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Daily Dirt 09/24/2022 21:31:47

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August 1
Rice Lake Speedway,
Rice Lake, WI
Sanction: WISSOTA special events (non-touring) (Mahder 55) - $5,555
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated August 2, 11:15 am)
Mahder 55 gives mod ace first Late Model win
Mahder 55
  1. Kevin Adams
  2. A.J. Diemel
  3. Darrell Nelson
  4. Jimmy Mars
  5. Lance Matthees
  6. Rick Hanestad
  7. Jesse Glenz
  8. James Giossi
  9. Chad Mahder
  10. John Kaanta
  11. Jeffrey Massingill
  12. Mike Prochnow
  13. Sam Mars
  14. Jim Carlson
  15. Gunner Frank
  16. Denny Cutsforth
  17. Buddy Hanestad
  18. Pat Doar
  19. Sam Motzer
  20. Steve Laursen
  21. T.J. Adams
  22. Joe Kienzle
  23. Kevin Eder
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Kevin Adams clinches his fists in triumph after winning the Mahder 55.
What won the race: Winning his first carer Late Model feature despite battling faltering brakes over the final 39 laps, second-starting Kevin Adams of Cameron, Wis., muscled his way to a flag-to-flag victory in the Mahder 55 at Rice Lake Speedway on Saturday night. The modified standout outran A.J. Diemel to earn $5,555 at his home track.
Quotable: “It was basically all rear (brakes) and I was just pumping, pumping, pumping trying to keep anything left in it. The yellows kinda fell right when I need ‘em to and with that berm (the track is) pretty forgiving,” said Adams. “It’s crazy. This is surreal, especially to (win the first Late Model race) at home. I like a tacky racetrack, so the rain gods were with me tonight. I drank a lot of beer with Duane Mahder back in the day at the bar at Jim Falls. I have good stories about him as well and then I love racing with Corey, he’s an awesome nephew of his. It means a lot man, to win at home, I didn’t care if it paid $300 for 5 grand.”
Key notes: The 40-year-old Adams is a modified ace who entered the season with 523 total wins across multiple divisions, including 279 in open wheels. He’s Rice Lake Speedway’s all-time feature winner with 127 career wins and has 16 track championships at Rice Lake (in four divisions). … The victory snapped Jimmy Mars’ stranglehold on the Mahder 55. Mars, the only winner in three previous events, finished fourth. … It was the fourth annual Mahder 55, but the first time it has been held at Rice Lake. … The race honoring the late Duane Mahder of Eau Claire, Wis., a long-time WISSOTA Late Model racer and regular with the WISSOTA Challenge Series who was killed in 2016 in a work-related accident, was moved from Red Cedar Speedway to Rice Lake this year following the closing of Red Cedar for the season. … Fourteen of the 23 starters finished the race. … Todd Frank of Montrose, Iowa, did not start the feature.
On the move: Darrell Nelson of Hermantown, Wis., started 13th and finished third.
Winner's sponsors: Adams drives a Rocket Chassis with sponsorship from Adams Automotive, Dalbeck Logging, Olsen Custom Farms, Brandon Ford, Pro Powder, Coors Light, Jenkins Realty-Charissa Myers, Seval’s Lawn Care and Professional Exteriors.
Points chase: Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., leads WISSOTA’s Wisconsin standings.
Current weather: Scattered Clouds, 66°F
Car count: 24
Polesitter: Lance Matthees
Heat race winners: A.J. Diemel, Jimmy Mars, Lance Matthees
Next series race: September 3, Halvor Lines Speedway (Proctor, MN) $3,500
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Matthees, Adams
Row 2: Diemel, J. Mars
Row 3: Giossi, Doar
Row 4: Mahder, Massingill
Row 5: R. Hanestad, S. Mars
Row 6: Glenz, B. Hanestad
Row 7: Nelson, Motzer
Row 8: Carlson, Kaanta
Row 9: Laursen, Eder
Row 10: Frank, Adams
Row 11: Prochnow, Kienzle Jr.
Row 12: Cutsforth, Frank
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