BEMIDJI -- On a near perfect day for racing Sunday, the teams of Mike MacAdams and John and Bonnie Farrington sponsored this week’s races at Bemidji Speedway. The teams gave out many prizes and gifts during intermission to kids and fans.
Next Sunday is Kids Night at the track. All kids 12 and under receive free admission when accompanied by an adult. During intermission, all the race cars and drivers will pull onto the front straight and kids of all ages will be allowed on track to meet their favorite drivers and pick up autographs and treats. Races start at 5 p.m.
The features started with a bang with the Wissota Pure Stocks.
The first lap was a battle for the lead. Charging down the back straight and into turn three, five cars piled up with several going airborne and landing on top of each other. No one was hurt but several cars had to pit.
Once racing resumed, Josh Berg grabbed control over Jamie Chlebecek, with Austin Carlson, Kade Leeper and Michael Roth in the top five. Fifth-row starter Kevin Baumgarner raced to catch Berg but could not get around the determined leader. Berg took the checkered flag for his first feature win of the season. Baumgarner, Carlson, Roth and Chlebecek finished in the top five.Wissota Midwest Modified Feature
First-row starter Zach Jackson powered into the lead followed by Brandon Bahr, Alex Johnson, Jeff Reed and Matt Fullerton after one lap.
After a series of cautions, Johnson dropped back while Skyler Smith moved up into fifth from his seventh row starting position. Jackson held his line and fought off the challenges by Bahr to win his first ever feature in the Midwest Mods.
Jackson was joined in victory lane by Kaitlyn Hunter. He dedicated his racing season to the young girl battling cancer. Hunter accepted the trophy with a big smile.
Bahr, Jeff Nelson, Reed and Smith finished in the top five.Wissota Mod Four Feature
Garrett Masurka and Fran Hauber led the field of Wissota Mod Fours on track.
Adam Prieve, still undefeated in features at Bemidji, wasted little time racing into third before passing Dean Shaver for second. Dean Larson powered up and took third from Shaver.
Shaver pulled left the race with mechanical issues as Conrad Schwinn took over the front spot followed by Prieve and Larson. Schwinn kept his lead and took the checkered flag for his first win of the summer. Prieve, Larson, Blake Erickson and Dustin Holtquist finished in the top five.Wissota Super Stock Feature
Willmar racer Curtis Newberg and Tim Carlson led the Wissota Super Stocks on track next.
Fighting for the inside line, Dalton Carlson caught and raced along side the leader but could not get around him. Dalton Carlson slid up high in turn four, and his dad Tim raced by down low into second before Dalton slowed and pulled into the infield.
Newberg held his line and picked up the win, his first at Bemidji. Tim Carlson, Doug Koski, Brandon Bahr and Harley Kroening took top five honors.Wissota Modifieds Feature
Polesitter Brady Dyrdahl and Craig Larson led the field for the Wissota Modifieds.
After two multi-car crashes, the field lined up and Doyle Erickson powered high into second with Dan Ebert on the move down low. After passing Erickson, Ebert moved to the top and powered into the lead around Dyrdahl.
A late caution brought the field back together, but the top three didn’t change. Ebert picked up his first win of 2019 at Bemidji with Erickson, Dyrdahl, Bill Yonke and Lance Schilling in the top five.Wissota Hornet Feature
Travis Olafson and Peyton Edelman led the Wissota Hornets to the green flag. But it was defending feature winner Brennan Schmidt who charged to take the lead from the second row.
Schmidt raced steady and fast to claim his second feature in two weeks. Jared Miller, Andrew Hanson, Olafson and Edelman finished two through five.Bemidji Mini Stocks Feature
Billy Foster was on the pole for the final race of the night with Shannon George to his right.
Current used a caution to take the lead from George as Conrad Schwinn moved into second.
The trio battled in the late laps with Current, racing his son’s car, claiming the win. George took second followed by Schwinn, Corey Nelson and Nicolas Jacobson.
Once the mini stock feature ended, Foster pulled onto the front straight and invited his girlfriend Alisa on track and proposed. She accepted with a roar from the grandstand fans, ending a great night of racing at Bemidji Speedway.