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Doar Dominates Frigid Viking Fall Classic For 250th Career Victory

By Ryan Schmitz

ALEXANDRIA, MN (Oct. 3-4) - For more than a decade, the first weekend of October has been synonymous with the annual Viking Fall Classic. New Richmond, WI driver Pat Doar added another big win to his resume when he claimed the WISSOTA Late Model feature during the 11th Annual Viking Fall Classic presented by Shaw Trucking. Other drivers who put their names in the Fall Classic Hall of Champions this year included Justin Vogel in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Travis Saurer in the WISSOTA Midwest
Modifieds, Dave Mass in the WISSOTA Super Stocks, Brady Gerdes in the WISSOTA Modifieds and Dustin Holtquist in the WISSOTA Mod Fours.

With all the heat race and B-feature action in the books, 27 of the 28 scheduled starters in the WISSOTA Street Stock feature took to the track for their 20 lap main event. Tim Johnson and Justin Vogel, who were first and second in WISSOTA national points, sat on the front row and led the field to the green. Johnson took his machine to the high side of the speedway and into the lead while Vogel settled into the second spot. A pair of cautions slowed the event before a lap could be completed and on the third attempt, Johnson again bolted to the front. Vogel continued to put heavy pressure on Johnson with Ryan Satter in the number three spot. WISSOTA 100 champion Jordan Tollakson moved into the third spot on lap three but jut as quickly retired to the pits with an apparent engine issue; that moved Satter back into the third spot.

As Johnson and Vogel continued to battle at the front of the pack, a trio of drivers moved through the field. Mark Blom, Jimmy Williams and Travis Robertson continued to march to the front after a yellow flew on lap nine.

At the halfway point, Johnson led Vogel, Satter, Ryan Pommerer and Jonny Carter. During the yellow flag period, however, Pommerer retired to the pits with a spark plug issue.

As the laps continued to tick down, Johnson maintained the lead over Vogel and Satter. After the leaders came across the stripe with seven laps remaining, Johnson's car suffered a mechanical issue; he slowed going into turn one and pulled into the infield. That gave Vogel the lead and Satter applied heavy pressure to his friend. The final caution of the event came out with five laps remaining.

Vogel led Satter and 19th starter Jimmy Williams to the green for a five lap shoot out. Vogel led the final handful of laps en route to his second straight Viking Fall Classic victory. Satter was second, Williams was third, Carter was fourth and Justin Pogones rounded out the top five.

After five heat races and two B features, 25 qualifiers for the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature hit the track for a 20 lap feature event. Former national champion Travis Saurer and Blake Swenson paced the pack to the green and Saurer moved to the early lead. Swenson was locked in a second place battle with Jason VandeKamp. Swenson was able to fight VandeKamp off and settled into the second spot as Saurer built a big lead.

Meanwhile, back in traffic, the main battle on the track was between Jeremy Kerzman, Jonathon Olmscheid and Andrew Bangsund for the number seven spot. The trio exchanged the spot lap after lap until Kerzman was able to clear both drivers with a power move on the high side of the speedway.

The first caution of the event flew on lap 12 when Shane Sabraski got too low on the track and clipped a tractor tire. Sabraski was able to continue and went to the back of the field.

Saurer led Swenson and VandeKamp back to the green and VandeKamp tried to make a daring pass on the high side. But his machine got loose, which allowed Michael Truscott and Tyler Peterson to slip past; Vandekamp was shuffled back to the number six spot.

As the laps ticked down, Saurer continued to pull away and cruised to the win. Swenson held on for a solid second, Peterson was third, Truscott was fourth and Kerzman rounded out the top five.

Twenty six of WISSOTA's finest Late Models took the track next for a 40 lap main event. Pat Doar and Canadian traveler Mike Balcaen paced the field to head flagman Mike Blom, who brought the field to life. Balcaen got the early advantage over Doar, who faced pressure from Eric Breeschoten and Adam Hensel.

Balcaen continued to race ahead of the pack until shortly after the leaders entered slower traffic on lap 10. Doar raced to the outside of Balcaen and shot to the lead with 28 laps left on the board. Doar immediately started to build a lead, which the main battle on the track between Jeff Wildung, John Kaanta and Brad Seng for the number six spot.
Wildung was able to get past the other two and moved into sixth with 26 laps remaining.

