Mills, Reimers clean up with Dirty 30 wins at Boone

Jeremy Mills motored to the $1,200 Friesen Performance IMCA Modified victory at Boone Speedway’s Dirty 30 Topless Night show. (Photo by Nick Woolley)

By Joyce Eisele

BOONE, Iowa (June 3, 2023) – Both Friesen Performance IMCA  Modifieds and IMCA Northern SportMods shed their tops on Dirty 30 Topless Night presented by Capital Sign Company and 1-800-BetsOff Saturday at Boone Speedway.

Jeremy Mills came away with the $1,200 win for the Modifieds and it was Cam Reimers taking the $1,000 victory in the Northern SportMod division.

Jimmy Gustin shot to the lead from his pole starting spot as the Modified main began. Gustin looked to be well on his way to capturing the win, still leading at lap 20 while several other drivers continued making their way through the pack.

Mills was one of those racers, as was last week’s winner Todd Shute, along with Jake McBirnie and Cody Laney, who had worked his way into third from starting 26th.

Gustin had established his line at the very top of the track and bad luck would jump up and bite him when he dropped off the lip of the track in turn four. He gathered it back in but that slight miscue dropped him several positions and Mills took over the top spot.

Mills lengthened his lead and went home to the flying checkers and the Dirty 30 win. Hard-charging Laney finished in the second spot, McBirnie was third, fourth went to Shute and Gustin rounded out the top five.

Matt Avila jumped to the immediate lead from his pole starting position when the Northern SportMod race went green. Third starting Shane Paris tucked in on his tail quickly and then the two went at it.

The two drivers put on a clinic up front as they dueled it out lap after lap, often side by side on the front stretch.

By lap 14, Paris made the pass into the lead. Avila was still breathing down his neck and Reimers, Taylor Kuehl and Logan Anderson arrived on the scene.

With 10 laps remaining, Reimers had taken over the number two spot and was applying pressure and looking for anyway around the leader. A slide job in the closing moments and a drag race to the finish sent Reimers to cross under the checkers first, Paris finishing no doubt a disappointed runner-up.

Logan Anderson had an impressive run, driving from 22nd starting to third. Fifteenth starter Taylor Kuehl was fourth and Jackson Harpole of Farmington, N.M., who is spending the summer in Iowa before starting college, started 20th and finished fifth. Reimers repeated his win from last week.

Troy Jerovetz went to the winner’s circle in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and it was Mike Smith for the win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for the third week straight. Josh May made it two in a row in the Stealth Racing IMCA STARS Mod Lites.

The Stock Cars always put on a great show, and their 20 lap feature this night was no exception.

The race was fast and furious with sixth starting Troy Jerovetz holding down the top spot on lap one and fifth starting Jay Schmidt taking over at lap two. Jeff Mueller was also quick to throw his hat into the ring from starting ninth.

Jerovetz was able to nose under Schmidt and retake the lead at lap seven and from there on he would hold the top spot the rest of the way to the finish line and the win. Schmidt held on to the runner-up spot, Mueller took third, fourth was 12th place starter Buck Schafroth and Austin Meiners was fifth.

The race went non-stop. Jerovetz had won the Frostbuster special but this would mark his first regular season win at the speedway.

Hobby Stocks ran a 15-lap main event that saw the young Smith once again take the victory.

Smith started 12th overtook then leader Andrew Burg by lap seven and then sailed away to another win. Burg was second, third went to earlier leader Branden Gifford, Seth Janssen was fourth and Mark Hidlebaugh came 17h to finish fifth.

This was Smith’s third win in a row and his fourth of the season, along with a Frostbuster win.

Austin Gray, who had started in eighth position, overtook early leader William Nobles on lap five and then continued his run at the point position through lap 13 of the Mod Lite main.

Then on lap 14, pressure coming from May allowed him to slip into the lead.  May would then hold that lead to the flying checkers and the win. Gray took the runner-up spot. Bryan Zehm had run at the front of the field all race long and finished third. Scott Bailey and Randy Bryan went fourth and fifth, respectively.

May, who started 10th, made it two in a row at the track, and this was his third win of the season. The race went flag to flag.

Saturday, June 10 is Mid-Season Championship along with the unique Hawkeye Challenge where all five classes will be in competition at one time on the track. Pits open at 4:30 p.m. and gates at 5:30 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.

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