Sabraski doubles up at Northern Nationals; Sprint car track record setTwo-day event wraps up tonight at AMSOIL Speedway
By: By Jerry O'Brien, For The Telegram, Superior Telegram
Shane Sabraski of Rice, Minn., brought three cars along to race in three different divisions at the 25th Annual Rick Gondik Law Office Northern Nationals held at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior. Sabraski is the "Iron Man" of WISSOTA Auto racing as he competes in Modified, Midwest Modified and Super Stock divisions on a weekly basis.
Friday night on day one of the Northern Nationals, Sabraski swept both the Super Stock and Midwest Modified action with heat and feature wins in both divisions. In the Modified division he failed to finish the 30-lap main event. That feature went to Trent Follmer of Princeton, Minn., who also recorded a sweep.
The headliner on day one of racing action was the annual visit to the speedway by the Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Outlaw Sprint Cars. Twenty-two cars were on hand, including eight of the top 10 drivers in the point standings.
But it was a non-regular IRA driver that set a new track record during time trials. Davey Heskins from St. Michaels, Minn broke the old record that had stood since 2007 with a fast time lap of 12.655 seconds around the four-tenths mile banked oval eclipsing the previous record of 12.715 by 0.52.
A total of 135 cars were on hand for first day action including 40 Midwest Modifieds, 35 Super Stocks, 38 Modifieds and 22 Sprint cars.
AMSOIL Speedway was in optimum condition and lightning fast which made for some awesome racing, in heat races as well as the feature events.
25th Annual Rick Gondik Law Office Northern Nationals
AMSOIL Speedway – Day 1 Results
WISSOTA Super Stock (35 cars)
Feature (25 laps): Shane Sabraski, Rice, Minn.; Kevin Eder, Ashland; Joey Jensen, Forest Lake; Tim Johnson, Brainerd; Curt Myer, Cameron; Dexton Koch, Rice; Brian Mikkone, Iron River; Randy Spacek, Phillips; Nick Oreskovich, Mason; Tyler Kintner, Hibbing; Derek Vesel, Hibbing; DJ Keeler, Superior; Dave Flynn, Superior; Shawn McFadden Jr., Ashland.
DNF: Scott Lawrence, Superior; Dale Gangl, East Bethel, Minn.; Tim Johnson; Brian Carl, Duluth; Joe Oliver, Superior; Andy Grymala, Superior; Dan Tocheri, Kakabeka Falls, Ont.; Shawn Rivord, South Range; Kevin Burdick, Proctor; Willie Johnsen, Superior.
B Feature: (four advance) Lawrence; Kintner; Flynn; Oreskovich; Shane Kisling Sarona; Shawn Polonoski, Thunder Bay; Grymala; Bob Preble, Bovey, Minn. DNF: Donnie Lofdahl, Duluth; Pat Heikkinen, Eveleth; Keith Kern, Superior; Cory Casari, Montreal, Wis.; Rick Simpson, Thunder Bay; Kevin Salin, Iron, Minn. DNS: Wayne Stricker, Highbridge, Wis.
Heat 1: Sabraski; Tocheri; Oliver; Vesel; Mikkonen; Lawrence; Flynn; Oreskovich. DNF: Stricker.
Heat 2: Keeler; Johnson; Eder; Muzzy; Carl; Lofdahl; Polonoski. DNF: Grymala; Simpson.
Heat 3: Jensen; Campbell; Myers; McFadden; Johnsen; Preble; Casari. DNF: Kern; Salin.
Heat 4: Gangl; Koch; Spacek; Burdick; Rivord; Kintner; Kisling. DNF: Heikkinen.
WISSOTA Midwest Modified (40 cars)
Feature (20 laps): Shane Sabraski; Cody Wolkowski, Thunder Bay; Dan Kingsley, Superior; Skeeter Estey, Kelly Lake; Rob Weber, Ashland; Jesse Ogston, Duluth; Deven VanHouse; Lien; Greg Chesley, Duluth; Tanner Byholm, Glidden; Ross Fuhrman, Ashland; Nick DaRonco, Mt. Iron; Tyler Luger, Iron River; Cody Carlson, Superior. DNF: Mack Estey, Kelly Lake; Danny Vang, Brainerd; Brady Caul, Ft Francis, Ont.; Tito Viltz, Rice Lake; Tim Johnson, Brainerd; David Simpson, Thunder Bay; Kevin Montieth, Rosslyn Ont; Paul Suzik, Ironwood, Mich.; Bill Matzdorf, Grand Rapids.
