Richie “G Money” Gustin cashes in with Modified winJoyce Eisele
June 1, 2019
It was Super Saturday at the Boone Speedway as the IMCA Modifieds ran for a $1,000 prize, and the IMCA Northern SportMods vied for $750 presented by BHE Custom Suspension. Richie Gustin lived up to his moniker of “G Money”, and made off with the Modified win, and Doug Smith took top honors in the SportMod division. Donavon Smith won in the IMCA Stock Car class, and Aaron Rudolph won the IMCA Hobby Stock feature. It was Tyler Thompson repeating his win from last week in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprints, Jeff Stensland went to victory lane in the MADCRA Mod Lites and the duo of Mason and Worley continued their dominance in the Cruisers.
The My Race Pass Mod Lites kicked off the night’s main events with their 15-lap A feature. Jeff Stensland started on the pole and led the entire race, pulling away from the field to take the comfortable win. Randy Bryan started tenth and finished as the runner up after battling by third place Tanner Gannon. Bryan Zehm came from ninth starting spot, to finish fourth, and Terry Brown completed the top five. This was Stensland’s first time in victory lane at Boone this year.
It was Donavon Smith holding off his brother Devin Smith in the Arnold Motor Supply 18-lap feature for the IMCA Stock Cars. The two brothers broke away from the field in the latter part of the contest to finish first and second. Mike Goldsberry started thirteenth, and took third, Josh Daniels was fourth, and Troy Jerovetz had an impressive fifth place finish after starting eighteenth. This was Donavon Smith’s second feature win of the season.
The Snap-on Tools IMCA Modifieds ran a 25-lap A feature which was also a qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star ballot, as well as $1,000 in prize money. Veteran racer Kelly Shryock started on the pole and immediately flew to the lead. Richie Gustin was on the hunt quickly from his eighth starting spot, and caught Shryock at lap four. The two talented drivers duked it out until Gustin was able to nab the lead at lap eleven and then pull away. Gustin, known for often capturing the bigger paying races, and thus earning the name “G Money”, lived up to his moniker, and claimed the easy win. Brother Jimmy Gustin started twelfth and made a last lap pass on Shryock, as they finished second and third respectively. Mike VanGenderen and Tim Ward rounded out the top five.
The Elmquist Towing IMCA Northern SportMod feature ran a 25-lap A main for their added payoff thanks to Bob Harris Enterprises. Three drivers put on quite a show for the fans as Brayton Carter, Colby Fett, Daniel Fellows, and Doug Smith ran at the front of the pack challenging each other relentlessly. Carter led the race from the drop of the green, only to have it snatched away by Doug Smith with two laps remaining. Smith then held the top spot to the flying checkers and the win. Carter had to be content with the runner up spot, Colby Fett took third place, fourth went to fifteenth place starter Jake Sachau, and Jake McBirnie was fifth. This was Smith’s first win of the year at the speedway.
Up next was the K1 Race Gear IMCA RaceSaver Sprints for their 20-lap event. Tyler Thompson made it two in a row in capturing the win, finishing well ahead of second place Mike Moore. Mike Houseman started tenth and finished third, fourth went to early leader Val Urman, and Ryan Navratil was fifth.
Point leader Aaron Rudolph took his second feature win of the year in the Pickett Salvage IMCA Hobby Stock 15-lap event. Rudolph weathered two green-white-checkered finishes to capture the victory. He held off second place finisher Solomon Bennett at the checkers. Eric Knutson was third, followed by rookie to the class Miciah Hidlebaugh in fourth, and Curt Reed rounded out the top five.
Next Saturday night, June 8, the Karl Chevrolet Dirt Trucks will join the regular classes. Hot laps are 5:45 with racing at 6:30.