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home : sports : sports August 1, 2014


9/4/2013 2:57:00 PM
Racers wrap up season
This story includes information gathered by The Chronotype and a report filed by track publicist Ed Reichert.

A last corner pass by Cory Mahder in the Modified 30-lap feature highlighted the second half of the holiday doubleheader at the Rice Lake Speedway on Sunday.
The 2-day Labor Day Invitational wrapped up the 2013 racing season with heat qualifiers Saturday and features Sunday in four divisions. Other Sunday winners were Jason Forehand in Super Stock, Ryan Viltz in Midwest Modified and Jimmy Randall in Street Stock.
Pure Stock drivers ran complete programs both nights, with George Richards winning Saturday's feature and Jason Havel leading Sunday's main event.
For season champion Havel, it was his fifth feature win in 2013.
While Mahder was the driver who took home the biggest check Sunday, it was Jesse Glenz who controlled the Modified feature for most of the distance and appeared ready to score the win.
Mahder started on the pole and took the early lead, but Glenz went to the cushion immediately and began to gain ground.
Two straight yellows for minor spins kept the field bunched early, but then the last 29 laps ran nonstop. Glenz used the high side to blast past Mahder down the front chute and start to pull away.
As Mahder battled Matt Leer for second, Glenz began to disappear from the pack as he built up nearly a straightaway advantage over the field. As the race continued, Glenz was having trouble getting through lapped traffic, allowing Mahder to slowly cut into the leader's advantage.
Glenz then got into thick traffic as Mahder cut the advantage at a rapid pace. As the white flag flew, Glenz was still blocked, with Mahder close behind. Glenz attempted to pass the slower cars on the high side but when he couldn't accomplish that, he ducked low to block the third turn.
Mahder went to the high side and pulled beside the leader. As they raced out of the last corner, Glenz put the horn on the slower car in front of him and moved him to the infield, but it cost him time. Mahder found an opening on the high side and passed the leader in the last few feet before the finish line, winning by just over a car length in a startling turn of events.
Leer finished a strong third, while Mark Hessler moved up strongly to finish fourth and Scott Miller completed the top five.
Forehand and Aaron Wilson battled in a competitive Super Stock main event, with Forehand overcoming the early lead established by Wilson.
Forehand worked the low side, making a strong dive into turn one and beating Wilson out of the corner to take over the lead. But several yellow flags spread out over the race kept the field bunched and never allowed Forehand to build up any kind of lead.
A late yellow set up a two-lap sprint to the finish. Forehand restarted strongly and moved out to a two-car length lead and didn't allow Wilson to get any closer.
The Midwest Modified feature was a race-long brother battle between Ryan and Tito Viltz. It was Ryan getting his third win of the season.
Ryan Viltz drove through a low opening early and into the lead. Tito Viltz worked the high side of the track and he quickly powered around traffic, moving from the third row into a challenging position.
Tito tried several times to edge past Ryan on the high side but couldn't quite get past. However, a few laps later, Ryan would slide off the bottom in turn two and Tito cut to the inside and stole the lead.
Yellow flags would prove to be Tito's undoing. After a restart for a spin, Tito would push too hard into turn one and slid up the track, opening up the inside to his brother, who regained the lead.
After a lap 14 yellow when Don Drew slapped the wall, the six-lap shoot-out saw Tito try everything he could to regain the lead, but Ryan was equal to the task as he raced home for the win.
The Street Stock feature was expected to be a two-car shoot-out between Randall and Sam Fankhauser, and that's exactly how it played out. They started beside each other in the front row and on the first lap swapped positions. Side by side for the lead, Fankhauser edged ahead with Randall running just to his inside and challenging in each corner.
Several laps continued in this fashion while third-running Ron Hanestad was catching both leaders. When Fankhauser slipped a little too high in turn one, Randall was able to squeeze past him to take over the top spot, with Hanestad close behind.
A yellow flag set up a seven-lap race to the finish. Randall continued to run the middle of the track while Fankhauser found traction low and started to close on the leader. Each lap Fankhauser closed up just a little, and he tried to nose under Randall on several attempts.
As the leaders took the white flag, a lapped car running the low side of the track blocked Fankhauser's way. Fankhauser had to ease the accelerator briefly, and that was the race as Randall drove on to take the win.
Hanestad finished a strong third ahead of Jay Kesan while Adam Soltis came from deep in the field to complete the top five.
A last lap pass in Sunday's Pure Stock feature got Havel got past C.J. Wagner on the final tour for the win. Havel used the second groove to pull beside Wagner, setting up a two-lap sprint to the finish. Havel was able to drive around Wagner on the final lap and won by a car length over the track point champion Wagner.
John Erickson came home third, with Bob Thompson and Randy Graham next in line.
In Saturday's Pure Stock feature, paying $700 to win, George Richards of Mondovi won the 20-lap, 24-car race.
Wagner, Havel and Richards ran in that order in the early going, but Richards got past Havel for second and then used the high side to go past Wagner for the lead.
Darwin Brown made a late push on the high portion of the track, moving into second place on the final lap.

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