BOONE, Iowa — A driver who has made plenty of history at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s made even more Saturday night.
Jeff Aikey, a six-time late model champion at America’s Racin’ Vacation, started on the pole and led all 40 laps of the modified feature at Boone Speedway.
He’s the fourth driver to win Super Nationals crowns in multiple divisions and just the second to earn late model and modified titles, joining Kevin Pittman in that accomplishment. His total of seven championships is a Super Nationals record.
Only two cautions came out over the course of the 40-lapper and Aikey pulled away after restarts on the second and eighth circuits. Ryan Ruter ran second much of the distance before giving way to Cayden Carter with four laps left.
Six lapped cars separated Aikey and Carter at the checkers. Ethan Dotson started 13th and completed the top four.
“My car was extremely good, probably the best it’s been hooked up all year,” Aikey said. “When I came down here and drew poorly I didn’t know if I could get up there, but I won the heat and the first night‘s feature. Then I thought ‘Man, I might be able to win this thing.’”
Aikey’s win was good for $5,900, $2,000 plus $100 for each of 39 sanctioned starts this season, and put him on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot for 2019. He’d won Super Nationals late model main events in 1995, 2004 and 2013-2016. Pittman topped the modifieds in 1989 and the late models two years later.
A dozen different states were represented in Saturday’s big show.
Grey Ferrando and Collen Winebarger were the first-ever qualifiers from Oregon and finished 16th and 21st, respectively. Aikey was also among the 17 first-time qualifiers in the 33-car field.
First-time champions at the 36th annual Super Nationals were Damon Murty in the stock cars and Jake McBirnie in the Northern SportMods while Shannon Anderson ruled the hobby stocks for the fifth time.
Jason Wolla won the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for modifieds, John Oliver Jr. the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions for stock cars, Colby Fett the BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods and Corey Madden the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for hobby stocks.
Hunter Marriott won the Friday night Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational for modifieds.
Jeff Aikey, Cayden Carter, Ryan Ruter, Ethan Dotson, Jason Wolla, Drew Armstrong, Josh Long, Cody Laney, Riley Simmons, Jay Noteboom, Justin Auringer, Clint Luellen, Nick Deal, Anthony Roth, Tim Ward, Grey Ferrando, Tanner Black, Nick Roberts, Tyler Frye, Troy Foulger, Collen Winebarger, Chaz Baca, Scott Drake, Jordy Nelson, Kyle Brown, Peyton Taylor, Joe Duvall, Jimmy Gustin, Tyler Sutton, Kelly Shryock, Hunter Marriott, Mitchell Hunt, Steven Bowers Jr.