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Dawson Couny Raceway Championship Night

August 26th, 2015

The racing action was for all the marbles, as Dawson County Raceway hosted Championship Night on the high banks of the Dawson County Fairgrounds in Lexington, Nebraska on Sunday evening.

Finishing their 2015 season in Lexington off right with trips to the Winners Circle were: Charley Brown, Kevin Safranek, Josh Leonard, Mike Nichols and Jacob Olmstead.

Veteran wheelman Charley Brown of Maxwell was able to drive to the point on the fourth lap and never look back to claim the victory in the IMCA Modified Feature. Brown was able to power past early leader Mike Densberger of Lincoln on the fourth lap and cruise to the win. Working his way through the traffic, North Platte’s Jeremy Herbst scored a runner-up finish. Getting up on the steering wheel and prospering in the final laps, Scott Smith of Davenport earned a podium finish in third place overall.

Gaining speed throughout the feature was Kevin Safranek of Merna in winning the Grand National main event. Safranek snared the lead away from early leader Cale Osborn of Cozad on lap 13 and held off all of Osborn’s challenges during the waning laps to earn the victory. Osborn jumped out to the lead from the drop of the green flag and led the initial 12 circuits of the feature. Osborn was forced to settle with second place accolades. Making his first appearance of the 2015 season to Dawson County Raceway was notable, as Cory Dumpert of York scored a podium finish in third place overall, after starting in the sixth row for the feature.

Going to the high side and riding the cushion for all that it was worth, paid off for Gibbon’s Josh Leonard on Sunday evening. Leonard started on the outside of row one and he never looked back to power his way to the IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature victory. Leonard was able to work the top and bottom of the race track through traffic to hold onto the lead throughout. Making the charge from his second row starting position to earn runner-up honors was Jamey Kennicutt of Gothenburg. Bringing home the show accolades was Chad Dolan of Gibbon after winning the Dash For Cash earlier in the evening.

Leaving no doubt while driving away from the field, Mike Nichols of Harlan, Iowa was smooth sailing as he cruised to the winners circle for earning the victory in the IMCA Stock Car Main Event. Nichols was able to pull away each and every re-start as he secured the victory. Making a charge through the leaders during the waning laps, Kyle Clough went from fourth to second during the final lap to earn the runner-up honors in the feature. The Maywood Missle Casey Werkmeister was among the lead pack throughout the feature event to earn third place honors, after challenging Nichols on many of the restarts during the first half of the event.

Leading from the beginning to the very end was Overton’s Jacob Olmstead during the running of the IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Olmstead was able to hold onto the race lead regardless of how many times there were on-track incidents on the third lap. Olmstead was heavy on the gas pedal to stay in the lead and never trail to win the main event. Staying in contention throughout the main event and being rewarded with a runner-up finish was Kyle Bond of Gibbon. Crossing the finish line to earn third place accolades was IMCA Hobby Stock rookie Jacob Wolsleben.

Kennicut Wins Sport Mod

August 16th, 2015

The final night of the Platte Valley Mod Mania was better than advertised as racers challenged for top honors at Dawson County Raceway in Lexington, Nebraska on Sunday evening. Mike Densberger, Tyler Andreasen, Chad Dolan, Mike Nichols and Kyle Bond all crossed the finish line first to win their respective Feature races.

Pulling something better than a rabbit out of the hat, Lincolns Mike ‘The Magic Man’ Densberger drew the pole position for the feature in the IMCA Modified division. Persevering through the caution flags that extinguished his big leads, Densberger earned a big victory to earn the Platte Valley Mod Mania crown for the weekend of open wheel racing. Starting on the outside of row one, David Murray Jr of Oberlin, Kansas stayed in contention in the lead pack to pick up a strong finish in second place. After starting his Mod Mania weekend with a win in North Platte, Rockin’ Ronnie Wallace drove his way onto the podium from his fifth row starting position to finish third overall. Murray and fellow veteran wheelman Charley Brown of Maxwell were heat race winners in the division.

Leading from the drop of the green flag until the final checkered flag was waved, Tyler Andreasen of Grand Island was a force to be reckoned with to cruise to the win in dominant fashion in the Grand National Late Model feature event. Coming from the third row, Josh Leonard of Gibbon was the runner-up when the final flag was waved. Making a successful charging run during the final laps, Les Seibert of York was third overall during the feature race. Andreasen was joined by Kevin Safranek of Merna to start their nights off right with heat race victories.

