New Changes Bring Excitement to Opening Night at the Murray County Speedway
A lot has changed since we last went racing last August. During the offseason volunteers worked hard to get everything done on time so we could go racing. One addition that was added this offseason is a new 1/8th mile oval inside of the track. The reason this was added is because we added another class that will use this track. The Miniakota micro sprints will make appearances this year at the Murray County Speedway. They should bring quite the excitement to the track this year. Despite the humidity and the wind, it was a good opening night, and a great start to the 2012 racing season.
First National Bank IMCA Sport Compacts
The IMCA Sport Compacts took the first green flag of the 2012 season. Last year’s point runner up Aaron Betz was on hand and looked to start the season strong. After starting third in the feature, Betz would quickly gain the lead. After gaining the lead, nobody would touch Betz as he would go on to win the feature. Behind him however, an intense battle insued between the 28 car of Jason Baune, the 33 car of Nikkya Betz, and the 7 car of Stephanie Forsberg. The three would fight side by side all the way to the finish line. When all was said and done, Jason Baune would hold on to take second, Nikkya Betz would take home third, and Stephanie Forsberg would finish fourth.
Staab Power Washing Miniakota Micro Sprints
The Miniakota micro sprints made their debut Friday on the new 1/8th mile oval. Being new to the track they brought a lot of attention upon themselves, and were very fun to watch. Their debut marked the return of former Sportsman champion Ryan Schuur. Early on in the feature race, the 11J car of Jordan Nordstrom flipped his car coming out of turn four. Despite flipping, Nordstrom would go on to finish the feature. The 32T car of Tim Ottenbacher would go wire to wire and claim the feature win. Race fans should look for this class to produce a lot of exciting races.
Hadley Liquor Store Pure Stock
The pure stocks also made their debut Friday at the Murray County Speedway. The pure stocks took the spot of the sportsman division, and we are expecting more cars to join us later on in the season. The 55S of Brandon Murphy showed that he would be a contender for the title as he would go wire to wire and claim the feature win.
Hadley Elevator IMCA Hobby Stock
A couple of former track champions returned to battle for the hobby stock championship. Former 3-peat hobby stock champion Eric Gillette returned this year. Also, last year’s sportsman champion, the 75C of Cory Probst, made the move up to the hobby stock division. It would not take long for Probst to show that he will be a contender for the crown. Adam Bruder led most of the race, but problems with the car would make him surrender the lead to Probst. Probst would take advantage of the opportunity and go on to claim his first hobby stock feature win. Last year’s point’s runner up Jeremy Van Ede would finish second and former champ Eric Gillette would finish towards the back of the pack.
R&H Seal coating IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds
Adam Ecker is one of last year’s returning track champions. After winning the crown last year, Ecker is looking for two in a row. Thirteen cars would start the A-main, however many of them would exit the race early. An early caution early on in the race would take out five cars. The 80 car of Josh Bonstetter, the 12X of Nick Johansen, and the 15B of Steve Bentz were all involved in the caution. On the restart Nick Dieter, who was making his return to the Murray County Speedway, would take the lead. However, he would quickly surrender the lead to Ecker. Nobody would be able to contest Ecker as he would go on to take the feature win.
Sign Pro IMCA Stock Cars
Last year’s Champion Jeffrey Larson returned in pursuit of another point’s title. Last year, Larson was almost unstoppable and won 8 of the features. Larson would jump out to a quick lead after starting second in the feature. Early on in the race, the 2S car of Jon Schmidt took a hard hit in turn four. It looked as if his night was over, but he overcame the damage that was done to the car and was able to finish the feature race. On the restart Jeffrey would start to pull away from the field. Larson would continue right where he left off last year and dominate the race and take the feature win.
The races for May 25th will be sponsored by The Grain Exchange of Slayton and Miller Sellner International of Slayton. The Big Event for the night is the return of the IMCA Modifieds. The last time this class raced at the Murray County Speedway was in 1996, with Chad Muecke of Slayton being the points champion that year.
IMCA Sport Compact Feature
Winner - Aaron Betz
MCS Pure Stock Feature Winner - Brandon Murphy
IMCA Hobby Feature Winner - Cory Probst
Miniakota Micro Sprint Feature Winner - Tim Ottoenbacher
IMCA Sport Mod Feature Winner - Adam Ecker
IMCA Stock Car Feature Winner - Jeff Larson