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Final laps usher close to unusually wet speedway season

Harvest Shootout brings closure to the 2022 Dickinson racing season

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The Harvest Shootout was Southwest Speedway's final event of the season featuring Legends, Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods, Hobby Stocks and some special additions.
Amber I. Neate / The Dickinson Press
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DICKINSON —The 2022 racing season came to a close at Southwest Speedway Sept. 9 and 10 with much fanfare and celebration as part of the Roughrider Motorsports Harvest Shootout finale. The special season finisher featured races in all five vehicle classes, plus slingshots and go-karts.

Unlike in previous years, this year's racing season was unusually short, not just at Southwest Speedway, but at tracks all across North Dakota as a result of frequent rain-outs and tumultuous weather. Drivers in southwest North Dakota were only provided with four regular races before the Season Championship as a result of an unusually wet summer and fall season.

The Harvest Shootout kicked-off with a bang Friday night as drivers competed in time trials to determine their positioning for the heats and features. Seventy-year-old Marlyn Seidler (7) set the fastest time in the Modified class, putting him in the pole position for both events. Seidler would cap off his tremendous weekend with victories, taking 1st in heat 1, dash 1 and the 30-lap main feature. From the green flag to checkered, there the race remained a constant flow of action as no cautions were thrown throughout the duration of the race.

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Marlyn Seidler (7) placed 1st in the Modified feature at the Speedway Saturday.
Amber I. Neate / The Dickinson Press

“That’s fairly unusual,” Seidler said. “I got into a lot of lapped traffic.”

Seidler, who has been racing for the majority of his life, said it is something he greatly enjoys and in this season alone he captured two features and about four heats. In the past, Seidler has traveled to Arizona to race in the fall at Cocopah Speedway, but this year, the aging racer said he plans to stay in town to harvest his crops.

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“I’m old now,” Seidler said. “The races are full of young people. You don’t see a lot of gray hair crawling out of race cars. Every night isn’t great. Racing has its ups and downs, but I got addicted to winning.”

Seidler wasn’t the only man basking in the spotlight at the Speedway over the weekend. In the Hobby Stock main, Bill Hultberg (11R) took the gold in an electric battle racing tight on the corners. Dickinson’s Cody Hulse (69) led for the first half of the race but was passed by Hultberg on the outside with about seven laps remaining. Later, a spin out led to a four-car pile-up and some corner traffic, but Hultberg and Hulse were so far ahead that they were unaffected by the mangled mess.

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Hobby Stock drivers competed in the 12-lap Dash for Cash before moving on to the main feature later in the evening.
Amber I. Neate / The Dickinson Press

Cole Lewis (33L) concluded his season with a win in the SportMod feature with Luke Krogh (47K) sneaking up on his tail. Krogh went on to take 1st in his second vehicle (11K) in the Stock Car feature. He was also 1st in the 12-lap Stock Car Dash 1. Krogh’s son Korbyn (7K), who is about 8 years old, made it to the top of the leader board in the junior slingshot race on night two. There were only three race cars in the slingshot class and Jacob Campbell took the victory on night one.

In the Legends feature, Dayton Olheiser (O70) tallied a triumph to his career record Saturday. He also took second place in the Dash 1. Following Olheiser in the feature was New England’s Gage Madler in the blue 700. The go-kart race was won by Nate Richter, who was followed by Robbie Ridl. In total, the Harvest Shootout paid out several thousand dollars in prize winnings. Races will resume mid-April, 2023.

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Dayton Olheiser (O70) slipped into a spin out in the Dash 1, but still picked up a 2nd place victory.
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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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