Bade, Olson both win big at Eagle

By Greg Soukup

EAGLE, Neb. (June 22, 2024) – Livin’ Life Full Throttle Night Saturday at Eagle Raceway was billed as a special show and turned out especially so for Shayle Bade and Geoff Olson.

In memory of former track announcer and no. 47 sprint car owner Stan Cisar, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car winner Bade took home $1,047.

Bade, the national points leader, passed Koby Werkmeister for the lead on lap 14, After a caution with five circuits to go, they’d trade slide jobs and the lead with Bade in front when the checkers flew.

“It’s about time! It’s been a long while and this one, if you were here, it was slide job after slide job and in the end, it was who wanted it more,” she said. “I just knew I had to have patience, drive my race, hit my line and just wait for everything to happen.”

“This was my first win since I lost my dad. That makes this a pretty special win right here, and I know he’s smiling down from above,” she added. “Also, two weeks ago Jacob and Shawna Dye were in a UTV accident, so this win was for dad and Shawna.”

Geoff Olson returned to his old stomping grounds and won the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature, earning $1,105.

Olson ran at Eagle over 11 years ago and won the track championship in 2012. Five heats and both ‘C’ and ‘B” features were needed to set the main event field.

“I’m so appreciative of everyone who chipped in to increase the top prize tonight. I can’t believe that we were able to come down from Sioux City and get it done,” he said. “I had a great experience racing here weekly. Everything fell right tonight, coming down to make this special trip.”

Former track champion Geoff Olson returned to Eagle Raceway to win Saturday’s Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature and $1,105. (Photo by Joe Orth)

Dustin Andersen paced the Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds, Nick Beckman was best in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Ian Roschewski was the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner.

Next on the schedule is one of the most anticipated shows of the year as the Nebraska Lottery and A1 Iron present Freedom Fest 2024. All IMCA divisions are on the program with fireworks to follow.

Front gates open at 5:15 p.m. with adult admission being $15, youths 6-12 are $5 and kids five and under are free. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. with pit passes priced as $30. Hot laps start at 5:30 p.m. with racing action kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

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