Night 2 of the 19th Annual Fall Classic Wraps up with Eight Champions Taking Home Hardware.
By: Tami Jo Kuehn
Ogilvie, MN (October 8) – The 19th Annual Minnesota Truck Headquarters Fall Classic presented by FYE Motorsports came to a conclusion Saturday night at Wagamon’s Ogilvie Raceway. A total of 11 BMains were ran in addition to all eight features with fans getting hours of watching great WISSOTA Dirt Race action. At the end of the night Pat Doar, Shane Sabraski, Jeremy Nelson, Jason VandeKamp, Justin Vogel, Landyn Randt, Ryan Olson and Nathan Kohl took home the hardware and big checks.
The WISSOTA Street Stocks kicked off the first feature of the night with Tim Johnson in the early lead. Nick Traynor took second but found Justin Vogel at his side. Traynor and Vogel didn’t let Johnson get away as they kept close. A couple of cautions slowed the drivers, but Johnson, Traynor and Vogel remained in top points. Braden Brauer passed Traynor for third as Vogel raced to Johnson’s outside. Vogel nosed ahead with the lead but Johnson raced back to his side. Vogel broke away from Johnson with a few laps to go as Traynor and Brauer challenged Johnson. Justin Vogel kept his foot down and took his 5th Fall Classic Championship. Tim Johnson, Braden Brauer, Nick Traynor and Andrew Hanson rounded out the top points.
Haley Lee and Jason VandeKamp led the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds to the green and VandeKamp claimed the immediate lead. Lee held second but had Mitch Weiss at her side. Laps went by with Lee and Weiss in a battle for second, while VandeKamp continued to hold the lead. A caution slowed the drivers and as the green waved, VandeKamp, Travis Schulte and Lee snagged top points. Schulte and Lee raced parallel in the turns as Kennedy Swan and Jamie Davis broke into the top five. As the white flag was raised, Jason VandeKamp saw slower drivers on the horizon but the checkers waved and VandeKamp took his 2nd Fall Classic win. Travis Schulte, Haley Lee, Kennedy Swan and Jamie Davis finished in points two through five.
The WISSOTA Late Models rolled on the track for the night’s next feature. After a four-wide salute, they took the green with Harry Hanson and Dave Flynn on the front row. The drivers were nearly four wide as the race began and Don Shaw sped his way to the front. Just a few laps in to the race, Shaw prepared to lap slower drivers. Shaw was in heavy traffic which allowed Dave Mass to close the margin. Mass was within a car length of Shaw as Pat Doar sped to Flynn’s side. Doar and Flynn were side by side for third a couple of laps as the yellow waved for debris. The drivers were sorted with Shaw on his own and Mass and Flynn to his rear. Shaw sped off on the restart as Doar took third and slid to Mass’ door. Mass then scraped the wall and Doar shot into second. Another caution was triggered for debris and the drivers were realigned. Shaw brought the drivers back to green, but Flynn and Doar drove to his sides. Doar shot into the lead as Shaw suffered a mechanical issue and retired to the infield. Hanson and Flynn kept close to Doar after another restart, but Doar put his foot down and pulled away. Pat Doar didn’t look back as he took the checkers and his 4th straight Fall Classic Championship. Remaining top points went to Shane Edginton, Jeff Massingill, Danny Vang and Harry Hanson.
Jody Bellefeuille and Jeremy Nelson lined row one of the WISSOTA Modifieds as they took the track for a 35 lap feature. As the green dropped, Shane Sabraski sped his way into the lead, but Bellefeuille raced to his door to take the point. Sabraski moved to the side of the #11 and after a couple laps of side by side racing, Sabraski edged out the lead. Sabraski put space between himself and the field as he encountered slower traffic as laps went by. After a caution for debris, Sabraski had Bellefeuille and Clayton Wagamon back on his rear. Bellefeuille didn’t let Sabraski get away as he sped to the side of the 7A. Sabraski and Bellefeuille slid by one another lap after lap as they swapped for the top point. Sabraski broke away from Bellefeuille, but the yellow then appeared again. With just a handful of laps to go, Shane Sabraski held the top point until the checkers waved and took his 8th Fall Classic win. Jody Bellefeuille, Ryan Gierke, Clayton Wagamon and Joseph Thomas grabbed points two through five.
