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Rob VanMil Doubles Down

Published on July 29, 2017

Photo: Rob VanMil drove to two IMCA stock car feature wins Friday night at Red River Valley Speedway
(Photo Courtesy: Speedway Shots)

By Mike Spieker

WEST FARGO – It was a big night of racing Friday at Red River Valley Speedway as Rob-See-Co, Titan Machinery, and Steffes presented the night’s action.

Rob VanMil of Barnesville swept the Audio Garage IMCA stock car action to highlight a great night of racing Friday evening at Red River Valley Speedway. VanMil, of Barnesville, Minn., began the night by claiming the King Pin Klash make-up feature that was postponed due to rain last Friday.

In the regularly scheduled feature, Horace’s Rick Schulz jumped out to the early lead and paced the field until five to go. That’s when eighth place starter, VanMil, chased down Schulz to steal the lead. Once out front, VanMil put his No. 40 machine on cruise control as he picked up the win by nearly two full seconds.

“The car has been awesome. I just have to thank my dad for giving me this opportunity,” said VanMil in victory lane. VanMil has been driving his father’s, Corey, stock car for the past couple weeks at the area race tracks. “I couldn’t gain any ground (on Schulz) so I decided to go to the top side to get some momentum going,” he said of his pass for the lead.

Tailin Tommerdahl took the lead on the opening lap of the All Finish Concrete IMCA modified feature. Tommerdahl paced the field for the first four circuits until last Sunday’s winner at Buffalo River Race Park, “Magic” Mike Johnson, took the point.

Within a couple laps, Johnson had his hands full with Michael Greseth. Greseth took the spot on lap five, but Johnson battled back up top to regain the position on lap eight.

Dave Shipley entered the fray inside 10 to go as Johnson and Greseth encountered lapped traffic. With seven to go, Shipley made a move which catapulted him into the lead. From there, the driver of the Dakota Cat No. 72 held on to take his second RRVS win of the season.

Billy Vogel claimed the modified make-up feature.

An early race charge by Fargo’s Kelly Jacobson put him in solid position to win the Eide Bailly IMCA Sport Mod feature. Jacobson charged from ninth to first in just two laps.

A restart with 10 to go led to a three wide battle for the runner-up spot between Luke Johnson, Kelly’s father Scott Jacobson, and Thursday night’s winner at Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn., Jesse Skalicky.

Johnson won the battle for second and gave Jacobson a run for his money in the final laps, but came up short at Jacobson raced to his second win of the season.

Fifteen-year-old Tim Estenson scored his 15th win of the season in the Petermann Seed INEX legends. The young up-and-comer from Fargo drove his way from the 10th starting position into the lead in just nine laps. From there he drove away from Tye Wilke and Scott Richardson, who finished second and third, respectively.

Andrew Bertsch backed up his win the previous night at Norman County Raceway. Bertsch took the lead on lap four of the A Transmission City IMCA hobby stock Mid-Summer Shootout, presented by Schmidt and Sons Construction and Collins Brothers Towing, and held off Austin Jahnz to score the $500 win.

Racing continues next Wednesday night, featuring the NLRA Late Models.


RESULTS:
All Finish Concrete IMCA Modifieds
A Feature 1: 1. 72-Dave Shipley, [12]; 2. 84-Michael Johnson, [3]; 3. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [11]; 4. 17G-Michael Greseth, [10]; 5. 4V-Billy Vogel, [8]; 6. 4D-Rob VanMil, [7]; 7. 7-Dale Kraling, [9]; 8. 38-Tailin Tommerdahl, [2]; 9. 17-Rich Pavlicek, [6]; 10. 88B-Brady Petermann, [4]; 11. 51T-Tim Thomas, [13]; 12. E85-Jason Strand, [14]; 13. 86C-Darren Pfau, [5]; 14. 98-John Nord, [17]; 15. 10-Cale Arneson, [15]; 16. 4500-Cody Peterson, [16]; 17. 7B-Bryce Bjerken, [18]; 18. 12C-Nickolis Curtis, [20]; 19. 52-Brennan Borg, [21]; 20. 5-Justin Bieber, [19]; 21. 191-Bryce Bjerke, [1]; 22. K9-Tom Cummings, [22]
Heat 1: 1. 17G-Michael Greseth, [6]; 2. 17-Rich Pavlicek, [4]; 3. 4V-Billy Vogel, [5]; 4. 84-Michael Johnson, [3]; 5. 51T-Tim Thomas, [8]; 6. 4500-Cody Peterson, [2]; 7. 5-Justin Bieber, [7]; 8. K9-Tom Cummings, [1]
Heat 2: 1. 88B-Brady Petermann, [3]; 2. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson, [6]; 3. 4D-Rob VanMil, [4]; 4. 191-Bryce Bjerke, [2]; 5. E85-Jason Strand, [5]; 6. 98-John Nord, [7]; 7. 12C-Nickolis Curtis, [1]
Heat 3: 1. 72-Dave Shipley, [6]; 2. 86C-Darren Pfau, [3]; 3. 7-Dale Kraling, [5]; 4. 38-Tailin Tommerdahl, [2]; 5. 10-Cale Arneson, [4]; 6. 7B-Bryce Bjerken, [7]; 7. 52-Brennan Borg, [1]

