Arneson Claims Third Sanders Mod Challenge Win

By Mike Spieker

ADA, Minn. (July 30, 2020) – A big field of 85 race teams were checked in on Thursday night as Norman County Raceway hosted the ninth annual Sanders Mod Challenge and the first leg of the Red River Modified Tour, presented by the Duel in the Desert, as well as the NLRA Late Models.

For the third time in his career, Austin Arneson of Fargo, N.D. claimed the Sanders Mod Challenge win after a dominating performance.

NCR regular Jesse Skalicky of Fargo and Darin Duffy of Urbana, Iowa paced the field to green with Duffy taking the early lead, but it took just two laps for Arneson to charge his way into the lead from the fourth starting position.

Once out front, Arneson wouldn’t be touched for the remainder of the 25-lap feature. A great battle brewed behind Arneson, however, as Duffy had to contend with Arneson’s younger brother, Casey Arneson.

Despite multiple slide job attempts by Casey Arneson, Duffy was able to hang on to the runner-up spot. Duffy rallied late to turn a three-second lead by Austin Arneson to a 0.6 second lead at the checkers with Casey Arneson finishing three car lengths behind Duffy.

Behind the top three, there was an 11-second gap back to Michael Johnson of Moorhead, Minn. in fourth. Cody Leonard of Sinton, Texas rounded out the top five.

The win for Arneson gave his U-Motors Racing team its sixth Sanders Mod Challenge win. Casey Arneson, Cody Skytland and Johnny Scott have also picked up Sanders Mod Challenge wins for U-Motors Racing.

Results

A Feature: 1. 10-Austin Arneson[4]; 2. 19D-Darin Duffy[2]; 3. 2A-Casey Arneson[5]; 4. 84-Michael Johnson[3]; 5. 12-Cody Leonard[8]; 6. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[1]; 7. 33-Allen Kent[7]; 8. XXX-Jesse Rogotzke[10]; 9. 44F-Fred Wojtek[6]; 10. 12A-Matt Aukland[9]; 11. 72-Dave Shipley[11]; 12. 442-Aaron Johnson[12]; 13. 6D-Dylan Goplen[15]; 14. 91-Craig Oakes[16]; 15. 60-Tyler Hall[13]; 16. 2-Rusty Kollman[17]; 17. 2*-Cole Babcock[19]; 18. 28-Cody Blixt[20]; 19. 12C-Nick Curtis[22]; 20. 96-Erv Grossman[18]; 21. 57-Tom Cummings[21]; 22. (DNF) 40-Rob VanMil[14]; 23. (DNF) 21-Jamie Schulz[23]

Heat 1: 1. XXX-Jesse Rogotzke[1]; 2. 2A-Casey Arneson[4]; 3. 12A-Matt Aukland[2]; 4. 3S-Jesse Skalicky[3]; 5. 60-Tyler Hall[6]; 6. 91-Craig Oakes[7]; 7. 2*-Cole Babcock[8]; 8. 12C-Nick Curtis[5]

Heat 2: 1. 10-Austin Arneson[4]; 2. 84-Michael Johnson[2]; 3. 72-Dave Shipley[6]; 4. 33-Allen Kent[1]; 5. 40-Rob VanMil[5]; 6. 2-Rusty Kollman[8]; 7. 28-Cody Blixt[3]; 8. 21-Jamie Schulz[7]

Heat 3: 1. 19D-Darin Duffy[1]; 2. 12-Cody Leonard[2]; 3. 44F-Fred Wojtek[3]; 4. 442-Aaron Johnson[6]; 5. 6D-Dylan Goplen[4]; 6. 96-Erv Grossman[7]; 7. 57-Tom Cummings[5]