Ahlers enjoys long-awaited Out-Pace USRA B-Mod win at Nobles County Speedway
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July 29, 2017  |  by Steve Zwemke

Curt Ahlers won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

For the first time in nearly 20 years Curt Ahlers of Flandreau, S.D., parked his car in victory lane after leading every lap of Saturday night’s Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature at Nobles County Speedway. Ahlers was joined by family members and even grandchildren who got to see him win for the first time on Ultimate Kids Night sponsored by The Ground Round and Holiday Inn Express.

Ahlers started on the pole and had to protect the bottom of the track from the likes of Cullen De Ruyter and Kole Nordquist.

“I could hear their motors every time I came out of the corners,” said Ahlers.

But, Ahlers was successful in shutting his opponents down in the even numbered turns which was the key to victory as he was pressed throughout the entire event. Nordquist finished second ahead of De Ruyter.

Several divisions saw the point standings tighten at the top after Saturday’s action. Most noticeably in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods where Ahlers is now just one point behind De Ruyter.

Rich Gregoire was also able to chip into Luke Sathoff’s lead in the Holley USRA Stock Cars. The two drivers started on the front row of the A-Main and were obviously taking note of how the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature was playing out as they waited in staging.

Once the green flag dropped, Sathoff worked the bottom ahead of Gregoire, Roger Verdoorn and Jon DeBoer. Gregoire was all over the back side of Sathoff’s No. 5 ride, looking high and low—and finding the occasional hole.

However, Gregoire wasn’t able to find enough momentum to drive by until very late in the race as the drivers came out of turn two. Gregoire then led the final two laps for his second win of the season.

Sathoff holds a 15-point lead over Gregoire after finishing second.


Rich Gregoire won the Holley USRA Stock Car feature.

“Woo,” was Nick Brady’s exclamation in victory lane after taking the USRA Hobby Stock A-Main—his first of 2017. Brady, who has a Ric Flair wheel cover on his right rear, emulated the wrestling legend after topping a tough field of USRA Hobby Stocks.

Brady started seventh and marched to the front before holding off challenges from Nick Schilling, Corey Gronewald and Dan Strandberg. He has had one of the most competitive cars in the field over the last month and everything finally came together for the No. 61N team.

Schilling finished second while Dustin Gulbrandson came from ninth to third.


Nick Brady won the USRA Hobby Stock feature.

Joshua Uhl also cruised to victory in the USRA Tuner class. Uhl was coming off a Friday night win at Murray County Speedway.


Joshua Uhl won the USRA Tuner feature.

De Ruyter Pallets of Ruthton sponsors racing action on Saturday, Aug. 5. For more information log onto www.noblescountyspeedway.com or see the track's Facebook page.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

HOLLEY USRA STOCK CARS

Feature: 1. Rich Gregoire, Russell; 2. Luke Sathoff, Jackson; 3. Roger Verdoorn, Sibley, Iowa; 4. Jon DeBoer, Little Rock, Iowa; 5. Derrick Nordstrom, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 6. Scott Knudson, Elkton, S.D.

OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS

Feature: 1. Curt Ahlers, Flandreau, S.D.; 2. Kole Nordquist, Beresford, S.D.; 3. Cullen De Ruyter, Ruthton; 4. Dave Kennedy, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 5. Jayden Larson, Mankato; 6. Andrew Ahlers, Baltic, S.D.; 7. Darrin Noyes, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 8. Wade Gunnink, Lake Wilson; 9. Jeff Wittrock, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 10. Tyson DeKam, Edgerton; 11. Eric Faber, Sioux Center, Iowa; 12. Anthony Voss; DNS - Jim Horejsi, Echo.

USRA HOBBY STOCKS

Feature: 1. Nick Brady, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 2. Nick Schilling, Sanborn, Iowa;, 3. Dustin Gulbrandson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 4. Corey Gronewald, Worthington; 5. Jason Bradley, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 6. Dan Strandberg, Worthington; 7. Ernie Dailey, Worthington; 8. Ryan Mulder, Harrisburg, S.D.; 9. Tyler Schlumbohm, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 10. Nick Janssen, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 11. Joel Norris, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 12. Josh Bradley, Harrisburg, S.D.; 13. Silas Top, Hardwick; 14. Jim Ed Gunderson, Brandon, S.D.; 15. Terry Larsen, Sioux Falls, S.D.

USRA TUNERS

Feature: 1. Joshua Uhl, Luverne; 2. Scott Espey, Alpha; 3. Dylan Schreier, Hadley.



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