FAIRMONT - Jay Noteboom used a top-side restart to take the lead and run away with the IMCA Modified feature win Friday night in the inaugural Powder Werks North Star Series event at Fairmont Raceway.
A specialist at winning IMCA series events - and championships, Noteboom took the checkers ahead of "B" qualifiers Eric Dailey and Mike Hansen. Roger Nielsen and Tim Pessek rounded out the top five.
Thirty-one Modifieds checked in and the car count topped 100 for the five touring IMCA divisions. A large crowd was on hand to see defending national champions Devin Smith and Nate Coopman remain undefeated at the half-mile this season in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts, respectively.
Dustin Larson followed up last week's victory by again taking the top honors in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Tad Reutzel picked up the hardware in a hard-fought Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod battle.
Fairmont Raceway veteran and Modified legend Mark Noble drew the pole for the Yeager Implement Night program.
Outside front row starter Josh Ruby took the lead and set the early pace, with Noteboom coming on strong.
After a couple of back-to-back cautions with Ruby sitting alone in the front, Noteboom opted for the second row outside restart spot and used the top side to catch and pass Ruby.
Once in the lead, Noteboom wasn't challenged but the racing was hotly contested behind him as Dailey and Hansen charged toward the front from their 19th and 15th starting spots, respectively. A late-race yellow in the 20-lapper resulted in a green, white, checkered finish, but Dailey didn't get the shot he wanted to pass Noteboom.
Larson drew the pole position for the Stock Car feature and maintained the No. 1 spot the entire race, with Derek Green following a close second for the entire 15 laps.
The battle from third on back was where the action was, with Jim Larson and Don Killen both racing from the fifth row. The two got together while challenging for fifth, resulting in both cars going to the trailers before the finish.
Meanwhile, the top two spots remained unchanged as Dustin Larson took the checkers followed by Green, Luke Sathoff, Andy Altenburg and 13th-starting Dustin Wannarka.
The Hobby Stock feature was dominated by Iowa cars with Josh Peters and John Briggs battling for the top spot early on, as Smith was moving forward from his sixth-row starting spot. It was only a matter of time before Smith would work past both of them to take the lead and run away with the win. The rest of the top five was Briggs, Peters, Guy Kimpton and Justin Luinenburg.
The SportMod feature was a dandy as Mathew Looft, Josh Bonnstetter and Reutzel duked it out. Bonnstetter took the early lead but Looft had his car working on the bottom to drive into the lead. Bonnstetter then found some bite on the top of turns three and four to regain the front spot.
With a late race caution bunching the field back up, Reutzel took advantage of the restart and grabbed the lead for his second Fairmont feature win of the year, taking the checkers ahead of Looft, Greg Sidles, Dustin Philipp and Ben Ruby.
Coopman looked good as usual in sweeping the Sport Compact action. Aaron Betz took runner-up honors in both the heat and feature.
The rest of the top five for the main event was Jason Bolte, Terry Blowers and Megan Lappegard.
The second of 10 Powder Werks North Star Series dates is Saturday, June 16, at Jackson Speedway. The grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m., with racing to follow.
Next Friday's racing action in Fairmont is brought to you by Martin County Implement, with hot laps at 7 p.m., with racing to follow.
(June 8 Results)
Main Feature: 1. Jay Noteboom (Hinton, Iowa); 2. Eric Dailey; 3. Mike Hansen; 4. Roger Nielsen; 5. Tim Pessek; 6. Josh Meyer; 7. Clint Hattlestad; 8. Mark Gartner; 9. Garry Oskerson; 10. Josh Rogotzke; 11. Dan Menk; 12. Andrew Timm; 13. Jerry Wren; 14. Josh Ruby; 15. Justin Bjorklund; 16. Mark Noble; 17. Brandon Beckendorf; 18. Oliver Kollofski; 19. Travis Peterson; 20. Damon Haslip; 21. Chad Porter; 22. Todd Steinhart; 23. Denny Anderson; 24. Joe Anderson.
'B' Feature: 1. Brandon Beckendorf (Danube); 2. Josh Meyer; 3. Mike Hansen; 4. Eric Dailey; 5. Justin Bjorklund; 6. Garry Oskerson; 7. Denny Anderson; 8. Tim Pessek; 9. Josh Rogotzke; 10. Joe Anderson; 11. Andrew Timm; 12. Dan Menk; 13. Tye Haslip; 14. Travis DeBoer; 15. Nate Zimmerman; 16. Dalton Magers; 17. James Slawson; 18. Ben Panitzke; 19. Dwaine Hanson.
Heat 1: 1. Jay Noteboom; 2. D. Haslip; 3. Wren; 4. D. Hanson; 5. J. Meyer; 6. J. Anderson; 7. Dailey.
