Weekly racing continued Saturday at the Boone Speedway with racing in all six weekly divisions and 138 cars checking into the pits.
Randy Roberts claimed his first IMCA Modified feature at the track, as did Scott Davis in the IMCA Stock Car class. Jake McBirnie made it three in a row in the IMCA Northern SportMod division, John Watson matched the three in a row by winning the IMCA Hobby Stock feature again, and Mike Moore in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprints, and Joe Glick in the Mod Lite class, both made return visits to victory lane.
Things kicked off with the running of the 15-lap Mod Lite feature. The action was marred by two red flag situations that found Chelsea May upside down on the backstretch before a lap was scored, and later, Lisa Birt went for a tumble on the front stretch.
Neither suffered serious injuries.
Charlie Brown led when the race got underway, only to have it quickly snatched away by Bryan Zehm at lap three. A yellow flew at lap six when Brown went spinning, and on the restart, it was Joe Glick getting the upper hand, shooting to the lead. From there on, Glick held the lead to the checkers, taking the win by a comfortable length over second place Travis Stensland. McBirnie survived a plethora of cautions in the IMCA Northern SportMod 18-lap main event to score another win. McBirnie took the lead when Austin Luellen drifted high on a restart situation at lap ten, then weathered another yellow at lap 14 to score the victory. Luellen held the second position.
Moore was victorious in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint 20-lap feature. Moore started eighth and grabbed the top spot from Val Urman with a handful of laps in the books. Moore then stretched his lead on his way to the checkers. Urman held on to second place, Matt Richards, the previous race winner was third.
Veteran racer Scott Davis nabbed the lead by lap one of the 18-lap IMCA Stock Car A main, and kept the hounds at bay for the duration, leading all laps on his way to victory lane for the first time.
Another driver taking his first trip to the winner’s circle in 2018 was Roberts, who previously raced in the SportMod division, started pole position in the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature, and led all laps on his way to the flying checkers. Second-place finisher Tony Hofbauer tormented Roberts much of the race, but had to settle for the runner up spot.
Watson scored his third win in a row in the 12-lap IMCA Hobby Stock class. He came from the eighth starting spot to take the lead on lap five, and held off the pack to score another win. Twelfth-place starter Andrew Burg worked his way through the field to score the runner up position.
The 2-person Cruisers were also on the docket for the evening’s entertainment, running only a 12-lap feature event. The duo of Sheldon Richardson and Brandon Strait took the checked flag. Racing continues next Saturday night, July 14. Hot laps are 6:45 and racing at 7:30.
Dickerson is Eve of Destruction winner
Mother Nature tried to stop the 4th of July Eve of Destruction at the Boone Speedway, but she wasn’t successful.
Rain fell prior to the start of the night’s festivities, but the track was quickly put back into shape. The IMCA Modifieds were racing for $1,000 to win as well as track, state, regional and national points.
Also on the docket were 2-person cruisers, a burnout contest, a rollover contest, outhouse races, and a leap of death, and capping it all off, a spectacular fireworks show.
The 25-lap IMCA Modified feature rolled to the track 22 cars strong. Joel Bushore led the opening laps with his fellow front-row starter Russ Dickerson tucked in behind. Dickerson grabbed the lead from Bushore at lap 11, and then was able to hold off any challenges the remainder of the way to the checkers.
Jimmy Gustin gave it his best shot, a couple of times, but came up short and had to be content with the runner-up spot. Third went to rookie to the class Josh May, fourth was Kelly Shryock who started eighth and David Brown completed the top five. This was Dickerson’s first win at the speedway in 2018.
The 2-person Cruisers debuted on the track and it was the team of Dennis Berghalin and Joseph Baker putting their names into the record book. Cody and Casey Yarington finished in second place.