By Kelly Ninas NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (April 24) – Getting the season started off on the right foot, the competition was fierce for top honors during the 2021 Lincoln County Raceway season opener on Saturday night. Earning elite accolades for their efforts to be spotlighted in victory lane were Dillon Schultz, Troy Bayne, Mikey Dancer, Tanner Clough and Ted Trumbo. Starting on the inside of the second row, Schultz grabbed the lead early and never look back to earn the IMCA Modified victory. Stalking Schultz much of the event was Brandon Clough as he tried to catfish around the low side of the track as well test the waters on the cushion but it was too little, too late and Clough was forced to settle for runner-up honors. Don Geist was third. Taking full advantage of the great starting position, Bayne was the winner of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Bayne started on the pole and cruised to the victory. Paul Donovan started on the outside of the front row and challenged Bayne early, [Read More]
By Kelly Ninas NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (Aug. 29) – The racing action was fierce as all the chips were on the table for Championship Night at Lincoln County Raceway. Finishing their seasons by earning feature victories were Brandon Clough, Ty Rogers, Colton Osborn, Luke Wassom and Lonnie Lenser Jr. Clough weathered a series of cautions in the late laps to hold on for the IMCA Modified victory. Colton Osborn ran out of real estate and had to settle for runner-up accolades. Showing no rust from competing in North Platte, former regular Rogers, now of Yuma, Ariz., won his heat race and the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Second went to Paul Donovan. Leaving no doubt in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature was Osborn, who saw his first two passes to the front negated by cautions before taking over up front on lap four. Mikey Dancer worked through traffic to finish second. In one of the most exciting races of the evening, It was Wassom who won the final sprint to the finish line to [Read More]
By Kelly Ninas NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (July 4) – Getting the chance to shine in front of an Independence Day crowd, four IMCA drivers punched their tickets to the winner’s circle at the Red, White and Boom Night of racing action at Lincoln County Raceway Saturday evening. In the most exciting feature of the evening, Bob Chalupa was the early leader in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event. Chalupa relinquished the lead to fourth row starter Mikey Dancer on the sixth lap. Dancer had to work through traffic to gain the lead and checked out once he got there. Colton Osborn encountered heavier traffic coming from his fifth row starting spot and ran out of real estate making a move for the lead as the checkered flag waved. Osborn’s efforts were rewarded with the IMCA Modified feature victory. Osborn started on the pole and never looked back as he built cushions between himself and the field following each restart. Troy Bayne piloted his Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod to victory after starting on the outside [Read More]
By Kelly Ninas NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (June 13) – Leading the lap that mattered the most was Colton Osborn in the IMCA Modified feature in front of a packed house on opening night Saturday at Lincoln County Raceway. Osborn started in the back row, worked his way through traffic and made the pass for the lead as the white flag was waved. Andrew Dillenburg was the leader until relinquishing the point to Osborn in the waning laps. Dillenburg continued to stay the course and earn a runner-up finish for his efforts. Biding his time and being around for the finish was the formula for success for Ayden Steffens to shine in his first official feature at North Platte. [Read More]
By Kelly Ninas NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (Aug. 3) – Championship night played out in front of a packed house Saturday at Lincoln County Raceway. Holding off all challenges, Cole Hodges captured the IMCA Modified feature after working his way into contention from a fifth row start position, taking the lead with just five laps remaining and then keeping David Murray Jr. at bay. Jacob Olmstead led all but the opening circuit in winning another Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main. Equally dominating, Casey Woken led all from the second lap on to earn the hard-fought IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory with many heavy hitters trying unsuccessfully to catch up. Starting up front and staying up front, Zach Olmstead won the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Lonnie Lenser Jr. became the winner of the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature after the apparent top two finishers were disqualified in post-race tech.
By Kelly Ninas NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (June 7) – Competitors came from far and wide to Lincoln County Raceway, to challenge for big money at Friday night’s Wild West Challenge. When the checkers flew, Brandon Clough had raced to his first IMCA Modified victory of the season, good for $1,100 and a berth on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Clough started on the inside of the second row and battled for position in the early going before taking took the lead on the seventh lap and setting sail for the win. Early leader Cole Hodges was the runner-up while veteran wheelman David Murray Jr. was third. Also racing their way to the top step of the podium were Kyle Vanover in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Luke Wassom in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Jacob Olmstead in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Terry Tritt in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Vanover continued to flourish on the North Platte oval, as he weaved through traffic with ease for much of the Stock Car feature. Collin [Read More]
By Kelly Ninas NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (May 4) – Grabbing the lead while working through lapped traffic, Tanner Jones won the dash to the finish in the Herrick Auto & Marine IMCA Hobby Stock feature Saturday at Lincoln County Raceway. Jones started in the third row, worked his way into contention and then made the right choices through traffic to garner the lead for the final four laps and a trip to the winner’s circle. Leading the way up to relinquishing the point position to Jones was Nate Refior, who lost momentum and needed minor repairs after the lap 11 incident with traffic. David Murray Jr. added to his IMCA-leading total with the Maxwell Offroad Center Modified victory and Casey Woken dominated in the Knucklehead Garage IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Jamey Kennicutt drove to the lead as the white flag was waved and captured the North Platte Buick GMC IMCA Northern SportMod victory. Getting the early lead, staying in the lead and never looking back was the winning formula for Quincy Eggleston in the [Read More]
By David Smith Jr., OKTidbits NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (May 4) – Jason Martin made his trip to Lincoln County Raceway a profitable one Saturday night. Martin held off persistent challenges by defending tour champion Zach Blurton to claim the fourth annual Ron Williams/Dick Snoose Myers Memorial as the Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing made its only appearance of the season at North Platte. Martin and Darren Berry started on the front row for the 25-lap feature finale with Martin taking the lead as the green flag fell. Blurton made several attempts to take the lead but couldn’t execute the pass. Brian Herbert passed Berry for third on lap four while the two frontrunners battled for the lead. A couple caution flags dotted the feature, yet Martin kept his sprinter out front and hold off remaining challenges from Blurton to take home the $1,500 victory with a $100 bonus for leading all 25 laps courtesy of RS Customs. Blurton settled for second while Herbert got the best of a race-long [Read More]
By Kelly Ninas NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (April 27) – The word to describe Terry Tritt’s on-track performance on opening night Saturday at Lincoln County Raceway was dominating. Tritt started on the pole in the D & S Automotive IMCA Sport Compact feature and ran away and hid from the rest of the podium finishers. Quincy Eggleston ran out of real estate once he got to second and didn’t have enough laps remaining to dent the deficit behind the leader. Darryl Cauffman was third. Jacob Slough won for the first time in his North Platte GMC Buick IMCA Northern SportMod career, outrunning Dillon Schultz. Eddie Belec led start to finish of the Maxwell Offroad Center IMCA Modified main event while Mike Nichols worked his way from inside row six at the start to first at the finish of the Knucklehead Garage IMCA Stock Car feature. Luke Wassom motored from the fourth row and led the last two circuits in winning the Herrick Auto & Marine IMCA Hobby Stock feature.
By Kelly Ninas NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (July 14) – Leading the laps that mattered most was Jay Steffens in Saturday’s IMCA Modified main event at Lincoln County Raceway. Steffens stayed within striking distance of leader Dave Pedersen, who paced the first 13 laps. Steffens drove around the outside of Pedersen to take the lead and the win. Fifth row starter Jeff Whiting was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner and Tanner Clough prevailed in a tough battle for top IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock honors. Jamey Kennicutt led from the second lap to the checkers in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod headliner while Daryl Cauffman ruled the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.