Grabouski Wins Beatrice Opener
BEATRICE, Neb. – Jordan Grabouski, who is no stranger to victory lane at Beatrice Speedway, found his way there again on Friday night as the Spring Nationals got under way.
Grabouski, who now has 96 career IMCA wins, took home the Xtreme Motor Sports Modified $2,000 prize in what was his fifth Spring Nationals triumph.
“I found the middle to the top of the track, kept the car straight and kept my momentum up,” said Grabouski,” who had started sixth and passed David Murray Jr. for the lead on the lap eighth of the 30 lap race. “This is a new car and I was fortunate to have a really fast ride right out of the box.
Frontrunners were mixed up with lapped traffic before a caution with nine to go but Grabouski was able to stay in the fast line and crossed the stripe comfortably ahead of Murray who was followed by Jesse Sobbing, Dylan Smith and Brian Foots.
Grabouski will add his opening night hardware to a collection that also includes trophies from 2012 and 2008 and a pair from 2011.
Brandon Czarapata also raced to his 96th IMCA career win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event while Greg Metz bested the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods after qualifying from his B-Main and benefitting from a last-lap tangle.
Two hundred and twenty-seven cars from a dozen states and Canada saw action on opening night of the twenty-first annual special. Modifieds, stock cars, northern sportmods and hobby stocks will be joined by Mach-1 Sport Compacts on the Saturday card at Beatrice.
Jordan Grabouski, David Murray Jr., Jesse Sobbing, Dylan Smith, Brian Foote, Jeremy Frenier, Johnny Saathoff, Andy Wilkinson, Ronn Lauritzen, Travis Hatcher, Jason Schoenberger, Josh Gilman, Clayton Christensen, Justen Yeager, Travis Dickes, Jeff Hunter, Jay Noteboom, Cayden Carter, Jake Adler, Jesse Dennis, Scott Drake, Cory Wray, Tad Reutzel, Nick Nevins.