New Faces in Victory Lane
at Thunder Hill Speedway
5-25-13 MAYETTA, KS. –Race fans were once again enamored
with the racing surface preparation at Thunder Hill Speedway. Three and Four
wide racing was the norm throughout all of the classes last night. Every driver
I spoke with after the event was amazed at the surface and the ability to use
multiple grooves in their march to the front.
Last weeks winner Wade
Heller once again showed the way to victory lane for the Casey’s General Store
IMCA Sport Compacts followed by a hotly contested battle for second place by
the remaining top four finishing cars of Alex Boyden, Brandon Lobdell and Dan
The Heart break of the night award has to go To Falun
Kansas’s own Kelly Pihl in the Kansas National Guard IMCA Hobby Stocks. After a long week of problem solving and
repairs to his 5k racecar Kelly led from the drop of the green flag. He held
onto that position for eleven of the twelve laps. As he was leading the field
to the white flag he drove in to the turn just a little too deep and spun all
by himself, handing the lead to and eventual checkered finish to Brian Stich.
Behind Stich in the top four were, Jacob Crowell, Mallory Stiffler, and Joshua Haid.
The Belleveille Motor Sports IMCA Northern Sportmods once again had the fans on the edge of their seats,
or should I say on their feet through the fifteen laps of the event. This was a
hotly contested battle between Dusty Leonard the eventual winner and Kyle
Olberding in second. Olberding used every available piece of real estate trying
to overtake Leonard, however, he could not make the pass stick. The top four were
Dusty Leonard, Kyle Olberding, Tyler Frye, and Brandon Mitchell.
As usual the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars put on
one of the best performances of the evening. Fifteen Laps around the four
tenths of a mile that make up Thunder Hill Speedway doesn’t seem enough for these cars, and last
night’s race was no exception. With Laps winding down Mike Nichols made a run
on Matt Haid from his third row inside starting position. He used every inch of
that racetrack and tried several different lines in an attempt to get around
Matt. They run door to door for several laps before he is able to make the pass
stick. As the checkered flag flew, Nichols
got the win followed closely by Matt Haid, Brian Labonte and Jim Powell Jr.
The BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds saw Allen Halderman
take the lead early on. Again using all the grooves available to him to stay at
the point, but Jesse Sobbing had other things on his mind. That’s right Jesse
Sobbing showed up at Thunder Hill Speedway last night with his GM Performance
604 crate engine and put on a driving school second to no other. Sobbing
started fifth row outside and put on a spectacular show that had the crowd on
their feet until the checkered flag flew on the night’s final feature. Sobbing
gets the win followed by Allen Halderman, Brendon Gemmil and Danny Holt.
Racing resumes next Saturday night at Thunder Speedway for
the BSB Manufacturing Night at the races, where all five classes of IMCA race
cars will be putting on the best
Saturday night racing show in Northeast Kansas.
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