BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 8) – Jeff Taylor made history during another record-setting IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals.
Taylor chased Brandon Blochlinger much of the way before finally catching up and leading the last two laps for the Modified main event win Saturday evening at Boone Speedway. He became the first driver from Arkansas to win a Super Nationals championship in any division.
“The last time I left here was on a tractor and I wasn’t farming. It was pretty ugly,” Taylor said. “We came back to Super Nationals with the goal of getting back into the show and I had an awesome car to do it with.”
“I built it and raced it at the Duel In The Desert in Las Vegas last year,” he added. “I may park it in my yard now. I don’t know if I ever want to get rid of it.”
Blochlinger ended in second after a long run at the front of the 40-lapper. Early leader Kyle Strickler was third and Brandon Beckendorf completed the out-of-state top four.
Twenty-six states and Canada were represented in the record 872 entries for the 30th annual Super Nationals. Two new divisional records were set with 191 Stock Cars and 55 Mach-1 Sport Compacts; another divisional record was equaled with 153 Hobby Stocks.
Completing the car count totals were 251 Modifieds, 180 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and 42 Late Models.
Also reigning as Super Nationals champions on Saturday were Donavon Smith in the Stock Cars and Shannon Anderson in the Hobby Stocks, both for the second time, and 16-year-old Nick Roberts in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.
A high school junior, Roberts led green to checkers in becoming the youngest champion in Super Nationals history. He held off Troy Jerovetz and Cory Rose before Jesse Sobbing challenged late.
Sobbing made his charge toward the front after being involved in a lap nine yellow and restarting at the rear. The previous youngest champion had been Scott Anderson of Mason City, who was 18 when he won the Hobby Stock title in 1999.
Chad Palmer led the first 22 laps before Smith reeled him in and led the last eight times around the track in the Stock Car show. Also champion in 2009, Smith became the first driver to win the main event and Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions the same year.
Anderson dominated the Hobby Stock feature from the onset, running away with the 30-lapper. The race ran without caution and there was no catching Anderson, who was into lapped traffic by midway and took the checkers half a straightaway ahead of Brandon Pruitt.
Also Super Nationals champion in 2009, Anderson equaled his father Jeff’s career total at Boone in the Stock Car division.
Kevin Stoa led all 12 laps in winning the Harris Auto Racing Modified Race of Champions a second time.
James Kleinheksel passed Joel Rust for the lead on the eighth of 10 laps and led to the finish of the Arnold Motor Supply Race of Champions for Northern SportMods. Adam Armstrong led all 10 laps and became the first non-Iowan to win the Arnold Motor Supply Hobby Stock Race of Champions.
Mike Murphy Jr. had won the Deery Brothers Summer Series feature for Late Models on opening night Sept. 3. Jacob Ellithorpe topped the Sport Compact main event the next evening.
Friday’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational winner was Jordan Grabouski. Mark Elliott raced from the 30th starting spot to finish a close second.
Total purse for Super Nationals is approximately $275,000. Another $70,000 in contingency awards were given.
Championship shares of the purse, including Weekly Racing Bonuses, were $2,700 for Taylor, $2,600 for Murphy, $2,550 for Smith, $2,250 for Roberts, $1,850 for Anderson and $310 for Ellithorpe. Race of champions’ shares, including lap money, were $2,200 for Stoa, $1,250 for Smith, $800 for Armstrong and $750 for Kleinheksel. Grabouski’s All-Star win was good for $1,750.
The Modified main event paid a minimum of $1,000 to start.
Modifieds – 1. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 2. Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.; 3. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 4. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 5. Justin Auringer, Waterloo; 6. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 7. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 8. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 9. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 10. Matt Bonine, Onawa; 11. Josh Most, Red Oak; 12. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 13. Chad Porter, Madison Lake, Minn.; 14. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 15. Jeff Stephens, Arion; 16. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 17. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 18. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 19. Cale Sponsler, Grimes; 20. Michael Reichart, Des Moines; 21. Jay Steffens, North Platte, Neb.; 22. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 23. Josh Sherbon, Cedar Falls; 24. Chevy Hadan, Bennington, Neb.; 25. Chris Fleming, Union Springs, N.Y.; 26. Randy Havlik, Boone; 27. Darin Duffy, Hazleton; 28. Joel Bushore, Boone; 29. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 30. Jonathan Snyder, Ames; 31. Shawn Kilgore, New Franken, Wis.; 32. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 33. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.
