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Sunday, August 14, 2011
Darren Berry Bedazzles URSS at Dawson County Raceway

Darren Berry of McCook made the winning pass during the United Rebel Sprint Series A Feature at Dawson County Raceway on August 14 as he came to take the white flag. Pictured in the victory photo are, from left to right, flagman Tim Kinnamann, Bill Berry (Darren's dad and crew chief), Darren Berry, promoter Allen Wissmann, and his boss (and wife) Lou Wissmann.

The track turned out spectacular for the drivers Sunday night, and they responded by putting on a good show for the people in attendance in the grandstands. Darren Berry of McCook, Jay Steffens of North Platte, Mike Nichols of Harlan, Iowa, Tyler Frye of Belleville, Kansas, and Jason Wilkinson of Neligh sped to the front of the field in their divisions to take the A Feature wins for the evening.

Fifteen of the Seventeen United Rebel Sprint Series cars hit the track for their twenty-five lap feature. Heat winner John Webster of North Platte jumped to the lead and maintained a large lead on the field until the first of two caution periods on lap thirteen for the diabled car of Blake Smith, Jr. of Fredrick, Colorado. Keefe Hemel of Dodge City, Kansas started on his rear bumper on the restart, but could not keep up with him. Darren Berry, another heat winner, started a few spots behind him on the restart, but had a strong run when the race went green and began to apply pressure on Hemel. He made the pass during lap twenty-three, but had to slow on the front straight as Tommy Lee Williams of North Platte headed to the pits. Also on that lap, Judd Shaeffer of Gypsum, Colorado blew an engine, and that brought out the caution, setting up the shootout. On the restart, Berry went to the top to pass Hemel, stayed on it, passed Webster out of corner four, and held on for one more lap for his second URSS feature win of the weekend and third overall. Webster still had his best ever URSS finish with the second place. Hemel, Josh Fairbank of Goddard, Kansas, and National points leader Brian Herbert rounded out the to five. Heat winner Barry Crane of Hugoton, Kansas finished in sixth place.

Josh Sabin of North Platte blasted by fellow heat race winner Zach Schultz of North Platte for the lead on the opening lap of the IMCA Modified A Feature. Wade Cross of Phillips, a winner the night before at Doniphan, gained great strides on the bottom of the track to catch Sabin, but just as he got there on lap four, his car broke, and he limped it to the infield. Jay Steffens would use the low line to work his way through the field and battle Sabin. On the thirteenth lap, Steffens was able to take the lead, and once he cleared Sabin, went to the high line and pulled away for the win. Brent Bohmont of McCook came on strong late in the race to pass Jim Mlady of North Platte and take third spot. Schultz survived an accident late in the race and not of his doing to finish in fifth place.

The IMCA Stock Cars had only one caution during their twenty lap event, and all fourteen starters finished the race. Heat race winner Jeff Whiting of Gothenburg started on the pole and quickly moved to the high line to take the lead. Dan Walker of Eddyville went with him and pressured him for several laps. Although he was unable to make the pass down low, heat winner Mike Nichols of Harlan, Iowa used it to pick them both off and lead on lap seven. Further back in the field, four cars went four wide coming out of corner four to complete lap nine. Sal Hernandez of Columbus was one of the middle cars and was turned sideways, but kept out of the other three and made the save, keeping the race going. The race slowed with five laps to go for a one-car caution, but in the end, Nichols would not be denied the win. Whiting continued to keep Walker at bay for second place. Cash Dash winner Casey Werkmeister of Maywood finished in fourth place, while Cale Osborn of Cozad beat Casey Woken of Ogallala to the line for fifth place by a nosepiece.

Denny Egge of Kearney won his IMCA Northern SportMod heat race and passed fellow heat winner Craig Howard of Lexington for the lead in the A Feature on lap two. Three cautions during the next couple of laps kept everyone close, and aided Colton Osborn of Cozad to move to the front. As he and Egge came to complete lap eight, Osborn made a slide that worked and put him into the lead. Also during this long stretch of green, Tyler Frye was working his way to the front. On the fourteenth lap, Frye caught Osborn and prepared for a hard battle for the lead, but at that moment, something broke on the #50 car, ending Osbornís night and giving Frye a less stressful six laps on his way to the win. Bryan Herrick of Curtis finished in second spot. Egge took the third spot. Ben Hobbs of Red Cloud went to the pits after the first caution, came back in time to restart in the back, and drove forward to the fourth spot at the finish. Jamey Kennicutt of Gothenburg did pretty much the same things Hobbs did, only he finished one spot back.

