GRABOUSKI DOES IT AGAIN AT THUNDER HILL
By Troy Harrison
When Jordan Grabouski arrives at the Xtreme Motor Sports Clash on the Hill, the smart money is riding on his back. The smart money again cashed in on Saturday night, as last year’s IMCA National Champion took the checkered in the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified feature. Joining him in the Pit Stop Liquor Victory lane was Lance Borgman (Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars), Kyle Olberding (Kansas National Guard IMCA Northern SportMods), Jacob Crowell (BuyRaceParts.com IMCA Hobby Stocks), and Scott Spellmeier (IMCA Sport Compacts).
Grabouski showed the same speed that he has shown ever since he arrived at Thunder Hill last year, starting inside row 5 of the BSB IMCA Modified feature, quickly moving to the front, and was never headed from that point on toward the win. Behind him, Kyle Stallbaumer had a fine run into second, with Jeff Herbers third, Jesse Richter fourth, and Scott Terry fifth.
“Stop Vanover” has been the cry of the Heinen Repair Service Stock Cars all year, and on Saturday night, Vanover was beaten for the first time in a straight fight on the race track. Lance Borgman, also from Beatrice, has shown tremendous speed all year, and in fact won on the one night when Vanover broke. On Saturday night, both drivers started in row 4, and Borgman was able to battle his way to the front before Vanover made it to second. That’s the way they finished, as Borgman simply outran Vanover. Finishing third was Bob Arnold, with Greg Deters fourth, and Jim Powell fifth.
Kyle Olberding is intent upon repeating last year’s Kansas National Guard IMCA Northern SportMod track championship, and took another step in that direction with a powerful win on Saturday night. Finishing second was his fellow sixth row starter and former track champion Eddie Schwope Jr., while third went to the ever-improving Aaron Hilderman. Dustin Crist took fourth, while the charge of the night was Adam Patch’s run from 21st to fifth.
The BuyRaceParts.com IMCA Hobby Stock feature proved to be a “survival of the fittest” affair, and prevailing was Jacob Crowell. Crowell was followed by the man who has more second place finishes in the class than any other driver, Dominic Thyfault. Patrick Doherty made his first appearance in the top five with a third, while Levi Austin and Willie Potts rounded out the top five.
Scott Spellmeier has been the winningest driver this year in the IMCA Sport Compacts, a trend which continued on Saturday night. Spellmeier took the flag over Al Rice, with Brandon Lobdell third, Jarret Beach fourth, and Kaylee Diekman fifth.
The Xtreme Motor Sports Clash on the Hill continues Saturday Night, July 14, with Ladies’ Night presented by Abbott Manufacturing. All ladies will be admitted to the grandstands free. 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 (Cannedbeer only – no glass bottles) for a $10 charge. Pit passes are $25.00.
Thunder Hill Speedway is located at 11995 NW 142ndRoad (2 miles West of US-75 on NW 142nd Road), in Mayetta, KS. For more information, please visit www.racethunderhillspeedway.com.