NICK SCHWIEN • Hays Daily News Travis Sherfick pilots his modified during a heat race Sunday at WaKeeney Speedway.
NICK SCHWIEN â ¢Â Hays Daily News Jeff Tubbs leads his younger brother, Nick Tubbs, during a stock car heat race Sunday at WaKeeney Speedway.
By NICK SCHWIEN
WaKEENEY -- Travis Sherfick looked relieved when he got out of his car Sunday night.
The wind and the dust had taken a toll on the modified driver, and so had the weekend.
But Sherfick finally shook the monkey off his back with a win at WaKeeney Speedway.
"Finally getting back to where we were," he said. "A lot better, no doubt. It's been kind of a struggle this year, and we found some problems on the car that weren't adjusted right and got everything back to square one. Hopefully everything stays good from here."
Sherfick had a fast car all weekend. On Saturday night at RPM Speedway in Hays, he was making a charge to the front before being sent to the back for spinning another car. Then he worked his way all the way back up to third.
On Sunday, Sherfick made his charge to the front early and stayed there, despite a few hiccups.
He started 11th and worked his way into the top five by lap four. By the time the first caution flew after lap eight, Sherfick was third.
"Everything went smooth, and we were lucky enough we were able to get through traffic fast," he said.
Sherfick got by Matt Fabrizius on the restart, then passed Kyle Rohleder on the top side before the yellow waved again, putting Rohleder back at the point.
On the restart, Rohleder went high to try to take Sherfick's line away, but the No. 66T driver bolted to the bottom and took the lead away in a textbook move.
"I knew he would," Sherfick said about Rohleder using the high side. "Since I went around him up there, I knew that's where he'd go. Luckily enough, I was able to get to the bottom and make it stick for a lap then get in front of him and go back to the top side."
Sherfick's biggest challenge then would come in the form of his younger brother, Dylan, who was making an impressive run of his own.
Dylan started 10th and moved into the runner-up spot on lap 12 and nearly got by his brother in turns three and four when Travis got too high and nearly slid off the track.
"It gave me a little opening," Dylan said. "After the last caution, he'd pull away from me. He'd get me down here coming off (three and four) and I could get him off (turn two) and catch up."
"There was a little bit of dust there, and I couldn't actually see where the top was," Travis said. "I went sliding in there probably a little harder than I should have ... . But luckily I got it shut down enough to keep it on the track and keep going. Then I saw Dylan coming on the last lap and thought that wasn't good."
Dylan pulled alongside his brother, but Travis had enough momentum to stay ahead as the white flag waved.
"I saw him in one and two," Travis said. "I knew if he didn't get around me there, though, I'd be able to stay ahead of him in three and four. The top side was so good down there."
The older Sherfick held onto the lead, taking the top side around the final turn to claim the win.
"I kind of hit the low line down there, then I saw those guys on the top," Dylan said. "The last few cautions, I went up top and it felt pretty good. Coming down to the last lap, I saw Travis screw up a little bit and I pulled up beside him. I thought I'd have a chance, but ... "
Fabrizius finished third, and John Fose was fourth.
"Towards the end, the top side was wearing away in a hurry," Travis said. "Then on the last lap, I screwed up down here in (turn) three and about slid it off the race track. I about really hosed myself. All in all, as long as I stayed in the front, that's all that matters."
* Tyrel Smith grabbed his second win is as many nights in the hobby stock feature. After winning at Hays on Saturday, Smith led the final 13 laps to take the win. Daniel Irwin, who started fifth, made a solid charge to finish second, with Brian Stich in third and Tommy Fose in fourth.
* Chris Heim used a great start in the Northern sport mod feature to go from third to first by the second lap en route to winning his first feature at WaKeeney this year. Heim led all but the first lap. Cory Struckhoff was second, followed by Brian Conness and Willie Wynn.
* The stock car feature showcase another battle of brothers. Jeff Tubbs took the lead from B.J. Wagoner on lap two, only to see his brother, Nick Tubbs, make a charge from his ninth-place starting spot. Nick Tubbs inched by his brother on lap nine before Jeff Tubbs took the lead back on the next lap. Nick Tubbs regained the lead a lap later and slowly distanced himself to his third win at WaKeeney. Jeff Tubbs was second, followed by Josh Hudson and Terry Cunningham.
* The next action at WaKeeney will be June 24, with the same four classes.