Motorsports: Saturday races become impromptu family night
By STEVE ZWEMKE
WORTHINGTON -- As the 2018 racing season has unfolded Nobles County Speedway, fans have been witnessing the progression of a new crop of racers -- the next generation, if you will. More than a week ago, Tyler Bradley, son of Hobby Stock racer Jason Bradley, earned his first Sportsman victory. Saturday’s Kibble Equipment night really put the spotlight on the next generation.
Cole Christensen, son of B-Modified ace Miah Christensen (three feature wins in 2018), drew the third starting position for the $800 to win the Fulda Auto Service USRA B-Modified special. Christensen smartly worked past Tyler Johnson and Curt Ahlers to take the lead which he held for several laps until he and Johnson reached back markers.
The caution flew after Alissa Palsrock spun in front of Johnson resulting in contact. Johnson continued in second upon the restart. Christensen and Johnson again reached slower traffic. This time Christensen and Palsrock made wheel contact with Christensen’s left rear getting lifted into the air. He continued with little to no effect and on to his first feature win.
The young teenager was greeted first in victory land by his proud father and a congratulatory Tyler Johnson.
The impromptu family night began when Jaeden Strandberg led the entire 10-lap Sybesma Graphics NCS Sportsman feature for his second win of the season. For Strandberg, the win was more satisfying than his first career win which came as the result of a couple of disqualifications to other drivers. While Strandberg was leading lap after lap, his father Dan Strandberg was watching the race just off turn four -- seated in his Hobby Stock as the pole sitter for the next feature.
He jumped out of his car after the checkers fell and ran to victory lane to congratulate his son. Amazingly, Jaeden Strandberg is the Sportsman division’s first two-time winner over eight weeks of racing.
As if you couldn’t predict the next chapter of this report, Dan hopped back into his car and proceeded to lead every lap of the DeRuyter Pallets USRA Hobby Stock main event. Strandberg locked down the bottom of the track with Tyler Pospisil chasing his bumper. Justin Luinenburg, who started seventh, was one of just a couple of drivers to try a higher line. He moved from fifth to third, where he finished, after using the outside.
Strandberg, the defending track champion, earned his first win of the season with many of the NCS crowd cheering their approval of the extremely rare father-son back-to-back feature wins.
Jon DeBoer added to the night’s excitement as the Worthington Glass USRA Stock Car winner. DeBoer just missed out on a win a week ago after a caution flag and restart allowed Luke Sathoff to scoot by for a win.
The Nobles County Fair races are next on Saturday (rain date of August 5). Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. and races follow. You can find more information by going to www.noblescountyspeedway.com or by looking at NCS’s Facebook page.