Estevan’s Austin Daae made it to the main stock car feature race at IMCA Super Nationals in Boone, Iowa on the weekend.
Super Nationals brings top dirt track drivers from across the U.S. and Canada together in several different classes. They compete over several days in an effort to qualify for the Big Dance features on Saturday.
“We start on Wednesday night, and virtually everyone’s trying to get into the Saturday night race,” said Daae.
Nearly 200 vehicles were entered in the stock car division alone on Friday, and there were 26 qualifiers and features that day.
Only 31 drivers made it to Saturday’s Big Dance.
Daae noted that he had to battle through some adversity to get to the Big Dance, with a collision on Wednesday night and bad luck on his starting position on Thursday. But on Friday, he started on the inside of the third row for his qualifying heat race, won it, and then won the A-main to qualify for the Big Dance.
It was one of two A-mains that night. Four drivers from each A-main punched their ticket for the Big Dance.
He started on the outside of the front row for Saturday’s feature.
“I was running third and fourth for a while in the first half of the race, and then the car in front of me actually ended up hitting the wall, and I got stuck by him.”
It dropped him to ninth, but he climbed his way up to fifth.”
“It seemed like from third to eighth was a big ball of us, and I was pretty much the only one running the outside (line).”
But he wound up running over debris late in the race, taking out the right front tire rod on his steering and causing a flat tire. Turnbull had to get a new tire, and fight the steering the rest of the race, and wound up 22nd.
He noted he was the only regular driver from the Estevan Motor Speedway to qualify for the finale in the stock car class.
Also at Super Nationals was Estevan’s Kody Scholpp in the modified division. While he didn’t make it to the Big Dance – Scholpp came up just short in the final chance to qualify – he did compete in the Race of Champions on Saturday and finished sixth.
The Race of Champions is for those who won their track championship or were the runner up. Scholpp was the modified runner-up for Estevan this year.