By Kelly Ninas LEXINGTON, Neb. (Aug. 30) – Ken Schrader raced his way onto the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot while Mike Nichols raced into another chapter in the IMCA record book at Dawson County Raceway’s Connie Jewett Memorial Championship Night. Schrader topped Sunday’s $1,000 to win, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying main event for IMCA Modifieds, holding off Daniel Gottschalk as the 20-lapper wound down while hard charger Clay Money raced from the seventh row to finish third. Nichols, meanwhile, hustled to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers, equaling the all-time IMCA career wins record with his 557th victory. The Harlan Hustler later joined David Murray Jr., owner of 557 IMCA Modified wins, Schrader and promoter Chad Dolan for a post-race photo; the four own more than 1,200 combined IMCA wins. Casey Woken stayed with striking distance for much of the feature before settling for second behind Nichols. When the smoke cleared, Blaine Walt was declared the victor in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Walt was able to earn the victory despite being involved [Read More]
LEXINGTON, Neb. – Dawson County Raceway’s fifth annual Connie Jewett Memorial Championship Night this Sunday features $1,000 to win main events for both IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Ken Schrader joins the Modified field for the Aug. 30 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Money has been added to the purse in all divisions. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods both race for $750 to win, Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $250 at the draw/redraw show. There is no registration fee. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the draw closes at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Prizes to be given away during the evening include three flat screen TVs. The Dawson County Cattlemen will give away 150 all-beef hot dogs and complimentary Coca Colas. Pit meeting prizes will be given and there’s a candy toss for kids as well.
By Kelly Ninas LEXINGTON, Neb. (Aug. 16) – Five IMCA feature winners taught their competition a thing or two on Back to School Night at Dawson County Raceway. Anthony Roth wasted no time in running away and hiding from the rest of the field in an IMCA Modified feature that ran caution-free. Young gun Jacob Olmstead took advantage of a second lap opportunity to leap into the lead and never looked back in cruising to the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod victory. After starting in the fifth row, Mike Nichols was first to the finish line in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Bo Egge was second while Casey Woken took third after starting 22nd. Leading the final five laps, Zach Olmstead also raced from row five and captured another IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win. Just one short of leading every lap, Rileigh Flohrs was the victor in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. Flohrs started on the outside of the fourth row, hit the loud pedal the best to rocket into the lead and drive off [Read More]
By Kelly Ninas LEXINGTON, Neb. (Aug. 2) – Hitting the dirt running was an understatement when describing the outstanding show seen by the jam-packed house of avid racing fans at Dawson County Raceway Sunday evening. Getting their season started off on the right foot by punching their ticket to the Chesterman’s Coca-Cola Winners Circle were the quintet of Dakota Sproul, Robbie Thome, Mike Nichols, Zach Olmstead and Rileigh Flohrs. Showing his cards early paid off for Sproul as he scored the IMCA Modified victory. Sproul started the on the inside of the second row, made the move into the lead on the fourth lap and never looked back. Leading the laps that mattered the most, Thome was the victor in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Thome got to third early on and was up to second when leader Brett Berry slowed and relinquished the lead. Thome led the final laps to claim the victory. No stranger to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner’s circle, Nichols was able to drive where the leaders weren’t for [Read More]
LEXINGTON, Neb. (June 23) – The secret of success Sunday at Dawson County Raceway for Tyler Andreasen was staying in the front group and out of trouble. Andreasen found the moisture and traction he needed during the waning laps to lead the final three circuits to earn the Platte Valley Auto Mart IMCA Northern SportMod victory. Andreasen had made his way through traffic after starting in the sixth row. Anthony Roth led the last 10 times around the oval in winning the Holbein Lawn Service/KLawn of Lexington IMCA Modified main and Mike Nichols hustled from the fourth row to top the Levander Body Shop IMCA Stock Car feature. Jeff Ware repeated as the Overton Sand and Gravel IMCA Hobby Stock winner while Terry Tritt won his third consecutive Plum Creek Motors IMCA Sport Compact feature.
