Schmidt and Richards nab first feature wins of the year

Schmidt and Richards nab first feature wins of the year

June 23, 2018

Saturday was Casey’s General Store Night at the Boone Speedway and another great night of exciting racing action.  One hundred thirty cars filled the pits for the six classes in competition that saw two drivers make their first trip to victory lane.

Randy Bryan was the first driver of the night that put his ride in the winner’s circle after winning the 15-lap Mod Lite feature.  Bryan inherited the lead at lap ten when then leader Charlie Brown drove off the top of turns three and four.  Bryan, who had started tenth, had to hold off second place Mike Kennedy at the line to secure the win.  Third went to eleventh place starter Travis Stensland, fourth was Tanner Gannon and Joe Glick completed the top five.  This was Bryan’s second win of the year.

There was lots of close racing action in the 18-lap IMCA Northern SportMod A feature as several cars battled for the lead.  Cory Pestotnik made it to the front on lap three after starting sixth, but was soon nagged by Johnathon Logue and not to be outdone, Jake McBirnie and then Austin Luellen joined in the tussle at the front.  Logue took the top spot at lap five, but had the hounds barking at his heels.  Jake McBirnie was able to take command on lap nine, and then put a bit of breathing room between himself and the pack, and crossed the finish line comfortably ahead of second place Logue.  Austin Luellen finished third, fourth was early leader Cory Pestotnik, and Adam Shelman made a charge through the field from eighteenth starting spot, to finish fifth.

Lincoln, Nebraska racer Matt Richards made the haul over to Boone and went home with his first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint feature win.   Richards overtook then leader Joel Thorpe at lap ten and held the lead to the flying checkers.  Ben Woods came from eighth starting position, to finish a close second at the line.  Tyler Thompson made it from eleventh, to finish third, fourth was Joel Thorpe, and Devin Wignall was fifth.

The 18-lap IMCA Stock Car main event was up next, and it was Jay Schmidt taking the win in this one.  Schmidt started eleventh and by lap three was up to fourth, when the yellow flag waved.  The restart found Schmidt ready to challenge leader Craig Carlson, and just three laps later got the job done, taking over as captain of the ship. Schmidt distanced himself from the battle going on for second place between Carlson and Jeff Mueller, and took the comfortable win.  Carlson and Mueller battled side by side to the finish line, with Mueller squeaking by Carlson as they finished second and third respectively.  Tyler Pickett and veteran Robert Stofer completed the top five.  This was Schmidt’s first visit to victory lane this season.

The close racing continued in the IMCA 20-lap Modified feature.  Tim Ward started tenth and found his way to the front at lap eleven, but had several challenging him for the top spot.  Nick Roberts, last week’s winner, hounded Ward in the late part of the race, but then Jon Snyder and Jimmy Gustin appeared on the scene to throw their hats into the ring.  Ward however, was able to ward off any challenges, and took the double checkers. Not far behind in second was Jon Snyder who had started twelfth, Roberts was third,  hard charger Jimmy Gustin came from twenty-second to take fourth, and Thor Anderson came from fourteenth, to finish fifth.  Ward won for the second time in 2018.

The night’s racing ended with the flag to flag 12-lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature.  Adam Tiernan held down the top position much of the race, had it taken away briefly by Keith Burg, and then regained it.  Tiernan was looking to be on his way to his first ever Hobby Stock win, but John Watson burst that bubble. Watson took the lead on the white flag lap, and snatched the win.  Tiernan had to settle for the runner up spot, third and fourth were the father/son duo of Andrew Burg and Keith Burg, and Shane Butler was fifth.  Watson matched his win from last week, and now has three wins for the year.

Next Saturday night, June 30, will be Farley Tire Rodeo Night at the races with special guest Jason Dent from the Big Brother 19 tv show on hand to entertain the fans.  It will also be another Super Saturday with the IMCA Modifieds vying for $1,000 to win, and the IMCA Northern SportMods going for $750.  Both will be a draw/redraw format.  The IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, IMCA RaceSaver Sprints, and the Mod Lites will also be in action.  Hot laps are 5:45 and racing at 6:30.