By Brenda Johnson brandt
The Holyoke Enterprise
A full evening of racing was finally recorded at Phillips County Raceway Saturday. While thunderstorms hit most every night during the week, the weather was calm and dry for the races.
With the last several races experiencing looming clouds or a complete rainout, it was a nice change of events to get a full evening of racing in.
A money scramble was added as a fan-friendly event Saturday night. Between the heat races and main events, First Pioneer National Bank employees threw out quarters on the track. Close to 50 kids were lined up in three age divisions. When the signal was given, they raced to scoop up the coins.
First Pioneer National Bank president Tom Bennett ran the flags for the first main event featuring midget cars.
Hobby stock action was lively Saturday night.
Colt Gibbs of Holyoke and Greg Dannatt of Imperial crashed right in front of the grandstands and the cars had to be pulled apart.
Later, the father-son duo of Leland Stute and Litton Stute were leading the pack, vying for top honors when they spun each other out. After the restart, Litton went on to win the hobby stock main, while Leland placed third.
Results from the June 28 races follow, with racers listed in order of placing.
IMCA modifieds—Jeremy Frenier, Ryan Gaylord, Tyson Groves, 14g Greg Gustus, Jesse Taylor, James Krehmeyer, 65 Greg Gustus, Jake Adler, Aaron Monie and Beau Speicher.
IMCA Northern sport mods—Tom Quint, Chad Dolan, Brandon Clough, Mike Lininger, Steven Lewis, Ryan Moser, Becky Dechant, Bryan McCauley, Jacob Fehler, Chad Young, Bryan Herrick, Henry Henderson, Jack Malick and Tom Nelson Jr.
IMCA stock cars—Kyle Clough, Greg Gutt, Lloyd Meeske, Tony Walker and Jason Noyes.
IMCA hobby stocks—Litton Stute, Tanner Clough, Leland Stute, Jim Moore, Greg Dannatt, Colt Gibbs, Michael Brunswig, Austin Davis and Geoff Briggs.
Midgets—Chris Sheil, Mark Chisholm, Keith Rauch, Greg Schaefer, Tony Rossi, Bob Haar, Brad Tilton and Scott Fennell.
Meet and Greet kicks off July 3-4 raceway activity
Next up at the Phillips County Raceway is the July 3-4 holiday event.
Today (Thursday) includes a Salute to the King farewell tour for Steve Kinser. A meet and greet steak dinner with Kinser is being sponsored by S&W Auto Supply/NAPA at 5 p.m. at the Event Center.
Tickets to this event, which also merit a reserved section seat at the races that evening, are available until 4 p.m. Thursday by calling BST promoter Joe Bellm at 720-404-0400. Races will begin at 7 p.m.
Friday, July 4, the firecracker blowout begins at 5 p.m. in order to finish in time for the city fireworks at dusk.