Jasen Masengarb won Saturday’s first qualifying feature and will start from the pole in the championship event for STARS Mod Lites at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Tom Macht Photo)

Masengarb, Raffurty Win IMCA Super Nats Mod Lite Qualifiers

BOONE, Iowa — Jason Masengarb renews his pursuit of his first IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s championship from the pole. 

Dillon Raffurty will take the green flag from Masengarb’s immediate right when he races for his second.

Both won STARS Mod Lite qualifying features during Saturday’s record-setting Prelude program at Boone Speedway.

71 drivers from 11 states were in the house for the division’s second Super Nationals appearance. The top 10 drivers from both qualifiers advance to Sunday’s big dance.

From Colona, Ill., Masengarb raced his way to the front on two occasions, passing initial leader Dallon Murty following a lap seven restart and then driving past Joel Huggins after the final restart of the 25-lapper, with five to go.

“Hopefully we can get it done,” he said from victory lane. “We are going to have a good starting position.” 

Lining up behind him on the inside row will be Joe Isabell, Joe Glick, Bryce Vowan, Huggins, Murty, Jacob Copley, Kevil Carl, Gage Raines and Michael Raffurty.

Defending Super Nationals champion Dillon Raffurty of Kansas City, Mo., led all but the opening circuit in the bookend 25-lap qualifier. Eleventh starting Jon Padilla did his best to reel in the leader running in lapped traffic and finished just over three-tenths of a second off the pace. 

“I didn’t know what to think after my heat,” Raffurty admitted after finishing third in that race and then drawing the outside row two start for the qualifier. “The track came around and I was able to do my thing at the end.”

Making up the rest of the middle row will be third through 10th place finishers Zac Forster, Randy Bryan, Ben George, Douglas Williams, Ronnie Choate, Dalton Bell, Dustin Ford and Jon Braathun. 

Qualifying for the outside row and the race of champions is on the docket leading up to Sunday’s $2,000 to win Mod Lite main event.

Also on tap are Prelude programs for the Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods; a record 401 cars saw Saturday Prelude action at Boone.

Sunday’s program and the Sept. 5-10 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will be broadcast by SPEED SPORT.TV affiliate IMCA.TV