Cummins, Demmer win on picture perfect night at Chateau Speedway
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August 31, 2018  |  by Matthew Grage

Scott Demmer won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

With threatening skies most of the day, Chateau Speedway officials went to work for the second week in a row to make sure that if Mother Nature cooperated the facility would be ready to host another night of fast-paced racing action. Early morning rains skirted the track to the north and peaks of sunshine through cloudy skies kept everyone optimistic and it all came together in another great night of racing.

With track championships on the line, two former track champions visited the track for the first time this year among the 20 new faces with R&S Racing of Albert Lea sponsoring the night's events. Fan giveaways and bonus gifts for the drivers were among the activities for the night.

Three-time track champion from Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie was on hand, along with two-time track champion Kevin Stoa of Albert Lea. Both drivers competed in the USRA Modified class which had 24 cars on hand.

First up to determine a track champion were the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods. Kadden Kath of Owatonna came into the night up just eight points on A.J. Zvorak of Blooming Prairie and the redraw for the feature line up did him no favors. Zvorak started in the second row while Kath was back in row six and needed to finish within two positions of Zvorak to hold onto his second straight title.

For much of the feature Kath ran back around ninth while Zvorak sat up in fourth looking like the title could slip away. A.J. Hoff of Mantorville was setting a fast pace after taking the lead off the drop of the green flag, but  Scott Demmer of Ellendale slowly moved up into second. As the pair worked lap 19 of the 20-lap feature, Demmer went to the outside in turns 1-2 and pushed his way to the front, leading the last lap to claim his first feature win of the year.

Dustin Steinbrink of Austin came home in third followed by Taylor Ausrud of Hayfield and Hunter Kennedy of St. Ansgar, Iowa. Kath, meanwhile, got stronger as the race wound down and closed up behind Zvorak with six laps to go and slid in front of him late to secure another title.

The USRA Modified title was a forgone conclusion with Darwyn Karau of Kasson up 62 points and the most he could lose even if he fell out was 55 points as the winner gets 100 points and he was assured 45 already. So everyone settled in for the 25-lap main event.

Adam Hensel of Baldwin, Wisc., led the race's first ten laps with Jason Cummins of New Richland lurking right behind him. As the field came up on the back of the field, Cummins headed to the top side, went by Hensel and started putting cars between the two of them.

Hensel had Noble and Brandon Davis of Hayfield right with him as the trio tried to stick with Cummins. Then, just past halfway mark, the trio barely avoided catastrophe. Working traffic a car spun right in front of them sending all three spinning while trying to avoid hitting him and catching a bit of the wall in turn 3 themselves.

All three were able to continue but all they could do was watch as Cummins drove off on the restart with the win. Hensel took second ahead of Noble and Davis with Blake Arndt of Brownsdale trying to chase them down.


Jason Cummins won the USRA Modified feature.

The Chateau Speedway has several more specials scheduled for the month of September. Starting next weekend they will host an Open Invitational on Friday night with race time at 7:15 p.m. A big two-night special is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29. All three shows will award national points in the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Chateau Speedway, Lansing, Minn.
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown.

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat #1:
1. (4) 23 Darwin Karau, Kasson, Minn.
2. (2) 73JR Greg Pfeifer Jr., Austin, Minn.
3. (3) 71 Jason Cummins, New Richland, Minn.
4. (1) 77 Jacob Stark, Austin, Minn.
5. (5) 72 Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
6. (6) 96 Greg Jensen, Albert Lea, Minn.
7. (7) 4A Joel Alberts, Mantorville, Minn.
8. (8) 7 A.J. Roschen, Somerset, Wis.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 24 Charlie Steinberg, Kasson, Minn.
2. (2) 51 Blake Arndt, Browndale, Minn.
3. (4) 20 Mark Motl, Owatonna, Minn.
4. (3) 24W Brad Waits, Rochester, Minn.
5. (8) 98 Kevin Stoa, Albert Hea, Minn.
6. (6) 29H Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn.
7. (7) 83 Kylie Kath, Claremont, Minn.
8. (5) 21 Troy Gudmonson, Savage, Minn.

Heat #3:
1. (2) 50III Brandon Davis, Hayfield, Minn.
2. (3) 90 Steve Wetzstein, West Concord, Minn.
3. (4) 44 Adam Hensel, Baldwin, Wis.
4. (8) 74 Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
5. (1) 65D Dustin Brown, Thornton, Iowa
6. (5) 21R Tony Ranes, Lake Mills, Iowa
7. (6) 20JR David Wytaske, Grand Meadow, Minn.
8. (7) 98M Mitchel Madery, Kasson, Minn.

