Dakota State Fair Speedway
Hensel wins as Fegers fails to repeat at Huron
HURON, S.D. (June 4) — Inheriting the lead when polesitter Justin Fegers spun out with nine laps remaining, Adam Hensel of Barron, Wis., captured Challenge Cup IX on Saturday at Dakota State Fair Speedway. The third-starting Hensel earned $5,000 for the fourth victory of his career on the WISSOTA-sanctioned Dart Challenge Late Model Series. | Slideshow
Lance Matthees of Winona, Minn., finished second followed by Eric Breeschoten of Buffalo, Minn. Marshall Fegers of Mound, Minn., was fourth and Kent Arment of Aberdeen, S.D., rounded out the top five in the series opener. Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., improved six positions to finish sixth.
Justin Fegers, who was gunning for a repeat at one of the richest WISSOTA races of the season, ended up 18th in the 25-car field.
Notes: The 23-year-old Hensel's Rocket Chassis by Tim Logan is sponsored by J&C Trucking, J&J Motorsports, Rod's Painting & Sandblasting and Pro Air Conveying. ... He's changed his number from his traditional No. 44 to No. 33x. ... Among drivers failing to make the feature lineup: Corey Nelson, Mike Stadel, Chad Williams, Eric Mass and Scott Anderson, who crossed the line first in a consolation race but was disqualified for weighing in light at the scales. .. Mass had motor problems in hot laps and scratched early in the evening. ... Engine problems prevented MIke Balcaen and Jason Fritzsche from starting the main event. ... Corey Tammen won the super stock feature and Lorin Johnson took the Midwest Modified feature. ... Dart Challenge competitors return to Huron July 9 for a $3,000-to-win, $500-to-start event. ... The series completes the season-opening weekend with a $2,000-to-win event Sunday at Casino Speedway in Watertown, S.D.
Challenge Cup XI: (1) Adam Hensel, (2) Lance Matthees, (3) Eric Breeschoten, (4) Marshall Fegers, (5) Kent Arment, (6) Pat Doar, (7) Jake Redetzke, (8) Joel Cryderman, (9) Jeff Wildung, (10) Steve Laursen, (11) Brian Diede, (12) John Bey, (13) Jeremy Keller, (14) Chad Becker, (15) Shaun Peterson, (16) Chad Chenoweth, (17) Josh Skorczewski, (18) Justin Fegers, (19) Travis Budisalovich, (20) Shawn Kirwin, (21) Curt Gelling, (22) John Kaanta, (23) Jordan Heiman. Scratched: Mike Balcaen, Jason Fritzsche. Heat race winners (among 34 cars): Hensel, Keller, Breeschoten, M. Fegers. Consolation winners: Budisalovich, Kaanta.
Correction: Fixes Skorczewski's first name to Josh sted John.