Durbin wins mods and Zehm zooms to repeat in mod lites

July 16, 2011

Racing at the Boone Speedway continued this past Saturday night, and a hot and humid night it was.  The youngsters also enjoyed a hula hoop contest during the farming intermission….and then it was on to the main events.  This week, one new winning driver emerged in the stock car class,  as all other divisions had returning winners.

The IMCA Modifieds welcomed Jake Durbin to victory lane on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Boone Speedway.

The MADCRA Dwarf/Mod Lite feature went to Ed Zehm, as he repeated his win from last week.  Zehm led much of the 15-lap race, and out distanced second place finisher, Dusty Masolini by a comfortable margin.  Colby Oberembt finished in third, fourth went to Josh May and David Schmalzried took the fifth spot.

The IMCA Northern SportMod feature went to point leader Scott Davis as he extended his sizeable lead even further.  Davis caught and passed Stacey Clark, the early race leader, by lap nine and retained the top spot for his second win of the season.  The race ended under the time limit when a red flag flew for Tara Longnecker who rolled off of turn one.  The good news was that she was okay. Clark was the runner up,  Geoff Olson came from starting fourteenth, to take the third spot, fourth went to Randy Roberts and Cory Rose rounded out the top five.

The IMCA modifieds ran their 20-lap feature next.  Craig Carlson held off Jake Durbin for several laps until Durbin made the pass for the lead and pulled away.  However, with five laps remaining,  Jimmy Gustin was closing fast, and with only three laps remaining, he would take the lead.  But, as they say, it’s never over, until it’s over.  Gustin was suddenly off power as he took the white flag, handing the top spot back to Durbin, and the subsequent win.  This was Durbin’s second win at the track in 2011.  Craig Carlson finished in second, Bill Davis, Jr. was third, Cale Sponsler fourth and Russ Dickerson fifth.

In the IMCA stock car class, cars were running in packs again, so close you could throw a blanket over the five to six cars running up front.  When things finally got all sorted out, it was Wayne Gifford making it to the checkers first, for his first win of the year.  Donavon Smith finished a very close second, Ty Hill took the third place, fourth was Jerry Gifford and Trent Murphy was fifth.

The 12-lap IMCA hobby stock feature,  found point leader Michael Murphy back in victory lane for the eighth time in 2011.  Murphy came from starting in the eleventh spot, to hold the lead at the halfway mark, never to look back.  Aaron Rudolph chased Murphy to the finish line to take second place, John Watson, the two previous week’s winner, finished in third, Eric Stanton was fourth and Bill Atcheson was fifth.

Come join us at the Boone Speedway again next week when we will do it all over again, with points racing in all five divisions.

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