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Motorsports: Anderson, Noteboom, Sathoff claim Nobles fair wins

Drivers meet before the race at the Nobles County Speedway Saturday, during the weekend of the fair. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)1 / 6
Tyler Pospisil, in car 26, leads the USRA Hobby Stock race in Worthington on Saturday, but he's being pressed by Keeran Sampson in car 27K. Both drivers are from Worthington. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)2 / 6
Josh Van Westen, driver of the No. 21 car, talks to his wife Sierra and Jordan Van Westen before the start of hot laps Saturday in Worthington. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)3 / 6
Enjoying a good time at the races are (from left) Eric Lien, Chloe Scadden, Tracy Halouska, Candy Bruse and driver of the Number 6 Hobby Stock car, Dustin Gulbrandson, a current points leader. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)4 / 6
Tyler Pospisil of Worthington gets into the 26 Hobby Stock car to do hot laps. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)5 / 6
Thor Anderson of Rock Valley, Iowa, in car 41, takes the lead away from Andrew Ahlers (car 14A) of Balic, S.D., in the USRA B-Mods Saturday in Worthington. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)6 / 6

BY STEVE ZWEMKE

 WORTHINGTON -- With the lights of the Nobles County Fair midway as a backdrop, Thor Anderson stormed to an amazing Fulda Auto Service USRA B-Modified feature win Saturday night at Nobles County Speedway.  Anderson started ninth and, after a long delay for a protested call, was still outside the top five before the restart of the 15-lap race. When the main event returned to green, Anderson immediately moved up to the cushion, passing one car after another.

Justin Voeltz, Dave Kennedy, Andrew Ahlers and Justin Luinenburg were all left in the dust after Anderson figured out the perfect line for his setup.  

Luinenburg, the current points leader, finished second.  Andrew Ahlers led the early laps but dropped to third.

 Jay Noteboom made his first appearance in the Avalon School of Cosmetology Modified division – and it was a successful one.  Noteboom was able to get the most out of his car anywhere on the track as he moved up from sixth. After passing Jason Fisher, Noteboom closed in on Aaron Krohn for the kill.  

Krohn had his best outing of the season at NCS as he led the first part of the feature.  However, he was unable to hold off the hard-charging Noteboom for the lead.

Krohn and Fisher took second and third respectively.  Modifieds return to the NCS schedule on August 18.

 Luke Sathoff darted to the front of the Worthington Glass USRA Stock Car feature immediately on the drop of the green flag.  He stayed there. He dominated. For Sathoff it was win number six of the season.

Fellow Jackson driver Levi Feltman was impressive in his second place finish.  He got there by passing Rich Gregoire. Jon DeBoer took third after winning the previous Saturday’s feature.

 The DeRuyter Pallets USRA Hobby Stock feature saw some of the division’s best drivers come from the mid-to-back of the field in an effort to get around early leader Tyler Pospisil.  Keeran Sampson moved up from sixth to grab the lead. Meanwhile, Jamie Songer was turning heads along with the top two drivers in USRA national points – Dustin Gulbrandson and Eric Stanton.  Three wide racing ruled the night as the race progressed – and that was just fine with Sampson who scored the win.

Pospisil held on for second.  Stanton passed 14 cars to finish third. Gulbrandson passed 11 cars before taking fourth.  And Songer came from 10th to fifth.  

Sampson’s win was his first at NCS.  The all-important points battle has Gulbrandson leading Justin Luinenburg by 56 with just four weeks left in the season.

 Tyler Bradley outdueled Jaeden Strandberg as the rookie racers squared off in the Sybesma Graphics NCS Sportsman A-Main.  Bradley’s win was his second – and as many in the last three weeks.

 Attrition and a strong last two laps pushed Gavin Maass into victory lane as the evening’s Afterhour Graphics, Tees and More feature winner on Pioneer Seeds night.  Maass came from sixth to beat Kent Miller to the finish line.

 The T&R Contracting Late Model Street Stock series returns to Nobles County Speedway on Saturday, August 11.  Hot laps are scheduled for 7 p.m. Racing follows immediately. Visit Nobles County Speedway’s Facebook page for more details or log in at www.noblescountyspeedway.com.

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