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Ray Moore Claims "Pelican 100" Barnburner at
from track report
VIVIAN, La. - Feb. 26. In one of the most fiercely contested events ever at Ark-La-Tex Speedway, one that wasn't
decided until the final circuit, Ray Moore captured the biggest win of his career in the first annual "Pelican
If the Bayou State's mascot is a lumbering, low-flying foul that wings it only in fairly short hops, the
same could not be said for the event's high-flying frontrunners who joined Moore in an all-out brawl for the top
Battling up front, #54 David Breazeale and #18 Ronny Hollingsworth take the high side
around #8 Timmy Culp at Ark-La-Tex. Speedway. (Scott
Ray Moore advances toward the front of the field, while newcomer Morgan Bagley (#14)
eventually rolled past a fading Hollingsworth and grabbed a top five finish. (Scott Burson)
Mississippi's Bub McCool had set fast time among the 48 entries and won his heat race on Friday, then was met
with a ferocious duel with Alabaman Ronny Lee Hollingsworth early on. Moore, after being content with his position
just inside the top five for most of the race, turned up the wick and made it a three-way fight through traffic
during the 100-lapper's last quarter.
Bub McCool (#57), who earned the pole and led several laps, races outside of #5
Jon Mitchell before finally having to settle for second. (Scott Burson)
Central Miss. racer Greg Fore hammers down below Texas driver Jody Mayne.
During the final circuits, Mississippi's David Breazeale made an appearance among the frontrunners, closing in
on the rim-riding McCool and Moore down low. Moore was able to seal the deal on the last lap, with
McCool second and Breazeale having to settle for third. Hollingsworth faded back to seventh in the late going and
opened the door for Kenny Merchant and Morgan Bagley to claim top five spots at the finish.
Billy Moyer, Jr. moves inside of B.J. Robinson before putting in an eighth place
showing. (Scott Burson)
Ray Moore takes a racing
line well below a high flying Bub McCool to prevail in the $10,000 "Pelican 100" at Ark-La-Tex Speedway.
Pelican 100 - Ark-La-Tex Speedway - Feb. 26
1) Ray Moore, 2) Bub McCool, 3) David Breazeale, 4) Kenny Merchant, 5)
Morgan Bagley, 6) Wendell Wallace, 7) Ronny Lee Hollingswoth, 8) Billy Moyer, Jr., 9) Jack Sullivan,
10) Kyle Beard, 11) Jon Mitchell, 12) Timothy Culp, 13) Dewaine Hottinger,14) Josh Danzy, 15) Mike
Balcaen, 16) Jon Kirby, 17) Robinson, 18) Jody Mayne, 19) Greg Fore, 20) Trey Beene, 21) Lee Davis, 22)
Rob Litton. (48 entries)
|Ron Skinner photo