Doing their best and reaping the rewards were five competitors that waltzed into the
winners circle at Dawson County Raceway on Downey Drilling Night at the Races in Lexington,
Nebraska on Sunday evening.
Cherishing the moment in the limelight were the quintet of Colton Osborn, Robbie Thome,
Mike Nichols, Tyler Barribo and Kaden Dady.
In the Modified feature event, it was Colton Osborn that got to the front in no time flat, as
he was able to hug the bottom and hold off any and all challenges until the checkered flag was
waved and Osborn earned the victory. Osborn of Cozad, Nebraska started on the inside of the
fourth row when the green flag was dropped. Chasing Osborn for much of the feature event
was Clay Money of Penokee, Kansas. Money was able to improve greatly from his fifth row
starting spot to earn the runner-up honors. Cozad’s Jacob Wolsleben was able to work his
magic on his hot rod to be among the leaders for much of the feature event to earn a podium
finish in third place overall. Veteran wheelman Bryan Herrick of Curtis and Dillon Schultz of
North Platte rounded out the top five in the Modified feature event.
Coming up big in the second half of the feature event, Robbie Thome of Spalding, Nebraska
saw his efforts pay off dearly with an IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature win. Thome
started off on the outside of the third row when the green flag was dropped and was in fourth
at the end of the first lap. Thome was among the leaders and able to score the lead on lap 10
and never look back to earn the checkered flag. Starting on the inside of the second row was
prime real estate for Jacob Olmstead of Overton on his way to leading the first nine laps of the
feature. Olmstead reliniquished the lead to Thome on the tenth lap and then was on the rear
nerf bar of Thome for much of the feature in hopes of being able to pass for the lead, but it was
second place overall that Olmstead was forced to finish. Starting in the second row and being
among the top three for the whole feature event, Troy Bayne of Hershey was able to cash in on
his efforts with a podium finish in third place. Brandon Spanjer of Crete and Spencer Galaway of
York were the fourth and fifth place finishers in the feature event.
Digging into his big bag of tricks, Harlan Hustler Mike Nichols of Harlan, Iowa was able to
‘walk the dog’ in earning the top accolades in the IMCA Stock Car Feature event. Nichols started
off the feature event in the fourth row and methodically had to work his way into contention as
he earned the runner-up spot on the ninth lap and then garnered the lead on the 11th lap after
a flurry of caution flags. Nichols was able to hold off all of the hard charging drivers to earn the
victory. Young Gun Cade Richards of Lincoln, Nebraska was a man on the move for much of the
feature, as he guided his hot rod to a runner-up finish after starting on the inside of the sixth
row when the feature started. Richards was able to drive his way into the top five on the
seventh lap and then right behind Nichols on the 13th circuit, but that was as far as he could get
and second place would be earned by Richards. Early leader Mikey Dancer of North Platte was
the show winner in third place overall in the feature event. Dancer was able to set a blistering
pace for much of the feature until Nichols gained the lead. Coming home in fourth place was
pole sitter Bob Chalupa of McCook and right behind him was the Flyin Farmer Kyle Clough of
Wallace in fifth place overall.
Starting up front and staying up front was the formula for success for Tyler Barribo of Grand
Island to cruise to the checkers during the IMCA Hobby Stock Feature. Barribo was able to start
on the pole and hold off all charges during the early going of the feature to hold an edge that
resulted in the victory. Starting on the outside of the front row, it took Tanner Clough until the
fourth lap to make his way up to the runner-up position. Clough of Wallace, Nebraska then
tried his luck on the cushion as well as around the bottom and wasn’t able to slingshot past
Barribo and had to settle with runner-up accolades. Coming from deep in the field, Zach
Olmstead of Overton was able to work his way into the top five on the fifth lap after starting in
the fifth row at the onset. Olmstead was in the mix for much of the final laps of the feature and
finished on the podium in third place overall. Hunter Smith of Brush, Colorado and Campbell’s
Dillon Thompson were close behind in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Scoring the win after jumping to a big lead and holding on for the victory was the name of
the game for Kaden Dady in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Dady started on the outside of
the second row and was able to rocket into the lead from the drop of the green flag and never
look back. In hot pursuit of Dady was Jacob Schwab of Crete, as he started on the inside of the
fourth row and weaved through traffic to get among the leaders in the first few laps. Schwab
was then able to put pressure on Dady but he was unable to make the pass for the lead and
settled for second place. Coming home in third place was heat race winner Justin Schmidt of
Grand Island. Schmidt started on the outside of the third row when the green flag was dropped.
John Lee of Central City and Joel Gifford of Friend rounded out the top five with fourth and fifth
Racing action returns to Dawson County Raceway for the Fred Beardsley Memorial Race on
Sunday, June 20th with the drop of the green flag set for 6 p.m.
–IMCA Modified Feature: 1. 50c-Colton Osborn; 2. 7-Clay Money; 3. 01-Jacob Wolsleben; 4.
0hp-Bryan Herrick; 5. 54d-Dillon Schultz; 6. 50-Scott Smith; 7. 50s-Kale Smith; 8. 55z-Zach
Schultz; 9. 71-Andrew Dillenburg; 10. 17j-Jeremy Frenier.
–IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature: 1. 1t-Robbie Thome; 2. 88j-Jacob Olmstead; 3. 2-
Troy Bayne; 4. 19xx-Brandon Spanjer; 5. 35-Spencer Galaway; 6. 27-Dane Martindale; 7. 1-Paul
Donovan; 8. 69z-Zane Turner; 9. 59-Tyler Rajdl; 10. 69-Adam Kackmeister.
–IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1. 63-Mike Nichols; 2. 1r-Cade Richards; 3. 45-Mikey Dancer; 4.
24-Bob Chalupa; 5. 11-Kyle Clough; 6. 6-Collin Heim; 7. 1x-Bo Egge; 8. 7a-Steve Aitken; 9. 1-
Chris Heim; 10. 5d-Travis Demilt.
–IMCA Hobby Stock Feature: 1. 14jr-Tyler Barribo; 2. 20-Tanner Clough; 3. 98z-Zach
Olmstead; 4. 1s-Hunter Smith; 5. 11-Dillon Thompson; 6. 45r-Riley Kort; 7. 12t-Tanner Jones; 8.
77f-Mitchell Fischer; 9. 11a-Claton Peters; 10. 2m-Trent Matson.
IMCA Sport Compact Feature: 1. 84d-Kaden Dady; 2. 19j-Jacob Schwab; 3. 29e-Justin
Schmidt; 4. 47L-John Lee; 5. 7g-Joel Gifford; 6. 7c-Chad Carlson; 7. 11x-Angela Witherwax; 8.
23en-Jordan Encinger; 9. 12-Steve Moock; 10. 71c-Christian Destefano.