Flattening Tire Fails to Keep Frye From Weekend MSRA Sweep at 67 Speedway

Ben Shelton

TEXARKANA, Ark. – May 8. Bill Frye survived a late race challenge from Jon Mitchell and a rapidly deflating right rear tire to claim his second straight COMP Cams MSRA Late Model win on Saturday at 67 Speedway.

Jeff Floyd accumulated more passing points than any other driver in heat race action to earn the JFR Graphics Pole Qualifier Award for the 40 lap feature.  He was joined on the front row for the feature by hometown favorite, Jon Mitchell.

Floyd took possession of the top spot as the feature got underway with Frye and Jon Mitchell in close pursuit.  Floyd led the first three circuits before Greenbrier native Frye slipped by on lap four to take over the top spot. Floyd and Mitchell hosted a spirited battle for the second position, while two and three-wide racing was the rule throughout the field. One of those, 13th starting Kyle Beard, up to the seventh position by the race’s midway point.

The first 22 laps went caution free before Fort Worth driver Bryan Sugg rolled to a stop with mechanical woes. With the caution bunching the field, the ensuing restart saw the field flare out three-wide, with Frye once again motoring away, and Floyd and Mitchell racing side-by-side for the second spot. Brandon Smith began to work the extreme high-side of the track to close in on that battle, but by lap 34, Beard had moved past Smith for the fourth spot as he set his sights on the battle for the second position. 

The final caution of the event waved on lap 36 when Shane Harris rolled to a stop.  Under the caution flag it became apparent that Frye’s right rear tire was starting to lose air.  On the race’s final restart, Frye found his hands full with a now ill-handling car.  Floyd and Mitchell moved in on the leader, and the crowd came to its feet as the trio waged war to the finish.  Frye survive to win by a half car length over Mitchell.

Beard was the Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger after advancing from his 13th starting spot to a fourth place finish.

The Quartermaster Hard Luck Award went to Stormy Derryberry.  Derryberry’s night got off to a bad start as a caliper broke on his mount, which in turn did extensive damage to his car, bringing his night to a disappointing, early end.

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