Mid-race move lifts Fegers to Hibbing victory
By Greg AndersonHibbing Raceway
HIBBING, Minn. (Sept. 1) — Going from third to first midway through the 40-lapper, Justin Fegers of Mound, Minn., won Saturday's season finale on the WISSOTA Challenge Series. The third-starting Fegers earned $3,000 for a victory on the opening night of the 34th Labor Day Shootout.
Rick Hanestad of Boyceville, Wis., finished second followed by hometown driver Kyle Peterlin. Series champion John Kaanta of Elk Mound, Minn., and provisional starter Jake Redetzke of Eau Claire, Wis., rounded out the top five finishers.
Fegers was running third behind Hanestad and Tom Waseleski Jr. in the first half of the race, but when the frontrunners got bogged down in lapped traffic, Fegers made his move on lap 21 to slip by Waseleski and Hanestad both.
Fegers led the rest of the way, fighting off a challenge from Peterlin on a restart before Hanestad regained the second spot.
Notes: Fegers is sponsored by Sunrays Tanning Centers, Millar Racing Engines and Performance Auto. ... Fegers has three career WISSOTA Challenge Series victories. ... Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., started 20th but rallied to fourth. When he tried to make an outside move with an eye on the second spot, he slipped over the banking and dropped out. ... John Kaanta had clinched his fourth series championship before the race. He was honored during intermission. ... The Labor Day Shootout concludes Sunday with a non-series $3,500-to-win feature for WISSOTA Late Models
Labor Day Shootout: (1) Justin Fegers, (2) Rick Hanestad, (3) Kyle Peterlin, (4) John Kaanta, (5) Jake Redetzke, (6) Darrell Nelson, (7) Matt Aukland, (8) Tom Waseleski Jr., (9) Terry Lillo, (10) Lance Matthees, (11) Marshall Fegers, (12) Tim McMann, (13) Kyle Gavel, (14) Jeff Massingill, (15) Travis Budisalovich, (16) Steve Laursen, (17) Aaron Lillo, (18) Matt Sorenson, (19) Harry Hanson, (20) Kevin Carlson, (21) Brady Smith, (22) George Ledin, (23) Greg Ferris, (24) Jay Kintner, (25) Zach Wohlers.
Corrections: Updates sponsors for Fegers.