By Bob Coney
JEFFERSON, S.D. (April 17) – Raceway Park got its 2016 IMCA championship points season underway Sunday night with action in five divisions.
The first feature of the evening was in the KISS 107.1 IMCA Sport Compact division. Tyler Thompson took the lead early and held off the field for 11 laps before the white flag flew. Coming out of turn two, Thompson’s car began to slow and by the third turn, Ramsey Meyer had driven by to take the feature win.
Next out were the Car Quest IMCA Hobby Stocks for their 14 lap feature. Dustin Gulbrandson led the early going before Dave Riley made the pass out of the second turn to take the point. A four car crash with four laps to go brought the field together, and after two restarts, a final caution led to a green, white, checkered finish where Riley held off the field for the win.
The MOPAR IMCA Northern SportMod feature saw Kirk Beatty lead while Kaleb Kennedy latched onto his tail. Kennedy stalked Beatty until he made the move to the lead with four laps remaining and held off Beatty to the checkers.
The Casey’s General Stores IMCA Stock Car main saw a strong field of drivers go at it for 16 laps. At the drop of the green, Casey Jones held the lead from his front row starting position until Chris Mills shot by on the third lap. For the remainder of the feature, Mills ran out front uncontested.
The final feature of the night was a 20 lapper for Total Motors IMCA Modifieds. Ricky Stephan took the lead at the drop of the green and held onto it until the first caution came out on lap 16 for a crash involving Jim Cole, Chris Abelson, and Chad Ten Napel.
On the restart, Stephan came under fire from Ryan Gaylord with the duo coming off turn four on the final lap, side by side with Stephan edging to the victory. Behind the top duo, Justin Zeitner and Anthony Roth rounded out the top four.