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Abbey stars on final day of Lone Star Tour, clinches crown with IMCA Stock Car sweep

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Feb. 23) – A career-first accomplishment led to a career payday for Jef­frey Abbey. Abbey won the final two events of the Sniper Speed Lone Star tour Saturday at 281 Speedway, earning $750 for each feature victory and $5,000 for the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car tour crown.  “I’ve won two features in the same day before but not in the same division,” said Abbey. “It’s al­ways fun when you have cars from all over. It’s fun to race with cars you haven’t raced before.”  Both features were moved to Stephenville because of weather in Kennedale and Friday features wound up being postponed to Saturday.  Abbey took his first $750 checkers of the day from the pole. Brother Dean pulled alongside before a late caution and Jeffrey held him off following the restart.  Aaron Benedict was third and Kyle Falck fourth. Jason Rogers won his ‘B’ feature, started 15th and rounded out the top five in the main event.  After starting sixth in the finale, Abbey ran third much of the way and hung [Read More]

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Lund goes 2-for-2 at 281 with second Lone Star Tour victory

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Feb. 18) – The top line took Curt Lund to his second $750 Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour feature win in as many nights Monday at 281 Speedway. Lund posted back-to-back checkers by making a strong run on the outside groove. The top five in the fleet IMCA Sunoco Stock Car field represented as many different states, as Elijah Zevenber­gen, Hesston Shaw, Dean Abbey and Joe Bellm chased Lund across the stripe. Lund had started third and dropped back a couple spots. He worked his way back toward the front, taking over the lead for good on lap 10.  Gregory Muirhead and Clifton Whisenant both raced from eighth starting spots to win the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact main events, respectively.  Justin Nabors and James Hanusch completed the SportMod top three. William Creese was the runner-up and Harold Clifton finished third in the Sport Compact feature. Feature Results  Stock Cars – 1. Curt Lund; 2. Elijah Zevenbergen; 3. Hesston Shaw; 4. Dean Abbey; 5. Joe Bellm; 6. Dean Cornlius; 7. [Read More]

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Lund lands round two Lone Star Tour victory

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Feb. 17) – A driver who knows a thing or two about winning tour races far from home did just that Sunday night at 281 Speedway. Minnesota veteran Curt Lund, making his first racing visit to Texas, won round two of the Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. The checkers were good for $750.  “The tracks down here are smaller than I’m used to,” said Lund, who has racked up 100-plus wins in both the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sprint Car divisions. “I was real happy to win and to have competed with all the guys (59) down here.”  Lund started fourth and led the last 17 of 20 circuits. He was catching up with the back of the field when the checkers flew and was chased across the line by opening night winner Jeffrey Abbey and Shawn Ritter.  Lund was a winner last summer in North Dakota, during the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour. He raced his way out of ‘B’ features both nights at Abilene, finishing seventh [Read More]

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Adams’ first Modified start ends with win at 281 Speedway’s Big Chill Throwdown

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Feb. 8) – Mark Adams’ first start in an IMCA Modified ended with his first feature win in the new division. Piloting the 2016 CAM Chassis that Josh McGaha drove to last season’s Razor Chassis South Central Region crown, Adams avoided an early melee, restated at the front and then led every lap of the Friday Big Chill Throwdown feature at 281 Speedway. “My goal this season was to win a local race,” said Adams, who made the move to the Modified after earning Texas State honors in the Stock Car division in 2018. “I got in more than 100 laps during practice at Abilene a couple weeks ago and that was good seat time, but I was surprised to win so soon.” Jeffrey Abbey led brothers Dean and Westin across the stripe in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car fea­ture. Jay Coone was the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod victor, ahead of Kaden Honeycutt and Justin Shaw.  The Mach-1 Sport Compact main saw another first-year, first-time winner in Brian Schoenbaum Jr. He raced [Read More]

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McGaha outruns Red River Tour foes at 281

By J.M. Hallas STEPHENVILLE, Texas (May 28) – Josh McGaha’s $1,000 checkers at 281 Speedway capped a big Memorial Weekend of racing for the Red River IMCA Modified Tour “Man, it was good,” the new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier exclaimed following the Monday night victory. “The car pretty much drove itself. We made a call at the last minute af­ter seeing track take some rubber and get some grip to it.” “We got lucky enough to draw the front but I feel like we still had a good car,” he continued. “After last night and all the bad luck, I’ll take it however I can get it. It was fun.” Eric Tomlinson was the runner-up and third was Heart O’ Texas Speedway tour winner Tyler Ste­vens. Chris Elliott and ‘B’ feature winner Clay Money rounded out the fast top five. After a series of early yellows, McGaha quickly checked out while Tomlinson and Stevens swapped second. A mid-race caution erased McGaha’s big lead but gave him open track for the restart. He sped [Read More]