CORNING — Marquette, Neb.’s Kyle Berck showed he hasn’t forgotten how to wheel a late model around the half mile at Adams County Speedway.
Berck started eighth in the 25-lap late model feature and used the bottom of the track to work his way to the front and claim the $2000 winner’s prize and extend his point lead in the SLMR racing series.
Adams County regulars Jason O’Brien and JC Wyman finished right behind Berck with Travis Dickes and Bill Leighton Jr. rounding out the top five. Justin Zeitner paced the first half of the race before Leighton powered by using the very top of the race track to his advantage.
But on lap 19 Leighton got just a bit too high in turn two, slipping off the track and letting Berck take control. The race was slowed by only one caution flag on an evening absolutely perfect for dirt track racing.
Jeremy Purdy extended his domination of the Chat Mobility hobby stocks collecting win number six in 12 starts on the season. Purdy, runner up last week, started 10th in a field of 22. By lap number six Purdy had the lead and went on to take the checkers.
Tom Myers followed in second, Andy Davison third, Kurt Hansen fourth, and David Weeda fifth. The win extended Purdy’s point lead in the class to 65 points over second place Davison with only three point nights left in the season.
B-mod driver Tony Rost lives just 25 miles from a NASCAR sanctioned track in McCool, Neb., but the last two weeks he’s made the 160 mile haul to Corning in a search for a big field of cars. For two weeks in a row it’s been worth his while taking home the winner’s points, check, and trophy.
Stanton’s Josh Sink followed in second with Shawn Kralik hanging onto third against a hard charging Jon Plowman. Jerod Weston finished fifth. Plowman’s point lead in the Stalker Chevrolet b-mods stands at 80 points over second place Weston. With the track championship nearly in hand it’s the national point picture on the mind of both Plowman and Rost.
When 16 Northland Oil pro-stocks take the green flag at ACS you know the racing is going to be good. Two wide, three wide, and four wide is common place for these guys, and this week was no exception.
This week it was Brad Derry’s 37d machine out front for the win. Derry started outside row two and lead all but the first two laps of the eighteen lap feature. Tony Hardisty started back in row six and ran out of laps before he could catch Derry. Lenox’s Jake Christensen had his best run of the season coming in third, followed by Joe Zadina and Jason Rold.
Hardisty’s four wins on the season has built up a 46-point lead over Greg Miller and his two wins. Derry’s win vaulted him up two positions to third in the point chase.
Only 11 Poet Biorefining modifieds made the call for their 18-lap feature and only one caution flag slowed them down during the race. Keven Parman lead the field from wire to wire to get his second win in as many weeks. Jeff Wiggins, Brian Foote, and Eric Hanna battled for second place with Foote eventually coming out on top followed by Hanna, Wiggins, and Jesse Dennis in fifth.
Foote’s second place finish left him just five points behind the division leading Jesse Dennis. Todd Van Eaton sits 32 points behind the leader in third.
King of the Hill
It was an all Corning final in the pro-stock King of the Hill final. Joe Zadina and Tony Hardisty went head to head for two laps to determine the crown. Zadina brought the crowd to their feet when he got his car up on two wheels in turn two, barely escaping a roll-over. Hardisty used Zadina’s misfortune to go on and capture the crown.
Just three weeks remain in the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series and the points battles are heating up in some classes.
Only five points separate the top two in the modifieds, and late model leader Jason O’Brien is just 25 points ahead of Chris Spieker and JC Wyman who are tied for second.
Aug. 24 will have all five NASCAR classes in action along with the Poet Biorefining modified King of the Hill races to end the evening.