VanGenderen and Watson win two-in-a-row at Boone

July 9, 2011

A warm July night at the Boone Speedway provided the fans with an exciting night of racing action again. There were four drivers making return visits to victory lane on Saturday night; two of which scored back-to-back wins at the speedway. 

The Dwarf/Mod Lite  15-lap feature ran first.  Ed Zehm nabbed his first feature win, leading all laps.  Zehm pulled away from his closest competition,  Joel Keenan who finished in second.  Matthew Goodin took third place, with Joel Huggins in fourth and Josh May, the point leader, taking fifth. 

All 27 cars in the IMCA Northern SportMod class started their A main.  Darren Huntley led the field past the halfway mark.  By lap twelve of the 18-lap race, it was Eric Elliott taking charge.  Elliott would go on to take his second feature win of 2011 at Boone, and Huntley kept the runner up spot.  Third went to Geoff Olson,

Mike Vangenderen led the IMCA Modified field to the finish on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Boone Speedway.

Mike VanGenderen led the IMCA Modified field to the finish on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Boone Speedway.

fourth to Daniel Tasler and Cory Rose rounded out the top five.  Scott Davis, who finished ninth, still retains his sizeable point lead. 

The IMCA modifieds ran their 20-lap feature next.  Craig Carlson led the first couple of circuits until Mike VanGenderen made the pass into first.   Randy Havlik came from starting eighth to try and run down VanGenderen, but was not successful.  VanGenderen took the win, his fourth of the season, and a repeat win from last week, and Havlik was the runner up.  Third went to Jake Durbin, who started along side Havlik in row four, fourth was Denny Rosenberg, and rookie to the class, Matthew Meinecke, was fifth.

Eric Brown won his second feature of the year, leading all 18 laps of the IMCA stock car A main.  He was chased the entire way by Rod Richards, who had to settle for the runner up spot.  Trent Murphy finished in third, fourth went to Michael Jaennette and veteran driver, Robert Stofer was fifth.

John Watson made it two-in-a-row in the IMCA hobby stocks as he took another win.  This would be Watson’s fourth win of the regular season, and fifth over all, as he had also won the Frostbuster back on April 2nd.  Watson had to catch Austin Luellen, leader of most of the race.  Watson reeled Luellen in and made the pass for the lead with one lap remaining.  Luellen finished in second, with third place going to Richard Yaw II, fourth to Matt Hudspeth and fifth to point leader, Michael Murphy.

Next Saturday night, July 16, will be Napa of Boone and Ames night at the races.  There will also be a Hula Hoop Contest for big and small, young and old.  Regular points racing will continue in all five divisions.  Hot laps at 6:45, races at 7:30.

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