GRABOUSKI NIPS BECKER AT THUNDER HILL
By Troy Harrison
Webster’s Dictionary defines “heartbreaker” as “a person, event, or thing causing great sorrow, grief, or anguish.” Justin Becker would probably define it as “Final lap, Xtreme Motor Sports Clash on the Hill, June 2, 2012.” Becker had done a masterful job of building what looked to be an insurmountable lead in the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified feature only to have 2011 NationalChampion Jordan Grabouski close on him in lapped traffic and pass on the last lap for the feature win. Grabouski was joined by Kyle Vanover (Heinen RepairService IMCA Stock Cars), Kyle Olberding (Kansas National Guard IMCA NorthernSportMods), Brandon Johnson (BuyRaceParts.com IMCA Hobby Stocks), and ScottSpellmeier (IMCA Sport Compacts).
Becker started the BSB IMCA Modified feature on the pole flanked by Shane Wettengel, and at the green, did his best to check out on the field. Meanwhile, charges through the pack were being made by Bryan Rigsby(who started 17th), Mike Petersilie, and Grabouski. The man they call “Grabo” was able to clear the front contenders and set sail for Becker, who by this time was working his way through traffic. The lapped cars ended up being Grabouski’s edge, as he was able to move alongside and past Holton hotshoe Becker in turn 2 of the final lap to take the win. Becker was second, followed by Petersilie, Jesse Richter, and Rigsby.
For the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car competitors, June has started the same way that May ended – with Kyle Vanover in Victory Lane. Vanover, who currently leads the point standings at both Thunder Hill and Beatrice Speedway, is thus far unbeaten in feature action at the highbanks in 2012. Saturday night proved to be more of the same, as Vanover scored the win over Austin Carter in second. Jim Powell Jr. finished third with Lance Borgman fourth and Mike Taylor collecting another top-five finish.
Kyle Olberding was able to notch another win over a highly competitive Kansas National Guard IMCA Northern SportMod field in his attempt at defendinglast year’s Track Championship. Olberding, starting ninth, worked his way through the pack to a battle with Clay Hale of Cameron, MO, for the win. Olberding prevailed over Hale, with Curtis Dreasher having a fine run to third, Eddie Schwope Jr. in fourth, and Michael Bailey in fifth.
In the BuyRaceParts.com IMCA Hobby Stock class, it was the “Battle of the Nebraskans” as past feature winners Brandon Johnson and Adam Armstrong squared off for the win. At the line after a hard-fought feature, it was Nebraska 1-2 and Kansas 3, as Johnson prevailed over Armstrong with Stich third, Jacob Crowell fourth, and Mallory Walters fifth.
Scott Spellmeier was able to repeat his feature win from last week in the IMCA Sport Compact action, winning over Wade Heller, Ronda Mewes, Kaylee Diekman, and Danie Ziegler.
The Xtreme Motor Sports Clash on the Hill continues Saturday Night, June 9, with the popular Ladies’ Night promotion. Ladies are admitted free to the grandstands. Gates open at 5:00 PM, driver’smeeting 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 – noglass 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. Formore information, please visit www.racethunderhillspeedway.com