NCRA: Boen Locks Up Championship With Belleville
by John Rittenoure (Lloyd Collins photo)
BELLEVILLE, Kan. - Sept. 5.
Kelly Boen bided his time on Sunday and it payed off in a big way with a victory at the
Belleville Highbanks and the 2010 O'Reilly NCRA Late Model Series championship.
Dean Moore was
setting a torrid pace on the big half-mile and Boen was a distant second until lapped traffic allowed Boen to close
in take away the lead.
"I think if we had
a yellow he might have won it," said Boen of Moore's lead. "I was saving a little for the end and I typically do at
these races because you might run your right rear (tire) off.
"Dean (Moore) had a
great car, it was better than mine but he got unlucky in traffic and I took advantage of
Boen ran down Dean
when lapped traffic came into play and challenged Dean on lap 14. Dean held his ground but on lap 15 Boen roared
inside of Dean at they crossed the start-finish line and the two rubbed door panels as Boen gunned away with the
lead entering turn one. Boen raced unchallenged the final five laps to record his 12th victory of the
"Me and him (Dean)
are very good friends and I would never rough that guy up," said Boen of rubbing incident. "I gave him enough room.
I would not have been upset if he had beat me and I finished second.
"I was hoping to
pace myself for the end. At Belleville ten laps is a long way, fifteen laps starts to wear on you and if you are
good the last five laps a lot of times you can take advantage of it.
"My car was not
steering as good as his but it was good enough to catch him in traffic and get the win."
Boen was happy with
the track condition and the turnout of a sellout crowd for the NCRA Triple Crown event that also included Sprints
and the Modified North series.
"It was great,"
said Boen of the track conditions. "You could run anywhere on the racetrack and it was great to see all these fans
up here. This is a wonderful place to race."
Boen broke is own
record of 11 wins in a season (set in 2009) with the victory and with one race remaining on the season Boen could
potentially make it a baker's dozen. It was also his 56th NCRA career victory which tops the late model division
for wins and earned Boen his fifth Late Model crown in six years. Last year Boen lost to Kyle Berck to stop what
could have been a record streak when this years title is added.
The 20-lap feature
opened with Moore jumping off the pole to lead over Boen and Kelly Dunn. On lap seven Corey Zeitner passed Dunn for
third where he finished third behind Moore. Dunn was fourth and Jimmy Segraves rounded out the top
Belleville Highbanks -
1, Kelly Boen. 2, Dean Moore. 3,
Corey Zeitner. 4, Kelly Dunn. 5, Jimmy Segraves. 6, Dave Conkwright. 7, Shawn Harker. 8, Kurt Abell. 9,
Wylan Petrie. 10, Denton Duncan. 11, Mark Ronnebaun. DNS: Keith Heger, Ron Heger, Justin Kinderknecht,
Heat winners (16 entries): Kinderknecht, Boen