Eide Bailly IMCA Sport Mods
A Feature 1: 1. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [9]; 2. 8J-Luke Johnson, [11]; 3. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [12]; 4. 44D-Chris VanMil, [10]; 5. 5-Scott Jacobson, [5]; 6. 19C-Dustin Hartwig, [3]; 7. 5T-Matt Talley, [17]; 8. 55-Kenneth Bye, [2]; 9. 77-Charles Jensen, [8]; 10. 76-Reile Sailer, [6]; 11. 6-Austin Veralrud, [18]; 12. 8-Billy Michaelsohn, [4]; 13. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [15]; 14. 15-Matthew Clark, [16]; 15. 89-Jeff Bieber, [13]; 16. 47-Kreig Kasin, [19]; 17. (DNF) 1RM-Taylor Grove, [7]; 18. (DNF) 22-Vince Jegtvig, [14]; 19. (DNF) 13C-Paul Colvin, [1]
Heat 1: 1. 19C-Dustin Hartwig, [2]; 2. 1RM-Taylor Grove, [4]; 3. 44D-Chris VanMil, [6]; 4. 77-Charles Jensen, [5]; 5. 89-Jeff Bieber, [7]; 6. 15-Matthew Clark, [1]; 7. 47-Kreig Kasin, [3]
Heat 2: 1. 5-Scott Jacobson, [3]; 2. 8J-Luke Johnson, [6]; 3. 8-Billy Michaelsohn, [2]; 4. 13C-Paul Colvin, [1]; 5. 22-Vince Jegtvig, [4]; 6. 5T-Matt Talley, [5]
Heat 3: 1. 3S-Jesse Skalicky, [6]; 2. 51-Kelly Jacobson, [5]; 3. 55-Kenneth Bye, [1]; 4. 76-Reile Sailer, [3]; 5. 12T-Brandon Tendeland, [2]; 6. 6-Austin Veralrud, [4]

A Transmission City IMCA Hobby Stocks
A Feature 1: 1. 146-Andrew Bertsch, [4]; 2. 32J-Austin Jahnz, [3]; 3. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [8]; 4. 5G-Tim Gonska, [10]; 5. 37N-Nick Nelson, [6]; 6. 52X-Joe Gonska, [2]; 7. 31X-Tim Shiek, [12]; 8. 9-Torey Fischer, [5]; 9. 211-Joe Schrodt, [16]; 10. 06-Clint Hudkins, [14]; 11. 73-Maranda Borg, [17]; 12. 069-Kalvin Kesselberg, [15]; 13. 32-Wes Jahnz, [9]; 14. 35W-Phillip Witt, [11]; 15. 106-Eric Novacek, [1]; 16. 21-Tim Church, [7]; 17. (DNF) 14-Alyssa White, [13]
Heat 1: 1. 32J-Austin Jahnz, [1]; 2. 219-Brandon Schmidt, [6]; 3. 32-Wes Jahnz, [7]; 4. 37N-Nick Nelson, [8]; 5. 106-Eric Novacek, [3]; 6. 35W-Phillip Witt, [2]; 7. 14-Alyssa White, [4]; 8. (DNF) 069-Kalvin Kesselberg, [5]
Heat 2: 1. 146-Andrew Bertsch, [5]; 2. 21-Tim Church, [1]; 3. 5G-Tim Gonska, [7]; 4. 52X-Joe Gonska, [4]; 5. 9-Torey Fischer, [2]; 6. 31X-Tim Shiek, [8]; 7. 06-Clint Hudkins, [3]; 8. 211-Joe Schrodt, [6]; 9. 73-Maranda Borg, [9]

The Audio Garage IMCA Stock Cars
A Feature 1: 1. 40-Rob VanMil, [8]; 2. 4-Rick Schulz, [5]; 3. 99M-Kevin Mattox, [7]; 4. 87-Eric Harpole, [6]; 5. 1-Kelly Jacobson, [4]; 6. 28M-Keith Mattox, [11]; 7. 76-Bob Fuegmann, [9]; 8. 12-Rob Stenvold, [10]; 9. 76Z-John Sandvig, [1]; 10. 72-Adam Geist, [12]; 11. (DNF) 49-Tim Compson, [2]; 12. (DNF) 82-MIke Anderson, [3]
Heat 1: 1. 76-Bob Fuegmann, [6]; 2. 49-Tim Compson, [2]; 3. 1-Kelly Jacobson, [3]; 4. 76Z-John Sandvig, [1]; 5. 87-Eric Harpole, [4]; 6. 28M-Keith Mattox, [5]
Heat 2: 1. 82-MIke Anderson, [2]; 2. 99M-Kevin Mattox, [4]; 3. 40-Rob VanMil, [5]; 4. 4-Rick Schulz, [3]; 5. 12-Rob Stenvold, [6]; 6. 72-Adam Geist, [1]

Petermann Seeds INEX Legends
A Feature 1: 1. 14T-Tim Estenson, [10]; 2. 72-Tye Wilke, [8]; 3. 79-Scott Richardson, [5]; 4. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [6]; 5. 5-Dean Julsrud, [7]; 6. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [9]; 7. 29-Brandon Erickson, [12]; 8. 20-Alex Braseth, [2]; 9. 29B-Ryan Braseth, [11]; 10. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [1]; 11. 24-Shaun Erickson, [14]; 12. (DNF) 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [3]; 13. (DNF) 69-Brian Hanson, [4]; 14. (DNF) 77-Tony Jagoditsh, [13]
Heat 1: 1. 14T-Tim Estenson, [6]; 2. 72-Tye Wilke, [5]; 3. 5D8-Dylan Johnson, [3]; 4. 79-Scott Richardson, [4]; 5. B1-Brody Carlsrud, [1]; 6. 29B-Ryan Braseth, [2]; 7. 77-Tony Jagoditsh, [7]
Heat 2: 1. 5-Dean Julsrud, [4]; 2. 20-Alex Braseth, [2]; 3. 8JR-Kaitlyn Skalicky, [5]; 4. 69-Brian Hanson, [3]; 5. D1RT-Tony Brockhouse, [7]; 6. 29-Brandon Erickson, [6]; 7. 24-Shaun Erickson, [1]

 

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