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Midwest Mod suits Laske

Shayne Laske admits that he didn't know what his plan was for racing this season. Helping out a friend has gotten him back to another full schedule. The accomplished Moorhead driver wasn't going to chase national points in the Mod Fours, but when...

Shayne Laske admits that he didn't know what his plan was for racing this season.

Helping out a friend has gotten him back to another full schedule.

The accomplished Moorhead driver wasn't going to chase national points in the Mod Fours, but when friend Jay Lere needed someone to drive his new Midwest Modified, Laske was the choice.

"Jay sold his Mod Four and wanted a Midwest Mod," Laske said. "I helped him build the car and get the motor together, so when he asked me to drive it, I figured I might as well."

Health problems sidelined Lere to start the season, and Laske was put behind the wheel. Lere is healthy again, but Laske will finish out the season in the Midwest Modified.

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"He wanted me to run it and get things figured out," Laske said. "I started doing well with it, so he said, 'Why don't you keep doing it?' "

The former national Mod Fours champ is doing just fine. Laske is running fourth in the Midwest Modified points at West Fargo's Red River Valley Speedway, sitting 27 points behind leader Brock Gronwold of Fergus Falls, Minn.

"It's been really good, and I can't explain it," Laske said with a laugh. "I mean, I'm still working with the car, so I'm sure it will get better.

"I'm still getting used to it. With my Mod Four, I pretty much knew how it was going to do. We're still figuring this one out."

Laske is also third in the points at Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn., and is 21 points behind leader Dustin Strand of Grand Forks, N.D.

Laske's been doing it with familiar consistency. He may not be winning almost every night out - as he was accustomed to in his Mod Four - but Laske has finished outside of the top six only once in the Midwest Modified this year.

Laske has pulled out his Mod Four a few times this season, but that will be a rarity other than specials, he said.

As for right now, he's enjoying getting things squared away with Lere's Midwest Modified.

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"I'm having fun with the Midwest Mod, and we're concentrating on that car," Laske said. "It's going pretty well, so we have to take it out more."

Schatz has good run through North Dakota

Fargo's Donny Schatz kept his points lead in the World of Outlaws Sprint car series with three top-five finishes in three shows in North Dakota last week.

On Friday, he took the checkered flag at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. Then he finished fourth on Saturday at Red River Valley Speedway, and fifth on Sunday at Nodak Speedway in Minot, N.D.

Jason Meyers won the caution-free race on Saturday, and Danny Lasoski won Sunday's feature in Minot.

Schatz now has 4,179 points, and his lead in the standings widened a bit to 59 points over Joey Saldana (4,120). Meyers is third (4,081) and Steve Kinser is fourth with 4,070.

The series moves to U.S. 36 Raceway in Cameron, Mo., on Friday and Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway on Saturday.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548.

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Collins' blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com

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