By Kelly Ninas LEXINGTON, Neb. (June 2) – Leading the laps that mattered the most Sunday at Dawson County Raceway was Luke Wassom, in the Overton Sand and Gravel IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Wassom had started outside the fourth row and later overcame being involved in an accident near the midway point to lead the final two laps to win the main event. Battling until the bitter end, Zach Olmstead pressured Wassom in the waning laps. Jordan Grabouski won both the Holbein Lawn Service/K Lawn IMCA Modified and Levander Body Shop IMCA Stock Car features. Wasting no time in snaring the lead and never looking back, Jacob Olmstead was the victor in the Platte Valley Auto Mart IMCA Northern SportMod feature. And putting on a dominating performance, Terry Tritt was the victor in the Plum Creek Motors IMCA Sport Compact feature.
By Kelly Ninas LEXINGTON, Neb. (May 19) – Racing action was hot and heavy on opening night Sunday at Dawson County Raceway, in front of a jam-packed house. Looking to start the season off on the right foot at Lexington were a large contingent of competitors hoping to drive their way to Coca Cola Victory Lane. The foursome of Jordan Grabouski, David Johnson, Braxton Berry and Ramsey Meyer were victors. Grabouski led much of the way and finished strong in the Holbein Lawn Service/K Lawn IMCA Modified feature. The defending national champion worked his magic on the top groove to get into the lead on the 12th lap and never looked back. In one of the most heated and action-packed features of the night, it was Grabouski of Beatrice earning the Levanders Body Shop IMCA Stock Car victory. Grabouski started 14th and got the lead on lap 13, then held off all challenges to garner top honors. Riding the cushion and keeping his momentum at a high level throughout the feature was the formula for success [Read More]
LEXINGTON, Neb. – Back when he was winning IMCA track championships at Dawson County Raceway, Chad Dolan didn’t give a thought to promoting. Now that he’s in charge of the 3/8-mile dirt oval at Lexington, he’s looking for ways to give fans and drivers their money’s worth and then some. “My vision is to give people the wow factor. If we can do that on opening night May 19, we won’t have anything to worry about,” he said. “I’m excited to give people in Central Nebraska something they haven’t seen at Dawson County Raceway before. There’s a real sense of excitement here.” Sanctioned since 1994, Dawson County has eight Sunday dates scheduled for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. All five divisions will also run at the Sept. 15 Connie Jewett Memorial. “These are the divisions we have to have to make it work in this area. Everything will work if this track is promoted and prepared well,” Dolan said. “I’ve met with [Read More]
HARLAN, Iowa – Mike Nichols started racing 20-some years ago with aspirations that didn’t go much further than simply winning a heat race. On Sunday, the overachiever raced to his career 500th IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature victory during Dawson County Raceway’s Connie Jewett Memorial. “Somewhere in early, mid-July, things were clicking pretty good for us and I started thinking that we might be able to get to 500 wins this year,” Nichols said. “I didn’t want to get close and then have it lingering over us all winter.” The Aug. 26 win at the Lexington, Neb., oval was his 39th of the season and came in a stellar field that included David Murray Jr., IMCA’s all-time single division leader with 550 career Modified checkers. Just the second driver in IMCA history to reach the 500 win mark, Nichols used a word of his own making – ironical – to describe having to pass Murray to accomplish the feat. “After my 99th, 199th, 299th and 399th wins, we won the next night out,” he said. “After [Read More]
By Kelly Ninas LEXINGTON, Neb. (Aug. 5) – Grabbing an early lead and never looking back, Anthony Roth scored another IMCA Modified feature victory Sunday at Dawson County Raceway. Roth had started from the inside of the third row. Working the bugs out of a new ride, David Murray Jr. found the groove that worked best during the second half of the feature event to earn a podium finish in second place overall. Recovering from an early incident, Chuck Stryker was third. Knocking on the door of 500 career wins in the class, Mike Nichols paced the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main while Luke Wassom’s fast start ultimately put him in victory lane at the conclusion of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Working his magic during the final laps, Jacob Olmstead drove to the winner’s circle after winning the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod headliner.