By JOHN SCHMIDT
Special to The Hays Daily News
Thomas County Speedway saw yet another weekend with a solid car count that offered one of its largest fields of modifieds for a weekly show in years. Fans were also treated to the CDM Late Models presented by Indy Screen Printing. The rising evening temperatures only meant for rising excitement on the track!
Eric Clayville got out to an early lead during the Road Runner Manufacturing Econos Feature. After the first caution Alex West took the top position. With three laps left Billy Turner charged up from the last starting position to take the lead. Top four was Turner, West, Rocky Baalmann, and Clayville
After having a caution filled feature during the last race, the Imca Sunoco Hobby Stocks put on one of the best races of the night! Kurt Kennedy and Tanner Moss lead the field two to three wide on the first lap. Mike " The Flying Goose" Giesenhagen took the lead for a couple laps until Cody "Bam Bam" Graham took the lead passing three cars coming out of turn 2 Richard Boon was able to work his way up to fifth after starting 14th. Top four was Graham, Colton Pfeifer, Giesenhagen, and Brian Stich
In the Imca Karl Chevrolet Sportmods Jasen Grey spun out on the first corner collecting points leader Clay Sellard and Austin "The Snipe Hunter" Carter. On the restart Dustin Daniels jumped out to an early lead. Ryan Stevenson, Daniel Gottschalk, and Ryan "Flyin" Wark put on a great battle for second for several laps. The "Moneyman" Clay Money and Cody Pancake also joined in the fun to battle for the top four spots. Top four was Daniels, Gottschalk, Wark, and Money
The Imca Sunoco Stockcars were lead to the green flag by Nick "Spiderman" Tubbs. The birthday boy Bruce "The Moose" Plumisto ran on his back bumper the entire race but was not able to make the lower line work to get around for the win. For majority of the race there were three to four guys trying to get into the third spot. Spiderman Tubbs was able to climb the fence for the first time of the season for all his young fans in his trademark victory celebration. Top four was Tubbs, Plumisto, BJ Wagoner, and Mike Meyer
The Xtreme Motorsports Imca Modifieds came out charging three and four wide with Darren " The Culligan Man" Deloach taking the early point. He had Adam Morris, Nate Moore, and Todd Schwarz battling for second behind him. Schwarz got too high in 3 and 4 bringing out an early caution. Jason Schoenberger and Jeremy Frenier were able to use the restart to battle for the top spots. With about half way left Morris was able to get around traveling partner Deloach. Coming all the way up to second from the 17th starting position was Dylan "Dynamite" Sherfick. Coming out of turn 4 three wide was Deloach, Frenier, and John Hansen battling for the third spot. Top four was Morris, Sherfick, Deloach, and Hansen
Nine CDM Late Models made up the final feature of the night. Drivers came from as far as Grand Junction, Colorado and featured hometown drivers Brad Wagoner and Travis Towns. John Hansen was able to use his extra seat time to jump out to an early lead. Dean Moore and Scott Lewis followed his line on the high side turning 16.5 second laps around the track. With two laps left Hansen drove off turns one and two after experiencing motor issues. Dean Moore out of Grand Junction was able to take advantage of Hansen's misfortune to take home the $1,200 pay day. Teammates Scott Lewis and Steve Lewis finished 2nd and 3rd. All of the CDM Late Model drivers were great to all of the fans and put on a great show.
The next race will be on June 23rd at 7 p.m. with hot laps starting at 6 p.m. For complete results and news you can check out Thomascountyspeedway.com or their facebook page Thomas County Speedway LLC. Jeff and Kassie Carney would like to thank all the drivers and fans who have made the first three nights of racing so good.