Royal Flush Rush feature win pays Zoubek $1,000

Bob Zoubek raced his way onto the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot by winning Saturday’s IMCA Modified feature at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth)

By Greg Soukup

EAGLE, Neb. (May 5) – Bob Zoubek put his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with a $1,000 IMCA Modified win Saturday at Eagle Raceway’s Royal Flush Rush.

Zoubek had started 10th and took the checkers ahead of Jeff Schroyer.

“The track was really racy. There were two lines and they were both fast,” he said. “We just kind of came through there nice and slow and stayed out of trouble. Jeff kind of had the better line for awhile there, but I finally got around him and drove away a little.”

Nate Thompson, Schroyer, Jaxon Saathoff and Justin Wulf had led the field after the initial lap. Chad Ander­sen cracked the top four on lap two before moving up to third the next time around.

Zoubek advanced to fourth following a spin by Andersen. Wulf grabbed second on the restart as Zoubek moved to third and Johnny Saathoff took fourth. Zoubek and Saathoff passed Wulf with 12 to go, moving to second and third, respectively.

Two laps later, Zoubek snagged the lead as Dan Nelson moved to fourth. With five to go, there was a caution for debris on the track, bunching the field. Saathoff advanced to second with three circuits remain­ing as Wulf fell to fourth. Wulf got back to second the next lap, but lost the spot to Schroyer who passed him on the last lap.

Other feature winners Saturday at Eagle included 12th starting Trevor Grossenbacher in the IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Cars, Shawn Harker in the Purdue University IMCA Northern SportMods, Jeff Ware in the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stocks and Trenten Fugett in the ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compacts.