Drivers, race officials and fans all flocked to the Boone County Raceway in Albion Sunday, July 11, for the Tanner Pelster Memorial Races at the Boone County Fair.
A record number of cars and drivers, the Malvern Bank Dirt Super Late Model Series and a standing-room-only crowd. Drivers from all around Nebraska, as well as Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Colorado – 135 in all.
They came to honor Albion native and former Boone County Raceway Stock Car driver Tanner Pelster, who was tragically killed in an accident this past year, and to vie for the large added prize purse offered.
The huge turnout and fierce racing certainly did honor to Pelster and his 11T ride.
When the roar finally died and the dust settled on a long night, popular long time Super Late Model Series star Kyle Berck (14) of Marquette drove away with top honors in the Malvern Bank SLMS A Feature, outrunning Josh Leonard (85) of Gibbon and Ben Schaller (98) Omaha.
Fifty-five racers vied for the Big Daddy Race Cars IMCA Stock Car A Feature – Pelster’s former class of competition – with Jesse Sobbing (99) of Malvern, IA taking the checkers ahead of Albion’s Tyler Iverson (98T).
In the support class Big Daddy Race Cars IMCA Hobby Stock A Feature, Dillon Richards (24R) of Beatrice captured the top prize, trailed by Norfolk’s Wyatt Lehman (6) and Colby Kaspar (39) of Columbus.
A long, hectic, tough – and memorable – night in the lengthy history of Albion’s Boone County Raceway.
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