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Fall Nationals champions at RPM Speedway

October 11th, 2016

HAYS, KS -Xtreme Motorsports Fall Nationals X, fueled by Casey’s General Stores, took place this past weekend with 260 race teams from several states on hand at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS.

The Sport Compacts and Cruisers ran a complete show on Thursday, October 6, while the Hobby Stocks, Northern Sport Mods, Stock Cars and Modifieds ran their heat races and qualifiers on Friday night, with the last chance races, pole dashes and main events on Saturday night.

On Saturday night, Johnny Scott of Cameron, MO, led all 40 laps enroute to a $5,000 winner’s check in the Modifieds. A few cautions kept the field close, but Scott was able to outrun his brother Stormy to the checkers for the win. Jeff Taylor of Cave City, AR, who won the event in 2012 was third, followed by 2009 winner David Murray Jr. of Oberlin.

Oklahoma’s Cole Traugott rounded out the top five. Darrick Klima brought out the only red flag of the weekend when he rolled off turn one in his last chance race. Darrick was okay but done for the night. It was a three-way battle for all 30 laps in the Stock Car main event with Jason Rogers of Selden, 3-time fall nationals winner Mike Nichols of Harlan, IA, and Casey ‘The Weiner’ Woken. Rogers took the lead at the drop of the green and led Dominic Ursetta, Woken and Nichols. Nichols squeezed by for the lead on lap 13, but Rogers regained the top spot on lap 17 and never looked back. Nichols held on to the runner-up spot over Woken, followed by J.C. Howell of Texas, and Norton’s Jason Davis.

Daniel Gottschalk of Ellis, who finished fourth in national points this season, claimed the top prize in the Sport Mods. Gottschalk battled Dustin Daniels early on, with Daniels taking the lead on lap 4. Gottschalk later regained the lead and led the field at the halfway mark in the 25-lap race and was first at the finish line when the checkers flew. Dakota Sproul passed Daniels for second, with Robbie Conway and Tracy Holloway completing the top five. Conway had the drive of the night. Conway, from Westhope, ND, had problems Friday night and started 16th in his last chance race Saturday.

Conway charged to the front to win that race, then started 14th in the main event, where he worked his way to a fourth place finish. Oakley’s Brady Bencken won a multi-car battle to claim the top spot in the Hobby Stock feature. Eric Cross took the lead when the green flag dropped, followed by Luke Wassom, Bencken, and Zach Olmstead. Bencken passed Cross on lap 8 to take a lead he would not relinquish. A caution on the final lap set up a one lap shootout, but Bencken held on for the victory.

‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager finished second, trailed closely by Cross, Brendon Stigge and Wassom. Mitch Bolton of Grand Junction, CO, won his second fall nationals title in the Sport Compacts. Bolton, who won back in 2013, took the lead on lap 3 from Richard Crow in the 15-lap caution filled race and drove away for an easy win. Crow held on to second, followed by Brandon Wise, Toby Schwein and Lanny Bolton.

Weston Kraus of Utica led all 15 laps to claim top honors in the Cruiser main event. Along with Xtreme Motorsports and Casey’s General Stores, other sponsors for the weekend were Rock Ridge Ranch, Pfeifer Dozer Service, Freedom Claims Management, Legacy Feeds, Global Oilfield Service, Dynamic Drivelines, Golden B Hydra Drilling, Budweiser, Long Wolf Services, Golden Q Sports Bar & Grill, and Carrico Implement.

RPM Speedway officials want to thank all the sponsors, track help, drivers and fans for their support throughout the entire 2016 racing season.

Mother Nature decides track champions at RPM Speedway

September 21st, 2016

HAYS, KS —Once again, over 100 race cars filled the pits at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday evening, September 17, for championship night. But partway through the heat races, thunderstorms arrived and forced track officials to call it a night.

With the rain and no other night to compete for points before the end of the point season, point leaders in their respective divisions were crowned the track champions.

Track champions in their respective divisions were Dylan Sherfick, Wakeeney, in the Gib’s Auto Supply IMCA Modifieds; Jason Rogers, Selden, Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Cars; Blaine Walt, Collyer, Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mods; Andrew Burg, Carlisle, IA, Golden Plains IMCA Hobby Stocks; Billy Turner, Colby, Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compacts; and the team of Justin Yarmer and Levi Ryan, Russell, in the Radke Implement ‘Crazy’ Cruisers.

Quality Oil Well Cementing was the evening’s race sponsor.

It was also Fan Appreciation Night with adults admitted for half price and kids free.

RPM Speedway will wrap up the 2016 racing season with the Fall Nationals, fueled by Casey’s General Stores, on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 6-8. There will be a complete program for the Sport Compacts and Cruisers Thursday night, with test & tune for the other four divisions. The Modifieds, Stock Cars, Sport Mods and Hobby Stocks will run their heat races and qualifiers on Friday night, with last chance races and main events on Saturday evening.

Familiar faces in winners circle at RPM Speedway

September 1st, 2016

HAYS, KS —It was all familiar faces in the winner’s circle at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday evening, August 27.

In the Gib’s Auto Supply IMCA Modified A-feature, Jimmy Reeves jumped out to the early lead in the 20-lap event, but gave way to Jesse Richter on lap 3. Richter and Reeves were back and forth as Reeves regained the lead on lap 9, only to be passed again by Richter on lap 10. Then Corey Lagroon made up ground at the top of the track and took the lead on lap 14. But Penokee’s Clay ‘The Money Man’ Money dove under Lagroon in turn four coming to the white flag and held on for his second RPM Speedway win this year in the caution free race. Kyle Rohleder finished third behind Lagroon, with second heat winner Richter, and ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick close behind. Kurtis Pihl and Tim Watts also won heat races.

The 20-lap Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature got off to a rough start as there was an eight car tangle in turn 2 on the opening lap, eliminating four cars. On the restart, Kevin Wagoner took the lead but was passed by Kyle Pfeifer on lap 4. After a lap 10 restart, Selden’s Jason Rogers took the lead from Pfeifer and would not look back the remaining distance and drove on to his third win of the year at Hays. Jason Schoenberger, Aaron Gray, Shaylon ‘Hollywood’ Holloway and Jason Davis rounded out the top five. Pfeifer, Trevor Schmidt and Chad Sterling were victorious in their heat races.

Adam Weber took the lead at the drop of the green in the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mod main event but was passed by Daniel Gottschalk of Ellis after a lap 4 restart. Gottschalk, who currently leads in national points, drove on to his 30th feature win of the season and his fourth at RPM Speedway. Trenton Kleweno finished second, with second heat winner Blaine Walt, Tracy Holloway and Tanner Portenier completing the top five. Cody Pancake and Rodger Peck won the other two heat races.

The 20-lap Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock feature saw ‘Bam Bam’ Cody Graham take the early lead and still led the field at the halfway mark through a couple of caution periods. Then after a lap 12 caution, Eric Cross of Salina drove past Graham and made his way to victory lane for the second time this season. Graham held on to the runner-up spot, followed by heat three victor Robert Leonard, ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager, and Colton Pfeifer. Daniel Irwin and Brady Bencken also won heat races.

Richard Crow of Grand Island, NE, made it two in a row in the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact feature. Crow took the lead on lap 5 of the 12-lap race from Kirk Pfannenstiel. Billy Turner raced his way to second, followed by Art Herzog, Pfannenstiel, and Tyson Plumisto. Heat race winners were Kiowa Higdon and Jakob Schwein.

The Radke Implement ‘Crazy’ Cruiser division saw Brady & Dee Bauer of Ness City also won their second main event in a row. Jeff McQuad & Justin Schwein finished second. The Bauers also won the heat race.

Nex-Tech was the evening’s race sponsor.

Racing action returns to RPM Speedway on Saturday, September 17, for championship night. The points races are up for grabs. Race time is 7:00 p.m.

Several new winners at RPM Speedway

August 20th, 2016

HAYS, KS —Several new faces appeared in victory lane at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday evening, August 13.

In the Gib’s Auto Supply IMCA Modified A-feature, William Nusser led the opening lap before Nate Moore took over the top spot. Moore continued to lead through a caution period on lap 14 when ‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye came to a stop. After the restart, heat two winner Cody Gearhart of Turpin, OK, took command and drove on for the win. Mike Petersilie finished second, followed by Moore, Corey Lagroon and Jared Hoefelman. Other heat race winners were Clay ‘The Money Man’ Money and Jimmy Reeves, while Josh McGana of Abilene, TX, was first to the checkers in the B-feature.

Josh Crombie jumped to the early lead in the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature and continued to lead at the halfway mark in the 20-lap event. Then on lap 12, Jason Rogers of Selden (who won the previous night at Salina), took the lead and was able to pull away for the win and the division’s point lead. Heat two winner Kyle Pfeifer finished in the runner-up spot, trailed by Jason Schoenberger, Trevor ‘The Hit Man’ Schmidt, and Nolan Remus. Schmidt and Perry Misner won the other two heat races.

Adam Weber took the lead at the drop of the green in the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mod main event but gave way to Tyler Watts on lap 4. Watts led past the halfway mark in the 20-lap race before heat 3 winner Trenton Kleweno of Hays drove by. Kleweno continued to lead to the checkers, with Dakota Sproul, Watts, Jeremy Sigler and Shane Meeks completing the top five. Sproul, Brian Fink and Tracy Holloway were also victorious in their heat races, with Rodger Peck topping the B-feature.

The 20-lap Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock A-feature saw Oakley’s Brady Bencken score his second victory at the 3/8-mile oval. Daniel Irwin led the opening lap before heat two winner Duane Wahrman made the pass. Wahrman pulled away but Bencken worked his way to second and chased Wahrman, then made the winning pass on lap 17. ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager passed Wahrman for second, with Eric Cross and heat one winner Andrew Burg fourth and fifth.

Richard Crow of Grand Island, NE, made the long haul worthwhile as he scored the win in the Cutting Edge Collisions IMCA Sport Compact feature. Crow passed early leader Billy Turner on lap 4 of the 12-lap race. Turner was second, followed by Brandon Wise, Jakob Schwein and Kirk Pfannenstiel. Heat race winners were Randy Murphy, Turner, and Amber Bird.

The Radke Implement ‘Crazy’ Cruiser division saw Dalton & Dee Bauer of Ness City take the lead from heat race winners Justin Yarmer & Levi Ryan to score the win.

The School Buses were also on hand and Mike Wagner was victorious.

Hess Services Inc. was the evening’s race sponsor.

Racing action returns to RPM Speedway on Saturday, August 27. The points races are up for grabs. Race time is 7:00 p.m.

Herbert wins Wheatshocker Nationals at RPM Speedway

July 20th, 2016

HAYS, KS—Brian Herbert of Dodge City pulled off a sweep in the annual Wheatshocker Nationals at RPM Speedway in Hays this past Saturday & Sunday, July 16-17, during the fair races at Ellis County Speedway.

In the Sunday night URSS main event, Jed Warner looked to have the $2,000 winner’s check in sight. Warner took the lead from Koby Walters on the second lap of the 30-lap event. The red flag came out on lap 4 when Taylor Velasquez rolled. He was alright but done for the night. Warner pulled away on the restart and continued to lead at the halfway mark. Then with 4 laps to go, Tracy Hill came to a stop to bring out a caution period. Herbert, who was running second, took advantage on the restart and shot to the lead and held on for the win. Walters finished second, followed by Luke Cranston, Darren Berry and Mike Peters.

Herbert, of Dodge City, also inherited the win on Saturday night when winner John Carney failed post-race tech. Herbert, who ran second, was then the official winner, with Zach Blurton, Warner, Walters and Cranston rounding out the top five. Carney had taken the lead on lap 5 after a restart and powered away to the checkers.

In other action on Sunday night, defending Gib’s Auto Supply IMCA Modified track champion ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick took the lead on lap 8 and went on to the winner’s circle and a $1,000 payday. Cody Gearhart led the first 7 laps before he drove off turn 1 to bring out a caution, and giving the Wakeeney driver the lead on the restart. Tyler ‘the Frye Man’ Frye was second to Sherfick, followed by Eddie Belec, Kyle Rohleder, and Mike Petersilie.

Also on Sunday night, Selden’s Jason Rogers took the lead on lap 17 in the 20-lap Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature and held on for his second win at the 3/8-mile oval this season. Michael Pepper and Shaylon ‘Hollywood’ Holloway ran side-by-side at the drop of the green with Pepper leading lap one and Holloway lap 2. Holloway continued to lead at the halfway mark with Rogers now in second. Rogers then shot to the front with 3 laps to go for the victory. Chad Sterling finished in the runner-up spot, followed by Holloway, Jason Schoenberger and Casey ‘The Weiner’ Woken.

In Saturday night action, Colby’s Dustin Daniels took the lead on lap 17 in the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mod main event when leader Dakota Sproul went to the pits. Tanner Portenier, Blaine Walt, Trenton Kleweno and Daniel Gottschalk completed the top 5.

The 20-lap Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock A-feature saw Andrew Burg of Carlisle, IA, win his third race in a row. Burg took advantage of his pole starting position and led from green to checkered. Shay Simoneau chased Burg the entire distance but had to settle for second. ‘Bam Bam’ Cody Graham returned to finish third, followed by Brady Bencken and Colton Pfeifer.

Russell’s Toby Schwein led all 12 laps in the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact feature that had lots of action. The first came on lap 2 when Amber Bird rolled. Bird was okay but done for the night. Then the red came out again on lap 6 when Jakob Schwein’s car caught on fire during a caution period. At the checkers, it was Toby Schwein, Braxton Berry, Billy Turner, Art Herzog and Brandon Wise.

The Radke Implement ‘Crazy’ Cruiser division saw the father-son team of Brian & Shaylon Holloway of Osborne score win #4 on the season. Shaun Woods & Harlan Kuntzch were second, and Justin Yarmer & Levi Ryan third.

Racing action returns to RPM Speedway on Saturday, August 13. It will be ‘Ladies Night’ and all ladies will be admitted free in the grandstands.

