Boone First-Timers

Boone First-Timers

The 228 Modified drivers pre-entered for the 30th annual Super Nationals include more than a few first-time visitors to Boone.

Among them is Stevensville, Mont.’s Travis Panko, who was checking out the booths in Manufacturers’ Row with brother-in-law Karl Andrews of Bayard.

“It’s a lot to take in,” said Panko, a regular at Salmon Valley Speedway in Idaho. “I’ve been to the Duel In The Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway a couple times. “This is a lot different.”

Panko made the 1,400 mile trip with his wife Teresa.

“I’ve raced 22 years,” he said, laughing. “I’ve always wanted to come to Super Nationals and I’m not getting any younger.”