Junction Beats Mother Nature
By Anthony Ainslie
Junction Motor Speedway got its weekly racing program and SLMR feature complete before a storm hit McCool Junction Saturday night.
The SLMR super late models accompanied Junction’s Nascar Whelen All American Series on a windy and stormy Saturday night. It was a race to get all six feature events in before Mother Nature’s wrath took over, and the Junction completed the entire program before severe weather took to the track.
Saturday’s 25-lap SLMR feature saw defending series champion Kyle Berck out in front early. Berck led the race up until the halfway mark when he got into lapped traffic. Berck got held up in traffic, and that was when Brian Kosiski and Tad Pospisil got past Berck for first and then for second.
Brian Kosiski was then out in front for good. Pospisil gave it all he had, but the 52 of Kosiski was hooked up and firing on all cylinders. The son of former super late model driver, Steve Kosiski, took the checkered flag for his first ever SLMR feature win. Pospisil finished second, and Berck took third. Missile chassis cars swept the top three spots in the feature.
The Nascar late models had a great 25-lap feature of their own. Early on, Tyler Andreasen in his white and green number 13T was in control. It wasn’t until a restart with 11 laps to go when Andreasen saw his lead and what could’ve been his first win disappear. Cory Dumpert and Jase Kaser got around Andreasen, and from there, it was all Dumpert. Dumpert took the checkered flag and added 40 more points to his points lead over Alex Humphrey in the weekly late model point standings at JMS.
It was another special win for modified driver and Speedway Motors employee, Kevin Larkins. Saturday was a special celebration of the life of the late “Speedy” Bill Smith, former owner of Speedway Motors. On the night of the celebration held at Speedway Motors in Lincoln, Larkins took the number 4X modified out to Junction, and he held off a hard charging Dylan Smith in order to claim his second feature win at JMS in 2014.
It was another clean sweep for Hastings hobby stock driver, Dillon Thompson. He took both checkered flags on Saturday night and extended his points lead.
Brandon Wergin and David Dembowski had rough nights. Both drivers were involved in a crash in the first feature. Both drivers were uninjured, but neither of them made it to the second feature.
Nascar four-cylinder point leader Tyler Barribo got his first win of the season on Saturday. Barribo took the lead after Dalton Siebke hit the turn two wall hard while leading. Siebke was uninjured. After a caution on the final lap while Barribo was leading, the checkered flag was thrown on the feature. Barribo got a good boost in the points thanks to his victory.
Herb Slough of Doniphan picked up his first victory of the 2014 season at the Junction in the Nascar b-mod class. Slough fended off an onslaught of attacks for the lead from Justin Bell. The Deshler native was all over the 15J of Slough. Still, Slough proved too much, and he took the checkered flag.
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