Berck Wins Night 1 of I-80



Berck scores first Dart Corn Belt Clash win in Cornhusker Classic opener at I-80 Speedway

GREENWOOD, Neb. (September 23) - Kyle Berck passed Jason Rauen on lap 9 and never looked back, as he cruised to his first Dart Corn Belt Clash win of the season Friday night, in the Cornhusker Classic, at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE. "We have won several races with the SLMR Series and in the modified, but hadn't picked off a win in the open series. It's nice to do that, even thought it's the end of the year," Berck had several solid runs in previous Dart Corn Belt Clash/ MLRA co-sactioned events this year. "This track's been good to me this year, and it certainly feels like home here. The car was really good on the bottom and the top."

The initial restart was waved off when Kelly Boen and Al Humphrey made contact while coming to the green flag. Racing was intense through the field over the opening 10 laps with several drivers swapping spots and others coming through the field. Joe Kosiski brought out the only other caution on lap 10, when he broke a tie rod. The cushion built in each corner as the race progressed. Berck found it and set an unbelievable pace in the final 15 laps. Denny Eckrich finished 2nd, and John Anderson was 3rd.

The night's five heat races were really good as Jason Rauen, Charlie McKenna and Kyle Berck all won from the 5th starting position. Kelly Boen won from 6th, and Al Humphrey went from 10th to 2nd. His efforts earned him the pole for the Dart CBC A Feature. Denny Eckrich also won his heat race.

Action continues Saturday with the final night of competition for the Dart Corn Belt Clash and Lucas Oil MLRA .In other racing action, Kyle Berck won his modified heat race and dash placing him on the pole for Sunday's $4,000 to win modified feature. Berck was on the track in four separate races Friday, winning each. Jason O'Brien was running 4th in his heat race and hit the wall going in to turn 1. His car flipped, but fortunately he was able to climb out of it and walk away from the accident.

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. Jason Rauen 2. Al Humphrey 3. Justin Mitchell 4. Leon Zeitner 5. John Hampel 6. Robbie Anderson 7. Andrew Kosiski 8. Mike Wallace 9. Troy Daly 10 Dustin Reeh

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. Charlie McKenna 2. Steve Kempt 3. Jill George 4. Jase Kaser 5. Bill Koons 6. Dustin Walker 7. Jeff Kroger 8. Justin Zeitner 9. Joe Walkenhorst 10. Corey Zeitner

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. Kelly Boen 2. John Anderson 3. Jason Utter 4. Chris Simpson 5. Dave Eckrich 6. Joe Kosiski 7. Bo Egge 8. Brian Kenkel 9. Bill Leighton 10. Mike Collins

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. Denny Eckrich 2. Travis Dickes 3. Chad Simpson 4. Dylan Smith 5. Jay Stewart 6. Rob Moss 7. Ron Tex 8. Mike Wiarda 9. Scott Koskovich

Heat 5 (10 Laps): 1. Kyle Berck 2. Tim Isenberg 3. Al Purkey 4. Craig Preble 5. Scott Daly 6. Jesse Kroger 7. Ross Evans 8. Jason O'Brien 9. Kevin Sather

Hoosier Racing Tire B Main 1 (12 Laps): 1. Dave Eckrich 2. Mike Collins 3. Dylan Smith 4. Rob Moss 5. Jase Kaser 6. Bill Leighton 7. Scott Daly 8. Brian Kenkel 9. Bill Koons 10. Mike Wallace 11. Dustin Walker 12. Andrew Kosiski 13. Troy Daly 14. Jesse Kroger 15. Ron Tex 16. Jason O'Brien

Sunoco Racing Fuels B Main 2 (12 Laps): 1. Chris Simpson 2. Joe Kosiski 3. John Hampel 4. Craig Preble 5. Justin Zeitner 6. Jay Stewart 7. Mike Wiarda 8. Robbie Anderson 9. Bo Egge 10. Scott Koskovich 11. Dustin Reeh 12. Joe Walkenhorst 13. Jeff Kroger 14. Ross Evans 15. Kevin Sather 16. Corey Zeitner

Dart Corn Belt Clash A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Kyle Berck 2. Denny Eckrich 3. John Anderson 4. Jason Rauen 5. Chad Simpson 6. Tim Isenberg 7. Al Humphrey 8. Dave Eckrich 9. Travis Dickes 10. Leon Zeitner 11. Kelly Boen 12. Al Purkey 13. Chris Simpson 14. Jason Utter 15. Rob Moss 16. John Hampel 17. Jill George 18. Mike Wiarda 19. Justin Zeitner 20. Dustin Walker 21. Charlie McKenna 22. Joe Walkenhorst 23. Steve Kempt 24. Dylan Smith 25. Joe Kosiski 26. Mike Collins 27. Justin Mitchell 28. Kevin Sather

September 23rd Contingency Awards

Hooker Harness Hard Charger Award: John Anderson

Quarter Master Hard Luck Award: Kevin Sather

Comp Cams Hard Luck Award:Jason O'Brian


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