Kelly Boen stalks leader Al Humphrey before making a late
pass to the lead and sweeping the second night of racing on the MLRA/NCRA tours at Junction Motor
Speedway. (Lloyd Collins)
MLRA/NCRA: Boens Owns the Weekend at Junction Motor
MCCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. - Aug. 13. Biding his time to take the lead
with 13 laps to go, Kelly Boen, of Henderson, Colorado, streaked to his third consecutive sweep of the "King of the
Hill" Lucas Oil MLRA Series event at Junction Motor Speedway Saturday.
"What a cruiser this thing was to drive," Boen said of his car. "I
was being real careful. You hate to make a mistake early in the race. I was pacing myself, seeing if I could run
good on the bottom or the top, as long as the guys
John Anderson slips under #14 Kyle Berck
before later reeling in Al Purkey and getting by for third on the last lap. (Lloyd Collins)
weren't getting way away from me. I killed my right rear bumping
around the bottom and had to move up. It was just a great race for us. We're really happy."
Nebraska veteran Al Humphrey paced the first seven laps of the
feature and raced in the top three all evening, coming home second. "We've been struggling the last couple of years
trying to get some top finishes," said Humphrey. "We began to wonder if we really belonged here. I showed myself I
can still compete with these guys. We haven't won one of these yet, but tonight we came really close."
Kelly Boen after his second win of the
weekend at Junction Motor Speedway. (Lloyd
John Anderson made a last lap pass on Al Purkey to finish third.
"We've got a good car. I've just got to drive her. I made a few mistakes again, and I've got to clean them up,"
Disaster nearly struck Anderson early in the feature when he spun in
turn two, while running in third place. He rejoined the back of the field and worked through the pack. "I knew I
needed to be patient and stay out of trouble and pick them off. We we're going at a pretty good pace there, so I
just kept it up and kept digging," the Nebraska veteran added.
Al Purkey led 15 laps in the feature and finished fourth, while Dave Eckrich busted off his second
consecutive top five, finishing fifth. Kyle Berck lost a drive shaft in his heat race and started the feature 22nd.
In seven laps he raced up to seventh, where he stayed until a broken shock sent him to the pits for the
Boen pilots a Rocket Chassis with a Cornett Engine. He is sponsored
by Road Runner Fabrication and Pannell Chipping. This is Boen's 20th career Lucas Oil MLRA win. He moved into a tie
for 8th place on the series all time wins list. Boen has now won 8 of the last 11 Lucas Oil MLRA races at Junction,
including the last 6 consecutively.
Aug. 13 - Junction Motor
1. Kelly Boen 2. Al Humphrey 3. John Anderson 4. Al
Purkey 5. Dave Eckrich 6. Dean Moore 7. Mike Collins 8. Mike Wiarda 9. Matt Furman 10. Joe Kosiski 11.
Robbie Andersen 12. Bill Leighton 13. Andrew Kosiski 14. Steve Kempt 15. Brad Wagoner 16. Dustin Walker
17. Vince Wagoner 18. Scott Koskovich 19. Travis Dickes 20. Kyle Berck 21. Courtney Kosiski 22. Joe
Walkenhorst 23. JT Botts 24. Bo Egge
Heat winners (24 entries): Dickes, Humphrey, Boen.