Rupp rallies for BVR SportMod victory

By Steve Zwemke

ALTA, Iowa (July 8) – Tip Rupp was in and out of the lead before finally securing the front spot for good in Wednesday’s Pizza Ranch of Storm Lake IMCA Northern SportMod feature at Buena Visa Raceway.

Doug Smith started behind Rupp on the inside of the third row; Rupp got past John Briggs and Shane Hammen to lead the first lap. Smith then tailed Rupp until getting around him on the fifth circuit.

Rupp stayed within a couple of car lengths and regained the lead on lap 10. He held off Smith as the race ended green, white, checkered to capture his third local win of the season.

Chris Abelson returned to Alta in style, earning the Mark Hansen’s REX Chevrolet IMCA Modified win over Corey Dripps.  Abelson passed Dripps on the seventh lap en route to his third win at BVR in 2015.

Brian Blessington led all 15 laps of the North Central Line Service IMCA Stock Car feature.  Cody Nielsen checked out for the Rasmussen Ford IMCA Hobby Stock victory and Cory Flanigan ran away from the field for another KCHE Radio IMCA Sport Compact win.