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. -
Former two time series champion Al Purkey of Coffeyville, Kansas kicked off the 2011 campaign for the National
Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Smiley’s Racing Products late model DIRTcar in
huge fashion as he held off late race charges from Jessie Stovall to claim the $10,000 paycheck and the second
annual "Sunflower State Showdown" Saturday at the Great American Dirt Track.
Forty-seven drivers from eight different states were on hand for this huge one night event which was a combined
series effort with the CLMA DIRTcar, MARS DIRTcar and Lucas Oil MLRA late model series.
By virtue of obtaining the most passing points and heat race finishing points out of the five heat races that were
completed earlier in the evening, Tony Jackson, Jr. of Lebanon, Missouri started on the pole for the 50 lap feature
finale with Woodward, Oklahoma’s Tommy Weder, Jr. on the outside.
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
Jackson took the lead at the wave of the green flag with Weder, former two-time series champion Kyle Berck of
Marquette, Nebraska and fourth starting Purkey giving chase.
A couple laps into the race the first and only caution flag fell for a spin by Leroy Johnson.
Jackson pulled away on the restart with Weder, Jr., Purkey, and Berck making it a three car battle for the runner
up position. Purkey would overtake Weder, Jr. for the runner up position around lap twelve and set his sights on
Heavy lapped traffic approached the front runners and on lap twelve, Purkey and Jackson, Jr. split a lapped car
with Purkey up top and would take the lead.
Behind the front runners, eleventh starting Jesse Stovall began working his way up to the front and around the
midway point had worked himself into the third position. Around lap thirty Stovall got around Jackson, Jr. and set
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)
sights on the leader Purkey, who had opened up a comfortable twelve car length lead.
With ten laps to go Stovall used the high line to cut Purkey’s lead to just three car length and would pull even
with the late model veteran one lap later. But that would be as close as Stovall would get as Purkey held on the
final laps to take the $10,000 victory.
Berck held on for the third position with five-time and defending series champion Kelly Boen of Henderson, Colorado
coming from his 20th starting position to take fourth. Defending race champion John Anderson of Omaha,
Nebraska rounded out the top five.
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