Sherfick defends home turf in Friday Buzzard Bash Dash

Dylan Sherfick tussled with Brett Berry before racing to the $1,000 Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature win at WaKeeney Speedway’s Friday night Buzzard Bash Dash. (Photo by Carl Larson)

By Sheldon Wickwar

WaKEENEY, Kan. (April 19, 2024) – Dylan Sherfick defended his home turf Friday night at WaKeeney Speedway, earning $1,000 and becoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible while doing so.

The hometown hotshoe counts the 2015 crown at WaKeeney among his eight career Friesen Performance IMCA Modified track titles and clearly had the fastest car from the drop of the green in the Buzzard Bash Dash main event.

The 20-lap feature started with a front row of Sherfick and John Burrow, and once the field got going Sherfick made like he was shot out of a cannon and built a huge lead right off the bat. Once he entered lapped traffic Sherfick did not slow down and not even an always fast Jeremy Frenier could reel him in.

Frenier, Brett Berry, Daniel Gottschalk and Dakota Sproul would complete the top five.

Eighty-four race teams contended Friday night with Troy Burkhart topping the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Morgan Olmstead leading the way to the checkers in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Blaine Walt winning the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature and Gage Porter pacing the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts.

Already B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible, Burkhart took the $750 win ahead of a pretty good race for second between Kyle Pfeifer, Kolby Stegman and Jason Rogers.

Late in the feature, Tathan Burkhart was able to put himself in the top five. Second would eventually fall to Pfeifer and third was Stegman.

Olmstead gained the early advantage and led wire-to-wire in the Hobby Stock main as Cody Williams could never gain enough momentum to challenge for the race win. Tyler Heath followed that pair across the stripe in third.

Chad Dolan and then Cody Gearhart had control in the Northern SportMod feature with Walt working his way up and into the lead by lap 11.

Lap 13 saw the final caution and Walt brought the field to a restart and ran away with the race victory, his career 98th in the class. Second was Dolan and third was Brendyn Nordyke.

Ted Trumbo gained the early lead in the Sport Compact main but by lap two Porter and Rileigh Flohrs had gotten to the top two spots. Laps 8-10 saw Porter and Flohrs wrestle for the lead with Porter gaining the advantage on lap 11.

Porter went on to pick up his second feature win of the season, second was Flohrs and third was Madison Reed.

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