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Subject: Highlights from First Responder's Night 7/3/20
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I-80 Speedway Rep
Posted on 7/4/2020 1:11:33 AM

Leighton, Leiting, Carlson, Brown, Thompson, Ramsey, and Grout win on Independence Day Weekend
By Anthony Ainslie

As Americans across the United States celebrate the birth of the nation, I-80 Speedway celebrated Independence Day early with a tribute to first responders and some action-packed racing.
Friday marked the speedway’s First Responder’s Night at the races, as many representatives of the Omaha and surrounding police and fire departments came out to honor all those who serve the public and put their lives on the line in the name of keep citizens safe.
A special gauntlet style one-on-one race was held between firefighters and police officers and resulted in 2019 winner Adam Smith defending his title as Guns and Hoses Champion.
All seven of I-80’s NASCAR Weekly Racing divisions were in action for the second week of racing action. Five of the seven classes were on their second points paying night while the super late models and modifieds kicked off their 2020 title hunts.
In the super late model feature, Bill Leighton Jr. and Andrew Kosiski had a competitive battle all the way through the 20-lap main event. The two exchanged the lead back and forth repeatedly while Tad Pospisil worked his way into the third position.
The only caution came out with just two laps remaining setting up a green-white-checkered dash to the finish, which Leighton won with Kosiski coming in second. Defending Track Champion Josh Leonard barely beat out Pospisil for the third spot while Pospisil and Brian Kosiski made up the top five.
The modified main event saw 2019 points runner-up Jacob Hobscheidt take command of the lead. The Plattsmouth native held the lead until Mark Leiting took the lead as two came off turn four with seven laps to go.
From there, Leiting ran away with the show and took home a decisive victory. Hobscheidt took second narrowly over defending track champion Ryan Jenkins who crossed in third. Austin Svoboda and Mike Densberger finished out the top five.
The sport mod feature saw an early battle for the lead between a pair of Nebraska natives. Kevin Zeitner and Devyn Peterson went back and forth with the top spot.
Last year’s track champion Shawn Harker did not have a good night as he made contact with a couple of other cars and spinning in turn one bringing out the caution. The damage sustained by the car was too much, and Harker would end up with a DNF finishing 18th.
Later in the race, following the second and final yellow flag with seven laps to go, Cody Thompson took the lead from Peterson as they came off turn four, and from there, the Sioux City, Iowa driver ran the bottom lane to cruise to the victory.
Kevin Zeitner took second while Matt Andrews, Devyn Peterson and Kayden Dirks rounded out the top five.
Friday’s Bragging Rights late model feature started off with AJ Jorgenson leading the first three laps before Jake Bridge took the top spot. That move for the lead happened was made official right before the yellow flag came out for the first time for a spin in turn four.
When racing resumed, Bridge continued to lead, but defending track champion Jacob Brown picked his way through the field, and with just three laps to go, Brown caught and passed Bridge for the lead.
A pair of cautions came late resulting in two green-white-checkered attempts. The first incident cost Andrew Tilley a podium finish as he spun out in turn three while running third. He would end up finishing 16th.
As for Brown, he nailed his marks on the last two restarts and secured himself his first win of the 2020 season. Jake Bridge took second while Micah Brown charged from 13th to finish third. Alex Humphrey and Todd Bell finished out the top five.
The hobby stock class had the race of the night as Iowa natives Tom Myers and Luke Ramsey swapped the lead almost every lap for all 16 laps. The race only got more intense as Brandon Wergin, Cheyenne Purchase and Dillon Richards all joined in making it a five-car battle for the lead in the closing laps.
Wergin’s race went south unfortunately as he and Richards got tangled up causing Wergin to spin out in turn four. Richards was sent to the rear of the field for rough driving, but he came back to finish seventh, and Wergin took ninth.
When the dust finally settled, defending track champion Luke Ramsey survived by the skin of his teeth scoring the feature with Cheyenne Purchase taking a second-place finish. Myers, along with Lee Kracht and Brent Ricker, made up the top five.
The stock car feature was another close race as Scott Carlson and defending track champion Shane Stutzman went wheel to wheel for the race lead early. As the race continued on, more drivers entered the fray up front as Marty Steinbach, Jed Williams and Eric Rempel all dueled it out in the top five.
The biggest incident came on a restart with seven laps to go. As the field came off of turn four for the green flag, Williams spun out in front of most of the pack collecting three other cars in a pileup and sending everyone else scattering. Williams’ top five run was over as he was out of the race ending up in 17th.
When racing resumed, Carlson was able to pull away and score his first win of the season and pick up valuable points since the winner from the previous week, Jesse Sobbing, was not in attendance. Shane Stutzman and Eric Rempel took second and third while Marty Steinbach and Tim Drake finished out the top five.
The compact feature went green to checkered for ten big laps. Early on, Bryan Vannausdle had the lead but on lap four, Dustin Grout took command of the lead, and the Prescott, Iowa driver led the rest of the way. About an hour after the same car won the Guns and Hoses challenge during intermission, Grout drove it to the feature victory.
Bryan Vannausdle crossed in second while Jacob Schwab, Chris Vannausdle and Eric Hensley rounded out the top five.

Crew 72Posted on 7/10/2020 11:05:01 AM

Do we know when the points sheet will be updated on I 80's web site?

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