Schoenberger, Rohleder win at RPM Speedway

July 12th, 2016

HAYS, KS -Russell’s Jason Schoenberger and Kyle Rohleder of Wakeeney were first time winners this season at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday evening, July 9.

Schoenberger edged out Jason Rogers buy a about a foot in the closest feature finish on the night in the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature. Shaylon ‘Hollywood’ Holloway led the first 2 laps, then was passed by Cody Zimmerman. But his lead was short-lived as Trevor ‘The Hit Man’ Schmidt took over the top spot the next lap. Schmidt continued to lead through lap 11 before Holloway went back in front. Schoenberger took command on lap 15 and led to the finish as he held off Rogers at the flagstand for the win. Nolan Remus was third, followed by Chad Sterling and Holloway. Holloway and Schoenberger were the heat race winners.

Rohleder took the lead on lap 2 from Marty Clark and led the remaining distance in the Gib’s Auto Supply IMCA Modified feature. A lap 13 caution bunched the field on the restart, and ‘The Iceman’ David Murray gave chase but could not catch Rohleder. ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick, Brian Knowll and ‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye rounded out the top five. Heat race winners were Knoell, Frye and Murray.

Polesitter Brenden Damon took the early lead in the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mod main event before Tyler Watts took the lead. Watts was able to hang on until lap 11 when Collyer’s Blaine Walt took the lead after a restart. A spinout on the last lap set up a one lap shootout to the finish and Walt held off a hard charging Daniel Gottschalk for the victory, his second of the year at Hays. Trenton Kleweno was third, followed by Watts and Dakota Sproul. Damon, Watts and Sproul were victorious in their heat races.

The 20-lap Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock A-feature saw Andrew Burg of Carlisle, IA, score his second win of the season. Duane Wahrman led the first 5 laps before Colton Pfeifer took the lead after a lap 6 restart. But Pfeifer broke on lap 15 and came to a stop to bring out a caution. Brady Bencken then led the field back to green, followed by Shay Simoneau and Burg. Burg took the lead on lap 16, Bencken was back in front on lap 17, then Burg regained the lead on lap 18. A caution on lap 19 set up a green-white-checkered finish and Burg held on to win over Bencken, Travis Coop, Simoneau, and Robert Leonard. Heat race victors were Wahrman, Cody Williams, and Burg.

Russell’s Jakob Schwein started 9th in the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact feature but charged through the field and took the lead from Billy Turner on lap 4 of the caution free 12-lap event, his third of the season. Turner finished second, trailed by heat race winner Randy Murphy, Amber Bird and Brandon Wise. Schwein also won a heat race.

The Radke Implement ‘Crazy’ Cruiser division saw the father-son team of Brian & Shaylon Holloway of Osborne score their third RPM Speedway feature win. They took the lead on lap 8 from Brady & Dee Bauer. Justin Yarmer & Levi Ryan finished second, followed by Shaun Woods & Harlan Kuntsch, and the Bauers. The Holloways also won the heat race.

Nex-Tech Wireless was the evening’s race sponsor.

It was Kid’s Night, so all kids 12 & under were admitted free with a paid adult. And it was also ‘Christmas in July’ as adults could bring a toy worth $5 or more and get in for $5 admission, with the toys going to the Ellis county ‘Toys for Tots’ program.

Racing action returns to RPM Speedway for the Ellis County Fair on Saturday & Sunday, July 16-17. The United Rebel Sprint Series will be on hand both nights, with IMCA support classes each night.

RPM Speedway rains out

June 28th, 2016

HAYS, KS –During hot laps at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday evening, June 25, heavy rains and strong winds invaded the speedway, forcing track officials to cancel the evening’s race program.

Racing returns to the 3/8-mile oval on Saturday, July 9. The six regular divisions will be in action starting at 7:00 p.m.

Frye, Gottschalk repeat at RPM Speedway

June 14th, 2016

HAYS, KS—‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye of Belleville and Daniel Gottschalk of Ellis made repeat appearances in the winner’s circle in their respective divisions at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday evening.

Marty Clark took the lead at the drop of the green in the Gib’s Auto Supply IMCA Modified feature until Frye took over the lead on lap 7. After a 3 car tangle on lap 9 to bring out a caution, Frye led the field back to green. Mike Petersilie chased Frye down and took control on lap 13, only to have Frye regain the lead on the following lap and hold on for his second win at Hays this year. ‘The Money Man’ Clay Money got by Petersilie late to claim the runner-up spot, with ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick and Jeremy Frenier rounding out the top five. Heat race winners were Jesse Richter and Kyle Rohleder.

Adam Weber took the lead in the 20-lap IMCA Sport Mod feature but spun on lap 4, giving the lead to Tyler Watts on the restart. Gottschalk passed Watts on lap 8 and continued to lead at the halfway mark with Blaine Walt moving to second. Watts took the lead on lap 14, but Gottschalk got back by on lap 18 and held off Walt for a trip to victory lane as Watts broke at the end. Tracy Holloway, Brian Conness and Dakota Sproul rounded out the top five. Heat race winners were J.R. Ewing, Watts, and Brian Fink.

The closest finish of the night was in the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature as heat two winner Arnold Williams of Russell got under leader Jason Schoenberger in turn four coming to the checkers to win by less than a car-length. Heat one winner Trevor ‘The Hit Man’ Schmidt took the lead at the start but Schoenberger took the lead on lap 3 and appeared to look for his second win in as many nights as he won the night before at Salina Speedway. But Williams stayed close the second half of the 20-lap event and tried to make a pass for the lead on several occasions but just came up short. But on the final lap, Williams dove inside of Schoenberger and made it stick to take the checkers. Jason Davis was third, followed by Chad Sterling and Aaron Gray. Kyle Pfeifer also won a heat race.

The 20-lap Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock A-feature saw Andrew Burg of Carlisle, IA, take the lead from William McBride on lap 5 and drive on for a trip to the winner’s circle. Point leader Eric Cross gave chase but settled for second, followed by Colton Pfeifer, heat two winner Robert Leonard, and Travis Coop. Brady Bencken won the other heat race.

Hometown driver Art Herzog won the survival in the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact feature as only 4 cars finished out of the 10 car field. Billy Turner led early on until Jakob Schwein took the lead on lap 5, only to have Turner regain the lead the following lap in the 12-lap event. But after a caution on lap 8, Turner stalled on the restart and ended his night, giving the lead to Herzog who drove away for the win. Lezley Tubbs finished second, followed by Paul Whittenburg and Brooke Russell. Heat race winners were Herzog and Brandon Wise.

The Radke Implement ‘Crazy’ Cruiser division saw the team of Jeff McQaude of Victoria and Toby Schwein of Russell lead all 12 laps. Dalton Bauer & Josh Crombie were second, trailed by Brian & Shaylon Holloway, Shaun Woods & Harlan Kuntzch, and heat race winners Justin Yarmer & Levi Ryan.

It was ‘Pink Out Night’ in honor of cancer survivors. The Ellis County Fire Department was also honored.

Racing action returns to RPM Speedway Saturday, June 25, with the regular six divisions in action. Race time is 7:00 p.m.

Sprint Cars, Late Models invade RPM Speedway

June 9th, 2016

HAYS, KS —The United Rebel Sprint Series made their first appearance of the year, and the NCRA made their first ever appearance at RPM Speedway on Sunday evening, June 5.

Kade Hagens took the early lead in the 25-lap URSS feature, followed by Nate Berry and Holcomb’s Luke Cranston. After a caution period on lap 2, the leaders quickly got into lapped traffic on lap 6. Berry got high in turn 2 on lap 8, allowing Cranston and Jake Bubak to move to second and third. Then as the field came out of turn 4 to the halfway mark, Cranston took the lead. Berry drove off turn 2 on lap 19 to bring out the final caution, giving the field a chance at Cranston. However Cranston was up to the challenge and drove on to victory lane. Bubak finished second, followed by Steven Richardson, Ty Williams and Tracy Hill. Heat race winners were Richardson, Hagens, and Jeremy Huish.

Delbert ‘The Ice Man’ Smith took the early lead in the NCRA Late Model main event and appeared to have the field covered in the 25-lap race. But Chris Kratzer and Manhattan’s Lyle Shepard slowly reeled in Smith with Shepard passing Kratzer for the runner-up spot. Then Shepard drove past Smith on lap 19 and went on to score his 4th win in a row in NCRA action. Heat two victor Smith held off Kratzer for second, with heat one winner Justin Bussell and Jimmy Segraves rounding out the top five.

The 20-lap Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock A-feature Duane Wahrman jumped out to the early lead, but Oakley’s Brady Bencken took over the top spot on lap 6. Shay Simoneau gave chase through a couple late caution periods but Bencken was able to beat the field to the checkers. Simoneau finished second, trailed by Eric Cross, Will Bauer, and heat two winner Duane Wahrman. T.C. McKain and William McBride also won heat races.

The Radke Implement ‘Crazy’ Cruiser division saw the father & son team of Brian & Shaylon Holloway of Osborne win their second feature in a row at the 3/8-mile oval. The Holloways took the lead from Justin Yarmer & Levi Ryan on lap 3 and led the remaining distance for the win. Heat race winners Dalton Bauer & Josh Crombie finished second, followed by Yarmer & Ryan.

It was also Steve King Foundation Night.

The evening’s races were sponsored by Miller Trucking of Lacrosse; Myers Engine Service and S & S Trailer Sales, both of Ness City; Vernie’s Trux and Equipment, and Toys 4 Trux, both of Hays; and Steve’s Electric & Roustabout of Plainville.

Racing action returns to RPM Speedway this Saturday, June 11, with the regular six divisions in action. It will be ‘Pink Night’ so race fans can wear pink to honor the fighters, survivors and those taken. Ellis County Firefighters will also be honored. Race time is 7:00 p.m.

All new winner’s in victory lane at RPM Speedway

May 18th, 2016

HAYS, KS—All new faces appeared in the winner’s circle at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday evening, May 14.

Salina’s Corey Lagroon led all 20 laps in the NAPA Auto Parts/Gib’s Auto Supply IMCA Modified feature. Lagroon started fifth but shot to the lead on the opening lap and never looked back. ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick, the defending track champion, finished second, and Brian Knoell, who won on Friday night at Salina Speedway, finished third. Heat one winner Tyler Frye finished fourth, with Mike Petersilie completing the top five. Kurtis Pihl and Kyle Rohleder also won heat races.

Arnold Williams looked to pick up the win in the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature, but Selden’s Jason Rogers had other ideas. Williams, who won the first of three heat races, started on the pole and shot out to an early lead. Williams looked to have the race in hand, but on lap 18, Rogers, who won the night before at Oberlin Speedway, took over the top spot and held off Williams for the victory. Heat three winner Jason Schoenberger finished third, followed by Casey ‘The Weiner’ Woken and Austin Carter. Cody Zimmerman also won a heat race.

The Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mod feature had several caution periods, but when the checkers waved, it was Collyer’s Blaine Walt out in front. Walt, who also won Friday night at Oberlin, took the lead on lap 16 and was able to beat Friday night’s Salina Speedway winner Daniel Gottschalk to the wire. Heat three winner Cody Pancake was third, trailed by Tracy Holloway and Rodger Peck. Cody Stefanski of Great Bend rolled his car during the race but was not injured. Brian Fink and Tyler Watts also won heat races.

The 20-lap Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock A-feature was a marathon as the caution flag waved as often as the green flag, but when all was said and done, Travis Coop of Portis found himself in the winner’s circle. Coop took the lead at the drop of the green and held off Iowa’s Andrew Burg the entire distance for the win. Shay Simoneau, Brady Bencken and Eric Cross rounded out the top five. Tony Slothower of Salina took a roll in the main event was not hurt. ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager, Colton Pfeifer and Brett Henke were victorious in the heat races, and Jeromy Wagner was first to the checkers in the B-main.

Hometown driver Brooke Russell picked up her first win of the season in the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact main event. Russell, the second heat winner, led all 12 laps and was able to hold off two-time winner Jakob Schwein to the checkers. Nebraska drivers Richard Crow and Travis Thelander finished third and fourth, followed by heat one winner Art Herzog.

The Radke Implement ‘Crazy’ Cruiser division saw the father & son team of Brian & Shaylon Holloway of Osborne take the lead at the halfway mark of the 12-lap feature and hold off heat race winners Justin Yarmer & Levi Ryan for the win.

It was Kid’s Night as all kids were admitted free with a paid adult. Seventy bicycles were given away thanks to various sponsors, and with the help of the NCK Tech College.

The evening’s races were sponsored by Carrico Implement.

Racing action returns to RPM Speedway on Saturday, May 28, with the regular six divisions in action. Race time is 7:00 p.m.

Gottschalk, Schwein repeat at RPM Speedway

April 27th, 2016

HAYS, KS-Daniel Gottschalk of Ellis and Russell’s Jakob Schwein made it two in a row in their respective divisions in racing action at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday evening, April 23.

Gottschalk made it two in a row in the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mod feature. First heat winner Brenden Damon took the early lead and appeared to have the race well in hand, but car problems sent him to the infield on lap 8, handing over the lead to Blaine Walt. Walt’s lead was shortlived as Brian Davidson took the lead at the halfway mark of the 20-lap race. A caution on lap 15 put 11th starting Gottschalk behind Davidson on the restart, and Gottschalk, who won Friday night at Oberlin, took advantage as he took the lead on the restart and held on for the win. Walt finished second, followed by 17th starting Tracy Holloway, Trenton Kleweno and Dakota Sproul. Pat Bedore and Brian Fink also won heat races.

Schwein made it two in a row in the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact main event. Heat two victor Schwein led all 12 laps to make his way to the winner’s circle. Amber Bird finished in the runner-up spot, trailed by Brandon Wise, Toby Schwein, and heat one winner Billy Turner.

Bruce Plumisto of Colby took the lead from Austin Carter on lap 9 of the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature and held off a charge by Kyle Pfeifer, the Friday night feature winner at Oberlin, for the win. Heat two winner Chad Sterling finished third, followed by Carter and Casey ‘The Weiner’ Woken. Trevor ‘The Hit Man’ Schmidt won the other heat race.