Heat 2: 1. Oliver Kollofski (Fairmont); 2. Gartner; 3. T. Peterson; 4. Oskerson; 5. Rogotzke; 6. Magers; 7. Timm; 8. Slawson.
Heat 3: 1. Roger Nielsen (Fairmont); 2. Porter; 3. Hattlestad; 4. Bjorklund; 5. M. Hansen; 6. Pessek; 7. DeBoer; 8. T. Haslip.
Heat 4: 1. Josh Ruby (Lakota, Iowa); 2. Stinehart; 3. Noble; 4. Beckendorf; 5. D. Anderson; 6. Menk; 7. Panitzke; 8. Zimmerman.
Feature: 1. Dustin Larson (Worthington; 2. Derek Green; 3. Luke Sathoff; 4. Andy Altenburg; 5. Dustin Wannarka; 6. Jeffrey Larson; 7. Dan Thate; 8. Jerry Coopman; 9. Ken Tietz; 10. Dave Moriarty; 11. Brad Scheibel; 12. Ben Enter; 13. Brad Malmanger; 14. Doug Wark; 15. Scott Adams; 16. Jim Larson; 17. Don Killen; 18. Doug Jenkins; 19. Tony Rustad.
Heat 1: 1. Jerry Coopman (Mankato); 2. Green; 3. Killen; 4. Altenburg; 5. Wannarka; 6. Moriarty; 7. Tietz.
Heat 2: 1. Dan Thate (Fairmont); 2. Malmanger; 3. Jenkins; 4. Adams; 5. Wark; 6. Rustad.
Heat 3: 1. Jeffrey Larson (Lakefield); 2. Sathoff; 3. D. Larson; 4. J. Larson; 5. Scheibel; 6. Enter.
Feature: 1. Devin Smith (Lake City, Iowa); 2. John Briggs; 3. Josh Peters; 4. Guy Kimpton; 5. Justin Luinenburg; 6. Jeff Senne; 7. Rick Heenan; 8. Tyler Ignaszewski; 9. Troy Krug; 10. Chris Isaacson; 11. Ryan Grochow; 12. Britten Swanson; 13. Roger Krebs; 14. Josh Telecky; 15. Sarah Voss; 16. Brennen Boettger; 17. Mackenzie Jenkins; 18. Doug Schwanz; 19. Wes Jahnz.
Heat 1: 1. Tyler Ignaszewski (Alden); 2. Krebs; 3. Briggs; 4. Senne; 5. Telecky; 6. Voss; 7. Jenkins.
Heat 2: 1. Josh Peters (Dickens, Iowa); 2. Heenan; 3. Krug; 4. Grochow; 5. Schwanz; 6. Boettger.
Heat 3: 1. Devin Smith; 2. Isaacson; 3. Kimpton; 4. Luinenberg; 5. Jahnz; 6. Swanson.
Feature: 1. Tad Reutzel (Burt, Iowa); 2. Matthew Looft; 3. Greg Sidles; 4. Dustin Philipp; 5. Ben Ruby; 6. Travis Greenfield; 7. Joey Lium; 8. Doug Smith; 9. Justin Remus; 10. Randy Winter; 11. Ben Chukuske; 12. Kyle Steuber; 13. Andy Daschner; 14. Mark Garver; 15. Bruce Egeland; 16. Justin Schuder; 17. Justin DeBoer; 18. Nathan Chukuske; 19. Dan Paplow; 20. Logan Kelly; 21. Max Anderson; 22. Josh Bonnsetter.
Heat 1: 1. Greg Sidles (Emmetsburg, Iowa); 2. Philipp; 3. Ruby; 4. Remus; 5. Lium; 6. Egeland; 7. Kelly; 8. N. Chukuske.
Heat 2: 1. Dan Paplow (Dundee); 2. Bonnstetter; 3. Reutzel; 4. B. Chukuske; 5. Schuder; 6. Graver; 7. DeBoer.
Heat 3: 1. Travis Greenfield (Kasson); 2. Steuber; 3. Daschner; 4. Looft; 5. Winter; 6. Smith; 7. Anderson.
Feature: 1. Nate Coopman (Mankato); 2. Aaron Betz; 3. Jason Bolte; 4. Terry Blowers; 5. Megan Lappegard; 6. Jared Nicoson; 7. Mick Rykhus; 8. Colby Lyons; 9. Duwayne Berndt; 10. Scott Porter.
Heat 1: 1. Nate Coopman; 2. Betz; 3. Lappegard; 4. Lyons; 5. Berndt.
Heat 2: 1. Terry Blowers (Waseca); 2. Nicoson; 3. Rykhus; 4. Porter; 5. Bolte.