Oaks, Pike, Boston, Roth & Ware are victorious at High Speed Shindig

Oaks, Pike, Boston, Roth & Ware are victorious at High Speed Shindig

By Greg Soukup

Saturday evening saw a large crowd in the stands for the High Speed Shindig, presented by Froggy 98. Action kicked off under partly overcast skies at 6:30 with 15 heats, 3 B Features, 5 A Features and the fans were filing out at 10 PM.

The only serious incident came in the second heat for the Duros Dent Works Racesaver Sprints when Tyler Drueke’s car flipped several times in turn 1. He was not seriously injured, but his racer was damaged too badly to be repaired.

The Sam’s Club IMCA Sport Modified A saw Jeremy Baker’s 3J lead lap #1 with Bobby Draper’s 62, the K00 of Joe Schidler and Adam Vrbka in the 7V rounding out the top 4. Baker stopped at the top of turn 4 on lap 2 and the yellow flag flew. Mary Lenz took over the fourth spot after everyone moved up. Schidler grabbed the lead on the restart. The next lap saw Vrbka get into Draper, creating a big pile-up in turn 4. Vrbka was sent to the rear of the field as a result of the contact. That made the top 4 Schidler, Lenz, Gunnar Pike’s 25 and the 66 of Trevor Noonan. Pike and Noonan both moved up a spot on the restart with Pike grabbing the lead after another circuit as Gary Saathoff put the 96 into fourth. The next lap saw Shawn Harker take over fourth in the 40. Noonan moved up to fourth after another lap. The next time around Schidler slid sideways very hard into the implement tire that guards the pit entrance. He was not seriously injured but the car had to be towed to the pits. Noonan also had to have help to get his mount back to his pit stall. That made the top 4 Pike, Lee Horky’s 7, the 22 of Matt Andrews and Dion Kovar’s 18. One lap after the restart Andrew moved up to second. #5T spun in turn 1 with 7 laps remaining. Kovar advanced to third on the restart. Patrick Donovan looped the 4DX in 1 and 2 with 4 laps left. From there to the finish the top 4 remained unchanged with Pike winning, Andrew second, Kovar third and Horky fourth.

This was Pike’s fourth victory at Eagle Raceway this year, but he has had problems lately. “The last month or so has been nothing but a struggle it seems, but hopefully it’s turned around.  Those cautions were starting to scare me because I knew Matt was right behind me. Just one little bobble and he would take advantage of it, and it might be him you were interviewing instead of me”. Pike’s sponsors include Larson Motors, Interim Health Care, Sardeson Racing, Taylored Computers, Afco, Driveway Saloon, Grass Assassins and Custom Gun Solutions”.

Michael Wade’s 12, the 41 of Adam Wasserman, Jeff Watts in the 66 and the 85 of Albert Kiihne were the first four back to the flag stand after 1 lap of the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock main event. Jeff Ware passed Kiihne on lap 2 to put the 83 into fourth. Brooke Fluckiger looped the 2B in turns 3 & 4 on lap 3 and the yellow lights were lit in the corners. 1 lap after the restart Watts moved up to second and Ware followed him into third. Watts and Ware both advanced another spot the following lap to take over first and second. Jared Jackson spun the 98 in turn 2 on lap 6 and then looped it again in turn 4 on the restart. During the caution Wade headed to the pits, putting the 39C of Colby Kaspar into fourth. Ware passed Watts for the lead on the restart. Roy Armstrong put the 6R into fourth with 10 to go. Mark McKinney’s 23 spun in turns 1 & 2 the next time around. Armstrong moved to third on the restart but Dave Carter’s 2C stopped on the back stretch for another caution. Armstrong moved back to third 1 lap after the restart. Jackson spun again in turn 4. Kaspar regained the fourth spot on the restart. The final change in the top four came with 5 to go when Mike Hansen put the 94 into fourth.

I mentioned to Jeff that this was his 10th win this season at Eagle. He said “10th in a row! I didn’t get beat last week; I broke. That’s how I look at it. 2 or 3 laps and I was fourth; it was crazy. I was baffled how I got there so quick”. I mentioned that he was leading the IMCA points race. “Yes. I’m currently leading the national points. I’m leading the points at 4 tracks and leading the state points too. That helps a lot in the national points” he related. Ware’s sponsors include Roth Racing, Shane’s Repair, Demon Decals, Charger Chassis, T & R Repair, Integra Shocks and Avenue Bar.

