By NICK SCHWIEN
WaKEENEY -- Success has come behind the wheel for Dylan Sherfick.
But this early in the season?
"Every year, it seems like it takes some time to get some steam rolling here, then I finally get the win towards the end of the year," Sherfick said. "Getting one at the beginning of the year kind of gets the monkey off our back. Hopefully we can get a few more this year."
Sherfick won Sunday night's modified feature at WaKeeney Speedway, and the scariest thing for his competitors is it's the earliest in the season he's ever won in the class.
Typically, Sherfick has put together a strong second half of seasons. And that's when his victories have come.
But Sunday, Sherfick dominated the field on his hometown track and won by nearly a straightaway. That came on the heels of a second-place finish the night before at RPM Speedway in Hays.
"When I went out there for the heat race, and they said I beat them for quite a ways, I knew the car was good," Sherfick said. "I didn't change anything for the feature. I knew if there was still some moisture like there was for the heat race, then the car was going to be good."
Sherfick was more than just good. He was great. After John Fose led the first three laps, Troy Plummer led the next six as Sherfick worked to the front from his seventh-place starting spot.
On lap 10, Sherfick had the momentum and made the pass for the lead.
"He could just go off the corners so much better than I could," Plummer said. "He just had a better car tonight."
"At the start of the race, once I found that top, I knew the car was going to go," Sherfick said. "I ducked down below Plummer going into one, and it stuck pretty well. I knew I had enough to get around him then at some point."
After a caution on the 12th lap, Sherfick pulled away from the field to win by a large distance.
"It seemed like a 50-lapper when I got up front there," Plummer said. "I just knew probably somebody would be coming. I didn't think I would get passed on the bottom, but I did."
Plummer finished second, with Mike Petersilie making the pass by Fose coming out of turn four to take third. Brian Calhoon was fifth.
"It was hammer down," Plummer said. "It was basically as fast as you could get around there. It was a good time. But I have to thank Sherfick's dad and Darrick Klima. They gave me some setup advice for my car -- really got me going good."
* Jason Rogers won the stock car feature, leading the final 13 laps. Jeff Tubbs tried his best to catch him before finishing second, and Dalton Bauer had his strongest run of the season to finish third. B.J. Wagoner was fourth in a race that featured several drivers battling door-to-door the entire 20 laps.
* Dustin Daniels took the lead on lap five and led the rest of the sport mod feature. Clay Money closed the gap before finishing second, with Mike Appel in third and Tyler Frye in fourth.
* Eric Ross won his first hobby stock feature at WaKeeney this year after a battle with Tommy Fose the final 11 laps. Fose led until Ross got by him on lap eight, then the two battled bumper to bumper the rest of the way. Cody Graham, who started 18th, whittled his way through the field and looked to edge by Fose coming out of turn four on the final lap. But track officials ruled Fose was ahead, relegating Graham to third. Leon Pfannenstiel was fourth.
* Racing returns to WaKeeney Speedway on May 26 for the first day of the two-day Memorial Day races. The first night features the regular four classes, along with the 305 sprint cars of the URSS.