Rookie Reynolds is a Stock Car All-Star


Kaden Reynolds in victory lane at Boone Speedway. (Photo by Tom Macht)

BOONE, Iowa — A young star from IMCA Sunoco Stock Car shone brightest at the second annual B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational.

Rookie Kaden Reynolds edged out defending race winner Kelly Shryock in the fast-paced 30-lap race with no cautions, the feature race of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals powered by Casey’s show Thursday night at Boone Speedway.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” said Reynolds, who charged up front from the seventh start and led the final 16 laps. “Beating Kelly is pretty good. Beating all these guys is pretty good.”

The $1,000 ladies were supplemented by $400 in lap money and a chassis courtesy of the title sponsor of the B&B race.

Shryock was very close to the finish and was quick to congratulate Reynolds after the race. Justin Luinenburg, pole starter Kyle Vanover and Mike Mullen rounded out the top five.

Vanover looked strong from the start with Reynolds knocking on the door of Mullen, who is running for the second time, on lap nine.

Reynolds and Shryock had passed Mullen on lap 12 and both caught up with Vanover on lap 15.

It was a two-car battle from then on and Shryock, who scored the first of more than 600 career acting wins some 16 years before Reynolds was born, had the leader working for the win.

“I knew he was right there coming to the white flag,” said Reynolds, who recently turned 21, IMCA Junior National Champion in 2020 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock National Champion last year. “I knew he would have to play defense in the last lap.”

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“Winning this is great,” he continued. “Now I want to do the Big Dance.”

And Reynolds did just that, beating the first of two qualifying features later in the show.

Drivers who have won IMCA-sanctioned Stock Car events by paying $5,000 or more since last year’s invitation received automatic starting spots. Two rounds of time trials for the 2021 state champions and drivers who had won events paying $750 or more and then filled the field of 30 B&B Racing Chassis cars.

Reynolds had become All-Star eligible with his first “big win” in the division, the King of the Katwalks at Boone in late June.

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The end:

  1. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 3. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn.; 4. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Nebraska; 5. Mike Mullen, Seymour, Wisconsin; 6. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheedan; 7. Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 8. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas; 9. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 10. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas; 11. Heath Tulp, Britt; 12.Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 13. Benji Legg, Beatrice, Nebraska; 14. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake; 15. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, California; 16. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 17. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Arizona; 18. Jim Horejsi, Marshall, Minn.; 19. Todd Decker, Edmond, Okla.; 20. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; 21. Jeffrey Larson, Reading, Minn.; 22. Randy Weaver, Little Rock, Arkansas; 23. William Gould, Calera, Okla.; 24. Benji LaCrosse, Casco, Wis.; 25. Dallon Murty, Chelsea; 26. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, New Mexico; 27. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan.; 28. Michael Jaennette, Kellogg; 29. Derek Green, Grenada, Minn.; 30. Tom Berry Jr., Des Moines.

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