Clint Homan’s 27, the 3A of Aaron Pella, Shane Hiatt in the 21H and Jaxon Saathoff’s 96 led the first circuit of the Hoosier Tire IMCA Modified event. Hiatt moved up to second on lap 2. Lap 5 saw Rodney Stopak’s 1RS make contact with the 13J of Jared Deterding and both stopped on the back stretch. 1 lap after the restart Anthony Roth put the 60IV into fourth and moved up to third the next time around. Rik Gropp’s V45 stopped in turns 1 & 2 with 10 to go for another caution. Roth took advantage of the restart to advance to second. Bob Zoubek’s 5 spun in 1 & 2 the next lap and the action slowed again. Roth again used the restart to advance 1 spot and take the lead. Chad Anderson put the 8C into fourth with 4 laps remaining making the top 4 Roth, Homan, Hiatt and Andersen.

Roth is currently running third in the IMCA National Points. I asked if he thought he could catch Jordan Grabouski, the current leader. He related “We need to start picking up some more wins here and there and try to get by him whenever we race together. The track was real racy and fun tonight.  I just managed to run a little bit better than everyone else. I want to make sure that I thank Gary and Nita Cooper and RAD; the Race Against Drugs”. Roth’s sponsors include Razor Chassis, Afco Shocks, Jerovitz Motorsports, Superior Fuel Cells, Speedway Crate Engines, Steve’s Yard Care, Out-Pace Racing Products, KSC Racing Products, Shell Valley Classic Wheels, R&R Sandblasting, Cuba Construction, Totally Clipz Salon, Roth Racing, Wild West Barbecue, BSB Manufacturing, Fast Shafts, Wilwood, Aero Race Wheels and Schoenfeld Headers.

After 1 circuit of the ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compacts Shawn Hein’s 5H led, Luke Nicholson held second in the 55N, the 3 of Tim Horsham wad third and Steffen Oaks in the 17 was fourth. Oaks moved to third the next lap and leaped up to the lead after another lap. Horsham regained third the next lap as Cole Krichau put the 70SS into fourth. Krichau passed Horsham with 8 to go but lost the spot back to him the next circuit. The final top 4 were Oaks, Hein, Horsham and Krichau.

This was Oaks’ second 2019 win at Eagle Raceway. “They kind of left the high line open right away and I just took it. After that I started to run the bottom and MAN, the bottom was hooking up really good. I want to thank my Dad. He couldn’t make it tonight because he had surgery on his arm. Also, Josh for helping me get the car together today. Of course, my Mom, Grandma and Grandpa” he stated. Oak’s sponsors include Adam’s K9 and Larry’s Auto Recyclers.

The final main event for the evening was the Duros Dent Works Racesaver IMCA Sprint Cars. The 12N of Neil Nickolite led the field after the first lap followed closely by Mark Vanderheiden’s 15V, the 1B of Brandon Horton and Tim Hilfiker’s 20. Shayle Bade’s 03 made contact with the Armco barrier in turns 3 & 4 and ended up rolling over, turning on the red lights in the corners. She was not seriously injured but the car suffered too much damage to repair in time to return to the race.  Andrew Jackson spun the 5A in turn 2 on lap 5 for a caution period. Mike Boston took over the fourth spot in his #51 on the restart. Horton grabbed second on lap 7. Hilfiker looped it in turns 1 and 2 the next time around. Boston jumped up to second a lap after the restart as Vanderheiden held onto third. Boston passed Nickolite for the lead 2 laps later as Joey Danley put the 14 into fourth. Danley passed Vanderheiden for third the next lap and Stu Snyder also got past Vanderheiden the next lap putting the 5 into fourth. Danley and Snyder both advanced one spot in the closing laps but could not catch Boston who was pounding the cushion at both ends of the track. At the checkers it was Boston, Danley, Snyder and Nickolite.

This was the first victory for Boston at Eagle Raceway this year. He said “We’ve been good most of the year so far. We went down and put the car on a chassis dyno three weeks ago. We have had some mechanicals lately though; the generator on the magneto and last week we had a push rod go bad. We’ve been good, but just have had some bad luck. I’ve got to give a big thank you to Zach Woods at Speedway Engines. He’s been with me for probably 20 years and we’ve won a lot of track championships. I can’t thank him enough. He was on vacation last week and we took the engine to him Tuesday, he got back Thursday and we got it back Friday. I also want to thank Matt Talbot Kitchens here in Lincoln, they’ve been great to work with. My girlfriend Amber Smith, my daughter Shelby and my son Jordan all help me so much with the car. My Dad and I have raced together for 45 years. He’s 81 years old and still out here helping me. I have to thank the fans because without them we wouldn’t be standing here doing this interview. I don’t want to forget Tom Grasso. The tragedy he suffered with the loss of his son Jimmy is terrible and we all miss having the out here”. I kidded him about running the ‘Boston Line’ and he replied “Yeah, I was banging the wall pretty hard, but never hard enough to hurt the car. I’ve pounded the walls here so many times over the years that I think I’ve probably moved them back a little”. Boston’s other sponsors include Mook Trucking, Johnson Farms, Onyx Wraps and Central Body Shop.


