Boris Finally Bags It
SCHERERVILLE, Ind. — Boris Jurkovic summed up his victory in Saturday night’s 49th annual Tony Bettenhausen Memorial 100 at Illiana Motor Speedway with four simple words — “I finally got it.”
Coming close to victory several times, including second-place finishes in 2003, 2005 and last year, Jurkovic pushed his Chevrolet into the lead on lap 68 and held off the challenges of Brett Sontag to score the victory, becoming the 24th different winner of the annual Midwestern late-model stock- car classic.
Jurkovic, who qualified fifth fastest, took the checkered flag with a .318-second lead over Sontag, who was shooting for his third-consecutive Bettenhausen 100 victory on the half-mile paved oval.
“Last year, I let him (Sontag) go early (into the lead) and I couldn’t get him back,” Jurkovic said. “I figured (this year) I’d try and stay out in front of him and it paid off.”
Trailing Jurkovic and Sontag at the finish was Eddie Hoffman, who set fast time earlier in the day among 32 drivers. Blake Brown, who led laps two through 67, was fourth ahead of Ross Kenseth.
Boris Jurkovic, Brett Sontag, Eddie Hoffman, Blake Brown, Ross Kenseth, Dave Gentile, John Nutley, Joe O’Connor, Danny Darnell, Steve Carlson, Griffin McGrath, Chris Cooling, D.J. Weltmeyer, Jack Kalwasinski, Ricky Baker, Bobby Gash, Len Nowosel, Brandon Hill, Tom Smith, Dean Patterson, Jerry Sharp, Keith Tolf, Rich Ruckh, Phil Splant, Jamie Wallace, Mike White.