Trumbo trumps Thomas County Sport Compact feature

Ted Trumbo topped Friday’s feature for Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts at Thomas County Speedway. (Photo by Brittany Jo Lewis)

By Sheldon Wickwar

COLBY, Kan. (May 24, 2024) – Hard charger Ted Trumbo started the parade to victory lane in the Memorial Weekend show at Thomas County Speedway.

Trumbo warmed up for the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact main event by winning his heat race. James Bader and Tyson Plumisto drew front row starts for the main event but Kyle Benoit grabbed the race lead and ran up front before a caution.

The restart was chaotic, and Madison Reed was able to get to the lead by lap four; lap five saw the sixth starting Trumbo get to second. Reed and Trumbo battled closely for the remainder of the feature with Trumbo gaining the lead on lap 10 and taking the win.

Second was Reed and third was Kyle Mortensen.

Other IMCA winners on the night were Morgan Olmstead in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Blaine Walt in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods, Kyle Pfeifer in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Brett Berry in the Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds.

Olmstead raced his way to the front of the Hobby Stock field with 12 laps down and ran away from the pack the last three times around the track. Second went to Bret Conness and third was Levi Jones.

Aiden Miller and Walt started the 20-lap Northern SportMod feature from the front row, which saw Walt jump out to an early advantage but Miller then gained the lead as Brady Bencken charged up to third.

Walt regained the lead on lap four with Bencken sliding into second on lap five. Lap nine and 15 saw cautions. Walt went on to collect career win number 99 in the class. Second was Bencken and third was Brendyn Nordyke.

The battle for the Stock Car lead remained close until lap 12, when Pfeifer was able to pull away from Tathan Burkhart and go on to win the feature. Third was Troy Burkhart.

The Modifieds closed out the program with one of the coolest features of the young season. Their 20-lap feature had a front row of Brett Berry and Dylan Sherfick and quickly Brett Berry stormed away with the lead while Eddie Belec flew into the second on the opening lap.

Berry held a huge lead over Belec and Sherfick was in a heated battle with Daniel Gottschalk for third by lap five. At halfway, Berry found himself in heavy lapped traffic but he still held a two second lead over Belec.

A couple cautions came out with less than five laps to go but that did not keep Berry from running away with the feature.

The Modified story of the nigh, however, was the battle for second and at the checkered flag it was a virtual dead heat between Belec and Sherfick.

Sherfick was determined to be the second-place finisher and third went to Belec.

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