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Hultberg looking to defend Governor’s Cup title | Auto-racing

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Profitable is exciting, even when you do not gain.

Bismarck Hobby Inventory driver Invoice Hultberg learned that past summer at the Governors Cup automobile races at Dacotah Speedway when he won the two-night display in spite of ending sixth the initial night and 2nd the following.

“It was insane,” Hultberg recalled. “The initial night time I completed sixth in the function, and traditionally if you finish exterior the leading five, you are not in the battle for that. The 2nd evening when I completed 2nd, I considered I was out. Then the group we hold out with was giving me large fives and hugs. I advised them I concluded next, and they claimed ‘No, you received the factors for the weekend.’ It was a big surprise that I won that.”

In previous year’s Cup race, 5 of the six classes ended in ties and went down to Saturday evening element winners to establish champions. Details are awarded every night primarily based on in which a driver finishes — just one position for first two for 2nd and so on. The driver with the fewest details at the conclusion of night two is the champion. In circumstance of a tie, Saturday’s very best element finisher between individuals tied is the champ.

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Josh Roehrich won the final evening aspect last period, but a ninth-location displaying on opening night opened the doorway for Hultberg. He has been making use of the similar method to guide the speedway’s time factors race heading into this weekend’s Cup races. With a thirty day period left in the season, he leads John Gartner Jr. by 34 points and Roehrich by 44 details.

Hultberg has not gained a aspect this season at Dacotah Speedway but has received two at Southwest Speedway in Dickinson, where he shares the points direct. He has not completed out of the leading 5 in 6 occasions in Mandan and that consistency will be the vital.

“The first night time previous year there was just so significantly website traffic,” Hultberg recalled. “I’m a single of individuals motorists … I’m patiently intense. I understood we experienced two nights and I bought conservative the very first evening. The only point I altered (for night two) was my attitude.”

Hultberg has experienced an on-all over again, off-once more romantic relationship with Dacotah Speedway and arrived again entire-time final year. After acquiring back into a Legends vehicle in 2020 and finishing 13th in details, RJR Routine maintenance let Hultberg run the No. 11 Chevy Camaro and he’s been in it at any time since. Hultberg then sold the Legends car to Mike Kraft and bought a 2nd Hobby Stock, a Chevy Nova, which is driven by RJR Servicing staff Nevin Jensen. The car is No. 11R in honor of Robert Fakler, who was killed with a few other RJR employees in 2019.

“It’s weird,” Hultberg said. “RJR owns the vehicle I’m racing and I individual the car that the RJR person will be racing.”

Hultberg explained he has an knowledge with Jensen in which the veteran would get the Nova for night two need to he be in rivalry but have challenges with the Camaro. Hultberg said being aware of he has a backup will enable him the self-assurance to race a minor more durable and take far more chances opening night time.

“I’m a lot more self-assured figuring out I do have a backup car or truck in scenario one thing does transpire,” Hultberg claimed. “I’ve experienced a superior time with that Nova, but the Camaro is like an aged shoe, you slip it on and it is comfortable, it fits you.”

Soon after the checkered flags fly on the very last massive display of the yr, Hultberg hopes his snug outdated Camaro keeps carrying him towards his very first Dacotah Speedway factors title.

“I experienced two DNFs previous yr. The 1 early in the period, I received into an accident and went as a result of the backstretch guard rail and finished up on my best,” Hultberg discussed. “Later, I blew a ability steering belt that blew off my admirer belt and the auto overheated in the aspect. Without the need of these two DNFs, I consider there may possibly have been a distinctive ending to the issue condition.”


Defending Governors Cup champions are Mark Dobmeier, NOSA 410 Sprints Mark Dahl, IMCA Modifieds Jonny Carter, WISSOTA Streets Drew Papke, INEX Semi-Pro Legends Bill Hultberg, Interest Stocks and Stan Thompson, Activity Compacts. … Racing starts at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday gates open up at 4 p.m.