MAYETTA, Kan. (May 2) – Opening night at Thunder Hill Speedway saw a BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified driver return to find glory at a track he learned how to race on.
Steven Bowers Jr. started his career in the street stock class at Thunder Hill but spent the last few years away from Mayetta chasing the outlaw tracks. He is returning to race full-time in 2015 and got the season started on a good note.
Bowers quickly worked his way to the front with former national champion Jordan Grabouski close behind. The two hit lapped traffic before a late-race yellow set up a dash to the finish.
The front two headed into the final turn with a vengeance. Grabouski made a dive from the top of the turn to the bottom hoping to use the momentum to his advantage coming out of four.
The maneuver didn’t work as Bowers held his line on the top of the track and was able outrace Grabouski to the finish by half a car length.
Sophomore speedster Brandon Conkwright won his career-first Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car feature in dominating flag-to-flag fashion.
Tyler Frye was the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern SportMod winner.
Brian Stich led all Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stock drivers with four feature victories at Mayetta last season and collected his first of 2015 on opening night.
Defending track champion Austin Umscheid held off a late-race charge from Scott Spellmeier to take the General Store IMCA Sport Compact checkers.