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Auto Racing: Nelson Nationals this weekend

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Repeat Mod-4 track champ Dustin Zieske (24) held off Kyle Thell (00) for first place by just two points, though rain denied the Foley pilot a last chance to overtake the Willmar driver when the final night of racing was rained out.

WILLMAR — The KRA Speedway will honor the memory of Charlie Nelson, the race-driver’s friend, during the two-day Fall Festival that wraps up the racing season at the fairgrounds.

The Charlie Nelson Nationals will award Wissota National points both Friday and Saturday.

All seven KRA classes will run heats and features each night (Hornets are feature only on Friday).

Green flag waves at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The grandstand is $15 each day; pit passes $30 each day.

Nelson, 78, passed away suddenly July 12 at his home two blocks from the track. He was a fixture around the track beginning in the 1950s. His oversized home-made trophies with ornaments and plaques supplied by Willmar Trophy Shop remain part of his legacy.

KRA Speedway

2014 Final Points Standings

Top 10 … Champions in bold

MIDWEST MODIFIEDS — Denis Czech, Sauk Rapids (2) Jason Vejtruba, Atwater (3) Tim Kanten, Milan (4) Jon Olmscheid, Willmar (5) Brandon Mehrwerth, St. Stephen (6) Shawn Fernkes, Pennock (7) Andrew Schuelke, Montrose (8) Jon Hacker, Kerkhoven (9) Ashley Mehrwerth, St. Stephen (10) Wade Skindelien, New London.

MODIFIEDS — Zach Schultz, Grove City (2) tie, Phil Braun, Danube;Ryan Canon, Clearwater (4) Don Eischens, Richmond (5) Eric Martini, Avon (6) Jim Nystrom, Litchfield (7) Brian Haben, Appleton (8) Andrew Gordon, Murdock (9) Danny Bayer, Elrosa (10) Justin Oestreich, Elk River

MOD-FOURS — Dustin Zieske, Willmar (2) Kyle Thell, Foley (3) Tyler Larson, Willmar (4) Dean Larson, Pennock (5) Matt Halls, Big Lake (6) Ryan Buer, Willmar (7) Jamie Flickinger, New London (8) Mike Christenson, Willmar (9) Keith Thell, Foley (10) Forrest Foster, Spicer

SUPER STOCK — Jeff Crouse, Alexandria (2) Tim Johnson, Brainerd (3) Jay Hedtke, Grove City (4) Gary Husmann, Litchfield (5) Curtis Newberg, Willmar (6) Chris Isdal, Willmar (7) David Laabs, Grove City (8) Justin Hedtke, Atwater (9) Travis Forcier, Darwin (10) Bob Holtquist, Milbank, SD

STREET STOCK — Justin Vogel, Brooten (2) Tim Johnson, Brainerd (3) Jake Huston, Benson (4) Andrew Hedtke, Grove City (5) Durand Peterson, Glenwood (6) Ethan Iiams, Kandiyohi (7) Rick Nelson, Litchfield (8) Josh Fredeen, Willmar (9) Taylor Willms, Willmar (10) Jake Knapper, Montevideo

HORNETS — Justin Schelitzche, Winsted (2) Sam Lungstrom, Blomkest (3) Ashley Bell, Winsted (4) Megan Iiams, Kandiyohi (5) Jessica Stransky, Paynesville (6) Lexi Gallagher, Brainerd (7) Bronson Hoff, Renville (8) Layne Roberts, Willmar (9) Keegan Linsmeier, Litchfield (10) Travis Scott, Glenwood

HOBBY STOCK — Alex Wolff, New London (2) Mark Stahl, Kandiyohi (3) Jed Muller, Willmar (4) Matt Fester, Atwater (5) Carl Duininck, Willmar (6) Emily Woods, Raymond (7) Adam Thompson, Willmar (8) Tyler Berry, Hutchinson (9) Jeff Ahlquist, Pennock (10) Chris Lindquist, New London

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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