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Casey Werkmeister wins second Wild West ChallengeTell North Platte what you think

Competitiors came from far and wide to drive in the Second Annual Buffalo Bill Wild West Challenge on Tuesday night at Lincoln County Raceway. 

Winning his second straight Wild West Challenge was Casey Werkmeister. Jamey Kennicutt, Tiffany Bittner and Erik Nelson were also winners of the Buffalo Bill featured event. 

Starting on the outside of row one gave Gothenburg driver Kennicutt a great starting point at the drop of the green flag. He rocketed around the dirt track oval to lead every lap of the IMCA Northern Sport Modified feature to claim the crown.

Bryan Herrick of Curtis drove from the fourth row to a podium finish and during the waning laps, he had the chance to challenge for the lead, only to be forced to settle for runner-up.

Dropping back early on to avoid incidents, Battle Creek hotshoe Kyle Prauner recovered quite nicely by driving through traffic to earn third place. On the final laps, Brandon Poessnecker of Atkinson was able to work his magic through the corners to pass Henry Henderson of Sutherland as the duo crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth overall. 

Garnering the lead with a great drive through the third and fourth corners on lap five was enough to power Maywood's Werkmeister to the front. He led the rest of the way in the Stock Car to earn his second straight crown at the event.

He drove around his brother, Kyle, who led the initial four laps of the feature. Right behind Casey Werkmeister for much of the feature, in striking distance to make a move was Ogallala’s Casey Woken. Woken earned runner-up honors for his consistent driving.

Imperial hot rod driver Justin Bussell was third overall after driving onto the podium from his sixth row starting position. 

Doing what she was five laps short of last year was Tiffany Bittner. The three-time Lady Eagle IMCA Champion grabbed the lead on the seventh circuit and she was able to finish the job by just beating Kyle Bond of Gibbon to the finish line by the slimmest margins to win the Hobby Stock race.

Bittner started in the sixth row and she was able to pilot her Big Daddy Chassis rocketship through traffic to earn the victory. Bond had a flat tire on the opening lap and was forced to drive from the back of the pack into contention for a podium finish. Off of the last corner on the final lap, Bond drove hard and was just a glimpse away from beating Bittner to the finish.

Jacob Olmstead of Overton earned show honors for his great run. 

Central City’s Erik Nelson put on a dominating performance in the winning the Sport Compact Feature. He led from the beginning to the end after starting on the pole.

Alex Fletcher of Hershey was able to slip past North Platte’s Andrew Baumgardner at the finish line for second place, as Baumgardner lost air in a tire on the final circuit. Fletcher also won the Gentry Memorial Cash Dash in a highly contested race for the check. 

Unofficial Results

--Northern Sport Modified Feature: 1. 15k-Jamey Kennicutt; 2. 0hp-Bryan Herrick; 3. 5k-Kyle Prauner; 4. 52p-Brandon Poessnecker; 5. 11h-Henry Henderson; 6. 13-Terry Dressel; 7. 7-Clay Money; 8. 12j-Kerry Jones; 9. 55z-Zach Schultz; 10. 53dc-Dalten Collins. 

 Heat Race Winners: 1x-Denny Egge; 5k-Kyle Prauner; 13-Terry Dressel; 55z-Zach Schultz. 

--Stock Car Feature: 1. 24w-Casey Werkmeister; 2. 35jw-Casey Woken; 3. 11b-Justin Bussell; 4. 37-Jason Rogers; 5. 11k-Kyle Clough; 6. 45-Mikey Dancer; 7. 32-Lloyd Meeske; 8. 75-Dan Eller; 9. 42w-Kyle Werkmeister; 10. 09h-Bob Hoing. 

 Heat Race Winners: 11b-Justin Bussell; 24w-Casey Werkmeister; 49-Zach Zentner. 

--Hobby Stock Feature: 1. 95b-Tiffany Bittner; 2. 0-Kyle Bond; 3. 88j-Jacob Olmstead; 4. 32m-Michael Brunswig; 5. 22w-Brady Weinman; 6. 2c-Tyson Canas; 7. 5-Chuck Ledbetter; 8. 22g-Greg Dannatt; 9. 1-Tanner Clough; 10. 22-Austin Davis. 

 Heat Race Winners: 22-Austin Davis; 32m-Michael Brunswig; 0-Kyle Bond. 

--Sport Compact Feature: 1. 7-Erik Nelson; 2. 67-Alex Fletcher; 3. 44u-Andrew Baumgardner; 4. 28d-Devin Bjorklund; 5. 22b-Charlie Blowers; 6. 33-Andrew McClellen; 7. 17s-Michael Smith; 8. Z2-Chelsea Zysset; 9. 67x-Blake Fletcher; 10. 12t-Tanner Jones. 

 Heat Race Winners: 7-Erik Nelson, 22b-Charlie Blowers. 

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/19/2014
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