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 (The Spokesman-Review)
(The Spokesman-Review)

Valleyford's Jake Bissett rode into Montana looking to secure a 2009 Legends divsion championship and trailing by six points. The Freeman High School freshman faced long odds and was strong all night.

Courtesy: Montana Raceway Park Media Relations

KALISPELL, Mont. (September 26, 2009)-Glacier High School student, Katie Pilsch, wrapped up the 2009 Montana Raceway Park Hornet division championship with a run from the back to the front twice in the 50-lap Enduro main event. Pilsch earned her first track championship with her efforts.


Aaron Dowler gave Pilsch all she could handle but fell short for second place with Tyler Volcum rounding out the top-3.


“This is an awesome feeling to win a championship,” said an elated Pilsch upon exiting her car. “We’ve had a good car all season and I did what I knew would work and that was to stay consistent on every lap and it paid off.”


Dave Berglund topped his runner-up finish in the Bomber division one week ago with a win in the 25-lap championship main event. Steve Gundmunson gave Berglund all he could handle throughout the night but fell short in coming home second with Missoula native Ryan Troutwine, Chris Warburton and Jon Davisson rounding out the top-5.


Jason Young picked up the Bomber 2009 championship on the strength of his seventh place finish.


Dave Oldham has had a strong Hobby Stock racer each time he’s been out to the high-banked quarter mile and showed the dominance again Saturday night with an 11-second victory over 2009 champion, Dustin Martell and his brother Brandon Martell.


Nick Szalay and Tracy Harris closed out the top-5 running order.


Fran Rehn earned the 2009 championship in the Compact division but Tim Davis and Marvin Stone were close together throughout the evening with Davis grabbing the win exiting turn No. 4 as the checkered flag flew. Stone trailed in second place with Rehn’s third place run securing the championship.


Jason Robinson bested Cory Wolfe by 10-seconds en route to the 2009 Limited Sportsman main event victory with Don Staggs, Josh Robinson and Adam Kinkel rounding out the top-5. Robinson’s victory secured the 2009 championship with the No. 74 as Josh Robinson came home in second place in the standings and Zack Mongan rounded out the top-3.


Jake Bissett came into Saturday’s Legends division championship trailing Scott Dalla by six points and vowed to do everything in his power to bring the championship home. Dalla was not in attendance due to a family event and put former Montana Raceway Park Legends standout, Alex Lessor, in his ride with orders to secure the title.


At every turn Lessor and Bissett were evenly matched from qualifying, where Bissett closed to within four points based on being fast qualifier, to the heat race where the Valleyford, Wash. native used a strong run to make up another point with 35-laps of racing to go in the season.


Lessor started in front of Bissett for the main event and stayed out front using lapped traffic to perfection to claim the main event victory and the points championship for the No. 22 car by five points. Tim Corbett, who also had a strong car throughout the evening, finished third with Tyler Corpron and Calgary’s Darrel Buckingham rounding out the top-5.


Corpron brought home a third place finish in the overall points standings based on his top-3 finish.


Montana Raceway Park hosts its 2009 Champions Banquet and Awards Ceremony on October 17 in the Hilton Garden Inn’s convention center. Tickets are available at and race fans are encouraged to attend.


Mike’s Hard Lemonade Championship Night Finishing Order



1)      Alex Lessor

2)      Jake Bissett

3)      Tim Corbett

4)      Tyler Corpron

5)      Darrel Buckingham

6)      Adam Bishop

7)      Brandon Sickler

8)      Joe Bissett

9)      Bodie Morton

10)   Dave Daughtry

11)   Ron Custer

12)   Don Sanderson

13)   Kyle Koehler

14)   Leroy Brush

15)   Michael Karper

16)   David Cannon

17)   Zach Havens


1)      Dave Berglund

2)      Steve Gundmunson

3)      Ryan Troutwine

4)      Chris Warburton

5)      Jon Davisson

6)      Matt Gollehon

7)      Jason Young

8)      Josh Norris

9)      Bill McCallum

10)   Ray Young

11)   Jimmy Worsham

12)   Seth Hanson


1)      Katie Pilsch

2)      Aaron Dowler

3)      Tyler Volcum

4)      Dave Berglund

5)      Jamie Nimick

6)      Kendra Bicknell

7)      Cory Reum

8)      Travis Cannon

9)      Kristen Scott

10)   Jaime Peterson

11)   Jared White

12)   Justin Greskowiak

13)   Heinz McKrackin


1)      Dave Oldham

2)      Dustin Martel

3)      Brandon Martel

4)      Nick Szalay

5)      Tracy Harris


1)      Tim Davis

2)      Marvin Stone

3)      Fran Rehn

4)      Nancy Davis

5)      Joe Davis

Limited Sportsman

1)      Jason Robinson

2)      Cory Wolfe

3)      Don Staggs

4)      Josh Robinson

5)      Adam Kinkel

6)      Dave Oldham

7)      Chuck Swope

8)      Zack Mongan

9)      John Blix

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Motorsports correspondent Doug Pace keeps up with motorsports news and notes from around the region.