Cautions, collisions and success: Speedway hosts Motorsports Extravaganza with special guest

“I love the adrenaline and the look on kids’ faces when they see that their driver has won,” said Cody Hulse

Saturday's race wasn't just an average night at the Speedway. The event also featured thrilling intermission performances by 406 Freestyle.
Photo by Amber I. Neate
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DICKINSON — It was a night of speed and thrill for several Dickinson drivers who stole the show with their 1st place victories at Southwest Speedway July 23. Not only was the show packed with fast machines, fans enjoyed a special guest performance by 406 Freestyle, a motocross stunt team during race intermissions.

406 Freestyle visited Dickinson July 23 to showcase an array of aerial dirt bike stunts.
Photo by Amber I. Neate

The INEX Legends kicked off the line up with a heat race. Drew Papke out of Bismarck, ND took 1st in the 8-lap heat 2 in his red #60. He went on to capture another victory in the Legends Feature, which he started in the 9th place position.

Dickinson’s “Loopy” Luke Krogh (47K), who’s been racing since 2014, started in the 7th position in the Northern SportMod class and took 1st in the 20-lap feature. Following closely behind him in second was Jordan Braun (8B), another Dickinson racer, who also took 1st in the Northern SportMod heat 1.

In the Hobby Stock Feature, Cody Hulse, also known as "Mustache," finished 1st from the 6th place position in his red, white and blue #69. He picked up a second victory in the heat 1.

Hulse went to the track to watch races in Idaho frequently when he was a little boy. He says his fellow competitors Brayden Urlacher, Bill Hultberg and Chad Jahner were proud of his victories.


Cody Hulse (#69) had a successful race Saturday, taking 1st in the Hobby Stock Feature.
Photo by Amber I. Neate

“I didn’t know how the car was going to handle,” Hulse said. “I started a little too aggressive, so I backed off and slowed it down throughout the race and stuck to the bottom side hoping that if somebody was going to pass me, they’d have to go on the high side and work for it.”

Hulse was pleased that his 2018 Eliminator Chassis performed well and that he was able to tighten it up before the feature. He purchased the used vehicle in Minot last year. This was his 8th race and first win in the car.

“I love the adrenaline and the look on kids’ faces when they see that their driver has won,” Hulse said. “Sometimes you get a bigger fan base than a guy really expects. To hear their reaction when I got out of my car was pretty neat.”

Later, in the Stock Car Feature, “Wild Child” Travis Ulmer (#3) out of Mandan, ND earned 1st place from position 9. He also took 1st in the Stock Car heat 1.

The final race of the night was the 25-lap Modified Feature, which was won by 69-year-old Marlyn Seidler (#7), also known as "Mr. Smooth." Seidler also took 1st in the Modified heat 1. He began racing in 1974 at Nodak Speedway with his first race car, a 1955 Chevy Street Stock that he purchased for $25. Seidler’s first victory was in 1976 in a Late Model Tri-Can race at Jamestown Speedway. From 1979-1981, he built and sold race cars. Between the Dakota Mod, Wissota Mod, IMCA Mod and Late Model classes, he says he has won well over 350 features in his career.

For more about the jaw-dropping aerial stunts performed by 406 Freestyle during the intermission show, look for a dirt bike feature later this week.

During the intermission show, a slingshot race car made a guest appearance on the track.
Photo by Amber I. Neate
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Amber Neate grew up in rural Skull Valley, Arizona. Her passion of covering sports of all types, including personal favorites wrestling, hockey, rodeo and football, began at an early age.

She obtained her Associate of Arts Degree from Yavapai Community College before attending Northern Arizona University for a three-year journalism program. While at NAU, Neate worked as an Assistant Sports Editor for the Lumberjack Newspaper as well as a hockey commentator for KJACK Radio.

Gaining her experience working for a small community paper, The Wickenburg Sun, as a general news and features reporter, her love for sports and a small-town community brings her to Dickinson to cover southwest North Dakota sports.

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