RaceSaver Nationals underway at Eagle

By Greg Soukup

EAGLE, Neb. – Thursday night at Eagle Raceway began the four-day extravaganza known as the RaceSaver Nationals.

Race teams from across the country towed to the ‘Fastest 1/3 mile in the world’ to participate in America’s larg­est Sprint Car event.

A couple hours of practice time gave all IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers the opportunity to acquaint, or reacquaint themselves with the high banks at America’s Home Track.

To finish off the evening, the five qualifying heats to set the field for the Jake Ita Memorial Race of Champi­ons were run. The top 20 after finishing positions and passing points are calculated will make up the field with the race being run after the qualifying feature on Saturday night.

Winning those heats were Zach Blurton, Andy Shouse, Jason Martin, Jake Bubak and John Carney II.

Action kicks off in earnest tonight (Friday) with the first qualifying heats and features for Sunday’s finale. Those who finish in the top nine of the ‘A’ feature this evening will make up the first three rows of the ‘Big Dance’ on Sunday when the field lines up three-wide to chase the top prize. Also running will be the ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compacts.

Grandstands open at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 5 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m. Adult front gate admission is $13, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and children five and under are free.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. with pit passes costing $25. A three-day pit pass can be purchased for $75.

After the races there will be a pit party, featuring Bad Apple providing the entertainment. Replays of the night’s action will be shown and the Melon Bar will be open!