Racing fans enjoy night of good racing
Some of the better racing of the year and some of the not-so-good moves were observed during the June 27 action at McCook Speedway. David Murray of Oberlin, Dustin Small of North Platte, Jason Koch of Cambridge, Karl Wickizer of Palisade, Bruce Hagan, Sr. of Culbertson, and Bob DeRouchey of Ft. Collins, Colo. were parts of the better racing, winning the night‚s six main events.
After a caution on the first lap of the IMCA Modified A Feature, the field ran the remaining 19 laps unabated. Gary Herbst of North Platte, who won his heat race, controlled the race until his car fell off of corner two. He was able to come back on, but lost ground to the entire field. Heat winner Troy Bayne of North Platte assumed the lead, closely followed by Chuck Stryker of Eddyville. While Stryker worked on Bayne, David Murray worked his way through the field, starting back in the sixth row to catch the front two by half way. On lap twelve, Murray had moved to the front and drove away for his second straight win. Bayne and Stryker maintained second and third places. Jay Schilling of McCook finished in fourth place, and got his motor claimed, the third person to have it done in the Modified class in three nights. Jay Steffens of North Platte finished in fifth place. Barry Richards of Oberlin, Kan. won the other heat race.
The IMCA Hobby Stock A Feature was one for the record books. Dewayne Jesse of McCook led the early part of the race, but, like Herbst, fell off of the track. His bad drive had help according to officials, and Keith Miner received the black flag. Chris Cuellar of Indianola then had a nice lead until his tire went flat, and that gave the lead to Jason Koch. Koch was leading the race until heat winner Colby Claflin and he had some contact. Claflin was sent to the rear of the field, and after some extra-curricular activity, was sent to the pits for the night. All of the Hobby Stock drivers drove even more carefully after that, perhaps too careful, as Koch had a healthy lead over Richie Wickizer of Culbertson come the end of the race. Heat winner Brent Riley of Indianola finished in third place, Les Janousek of Trenton finished in fourth, and Jason Stephens finished in fifth place.
Jason's brother Brady enjoyed the lead of the IMCA Stock Car A Feature until he was challenged for the lead by Dustin Small and Charley Brown of North Platte. Actually, the challenge was probably enjoyable for him as well, but the push in his car was not. After his car veered high, Small made a big move to take the lead, and brought Brown with him. Smith stayed out front for his second straight win, then had his motor claimed after the races, which he accepted. Brown settled for second place, ahead of Koch, Shawn Bigham of Imperial, and Bill Matson of McCook. Karl Wickizer finally got himself a Classic Modified A Feature win at McCook Speedway. Early in the race, both North Platte drivers Matt Fletcher and Gerald Halouska were vying for their first ever wins in the class out front. Their two car battle soon became a six car battle for the lead. Wickizer was the first one to go to the top, and with less than two laps to go, was able to get by Fletcher for the lead, a lead he would not relinquish. Fletcher‚s runner-up finish and Halouska‚s third place finish were still respectable for them. John Werner of Palisade and Larry Pollmann of McCook rounded out the top five. Wickizer and Werner were also the heat race victors.
The Mini-Sprints again showed their speed on the big track, as the small cars zoomed their way around the track. The lead changed four times in two laps when Arden Myers of McCook was able to take over. His lead would be short-lived, as heat winner Bob DeRouchey found his way from row four to the head of the class. John Webster of North Platte started out in row five and got by Myers two laps later, but could not contend with the lead DeRouchey had over the field. Rob Henry of McCook and Jim Hoatson of North Platte finished in fourth and fifth places.
The Mini-Trucks saw a brand new winner after their A Feature. Jay Alberts of McCook and Bruce Hagan, Sr. were the two drivers that won the truck heats. Hagan was still hot after the heat and did not waste much time getting his truck from row three to spot one. As the 14 trucks spread out during the twelve lap caution-free feature, Hagan ran away and hid from Alberts, who made his way from row six to second place. Dean Kerbs followed a couple of lap trucks across the finish line after Alberts. Bud Wasson of Lebanon and Josh Bopp of McCook were the other top five truck drivers.
McCook Speedway will next run Friday, July 11, at 8 PM CDT. On Thursday night, July 3, sister track Culbertson Speedway will begin it‚s season at 8 PM CDT. The classes running will be Mini-Trucks, Classic Modifieds, IMCA Hobby Stocks, IMCA Stock Cars, and IMCA Modifieds.
97M-David Murray, Jr.
94H-Don Hagan, Jr.
IMCA Stock Cars
11-Todd Chrisman IMCA Hobby Stocks
25-Bruce Hagan, Sr. Heat 2
25-Bruce Hagan, Sr.
66-Gerald Halouska, Jr