IMCA Hobby Stock A-Feature 1. Jeff Ware Columbus, Ne. 2. Jeff Watts Beatrice, Ne. 3. Roy Armstrong Beatrice, Ne. 4. Michael Hansen Weeping Water, Ne. 5. Nick Beckman Lincoln, Ne. 6. Adam Wasserman Fairbury, Ne. 7. Brint Lemke Lincoln, Ne. 8. Tyler Jackson Lincoln, Ne. 9. Brooke Fluckiger Columbus, Ne. 10. Mark McKinney Omaha, Ne. 11. Don Hall Jr Lincoln, Ne. 12. Khrysta Stransky Lincoln, Ne. 13. Neil Pella(r) Adams, Ne. 14. Kenny Roberts Lincoln, Ne. 15. Colby Kaspar Columbus, Ne. 16. Cole Krichau Lincoln, Ne. 17. Jared Jackson(r) Lincoln, Ne. 18. David Carter Inglewood, Ne. 19. Ryan Gilland Sterling, Ne. 20. Michael Wade Dorchester, Ne. 21. Scott Santee Omaha, Ne. 22. Albert Kiihne Lincoln, Ne.

IMCA Hobby Stock Heat 1 1. Tyler Jackson Lincoln, Ne. 2. Albert Kiihne Lincoln, Ne. 3. Jeff Watts Beatrice, Ne. 4. Jeff Ware Columbus, Ne. 5. David Carter Inglewood, Ne. 6. Mark McKinney Omaha, Ne. 7. Neil Pella(r) Adams, Ne. 8. Jared Jackson(r) Lincoln, Ne.

IMCA Hobby Stock Heat 2 1. Brooke Fluckiger Columbus, Ne. 2. Don Hall Jr Lincoln, Ne. 3. Nick Beckman Lincoln, Ne. 4. Adam Wasserman Fairbury, Ne. 5. Cole Krichau Lincoln, Ne. 6. Michael Hansen Weeping Water, Ne. 7. Scott Santee Omaha, Ne.

IMCA Hobby Stock Heat 3 1. Michael Wade Dorchester, Ne. 2. Colby Kaspar Columbus, Ne. 3. Ryan Gilland Sterling, Ne. 4. Roy Armstrong Beatrice, Ne. 5. Brint Lemke Lincoln, Ne. 6. Khrysta Stransky Lincoln, Ne. 7. Kenny Roberts Lincoln, Ne.

IMCA Modified A-Feature 1. Anthony Roth Columbus, Ne. 2. Clint Homan Bellevue, Ne. 3. Shane Hiatt Rising City, Ne. 4. Chad Andersen Ft Calhoun, Ne. 5. Mike Densberger Lincoln, Ne. 6. Johnny Saathoff Beatrice, Ne. 7. Justin Wulf Arlington, Ne. 8. Nate Thompson Omaha, Ne. 9. Jaxon Saathoff Beatrice, Ne. 10. Nathan Landauer Davey, Ne. 11. Troy Sanford(r) Lincoln, Ne. 12. Rik Gropp Lincoln, Ne. 13. Aaron Pella Lincoln, Ne. 14. Bob Zoubek Dorchester, Ne. 15. Hunter Weber(r) Council Bluffs, Ne. 16. Jan Korth Lincoln, Ne. 17. Trevor Baker Omaha, Ne. 18. Bob Ruisinger Bennet, Ne. 19. Jared Deterding Lincoln, Ne. 20. Rodney Stopak Omaha, Ne.

IMCA Modified B-Feature 1. Aaron Pella Lincoln, Ne. 2. Hunter Weber(r) Council Bluffs, Ne. 3. Bob Ruisinger Bennet, Ne. 4. Troy Sanford(r) Lincoln, Ne. 5. Jared Deterding Lincoln, Ne. 6. Peter Shoup Lincoln, Ne. 7. Andrew Bowman(r) Lincoln, Ne. 8. Danny Lane(r) Lincoln, Ne. 9. Norm Ziegenbein Lincoln, Ne.

