July 20, 2013 – Elko, MN
Adam Royle from Lonsdale (MN) won the NASCAR Whelen All American Super Late Model feature event on a night in which his childhood hero was inducted into the Elko Speedway Hall of Fame.
Adam’s father Jarry was the crew chief for new Elko Speedway Hall of Fame member Bill Oas and Adam idolized Bill as he grew up watching Oas win not only at Elko Speedway but also traveling with the ARTGO series in the 1970′s and 1980′s.
Oas was honored at intermission for his racing accomplishments and saluted by an appreciative crowd for his contributions to Elko Speedway as a racer, owner and promoter of the track.
Adam Royle started the 40 lap race on the outside of the second row and took the lead on lap 17, holding on for the victory over Donny Reuvers by .565 seconds. Royle now leads Reuvers by 5 points in the closely contested point race.
Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) started fourth row outside and won the Scott Kingery memorial 50 lap main event in the Thunder Car division. The race had 22 starters but only 15 finishers as an early big wreck and numerous spin outs reduced the field of cars.
Daryl Blohm and Conrad Jorgenson both had strong cars but had to pit for mechanical problems, “it was a long grueling race with lots of cautions, my car needed a long green flag run” said Kane.
Scott Kingery was a long time racer and car owner at Elko Speedway who passed away from cancer in March of this year. “Me and Scott got along very well, he helped me out a lot,” said Kane “I’m really glad we were able to win this race for the Kingery family, it’s almost like it was meant to be.”
Brent Kane now leads Daryl Blohm by 19 points in the standings.
John Lemke from Shakopee (MN) capitalized on a late race restart to eliminate the big lead by pole sitter Michael Bemish and win the Big 8 25 lap feature event. “I don’t know if I would’ve won the race without that last caution,” said Lemke “I feel bad for Michael but good for our team.”
The Big 8 point battle is amazingly close now with both Dylan Moore and Chris Marek having mechanical problems on Saturday night and not finishing the race. Moore and Marek are tied for the top spot, Nick Beaver is only 3 pts behind and Lemke only 4 pts behind in the standings.
Michael Ostdiek from Lakeville (MN) won his third consecutive Great North Legends feature at Elko Speedway edging Derek Lemke by only .201 seconds at the finish line. Ostdiek now leads Shon Jacobsen by 26 points in the standings.
John Lebens from Shakopee (MN) passed Tom Doten on the last lap to win the Power Stock main event. The two made contact on the last lap resulting in a tire going down for Doten who held on for a second place finish. Lebens now has a 15 point advantage in the point standings over Paul Hamilton with Doten in third.
Cole Klein from Rogers (MN) won the Bandoleros feature event and later won a new bike in victory lane courtesy of a random drawing by Raising Kane racing. Klein closed to within ten points of Jared Duda who is the point leader.
A nice field of IMCA old timers put on a good show for the crowd with Royce Rossier from Plover (WI) taking home the main event in his 1970 Chevy Nova.
Next up at Elko Speedway is a NASCAR Whelen All American series race event with 6 divisions of racing plus an outdoor concert featuring Hairball Saturday night July 27th. Gates open at 5pm and racing begins promptly at 7pm. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or get more information at www.elkospeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-7223.