IMCA Super Nationals: Shute Wins Biggest Race of His Career
Iowa Native Comes From The Front Row For Win
Todd Shute of Des Moines, made the most of his front row starting spot as he captured his first win in the 25th Anniversary of the Speedway Motors IMCA Super Nationals at Boone Speedway this past Saturday night. Shute, who started on the middle of the front row only made one slip late in the race and it looked like defending race champion, Richard Lewerke of Garner, Iowa, would have an opportunity to defend his championship, but Shute muscled by on the top side going down the backstretch and never looked back on his way to an emotional victory.
“I don’t believe it,” stated Shute after he climbed the fence. “This was an incredible week. All my guys, sponsors, Speedway Motors, IMCA, just incredible. I don’t believe we won and I don’t know when it will set in.”
Following his trip across the scales Shute drove his black and gold number 5 machine to victory lane and immediately climbed from his car in victory lane, sprinting toward the fence. After taking the checkered flag from the starter, Shute climbed the fence to the top waving the checkered and saluting the fans with an exuberant celebration. It defined the emotion that goes into the Super Nationals after a week long saga that ends in forty quick laps at Boone Speedway.
“I knew to thank my crew, my sponsors, my family,” Shute stated. “I knew if I could keep Joe (McBirnie) behind me then I would have a shot at winning. It was tough and then Richard (Lewerke) got in front of me, but he left me room to come back on the outside. This is a night I’ll never forget.”
Shute received $2,000 and over $6,000 in contingency prizes for his efforts.
Lewerke chased Shute to the victory, but was unable to mount a serious challenge in the closing laps. In victory lane the two embraced for a second.
“I know what he’s feeling right now,” stated Lewerke. “I felt it last year, I just told him to enjoy it. This race just does that to you.”
Lewerke started back in the field and worked his way through, eventually making several dramatic moves to earn second. Lewerke carried an onboard camera for the telecast of the event (to be shown on the Outdoor Channel).
“I’m pretty sure we got some got shots for television. It was a fun race for us. I thought we had an opportunity to win, but we just couldn’t get there. Still to finish second and back up our win last year, that’s awesome.”
Following Shute’s victory the car was rolled over to the post-race inspection area, where the motor is claimed and auctioned off.
Eric Dailey of Armstrong, Iowa, drove to third in the event after qualifying on Wednesday in his first opportunity to participate in the event.
Tracy Wassenberg of Shawano, Wisc. captured the KARL Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, while Kevin Opheim of Mason City, Iowa won the Stock Car dance. Andy Boeckman of Lake View, Iowa captured the Hobby Stock main.
Todd Shute climbs toward the top of the fence after winning the 25th Anniversary of the Super Nationals at Boone Speedway.(IMCA File photos)
Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, captured the Ron Efkamp Memorial Race of Champions event. It was a popular win for the Super Nationals veteran. Gustin followed in his Father’s footsteps as Rick Gustin won the event in 1995.
“To win here at Boone in the Ron Efkamp Memorial is awesome,” offered Gustin from victory lane. “We just had a great run here this week. We’re happy with our week here, now we’ll see what get done a little bit later in tonight.”
The final qualifiers that made up the 33-car IMCA Modified field were Chris Mills of Sioux City, Iowa; Todd Stinehart of Waseca, Minn.; Chris Bragg of Springton, Tex.; Benji LaCrosse of Luxemburg, Wisc.; Dan Nelson of Beatrice, Neb.; Jay Goosman of Hinton, Ia.; Mark Elliot of Webster City, Ia.; Troy Cordes of Raymond, Ia., and Russ Dickerson of Boone, Iowa. Dickerson earned the final transfer spot in an exciting event.
Shute comes to the checkers on Saturday night.
A purse of more than $275,000, along with $60,000 in contingency awards, was paid out at the silver anniversary Super Nationals.
With entries from 25 states, the total car count of 777 for the Sept., 3-8 event included 316 Modifieds and a record 101 Northern SportMods.
25th Anniversary Speedway Motors IMCA Super Nationals Modified Feature Finish
1. Todd Shute, Des Moines, Ia.
2. Rich Lewerke, Garner, Ia.
3. Eric Daley, Armstrong, Ia.
4. Dan Ratajczak, Luxemburg, Wisc.
5. JoeMcBirnie, Boone, Ia.
6. Troy Cordes, Raymond, Ia.
7. Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D.
8. Mark Elliott, Webster City, Ia.
9. Todd Stinehart, Waseca, Minn.
10. Bill Davis Jr., Des Moines, Ia.
11. Jim Hernandez, Topeka, Kan.
12. Justin Auringer, Waterloo, Ia.
13. Chris Bragg, Springtown, Tex.
14. Troy Taylor, Fort Worth, Tex.
15. Russ Dickerson, Boone, Ia.
16. Scott Simatovich, State Center, Ia.
17. Jake Durbin, Perry, Ia.
18. Mike Hansen, Alton, Ia.
19. David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.
20. Jay Goosmann, Hinton, Ia.
21. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.
22. Brian Joski, Green Bay, Wisc.
23. Brad Williams, Lytton, Ia.
24. Chris Mills, Sioux City, Ia.
25. Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg, Wisc.
26. Gregory Peck, Sioux City, Ia.
27. Jon Thompson, Superior, Neb.
28. R.M. VanPay, Denmark, Wisc.
29. Rod Scheuermann, Scranton, Ia.
30. Dan Nelson, Beatrice, Neb.
31. Jim Cole, Sioux City, Ia.
32. Mike Mashl, DePere, Wisc.
33. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Ia.