Stock Car win at Eagle is IMCA first for Steinbach

It will be tough to beat the week Marty Steinbach had, as the Fremont, Neb., driver became a grandfather for the second time on July 27 and won his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career-first feature at Eagle Raceway on July 29. The self-described “old guy in the group” led just the last three laps in the checkered flag run. (Photo by Joe Orth)

By Greg Soukup

EAGLE, Neb. (July 29, 2023) – It was a pretty good week for Marty Steinbach, who became a grandfather for the second time on Thursday and then won his career first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature Saturday evening at Eagle Raceway.

With just three laps left, leader Matt Boucher slid high in turn two, allowing Steinbach to pass him on the low side. Nate Thompson followed Steinbach into second as Boucher fell to third. Richards also got by Boucher to take over second place the following circuit. The final change in the top four came on the final lap as Dan Jackson put the no. 3 car into fourth.

“It was a very good run. Matt pushed up and I got under him. He said he had to hit the brakes, and I apologized to him for that,” Steinbach said. “I wish he was here with me right now”. 

A green, white checkered finish to the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature saw Chad Andersen beat Anthony Roth and Clint Homan to the checkers.

Adam Armstrong raced from 10th starting to win the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature, bouncing back from a 17th place finish last week. Ryan Gilland made a big run to the front of his own in winning the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main, all the way from outside row six.

And Jake Galusha led the distance in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature, holding Cole Vanderheiden at bay despite tagging the wall with eight laps left and again after getting into lapped traffic in the final circuits.

“I think we just got lucky in lapped traffic. I think Cole had a pretty good race car. He showed me the line and I used it,” Galusha said. “He’s a great young driver and I hope to watch him race for many years. Turns one and two on the top was pretty treacherous and you had to decide before you got to one whether you were going to save it through one and two and then tackle the lapped cars in three and four.”

“I tried going up top a couple of times to pass lapped cars and I think that’s what got me the win.”

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