Rookie Meinecke takes first modified win

August 13, 2011

The Boone Speedway saw action on the track and in front of the grandstand on Saturday night.  The track racing sent a rookie in the modified ranks to victory lane as well as first time winners in the SportMods and Hobby Stocks.  Youngsters also had their favorite drivers climb in their cardboard racers and dash to the checkers during the farming session.  Walmart also very  generously donated a number of bicycles to lucky ticket holders, sending many young ones home with smiling faces.

The first feature was the Dwarf/Mod Lites for their 15-lap race.  Colby Oberembt led all but the first lap to take his third win of the season, pulling away for a comfortable victory.  Second place finisher was Matthew Goodin, third went to Troy Hudson, fourth to Joel Huggins, and fifth to Tim Hennigar.

The 18-lap IMCA Northern SportMod feature came next.  Brian Eppert held off Nick Roberts and Brian Miller in the early laps.  Roberts would then make the pass for the lead leaving Eppert to do battle with Miller.  Roberts took the win, his first of the year at Boone, and Brian Miller fought around Eppert as they finished second and third in that order.  Fourth went to Geoff Olson who came from the fifth row and Scott Davis, point leader, finished in fifth.

The IMCA Stock Car feature saw lots of action all over the track as cars battled in bunches.  One of those battles resulted in a spectacular incident in turn one when Josh Brauckman rolled and Dave Baugh launched up over the rolling car.  Thankfully both drivers were okay.  Late in the race,  contact between the two front runners, Jay Schmidt and Trent Murphy would send them out of the race.  Donavon Smith was one of the lucky drivers to avoid the incident, and he found himself the new race leader.  Smith then went home to grab his second regular season win of 2011.  Jerry Gifford took the runner up spot, followed by Steve Meyer in third, Ryan Rose in fourth and Ryan Leeman in fifth.

The 20-lap IMCA Modified feature saw a first-timer make it to the checkers first.  Matthew Meinecke, a rookie in the modified class

Matthew Meinecke

Matthew Meinecke motored his way to the front for his first ever IMCA Modified win at Boone Speedway on Saturday, August 13, 2011.

this year after moving up from the SportMod division, led all 20 laps of the feature.  Meinecke held off the challenges of Joel Bushore, who finished in second.  Jake Durbin finished third, Cale Sponsler fourth and fifth went to Jimmy Gustin.

The first A feature for the IMCA Hobby Stocks saw the familiar #25M car of Michael Murphy take the checkers again….his ninth of the season.  Second went to Whittemore, Iowa’s Cody Knecht, who made his first trip to the track this year.  Brandon Brinton finished in third, fourth went to veteran driver Dean Hartwig, and Curt Reed rounded out the top five.

Hobby Stock feature #2 finished off the night’s racing.  First time winner Aaron Rudolph led most of the 12-lap affair with Tony Cox and John Watson battling it out behind him.  Eric Stanton also threw his hat into the ring and when they crossed the line for the finish, it was Tony Cox taking second, Eric Stanton in third, John Watson was  scored in fourth, and Chris Jensen finished fifth in his first appearance at the track in 2011.

Next Saturday night will be another regular points night in all five divisions.  Grandstand opens at 6 p.m., hot laps 6:45 and racing at 7:30.  Make plans to attend.

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