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First race in Colby offers cold temps, hot action

By JOHN SCHMIDT

Special to The Hays Daily News

COLBY -- Mother Nature made her presence known on Mother's Day at Thomas County Speedway. Freezing temperatures and high winds did not keep the faithful fans out of the grandstand. The fans that braved Mother Nature were treated to great action all night long. With the adverse conditions, the track was very tacky which made for some very fast racing. Several drivers commented that it was the fastest they have ever been at Thomas County Speedway.

First feature was the Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Brothers Curt and Mike Kennedy lead the field to green coming out of turn four. Mike jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. However slots 2-9 was side by side the entire race. The eight cars swapped positions every lap. Curt and Kyle Pfeifer battled for second on the last lap when Curt spun out. The cars behind him were able to miss him as the race went caution free. The top four the Strutt Insurance Service Hobby Stocks were Mike Kennedy, Kyle Pfeifer, Tyrell Smith, and Eric Ross

The Karl Chevrolet Sport Mods had a caution free feature as well but offered plenty of action though. Clay Money jumped out to the early lead with several competitors hot on his tail. Josh Appel and Andy Barton had a nice battle for second going on. Then from the tenth starting spot Dustin Daniels came charging through the field. With just five laps left Daniels was a straight away behind "The Moneyman" Clay Money. Coming out of turn four on the last lap was Daniels on the high side with Clay in the middle. Fans were on their feet as the two crossed the flag stand virtually at the same time. Making up the top four of the BP Miller Farms Sport Mods were Daniels, Money, J. Appel, and A. Barton.

Offering the largest field of the night was IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Nick "Spiderman" Tubbs lead the field green for the 15 lap feature. Jason "the Stallion" Rogers quickly took over the lead. The action through the pack was so close you could throw a blanket over the whole field. Two wide action in almost every turn with some three wide racing was witnessed as well. Casey Woken started eighth and was battling for the top 3 by the time the race was half over. The race ended in a green, white, checkered finish. With the final two laps, there was a lot of shuffling of the field. The top four of the Quality Inn Stock Cars was Rogers, Woken, N. Tubbs, and Kyle Clough.

Next up was the ground pounders of the IMCA Modifieds. The field might have been small but there was plenty of speed and excitement for the fans. Cody Gearhart from Turpin, Ok started front row outside and hopped out front early. Pole sitter John Fabrizius was close on his tail but had Dusty Springer and Clay Sellard knocking on his door. Fabrizius got a little high coming out of turn two leaving a lane wide open for Sellard to take over the second spot. The battle for fourth continued to heat up between Springer and "The Culligan Man" Darren Deloach. Clay tried to reel in Gearhart but simply ran out of laps. Murfin Drilling Modifieds top four was Gearhart, Sellard, Springer, and Deloach. Modified drivers don't forget Auto Works MD is adding an extra $50 to first, $30 to second, and $20 for third.

There were only three econos for the night. Top three was Mark Singer, Matt West, and Levi Jones.

Don't forget about the return of the cruisers on June 1st. Make sure to find the rules for the cruisers on ThomasCountySpeedway.com. Next action at the track is just around the corner on May 18th at 7:00 p.m. It also will be Bike Night with 10 bikes to be given away to some lucky kids. Six of the bikes were donated by Colby Walmart and the other four were purchased by the track. Forecast looks better for Sunday so don't miss out on the great action at your local dirt track.