Continuing his dream season on the dirt, Gibbon’s Chad Dolan grabbed the lead during the opening lap and never looking back to win the IMCA Northern Sport Modified feature during night two of the Mod Mania weekend. Dolan started in the second row of the feature event. With a third place finish on Sunday and a win on Saturday, the Rubber Duck Bryan Herrick of Curtis won the overall crown in the Platte Valley Mod Mania event for open wheeled racecars. Herrick started in the third row to stay within contention throughout the feature. Josh Leonard of Gibbon, Steve Kempt of Shelton and Toph Harmon of Arapahoe were the heat race winners in earlier in the evening action.

Hitting his marks and avoiding incidents while driving through traffic, Mike Nichols of Harlan, Iowa took the point on lap seven and never looked back to win the IMCA Stock Car feature event in dominant fashion. Coming from deep in the field, Casey Woken of Norton, Kansas was fast and furious during the final laps to reel in a runner-up finish accolades for his efforts. Flyin’ Farmer Kyle Clough of Wallace earned a podium finish in third place after starting in the sixth row, right next to Nichols. Jim Hagan of Lexington and Kearney’s Dana Morgan were the early leaders before Casey Werkmeister of Maywood snared the lead for a couple circuits before Nichols set sail. Clough, Nichols and Jed Williams of Shickley were the heat race winners in the Stock Car division.

Leading the way for the final half of the feature event was Gibbon Gambler Kyle Bond of Gibbon, Nebraska in the IMCA Hobby Stock division. Bond started on the inside of row five when the green flag was waved and was able to take the lead on lap nine. Crossing the finishing stripe second place overall was Jacob Olmstead of Overton who was able to lead for a lap before Bond scored the lead position. Broken Bow’s Luke Wassom led the first two laps and was able to stay up on the wheel throughout the feature to earn third place honors. Bond, Olmstead and Caleb Hetrick earned heat race wins earlier in the evening.

Action Packed night at Dawson

August 10th, 2015

The action was fast-paced along with fierce competition being spotlighted during the Stock Car Challenge Night at Dawson County Raceway in Lexington, Nebraska on Sunday evening.

Mike Nichols and Kyle Pfeifer earned the bragging rights in the featured events along with Colton Osborn, Josh Leonard and Jamey Kennicutt also punching their ticket to the winners circle.

The ‘Harlan Hustler’ Mike Nichols of Harlan, Iowa had a stellar night at the races on Sunday. Nichols was able to win the Cash Dash for the Stock Cars and chose to take the money and invert the front six rows of the IMCA Stock Car Feature. It didn’t take long for Nichols to go ‘Elbows Up’ and rocket through the field and snare the lead on the eighth lap and never look back to claim the checkered flag. Recovering quite nicely from a miscue during his heat race with a B feature win was Kyle Vanover of Beatrice. Vanover was able to rally for a runner-up finish in the Final feature. Finishing third overall was Jason Rogers of Selden, Kansas after starting the feature in the eighth row after punching his ticket to the feature through the B feature event. Casey Woken of Norton, Kansas and Stockton’s Chad Sterling finished fourth and fifth in the featured IMCA Stock Car event. Kyle Clough of Wallace, Nebraska was the early leader in the feature for the first seven laps.

Grabbing the lead just after the halfway point, Cozad’s Colton Osborn was able to hold off all challenges on a rubber down track during the IMCA Modified Feature to earn the victory. Osborn started in the third row and was able to score the lead away from Eddyville’s Chuck Stryker during the ninth lap of the feature event. Coming from the back of the field two times during the second half of the race wasn’t going to stop Mike ‘Magic Man’ Densberger of Lincoln, Nebraska from pulling a rabbit out of the hat and earning runner-up accolades with a notable performance. Driving his way to a podium finish and challenging for the lead in the waning laps was Oberlin, Kansas hotshoe David Murray Jr. Murray finished third overall when the checkered flags were waved.

