Nobles County Speedway: Gulbrandson continues hot start
BY STEVE ZWEMKE
WORTHINGTON -- Dan Strandberg began the 2017 season with three straight wins in the USRA Hobby Stock division en route to a track title.
Four-time defending USRA Hobby Stock National Champion Dustin Gulbrandson of Sioux Falls, S.D., will attempt to start this season with three consecutive victories after winning Saturday night’s DeRuyter Pallets USRA Hobby Stock feature. From the pole, Gulbrandson led every lap for his second win in as many weeks.
Fellow TDR Chassis racer Tyler Schlumbohm battled with Strandberg, swapping second and third a couple of times. Strandberg eventually won the race for second ahead of Schlumbohm, Keeran Sampson and Austin Jahnz. A winner of one of the B-Mains, Jahnz passed nine cars in coming from 14th to fifth.
There was no shortage of excitement in the Worthington Glass USRA Stock car division. Justin Regnerus of Middleburg, Iowa, led early while Luke Sathoff moved up from seventh. Sathoff would eventually grab the lead while a remarkable side-by-side battle raged between Levi Feltman and Roger Verdoorn, who moved up from ninth. The attention-grabbing action may have overshadowed Sathoff’s march to his first win of the season as he pulled away from the two. Feltman re-took second from Verdoorn before the finish. Jon DeBoer outlasted Spenser Kalass in a similar bouth for fourth.
Miah Christensen and Justin Luinenberg were front and center again after the two raced each other for the win in last week’s USRA Out-Pace Iron Man Challenge -- a race that saw Christesen win his first ever Iron Man event. This time the two raced side-by-side (Christensen starting second and Luinenberg 11th) until they got together in turn one. Unfortunately, both cars took on too much damage to continue. At that point, Andrew Ahlers of Baltic, S.D., inherited the lead. He had passed two cars to get to third when the caution appeared. Ahlers led the remainder of the feature for his first win of the season, beating Dustin Kruse and Wade Wright to the finish. Devon Schlumbohm could’ve used a few more laps as he was making huge gains late in the feature. Schlumbohm found the high line to his liking, coming from 13th to fourth.
Dalton Magers stormed to an apparent win as the Avalon School of Cosmetology Modifieds debuted at Nobles County Speedway. Magers took the lead away from Jesse Rogotzke early. He was followed by Dan Menk across the finish line. However, post-race disqualifications nullified Magers’ and Rogotzke’s finishes at which time Menk was named the winner.
The Afterhour Graphics, Tees and More USRA Tuners feature thrilled fans for the second straight week. Joshua Uhl of Luverne, Minnesota made his first start. He immediately took the lead from P3. After enjoying a comfortable lead, he edged Nate Coopman and Bubba Brown at the checkered flag. Coopman, now with two seconds, leads Brown by 12 points in the standings.
The Sullivan Concrete Micro Sprints also made their first appearance of 2018 at NCS. Tim Ottenbacher of Granville, Iowa won from the pole. Several cars were affected by a rut that developed in turn four. Chad Nachtigal got completely turned around after one trip through the corner. Russ Husman had no issues with it however, as he took second ahead of Johnny Sullivan.
Roger DeBoer of Rock Rapids, Iowa went pole to checkers in the Sybesma Graphics NCS Sportsman feature. In doing so, he moved to within three points of Marni DeBoer atop the point standings.
In all, 93 cars came through the gate for racing action on Bushard Financial Services Night.
Nobles County Speedway is proud to host Salute to Agriculture night this Saturday, June 16. There’s free grandstand admission for all! Hot laps are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Late Model Street Stock Touring Series will make their first visit to NCS. USRA Stock Cars, B-Mods, Hobby Stocs, Tuners and NCS Sportsman will also compete.