VanMinsel takes B-Mod
feature after tough season
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 7:05 AM
After six top-four finishes at Upper Iowa Speedway this season, Jon "Lucky" VanMinsel of Spring Grove finally drove B-Mod No. 1 into victory lane on Saturday, Aug. 10.
Jon VanMinsel of Spring Grove saw a satisfying win during last Saturday’s B-Mod feature allowing him to remain in third place in the points standings at the Upper Iowa Speedway.
Sporting a new car this year with his "Lucky" moniker over the driver's side panel, the nickname seemed to bring anything but that to the veteran driver in 2013.
VanMinsel came close on numerous occasions without snagging a UIS checkered flag. The Spring Grove entrant finished second in the first heat and then drew the pole position for the feature race. It was a spot he never relinquished.
It was especially meaningful for many VanMinsel fans coming just two days after the passing of his father, Leo, on Thursday.
Three Decorah drivers followed "Lucky" across the line. Second went to Troy Hovey, followed by Dan Hovden and Kyle Anderson. Fifth was taken by Spring Grove racer Casey Knutson. Caledonia natives Taylor Knutson, Joe Rask, and Cole Konkel took 11th, 12th and 18th, respectively.
The season tally finds Hovey in first after 10 races with 926 points. Hovden is second at 881, while VanMinsel is third with 847.
Saturday's Mod Lites feature was won by Bob Cisewski of Winona, who also grabbed his first checkered flag after taking two second places and a third. Cole Denner of New Hampton picked up 95 points with a second place while Curt Luhmann of Rushford took third for 91.
John Griffin of Caledonia was fourth, while Mason Schwake of Sumner, Iowa finished fifth. Todd Kiehne of Harmony was sixth and Eli Hershberger of Mabel seventh. Corey Whalen of Harmony took ninth.
Kiehne tops the leader board with 802 points. Denner is tied for second (763 points) with Griffin.
Fifteen four-cylinder Hornets ran in that class' feature, which was won by Ryan Ayers of Decorah. Paul Seabrooke of Elgin, Iowa, took second, followed by Iowan Steve McAllen.
Luke Onstad of Spring Grove was fifth while Harmony native David Lenz finished eighth. Ninth was held by Breanna Lee of Mabel. Jay Mensink of Harmony took 12th.
Seabrook leads the points race at 937. John LeJeune of La Crosse is second with 907. Third is held by Ayers at 813.
The Hobby Stocks feature was won by Joshua Ludeking of Decorah. Steve Larson of the same home town took second followed by Nathan Lerch of West Union, Iowa. Chad Olson of Harmony took sixth. Lanesboro native Adam Sveen finished in 13th position.
Larson leads the series with 911 points. Second is held by Adam Cline of Decorah and Steve Holthaus of Cresco, who are tied at 872.
Nine Stock Cars jostled for position as their feature slammed into gear. Mitch Hovden of Decorah worked his way up from fifth to win the race while Waterville's Dan Jones took second. Third went to Pete Solum of Spring Grove.
Iowan Dillon Anderson leads the class with 893 points. Second is held by Hovden at 848. Jones is in third with 809.
The next race at the quarter mile clay oval in Decorah is scheduled for August 17. Hot laps start at 6 p.m. with heats at 6:30.