The start to the I-76 Summer Series was delayed two weekends ago due to a heavy amount of rain that came in the area. While more rain fell in Morgan County this past weekend, the race track was able to get their first race of the season under their belts, with most of the races able to get in before a late storm washed out the final portion of the evening on Saturday.
IMCA Modified, IMCA Sports Mod, ECONO, RMDCRA, 270 Micro and RMLS racing was able to get completed in the first race of the season at the I-76 Speedway. As for the Hornets portion of the racing, they were rained out.
In the IMCA Modified field, there was a heavy pool of drivers from Morgan County squaring off, as well as some other drivers from different parts of Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. A trio of Fort Morgan drivers finished in the top 3, with Jeremy Frenier in the 17J car coming in first place. Jesse Taylor finished second and Angie Hayes wound up in third place. Also placing for Morgan County in the field was Mike Opatik of Fort Morgan, who came in fifth place, Bill Lundock of Wiggins taking 10th, and Zach Hilzer of Fort Morgan coming in 11th.
14 drivers hit the track for the IMCA Sports Mod portion of racing, bringing plenty of excitement with some fast cars and tough racing with one another. Brian Cross of Brighton would come out victorious in the 78 car. Two drivers from Morgan County competed in the race, as Cam Contreraz of Fort Morgan took 11th place and Zach Dixon of Weldona finished right behind in 12th.
While being the smallest field of cars at the race track, the ECONO racing was fast and entertaining. Todd Brotemarkle of La Salle would be the winner in the 10 car field. Cody Hall of Fort Morgan took third, and Jamie Larson, Cole Hall and Josh Amen finished seventh, eighth and ninth in the field.
RMLS racing showcased some drivers from outside of Morgan County, as 14 drivers from all over Colorado raced with each other. Troy Ullery of Lakewood was able to take first place at the track.
The RMDCRA field featured over 20 drivers, including a handful of Morgan County racers. Jason Woods from Colorado Springs was the top finisher, and coming in a close second was Alex Amen of Fort Morgan. Bruce Napier took eighth, Steven Rosenbalm finished 17th, and Larry Lynch all also competed from Fort Morgan. For Wiggins, Leroy Dilka came in 16th.
24 drivers headlined the biggest field of drivers at the track in 270 Micro racing. As with RMLS racing, spectators were treated to other drivers outside of the county, and enjoyed some action-packed racing. Nick Hankins of Bennett would come away with the win in the 99 car.
The action is just starting to heat up at the I-76 Speedway, and their next race will be this Saturday, May 2. A warm weekend is expected to come, so racing fans should expect more fast paced action soon.
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