Doug Cook
2017 Super Nationals

Cook leads the way to Northern SportMod qualifying checkers

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 4) – At the end of 25 laps and seven lead changes, Doug Cook had a qualifying feature win and a pole position start on championship night to show for his Monday efforts at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Cook, from Algona, got the best of Mason City’s Nate Whitehurst in a back-and-forth Northern SportMod battle at Boone Speedway. Pole starter Matt Looft of Swea City was scored first through the first eight laps before Cook and Whitehurst swapped the lead each of the next five times around the oval. Whitehurst had the edge by a bumper at the end of lap 19 but Cook’s advantage was the same small distance on lap 20. He edged ahead from that point to get the win and coveted inside row one starting spot for Saturday’s main event. Lining up behind Cook and Whitehurst in that race will be fellow top eight finishers Brett Myer of Lytton, Lance Borgman of Beatrice, Neb., Doug Smith of Lanesboro, Mark Leiting of Lincoln, Neb., [Read More]

Nathan Ballard
2017 Super Nationals

Restart keys Ballard’s qualifying feature win 

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 4) – Nathan Ballard took advantage of a mid-race restart in winning the second of two Hobby Stock qualifying features on Monday, opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Ballard passed Jeff Anderson on the 13th of 25 circuits. The race ran caution-free the rest of the way and Ballard was able to get a bit of breathing room before taking the checkers ahead of Anderson, who had won a pair of Super Nationals titles at Boone Speedway during his storied Stock Car career. “This has to be one of my biggest career wins,” said Ballard, acknowledging both Anderson and his son Shannon, who was runner-up in the evening’s first qualifying feature. “We’ve had a heck of a car all year and it was my kind of track tonight.” The top eight finishers advance to the middle row of Saturday’s main event. Ballard, from Marengo, and Anderson, from Atlantic, were chased across the stripe by Cody Nielsen of Spencer, Chanse Hollatz of Clear Lake, Chad Lonneman of [Read More]

Matt Olson
2017 Super Nationals

Olson scores another pole start with second win at Super Nationals 

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 4) – Matt Olson led all 25 laps of the first Hobby Stock qualifying feature Monday at Boone Speedway. As a result, he’ll start on the pole for a second race on championship night Saturday at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Olson, the pride of Franklin, Minn., ran ahead of Eric Stanton past midway, before three-time Super Nationals champion Shannon Anderson took over the runner-up spot. Anderson, from Des Moines, had made his way up from 13th starting and while he got close, he was never able to get to the front. “I was just thinking don’t miss my marks and stay calm,” Olson said during post-race tech. “Starting on the pole for both the race of champions and the feature is something I never dreamed of doing.” Lining up behind Olson and Anderson on the inside row of Saturday’s main event will be Stanton, from Carlisle, Aaron Rudolph of Grand Junction, Eric Cross of Salina, Kan., 19th starting Brandon Nielsen of Spencer, 25th starting Sal Hernandez of [Read More]

Sampson Brothers
2017 Super Nationals

Veteran Brothers

Brothers Malik and Keeran Sampson are both Super Nationals veterans, Malik as a driver, Keeran as a spectator. This year, both Worthington, Minn., hotshoes are running for starting spots in Saturday’s big Hobby Stock dance. Malik has qualified for the main event in three of his four previous trips to Boone, with a career best finish of seventh last year. “I like the atmosphere here. Super Nationals is fun and it’s challenging. I start to get nervous about three weeks beforehand,” he said. “This year I asked Keeran why he didn’t bring his car along. He was going to be buying a pit pass, anyway.” “I ran hot laps yesterday,” said Keeran, acknowledging that Boone was a different track than what he was used to. “Any time you go up against this many cars you never know what’s going to hap­pen but I’m looking forward to racing here.” He also wouldn’t mind matching the accomplishment of neighbor to the south Elijah Zevenbergen and win a Super Nationals championship in his first competitive visit to Boone.

2017 Super Nationals

Long tow from NY

Long tow Allison Pierce made the 970-mile trip from Corning, N.Y., to make her Super Nationals debut during the Labor Day program. A rookie in the sanctioned Hobby Stock division, she brought 11 years of racing experience into the IMCA class, in go-karts, front wheel drives and street stocks. “We decided to come to Super Nationals at the beginning of the year. My dad came out with Brad Smith last year and they had a lot of fun,” Pierce said. “This is a pretty cool place. We went out for prac­tice Sunday and loved the track.” She likes both the economics and competitiveness of the division. Pierce works at a sheet metal shop and does much of the work on her car. “My dad came with me this year. He raced a street stock from 1994-2001 and he’s helped me the whole time I’ve raced,” Pierce said. “He’s been right there and given me pointers.”

