First Win of 2010 in Wild West Shootout Opener
By Ryan Neuharth
Ariz - January 9. Picking
up right where he left off the 2009 season, Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wisconsin wheeled his way from the pole
to the opening night win of the 2010 Wild West Shootout.
Mars would earn the pole for the night's
30-lap, $3000 to win main event after starting last and winning his heat race, gathering the most passing
points of the 52 competitors who filled the USA Raceway pit area. Mars grabbed the lead at the
drop of the green with six time
SWDRA Champion Lonnie Parker, Jr taking second from the outside front row.
would slot third followed by Matt Aukland, and Randy Korte in the
early laps.Korte would jump from fifth to third on lap two as Kelly Boen swapped sixth with Rob Mayea
and Billy Moyer made his way into the top 10 from 12th. With five down Mars was quickly stretching his
advantage as Parker and Korte battled high and low for the runner-up position while Heckenast, Jr now having
cracked the top five. The race's first caution appeared on lap six
when Winnipeg, Manitoba driver Mike Balcean erupted in a cloud of smoke on the front stretch and ended his
Mars lead the field back to green on the Delaware double file
restart as Parker, Jr continued to hold off the charge of Korte. John Anderson still had a hold of the fourth
position as Kelly Boen jumped from seventh to fifth and the series all-time winningest driver Terry Phillips
was now 10th from
18th. The yellow would appear for the second time for
a spinning Jeremy Payne on lap eight. On the restart, Korte made
the move to second on lap nine as Boen now took the forth spot from Anderson and set his sights on the top
Terry Phillips was on the man on the move as the Springfield,
MO pilot dispatched Matt Aukland on lap eight, Billy Moyer on lap nine and Heckenast, Jr on lap 10 to now
find himself in seventh. That trio would race two and three wide
for position as Boen now began to put serious heat on Parker, Jr for the number three
spot. Boen would grab that spot on lap 13. Half way home Mars
continued to lead followed by Korte, Boen, Parker, Jr, and Anderson rounding out the top five. A great four
car battle for the sixth spot, now occupied by Phillips, was ragging as Moyer, Rob Mayea and Heckenast, Jr
swapped seventh through ninth lap after lap.
Anderson and Parker, Jr would swap fourth twice on lap 16 and
race side by side until Anderson finally secured that spot two circuits later, and Phillips moved Parker, Jr
back another spot on lap 19 to now find his way into the top five with 10 to go. The battle was now on for sixth as both Moyer also found their way past Parker, Jr on lap
19 while Mayea and Heckenast, Jr staged their own personal battle to stay locked in the top ten with just ten
Mars began to encounter the back of the field as Boen moved
ever closer to Korte and the two raced side by side to finish off the 20th circuit and begin lap
21. Boen would make the high side work to his advantage and was now
in the lead chase position, slowly reeling in Mars as the top two picked their way through the slower lapped
traffic. With just five to go Mars again stretched the advantage as Korte moved back in on Boen. Anderson,
Phillips, Moyer, Heckenast, Jr, Parker, Jr and now Pat Doar from his 19th starting spot was ninth with Mayea
rounding out the top ten.
Caution would appear once again
on lap 28 for a slowing Lance Matthees, and again on the restart as Brad Looney and John Lowry founded
themselves making contact and spinning in turn two. Moyer and Korte would jump to the outside on the restart and find it beneficial as Korte
snagged second from Boen and Moyer jumped from sixth to fourth in a three wide fight with Anderson and
Phillips. Up front it was all Jimmy Mars as he cruised to his first feature win of 2010 and his third career
Wild West Shootout checker flag.
Mars' #28 is sponsored
byBSB Manufacturing / Chevytown / Deppe Enterprises /
Wiles Driveshafts / Baileigh Industries / Pro Power Racing Engines / MB Customs
Former Wild West Shootout Late Model champion Pat Doar
from New Richmond, Wisconsin survived several early event wrecks and then went on to dominate the Open Wheel
Modified 25-lap feature event for his first career Wild West Shootout Modified win.
Veteran Sherman Barnett from El Paso, Texas ran away
with the Super Stock main event.
Results - Wild West Shootout Night #1:
A-Main: 1. Jimmy Mars, 2. Randy Korte, 3. Kelly Boen, 4. Billy
Moyer, 5. John Anderson, 6. Terry Phillips, 7. Frank Heckenast, Jr, 8. Lonnie Parker, Jr, 9. Pat Doar, 10.
Rob Mayea, 11. Eric Turner, 12. Matt Aukland, 13. Chris Shannon, 14. Clay Daly, 15. Brad Williams, 16.
Don Shaw, 17. John Lowry, 18. Brad Looney, 19. Lance Matthees, 20. Andrew McKay, 21. Joey Moriarty, 22.
Jeremy Payne, 23. Mike Balcean, 24. Mike Kirby
Heat 1: Mike Balcaen, Chris Shannon, Terry Phillips, Jeremy
Payne, Brad Seng, Bo Doard, Adam Crippen, Grant Junghans, Paul Mueller
Heat 2: Jimmy Mars, Clay Daly, Billy Moyer, Jr, Pat Doar, Will
Vaught, Mark Carroll, Dan Henrickson, Logan Drake, Jeff Biffle
Heat 3: Rob Mayea, John Anderson, Matt Aukland, Joey Moriarty,
Andrew McKay, Brad Williams, Art Lacy, Darrell Nelson, Blaine Doppler
Heat 4: Randy Korte, Billy Moyer, Lonnie Parker, Jr, Lance
Matthees, Ronnie Rihn, Bucky Andrews, Jimmy Jelvik, Jack Sullivan, Rylan Long
Heat 5: Frank Heckenast Jr. , Don Shaw, Eric Turner, Mike Kirby,
Cory Hemphill, Dean Moore, Rob Sanders, David Vennard
Heat 6: Kelly Boen, Brad Looney, Steve Drake, John Lowry, Jeremy
Thornton, Bill Bartells, Tommy Hussek, Jamie Throckmorton
B-Main 1: McKay, Doar, Matthees, Payne, Moyer, Jr, Seng, Moore,
Rihn, Crippen, Throckmorton, Hussek, Biffle, Vaught, Andrews, Lacy, Nelson, Sullivan,
B-Main 2: Phillips, Shaw, Lowry, Williams, Carroll, Thornton,
Junghans, Mueller, Drake, Hemphill, Henrickson, Sanders, L. Drake, Bartells, Jelvig, Dord, Doppler,