At the halfway point, Doar led Balcaen, Breeschoten, Hensel, Marshall Fegers and Wildung. The first caution of the event came out with 16 laps remaining for Mindy McCord, who spun on the back chute. That put Balcaen and Breeschoten on Doar's bumper, but Doar was able to fight the pair off when the green flew again.

As the leaders passed the line with eight laps remaining, Balcaen slowed with mechanical issues and he coasted to a stop, which drew the caution flag and ended his second place run.

With the field reset, Doar blasted back to the lead while Fegers raced into the second spot and then challenged Doar. Doar fought back, picked the middle line and raced to the win ahead of Fegers, Breeschoten, Hensel and Lance Matthees in the top five.

The next event of the evening was the star-studded WISSOTA Modified division’s 30 lap feature event. Villard, MN driver Brady Gerdes and Montevideo's Matt Gilbertson paced the field to the green and Gerdes moved into the lead when Gilbertson's car pushed up the track and he lost several positions. Gerdes moved out to a large lead as Cody
Skytland settled into the second spot and Shaun Peterson pulled into third.

Behind the top trio, there was a battle between Aaron Olson, Brian Haben, Travis Saurer and Corky Thomas for the fifth through eighth spots. Haben was able to make his way through the pack and moved into fifth with 18 laps remaining.

Gerdes continuing to stretch his lead until Peterson encountered an engine issue on lap 16, which ended his night.

At the halfway point, Gerdes had a large lead over Skytland, Don Eischens, Saurer and Haben. The running order remained the same until Skytland's car blew a tire with nine to go; that ended his night and brought out the first caution of the Modified feature. ischens and Haben pulled up to Gerdes’ bumper for the restart but Gerdes again flexed his muscle and raced back into the lead. Haben moved by Eischens into the second spot.

A scary incident occurred with only seven laps remaining when Ryan Canon flew over the banking in turn three and rolled his #47 machine. Canon exited the car with no injuries and after a lengthy red flag period, the field lined back up with Gerdes ahead of Haben and Eischens once again.

Gerdes held on to the lead the final seven laps and raced to the largest payday of his young career. Haben was second, Eischens was third, Gilbertson raced back up to finish fourth and Corky Thomas rounded out the top five.

All 27 scheduled starters in the WISSOTA Super Stock main event rolled onto the speedway for that division’s 20 lap feature. Dave Mass and Andy Davey led the pack to the green and Mass immediately moved to the point with Davey, Tim Johnson, Don Shaw, and Shane Sabraski behind him. Davey moved comfortably into second but Sabraski's machine slowed on lap three; his night ended with an engine issue.

Mass continued to hold a large advantage until the caution came out for the first time on lap seven for Gary Nelson, Jr., who slowed on the back chute.

On the ensuing restart, Mass moved back to the lead while Johnson, Larry Lund and Shaw shuffled Davey back to fifth. Johnson set his sights on Mass and raced up to challenge for the lead. The yellow came out again at the halfway point when Chris Winter's car stalled on the backstretch.

Mass once again led Johnson and Shaw to the green. Johnson made a power move to the low side of Mass in an effort to take the lead. As the duo exited turn two, Mass fought back and charged back into the lead. Another caution flew with five laps remaining for debris on the speedway.

On the ensuing restart, Shaw's machine encountered a mechanical issue and quit in front of the field, which sent cars spinning in turn two. Shaw's night was done and he was taken off on the hook.

Mass once again paced the field to the green, then went on to lead the remaining circuits to claim the Fall Classic win. Davey raced back into the second spot, which dropped Johnson to third. Ryan Aho was fourth and Jon Stepan rounded out the top five.

The final event of the weekend belonged to the WISSOTA Mod Fours. All 11 scheduled starters liined up and Dustin Holtquist moved to the early lead with Bryce Bjerken in tow. The caution appeared before a lap could be completed when Bob Holtquist spun in turn one.

