2017 Elko Speedway Schedule
Jorgenson And Kane Share Thunder Cars Spotlight At Elko
 

By Jason D Searcy

 
August 12, 2017- Elko, MN
 

Anchor Bank presented an action packed Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway Saturday night featuring racing in the NASCAR Whelen All cyAmerican series.

 
The Genz-Ryan Thunder Cars were the premiere division on this night of racing at ELKO.  Conrad Jorgenson #3 from Lakeville (MN) won the first 20 lap main event.  Jorgenson started the race eighth on the grid of nineteen cars, Colin Neisius #13 and Matt Wiebusch #09 dueled for the top spot side by side until Wiebusch finally established the lead on lap seven, Dillon Sellner #07 then drove up to the point one lap later.  It didn't matter who was up front to Jorgenson, he blasted forward, snatched the lead on lap thirteen and won by 1.673 seconds.  Dillon Sellner finished second, Ted Reuvers #8 was third, defending point champion #32 Jeremy Wolff was fourth and #13 Collin Neisius rounded out the TOP 5 finishers.  This was the seventh feature win of the year for Conrad Jorgenson.
 
James Lindgren #20 and #99 Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) started on the front row in the second 20 lap feature for the Thunder Cars.  The top two had a great battle until Kane edged in front on lap six of twenty.  First feature winner #3 Conrad Jorgenson was hoping for a clean sweep, he started the race in the seventh position and had moved up to second by the half-way mark of the race.  Jorgenson put a lot of pressure on Kane but just couldn't quite make the pass.  Jorgenson drag raced Kane down the front stretch on the last lap but finished in second place, exactly .1 second behind Kane at the finish line.  Bryce Blohm #37 just beat out #07 Dillon Sellner for third and the #32 car driven by Jeremy Wolff finished fifth.  With the win Brent Kane joined Conrad Jorgenson as Thunder Car drivers with seven wins on the season so far.
 
With the two strong finishes Conrad Jorgenson took over the point lead, he now leads Jeremy Wolff by 21 points in the race for the ELKO track Championship.
 
The Eternity Homes Great North Legends race was full of drama and lots of caution flags.  Seventeen cars started the race, veteran driver Tim Brockhouse #6 held the early lead until he was overtaken by #16 Matt Allen just past the half-way point of the twenty lap feature event and then Brockhouse dropped back due to mechanical problems.  Matt Allen was challenged by #75 Baiden Heskett who took the lead on lap sixteen.  Then bad luck struck for Heskett, the yellow came out on lap 17 and #71 Derek Lemke overtook Heskett for the top spot on the restart.  Another caution flag flew and things got worse for Heskett.  On the restart somehow his steering mechanism failed and even though he was turning the steering wheel the car car went straight for the wall in corner number one.  Heskett jammed on the binders and narrowly missed a very bad situation.  Heskett did not finish the race and was accredited with the seventeenth position.  On the third restart Lemke held back a hard charging #4 of Brady Fox-Rhode and won by only .182 seconds.  Jon Lemke #17 finished third, #8 Cole Klien was fourth and Matt Allen crossed the finish line fifth.  This was the fifth feature win of the year for Derek Lemke in this division at Elko Speedway.
 
Derek Lemke now has a 93 point lead over his father Jon Lemke in the battle for the ELKO Great North Legends Championship.
 
The Pepsi Power Stock 20 lap main event was a good one, #24 Jason Machaud had the early lead until #88 Nick Oxborough from Lakeville (MN) sneaked past him with an inside move on lap five.  Oxborough then had to hold off defending point champion #62 Tom Doten for the rest of the race, he did just that and on the 20th and final lap Oxborough had a 2.65 second lead, scoring his second win of the 2017 season.  Doten finished second, #56 Paul Hamilton was third, Jason Machaud fourth and #93 Matt Ryan finished fifth.  Point leader Dusty Mann #10 was stuck back in traffic and only finished ninth of the seventeen cars racing in the feature event.
 
Dusty Mann now has a 21 point lead over Tom Doten in the race for the 2017 Power Stock Championship at Elko Speedway.
 
Fifteen front wheel driver four cylinder cars raced in the Hornets 15 lap feature event during Eve of Destruction at ELKO.  Aaron Reimers #2 led the first couple laps until #55 Brandon Plekkenpol took over the top spot, he then weaved his way through traffic and crossed the finish line first.  Brandon Olson from Minneapolis (MN) started the race sixth on the grid, he moved up as the race progressed and ended up winning his second trophy of the year in the Hornets division because the Plekkenpol car did not pass post-race inspection in the Hiway Federal Credit Union Tech Shed.  Brandon Olson was declared the winner, #3 Michael Wachs Jr was second, Shawn Grabinger #22 third, #14 Justin Schelitzche was fourth and #36 Alex Vincent was awarded fifth at ELKO.
 
Justin Schelitzche now has a 28 point lead over Michael Wachs Jr in the race for the Hornets Championship.
 
Results and Point Standings are currently unofficial, official information will be posted midweek at ElkoSpeedway.com
 
Clay Gallagher and his son are throwbacks to the classic Hollywood stuntmen, they put on quite a show during Eve of Destruction.  First they completed the famous "Triple Car Jump" not only once but twice for the very appreciative crowd at ELKO.  Then they thrilled the near capacity crowd by driving an SUV through a RV Camper no less then five times, a display of destruction at its best.
 
The Spectator Drags and Figure Eight Bus Races were very entertaining as per usual and the two monster trucks tore through smashed cars and displayed incredible driving skill.
 
Up next at Elko Speedway will be the annual memorial night of racing.  Special events will be held in the Late Model and Thunder Car divisions.  Gates open at 5pm with action beginning at 6pm.  Get more information at ElkoSpeedway.com, follow Elko Speedway on social media, download the free Elko Racing app or by calling (952) 461-7223.
 
Elko Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned 3/8th mile oval asphalt race track located 30 minutes South of Minneapolis or St Paul just off of I-35 and County Road 2 in Elko (MN).

Dylan Moore And Jacob Goede Split NASCAR LM Features At Elko

 

By Jason D Searcy

 
August 5, 2017 - Elko, MN
 
Youngsters packed full nine school buses and were driven around Elko Speedway by the defending Champion drivers at ELKO on Saturday night in honor of Kids Night at the races.  Children were also treated to free Pony Rides, Face Painting and lots of prizes were handed out on a night that celebrated the future of our sport.
 
Dylan Moore #54 from Northfield (MN) took the lead, lost it and then took it back in route to his second feature win in the Hiway Federal Credit Union Late Model division at Elko Speedway.  Derek Lemke #71 grabbed the lead from Moore on lap four of the 30 lap feature, but Lemke could not shake Moore, who regained the lead on lap 20 and held on for the win by .260 seconds over Lemke at the finish line.  Chris Marek #3 finished third, #42 Ryan Kamish dropped to fourth after starting on the pole and #72 Jacob Goede moved up from his eleventh starting position to finish fifth out of the 22 cars entered.
 
The second NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model feature event at ELKO went to #72 Jacob Goede from Carver (MN), it was his second trophy of the year.  Sixteen year old #14 Grant Brown jumped out to a huge lead early in the race and led every lap until Goede slipped past him with two laps remaining in the 30 lap main event.  Goede won the race by 1.127 seconds over Brown with fifteen year old #6 Owin Giles coming in third followed by #40 Michael Beamish fourth and #13 Bryan Wrolstad in fifth in this caution free race.
 
With the win, Jacob Goede extended his point lead to 101 points over Grant Brown in the race for the Elko Speedway track Championship.
 
