Hobscheidt Upsets Dirt Dominator Field at Eagle
By Mike Spieker
Eagle, Neb. (April 19, 2018) – After rounds four and five were canceled due to weather, the Dirt Dominator continued with round six of 16 at Eagle Raceway. In his first ever trip to Eagle, Jacob Hobscheidt of Plattsmouth, Neb. picked up the $1,000 Dirt Dominator payday.
Hobscheidt began by besting perennial powerhouse, Eddie Belec, in the Sweet 16. That wasn’t the only upset of the opening round as early favorites Hunter Marriott, Kelly Shryock, and Tim Ward were all handed defeat.
Hobscheidt continued to the Quarter Finals where he faced the defending Eagle Raceway IMCA Modified track champion, Shane Hiatt. Hobscheidt used the preferred high side to grab the advantage on the opening lap of the two lap dash and take the win. Along with Hiatt, former IMCA Modified national champion, Jordan Grabouski, also saw his night come to an end in the Quarter Finals at the hands of Josh Blumer.
Hobscheidt just about saw his hopes of advancing to the Final vanish as he nearly spun out at drop of the green flag during the Semi Finals against Clint Homan. However, the yellow was displayed because of an uneven start, which gave Hobscheidt new life. On the restart, Hobscheidt immediately opened up a comfortable advantage and cruised to the round win.
That set up a Final between Hobscheidt and fellow Nebraskan, Dylan Smith. Hobscheidt won the coin toss for lane choice and chose the top side. At the drop of the green, the two were door to door until Hobscheidt pulled away on the high side exiting turn two. Once out front, Hobscheidt opened up a three car length lead. As the white flag flew, Hobscheidt only increased his lead as Smith had nothing for him on the final trip around the one-third mile clay oval.
Hobscheidt scored the win and secured his spot in the $10,000-to-win Dirt Dominator finale at Heart O’ Texas Speedway scheduled for October 25th.
The Eagle Raceway IceBreaker, presented by Auto Trans Matic kicks off Friday night with IMCA Modifieds, SportMods, Sport Compacts and Hobby Stocks. On Saturday, IMCA Modifieds, SportMods, Sprint Cars, and Stock Cars will be on the grid. Watch every lap live on IMCA.TV with a Monthly or Yearly Viewing Pass.
Josh Blumer def. Tim Ward
Shane Hiatt def. Rik Gropp
Jordan Grabouski def. Anthony Roth
Jacob Hobscheidt def. Eddie Belec
Mike Densberger def. Brandon Spanjer
Trevor Baker def. Hunter Marriott
Dylan Smith def. Chad Anderson
Clint Homan def. Kelly Shryock
Blumer def. Grabouski
Hobscheidt def. Hiatt
Smith def. Densberger
Homan def. Baker
Smith def. Blumer
Hobscheidt def. Homan
Hobscheidt def. Smith