When the green flag came back out, Dustin Holtquist moved back into the lead and quickly began to stretch his advantage. With Holtquist and Bjerken comfortably in the top two spots, the main battle was between Josh Abrahamson, Matt Halls, Ryan Buer and Dustin Zieske for the third spot. Abrahamson was able to clear the pack and settled into third while Holtquist continued to build his advantage. Holtquist went on to win the event with Bjerken second, Abrahamson third, Halls fourth and Buer fifth.

The staff of FYE Motorsports and Viking Speedway would like to thank all the drivers, crew, fans, and sponsors for helping make the Fall Classic a successful event. For more information on the speedway please visit and for more information on FYE Motorsports events, go to


WISSOTA Late Models:

Feature - Pat Doar, Marshall Fegers, Eric Breeschoten, Adam Hensel, Lance Matthees, Jeff Wildung, John Kaanta, Don Shaw, Shawn Kirwin, Zach Johnson, Dan Ebert, Rick Schroeder, Dave Fieber, Corey Nelson, Harry Hanson, Brad Parson, Caley Emerson, Clarence Washburn, Blake Jegtvig, Scott Lehn, Mindy McCord, Brad Seng, Zach Wohlers, Mike Balcaen, Rick Nelson, Mark Rose

Heat 1 - Hensel, Breeschoten, Fegers, Shaw, Seng, Wildung, Rose, Wohlers, R. Nelson

Heat 2 - Parson, Kirwin, Doar, Emerson, C. Nelson, Jegtvig, Washburn, McCord, Lehn

Heat 3 - Balcaen, Matthees, Z. Johnson, Schroeder, Kaanta, Ebert, Fieber, Hanson

WISSOTA Modifieds:

Feature - Brady Gerdes, Brian Haben, Don Eischens, Matt Gilbertson, Corky Thomas, Kelly Estey, Zach Johnson, Scot Danzeisen, Dan Ebert, Ryan Mikkelson, Josh Thoennes, Brandon Aggen, Travis Saurer, Mike Stearns, Chris Mensen, Ryan Canon, Scott Greer, Aaron Olson, Ward Imrie, Jeff Wildung, Cody Skytland, Shane Sabraski, Shaun Peterson, Jason Thoennes, Blake Jegtvig

Heat 1 - Olson, Johnson, Canon, Jo. Thoennes, Good, Broking, Schroeder, Blascyk, Tofte, Reents

Heat 2 - Eischens, Estey, Stearns, Danzeisen, Guyot, Engebretson, Jegtvig, Anderson, VandeKamp, Mass

Heat 3 - Gilbertson, Imrie, Thomas, Ebert, Ja. Thoennes, Wildung, Esala, Corell, Bayer, Maasch

Heat 4 - Peterson, Saurer, Aggen, Mikkelson, Greer, Bitzan, Sabraski, Loecken, Brede, Prueser

Heat 5 - Skytland, Mensen, Gerdes, Haben, Krog, Hoium, Willms, Flaten, Tammen

B Feature 1 - Wildung, Stearns, Ja. Thoennes, Jayson Good, Danny Bayer, Kent Willms, Brian Krog, Dave Mass, Jason VandeKamp, Dennis Bitzan, Arne Anderson, Mark Prueser, Peter Loecken, Dave Schroeder, Shane Sabraski, Cory Tammen

B Feature 2 - Danzeisen, Jegtvig, Greer, Brett Hoium, Terry Engebretson, Jason Blasyck, John Corell, Scott Tofte, Gary Reents, Seth Brede, Jeff Maasch, Jerome Guyot, Mark Esala, Johnny Broking, Jeff Flaten

WISSOTA Super Stocks:
Feature - Dave Mass, Andy Davey, Tim Johnson, Ryan Aho, Jon Stepan, Curt Myers, Larry Lund, Dexton Koch, Jason Cook, Dominic Baker, Ben Wolden, Mike Peterson, Donna Schmidt, Bryan Hellerman, Dave Jacobson, Chris Lynch, Alan Johnson, Wally Mass, Don Shaw, Ben Johnson, Matt Miller, Randy Laage, Chris Winter, Scott Lawrence, Gary Nelson, Jr., Jeff Kluver, Shane Sabraski