Brent Kane #99 from Lonsdale (MN) won his sixth Genz-Ryan Thunder Car feature of the year Saturday night at Elko Speedway.  Dave Reed #52 looked like he was shot out of a cannon to start the race and he took a big lead until the caution flew at lap 13 of 20.  Kane took the advantage off the restart, held on and scored his sixth win of the season, he then invited kids to join him for a photo in ELKO victory lane.  Matt Weibush #09 ran a great race to finish second, he challenged Kane on a late restart and lost by only .372 seconds at the checkers.  Conrad Jorgenson #3 drove from his thirteenth starting spot up to finish third, Mike Homan #28 crossed the line fourth and #07 Dillon Sellner was fifth.  Point leader #32 Jeremy Wolff was involved in the Gentleman Tap Out rule, he admitted fault for causing a wreck, was sent to the back on a late restart and finished 17th of the 20 cars racing.
 
The second Thunder Car feature had sixteen year old #13 Colin Neisius taking the lead early until a caution flag bunched up the field on lap six.  Conrad Jorgenson #3 from Lakeville (MN) started ninth on the grid but moved up to the lead before the mid-race signal and he never looked back to capture his sixth feature win of the year.  Jeremy Wolff #32 followed Jorgenson from the back to the front and finished second by only 1.5 seconds, #99 Brent Kane had a great battle with Neisius and beat him to the finish line by only .128 seconds, #07 Dillon Sellner finished fifth of the twenty cars entered in feature number two at ELKO.
 
Jeremy Wolff now only has a five point advantage over Conrad Jorgenson in the battle for the Thunder Car Championship at Elko Speedway.
 
Derek Lemke #71 from Shakopee (MN) won the Eternity Homes Great North Legends 20 lap main event at ELKO.  The race was marred by numerous cautions both early in the race and late but Lemke, who started fourth row outside, remained cool behind the wheel and won his fourth trophy in eight races this year at Elko Speedway.  "It felt good to get that monkey off our back, it seems like a while since we have won," said Lemke "I was trying to run away from Baiden (Heskett) because he is always quick and don't know where Cole (Klein) came from but I had a mirror full from him, he was really fast."  Baiden Heskett #75 finished second edging #8 Cole Klein by just .069 seconds at the stripe, #17 Jon Lemke finished fourth and #16 Matt Allen was fifth of the 16 cars racing.
 
With his fourth win of the season Lemke extended his point lead to 77 points over his father Jon Lemke in the race for the Championship.
 
The first Pepsi Power Stock feature was won by veteran driver #66 Joe Prusak from Clayton (WI), it was the 186th victory of his career and second this year at ELKO.  Matt Ryan #93 led the first half of the race before being overtaken on the high side by Prusak after a restart, Ryan finished second, defending Champion #62 Tom Doten finished third with #10 Dusty Mann fourth and #8 Taylor Goldman fifth in this highly competitive nineteen car 20 lap shootout in the Power Stocks.
 
The second feature winner was #10 Dusty Mann from Farmington (MN), he worked his way up from the ninth starting position to take the lead just after midway and held on for his 6th win of 2017.  Early in the race Matthew Frye #53 led until #27 Darin Patnode took the top spot on lap four, Patnode held onto the lead until Mann took it from him with a pass on the inside on lap twelve of 20.  Patnode finished as strong second, #62 Tom Doten moved up to third, #8 Taylor Goldman finished fourth and #88 Nick Oxborough rounded out the TOP 5.
 
Dusty Mann now has a 39 point lead over Tom Doten in the Power Stock standings at Elko Speedway.
 
Michael Weiss #89 from Bloomington (MN) won the first Hornets feature event.  Weiss jumped out to a big lead early but #36 Alex Vincent made it close at the finish as Weiss won by only .151 seconds at the finish line.  Justin Schelitzche #14 was third, #36b Brandon Olson finished fourth and #55 Brandon Plekkenpol finished fifth of the 11 cars entered in the race.  It was the second win of the year for Weiss.
 
Alex Vincent from Waterville (MN) won the second 15 lap feature at ELKO.  Vincent started ninth on the grid and worked his way through the field, eventually passing on the high side on the last lap to be victorious by .322 seconds for his second feature win of the year.  Michael Wachs Jr #3 finished second, the blue #36 of Brandon Olson was third, #55 Brandon Plekkenpol finished fourth and #14 Justin Schelitzche was fifth.  Eight different drivers have won a feature this year in the Hornets division at Elko Speedway.
 
Justin Schelitzche now has a slim 14 point lead over Brandon Plekkenpol in the race for the Hornets Championship.
 
Eleven year old Collin Stocker #8 from Farmington (MN) won his third Brock's Flooring Bandoleros feature of the year at Elko Speedway.  Christopher Konop #88 finished second and #56 Clayton Dorner was third of the twelve cars racing.   Stocker has now won three of the four feature events raced this year.
 
Many drivers donated bikes and large prizes that were given away to young fans during Kids Night at Elko Speedway.  The track would like to thank everyone who was involved including: Tom Doten race team, Tracy Aarthun, Ziemiecki Racing, Michael Ostdiek Racing, Jeremy Wolff racing, Jack and Maddie Larson, David Reed, Goldman Racing, Jackson Lewis, Ricky Arends, Brent Kane Racing, Chris Marek Racing, Tyler Kingery Racing, Justin Schelitzche, Jessie Mahoney, Grant Brown, Owin Giles, Prusak Racing, Natalie Bartyzal, Tim Brockhouse and others for contributing prizes for the Children.
 
Coming up next at ELKO is an Eve of Destruction on Saturday August 12 with NASCAR racing plus two Monster Trucks, the Wildman Clay Gallagher stunts, the Timberworks Lumberjacks, Spectator Drags, Figure 8 Bus races and music by Arch Allies.  Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm.  Get more information by following Elko Speedway on social media, downloading the free Elko Racing app, going to ElkoSpeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-7223.
 
Elko Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned 3/8th mile asphalt oval race track located in Elko (MN) just 30 minutes South of Minneapolis just off of I-35 and county road 2.
Michael Beamish And Michael Ostdiek Split NASCAR Late Model Features At Elko
 

By Jason D Searcy

 
July 29, 2017 - Elko, MN
 
The impressive list of drivers who have won in the Hiway Federal Credit Union Late Model division got even longer on Saturday night at Elko Speedway.  Eleven different drivers have now won this year in the NASCAR Whelen All American series Premiere division at ELKO as the names of Michael Ostdiek of Lakeville (MN) and Michael Beamish from Eagan (MN) were added to the docket during Eve of Destruction presented by MN Professional Towing Association.
 
Jon Lemke #17 led the first half of the first Late Model 30 lap feature, #14 Grant Brown battled with Lemke and the two touched coming out of the corner more than once as they raced side by side and slowing down enough to be caught from behind. Michael Beamish #40 took advantage of the situation, "It allowed me to cool the tires down, the car came back to life and it was really good after that," said Beamish who dove to the inside and went from third to first in an instant with just three laps remaining.  Beamish won by .614 seconds, #72 Jacob Goede drove from his eighth starting spot to second, #54 Dylan Moore went from tenth to third, Jon Lemke dropped to fourth and Grant Brown finished fifth in the strong 18 car field.
 
In the second Hiway Federal Credit Union Late Model feature #99 Jeff Partington shot out to a big lead early, #18 of Michael Ostdiek slowly made his way up to second by lap 8, he battled for the lead on lap 20 and two laps later he took the top spot and never gave it up even though #6 Owin Giles made it a close finish.  "I knew if I stayed patient I would be alright," said Ostdiek "I was hungry for the first win."  This is the home track for Ostdiek who is traveling much of the year as part of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program and racing in the Big 8 series and the ARCA Midwest tour.  Fifteen year old Owin Giles drove up from eighth to finish second, just .436 seconds behind Ostdiek, #52 Chad Walen finished third, Jeff Partington dropped to fourth and #14 Grant Brown rounded out the TOP 5 at Elko Speedway.
 
Jacob Goede retains the point lead, he is 75 points ahead of Grant Brown in the race for the Championship.
 
