College Kids and SLMR at the Junction
By Anthony Ainslie
Parents always encourage kids to stay in school. On Saturday at Junction Motor Speedway, the students of Southeast Community College of Milford, Nebraska showed what can happen if students dedicate themselves to study hard and to keep working hard in their fields of study. A group of automotive technology students came out from Milford to the Junction to show off one of the most interesting competitions in the automobile industry. Two groups went head to head to build and start up an engine. In just under fifteen minutes, both teams built their engines completely and fired them up right in front of a great crowd. It was a spectacular show for a very great race day at JMS.
SCC was not the only special guests in the house on Saturday. The fans of the Junction got to witness the SLMR super late models. It was their first show of 2013 on Saturday, and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly classes were in action as well. It was the best weather of the season. With barely any wind blowing, and the heat cooling off before the features, it was an absolutely gorgeous night for slinging dirt around the Junction. It was also a night to honor all fathers in the audience. Speedway Motors helped out with four gift certificates that were handed out through out the night.
It was another double-feature night for the NASCAR 4-cylinder division. Race number one saw Ed Huxoll and former track champion, Dalton Siebke, battle it out for the race lead. Huxoll fought off Siebke all he could, but the 12D of Siebke got past the 14 of Huxoll with four laps left in the race. Siebke lead the rest of the distance to capture his third feature win of the season.
In race number two, it was all about the reigning track champion, the 12 of Steve Moock. Dalton Siebke was in a good battle with David Dembowski for second, but neither Dembowski nor Siebke had anything for Steve Moock. Moock lead flag to flag to pick up his third win of the season.
The NASCAR hobby stocks also had double features. On Saturday, it was all about the drivers from Iowa. Three hobby stock drivers came over from Iowa because racing at the Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa was rained out, and they showed up in a big way. The Iowa drivers decided the wins in both features. In race number one, Clarinda, Iowa’s Andy Davidson and Kiel Britain battled it out for the win. Earlier in the race, Shane Schneider tried to show the Iowa drivers a thing or two as he lead the opening laps, but he spun out with five laps to go. Kiel Britain took the lead on the restart, and the battle between he and Andy Davidson escalated in the final laps. On the last lap, Britain and Davidson were side-by-side coming down to the checkered flag. Davidson found the power when he needed it the most and was able to just edge out Britain at the line. It was an exciting way for Andy Davidson to capture his first hobby stock victory at JMS.
Race number two for the hobby stocks saw Andy Davidson in the hunt for his second win in one night. Early on, JMS regulars, Troy Paxton and Shane Schneider lead the first few laps, but the two ended up spinning in turns three and four while running at the front of the pack. Terry Tritt inherited the lead from that incident, and it looked like it was Tritt that was going to get his first win of the season, but he got into an incident with Troy Paxton on the backstretch with 8 laps remaining, hitting the wall for a second time this season. On the restart, it was Kiel Britain from Clarinda, Iowa in the race lead. Two laps after the restart, the 21D of Andy Davidson took the lead from Britain and led the rest of the way to capture his second win in one night. Davidson and Britain finished first and second in both main events. The other driver from Iowa, Luke Ramsey from Bedford, finished fourth in the first feature and fifth in the second.
The NASCAR late models took to the track for a 25 lap main event after the hobby stocks. Marc Peters lead the first lap in his number 1M, but the very next lap, the lead was taken by the 77 of Cory Dumpert. Brian Kosiski caused the only caution in the feature when he spun on the sixth lap. One of the stories of the day in the late models was Alex Humphrey. Humphrey borrowed Bill Kubik’s 14 car after he had a scary crash in his SLMR heat race that totaled his number 16H car. Humphrey finished eighth in the main event, but out front, it was all Cory Dumpert. The former stock car track champion picked up his fourth win of the season. We are now in the middle of June, and Cory Dumpert already is looking like he will have a record season. It has been a huge improvement after picking up one win in his rookie season in the late model division.
The Bmods took center stage for 18 laps around JMS in their main event, and early on, Benedict, Nebraska’s Tyler Mark was in control. Only two caution flags held up the main event as Travis Thelander spun with 11 laps to go, and Preston Gigax broke down on the track six laps later. During the green flag laps, as Mark was turning laps around JMS as the leader, Kevin Betzen was on the move up to the top spot. Betzen started ninth at the drop of the green flag, and he was able to pass Mark for the race lead one lap before Gigax had problems. Tony Rost also started mid-field, and he powered his way through the pack to finish second, but David City’s Kevin Betzen was flying on all cylinders. Dusty Blake tried to challenge for the win, but Betzen had the track figured out. Betzen took his second checkered flag of the 2013 season.
The next race was a 15-lap shootout for the NASCAR modifieds. Scott Eaton lead the first few laps, but he had challenges coming from all sides. With 13 laps to go, Bob Lawson took over and led his first laps of the season, but it was not long before York, Nebraska’s Andy Wilkinson took the lead. One man on a mission was the 33Z of Marquette, Nebraska’s Kyle Berck. Wilkinson and Berck went side-by-side lap after lap, but with six laps left in the race, Kyle Berck took over the race lead for good. Kyle Berck has one modified main events at JMS before, and he looked very good in the modifieds as he took the checkered flag. This was Berck’s first win of 2013.
The stars and the cars of the SLMR super late model series closed out the night with a big 25-lap finale. Just like in the modifieds, Kyle Berck charged through the field, but he would only get up to second place. Tad Pospisil had a great race as he started from the pole, but he fell back to finish fourth. Bill Leighton Jr. was the only caution victim of the race as he stalled the number 24 car in turn two with six laps remaining. While there was a ton of action happening throughout the field, everyone was chasing the familiar orange number 6 of Giltner, Nebraska’s Al Humphrey. Humphrey had not been to victory lane at JMS since the late model main event at the Cool McCool 100 back in 2009, but he dominated the SLMR feature. He led flag to flag and won the race. It was a spectacular performance by the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame driver.
On behalf of Delmar Friesen and the entire JMS staff, we want to thank everyone for coming out for an exciting night of dirt track racing on a gorgeous Saturday night. Our thanks also go out to Southeast Community College of Milford for presenting the racing action and for bringing the engine build challenge back to JMS. Junction Motor Speedway would also like to thank the SLMR super late models for putting on a great show. Of course, we wish all fathers a wonderful Father’s Day. Thanks for every competitor that came out and raced. The racing action continues throughout the month of June including an appearance by the Nebraska 360 Sprint Car series. We hope to see all the great race fans again as the 2013 season heats up into the summer months at Junction Motor Speedway.
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