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For Immediate Release - Sept. 10, 2007

Bill Martin, IMCA Public Relations 319 472-2201, x225


Shute reigns as Modified champion at silver anniversary Super Nationals


Boone, Iowa (September 8, 2007) – Todd Shute reigned as Modified king at the

25th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals.


Shute led all 40 laps of Saturday night’s main event at Boone

Speedway from the middle of the front row, holding off hard-charging

and defending race winner Rich Lewerke the last four times around the

track. Eric Dailey was third and Dan Ratajczak was fourth after being

rear-ended and going end over end at the checkers.


Joe McBirnie headed the chase before giving way to the 16th starting

Lewerke, who’d tussled with Shute much of the way before prevailing

last year. Shute had pulled ahead into lapped traffic but three quick

cautions on laps 34 and 35 kept the field close together.


Lewerke, also runner-up at Boone in 1998, stayed close but was unable

to deny Shute his first Super Nationals title. Shute took home a

check for $2,000 and more than $6,000 in contingency awards for his



McBirnie was fifth and last-chance qualifier Troy Cordes moved up 24

positions from his original start to end in sixth.


Other champions crowned on Saturday night were first-time kings Tracy

Wassenberg in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Kevin Opheim

in the Stock Cars, and three-time titlist Andy Boeckman in the Hobby



Wassenberg passed defending race winner Jason Mallicoat on the 20th

of 25 laps. Brian Miller and R.J. Merchant followed at the finish.


Opheim had to pass five-time Super Nationals champion Steve Jackson

for second before catching rookie charger Donavon Smith for the front

spot 17 laps into their 30-lapper.


Opheim brought Smith along into lapped traffic and wound up with the

win by three car lengths. Jackson was third and Jared Dirks ran fourth.


Boeckman led the last 24 laps. He’s the only driver to win the Hobby

Stock main event more than once since its addition to the Super

Nationals card in 1997.


Luke Wanninger, Chris Jensen and Beau Kaplan completed the top four.


Jimmy Gustin won the Harris Auto Racing Ron Efkamp Modified Memorial

Race of Champions, duplicating the 1995 accomplishment of his father

Rick, and David Smith became the first driver to win the Sunoco Race

Fuels Stock Car Race of Champions for a second time, repeating his

2005 run to the checkers.


David Murray Jr. scored another Super Nationals accomplishment of his

own on Friday, as the first two-time winner of the Fast Shafts All-

Star Modified Invitational.


Curt Lund became the first three-time Sprint Car champion on Tuesday.

Jennifer Eriksen ran second, the best feature showing in Super

Nationals history by a female driver, and secured the Jackpot

Junction Tour title with her runner-up showing. Brett Allen and

Brandon Allen rounded out the top four in the feature.


Boone McLaughlin won Monday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature

for his first Super Nationals Late Model crown. Terry Neal was

second, Hershel Roberts third and defending race winner Todd Cooney



A purse of more than $275,000, along with $60,000 in contingency

awards, was paid out at the silver anniversary Super Nationals.


With entries from 25 states, the total car count of 777 for the Sept.

3-8 event included 316 Modifieds and a record 101 Northern SportMods.

Rain brought Thursday’s Modified show to an early conclusion, with 10

heat races, “B” features. Efkamp heats and one of the two qualifying

features postponed to early Friday afternoon.


Feature Results

Modifieds – 1. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 2. Rich Lewerke, Garner; 3.

Eric Dailey, Armstrong; 4. Dan Ratajczak, Luxemburg, Wis.; 5. Joe

McBirnie, Boone; 6. Troy Cordes, Raymond; 7. Drew Christianson,

Minot, N.D.; 8. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 9. Todd Stinehart,

Waseca, Minn.; 10. Bill Davis Jr., Des Moines; 11. Jim Hernandez,

Topeka, Kan.; 12. Justin Auringer, Waterloo; 13. Chris Bragg,

Springtown, Texas; 14. Troy Taylor, Fort Worth, Texas; 15. Russ

Dickerson, Boone; 16. Scott Simatovich, State Center; 17. Jake

Durbin, Perry; 18. Mike Hansen, Alton; 19. David Murray Jr., Oberlin,

Kan.; 20. Jay Goosmann, Hinton; 21. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.;

22. Brian Joski, Green Bay, Wis.; 23. Brad Williams, Lytton; 24.

Chris Mills, Sioux City; 25. Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg, Wis.; 26.

