HURON — After securing the pole starting spot through the top-8 redraw, Chad Becker of Aberdeen led from start to finish in the 30-lap feature during the Structural Buildings WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series event on Thursday at Dakota State Fair Speedway.
It was the 24th career win at the Huron oval for Becker, who also won the only event held at the speedway in 2020.
“The car was really good. We’ve been struggling with some stuff lately and we kind of got it figured out tonight, and it was really good,” Becker said. “Leading from the start, you’re kind of a sitting duck, because you don’t know where you should be, but it was fun.”
After a pair of cautions during the first three laps of the race, Becker settled in at the front of the 23-car field and maintained solid control until the field was slowed on lap seven.
Kent Arment of Aberdeen, who started in the second row, used the restart to snag the second spot from Jake Redetzke of Eau Claire, Wis., and set his sights on Becker, but the field was slowed just three laps later with another caution as Chad Chenoweth of Huron made heavy contact with the wall on the front straight.
When the race resumed the top four cars returned to the running order they were in. Becker led the way, followed by Arment, Redetzke and Cole Searing of Huron, who started sixth.
The leaders reached lapped traffic on lap 16, allowing Arment to pressure Becker for the lead. As the duo made their way through the slower cars, Becker ran up on Jordan Tollakson of Montevideo, Minn, who was trying to hit the pit entrance on the back straightaway. He would clip and spin Tollakson, bringing the field to caution with 13 laps remaining in the race.
“Lapped traffic wasn’t too bad until the one broke or something and I came up on him too quick and then he started pulling down,” Becker said. “It kind of got to be a mess there, but luckily nothing happened. All in all, it turned out good.”
The restart, which would be the final of the race provided Searing with the opportunity he had been waiting for and he pounced on it.
“The track was a little one-laned on the bottom so I was a little nervous whether I was going to make it up there at all,” Searing said. “A couple restarts helped me, which I didn’t think they’d help me. On the last one, Kent kind of messed up in one and two and let me and Redtzke by, so I’d rather be lucky than good.”
An Arment bobble on the restart allowed Redetzke to make his way past on the high side, while Searing ducked low. Redetzke held a slight edge for the second spot as they reached the start/finish line, but on the following lap Searing moved into the second position and began his pursuit of Becker.
While Searing was able to narrow the gap slightly, Becker would prevail for the win. Redetzke was third, followed by Tad Pospisil of Norfolk, Neb., who started ninth. Arment would round out the top five.
“I was glad to be back in Huron, it’s a fun track and I love racing here,” said Becker, who will back to DSFS on Saturday for Challenge Cup 19, which will pay $10,000 to win. “Thanks to all my sponsors and fans.”
Searing is looking forward to Saturday as well.
“The car was pretty good and the track had a little character,” Searing said. “It was a little rough and bounced us around a little bit, but I think we got a good start for Saturday.”
Joining the late models for Thursday’s program were the WISSOTA street stocks and Midwest modifieds.
Broc Stout of Winner, who was also one of the drivers to earn a victory during the lone event of 2020 at DSFS, was looking to add to his win total of 20 at the Huron track in the street stock division.
Despite having a starting spot on the outside of the front row, Stout wouldn’t have the opportunity to collect his 21stfeature win, as he suffered mechanical issues on the pace laps before the race would start and would be forced to the pits.
Stout’s misfortune opened the door for Maria Broksieck of Goodwin, who started in the pole position to earn her first-ever feature win at the speedway. The victory didn’t come easy, however, as she had to hold off Chris Serr of Aberdeen the final four laps of the 12-lap feature event.
Andy Rossow of Florence would finish third, followed by Clifford Houser of Kimball and Kyle Bertram of Dallas.
The WISSOTA Midwest modified main event also included a repeat winner from the 2020 racing event at DSFS.
Cory Berquist of Huron used his starting spot on the outside of the front row to snag the lead in the 15-lap feature race, but had Adam Brotherton of Huron providing plenty of pressure for the top spot through the first six laps of the race.
A caution regrouped the field, allowing Brotherton a fresh shot at the leader. Berquist led the first lap on the restart, but Brotherton used the low groove in turns one and two make the move into the lead.
Brotherton would lead the final eight laps to earn his 12thcareer win at DSFS, but faced some serious pressure from Tracy Johnson of Lake Preston, who took over the second spot on the ninth lap.
Lane Johnson of Miller would finish third, followed by father, Lorin. Matt Heinzerling of Spearfish would edge Berquist at the line for the fifth spot.
The Midwest modifieds will be back in action, along with the late models, on Saturday at DSFS.
