Ferguson takes first Modified win at Booneraceboone
July 4, 2015
A packed grandstand watched the racing action, the roll over contests, and the fireworks at the Boone Speedway on Saturday night, celebrating Independence Day. New winners emerged from the IMCA Modified class as well as the IMCA Hobby Stocks, while the IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern SportMods and Mod Lite divisions had returning winners to victory lane.
The Mod Lites kicked off the feature racing. Terry Brown led the early laps of the 15-lap main event, but it didn’t take long until Josh May came calling. May snatched the lead at lap seven and from there, never looked back on his way to victory. Bryan Zehm’s challenge on the leader May were thrown off, and he had to settle for second from starting tenth. Third went to Randy Bryan, who had started ninth, fourth was early leader Terry Brown and Mike Kennedy rounded out the top five. This marked May’s second win at the track this year.
The IMCA Northern SportMod 18-lap feature was on tap next. Darin Rothfus held down the point position through the halfway mark of the race. He was being challenged repeatedly by Jonathan Logue and Doug Smith. Logue was finally able to make the back stretch pass and was scored the leader at lap ten. Smith followed suite with a pass on Rothfus as well, taking over second. The sixth, and final caution of the race came at lap 16, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Logue was hounded by Smith in the waning moments, but was able to keep the lead and take the checkers. Smith had to be satisfied with the runner up spot. Third went to Darin Rothfus who had to hold back fourth place finisher Brandon Williams, and Curtis Veber was fifth. This was Logue’s second win at the speedway in 2015.
Dustin Lynch led all twelve laps of the IMCA Hobby Stock feature, taking his first win of the season. Second place finisher Solomon Bennett threw everything he had at Lynch the entire race, but had to settle for runner up. Aaron Rudolph started eleventh and raced his way through the field to finish third, fourth was thirteenth place starter Curt Reed, and Eric Stanton started twelfth and finished fifth.
A new driver went to the winner’s circle in the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature.
Dexter, Iowa’s Cole Ferguson led start to finish on his way to victory. Jon Snyder finished second ahead of third place finisher, Joel Bushore. Scott Davis was fourth and twelfth place starter Russ Dickerson completed the top five.
The night’s racing concluded with the running of the 18-lap IMCA Stock Car feature. Don Vis led through lap eight but was overtaken by veteran Robert Stofer on lap nine. Meanwhile, tenth place starter Trent Murphy had worked his way into contention and took over second on lap ten. Stofer held his ground as the leader, but Murphy began his relentless peeks for a way under the leader. He finally made it pay off, taking the lead with four laps remaining. He would then hold it to the flying checkers and the win. Wayne Gifford finished second after starting in eighth spot, and Stofer held on to finish in third. Fourth went to point leader Jay Schmidt who started eleventh, and Donovan Smith made it all the way to fifth after starting twenty-first. This was Murphy’s fourth win of the regular season.
Racing continues next Saturday night, July 11th. Grandstands open at 6, hot laps are 6:45 and racing at 7:30.