Stickler Leads Super Nationals Champs

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Champions crowned Saturday night at the 33rd annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, from left, were Jason Wilkinson, Hobby Stock; Clint Luellen, Northern SportMod; Kyle Strickler, Modified; and Dustin Larson, Stock Car. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Carl Larson Photo)
Champions crowned Saturday night at the 33rd annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, from left, were Jason Wilkinson, Hobby Stock; Clint Luellen, Northern SportMod; Kyle Strickler, Modified; and Dustin Larson, Stock Car. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Carl Larson Photo)
Champions crowned Saturday night at the 33rd annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, from left, were Jason Wilkinson, Hobby Stock; Clint Luellen, Northern SportMod; Kyle Strickler, Modified; and Dustin Larson, Stock Car. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Carl Larson Photo)

BOONE, Iowa – Kyle Strickler wrote his name in the record book again Saturday night, at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

Strickler became just the third Modified driver to win back-to-back Super Nationals titles, dicing his way back to the front following a couple late restarts to take the checkers ahead of 2013 champion Dylan Smith and 19th starting Ricky Thornton Jr. at Boone Speedway.

“I looked at the scoreboard and saw who was behind me. I was pretty sure where they were going to go,” said Strickler. “My heart sunk when I got up on the cushion and I saw three cars go by me but I was going to drive as hard as I needed to get the lead back.”

Jordan Grabouski and Adam Larson completed the top five. Thirteen states and two Canadian provinces were represented in the Modified main event.

A record 876 drivers, from 25 states, Canada and Australia, competed at IMCA’s centennial season Super Nationals.

Also winning Saturday night championships were Dustin Larson in the Stock Cars, Clint Luellen in the Northern SportMods and Jason Wilkinson in the Hobby Stocks.

Larson led all 30 laps of the Stock Car feature, becoming the first Minnesota driver to rule that class at Super Nationals. Mike Nichols was second and Chris Mills took third.

Luellen took the SportMod lead late, then held on against defending king Johnathon Logue. Logue had taken the lead on the second lap and settled for runner-up honors. Third was Nick Meyer.

Wilkinson earned his career second Hobby Stock title, leading the last eight circuits. Also the 2010 champ, he led Andrew Burg and Brandon Nielsen across the stripe.

Winners of Race of Champions events were Dustin Smith in the Harris Auto Racing Modified RoC, Kevin Opheim in the Sunoco Race Fuels Stock Car RoC, Myles Michehl in the Stephenville Starter Hobby Stock RoC, and Lucas Lamberies in the BSB Manufacturing SportMod RoC.