Nascar and Lawn Mowers on Cornerstone Bank Night
By Anthony Ainslie
Cornerstone Bank sponsored the racing at Junction Motor Speedway, and the night even including racing lawn mowers.
The Nascar Whelen All-American Series took to the Junction Saturday night. Also, for the first time in JMS history, the stars of the Nebraska Lawn Mower Racing Association took to the track during intermission. Along with the lawn mowers, many race fans got discount admission tickets, and the folks of Cornerstone Bank gave away multiple prizes throughout the night. Cornerstone Bank has provided great support to the Junction, and they hope to continue to do so in the years to come.
Ten lawn mowers were on display, and nine of them raced during intermission on a small oval-style course on the front stretch. One of the drivers competing was Corey Herman who usually operates a tow truck every weekend at Junction Motor Speedway. Tony Powell took the win in the lawn mower racing exhibition.
All five Nascar weekly groups came out to gain more ground in the point standings on route to the 2014 track championships. The Nascar late model division saw a first time winner. Brandon Leonard of Gibbon, Neb. took home his first feature in after starting on the pole of the 25-lap race. His brother Josh was right on his tail throughout the entire race. Josh did lead one lap before Brandon took the lead back the next lap. Cory Dumpert missed the setup on his car and finished seventh. Jase Kaser drove Dave Cook’s number 9 Rocket chassis late model in the feature. The defending track champion put Cook’s late model in fourth when the checkered flag flew. Meanwhile, Brandon Leonard won his first feature, and brother Josh finished second. Tom Kubicka got his best finish of the year after crossing the line in third.
Kevin Larkins picked up a huge win in the Nascar modified feature. Larkins is a modified driver for Speedway Motors, and one night after the founder of Speedway Motors, “Speedy” Bill Smith, passed away, Larkins, who has won multiple championships at other race tracks, won his first race of the 2014 season at JMS.
Dillon Thompson remains undefeated in the Nascar hobby stock division. Thompson won both features on Saturday by comfortable margins. Brandon Wergin had a decent night. The Milford, Neb. driver finished second in the first feature and third in the second feature.
Rocky “Jackwagon” Zimmerman picked up his second career Nascar b-mod feature victory at Junction Motor Speedway. Zimmerman took the lead from Steve Swarthout with six laps remaining and held off all challengers.
The Nascar four-cylinder division saw a first time winner. The 92J driven by Jordan Lawhorne led flag to flag for all ten laps and scored his first win. Tyler Barribo finished a distant second, and defending track champion Steve Moock rounded out the top three.
The proud heritage of Cornerstone Bank, formerly First National Bank of York, began with a thriving town in central Nebraska where people traveled in buckboards and farmers tilled the land with horse-drawn plows. In 1882, W.A. Sharrar joined forces with other local York businessmen to establish the First National Bank of York. During this era, York College, the York Daily News Times and the York Foundry were all established. Through the depression of the 1880’s, First National continued to grow under the watchful eye of Judge Post, a highly respected attorney.
By 1911, Judge Post helped establish the First Trust Company, an affiliation of the First National Bank. However, just a year later, C.A. McCloud bought Judge Post’s interest. McCloud would prove to be a strong leader, expanding the bank even in adverse times.
As banks across the country continued to close, First National remained stable with continuously rising assets. It survived the infamous bank holiday on March 4, 1933, and a bank robbery later that year.
Four years later, C.A. McCloud died and a community leader and prominent lumberman, Elijah A. Levitt, joined the bank. Levitt had the authority to take over as president, but preferred to stay behind the scenes, concentrating on policy, securing good administrators and serving on committees within the bank. Instead, J.R. McCloud, a younger brother of C.A., took over as president of First National, and over the next 20 years, he would lead the bank through World War II, the Korean and Cold wars.
Approaching its 75th anniversary, First National had established a reputation of strength and progress throughout the community of York and the state of Nebraska. Ralph Misko served as president following the death of J.R. McCloud in 1957. Four years later, Marion Bonham succeeded Misko and brought the first drive-thru bank to York. During this time, Levitt purchased the remaining McCloud stock and served as Chairman of the boards of both First National Bank and First Trust Company until 1976, when he sold First National to Robert V. Jones, C.G. (Kelly) Holthus and Marion Bonham.
Within four years, Holthus and Jones purchased Bonham’s interest and established First York Ban Corp., a multi-bank holding company. A north banking facility was opened, and the first ATM was installed. In 1980, Levitt sold First Trust Company to Jones and Holthus, and on December 12, 1981, First National Bank and First Trust Company moved into a newly constructed, five-story building.
First Trust Company merged with First National Bank, and when Jones retired in 1995, Holthus was elected Chairman of the Board and purchased Jones’ interest. Under the Holthus family’s leadership, the bank continued to expand and in November 1997, First National Bank of York became Cornerstone Bank.
Over the next decade, Holthus helped create a presence for Cornerstone Bank in more communities, spanning from Albion to Davenport, Rising City to Shelton. The bank currently has 34 banking locations in 25 communities and has 12 insurance offices. Current assets are $1.3 billion.
Progressive leadership from the Holthus family, personal service and a thriving community has allowed Cornerstone Bank to steadily evolve and grow. And it’s because of this rich heritage that we will continue to prosper in the future.
(*Story courtesy of cornerstoneconnect.com)
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