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Subject: Highlights from Speedway Motors Cornhusker Classic 10/12/19
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I-80 Speedway Rep
Posted on 10/13/2019 1:50:49 AM

Grabowski, Sobbing, Harker, Pospisil, Ramsey, and Vannausdle are 2019 Cornhusker Classic Champions
By Anthony Ainslie
The 2019 season at I-80 Speedway came to a close Saturday with the track’s annual fall showcase, the Speedway Motors Cornhusker Classic.
Including the Malvern Bank Super Late Models, a total of 227 cars across seven classes packed the infield and backstretch pit areas at I-80 Speedway for one last night of racing for the year before the winter months come.
The Classic was initially scheduled to be a two-day show, but with weather turning harsh on Thursday and Friday, it was made into a one-day show. The early afternoon sun made it a slick track, but by the end of the night, there was a ton of close-quarters action.
The 30-lap modified featured a great battle between Jordan Grabowski and Jesse Sobbing. Grabowski pulled away in the early laps before Sobbing tracked him down and made the pass for the lead with 14 laps to go.
The only caution came out on the final as Grabowski and Sobbing made contact sending Sobbing around taking him out of contention for the win. Grabowski managed to hold off Justin Zeitner and Jacob Hobscheidt in a two-lap shootout to repeat as Cornhusker Classic champion in the modifieds. Zeitner and Hobscheidt took second and third while 2019 I-80 Speedway track champion Ryan Jenkins took fourth, and Jay Noteboom rounded out the top five.
As for Sobbing, He went on to dominate the stock car feature. Sobbing took the lead from Shane Stutzman with 13 laps remaining after Stutzman led the first seven.
Some seriously bad luck came for third place running Cory Stapleton. While under the final caution with only four laps to go, the motor began smoking and overheating, thus taking Stapleton out of contention for a podium finish.
Sobbing went on to take home the win, his first career stock car victory at I-80 Speedway with 2019 track champion Stutzman coming in second. Nick Woodard, Elijah Zevenbergen and Doug Adamy finished out the top five.
Saturday’s sport mod main event saw the race dominated by 2019 track champion Shawn Harker. The Nebraska City natve started on the pole for the feature, and when the cautions were not stopping and starting the race, Harker had to hold a very tough challenger in Doug Smith. Smith put up a couple of hard charges at Harker for the lead, but Harker handled it like a professional.
Harker would lead all 20 laps to capture his first Cornhusker Classic. Doug Smith would have to settle for second while Tyler Inman, Kevin Zeitner and Josh Most finished out the top five.
The Bragging Rights late models had their final event of the year with a 20-lap feature. Defending race winner Tad Pospisil took the lead on the opening lap and was ran away with the show.
Now 3-time track champion Jacob Brown had trouble during the feature. The Omaha native started deep in the pack and was making his way through the field before cutting a tire on lap six. We come back to finish 14th.
Meanwhile, no one could stop Pospisil. The Norfolk driver led wire to wire to repeat as champion of the Cornhusker Classic for the Bragging Rights late models. Andrew Kosiski and Jake Bridge took second and third while Andrew Tilley and Sterling Perkins rounded out the top five.
In the hobby stock feature, Luke Ramsey made a huge move right off the bat. The 2019 track champion passed four cars on the outside as the field came off turn two to take the lead on the opening lap.
As the race progressed, Ramsey led with Jason Kohl right on his bumper. The two Iowa natives traded slide jobs in the closing laps, but in the end, it was Ramsey having the stronger car fending off Kohl to take the feature win.
Kohl settled for second while Jason Fusselman, Tyler Barribo and Kiel Brittain rounded out the top five.
The compact feature went caution-free for all 13 laps. Bryan Vannausdle jumped from the pole on the opening lap and held off Drake Bohlmeyer all throughout the race to capture his first Cornhusker Classic Triumph.
Bohlmeyer took second while Jacob Schwab, Shawn Hein and Connor Brown finished out the top five.
And with the Speedway Motors Cornhusker Classic completed, the 2019 season has officially come to a close at I-80 Speedway. The track now prepares for winter as new upgrades to the track will be coming for the 2020 Season.


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