Full house on hand for Dawson County opener

Braxton Berry led from start to finish in winning the opening night IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature at Dawson County Raceway. (Photo by Alyssa Magana)

By Kelly Ninas

LEXINGTON, Neb. (May 19) – Racing action was hot and heavy on opening night Sunday at Dawson County Raceway, in front of a jam-packed house. 

Looking to start the season off on the right foot at Lexington were a large contingent of competitors hop­ing to drive their way to Coca Cola Victory Lane. The foursome of Jordan Grabouski, David Johnson, Brax­ton Berry and Ramsey Meyer were victors. 

Grabouski led much of the way and finished strong in the Holbein Lawn Service/K Lawn IMCA Modified feature. The defending national champion worked his magic on the top groove to get into the lead on the 12th lap and never looked back.

In one of the most heated and action-packed features of the night, it was Grabouski of Beatrice earning the Levanders Body Shop IMCA Stock Car victory. Grabouski started 14th and got the lead on lap 13, then held off all challenges to garner top honors.

Riding the cushion and keeping his momentum at a high level throughout the feature was the formula for success for Johnson as he snared the lead on the sixth lap and drove his way to the winner’s circle in the Platte Valley Auto Mart IMCA Northern SportMod feature.

Starting up front and staying there, Berry was on cruise control in the front of the field to lead every lap on the way to the Coca Cola Victory Lane in the Overton Sand and Gravel IMCA Hobby Stocks. 

Making their return to the Dawson County Raceway for the 2019 season were the Plum Creek Motors IMCA Sport Compacts. Driving his way onto the podium in fine fashion was Meyer, another defending national champion.