Boone Speedway had an action packed night of racing on Saturday night. Prior to racing, youngsters enjoyed some S’mores and during the farming session, the adults got to toss around some rubber chickens! A very familiar face visited victory lane after a lengthy absence from racing, joining four other winners for the first time this season.
The Mod Lite feature got off to a bad start when Randy Bryan put his ride on it’s lid down at the bottom of turn four just after the race began. He was not injured but his feature racing was over. Andy Hennigar took the helm early but Charlie Brown was soon to be dogging the leader. Hennigar continued to hit his mark every lap until the white flag lap. As he entered turns one and two, he faltered just enough to allow Brown the opening he was looking for. Brown was able make the pass for the lead on the backstretch, holding it to the checkers and securing the win. Hennigar had to settle for the runner up spot, Bryan Zehm came from starting eighth to capture third place, fourth was last week’s winner, Dusty Masolini, and Mike Morrill came from eleventh, to take fifth.
The IMCA Northern SportMod feature had more than it’s share of yellow flags. Randy Roberts never gave up the top spot even with the numerous restarts, and led all 18-laps in taking the win. Roberts was challenged several times by Doug Smith, but he was never able to do more than that. Roberts stretched his lead in the closing laps, took the double checkers, scoring his first win of 2014 at Boone. Smith took second place over Tim Love, Jerry Hinton and Lynn Brockett who were third, fourth and fifth.
It was a very familiar face in victory lane in the IMCA Modified division as John Logue added a win to his many previous wins at the track. After a hiatus of several years from racing, Logue jumped to the lead from his outside front row starting spot as Scott Davis tucked in right behind. Logue set sail on the topside with Davis in pursuit when lap traffic came into play at lap eleven. Davis closed the gap significantly when the lap car became an issue, but Logue maneuvered flawlessly and continued on as the captain of the ship. Logue scored the win, Davis having to be content with second. Russ Dickerson finished a close third, and Jon Snyder finished fourth, just beating out Jimmy Gustin in fifth.
The IMCA Stock Cars put on their usual fantastic job of racing, going the 18-laps of the feature, caution free. As the race started, Mike Goldsberry took the lead and was looking strong. However, he was soon to be challenged by Jay Schmidt. Schmidt, who had started ninth, was up to second by lap three, and applying the pressure. Goldsberry and Schmidt circled the track, lap after lap when Schmidt was able to pull off the pass going down the backstretch with just a couple of laps remaining. Schmidt continued the rest of the way to the checkers, snapping up his first win at Boone this year, leaving Goldsberry with a second place finish. Donavon Smith sneaked ahead of Goldsberry for a brief moment, only to fall back to finish third. Fourth place went to Wayne Gifford followed by Terry Pruitt in fifth.
The night’s racing ended with the 12-lap IMCA Hobby Stock main event. Austin Luellen took the lead away from Mike Leffler with just four laps scored. Luellen was never seriously challenged the remaining distance, scoring a comfortable victory over Eric Stanton in second. Mike Pruitt finished a distant third, Leffler held on to finish fourth and Cody Gustoff was scored in fifth.
Next week, racing will go back to it’s regularly scheduled starting times, with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7:30.
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