BOONE, Iowa — He’s been there and he’s done that, but it never stops being special.
Jeff Aikey raced to his career third IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s championship, and his 60th Deery Brothers Summer Series feature win Monday night at Boone Speedway.
The IMCA Late Model victory paid $3,630, including a $630 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing bonus.
After working his way up from ninth starting to second, Aikey passed Jason Rauen following a lap 29 restart. He led to the finish of the 50-lapper, holding off challenges from Justin Kay and then Ray Guss Jr. to become the first champion crowned at the 31st annual Super Nationals.
Guss looked to steal the lead away using the lower line with five laps left but Aikey made the higher groove work to perfection and pulled away to win by six car lengths.
“This was a good race to win. It means a lot to me,” said Aikey, a 16-time Super Nationals qualifier and also champion in 1995 and 2004. “I knew Ray and Justin were back there but I had a lot of car tonight. It was awesome.”
Guss, Kay, hard charger Todd Cooney and Joel Callahan completed the top five. Guss and Cooney are both two-time Super Nationals champions; Cooney ended in fourth after starting 18th.
Rauen started outside Callahan on the front row and led the first 28 times around the track. Point leader Brian Harris was heading the pursuit of Aikey before going pitside after a frontstretch collision. He returned, restarted 21st and raced back to eighth.
“Kay and Harris have been on fire this year,” said Aikey. “Any time you can pass them, you’re thumping.”
Jeff Aikey, Ray Guss Jr., Justin Kay, Todd Cooney, Joel Callahan, Andy Eckrich, Jason Rauen, Brian Harris, Rob Moss, Terry Neal, Dan Shelliam, Ryan Griffith, Darrel DeFrance, Bobby Hansen, Joe Zrostlik, Dean Wagner, Jon Passick, Curtis Schroeder, Josh Most, Luke Pestka, Rick Dralle, Nate Beuseling, Scott Fitzpatrick, Kevin Sather.