Dominates Bill Cheesbourg Memorial to Close Out the Wild West
By Ryan Neuharth
17. If Sunday nights Bill Cheesbourg Memorial, the finale of the 4th Annual Wild West Shootout at USA
Raceway, is a harbinger of the coming 2010 season, Jimmy Mars has put the dirt late model fraternity on
notice. Starting from the pole, Mars captured the season's first high dollar event when raced his BSB
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Racing Engines / MB Customs chassis to victory lane to bookend his season opening win from one week
For Mars it was his fourth career Wild West Shootout
win, equaling him with Billy Moyer and Steve Francis for second on the all-time list. The series all-time
winningest driver remains Terry Phillips, who extended his total to nine earlier in the
Mars would lead at the drop of the green as he got the
jump on fellow front row starter Rob Mayea as Jeremy Payne, AJ Kirkpatrick and Randy Korte freight trained
Jimmy Mars makes his second showing on the podium at USA Raceway after
winning the finale for the Wild West Shootout. Jeremy Payne (left) and Billy Moyer, Jr. (right)posted their
best finishes of the week with second and third. (K.C.
Heckenast, Jr and raced three wide down the backstretch
for third. Payne grabbed the spot on the high side as Kirkpatrick went fourth and Korte rounded out the top
five. Heckenast, Jr was now sixth followed by Dean Moore, Steve Drake, Mike Balcaen and Mike
The races only caution would appear on lap two for a ten
car mêlée in turn two which included Clay Daly, Chris Shannon, Jack Sullivan, Billy Moyer, Will Vaught, Lance
Matthees, Pat Doar, Billy Moyer, Jr, Eddie Kirchoff and Rylan Long. All drivers were able to continue,
however, under the yellow second place runner Rob Mayea would retire from the event.
When the green reappeared for the Delaware double file
restart, Mars again grabbed the lead as Payne slotted second and the scramble was on throughout the top ten.
Korte would take third from Kirkpatrick, Heckenast, Jr would get past Moore for fifth and Steve Drake jumped
past Balcaen for sixth as the field clicked under the flagstand to complete lap
Mars was in firm command as he put a
comfortable distance between himself and Payne, while the later also had opened a significant margin on the
rest of the field. Balcaen and John Anderson would jump to the high side and begin charging to the front as
Balcaen moved from seventh to fourth and Anderson from ninth to fifth. Two other drivers on the move,
Darrell Nelson and 22nd starter Billy Moyer, Jr would run ninth and tenth respectively with ten in the
Mars would begin to experience the back of the field on
lap 11 as the shuffling within the top ten remained fluid lap after lap. Mars continued to stretch his lead
by lap 15 as Payne remained a comfortable second. Korte would race third, Kirkpatrick fourth and Anderson
would round out the top five. Sixth through tenth was occupied by Balcaen, Drake, Moyer Jr, Heckenast, Jr and
Anderson and take fourth on lap 16 from Kirkpatrick, but
Moyer, Jr found the bottom grove to his liking and jumped from eighth to fifth, while the elder Moyer rallied
from the tail of the field to run eighth at the half-way point of the 40 lapper.
Moyer, Jr was not done as he cruised past Anderson on
lap 21 and Korte just one circuit later to now run a distant third to Mars and Payne. Trouble would begin to
set in for Kirkpatrick as he would backslide out of the top ten by lap 25. With 15 to go Mars advantage was
half a straightaway plus multiple lap cars over Payne, Moyer, Jr Korte and Anderson, who were followed by
Drake, Moyer, Heckenast, Jr, Kirchoff and Balcaen.
Korte and Anderson would resume their
high-low battle for fourth with Anderson taking the spot for good on lap 27. The best fight on the speedway
as another high-low affair between Drake and Moyer. The two would trade sixth multiple times per lap over the
course of ten trips around the 3/8th mile with Drake finally winning out on lap 35. With just five to go, Mars had lapped
well into the top fifteen and was quickly approaching tenth running Balcaen.
On this night, no one had anything for Mars as he would
lap up to ninth place in a dominating performance to capture the $10,000 Bill Cheesbourg Memorial winners
check. Payne settled for second in his best run of the week, while Moyer, Jr. also came home with his best
finish of the week in third.
Calvin Catlin raced from the outside of the third row to
the lead early in the Factory Stock feature and outran Sherman Barnett for his second consecutive feature win
in his #6c car tonight. However, in post race inspection, illegal suspension parts were discovered, stripping
Catlin of the win and handing the win to second finishing Sherman Barnett.
Hermitage, Missouri racer Eric Turner climbed into Jeff
Sires' #02 Modified tonight and raced from the pole to lead every lap of the 25-lap UMP DirtCar feature event
to become the sixth different winner in the six nights of the 2010 Wild West Shootout. Darrell Nelson, Corky
Thomas and Pat Doar raced in a tight three-car pack for second with Paul Banghart and Bumper Jones also in a
tremendous battle for fifth. As Turner cruised to the win, Thomas stole second from Nelson with Doar and
Bumper Jones rounding out the top five.
A-Main Finish: 1. Jimmy Mars, 2.
Jeremy Payne, 3. Billy Moyer, Jr., 4. John Anderson, 5. Randy Korte, 6. Steve Drake, 7. Billy Moyer, 8. Frank
Heckenast, Jr., 9. Eddie Kirchoff, 10. Mike Balcaen, 11. Dean Moore, 12. Chris Shannon, 13. Rylan Long, 14.
Brad Williams, 15. A.J. Kirkpatrick, 16. Clay Daly, 17. Will Vaught, 18. Lance Matthees, 19. Darrell Nelson,
20. Pat Doar, 21. Mike Kirby, 22. Jack Sullivan, 23. Paul Mueller, 24. Rob Mayea
B-Main 1 Finish:
Jack Sullivan, Will Vaught, Pat Doar, Eddie Kirchoff, Lonnie Parker,
Jr., Andrew McKay, Brad Seng, Bill Bartells, Dave Dietz, Ron Bartells, Matt Aukland, John Lowry, Bucky
B-Main 2 Finish:
Billy Moyer, Lance Matthees, Billy Moyer, Jr., Rylan Long, Rob Sanders,
Brant Kehrer, Tyler Reddick, Dan Henrickson, Greg Walters, Joey Moriarty, Shane Simper, Kelly Boen, Terry
Balcaen, Williams, Moore, Drake, Mueller, Walters, Henrickson, Simper,
Heckenast, Jr., Daly, Kirby, Moyer, Jr., Sanders, Aukland, Kehrer,
Kirkpatrick, Mayea, Nelson, Long, B. Bartells, R. Bartells, Deitz,
Mars, Shannon, Sullivan, Vaught, Parker, Jr., Kirchoff, McKay,
Korte, Payne, Moyer, Anderson, Matthees, Reddick, Doar,