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Benson Beats Baker By 0.023 Seconds In Midwest Mod Thriller On Fan Appreciation Night

July 12, 2019

Sauk Rapids, Minnesota 

After two consecutive rainouts, the Granite City Speedway roared back to life on Sunday, July 7th with perfect weather for their annual Fan Appreciation Night, which saw a near capacity crowd witness a great night of racing action in 5 WISSOTA divisions.

After preliminary action was completed and intermission festivities were wrapped up, the WISSOTA Super Stocks were the first division to compete in their feature event. After a pair of lap one cautions, Austin Niemeyer took command from the outside of the front row and drove off to a sizeable advantage, while Don Eischens and Shane Sabraski were battling for second with Dexton Koch behind. Niemeyer hit his marks lap after lap and lead the first half of the event until a mid-race caution bunched up the field and allowed Eischens to pounce first and steal the lead. Once out front, Eischens tried to drive away, but Sabraski snuck into second and put pressure on the #9e for the lead during the remainder of the main event. Eischens was able to hold off Sabraksi for the victory with Chad Fouquette stealing second from Sabraski, who came home a solid second in front of Kurt Becken, after rallying from the tail and Cody Emmans, who rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Hornets were up next with Zach Schreder taking the lead from his front row starting spot at the drop of the green flag. Schreder paced the field for the first half of the race until his car began to backfire, which ended his night prematurely and handed the lead to Nate Servaty, who was in a great side by side battle with Carter Rieland for second. Servaty assumed the lead and began to stretch his advantage lap after lap en route to the victory. Justin Schelitzche came across the line in second with Rieland third and Joe Wilber and Cody Krueth rounding out the top five.

Up next were the WISSOTA Modifieds with Jon Olmscheid and Pete Loecken pacing the field to the green. As the field rumbled to the green flag, 4th starting Clayton Wagamon took command and stretched his lead over the first ten laps of the event with Shane Sabraski and Denis Czech charging after him in second and third. Wagamon continued out front until a mid-race caution put the 7a and 2 right on the heels of Wagamon’s #14w on the restart. Wagamon again took the lead and began to search on the high side of the speedway for the fastest way around, while Sabraski kept his machine glued to the bottom lane. Shane was able to edge by Clayton in a great battle up front and steal the lead, which he would hold to the end for the victory. Wagamon held on for a solid second with Czech third, Justin Oestreich and Don Eischens in the top five.

The WISSOTA Mod Four main event was up next and provided a great battle up front between Justin Pogones, Keith Thell and Mitch Hribar. Pogones got out front at the outset and ran alone in the lead for much of the event, while Thell picked his way forward. Keith began to pressure Justin for the lead and stole it once, only to have a caution negate the pass. On the restart, Pogones took back off in the lead with Thell in hot pursuit and Hribar right there as well. Thell was able to finally complete the pass and secure the lead, which he was able to hold to the checkered flag for the win. Hribar snatched second from Pogones at the line with Dustin Holtquist and Jamie Flickinger coming across the line with top five finishes.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modified main event was the final event on the schedule and it provided the best finish of the night. Mark Martini took command at the start and paced the field out front with Zach Benson, Matt Baker and Kyle Thell swapping the second spot lap after lap on the heels of Martini’s #42 at the front of the pack. A mid-race yellow bunched the field up and saw Martini’s night end as he pulled pit-side, handing the lead to Benson. Zach then took back off into the top spot and tried to run away for the win, but Baker had other ideas and jumped to the top of the speedway and began to cut into Benson’s lead as the laps wound down. Benson continued his run around the bottom, while Baker screamed around the top as the duo crossed under the white flag nearly side by side and drag raced around the speedway for the final time wheel to wheel. Baker made one last ditch effort on the cushion, but Benson hit his marks perfectly on the bottom and nipped Baker by 0.023 seconds for the thrilling photo finish victory. Travis Schulte raced his way up to a third place finish with Thell fourth and Brandon Mehrwerth completing the top five.

For more information regarding Granite City, please log on to GCSpeedway.com and be sure to join us next Sunday for the Northland Super Stock Series on July 14th.

Results
Modifieds
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 7A-Shane Sabraski, [6]; 2. 14W-Clayton Wagamon, [4]; 3. 2-Denis Czech, [5]; 4. 46-Justin A-Strike, [7]; 5. 9E-Don Eischens, [3]; 6. 89JR-J.T. Johnson, [9]; 7. 18A-Landon Atkinson, [11]; 8. 96-Taton Hansen, [15]; 9. 26-Ryan Gierke, [10]; 10. 97-Peter Loecken, [2]; 11. US-Jonathan Olmscheid, [1]; 12. 27-Tony Proell, [14]; 13. 3L-Brandon Linquist, [13]; 14. 3-Arne Anderson, [8]; 15. (DNF) 34-Scott Engholm, [16]; 16. (DNF) 51-Tyler Kaeter, [17]; (DNS) 42S-Don Shaw,
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 97-Peter Loecken, [2]; 2. 9E-Don Eischens, [3]; 3. 7A-Shane Sabraski, [8]; 4. 3-Arne Anderson, [1]; 5. 89JR-J.T. Johnson, [5]; 6. 18A-Landon Atkinson, [9]; 7. 3L-Brandon Linquist, [4]; 8. 96-Taton Hansen, [6]; 9. (DNF) 51-Tyler Kaeter, [7]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 2-Denis Czech, [5]; 2. 14W-Clayton Wagamon, [7]; 3. US-Jonathan Olmscheid, [1]; 4. 46-Justin A-Strike, [6]; 5. 26-Ryan Gierke, [2]; 6. 42S-Don Shaw, [4]; 7. 27-Tony Proell, [3]; 8. (DNF) 34-Scott Engholm, [8]

