By Rolfe Otterness
Under early September skies the Viking Clash
event returned to the Spring Creek track as it has for quite a number of
years. This year’s
event was a bit challenging as untimely rain showers threatened to upend it but
perserverance and track prep saved the day. Saturday evening featured a fairly heavy
rain shower which left the soil drenched so Johnny M and the gang scraped and
dug and made it rideable if a little greasy.
One of the earlier classes in the the race order was the 250 C class. Carson Johanningmeier (CJ) sliced
through the traffic off the line to snare the holeshot and was feeling pressure
soon from Garret Becker and Drake Dionne. Becker washed out his front end in
the slippery rutted corner at the bottom of Mount Martin and lost a good number
of positions while he recovered.
CJ continued leading until shortly after the first lap was completed,
when Dionne slipped by at the base of the announcing tower. Becker was charging through traffic and
was closing on CJ as the last lap wound down only for CJ to get squirrely and
slither off the side of the jumps at the far south side of the track and he
dropped back to fourth. When
the checkered brought the action to an end, Dionne had secured the win with
Becker and Alex Rasmussen trailing.
CJ secured fourth over James Orres.
CJ and Dionne hustled through turn one
side-by-side but Dionne took control and then Garret Becker stole second away
from CJ in short order.
Dionne and Becker went at it for a couple of laps but then Becker biffed
it big time and out of contention.
The moto win went to Dionne with CJ taking second over Josh Becker,
Orres and Rasmussen.
Isaac Opalewski led
the pack as the 65cc 7-11 class hit the track for moto one, but Carson Wittman
was running strong and moved his way up past Opalewski
and then leader Cooper Couette to take over the lead and went on to the
checkered. Couette maintained
second place over Opalewski with Ryder Halquist snaring fourth over Colin Megaw.
Wyett Niedfeldt took over
from early leader Opalewski in moto two and went on
to take the win. Wittman was
charging up through the field but ran out of time to catch Niedfeldt
and had to settle for second. Opalewski was back just a bit for third while a battle
raged between Cooper Couette and Halquist for fourth
with Couette leading across the line by less than a bike length.
Josh Boaz was the top runner in the Open A
class as he went 1-1 for the day.
Dylan Smith ran strong for second with some challenges by Josiah Hempen
and Tyler Lowe during the day . Lowe scored 3-3 over Hempen’s
4-4 with Luke Hempen completed the impeccably consistent class score structure
with 5-5 finishes.