Danley, Armstrong, Zoubek, Bassinger and Boston snag victories at the Eagle Shootout

Danley, Armstrong, Zoubek, Bassinger and Boston snag victories at the Eagle Shootout

By Greg Soukup
Fall weather came early and greeted the estimated 10,000 fans who showed up for the Eagle Shootout presented by Coors Light Sunday evening at Eagle Raceway with unseasonably cool temperatures. After several inches of rain mid-week the skies were sunny, the action was fantastic and the stands were packed.
The only significant incident in the preliminary events came when Mark Schmidt flipped his 9J sprinter in the second Budweiser 360 Sprint qualifier. Schmidt was uninjured.
Joey Danley’s #14 was in the lead of lap #1 of the NAPA IMCA Sport Modified A Feature followed by Nelson Vollbrecht in the 11X, Jason Harms’ 17A and the 96 of Gary Saathoff. Saathoff moved up to third on lap 2 as Matt Richards got the 1R past Harms to take the 4th spot. Nathan Kobus’ K00 slowed to a stop on the front stretch on lap 5 with a flat right rear tire, and the yellow flag was displayed. 1 lap after the restart the yellow came out again for debris on the track. Richards got under Saathoff on lap 7 for third. With 7 to go Kevin Anderson’s 22K spun in turns 1 and 2, collecting the 5B of Matt Boucher. Kyle Driskell in the 33B was black-flagged during the caution period. Danley pulled away during the remaining laps for the win with Vollbrecht, Richards and Saathoff rounding out the top 4.
“I drew a good starting spot up front for the feature, and that made it a lot easier to get my 2nd win here at Eagle this year” Danley said. Danley’s sponsors include Super Saver, H & H Drywall and Clean Rite Sweeping.
The first trip back to the flag stand in the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock A saw Jim Kimmel’s 17K, the 10K of Lee Kracht, Nick Beckman in the 22 and Adam Armstrong’s 6A the top 4. Don Kros moved the 53 past Armstrong on lap 2, only to lose the position back to him the next time around. Armstrong moved ahead of Beckman on lap 4, and 2 laps later Adam’s father Roy cracked the top 4 in the 6R. Adam moved under Kracht on lap 9 for second and 3 laps later took the lead from Kimmel. Kracht passed Kimmel for a short time on lap 15 but Kimmel repassed him to hold onto second. Justin Busboom looped the 62 on lap 16 in turn 4 for the only caution of the race. The top 4 remained unchanged to the checkers with Adam Armstrong taking the win with Kimmel, Kracht and Roy Armstrong second through fourth.
“This was my first race here at Eagle this year, and I didn’t actually think I was going to be here. Dad rolled his car last night and was planning on racing mine here. But, he changed his mind and fixed his racer so that I could come also” Adam stated. “I got three wins this weekend, and that’s a really great 21st birthday present” he continued. He concluded the interview by saying “The track was rough in spots, but not so bad that you couldn’t go around. I ended up on the high side, and that was definitely the fast way around”. Adam’s sponsors are Icon Pistons, 1st Rate Pumping Service and Auto Zone.
Next up was the Main Event for the RevHoney IMCA Modifieds. Robert Brinkman held the lap 1 lead in the 10B with Rik Gropp’s V45, the 8A of Dustin Andersen and Scott Bivens in the S56 close behind. Bob Zoubek moved the 5S past Bivens on lap 4 to take fourth. Shane Hiatt spun the 21H in turn 4 on lap 10 and the yellow lights were lit. Zoubek jumped to second on lap 12 and 2 laps later Johnny Saathoff moved the 96J into fourth. Zoubek snagged the lead with 5 to go. The caution flag flew again with 2 to go as Matt Stevens spun the #28 in turn 2. In the end it was Zoubek, Brinkman, Gropp and Saathoff.
“That was a really wild race!” Zoubek related. “I started 8th and just took my time, following the leader. I moved to the top and it was really fast up there” he said. He finished by stating “This was my first night here with my new Razor chassis, and it worked really well. I want to thank Jim Sasse, my car owner, for all that he does for me” he finished. Zoubek’s sponsors include Klein Construction, Kremer Storage, Gropp Trucking and Joe’s Place.
Chad Bassinger’s 4X led the Exhaust Pros IMCA Sport Compact Feature followed by Mike Simpson’s 63, the 23 of Ole Olsen and Nick Lindblad in the 26. Lindblad passed Olsen on lap 3, and then got past Simpson 2 laps later. Leighton Fintel’s 76 stopped in turn 4 on lap 8 for a caution. Barry Kinnersley got his 00 into fourth on the restart. Kevin Fearing spun the 48 the next time around to light the yellow bulbs again. 2 circuits after the restart Olsen again moved into fourth past Kinnersley. The next lap saw Austin Angel’s 7A stop in turns 3 & 4. Kevin Zeitner hit the turns 1 & 2 wall with 2 to go, causing a green/white/checkered finish. Bassinger brought home the win followed by Lindblad, Simpson and Olsen.
