Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Grabouski Gets His 3rd, Everhart, Tyler Garst & Austin Charles All Haul In Wins At Heartland Park Topeka

Tyler Garst gets his 1st win at HPT in 2016. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Tyler Garst gets his 1st win at HPT in 2016. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Topeka, KS – It was one of those nights Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka for the Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Night Showdown.

Close to 100 degree temps blistered Northeast Kansas for the previous 2 days. Sunday evening it looked as if a big rain storm was going to hit the capital city, but it didn’t and the racing action for the racers and fans would continue at Heartland Park Topeka.

A total of 44 cars checked in on Sunday night to race.

In the BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified Feature it was another battle between the 2 drivers that battled it out a week ago.

3x a charm for Grabouski. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

3x a charm for Grabouski. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Danny Holt took out to the top spot as he battled against Anthony Tanner as the green flag waved on the field. Holt would get to the top spot and take command in the early going.

Jordan Grabouski, Tom Charles, Steven Bowers Jr. and a host of others were coming to the front. A right front flat would ruin Bowers chance at a win on this night as he had to pull off the speedway. Holt was still at the front of the pack but new company in the form of Jared Rogers and Jeremy Chambers were right behind him. Just behind them was Jordan Grabouski.

Grabouski found himself behind Holt and would take the lead but a yellow flag would revert the field to the last completed lap. So Holt went back to the front.

On the restart Holt resumed the lead, but his car wouldn’t stay on the bottom of the track in turn 4. As he moved up the track Grabouski moved in for the top spot. Grabouski would take the lead heading out of the 4, but Holt would give chase and try to take the lead back. He wouldn’t be able to get the job done and Grabouski would ride off to his 3rd victory of the season.

Another win on Saturday night put an extra $50.00 in Grabouski’s pocket as he took home the Thunder Hill Speedway/Heartland Park Topeka Victory Bonus for the 2nd straight week.

A group of fans also gathered up an extra $225.00 as a bonus if anyone could stop Grabouski’s streak. If they didn’t Grabouski would pocket the money. Grabouski locked in on it with the win.

Holt would finish in the 2nd spot for the 2nd straight week, Charles would battle all night long to finish 3rd, 4th went to Randy Wilson and Mike Eisenhut rounded out the top 5 in 5th.

A former multiple time feature winner took the top honors in the Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Hobby Stock Feature event.

Chris Lierz and Ricky Tanner brought the field to the green to start this one out and that in turn brought out the movers and the shakers of the race.

Tyler Garst, a former champ and multiple time feature winner, quickly moved to the front to battle his uncle, Lafe Garst, who was at the front of the field. A good battle ensued that Garst would take away the top spot from Lafe.

Garst was as smooth as could be as he hit his marks lap after lap. He extended a big lead on the competiton. One driver was on the move to get up to Garst.

Zach Henery a former champ at Heartland Park too also was making his way up from 10th to the front of the pack. Henery, one by one, clicked off the competiton.

At the front Garst was smooth and it propelled him to the win. His 1st win of the season at Heartland Park Topeka for 2016.

Henery would run out of time but not before finishing 2nd, Lafe Garst had a strong run also finishing 3rd, 4th would be Dalton Ronnebaum and last week’s feature winner, Byron Glotzbach, finished in 5th.

Everyone is happiest when they win, Austin Charles. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Everyone is happiest when they win, Austin Charles. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

A long red flag situation held up the Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Northern Sport Mod Feature.

Shawn Ray would spin and make contact with the back straight wall during the feature. Safety crews and the ambulance team would work on Ray and then got the racing action restored once again.

As the race fired back up Dustin Thulin, a feature winner in 2016, held down the top spot. Unfortunately for Thulin trouble would follow him. He would spin in between turns 3 and 4 while leading. This would get him put to the rear of the field. Shortly after this yellow another car would spin in front of the field collecting Thulin. He would pull off the speedway after that incident.

Austin Charles started 8th in the A Main and the youngster is learning to pick and choose his battles on the speedway. This is helping to get him to the front of the field. Charles would march his way to the front and this time his father, Dan, wasn’t there to battle him for the lead.

Feature winner from opening night, Curtis Dreasher, was the closest competitor to Charles. Dreasher’s time would run out on him as he finished in the runner up spot.

Derek Huffman scored one of his best runs of the season coming in 3rd, last week’s winner, Dan Charles, worked his way to a 4th place finish and it was strong run for Jaylen Wettengel who took home the 5th spot.

The most excitement of the night might have been in the Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car Feature.

Dominic Thyfault was the winner from 1 week ago and it looked as if Sunday night would be a repeat of the previous Sunday. Thyfault started 7th but in no time flat he took the top spot from the competition.

Thyfault was at the front until a bobble in between turns 3 and 4 would send the front runner all the way around and bringing out the yellow. It was a hard pill to swallow for Thyfault as he knew that he had a fast race car.

