NCRA and Weekly Classes Light up McCool
The NCRA late models and NASCAR weekly racing classes put on possibly the wildest night of racing of the 2014 season.
All five NASCAR weekly racing division were in action, and some of the NASCAR late models took part in competing with the NCRA super late models.
NCRA points leader Kyle Berck took the checkered flag on Saturday night. Berck took the lead from Andrew Kosiski with five laps left in the feature. Kosiski led every lap up to that point. Berck threw a slide job in turns one and two and hung on for the win. Kosiski took second, and Justin Gregg rounded out the podium.
The NASCAR late models also had a wild feature event. The race got crazy right off the start. Tyler Andreasen and Les Siebert got tangled up resulting in Andreasen rolling over. Fortunately, the Grand Island driver was uninjured. Siebert dropped out of the race later.
The incident that seemed to be the turning point of the race came with 11 laps to go when Cory Dumpert spun the 1M of Marc Peters around and brought out the yellow flag. Both Dumpert and Peters were sent to the rear of the field, but they came back to finish third and fourth.
That gave the lead to Alex Humphrey after he passed Jarred Hackler a lap before the incident. Humphrey then broke out to a commanding lead on the restart and never looked back. Meanwhile, Hackler had his hands full of Dumpert. At the checkered flag, Hackler narrowly beat out Dumpert for the second spot.
Out front however, it was all Alex Humphrey. The Giltner, Neb. driver picked up his first win since day two of the Spring Thaw in April.
The NASCAR modifieds also had a wild finish to their main event. Out front, Wade Cross was in control, but as the race went on, Cross had challenges coming from Andy Wilkinson, Kevin Larkins, Dylan Smith, and Kyle Berck.
Travis Mack had a great run going for him as he ran second for the first part of the race, but a mechanical issue knocked him out of competition. In the closing laps, Berck took the lead from Cross. A late caution made it a green-white- checkered finish. As the field went into turn one, Jacob Anson got sideways, ran over Kevin Larkins’ left front tire, and flipped over causing a big pileup that included Steve Schmitt, Scott Eaton, and Kevin Betzen. Fortunately, No one hurt in the accident.
While under red, officials said to call the race. Berck was in the lead when the call was issued, so Berck took his first win in the modified division.
The hobby stocks brought a good show for the fans as the bounty on point leader Dillon Thompson was raised to $600. Jason Wilkinson looked like he could get the money after losing to Thompson in a photo finish the week before. However, Thompson was hooked up and firing on all cylinders. The Hastings driver stayed out front and took care of business once again. Thompson took the checkered flag for the tenth time in 2014. Word is that push truck driver Allen Zimmerman has added $100 to the bounty for the next hobby stock feature when they race again on July 26.
Herb Slough made it back to victory lane in the NASCAR b-mods. The Doniphan native led all 15 laps en route to his second win of the 2014 season.
Steve Swarthout drove his number 23S to a second place finish. Point leader Rocky Zimmerman took third, Ed Huxoll got fourth, and Kyle Pecena rounded out the top five.
Point leader Tyler Barribo took the NASCAR four-cylinder feature win. It’s Barribo’s second win of the season and his first victory since changing the paint scheme on his number 14JR car. Defending track champion Steve Moock took second after winning the previous week. Justin Smallcomb, Mike Poland, and Alex Rodewald round out the rest of the top five.