By MIKE HUGHES
Special to The Hays Daily News
HAYS, KS (August 10)--Two new faces appeared in victory lane at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, Saturday evening, August 10.
In the Rebel Tank Service IMCA Hobby Stock feature, Russell's Ron Wehling took the lead from T.C. McKain on lap 3 and was able to hold on to score his first win of the year at Hays. The first caution flew on lap 8 when Al Emmons broke, then the red came out one lap later when Trevor 'The Hit Man' Schmidt rolled on the frontstretch. He was okay but done for the night. The field had one last shot on a lap 13 caution, but Wehling pulled away for the win. Jeromy Wagner finished second, followed by 'Neon' Leon Pfannenstiel, 'The Wild Child' Garrett Hager, and 'Bam Bam' Cody Graham. Heat race winners were Wagner, Wehling and McKain.
The Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature also saw a new face in the winner's circle. Shaylon Holloway led the first 6 laps of the 20-lap race before Colby's B.J. Wagoner took control. Scot Granzella chased Wagoner down and was within striking distance of Wagoner late in the race. But coming out of turn 2 on the final lap, Granzella and Wagoner made contact with Wagoner looping his car. He kept moving to finish fourth. But track officials deemed contact by Granzella caused the spin, and scored the race on the previous lap with Granzella scored last. Wagoner then was credited with the win, trailed by heat race winners Jeff Tubbs and Pat Bedore. Jason Davis and Holloway completed the top five.
After 10 races in the Federated Auto Parts IMCA Modified division, no one was able to make a repeat appearance in victory lane. But newlywed Travis 'The Terminator' Sherfick of Wakeeney broke the drought by winning his second main event of the year, but younger brother 'Dynamite' Dylan Sherfick made him earn it. The first 3 laps saw 3 different leaders in 'Rapid' Ronnie Hill, and the Sherfick brothers. Dylan led lap 2 but gave way to Travis on lap 3. But Dylan regained the lead at the halfway mark of the 20-lap event, only to again be passed by Travis on the following circuit. Travis was able to hold off Dylan through a couple more caution periods to score the hard earned win. Corey Lagroon was third, followed by Rodger Peck and Marty Clark. Heat race winners were Hill and Dylan Sherfick.
In the Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Mod main event, 'The Money Man' Clay Money of Penokee took the lead on lap 2 from Cory McGann and led the remaining laps to score his second victory at RPM Speedway this season. The battle for the top five was close, but 'The Frye Man' Tyler Frye would finish in the runner-up spot, followed by Cory Struckhoff, Jake Krone and Kurtis Pihl. McGann, Daniel Gottschalk and Blaine Walt were victorious in their heat races.
Monte Honas of Ellis won his eighth D K Ranch IMCA Sport Compact feature in a row to continue his domination in that division. Kirk Pfannenstiel led the opening lap of the 15-lap race before Andrew Soderlund took command. But the tenth starting Honas worked his way through the field and took the lead on lap 11 and led the rest of the way in the caution free event. Soderlund and Pfannenstiel finished second and third, followed by heat two winner Michael Smith and Shyla Hughes. Bret Henke won the other heat race.
It was 'Race Cars & Superstars Night' with11 superstars raising a total of $42,642.42 for area chapters of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Mitch Driscoll won the superstar feature. Heath Dorzweilder of Hays raised the most money with $7,279.80.
It was also 'Daisy Dukes & Cowboy Boots Night' with several ladies competing for prize money.
Racing returns to Hays on Saturday, August 24, as the regular five divisions return to action. Race time is 7:00 p.m.
IMCA Sport Compacts
Heat race winners: Bret Henke, Michael Smith.
Feature: 1. Monte Honas, 2. Andrew Soderlund, 3. Kirk Pfannenstiel, 4. Smith, 5. Shyla Hughes, 6. Henke, 7. Brandon Lobdell, 8. Tanner Chapin, 9. Amber Bird, 10. Tristen Barton, 11. Justin Rohr, 12. Dean Herzog (DNF), 13. Jesse Prockish (DNF), 14. Art Herzog (DNF), 15. Ed Jasper (DNF), 16. Brady Bencken (DNF), 17. Jarett Pfannenstiel (DNS), 18. Madison Reed (DNS).
IMCA Hobby Stocks
Heat race winners: Jeromy Wagner, Ron Wehling, T.C. McKain.
Feature: 1. Wehling, 2. Wagner, 3. Leon Pfannenstiel, 4. Garrett Hager, 5. Cody Graham, 6. G.W. Fuller, 7. Daniel Irwin, 8. Mark Normandin, 9. Aaron Gray, 10. Kent Tammen, 11. Travis Coop, 12. Donnie Werth, 13. McKain, 14. Aaron Honas, 15. Wayne Robben, 16. Colton Pfeifer (DNF), 17. Trevor Schmidt (DNF), 18. Al Emmons (DNF), 19. Justin Meserve (DNF), 20. Robert Emmons (DNS), 21. Irvin Earl (DNS).
IMCA Northern Sport Mods
Heat race winners: Cory McGann, Daniel Gottschalk, Blaine Walt.
Feature: 1. Clay Money, 2. Tyler Frye, 3. Cory Struckhoff, 4. Jake Krone, 5. Kurtis Pihl, 6. Gottschalk, 7. Clay Sellard, 8. McGann, 9. Tracy Holloway, 10.Walt, 11. Colby Hagans, 12. J.R. Ewing, 13. Bentley Pywell, 14. Brian May, 15. Jeremy Couse, 16. Dan Lauer, 17. Jeremy Sigler (DNF), 18. Cody Pancake (DNF), 19. Tyler Watts (DNF), 20. Brian Fink (DNF), 21. Bob Dauer (DNF), 22. Andy Barton (DNF), 23. Mark Axelson (DNS).
IMCA Stock Cars
Heat race winners: Pat Bedore, Jeff Tubbs.
Feature: 1. B.J. Wagoner, 2. Tubbs, 3. Bedore, 4. Jason Davis, 5. Shaylon Holloway, 6. Nolan Remus, 7. Bob Rutherford, 8. Scot Granzella, 9. Keith Riley (DNF), 10. Geoff Jermark (DNF).
Heat race winners: Ronnie Hill, Dylan Sherfick.
Feature: 1. Travis Sherfick, 2. D. Sherfick, 3. Corey Lagroon, 4. Rodger Peck, 5. Marty Clark, 6. Jerry Teel, 7. Brian Calhoon, 8. David Solberg, 9. Tyler Wilson, 10. Matt Henke, 11. Todd Schwarz, 12. Chadd Brown, 13. Milo Lippelmann, 14. Tim Watts (DNF), 15. Hill (DNF), 16. William Nusser (DNS).