Three in a row for Kates

June 7, 2014

Racing went on as usual at the Boone Speedway on Saturday night.  The earlier rain cleared out and Mother Nature’s watering made for a multi-grooved, fast track all night long.  The SportMod class found a driver in victory lane for the third time in a row, the Mod Lite’s had a back to back winner, the Hobby Stocks had a driver win for the second time this year, and in the Modifieds and Stock Cars, it was a first time trip to the winner’s circle.

The Mod Lite feature turned into a shoot out between brothers.  Terry Brown led through lap ten of the 15-lap feature, brother Charlie Brown attached to his bumper.  Charlie Brown got the advantage at lap eleven, taking over the top spot and holding it to the finish, as the brothers went 1-2 on the night.  Third place finisher was Bryan Zehm, who had started ninth, fourth went to Dusty Masolini and Andy Hennigar completed the top five.  Charlie Brown won for the second week in a row and fourth of the season.

Numerous yellows flew in the IMCA Northern SportMod 18-lap feature.  Brian Miller held down the point position through lap nine, fending off the advances of Lynn Brockett and Ben Kates.  Kates, who started tenth, was a

Ben Kates

Numerous cautions didn't slow IMCA Northern SportMod driver Ben Kates, as he drove off from his competition on the restarts, and savored his third win in a row at Boone Speedway on Saturday, June 7, 2014..

contender early on, getting to third by lap six, and passing both Brockett and Miller just after lap nine was scored.  The numerous cautions didn’t slow Kates, as he drove off from his competition on the restarts, and savored another win.  Brockett finished as the runner up, Jerry Hinton made a second half surge to finish third, early race leader Brian Miller was fourth, and Johnathon Logue hustled through the field from starting sixteenth, to take fifth.  Kates has been on a roll, scoring his third win in a row, his fifth of the season, plus winning the preseason Frostbuster.

Tyson Overton led the 12-lap Hobby Stock feature from the drop of the green, holding first Ross Marshall and then Tyler Pickett at bay.  Shortly after a restart at lap nine, Pickett made his persistent  hounding pay off, snatching the lead from Overton, and keeping it to the flying checkers.  Overton had to be content with the runner up spot, and Marshall held on to third.  John Watson, point leader, started twelfth and finished fourth and Shannon Anderson finished fifth after starting eleventh.  Pickett is a second time winner at the Boone Speedway for 2014.

The Modified feature went the usual 20-laps.  Pole sitter, Joel Bushore leaped to the lead as soon as the green flag flew.  Bushore kept command of the top spot, holding off Jake Durbin through the halfway point of the race.  Matthew Meinecke then came calling, taking over second from Durbin at lap thirteen.  In the closing laps, Meinecke closed in on the leader, reeling him in at each lap.  A final last gasp attempt fell just short at the finish line, Bushore taking the win, and Meinecke having to be content with another runner up finish.  Jon Snyder started ninth, and finished third, David Brown hung toward the front all race long, and took fourth, and Scott Davis rounded out the top five.  This was Bushore’s first win at Boone this year.

The night was capped off with the running of the 18-lap Stock Car feature.  Veteran Robert Stofer flew around the outside of the front row starters, nabbing the lead immediately.  By lap six, Trent Murphy had worked his way from starting sixth by running the low groove, snatching the lead from Stofer.  There was much battling going on for position further back, cars going three wide.  The only caution of the race came at lap fifteen, Murphy still at the point.  By this time, he had a lot of company behind him just waiting for an opportunity on the restart.  Mike Goldsberry was holding down second place, Josh Daniels in third, and visitor from Independence, Iowa, Justin Temeyer had worked his way from starting tenth and taken over fourth.  When the race restarted,  Murphy drove off from his competition, taking the win by a comfortable margin.  Second place went to Justin Temeyer, who found the restart to his liking, swooping around both Daniels and Goldsberry, scored third and fourth respectively.  Point leader Jay Schmidt tried everything and everywhere, but could only come away with a fifth place finish.  Murphy visited victory circle for the very first time at Boone this year.

Next Saturday, June 14, all five classes will again be in competition.  Hot laps are 6:45 and racing at 7:30.

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