Eppert takes first SportMod win

August 20, 2011

A great field of 164 cars checked into the Boone Speedway on Saturday night and provided the fans with entertainment all night long.  Another first time winner emerged, this time in the IMCA SportMod division, while the other four classes saw returning victors.  The youngsters enjoyed some added entertainment during the farming session with a “toss the rubber chicken game”

Brian Eppert

IMCA SportMod driver Brian Eppert took top honors on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at Boone Speedway.

as well as a candy toss.

The Mod Lite feature eliminated two top contenders, Troy Hudson and Tim Hennigar in the early laps when they tangled in the bottom of turns three and four.  Jeff Stensland then took the helm and rode it the rest of the way to the checkers.  Bryan Zehm chased him to the finish line to take second place, third went to Mike Kennedy, fourth to David Schmalzried and Colby Oberembt, last week’s winner, was fifth.

Brian Eppert had things pretty much his way from the get go, leading the 18-lap IMCA Northern SportMod feature and taking the win.  Ray Lundry, Maynard, Iowa chased Eppert the entire way, but had to settle for the runner up spot.  Eric Elliott finished in third, fourth went to Adam Shelman and veteran Rick Ringgenberg was fifth.  This was Brian Eppert’s first win in his first year in the SportMod division.

The 20-lap IMCA Modified feature went caution free.  Kelly Lyons charged to the lead from his pole starting position and never looked back, taking his second win of the season.  Lap traffic allowed Jake Durbin to close in on the leader in the waning laps, but he was unable to over take Lyons, and finished in second.  Third went to Randy Havlik, Adam Larson finished in fourth, and fifth was Todd Shute.

The IMCA Stock Car 18-lap feature was exciting as always.  The earlier portion of the race saw Jerry Gifford, Jay Schmidt, Wayne Gifford and Rod Richards battling hard for the top spots, while cars behind them were going three and four wide for positions.  Tight racing changed some positions at the front of the pack in the final laps with Jerry Gifford maintaining the lead to the checkers and the win.  Donavon Smith, point leader, found his way to the second spot from starting back in row six, third went to Trent Murphy who came from starting nineteenth, Wayne Gifford finished fourth and Rod Richards rounded out the top five.

In the first of two 12-lap IMCA Hobby Stock features, Scott Lograsso grabbed the lead away from Tyler Pickett by lap four and pulled away from his competition to  take the checkers first.  However, a post-race tech deemed Lograsso with a rules infraction, handing the win over to Curt Reed.  Point leader Michael Murphy was then scored in second, Craig Graham in third, Rob Allison in fourth and Tyler Pickett, the early race leader,  rounded out the top five. 

Hobby Stock feature #2 saw a familiar face back in victory lane.  John Watson  scored his seventh regular season win as he out distanced Aaron Rudolph who finished second, third place went to Brandon Brinton, fourth was Shane Klaasen from Little Rock in far northwestern Iowa, and local Boone driver Tony Cox finished in fifth.

Racing continues next Saturday night, August 27 at the Boone Speedway, with points racing in all five divisions.  Hot laps are 6:45, racing at 7:30.

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