Heat 1 - D. Mass, Shaw, Lund, Lawrence, Baker, Cook, W. Mass, Schmidt, Lynch

Heat 2 - Davey, T. Johnson, Aho, Laage, Stepan, Winter, Hellerman, Miller, Myers

Heat 3 - Sabraski, Koch, A. Johnson, Peterson, B. Johnson, Nelson, Jr., Wolden, Kluver, Jacobson

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature - Travis Saurer, Blake Swenson, Tyler Peterson, Michael Truscott, Jeremy Kerzman, Andrew Bangsund, Cory Crapser, Jason VandeKamp, Mack Estey, Nick Bruder, Jonathon Olmscheid, Scott Bintz, Shane Sabraski, Ron Saurer, Justin Froemming, Bill Yonke, Grant Hall, Brian Haben, Jason Hoffman, Chris VanMil, Denis Czech, William Lund, Dan Ebert, Josh Muzik, McKenzie Gerdes

Heat 1 - T. Saurer, Estey, Bangsund, Sabraski, Thorstad, Hanson, Hellerman, Brutger, R. Bohlman

Heat 2 - Bruder, Truscott, Czech, Lund, Ebert, Michel, Haben, Muzik, Merten

Heat 3 - Swenson, Olmscheid, Peterson, R. Saurer, Lee, Froemming, Seavers, Caissie, Vanderby

Heat 4 - Bintz, VandeKamp, Hall, VanMil, Hoffman, Reents, Haack, Boelens, Storck

Heat 5 - Kerzman, Yonke, Gerdes, Crapser, A. Bohlman, Hunter, Dolman, Schwardt

B Main 1 - Hoffman, Ebert, Haben, Haley Lee, Austin Hunter, Andrew Michel, Brandon Dolman, Tyler Vanderby, Richard Bohlman, Kelly Haack, Blake Boelens, Trent Brutger, Jamie Thorstad

B Main 2 - R. Saurer, Lund, Froemming, Hayden Hanson, Brad Seavers, Corey Storck, Josh Muzik, Kyle Reents, Alan Bohlman, Brooke Hellerman, Tony Caissie, Terry Merten, Dick Schwardt

WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature - Justin Vogel, Ryan Satter, Jimmy Williams, Jonny Carter, Justin Pogones, Mark Blom, Kyle Dykhoff, Eric Riley, Taylor Willms, Scott Huston, Cory Dykhoff, Jake Knapper, Russ Carlson, Nick Linert, Jake Huston, Bruce Lundin, David Deters, Tim Johnson, Travis Robertson, Ryan Pommerer, Bryan Crandall, Derek Rieck, Chuck Olson, Jordan Tollakson, Adam Burrows, Brett Miller, Durand Peterson, Chuck Lundeen

Heat 1 - Satter, Riley, Olson, Lundin, K. Dykhoff, Robertson, Rieck, Pogones, Lundeen

Heat 2 - Vogel, Burrows, Johnson, S. Huston, Linert, Blom, Willms, Deters, Crandall

Heat 3 - Peterson, Carter, Tollakson, Pommerer, Carlson, C. Dykhoff, Williams, Knapper, Miller, J. Huston

WISSOTA Mod Fours:
Feature - Dustin Holtquist, Bryce Bjerken, Josh Abrahamson, Matt Halls, Ryan Buer, Dustin Zieske, Brandon Linquist, Brandon Ferris, Bob Holtquist, Dean Larson, Ashley Zieske

Heat 1 - Abrahamson, Buer, Halls, D. Zieske, Ferris, A. Zieske

Heat 2 - D. Holtquist, Bjerken, B. Holtquist, Larson, Linquist

Diemel Takes 8th Annual John Seitz Memorial by 0.116 Over Pederson
By Mike Spieker


GRAND FORKS, ND (September 7) – Fans and drivers alike flocked to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota Saturday night  to watch the best Late Model drivers in the upper Midwest battle for the $9,200 check, but more importantly for the honor of being the 2014 champion of the John Seitz Memorial.

