Jul 29 - Racing Action Heats Up As Temperatures Cool Off

Racing Action Heats Up As Temperatures Cool Off


7-27-13 MAYETTA, KS 

After an idle week, racing action heated up as the temperatures cooled off, as race time approached, the 70 degrees felt anything but summerlike. The Conkwright family again had Thunder Hill Speedway in prime form for Saturday nights action as they welcomed Xtreme Motorsports for their Sponsor Appreciation night. A Huge thank you goes out to the Xtreme Motorsports Team and Damon family as they rewarded all divisions with extra purse money.  

The Casey’s General Store IMCA Sport Compact Division races onto Thunder Hill Speedway first. Dan Canady led the early laps but just could not hold off Danie Ziegler, who started the race from the third row inside.  Danie drove her way to the front and provided an action packed pass on leader Canady. As the checkered flag fell, it was Danie Ziegler in the Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane followed by Wade Heller, Dan Canady, Alex Boyden and Morgan Ziegler. 

The Kansas National Guard IMCA Hobby Stocks provided their fair share of racing action. During the early laps, a mechanical problem on the Patrick Doherty machine brought the stands to their feet as he tumbled on the front straightaway. Patrick Thyfault muscled his way to the front, but as the laps started to come to a close Mallory Stifler found her way to Thyfaults back bumper where she made several attempts to pass Thyfault.  At the Stripe it was Thyfault, chased by Mallory Stiffler, Kelly Pihl, Trevor Holt, and Scott Spellmeier.

                The Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Northern Sportmod division was next up. You have got to make a trip to Thunder Hill Speedway to watch this class put on some of the best racing action anywhere! Dusty Leonard started from the front row outside and would not relinquish the lead. As Leonard set the pace up front, Curtis Dreasher, who started way deep in the field, races towards the front. There were other hard chargers in this race as well but as the checkered flag fell,  it was Dusty Leonard in the Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane. Rounding out the top five were Kyle Olberding, Bryan Rigsby, Luke Stallbaumer and Curtis Dreasher. The top four in the B-Feature were Curtis Dreasher with the win, Kurtis Pihl, Kelly Kneisler and Bret Degand.

The BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds were the next division to try and tame Thunder Hill Speedway.This race had the fans in attendance on their feet lap after lap as they swapped positions  and put on an amazing show. Mike Petersilie passed both Derrick Brown and Danny Holt on one lap, but a caution moved him back. On the restart, Petersilie begins to methodically overtake both cars again.  Holt suffers mechanical issues and left the racing surface. With multiple grooves on the race track, Petersilie preferred the high side and used every inch of the track to get to Pit Pass Liquors Victory Lane. Finishing out the top five at the checkered flag were Derrick Brown, Cory Lagroon, Tom Charles and Jesse Richter.   

                The final race of the night  was the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars. The Dirt Track Central Great Plains Stock Car Tour presented by Goodland Machine made their first trip to Thunder Hill Speedway. The even better news is that if you missed this weekend, they will be back next weekend. A unique three wide start initiates the on track action. Jim Powell Jr. was an early leader and fought tremendously hard not to give up the lead. As the laps wound down, he could not hold off four time National Champ, Mike Nichols. This division raced three and four wide throughout the event and  provided the crowd with superb racing action. At the checkered flag Mike Nichols gets the win standing proud in the Pit Pass Liqours Victory Lane followed by Jason Rogers, Jeff Tubbs, Jim Powell Jr., and J.J Baumli.

Every driver that I had the opportunity to talk to, both newcomers and regulars, were impressed with Thunder Hill Speedways racetrack preparation. Thanks to Kurt Johnston for coming to the grandstands at intermission and providing free t-shirts to the fans in attendance.

Racing resumes next Saturday night at Thunder Hill Speedway Xtreme Motorsports Clash on the Hill with all five classes of IMCA racing. Saturday, August 3rd the Great Plains Stock Car Tour will return for the Bumper to Bumper/Wix Filters night at the races.  Be sure and join us,  and bring a friend and a cooler!!! Like Thunder Hill Speedway on Facebook or find us at www.racethunderhillspeedway.com .


Bill Grit