- Aug. 20 - Springfield Raceway by Sam Holbrooks


Show-Me Racing Series: Essary De-Merritts Springfield Event For Fifth Win

Trenton Berry

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Aug. 20.  It’s now five of the last six in Race Brothers Show Me Racin Series action for Leslie Essary. This win came a bit differently Saturday at Springfield Raceway however, as Essary passed Rex Merritt in heavy lapped traffic on lap 26.

“I knew it was getting close to the end,” stated Essary. “It looked like Rex kept getting a little bit tighter all the time. We finally got to some lapped cars and got a chance to get by him.” This win comes on the heels of a runner up effort in the last series race.

Merritt led 22 laps in the feature, taking the lead on lap five. He ultimately finished second, his best Race Brothers Show Me Series finish of the season. “It’s just one of them deals,” Merritt said of Essary’s pass for the win. “I tried him on the outside, it didn’t work. I tried him on the inside and Leslie went to the outside. It’s just racing.” Earlier in the night he raced from eighth in his heat race to second.

Ken Essary hung around the front the entire evening and was in several two and three car battles for position. “It was a good race. Leslie gets through traffic good. The fans should have liked that one,” Essary stated. He broke his upper A Frame early in the race and had to fight handling for the majority of the laps. “We were lucky to finish third".

Larry Campbell suffered a flat right front tire around the midway point of the race and pulled to the pits, ending his night. Prior to his 19th place DNF, Campbell’s worst finish had been ninth. He came into the evening’s race second  in points, just 14 markers out of the lead.

Justin Wells and Randy Zimmerman finished fourth and fifth, respectively. BP Grocery Rookie of the Year Point Leader Brandon Hunter was the highest finishing rookie in sixth.  He has now reeled off four consecutive top tens. The large crowd was treated to quite a show as the track was lightning fast, but also wide and smooth. The drivers did an outstanding job, as a whole, providing an excellent feature.

Show-Me Racing Series at Springfield Raceway
1. Leslie Essary 2. Rex Merritt 3. Ken Essary 4. Justin Wells 5. Randy Zimmerman 6. Brandon Hunter 7. Willie Gammill 8. Rick Lebow 9. Jimmy Greenway 10. Jarrod Hilton 11. Jake Davis 12. Chris Deaton 13. Brandon Cheek 14. Robert McMurtrie 15. Ray Peacock 16. Eric Tinderholt 17. Kyle Ledford 18. Rob Powell 19. Larry Campbell 20. Dallas Sales 21. Chad Wheeler 22. Chris Morelock 23. Chris Reese


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