Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Eriksen Spins, Eriksen Wins

Tuesday night marked the second night of the Speedway Motors IMCA Supernationals held at the Boone Speedway. While I decided to take the night off of "reporting" on Monday, the action was fierce in the hobby stocks, stock cars, and late model races throughout the evening. Ray Guss Jr would take home the Supernationals crown in the IMCA Deery Brothers late model fifty-lap feature while points leader all but locked up another series title with only one race remaining on the schedule. That race is the big finale held at the 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa the weekend of September 18-19 at the Pepsi Nationals where the winner will take home a cool $10,000 payday.

The focus on Tuesday would turn to the IMCA sprint cars as fourteen cars were on hand. Jenni Eriksen would use the outside front row start to take command early on in the twenty-lap race, but her luck would run out when her car spun in turn two on lap eight. She was able to keep the motor running as she did a 360, but she lost three spots in the process and handed the lead over to her brother Shannon. While most of the field were running the cushion, a couple positions would change as they crossed the finish line for the checkers. Shannon Eriksen took home the win followed by Chris Graf, Brett Geldner, Neil Stevens, and Jenni Eriksen.

Last chance qualifying was held Tuesday night for the IMCA hobby stocks along with the second night of qualifying for the IMCA stock cars. IMCA stock cars also had Race of Champions qualifying events to determine the ten cars to start that prestigious race on Saturday.

Wednesday afternoon will be the start of four nights in a row for qualifying the IMCA modifieds. Also in action Wednesday will be last chance qualifying for the IMCA stock cars. At this point I haven't decided if I'll take notes or just be a spectator and enjoy the show. Monday night was a lot of fun wandering through the pits and talking with drivers I haven't seen in some time.

For nightly results, check out www.imca.com and look for the daily results tab in the upper left hand corner.

- Racing may be a hobby, but it's DEFINITELY addictive!!

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