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Allen Murray VL - Beebe Speedway CCSDS

Allen Murray and crew after a big first win at Beebe Speedway. (Woody Hampton)

CCSDS: Murray a Texas Surprise at Series Beebe Speedway Stop

Ben Shelton, series P.R.

BEEBE, Ark. - April 8. The COMP Cams Super Dirt Series opened its 2011 season on Friday at Beebe Speedway, and holding the big $2,000 check at the end of the 35-lap main event was Allen Murray, of San Antonio.

Topping the 26 entries in pole qualifying was Greenbrier, Ark. driver, Jack Sullivan, who earned the most points in heat race action in his #1s GRT House Car. He was joined on the front row by Jon Mitchell of Texarkana, Texas,

Jon Mitchell - Beebe Speedway CCSDS

Jon Mitchell controlled the pace at Beebe until he jumped the cushion late in the race and left an opening for Allen Murray. Mitchell dropped to third, then climbed the wall after the checkered flag when winner Murray spun. (Woody Hampton)

who edged out to the narrow lead over Sullivan, Bill Frye, Murray, and Gary Christian. During the opening laps, Mitchell inched away from the field as Sullivan and Frye began a spirited battle for the second spot.

The race would see a series of caution flags during the first half, which kept the leaders close, but Mitchell maintained the top spot as the field continued to battle two and three-wide. All eyes would turn to the battle for second as Sullivan and Frye continued an intense battle for the position. Lap 25

Wendell Wallace - Jon Kirby - Beebe Speedway CCSDS

Wendell Wallace moves under #11 Jon Kirby on his way to fourth place in at Beebe Speedway. (Woody Hampton)

would saw the culmination of the battle as contact between the two down the backstretch sent Sullivan spinning out of control to the top of turn three. After a few intense moments under caution, Sullivan would ultimately decide to retire.

As the field prepared to restart, the top five running order was Mitchell, Frye, Murray, Christian, and Wendell Wallace, who was making his first appearance in the top five. On the restart, Murray shot past Frye for second, and two laps later, Frye brought out the final caution as he slowed with a flat tire.

Austin Rettig - Kyle Beard - Beebe Speedway

Teenager Austin Rettig couldn't have asked for a mutch better weekend, with a win in West Memphis and a runner up finish at Beebe, Arkansas. Kyle Beard drove his #86 to sixth place. (Woody Hampton)

On the restart, Mitchell continued to battle a treacherous cushion, and on lap 33, the cushion won, allowing Murray and Wallace to move past. Murray went  on to lead the last two laps to claim the win. In his excitement, Murray spun in turn one after taking the checkered flag causing several drivers to scatter, including third finishing Mitchell, who climbed the turn one wall with his car to end the chaotic race. 

Allen Murray - Bill Frye - Beebe Speedway

Pennsylvania transplant Allen Murray, of San Antonio, gets under Bill Frye for second before capitalizing on a Jon Mitchell slip to take the win in the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series event at Beebe, Ark. (Woody Hampton)

CCSDS - Beebe Speedway
1) Allen Murray, 2) Austin Rettig, 3) Jon Mitchell, 4) Wendell Wallace, 5) Gary Christian, 6) Kyle Beard, 7) Brandon Smith, 8) Curtis Cook, 9) Dewaine Hottinger, 10) Bill Frye, 11) Johnny Virden, 12) Clay Fisher, 13) Terry Henson (prov.), 14) Jeff Sloan, 15) Wesley Crutchfield (prov.), 16) Shane Stephens, 17) Jack Sullivan, 18) Billy Moyer, Jr. 19) Shane Harris, 20) Jon Kirby
Heat winners (26 entries): Sullivan, Kirby, Mitchell, Rettig; B-Main winners: Cook, Moyer

Woody Hampton photo 



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