Leading the laps that matter the most was Josh Leonard of Gibbon in the Grand National Late Model feature event. Leonard started in the second row and was among the leaders early on before putting together a comeback effort in the final laps to score the lead with two laps to go and never look back to earn the victory. Finishing strong was the formula for success that empowered Les Seibert of York to earn runner-up accolades. Early leader Tyler Andreasen of Grand Island was heavy on the loud pedal to lead from the start of the race until relinquishing the lead to Leonard on lap 17. Andreasen continued to stay up on the wheel and his efforts were rewarded with a third place finish.

Door-to-door racing by veteran wheelmen made for an exciting feature event in the IMCA Northern Sport Modified division. There were four lead changes in the final five laps with Jamey Kennicutt of Gothenburg snaring the lead for the last two circuits to earn the victory. Showing great consistency throughout the feature event payed off dearly for Chad Dolan of Gibbon to finish second overall, coming forward from his fifth row starting position. Crete, Nebraska standout Brandon Spanjer had a stellar night on the oval with a third place finish. Spanjer was among the leaders throughout the feature along with leading the way on lap 18, only to settle for the podium finish. Steve Kempt of Shelton was the early leader as he tried to win his second consecutive feature event, as he led the initial 16 laps before pulling into the pit area.

Competing for big money increased the gumption for winning in the IMCA Hobby Stock division. After a thorough discussion, Kyle Pfeifer of Hills City, Kansas was declared the winner in the Hobby Stock feature. Pfeifer was the leader of the white flag lap before being involved in an accident just one corner away from the finish line. As a result of the yellow flag coming out on the white flag lap, the finishing order as a result went back to the final lap completed. Kyle Bond of Gibbon crossed the stripe in second place. Earning his best finish of the season thus far at Dawson County Raceway, Jacob Wolsleben of Lexington was third place overall. Overton’s Jacob Olmstead led the initial 13 laps of the feature event.

Dawson County Highlights

August 7th, 2015

Taming the track with authority were a quintet of hot rod hotshoes at Dawson County Raceway in Lexington, Nebraska that included Mike Densberger, Cale Osborn, Steve Kempt, Casey Werkmeister, Jacob Olmstead and Brad Bayne on Sunday evening.

Flirting with the halfway point, Mike Densberger pulled the rabbit out of the hat and took the lead in fine fashion to cruise to the IMCA Modified victory after the Magic Man from Lincoln garnered the lead on the eight lap and never looked back. Starting near the front and leading for the first seven laps was Cole Hodges of Ogallala. After losing the lead to Densberger, Hodges stayed in contention to earn a runner-up podium finish. The Eddyville Flyer Chuck Stryker dropped out of the top five in the early going, only to see his efforts to rally in the waning laps pay off dearly for the veteran wheelman. Cozad’s Colton Osborn and Jeremy Herbst of North Platte won the heat races in the division.

Picking up speed throughout the Grand National Feature event was Cozad’s Cale Osborn as he drove through the field from his fourth row starting position to cruise to the checkered flag in fine fashion. Osborn was able to garner the lead on the 13th lap as he passed eventual fourth place finisher Jarrod Hackler of Hastings who had lead the initial 12 laps of the feature. Up on the wheel in the waning laps of the feature propelled Dylan Schmer of Aurora to a runner-up finish in the feature event. Heat race winner Kevin Safranek of Mernana had a strong finish with a podium finish in third place.

Starting on the front row and storming off to big leads time and time again was Shelton speedster Steve Kempt to win the IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature. Kempt led all 20 laps to punch his ticket to the Winners Circle. Getting through traffic swiftly, Gothenburg’s Jamey Kennicutt was rewarded with a runner-up finish in the feature event. Finding his groove to continue the strong season on the oval, Gibbon’s Chad Dolan was third overall in the feature event.

In a race for the ages, Casey Werkmeister grabbed the lead on the second lap and was able to hold off all challenges to earn the IMCA Stock Car Feature, despite the efforts of runner-up Mike Nichols of Harlan, Iowa during the waning laps. Werkmeister and Nichols exchanged slide jobs numerous times during the final laps with Werkmeister getting the final move that clinched the hard-fought victory. For many of those laps that Werkmeister and Nichols battled, Flyin’ Farmer Kyle Clough of Wallace was close behind, as he engaged in the battle for position to finish third overall in one of the best races of the season thus far at Dawson County Raceway.

