BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT AT THUNDER HILL SATURDAY
By Troy Harrison
The National and Regional IMCA Point seasons have drawn to a close, but the weekly points standings in the Xtreme Motor Sports Clash on the Hill are still being counted, and drivers are running out of time to make their move in the standings. Saturday night, September 15, is Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Thunder Hill Speedway, and it’s the next-to-last opportunity for drivers to score Track points.
Currently, Jesse Richter of Great Bend leads the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified point standings with 600 points. Making a strong bid to repeat his 2010 title, and only 16 markers back of Richter, is Holton’s Jeff Herbers. Fourteen points behind Herbers is Tom Charles,with Allen Halderman fourth and Mike Petersilie fifth.
The Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car action has been dominated by Beatrice, Nebraska’s Kyle Vanover, the 2011 champ, who is on a quest to make it two titles in a row. A scant 12 points back in second place is Jim Powell, Jr. Marvin Griffith Jr. lies third, with Brian Labonte fourth and Greg Deters fifth.
It doesn’t get closer than the point battle in the Kansas National Guard IMCA Northern Sport Mod Division, as 2010 champion Eddie Schwope Jr. and 2011 champion Kyle Vanover are locked in a tie with 641 points each. They are the only drivers with a mathematical shot at the championship. Third is currently Luke Stallbaumer, who has a comfortable margin over Adam Patch in fourth. Patch’s fourth place standing, however, is only a nine-point margin over Brenden Damon in fifth.
BuyRaceParts.com IMCA Hobby Stock standings are currently led by Jacob Crowell, of Clearwater. He holds a 36 point lead over last year’s Rookie of the Year, Mallory Walters, who in turn holds a comfortable advantage over Dominic Thyfault in third. Thyfault is only two points ahead of consistent Larry Hunter, and Waylon Banks lies fifth.
Kaylee Diekman leads the standings to become the first IMCA Sport Compact champion in Thunder Hill history, with Scott Spellmeier 47 points back in second. Second is still up for grabs, with Wade Heller still in striking distance of Spellmeier. Ronda Mewes and Jarret Beach round out the top five.
Thunder Hill’s point season will close on Saturday night, September 22, with the Wunderfest, memorializing Topeka racing legend Tom Wunder. The final race of the year will be Thunder on the Hill, on October26/27.
The Xtreme Motor Sports Clash on the Hill continues Saturday Night, September 15, with the Breast Cancer Awareness/Racing for the Cure night. 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.