B Feature No. 1: top two advance): Chesley; Caul; Travis Nye, Ashland; Cole Spacek Phillips; Norm Anderson Jr., Duluth; Jamie Smart, Kakabaka Falls. DNF: Rick Przybylski, Ashland. DNS: Al Stettner, Newport, Minn.; Tim Johnson, Brainerd. Disqualified: Ross Siiter (lost Muffler).
B Feature No. 2: Matzdorf; Lien Jr.; Ryan Adamzak, Ashland; Chris Bretting, Washburn; Don Craig, Thunder Bay; Luger; Ken Tody Jr., Ashland; Glenn Godin, Murillo, Ont. DNF: Jeff Klopstein, Tomahawk. DNS: Kyle Inman, Proctor.
Heat 1: Gondik; Rivord; Simpson; Weber; Byholm; Nye; Przybylski; Spacek; Anderson Jr. DNF: Caul.
Heat 2; M. Estey; DaRonco; Furhman; Suzik; Matzdorf; Adamzak; Bretting; Luger; Tody Jr.
Heat 3; Wolkowski; A. Inman; Ogston; Carlson; Siiter; Chesley; Stettner; Smart. DNF: Johnson.
Heat 4: Sabraski; Vang; Viltz; S. Estey; VanHouse; Lien Jr.;,Klopstein; Godin. DNF: K. Inman; Craig.
IRA Sprints (22 cars)
(New track record -- Davey Heskins 12.655 seconds)
Feature: (30 laps): Scotty Nietzel, Beaver Dam, Wis.; Billy Balog, Brookfield, Wis.; Jeremy Schultz, Beaver Dam; Blake Nimee, Oswego, Ill.; Wayne Modjeski, Oak Creek; Davey Heskins, St. Michaels, Minn.; Steve Meyer, Sheboygan Falls; Travis Whitney, Coon Rapids; Peterson; Russell Borland, Kewasum, Wis.; Michael Decker, Silver Lake, Wis.; Kris Spitz, Kenosha; Alan Hafford, Beach Park, Ill.; Chad Tessman, Jefferson, Wis.
DNF: Leigh Thomas, Duluth; Bill Wirth, Cudahay, Wis.; Pat Heikkinen, Eveleth; Duane Olson, Superior; Phillip Mock, Pleasant Prarie, Wis.
Heat 1: Wirth; Balog; Mock; Modjeski; Thomas; Decker; Tessman. DNF: Heskins.
Heat 2: Schultz; Meyer; Borland; Peterson; Nimee; Heikkinen.
Heat 3: Whitney; Neitzel; D. Uttech; Spitz; S. Uttech; Hafford; Olson.
WISSOTA Modified (38 cars)
Feature (30 laps): Trent Follmer, Princeton, Minn.; Matt Leer Bruce; Ashley Anderson, Eau Claire; Bill Byholm Glidden; Brandon Jensen, Hammond; Jared Loos, Loyal; Kevin Eder, Ashland; Jeff Broking, Grand Rapids, Minn.; Jesse Glenz, Cadott; Tim McMann, Duluth; Deven VanHouse, Silver Bay; Rick Rivord, Superior; Al Uotinen, Superior; Neil Balduc, Bessemer, Mich.; Pat Cook Washburn; Jeff Lien, Jr., Mora, Minn.
DNF: Marc Damjanovich, Hibbing; Darrell Nelson, Hermantown; Steve Stuart, Ashland; Cory Jorgenson, Hermantown; Shane Sabraski, Rice, Minn.; Kelly Estey, Kelly Lake, Minn.; Brad Hanson, Mt. Iron, Minn.; Pat Hoffman Rice Lake.
B Feature No. 1 (top 2 advance): Stuart; Balduc; Rick Niemi Eveleth; Deven VanHouse; Scott Heikkinen, Eveleth; Curt Myers, Cameron. DNF: Soctt Hudack, Ashland; Jeff Spacek, Phillips. DNS: Jody Bellefeuille, Duluth.
B Feature No. 2: Jensen; Uotinen; Hanson; Nick Musel, Duluth; Tim Johnson, Brainerd; Cody Wolkowski, Thunder Bay. DNF: Brian Mikkonen, Iron River; Jeff Tardy, Hibbing. DNS: Paul Schultz.
Heat 1: Anderson; Eder; Byholm; Leer; Hanson; Balduc; Spacek; Hudack. DNF: Bellefeuille.
Heat 2: Nelson; Loos; Broking; Rivord; Jorgenson; Jensen; Uotinen; Mikkonen. DNF: Schultz.
Heat 3: Follmer; Cook; Sabraski; Hart; Hoffman; Stuart; Niemi; VanHouse; Myers.
Heat 4: Glenz; Damjanovich; Lien Jr.; Estey; McMann; Tardy; Lorimor; Musel; Johnson.