Grabouski schools IMCA Fair Street Face Off foes

After winning a fast-paced Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature win at Thursday’s Larry Evers Fair Street Face Off, Jordan Grabouski was quick to get home and get daughter Jorja to her first day of pre-school Friday morning. (Photo by Jane Burd, Icon Images)

ALGONA, Iowa (Aug. 10, 2023) – Jordan Grabouski had a couple good reasons to get to the end of Thursday’s Larry Evers Fair Street Face Off feature for Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds.

First was the $5,000 that accompanied the checkers at Kossuth County Speedway’s Thursday night special.

Second and more importantly was the little girl looking forward to her dad taking her to her first day of pre-school the next morning.

Grabouski started on the pole and led start to finish of the 25-lap nightcap, said his thank you’s from victory late and loaded up and made that all-important quick trip back to Beatrice, Neb., where he had time for a quick nap before getting daughter Jorja to pre-school at 8:15 a.m. sharp.

“I had never raced at Kossuth County Speedway before but everything went great,” said Grabouski, who queried track regular Jeremy Mills about the nuances of running at Algona. “It helped drawing the one, of course, but we had a really good car.”

“The car felt best higher on the track,” added Grabouski, who kept his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car idle for the night to focus on the Modified for night three of IMCA.TV Speedweek. “I watched the ‘B’ features and the guys who ran there were faster, so that’s what we did.”

He’d pulled away from Cody Laney and the rest of the pack before cautions on laps seven and eight.

Laney followed the leader into lapped traffic with five circuits left. The final caution erased another big advantage and set up a green, white, checkered finish but Grabouski edged ahead again, beating Laney to the stripe by seven tenth’s of a second.

Brandon Beckendorf was third, Brian Mullen fourth and hard charger Kollin Hibdon fifth after starting 21st.

“The first yellow came at a good time because it kept us from getting into lapped traffic so early,” said Grabouski, already Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible. “The last caution, you never want to see something like that especially when you’re in the lead and have a rhythm.”

Kelly Shryock was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winner and Matthew Looft led the way to the finish in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod main.

Tenth starting Mike Smith topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Stephen Stiteler ruled the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts.

IMCA Modifieds run for another $5,000 to win, Stock Cars and Northern SportMods both for $1,000  in the Night of 1,000 Stars Speedweek finale Friday at Hancock County Speedway in Britt.

Racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps. Night of 1,000 Stars will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.

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