Keeping his dream season alive, Overton’s Jacob Olmstead led the final two laps to win the IMCA Hobby Stock Feature. Earning the second place accolades was Kyle Bond of Gibbon after grabbing the lead on the fifth lap and then pacing the field until Olmstead snared the lead on lap 12. Working his way through heavy rush-hour traffic, Caleb Hetrick of Grand Island was the third place finisher in the feature event. Ryan Gardine of Bertrand was the early leader for the initial four laps before falling off the blistering pace of the leaders.

Visiting Dawson County Raceway was a welcome site for Brad Bayne of Greeley, Colorado to earn the Modified Lites Feature win. Bayne started on the outside of the front row and it didn’t take him long to make his hotrod sing that sweet song to the front of the field where he led from beginning to end. Keith Welch of Greeley, Colorado was second overall. Tekamah, Nebraska hotshoe Doug Pollock rallied for a third place finish in the feature event.

Dawson County Tamed? Not Yet!

August 6th, 2015

Taming the track with authority were a quintet of hot rod hotshoes at Dawson County Raceway in Lexington, Nebraska that included Mike Densberger, Cale Osborn, Steve Kempt, Casey Werkmeister, Jacob Olmstead and Brad Bayne on Sunday evening.

Flirting with the halfway point, Mike Densberger pulled the rabbit out of the hat and took the lead in fine fashion to cruise to the IMCA Modified victory after the Magic Man from Lincoln garnered the lead on the eight lap and never looked back. Starting near the front and leading for the first seven laps was Cole Hodges of Ogallala. After losing the lead to Densberger, Hodges stayed in contention to earn a runner-up podium finish. The Eddyville Flyer Chuck Stryker dropped out of the top five in the early going, only to see his efforts to rally in the waning laps pay off dearly for the veteran wheelman. Cozad’s Colton Osborn and Jeremy Herbst of North Platte won the heat races in the division.

Picking up speed throughout the Grand National Feature event was Cozad’s Cale Osborn as he drove through the field from his fourth row starting position to cruise to the checkered flag in fine fashion. Osborn was able to garner the lead on the 13th lap as he passed eventual fourth place finisher Jarrod Hackler of Hastings who had lead the initial 12 laps of the feature. Up on the wheel in the waning laps of the feature propelled Dylan Schmer of Aurora to a runner-up finish in the feature event. Heat race winner Kevin Safranek of Merna had a strong finish with a podium finish in third place.

Starting on the front row and storming off to big leads time and time again was Shelton speedster Steve Kempt to win the IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature. Kempt led all 20 laps to punch his ticket to the Winners Circle. Getting through traffic swiftly, Gothenburg’s Jamey Kennicutt was rewarded with a runner-up finish in the feature event. Finding his groove to continue the strong season on the oval, Gibbon’s Chad Dolan was third overall in the feature event.

In a race for the ages, Casey Werkmeister grabbed the lead on the second lap and was able to hold off all challenges to earn the IMCA Stock Car Feature, despite the efforts of runner-up Mike Nichols of Harlan, Iowa during the waning laps. Werkmeister and Nichols exchanged slide jobs numerous times during the final laps with Werkmeister getting the final move that clinched the hard-fought victory. For many of those laps that Werkmeister and Nichols battled, Flyin’ Farmer Kyle Clough of Wallace was close behind, as he engaged in the battle for position to finish third overall in one of the best races of the season thus far at Dawson County Raceway.

Keeping his dream season alive, Overton’s Jacob Olmstead led the final two laps to win the IMCA Hobby Stock Feature. Earning the second place accolades was Kyle Bond of Gibbon after grabbing the lead on the fifth lap and then pacing the field until Olmstead snared the lead on lap 12. Working his way through heavy rush-hour traffic, Caleb Hetrick of Grand Island was the third place finisher in the feature event. Ryan Gardine of Bertrand was the early leader for the initial four laps before falling off the blistering pace of the leaders.

Visiting Dawson County Raceway was a welcome site for Brad Bayne of Greeley, Colorado to earn the Modified Lites Feature win. Bayne started on the outside of the front row and it didn’t take him long to make his hotrod sing that sweet song to the front of the field where he led from beginning to end. Keith Welch of Greeley, Colorado was second overall. Tekamah, Nebraska hotshoe Doug Pollock rallied for a third place finish in the feature event.

