BOONE (IMCA) – Two more groups of eight punched their tickets into their respective “big dance” championship features at the 39th Speedway Motors IMCA Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway on Wednesday night – this time in the Modified and Stock Car divisions.
Typically impressive runs to the front put Devin Smith and Dallon Murty on the podium as Stock Car qualifying got underway. A division-record 221 cars saw action and Smith, the 2014 and 2019 champion, raced from eighth starting to the lead just three circuits into the first 25-lapper. Troy Jerovetz caught Zane DeVilbiss for second following a restart with four laps to go and Brock Badger drove into the top four on the final time around the track.
The already much-accomplished Murty started 12th, went to the top side of the track to pass Jake McBirnie after midway and then prevailed in a green, white, checkered finish to the second qualifier. Stock Car newcomer McBirnie, Dusty Van Horn and Kelly Shryock ran 2-4. The top four from both qualifiers advance to the inside line of Saturday’s Big Dance. McBirnie and Shryock later qualified for the Modified main event.
Smith starts his sixth Stock Car dance, Jerovetz his third, Shryock his second and DeVilbiss, Badger, Murty, McBirnie and Van Horn each their first. DeVilbiss also became the first New Mexico driver to race his way into the Super Nationals Stock Car main event.
Last year’s runner-up Cody Laney will get a chance to run for the 2021 Modified crown while McBirnie chases potential second and third championships. Laney was joined by fellow Californians Dylan Thornton and Jerry Flippo in running 1-2-3 in Wednesday’s first qualifying feature for Modifieds while Minnesota’s Jacob Dahle rounded out the four drivers advancing to the inside line of Saturday’s main event.
2018 Northern SportMod champ McBirnie put his second car in the Saturday show by winning the final Modified qualifier of the evening. A pair of Saturday night main event veterans ran second and third as 15-time qualifier Shryock and 16-time qualifier Troy Cordes chased McBirnie to the checkers.
Lucas Lamberies was fourth in the race for inside row one starting spots Saturday. Jeff Aikey turned down his top four finish to attempt to qualify for a better a better starting position on Thursday. Laney starts his career sixth straight Modified main event at Boone. McBirnie and Lamberies are in for the second time, Thornton, Flippo and Dahle each for the first. A dozen different states were represented in the two Wednesday qualifying fields.
Northern Sportmods and Hobby Stocks qualified the final six racers in each of their respective championship races, as well. Click HERE for full results from MyRacePass.com.
(Photo provided by IMCA; photographer Tom Macht/PhotoFinishPhotos.com)
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