MASON CITY | It was one of those instances where Weston Koop had no problem putting his race car through the ringer.
The veteran driver laid his bumper up against the front stretch wall Sunday night at Mason City Motor Speedway. Once there, it was time for a burnout many years in the making.
“I've always wanted to park it up against the wall and do a burnout,” Koop said. “And I thought, ‘we just won the championship, wrapped it up. And we had a feature win at the same time, so why not?’ ”
Koop cemented one of the best seasons of his racing career in style Sunday, rolling to his fourth feature win and clinching his second Hobby Stock track championship in three years.
Next year could have a father-son feel to it for Koop at race tracks in North Iowa. He plans to help his son race in the B Modified division for the first time.
No matter what transpires in 2017, it will be hard for Koop to duplicate what transpired in 2016.
He finished in the top six of every feature at Mason City Motor Speedway, and he sealed his track championship by finishing first or second in five of the last six features.
“It feels so good when you do something on your own and you can win with it,” Koop said. “We are normally good, but I've never got four feature wins in a year, and we still have a week left.”
It was a night that featured a season-high 109 cars competing, including a full field of 24 Modifieds and 32 B Mods.
- Kevin Donlan had to settle for second in the Stock Car main event but left with the big prize - a points title. Donlan didn't have enough in the final circuits to deny Steve Jackson his first feature win of the year at MCMS.
- Nate Chodur didn't need to do anything foolish Sunday night to secure his track championship at Mason City.
As Jared Boumeester dominated the B Modified feature, Chodur was content driving in the middle of the pack to lock up the championship.
- Lucas Schott moved from eight to fourth in a lap on his way to the Modified checkers, but it was Jason Cummins who capped a steady 2016 with the season championship. Levi Nielsen notched a season-best finish at MCMS by taking second Sunday.
- Mitch Balik won the Tuner main event, beating Oliver Monson to the finish.