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Jeff Hartwell Memorial race offers special series, extra money

By JOHN SCHMIDT

Special to The Hays Daily News

The race season at Thomas County Speedway is quickly coming to a close for 2013. This year the track has made huge strides all season long to improve the racing surface and put on the best show possible for the fans. Jeff and Kassie Carney have spent countless hours on the track trying to keep up with yet another year of drought in Western Kansas. They have been fortunate to have many local drivers and volunteers donate a lot of their time to make this season such a success. Throughout the year the track has seen some of the largest car counts at the track in years thanks to all the extra drivers willing to give the track a chance. However, Jeff and Kassie are not satisfied with this and want to make the last race of the season the best they possibly can.

The first series making the trip to the track is Blood Sweat and Tears Racing Series. After talking to BST promoter Joe Bellm he said " A lot of my guys are looking forward to making the trip to Thomas County Speedway." Joe also stated that a majority of his top 15 in the BST Precise Racing Products Modifieds point standings will make the trip. Some names to look out for on the modified side that are in the top 15 will be Jeremy Frenier, Jesse Taylor, John Hansen, Eddie Belec, David Murray Jr. and Ryan Gaylord. I know I only mentioned just a couple of drivers but the list of heavy hitters will continue to grow as the date gets closer. These guys will be competing for $600 to win and $100 start with no entry fee. If this is not enticing enough for the modified drivers, the purse will grow to $1,000 to win if more than 40 cars show up. Along with the BST series, the added purse should help pull in the largest modified field the track has had in years.

Also coming to Colby is the Great Plains Dirt Track Central Stock Car Series Presented by Goodland Machine. The series has offered one of the largest car count averages for a traveling stock car series in the nation for IMCA. The series is currently led by hometown driver Jeff Tubbs but has some very talented drivers behind him. Out of Harlan, Iowa is four time IMCA National Stock Car Champion Mike Nichols who is sitting second in points. He has won the last three series races and will have to gain 13 points on Tubbs during the last race of the season. Drivers from the series will come from Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and possibly Oklahoma. The BST Chubby Chassis Stock Car Series drivers will also be making the trip but will not be competing for BST series points. The Stock Car drivers will be racing for $600 to win and $100 to start.

The IMCA Sport Mods and Hobby Stocks will also having something to look forward to as well. Their purse will be increased to $400 to win and $50 to start. . Joe is hoping to have five or more BST Buckeye Welding Supply Sport Mods to join the normal field of cars. The IMCA Karl Chevorlet Sport Mods have put on a great show all season long and are hoping to boast their largest car count ever at Thomas County Speedway. Colby is proud to have the top three in Kansas Hobby Stock Point Standings compete at the track all season long. With all of the talent that competes in the hobby stocks, two and three wide racing has become a normal for the class. The econos will also being racing for larger purse of $250 to win.

The Jeff Hartwell Memorial Race has always been a special race for many drivers and fans but this year's memorial race should be the best one yet. Jeff Hartwell has left a huge impact on the racing in Colby and all over the region. So on Sunday August 18th will be a great night to come help fight cancer and watch some amazing racing. If you have not raced at Thomas County Speedway yet this season, this will be the one to make the trip for. For the race fans in town or across the region, this race will be well worth your trip and $10 dollars to get in. With that being said, come race with the best in the area and watch the best in the area as well. Any kid who is in the kids club will get in free when they wear their kids club shirt to the last race! Racing will begin at 7:00 p.m. and hot laps will start at 6:00 p.m. Full pay out sheets can log on to thomascountyspeedway.com or visit them on facebook. Anyone with questions can call track promoter Jeff Carney 785-443-0284.