2017.08.06 Wednesday

Ashley Schaaf

Ashley Schaaf

Ashley Schaaf made her Modified debut at Super Nationals in 2015. She’s been learning and get­ting faster ever since.  From Lincoln, Neb., and a Beatrice Speedway regular, Schaaf is doubling as driver and crew until her father Dennis gets to Boone on Friday.  “Super Nationals has been a good learning experience for me. There are no slow cars here. It’s awesome to race with them,” said Schaaf. “My idols are now my rivals. Hopefully I’ll be able to run up front with [...]

ricky stephan

Modified qualifiers go to familiar foes Stephan, Abelson 

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Ricky Stephan didn’t think anything could top it when he got his career 100th IMCA Modified feature win this summer.  Now he’s not so sure.  The veteran from South Sioux City, Neb., won the first Modified qualifying feature Wednesday at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, outrunning Whittemore rookie Nick Meyer in lapped traffic late in a fast-paced contest at Boone Speedway.  He’ll square off with familiar foe Chris Abelson, winner of the evening’s second [...]

Cayden Carter

Carter, Nichols collect Stock Car qualifying checkers 

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Cayden Carter and Mike Nichols will both look to add to already impres­sive lists of accomplishments on championship night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nation­als fueled by Casey’s.  Both were winners of qualifying features Wednesday at Boone Speedway. Carter, from Os­kaloosa, later ran fourth in his Modified qualifier and will start two main events on Saturday while a Super Nationals crown would be the final jewel in the crown for Nichols, from Harlan and a [...]

Austen Becerra

Bowen, Ill., speedster Austen Becerra motored from ninth starting to the lead right before midway, then held off Kyle Olson of Cedar Rapids following a late restart to capture the last-chance event for Northern SportMods Wednesday.  The rest of the top six advancing to Saturday’s main event are Joe Docekal of Dysart, Jimmy Berkevich of Watertown, Wis., Robert Moore of Maxwell and Vince Engebregtsen of Algoma, Wis. Moore and Engebregtsen got transfers following disqualifications of Trent Roth for failing real [...]

David Rieks

David Rieks of Eldora took the lead on the fifth circuit and checked out on everybody in winning Wednesday’s last-chance feature for the Hobby Stocks.  The 25-lapper ran green to checkered and Rieks was more than half a lap ahead of runner-up and defending champion Andrew Burg of Carlisle at the finish.  Rieks and Burg will be joined in rounding out the Saturday main event field by Seth Janssen of Ogden, Jeremiah Wilson of Waterloo, Tyson Overton of Carlisle and Drew [...]

Richard Mueller

Richard Mueller

Richard Mueller hopes to make progress in completing his triple double during Super Nationals XXXV.  As the sail panels on his IMCA Modified attest, the Jackson Hole, Wyo., driver in shooting for 10 Wins, 10 Tracks, 10 Great Stories this season. He’s got more than 10 great stories to tell already about the season and he’s still got three or four more track to make 10, but a win at Boone this week would be his 10th of 2017.  “I’ve been coming to [...]

Chad Wernette

Sheridan’s Chad Wernette is part of another stout group of Modified drivers making the trip from Michigan for Super Nationals. He’s traveled to Boone every year since 2009 with car owner and cousin Brian Ritz and brother-in-law and crewman Mike Bohn. Their racing vacation is an opportunity to renew old friendships, catch up with what’s new on manufacturers’ row and get faster. “Making the main event would be an accomplishment. It’s what we’ve been working for,” said Wernette, who wheeled a new [...]

Rik Gropp

Rik Gropp

Rik Gropp of Lincoln, Neb., first raced at Super Nationals in 1988. He’s qualified for the Modified main event once, finishing seventh in 2003, and didn’t miss a trip to Boone from 1990 through 2011.  “At my age, I don’t know how much longer I’ll be racing. I figured it was time to come back,” said Gropp, 59. “When you get older, you quit doing things like this. It was time to come back.” Most of his crew has been to Super [...]