Summer Heat Sprint Nationals at Dawson County Racewa

July 27th, 2015

Cherishing the moment were Jason Martin, David Murray Jr, Chad Dolan, Mike Nichols and Dillon Thompson as they punched their ticket to the Winners Circle during the final night of the Summer Heat Sprint Nationals at Dawson County Raceway in Lexington, Nebraska on Sunday evening.

Coming from deep in the field to earn the United Rebel Sprint Series feature victory was Jason Martin of Lincoln, Nebraska. Martin started outside the first five rows at the drop of the green flag and it wasn’t until lap 18 that Martin made the pass for the lead. Martin never looked back to cruise through heavy traffic to earn the win. Backing up his opening night win of the Summer Heat Sprint Nationals, Jake Bubak of Arvada, Colorado earned a runner-up finish after running inside the top five throughout the event. Luke Cranston of Plains, Kansas for the second evening in a row was one of the fastest hotrods on the track during the waning laps to earn third place accolades. Jed Werner of Codell, Kansas and Jetmore, Kansas hotshoe Zach Blurton rounded out the top five with fourth and fifth place finishes. Zac Taylor of Green River, Wyoming led the first 17 laps before a miscue proved costly as Taylor was forced to retire early from the feature. Martin was joined in the winners circle by Nate Berry of McCook and Steven Richardson of Liberal, Kansas in winning heat races on Sunday.

Veteran wheelman David Murray Jr of Oberlin, Kansas showcased his expertise on the dry-slick oval to earn the IMCA Modified Feature after taking the lead on the 12th lap. Wakeeney, Kansas standout Kyle Rohleder crossed the finish line in second place buty a failure to stop in the tech area after the feature dropped Rohleder to the last place finish. As a result of the misfortune, Charley Brown of Maxwell, Nebraska was moved to second place overall.

Finishing the weekend strong with authority was Mike ‘The Magic Man’ Densberger with a podium finish in third place. Starting their nights off right with heat race wins in the IMCA Modified division was Murray Jr and Colton Osborn of Cozad, Nebraska.

Continuing his string of success on the oval is Gibbon’s Chad Dolan as he picked up yet another IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature. Dolan started in the fifth row and was able to finally snare the lead on lap eight from early leader Steve Kempt of Shelton, Nebraska. Kempt recovered quite nicely to finish fourth overall. Brandon Spanjer of Crete, Nebraska was in the thick of the competition for the lead position throughout the feature, as he earned runner-up accolades. Gaining speed and positions throughout the feature event to be among the leaders in the final laps was Brandon Leonard of Gibbon, Nebraska with a third place finish. Spanjer was joined by Denny Egge of Kearney and Jamey Kennicutt of Gothenburg in winning earlier in the evening heat races.

Wasting no time at all to get to the front was Harlan, Iowa’s Mike Nichols as he ran away and hid from the rest of the IMCA Stock Car field to earn the feature victory. Nichols led after the fourth lap, it was Jason Davis of Norton, Kansas that led the first three laps of the feature event before Nichols took to the point. Davis stayed near the front to earn a second place check with Selden, Kansas hotshoe Jason Rogers right behind him in third place overall when the checkered flag was waved. Rogers, Mikey Dancer of North Platte and Wallace’s Kurt Trusty were heat race winners in the division.

It was like riding a bike for Dillon Thompson in his return to the IMCA Hobby Stock division that turned up roses with a feature victory. Thompson flirted with the lead for laps five and six and took the lead for good on the eighth lap and never trailed again. Working his way through traffic, Kyle Pfeifer of Hills City, Kansas was the runner-up finisher when all the smoke cleared on the feature event. Caleb Hetrick of Grand Island was among the lead pack throughout the feature race and as a result of his strong finish, Hetrick earned third place accolades. Leading the way for the opening three laps was Sutton, Nebraska’s Nate Refior, who was able to register a fourth place finish. Thompson and Gibbon Gambler Kyle Bond were the heat race winners in the Hobby Stock division.

Summer Heat Sprint Nationals at Dawson County Raceway in Lexington, Nebraska

July 21st, 2015

The racing action was smoking hot at the first annual Summer Heat Sprint Nationals opening night at Dawson County Raceway in Lexington, Nebraska on Saturday evening.

