Tuesday, January 23, 2018

3 New Feature Winners Crowned At Heartland Park Topeka

Dominic Thyfault leads the most important lap of the night, the final lap. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Dominic Thyfault leads the most important lap of the night, the final lap. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Topeka, KS – A beautiful night of weather finally greeted the workers, racers and fans of Heartland Park Topeka. It was about time after a little more than a month from the last race held at HPT.

Sunday night a total of 81 racers came out to see who would be King of the Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown Race #3 on the season.

The fans got to see a mixture of action. In the end each of the features came down to the finish and 3 new feature winners drove into the Big Time Bail Bonds Victory Lane.

The most exciting race of the night occurred in the Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car Feature.

Bryan Rigsby held down the top spot from the start of the race but Jim Powell Jr., who had a chance to win bonus money if he were to win Sunday night since he won the night before at Thunder Hill Speedway, was right on his back bumper.

A few yellow flags greeted the racers as the race progressed.

Powell and Rigsby would mix it up at the top spot. Rigsby would lose the lead to Powell and then the rolls would reverse as Rigsby took the lead back from Powell.

Dominic Thyfault and the points leader, Brandon Conkwright, were also working their way through the competition coming to the front.

Thyfault followed Rigsby’s lead and jumped around Powell to take the 2nd spot away and Rigsby was maintaining a comfortable lead until the white flag. At the white flag something began to go wrong with Rigsby’s car. It was all Thyfault needed to take over the top spot.

Thyfault would sprint around on the final lap and take home his 1st win of the season at Heartland Park.

Powell finished a close 2nd, just missing out on the bonus money, points leader, Conkwright, finished 3rd, 4th would go to Jason Keft and Kyle Pfeifer brought home a top 5 in the 5th position.

Danny Charles sprints to a win at HPT. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Danny Charles sprints to a win at HPT. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

A father and son battle brought the crowd to its feet in the Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Northern Sport Mods.

The beginning of this feature took some time like the other classes on Sunday night, but once they got going it was a solid race from top to bottom.

Dan Charles would establish a lead during the main event. Right behind him giving him some pressure from all angles was his son, Austin Charles. Three generations of racers in the family these two just happened to be in the same division.

Side by side and nose to tail these two family members battled back and forth on the speedway before Dan decided to take the lead and expand it.

Dustin Thulin, the last feature winner at HPT, found himself getting by Austin for 2nd and he set his sights on the leader. Lap after lap he would make his run. Thulin would get close but he wouldn’t get the job done.

Dan Charles picked up the win and he became the 3rd different feature winner on the season joining Curtis Dreasher & Thulin as the only other winners.

Thulin would finish in the runner-up spot, Austin Charles held on for 3rd, 4th would go to Daniel Gottschalk and Dreasher finished in 5th.

No stranger to victory lane at HPT, Byron Glotzbach gets his first IMCA win at HPT. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

No stranger to victory lane at HPT, Byron Glotzbach gets his first IMCA win at HPT. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Byron Glotzbach picked up a win Saturday night at Central Missouri Speedway and Sunday he was looking to double up in the Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Hobby Stock Feature.

As was the theme of the night this one took a while to get underway. Several attempts at starting the race didn’t go so well and the field was set under a single file formation and the field was turned loose.

A few more yellow flags would hinder this one, but once they got going Glotzbach was a man on a mission.

Starting 8th in the feature it didn’t take long for Glotzbach to sail past the competition and take the lead. A few times he would miss his marks, but he always recovered and wasn’t in any real danger of losing his lead.

Behind the leader the action was fast and furious.

Cody Williams was making a charge to the front before a tire went down on his ride and ended his night prematurely, Tyler Garst was another one that was racing to the front before something went wrong on his car and he hit the wall in turn 1 and would be done.

The 2nd place car of Alex Boyden would make a slight run at the leader, but Glotzbach was just too strong on this night. He would go on to his 1st win of the season and, just like the Sport Mods, would become the 3rd different feature winner in 3 races.

Boyden finished 2nd, 3rd would go to Dalton Ronnebaum, 4th was Randy Kohn and Jeff Rigsby would round out the top 5 in 5th after fighting mechanical problems all night long.

2 time feature winner at HPT, Jordan Grabouski. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

2 time feature winner at HPT, Jordan Grabouski. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

As there were new feature winners in the first 3 features of the night, it was possible that someone could possibly pull off a repeat in the BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified division.

As a matter of fact there was 1 driver, Jordan Grabouski, that was also eligible for the Thunder Hill Speedway/Heartland Park Topeka Victory Bonus!

