By Jason D Searcy
Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) won the Dwain Behrens memorial race presented by Anchor Bank in the NASCAR Whelen All American series MN Corn Growers Super Late Models at Elko Speedway. Behrens was a two time Elko Speedway Late Model Champion who died in a snowmobile accident 21 years ago at the age of 31. Goede was presented a memorial clock trophy by Dwains sisters Teresa and Laurie.
Derek Lemke took an early lead in this 40 lap race but he had power steering problems and Goede took the lead and never looked back. “It was a good battle in the beginning and then I was able to get away, I was able to be smooth and not mess anything up,” said Goede “the car has been good all year, its good to finally put a finish together instead of a DNF.”
It was the fourth feature win this year for Jacob Goede but his closest competitor Paul Paine finished right behind him in second. Goede now leads Paine by 6 points in the standings with Chad Walen in third only 14 points from the top spot.
In the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event at Elko Speedway Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won for the 79th time in his career. Jack Purcell took the lead off the start but Kane ran him down during this cautionless 25 lap race “I finally caught Purcell, went to the outside and the rest was history, it was working awesome” said Kane.
Conrad Jorgenson finished second and held on to the point lead, he now leads Jeremy Wolff by 36 points in the race for the Championship.
Lawrence Berthiaume from Rogers (MN) became the 7th different winner this year in the Big 8 divison at the Midwest Center for Speed. Berthiaume grabbed the lead from his front row starting position and lead flag to flag without a caution in the 25 lap main event. L.B. had a big lead during the middle portion of the race but Michael Ostdiek closed the gap to just .474 seconds at the finish line.
Chris Marek finished a close third and continues to lead in the standings, he now has a 7 point lead over Cole Anderson .
It was a father-son battle for the win in the Great North Legends main event. Brady Fox-Rhode lead the 20 lap race early but then the Lemke family took over. Jon Lemke from Shakopee (MN) came from his fourth row starting position to take the lead on lap 7 and hold off his son Derek Lemke by .116 seconds at the finish line, it was his first win in a Legends car this year.
Derek Lemke lead the point standings for numerous weeks before two straight DNF finishes dropped him back to second. Shon Jacobsen finished 5th in the feature event but holds onto the lead in points by 11 over the younger Lemke.
16 year old Cole Neisius won the Pepsi Power stock main event. He took advantage when Grant Brown and Taylor Goldman were battling for the lead, he passed both of them with 12 to go and held on for his first ever Power stock win. Like father, Like son, Coles’ dad Paul won the main event one month earlier in that same car.
Twenty cars raced in the Power Stock feature, Nick Oxborough started 12th and moved his way up to 6th, that was good enough to hold onto his point lead by 13 points over Grant Brown in the race for the Championship.
Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN) won the Mini Stock feature in a tightly contested battle with Brian Adams. Wachs beat Adams to the line by only .121 seconds with Ashley Bell finishing third.
Brian Adams leads Wachs by 24 points in the season long standings.
Luke Allen from Chanhassen (MN) won the Bandoleros main event with Tristan Swanson in second. Brody Wulf finished fourth but still leads in the standings by 3 points over Owen Giles who had his three race win streak snapped, he finished third.
Up next for family fun entertainment at Elko Speedway just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities is an Eve of Destruction event on Saturday August 23rd. In addition to the Double features of racing you will see a School Bus Wall Crash and a BUSball event pitting Minnesota vs Wisconsin buses in a battle never seen before at Elko Speedway. It is recommended to get there early, all seats are general admission, gates open at 5pm.