CHARLES WINS SECOND OF 2012 AT THUNDER HILL
When Thunder Hill Speedway returned to IMCA in 2010, Tom Charles was one of the earliest supporters, and he came within one night of winning the point title – one he’d won before. Last year, the BonnerSprings veteran had a bit of an off season with only one feature win, but this year, the “Rooster” appears to be back in force. Saturday night, he proved this again by taking the BSB IMCA Modified feature win in the Memorial Day edition of the Xtreme Motor Sports Clash on the Hill. Joining him in Victory Lane were Kyle Vanover (Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars), Bryan LaRiviere (Kansas National Guard IMCA Northern Sport Mods), Adam Armstrong (BuyRaceParts.com IMCA Hobby Stocks), and Wade Heller (IMCA Sport Compacts).
Charles’ path to the win was anything but easy, as he had to fend off the challenges of fellow third-row starter Mat Stallbaumer. Stallbaumer, who has been a consistent front runner and occasional feature winner at Thunder Hill, gave the veteran all he wanted for the length of the feature,but eventually finished in the second spot. P.J. Conger had another strong run finishing third, with Nic Bidinger fourth and Jeff Herbers fifth.
The Conkwright family may be considering charging Kyle Vanover rent in Victory Lane. The Beatrice speedster has thus far won every feature in the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars. Saturday night, like the previous week, both Marvin Griffith Jr. and Lance Borgman showed the speed to unseat Vanover but came up a bit short in the end. At the flag, it was Vanover first, Borgman in second, Griffith third, Matt Haid charging to fourth, and Jim Powell Jr. rounding out the top five.
Bryan LaRiviere continues to make a strong run toward a second National Championship in the Kansas National Guard IMCA Northern Sport Mod division. His advance Saturday night found him having to battle past a number of tough competitors, including second-generation shoe Adam Patch, last year’s Track Champion Kyle Olberding, and Rick Dreasher. LaRiviere made it past this tough threesome into Victory Lane. Dreasher had his best run of the year, finishing second with Kurtis Pihl taking third. Olberding finished fourth, with Patch fifth.
BuyRaceParts.com IMCA Hobby Stock action has been pretty wide-open thus far this year with no driver really asserting dominance. That’s shown by the fact that the point leader, Mallory Walters, has run strong every week but has yet to find Victory Lane. Saturday night, she would eventually settle for fifth as Adam Armstrong moved his machine past the pack and into the win. Dominic Thyfault had another strong run into second, with Jacob Crowell third, Waylon Banks fourth, and Walters fifth.
Last weekend’s night off may have been welcome for Sport Compact competitors, as the field size was up Saturday night. Wade Heller was able to move his car all the way from eighth starting spot to take his first win of the season over Scott Spellmeier, who has scored two wins thus farthis year. Third was Ronda Mewes, followed by Kaylee Diekman and Bradley Davis.
The Xtreme Motor Sports Clash on the Hill continues Saturday Night, June 2, with the Heinen Repair Service 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.