Kelly Boen after his first of two wins over the weekend in
MLRA action at Thunder Hill Speedway. (Lloyd
MLRA: Boen Sweeps
Two Nights of "Thunder on the
|Al Purkey (left) visits the Terry Phillips pit area before
nudging Brad Looney out in the main event and leaving the race track tied with Looney for the
lead in the MLRA title chase.(Lloyd
MAYETTA, Kan. - Oct. 8-9. Kelly Boen flew from the tenth place
starting position to capture night one of Thunder on the Hill on Friday, then on Saturday, the Henderson, Colorado
ace drove past Al Purkey after one lap and led the remainder for another $5,000 victory as Thunder Hill Speedway
hosted the Midwest LateModel Racing Association (MLRA) for two nights.
Before ducking into the pits early on, Gary Christian
makes a run at another #58 car driven by Iowa's Dave Eckrich and #29 Billy Koons. (Lloyd Collins)
Boen and his two-week-old Rocket were lightning fast from the start of the evening on
Friday. The new car proved to be a keeper, awarding Boen his 17th career win with the Lucas Oil MLRA. The Road
Runner Fabrication and Peterson Fluid Systems sponsored race car has been in the Lucas Oil MLRA Victory Lane 5
times in the 2010 season.
|Billy Moyer, Jr. and Jack Sullivan (seated) share some
quality time at Thunder Hill. (Lloyd
Terry Phillips battled with Purkey for the top spot through the
first few laps of the Lucas Cattle Company A Feature on Friday, while points leader Brad Looney battled with tenth
starting Boen early in the race for the fourth spot as the #25 of Chad Simpson pulled away from the two
Up front, Purkey caught Phillips and ran side by side for the
lead before a caution on lap 10. Jason O'Brien made a quick pit stop and returned to the track after bringing out
the only caution of the 25-lap feature. After the restart Phillips and Purkey remained out front with Boen closing
in quickly. At lap 13, Boen dived down to the inside of turns three and four to take both Purkey and Phillips for
first. Boen continued to put track between the second place contenders until the checkers flew. With Purkey
dropping back to fourth to edge out Looney for the spot, Simpson was able to squeak by Phillips as the two captured
second and third.
By edging out Looney for the fourth spot, the Kansas driver
tied the Lucas Oil MLRA 2010 points leader for first. Both Looney and Purkey have new cars. Looney took his 2010
Victory Circle M1 by Moyer for its first laps around a track Friday in Mayetta. Purkey's new colors look sharp on
the new Shaw by Purkey that is only three races old.
Sixth finishing Jeremy Payne finished just in front of points
contender Dave Eckrich, who dropped to third by 22 points behind the tied leaders.
Al Purkey holds a narrow lead for a lap before #01 Kelly
Boen took charge for the remainder on the second night of racing at Thunder Hill. (Lloyd Collins)
On Saturday, Boen made it a
double after two nights of racing at Thunder Hill Speedway. Saturday's victory made number 18 in Boen's MLRA
career. Boen came into the night with an average finish of 4.4 this season with the series. His #07 started on the
outside of row one for the feature, alongside Purkey.
After battling Alan Vaughn for several laps, #25 Chad Simpson gets
under Al Purkey late in the race to finish second. Purkey left the weekend's second event with a four-point lead
over Brad Looney. (Lloyd
Al Purkey led lap one of the 35 lap main event before Boen sped by on lap two to lead the
remainder. Chad Simpson and Alan Vaughn fought neck and neck for several laps for third before a caution on lap 10
as Evan Hubert brought out the yellow and retired to the pit area for the evening.
The restart gave Purkey a shot at
Boen, but the #07 was dialed in. Simpson caught up to Purkey and gave the second spot a run, eventually
capturing the position and holding on until the checkers. Purkey remained in third, with Delbert Smith and Brad
Looney wrapping up the top five positions.
