McDonald sets track record at DSFS


Hitchcock’s Grehl earns first feature win at Huron track

HURON — David McDonald of Huron became the owner of a second track record at Dakota State Fair Speedway on Saturday.
McDonald turned a lap of 19.115 seconds to set a new track record in the WISSOTA modified division during his heat race, which was the first competition ever for the car on the 3/8-mile oval. He eclipsed the old record of 19.121, which was set on May 14 of 2016 by his son-in-law, Alex Guthmiller of Huron.
On that same day a year ago, McDonald secured the WISSOTA late model track record at DSFS with a lap of 17.303.
Although McDonald’s car remained fast for the feature race, he wasn’t able to make it to the front after starting on the outside of the fourth row.
A pair of drivers seeking their first career-feature wins at the Huron track battled it out for the top spot in the modified main event.
Duke Erickson of Sioux Falls, who started on the outside of the front row, took the lead on the opening lap and appeared to be headed for his first feature win. However, Nick Grehl of Hitchcock, who started directly behind Erickson, had other thoughts.
Erickson led the first 13 laps of the 15-lap main event using the cushion on the high side of the track. A couple bobbles where he would jump that cushion would ultimately cost him in the end, as Grehl would catch him with three laps to go and make the pass for the lead with two laps remaining coming out of the second turn.
Grehl went on to secure his first feature win at his home track, with Erickson taking second. McDonald would move from eighth to third by the end of the race, while his son Tyler McDonald was fourth and Chad Olsen of Hendricks, Minn., was fifth.
Both McDonalds claimed victories in the modified heat races.
For the first time since making his return to racing on a full-time basis this season, Corey Elward of Mitchell found his way to Victory Lane on Saturday night in the WISSOTA super stock division.
After a pair of cautions at the start of the race, Elward, who started on the inside of the fourth row, was able to snag the lead from Dale Tomes on the second lap and led the rest of the way in the 15-lap feature race. It was his ninth career win at the Huron track and first since June 30, 2012.
Trevor Nelson of Warner, who started a row behind Elward, would follow the race leader into the second spot and was able to run there until Kelly Duffy of Winner used the high side of the track to get past him on the ninth lap.
Duffy would finish second, followed by Nelson, Cole Searing of Huron and Casey Hanson of Badger.
Elward and Tomes collected victories in the super stock heat races.
Adam Brotherton of Huron reached double figures in the win column on Saturday with a victory in the WISSOTA Midwest modified main event.
Brotherton, who started on the inside of the third row, took advantage of the restart on lap five to take the lead. He led the rest of the way in the 15-lap feature race to secure the 10th feature win of his career at DSFS.
Kyle Knouse of Huron, who started directly behind Brotherton, also was able to capitalize on a restart to claim the second spot with six laps remaining. He would hold on for the runner-up finish.
Scott Hansen of Garden City was third, while Darren Engesser of Gary would edge Lorin Johnson of Miller at the finish line for the fourth spot. Johnson had worked his way back to the front of the 19-car field after starting at the back of the pack due to a flat tire during the early laps of the race.
Hansen, Brotherton and Lorin Johnson won Midwest modified heat races. Cole DeJong of Cavour captured the win in the B-main event, followed by Kyle Carter of Wolsey, Cody Daly of Huron and Scott Tyrrell of Rapid City.
Scott Ward of Watertown led from start to finish in the 20-lap WISSOTA late model feature race to secure his 33rd career win at the Huron track.
Ward started on the pole and held off defending track champion, Brian Diede of Huron to secure the victory. Diede would finish second, followed by Chad Becker of Aberdeen, who started at the back of the 11-car field after experiencing problems in his heat race.
Rounding out the top five in the late model main event were David McDonald and Gary Brown Jr. of Sioux Falls.
Diede and Jordan Heiman of Sioux Falls won the late model heat races.
Blayne Baloun of St. Lawrence collect his second straight feature win in the WISSOTA street stock division on Saturday.
After an incident on the opening lap eliminated two of the top seven starters and another incident on the ensuing restart moved Baloun two more spots closer to the front, he was able to take the lead from Andy Rossow of Florence on the second lap and lead the rest of the way in the 12-lap feature race.
Ryan Pommerer of Oriska, N.D., would tail Baloun across the finish line to claim the runner-up spot, but a post-race inspection found an illegal exhaust manifold, resulting in a disqualification.
Rossow would move into the second spot in the final standings, followed by Cole Phillips of Winner, Dylan Arndt of Ortonville, Minn., and Michael Bogh of Huron.
Baloun and Ryan Nelson of Madison, Minn., won the street stock heat race.
Next up at Dakota State Fair Speedway are a pair of special events.
The $5,000-to-win Iverson’s Dakota Challenge on Thursday will be the first of two Shaw Trucking WISSOTA Challenge Series events to be held at the Huron track. Racing is slated to begin at 7 p.m. With the WISSOTA super stocks and street stocks joining the late models.
The series will return to Huron on Saturday for the 10,000-to-win Challenge Cup XVII presented by Prostrollo Motors at 7 p.m. Joining the late models will be the WISSOTA Midwest modifieds.
It was also announced Friday that the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be coming to Dakota State Fair Speedway on July 1. Advanced tickets will be available in the near future.

