Belec tops season opener at Sherman County

By Sheldon Wickwar

GOODLAND, Kan. (May 4, 2024) – Score a Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature win for a 16th straight season for Eddie Belec, this one coming on opening night at Sherman County Speedway.

The Arvada, Colo., clipper got the lead from the get-go, outrunning Kyle Rohleder and Tony Acierno following the single, early caution.

“It was pretty smooth sailing,” Belec said following career win number 62 in the division. “We were nervous our first few seasons in a Modified. We looked around and wondered how the other guys did it, so we’ve come a long ways.”

“We’ve had a lot of good help over the years,” he added. “I never thought we would have the success we’ve had.”

Other winners were Tyler Tipton in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Cody Williams in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Monty Nordyke in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods and Brock Leibhart in the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts. 

Tipton took the lead early in the Stock Car main, staying in front to the finish as Kolby Stegman held off Doug Holzmeister in the battle for second.

Williams garnered hard charger honors as well as the victory after starting the Hobby Stock feature from 10th. Second was Morgan Olmstead and third was Mike Kennedy.

Nordyke challenged several times before securing the Northern SportMod lead. Second went to Brady Bencken, third to Ryan Kirchoff.

And Leibhart led most of the way, then rallied to pass Ted Trumbo for the Sport Compact win. Chase Cloe ended in third.

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