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NCRA: It Just Keeps Boen and Boen at Mid-Nebraska

David Smith, Jr.

DONIPHAN, Neb. – July 16.  Four-time series champion Kelly Boen of Henderson, Col. continued his mastery of Mid-Nebraska Speedway on Friday as he took home the victory in the opening night of the O’Reilly Auto Parts/National Championship Racing Association "Late Model Nationals".

Two-time and defending series champion Kyle Berck of Marquette, Neb. started on the pole for the 30-lap feature and quickly set the pace on the rest of the field. Berck led the first five laps but would quickly get a series challenge from Boen.

On lap seven while battling for the lead, both drivers got together coming out of turn two, causing Berck to slow with a flat tire and return to the tail of the field after a replacement.

The restart saw Boen, aboard the Road Runner Fabrication/Peterson Fluid Systems sponsored mount, throttle away from the rest of the field lead the final distance to take his sixth victory of the season and ninth in a row at Mid-Nebraska Speedway.

We were both racing and you get tight racing with some lap cars in there and we’re both going for the lead so those are the kind of things that happen,” Boen said. “There’s really nobody to blame and I’m really sorry he had a flat tire. It would have been nice to see us both keep going and see what happened.”

Fifth starting Denny Eckrich of Tiffin, Iowa worked his way up into the third position behind Boen and Berck by lap three and while on Boen's rear bumper on the lap seven restart, couldn’t make a serious challenge for the lead and settled for the runner up position. Former series champion Delbert Smith of Wichita, Kan. had a strong run to finish third while 11th starting Cory Zeitner, who came into the evening second behind Boen in the series points, came home fourth. Berck, a former two-time NCRA late model nationals champion, rebounded from his earlier flat tire to round out the top five.

 

NCRA - Mid-Nebraska Speedway - July 16
1) Kelly Boen 2) Denny Eckrich 3) Delbert Smith 4) Corey Zeitner 5) Kyle Berck 6) Dylan Smith 7) Dean Moore 8) Bo Egge 9) Travis Dickes 10) Jace Kaser 10) Mike Wiarda 11) Al Humphrey 12) Alonzo Grosse 13) Randy Hall 14) Ron Tex 15) Steve Kempt 16) Jerry Kempt 17) Jerry Warner 18) Will Brack 19) Wylan Petrie 20) Cliff Morrow 21) Jason O'Brien 22) Gary Gorby
Heat winners (22 entries): Kaser, Berck, Smith; B-Feature winner: Dickies
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