MLRA/Cornbelt Clash: Cornhusker Classic, Night One Gives Berck
Season's First Series Win
GGREENWOOD, Neb. - Sept. 23. Kyle Berck passed Jason Rauen on
lap nine and never looked back as he cruised to his first Lucas Oil MLRA win of the season Friday in the Cornhusker
Classic at I-80 Speedway.
"We have won several races with the SLMR Series and in the modified,
but hadn't picked off a win in the open series. It's nice to do that, even though it's the end of the year," stated
Berck in AAA Missouri Victory Lane. Berck had
Denny Eckrich won his heat and took
second in the main event at I-80 Speedway. (Andrew
several solid runs in previous Lucas Oil MLRA competition this year, scoring two second place finishes and
a fifth place run.
|John Anderson posted a third place finish in his home
state. (Andrew Towne)
"This track's been good to me this year, and it certainly feels like
home here. The car was really good on the bottom and the top," the Nebraska native added.
The initial restart was waved off when Kelly Boen and Al Humphrey
made contact while coming to the green flag. Racing was intense through the field over the opening 10 laps with
several drivers swapping spots and others coming through the field. Joe Kosiski brought out the only other caution
on lap 10 when he broke a tie rod. The cushion built in each corner as the race progressed. Berck found it and set
an unbelievable pace in the final 15 laps. Denny Eckrich finished second, and John Anderson was third.
The pit area at I-80 Speedway.
Cornhusker Classc, Night
1. Kyle Berck, 2. Denny Eckrich, 3.
John Anderson, 4. Jason Rauen, 5. Chad Simpson, 6. Tim Isenberg, 7. Al Humphrey, 8. Dave Eckrich, 9.
Travis Dickes, 10. Leon Zeitner, 11. Kelly Boen, 12. Al Purkey, 13. Chris Simpson, 14. Jason Utter, 15.
Rob Moss, 16. John Hampel, 17. Jill George, 18. Mike Wiarda, 19. Justin Zeitner, 20. Dustin Walker, 21.
Charlie McKenna, 22. Joe Walkenhorst, 23.Steve Kempt, 24. Dylan Smith, 25. Joe Kosiski, 26. Mike
Collins, 27. Justin Mitchell, 28. Kevin Sather
Heat winners (47 entries): Rauen, McKenna, Boen, Denny Eckrich, Berck; B-Main winners: Dave Eckrich,
Joe Orth photo