Banking on a Good Time
By Anthony Ainslie
Anyone in the racing community can tell a person on the street that auto racing is expensive. Thankfully, on Saturday, Cornerstone Bank was at the track to bring the racing action for “Christmas in July” at Junction Motor Speedway. The United States Marine Corps was also on hand collecting donations for “Toys for Tots.” All five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly racing divisions were at it again as the races for the track championships grew even tighter. The summer winds were hot, but the racing on the track was even hotter as a great crowd got to witness another night of some of the best weekly racing action in America’s heartland.
Double feature events were the name of the game in the NASCAR 4-cylinder division. In main number one, it was all Dalton Siebke. The points champ from two years ago showed the fast way around in dominating fashion. Siebke took the checkered flag for the sixth time this season to become the winningest driver in the NASCAR 4-cylinder division.
Feature number two was packed with excitement. Steve Moock, Dalton Siebke, David Dembowski, and Ed Huxoll all fought it out for the second main event win of the night. One moment it was Huxoll out in front. The next time it was Moock, and then Dembowski would get a run, and soon after that, Siebke looked like he could sweep the night. It was a furious battle for the top spot. The big moment came with about five laps to go. A couple of laps prior, Moock and Dembowski were trading paint at every turn. Push turned into shove with five to go when Dembowski caught Moock’s left rear fender and sent Moock around in turn three. On the restart, Dembowski got a great charge and got past Huxoll and Siebke for the race lead and never looked back. Dembowski earned his second victory of 2013, and the Grand Island native became the third driver in the 4-cylinder division with multiple feature wins.
A double feature event night was in store for the weekly heroes of the hobby stocks. In main event number one, the young lady from Hastings, Katie Renschler, started on the outside of the front row with Timothy Miller to her inside on the pole. Renschler led the opening lap, but was swarmed by the pack at the start of lap two as Timothy took the lead from her. Miller then set himself on cruise control, and no one could get within striking distance of the 27 from Grand Island. Miller raced to victory lane and became the fifth driver in the hobby stock division with two wins and the sixth multiple feature winner in the class.
Main number two saw Aurora’s Greg Gimpel wasting no time getting out to the front. Like Miller in the first feature, Gimpel broke out into the lead and did not have a challenge from the rest of the field. Gimpel took home his fourth victory of the 2013 season. The Aurora, Nebraska driver now is the winningest driver in the NASCAR hobby stocks at JMS.
The NASCAR Bmods took center stage for an 18-lap main event. Early on, former hobby stock and two-man cruiser driver and multi-time track champion, Brent Kassik, led the opening laps. His lead was short lived after an early yellow flag. On the restart, Tony Rost jumped out onto the top side to take the lead and then set sail on his way to another feature win. Point leader, Kevin Betzen battled through the pack all he could. Despite his efforts, Betzen only powered his way up to second place. Meanwhile, Tony Rost was untouchable. The 69 from Utica, Nebraska absolutely blew the field away, and with his fifth victory of 2013, Rost is the winningest driver in the NASCAR Bmods at JMS.
Surprisingly, the NASCAR late models did not close out the night. Their 25-lap finale was the second to last race of the already wild night of dirt racing. Waverly, Nebraska’s Jake Bridge led the opening lap. The other 24 were led by a familiar face at Junction Motor Speedway, the 77 of Cory Dumpert put on another dominating performance. Jase Kaser tried to give chase to Dumpert, but the former stock car track champion from York was just too fast. Dumpert continued his outbreak of a season by taking home his sixth win of 2013 at JMS, making it 7 total for the year. One year after his rookie season, Dumpert is just three wins from the record for the most wins in a single season in the NASCAR late models at Junction Motor Speedway. Jase Kaser picked up ten feature wins last year, one win better than Craig Preble’s 2010 season that resulted with Preble finishing second in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national point standings. In previous seasons in the late model division, it seems that one to two drivers will break out and generate incredible performances week after week. 2013 has been no exception.
To close out another adrenaline filled night of racing, the always-thrilling NASCAR modifieds took to the oval for 20 laps of wheel-to-wheel action. Early on, Stacy Stava was the head of the class. The Lincoln, Nebraska driver has already won at Junction Motor Speedway twice in her career, and from how she was driving on a slippery racing surface, it was beginning to look like the young lady was going to shock the Junction once again. However, her chances of a third JMS victory were blown away on a restart following an early caution. As Stava led the field off of turn four to take the green flag, Stava did not take off well, and the 15 of Andy Wilkinson blasted right past her. Stava continued to drop a bit further back in the pack, but she was able to finish the race in sixth. Up front, it was between Andy Wilkinson and Tyler Iverson for the win. On a later restart Iverson found the bite on the bottom that he needed, and the 98T caught and passed the 15 of Wilkinson for the lead. Iverson defended the lead from Wilkinson with every ounce of power his car could pump out. It came down to a two-lap shootout after a Scott Eaton caution on the final lap. On the restart, Wilkinson ran up to the top side of turn one, but Iverson managed to beat Wilkinson there to close the door on Wilkinson’s chances. Tyler Iverson ran the final two laps out in front to take the checkered flag. This made Tyler Iverson a three-time feature winner in 2013 at JMS.
On behalf of Delmar Friesen and the entire JMS staff, thank you goes out to a spectacular crowd for attending “Christmas in July” at Junction Motor Speedway. Thanks goes out to Cornerstone Bank for sponsoring the races and for continued support of Junction Motor Speedway. A special thanks goes out to the members of the United States Marine Corps. for coming out to collect donations for “Toys for Tots.” Thanks to everyone who gave. Next week, the rodeo will be in town, so there will be no racing. The week after that, Saturday July 27th is Rockn’ Racers Kids Club Night and the action picks back up from where it left off Saturday. We hope to see all the loyal and supportive fans back in the grandstands at Junction Motor Speedway.
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