Konst hits Hobby Stock pay dirt at Black Hills

Brett Konst got the best of his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock foes and raced to his second win of the season on Friday night, at Black Hills Speedway. (Photo by JR Hughes)

By Ben Deatherage

RAPID CITY, S.D. (May 31, 2024) – Black Hills Speedway returned to action Friday, featuring Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

The Hobby Stock finale fired off with Tracy Konst leading the first lap, only for Sean Weber to take over on the following circuit. However, a caution came out before the whole field could cross the wire, which meant the pass was negated and the race was reset with Konst back in the top spot. She tried to build a lead, but Weber again threaded the needle on the inside line on the back straightaway.  

Weber then engaged in a drag race with Brett Konst out of the fourth turn, with Weber barely edging his challenger out.

Another yellow flag gave Tracy Konst the lead back but when the race resumed, Weber again overtook the frontrunner, finally officially leading a lap. However, Brett Konst had other plans and made a daring move around the outside line, beating Weber to the line on the following circuit.  

John Garrigan Jr., a consistent performer in the series, eventually secured second and tried to set his sights on the leader. But Konst, determined to secure his second win of the season, set a rapid pace and outdueled the rest of the competition.

Second on back was a scramble in the final circuits, with Alan McNeil beating out all other contenders. Garrigan was third.

The Modified main began with Eric Mass showing his dominance. The Rapid City racer went front third to first on the opening lap, drove away from the rest of the pack in the caution-free feature, and won nearly five full seconds ahead of the runner-up.

The battle for second was entertaining for a bit, with Connor Friske and Brent Nielsen going at it.

Friske would have the advantage when everything was said and done, while Nielsen had to settle for third.

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