Ruter wins Modifieds stop at Nodak
Ryan Ruter couldn’t care less about the points. Ruter said he’s racing for money.
After failing to score in the Dakota Classic Modified Tour opener Saturday in Jamestown, Ruter dominated the tour’s second stop Sunday at Nodak Speedway.
The Kanawha, Iowa, native won the 30-lap International Motor Contest Association Modified feature comfortably for the $1,600 prize.
“We just changed a few things on the car to get the balance back in,” Ruter said. “Last night at Jamestown, we were worse than awful over there. Track was totally different tonight than it was last night; more the paper clip-style tracks, they just suit my driving better for what we’re used to back in Iowa.”
Ruter never trailed in the feature and it came as no surprise after his blistering performance in the first Modifieds heat of the night. Ruter won the heat nearly six seconds ahead of Saturday’s winner Allen Kent of Minot.
Ruter’s No. 555 car was as impressive in the feature. Despite six cautions, he quickly built back comfortable leads each time to hold off second-place Jeremy Keller of Mandan and third-place Travis Hagen of Williston.
Kent finished seventh and remains in first place in the six-night tour with 74 points. The tour stops in Estevan, Saskatchewan, tonight and also makes appearances in Williston, Dickinson and Mandan.
In the IMCA Stock Car feature race, Elijah Zevenbergen won for the second consecutive night to retain his lead atop the tour standings with 80 points.
Zevenbergen, a native of Ocheyedan, Iowa, led for the entire race and increased the lead through the final 10 laps of 25. A caution with 14 laps remaining was the only thing to briefly slow Zevenbergen and a group of three others that pulled away from the field with 11 laps remaining.
Minot’s Nathan Burke finished second followed by Matthew Speckman (Sleepy Eye, Minn.) and Randy Brands (Boyden, Iowa). That order held for the majority of the race and Zevenbergen opened a two-car-length lead with nine laps remaining. By the final three laps he was ahead by about five car lengths.
Burke finished fourth in Jamestown and moved into second place overall with 76 points. Brands had his second top-five finish in as many nights and is in third with 73 points.
Heat 1: 1. Nathan Burke, Minot; 2. Chad Strachen, Minot; 3. Brett Woznicki, Minot.
Heat 2: 2. Randy Brands, Boyden, Iowa; 2. Lindsey Wagner, Weyburn, Sask.; 3. Michael Vennes, Minot.
Heat 3: 1. Matthew Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; 2. Kelly Henderson, Minot; 3. Jordan Durward, Trenton.
Heat 4: 1. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa; 2. Bob Fuegmann, Minot; 3. Randy Conway, Minot.
B Main 1: 1. Sterling Labatte, Estevan, Sask.; 2. Billy Preston, Burlington; 3. Ryan Atkings, Zenon Park, Sask.; 4. Lee Schaff; 5. Cody Nelson, Kenmare.
B Main 2: 1. Joe Flory, Williston; 2. Tim Sorenson, Williston; 3. Tyler Ashley; 4. Geoff Mann, Bienfait, Sask.; 5. Austin Daee, Estevan, Sask.
A Main: 1. Zevenbergen; 2. Burke; 3. Speckman; 4. Brands; 5. Vennes.
Heat 1: Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; 2. Allen Kent, Minot; 3. Tracy Domagala, Bismarck.
Heat 2: Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; 2. Mike Jergens, Plover, Iowa; 3. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa.
Heat 3: 1. Mark Dahl, Bismarck; 2. Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; 3. Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.
Heat 4: 1. Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wisc.; 2. Dylan Barnhardt, Washburn; 3. Jason Wolla, Williston.
Heat 5: 1. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; 2. Drew Christianson, Minot; 3. Jared Seifert, Luxemburg, Wisc.
Heat 6: 1. Jeremy Keller, Mandan; 2. Spencer Wilson, Minot; 3. Wayne Johnson, Minot.
Heat 7: 1. Travis Hagen, Williston; 2. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask; 3. Mike Hagen, Williston.
Heat 8: 1. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 2. Jim Harris, Estevan; 3. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.
B Main 1: 1. Kent; 2. Chrisitianson; 3. Seifert; 4. Shawn Anderson, Minot; 5. Tyler Wagner, Weyburn, Sask.
B Main 2: 1. Stephen Pfeifer, Minot; 2. Notebloom; 3. Johnson; 4. Wilson; 5. Troy Girolamo, Eleva, Wisc.
B Main 3: 1. Berry; 2. Turnbull; 3. Blochlinger; 4. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 5. Chris Schroder, Williston.
B Main 4: 1. Jason Wolla, Minot; 2. Jerad Thelen, Bismarck; 3. Harris; 4. Mari; 5. Sorenson.
A-main: 1. Ruter; 2. Keller; 3. Hagen; 4. Berry; 5. Seifert.