Sproul capitalizes, collects $1,000 checkers in headliner at IMCA Havoc on the Hi-Plains

Dakota Sproul was the $1,000 IMCA Modified feature winner on night two of Thomas County Speedway’s Havoc on the Hi-Plains special. Last year’s national and Jet Racing Central Region rookie of the year was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. (Photo by Carl Larson)

COLBY, Kan. (April 8-9) – Another Thomas County Speedway special ended with Dakota Sproul in victory lane.

Sproul paced the Jeff Hartwell Memorial last August en route to earning IMCA Modified national and Jet Racing Central Region rookie of the year honors. He was the winner at Colby again Saturday night, scoring the night two $1,000 Havoc on the Hi-Plains checkers after leader Clay Sellers got caught up with a lapped car near midway. 

Sproul had started fifth.

“We had been fast on opening night and went from ninth to third. The car was really good all weekend,” he said. “The track was pretty good around the bottom. I stayed there and was able to hold my own. It was a good race.”

Kyle Rohleder and Tanner Black were next across the stripe. Daniel Gottschalk and Clay Money, the 2019 and 2020 track champions at Thomas County, respectively, were the top two in Friday’s $500 to win Modified feature.

Jason Rogers raced from 12th starting to win his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career 100th feature on Friday. Tathan Burkhart and Casey Woken completed the top three; Woken won ahead of Rogers and Nick Tubbs on Saturday. 

Brady Bencken won both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock features, ahead of B.J. Rogers and Josh Barnhart on Friday and Barnhart and Cody Williams on Saturday. 

Friday’s top three Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod finishers were Tyler Watts, Luke Stallbaumer and Brett Berry. Blaine Walt was best in the Saturday show, in front of Adam Weber and Williams. 

Mike Hedges’ Friday night Mach-1 Sport Compact checkers came ahead of Ted Trumbo and Otto Schutte III. Billy Turner was the Saturday winner, with Schutte second and Trumbo third.