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Hanestad family keeping busy on dirt race track

By Kelsie Hoitomt

Buddy Hanestad of Boyceville has been competing in his number 71 Hornet car the past month and he has stayed hot with six feature victories at Cedar Lake Speedway and three at Red Cedar Speedway thus far.

 Headlines of the Red Cedar Speedway results from last Friday read “If your last name wasn’t either Anderson or Hanestad, it was tough to find victory lane… For the second straight Friday, brothers Travis and Mike Anderson won open wheel feature races while Uncle Ron and Nephew Buddy Hanestad won fendered car main events also.”

Buddy won the ten lap feature race after beating out seven other cars including Glenwood City’s Bill Voeltz who placed third.

Buddy started fifth, cruised by a small pile up and moved his way into first and held onto the lead.

As for Ron, he took to the track in his Street Stock, which finished first in the 15 lap feature that had a total of nine cars.

He was rolling in third place until he hit the high side of the track where he gained momentum and worked his way past Adam Soltis and Sam Frankhauser.

On Friday, June 6 Ron finished just one spot shy of first in the 15 lap feature after Mike Knudtson slid past him and Frankhauser for first.

In the non stop Hornet event, Buddy was in first place once again with Voeltz trailing in second a few car lengths behind.

And last but not least in the big feature of the night, Rick Hanestad competed in the Late Model event, which was 20 laps and had just six cars.

Rick gripped the dirt and passed Scott Gilberts and came close to Brent Larson, but time ran out and he finished in second place.

Prior to the two weekends, Ron took fourth place in a ten lap feature at the season opener last month. He finished behind Soltis, Frankhauser and Mike Knudtson.

Brother Rick also raced that weekend in the Late Model, 18 lap feature event. Rick finished second in the heat behind A.J. Diemel and then in the feature he was second overall behind Jake Redetzke after riding his bumper in the last lap as the white flag dropped.

Rick fell behind in the pack the following Friday, May 30 with a sixth place finish out of 11 cars in the 20 lap feature.

Ron did not compete in the Street Stock, but Buddy was on the track for the ten lap Hornet feature, which he placed second in behind Wilson’s Leslie Jackson. Voeltz raced as well and placed fifth out of 13 total cars.

Since opening weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway, Buddy has won three additional features in his 71 car starting on Saturday, May 17. He placed first in the 12 lap feature against nine other drivers.

Rick was also competing that night for his first night out at CLS in 2014. His number 71 Late Model placed eighth out of 22 total cars in the 30 lap feature.

Memorial weekend followed, which was Pack the Track night that featured Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Hornets only. Buddy was on the track that Saturday night and placed first just ahead of Voeltz.