By Dean Reller
Co-host Speed Talk on 1360
September 24, 2011 (SAUK RAPIDS, MN) Sunny, but crispy skies greeted drivers and fans as the Golden Spike Speedway once again rumbled to life with the sound of racing. It has been two years since the last checkered flag waved at the track, but race fans were treated to a special weekend of racing, with a hint that things may continue in the years to come.
Six divisions of cars were in action and despite a few technical problems early in the program, the races ran relatively smooth. Chad Funt turned in a clean sweep as he won both his heat the Feature in the Short Trackers. Dylan Jones came out on top in the Hornet Feature, while Gary Ohnstad pulled off the win in the Pure Stocks.
The Northern Vintage Stock Racers were out in full force, prompting race officials to run three feature races for the various classes of cars. Paul Dolphy won his heat and that relegated him to the back for the start of the feature. Dolphy picked his way through the pack to take home the win. Joe L’Allier took the win in the Coupes and John “Butch” Bethke was the winner in the very quick Super Modifieds.
Despite sitting idle, the track proved to be a relatively smooth and dry for the heat races. That changed after some water was added at the intermission. The track wasn’t as dusty, however it became a little rough in turns one and four. The end result contributed to a few flat tires, but also added to the excitement as the drivers tried to navigate around the bumps. Though nothing was formally announced, it appears as though racing will return next year at the track, which may be sporting a new name.
*SPEEDTALK UPDATE 9/25/11 Unofficial results from Sunday racing:
Hornets winner Dexter Robyn, Pure Stocks Gary Ohnstad, Short Trackers Tim Lavoi,
Vintage Cars winners Ken Varing and Mike Bjorklund.
We will update any additional information as it is announced here on www.speedtalkon1360.com