Pella, Grabouski, Bubak, Andrews & Richards celebrate wins at Eagle Raceway

Pella, Grabouski, Bubak, Andrews & Richards celebrate wins at Eagle Raceway

By Greg Soukup

Schools Out For Summer, presented by Mammoth Station and Avid Realty Saturday night saw some of the best racing so far this season at Eagle Raceway. A brief period of sprinkles put no damper on the festivities as a great crowd showed up to see action on the high banks, and action they got.

There were no serious incidents in the preliminary racing.

Dan Jackson’s #3, the 7 of Bob Ruisinger, Jeremy Down in the 6 and Nick Beckman’s 22 were the top 4 at the end of lap 1 of the A1 Iron IMCA Stock Car A Main. Down moved to second place on lap 2. Beckman also passed Ruisinger on lap 3 to grab third place. Dillon Richards got around Ruisinger the next time around and advanced to third on lap 6, moving up to second the following lap. Lap 9 saw the 71JJ of Jerod Bussen and Cameron Thompson’s 24T loop it in turn 4 for a caution. Richards jumped to the lead on the restart as Marty Steinbach put the 5ELI into fourth. Bussen and Thompson spun out in turn 2 with 7 to go and the yellow flag flew again. Nate Thompson took advantage of the restart to jump up to third in the 3t with Down holding down fourth. Thompson moved up to second with 3 circuits remaining. Down went extremely high the next time around, allowing Matt Boucher to take over the fourth spot. The final top 4 were Richards, Nate Thompson got second, Steinbach was third and Boucher nabbing fourth.

This was Dillon’s fourth win at Eagle this season, coming from 8th on the starting grid. “When I got to the top 4 I just had to be careful, and once I got to the lead I could sail” he said. I kidded him by asking if he was tired of winning and he replied “Nope! Just as long as you get to come talk to me I’ll keep doing it”. Dillon’s sponsors include JGR, CPD Shocks, S&L Trenching and Fester’s Bait and Tackle.

The Avid Realty IMCA Sportmods rolled out next for their finale. Tyler Harr’s 21T led the pack after 1 lap with Noah Williams’ 27W, the 6SJ of Shawn Pospisil and Gary Saathoff in the 96 rounding out the top 4. Matt Andrews passed Saathoff on lap 3 to put the 22 into fourth place. Jacob Swanson’s 31S and the 18M of Mason Richards spun to the infield on lap 5, bringing out a caution. Andrews leapt into the lead on  the restart with Harr second, Williams third and Pospisil fourth. Adam Armstrong got past Pospisil on lap 8 for fourth. Armstrong continued moving up with 10 to go, advancing to third. Saathoff regained the fourth spot the next lap. With 8 circuits remaining Drake Bohlmeyer spun out in turn 2 for another caution. Adam Vrbka put the 7V in fourth with 6 laps left. Bobby Draper spun the #62  in turns 3 & 4 with 3 laps to go and ended up heading to the pits on the hook. The final change in the top 4 came on the final circuit as Armstrong took over second. The final top 4 were Andrews, Armstrong, Williams and Vrbka.

This was Matt’s second win in a row and third overall at Eagle this season. He stated “It’s been a long time since we got 2 in a row. We’re trying like heck to get back to championship quality, but if you miss the feature just one night out here that can kill your season Especially against guys like Vrbka and Armstrong. They’re competitors wherever they race and wherever they race. It’s always tough running against them”. Matt’s sponsors include John Bonta Skytop Towers, Raymond Contracting,  Big Red Lawn Care, JM Billiards, All Pro, PBS Rentals and Strategic EMS.

