Avery, Inman, Ryerson, and Keeney score first wins
July 11, 2015
It was a night of new winners at the Boone Speedway on Saturday night. Only the Mod Lite division had a repeat appearance in Victory Lane.
Bryan Zehm, winner of the 15-lap Mod Lite feature was the driver returning to the winner’s circle. Zehm started ninth on the field and had a long road in trying to reel in leader Cory Dennis. A yellow at lap eleven, closed the gap for the final circuits to the finish. Zehm tried every which way to get around Dennis, and was able to make the pass on the final lap and snatch the win. Dennis finished what had to be a disappointing second after leading all but the last lap. Third was point leader Josh May who started tenth, fourth went to Travis Stensland, and Joe Glick rounded out the top five.
The IMCA Northern SportMod went all 18-laps caution free. Rookie Cory Pestotnik led the early laps, being hounded by Chad Ryerson. Ryerson made his persistence pay off, taking the lead at lap nine and keeping it to the checkers. Twelfth place starter, Jake McBirnie pestered Ryerson the latter part of the race, and made it a close one at the finish line, but had to be content with second place. Third went to early leader Cory Pestotnik, Jonathan Logue finished fourth and Darin Rothfus finished fifth. This was Ryerson’s first win at Boone.
The 12-lap IMCA Hobby Stock Feature was led start to finish by Bryan Keeney. A yellow flew at lap eight, bunching the field and putting Dustin Graham, Solomon Bennett and Dustin Lynch right behind the leader. Keeney kept his lead as the field returned to green flag racing, held his competitors at bay, and took the win…..his first ever career win. Finishing an ever so close second was Solomon Bennett, third went to Dustin Graham, fourth to twelfth place starter Eric Stanton, and Dustin Lynch completed the top five.
The IMCA Stock Car 18-lap feature also went green to checkers and was led the entire distance by winner Todd Inman. Inman, who had made his first appearance at the track last week, took his first win comfortably over Don Vis in second. Third was Cory Piffer, Tyler Pickett was fourth and Butch Bass was fifth.
It was 20 laps of exciting racing action in the Modified feature. It was a four-way battle at
the front the entire way with veteran driver Robert Avery leading all laps for the win. He had to out race second place finisher Joel Bushore, John Logue in third and tenth place starter Mike VanGenderen in fourth. A close fifth place went to Jon Snyder. This was Avery’s first visit to Victory Lane this year.
Earlier, there had been a special challenge race for the IMCA Modifieds, sponsored by TiLUBE. The top 12 transponder times in the heat races were afforded a chance to be the “last man standing” in a 15-lap race. The drivers drew for their starting positions. Josh Truman was that lucky winner.
Next week, it will be back to regular racing at the Boone Speedway. Hot laps are 6:45 and racing at 7:30.