Jason Wilkinson flattened a tire on the opening lap of the IMCA Hobby Stock A Feature and brought out a caution. He restarted in the seventh row. Up front, Tyler Andreasen of Grand Island passed Zach Canas of Cozad for the lead on lap three with hopes of gaining his second win of the year. Wilkinson was passing cars wholesale, and by lap nine convinced Andresen to move low on the track so he could fly by on the high side. That was the winning move for Wilkinson, who took his fifth track win of the year, but first since June 12. Andreasen was able to hold off Tiffany Bittner of Norfolk for second place. Anthony Martin of Wilcox and Kevin Hagan of Eddyville ended good nights with fourth and fifth place finishes. Bittner and Andreasen were also the IMCA Hobby Stock heat race winners.

The final night of racing will prove to be a huge night at Dawson County Raceway. It will be the final night of points, and some point battles will come to a head. The championship race for the Burger King Challenge for the IMCA Northern SportMod will be run. There will also be an auction of racing memorabilia during intermission to aid John Ford with his medical bills after being hit by a race car on July 24. The gates will open for the Sunday, August 21 show at 5 p.m., and the racing will start at 6:30 p.m.

 
August 14 results
URSS Sprints
Heat 1
30C-Barry Crane
29S-Mike Saathoff
7B-Dan Brummet
 
Heat 2
12-Darren Berry
11-Keefe Hemel
46-Blake Smith, Jr.
 
Heat 3
9-John Webster
51-Josh Fairbank
6-Mark Walinder
 
A Feature
12-Darren Berry
9-John Webster
11-Keefe Hemel
51-Josh Fairbank
97-Brian Herbert
30C-Barry Crane
7B-Dan Brummet
29S-Mike Saathoff
R62-Greg Reiners
99-Tim Perkins
56-Judd Shaeffer (DNF)
29T-Tommy Lee Williams (DNF)
6-Mark Walinder (DNF)
46-Blake Smith, Jr. (DNF)
74-Ken Lutters (DNF)
2H-Bill Hays (DNS)
21R-Larry Radcliffe (DNS)
 
IMCA Modified
Heat 1
55Z-Zach Schultz
21C-Wade Cross
19J-Jim Mlady
 
Heat 2
23S-Josh Sabin
34JW-Cole Hodges
XII-Jay Steffens
 
A Feature
XII-Jay Steffens
23S-Josh Sabin
18S-Brent Bohmont
19J-Jim Mlady
55Z-Zach Schultz
68-Charles Stryker
50-Scott Smith
29E-Brooke Eilts
49-Don Laughlin (DNF)
21C-Wade Cross (DNF)
13-Ethan Johnson (DNS)
34JW-Cole Hodges (DNS)
 
IMCA Stock Car
Heat 1
63-Mike Nichols
50-Colton Osborn
24W-Casey Werkmeister
 
Heat 2
16W-Jeff Whiting
6C-Cale Osborn
24-Dan Walker
 
Cash Dash
24W-Casey Werkmeister
 
A Feature
63-Mike Nichols
16W-Jeff Whiting
24-Dan Walker
24W-Casey Werkmeister
6C-Cale Osborn
35JW-Casey Woken
50-Colton Osborn
29E-Brendan Eilts
11K-Kyle Clough
80M-Perry Meisner
00-Sara Powers
09H-Bob Hoing
57X-Scott Stoll
4C-Sal Hernandez
6E-Brad Easterday (DNS)
 
IMCA SportMods
Heat 1
68-Craig Howard
15K-Jamey Kennicutt
76-Ben Hobbs
 
Heat 2
1X-Denny Egge
0-Bryan Herrick
18A-Jacob Adler
 
A Feature
55-Tyler Frye
0-Bryan Herrick
1X-Denny Egge
76-Ben Hobbs
15K-Jamey Kennicutt
68-Craig Howard
11-James Libra
18A-Jacob Adler
4P-Rick Putnam
7R-Vince Leibert
4DJ-Hunter Cantrall (DNF)
50-Colton Osborn (DNF)
12J-Kerry Jones (DNF)
25-Natasha Coons (DNF)
 
IMCA Hobby Stock
Heat 1
95B-Tiffany Bittner
72H-Kevin Hagan
9A-Anthony Martin
 
Heat 2
13T-Tyler Andreasen
52-Jason Wilkinson
3Z-Zach Canas
 
A Feature
52-Jason Wilkinson
13T-Tyler Andreasen
95B-Tiffany Bittner
9A-Anthony Martin
72H-Kevin Hagan
19-Dana Morgan
3Z-Zach Canas
5-Chuck Ledbetter, Jr.
30pk-Ethan Kenney
99-David Easterday
93M-Christian McCance
R19-Larry Refior (DNF)
4M-Frank Mladek (DNF)
30A-Adam Morgan (DNF)

Source: Darin Racek

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