BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 4) – Qualifying comes to an end for two divisions and roars to a start for two more on Wednesday, day three of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.
Last-chance features send the final six cars to both the Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod main events on Saturday. The top 30 drivers in point standings from Monday and Tuesday will take the green in those races.
Then the Modifieds and Stock Cars get on the Boone Speedway oval, with a pair of 25-lap qualifying features for both divisions. Four cars from each of those qualifiers advance to the inside rows for Saturday main events.
Twenty Stock Car heats and 30 Modified heats are on tap today. With pre-race tech continuing for latecomers– defending Modified champion Jeff Taylor among them – the car count at Super Nationals will top 800 for the sixth straight year.
One of the Modified regulars is Texan Josh McGaha, who’s been coming to Boone for “seven or eight years” and brought his car along on all but one of those trips north.
He made the Saturday night show two years ago and will start the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational on Friday.
“There’s nothing like making the main event here,” said McGaha, who boasts a Showdown win at Kennedale Speedway Park and Southern Challenge checkers at his home track Abilene Speedway, among other accomplishments. “I love the atmosphere here because everyone comes to have fun. We’ll probably be back every year.”
Now 28 years old, he’s raced a Modified since the week after he turned 16. The All-Star start will be his career first.
Ionia, Mich.’s A.J. Ward was a rookie in 2010 when he made his first tow to Boone, winning a couple ‘B’ features and his Friday night heat race before mechanical issues knocked him out of the Modified qualifier that night.
The decision to come west three years ago was made shortly before the early registration deadline: Ward was making plans in April to be part of this year’s event.
“I love how all the people come here to race and have fun. Super Nationals isn’t a race that’s all about the money,” he said. “There’s so much prestige. I definitely like the atmosphere, too.”
Already the winner of seven features, including Tri-City Motor Speedway’s Greased Pig special, Ward also landed a prime parking spot, just south of the gravel road that runs along the north side of the pit area.
“It took us just under nine hours to get here, with three stops for fuel,” he said. “We got parked at about three this morning.”
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