Wanner earns first Wissota Street Stocks win in six-year career

Kelly Wanner had never even won a heat race in his six-year racing career at Southwest Speedway.But by the way he battled on Saturday night, he wasn't going to be denied his chance.Wanner dueled his way for a Wissota Street Stocks feature victory...

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Tyler Bartholomew, left, leads Paul Johanson during their hobbies stock heat race on Saturday night at Southwest Speedway. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

Kelly Wanner had never even won a heat race in his six-year racing career at Southwest Speedway.
But by the way he battled on Saturday night, he wasn’t going to be denied his chance.
Wanner dueled his way for a Wissota Street Stocks feature victory, and was nothing but smiles after he climbed out of his car and was greeted with high-fives and hugs from friends and family.
“I’m speechless right now,” Wanner said after the race. “Six years coming for this, and all the hard work in the garage, all the guys in the pits who have helped me throughout the years, it finally paid off.”
The New Hradec native had to beat out T.C. Shelhamer and won by 0.575 seconds after completing the race in 14 minutes, 46.734 seconds.
Wanner and Shelhamer exchanged leads throughout most of the second half of the race, but Wanner pulled away on the last lap.
In fact, Wanner was beaten by Shelhamer in their heat race. After finishing third in the heat, Wanner started the race fourth - which is the highest he had ever finished in a feature.
But Wanner wanted to change that, and he said sitting near the front of the pack to start out was vital.
“That helped a lot on a dry, slick race track,” Wanner said. “You’re kind of a guinea pig out there. You don’t really know what’s going on behind you, but it’s a definite help. You can just go for it.”
Brad Hartigan of Dickinson won the IMCA Modifieds feature, but not without a challenge.
Hartigan, who was 21st in last week’s feature, had to stay near the front of the pack during the first four laps, which took more than 18 minutes due to cautions, and the entire race concluded in 28 minutes.
“It was kind of bugging me,” Hartigan said. “I knew the car was good. I was hoping nothing would go away.”

But Hartigan, who started the race in second after winning his heat, stayed near the front and pulled away with Jay Tooley, Mike Hansen and Tracey Domagala nipping at his heels.
Hartigan beat Hansen by 4.237 seconds for his first modifieds feature win in his two years of racing the class.
“We got to put some solid laps in,” Hartigan said. “I finally put a pass on Jay a couple laps in, and from there, I didn’t see anybody. I was just hoping to hold my line and hope nobody got by.”
Tyler Bartholomew took first in the hobbies stock for his first win of the season in a race that was stopped short for time.
In his last year of driving the hobbies stock, naturally, the Dickinson native didn’t want his last season to be without a win - though he had to fight through a slew of cautions to do it.
“It feels pretty good,” Bartholomew said. “The first race, I was feeling pretty timid and getting used to the car.”
But Bartholomew had all the time he needed. In what ended up being a 12-lap race, he finished in 20:42.362 - just more than half a second ahead of Jordan Binstock and points leader Casey Vernon, who won the hobbies feature in the Southwest Speedway’s opening night last week.
“That’s huge when you don’t have to work through traffic,” Bartholomew said. “When it’s caution after caution, you get out of rhythm and don’t get a chance to make up the difference.”
The 35 mph winds didn’t seem to affect Robby Rosselli much, as he took first in the IMCA Sports Mods feature, his second of the season.
“We made some changes (to the car) before the feature, and I guess it just worked in our favor,” said Rosselli, who said he logged over 800 miles this week competing in races around the region. “The car just adapted to the track, and she was a dime piece to work with.”
Rosselli, from Minot, furthered his lead on the points standings after winning the opening night feature last week.
Though his race began with multiple cautions, the latter half of the race provided clean laps.
That gave Rosselli a chance to gain his 1.768-second advantage over second place Luke Krogh.
“I thought Luke was gone,” Rosselli said. “I was searching all over. He was running the middle, and I was trying the top (of the track). I just kind of changed my line up and started making up some progress on him there.”
Bismarck’s Jason Berg was victorious in the sport compact feature. After winning the feature on opening night to take a points lead, he piled on by finishing in 4:09.454, which was 3.69 seconds better than runner-up Chance Seelye.

