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Challenge Series begins today at DSFS: Top WISSOTA late model drivers slated for two-day series kickoff at Huron oval

Posted: Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Chad Becker of Aberdeen, who is the defending WISSOTA late model national champion, powers his late model through turns one and two during a test-and-tune event held April 28 at Dakota State Fair Speedway. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — Back-to-back events at Dakota State Fair Speedway, which are scheduled tonight and Saturday, will kick off the 2013 Blayne Brothers Challenge Series for WISSOTA late models.

Many of the top WISSOTA late model drivers have indicated their plans to attend the first special of the season at the Huron oval.

“I would say we’ll have a good strong field of late models tomorrow night,” said DSFS track promoter Orville Chenoweth.

Joining the late models for tonight’s show, which gets under way at 7 p.m., will be the WISSOTA street stocks and super stocks.

Chenoweth says he has received calls from several late model drivers who finished in the top 20 of the national WISSOTA standings last season.

“I have Brad Seng coming from up in Grand Forks (N.D.),” Chenoweth said. “We’ve got Marshall Fegers, Lance Mathees, John Kaanta and all of our regular guys. Plus, we’ve got some from the Rochester, Minn., area coming this way.”

Seng finished seventh in the national late model standings last season, Fegers is a past Challenge Series winner at DSFS, Mathees of Winona, Minn., was 17th in the final standings last season, and Kaanta was sixth in national points at the end of the 2012 season.

Kent Arment of Aberdeen, Chad Becker of Aberdeen and David McDonald of Huron all finished strong in the 2012 national standings.

Becker is the defending national points champ in the late model division, while McDonald was the runner-up in the national points and Arment was 10th.

Adding to the potential car count for tonight’s program will be the status of other WISSOTA tracks.

“It sounds like a lot of race tracks are canceling out already, because they’ve got issues,” Chenoweth said.

The winner of tonight’s late model feature race will pocket $2,000, with all those making the 25-car field for the main event being guaranteed $200.

While the field for the opening night of the two expected to be outstanding, more cars could make the trip to Huron for Saturday’s event.

“They have a race going on Friday called the Cornbelt Clash and it is the same type of deal as the Challenge Series. They start out on Friday and then will not race on Saturday,” Chenoweth said. “With us being two separate shows, the ones that want to run that Clash can put a smaller motor in for WISSOTA and come here and race on Saturday.”

Chenoweth said a number of drivers, including Mike Balcaen of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Jake Redetzke of Eau Claire, Wis., will use tonight and Saturday to help prepare for the third stop of the Blaine Brothers Challenge Series, which is right back at DSFS on June 1.

“What makes this so special is a lot of these cars, some of them that haven’t raced here before, are going to be able to race,” he said. “They want to be able to race for that $6,300 on June 1, so they will be back for that one. They know what their set-ups are going to be.”

Joining the late models for Saturday’s program, which also begins at 7 p.m., will be the WISSOTA Midwest modifieds and modifieds.

“Our race track alone has 30 Midwest modifieds and then we’ll have a real good field of modifieds, because we’re going to have that Modified Tour this season,” Chenoweth said. “Some of those guys want to start out early and check the track out and then we are going to pick up extra late models for Saturday, also.”

The winner of Saturday’s 40-lap feature race in the late model division will take home the top prize of $4,000, with $400 to be paid to the 25 drivers making the field for the main event.

A-plus Tire and Auto Service Center and KOKK Radio will sponsor tonight’s show, while Dakotaland Federal Credit Union will be Saturday’s sponsor.

The first 100 mothers through the gates on Saturday night will receive a flower courtesy of Chenoweth and Rainbow Flower Shop.

For the complete article see the 05-10-2013 issue.

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