- July 1 - Southern Iowa Raceway by Sam Holbrooks

Mixin' it up in preliminary MARS Series action at Southern Iowa Raceway. (Mike Ruefer)

Jeremy Payne racedto his first MARS win of the season at Southern Iowa Thursday. (Ron Mitchell)

Payne Puts the Hurt on MARS Field at Osky

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OSKALOOSA, Ia. - June 26. Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Mo. led every lap enroute to his first win of the 2010 season for the MARS DIRTcar Series and his seventh career series win.

Only one caution slowed the race action on lap 17 of the 30-lap feature, as Springfield, Missouri's Terry Phillips started fifth and raced his way up to second on the big half mile track.

Chad Simpson of Mt. Vernon, Iowa started third on the grid and raced in that spot for most of the race. Al Purkey of Coffeyville, Kansas started fourth and

Jason Utter held up well for the locals as he drives under Dave Eckrich to ultimately finish fifth at Southern Iowa. (Mike Ruefer)
flirted with a top three finish but fell short and finished fourth.

Jason Utter of Columbus Junction, Iowa started seventh and worked his way into the top five on the double file restart on lap 17.

Coming into the night, MARS DIRTcar Series point leader Eric Turner of Springfield, Mo. had problems in his heat race as he got into the marbles and slip up into the turn one wall. With heavy right side damage, Turner and drivers and crews from several other race teams pitched into to help Turner get his car ready for the feature. Turner would have to use a provisional and start 21st for the feature event, where he finished 14th.


Jeremy Payne VL - Southern Iowa MARS Late Models

 Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Mo. after topping the MARS DirtCar Series event for the first tiome in 2010 at Southern Iowa Raceway. (Mike Ruefer)

Chad Simpson held off Al Purkey to stake his claim on third place on the big half-mile at Southern Iowa.

(Mike Ruefer)

MARS - Southern Iowa Raceway - July 1st
(1) Jeremy Payne, (2) Terry Phillips, (3) Chad Simpson, (4) Al Purkey, (5) Jason Utter, (6) Denny Eckrich, (7) Andy Eckrich, (8) Andrew McKay, (9) Kurt Kyle, (10) Gary Christian, (11) Rob Moss, (12) Kevin Kyle, (13) Bryant Goldsmith, (14) Eric Turner (prov.), (15) Jason O'Brien, 16) Zack Vanderbeek, 17) Bill Koons, 18) Leroy Johnson, 19) Curt Schroeder, 20) Nick Marolf, 21) Chris Simpson, 22) Dave Eckrich

Heat Winners: (25 entries): Purkey, Payne, Chris Simpson; B-Main winner: Rob Moss
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