- Aug. 12 - Junction Motor Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Kyle Berck and Kelly Boen at Junction Motor Speedway

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 Friday.(Lloyd Collins)


MLRA: Boen is Back, Nips Berk For Junction Motor Speedway Win


Trenton Berry


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 and Dean Moore at Junction Motor Speedway.

Kyle Berck streaks under Colorado traveller Dean Moore on his way to a close second place finish at JMS. (Lloyd Collins)


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, Al Purkey, and Kyle Berck

Dave Eckrich, #33 Al Purkey, and #14 Kyle Berck get after it during preliminary action at JMS. (Lloyd Collins)


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 standings.


Kelly Boen and Kyle Berck at Junction Motor Speedway

Kelly Boen takes the checkered flag by the narrowest of margins at Junction Motor Speedway. (Lloyd Collins)


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 fifth. 


Troy Daly

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


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