Midwest Modifieds
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 17B-Zach Benson, [3]; 2. 27-Matt Baker, [6]; 3. 11-Travis Schulte, [8]; 4. 00-Kyle Thell, [2]; 5. 7-Brandon Mehrwerth, [5]; 6. 112-Brennan Gave, [7]; 7. 17-Ashley Mehrwerth, [4]; 8. 20-Thomas Gill, [10]; 9. 29-Andy Mayavski, [9]; 10. TB81-Tommy Bawden, [11]; 11. 31-Travis Schurmann, [16]; 12. 11X-Austin Chyba, [12]; 13. 20L-Mason Lesmeister, [13]; 14. (DNF) 133-Jon Starnes, [15]; 15. (DNF) 4Q2-Mark Martini, [1]; 16. (DNF) 26G-Ryan Gierke, [14]
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17B-Zach Benson, [5]; 2. 4Q2-Mark Martini, [1]; 3. 27-Matt Baker, [8]; 4. 00-Kyle Thell, [7]; 5. 29-Andy Mayavski, [6]; 6. TB81-Tommy Bawden, [3]; 7. 20L-Mason Lesmeister, [4]; 8. 133-Jon Starnes, [2]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 7-Brandon Mehrwerth, [1]; 2. 11-Travis Schulte, [5]; 3. 17-Ashley Mehrwerth, [2]; 4. 112-Brennan Gave, [3]; 5. 20-Thomas Gill, [6]; 6. 11X-Austin Chyba, [7]; 7. 26G-Ryan Gierke, [8]; 8. (DNF) 31-Travis Schurmann, [4]

Mod Fours
A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 00T-Keith Thell, [5]; 2. M16-Mitchell Hribar, [3]; 3. 01-Justin Pogones, [1]; 4. 5H-Dustin Holtquist, [4]; 5. 16-Jamie Flickinger, [2]; 6. 5-Robert Holtquist, [7]; 7. 32-Dwight Gilyard, [6]; 8. 37-Dean Larson, [8]; 9. 7J-Tommy Pogones, [9]
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 16-Jamie Flickinger, [2]; 2. 00T-Keith Thell, [5]; 3. 01-Justin Pogones, [1]; 4. M16-Mitchell Hribar, [4]; 5. 5H-Dustin Holtquist, [8]; 6. 32-Dwight Gilyard, [6]; 7. 5-Robert Holtquist, [7]; 8. 37-Dean Larson, [3]; 9. 7J-Tommy Pogones, [9]

Hornets
A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 99-Nate Servaty, [6]; 2. 14-Justin Schelitzche, [8]; 3. 21-Carter Rieland, [4]; 4. 0K-Joseph Wilber, [5]; 5. 7H-Cody Krueth, [1]; 6. 13X-Steve Christians, [9]; 7. 3-Thomas Inderieden, [12]; 8. (DNF) 5AR-Adam VanDerostyne, [7]; 9. (DNF) 11-Zachery Schreder, [2]; 10. (DNF) 12-Derek Stanoch, [11]; 11. (DNF) 37-Alex Aderman, [10]; (DNS) 27-Corey Mehrwerth,
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 27-Corey Mehrwerth, [5]; 2. 11-Zachery Schreder, [1]; 3. 5AR-Adam VanDerostyne, [4]; 4. 7H-Cody Krueth, [3]; 5. 13X-Steve Christians, [6]; 6. (DNF) 37-Alex Aderman, [2]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 99-Nate Servaty, [4]; 2. 14-Justin Schelitzche, [5]; 3. 21-Carter Rieland, [1]; 4. 0K-Joseph Wilber, [3]; 5. 3-Thomas Inderieden, [6]; (DNS) 12-Derek Stanoch,

Super Stocks
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 9E-Don Eischens, [6]; 2. 515-Chad Fouquette, [11]; 3. 7A-Shane Sabraski, [8]; 4. 70X-Kurt Becken, [5]; 5. 33C-Cody Emmans, [15]; 6. 18-Kevin Schmidt, [2]; 7. 02-Mike Jacobson, [14]; 8. 21-Jim Gullikson, [10]; 9. 41-Tommy Patton, [16]; 10. F15-Devin Fouquette, [9]; 11. 11A-Jordan Henkemeyer, [1]; 12. 64-Jim Urseth, [12]; 13. (DNF) 78K-Dexton Koch, [4]; 14. (DNF) 33-Austin Niemeyer, [3]; 15. (DNF) 2-Dave Mass, [7]; 16. (DNF) 6F-Matt Fester, [13]
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 2-Dave Mass, [5]; 2. 18-Kevin Schmidt, [3]; 3. 9E-Don Eischens, [4]; 4. 33-Austin Niemeyer, [7]; 5. F15-Devin Fouquette, [2]; 6. 515-Chad Fouquette, [8]; 7. 6F-Matt Fester, [6]; 8. 33C-Cody Emmans, [1]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 7A-Shane Sabraski, [1]; 2. 78K-Dexton Koch, [5]; 3. 70X-Kurt Becken, [6]; 4. 11A-Jordan Henkemeyer, [3]; 5. 21-Jim Gullikson, [7]; 6. 64-Jim Urseth, [8]; 7. 02-Mike Jacobson, [4]; 8. 41-Tommy Patton, [2]