Saturday, January 20, 2018

Rogers Hits Milestone, First Modified Feature Win of His Career

It was a first for Jared Rogers when he won the Modified A Main. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Topeka, KS – It had to be one of ‘those’ nights at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Saturday night. I am sure that everyone has had one of ‘those’ nights before. Those nights are the ones that if something could go wrong, it will. The fans and employees at the track on Saturday night had to feel like this was one of those nights. When all of the weird stuff ended, there was some great racing and great racing moments on the track.

Jared Rogers (Berryton) moved into the modified division a few years ago. It’s always tough moving into a new class, but the Modified division is extremely competitive and not very kind to rookies. During that time period, Rogers has taken a very pro-active approach. He and his team learned about the class, the cars and how to race one of these beasts. All of his patience paid off tonight as Rogers would score his 1st career win in a Modified feature.

Jared’s night would get off to a good start in his heat race. He garnered a 3rd place finish, but he started in the 8th position and he had to run against some stiff competition in the heat.

Rogers and Jay Bailey (Lyndon) would start on the front row. Bailey got the early jump on the field and held the lead until a right rear would blow out, ending his night. Rogers was there to pick up where Bailey left off. From that point on it was all Rogers. He would hold off the feature winner from last week, Darron Fuqua (Mayetta). Rogers thought that this win would come earlier, but to just get a win has put this young driver on cloud 9.

Fuqua finished in the 2nd spot, 3rd went to Kerry Davis (Parkville, MO), Lyle Shepard (Manhattan) continued his streak of consecutive top 5’s finishing in the 4th position and Grant Junghans finished in the 5th position.

After Rogers secured his 1st win the other feature events saw repeat winners in 2012.

Blasting to win #5 Terry Schmidt takes the checkers. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

The Factory Stock A Main was shapping up to be a wild one. Steve Herrick (Topeka) and Terry Schmidt (Nortonville) brought the field down to the green flag.

Schmidt, who has won 4 features before Saturday night, shot to the front like a cannon. Schmidt would blast past the field and take the lead on lap 1. From there it was business as usual, Schmidt would win going away for the 5th time this season. Schmidt is definitely one fast character. From the outside front row, he made the most of it. Several yellow flags, including a green, white, checkered late in the race. It was another task that Schmidt was up too.

Herrick would mount a charge at Schmidt, but nothing positive was ever gained. Herrick would finish in 2nd, last week’s feature winner, Zach Henery (Topeka), put up a good fight and drove to a 3rd place finish, 4th went to Jeff Miller (Topeka) and in the 5th position it was Clint Hedge (Bonner Springs).

Jesse Shotts pulls the hat trick with his 3rd win of 2012. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

There was a lot of entertainment value in tonight’s Casey’s General Store Pure Stock feature event. A majority of the feature was spent watching Barry Richardson (Topeka) melt down during the race. A melt down that the finds and track officials would rather forget.

Once the race got back underway, it was Jesse Shotts (Topeka) taking the early lead. The two time feature winner was looking on for win #3 on the season. The car that Shotts is driving is the same car that won 16 features a year ago. After coming out to a slow start to the season, it’s safe to say that Mr.Shotts is likes this new feeling of winning week after week.

Randal Schiffelbein Jr. (Tecumseh, KS) had a good run, a run that was strong enough to gain him a runner-up finish and maintain the points lead. Byron Glotzbach (Topeka) made some strong moves during the main event. He would come home in the 3rd position. In the 4th position it was Tyler Garst getting one of his best finishes of the 2012 race season. Driving from 14th to 5th in the race, was Steve Stuart (Osage City, KS).

MikeHigley drives to win #3! Reed Bros. Racing Photos

The B Mod feature event also carried some intrigue with it on Saturday night.

Two time track champion in the Factory Stocks, Dave Samuels (Tecumseh), is currently a rookie in the B Mod division. His season has been filled with ups and downs. Saturday night looked like it was going to be huge night for Samuels as he launched himself into the lead. At the top spot he would hold on to the lead through a couple of yellows. One driver keeping pace with Samuels was the current points leader of the division, Ethan Isaacs (Bonner Springs).

Mike Higley, on the other hand, was working his way through traffic. He would come up on Samuels and Isaacs after a restart. Higley would have a decision to make. Instead of choosing option A, B or C. Higley went with D. That meant he was going to split the two racers and take the lead coming out of turn 2. The feature was exciting and so was the bold move by Higley. It would work and instead of just a spot forward, he came out with the lead.

Last week Higley had to work and missed racing at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway last week. It dropped him to 6th in the points. Nothing would get him down as he continued to climb back to the front of the standings. On this night, Higley would speed off to win number 3 of the season.

Samuels, scored his highest finish to date in 2nd, 3rd went to Mike Eisenhut (Topeka), the ‘Spiderman’ Steven Goodman (Meriden) drove from 14th to 4th in the event and finishing with another top 5 finish is Lucas Isaacs (Bonner Spings).

