Today’s throwback takes us back to Minneapolis Raceway on July 4, 2009. The Fireworks show was fantastic as Dauer drove, in my opinion one of the best looking Hobbys of all time, to a feature win on this night. Rodger Peck also prevailed in the Mods as you’ll see below in the YouTube video! This show was a little different photo-wise that year as I was using a borrowed under-powered lens that led to some issues but not horribly bad. Hope you enjoy this Throwback!
I’d like to thank Branston Arnder for the video! Hit him up on YouTube username jumpupandaround
Below is the article from that evening written by Dale Leech!
The July 4th Extravaganza at the Minneapolis Raceway lived up to it’s advance billing with pagentry, bi-plane areobatics, and another “wow” type fireworks show in addition to a great night of racing. 110 cars in 5 IMCA classes raced on a spongy track after much rain fell the previous night. However the drivers responded well found the right grooves to provide what the fans were looking for. The pageantry involved each driver in the “A” Feature races carrying a large U.S. flag through their parade laps to celebrate this birthday of the U.S.A, providing a beautiful site to behold. Pat Donovan didn’t disappoint with his 2nd appearance at the track this season in demonstrating his aerobatic skills in his bi-plane. A Late Model car did several hot laps to hint of a possible appearance by this class of cars yet this season at the MRW. Finally, those who stayed around for the annual Fireworks show put on by Leech Fireworks were again rewarded with a spectacular review.
The Lott Implement IMCA Sport Compacts provided a new winner with newcomer Brandon Thornton taking the checkered flag and an extra $50.00 presented by representatives of Mach One, national title sponsors for the IMCA Sport Compacts who were visiting this evening. Thornton was able to take the lead in lap 8 after the early leader Branston Arnder experienced mechanical issues again and was forced to leave the race. The feature also experienced a 4 car chain reaction crash that knocked 2 drivers out of the competition. Winners of the Heat races were rookie Shainne Carter who claimed her first checkered flag, Cody Johnson, and Arnder.
In the Coors Lite IMCA Hobby Stocks, it looked like deja vu. In the 3rd Heat race, last weeks feature winner and runner-up, G.W. Fuller and B.J. Dauer competed in quite a duel with Dauer taking a narrow win. In the Feature, Fuller fell behind early but battled back and challenged Dauer for several laps to attempt to gain the lead. Dauer finally pulled away for a comfortable lead to reverse last weeks results while gaining his 5th feature win this season and 30th career at the Minneapolis Raceway. In a great show of sportsmanship, the two drivers shook hands and exchanged congratulations outside of their cars before the trophy presentation. The B Feature was won by Michael Lauber, while the other Heats were won by Jacob Williams and Mike Lehman.
The T&R Dirt Construction Sportsman Modifieds returned to the track this week while providing the same results and their last 5 appearances at the track with the checkered flag going to points leader Tyler Frye. Frye passed the leader Rod Klinkner in lap 8 and then held on through 3 caution restarts to win by a large margin. This was Frye’s 5th Feature win this season and his 16th overall in this division at the MRW. The Heat race winners were Brady Schoen, Bob Dauer, and Frye.
The Bank of Tescott IMCA Stock Cars provided another driver gaining his 5th feature win of the season at the MRW with Cory Struckhoff taking the checkered flag. This was also Struckhoff’s 11th career win at the MRW. Struckhoff passed the leader Arnold Williams after a duel of 4 laps and then held off Tony Milholland for the last 4 laps for the win. The Heats were won by Geoff Jermark and Williams.
The Grandma Max’s Restaurant IMCA Modifieds provided a winner who hadn’t been in Victory Lane since last season. Rodger Peck started on the inside of row 2 and passed Shannon Johnson and Brian Knoell in the first lap. Peck then drove a great race to take his first feature win of this season. Terry Malm won the B Feature while the Heats were won by David Hardesty, Tyler Post, Shannon Johnson and Peck.
Next Saturday night is King of the Hill night for the open wheel classes which are the Terry Smith Plumbing Mod-Lites, T&R Dirt Construction Sportsman Modifieds, and Grandma Max’s Restaurant Modifieds. The Grandstands open at 5pm with the first green flag dropping at 7pm.
by Dale Leech