Renegade Sprints invade Chateau
The Mid-American Renegade Sprint Non Wing Traditionals made their second of three scheduled appearances at Chateau Speedway in Lansing Friday.
The field put on a caution-free night of racing in both heats and in the feature. With five of the top 10 winningest drivers in the various Renegade series on hand, it was one of those not on that list that lead the way.
Scott Brandt of Andover put together back-to-back wins in his heat and feature to capture a sweep on the night. It was Brandt’s second career Chateau feature win as he also scored a win in one of the classes two visits last season. He finished ahead of the driver with the most feature wins in the series history Cam Schafer of St Paul. Schafer, who was coming off a win the night before at the Dodge County Fair Thunderbird Open, had a heat win on the night.
Two other classes also put together caution-free main events with the French’s Repair USRA A Mods reeling off 25 clean laps. Jason Cummins of New Richland captured his third Chateau feature win of 2021 as he led flag-to-flag for the win. He had one scare about halfway through the race when Ryan Wetzstein of West Concord showed himself beside him in turn four. Cummins quickly found another gear and stretched the lead back out to half a straightaway as he drove to the win. Aaron Benson of Clear Lake, Iowa came home in third. Heat winners were JT Wasmund of Pine Island and Charlie Steinberg of Kasson, who both suffered issues and fell out of the feature.
Also caution-free was the Adams Graphix WISSOTA Street Stocks, which saw Zach Elward of Hayfield run down Kory Adams of Stacyville, Iowa and pass him coming out of turn four to the checkers for the win. Jason Newkirk of Austin garnered the only heat win.
With just one yellow coming out in the feature event, Jack Maas of Faribault ended Andrew Eischens’ run of feature wins. The Taopi driver had run off seven in a row to open the season but had to settle for second this week in the Power 96 WISSOTA Pure Stocks. Bobby Crews of Austin took third. Jack Paulson of Faribault had the only heat win for the class.
Skjeveland Sanitation and Roll Off Service WISSOTAA Hornets saw just a pair of yellows slow there main event which went to Colin Wittenberg of Hastings who scored his first career Chateau feature win. It was a rough night for leaders in the race as three different leaders had issues during the course of the 15 lap main event. Daniel Bjonfald of Bloomington and Briand Schott of Red Wing battled it out for the runner-up spot just ahead of Brian Adams of Montgomery. Troy Tuma of Owatonna and Bob Noble of Faribault who took the heat wins both fell out of the main event while leading.
For the second show in a row the USRA B Mods had there feature cut five laps for excessive cautions. Matt Brooks of Austin scored his first feature win of the season as he held off Garitt Wytaske of Austin and Hunter Kennedy of St Ansgar, Iowa for the victory. Heat wins went to Noah Grinstead of Austin and Zach Elward of Hayfield.
One more caution and the Action Builders WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds would have had their feature cut as well but they managed to get it cleaned up at the end with Kadden Kath of Ellendale scoring the win ahead of brother Kobie Kath of Owatonna. Billy Steinberg of Kasson took third as ironically all three of those cars had the number 83 on the sides of them. Kadden also took a heat win as did Adam Martinson of Blaine and Tyler McFarland of New Richland.
Next Friday will be a big night at Chateau as the second class will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame. The first class was inducted in 2019 and there was no class last year because of COVID-19.
Entering the Hall of Fame this year will be 1965 Modified Track Champion Ron Kester, 1966 Modified Track Champion Rex Garr, 1973 Late Model Track Champion Wendell Kuehn, Four-Time Track Champion Mike Sorensen of Rochester (WISSOTA Modified 1988, 1989, 1996, and USRA A Mod 2008), Three-Time WISSOTA Midwest Modified Track Champion Bryan Hernandez (2002, 2004, 2009), along with Legacy Member Ron Ross, who spent about 21 years starting in 1959 as a Flagman at The Track. All are expected to be there with the exception of Rex Garr, who passed away four years ago. His wife Elaine, and family will be there to accept the honor.