Brad Looney duels #1 Jack
Sullivan during the early laps on the second night of racing at Thunder Hill. Looney's fifth place finish - one shy
of Al Purkey - allowed Purkey a scant four-point cushion going into the final race of the season next
weekend. (Lloyd Collins)
NOTES: Twenty-five of the Midwest's best
drivers made their way to Thunder Hill Speedway on Friday. With nearly 150 total cars filling the pits the
high-banked, 3/8 mile track and beautiful weather, fans flowed in throughout the evening.
*Simpson led every lap of the first heat race over Looney,
while Alan Vaughn was solid in third.
*In Friday's first heat race, Chad Simpson started from the
pole and lead the entire 10 laps, leading Brad Looney and Alan Vaughn. Boen started last in the heat and worked his
way around the field to finish fourth.
* Doing double-duty in both a Late Model and a Modified racer,
Omaha's John Anderson led most of the third heat race before he gave up the lead to Purkey on the white flag lap,
then jumped the cushion in the last turn and fell back to fourth behind Purkey, Payne, and Eckrich. Bill Koons spun
early in the race.
* After checking out with Jack Sullivan in the last heat, Terry
Phillips made the winning pass late in the race and won ahead of Sullivan. J.D. Hubert, who started on the last
row, advanced to third to earn a second row starting spot for the feature.
Henderson, Colorado's Kelly Boen after his second win of
the weekend at Thunder Hill Speedway.(Lloyd
* "Thunder on the Hill" proved to
be a game changer in the series points battle. Purkey finished heat one in first while tied points leader Brad
Looney came in third. Purkey and Looney tied for the points lead Friday. Purkey started the feature on the pole and
finished third, with Looney starting tenth and taking the fifth
position. With one event left in the series schedule, Purkey led Looney by four points at the end of the
* In Saturday's first heat,
polesitter Billy Moyer, Jr. quickly lost the lead to Purkey, but finally finished a close second, with Looney
starting and finishing third.
* Vaughn led all the way in the
second heat, with Simpson working by Gary
Christian, then Joe Kosiski to finish second.
Delbert Smith led all 10 laps of the third
heat, while Boen passed his way to a second place finish and the passing points to earn an outside pole start for
the feature. Terry Phillips battled with Justin Asplin for third before
finally passing pn lap eight of 10.
Oct. 3 - MLRA - Thunder Hill
1. Kelly Boen, 2. Chad Simpson, 3. Terry Phillips, 4.
Al Purkey, 5. Brad Looney, 6. Jeremy Payne, 7. Dave Eckrich, 8. Eric Turner, 9. Alan Vaughn, 10.
Jack Sullivan, 11. Bill Koons, 12. Evan Hubert, 13. Billy Moyer, Jr., 14. J.D. Hubert, 15. Delbert
Smith, 16. Joe Kosiski, 17. Billy Koons, Jr., 18. Justin Asplin, 19. Jason O'Brien, 20. Dave
Conkwright, 21. Keith Lewandowdski, 22. John Anderson, 23. Shawn Lee, 24. Gary Christian, 25. Scott
Heat winners (25 entries): Purkey,
Oct. 4 - MLRA - Thunder Hill
1. Kelly Boen, 2. Chad Simpson, 3. Al Purkey, 4. Delbert Smith, 5.
Brad Looney, 6. Terry Phillips, 7. Jeremy Payne, 8. Dave Eckrich, 9. Jack Sullivan, 10. Joe
Kosiski, 11. J.D. Hubert, 12. Eric Turner, 13. Jason O'Brien, 14. Bill Koons, 15. John Anderson,
16. Justin Asplin, 17. Alan Vaughn, 18. Gary Christian, 19. Billy Koons, Jr., 20. Scott Koskovich,
21. Joe Walkenhorst, 22. Dave Conkwright, 23. Shawn Lee, 24. Evan Hubert, 25. Billy Moyer,
Heat winners (25 entries): Simpson, Phillips, Purkey.
Lloyd Collins photo