Chateau remembers BP’s Dave Noble, long-time racing competitor
There was a bit of a somber moment at the beginning of the Chateau racing last Friday night as it was announced that one of the original members of the Chateau Speedway Hall of Fame, which was started last year, had passed away during the week.
Three-time track champion Dave Noble of Blooming Prairie passed away on Tuesday, July 21 at the age of 86.
Noble took championships at Lansing in 1963, 1967 and 1977. Records also show him with at least seven other championships at places like Kasson, Rochester, St. Charles, Elko, Independence, Iowa and Fountain City, Wis.
He started racing in 1954 and was on the track opening night at Chateau Speedway on June 30, 1956, although he didn’t see his first checkered flag at the track until taking a semi-feature win that July. His first feature win at Lansing came on Sept. 29, 1957 and he strung over 40 Feature wins until taking his final win on Aug. 9, 1986 in an IMCA Modified.
The 1986 win turned out to be a special one for him and his son Mark. There were two features run that night after rain had interrupted the previous week’s feature, so it also had to be made up that week. Well Mark won the other feature that night marking which was the only time that father and son have both won features in the same night in the same class. No other record of that happening could be found. It has been done several times with father and sons competing in different classes winning features on the same night, but this was unusual with both drivers in the same class and there happening to be two features in the same night.
Friday night’s main events were a group of some of the best features of the year. More than 100 cars filled the pits for racing action. There were some cautions along the way with the two biggest coming in the French’s Repair USRA A Mod Main Event but there was still great racing and a fantastic finish.
Joel Alberts of Mantorville started on the pole looking for his second straight feature win and on the drop of the green, he jumped to the point while 12 of the 18 cars went spinning and sliding into a tangle. Fortunately, just two cars were lost in the incident. However, a couple more cars were lost two laps in when five cars got twisted up in turn three and slid up into the wall. A debris caution a lap later had everyone thinking this was going to be one of those yellow filled events. However, on the next restart they straightened it all out and ran 23 clean laps to the checkers. Jason Cummins of New Richland and Dustin Sorensen of Rochester came from rows three and four into the top five rather quickly along with Brad Waits of Rochester who started back in row five. By lap five they were the top four along with Alberts. Cummins closed it up on Alberts for a lap or two before falling back a few car lengths and having a side-by-side battle with Sorensen. The two battled all the way till five to go when Sorensen got the spot. The pair then moved up on Alberts and going to the outside in turn one with two to go Sorensen snatched the lead. Sorensen drove into victory lane for the first time this year while Alberts held off Cummins for second.
Power 96 WISSOTA Pure Stocks ran one of two caution free main events. Troy Maas of Faribault, after missing out on a win late in the feature a week earlier, led flag to flag for his first of the season.
The other caution free feature was run by the Brauer Roofing WISSOTA Super Stocks where Braden Brauer of Eyota picked up his first career win in the class. AJ Zvorak of Blooming Prairie led the first eight laps with several of those side-by-side with Brauer. Braden finally got the advantage on lap nine and scored the win.
Kruckeberg Services WISSOTA Hornets did run a clean 15-lap feature event but that was after a caution on the initial start. After that it was clean sailing. Josh Winsky of Rochester started on the pole and led the first four laps of the race until a wild three wide battle for the lead saw Justin Schelitzche of Cologne get scored as the leader on lap five. Nate Coopman of Mankato who was the third car in that three wide battle had started in row five and had moved into the top five in just two laps. He and Justin put on a good side by side battle for a few laps until Nate took over the top spot and drove into Victory Lane for the first time this year.
USRA B Mods were slowed by just two cautions as Garitt Wytaske of Austin scored his first feature win of the year. A caution on the first start of the race before a lap was completed and a debris caution a hand full of laps in is all that slowed them.
There were a pair of two lap shootouts in the other two features as late cautions grouped the fields for the final runs. Both times the leader was able to protect his spot and pocket the win. The first of those was in the Adams Graphix WISSOTA Street Stocks where Dustin Doughty of Oakdale rolled into town for one of his rare visits and came home with top honors.
Dan Wheeler of Savage picked up his first Chateau Speedway Feature win of the year in Action Builders WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Christopher Deno of Kasson held the early lead with Wheeler jumping up to second out of row two on the first lap.
Next week the track will wrap up the month of July with Zumbrota Ford Night. Steve Johnson, the dealer for the people, will be by and usually brings along one of his nice new cars to show off for everyone.