to make sure the 2nd annual event fit into everyone’s schedules just as well as last year’s event did.’

‘Also and very importantly, the ABC Raceway in Ashland, WI has switched nights to race on Friday (June 30th) instead of Saturday (July 1st) to allow their racers and fans to come to Superior to be a part of the Border Battle and the Proctor Speedway in Proctor, MN has taken Sunday (July 2nd) off so that we can have this event in Superior for the second straight year as well. It’s awesome when tracks can work together for the betterment of racing in a certain area. Plus, Cedar Lake doesn’t race Modifieds or Late Models that weekend, Hibbing, Emo and Ogilvie are off completely and Rice Lake has let their Mods that night as well. Thanks to Eric, Danny, Dennis, Nate, Bob, Dave and Trevor and all of the tracks for working with us so that your local drivers can make the trek to Superior to have a shot at participating in a huge paying event.’

Stepan went on to say ‘the addition of Late Models to the program on Saturday night adds another top division for fans to watch and adds to the overall ‘must see’ excitement of the weekend. It’s tough to run Late Models with a high paying Modified event, but thanks in part to our great event sponsors including Beltline Body Shop, Propane Strategies, Badger Storage and Excavating, Southworth Chevrolet, Accurate Auto Repair and Village Lanes, we are able to add the Lates on Saturday night of this year’s Border Battle. We are currently still searching for several additional sponsors to make this event bigger and better than it was a year ago, so if anyone has any interest in coming on board, be sure to let me know.’

Open practice for anyone interested will take place on Friday night from 6p-9p and then the Modifieds will run heat races and a qualifying feature on Saturday night with the b-mains, last chance race and 60-lap, $10,000 to win feature on Sunday. The Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks will run complete programs each night as they did a year ago. Late Models will run a complete program on Saturday night.

More information will be released in coming weeks, so please check out or call Chris at (715) 497-8916 for all event details.

2017 Minnesota Mod Nationals New Home: The Big O

For Immediate Release:
St. Cloud, Minnesota (November 14th, 2016)

FYE Motorsports owner Chris Stepan is excited to announce that the 12th running of the Minnesota Modified Nationals, held previously at the Viking Speedway has been relocated to the state-of-the-art Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota for the 2017 racing season.

Stepan said ‘with the tremendous success of the Fall Classic we just held at Ogilvie in October, it was a no brainer to work to move the Mod Nationals to the Big O as well. Ogilvie is not only known for its awesome facility, friendly staff and great location, but the Modified racing that typically takes place at Ogilvie is second to none and I personally cannot wait to see who comes out on top of the Mod Nationals at its new home!’ The race will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 27th & 28th with an open practice session on Friday night, May 26th and a rain date for Memorial Day Monday, May 29th if needed.

WISSOTA Modifieds will compete in the traditional event, which will pay a whopping $12,000 to win with WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and WISSOTA Mod Fours competing in two complete programs throughout the course of the weekend as well, plus WISSOTA Hornets will be racing a full show on Saturday night.

Times, prices, payouts etx will be released within the next month, but fans and drivers should start planning their Memorial Day weekend schedule to be at the Big O for the 12th annual Minnesota Modified Nationals!