The NAPA Auto Parts/Gib’s Auto Supply IMCA Modified feature saw ‘The Money Man’ Clay Money of Penokee make his way to the winner’s circle. Money, who was involved in an accident Friday night at Oberlin, got the car back together with help from his pit crew and took the lead from early leader Mike Petersilie and drove on for the win. Petersilie was second, followed by heat 3 winner Nate Moore, ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick, and ‘The Ice Man’ David Murray. Kyle Rohleder and ‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye were also victorious in their heat races.

The 20-lap Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock feature saw Robert Leonard of Gibbon, NE, lead the entire distance in the caution filled event. Leonard, who won the second heat race, was followed all the way by heat 3 winner Colton Pfeifer, but Pfeifer could not make the pass and settled for second. ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager was third, with Eric Cross and Travis Coop completing the top five. Andrew Burg of Carlisle, IA, won the other heat race.

The Radke Implement ‘Crazy’ Cruiser division only had 3 cars take the green with heat race winners Jeff McQuad of Victoria & Justin Schwein of Russell first to the checkers in the main event, followed by Brian Brummer & Braden Hake

The evening’s races were dedicated to Cody Younger, lost but not forgotten.

April 30th’s races will feature the URSS Sprint Cars and the NCRA Late Models. Also on hand will be the IMCA-sanctioned Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts, along with the ‘Crazy’ Cruisers, School Buses and the Kansas Antique Racers. Race time is 7:00 p.m.

Regular season kicks off at RPM Speedway

April 13th, 2016

HAYS, KS—After a very successful Sunflower Classic two weeks ago, the regular points season got underway at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday evening, April 9.

The NAPA Auto Parts/Gib’s Auto Supply IMCA Modified feature had the wildest finish of the night. Danny Morrison led the opening lap before defending points champion ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick took the lead. Sherfick appeared to have the race well in hand until a caution on the final lap for a spinning car set up a one lap shootout to the finish. Sherfick led the field back to green, trailed by Morrison and ‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye of Belleville. As the field headed into turn two on the final lap, heat one winner Frye shot around Morrison for second, then dove under Sherfick in turns 3 & 4 and made it stick, then held on to the checkers by a car-length. Morrison was third, followed by ‘The Money Man’ Clay Money, and heat 2 winner Steven Bowers Jr.

The 20-lap Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock feature was close from green to checkered. Brady Bencken led the first lap before Salina’s Eric Cross took control. Several cautions kept the field close, with ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager glued to Cross’s back bumper the last half of the race. But Cross was up to the challenge and held off Hager for a trip to the winner’s circle, with Bencken third. Andrew Burg of Carlisle, IA, slid off the track on lap 4 and had to go to the back of the 23 car field but had the drive of the night and he drove back up through the pack to finish fourth, followed by heat 3 winner Cody Williams. Colton Pfeifer and Shay Simoneau also won heat races.

Stockton’s Chad Sterling passed lap one leader Kyle Pfeifer on lap 2 and drove on for the win in the Advantage Glass Plus 20-lap IMCA Stock Car feature. Second heat winner Jason Rogers chased Sterling but could not mount a serious threat and had to settle for the runner-up spot. Jason Davis was third, trailed by Aaron Gray and Nolan Remus. Bruce Plumisto and Pfeifer were victorious in their heat races.

The Golden B Hydra Drilling 20-lap IMCA Northern Sport Mod main event saw 3 different leaders. Eric Pfeifer charged to the front from his pole starting position at the drop of the green, before giving way to Blaine Walt on lap 3. After a lap 5 caution for a spinning car, Daniel Gottschalk of Ellis passed Walt and drove away for the win. Walt settled for second, followed by heat one winner Dakota Sproul, Trenton Kleweno, and Pfeifer. Trevor Geist also won a heat race.

Billy Turner looked to have the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact feature win well in hand until a caution on lap 4 came out. That gave Jakob Schwein of Russell the break he needed to take the lead and hold on for a trip to victory lane. Randy Murphy charged from 14th to second at the checkers, followed by Art Herzog and heat race winners Turner and Brooke Russell.

The Radke Implement ‘Crazy’ Cruiser division was a battle of survival as only 2 of the 5 cars finished the 12-lap feature. Justin Yarmer & Levi Ryan appeared to have the win in hand until they lost a wheel with 2 laps to go. Shaun Woods & Harbin Kuntzch of Russell then held off heat race winners Brian Brummer & Brayden Hake for the win.

The same 6 divisions return to RPM Speedway on Saturday, April 23, starting at 7:00 p.m. The evening’s races will be dedicated to Cody Younger, lost but not forgotten.

April 30th’s races will feature the URSS Sprint Cars and the NCRA Late Models.

Four drivers double up at Sunflower Classic

March 28th, 2016

HAYS, KS —One-hundred ninety race teams from 8 states converged on RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, on Friday & Saturday, March 25-26 for the 4th annual Sunflower Classic. Four drivers were able to back up their Friday night main event wins with another trip to the winner’s circle on Saturday.

The track held up well both nights with multiple grooves to make all the features very close and exciting.

On Friday night, Dominic Ursetta jumped to the early lead in the 25-lap IMCA Modified feature with Don Geist and Jeremy Frenier in tow. After a lap 13 caution, Jesse Sobbing took control on lap 14, followed by Ursetta and Jordan Grabouski of Beatrice, NE. Grabouski then took the lead on lap 22, and a late race caution set up a green-white-checkered finish. ‘Grabo’ held on for the win over a hard charging Tyler Frye. Sobbing finished third, followed by Ursetta and ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick. Anthony Roth and Chris Bragg won the 2 B-mains.

The 25-lap IMCA Stock Car feature was close the entire race. Jeff Whiting led the opening lap before Justin Bussell took the lead. But Bussell spun with 3 laps to go to bring out a caution and had to go to the tail end of the restart. That handed the lead over to Mike Nichols, who led the field the remaining distance for the victory. Casey Woken, Corey Dumpert, Angel Munoz and Jason Schoenberger rounded out a close top five. Michael Pepper won the B-feature.

Brendon Damon took the lead at the drop of the green in the 20-lap IMCA Sport Mod feature, but was passed by Colby’s Dustin Daniels after a lap 3 restart. Daniels held off the field to the checkers for the win, with Ryan Moser edging Trenton Kleweno at the line for third, with Blaine Walt and Bryan Herrick completing the top five, but Herrick failed post-race tech and Brandon Spanger was scored fifth. The B-feature winner was Dakota Sproul.

‘Bam Bam’ Cody Graham led the first 9 laps of the 20-lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature before last year’s track champion ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager of Hays assumed command. Hager was able to hold off Graham to the finish for the win. Andrew Burg, who started 20th in the 24-car field, drove his way to third, trailed by Tyrel Smith and Jamie Songer. Cody Williams won the B-feature.

Scott Spellmeier of Beatrice, NE, led all 15-laps in the caution filled IMCA Sport Compact feature. Billy Turner finished second, followed by David Norquest, Brooke Russell and Nick Lindblad.

On Saturday night, Grabouski took the lead from polesitter Scott Smith on lap 10 of the IMCA Modified main event. Grabouski led the field at the halfway mark of the 25-lap race, trailed closely by Tyler Frye. Frye’s night ended on lap 22 when he drove off turn 2 on a restart. Jesse Sobbing made a late charge but had to settle for second behind Grabouski, followed by Jeremy Frenier, David Murray Jr. and Dominic Ursetta. Eddie Belec and Steven Bowers Jr. were both victorious in their B-mains.

Nick Tubbs took the early lead in the 25-lap IMCA Stock Car feature, but Mike Nichols drove to the lead on lap 7. Nichols and Tubbs got caught up in lapped traffic which made for an exciting race as the two worked their way around slower cars but Nichols was first to the wire for the second night in a row. Bruce Plumisto finished third, followed by Cory Dumpert and Casey Woken. Kyle Clough was first to the checkers in the B-feature.

Trenton Kleweno led the field at the start of the 20-lap IMCA Sport Mod feature, and continued to lead at the halfway mark. Then Dustin Daniels got by Kleweno on lap 13 and led the field to the checkers. Daniel Gottschalk passed Kleweno late for the runner-up spot, with Trent Roth and Bryan Herrick rounding out the top five. Henry Henderson topped the 10-car B-main.

Cody Williams of Minneapolis was the new face in victory lane Saturday night as he passed lap one leader Duane Wahrman on lap 2 and led the remaining distance in the 20-lap IMCA Hobby Stock main event. Jacob Olmstead chased Williams the last half of the race but had to settle for second, followed by Adam Armstrong, Tommy Fose and Jamie Songer. Lyle Russell won the B-feature.

Scott Spellmeier was victorious for the second night in a row in the 15-lap IMCA Sport Compact feature. Spellmeier passed leader Richard Crow on lap 10, only to have Crow regain the lead on the following lap as the top pair got caught up in lapped traffic. Spellmeier regained the lead as they came to the white flag and held on for the victory. Nick Lindblad was third, followed by Jakob Schwein and David Dembowski.

The weekend’s race sponsors were Xtreme Motorsports and D & B Motors of Great Bend.

The regular season opener will take place on Saturday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m. with IMCA-sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts. The ‘Crazy’ Cruisers will also be in competition.

Five IMCA divisions run at RPM’s Sunflower Classic special

March 22nd, 2016

HAYS, Kan. – RPM Speedway opens the 2016 sea­son with the Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26 Sun­flower Classic special.

Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds run for $1,000 to win each night. Both features are qualifying events for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational bal­lot.

Also running both nights of the fourth annual Classic are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $750 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both for $500 to win and Mach-1 Sport Com­pacts run for $200 to win.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, re­gional and Allstar Performance state, but no local track points, will be awarded.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. on Friday. Gates open at 3 p.m., hot laps are at 5 p.m. and racing is at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Gates open at 5 p.m. for the Thursday, March 24 open practice.

Grandstand admission Friday and Saturday is $10 for adults, $5 for chil­dren ages 6-12 and free for five and un­der. Pit passes are $25 on Thursday and $30 on Friday and Saturday. One-time entry fees are $75 for Modifieds, $50 for Stock Cars, $40 for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods, and $30 for Sport Compacts.

Reserved parking will be observed. Event sponsors are Xtreme Motor Sports and D & B Motors.

More information is posted at www.rpmspeedway.net and is also avail­able by calling promoter Rod Bencken at 785 672-0123.

RPM Speedway closes out season with Fall Nationals

October 6th, 2015

HAYS, KS —RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, wrapped up the 2015 racing season with Fall Nationals IX on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 1-3. Over 220 race teams from 13 states converged on the 3/8-mile oval over the three day period. IMCA-sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern Sport Mods and Hobby Stocks competed in heat races and qualifiers on Friday night, then last chance races on Saturday to try and make the 24-car main events in their respective divisions.

In the Hobby Stock main event, Brandon Beeter of Minot, ND, made the long haul worthwhile as he started on the pole and led all 25 laps to claim the $1,500 winner’s check. The caution flag only waved twice, but Beeter was able to hold on for the win. Andrew Burg of Adel, IA, who won a feature back in March during the Sunflower Classic, chased Beeter the entire race and stayed close but could not get close enough to make a pass and had to settle for second. Kyle Bond finished third, followed by Colin Heim and Kyle Pfeifer.

Hometown driver Trenton Kleweno took the lead in the Sport Mod feature and continued to lead at the halfway mark of the 25-lap feature. But after a caution on lap 17 when Cody Pancake hit the frontstraight wall, ‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye of Belleville passed Kleweno on the restart and led the remaining distance to claim his fifth fall nationals win and a $2,000 payday.

“Trenton was fast, but we found something before he did and made it work,” said Frye.

Kleweno held on for second, with Blaine Walt, Tyler Watts and Nate Ginest rounding out the top five. Dustin Daniels had finished third but was disqualified in post-race tech.

The Stock Car feature had the fans on the edge of their seats for all 30 laps with several drivers in the lead pack wanting the $3,000 winner’s check. Casey ‘The Weiner’ Woken led the opening lap, followed by Angel Munoz and Nick Tubbs. Munoz took the lead on lap 2, then was passed on lap 10 by Jason Rogers. Munoz regained the lead by the halfway mark, but Woken then took the top spot on lap 17. Munoz passed Woken one lap later and held off several drivers for a trip to victory lane. Rogers finished second, trailed closely by Justin Bussell, Woken, and J.C. Howell.

“Man, I can’t say enough about these stock car drivers,” Munoz said in the winner’s circle. “It was my second night in this stock car and my second win.”

Munoz, Lamar, CO, is a two-time fall nationals winner in a hobby stock, and now has a stock car win to go with it.

A $5,000 winner’s check awaited one of the 24 Modified drivers that topped a 71 car field. Hunter Marriott of Brookfield, MO, took advantage of his front row starting spot to take a lead he would not relinquish and drove away for the win. A couple of cautions gave the field a chance but Marriott was up to the challenge, lapping cars at bay in the 40-lap race. Ryan Gaylord won the close battle for second over Cody Gearhart, with Eddie Belec fourth and Kyle Rohleder fifth.

On Thursday, the IMCA Sport Compacts and Cruisers ran a complete program.

The sport compact feature got off to a rocky start as Dale Donnie rolled his car on the opening lap off the backstretch. He was okay but done for the night. Toby Schwein led the opening lap before Ryan Murphy took over the lead. But Randy Murphy of Ellis got under Ryan in turn 2 on lap 9 of the 12-lap event to drive on for the win. Art Herzog was third, followed by Brooke Russell and Schwein.

Brady & Dee Bauer took the lead at the drop of the green in the Cruiser main event. But the Bauers made contact with Josh Crombie & Mathew Jones, who had just taken the lead, and the caution was thrown on lap 13. Crombie & Jones then led the final 2 laps for the win. Bauers worked their way back to second, followed by Austin Tammen & Cole Dinges.