From the pole position Danny Holt shot out to the front of the field.

Danny’s brother-in-law, Derrick Brown, also stayed within striking distance of the top spot. Grabouski, Jared Rogers & Jeremy Chambers were also all at the front mixing it up.

Late in the race Brown would get into a strong battle with Chambers for the 2nd spot. As these two battled it out, Grabouski slowly worked his way into position. Chambers would get the best of Brown and take 2nd while Grabouski was right there in 3rd.

A series of yellow flags would hinder Holt’s chances of making a clean run to the finish. It would also wipe out any advantage he had over the other racers.

The 3 drivers came to a restart late in the race. Holt would have to hold back both drivers if he wanted to become the 3rd different feature winner in this class.

As the race came down to the finish. Holt tried to stay on the bottom of the track to keep Grabouski back, but he would wash up just enough coming out of 4 and that was all the hole that Grabouski needed to take the top spot away.

The Beatrice, NE native, Grabouski, who picked up the win on opening night would become the first driver to repeat on the 2016 season. Grabouski would also be the first driver to collect the Thunder Hill Speedway/Heartland Park Topeka Victory Bonus.

Holt finished his good run in 2nd, Chambers had his best finish of the season in 3rd, 4th went to Jared Rogers and a newcomer to HPT, Randy Wilson, raced his way from 12th to 5th in the main event.

Next Sunday night June 12, the action continues at Heartland Park Topeka for race #4 of the Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown.

Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car
A Feature 1 15 laps
1. 27-Dominic Thyfault[7]; 2. 20P-Jim Powell Jr[5]; 3. 24C-Brandon Conkwright[9]; 4. 28-Jason Keft[6]; 5. 54P-Kyle Pfeifer[10]; 6. 22-Matt Haid[8]; 7. 12B-Bryan Rigsby[2]; 8. 24K-Daniel King[15]; 9. 91-Shane Wettengel[11]; 10. 11-Christine Holt[3]; 11. 15-Terry Blessing[1]; 12. 39K-Shane Schmidt[19]; 13. 88-Mark Ronnebaum[17]; 14. 5K-Steve Herrick[4]; 15. C15-Eric Weyer[13]; 16. 74C-Colton Miller[12]; 17. 12S-Dustin Sievers[14]; 18. 1N1-Bob Troutwine[16]; 19. 60K-James King[18] DNS

Heat 1 6 laps
1. 54P-Kyle Pfeifer[6]; 2. 15-Terry Blessing[2]; 3. 74C-Colton Miller[7]; 4. 11-Christine Holt[3]; 5. C15-Eric Weyer[5]; 6. 1N1-Bob Troutwine[1]; 7. 60K-James King[4]
Heat 2 6 laps
1. 12B-Bryan Rigsby[2]; 2. 28-Jason Keft[4]; 3. 22-Matt Haid[5]; 4. 5K-Steve Herrick[3]; 5. 12S-Dustin Sievers[6]; 6. 88-Mark Ronnebaum[7]; 7. 39K-Shane Schmidt[1]
Heat 3 6 laps
1. 20P-Jim Powell Jr[2]; 2. 24C-Brandon Conkwright[4]; 3. 27-Dominic Thyfault[3]; 4. 91-Shane Wettengel[5]; 5. 24K-Daniel King[1]

IMCA Hobby Stock
A Feature 1 12 laps
1. 59-Byron Glotzbach[8]; 2. 4D-Alex Boyden[6]; 3. 96R-Dalton Ronnebaum[7]; 4. 17-Randy Kohn[13]; 5. 33-Jeff Rigsby[17]; 6. 40G-Lafe Garst[14]; 7. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel[15]; 8. 127-Tommy Fose[9]; 9. 68L-Larry Hunter[4]; 10. 77-Cody Williams[11]; 11. 53T-Tyler Garst[10]; 12. 11P-Dodd Proctor[1]; 13. 14-Ricky Tanner[3]; 14. 97L-Levi Henery[5]; 15. 25-Tyler Hinrichs[12]; 16. M87-Mallory STiffler[16]; 17. 83-Alan Mattox[2]

Heat 1 6 laps
1. 83-Alan Mattox[2]; 2. 96R-Dalton Ronnebaum[4]; 3. 97L-Levi Henery[3]; 4. 53T-Tyler Garst[5]; 5. 17-Randy Kohn[6]; 6. M87-Mallory STiffler[1]
Heat 2 6 laps
1. 59-Byron Glotzbach[4]; 2. 14-Ricky Tanner[2]; 3. 4D-Alex Boyden[3]; 4. 77-Cody Williams[5]; 5. 40G-Lafe Garst[1]; 6. 33-Jeff Rigsby
Heat 3 6 laps
1. 25-Tyler Hinrichs[5]; 2. 127-Tommy Fose[4]; 3. 68L-Larry Hunter[2]; 4. 11P-Dodd Proctor[1]; 5. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel

Billsbuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified
A Feature 1 20 laps
1. 30-Jordan Grabouski[10]; 2. 7D-Danny Holt[1]; 3. 17-Jeremy Chambers[3]; 4. 44-Jared Rogers[5]; 5. A2-Randy Wilson[12]; 6. 77-Steven Bowers, Jr.[8]; 7. 81-Tom Charles[7]; 8. 7M-Clay Money[13]; 9. 44T-Tanner Black[18]; 10. 2-Mike Eisenhut[4]; 11. 8R-Jesse Richter[11]; 12. 7-Anthony Tanner[17]; 13. 37-Ronnie Burkhardt[20]; 14. 74-Rodney Schweizer[15]; 15. 23-Adam Kates[14]; 16. 63-Derrick Brown[2]; 17. 25P-Mike Petersilie[6]; 18. 412-Lance Brooks[16]; 19. 87-Darron Fuqua[9]; 20. 444-Chris Flower[21]; 21. 6B-Melvin Bailey[19]

Heat 1 8 laps
1. 30-Jordan Grabouski[6]; 2. 17-Jeremy Chambers[3]; 3. 7D-Danny Holt[2]; 4. A2-Randy Wilson[7]; 5. 7M-Clay Money[5]; 6. 412-Lance Brooks[8]; 7. 6B-Melvin Bailey[1]; 8. 11-Scott Brown[4]-DNS
Heat 2 8 laps
1. 77-Steven Bowers, Jr.[5]; 2. 25P-Mike Petersilie[4]; 3. 8R-Jesse Richter[6]; 4. 2-Mike Eisenhut[3]; 5. 23-Adam Kates[7]; 6. 7-Anthony Tanner[2]; 7. 444-Chris Flower
Heat 3 8 laps
1. 81-Tom Charles[4]; 2. 63-Derrick Brown[2]; 3. 44-Jared Rogers; 4. 87-Darron Fuqua; 5. 74-Rodney Schweizer; 6. 44T-Tanner Black; 7. 37-Ronnie Burkhardt

IMCA Northern Sport Mod
A Feature 1 15 laps
1. 21K-Dan Charles[4]; 2. 45-Dustin Thulin[3]; 3. 81-Austin Charles[5]; 4. 3D-Daniel Gottschalk[12]; 5. C4-Curtis Dreasher[9]; 6. 19XX-Brandon Spanjer[10]; 7. 33D-Brenden Damon[11]; 8. 1M-Brian Murphy[7]; 9. 1-Derek Huffman[22]; 10. 77B-Bryan Bowers[17]; 11. 50-Gary Holthaus[15]; 12. R42-Shawn Ray[20]; 13. 34F-Tony Filbert[21]; 14. 23C-Billy Carreno[1]; 15. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel[2]; 16. B55-Brian Davidson[6]; 17. 18-Jaccob Davis[13]; 18. 03-Lance Dixon[14]; 19. 007-Zach Nitsch[16]; 20. 27G-Kamren Gruber[19]; 21. 12B-Bryan Rigsby[8]; 22. 22-Doc Blodgett[18]

Heat 1 6 laps
1. 1M-Brian Murphy[5]; 2. 19XX-Brandon Spanjer[6]; 3. 21K-Dan Charles[4]; 4. 23C-Billy Carreno[2]; 5. 18-Jaccob Davis[8]; 6. 007-Zach Nitsch[1]; 7. 27G-Kamren Gruber[7]; 8. 1-Derek Huffman[3]
Heat 2 6 laps
1. 81-Austin Charles[4]; 2. 45-Dustin Thulin[3]; 3. 12B-Bryan Rigsby[5]; 4. 33D-Brenden Damon[6]; 5. 03-Lance Dixon[2]; 6. 77B-Bryan Bowers[7]; 7. R42-Shawn Ray[1]
Heat 3 6 laps
1. 3D-Daniel Gottschalk[6]; 2. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel[2]; 3. B55-Brian Davidson[4]; 4. C4-Curtis Dreasher[5]; 5. 50-Gary Holthaus[3]; 6. 22-Doc Blodgett[7]; 7. 34F-Tony Filbert[1]

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