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Dirt track racing in 2014 comes to a close

By Kelsie Hoitomt

Buddy Hanestad finished his second year of dirt track racing with true honors. At 17 years old, he won a trophy almost half as tall as him after placing first this last weekend at the Legendary 100 event.

His qualifying race on Thursday put him on the pole for Saturday night’s feature at Cedar Lake Speedway. He led all 15 laps to earn his first ever Legendary 100 title.

Prior to that, Buddy became the track champion in the Hornet class after winning every single race at Cedar Lake Speedway this season.

The regular weekly season came to close the end of August with Buddy winning the 12 lap feature, which earned him his 11th straight victory.

According to CLS, there has never been a driver who has won every feature race during the course of the regular season in any weekly division until Buddy.

Buddy’s winning streak didn’t ruffle any feathers in New Richmond, but it did however cause a little stir at the Red Cedar Speedway.

His number 71 ServPro Hornet car was thought to have some tricks under the hood and that is what caused him to win so many races.

However, a true look inside the car proved that there were no secrets other than a young driver with serious driving skills so his car was never truly “claimed”.

In Menomonie, Buddy finished in third place with a total of 488 points.

The final race of the night saw Glenwood City resident, William Voeltz hit victory lane.

Voeltz either ran second with a close nose on Hanestad or he was in first at the speedway. His skills at driving the Hornet car put him as the points leader with a total of 531.

Voeltz also ran in the Legendary at CLS this last weekend and he ran a great race also with a nose on Hanestad for second place.

Jess Seim of Glenwood City raced his Hornet car as well and took third.

As for the rest of the Hanestad family, Rick finished second in points at Red Cedar with a total of 509 out of 22 total races in the Late Model class.

He was in the Legendary as well with a fourth place spot in his heat race and then on Saturday he placed tenth in the main feature event.

Rounding out the Hanestad family was Ron in his Street Stock. He placed 5th for the 2014 season with 373 points.

He finished the season with a second track victory after starting on the pole and then falling back to third before finding first place again and driving that home.

Also earning track points at Red Cedar was Brent Voeltz in his Midwest Mod with 279 for 14th out of 53. Robbie Johnson finished 17th with 194 points and also took 13th in his Modified car.