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NCRA/MLRA: Boen Wins King of the Hill Shootout Opener at Junction Motor Speedway

David Smith, Jr. and Dan Robinson

MCCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. – August 13. Former four-time series champion Kelly Boen of Henderson, Colorado kicked off opening night of the seventh annual “King of the Hill Late Model Shootout” in familiar fashion as he led flag to flag Friday at Junction Motor Speedway.  

The annual August event, which has also been a co-sanctioned affair with the Missouri based Lucas Oil MLRA, saw Boen start on the pole for the 25-lap feature finale. Boen had qualified for the spot by advancing six positions in his heat race from eighth to second.

In the main event, Boen quickly set the pace on the 24-car field and was never seriously threatened throughout. 

The second and third place finishers advanced from mid-pack to near the front throughout the duration of the race. Omaha's John Anderson started tenth and worked his way through the field and claimed the runner up position, while 11th starting Mike Wiarda of Aurora, Nebraska and a strong run and came home third. Madison, Nebraska driver Travis Dickes flirted with the front, but ultimately would end up fourth, while two time and defending series champion Kyle Berck of Marquette, Nebraska experienced an eventful feature.

Berck, who ran up front for the first half of the event, got into a tangle with Mike Collins on an attempted slide job, with Berck coming up on the short end of the deal. The driver of the Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing/Strobel Construction sponsored Lazer chassis, then worked through the field and was able to salvage a fifth place finish. 

For Boen, it was his season leading tenth victory on the 2010 race season with the O’Reilly/NCRA late model division and ninth aboard his own #07 Roadrunner Fabrication/Peterson Fluid System sponsored, Cornett Racing Engine powered Rocket Chassis.  

Brad Looney pulled up lame on a restart with ten laps to go and was forced to the pits with rear end damage. Looney relinquished his points lead in the process after recording his first NCRA DNF of the 2010 season.

 

Aug. 13 - NCRA/MLRA - Junction Motor Speedway
1, Kelly Boen. 2, John Anderson. 3, Mike Wiarda. 4, Travis Dickes. 5, Kyle Berck. 6, Bryant Goldsmith. 7, Mike Collins. 8, Corey Zeitner. 9, Jason O'Brien. 10, Joe Kosiski. 11, Al Purkey. 12, Dustin Hapka. 13, Dave Eckrich. 14, Delbert Smith. 15, Jase Kaser. 16, J.D. Hubert. 17, Justin Asplin. 18, Chris Spieker. 19, Jerry Warner. 20, Bo Egge. 21, Evan Hubert. 22, Terry Boushee. 23, Brad Looney. 24, Mike Wallace.
Heat winners (34 entries): Looney, Dickes, Goldsmith, Collins; B-Feature winners: Evan Hubert, Wallace

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