Long leads SportMods to last-chance checkers

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 4) – A green-white-checkered finish ended with Josh Long holding off hometown challenger Eric Elliott to win the last-chance qualifying feature Wednesday for Northern SportMods at Boone Speedway.
Top six finishers in the 25-lapper complete the 30-car field for Saturday’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main event. Justin Medler, Justin Zimmerman, Geoff Olson and Darin Roepke followed Long and Elliott across the stripe.

Elliott raced to second from the 15th starting spot while Olson rocketed 19 spots to fifth. Roepke started 20th and charged into the final qualifying position coming out of the final turn.

Olson will start his seventh straight SportMod main. Long is in for the third time in his career, Elliott for the second, Medler, Roepke and Zimmerman each for the first.

Medler also became the first North Dakota driver to make the SportMod show since the division was added to the Super Nationals program in 2005.

Feature results – 1. Josh Long, Little Suamico, Wis.; 2. Eric Elliott, Boone; 3. Justin Medler, Minot, N.D.; 4. Justin Zimmerman, Cedar Rapids; 5. Geoff Olson, Sioux City; 6. Darin Roepke, LeMars; 7. Mike Stark, West Des Moines; 8. Robby Rosselli, Minot, N.D.; 9. Matthew Looft, Swea City; 10. Andy Tiernan, Madrid; 11. Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk; 12. Bruce Egeland, Marshall, Minn.; 13. Mike Carlson, Algona; 14. Jesse Levin, Salina, Kan.; 15. Kyle Griffith, Taft, Calif.; 16. Levi Chipp, Latimer; 17. Coty Albers, Wellsburg; 18. Ryan Ashton, Beaman; 19. Randy Ainsworth, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; 20. Cody Hennings, Boone; 21. Cory Rose, Boone; 22. Brian Miller, Grand Junction; 23. Kyle Bentley, Independence; 24. Tyler Afrank, Norfolk, Neb.; 25. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 26. David Schulze, Keystone; 27. Ty Luellen, Minburn; 28. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 29. Jesse McCollaugh, Boone; 30. Jared Hansen, Audubon.

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