The 2015 Wall of Fame winner was announced with modified driver Ronnie Hill of Sharon Springs the recipient of the award. Ronnie was the track champion in the modified division 10 years ago when the track first opened and has supported the speedway ever since.

The weekend’s race sponsors were Xtreme Motorsports, Casey’s General Stores, Honas Tank Service, Rock Ridge Ranch, Budweiser, Dynamic Drivelines, Briney Motorsports and Skillet & Sons Trucking.

Track officials would like to thank all the drivers, fans, sponsors and track help for their support during the 2015 racing season.

RPM Speedway will have Full Program on October 1st-3rd

September 21st, 2015

RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, will be hosting Fall Nationals IX on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 1-3.

Thursday night’s program will be a complete program for the IMCA Sport Compacts with $300 going to the feature winner, and the Cruisers will compete for a $200 winner’s check. Racing will get underway at 7:00 p.m. The IMCA- sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern Sport Mods and Hobby Stocks will also have a test & tune on Thursday
night.

Friday night will feature heat races and qualifiers for the Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern Sport Mods and Hobby Stocks starting at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, those same 4 divisions will compete in last chance races and features.

The Modified feature will pay $5,000 to win, Stock Cars $3,000 to win, Northern Sport Mods $2,000 and Hobby Stocks $1,500. Racing will get underway at 6:00 p.m. Pit passes will be $25 on Thursday night, and $30 on both Friday and Saturday.

Grandstand admission will be $10 for adults on Thursday and Friday, and $15 on Saturday.

Fall Nationals IX is sponsored by Xtreme Motorsports and fueled by Casey’s General Stores.

For more information, contact promoter Rod Bencken at 785-672-0123.

Sherfick, Bencken double up at Hays

August 26th, 2015

HAYS, KS -It was a big night of racing action at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday night, August 22, with 4 make-up features from the rained out August 8th races first up on the card, followed by a regular racing program with all 5 regular divisions. The Race Cars for Superstars for Big Brothers/Big Sisters also took place.

‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick of Wakeeney doubled up on the night, winning both S & W Supply IMCA Modified features. In the make-up feature, Tim Watts led the opening lap, then was passed on lap 2 by Cody Gearhart. The first caution waved on lap 4 when ‘The Wichita Lineman’ Randy Wilson went off the track. When the green flag returned, ‘Rapid’ Ronnie Hill passed Watts to take the point. On lap 7, Sherfick passed Hill to take a lead he would not relinquish. Sherfick was followed to the checkers by Hill, Kyle Rohleder, ‘Gentleman’ Jerry Phillips and Mike Petersilie. In the regular feature, Watts led the first 2 laps before Gearhart took the lead on lap 3 after a restart. Gearhart led the field to the halfway mark, but was passed by Sherfick on lap 16. Sherfick led the final 4 laps to score his second win the night and third of the season at the 3/8-mile oval. Gearhart held on for second, followed by Rohleder, ‘The Z Man’ Jeremy Zorn and Hill.

Oakley’s Brady Bencken also scored a double on the night by going to the winner’s circle twice in the Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock division. Cody Williams led the first 2 laps of the 20-lap make-up feature before Bencken took the lead. Bencken pulled away in the caution free event for the win, followed by Jace Smith, Tony Slothower, ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager and Duane Wahrman. In the regular feature, Williams again took the lead at the drop of the green, only to be passed by Bencken on lap 7. A couple of cautions kept the field close but Bencken was able to hold off the charge for his fourth win of the year at Hays. Hager finished in the runner-up spot, followed by Wahrman, Colton Pfeifer and ‘Bam Bam’ Cody Graham. Cody Ghumm rolled his car after a lap 13 restart. He was done for the night but was not injured.

Nolan Remus of Cawker City won the crash filled Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car make-up feature. Eight cars were unable to finish the race due to accidents, including Cody Zimmerman who rolled on lap 7. Zimmerman was not hurt. Remus passed Jason Davis on lap 15 to take the lead. Jeff Tubbs followed Remus to the finish line, followed by Arnold Williams, Davis and ‘The Taz Man’ Tyler Hahn. In the regular feature, ‘The Spiderman’ Nick Tubbs put his new car in victory lane. Tubbs took the lead from Tyler Tipton on lap 4 and charged away for the victory. Tipton held on to second, followed by Hahn, Jeff Tubbs and Williams.

In the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mod make-up feature, Blaine Walt charged to the lead on lap 17 to notch his first win at Hays. C.J. Pfannenstiel led the first 10 laps before a caution waved on lap 11 when Tim Augustine spun. On the restart, Brenden Damon passed Pfannenstiel for the top spot before being passed by Walt. Damon finished second, followed by Nate Ginest, Daniel Gottschalk and Pfannenstiel. In the regular feature, Tyler Watts led the opening lap before Ginest took control. Clay ‘The Money Man’ Money then took the lead on lap 9 and held on the final 11 laps for his fourth win at RPM Speedway this season. Dustin Daniels charged through the field to finish second, followed by Ginest, Walt, and Trenton Kleweno.

Art Herzog of Hays led all 12 laps to pick up his third feature win of the season at his hometown track in the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compacts. Point leader Kiowa Higdon finished second in the caution free race, followed by heat race winner Randy Murphy, Kyle Benoit and Kirk Pfannenstiel.

In the Race Cars for Superstars for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Brennan Uehling raised the most money individually with $5,000. Uehling was unable to drive in the race but Cale Good filled in. In the main event for the Superstars, Zach Thompson was first to the checkered flag. Jessica Johnson rolled on the last lap of the feature but was okay. Altogether, the Superstars raised $30,250.

Racing action returns to RPM Speedway on Saturday, August 29. The United Rebel Sprint Series returns for their final appearance at the 3/8-mile oval this season. They will be joined by the Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stocks, Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compacts, Radke Implement Cruisers, and the School Buses.

Three first time winners at Hays

August 12th, 2015

HAYS, KS—Three first time winners stood in victory lane at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Friday evening, August 7.

Beloit’s Jake Krone became the first of the three first time winners in the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mod feature. Krone, a former track champion, took the lead on lap 16 when he passed Dakota Sproul and held on for the win. Sproul, who took the lead from Bentley Pywell on lap 5 after a restart, settled for second, followed by Blaine Walt, Trenton Kleweno and Clay ‘The Money Man’ Money. Heat race winners were Tyler Watts, Brenden Damon, and Sproul.

Point leader Chad Sterling of Stockton took the lead from heat two winner Perry Misner on lap 4 of the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature and drove away for the win in the caution free 20-lap event. Heat one winner Tyler Tipton finished second, trailed by Nolan Remus, Jason Rogers and Casey ‘The Weiner’ Woken.
Mike Petersilie of Hoisington took the lead on lap 2 from ‘The Wichita Lineman’ Randy Wilson and drove on for his first RPM Speedway win this season. ‘Rapid’ Ronnie Hill chased Petersilie most of the race but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Jason Schoenberger edged out Wilson for third, with ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick rounding out the top five.

Brady Bencken of Oakley picked up his second A-feature win in the Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock division. Bencken took advantage of his pole starting position and led all 20 laps enroute to a trip to victory lane. Mark Normandin followed Bencken most of the race but had to settle for second. Point leader ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager finished third, followed by heat two victor Eric Cross and Colton Pfeifer. Heat race winners were Duane Wahrman, Cross and Bencken, with Monte Honas first to the checkers in the B-feature.

Art Herzog of Hays took the lead from Brooke Russell on lap 7 of the 12-lap Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact main event and held on to win his second feature at his hometown track. Russell came to a stop on lap 8 to bring out the only caution. Herzog led the field back to green and scored the win. Toby Schwein, heat one winner Kirk Pfannenstiel, Kiowa Higdon and Jarrett Lunow completed the top five. Randy Murphy also won a heat race.

The evening’s race program was sponsored by Carrico Implement.

The same five divisions returned on Saturday night, August 8, and were joined by the Radke Implement ‘Crazy’ Cruisers. However after only 2 of the 6 main events were completed, incoming weather forced track officials to halt the race program. The hobby stocks, sport mods, stock cars and modifieds will make up their features at the next race on Saturday, August 22.

Kiowa Hidgon won his third Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact feature after he inherited the lead on lap 11. Race leader Toby Schwein had the race well in hand until his car caught fire on lap 11 to bring out a red flag. Schwein escaped unharmed but was done for the night. Higdon, who was running second, then led the field back to green and led the final two laps for the win. Randy Murphy, heat race winner Art Herzog, Bailey Galvin and Brooke Russell rounded out the top five.

After winning the heat race, Jeff McQuade of Victoria and Justin Schwein of Russell teamed up to complete the sweep in the Radke Implement Cruiser feature. Brady & Dee Bauer finished second, followed by Justin Yarmer, Shannon Maughlin and Austin Tammen.

The Saturday night program, which was ‘Ladies Night’ with all ladies admitted free, was sponsored by Argent Energy.

RPM Speedway supplied free watermelon in the pits prior to the Saturday evening races.

Earlier in the day, 2 track officials, 2 drivers and 6 race fans gathered at Arthur’s Pizza and Mexican Food in Ellis to take on the ‘Monster Pizza Challenge’. The two 5-member teams had 40 minutes to complete the challenge. The team of flagman Mike Meredith, driver Kiowa Higdon, and race fans Jarrett Leiker, Alan Heroneme and Dan Pyle downed their 29” monster pizza in a time of 20:43 to win. Winning team members received snoball and popcorn cards from Cerv’s, and race passes and t-shirts from RPM Speedway.

RPM Speedway hosts fair races

July 16th, 2015

HAYS, KS >RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, kicked off the 2015 Ellis County Fair with races on Saturday & Sunday, July 11-12, at the 3/8 mile oval.

The United Rebel Sprint Series competed both nights for the Wheatshocker Nationals.  Support classes on Sunday night were the S & W Supply IMCA Modifieds and the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Cars.  Saturday night, the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mods, Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stocks, Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compacts and Radke Implement Cruisers also competed.  Also making their first ever appearance at RPM Speedway Saturday night were the Outlaw Mini Sprints.

Sunday night was the final night for the URSS looking to crown a Wheatshocker Nationals winner.  And at the end of the caution filled 30-lap feature, it was Zach Blurton of Quinter holding off Saturday night’s feature winner Steven Richardson of Liberal for the win.  On the final lap, Richardson reeled in Blurton in the final two corners and made a charge but Blurton held on by inches for the win.  Two time national champion Jake Bubak was third, followed by Luke Cranston and Koby Walters.

‘Gentleman’ Jerry Phillps took the early lead in the Modified feature and led the field through the first caution flag that waved on lap 7.  On the restart, Wakeeney’s Kyle Rohleder shot to the lead and held on for a trip to the winner’s circle.  Marty Clark charged back to second place, trailed by ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick, Cody Gearhart and Phillips.

Point leader Chad Sterling took the lead at the drop of the green in the Stock Car main event before a caution waved on lap 2.  Jason Rogers chased down Sterling and took control on lap 12 and held off Sterling for the victory.  Third place went to Jared Remus, followed by Arnold Williams and Bruce Plumisto.

Richardson topped the 35 car URSS field on Saturday night, with Ty Williams, Bubak, ‘Flyin’ Brian Herbert and Cranston completing the top five.

Daniel Gottschalk of Ellis led all 20 laps in the Sport Mod A-main.  Outside polesitter Blaine Walt gave chase the whole race but had to settle for the runner-up spot, followed by Jake Krone, ‘The Money Man’ Clay Money, and Trenton Kleweno.

Goodland’s Tyrel Smith won the Hobby Stock feature with Kyle Pfeifer glued to his back bumper all 20 laps.  Pfeifer actually passed Smith for the lead on lap 7 but the caution waved when Duane Wahrman spun, so the pass did not count as the field reverted back to the last completed lap.  Mike Traskowsky finished third, followed by Robert Leonard and Eric Cross.

Randy Murphy of Ellis led all 12 laps in the caution free Sport Compact feature to make a return appearance in victory lane.  Kiowa Higdon, Kirk Pfannenstiel, Dallas Dunn and Bailey Galvin rounded out the top five.

Braden Hake & Brandon Brummer of Tipton teamed up to win the Cruiser feature.  Jeff McQuad & Justin Schwein were second and Brady & Dee Bauer third.

Rick Hedge of Nebraska won the Outlaw Mini Sprint feature, with heat race winner Bobby Layne of Kansas City second.

Racing returns to RPM Speedway on Friday & Saturday, August 7-8, with the regular five classes in action on Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.  The Cruisers will join the regular 5 classes on Saturday with race time at 7:00 p.m.

Rogers and Money repeat winners at Hays

July 1st, 2015

HAYS, KS—Jason Rogers of Selden and Clay ‘The Money Man’ Money from Penokee made return appearances in the winner’s circle at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, on Saturday evening, June 27.

Rogers became the first repeat winner in the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car division at Hays this year. Rogers took the lead on lap 7 from Arnold Williams. A caution on lap 19 set up a green-white-checkered finish, giving the field a shot at Rogers, but Rogers, the winner the night before at Thomas County Speedway in Colby, was up to the challenge and held on for his second win of the year at the 3/8-mile oval. Williams was second, followed by Chad Sterling, Aaron Gray and Jason Davis. Heat race winners were Cody Zimmerman, Rogers, and Geoff Jermark. Money won his third Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mod feature. Tyler Watts led the opening lap until a pileup in turns 1 & 2 on lap 2 brought out a caution and eliminated 4 cars from the 23 car field. Watts led the field back to green, but Money took a lead on lap 7 he would not relinquish. A couple of caution flags kept the field close but Money drove on for the trip to the winner’s circle. Daniel Gottschalk finished in the runner-up spot, with heat 3 winner Jake Krone, Tracy Holloway and Watts rounding out the top five. Blaine Walt and Brendon Damon also won heat races.