2017 Super Nationals

Green flag flies for Super Nationals XXXV

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 4) – Hot laps are underway on the first day of the 35th annual IMCA Speed­way Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. The Labor Day program at Boone Speedway begins with qualifying heats for the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for the Hobby Stocks and BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods. Qualifiers for both RoC’s will head to the fan zone to determine where they’ll start in their respective Saturday event. The starting fields for two 25-lap qualifying features will be determined by 14 Hobby Stock heats. Twenty heats and the final 25-lap qualifier of the night are on tap for the Northern SportMods. “B” races for the Hobbies, a “B” qualifier and “C” races for the SportMods, and Modified, Sport Compact and Stock Car hot laps complete the card.   ***   Top two finishers in each of the five Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod race of champions heats advanced to Saturday shows. Three former race winners are in the Hobby Stock RoC. Lining up from first through 10th [Read More]

2017 Super Nationals

Monday Schedule

Schedule is subject to change as needed! HOBBY STOCK, NORTHERN SPORTMOD HOT LAPS – 1 pm TRACK PREP DRIVERS MEETING – 1:30 pm FIRST RACE – 2 pm   MODIFIED HOT LAPS (0 to 20) 5 – HOBBY STOCK ROC HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP (Hobby Stock RoC Qualifiers to Fan Zone)   MODIFIED HOT LAPS (21 to 40) 5 – NORTHERN SPORTMOD ROC HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP (Northern SportMod RoC Qualifiers to Fan Zone)   MODIFIED HOT LAPS (41 to 60) 7 – HOBBY STOCK HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP   MODIFIED HOT LAPS (61 to 80) 7 – HOBBY STOCK HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP   MODIFIED HOT LAPS (81 to 100) 10 – NORTHERN SPORTMOD HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP   SPORT COMPACT HOT LAPS (ALL) MODIFIED HOT LAPS (100 & ABOVE) 4 – HOBBY STOCK B’s (8 laps) HOBBY STOCK “A1” (25 laps) TRACK PREP   STOCK CAR HOT LAPS (0 to 29) 10 – NORTHERN SPORTMOD HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP   STOCK CAR HOT LAPS (30 to 59) [Read More]

2017 Super Nationals

Changes announced in Monday Super Nationals schedule for Hobby Stocks, both SportMod divisions

BOONE, Iowa – A change in the Monday night IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals schedule for Hobby Stocks and both SportMod divisions has been announced. Qualifying heats for both the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks and the BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods move from Tuesday to the Monday, Sept. 4 opening night program at Boone Speedway. Main event qualifying for both the Hobbies and Northern SportMod divisions remains on the first night card. The Southern SportMod program originally scheduled on Monday will not be held. “The number of drivers in the division pre-entered for Super Nationals did not meet our requirements,” explained IMCA President Brett Root. “We do appreciate Southern SportMod drivers who did pre-register and they will receive a complimentary 2018 IMCA license for that division along with a refund of their pre-registration and any pit parking fees.”

2017 Super Nationals

Casey’s wristbands can be redeemed for fountain drink

BOONE, Iowa – Both week-long and Saturday-only Casey’s General Store pit admission wristbands can be redeemed for a 32 ounce fountain drink on the way home from the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. The offer is good at any participating Casey’s between Sept. 10-16. Casey’s is the official convenience store of IMCA and presenting sponsor of Super Nationals.

2017 Super Nationals

IMCA focused on best event in Super Nationals history

BOONE, Iowa – Drivers and fans won’t see a lot of changes in the facility or the format when they pull into Boone Speedway for the Sept. 4-9 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. And IMCA President Brett Root believes that’s a good thing. “There are no race night changes. There were no major changes to the speedway since last year’s Super Nationals. This year we can focus on logistics and putting on the best event possible,” he said. “We are positioned to putting on the best event in the 35-year history of Super Nationals.” Southern SportMods joined the opening night card when they were added to the program last year and the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models moved to Thursday. The pit area and hot pit viewing area have been expanded, with new spectator seating added on both sides of the track in recent seasons. With those improvements in place, Root and all of the IMCA Racing nation are next hoping for a more weather-friendly event this September. “Weather is always [Read More]