Shawn Malsam gave his father a special gift on Friday.
The Aberdeen driver edged out Ross Dixon of Ramona in the Super Stock feature race at Brown County Speedway. Malsam defeated Dixon, who is the leader in Super Stock points standings, by two-tenths of a second to earn the checkered flag.
That whole race was kind of a heck of a deal around the bottom, Malsam said. I was trying to get where I needed to be, knowing that (Dixon) was right up there. I knew it was going to be a really tough deal.
The race featured three early caution flags, but the race went green-white-checkered after that and the two drivers were battling for the win through lapped traffic at the end.
I knew when we got into that lapped traffic we were going to be into trouble, Malsam said. I knew he was going to be there. I was almost certain of it. I let it all hang out at that point.
Malsam's father Joe recently had a massive heart attack. He had the heart attack three weeks ago next Monday. He spent time in Aberdeen and Minneapolis getting treated for the heart attack. Friday night was the first time Joe Malsam watched his son race from the grandstand. He always helped his son get ready for races in the pits.
He has never sat in the grandstand and watched me compete before, Shawn Malsam said, so maybe that was a little hard on that heart. Hopefully it was actually some sort of peace for it and helped him out. I think it will. Some sort of healing remedy. We are just grateful to have him. I'm just grateful to give him some sort of gift. I just can't wait to talk to him.
Aberdeen veteran racer Kent Arment picked up two feature wins at the local oval on Friday. He won the Modified feature race early in the night. He started the race outside of row one and led wire-to-wire.
It was, Arment said about the importance of the starting spot. I don't know if I could have got around guys. The car seemed a little bit off tonight. It was not too bad. I had not had a good starting spot after the last couple of weeks. I have had some bad luck.
He began the Late Model feature race outside of row three. He fended off Curt Gelling of Aberdeen and David McDonald of Huron to win. The feature wins were his first of the season at his home track.
It is always nice to win at your home track, Arment said. I had been struggling just a little bit at this place. It is always kind of nice, but I'm sure next week we will have to work our way from the back and have to earn that one I'm sure.
Jodie Michaelsohn turned a near accident into a certain feature win. The Aberdeen driver won the Street Stock feature race. He was leading the race, while Jeromy Thorstenson of Bath was in second. On the sixth lap of the race, lapped driver Keith Kretzschmar of Bristol collided with Michaelsohn on the front stretch.
It was scary, Michaelsohn recalled the wreck. I thought I was done. I thought the whole front end was going to be smashed in and who knows what kind of damage is there yet.
The wreck caused about a 20-minute delay. Kretzschmar was unable to continue driving, but Michaelsohn was. He then fended off Thorstenson the last nine laps of the 15-lap race to earn the win.
It was crazy, Michaelsohn said. It was a crazy race, scary race because I knew they were right up there and I knew Jeromy was right there and I saw him once or twice, but I got things hooked up good tonight. It worked good. I'm really happy.
Kretzschmar was not injured in the collision.
Nick Schipke of Aberdeen won the Pure Stock feature race.
The races will resume next Friday with a fireworks show afterwards.
First Heat: 55, Jordan Kienow, Miller; 33, Nick Schipke, Aberdeen; 24, Ashley Wampler, Hecla; 33X, Thad Larson, Aberdeen.