Grabouski Wins Make-up Qualifier, Earns Pole for Race For Hope Main Event

By Mike Spieker

LOCUST GROVE, Ark. (September 28, 2019) – For the third consecutive year, Jordan Grabouski of Beatrice, Neb. won the final qualifying program at the IMCA.TV Race For Hope 71. This time, it earned him the pole position for Saturday night’s 71-lap, $15,000-to-win main event.

Racing action began early Saturday afternoon to make-up Wednesday night’s postponed rainout. Thirty drivers raced for 30 laps around Batesville Motor Speedway with 10 drivers earning the final qualifying spots.

Front row starters Tony Anglin of Walnut Ridge, Ark. and Tripp Gaylord of Lakewood, Col. battled for the lead early with Grabouski in tow in third.

After a quick caution on the opening lap, a light rain shower passed over the speedway causing a brief delay to get the track worked in. Gaylord distanced himself by five car lengths seven laps in as Grabouski worked the rear bumper of Anglin.

On lap eight, a 10-car pileup ensued in turn one. A car slowed on the low side of the speedway and forced a bottleneck. Cars piled into each other, blocking the entire corner. Getting the worst of it was Carl Murphy, who climbed the wall and came to rest with his front end straight up in the air.

With 14 to go, Gaylord found himself mired in heavy lapped traffic. Considerable contact was made between Gaylord and a lapped car, which nearly spun Gaylord around. Gaylord was able to save his car from spinning, but it allowed Grabouski to sneak by to take the lead.

Gaylord remained within striking distance until the checkers, but Grabouski held on to claim his third qualifying feature win at the IMCA.TV Race For Hope 71.

“The lapped cars were tough. They are racing for all they’ve got and it took a lot to just be patient and go for it,” said Grabouski in victory lane. “Seventy-one laps will be a long time tonight. I think we’ve got a good car and hopefully, we make the right adjustments.”

Anglin, Jason Ingalls of Longview, Tex. and Eddie Belec of Arvada, Col. rounded out the top five.

RESULTS:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 30G-Jordan Grabouski, [3]; 2. 77T-Tripp Gaylord, [2]; 3. G1X-Tony Anglin, [1]; 4. 12J-Jason Ingalls, [9]; 5. 3B-Eddie Belec, [7]; 6. 8-Kyle Strickler, [8]; 7. 7X-Mikey Bell, [6]; 8. 2T-Tyler Stevens, [16]; 9. 31M-Travis Mosley, [4]; 10. 7M-Peyton Taylor, [18]; 11. 9S-Ken Schrader, [19]; 12. 19XX-Brandon Spanjer, [10]; 13. 12T-Tyler Townsend, [5]; 14. 777-Jared Landers, [28]; 15. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [11]; 16. 10W-Brandon Walsh, [25]; 17. 29-Keith Hammett, [20]; 18. 02J-Rusty Jeffrey, [27]; 19. 17W-Ashton Wilkey, [12]; 20. 37-Randy Foote, [14]; 21. 21C-Chad Clancy, [21]; 22. 23-Brandon Smith, [13]; 23. (DNF) 915-Chris Elliott, [17]; 24. (DNF) 16-Joey Burch, [22]; 25. (DNF) 41-Rob Hughes, [24]; 26. (DNF) 8H-John Hansen, [29]; 27. (DNF) X2M-Carl Murphy, [26]; 28. (DNF) 73W-Shawn Walsh, [30]; 29. (DNF) 48-Alan Brown, [23]; 30. (DNF) 82-Jacob Poel, [15]

B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 0H-Shane Harris, [2]; 2. 02-Kody Scholpp, [4]; 3. 19JR-Kody Johnson, [1]; 4. 11-Richie Tosh, [6]; 5. 70-Jesse Dennis, [5]; 6. 9-Brint Hartwick, [9]; 7. 23N-Clay Norris, [11]; 8. 83Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [3]; 9. 36-Mark Norris, [13]; 10. 94-Chris Morris, [18]; 11. 3T-John Taylor, [7]; 12. 7S-Troy Schaberg, [10]; 13. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [20]; 14. 21M-Tyler Madigan, [24]; 15. 33-Jeff Mathews, [12]; 16. UFO-Wayne Brooks, [16]; 17. 1X-Kris Lloyd, [14]; 18. 423-Will Poston, [23]; 19. 68-Heath Grizzle, [21]; 20. 7D-Dennis Schoenfeld, [19]; 21. 21W-John Waugh, [8]; 22. 85-Neal Flowers, [22]; 23. 8W-Randy Weaver, [28]; 24. 11B-Donnie Barnhart, [25]; 25. 1XH-David Hess, [30]; 26. 8C-Chad Andersen, [17]; 27. C5-Chris Carter, [27]; 28. 427-Miles Keeney, [29]; 29. 511-Tanner Barnhart, [26]; (DNS) 17T-Jeremy Tharp,

