BRANDON, S.D. — Chase Randall, John Hoing and Blaine Stegenga produced feature victories at Huset’s Speedway on Sunday during Growmark Lubricants Night.
Randall became the track’s first repeat winner in 2023 with his second Cressman Sanitation 410 Outlaw Sprint Cars win. He led all 25 laps and held off 13th-starting Noah Gass to capture the triumph by 0.398 seconds.
“I got really lucky a couple of times there in traffic,” Randall said. “It was tricky being out in front with the holes. I was really struggling in (turns) three and four. I tried to be as aggressive as I could. You had to go right now and you couldn’t wait. It worked out for me.”
Four cautions in the final 15 laps kept Randall mostly out of thick traffic, which was wild on the elbows-up track whenever the leaders navigated through. Riley Goodno advanced into the runner-up position and stayed close to Randall until a miscue in turn two on lap 22. Goodno hit a rut and got sideways. Gass had nowhere to go and made contact, but both drivers kept their race cars rolling as the final caution flag was being waved.
Gass advanced into second place for the restart. He closed within a car length of Randall heading into the final lap, but he was unable to find his way to the lead as his right rear tire was losing air.
“I told my guys I just wanted to come out here and have fun,” he said. “I got to third and Riley Goodno spun. I hit him and bent the wheel. Then I started losing air pressure and getting tighter and tighter and tighter.
“This is definitely a boost of confidence like we were hoping it’d be. I couldn’t be happier.”
Kaleb Johnson rounded out the podium for his best result of the season at the track.
“You never want to go backward after drawing the pole, but after last weekend this is a huge step forward,” he said. “We just need to keep working and get better and better every week.”
Goodno, who restarted fourth after officials deemed that’s where he blended in during the final caution, ended fourth and Brooke Tatnell was fifth.
Hoing earned his first win at Huset’s Speedway in the Nordstrom’s Automotive Late Model Street Stocks division.
Brandon Ferguson led the first six laps before Hoing drove into the top spot on a restart on Lap 7. He then held off a spirited battle with Cory Yeigh as the duo raced side by side for much of the final few laps to win by .578 seconds.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “I could hear Cory knocking on the door. It’s pretty awesome being out here with all the big-name guys.”
Yeigh was second from the ninth starting spot with Tim Dann third, 11th-starting Colby Klaassen fourth and Ferguson fifth.
Stegenga scored his first career victory at Huset’s Speedway following misfortune for Tim Rustad, who led the first 18 circuits of the 20-lap Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Car Series feature.
Rustad held the point for most of the feature, surviving two cautions and a red flag before he was involved in the final stoppage of the race. Trefer Waller was running a close second as the laps winded down. Waller made a run low in turns three and four coming to the white flag. Rustad, who entered the corner a half a car higher, aimed to exit the corner on the bottom. Waller’s right front and Rustad’s left rear collided, sending Waller into a series of flips on the frontstretch. The impact also forced Rustad to the work area because of damage, moving Stegenga from third into the lead.
He then held off a hard charging Jeremy Huish, who started 11 th and maneuvered from fifth to second place during the green-white-checkered finish to win by 1.111 seconds.
“This one feels great,” said Stegenga, who started the race eighth. “It feels really cool to get another one this early in the season. We’ve got to keep the ball rolling.”
Dusty Ballenger finished third with points leader Cole Vanderheiden placing fourth and Trevor Serbus fifth.