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VanMil Steals Sport Mod Win at Red River Valley Speedway

Published on July 23, 2017

Chris VanMil (44D) takes the lead away from Luke Johnson (8J) in the late stages of the IMCA Sport Mod feature Friday at Red River Valley Speedway.
Photo Courtesy: Speedway Shots

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO – Red River Valley Speedway’s Friday night racing roared back to life after a ttwo-week hiatus last night at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, presented by The Bowler, Casey’s General Stores, and M&J Auto Parts. The night, which featured the Audio Garage IMCA stock car King Pin Klash special, was cut short due to rain just as the stock cars took to the track for their main event.

As a result, double features for the stock cars and the All Finish Concrete IMCA modifieds will highlight a big night of racing next Friday, July 28th.

The three divisions that were able to complete their features, displayed compelling racing around the smooth, dry-slick track surface.

It looked as though Luke Johnson had his seventh overall win of the season in hand in the closing laps of the Eide Bailly IMCA Sport Mod feature. Johnson took the lead from veteran driver Scott Jacobson with eight laps to go before pulling out to a seven car length advantage over the field.

Barnesville’s Chris VanMil found in his groove in the late going, however, and used the middle groove on the three-eighths mile dirt oval to erase Johnson’s lead. With four circuits remaining, VanMil ducked to the inside of Johnson in turn one to grab the top spot.

“A couple laps before the last caution I figured out that I could run through the middle and I knew Luke (Johnson) would stay up on the top,” said VanMil after the race. “I just had to be patient. I could dive into turn three really hard and make up a lot of ground. I just kept doing that and finally reeled him in.”

VanMil then drove away from Johnson to claim his second win at RRVS and fourth overall.

“I feels really good to get a win tonight,” VanMil continued. “I went to Brainerd (North Central Speedway) and tried some different things with the setup. I hit on something there and tried it out here tonight and it worked great.”

Jeff Hooker of Minot put on an impressive drive from 12th to finish in the runner-up spot.

Another Barnesville driver found KRJB 106.5FM Victory Lane later in the evening as Josh Julsrud picked up the Petermann Seed INEX legend feature win. Julsrud methodically drove through the pack from his 11th starting position

The A Transmission City IMCA hobby stock feature went to Tim Shiek of Fargo. With three laps to go, Shiek, Brandon Schmidt and Tim Church went three wide for the lead exiting turn four. The trio made contact, which resulted in Shiek spinning in turn one.

Schmidt was charged for the caution but rallied back to finish fourth. Shiek then held off Church in the final laps to collect his third win of the season.

When racing continues next Friday night, 41-year racing veteran and fan favorite John Corell of Jamestown will lead the field of IMCA Modifieds to the green flag with Fargo’s Billy Vogel to his outside on the front row.

Rick Schulz’s self-built engine and Tim Compson’s Mopar will make up the front row for the stock car’s make-up feature.


Summary:

All Finish Concrete IMCA Modifieds:
Heat 1: 1. 84-Michael Johnson, [4]; 2. 5-John Correll, [2]; 3. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [7]; 4. 4D-Rob VanMil, [5]; 5. 86C-Darren Pfau, [6]; 6. 88B-Brady Petermann, [8]; 7. 4500-Cody Peterson, [3]; 8. K9-Tom Cummings, [1]

Heat 2: 1. 4V-Billy Vogel, [2]; 2. 99-Cale Arneson, [4]; 3. 17-Rich Pavlicek, [5]; 4. 38-Tailin Tommerdahl, [3]; 5. 7-Dale Kraling, [6]; 6. 72-Dave Shipley, [7]; 7. 191-Bryce Bjerke, [8]; 8. 12C-Nickolis Curtis, [1]

A Transmission City IMCA Hobby Stocks
A Feature 1: 1. 31X-Tim Shiek, [4]; 2. 21-Tim Church, [5]; 3. 37N-Nick Nelson, [2]; 4. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [3]; 5. 14-Alyssa White, [1]; 6. 106-Eric Novacek, [8]; 7. (DNF) 35W-Phillip Witt, [6]; 8. (DNF) 069-Kalvin Kesselberg, [7]

