Wednesday, February 21, 2018

More New Faces Go To Victory Lane At Heartland Park Topeka

Bryce Frakes #27 battles with Dan Charles to the finish of the Sport Mods. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Bryce Frakes #27 battles with Dan Charles to the finish of the Sport Mods. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Topeka, KS – The action started a little later than normal for the Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown at Heartland Park Topeka. In the end the action was just as intense as it had been for the earlier races.

When the smoke settled at the end of the night 4 new faces were seen in the Big Time Bail Bonds Victory Lane!

The first winner of the night was probably one of the most surprising winners at Heartland Park this season.

Ricky Tanner made the most of his front row spot as he got his 1st win. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Ricky Tanner made the most of his front row spot as he got his 1st win. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Ricky Tanner, a veteran of many years of racing, started out on the pole position in the Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Hobby Stock Feature. At the start of the race Tanner got out to the point and made a strong bid to stay at the front.

Levi Henery would be the first driver to put the pressure on Tanner at the front of the field. Searching high and low Henery couldn’t find that one spot that could get him by Tanner.

Tanner maintained his lead, but a former feature winner, Dalton Ronnebaum, was on his way to the front. From his 7th starting spot, Ronnebaum had clipped off the competition one at a time. Ronnebaum and Henery put up a good battle for the runner-up spot. Ronnebaum would take the spot and set his sights on Tanner.

Tanner wouldn’t be stopped on this night. As Ronnebaum closed Tanner used his line to perfection and it pushed him to his 1st win at Heartland Park Topeka. Tanner would become the 6th different feature winner in only 6 races this season.

Ronnebaum held on for 2nd, Henery would score the 3rd place finish, 4th went to Byron Glotzbach and Cody Williams finished in 5th.

Keeping with the theme of new feature winners, the next class up on the speedway was the Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Northern Sport Mods. So far this season there were 5 different winners in 5 features.

Brian Davidson looked as if he was going to be the first driver to double up on the season. He moved quickly from his 4th starting spot to the front of the pack.

Jacob Davis, Dan Charles, Dustin Thulin and Matthew Crowell, a first time racer to HPT, all put the pressure on Davidson as he didn’t run away from the field. Davis was one of the first drivers to apply the pressure. The two would race door to door around the speedway. A yellow flag would hinder the field’s progress and it bunched the field up together.

On the restart the field barreled into the first turn contact was made between the top 3 cars and Davidson ended up with the short end of the stick as he went around and had to go to back of the field. Charles would inherit the lead as the green came back out again.

Charles, another feature winner from this season, looked to be another driver that could possibly double up in the win column. Unfortunately somebody forgot to tell Bryce Frakes of that plan.

Frakes kept coming, and coming until it was the final lap and the final corner of the feature. Frakes pulled alongside Charles coming out of turn 4 and would win the drag race to the flag stand. Frakes, literally, seemed to come out of nowhere as he picked up the win.

Frakes, with the win, would become the 6th different feature winner in the Sport Mods after only 6 features this year.

Charles came in a very tight 2nd, 3rd would go to the points leader, Curtis Dreasher, 4th would be Dustin Thulin and rounding out the top 5 in 5th was Gary Holthaus, who started all the way back in 12th.

Jim Powell was in the right place at the right time in the Stock Car feature. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Jim Powell was in the right place at the right time in the Stock Car feature. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

The wildest race of the night occurred in the Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car division.

Bryan Rigsby bolted out to the lead from the pole position. Rigsby had been in this position before. Earlier in the season he was 1 lap away from picking up a win until a mechanical failure set in. Sunday night looked like his night.

The points leader, Brandon Conkwright, had looked fast all night long. In the feature the youngster moved quickly from 8th to the 2nd spot and was running down the leader Rigsby.

Late in the race the battle was on between the two drivers. Rigsby and Conkwright went back and forth before Conkwright wrestled the lead away from Rigsby. A late race caution would set up a shot at a green, white, checkered finish.

On the next white flag lap Conkwright led the field down into turn 1, the top 5 cars were all in the hunt. Rigsby and Conkwright made contact in the middle of 1 and 2 and they both kept coming. Heading out of 2 Rigsby pulled to the inside of Conkwright and the two raced into turn 3. Contact between the two cars were made again, this time it would send the leader, Conkwright, sideways and he would lose all of his momentum.

This put 3 cars, 3 wide out of turn 4 to the checkered flag. Rigsby on the bottom, Jim Powell in the middle and Terry Blessing on the high side.

Blessing would push up the speedway while Powell edged Rigsby at the stripe for the win. The win was Powell’s 1st of the season at Heartland Park Topeka and he would become the 6th different feature winner on the season in just 6 races.

Even though Rigsby crossed the line in 2nd, he was disqualified for rough driving by Heartland Park Officials.

Terry Blessing would be credited with the runner-up finish, Ryan Phillips, in his 1st night out, finished 3rd after starting 10th, 4th would go to Steve Herrick and Brandon Conkwright recovered to finish in the 5th position.

Danny Holt ran a perfect race on his way to win #1. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Danny Holt ran a perfect race on his way to win #1. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

The finale of the night would be the BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified division.

There was still a possibility for another new face to race his way into victory lane. Points leader, Jordan Grabouski, came into the night with the most feature wins of any driver at Heartland Park this season with 3 wins.

Sunday night’s feature started off just like the ones before. Danny Holt would find himself out in the lead, only to have Grabouski running him down. It happened in the past would it happen again.

