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Sunday, June 12, 2011
Fast Times at Dawson County Raceway

"Veni-Vini-Vici"--That pretty much says it all along the lower part of the door of the IMCA Stock Car of Casey Werkmeister of Maywood (24W). The phrase is Latin, translated as "I came, I saw, I conquered". This picture was taken on the last lap of the IMCA Stock Car A Feature June 12 at Dawson County Raceway where Casey Werkmeister came to race, saw the low line was the way to go to the front, and passed Colton Osborn of Cozad (50) to conquer the fourteen car field.

Despite the slight delay at the beginning of the night for the skydivers, things for the most part went well at Dawson County Raceway, as the night was completed in two hours, forty minutes. The track also had multiple good grooves, and that kept things exciting for the fans. David Murray, Jr. of Oberlin, Kansas, Casey Werkmeister of Maywood, Jason Wilkinson of Neligh, and Tyler Frye of Belleville, Kansas found the right grooves and drove away with the feature wins.

The IMCA Modified A Feature was slowed by only caution, and that after lap two. Charles Stryker of Eddyville held lead from the start until on lap four, Dylan Smith of Osceola used the low line to take the lead. Heat race winner David Murray, Jr. followed, then tried to pass, but at that time of the race, the low groove was the best. As Murray searched for a better groove, nearly the entire rest of the field had move to the bottom. With five laps to go, Murray finally decided to drive the high line around the entire track. That helped him catch, then pass Smith with three laps to go. Smith would hang in it close on the bottom, but could not deny Murray the win. Stryker held onto third place at the finish, while Jay Steffens of North Platte finished in fourth. Heat race winner Ethan Johnson of Broken Bow finished in fifth place.

Mike Nichols of Harlan, Iowa wasted no time in taking the IMCA Stock Car A Feature. The race went the entire way without a caution period, and he opened up a big lead over the freight train of Colton Osborn of Cozad, Casey Woken of Ogallala, and Brendan Eilts of Grand Island. Casey Werkmeister eventually became the caboose, and the four watched Nichols pull away. On lap fourteen, it became evident that Nichols began to have engine problems, and two laps later was overcome by the entire field. On the next lap, he pulled into the pits. While Osborn uncharacteristically led the field on the high line, Werkmeister went low. In two laps, he had moved into second. With one lap to go, he began to pull along the side of Osbornís car, and on the backstretch of the final lap, gained an advantage that he was able to keep through the last two corners and to the finish line. Heat race winners Osborn and Woken finished in second and third places. Eilts maintained fourth place, and Dan Walker of Eddyville took fifth place.

The IMCA Northern SportMod main event was a slow process, slowed by many cautions. Craig Howard of Lexington took the lead at the start, but to his dismay, became the second caution of the race after he spun in front of the field. Fortunately, no contact was made, but he had to go to the back. Colton Osborn inherited the lead with his SportMod and had hopes of at least taking this feature win. Point leader Tyler Frye caught him, and the two heat winners raced side-by-side. Frye took the lead just before lap six, only to have a caution revert the field, and put him in second. On the restart, he wasted no time, took the lead, and never looked back. Osborn had to settle for another A feature second place. Shane Stout of North Platte had some difficulty moving through the field, but finished in third, ahead of Bryan Herrick of Curtis, who had to nurse an overheating car to the finish line, and Vince Leibert of Lexington.

Jason Wilkinson came up with a sweep of the IMCA Hobby Stock class. After winning his heat race and the cash dash, Wilkinson started in row five of the A Feature, went to the bottom of the track, and took the lead from Chuck Ledbetter of Loomis at lap three. After Wilkinson passed him, Jim Rayburn of Gibbon followed him down low and found himself in second place. The only caution occurred on the first lap and created a complete restart, so at the end of fifteen laps, Wilkinson had a huge lead on Rayburn when he came to the finish line. Tiffany Bittner of Norfolk battled Jim Buss of Fullerton to take the third spot. Ledbetter finished in fifth place.

Racing will take place again next Sunday night, June 19, at Dawson County Raceway. The gates will open at 5 p.m., and the racing will start at 6:30 p.m.


June 12 Results
IMCA Modified
Heat 1
13-Ethan Johnson
95-Dylan Smith
18S-Brent Bohmont

Heat 2
97M-David Murray, Jr.
19-Charles Stryker
XII-Jay Steffens

A Feature
97M-David Murray, Jr.
95-Dylan Smith
19-Charles Stryker
XII-Jay Steffens
13-Ethan Johnson
18S-Brent Bohmont
19J-Jim Mlady
31-Dan Carl
21C-Wade Coss
59M-Travis Mack
55Z-Zach Schultz

IMCA Stock Car
Heat 1
35JW-Casey Woken
20B-Brandon Clough
24-Dan Walker

Heat 2
50-Colton Osborn
6C-Cale Osborn
29E-Brendan Eilts

A Feature
24W-Casey Werkmeister
50-Colton Osborn
35JW-Casey Woken
29E-Brendan Eilts
24-Dan Walker
4C-Sal Hernandez
20B-Brandon Clough
6C-Cale Osborn
51B-Brett Gartrell
00-Sara Powers
57X-Scott Stoll
09H-Bob Hoing
63-Mike Nichols (DNF)
11K-Kyle Clough (DNF)

IMCA Hobby Stock
Heat 1
52-Jason Wilkinson
13T-Tyler Andreasen
99-David Easterday

Heat 2
R19-Larry Refior
95B-Tiffany Bittner
5-Chuck Ledbetter, Jr.

Cash Dash
52-Jason Wilkinson

A Feature
52-Jason Wilkinson
80-Jim Rayburn
95B-Tiffany Bittner
12-Jim Buss
5-Chuck Ledbetter, Jr.
9A-Anthony Martin
13T-Tyler Andreasen
72H-Kevin Hagan
53E-Tyler Easterday
R19-Larry Refior
99-David Easterday
30A-Adam Morgan
93M-Christian McCance
66-Tamie McCance
30pk-Ethan Kenney (DNF)
32-Lonnie Greuter (DNF)
3Z-Zach Canas (DNS)

IMCA SportMods
Heat 1
50-Colton Osborn
12J-Kerry Jones
68-Craig Howard

Heat 2
55-Tyler Frye
1X-Denny Egge
15-Jamey Kennicutt

A Feature
55-Tyler Frye
50-Colton Osborn
5S-Shane Stout
0-Bryan Herrick
7R-Vince Leibert
4P-Rick Putnam
12J-Kerry Jones
11-James Libra
1X-Denny Egge
76-Ben Hobbs
3oz-Ozzie Romero
1-Ted Kutsch
15-Jamey Kennicutt (DNF)
25-Natasha Coons (DNF)
68-Craig Howard (DNF)
4DJ-Hunter Cantrall (DNS)

Source: Darin Racek

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