IMCA Modified Heat 1 1. Trevor Baker Omaha, Ne. 2. Rik Gropp Lincoln, Ne. 3. Anthony Roth Columbus, Ne. 4. Rodney Stopak Omaha, Ne. 5. Justin Wulf Arlington, Ne. 6. Aaron Pella Lincoln, Ne. 7. Peter Shoup Lincoln, Ne. 8. Jared Deterding Lincoln, Ne.

IMCA Modified Heat 2 1. Shane Hiatt Rising City, Ne. 2. Johnny Saathoff Beatrice, Ne. 3. Bob Zoubek Dorchester, Ne. 4. Nate Thompson Omaha, Ne. 5. Jan Korth Lincoln, Ne. 6. Hunter Weber(r) Council Bluffs, Ne. 7. Danny Lane(r) Lincoln, Ne. 8. Andrew Bowman(r) Lincoln, Ne.

IMCA Modified Heat 3 1. Jaxon Saathoff Beatrice, Ne. 2. Mike Densberger Lincoln, Ne. 3. Clint Homan Bellevue, Ne. 4. Nathan Landauer Davey, Ne. 5. Chad Andersen Ft Calhoun, Ne. 6. Norm Ziegenbein Lincoln, Ne. 7. Troy Sanford(r) Lincoln, Ne. 8. Bob Ruisinger Bennet, Ne.

IMCA Sport Compact A-Feature 1. Steffen Oaks Lincoln, Ne. 2. Shawn Hein Beatrice, Ne. 3. Tim Horsham Raymond, Ne. 4. Cole Krichau Lincoln, Ne. 5. Rj Maas Wilber, Ne. 6. Josh Young Beatrice, Ne. 7. Brian Cronin Lincoln, Ne. 8. Luke Nicholson Ashland, Ne. 9. Tyler Masek Raymond, Ne. 10. Michelle Nicholson Ashland, Ne. 11. Adam Reifler Lincoln, Ne. 12. Kasha Hall Lincoln, Ne. 13. Ray Harrington Lincoln, Ne. 14. Devin Bruce Bennet, Ne.

IMCA Sport Compact Heat 1 1. Steffen Oaks Lincoln, Ne. 2. Cole Krichau Lincoln, Ne. 3. Tim Horsham Raymond, Ne. 4. Devin Bruce Bennet, Ne. 5. Adam Reifler Lincoln, Ne. 6. Kasha Hall Lincoln, Ne. 7. Brian Cronin Lincoln, Ne.

IMCA Sport Compact Heat 2 1. Shawn Hein Beatrice, Ne. 2. Josh Young Beatrice, Ne. 3. Luke Nicholson Ashland, Ne. 4. Tyler Masek Raymond, Ne. 5. Michelle Nicholson Ashland, Ne. 6. Ray Harrington Lincoln, Ne. 7. Rj Maas Wilber, Ne.

IMCA SportMod A-Feature 1. Gunnar Pike South Bend, Ne. 2. Matthew Andrews Malcolm, Ne. 3. Dion Kovar Rising City, Ne. 4. Lee Horky Fairbury, Ne. 5. Shawn Harker Nebraska City, Ne. 6. Gary Saathoff Beatrice, Ne. 7. Amber Cook Lincoln, Ne. 8. Adam Vrbka Eagle, Ne. 9. Mary Lenz Elmwood, Ne. 10. Braydon Latture Omaha, Ne. 11. Mike Scheinost Ceresco, Ne. 12. Terry Callender Lincoln, Ne. 13. Patrick Donovan Sterling, Ne. 14. Trevor Noonan Dorchester, Ne. 15. Joe Schidler Omaha, Ne. 16. Cole Wayman Lincoln, Ne. 17. Roger Sluka Lincoln, Ne. 18. Bobby Draper Valparaiso, Ne. 19. Derek Hall Lincoln, Ne. 20. Jeremy Baker Nebraska City, Ne.

IMCA SportMod B-Feature 1. Dion Kovar Rising City, Ne. 2. Patrick Donovan Sterling, Ne. 3. Braydon Latture Omaha, Ne. 4. Mike Scheinost Ceresco, Ne. 5. James Hines Bellevue, Ne. 6. Daniel Morris(r) Bellevue, Ne. 7. Shawn Davis Burr, Ne. 8. Kyle Trout Bellevue, Ne. 9. Jeremy Down Nebraska City, Ne. 10. Jason Heaps Lincoln, Ne. 11. Bradley Schreiner Weeping Water, Ne. 12. Rich Flock Malcolm, Ne. 13. Melissa Knecht(r) Omaha, Ne. 14. Deven Schelm Omaha, Ne. 15. Brock Curtis Papillion, Ne. 16. Nick Morris Bellevue, Ne.

