Laudenschlager conquers Nodak, Caudle crowned champion…

Erik Laudenschlager had been riding a hot streak entering the 2018 Tougher Than Dirt Tour, however the elusive gold cup had eluded him through four nights. Finally on Championship Night the 49 IMCA sport mod struck gold. Following him to the stripe would be Chase Conway and Chad Strachen, two stand out local drivers who were not following the tour. The only item left for debate would be crowning a champion. Iowa’s Rocky Caudle entered the night with a slim three point advantage over Minot’s Robby Rosselli. Candle would be able to hang on for a fourth place finish, Rosselli in hot pursuit, scoring a fifth place finish. The finish would be enough for Caudle to capture the 2018 championship and deny Rosselli a back to back crown.

Erik Laudenschlager.

In the IMCA hobby stock division Brock Beeter entered racing action with a 3 point margin over Duane Wahrman. The racing action would see Andrew Bertsch spoil the party as he officially be undefeated, scoring two wins in two outings on the tour. Jason Ruby and Adam Goff, who both return to action after suffering heavy damage from separate incidents, rebound with second and third place finishes respectively. Brock Beeter and Dana Brandt would round out the top five. The fourth place finish would be enough to crown Beeter as tour champion, Duane Wahrman would score ninth, which would be enough to serve him the runner up position.

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Caudle claims checkers in a Canadian barn burner…

Rocky Caudle, the Ellsworth, Iowa native, lived up to his nickname Saturday evening at the Estevan Motor Speedway. The Rockstar claimed his second Tougher Than Dirt Tour win in four nights, with a fourth corner push to edge Brady Bjella at the stripe. The trip to victory lane was highly contested, as the top four cars put on a spectacle for the fans. In the end Caudle led for the last few inches that mattered, as Bjella, Robby Rosselli, Erik Laudenschalger and Dylan Barnhart rounded out the top 5. The win keeps Caudle at the top of the tour standings with a slim 3 point lead over Rosselli.

Rocky Caudle.

In the hobby stock feature, Brock Beeter was not to be denied Tougher Than Dirt Tour victory, after taking the runner up position in Williston the night before. The victory for Beeter came as the Tour has now seen 3 different winners in 4 nights. Unfortunately the points standings will see a major shake up Sunday morning. Adam Goff who had led the standings from night one, was involved in an incident on a yellow flag restart which ended with the 30A car rolling during the feature. Adam was unhurt in the incident and at the time of writing it was unknown if he would be able to race the final night of the Tour. The win will now see Beeter on top of the standings, holding a 3 point lead over Duane Wahrman, the driver out of Kansas.

Tougher Than Dirt Tour champions will be crowned Sunday evening at the Nodak Speedway in Minot, North Dakota.

Brock Beeter.

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Krogh repeats trip to victory lane, remains undefeated and Tougher Than Dirt!…

Luke Krogh continues to play to role of spoiler on the 2018 Tougher Than Dirt Tour. After joining the Tour on night 2 at Southwest Speedway, the IMCA Sport Mod driver remains unbeaten, with a return trip to victory lane at the Williston Basin Speedway.

Luke Keogh (47K) battles Brock Beeter in heat race action.

A strong 3rd place finish sees Robby Rosselli close the tour points lead of Iowa’s Rocky Caudle. Caudle, who finished 5th, holds a slim one point advantage sitting with 112 points to Rosselli’s 111. Brady Bjella served as runner up in the feature, and Kelly Henderson came home 4th to round out the top 5 finishers.

Luke Krogh’s crew “popping bottles” in victory lane.

In the IMCA Hobby Stock class, Andrew Bertsch took the checkers in a thriller. Bertsch took advantage of a late caution to claim victory from Brock Beeter, who had led most of the race. Bertsch spent most of the race slowly working in a low groove on the track, and move which paid off with less than a handful of laps remaining. Tour stand out Adam Goff crossed the stripe in 3rd and holds a 4 point Tour standing advantage over Beeter. Tyler Lucy and Brandon Honrud round out the top 5 finishers from the Williston Basin Speedway A Main.

Night 4 of the Tougher Than Dirt Tour lands north of the border as the IMCA Sport Mods and IMCA Hobby Stocks invade the Estevan Motor Speedway!

Bertsch (146) battles Beeter (48) for the lead late in the race.

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Krogh plays spoiler, continues dominance on home soil…

Luke Krogh is no stranger to the Southwest Speedway. Fresh off a dominate win during a regularly scheduled race event the previous weekend, Krogh made the return trip to victory lane on night two of the Tougher Than Dirt Tour.

Unable to attend night one of the Tour, Luke’s win serves as a spoiler for those looking to capture elusive Tour points. Night one winner Caudle crossed the stripe in 5th, which would find him tied for the Tour lead with Stan Tomlinson who finished in the 3rd spot. Brock Beeter came home in 2nd, and Robby Rosselli rounded up the top 10 with a 4th place finish.

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Krogh tastes TTDT victory. Photo courtesy of Fluffy.

In the Hobby Stock Division Adam Goff once again set the pace as his Tour is rolling with back to back feature wins out of the gate. Pratt, Kansas’ Duane Wahrman played runner up for the second night in a row and Brock Beeter, Brandon Honrud, and Tyler Lucy rounded out the top 5 respectively.

Night 3 finds the Tour landing in the heart of the Bakken at the Williston Basin Speedway in Williston, North Dakota.

Goff remains undefeated in two outings.

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Caudle wins thriller on Tougher Than Dirt Tour opening night…

Ellsworth, Iowa’s Rocky Caudle came out on top of Wednesday night’s barn burner, to claim first tour blood at the Mclean County Speedway. From the drop of the green flag the race faced countless lead changes, on what seemed to be a corner by corner basis, with as many as four drivers looking to claim the top spot. Caudle fought off hard charges from Brady Bjella, and finally won a drag race to the checkers with Kelly Henderson to grab the Tour points lead heading into night two of racing at Southwest Speedway in Dickinson, ND.

Caudle (99x White) battles Bjella (99 Yellow) for the lead on the back stretch of Mclean County Speedway.
The fans were treated to door to door racing all night on the Tougher Than Dirt Tour opener all evening.

The hobby stock class boasted similar action as Adam Goff took the lead midway through the race and was able to ward off all challengers after multiple yellow flag restarts.

The hobby stocks were multiple cars deep all feature.
There was a few rough moments during the Hobby Stock features, all drivers were ok.
Adam Goff led the charge on his way to claim checkers on night one of the Tougher Than Dirt Tour.

Night two of the Tougher Than Dirt Tour fires off from Southwest Speedway in Dickinson, ND.

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