Boone Speedway crowns five track championsDan Engledow
August 27, 2016
The final night of regular points racing concluded on Saturday with Season Championship features. Five champions were crowned for 2016…one repeating the feat from 2015.
Bryan Zehm started on the pole of the Mod Lite feature and led all 18-laps on his way to victory. Josh May, who started twelfth, finished in the runner up spot. A battle for third place between Joe Glick and Cory Sauerman ended with Glick tumbling down the front stretch and bringing out a red flag. Glick was okay, but his night was done. Sauerman took over as the third place runner, and finished the race in third. Fourth went to Randy Bryan, and Joel Keenan rounded out the top five. Bryan Zehm is the 2016 track champion in the Mod Lites, and scored his sixth feature of the year.
The Hobby Stocks ran a 15-lap feature, which went caution free. Eric Stanton took the lead from Dustin Graham at lap eight and never looked back from there. Graham held second place. Aaron Rudolph made a last moment surge to just get by Solomon Bennett at the finish line, as they went third and fourth in that order. Dustin Lynch completed the top five. Eric Stanton is the IMCA Hobby Stock track champion for 2016, defending his 2015 title. Stanton started the year off with a win, and finished with only his second victory of the year.
A happy Jonathan Logue took a victory lap after winning the 20-lap IMCA Northern SportMod
feature, as well as sealing the track championship. Logue lead the entire 20-laps chased by Randy Roberts who finished second. Chad Ryerson finished a distant third, fourth went to Cory Pestotnik, and Daniel Tasler was fifth. Logue had six feature wins in 2016.
The IMCA Stock Car feature win went to third place starter, Tyler Pickett. Pickett chased down front row starters Donavon Smith and Jay Schmidt, and took the lead at lap eight. Pickett finished a comfortable distance in front of second place Schmidt. Last week’s winner, Kevin Opheim made some noise as he raced from twenty-first starting spot, to finish third. Smith finished fourth and Josh Daniels was fifth. Donavon Smith, who had five wins this season, is the 2016 IMCA Stock Car track champion.
The final feature was the 25-lap main event for the IMCA Modifieds. Much of the show was at the front of the field with the two front row starters, Mike VanGenderen and Russ Dickerson battling it out. Dickerson flew to the early lead only to have the race go red at lap three when Bob Daniels tumbled off of turn three. He was okay. When the race resumed, Dickerson was still at the front of the pack, but VanGenderen was under relentless pursuit. VanGenderen found his chance just after lap seventeen was scored. He was able to make the high side pass out of turn two, and was scored the leader at lap eighteen. He held that lead the remaining distance to the checkers and the win, Dickerson finishing a close second. Third place went to Chris Webb, veteran Denny Pittman was fourth and Dustin Smith raced his way from starting sixteenth, to a fifth place finish. Mike VanGenderen, took his seventh win of the season, and is the 2016 IMCA Modified track champion.
Next Saturday night will be the Prelude to the Super Nationals with a draw/redraw format. Anyone pre-entered for the Super Nationals will be eligible to race. Hot laps are scheduled for 6 with racing to follow.