Great Bend’s Jesse Richter notched a win in his belt in the S & W Supply IMCA Modified division. Corey Lagroon led the first four laps before a multi car tangle in turn 2 on lap 5. When the green flag returned, Jason Schoenberger got around Lagroon for the top spot. But that was short lived as Richter chased down Schoenberger and made the winning pass on lap 8. Kyle Rohleder made a late charge but had to settle for second, with Schoenberger, Lagroon and ‘Gentleman’ Jerry Phillips completing the top five. Phillips, ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick, Richter and Mike Petersilie were all victorious in their heat races, with Kevin Gray first to the checkers in the B-feature.

Brady Bencken of Oakley picked up his first feature win in the Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Bencken led the first seven laps before Eric Cross took the lead to try and make a return appearance in victory lane at RPM Speedway. Cross still led the field at the halfway mark of the 20-lap race with Bencken right behind. Then on the following lap, the top 2 cars got into lapped traffic and Bencken chose the right lane to get through the traffic and regained the lead. A caution on lap 19 set up another green-white-checkered finish but Bencken was not to be denied as he drove on for the win. Travis Coop, Cross, ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager and Kent Tammen would complete the top five. Bencken, Kyle Pfeifer and Tyrel Smith were all victorious in their heat races.

Randy Murphy of Ellis took the lead on lap 2 from Kirk Pfannenstiel and drove away for his first Hays win in the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact feature. Kirk held on for second, followed by Kiowa Higdon and Jarrett Pfannenstiel. Art Herzog won the heat race.

The Radke Implement Cruisers were also on hand, and the husband & wife team of Brady & Dee Bauer of Ness City bested the 6 car field for the feature win. Braden Hake & Bryon Brummer was second, followed by heat race winners Jeff McQuad & Justin Schwein.

The evening’s race program was sponsored by Discovery Drilling.

Racing action returns to the 3/8-mile oval during the Ellis County Fair on Saturday & Sunday, July 11-12. The United Rebel Sprint Series and Colorado Mini Sprints will be competing both nights. Also racing on Saturday night will be the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mods, Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stocks, the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sports Compacts and the Radke Implement Cruisers. Sunday night, joining the sprint cars and mini sprints will be the S & W Supply IMCA Modifieds and the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Cars. Race time each evening is 7:00.

Four first time winners at Hays

June 17th, 2015

HAYS, KS-Multiple grooves at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday evening, June 13, made for some close and exciting feature races and saw 4 first time winners this season at the 3/8-mile oval.

In the S & W Supply IMCA Modified feature, Corey Lagroon led the first 2 laps before ‘The Z Man’ Jeremy Zorn took over the top spot in the 20-lap caution free race.  But 10th starting ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick of Wakeeney slowly worked his way through the field and used lapped traffic to his advantage to get by Zorn on lap 18 to take the lead and hold on for the win.  Steven Bowers Jr. finished third, followed by Cody Gearhart and Lagroon.  Heat race winners were Sherfick, Nate Moore, and Gearhart.

Jeff Tubbs of Colby was able to hold off a hard charging Chad Sterling to claim top honors in the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature.  Trevor ‘The Hit Man’ Schmidt led the first 4 laps before the first caution waved on lap 5.  On the restart Tubbs passed Schmidt to take the lead.  Schmidt stayed close and passed Tubbs on lap 11, but that was short lived as Tubbs regained the lead on lap 13 and held on for a trip to the winner’s circle.  Second heat winner Sterling was second, trailed closely by Schmidt, B.J. Wagoner and ‘The Spiderman’ Nick Tubbs.  Aaron Gray and Jason Rogers also won heat races.

The only repeat winner on the night was ‘The Money Man’ Clay Money of Penokee in the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mod A-feature.  Dakota Sproul led the opening lap before Trenton Kleweno took the lead after a lap 2 restart when polesitter Ryan Stevenson spun.  Kleweno continued to lead at the halfway mark of the 20-lap event, but Money patiently worked his way to the front and made the winning pass on lap 13 to score his second win of the season at Hays.  Kleweno held on for second, with ‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye, Austin Carter and Blaine Walt rounding out the top five.  Money, Nate Ginest, Frye and Kleweno were heat race victors, while Shane Meeks took top honors in the B-feature.

Eric Cross looked to be on his way to his second win of the season in the Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock feature, but Damar’s Shay Simoneau had other ideas.  Simoneau stayed close to Cross and made the pass for the top spot on lap 8.  Simoneau was able to hang on to the lead through a couple more cautions for his first trip to victory lane at RPM Speedway.  Cody Williams finished in the runner-up spot, followed by heat one winner Cross, Colton Pfeifer and Kyle Pfeifer.  Roger Garrison and Brady Bencken were victorious in their heat races.

Toby Schwein of Russell had a clean sweep in the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact division.  After winning the heat race, Schwein led all 12 laps of the main event for the sweep.  Randy Murphy was second and Art Herzog third.

The evening’s race program was sponsored by Gib’s Auto Supply of Hays and Lacrosse, your local NAPA auto parts dealer.

Racing action returns to the 3/8-mile oval on Saturday, June 13, with the regular five divisions in competition.  It will be ‘All American Night’ so wear your red, white and blue.

Sprint Cars invade Hays

June 2nd, 2015

HAYS, KS—The United Rebel Sprint Series made their first appearance of the season at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, on Saturday, May 30, with Koby Walters of Liberal picking up his second URSS win of the season.

Tracy Hill and Keefe Hemel started on the front row of the 25-lap main event with Hemel leading the opening lap. But Jed Werner took over the top spot on lap 2 until he was passed by Steve Richardson on lap 5. Richardson continued to lead the field at the halfway mark. The caution waved on lap 16 when heat two winner Conner Atkinson came to a stop. Richardson led the field back to green but was passed by Werner on lap 20, only to have his car slow and stop on lap 21 to bring out the final caution. On the restart, lap one winner Walters made the winning pass and held on to win over Werner, the Hill City ‘Hot Shoe’ Jeff Radcliffe, Lance Davis and James Riner.

‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye of Belleville kept his weekend winning streak intact as he won his second feature of the season at Hays in the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mod Class. Frye, who also won Thursday night at US 30 Speedway in Columbus, NE, and Friday night at Oberlin, KS, Speedway, passed Jake Krone on lap 16 of the 20-lap feature to drive on for the win in the caution plagued race. Krone held on for the runner-spot, trailed by Daniel Gottschalk, Joe Couse and point leader Austin Carter. Heat race winners were Trenton Kleweno, Gottschalk, and Pat Bedore.

Salina’s Eric Cross took the lead on lap 7 from Oscar Runyon and drove on for his first feature win at Hays in the Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock class. Cross was challenged early on by heat two winner Cody Williams, then late in the 20-lap race by Shay Simoneau but was able to hang on for the win. Kyle Pfeifer was third, followed by heat three winner Garrett Hager, and Duane Wahrman. T.C. McKain also won a heat race.

Hometown driver Kiowa Higdon made his second trip to victory lane in the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact division. Higdon led all 12 laps to score the win. Randy Murphy finished second, followed by heat two winner Art Herzog, Nathan Barton and Toby Schwein. Higdon won the other heat race.

The Radke Implement Cruisers made their second appearance at the speedway with heat race winner Jeff McQuad of Victoria & Justin Schwein of Russell leading all 12 laps in the main event. Brady & Dee Bauer gave chase but had to settle for second, followed by Austin Tammen.

Mike Wagner won his second Tom’s Machine & Welding School Bus feature at the 3/8-mile oval beating a four bus field to the checkers.

The evening’s race program was sponsored by Steve’s Roustabout of Plainville; Miller Trucking, LaCrosse; Myers Engines and S & S Trailer Sales, Ness City; Vernie’s Trux N Equipment/Toys 4 Trux and Carrico Implement of Hays.

Racing action returns to the 3/8-mile oval on Saturday, June 13, with the regular five divisions in competition. It will be ‘Race for a Cure’ Pink Out Night. The green flag flies at 7:00 p.m.

RPM Speedway weathered out

May 14th, 2015

HAYS, KS–Due to inclement and strong storms in the area, race officials at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, canceled the race program Saturday, May 9, sponsored by Discovery Drilling.

Racing returns to RPM Speedway on Saturday, May 23.  It will be Kids Night and several bicycles will be given away.  Race time is 7:00 p.m.

Crandall canceled, Ardmore now Thursday

May 7th, 2015

The USMTS Caseys Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental event slated for this Thursday, May 7, at the RPM Speedway has been canceled. Therefore, the series has moved the show at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., from Wednesday to fill that Thursday date.

From there, the series travels to the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., on Friday, May 8, before wrapping up the weekend on Saturday, May 9, at the Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, La.

All three events will pay $3,000 to win and award points in the Double H Bands Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports

Garrett makes it two in a row at Hays

April 30th, 2015

HAYS, KS—Hometown driver Garrett ‘The Wild Child’ Hager won his second feature race in a row at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday evening, April 25, as over 110 race cars and 7 school buses checked into the pits.

Garrett Hager won his second Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock A-feature in a row at his hometown track. Brady Bencken led the first 11 laps of the 20-lap event when Robert Leonard slowed to bring out a caution. While under caution, Bencken went to the pits with a flat tire. That handed the lead over to Shay Simoneau when the green flag returned, only to be passed by ‘The Wild Child’ on the following lap. Hager held on through 2 more caution periods to make his return appearance to the winner’s circle. Duane Wahrman finished in the runner-up spot, followed by Mark Normandin, Jacob Olmstead, and Leonard, who returned to finish the race. Heat race winners were Kyle Pfeifer, Travis Coop, Bencken, and Jeromy Wagner, while Roger Garrison took top honors in the B-feature.

The most emotional feature win of the night went to Casey ‘The Wiener’ Woken of Norton. Woken took the lead on lap 7 from ‘The Spiderman’ Nick Tubbs and drove away for the victory in the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car main event. Woken and girlfriend Chelsey Calvin lost their house and belongings, including their family pet, in a fire several days prior to Saturday night’s races. Jason Rogers chased Woken but had to settle for second. Tubbs finished third, trailed by heat one winner Josh Crombie, and Chad Sterling. Heat two winner Cody Zimmerman was sixth.

Nate Moore led the first 5 laps of the S & W Supply IMCA Modified main event until the lights blew out on the back straightaway to bring out a caution. The lights came back on shortly and racing resumed. On the restart, Wakeeney’s Kyle Rohleder powered past Moore and drove on for the win. Mike Petersilie worked his way up to finish second, with Cody Gearhart, ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick, and heat three winner Steven Bowers Jr. completing the top five. David Murray and ‘Rapid’ Ronnie Hill were also victorious in their heat races.

C.J. Pfannenstiel led the first two laps of the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Sport Mod A-feature before the first caution waved for Tracy Holloway, who coasted to a stop on the track. On the restart, Blaine Walt took over the top spot as Pfannenstiel got high in turn 4 and fell back to fourth place. Walt continued to lead through a lap 18 caution when polesitter Eric Pfeifer spun. On the restart Walt drifted high in turn two and let Austin Carter, Nate Ginest and Jake Krone drive by. Carter held on to the checkers, followed by Ginest, Krone, ‘The Money Man’ Clay Money, and Bentley Pywell, who finished second in the B-feature to advance to the A-main. Heat race winners were Walt, Daniel Gottschalk, Krone, and Money, with Cory McGann winning the B-feature.

Hometown driver Kiowa Higdon picked up where he left off last season at RPM Speedway. Higdon won 8 features last year and got his first win this season in the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact division. Higdon led all 12 laps to score the win. Art Herzog finished second, followed by Brandon Lobdell and Paul Whittenberg. Ed Jasper rolled off turn 2 on the final lap, landed on his wheels, drove back on the track, and drove around to the checkers to finish fifth.

The Tom’s Machine & Welding School Buses made their first appearance of the season Saturday night. Mike Wagner took the lead on lap 3 in the main event and powered away for the win. Art Herzog finished second.

The evening’s race program was dedicated to Cody Younger.

Racing action returns to the 3/8-mile oval on Saturday, May 9, with the regular five divisions in Competition. The green flag flies at 7:00 p.m.

Rogers holds on for win at Hays

April 15th, 2015

HAYS, KS–RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, fueled by Casey’s General Stores, opened the regular points season Saturday night, April 11, with over 100 race teams on hand.

After four runner-up finishes already this season, Selden’s Jason Rogers finally made it to victory lane in the IMCA Stock Car division but had to hold off a stubborn Chad Sterling to do it.  Sterling led the opening lap before Rogers took the lead on lap 2 before the first caution flag waved.  Rogers was able to hold on to the lead with Sterling trying high and low to make a pass.  As the leading duo came out of turn four to the checkers, Sterling made a charge but came up half a car-length short as first heat winner Rogers held on.  Shaylon Holloway finished third, followed by Nolan Remus and second heat winner Tyler Tipton.

Cody Gearhart of Turpin, OK, led all 20 laps in the IMCA Modified feature.  Gearhart got out to a big lead at the halfway mark and finished a straightaway ahead of third heat winner ‘Smokin’ Joe Cleveland at the finish line.  ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick, Jesse Richter and second heat victor Mike Petersilie rounded out the top five.  Trent Gray also won a heat race.

Defending track champion ‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye of Belleville started off the points season with a trip to victory lane in the IMCA Sport Mod main event.  Frye passed lap one leader Nate Ginest on the second lap and never looked back.  Frye got into heavy lapped traffic late in the 20-lap event but kept his distance ahead of third heat winner Ginest at the finish.  Fourth heat winner Austin Carter finished third, followed by ‘The Money Man’ Clay Money and former track champion Jake Krone.  Other heat race winners included Daniel Gottschalk and Brenden Damon, with Cory McGann taking top honors in the B-feature.

Hometown driver Garrett Hager led all 20 laps to win the IMCA Hobby Stock feature.  ‘The Wild Child’ was able to hold the field off at bay through several cautions to claim the checkers.  Tyrel Smith, who had the drive of the night in any division, finished in the runner-up spot.  Smith started 12th in the B-feature but won that race to start 17th in the A-main.  Smith steadily worked his way through the 20-car field to finish second.  Brian Stich was third, followed by Colton Pfeifer and Travis Coop.  Heat race winners were Robert Leonard, Monte Honas, Ron Wehling, and Coop.

