NIGHT TWO FEATURES ONE MODIFIED FEATURE AND A SPECTACULAR LIGHTNING SHOW
Some Races Rained Out, Some Get In
With well over 70 races to be completed throughout the night, racing began fast and furious as is tradition at the Boone Speedway, but the show did not see it’s completion with Mother Nature putting on a spectacular lightning show and bringing in a torrential downpour following the completion of the 30th modified heat Thursday. The remainder of the Thursday night’s show, which includes the second of two 20-lap ‘A’-Main qualifiers for the modifieds will begin at noon on Friday, with the complete Friday night show to follow, putting over 100-races on the docket for Friday’s card.
One Modified ‘A’-Main Did Get In…
Todd Shute of Des Moines, Iowa, made his way into the ‘Big Dance’ on Thursday night, by capturing the first of two ‘A’-Mains before the weather moved in. Shute has been documented as one of the fastest cars during the weeks and could be one of the favorites going into Saturday’s 40-lap feature.
“We’ve got a good car,” stated Shute from victory lane. ‘It’s been working very well. I’m really looking forward to Saturday night.”
Shute has only qualified for the Super Nationals feature on one other occasion. He finished 21st in 2006.
Mike Mashl of DePere, Wisc.; Jake Durbin of Perry, Iowa and Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, were the other competitors able to transfer into Saturday’s feature program.
Defending IMCA Modified National champion, Benji LaCrosse of Luxemburg, Wisc., was running in the top four before mechanical problems sent him to the pits on the 14th circuit.
KARL Chevrolet Northern SportMod Field Nearly Set
Over 100 KARL Chevrolet Northern SportMods showed up for competition at Boone, which is a true testament to the growth of the SportMod division. The first SportMod event at the Super Nationals was in 2005, 56 cars showed up to compete and Karl Fredrickson, one of the featured technical editors of Speedway Illustrated celebrated a career moment as he won the feature.
Last year’s winner, Jason Mallicoat of Boone, Iowa is on his way to challenging for a repeat performance as he topped the second qualifying ‘A’-Main on Thursday night. Jarred Timmerman of Norwalk, Iowa, won the first ‘A’-Main.
Despite not getting a full program in, the pits were still packed at Boone, as evident by this driver's meeting photo. (IMCA File photos)
Only 9 qualifying spots are available and they will be set in Friday evenings program to complete the 27-car field.
Eastern Region Notes for Thursday Night
Dale Caswell of Central Square, N.Y., and his Step-Father, Art Halliday of West Monroe, N.Y., scored qualifying in their respective heat races and went on to race together in the first Modified ‘A’-Main together. It was a thrill for both drivers.
“I’m having a good time,” stated Halliday. “I just came out here to have fun and I would have to say mission accomplished. I can’t believe I had the opportunity to compete in an A-Main. It’s pretty incredible.”
Boone isn't just about Modifieds... there are also Stock Car clesses and much more.
Previous SuperNational Winners Logue and LaCrosse Struggle
Benji LaCrosse, who is the defending IMCA National Modified champion and the 2005 winner of the Speedway Motors IMCA SuperNationals, has three more nights to try and qualify. LaCrosse struggled in his heat, chasing Iowa’s Troy Cordes, but to no avail.
“You’ve got to have a good draw and get some breaks,” stated LaCrosse. “We’ll just keep trying. Thursday is another night.”
Halliday also serves as part of the promotional team for Brewerton and Fulton Speedway in Central New York. His step-son, Caswell, is currently second in the IMCA National Championship standings to Kansas driver, David Murray.
Mark Griffin of Canton, Penn., scored a victory in a heat race and will have to wait to run the second A-Main which will take place during the remainder of Thursday’s program, which is taking to the track early Friday afternoon