Jared Deterding’s 13J, the 1Z of Norm Ziegenbein, Mike Densberger in the 81 and the 3J of Jeremy Baker were out front of the Nebraska Lottery IMCA Modified main event after 1 lap. Ziegenbein and Densberger both moved up one position on lap 2, sending Deterding back to third and Clint Homan putting the #27 into fourth. Homan moved up to third on lap 3 with Shawn Harker putting the 40 into fourth the next time around. Sean Manning looped the X52 in turn 4 on lap 9 for a caution. Ziegenbein got loose on the restart, resulting in an inadvertent caution to be called. Bob Zoubek took advantage of the restart to put his 5S into fourth. Homan took over the second spot the following circuit. Zoubek tried for a slide job in turns 3 & 4 but couldn’t make it work and ended up collecting  Densberger’s mount. That made the top 4 Ziegenbein, Homan, Jordan Grabouski in the 50C and the 60IV of Anthony Roth. Homan passed Ziegenbein a lap after the restart, setting up a back and forth battle between the two over the next few laps with Ziegenbein taking the spot for good with 2 to go. James Mesenbrink spun the 33M out in turn 4 with 1 circuit left for another caution and setting up a green/white/checkered finish. Grabouski got up to second but couldn’t get by Ziegenbein. The first four across the finish line were Ziegenbein, Grabouski,    but Ziegenbein ended up 20 pounds light at the scales moving Grabouski to first, Homan to second, Roth to third and the 24T of Terry Hurt to fourth.

I kidded Jordan that he lucked into the win, to which he replied, “Absolutely I did!!”. I then asked if he thought that he could sneak in and race incognito in someone else’s car to which he stated “I had a customer’s car and decided to run it tonight and it all worked out. We’ll take it. I had to get through the traffic, that was the biggest thing. I want to thank everyone who helps me out and Colton and Stephanie Osborne for giving me the opportunity to drive their car.

The Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock feature was up next. Neill Pella’s 3N, the 6 of Dan Markham, Tyler Jackson in the 13T and the 69 of Kenny Roberts led lap 1. Jackson got past Markham on lap 3 for second. The next time around Michael Wade put the 12 into third place. Ryan Gilland joined the top 4 the next lap, passing Roberts for fourth. Jackson went very high with 7 to go, allowing Wade to take over second with Gilland hanging onto fourth. Markham spun out in turn 4 with 6 to go. Wade passed Pella the following lap with Jackson moving up to second the next time around. Both Wade and Jackson slowed drastically the next lap and headed to the pits. That made the top 4 Pella, Gilland, Kyle Gannon’s 66G and the 6R of Roy Armstrong. Armstrong got by Gannon for third the final time around. Gilland gave a mighty effort but missed passing him by a half car length making the top 4 Pella, Gilland, Armstrong and Gannon.

This marked Neill’s second win this year at Eagle. He related “It was a great battle at the end and a lot of fun through the whole race. We had that one caution and everyone got caught up. All in all, the last 2 cars were Ryan Gilland and myself; both of us working out of the same shop. He told me that if he got close to me in 1 and 2 that he was going to rough me up a little bit. He roughed me up a little bit and drag raced coming out of 4. It’s all fun and games for both of us. We were both smiling and laughing. It was just a fun A Feature. So far everybody has been telling me that this was the best Hobby Stock A Feature this year”. Neill’s sponsors include Gilland Electric, Gilland Builders, JTR Logistics, Kuehl Trucking, Trade Center Automotive, Southwest Auto, , TCA Outdoor Power, Adams Repair, Fossler Family Trucking, Jet Racing and Extreme Motorsports.

The final contest of the evening was the Twin Rivers IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car A. Contact with Alex Davenport in the 25A caused Cole Vanderheiden to loop the 15V in turn 2 on the start to call back the start. Adam Gullion pulled into the pits during the caution but returned before racing began again. The second attempt at a start saw Adam Gullion loop the #91 in turns 1 & 2 after contact with the 51 of Mike Boston. Boston suffered damage to the right front of his sprinter and Gullion went to the pits behind the wrecker due to having no steering. When a lap was officially in the books the top 4 were the 1B of Brandon Horton, Alex Salzman’s 2A, the 03 of  Shayle Bade and Gene Ackland in the 14G. Lap 2 saw Bade pass Salzman for second. Contact with Ackland by Salzman on lap 3 ended up sending Gene snap rolling through turn 3. He was not seriously injured, but his car was beyond repair. Both Ackland and Salzman were taken to the pits. The top 4 at the time were Horton, Bade, the 88J of Jeremy Huish and Cody Ledger’s 47. Huish moved up to second on the restart with Bade falling to third and the 11 of Jake Bubak advancing to fourth. Bubak got past Bade for third the next time around. Stu Snyder cracked the top 4 after 1 more lap to put the 5 into fourth place. Bubak advanced to second place on lap 9 and grabbed the lead with 12 laps left as Snyder took over third. With 5 to go Snyder moved up another spot to take over second with Huish getting back up to fourth. The next lap Alex Davenport spun out in turns 3 & 4 to slow the action. Tyler Drueke cracked the top 4 with 4 laps left, putting the #12 in fourth. The final top 4 were Bubak, Horton, Snyder and Drueke.

