Kelly Boen leads Will Vaught en route to his first win of the season in a
co-sanctioned NCRA/MARS outing at Creek County Speedway. (Ron
Bad to the Boen: Colorado Cruiser Takes Season's First Win
at Creek County NCRA/MARS
KELLYVILLE, Okla. - May
7. In just his third night out in the Terry Pannell owned #33x late model stock car, five time
series champion Kelly Boen of Henderson, Colorado wasted little time putting the car into victory lane as he
took the victory in the second night of “Showdown in the Heartland II” as the MARS DIRTCar series and the
O’Reilly/NCRA late model divisions both made their first ever appearance at Creek County Speedway.
Boen started on the pole for the 30-lap feature and wasted little time getting to the front as
the green flag fell. Third starting Al Purkey quickly drove underneath outside front row starter Will Vaught
and pressured Boen throughout the early stages of the race as the 24-car field made its way around the tight
Five car lengths separated the two front runners as they
began entering lapped traffic on lap nine. This allowed Purkey, the former two time O’Reilly/NCRA late model
champion, to close to within one car length of Boen with both drivers swapping sheet metal. This also allowed
Vaught to regain his form and make it a three car battle for the lead for the next several laps before the first
caution of the race fell at the races midway point for debris in turn two.
Al Purkey races inside of Will Vaught while chasing Kelly Boen for most of
the 30-lap distance at Creek County, but a late slip-up dropped his #33 several positions and handed second
to Vaught. (Ron
Ronnie Warman brought out a spin on the attempted restart and just one lap after going
green, the caution waved once again on lap 16 when sixth running Dean Moore, who received The Brake Man
“tough brake” award, came to a stop in turn three with mechanical problems.
The restart saw Boen quickly open a five car length advantage over Purkey with Vaught still
holding down the third position. Wallace and 11th starting Jack Sullivan, aboard the GRT Race Cars house car,
were also in the top five for the next several laps before the final caution of the evening fell on lap27
when Bill Koons spun.
The final restart with just three laps to go saw a flurry of action as Vaught ducked
underneath Purkey in turns one and two to take over the runner up
Thursday night winner Terry Phillips races Eric Turner, who advanced to
fourth place at Creek County, while Phillips had to settle for a less than satisfying eighth.
position. Purkey would look to get back that second position the next time around, trying the
top side of the track in turns one and two. But nothing was there for the Coffeyville, Kansas veteran and
Purkey would fade back to a seventh place finish.
Back up front with one lap to go, Vaught looked to have a run on Boen entering turns three and
four. But the career leader in feature wins for NCRA held off the challenge and Boen was able to hold on for
the one car length victory at the stripe.
“I wanted real bad to get this one for Terry (Pannell) as I feel I have let him down these
past three races,” said Boen in victory lane. “He was nice enough to give me a phone call over the winter to
drive his car and I was glad to do it. I am available anytime he is ready to race.” Sullivan’s charge from
11th ended with a strong third place finish while 17th starting Eric Turner came home
fourth. Wallace would settle for a fifth place finish. Kenny Schrader of Concord, North
Carolina worked his way up from his ninth starting position to finish sixth.
Twenty-nine cars did battle in the four heat races with
Moore, Boen, Wallace and Vaught picking up the ten lap victories while Turner held off Raymond Merrill for the
ten lap “B” feature honors.