BOONE, Iowa (RaceBoone.com) – Jeff Taylor, a dirt modified driver from Cave City made history during another record-setting IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals held at Boone Speedway.
Taylor chased Brandon Blochlinger much of the way before finally catching up and leading the last two laps for the Modified main event win Saturday evening at Boone Speedway. He became the first driver from Arkansas to win a Super Nationals championship in any division.
"The last time I left here was on a tractor and I wasn't farming. It was pretty ugly," Taylor said. "We came back to Super Nationals with the goal of getting back into the show and I had an awesome car to do it with."
"I built it and raced it at the Duel In The Desert in Las Vegas last year," he added. "I may park it in my yard now. I don't know if I ever want to get rid of it."
Blochlinger ended in second after a long run at the front of the 40-lapper. Early leader Kyle Strickler was third and Brandon Beckendorf completed the out-of-state top four.
Twenty-six states and Canada were represented in the record 872 entries for the 30th annual Super Nationals.
Modifieds – 1. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 2. Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.; 3. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 4. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 5. Justin Auringer, Waterloo; 6. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 7. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 8. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 9. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 10. Matt Bonine, Onawa; 11. Josh Most, Red Oak; 12. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 13. Chad Porter, Madison Lake, Minn.; 14. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 15. Jeff Stephens, Arion; 16. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 17. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 18. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 19. Cale Sponsler, Grimes; 20. Michael Reichart, Des Moines; 21. Jay Steffens, North Platte, Neb.; 22. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 23. Josh Sherbon, Cedar Falls; 24. Chevy Hadan, Bennington, Neb.; 25. Chris Fleming, Union Springs, N.Y.; 26. Randy Havlik, Boone; 27. Darin Duffy, Hazleton; 28. Joel Bushore, Boone; 29. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 30. Jonathan Snyder, Ames; 31. Shawn Kilgore, New Franken, Wis.; 32. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 33. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo