Eagle checkers fly for Zoubek

Bob Zoubek ended an absence of not quite 11 months from victory lane at Eagle Raceway, returning to that locale following his Saturday night Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature win. (Photo by Joe Orth)

By Greg Soukup

EAGLE, Neb. (May 11, 2024) – It’s been a while but Bob Zoubek was back in victory lane Saturday at Eagle Raceway.

After missing the last half of the 2023 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season with a shoulder ailment, Zoubek started sixth and finished first in the Mom’s Rule Night feature for Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds.

“Nate Thompson and I kind of went at it for a while but finally on that (lap eight) restart I cleared him and went to the top,” said Zoubek, last a winner at Eagle on June 17 of 2023. “The car wasn’t the best and I almost spun out once. But I gathered it up from there and took off. At the end Chad Andersen made it really interesting, putting a clean slide job on me, but I held on to win by a nose.”

Andersen ended in second and Thompson came home third, with Mike Densberger holding on for fourth.

Rookie Thomas Etherton’s fourth start in the class ended in his first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win.

Etherton passed Tyler Jackson for second on a lap two restart and snagged the lead the following time around. He’d outrun Tim Drake and Nick Beckman to the checkers.

“I started fourth tonight, so I just had a little work to do to get to the front,” Etherton said. “Once I got out front I kind of calmed down. I found my lane on the bottom in turns one and two and then around the top in three and four.”:

Trevor Grossenbacher was the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car winner, Ryan Gilland ruled the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Cole Wayman paced he Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods.

Saturday, May 18 is Buckets of Candy Night, presented by Avid Realty, Mammoth Station and S&L Trenching. It’s also Kids Junior Fan Club Night with those 12 and under admitted free.

Front gates open at 5:15 p.m. Hot laps start at 5:30 p.m. with racing action kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

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