“It’s so great to be interviewed by you 2 weeks in a row” Bassinger said. He finished the interview by saying “I want to thank my family and crew for all of their help and support. Barry and Maynard Kinnersley, Nick Lindblad and Matt Moyer do so much for me every week; they’re all great. Also, I want to say thanks to the Noonans for their after-race help, and of course Eagle Raceway’s owners and staff for all that they do to make this the best place to race anywhere”. Chad’s sponsors include Shipley Flooring, NAPA Auto Parts, Higgley Plumbing and Kreifel Plumbing.
It didn’t take long for the first caution flag to fly in the Budweiser 360 Sprint Car A Feature as Kevin Danley looped the 82 in turn 1 on the initial lap. As an official lap was completed Terry Holliman’s 23, the 51 of Mike Boston, Tadd Holliman’s 23R and the 23S of Stu Snyder were out front. Lap 2 saw Frank Sheridan stop in the infield in turn 2 in his 6B and Roger Sluka’s X29 stop in turn 4. Both drivers took their mounts into the pits with only Sluka returning to the race. The restart saw Boston suffer one of those “whoa, WHOA, WHOA!!!” moments that sprint racers dread as he hit a low spot in the track in turn 3 and bicycled wildly. Luckily the car came down safely in the fourth spot and Boston continued racing. The next lap Mark Pace looped the 31 in turn 2 for another caution. Snyder moved up to second on the restart and then took the lead on lap 5. Boston got back to third on lap 7. John Klabunde flipped the #77 on the next lap and the red lights were lit. Klabunde was uninjured, but his night was over. At that time the top 4 were Snyder, Terry Holliman, Boston and Tadd Holliman. Boston moved up to second on the restart and then claimed the lead on lap 14. Lap 15 saw Trevor Grossenbacher crack the top 4 on lap 15, then take over third the next circuit. The next lap saw Tadd Holliman make contact with one of the implement tires that surround the infield, ruining his front end and then hitting the wall, ending his night and lighting the yellow lights again. Gene Acklund’s 14G came to a halt at the top of turn 4 on lap 20. Pace did a 360 degree spin into the infield on the restart to slow the field again. Grossenbacher took advantage of the restart to grab second from Snyder. At the end the top 4 were Boston, Grossenbacher, Snyder and Terry Holliman.
Boston’s first comment was “The only thing that I can think of to say is that I thought I used up one of my nine lives over in 3 and 4! It came out good though, because we didn’t hurt the front end like you usually do in a situation like that”. He finished by stating “Dave and Dan Satriano, Fred Garbers, Austin Bradley and my Dad give me the car to win every night, and I can’t thank them enough”. Boston’s sponsors include Double Z Express, Zoz Farms, Eckley Engines and Mook Trucking.
After the normal racing concluded 8 racers from each class participated in the “King of the Hill” competition for a top prize of $200 in each class. The winners were as follows:
NAPA IMCA Sport Modifieds: Kevin Andersen
Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stocks: Roy Armstrong
RevHoney IMCA Modifieds: Chris Alcorn
Exhaust Pros IMCA Sport Compacts: Ole Olsen
Budweiser 360 Sprints: Stu Snyder
Next Sunday is the final event of the season at “America’s Home Track” as the Nebraska Lottery presents The Nebraska Cup and 9/11 Tribute featuring the ASCS Midwest Sprint Series. Come out and see Eagle Raceway’s drivers take on invaders from all over the country, including many of the ASCS’s best from the national tour for a top prize of $5000. Eagle is the final stop on a 3-day tour of midwest tracks that begins on Friday at Grain Valley Missouri, then moves to Junction Motor Speedway Saturday evening before the finale at Eagle. In addition to the normal purses, there is a $3000 3-day points fund for those who compete at all of the weekend races and over $2200 in lap money for The Nebraska Cup donated by fans. Also on the card are the RevHoney IMCA Modifieds competing for the winner’s share of $1500 and their own lap money also put up by the fans plus the Exhaust Pros IMCA Sport Compacts.
The pits will be open from 3 until 4:30 to allow the fans time for pictures, autographs and to talk with their favorite drivers. Front gates open at 4:30 with hot laps at 5:30, the invocation and National Anthem at 6:25 with racing starting at 6:30. There will be a happy hour from 6 until 7, and the Captain Morgan Girls will be there from 6 until 9 also. Miss Nebraska Cup 2011 will be crowned at intermission, followed by a mini-sprint exhibition. The 50/50 Raffle funds will go to the National 9/11 Memorial Fund. One lucky fan will win a trip to Las Vegas during the evening, and there will be lots of other giveaways in the stands throughout the night. Front gate admission is $15 for adults, $5 for youths 6-12 and kids 5 and under are free.
Pit gates open at 2 and pit passes are only $25.
We hope to see everyone come out Sunday to help Eagle Raceway close out a great 2011 season.


