Schulz rallies for stock car win
By Mike Spieker
WEST FARGO—A late afternoon storm made for tricky track conditions and a wild and unpredictable night of racing Friday at Red River Valley Speedway.
During the IMCA stock car feature last week, Rick Schulz of Horace made contact with another car, which sent him into the wall and barrel rolling on the front straightaway. A week later, he was standing in victory lane.
Schulz jumped out to the early lead from the third starting position. The driver of the Sanders Metal Products No. 4S led every lap en route to his first win of the season at Red River Valley Speedway and second overall.
“Wow, this means a ton. To go from wreckers to checkers in one week means a lot,” said Schulz. “It took until about Monday or Tuesday before I started looking things over and realized we had enough parts to get it put back together.”
Schulz was followed to the line by Thursday night’s winner at Norman County Raceway, Rob VanMil.
The first of three first-time winners at the high-banked three-eighths-mile clay oval was Tim Thomas of Fargo. Thomas won the make-up IMCA modified feature that was rained out last Friday.
Thomas led every circuit of the 15-lap event to claim his first career IMCA modified win.
“I’ve been trying to get this track figured out for the last three years,” said Thomas after the race. “I think we are onto something that works well for us. My crew and I are all on the same page now. Hopefully, we can keep getting better and get a few more wins.”
West Fargo’s Matt Clark also picked up his first career win. Clark, who is amidst his sophomore season in the IMCA SportMods, claimed the win after dominating the majority of the 16-lap feature. Clark nearly had a half-lap lead over Brennan Urbach in second at the halfway point, but the caution was displayed as Clark was about to take the checkers.
As a result, a two-lap dash to the finish ensued, but Clark’s car stalled while under caution. Clark momentarily pulled into the infield, but he was able to get his machine refired to rejoin the field.
Urbach challenged Clark on the restart, but Clark had the momentum on the high side of the race track. Clark cruised to the win over Urbach, Luke Johnson, who started 11th, while Kelly Jacobson and Scott Jacobson rounded out the top five.
The INEX legends feature came down to the last corner of the last lap before the winner was determined. Dylan Johnson of Dubin held until the final circuit when Scotty Richardson momentarily took the lead in the field set of corners. Richardson slid up the track to take the lead, but Johnson kept his foot on the throttle and pulled even with Richardson as the duo came to the checkered flag. They made contact at the flagstand as Johnson was declared the winner by a mere 0.019 seconds, equating about 10 inches.
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