C Feature (15 Laps): 1. 117-Toby Herring, [4]; 2. 44-Christy Barnett, [6]; 3. 6-Ryan McDermott, [1]; 4. 2SLY-Shane Kelley, [5]; 5. 73-Joey Gee, [9]; 6. 76-Brad Smith, [2]; 7. 141-Justin Galbreath, [13]; 8. 38-Craig Garner, [7]; 9. 33M-Madison Holloway, [10]; 10. 25B-Chad Mallet, [8]; 11. 66-Jerry Harris, [11]; 12. (DNF) 26S-Steven Glenn, [12]; 13. (DNF) 21-Ryan Moore, [3]

C Feature (25 Laps): 1. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [2]; 2. UFO-Wayne Brooks, [4]; 3. 8W-Randy Weaver, [12];

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 37-Randy Foote, [2]; 2. 10W-Brandon Walsh, [3]; 3. 19JR-Kody Johnson, [1]; 4. UFO-Wayne Brooks, [5]; 5. 6-Ryan McDermott, [4]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 3B-Eddie Belec, [1]; 2. 16-Joey Burch, [4]; 3. 0H-Shane Harris, [3]; 4. 8C-Chad Andersen, [5]; 5. 76-Brad Smith, [2]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 77T-Tripp Gaylord, [2]; 2. 2T-Tyler Stevens, [5]; 3. 83Z-Zack Vanderbeek, [3]; 4. 94-Chris Morris, [1]; (DNS) 21-Ryan Moore,

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 19XX-Brandon Spanjer, [1]; 2. 915-Chris Elliott, [3]; 3. 02-Kody Scholpp, [4]; 4. 7D-Dennis Schoenfeld, [2]; 5. 117-Toby Herring, [5]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 82-Jacob Poel, [1]; 2. X2M-Carl Murphy, [2]; 3. 70-Jesse Dennis, [5]; 4. 90-Jason Beaulieu, [4]; 5. 2SLY-Shane Kelley, [3]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 8-Kyle Strickler, [2]; 2. 7M-Peyton Taylor, [5]; 3. 11-Richie Tosh, [4]; 4. 68-Heath Grizzle, [1]; 5. 44-Christy Barnett, [3]

Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 7X-Mikey Bell, [4]; 2. 48-Alan Brown, [2]; 3. 3T-John Taylor, [3]; 4. 85-Neal Flowers, [5]; 5. 38-Craig Garner, [1]

Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 12J-Jason Ingalls, [2]; 2. 41-Rob Hughes, [5]; 3. 21W-John Waugh, [1]; 4. 423-Will Poston, [3]; 5. (DNF) 25B-Chad Mallet, [4]

Heat 9 (8 Laps): 1. 30G-Jordan Grabouski, [2]; 2. 9S-Ken Schrader, [3]; 3. 9-Brint Hartwick, [1]; 4. 21M-Tyler Madigan, [4]; 5. 73-Joey Gee, [5]

Heat 10 (8 Laps): 1. 17W-Ashton Wilkey, [2]; 2. 29-Keith Hammett, [4]; 3. 7S-Troy Schaberg, [3]; 4. 11B-Donnie Barnhart, [5]; 5. 33M-Madison Holloway, [1]

Heat 11 (8 Laps): 1. 31M-Travis Mosley, [1]; 2. 73W-Shawn Walsh, [3]; 3. 23N-Clay Norris, [4]; 4. 511-Tanner Barnhart, [5]; 5. 66-Jerry Harris, [2]

Heat 12 (8 Laps): 1. 71-Jessie Hoskins, [5]; 2. 21C-Chad Clancy, [1]; 3. 33-Jeff Mathews, [2]; 4. C5-Chris Carter, [4]; 5. (DNF) 26S-Steven Glenn, [3]

Heat 13 (8 Laps): 1. G1X-Tony Anglin, [1]; 2. 02J-Rusty Jeffrey, [4]; 3. 36-Mark Norris, [5]; 4. 8W-Randy Weaver, [3]; 5. 141-Justin Galbreath, [2]

Heat 14 (8 Laps): 1. 23-Brandon Smith, [2]; 2. 8H-John Hansen, [4]; 3. 1X-Kris Lloyd, [3]; 4. 427-Miles Keeney, [1]

Heat 15 (8 Laps): 1. 12T-Tyler Townsend, [2]; 2. 777-Jared Landers, [3]; 3. 17T-Jeremy Tharp, [1]; 4. 1XH-David Hess, [4]