360 Sprint 9/4/2011

A Main:1. Mike Boston (Crete, NE), 2. Trevor Grossenbacher (Lincoln, NE), 3. Stu Snyder (Waverly, NE), 4. Terry Holliman (Hamburg, IA), 5. Jay Russell (Elwood, KS), 6. Roger SLUKA (Lincoln, NE), 7. Doug Lovegrove (Waverly, NE), 8. Jeff Osborn (Savannah, MO), 9. Jason DANLEY (Lincoln, NE), 10. Lee Bowes (Lincoln, NE), 11. Ryan Roberts (Aurora, NE), 12. Mark Pace (Lincoln, NE), 13. Gene Ackland (Lincoln, NE), 14. Tadd Holliman (Beaver Lake, NE), 15. JR Topper (ST. Joseph, MO), 16. John Klabunde (Fort Calhoun, NE), 17. Frank Sheridan (Lincoln, NE), 18. Rik Forbes (Omaha, NE), 19. Mark Schmidt (Lincoln, NE)

Heat 1:1. Doug Lovegrove (Waverly, NE), 2. Mark Pace (Lincoln, NE), 3. Tadd Holliman (Beaver Lake, NE), 4. Frank Sheridan (Lincoln, NE), 5. Terry Holliman (Hamburg, IA), 6. Lee Bowes (Lincoln, NE), 7. Ryan Roberts (Aurora, NE), 8. Rik Forbes (Omaha, NE), 9. JR Topper (ST. Joseph, MO)

Heat 2:1. Mike Boston (Crete, NE), 2. Jeff Osborn (Savannah, MO), 3. Jay Russell (Elwood, KS), 4. Gene Ackland (Lincoln, NE), 5. Stu Snyder (Waverly, NE), 6. Roger SLUKA (Lincoln, NE), 7. John Klabunde (Fort Calhoun, NE), 8. Trevor Grossenbacher (Lincoln, NE), 9. Jason DANLEY (Lincoln, NE), 10. Mark Schmidt (Lincoln, NE)

IMCA Hobby Stock 9/4/2011

A Feature:1. Adam Armstrong (Beatrice, NE), 2. Jim Kimmel (Norfolk, NE), 3. Lee KRACHT (Scribner, NE), 4. Roy Armstrong (Beatrice, NE), 5. Don Kros (Weston, NE), 6. Mike Hansen (Weeping Water, NE), 7. Keith Dragoo (Lincoln, NE), 8. Dan Noonan (Lincoln, NE), 9. Don Hall Jr (Lincoln, NE), 10. Derick Noonan (Lincoln, NE), 11. Rob Brown (Nebraska City, NE), 12. Ben Becher (Lincoln, NE), 13. Larry Brockman (Lincoln, NE), 14. Garrett Bolander (Blair, NE), 15. Tim LaPointe (Lincoln, NE), 16. Mark McKinney (Omaha, NE), 17. David Carter (Fremont, NE), 18. Justin Busboom (Lincoln, NE), 19. Nick Beckman (Lincoln, NE), 20. Chad Fegley (Eagle, NE)

