The racing action kept the fans in the stands on the edge of their seats at the Sunday night IMCA showcase during the Memorial Day Weekend at Dawson County Raceway in Lexington Nebraska, with David Murray Jr, Mike Nichols, Tyler Frye, Tiffany Bittner and Darick Lamberson etching their name onto the list of Feature winners during the 2012 campaign on the 3/8th mile oval on the Dawson County Fairgrounds.
Diving to the bottom of the track and finding the low groove was very advantageous by David Murray Jr., of Oberlin, Kansas as he took the lead on lap three and never looked back in picking up the Feature event win in the IMCA Modified division. Murray was able to work the low groove throughout the contest to pick up IMCA Modified victory #501 in his prestigious career. Staying in the zone and leading early on in the Feature was heat race winner Dave Pedersen of Brady, Nebraska. Pedersen stayed heavy on the loud pedal to stay away from traffic and take home runner-up honors, after leading the first pair of circuits. The battle for third and fourth during the waning laps of the Feature kept everybody’s attention as Jeremy Frenier of Fort Morgan, Colorado and Jay Steffens of North Platte, Nebraska exchanged the show position honors, with Frenier getting the edge on the final lap to take home third place. Steffens wasn’t less than a car length away from Frenier and recorded a fourth place drive. Rounding out the top five against the loaded field of competitors was Cozad’s Cale Osborn in fifth place.
Making the long haul from deep in the field to the lead where he took the checkered flags was Harlan, Iowa’s Mike Nichols in the Stock Car Feature event. Diving to the low line and riding the cushion when needed, Nichols secured his Feature victory by holding off all challengers on the late race restarts, with elite jumpstarts at the drop of the green flag. The Oldsmobile Cutlass of Casey Werkmeister of Maywood gave Nichols all he could handle, as he was on Nichols bumper for much of the contest on restarts to put the pressure on Nichols. With a new powerplant under the hood, Mikey Dancer of North Platte, Nebraska snapped back in a big-way by finishing third in the Stock Car Feature race at Lexington. Driving from the back of the field to earn top five accolades, was Ogallala, Nebraska hotshoe Casey Woken to finish fourth place overall. Holding his line to cap off the top five finishers was Wallace’s Brandon Clough during the waning green flag laps at Lexington. Finishing sixth overall in the feature race by a nose, was heat race winner Jeff Whiting of Gothenburg.
Returning DCR Sport Mods Season Points Champion Tyler Frye of Belleville, Kansas and Glenwood, Iowa’s Jesse Sobbing see-sawed for the first and second place positions throughout the 20-lap feature in Lexington on Sunday. Getting the final pendulum swing of momentum was Frye. Frye also picked up a heat race win earlier in the night of racing action. Finishing close behind Frye was heat race winner Jesse Sobbing in second place overall. Battling until the end was Colton Osborn of Cozad and Gothenburg’s Jamey Kennicutt as they scored third and fourth place accolades at Lexington. Making his 2012 debut at Dawson County Raceway and finishing with flying colors was Jake Adler of Holyoke, Colorado. Vince Leibert of Lexington notched a heat race win in the third heat of Northern Spot Mod division.
Powering around the 3/8 mile showcase of speed was Tiffany Bittner of Norfolk to notch an IMCA Hobby Stock Feature win. Bittner gained an early edge and took over the lead during the sixth lap, to go along with her heat race win, earlier in the night. On a rail lately is Anthony Martin of Wilcox, Nebraska as he recorded a runner-up run on Memorial Day Weekend. Putting on an outstanding showcase was Dillon Thompson of Campbell, Jim Buss, of Fullerton and Tyler Andreasen of Grand Island entertained the crowd in attendance with their great racing finish in third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Notching Hobby Stock heat race wins was Travis Kernick of Kearney, Bittner and Andreasen.
Flexing his muscle to win in the IMCA Sport Compact class is the legend Darick Lamberson of Grand Island, as he piloted the Honda Prelude to the checkered flag. Finishing second overall in the four-cylinder division was heat race winner Dalton Smith of Gibbon. The 40j of Jose Sabala’s efforts were totally noticed, as he crossed the finish line in third place. Sabala is having a season to remember piloting his Dean Neon. Familiar number 97mjr of Demi Murray of Oberlin, Kansas was fourth overall in the final standings on Sunday. Rounding out the top five was Riley Kort of Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Modifieds: 1. 97m-David Murray Jr; 2. 4p-Dave Pedersen; 3. 17j-Jeremy Frenier; 4. XXI-Jay Steffens; 5. 6c-Cale Osborn; 6. 50-Scott Smith; 7. 2-Jeremy Herbst; 8. 19-Charles Stryker; 10. 1x-Cody Blessing; 11. 29e-Brooke Eilts; 12. 24jt-Jeff Liner; 13. 7a-Steve Aitken DNS; 14. 55z-Zach Schultz DNS.
Stock Cars: 1. 63- Mike Nichols; 2. 24w-Casey Werkmeister; 3. 45-Mikey Dancer; 4. 20b-Brandon Cough. 5. 16w-Jeff Whiting; 6. 11k-Kyle Clough; 7. 42w-Kyle Werkmeister; 8. 29e-Brendan Eilts; 9. 00-Sara Powers 10. 31-Darin Racek. 11. 33oz-Ozzie Romero; 57x- Scott Stoll; 24-Dan Walker DNS.
Northern Sport Mods: 1. 55-Tyler Frye; 2. Jesse Sobbing; 3. 50-Colton Osborn; 4. 15k-Jamey Kennicutt; 5. 18a-Jake Adler; 6. 1x-Denny Egge; 7. 7-Vince Leibert; 8. 4p-Rick Putnam; 9. 5s-Shane Stout; 10. 0-Bryan Herrick; 11. 12j-Kerry Jones; 12. 55d-Dillon Schultz; 13. 68-Craig Howard; 15. Kos-Robby Kosmacek; 16. 28-Alex Silos; 17. 71-Evan Nemitz; 18. 81m-Travis Mack; 19. 69-Adam Kackmeister.
Hobby Stock: 1. 95b-Tiffany Bittner; 2. 9a-Anthony Martin; 3. 11-Dillon Thompson; 4. 12-Jim Buss; 5. 13t-Tyler Andreasen; 6. 44-Caleb Hetrick; 7. 5-ChuckLedbetter; 8.-30a-Adam Morgan; 9. 2x-Travis Kernick; 10. 72h-Kevin Hagan; 11. 19-Dana Morgan; 11. 26x-Russ Specht; 12. 99-David Easterday; 13. Zach Canas (DNF) ; 14. 11p-Jamie Porterfield; 15. 5m-Frank Mladek.
Sport compacts: 1. 31-Derick Lamberson; 2. 12s-Dalton Smith; 3. 40j-Jose Sabala; 4. 97mjr-Demi Murray; 5. 45-Riley Kort; 6. 92j-Jordan Lawhorne.
Source: Kelly Ninas