Murty, Schmidt score Wednesday Stock Car qualifiers

Damon Murty delivered a flag-to-flag run at the front of Wednesday’s first Stock Car qualifying feature field at Super Nationals. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 5) – The flag-to-flag runs in Wednesday night IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s qualifying features put Damon Murty and Jay Schmidt in victory lane.

Murty topped the first 25-lapper for his career 13th Stock Car main event berth; Schmidt won the nightcap and will make his 14th career Saturday night start. They’ll square off in a Thursday Rochambeau session to determine who starts on the pole.

Todd Reitzler challenged Murty to midway. Fifteenth starting Derek Green, John Oliver Jr. and 2013 champion Brandon Czarapata chased Murty, a three-time Super Nationals runner-up, across the stripe.

Schmidt had his hands full with 2016 Elijah Zevenbergen following a restart with five laps left. Zevenbergen, Dean Abbey and Kyle Frederick rounded out the top four; Cayden Carter was disqualified from a transfer to Saturday’s main event because of an illegal rear suspension.

Czarapata will make his career 13th Saturday start at Super Nationals, Frederick his seventh, Green his fourth, Zevenbergen his third, Oliver his second and Abbey his Stock Car first.

1st qualifying feature – 1. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 2. Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; 3. John Oliver Jr., Danville; 4. Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; 5. Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn.; 6. Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; 7. Justin Addison, Norfolk, Neb.; 8. Michael Murphy, Jefferson; 9. Luke Ramsey, Bedford; 10. Jeff McCollum, Mankato, Minn.; 11. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 12. Greg Taylor, Sioux City; 13. Jason Ward, Sioux City; 14. Aaron Stolp, Suamico, Wis.; 15. Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth, Texas; 16. Mitch Ross, Maysville, Mo.; 17. Les Lundquist, Sioux City; 18. Hesston Shaw, Hennessey, Okla.; 19. Andrew Borchardt, Plymouth; 20. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan.; 21. Mike Albertsen, Audubon; 22. Bruce Wickman, Emmetsburg; 23. Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; 24. Dan Hanselman, Algona; 25. Jaylen Wettengel, Topeka, Kan.; 26. Jesse Taylor, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 27. Donavon Smith, Lake City; 28. Jeff Mueller, Albion; 29. David Smith, Lake City; 30. Justin Temeyer, Independence.

2nd qualifying feature – 1. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 2. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan; 3. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas; 4. Kyle Frederick, Oconto Falls, Wis.; 5. Kyle Everts, Holland; 6. Calvin Lange, Humboldt; 7. Robert Stofer, Jefferson; 8. Norman Chesmore, Rowley; 9. Wayne Gifford, Boone; 10. Dusty Van Horn, Atlantic; 11. Jason Schoenberger, Russell, Kan.; 12. Reid Keller, Webster City; 13. Mike Cole, Pulaski, Wis.; 14. Cody Gustoff, Scranton; 15. Aaron Cain, Sioux City; 16. Jerry Schipper, Dike; 17. Mathew West, Kellerton; 18. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 19. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids; 20. Mark Smith, Hennessy, Okla.; 21. Paul Shepherd, Marengo; 22. Jeff Deal, Fort Dodge; 23. A.J. Zimmerman, Cleveland, Minn.; 24. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 25. Bryan Rigsby, Topeka, Kan.; 26. Donnie Louck, Stockton; 27. David Brandies, Wilton; 28. Marcus Fagan, Adair; 29. Dustin Vis, Cedar Rapids.

Jay Schmidt led every lap of Wednesday’s second Super Nationals qualifying feature for Stock Cars. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)