Minnesota driver takes IMCA Modified checkers on big night at Boone

2019 Minnesota state champion Aaron Johnson made the trip from Brainerd pay off with the Satur­day night IMCA Modified feature win at Boone Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motor­sports Photography)

By Joyce Eisele

BOONE, Iowa (May 23) – A huge field of 234 cars checked into Boone Speedway on Saturday night and Minnesota racer Aaron Johnson swept to the win in the final circuit of the IMCA Modi­fied feature. 

It appeared that hometown driver Russell Dickerson was going to top them all as he immediately powered to the lead from his fourth place starting spot.

Dickerson continued to lead as the 20-lapprt wound down but Brainerd, Minn., driver Johnson, who had started ninth on the grid, had reeled him in and was challenging.  Dickerson held the upper hand at lap 19 but was unable to hold off his nemesis that final lap with Johnson making the pass and snatching the win. 

Dickerson had to settle for second. Kyle Brown moved up from 11th starting to third.

Devin Smith topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars while brother Doug took the checkers in a field of 69 entries in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. The nightcap saw defending Super Nation­als champion Dylan Nelson take home the win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

It was another night of empty grandstands as all eagerly await word that spectators will be al­lowed. Until then, tune in to IMCA.TV for coverage weekly.