Saturday IMCA feature wins are especially sweet at Eagle

Benji Legg returned to victory lane at Eagle Raceway following his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win Saturday night. (Photo by Joe Orth)

By Greg Soukup

EAGLE, Neb. (May 18, 2024) – Benji Legg was among the IMCA drivers enjoying the sweet taste of victory on Buckets of Candy Night Saturday at Eagle Raceway.

Legg led Tyler Jackson, Thomas Etherton and Jeremy Down in taking the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers at America’s Home Track.

“I won a lot of races in a SportMod here and then quit racing after 2015. I came back in 2020 in this stock car when Johnny Saathoff and I hooked back up,” he said post-race. “I really haven’t raced the Stock Car up here that much, but we had a really good run at the Icebreaker, finishing second.

“We had an off week down at Beatrice and that gave me some extra time, so I thought I would come up here and try again,” he continued. “I knew it was going to be tough starting 11th but we got lucky.”

Also making their way to the winner’s circle were Clint Homan in the Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds, Tige Jensen in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Drake Bohlmeyer in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods and Neil Pella in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Homan take led the distance of the Modified feature, ahead of Mike Densberger.

“I think it’s been two years since we won a feature here. It was well overdue for sure,” Homan said. “I started inside row two, so we started towards the front. I was told that when I got the lead that I was checking out but we were in lapped traffic a lot. They were two-wide or three-wide, so I made it four-wide at times. Overall, we’re getting it figured out and getting this brand new GRT car rolling.

“I want to dedicate this win to my dad. I lost him in October and this is my first race season without him and my first win that he wasn’t here to see. It means a lot to me to get it done. I put a sticker on the front of my car for him just this week, so he was with me tonight.”

Clint Homan dedicated his Saturday night Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature win to his father, who passed away last fall. (Photo by Joe Orth)

Jensen, back on the track after a lengthy absence, passed Adam Gullion for second and grabbed the top spot for good on lap eight of the RaceSaver feature.

“The last time I raced was back in 2013, so it’s been a while. It was great to get the old crew back together and it’s been a bonding time for all of us. It’s been a long time coming,” he said. “The car was quick tonight. Toby Chapman helped us out tonight setting the car up and said to just rip the lip and that’d what we did.”

Bohlmeyer started 12th, jumped up to second with eight laps left in the Northern SportMod main, passed Breanna Pfansteil for the lead the next time around led to the finish.

“That felt pretty good! I fell back to somewhere around 18th at the start and said to myself ‘This ain’t gonna be good,’” he said. “I just started picking them off one at a time. I didn’t even know that I won until after the race.”

Pella’s run at the front of the Hobby Stock show lasted from lap four to the finish.

“It was just finding a line and getting out front and hopefully take off from there. Other than that, it was all a good race,” he said. “It was fun seeing Adam Wasserman beneath me because it’s always fun racing against him no matter where we are. It was cool to see him come in second behind me.”

Saturday, May 25 is the Memorial Day Extravaganza presented by Pepsi Cola and Celerion. Front gates open at 5:15 p.m., hot laps start at 5:30 p.m. with racing at 6:30 p.m.

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