I asked Jake if he didn’t get enough of Eagle Raceway’s money in September that he had to come up here mid-season. He said “This was just for one night. We’re trying to get Toby Chapman and Jeff Stefonik going a little better. They have been struggling all year, so we’re just here to help. We changed a whole bunch this week and still were changing throughout the night and the car ended up pretty dang good by the end of the night. I’ve got some experience in sprints, but Toby has been doing this a lot longer than I have. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do next week. I think he’s going to feel like it’s a whole different car”. Toby’s sponsors are J & K Trucking, Stefonik Racing and Speedway Shocks.

Fans are going to get twice as much racing this week as Kyle Larson and Brad Sweet bring their High Limit Sprint Cars, presented by K&B Promotions to America’s home track for the first time. This will be a big treat for sprint car fans because there has been no 410 sprints on the high banks since 2017.

Adult front gate admission is $40, youths 6-12 are $20 and kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes cost $45.

Front gates swing open at 4:00 with hot laps kicking off at 6 PM and racing beginning at 7:15.

Then Saturday the Nebraska Lottery presents 90’s Jam Showdown.

All 5 classes will be competing including the Twin Rivers Sprint Cars, Nebraska Lottery Modifieds, Avid Realty SportMods, A1 Iron Stock Cars & Valentino’s Hobby Stocks. Track, State, Regional & National Points for all classes. Following the racing there will be fan favorite school bus races.

Front gates open at 5:15 with adult admission being $15, youths 6-12 $5 and children 5 and under free.

Hot laps kick off at 5:30 with racing at 6:30.

Pit gates open at 3:45 with pit admission being $30.


Hobby Stock-IMCA A-Feature

  1. Neil Pella Adams, Ne. 2. Ryan Gilland Sterling, Ne. 3. Roy Armstrong Beatrice, Ne. 4. Kyle Gannon Lincoln, Ne. 5. Adam Wasserman Fairbury, Ne. 6. Ian Roschewski Beatrice, Ne. 7. Jeff Watts Beatrice, Ne. 8. David Carter Fremont, Ne. 9. Brint Lemke Lincoln, Ne. 10. Trenton Dowty Fremont, Ne. 11. Ben Becher Lincoln, Ne. 12. Brent Beaumont Concordia, Ks. 13. Khrysta Stransky Lincoln, Ne. 14. Spencer Pavey 3rd(r) Waverly, Ne. 15. Dan Markham Plattsmouth, Ne. 16. Brad Schreiner Weeping Water, Ne. 17. John Martinez Beatrice, Ne. 18. Tyler Jackson Lincoln, Ne. 19. Michael Wade Dorchester, Ne. 20. Kenny Roberts Lincoln, Ne.


Hobby Stock-IMCA B-Feature

  1. David Carter Fremont, Ne. 2. Brent Beaumont Concordia, Ks. 3. Trenton Dowty Fremont, Ne. 4. Ben Becher Lincoln, Ne. 5. Troy Dowty Fremont, Ne. 6. Tanner Dowty Fremont, Ne. 7. Kile Casteel Roca, Ne. 8. Justin Myre Carter Lake, Ia. 9. Trey Collins Concordia, Ks. 10. Nick Jensen Hickman, Ne. 11. Dane Cleveland Concordia, Ks. 12. Jared Jackson Lincoln, Ne.


Hobby Stock-IMCA C-Feature

  1. Tanner Dowty Fremont, Ne. 2. Nick Jensen Hickman, Ne. 3. Trey Collins Concordia, Ks. 4. Dane Cleveland Concordia, Ks. DNS. Rick Bradley Council Bluffs, Ia. DNS. Sam Blanton Bellevue, Ne. DNS. Kyle Schamp Lincoln, Ne.