Seventeen cars raced in the first Genz-Ryan Thunder Car feature, #75 Keith Paulsrud took the early lead until he was passed by #28 Mike Homan from South St Paul (MN) on lap eight, Homan was challenged by #8 Ted Reuvers numerous times but he would not be denied his first win.  Homan won by only .279 seconds with Reuvers finishing second, defending Champion #32 Jeremy Wolff third, #37 Bryce Blohm fourth and #3 Conrad Jorgenson fifth.  Point leader #10 Dusty Mann had a mechanical problem before the race, he started last and moved up to 8th at the finish.
 
In the second 20 lap feature for the Thunder Cars #99 Brent Kane grabbed the lead early, he was overtaken on the high-side by #3 Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) on lap 3, Jorgenson then extended his lead to 3.31 seconds at the checkered flag.  The great battle on the track was for the runner-up position, Brent Kane just edged #32 Jeremy Wolff by .054 seconds, #10 Dustin Mann finished fourth and #8 Ted Reuvers rounded out the TOP 5.  It was the fifth win of the year for Jorgenson.
 
Jeremy Wolff continued to lead the Thunder Car point standings, he now has a 37 point lead over Conrad Jorgenson in the run for his second straight title.
 
Matt Ryan #93 led the Pepsi Power Stock 20 lap main event on Saturday night at ELKO, he dropped out with mechanical problems shortly after #10 Dusty Mann from Farmington (MN) took the lead on lap 5.  Dusty then cruised away for his fifth win of the year in the Power Stock division.  There was close competition for the runner-up position as #8 Taylor Goldman just edged #54 Paul Hamilton by only .045 seconds at the finish line.  Then two veteran racers as #66 Joe Prusak finished fourth and #62 Tom Doten crossed the line fifth of the 17 cars racing.
 
Dusty Mann is the point leader in the Power Stock division, he has a 35 point lead on defending Champion Tom Doten in the standings.
 
The Hornets 15 lap main event was exciting, #14 Justin Schelitzche from Lester Prairie (MN) won his first feature of the year at ELKO after passing #0 Brian Adams on lap four.  Schelitzche won by a big margin but the race continued on behind him, Adams was able to hold onto the second position, #55 Brandon Plekkenpol finished third, #36 Brandon Olson was fourth and #7 Ridge Oien finished fifth of the 14 cars entered.  Eight different drivers have now won a feature event in the front wheel drive Hornets division this year at Elko Speedway.
 
Justin Schelitzche now has an 11 point lead over Brandon Plekkenpol as he attempts to defend the Hornets Championship.
 
Official results and point standings will be posted mid-week at ElkoSpeedway.com
 
The large crowd for Eve of Destruction was also entertained by Tina Winn from Sarasota (FL) known as Galaxy Girl as she did aerial stunts 127 feet above the ground.  The Drifters and Freestyle Motocross athletes amazed the crowd and the Figure 8 Bus Races ended with a big crash and rollover.  Winners were also crowned in the spectator and outlaw drag races at ELKO.
 
Coming up next at Elko Speedway is Kids Night, with free admission for kids (12 and under) plus school bus rides around the track BEFORE the races begin.  Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm.  Get more information at ElkoSpeedway.com, follow Elko Speedway on social media, download our free app by searching Elko Racing or call (952) 461-7223.  The kid friendly movie at Elko Drive-in theater will be Captain Underpants.
 
Elko Speedway is Minnesota's only NASCAR sanctioned race track.  ELKO is a 3/8th mile asphalt oval track located 30 minutes South of both Minneapolis or St Paul just off of I-35 and county road 2 in Elko (MN).
Owin Giles And Chris Marek Split NASCAR Late Model Features At Elko
 

By Jason D Searcy

 
July 22, 2017- Elko, MN
 
Elko Speedway partnered with the Mary Moon Foundation and Hairball to present a NASCAR Whelen All American race night along with music to benefit charity.  Not only was the entire admission price donated, but also dozens of drivers from all divisions racing at ELKO donated their prize money to the Mary Moon Foundation benefiting Crescent Cove Hospice and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital all in memory of young Mary Jacqueline O'Keefe who passed away in 2009. 
 
Fifteen year old Owin Giles #6 from New Market (MN) won his first career Hiway Federal Credit Union Late Model feature event on Saturday night.  Giles started the race along side of four time winner #75 Joe Neisius, "I was thinking for sure he would pass me and I was thinking how would I hold second but GOD came in and helped me out, I prayed hard," said Giles.  Giles grabbed the lead on the first lap and never gave it up, he led all thirty laps and won by 1.089 seconds.  Giles was the 2015 Bandolero Champion at ELKO, he made the big jump up to Late Models last year and now he is a winner at the Premiere level of racing at Elko Speedway.
 
Michael Beamish #40 finished second followed by sixteen year old #14 Grant Brown, #75 Joe Neisius dropped to fourth and #18 Michael Ostdiek rounded out the Top 5.
 
In the second 30 lap Late Model feature #3 Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) was the best of the 22 cars competing, it was his first trophy of 2017.  Marek had to beat the current point leader #72 Jacob Goede at the start of the race, he did so and then extended his margin of victory to 1.137 seconds over #18 Michael Ostdiek at the checkers.  Goede finished third, just ahead of #42 Ryan Kamish and #40 Michael Beamish.
 
With the two consistent finishes Jacob Goede extended his point lead to 64 points over #14 Grant Brown in the race for the Championship.
 
It was a thrilling race in the first feature of the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car division.  Michael Homan #28 led the 18 car field early in the 20 lap race.  Michael Hanson #19 took over the lead on lap six but then he was challenged by #99 Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN).  Kane and Hanson fought side by side for the top spot until Kane finally grabbed the lead with five laps remaining, he won the race to the finish line by .874 seconds for his fourth win of the year.  Michael Hanson drove a great race for second place, #8 Ted Reuvers was third, #32 Jeremy Wolff started tenth and moved up to fourth and #07 Dillon Sellner finished fifth.
 
Conrad Jorgenson #3 from Lakeville (MN) had misfortune in the first feature, he had a tire go down just before the feature and ended up finishing 9th out of the 18 cars.  He had better luck in the second 20 lap feature, he started on the front row, took the lead and never looked back, Jorgenson won by an impressive 4.360 seconds for his fourth win of 2017.  Dillon Sellner #07 drove up from sixth to finish second, #8 Ted Reuvers had a strong run for third, #23 Steve Schultz was fourth and #99 Brent Kane finished in the fifth position.
 
Defending Champion #32 Jeremy Wolff holds the point lead in the Thunder Cars, Conrad Jorgenson is 32 points behind in second place.
 
The Eternity Homes Great North Legends main event was one to remember.  Dirk Henry #3 from Sauk Centre (MN) won his first feature event of the year, he took advantage of hard side-by-side racing up front, slid past both #71 Derek Lemke and #75 Baiden Heskett who were fighting for the lead the entire race.  Henry won after starting seventh in the strong 20 car field at ELKO.  The Top 5 were separated by inches and swapping positions throughout.  Henry was the winner by just .053 seconds over defending Champion Derek Lemke, Baiden Heskett finished third with #70 Tim Brockhouse fourth and #22 Shon Jacobsen fifth.  The Top 5 racers all finished less than one second behind Henry at the finish.  In a great show of sportsmanship Henry then donated his winning trophy to a young fan in victory lane and every one of the Top 5 finishers donated their winnings to the Mary Moon Foundation.
 
Derek Lemke now has a 66 point lead in the standings over his father #17 Jon Lemke who is in second place.
 
Taylor Goldman #8 from Minnetonka (MN) got her first win of 2017 in the Pepsi Power Stock division.  Joe Prusak #66 took the early lead, he fought back #27 Darin Patnode and then #56 Paul Hamilton until Goldman grabbed the top spot by passing in the outside lane at the half-way mark of the race.  Goldman then extended her lead and won by 3.788 seconds.  Paul Hamilton finished second, #10 Dusty Mann was third, Joe Prusak finished fourth and #62 Tom Doten was fifth.  Two-time winner Tim Hollen #54 was involved in a big wreck and had his entire drivers side rear quarter panel crushed in and doing major damage to the car, he did not race the rest of the night.
 