Art Herzog of Hays was another defending track champion that won the main event in his respective division.  After winning the IMCA Sport Compact heat, Herzog took the lead from Kiowa Higdon on lap 2 and drove on for the win.  Randy Murphy was second, followed by Higdon, Kirk Pfannenstiel and Nathan Barton.

The Cruisers made their first appearance of the season and the mother and son team of Dee Bauer & Josh Crombie drove their way to the winner’s circle.  Jeff McQuad won the heat race.

The evening’s race sponsor was Dreiling Field Services.  The first 150 kids in the stands also received free Kids Club t-shirts.

Racing action returns to the 3/8-mile oval on Saturday, April 25, with the regular five divisions in competition.  The green flag flies at 7:00 p.m.

Large field gathers for Sunflower Classic

April 3rd, 2015

HAYS, KS —RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, kicked off the 2015 racing season with the Sunflower Classic, sponsored by Xtreme Motorsports and D & B Motors, both of Great Bend, and powered by Casey’s General Stores, with over 150 race teams from an 8 state area competing for added prize money over the two nights Friday & Saturday, March 27-28.

Clay Sellard of Ellis started outside pole in the 25-lap IMCA Modified A-feature, jumped out to a quick lead, and never looked back in the caution free event to make his way to victory lane and a $1,000 payday Saturday night. Friday night’s feature winner Jesse Sobbing of Malvern, IA, chased Sellard the second half of the race but settled for the runner-up spot, followed by Cody Gearhart, Ryan Heger and ‘The Z Man’ Jeremy Zorn.

Mike Nichols of Harlan, IA, picked up where he left off 365 days ago as he claimed the win and $750 in the IMCA Stock Car A-main. Nichols, who won both nights of the Sunflower Classic one year ago, took the lead on lap 10 of the 25-lap race from ‘The Spiderman’ Nick Tubbs. Casey Woken finished second in the caution filled event, followed by Friday night winner Kyle Vanover, Chad Sterling, and Tubbs.

‘The Money Man’ Clay Money of Penokee led all 20 laps in the IMCA Sport Mod main event, the same race he won a year ago. ‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye chased Money most of the race but could not mount a serious threat and settled for second. Friday night’s feature winner Daniel Gottschalk was third, trailed by Blaine Walt and Delbert ‘The Ice Man’ Smith. The win was worth $500 for Money.

Duane Wahrman led the opening lap of the 20-lap IMCA Hobby Stock A-feature before Jesse VanLaningham of Beatrice, NE, took a lead he would not relinquish enroute to a $500 payday. Fellow Beatrice driver and national points runner-up last year Adam Armstrong would finish in the second spot, with ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager, Tyrel Smith and Kyle Bond rounding out the top five.

Ramsey Meyer of Pierce, NE, led all 12 laps in the caution free IMCA Sport Compact feature. Kirk Pfannenstiel, Art Herzog, Kiowa Higdon and Randy Murphy completed the top five. Meyer pocketed $200 for the win.

In racing action on Friday night, Jesse Sobbing took the lead on lap 9 and drove on for the win and a $1,000 paycheck in the IMCA Modified A-main. Four-time national champion David Murray Jr. settled in the runner-up spot, followed by Mike Densberger, ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick, and Cody Gearhart.

Kyle Vanover of Beatrice, NE, led all 25-laps in the IMCA Stock Car A-feature but was challenged throughout the race by Jason Rogers and Mike Nichols. Vanover was up to the challenge for the win and $750. Rogers held off Nichols for second, followed by Tyler Tipton and Casey Woken.

Kurtis Pihl led the first 4 laps of the 20-lap IMCA Sport Mod main event before Daniel Gottschalk of Ellis took control and led the rest of the way to the checkers and a $500 payday. ‘The Money Man’ Clay Money got by ‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye on the last lap for second place. Dakota Sproul finished fourth and Joe Couse fifth.

Andrew Burg of Adel, IA, made his first ever appearance at RPM Speedway and made it worth the long drive as he led all 20-laps of the IMCA Hobby Stock A-main, which garnered him a $500 winner’s check. Kyle Bond, Colton Pfeifer, Jesse VanLaningham and Tyrel Smith rounded out the top five.

Ramsey Meyer took the lead from Art Herzog on lap 4 of the 12-lap IMCA Sport Compact feature. Kiowa Higdon passed Herzog for second, with Kirk Pfannenstiel and Randy Murphy finishing fourth and fifth.

Racing action returns to the 3/8-mile oval on Saturday, April 11, with the regular five divisions in competition. The green flag flies at 7:00 p.m.

RPM Speedway rained out

October 12th, 2014

HAYS, KS—The Extreme Motorsports Fall Nationals VIII fueled by Casey’s General Stores at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, this past weekend was rained out and will not be rescheduled.

Rain started to fall Thursday afternoon and continued into Friday afternoon, forcing track officials to cancel the race program both nights.

The sun came out on Saturday and track prep crews did their best to try and roll in the track, but with all the rain, they were unable to do so and officials had to cancel the Saturday show as well.

RPM Speedway would like to thank all the sponsors, drivers and fans for their support during the 2014 racing season.

RPM Speedway to host Fall Nationals VIII

October 3rd, 2014

HAYS, KS—RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, will be hosting the Xtreme Motorsports Fall Nationals VIII, fueled by Casey’s General Stores, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 9-11.

Thursday night’s program will feature a complete program for the IMCA Sport Compacts and the ‘Crazy’ Cruisers starting at 7:00 p.m. There will also be a test & tune session for IMCA-sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern Sport Mods and Hobby Stocks. There will be free grandstand admission on Thursday night with the gates opening at 6:00.

Friday night will feature heat races and qualifying races for the IMCA-sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern Sport Mods and Hobby Stocks starting at 7:00 p.m. Grandstand admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 & under, with the gates opening at 5:00.

Saturday night’s program will consist of last chance races and features for the Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern Sport Mods and Hobby Stocks with the green flag flying at 6:00 p.m. Grandstand admission will be $15 for adults and $5 for children, and the gates will open at 4:00.

Pit passes will be $25 per day with kids 12 & under $10. The pits will open at 12 noon Thursday, and at 10:00 a.m. Friday & Saturday. Pit concessions will open at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, 12 noon on Friday, and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Camping and shower facilities are available at the track.

The Modified main event will pay $400 to start and $5,000 to win. Stock Cars will compete for a $3,000 winner’s check with $250 to start. The Northern Sport Mod main event will pay $2,000 to the winner, and $1,500 to the Hobby Stock winner.

Over 200 race teams from 8 states are expected, including local, state, regional and national champions.

This event is sponsored by the Rock Ridge Ranch, Honas Tank Service, Budweiser, DC Services, Golden B Hydra Drilling, Skillett & Sons Trucking and Quality Oilwell Cementing.

For more information, you can check out Rolling Plains Motor Speedway on facebook, or the track’s website at www.rpmspeedway.net. You may also call promoter Rod Bencken at 785-672-0123.

Track champions crowned at RPM Speedway

September 25th, 2014

HAYS, KS —RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, held championship night on Saturday, September 20, to compete and crown the 2014 track champions. It was a wild finish in two of the five divisions, and a wild finish to the night in the school bus feature.

David Murray appeared to have the S & W Supply IMCA Modified track championship well in hand with a 16 point lead over ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick of Wakeeney. Nineteen cars took the green flag so Sherfick still had a mathematical chance to claim the title. The evening ended early for Murray as he broke on lap 5 to bring out a caution. Race leader ‘The Z Man’ Jeremy Zorn led the field back to green with Clay Sellard of Ellis and Jesse Richter following. Sellard took the lead at the halfway mark of the 20-lap race and went on to win his first feature at RPM Speedway this season. But the move of the night came with just a handful of laps remaining when ninth starting Sherfick passed Zorn to finish in the runner-up spot and claim the track title by a mere one point. Mike Petersilie and Ryan Heger finished fourth and fifth. Heat race winners were Petersilie, Corey Lagroon, and Richter.

The other points race came in the Rebel Tank Service IMCA Hobby Stock class as ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett had a 4 point advantage over Adam Armstrong of Beatrice, NE. Twenty-four cars lined up to take the green in the main event with Armstrong starting tenth and Hager 11th. Shay Simoneau jumped out to the lead and led the field through 3 caution periods before ‘Bam Bam’ Cody Graham took the lead on lap five. Graham continued to lead at the halfway mark of the 20-lap event with Armstrong now second, while Hager was still stuck mid-pack in traffic. Then on lap 16, Armstrong took the lead from Graham and drove on for his fourth win of the season at the 3/8-mile oval. Graham finished second, followed by Ron Wehling, Kyle Pfeifer and Colton Pfeifer. But Wehling did not pass post-race tech, moving everyone up one spot. Hager was scored seventh and came up 2 points short, giving Armstrong the track title. Roy Armstrong, Simoneau, and Brady Bencken were heat race victors.

As 20 Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Cars lined up for their main event, Jeff Tubbs of Colby held an 18 point advantage over brother Nick ‘The Spider Man’ Tubbs. Chad Sterling of Stockton led all 20 laps to make his first trip to the Jason Oil winner’s circle this season. Arnold Williams gave chase the entire race but had to settle for second, trailed by Jason Rogers, Nick Tubbs and heat one winner Jeff Tubbs, who claimed the points title. Tyler Tipton and Nolan Remus also won heat races.

‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye of Belleville basically had a wrap on the Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Mod feature by taking the green flag in the main event. Frye had a 24 point lead over Daniel Gottschalk of Ellis. Gottschalk did his part as he passed Blain Walt on lap 6 and led the rest of the 20-lap distance for his first win at Hays this year. ‘The Money Man’ Clay Money finished second, followed by track champion Frey, Nate Ginest and Walt. Heat race winners included Eric Pfeifer, Gottschalk and Ginest, with Tracy Holloway first to the checkers in the B-feature.

All Art Herzog of Hays had to do was take the green flag in the Tom’s Machine & Welding feature race to claim the track title, and that he did as he led 10 of 12 laps in the main event before Kiowa Higdon of Hays took over the top spot and make his eighth trip to victory lane this season. Heat race winner Randy Murphy finished third behind Herzog, with Michael Smith and Kirk Pfannenstiel completing the top five.

Darren Unrein won the school bus feature after he rolled his bus in turn one. The race was called with Unrein leading the final green flag lap to claim the win.

The evening’s race sponsor was Hays Chevrolet.

It was also Race Cars & Superstars Night with the fundraiser for area Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs. The superstars raised a record total $52,715 with April Basgall raising the most money with $11,950. Gene Sneath of Plainville won the superstarts feature event.

Racing will take place for Fall Nationals VIII at RPM Speedway on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 9-11. There will be a complete program on Thursday night for the IMCA Sport Compacts and ‘Crazy’ Cruisers starting at 7:00 p.m. Friday night will see heat races and qualifiers for the IMCA-sanctioned Hobby Stocks, Northern Sport Mods, Stock Cars and Modifieds starting at 7:00 p.m.

The action gets underway on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. with last chance races and main events for the same four divisions.

Double features at RPM Speedway

August 19th, 2014

HAYS, KS—Over 100 race teams gathered at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, on Saturday evening, August 16. Double features were run in both the IMCA Stock Car and IMCA Modified divisions from a rain shortened program on August 2.

In the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car makeup feature, ‘The Spiderman’ Nick Tubbs of Colby took the lead at the drop of the green and led all 20 laps for his first win at Hays this year. Brother Jeff Tubbs chased Nick most of the race but could not make a pass. Angel Munoz got by Jeff Tubbs late to finish in the runner-up spot, with B.J. Wagoner fourth and Jason Davis fifth.

Bob Arnold led the opening lap of the second feature before Tyler Tipton of Weskan drove away for his first win at Hays this season. A couple of cautions gave the rest of the field a chance, but Tipton pulled away each time to score the victory. Jeff Tubbs, B.J. Wagoner, Nick Tubbs and Jason Schoenberger rounded out the top five. Heat race victors were Jeff Tubbs and Nick Tubbs.

Hoxie’s Chris Heim followed suit and he led from green to checkered in the 20-lap S & W Supply IMCA Modified makeup feature for his first Hays victory. Jesse Richter chased Heim the entire distance but had to settle for second, followed by point leader David Murray, Corey Lagroon and Cody Gearhart.

In the evening’s regular feature, Heim again looked to be the man to beat before ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick of Wakeeney took a lead he would not relinquish. A couple of cautions kept the field bunched but Sherfick drove on for his first win of the season at RPM Speedway. Kyle Rohleder finished second, trailed by Eddie Belec, Cody Gearhart and Troy Plummer. Heat race winners were Rohleder, Gearhart and Heim.

Kurtis Pihl shot to the lead at the start of the Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Sport Mod feature and looked to be on his way to a win. But Tony Fisher spun in turn four on lap 6 and was hit by Pihl, ending the leader’s night. Brenden Damon led the field back to green but was then passed by Osborne’s Tracy Holloway. Holloway held off a stellar field for his first trip to victory lane at Hays. ‘The Money’ Man Clay Money, Daniel Gottschalk, Damon, and Cory Struckhoff completed the top five. Nate Ginest, Eric Pfeifer and Pihl all won heat races.

Garrett ‘The Wild Child’ Hager won his fourth Rebel Tank Service IMCA Hobby Stock feature at his hometown track, and with the win, took the point lead. Shay Simoneau led the first 5 laps before Brady Bencken assumed command. Bencken led the field at the halfway mark of the 20-lap race before Hager made the winning pass on lap 12. Adam Armstrong, the point leader going into the night, chased Hager but had a tire go down on the last lap, giving him a sixth place finish. Travis Coop finished in the runner-up spot, trailed by Bencken, Colton Pfeifer and Mike Traskowsky. Heat race victors were Armstrong, Kyle Pfeifer and T.C. McKain.

