Pesky sprinkles from a late afternoon shower didn’t stop the racing action at Boone Speedway on Saturday night. The track was packed and ready to go at race time. There was a repeat winner in the Mod Lite division from last week, while all four other classes sent new winners to victory lane for the year.
The Mod Lite feature did not get off to a good start. Two roll overs before two laps were in the books, halted the action. Thankfully, no one was injured. When racing got back under way, it was Travis Stensland at the helm and he was looking strong. Charlie Brown, last week’s winner, had other ideas, however. Brown charged from seventh starting spot, to tag the leader’s tail by lap four. The two duked it out lap after lap, Brown finally taking command at lap thirteen; maintaining it the remaining way to the checkers. Brown was victorious for the second week in a row, Stensland having to be content with second. Third place went to Bryan Zehm, coming from eleventh starting spot, Josh May took fourth from starting in row five, and Terry Brown rounded out the top five.
Johnathon Logue was in command in the IMCA Northern SportMod feature when a red flag stopped the racing at lap five. A tangle in turns three and four resulted in a slow rollover by Lynn Brockett, leaving him on top of another car. No injuries occurred and racing was soon back under way. Logue continued to be the leader of the pack, but Mike Stark snatched the lead away at lap thirteen, never to relinquish it to the flying checkers. Brandon Williams came from starting ninth to garner the runner up spot, third place went to Ben Kates, Logue held on to finish fourth and Taylor Musselman was fifth.
The IMCA Modifieds were up next for their 20-lap feature. David Brown held the advantage over Joel Bushore in the opening laps until the rim-riding Bushore made the pass for the lead at lap four. By lap eight, the familiar #19 of Jimmy Gustin had positioned himself in the runner up spot, and the two put on a show. Bushore chose the high road, while Gustin worked the lower route, finally taking over the lead at lap seventeen. Gustin kept the lead the rest of the way to the checkers, grabbing his first win at the track this year. Jon Snyder over powered Bushore late in the race, taking second, then Bushore slipped off of turn four, ending his hopes of a good finish. Scott Davis took third place over early race leader David Brown in fourth, and Russ Dickerson was scored in fifth.
Michael Jaennette dominated in the IMCA Stock Car main event, leading all eighteen laps. Jay Schmidt, last week’s winner, came from starting eleventh, closed on the leader in the waning laps, but could only manage a second place finish this week. Lonnie Hodges held off Terry Pruitt as they went third and fourth, and Wayne Gifford was credited with a fifth place finish.
The 12-lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature was the only class that had a caution free A main. Tyler Pickett pestered early race leader C J Dall until taking command at lap five. John Watson
followed Pickett into second place. Pickett kept his lead the rest of the way, scoring his first win at Boone this year. Watson held second over Eric Stanton in third, and Mike Pruitt and Andrew Burg were fourth and fifth in that order.
Next Saturday, May 10, will be another regular night of racing. Hot laps are 6:45 and racing at 7:30.
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