Ryerson races to first win of season at Boone

Chad Ryerson made his first visit to victory lane this season at Boone Speedway following the Saturday Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photog­raphy)

By Joyce Eisele

BOONE, Iowa (July 4) – It was a happy Chad Ryerson in his post race interview after winning the 18-lap Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod contest Saturday at Boone Speedway.

Ryerson started sixth and took over the top spot at lap nine but had a lot of close company com­ing at him hot and heavy in the likes of Doug Smith and Johnathon Logue.  Smith and Logue tus­sled back and forth for the second position and Ryerson was content to let them do so as he raced to the win, his first at Boone this season. 

Logue finished a close second with Smith in third. Twelfth place starter Adam Birck finished fourth and Robert Moore was fifth.

Another first time winner came out of the IMCA Modifieds as Randy Havlik took the checkers in just his second night in the car. Havlik overtook Joel Bushore to put win number one in the books. Bushore held the runner-up position while Jake McBirnie took third. The race went cau­tion-free.

The final race of the night was the 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.  This one saw lots of action at the front of the pack as five cars went at it. Troy Jerovetz had the lead by lap two after starting eighth. Meanwhile, working through the pack was a trio of Smiths and a Schmidt.

The final handful of laps saw those drivers give it their all in an attempt to catch the leader, but it was all in vain as Jerovetz crossed under the checkers first.  David Smith made it a close second, fol­lowed by brother Donovan Smith in third, Jay Schmidt finished fourth, and another Smith brother Devin came home in fifth. Jerovetz won for the third time this year at Boone.

The Independence Day spectacular also included a rollover contest, leap of death and a night-ending fireworks display. 

This Saturday, July 11 is another regular weekly program with racing in all classes along with a King of the Hill for the Stock Cars.  New times are pits at 4:30 p.m., grandstands 5 p.m., hot laps 6:15 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.