Picture-perfect Sunday replaces rained out Saturday races
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 6:52 AM
Originally scheduled for a rainy Saturday (June 29), the racing action in Decorah, Iowa, at the Upper Iowa Speedway (UIS) was postponed until the following afternoon when skies cleared and perfect weather (low humidity and mid-70 temperatures) greeted race fans.
Todd Kiehne awaits the start of his re-scheduled Sunday race. The Harmony driver went on to win the Mod Lites feature.
Todd Kiehne of Harmony led 16 Mod Lites from pole to pole in last weekend's feature race at the speedway.
"I raced other classes of cars for years," he remarked on Sunday from pit row, "but these Mod Lites may be the most fun of anything that I've driven. This track is perfect for our cars."
Kiehne continues to lead the pack on the UIS season standings board as well, with 381 points. Curt Luhmann of Rushford is second at 349 while Caledonia's John Griffin is third with 333.
When the 600cc whine died down, Bob Cisewski had wheeled no. 40 into second place in the Mod Lites feature race. He was followed by Gregory Wohletz in No. 3. Both drivers made the trek from Winona to compete.
Griffin took fourth followed by Corey Whalen of Harmony. Luhmann took sixth.
The four-cylinder Hornets feature was won by Iowan Steve McAllen. John LeJeune of La Crosse, Wis., was second, followed by Frank Durnan of Elgin, Iowa.
Breanna Lee of Mabel took fourth followed by Ryan Ayers of Decorah. David Lenz and Jay Mensink of Harmony claimed seventh and eighth, respectively.
Luke Onstad of Spring Grove had to settle for 10th when mechanical difficulties kept him out of the feature.
LeJeune leads the series with 466 points followed by Paul Seabrooke of Elgin (461), Mensink (430), Ayers (423) and Onstad (394). Lee is sixth and Lenz 12th.
Hobby Stocks featured Cresco, Iowa, natives Steve Holthaus and Andy Stinson finishing 1-2. Seventh went to Chad Olson of Harmony. Lanesboro driver Adam Sveen took eighth.
Iowan Justin Larson is first in the points race with 459 with Holthaus second at 452. Joshua Ludeking of Decorah has 429 followed by Scott Spilde of Cresco (417). Olson is 11th with 295 while Sveen is in 12th with 284.
The B-Mods class featured 23 drivers. Decorah driver Troy Hovey took the checkered flag, followed by Brandon Hare of Elma, Iowa. Jon VanMinsel of Spring Grove threaded a new No. 1 through plenty of traffic to take third.
Junior Boyer of Calmar, Iowa, was fourth followed by Jacob Bleess of Chatfield. Sixth went to Dan Hovden of Decorah. Caledonia's Taylor Knutson took seventh in the popular class while Casey Knutson of Spring Grove took 10th. Greg Skauge of Caledonia was 15th. Cole Konkel also came down from Caledonia, taking 19th.
Hovey leads in season points (478). Hovden is second at 437, while VanMinsel is third with 417. Konkel holds seventh while Taylor Knutson checks in at number 11. Casey Knutson is in 19th place and Skauge 22nd.
Ten Stock Cars burned up the track in a thunderous feature. Lynn Panos of Calmar finished first followed by Kyle Falck of Decorah. Spring Grove's Pete Solum was third. Nick Schwebach of Caledonia was 10th.
Iowan Dillon Anderson is first on the leader board at 445. Dan Jones of Waterville, Iowa, is now in second with 419. Danny Cole Jr. of Lansing, Iowa, is third (391). Solum is eighth (344). Caledonia drivers Jake Lampert, Jordan Becker and Schwebach are 10th, 14th and 16th respectively. Shawn Peter of Mabel is 18th.
Racing action resumes this week on the Fourth of July with a special race known as the "USRA Great American Shoot Out" featuring USRA Iron man Stock Cars and B-Mods. Also running Hobby Stocks, 600 Modlites & Hornets.