July 19, 2014
One of the largest crowds of the year on KCWI night at the Boone Speedway got to witness a driver take his first ever feature win on Saturday night. The Karl Chevrolet Dirt Trucks were an added bonus to the five regular weekly classes running and the pits were filled with 142 racing machines.
The Mod Lite feature began with a red flag situation when Duane Coffman put his ride on it’s lid between turns three and four. He was okay, but done for the night. Eric Hendrickson held down the lead when things resumed, holding it until Terry Brown made the pass into first at lap five. From there on, Brown pulled away, working smoothly through lap traffic in the waning laps and secured the win. Hendrickson held second place and David Schmalzried was third. Randy Bryan came from starting tenth to take fourth place and James May started eleventh and finished fifth. Terry Brown now has three wins in a row, and four for the year.
The IMCA Northern SportMod A main had Doug Smith holding down the top spot at lap thirteen when the yellow flew for a fire in the car of Lukas Onstot’s #27L. It was quickly extinguished and
when racing got back underway, Smith continued in command. By this time, Johnathon Logue, Jr. had worked his way to the runner up spot from starting tenth. Logue immediately took the lead on the restart, and then Smith was soon off power and exited to the pits. Point leader Ben Kates was now chasing leader Logue in second place, but would not be able to catch him. Logue took the win, the first of his career, Kates being scored as the runner up. Brian Eppert had run up front the entire race, and crossed in third place, only to be disqualified for being too light. This handed third place to Tim Love, fourth to last week’s winner Jake McBirnie, and Jerry Hinton was fifth. For two weeks in a row in the class, drivers have earned their first ever feature wins.
The Karl Chevrolet Dirt Trucks were an addition to the regular Saturday night program. They ran a 12-lap feature. Brothers Brad and Bret Moyer battled the first two laps, with Randy Havlik joining in to make it a threesome. Havlik was piloting the #3 ride usually driven by Carl Moyer. A yellow flew at lap five when an incident at the bottom of turns one and two, resulted in Brad Moyer coming to a halt, and having to tag the field on the restart. Bret Moyer was still holding the lead for the restart only to drift high in corner four as lap six was about to be scored. This allowed Havlik the opening he was seeking, slipping under Moyer and into the lead. Havlik kept the lead the remaining six laps to the finish, finishing comfortably ahead of Bret Moyer in second. Third went to Pat Gordin, Lou Sipolt, a KCWI-TV channel 23 “Great Day” host, was fourth, and AJ Nelson rounded out the top five.
Andrew Burg has been so close to a victory in the Hobby Stock division this year, but on Saturday night, victory was his. Burg and David Rieks were battling it out since the opening laps for the top spot…Burg holding command. Rieks was scored as the leader at lap ten but it was so tight between the two. It was looking to come right down to the wire in a photo finish, only to have a lap car end that on the final go around. Andrew Burg took the victory and Rieks ended up in the infield with a damaged car from contact with the lap car. Point leader John Watson was the runner up, Dustin Graham was third, Tyler Pickett fourth and Eric Stanton completed the top five. Burg got his first win at Boone this year.
The Modifieds had a nice field of 27 cars on hand—25 were able to take the green flag for their 20-lapper. Joel Bushore took advantage of his pole starting position, taking the lead immediately. Josh Truman tucked in behind him in second. A yellow flew at lap ten, Bushore still holding command. Bushore was still leading at lap fourteen when he slipped off of turn two, and came to a halt, bringing out the caution flag. This handed the lead over to Truman for the restart with Kyle Brown now sitting in the runner up spot. The rest of the distance went caution free, Truman fending off Brown’s advances and securing the win. Brown, who had started eleventh, finished as the runner up, holding off twelfth place starter Jimmy Gustin who took third. Fourth was Robert Avery and Matthew Meinecke finished fifth. This was Truman’s second win of the year at Boone.
There was fast and furious action in the 18-lap IMCA Stock Car feature as always. Craig Carlson was leading at lap three only to have Wayne Gifford fly by him on the topside, taking over first by the following lap. Gifford never let loose of that top spot, keeping it all the way to the flying checkers and the win. Carlson held down second place but further back it had been a battle for position. In the end, it was Jerry Gifford, who started eleventh, winning the fight for third, just ahead of Mike Goldsberry in fourth and Bob Daniels in fifth. Wayne Gifford won for the second time at Boone in the 2014 season.
Boone Speedway will be back in action next Saturday, July 26, with racing in all five regular divisions. Hot laps are 6:45 and racing starts at 7:30.
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