By JOHN SCHMIDT
Special to The Hays Daily News
COLBY -- The grandstands at Thomas County Speedway were full of fans eager to see the changes made to the track. Several drivers commented how they appreciated the smooth wide racing surface that held water extremely well throughout the features sponsored by El Dos De Oros. The fans enjoyed side by side racing and close finishes at the flag stand all night long on the newly reconfigured track.
The Road Runner Manufacturing Econos were lead by Rocky Baalmann for the first 11 laps. With three laps left he had Alex West and his brother Ryan Baalmann hot on his tail. When the flagman dropped the white flag we were three wide going into turn one. Coming from the third position for the win at the checkers was Ryan Baalmann. Top four was Ryan Baalmann, Alex West, Rocky Baalmann, and Joey Foster.
Richard Boon and Cody Graham took the green flag to the Strutt Insurance Services Hobby Stock feature. For the majority of the race Boon and Graham were side by side in every single turn. It wasn't just the first two cars racing two wide around the 3/8 high banked oval. Jason McIntyre and Raymond Dechant battled hard for the third spot as well. With three laps left Cody Graham was finally able to gain separation over Boon for the feature win. Top four was Graham, Boon, Dechant, and McIntyre.
Andy Barton and Jason Grey took the green flag but Jasen brought out the yellow on the first lap. On the restart we were three wide with Barton, Jason Breese, and Clay Money. For the next 8 laps Barton and Money kept on battling for the lead. With five laps left Money was in the money and checked out from the rest of the field. Top four was Money, Barton, Clay Sellard, and Breese.
Fans were in a treat for the most exciting race of the night brought to you by the Sporer Land Development Stock Cars. Tyler Tipton jumped out to an early lead and was trailed by Jason Rogers. The first caution was brought out by Brett Olke when he took a ride on the back stretch wall. Rogers was able to take advantage of the restart and the bottom groove to get around Tipton in his new car. Jeff Tubbs moving up quickly from his ninth starting spot battled "The Bullet" B.J. Wagoner for the third spot. With four laps to go Jeff Tubbs got around Tipton on the bottom side and started to work on leader Jason Rogers. Also in the middle of the pack Nick "Spiderman" Tubbs in a borrowed car, battled Perry Misner for the fifth spot. On the final lap Rogers and Jeff " The Gambler" Tubbs approached lap traffic making for a great finish coming out of turn four. Top Four Rogers, J. Tubbs, Tipton, and Wagoner.
In the IMCA Modified Feature Nate Moore started pole with Brady Coen on his back bumper. Mike Wadel was making the bottom line stick and quickly got around Coen to begin battling Moore for the lead. Jeremy Frenier was making his way up through the field before he spun out on lap 4. Wadel and Moore kept battling for five laps for the lead until Wadel was finally able to get around Moore. By that time Frenier had worked his way up to third and began to battle Moore for the runner up spot. Top Four Wadel, Moore, Frenier, and Coen.
The next race will be Sunday May 19 at 7 P.M. with hot laps at 6P.M. and pits opening at 4 P.M. Also make sure to like the Thomas County Speedway LLC's Facebook page for full results and up to date information. They will also be giving away two more bikes donated by Wal-Mart of Colby.