B Feature:1. Mark McKinney (Omaha, NE), 2. Ben Becher (Lincoln, NE), 3. Rob Brown (Nebraska City, NE), 4. Larry Brockman (Lincoln, NE), 5. Troy Dowty (Fremont, NE), 6. Jeremy Conkel (Lincoln, NE), 7. Scott Santee (Omaha, NE), 8. Andrew Lewis (Martell, NE), 9. Khrysta Stransky (Lincoln, NE), 10. Charlie Bartels (Lincoln, NE), 11. Laurisa Shoup (Lincoln, NE), 12. James Sisk (Council Bluffs, IA), 13. Cody Boone (Syracuse, NE), 14. Thom Marsh (Lincoln, NE), 15. Brandon Baker (Omaha, NE)

Heat 1:1. Roy Armstrong (Beatrice, NE), 2. Chad Fegley (Eagle, NE), 3. Adam Armstrong (Beatrice, NE), 4. Derick Noonan (Lincoln, NE), 5. Mark McKinney (Omaha, NE), 6. Rob Brown (Nebraska City, NE), 7. Troy Dowty (Fremont, NE), 8. Brandon Baker (Omaha, NE)

Heat 2:1. Don Hall Jr (Lincoln, NE), 2. Jim Kimmel (Norfolk, NE), 3. Tim LaPointe (Lincoln, NE), 4. Garrett Bolander (Blair, NE), 5. Scott Santee (Omaha, NE), 6. Charlie Bartels (Lincoln, NE), 7. Khrysta Stransky (Lincoln, NE), 8. James Sisk (Council Bluffs, IA)

Heat 3:1. Mike Hansen (Weeping Water, NE), 2. David Carter (Fremont, NE), 3. Don Kros (Weston, NE), 4. Dan Noonan (Lincoln, NE), 5. Ben Becher (Lincoln, NE), 6. Larry Brockman (Lincoln, NE), 7. Andrew Lewis (Martell, NE), 8. Laurisa Shoup (Lincoln, NE)

Heat 4:1. Keith Dragoo (Lincoln, NE), 2. Lee KRACHT (Scribner, NE), 3. Nick Beckman (Lincoln, NE), 4. Justin Busboom (Lincoln, NE), 5. Jeremy Conkel (Lincoln, NE), 6. Cody Boone (Syracuse, NE), 7. Thom Marsh (Lincoln, NE)

IMCA Modified 9/4/2011

A Feature:1. Bob Zoubek (Dorchester, NE), 2. Robert Brinkman (Lincoln, NE), 3. Rik Gropp (Lincoln, NE), 4. Johnny Saathoff (Beatrice, NE), 5. Chris Alcorn (Lincoln, NE), 6. Scott Bivens (Ceresco, NE), 7. Dustin Andersen (Omaha, NE), 8. Aaron Pella (Lincoln, NE), 9. Jared Hoefelman (Columbus, NE), 10. Justin Wulf (Arlington, NE), 11. Doug Deterding (Lincoln, NE), 12. Michael McCarthy (Round Rock, TX), 13. Mike Densberger (Malcolm, NE), 14. Tom Svoboda (david city, ne), 15. Jim KRUPICKA (Denton, NE), 16. Shane Hiatt (Rising City, NE), 17. Jarrod Wiechert (Lincoln, NE), 18. Matt Stevens (Waverly, NE), 19. Patrick DONOVAN (Sterling, NE), 20. Matt TEMPLIN (Lincoln, NE), 21. Jace Wikoff (Lincoln, NE), 22. Joe Spillman (Austin, TX), 23. Nathan Landauer (Lincoln, NE)

