- May 30 - I-80 Speedway @ Nebraska Raceway Park by Sam Holbrooks


Sunset at Nebraska Raceway Park

A few raindrops threatened the Memorial Weekend MLRA/NCRA "Alphabet Soup" event at I-80 Speedway, but the skies cleared into a beautiful Nebraska sunset just as the Late Model feature was starting. (Jeff Bylsma)


Front row starter John Anderson battles fellow Nebraskan Kyle Berck (#14) for second before fading back to fifth at I-80 Speedway.

(Jeff Bylsma)

Boen Is Nuts For Soup at I-80 NCRA/MLRA Meetup

Colorado's Kelly Boen after his second win of the weekend in the "Alphabet Soup" MLRA/NCRA event at I-80 Speedway. (Jeff Bylsma)

By David Smith, Jr.

GREENWOOD, Nev. - May 30. Former series champion Kelly Boen has done just about won everything possible when it comes to the O’Reilly/NCRA late model division. However, one race that had eluded him was the annual "Alphabet Soup". You can now cross out that race on his “to do” list as the Henderson, Colorado driver took the victory Sunday at I-80 Speedway. The race was also a co-sanctioned affair with the Lucas Oil MLRA.

John Anderson, of Omaha, and Boen started on the front row with Boen jumping out to the early lead. Defending series champion Kyle Berck of Marquette, Neb. jumped into the runner up position with both drivers waging battle for the top spot for the first half of the race.

John Anderson races past Mike Wiarda in a heat race. Anderson started
8th and won his heat which gave him the pole for the feature. He then slipped back to fifth.

(Jeff Bylsma) 

Several caution periods dotted the first 20 laps of the 40-lap feature, but once pass the midway portion of the event, the rest of the distance went non-stop, with Boen picking up the victory unchallenged.

It was the third feature series feature victory of the season for Boen, the

Dave Eckrich - Kyle Berck - MLRA/NCRA Late Models

Dave Eckrich gets by #14 Kyle Berck late in the event to capture second in a strong run. (Lloyd Collins)


Brad Looney duels #95 Keith Foss before finishing fourth at I-80 Speedway.

(Jeff Bylsma)

second in a row aboard his familiar #07 Roadrunner Fabrication/Peterson Fluid Systems sponsored Rocket Chassis. Dave Eckrich got past Berck late to take over the runner up position with Brad Looney and Anderson rounding out the top five.

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Justin Asplin (77a) and Jase Kaser (15k) race for a transfer spot in the second B Main.

(Jeff Bylsma)

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NCRA/MLRA - I-80 Speedway - May 30th
1, Kelly Boen. 2, Dave Eckrich. 3, Kyle Berck. 4, Brad Looney. 5, John Anderson. 6, Keith Foss. 7, Jason O'Brien. 8, Al Purkey. 9, Eddie Kirchoff. 10, Joe Kosiski. 11, Bryant Goldsmith. 12, Kevin Kile. 13, Jase Kaser. 14, Evan Hubert. 15, Bill Koons. 16, Chris Spieker. 17, Corey Zeitner. 18, Shawn Harker. 19, Bo Egge. 20, Chad Simpson. 21, Leon Zeitner. 22, Zac Simmons. 23, Dennis Eckrich. 24, Jason Hbschiedt. 25, Chris Simpson. 26, Mike Wiarda. 27, Jerry Warner. 28, Al Humphrey. 29, Delbert Smith.
Heat Winners: Chris Simpson, Chad Simpson, Shawn Harker, Boen, Anderson;
B-Feature Winners: D.Smith, Humphrey











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