Sorensen Sweeps NAPA North Star Nationals

Sorensen Sweeps NAPA North Star Nationals

Spring Valley, MN (May 19) – By: Todd Narveson (Photo Credit – Buck Monson Photography)

The NAPA Auto Care Centers USRA Modifieds were on the card as part of the NAPA North Star Nationals at Deer Creek Speedway. A huge crowd was on hand to watch the Modifieds and the first ever appearance of the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series.

Thirty-seven Modifieds checked in and they ran five heat races that took the top 12 in passing points to the feature. There were two 12-lap B-Mains that locked in the top six cars in each race to create the 24-car field for the 30-lap $2000 to win feature.

NAPA Auto Parts and NAPA Auto Care Centers offered bonuses if the driver displayed a NAPA sticker on each side of their car. A $100 bonus to the heat race winners and a $1000 bonus for the feature winner was possible.

Heat race winners included Brad Waits, Cory Mahder, Jake Timm, Keith Foss and Dustin Sorensen. The two B-Mains were topped by USMTS stars Rodney Sanders and Zack Vanderbeek.

Sorensen drew the number one pile when the top eight in passing points redrew. Brad Waits would start outside of row one for the 30-lap race. Sorensen and Waits dueled on the first lap with Matt Leer and Lucas Schott behind them. Schott passed Leer on lap two and then set after Waits.

Schott challenged on the next lap and then stole second. Sorensen had already opened up a half straightaway lead at this point. Jake Timm triggered a yellow on lap five and that erased Sorensen’s big advantage.

When the green flew, so did Sorensen and opened up an advantage over Schott. Waits now had a challenge from Tony Schill and Keith Foss for the third spot. Waits held them off as Schill and Foss now had a good race for fourth.

Meanwhile fourteenth starter Zack Vanderbeek edged closer to the top five and was on Schill for fifth on lap 19. Vanderbeek slipped past and then got by Foss for fourth on lap 22. Back up front Sorensen still led Schott, but they were into lapped traffic.

Sorensen sliced through the back of the field but Schott was able to close in with a couple of laps left. Schott got close on the final lap, but Sorensen held him off for the $2000 check and the $1000 NAPA bonus money. Vanderbeek’s charge from row seven ended in third when he passed Waits with a few laps left. Foss would round out the top five at the checkered flag.

USRA Modifieds
A Feature 1 (8 Laps): 1. 19-Dustin Sorensen, [1]; 2. 69-Lucas Schott, [5]; 3. 33Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [14]; 4. 24-Brad Waits, [2]; 5. 95-Keith Foss, [7]; 6. 30-Matt Leer, [3]; 7. 8S-Tony Schill, [4]; 8. 21-Jacob Bleess, [10]; 9. 74-Mark Noble, [12]; 10. 20-Rodney Sanders, [13]; 11. 92-Tyler Droste, [11]; 12. 29H-Joe Horgdal, [19]; 13. 55-Cory Mahder, [6]; 14. 99-Josh Angst, [9]; 15. 50III-Brandon Davis, [16]; 16. 52W-Nate Wasmund, [15]; 17. 44H-Adam Hensel, [18]; 18. 4A-Joel Alberts, [24]; 19. 07-Cory Crapser, [17]; 20. 14W-Clayton Wagamon, [23]; 21. 3C-Chet Atkinson, [20]; 22. 91-Shawn Ryan, [21]; 23. 23-Darwyn Karau, [22]; 24. 49-Jake Timm, [8]

B Feature 1 (8 Laps): 1. 20-Rodney Sanders, [3]; 2. 52W-Nate Wasmund, [1]; 3. 07-Cory Crapser, [5]; 4. 29H-Joe Horgdal, [4]; 5. 91-Shawn Ryan, [2]; 6. 14W-Clayton Wagamon, [11]; 7. 56H-Brandon Hare, [9]; 8. 75R-Shawn Ritter, [8]; 9. 57-Duke Erickson, [10]; 10. 61T-Tammy Soma Clark, [12]; 11. 2-Ryan Wetzstein, [6]; 12. (DNF) 51-Blake Arndt, [7]; (DNS) 6T7-Brian Albrecht,

B Feature 2 (8 Laps): 1. 33Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [4]; 2. 50III-Brandon Davis, [3]; 3. 44H-Adam Hensel, [1]; 4. 3C-Chet Atkinson, [10]; 5. 23-Darwyn Karau, [2]; 6. 4A-Joel Alberts, [12]; 7. 33-Joe Ludemann, [5]; 8. 32-Chris Synder , [6]; 9. 21G-Troy Gudmonson, [11]; 10. 18-Mick Glenn, [8]; 11. 77-Jacob Stark, [9]; 12. (DNF) 72-Doug Hillson, [7]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 24-Brad Waits, [3]; 2. 21-Jacob Bleess, [1]; 3. 91-Shawn Ryan, [2]; 4. 29H-Joe Horgdal, [5]; 5. 33Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [8]; 6. 56H-Brandon Hare, [4]; 7. 14W-Clayton Wagamon, [7]; 8. 61T-Tammy Soma Clark, [6]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 55-Cory Mahder, [2]; 2. 69-Lucas Schott, [4]; 3. 44H-Adam Hensel, [1]; 4. 74-Mark Noble, [7]; 5. 07-Cory Crapser, [8]; 6. 75R-Shawn Ritter, [3]; 7. 3C-Chet Atkinson, [5]; 8. 4A-Joel Alberts, [6]
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 49-Jake Timm, [1]; 2. 92-Tyler Droste, [2]; 3. 20-Rodney Sanders, [3]; 4. 50III-Brandon Davis, [6]; 5. 51-Blake Arndt, [5]; 6. 77-Jacob Stark, [4]; 7. 21G-Troy Gudmonson, [7]
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Keith Foss, [3]; 2. 30-Matt Leer, [7]; 3. 99-Josh Angst, [6]; 4. 33-Joe Ludemann, [4]; 5. 32-Chris Synder , [1]; 6. 72-Doug Hillson, [2]; (DNS) 6T7-Brian Albrecht,
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 19-Dustin Sorensen, [1]; 2. 8S-Tony Schill, [5]; 3. 23-Darwyn Karau, [2]; 4. 52W-Nate Wasmund, [7]; 5. 2-Ryan Wetzstein, [6]; 6. 18-Mick Glenn, [3]; 7. 57-Duke Erickson, [4]

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