Lexington Raceway Hosts Championship Night
Getting down to business were the competitors that challenged each other for every point during the season points championship night of racing at Lexington (NE) Raceway on Sunday evening. Scoring the victories and driving their hot rods into the winners circle was Colton Osborn, Josh Leonard, Cole Egge, Mike Nichols and Luke Wassom.
In a see-saw battle were the duo of Colton Osborn and Anthony Roth during the early laps of the IMCA Modified feature until Osborn of Cozad was able to gain a little breathing room and never look back to earn the main event victory. Anthony Roth of Columbus was able to pilot his rocketship to a runner-up finish in the feature. Hitting his stride during the waning laps of the feature was Davenport’s Scott Smith in third place overall.
Battling throughout the evening were the challengers in the Grand National Late Model Feature that circled for 25 laps. Josh Leonard of Gibbon was able to hold off the challenges from the rest of the competitors to earn the victory. Continuing to gain confidence in his abilities as the seat time piles up, Scott Eaton of York was able to finish strong to the tune of a runner-up finish. Close behind Eaton was Dylan Schmer of Aurora in third place overall. Crossing the stripe in fourth place was Cale Osborn of Cozad, after he had been in the runner-up position and then fell back while trying his best to get by Leonard on a late restart.
Kearney’s Cole Egge finally punched through for a feature win in the IMCA Northern Sport Modified division on Sunday evening. Egge has led the most laps in numerous features this season, but it was on the final night of competition that that young gun was able to lead all of the circuits to claim his first IMCA feature win the division after starting on the outside of the first row. National Championship contender Daniel Gottschalk of Ellis, Kansas did everything he could and more in hopes of catching up with Egge, but he was forced to settle for runner-up honors. Staying up on the wheel and working both the top and the bottom to get his car hooked up, Steve Kempt of Shelton scored a third place finish.
Leading the way from the beginning until the checkered flag was flying high was Mike Nichols of Harlan, Iowa for his 56th feature win of the season in the IMCA Stock Car division. Nichols was able to work his way to big leads on every re-start to score the victory. Earning the place position honors was Maywood’s Casey Werkmeister by staying close to the rear bumper of Nichol’s hot rod. Finishing strong in the feature event was Bob Chalupa of McCook with one of his best finishes of the 2016 season at Lexington Raceway.
Starting up front and staying out of trouble to earn the win was Luke Wassom of Broken Bow in the IMCA Hobby Stock Feature contest. Wassom led all 20 laps of the main event. Jacob Wolsleben of Lexington was able to build up his momentum throughout the feature event to hold onto the runner-up position as the checkered flag was flying to finish second overall. Keeping his strong season rolling downhill with momentum, the final night became more of the same, Travis Kernick of Kearney was the third place finisher in the feature event.
--IMCA Modified Feature: 1. 50c-Colton Osborn; 2. 60iv-Anthony Roth; 3. 50-Scott Smith; 4. XII-Jay Steffens; 5. 19-Chuck Stryker; 6. 2-Jeremy Herbst; 7. 4c-Charley Brown; 8. 11h-Henry Henderson.
--Grand National Late Model Feature: 1. 85-Josh Leonard; 2. 50-Scott Eaton; 3. 5s-Dylan Schmer; 4. 6c-Cale Osborn; 5. 14-Bill Kubik; 6. 83d-Denton Duncan; 7. 15-Collin Safranek; 8. 23x-Jacob Kubicka; 9. 27-Bryce Taylor.
--IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature: 1. 1c-Cole Egge; 2. 3d-Daniel Gottschalk; 3. 90k-Steve Kempt; 4. 1x-Denny Egge; 5. 68-Craig Howard; 6. 0hp-Bryan Herrick; 7. 25-Toph Harmon; 8. 20b-Brandon Clough; 9. X3d-Kyle Pfieffer; 10. 33d-Brenden Damon.
--IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1. 63-Mike Nichols; 2. 24w-Casey Werkmeister; 3. 24-Bob Chalupa; 4. 84-James Sheldon; 5. 72h-Jim Hagan; 6. 7t-Tyson Canas; 7. 19e-Brendan Eilts; 8. 09h-Bob Hoing; 9. 1-Chase Conaway; 10. 31-Darin Racek.
--IMCA Hobby Stock Feature: 1. 2w-Luke Wassom; 2. 01-Jacob Wolsleben; 3. 2x-Travis Kernick; 4. 22w-Brady Weinman; 5. 29-Jeromy Wagner; 6. 1j-Jakob Egge; 7. 5-Chuck Ledbetter; 8. 88m-TC McKain; 9. 03-Josh Lester.