The Jetmore Top 5 (l.tor.) Jon Anderson, Kelly Boen, Kyle Berck, Jesse Stovall, and
winner Al Purkey. (Lloyd Collins)
MLRA/MARS/NCRA/CLMA: Purkey Shines in Home State in "Sunflower
JETMORE, Kan. -
April 30. Coffeyville, Kansas native, Al Purkey masterfully navigated lap traffic en route to his first Lucas Oil
MLRA win of the season at the Great American Dirt Track. Purkey won $10,000 for his "Sunflower State Showdown" win
in his home state. The event was co-sanctioned by the MLRA, MARS, NCRA, and CLMA regional
Tony Jackson, Jr. was the pole sitter after winning his heat race form the fifth starting position. Jackson led the first 20 laps, before Purkey took the lead on lap 21. Purkey
would never relinquish the lead throughout the remaining 29 laps.
Continuing to makes some noise since stepping into a Late Model race car, Modified
alumnus Jesse Stovall leads #2 Jon Anderson en route to a second place at the Great American Dirt
Track. (Ron Mitchell)
Kyle Berck moves under fellow heat winner Tommy Weder, Jr. on his way to third place.
Weder dropped to seventh at the finish. (Lloyd
Late in the race,
second finishing Jesse Stovall, who welcomed his first child just a day prior, pulled the nose of his race car to
Purkey's door, but got no further. Kyle Berck started and finished third - his best finish of the season thus far.
Kelly Boen, driving the Pannell Motorsports 33x, was the night's KRC Hard Charger. Boen finished third
in his B Main. He started the A in 20th and
finished fourth. John Anderson started sixth and finished fifth.
Arizona driver Anthony Madrid made a rare appearance with his midwestern counterparts
and qualified for the show to post a 20th place showing. (Ron Mitchell)
The win for
Purkey marks his first since April 10, 2010 at Lucas Oil Speedway. Since debuting his new Larry Shaw Race Car last
season, his worst finish is eigth. This is the third $10,000 plus payday for
Purkey in his career. His Shaw by Purkey receives sponsorship support from Purkey's Auto Salvage, Taylormade
Performance, Larry Shaw Race Cars, Hoosier Racing Tires, Hatfield Racing Engines and VP Racing Fuels. This win for
Purkey is his 48th in MLRA history.
Normally an odds-on favorite to win when the big money is on the line, Springfield,
Mo.'s Terry Phillips was shut out of the top five and had to settle for ninth place in the "Sunflower State
Showdown". (Ron Mitchell)
April 29-30: MARS/MLRA/NCRA/CLMA Sunflower State Showdown - Great American
1) Al Purkey, 2) Jesse Stovall, 3)
Kyle Berck, 4) Kelly Boen, 5) John Anderson, 6) Tony Jackson, Jr, 7) Tommy Weder, Jr., 8) Jack
Sullivan, 9) Terry Phillips, 10) Wendell Wallace, 11) R.C. Whitwell, 12) Brandon McCormick, 13) Brad
Looney, 14) Jon Mitchell, 15) Andrew Kosiski, 16) Gary Christian, 17) Jeremy Payne, 18) Corey Zeitner,
19) David Turner, 20) Anthony Madrid, 21) Dean Moore, 22) Alan Vaughn, 23) Bill Koons, 24) Eric Turner,
25) Al Humphrey, 26) Steve Lewis, 27) Leroy Johnson
Heat Winners (47 entries): Purkey, Weder,
Sullivan, Jackson, Berck; B-Main winners: Whitwell, Looney
Ron Mitchell photo