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Subject: Highlights from Weekly Racing Season Opener 4/23/21
 
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Ant9000

I-80 Speedway Rep
Posted on 4/24/2021 12:18:37 AM

Hobscheidt, Sobbing, Andrews, Richards, and Vannausdle take Weekly Racing Season Opener
By Anthony Ainslie
4/23/21
The 2021 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series officially got underway Friday night as the hunt for the I-80 Speedway track championships are now up for grabs.
Six of I-80 Speedway’s seven weekly racing classes were in action for the first night for track points of the season. A strong field of 115 cars across five classes made the trip to Greenwood for the first night of the regular season.
Saturday’s modified main event began with Cody Thompson breaking out to the early race lead. Thompson led until Defending Track Champion Jacob Hobscheidt took the lead at the halfway point of the 18-lap feature and never looked back.
Hobscheidt ran away with the show cruising to his first win of the season. Thompson had to settle for second while Jaxon Saatoff took third, his career best at I-80. Jesse Dennis and Jaxon’s father Johnny rounded out the top five.
Jesse Sobbing was a busy driver on Friday as he took home two feature wins in two of the toughest features of the night. His first win came in the stock car class. The 18-lap feature for the stock cars had Scott Carlson leading the way while Defending Champion Shane Stutzman ran a close second.
On a restart with six laps to go, Stutzman took the lead away from Carlson only for Sobbing to sneak right underneath Stutzman to take it away and take it for good. Stutzman would pull off late in the race finishing 17th
Three late cautions set up three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish. In the end, it was Sobbing taking the win with Carlson taking second while Brad Derry, Dustin Reeh and Jed Williams rounded out the top five in a highly-contested battle for those positions.
The second win for Sobbing came in the Bragging Rights late model main event. Early on it was Eric Wulf Jr. and Andrew Tilley battling for the top spot. Wulf led until Tilley took the lead with nine laps remaining with a bold move narrowly missing a lapped car as the two came off turn four. This also allowed Sobbing to close in on both of them.
With four laps left, Tilley’s car broke and dropped off the pace while leading which gave the lead over to Sobbing, a lead he would not surrender for the rest of the race.
Sobbing completed the sweep while Cory Dumpert took second. Jake Bridge and Cole Wayman took third and fourth, and Defending Track Champion Jacob Brown charged from 16th to round out the top five.
In the sport mod feature, Shawn Harker broke out to the early lead and extended his advantage quickly over the rest of the field. However, as the race reached the halfway point, Brandon Spanjer made a big move taking the lead from Harker. Spanjer now led with Defending Track Champion Matt Andrews in second.
While a caution came out with only four laps to go, Spanjer was moved back one spot for his rough overtake of Harker for the lead. That gave the lead to Andrews. Spanjer battled hard to retake the lead, but Andrews had the clean air and the preferred line.
Andrews went on to continue where he left off last year picking up the win. Devyn Peterson worked his way to second while Cody Thompson, who did double duty with the modified, took third. Spanjer had to settle for fourth while Shawn Harker finished out the top five.
The hobby stock feature saw some fierce battles throughout the race. It began with Lee Kracht holding off Dillon Richards and Ryan Gilland for the lead in the first two laps before Richards found his way to the front.
Later, Tanner Dixon spun out while battling with Cheyenne Purchase for the fourth position and brought out a caution.
When racing resumed, Richards ran away with the race building a tremendous advantage over second place. Meanwhile, it was an all-out scramble for the rest of the top five. Tanner Dixon worked his way back into the top five quickly and challenged Cheyenne Purchase for second. The two got together in turns three and four which allowed Mike Steier to take second away on the outside by passing both of them.
Richards took a dominating victory while Mike Steier got his career best feature finish with second. Dixon, Purchase, and Gilland rounded out the top five.
In the compact feature, it was a dominating run for Chris Vannausdle. The Defending Track Champion from Villisca, Iowa jumped to the early lead and never looked back. He took the first compact feature win of 2021 while Bryan Vannausdle finished second. Drake Bohlmeyer, Adam Smith and Zach Bohlmeyer finished out the top five.

 



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