Top drivers starting to climb leader boards
In all four divisions that regularly compete at U.S. 30 Speedway, front-runners are starting to emerge and are gaining separation in the IMCA state standings. But, with almost two months left to go in the season, anything is still possible.
In the hobby stock division, Jeff Ware has a commanding lead on the rest of the field. He sits in first place with 1,087 points, while his next closest competitor, Cameron Wilkinson, has 888 points. Colby Kaspar rounds out the top three in the state of Nebraska with 812 points.
Not only is Ware in first in the state on Nebraska, he is making a run at a national title. He is currently sitting in third place and is only 57 points out of first place.
Cameron Wilkinson currently sits in 13th for national standings in the hobby stock division, while Kaspar is in 15th.
The stock car division is becoming a two-man race for the state title, and interestingly enough, it is a family affair as father-and-son, Jason Wilkinson and Kyle Wilkinson have separated from the pack. Jason Wilkinson has a slight lead at the moment with 859 points, but his son is keeping the pressure on him with 804 points of his own. In third place is Austin Brauner, with 671 points. Jason Wilkinson is also a top-20 driver in the stock car division in the nation currently.
The stock car division isn’t the only class that has family members competing for the top spot, as the sport mod division features a sibling rivalry for the top spot in the state currently. Brothers Austin and Jason Svoboda are in first and second place, respectively. Austin Svoboda has a slight lead with 1,002 points, compared to Jason Svoboda’s 957. Trying to stay near the top of the pack is Arie Schouten who currently sits in third place in the state with 915 points and a 121 point lead on the fourth place driver.
The Svoboda brothers are both in the top 20 nationally, with Austin Svoboda currently in 14th and Jason Svoboda in 20th.
In the modified division Jordan Grabouski is starting to gain separation from the other drivers as he is currently sitting in first place for the state of Nebraska with 1058 points. Scott R. Smith is trying to stay in contention for a state title as he sits in second place with 977 points. Smith is closely followed by Anthony Roth who has 947 points which are good enough for third place at the current moment. The next closest competitor to Roth only has 776 points.
Grabouski is currently in sixth place nationally and only sits 62 points out of the lead. Smith’s point total is good enough for 15th in the nation at the current moment.
The next race at U.S. 30 Speedway is at 8 p.m. on Thursday, which also happens to be kids night.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org