By Greg Anderson
Hibbing, MN- With the Annual visit of the UMSS Sprint Cars, a popular theme formed for the “2014 Rumble on the Range”; fresh faces. Four first time winners of sorts emerged over the course of the evening which included late race battles that left the crowd on the edge of their seat.
With only four classes in competition and only one WISSOTA class on hand, the Pure Stocks kicked off feature racing action and after a lap one caution for a skirmish mid-pack, Margo Butcher charged to the lead with Gary Ruzich in tow. The lead duo pulled away in the early going with Ruzich applying heavy pressure to Butcher at times. Butcher fought off all of Ruzich’s advances and soon Mike Blevins joined the mix to make it a three car race through traffic. Blevins raced around Ruzich to grab second and closed in on Butcher and made a couple bids for the lead himself but again Butcher was up to the task as they worked through traffic. A last lap move between two lap cars gave Butcher the breathing room she needed to seal the win. It was her first career victory in Hibbing.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifeds were next up and a couple drivers in search of their first wins of the year sat on the front row. Willy Thompson and Jeff Forseen paced the field and it was Thompson who got the early jump. With Thompson out front, the scramble for second behind him ensued and Brad Hanson emerged from the fourth row to take over the spot. While the scramble was going on behind him, Thompson was able to build up a lead but over the second half of the race, Hanson closed in with Jesse Ogston staying a few lengths behind him over the majority of the green flag stretch. As Hanson was beginning to pressure the leader, the caution came out with three laps remaining. On the restart, Hanson went back to work on Thompson but Thompson denied the challenges by holding his line on the bottom. With the top three working the lower side of the track, Devin Vanhouse used the open top groove to charge forward. Thompson held Hanson at bay to the finish line while Vanhouse snuck around both Ogston and Hanson at the line to steal second.
In UMSS action, Chase Viebrock captured his first ever Traditional Sprint Car feature with a daring last corner pass of leader Jake Kouba that brought the excited crowd to their feet. The Winged Sprint Cars saw three different leaders in their main event but it was Cody Hahn who led the most important lap as he raced past Jerry Richert Jr. with three laps remaining to win his first of the year in his first outing of the year.
With no racing on Saturday, July 12, the Hibbing Raceway will be back in action for the first ever visit from the World of Outlaws Late Models on Thursday, July 10. WISSOTA Super Stocks and Pure Stocks will also be in action. For more information, visit www.hibbingraceway.com or call (218) 262-2324
WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds:
Feature- Willy Thompson, Devin Vanhouse, Brad Hanson, Jesse Ogston, Dan Wilson, Jerry Vesel, Dylan Miller, Keith Niemi, David Mastell, Mark Miller, Nick Daronco, Patrick Bolden, Jeff Forseen, Chad Vanduker, Bill Matzdorf
Feature- Margo Butcher, Mike Blevins, Gary Ruzich, Victor Westerlund, Stephen Erickson, Jeremy Theisen, Michael Haben, Matthew Cunha, Robert Adair, Dave White, Shauna Erickson, Keith Koski, Mike Vajdl, Gene Schultze, Tim Carlson, Jerry Ramey, Vinzent Anderson