RICE LAKE, Wis. — Jake Redetzke would sweep past Darrell Nelson on the high side following a lap 11 yellow flag and would then lead the last twenty eight laps to win the Swant Graber 40, a WISSOTA Structural Buildings Challenge Series race held on Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway.
Redetzke would be the third different leader of the race in the opening dozen laps but once he found his groove, he would lead the rest of the way with Nelson giving chase for most of that time.
Twenty cars would take the green flag for the 40-lap event with Kevin Eder edging past John Kaanta to lead the opening round. Kaanta fought back and they would run side by side for that opening pair of laps before Darrell Nelson would slip past Kaanta for second. One lap later Nelson would continue his charge as he drove past Eder to take over the point.
Redetzke, meanwhile, was riding right behind the top three and when Kaanta slipped up the track, he was able to drive into third which would be critical when the yellow flag would fly. On lap 11, the first yellow would fly for a spinning car at the tail of the field and on the green, Redetzke would make his smove.
After starting on the outside of the double file restart, Redetzke would take to the outside line and immediately pull up beside Nelson down the back chute. Driving deep into turn three, Redetzke would take over the lead from Nelson.
Once Redetzke took over the top spot, he would not yield that position for the rest of the race and indeed, would never be seriously challenged.
Just one lap after Redetzke took over, Kaanta would slow with a flat tire after banging wheels with another competitor and Kaanta would head for the pits, done for the event. Between laps 12-18, the race would get bogged down with three yellows for spinning cars slowing the action and keeping the field packed tightly.
The last 20 laps of the race, however, would go green to checkered flag and Redetzke would maintain his advantage over Nelson, despite Nelson pushing as hard as he could.
Kaden Blaeser scored the modified feature while Jesse Redetzke won the super stock event. Blake Adams reigned in the midwest mods with Danny Richards winning the street stock feature.
The pure stock event was won by Robert Wahlstrom.
Feature Finish (40 Laps)
1. 27-Jake Redetzke; 2. 44-Darrell Nelson; 3. 6M-Jeff Massingill; 4. 55C-Chad Mahder; 5. 11-Pat Doar; 6. 22E-Kevin Eder; 7. 10-Daniel Bargender; 8. 28-Dustin Sorensen; 9. 19-Steve Laursen; 10. 68-Mike Prochnow; 11. 28S-Sam Mars; 12. 71-Buddy Hanestad; 13. 1M-Mike Anderson; 14. 42-Paul Niznik; 15. 4L-Carey LePage; 16. 1-Lukas Koski; 17. (DNF) 50-Gavin Tarras; 18. (DNF) 23-Steve Vizer; 19. (DNF) 00-Jason Quarders; 20. (DNF) 85-John Kaanta