Hometown driver Kiowa Higdon drove to his seventh feature win of the year in the Tom’s Machine & Welding IMCA Sport Compact feature but was challenged all the way by Kirk Pfannenstiel. Pfannenstiel led the first six laps before Higdon took the lead after a restart on lap 7. Pfannenstiel then passed Higdon on lap 7 but Higdon got back out front on lap 8 and held on the final 2 laps. Pfannenstiel had to settle for second, followed by Art Herzog, Michael Smith and Randy Murphy. Herzog and Pfannenstiel were victorious in their heat races.

The race was sponsored by Argent Energy. It was also ‘Girls Night Out’ with all ladies admitted free to the grandstand.

Racing returns to RPM Speedway on Saturday, August 30. The United Rebel Sprint Series will make their final appearance of the season, and the NESmith Late Models will return. IMCA Sport Compacts, Cruisers and School Buses will also compete. Race time is 7:00 p.m.

Mother Nature shortens show at RPM Speedway

August 7th, 2014

HAYS, KS—RPM Speedway officials in Hays, KS, had to shorten the racing program Saturday evening, August 2, when a continuous drizzle and lightening forced officials to cancel the IMCA Stock Car and Modified features. Those 2 features will be made up at the next race program on Saturday, August 16.

Utica’s Austin Walker led all 20 laps enroute to his first Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Mod feature at Hays, his second victory of the week after his feature win at Wakeeney the previous Sunday. Several caution flags kept the field close, but Walker was up to the challenge and drove off for the trip to victory lane. ‘The Money Man’ Clay Money finished second, followed by Daniel Gottschalk, Blaine Walt, and point leader Tyler ‘The Frye Man’ Frye. Heat race winners were Walt, Walker and Frye.

Garrett ‘The Wild Child’ Hager won his third Rebel Tank Service IMCA Hobby Stock feature at his hometown track. Hager took the lead from Tyrel Smith on lap 15 and held on through a late race caution to claim the victory. ‘Bam Bam’ Cody Graham finished in the runner-up spot, trailed by Duane Wahrman and heat race winners Adam Armstrong and Kent Tammen. Point leader Ron Wehling finished 15th, so Armstrong is the new point leader with a slim lead over Hager. Hager also won a heat race.

Hometown driver Kiowa Higdon drove to his sixth feature win of the year in the Tom’s Machine & Welding IMCA Sport Compact feature but Dean Herzog made him work for it. Herzog led the first 5 laps before Higdon took the lead at the halfway mark of the 12-lap race. Herzog got back around Higdon on the following lap, but heat one winner Higdon took the lead for good on lap 8 and held on for the win. Heat two winner Michael Smith passed Dean Herzog out of turn 4 on the final lap to edge out the runner-up spot. Richard Tegethoff was fourth and point leader Art Herzog fifth.

The race was sponsored by Black Teal Oil LLC.

Racing returns to RPM Speedway on Saturday, August 16, with the regular five divisions in action starting at 7:00 p.m. The make-up features for the stock cars and modifieds will open the program, with a full show to follow. It will also be ‘Girls Night Out’ and all ladies will be admitted free to the grandstands if they arrive by 7:00.

Fair races at RPM Speedway kick off Ellis county fair

July 16th, 2014

HAYS, KS —RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, hosted auto races to kick off the Ellis County Fair on Saturday, July 12.

Ron Wehling of Russell won his second Rebel Tank Service IMCA Hobby Stock A-feature of the season but had to work hard to earn the trip to victory lane. Wehling jumped to the lead at the drop of the green with Shawn Slezak of Milligan, NE, in hot pursuit. At the halfway mark of the 20-lap race, Slezak was still glued to Wehling’s back bumper with Adam Armstrong closing in to make it a three car race. The leaders got into heavy lapped traffic on lap 15 and Armstrong took advantage to take the lead on the following lap. However the caution flag waved, putting Wehling back in front on the restart. Wehling was able to hold on for the win with Slezak getting past Armstrong for the runner-up spot. Brady Bencken and Duane Wahrman rounded out the top five. Heat race winners were T.C. McKain, Jason Sucky, Slezak and Wehling, with Cody ‘Bam Bam’ Graham taking the checkers in the B-feature.

Twenty-four cars started the 20-lap Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Mod feature. Outside polesitter Clay ‘The Money Man’ Money jumped out to the early lead with former track champions ‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye and Beloit’s Jake Krone in tow. Money continued to lead to the halfway mark before Krone took over the top spot. Krone was able to hang on enroute to his first win of the year at Hays. Frye finished second, followed by Dustin Daniels who charged from 22nd to third. Heat race winners Nate Ginest and Cory Struckhoff rounded out the top five. Brian Conness and Frye also won heat races.

Second heat race winner Art Herzog of Hays led all 10 laps of the Tom’s Machine & Welding IMCA Sport Compact feature to make his first trip to victory lane at his hometown track. Kiowa Higdon was second, followed by heat one winner Michael Smith, rookie Garrett Kuhlmann and Richard Tegethoff.

After winning the heat race, the duo of Brady & Dee Bauer of Ransom claimed the checkers in the Cruiser feature.

Hometown driver Kiowa Higdon led all 12 laps to score his first IMCA Sport Compact feature at the 3/8-mile oval. Kirk Pfannenstiel reeled in Higdon but ran out of laps and settled for second. Third was Michael Smith, followed by heat two winner Art Herzog and Madison Reed. Higdon was victorious in the other heat race.

The United Rebel Sprint Series returned for the first of two nights of the Wheatshocker Nationals. John Webster led the first 5 laps before Luke Cranston took the lead. The first caution waved on lap 12, putting Cranston in front on the restart, followed by ‘The Rainman’ Ray Seeman, Webster, Brian Herbert and J.D. Johnson. The red flag waved on lap 18 when Johnson rolled on the frontstraight and was tagged by Koby Pearce. No one was injured by both drivers were done for the night. Cranston continued to lead the field through a couple more caution periods but held off Seeman to the checkers, with Herbert, Steven Richardson and Jake Bubak completing the top five. Heat race victors were Richardson, Herbert, Seeman and Ty Williams. Bubak and Pearce were victorious in the two B-features. Adam Trimble rolled his car off turn 2 in his heat race but was not injured.

The race was sponsored by the Ellis County Fair Association.

Racing returns to RPM Speedway on Saturday, August 1, with the regular five divisions in action starting at 7:00 p.m.

NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader returns to RPM Speedway

June 9th, 2014

HAYS, KS—NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader returned to RPM Speedway Saturday night, June 7, to compete in the IMCA Modified division with his #9 Federated Auto Parts modified.

Twenty-four cars started the 20-lap S & W Supply modified A-main with outside polesitter Tim Watts jumping out to an early lead, trailed by Jesse Richter, Corey Lagroon, Brian Calhoon and Kevin Gray. Then Lagroon took over the top spot on lap 3 and held on to that position thru lap 12. Then ‘The Iceman’ David Murray of Oberlin got under Lagroon in turns 3 & 4 on lap 13 and assumed command. The man on the move however was Kyle Rohleder. Rohleder reeled in Murray and was about to make a pass when the final caution waved on lap 18. Murray was able to hold on after the restart for his third feature win at Hays this season. Rohleder finished second, followed by Lagroon, ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick and Watts. Schrader finished sixth. Heat race winners were Eddie Edwards, Murray, Calhoon and Richter, with ‘The Z Man’ Jeremy Zorn winning the B-feature.

After his hometown track Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte, NE, rained out, Casey Werkmeister made the long haul to Hays worthwhile as he won the 20-lap Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car main event. Werkmeister took the lead from Scot Granzella on lap 7 and led the remaining distance to the checkers. Heat one winner Michael Pepper finished second, trailed by Tyler Tipton, heat two victor Granzella, and Nolan Remus.

Over 30 Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Mods checked in with 24 cars qualifying for the A-main. Kaid Calhoon jumped to the early lead, but gave it up to Kurtis Pihl on lap 3. Pihl continued to lead at the halfway mark, followed by Collyer’s Blaine Walt and ‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye. Then on lap 11, Frye took the high groove to drive by both Walt and Pihl to take the lead. But as the field came to the white flag, Walt drove by Frye and held on to make his way to the winner’s circle. Daniel Gottschalk finished third, followed by Trenton Kleweno and Pihl. Walt, newlywed Brenden Damon, ‘The Money Man’ Clay Money and Dakota Sproul were all victorious in their heat races, while Nate Ginest claimed the win in the B-feature.

The 20-lap Rebel Tank Service IMCA Hobby Stock A-feature saw its share of caution flags. Jacob Olmstead led the first 3 laps before Trevor ‘The Hit Man’ Schmidt took command. Schmidt continued to lead through several caution periods and led the field at the halfway mark. Then ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager took the lead and drove on to his second main event win in a row at his hometown track. Schmidt held on for second, with Adam Armstrong, Ron Wehling and Cody ‘Bam Bam’ Graham rounding out the top five. Heat race winners included Billy McBride, Wehling, Armstrong, and Brady Bencken. Jeromy Wagner won the B-feature.

Kiowa Higdon appeared to have won his fourth Tom’s Machine & Welding IMCA Sport Compact feature in a row. Higdon took the lead from Amber Bird on lap 2 of the 12-lap race and was first to the checkers, followed by heat one winner Smith, Art Herzog, Bird, and Madison Reed. But Higdon was disqualified as he did not pass post-race tech, giving Smith his second win of the year at Hays. Kirk Pfannenstiel won the other heat race.

The evening’s race sponsor was Federated Auto Parts/S & W Supply.

Racing returns to RPM Speedway on Saturday, June 14. The United Rebel Sprint Series makes their first appearance of the season, and for the first time ever at RPM Speedway, the Late Models was invade the 3/8-mile oval. They will be joined by the IMCA Sport Compacts, Cruisers and School Buses. Race time is 7:00 p.m

Ginest, Hager, Watts news faces in Hays winner’s circle

May 27th, 2014

HAYS, KS —Great Bend’s Nate Ginest, hometown driver Garrett ‘The Wild Child’ Hager, and Beloit’s Tim Watts were first time winners this season at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday night, May 24.

The Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Mod 20-lap feature got off to a rough start as Michael Copper and Brandon Belvill crashed into the frontstretch wall on the opening lap. Both drivers were okay but done for the night. Jeremy Couse led the first 2 laps before a caution waved for a spinning Ryan Gier. On the restart, Ginest shot to the lead and never looked back. Several cautions kept the field close, and point leader ‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye stayed on the back bumper but could not make a pass and settled for the runner-up spot. Heat race winners Daniel Gottschalk and Blaine Walt finished third and fourth, with Brenden Damon rounding out the top five. Cory Struckhoff also won a heat race.

Brady Bencken led the first half of the 20-lap Rebel Tank Service IMCA Hobby Stock feature before Hager took the lead at the halfway mark. Hager was able to hold off a late charge by Ron Wehling to make his first trip to the winner’s circle, with Monte Honas, Trevor ‘The Hit Man’ Schmidt and Eric Ross completing the top five. Heat race winners were Hager, Adam Armstrong, Travis Coop and Jason Sucky, with Daniel Irwin winning the B-feature.

Watts took the lead on lap 3 of the S & W Supply 20-lap IMCA Modified feature from Trent Gray and held on to make his first trip to victory lane this season. Rob Day started 11th and worked his way to second to challenge Watts but had to be content in the runner-up spot. Heat race winners Jesse Richter and David ‘The Iceman’ Murray placed third and fourth with Jason Schoenberger finishing fifth. Watts was victorious in the other heat race.

Cody Zimmerman led the opening lap of the Advantage Glass Plus 20-lap IMCA Stock Car feature before Kevin Wagoner took the lead on lap 2. The caution then waved on lap 3 when Scot Granzella lost a wheel. When the green flag replaced the yellow, Selden’s Jason Rogers took the lead and drove on to score his second feature win in a row at Hays. Jeff Tubbs was second, followed by heat race winners Nick ‘The Spiderman’ Tubbs and Nolan Remus. Bruce Plumisto finished fifth.

Kiowa Higdon of Hays won his third Tom’s Machine & Welding IMCA Sport Compact feature in a row. Higdon led all 12 laps for the win. Dallas Dunn tried to get under Higdon in turns 3 & 4 on the final lap but had to settle for second. Michael Smith, Art Herzog and Madison Reed rounded out the top five. Reed and Kirk Pfannenstiel won the two heat races.

Mike Wagner topped a 7 bus field to win the School Bus feature.

The evening’s race sponsor was Baker Hughes. It was also Girl Scout Night and all girl scouts in uniform were admitted free.

Racing returns to RPM Speedway on Saturday, June 7, with the regular five divisions in action, and NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader will return to compete. Race time is 7:00 p.m.

Rogers, Wehling news faces in Hays winner’s circle

May 14th, 2014

HAYS, KS —Jason Rogers of Selden and Russell’s Ron Wehling were first time winners this season at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday night, May 10.

Rogers took the lead from Cody Williams on the second lap of the 20-lap Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature and led the rest of the way to the checkers. B.J. Wagoner finished second, followed by Dustin McClurg, heat two winner Jason Davis, and Nolan Remus. Point leader Jeff Tubbs won the other heat race.

Wehling took control of the 20-lap Rebel Tank Service IMCA Hobby Stock feature on lap 5. Mike Giesenhagen led the opening lap before Monte Honas moved into the top spot. After a lap 4 caution, Wehling shot past Honas for the lead and was able to hold off ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager and point leader Adam Armstrong in a close race to the finish. Trevor ‘The Hit Man’ Schmidt and Cody ‘Bam Bam’ Graham rounded out the top five. Heat race winners were Schmidt, Travis Coop, Wehling and Armstrong. Jason Sucky won the B-feature.

‘The Iceman’ David Murray of Oberlin won his second S & W Supply IMCA Modified feature at Hays this season. Heat one winner Jesse Richter led the first 8 laps before Murray made the pass. ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick made a late race charge but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Kyle Rohleder was third, trailed by second heat winner Mike Petersilie and Eddie Belec.

