NCRA/MLRA: Boen Wins King of the Hill Shootout Opener at Junction Motor
David Smith, Jr. and Dan
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
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
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,
Ron Mitchell photo