By Mike Hughes
HAYS, Kan. (July 9) – Jason Schoenberger and Kyle Rohleder were first-time winners this season at RPM Speedway on Saturday evening.
Schoenberger edged Jason Rogers by about a foot in the closest feature finish on the night in the Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature.
Shaylon Holloway led the first 2 laps, then was passed by Cody Zimmerman. His lead was short-lived as Trevor Schmidt took over the top spot the next lap. Schmidt continued to lead through lap 11 before Holloway went back in front. Schoenberger took command on lap 15 and led to the finish as he held off Rogers at the flagstand for the win. Nolan Remus was third.
Rohleder took the lead on lap two from Marty Clark and led the remaining distance in the Gib’s Auto Supply IMCA Modified feature. A lap 13 caution bunched the field on the restart and David Murray Jr. gave chase but could not catch Rohleder.
Dylan Sherfick, Brian Knoell and Tyler Frye rounded out the top five.
Polesitter Brenden Damon took the early lead in the Golden B Hydra Drilling IMCA Northern SportMod main before Tyler Watts took the lead. Watts hung on until lap 11 when Blaine Walt took the lead after a restart.
A spinout on the last lap set up a one lap shootout to the finish and Walt held off a hard-charging Daniel Gottschalk for the victory, his second of the year at Hays. Trenton Kleweno was third, followed by Watts and Dakota Sproul.
The 20-lap Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock feature saw Andrew Burg score his second local win of the season. Duane Wahrman led the first five laps before Colton Pfeifer took the lead after a restart.
Pfeifer broke on lap 15 and came to a stop to bring out a caution. Brady Bencken then led the field back to green, followed by Shay Simoneau and Burg. Burg took the lead on lap 16, Bencken was back in front on lap 17, then Burg regained the lead on lap 18.
A caution on lap 19 set up a green, white, checkered finish and Burg held on to win over Bencken, Travis Coop, Simoneau, and Robert Leonard.
Jakob Schwein started ninth in the Cutting Edge Collision IMCA Sport Compact feature but charged through the field and took the lead from Billy Turner on lap four of the caution-free 12-lap event. Turner finished second, trailed by Randy Murphy, Amber Bird and Brandon Wise.