Sprints, Lites, and Classics invade the Junction
By Anthony Ainslie
Race date: 9/7/13
Saturday night saw four racing groups to tackle the banks of Junction Motor Speedway. The Outlaw Vintage Lites visited the Junction along with the Good Old Time Racing Association, and for the first time, the Midwest Classic Stock Car Association. However, the night was headlined by the NCRA and ASCS Midwest Region sprint car series. A&L Sales was on hand to help bring the racing program to Junction Motor Speedway, and with a great crowd packing the bleachers, it was going to be a whale of a night of dirt track racing in the state of Nebraska.
The first group that took center stage on this special Saturday night was the Outlaw Vintage Lite Racing Series. Early on, Brandon Spanjer was out in front. Spanjer led the first half of the race until he lost the lead on a restart with 8 laps to go. On the start, Danny Morrison got a great run on the outside ,and he went around the 15 of Spantr in his red number 14M car. Morrison Had a late challenge from Brian Davidson, but the 14M of Morrison was on a rail on this night. Bennington, Kansas’s Danny Morrison raced to victory lane in the Outlaw Vintage Lite Racing Series.
Next was the first ever “A” feature at Junction Motor Speedway for the Midwest Classic Stock Car Association. Ryan Cech led the first lap, but on the very next lap, Cech went three-wide with Eric Cerny and Mike Genskow. As the trio came out of turn four, Genskow’s 1968 Ford Falcon came off the bottom and took the lead. The 29G of Genskow went the rest of the way to claim the victory in the Midwest Classic Stock Car Association’s first ever visit to Junction Motor Speedway.
The Good Old Time Racing Association was up next for a 15-lap feature event. The 31 of John Ferguson from Fremont, Nebraska led the opening circuit. On the second lap, the race was led by the other Ferguson in the field. Jeff Ferguson took the lead as John Ferguson dropped to the rear of the field. While Jeff Ferguson was out in front, he soon got all sorts of pressure from the 1 of John Orlowski and the 42 of James Sylvester. Orlowski and Sylvester were all over the back bumper of Ferguson as the race for the lead intensified lap after lap. The big moment came with three laps remaining. Bob Workmeister ran up the side of the turn four berm, and the 32W from Omaha got sideways and rolled over one time. Thankfully, Workmeister climbed out and walked away from his car. When racing resumed, it was still Ferguson, Orlowski, and Sylvester in the race for the lead. Ron Stohlman made it a four-car battle for the lead late in the race, but young Jeff Ferguson holds off three hard charging GOTRA veterans and won his first main event victory at Junction Motor Speedway.
To close out the night, 20 of the greatest sprint car pilots took to the Junction for a 25-lap main event. Wyatt Berks and Greg Bakker started on the front row, and on the start, Bakker jumped to the early lead. His lead was short-lived as Berks made the pass for the lead with 23 to go. On a restart from a Jordon Boston yellow flag, Berks got a good start, but he had a challenge coming from Lincoln, Nebraska’s Don Droud Jr. Droud, who has competed in the main event at the Knoxville Nationals in past years, was all over the 11W of Berks as the laps continued to click off the scoreboard. A scary incident occurred with 18 laps to go as Billy Alley from Lincoln, Nebraska ran right into the turn three wall and rolled his number 3 car violently between turns three and four. Alley was running in position number twelve at the time of his crash. Thankfully, Billy Alley walked away from the wreck under his own power. On the restart, Berks continued to receive pressure from the 2 of Don Droud Jr. For two laps, Berks and Droud went back and forth exchanging slide jobs for the lead, but with 12 laps to go, Droud got the run he needed, and the number 2 of Droud was out in front. While Droud and Berks did battle, Jack Dover was working his way up through the pack, and in the closing laps, Dover put the number 53 in position to win. The race came down to the final lap. Don Droud Jr. was out in front with the 53 of Jack Dover closing in quickly. Droud had lap traffic ahead of him, and what happened as Droud and Dover entered turn three for the final time was not for the faint of heart. Droud got caught up with a slow car halfway through three and four, and Dover made the winning pass for the lead on the topside of turn four. The man known as the “Gas Man” from Springfield, Nebraska stole the show from a well-seasoned veteran in Don Droud Jr. Jack Dover won in shocking fashion one night after picking up a win at Adams County Speedway the night before. It was one of the greatest passes in Junction Motor Speedway sprint car racing history.
On behalf of Delmar Friesen and the entire JMS staff, thank you to all the fans for coming out to watch an amazing night of racing at Junction Motor Speedway. Special thanks goes to A&L Sales for presenting the night’s racing actions. Thanks to the Outlaw Vintage Lite Racing Series, Good Old Time Racing Association, Midwest Classic Stock Car Association, NCRA and ASCS sprint car series for coming out and putting on a spectacular racing program. The next time we go racing at JMS will be the final race of the season. The McCool 100 is next up on the calendar. Late models, modifieds, Bmods, hobby stocks, 4-cylinders, 2-man cruisers, and stock cars will all be on hand to take center stage for two days of racing. We hope to see everyone back in the bleachers for the final two nights of racing at Junction Motor Speedway.
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