After two 15 lap B-mains and a 15 lap “win and you’re in” last chance race, the stage was set for the eighth running of 92-lap Seitz Memorial A-main. Just like he did in the Pole Dash the night before, Don Shaw jumped out the early lead over Jeff Provinzino and looked like he had the car to beat. On lap 13, however, AJ Diemel came flying through the field and passed Shaw to take over the point in lapped traffic. Things got wild on lap 27 when a couple cars go together on the front stretch and spun into oncoming traffic. Drivers did their best to get through the incident, but Zach Naastad ended up barrel rolling his machine and Steve Anderson was flipped onto his side as multiple cars piled in. The red flag was display immeadiately, but all drivers involved were OK. After a lengthy red, the race went back green and Diemel held the top spot until the lap 32 fuel stop, just as he did one year ago.

After the eight minute break, the race resumed and Diemel picked up right where he left off. Within 10 laps, Diemel had opened up a heathy lead over second place running, Shaw, but as Diemel approached lapped traffic Shaw began to erase that gap considerably. On lap 77 Shaw had shrunk Diemel's lead down to virtually nothing and he determined it was time to make his bid for the lead. As the two leaders headed into turn one Shaw pitched his Blaine Brother's #42 hard to the inside of Diemel to attempt a slide job. The drivers made substantial contact, but Shaw completed the slide job and took over the point down the back stretch. When they exited turn four to complete the circuit, Diemel ran his norman line right next to the cushion and drifted up coming out of turn four. Again the leader made heavy contact which resulted in Shaw being sent hard into the front stretch wall. The Ham Lake, MN rode against the concrete barrier for the length of the straightaway as sparks and smoke poured from his severely damaged race car; ending the great opportunity he had to win the event dedicated to his good friend.

The ensuing Evergreen Insurance restart was key for Joey Pederson as the 23rd place starter moved from sixth to second in on lap. Pederson, who grabbed the third and final transfer position in B-main #1, then set his sights on the Beltline Body Shop #58 in the closing laps. The two drivers ran completely different lines, but both were equally fast. Diemel drove right around the berm on the low side, while Pederson had the hammer down up on the cushion.

The white flag flew and Pederson chased Diemel into turn three for the final time. Pederson got a good run off of turn four as they headed for the checkers, but Diemel's line carried him in front of Pederson. Pederson went for the crossover move and the two driver drove under the checkered flag side by side, but Diemel edged out the hometown driver by 0.116 seconds. Ricky Weiss finished in third, while Jake Redetzke and Provinzino rounded out the top five.

“I’m glad we were able to hold on. We’ve been trying to get this one for the past four or five years. This is my biggest win,” said Diemel in Victory Lane.

Peterson’s impressive drive landed him the PS Doors Driver of the Night and the $192.92 Hard Charger award, presented by Derrick’s Sandblasting.

"Had he been running a little different line, I think I could have snuck by hime and the result would have been different,” said Pederson after the race. “I still can't believe it. I'm just ecstatic about it. It's probably the most memorable finish of my career."

Dale Kraling capped off his incredible weekend with another WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature win from the 12th starting position. The win was worth $920, courtesy of Petro Stopping Centers and Fastlane Car Wash of Fargo. Ryan Schroeder finished in the runner-up position, while Tyler Peterson came from 17th to round out the podium. Kraling also won Friday night’s feature and crossed the line a half car length short of the win on Thursday.

After losing Friday night’s last lap WISSOTA Street Stock battle to Jordan Duray, Ryan Pommerer of Oriska, ND came back on Saturday night and parked his Dakota Cat #5P in victory lane. Pommerer led all 20 circuits around the three-tenths mile bullring for the $920 win.

Wade Nygaard withstood Chris Shirek’s last turn, last lap slide job attempt and picked up the NOSA Outlaw Sprint Car victory; his second of the season at River Cities Speedway.

The eighth annual John Seitz Memorial was presented by many great sponsors, including S&S Transport, Turk Enterprises, Shaw Trucking, North Dakota Eye Clinic, Todd’s Electric, Wes’ Pluming, Northwest Truck & Trailer, Advanced Grain Handling, Champs Sports Bar & Grill, and Precision Electronics.

