McBirnie, Daniels, Fett, and Gifford take Salute to Veterans makeup features, Mills, Smith, VanWyk, Hidlebaugh and Brown take regular night feature winsJoyce Eisele
July 30, 2022
It was a full night of racing at the Boone Speedway Saturday night. There were one hundred seventy-eight cars packing the pits for double feature night. The Salute to Veterans features that were rained out last Saturday night were run to begin the night’s racing, and the regular program followed.
Jake McBirnie took the Salute to Veterans IMCA Modified makeup feature, and Josh Daniels captured the IMCA Stock Car win. It was Colby Fett taking the checkers in the IMCA Northern SportMods, and Wayne Gifford was victorious in the makeup feature for the IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Regular night program winners were Jeremy Mills in the Modifieds, Doug Smith in the Stock Cars, Dylan VanWyk won the Northern SportMods, Mark Hidlebaugh won the Hobby Stocks, and Charlie Brown won in the STARS Mod Lites.
The night’s racing kicked off with the makeup feature for the IMCA Friesen Performance Northern SportMods at two laps down. Colby Fett was leading as the race picked back up, and he would not relinquish that top spot the rest of the way to the checkers. Logan Anderson reeled in the leader, but had nothing for him, and had to settle for second. Following a distant third was St. Joseph, Missouri’s Tim Eaton, Izac Mallicoat took fourth, and Chris Burke was fifth. Fett’s Salute to Veterans win was worth $1,300.
The regular night’s feature for the Northern SportMods found Dylan VanWyk going to Victory Lane for the first time. He caught early leader Curtis Veber and persistently looked for a way around to no avail. His persistence finally paid off with two laps to go in the 18 lap contest, and then held on to take the checkers first. Veber had to be content with the runner up spot, and Garrett Nelson took third. Chris Burke and Chad Ryerson rounded out the top five.
The IMCA Friesen Performance IMCA Modified Salute to Veterans feature came to the track for a 25 lap feature that paid $5,000 to the winner.
Jake McBirnie was fast from the get go in this one, never really being challenged, and won it going away. Jeremy Mills started tenth and finished a distant second, followed by ninth place starter Mike VanGenderen in third. Fourth went to Cory Sauerman, and Chris Snyder was fifth.
In the regular night’s Modified feature, the top two switched from the earlier makeup race, with Jeremy Mills winning out over Jake McBirnie. Dallon Murty ran up front the entire 20 laps, and finished in third place. Joel Bushore came from fourteenth starting position, to finish fourth, and Kelly Shryock was fifth.
Josh Daniels started from the pole for the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car’s Salute to Veterans makeup feature. He had Kelly Shryock to contend with in the first half of the event, Shryock snatching the lead away for a couple of laps, but then Daniels regaining it again just before halfway of the 25 lap race. Daniels then held it the rest of the way to the flying checkers and the $2,000 payday. Minnesota racer, Jeff Larson finished as the runner up, getting by third place Shryock in the closing laps. Dustin Larson was fourth, and Jay Schmidt started eleventh and finished fifth.
The regular night’s 20 lap feature for the Stock Cars saw Nick Roberts grab the lead from his outside front row starting spot. Doug Smith, who was driving the car usually piloted by Lonnie Hodges, tucked in right on his tail. Smith dogged the leader until finally making the pass into the lead on lap nine. From there on, he kept the number one spot and went home to the win. Nick Roberts held off some tough competition to take second place. It was Elijah Zevenbergen hard charging through the field, coming from a B main and starting twenty-first and taking third place. Buck Schafroth won the duel with Dallon Murty, as they finished fourth and fifth respectively. Smith can now add a Stock Car win at Boone to his resume along with wins in the Hobby Stock, SportMod and Modified classes.
The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks makeup Salute to Veterans feature paid $1,100 for the win. It was a happy Wayne Gifford standing in Victory Lane at the conclusion of the 20 lap race. Gifford who led the race from start to finish was excited to finally return to the winner’s circle at Boone after several years absence. He took the win comfortably over second place finisher Curt Reed. Josh VanCannon was third, fourth went to Seth Janssen, and Mike Smith rallied back after an early race spin, to take fifth.
The regular night’s 15 lap Hobby Stock race went flag to flag with Mark Hidlebaugh leading it in its entirety. He started on the outside front row, and was never seriously challenged. Following a ways behind in second place was Brian Ashburn. Solomon Bennett took third, Jimmy Johnson was hard charger, coming from starting twenty-second to finish fourth, and Skyler Pruitt was fifth.
The only class to run one feature was the IMCA STARS Mod Lites. They were able to get their Salute to Veterans feature in last week….Randy Bryan taking that win.
The Mod Lites ran a 15 lap A main. Charlie Brown came away with the win in this one. Brown started tenth and had the lead on lap seven. A yellow at lap ten was no issue for Brown as he pulled away on the restart and held on to the finish to score the win. This was his first time in Victory Lane this season. Austin Gray ran at the front of the pack all race long, and finished in the number two position. Jason Toppenberg made a late race run to finish in third place, Joel Huggins was fourth, and Bryan Zehm rounded out the top five.
Next Saturday night, August 6, is another weekly racing series at the Boone Speedway. The IMCA Mach-1 Sport Compacts will join the IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods, Hobby Stocks, and Mod Lites. Gates open at 4:30, hot laps at 5, with racing at 6.