The second 20 lap Power Stock main event went to #88 Nick Oxborough, he was the victor in an epic battle with #27 Darin Patnode.  Those two drivers raced side by side at the front of the 17 car field for fourteen consecutive laps until Oxborough finally established the lead but Patnode did not give up, he fought back and nearly won, finishing just .881 seconds behind the winner.  This was the first win of the season for Oxborough, Patnode was second, defending Champion Tom Doten #62  third, #66 Joe Prusak fourth and #10 Dusty Mann came across the finish line fifth.
 
Dusty Mann is the current point leader in the Pepsi Power Stocks with Nick Oxborough and Tom Doten both tied for second place only 32 points behind.
 
Ridge Oien #7 from Bloomington (MN) ran away with the first Hornets feature event at ELKO.  Oien took the lead early and just kept on extending his advantage, after the fifteen laps were completed he had a massive 4.340 second lead.  Brandon Olson #36b won a great battle for second place, then #41 Ashley Bell was third, #14 Justin Schelitzche fourth and #55 Brandon Plekkenpol was fifth of the 12 cars racing.  Oien passed technical inspection post-race and was awarded his first official win of 2017.
 
Shawn Grabinger #22 had the early lead in the second 15 lap Hornets feature event, he surrendered the top spot to #55 Brandon Plekkenpol from Shakopee (MN) on lap seven and Plekkenpol drove to his first win of the year by 2.820 seconds.  Michael Wachs Jr #3 was very strong in the bottom grove, he drove up to finish second, #36b Brandon Olson came home third, #41 Ashley Bell was forth and #22 Grabinger rounded out the Top 5.
 
Justin Schelitzche #14 is the defending Champion and current point leader but now by just 4 points over Brandon Plekkenpol in the race for the title.
 
Collin Stocker #8 from Farmington (MN) won the Brock's Flooring Bandolero main event, #99 Max Mabee was second followed by #01 Zachary Konop and #88 Christopher Konop.  Collin Stocker now leads Christopher Konop by 3 points in the standings.
 
Official Results and Point Standings will be posted mid-week on ElkoSpeedway.com
 
Up Next at ELKO is an Eve of Destruction sponsored by the MN Professional Towing Association on July 29th.  In addition to NASCAR racing, Galaxy Girl will return with her aerial act, J J Romans Motorcycle stunts, Figure 8 School Bus races, the Drifters, a Petting Zoo and much more including music by Crankshaft.
Spectator Gates open at 5pm with action at 6pm.  
 
Elko Speedway is a 3/8th mile asphalt oval NASCAR sanctioned track with stadium seating located 30 minutes South of downtown Minneapolis or St Paul just off of I-35 and county road 2 in Elko (MN).  For more information go to ElkoSpeedway.com, follow Elko Speedway on social media, download our free app by searching Elko Racing or call (952) 461-7223.

Jacob Goede/Joe Neisius Split NASCAR Late Model Features At Elko

 

By Jason D Searcy

 
July 15, 2017 - Elko, MN
 
Extremely hot and humid weather over 90 degrees did not prevent a fun night of close and competitive NASCAR Whelen All American series racing during Eve of Destruction Saturday night at Elko Speedway.
 
The premiere Hiway Federal Credit Union Late Model division had a great battle of Champions as three-time Legends Champion #71 Derek Lemke and three-time Super Late Model Champion #72 Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) battled for the win in Feature number one.
 
Lemke overtook #52 Chad Walen for the race lead on lap 12 of 30, meanwhile Goede was moving toward the front, he started twelfth on the grid of nineteen cars and gained positions all the way up to second by lap 17.  Goede stalked Lemke the final five laps, putting immense pressure on from the inside groove, Goede finally edged in front on the last lap and won by only .062 seconds bringing the crowd to its feet.  "I didn't know if I could catch him," said Goede "I slowly reeled him in, I was able to work to the inside of him, was trying not to make any mistakes and I was able to just nip him at the line, it was great" said Goede after winning his second feature of 2017.
 
Veteran driver #26 Mark Lamoreaux finished third, #40 Michael Beamish was fourth and #52 Chad Walen dropped to fifth.
 
The second Late Model feature had #75 Joe Neisius from Rosemount (MN) take the lead early and never give it up, it was his fourth feature win of the year.  Chad Walen moved up from his seventh starting spot to capture second, former Power Stock Champion Grant Brown #14 scored a third place finish, former Bando Champion #6 Owin Giles was fourth and #13 Bryan Wrolstad rounded out the TOP 5.
 
Jacob Goede is now leading the point standings by 57 over 16 yr old Grant Brown.  "We are qualifying fast every week and starting in the back, we are getting passing points," said Goede "it's hard to win features that way, but we are winning the war that way."
 
Dusty Mann #10 from Farmington (MN) won the Pepsi Power Stock main event.  He started eleventh out of the 14 cars entered in the 20 lap race.  Dan Strieff #1 led the first handful of laps before #88 Nick Oxborough grabbed the top spot.  Oxborough then protected the inside and Mann just went up high and took the win away with two laps remaining, Mann won by 1.206 seconds.  Paul Hamilton #56 finished in the third position, defending Champ #62 Tom Doten was fourth and #27 Darin Patnode was fifth.
 
Dusty Mann now has four wins on the year and he also has the points lead, Tom Doten is currently tied for second with Nick Oxborough 28 points behind Mann.
 
The Eternity Homes Great North Legends 20 lap main event saw three of the top Legends drivers in the Nation fighting for the win at ELKO.  Current point leader Derek Lemke #71 took the lead early but was feeling the pressure from #75 Baiden Heskett from Fort Worth (TX) by the half-way mark, first they were nose to tail, then Heskett raced Lemke side by side for a few laps until a couple caution periods reset the field.  Heskett got past Lemke off the restart with #4 Brady Fox-Rhode, who started way back in 9th, now right on their tails.  The last few laps were intense but Heskett held on for the win by .370 seconds, it was his second win of the year at Elko Speedway.  Lemke pushed hard to make a pass with a couple laps remaining and gave up a position to Fox-Rhode.  Heskett wins, Fox-Rhode was second, Derek Lemke dropped to third with #22 Shon Jacobson battling some gremlins in his carburetor was fourth and #17 Jon Lemke was fifth.
 
Derek Lemke now has a  51 point lead over his father Jon Lemke in the ELKO point standings.
 
The Genz-Ryan Thunder Car features are currently under an official review, an update will be posted when it becomes available.  Official results and point standings are normally posted mid-week on ElkoSpeedway.com
 
Eve of Destruction also included a great freestyle Monster Truck show by both Jim Bendzick from New Prague (MN) in Thunder 4x4 and Doug Noelke from Union (MO) in Tailgator.  The XPOGO stunt team showed off their award winning action sports talents to a very appreciative crowd.  The Figure 8 Bus races were entertaining as per usual, we had good racing in the Spectator and Outlaw Drags and the BIG AIR stunt motorcycle and quad performers were incredible, they performed tricks seldom seen in Minnesota.
 
Up Next at ELKO is a fundraising night of Racing and Music on Saturday July 22nd.  Elko Speedway has partnered with Hairball and the Mary Moon Foundation to raise money to benefit Children and families of Children that are critically ill.  All admission proceeds will go to the foundation.  The racing will be earlier than normal with Spectator Gates opening at 3pm, action begins just before 4pm and Opening Ceremony at 5pm.  Music begins with Neptune Cocktail at 7:45pm and Hairball takes the outdoor stage at 9pm, music resumes inside at 11pm until bar close time.
 
Admission price is $20 in advance at ElkoSpeedway.com or at the door until 5pm.  Admission goes up to $25 after 5pm.
 
