SCHERERVILLE | Dominating. That’s how you could describe Boris Jurkovic’s performance at Illiana Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
Jurkovic drove his Chevy Impala SS to victory in both of the twin 56-lap feature races, which highlighted the 12th annual Elmer Musgrave Memorial presented by Texas Corral Restaurants.
The victories were the first of the year in Schepel Buick GMC Late Model Stock Car competition for the Manhattan, Ill., driver, a former Illiana track champion (in 2002), who races at Illiana on a limited basis. Earlier in the evening, Jurkovic grabbed fast time honors during time trials with a lap of 19.378 seconds around the half-mile paved oval.
Jurkovic started 10th in the 20-car field for the first 56-lap event and moved steadily through the pack to take the lead from Anthony Danta shortly after the restart for the race’s third and final yellow flag caution period came about with only 10 laps complete.
It was all Jurkovic for the remaining laps as he built a commanding lead over Danta during the final stages. Danta came home second, followed by Jeff Cannon of Kouts, Eddie Hoffman and Mike White.
A field of 17 answered the call for the second 56 lapper with Jurkovic again quickly coming to the front, getting by Hoffman on lap 16 during the non-stop chase. Jurkovic took the checkered flag for his second win of the night over Hoffman, Danta, Cannon and Wes Griffith of Crown Point.
“We adjusted on the car after the first race,” Jurkovic said. “The car (at first) was a little free (during the second race). I thought we were going to have our hands full with Eddie (Hoffman). He looked pretty good. My car came in (began to handle) after a few laps and we were right on. I didn’t think it (the car) could get any better, but it did for the second race.”
The dominant driver all season long in Legends action on Illiana’s quarter-mile oval, Chris King of Kouts posted another feature victory as he claimed top honors in the division’s 20-lap main event. King won his 10th Saturday night feature of the year over Jacob Melvin and Ben Fidone.
William Panshyn of Highland was a first-time feature winner in the Pure Stocks class as he wheeled his four-cylinder Toyota Celica to the win over Mark Ross Jr. and Mac Hastings.
Shadyhill Speedway: Nick Allen of Wheatfield keeps on winning as he captured his third straight DIRTcar United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) Modified Stock Car feature race at the quarter-mile track in Medaryville.
Scoring his seventh feature win of the season, Allen defeated Kevin DeYoung and Devin Wright. Jerrad Krick of Earl Park won for the sixth time in 2013 as he captured the 20-lap UMP Stock Car main event.
Lowell’s Mike Kingma was the I-Mod division feature winner with David Hurst of Chalmers picking up his third straight win in Pure Street class action.
Harley Sutton was the winner of the 15-lap Teen 4s feature as the young lady from Hobart won for the second time this season.