Sports

Pelster Memorial Races again a huge draw

They came from far and near.
Albion. Spalding. Columbus. Norfolk. David City. Aurora. Lincoln. Lexington. Red Cloud. York. Genoa. Beatrice. Shickley. Elkhorn. Iowa. Kansas. Minnesota. Colorado. South Dakota.
Nearly 150 drivers, and a crowd estimated at approximately 3,500, attended the 2022 Tanner Pelster Memorial Races in conjunction with the annual Boone County Fair Sunday night. They converged on the fairgrounds facility to honor the popular Boone County Raceway driving regular who was tragically killed in a 2021 work accident, and to vie for winning prize purses worth over $3,000.
Racing competition was held in IMCA Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Sport Modified classes, with Class-A Winged Micro Sprints also making an appearance.
The action was fast and furious on a hot summer night, as well as slippery and treacherous at times as the 3/8th mile dirt oval dried out. Fans certainly received ample entertainment for their admission, with 16 total heat races, six B Feature events in Hobby Stock and Stock Car divisions, and the four main A Features.
When the roar finally died and the dust settled, Michael Jeannette of Kellogg, IA had taken the checkered flag and top pay-out prize in the featured Stock Car class, finishing ahead of Kyle Vanover (Beatrice) and Chanse Hollatz (Clear Lake, IA).
The A Feature winner in Hobby Stock racing was BCR regular Jason Wilkinson of Neligh, trailed by Omaha’s Zach Olmstead. Tyler Watts of Beloit, KS outran Devyn Peterson (Milford) to win the Sport Modified A Feature, with Spalding’s Robbie Thome placing third. Keegan Osantowski of Columbus took the checkers in the Micro Sprints A Feature.

Complete results in Print & Online editions of Albion News/Boone County Tribune