Hobby Stock-IMCA Heat 1

  1. Kyle Gannon Lincoln, Ne. 2. Jeff Watts Beatrice, Ne. 3. Brad Schreiner Weeping Water, Ne. 4. Spencer Pavey 3rd(r) Waverly, Ne. 5. Brent Beaumont Concordia, Ks. 6. Justin Myre Carter Lake, Ia. 7. Rick Bradley Council Bluffs, Ia. 8. Kyle Schamp Lincoln, Ne.


Hobby Stock-IMCA Heat 2

  1. Michael Wade Dorchester, Ne. 2. Dan Markham Plattsmouth, Ne. 3. Neil Pella Adams, Ne. 4. Ian Roschewski Beatrice, Ne. 5. Ben Becher Lincoln, Ne. 6. David Carter Fremont, Ne. 7. Nick Jensen Hickman, Ne. 8. Trey Collins Concordia, Ks.


Hobby Stock-IMCA Heat 3

  1. Ryan Gilland Sterling, Ne. 2. Tyler Jackson Lincoln, Ne. 3. Adam Wasserman Fairbury, Ne. 4. Khrysta Stransky Lincoln, Ne. 5. Trenton Dowty Fremont, Ne. 6. Troy Dowty Fremont, Ne. 7. Tanner Dowty Fremont, Ne. 8. Dane Cleveland Concordia, Ks.


Hobby Stock-IMCA Heat 4

  1. Brint Lemke Lincoln, Ne. 2. John Martinez Beatrice, Ne. 3. Kenny Roberts Lincoln, Ne. 4. Roy Armstrong Beatrice, Ne. 5. Kile Casteel Roca, Ne. 6. Jared Jackson Lincoln, Ne. 7. Sam Blanton Bellevue, Ne.


Modified-IMCA A-Feature

  1. Jordan Grabouski Beatrice, Ne. 2. Clint Homan Bellevue, Ne. 3. Anthony Roth Columbus, Ne. 4. Terry Hurt Ft. Calhoun, Ne. 5. Chad Andersen Ft Calhoun, Ne. 6. Jaxon Saathoff Beatrice, Ne. 7. Nate Thompson Fremont, Ne. 8. Bob Zoubek Dorchester, Ne. 9. Cole Wayman(r) Lincoln, Ne. 10. Jared Deterding Lincoln, Ne. 11. Sean Manning Bennington, Ne. 12. Aaron Pella Lincoln, Ne. 13. Andrew Bowman Lincoln, Ne. 14. Scott Carlson Plattsmouth, Ne. 15. Brandon Verbeek Lincoln, Ne. 16. Johnny Saathoff Beatrice, Ne. 17. James Mesenbrink Lincoln, Ne. 18. Hunter Weber Council Bluffs, Ne. 19. Mike Densberger Cortland, Ne. 20. Jeremy Baker Nebraska City, Ne. 21. Shawn Harker Nebraska City, Ne. DQ. Norm Ziegenbein Lincoln, Ne.


Modified-IMCA Heat 1

  1. Bob Zoubek Dorchester, Ne. 2. Jared Deterding Lincoln, Ne. 3. Jaxon Saathoff Beatrice, Ne. 4. Shawn Harker Nebraska City, Ne. 5. Sean Manning Bennington, Ne. 6. Nate Thompson Fremont, Ne. 7. James Mesenbrink Lincoln, Ne.


Modified-IMCA Heat 2

  1. Norm Ziegenbein Lincoln, Ne. 2. Mike Densberger Cortland, Ne. 3. Clint Homan Bellevue, Ne. 4. Terry Hurt Ft. Calhoun, Ne. 5. Chad Andersen Ft Calhoun, Ne. 6. Aaron Pella Lincoln, Ne. 7. Andrew Bowman Lincoln, Ne.


Modified-IMCA Heat 3

  1. Anthony Roth Columbus, Ne. 2. Jordan Grabouski Beatrice, Ne. 3. Brandon Verbeek Lincoln, Ne. 4. Jeremy Baker Nebraska City, Ne. 5. Johnny Saathoff Beatrice, Ne. 6. Cole Wayman(r) Lincoln, Ne. 7. Hunter Weber Council Bluffs, Ne. 8. Scott Carlson Plattsmouth, Ne.


