Stock Car Racing: Track titles handed out at NCS – Brainerd Dispatch

BARROWS – Aaron Johnson, Dylan Nelson, Gerrald Nohner, Tim Gonska, David Siercks and Nathan Kohl were crowned track champions in the final night of points racing on Saturday, August 28 at North Central Speedway.

Nohner and Kohl were the only two champions who did not hold multiple NCS track titles.

Aaron Johnson finished one of the most dominant seasons in recent memory for any driver as he collected 11 first place trophies in 14 featured events in 2022. He was also seeking his fourth consecutive points title and the only person standing in his way it was Shawn. Fletcher, the 2018 track champion. Fletcher earned his first win a week earlier when Johnson left the race early due to car trouble. With Fletcher’s victory, the two drivers were deadlocked in the points heading into the final week of the season.

The two started from the front row and battled through the opening laps before Johnson took the lead. Two caution flags narrowed the field, but Johnson survived the restart each time to keep his place at the top and win by a comfortable margin over Fletcher.

Sport Compact driver Nathan Kohl scored the second most wins of any driver in 2022 with eight in just his third year of racing. Two years ago, he ranked sixth behind his brother Greg, the 2020 and 2021 track and field champion. In 2021, Greg had to hold off Nathan, defeating him by just eight points for the title.

While Nathan was excited to win the title, which he did comfortably by a 45-point margin, he capped his Sport Compact career with his eighth notable win.

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“I wanted to win the championship and I knew I could probably win the championship. That was my goal for the season,” Kohl said. “In total I have 13 wins this season and 20+ series wins (at all tracks in 2022). Somehow I’ve dominated this season. I’ll be moving up to Hobby Stock. more fun. I didn’t want to be in the Sport Compacts forever. I wanted to move up eventually. I thought year three in the class was time to move up. Right now I don’t get the same high out of winning as I did the first time.”

Kohl introduced his Hobby Stock car midway through the season. He finished at the back of the field but believes that will change in 2023 as he moves away from the Sport Compact class.

“I think I’m making pretty good progress,” Kohl said of his Hobby Stock car. “We changed a couple of things and the car seemed to be running a lot better than it has in the last couple of weeks. I think I came in eighth out of 14 or 15 cars so I thought I was pretty good. I don’t expect to be in the top five any time soon. but hopefully next year I can get some top 10s and top 5s. That’s my goal.”

Tim Gonska secured his second consecutive Stock Car championship with a second-place finish in the feature behind Dave Johnson, Gonska outscoring Johnson by six points in the track championship. Gonska finished the season with three wins and counting her three championships in the Hobby Stock class from 2018 to 2020, Gonska now has one championship in five consecutive seasons of racing.

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The Hobby Stock went to Brandon Bombardo, who defeated top winner Ryan Kleinschmidt by 46 points to claim his second straight title.

Super Stock driver Dylan Nelson won his fourth on-track championship in five years and David Siercks claimed his third championship in the last five years.

Gerrald Nohner won his first championship in the Mod Four class.

The racing season will come to a close on Labor Day weekend with the 21st Mighty Ax Nationals, taking place September 3-4.

Modified IMCA Expert Isolation

Feature: 1-Aaron Johnson, 2-Shawn Fletcher, 3-Devin Fouquette

Series 1: 1-Aaron Johnson, 2-AJ Viehuser, 3-Zackry Fletcher

Series 2: 1-Shawn Fletcher, 2-Devin Fouquette, 3-Erick Thiesse

Feature: 1-Dylan Nelson, 2-Tim Johnson, 3-Andrew Johnson

Series 1: 1-Dylan Nelson, 2-Tim Johnson, 3-Denis Czech

Series 2: 1-Andrew Johnson, 2-Dexton Koch, 3-Austin Niemeyer

Feature: 1-Justin Jones, 2-David Siercks, 3-Zachery Schreder

Series 1: 1-David Siercks, 2-Tim Siercks, 3-Justin Jones

Series 2: 1-Craig Paul, 2-Torey Fischer, 3-Kaleb Ruikka

Feature: 1-Dustin Holtquist, 2-Skyler Smith, 3-Tommy Bawden

Series 1: 1-Gerrald Nohner, 2-Tommy Bawden, 3-Josh Litzau

Series 2: 1-Skyler Smith, 2-Dustin Holtquist, 3-Tommy Pogones

Series 3: 1-Robert Holtqust, 2-Levi Randt, 3-Dean Shaver

Reporting: 1-Dave Johnson, 2-Tim Gonska, 3-Kris Peterson

Series 1: 1-Dave Johnson, 2-Kris Peterson, 3-Tim Gonska

Feature: 1-Ryan Kleinschmidt, 2-Tom Anderson, 3-William Herron

Series 1: 1-Brandon Bombardo, 2-Timm Otterness, 3-Chad Visser

Series 2: 1-Ryan Kleinschmidt, 2-Tom Andersson, 3-William Herron

Reporting: 1-Nathan Kohl, 2-Josh Maleski, 3-Ellen Lange

Series 1: 1-Nathan Kohl, 2-Jenna Hagemann, 3-Alyssa Nelson

Series 2: 1-Ellen Lange, 2-Jack Post, 3-Zachary Furbur

Series 3: 1-Josh Maleski, 2-Dan Ranum, 3-Bobie Arnes

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