Richie Gustin reigns again at Super NationalsDan Engledow
BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 9) – After finishing second in his qualifying feature on Friday night, Richie Gustin figured he had a pretty good chance to win Saturday’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Modified main event.
He was right.
The 2011 Super Nationals champion, Gustin passed 2007 winner Todd Shute to get to the front of the 40-lap
headliner, then outran defending champion Ricky Thornton Jr. in taking the Boone Speedway checkers.
“I felt like we had a pretty good race car when we qualified last night,” said Gustin, who had passed 24 cars to finish second behind Thornton on Friday. “People say there’s a lot of luck that plays into this deal but when you get your second championship, it’s not luck. This is unbelievable.”
Shute ended in third and Ricky Stephan was fourth. Three other former champions were in the show, with Gustin’s brother Jimmy finishing fifth, Randy Havlik seventh and Kyle Strickler 18th.
Mike Nichols became a first-time Stock Car champion, beating Devin Smith across the stripe by not much more than a car length. Brian Efkamp ended his on-track career with the Northern SportMod crown.
And Shannon Anderson won his career fourth Super Nationals Hobby Stock title in a 30-lapper he led green to checkers.
Strickler won the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds, David Smith won the Sunoco Race
Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars, Jason Fusselman win the Stephenville Starter Hobby Stock Race of Champions and Dakota Sproul won the BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods.
Strickler has now won the Modified main event, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational and Harris RoC during his Super Nationals career. David Smith is the first driver to win the Stock Car RoC three times.
Cayden Carter became the first driver to compete in three main events at the same Super Nationals, qualifying for Late Model, Modified and Stock Car championship races.
More than 20 states and Canada were represented in the 35th annual event, held Sept. 4-9.