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Pure Stock – Feature
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 1 97 Jesse Shotts Topeka, KS
4 2 11JR Randal Schiffelbein Jr Tecumseh, KS
5 3 59 Byron Glotzbach Topeka, KS
10 4 53T Tyler Garst Topeka, KS
14 5 5 Steve Stewart Osage City, KS
12 6 0X Derek Huffman Topeka, KS
20 7 92 Ken Fleury Jr Manhatan, KS
11 8 90 Scott Garcia Topeka, KS
8 9 355 AJ Christian Topeka, KS
6 10 40G Lafe Garst Topeka, KS
13 11 85 Darren Davenport Tecumseh, KS
19 12 83 Alan Mattox Tecumseh, KS
16 13 391 Jim Christian Topeka, KS
7 14 07 Ronald Kohn Topeka, KS
3 15 0 Jimmy Millard Topeka, KS
15 16 4J Terry Henkensiefken Topeka, KS
9 17 17 Randy Kohn Topeka, KS
17 18 8JR David McLaughlin Jr Topeka, KS
2 19 25 Tyler Hinrichs Americus, KS DQ
22 20 5X Barry Richardson Topeka, KS DQ
18 21 88CT Tanner Allensworth Topeka, KS DNS
21 22 47 Weston Barton Carbondale, KS DNS

Modified – Feature
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown
2 1 44 Jared Rogers Berryton , KS
3 2 87 Darron Fuqua Topeka, KS
4 3 68 Kerry Davis Parkville, MO
8 4 1 Lyle Shepard Manhattan, KS
9 5 2X Grant Junghans Manhattan, KS
11 6 1K Tim Karrick Basehor, KS
14 7 69 Ryan Phillips Osage City, KS
5 8 7J Justin Johnson Gardner, KS
13 9 5KM Mike Higley Tecumseh, KS
6 10 32 Todd Wichman St Marys, KS
24 11 77 Steven Bowers Jr Topeka, KS
19 12 66T Tyler Schmidt Easton, KS
17 13 05 Tom Grist Topeka, KS
20 14 97J Josh Henery Overbrook, KS
22 15 30 Dalton Kirk Edgerton, KS
15 16 22 Bill Robison Topeka, KS
23 17 00 Chris Whalen Kansas City, KS
16 18 51 Robert Shepard Odgen, KS
12 19 7D Danny Holt Topeka, KS
18 20 3 Lewis Jackson Wellsville, KS
7 21 77A Cody Agler Emporia, KS
10 22 06 John Grist Topeka, KS
21 23 81V Roy Oliver White City, KS
1 24 04 Jay Bailey Lyndon, KS

Factory Stock – Feature
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown
2 1 B1 Terry Schmidt Nortonville, KS
1 2 5K Steve Herrick Topeka, KS
5 3 97Z Zachary Henery Topeka, KS
3 4 220 Jeff Miller Hoyt, KS
9 5 05 Clint Hedge Bonner Springs, KS
13 6 12S Dustin Sievers McFarland, KS
16 7 11 Steve Oliver Topeka, KS
8 8 2X Jim Wright Empoira, KS
18 9 16 Criag Springer Lawrence, KS
6 10 7 Carl Boyette Ozawkie, KS
11 11 11W Gerald Wahwahsuck Hiawatha , KS
15 12 68 Matt Field Topeka, KS
19 13 2 Ken Garcia Kansas City , KS
12 14 28 Leif Weyer Centralia, KS
10 15 07 Frank Jaynes Bulingame, KS
14 16 1N1 Bob Troutwine Topeka, KS
4 17 15 Eric Weyer Centralia, KS
7 18 24 Tyson Young Americus, KS
17 19 111A Steve Austin Eudora, KS

B-Mod – Feature
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown
4 1 11 Mike Higley Tecumseh, KS
1 2 72 David Samuels Tecumseh, KS
10 3 2 Mike Eisenhut Topeka, KS
14 4 22G Steve Goodman Meriden, KS
7 5 6 Lucas Isaacs Bonner Springs, KS
22 6 14E RJ Edwards Meriden, KS
5 7 4U Rich Boyden Topeka, KS
15 8 9S Devin Stock Topeka, KS
9 9 33J Jason Billups Holt, MO
13 10 20C Casey Meggison Hoyt, KS
23 11 23B Bryce Roberts Spring Hill, KS
20 12 29 Trevor Mohn Topeka, KS
21 13 X1 Tracy Schaefer Topeka, KS
18 14 1* Derek Huffman Topeka, KS
8 15 11C Bryan Hey Wellsville, KS
3 16 66 Ethan Isaacs Bonner Springs, KS
24 17 21F Jack Frost Topeka, KS
17 18 28H Gus Harrison McLouth, KS
11 19 53 Terry Bivins Lebo, KS
16 20 54 Ricky Tanner Topeka, KS
2 21 45 Dustin Thulin Topeka, KS
12 22 9T Cody Thornton Tonganoxie, KS
6 23 16 Bobby Penney Excelsior Springs, MO
19 24 32R Darren Robinson Berryton, KS

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