SportMod-IMCA A-Feature

  1. Matt Andrews Malcolm, Ne. 2. Adam Armstrong Pickrell, Ne. 3. Noah Williams Ashland, Ne. 4. Adam Vrbka Eagle, Ne. 5. Trevor Noonan Lincoln, Ne. 6. Gary Saathoff Beatrice, Ne. 7. Preston Wieckhorst(r) Nebraska City, Ne. 8. McLain Reed Lincoln, Ne. 9. Shawn Pospisil Lincoln, Ne. 10. Drake Bohlmeyer Beatrice, Ne. 11. Jacob Swanson Lincoln, Ne. 12. Beau Riffel Fremont, Ne. 13. Mason Richards(r) Denton, Ne. 14. Lauren Cook Lincoln, Ne. 15. Dana Deeke Waverly, Ne. 16. Tyler Deeke Waverly, Ne. 17. Robert Draper Valparaiso, Ne. 18. Tyler Harr(r) Ashland, Ne. 19. Shawn Hein Beatrice, Ne. DNS. Ryan Arbogast Goeher, Ne.


SportMod-IMCA B-Feature

  1. Dana Deeke Waverly, Ne. 2. Jacob Swanson Lincoln, Ne. 3. Trevor Noonan Lincoln, Ne. 4. Shawn Hein Beatrice, Ne. 5. Richard Flock Malcolm, Ne. 6. Mary Hahn Lincoln, Ne. 7. Derek Hall Lincoln, Ne. 8. Shawn Davis Burr, Ne. 9. Justin Bell Louisville, Ne. 10. Joe Feyen Plattsmouth, Ne. 11. Matthew Miller Concordia, Ks. 12. Breanna Pfanstiel Lincoln, Ne.


SportMod-IMCA C-Feature

  1. Joe Feyen Plattsmouth, Ne. 2. Mary Hahn Lincoln, Ne. 3. Justin Bell Louisville, Ne. 4. Matthew Miller Concordia, Ks. 5. Sterling Judy Concordia, Ks. 6. A.j. Oaks Lincoln, Ne. 7. Drew Hobaugh(r) Adams, Ne. DNS. Aaron Wahrman Dodge, Ne.


SportMod-IMCA Heat 1

  1. McLain Reed Lincoln, Ne. 2. Shawn Pospisil Lincoln, Ne. 3. Ryan Arbogast Goeher, Ne. 4. Mason Richards(r) Denton, Ne. 5. Shawn Davis Burr, Ne. 6. Jacob Swanson Lincoln, Ne. 7. Matthew Miller Concordia, Ks. 8. Justin Bell Louisville, Ne.


SportMod-IMCA Heat 2

  1. Tyler Harr(r) Ashland, Ne. 2. Matt Andrews Malcolm, Ne. 3. Gary Saathoff Beatrice, Ne. 4. Preston Wieckhorst(r) Nebraska City, Ne. 5. Derek Hall Lincoln, Ne. 6. Richard Flock Malcolm, Ne. 7. Mary Hahn Lincoln, Ne. 8. Sterling Judy Concordia, Ks.


SportMod-IMCA Heat 3

  1. Noah Williams Ashland, Ne. 2. Adam Vrbka Eagle, Ne. 3. Drake Bohlmeyer Beatrice, Ne. 4. Lauren Cook Lincoln, Ne. 5. Shawn Hein Beatrice, Ne. 6. Breanna Pfanstiel Lincoln, Ne. 7. Joe Feyen Plattsmouth, Ne. 8. Drew Hobaugh(r) Adams, Ne.


SportMod-IMCA Heat 4

  1. Tyler Deeke Waverly, Ne. 2. Beau Riffel Fremont, Ne. 3. Adam Armstrong Pickrell, Ne. 4. Robert Draper Valparaiso, Ne. 5. Dana Deeke Waverly, Ne. 6. Trevor Noonan Lincoln, Ne. 7. A.j. Oaks Lincoln, Ne. DNS. Aaron Wahrman Dodge, Ne.


