Kelly Boen (right) is congratulated by runner up Kyle
Berck after the two battle to the wire in the Junction Motor Speedway MLRA event on
MLRA: Boen is Back, Nips Berk For Junction Motor Speedway
MCCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. - Aug. 13. Henderson, Colorado's Kelly Boen
won Friday's Lucas Oil MLRA feature in thrilling fashion over Marquette, Nebraska's Kyle Berck at Junction Motor
Speedway. The win came by half of a nose for Boen.
"I want to thank Greg Lee, he pieced this car together for us," Boen
said to the fans following the race. "We hadn't been racing our own stuff for a long time. Now, we decided to go
back and race our own stuff for a while. Terry Pannell, the guy that was letting me drive his other car, he's been
such a great guy, and I want to thank him."
Kyle Berck streaks under Colorado
traveller Dean Moore on his way to a close second place finish at JMS. (Lloyd
This was Boen's seventh win in the last 10 MLRA races at Junction
Motor Speedway. However, it was his race car's first win at the York County oval. "It's pretty good," said Boen of
his Rocket Chassis. "I've got to believe if we're going to win tomorrow, we're going to have to get a little
faster. "Kyle made it a little too interesting at the end."
Berck was pleased with his performance. He now has three runner up
finishes in Lucas Oil MLRA Series competition this season. "I got a little rhythm going on the bottom," Berck said
of his late race charge to get around Dave Eckrich. "I kept eyeballing that top side. I wanted to go up there so
bad, but the car
Dave Eckrich, #33 Al Purkey, and #14 Kyle
Berck get after it during preliminary action at JMS. (Lloyd
didn't want to. That last lap I thought, he's protecting. He hasn't
been up there. I just gritted my teeth going down the back straightaway and I said, I'm going to beat him off turn
four. We needed about 50 more horsepower to do that. We had a good run. It was fun, I really thought I had him.
That's as close as it gets and we'll try again tomorrow night." Berck firmly holds third place in the championship
Kelly Boen takes the checkered flag by
the narrowest of margins at Junction Motor Speedway. (Lloyd
The 25 lap feature had several cautions sprinkled throughout. A lap
eight incident involving multiple cars, included series point leaders Al Purkey and John Anderson. Anderson
received the more serious damage of the two. He went to the pits a couple of times for work, before retiring to an
18th place finish. Purkey had some rear sheet metal damage and stuck it out for a 12th place finish, gaining 14
points over Anderson in the process. This now pushes Purkey's lead to 34 points over Anderson.
Dave Eckrich had one of his stronger runs of the season tonight. He
went from fifth to second immediately, and wound up third. Mike Collins and Travis Dickes finished fourth and
Troy Daly settles into his new role
as spectator after being the first to retire to the infield at at McCool Junction. (Lloyd Collins)
Aug. 12 - MLRA/NCRA - Junction Motor Speedway
1. Kelly Boen, 2. Kyle Berck, 3. Dave Eckrich, 4. Mike Collins, 5.
Travis Dickes, 6. Joe Kosiski, 7. Bill Leighton, 8. Bo Egge, 9. Dean Moore, 10. Scott Koskovich, 11. Al
Purkey, 12. Steve Kempt, 13. Al Humphrey, 14. Robbie Anderson, 15. Andrew Kosiski, 16. Dustin Walker,
17. Brad Wagoner, 18. John Anderson, 19. Matt Furman, 20. Jase Kaser, 21. Brian Kenkel, 22. Mike
Wiarda, 23. Troy Daly
Heat winners (27 entries): Moore, Dickes, Boen.
Lloyd Collins photo