Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racing invades Thunder Hill Speedway
6-29-13 MAYETTA, KS
Thunder Hill Speedway’s Xtreme Motor Sports Clash on the Hill is setting the standard fairly high for great weekly dirt track racing action. Awesome track preparation and an extremely dedicated staff makes for the absolute best family entertainment value in the State. At Intermission Stephanie Woodral and Maggie Pihl met me at the base of the flagstand to sell Jesse Richter and Mike Petersilie t-shirts. All of the proceeds for the shirts go to the Breast Cancer Awareness fund as part of the Damon family foundation. Another huge thanks to all of the fans in attendance at Thunder Hill Speedway who donated to this great cause.
It has been a very long time since I have witnessed a 1964 Chevelle, a 1955 Chevy Bel Air, various Ford coupes, a Hudson coupe and even a Volkswagon on the racetrack. But that’s exactly what the Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racing group brought to Thunder Hill Speedway Saturday night. Normally this is an exhibition type race where the competition is secondary. Saturday these guys put on one heck of a show. At the drop of the checker it was the J2 of Jack Simmons in his 1955 Chevy Bel Air, followed by the 1940 Ford coupe of Keith Simmons, and John Wilhite in a 1964 Chevelle rounded out the top three.
The first of two repeat winners this week came out of The Kansas National Guard IMCA Hobby Stock division. The teammates of Brian Stich and Troy Baumgartner started beside each other deep in the fifth row. Early on it was Baumgartner out front, but a late race caution stacked the field back up and at the drop of the green flag it was Brian Stich overtaking his teamate. The M87 Machine of Malory Stiffler put on a fantastic race to bring home the third spot. At the flagstand it was Brian Stich, Troy Baumgartner, Mallory Stiffler, Kelly Pihl and Jacob Crowell in the top five.
Dusty Leonard used his front row outside starting position for everything it was worth to hold off the field for his second win in two weeks. The Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Northern Sportmod division continues to excite the crowd with it’s bumper to bumper on track action. A late caution flag in this one with only a few laps left, gave the field another chance to overtake Leonard. At the checkered flag it was Dusty Leonard with the win, an extremely hard charging Luke Stallbaumer in second with Brandon Mitchell in third, Clay Hale in fourth and Chad Shaw in fifth.
Heinen Repair service IMCA Stock Cars provides more door to door action on a weekly basis, and their numbers continue to grow. Mike Nichols travels from Harlan, Iowa to compete in this division weekly. He started fifth row inside but that did not deter him. He steadily picked off competitor after competitor as he raced his way to the win. As the checkers flew it was Mike Nichols at the point followed by Jim Powell Jr, Matt Haid, Greg Deters and Brian Labonte.
The BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds were last up for the evening and let me tell you they put on one of the best shows to date. Jordan Grabouski and Tom Charles started the evening from the front row but it seemed like almost all of the other racers took their shot at both of them. Charles slipped back a few spots as the race went on only to gather it back up and try to run down Grabouski. Tom Charles has found something with that chassis and really likes his new GM Performance 604 Crate engine. As the laps wound down and the birthday boy flagman, Tim Pralle threw the final checkers of the night it was Jordan Grabouski winning followed by Tom Charles, Derrrick Brown, Shay Woods and Mike Petersilie.
Racing resumes next Saturday night at Thunder Hill Speedway with all five classes of IMCA race cars putting on the best Saturday night racing show in Northeast Kansas. The Mid-Season Champions will be crowned, with a spectacular fireworks display after the show. Bring a friend and a cooler!!! It’s going to be a great show! Gates open at 5:00 pm. Friend Thunder Hill Speedway on Facebook or find us at www.racethunderhillspeedway.com .Bill Grit