Summary
WISSOTA Street Stock
Heat 1: 1, Blayne Baloun, St. Lawrence; 2, Andy Rossow, Florence; 3, Broc Stout, Winner; 4, Matthew Goth, Madison; 5, Cole Phillips, Winner; 6, Michael Bogh, Huron; 7, Logan Pearson, Watertown; (did not finish) 8, Chris Serr, Aberdeen.
Heat 2: 1, Ryan Nelson, Madison, Minn; 2, Dylan Arndt, Ortonville, Minn.; 3, Ryan Pommerer, Oriska, N.D.; 4, Scott Borstad, Volga; 5, Preston Blackwell, Miller; 6, Walter Cable, Gedes; (did not finish) 7, Travis Oxandaburu, Huron.
Main event: 1, Baloun; 2, Rossow; 3, Phillips; 4, Arndt; 5, Bogh; 6, Blackwell; 7, Cable; 8, Oxandaburu; (did not finish) 9, Pearson; 10, Stout; 11, Serr; 12, Nelson; 13, Borstad; 14, Goth; (disqualified) Pommerer.
WISSOTA Midwest Modified
Heat 1: 1, Scott Hansen, Garden City; 2, Kyle Knouse, Huron; 3, Brock Hess, Sioux Falls; 4 Brian Bachmann, Pierre; 5, Brad Kopecky, Miller; 6, Cole DeJong, Cavour; 7, Kyle Carter, Wolsey; 8, Kurtis Clark, Madison; 9, Tanner Grohs, Wessington Springs; (did not finish) 10, Blake Meyer, Huron.
Heat 2: 1, Adam Brotherton, Huron; 2, Lane Johnson, Miller; 3, James Reiner, Wessington Springs; 4, Camden Myers, Ethan; 5, Britt Williams, Ft. Pierre; 6, Scott Phillips, Huron; 7, Nathan Grehl, Hitchcock; 8, Cody Daly, Huron; 9, Jeremy Groenewold, Yale.
Heat 3: 1, Lorin Johnson, Miller; 2, Dusty Seitz, Madison; 3, Darren Engesser, Gary; 4, Mark Nash, Rapid City; 5, Scott Borkowski, Mitchell 6, Jayme Peterson, Highmore; 7, Scott Tyrrell, Rapid City; 8, Robert Harder Sr., Huron; (did not finish) 9, Rodney Cook, Lake Preston.
B-main event; 1, DeJong; 2, Carter; 3, Daly; 4, Tyrrell; 5, Clark; 6, Grehl; 7, Groenewold; (did not finish) 8, Grohs; 9, Peterson; 10, Phillips; 11, Meyer.
Main event: 1, Brotherton; 2, Knouse; 3, Hansen; 4, Engesser; 5, Lorin Johnson; 6, Hess; 7, Lane Johnson; 8, Kopecky; 9, DeJong; 10, Myers; 11, Nash; 12, Daly; 13, Wiliams; 14, Carter; 15, Clark; (did not finish) 16, Bachmann; 17, Seitz; 18, Reiner; 19, Borkowski; 20, Tyrrell.
WISSOTA Modifieds
Heat 1: 1, Tyler McDonald, Huron; 2, Trevor Anderson, Watertown; 3, Dale Ames, Huron; 4, Nick Grehl, Hitchcock; 5, Justin Boomsma, Hitchcock; 6, Cody Songer, Wolsey; (did not finish) 7, Chris Prussman, Brookings; 8, Chad Olsen, Hendricks, Minn.
Heat 2: 1, David McDonald, Huron; 2, Jayson Good, Watertown; 3, Joe Waba, Watertown; 4, Duke Erickson, Sioux Falls; 5, Chaun Peterson, Mina; 6, David Carlson, Huron; (did not finish) 7, Andy Johnson, Woonsocket.
Main event: 1, Grehl 2, Erickson 3, D. McDonald; 4, T. McDonald; 5, Oslen; 6, Anderson; 7, Ames; 8, Good; 9, Peterson; 10, Carlson; 11, Waba; 12, Prussman; 13, Boomsma; (did not finish)14, Johnson; 15, Songer.
WISSOTA Super Stock
Heat 1: 1, Dale Tomes, Dell Rapids; 2, Tyler Myers, Ethan; 3, Kelly Duffy, Winner; 4, Jeremy North, Huron; 5, Trevor Nelson, Warner; 6, Matt Jeratowski, Madison; 7, Billy Prouty, Alexandria.
Heat 2: 1, Corey Elward, Mitchell; 2, Cole Searing, Huron; 3, Casey Hanson, Badger; 4, Kipp Degroot, Platte; 5, Dave Brooker, Tulare; (did not finish) 6, Alan Dorris (Wolsey).
Main event: 1, Elward; 2, Duffy; 3, Nelson; 4, Searing; 5, Hanson; 6, North; 7, Myers; 8, Degroot; 9, Tomes; 10, Dorris; 11, Brooker; (did not finish) 12, Jeratowski; 13, Prouty.
WISSOTA Late Models
Heat 1: 1, Brian Diede, Huron; 2, Scott Ward, Watertown; 3, Gary Brown Jr., Brandon; 4, Scott Borkowski, Mitchell; (did not finish) 5, Chad Olsen, Hendricks, Minn.; 6, Rich Thomas, Aberdeen; 7, Chad Becker, Aberdeen.
Heat 2: 1, Jordan Heiman, Sioux Falls; 2, Dustin Arthur, St. Lawrence; 3, David McDonald, Huron; 4, Kelly Duffy, Winner; 5, Tyler Lambert, Bath; (did not finish) 6, John Hoefert, Sioux Falls.
Main event: 1, Ward; 2, Diede; 3, Becker; 4, McDonald; 5, Brown Jr.; 6, Heiman; 7, Lambert; 8, Arthur; 9, Hoefert; (did not finish) 10, Duffy; 11, Borkowski; 12, Olsen; 13, Thomas.

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