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Getting the chance to showcase their skills on the Lincoln County Raceway oval in proved to easier said than done as the pits were stacked with very talented drivers seeking to conquer the track on July 24.

Taking home the top honors and earning the trip to the winners circle during the featured event of the Lincoln County Fair were Jay Steffens, Dillon Schultz, Casey Werkmeister and Tiffany Bittner.

Returning to familiar territory in his own backyard, Jay Steffens of North Platte drove his way to the front of the field on lap number four and never looked back in claiming the IMCA Modified Feature victory.

Veteran hotshoe Ronnie Wallace of McCook had to work his way through the field from his fourth row starting position and was rewarded with a runner-up finish for his efforts.

Maxwell's Charley Brown was heavy on the loud pedal and made himself be heard in earning the podium finish in third place overall.

Jim Mlady of North Platte and Cale Osborn of Cozad finished fourth and fifth in the feature event.

Grabbing the lead in the final corner has become a habit for North Platte's Dillon Schultz, as he slipped past Bryan Herrick of Curtis to take home the top accolades in the IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature.

Herrick didn't go down without a fight, as he stayed in the gas and garnered runner-up honors. Herrick snared the lead early on and led until the final corner of the race.

Early leader Terry Dressel of North Platte faltered while leading the way and recovered quite nicely with a third place finish. Staying near the front of the field and keeping away from trouble, Jeremy Halouska of North Platte took home fourth place honors, whereas Troy Douglas of North Platte earned the hard charger award for driving from his starting position in row nine to fifth place.

Swinging the heavy hitter role, Casey Werkmeister of Maywood swept through his heat race and then the IMCA Stock Car Feature to cruise to victory. Werkmeister worked his way into position during the opening lap and led from the second lap to the checkered flag.

Kyle Werkmeister, also of Maywood, finished second overall from his third row position on the starting grid.

Building up an abundance of good momentum, Jeff Whiting of Gothenburg has become a mainstay in the top five and Wednesday night was yet another stellar finish with a third place run.

Greg Deters of Centralia, Kan. and Kyle Clough of Wallace rounded out the top five finishers with fourth and fifth place accolades, respectively.

Having better luck on her side this time, Tiffany Bittner of Norfolk was able to rocket to the front of the field on lap number five and cruise to the IMCA feature win in the Hobby Stock division.

Bittner had mechanical problems while leading the way during the Buffalo Bill Wild West Challenge earlier this season.

Benkelman bullet Austin Davis started in row three and was able to work through the traffic and earn second place honors. Brady Weinman of Arnold was riding the cushion with success to earn third place accolades.

Loomis driver Chuck Ledbetter was the early leader before having to relinquish his lead as a result of a flat tire.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/31/2013
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