Brad Looney turned his fortunes around with an opening
night with the MLRA at I-80 Speedway. (Lloyd
Ends Drought, Wins Season Opener
- April 2. Brad Looney held a strong and fast line around I-80 Speedway in the Lucas Oil MLRA season opener
Saturday to top a field of 48 Late Model entries. Looney, of Republic,
Missouri, finished second in the Lucas Oil MLRA points in 2010 without winning a feature event.
started off with a bang at the "Spring Meltdown" for Looney, with his second career MLRA win. Looney drives the
Federal Protection, Victory Circle by Moyer #14 with a Hatfield Racing Engine. His win Saturday also locks him into
the "Silver Dollar Nationals" at I-80 Speedway in July.
(#14) put in a strong performance from 14th place to finally catch #32 Chris Simpson and capture second behind
Looney. (Lloyd Collins)
veteran Alan Vaughn moves into a four-wide configuration on the very wide race track at I-80 Speedway.
A stacked field
made for plenty of racing action all evening long, but finally 26 drivers took the green flag for a 35-lap main event. A caution on lap three
sent the #00 of Jesse Stovall to the back of the pack, but Stovall would work his way back to a ninth place finish.
Another yellow flag on lap eight gave John Anderson's Shop Quik team enough time to change a flat tire and tag the
back of the field before the restart.
Having each been credited with a caution
flag, #00 Jesse Stocall and #2 John Anderson were both sent to the rear. Stovall, a Friday night winner on the MARS
tour, was able to return to ninth place at the wire. (Lloyd
A battle ensued
as Kyle Berck charged from the 14th place starting position to third place in less than ten laps. Berck would
continue to run side by side with Chris Simpson for the rest of the feature before overtaking Simpson just before
the checkers flew. Simpson and Berck's race kept them just behind Looney, who led the feature from start to
The day ended early in heat race #1 for
veteran Delbet Smith (#92) and #6 Al Humphrey. (Lloyd
MLRA - I-80
1) Brad Looney, 2) Kyle
Berck, 3) Chris Simpson, 4) Chad Simpson, 5) Denny Eckrich, 6) Al Purkey, 7) Terry Phillips, 8)
David Turner, 9) Jesse Stovall, 10) Alan Vaughn, 11) Travis Dickes, 12) Bill Leighton, 13) Kurt
Kile, 14) John Anderson, 15) Jeremy Payne, 16) R.C. Whitwell, 17) Mike Wiarda (prov.), 18) Mike
Collins, 19) Joe Kosiski (prov.), 20) Jason O'Brien, 21) Bryant Goldsmith, 22) Tony Jackson, Jr.
23) Justin Asplin (prov.), 24) Jake Meier, 25) Craig Preble, 26) Dave Eckrich
Heat winners (48 entries): Dickes, Turner, Meier, Anderson, Eckrich; B-Feature
winners: Chad Simpson, Collins
Ron Mitchell photo