Heat 1: 1. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [5]; 2. 31X-Tim Shiek, [6]; 3. 37N-Nick Nelson, [4]; 4. 21-Tim Church, [7]; 5. 14-Alyssa White, [3]; 6. 35W-Phillip Witt, [1]; 7. 069-Kalvin Kesselberg, [8]; 8. 106-Eric Novacek, [2]

Eide Bailly IMCA SportMods
A Feature 1: 1. 44D-Chris VanMil, [8]; 2. 7X-Jeff Hooker, [12]; 3. 8J-Luke Johnson, [10]; 4. 5-Scott Jacobson, [1]; 5. 5T-Matt Talley, [7]; 6. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [9]; 7. 8-Billy Michaelsohn, [2]; 8. 76-Reile Sailer, [15]; 9. 19C-Dustin Hartwig, [3]; 10. 55-Kenneth Bye, [18]; 11. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [4]; 12. 6-Austin Veralrud, [6]; 13. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [11]; 14. 15-Matthew Clark, [13]; 15. (DNF) 21K-Kyle Krogh, [5]; 16. (DNF) 22-Vince Jegtvig, [14]; 17. (DNF) 77-Charles Jensen, [16]; 18. (DNF) 86C-Travis Pfau, [17]; (DNS) 22S-Brian Schaffer,

Heat 1: 1. 8J-Luke Johnson, [5]; 2. 5-Scott Jacobson, [1]; 3. 6-Austin Veralrud, [3]; 4. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [7]; 5. 15-Matthew Clark, [2]; 6. 77-Charles Jensen, [4]; 7. (DNF) 22S-Brian Schaffer, [6]

Heat 2: 1. 44D-Chris VanMil, [5]; 2. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [6]; 3. 21K-Kyle Krogh, [3]; 4. 19C-Dustin Hartwig, [2]; 5. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [4]; 6. 86C-Travis Pfau, [1]

Heat 3: 1. 5T-Matt Talley, [4]; 2. 7X-Jeff Hooker, [6]; 3. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [5]; 4. 8-Billy Michaelsohn, [1]; 5. 76-Reile Sailer, [3]; 6. 55-Kenneth Bye, [2]

Petermann Seed INEX Legends:
A Feature 1: 1. 18-Joshua Julsrud, [11]; 2. 1-Steven Kuntz, [1]; 3. 20-Alex Braseth, [3]; 4. 14T-Tim Estenson, [17]; 5. 58-Sean Johnson, [4]; 6. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [9]; 7. 21-Andrew Jochim, [12]; 8. 5-Dean Julsrud, [10]; 9. 15-Mariah Henriksen, [8]; 10. 72-Tye Wilke, [15]; 11. 69-Brian Hanson, [6]; 12. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [7]; 13. 29B-Ryan Braseth, [13]; 14. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [5]; 15. 38-Andrew Sommerfeld, [19]; 16. 7-Cade Sogge, [16]; 17. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [14]; 18. 79-Jacob Aldrich, [2]; 19. 24-Shaun Erickson, [18]

Heat 1: 1. 1-Steven Kuntz, [1]; 2. 18-Joshua Julsrud, [6]; 3. 69-Brian Hanson, [4]; 4. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [5]; 5. 29B-Ryan Braseth, [2]; 6. 7-Cade Sogge, [3]; 7. 38-Andrew Sommerfeld, [7]

Heat 2: 1. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [6]; 2. 5-Dean Julsrud, [4]; 3. 58-Sean Johnson, [3]; 4. 79-Jacob Aldrich, [2]; 5. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [1]; 6. 14T-Tim Estenson, [5]

Heat 3: 1. 21-Andrew Jochim, [6]; 2. 15-Mariah Henriksen, [4]; 3. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [3]; 4. 20-Alex Braseth, [2]; 5. 72-Tye Wilke, [5]; 6. 24-Shaun Erickson, [1]

Audio Garage IMCA Stock Cars
Heat 1: 1. 4-Rick Schulz, [2]; 2. 40-Rob VanMil, [5]; 3. 49-Tim Compson, [1]; 4. 1-Kelly Jacobson, [3]; 5. 76Z-John Sandvig, [4]

 

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