Monday, March 23, 2009

Beatrice Days 2 & 3

After the lights went out on Friday, racing resumed a little earlier then scheduled on Saturday with the sportmod and modified features. Johnny Saathoff used his pole starting spot to take command of the modified feature and would go on to get the win. He was followed across the line by David Murray, Ricky Alvarado, Jeremy Mills, and Greg Metz. Alvarado was the one to watch as he had started 12th.

In the sportmods, Tyler Frye would take home the hardware. Damon Murty settled for second, Benji Legg third, Luke Wanniger fourth, and Max Harder rounded out the top five.

On to Saturday's normal schedule of events. Ricky Alvarado took advantage of his outside front row starting position and raced to a commanding half-lap win over the rest of the competition. Greg Metz powered his way from 11th to a solid second place finish in his BMS machine. David Murray, Sean Jerovetz, and Jay Noteboom rounded out the top five. Alvarado pocked a cool $1,500 for the win.

Luke Wanninger is continuing his strong runs from last year as the defending Sportmod national champion would take the win on Saturday night. Benji Legg crossed the line second, Damon Murty third, Tyler Frye fourth, and Rick Rohr fifth.

IMCA hobby stocks also ran Saturday night as part of Day 2 of the Spring Nationals. R.J. Macku took home the top prize as he beat Ryan Roschewski. Tony Spunagle, Eric Chab, and Nick Topil.

Due to the weather forecast, officials bumped up the start time for Sunday's show to 12 noon. Things were initially scheduled to start at 3pm. Twice was nice for Johnny Saathoff again redrew the pole and again found himself in victory lane after the modified feature after leading every lap. Greg Metz passed several cars at the end to notch a second place finish. Jay Noteboom, Dominic Ursetta, and Ricky Alvarado completed the top five. Saathoff added $2,000 to his weekend prize money for his efforts.

Round two for the hobby stocks saw Andy Gregg finish in victory lane after a hard-fought battle with Travis Burger. Jim Buss finished in third, Adam Armstrong fourth, and Eric Chab rounded out the top five.

Sport compacts and factory stocks completed the Sunday show. Damon Murty would make the trip worthwhile as he won the factory stock feature in easy fashion. Alex Fink would take home top prize in the sport compacts.

That wraps another long weekend of racing for me. It was fun to see friends again for the first time this season. A lot of cars packed into the pits at Beatrice from several states. Hopefully next year the wind won't be as much of a factor as it was this time around.

The upcoming schedule for "Tapfan's Tours" include stops at LA Raceway in La Monte, Missouri on Friday (March 27th) and then heading northwest to Thunderhill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas on Saturday (March 28th) for stops on the USMTS tour. With any luck, I'll be able to use a friend's laptop and will be able to get my blog posted each night, unless I decide to drive home Saturday night after the races. for results. Click on the day you'd like to see.

- Racing may be a hobby, but it's DEFINITELY addictive!

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