Holt found the heavy surface to his liking as he would speed around the track and never break stride as he built up a good size lead.

Tom Charles, Steven Bowers Jr. and Grabouski all made their way up to the front to try and run down the leader, Holt. Grabouski would win the honor as he got by Charles and Bowers.

Out in front Holt was holding his own as he looked strong on the night. Grabouski erased Holt’s lead and it looked that history might repeat for the 4th time this season.

There wouldn’t be any repeat of history as Holt held his line and the lead all the way to the finish for his 1st win of the season. In the Modified division Holt would become the 4th different winner in 6 races.

After the night was over with the Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown has completed 24 features on the season and there have been 22 different winners already this season.

Check in next Sunday night, July 17th, to see if we start to see repeat winners or if more new faces continue to dominate victory lane.

Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car
A Feature 1 15 laps
1. 20P-Jim Powell Jr[6]; 2. 15-Terry Blessing[2]; 3. M80X-Ryan Phillips[10]; 4. 5K-Steve Herrick[3]; 5. 24C-Brandon Conkwright[8]; 6. 10M-Ronnie Moore[9]; 7. 27-Dominic Thyfault[7]; 8. 11-Christine Holt[4]; 9. 54M-Ryan Medeiros[5]; 10. 621-Josh Everhart[11]; 11. 12B-Bryan Rigsby[1]
Heat 1 6 laps
1. 20P-Jim Powell Jr[3]; 2. 12B-Bryan Rigsby[1]; 3. 11-Christine Holt[2]; 4. 10M-Ronnie Moore[5]; 5. 5K-Steve Herrick[6]; 6. 621-Josh Everhart[4]
Heat 2 6 laps
1. 24C-Brandon Conkwright[4]; 2. M80X-Ryan Phillips[5]; 3. 15-Terry Blessing[1]; 4. 27-Dominic Thyfault[3]; 5. 54M-Ryan Medeiros[2]

Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Hobby Stock
A Feature 1 15 laps
1. 14-Ricky Tanner[1]; 2. 96R-Dalton Ronnebaum[7]; 3. 97L-Levi Henery[2]; 4. 59-Byron Glotzbach[8]; 5. 77-Cody Williams[9]; 6. 4D-Alex Boyden[3]; 7. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel[5]; 8. 17-Randy Kohn[4]; 9. 11P-Dodd Proctor[10]; 10. 53T-Tyler Garst[6]

Heat 1 6 laps
1. 96R-Dalton Ronnebaum[4]; 2. 4D-Alex Boyden[2]; 3. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel[3]; 4. 14-Ricky Tanner[1]; 5. 77-Cody Williams[5]
Heat 2 6 laps
1. 97L-Levi Henery[1]; 2. 53T-Tyler Garst[3]; 3. 59-Byron Glotzbach[4]; 4. 17-Randy Kohn[2]; 5. 11P-Dodd Proctor[5]

BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified
A Feature 1 20 laps
1. 7D-Danny Holt[4]; 2. 30-Jordan Grabouski[7]; 3. 81-Tom Charles[6]; 4. 77-Steven Bowers, Jr.[5]; 5. 7M-Heath Murry[10]; 6. 6B-Melvin Bailey[1]; 7. 2-Mike Eisenhut[3]; 8. X1-Tracey Schaefer[8]; 9. 444-Chris Flower[2]; 10. 7-Anthony Tanner[11]; 11. 412-Lance Brooks[9]

Heat 1 8 laps
1. 7D-Danny Holt[3]; 2. 81-Tom Charles[4]; 3. 6B-Melvin Bailey[1]; 4. X1-Tracey Schaefer[5]; 5. 7M-Heath Murry[6]; 6. 7-Anthony Tanner[2]
Heat 2 8 laps
1. 77-Steven Bowers, Jr.[3]; 2. 30-Jordan Grabouski[4]; 3. 2-Mike Eisenhut[2]; 4. 412-Lance Brooks[5]; 5. 444-Chris Flower[1]

Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Northern Sport Mod
A Feature 1 15 laps
1. 27F-Bryce Frakes[9]; 2. 21K-Dan Charles[6]; 3. C4-Curtis Dreasher[8]; 4. 45-Dustin Thulin[5]; 5. 50-Gary Holthaus[12]; 6. 81-Austin Charles[7]; 7. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel[14]; 8. 18-Jaccob Davis[3]; 9. 28H-Gus Harrison[11]; 10. B55-Brian Davidson[4]; 11. 1-Derek Huffman[15]; 12. 34F-Tony Filbert[13]; 13. 23C-Billy Carreno[1]; 14. 42-Bret Degand[16]; 15. 03-Lance Dixon[2]; 16. 2C-Matthew Crowell[10]

Heat 1 6 laps
1. 18-Jaccob Davis[2]; 2. 81-Austin Charles[5]; 3. 45-Dustin Thulin[4]; 4. 27F-Bryce Frakes[6]; 5. 23C-Billy Carreno[1]; 6. 28H-Gus Harrison[8]; 7. 34F-Tony Filbert[7]; 8. 1-Derek Huffman[3]
Heat 2 6 laps
1. B55-Brian Davidson[3]; 2. 21K-Dan Charles[4]; 3. 2C-Matthew Crowell[7]; 4. C4-Curtis Dreasher[5]; 5. 03-Lance Dixon[1]; 6. 50-Gary Holthaus[6]; 7. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel[2]; 8. 42-Bret Degand[8]

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