Seventeen-year-old Dallon Murty became just the second driver in the division’s history to repeat himself as stock car champion. (Bruce Badgley photo)
BOONE, Iowa — A race that started as a battle between two of the best young guns in the division turned into a father-son battle on championship night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals, fueled by Casey’s.
With both fights at Boone Speedway over, Dallon Murty had defended his Stock Car Championship and was only the second driver in division history to go back-to-back on America’s Racin’ Vacation.
“This was a really special win. There’s a lot of weight off your shoulders when you’re the defending champion and can win again,” said 17-year-old Murty. “Last year’s win was probably my best ever because it was my first. This win and last year are by far at the top of all my victories.”
The Chelsea driver is currently a senior at BGM High School.
A record 246 stock car drivers competed in the 40th annual Super Nationals, and in the main event, 30 of the best raced for a $7,500 winner’s check.
Murty had become the youngest champion in Super Nationals history last year. He started his title defense on Saturday night by chasing rookie Kaden Reynolds for the first five laps and then took over at the front after the two made contact and came to the line at the end of lap six.
“I wanted to get into the lead as soon as possible,” said Murty. “I felt like if I could take the lead, I could set the pace, and getting clean air was big.”
Already a winner of the B&B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational and Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions, Reynolds traded second with Murty’s dad Damon before and after a few warnings midway through the 30th lap.
Damon Murty made his record-breaking 17th start in the Big Dance and one more of seven drivers in the main event field with Super Nationals championships on their resume.
Damon Murty fell back and Thornton retired with a flat tire after a three-wide struggle with Kelly Shryock with five laps to go. Shryock rode on unscathed to take over second with Reynolds, David Smith and Buck Schafroth eventually finishing third through fifth.
Elijah Zevenbergen, also a former champion, was sixth and Damon Murty seventh.
“I thought we were going to go 1-2 there for a while,” Dallon said after the long run for his father. “I kept looking at the standings, but I didn’t know how big my lead was. I just kept running my race.”
Stock cars have been part of the Super Nationals program since moving the spectacle of dirt track racing to Boone Speedway 35 years ago.
Randy Brands was the first stock car driver to win championships in consecutive years, in 2003-2004.
Super Nationals was broadcast by SPEEDSPORT.TV affiliate IMCA.TV.