XTREME MOTOR SPORTS CLASH ON THE HILL – MEMORIAL DAY EDITIONSATURDAY NIGHT
By Troy Harrison
Memorial Day weekend is always a huge racing weekend. For weekly tracks like Thunder Hill Speedway, it’s the time when the season pointsbattles start to take shape. Winning races is important in the IMCAseason chase, but so is consistency, and that’s playing a role already in thisseason’s points races.
In the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified division, Topeka’sBryan Rigsby carries the point lead into Memorial Day weekend action. Rigsby served notice that he would be a tough competitor last year with a winand several strong runs, and this year, he’s shooting for the tracktitle. Trailing him by fifteen points is Jesse Richter, who is making thelong tow from Great Bend this year. Tied for third in the points are StJoseph’s Mike Petersilie and 2010 Track Champion Jeff Herbers of Holton. Rounding out the top five is multi-time Thunder Hill Late Model and Modifiedtrack champion Tom Charles, of Bonner Springs.
The Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car division has beenall Kyle Vanover this year. That’s shown by Vanover’s sweep of VictoryLane to this point, as well as his current point lead. Trailing theBeatrice, NE driver by fourteen points is Jim Powell Jr., of Lecompton. In third is Holton’s Marvin Griffith Jr. Fourth belongs to Matt Haid, ofMeriden, and fifth is Brian Labonte, of Lawrence.
Bryan LaRiviere, of Wichita, was last year’s NationalChampion in the Kansas National Guard IMCA Northern SportMod division, and hehas made the Xtreme Motorsports Clash on the Hill part of his title defense for2012. So far, it’s going well. LaRiviere has taken over the pointlead by 12 points over 2010 track champion Eddie Schwope Jr., of St.Joseph. Matthew Crowell, of Clearwater, rides third, with Tecumseh’s LukeStallbaumer fourth and last year’s track champion, Kyle Olberding of Seneca, infifth.
Consistent finishes have put last year’s BuyRaceParts.comIMCA Hobby Stock Rookie of the Year, Mallory Walters of Berryton, atop thedivision’s point standings thus far in 2012. Her lead over Clearwater’sJacob Crowell is a scant nine points, with Larry Hunter of Meriden inthird. Filley, NE’s Adam Armstrong sits in a tie for fourth position withTravis Darnall of Mayetta.
The IMCA Sport Compacts had last week off but return thisweek, where Kelly Johnson of Lawrence leads the points. Johnson istrailed by Kaylee Diekman of Blue Springs, NE, and Scott Spellmeier ofMarysville in a tie for second. Fourth is Jarret Beach of Basehor, andfifth belongs to Ronda Mewes of Blue Springs, NE.
The Xtreme Motorsports Clash on the Hill continues SaturdayNight, May 26. Gates open at 5:00 PM, driver’s meeting at 6:30, hotlapsand races to follow. Adult General Admission is $10.00, kids 12 and under arefree. Coolers are allowed (Canned beer only – no glass bottles) for a $10charge. Pit passes are $25.00.
Thunder Hill Speedway is located at 11995 NW 142ndRoad (2 miles West of US-75 on NW 142nd Road), in Mayetta,KS. For more information, please visit www.racethunderhillspeedway.com.