Gustin scores twice, Smith, Ryerson, Rudolph and Zehm also to victory laneJoyce Eisele
August 5, 2017
The Boone Speedway, “Iowa’s Action Track”, saw plenty of action on Saturday night with 157 cars packing the pits, and putting on a tremendous show for the fans. The Modified and SportMod classes found new faces in victory lane, while all other regular classes saw returning winners. The Karl Chevrolet Dirt Trucks were also on the night’s ticket.
The final run to the checkers in the Mod Lite feature found Bryan Zehm just eking out the win over Travis Stensland as they crossed the finish line. Stensland had led all but the opening lap of the 15 lap event, Zehm chasing him most of the way. A late caution and subsequent restart, was Stensland’s ill fate, as Zehm managed to get that extra momentum just as they crossed under the checkers. Stensland had to be content with the runner up spot, Charlie Brown was third, fourth was Mike Kennedy, and Josh May completed the top five. This was Zehm’s fifth win of the year.
Bill Wears looked to be on his way to winning for the first time ever at Boone as he led most of the IMCA Northern SportMod feature. However, a slight bobble with just two laps left proved to be his undoing. Chad Ryerson shot around him, and into the lead. He kept that top spot to the checkers and the win. Wears held on to second place, Curtis Veber was third, and John Watson and Ryan King were fourth and fifth respectively. This was Ryerson’s first feature win at Boone this year.
Two brothers started side-by-side on the front row of the 20 lap IMCA Modified feature…Richie Gustin and Jimmy Gustin. Jimmy led lap one, only to have Richie snatch it away at lap two. By lap three, Jimmy was exiting into the pits, and out of the game. This put Todd Inman in second and trying to run down Richie Gustin. A few laps later, Todd Shute took command of second place, and gave chase in an attempt to catch leader Gustin. It wasn’t to be on this night however, as Gustin distanced himself from the field and took the comfortable win. Following second place finisher Shute for third, was Eric Elliott who had started fourteenth. Fourth place went to Joel Bushore, and Jesse Hoeft started twelfth and finished fifth. This was Gustin’s first win at Boone in 2017. The race, which paid $1,000 was also a Fast Shafts All-Star Qualifier for 2018.
Donavon Smith took the win in the IMCA Stock Car A main. He outdistanced Wayne Gifford who finished in second place. Don Vis, who had led earlier, claimed the third spot. Jay Schmidt came from tenth starting place, to finish fourth, and Craig Carlson rounded out the top five. Smith won for the fourth time this year.
The Karl Chevrolet Dirt Trucks were an added attraction to the night’s program. Bret Moyer came away with the win. He held off second place Bill Davis, Jr., in the green-white-checkered finish. Eric Lundstrom took third, fourth was Josh Reynolds, and Luke Richardson was fifth.
The IMCA Hobby Stock feature ended under the time limit with Aaron Rudolph holding on for the win. Rudolph got around then leader Tyson Overton at lap ten of the scheduled twelve lap event, only to have yet another of the numerous yellows fly at lap eleven….the time limit expired. Rudolph was declared the winner, and Overton was second. Eric Stanton started tenth and finished in third spot, fourth went to eleventh place starter Eric Knutsen, and Seth Janssen was fifth after starting twentieth on the grid. This was Rudolph’s third win of the season at Boone.
The special TiLUBE challenge race for the IMCA Modifieds ended the night’s racing. Twelve drivers earned the right to race, qualifying through fast time and points acquired from their heat races. They ran for 15 laps in a “last man standing” race, and for the $1,200 prize. When all was said and done, it was Richie Gustin grabbing a victory for the second time in the same night.
Racing continues next Saturday night. Racing starts at 7:30.