Emo Speedway Regular Season Dramatic Finish

#17 Christopher Leek poses with Tasha McNally after winning the feature race in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds during the Keith McNally Memorial. Leek claimed his third championship in a row as well.
#17 Christopher Leek poses with Tasha McNally after winning the feature race in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds during the Keith McNally Memorial. Leek claimed his third championship in a row as well.

#17 Christopher Leek poses with Tasha McNally after winning the feature race in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds during the Keith McNally Memorial. Leek claimed his third championship in a row as well.
#17 Christopher Leek poses with Tasha McNally after winning the feature race in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds during the Keith McNally Memorial. Leek claimed his third championship in a row as well.

Drama and Speed Marks Emo Speedway Regular Season

EMO – Motor Sports – The regular season at the Emo Speedway ended in dramatic finish as the program was quickly completed before a large storm hit the facility only ten minutes after the last feature event. The action on the track was just as lightning quick as the Keith McNally Memorial started off with the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds in two heats.

In the first heat, Christopher Leek battled from a last place starting position to pass Kenny Perry with four laps to go for his fourth straight heat win. In the second heat, Chuck Lambert started on the pole and didn’t look back taking the win. The Street Stocks broke out into two heats as well with the Keith McNally Memorial and an extra $1,000 to win in the class courtesy of Bob and Gwen Dimit for the feature. In the first heat, Rick Bourre made a last corner, last lap pass on rookie Devin Brown for the win. In the second heat, Aaron Blacklance and Terry Blacklance of Thief River Falls, MN finished first and second after starting sixth and fifth respectively. The WISSOTA Modifieds also had two heats with Brian Nelson cleaning up the competition for the win, with Gavin Paull in second and Tyler Brown in third. In the second heat, Steve Nordin started last but found a line and stuck with it for his second heat win in a row.

#4 Steve Nordin takes a picture with Tasha McNally after winning the WISSOTA Modified feature event.
#4 Steve Nordin takes a picture with Tasha McNally after winning the WISSOTA Modified feature event.

A  shortened intermission took place as the weather continued to barely hold off. The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds went out quickly as rookie Jake Rea and Anthony Visser started on the front row. After the first lap, the caution came out due to an accident involving Kenny Perry, John Hettinga, and Visser. On the ensuing restart, Kenny Perry was followed up by Rea and Ossachuk. The race continued as Ossachuk then took the lead. But Leek was moving through the field patiently and now had gone from eighth to third. Passing Rea for second, Leek was now coming up to the lead. Coming in a bit too hard, Leek almost spun the car, but quickly recovered in the third position. It would only be another lap or so and Leek passed for second and first in turn three and four. Leek took the feature win, his fourth of the season and his third track championship in a row.

#500 Tylar Wilson won the Street Stock Feature event and the $1,225 bonus winnings from Dimit Bus Lines Ltd. and Ron's Autobody. (Left to right, Libby Wilson, Tylar Wilson, Tasha McNally, Bob Dimit)
#500 Tylar Wilson won the Street Stock Feature event and the $1,225 bonus winnings from Dimit Bus Lines Ltd. and Ron’s Autobody. (Left to right, Libby Wilson, Tylar Wilson, Tasha McNally, Bob Dimit)

The Street Stocks were next, with Tylar Wilson and Jeff Wickstrom on the front row. Wilson bolted to the lead, but Wickstrom seemed to have a hard time keeping up. The leaders went almost four wide a few times early on the race. Several cautions dragged down the event a bit, but the officials lined them up quickly and racing barely had a stoppage. The battle was with Wilson, Westover, and the two Blacklances. Trying every which way to get by, the competition couldn’t touch Wilson as he cruised onto victory for his first ever Keith McNally Memorial win.  Westover claimed the track championship, the seventh in his career.

In the WISSOTA Modifieds, Ron Korpi and Glen Strachan started on the front row, but it was Steve Nordin who has been looking strong in the second half of the season that moved from the sixth position early on to take the lead while going three wide into turn three. Paull had moved from eighth into second and was doing everything he could to catch up. Paull got that chance with a mid-race caution, but Nordin pulled away once again to capture the feature win. It was Nordin’s second win of the year and his first at the Emo Speedway. Paull claimed his third track championship in a row, the fifth at the track in his career.

Racing resumes on Saturday, September 7th at 6pm, with no racing during the long weekend. Congratulations to all the feature winners in 2013 and to the season track champions.

All Photos by Alyssa Miller

Race Summary

WISSOTA Modifieds

Feature – Steve Nordin, Gavin Paull, Brian Nelson, Denny Trimble, Garett Gamsby, Ron Korpi, Gary Wilson, Tyler Brown, Glen Strachan, Lindsay Bourre, Dwayne Pelepetz

Heat 1 – Nelson, Paull, Brown, Pelepetz, Wilson, Bourre

Heat 2 – Nordin, Korpi, Gamsby, Strachan, Trimble

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

Feature – Christopher Leek, Jake Rea, Kenny Perry, Cody Ossachuk, John Hettinga, Ken Perry, Chuck Lambert, Terry Martin, Bill Reimer, Anthony Visser, Brody Strachan

Heat 1 – Leek, Kenny Perry, Visser, Martin, Reimer

Heat 2 – Lambert, Rea, Ossachuk, Hettinga, Strachan

Street Stocks

Feature – Tylar Wilson, Ron Westover, Aaron Blacklance, Terry Blacklance, Jeff Wickstrom, Chris Shine, Mike Christianson, Rick Bourre, Wes Morriseau, Devin Brown, Dean Kellar, Libby Wilson

Heat 1 – Bourre, Brown, Christianson, L. Wilson, Morriseau, Kellar

Heat 2 – A. Blacklance, T. Blacklance, Westover, Wickstrom, Shine, T. Wilson

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