MASON CITY — He’s been one of the most consistent drivers at Mason City Motor Speedway this season.
In five starts, Stock Car driver Luke Sathoff of Jackson, Minnesota, has not finished outside of the top 10. Last week with a few ringers from the class in town for the Silver Bullet Twin 25s, Sathoff more than held his own as he drove to fourth place.
Now in second place in the point standings, Sathoff is feeling good about his No. 5 machine in Mason City.
“I used to run here when it was IMCA and I kind of always liked the track,” Sathoff said. “It’s one of these momentum tracks … these bigger tracks and fun tracks like this. Short tracks are fun, too, but these are kind of my favorite so it just lends more to my driving style.”
Sathoff has rode the wave of highs and lows — albeit, not that low — this season.
In the second week of the season, he drove to victory lane for the first time since Aug. 7, 2016 — it was his lone win at the track last year. He has finishes of third, first, 10th, second and fourth.
In last week’s feature, Sathoff was gaining ground on Dan Mackentum late in the race, but a couple of cautions at the end shook things up a bit and he had to settle for fourth.
It’s early, but the points race is tight in Stock Cars. Sathoff made up just a bit of ground on points leader Kevin Donlan last week as he finished one place ahead of him. Donlan leads Sathoff by nine points.
“It’s kind of something where you want to keep ahead of everybody,” Sathoff said. “You kind of always want to look forward and see who’s ahead of you.”
A third of the season is officially in the books, so let’s take a look at where the classes stand after the Stock Cars:
Modifieds: In the three weeks Modifieds have ran, JD Auringer and Josh Angst have been the most consistent, and it’s why they’re tied atop the standings with 282 apiece. Back a little more than 20 points is the grouping of Jason Cummins, Levi Nielsen and Ryan Ruter, who are separated by seven points.
B-Modifieds: It’s been the hardest class to figure out this year, but that’s not been a bad thing. Each week out it seems somebody else has the fast car, or starts near the front and nobody else is able to catch up. Five races have brought five different winners. Jayden Larson is on top with 417 and Brandon Hare is second with 405. Neither have a win this season.
Hobby Stocks: It’s been one of the most competitive classes in Mason City this season with the winner frequently decided in the waning laps. There have been four different winners in this year’s five features — Matt White of Nashua is the only one with two. Prior to last Sunday, Andrew Borchardt had one of the fastest cars in the class but still hadn’t notched that win. He was passed on the final lap the week before by Zac Smith, and on Sunday, he held off a push by Chanse Hollatz in the final lap.
“We’ve been struggling the last couple of weeks in general, and here especially,” Borchardt said. “It just feels good to get back on the right track.”
White leads Hollatz in the standings by eight points.
Tuners: Devin Jones has been the class of the field so far with four wins in five tries. He leads Ryan Bryant, who won in the second week of the season, by 81 points.