Get more information by going to MaryMoonFoundation.org or follow Elko Speedway on all forms of social media.  Go to ElkoSpeedway.com, download our free app by searching Elko Racing or call (952) 461-7223.
 
Elko Speedway is a 3/8th mile NASCAR sanctioned asphalt oval racetrack with stadium seating located 30 minutes South of Downtown Minneapolis or St Paul just off of I-35 and County Road 2 in Elko (MN).

 

By Jason D Searcy
July 8, 2017 - Elko, MN
 
It was a great night of Double Feature NASCAR racing  Saturday night sponsored by Whelen Engineering at Elko Speedway. 
The first Hiway Federal Credit Union Late Model 30 lap feature event went to #71 Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN).  Grant Brown #14 had the early lead in this cautionless race until Lemke moved up from his fourth starting position, took the lead on lap 12 and pulled away.  The racing behind the leader was intense with Brown finishing second, #26 Mark Lamoreaux third, #72 Jacob Goede fourth and #52 Chad Walen fifth.  It was the first Late Model win of the year for Lemke.
In the second Late Model feature #42 Ryan Kamish from Farmington (MN) dominated and led nearly every lap, Michael Beamish #40 took over the top spot after a restart with 14 laps to go but Kamish gathered him up and then set sail for the checkers .  Michael Ostdiek #18 drove through the field and moved up from his tenth starting position to finish second in this highly competitive 23 car field.  First feature winner #71 Derek Lemke finished third, Michael Beamish dropped to fourth and #52 Chad Walen crossed the finish line fifth.  It was the first Late Model feature win of the year for Kamish.
The first Genz-Ryan Thunder Car feature winner was #52 Dave Reed from Rockford (MN).  Michael Homan #28 led the first few laps until Reed challenged for the top spot on lap seven, raced side by side and then took the lead at the half-way mark of the 20 lap feature.  Reed then extended the lead and won by 1.081 seconds.  Ted Reuvers #8 started the race in the 8th position and moved up to second place, Michael Homan dropped to third, defending Champion #32 Jeremy Wolff finished fourth and newlywed #07 Dillon Sellner rounded out the Top 5.  This was the first career win for Dave Reed in a Thunder Car, he had not won since the year 2013 in a Short Tracker car at Raceway Park, "These Thunder Cars a quite a bit different, "they have quite a bit of motor and not a whole lot of tire," said Reed.
The second Thunder Car feature had #92 Norm Grabinger take the lead off the green flag and #99 Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) capture the top spot on lap 3 of 20.  Two caution periods had three of the contenders at the back of the field by mid-race; #37 Bryce Blohm, #3 Conrad Jorgenson and #8 Ted Reuvers all had trouble.  Brent Kane won his fourth trophy of the year, the 102nd feature win of his career.  Defending Champion #32 Jeremy Wolff got second, #07 Dillon Sellner was third, #52 Dave Reed wrapped up a good night with a fourth place finish and #20 James Lindgren was fifth on the scoring tower after the race.
The Pepsi Power Stock features were entertaining as usual at ELKO.  Maddie Larson #16 took the lead in feature number one and drove to a big lead looking for her first career win as drivers fought for position behind her.  Tim Hollen #54 from Richfield (MN) blasted through the pack on the high side, he caught Larson with just a few laps to go and passed her on the low side to take the lead and the win, his second feature win of the year.  Taylor Goldman #8 emerged through the tussle to finish second, defending Champion #62 Tom Doten started 8th and finished third, Michael Stoer #8 was fourth and #10 Dusty Mann finished fifth.  Larson had some trouble late in the race and finished mid-pack in the 15 car field.
Jim Tich #19 led the first lap of the second Pepsi Power Stock feature,  veteran driver Joe Prusak #66 then grabbed the top spot and never let it go for his first win at ELKO in many years, career win #185 for Prusak who has spent the last few years racing on the dirt.  The Prusak was smoking and had to fight off former Champion #88 Nick Oxborough who was also smoking and finished .376 seconds behind for second.  Three time winner #10 Dusty Mann finished third, #8 Taylor Goldman was fourth and #62 Tom Doten rounded out the top 5 in the Power Stocks.
The Eternity Homes Great North Legends 20 lap main event had a wild finish as #7 Jackson Lewis from Lakeville (MN) and #17 Jon Lemke had an epic battle as both of them were looking for their first win of the year.  Lewis and Lemke raced side by side for numerous laps until having contact coming out of corner four on the last lap, both cars slid sideways and Lewis emerged with the win, his second career win at Elko Speedway.  Jon Lemke got turned around and spun, he finished the last car on the lead lap.  Point leader #71 Derek Lemke started 10th in the 18 car field, he drove his way up to finish second, #14 Devyn Stocker finished third, #22 Shon Jacobsen was fourth and Wil McCully driving the #70 car for Mike Grostyn was fifth.
In the first five weeks of racing in the Hornets division there were five different winners and no cautions.  This week everything changed as the yellow flag flew twice and #3 Michael Wachs Jr from New Prague (MN) won both 15 lap feature events.  Ridge Oien #7 crossed the line first in feature number one but was disqualified in the Tech Shed.  Brian Adams #0 finished second, #55 Brandon Plekkenpol was third, #14 Justin Schelitzche started 9th and finished fourth and #36 Brandon Olson was fifth.  
In the second feature #41 Ashley Bell had the early lead until she and the black #36 of Alex Vincent had contact on lap four, she could not continue.  Wachs Jr then battled with #2 Aaron Reimers for the top spot with Wachs Jr taking the lead on lap 10 and holding on to win by 3.143 seconds over former Champion #0 Brian Adams who finished second in both races.  Defending Champion Justin Schelitzche finished third in both races with #36 Brandon Olson scoring a fourth place finish even though his car was damaged mid-race and #22 Shawn Grabinger crossed the line fifth out of the 13 cars competing.  This was the third win of the season for Michael Wachs Jr.
Kody King #14 from Forest City (IA) won the Brock's flooring Bandolero feature event, this was his second career win and first at ELKO.  
Updated point standings were not available at this time, Official results and points will be posted mid-week at ElkoSpeedway.com 
Coming up next at Elko Speedway is an Eve of Destruction event on Saturday July 15th.  In addition to NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing we will have School Bus Races, Spectator Drags, Two Monster Trucks, an Extreme Pogo Stick Stunt team, 4 Wheeler and Motocross Stunts and much more including music  from Time Machine and a Movie after the races at Elko Drive-in Theater.  Spectator Gates open at 5pm and action starts at 6pm.  Get more information at ElkoSpeedway.com, follow Elko Speedway on Social Media, download our free app or call (952) 461-7223.
Elko Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned 3/8th mile asphalt oval race track located 30 minutes South of Downtown Minneapolis just off of I-35 and Couny road 2 in Elko (MN).

Joe Neisius and Jacob Goede Split NASCAR Late Model Features At Elko Speedway

By Jason D Searcy

 
July 1, 2017 - Elko, MN
 
The weather was perfect and the atmosphere was even better as a near sell-out crowd witnessed a Fourth of July Holiday version Eve of Destruction presented by MN Lottery at Elko Speedway on Saturday night.
 
Double 30 lap feature events were exciting in the Hiway Federal Credit Union Late Model division.  Joe Neisius #75 from Rosemount (MN) won the first feature, even though he started on the front row it was not easy.  Neisius raced side by side with the #17 Jon Lemke car early in the race until Neisius took control on lap four, he had a full straight-away lead at one point until #52 Chad Walen and #7 Hunter Paine tangled and the yellow flag was displayed with six laps remaining.  After the restart Neisius had to fight back the hard charging #71 car of Derek Lemke who drove from his 11th starting position all the way up to second.  Neisius won by only .238 seconds over Lemke with #14 Grant Brown finishing third, #72 Jacob Goede fourth and #42 Ryan Kamish fifth out of the full 22 car field.  This was the third feature win of the year for Joe Neisius at ELKO.
 
