BOONE, Iowa – The first champion crowned at the 32nd annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s has already promised to return to Boone Speedway next September in pursuit of a record fifth crown.
Jeff Aikey won the Monday night main event for IMCA Late Models at Boone, leading all 50 laps. While earning his career-leading 63rd Deery Brothers Summer Series victory – and $3,300 – Aikey also matched the division record of four Super Nationals titles held by Gary Webb.
Tyler Bruening started inside Aikey on the front row and ran second most of the way. Charlie McKenna took over the spot following the first restart of the night, on lap 40; series point leader Justin Kay passed McKenna after a restart on the next circuit and chased Aikey to the checkers.
“I’ll come back next year and try to get number five,” Aikey said. “All four of my Super Nationals wins (1995, 2004, 2013 and 2014) have been special. Kay has been running so strong this season and that’s what makes this win so good.”
McKenna, Andy Eckrich and Bruening completed the top five.
Aikey and Bruening caught up with the back of the field on the ninth circuit; Aikey stretched his lead before Bruening and McKenna cleared lapped traffic on lap 28 and cut his advantage to a couple car lengths.
The lap 40 yellow took lapped cars out of the equation. Aikey pulled away to win by a comfortable margin after the next restart.
“I knew somebody was going to have an awfully good car to beat me tonight because my car was on,” he said. “Through three and four, right through the middle, it just bit. I knew nobody was going to catch me in that turn.”
Darrel DeFrance was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner. He finished 17th in his career 25th Super Nationals appearance.
Jeff Aikey, Justin Kay, Charlie McKenna, Andy Eckrich, Tyler Bruening, Joel Callahan, Brian Harris, Richie Gustin, Scott Fitzpatrick, Todd Cooney, Todd Frank, Jason Hahne, Jason Rauen, Joe Zrostlik, Jon Passick, Jeremy Grady, Darrel DeFrance, Ryan Dolan, Paul Nagle, Darren Ackerman, Greg Kastli, Al Johnson, Ray Guss Jr., Allan Hopp, Tyler Droste.