IMCA Super Nationals: Friday News and Notes
Nearly 100 Races in One Day, More 'Big Dance Qualifiers, Only Nine Spots Left and More
Boone Speedway announcers, Denny Grabenbauer and Toby Kruse were hoarse at the close of the evening festivities on Friday at the Silver Anniversary Edition of the Speedway Motors IMCA Super Nationals at Boone Speedway. Most people would have a frog in their throat after a normal night at Boone with over 40 IMCA Modified heat races, plus a plethora of other events on the docket. On Friday beginning just after noon CST, Grabenbauer and Kruse began an odyssey of announcing nearly all of those events.
“It’s just Boone,” quipped Kruse, who also promotes the ultra-successful Marshalltown Speedway. “This is the culmination of everything we work for. We do what we have to do to get the job done and get it all in. Sure, it’s a lot of work, but it’s a very rewarding experience. I can’t think of any place I’d rather be.”
THREE MODIFIED FEATURES, ONLY NINE POSITIONS REMAIN FOR SATURDAY NIGHT’S BIG DANCE
It might be easier to qualify for the Daytona 500 than it is the Super Nationals at Boone Speedway. Some of the ‘B’-Mains look like the most challenging of features for any given IMCA-sanctioned short tracks. The ‘A’-Mains compile the best IMCA Modified drivers in the nation, plainly, some of the best Modified pilots on the planet. Just to make an ‘A’-Main at Boone it takes a good draw, precision driving and a little bit of lady luck. It’s all got to work out. To finish in one of the top four positions to transfer to the 40-lap feature on Saturday it takes nothing more then the ‘Grace of God’ shining down on you for 20-laps.
Rod Scheuermann of Scranton, Iowa, scored the victory in the held-over ‘A’-Main, early in the Friday program. It was a wild affair with several lead changes under a bright sun, which changed the track conditions and fast line throughout the race. Bill Davis, Jr., of Des Moines, Iowa; Justin Auringer of Waterloo, Iowa; and Mike Hansen of Alton, Iowa, all earned transfer spots into Saturday’s 40-lap Feature.
Jim Cole of Sioux City, Iowa, scored a popular feature victory in the first ‘A’-Main on Friday’s regular schedule. Cole held off Gregory Peck – no relation to the popular actor – to score the victory.
This is big,” stated Cole, who is was driving the Air Force sponsored 55. “This is for all of the folks defending this country, so that we can be here doing this. I guess we were saving the best for last. Now, we’re just looking forward to Saturday night.”
David Murray showing the way around Boone as he passes Brian Joski. (IMCA File photos)
Peck held on for second with Drew Christianson of Minot, N.D., third and Troy Taylor of Fort Worth, Texas, fourth. For Taylor, it was his first-ever visit to Boone for the Super Nationals.
In the nightcap, David Murray of Oberlin, Kan., continued to build on an already successful evening (more on that later in the All Star Invitational Report) as he sped to the front of the third and final ‘A’-Main field of the day and ran off into the distance. Murray, who won the Super Nationals in 2004, is also currently leading the IMCA Modified National Championship point standings.
“We’ve got the car working pretty good right now,” stated Murray in victory lane. “Saturday night is another story and we’re just going to give it our all. It will be an exciting race and we’re looking forward to it.”
Jim Hernandez of Topeka, Kan., RM Vanpay of Denmark, Wisc., and Brian Joski of Green Bay, Wisc., rounded out the qualifiers who transferred to the ‘Big Dance’. Joski’s
Boone isn't just about Modifieds... there are also Stock Car clesses and much more.
drive was incredible as he slammed the outside wall on the frontstretch causing severe body damage to his machine. Joski managed to hang on to the final qualifying position through an amazing drive.
Nine positions remain for the ‘Big Dance’ that will be awarded on Saturday. Competitors will be advancing through the last chance races to the point of the three final ‘Last Chance’ races, were the final positions will be settled. A recipe for exciting racing.
Hey Now, You’re an All Star!
The starting field of 10 for this crowd favorite was elected by race fans, in balloting conducted through the IMCA website over the summer. Sixty six drivers were on the initial ballot, having qualified by winning a regional or state championship or three local track titles last season, or by winning a special event met specified IMCA criteria.
David Murray Jr. of Oberlin, Kan., won the inaugural Invitational in 2004. Jay Noteboom, now of Hinton, Iowa, topped the 2005 event and Joren Boyce of Minot, N.D., took the 2006 checkers.
Rob Keller of Baldwinsville, N.Y., has had a week of frustration, but his determination has led him through.
“You come out here with high hopes,” smiled Keller. “But, it’s so challenging. Tonight we got the car turning good and we made progress. It’s so much fun to come out and here and race. It’s Boone, this is what we do this for.”
This season David Murray of Oberlin, Kan., scored his second career triumph in the special 10-lap dash with a thrilling ride that saw the ‘Iceman’ sling his familiar 97m around the rim of the high-banked 1/3-mile oval.
“It doesn’t get any better this,” stated Murray in his victory lane interview to Toby Kruse. “There was enough room to the high side and that’s where the car was working. This is a great race to win.”
Murray, who is a four-time IMCA National Champion, is still searching for a spot in the 40-lap feature on Saturday night.
Murray shot past Reese Coffee of Hinton, Iowa and then held off Kellen Chadwick of Oakland, Calif., to scored the victory. Chadwick finished second with Coffee third.
Eastern Region Notes for Thursday Night
Mark Griffin of Canton, Pa., took his turn in the held-over ‘A’-Main early on Friday, but circumstances prevented him from qualifying for the ‘Big Dance’.
“It’s Boone, you’ve got to go for it,” explained Griffin. “This is a lot of fun for us and I love coming out here. It’s been a great trip for us, even though we’re not in the feature on Saturday we’ve had a fast car.”
David Murray, Jr., in victory lane flanked by Brett Root, IMCA vice president of operations and Pat Fagen of Fast Shafts, sponsor of the All-Star Invitational Race.