Mississippi Thunder Speedway
Matthees takes Dart Challenge opener in Fountain City
FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. (July 2) — Third-starting Lance Matthees of Winona, Minn., led the last stretch of the 40-lap feature at Mississippi Thunder Speedway to win the season opener on the WISSOTA-sanctioned DART Challenge Series. Matthees earned $2,000 for his fifth career series victory.
Fifth-starting Brent Larson of Lake Elmo, Mo., was second while outside front-row starter Keith Foss of Winona finished third. Don Copp of Brule, Wis., and 11th-starting Cory Mahder of Elk Mound, Wis., rounded out the top five.
Polesitter Chad Mahder of Eau Claire, Wis., subbing in Tim Isenberg's No. 9i car, led much of the race but dropped out with a 19th-place finish.
Dash winner Jake Redetke's race ended when he totaled his car against the turn-one wall; he wasn't injured.
DART Challenge Series @ Mississippi Thunder: (1) Lance Matthees, (2) Brent Larson, (3) Keith Foss, (4) Don Copp, (5) Cory Mahder, (6) Eric Pember, (7) Steve Laursen, (8) Adam Hensel, (9) Kelly Anderson, (10) Jesse Redetzke, (11) Justin Ritchie, (12) Joel Cryderman, (13) Chris Oertel, (14) Todd Gehl, (15) Jake Hartung, (16) Jordan Yaggy, (17) Todd Frank, (18) Dustin Reeh, (19) Chad Mahder, (20) Jake Redetzke, (21) Nick Kramer, (22) Jay Ludemann, (23) Justin Sass, (24) Doug Herrick, (25) Kevin Kuehn. Heat race winners: Laursen, Larson, Copp. Dash winner: Jake Redetzke. Consolation winner: Hensel.