Steve Topil passed away in December, however, the former community member was on the minds of everyone Thursday night at U.S. Speedway.
The event served as a race in Topil’s honor, as the man had a love for racing that he passed on to his children. His son, Nick Topil, competed for the first time in two years on Thursday night and said he was glad to be back on the track.
“It feels really good,” Nick Topil said. “It has been two years since I’ve raced. Dad was a big part of the racing community. We were going to start at the beginning of the year, but we didn’t, and now we decided to bring it out to this memorial. It’s new. We don’t know what it’s going to do, but we’re going to bring it out and see what it can do.”
He added he appreciates how U.S. 30 has treated his family.
″(Steve) was a big part of the community. This track, we’ve raced here for 20 years. They’ve always treated us well and we’ve won three track championships here in stock cars,” he said. “It’s going to be different coming out here, but it’s going to be great.”
The races used a draw-redraw system, where racers drew a number for their starting position for both the heat and feature races.
Cameron Wilkinson repeated as the hobby stock A feature winner when he won last week. He said he felt good before the race.
“It feels good,” Cameron Wilkinson said. “It has been a while since I’ve won here, so once we got that win, it felt good. Hopefully, we can keep it going ... (We’re) just going out and racing hard, and whatever happens, happens”
Jeff Ware is still the leader for Nebraska state points in the hobby stock division. He is followed by Cameron Wilkinson, who is in second, and Colby Kasper, who is in third.
Mike Nichols, who was at U.S. 30 speedway for the first time this year, was the first to cross the finish line in the stock car division.
Kyle Wilkinson, who won the division the week before, ended up taking fourth. After his win last week, he seemed to appear confident in his car coming into the race.
“I feel pretty good about winning,” Kyle Wilkinson said. “The car felt pretty good last week, hopefully, we can get another win.”
Damon Richards is leading in track points at U.S. 30 Speedway right now, followed closely by Shane E. Stutzman.
Jordan Grabouski continued to be successful at U.S. 30 Speedway as he won the feature race once again in the modified division.
Anthony Roth won the race two weeks ago (modifieds didn’t run at U.S. 30 last week) and was happy to get the win.
“It feels really great,” Roth said. “It’s a hometown track and we love supporting it, and it’s a fun track ...”
Roth wasn’t worried about the draw-redraw night and said it wasn’t going to change how he raced.
“It’s just business as normal. We show up every week with the same thing on, and we go out and do the best we can,” Roth said.
Grabouski and Roth are in first and second place, respectively, in the track standings through Thursday.
Lance Borgman took home the $675 prize for winning the Sport Mod division.
Anthony Kobus, who won the races last week, finished in 19th on Thursday.
Kobus said he knew he was facing a tough test with how many racers would be competing.
“It feels pretty good (to get the win last week),” Kobus said. “I know tonight is going to be pretty hard, with the draw-redraw deal. There’ll be a lot of new cars here, hopefully, we can defend it. Last week was the second win of the season here.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com