IMCA SportMod Heat 1 1. Adam Vrbka Eagle, Ne. 2. Bobby Draper Valparaiso, Ne. 3. Gunnar Pike South Bend, Ne. 4. Terry Callender Lincoln, Ne. 5. Dion Kovar Rising City, Ne. 6. Deven Schelm Omaha, Ne. 7. Rich Flock Malcolm, Ne. 8. Melissa Knecht(r) Omaha, Ne.

IMCA SportMod Heat 2 1. Lee Horky Fairbury, Ne. 2. Jeremy Baker Nebraska City, Ne. 3. Roger Sluka Lincoln, Ne. 4. Gary Saathoff Beatrice, Ne. 5. Brock Curtis Papillion, Ne. 6. Braydon Latture Omaha, Ne. 7. Bradley Schreiner Weeping Water, Ne. 8. Daniel Morris(r) Bellevue, Ne.

IMCA SportMod Heat 3 1. Shawn Harker Nebraska City, Ne. 2. Cole Wayman Lincoln, Ne. 3. Mary Lenz Elmwood, Ne. 4. Matthew Andrews Malcolm, Ne. 5. Jeremy Down Nebraska City, Ne. 6. Jason Heaps Lincoln, Ne. 7. Mike Scheinost Ceresco, Ne. 8. Kyle Trout Bellevue, Ne.

IMCA SportMod Heat 4 1. Joe Schidler Omaha, Ne. 2. Derek Hall Lincoln, Ne. 3. Trevor Noonan Dorchester, Ne. 4. Amber Cook Lincoln, Ne. 5. Patrick Donovan Sterling, Ne. 6. Shawn Davis Burr, Ne. 7. Nick Morris Bellevue, Ne. 8. James Hines Bellevue, Ne.

IMCA Sprint A-Feature 1. Mike Boston Lincoln, Ne. 2. Joey Danley Lincoln, Ne. 3. Stuart Snyder Lincoln, Ne. 4. Neil Nickolite Bellwood, Ne. 5. Toby Chapman Panama, Ne. 6. Trevor Grossenbacher Bennet, Ne. 7. Mark Vanderheiden Papillion, Ne. 8. Chase Weiler Lincoln, Ne. 9. Josh Riggins Lincoln, Ne. 10. Gene Ackland Martell, Ne. 11. Adam Gullion Lincoln, Ne. 12. Keith Dragoo Greenwood, Ne. 13. Clint Benson Papillion, Ne. 14. Tim Hilfiker Greenwood, Ne. 15. Brandon Horton Waterloo, Ne. 16. Ryan King Bennet, Ne. 17. Richard Weers Lincoln, Ne. 18. Andrew Jackson Fremont, Ne. 19. Joe Miller 20. Shayle Bade Lincoln, Ne.

IMCA Sprint B-Feature 1. Shayle Bade Lincoln, Ne. 2. Joe Miller 3. Richard Weers Lincoln, Ne. 4. Keith Dragoo Greenwood, Ne. 5. Andrew Jackson Fremont, Ne. 6. Dwight Carter Lincoln, Ne. 7. Nathan Weiler Lavista, Ne. DNS. Tyler Drueke Eagle, Ne.

IMCA Sprint Heat 1 1. Mark Vanderheiden Papillion, Ne. 2. Tim Hilfiker Greenwood, Ne. 3. Ryan King Bennet, Ne. 4. Stuart Snyder Lincoln, Ne. 5. Adam Gullion Lincoln, Ne. 6. Shayle Bade Lincoln, Ne. 7. Keith Dragoo Greenwood, Ne. 8. Andrew Jackson Fremont, Ne.

IMCA Sprint Heat 2 1. Gene Ackland Martell, Ne. 2. Neil Nickolite Bellwood, Ne. 3. Chase Weiler Lincoln, Ne. 4. Mike Boston Lincoln, Ne. 5. Josh Riggins Lincoln, Ne. 6. Joe Miller 7. Dwight Carter Lincoln, Ne. 8. Tyler Drueke Eagle, Ne.

IMCA Sprint Heat 3 1. Clint Benson Papillion, Ne. 2. Brandon Horton Waterloo, Ne. 3. Toby Chapman Panama, Ne. 4. Joey Danley Lincoln, Ne. 5. Trevor Grossenbacher Bennet, Ne. 6. Richard Weers Lincoln, Ne. 7. Nathan Weiler Lavista, Ne.

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