JIM FALLS — The Eagle Valley Speedway presented the EDI Nordson, Don Hazelton Memorial on a gorgeous Friday night with a very large crowd and the children were treated by the drivers on the speedway at intermission.
Winners on the evening included Mike Knopps, Curt Myers, Derek Haas, Andrew Hanson, Travis Hazelton and Derek Krumrie.
Nick Koehler and Mike Knopps won the two WISSOTA Modified heats, and for the second time in 2020, Knopps went on to sweep the night at feature time. He took the lead at the drop of the green from the pole position and led the entire race cover to cover. Behind him, literally lurking in the leader’s shadow, Pat Hoffman and Mark Hanson waged a fine battle for second. The two ran door to door for several laps and swapped the position multiple times at the line. On the final circuit, Hanson made a charge on the outside as Hoffman ran the lower line. Hoffman got pinned behind a lapped car but was able to take the runner up position by the slimmest of margins. Matt Leer and Michael Truscott rounded out the top five.
The WISSOTA Super Stocks saw Nick Traynor and Jesse Redetzke win their heats and Wayne Dean start on the pole of the feature. Unfortunately, he spun on the opening lap and moved to the rear for the restart. Under green, Eric Olson, last week’s winner in a thriller, took the point. However, it was Curt Myers sweeping past on the high-side and into the lead of lap two. Myers survived two cautions and restarts to go on to win yet another feature.
Eighth-starting Terran Spacek moved through the crowd and overtook third on lap eight, and Nick Traynor passed Jesse Redetzke for fourth on lap 12. Spacek was not done, though, as he caught and worked on Olson for second on lap 16 and took the position two circuits later. At the checkered flag it was Myers, Spacek, Olson, Traynor and Redetzke finishing in the top five.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modified heats were topped by Dylan Goettl and Craig Haas, and the feature saw Derek Haas and Dan Larson Jr. side by side after the first circuit. Larson Jr. had a terrific heat race and was looking strong early as he has returned with his car last week which was seemingly destroyed in a roll over earlier in the year. It was Haas, however, who proved to be too strong this evening. Hass attacked the high side of the raceway and moved out to an over a straightway advantage on second place finishing Craig Haas. Derek Haas was flawless in a race which ran caution free, and beyond the opening lap, he was never challenged.
Behind him, there was a two-wide battle for second which was eventually taken by Craig Haas. Eighth-starting George Dalbeck, who dominated the event a week earlier, used a late race pass to finish in third. Dylan Goettl and Shadow Kitchner rounded out the top five.
Cody Kummer, Kolby Kiehl and Adam Soltis won the WISSOTA Street Stock heats and the feature was an exciting event which was eventually won by Andrew Hanson. It was Parker Anderson to the point early as Travis Loew worked his way into second. By lap five, Anderson had moved out to a solid advantage and appeared to have the field covered. Hanson, looking very stout, overtook second ten laps in. A caution flag flew as the leader was working lap 13 for a car into the backstretch infield who could not move to a safe spot.
On the restart, it began to unravel for Anderson as he had lost his large cushion, and Hanson hounded him for the lead. Hanson moved door to door on the inside after the first lap back under green. They remained side by side for another circuit before Hanson overtook the position going down the backstretch on lap 15. Soltis joined the fray, and the top three ran in very tight formation. Coming out of turn two, they were all tight to the infield as dust from the same filled the air. As they neared turn three, all three cars spun nearly simultaneously. From this writer’s view, I could not point out the foul and who would be charged with the caution. The race was eventually restarted, and all three drivers were lined up in their running position for the green flag and no one was called at fault.
The green, white, checkered finish saw Anderson leave the raceway with one lap remaining as Hanson led the way to the checkered flag. Soltis finished runner up as Doug Wojcik nipped Loew for third at the line. Danny Richards raced from ninth on the grid to finish fifth.
George Richards and Karles Knopps won the WISSOTA Pure Stock heats but it was Travis Hazelton winning the Don Hazelton Memorial race from the eighth spot. The excitement of the crowd and his jubilation in victory lane was all it took to realize the importance on this race to the Hazelton family.
Early in the event, Knopps took the lead and looked strong as they raced three-deep behind him for second. The following circuit saw them three-wide for the lead, and a lap later, it settled into Hazelton at the point being chased by Knopps and James Rahn. Rob Grabon raced his way into the top three and then overtook second on lap seven. A yellow flag slowed the pace and Knopps retired from the event. They restarted and Hazelton continued to lead the remainder to the checkered flag. Grabon, showing heavy smoke the entire race, was overtaken for second by Richards on the final circuit, as Joey Prusak and James Rahn finished in the top five.
The EVS Hornets saw Jake Halterman win the heat and the feature proved to be exciting. There was no time to look away as the top four cars ran in formation for several laps with Jason Helgeson leading the group. Brandon Gleiter peeked down low on the leader on lap five and was able to snag the position one lap later at the halfway point. Jason Bauer raced into second and Derek Krumrie moved into the top three as they chased the leader in his shadow. Bauer made his move and drove in the upper groove to move side by side with Gleiter for the point. Gleiter held strong and at the white flag, Krumrie passed Bauer on the inside for second. Krumrie got a good run down the backstretch and moved to the outside of the leader through turns three and four. They raced door to door to the finish with Krumrie stealing the victory by inches for his third straight and fourth feature win on the season at the Eagle Valley Speedway. Gleiter was a strong second over Bauer, Helgeson, and William Voeltz in fifth.
The Eagle Valley Speedway returns on Friday for the River Country Coop American Hero’s Night. All six regular classes will be on the card with the EVS Hornets, WISSOTA Pure Stock, WISSOTA Street Stock, WISSOTA Midwest Mods, WISSOTA Super Stock, and WISSOTA Modifieds.
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