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Salina Speedway crowns track champs

By DUSTY WIEGERT

Special to The Hays Daily News

SALINA -- The 2012 regular season came to a conclusion on Friday September 21 at the Salina Speedway in Salina, Kansas with five Champions crowned, none of which picked up Championships the previous year.

For the Belleville Motorsports IMCA Modified division a former multiple time National Champion swooped in to compete on this night, leaving with the top prize when the dirt settled. David Murray Jr. staged an impressive side by side duel with Corey Lagroon and was finally able to squeeze past Lagroon to pick up the feature win. Lagroon settled for second with Rodger Peck third and Joe Cleveland fourth. Danny Morrison Jr. was the Hard Charger after starting fifteenth and finishing eighth. With his fourth place finish Cleveland wrapped up the points title. Murray and Lagroon won the heat races.

Newcomer Blaine Walt furthered his state of Kansas points lead with a feature win in his first ever appearance at the Speedway in the Xtreme Motorsports IMCA Northern Sport Mods. Walt easily distanced himself away from the field and rode to the win followed by Josh Rice, Mark Franklin, and Jacob Schmutz. Franklin was the Hard Charger after starting tenth. After winning Rookie of the Year in 2011 Jesse Levin followed it up with his first Championship in 2012 in the division, winning over last year's Champion Rice. Schmutz and Rice won the heat races.

Long time veteran Bud Lee marked off another win in the Auto House Mod Lite division as he walked away from the pack. He was chased by Corbin Pickerill in second, Brandon Gray in third, and Brian Davidson in fourth. Gray was the Hard Charger, coming from eleventh place. He also put the exclamation mark on the season with the points championship win, finishing ahead of Pickerill in the final standings. Davidson and Lee won the heat races.

In the closest points race of the night a recount was needed to determine the Champion for the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks. In the feature event Brian Stich made his return to the Speedway and Victory Lane, out pacing Aaron McBride, Mike Traskowsky, and Mark Normandin. Jake Hedlund was the Hard Charger after starting twelfth and finishing fifth. The big story, though, involved two drivers who were knocked out of competition early. GW Fuller, the points leader by three heading into the night, and Rick Slothower both left the track early. When the finishes were resolved both drivers were tied in the final standings. Both drivers won the same amount of races, so then it was finally concluded on second place finishes, with Fuller having one more that Slothower, giving him the Championship. Traskowsky, Normandin, and McBride won the heat races.

Brian Dunsworth held off a hard charging Russell Roberg to capture the win in the T&R Dirt Construction Mini Stocks. Wade Heller finished third with Paco Montague in fourth. Wade Heller was the Hard Charger after starting ninth. Brendon Thiessen captured the Championship aboard his Mini Truck, finishing ten points ahead of Montague. Thiessen and Montague also picked up the heat race wins.

The attention of the Speedway now shifts into the 2nd Annual Fall Fling this upcoming weekend September 27-29. An open practice session will be held on Thursday night from 6-9PM with full programs of racing on Friday at 8PM and Saturday at 7PM.

