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Published June 03 2010

Midwest makeover: Mikkelson emerges as contender in Midwest Mods class at RRVS

The new-look Red River Valley Speedway has been as competitive as advertised through its first two weeks.

Unless you drive in the Midwest Modifieds. Ryan Mikkelson has laid claim to that class.

Mikkelson has won both features of the season in the Midwest Modifieds – dominating last week and catching a break on Wednesday.

“I had never won a feature here before this year,” Mikkelson said. “And I raced here two straight years (in 2007-08). I never won once that whole time, so this is a lot better.”

Mikkelson was rookie of the year in the Midwest Modifieds at RRVS in 2007.

Fargo’s Cale Arneson got caught up behind lap traffic with six laps to go, and Mikkelson took advantage. The Jamestown, N.D., driver passed Arneson and the lap car on Turn 2 and never looked back on the way to the win.

“I thought I might have had enough to get Cale, but it would’ve been a dog fight,” Mikkelson said. “He’s a strong driver.”

Mikkelson is driving a new car from last season, and he seems to have dialed into the new ride pretty quickly.

“I told my old man after I got this car, when I got it figured out, that it had brought the fun back,” Mikkelson said.

In the Super Stocks, Enderlin, N.D., driver Kevin Robertson dominated the field on the way to the feature victory.

In the Street Stocks, Randy Kollman of Carrington, N.D., picked up his first career feature victory in the class. He led every single lap of the feature, and held off Fargo’s Rick Schulz for the final two laps after a restart.

Jason Strand also pulled off a first, picking up his first Modified feature win. The Portland, N.D., racer had to hold off Blake Jegtvig for the final three laps after a restart.

In the Late Models, Jeremy Keller from Bismarck took the checkered flag, leading the final 16 laps of the feature while running away from the field.

Street Stocks

First heat: 1, Chris Ritter, Barnesville, Minn. 2, Royce Jawaski, Horace, N.D. 3, Rusty Kollman, Carrington, N.D.

Second heat: 1, Randy Kollman, Carrington, N.D. 2, David Goulet, West Fargo. 3, Nic Klein, Mapleton, N.D.

Feature: 1, Randy Kollman. 2, Jawaski. 3, Rick Schulz, Fargo. 4, Trent Grager, Sykeston, N.D. 5, Rusty Kollman.

Midwest Modifieds

First heat: 1, Brian Krog, Fergus Falls, Minn. 2, Jason Strand, Portland, N.D. 3, Charlie Jensen, Glyndon, Minn.

Second heat: 1, Ryan Mikkelson, Jamestown, N.D. 2, Mike Anderson, West Fargo. 3, Cale Arneson, Fargo.

Third heat: 1, Alex Well, Lisbon, N.D. 2, Greg Friestad, West Fargo. 3, Rich Pavlicek, Casselton, N.D.

Feature: 1, Mikkelson. 2, Arneson. 3, Krog. 4, Strand. 5, Josh Eberhardt, Jamestown, N.D.

Super Stocks

First heat: 1, Ty Hanten, West Fargo. 2, Dave Shipley, West Fargo. 3, Jeff Hapala, Fargo.

Second heat: 1, Todd Carter, Lisbon, N.D. 2, Kevin Robertson, Enderlin, N.D. 3, Eric Robertson, Enderlin, N.D.

Third heat: 1, Cory Tammen, Clara City, Minn. 2, Dustin Bluhm, Harwood, N.D. 3, Bill Wadeson, Alice, N.D.

Feature: 1, K. Robertson. 2, Shipley. 3, Bluhm. 4, Wadeson. 5, Carter.

Modifieds

First heat: 1, Michael Greseth, Harwood, N.D. 2, Corky Thomas, Fargo. 3, Shayne Laske, Moorhead.

Second heat: 1, Jason Strand, Portland, N.D. 2, Bob Sagen, Arthur, N.D. 3, Blake Jegtvig, Hawley, Minn.

Third heat: 1, Randy Klein, Fargo. 2, Jerry Lamb, Lisbon, N.D. 3, Scot Danziesen, Herman, Minn.

Feature: 1, Strand. 2, Jegtvig. 3, Danziesen. 4, Laske. 5, Mike Stearns, Hecla, S.D.

Late Models

First heat: 1, Zach Johnson, Kensington, Minn. 2, Mike Johnson, Fargo. 3, Cody Skytland, Edmore, N.D.

Second heat: 1, Jeremy Keller, Bismarck, N.D. 2, Kyle Olson, West Fargo. 2, Joe Johnson, West Fargo.

Feature: 1, Keller. 2, M. Johnson. 3, Skytland. 4, Z. Johnson. 5, Mike Balcaen, Winnipeg, Man.


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