Al Purkey

Al Purkey after his first career win at Lucas Oil Speedway.(Lloyd Collins)

 Purkey All the Way in Lucas Oil Speedway MLRA Stop

By Dan Robinson

WHEATLAND, Mo. - April 10. Al Purkey has taken a liking to his new Larry Shaw Race Car as he topped the Lucas Oil MLRA field at Lucas Oil Speedway's season opener for his first ever win at the 3/8ths mile oval. As Purkey took his 47th career MLRA win, Jeremy Payne was right on his heels to take the second

Chad Simpson - Terry Phillips

Chad Simpson and #75 Terry Phillips duke it out for seventh spot at Lucas Oil Speedway, with Simpson ultimately prevailing over the five-time MLRA champ. (Lloyd Collins)

Koons - Simmons - Boen - O'Brien

Before coming home third at Wheatland, #07 Kelly Boen tiptoes through traffic that includes Omaha's Bill Koons (#29), Zach Simmons (#z1), and Jason O'Brien (#15). (Lloyd Collins)

spot at the stripe, followed by veteran Kelly Boen out of Henderson, Colorado. Republic, Missouri's Brad Looney, and GRT House Car pilot Jack Sullivan.

Perfect weather greeted 48 Late Model teams, and three and four-wide racing throughout the pack was the order of the day. but Purkey was the class of the field up front throughout as he won heat race #1 to earn the pole position for the 30 Lap main event.

Purkey shot to the lead on the opening lap and held off repeated challenges from Payne. Heat Race Wins were captured by Purkey, Bill Koons, Larry Jones, Dave Eckrich, and Jeremy Payne. Raymond Merrill and John Anderson scored B-Main wins to advance to the main event.

Purkey's Hatfield Powered Larry Shaw Race Car is owned by Nebraska Businessman Bill Koons with sponsorship support from Billy's Cafes, Purkey's Auto Salvage, Taylormade Performance, Integra Racing Shocks, Smiley's Racing Products, Duralite Racing Wheels, and VP Race Fuels. The Lucas Oil MLRA returns to action on May 15th at Nevada Speedway in Nevada, Missouri. Galena, Missouri's Jesse Stovall won the support A-Modified Feature.

Al Purkey

Coffeyville, Kansas veteran Al Purkey added Lucas Oil Speedway to his growing list of successful racing venues Saturday in Wheatland, Mo. (Lloyd Collins)

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