Putting on a dominating performance to claim the ticket to the winners circle was URSS hotshoe Jake Bubak along with IMCA speedsters: Colton Osborn, Chad Dolan, Chad Sterling and Brady Weinman.

Leading the way from the drop of the green flag until the checkered threads were thrown was reigning URSS National Series champion Jake Bubak of Arvada, Colorado. Bubak was able to work through traffic with authority during the waning laps to never relinquish the lead to cruise to the victory. Staying near the front throughout the feature event was Jed Werner of Codell, Kansas. Werner was able to hold off all charges during the final laps during a green-white-checkered finish to earn the runner-up accolades. Riding on the cushion for much of the late circuits paid off big for Plains, Kansas pilot Luke Cranston as he rocketed from deep in the field to finish third overall. Earning top five finishes during opening night of the Summer Heat feature was Zach Blurton of , Quinter, Kansas and Jordan Randles of Sublette, Kansas. Blurton, Cranston and Scott Cochran were earlier in the evening heat race victors.
Pulling the rabbit out of the hat in the early going and dazzling the large crowd in attendance was the Mike ‘The Magic Man’ Densberger of Lincoln, Nebraska in the IMCA Modified division, as he snared the lead on the fifth lap and he never looked back, building up a full straightaway lead before all the smoke cleared. Densberger went across the scales late during the tech inspection, which resulted in Cozad’s Colton Osborn being named the winner in the highly competitive division. Osborn was heavy on the loud pedal during the waning laps to move into the podium position. Chuck Stryker of Eddyville, Nebraska was running inside the top five for much of the feature event and during the final laps, the Eddyville Flyer was able to power his way to a third place finish. Cale Osborn of Cozad was the early leader in the feature as he paced the field for the initial four laps.

Finding the fastest way around Dawson County Raceway during the final laps to win the IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature was Chad Dolan of Gibbon, Nebraska. Dolan was able to drive his way to the point during the 13th lap and he stayed in the front for the remainder of the event. Driving with gumption and avoiding all incidents by being in the top five throughout the feature was a rewarding experience for Gothenburg’s Jamey Kennicutt who finished second overall. Finishing strong after working through traffic was Devyn Peterson of Milford to earn third place accolades. Dolan and fellow veteran wheelman Steve Kempt of Shelton were the heat race victors in the division.

Making an amazingly great first impression was Chad Sterling of Stockton, Kansas in winning the IMCA Stock Car feature during his first visit to Lexington’s high banks on Saturday. Sterling grabbed the lead on the eighth lap and never looked back. Putting the pressure on Sterling during restarts in the final laps was Casey Woken of Norton, Kansas. Woken held his position with authority to earn a runner-up finish. Mikey Dancer of North Platte, Nebraska was engaged in battles throughout the feature event for top five honors. Dancer was able to finish with a fury and earn third place overall when the checkered flag flew. Woken, Sterling and Kyle Clough of Wallace, Nebraska were the winners in heat race action.

Leading the laps that meant the most was Brady Weinman of Arnold, Nebraska in winning the feature in the Hobby Stock division. Weinman was able to drive his way to the front of the field to lead the final three laps and claim the victory. Making the charge from deep in the field to earn a podium finish in second place was Dillon Thompson of Hastings. Overton’s Zach Olmstead finished third overall in the feature event. Looking to score his first feature victory in the division was Nate Refior of Sutton, Nebraska as he led the way for the first 11 laps of the feature event. Weinman and Tyler Easterday of Lexington were the heat race winners in the division.

Bill Leighton Jr found his groove for Feature victory at Dawson County Sunday evening

June 25th, 2015

Doing their best to tame the oval in Lexington, Nebraska on Sunday evening was Bill Leighton Jr, David Murray Jr, Josh Leonard, Kyle Clough and Jacob Olmstead in front of a capacity crowd that have been anticipating the return of the SLMR series visit to Dawson County Raceway.

