Bringing the thunder and the lightning to outrun the storm at Dawson County Raceway were the visiting Nebraska Modified Lites and the IMCA superstars that compete on the 3/8 mile oval in Lexington, Nebraska on Sunday evening during the Jeremy Trompke Memorial Races.
The competitors were chomping at the steering wheel to earn a trip to the Trompke Memorial race winners circle. Earning the highly acclaimed hardware were Cale Osborn, Chad Dolan, Mike Nichols, Tiffany Bittner and David Dembowski. Brian Davidson won his second straight Nebraska Modified Lite Feature, sweeping the special scheduled events in North Platte and Lexington.
Leading from the start to the finish was Brian Davidson of Bennington, Kansas in taking home the top honors in the Nebraska Modified Lite feature. Davidson was masterful in working through traffic during the event, to hold off the charges of runner-up Brad Bayne of Greeley, Colorado. Bayne started in the third row of the feature grid and was able to work his way to the front and drove to the second place finish. Lincoln, Nebraska hotshoe Brandon Vantine of Crete, Nebraska powered his way to a podium finish, taking home show honors for his efforts behind the wheel of his hotrod.
Starting on the outside of the second row and finding the cushion early propelled Cale Osborn of Cozad, Nebraska to cruise to the Feature win in the IMCA Modified division. Osborn snared the lead on the fourth circuit and never looked back to claim the checkered flag. Using the low line around the Dawson County oval was prosperous for Brian Levander of Grand Island to race his way to the runner-up position. Wakeeney, Kansas lead foot Kyle Rohleder won the cash dash and then was able to build on the stellar performance with a third place showing in the Feature event. Showing great perseverance and patience, Gibbon's Chad Dolan led the laps the mattered the most as he took the point on the final two circuits to capture the Feature victory in the IMCA Northern Sport Modified division. Crossing the stripe in second place, Lexington's Vince Leibert was a mainstay in competing for top honors as he led the first four laps and then took over the lead on lap 16 as a result of Dillon Schultz jumping the berm in corner three., Veteran wheelman Denny Egge of Kearney, Nebraska charged to within contention from his fifth row starting position in the waning laps and was rewarded with a third place finish.
In one of the most exciting divisions at Dawson County Raceway, Tiffany Bittner held off all challengers to notch the victory in the IMCA Hobby Stock division. Norfolk, Nebraska driver Bittner stayed cool, calm and collective throughout the Feature despite the pressure from Jason Wilkinson of Neligh, Nebraska on rear bumper for much of the final event for the Hobby Stocks. Wilkinson tried everything and more to pass Bittner, but was forced to settle for runner-up accolades. Kyle Bond is a multi-time winner of the Trompke Memorial event and was able to register a third place finish for his efforts after winning one of the earlier heat races.
Getting off to a fast start and running off and hiding in the front of the field was David Dembowski of Grand Island in the IMCA Sport Compact division. Dembowski led from the drop of the green flag until reaching the checkered flag to earn the victory. David Earhart of Farnam was heavy on the loud pedal of his 'small but mighty' hotrod and his efforts would pay off dearly in earning runner-up accolades. Justin Schmidt piloted his Chevy Berretta to third place honors for the Grand Island native.
--Nebraska Modified Lite Feature: 1. b55-Brian Davidson; 2. 3b-Brad Bayne; 3. 19-Brandan Vantine; 4. 15-Brandon Spanjer; 5. 5-0-Terry Vantine; 6. 61-Chick DeMoss; 7. 05-Reed Lundstedt; 8. 51-Mark Bruder; 9. 21t-Taylor Pollock; 10. 3r-Duane Bayne.
-Heat 1: 1. 15-Brandon Spanjer; 2. 05-Reed Lundstedt; 3. 61-Chick DeMoss.
-Heat 2: 1. 51-Mark Bruder; 2. b55-Brian Davidson; 3. 3b-Brad Bayne.
--IMCA Modified Feature: 1. 6c-Cale Osborn; 2. 3-Brian Levander; 3. 0-Kyle Rohleder; 4. 1xjr-Cody Blessing; 5. XII-Jay Steffens; 6. 19-Chuck Stryker; 7. 50-Scott Smith; 8. 7a-Steve Aitken; 9. 4p-Dave Pedersen; 10. 50c-Colton Osborn.
-Heat 1: 1. 1xjr-Cody Blessing; 2. 50-Scott Smith; 3. 29e-Brooke Eilts.
-Heat 2: 1. 6c-Cale Osborn; 2. 7a-Steve Aitken; 3. 3-Brian Levander.
--IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature: 1. 87d-Chad Dolan; 2. 7-Vince Leibert; 3. 1x-Denny Egge; 3. 13-Terry Dressel; 4. 0-Bryan Herrick; 5. 52-Dean Wilkinson; 6. 15k-Jamey Kennicutt; 7. 20-Hunter Cantrall; 8. 12j-Kerry Jones; 9. 20b-Brandon Clough; 10. 79s-James Stewart.
-Heat 1: 1. 15k-Jamey Kennicutt; 2. 20b-Brandon Clough; 3. 87d-Chad Dolan.
-Heat 2: 1. 7-Vince Leibert; 2. 55d-Dillon Schultz; 3. 0-Bryan Herrick.
--IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1. 63-Mike Nichols; 2. 24w-Casey Werkmeister; 3. 11k-Kyle Clough; 4. 35jw-Casey Woken; 5. 29e-Brandon Eilts; 6. j3d-Jed Williams; 7. 16w-Jeff Whiting; 8. 09h-Bob Hoing; 9. 33oz-Ozzie Romero; 10. 31-Darin Racek.
-Heat 1: 1. 63-Mike Nichols; 2. 24-Bob Chalupa; 3. 16w-Jeff Whiting.
-Heat 2: 1. 24w-Casey Werkmeister; 2. 57-Dan Stoll; 3. 35jw-Casey Woken.
-Heat 3: 1. 99-Dave Easterday; 2. 49-Zach Zentner; 3. 33oz-Ozzie Romero.
--IMCA Hobby Stock Feature: 1. 95b-Tiffany Bittner; 2. 52-Jason Wilkinson; 3. 0-Kyle Bond; 4. 11-Dillon Thompson; 5. 03-Josh Lester; 6. 26-Ryan Gardine; 7. 16d-Dalton James; 8. 9a-Anthony Martin; 9. +1-James Pittman; 10. 5-Chuck Ledbetter.
-Heat 1: 1. 9a-Anthony Martin; 2. 2x-Travis Kernick; 3. 26-Ryan Gardine.
-Heat 2: 1. 0-Kyle Bond; 2. 95b-Tiffany Bittner; 3. 16d-Dalton James.
--IMCA Sport Compact Feature: 1. 52-David Dembowski; 2. 22e-David Earhart; 3. 29e-Justin Schmidt; 4. 98x-Jacob Olmstead; 5. 98z-Zach Olmstead.
-Heat: 1. 98x-Jacob Olmstead; 2. 52-David Dembowski; 3. 22e-David Earhart.
Source: Kelly Ninas