The second feature event had teammates starting on the front row, #7 Tony Brewer led early until a tire problem caused him to tag the wall and the lead was taken over by #33 Rick Burns.  Burns drove a great race and held the lead until lap 17.  Jacob Goede #72 from Carver (MN) is a three-time ELKO Champion, he started the 30 lap race eighth and moved his way to the front with 13 laps remaining.  Goede then extended his lead and won by 2.630 seconds over second place finisher Burns who held off #52 Chad Walen.  Grant Brown #14 crossed the finish line in fourth position and #42 Ryan Kamish finished fifth again, just like the first feature race.  It was the first feature win of the year for Goede.  
 
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Premiere division point leader at ELKO changed with Jacob Goede taking over the top spot.  He now leads Joe Neisius by 12 points with Grant Brown in third, Ryan Kamish fourth and #40 Michael Beamish in fifth.
 
Brent Kane #99 from Lonsdale (MN) ran away with the first Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event, he started up front and led the entire race, eventually winning by .507 seconds.  The battle for the runner-up position was a good one, eventually #8 Ted Reuvers edged #3 Conrad Jorgenson by only .112 seconds with #37 Bryce Blohm finishing fourth and #9 Adam Weibusch fifth out of the strong nineteen car field.
 
The second Thunder Car 20 lap main event had lots of action as #75 Keith Paulsrud led the entire race until that most important final lap.  Jeremy Wolff #32 from Chaska (MN) weaved his way from the fifth starting position up to second place with five laps remaining, he then set his sights on the leader and finally made the winning move as they were coming to the white flag lap.  Wolff ended up winning by .252 seconds over Paulsrud with #37 Bryce Blohm finishing third, #28 Mike Homan fourth and #8 Ted Reuvers in fifth.  
 
Defending Thunder Car Champion Jeremy Wolff is the point leader by 6 over Conrad Jorgenson with Brent Kane in third, Ted Ruevers in fourth and Bryce Blohm in fifth currently.
 
The Eternity Homes Great North Legends main event had #7 Jackson Lewis leading early until a caution reset the 20 car field on lap six.  #75 Baiden Heskett from Fort Worth (TX) then grabbed the lead and never gave it up.  Point leader #71 Derek Lemke started the race seventh and worked his way up to battle for second by mid-race, he finally took over the second position with six laps to go but never did catch Heskett who won by 2.151 seconds.  "Lemke is always a fast guy so you have to watch out for him, I tried to get to the front as quick as I could so I could put some distance between us," said Heskett "but even when we are racing side-by-side we have a lot of respect with each other."  Derek Lemke finished second with his father #17 Jon Lemke taking home third, #14 Devyn Stocker was fourth and #7 Jackson Lewis finished fifth.  It was the first feature win at ELKO for Heskett.
 
Derek Lemke had won the previous three feature events, he is the point leader by 22 over his dad Jon Lemke.  Shon Jacobsen #22 is third in points followed by Devyn Stocker and Jackson Lewis.
 
The Hornets division had it's fifth different winner to begin the 2017 season.  This time #41 Ashley Bell from Farmington (MN) won the 15 lap main event.  Ashley took the lead from the start and never gave it up, the battle for position was behind her as #7 Ridge Oien, #36b Brandon Olson and #22 Shawn Grabinger fought for the right to challenge Bell.  As it turned out Olson dropped back with mechanical problems, Oien jumped up to finish second, Grabinger was third, #14 Justin Schelitzche was fourth and #89 Michael Weiss finished fifth.  Amazingly enough, the Hornets division has now raced 5 feature events without a caution.
 
Five different drivers have won features in 2017 but the guy leading points is still winless.  Defending Champion Justin Schelitzche is at the top of the points board by 3 over Ashley Bell.  Brandon Plekkenpol #55 is third in points followed by Brandon Olson and #3 Michael Wachs Jr.
 
All race results and point standings will be made official mid-week.  Get more information as they are released at ElkoSpeedway.com
 
The rest of the Eve of Destruction was filled by Clay Gallagher doing his Elevator of Death stunt, in a car being dropped by a crane.  Two Monster Trucks from Illinois "Ghost Ryder" and "Girl Power" being driven by Larry and Shannon Quick thrilled the crowd by crushing cars, the spectator drags and School Bus Races were great as per usual and the night was capped up with a Salute to America fireworks show.  
 
Coming up next at Elko Speedway is a NASCAR Whelen All American Series race night on Saturday July 8th, gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm. Get more information on ElkoSpeedway.com, follow Elko Speedway on Social Media, download the free Elko Racing app or call (952) 461-7223
 
Elko Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned 3/8th mile asphalt oval race track located 30 minutes South of downtown Minneapolis (MN) just off of I-35 and County Road 2 in Elko (MN).
Grant Brown And Dylan Moore Split NASCAR Late Model Features
 

By Jason D Searcy

 
It was a very exciting and eventful Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway with great racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American series on Saturday night.
 
It was a landmark event for Grant Brown #14 from Prior Lake (MN) who won his first career Hiway Federal Credit Union Late Model race.  Brown is a former Power Stock Champion, he also won the NASCAR Home Tracks Division IV National Championship in 2015, but winning a feature in the Premiere division at ELKO is a very memorable moment, especially when it occurs at the age of 17.
 
Brown started the first Late Model feature in the sixth position.  Adam Bendzick #21 held the early lead while Brown moved up and battled #52 Chad Walen for the second position.  Brown passed Walen on lap 17 and started challenging Bendzick for the lead immediately, he made the pass for the top spot with ten laps remaining in the 30 lap main event.  The very next lap the yellow flag waved and Brown had to restart next to #42 Ryan Kamish.  Kamish took the lead off the restart but then #72 Jacob Goede, #26 Mark Lamoreaux and #19 Michael Haggar were involved in an incident that brought out another caution.  This time Brown took the advantage off the restart and held on for the win by .262 seconds.  Kamish finished second followed by #75 Joe Neisius, #52 Chad Walen and #18 Michael Ostdiek who started the race dead last in the 22 car field.
 
Dylan Moore #54 from Northfield (MN) won the second 30 lap Late Model event.  Again #21 Adam Bendzick had the lead early but Moore took over the top spot on lap six.  "I tried to get under him on the bottom, he wasn't giving up the bottom so I tried it around the outside, my car worked really good on the outside and was able to make the pass in a couple laps and pretty much set sail after that" said Moore.  Joe Neisius #75 started way back in the 9th position, he moved up to second by the half-way point of the race but he could not catch Moore who won by .873 seconds.  Former Bando Champion Owin Giles #6 had a career best third place finish after a furious fight with three time BIG 8 Champion #3 Chris Marek who finished fourth.  First feature winner Grant Brown rounded out the TOP 5 in the Late Model division.
 
Two-time winner Joe Neisius now has a 28 point lead over #72 Jacob Goede in the race for the 2017 Hiway Federal Credit Union Late Model Championship.  Dylan Moore is in third and Grant Brown is fourth in points, Chris Marek and #40 Michael Beamish are tied for fifth.
 
The Eternity Homes Great North Legends 20 lap main event had #26 Will McCully lead early until #17 Jon Lemke took the top spot on lap seven.  At the half-way point Jon Lemke and newcomer #75 Baiden Heskett who is from Alvarado (TX) were side by side for the lead.  Then #2 Robby Thurston wrecked coming out of turn two, hit the backstretch wall, flipped on his roof and slid all the way until hitting the wall in turn three destroying the vehicle.  This was a car that Thurston had raced since 1998 and had an estimated 300 races on it.  Just after the restart Heskett took the lead over Jon Lemke until #71 Derek Lemke grabbed the top spot with just a few laps to go.  Derek Lemke won by only .19 seconds over Heskett with #3 Dirk Henry finishing third, Jon Lemke fourth and Tim Brockhouse driving the #70 car coming in fifth out of the twenty-one car field.
 
