Larson gets ‘hat trick’ at Rapid Speedway
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June 26, 2020  |  by Joel Vis

Dustin Larson won the American Racer USRA Stock Car main event.

A light rain fell over the Rapid Speedway during hot laps Friday, but that would not dampen the night. That little bit of  moisture and a humid night made for some fast exciting racing throughout the night.

In the J&L RV Sales USRA B-Mods it looked to be an easy run-away win on the night for Lyndon Johnson of Montrose, S.D.—that was until three laps to go.

Checked out on the field and looking for his first win of the season, Johnson’s car slid off the top of the race track and gave the lead away to Tyler Tesch of Lennox, S.D.

Tesch stole the lead away but Tyler Johnson was not ready to give him the win as he dove low and momentarily took the lead in turn two, but a caution over the raceway would give the restart lead back to Tesch.

On the restart it was once again Tyler Johnson shooting to the bottom of the track in turn one and once again taking the lead away and snagging his second win of the season.

“I really feel bad for my dad, he had that in the bag,” said Johnson in Pizza Ranch Victory Lane, “but the opportunity presented itself so I went for it.”


Tyler Johnson won the USRA B-Mod main event.

The title of “Race of the Night” is up for discussion when the Mensink Racing Products USRA Hobby Stocks presented by Sybesma Graphic hit the track.

Points leader Tyler Schlumbohm finally got the draw to go his way and would start from the pole position. The No. X grabbed the lead on the start and immediately had company from the No. 6 of Dustin Gulbrandson. As those two separated themselves from the field at an incredibly fast pace, it looked as if they were attached at the bumpers as they drove around the track.

On lap four, Gulbrandson took his first look going to the outside of Schlumbohm, but it wasn’t there. Two laps later, he looked low but it still was not there. Ten laps into the race they found lapped traffic and would fell in line, working their way through.

While this great chess match was going on there was a fantastic three-way battle going on behind them for third, but you couldn’t take your eyes off the leaders. A caution flag set up a green-white-checkered finish and you knew that something great was going to happen.

Schlumbohm and Gulbrandson once again played cat and mouse, only this time they were joined by Dylan Fitzpatrick. Heading into the final turn, Gulbrandson made his last-ditch effort, diving underneath the leader but Schlumbohm held them off and grabbed his first win since Season Championship night in 2018.

“It’s been so long since I’ve won here and the 6 never makes it easy for me,” said the overjoyed driver from Sioux Falls, S.D.

While Gulbrandson made his shot at the lead in the final turn he left the top side open and Fitzpatrick drove around him and snitched second away at the line. Gulbrandson settled for third followed by last week’s winner, Eric Gaul, and Brady Klaassen.

Alex Wiertzema took the "B" feature win while the heat races went to Schlumbohm, Fitzpatrick, Gulbrandson and Levi Vander Weide.


​Tyler Schlumbohm won the Mensink Racing Products USRA Hobby Stock main event.

Dustin Larson has been the man to beat as of late in the American Racer USRA Stock Cars presented by Precision Auto Body but starting 12th in the feature gave the other drivers in the field a feeling that they could top the driver from Rushmore, Minn.

The race started with Josh Kelderman of Sioux Center grabbing the lead and looking strong out front with Roger Verdoorn behind him. All eyes were on the No. 5L of Larson though as he quickly made his way into the top five. On lap seven he made his way to second and one lap later he took the lead and was off to the races once again.

As Larson grabbed the lead away, eyes shifted to the No. 34k of Colby Klaassen as he was making a charge of his own. With four laps remaining Klasssen had climbed to second and a caution flag would give him a chance at Larson late in the race. Klaassen was fast, but just didn’t have enough to get by Larson who picked up the hat trick making it three wins in a row at Rapid Speedway.

“I put the that car wherever I needed to and it just goes,” said Larson.

Klaassen took home second ahead of Verdoorn. Justin Regnerus charged from 19th to finish fourth ahead of Josh Kelderman.

Larson, Klaassen and Kelderman were the heat winners.