Josh Everhart and returns to victory lane at HPT. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Josh Everhart and returns to victory lane at HPT. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

The points leader, Brandon Conkwright, had his chance at the number 1 spot, but Josh Everhart, racing for the 1st time at HPT, had other ideas on the night.

Everhart tried something that nobody else would during the features. Everhart put his car up on the high side and motored right around the competition.

Starting 9th and running away with the win was Everhart.

The points leader, Conkwright, finished in the runner-up spot, Thyfault would battle back to take 3rd, 4th was Terry Blessing and 5th went to Christine Holt with a good run.

The action gets going again at 6 pm next Sunday Night for more of the Big Time Bail Bonds Super Sunday Showdown.

A Feature 1 15 laps
1. 621-Josh Everhart[9]; 2. 24C-Brandon Conkwright[8]; 3. 27-Dominic Thyfault[7]; 4. 15-Terry Blessing[3]; 5. 11-Christine Holt[6]; 6. 39K-Shane Schmidt[2]; 7. 5K-Steve Herrick[5]; 8. 28W-Chuck Warman[1]; 9. 54M-Ryan Medeiros[10]; 10. 60K-James King[4]

Heat 1 6 laps
1. 27-Dominic Thyfault[4]; 2. 621-Josh Everhart[5]; 3. 15-Terry Blessing[2]; 4. 28W-Chuck Warman[1]; 5. 5K-Steve Herrick[3]; 6. 39K-Shane Schmidt
Heat 2: Line-up 6 laps
1. 24C-Brandon Conkwright[4]; 2. 39K-Shane Schmidt[1]; 3. 11-Christine Holt[3]; 4. 60K-James King[2]; 5. 54M-Ryan Medeiros[5]

A Feature 1 12 laps
1. 53T-Tyler Garst[5]; 2. 97Z-Zach Henery[10]; 3. 40G-Lafe Garst[3]; 4. 96R-Dalton Ronnebaum[6]; 5. 59-Byron Glotzbach[7]; 6. 127-Tommy Fose[11]; 7. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel[4]; 8. 17-Randy Kohn[8]; 9. 79-Adam Fleagle[9]; 10. 14-Ricky Tanner[2]; 11. 4D-Alex Boyden[12]; 12. 79C-Chris Lierz[1]

Heat 1 6 laps
1. 40G-Lafe Garst[2]; 2. 53T-Tyler Garst[4]; 3. 79-Adam Fleagle[6]; 4. 59-Byron Glotzbach[5]; 5. 79C-Chris Lierz[1]; 6. 127-Tommy Fose[3]
Heat 2 6 laps
1. 96R-Dalton Ronnebaum[4]; 2. 97Z-Zach Henery[6]; 3. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel[2]; 4. 14-Ricky Tanner[1]; 5. 17-Randy Kohn[5]; 6. 4D-Alex Boyden[3]

A Feature 1 20 laps
1. 30-Jordan Grabouski[9]; 2. 7D-Danny Holt[2]; 3. 81-Tom Charles[6]; 4. A2-Randy Wilson[7]; 5. 2-Mike Eisenhut[3]; 6. 33-Nicholas Carpenter[10]; 7. 6B-Melvin Bailey[12]; 8. 444-Chris Flower[11]; 9. 44-Jared Rogers[5]; 10. 7-Anthony Tanner[1]; 11. 77-Steven Bowers, Jr.[8]; 12. 17-Jeremy Chambers[4]
Heat 1 8 laps
1. 7D-Danny Holt[2]; 2. 81-Tom Charles[4]; 3. 17-Jeremy Chambers[3]; 4. 77-Steven Bowers, Jr.[5]; 5. 33-Nicholas Carpenter[6]; 6. 444-Chris Flower[1]
Heat 2 8 laps
1. 44-Jared Rogers[3]; 2. 30-Jordan Grabouski[5]; 3. A2-Randy Wilson[4]; 4. 2-Mike Eisenhut[2]; 5. 7-Anthony Tanner[1]; 6. 6B-Melvin Bailey[6]

IMCA Northern Sport Mod
A Feature 1 15 laps
1. 81-Austin Charles[8]; 2. C4-Curtis Dreasher[9]; 3. 1-Derek Huffman[6]; 4. 21K-Dan Charles[10]; 5. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel[4]; 6. 03-Lance Dixon[2]; 7. 11M-Mike Ireland[1]; 8. 45-Dustin Thulin[7]; 9. R42-Shawn Ray[3]

Heat 1 6 laps
1. 45-Dustin Thulin[4]; 2. 81-Austin Charles[5]; 3. 11M-Mike Ireland[1]; 4. R42-Shawn Ray[2]; 5. 23C-Billy Carreno[3]
Heat 2 6 laps
1. 03-Lance Dixon[1]; 2. 1-Derek Huffman[3]; 3. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel[2]; 4. C4-Curtis Dreasher[5]; 5. 21K-Dan Charles[4]

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