Auto Racing: 74 race at KRA opener

WILLMAR -- After postponing opening night three times in a soggy month, the KRA Speedway pulled the curtain for a night of racing at the Kandiyohi County Fairground's 3/8th-mile oval in ideal weather Thursday.

Durand Peterson of Glenwood in No. 9 and Rick Nelson of Litchfield come out of Turn 2 in the 12-car Street Stock feature Thursday at KRA Speedway in Willmar. Nelson finished fourth and Peterson fifth. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

WILLMAR - After postponing opening night three times in a soggy month, the KRA Speedway pulled the curtain for a night of racing at the Kandiyohi County Fairground’s 3/8th-mile oval in ideal weather  Thursday.

There were 74 entries in seven classes led by Super Stock with 14 and Midwest Mod with 13.

Tim Johnson of Brainerd was a double winner in Street Stock and Supers. Track regular Shane Sabraski of Rice won Modified and placed runner-up in both Midwest and Super.

The track announced this week that next Thursday, WCCO-TV news anchor Frank Vascellaro and chief meteorologist Chris Shaffer will be at KRA taping as part of the “Goin’ to the Lake” series. They also will get a chance to drive a race car.

MIDWEST MODIFIEDS - Feature:  Denis Czech, Sauk Rapids; Shane Sabraski, Rice; Michael Truscott, Chippewa Falls; Jason Vejtruba, Atwater; Tim Kanten, Milan; Shawn Fernkes, Pennock; Wade Skindelien, New London; Jon Olmscheid, Willmar; Randy Laage, Brooten; Jon Beebe, Watertown, SD; Trent Brutger, Watkins; Ryan Bratz, Litchfield; Jon Hacker, Kerkhoven


MODIFIEDS - Feature: Shane Sabraski, Rice; Matt Gilbertson, Montevideo Zach Schultz, Grove City; Danny Bayer, Elrosa; Justin Oestreich, Elk River; Phil Braun, Danube; Ryan Canon, Clearwater; Bobby Gierke, Westport; Jim Nystrom, Litchfield 

MOD-FOURS - Feature:  Kyle Thell, Foley; Dustin Zieske, Willmar; Matt Halls, Big Lake; Dustin Holtquist, Milbank; Ryan Buer, Willmar; Dean Larson, Pennock; Tyler Larson, Willmar; Jamie Flickinger, New London; Mike Christenson, Willmar; Forrest Foster, Spicer

SUPER STOCK - Feature: Tim Johnson, Brainerd; Shane Sabraski, Rice; Jeff Crouse, Alexandria; Dan Gullikson, Stacy; Dexton Koch, Rice; Gary Husmann, Litchfield; Travis Forcier, Darwin; Chris Isdal, Spicer; David Laabs, Grove City; Justin Hedtke, Atwater; Bob Holtquist, Milbank; Jay Hedtke, Grove Ctiy; Curtis Newburg, Willmar; Brandon Englund, Wahkon 

STREET STOCK - Feature: Tim Johnson, Brainerd; Justin Vogle, Brooten; Allen Gessell, Big Lake; Rick Nelson, Litchfield; Durand Peterson, Glenwood; Josh Fredeen, Willmar; Scott Huston, Benson; Jake Huston, Benson; Taylor Willms, Willmar; Ethan Iiams, Kandiyohi; Jordan Tollakson, Montevideo; Andrew Hedtke, Grove City

HORNETS - Feature: Sam Lungstrom, Blomkest; Megan Iiams, Kandiyohi; Lexi Gallagher, Brainerd; Bronson Hoff, Renville; Travis Scott, Glenwood; Jessica Stransky, Paynesville; Courtney Kuhnau, Litchfield

HOBBY STOCK - Feature: Mark Stahl, Kandiyohi; Matt Fester, Atwater; Jed Muller, Willmar; Chris Lindquist, New London; Carl Duininck, Willmar; Emily Woods, Raymond; Adam Thompson, Willmar; Alex Wolff, New London; Jeff Ahlquist, Pennock

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