Memorial Weekend checkers fly for Rohleder

Kyle Rohleder notched his first feature win of the season, and Friesen Performance IMCA Modified career 65th, during the big Memorial Weekend show at RPM Speedway. (Photo by Carl Larson)

By Sheldon Wickwar

HAYS, Kan. (May 25, 2024) – Friesen Performance IMCA Modified win number one of the season for Kyle Rohleder came Saturday night at RPM Speedway.

The 2022 track champion at Hays got the lead on just the second circuit and held off a bevy of challengers before collecting his career 65th checkers in the class.

Their 20-lap feature had started with a front row of Trevor Geist and Don Geist. Trevor gained the early advantage but quickly Rohleder settled into second place and took the lead on lap two. By lap four, Dylan Sherfick found third place and a lap later got by Trevor Geist for second.

Jeremy Frenier got to third just before a caution came out. Sherfick and Rohleder raced side-by-side for the lead at halfway. Another caution came after Rohleder had again solidified the lead once but he slammed the door shut the last five times around the oval, winning in front of Sherfick and Daniel Gottschalk.

Rohleder has now won at least one IMCA Modified feature in 14 consecutive seasons.

After a second-place finish Friday night in Colby, Tathan Burkhart and his crew made the necessary changes to help find victory lane in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at his hometown track.

Cody Williams checked out from the rest of field before and after a late restart in chalking up another IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature win while Connor Schwien impressed as well in topping the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact main.

And Luke Stallbaumer ran a perfect race to pick up his first feature win of the season, and career 31st, leading Blaine Walt and Brianna Maughlin to the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod checkers.

Luke Stallbaumer also won for the first time this season Saturday at RPM Speedway. The Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod victory was his career 31st. (Photo by Carl Larson)

Eighty-four IMCA race teams checked into RPM Speedway for the Memorial Weekend show, broadcast by IMCA.TV.

The next scheduled event in Hays is the Saturday, June 8 First Responder Night Presented by Casey’s. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

That program will also be streamed on IMCA.TV

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