By Mike Hughes
WaKEENEY, Kan. (May 4) – Daniel Gottschalk and Jeff Tubbs made repeat appearances in the Jason Oil Winner’s Circle at WaKeeney Speedway Sunday evening, May 4.
Gottschalk only led one lap to win his second straight Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature but it was the one that counted.
Brian Conness took the early lead, followed by C.J. Pfannenstiel and Dakota Sproul. The caution-plagued race kept the field close but each time Conness was up to the challenge.Gottschalk worked his way to second on the last caution on lap 13, then on the last lap, got under Conness in turn three and held on to the Crawford Supply flagstand for the win.
Tubbs won his third IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature in a row at the 3/8-mile oval but it was anything but easy. After a multi-car crash on the opening lap, Jason Davis took the top spot on the opening lap before Tubbs took over the top spot.
Tubbs continued to lead at the halfway mark of the 20-lap event with Davis and Shannon Maughlin close behind. The trio put on a show the final half of the race, running nose to tail and side by side. Davis got his front fender alongside Tubbs’ door several times but just could not make the pass and had to settle for second with Maughlin right behind.
Cody Graham became the fourth different IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock driver to win at Wakeeney this season. Chris Heim led all 20 caution-free laps in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature. Kirk Pfannenstiel led all 10 laps to win the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.
Next up for Wakeeney Speedway will be the annual two-day Memorial Challenge on Sunday and Monday, May 25-26. All five divisions will be in action both nights starting at 6:30 with the 305 sprint cars joining the program on Sunday evening.