Luellen, Marriott motor to Modified qualifying feature winsDan Engledow
BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Clint Luellen led every lap while Hunter Marriott needed most of his feature in winning IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Modified qualifiers Thursday night.
Luellen, the 2015 Northern SportMod champion, had the field covered from the get-go in the opener at Boone Speedway. Cautions at midway – that yellow took Oregon contender Collen Winebarger, piloting one of the fastest cars on the track, out of contention – and again on lap 20 erased Luellen’s sizable leads but he pulled away after both restarts.
Cayden Carter started 25th and passed 2010 champion Jimmy Gustin with four to go and finished second; the 17th starting Gustin and Chaz Baca, who headed the pursuit of Luellen much of the way, completed the top four.
Marriott worked his way toward the front from 15th starting in the nightcap. Into the top four by lap nine, he finally caught Tanner Black for the front spot with four laps left.
Black beat 11th starting Justin Auringer to the stripe by all of four one thousandth’s of a second for runner-up honors and Joe Duvall was next.
Top four finishers in each feature advance to the middle row of Saturday’s big dance.
Gustin qualified for his career 12th main event, Auringer for his eighth, Marriott his fourth, Carter his third and Luellen, Baca, Black and Duvall each their first.
1st qualifying feature – 1. Clint Luellen, Minburn; 2. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 3. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 4. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz.; 5. Craig Reetz, Dunlap; 6. Andrew Smith, Rogersville, Mo.; 7. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 8. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 9. Jeff Stephens, Arion; 10. Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; 11. Shane Hiatt, Rising City, Neb.; 12. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 13. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 14. Keegan Nordquist, Beresford, S.D.; 15. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan.; 16. Randy Havlik, Ankeny; 17. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; 18. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 19. Brandon Leeman, Roland; 20. Josh Truman, Indianola; 21. Ed Thomas, Waterloo; 22. Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 23. Cory Wray, Trenton, Mo.; 24. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 25. Jeff Hoegh, New Caney, Texas; 26. Nick Deal, Harlan; 27. Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.; 28. Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D.; 29. Duane Cleveland, Olivehurst, Calif.; 30. Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D.
2nd qualifying feature – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Tanner Black, Otis, Kan.; 3. Justin Auringer, Evansdale; 4. Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.; 5. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 6. Justin O’Brien, West Union; 7. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark.; 8. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 9. Randy Foote, Stanton; 10. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 11. Chad Wernette, Sheridan, Mich.; 12. Austin Kiefer, Pahrump, Nev.; 13. Brenten DeYoung, Crystal, Mich.; 14. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; 15. Ben Kraus, Britt; 16. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.; 17. Eric Elliott, Boone; 18. Matthew Meinecke, Jamaica; 19. Clay Sellard, Bucklin, Kan.; 20. Troy Foulger, Oakley, Calif.; 21. Taylor Musselman, Urbandale; 22. Gavin Hunyady, Fenton, Mich.; 23. Chad Porter, Madison Lake, Minn.; 24. Dan Ratajczak, Luxemburg, Wis.; 25. Raymond McSpadden, Buda, Texas; 26. Tyler Prochaska, Iowa Falls; 27. Brandon Clough, Wallace, Neb.; 28. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 29. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.; 30. Josh Beaulieu, Bemidji, Minn.