Durbin takes Modified checkers

May 11, 2013

The chilly weather continued on Saturday night, but the racing action was hot at the Boone Speedway.  Close racing and exciting finishes have become the norm week after week at the track.  Only one repeat winner from 2013 was entered into the record books on Saturday, while all other classes had drivers visiting victory lane for the first time this season.

The MADCRA Mod Lite feature went to Andy Hennigar who scored his second win of the 2013 season.  On the opening lap, the field got bogged down entering turn one, causing many cars to check up, but Mike Morrill avoided the confusion and got to the lead by lap one.  Randy Bryan followed suite and grabbed the runner up spot while Andy Hennigar flew through the field from starting tenth, to grab third.  Morrill, Hennigar and Bryan would run in that order through lap eight, but by lap eleven, Josh May had worked his way from 20th starting spot, to take over third from Bryan.  As the cars approached the white flag flying, Hennigar made the pass to the lead, and cinched his second win at the track in 2013.  Morrill held on to take second over Josh May in third.  Fourth went to Randy Bryan and Mike Kennedy rounded out the top five.

The Northern SportMod feature was nearly a done deal from the drop of the green as Daniel Tasler led the first lap and all remaining seventeen laps to the checkers.  Brandon Brinton followed the leader most of those laps as well, as he took the runner up spot.  Cory Rose,  took third and Tim Love came from starting in the seventh row to take fourth.  Cody Hennings completed the top five.

The  IMCA Modifieds saw some dandy close racing up front.  Kyle Brown led from the front row the first handful of laps, but he was being dogged by Jake Durbin incessantly.  Cale Sponsler joined the fun, getting into third.  Durbin made the pass on Brown at lap six to

Jake Durbin passed for the lead on lap 6 and led his IMCA Modified to the line at Boone Speedway on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Jake Durbin passed for the lead on lap 6 and led his IMCA Modified to the line at Boone Speedway on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

take the lead and soon put some breathing room between himself and his competitors, motoring home to the win.  Brown and Sponsler continued to battle for position, Brown keeping the advantage until they saw the white flag waving as they approached the flagstand.  Sponsler passed Brown and held on to second at the checkers, Brown finishing a very close third.  Fourth went to Jon Snyder and  fifth to Matthew Meinecke.

Mike Goldsberry put himself into victory lane at the Boone Speedway by winning the eighteen lap IMCA Stock Car feature.  Goldsberry, who calls Runnells, Iowa home, took the lead on lap one and never relinquished it.   Bryan Trogdon bothered Goldsberry for much of the race, but was never able to make the pass.  Meanwhile, Donavon Smith had made his way into third after starting back in the sixth row, and was now pressuring Trogdon.  With a lap to go, the drivers showed the crowd it was going to be a toss up as to who crossed the finish line first!  Goldsberry was able to hang on for the win, and Smith made a nifty pass at the end to get around Trogdon, as they finished second and third.  Craig Carlson hung around the front of the field all race, and finished fourth over Jerry Gifford in fifth.

The evenings racing ended with the twelve lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature.  Paul Nagle fought off Andrew Burg for most of this one.  Brandon Pruitt had worked himself up to run third as the laps wound down.  Nagle would hold on to take his first win at the track in 2013 but it was a real squeaker at the checkers as Pruitt made the surge past Burg as they finished second and third in that order.  Curt Reed ran toward the front of the pack all race long to take fourth and Shannon Anderson came from starting tenth, to take fifth place.

Next week, May 18 at the Boone Speedway will be regular points racing again in all five divisions and as an added attraction, it will be Halloween costume night for the fans. There will be a costume contest, with prizes for the best costume, games, and trick or treat stations for the kids on the grandstand side.  Hot laps are 6:45 with racing at 7:30.

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