Ward, McBirnie and Stensland repeat winners, Pickett, Klosterman and Bunch claim first time wins
The pits were packed with 186 cars Saturday on Elmquist Towing night at the Boone Speedway. This included fourteen two-person Cruiser cars that were competing for the coveted Tag Team trophy belts. The team of Donny Mason and Carl Agan continued their win streak, taking home the win and the belts.The IMCA Sport Compacts ran on Saturday night for the first time this year, getting tuned up for their upcoming run at the 37th Annual Super Nationals. They ran a 15-lap feature that saw Katee DeVries lead the field to green. She kept her ride at the point until lap eight when Mitchell Bunch made the pass into the lead. He would then keep it there the remaining distance to the checkers and secured the win. DeVries held the runner up spot, Devin Jones, a former Super Nationals champion in the Sport Compact division, was third, Riley Paysen was fourth and Jay DeVries, husband of runner up Kaytee DeVries, completed the top five.
The My Race Pass Mod Lites came to the track next for their 15-laps of feature racing. An initial incident caused the start to be called back, but then the race went green to checkers with Jeff Stensand leading from start to finish as he took the win. His son Travis Stensland chased his dad the full fifteen laps and finished in second place. Terry Brown took third, Mike Kennedy was fourth, and Bryan Zehm finished fifth. This was Jeff Stensland's third trip to victory lane at Boone this year.
Jake McBirnie took advantage of a restart situation after a caution at lap seven in the Elmquist Towing IMCA Northern SportMods, and passed both leader Dusty Masolini and Johnathon Logue by the time lap eight was scored. He pulled away in the closing laps and scored the comfortable win. Johnathon Logue trailed the leader to score second place, third went to Cory Pestotnik, Doug Smith came from eleventh starting spot to finish fourth, and early leader Dusty Masolini was fifth. This was McBirnie's sixth feature win at the speedway in 2019.
The Elmquist Towing Dash for Cash for the IMCA Northern SportMods went to Bedford, Iowa racer Tommy Hensley.
The Snap-on Tools IMCA Modifieds ran a 20-lap feature next. Austin Kuehl, the Cave Creek, Arizona racer who has been spending time this summer on the Iowa dirt tracks, grabbed the immediate lead from his outside front row starting spot. Kuehl had big time company chasing him with Jimmy Gustin, Jeremy Mills, and Tim Ward hot on his heels. Tim Ward decided that the topside looked good to him, and he set sail on the rim of the track. He made it pay off flying into the lead on lap thirteen....never to look back. He motored off to a comfortable win ahead of second place finisher Jimmy Gustin. Jeremy Mills was third, fourth went to Austin Kuehl, and Joel Rust rounded out the top five. Ward scored his second feature win of the year.
The Arnold Motor Supply IMCA Stock Cars, the "Class too Tough to Tame", saw Tyler Pickett pick up his first feature win of the year. Pickett started fourth, grabbed the lead away from Jesse Smith at lap five, and held it to the flying checkers. Bryan Snell challenged the leader several times, but had to be content with the runner up position. Devin Smith took third place, Todd Reitzler started twelfth and finished fourth, and early leader Jesse Smith was fifth.
Another driver found his way to the winner's circle for the first time, when Ackley, Iowa's William Klosterman snagged his first win in the Pickett Salavage IMCA Hobby Stock 15-lap A main. Klosterman led all the but the opening lap on his way to victory. Curt Reed took runner up honors, Shaun Wirtz, last week's winner was third, Eric Knutson was fourth and Aaron Rudolph came from tenth starting spot, to finish fifth.
Weekly racing continues next Saturday, August 17 with hot laps at 6:15 and racing at 7.
Article Credit: Joyce Eisele