NCRA late model season finale preview

NC RA Late Model Championship to Be Decided this Weekend TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 19, 2005) -- After 16 races, the 2005 O'Reilly/NCRA Late Model Series championship is still up for grabs. But it will be decided this weekend as the series wraps up the...

NC RA Late Model Championship to Be Decided this Weekend

TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 19, 2005) -- After 16 races, the 2005 O'Reilly/NCRA Late Model Series championship is still up for grabs. But it will be decided this weekend as the series wraps up the season this weekend. They will participate Sept. 23-24 in the Cornhusker Classic at Nebraska Raceway Park in Greenwood, Neb., with a $7,500 pay day to the winner.

Despite having missed two races, Kelly Boen sits on top of the standings with 3220 points. Boen has won six races this year, including the last two events at the Belleville High Banks and Junction Motor Speedway.

In second with 3173 points is Johnny Bone Jr., who led the standings for most of the season. Bone was sixth at Junction Motor Speedway on Sept. 5, but mechanical problems limited his action at Belleville to just the heat race.

Still within striking distance in third is Al Purkey with 3147 points. The two-time defending series champion finished second in each of the last two events.

This weekend's event is co-sanctioned, as many of the late model shows are at Nebraska Raceway Park. It's a chance for the fans to see many great racers at the same track but it makes it more difficult for the drivers to finish well.

Boen, for example, finished 15th and 24th in two previous events at NRP this year, July 1 and July 23. Bone Jr. was third way in the first event, but could only muster 17th-place finish at the second show. Purkey missed the first show but was fourth in the second.

Steve Kosiski is trails Purkey by 86 points but has a lock on fourth place. Kosiski is nearly 500 points ahead of Delbert Smith in fifth, while Smith is only four points in front of Mike Conkwright in sixth.

Brett LaFollette holds a 52-point lead over Gary Dechant in the battle for seventh, while Chris Mayes is 57 points ahead of Billy Murphy.

For more information about the event, call the track information line at (402) 944-2233, or visit their Web site at www.neracewaypark.com.

-www.ncraracing.org.

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