Derek Lemke has won all three Great North Legends features so far this year and he leads the point standings by 18 over his dad Jon Lemke, #22 Shon Jacobson is third, #14 Devyn Stocker is fourth and #7 Jackson Lewis is fifth in the standings so far in 2017.
 
A brief shower at the beginning of the race did not slow down #10 Dusty Mann who won his third consecutive Pepsi Power Stock main event.  Mann and his crew had to thrash on the car and change out a faulty transmission after the practice session but all that work payed off with a main event win at ELKO on Saturday night.  Mann took the early lead and won by a comfortable margin but it was not easy, he drove the entire 20 lap feature without power steering but still won by 3.247 seconds.  The best battle on the track was for the second position, #62 Tom Doten was the runner-up after winning a three way battle with #88 Nick Oxborough, who came home third, and #54 Tim Hollen who had to settle for fourth. Taylor Goldman #8 was the fifth place finisher in the Power Stock feature event.
 
Dusty Mann now has an 11 point lead over Tom Doten in the standings, Nick Oxborough is third, Tim Hollen fourth and Taylor Goldman is fifth in the race for the Championship.
 
Seventeen cars raced in the Hornets 15 lap main event.  #7 Ridge Oien crossed the finish line first but Brandon Olson in the blue #36 car was declared the winner after Oien did not pass tech.  Olson was in a furious three-way battle much of the race with #55 Brandon Plekkenpol who finished second and #41 Ashley Bell who finished third.  The racing in the Hornet division is intense and the number of fast cars is impressive, four different drivers have won the four feature events so far in 2017.
 
Justin Schelitzche #14 has not won a race yet this year at ELKO but he is the point leader by 3 over Brandon Olson with Ashley Bell and Brandon Plekkenpol tied for third and Michael Wachs Jr #3 currently fifth in the point standings.
 
The rest of the Eve of Destruction night at Elko Speedway was intense with a great show put on by the Drifter Cars, the Spectator Drag cars, the Mega Jump BMX Stunt show, Figure 8 School Bus race, Dueling Pianos, Two Monster Trucks, Doug Rose and the Green Mamba Jet Car and the grand finale was an awesome Rock-n-Roll Fireworks show.
 
Up next at Elko Speedway is an Eve of Destruction presented by MN Lottery on Saturday July 1st.  In addition to the NASCAR racing the crowd can enjoy Tim Sigler, one of the best Country singers in the Midwest.  Two Monster Trucks, the Mega Jump BMX show, the Wildman Clay Gallagher stunts, a petting zoo, Mechanical bull rides, Spectator drags, Figure 8 Bus races, Fireworks display and much more.  Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm.  The movie at ELKO Drive-in Theater after the races will be Cars 3.
 
ELKO is a 3/8th mile banked asphalt track sanctioned by NASCAR.  Get more information by following Elko Speedway on social media, go to ElkoSpeedway.com, call (952) 461-7223 or download our free app by searching Elko Racing.  Elko Speedway is located 30 minutes South of Downtown Minneapolis just off of I-35 and County Road 2 in Elko (MN).


By Jason D Searcy

 
June 17, 2017 - Elko, MN
 
Mother Nature won about half of the NASCAR Whelen All American series feature races on Saturday at Elko Speedway. Half of the races were rained out, but the other half were nothing less than pure excitement on K&N Engineering night at ELKO.
 
Joe Neisius #75 from Rosemount (MN) won the Hiway Federal Credit Union Late Model feature event.  Neisius and #40 Michael Beamish fought side by side for over ten laps to start the race with neither racer giving an inch.  Finally Neisius took over the top spot and held the lead even through the slippery conditions caused by the light persistent rain.  The race was called complete when the rain was too steady to race safely.  Beamish finished as the runner-up with #3 Chris Marek coming home third, #2 Kyle Kirberger fourth and #6 Owin Giles finishing fifth in the 23 car field.  This was the second win out of the first three races for Neisius, he is the early season point leader by ten over #72 Jacob Goede.
 
Brent Kane #99 from Lonsdale (MN) won his 100th career feature event at ELKO in the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car division.  Rain played a part in this race as well, Kane started up front and was the engine of a five-car freight train at the front of the 18 car field.  The pack up front broke away from the rest of the cars until lap ten when rain fell and the caution was displayed.  After numerous yellow flag laps the race was resumed and Kane shot back out front, he had to hold off a gaggle of cars all dueling for the lead.  Kane held them all back and scored his second victory of the year and the 100th win of his career.  #07 Dillon Sellner finished second, #8 Ted Reuvers was third, defending Champion #32 Jeremy Wolff was fourth and #37 Bryce Blohm took home the fifth position.  Conrad Jorgenson #3 blew a tire mid-race and almost collected Wolff in the incident, Jorgenson was towed to the pits and finished 17th.  Jorgenson and Wolff are now tied for the point lead and Kane is 21 points behind in third.
 
The Pepsi Power Stock main event saw #56 Paul Hamilton take the early lead with #54 Tim Hollen right on his tail, Hamilton pushed up in the corner and Hollen took the lead on lap six.  Hamilton then fought hard to hold back #8 Taylor Goldman and #10 Dusty Mann who were charging him from all sides lap after lap.  Then after a restart with three laps to go Dusty Mann shot to the front and challenged Tim Hollen for the top spot, they went side by side the last few laps but the #10 car of Mann got the win by a fender, it was his second win in a row and in this one he started way back in the 9th position and scored a lot of passing points.  Tim Hollen went back to his familiar second place position with #88 Nick Oxborough taking home third, defending Champion #62 Tom Doten was fourth and #8 Taylor Goldman fifth out of the fifteen cars competing.  Dusty Mann is now the point leader by 12 over Tom Doten in the race for the Championship.
 
The Hornet feature had fourteen cars entered, #2 Aaron Reimers had the lead for two laps until #7 Ridge Oien took over the top spot.  The Hornet cars raced two-by-two all the way back to tenth position with nothing but side-by-side racing until lap seven when #3 Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN) made a hard charge on the outside and took the lead.  Wachs never looked back and won by several car lengths, #55 Brandon Plekkenpol finished second, #14 Justin Schelitzche had a great battle with Ridge Oien and finished third with Oien fourth and #41 Ashley Bell in fifth. 
 
Brandon Olson in the blue #36 has a slim two point advantage over #14 Justin Schelitzche in the point standings so far in 2017.
 
Eleven year old Colin Stocker #8 from Farmington (MN) was the winner of the Bando feature event, it was his second career win.  Kody King #14 from Forest City (IA) finished second and #56 Kole Gurallski from Wasau (WI) finished third out of the strong field of fifteen Bandolero Cars.
 
The Eternity Homes Great North Legends were not able to have their feature event because of the rain.  #71 Derek Lemke and #8 Cole Klein were the two heat race winners and Derek Lemke from Shakopee was the fast-timer in group qualifying.  Derek Lemke has two wins to begin the 2017 season and he has a ten point lead in the standings over his father #17 Jon Lemke.
 
Official results and point standings will be posted later in the week on ElkoSpeedway.com
 
Up next at ELKO is an Eve of Destruction on Saturday June 24th with racing in the Late Models, Power Stocks, Great North Legends and Hornets plus two Monster trucks, the Green Mamba Jet car, the Drifters, School Bus Races, Mega Jump BMX stunts, Dueling Piano's in Champions bar a huge Fireworks show and much more.  Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm.  The movie after the races at Elko Drive-In theater is Wonder Woman.  Get more information by following Elko Speedway on social media, downloading our free app, by calling (952) 461-7223 or go to ElkoSpeedway.com
 
Elko Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned 3/8th mile oval track located 30 minutes South of Downtown Minneapolis just off of I-35 and county road 2 in Elko-New Market (MN).

