|Fan-friendly raceway events popular on Holyoke track|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
A full evening of racing was finally recorded at Phillips County Raceway Saturday, June 28. While thunderstorms hit most every night during the week, the weather was calm and dry for the races.
With the last several races experiencing looming clouds or a complete rainout, it was a nice change of events to get a full evening of racing in.
A money scramble was added as a fan-friendly event Saturday night. Between the heat races and main events, First Pioneer National Bank employees threw out quarters on the track. Close to 50 kids were lined up in three age divisions. When the signal was given, they raced to scoop up the coins.
Two of close to 50 kids take part in the money scramble as a new fan-friendly event at Phillips County Raceway last Saturday. Quarters aplenty were thrown out by First Pioneer National Bank staff to three different age divisions as the kids were given the signal to scoop them up.
First Pioneer National Bank president Tom Bennett ran the flags for the first main event featuring midget cars.
Hobby stock action was lively Saturday night. Colt Gibbs of Holyoke and Greg Dannatt of Imperial, Neb., crashed right in front of the grandstands and the cars had to be pulled apart.
Later, the father-son duo of Leland Stute and Litton Stute were leading the pack, vying for top honors when they spun each other out. After the restart, Litton went on to win the hobby stock main, while Leland placed third.
Heat action for midgets is under way at Phillips County Raceway Saturday, June 28. In the midget main, No. 12 Chris Sheil, pictured in back at right, took first; No. 56 Mark Chisholm, front left, was second; and No. 27 Keith Rauch, in center right, finished third.
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