Wermlings, Father and Son go 1, 2 in the Supers
Chris Gets It Dunn at Electric City Speedway
By Vikki Higginbotham
Christmas? In July? That is what fans and drivers were asking themselves Saturday night at Electric City Speedway. Ninety-two degree temperatures did not deter this season’s celebration of “Christmas in July” as the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Late Models and Super Stocks took to the track in Great Falls, Montana.
Three caution free heats of WISSOTA Street Stocks started the evening off. Marvin Gonzales, Kyle Jarvey and Stephan Foley collected the victories. The feature however, had multiple attempts at a start and had to be shortened due to time constraints. Once the event got started Nick Hunter made his way to the front of the field. After being sent to the rear of the 17 car field Troy Weninger worked his way up to battle for the lead with Marvin Gonzales setting up for a bid as well. Hunter didn’t want to see the late race caution that flew allowing Gonzales and Weninger to restart directly behind him for the Green-White-Checkered finish. In a three wide battle on the final lap Gonzales managed to clear Hunter for the victory and Weninger was scored third.
Mike Pistelak, Aaron Liscum, and Paul Leach claimed the heat victories for the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. The 20 car feature had Pistelak and Jerry Sangrey Jr. battling in the early laps. When the caution flew on lap 6 Pistelak was scored as the leader. Paul Leach worked his way to the lead. Pistelak and Sangrey settled into a battle for seconds. An incident involving Pistelak and Sangrey brought out a caution. A few laps after the restart Sangrey slowed on the front stretch. When the caution flew Alan Riley spun into the rear of Sangrey and the field was stopped on the backstretch to allow for track crews to assist Riley off the track. Zach Olson had worked his way through the wrecks and field of cars to restart behind Leach for another Green-White-Checkered finish. Olson just couldn’t get around Leach and went home with a second place finish.
Back after a month off of racing the WISSOTA Late Models took to the track third. Chad Johnson and Rock Degele were the heat winners. In what one could call a “Christmas Wish Come True” Chris Dunn took off at the start of the feature and was gaining some distance from the battle for second place. A couple of cautions found Kelly Hample sitting in the second position behind Dunn. The final two laps had fans out of their seats as Hample made it a side by side battle with Dunn. Coming off of turn four Dunn and Hample went all out for the checkered flag. In his 52nd start as a Late Model driver, Dunn successfully beat Hample by 0.038 of a second gaining his first career victory in the class.
The first heat of WISSOTA Super Stocks had Rowdy Gillen and Curt Popham swapping cautions and both drivers were sent to the pits after their second one. Pat LaMere took the top spot in the heat. Jake Tucker dominated heat two. The start of the feature had the father and son duo of Rich and Alex Wermling running side by side. Rich maneuvered his car past that of his son and began pulling away from the field. An incident involving Curt Popham and Casey Steffenson had Steffenson being sent to the pits as this was the second caused by the driver in the same event. Rich continued his lead as Alex held off the field after the restart. Rich was unstoppable during the event and Alex held on for a second place finish.
Next Week: The regular classes of WISSOTA Street Stock, Midwest Modified, Super Stock and Modified are on the schedule.
There was an adjustment made to the schedule for the future event of the 19th Annual Montana Roundup on Aug 31/Sept 1 Sprint Cars and Late Models have been added to the event. Friday night the WISSOTA Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds join them. The final event at Electric City Speedway will be September 1, 2012 hosting all six classes.
WISSOTA Street Stocks
Heat #1 – Marvin Gonzales, Cody Ryan, Nick Hunter, Casey Durand, JT No Runner, Del Voss
Heat #2 – Kyle Jarvey, Ron Mattern, Frank Pearson, Kory Wermling, Curt Beck
Heat #3 – Stephan Foley, Bill Handel, Troy Weninger, Larry Gonzales, Brenton Collings, Michael Price
Feature – M. Gonzales, Hunter, Weninger, Pearson, Wermling, Beck, Foley, Durand, Mattern, Handel, Ryan, L. Gonzales, No Runner, Voss, Jarvey, Collins, Price
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Heat #1 – Mike Pistelak, Chris Hill, Ron Sasek, Taylor Falkenhagen, JJ Johnson, Jerry Hill, Michael Shure
Heat #2 – Aaron Liscum, Jerry Sangrey Jr., Jake Tacke, Jake Tucker, Patrick Harvie, Bob Price, Joshua Olsen
Heat #3 – Paul Leach, Doug LaPierre, Ronnie Harvie, Zach Olson, Alan Riley, Dave McCune
Feature – Leach, Olson, Tucker, C. Hill, R. Harvie, P. Harvie, Tacke, McCune, Falkenhagen, J. Hill, Shure, Sasek, Riley, Sangrey Jr., LaPierre, Pistelak, Price, Johnson, Olsen, Liscum
WISSOTA Late Models
Heat #1 – Chad Johnson, Chris Dunn, Kelly Hample, Jody Kropp, Rory Minster, Bradley Kerrison, John Lighthizer
Heat #2 – Rock Degele, Stewart Hayward, David Smith, JD Olsen, Pacer Popham, Dave Freeman
Feature – Dunn, Hample, Hayward, Johnson, Smith, Olsen, Minster, Freeman, Kerrison, Lighthizer, Popham, Degele, Kropp
WISSOTA Super Stocks
Heat #1 – Pat LaMere, John Lighthizer, Casey Steffenson, Rich Wermling, Curt Popham, Rowdy Gillen
Heat #2 – Jake Tucker, Pacer Popham, Alex Wermling, Paul Lease, Shaun Crouch, Rock Degele
Feature – R. Wermling, A. Wermling, Tucker, Degele, C. Popham, LaMere, Gillen, Lighthizer, P. Popham, Lease, Steffenson, Crouch