Feature:
1. (3) 71 Jason Cummins, New Richland, Minn.
2. (1) 44 Adam Hensel, Baldwin, Wis.
3. (2) 74 Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
4. (4) 50III Brandon Davis, Hayfield, Minn.
5. (9) 51 Blake Arndt, Browndale, Minn.
6. (5) 73JR Greg Pfeifer Jr., Austin, Minn.
7. (7) 90 Steve Wetzstein, West Concord, Minn.
8. (10) 24W Brad Waits, Rochester, Minn.
9. (6) 23 Darwin Karau, Kasson, Minn.
10. (17) 29H Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn.
11. (8) 20 Mark Motl, Owatonna, Minn.
12. (14) 98 Kevin Stoa, Albert Hea, Minn.
13. (11) 24 Charlie Steinberg, Kasson, Minn.
14. (22) 7 A.J. Roschen, Somerset, Wis.
15. (13) 72 Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
16. (19) 4A Joel Alberts, Mantorville, Minn.
17. (20) 83 Kylie Kath, Claremont, Minn.
18. (15) 65D Dustin Brown, Thornton, Iowa
19. (23) 21 Troy Gudmonson, Savage, Minn.
20. (21) 20JR David Wytaske, Grand Meadow, Minn.
21. (12) 77 Jacob Stark, Austin, Minn.
22. (24) 98M Mitchel Madery, Kasson, Minn.
23. (18) 21R Tony Ranes, Lake Mills, Iowa
24. (16) 96 Greg Jensen, Albert Lea, Minn.

OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 83X Kadden Kath, Owatonna, Minn.
2. (4) 3A Taylor Ausrud, Hayfield, Minn.
3. (3) 55H A.J. Hoff, Mantorville, Minn.
4. (2) 68 J.J. Wise, Garner, Iowa
5. (6) S43 Shaun Olson, Albert Lea, Minn.
6. (5) 31 Raey Hastings IV, Austin, Minn.
7. (7) 8 Dan Lewison, Dexter, Minn.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 44 Matthew Brooks, Austin, Minn.
2. (5) Z29 A.J. Zvorak, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
3. (3) 30 Scott Demmer, Ellendale, Minn.
4. (2) 693 Cody Torgerson, Pemberton, Minn.
5. (4) 55 Brody Shaw, Brownsdale, Minn.
6. (6) 51 Shawn Evans, Kenyon, Minn.

Heat #3:
1. (4) 02K Hunter Kennedy, St. Ansgar, Iowa
2. (6) 33S Dustin Steinbrink, Austin, Minn.
3. (1) 4W Tucker Williams, Rochester, Minn.
4. (3) 81K Caleb Korpi, Claremont, Minn.
5. (5) 44Z Anton Nelson, Hayfield, Minn.
6. (7) 40 Larry Scott, Northfield, Minn.
7. (2) 5 Jesse Baer, Minnesota Lake, Minn.

Feature:
1. (6) 30 Scott Demmer, Ellendale, Minn.
2. (1) 55H A.J. Hoff, Mantorville, Minn.
3. (5) 33S Dustin Steinbrink, Austin, Minn.
4. (8) 3A Taylor Ausrud, Hayfield, Minn.
5. (2) 02K Hunter Kennedy, St. Ansgar, Iowa
6. (12) 83X Kadden Kath, Owatonna, Minn.
7. (4) Z29 A.J. Zvorak, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
8. (9) 68 J.J. Wise, Garner, Iowa
9. (7) 44 Matthew Brooks, Austin, Minn.
10. (10) 81K Caleb Korpi, Claremont, Minn.
11. (15) 31 Raey Hastings IV, Austin, Minn.
12. (18) 51 Shawn Evans, Kenyon, Minn.
13. (3) 4W Tucker Williams, Rochester, Minn.
14. (11) 693 Cody Torgerson, Pemberton, Minn.
15. (14) 44Z Anton Nelson, Hayfield, Minn.
16. (16) 8 Dan Lewison, Dexter, Minn.
17. (19) 40 Larry Scott, Northfield, Minn.
18. (13) S43 Shaun Olson, Albert Lea, Minn.
19. (20) 5 Jesse Baer, Minnesota Lake, Minn.
20. (17) 55 Brody Shaw, Brownsdale, Minn.



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