- July 17 - 67 Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


MSRA: Frye Gets Third Series Win at Texarkana

Ben Shelton, MSRA

TEXARKANA, Ark. - July 17. Bill Frye earned his series leading, third win with the COMP Cams MSRA Super Late Model tour on Saturday at 67 Speedway in Texarkana, Arkansas in the Cross Lander "Summer Sizzler 40".

When the tour made their first visit to the facility in May, it was Frye, who claimed a thrilling win over Jon Mitchell, and Saturday night’s event would see the pair stage another showdown for the win.

After accumulating the most points in heat race action, Frye started in the JFR Graphics Pole Position for the forty lap feature with Mitchell starting outside front row. Frye would assume control of the lead as the race got underway as Mitchell and Kyle Beard pressured him for the top spot.

The first half of the race would see the race endure a long green flag run before several cautions waved around the event’s midway point including, Kyle Beard, who pulled up lame with a flat tire on lap 27. Beard would head pitside and would rejoin the field as the final car on the lead lap in the 14th position.

As the field prepared to return to green flag action, Frye held down the top spot with Mitchell and a hard-charging Brandon Smith rounding out the top three. On the restart, Smith would ride the cushion past Mitchell to take the second spot and one lap later would challenge Frye for the lead. Over the next few laps though, Mitchell would slip back to third as Frye and Mitchell resumed their battle for the lead as they worked the hub.

With the top two cars battling for the lead, the driver on the move was Kyle Beard, who found his way into the top five with five to go, and went on to advance two more spots to a third place finish behind winner Frye and Jon Mitchell. Rounding out the top five were Brandon Smith and Timothy Culp.

Terry Henson was the Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger, and the Hard Luck Award went to Shane Stephens, who received heavy damage in the feature, when a lap car turned him into an infield barrier.

July 17 - MSRA - 67 Speedway
1. Bill Frye 2. Jon Mitchell 3. Kyle Beard 4. Brandon Smith 5. Timothy Culp, 6. BJ Robinson 7. Dustin Hyde 8. Eddie Provence 9. Terry Henson 10. Wade Johnson 11. Stormy Derryberry 12. Jeff Floyd 13. Shane Harris 14. Nate Jantz 15. Wade Douglas 16. Jody Prince 17. Shane Stephens 18. Johnny Virden 19. Wesley Crutchfield 20. Joseph Long 21. Chad Patterson 22. Chad Williams
Heat winners: Frye, Beard, Mitchell


Updated 11/02/10

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