Sunday, May 31, 2015

Elko Speedway Race Story 5/30/2015

 By Jason D Searcy

May 30, 2015 - Elko, MN

Elko Speedway defending Champion Jacob Goede is continuing his winning ways in 2015.  The Minnesota Corn Growers Super Late Model NASCAR Whelen All American series 40 lap feature was won by Jacob Goede of Carver (MN), he outpaced his brother Matt Goede by .791 seconds at the finish line.  Nick Murgic was third followed by Donny Reuvers fourth and Nick Panitzke fifth in the 21 car field.

With his third win in four races Jacob Goede now leads 9 time Champion Donny Reuvers by 18 points in the standings with Nick Panitzke just 1 point behind for third.

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won his second Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event of the year holding off Jeremy Wolff by .364 seconds at the stripe.  Kane started third row outside in the 18 car field, he had to get past Tony Holm who lead the first half of the 20 lap race.  Kane was very thankful in victory lane, thanking his crew, sponsors and motor builder for their hard work and extra effort coming back from mechanical problems the previous week.

Kane has a small 2 point lead over Jeremy Wolff in the season point standings.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) took the lead early and never looked back in the 25 lap feature, he won his third Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 main event of the 2015 season.  Marek won by .971 seconds over Joe Neisius in the 12 car field.

Marek now leads Neisius by 16 points with Doug Brown 19 points and Ryan Kamish only 20 points out of the lead in the standings.

2014 Champion Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) bested 22 other cars and won the 20 Lap Great North Legends feature event.  "I got out to a nice start, but then the caution came out with eight to go, I looked in my mirror and saw Brady behind me," said Lemke.  "I knew it would be hard, luckily we had the car hooked up and I was able to pull away after the green came back out."

Lemke beat Brady Fox-Rhode by 1.842 at the finish line with Robby Carter third and Dereks' father Jon Lemke fourth.  Fox-Rhode had won the previous two feature events and he leads in the point standings with the elder Lemke 18 points behind in second followed by Shon Jacobsen and Matt Allen in the point standings.

Here is an audio interview with Derek Lemke after the races

The Pepsi Power stock 20 lap Main event was won by Tom Doten from St Paul (MN).  Doten beat Tim Hollen and 16 other racers to the finish line by 1.485 seconds.  Doten was tired but happy in victory lane after the big win, "this is a young man's sport, and I'm not a young man anymore," said the veteran racer Doten.

A 17 year old man named Cole Neisius is leading in the point standings now with Tom Doten 2 points behind.  14 year old Grant Brown and 22 year old Taylor Goldman are tied for third only 5 points out of the lead.

Ashley Bell won the first two Hornets features of 2015 and she was out front and looking for number three on Saturday night until her car had fuel pick-up problems and she dropped back to finish third in the 18 car field. 

Ridge Oien from Bloomington (MN) won his second consecutive Hornets feature event as he passed Bell and then edged Brandon Olson by .095 after a furious side by side battle for the win. 

Here is video from the last couple laps of this incredible race

Luke Allen from Chanhassen (MN) finished just ahead of Owin Giles to win his second Bandolero feature event.  Giles is still the point leader by 12 points over Allen and 20 points over Coy Wulf.

Get full results and point standings at

Racing continues at Elko Speedway on Saturday night June 6th for Tasseldega Night sponsored by the MN Corn Growers, FREE admission for everyone plus a FREE concert after the races by High Country and FREE movie in the parking lot at Elko Drive-in theatre.

Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm at Elko Speedway, located just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities on I-35 and County Road 2.  Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223, follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or go to

*Photos by Scott Searcy/Cricket Prints

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