Gregory Peck, Sioux City; 27. Jon Thompson, Superior, Neb.; 28. R.M.

VanPay, Denmark, Wis.; 29. Rod Scheuermann, Scranton; 30. Dan Nelson,

Beatrice, Neb.; 31. Jim Cole, Sioux City; 32. Mike Mashl, DePere,

Wis.; 33. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown.


Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Tracy Wassenberg, Shawano,

Wis.; 2. Jason Mallicoat, Boone; 3. Brian Miller, Grand Junction; 4.

R.J. Merchant, Sioux City; 5. Jared Timmerman, Norwalk; 6. Chris

Abelson, Sioux City; 7. Danny Dvorak, Vinton; 8. Scott Davis, Boone;

9. Fred Schimmels, Van Meter; 10. Doug McCollough, Webster City; 11.

Jeff DuBois, Luxemburg, Wis.; 12. Geoff Olson, Sioux City; 13. Harvey

Vande Weerd, Granville; 14. Joel Bushore, Boone; 15. Mick King,

Odebolt; 16. Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee, Wis.; 17. Austin Kaplan,

Ankeny; 18. Terrance Prochaska, Mason City; 19. James May, DeSoto;

20. Paul Nagle, Nevada; 21. Shane Ebaugh, Waterloo; 22. Doug Maurer,

DePere, Wis.; 23. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 24. Scott Baker, Boone;

25. Jared Vote, Boone; 26. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 27. Les Lundquist,

Sioux City.


Stock Cars – 1. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 2. Donavon Smith, Lake

City; 3. Steve Jackson, Polk City; 4. Jared Dirks, Eldora; 5. Jamie

Colwell, Kaukauna, Wis.; 6. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 7. Bill Reetz,

Carroll; 8. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis.; 9. Robert Stofer,

Jefferson; 10. Travis VanStraten, Hortonville, Wis.; 11. Bryan

LaRiviere, Wichita, Kan.; 12. Rod Richards, Madrid; 13. Brian

Blessington, Breda; 14. Max Hoffer, Sioux City; 15. Josh Filmer, Lake

City; 16. Rick Speck, Garwin; 17. Keith Knop, Avoca; 18. Jake

Ludeking, Decorah; 19. Ryan Webb, Denison; 20. Jeremy Christians,

Horicon, Wis.; 21. Nathan Burke, Minot, N.D.; 22. Larry Portis, Nora

Springs; 23. David Smith, Lake City; 24. Troy Woelber, Hull; 25.

Dustin Smith, Lake City; 26. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 27. Mike

VanGenderen, Newton; 28. Kyle Frederick, Gillett, Wis.; 29. Travis

Barker, Sioux City; 30. Dustin Vis, LeGrand.


Hobby Stocks – 1. Andy Boeckman, Lake View; 2. Luke Wanninger,

Jefferson; 3. Chris Jensen, Des Moines; 4. Beau Kaplan, Ankeny; 5.

Jeremy Embrey, Granger; 6. Tanner Powers, Exira; 7. Trent Murphy,

Jefferson; 8. Bill Bonnett, Knoxville; 9. Bryan Snell, Coon Rapids;

10. Kyle Timmerman, Lake; 11. Michael Murphy, Jefferson; 12. Aaron

Koch, Cambridge, Neb.; 13. Matt Brown, Dysart; 14. Terry Shaffar,

State Center; 15. Donavon Nunnikhoven, Sully; 16. Randy Hadacek,

Britt; 17. Josh Ruschmann, Sioux City; 18. Kenneth Hansen, Audubon;

19. Marcus Moede, Luxemburg, Wis.; 20. Doug Wark, Belle Plaine,

Minn.; 21. Andrew Burg, Adel; 22. Tim Wilcox, Ida Grove; 23. Josh

Irvine, Oelwein; 24. Michael Leffler, Ankeny; 25. Todd Boulware,

Jefferson, S.D.; 26. Max Harder, Beatrice, Neb.; 27. Devin Smith,

Lake City.


