Onstot and Nelson take first wins, VanGenderen, Smith and Stensland repeatraceboone
August 2, 2014
A large crowd was in attendance at the Boone Speedway on Saturday night to watch the 145 race cars that filled the pits, put on an exciting night of racing action. The Modified, Stock Car and Mod Lite had repeat winners and there were first time winners in the SportMod and Hobby Stock classes.
Travis Stensland took the feature win in the Mod Lite division. Stensland led all but the opening lap on his way to victory. Joel Keenan chased Stensland through much of the 15 laps but had to be content with the runner up finish. Third went to Angelo Montgomery, twelfth place starter, Randy Bryan took fourth and point leader Jimmy May was fifth. Stensland won for the second time this year. The race went flag-to-flag.
The IMCA Northern SportMods was a real shoot out between Anthony Onstot and Randy Roberts nearly the entire 18-laps. Onstot chose the outside line while Roberts continually looked to the inside as they raced side by side for lap after lap. Onstot
was able to keep hold of that top spot, and scored the victory, his first at Boone. Roberts had to settle for second. Third was Tara Longnecker. Longnecker started ninth and ran at the front of the pack all race long. Fourth was Jake McBirnie and Tim Love rounded out the top five.
The Hobby Stock 12-lap feature found a new face visiting victory lane this year. Newton, Iowa’s Jake Nelson led all laps in securing his first win at Boone. Nelson held a comfortable lead over second place finisher, and last week’s winner, David Rieks. Rieks got around third place finisher Dustin Lynch late in the race, fourth was Tim Barber and Aaron Rudolph was fifth. Nelson was the tenth different winner in the Hobby Stock division this year at Boone.
There was also a King of the Hill competition in the Hobby Stock class, pitting the top two finishers of the three heats. In the finals, three cars started three wide, and ran three laps. Taking all the glory was John Watson, who bested Tyler Pickett and Eric Stanton.
The 20-lap Modified feature saw two drivers go at it for most of the distance. Joel Bushore led at the drop of the green, and by lap three, Mike VanGenderen had come calling and was in hot pursuit in second. Bushore set sail on the top of the track, while VanGenderen dug on the low side. The two drivers raced closely, lap after lap, with Bushore holding the upper hand. Then at lap thirteen, VanGenderen slipped into the lead. From there on, VanGenderen was in charge, and kept his lead to the checkers and the win. The battle for second was a close one at the finish. Russ Dickerson, who started tenth, won the war and took the runner up spot. He just barely beat out Joel Bushore who was scored third, and Josh Truman was a close fourth. Jimmy Gustin came from his twelfth starting position, to round out the top five. This was VanGenderen’s second win at Boone Speedway in 2014.
The Class too Tough to Tame, the IMCA Stock Cars, completed the night’s racing with their 18-lap feature event. They produced their usual multi-wide racing action as soon as the green flag flew. Marshalltown’s Don Vis was the man leading the pack of battling cars in the opening laps. A caution at lap three, had Newton’s Michael Jaennette chomping at the bit in the runner up spot for the restart. By lap four, Jaennette was in command. Jaennette couldn’t get comfortable though, as he soon had some strong competition in Jerry Gifford and Donavon Smith running him down. Those three cars pulled away from the rest of the field and had all eyes on them as they fought it out. Smith made his way into second at lap twelve, and then proceeded to work his magic on the bottom of the track. Smith was able to squeeze under Jaennette in turn one after they passed under the white flag, and held him off at the finish line by about half a car length and earned the win. Following Jaennette with his second place finish was twelfth place starter Jerry Gifford in third, fourth went to Ben Walding, and Mike Goldsberry was fifth. Smith won for the third time of the season.
Next Saturday will be another regular night of racing in all five classes. Hot laps are 6:45 and racing at 7:30.