Rapid Speedway will take next week off to observe the Fourth of July holiday and then return July 10-11. See more information at rockrapidsspeedway.com.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Friday, June 26, 2020

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

AMERICAN RACER USRA STOCK CARS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 5L Dustin Larson, Rushmore, Minn.
2. (2) 11K Darrin Korthals, Rock Rapids, Iowa
3. (3) 46 Colton Arends, Luverne, Minn.
4. (6) 04 Roger Verdoorn, Sibley, Iowa
5. (5) 9B Jon DeBoer, Little Rock, Iowa
6. (7) 32X Rich Gregoire, Russell, Minn.
7. (4) 32 Justin Regnerus, Middleburg, Iowa
8. (8) 46-7 Jacob Foster, Melvin, Iowa

Heat #2:
1. (2) 43K Josh Kelderman, Sioux Center, Iowa
2. (5) 36 Glenn Wynia, Sioux Center, Iowa
3. (7) 84 Matt Lange, Pipestone, Minn.
4. (1) 51 Mark Sanow, Jasper, Minn.
5. (3) 21 Larry Kracht, Magnolia, Minn.
6. (4) 96 Troy Woelber, Hull, Iowa
7. (6) 81T Tanner Vanden Top, Rock Rapids, Iowa

Heat #3:
1. (6) 34K Colby Klaassen, Little Rock, Iowa
2. (1) 84L Alan Lange, Pipestone, Minn.
3. (5) 117L Chad Lonneman, Adrian, Minn.
4. (4) 81 Travis Vanden Top, Rock Rapids, Iowa
5. (7) 20K Spenser Kalass, Luverne, Minn.
6. (3) 17 Austin Brands, Boyden, Iowa
7. (2) 5X Kevin Kremin, Kenneth, Minn.

Feature:
1. (12) 5L Dustin Larson, Rushmore, Minn.
2. (8) 34K Colby Klaassen, Little Rock, Iowa
3. (5) 04 Roger Verdoorn, Sibley, Iowa
4. (19) 32 Justin Regnerus, Middleburg, Iowa
5. (3) 43K Josh Kelderman, Sioux Center, Iowa
6. (18) 17 Austin Brands, Boyden, Iowa
7. (4) 84 Matt Lange, Pipestone, Minn.
8. (13) 9B Jon DeBoer, Little Rock, Iowa
9. (16) 32X Rich Gregoire, Russell, Minn.
10. (20) 5X Kevin Kremin, Kenneth, Minn.
11. (15) 20K Spenser Kalass, Luverne, Minn.
12. (9) 36 Glenn Wynia, Sioux Center, Iowa
13. (14) 21 Larry Kracht, Magnolia, Minn.
14. (1) 51 Mark Sanow, Jasper, Minn.
15. (11) 84L Alan Lange, Pipestone, Minn.
16. (10) 46 Colton Arends, Luverne, Minn.
17. (17) 96 Troy Woelber, Hull, Iowa
18. (6) 117L Chad Lonneman, Adrian, Minn.
19. (7) 81 Travis Vanden Top, Rock Rapids, Iowa
20. (22) 46-7 Jacob Foster, Melvin, Iowa
21. (2) 11K Darrin Korthals, Rock Rapids, Iowa
DNS – 81T Tanner Vanden Top, Rock Rapids, Iowa

USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 22T Tyler Tesch, Lennox, S.D.
2. (3) 91 Tyler Johnson, Montrose, S.D.
3. (5) 19 Tracy Johnson, Lake Preston, S.D.
4. (6) 4 Jackson Mulder, Doon, Iowa
5. (4) 21T Trevor Tesch, Lennox, S.D.
6. (2) 21 Josh Van Westen, Sibley, Iowa

Heat #2:
1. (3) 11L Lyndon Johnson, Montrose, S.D.
2. (1) 8M Kaleb Modder, George, Iowa
3. (2) 66R Randy Van Veldhuizen, Rock Rapids, Iowa
4. (6) 50 Roger DeBoer, Rock Rapids, Iowa
5. (5) 97 Damien Vandenberg, Renner, S.D.
6. (4) 20 Derek Van Veldhuizen, Rock Rapids, Iowa

Feature:
1. (5) 91 Tyler Johnson, Montrose, S.D.
2. (3) 22T Tyler Tesch, Lennox, S.D.
3. (7) 4 Jackson Mulder, Doon, Iowa
4. (6) 19 Tracy Johnson, Lake Preston, S.D.
5. (8) 21T Trevor Tesch, Lennox, S.D.
6. (4) 66R Randy Van Veldhuizen, Rock Rapids, Iowa
7. (1) 8M Kaleb Modder, George, Iowa
8. (9) 97 Damien Vandenberg, Renner, S.D.
9. (12) 50 Roger DeBoer, Rock Rapids, Iowa
10. (10) 21 Josh Van Westen, Sibley, Iowa
11. (2) 11L Lyndon Johnson, Montrose, S.D.
12. (11) 20 Derek Van Veldhuizen, Rock Rapids, Iowa

