By Jacob Blair
OSBORN, Mo. (May 22) – There were many storylines headed into Modified Madness at U.S. 36 Raceway, such as increased payouts and the Wayne Hicks Memorial SportMod Shootout, but the biggest storyline remained with the track.
Throughout the week, thanks to Shaw Excavating and the many people involved, the track at U.S. 36 received a complete makeover to improve track conditions. The storyline at the end of the night no longer was about the track, it was about the racing on it. The track raced multi-grooved and smooth all night long and let the racers go after a chance to reach Westfall GMC Victory Lane.
Modified Madness was headlined by the IMCA Modifieds and the drivers chasing the $1,066 winner’s check. Jesse Sobbing led the race from start to finish, but it didn’t come without challenges from several different drivers.
Chad Andersen, Chad Clancy and 10th starting Steven Bowers Jr. all had their go at Sobbing. Bowers charged late and made a couple looks for the lead, but Sobbing, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, was too strong and picked up back-to-back wins at U.S. 36. Bowers finished second with Clancy in third.
Similar to the Modifieds, the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods saw Shawn Harker lead the entire race. Matt Andrews tried countless times to make a move on Harker, but never could complete the pass.
Harker and Andrews’ battle was one of the best of the night as Harker picked up the fourth annual Shootout win. Steven Clancy and Derek Hall battled in a similar fashion for third, with Clancy getting the better of Hall.
Tyler Drueke was the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car winner.
IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jesse Sobbing; 2. Steven Bowers Jr.; 3. Chad Clancy; 4. Chad Andersen; 5. Shayne Bailey; 6. Tyler Hibner; 7. Matt Bonine; 8. Josh Munsen; 9. Michael Dotson; 10. Tony Layne; 11. Chris Brockway; 12. Jim Masoner Jr.; 13. George Burnett; 14. Brandon Verbeek; 15. Norm Ziegenbein; 16. Caleb Dennis; 17. Benjie Douglas.
Northern SportMods – 1. Shawn Harker; 2. Matt Andrews; 3. Steven Clancy; 4. Derek Hall; 5. Cole Wayman; 6. Truman Asher; 7. Tim Stallbaumer; 8. Randy Smith Jr.; 9. Chris Wright; 10. Jacob Swanson; 11. Jeremy Pittsenbarger; 12. Trevor Dunn; 13. Chad Shaw; 14. Tim Eaton; 15. David Willey; 16. Anthony Asher; 17. Shawn Pospisil; 18. Skyler Lane.