Bushore, Reitzler Claim Boone Qualifiers
BOONE, Iowa – Joel Bushore will return to the front row of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals main event, after winning his Friday night Modified qualifying feature.
Bushore passed race long leader Chad Porter with three circuits left in the 25-lapper. Both drivers maintained control after contact the next time around, then Bushore pulled ahead in the race to the checkers.
Lining up behind Bushore and Porter on the outside row will be Brandon Beckendorf, Mark Elliott, Matt Bonine, Chris Fleming, Chevy Hadan and Jeff Stephens.
Porter drew the pole start and brought Beckendorf and Bushore along in checking out on the field by midway. Bushore passed both Porter and Beckendorf with what played out to be the winning move.
The second and final caution of the night came out on lap nine so the contest ended with a lengthy green flag run.
Elliott had raced from 28th to second in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitation race earlier in the evening. He advanced 10 spots to finish fourth in the qualifier and advance to his seventh consecutive Modified main event.
Hadan is in for the third time, Bonine Bushore and Stephens each for the second. Porter, Fleming and Beckendorf are each first-time qualifiers.
In the Stock Car qualifier, Todd Reitzler raced his way onto the front row for Saturday’s finale at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals.
Chased by Marcus Fagan, Reitzler earned the outside pole of the Stock Car main event with a deft move down the front straightaway. He was one of four drivers doing time at the front of a qualifying feature that had cars running three-wide and more for much of its 25 laps.
Jim Larson led 10 of those circuits and ended in third. The rest of the top eight advancing to the big show were Shawn Havel, Stefan Sybesma, Luke Sathoff, Dean Wray and Devin Snellenberger.
Larson took the point from Perry Misner on the third lap. Three cautions near midway kept the field close before a Larson bobble opened the door for Sybesma.
Reitzler took charge the next time around; Fagan ran second the last nine laps. Havel and Snellenberger both qualified after advancing 18 positions.
Sybesma will start the Stock Car main event at Super Nationals for the third time, Fagan for the second. The addition of Reitzler, Larson, Havel, Sathoff, Wray and Snellenberger puts the number of first-time qualifiers for the division at 11.
Larson joins his son Dustin in the Saturday field while Snellenberger follows in the Super Nationals footsteps of his father Rod, a four-time qualifier for the main event.