MAYETTA, KS. – Race fans were treated to a stunning show of sportsmanship and competition tonight at the 19th Annual Don Garst Memorial Race, resulting in several last lap passes for the A- Feature event wins. A stellar racing surface also contributed to clean racing with few yellow flags allowing for a timely ten o’clock finish time.
Last weeks winner Wade Heller again showed the way to victory lane for the Casey’s General Store IMCA Sport Compacts followed by a hotly contested battle for second place by the remaining top four finishing cars of Dan Canady, Alex Boyden, and Danie Ziegler. The Sport Compact class continues to grow and afford new racers an entry into short track racing without breaking the bank.
Jesse Vanlaningham put his experience to work for him behind the wheel on his way to victory in the Kansas National Guard IMCA Hobby Stock division. Starting ninth he earned every position he passed in a flawless drive to the win. Top four finishes included Vanlaningham, Patrick Thyfault, Josh Haid and defending champion Jacob Crowell.
The BMS IMCA Northern Sportmods had the fans on their feet for most of the race through the finish as the 3k of Kurtis Pihl and eventual winner Kyle Olberding dueled lap after lap swapping the high and low lines searching for an advantage that would come down to the last lap pass by Oberding followed by Pihl, Brian Rigsby from 12th position and Adam Patch.
IMCA Stock cars consistently put on some of the best IMCA racing you’ll see and tonight’s Heinen Repair Service Stock cars did just that. Kyle Vanover made an amazing charge from his last place starting position after a DNF in his heat race to challenge stock car ace Lance Borgman on the last lap to take the win. Multi time national IMCA Stock Car champion Mike Nichols advanced from his 8th place starting position to challenge the ever competitive Jim Powell Jr for the third spot and taking that position late in the race with Powell clinching the fourth position.
The BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds saw Allen Halderman take the point at the front of the field almost immediately and put on a clinic of consistency lap after lap and commitment to the bottom of the race track that ultimately paid off with a big win. Conversely his challengers took turns around the top of the track and at one point Jordan Grabowski made a charge at Halderman but lost the handle and spun causing a caution which sent him to the back of the field. Jesse Richter, Brendon Gemmill and Mike Petersilie duked it out behind Halderman right to the finish with Gimmell 2nd, Richter 3rd and Petersilie coming in 4th.
Racing resumes next Saturday night at Thunder Speedway with all five classes of IMCA race cars putting on the best Saturday night racing show in Northeast Kansas. Hot laps start at 7PM with racing to follow. Friend Thunder Hill Speedway on Facebook or find us at www.racethunderhillspeedway.com .