Harris Auto Racing Ron Efkamp Memorial Modified Race of Champions –

1. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 2. Eric Dailey, Armstrong; 3. Rich

Smith, Davenport; 4. Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg, Wis.; 5. Troy Cordes,

Raymond; 6. Jared Siefert, Green Bay, Wis.; 7. James Kleinheksel,

Columbus, Neb.; 8. Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D.; 9. Robby Haines,

Benkelman, Neb.; 10. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz.; 11. Corey

Lagroon, Salina, Kan.; 12. Darren Williams, Phoenix, Ariz.


Sunoco Race Fuels Stock Car Race of Champions – 1. David Smith, Lake

City; 2. Jeremy Christians, Horicon, Wis.; 3. Larry Silbaugh,

Jefferson; 4. Brian Blessington, Breda; 5. Steve Jackson, Polk City;

6. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 7. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan.; 8. Jesse

Colwell, Wrightstown, Wis.; 9. Ryan Rose, Boone; 10. Kevin Opheim,

Mason City.


Fast Shafts All-Star Modified Invitational – 1. David Murray Jr.,

Oberlin, Kan.; 2. Kellen Chadwick, Oakley, Calif.; 3. Jordan

Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 4. Reese Coffee, Hinton; 5. Randy Brands,

Boyden; 6. Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg, Wis.; 7. Johnny Saathoff,

Beatrice, Neb.; 8. Joren Boyce, Minot, N.D.; 9. Jay Noteboom, Hinton;

10. Shawn Zelenka, Surprise, Ariz.


Sprint Cars – 1. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 2. Jennifer

Eriksen, Burnsville, Minn.; 3. Brett Allen, Kasota, Minn.; 4. Brandon

Allen, St. Peter, Minn.; 5. Neil Stevens, Bingham Lake, Minn.; 6.

Troy Manteufel, St. Peter, Minn.; 7. Brad Lund, Fairfax, Minn.; 8.

Bruce Allen, Mankato, Minn.; 9. Justin Jacobsma, Hull; 10. Jesse

Smith, Mankato, Minn.; 11. Keith Beckler, Litchfield, Minn.; 12. Jim

Smith, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 13. Dwain Wilmes, Kasota, Minn.; 14.

Richard Smith, Mankato, Minn.; 15. Donovan Peterson, Brookings, S.D.;

16. Shannon Eriksen, Lakeville, Minn.; 17. Mike Sargent, Cleveland,

Minn.; 18. Jason Tostenson, Gaylord, Minn.; 19. Dan Grams, Gaylord,

Minn.; 20. Matt Stephenson, Des Moines; 21. A.J. Stevens, Bingham

Lake, Minn.; 22. Jay Goosmann, Hinton.


Late Models – 1. Boone McLaughlin, Mediapolis; 2. Terry Neal, Ely; 3.

Hershel Roberts, East Moline, Ill.; 4. Todd Cooney, Des Moines; 5.

Jon Merfeld, Peosta; 6. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 7. Jeff Aikey,

Waterloo; 8. Jerry Dedrick, Vinton; 9. Jason Hahne, Webster City; 10.

Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 11. Jeremy Grady, Story City; 12. Greg

Kastli, Waterloo; 13. Josh Most, Red Oak; 14. Dale Hackwell,

Waterloo; 15. Luke Goedert, Holy Cross; 16. Charlie McKenna, Clear

Lake; 17. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 18. Jeff Segebart, Westside; 19.

Darren Ackerman, Readlyn; 20. Ryan Griffith, Webster City; 21. Scott

Badker, Klemme; 22. Craig Jacobs, Des Moines; 23. Bobby Hansen,

Center Point; 24. Tysus Pattee, Vinton.



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