By Kelly Ninas
LEXINGTON, Neb. (May 3) – Being faster than lightning was the formula for success at Dawson County Raceway Sunday evening.
Starting the season off on the right foot by punching their tickets to the winner’s circle were Jeremy Frenier, Brandon Spanjer, Cale Osborn, Zach Olmstead and Justin Schmidt.
Frenier started on the third row of the IMCA Modified grid, worked his way into the lead on the third lap and never trailed again on his way to the victory. Colton Osborn started in the third row as well and did his best to try and run the cushion and scored a runner-up finish. Dillon Schultz raced his way onto the podium late in the contest.
Leading from the beginning until the end, Spanjer was on a fast-paced walk in the park it seemed as he cruised to the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod checkers. Spanjer started in the second row and took advantage of driving in clean air to score the win. Robbie Thome was second and Spencer Galaway third.
Getting off to a fast start to the season, Osborn held off all challenges to earn the top honors in the IMCA Stock Car feature. Osborn started in the third row and was able to ‘slingshot’ into the lead early and was the first to the finish line against a loaded field of competitors. Casey Woken put all sorts of pressure on Osborn but settled with runner-up accolades. Third was Colin Heim.
Starting on the inside of the second row, Olmstead worked his magic into the lead on the first lap and never looked back to claim the victory in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Starting in the fourth row and getting caught up in early traffic, Tanner Jones recovered from his less than ideal spot in the early laps to move into the runner-up position with just four laps remaining. Dillon Thompson earned third place accolades.
Putting on a dominating display, veteran wheelman Justin Schmidt swept heat and feature wins in the Mach-1 Sport Compact division. Schmidt started in the front row of the feature event and never looked back while leading every lap. Making a move in the final laps, John Lee scored a second place finish and Kaden Dady took third.