BOONE, Iowa -- Jacob Crowell of Clearwater was well on his way to advancing to Saturday's big show in the hobby stock class at the 30th annual IMCA Super Nationals in Boone, Iowa.
He was running third when he got turned by another driver. He dropped back to 13th before finishing 10th, a few spots out of a qualifying spot.
For the week, the teenager made the A-main Monday and Tuesday nights, then earned enough points to start on the front row of Wednesday's last-chance qualifier.
Starting from behind
Drivers at the Super Nationals are placed into heats by a computerized drawing. Only Brandon Blochlinger and Danny Morrison Jr. were fortunate enough to start on the front row of their heats in the modified class.
"That's what I'm disappointed about the most," Morrison said. "I think that was my best opportunity right there. I had a gimme on the front row, and I didn't make it work."
No stock car driver from Kansas started on the front row.
The average starting spot for Jason Schoenberger, Bruce Plumisto, Jeff Tubbs, Nick Tubbs and Austin Carter as 7.2 in heat races.
In the modifieds, the average starting spot for nine guys competing regularly in the area was 5.5.
"A lot of it is the draw," Tubbs said. "It's not everything, but it does help. It sucks that me and Jeff both drew last in our heat races. It's hard when you have eight laps and you start ninth."
Wednesday's area results (those available as of 4 a.m.)
Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, first in 22nd heat, first in A-main (will start on pole for Saturday's big show); Geoff Jermark, Beloit, eighth in second heat; Brian Calhoon, Beloit, fourth in seventh heat; Brian Knoell, Falun, fourth in 11th heat; Danny Morrison Jr., Bennington, third in 20th heat; Larry Sutton, Beloit, fourth in 20th heat; David Murray Jr., Oberlin, seventh in 20th heat; Jesse Richter, Great Bend, sixth in 22nd heat; Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, eighth in 26th heat; Corey Lagroon, Salina, seventh in 29th heat.
Austin Carter, New Cambria, fifth in first heat, third in first C-main; Jason Schoenberger, Russell, 10th in first heat, 14th in first C-main; Mike Wadel, Garden City, eighth in eighth heat, sixth in fourth C-main; Bruce Plumisto, Colby, ninth in seventh heat, 14th in fourth C-main; Perry Misner, Garden City, fourth in 16th heat, fourth in eighth C-main; Jeff Tubbs, Colby, fourth in 15th heat, seventh in eighth C-main; Dustin Newlin, Concordia, ninth in eighth heat; Nick Tubbs, Colby, fifth in 19th heat.
Jacob Crowell, Clearwater, 10th in A-main.
* NICK SCHWIEN, HDN