By Spieker Promotions
GLYNDON, Minn. (July 11, 2021) - Another big night of racing is in the books at the Buffalo River Speedway including Lucas Rodin, who won the $1,000-to-win Boxcar Brand WISSOTA Midwest Modified Special.
Justin Jones and Matt Schow led the field to green in the first WISSOTA sanctioned Midwest Modified race at the speedway since 2013. Jones led early through a pair of cautions of the 30 lap main event, but it was third running Rodin who took the lead on the outside at the end of the fourth circuit around the quarter-mile oval.
Rodin continued to be stalked by Jones throughout the longest green flag run of the race, as the field went another 20 laps caution free. Two more cautions followed, during which, Jason Grimes took the third spot from Matt Schow. Rodin led the final ten laps for the victory over Jones. Grimes, Laine Schwehr, and Aaron Blacklance completed the top five.
"Car was good right away," Rodin said in victory lane. "Kinda rolled it to the outside, and once I got to the lead, I moved down a little bit. When you're out front, it's hard to know if you've got someone right on your tail or not, just try and run your race and not worry about that stuff."
The IMCA Stock Cars made their return to Buffalo River, running at the speedway for the first time since 2019. Travis Robertson led early as Thomas Ahrndt, Tim Gonska, Kalvin Kesselberg, and Brandon Schmidt, who ran the entire race with a broken right front suspension, went three and four wide for second.
Brennan Borg, who started fifth, and fell back to as low as seventh, went three-wide with Ahrndt and Schmidt for second near the midway point of the race. Borg won the battle, then began to reel in Robertson for the lead. Borg used the outside to catch Robertson on the final lap, winning by a nose at the line. Ahrndt, Schmidt, and Rob VanMil rounded out the top five.
"Just a lot of patience waiting for them to use their tires," Borg said in victory lane about his climb through the field. "I had a little bit more left," Borg said about his last lap pass.
The INEX Legends were 16 cars strong, as the class also made their return to Buffalo River. The race belonged to the Braseth family, as Ryan Braseth charged from first to fourth on the opening lap in the first race contested by the class at the track since 2019. Braseth held off his brother Alex in lapped traffic on the final lap to pick up the victory. Zander Bauer, Joshua Wiest, and Brian Frederick completed the top five.
Ben Wolden took the lead from Larry Samuelson at the end of the third lap to win his fourth Limited Late Model feature of the year. The race went green to checkered, lasting just over five minutes. Scott Zimmerman, Nick Thoreson, and Andrew Tysdal rounded out the top five.
A stout 15 car field ran the second IMCA Hobby Stock feature of the night, and it was Devin Larson who won the caution marred event from the eighth spot. Brad Orvedal was second, with Chris Seidel third. Scott Herron and Todd Gettel completed the top five.
Matt Pederson charged from eighth, and used an early restart to take the point and win the Short Tracker feature. Hunter Goulet was second with Casey Stremick in third. Levi Lease and Jake Karch rounded out the top five.
The night started out with two make-up features from the June 27th rainout. Kyle Hallgren and Devin Larson waged war in the IMCA Hobby Stock make-up feature, going door-to-door for much of the 15 lap race. Hallgren edged out Larson for the win. Will Miller, Andrea Jacobson, and Scott Herron completed the top five.
Larry Samuelson ended Ben Wolden's win streak at three, as the Erhard, MN native won his first feature of the year. Scott Zimmerman, Jarrett Huus, and Andrew Tysdal rounded out the top five.