MENSINK RACING PRODUCTS USRA HOBBY STOCKS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 8 Levi Vander Weide, Sioux Falls, S.D.
2. (4) 22E Eric Gaul, Rushmore, Minn.
3. (1) 43 Doug Brinkhous, George, Iowa
4. (7) S1X Rick Vander Weide, Sioux Falls, S.D.
5. (3) 13X Alex Wiertzma, Little Rock, Iowa
6. (6) 86 Tracy Halouska, Worthing, S.D.
7. (5) 18K Landon Krohn, Rowena, S.D.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 82 Dylan Fitzpatrick, Sioux Falls, S.D.
2. (6) 35K Brady Klaassen, Little Rock, Iowa
3. (7) 11T Todd Uhl, Sheldon, Iowa
4. (2) 17 Jaden Gannott, Marshall, Minn.
5. (4) 2* Dustin Schultz, Marshall, Minn.
6. (3) 26 Dillon Kunkel, Merrill, Iowa
DQ – (5) 15 Thomas Kracht, Luverne, Minn.

Heat #3:
1. (1) X Tyler Schlumbohm, Sioux Falls, S.D.
2. (3) 81VT Dylan Vanden Top, George, Iowa
3. (2) 81 Josh Froseth, Sioux Falls, S.D.
4. (6) 19 Brandon Jurrens, Rock Rapids, Iowa
5. (5) 22W Michael Weidert, Lismore, Minn.
6. (7) 23 Marty Halouska, Worthing, S.D.
7. (4) 4T Kaedan Collins, Savage, Minn.

Heat #4:
1. (4) 6 Dustin Gulbrandson, Sioux Falls, S.D.
2. (6) 61N Nick Brady, Sioux Falls, S.D.
3. (3) 14K Bryant Klaassen, Adrian, Minn.
4. (2) 24D Paul Dagel, Sanborn, Iowa
5. (5) 51 Tyler Lursen, Adrian, Minn.
6. (1) 69 Cayden Wessels, Luverne, Minn.

"B" Feature:
1. (1) 13X Alex Wiertzma, Little Rock, Iowa
2. (3) 22W Michael Weidert, Lismore, Minn.
3. (5) 86 Tracy Halouska, Worthing, S.D.
4. (7) 18K Landon Krohn, Rowena, S.D.
5. (4) 51 Tyler Lursen, Adrian, Minn.
6. (8) 4T Kaedan Collins, Savage, Minn.
7. (10) 69 Cayden Wessels, Luverne, Minn.
8. (2) 2* Dustin Schultz, Marshall, Minn.
9. (6) 23 Marty Halouska, Worthing, S.D.
DNS – 26 Dillon Kunkel, Merrill, Iowa
DQ – (11) 15 Thomas Kracht, Luverne, Minn.

"A" Feature:
1. (1) X Tyler Schlumbohm, Sioux Falls, S.D.
2. (4) 82 Dylan Fitzpatrick, Sioux Falls, S.D.
3. (5) 6 Dustin Gulbrandson, Sioux Falls, S.D.
4. (11) 22E Eric Gaul, Rushmore, Minn.
5. (6) 35K Brady Klaassen, Little Rock, Iowa
6. (9) 61N Nick Brady, Sioux Falls, S.D.
7. (17) 13X Alex Wiertzma, Little Rock, Iowa
8. (10) 14K Bryant Klaassen, Adrian, Minn.
9. (12) 43 Doug Brinkhous, George, Iowa
10. (13) S1X Rick Vander Weide, Sioux Falls, S.D.
11. (7) 8 Levi Vander Weide, Sioux Falls, S.D.
12. (19) 86 Tracy Halouska, Worthing, S.D.
13. (18) 22W Michael Weidert, Lismore, Minn.
14. (15) 19 Brandon Jurrens, Rock Rapids, Iowa
15. (20) 18K Landon Krohn, Rowena, S.D.
16. (16) 24D Paul Dagel, Sanborn, Iowa
17. (3) 81 Josh Froseth, Sioux Falls, S.D.
18. (2) 81VT Dylan Vanden Top, George, Iowa
19. (14) 17 Jaden Gannott, Marshall, Minn.
20. (8) 11T Todd Uhl, Sheldon, Iowa




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