By JOHN SCHMIDT
Special to The Hays Daily News
Thanks to the generous support of the American Legion Families 363 Chapter in Colby, veterans were able to enjoy the races at no cost. The evening started with a special tribute to the veterans with the help of a Humvee from the National Guard and a sport mod with a patriotic paint scheme. The races hosted the five normal classes plus the United Rebel Sprint Series.
In the Road Runner Manufacturing Econos Brian Guyer led us to the green flag and held the lead for several laps. Alex West of Goodland was working his way up through the field good and benefited from the caution brought out by Rocky Baalmann. After a couple laps after the restart West was able to grab the lead to get back to back feature wins at the track. Top 4 was West, Josh Colby, Guyer, Levi Jones
The Imca Sunoco Hobby Stocks entered in to the first corner 3 and 4 wide that brought out an early caution. Matt Giesenhagen led us to green to be quickly passed by Tyrel "Young Gun" Smith. Smith was quickly ran down by hard charging Daniel Irwin. While those two had a great battle for the lead; Giesenhagen, Richard Boon, and Colton Pheifer jockeyed around for the next three spots. Irwin tried several different moves to get around Smith but wasn't able to make any of them stick. In the F&M Insurance Store Hobby Stocks Top Four was Smith, Irwin, Boon, Pheifer
In a change of the order of events, the Imca Karl Chevrolet Sport Mods lead off the night. Jasen Grey and Gage Coen were your early leaders of the race. With about four laps in Jasen Grey spun out in turn 2 sending him to the back. Coen brought us back green with "The Money Man" Clay Money and Josh Appel hot on his tail. In just a few laps Money and Appel were the top two cars battling for the lead. Behind them was Coen, Ryan Stevenson and Mike Appel battling for the third position. After a couple late cautions, Money was able to hang on for his second win of the season in the Murfin Drilling Sport Mods.
Brent Moss led the pack to green in the Imca Sunoco Stock Cars. Jeff "The Gambler" Tubbs worked his way up from the 9th starting spot to be on the heals of Rogers and Moss. After four laps Rogers took the lead from Moss. Tubbs and Rogers were nose to tail with two laps when they approached a slow car getting in the way of Rogers preferred line around the 3/8 high banked oval. On the white flag lap Tubbs was able to take advantage of the slow car to get around Rogers in turn two. However Rogers charged in hard in turn 3 to try and regain the lead. The two came to the finish line side by side with Tubbs narrowly capturing his second win of the season. Top four of the Sporer Land and Development Stock Cars Tubbs, Rogers, Moss, and B.J. Wagoner
The duo of brothers Milo and Wheat Lippelman led the Xtreme Motorsports Modifieds to the green flag. Milo was the early leader until Matt Morris from Lamar, Colorado was able to make the high side out of turn two work to take the lead. Nate Moore, Todd Schwarz, and Darren "The Culigan Man" Deloach battled for the second spot. The race went caution free from green flag to checker. Adam Morris and Mike "The Natural" Wadel were able to work their way up to a top five finish from their 4th row starting spots. Top four in the Strutt Insurance Services Modifieds were M. Morris, Schwarz, Deloach, A. Morris
Fans witnessed 13 sprint cars battle it out on the high bank oval of Thomas County Speedway. Zac Taylor was not able to start the feature after his car and himself caught fire during the heat race. Luckily to his quick response and from the track help he escaped with little injury. John Webster led the first five laps of the race. Mark Walinder followed him for several laps until he was able to get around him. The lone caution was brought out when the third place car got tangled up with lapped traffic. Walinder led us back green with Taylor Velasquez on his rear. Walinder was able to hang on with the last four laps to record his first ever URSS feature win. Top four Walinder, Velasquez, Webster, and Luke Cranston
Racing resumes at Thomas County Speedway on July 21st at 7:00p.m. and hot laps will start at 6:00p.m. The race will also feature train races, in which three cars will be tied together. The front car will only have a gas pedal, the middle car will be empty, and the back car will run the brakes. Should be great entertainment for all and the regular classes will be there to put on a great show on as well.