Joe Neisius And Donny Reuvers Split NASCAR Late Model Features At Elko

 

By Jason Dale Searcy

 
The much talked about and highly anticipated first race of the revamped NASCAR All American Series Premier division at Elko Speedway was rained out on Opening night but it finally occurred Saturday night (6/10) during an Eve of Destruction presented by Minnesota Lottery.
 
The newly created Highway Federal Credit Union Late Model division raced two complete thirty lap features and only saw one caution flag and close side by side racing throughout.  Twenty-four cars started both of the races a few drivers dropped out with mechanical problems, but in those sixty laps of green flag racing only one car was lapped on the track, showing the quality of drivers and machines in this division.
 
Ryan Kamish #42 started on the front row and led the first half of the first feature event, then with fourteen laps remaining #75 Joe Neisius from Rosemount (MN) took the lead.  Two of the 2016 Champions battled near the front, #72 Jacob Goede and #54 Dylan Moore were putting on a show for the fans.  As laps were counting down Goede moved up to the second position and finished there with Kamish dropping to third and Moore finishing in fourth, #40 Michael Beamish had the fastest time in qualifying and started 9th on the grid after the inversion, he moved his way up to fifth at the checkers.
 
"The car was pretty good tonight, we were working real hard on it all winter, from last year nothing real major changed for us except for all the new competitors," said Neisius "I enjoy the competition, the better the guys you race against the better you become."  
 
The second 30 lap main for the Hiway Federal Credit Union Late Models had three-time Big 8 Champion #3 Chris Marek leading the majority of the race.  Behind him two veteran drivers were side by side for over a dozen laps #26 Mark Lamoreaux and #41 Donny Reuvers.  Nine-time ELKO Champion Reuvers from Dundas (MN) finally moved up to second place at the half-way mark and then overtook Marek for the lead with seven laps to go. 
 
Reuvers won the race with Marek in second and Lamoreaux third, first feature winner Joe Neisius finished fourth and former Power Stock Champion #14 Grant Brown rounded out the Top 5.
 
The Genz-Ryan Thunder Car division had lots of excitement as #75 Keith Paulsrud and #19 Michael Hanson raced side by side at the front of the field.  Paulsrud finally took the lead just before a caution came out on lap eight.  During the caution three-time Champion #3 Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) took advantage of the lane choice, he chose the high side and moved up four positions.  On the restart Hanson took the lead but was quickly gobbled up by Jorgenson at the half-way mark of the 20 lap feature, he then held on for his second win of 2017.  Brent Kane #99 finished second, #8 Ted Reuvers third followed by #37 Bryce Blohm and #15 Michael Gilomen.
 
The second Thunder Car feature had #28 Michael Homan holding down the early lead, then defending Champion #32 Jeremy Wolff from Chaska (MN) took over the top spot and never gave it up.  Wolff extended his lead to over 10 car lengths at one point, #07 Dillon Sellner moved his way up to second place with Homan dropping to third, #8 Ted Reuvers finished fourth and #3 Conrad Jorgenson came up from his sixth row starting position to finish fifth in the fifteen car field.
 
In the Pepsi Power Stock main event it was #08 Michael Stoer taking the early lead, he held the top spot until the defending Champion #62 Tom Doten made a daring move on the high side passing numerous cars and taking the lead on lap four.  Doten then had to fight back the #10 car of Dusty Mann from Farmington (MN), Mann finally got past Doten on lap 8 and held on for the win.  Tom Doten finished second, former Champ #88 Nick Oxborough was third, opening night winner #54 Tim Hollen was fourth and #8 Taylor Goldman finished fifth in the fourteen car field.
 
Sixteen cars raced in the Hornets fifteen lap main event.  #2 Aaron Reimers took the early lead until the black #36 of Alex Vincent from Waterville (MN) grabbed the top spot.  There was lots of contact mid pack and Vincent was able to out-run all of the trouble.  Defending Champion #14 Justin Schelitzche finished second, the blue #36 of Brandon Olson finished third with #7 Ridge Oien fourth and #41 Ashley Bell in fifth.
 
The high winds early in the night made it very challenging for two of our stunt teams to perform but Flippenout Extreme Trampoline and Big Air ATV and Motorcycle stunts both did a great job conquering the elements and putting on a great show for the big Eve of Destruction crowd.  The Grand Finale was North Dakota volunteer fire fighter Travis Dockter driving the Raging Inferno Jet Powered Fire Truck, he melted a car with his US Navy J-34 Banshee fighter plane Jet Engine.
 
Full results photos and point standings will be posted by mid week at ElkoSpeedway.com and on our free Elko Racing app.
 
Up next at ELKO will be a NASCAR night sponsored by K&N engineering with racing in the Late Model, Thunder Car, Power Stock, Legends, Hornets and Bando divisions on Saturday June 17th.  Spectator Gates open at 5pm with action beginning at 6pm.  A movie will be shown at ELKO Drive in theatre 20 minutes after the races end.  Fore more information download our free app, search Elko Racing, follow Elko Speedway on Social Media, go to ElkoSpeedway.com or call (952) 461-7223.
 
Elko Speedway is located 30 minutes South of Downtown Minneapolis just off of I-35 and County Road 2 in Elko (MN).

The large crowd in attendance for the 52nd season opener at Elko Speedway was treated to two of the most memorable comeback races in recent history. The season started with an Eve of Destruction event sponsored by Leo's South with racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American series at ELKO.

The Genz-Ryan Thunder Car division had two very exciting twenty lap main events. The first one was won by three-time Elko Speedway Champion #3 Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN). Jorgenson started the race on the fifth row outside and rapidly worked his way through the field, he snatched the victory from #9 Adam Wiebusch by passing him on the last set of corners on the last lap. Wiebusch came across the line second and #07 Dillon Sellner was third.

 

The second Genz-Ryan was even more drama filled as #99 Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) started the race fourth row inside and had a roller-coaster ride from the middle of the pack to the front and then to the back and then finally back up to the front with a pass of #19 Michael Hanson on the last lap. "That was the craziest race I've ever been a part of," said Kane "my car felt really good, so I just slammed the gas and it just hooked up and it went anywhere I wanted it, it was great, so much fun." It was the 99th career win for the man they call the "King of the Thunder cars." Defending Champion Jeremy Wolff #32 ended up second in the race and Michael Hanson crossed the stripe third.

The Eternity Homes Great North Legends main thrilled the crowd on Saturday night. Twenty drivers started the twenty lap event, three-time defending champion #71 Derek Lemke began the race in the 11th position and was involved in a huge wreck early. Lemke made an abrupt move to avoid spinning cars ahead of him, unfortunately #3 Luke Allen was trailing and blasted into Lemke's car causing the entire rear quarter panel to be ripped off and blowing Lemke's right rear tire. Allen jumped over Lemke's car then tagged the wall and did not finish the race. Lemke quickly pitted, changed the tire, duct-taped the rear-end back together and resumed racing at the back of the pack just before going back to green.

Lemke then worked his way through the entire field of cars, passed his dad along the way and takes a car to victory lane that looks more like an accident victim than a feature winner. #17 Jon Lemke finished second and #22 Shon Jacobsen led some laps and finished third.

 

Tim Hollen #54 from Richfield (MN) finished runner-up in the Pepsi Power Stock division six times in 2016 but he flipped the script on opening night 2017, he finally broke the curse and won for the first time in a long time as a Power Stock at Elko Speedway. Darin Patnode #27 led the twenty lap main event early until Hollen took over the top spot with seven laps to go. It wasn't easy because he had the defending Champion #62 Tom Doten right on his tail finishing second and 2014 Champ #88 Nick Oxborough finishing third.

Michael Weiss #89 from Bloomington (MN) won the Hornets main event. Weiss had a big lead early but by the end of the event he was getting a lot of pressure from #41 Ashley Bell who knocked on the door but finished second place, Brian Adams #0 finished the feature event in third of the seventeen cars competing.