High temps heat things up at Chateau
The hottest weather of the summer greeted fans and drivers July 19 for week 10 of racing action at Chateau Speedway in Lansing. Friday night’s action was sponsored by Motor Supply Company of Austin and Albert Lea as well as R and S Racing of Albert Lea.
All the Kids in attendance were treated to Freeze Pops before the races and then to help cool off the flagman, they were all given water balloons at intermission to try and hit the flagman. Flagman Ross Spitzer was a great sport about the whole thing and ended up quite wet from all the water balloons that flew his way.
On the track, the action was hot as well with several features running caution free. Leading the way with 25 laps of non-stop action were the French’s Repair and Fabrication USRA A Mods. Dustin Brown of Thornton, Iowa led the first lap before Josh Angst of Winona moved out of row two to the front on lap two and set sail to lead the field the rest of the way.
Power 96 WISSOTA Pure Stocks ran a caution free main event with Brady Krohnberg of Walters scoring his fifth feature win of the year. Troy Maas of Faribault grabbed the early lead off the pole while Krohnberg started outside row two.
Also trying to beat the heat were the Adams Graphix WISSOTA Street Stocks as they kept it green from start to finish with Zach Elward of Hayfield chalking up feature win number six on the season.
KEVKO Outlaw Mini Mods ran a clean caution free feature with Michael Bryan of Mason City, Iowa scoring his second feature win of the year. Bryan started outside front row and led flag to flag for the win.
The Action Builders USRA B Mods ran 20 laps of caution free action in their feature but that was after two first lap cautions slowed the start of the race. Kadden Kath of Owatonna started outside of Noah Grinstead of Austin on the front row and the two stayed side by side the first lap before Kath cleared Grinstead and set sail to his third feature win of the year. It was also a sweep for Kath on the night as he also had a heat win.
A first time visitor to the track led the way in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified Class. Calvin Iverson of Eleva, Wis., scored a pair of wins as he swept the class on the night. He and Kylie Kath of Owatonna went back and forth the first couple laps with Kath leading lap one. Iverson came out of row two to challenge the front row starter on the start setting his car to the inside of Kath.
The Y Waste WISSOTA Hornets worked through a couple of quickie cautions to wrap up the night. Aaron Reimers of Prior Lake led for much of the race. Dan Knish of Kilkenny passed him for the lead a hand full of laps in but mechanical problems dropped him from the top spot and gave it back to Reimers.
Temperatures are forecast to be a little more reasonable when next Friday Night comes around. It will be the Mini Mods week off next week so the track will be featuring its main six classes with the first green flag scheduled for 7:15 p.m. as the 63rd Anniversary Season rolls on.
The track also announced the rain date schedule for the Dodge County Fair Race at Kasson that was rained out following four heat races. The track, along with the Dodge County Fair Board, was attempting to bring racing back to the track for the first time in two years. Race time on Sunday, Aug. 4 in Kasson will be 6 p.m., and the program will start over from square one. None of the heats that were run Thursday Night will stand. Drivers will redraw as they sign back in at the draw shack. With it being a full restart, any drivers who were not on hand Thursday can still enter. Draw cutoff will be at 5 p.m. with Hot Laps at 5:45 p.m., following the pit meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night’s ticket stubs and wrist bands will be honored for admission.