Stock Cars – 1. Donavon Smith, Lake City; 2. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 3. Trent Murphy, Jefferson; 4. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 5. Shawn Havel, Algoma, Wis.; 6. Shay Curtin, Cresco; 7. Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis.; 8. Lynn Panos, Calmar; 9. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 10. Shawn Wagner, Shawano, Wis.; 11. Troy Woelber, Hull; 12. Jason DeShaw, Hopkinton; 13. Jared Dirks, Rowan; 14. Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; 15. Perry Misner, Garden City, Kan.; 16. Dean Wray, Jamesport, Mo.; 17. Jim Lynch, Donnellson; 18. Stefan Sybesma, Sanborn; 19. Jason Ward, Sioux City; 20. Eric Brown, Boone; 21. Nathan Burke, Minot, N.D.; 22. Marcus Fagan, Adair; 23. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 24. Wayne Gifford, Boone; 25. Jim Larson, Rushmore, Minn.; 26. Casey Werkmeister, North Platte, Neb.; 27. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn.; 28. Brandon Czarapata, Appleton, Wis.; 29. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn.; 30. Justin Temeyer, Independence.
Northern SportMod feature – 1. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 2. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; 3. Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay, Wis.; 4. Cory Rose, Boone; 5. Doug Cook, Algona; 6. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 7. Geoff Olson, Sioux City; 8. Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; 9. Brandon Leeman, Roland; 10. Josh Long, Green Bay, Wis.; 11. Scott Davis, Madrid; 12. Todd Boulware, Jefferson, S.D.; 13. Tyler Heetland, Bancroft; 14. Clinton Luellen, Minburn; 15. Laini Schwartz, Omaha, Neb.; 16. Max Harder, Filley, Neb.; 17. Nick Carlson, Council Bluffs; 18. Tony Pogeler, Cherokee; 19. Kaid Calhoon, Beloit, Kan.; 20. Jeff Brunssen, LeMars; 21. Josh Blumer, Marysville, Kan.; 22. Lynn Brockett, Ogden; 23. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb.; 24. Racer Hulin, Laurel; 25. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 26. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 27. Joe McBirnie, Boone; 28. Cole Ferguson, Dexter; 29. Austin Moyer, Dubuque; 30. Adam Ackerman, Mason City.
Hobby Stock feature – 1. Shannon Anderson, Urbandale; 2. Brandon Pruitt, Dexter; 3. Heath Tulp, Belmond; 4. Corey Madden, Avoca; 5. Devin Smith, Lake City; 6. Scott Pippert, Elberon; 7. Chris Luloff, Independence; 8. Robby Marsh, Belvidere, Neb.; 9. Chuck Madden Jr., Avoca; 10. Randy Embrey, Granger; 11. Eric Stanton, Hartford; 12. Kyle Bond, Gibbon, Neb.; 13. Cody Gustoff, Scranton; 14. Dustin Van Horn, Atlantic; 15. Cody Nielsen, Fort Dodge; 16. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction; 17. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 18. John Watson, Des Moines; 19. Shawn Slezak, Milligan, Neb.; 20. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake; 21. Myles Michehl, Fort Dodge; 22. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 23. Matt Hudspeth, Madrid; 24. Cory Adams, Des Moines; 25. Justin Stander, Vinton; 26. Derek Moede, Casco, Wis.; 27. Jim Hall, Jackson, Neb.; 28. Adam Armstrong, Filley, Neb.; 29. Austin Hauswirth, Havelock; 30. Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger.
Harris Auto Racing Modified Race of Champions – 1. Kevin Stoa, Albert Lea, Minn.; 2. Michael Smith, Arkport, N.Y.; 3. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 4. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 5. Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif.; 6. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 7. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 8. Jake Durbin, Perry; 9. Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; 10. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 11. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 12. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.
Sunoco Race Fuels Stock Car Race of Champions – 1. Donavon Smith, Lake City; 2. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn.; 3. Brandon Czarapata, Appleton, Wis.; 4. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 5. Kenneth Tietz, Belle Plaine, Minn.; 6. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 7. Keith Knop, Avoca; 8. Wayne Gifford, Boone; 9. Robby Rosselli, Minot, N.D.; 10. Mike Nichols, Harlan.
Arnold Motor Supply Northern SportMod Race of Champions – 1. James Kleinheksel, Columbus, Neb.; 2. Geoff Olson, Sioux City; 3. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 4. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 5. Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay, Wis.; 6. Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas; 7. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; 8. Jake Krone, Beloit, Kan.; 9. Jared Hansen, Audubon; 10. Austin Moyer, Dubuque.
Arnold Motor Supply Hobby Stock Race of Champions – 1. Adam Armstrong, Filley, Neb.; 2. John Watson, Des Moines; 3. Chris Luloff, Independence; 4. Andy Boeckman, Sac City; 5. Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger; 6. Heath Tulp, Belmond; 7. Justin Stander, Vinton; 8. Craig Brotherton, Wall Lake; 9. Scott Pippert, Elberon; 10. Dustin Van Horn, Atlantic.