Brad Looney ttok his second checkered flag in as many
weeks at Heartland Park Topeka on April 8th. (Lloyd
MLRA: Looney Two For Two on New Season with Topeka
TOPEKA, Kan. - April 8. After leading last week's "Spring Meltdown"
from start to finish at I-80 Speedway, Brad Looney Brad landed in the Lucas Oil MLRA Victory Lane for the second
time in 2011 after leading all but one lap of Friday's MLRA even at Heartland Park Topeka.
Tony Jackson Jr. (56) races three-wide
with #32 Chris Simpson and #75 Terry Phillips before racing to fifth at HRP, one position ahead of Phillips at the
line. (Lloyd Collins)
Looney won his heat race to start the feature on the pole, but the
Republic, Mo. driver did not breeze into victory lane. Four yellow flags in four laps slowed the pace at first, but
the final 31 laps were contested caution free. John Anderson made a charge off of turn two late in the race on
Looney's high side and briefly took the lead. Looney then changed his line and battled back to the front.
Al Purkey (33) ultimately got by #00
Jesse Stovall to finish third, while young Arizona racer R.C. Whitwell (96) continues to impress with his seventh
place run. (Lloyd Collins)
The action was feverish between Al Purkey, who was the night's KRC
Hard Charger after advancing from 18th to third, and Jesse Stovall, Terry Phillips, Tony Jackson Jr., and R.C.
Whitwell. These five were several lengths back from the top two cars, but battled for the duration in and around
MLRA - Heartland Park
1) Brad Looney, 2) John Anderson,
3) Al Purkey, 4) Jesse Stovall, 5) Tony Jackson, Jr., 6) Terry Phillips, 7) R.C. Whitwell, 8) Denny
Eckrich, 9) David Turner, 10) Kyle Berck, 11) Nick Marolf, 12) Jason Pursley, 13) Jason O'Brien, 14)
Dave Eckrich (prov.), 15) Joe Kosiski (prov.), 16) Bill Koons, 17) Alan Vaughn, 18) Corey Zeitner, 19)
Chris Simpson, 20) Jeremy Payne, 21) Al Humphrey, 22) Chad Simpson, 23) Delbert Smith, 24) Matt
Heat winners (41 entries): Phillips, Looney, Chris Simpson, Whitwell, Anderson;
B-Main winners: Koons, Purkey.
Lloyd Collins photo