Riding high, wide and handsome around the cushion at Dawson County Raceway was Bill Leighton Jr of Omaha, Nebraska. Leighton was among the frontrunners in the early going, as he was trying his best to make the top groove work and that it did on the lap 15, when he was able to power his way to the lead and roll on to lead the final 10 laps and claim the Feature win. Starting up front and holding his position by setting a blistering pace was Papillion’s Corey Zeitner , who led the first 14 laps and did a masterful job of working through traffic before a pair of yellow flags flew that bunched the field. Zeitner was able to hold down the runner-up position after getting passed by Leighton throughout the rest of the feature. Veteran wheelman Kyle Berck of Marquette searched the top and bottom of the track trying to make his hot rod work the best as he drove his way onto the podium in third place overall. Josh Krug of Omaha and Norfolk’s Tad Pospisil rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively. Leighton, Zeitner and RC Whitwell of Tuscon, Arizona were the heat race winners in the division.

Making a move on the final lap to take the lead and earn yet another Feature win was Oberlin, Kanas hotshoe David Murray Jr in the IMCA Modified Division. Murray was forced to work his way through traffic to get into a position to challenge for the lead. Leading the way for the first 19 laps of the feature was Jay Steffens of North Platte. Steffens worked his magic around the top side of the track with the cushion being his best friend for much of the event. It was in the waning laps that Steffens was passed on the bottom by Colton Osborn of Cozad and Anthony Roth of Columbus, who earned podium finishes in second and third place overall. Steffens finished fourth, right in front of the hard charging Mike Densberger of Lincoln. Getting their evenings started off right were Steffens and Jeremy Frenier of Ft. Morgan, Colorado as heat race winners.

Hitting his marks and being one of the fastest cars on the track during the waning laps was the winning formula for Gibbons’ Josh Leonard in picking up the IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature win after unofficial winner Steve Kempt of Shelton wasn’t able to pass the post race tech inspection. Chad Dolan of Gibbon kept his hot rod out of the trouble and in clean air for much of the contest to earn a runner-up finish despite a bent steering wheel. Putting on an impressive performance with his three-wheeling hot rod, Jamey Kennicutt of Gothenburg was the third place honoree. Dolan, Kennicutt and Leonard were joined by Steve Aitken of Cozad as heat race victors in the division.

Leading the final two circuits, the Flyin’ Farmer Kyle Clough of Wallace piloted his IMCA Stock Car rocketship to the winners circle. Clough came from deep in the field to roll to the feature victory. Bringing home the bacon in second place overall was Casey Werkmeister of Maywood. Werkmeister snared the lead away from third place finisher Mikey Dancer of North Platte on lap 14 and led the way until Clough took the point.

Continuing his smoking hot streak of stellar finishes was Overton’s Jacob Olmstead with another Feature win in the IMCA Hobby Stock division. Olmstead started deep in the field and was able to avoid trouble and take the lead for the final four laps to claim the crown. On Olmstead’s back bumper for many of the waning laps was Gibbon Gambler Kyle Bond, as he was able to drive from the back of the pack to a runner-up finish. Zach Olmstead of Overton earned a podium finish in third place overall. Caleb Hetrick of Grand Island and Travis Kernick of Kearney both led the way for many laps in the early going to seal the deal in fourth and fifth place overall.

Great Racing Continues at I-35 Speedway

June 26th, 2015

I-35 Speedway is in the middle of three special weeks of racing. Last week was Racin for Rian, this week is the Non Wing Sprint Cars and double A Mod features, and the following week, July 4 will be fireworks and double features in the B Mods, Stock Cars, and A Mods. I-35 Speedway is rapidly becoming the home of open wheel racing as the Non Wing Sprints are making their fourth of seven 2015 trips to the 3/8 mile super-fast racing facility this Saturday, June 27. Additionally, the open wheel Midwest Outlaw Lightning Sprints will be in competition.

On June 6, the racing in the Sprint Cars was simply amazing as we had two features for the class that night and two different winners who made the pass for the win during the last lap. Simply exciting racing. As a bonus, this week, the May 16 A Mod feature will start the night of racing followed by a full night of racing. Make your plans to be part of the racing action at I-35 Speedway where you get the most racing for your money.

I-35 Speedway is located at exit 64. Gates open at 4:30, hot laps at 6:15, and racing events start at 7:00 P.M. Adults are $15, Seniors (62 and over) $13, Children 7 to 12 are $6 and younger than 7 are free. Come early and have dinner at the Trackside Bar and Grill which opens at 3:00 P.M. and over looks turn 1.