Thornton three-peats, Nelson repeats, and Smith brothers go to victory lane

Thornton three-peats, Nelson repeats, and Smith brothers go to victory lane

May 12, 2018

It was a chilly, windy, damp Saturday night at the Boone Speedway, but the racing action was hot, with 150 drivers checked into the pits.  Ricky Thornton, Jr. made it three in a row in the IMCA Modified class, and two Smith brothers took wins in the IMCA Stock Car and IMCA Northern SportMod divisions.  Dylan Nelson repeated his win from last week in the IMCA Hobby Stocks, Mike Moore scored his second win of the season in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprints, and Bryan Zehm got back to his winning ways in the Mod Lites.

Charlie Brown led the opening lap of the Mod Lite feature, only to have his night end when he lost a front wheel.  His misfortune handed the lead over to Bryan Zehm.  From then on, Zehm held tight to that top position and motored home to the feature win.  Zehm had a few challenges thrown his way from Travis Stensland, but on this night, Stensland had to be content with the runner up spot.  Eighth place starter, Randy Bryan was third, fourth went to last week’s winner, Joe Glick, and visiting driver from Salina, Kansas, Trace Ayers started tenth, and finished fifth.

Last week, Tyler Inman captured his first career victory at Boone.  He looked poised to get that second win under his belt as he led the IMCA Northern SportMod feature for the first seven laps.  Doug Smith however, had other ideas.  He took the reins at lap eight, weathered a couple of yellow flag restart situations, and kept that lead to take the flying checkers first.  Johnathon Logue came from ninth to finish second, Jake McBirnie was third, coming from eleventh starting spot, early leader Tyler Inman was fourth, and Austin Luellen came from twelfth to finish fifth.

Thirteen IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars were on hand for the racing action.  Taking the win in this 20-lap feature event was Mike Moore.  Moore, who also won back on April 28th, snatched the lead away from Tyler Thompson with a nifty move on lap thirteen.  From there on, Moore held tight to the top spot and sailed home to win by a comfortable margin.  Thompson trailed a distant second, Newton, Iowa’s Ben Wood started eleventh and finished in third, C. J. Houseman was fourth, and Devin Wignall completed the top five.

Cody Gustoff took the immediate lead in the IMCA Stock Car 18-lap event.  He threw off early threats by veteran Robert Stofer and Devin Smith, and then pulled away.  However in the closing laps, it was Smith who finally closed the gap.  He was able to make the pass for the lead with just a couple of laps remaining, and took his first win of the year.  Gustoff held on to take second place over Robert Stofer in third.  Kevin Opheim finished fourth and Cedar Rapids racer, Johnny Spaw, was fifth.  Smith matched his brother’s earlier win in the SportMod division.

Ricky Thornton, Jr. pretty much has the Boone Speedway figured out.  Thornton, who is a past Super Nationals champion, has claimed the last three features in the IMCA Modified weekly events.  Thornton, who started twelfth, made rapid progress in running down the front of the pack, passing then leader Tony Hofbauer by lap seven.  He then stretched his lead and took the easy win.  Tim Ward came from eleventh to finish as the runner up,  Hofbauer held third, pole sitter David Brown was fourth, and Todd Shute started twentieth, and was fifth.

Earlier in the evening, a sixteen car Dirt Dominator for the IMCA Modifieds was held, pitting drivers head to head. When the final round was run after all other drivers were eliminated, it was Joel Bushore defeating Eric Elliott to take the $1,000 prize.

The finale for the evening was twelve laps of IMCA Hobby Stock racing.  Seth Butler led the troops from the start of the race only to have it taken away at lap eleven by Dylan Nelson.  Nelson, who started eleventh, then kept the lead to take the flying checkers.  Butler held on to finish second, Ryan Wells came from seventeenth starting spot to finish third, thirteenth place starter Adam Ayers was fourth, and Todd Bass finished fifth.  Nelson matched his win from last week.

Racing action continues next Saturday night, May 19 with racing in all six classes.  Hot laps are 5:45 and racing at 6:30.