BUMPER TO BUMPER/WIX FILTERS NIGHT AT THE RACES HITS THUNDER HILL SATURDAY NIGHT
By Troy Harrison
As we move into the dog days of summer, the points battles in every class are heating up in the Xtreme Motor Sports Clash on the Hill. Saturday night’s Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts/Wix Filters Night at the Races means that only five point races remain in the season’s action.
Making the long haul to Thunder Hill from Great Bend every week is paying off for Jesse Richter, as he currently leads the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified standings in his effort to win his first Thunder Hill track title. The driver in second, only 24 points back, is a multi-time Hill track titlist, Tom Charles. Charles’ championship hopes, while still very much alive, were dealt a major setback when his primary car was destroyed in a frightening crash three weeks ago. Last week, the BonnerSprings veteran returned to form in a car borrowed from another team, so he will be making a late season push. Third, only two points behind Charles, is 2010 champ Jeff Herbers. Fourth is Allan Halderman, and fifth belongs to Mike Petersilie.
Kyle Vanover has dominated the season’s Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car action, but consistent finishes have kept Jim Powell Jr.within reach of the points title, as Powell is only 28 markers behind Vanover. Third is Marvin Griffith Jr., who has shown the speed to take the battle to Vanover but has sometimes lacked the reliability in his machine. Greg Deters sits fourth, and Brian Labonte is fifth.
2010 Champion Eddie Schwope Jr. is one of the quietest drivers at Thunder Hill, both on and off the track. Fans frequently find Schwope in the Pit Stop Liquor Victory Lane or the top five, and Schwope’s move through the pack has been subtle enough to leave fans saying, “How did he do that, again?” If Schwope wins his second Thunder Hill title in the Kansas National Guard IMCA Northern SportMods, expect more of the same. He currently holds a scant six-point advantage over the driver who has won the most features thus far this season, last year’s champion Kyle Olberding. Third and fourth belong to second-generation drivers, with Luke Stallbaumer third and Adam Patch fourth. Brenden Damon, another Great Bend hauler, is currently fifth.
BuyRaceParts.com IMCA Hobby Stock action has yet to see a single driver dominate either the points or Victory Lane, as numerous different drivers have taken their turn at the front. As of this week, Jacob Crowell leads last year’s Rookie of the Year Mallory Walters by 27 points. Larry Hunter has had an up-and-down year that has included being on his roof once, but Hunter has persevered to hold down third in the standings. Dominic Thyfault is fourth, and Patrick Doherty fifth.
Leading the charge to be the inaugural IMCA Sport Compact Track Champion is Nebraska’s Kaylee Diekman. She’s followed by Scott Spellmeier, who has won the most features in the division. Third is Wade Heller. Ronda Mewes is fourth, and Danie Ziegler rounds out the top five.
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The Xtreme Motor Sports Clash on the Hill continues Saturday Night, August 18, with the Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts/Wix Filters Night at the Races. Gates open at 5:00 PM, driver’s meeting at 6:30, hotlaps and races to follow. Adult General Admission is $10.00, kids 12 and under are free. Coolers are allowed (Canned beer only – no glass bottles) for a $10 charge. Pit passes are $25.00.
Thunder Hill Speedway is located at 11995 NW 142nd Road (2 miles West of US-75 on NW 142nd Road), in Mayetta,KS. For more information, please visit www.racethunderhillspeedway.com.