Tyler Frye of Belleville continued his dominance in the Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Mod division as he won his fourth feature in five races at RPM Speedway this season. ‘The Frye Man’ took the lead from heat one winner Tracy Holloway on lap 11 and held on in a caution plagued 20-lap race that saw only 8 out of 21 starters take the checkers. ‘The Money Man’ Clay Money was second, followed by heat two victor Daniel Gottschalk, Holloway, and Brian Conness. Nate Ginest and Cory Struckhoff also won heat races.

Kiowa Higdon of Hays won his second Tom’s Machine & Welding IMCA Sport Compact feature in a row. After a lap 2 caution in the 12-lap event, Higdon took the lead from Dean Herzog on the restart and led the remaining distance. Dean Herzog, heat race winners Art Herzog and Kirk Pfannenstiel, and Madison Reed rounded out the top five.

The Cruisers made their first ever appearance at RPM Speedway and heat race winners Tony & Talbot Driscoll took the lead from Cole Dinges & Austin Tammen with 2 laps remaining to win the main event. Brady & Dee Bauer finished third.

The evening’s race sponsor was Carrico Implement. It was also Kids Night and 62 bicycles were given away.

Racing returns to RPM Speedway on Saturday, May 24, with the regular five divisions in action along with the school buses. Race time is 7:00 p.m.

Frye, Armstrong, Tubbs repeat at RPM Speedway

May 1st, 2014

HAYS, KS -RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, returned to racing action Saturday night, April 26, with three drivers making repeat appearances in victory lane.

Adam Armstrong of Beatrice, NE, was the first of the three drivers to repeat as he took the lead from Trevor ‘The Hit Man’ Schmidt on lap 12 of the 20-lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature.  Monte Honas led the first 9 laps before Schmidt took control.  But Armstrong, who started 12th, worked his way forward and into the lead to go on to win his third features of the year at Hays.  Ron Wehling finished second, followed by Colton Pfeifer, first heat winner ‘Cheeseburger’ G.W. Fuller and Jeromy Wagner.  H.J. Colburn, ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager, and Armstrong also won heat races, while Darren Unrein beat the field to the checkers in the B-feature.

‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye of Belleville won his third IMCA Sport Mod feature in a very competitive 20-lap A-main.  Jake Krone led the first 5 laps before the first caution flag flew.  After the restart, Trenton Kleweno used the top line to his advantage to take the lead, only to give way back to Krone on the following lap.  Kleweno took the lead back at the halfway mark when the red flag came out on lap 11 when Tracy Holloway’s motor breathed fire.  After the restart, Frye went from third to first for a lap before Kleweno retook the top spot.  But Frye took command again on lap 13 and held on for a trip to victory lane.  Kleweno finished in the runner-up spot, trailed by Daniel Gottschalk, Austin Carter, and Krone.  Heat race winners included Nate Ginest, Krone, Blaine Walt, and Frye.  Cory Struckhoff took top honors in the B-feature.

Colby’s Jeff Tubbs won his second IMCA Stock Car feature, also in a very competitive race with fellow Colby drivers Nick ‘The Spiderman’ Tubbs and B.J. Wagoner.  Cody Williams led the first 2 laps before Nick Tubbs took the lead.  Then at the crossed flags, Wagoner held the top spot.  The caution flew on lap 17 when Michael Pepper spun and Wagoner led the field back to green, only to be passed by both Tubbs brothers on the restart with Nick leading Jeff.  Jeff then took the lead on lap 18 with Nick back in front at the white flag, but Jeff made the winning pass on the last lap in an exciting finish.  Nick held off Wagoner for second, with Jason Davis and Geoff Jermark scored fourth and fifth.  Nolan Remus and Jeff Tubbs were heat race winners.

Jason Schoenberger of Russell led all 20 laps to score the win in the IMCA Modified feature.  David Murray chased Schoenberger the entire distance but could not make a pass and had to settle for the runner-up spot.  Cody Gearhart flew from 15th to finish third, with ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick and Clay Sellard rounding out the top five.  Heat race winners included Corey Lagroon, Murray, and Nate Moore.

Hometown driver Kiowa Higdon led all 12 laps to score his first IMCA Sport Compact feature at the 3/8-mile oval.  Kirk Pfannenstiel reeled in Higdon but ran out of laps and settled for second.  Third was Michael Smith, followed by heat two winner Art Herzog and Madison Reed.  Higdon was victorious in the other heat race.

It was Merchants Night with several area merchants offering tickets to race fans.

Racing returns to RPM Speedway Saturday, May 10, with the regular five divisions returning at 7:00 p.m. along with the school buses.  It will also be ‘Kids Night’ and there will be a drawing for bicycles.

Sobbing, Murray capture IMCA Modified checkers at RPM’s Sunflower Classic

April 4th, 2014

HAYS, Kan – More than 160 race teams from eight states made the trip to RPM Speedway for the season-opening Sunflower Classic and Jesse Sobbing and David Murray Jr. drove home with the biggest checks.

Each earned $1,000 for their IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature wins at Hays. Both were already qualified for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

In Friday’s opener, Jeremy Frenier started outside pole and stayed in front to lap 16, when Sob­bing got underneath coming out of turn four to take a lead he would not relinquish. Lapped traffic came into play but Sobbing held off Murray, who finished inches ahead of Cody Gearhart for se­cond. Frenier and Jeff Hunter rounded out the top five.

On Saturday, Travis Hatcher led the first eight laps before Dylan Sherfick and Murray shot past following a restart. As the field came out of turn four at the halfway mark, Murray got under Sherfick to take the top spot and drove away for the rich payday. Sherfick was second, followed by Gearhart, Taylor, and Hatcher.

Mike Nichols swept $750 to win Dirt Track Central Jax Sports Grille Great PlainsvSeries features for the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.

Nichols made his move in lapped traffic to take the opening night lead and took the checkers ahead of Kyle Vanover, Nick Tubbs, B.J. Wagoner and ‘B’ winner Nolan Remus.

After a first lap mishap, the Saturday feature went 25 caution-free laps and Nichols made his way back to victory lane. Pole starter Angel Munoz finished second and Jason Rogers was third. Tubbs was fourth and Vanover ended in fifth.

Tyler Frye picked up where he left off last year as he got past Blaine Walt on lap 17 to win the 20-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event on Friday. Walt stayed close but had to settle for second, with Daniel Gottschalk, Ben Kates, and Jake Krone completing the top five.

Austin Carter shot to the top spot at the drop of the green in the Saturday show but Clay Money took control on lap nine and led the remaining distance for the trip to victory lane. Carter held on for second, followed by Walt, Cory Struckhoff and Brenden Damon.

Dillon Thompson started on the pole for Friday’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main and led all 20 laps. Chuck Madden chased Thompson most of the way but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Mike Traskowsky finished third, followed by Jason Fusselman and Kurt Hansen.

More than 40 Hobby Stocks checked in Saturday night. Madden started on the pole and swapped the early lead with Garrett Hager. The final half of the 20-lapper went caution free and set up an excit­ing finish.

As the leaders went into the final turn, third running Adam Armstrong shot to the lead and held on for another early season victory. Madden, was second while G.W. Fuller had the drive of the night af­ter starting 24th and finishing third. Fusselman and Jeremy Wagner rounded out the top five.

Defending national champion Ramsey Meyer led all 15-laps in winning the opening night Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. A caution on lap 14 set up a green-white-checkered finish but Meyer beat heat race winners Art Herzog and Michael Smith to the checkers. Kirk Pfannenstiel was fourth and Richard Tegethoff fifth.

Hometown driver Kirk Pfannenstiel led all 15 caution-free laps in topping the Saturday show. Meyer finished second, with Kiowa Higdon, Smith and Herzog finishing out the top five.

The weekend’s race sponsors were Xtreme Motorsports and D & B Motors. The regular season at Hays will kick off on Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. with the school buses joining the regular divi­sions divisions in action.

RPM Speedway opens with Sunflower Classic

April 2nd, 2014

HAYS, KS—RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, kicked off the new racing season with a large field of cars from 8 states on hand for the Sunflower Classic Friday & Saturday, March 28-29.

In results on Friday, Jeremy Frenier of Fort Morgan, CO, took advantage of his outside pole starting position to jump to the lead of the 25-lap IMCA Modified feature, trailed by Jesse Taylor and David Murray. The lone caution waved on lap 6, bunching up the field on the restart. Frenier continued to lead the field at the halfway mark, followed by Iowa’s Jesse Sobbing, Cody Gearhart and Murray. Then on lap 16, Sobbing got under Frenier coming out of turn 4 to take a lead he would not relinquish. Lapped traffic came into play but Sobbing held off Murray, who finished inches ahead of Gearhart for second. Frenier and Jeff Hunter rounded out the top five. Heat race winners were Sobbing, Frenier, Chris Bragg and Kevin Gray, with Clay Sellard and Travis Hatcher first to the checkers in the 2 B-features.

The IMCA Stock Car feature had the fans on the edge of their seats as the race was close throughout the pack. ‘The Spiderman’ Nick Tubbs jumped to the early lead with B.J. Wagoner, Justin Tiemeyer and Jeff Tubbs in tow. Nick continued to lead the field at the crossed flags of the 25-lap main event, with Mike Nichols, Kyle Vanover and Wagoner close behind. Then as the leaders caught up to lapped traffic, Nichols, of Harlan, IA, got past ‘Spiderman’ to take the lead. Vanover and Nick Tubbs made a late charge but Nichols hung on to win the Dirt Track Central Jax Sports Grille Great Plains Series race. Vanover held off Nick Tubbs for the runner-up spot, followed closely by Wagoner and B-feature winner Nolan Remus. Heat race winners included Jeff Tubbs, Vanover, Nick Tubbs and Tiemeyer.

‘The Frye Man’ Tyler Frye of Belleville picked up where he left off last year as he got past Collyer’s Blaine Walt on lap 17 to win the 20-lap IMCA Northern Sport Mod main event and pick up a $500 winner’s check. Walt led the first 4 laps before Ben Kates took a lead for a single lap before Walt regained the lead. After Frye took the lead, Walt stayed close but had to settle for second, with Daniel Gottschalk, Kates, and Jake Krone completing the top five. Heat race winners were Henry Henderson, Krone, Austin Carter, and Kates. Mark Franklin and Jimmy Ness were victorious in the 2 B-features.

Dillon Thompson of Hastings, NE, started on the pole of the IMCA Hobby Stock A-main and led all 20 laps to score the win and a $500 payday. Iowa’s Chuck Madden chased Thompson most of the way but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Mike Traskowsky finished third, followed by Jason Fusselman and Kurt Hansen. Noah Ludwig, Brock Beeter, Thompson and Kyle Pfeifer were heat race winners, with ‘Cheeseburger’ G.W. Fuller and Oscar Runyon winning the B-features.

Ramsey Meyer of Pierce, NE, led all 15-laps in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. A caution on lap 14 set up a green-white-checkered finish but Meyer was able to beat heat race winners Art Herzog and Michael Smith to the checkers. Kirk Pfannenstiel was fourth and Richard Tegethoff fifth.

A field of 162 cars were on hand Saturday that saw some new faces in victory lane. In the IMCA Modified A-feature, Iowa’s Travis Hatcher led the first 8 laps before the first caution waved on lap 9. When the green flag reappeared, both ‘Dynamite’ Dylan Sherfick and ‘The Iceman’ David Murray of Oberlin shot past Hatcher to first and second. But as the field came out of turn 4 to the halfway mark, Murray got under Sherfick to take the top spot and drive away for a $1,000 payday. Sherfick was second, followed by Cody Gearhart, Jesse Taylor, and Hatcher. Heat race winners were Kyle Rohleder, Hatcher, Kevin Gray and Chris Bragg. Jeremy Frenier and Anthony Roth won the B-features.

In another Dirt Track Central Jax Sports Grille Great Plains Series IMCA Stock Car feature, Mike Nichols of Harlan, IA, won his second feature in as many nights. After a first lap mishap, the race went 25 caution free laps and Nichols made his way to victory lane for another $750 payday. Polesitter Angel Munoz finished second and Jason Rogers third. Heat 2 winner Nick Tubbs was fourth and fourth heat winner Kyle Vanover fifth. B.J. Wagoner and Scot Granzella also won heat races.

Austin Carter shot to the top spot at the drop of the green in the IMCA Northern Sport Mod A-main, but the ‘Money Man’ Clay Money of Penokee took control on lap 9 and led the remaining distance for the trip to victory lane. Carter held on to second, followed by polesitter Blaine Walt, Cory Struckhoff and Brenden Damon. Carter, Tyler Frye, Jake Krone and Daniel Gottschalk were all victorious in their heat races, with Austin Walker and Mike Appel claiming the wins in the B-features.

Over 40 IMCA Hobby Stocks checked in Saturday night, making for an exciting main event. Iowa’s Chuck Madden started pole and jumped to the lead followed by ‘The Wild Child’ Garrett Hager and Dillon Thompson, who was looking for his second win in a row. Hager took the lead on lap 3 but Madden regained the top spot on lap 6. The final half of the 20-lap race went caution free and set up an exciting finish. As the leaders went into the final turn on the final lap, third place running Adam Armstrong of Beatrice, NE, shot to the lead and held on over Madden and Thompson. ‘Cheeseburger’ G.W. Fuller had the drive of the night as he started 24th and finished fourth, with Jason Fusselman rounding out the top five. Heat race winners included Thompson, Fusselman, Brian Stich, Brock Beeter, Mike Traskowsky and ‘Bam Bam’ Cody Graham. B-feature winners were Iowa drivers Corey Madden and Noah Ludwig.

In the IMCA Sport Compact feature, first heat winner and hometown driver Kirk Pfannenstiel led all 15 caution free laps. Second heat winner Ramsey Meyer finished second, with Kiowa Higdon, Michael Smith and Art Herzog finishing out the top five.

The weekend’s race sponsors were Xtreme Motorsports and D & B Motors, both of Great Bend. The regular season will kick off Saturday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. with the school buses joining the regular 5 divisions in action.