Prelude wins to VanGenderen, Murphy, Lamberies, and VanLaningham

Prelude wins to VanGenderen, Murphy, Lamberies, and VanLaningham

September 2, 2017

Boone Speedway held it’s third annual Prelude to the Super Nationals on Saturday night as well as celebrating 50 years of racing at the track.  Many former racers were on hand as well as cars on display and memorabilia from days gone by.  The racing was top notch as well, with 287 cars racing on the night.  Track champion Mike VanGenderen took the IMCA Modified feature, Trent Murphy captured the IMCA Stock Car victory, Lucas Lamberies took the win in the IMCA Northern SportMod main event, and Jesse VanLaningham won the IMCA Hobby Stock feature.

Mike VanGenderen followed up his track championship title by besting the field of IMCA Modifieds.  VanGenderen started eleventh and overtook then leader Jordy Nelson at lap 25 of the 30 lap event.  VanGenderen held off Nelson the rest of the way to the checkers and the win.  Following second place Jordy Nelson was hard charging Chris Abelson who started sixteenth and finished third.  Clint Luellen came from tenth starting spot to take fourth place, and Kyle Brown completed the top five.

The IMCA Northern SportMod 25 lap A main saw Wisconsin racer Lucas Lamberies in victory lane.  Lamberies took command at lap three and never looked back, winning comfortably over second place Tyler Soppe.  Jake McBirnie came from thirteenth starting spot to finish in third place.  Fourth was early leader, Carter VanDenBerg and sixteenth place starter Hunter Parson, was fifth.

The IMCA Stock Cars put on their usual exciting racing, with the outcome being decided in the closing moments.  Defending Super Nationals champion, Elijah Zevenbergen from Ocheyedan, Iowa, was looking to step back into victory lane as he got out to the early lead and pulled away.  Meanwhile, another former Super National’s champion, Wisconsin’s Brandon Czarapata and Trent Murphy were going at it for position a distance behind.  Zevenbergen then developed a bad push, allowing Czarapata and Murphy to close in.  Zevenbergen and Murphy swapped the lead in the final laps, and Murphy was able to get the advantage and sweep to the 25 lap feature win.  Zevenbergen had to be content with the runner up spot, and Czarapata finished third.  Todd Inman hustled through the field of cars from twentieth starting spot, to finish in fourth, and track champion Donavon Smith was fifth.  The race went flag to flag.

The final feature was the IMCA 25 lap Hobby Stock feature.  Beatrice, Nebraska’s Jesse VanLaningham saw victory lane in this one.  He lead from lap five and held the top spot the rest of the way to the checkers.  He finished well ahead of second place Eric Cross who had started back in seventeenth starting spot.  Chanse Hollatz was third, fourth went to Justin Wacha, and Scott Pippert was fifth.

Labor Day, September 4 begins the six day run of the 35th IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals.  Racing is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. with qualifying for the IMCA Northern SportMods and the IMCA Hobby Stocks.  Check the website for the daily schedules.