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