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Published June 10 2010

RRVS: Sauer ends Mikkelson’s fast start, Elizabeth, Minn., racer wins another feature

The only thing that could stop a red-hot Ryan Mikkelson was the sizzle of Travis Saurer.

Saurer ended Mikkelson’s stranglehold on victory lane at Red River Valley Speedway on Wednesday, winning the Midwest Modifieds feature at the West Fargo track.

“I’m just going out trying to do the best I can do,” said Saurer, who hails from Elizabeth, Minn. “Sometimes things don’t go well, and sometimes they do. They’ve been going pretty good lately.”

Saurer has been on a tear. Wednesday’s win was his fourth feature win in the last five days. He won in his Midwest Modified on Friday at I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minn., and on Sunday at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, Minn.

On Sunday, he also won the feature in his Modified.

His only setback in that stretch was on Saturday at Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minn., when he blew a transmission.

“That was pretty cool because it was the first time I had won in both of them,” Saurer said. “…It took me awhile to get the setup right where I wanted it, but it’s been good lately.”

Mikkelson wasn’t far behind on Wednesday, though. The Jamestown, N.D., driver finished second – charging up to within a few lengths of Saurer despite starting in 14th.

“That’s pretty cool to see. You want people you know well to do well,” Saurer said. “But I’d rather be up front and out of trouble.”

In the Super Stocks, Kevin Robertson scored a thrilling win by passing Luke Johnson on the final turn to sneak in for the feature win. It was Robertson’s second feature win in a row.

After countless cautions, the race was shortened due to a time limit. Johnson led the whole race, except for the final half straightaway.

After a string of recent runner-up finishes, Blake Jegtvig finally got a victory at RRVS. He scored a clean sweep on Wednesday, winning his heat and feature in the Modifieds.

James Tandeski held off Trent Grager coming out of the final turn to take the checkered flag in the Street Stocks feature.

Street Stocks

Heat one: 1, Jordan Zillmer, Gackle, N.D. 2, Rick Schulz, Horace, N.D. 3, David Goulet, Sauk Rapids, Minn.

Heat two: 1, Trent Grager, Sykeston, N.D. 2, Clare Miller, Enderlin, N.D. 3, Nic Klein, Mapleton, N.D.

Feature: 1, James Tandeski, West Fargo. 2, Grager. 3, Klein. 4, Rusty Kollman, Carrington, N.D. 5, Goulet.

Midwest Modifieds

Heat one: 1, Lance Schill, Langdon, N.D. 2, Levi Arneson, Fargo. 3, Jim Morlock, Pettibone, N.D.

Heat two: 1, Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn. 2, Cale Arneson, Fargo. 3, Tim Berg, Grand Forks, N.D.

Heat three: 1, Brian Krog, Fergus Falls, Minn. 2, Josh Eberhardt, Jamestown, N.D. 3, Rich Pavlicek, Casselton, N.D.

Feature: 1, Saurer. 2, Ryan Mikkelson, Jamestown, N.D. 3, Pavlicek. 4, Austin Arneson, Fargo. 5, C. Arneson.

Super Stocks

Heat one: 1, Luke Johnson, Glyndon, Minn. 2, Dave Shipley, West Fargo. 3, Joe Pellman, Wahpeton, N.D.

Heat two: 1, Brian Bernotas, Dwight, N.D. 2, Ty Hanten, West Fargo. 3, Kevin Robertson, Enderlin, N.D.

Heat three: 1, Todd Carter, Lisbon, N.D. 2, Billy Michaelsohn, West Fargo. 3, Eric Robertson, Enderlin, N.D.

Feature: 1, K. Robertson. 2, Johnson. 3, Hanten. 4, Jeff Crouse, Alexandria, Minn. 5, Carter.

Modifieds

Heat one: 1, Blake Jegtvig, Hawley, Minn. 2, Michael Greseth, Harwood, N.D. 3, Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn.

Heat two: 1, Ross Romdalvik, West Fargo. 2, Dano Ostrander, Detroit Lakes, Minn. 3, Alex Engelstad, Beltrami, Minn.

Heat three: 1, Jon Bachmeier, Fargo. 2, Jason Thoennes, Alexandria, Minn. 3, Bryce Bjerke, Gardner, N.D.

Heat four: 1, Jason Strand, Portland, N.D. 2, Blake Borgen, Perley, Minn. 3, Mitch Johnson, Hickson, N.D.

B-main: 1, Mike Stearns, Hecla, S.D. 2, Corky Thomas, Fargo. 3, Jeff Odden, Fargo. 4, Benn Mickelson, Jamestown, N.D.

Feature: 1, Jegtvig. 2, Bachmeier. 3, Greseth. 4, Strand. 5, Thoennes.

Late Models

Heat one: 1, Mike Balcaen, Winnipeg, Man. 2, Cody Skytland, Edmore, N.D. 3, Don Shaw, Ham Lake, Minn.

Heat two: 1, Zach Johnson, Kensington, Minn. 2, Jeremy Keller, Mandan, N.D. 3, Paul Mueller, Bismarck, N.D.

Heat three: 1, Ricky Weiss, Winnipeg, Man. 2, Joel Cryderman, Thunder Bay, Ont. 3, Matt Aukland, Fargo.

Feature: 1, Weiss. 2, Johnson. 3, Balcaen. 4, Keller. 5, Cryderman.


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