Wildung Claims WISSOTA Opener at Viking
By Ray Beste, Viking Speedway PR
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - April 17. Jeff Wildung took the lead on lap 32 of the 40 lap
WISSOTA Late Model A-main and picked up the $4,000 feature win Saturday night at Viking
Paul Mueller and Shawn Kirwin shared the front row starting duties. Kirwin blasted
off from the outside and used the top of the track to his advantage as he was scored the leader of the first lap.
Fourth starter Zach Johnson quickly worked his way into second while 11th starting Lance Mathees was on the move as
On lap nine, Johnson blasted by Kirwin for the lead using the bottom of the
speedway exiting turn two. Fifteen laps into the event, Mathees was glued to the bottom as he worked by Ricky Weiss
and Pat Doar, moving into the third spot. Mathees disposed of Kirwin for the second spot with the cross flags
showing as he reeled in Johnson for the lead.
Wildung also began his surge to the front as well as he cracked the top five with
17 laps still up on the board. Wildung ran the extreme high side of the speedway with Johnson in the middle and
Mathees on the bottom. Just as the lead trio began to encounter lap traffic, the yellow flag waved with 12 laps to
go. Leader Mathees again headed for the ditch as Wildung blasted by Johnson for second via the middle groove in
turn two. Wildung then climbed the banking in turns three and four, pulling even with Mathees with just ten laps
With eight to go, Wildung used his top side momentum to propel himself into
the lead while Mathees was left to do battle with Johnson for second. Johnson worked by Mathees and rallied for one
final challenge with five laps remaining. Wildung, however, was steady and cruised on to his first victory of the
season. Wildung was followed to the line by Johnson, Mathees, Marshall Fegers, and Ricky Weiss. Don Shaw picked up
the hard charger award, starting 21st and finishing 10th.