May 24, 2014
The lights went out at the Boone Speedway on Saturday night, causing a delay during the Modified feature. There were new winners in the Modified, SportMod, Hobby Stock and Mod Lite divisions, the Stock Car class having the only returning feature winner. The pleasant weather brought a nice crowd to enjoy the excellent racing the 124 cars provided.
Cory Dennis led the Mod Lite feature charge through the first handful of laps, holding off Jimmy May, Randy Bryan and Charlie Brown. A short time later, May made the pass into first; Charlie Brown getting past Dennis as well, and into the runner up spot. May kept that top spot the rest of the way to the checkers…..taking his first win of the year at Boone. Brown held on to second over Bryan Zehm, who had started twelfth on the field, and finished third. Cory Dennis was fourth and Andy Hennigar completed the top five.
Eighteen laps for the IMCA SportMods came up next. Chad Ryerson took the lead as lap one was scored, but by lap four, Taylor Musselman was in second and reeling in the leader. Randy Roberts maneuvered his ride into third running place after starting tenth, and he too began the quest for more. With two laps to go, Musselman made his move on the backstretch, over powering Ryerson, and nabbing the lead. Musselman held on to that top spot the remainder of the way to the checkers, and secured his first win at Boone in the 2014 season. Roberts fell just short as they passed the finish line, and had to settle for the runner up spot. Doug Smith came out of no where in the final few laps, and snatched third place away from Ryerson, who was scored in fourth. Jerry Hinton also had an impressive run after experiencing mechanical issues in his heat, and finished in fifth.
The Hobby Stock feature went to Eric Stanton. Stanton started ninth on the starting field, and was leading by lap seven. Stanton then put distance between himself and the rest of the field, scoring a comfortable win. John Watson started eleventh and ran out of time to garner more than the runner up spot. Shannon Anderson finished a close third, just ahead of Tyler Pickett at the checkers. Matt Hudspeth rounded out the top five. This was Stanton’s first win at Boone this year.
The 20-lap IMCA Modified feature found pole sitter Joel Bushore keeping command, as he led Mike VanGenderen and David Brown through lap seven. Eyes then became focused on a car that was gaining ground on the bottom lane of the track—Kyle
Brown. Brown had started ninth and at lap nine, was catching second place runner, VanGenderen. Brown made his way into second around VanGenderen and then had just made the pass for the lead when a yellow flew for a skirmish in the middle of turns three and four. That incident found Bushore getting caught up in spinning lap traffic, the yellow come out, and then the track went dark. The restart of the race was delayed until the lights came back up, Brown holding down the point position. The final laps, Brown held command, scoring his first win at the track this year. Mike VanGenderen just held off Josh Truman, last week’s winner who had started back in sixteenth place, for second and third respectively. Fourth place went to Randy Havlik. Havlik had started at the tail of the feature in the 23rd spot, and had amazingly worked through traffic for a fourth place finish, passing David Brown in fifth, in the closing moments. This was Kyle Brown’s first win of the season at Boone.
The racing excitement continued in the finale of the evening, the 18-lap Stock Car A main. Veteran Larry Crocheck claimed the lead through the first five laps. By then, Jay Schmidt had worked his way from starting eleventh, to second place and was wanting more. A lap later, Schmidt took command of the race and stretched out his lead the rest of the way to the checkers flying. Donavon Smith, last week’s winner, made late race strides to take the runner up spot. Jerry Gifford was scored in third, Craig Carlson was fourth and Corey Bushnell started twelfth and finished in fifth. This was Schmidt’s second win of the season, and increasing his point lead in the Stock Car class.
The next action at the Speedway will be the annual Memorial Day Deery Brother’s Late Model show on Monday, May 26th. Also racing that day will be Mod Lites, Stock Cars, SportMods and Hobby Stocks—all running for track points. Grandstands open at 3, hot laps at 4, and racing at 5. The next regular season racing will be Saturday, May 31. Hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7:30.
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