After winning the Modifieds, Shane Sabraski jumped into his WISSOTA Super Stock and started inside of Denis Czech on row one. As the first lap wrapped up, Czech nosed out the lead over Sabraski with Dave Mass in third. Dexton Koch moved into the third point and raced the low line to go three wide with Czech and Sabraski for the lead. Koch took the point and built up a commanding lead as a caution was triggered with eight laps to go. Mass and Jeremy Nelson were on Koch’s rear as the race resumed, however the yellow immediately followed. There was a muffler on the front stretch and it was from the 78k of Koch, so Koch’s night came to an abrupt end. Dave Mass assumed the lead when the race resumed with Nelson and Sabraski in tow. Nelson worked the middle groove and had a slight lead over Mass with few laps to go. Nelson then stretched that lead until the race concluded. Jeremy Nelson took his 3rd Fall Classic Championship with Dave Mass, Brandon Duellman, Shane Sabraski and Denis Czech as the top finishers.
Dean Larson and Robert Holtquist battled for the top point as the WISSOTA Mod Fours took the green. Holtquist snagged the spot with Skyler Smith and Landyn Randt to his rear. Randt slid by Smith for second and made his way to Holtquist’s side. The leaders caught a slower car which let Holtquist drive away, but Randt and Tommy Bawden chased him down. After a quick caution, the field was reset with both Levi and Landyn Randt on Holtquist’s bumper with ten laps still to race. Both Randt’s and Holtquist separated from the pack as Landyn Randt snuck by Holtquist. One final caution slowed the drivers, but Landyn Randt held the lead and took his first ever Fall Classic win. Remaining top points went to David Slovick, Connor Hass, Levi Randt and Skyler Smith.
Austin Carlson and Ryan Olson brought the WISSOTA Pure Stocks to the stand and Olson took the early lead. Carlson kept close to Olson the opening laps as the first caution occurred. Olson led the drivers back to green but a handful of cautions kept the Pures at a stop and go pace. As the race resumed, Josh Berg made his way to the top position with Olson and James Rahn in tow. Berg led the pack around the curves of the Big O, and with only four laps to go, Berg clipped a track tire and spun. Olson assumed the lead again with Rahn and Carlson back as the top three. Rahn moved to the inside line and snuck by Olson. With only two laps to go, James Rahn took the win. After going through post-race-tech however, Rahn was disqualified, and Ryan Olson was awarded the win. Josh Berg, Austin Carlson, Dusty Caspers and Andrew Milz rounded out the top five positions.
The WISSOTA Hornets took the clay for the final feature of the night. Jenna Hagemann and Brandon Nyberg filled row one of the race and as they took the green, the yellow soon followed. Hagemann edged out a slight lead, but Justin Barsness and Nyberg made the battle nearly three wide. Nyberg snagged the lead while Hagemann, Barsness, Joseph Wilber and Nathan Kohl raced close for points two through five. Nyberg had his cruise set as the race went red as Ryder Gangl rolled in turn three. Gangl was ok as the drivers settled back into positions. Nyberg brought the drivers back to green, but Kohl raced to his door. Kohl and Nyberg ran side by side nearly the final ten laps, but it was Nathan Kohl who took the win. After the top five drivers went through tech, drivers who finished in points two through five were disqualified. The final finishing order was Nathan Kohl as the champion with Jenna Hagemann, Jesse Turnvall, Joseph Wilber and Mark Gangl grabbing the points.
With the final checkers waving the 19th Annual Fall Classic was in the history books. The next and final race event of the 2022 season for Ogilvie Raceway will be the Topless Nationals on October 21st and 22nd.
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