Heat 1:1. Chris Alcorn (Lincoln, NE), 2. Robert Brinkman (Lincoln, NE), 3. Johnny Saathoff (Beatrice, NE), 4. Rik Gropp (Lincoln, NE), 5. Joe Spillman (Austin, TX), 6. Matt Stevens (Waverly, NE), 7. Justin Wulf (Arlington, NE), 8. Andrew Hille (Hickman, NE)

Heat 2:1. Shane Hiatt (Rising City, NE), 2. Tom Svoboda (david city, ne), 3. Dustin Andersen (Omaha, NE), 4. Aaron Pella (Lincoln, NE), 5. Jim KRUPICKA (Denton, NE), 6. Jarrod Wiechert (Lincoln, NE), 7. Jared Hoefelman (Columbus, NE), 8. Nathan Landauer (Lincoln, NE)

Heat 3:1. Bob Zoubek (Dorchester, NE), 2. Scott Bivens (Ceresco, NE), 3. Doug Deterding (Lincoln, NE), 4. Michael McCarthy (Round Rock, TX), 5. Matt TEMPLIN (Lincoln, NE), 6. Patrick DONOVAN (Sterling, NE), 7. Jace Wikoff (Lincoln, NE), 8. Mike Densberger (Malcolm, NE)

IMCA Sport Compact 9/4/2011

A Feature:1. Chad Bassinger (Nebraska City, NE), 2. Nick Lindblad (Beatrice, NE), 3. Mike Simpson (Ashland, NE), 4. Ole Olsen (Carter Lake, IA), 5. Barry Kinnersley (LaVista, NE), 6. Kyle Gannon (Lincoln, NE), 7. Erica Cronin (Lincoln, NE), 8. Matt Moyer (Gretna, NE), 9. Maynard Kinnersley (Gretna, NE), 10. Melissa Cronin (Lincoln, NE), 11. Fred Johnson (Lincoln, NE), 12. Josh Johnson (Lincoln, NE), 13. Michelle Nicholson (Ashland, NE), 14. Kevin Zeitner (Omaha, NE), 15. Rick Hollandsworth (Lincoln, NE), 16. Austin Angel (Lincoln, NE), 17. Kevin Fearing (Lincoln, NE), 18. Leighton Fintel (Lincoln, NE), 19. Jesse Osmon (Alvo, NE), 20. Larry Cronin (Lincoln, NE)

B Feature:1. Kevin Zeitner (Omaha, NE), 2. Austin Angel (Lincoln, NE), 3. Jesse Osmon (Alvo, NE), 4. Michelle Nicholson (Ashland, NE), 5. Leighton Fintel (Lincoln, NE), 6. Brian Haller (Lincoln, NE), 7. Cody Payne (Louisville, NE), 8. Amanda Triplette (Lincoln, NE), 9. Lindsey Flodman (Lincoln, NE), 10. Shannon Wulf (Lincoln, NE), 11. Sydney Yost (Nebraska City, NE), 12. Andrew Cuva (Omaha, NE), 13. Rocky Wray (Lincoln, NE), 14. Blake HAAS (Eagle, NE)

Heat 1:1. Fred Johnson (Lincoln, NE), 2. Barry Kinnersley (LaVista, NE), 3. Erica Cronin (Lincoln, NE), 4. Larry Cronin (Lincoln, NE), 5. Josh Johnson (Lincoln, NE), 6. Austin Angel (Lincoln, NE), 7. Kevin Zeitner (Omaha, NE), 8. Michelle Nicholson (Ashland, NE), 9. Andrew Cuva (Omaha, NE), 10. Rocky Wray (Lincoln, NE)

Heat 2:1. Kyle Gannon (Lincoln, NE), 2. Nick Lindblad (Beatrice, NE), 3. Rick Hollandsworth (Lincoln, NE), 4. Ole Olsen (Carter Lake, IA), 5. Melissa Cronin (Lincoln, NE), 6. Sydney Yost (Nebraska City, NE), 7. Amanda Triplette (Lincoln, NE), 8. Shannon Wulf (Lincoln, NE), 9. Brian Haller (Lincoln, NE), 10. Blake HAAS (Eagle, NE)

