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Gottschalk breaks through at WaKeeney Speedway

By NICK SCHWIEN

nschwien@dailynews.net

WaKEENEY -- If it wasn't for bad luck, well, Daniel Gottschalk would have had nothing at all.

The Northern sport mod driver from Ellis had been mad fast all year, he just hadn't had anything go his way.

That changed Sunday night at WaKeeney Speedway as Gottschalk notched his first win of the season.

"It means the world," Gottschalk said. "We've had a rough year, restubbing the car already and tore a lot of stuff up early. A lot of hard work goes into it."

It all paid off Sunday. Gottschalk started inside the second row and trailed only Kaid Calhoon through the first seven laps. That's when the Ellis driver made his move for the lead.

"I was right on him,"  he said. "It was tough getting around him. I finally got underneath him."

Gottschalk slowly built his lead the rest of the race to take the win.

"It finally feels good to get one," Gottschalk said. "It's been a long wait in this car. Finally got the first feature win in it."

Calhoon managed to hold on to second, edging out Blaine Walt. Walt started 10th and made his way through the field, eventually closing the gap on Calhoon.

"I think I probably could have run second," Walt said. "I don't think I could have run Daniel down. He had too much on me. He was fast."

Walt battled Calhoon during the final laps, only to finish third.

"We needed a few more, but we'll take third, though," Walt said.

Clay Money, who started ninth, finished fourth.

"I knew them guys with a little better point average would be coming," Gottschalk said. "I knew I had to get around (Calhoon) and get up there before they got to me."

* Jeff Tubbs won two features Sunday in the stock car class, winning the regularly scheduled event and the makeup feature from April 6. Shannon Maughlin was second, with Eric Kinderknecht third and Chad Sterling fourth. Following Tubbs in the makeup feature was Maughlin, Jason Rogers and B.J. Wagoner.

* Kyle Rohleder won the makeup feature in the modified class, followed by Clay Sellard, David Murray and Brian Calhoon. Michael Wadel won the regularly scheduled feature Sunday night, with Nate Moore second, Rohleder third and Travis Sherfick fourth.

* Garrett Hager grabbed the lead in the hobby stock feature on lap seven and led the rest of the way. Cody Graham, who started ninth, was second, followed by Colin Heim. Colton Pfeifer was fourth.

* Kiowa Higdon won the sport compact feature by leading every lap. Kirk Pfannenstiel stayed close and threatened Higdon late, only to take second. Michael Smith was third, and Art Herzog was fourth.

* Racing returns to WaKeeney on Sunday.