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RESULTS

Mini Stocks - A Feature

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points

1 2 3X Brian Dunsworth Hutchinson , Ks 40.00

2 4 7R Russell Roberg Salina , Ks 39.00

3 9 187 Wade Heller Manhattan , Ks 38.00

4 1 72 Tracy Montague Salina , Ks 37.00

5 7 11 Josh Howard Salina , Ks 36.00

6 11 4B Amber Bird Brookville , Ks 35.00

7 13 15E Elliott May Lyons , Ks 34.00

8 6 31DD Dallas Dunn Salina , Ks 33.00

9 10 21 Brendon Thiessen Concordia , Ks 32.00 DNF

10 5 8R Randy Rice Miltonvale , Ks 31.00 DNF

11 8 46 David Pfiester Salina , Ks 30.00 DNF

12 12 33 T. J. Eidet Beverly , Ks 29.00 DNF

13 3 48E Eric Unruh Galva , Ks 28.00 DNF

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Hobby Stocks - A Feature

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points

1 1 21 Brian Stich Topeka , Ks 40.00

2 2 31M Aaron Mcbride Barnard , Ks 39.00

3 7 23 Mike Traskowsky Woodbine , Ks 38.00

4 5 82 Mark Normandin Salina , Ks 37.00

5 12 39 Jake Hedlund Mcpherson , Ks 36.00

6 13 27 Tommy Fose Sedgwick , Ks 35.00

7 4 06X Chris Lohrey Lindsborg , Ks 34.00

8 11 86 Neil Normandin Salina , Ks 33.00

9 14 77M Larry Jantz Enterprise , Ks 32.00

10 8 22 Dennis Berry Salina , Ks 31.00

11 3 72D Duane Mcanarney Salina , Ks 30.00 DNF

12 10 88B Pete Beaumont Concordia , Ks 29.00 DNF

13 16 13 Rick Slothower Gypsum , Ks 28.00 DNF

14 17 18 John Steele Salina , Ks 27.00 DNF

15 18 83 Tommy Shomaker Salina , Ks 26.00 DNF

16 9 1X Gw Fuller Tescott , Ks 25.00 DNF

17 19 13E Al Emmons Russell , Ks 24.00 DNF

18 6 151 Darren Nobert Salina , Ks 23.00 DNF

19 15 6RX Dallas Riffel Abilene , Ks 22.00 DNF

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Sport Mods - A Feature

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points

1 2 14W Blaine Walt Collyer , Ks 40.00

2 3 8J Josh Rice Minneapolis , Ks 39.00

3 10 7 Mark Franklin Salina , Ks 38.00

4 6 J1 Jacob Schmutz Junction City, Ks 37.00

5 4 3K Kurtis Pihl Lindsborg , Ks 36.00

6 9 15 Seth Schroer Strong City, Ks 35.00

7 8 11J Jesse Levin Salina , Ks 34.00

8 5 51 Brandon Belvill Concordia , Ks 33.00

9 11 36 Chad Markley Abilene , Ks 32.00

10 14 23 Fred Traskowsky Woodbine , Ks 31.00

11 1 69C Tim Mcburney Salina , Ks 30.00

12 13 85 Matthew Schrader Abilene , Ks 29.00

13 12 33D Brenden Damon Great Bend, Ks 28.00

14 7 53 Alex Johnson Minneapolis , Ks 27.00

15 15 20C Toby Finnell Manhattan , Ks 0.00 DNS

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Modifieds - A Feature

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points

1 7 97M David Murray , Ks 40.00

2 1 24 Corey Lagroon Salina , Ks 39.00

3 5 12 Rodger Peck Minneapolis , Ks 38.00

4 8 2 Joe Cleveland Delphos , Ks 37.00

5 4 25P Mike Petersilie Hoisington , Ks 36.00

6 6 57 Kenny Cross Salina , Ks 35.00

7 2 53T Larry Sutton Beloit , Ks 34.00

8 15 14M Danny Morrison Jr. Bennington , Ks 33.00

9 9 20 Warren Huffman Salina , Ks 32.00

10 14 8R Jesse Richter Great Bend, Ks 31.00

11 10 819 Shannon Johnson Salina , Ks 30.00

12 13 71 Jason Caldwell Salina , Ks 29.00

13 12 63 Derrick Brown Meridan , Ks 28.00

14 16 70T Terry Malm Lindsborg , Ks 27.00

15 11 66 Jerry Phillips Galva , Ks 26.00

16 3 B6 Brian Knoell Falun , Ks 0.00 DQ

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Mod Lites - A Feature

Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points

1 2 21 Bud Lee Salina , Ks 40.00

2 4 83 Corbin Pickerill Salina , Ks 39.00

3 11 48B Brandon Gray Salina , Ks 38.00

4 5 B55 Brian Davidson Bennington , Ks 37.00

5 1 148 Nate Ginest Salina , Ks 36.00

6 6 01Z Nick Watts Wichita , Ks 35.00

7 10 19 Ryan Ayers Salina , Ks 34.00

8 3 88C Chris Uhruh Galva , Ks 33.00

9 7 28G Micah Wenger Salina , Ks 32.00

10 9 12 Ryan Secrest Newton , Ks 31.00

11 12 1 John Miranda Mulvane , Ks 30.00

12 13 57 Karmen Kindall Salina , Ks 29.00

13 8 12R Austin Russell Mcpherson , Ks 28.00

14 14 101 Randy Ferguson Salina , Ks 27.00

15 15 43 Glen Blue Cottonwood , Ks 26.00

16 16 50 Jake Thompson Salina , Ks 25.00 DNS

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