Kenny Merchant celebrates another big win at Champion Park Speedway, near his West Monroe, La.
SUPR: Merchant Continues
Champion Park Domination
By Bryan Wimberley (courtesy dirtondirt.com)
HAUGHTON, La. — Aug. 14. Kenny Merchant of West Monroe, La., continued his dominance at Champion Park
Speedway on Saturday by grabbing his fifth victory of the last six series events held at the quarter-mile oval.
Merchant earned $2,500 for leading all 40 laps, taking the checkers six seconds ahead of 15th-starting hometown
driver Ray Moore in the O'Reilly Southern United Professional Racing event.
Allen Tippen races outside of recent I-30 Speedway SUPR winner Ronny Adams as he
advances to a fourth place finish at Champion Park. Adams posted sixth in the event. (Scott Burson)
Merchant debuted a new all-black No. c28 in notching his fourth straight victory at Champion Park while Moore
edged Chris Holley of Dayton, Texas, for the second spot. A pair of Minden, La., drivers — Allen Tippen and Jeff
Chanler rounded out the top five.
From the pole position, Merchant got the jump on Holley at the outset as the frontrunners pulled away from the
third-running Chanler early. Merchant began lapping slower cars by lap 11 and was stretching his lead on Holley
when a caution for Timothy Culp bunched the field on lap 14.
The 40-lapper stayed green the rest of the way and Holley began to struggle after losing his brakes about halfway
through the race. As Merchant built a comfortable lead, his only concern was traffic as Holley contended with
Tippen, Chanler and Ronny Adams in a battle for second.
Ray Moore puts #5 Josh Danzy a lap down while running second at Champion Park
Speedway. (Scott Burson)
Moore's charge began in earnest as he broke into the top five late in the race, then took fourth from Chanler on
lap 32. His high-side momentum helped Moore take third from Tippen and he set his sights on Holley in the final
With Merchant cruising out front, Holley tried his best to hold off Moore's challenge, but Moore's high side move
exiting turn four coming to the checkered flags gave him second place.
Kenny Merchant at Champion Park
Speedway (Scott Burson
SUPR NOTES: Merchant's Trak-Star race car is powered by Wall 2 Wall Performance Engines and sponsored by J.D. Caver
& Company, J&J Motorsports, Bayou Fabricators, Henry's Auto Salvage, Cypress Bend Apartments and Xtreme
Graphics. ... Merchant's 56th career SUPR victory leads the series. ... Merchant's victory also places him in a tie
with David Ashley for the most SUPR victories at Champion Park at five (all Merchant's victory have come in a
15-month span). ... Thirteen cars finished on the lead lap. ... Drivers failing to make the feature: Alex Ashley,
Jay Brunson, Wesley Chanler, John Ewell, Paul Joyner, Jon Mitchell, Eric Neal, Darin Patrick, Chad Patterson and
Robbie Starnes. ... Kevin Sitton of Baytown, Texas, advanced from his 17th starting spot to finish seventh. ...
David Ashley of Zachary, La., broke an axle in hot laps, but made repairs to take a provisional in the feature. He
started 22nd and finished 12th. ... SUPR competitors take a weekend off before heading to the half-mile Devil's
Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on Aug. 28.
Josh Danzy races inside of Odie Green at mid-pack during SUPR Series action in North
Louisiana. (Scott Burson)
Aug. 14 - O'Reilly SUPR - Champion Park
Speedway: (1) Kenny Merchant, (2) Ray
Moore, (3) Chris Holley, (4) Allen Tippen, (5) Jeff Chanler, (6) Ronny Adams, (7) Kevin Sitton, (8) Rob
Litton, (9) Jody Prince, (10) Kyle Cummings, (11) Odie Green, (12) David Ashley (prov.), (13) Lee
Davis, (14) B.J. Robinson, (15) Morgan Bagley, (16) Josh Danzy (prov.), (17) Timothy Culp, (18) Troy
Berdan, (19) Mark Andrews, (20) Brett Frazier, (21) Charlie Morrow, (22) Jim Bryant. Heat
winners (among 32 cars): Adams, Holley, J. Chanler, Merchant. Consolation winners: Sitton,
|Scott Burson photo
O'REILLY SUPR POINTS
(Through Aug. 14)
1. Rob Litton - 1,791
2. Kyle Cummings - 1,673
3. Jeff Chanler - 1,465
4. Allen Tippen - 1,375
5. David Ashley - 1,360
6. Chris Holley - 1,233
7. Ronnie Adams - 1,225
8. Kevin Sitton - 1,166
9. Josh Danzy - 1,070
10. Alex Ashley - 993
Corporate sponsors of O’Reilly SUPR include: AFCO, Barber Specialties Inc., Bert Transmission, Brodix, BSB
Manufacturing, Dura-Lite Racing Wheels, GRT Race Cars, Hinchman Uniforms, Hoosier Tire Southwest, J&J
Motorsports, Keith Craft Inc., Larry Shaw Race Cars, Lile's Custom Home's, Master Vac, O'Reilly Auto Parts, PBM
Performance Products, Peterson Aluminum, Trick Wild, Triple A Diesel Service and Wall 2 Wall Performance.