Thursday night thunder
COLUMBUS, Jun 15, 2012 (Columbus Telegram - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The rumble could be heard both in the sky and on the track.
Despite lightning flashing throughout the night, the rain stayed away enough to enable racing to be held at U.S. 30 Speedway Thursday night. It was a strong night for locals, as three area drivers scored victories.
In the Hobby Stock feature, Columbus' Jeff Ware had a night to remember. The driver of the No. 83 car led from start to finish to score his first victory.
Ware looked like he was in cruise control for most of the race, as he held a comfortable lead for most of the race before finally feeling a bit of pressure near the end.
Platte Center's Andrew Gehring ran out of time to catch Ware and settled for second, while Neligh's Jason Wilkinson finished third.
St. Edward's Austin Brauner came in fourth, and Columbus' Brent VanDiest was 11th.
In the Sport Mods, Columbus' James Kleinheksel also flexed his muscle, leading 11 of 15 laps to take the checkered flag.
Like Ware, Kleinheksel wasn't pressured for most of the race. A spin by David City's Austin Svoboda on Lap 13 bunched up the field for a three-lap sprint to the finish, but Kleinheksel held strong and kept the field at bay.
Norfolk's Kyle Prauner and Brad Brabec finished second and third, respectively.
Columbus' Trent Roth and Zach Reicks took sixth and seventh, respectively, while Bellwood's Jamie Sylvester was ninth. Columbus' Mitch Coble finished 10th, and David City's Jason Harms and Anthony Kobus crossed the finish line 11th and 12th, respectively.
Rising City's Dion Kovar finished 13th, while Svoboda settled for 15th. Nick Topil, of Rising City, finished 16th.
In the IMCA Modified feature, Stromsburg's Tim Ward took the lead early and never looked back.
Ward got around David City's Tom Svoboda on Lap 5 and led the final 16 laps of the race. Clarks' Shane Thome, who came in as the winner of the previous two races at U.S. 30, finished second.
Osceola's Dylan Smith took third, and Svoboda placed fourth. Albion's Tyler Iverson crossed the finish line fifth, and Rising City's Shane Hiatt was sixth. Columbus' Jared Hoefelman, Anthony Roth and Kyle Ligenza finished eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.
The Sport Compact feature started with a scary moment, as Duncan's Brooke Fluckiger and Fremont's David Knoell Jr. were involved in a hard crash on the backstretch on the opening lap of the race. The race was red-flagged for approximately 30 minutes while medics attended to the drivers.
Fluckiger was transported from the track in an ambulance, but her condition was not released due to privacy laws.
Once racing resumed, Norfolk's Shannon Pospisil dominated, leading all 10 laps to take the checkered flag.
Pierce's Cameron Meyer finished second, and Beatrice's Nick Linblad took third.
Clarkson's Jeff Zimmerman came in ninth, and Fluckiger was credited with 15th.
The Open Street Stocks had the night off as the Limited Late Models made a special appearance at the track.
The race was a wild one, featuring tight racing and five caution flags.
Norfolk's Robert Osborne led the first 12 laps before being overtaken by another Norfolk driver in Tad Pospisil.
Once Pospisil got the lead, he never gave it up. Despite four cautions in the final six laps that bunched the field up, Pospisil held strong.
Osborne got one final chance when an engine failure on the car of Battle Creek's Alex Banks brought out the yellow flag on the last lap. He couldn't take advantage, however, as Pospisil crossed the finish line first.
Osborne settled for second, while Albion's Mark Lueken placed third.
Greg Krohn, of Albion, came in 12th.
Racing will return to U.S. 30 at 8 p.m. next Thursday.
U.S. 30 Speedway
--Feature -- 1. Tim Ward, 4TW, Stromsburg; 2. Shane Thome, 1S, Clarks; 3. Dylan Smith, 95, Osceola; 4. Tom Svoboda, 16, David City; 5. Tyler Iverson, 98T, Albion; 6. Shane Hiatt, 21H, Rising City; 7. Andy Wilkinson, 15, York; 8. Jared Hoefelman, 15H, Columbus; 9. Anthony Roth, 60, Columbus; 10. Kyle Ligenza, 16K, Columbus; 11. Kyle Schwarting, 22, Ceresco.
--Heat Winners -- Ward; Svoboda.
--Feature -- 1. James Kleinheksel, 7W, Columbus; 2. Kyle Prauner, 5K, Norfolk; 3. Brad Brabec, 1B, Norfolk; 4. Ken Eckhoff, 5, Hooper; 5. Nelson Vollbrecht, 11X, Stanton; 6. Trent Roth, 14, Columbus; 7. Zach Reicks, 7R, Columbus; 8. Geoff Olson, 2G, Sioux City, Iowa; 9. Jamie Sylvester, 14S, Bellwood; 10. Mitch Coble, M22, Columbus; 11. Jason Harms, 17A, David City; 12. Anthony Kobus, 13, David City; 13. Dion Kovar, 18, Rising City; 14. Scott Eaton, 39, York; 15. Austin Svoboda, 16, David City; 16. Nick Topil, 7T, Rising City; 17. Nate Thompson, 3T, Fremont; 18. Rod Bronson, 54R, Hooper.
--B Feature Winner -- Svoboda.
--Heat Winners -- Eckhoff; Bronson; Kleinheksel.
--Feature -- 1. Jeff Ware, 83, Columbus; 2. Andrew Gehring, 23R, Platte Center; 3. Jason Wilkinson, 52, Neligh; 4. Austin Brauner, 10A, St. Edward; 5. Brandon Wergin, 61B, Milford; 6. Jason Overholt, 27, Wayne; 7. Matt Haase, 81, Norfolk; 8. Colby Langenberg, 1J, Norfolk; 9. Nic Kimmel, 17K, Norfolk; 10. Tiffany Bittner, 95B, Norfolk; 11. Brent VanDiest, 4B, Columbus; 12. Hunter Wergin, 2, Milford.
--Heat Winners -- Bittner; Ware.
--Feature -- 1. Shannon Pospisil, 00, Norfolk; 2. Cameron Meyer, 21, Pierce; 3. Nick Linblad, 26, Beatrice; 4. Darick Lamberson, 31, Grand Island; 5. David Dembowski, 52, Grand Island; 6. Jordan Uehling, 58J, Norfolk; 7. Robert Greser, 73, Fremont; 8. Tyler Vukonich, 21T, Fremont; 9. Jeff Zimmerman, 61, Clarkson; 10. Brock Carlson, 22, Winside; 11. Tanner Dowty, 7T, Fremont; 12. Kaleb Jasperson, 4, Norfolk; 13. David Knoell Sr., 222, Fremont; 14. David Knoell Jr., 70D, Fremont; 15. Brooke Fluckiger, 2B, Duncan.
--Heat Winners -- Knoell Jr.; Pospisil.
Limited Late Model
--Feature -- 1. Tad Pospisil, 04, Norfolk; 2. Robert Osborne, 35, Norfolk; 3. Mark Lueken, 12, Albion; 4. Chad Jensen, 73, Norfolk; 5. Jim Johnson, 36, Plainview; 6. Dean Wilkinson, 52, Neligh; 7. Justin Bertschinger, 90, Norfolk; 8. Bryan Molt, 11B, Cedar Rapids; 9. Micah Veleba, 30, Sutton; 10. Ben Sukup, 07, Norfolk; 11. Alex Banks, 12B, Battle Creek; 12. Greg Krohn, 20, Albion; 13. Nate Behmer, 007, Hoskins; 14. Pat Shanahan, 15S, Prague.
--Heat Winners -- Wilkinson; Molt.
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