HAYS, Kan. (Aug. 24) – With just two regular season races left on the schedule at RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, the points race is still up for grabs and drivers battled for position on Saturday evening August 24.
It was also the Greg Close Memorial Race with the Close family awarding $50 to a Hard Charger and a $50 mystery position in all five divisions.
The Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature went 20 caution-free laps with Shaylon Holloway leading from green to checkers to make his first trip to victory lane at Hays this year. Jeff Tubbs finished second, with Jason Davis, B.J. Wagoner and Jason Rogers completing the top five. Nolan Remus claimed the mystery position award.
In the Federated Auto Parts IMCA Modified feature, Dylan Sherfick took the lead on lap 12 of the 20 lap feature to score his second win of the year at Hays. Matt Henke led the opening lap before Rodger Peck assumed command. Sherfick then took the lead after the halfway mark to lead the field to the checkers.
Tim Watts finished second, followed by Corey Lagroon, Ronnie Hill and Jason Schoenberger. Todd Schwarz was awarded the mystery prize.
The caution flag waved as often as the green flag did in the 15 lap Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Northern SportMod feature. Tracy Holloway led the opening lap before Tanner Portenier made a pass. Then on lap three, Portenier spun to bring out a caution.
Track officials deemed contact by Holloway caused the spin, sending him to the back of the field. But Portenier had to duck into the pits under caution, also moving him to the back of the line and giving Cory Struckhoff the lead on the restart.
That’s all Struckhoff needed to score his first win at Hays this season. Daniel Gottschalk finished in the runner-up spot, followed by Tyler Frye, Jake Krone and Blaine Walt. Joe Couse earned the mystery award.
Ron Wehling led all 15 laps in the Rebel Tank Service IMCA Hobby Stock feature to win his second main event in a row. A few cautions kept the field close on the restart, but Wehling was able to hold off a hard charging Trevor Schmidt for the victory.
G.W. Fuller, Kent Tammen, and ‘Garrett Hager rounded out the top five. Roger Garrison won the mystery cash.
Drivers in the DK Ranch IMCA Sport Compact class may be calling ‘Dog, The Bounty Hunter’ as Monte Honas won his ninth feature in a row at the 3/8-mile oval. Honas took the lead from Kirk Pfannenstiel on lap four and led the remaining distance for the win. Pfannenstiel held on to second, followed by Michael Smith, Dean Herzog and Shyla Hughes. Ed Jasper claiming the Mystery cash.
The school buses also competed with Darren Unrein getting his second win of the season.
The evening’s race sponsors were Sporer Land Development, Oakley; R & R Tire, Oakley; Great Western Tire of Oakley & Colby; Hot Rods, Oakley; and Caerus Oil & Gas.
Racing returns to Hays on Saturday, Sept. 21, as the regular five divisions see action on championship night. Race time is 7 p.m.