Elko Speedway

Shakopee driver Baiden Heskett won both Legends features at Elko Speedway this past weekend.

The Late Models division at Elko Speedway has been wide open so far this season.

Six drivers have won features in the first three weeks, including Adam Bendzick of New Prague and Steve Anderson of Lakeville in racing action June 8.

It was double feature night on the oval with Conrad Jorgenson of Lakeville and Bryce Blohm of Lakeville winning the two Thunder Car races. Baiden Heskett of Shakopee won both Legends features.

Joe Prusak of Clayton, Wisconsin, and Paul Hamilton of Hastings claimed the two Thunder Car races, while Alex Hartwig of Portage, Wisconsin, won both Bandolero events.

In the first Late models race, Bendzick grabbed the lead from the start and never looked back. On lap nine, a spin from Devyn Stocker caused a chain reaction that sent many of the top drivers to the pits early, including Michael Ostdiek, Chad Walen and Nick Murgic.

Bendzick retook the lead off the restart and won by 1.186 seconds. Chris Marek moved up seven spots to claim second place. Jacob Goede moved up 10 spots to get third, while Dylan Moore was fourth and Justin Neisius was fifth.

In the second 30-lap race, Anderson was getting constant pressure by Ryan Varner. The duo raced hard and clean the entire race. Anderson won by just .342 seconds at the finish line over Varner.

Neisius was third, followed by Bendzick and Goede.

In first Thunder Cars race, Jack Larson took off for a big lead early, with Keith Paulsrud and Norm Grabinger battling for second. Dillon Sellner broke through the pack and challenged Larson for the lead on lap 12.

When Larson and Sellner had contact, it sent Sellner up into the wall with heavy damage to his car. That opened the door for Jorgenson to move up from his eighth starting position to take the lead and the win.

Blohm finished .416 seconds behind Jorgensen for second. Paulsrud was third, followed by Bryan Syer-Keske and Norm Grabinger.

In the second feature, Larson and Robert Michaels led the early laps until a wreck on lap 13 had Grabinger, Paulsrud and Syer-Keske all stopped on the track with heavy contact damage.

On the restart, Eric Campbell grabbed the lead, before Blohm became the leader with five laps remaining. Blohm beat Jorgenson to the line by .159 seconds.

Campbell finished third, followed by Robert Michaels and Dan Streiff.

In the first Legends race, Colin Stocker had the early lead until Robbie Carter grabbed the top spot. Heskett moved up eight positions and took over the lead on lap five.

Heskett never looked back and won by 1.415 seconds over Austin Jahr. Cole Klein was third, followed by Carter and Jon Lemke.

In the second race, Joe Valento led the first half of the race until a caution tightened up the field. Heskett made his way up from his seventh-row starting position to take the lead en route to the victory.

Jahr was second again and Klein was third. Matt Allen finished fourth and Valento was fifth.

In the first Power Stocks race, Julie Jorgenson had a nice battle with Hamilton the first few laps. Prusak used a good inside position to pass Jorgenson for the lead on lap 14.

Jorgenson dropped back with mechanical problems, while Hamilton had a flat tire and Maddie Larson spun out. That brought out a caution flag on the last lap, where Prusak held on for the win.

Nick Oxborough was second, followed by Michael Stoer, Jorgenson and Darin Patnode.

In the second race, Hamilton took advantage of a good starting spot to take the early lead. He never had to give it up, winning by .436 seconds over Oxborough. Prusak was a distant third, followed by Jorgenson and Patnode.

In the first Bandoleros race, Zachary Konop led early, before Jensen Vadnais grabbed the lead. Ayrton Brockhouse took over the top spot from Vadnais.

A caution on lap six bunched the field. Hartwig took over the lead with two laps to go and held on for the win. Brockhouse was second, followed by Vadnais, Justin Ziemiecki and Josiah Kottschade.

In the second race, Adam Ratliff grabbed the early lead until Kottschade claimed it. Hartwig moved up from his sixth starting spot to take the lead at the halfway mark and held on for the win.

Kottschade finished second, followed by Vadnais, Brockhouse and Ziemiecki.

Racing action continues June 15 at Elko starting at 6 p.m. For more information, go to elkospeedway.com or call 952-461-7223.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.

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