Eagle checkers fly for Lovegrove

Doug Lovegrove saw his luck do a 180 with his first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win of the sea­son at Eagle Raceway on Saturday night. (Photo by Joe Orth)

By Greg Soukup

EAGLE, Neb. (Aug. 3) – IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win number one on the season came Satur­day at Eagle Raceway for Doug Lovegrove.

Lovegrove started on the pole and was quickly out front. Mike Boston passed Chase Weiler for third on lap seven with Adam Gullion moving up to fourth. From there to the finish it was a tale of two different lines with Lovegrove hugging the bottom and Brandon Horton, Boston and Gullion pounding the cushion. 

Lovegrove moved through the lapped traffic and extended his lead at the end to a straightaway with Horton coming home second, Boston third and Gullion fourth.

“It’s been way too long. We’ve been having motor problems all year. This is only the third race I’ve finished this season,” he said. “I’m pretty good around the bottom and it was a good track tonight. I think that’s why I was able to run away a little bit. I got lucky on some of the traffic. The guys decided to run a lane up when I got to them.”

Winning their second local features of the season were Clint Homan in the Hoosier Tire IMCA Modifieds and Shawn Harker in the Sam’s Club IMCA Northern SportMods. 

Jeff Ware recorded another Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock victory while Drake Bohlmeyer was promoted to first in the ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compact feature when the apparent winner was disqualified in post-race tech.