Drive like lightning wasn’t just a figure of speech for drivers on Saturday at Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte, as raceway staff did their best to get the races in prior to the ensuing storms.
Racing their way to the winners circle were David Murray Jr. Jacob Olmstead, Casey Woken, Luke Wassom and Terry Tritt.
Veteran wheelman David Murray Jr. of Oberlin, Kansas, held off all the challengers on the final laps to claim victory in the IMCA Modified Feature.
Murray started the main event in the third row right next to Tyler Frye of Belleville, Kansas. Frye was able to drive his way onto the podium with a runner-up finish to Murray. The pair of Kansas drivers put on an impressive display of driving and competing during the final laps of the feature. Brandon Clough of Wallace finished third.
Jacob Olmstead of Overton showcased his skills to win the IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature.
It was a long road to the front for Olmstead, as he started on the outside of the fifth row. Jacob Slough of Doniphan was close to claiming his second win in North Platte, but had to settle with a runner-up finish after starting on the inside of the fifth row. Fan favorite Tony Schultz of North Platte was able to avoid incident in the final laps to finish third.
The 1-2 punch of Casey Woken and Travis Demilt took home the top two spots in the IMCA Stock Car Feature.
Woken, of Norton, Kansas, cruised around the bottom of the track, getting a good drive off of the corners and working through traffic to win after starting in the fifth row.
Demilt, of Ogallala, applied pressure to Woken down the stretch, but to no avail, as he had to settle for second place. Cale Osborn of Cozad finished third after starting on the pole and was able to stay among the leaders for much of the feature contest. Kyle Clough of Wallace and Cody DeWester of McCook rounded out the top five in the feature.
When all the smoke cleared after a wild final lap of the IMCA Hobby Stock Feature, "Awesome" Luke Wassom of Broken Bow was the victor after starting from the fourth row.
Zach Olmstead of Overton came from the fifth row to finish as runner-up, and Nate Refior of Sutton was third.
Terry Tritt of York won his second IMCA Sport Compact feature in North Platte after beginning the race on the inside of the second row.
Gothenburg’s Quincy Eggleston had Tritt within reach during the waning laps, but ran out of real estate and was forced to settle with a second-place finish. Merle Johnson of Bertrand came in third.
IMCA Modified Feature: 1. 97m-David Murray Jr; 2. 55-Tyler Frye; 3. 20b-Brandon Clough; 4. 11h-Henry Henderson; 5. 34jw-Cole Hodges; 6. 0hp-Bryan Herrick; 7. 4p-Dave Pedersen; 8. 93h-Klancy Honeycutt; 9. 255-Zach Schultz.
IMCA Northern Sport Mod Feature: 1. 88j-Jacob Olmstead; 2. 15d-Jacob Slough; 3. 55-Tony Schultz; 4. 1-Paul Donovan; 5. 15k-Jamey Kennicutt; 6. 511-Zach Buesing; 7. 88-Eric Kackmeister; 8. 69-Adam Kackmeister; 9. 12j-Kerry Jones; 10. 69z-Zane Turner.
IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1. 35jw-Casey Woken; 2. 5d-Travis Demilt; 3. 6c-Cale Osborn; 4. 11k-Kyle Clough; 5. 20k-Cody Dewester; 6. 16w-Jeff Whiting; 7. 24-Bob Chalupa; 8. 75-Dan Eller; 9. 47-Russ Small Jr; 10. 12az-Rick Maier.
IMCA Hobby Stock Feature: 1. 2w-Luke Wassom; 2. 98z-Zach Olmstead; 3. R89-Nate Refior; 4. 72b-Jacob Hagan; 5. 1-Tanner Clough; 6. 7d7-David Norquest; 7. 12t-Tanner Jones; 8. 5-Chuck Ledbetter; 9. 45r-Riley Kort; 10. 5t-Cody Topinka.
IMCA Sport Compact Feature: 1. 5x-Terry Tritt; 2. 7e-Quincy Eggleston; 3. 07-Merle Johnson; 4. 84d-Kaden Dady; 5. 00d-Daryl Cauffman; 6. 71a-Andrew McClellen; 7. L2-Lonnie Lenser Jr; 8. 14-Rliegh Flohrs; 9. 26-Marcus Florom.