Next Friday night wraps up the 2014 racing season at RCS. NOSA Outlaw Sprint Cars, Lightning Sprints, Legend Cars, Pure Stocks & Legend Mods are all on tap. For more information check out

WISSOTA Late Models:
Feature – AJ Diemel, Joey Pederson, Ricky Weiss, Jake Redetzke, Jeff Provinzino, Pat Doar, Brad Seng, John Kaanta, Steve Laursen, Adam Hensel, Dustin Strand, Eric Breeschoten, Marshall Fegers, Curt Gelling, Tyson Turnbull, Norm Olson, Jeff Wildung, Don Shaw, Mike Balcaen, Jeff Massingill, Shane Edginton, Cody Skytland, Bill Mooney, Zach Naastad, Zach Johnson, Steve Anderson
B Feature 1 – Breeschoten, Wildung, Pederson, Edginton, Matt Aukland, Cole Schill, Troy Schill, Bryan LePier, Shawn Kirwin, Bill Mooney, Clarence Washburn, Josh Johnson
B Feature 2 – Naastad, Gelling, Z. Johnson, Steffen Snare, Tom Corcoran, Lance Matthees, David Smith, Jason Storbakken, Coard Allard, Jeff Hapala, George Ledin, Dennis Losing, Blake Jegtvig, Dusty Pederson

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature – Dale Kraling, Ryan Schroeder, Tyler Pederson, Lyn Lamb, Darren Pfau, Todd Johnson, Zach Reinke, Rick Hamel, Jordan Wahl, Shawn Nostdahl, Ryan Schow, Skyler Smith, Bill Yonke, Austin Hunter, Patrick Sobolik, Jess Brekke, Hunter Hougard, Tim Berg, Grant Hall, Logan Hamness, Erich Frey, John Halverson, Les Schoon, Brock Gronwold
Heat 1 – Schroeder, R. Schow, Halverson, Hamel, Peterson, Vasichek, Yonke, Wahl, Bahr, Restad
Heat 2 – Nostdahl, Pfau, Gronwold, Hall, Hunter, Rethemeier, Berg, Brevik, Stenberg
Heat 3 – Lamb, Hougard, Sobolik, Hamness, Frey, Caissie, Schuh, Kozie, Wall
Heat 4 – Reinke, Johnson, Kraling, Smith, Brekke, Schoon, Davey Mills, Lehrke
B Feature 1 – Yonke, Wahl, Scott Vasichek, Aaron Restad, Tony Caissie, Jason Schuh, Murray Kozie
B Feature 2 – Schoon, Berg, Brandon Bahr, James Wall, Davey Mills, Dallas Brevik, Patrick Rethemeier

WISSOTA Street Stocks:
Feature – Ryan Pommerer, Mike Anderson, Rory Opp, Ryan Johnson, Doug VanMill, Bryce Reimer, Rick Schulz, Jordan Duray, Shane Holden, Shawn Teunis, Cody Wall, Peter Letkeman, Daniel McNamee, Tony Bundy, James Meagher, Travis Robertson, Heath Corneliusen, Jim Geringer, Terry Blacklance, Nick Linert, Aaron Blacklance, Jesse Pederson, Daniel Aberle, Jesse Teunis
Heat 1 – Johnson, Pommerer, Linert, Geringer, Reimer, Pederson, Duray, Wall, Letkeman
Heat 2 – Anderson, A. Blacklance, VanMill, McNamee, Aberle, Meagher, Bundy, Sandvig
Heat 3 – Robertson, T. Blacklance, Corneliusen, Opp, Schulz, Holden, Teunis, Porter
B Feature – Duray, Letkeman, Wall, Teunis, James Meagher, Tony Bundy, Jersy Porter, John Sandvig

NOSA Outlaw Sprint Cars:
Feature – Wade Nygaard, Chris Shirek, Lee Grosz, Greg Nikitenko, Jordan Graham, Mitch Mack, Jordan Adams, Jade Hastings, Bob Martin, Blake Egeland, Austin Pierce, Tom Egeland, Kyle Fedyk, Tanner Wisk, Amber Balcaen, Brenden Wilde, Casey Mack, Thomas Kennedy, Nick Omdahl
Heat 1 – Grosz, Martin, Pierce, M. Mack, Graham, B. Wilde, Fedyk, C. Mack, Balcaen, B. Egeland
Heat 2 – Nygaard, Shirek, Kennedy, Nikitenko, T. Egeland, Hastings, Hanten, Adams, Wisk, Omdahl