Excitement-a-Plenty on Friesen Fan Appreciation Night
By Anthony Ainslie
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series was back in action at Junction Motor Speedway on Friesen Chevrolet Fan Appreciation Night.
Junction’s five weekly classes battled for valuable points in the standings as the season continues to wind down. Plus, the $750 bounty in the hobby stock division was claimed.
The bounty in the hobby stock class was won by Schuyler, Neb.’s Kyle Hein. Hein was out in front for the majority of the feature. Katie Renschler gave Hein a good challenge for the money, but she came up short and finished second.
Dillon Thompson was the man they were all trying to beat. Thompson looked like he was going to keep the bounty alive until next week, but he cut a tire in turn two with 12 laps to go. Thompson got the tire changed, but he only got up to finish third in the feature.
Tyler Barribo went back to victory lane in the Moock Auto Sales four-cylinder division. The Grand Island driver took the 14JR to victory lane for the third time in 2014. The 16-year-old is in position to win his first track championship, and with the season winding down, the points become more valuable.
Former Hobby Stock Track Champion Brent Kassik won his second b-mod feature of the 2014 season.
Kassik started on the pole and stayed out front all race long. Herb Slough and Rocky Zimmerman gave Kassik challenges for the lead, but the Milligan native showed the fast way around the Junction.
The modified division saw a first time winner another first time winner. York’s Scott Eaton claimed his first career feature win in the modified class at Junction Motor Speedway. It was an excellent performance after coming off a third place finish at U.S. 30 Speedway two days prior.
Kevin Larkins took home second place. Scott Smith got third after sustaining damage from his heat race.
Two notable drivers that didn’t start the main event were Dylan Smith and point leader Andy Wilkinson. They suffered more severe damage than Smith did in the heat race.
The NASCAR late models saw the division’s point leader Cory Dumpert in victory land for the tenth time of the season. Dumpert took the lead on the fourth lap after starting sixth.
Jered Hackler led the opening lap of the 25-lap of the feature, but he spun out on the third lap while leading. Hackler finished just outside the top ten.
J.J. Rodeman had a concerning after he stalled his number 25 in turn two. The ambulance was called over to Rodeman’s car, but it left without him. Rodeman’s night ended with his car on the hook.
Dumpert was once again firing on all cylinders. Dumpert looks like he could win the track champion. If so, He will become only the third driver to win a track title in two classes in his career at Junction Motor Speedway. The two that have done it are Andy Wilkinson and Jason Wilkinson.
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