Snyder and Schmidt get last second wins

May 31, 2014

There was a new winner to add to the books in the Modified class at the Boone Speedway on Saturday night.  That driver, as well as the Stock Car winner, were both determined in a final seconds dash to the checkers.  The SportMod, Hobby Stock and Mod Lite divisions all had repeat winners.  The threat of rain around the entire state on Saturday, thankfully avoided Boone Speedway, the clouds parting and the racing program completed.

The Mod Lite 15-lap main event saw two brothers fighting for the lead for most of the race.  Terry Brown lead from the drop of the green, but brother Charlie Brown was soon to be on his bumper.  Charlie Brown took the lead at lap nine, and then never looked back, scoring his third feature win of the year.  Brother Terry Brown finished second, Mike Kennedy came from ninth starting spot to finish third, point leader James May was fourth, and Randy Bryan was fifth.  The race went flag-to-flag.

The IMCA Northern SportMod got off to a fast start.  Cars were going at it 4-wide in the opening laps.  Lynn Brockett held the point position until Ben Kates came flying to the lead.  Kates drove off from the pack, as Johnathon Logue put the heat on Brockett.  A yellow flew with just two laps remaining, but that restart situation was no bother to Kates, as he kept the lead the remaining way to the checkers and the win.  Logue managed the pass on Brockett, as they were scored second and third.  Fourth place was Mike Stark, who came from tenth starting spot, and Jerry Hinton took fifth, after starting ninth.  Kates has four regular points wins at the track, plus winning the Frostbuster.

The Hobby Stock 12-lap feature ran caution free.  Dustin Lynch got the upper hand early in the race, and kept the lead until lap eleven.  John Watson had been on the move from his twelfth starting spot and took the lead, with a lap to go.  He had to shake off the onslaught of  Cody Gustoff, Shannon Anderson and Eric Stanton for several laps, but with stood it, and took the win.  Both Gustoff and Anderson got around Lynch in the final lap, as they finished second through fourth in that order.  Eric Stanton completed the top five. Watson won for the second time this season and holds a slim three point lead over Anderson in the points chase.

It was quite a finish in the 20-lap IMCA Modified A main.  Matthew Meinecke took over the lead from Kent Croskey at lap five.

Jon Snyder

IMCA Modified driver Jon Snyder sneaked to the inside on the final lap and found a clear path to the checkers on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Boone Speedway.

He stretched his lead and was looking to be headed to his first feature win, while the battling went on behind him.  Jon Snyder, David Brown, Kyle Brown and Mike VanGenderen were hanging tough in a group as the white flag flew.  When the cars were on their final lap, a lap car came into play as they came out of turn four for the run to the checkers.  Meinecke was committed to the outside, finding the lap car in his way, while Snyder sneaked to the inside, and found a clear path to the checkers first.  Snyder scored his first win at Boone this year, Meinecke having to settle for the runner up spot.  Kyle Brown, last week’s winner, had been working hard and gaining ground consistently from his eleventh starting spot, and finished third over his father David Brown, in fourth and The Flying Dutchman, Mike VanGenderen rounded out the top five positions.

The IMCA Stock Cars finished off the evening’s racing with their 18-lap main.  Matt West led immediately, fending off Cory Bushnell in an intense battle through lap fourteen.  Meanwhile, Jerry Gifford moved into third place from starting tenth, and twelfth place starter Jay Schmidt had methodically gained positions, and was running fourth. West was out with a flat tire, but  Schmidt still had a head of steam going.  He surged into second place at lap sixteen, and then nosed ahead of Bushnell the following lap.  Schmidt held the lead to the checkers, scoring his third win of the year.  Bushnell hung on to second place, third was Jerry Gifford, veteran Craig Carlson hung to the front of the pack all night and scored a fourth place finish, and Mike Goldsberry took fifth place.

Racing continues next Saturday night, June 7, with racing in all five classes.  Hot laps at 6:45, and racing at 7:30.

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