No Egge For Eagle as Berck Rumbles to NCRA
EAGLE, Neb. – July 23. Two time and defending series champion Kyle Berck worked
through a strong field of competitors and bypassed Bo Egge late in the race to notch his first victory of the
season as the O’Reilly/NCRA late model division made a stop at Eagle Raceway during “Rumble in the Bullring” on
Travis Dickes and Bo Egge started on the front row for the 40-lap feature with Dickes taking
the lead as the green flag fell. Egge fell into the runner up position with Jason O’Brien and Terry Phillips
giving chase after lap one.
However, Dickes lead would be short lived as he would bring out the races first caution flag
as he spun exiting turn four. During the caution, four time series champion Kelly Boen, who started third, would
also exit to the pit area with problems on the rear end of his Rocket Chassis.
The attempted restart was quickly waved off when O’Brien also spun coming out of turn number
It was all green flag racing after that with Egge now taking over the top spot as he quickly
opened up a five car length lead on the restart. Phillips restarted in the runner up spot, but that lasted until
lap three when former two time series champion Al Purkey of Coffeyville, Kansas got around Phillips to take over
second and set his sights on the leader.
But Egge had worked himself up to a ten car length lead as he began to approach lapped traffic
for the first time on lap ten. This allowed Purkey to cut the deficit in half by lap fifteen with the leaders
still working lapped traffic.
At the races midway point it was still Egge, followed by Purkey, Phillips, tenth starting Eric
Turner and eleventh starting Berck, who began to make his move towards the front.
Berck, aboard the Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing/Strobel Construction sponsored Wegner Auto Ford
powered Lazer chassis, got around Turner for the fourth position on lap twenty-three and set his sights on
Back up front Egge began entering even heavier lapped traffic as drivers raced all across the
three-eighths mile clay oval. This allowed Purkey to close to within three car lengths of the lead with fifteen
laps to go.
Back behind the leaders Berck wasn’t finished as he got underneath Phillips on lap 26 and
quickly closed up on the two front runners. While Purkey and Berck were battling for the
runner up position, this allowed Egge to again stretch out his advantage to ten car lengths with just ten laps
But Berck would overtake Purkey for the runner up position one lap later and quickly caught
the front running Egge, who was working the bottom of the track. Both drivers raced side by side with five laps
to go before Berck made his move on lap 37 as he drifted high in turns three and four and dove underneath the
leader coming out of turn four to take the lead.
From then on there was no catching Berck as he led the final three laps to take his 22 career
series victory by fifteen car lengths at the finish.
“The car worked really well tonight wherever we wanted it to,” said an elated Berck
afterwards. “I didn’t think we had that good of a car early but about half way I thought we might be good enough
for a top five. I worked the top pretty good and pushed myself hard to get those guys up front. I don’t think he
“Egge” even knew I was up there and I caught him by surprise.”
Egge would settle for second and the Brake Man “tough brake” of the race, with Purkey coming
home third over Phillips and Turner in the top five.
Boen, O’Brien and Egge topped heat race action for the 27-car field while Mike Wallace beat
Corey Zeitner to pick up the 12-lap “B” feature.
July 23 - NCRA - Eagle Raceway
1, Kyle Berck. 2, Bo Egge. 3, Al Purkey. 4,
Terry Phillips. 5, Eric Turner. 6, Mike Wiarda. 7, John Anderson. 8, Evan Hubert. 9,
Jeremy Payne. 10, Dylan Smith. 11, J.D. Hubert. 12, Corey Zeitner. 13, Jase Kaser. 14,
Shawn Harker. 15, Alonzo Grosse. 16, Mike Wallace. 17, Jerry Warner. 18, Travis Dickes.
19, Jason O'Brien. 20, Delbert Smith. 21, Wylan Petrie. 22, Kelly Boen. 23, Todd Bell.
24, Craig Preble.
Heat winners: Boen, O'Brien, Egge; B Feature winners: