Barnhart, Bencken win first features of season Friday at Thomas County

Josh Barnhart’s Friday night Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature win at Thomas County Speedway was his first of the season. (Photo by Brittany Jo Lewis)

By Sheldon Wickwar

COLBY, Kan. (June 28, 2024) – Josh Barnhart and Brady Bencken both won first IMCA features of the season Friday at Thomas County Speedway.

The Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod 15-lap feature started with a front row of Barnhart and Monty Nordyke. Barnhart grabbed the early race and by lap five had pulled away. The race single filed out with Carson Lang and Blaine Walt making runs to third and fourth place but not being able to advance further.

Barnhart ran away with the victory, ahead of Nordyke, Lang, Walt and Bencken.

IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks ran a 15-lap feature of their own with a front row of Mike Kennedy and Austin Janousek. Kennedy got the early jump, but quickly Bencken found himself passing for the lead in turn four. 

The race stayed green until lap 10. Bencken led the restart and despite trying multiple lines, Trent Matson could not run him down. Bencken picked up win number one of the season with Matson, Bret Conness, Mitchell Fischer and Austin Janousek in pursuit.

Kyle Rohleder was perfect in winning another Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature. Kyle Pfeifer paced the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Ted Trumbo topped the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact main. 

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