Sprint-IMCA A-Feature

  1. Jake Bubak Lincoln, Ne. 2. Brandon Horton Waterloo, Ne. 3. Stuart Snyder Lincoln, Ne. 4. Cody Ledger Omaha, Ne. 5. Jeremy Huish Ness City, Ks. 6. Tyler Drueke Eagle, Ne. 7. Josh Riggins Lincoln, Ne. 8. Gunnar Pike South Bend, Ne. 9. Shayle Bade Raymond, Ne. 10. Alex Davenport Lincoln, Ne. 11. Jason Danley Lincoln, Ne. 12. Jacob Dye Albany, Mo. 13. Jake Galusha Lincoln, Ne. 14. Alex Salzman Lincoln, Ne. 15. Gene Ackland Martell, Ne. 16. Cole Vanderheiden Papillion, Ne. 17. Adam Gullion Lincoln, Ne. 18. Mike Boston Lincoln, Ne. 19. Cole Wayman(r) Lincoln, Ne. DNS. Doug Lovegrove Waverly, Ne.


Sprint-IMCA B-Feature

  1. Josh Riggins Lincoln, Ne. 2. Jason Danley Lincoln, Ne. 3. Doug Lovegrove Waverly, Ne. 4. Cole Wayman(r) Lincoln, Ne. 5. Mike Boston Lincoln, Ne. 6. Ryan Kitchen Seward, Ne. 7. Clint Benson Papillion, Ne. 8. Tim Hilfiker Greenwood, Ne. 9. Andrew Jackson Fremont, Ne.


Sprint-IMCA Heat 1

  1. Brandon Horton Waterloo, Ne. 2. Jeremy Huish Ness City, Ks. 3. Gene Ackland Martell, Ne. 4. Alex Salzman Lincoln, Ne. 5. Jake Galusha Lincoln, Ne. 6. Josh Riggins Lincoln, Ne. 7. Mike Boston Lincoln, Ne. 8. Clint Benson Papillion, Ne.


Sprint-IMCA Heat 2

  1. Cole Vanderheiden Papillion, Ne. 2. Alex Davenport Lincoln, Ne. 3. Tyler Drueke Eagle, Ne. 4. Cody Ledger Omaha, Ne. 5. Gunnar Pike South Bend, Ne. 6. Jason Danley Lincoln, Ne. 7. Andrew Jackson Fremont, Ne. 8. Tim Hilfiker Greenwood, Ne.


Sprint-IMCA Heat 3

  1. Jake Bubak Lincoln, Ne. 2. Adam Gullion Lincoln, Ne. 3. Stuart Snyder Lincoln, Ne. 4. Shayle Bade Raymond, Ne. 5. Jacob Dye Albany, Mo. 6. Cole Wayman(r) Lincoln, Ne. 7. Doug Lovegrove Waverly, Ne. 8. Ryan Kitchen Seward, Ne.


Stock Car-IMCA A-Feature

  1. Dillon Richards(r) Wymore, Ne. 2. Nate Thompson Fremont, Ne. 3. Dan Jackson Ceresco, Ne. 4. Matt Boucher Murdock, Ne. 5. Marty Steinbach Fremont, Ne. 6. Gary Laflin Beatrice, Ne. 7. Jeremy Bohlen Percival, Ia. 8. Jerod Bussen Fremont, Ne. 9. Jeremy Down Nebraska City, Ne. 10. Nick Beckman Lincoln, Ne. 11. Bob Ruisinger Bennet, Ne. 12. Cameron Thompson(r) Fremont, Ne. 13. Dylan Haney Fremont, Ne. 14. Travis Patterson Ashland, Ne. DNS. Don Hall Jr(r) Lincoln, Ne.


Stock Car-IMCA Heat 1

  1. Dillon Richards(r) Wymore, Ne. 2. Jeremy Down Nebraska City, Ne. 3. Bob Ruisinger Bennet, Ne. 4. Marty Steinbach Fremont, Ne. 5. Nate Thompson Fremont, Ne. 6. Jeremy Bohlen Percival, Ia. 7. Cameron Thompson(r) Fremont, Ne. 8. Travis Patterson Ashland, Ne.


Stock Car-IMCA Heat 2

  1. Nick Beckman Lincoln, Ne. 2. Dan Jackson Ceresco, Ne. 3. Gary Laflin Beatrice, Ne. 4. Matt Boucher Murdock, Ne. 5. Dylan Haney Fremont, Ne. 6. Jerod Bussen Fremont, Ne. 7. Don Hall Jr(r) Lincoln, Ne.


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