Schmidt gets first stock car win, Durbin takes third in a row in mods

July 7, 2012 Stock Car Winner Jay Schmidt

July 7, 2012

There was welcome relief from the heat on Saturday night as regular weekly racing continued. Two new winners rose to the top, one driver made it three-in-a-row, and a winning streak ended for another racer.  The youngsters were able to jump aboard a hobby stock for a spin around the track before the night was concluded too, putting smiles on many faces.

Josh May hustled his ride up from row six to take the lead away from Jason Whitehead at lap nine in the Mod Lite feature.  May went on to take his third win of the season, followed by Mike Kennedy in the runner up spot, third went to Dusty Masolini, fourth was Jeff Stensland and Jason Whitehead held on to finish fifth.

The IMCA SportMod feature was led by Brian Eppert through much of the race;  holding off the advances of veteran racer Joe McBirnie. McBirnie drove around Eppert on the outside at lap fourteen to grab the lead, and then to the eventual win, his second of the season. It was a valiant effort by Eppert who finished second in his best run of the year. Lynn Brockett took third, point leader Scott Davis was fourth, coming from row six and Shawn Hunter finished in fifth.

Cale Sponsler was holding the lead over Jake Durbin in the early going of the IMCA Modified race. That ended when contact was made in corner three, and Sponsler’s damaged car retired to the infield. Durbin pulled away to a sizable lead and circled the top of the track all the way to the checkers, securing his third win in a row.  Todd Shute came from row five to take the runner up spot. Third went to Texas driver, Greg Dinsmore who has been spending time racing in Iowa this summer, and Joel Bushore and Jimmy Gustin came from starting mid-pack, to finish fourth and fifth.  The race went flag to flag.

Jay Schmidt found his form as he sailed to the Stock Car feature win, his first of the season.  Schmidt took the lead from Robert Stofer at lap eight of the 18-lap event, and then held off a late race challenge by Donavon Smith.  Third place was Trent Murphy, Alan VanGorp finished fourth over Robert Stofer, who dropped back to finish fifth.  Smith continues his point lead going into the last half of the season.

The twelve lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature ended a dominating driver’s winning streak, when John Watson limped his battered ride across the finish line well back from his familiar first place.  Watson found himself in a first lap mishap at the bottom of turn four, sending him to the rear to restart, and then another mishap later left his car battered and bent.  Meanwhile, up front it was Dustin Filloon holding off Curt Reed for the top spot.  The race would end with Dustin Filloon breaking Watson’s win streak as well as taking his first win.  Curt Reed held second, Brandon Brinton held off Matt Hudspeth for third and fourth, and Aaron Rudolph rounded out the top five. Earlier in the evening, the top two finishers of the heat races ran a King of the Hill match sponsored by Harris Auto Racing, with a $500 pay day to the winner.  The final go around matched up John Watson and Curt Reed.  A flat tire ended the contest for Watson, handing the win to Reed uncontested.

Next Saturday night, July 14 will be Christmas in July at the Boone Speedway.  Rumor is that Santa will be making an appearance.  Hot laps are 6:45; racing at 7:30, with racing in all five divisions.

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