GREENWOOD, Neb. — While the temperatures may have been a bit on the chilly side for mid-April at the I-80 Speedway, the action during the inaugural Tuesday Tickler made up for it with some hot action on the track.
Proving to be the hottest of the night was Tony Jackson Jr., who came away with the $5,000 victory in a caution-free, 35-lap event.
Jason Papich Grabbed the Illini Racing Supply Fast time of the night with his 16.592-second lap followed by scoring victory in his respective heat race. Papich started on the pole alongside of Mason Oberkramer. Oberkramer use an aggressive move on the start to follow Papich into turn one on the bottom and make quick work in turn three in taking the top spot and leading the first four circuits.
Third-starting Billy Moyer Sr. played it smooth early on and found his way past Oberkramer to lead the fifth time by the stripe. It appeared that Moyer was going to pull away from the field in the early going stretching out a near two-second advantage only to see if slowly fade nearing the midpoint of the race.
Jackson, who started fourth, battled for a good portion of the early going with Papich and Oberkramer before finally finding his way into the runner up position nearing lap 10.
Jackson used the lapped traffic to slowly reel in Moyer setting up a battle between the duo. Jackson rolled his Rocket XR1 along the low line in turn three and four to catch the race leader. After a two lap back and forth battle with Moyer, Jackson made the move to the top spot on the 15th lap of the race.
Jackson pulled away in the closing laps and cruised to his first MLRA win at I-80 and eighth with the series.
“These guys are awesome and this race track is great,” exclaimed Jackson. “You know when I saw it (I-80 Speedway) come out on the schedule, we were excited to come back here, it’s just always a multi groove race track.”
Chase Junghans charged through the field from eighth starting position to finish second.
“I wish we could have gotten a caution there with a bout 10 to go,” stated Junghans. About halfway through there I looked up at the scoreboard and seen there was only about 15-17 laps left and I was like I’ve got to go. Sliding those guys down in one and two kind of hurt my tires. I did it about three laps in a row and after that I would have to maintain for about three laps and then they would take back off. It was a lot better result than we have been having so I think we are going in the right direction.”
Ashton Winger rounded out the MLRA podium. Oberkramer finished his strong night in the fourth spot, while Moyer rounded out the top five.
Feature (35 Laps): 1. 56JR-Tony Jackson Jr; 2. 18-Chase Junghans; 3. 12W-Ashton Winger; 4. 93-Mason Oberkramer; 5. 21-Billy Moyer Sr; 6. 15-Justin Duty; 7. 04-Tad Pospisil; 8. 91P-Jason Papich; 9. 53-Andrew Kosiski; 10. 49T-Jake Timm; 11. 59-Garrett Alberson; 12. 1J-Jake Neal; 13. 25-Chad Simpson; 14. 75-Terry Phillips; 15. 00-Jesse Stovall; 16. 58-Jeremiah Hurst; 17. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck; 18. 76-Blair Nothdurft; 19. 91T-Tony Toste; 20. 11R-Justin Reed; 21. 3W-Brennon Willard; 22. 77Y-Jordan Yaggy; 23. 3C-Mike Collins; 24. 14B-Kyle Berck