Hogan finds Victory Lane at Boone SpeedwayJoyce Eisele
April 20, 2019
Scott Hogan found Victory Lane at Boone Speedway on Saturday night, winning an exciting IMCA Modified feature in the second week of weekly points racing at the track. Jake McBirnie won the IMCA Northern SportMod feature in easy fashion. The IMCA Stock Car win went to “Hot rod” Rod Richards. John Watson found his way back to the winner’s circle in the IMCA Hobby Stock division, and Joe Glick took top honors in the MADCRA Mod Lite class. The Cruisers ran for the first time this season and it was Brett Warrick and Brandon Alden taking that win, and as an exhibition class, the UTV side-by-side win went to Rick Phlippin.
The Mod Lite 15-lap feature was the first to run and it was Joe Glick leading this one from flag to flag. Mike Kennedy quickly got to the runner up spot after starting fifth, and chased Glick across the finish line to score the runner up position. Justin Rankin finished in third place, fourth went to seventh place starter Bryan Zehm, and Tanner Gannon finished fifth after starting ninth. The race went caution free.
Cam Reimers, led the early portion of the IMCA Northern SportMod 18-lap main event, with Cory Rose in hot pursuit. Joining in the quest for the top spot was Cory Pestotnik and Jake McBirnie, soon making it a four-way fight for the lead. After a fierce battle, it was Jake McBirnie coming out on top in the final laps to capture the win. Johnathon Logue came from fifteenth starting spot to surge around Cory Pestotnik at the checkers, as they finished second and third. Fourth place went to Cory Rose, and Cam Reimers held on for a top five finish.
Veteran racer Scott Hogan was the pole sitter for the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature and it turned into a barn burner! Hogan took the lead as the race went green and distanced himself from the pack. It didn’t last long however, as Jimmy Gustin reeled in leader Hogan and not to be out done, Ricky Thornton followed suite and tucked into run third. Gustin got under Hogan and led briefly, only to have Hogan come right back and retake command of the race. In the closing moments of the race, Hogan defended his top spot, and flew under the checkers first to take the win. Ricky Thornton edged by Gustin in the final lap to take second, Gustin going third. Russ Dickerson finished fourth, and Mike VanGenderen came from ninth starting spot, to round out the top five.
“Hot rod” Rod Richards, a veteran of the IMCA Stock Car ranks, got back to Victory Lane on Saturday night. Richards, whose last win at the track was back in June of 2017, looked strong in his march to victory. Jay Schmidt, Frostbuster winner, hustled his ride into second place after starting eighth. Third went to tenth place starter, Donavon Smith, followed by brother and last week’s winner, Devin Smith, and completing the top five, was Cody Gustoff.
The IMCA Hobby Stocks ran their usual 12-lap feature with John Watson leading it from flag to flag. The only caution of the race came at lap eleven, and called for a green-white-checkered dash to the checkers. The restart didn’t hinder Watson as he pulled away to take the comfortable win as the checkers flew. Adam Ayers was a hard charger, coming from fourteenth starting spot, to finish as the runner up. Last week’s winner Aaron Rudolph took third, Eric Knutson finished fourth, and Jack Phillips came from thirteenth on the starting grid, to finish fifth.
Next Saturday night, April 27th, will be the season opener for the RaceSaver 305 sprints when they join the IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods, Hobby Stocks, the MADCRA Mod Lites, and the 2-person cruisers. Hot laps are 5:45 and racing at 6:30.