Ready for the finale.
Jason Wilkinson of Neligh won the Street Stock A Feature August 14 and added one point to his lead in the tightest season point race at the Boone County Raceway as drivers made one final push to position themselves for this Friday’s Championship Night.
Wilkinson took the SS feature event checkers ahead of challenger Randy Hooker, giving him a three-point edge over the Humphrey driver going into the BCR season finale. Albion’s Mark Hooker finished fourth in the A Feature and is five points back of Wilkinson.
Norfolk’s Nic Kimmel gained breathing room in the Hobby Stock class, placing second in Friday’s A Feature while his nearest rival, Chris Tenski of St. Edward, finished 13th. Kimmel now has a 15-point cushion in the season standings.
Neither season leader in the Modified and Late Model divisions scored a feature event victory August 14, but both retained the large advantages they have enjoyed most of the summer. Robert Osborne of Norfolk leads Plainview’s Jim Johnson by 43 points in the Late Model class and, in Modifieds, Osceola’s Dylan Smith is 38 in front of Jared Hoefelman of Columbus.
BCR Championship Night will begin at 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 21, at the fairgrounds facility in Albion. Along with competition in Hobby Stock, Street Stock, Modified and Late Model classes, the Holt County Sprints will close out their abbreviated BCR schedule. Gary Reber of Gregory, SD has a five-point edge on Norfolk’s Brant O’Banion following the three previous 2009 sprint cards.
The summer racing season will officially end Friday, August 28, with the annual Boone County Raceway Shootout.
Racing opened August 14 with Tenski (23) winning the first Hobby Stock heat in front of Elgin’s Robbie Evans (27). Ryan Fajman (3) beat fellow Albion driver Brad Bittner (12) to the line in heat two.
Albion’s Shawn Rasmussen (97) put local fans on their feet with a victory in the A Feature. He was followed to the checkers by Kimmel (17K), Travis Albracht (38A) of Lincoln, Bittner (12), Monroe’s Dan Spitz (20S) and Duane Miller (7D5) of Elgin.
Street Stocks got revved up as Petersburg’s Randy Pelster (11) beat Bud Miller (75) of Elgin to the checkered flag in heat one. Randy Hooker (25) followed with a victory in the second heat ahead of Troy Bergman (31B) of Columbus.
Wilkinson, after running third in that second heat, came back to score the important A Feature win in front of Humphrey’s Hooker. Bergman finished third, followed by Mark Hooker, Miller and Josh Grape (14J) of Bellwood.
Chad Arntt (10) of Palmer got Modified action rolling with a heat one win ahead of Spalding’s David Thome (1). Kyle Prauner (5K) of Norfolk finished in front of Albion’s Jacob Anson (13J) in heat two.
Albion’s Mark Lueken (12), following a distant fifth-place finish in the second heat, roared back to the win the A Feature ahead of season point leader Smith (95). Anson took third, trailed by T.J. Artz (8) of Lincoln, Hoefelman (15H) and Albion’s Tyler Iverson (98T).
Late Model racing began with Bryan Molt (11B) of Cedar Rapids taking checkers ahead of Norfolk’s Chad Jensen (73) in the first heat. Albion’s Greg Krohn (20) won heat two in front of Osborne (35).
Norfolk’s Tad Pospisil (04) wrapped up the final night of the regular season with a victory ahead of Albion’s Krohn and Mike Kelley (17) in the LM A Feature. B.J. Haase (21) of Norfolk was fourth, followed by Johnson (36) and Osborne.
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