Tasler takes SportMod feature, Anderson on a roll in Hobby Stocks

June 29, 2013

There were many familiar faces in victory lane Saturday night at the Boone Speedway—some matching wins from last week.   However, two new winners also emerged; one from the Mod Lite class and one from the visiting 305 Sprints.

Feature time kicked off with the Mod Lites.  Travis Stensland led this one through lap eight, but coming quickly up through the pack from starting tenth,

Josh May

Mod Lite driver Josh May took the lead on lap nine and held on for his first win of the season at Boone Speedway on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

was Josh May.  May pestered the leader and then took over the helm at lap nine.  Bryan Zehm made great strides to get to second after starting back in thirteenth, and put a bit of pressure on the leader, to no avail.  May took the win, his first of the season at the track, Zehm was the runner up.  Mike Morrill finished in third ahead of Randy Bryan in fourth and David Schmalzried who was fifth.

The 305 Sprints put in an appearance for the first time at the Speedway.  They ran a 10-lap A main feature.  Matt Stephenson from Altoona, Iowa shot to the lead from his outside front row starting spot, and never looked back.  Stephenson led all laps in taking the win.  Mike Philben, Grimes, Iowa took the runner up spot.  Third went to Eddie Evans, from Marysville, Washington and Bob Hildreth, Iowa Falls, took fourth over Dalton Ryder from Webster City.

The SportMod feature was a battle up front between Jerry Hinton and Ottumwa, Iowa driver Tom Lathrop through halfway of the 18-lap race.  Daniel Tasler, had other ideas however, as he charged to the front from his fifth row starting spot, taking over second and pressuring the leader. Hinton and Tasler put on quite the show as they raced side by side for several laps, crossing the finishing line neck and neck.  Tasler gained the advantage in the closing laps, only to have a caution wave after the white flag had flown.  This would result in a yellow/checkered finish….Tasler declared the win, and Hinton in second.  Eric Elliott, last week’s winner, came from row six to finish in third place, Tara Longnecker was fourth and Brandon Williams completed the top five.

The 20-lap IMCA Modified feature saw Jimmy Gustin repeating his win from last week.  Gustin, who started tenth, made the pass on Kyle Brown for the lead at lap five, shortly after a third caution had interrupted the racing rhythm.  Gustin stretched the lead, racing to another victory.  Kyle Brown finished in the runner up spot, and Joel Bushore came from row seven to finish in third.  Russ Dickerson took fourth place and Todd Shute came from row six to finish fifth. This was Gustin’s third regular season win this year.

The 18-lap Stock Car feature was a race for second as Jay Schmidt had the lead by lap two and left the rest of the pack.  The battle for second through fifth was often four-wide much of the race and would only be decided in the closing moments.  Trent Murphy held second at the white flag, last week’s winner Josh Daniels a tight third and Wayne Gifford digging in fourth.  Schmidt took the checkers by a straight away while the rest was being decided behind him.  Wayne Gifford made the swing around his competitors to take second at the flagstand, Murphy was third and Daniels fell to fourth.  Not far behind was Jerry Gifford who rounded out the top five.

The IMCA Hobby Stocks closed out the night with their 12-lapper. Matt McAtee, Waukee, Iowa led most of this one….all but that final important lap.  McAtee looked poised to take his first win at the track this year, as he held a comfortable lead over Shannon Anderson.  The only caution would then come at lap eight for debris and setting up what you knew was going to be a shoot out to the checkers.  The final laps saw the two drivers nearly even at the finish line, but Anderson gained the edge in the closing lap and snatched the win; McAtee having to settle for second.  Third was Eric Stanton who started along side Anderson back in row six, Matt McDonald finished fourth and Aaron Rudolph took fifth.  Anderson won two features last week, one being the make up from the rained feature the previous week as well as the regular night’s A main, thus making it three for three in his last outings.  Add two earlier wins, making it five victories at the track this year.

This Thursday, July 4, will be the Eve of Destruction at the Speedway.  There will be rollover contests, boat trailer races, a leap of death along with the IMCA SportMods racing.  Hot laps are 7 p.m.  The night will conclude with a huge fireworks display sponsored by the city of Boone.

And don’t forget the regular racing program next Saturday night, July 6.  All regular classes will be racing along with the 305 Sprints again back in action.  There will be FREE admission to the grandstand for all!  That’s right.  FREE admission.  Come out for a night of fun at the Boone Speedway.

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