Thompson tops IMCA Modified main at Eagle

Nate Thompson topped the IMCA Modified feature at Eagle Raceway on Saturday. (Photo by Joe Orth)

By Greg Soukup

EAGLE, Neb. (Aug. 15) – Nate Thompson made his first trip to victory lane at Eagle Raceway following the Saturday night IMCA Modified main event.

In front of a crowd believed to be the largest of the season, Thompson led Justin Wulf, Aaron Pella and Bob Ruisinger early, with Johnny Saathoff racing into fourth on lap three, then swapping the spot with Chad Andersen after a restart on the next lap.

Jordan Grabouski jumped up to third but action slowed with eight to go for debris. Anthony Roth moved to fourth on the restart. Andersen spun with two to go for another caution. 

Shane Hiatt vaulted up to third on the restart with Roth clinging to fourth. That made the top four Thomp­son, Grabouski, Hiatt and Roth.

With three laps to go in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod headliner, Arie Schouten passed Trevor Baker for the lead, but Baker got back past to take the win with Schouten second and Matthew Andrews third.

Tyler Drueke used the high line on a restart with eight laps left to pass Doug Lovegrove for the lead en route to the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers. 

Jeff Ware worked his way to the front of the field with six circuits left in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature and Dillon Richards led from lap five to the finish of the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.