Spreading the Love on Driver Appreciation Night
By Anthony Ainslie
Race Date: 8/17/13
No matter which race track a person goes to, there is a special feeling on every night of weekly racing. It’s a one week reunion of those who share a passion for speed and performance on the dirt. The weekend warriors and their crews are mainly seen as the “regular” crowd, but they continue to do their best providing great dirt track racing for good and loyal race fans. On Saturday night, the weekend warriors of Junction Motor Speedway were given another sign of approval by the great race fans as the weekly racing program was back on schedule. The point battles are really getting tight while the racing season continues to wind down. Every race counts, and many drivers have opportunities to capitalize late in the year. It’s going to be an exciting finale to the 2013 racing season. Meanwhile, Saturday’s races were full of the excitement that the fans come to see each weekend at Junction Motor Speedway.
It was another double-feature evening for the NASCAR 4-cylinder division. Feature one saw Ed Huxoll out in front in the orange 14. Steve Moock came close to passing Huxoll for the race lead, but the track surface was not rolled in well enough. The cars were sliding in all four corners, but Huxoll found the best away around the Junction. Huxoll took the checkered flag for the second time in 2013. Huxoll is not seen in victory lane a lot, but it was very refreshing to see one of Junction Motor Speedway’s most loyal competitors pick up a victory.
Feature number two saw Dalton Siebke out in front. The track champion from two years ago led the first two laps, and then the silver number 12 of Steve Moock passed the 12D of Siebke for the lead and never looked back. Moock has provided great support for the 4-cylinder division for the past two years, and JMS thanks the former late model driver for helping out for multiple racing seasons. With eight feature wins, Steve Moock is now the winningest driver in the NASCAR 4-cylinder division.
Six NASCAR hobby stocks took center stage for two feature events on Saturday. Feature number one saw Cordova, Nebraska’s Pat Huggins out in front. While Huggins was knocking off the laps, Shane Schneider closed in on the 5HH of Huggins for the lead. With two laps remaining, Schneider used a slingshot maneuver off turn one, and the 15X shot off the bottom of turn one to take the lead from Huggins. Shane Schneider led the final two laps and collected his third win of the season.
Feature number two was a roller coaster ride as positions were exchanged lap after lap. Early on, Katie Renschler was out in front. However, Kirk Westring made the charge on Renschler and took the race lead on lap three. One lap later, Pat Huggins, Troy Paxton, and feature one winner, Shane Schneider, caused a pile up in turn two that brought out the yellow flag. Schneider and Paxton continued on while Huggins called it a night. Two laps after racing resumed, leader Kirk Westring and Troy Paxton made contact, and they went around on the back stretch to bring the yellow flag out again. That incident gave the lead back to Katie Renschler. After Renschler led the field to the restart, Shane Schneider came up and challenge the young lady from Hastings for the lead. With five to go, Schneider got past Renschler for the lead, and later in the lap, Renschler spun out on the back stretch. After that incident was cleaned up, Shane Schneider was back in control. Shane Schneider took the checkered flag and swept both feature events on Saturday. As for Renschler, she managed to beat out Troy Paxton for the second position. Despite the spinout, Katie Renschler did a fantastic job. It was one of her best runs of the season. Meanwhile, Shane Schneider became the second winningest hobby stock driver at JMS with four A feature wins.
The Bmods were up next for 18 laps of excitement. The first three laps of the race were led by former hobby stock and 2-man cruiser champion, Brent Kassik. The familiar black and orange 21K of Kassik has been to victory lane once since joining the Bmods, and he was looking for win number two. His lead was short-lived as the 42 of Kevin Betzen went past Kassik for the lead on lap four. Betzen was not in the clear just yet because the 71 of Rocky Zimmerman made a charge for the lead. Zimmerman hung around Betzen for many laps, but the former hobby stock driver from Ayr, Nebraska could not get around Betzen. Zimmerman finished the race with a good second place finish. It was a valiant effort for a loyal Junction Motor Speedway driver. Meanwhile, Kevin Betzen was in a league of his own out front. The David City, Nebraska native raced to victory lane for the fifth time in 2013 which ties him with reigning track champion, Tony Rost, for the most feature wins at JMS in the NASCAR Bmods in the 2013 season.
The Modifieds were back in action for a 20-lap shootout, and former JMS Bmod champion, Jeremy Leiting, set the pace out front early. With 17 laps left, the 3X of Bob Lawson took over the race lead, but it was not over at that moment. Shane Stutzman was on the charge and challenged Lawson for the lead. However, the 55 from Milford could not make it around Lawson. Andy Wilkinson and Tyler Iverson were on the move in a big way. Wilkinson powered his way into the top three, but the 15 pulled into the infield with three laps to go. Iverson went on to finish fourth. Out in front, it was Bob Lawson. Lawson is in his first full season at Junction Motor Speedway, and he showed why he is a force to be reckoned with on Saturday. The 3X out of Cairo, Nebraska raced to victory lane for the first time in 2013 making him the sixth different feature winner in Junction Motor Speedway’s modified division.
To finish out Driver Appreciation night, the NASCAR late models took center stage. In the 25-lap main event, Micah Veleba was out in front early. The 30 of Veleba from Sutton managed to lead the first 12 laps of the race. With 13 to go, Cory Dumpert made the pass on the inside of turn one for the lead. Micah Veleba powered the number 30 to a second place finish, his best main event finish of the 2013 season at JMS. It was a very strong run for the Sutton, Nebraska driver. Although Veleba finished second, he had to earn it because the 43 of Matt Buller was hot on Veleba’s tail as the laps counted down. The biggest incident came with six laps to go when the 105 of Denton Buller flipped over and stopped in the turn one entrance upside-down. Denton Buller is a very loyal JMS late model driver from York, and thankfully, Buller climbed out of the car and managed to wave to the fans to show them that he was okay. It was a very tough break for one of the most familiar faces at the Junction. The 105 car left the track with much of its body panels twisted and smashed and with a last place finish. When racing got back under way, Cory Dumpert was out in control of the lead. Despite a spin later in the race, the 77 from York, Nebraska went to victory lane once again. This is Dumpert’s ninth feature victory. It does not look like it from his performance, but 2013 is actually Dumpert’s second full season of late model racing at JMS. In his rookie season, Dumpert picked up one feature win. Now, he has nine with a couple of weeks left in the season.
On behalf of Delmar Friesen and the entire JMS staff, thank you to all of the great race fans for coming out for another exciting night of weekly racing action at Junction Motor Speedway. Thank you to all the drivers for participating in Driver Appreciation night. There are only two weeks of racing left before we crown the 2013 track champions. It’s going to be a crazy couple of weeks. Also, September 7 is the return of the ASCS sprint car series. The NCRA sprint car series will team up with the ASCS to provide the last chance to catch open-wheel racing at the Junction. The big fall finale, the McCool 100 is also coming up. The big two-day show is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20. There aren’t many races left, but we hope to see all of the great race fans back in the grandstand as the 2013 season begins to wind down at Junction Motor Speedway.
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