BECKER WINS NIGHT ONE
Nickelson led into turn one and continued to lead throughout the opening lap. Coming off of turn four when he and Mike Greseth made contact, with Greseth spinning and collecting fellow heat winner Josh Zimple ending both their nights.
Nickeson led on the following a complete restart., leading the opening lap over Mitch Johnson and Tyler Peterson. Peterson used the top of the third mile oval to pass both Johnson and Nickeson to lead the second lap.
Peterson began to build a bit of an advantage as Chad Becker moved past Johnson and then to the inside of Nickeson in the new battle for second through four laps.
Becker took second at the end of the sixth lap as Peterson continued to lead. Two laps later, Becker pulled to the inside of Tyler Peterson in turns three and four, leading the eighth lap.
Becker continued to lead over Peterson as they started to work lapped traffic on lap ten. The lead duo remained close past the midway point of the 25-lap event. Peterson pulled back to Becker's outside as the pair passed the start finish line with 11 to go.
But entering turn one, Becker abandoned the bottom of the racetrack. With both leaders entering the turn running the top, Peterson spun off the top of the corner, causing a caution.
Becker continued to lead on the restart as Nickeson, who regained second following the Peterson spin, fought to hold off Mitch Johnson for second. Nickeson kept the second spot as Johnson then had to fight off Cole Schill and Brad Seng for third with eight laps to go.
The top three remained the same down the stretch as Becker continued on to victory. Denver Nickeson was second with Mitch Johnson third, Brad Seng fourth, and Cole Schill fifth.
Tyler Peterson, Josh Zimple, Nickeson, Mike Greseth, and Dustin Strand were the heat winners. John Seng and Dave Mass won the B Mains. 37 cars entered night one of the Howie Schill Memorial.
GRESETH WINS HOWIE SCHILL MEMORIAL FINALE
A caution on the initial start for Chad Becker caused a complete restart and was the only caution of the 30-lap main event. When the race went green for good, Tyler Peterson took the lead as Mike Greseth fought Cole Schill for second.
The pair traded sliders on each end of the track on the second lap with Greseth eventually taking the spot. Schill jumped the cushion and lost a handful of spots allowing Mitch Johnson to complete the podium through three laps.
Peterson had built a straight away lead through five laps and continued to lead until he reached the rear of the field on lap nine. Peterson continued to lead in traffic. As the race approached the midway point.
With heavy traffic running the same line as the leaders entering, turn one on lap 13, Peterson slipped out of the groove allowing Greseth to take the lead. The two came off of turn four side -by-side with Greseth leading the lap.
One lap later, Mitch Johnson was able to make the same move Greseth did one lap prior to pass Peterson to take the second spot. Johnson and Peterson remained close for the runner-up spot with ten to go as Greseth had a lap car between him and the second and third runners.
With seven to go, Mike Balcaen moved into third as the leaders continued to roll around the bottom in lap traffic. Peterson tried a couple more times to take back the third spot from Balcaen, but remained fourth as Greseth continued on to remain undefeated through three runnings of the Howie Schill Memorial.
Mitch Johnson was second, with Mike Balcaen third, Tyler Peterson fourth, and Brad Seng fifth.
Balcaen, Edginton, Johnson, Strand, and Peterson were the heat winners. Chad Becker and Kalvin Kesselberg were the B Main winners. 34 cars returned for night two of the Howie.
PEDERSON WINS GOLDEN HAMMER CLASSIC
Pederson rolled around the top of the third-mile to lead the opening lap with Brad Seng also using the top to move past Troftgruben to take the second spot on lap two.
Dustin Strand moved to the inside of Troftgruben in a bid for the third spot on the fourth lap, with Tyler Peterson joining the battle shortly thereafter.
Pederson was about to start working lap traffic when a caution came out on lap six.
Strand, Peterson and Troftgruben went three-wide in turns three and four on the restart in the battle for the third spot which Troftgruben kept for the time being.
The best battle on the track during this green flag stint was between Strand and Peterson for the fourth spot before a caution on the tenth lap. A four-wide battle for third as the green came back out between Shane Edginton, Peterson, Strand and Troftgruben continued down the backstretch with Peterson moving into the third spot.
Pederson started to have to work lap traffic for the first time, splitting a pair of lap cars with 15 to go. Another caution saved Pederson again from heavy traffic as Tyler Peterson moved past Brad Seng into second on the ensuing restart.
Pederson continued to lead as he entered lap traffic for the final time with six laps to go. This allowed Peterson to close in and peek to the inside in turn four coming to four to go. He repeated the move on the following lap but was again unable to make the pass.
Pederson led the final three circuits to score the $5,000 victory.
Peterson was second with Brad Seng third, Brody Troftgruben fourth and Cole Schill fifth. Peterson, Steve Anderson, and Dustin Strand were the heat winners of the 25 cars in attendance.
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