NCRA/CLMA: Boen Prevails as Series Debuts at Dodge
DODGE CITY, Kan. - July 31. Four-time series champion
Kelly Boen of Henderson, Colorado continued his winnings ways as he led flag to flag in winning the
O'Reilly/NCRA late models first and only event for the 2010 season at Dodge City Raceway Park Saturday.
The race was also a combined event with the CLMA DIRTCar series.
Grand Junction, Colorado's Dean Moore started on the pole
for the 30-lap feature but it was Boen quickly taking the point as the green flag fell. Boen jumped out to
a commanding half stretch lead by lap two while behind him, third starting David Brach gott around Moore for
the runner up position.
Lap four would see the first of four cautions wave when
Broken Bow, Oklahoma's Gary Christian came to a stop coming out of turn two.
Boen throttled away from the field on the restart while
behind him it was Brach, Moore, series leading rookie contender Jase Kaser and Mike Wiarda. Former
two-time series champion Al Purkey worked the top of the three-eighths mile oval to perfect as the Kansas
late model veteran started 16th and by lap five had worked his way into the sixth position.
Caution flags on lap six and 14 slowed the pace but on
each restart, Boen, aboard his Road Runner Fabrication/Peterson Fluid Systems sponsored Rocket chassis,
would keep those at bay.
At the race's midway point it was all Boen, followed
by Moore and eighth starting Even Hubert of Cross Timbers, Missouri, who had also found the top side
against the wall to his liking.
The final caution would wave on lap 18 when
Cale Gottschalk and J.T. Botts got together on the front stretch, and on the final restart,
Boen stretched out his lead while Hubert, who
had worked his way up into the runner up position and Wiarda battled for the position.
Boen's lead had opened to a half stretch with ten laps to go
but this also meant lapped traffic was once again awaiting the series all-time late model feature winner.
This allowed Hubert to close to three car lengths by lap 23.
But that would be as close as anybody would get as Boen
would once again pull away from the rest of the field in the wanning laps to record his eighth series victory
of the season.
Hubert held on for the runner up position while Kaser had
his best series finish to date in the third spot.
NCRA - Dodge City Raceway
1) Kelly Boen 2) Even Hubert 3) Jase Kaser 4) Mike
Wiarda 5) Dean Moore 6) Al Purkey 7) Corey Zeitner 8) David Brach 9) Criag Baukima 10) Vince
Wagoner 11) Wylan Petrie 12) Mark Myers 13) Steve Lewis 14) Deaton Denton 15) Kelly Dunn 16) Scott
Lewis 17) Dave Garman 18) Tyler Gottschalk 19) J.T. Botts 20) Cale Gottschalk 21) Jason Schienkolk
22) Kip Hughes 23) Gary Christian
Heat winners (26 entries): Moore, Boen, Christian,
Brach; B-Feature winner: Zeitner
Ron Mitchell photo