It Ain’t Over til it’s Over
By Anthony Ainslie
Junction Motor Speedway featured a few nail-biting moments during Saturday’s weekly racing program.
Junction’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series was back in action, and despite a chilly evening, the feature events gave the fans nail-biting, breath-holding moments.
The NASCAR late models put on a spectacular show, and so far, possibly their best feature of the young 2014 season. Marc Peters was the leader for the first nine laps until Josh Leonard took the lead away. It wasn’t long before the 85 of Leonard had a challenge from Alex Humphrey. Humphrey made the pass on Leonard for the lead around 15 laps to go. As Humphrey was leading the pack, Cory Dumpert was charging through the pack.
The intensity level reached its peak on a restart with three laps remaining. Humphrey was the leader, and Dumpert was sitting behind Leonard in third. Dumpert passed Leonard on the restart and then set his sights on Humphrey. On the final lap, Humphrey and Dumpert went into turn three, and Humphrey jumped the cushion, which gave Dumpert the chance to strike. At the checkered flag, Dumpert edged out Humphrey by half a car length. The York native finished off the night with some victory doughnuts before making his way to victory lane for the third time this year.
There was excitement in the air as well for the NASCAR modified feature. Wade Cross, running his first full season at JMS, looked like he was on the verge of winning his first feature. Coming down with two laps to go, Cross slipped up in turn four, which gave the lead ultimately to defending track champion, Tyler Iverson. Iverson took the checkered flag for the second time this year at the Junction.
Hastings’ Dillon Thompson scored back-to-back feature wins in the NASCAR hobby stock division. Thompson was untouchable as he took the checkered flag both times on Saturday.
Milligan, Neb.’s Brent Kassik took the checkered flag after leading flag to flag. The former JMS hobby stock great won his second career NASCAR b-mod feature at JMS and his first win at the track since 2010, when the b-mods were brand new to the speedway.
While Kassik was out in front, Tyler Mark and Rocky Zimmerman put on a whale of show battling lap after lap for the second spot. Zimmerman finished in the second spot when all was said and done.
It was another victory for Chapman, Neb.’s Dalton Siebke in the NASCAR four-cylinder division. The former track champion fended off the likes of past feature winner Jesse Lewis and Tyler Barribo to take home his second win of the season.
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