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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2019 4:00 pm

It was hot at I-90 Speedway the night of June 29. Action on the track was hot. So were a few tempers in the pits as competitors went for the same piece of track real estate.

But warm temperatures didn't seem to bother the race fans. Bob Thill said 100-plus people were lined up to buy tickets at 5 p.m., although the races weren't slated to begin until 7 p.m. More than 91 cars, including 22 of the ultrafast Tri-State Late Model road warriors, were on hand to do battle.

It was a very special night -- the first complete race of the newly opened I-90 Speedway, although heat races were held two weeks prior before rain halted action. Rain forced cancellation of much of the early-season scheduled events.

Saturday night's crowd might have been slightly smaller than two weeks ago, but the stands were nonetheless filled with fans eager to watch auto racing action in the Sioux Falls area, after a three-year absence.

Nate Beyenhof used just 11 laps to go from his 11th starting place to grab the lead in the Tri-State Late Model feature and went on to take the win. He also subbed for Travis Schreurs in the street stock division. Chuck Hanisch and Bylee Gough diced back and forth in the street stock main, but it was Gough getting to the checkered. Brock Hess took the modified main and Tyler Schlubohm won the hobby feature.

Several Madison area drivers were in competition, including Ronald Howe of Wentworth and Michalob Voeltz of Madison in the late model street stocks. Voeltz finished 12th in the main event after getting sixth in the heat race. Howe also recorded sixth in his heat race.

In the modified class, it was Nick and Nate Barger and Doug Wallis, all of Madison, Austin and Tucker Powell of Rutland and Aaron Werner of Colman in the modified division.

Both Howe and Tucker Powell finished ninth in their respective feature races. Voeltz was 12th in the late model feature and sixth in his heat race.

In modified feature competition, Nate Barger was 13th and Nick Barger 18th. Tucker Powell was third in the B feature while Werner got seventh, followed by Wallis and Austin Powell. Earlier, Nate Barger finished second in his heat race, Tucker Powell was fifth in the second heat, Werner got sixth in the third heat and it was Nick Barger third, Wallis fifth and Austin Powell sixth in the fourth and final heat race for the modifieds.

In all, there were 27 street stockers, 24 modifieds, 18 late model street stocks and 22 of the Tri-State late models.

Despite the hot temperatures and a steady wind, cars in all divisions were running three and sometimes even four abreast. The close competition resulted in a couple of rollovers, but no drivers were hurt.

For Nate Barger, it proved to be a long night. He was running atop the modified feature when he lost the handling of his car and spun. By feature time, the track had started to dry out and the top of the track wasn't the place to be.

Things got worse for him when his left front tire went down, but he motored on. Modifieds usually lift the left front tire off the ground in the turns anyway.

I-90 has a full slate of racing set for this weekend. It will be a "Friday Night Special" on July 5, again featuring the Tri-State Late Models, IMCA race saver sprint cars, late model street stocks, modifieds and hobby cars. On July 6, the MSTS sprint cars will invade the speedway along with the 360 Midwest Sprint Touring group, IMCA race saver sprints, late model street stocks, modifieds and hobby cars. A fireworks display will conclude Saturday's races.

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