Heat 1: 1, Tyler Bartholomew. 2, Paul Johanson. 2, Dean Brew. 4, Alex Braun. 5, Cody Hulse. 6, Thayne Maher. 7, Bree Jordan. 8, John Erickson. 9, Stephanie Olheiser, DNS.
Heat 2: 1, Jordan Binstock. 2, Casey Vernon. 3, Derek Nitschke. 4, Casey Binstock. 5, Brooke Renner. 6, Darrin Langanki. 7, Jon Leadbetter, DNF. 8, Josh Allocco, DNF. 9, Paul Wanner, DNF.
Feature: 1, Bartholomew. 2, J. Binstock. 3, Vernon. 4, Brew. 5, Hulse. 6, Johanson. 7, C. Binstock. 8, Braun. 9, Maher. 10, Leadbetter. 11, Nitschke. 12, Langanki. 13, Jordan. 14, Renner. 15, Wanner, DNF. 16, Olheiser, DNF. 17, Erickson, DNF. 18, Allocco, DNF.
Sport Mods
Heat 1: 1, Robby Rosselli. 2, Ken Krogh. 3, Jordan Braun. 4, Cory Dickman. 5, Robert Sigman. 6, Mark Zimprich, DNF.
Heat 2: 1, Isaac Sondrol. 2, Kyle Krogh. 3, Christian Uhlich. 4, DJ Meidinger. 5, Luke Krogh, DNF.
Feature: 1, Rosselli. 2, L. Krogh. 3, Sondrol. 4, Ke. Krogh. 5, Sigman. 6, Ky. Krogh. 7, Meidinger. 8, Braun. 9, Uhlich, DNF. 10, Dickman, DNF. 11, Zimprich, DNF.
Sport Compacts
Heat: 1, Dylan Sandberg. 2, Chance Seelye. 3, Mason Petri. 4, Scott Hagemeister. 5, Orion Dauphinais, DNF. 6, Jason Berg, DNF. 7, Devon Papineau, DNF.
Feature: 1, Berg. 2, Seelye. 3, Dauphinais. 4, Petri. 5, Hagemeister. 6, Sandberg. 7, Papineau, DNF.
Wissota Street Stocks
Heat 1: 1, Kendall Booke. 2, Hunter Domagala. 3, Allan Frederick. 4, Kyle Krogh. 5, Josh Olheiser. 6, Cole Lewis. 7, Ken Krogh.
Heat 2: 1, Deryk Voller. 2, T.C. Shelhamer. 3, Kelly Wanner. 4, Richard Jordan. 5, Shane Nelson, 6, Hailey Jordan. 7, Travis Ulmer, DNF.
Feature: 1, Wanner. 2, Shelhamer. 3, Domagala. 4, Voller. 5, Booke. 6, Ulmer. 7, Ky. Krogh. 8, Frederick. 9, R. Jordan. 10, Lewis. 11, H. Jordan. 12, Nelson, DNF. 13, Olheiser, DNF. 14, Ke. Krogh, DNF.
IMCA Modifieds
Heat 1: 1, Eric Burwick. 2, Jay Tooley. 3, Mike Hansen. 4, Tracey Domagala. 5, Jason Hicks. 6, Tony Marsh. 7, Jason Dinius.
Heat 2: 1, Brad Hartigan. 2, Casey Delp. 3, Jerry Martin. 4, Shawn Strand. 5, Travis Olheiser. 6, Taitum Hoodie. 7, Michael Hartigan. 8, Chris Barros.
Heat 3: 1, Josh Jones. 2, Dan Aune. 3, Randy Burwick. 4, Brian Brennan. 5, Dwight Burwick. 6, Kirk Wojahn, DNF. 7, Travis Ulmer, DNF.
Feature: 1, B. Hartigan. 2, Hansen. 3, Domagala. 4, Olheiser. 5, Strand. 6, Ulmer. 7, Tooley. 8, E. Burwick. 9, Jones. 10, Delp. 11, Brennan. 12, D. Burwick. 13, Marsh. 14, Barros. 15, R. Burwick. 16, Hoodie, DNF. 17, M. Hartigan, DNF. 18, Wojahn, DNF. 19, Dinius, DNF. 20, Martin, DNF. 21, Aune, DNF. 22, Hicks, DNF.

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