Annual Oren Covert Memorial Race a Success
MAYETTA, KS: Thanks to Mother Nature,
the Oren Covert Memorial race was rescheduled earlier this year for Saturday
August 17th. It couldn’t have been a
more perfect night, as the number 17 was always displayed proudly on the side
of Oren’s race cars and the weather was fantastic. The Conkwright family once
again had Thunder Hill Speedway in prime shape with a smooth and fast racing
surface. During Intermission, those in attendance that wore their Oren Covert
Memorial T-shirts, were treated to a group picture and entered into a drawing.
Four honorary A-feature trophy presenters along with five honorary A-feature
race starters were chosen. A huge THANKS to the Covert family, Bill Buttrick
and Milestone Marketing for providing extra funds to several of our feature
winners and Advanced Auto Parts for the awesome toolbox trophy presented to the
BSB Manufacturing Modified winner.
Casey’s General Store IMCA Sport Compact division was again the first A-feature
event of the evening. The Ziegler sisters made their return to Thunder Hill
Speedway known in a big way. Morgan Ziegler started this race on the front row
outside and never looked back. She was chased throughout the race by her sister
Danie, but would not give up the lead. At the checker, Morgan Ziegler made her
first visit to the Pit Pass Liquors Victory Lane, followed by Danie Ziegler,
Dan Canady, Brandon Lobdell and Wade Heller.
of the best races of the night was the Kansas National Guard IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Kelly Pihl started fourth row outside and methodically raced his
way to the front. Nicholas Ronnebaum, who started at the back of the feature after
a first lap pit stop, flexed his racing muscles as he maneuvered through the
pack. Kelly Pihl gets the win and proudly stands in the Pit Pass Liquor Victory
Lane, followed by hard charger, Nicholas Ronnebaum. Bill McConnaughy, Brian Stich and Joshua
Adkins finished out the top five.
Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Northern Sportmod division raced four and five
wide throughout the feature event. Rick Dreasher won the B-feature, and
transferred to the A-feature of the evening. Twenty- four cars started the A-feature
with Luke Stallbaumer starting in the sixth row inside. When the race came to a
close, it is Luke Stallbaumer getting the trophy in the Pit Pass Liquor Victory
Lane. Bryan Rigsby, Curtis Dreasher, Kyle Olberding and Eddie Schwope III finished
out the top five.
Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars continuously provide fans with some great
on track racing action. Christine Brown,
who had her first top four finish in this division, is one of twelve female
drivers out of nine hundred and seventy five licensed IMCA Stock Car drivers. Mike
Nichols gets accredited with win number 302 in the Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane
with a hard charging Marvin Griffith Jr. in second. Brian Labonte, Christine
Brown and Justin Merriman finished out the top five.
BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds had the fans in attendance on their feet as
usual. Brent Alverson and Derrick Brown were early leaders in this race but
succumbed to mechanical difficulties. This opened the door for Jordan Grabouski,
who took the checkered flag and the Trophy Toolbox. Danny Holt, who returned
after having motor issues several weekends ago, ran a very solid second place. Cory Lagroon, Jesse Richter and Tom Charles
finish out the top five.
resumes Saturday night, August 24th with the NCRA Late Models
returning to Thunder Hill Speedway. The Xtreme Motorsports Clash on the Hill will
also feature the IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern Sportmods and Hobby
Stocks. IMCA Sport Compacts will have the week off. Join us and remember to bring
a friend and a cooler!!! It’s going to be a great show! Friend Thunder Hill
Speedway on Facebook or find us at www.racethunderhillspeedway.com