By JAMES BELL
It was a rough night of racing for many of the points leaders Saturday at Rolling Plains Motorspeedway, but even with less than stellar finishes, the top leaders in all classes held onto their No. 1 track standing.
Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, driving the 54P stock car was optimistic before the race and was hoping for a fourth win at RPM and to build upon his successful season. Going into Saturday’s event, he was in the top spot in track points and ranked third in state and sixth in national IMCA points.
“We have had a pretty good season, especially the last half we have been running. We’ve been doing really good and working really hard,” Pfeifer said.
He attributed the team’s success this year to hard work.
“Last year at the end of the year, we started picking up a lot of steam, worked hard and got in with some good guys and figured some things out. That just transferred into this year,” Pfeifer said.
Pfeifer started in the eighth position and moved up a position a lap reach the third-place spot on the ninth lap.
But as the last half dragged on, he could not catch either the leader, the 25P driven by Mike Petersillie, Hoisington, in first place position or the 63C, driven by Travis Sherfick, WaKeeney.
They became spread around the track in remaining laps and would claim those spots at the checkered flag.
“I could have found the top line quicker,” Pfeifer said. “It was fun though … track was fast.”
But Clay Money driving the 7 in the modified class was not so sure the track was in top condition during the modified feature.
“It wasn’t much to work with on the track tonight, I’m not sure why they watered that much,” Money said.
Money started the race from the sixth position, ranking second in track points and first in the state and ninth in the national IMCA points standings.
By lap seven, Money had worked his way up a position but would get tangled with the 85 and would be cited for causing a caution, moving him to the rear of the field.
“It caused a caution on us,” Money said, “But we will move on, learn from it and try again next week.”
The 66D, driven by Dylan Sherfick, would take the checkered after holding the top spot following a mid-race restart after a red flag in the race from a crash that would take the 22T, driven by Anthony Valium, Palmer Lake, Colorado and the 87, driven by Rich Tegethoff, Kirin out of the race.
The win would move Sherfick into second in track standings.
Money would finish ninth and drop to third.