The Champions Prevail
By Anthony Ainslie
Race Date: 8/31/13
The time has come to settle the score for good. Saturday was the final night for points, and the crowning of the 2013 track champions was just moments away. Everyone had to get through one more night of racing before five drivers could take the glory and the track championships. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series was back in action at the Junction for one final time, and with the titles on the line, the racing was destined to be some of the best of the season.
The NASCAR 4-cylinder division took center stage for two more times in the 2013 season. Feature number one saw Ed Huxoll out in front early, but after the first two laps, Steve Moock made the go-ahead move for the race lead and never looked back. Dalton Siebke tried to challenge Moock, but the 12 of Moock was not denied a win. Steve Moock took the checkered flag in “A” feature number one.
Feature number two saw a great race for the lead between Dalton Siebke and newcomer, Dan Alt. Alt and Siebke battled it out down the straight aways and in the turns lap after lap, and when the dust settled, Dan Alt came out victorious. The red number 31 car raced to victory lane for the first time in 2013. Meanwhile, Steve Moock pulled off early in the second feature with a flat tire, but despite that, the Chapman, Nebraska driver became a two-time track champion. Steve Moock became the first repeat track champion in the NASCAR 4-cylinder division at Junction Motor Speedway.
The final two feature events in the NASCAR hobby stock class would finish out a great racing season for one of the most favorite classes of racing at Junction Motor Speedway. Feature one saw the 75Z of Zach Gimpel out in front early. Gimpel led the first half of the race until Caleb Hetrick came up and took the lead and took it for good. The Grand Island driver was in his first feature of the season, and he made it count as Hetrick drove his number 44 to the win.
Feature number two saw Katie Renschler in the early lead. Renschler won her first hobby stock feature win the week before, and she looked very good leading until Caleb Hetrick took the lead with six laps remaining. Renschler finished second in the race while Caleb Hetrick pulled off a clean sweep. Hetrick won both feature events to close out the season. While Hetrick won the final battles, the war was one by the 87 of Grand Island, Nebraska’s Troy Paxton. After taking a hit or two and picking up some much needed feature wins, Paxton won his first JMS hobby Stock track champion.
The Bmods took center stage for the final time as they looked to close the door on their point season. The race lead was dominated by 2010 JMS Bmod track champion, Justin Gimpel. Kevin Betzen was on the charge after Gimpel for the lead, but Betzen’s hopes for one final victory slipped away when the S14 of Scott Styskal caught the 42 of Betzen, and the two of them spun around in turn four and brought out the caution. Betzen battled back to finish fourth, despite restarting at the tail of the field after the spin. Meanwhile, the 67 of Justin Gimpel fired on all cylinders. Harvard, Nebraska’s Justin Gimpel took the checkered flag, and with the fourth place finish, the 2013 Junction Motor Speedway Bmod track championship went to the 42 of David City, Nebraska’s Kevin Betzen.
The NASCAR late models were next to close up their 2013 season. Omaha’s Jacob Brown led the opening laps. After a spin with 22 laps to go, Brown led the field, but he had a challenge coming from Micah Veleba. With 20 laps remaining, Veleba made the pass for the lead on the bottom side of turn four. When the 16 to go mark came, Cory Dumpert took the lead and never looked back. Dumpert ran away with the rest of the show and closed the deal on another feature win during his amazing 2013 season. While Dumpert won the battles, he did not win the war. With a second place finish on the final night, Jase Kaser from Lincoln, Nebraska won his second late model track championship at Junction Motor Speedway. Kaser joins Bill Leighton Jr. as the only repeat champions in the NASCAR late model division at the Junction.
To close out the final points night at the Junction, it was a wild 20-lap shootout from the NASCAR modifieds. The action picked up right on the start as a pileup ensued as the field stormed into turn one. Ed Huxoll, Mike Goldfuss, Brian Levander, and Jeremy Leiting all got tangled up in an incident. Huxoll, Goldfuss, and Levander were able to continue while Leiting left on the hook of a tow truck. When racing got under way, Andy Wilkinson was the man out in front. While Wilkinson was in the clean air out in front, Tyler Iverson was clawing his way through the field. It was not long before the 98T of Iverson was right on the back nerf bar of Wilkinson. The two most dominating drivers in the modified division settled the victory between themselves. One lap it was Wilkinson out in front. The next lap, it looked Iverson was going to make the pass for the lead. It wasn’t until the final two laps when Iverson made the winning pass for the lead. Iverson held off Andy Wilkinson for the final lap and took home the win and the track championship in the NASCAR modifieds at Junction Motor Speedway.
On behalf of Delmar Friesen and the entire JMS staff, thank you to all the fans for coming out as we close the 2013 point season at Junction Motor Speedway. Congratulations to Steve Moock, Troy Paxton, Kevin Betzen, Tyler Iverson, and Jase Kaser, our 2013 track champions. Next week features the ASCS, NCRA, and Nebraska 360 sprint car groups. The final sprint car show at the Junction for 2013 takes place at 7:00pm next Saturday. Finally, October 19 and 20 are the final two nights of racing as we close out the year with the 2013 McCool 100. We hope to see all the great race fans back out in McCool Junction for the final nights of racing at Junction Motor Speedway.
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