Boone checkers fly for Dickerson 

BOONE, Iowa (June 11) – Russ Dickerson took charge by lap five of Saturday’s 20-lap main event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and drove to his first win this season at Boone Speed­way.

Dickerson started eighth and was content to let the others duke it out behind him.  He took the checkers by a comfortable margin.

Denny Pittman held back point leader Mike Van Genderen until the final lap, when Van Genderen surged past to finish second, Pittman taking third.  A close fourth went to defending track cham­pion Jimmy Gustin, and Matthew Meinecke was fifth.  The race went caution-free after an initial no start.

Rookie Cody Gustoff took advantage of his pole starting position, jumping to the immediate IMCA Sunoco Stock Car lead.  Craig Carlson, who had started right behind Gustoff, began pestering him and took over as leader at lap six.

Carlson kept command of his lead, but in the closing moments had Donavon Smith, Jay Schmidt, and Tyler Pickett in a cluster behind him.  Smith dogged Carlson until the final lap, when he was able to get under him on the backstretch, beating him to the checkers for the win.

Carlson held on to second while Schmidt, who started in row 11 after heat race woes, finished in third. Pickett finished fourth and Brad Te Grotenhuis took fifth. This was Smith’s third win of the year.

Curtis Veber was the early leader in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod 18-lapper. Jake McBirnie came from the ninth starting spot to take command at lap six.

McBirnie was looking strong, but was soon being challenged by tenth place starter, Johnathon Logue.  Logue continued to pressure McBirnie, looking to his outside for a way around, when sud­denly at lap 15 McBirnie slowed and pulled into the infield.

This handed the lead over to Logue, who motored the rest of the way home for the win. Randy Roberts came from 12th starting to finish as the runner-up, third went to Andy Tiernan, fourth was Thor Anderson and Adam Shelman took a very close fifth. The race went flag to flag. This was Logue’s second win of the season.

Shawn Wirtz led the opening laps of the 12-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock A main.  He was quickly challenged by Ross Marshall. Marshall was able to slip under Wirtz to take the lead on lap five.  From there on, Marshall pulled away for a convincing win, his first ever at Boone.  Wirtz fin­ished in second ahead of Jordan Peters, 12th starter Eric Stanton and Todd Bass.

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