PURKEY ENDS DROUGHT WITH O'REILLY/NCRA LATE MODEL VICTORY by John Rittenoure MCCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. (Aug. 6, 2005) -- After recording six victories in 2004 and moving within two of the all-time career O'Reilly/NCRA Late Model Series win total...
PURKEY ENDS DROUGHT WITH O'REILLY/NCRA LATE MODEL VICTORY
by John Rittenoure
MCCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. (Aug. 6, 2005) -- After recording six victories in 2004 and moving within two of the all-time career O'Reilly/NCRA Late Model Series win total of 24 set by the late Larry Phillips, Al Purkey has been in slump. The two-time defending champion has been winless through 12 events.
However the streak came to an end Saturday at Junction Motor Speedway as Purkey picked up his 23rd career victory in the O'Reilly co-sanctioned NCRA/MLRA main event.
After chasing rookie Johnny Bone, Jr. to the checkered in the opening heat race, Purkey charged to victory in the main event. Al Humphrey finished second ahead of Steve Kosiski in third, Bone was fourth and Kelly Boen rounded out the top five.
Bo Egge and Eddie Moore won the B mains while Bone, C. J. Lyle, Craig Preble and Humphrey won the Cherokee Casino and Resort heat races.
The O'Reilly Finish Line:
Cherokee Casino and Resort Heat 1: 1. Johnny Bone, Jr.; 2. Al Purkey; 3. Delbert Smith; 4. Mike Conkwright; 5. Ben Schaller; 6. John Bradgen; 7. Bryan Allison; 8. John Hampel; 9. Corey Zeitner.
Cherokee Casino and Resort Heat 2: 1. C.J. Lyle; 2. Mike Wiarda; 3. Jeff French; 4. Steve Kempt; 5. Bo Egge; 6. Eddie Moore; 7. No Name; 8. Gary Billings; 9. Dustin Newland.
Cherokee Casino and Resort Heat 3: 1. Craig Preble; 2. John Anderson; 3. Kelly Boen; 4. Brett LaFollette; 5. Corey Zeitner; 6. Terry Mehan; 7. Chris Mayes.
Cherokee Casino and Resort Heat 4: 1. Al Humphrey; 2. Kyle Berck; 3. Steve Kosiski; 4. David Turner; 5. Gary Dechant; 6. Dean Moore; 7. Billy Murphy; 8. Greg Larson.
B feature #1: 1. Bo Egge; 2. Dean Moore; 3. John Bradgen; 4. John Hampel; 5. Chris Mayes; 6. Greg Larson; 7. Dustin Newland; 8. Darrick Klima; 9. Corey Zeitner.
B feature #2: 1. Eddie Moore; 2. Jason Bodenhamer; 3. Ben Schaller; 4. Gary Dechant; 5. Bryan Allison; 6. Billy Murphy; 7. Terry Mehan; 8. Gary Billings.
A feature: 1. Al Purkey; 2. Al Humphrey; 3. Steve Kosiski; 4. Johnny Bone, Jr.; 5. Kelly Boen; 6. John Anderson; 7. David Turner; 8. Eddie Moore; 9. Mike Wiarda; 10. Bryan Allison; 11. Steve Kempt; 12. Dean Moore; 13. C.J. Lyle; 14. Gary Dechant; 15. Graig Preble; 16. Brett LaFollette; 17. Mike Conkwright; 18. Chris Mayes; 19. Terry Mehan; 20. Bo Egge; 21. Kyle Berck; 22. Jeff French; 23. Jason Bodenhamer; 24. Delbert Smith.