Thornton makes winning dash to Boone checkers

After measuring his margin of victory lane in inches, Dylan Thornton displayed the checkers and IMCA Modified trophy Saturday at Boone Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photog­raphy)

By Joyce Eisele

BOONE, Iowa (Aug. 8) – Dylan Thornton prevailed in a 20-lap IMCA Modified feature decided by inches in a mad dash to the finish line that had the crowd on its feet Saturday at Boone Speed­way. 

Three drivers provided most of the action upfront for much of the race as Joel Bushore, in a new ride after his rollover last week, led the field as the race went green. 

Thornton was quick to join in and then 14th place starter Jimmy Gustin joined in to make it a trio of fun. The closing laps saw the three drivers go at it in a spectacular dash to the finish line. Thornton had just enough momentum coming out of the final corner as the checkers un­furled, taking the win by inches over Gustin. Bushore finished a close third. 

Thornton, who is from California, is spending the summer back here in Iowa and, ironically enough, staying with second place finisher Gustin.  The victory marked the first time Thornton has vis­ited the winner’s circle at the speedway.

Donavon Smith was back in victory lane after winning the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car 20-lapper and David Rieks stepped into victory lane for the first time in several years when he won the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event. 

Johnathon Logue took the comfortable win in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. There were two 1-lap dashes for the Northern SportMods. The top 12 finishers from the heat races ran the Elmquist Towing Dash with $400 going to the winner. Logue cashed in there. The Walters Sani­tary Service Trash Dash was for the 12 drivers finishing fourth through sixth in their heats. Garrett Nel­son took home the $300 prize in that one.

Racing continues next week at the Boone Speedway when the green flag will drop at 7 p.m.