Durbin wins Mod feature, Williams scores in SportMods

July 13, 2013

A night of exciting racing action continued at the Boone Speedway on Saturday night.  Only one class saw a new face in victory lane this year, while all other classes found drivers repeating in the 2013 season.

Feature racing began with the IMCA Hobby Stocks.  A B main was required to complete the 24-car starting feature.  That consolation race was won by Shannon Anderson.  The feature began with Chris Hupp leading the first nine laps of the 12-lapper.  Eric Stanton, who started eleventh, was quickly up to challenge the leader.  He made it pay off and took over the helm at lap ten and held it to the checkers.  Chris Hupp took the runner up spot, third was Matt McDonald, fourth went to Aaron Rudolph and Shaun Wirtz, who started twelfth, completed the top five. This was Stanton’s second win at the track this season.

The MADCRA Mod Lites followed next for their feature.  The race was red flagged just after the field took the initial green

Ed Zehm

Mod Lite driver Ed Zehm took the lead early on and never looked back, making his Saturday, July 13, 2013, win his first of the season at Boone Speedway.

when Mike Morrill tipped over in corner one.  He was rolled over, deemed fit to continue, and joined the field at the tail.  When action did get underway, Ed Zehm took the point and from there on, never relinquished it, scoring the win.  Dusty Masolini chased the leader the entire way and was scored in second.  Third went to Josh May who had started in row six, fourth was Andy Hennigar who came from seventeenth, and Terry Brown rounded out the top five. Zehm won for the first time at the track this year.

Brandon Brinton led the IMCA Northern SportMod feature but dropped out of the race with mechanical issues.  Brandon Williams was then at the helm, and was not about to give it up, keeping the lead to the checkers and the win.  Tim Love came from row five to score the runner up spot and third was Cody Hennings.  Fourth place went to Eric Elliott who had started on the tail of the feature, and fifth was Lynn Brockett.  Williams won for the second time at Boone this season.

In the IMCA Stock Cars, Jerry Gifford got to the lead by lap five from his eighth starting position, and was looking strong. Meanwhile, flying through the pack from starting thirteenth, was Donavon Smith.  Smith got to the runner up position by lap nine of the 18-lap race, but was still not content.  Smith tormented Gifford until making the pass for the lead at lap fourteen.  From there on, Smith would extend the lead and take the comfortable win; Gifford having to settle for second.  Third went to another driver who made great strides, Trent Murphy.  Murphy started in row six and finished third.  Jay Schmidt, who had ended up in the backstretch wall in his heat, started twentieth on the field, and finished fourth.  Fifth went to early leader Larry Crocheck.  This was Donovan Smith’s second feature win at the speedway in 2013.

The IMCA 20-lap Modified feature completed the night’s racing.  Matthew Meinecke led the early laps until Jake “the Snake” Durbin came calling.  Durbin got to the lead with just a handful of laps in the books, survived a couple of yellow flag situations and took his second feature victory of the year.  Meinecke held on to second, third was Jon Snyder, Cale Sponsler finished fourth, and Kyle Brown came from starting thirteenth, to take fifth.

It will be right back to regular racing in all divisions next week, July 20.  It will also be “Christmas in July”, so look for some fun things happening at the track.  Hot laps are 6:45 with racing at 7:30.

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