Heat 3:1. Chad Bassinger (Nebraska City, NE), 2. Maynard Kinnersley (Gretna, NE), 3. Mike Simpson (Ashland, NE), 4. Kevin Fearing (Lincoln, NE), 5. Matt Moyer (Gretna, NE), 6. Jesse Osmon (Alvo, NE), 7. Leighton Fintel (Lincoln, NE), 8. Cody Payne (Louisville, NE), 9. Lindsey Flodman (Lincoln, NE)

IMCA Sport Modified 9/4/2011

A Feature:1. Joey DANLEY (Lincoln, NE), 2. Nelson Vollbrecht (Stanton, NE), 3. Matt Richards (Lincoln, NE), 4. Gary Saathoff (Beatrice, NE), 5. Jason Harms (David City, NE), 6. Nathan Kobus (Lincoln, NE), 7. Kevin Anderson (Lincoln, NE), 8. Kyle Olberding (Senera, KS), 9. Bret SHEPPARD (Glenwood, IA), 10. Todd Sanford (Lincoln, NE), 11. Kevin Jochum (Roca, NE), 12. Dustin Thayer (Bellevue, FL), 13. Matt Boucher (Murdock, ne), 14. Sean Conaway (Omaha, NE), 15. Lindsey Yost (Nebraska City, NE), 16. Don Rinke (Lincoln, NE), 17. Kyle Driskell (Rock Port, MO), 18. Denny BERGHAHN JR (Plattsmouth, NE), 19. Tadd Holliman (Beaver Lake, NE), 20. Joe Schidler (Lincoln, NE)

B Feature:1. Kevin Anderson (Lincoln, NE), 2. Sean Conaway (Omaha, NE), 3. Dustin Thayer (Bellevue, FL), 4. Todd Sanford (Lincoln, NE), 5. Mary Lenz (Elmwood, NE), 6. Buddy Ray Jones (Council Bluffs, IA), 7. Jeremy Noonan (Lincoln, NE), 8. Jack Prall III (Union, NE), 9. Nate Thompson (Fremont, NE), 10. Jared Cote (Lincoln, NE), 11. Drew Jones (Brock, NE), 12. Ryan Munhall (Plattsmouth, NE), 13. Rick Rohr (Pickrell, NE), 14. Shelly Andersen (Lincoln, NE), 15. Cliff McKinney (Waterloo, NE), 16. Scott Robinson (Omaha, NE)

Heat 1:1. Kyle Olberding (Senera, KS), 2. Gary Saathoff (Beatrice, NE), 3. Lindsey Yost (Nebraska City, NE), 4. Don Rinke (Lincoln, NE), 5. Sean Conaway (Omaha, NE), 6. Dustin Thayer (Bellevue, FL), 7. Jeremy Noonan (Lincoln, NE), 8. Todd Sanford (Lincoln, NE)

Heat 2:1. Nathan Kobus (Lincoln, NE), 2. Nelson Vollbrecht (Stanton, NE), 3. Denny BERGHAHN JR (Plattsmouth, NE), 4. Joe Schidler (Lincoln, NE), 5. Kevin Anderson (Lincoln, NE), 6. Rick Rohr (Pickrell, NE), 7. Ryan Munhall (Plattsmouth, NE), 8. Cliff McKinney (Waterloo, NE)

Heat 3:1. Bret SHEPPARD (Glenwood, IA), 2. Tadd Holliman (Beaver Lake, NE), 3. Jason Harms (David City, NE), 4. Matt Boucher (Murdock, ne), 5. Nate Thompson (Fremont, NE), 6. Jack Prall III (Union, NE), 7. Buddy Ray Jones (Council Bluffs, IA), 8. Scott Robinson (Omaha, NE)

Heat 4:1. Matt Richards (Lincoln, NE), 2. Kevin Jochum (Roca, NE), 3. Joey DANLEY (Lincoln, NE), 4. Kyle Driskell (Rock Port, MO), 5. Jared Cote (Lincoln, NE), 6. Shelly Andersen (Lincoln, NE), 7. Drew Jones (Brock, NE), 8. Mary Lenz (Elmwood, NE)

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