WISSOTA Street Stock
Heat 1: 1, Chris Serr, Aberdeen; 2, Tyler Lamb, Clark; 3, Derrick Scott, Geddes; 4, Luke Johnson, Miller; 5, Jayden Bogh, Huron; 6, Matt Goth, Huron; 7, Travis Oxandaburu, Huron; (did not finish) 8, Jordan Rawstern, Blunt.
Heat 2: 1, Maria Broksieck, Goodwin; 2, Broc Stout, Winner; 3, James Hoing, Kimball; 4, Michael Bogh, Huron; 5, Nicholas Green, Watertown; 6, John Cable, Geddes; 7, Brian Pearson, Toronto.
Heat 3: 1, Kyle Bertram, Dallas; 2, Andy Rossow, Florence; 3, Clifford Houser, Kimball; 4, James Stands III, Rapid City; 5, Cole Phillips, Winner; 6, Dave Brooker, Tulare; 7, Brandon Hammill, Miller.
Main event: 1, Broksieck; 2, Serr; 3, Rossow; 4, Houser; 5, Bertram; 6, Lamb; 7, M. Bogh; 8, Stands; 9, Brooker; 10, Green; 11, Oxandaburu; 12, Rawstern; 13, Hammill; 14, Pearson; 15, Cable; 16, Scott; (did not finish) 17, Hoing; 18, Goth; 19, Johnson; 20, J. Bogh; 21, Phillips; (did not start) Stout.
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Heat 1: 1, Lorin Johnson, Miller; 2, Scott Hansen, Garden City; 3, Matt Heinzerling, Spearfish 4, Peyton George, Rapid City; 5, Jayme Peterson, Highmore; 6, Corbin Erickson, Sioux Falls; 7, Payden Scott, Pierre; 8, Trevor Ryan, Highmore; (did not finish) 9, Dakota Larsen, Watertown.
Heat 2: 1, Brad Kopecky, Miller; 2, Cory Berquist, Huron; 3, Brock Hess, Sioux Falls; 4, Nick Grehl, Hitchcock; 5, Jake Wranek, Winner; 6, Jackson Hansen, Hamill; 7, Jeff Rawstern, Blunt; (did not finish) 8, Blake Meyer, Huron.
Heat 3: 1, Tracy Johnson, Lake Preston; 2, Adam Brotherton, Huron; 3, Britt Williams, Ft. Pierre; 4, Lane Johnson, Miller; 5, Clint Erickson, Sioux Falls; 6, James Reiner, Wessington Springs; 7, Chad Kopfmann, Alpena; 8, Joel Reiter, Kimball.
Main event: 1, Brotherton; 2, T. Johnson; 3, Lane Johnson; 4, Lorin Johnson; 5, Heinzerling; 6, Berquist; 7, S. Hansen; 8, Kopecky; 9, Peterson; 10, George; 11, Wranek; 12, Erickson; 13, J. Hansen; 14, Williams; 15, Larsen; 16, Rawstern; 17, Kopfmann; 18, Reiter; (did not finish) 19, Ryan; 20, Hess; 21, Grehl; 22, Scott; 23, Reiner; 24, Corbin Erickson; (did not start) Meyer.
WISSOTA Late Models
Heat 1: 1, Chad Becker, Aberdeen; 2, Jordan Tollakson, Montevideo, Minn.; 3, Scott Ward, Watertown; 4, John Kaanta, Elk Mound, Wis.; 5, Chuck Swenson, Watertown; 6, Trevor Walsh, Watertown; 7, Dustin Arthur, St. Lawrence; (disqualified) Chad Olsen, Hendricks, Minn.
Heat 2: 1, Cole Searing, Huron; 2, Jake Redetzke, Eau Claire, Wis.; 3, Kent Arment; 4, Tad Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb.; 5, Curt Kranz, Watertown; 6, Chad Williamson, Watertown; 7, Blake Swenson, Watertown; 8, David Carlson, Huron.
Heat 3: 1, Josh Skorczewski, Aberdeen; 2, Jeffrey Massingill, Keewatin, Minn.; 3, Justin Boomsma, Huron; 4, Eric Mass, Rapid City; 5, Darrell Nelson, Hermantown, Minn.; 6, Cody Martin, Mitchell; 7, Chad Chenoweth, Huron; 8, Scott Borkowski, Mitchell.
Main event: 1, Becker; 2, Searing; 3, Redetzke; 4, Pospisil; 5, Arment; 6, Nelson; 7, Kranz; 8, Massingill; 9, Skorczewski; 10, Kaanta; 11, B. Swenson; 12, Boomsma; 13, Martin; (did not finish) 14, Borkowski; 15, Tollakson; 16, Williamson; 17, Carlson; 18, Chenoweth; 19, Walsh; 20, Ward; 21, Arthur; 22, Mass; 23, Swenson; (did not start) Olsen.